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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!

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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.”


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.

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!

On Superbowl Sunday, I was having a celebration of all things Madonna. I spent the day watching all things Madonna prepping for the big game. As someone who doesn’t care at all for sports, I was pretty excited. And it was all because of The Queen. She sure knows how to put on a good show, so I had my expectations set pretty high.

The Halftime began with Madonna being brought in by a bunch of sexy Ancient Roman gladiators to the tune, “Vogue.” She reinvented the song once again, featuring a moving “Vogue Magazine” cover. There were also images of the legendary stars she refrences in the song. The stage design and screem projections were visually stunning. It was so appealing to the eye and one could only imagine what it looked like in the stadium. Madonna segued into “Music” and did some impressive cartwheels. Then, she joined LMFAO and performed a mashup of their songs “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.” The next track was Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.).” The moment of this performance everybody’s talking about came when M.I.A. flipped the bird during her rap. When I first saw it, it didn’t feel out of place considering the fact that she cursed during that section of her rap. But, I realized that this was network television, families were watching, and the NFL was probably very edgy considering what happened during the 2004 Halftime Show. I had a feeling this wouldn’t go over so well. And I was right. Had this been a broadcast of Madonna’s concert tour on HBO, that would’ve been fine. But this was NBC. There’s a time and a place for everything and it helps if a performer knows their audience.

The show climaxed after Cee Lo Green and Madonna performed her hit “Like a Prayer.” The appearance of Green wasn’t that surprising given the rumors circulating about his involvment with the performance prior to the show. Out of all the duets Madonna did during her Halftime performance, this is the only one I enjoyed. The other people she brought on stage with her were just not for me. I think Madonna is capable of handling a crowd like Super Bowl XLVI without the assistance of guest artists. She is the most successful female artist of all time for a reason.

The stage spelled out “World Peace” at the end of the show. While I believed it was well-intended, I think it’s a silly concept. “Perfection” does not exist. No matter what, there will always be hatred and darkess in the world. With all the light that exists in the world there is dark. With all the love that exists in the world there is hate. It’s just the way it is. I believe we can make the world a better place. But I do not believe we can make the world a perfect place.

However, Madonna’s performance was a success! It became the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime Show of all time, gaining over 110 million viewers. And with the forthcoming release of her new album, “MDNA,” and a world tour, Madonna proves once again that she is The Queen.

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!