Friday, October 16, 2009

Our Favorite Pop Divas Make Big News This Week

Pop singer Madonna's newest greatest-hits set "Celebration" may have received a lukewarm fanfare in the United States, but she is the queen of Europe. The entertaining icon celebrates a third week atop the European Album charts, where her album stands in the runner-up position in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland and France.

Speaking of pop music icons, the two biggest musical influences of today's gay black and white communities are uniting for a music video. You read that correctly. Pop superstars Beyonce and Lady Gaga will team up to shoot a music video for "Video Phone," the final single from Beyonce's triple-platinum selling "I Am...Sasha Fierce" album. Gaga will deliver an extra verse to the song, and the video is expected to have lots of choreography with more than the usual two background dancers Beyonce featured in past music video for "Sasha Fierce." Sasha meets Gaga should generate one of the decade's most entertaining visuals.

Wouldn't it be a monumental moment to witness these pop sirens on the same concert bill?

International pop star in-the-making Alexandra Burke, from Britain, will release her highly anticipated debut album titled "Overcome" in Europe. Dubbed as the international Beyonce by highly-revered music critics, Burke won Britain's "Pop Idol" in 2008 as did fellow British pop diva Leona Lewis two years earlier. Lewis crossed over world-wide with her 2008 U.S. debut album "Spirit." If surpassing records Lewis held in debut single sales within Europe shows any indicator of how her debut album would be received, Burke will become a force to reckon.

Check out her debut single "Bad Boys." The song, which features a hot rap verse by international hip-pop hitmaker Flo-Rida. The critics praised the tune by heralding its pop genius production as catchy as Britney Spears' 2008 worldwide #1 hit "Womanizer." Burke, herself, delivers powerful vocals on a potential U.S. hit that will crossover in spring 2010.

"Bad Boys" is currently on heavy rotation in my iPod. I can relate to every lyric in that jam. Having a voice as strong as vintage Whitney Houston mixed with choreography that trumps Beyonce's burlesque style makes Burke my favorite new artist of the last five years.

listen to "Bad Boys" by Alexandra Burke (featuring Flo-Rida)

Global dance/R&B/pop legend Janet Jackson has unveiled the tracklisting of her upcoming greatest hits album "Number Ones." The must-have definitive two-disc album will feature one new song titled "Make Me," which d├ębuted in September one day after the singer's tribute performance to her deceased older brother Michael Jackson at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Outside of America, the 34-track double album will be titled "Janet Jackson: The Best" and hit stores a week later on November 23. Thirty of the 34 songs have reached number one on various Billboard magazine charts. "Ones" marks Jackson's second hits album, following 1995's Design of a Decade 1986/1996. The song listing to Janet Jackson's Number Ones is as follows:

1. "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
2. "Nasty"
3. "When I Think of You"
4. "Control"
5. "Let's Wait Awhile"
6. "The Pleasure Principle"
7." Diamonds"
8. "Miss You Much"
9. "Rhythm Nation"
10. "Escapade"
11. "Alright"
12. "Come Back to Me"
13. "Black Cat"
14. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
15. "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
16. "That's the Way Love Goes"

1. "If"
2. "Again"
3. "Because of Love"
4. "Any Time, Any Place"
5. "Scream"
6. "Runaway"
7. "Got 'Til It's Gone"
8. "Together Again"
9. "I Get Lonely"
10. "Go Deep"
11. "What's It Gonna Be?!"
12. "Doesn't Really Matter"
13. "All For You"
14. "Someone to Call My Lover"
15. "All Nite (Don't Stop)"
16. "Call On Me"
17. "Feedback"
18. "Make Me


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