Τρίτη, 18 Αυγούστου 2009

Madonna's 'Celebration' ends 25 years


Love her or hate her, there is no denying Madonna has made a huge impact on music and music culture for nearly 30 years now. Celebration is the title track from Madonna's 21st and final album under the Warner Bros. Music Group umbrella of labels, which has included Sire, Maverick and Warner Bros. The single, set for an August 3 release, got a sneak peek earlier this week, as it was leaked on British radio, and last night, DJ extraordinaire, Paul Oakenfold debut a mix of the song at a club in Ibiza.
To celebrate more than twenty-five years with WB, Madonna's latest project will be a 2-CD set titled Celebration, described by WB as "the ultimate compilation of Madonna songs." The CD gets a UK release of September 28, with the US getting their hands on it a day later on September 29. The title track is one of two new songs to be included on the career-encompassing set. The second new track is called Revolver, and reported features guest vocals by Lil Wayne.
Other songs already confirmed on the project include, Everybody, Express Yourself, Vogue and 4 Minutes were hand picked by Madonna and her fans via contest on her official site. All the tracks on the new compilation have been remastered. Its too bad Holiday, one of her earlier releases, never made it to the number one spot. To me, no Madonna song expresses more thoroughly, or more simply, exactly what her global career has accomplished with the lyrics, "Holiday, celebration, come together in every nation."
In addition to the 2 CD set, a companion DVD of Madonna's videos will also be released as part of the Celebration. A video for the new single was just filmed in Milan and Italy and according to Madonna.com, fans were encouraged to come be a part of the video and were asked to bring any Madonna-related memorabilia from any point in her long career, so expect to see a sea of Madges in the video directed by longtime Madonna collaborator, Jonas Akerlund, most known in Madonna circles for having directed the Ray of Light video.
The cover of Madonna's final WB release was created by street artist Mr. Brainwash. An initial look at the cover art reveals Madonna looking rather retro, with short cropped curls reminiscent of her True Blue days. The artist shows blatant influences of Pop Art Icon, Andy Warhol, who of course painted a very similar portrait of the original Material Girl, Marilyn Monroe back in 1962.
Over the years, this generation's blonde bombshell has had some dozen #1 Hot 100 singles and has racked up a record-breaking 39 Dance Chart toppers. She's won Grammys, an Oscar (for Sooner or Later from the movie Dick Tracy), written best-selling children's books, as well as produced the controversial journal/photography epic, SEX. Up next for Madge, she's not slowing down, she got an ongoing tour planned as she embarks on a new journey with the newly formed Live Nation 360 music group. Also set to record on the label are super group U2, Jay-Z, Shakira and Nickleback. If Madonna's teaming with Lil Wayne of the second single, Revolver proves to be successful, don't be shocked if she teams up with new label-mate Jay-Z on an upcoming project.
Listen to Celebration Club Mix

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