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Lady Gaga premiered her new single, “Applause,” this week after an early leak. The song wasn’t supposed to be released until August 19, a week before Gaga’s scheduled performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, NY. “Applause” is the first single from “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga’s forthcoming studio album, slated for release on November 11.

However, Gaga’s new single doesn’t come without it’s share of controversy. When I first heard the song, I thought the first ten seconds sounded very familiar. I knew it was from a Madonna song, I just couldn’t think of which one. Then, I realized it was the beginning of “Celebration,” Gaga’s song is just sped up a bit. Some Madonna fans are also saying it sounds like “Girl Gone Wild.” I agree, and I also hear elements of the Benny Benassi remix of “Celebration” in there as well. Now, this would be all well and good if only Gaga gave credit where credit is due. If you ask Gaga about her influences, she will never voluntarily say Madonna’s name. She has to be asked about Madonna in order to talk about her. And while it was nice of her to mention Madonna in the “thank yous” of her debut album, it’s just not enough. Lady Gaga does her best to ignore Madonna. Britney Spears always talks about how Madonna influenced her, and she remains a successful icon over a decade after her first single was released! Saying Madonna is an influence of her’s won’t hurt her, so what is Gaga’s problem?

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The highest-grossing tour of 2012 and the second highest-grossing tour by a female artist, otherwise known as Madonna’s “MDNA Tour,” premiered tonight on Epix. The concert film was filmed mostly in Miami, Florida along with many other locations used for the final edit. This made for a great opportunity to create the best version of the show possible. And while the film, for the most part, lives up to that expectation, there are some inevitable imperfections. Such imperfections include a lack of continuity in some areas. During “Like a Virgin/Love Spent,” there’s a shot where Madonna had a tattoo that said “Eva” on her back, but the rest of the shots show that her tattoo said “Psyche.”

The edit did a great job at capturing the cinematic nature of the show. I was pleased to see the venue was indoors, as it added to the “theater” feel of the show. This was much more of a theatrical production. The show told a story and, at times, felt like you were watching a movie. I was particularly impressed with the visual gun shot effects used during “Gang Bang” as well as seeing “Like a Virgin/Love Spent” in black and white. The audience shots were great, too. One guy was dressed in the same Gaultier bustier that Madonna wore during “Vogue,” and another girl was dressed in a nun’s habit. This tour has earned a reputation as Madonna’s most controversial tour ever. From the violence to the nudity to the swastika, this tour had many memorable moments. It was so important that this film did the tour justice. And, after viewing the special twice, I can say that it definitely meets that challenge!

The Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, debuted her new song, “Ooh La La,” this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s KISS FM radio show. The track, featured in “The Smurfs 2” film, is a bright, happy, pop tune that resembles Madonna’s song, “Superstar” from her “MDNA” album. The song is a definite hit, filled with infectious melodies and a dub-step breakdown that hints at the sound of Spears’ 2011 album, “Femme Fatale.”


Madonna and Jennifer Lopez were just some of the big starts who came out for the “Chime For Change” benefit concert this weekend. The concert was spreading the importance of female education all around the world. Madonna gave a speech and introduced two brave women who help educate women in places where it is dangerous to do so.

Jennifer Lopez performed her hits “Live It Up,” “On The Floor,” and The Beatles classic “Come Together” with Mary J. Blige. The latter song was a highlight of her 22-minute set. Lopez sounded great, however, it would’ve been nice to hear Blige sing the song the way it was meant to be sung, rather than trying to impress the audience with her vocal ability. Whenever I see Jennifer performing live lately, I’m always pleasantly surprised. I always expect her to lip-sync and have pretty lackluster choreography. It seems to be what inevitably happens to entertainers who have been in the business for a while. However, Lopez defies my expectations every time and blows me away. This woman deserves so much respect for not only dancing her ass off, but singing live at the same time and sounding good doing it! She is one hell of an entertainer.


Bruno Mars kicked off the 2013 Billboard Music Awards last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He performed his song, “Treasure,” and brought down the house! The always-sexy Mars was looking good in his red suit. His good looks is matched with a great voice, making him a nominee for the first-ever Milestone Award. However, he lost to fellow nominee Justin Beiber. I’ll admit, when I first heard them call his name, I was instinctively disgusted. So, when I heard the roar of “boos” that went through the crowd, I was quite amused. Even his speech, complete with an “I should be taken seriously” remark to the audience, made it that much sweeter. However, in retrospect, I feel the booing was uncalled for. I don’t know a whole lot about Beibs, so I’m probably not the best person to judge his win of a “milestone” award. There’s a way to handle yourself, and the audience are just as wrong for booing him as Beiber is for addressing it in his speech.

The moment of the night came when will.i.am presented Madonna with the Top Touring Artist Award for her “MDNA Tour.” The concert, which will air on Epix and EpixHD.com June 22nd, became the highest grossing tour of 2012, and the second highest grossing tour by a female artist, second only to Madonna’s own “Sticky & Sweet Tour.” Madonna came out in a provocative outfit, gave a great speech, and made will.i.am hold all her “props.” It was a fantastic moment! Madonna also won the awards for Dance Artist of the Year and Dance Album of the Year for “MDNA.”

Jennifer Lopez was also there to perform her current single “Live It Up” with Pitbull. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez were living it up in the audience during the high-energy performance. Granted, they are very young, but it was still nice to see the audience actually enjoying a fellow artist’s performance, rather than the phony, stiff, competition-fueled energy you usually get at those award shows.

Madonna has always expressed herself. And that’s just what she did at last night’s GLAAD Awards in New York City. It was known that the Queen of Pop would be presenting Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award, for his portrayl of LGBT issues in the media. However, Madonna didn’t just present an award. She dressed up as a Boy Scout and gave an impassioned speech about the many injustices of the world, including the Boy Scouts’ ban on opnely gay members and leaders. President Obama has also spoke out against the ban.

Madonna has done many things in a career that spans three decades. However, at last night’s GLAAD Awards, she helped shed light on something much bigger than herself. And that is a trait to be admired in any human being.

Back in March, Madonna did a Facebook chat with Jimmy Fallon and said she wouldn’t be doing anymore promotion for her “MDNA” album.  Well, time has a funny way of changing people’s minds.  As part of the current American leg of her “MDNA Tour,” Madonna stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  She came dressed in an updated version of her cone bustier designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, which she wears in the show during “Vogue.”

Ellen asked Madonna about the nudity in her show as well as her daily routine.  Madonna also played “word association” with Ellen, giving her opinions on fellow artists.  She thinks Britney Spears is a “good kisser” (no surprise there), Pink is “cool,” J.Lo has a “nice ass,” and that Lady Gaga has a “good voice.”  Madonna also complimented the Rilke tatoo Gaga has on her arm.  One can only hope this calms down the feud rumors, but we don’t know how successful that will be.  Ellen also shared a story about how Madonna called her during the time she was coming out on her sitcom.

Madonna also met the “Vogue” bar mitzvah boy (who is all grown up now) and played a trivia game with three of her fans.  Madonna also taught Ellen how to vogue and showed her some dance moves. And she brought her son Rocco on stage for the grand finale.  Ellen dunked him and raised money for breast cancer research.  The hour-long episode fed Madonna fans’ hunger for more promotion as she has been busy with her tour.

Madonna’s new video for her single “Turn Up The Radio” premiered this morning on the singer’s official VEVO page on YouTube. In the video, Madonna, desperate to escape the annoying paparazzi, goes for a car ride to remember. And she picks up some colorful characters along the way. There’s not much more to say about the video, other than that it’s perfect for the summer! The song’s fun, carefree vibe is reflected in the video. It’s this year’s summer anthem! Great job, Madonna!

The music video for “Girl Gone Wild,” the second single from Madonna’s new album, “MDNA,” premiered yesterday. The video was directed by fashion photographers Mert and Marcus and features Kazaky, an all-male dance troupe. The video is filled with hot guys, dancing, and the Act of Contrition! And who doesn’t love men in high heels? The video is very sexy, too. The entire clip is very homoerotic and showed much more than I expected. And I love it for that!

Madonna’s new album, “MDNA,” comes out Monday, March 26th.

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!