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Fans of Jennifer Lopez rejoye! The pop superstar has compiled her first greatest hits collection, “Dance Again… The Hits.” The compilation was released this week and contains some of Lopez’s most iconic songs including, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Waiting for Tonight,” and “Jenny From The Block.” The set also features two new songs, “Dance Again,” an infectious tune of pure dance-pop bliss, and “Goin’ In,” a track featured in the new installment of the “Step Up” film series. Also included in the set, is “On The Floor,” Lopez’ most successful single to date. This album, along with Britney Spears’ “The Singles Collection,” is an iconic retrospective of pop music that was the soundtrack of a generation. Both collections earn their place next to Madonna’s “The Immaculate Collection” and Janet Jackson’s “Design of a Decade 1986/1996,” the soundtracks to pop music of that generation.

I’m someone who has tried to become a hardcore J.Lo fan for years. However, I’ve only been able to get into her singles. The other songs on the albums were either filler or just not as good to me. So, needless to say, it has taken me a while to accept the fact that, when it comes to Jennifer Lopez, I’m just a casual fan. That’s why a collection like this is perfect for someone like me… or is it? While the tracklisting is strong, it is far from perfect. There are 16 tracks on the deluxe edition and only 13 on the standard edition. More songs could’ve been added to the tracklisting (“I’m Glad,” “I’m Gonna Be Alright (Track Masters Remix),” “Play,” as well as the album versions of “Ain’t It Funny” and “I’m Real”) and even replaced with songs that ended up making the final cut (“Do It Well,” “I’m Into You,” “Feelin’ So Good”). Another nice inclusion in the deluxe edition is a DVD of Lopez’s music videos. However, instead of featuring all of her videos, it only features 11 videos of songs that are included on the CD.

As a fan, I would recommend purchasing the standard edition of this album along with the CD/DVD release, “The Reel Me,” which features every video from 1999-2003 along with an interview of Lopez discussing each clip. It may be more costly and not as convenient of a purchase, but in terms of quality AND quantity, it is worth it! All in all, this collection is decent for a casual fan, but it could’ve been a lot better.

Today has been an exciting day for Madonna fans. Not only has the singer’s official VEVO page been unveiled, but the second single off her album, “MDNA,” has also been unveiled. The track, “Girl Gone Wild,” is pure dance. It’s a track that sounds similar to Madonna’s “Confessions on a Dance Floor” album (see if you can catch the “Sorry” reference). It was co-produced by Benni and Alle Benassi, who did a killer remix for her 2009 single, “Celebration.” The song is a refreshing return to what Madonna does best. Her last studio album, “Hard Candy,” found Madonna going very mainstream, working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland. It reminded fans of the mainstream sound of her “Bedtime Stories” album in 1994. It was a good effort, but I didn’t consider it to be on the same level as her “best work.” I believe Madonna does best when she’s working with underground producers who aren’t very well-known in the mainstream. Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard, Shep Pettibone, William Orbit, Stuart Price. Those are the kind of artists Madonna makes magic with. And this song is a great way to hype fans for the album’s release next month (March 26). According to her manager (twitter.com/guyoseary), Madonna is shooting the video for the song this week! I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us this time!

Those looking forward to both Madonna’s “MDNA” and Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” were in Heaven this morning as their new music videos premiered.

First, we’ve got Madonna’s video for the first single off “MDNA,” (out March 26th) “Give Me All Your Luvin’ (Feat. M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj). The demo version leaked sometime last year and didn’t feature M.I.A. or Minaj. I, personally, don’t care for rap music, so I was a bit upset when I heard Madonna recrutied them to be on the song. Thankfully, their parts are very quick and don’t ruin the spirit of the song for me. I was also pleased with the video, which has a football/cheerleaders theme. Those of you who are educated in all things Madge will know that she was a cheerleader for her high school’s football team. It is timely since on Sunday, The Queen will take the stage headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. The video is very funny and has a sense of humor. This is something that seems to have been lacking in most of Madonna’s recent work. For a long time, she used her work as a platform to make statements on Kabbalah, politics, as well as the disease and poverty in Africa. While it’s good to be vocal about making the world a better place, it’s nice to see Madonna doing something more light. It’s refreshing and a welcome change of pace. She has surely scored a touchdown with this video!

Next up, we have Adam Lambert’s new video for “Better Than I Know Myself.” It’s the first single off his new album, “Trespassing,” out March 20th. The song is a big ballad showcasing Lambert’s trademark vocals. It’s definitely a hit, sure to become a radio staple just like “Whataya Want From Me,” a hit off Lambert’s debut. The lyrics talk about a plea for acceptance. One might think it’s about a relationship with another person, and it very well could be. But the video takes it a step further and puts an unexpected twist on the track. It is a love story, but it’s one that deals with the love you have for yourself. In the video, Lambert is struggling between his “light” side and his “dark” side. The two realize in the end, they both need each other in order to live. It’s a wonderful, artistic statement about forgiving yourself for the mistakes you make sometimes. We all do. We’re all human.

Hopefully, Lambert releases some fun, sexy, dance tracks as future singles. It’s smart of him to release such a commercially safe song as the first single (especially given the reaction to his “American Music Awards” performance and success of “Whataya Want From Me”), but I’m a fan of his more risque, provocative side as well. It would make for another pretty cool video, too!

So, it looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year for new music!