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iTunedIN | KYLIE MINOGUE – “Golden” Live in Concert

During her European tour, Kylie Minogue, the Pop Goddess of Love captured the full concert experience for her stateside fans and the result is her latest release — a joyful, live and fully realized exploration off her latest album “Golden”.

It’s been some time since Kylie Minogue asked her fans to join her and do “The Loco-Motion”. Her 80s remake of the Little Eva hit single from 1962, put her on the stateside map, at about the same time that her contemporaries including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince were solidifying their Pop Icon status and burning up the airwaves on the then-revolutionary new network MTV. Minogue appeared undoubtedly poised to enter into the new wave of music video rebellion; her gorgeous looks and charismatic charm were unquestionable, but the singer didn’t have the instant appeal that might have been anticipated.

In fact, even though she had some considerable success on the Billboard Charts with the aforementioned track, the  follow-ups hit which included “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Got to Be Certain” were only marginally appreciated by North American audiences, and her next albums would hardly make an impact here, unlike the impression Minogue would continue to make on the international scene, and her indelible impact on Euro-Pop and Dance. Kylie Minogue’s star would continue to soar especially with the help of super producers Stock, Aitken, and Waterman who would benefit from their muse, to elevate Kylie to an electronic-pop-synth icon on the Euro-Dance circuit.

If anyone needs any proof or Kylie Minogue’s relevancy all you have to do is pick up the recently re-issued Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection which has been re-introduced in a 3-disc set with a non-stop party mix of Minogue’s greatest hits. The package covers about 50 hit singles that span the artist’s 3 decades in music. Bringing us to her latest release Golden: Live in Concert and available on CD and Digital Download, as well as a CD/DVD combo pack with the full-length concert captured during its 2018 UK and European tour dates, where Kylie played to record attendance. 

The Concert CD/DVD

Say what will be said about Kylie Minogue, she has earned her place and dominance on the pop spectrum largely due to her eloquence as a live performer. Minogue, who got her start in the business appearing in one of the UK/Australia’s most popular soap operas, immediately turned her notoriety and talent to music and the result speaks for itself. Her career as a musician has run the gamut, but she’s proven her merciless skill as an entertainer and drawn many enviable comparisons to Madonna for her eloquence on the stage. Minogue has the one distinct advantage over many of her contemporaries — she can sing her ass off! And she does!

Her vocal acumen evident on the live recording captured for the live concert recording. The setlist primarily celebrates her most recent, fourteenth full-length album project, 2018s Golden which was a particular departure from her usually dance-heavy sound. The album was mostly recorded in Nashville, Tennessee (which some material also recorded in Los Angeles and London) and was heavily influenced by country sounds and much more organic instrumentation. Minogue benefitted from the “streamlining” of her synth-sound and successfully fused genres for a unique marriage. The result is a very pure sound with Minogue’s vocals playfully sliding across playfully.

The “Golden” Tour also gave the artist to try something that she’s very rarely examined while on the road, as she re-arranged many of her greatest hits to more seamlessly sit in properly with the tracks from Golden. Having the band mostly on stage and integrated into the performance also lent to some truly spectacular renditions of Kylie career favorites. Some stand-outs include the fan-favorite “Better the Devil You Know”, her a cappella rendition of “Where the Wild Roses Grow” and rollicking reimagines of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”. The setlist works expertly to mix new with the old, and it’s especially a kick when Minogue goes full-on disco in the final act of the show.

Along with the full audio recording of the 30-some songs on the setlist, the combo pack also includes a DVD capturing the live show from most of her final show dates as Kylie roamed through the UK, Europe, and Australia. The decision to (as yet) not release the tour on Blu-ray or an HD Digital Download is interesting, but it serves the nostalgic quality of the tour’s overall art direction. With the advent of attendees often capturing the action on their cellphones, it’s all good! The DVD includes a “Bonus Feature” introspective look at the touring experience from Kylie and her crew, who share some insight on this journey and how significant it was for them to bring “Golden” to life for the stage.

Kylie Minogue | Golden: Live in Concert is released through BMG and is available on CD/DVD combo packs and on Digital Download here on iTunes for $10.99.

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iTunedIN | SISTER SLEDGE – “We Are Family” (Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix)

When Disco was still turning us on, this track from Sister Sledge was pulling us all together and reminding us we really all are one!

His fingerprints are all over this surefire hit song! Nile Rodgers was burning up the airwaves and setting the beat across the dance spectrum as a core member of “CHIC” and he still found the time in 1979 to lay down the club anthem “We Are Family” with R&B sensations Sister Sledge.

The disco classic gets a fresh spin from the folks at Dirty Disco Music but there’s still only so much that can be done to improve on this gem of a dance floor favorite. Check out the video for the contemporary machination that is still getting everybody up to dance!

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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.

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: