Madonna MDNA Album Review

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Madonna MDNA Album Review

  1. 1. Visit www.Josh-TV.com for much more
  2. 2. Artist Overview  Most successful solo artist in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100.  Considered blueprint for success and innovation in mainstream music.  Over 300 million records sold worldwide.  First album released in 1983.  Also successful as a singer- songwriter, record producer, dancer, film producer, film director, fashion designer, entrepeneur and philantropist.  Personal fortune estimated between $325 and $600+ million.
  3. 3. Typical album artwork to right;Deluxe album artwork below.
  4. 4.  Lead single, her 38th Top Ten hit in the US. Produced by Madonna & Martin Solveig. Featured guest verses and backing vocals from rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. In the same vein as Avril Lavigne’s old spunky pop “cheer-leader” sound. Worked well on Superbowl but not on radio.
  5. 5.  Highest-rated Super Bowl in history: 112 million viewers, more than the actual game. Sequence: “Vogue”, a mash-up of “Music” with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It”, followed by “Give Me All Your Luvin’” (with Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.), “Open Your Heart”, “Express Yourself” (with Cee-Lo) and “Like A Prayer” for the finale.
  6. 6.  The Superbowl performance and mild controversy over M.I.A.’s “obscene gesture” see album pre-orders shoot through the roof. Album’s first week sales in excess of 740,000 copies worldwide.
  7. 7.  Catchy 2nd single, released March 2nd, 2012. Yet to chart significantly. Co-produced with tech-house DJ Benny Benassi and his cousin Alessandro, who acted as translator. Music video featured Ukrainian dance troupe Kazaky as well as a number of fashion models. Attracted criticism for weak lyrics, similarity to both her own and others’ works and the mixture of religious and homoerotic imagery in the music video.
  8. 8. Standard Edition: Gang Bang: Dubstep wobble towards end is particularly pleasure. 4/5. I’m Addicted: Forgettable. 2/5 Turn Up The Radio: Good. 4/5. Some Girls: Good. 3.5/5. Superstar: Very 90s. 4.5/5 I’m A Sinner: Good. 4/5 Love Spent: Another winner. 5/5Needs to be a single! Masterpiece: Stand-out. 4.5/5 Falling Free: Perfect wrap-up to album. 4.5/5Additional Smirnoff Nightlife Edition tracks: Beautiful Killer: Remiscent of No Doubt. 4.5/5 Best Friend: My favourite track from this whole era. 5/5
  9. 9.  A couple of duds in the middle but still worth buying in full. ‘Smirnoff Nightlife’ Edition is well worth downloading for additional tracks “Beautiful Killer” and the AMAZING “Best Friend” as well as five quality remixes. The album flows well, boasting great production and solid vocals from the Queen of Pop. For all her attempts to cater to the current fever for electro and house, Madonna actually shines best on the slightly slower, left-field tracks. Leaving the made- for-radio sleazefests to the likes of Rihanna would have improved this whole set a million times fold.

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