When you’re an “ooh la la” superstar like Madonna, you can afford to drop an album and then mostly forget about it. Which is why, despite a flurry of hype in early 2012 including a gig at the Super Bowl and two reasonably stellar music videos, we’ve heard almost nothing about MDNA since almost immediately after its release. None of the singles really caught on, despite the fact that the album’s spring release seemed perfect timing to poise at least one new Madge tune as a summery song (since this is one of her easiest, breeziest albums in some time, with just one track that could be deemed controversial).
But now we have “Turn Up The Radio,” the video for Madonna’s bouncy third MDNAsingle… and as it turns out, the accompanying visuals are similarly “bouncy.”
Has any recording artist entertained quite like Madonna?
Aside from Michael Jackson, perhaps, I’d say no, not really. Madonna has managed to reinvent herself time and time again without ever coming across as a phony. Nearly everything she’s done as a musician has been iconic, and very little of what she’s done has been terrible. (But we’re not discussing her cinematic endeavors here — that would be cruel.) So when the Queen of Pop releases a new album, I take notice.
Madonna has built up an almost infinite level of goodwill with me over her career, so that even when she does something less-than-stellar, I can easily forgive her for it. Bad Madonna is still just mediocre when you consider all the rest of the trash out there.
From the Vault: My short-lived shared blog with Justin Luke, Said Panties, in which we would riff on the same topic. This entry was all about the one and only Justin Bieber. You can find Mr. Luke’s post on same here. Mine is below.
Oh, Justin. I knew I’d meet you in my blogs eventually. I just never expected it to be quite like this…