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The two-night season premiere of “American Idol” ended last night as the country reacted in amazement at Lazaro Arbos’ inspiring journey.  Originally from Cuba, Arbos moved to Florida when he was 10 and has a stutter.  The judges watched with delight as Arbos sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” beautifully and without stuttering.  Lazaro began tearing up as the judges gave him a unanimous “yes.”  His story is an inspirational one and proves the power of music.  Music is Lazaro’s saving grace.  It is his rock; the only place he goes to for protection and security.   I have faith that he will go far in the competition.  He’s got all of America rooting for him!

Before Lazaro amazed us with his brilliance, a quirky singer-songwriter named Kez Ban commanded attention.  Complete with a biting sense-of-humor, great musicianship, and a captivating voice, Kez Ban is the real deal.  She is entertaining and talented.  She is a lot of fun to watch.  Kez Ban is another contestant who I’m rooting for this season.

Another contestant who caught my attention last night was Johnny Keyser, who is returning to “Idol” after being eliminated in the past. He is a talented vocalist and has good looks to match. This was something the judges seemed to notice. The first question Nicki Minaj asked him was, “Do you have a girlfriend?”

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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!