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Tidal Not Dead Yet, Says Madonna

The rollout of Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service hasn’t been especially smooth since its March launch, and things are going to be especially difficult for the service now that Apple Music is sucking up so much of the oxygen in the room. Also, the company recently lost its interim CEO, and Birdman is suing itMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2015 - 9:58 am

Little Wings – “Live To Tell” (Madonna Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

I’ve been foisting Little Wings’ excellent new album Explains on anyone who gives me even the slightest opening. It’s by no means a break with the rest of Kyle Field’s long, winding discography, but it is his first release on Woodsist — the label run by seminal New York psych-country fuzzers Woods — and thu… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 9:42 am

Amy Schumer To Open For Madonna

Amy Schumer is the best! Madonna is an icon, and one time very, very long ago was considered the best! And the two of them are teaming up for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour when it rolls through New York City in the fall. Schumer will be opening for the pop star during her three date… More »

By: James Rettig / June 18, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Madonna – “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video (Feat. Kanye West, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora)

Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart was something of a mixed bag, but there was one straight-up radio banger: “Bitch I’m Madonna.” This is one of those choruses that you can’t help but repeat back to yourself. The song features Nicki Minaj, so for the video Madonna capitalized on the A-list pop star roster video trend… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

Jagged Little Pill Turns 20

Society taught me that a woman should be quiet. The church I was raised in taught me that anger was a sin. Alanis Morissette taught me to be loud, and that my anger was righteous. While the media dubbed the Angry Young Woman simply another trope in the long cast of mainstream music’s character sheet,… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 12, 2015 - 9:38 am

Tidal’s Artist Bios Are Unforgiving, But So Are iTunes’

Earlier today someone tweeted a Reddit link into my timeline that seized upon the idea that Tidal bios were shady. Perusing the few they’d collected (that focus specifically on female pop stars) I quickly realized they weren’t shady at all, but merely factual about the artists’ failings. More »

By: Caitlin White / May 21, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Madonna Wishes She Hadn’t Made Out With Drake At Coachella

The most talked-about moment from the first Coachella weekend came at the end of Madonna’s surprise appearance during Drake’s headlining set. After singing a couple of songs, she stood over a seated Drake, who looked like he was expecting a lap dance, and she made out with him for a few seconds. Drake recoiled hilariously,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

“Ballet School – “Justify My Love/Partition” (Madonna x Beyoncé Cover) Video “

Band To Watch Ballet School previously covered/mashed up Madonna’s “Justify My Love” and Beyoncé’s “Partition” and today they’ve debuted a video to accompany the song. In the video, a girl goes through all the wonderful steps of primping: putting on lipstick, checking herself out from every possible angle in the mirror, taking selfies, and sipping… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 28, 2015 - 10:22 am

Madonna’s Still Pissing Off Fans On Instagram

Add Madonna to the list of celebrities who probably shouldn’t broadcast their every thought onto social media. After previously drawing fire for her insensitive #RebelHeart campaign that featured civil rights leaders tied up in wire mimicking her most recent album cover, she’s at it again making UK fans angry by showing support for former British… More »

By: James Rettig / April 21, 2015 - 9:17 am

The 9 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Sunday

There were headliners on all three days of Coachella, as there are every year. But this year, there was really only one headliner, and that one headliner was Drake. People talked about that Drake show all weekend. People rapped Drake lyrics at each other every time there was a conversational lull, or asked strangers who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 13, 2015 - 10:37 am

Watch Drake Recoil From Madonna’s Long Kiss At Coachella

During Drake’s headlining Coachella set last night, he brought out Madonna right after, appropriately, debuting his If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late track “Madonna” live for the first time. She launched into a nearly set-killing medley of “Human Nature,” “Hung Up,” and her new single “Bitch I’m Madonna” before ending her appearance with a… More »

By: James Rettig / April 13, 2015 - 8:08 am

Watch Madonna Make Her Stand-Up Comedy Debut And Perform “Bitch I’m Madonna” With Diplo On Fallon

Last night Madonna appeared on Jimmy Fallon to perform her new Nicki-Minaj co-signed Rebel Heart single “Bitch I’m Madonna.” She was decked out in bling, chains, and thigh-high fishnets for the appearance, and even enlisted Diplo, starting the song backstage in the dressing rooms and then bringing it out to the floor. In the proce… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 10, 2015 - 10:29 am

The Week In Pop: What Wale Can Learn From J. Cole

On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Ballet School – “Justify My Love/Partition” (Madonna x Beyoncé Cover)

Berlin trio (and BTW alums) Ballet School dropped their glittering debut album The Dew Lasts An Hour last September, and now they’re venturing to North America for a monthlong tour. In preparation, the band has shared a torrid, sweat-soaked cover that blends two immortal tracks in the pop canon: Madonna’s 1990 hit “Justify My Love”… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / April 9, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro’s streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn’t stop him from rolling out his rebranded product today with lots of fanfare from his famous friends. Rumors before the 5PM livestream suggested that Jay’s newfangled Tidal would be launched with exclusive content from many of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

See Jack White, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Madonna, & More Looking Serious In A Promo For Jay Z’s Tidal

Jay Z is not playing with his big rollout of the streaming service Tidal. After many big stars tweeted their support last night, those same stars have shown up in a new 30-second spot for the service’s big relaunch today. In the ad, we see a collection of luminaries — Jay, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Jack… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Launches With Blue Avatars From Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Third Man, & Others

Jay Z wants you to know that Tidal, the Scandinavian high-fidelity streaming service that he bought earlier this month, is a big deal. So he didn’t just get some of music’s biggest stars to tweet about the service’s big relaunch, which is happening today. He got them all to change their social media avatars (o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 9:06 am

Watch Rihanna Perform “Bitch Better Have My Money” At The iHeartRadio Awards

Rihanna performed her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money” live for the first time last night at the iHeartRadio Awards in Los Angeles. She came on stage out of a stationary helicopter and did the track wearing a mint-colored fur coat and a pair of thigh-high boots with support from some futuristically dressed backu… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015 - 9:02 am

The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

It’s gotten to where you can’t read about Sam Hunt without reading about Drake. Hunt — a former college football quarterback and philosophy major turned rising country star — makes the connection explicit, morphing his own melancholy bro-country chestnut “Single For The Summer” into a cover of Drake’s drunk-dial lament “Marvins Room” during live shows. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Madonna Albums From Worst To Best

Throughout Madonna’s four decade career, she’s pissed off a lot of people. Backlash against Madonna has brought otherwise divergent groups to consensus, from Pope John Paul II to Planned Parenthood. As an artist, she has given us so many iterations of herself that she’s been able to remain both relevant and agitating across generations. More »

By: Mary von Aue / March 18, 2015 - 10:32 am
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