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!
Find Out Why Dani Kristina’s New ‘Aura’ EP Is So Relatable
Get to know Dani Kristina, an emerging singer from Canada who will touch your heart. She has dropped her first EP ‘Aura,’ accompanied by a music video for its lead single “Drift Away.”
Get to know Dani Kristina, an emerging singer from Canada who will touch your heart. She has dropped her first EP ‘Aura,’ accompanied by a music video for its lead single “Drift Away.” It’s worth noting she collaborates with Grammy-nominated producer Trevor James Anderson on this exciting project. In terms of sound design, all her new songs surpass expectations, and there are obvious cinematic vibes blended with a modern Pop flair.
Believe it or not, Dani Kristina has written over 600 songs during her teenage years. With this in mind, I would dare to say she has the right skills of a songwriter. Positively, this aspect complements her melodic singing voice. On the other hand, the lyrics for “Drift Away” perfectly convey intricate feelings, nostalgia, and desires of keeping the spark alive in a troubled relationship.
One of her goals as an artist is that you feel identified with the art she makes. To be more precise, her ‘Aura’ EP unleashes stories that revolve around relatable experiences guiding you to a self-acceptance path while recognizing the limits. Literally, it’s music that moves you and inspires everyone.
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Kasi Opi Makes A Grand Debut With “Rain,” Stream It Now!
Kasi Opi has stormed the blogosphere with his exciting debut single “Rain,“ a dreamlike collaboration with Nevve. Basically, it’s a radio-friendly vocal cut, which has the potential to become your next favorite Pop anthem before the year ends. Among other things, the perfectly sweet and delicate tone guarantees chill-out vibes.
Clearly, “Rain” allows you to have the time of your life while curled up on the couch. The Atlanta-based indie artist describes lyrics as literally perfect. One way or another, verses evoke scenes of a hurtful relationship. But most importantly, behind this gem, there’s also an episode of his love life. So, if you’ve been through an emotional roller coaster with your lover lately, then, you will feel identified with the intimate narrative. Indeed, Kasi Opi wants listeners to appreciate the reflective perspective and even its therapeutic effects.
Stream it on repeat via Spotify below.
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Watch The Lyric Video For Steve Marinangeli’s New Love Song “It’s You”
“It’s You” by Steve Marinangeli is a new love song that is all about passion. The music video certainly makes you believe again in romance.
“It’s You” by Steve Marinangeli is a new love song that is all about passion. The music video certainly makes you believe again in romance. Hailing from a town located in the south of Luxembourg, this talented young artist aspires to connect with listeners immediately with his contemporary poppy sound. Lyrics reveal expectations of a long-distance relationship and an everlasting affair. Of course, he enables everybody to feel identified 100% with his verses. On top of that, the new love song features a bright tone and clear vocals that could easily become the next radio hit. Next year, he will drop his debut album titled, ‘Hidden Thoughts,‘ which will contain a self-reflecting concept throughout meaningful songs with stories you can relate to. So far, I can foresee so much potential in his upcoming music project, only time will tell.
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Beautiful Spanish Music You Should Check Out, Meet Marina Matiss
There’s nothing better than a cinematic-style music video combined with beautiful Spanish music. Barcelona-based singer, songwriter, and model Marina Matiss will surely attract your attention with the new single “El Perdón.”
There’s nothing better than a cinematic-style music video combined with beautiful Spanish music. Barcelona-based singer, songwriter, and model Marina Matiss will surely attract your attention with the new single “El Perdón.” This clip keeps viewers engaged from the very start, and somehow it looks so hypnotic too. Certainly, experiencing this song for the first time is a form of meditation. Beyond the haunting visuals, her harmonious flowing vocals make you realize forgiveness is difficult, especially when resentment or anger is still present. That being said, pure emotions can be felt in her touching lyrics, while sweet violins and simple piano melody add a touch of drama.
At the moment, the independent female artist has garnered over 110K streams on Spotify with her previous tracks, “Phoboslight” and “Lovebugs” (both of them sung in English). On a side note, “El Perdón” was produced by the one and only, Arthur Pingrey, known for his collaborations with Sting and SIA. Among other reasons, it has everything it takes to be a chart-topping work. Make sure to stream it in full, in order to understand what I mean.
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Shannon Has Taken The Pop Music World By Storm With “Do You Know”
Shannon is a young male singer from Dallas, Texas worth listening to. Exceptionally, the video collage for “Do You Know” has reached over 232,000 views in such a short time. Besides his popularity in America, he’s also an emerging international sensation who has a strong following across Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Moreover, his music should appeal to teenage listeners, while the high point has to be the intimate-expressive vocals. Obviously, “Do You Know” is a sugary-sweet love ballad that reflects he has a sensitive heart. There’s no denying it gives off romance vibes too.
Judging by the Pop-oriented RnB sounds, this tune could easily rotate through your favorite radio stations. The guitar cuts and the dreamy melodies are pretty good with the mellow energy. What’s more, Shannon has recently dropped two different versions of “Do You Know.” A dancey remix which is intended to go viral on TikTok, as well as an instrumental version with piano and cello accompaniment for relaxation. On top of all that, the indie artist just confirmed the release of his debut album in 2021. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what else Shannon has in store for the future.
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