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Loving all the work M is putting into this era. I think she's really going for a quality product with this album. 

On a different note, I am really hoping for some bad ass, thumping house/clubby remixes for this era cause the remixes that came out during the Rebel Heart era absolutely sucked imo. M has always been ahead of the game when it came to remixes so it was a big let down last time around. Here's hoping we'll get some really great dancey mixes with the new era⚡💪

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9 minutes ago, loveperanders said:

Loving all the work M is putting into this era. I think she's really going for a quality product with this album. 

On a different note, I am really hoping for some bad ass, thumping house/clubby remixes for this era cause the remixes that came out during the Rebel Heart era absolutely sucked imo. M has always been ahead of the game when it came to remixes so it was a big let down last time around. Here's hoping we'll get some really great dancey mixes with the new era⚡💪

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as long as i can remember fans are always complaining about the last albums remixes

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1 hour ago, dollhouse said:

I hope Madonna reads this:

Stars Are Releasing Singles Faster Than Ever. That’s a Problem for Radio

When all the most popular artists have multiple major hits simultaneously, how do programmers diversify their playlists?

Pop radio program directors, the men and women whose decisions govern the casual consumption of 100 million listeners every week, are currently buried under an avalanche of Ariana Grandesongs.

“I’ve got three currents and another two in recurrent [rotation],” says Nathan Graham, program director for the Philadelphia Top 40 station WTDY. “And I still want to play her older stuff — ‘Side to Side.’ I will literally play her every 15 minutes if I have all those titles in rotation.”

Grande is not the only artist forcing programmers to juggle multiple hits at once: At urban radio, which plays rap and a smattering of R&B, Cardi B is a presence on the top three singles this week, and she has a fourth release with Bruno Mars scurrying up the charts. In fact, this sort of ubiquity might be considered a prerequisite for modern stardom. Real juggernauts, from Drake to Post Malone to Grande to Cardi B, are a geyser of hits.

But for years, radio was focused on amplifying one single by an artist for weeks on end, extending the life of an album like Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream track by track for more than 18 months. Now program directors are scrambling to support multiple singles simultaneously. “The challenge is not whether to play a record that’s really popular that the listeners want,” explains Mark McCray, the vp of programming and operations for KBFB and KZMJ in Dallas. “The challenge is making sure those records are separated the best they possibly can be so the radio station doesn’t sound like ‘97.9, Cardi B radio.'”

The urban and rhythmic radio formats — rhythmic encompasses hip-hop, R&B, pop, an occasional dance hit and some Latin music — have already been trying to master this balancing act. “In the 2010s, a few times we’ve had several songs by popular artists all being in rotation at once,” explains McCray. (One of his charges, KBFB, is a rhythmic station.) “This has happened with Rihanna, with Drake several times, with Beyonce.”

But now pop radio, which reaches the most listeners of any format, is being forced to handle similarly fast release schedules. That’s because artists like Drake and Post Malone, who would be considered urban radio fare five years ago, have become so big that pop programmers have to at least try to play them. Not only that, rappers have been so successful with never-ending-waterfall release strategies that pop stars, including Grande, are trying to do the same thing.

“It’s a fairly new problem for us,” Graham acknowledges. “You used to have a single go for three months, then the next one. Now it’s a drop every other Thursday. [Grande]’s revolutionizing that for pop radio.”

What’s the big deal? Well, radio playlists are tighter than they once were — fewer songs are in rotation, so each spot is more heavily contested. And pop programmers center their attention on a tiny handful of songs. “A Top 40 radio station is playing five songs 120 times a week every week,” one longtime radio promotions veteran told Rolling Stone last year. Those spots traditionally go to a Swift or a Grande or an Ed Sheeran.

If each of those marquee artists start pushing four or five singles at once, that would make it difficult for anyone new to get major radio play. This can be especially dangerous at Top 40 radio, further decreasing variety in a format that’s already struggling with what one former promoter calls “lack of diversity.” “It’s hard to make room for other artists,” Graham acknowledges. “I have talks with labels all the time: I would love to get to your song, but when Ari is dropping something [or three somethings], or Bruno and Cardi are coming out, those take the place of other new songs.”

There’s another issue for radio when it comes to stars spewing singles. Programmers try to apply “archaic radio rules about artist separation,” according to Michael Martin, svp of programming and music initiatives for Entercom, which owns over 200 radio stations in the U.S. “Artist separation” is the idea that, say, “we only wanna hear one Ariana per hour, or once every 40 minutes.” If she has five hits, adhering to this rule is no longer possible.

And while pop artists — or, more likely, their labels — were once concerned with how programmers would separate their singles, that may not be the case for much longer. Graham saw Taylor Swiftbuck the trend first when she released three singles in three months before Reputation. Justin Timberlake tried a similar strategy, gushing three singles in less than a month before Man of the Woods.

This can clog up the radio pipeline. “You may find that [pushing multiple singles to radio at once] reduces the overall spins for those songs as you’re trying to answer the question of artist separation rules,” says Terri Thomas, operations manager and program director for KMJQ (urban adult contemporary) and KBXX (mainstream urban) in Houston. “Then if an artist brings out a more mediocre song, even if they’re a core artist, you’re not in a rush to go and get that. I can totally see pop getting stressed about a gazillion Taylor records.”

This hasn’t hampered Grande, though. She had three radio hits from Sweetener, and two of those were still in regular rotation when she started the campaign for her next album. In the wake of Thank U, Next she has two of the top four hits at Top 40 radio — with more than 30,000 spins last week between them — and a third one climbing.  

Graham thinks urban and rhythmic radio still have a tougher time than Top 40 when it comes to achieving separation in their playlists. That’s because of features. While it’s unusual for singers like Grande or Swift to contribute a guest verse on someone else’s hit — at least for now — this practice is common in rap.

Big Von, who handles the weekday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. shift at KMEL in San Francisco, calls this “hot-person syndrome.” And while this approach can help line the hot-person’s bank account for the time being, it can also backfire. “If you keep playing that person, you can burn them out,” Big Von says. “People will be like, ‘fuck, I don’t want to hear this shit no more!'”   

But nothing can stop Cardi B, who has two hits of her own, verses on hits by both City Girls and Pardison Fontaine, and another verse on the remix to Blueface’s hit “Thotiana.” And as more artists go on these multiple-hot-singles-at-once streaks, Entercom’s Martin suggests programmers might want to toss out the old rulebook. “Artist separation doesn’t mean what it used to mean,” he says. “Radio is supposed to reflect pop culture in real time — how the audience is consuming music at the rate they’re consuming music.”

This means that, moving forward, pop radio will likely be even more reflective of the streaming services. That’s a potential blow for those who believe diversity in listening is better for music, since streaming is highly concentrated — a statistic released by the data company BuzzAngle suggested that just 10% of tracks account for 99% of all streams in 2017.

But, as Martin puts it, “if the audience are shotgunning tunes, we have to reflect that.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/ariana-grande-revolutionizing-pop-radio-803279/

 
 

read that entire damn article thinking there was a mention of Madonna

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3 hours ago, Jazzy Jan said:

She looked beautiful on the Rebel Heart tour.  Her face was perfect and she looked gorgeous live. 

Loving all of these great looks. Both the blonde and brunette looks. Stunning. 

She was stunning on RHT. Really, she's looked beautiful on all tours but something about RHT was just sheer perfection. EVERYTHING came together perfectly......same with MDNA. You'll be hard pressed to find bad pics from either of these shows.

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1 hour ago, stevo208 said:

So we won't hear anything this weekend which means 3 full months will have passed without any announcement or leaks.

Will we hear anything in April? 

I know absolutely nothing but I think April will be the month! If not for an actual single release then for some concrete news. Today is 3/29, I predict by 4/29 we will either have heard some actual music or we'll know a title, release date or something. 🤞

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2 minutes ago, Kurt420 said:

She was stunning on RHT. Really, she's looked beautiful on all tours but something about RHT was just sheer perfection. EVERYTHING came together perfectly......same with MDNA. You'll be hard pressed to find bad pics from either of these shows.

It was THAT face. It was suddenly like the 80’s all over again. So beautiful! 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Flip The Switch said:

It was THAT face. It was suddenly like the 80’s all over again. So beautiful! 

 

 

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Couldn't agree more with you and @Kurt420 !! Just absolutely and divinely beautiful!!! 

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8 minutes ago, Flip The Switch said:

It was THAT face. It was suddenly like the 80’s all over again. So beautiful! 

 

 

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Exactly!! Look at her in that gif :dramatic:. Absolute perfection!! Idk what she was doing at that time but looks like she's on that track again now based on that latest IG post. We're almost there y'all!!! 🙏

 

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4 minutes ago, peppermint said:

Agreed 100% she was mesmerizing!!

That was a time when I was truly dumbfounded that someone could look that way at her age.  

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4 minutes ago, Shaun said:

During LIB on the Blu-ray, she serves Virgin Tour face. It’s mind-blowing.

 

We even got First Album face on that Tour!

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2 hours ago, Kurt420 said:

I know absolutely nothing but I think April will be the month! If not for an actual single release then for some concrete news. Today is 3/29, I predict by 4/29 we will either have heard some actual music or we'll know a title, release date or something. 🤞

One can hope.

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3 hours ago, Kurt420 said:

I know absolutely nothing but I think April will be the month! If not for an actual single release then for some concrete news. Today is 3/29, I predict by 4/29 we will either have heard some actual music or we'll know a title, release date or something. 🤞

i doubt it, seems like its still a lot of work to be done

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5 hours ago, loveperanders said:

On a different note, I am really hoping for some bad ass, thumping house/clubby remixes for this era cause the remixes that came out during the Rebel Heart era absolutely sucked imo. M has always been ahead of the game when it came to remixes so it was a big let down last time around. Here's hoping we'll get some really great dancey mixes with the new era⚡💪

 

Yeah, the mixes for the last era sucked.  There were bits and pieces of certain instrumentation they added to some of the mixes I loved, but what bothered me was the slowing down of the vocals. It literally makes me feel ill hearing them.  I'm not a fan of speeding up her vocals or slowing them down over all.  Then again, I'm not a fan of the mixes which change the whole structure of the song.  Anymore, it's like they put her vocals on another song.  I miss the old "Extended Remixes" from the 80's and early 90's. 

3 hours ago, Kurt420 said:

I know absolutely nothing but I think April will be the month! If not for an actual single release then for some concrete news. Today is 3/29, I predict by 4/29 we will either have heard some actual music or we'll know a title, release date or something. 🤞

This would be awesome if it came true.  Though if I recall, she tends to have a press release a month or two in advance before releasing a new album.  But these days, who knows she may forgo that formality. 

3 hours ago, Flip The Switch said:

It was THAT face. It was suddenly like the 80’s all over again. So beautiful! 

 

 

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Ditto! I always thought she's looking more and more like her younger 80's self with that full face.  Whatever she's been doing the last few years, I'm totally on board with.  I'm just not fond of the wigs of late. Though, maybe we just need to see better pics because those selfies she posts do not do her justice many times. 

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3 minutes ago, Bjornvegards said:

No leaks, and so many different looks. I have no idea about music direction, no idea if there is a tour or when it starts. It’s truly fascinating 😂😂

maybe she releases only ICON fan club members?

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12 hours ago, cocolattee said:

I've said it a million times already and I'll say it again: this hair lenght is SO flattering on her 😍
Much better than those long-ass extensions she was wearing last year.... Hope she keeps it shorter this time around

what about the ghosttown/bitch i'm madonna extensions? she looked half her age during that period.

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