“Celebration”: Madonna’s Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection

Madonna's Celebration album comes full circle - from Keith Haring's era to Mr. Brainwash

Madonna's Celebration album comes full circle - from Keith Haring's era to Mr. Brainwash

Fittingly, Madonna‘s final album to fulfill her record contract with Warner Brothers is “Celebration,” a monster double-CD, double-DVD extravaganza of goodies spanning her incredible career since 1982. After all, who would be that excited about a third greatest hits collection drawing from her last three lackluster albums (“American Life,” “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” and “Hard Candy”)?

A relentless cultural force, Madonna has maintained her popularity by being the ultimate coolhunter. The cover of her album was designed by street pop artist Mr. Brainwash. One of her new tracks features Lil Wayne. I’m guessing it was between him and Akon and Rihanna.

As to the album, I would have preferred the songs in chronological order, similar to “The Immaculate Collection” and “GHV2,” but I am THRILLED to see “Dress You Up” and “Burning Up” – two of my absolute favorite songs – in addition to “Into the Groove,” the song from her film “Desperately Seeking Susan.”

I’ve the starred songs appearing in a Madonna greatest hits collection for the first time.

CD1

  1. “Hung Up”*
  2. “Music”
  3. “Vogue”
  4. “4 Minutes”*
  5. “Holiday”
  6. “Everybody”*
  7. “Like a Virgin”
  8. “Into the Groove”
  9. “Like a Prayer”
  10. “Ray of Light”
  11. “Sorry”*
  12. “Express Yourself”
  13. “Open Your Heart”
  14. “Borderline”
  15. “Secret”
  16. “Erotica”
  17. “Justify My Love”
  18. “Revolver”* (NEW SONG)

CD2

  1. “Dress You Up”*
  2. “Material Girl”
  3. “La Isla Bonita”
  4. “Papa Don’t Preach”
  5. “Lucky Star”
  6. “Burning Up”*
  7. “Crazy For You”
  8. “Who’s That Girl”
  9. “Frozen”
  10. “Miles Away”*
  11. “Take a Bow”
  12. “Live to Tell”
  13. “Beautiful Stranger”
  14. “Hollywood”*
  15. “Die Another Day”*
  16. “Don’t Tell Me”
  17. “Cherish”
  18. “Celebration”* (NEW SONG)

Since I have nearly all of these songs already, what I’m MOST excited about is the double-DVD of her fantastic videos.

  1. “Burning Up”
  2. “Lucky Star”
  3. “Borderline”
  4. “Like a Virgin”
  5. “Material Girl”
  6. “Crazy For You”
  7. “Into the Groove”
  8. “Live to Tell”
  9. “Papa Don’t Preach”
  10. “True Blue”
  11. “Open Your Heart”
  12. “La Isla Bonita”
  13. “Who’s That Girl”
  14. “Like a Prayer”
  15. “Express Yourself”
  16. “Cherish”
  17. “Vogue”
  18. “Justify My Love”
  19. “Erotica”
  20. “Deeper and Deeper”
  21. “Rain”
  22. “I’ll Remember”
  23. “Secret”
  24. “Take A Bow”
  25. “Bedtime Story”
  26. “Human Nature”
  27. “I Want You”
  28. “You’ll See”
  29. “Frozen”
  30. “Ray of Light”
  31. “The Power of Good-Bye”
  32. “Beautiful Stranger”
  33. “American Pie”
  34. “Music”
  35. “Don’t Tell Me”
  36. “What It Feels Like for a Girl”
  37. “Die Another Day”
  38. “Hollywood”
  39. “Love Profusion”
  40. “Hung Up”
  41. “Sorry”
  42. “Get Together”
  43. “Jump”
  44. “4 Minutes”
  45. “Give It 2 Me”
  46. “Miles Away”
  47. “Celebration”

While it’s supposed to be every video EVER, many have noticed that it’s not the case. There are omissions of many videos from her “madonna: 93:99” video collection – “Bad Girl,” “Fever,” “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Drowned World/Substitute for Love,” “Nothing Really Matters”:

“Everybody” very amateur but charming nightclub video – male back-up dancers were part of her act from the start!

I couldn’t find the “official” video available on YouTube right now but found a video claiming that this is her first performance of the song:

“Oh Father” from the “Like a Prayer” album, made by “Fight Club” director David Fincher (available on the “Immaculate” VHS)

“Dear Jessie” a sweet children’s song from the “Like a Prayer” album

“This Used to Be My Playground” from the film “A League of Their Own”

“Evita” songs

“American Life,” her most overtly political video

For more Madonna video overload, visit MadonnaVideos24’s Youtube page.

Favorite Madonna Songs: “Spotlight”

Although I was one of the many fans who was shafted at Madonna’s in-store autograph sesssion at Tower Records in 2003 (she bailed after an hour), I remain a diehard fan of her music, especially the ’80s songs I grew up with.

With Michael Jackson’s death, it makes me think about Madonna’s legacy – how she’ll be seen as a style chameleon, gay icon, and a powerful symbol of female empowerment and sexual assertiveness – Blonde Ambition indeed. Her official website is now showing a picture of Madonna and Michael Jackson at the Oscars together from her “Dick Tracy” era. The flashing wall of screens featuring her music videos is astounding – like Michael Jackson, Madonna has had enduring appeal across three decades and generations of listeners.

I’d like to share one of her lesser known songs that I love: “Spotlight” is the first track off of her 1987 remix album “You Can Dance.”

Everybody is a star. . .this is your chance to shine. . .

You Should Be Dancing: Michael Jackson’s Unforgettable Moves

After being immersed in VH1 Classic’s weekend marathon of Michael Jackson videos, I’m struck by how fresh his music is and how one can listen to the same songs over and over and still feel thrilled by the opening notes – pardon the pun.

Mad Ballet Skills: Michael Jackson goes en pointe in "Billie Jean"

Mad Ballet Skills: Michael Jackson goes en pointe in "Billie Jean"

His music makes you want to get up off of your feet and dance, dance, dance.

Michael was dedicated to dancing and his skills show what years of hard work and discipline can achieve.

My favorite dancing videos are:

Watching his early disco videos like “Rock With You” and his signature crotch-thrusting and the ankle slapping moves reminded me of John Travolta’s dancing in Saturday Night Fever.

This YouTube video is a thumpin’ mash-up of MJ and Travolta, crossing the bassline of the “Billie Jean” with the disco beat of “Stayin’ Alive” – brilliant!

For fellow New Yorkers who are inspired to dance by this legend, get up off of your feet and learn how to get slick hip-hop, jazz funk, and en pointe moves at Broadway Dance Center.

The Death of Michael Jackson: A Day to Remember for all ’80s Kids

I remember roller-skating to “Billie Jean” [VIDEO]. As a kid without cable TV, that was probably my first memory of hearing Michael Jackson’s music. It’s a good song to skate to. I always found it hard to dance to his music (such fast beats! such shifting melodies!), although his music is an instant party-starter that makes the whole room hit the dance floor in cheers.

Exhibit A: 13 Going on 30 featuring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo doing the Thriller dance

He was a true talent who will be remembered and celebrated.

UPDATE: A style shout-out to MJ at the Uniform Project today. Fantastic!

I’m So 1988: Fergie as Stacy Ferguson on Kids Inc.

Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas (Video) has become one of the megahit songs of the summer.

It’s wild to think that Fergie was once child star Stacy Ferguson on Kids Inc., a much beloved Disney TV staple of the 80s and early 90s featuring kids singing pop songs under the premise that they were a bunch of kids performing in their own band with a rotating line-up.

Unlike American Idol, the kids sang longer versions of the songs and covered current chart-topping pop hits (albeit sometimes with kid-friendly lyrics). Due to artist copyright laws and complicated ownership rights, it’s unlikely that the series will ever be released on DVD. But there are several hard-core KI fans diligently uploading VCR performances on YouTube.

Pure pop gold:
People Are People by Depeche Mode (featuring Martika (most famous for the one-hit wonder “Toy Soldier,” Rahsaan Patterson, and Stacy who has awesome solos)

Point of No Return by Expose (featuring Rahsaan)

The Never Ending Story by Limahl and Goonies ‘R Good Enough by Cindy Lauper (featuring Ryan Lambert, Renee Sands, Martika, Rahsaan, and Stacy)


KI covers my favorite Madonna songs –
Dress You Up

Into the Groove

Angel

In other KI developments, Renee Sands was the singing voice of Fiona in Shrek and Shrek 2. Rahsaan Patterson is a neo-soul success (Video for “Where You Are”).