On April 13th, 1990 Madonna was about to start her third concert tour in support of her fourth studio album “Like a Prayer” and her second soundtrack album, “I’m Breathless”. Who could have guessed this would become one of the most influential tours of all times, one after which any other tour of a pop star would be measured against?
Where was Madonna’s career in 1990?
Madonna’s entire career is one huge anomaly. Close to 40 years in her career debut we are still talking about her, she still makes headlines and even more importantly, she still makes great music with “Madame X” (2019) ending up on many “best of” lists for 2019 even if she was snubbed for a Grammy.
This is why trying to choose a peak for Madonna’s career is close to impossible but there is one era we can surely say is close to the top: the Blond Ambition Tour era. During this time, Madonna has shown that she isn’t just a very smart businesswoman, but also one of the top artists of her day – in retrospect, we can even say of all times.
While she started as a teen idol in the mid-1980s, by the early 1990s she transformed herself into a woman that adults could look up to, could talk about without sounding like they’re trying to keep up with the kids of the day, but also without alienating her teen fanbase. So when she went on tour in 1990, it was bound to be a success.
Why is this tour so iconic?
If you had to sketch Madonna so another person could guess who you’re drawing, it’s very likely that you’d use a cone bra, a blonde ponytail, and a hands-free microphone that thanks to this tour, it has become known as a “Madonna mike”. There was no use of the cvn300 model yet, but she made it work!
The tour had five segments: “Metropolis” (which was inspired by the German film of the same name), “Religious” (inspired by her Catholic upbringing), “Dick Tracy” (after the movie she starred in 1990), “Art Deco” (her tribute to the early years of Hollywood fashion), and an encore.
Looking at these segments, it’s not hard to see why the tour was such a critical success. Artists thrive when they present work inspired by their real-life emotions and experiences, by their interests, etc. We all know Madonna has a thing for questioning religious dogmas and she loves old Hollywood glamour so the tour imagery fit her like a glove.
By using elaborate sets and costume changes that told a story, Madonna basically combined the worlds of opera and rock’n’roll and created a spectacle that is still entertaining 30 years after its debut. Her progressive views on feminism, racism or queer rights were tabu back then and they’re still controversial today, which makes the tour age like fine wine.
This was a show that was accessible to many and it would make you leave the stadium not only entertained but also asking yourself questions: why is female sexuality such a tabu when Michael Jackson and Prince aren’t doing anything that different and they don’t get the same criticism?
The setlist also reads as a sort-of greatest hits for the Queen of Pop as she performed “Holiday”, “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” among other classics. And we must give a shout out to the costumes of Jean-Paul Gaultier as they changed how a pop star could look like!
Fortunately, her artistry remains as seen by her next tours such as “The Girlie Show”, “Confessions Tour” and her most recent one, “Madame X Tour”. We just can’t wait to see what she has prepared for us next!
TikTok Sensation Emma Oliver Debuts Original Tune “Sad Sometimes”
Emma Oliver is a TikTok sensation who has gained the affection of her audience due to her charisma and funny viral videos. Besides that, she also has a prodigious singing voice that is literally honey to the ears. Last year, she dropped a cover of Post Malone’s “92 Explorer”. Today, she finally unleashes an original composition in collab with production duo loyalties. Together, they geared up for a highly emotional track called “Sad Sometimes”.
The gentle instrumentation in the background and its flowing rhythm is pretty relaxing. Personally, I think Emma offers very sincere lyrics from start to finish. Of course, everybody is susceptible to toxic relationships, which is the main subject of this Indie-Pop gem. Taking this into account, many of her followers will feel identified with her anguish and connect with her pure feelings expressed on this fabulous single. Check this out right here.
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Relax & Unwind At Home With Test Card Girl’s Lo-Fi Music
Explore new music realms with Indie British artist Test Card Girl. In Lo-fi melodies, which wander seamlessly between Pop and Electronica, her song “Holds Me Down” will captivate your ears. If you are looking to relax, unwind, and relieve stress at home, then you’re reading the right article. Much of her musical project brings out calming effects that diminish the body’s adrenaline rush. Certainly, her beautiful vocals will guide you towards a deep state of harmony too. Give it a try below.
On a side note, the newbie singer has worked as a musical stand up comedian for the last two years, winning some national competitions in her homeland. Catherine (real name) studied music at the prestigious Oxford University and is currently learning sound design and production. Inspired by the indie scene of the 80s and 90s, she is also skillful at playing the piano, folk guitar, clarinet, and of course synths. According to the artist herself, talent runs in her veins as her family is also very passionate about harmonics. Nowadays, she creates art with confidence and she isn’t afraid to dream big with her career. Needless to say, I believe there’s a bright future ahead for Test Card Girl.
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Enjoy Willow Woodward’s Outstanding Pop Track “For The Love”
After the favorable outcome of her debut single, “Superman”, singer-songwriter Willow Woodward returns with an outstanding Pop track called “For The Love”. Literally, it feels like an anthem that celebrates the meaning of true love. According to the artist herself, its message also applies to family and friends. Well, love is the energy of life, and that’s the reason why her lyrics can hit your heart and soul.
Moreover, she picked the right release date because that’s exactly what July 4th reflects, an emphasis on togetherness and community. Obviously, the whole composition is brilliant + her vocals are the definition of perfection. We absolutely need emerging artists like this around. With a radio-friendly contemporary sound and lyrical rawness, “For The Love” won’t disappoint you at all. Press play below and get your own conclusions.
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An Original Musical Husband-Wife Duo, Meet LightBody Sound
LightBody Sound could easily become the best indie musical husband-wife duo of the year. It all started when they met on a balmy South Texas night, more specifically, at The Last Concert Cafe. What makes them special and original is that Elizabeth has a background as an opera singer, while Chris shines as a troubadour.
Certainly, it’s worth listening to their self-titled debut album. Nothing can compare with the amalgam of Pop, Folk, Rock, and Electronica sounds that take shape in this material. Although it may seem unbelievable, this interesting project started as a series of instrumentals recorded in 2015. Little by little, the 10 tracks were magically completed. On the one hand, their interaction offers dynamism, while on the other, the storytelling lyrics are synonymous with variety and fantasy. What else could you ask for? Press play below and get your own conclusions.
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This Is What I Call Jazzy Pop, Learn More About Karma’s Tea
Karma’s Tea is one of those bands that leave you speechless. Without a doubt, Mike Desroches and Mystina will soon become a point of reference for jazzy pop fans. Despite the vintage-esque vibes, they use contemporary instrumentations and sultry sounds on “What Do You Do”. This is just the first of a series of amazing tunes, which features Nat Townsley (drums), Ryan Waters (guitar), and the legendary bassman Lenny Rocillo. All of them have collaborated with famous artists in the mainstream world. Most importantly, their mission is to spread positivity through melodies and lyrics. In this case, “What Do You Do” hits the right groove with seducing vocals, making it a whole masterpiece. A good song to sip wine to while you enjoy a delicious candle-light dinner.
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