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!
Javen Jackson Shines On Contemporary RnB Single “ALL IN”
This offering marks Javen Jackson‘s continuous steps towards a more modern and contemporary RnB sound while betting on electronic synths. “ALL IN” offers an enthralling juxtaposition of emotions that revolve around love, money, and sex. When I say it’s a must-listen, I truly mean it.
The former college athlete from Pensacola, Florida showcases his captivating vocal dexterity that suits the slow-paced and chill vibes. Of course, this release was possible thanks to the joint effort with Lu Kang.
Besides that, I believe he owes some debt to Chris Brown, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd’s artistic vision, which translates into his cutting-edge innovation.
“ALL IN” is his first appetizer for his upcoming debut album to be released in February 2023. Take a listen below!
Undoubtedly, such a great tune illuminates his sparkling ascending talent. Also, you will love the way he delivers every lyric of his intimate narrative wrapped in passion.
Javen Jackson is able to convey his feelings through his voice as he pours his heart out with a lot of energy. In other words, this is enough proof that he’s no longer holding himself back from making the music he loves.
You can expect more relatable stories via his songs pretty soon. Just keep an eye on his socials for more updates.
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Pachanta Releases Spanglish Cover Of Roxette’s Most Popular Hit
One of the most exciting duos currently coming out of Germany, Pachanta just released the first-ever Spanglish cover of Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love.”
You’re about to hear a mind-blowing reinterpretation that is 180 degrees different from the popular 1987 hit. Starting with the Spanish lyrics which positively represent a break from the norm, while keeping the emotional side of the original version intact.
Furthermore, night turns into the perfect scenario for the music video, in which pure romance is in the air.
Together both artists complement their talents inside out.
So, I wonder what’s the point of being completely enamored of someone if you don’t sing “It Must Have Been Love” out loud?
No doubt, these guys offer a fascinating new slice of Pop filled with contemporary arrangements and spicy Latin music. That is not to forget Pachanta is driven by passion which is the secret ingredient to this successful single.
On the other hand, Roxette’s Per Gessle approves this Spanglish cover, describing it as nice and authentic. Likewise, the song has already garnered much credibility via important music outlets.
“It Must Have Been Love” is a radio-friendly classic that never goes out of style. Nevertheless, bending genres and playing around with different aspects of it appears to be the right formula too.
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Vivi Hu Shares Animated Video For Lo-Fi/Bedroom Pop Single
Having been featured in All About Jazz, Sino Vision, Sino TV, and BronxNet TV, Vivi Hu now brings us a gentle tale and heartfelt reminder about the importance of staying true to oneself. This song paints a picture of how she found the confidence to be herself and make a difference, despite what others think. The lyrics are inspired by Vivi’s Chinese first name “雪薇（Xuewei), meaning “snow” and ”rose.”
The song talks about how she began to understand who she is, how to embrace herself and made a choice to be herself, regardless of other people’s opinions. To blossom wherever she is, even in the snow, even when people doubted her.
With beats reminiscent of Lo-Fi and Bedroom Pop, Hu brings us on a lyrical and sensually smooth journey through language and emotion. “Vivi, Hu?” is sure to be your next most played song as you stare out the window watching falling snow or rain and sipping on something warm and sweet.