Club Future Nostalgia limited edition vinyl is here! 14 images added

Club Future Nostalgia has finally been released on limited edition 2LP + 2CD by Warner Records. Initially Warner Records had no plans for a physical release of Club Future Nostalgia, but due to high demand we thankfully have a physical copy!

The set includes

  • 2 x 12″ Vinyl LP
  • Club Future Nostalgia CD
  • Future Nostalgia CD
  • 3 x photographic prints
  • credit sheet

Check out the full scans of the limited release HERE

ORDER HERE

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‘Ghosttown’ discography online – 9 items

Ghosttown was the second single from Madonna’s Rebel Heart album. 

The single received little airplay and unfortunately failed to become a commercial hit, completely undeserved for what surely is a very good track. Ghosttown did end up at the top position of Rolling Stone’s Reader’s Poll: The 10 Best Songs of 2015.

Madonna performed the track during the Rebel Heart promotional era in Le Grand Journal (France), Jonathan Ross (UK), Che Tempo Che Fa (Italy), iHeart Radio Awards with Taylor Swift and at The Ellen Show. She performed it on selected dates throughout her Rebel Heart Tour. 

For the discography we have 9 officially released pressings. Ghosttown was only ever commercially released on CD single in Europe (made in Germany) but there were a few promotional discs to collect (and the odd cardsleeve from Ukraine.)

Click HERE to check it out

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The 35 Best Videos of the Last 35 Years (Madonna #1)

20. Madonna – “Justify My Love”

The Queen of Pop once ranked “Justify My Love” the best video from her own sprawling catalog — and while we don’t completely agree (see below), it’s impossible not to consider this erotic slice of voyeurism. Within, director Jean-Baptiste Mondino wanders through the halls and bedrooms of a very accommodating hotel, documenting snippets of sexual encounters heavy on the BDSM. MTV banned the clip, which only gave the singer a publicity boost. Not that she needed it. – R.R.

1. Madonna – “Like a Prayer”   

Madonna made high art out of sacrilege with her notorious “Like a Prayer” video, a molotov cocktail of melodrama, racial commentary and religious symbolism. Director Mary Lambert would release a film version of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary a month later — but for both cola brands and conservative Christians, this was the true horror project. The rapidly edited scenes — including stigmata, bleeding eyes and the spiritual laying of hands — smashed taboos with madcap zest. “I wanted to speak about ecstasy and to show the relationship between sexual and religious ecstasy,” Lambert told Rolling Stone. “I think that subconsciously a lot of people understood this and were either enthralled or outraged by it.” Maybe even both. – R.R.

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Club Future Nostalgia 2CD + vinyl order links (Levitating Remix)

For the music collectors among us, Dua Lipa’s Club Future Nostalgia will also be released on a 2CD bundle with ‘Future Nostalgia’ on November 27.

If you haven’t ordered the limited edition vinyl of Club Future Nostalgia you can do so HERE

To order the 2CD bundle:

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Popparadijs Nederland book review (Dutch and English) + win a copy

Popparadijs Nederland is het nieuwste boek door Tom Steenbergen, gerealiseerd door Universal Music Books (for English scroll down.)

Popparadijs Nederland verteld uitermate fascinerende verhalen over hoe pop grootheden en muzikanten hun eerste stapjes in Nederland maakten naar wereldwijde rijkdom en bekendheid. Dat het kleine Nederland zoveel impact zou kunnen hebben in een wereldwijde muziekindustrie lijkt ongekend, maar dit boek leert je anders.

Wist je dat er voor David Bowie in 1967 niemand kwam opdagen om een interview af te nemen en dat uit frustratie maar een schoolkrant opgetrommeld werd? Wat dacht je van het feit dat The Beatles speelden in een veilinghal in Blokker en dat het podium gebouwd was van houten veilingkisten, evenals de zit tribunes? Bob Marley, Queen, Diana Ross, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana echt alles komt voorbij. De details van de bezoekjes, geïllustreerd met foto’s, namen en feitjes maken een feest van het (her)beleven van de gebeurtenis.

Madonna’s eerste bezoekje aan Nederland op 22 januari 1984 is er een voor de geschiedenisboeken. Een ster in opkomst in gezelschap van haar broer Christopher Ciccone en vriendin alsmede danseres Erika Belle, arriveert in een door sneeuw bedekt Nederland. Niemand minder dan Seymour Stein, de grote baas van Sire Records vraagt aan WEA Records dat ze goed voor Madonna moeten zorgen, ze is namelijk zijn absolute prioriteit. Madonna’s bezoekje aan Nederland verloopt met pieken en dalen. Naar aanleiding van de verstuurde persfoto’s toont vrijwel niemand interesse in haar. Ze neemt echter wel een interview op met Radio Decibel en neemt wat jingles op betreffende haar single ‘Holiday’

We zijn allemaal bekend met de geweldige fotoshoot die Madonna daar deed met Kees Tabak, die de gehele wereld is overgegaan. Maar wist je ook dat ze vlak daarvoor de auto door de sneeuw moest duwen over de Amsterdamse grachten? Het is een intrigerend stukje geschiedenis uit Madonna’s start van wereldwijde roem.

Dit boek fascineert van begin tot eind en neemt je mee terug naar een tijd waarin alle opties voor de artiest in kwestie open lagen. Een absolute aanwinst voor iedere muziek- of boekenliefhebber. Mocht je nog een boek aan je wensenlijst willen toevoegen? Zorg ervoor dat het dit boek is!

 

Wij mogen in samenwerking met Universal Music Catalogue 1 exemplaar van het boek weggeven, mail je naam en adresgegevens naar: info@madonnaunderground.com voor woensdag 25 november.

Bestel nu het boek bij Bol.com


 

Popparadijs Nederland (Popparadise Holland) is the newest boek by Tom Steenbergen, realized by Universal Music Books.

Popparadijs Nederland tells the fascinating tale on artists’ rise to stardom and worldwide fame starting in Holland. Who would have thought that the relatively small Holland could have played such a big part in the global music industry? This book tells it all. 

Did you know that back in 1967 David Bowie waited for over two hours in Holland for any journalist to show up for an interview? That a schoolpaper had to be contacted for an interview out of despair? How about The Beatles performing in an auction hall in Blokker and the stage being built out of auction crates as well as the tribunes? Bob Marley, Queen, Diana Ross, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana it’s all in here. The details of the visits illustrated with pictures, names and facts make for an unforgettable experience. 

Madonna’s first visit to Holland on January 1984 is one for the history books. A rising star arrives in a Holland covered in snow in company of brother Christopher Ciccone and friend/dancer Erika Belle. Seymour Stein, the big boss of Sire Records makes sure to tell WEA Records to take care of his baby, as she is his priority. Madonna’s visit to Holland has its ups and downs. No journalist seems to be interested in her after the press pictures WEA Records has sent out. She does record an interview and some Jingles with Radio Decibel to promote current single ‘Holiday’

We are all familiar with the famous photoshoot by Kees Tabak, what we don’t know yet is how Madonna had to push a car through the snow on the Canals of Amsterdam in order to reach his studio. It is an intriguing peek into Madonna’s history. 

This book captivates from the start up to the end and takes you back to a time when anything was possible. A definite must-have for any music or book lover. If you have only one book to add to your wants list this year, make it this one. 

 

We are giving away 1 copy of Popparadijs Nederland in collaboration with Universal Music Catalogue, mail your name and address to: info@madonnaunderground.com before Wednesday November 25.

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Rebel Heart discography online – 42 items

Madonna’s Rebel Heart album was released in 3 different editions: standard, deluxe and super deluxe. While the ‘standard’ edition didn’t make any sense with its 14 tracks and leaving off the title track, the other two editions were a good addition to any music collection. 

For the discography we have collected 42 editions for you to view. Like with the previous release ‘MDNA’ there were countless pressings and editions, frustrating collectors left and right. 

Check it out HERE

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Madonna performs at G-A-Y 15 years ago today – a personal report with video and gallery!

 

Just one day after being in the ‘Children in Need’ audience it was time to queue outside the G-A-Y bar for the hottest tickets in town! Madonna was going to perform another gig that night to promote her current ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’ album. Looking back on this incredible time, we were so spoiled! An extensive promo tour and opportunities to attend it all.

We settled on the streets with multiple layers of clothes and blankets as it was still freezing cold. The queue was a bit longer than the one at KOKO but that changed quickly. Before we knew it the queue was as long as the entire street. In the days prior to queuing up, some fans were given the chance to occupy an early wristband to the event by answering G-A-Y related questions. I tried and failed, I was not a regular G-A-Y club goer and it was obvious.

After 6 hours of waiting while freezing our butts off we finally got to go inside the G-A-Y bar to get our holy wristbands. People who jumped the queue were removed by staff and rightfully so. We paid 20 British Pounds for our much wanted purple wristband, 20 pounds boys and girls, 20 freaking pounds!! Nowadays 20 pounds will get you a drink (well maybe two……) we also got a sheet with the rules of the gig and then made our way back to the hotel. As with KOKO we decided not to go queue outside G-A-Y club as the gig wouldn’t be until much later that night.

We entered G-A-Y club around 10pm and it was much bigger than I expected, much much bigger than KOKO. We bought our drinks and spent our time chatting to friends and walking up to the very front row of the right side of the stage (not the catwalk). Absolutely brilliant spot and there was little to no space in between the crowd and stage. Madonna’s band did not take the stage until 1.30am! The crowd erupted when the intro to ‘Hung Up’ started and Madonna emerged in a hot pink outfit, she looked absolutely fantastic. The crowd went wild, since there were much more people here than at KOKO people were squashed left and right. Thankfully my spot remained pretty solid and I was as close as being in the pit during the Re-Invention Tour.

If you think the gig at KOKO was high energy, than this was something else! Madonna gave even more here tonight than at the previous performance. What a difference from the woman in the glittery dress who was singing to children yesterday……Madonna performed the same set of songs and in the same order as she did at KOKO. She told the crowd that the KOKO gig was just a warm-up and asked if this show was better? Also addressed the crowd by saying she made the album for them. The crowd ate it up, every little thing she said and did (wink wink.) When she took off her shirt she asked the crowd to do the same. I think she regretted it instantly when she was thrown a stinky & sweaty shirt or two though. I did not take off my shirt, I don’t think anybody would have been pleased to see me in my bra.

Madonna went and sat down on the stage in front of us many times drinking water and resting up. She seemed to be quite in her element and enjoyed every second of her performance there. To our surprise she added a tiny bit of the song ‘Jump’ after singing ‘Everybody’. When she left the stage and the gig was over, we were all completely exhausted. Because at this gig we were allowed to take pictures and video, they turned out much better (finally.) Madonna truly gave a once in a lifetime performance here and I am still in doubt which of the two gigs, KOKO or G-A-Y was better. But the fact is that they were her best live promotional gigs to date.

Check out our gallery below and the video we took!

Check out my original report written in 2005 HERE

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Madonna performs at Children in Need 15 years ago today – a personal live report!

Out of all the Confessions on a Dance Floor promo performances, I think I was most lucky to be able to attend the ‘Children in Need’ taping on November 18 2005.

This was the one event where tickets were not available to reserve, order or queue for. All we knew was that Madonna would be there to perform for the charity event at the BBC studio’s in London.

We decided to give it our best shot, take the tube and see where we would end up. When we arrived at the studio’s we walked up to the information desk where people were handed their tickets. We simply asked if there were any tickets left, not thinking anything of it and mostly without having any faith. I remember the girl leaning to check under her desk, grabbing a folder and saying ‘yes, I have two spare tickets left’. Wait?! That was it? We didn’t even need to try and convince her why we needed to be at the taping? I was screaming with joy inside but held it together. We were given our tickets and told where to go and wait.

We ran into Madonna’s tour manager outside whom we greeted. There was nothing but kids there with their moms, so we got some strange looks. We weren’t wearing Madonna shirts or anything, but we were basically the only kid-less couple there. A little while later we were escorted to some sort of lobby to sit out the rest of the wait until it was time to enter the studio. Once there we were escorted to our seats. I am always shocked to see how small most studio’s are, and this was no exception. We were seated in the fourth row from the stage right beneath one of the camera’s, great center spot! We knew it was going to be a very long event so we asked one of the camera crew members whether they knew when Madonna would appear. He checked his schedule and told us Madonna was actually the very first artist to perform as she had requested so. We were told that Madonna agreed to perform two songs, but only wanted to stay for a maximum of 20 minutes and then leave right after. Yes, sounded like Madonna to me.

Once taping for the show got on the way, after only a very short intro we recognized Madonna’s band walking onto the tiny stage. Suddenly without any form of introduction, or roar from the audience…Madonna walks on stage. This teeny tiny little woman dressed in a super sparkly 70’s disco inspired little number, looking down at the ground, shoulders held up high. Dare I say it? She seemed genuinly nervous. It was quite the moment. Many kids had no idea who they were staring it, but the moms were all giddy with excitement. I remember constantly getting various kids’ artworks in my face, which they were waving around like they were giving away free money. I felt like I was sitting in a circus, waiting for Pippi Longstocking to show us how incredibly strong she was. We felt so out of place…..

Suddenly the intro to ‘Get Together’ filled the studio and Madonna changed immediately. She looked up and out into the audience, started to smile and got into her groove. It was a very different audience from the one at KOKO a few days prior, so no sexy moves Madge! We all got up and danced, sang and clapped along. It was obvious that nobody was familiar with ‘Get Together’ but they seemed to like the tune anyway. Madonna pointed to us a few times when she sang the line ‘come on over here….’ and we were like oh yes please. After the song Madonna left the stage for just a minute while they shot something else on stage, and then Madonna came back. ‘Time goes by so slowly’.…she was going to perform ‘Hung Up’ right this minute. And THIS the children knew, so they all danced and jumped and got all excited. Madonna seemed to love the feedback and kept singing to the children in the first couple of rows.

When the song finished she had to tape a short talk with the host before having to read a phone number out loud people could use to donate money. The screen with the phone number was right above our heads (yes it was that camera) so we had to duck a little bit so she had a clear view. She had some trouble reading it and we pointed to it. She got it right in the end and then quietly left the stage. Quiet entrance, huge big party, modest exit. This wasn’t Madonna’s usual audience and it showed, but it was a lot of fun to have been part of it. After Madonna I remember that Liberty X came out to perform (I honestly don’t remember who they were) only to be followed by Kelly and Sharon Osbourne having a chat on stage. We felt it was time to ask the crew if we could leave the studio’s early, as we knew it was going to be a couple of hours. Fortunately for us that was no problem and so we were off. We later learned that for the broadcast they changed up Madonna’s performances in order of appearance.

We tried to take pictures from the audience with our incredible disposable camera (remember people, these were the Middle Ages) but as we did so secretly and without using flash, they turned out absolutely horrible. Yes not even Photoshop can save them, but you know here they are and just know that the glittery thing is Madonna.

Read my original full report from 2005 HERE

Photo gallery HERE

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‘Niemand had interesse in dit huppel­kutje’ Dutch article on Madonna’s first visit to Holland

Nederland is opvallend vaak de ideale springplank voor de internationale doorbraak van ontluikende popsterren. Tom Steenbergen schreef er het boek Popparadijs Nederland over, dat deze week uitkomt.

Een van de wereldsterren die hij de revue laat passeren, is Madonna, de Queen of Pop die in de winter van 1984 voor het eerst naar Amsterdam komt. En dankzij Nieuwe Revu een fotoshoot doet die legendarisch zal worden.

Zondag 22 januari 1984 is een uitzonderlijke ijzige dag met een gemiddelde temperatuur van -3 °C en een gevoelstemperatuur van -8,4 °C. De zon laat zich de hele dag niet zien. Na een nacht met veelal matige vorst, komt het die dag voor het eerst tot sneeuwval. De meeste sneeuw valt in een strook over het Rijnmond-gebied, het Westland en de regio Amsterdam.

Op deze koude winterochtend staan WEA Records-labelmanager Fred Schröder en press & promotions-manager Jan Abbink in alle vroegte op Schiphol te wachten op de aankomst van een vlucht uit New York met aan boord een totaal onbekend zangeresje. Fred heeft onderweg nog een bosje bloemen weten te bemachtigen bij een benzinestation. Hij was daags tevoren gebeld door Seymour Stein, de grote baas van Sire Records, in Nederland vertegenwoordigd door WEA Records, met de woorden ‘Take good care of my baby, she is my top priority!

Het jonge zangeresje luistert naar de naam ‘Madonna’. Fred noch Jan hadden ooit van haar gehoord, maar ze kenden Seymour Stein als een man die wel vaker grote woorden gebruikt. Ze balen dat ze op zondag moeten werken en zullen wel zien hoe het uitpakt.

Een klein fragiel meisje

Uiteindelijk komt Madonna, een klein fragiel meisje, door de douane in het gezelschap van een danseres en een danser. De laatste blijkt haar jongere broer Christopher te zijn. Naast haar een enorme stapel koffers. Jan stelt zichzelf en Fred voor. Fred overhandigt haar de bos ruikers die ze meteen aan de danseres geeft. Zonder een woord van dank wijst ze op de grote stapel koffers en zegt: ‘Carry my suitcases!’ Jan en Fred kijken elkaar aan. Gelukkig is er een limo geregeld die hen naar het Sonesta Hotel in Amsterdam brengt.

Jan Abbink, wel gewend om met buitenlandse artiesten te werken, vertelt: ‘We hebben haar in het hotel afgeleverd en haar verteld wat we de komende twee dagen aan promotie zouden doen. Op maandag hadden we wat interviews gepland. Maar ondanks alle moeite die we daarvoor deden, bleken geen van de grote muziek- en dagbladen – laat staan de publieke omroep – ook maar enigszins geïnteresseerd te zijn in, wat zij aan de hand van de foto’s die ik had gestuurd, dit “huppelkutje” noemden.’

Lees het volledige artikel op REVU (premium artikel)

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Madonna performs at KOKO in London 15 years ago today – a personal live report and video!

Fifteen years ago today Madonna performed a historical promotional gig at KOKO in Camden London. I was one of the lucky ones who was there.

I distinctly remember traveling to London in the cold without a ticket for the much talked about album launch at KOKO in London. At that point no information was given whether tickets for the gig would be given out at the door or not. In a day and time without internet access on my phone I had to rely on the internet cafe’s in London to catch up on my Madonna news. 

It was right in Piccadilly Circus, right near Boots where I remember paying for the use of internet and reading that fans were queuing up outside KOKO already. Tickets were indeed be given out to the first 200 fans who took the effort to go out and queue at the KOKO venue. Since it was freezing cold me and my friend decided not to queue this instant (even then I was rather lazy than cold) but to wait until the early hours in the morning. Happy but anxious at the same time we made our way back to our hotel.

Early morning we took the very first tube to Camden and from there made the long walk up to KOKO in the freezing cold. Quite a few fans had spent the night outside and we queued up behind them, I was a very respectable number 72 in the queue. We spent the time chatting to the fans in front of us setting out for a long and very cold day. You can imagine our shock when we were told that at only 11am we were already allowed to go inside and collect our wristbands and tickets to tonight’s performance. The crew told us it was then up to us whether we chose to queue again in order to settle for the best seats, or do as you please and come back a little before the doors were to open.

I remember right before I went in that various reporters were interviewing the fans outside and I was asked some questions too. Inside we were asked to write down our full name, address and phone number before we were granted our holy wristbands and tickets. We were told later that Guy Oseary had told fans all 200 there would be invited to the official UK premiere for Madonna’s ‘I’m Going To Tell You A Secret’ premiere later that month. We went home with the fans we met there to watch the Parkinson interview with Madonna before heading to our hotel for a beauty sleep.

We met up again at 3.30pm at KOKO to sit out the rest of our queuing, the queue was about the same as I had left it that morning. Many reporters came by again and also interviewed me on camera and I had absolutely no idea what it was for. I just remember answering to the questions asked ‘that it all was very very good.’ (see video)

When we finally got to go inside the tiny but beautiful venue we found a perfect spot at the right side of the catwalk of Madonna’s stage. The place reminded me a bit of Paradiso in Amsterdam, but much more intimate. The show was to be broadcast live so thank heavens for that as she started almost right on time! When Madonna emerged on stage……wow…..just wow!! The place went absolutely insane! I am sure you have seen the performance so I won’t need to explain why as Madonna was ON FIRE!!! If there is one performance of Madonna I have to label as flawless, it is without doubt this one. It was the first time I was treated to the new remix of ‘Let it Will Be’ (Paper Faces mix) and I was BLOWN away. The vibe you get from watching the broadcast…..it was even more insane being cramped up in there with your fellow fans and Madonna sticking her hand down her pants while rocking to that track. It was unreal, surreal, it was simply incredible. 

When Madonna finished her performance with ‘Everybody’ (see our sneakily filmed clip from that track here) everybody was soaked with sweat. I remember a couple of fans trying to get Madonna’s used bottle that was left on the stage, but security was stern. While making our way out of the venue we found out there were posters and shirts on sale as well as a little ‘photo booth.’

Outside we ran into Bob Geldof and he agreed to take a photo. We took some posters and two of the disco ball tiles that were placed outside on the street. Our pictures didn’t turn out that well as we had the camera on the wrong setting, so instead of one Madonna most images produced two. The images are in the gallery below and are quite trippy. I tried to enhance them just a bit, but improving these is quite the impossible task. 

Check out my full original report HERE

Check out our album page HERE

 

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Mirwais live interview French TV transcript (in relation to his work with Madonna)

From the live interview with Mirwais that aired just now on France 5 en direct

“Madonna is a music extremist, she could die for a good sound!” “She’s extremely impatient and asks me all the time, why does it take so long to become cool (in relation to my work to put her songs to music!)”. “She always wants to have the last word when we talk, so I talk to her about Spinoza and Freud to find something she can’t get her hands on…” (laughing) “Artistically I support her 1000%, but I don’t envy her at all, I have no desire to be in her entourage, I have no desire to live in her wake”. “However I always defend her, I find it disgusting that she is criticized for her artistic choices or even for her physique or her age… She fights for the music and for a real fight… We need more like her!” “I have been working with her for 20 years (we recently did Madame X together) and I can assure you that she has never changed! She has her feet on the ground and she is whole! She fights above all for the music”

Mirwais presented his new album which will be released on vinyl (and not on Deezer type internet platforms) he wants to release a collector’s item and many remixes and find the physical support is essential to the music.

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Destination Jam: Top 5 club-ready songs of 2020 to give you a party fix and forget Covid-19 news for a moment

Dua Lipa: ‘Levitating’, featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott (The Blessed Madonna Remix)

Pop sensation Dua Lipa released a club-ready remix version of her critically-acclaimed album ‘Future Nostalgia’ on August 28. Aptly titled ‘Club Future Nostalgia’ the song featured several contributions from famous names including Blackpink, Gwen Stefani and more. One of our favorites from the album is the collaborative remix for ‘Levitating’ which featured Missy Elliot and Madonna. The remix carries a funky, cybernetic energy and kicks up the tempo a few BPM as opposed to its ’80s, disco-toned original.

 

More at MEAWW

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‘Four Rooms’ limited Mediabook release (222 copies) with 3 choices of artwork (Germany)

On December 10 Four Rooms will be released on mediabook (Blu-ray+DVD) in Germany. It is a limited edition of 222 copies with three different versions of the artwork.

Extra’s include:

• Documentary ‘Four Directors’

• Four Friends

• Featurette

• Original trailer

• German trailer

• The four episodes (text)

• Trivia

• Production notes

• 16-page booklet with text by Christoph N. Kellerbach

ca. 94+98 Minuten
Freigabe: 16
Sprachen: Deutsch: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Englisch: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Französisch: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Untertitel: Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch
Bildformat: High Definition (1.85:1) – 1080p
Ländercode: 2+B

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Mediabook cover B

Mediabook cover C

Mediabook cover D

Thanks to Basti

 

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TIDAL Adds Millions of Master Quality Tracks, Offering Extensive Catalog of Highest Quality Streaming Audio

MQA Users have Doubled Since 2019 on TIDAL

TIDAL HiFi Users Now Stream 40% More Tracks in Master Quality than Last Year

NEW YORKNov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, global music and entertainment streaming platform, TIDAL, added millions of tracks in MQA from Warner Music Group to its Masters catalog. TIDAL, in partnership with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), provides guaranteed delivery of the original sound recording with TIDAL Masters. Now music fans can listen to an expanded Masters catalog, featuring iconic albums from artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Missy Elliott, LCD Soundsystem, Madonna and more.

MQA, led by Bob Stuart, who this year became the first audio engineer to receive the Prince Philip Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering, has pioneered an entirely new way of coding digital audio based on key insights into how humans hear. Key to the technology is MQA’s built-in authentication to confirm that the listener is getting the exact sound created in the studio. Additionally, MQA addresses the issue that when analogue sound is turned into digital, the process introduces time-smearing artefacts that blur sounds unnaturally. MQA solves these problems, and then the MQA decoder in the TIDAL app ensures the conversion back to analogue preserves the music’s pristine clarity.

Bob Stuart, MQA Founder, explained, “By paying great attention to the nature of sound and the way we hear, MQA opens a clear window and delivers all the detail and nuance of the original song. The music industry’s catalog contains millions of significant performances from the early days of CD where, sometimes, the recording was created in 44.1kHz 16bit and where no alternative existed. We are delighted that Warner Music Group is bringing this content to TIDAL.”

“TIDAL Masters offer the best sound available. As consumers’ expectations of high quality experiences increase, TIDAL’s audio innovation sets the bar for music listening,” said Lior Tibon, TIDAL COO. “Not only can members hear music exactly as their favorite artists recorded it, but with recent platform enhancements, the experience is as seamless as ever.”

In response to listeners’ requests to make it easier to listen to and discover more Masters tracks, TIDAL has added ‘Master Edition’ Artist Radio and Track Radio. TIDAL members can listen to radio stations in the best quality available containing  Masters only songs, uninterrupted. In conjunction, TIDAL is adding the Master Edition of My New Arrivals, a personalized playlist of new music in full master quality audio for members based on their listening habits. Using less bandwidth, MQA technology packages and delivers master quality audio to music fans making MQA files accessible to listeners on-the-go, with any headphones.

To further support a harmonious listening experience, TIDAL recently launched the “Connect” feature, which allows users to stream music from its HiFi tier directly to connected devices, including: Bluesound, Cambridge Audio, DALI, KEF, iFi audio, Lyngdorf, Monitor, NAD, and Naim Audio. Through TIDAL Connect, the platform’s unparalleled lossless audio quality can now be seamlessly experienced on members’ favorite devices with the touch of a button. For more information on how to connect, visit TIDAL.com/Connect

TIDAL offers the largest MQA catalog outside of China. In addition, TIDAL offers music lovers unlimited access to its extensive catalog of over 70 million tracks across all genres, thousands of expertly curated playlists by TIDAL’s seasoned editorial team, and endless artist radio stations.

TIDAL HiFi at a Glance

A TIDAL HiFi membership allows you to listen to the best quality sound based on your settings, selected playback device, and data availability. The HiFi tier offers a number of streaming options, including:

HiFi – High-fidelity sound comes from uncompressed music files. TIDAL HiFi utilizes FLAC, a more robust file format. In contrast, MP3 files are compressed to decrease file size, which can remove audio details, which can reduce sound quality. FLAC offers CD-quality audio in its purest form (1411kbps or 16bit / 44.1kHz)

Master – Authenticated and unbroken files with the highest possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite. And exactly as the artist intended.

Dolby Atmos – An immersive audio experience. Dolby Atmos Music allows sounds to be precisely placed, adding dimensionality to create a full audio atmosphere.

Sony 360 Reality Audio – An immersive experience using Sony’s spatial audio technology to map out sound at any point or distance from your ears. This new listening experience is the culmination of years of acoustic and physiological studies of how we hear and place sounds.

Learn more on tidal.com/sound-quality 

About TIDAL
TIDAL is an artist-owned global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans closer together through unique original content and exclusive events. Available in 56 countries, the streaming service has more than 70 million songs and 250,000 high quality videos in its catalog along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via TIDAL Rising. With the commitment of its owners to create a more sustainable model for the music industry, TIDAL is available in premium and HiFi tiers—recordings which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), Sony’s 360 Reality Audio recordings, and Dolby Atmos Music.

About MQA
Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA.

For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk
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Press site: www.mqa.co.uk/press-and-pr

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