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    The end of the year is closing in, with many reflecting on the biggest records of 2019. There's been talk of a rock and metal surge in 2019, and according to trends data provider SEMrush, both Tool and Slipknot are leading the way.

    Taking a closer look at what people Googled this year and analyzing search volume, SEMrush determined that both Tool's Fear Incoculum and Slipknot's We Are Not Your Kind were among the 10 Most Searched Albums of 2019.

    That puts them in lofty company with Taylor Swift's Love, Kanye West's Jesus Is King, Madonna's Madame X and Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding among others.

    The top 11 Most Searched Albums can be viewed below:

    Taylor Swift – Lover
    Kanye West – Jesus Is King
    Tool – Fear Inoculum
    Melanie Martinez – K 12
    Madonna – Madame X
    Ed Sheeran – No. 6 Collaborations Project
    Chris Brown – Indigo
    Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
    Drake – Care Package
    Chance the Rapper – The Big Day
    Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding



  2. https://www.culledculture.com/madonna-grammys-madame-x/

    The Snubbing of Madame X By the Grammys Is Something of a Compliment


    While even Barbra Streisand managed to get a nod from the Grammys (for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album thanks to Walls), noticeably lacking from the OG gay icon list was Madonna. Lost amid “fresher” competitors like Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and, somehow, Vampire Weekend. Very strange indeed considering that Madame X was one of the most daring and memorable records released in 2019. Challenging norms and defying convention both sonically and with accompanying videos that included “Medellin,” “Dark Ballet,” “Crave,” “I Rise,” “God Control” and “Batuka.”

    Recorded while in Lisbon for the benefit of her son, David Banda, joining the Benfica soccer team, the experimental nature of the album (going well-beyond anything Madonna did on Ray of Light or American Life, the two records consistently deemed her most avant-garde) is unapologetic and relentless throughout, with producer credits from Mirwais Ahmadzaï, Mike Dean, Diplo, Billboard, Jason Evigan and Jeff Bhasker.

    Which is perhaps why the Grammys didn’t know what to do with it, Billie Eilish being just the right amount of “experimental” in the present climate. On that note, Eilish’s debut was given six nods (Best Solo Performance, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album) for her debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. Mind you, Madonna’s self-titled first record received no award nominations, setting something of a precedent for being overlooked throughout her entire career, save for that Ray of Light moment at the 1999 Grammys. Because yes, out of twenty-eight nominations in the past thirty-plus years, she’s only won seven times. A head-scratching anomaly if ever there was one, and more than somewhat proving that to be acknowledged by “major” institutions with clearly no taste is more insult than compliment. 

    Even so, her label, Interscope, reportedly submitted Madame X for Album of the Year, “Medellin” for Best Pop Duo Performance and “Crave” for Record of the Year. The Recording Academy could not be bothered. For, more than anything, it seems Madonna continues to represent to “real” musicians that she is all raw ambition and no talent. The shadowy judgment that has cast a pall throughout the success of her fourteen studio albums, each offering at least one chart-topping single. But charts are of no concern to the Grammys, who want to see “true” singers shine. And yet, they seem to forget that show(wo)manship and artistry are key components to putting out a record that will endure (David Bowie certainly knew something about that). 

    As though seemingly punished for this ability to interweave all aspects of art into her career–a multimedia genius–Madonna has somehow been ignored. Then again, she has always rebelled against the establishment rather than seeking to be recognized by it. In this way, it is as she says on Madame X’s “Extreme Occident,” “Life is a circle”–and it will circuitously repeat the same pattern of Madonna being snubbed. 

  3. These are the new mixes:

    I Rise (Thomas Gold Extended Club Mix)

    I Rise (Thomas Gold Remix)

    I Rise (Thomas Gold Radio)

    I Rise (Thomas Gold Edit)

    I Rise (Kue Drops The Funk Remix)

    I Rise (DJLW Remix)

    I Rise (Twisted Dee & Diego Fernandez Mix)

    I Rise (Twisted Dee & Diego Fernandez Radio Mix)

  4. 27 minutes ago, Morrigan said:



    One Pulse for America, which was among the organizations listed, expressed support of Madonna’s work in an email to HuffPost on Sunday, adding that in the past it has asked video contributors who wish to amplify their message through them to be mindful of the sensitivity around graphic depictions.

    "In Madonna’s case, we made no such request, and we are not here to judge her decisions. That is the nature of artistic or political expression. Critics are free as well to point out their problems with her video, but there is no doubt she shares the same goal as we and even her critics do: reducing gun violence and drawing attention to the crisis,” said the organization’s co-founder, Jay Kuo.

    “Madonna has always pushed the envelope with her videos. As she is an artist, we do not believe she is required to self-censor her work, and that she is also able on her own to defend her artistic choices,” Kuo added. “We are happy that she donated to the cause, and believe her voice is another important one in this fight.”

    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also among the organizations listed, praised Madonna’s video in a statement on Wednesday, calling it a “visually-arresting video” that juxtaposes “unbridled freedom of dancing in a club with the brutal and silencing violence wrought by an intruder brandishing a gun.”

    “We are so pleased to have Madonna support our organization and bring awareness to the often and sometimes lethal intersection of firearms and domestic violence,” said Ruth M. Glenn, the group’s president and CEO. “In partnership with Madonna and others we will continue to raise awareness on the issue and the need for preventing, disarming domestic violence and what we can to reduce homicides.”


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