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  1. Quick comment - "Like A Prayer" wasn't actually part of the set list for RHT. She played it often as the "extra" track, but definitely not at every show (e.g. I saw four shows and she played it once...thank God I saw it then, because anyone who saw her in Brisbane missed out on seeing it, since she skipped it at both shows). I wouldn't complain if she played it on every tour and to be completely honest, I'm a bit disappointed when it's not on the set list (but that doesn't stop me from being dazzled by the brilliance that is a Madonna show, without fail).
  2. Even after 38 shows, though, Madonna said that she was completely sick of her music and never wanted to hear any of her songs ever again. I'd say she wasn't interested in touring for any longer than she had in TVT, probably because of the physical demands (and, as boy noted, her marriage was in trouble and it's possible that Sean told her to make a choice between him or her career). Incidentally, her first ever tour was supposed to be to Australia and Japan (before the US), because initially, she was more successful in Australia especially than anywhere else ("Madonna" was the 10th highest selling album of 1984 here). Then LAV exploded and it was decided that she needed to focus on her domestic fans in the US first (so we had to wait until 1993 to see her, and then until 2016 to see her again...). These days, artists don't make any real money from music sales (Adele and Ed Sheeran excepted...!), so touring is a necessity. Back in the 80s, there was serious money in music sales (even one massive hit single was enough to set an artist up for years of living in comfort). With streaming generating a pittance for artists, they really have no choice but to go on the road if they want to earn a lot money (not that this is what motivates all of them, of course - it's about being artists first and foremost, but everyone deserves to be paid for their work).
  3. I find it interesting that on one side of the GS DVD, you can clearly hear Madonna singing the first few lines of "Vogue", but on the other side, you don't hear her at all (yet it's the same performance). Did she sing the whole thing live on the night? Did they decide to replace her vocal with a track for broadcast/DVD purposes? Why have different audio tracks on the different sides of the DVD? What tomfoolery is at play here?!
  4. There's a difference between 100% playback (e.g. "Now I'm Following You" on BAT) and Madonna singing live over a "soft" double up of her lead vocal (e.g. "Burning Up" on RHT - she's clearly singing live and loudly in that clip posted above where she misses her cue). The real question is, who actually decides from night to night the exact mix/balance of the two vocal tracks, since for some songs, it clearly differs from show to show (for the record, I think she actually sings live the whole time she's on stage, but the audience doesn't always hear that). In "Vogue" on the BAT, at least for the Barcelona show, she actually sang the "Oooh....you've got to..." outro after the rap (over a "guide" vocal, true, but she's definitely singing live herself). She also sang "Vogue" live during rehearsals, so it's unknown as to why the actual performance used a support vocal. Fans bicker amongst themselves about whether have a supporting vocal means that Madonna's actually singing live or not (e.g. LAV at the MTV Awards in 1984, "Bye Bye Baby" at thee MTV Awards in 1993 etc. etc.). If she were doubling up her vocals during something like LTT, then it might be considered odd, but in anything uptempo, doubling up the vocal to strengthen it makes sense.
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    Rebel Heart Tour DVD/Blu-ray

    The "visuals" error is definitely laughable! They got it right later in the booklet, though An accordion is a musical instrument. It's very French and was played during "La Vie en Rose".
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    Rebel Heart Tour DVD/Blu-ray

    2-CD - yes Maybe it hasn't been released in the US?
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    Rebel Heart Tour DVD/Blu-ray

    "La Isla Bonita" has just been made available at iTunes (taking the tally of pre-released songs from the digital album to three so far).
  8. Here in Australia, it's a winter song - #1 from late autumn until late winter In any case, it was released in January, which is smack bang in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, so technically, it's a "winter" song that's such a smash hit that it's lasted three seasons so far...!
  9. Something that would pretty much guarantee a return to #1 for "Despacito" would be a proper video for the Justin Beiber remix. Justin's not big on videos, and Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee don't have enough sway to convince him to film one (unlike DJ Khaled), but a video featuring all three would attract a heap of attention. I think it's only in the last couple of week's that "Despacito" has dropped significantly in terms of overall points. Two weeks ago, it had around 1.45 times more points than "Wild Thoughts", which has had the biggest chance of dethroning "Despacito" in recent times. Its margin narrowed significantly last week, though.
  10. They're definitely aiming for #1. Releasing the official video juts a few days after the lyric video will have a huge impact on streams, as who has watched the lyric video will most likely then watch the official video. A very clever move. The US will end up with a tied record next week, but it won't be broken the week after that (in spite of the quality of Taylor's latest. It's annoying that Katy Perry couldn't get a #1 with the (IMO) far superior "Chained to the Rhythm", yet Taylor will with this...
  11. Carta

    Does Anyone Still Buy CDs

    I still buy a heap of CDs and I can't see that changing unless they completely stop manufacturing them. Including CD singles, I have around 12 000 CDs all up. I refuse point blank to stream music. I spend a heap on iTunes and I also buy Various Artists compilation, so that I can own physical copies of tracks as well as the digital copies. Music is my passion and I firmly believe in paying for it.
  12. I'm not - I think it's fantastic! To each their own
  13. It's actually awesome! It's as catchy as hell and is a well-crafted pop song. I know it annoys the hell out of a lot of people, but it's sold millions of copies around the world (and has been viewed literally billions of times), so it's struck a chord with an insanely large proportion of the music buying/consuming public. That doesn't happen by chance. It's not a novelty like "Harlem Shake" a couple of years ago - it's a bona fide, worldwide smash, hands down. Love it or hate it, you can't deny it's a phenomenon (and deservedly so, as far as I'm concerned)
  14. Probably. A valid point will also be that she was #1 in a time when streaming and downloads didn't exist - people actually had to go to a music store and spend money to keep OSD at #1 (although obviously, airplay played a major factor in its success, as it did for most of the long-running #1s in the US prior to this decade). It's infinitely easier for a single to spend months in the upper reaches of the charts these days, thanks to digital media (multiple singles in the Top 10 this week have been charting for 30+ weeks and a couple of those have spent their entire chart run in the Top 10...!). In short, Mariah and Boyz II Men's achievement is more impressive than Luis Fonsi et al's (hopefully) will be, but ultimately, "Despacito" will be better remembered internationally than OSD, since it is a global phenomenon, whereas OSD was merely a hit single everywhere but the US. I still can't get enough of "Despacito"!! Roll on 17 weeks at #1!!!