18 year old Antwerp based Hip Hop star Coely is having the time of her life right now. Having been influenced by Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, Coely brings danceable Rap music M.I.A.-style. Manchester City-player Vincent Kompany and none other than De La Soul have already praised the up-n-coming talent. Ain’t Chasing Pavements, Coely’s debut single is getting extensive airplay in her home country, and views on YouTube of the video are counting. Catch her infectious groove right here.
Next Monday MDNA hits stores. This will be Madonna’s 12th studio recording. Hard Candy, the previous album, already dates from 2008. This time round the singer collaborated once again with William Orbit, who also produced the critically acclaimed Ray of Light album (1998). Other guest appearances include Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, and Mika.
Snippets have already been posted on the singer’s Facebook BandPage –Love Spent, I’m Addicted, Gang Bang, Falling Free, Superstar, I Don’t Give A, Best Friend and Beautiful Killer– while a clock counts down to the release. On Saturday the superstar uploaded a new track in its entirety: I Fucked Up.
Meanwhile Madonna is teaming up with E! for the exclusive world premiere of the controversial music video for her new single Girl Gone Wild. The black and white video, directed by Mert & Marcus, was shot in LA. It has the Erotica Girl and her team of dancers whirl in visual effects. Once again M has a buzz going as for a video premiere. Tune into E! News on March 20th, or catch the final result on E! Online straight after. Or come back here for more.
There’s no stopping the Queen of Pop. On Sunday Madonna made her comeback performing a couple of hits, and the new single Give Me All Your Luvin’ during the halftime show of the 2012 Super Bowl.
Like a Queen on her throne the singer was pulled in by an army of Roman gladiators, dressed in an embroidered golden cape and black thigh-high boots. Nothing less but a grand entrance, in style, dressed by Riccardo Tisci, head designer of the French fashion house Givenchy. The two already worked together for the singer’s last tour three years ago.
The 12-min set kicked off with Vogue, amid an impressive digital display of Vogue magazines. LMFAO helped out to get Music going, blending in bits of their smash hits Party Rock Anthem and Sexy And I Know It. Then the new song followed, with support of Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on stage. The latter caused a bit of controversy. A marching band walked in next for a quick interlude of, with some help from Cee-Lo, Open Your Heart. At this point both artists appeared to sing live. For the finale, a huge choir backed Madge and Cee-Lo, supplying a goose bump moment. At the end, the singer was whisked away and the words “World Peace” appeared across the field.
With M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj on board, Madonna is ready to take another ride on the charts. Once innovative, Give Me All Your Luvin’ seems nothing more than a catchy pop song. But the young entourage should ensure high rankings (and good sales). Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl this Sunday. And somehow this video makes a perfect promo campaign for the Bowl. Surrounded by a horde of foot players and Manga-masked cheerleaders, Madge does look her best. Half way along she slips into a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress. What the baby cameo is for? No clue. Highly in vogue all in all. Touchdown.
Recently Santigold wet everyone’s appetite for new work, by featuring on a couple of tracks, coloring a Beastie Boys song and collaborating with Spank Rock on Car Song.
The long-awaited new Santigold single is now avaible as free download on her official site, the first track taken for the follow up album to her 2008 debut. Master of My Make Believe is scheduled for release this Spring. The semi-animated video for Big Mouth was directed by Cody Critcheloe. The percussion-driven track sounds more like M.I.A work, rather than the original Santogold material. See if you like.
Amy Winehouse’s death will not have surprised anyone, still it came as a shock. Sad to lose such a promising talent so prematurely. A selection of tracks for a next album had already been recorded, so we should at least see a third album released in the near future. Shame there will be no more to follow. Meanwhile the brilliant collaboration with Mark Ronson Back To Black has reached #1 download status in many a country. The music is what we should remember her for.
Since the news of her untimely death broke,Twitter, Facebook and other platforms were flooded with messages of sympathy to pay respect. Among those reactions from close friend Kelly Osbourne, Carole King (whose song Will You Love Me Tomorrow Amy recorded), Tony Bennett (who will feature Amy on his upcoming second Duets album) and M.I.A., who posted a personal tribute on her soundcloud account. A dark but lyrically spot on creation. Take a listen here.