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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Queen of Pop Gearing Up To Release New Single & Hits Compilation

There's definitely going to be a Celebration on September 29th as Madonna releases her third Greatest Hits collaboration and final album with Warner Brothers Records (Madonna inked a new deal with Live Nation in 2007). New single and title track, "Celebration" will serve as the first single (released to DJs July 24th and to radio August 3rd).

Madonna Celebration

I have yet to hear a single snippet of this new song, co-produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold. I want to be surprised...hopefully pleasantly. I wasn't such a big fan of Madonna's last album, Hard Candy...the R&B/Hip-hop influence just didn't work for me with Madonna's vocals. SORRY! Most of the songs just sound forced, contrived...blah. My favorite tracks on the album were the ones that leaned more towards the pop side of the spectrum..."4 Minutes," and "Miles Away." In my opinion, the dance beat-driven sounds of Confessions On The Dance Floor are far superior to the urban influenced beats of Hard Candy.

While the tracklisting hasn't been released just yet Billboard reports that Madonna's label has confirmed that "Celebration will contain songs 'remastered and selected by Madonna and her fans' including 'Everybody,' 'Express Yourself,' 'Vogue' and '4 Minutes.'" looks like unlike her previous two GH albums...this one is going to be an overall compilation...including tracks that were on the first two. I guess it makes sense. Billboard goes on to say that "the album will be available in both single-disc and double-disc configurations and a DVD of the icon's music videos will also be issued simultaneously."

Can't wait for this! Also...can I just say how much I LOVE the album artwork? Not really original but still HOT. Way to keep it classy. Are you all excited for a Celebration?

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The Dance Diva is Back! New Amber Single Out Now

Amber I Don't Believe In Hate
German/Dutch dance diva Amber is back with a new single! Finally! I remember Amber from her big hit, "This Is Your Night" when it came out back in 1996/1997. I also remember "One More Night," and "Colour of Love" from that first album - back when Amber was signed to Tommy Boy Records. Her self-titled follow-up album, Naked featured singles "Love One Another," "Above The Clouds," and my favorite "Sexual (Li Da Di)." Oh...don't forget about "If You Could Read My Mind" from the Studio 54 movie soundtrack, featuring Ultra Naté and Jocelyn Enriquez. Her final album with Tommy Boy featured less dance and more pop and included singles like "Yes!," "The Need To Be Naked," and "Anyway (Men Are From Mars)."

Photo via MySpace by D'Andre Michael

AmberPhoto via MySpace by D'Andre Michael

After Naked, Amber parted ways with Tommy Boy - releasing her next album, My Kind Of World, 2 years later on her own label. Singles "You Move Me," "Voodoo," and "Just Like That" experienced less mainstream success then some of her Tommy Boy material - but attracted much-deserved attention at the clubs.

Photo via MySpace by D'Andre Michael

Between 2006 and 2008, Amber released the dance track "Melt With The Sun," with remixes from Tracy Young, Hex Hector and others. She released Undanced II in 2007 with some unreleased remixes and songs. Because of some legal distribution issues "This Is Your Night" and other Tommy Boy era singles have not been released digitally, so Amber re-released a bunch of her old songs with re-recorded vocals and new production. I hope Tommy Boy and Amber work out their differences...because there are a lot of classic mixes that I'm dying for. I suppose I could buy the physical copies on ebay...but come on!

Amber and Zelma Davis
Amber & Zelma Davis

Last year saw the release of the Amber/Zelma Davis collaboration, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," originally done by Donna Summer & Barbara Streisand (I got my copy at Perfect Beat!). This past Tuesday, Amber's newest single "I Don't Believe In Hate (Drip Drop)" was released digitally and on a limited edition CD. Remixes are by Pathos V2 and Yinon Yahel. I have to say...the song in it's original form is beautifully sung. Amber's vocal strength is undeniable. In all honesty, I prefer the remix edits to the original. The Pathos V2 edit is my favorite, although the Yinon Yahel full length mix is beautiful. What do you all think of Amber's new single?

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New Jordin Sparks Remix! - S.O.S. (Let The Music) Play"

I bought the new Jordin Sparks album, Battlefield yesterday and love it. Sure it's got a few more ballads than I might normally like ...but they aren't the soupy-sappy kinda ballad...nope! They're the slick-hooky kind of ballad...meaning filled with catchy hooks! With the writing/producing team she had with this album, it totally makes sense.

Jordin Sparks
The remix package for first single "Battlefield" was decent. Mixes by Bimbo Jones, Jason Nevins, Mike Rizzo and others were all...DECENT. With an anthemic jam as strong as "Battlefield" - the remixes should have been equally as powerful. Here's hoping that second single, "S.O.S. (Let The Music Play)" does "Battlefield" one better. We're off to a good start, with this Matt Pendergast remix posted exclusively on What do you all think of this remix?

Jordin Sparks S.O.S. Let The Music Play
Unofficial Fanmade Single Artwork Via Coverlandia

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Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart - July 23, 2009

Billboard has always been one of my top resources for this blog. My favorite sections? The news section of course, the charts and the Ask Billboard column (now written by Gary Trust).

Sometime early this week or late last week, got a complete makeover. While it took me a little while to get used to it...I'm really starting to like it. It appears that the Ask Billboard column has now been melded together with Chart Beat. Makes sense I guess. The charts section AMAZING now. I love it. Gray and pink...good color scheme, Billboard. Nice work. New Page Header

Every Thursday without fail, I check out Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play Chart to see which of my favorite dance artists are moving where. This chart tracks "the week's most popular songs played in dance clubs, compiled from reports from a national sample of club DJs."

Billboard Dance Club Play Chart
Starting today, and every Thursday after I'll be posting the top 10 from Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play Chart. Sure, it's redundant if you read Billboard on your own but if you don't and you like dance music - I've got you covered!

Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart -

Thursday, July 23 2009

Love Etc. (Pet Shop Boys)
#1 - (Last Week - #2)
Give You Everything (Erika Jayne)
#2 - (Last Week - #4)
Hush Hush;Hush Hush (The Pussycat Dolls)
#3 - (Last Week - #5)
Waking Up In Vegas (Katy Perry)
#4 - (Last Week - #6)
LoveGame (Lady Gaga)
#5 - (Last Week - #1)
#6 - (Last Week - #7)
Patron Tequila (Paradiso Girls feat. Lil Jon & Eve)
#7 - (Last Week - #10)
#8 - (Last Week - #11)
#9 - (Last Week - #12)
#10 - (Last Week - #14)

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