2016's breakout supernatural comedy hit Ghostbusters was packed with projectile vomiting ghouls, four amazing lead women, and a soundtrack to die for. And, who knew Chris Hemsworth was funny?
The album features new music from Zayn. He delivers an easy slice of easy listening with “wHo”. After all who are you going to call when your all alone? Elle King stomps in with her hell raising “Good Girls” and there's enough versions of “Ghostbuster” to make anyone happy. Walk The Moon, Pentatonix, and the original by Ray Parker Jr. all make appearances.
The most inventive of these new additions is the Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliot collaboration, “Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)”. It blends their rock n roll inclinations with Missy's flow for one of the most explosive reimaginations. Expect one of these songs to light up radio this year, especially with the movie's continued successs.
This is the only movie I'm going to mention that might equal Jurassic World's massive opening weekend of over a half billion dollars in it's entire run. You should know about it. And, yes I should have written an article on it before it came out, but that's not the point.
Inside Out is another that already came out. One of my coworkers cried watching this movie. Boomer and I saw it. He didn't cry. I did. It might be a “kid's movie” and that's why you bring along your niece, that sibling you hate, so you can see it. OR you have a day out with your good friends and you see it as a group. This movie is about your emotions having emotions and it's amazing. Not to mention Mindy Kaling gives voice to one of the characters and I live for her.
You have been warned.
The general idea is that they are attempting to find this missing girl. Is Cara Delevingne this missing girl? I don't know???? Is she Nat Wolff's gal pal???? I didn't read this book, because I never read. We will will just have to be surprised.
I only have one more movie for you. It's animated and no it's not The Minions. Actually, it's not animated. Fun fact I do my research for these articles as I right them. The movie I was going to tell you about was The Secret Life of Pets. That's coming out July 2016 (a minor hiccup on my part). I will do a proper Media Monday on that when the time comes.
This movie is going to be some good shit. This is the rap group that spawned Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Only two of the most synonymous names with hip-hop. They were banned from a lot of radio. They're explicit. They're good. This movie will be a mess. It stars a list of no names, so we won't be distracted from the story. I'm ready. Bring on the summer.
Buy "Drop It Low"
Really, what Ester Dean is known for is her song writing. She's been behind some of the biggest pop smashes of this decade. She co-wrote this one new Nicki Minaj song “Hey Mama” that is going to blow up. I am not a David Guetta fan, but this song. It's kind of everything. I love it. I am obsessed. It is super catchy. She's also working with Britney Spears on her new album. Ester Dean is songwriter to the stars.
Buy "Hey Mama"
Hopefully, you know what an EP is, but it's basically a teaser, like half an album that's a drum roll to a full release. Now, Ester Dean was signed to a record deal, but she pulled out of that. I haven't heard of her signing with anyone else, so I suppose this music is all an independent release. It doesn't include any of the songs she's released recently. I love both “Get My Dough” and “Twerkin 4 Birk'n” (which is just as ratchet as you think it is). Juicy J even did an official remix for “Twerkin 4 Birk'n”. I'm honestly so confused as to what Ester Dean's career is right now.
She's also touring with Nicki Minaj this summer. I think it's only select dates, but who knows. The Pinkprint Tour will be everything. Tinashe is opening Trey Songz is coming along. Rae Sremmurd is going to show up. Kill it Nicki. I can't imagine a better line up if it included Beyonce. I'm just so ready.
These are six samplers of the songs she uploaded to YouTube and I've included a link to her soundcloud page, so you can listen to the full song at the bottom.
Buy Miss Ester Dean
So, day two of the 12 Days of Bubbles continues. At this point we are all rushing around, trying to get those Christmas presents done, and out of the way. I know this is finals week. That is going how it is going.
The only thing keeping all of us going is knowing that soon we will have Christmas upon us and that at the end of the month we're going to get so wasted and kiss the loves of our lives at midnight.
That, however is not what is getting me through this week. Friday, I am ready. This Friday on the 19th, the remake of Annie is coming to theaters near you. I am so ready.
The music should be interesting. You've got Jay-Z backing up this soundtrack as producer, and you should know he killed The Great Gatsby Soundtrack. Now, I don't know if Jamie Foxx will be singing. I don't really want him to. That little girl Quvenzhané Wallis is also starring as Annie. She's the one who won that Academy Award or almost one that Academy Award. I don't know. I had to google her name. That's a hot mess right there. Until she hits Angelina Jolie level, I don't think I'll get her name down.
Needless to say if I'm not too busy blogging away for the 12 Days of Bubbles, I will be in the front row to see Annie on the 19th.
Now the movie I am just so ready for is also a musical. Now, I do not like musicals. Like I tolerate them, but I don't like them per say. But, on the 25th of December, I will not be in the theater, but I will be thinking about being front row and center to see Out of the Woods.
More then likely I'll see it with the Mayor and Miss Sara Bellum. They love the theater as much as I do not. It is a star studded cast. Meryl Streep is in it. Harkening back to the days of Mamma Mia! A musical that legitimately is my shit.
This musical is a mash up of fairy tales. That includes Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp. If you saw Pitch Perfect you know who Anna Kendrick is, if you've listened to the radio at all you know “Cups”. She's really funny. Her twitter is to die for.
I live for Emily Blunt. She was that really bitchy secretary in The Devil Wears Prada and ever since then I've just lived for her. I follow her career. I shamelessly stalked her wedding to John Krasinski. She's like the love of my life.
Of course everyone is down for some Johnny Depp. Then, Chris Pine is in it. Not Chris Pratt, but Chris Pine is not bad to look at. He's douche bag hot. You know what I mean? Like he's hot, but he knows he's hot. And he's kind of an asshole. Either way, I do not mind seeing him in front of me when I watch this movie.
No matter what happens, Orlando Bloom will be in this movie. And, I have never been more attracted to him, then when he had that long straight white hair. Like, god damn. It also didn't hurt that he was the only clean person in the entire movie.
For people not invested in the process of Madonna's new studio album. It is a lot of information to keep up with. Collaborators, tracklists, instagram pictures. That is why I will try to summarize the event that is sure to hit us in year 2015.
For over a year now Madonna has been teasing us with the release of her 13th studio album. It's been a cruel process to the fans. At the start of this year, I thought there was a strong possibility that we could have a new album that summer, maybe later that year. Well, it is no longer later this year. It will be 2015. No release date within 2015, but I think the album is close to done.
From the collaborators swirling around in the studio, this album should be EDM inspired. We have Avicii, Diplo, Disclosure, Natalia Kills, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys all as possibilities.
Avicii is for all intensive purposes confirmed as a collaborator. I do not approve. Although, it doesn't surprise me that Madonna likes him. His music is derivative of her American Life album. His lack of originality and his critical acclaim bother me as Madonna's similar work was derided by the critics. However. I have chosen to accept him as the Queen has graced him with her presence.
Diplo is confirmed. Diplo is just a producer. You probably know some of his work. He's the man behind “Paper Planes”, “Look At Me Now” and “Too Close”. He has guaranteed us that there are three certified smashes from the album with his name attached to it. Now when I listed those three songs earlier and said this is what you should know him for. That is literally all you will know him for. He's worked with other big names, but those are the hits he's attached to. Three.
Now Disclosure is interesting. They're a relatively new production team. I don't particularly care for the Sam Smith fronted “Latch”, still with the right backing vocals (*cough* *cough* Madonna) I'm interested. They said recently to Billboard that they are not working with Madonna, but they would “consider it”. Everyone would consider it. Are you being shady, Disclosure. Are there plans to work with Madonna that you are respectfully choosing not to inform us of. That is my question. I think they are definitely possibilities. I expect to see collaborations from them on her new album.
This brings us to a very interesting point. Natalia Kills, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Alicia Keys have been linked to this album. The question is are they appearing on the album as songwriters or featured artists?
Natalia Kills I am very up in the air about. She is a wise move for Madonna to team up with. Natalia has that underground pop vibe that could lure the hipsters into looking into a Madonna record. I think a duet or just some backing vocals from Natalia Kills would be great for the album.
The same goes for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Alicia Keys. I like what they bring to the table. Katy Perry has been rumored to have been collaborating with her since their S&M themed V cover shoot last Labor Day. Miley Cyrus's twerking “We Can't Stop/Don't Tell Me” mash up with Madonna this year shows it as a possibility. And, I think it would be a great move. Both Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus draw from different sectors of the pop market. It is too bad that the Queen couldn't have gotten Katy during her Teenage Dream phase. Everything Katy was touching turned multi-platinum, but she will still be useful to her.
Nicki and Alicia are collaborators. No question. Who knows what song Alicia Keys will be featured on. This is a rather new announcement made through Madonna. Personally. I'm shocked Nicki is back in the studio with Madonna. I love it. It will be great. Madonna almost never collaborates twice with someone. William Orbit and the producers of her earlier records being the major exceptions.
What's great about all these women is that they all draw from different sectors of the pop market. This new album will be big. It will catapult Madonna to the upper echelons.
Word has it that Nicki Minaj is doing a rap verse for a song, tentatively titled “Bitch, I'm Madonna”. I hope this song exists. However, in the way of star power. A “Bang, Bang” style trio would be fantastic. Imagine.
Titled, either “Messiah”, “Living For Love”, “Rebel Heart”, “Sorry Not Sorry” or “Unapologetic Bitch”. I repeat. “Unapologetic Bitch”
Featuring: Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus.
Yes. Do you feel it. Can you imagine. Shaking at the thought of it. Also in case you weren't aware all of those song titles I threw out there are popular tags Madonna has been adding to her twitter and instagram. Conversely all of those tags could be the title for her new album.
It saddens me that the album won't be out this year, but I think it's a good thing for its sales. Madonna is a legend. Legend status doesn't get you on the radio. If anything it's a barrier to get on the radio. Madonna does not need to be fighting the Rihanna's for radio play this holiday season. When the music industry has slowed back down, she should strike. For all intensive purposes, though I think the album is done.
A “source” stated that if the album was done there would be sales sheets and other proof it was coming out this year. They said she would have a cohesive plans for music videos and the “look”. Now if anyone does follow her on instagram. Madonna has the look down. She's settled on what this album is. It's just not going to drop. Anyone who suggests that Madonna will drop an album like Beyonce did last year is blindly mistaken. This is Madonna bitch. She is not going to copy someone that shamelessly.
The earliest I feel we can hope for any music from this new untitled set is December. An album release in February at the earliest. The first public performance of a lead single at Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve. I would push that forward to the Grammy's in February. Leaving the album to a release date in March or April of 2015.
Once, she has a large public performance of her single she can drop the album and go on tour. Drop it like MDNA and link ticket sales to the album. She doesn't need to prove herself anymore and she certainly doesn't need a song on the radio.
At this point it's more a point of pride. If however she's going to get on the radio. We need better promotion then what we got for MDNA. And, a better lead single. I love “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, but “Girl Gone Wild” was a better choice. Especially if all America was going to hear of the new album at the Superbowl was that song.
Buy "Booty" featuring Pibull
Do I like this song? Hell yeah, I love that big booty. It's not my favorite song off of A.K.A. but backed up by hit makers Chris Brown and Benny Medina, the middle eastern inspired dance track is not a song I have ever skipped.
At the moment everything Iggy Azalea is touching is turning to gold. Her only recent collaboration not to reach the top ten is “No Mediocre” and once its sent to Mainstream Radio that will no longer be the case. This is a strong move by Jennifer Lopez's team to create a hit from A.K.A. After the little commercial impact that “I Luh Ya Papi” or “First Love” have made.
If you really like the “Booty” collaboration between Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea be sure to check out the album only track “Acting Like That”.
Friendly reminder that Lady Gaga's and Tony Bennet's jazz album Cheek to Cheek comes out tomorrow.
In the words of Madonna, "Music makes the people come together."