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Should Have Been Bigger: Madonna’s “Living For Love”

The Gods were not on Madonna’s side as she prepared to release her 13th LP, Rebel Heart. A series of leaks sprang in the final quarter of 2014, spewing out more than a dozen demos meant for the album. Although the pop legend had planned to unveil the project gradually in 2015, she was forced to recalibrate her plans and rush release half of the album before Christmas with the second half following in March, after yet another leak or course. It seems as though the 58-year-old was doomed from the very beginning. However, the album contains some of the best music she has recorded in the last decade including the project’s anthemic lead single, “Living For Love.”

The triumphant house cut was a return to form, recapturing the glimmer of her earliest releases. With production from Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid, a piano line from Alicia Keys, and writing from a bevy of the industry’s most talented, the track seemed like a surefire hit to launch an album campaign. On it, the “Material Girl” faced the heartbreak of a failed relationship but refused to give up her faith in love. She told Rolling Stone that although she was emotionally shattered she didn’t want to share a song in which she felt like a victim. “This scenario devastated me, but it just made me stronger,” she told them. Ironically, the sentiment drew parallels to her stance following the leaks as she put on a brave face and soldiered on.

Opening with a stuttering synth and distorted vocals, the beat falls out before coming back in underneath a confident vocal performance from Madonna. “Took me to heaven, let me fall down. Now that it’s over, I’m gonna carry on,” she boldly proclaims as the production builds up to an whirling battle cry on the chorus with the world-weary hitmaker finding strength in healing. “Love’s gonna lift me up,” she belts over a choir. Diplo and Ariel’s production was a throwback to house music of the 90’s, and, coupled with Alicia’s piano and the determined lyrics, it was a standout release regardless of its messy unveiling.

Ever the groundbreaking artist, Madonna continued to change the pop game when it was time to release a video by signing a contract that made her the first artist to host a video on SnapChat. With direction from Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen(known collectively as J.A.C.K.), the visual featured a variety of high fashion looks and saw the songstress face off against a team of dancers while dressed as a matador. She valiantly fought off the advances of the dancers, eventually standing victoriously above her vanquished assailants as rose petals rained down around her.

“Living For Love” also received a handful of performances that replicated the set-up of the music video. Her rendition at the 2015 Grammys was one of the most watched of the evening, and a performance at the BRIT Awards made headlines after a dramatic wardrobe malfunction resulted in the singer taking a tumble mid-song. She also performed it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with a comedic cameo from the host. Unfortunately, the heavy promo push didn’t do much for the promising single.

Despite being one of Madonna’s best singles in years, the track failed to dent the Billboard Hot 100 and made little impact outside of the United States. It did manage to net the hitmaker her 44th Billboard’s Dance Club Songs charttopper, tying a record set by country crooner George Strait for the most top placements on one chart. Ultimately, “Living For Love” kicked off an era that glimmers with hope regardless of the adversity that it faced. Through it all, the Queen of Pop retained her style and refused to be silenced, eventually emerging as the “Unapologetic Bitch” that she is. After all, bitch, she is Madonna. Revisit the epic house anthem below

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Hell yeah it deserved more! LFL and Ghosttown should've hit, at least, top 10 in the charts. 

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She killed any chance of the song being a hit by releasing it just before Christmas, and then it receiving no promotion or video of any kind until February. Holding it back from release in the UK until February also denied it a Top 10 position I believe, as well as it being released mid chart week if I remember correctly.

Ghosttown also lost it's chance due to the same thing - released 4 months before it was ever promoted or sent to radio. 

The whole RH project was woefully handled!

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Yes it should have been bigger but LFL was badly injured by the leaks. Not only got released in late December/Xmas season, but also was ‘given’ on the preorder and those copies weren’t counted on charts like in the UK/USA.

Also she had a promo-timing for the song and her/her team didn’t do anything to rush it, they waited until mid-February for the Grammys and Valentine’s radio release, and it was too late the public/fans had known the song since November.

That’s why GT did better in a few markets than LFL and also because it had a better video and promotion.

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I have come to adore LFL after a recent breakup because Christ the lyrics took on a whole new personal meaning where I could relate word for word, but I can also see how it didn't become a huge hit.  For me something is missing to give it that instant "IT" factor that grabs you right away.

 

Ghosttown on the other hand.  There is NO excuse for that song being shafted.  The massive smash that never was.  Shame.

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4 hours ago, realityisalways said:
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Living for this LOOK :smooch:

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I honestly knew in my gut the first time I heard it & even saw the video that it wouldn't be a hit at all. Maybe with smarter marketing & promo it could've made a bigger impact. Just thought that GT had the best chance of connecting with the public out of the three. 

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2 hours ago, Nick said:

I honestly knew in my gut the first time I heard it & even saw the video that it wouldn't be a hit at all. Maybe with smarter marketing & promo it could've made a bigger impact. Just thought that GT had the best chance of connecting with the public out of the three. 

This. It's a good song but not first single material at all.

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8 hours ago, realityisalways said:
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Should Have Been Bigger: Madonna’s “Living For Love”

The Gods were not on Madonna’s side as she prepared to release her 13th LP, Rebel Heart. A series of leaks sprang in the final quarter of 2014, spewing out more than a dozen demos meant for the album. Although the pop legend had planned to unveil the project gradually in 2015, she was forced to recalibrate her plans and rush release half of the album before Christmas with the second half following in March, after yet another leak or course. It seems as though the 58-year-old was doomed from the very beginning. However, the album contains some of the best music she has recorded in the last decade including the project’s anthemic lead single, “Living For Love.”

The triumphant house cut was a return to form, recapturing the glimmer of her earliest releases. With production from Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid, a piano line from Alicia Keys, and writing from a bevy of the industry’s most talented, the track seemed like a surefire hit to launch an album campaign. On it, the “Material Girl” faced the heartbreak of a failed relationship but refused to give up her faith in love. She told Rolling Stone that although she was emotionally shattered she didn’t want to share a song in which she felt like a victim. “This scenario devastated me, but it just made me stronger,” she told them. Ironically, the sentiment drew parallels to her stance following the leaks as she put on a brave face and soldiered on.

Opening with a stuttering synth and distorted vocals, the beat falls out before coming back in underneath a confident vocal performance from Madonna. “Took me to heaven, let me fall down. Now that it’s over, I’m gonna carry on,” she boldly proclaims as the production builds up to an whirling battle cry on the chorus with the world-weary hitmaker finding strength in healing. “Love’s gonna lift me up,” she belts over a choir. Diplo and Ariel’s production was a throwback to house music of the 90’s, and, coupled with Alicia’s piano and the determined lyrics, it was a standout release regardless of its messy unveiling.

Ever the groundbreaking artist, Madonna continued to change the pop game when it was time to release a video by signing a contract that made her the first artist to host a video on SnapChat. With direction from Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen(known collectively as J.A.C.K.), the visual featured a variety of high fashion looks and saw the songstress face off against a team of dancers while dressed as a matador. She valiantly fought off the advances of the dancers, eventually standing victoriously above her vanquished assailants as rose petals rained down around her.

“Living For Love” also received a handful of performances that replicated the set-up of the music video. Her rendition at the 2015 Grammys was one of the most watched of the evening, and a performance at the BRIT Awards made headlines after a dramatic wardrobe malfunction resulted in the singer taking a tumble mid-song. She also performed it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with a comedic cameo from the host. Unfortunately, the heavy promo push didn’t do much for the promising single.

Despite being one of Madonna’s best singles in years, the track failed to dent the Billboard Hot 100 and made little impact outside of the United States. It did manage to net the hitmaker her 44th Billboard’s Dance Club Songs charttopper, tying a record set by country crooner George Strait for the most top placements on one chart. Ultimately, “Living For Love” kicked off an era that glimmers with hope regardless of the adversity that it faced. Through it all, the Queen of Pop retained her style and refused to be silenced, eventually emerging as the “Unapologetic Bitch” that she is. After all, bitch, she is Madonna. Revisit the epic house anthem below

Is this song underrated? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter!

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I cannot believe how much people shit on this song but LOVE GMAYL which is the single that kept LFL and all the other Rebel Heart songs from gaving even slightest chance of becoming a hit. In terms of production quality and the lyrics, LFL is miles ahead. Yes, it's not a big party or poppy fun number but she needed something like this after HC & MDNA.

This song is glorious and had it been released by anyone else it would have been a huge hit. Ghosttown is cute but a rather basic ballad which was refreshing for M, yes but nothing special overall. Living for Love was the right choice. The promo and rush-release were just awfully timed. 

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I'm a fan of LFL. It's a great way to start the album. It's not the best song on the album, but it's a catchy tune with a positive message. 

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1 hour ago, S.E.X. said:

I cannot believe how much people shit on this song but LOVE GMAYL which is the single that kept LFL and all the other Rebel Heart songs from gaving even slightest chance of becoming a hit. In terms of production quality and the lyrics, LFL is miles ahead. 

Sometimes a big mac is just more enjoyable than a filet mignon I guess. Personally I prefer LFL.

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1 hour ago, LVX said:

Sometimes a big mac is just more enjoyable than a filet mignon I guess. Personally I prefer LFL.

I guess once the next album drops people will stop bitching about Rebel Heart and LFL and show them the appreciation they deserve. 

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Watch her perform GMAYL on Greatest Hits World Tour :IMG_1564:

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5 minutes ago, DitaDolla said:

Watch her perform GMAYL on Greatest Hits World Tour :IMG_1564:

She didn't even bother to perform the original version, let alone a full length one on tour! :lmao: She probably knows it's a turd and only released it as a single because she needed an inoffensive Superbowl-related single. GGW with its religious intro was probably rejected by the NFL. I'm Addicted clearly not possible due to the drug-innuendo. GMAYL or TUTR were the only possible choices and they are both trash. 

 

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1 minute ago, S.E.X. said:

She didn't even bother to perform the original version, let alone a full length one on tour! :lmao: She probably knows it's a turd and only released it as a single because she needed an inoffensive Superbowl-related single. GGW with its religious intro was probably rejected by the NFL. I'm Addicted clearly not possible due to the drug-innuendo. GMAYL or TUTR were the only possible choices and they are both trash. 

 

I almost forgot about TUTShit :lmao:

 

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11 minutes ago, DitaDolla said:

Watch her perform GMAYL on Greatest Hits World Tour :IMG_1564:

Well.....it was a semi-hit (and went Gold). So she could if she wanted too. LFL wasn't a hit by any means. So yea lol!

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Just now, Barbie said:

Well.....it was a semi-hit. So she could if she wanted too. LFL wasn't a hit by any means. So yea lol!

Please don't.. She is reading this forum so don't give her crazy ideas. :IMG_1564:

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1 minute ago, DitaDolla said:

Please don't.. She is reading this forum so don't give her crazy ideas. :IMG_1564:

I mean she already has Aldo designing her shit, how worse could it possibly get :madgemanson:

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1 minute ago, DitaDolla said:

Please don't.. She is reading this forum so don't give her crazy ideas. :IMG_1564:

Should I....?

:IMG_1564:

Madonna, if you're reading this, please do a rock medley on guitar of the following songs:

Candy Shop / Bitch, I'm Madonna / Give Me All Your Luvin'

 

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Just now, S.E.X. said:

Should I....?

:IMG_1564:

Madonna, if you're reading this, please do a rock medley on guitar of the following songs:

Candy Shop / Bitch, I'm Madonna / Give Me All Your Luvin'

 

Candy Shop :drama:

it is EVERYYYYTHAAAANGGGGGGGGGGGGGG FloweryFloweryElephantseal-max-1mb.gif

 

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12 minutes ago, DitaDolla said:

Candy Shop :drama:

it is EVERYYYYTHAAAANGGGGGGGGGGGGGG FloweryFloweryElephantseal-max-1mb.gif

 

Be careful what you wish for truly applies in regards to this song.

Back in 2008 this was my favorite song from HC and I was so mad it was never released as a single cause I wanted a video for this. It cooled off on me after a while and then she continued to pull it out on tour instead of more deserving songs and now I hate it with a passion. 

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Her management, the awful demo leaking, the 6 songs released on iTunes all at once and people not clicking with the song are valid reasons why it wasn't a bigger song. . 

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1 hour ago, DitaDolla said:

Candy Shop :drama:

it is EVERYYYYTHAAAANGGGGGGGGGGGGGG FloweryFloweryElephantseal-max-1mb.gif

 

Candy Shop is epic, and we all know M is going to keep performing it. :lmao:

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I dont think the song is strong enough for a first single. It also isnt dance or ballad or midtempo, the production is also basic 101

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