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  1. RebelHeartbreak

    My heart says American Life. My body says Confessions. Impossible choice. Intervention, Nothing Fails, Nobody Knows Me, I'm So Stupid. Get Together, Forbidden Love, Future Lovers, Like It Or Not. Theyre all in heavy rotation, still. I can't choose between these two albums.
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    I have no issue at all with a May single/summer album release. Of course I'd prefer it to be sooner, but this would be the first summer/Q2 release of a studio album since True Blue in 1986. For all we know, she feels it's a sunny, lighter collection of songs, and wants the release to reflect her mood? Or maybe she doesn't care for the release strategy she's been doing (with varying degrees of chart success) for the past 3 album cycles? Or maybe she has that film to direct prior to going on another album cycle? Or her new PR firm wants to maximize the press coverage leading up to it? I find it interesting all the tour rehearsal and concert footage she shared on IG lately was the Confessions Tour, which to me signaled that she may be looking at a new musical director (or returning to Stuart Price) It does appear with this album she'd rather do it right than do it quick, which is not a bad thing. It gives the general public plenty of time to become aware that she's still a recording artist that hasn't stopped making music....Or touring. If what we've been reading about the new music's sound is true, I'm very excited to finally listen to it.
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    listen to Mirwais songs "Disco Science" and "Naive Song". thats where #discogod comes from.
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    Promotion takes time. Photo shoots, video shoots (editing them) takes time. Launching a product takes time. For all we know, if the album is near completion, she's taking all of those variables into account and thoughtfully putting the whole package together. I don't think this is her last album, but this could be the last major-label contracted album we are guaranteed to have...ever. I'll happily wait.
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    i hope for a better release schedule and execution for the singles this go 'round. IF the remixes are uploaded to youtube prior to a release of a single, it needs to be a dub version or one that never gets a commercial release. not for sales necessarily, but i feel there hasn't been a decent remix of a song in a long, LONG, Long, long time. if she wants the remix on the cheap, then let the DJ do the promo work for her single, and pay them according to sales/streaming. IMO, the singles chosen from the past few albums have been very geared toward the Dance/Club chart to solidify her dominance of being the #1 Dance chart champ. Why they haven't chosen b-sides or alternate remixes to really amp up interest...think COADF singles here... i just don't think Madonna can do her own A&R. its pretty clear her new PR person is doing some market research and smartly reminding people of her past... daily. At the same time engaging the social media audience to give feedback. i don't mind the singles from any of her albums. ANY of them, from ANY album. Are there songs i wish were singles? Of course. But does it kill me the song Rebel Heart wasn't a single? NO. i just want a smart approach to things this time. I don't ever, EVER like hearing someone say "we're trying to figure out how to get it out there to the fans". its not easy, im sure. but it aint rocket science either.
  6. While theAretha Franklin "tribute" was on par with a someone's brand new best friend from the office making the retirement speech for her new best friend, i didnt find it offensive, but it did remind me of all the things people say about Madonna's old 80's heyday as being 'her at her best". Aretha Franklin was not an MTV artist like Tina Turner or Cher were. Same age group, sorry if that comes off as ageist, but Aretha had 3 videos i can remember. Pink Cadillac, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) w/ George Michael, and a truly ridiculous cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash for that film's soundtrack. I always got the sense she was probably forced by the record company to make those, so she wasnt some early video pioneer, she just happened to make a couple of pop singles that needed a video treatment. anyway.... Her costume was extra. I didnt like it, but it didnt bother me either. Somehow it worked by the time she was done with her speech. I dont know how she does it.
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    HeartBreakCity This song is a prime example of "Madonna Magic" On paper its an eyeroll, cheezy lyrics and low-impact song title... Then hearing it, its sonic simplicity is a perfect choice for M's stellar vocal delivery. The "Now I----I-I-I-I-I-I-----I'm in the middle of Heart Break City.." chorus is one of those Madonna songs that I have lived for all these years. There's certain phrasing choices and the patented Madonna melodies that are like an audio fingerprint to my ears. Honestly the Rebel Heart album will remain one of my favorites for years to come. There are some amazing songs that no doubt will be overlooked down the road, but seeing HBC on the Rebel Heart Tour (esp w/ the LDLHA addition) will be one of those 'had to be there' moments, and it struck the same chord with me each time i saw it live, and it still does when i hear it on the album.
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    I disagree on both points here. Madonna's sense of humor has always gotten her in trouble, so for her to post that truly hilarious "master class" photo wasn't exactly "doing" anything to JayZ and Beyoncé, except maybe showing that she still has that same sense of humor and maybe Beyoncé and JayZ found it funny as well. Just because everyone is SUPPOSED to think Beyoncé and JayZ are Royalty approaching God-like status doesn't mean we all do, or even that they themselves do, I would like to think they have SOME humility left. Not to mention that their fleecing of the music buying public with their surprise (now) trilogy of "how to break and make a marriage" albums have been released, the queen of re-invention and mass-marketing and cross promotion made a quite on-point joke. And it was funny. The pics aren't bad. In fact I like the idea of seeing what angles, lighting, filters, etc Madonna likes to see herself from. She's had her photo taken for so long by so many people, that it's interesting to see her "selfie face". True, some are not good, but that's always been Madonna imo. Outtakes from photo sessions prove that she's not always in love with the "best" shots
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    The new forum looks great, and I've noticed faster page loading, as well. Thanks for all your hard work!
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    Although I can agree that it was Madonna’s choice to work with them, it should also be mentioned that all songs on HC that were JT/Timbaland productions were the first time since the Like A Virgin album that Madonna wasn’t listed as a co-producer of her own co-written songs on a studio album. The Pharrell tracks were Nepunes/Madonna co-productions. Hence, Madonna being listed as “Executive Producer†of her own album.
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    I love Love Spent. The ABBA/Hung Up reference was clever, and I love the shift the song takes after the bridge. It’s almost as if the song boils over until it evaporates at the end. I like the drama of it, but I tend to be more drawn to Madonna’s more pining, pleading vocals. The MDNA album, although imperfect, has some great moments that I still love to listen to on regular rotation.
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    I voted for Skin. But it was really a toss up between that track and Sky Fits Heaven, which is still great, but I’ve always felt it needs an edit. It can sometimes feel repetitive, whereas Skin I just wish could go on forever.
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    The song itself was pretty straight forward that it related to popularity, American pop culture and social identities she both embraced and were cast upon her. IMO I love the rap, and I found it to be cheeky and humorous in just the right way, but it also underlined the absurdity of playing the same ol’ Pop music game at that point in her life. I think she still gets a kick out of knowing what “the game†is, and that she can say what’s on her mind in clever and unexpected ways (like no one else can)... and it still make people uncomfortable or scratch their heads wondering what or why she does the things she does. While most artists at that time were writing America post-9/11 love letters, or making broad non-musical statements of protest (Dixie Chicks) she kicked off her next era being critical of the politics that accompanied a post-9/11 America. If it was construed as racist, or white-priveleged, MOST of that commentary came from fans that don’t like urban Madonna. The funniest part of that argument was the complete lack of urban-radio Sonics on that single. Having lived through that most polarizing of eras (even Hard Candy was less hated...and less loved) I think fans had much higher hopes for a more dance oriented album, and were floored by the simplicity and intimacy of American Life as an album. I was floored, but in the best possible way. Sonically speaking, it’s best listened to privately, with headphones on. It’s aggressive and placid at the same time. There’s a sincere fierceness and anger and affection and confusion throughout the album, but it’s really evident in the song American Life, so the rap not only made sense to me, it elevated that track in most unexpected way that It still surprises me sometimes.
  14. they way she speaks about the new songs, even though admittedly at the very beginning of he process, her vision seems clear and concise... even down to how she plans to present the live treatment. I really got the feeling during the RHT that she was preparing us (whether consciously or not) for a quieter and more intimate presentation in the future. I also agree with @@NowRadiate that her description is more humanity driven than strictly political. I’ve been curious when the she’d be ready to take a breather from the dance floor (in the club music sense of the word). There were some lovely little gems in the RH leaks, and i actually prefer some of those unproduced songs to the final versions on the album. I don’t believe the Rebel-Heart double album format would have changed the songs sonically, I think the leaks did make her second guess her choices. Songs like Revolution, God Is Love, Borrowed Time (demo) and Freedom really surprised me, in a wonderful way. I hope that these songs take a new form, or inspire the new album’s direction and message.