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Weekend Music Video Real

This week’s music video real is all wrapped up in all kinds of video truth, featuring the latest visual stunners from Coldplay, Beyoncé, Massive Attack, The Vamps and Mr. Zayn Malik, excuse me, Zayn, as he drops his music anticipated start into solo superstardom away from his former One Direction music brothers. 

Enjoy and happy weekend! 

Zayn/”PILLOWTALK” Brace yourself…the former One Direction member formerly known as Zayn Malik is officially on his solo trek. 

One Direction/”History” Speaking of One Direction, the reaming gentlemen are back with another video release from their platinum Made in the A.M. Set. 

Beyonce/Coldplay/”Hymn for the Weekend” Isn’t there something else that Bey and Chris Martin are doing together soon? 

Massive Attack/ Tricky/3D/”Take It There” No, you’re not having ’90s hallucinations, it’s just trip-hop group Massive Attack reuniting with Mr. Tricky for the first cut off of their forthcoming ‘Ritual Spirit’ set. 

Claudia Leitte/Daddy Yankee/”Corazon” Step out of the January tundra and into this sexy, steamy clip from international diva Claudia Leitte that will keep you sweating even on the chilliest of winter nights. 

The Vamps/”Kung Fu Fighting” Because you know you’re going to see Kung Fu Panda 3 this weekend. 

Speaking of Massive Attack, remember that time in ’95 when they linked up with Madonna to help her out with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic bedroom romp, “I Want You” for her luscious Something to Remember collection? Musically priceless. 

 

 

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5 Albums Celebrating Music Milestones in 2016/Divas Edition

Week three of Philly Mixtape‘s winter column (for weeks one and two, head here) is giving it up to some of our beloved divas, and what a wonderful list is for this go around. Stroll down the music memory lane and get ready to celebrate all year long as we look back at iconic albums from Janet Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and a certain Adele album that we still haven’t been able to escape from. 

1.Janet Jackson/Control/30 YO/February 4th Although Ms. J had released two sets prior to this grand ’86 release–’82’s Janet Jackson (“Young Love,” anyone?) & ’84’s Dream Street–it was this album that transformed the icon from Michael’s kid sister to Michael’s kid sister. Armed with that one-of-a-kind Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis production power along with juiced up rhythms and big pop hooks, this was the Janet that the world was ready and waiting for. Certainly without Control  hits, “When I Can Think of You,” “Nasty”, “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” (“what has he done for you laaate-ly?”), “Let’s Wait Awhile” and the album’s coveted title track (those car brakes), our Ms. Jackson-if-you’re nasty-lives just wouldn’t be the same. 

However…

The true champion single of Janet’s Control era is the album’s sixth single, the glorious,”The Pleasure Principle.” Not only is it supplied with the best Janet video of all time, but it is without a doubt, one of the most underrated singles in her extensive body of werk. There’s no need to argue…it is.

Now, listen up. 

2.Madonna/True Blue/30 YO 1986 was certainly a great year for our beloved divas, wasn’t it? While Ms. Janet was gettin’ her Control on, Madonna was gettin’ her Sean Pean on and transformed her newlywed bliss into an album that is not just her most solid pop effort, but one of her best records over all. 

Kickstarted with the synth burnt ballad, “Live to Tell,” another smash hit–and controversy-followed with the album’s second single, “Papa Don’t Preach,” which ultimately became Madonna’s first foray into scandalous territory. The controversy only propelled the album to greater heights, with Madonna releasing a handful of hit singles from the sensual set–“La Isla Bonita,” “Open Your Heart,” and of course, the always overlooked, “Where’s the Party.” 

True Blue is also the album that  transformed Madonna from a two-bit pop star into a full global music icon, who certainly proved she had her artistry chops locked and loaded for this go around, as seen in anyone of True Blue‘s accompanying iconic music videos. And let’s not forget that it was this album that first introduced us into Madonna’s wonderful world cone bras.

Although her marriage to Penn didn’t make it through the time until True Blue was finished stamping the charts, our love affair with Madonna’s vibrant third album certainly made it past the music prenup. 

3.Britney Spears/Britney/15 YO What does Joan Jett, Crossroads (Ms. Cattrall! Ms. Saldana! Pennsyltucky!), a big ol’ python, Justin Timberlake and that denim outfit all have in common? They’re all of the glorious elements that made up the music and pop culture life of Ms. Spears’ ravenous third studio set, Britney

Although the record didn’t sell nearly sell as much as its predecessors, it was Britney that began Britney’s path of, um, shedding her skin from being a TRL pop tart to her slightly scandalous “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman” days all the way to the full-blown sex pot that locked us in the music bedroom with follow-up, In the Zone.

Besides the radio singles that were served up (this is also the only Britney album to not deliver a top 20 hit), the rest of the album is a nice post-Oops treat loaded with that elusive Spears gum cracking pop sass, as heard in tracks like, “Lonely,” “Anticipating,” “Cinderella,” and a little underrated Britney ditty called “What’s it Like to Be Me,” co-starring the one-and-only ex, Mr. Timberlake. 

While we may never know why the Darkchild remix of “Overprotected” didn’t fly straight to the top of the charts, what we can do is practice our “I’m a Slave 4 U” choreography until we get it right (even you, Beyonce) and tae note of the fact that Britney’s magnetic 2001 album will always be a music dream within a dream.

4.Alicia Keys/Songs in A Minor/15 YO That voice! Those braids! That piano! Yes, that’s what the whole world was thinking when a then twenty-one year old Alicia Keys welcomed us into her soulful world that was–and still is–like no other music artist on radio. Fronted by the musically irresistible heartbreak of lead single, “Fallin,” A Minor was a hit straight out of the new music artist gate and would eventually own the charts and the Grammy Awards the following year, with Ms. Keys going on to snatch up six trophies the following year for her blockbuster debut. 

Highlights of course include “Fallin,” the baby makin’ groove, “A Woman’s Worth,” and the powerful, “How Come You Don’t Call Me.” But if you really want to dive in deep, let the Jermaine Dupri assisted, “Girlfriend,” get you to really throw it back to a delighful time fifteen years ago that was all wrapped up in Ms. Alicia. 

5.Adele/21/5 YO Hard to believe, but it’s been five years since Adele sat in a chair and destroyed all of our souls with the bulldozer of a song and video that was her love scorned 21 sonnet, “Rolling in the Deep.” All broken dishes aside, “Deep” was just the beginning of a 21 music journey that would take the English Breakfast tea sipping diva on the music ride of our lives–smash singles! lots and lots of Grammys! saving the music industry! more broken dishes!

21 came into our lives like an ex out of hell, and judging from the way the ten million plus selling set is still selling at a moderate pace, it shows us that Adele’s monstrous sophomore album has truly never stopped gripping our music heartstrings. Really, it was no surprise that follow-up 25 would destroy the world upon its release last year, as were certainly ready for it. It was this album that got us prepared for the inevitable takeover. 

Pass the Kleenex, please. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philly Disco Groove of the Day/People’s Choice/”Jam, Jam, Jam(All Night Long)”

“Got my mind up, gonna put on my new suit,” starts off the funky, “Jam, Jam, Jam” (All Night Long),” by Philly’s own People’s Choice. Now, if there’s a soulful disco song out there with better opening lyrics to help get your weekend started off in the most right way possible, I personally would like for you to try to find one. Booming with bass, slinky guitar riffs and an undeniable scratched up vocal delivery by lead vocalist and instrumentalist Frank Brunson, this classic People’s Choice joint succeeds in funkin’ you right up from the start. 

Created in 1971 by Brunson and drum player David Thompson, People’s Choice began making their local music mark as a stand-out instrumental ensemble. But their music game changed when legendary Philly music producers Gamble & Huff saw them in concert and asked Brunson if he would be interesting in recording the track, “I Likes To Do It” for Philadelphia International Records. Mr. Brunson obliged and People’s Choice signed with the label in 1974 and were an instant smash thanks to the vivid instrumentation and light vocal flavoring that their smooth-and-silky debut single provided. 

The group went on to achieve much success on both the R&B and album charts, delivering funkdafied singles, “Do It Any Way You Wanna,” “Nursery Rhymes(Part One),” and of course, the glowing “Jam, Jam, Jam( All Night Long).” And since it’s been a long week for us all dealing with The Great Thaw of 2016, now is the perfect time to get lost in this one-of-a-kind Philly disco groove.

You’ll certainly be glad you did. 

Here’s all of this week’s Philly disco grooves in case you’re just hittin’ the dance floor of local music life. Have a great weekend! 

Instant Funk/”I Got My Mind Up(You Can Get It)”

Teddy Pendergrass/”I Don’t Love You Anymore”

Jean Carn/”Was That All It Was”

The Jones Girls/”You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else”