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Madonna is one of those artists that can do everything and do it well: sing, dance, and act – though that remains rather questionable. Howevever, every artist must grow up eventually and prove to both audience and peers that they are great. Madonna does this in her own unique way with her 1989 release, Like A Prayer.

Like A Prayer unveils a new persona of Madonna: the grownup. With the release of this album, not only does her own voice seem to mature – but also the overall production and lyrical content. On the title song. Madge explores religious elements in both lyric and production. She uses a backup choir and the lyrics are both a double entendre for prayers to God and sex.

In fact, this song wasn’t without controversy. The video for Like A Prayer stirred up quite a bit of controversy among Christiansdue to its exploitation of burning crosses and Madonna having sex with a saint in a church. Pepsi used the song for a commercial

Cover of "Like a Prayer"

The cover of the album is a direct homage to "Sticky Fingers" by the Rolling Stones

starring Madonna and ended up pulling the commercial altogether after only a few airings.

One of the best things about this album is the production quality. For this album, Madonna chose the production team of Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. Leonard previously had worked with Madge on some of her best known hits such as La Isla BonitaWhere’s The Party, and Who’s That Girl. Bray was previously a member of her old band, Emmy and the Emmys. The instrumentation on such songs as Till Death Do Us Part, Cherish, and Keep It Together are all amazing.

Lyrically, Madge also grows up. Promise To Try feels like a letter to a 5-year-old Madonna from the adult Madonna. It is quite possibly about the death of her own mother, who died of cancer at the age of 30. Madge herself has said that this fact – her mother dying at such a young age, was on her mind along with her divorce from actor Sean Penn. These 2 factors influenced the recording of this album.

Overall, this is Madonna at the height of her career. It’s one of her best and definetly worth a listen.


Madonna rocked the house!

However we wonder, who is going to be at the next Superbowl halftime show? Tell us who you want!

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Madonna is one of those artists that likes to shake things up. Whether it be her controversial videos (i.e Like A Prayer, Erotica, Justify My Love, What It Feels Like For A Girl etc) or her controversy-happy tours. Also, she can sing and dance – she does both well even now in her 50’s.

But I think we can all agree that Madonna was truly in her prime in the early-to-mid-80’s. Her song, Gambler, is a prime example of such. It is perhaps her most underrated track of all time. It’s fast, upbeat, and amazing.

It’s also one of the most inspiring songs Madonna. For someone (such as myself) who has been told stuff like “you don’t measure up,” “you’re no good,” “”you’re not a good christian,” “stupid,” and my favorite “your blog will not work” – this song carries an inspirational message. Madonna sings “I’m a gambler/ and I will take you by surprise/ Gambler/ I’ll aim this straight between your eyes/ Gambler/ yeah I know all the words to say/ ‘Cause I’m a gambler/ I only play the game my way/ yeah/ Don’t want to say this but I think that I should I’m better off forgotten if you think that I’d be good/ One day you see me/ the next day I’m gone/ Don’t fight me baby/ I don’t want to hold on/ I’m a gambler/ a gambler/ You’re not happy with the way I act/ You better turn around boy, don’t look back/ You’re getting angry, you know I can see/ You’re just jealous ’cause you can’t be me/ You can’t stop me now/ ‘Cause I’m right and I’m making advances/ Let me show you how/Tonight, I’ll be taking my chances  on you.

Bravo! Mad props to you Madonna!


I love the song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel. It’s like 40 years of history crammed into one song. However, it is now a little out of date because, let’s face it, alot has happened since the song’s release in 1989. So Mr. Joel, if you are reading this, here is a list of suggestions you can put in from the past 22 years.

1990

  • Mandela freed – Future President of Africa Nelson Mandela is freed from a political prison.
  • Gulf WarUSand coalition forces invade Kuwait in order to get Iraqi President Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

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  • CGI – Computer Generated Imagery is further utilized in the film Total Recall.
  • Unplugged – Mtv premieres the successful Unplugged concert series featuring Squeeze.
  • Nirvana

1991

  • Rodney King riot – After a videotape leaked of LAPD cops beating suspect Rodney King, the cops were freed. Rioting in South Central Los Angeles ensued.
  • Mike Tyson – Boxer who was charged with rape as well as domestic abuse. He also won many fights and even bit the ear of fellow boxer Evander Holyfield.
  • Truth Or Dare – Madonna documentary showing her during the Blonde Ambition World Tour. Was considered the highest grossing documentary of its time and is currently the 8th highest grossing documentary of all-time.
  • Beauty and the Beast– 1st animated feature to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
  • Magic Johnson – NBA star that announced he had HIV

1992

  • Apartheid Ends -White South Africans vote to end apartheid and have more racial equality in government in South Africa.
  • EuroDisney opens
  • Bill Clinton
  • LA riots
  • Boris Yeltsin

1993

  • Monica Seles – tennis player that was stabbed during a match.
  • Bosnia – lots of war between Muslims and Eastern Orthodox followers.
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Military policy enacted by President Bill Clinton that allowed closeted gays and lesbians into the military as long as they kept quiet about their personal lives. It was repealed by President Barack Obama in 2011.
  • Schindler’s List – high grossing Steven Spielberg film about Oskar Schindler, a man who helped save many Jewish people during the Holocaust.
  • Prince’s new name – Singer Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable love symbol.

1994

  • Kurt Cobain blown away – lead vocalist for Nirvana commits suicide.
  • Baseball strike – ends the season
  • Forrest Gump – won Best Picture at the Oscars.
  • Weezer
  • Jenny Jones murder tv– On an episode of the Jenny Jones show entitled “Same Sex Crushes,” 32-year old Scott Amedure revealed to a heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmidz that he had a crush on him. A few weeks after the show, Schmidz killed Amendure with a shotgun at his mobile home.

1995

  • Selena – extremely popular Tejano singer who was murdered by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar. This may not have been a big deal in the rest of the country, but it was a BIG deal in Texas and the Southwest, as the Wild Heart was born and raised here.
  • Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee – Motley Crue drummer and a playboy model make a sex tape.
  • Rox – 1st show broadcasted over the internet.
  • Who Shot Mr. Burns – shocking Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns gets shot.

1996

  • HDTV – 1st introduced in 1996.
  • Taco Liberty Bell
  • Evita starring Madonna, is released.

1997

  • Surfing the web – term used to describe the fact that you were now on the internet.
  • Princess Diana dies
  • Titanic

1998

  • Another Congo War
  • El Nino – weather cell that wreaked a great deal of the west and south coast.
  • Van Halen version 3 – Gary Cherone takes the seat of lead vocalist. It was previously held by David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.

1999

  • US President Bill Clinton admits he lied about having sex with Monica Lewinsky
  • Woodstock 99 becomes known as “Woodstock Apocalypse” due to the raging bonfires, theft, violence, and rape.

2000

2001

  • World Trade Center in flames – The World Trade Center and the Pentagon in New York City and Washington DC are attacked by terrorists piloting major airliners and ramming them into the buildings. The World Trade Center crashes to the ground. The US is DEVASTATED.
  • Enron files for bankruptcy in Houston, TX.
  • Clear Channel Memorandum – after 9/11 Clear Channel issues a memorandum containing a list of 150 potentially offensive songs in light of the terrorist attacks.
  • US goes to war with Afghanistan.

2002

  • U2 performs during the Superbowl Halftime show and pays tribute to those killed on September 11, 2001.
  • The Lord of the Rings
  •  Daniel Pearl

2003

  • US goes to war with Iraq and captures leader Saddam Hussein
  • Space Shuttle Columbia disentigrates upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
  • The Station Nightclub Fire kills nearly 100 people attending a concert by Great White.

Anyways that is all I have for now. Tell me what you think!


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Madonna Fans Rejoice: New Album Due in Spring 2012 | Billboard.com.

Madonna says that she’s “started a little bit of work in the studio” for the forthcoming album and will continue recording in “New York, until the end of the year” when she returns to the United States. The entertainer began working on the album officially on July 4, as confirmed by her manager Guy Oseary, via a tweet. That day marked her “1st day in the recording studio for the new album.”

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Madonna’s Story to Be Told in Her Own ‘Female Force’ Comic Book – Spinner.

Now THIS will be a must-buy on the Wild Heart’s future version of her version of “Oprah’s favorite things.” What do you think?


 

 

 

 

 

New Kids On The Block Breaking News and Gossip | PerezHilton.com.

So it turns out that classic R&B group BelBivDevoe joined the New Kids onstage according to Perezhilton.com. I always like little surprises like that in concert. Kinda like the time me and my then-boyfriend went to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert and none other than Geoff Moore from the classic CCM band Geoff Moore and the Distance joined Chapman onstage.

This is just me thinking aloud of course.

But every single time I hear about NKOTB I think about the time I went with my family to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I saw some guy break-dancing to “(You Got It) The Right Stuff.” I thought, “what a loser.” You break dance to “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J, “Walk This Way” by Run DMC and Aerosmith,  or my other favorite “Get Into the Hollywood Groove” by Missy Elliot featuring Madonna – not some teeny bopper band that I happen to have a soft spot for!