Content tagged 'Dance'
Hard Candy (Album of the Day)
Madonna pulled out all the stops for her 11th – and final – Warner Bros. studio album, HARD CANDY. Enlisting a team of A-list producers including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams (all of whom also contribute vocals, along with Kanye West), the performer created a tough-but-sweet confection that was “like 'Holiday' with an R&B groove,” in Timbaland's words. The urban-oriented dance-pop of the 2008 set shines as brightly on LP-only tracks like “Candy Shop” and “Devil Wouldn't Recognize You” as it does on singles “Give It 2 Me,” “Miles Away,” and Top 10 hit “4 Minutes.” Needless to say, HARD CANDY was a smash, reaching No.1 on the U.S. album chart 10 years ago today and racking up more than 4 million sales worldwide.
World Clique (Album of the Day)
Vocalist Lady Miss Kier joined forces with Russian-born DJ Dmitry and Japanese techno specialist Towa Tei thirty years ago to form one of dance music's most colorful trios, Deee-Lite. The New York-based group was also among the style's most successful; after signing with Elektra, their debut WORLD CLIQUE climbed charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was soon an R.I.A.A.-certified Gold album. Singles “Power of Love,” “Good Beat” and “E.S.P.” kept feet moving in clubs around the globe, while “Groove Is in the Heart” reached the U.S. Top 10 and earned a slew of MTV Award nominations. A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip and Bootsy Collins both guest on that crossover smash, and James Brown band mainstays Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley also appear on the collection. Smart, fun and funky, WORLD CLIQUE was released on this day in 1990, and remains a sure-fire party starter.
SONG OF THE DAY - "Material Girl" (Album of the Day)
When Madonna heard a demo of “Material Girl,” she took a liking to the song because it was “ironic and provocative at the same time but also unlike me. I am not a materialistic person.” Yet few of her many Top 10 hits are as strongly identified with the career-driven artist, thanks partially to the accompanying video inspired by Marilyn Monroe's performance of “Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.” With its synthesizer arrangement and robotic “living in a material world” verse, the track displays a strong New Wave influence, but producer Nile Rogers (and the Chic rhythm section) ensure that it remains dance-floor friendly. The lead-off track to her LIKE A VIRGIN album, “Material Girl” is among Madonna's most iconic recordings, and in honor of her birthday, it's our Song of the Day.
The Chic Organization 1977-1979 (Album of the Day)
Chic helped define the pop and disco genres with unstoppable hits like "Le Freak," "Good Times," "I Want Your Love" and "My Feet Keep Dancing." After Chic's initial success, founders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards began making music for other artists as The Chic Organization; among their biggest successes was Sister Sledge's WE ARE FAMILY. The new THE CHIC ORGANIZATION 1977-1979 boxed set includes Chic's first three albums (CHIC, C'EST CHIC and RISQUÉ) along with WE ARE FAMILY - all newly remastered from the original Atlantic tapes under Rodgers' supervision. The 5-CD collection also features a disc of 12" mixes and 7" edits of such Chic classics as “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” “My Forbidden Lover” and “Everybody Dance.”
SONG OF THE DAY - "Express Yourself" (Album of the Day)
Madonna and producer Stephen Bray started their collaboration on LIKE A PRAYER with the track “Express Yourself”; it was an auspicious beginning for the multi-platinum collection. Couched in Sly Stone-esque funk flourishes, the Top 10 single is among the performer's most exuberant, and was accompanied by a big-budget video directed by filmmaker David Fincher. But what really makes the song resonate is its message. “I wrote 'Express Yourself' to tell women around the world to pick and choose the best for yourself,” said the singer in an interview. “It's my take on how men can express what they want - the same prerogative should be there for a woman, too.” On the eve of International Women's Day, heed Madonna's advice and “Express Yourself.”
SONG OF THE DAY - "Get Outta My Way" (Album of the Day)
Kylie Minogue 's “Get Outta My Way” was the second single from 2010's APHRODITE album, and shows the Australian pop-dance queen ready to take on the world four years after a breast cancer diagnosis. A raft of top producer-songwriters crafted the midtempo electro disco track, in which Kylie tells her man he'd better shape up or she'll ship out. Delivered with a defiant wink and infectious energy, the song was destined to “destroy every dancefloor between here and the furthest reaches of the universe,” as Entertainment Weekly put it, and indeed the single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club chart. As we celebrate International Women's Day, Kylie Minogue leads the charge with the irrepressible “Get Outta My Way.”
Like A Prayer (Album of the Day)
Madonna's final album of the 1980s consolidated her success during the decade and remains one of the performer's very best. Dedicated to the singer's mother, "who taught me how to pray," LIKE A PRAYER is among the most personal and soul-searching she has ever recorded. All 11 songs were co-written and co-produced by Madonna in varied arrangements informed by classic rock and funk (Prince was one of her collaborators), and the collection spun off four Top 10 singles - “Express Yourself,” “Cherish,” “Keep It Together” and the title track, which reached the top of the Billboard chart 30 years ago today. The commercial success of the quadruple platinum No.1 album was matched by its critical acclaim; with the ambitious LIKE A PRAYER, Madonna's status as one of pop's greatest artists was undeniable.
Believe (Album of the Day)
Among the most enduring artists in pop history, Cher reinvented herself yet again with BELIEVE. The 1998 Warner Bros. collection saw the performer embrace Euro-disco with spectacular results; its title track topped more than 20 charts worldwide, becoming one of the best selling singles ever. There's plenty more beyond that hit; reinforced by such top talent as producer Todd Terry and songwriter Diane Warren, Cher turns both dancefloor fillers (“Strong Enough”) and ballads (“Dov'e L'Amore”) into anthems of empowerment. Dedicated to ex-husband Sonny Bono (who had passed away that year), the set was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning for Best Dance Recording. Listening to the multi-platinum album, you can't help but BELIEVE in Cher, and we'll give it another spin now to wish the singer a happy birthday.
Celebration (Deluxe Edition) (Album of the Day)
The Warhol-esque pop-art cover of CELEBRATION salutes an artist whose 15 minutes of fame have now stretched to nearly 40 years. The career-spanning 2009 double-disc collection was Madonna's last for longtime label Warner Bros., distilling her output for the company to 36 highlights selected with input from fans. All the essentials are here along with a pair of single-only sides and two new songs: “Revolver” (with rapper Lil Wayne) and the Dance Club chart-topping title track. Sequenced for flow rather than chronology, the lineup offers a breathtaking parade of hits including “Holiday,” “Music,” “Express Yourself” and “Vogue.” In CELEBRATION of Pride 2019, we're turning up the volume on this Top 10, Gold-certified best-of from Madonna
Woman's Gotta Have It (Expanded) (Album of the Day)
With a name that skewers the stereotype of British Asians as shopkeepers, Cornershop has been making music that defies categorization since 1991; sophomore album WOMAN'S GOTTA HAVE IT is a distinctive fusion of Bollywood, noise-pop, dance, hip-hop and more. Frontman Tjinder Singh proves a gifted songwriter here, lacing social commentary through these originals while peppering them with hooks drawn from around the world – lead single “6am Jullandar Shere” is sung in Punjabi and “My Dancing Days Are Done” in French, while the droning guitars of “Looking For A Way In” are straight out of the New York underground. The Expanded Version of the 1995 set adds “Rehoused” and four alternate mixes. Cornershop would garner acclaim a couple years later when “Brimful of Asha” topped the U.K. singles chart, but WOMAN'S GOTTA HAVE IT shows the Leicester band had already found its distinctive voice.