“When I think about what a summer song is, at first, I think of something celebratory and up – but that’s not quite really it, because I’ve dug some incredible summer songs that weren’t. But it defiantly has to have a phat groove. It’s not about Enya in the summertime, you know what I mean? For example, ‘Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League reminds me of the days of Danceteria, New York. I lived…
Sick Individuals (Dutch duo Rinze “Ray” Hofstee and Joep “Jim” Smeele) tells Billboard: “To remix for a pop icon like Madonna was an absolute honour. We infused the track with hard-hitting beats and a raw energy that will shake up dance floors from Vegas to Tokyo and Stockholm to Melbourne.” The act has previously produced official remixes for the likes of Rihanna, Avicii and Icona Pop.
The Twin Cities radio dial just got a little more diverse.
96.7 Pride Radio launched June 11 at 5 p.m. iHeartMedia described it as the first FM radio station in the country with programming devoted to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community.
The station launched with 24 hours of Madonna tracks. Two weeks free of commercials follows.
According to a news release from iHeartMedia, 96.7’s track list will focus on dance remixes of pop hits by artists like Katy Perry and Sam Smith. It will also feature community news and entertainment shows.
Cyndi Lauper, the American singer, has revealed she has signed autographs as Madonna when fans have mistaken her for her pop rival.
The Girls Just Want To Have Fun singer makes the disclosure when she appears on Friday night’s Graham Norton Show.
Lauper, who has a very distinctive, high-pitched New York accent, said: “It happens to me once in a while. I just sign Madonna. I don’t care and as long as I don’t talk I get away with it.”
The Time After Time singer and Madonna were pitted against each other as pop rivals during the 1980s.
Q: You worked with Madonna on her acclaimed Ray Of Light album. What was it like working with her?
Rick Nowels: I always wanted to work with Madonna. I loved her voice, her songwriting, and the great records she made with Pat Leonard, Stephen Bray and Nile Rodgers. In 1997 I was in New York for the Grammys. I was up for Album of the Year (as one of the producers) for Celine Dion’s Falling Into You. I was in Barney’s (store) getting a tie for the Grammys and I saw Madonna there. I introduced myself, and I told her that she didn’t get the credit she deserved as a songwriter. Which is true, but it’s also an awkward thing to tell a huge superstar! She was very cool and gracious. I ended up getting a meeting with her in L.A. a few weeks later.
We wrote nine songs together—three made the Ray of Light album: “The Power of Goodbye”, “Little Star” and “To Have and Not To Hold”. “The Power of Goodbye” was a number one song in U.K. and Europe. It was a career-changing experience for me. Before that I had always done my co-writing with friends. But working with Madonna…it was the first time I had ever written one-on-one with a great artist/writer. After that I changed gears a little, and now I mostly collaborate directly with artists.