Tag: Madonna

Tuesday 6/22/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

1980-1989 Today we feature music from and not in this order: Prince, Huey Lewis & The News, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Peter Wolf, Tina Turner, Men At Work, Donna Summer, Van Halen, Elton John, Toto and more . . .

Tuesday 6/8/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from Duran Duran, Animotion, Pointer Sisters, Ratt, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, and more and more . . .

Tuesday 6/1/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from David Lee Roth, Southern Pacific, Ray Parker Junior, Kathy Mattea, Whitney Houston, Queen, Paula Abdul, Carlene Carter, Police, Ramones, Oak Ridge Boys, Honeymoon Suite, Alabama, Genesis and more. . . 2pm – 6pm ET

Tuesday 5/25/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from Pointer Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Police, Eddy Grant, Pat Benatar, INXS, Kenny Loggins, Def Leppard, Whispers, Pam Tillis, Dan Hartman, Night Ranger, Go Go’s and more . . .

Tuesday 5/18/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

2 – 6pm ET

Featuring tunes from Pablo Cruise, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Little Richard, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, KT Oslin, Neil Diamond, Janet Jackson, Was (Not) Was, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Gramm, Irene Cara, Genesis, and more . . .

Tuesday 5/11/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Madonna – Like A Prayer (1989)

Like a Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on March 21, 1989, by Sire Records. Madonna worked with Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard, and Prince on the album while co-writing and co-producing all the songs. Her most introspective release at the time, Like a Prayer has been described as a confessional record. Madonna described the album as a collection of songs “about my mother, my father, and bonds with my family.” The album was dedicated to Madonna’s mother, who died when she was young.

The album uses live instrumentation and incorporates elements of dance, funk, gospel, and soul into a more general pop style. Madonna drew from her Catholic upbringing, as seen on the album’s title track, which was also released as its lead single. The lyrics deal with themes from Madonna’s childhood and adolescence, such as the death of her mother in “Promise to Try”, the importance of family in “Keep It Together”, and her relationship with her father in “Oh Father”. Madonna also preaches female empowerment in “Express Yourself”.

Like a Prayer received universal acclaim, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “close to art as pop music gets.” Commercially, the album was an international success, reaching the top of the charts in multiple territories, and was certified quadruple platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America. Six singles were released from the album: the title track, “Express Yourself”, “Cherish”, “Oh Father”, “Dear Jessie”, and “Keep It Together”. “Like a Prayer” became Madonna’s seventh number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, while “Express Yourself” and “Cherish” peaked at number two and “Keep It Together” became a top-ten hit. Worldwide, the album has sold over 15 million copies.

With the singles’ accompanying music videos, Madonna furthered her creativity and became known as a leading figure in the format. The music video for “Like a Prayer” was a lightning rod for religious controversy, using Catholic iconography such as stigmata and burning crosses, and a dream about making love to a saint, leading the Vatican to condemn the video and causing Pepsi to cancel Madonna’s sponsorship contract. The video for “Express Yourself” was the most expensive video at its release. Like a Prayer preceded Madonna’s ground-breaking Blond Ambition World Tour. At the end of the 1980s, following the release of the album, Madonna was named “Artist of the Decade” by several publications.

  1. “Like a Prayer” 5:41
  2. “Express Yourself” 4:37
  3. “Love Song” (with Prince) 4:52
  4. “Till Death Do Us Part” 5:16
  5. “Promise to Try” 3:36
  6. “Cherish” 5:03
  7. “Dear Jessie” 4:20
  8. “Oh Father” 4:57
  9. “Keep It Together” 5:03
  10. “Spanish Eyes” 5:15
  11. “Act of Contrition” 2:19

Madonna – vocals, synthesizers
Niki Haris – background vocals
Marilyn Martin – background vocals
Donna DeLory – background vocals
Ali Nadirah – background vocals
Lynne Fiddmont – background vocals
Rose Banks – background vocals
Marcos Loya – background vocals
The Andraé Crouch Choir – background vocals
Jonathan Moffett – drums
Jeff Porcaro – drums
John Robinson – drums
Luis Conte – percussion
Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Guy Pratt, Randy Jackson – bass
Chester Kamen – guitars
David Williams – guitars
Prince – guitars
Dann Huff – guitars
Bruce Gaitsch – guitars
Marcos Loya – requinto
Jai Winding – synthesizers
Stephen Bray – synthesizers
Patrick Leonard – acoustic piano, Hammond B3 organ, clavinet, synthesizers
Joe Porcaro – marimba
Sandra Crouch – tambourine
Chuck Findley – brass section
David Boruff – brass section
Steven Madaio – brass section
Dick Hyde – brass section
Joseph Mayer – French horn
Richard Todd – French horn
Larry Corbett – cello solo
Chuck Findley – horn arrangements
Bill Meyers – string arrangements, conducting
Suzie Katayama – concertmaster

Tuesday 4/13/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Madonna – Music (2000)

Music is the eighth studio album by American singer Madonna, released on September 18, 2000 by Maverick and Warner Bros. Records. Following the success of her previous album Ray of Light (1998), she intended to embark on a tour. However, her record company encouraged her to return to the studio and record new music before going on the road. Her collaboration with French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï resulted in a more experimental direction for the album, with additional production from William Orbit. Music has an overall dance-pop and electronica vibe, with influences from funk, house, rock, country and folk. The album was mostly recorded at Sarm West and East Studios in London, England. Elaborating a country theme for the album, Madonna reinvented her image as a cowgirl.

Music received critical acclaim from most critics, who praised Ahmadzaï’s unique production. The album earned five Grammy Award nominations, ultimately winning one for Best Recording Package given to art director Kevin Reagan. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it number 452 on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The record was also a commercial success, debuting at number one in over 23 countries across the world and selling four million copies in its first ten days of release. In the United States, Music debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 420,000 copies, making it her first album to top the chart in more than a decade since Like a Prayer (1989). It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for three million units shipped in the United States and has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

The album was promoted with her concerts at Brixton Academy and Roseland Ballroom, as well as several television performances such as the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards and the 43rd Grammy Awards. It was also supported by the Drowned World Tour, which grossed over US$75 million, making it the highest-grossing tour by a solo act of 2001 (the fourth overall). Three singles were released from the album. The lead single, “Music”, topped the record charts in 25 countries worldwide and became Madonna’s 12th and most recent number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It was followed with another Hot 100 top-five hit “Don’t Tell Me” and “What It Feels Like for a Girl” which attained the top-ten position in several countries worldwide. “Impressive Instant” was released as a promotional single in the United States, peaking at number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. “Amazing” was also briefly released as a promotional single in Germany, Spain and Colombia before being withdrawn shortly afterwards.

  1. “Music” 3:44
  2. “Impressive Instant” 3:37
  3. “Runaway Lover” 4:46
  4. “I Deserve It” 4:23
  5. “Amazing” 3:43
  6. “Nobody’s Perfect” 4:58
  7. “Don’t Tell Me” 4:40
  8. “What It Feels Like for a Girl” 4:43
  9. “Paradise (Not for Me)” 6:33
  10. “Gone” 3:24
  11. “American Pie” 4:33

Madonna – vocals, guitars
Steve Sidelnyk – drums
Guy Sigsworth – guitars, keyboards, programming
William Orbit – keyboards, guitars, programming, backing vocals
Mirwais Ahmadzaï – guitars, keyboards, programming
Sean Spuehler – programming
Michel Colombier – string arrangement

Friday 10/2/2020 12:30 am ET: Feature LP: Madonna – True Blue Gold Edition (2015)

True Blue is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on June 30, 1986, by Sire Records. She co-wrote and produced the entire album with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. True Blue deals with her visions of love, work, dreams as well as disappointments, and was inspired by her then husband Sean Penn, to whom Madonna dedicated the album. Musically, the songs on the album took a different direction from her previous endeavors, incorporating classical music in order to engage an older audience who had been skeptical of her music.

The album features instrumentation from acoustic guitars, drums, synthesizers and Cuban musical instruments. The topic for the songs range from love, freedom, and in the case of “Papa Don’t Preach”, social issues like teenage pregnancy. After its release, True Blue received critical acclaim, with music critics who complimented the album as the archetype of the late 1980s and early 1990s pop albums. They also praised the fact that Madonna’s voice sounded stronger than it did on her previous efforts, while commending Madonna’s skills as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.

True Blue was an immediate global success, reaching number one in then record-breaking 28 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. It spent 34 consecutive weeks at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, longer than any other album in history. It became the world’s top-selling album of 1986, as well as the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist. With estimated sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, True Blue remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. Five singles released from the album—”Live to Tell”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “True Blue”, “Open Your Heart”, and “La Isla Bonita”—all reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Chart.

The album was promoted on Madonna’s second concert tour, 1987’s Who’s That Girl World Tour, which visited cities in North America, Europe and Asia. True Blue is credited as being the album which established Madonna’s position as the biggest female artist of the 1980s, rivaling male musicians like Michael Jackson and Prince. The album’s singles and their accompanying music videos have sparked debates among scholars and social groups. She became the first female artist to receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in recognition of her impact on popular culture. The album also gave her first appearance on the Guinness Book of World Records.

  1. “Papa Don’t Preach” Extended Remix 5:51
  2. “Open Your Heart” 4:13
  3. “White Heat” 4:40
  4. “Live to Tell” 5:51
  5. “Where’s the Party” 4:21
  6. “True Blue” (The Color Mix) 6:40
  7. “La Isla Bonita” Extended Remix 5:22
  8. “Jimmy Jimmy” 3:55
  9. “Love Makes the World Go Round” Extended Remix 6:55
  10. “True Blue” Peter Slaghuis Remix 7:57
  11. “La Isla Bonita” Peter Slaghuis Remix 5:19
  12. “Live To Tell” Demo 6:12
  13. “Ain’t No Big Deal” (’97 Extended) 6:36
  14. “Each Time You Break My Heart” Demo 4:18
  15. “Tell Me” 3:03
  16. “Love Makes The World Go Round” Demo #1 4:05
  17. “Live To Tell” AT CLOSE RANGE Extended Remix 18:50
  18. “True Blue Album 2015 Summer Mix” 15.54

Madonna – producer, lead vocals, background vocals
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff – art direction
Dave Boroff – saxophone
Stephen Bray – producer, music programming, drums, keyboards, drum programming
Keithen Carter – background vocals
Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Bruce Gaitsch – guitar, electric guitar, rhythm guitar
Siedah Garrett – background vocals
Dann Huff – guitar
Michael Hutchinson – engineering
Jackie Jackson – background vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
Edie Lehmann – background vocals
Patrick Leonard – producer, drum programming, drums, keyboards, programming
Jonathan Moffett – background vocals, drums, percussion
Richard Marx – background vocals
Jeri McManus – art direction, design
Billy Meyers – string arrangements
Dan Nebenzal – mixing, mixing assistant
John Putnam – guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Herb Ritts – photography
Michael Verdick – engineering, mixing at Channel Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California

David Williams – background vocals, guitar, rhythm guitar
Fred Zarr – keyboards
Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, NYC

Wednesday 8/19/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and record executive. Having been referred to as the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, she is regarded as one of the most impactful figures in popular culture. Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. She has pushed the boundaries of artistic expression in mainstream music, while remaining completely in charge of every aspect of her career. Her works, which incorporate social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both critical acclaim and controversy. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists.

Born and raised in Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing as a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist in the rock bands Breakfast Club and Emmy, Madonna signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her eponymous debut album the next year. She followed it with a series of successful albums, including all-time bestsellers Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986) as well as Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Madonna has attained many number-one singles throughout her career, including “Like a Virgin”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Take a Bow”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.

Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996). While Evita earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, many of her other films received poor reviews. As a businesswoman, Madonna founded an entertainment company called Maverick (including the label Maverick Records) in 1992. Her other ventures include fashion brands, children’s books, health clubs, and filmmaking. She contributes to various charities, having founded Ray of Light Foundation in 1998 and Raising Malawi in 2006.

Having sold over 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is certified as the best-selling female music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. According to Billboard, Madonna is the most successful solo artist in its Hot 100 chart history. She holds the record for the most number-one singles by a female artist in Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. She remains the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, accumulating U.S. $1.4 billion from her concert tickets. Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, her first year of eligibility. VH1 ranked her atop the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Rolling Stone listed her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.


Wednesday 11pm – Feature LP: Madonna – Madame X (2019)

Madame X is the fourteenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released on June 14, 2019, by Interscope Records. The album was creatively influenced by her expatriate life in Lisbon, Portugal, after relocating there in summer 2017. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album with a number of musicians, including Mirwais, Mike Dean, and Jason Evigan. It also features guest appearances by Maluma, Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta.

The album was promoted by the singles “Medellín” and “Crave”, as well as three other promotional singles preceding the album’s release. The Madame X Tour, an all-theatre tour in North America and Europe, is scheduled to begin on September 12, 2019. Music critics gave generally positive reviews for the album, praising its unique and experimental composition. Madame X debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming her ninth number-one album in the United States.

1. “Medellín” (with Maluma) 4:58
2. “Dark Ballet” 4:14
3. “God Control” 6:19
4. “Future” (with Quavo) 3:53
5. “Batuka” 4:57
6. “Killers Who Are Partying” 5:28
7. “Crave” (with Swae Lee) 3:21
8. “Crazy” 4:02
9. “Come Alive” 4:02
10. “Extreme Occident” 3:41
11. “Faz Gostoso” (featuring Anitta) 4:05
12. “Bitch I’m Loca” (featuring Maluma) 2:50
13. “I Don’t Search I Find” 4:08
14. “Looking for Mercy” 4:50
15. “I Rise” 3:44

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week we feature extended remix versions of eighties hits from Donna Summer, Peter Wolf, Paul Abdul, Brothers Johnson, Madonna, Diana Ross, Huey Lewis and The News, Duran Duran, Flaco and more more more