Madonna and Kanye West didn’t exactly light the world on fire with their latest singles when initially released. It’s important to note that Madonna’s Rebel Heart single “Living for Love” hadn’t been officially promoted as a single until last week, when Madonna made the music video for the song available. However, Kanye West’s duet with Paul McCartney, “Only One,” wasn’t initially clicking with people. Fortunately, Kanye West (who produces some of Madonna’s Rebel Heart by the way), gave a stellar Grammy performance that has pushed “Only One” to No. 20 on iTunes.
Madonna needed even more to prove than Kanye this evening after several songs were leaked months before her Rebel Heart release date. As Hardeep Phull of the New York Post notes, Madonna proved to everyone at the Grammy Awards why she’s still the Queen of Pop.
“The 56-year-old dispatched with the shock tactics for once, choosing instead to lead a vibrant, Matador-themed production, complete with dancers wearing bullhorns. The gospel-influenced dance track also happens to be her best in years, a fact that was reflected in the way the buttoned-up music industry crowd inside the Staples Center danced with something approaching pleasure.”
Within hours of Madonna performing Rebel Heart’s first single, “Living for Love” went from nowhere to No. 39 on iTunes. Even better, the pre-order of Rebel Heart went from nowhere to No. 29 on iTunes. Both Madonna’s single and album should rise even higher as the day goes on. “Living for Love” was thought to be dead, but it is now back on life support. Madonna recently spoke to Billboard about “Living for Love” and the rumor it had 20 incarnations.
“20 might be a little too high. But definitely more than 10. A lot of different versions. We knew we wanted to make a dance record. But you know, there’s so many different levels of dance music and even different categories of house music. So, it was really like, what’s the bass line gonna sound like? Is it gonna be really stripped down and sparse, or is it going to be loaded up?”
Madonna is getting ready to start preparations for her world tour in support of Rebel Heart. She is going to play arenas instead of stadiums. She is also scheduled to play Australia for the first time in 22 years. Kanye West, who has produced Rebel Heart tracks “Holy Water,” “Illuminati,” and “Wash All Over Me,” will also tour around the same time Madonna does on a joint gig with Rihanna. Thanks to Madonna and Kanye West, 2015 is going to be a great year for music.
“Hold Tight” is the best of the bunch, an immediately familiar track with an epic, arresting chorus and martial drumming.
The studio version of “Joan of Arc” is a massive improvement on the illegally leaked demo that preceded news of the album itself. On the Grammy red carpet Sunday night, Madonna said the worst part of the Rebel Heart leaks was that fans heard incomplete/rejected versions of her new material. Nowhere is this more apparent than on “Joan of Arc,” a solid album track that sounds 10 times better than the leaked version.
“Iconic,” Madonna’s Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson collaboration, is just about as odd as you’d expect. Mike Tyson introduces the song with a boastful spoken word segment that might inspire hubristic listeners if not for the fact that it’s actually a quote from blood-stained Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Fortunately, the Axis shout-outs end there — Chance doesn’t reference Mein Kampf in his verse — but the rest of the song is a fairly overwrought affair. Chance’s verse is fire, but the intense, busy production ultimately adds up to very little.
Madonna (and her bottom-scrunchie) took the Grammys by storm last night as she bought her latest video, Living for Love, to life. At 56, she still managed to steal the stage!
We may not be quite as provocative as Queen Madge at her age, but we can try and convince others we are with this brand new Madonna T-shirt.
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Don’t forget to purchase your Living For Love Remixes EP through (Dutch) iTunes now through this LINK
|1||Living For Love (Djemba Djemba Club Mix)||Madonna||5:47||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|2||Living For Love (Erick Morillo Club Mix)||Madonna||6:12||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|3||Living For Love (THRILL Remix)||Madonna||5:11||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|4||Living For Love (Offer Nissim Living For Drama Mix)||Madonna||6:33||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|5||Living For Love (Offer Nissim Dub)||Madonna||7:15||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|6||Living For Love (DJ PAULO Club Mix)||Madonna||8:14||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|7||Living For Love (Mike Rizzo’s Funk Generation Club)||Madonna||7:02||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
|8||Living For Love (Dirty Pop Remix)||Madonna||4:58||€ 1,29||Bekijk in iTunes|
The three new tracks (Hold Tight, Joan Of Arc, Iconic) that will be made available through iTunes are probably being released tomorrow (Europe) due to store change in iTunes. It seems the US already got them, but ‘hold tight’ until tomorrow!
Thanks to Universal Music
Here is the link to the US store, that does have them available already
(L-R) Manager Guy Oseary, Madonna and rapper Nas attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
Madonna performed “Living for Love” — the inaugural single from her forthcoming album, “Rebel Heart” — for the first time at the Grammys on Sunday. Dressed like a matador and surrounded by topless men wearing bull maks, the iconic singer asked the audience to rise to its feet before exiting the stage through the ceiling.
Madonna was introduced by Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus, who chose the wise words “Let’s give it up for our bitch, Madonna! She made me call her that…” to do so.
Prior to taking the stage, the icon mooned the red carpet attendees.
The 56-year-old singer rushed to release “Living for Love,” along with five other tracks from “Rebel Heart” in an official capacity after unfinished versions of two other tracks leaked in late November. Madonna hadn’t yet announced the album’s title or release plans when the initial leaks occurred, but she’s since set March 10 as the drop date. The song’s video, in which Madonna portrays a matador fighting off an army of men dressed as bulls, premiered last week.
Madonna confirmed via Instagram that she will also perform at the BRIT Awards on Feb. 25, three days after “Living for Love” is slated for release in the U.K.
This marks the second consecutive year Madonna has performed on the Grammy stage. In 2014, she joined Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert to sing “Same Love” while a few dozen weddings took place on the telecast.
She sang “Living for Love” a few days after premiering its music video on Snapchat
Madonna’s upcoming album Rebel Heart has been plagued by leak after leak, but the material girl didn’t seem too fazed by her bad luck when she performed the album’s first single, “Living for Love,” live at the 2015 Grammy Awards for the first time.
Dressed in a revealing red matador outfit, she led the Staples Center in gospel choir-assisted sing-along. Music really does bring the people together after all.
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