Today, Madonna’s twelfth studio album, MDNA, was released. Produced by some of the best producers in the music business,(Martin Solveig, William Orbit, and Benny Benassi to name a few), MDNA is Madonna’s first album that isn’t associated with Warner Brothers Records. This album is very dance-centric. While MDNA is not Madonna’s best album (that still is Ray of Light), it comes very close. Some of the best tracks are “Girl Gone Wild”, “I’m Addicted”, and “Love Spent”.
MDNA excels at what it sets out to be, which is a high-energy dance album. If you like Madonna’s dance music style, her latest outing will be on repeat in CD or MP3 player.
Saturday night I interviewed DJ Drew G. Montalvo. I first became aware of Drew in June of last year. DJ Drew G. brings Dirty Pop, a creation of his, to Piranha Nightclub here in Vegas once a month. His Dirty Pop podcast is available on iTunes. I highly recommend downloading it. Dirty Pop takes the hits of today and mixes classic rock, pop, and dance to form an energetic dance experience. I first briefly met DJ Drew G. at Las Vegas Pride back in September 2011.
For those of you who are unaware of who DJ Drew G. is, here is the bio from his webpage:
Featured on Sirius XM and Perezhilton.com, Drew G’s work is no stranger to the Billboard Club Chart. With his DJ Partner Brian Cua, DJ Drew G has mixed official remixes for some of the hottest music artists on the scene. Recently, he has been spending his studio time producing Mya’s new album, set for release in 2010, as well as working on remixes for the Fame Monster herself, Lady Gaga. Add these names to a list of mega music stars he has already remixed for including Ashanti, Solange, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Deborah Cox, Mary J. Blige, and David Archuletta to name a few.
Mentored by Shep Pettibone, EDGE Magazine has called Drew G “One of the most-sought after talents on the dance music scene.” He plays clubs and bars across the United States including The Posh G and HK Lounge in NYC; Cobalt in Washington, DC, as well as Mj’s & Mickey’s in Los Angeles.
Invited to spin at numerous events around the globe, Drew G is the youngest DJ to play the famed Black Party (three times) as well as the legendary Roxy. He has also brought his signature style to high profile events including a 2008 Presidential Inaugural Dance for Barack Obama, Carnival in Puerto Vallarta, and the 2010 Gay & Lesbian Ski Week in CO.
Here is the audio interview:
After the interview, I stayed to watch DJ Drew G. do what he does best, play the best music for his crowd. Drew took hits from today like “N***a’s in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West and mixed it with Benny Bennasi’s “Satisfaction”. The guy is also very personable. Everyone who came up to say hi or talk to Drew were greeted by him as friends.
Madonna’s Super Bowl debut was a success or a failure depending on who you asked. Some people said over Twitter that it was the worst thing they ever saw, while others, like myself, thought it was a crowning moment for the pop star. One thing is for certain: aside from the Super Bowl, Madonna’s halftime show was widely talked about on Twitter last night.
Madonna was brought out to the stage on a chariot pulled by a large group of men dressed like Roman soldiers. Madonna was performing “Vogue” when she reached the stage. At one point of singing her medley of songs, Madonna almost fell but being the true artist that she is, she went right on with her performance.
The former Material Girl pulled out all the stops in her halftime show from performing some of her best known songs to having other artists like LMFAO and Cee-lo Green perform with her. The thing that has caused a whirlwind of controversy was during the performance of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”. At the point that fellow collaborating artist, M.I.A. performed, the rapper had a “finger malfunction” at the end of her rap along with a minor explicative. The censors tried to prevent the incident but where seconds late.
Welcome to another edition of “Music Videos You Should See”. In this article, all but one of the videos has Nicki Minaj in them. The videos featured here are from a pop icon, a dj/ producer, Nicki Minaj herself, and a British band.
The first video is from the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is the first single off of Madonna’s twelfth studio album, MDNA. The video, directed by Megaforce, is a football and cheerleader theme inspired by her upcoming performance at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show set to air on Sunday.
The next video is “Turn Me On” by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj directed by Sanji. The video is set in a steampunk world and has a Frankenstein and his monster feel to it.
Nicki Minaj is front and center in the next video. “Stupid Hoe” is the first single from Minaj’s forthcoming second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The video, directed by Hype Williams, is a menagerie of eclectic imagery. While it broke the record of number of views in 24 hours on Vevo, 4.8 million views, more people disliked the video than liked it. Christopher R. Weingarten of Spin Magazine described Nicki Minaj as “Grace Jones getting lost in one of Katy Perry’s wonkafied adventures“.
The final video, from British band Coldplay, is “Charlie Brown” once again directed by Mat Whitecross. The video centers around a concert or festival. While this is the third video/ single from Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album, this is one of favorite songs.