Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the biggest names in music have established their own online streaming service.

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk and Jack White appeared onstage together in New York City Monday to announce the launch of Tidal, an artist-owned music and video streaming service.

Keys said the artists hope the new service will “forever change the course of music history” and ensure the viability of the industry.

The membership-based service will provide music and exclusive video content that users can stream on computers, tablets and smartphones or listen to offline.

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(L-R) Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, JAY Z, and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

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Ghosttown remixes + Video to Ghosttown to be released in April

News from France: More Super Deluxe editions have been shipped to stores due to high demand. Tomorrow in France an EP will be released with the bonus titles that appear on the Super Deluxe edition. The first batch of remixes of Ghosttown have been approved for release, we now wait for more information regarding the distribution and release.
The video for Ghosttown will be released somewhere halfway April, no exact date at the moment.
Thanks to Universal Music France 
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Taylor Swift, Madonna collaborate in genius PR move on iHeartRadio Music Awards

As we have chronicled, Madonna’s PR campaign for her new album, “Rebel Heart,” has been nothing short of incredibly strange. From Instagram controversies to wardrobe malfunctions, the pop star has figuratively (and literally) stumbled in the last few months as she plugs her latest project.

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But she made a genius move on Sunday night during the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which had an admittedly impressive line-up for a completely made-up award show that celebrates the nation’s largest radio conglomerate. Madonna kicked off a low-key performance of her new song, “Ghosttown” with a mysterious guitarist performing behind her, who turned out to be…none other than Taylor Swift!

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Watch Madonna and Taylor Swift Blow the Lid off the iHeartRadio Awards

Taylor Swift is one of the most famous and successful musicians working today. So you have to be a pretty big deal to get away with having Swift just play back up for you. But make no mistake, that’s exactly what Madonna is and always has been: a pretty big deal.

The duo took to the stage on Sunday night at the iHeartRadio Awards to perform Madonna’s song “Ghost Town” with her Madgesty on vocals and Swift strumming the life out of her acoustic guitar. This isn’t the first time Madonna has enticed a younger pop star on stage with her. Christina, Britney,Miley, etc., we’ve seen it all before. And, yes, like other young pop stars before her, Taylor went a little edgier with her style in order to keep up with Madonna, mirroring the pop queen’s lace-top stockings and garter look. But since this is sweet pop princess Swift we’re talking about, there was no repeat of thefamous 2003 incident with Brit, Madonna, and Christina. The pair opted instead for a more chaste peck on the cheek.

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Before leaving the stage.

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Let’s hope this only the first of many collaborations between Madonna and Swift because Madge would absolutely kill “Blank Space.”

Vanity Fair

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CD review: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’

“Rebel Heart” is unlike any other album in Madonna’s discography. Instead of creating a brand-new aural persona as she’s done so many times before, “Rebel Heart” is very much the first Madonna album that’s actually about Madonna, with a majority of these tracks commenting on her own history and accomplishments with varying degrees of success.

While there is the usual glut of mindless sex jams and trend chasers that have so characterized her last three full-lengths, those few meta moments that actually work reveal a rare poignancy that hasn’t been seen since 2000’s “Music.”

Take “Holy Water,” for example. Madonna sounds very much at home with aggressive sentiments, blatantly toying around with religious iconography while having a bit of provocative fun. During a breakdown near the end, she somewhat inexplicably interpolates the entire “Ladies with an attitude” verse from “Vogue,” presumably to give weight to the song’s theme of owning your own sexuality. While the verse fits nicely over the song’s mid-tempo electro throb, this is a rare case of Madonna acknowledging her own legacy, leaving these well-worn tropes out in a window display for all to see.

“Rebel Heart” has a profoundly human element to it, one that paints Madonna more as a person than a product, itself a minor miracle. With this album, Madonna has dropped the overt hit-chasing to instead take on her most radical incarnation yet – that of an actual, relatable human being, flaws and all.

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Special Dutch Rebel Heart collector’s card

RHbol_0001 RHbol_0002This card created by Universal Music Holland has been sent out through Bol.com to people who pre-ordered Rebel Heart. There were issues with the delivery time of the Super Deluxe edition, therefor this card was made to thank every buyer for their patience. It’s made of thick glossy material, a very nice little collector’s item!

 

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