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iTunedIN | MADONNA – I Rise (Remixes)

Rising above the rest “I Rise” emerges as a lead contender for dance floor addicts eager to raise the roof with Madonna’s latest offerings from Madame X.

The Etherial Girl may not be making the waves across the radio charts, Madonna has emerged in the last decade as the artist less attracted to making Top 40 music and on a binge to explore the all-new territory and push the envelope. The Queen of Pop’s latest full-length album Madame X is a world-music exploration, more inclined to attract that audience than to feed into the ravenous appetite of her dance floor devotees, but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t given them something to play with.

The album itself runs the gamut of styles, though not as commercially friendly as say Confessions on a Dance Floor or Hard Candy. Both of those albums were very big on dance tracks inspired by the Euro-pop scene or stateside R&B/Hip-Hop. Madame X is clearly not in that vein, nor is it as bombastic as MDNA or as disjointed as Rebel Heart. There’s an elegance in the musical styles Madonna has driven into on this album’s setlist, but most of the music does have a provocative and very definite political angle.

The single “I Rise” is profoundly centered on drawing attention to the new generation’s eagerness to take action for themselves, especially given the clearly corrupt and uncaring state our fragile democracy is finding itself in. That doesn’t mean that the Queen of Pop isn’t determined to remain most relevant to the audience that made her a star to begin with. The artist has always understood the value of music to bring the people together, especially on the dance floor — and although the club scene has all but abandoned its most devoted, the cultural wave is still in existence.

Madonna’s “Madame X” has yielded (so far) remixes for “I Rise” and “Medellín” its first single. The artist is set to begin her “Madame X” Tour in September, and will be playing smaller theaters and opera houses rather than stadiums.

“I Rise” Remixed

Ironically that track that has the most direct political connectivity, is the one that has garnered the most attention — “I Rise” has a sizable appeal as an anthem, but it needed to be taken there. Leave it to one of the dance music scene’s most profound creatives to give the track a new sheen. Tracy Young revealed the first wave of remixes for the track and gave it a suped-up summer song feel with her “Pride” Remix. The music maestro has been a long-time favorite collaborator of Madonna’s and has given her greatest hits some of their most intense redux!

Young’s reinterpretation is no exception. In addition to Tracy Young, Madonna turned over the track to several other contemporary remix producers including Offer Nissim and Thomas Gold. Offer Nissim also took an interesting stab at Madame X’s premiere single “Medellín” featuring Maluma. Thomas Gold’s Remix of “I Rise” feels the most like a Madonna song, especially with its very 90s House-feel, it emerges feeling like something that might have appeared on Erotica even inspiring renewed interest in many of that album’s setlist, still considered some of Madonna’s best.

Available now on iTunes, Madonna’s “I Rise” (Remixes) are worthy of the artist, given her proclivity to remain close to her club roots, this emerges as one of the most outstanding works from her most recent endeavor Madame X. Listen to the Tracy Young “Pride” Remix here:

Madonna – I Rise (Remixes) available on iTunes.

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iReview | KYLIE MINOGUE Step Back In Time – The Definitive Collection

Delivering “Pop Precision” since 1987 it’s impossible to imagine a world without the musical contributions of the Pop Goddess of Love KYLIE MINOGUE back with a definitive Greatest Hits collection!

You just can’t get her out of your head. Since gate crashing her way into the popular vernacular with her cover of the 1962 classic “The Loco-Motion” (originally performed by Little Eva) Kylie Minogue profoundly made her claim on the dance music scene and commanded the charts, setting the tone for songs of the summer in 1987. The Melbourne born, soap opera actress established herself a triple threat, as a singer, songwriter and actress that would emerge as an iconic performer and international phenom.

Though her early works outside of “The Loco-Motion” and “I Should Be So Lucky” didn’t made the impact that her music label may have hoped, it was inevitable that Kylie Minogue would eventually set the trend of the Euro-Dance Pop sound, aligning herself with Matt Aitken, Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, Minogue would go on to garner success and international fame, comparatively achieving the status of another “gay icon” Madonna; the two have often been compared to one another and even shown much reverence and affection for one another.

It wasn’t until 2001 that Minogue finally cracked the glass ceiling and crossed the pond, synching her place as a stateside pop-star with her hit single “I Can’t Get You Out of My Head” from her eighth full-length studio album Fever. Since then, Kylie Minogue has enjoyed mainstream success that has teamed her up with Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams and Stuart Price (who co-produced Madonna’s hit Confessions on a Dance Floor) and crossed genres of appeal.

Feeling really nostalgic? The album is also available in vinyl.

Definitive Collection

Minogue is no stranger to the “Greatest Hits” format. Over the course of her three decades in the music industry, she’s released several compilations but her latest Step Back in Time – The Definitive Collection is determined to illustrate just how significant an influence Minogue has made with her music. Each of the 42 singles, including the brand new “New York City” elaborates on the artist’s evolution as a performer and influencer of the myriad dimensions of the dance\pop music genre.

From her most distinct early hits, to career-defining confections like “Shocked” and “Confide in Me” before capitalizing on her newfound popularity, Minogue continued to express herself with a sound all on her own as experienced on the mainstays “Spinning Around” and “Love at First Sight”. Her more contemporary chart toppers including “Timebomb” and “Get Outta My Way” also sit comfortably amid the rock-infused “2 Hearts” and hip-hop/funk of “Red Blooded Woman”. The only obvious omissions are tracks from Minogue’s 2014 album Kiss Me Once.

The album was the only release crafted on her short-lived collaboration with Warner Music Group, a multi-million deal that didn’t live up to the expectations of the label. Minogue was released early from that deal and returned to form on her latest, 2018’s concept piece Golden which featured a contemporary country-inspired smoothness. “Dancing” and “Stop Me From Falling” are more than suitable companions for her latest and newest “New York City”. The valentine to her fans in the thriving metropolis perfectly completes this definitive collection.

The only new single is the dance hit homage to “New York City”.

Kylie Minogue | Step Back in Time – The Definitive Collection available in CD, Digital Download, and various Special Edition formats including Vinyl and Cassette on her website.

iTunedIN | KYLIE MINOGUE “New York City”

The Pop Goddess has made a definitive impression on dance music and returns with a new single — “New York City” an anthem that is sure to mean a lot to Minogue’s stateside fanbase. 

Her career has been among one of the most coveted in pop-music, Kylie Minogue has achieved international stardom that is enviable and unmatched by many of her contemporaries. Since staking her claim to the pop charts in the late 80s with her stateside hit track “The Loco-Motion”, Minogue has kept pace with the biggest dance divas, including achieving as iconic a status as Madonna; by the new millennium it appeared the US had come around as the dance anthem “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” sealed her celebrity.

Kylie Minogue continued to enjoy a renaissance with a string of catchy dance tracks and pop confections that lead to a series of live smaller-venue performances in the states. To promote her next round of full-length albums, Minogue brought her show to New York City in 2008 and opened Pandora’s Box! Although she wouldn’t attempt an arena tour of the scale to which she was so well known across Europe and the UK, she scaled down her shows including her “Les Foiles” Tour to continue her dance floor dominance.

She’s since remained a relevant component of the pop-music lexicon ever since many of her early career hits haven’t transcended or performed as well as the mainstream success of 2001s Fever. Once her again her newest fans will have an opportunity to get reacquainted with Kylie with the release of her latest greatest hits package Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection which promises to collect the most prominent tracks of her career up to her most recent hits from Golden. The first single, an original track, is already available and pays homage to her US fans.

“New York City” is classic Kylie Minogue. Pure dance and joyfully electrifying; commandeering the best elements of her indicative dance sound, but feeling fresh and contemporary. The track will easily appeal to her stateside fanbase, while still drawing in the most faithful followers of the Pop Goddess of Love, while easily making itself accessible to a whole new audience ready to step back in time with one of popular music’s greatest entertainers.

New York City is the first single from the latest greatest hits package from Kylie Minogue. The 2-disc album is set to release wide on June 28 and his called Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection.

TunedIN | Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B “Girls Like You” Music Video (Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix)

Maroon 5 share the stage with Cardi B and some of the most vibrant names and faces in popular culture to prove “Girls Like You” is a movement for the millennium!

It’s not about making a statement it’s about embracing the movement — the movement of music that is! Maroon 5 and lead singer Adam Levine have always maintained the profile that their music was meant to be influential. The band has often teamed up with some of the industry’s most talented acts to deliver on some chart topping hits. On their latest track “Girls Like You” the band and Levine especially, are inspired to spotlight some of the most daring women in recent popular culture. Teaming up with rap sensation Cardi B who lays down the tracks def rhymes, the hip-hop powerhouse is only one of the famous faces to make an appearance. Can you identify them all? Here’s a hint: there’s an olympiad, an Amazon and a Bronx bomber in the mix, just to cite a few!

Check out the video to Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B “Girls Like You” (The Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix) here:

iTuneIN | JANET JACKSON is “Made For Now”

The First Lady of R&B/Pop gives her fans a taste of some new tunes with a jovial new single that’s “Made For Now”.

Janet Jackson has endeavored to maintain her pop relevance over the last decade as the commercial tide that the music icon once rode appeared to crest and come to shore. In the 80s Jackson set the tone with her quintessential (re)introduction as a performer with the landmark album Control. Yielding one of the most impressive number of hit singles by a female artist, Janet continued on a winning streak with the follow-up Rhythm Nation 1814 which combined the artist’s ability to remain funky while delivering social conscious messaging; Janet started marking her territory with the auspicious Janet. dropping the “Jackson” and taking on the establishment all on her own.

There was apparently no stopping Jackson who appeared to have set herself on a trajectory to surpass the popularity of her superstar brother, Michael, who found himself dodging allegations and controversies that often distracted from the artist’s music. In fact the elder Jackson recruited his younger sister to appear on the track Scream which marked the first time the pair partnered up and brought their super-nova level stardom to the pop spectrum. After the sudden passing of Michael Jackson, it was almost immediately assumed that Janet would be able to fill the void left by Jackson; alternatively Janet instead appeared to take a respite from the spotlight and releasing any new music. Her last album was 2015’s Unbreakable and revealed a solidly grounded Janet.

Her fans of course have been holding out for the dance/pop/funk/r&b Janet Jackson that achieved her own level of icon appreciation. Jackson has herself found her personal life often fodder for the tabloids and instead of jumping back into the three-ring circus, it appeared she allowed herself to percolate and creatively delivered on her latest track. Making the festival rounds while also marking some dates on her “State of the World” Tour, Janet Jackson teamed up with reggaeton hit-maker Daddy Yanker for the bouncy “Made For Now”. The single and its video reveal a worldly-immersive grove that is certain to get fans eager for what Janet Jackson may have lined-up next. Like the song suggests, it’s not a comeback she’s after, Janet Jackson is remaking herself for now.

“Made For Now” | Janet Jackson with Daddy Yankee the single is available now on iTunes.

iTuneIN | BUTCH QUEEN (POSE) by Dwayne Minard

From the 80s underground and into the mainstream, thanks to a primetime hit everyone is ready to “strike a pose” and carry on to Dwayne Minard’s new single!

You can’t keep a good dance revolution down! From the ballrooms of New York City’s urban underground club scene, striking a pose on the runway was a right of passage many in the black and latino LGBTQ communities sought eagerly — their 15 minutes of fame rewarded with accolades and more importantly an undeniable sense of belonging especially among the competitive houses represented at the balls. Week after week, these dance floors were populated with any number of outcasts that had finally found a home!

The hit FX primetime series Pose starring MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Evan Peters and Indya Moore and produced by Ryan Murphy reignited interest in the era defined by its indelible fashion, distinct soundtrack and inevitably legendary moves. At the core of the series, it explored the search for belonging and validation that help a community in crisis overcome prejudice and the devastation of a world that appeared to be looking the other way preferring to ignore an entire group of people.

DJ Producer and Provocateur Dwayne Minard (on Facebook @djwayneminard) celebrates the ballroom culture with the release of “Butch Queen (Pose)” the remixes of which paint a rainbow offering of contemporary sounds and harken back to the Garage-House sounds that solidified this as one of the most profound and significant moments in the dance music movement. The remix from Division 4 & Matt Consola captures the momentum of today’s dance floor crown, but still feels very much like it is derived from its House Music origins. Minard’s hard-hitting Explicit Radio track is muscly and mighty!

Don’t miss on a featured vocal from one of the ball scene’s most legendary voices when Pepper LaBeija appears to legitimize the pulse of the track anointing “Butch Queen (Pose)” like true royalty!

Take a listen to the track here on iTunes.

Thank you to SwishCraft Music for sharing.