Dua Lipa remix album ‘Club Future Nostalgia’ out this Friday

Out Friday 28th August, Club Future Nostalgia is a stellar collection of brand-new remixes and features from an incredible roll call of superstars, underground heroes and some of the world’s finest dance music talent.

Featuring remixers handpicked by The Blessed Madonna, the mixtape also includes classic house and pop samples woven into the mix. Marea Stamper aka The Blessed Madonna is a Kentucky-born, Chicago-adopted and now London-based DJ and producer who has become one of the most celebrated names in global club culture.

The album is an eclectic and euphoric mix of the past and present, a celebration of musical worlds coming together, with 90’s house blending seamlessly with 2020’s finest pop and remixers, a splash of 80’s soul and a few noughties musical gems added to the blend

Club Future Nostalgia features musical collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Missy Elliott and BLACKPINK as well as remixes by the legendary Masters At Work, Godfather of house Larry Heard – aka Mr Fingers, Japanese superstar Gen Hoshino, multitalented artist/producer Mark Ronson, noughties remix king Jacques Lu Cont, Erykah Badu producer / collaborator Zach Witness, UK DJ/producer Midland, Horse Meat Disco – the touchstone for all things disco, Hot Chip and 2Bear’s Joe Goddard, queen of the underground Jayda G, DJ/remixer supreme Paul Woolford, Korean-American electronic star Yaeji and Detroit House Legend Moodymann.

The Blessed Madonna has used samples to thread together these remixes, mixing classic pop samples from the likes of Neneh Cherry, Gwen Stefani and Jamiroquai, plus phrases from iconic house, soul and disco records, by artists such as Robert Owens, The Art Of Noise, Cajmere, Gaz, Lyn Collins and Larry Heard.

“The last few months have been surreal. I’ve watched you all dance in your homes and on your Zoom parties to Future Nostalgia like you were in the club with me. It brought so much joy to my days spent at home, even though I would’ve much rather been playing these songs live for you all on the road,” Lipa said of the album.

“During this time, I decided to take the party up a notch with the incomparable The Blessed Madonna, who secretly helped me to craft the mixtape that would become “Club Future Nostalgia”. We invited some friends and legends to join in on the fun with us”.

Club Future Nostaglia is out on Friday 28th August.

Source: Media release

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Happy 20th to ‘Music’

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since ‘Music’ was released? Do you remember how the song first leaked on Napster?

The music video premiered in Holland on Dutch music channel TMF and starred Ali G. Debi Mazar and Niki Haris. Madonna was pregnant with Rocco while she filmed the music video. 

‘Music’ became one of Madonna’s dance anthems and one of her greatest hits of all time.

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Jamaicans ecstatic about Madonna’s ‘irie’ birthday trip

(Jamaica Star) Pop legend Madonna is known for going all out on her annual birthday celebrations. This year, the Like A Virgin singer chose to mark the occasion in Jamaica. THE STAR understands that she has been staying at Hanover’s luxurious Tryall Club.

Since touching down on the island, Madonna has been sharing videos of the island festivities with her 15.5 million followers on Instagram. Videos of the superstar soaking up the ‘876’ culture have been flooding social media since the start of this week.

On Monday, when the first set of videos hit social media, Madonna was seen enjoying a percussion performance courtesy of a Rastafarian group.

Madonna and boyfriend

Madonna and her visiting group, which included her 26-year-old boyfriend, Ahlamalik Williams, also enjoyed a special performance from reggae artiste Jesse Royal.

In that video also, members of Madonna’s party were seen learning some of the island’s latest dance moves as they vibed to Ding Dong’s hit single, Gas.

The party continued on Tuesday when another set of videos hit the social media scene. In those clips, the singer continued to enjoy the best of dancehall as she was caught dancing to a slew of popular hits including Spice’s So Me Like It, Tony Matterhorn’s Goodaz Fi Dem, and Vybz Kartel’s Fever. Matterhorn and Spice re-posted clips of her dancing to their songs. Matterhorn’s post on his Instagram page said that only the best hits could get the Erotica hitmaker to ‘dash out’.

Spice’s post approved of Madonna’s song selection as she captioned the video with a famous line from the track. “Madonna is in Jamaica. Yes a so mi like it!,” her caption read. The videos have been flooded with comments from Jamaicans local and abroad, thanking the singer for choosing the island to host her 62nd birthday celebrations.

Some comments urged the pop singer to smoke as much marijuana as possible and indulge in as much rum as she can. And it seems she has been following those recommendations. Photos posted to her official Instagram page shows the singer with a ‘spliff’ in her mouth, holding a tray of marijuana and Lion Pride Rizzla. She has also been photographed enjoying cocktails.

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Will Madonna sign Jesse Royal?

Is Rastafari reggae singer Jesse Royal on American pop star Madonna’s radar?

That’s the question being asked after a video of the Modern Day Judas singer performing at Madonna’s birthday party held on the north coast surfaced on the weekend.

When asked to comment about the performance and whether there was a collaboration in the works, Jesse Royal declined the Jamaica Observer‘s request, citing he had signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Madonna, members of her family and friends have been in the island since last Thursday. Unconfirmed reports state they are staying at Tryall Club in Hanover.

On Sunday a party was held for the Material Girl to commemorate her 62nd birthday. Among those who performed was a local mento band as well as Jesse Royal.

In a video clip that has been making the rounds on social media, Jesse Royal was seen performing Sweet Sensation while Madonna and her alleged boyfriend, Ahlamalik Williams, danced to the song while singing some of the lyrics.

Sweet Sensation by Heavyweight Rockaz and Jesse Royal was produced by Notis Records. It was released on February 14.

It is understood that the single is to be included on the reggae singer’s forthcoming sophomore album, due for release later this year.

Madonna has been attracted to the Rastafari culture and reggae music for years. In the early 1990s she tried to sign singer Junior Reid to her Maverick Records label. Negotiations, however, fell through.

She later signed Seattle grunge band Candlebox and Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. Candlebox’s self-titled debut album went on to sell over 4 million copies while Morissette’s debut album, Jagged Little Pill sold more than 33 million copies worldwide.

Jamaican fusion singer Diana King was signed to Maverick Records in the early 2000s.

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Give Me All Your Luvin’ discography online – 19 items

Give Me All Your Luvin’ Madonna’s first single with new label that kicked off Madonna’s new ‘MDNA’ era. The single was performed in Madonna’s infamous Superbowl Halftime show, then the best watched Halftime show ever.

Despite the track having Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on it, the Superbowl Halftime show plus the announcement of the MDNA Tour, it failed to become the lead single hit we’d come to expect from a new Madonna album.

She performed the track in a spectacular way on her MDNA Tour. 

For the discography we have collected 19 different pressings of this release for you to view. This includes the very rare official Dutch promotional CD, the Korean compilation sampler in cardsleeve and the French limited editon promo.

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Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ is better with added Madonna and Missy Elliot

 

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia has been one of the may great dance albums that have come out in 2020, and the singer has made her tune Levitating even better by releasing a new remix by DJ The Blessed Madonna which features additional vocals from Madonna and Missy Elliot.

The remix makes a great tunes even better, and it’s a distinctly different sound. Dua Lipa has commented on the collaboration saying working with the iconic artists was “mind blowing”.

“Madonna has been an artist that I’ve listened to my whole life. And I think just, I guess her career trajectory as well has been something so inspirational and the momentum that she’s kept and the way that she’s grown with her music. And I’ve always found that really, really inspiring and to get to work with the diva herself.” Dua Lipa said.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music she said she was so excited when both Madonna and Missy Elliot agreed to be on the revamped track.

“It’s just such a mind-blowing experience. Being a fan of Missy’s for so long and then having her to be like, ‘Yeah, I love the song. I love the remix. I love the track. I feel inspired by it. I want to jump on it.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is so crazy.’

“I jumped on the phone with her and we had a little talk and she really just does stuff that she really believes in, so that I felt it was such a massive compliment for me, for her to be so inspired by the remix and the track, and to want to be a part of it and be a part of this mix tape. And it really is a dream come true. I still find it, just talking about it, I’m like, it doesn’t make sense.”

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Madonna celebrates 62nd birthday in Jamaica

The pop legend celebrates her 62nd birthday in the second city with family and friends. (Photos: via Instagram/@madonna)The pop legend celebrates her 62nd birthday in the second city with family and friends. (Photos: via Instagram/@madonna)

They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

Well, for the Ciccone’s, particularly, birthday girl Madonna, the week is just starting to get better.

And, when you’re the unabashed queen of Pop, sharing that luxurious J’can vacation with the entire family is what haute living is all about.

Madonna, her alleged beau du jour Ahlamalik Williams, her six children, and some of her closest friends are currently enjoying a bit of Rock R&R in Montego Bay, St James.

Joining ‘Madge’ in the festivities was her deejay, songwriter, producer pal Diplo – who’s no stranger to the Rock – and her alleged ‘tour guide’, Baylie and McCall Olsen, vocal producer/engineer Lauren D’Elia, artist/entertainer Sasha Mallory, and her longtime dance pal Loic Mabanza, among others.

From an IGTv video shared to her Instagram account, the Material Girl singer ‘rediscovers’ Jamaica and showed her over 15m followers how to enjoy ‘Birthday Fun in Jamaica’.

B-day festivities kicked off with a performance from Reggae recording artiste Jesse Royal, and later a J’can birthday serenade from a local resort band.

The children: Lourdes Leon, Rocco Ritchie, Mercy James, David Banda, and her seven-year-old twins Estere and Stella Ciccone, partied with their mom and friends late into the evening, part of a weekend-long celebration, according to Page Six.

In April, the legendary pop star revealed she’d tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. And later revealed in May that seven weeks prior – in March – while on tour in Paris, she’d been sick while on tour.

However, on Sunday, Madonna and guests partied on the North Coast like there was no tomorrow.

More updates to come.

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Madonna turns 62: Iconic singer shows her ‘resting birthday b***h face’, performs Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’

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Madonna is celebrating her birthday today (August 16) and she has turned 62. The legendary singer decided to treat herself and shared a few glimpses of the same on her Instagram page. First, she posted a video while talking to herself in the mirror and getting ready for her birthday celebrations. Madonna is heard singing ‘Levitating (The Blessed Madonna Remix)‘, a popular song by Dua Lipa featuring her. She also shows that she is cutting her own hair and more.

Madonna wrote, “I’M Levitating… @dualipa #levitatingremix”. Soon after that, she posted a series of photos showing her straight face. The ‘Material Girl‘ singer is seen wearing a white straight fit dress with frilled sleeves and hair side braided. She teamed it up with a few multicolour chains out of which one is a phone holder too. Madonna also posed with a hand fan.

She wrote, “Resting Birthday B***h Face… #happybirthday #leo #fire”.

Check out both the posts below:

 

Earlier in May this year, through her edition of ‘quarantine diaries’ series, Madonna revealed that she was tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

The singer took to Instagram to make the announcement and posted a video of herself on IGTV. “Took a test the other day. I found out that I have the antibodies,” Madonna said.

“So tomorrow, I’m just going to go for a long drive in the car and I’m going to roll down the window and I`m going to breathe in, I’m going to breathe in the COVID-19 air,” the 62-year-old singer added.

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When Madonna entered the chart record books

Madonna: 1 and 2 in August ‘85

Madonna: 1 and 2 in August ‘85

Here’s a chunk of chart history from 35 years ago this week, when Madonna became the first female artist to hold the top two positions in the UK chart simultaneously.

She was in fact only the fourth artist in history to do so, after The Beatles, John Lennon and Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

‘Into The Groove’, co-written by Madonna and Stephen Bray for the film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, gave Madonna her first UK number one but was never released as a 7″ single in the US.

Instead, it featured as the B side on the 12″ version of ‘Angel’ in the US market, helping in no small way to propel that single into the top 5 in the Billboard Hot 100.

While ‘Into The Groove’ is often lauded as an eighties pop gem, and is the singer’s top-selling song in the UK, Madonna is not a big fan and rarely sings it live. She has said that she feels ‘dorky’ while performing it and is surprised at its popularity, telling Rolling Stone in one interview she is ‘not a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not.’

On the other hand, Madonna has said that ‘Holiday’ is one of her favourite hits and she regularly includes the party tune in her live setlist.

Though never a No. 1, it has the distinction of giving Madonna a top ten hit on three separate occasions in the UK.

By the time of its 1985 battle with ‘Into The Groove’ for the UK top spot, ‘Holiday’ was already two years old. It had originally appeared on Madonna’s self-titled debut album in 1983, reaching 16 in the US and 6 in the UK.

The song was re-released in the UK in 1985 in support of ‘Madonna – The First Album’, a newly-packaged version of her debut album for non-US markets. It was released as a single in the UK for the third time in 1991 to promote the greatest hits compilation ‘The Immaculate Collection’, this time reaching number 5.

‘Holiday’ was written by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens of disco group Pure Energy and its success provided a real financial boost at a time when they were living in a boarding house.

In a 2015 interview, Hudson said that the song still generated money for them.

‘Can you live off of one hit? Yes, you can if you get the right hit. It can last you a lifetime. We’ve been living proof of that.’

1 Into The Groove Madonna

Holiday Madonna

I Got You Babe UB40 featuring Chrissie Hynde

We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) Tina Turner

Money For Nothing Dire Straits

There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) Eurythmics

White Wedding Billy Idol

Drive The Cars

Running Up That Hill Kate Bush

10 Don Quixote Nik Kershaw

 

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The ‘Hot’ Hit Song Madonna Wrote With Lenny Kravitz

Madonna has duetted with superstars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears but some fans don’t know one of her biggest hits was co-written by rock idol Lenny Kravitz. Kravitz wrote a “hot” song he thought was suitable for Madonna. Interestingly, the song became a huge pop smash even though it isn’t really a pop song.

The song Lenny Kravitz thought would be a No. 1 hit for Madonna

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kravitz recalled crafting “Justify My Love.” He felt it didn’t suit him but he liked it because it was “hot.” In addition, he felt “Justify My Love” might work for Madonna, who he’d previously met in the club scene. 

He called Madonna and told her he had a No. 1 hit for her. Madonna was skeptical. Kravitz insisted “Justify My Love” would be a huge success if she recorded it. The Queen of Pop said she was willing to hear it.

How people reacted to the ‘very progressive’ song

“So I went to the studio,” Kravitz told Rolling Stone, “popped in my cassette, blasted the track and played it again and again and she’s like, ‘Let’s do it.’ Everyone in the room was like, ‘Oh, sh*t.’ It was so different.” According to AllMusic, Madonna and Kravitz co-wrote the final version of “Justify My Love.”

Rolling Stone reports Jean-Baptiste Mondino, the director of the “Justify My Love” video, was taken with the song, calling it “very, very progressive, very unusual. It was Lenny Kravitz who wrote it, he was singing, but he was almost talking, and he had that strange beat. You couldn’t really dance to it. It was all whispering — it sounds more like an experience. Nobody would pick up a song like this and try to make a hit out of it, don’t you think so?”

“Justify My Love”

How ‘Justify My Love’ performed with the public

Although Mondino didn’t think someone would try to make “Justify My Love” a hit, Madonna did. Not only did Madonna release it, but she also released it as the first single from her initial greatest hits album, The Immaculate Collection. That was arguably a gamble given that “Justify My Love” is pretty avant-garde for a pop song. After that, the risk paid off, as the track became of one Madonna’s biggest hits of all time, the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s interesting how Madonna’s change in musical style from her early dance-pop hits to the minimalist trip-hop of “Justify My Love” didn’t alienate the public. 

Although Kravitz later had hits of his own, he told Rolling Stone he considers “Justify My Love” his first No. 1 single. In addition, Kravitz cited the track as one of the songs which defined his life alongside his own hits like “Fly Away” and “American Woman.” It’s certainly one of Kravitz’s many iconic songs.

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