Wonder Women 1984: Musical Icons Of Their Age.

Madonna.  1984 was a stellar year for Madge. She was already a force to be reckoned with going into 1984 but she certainly consolidated her position and more during the year. Madonna had hits with Lucky Star, Borderline and then Like A Virgin. The latter single was an instant, although somewhat controversial, success and fuelled sales of her second…

The Curious Case Of Madonna’s “It’s So Cool”

CREDIT: Warner Music   The fate of “It’s So Cool” still keeps me up at night. Originally penned by Madonna and Mirwais in 2002 for American Life, the stripped-back ballad found the Queen Of Pop grappling with big issues. “Save your soul, little sister, save your soul, dear little brother,” the enduring hitmaker sings over strummed guitar. “You need hope, says…

The Number Ones: Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach”

Those strings on the intro are an announcement, an almighty flex. Madonna’s True Blue was her third album, but it was the first one she made when she was already a massive star, a foundational pop-music figure. Up until then, Madonna had been associated with a particular sound. Madonna made club music, post-disco dance-pop. Even her ballads…

Square in talks to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal

Digital payments company Square has held talks to acquire Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service, Bloomberg News reported late Wednesday. Square chief executive Jack Dorsey, who also leads Twitter, aims to expand and diversify the company, according to the report, which was based on an unnamed source.   Bloomberg said the talks may not result in…