Madonna, Rihanna, Whitney. This NYC Pride Week we’ve got some big divas goin’ on, including the next single from her Madgesty and what could very well be the mash-up of the year! HAPPY PRIDE!
“We Found Somebody To Dance With” – Rihanna vs. Whitney
Yes, THE summer mash-up is here! Rihanna’s mammoth chart topper “We Found Love” has been on the radio for what seems like a decade. And in the aftermath of Whitney’s untimely passing, her danciest pop hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” broke ahead of the pack to become her signature, most requested dance song. If you’re a little tired of both or either, you may not be prepared for how fabulously this melding re-invigorates both of them. The Calvin Harris-penned demented carousel theme from “Love” is a perfect backing for Whitney’s vocals. And it’s a match made in Heaven: two great tastes that go great together! There have been several attempts to mash these two ladies together (the recent “How Will I Know If We Found Love”) even including some previous “Love”/“Somebody” outings, but this one by Kapla and featuring the “Love” dance mix is killer.
“Princess Of China” – Coldplay feat. Rihanna
Speaking of Rihanna, she has another terrific dance tune before us. The Coldplay album track “Princess of China” featuring the pop princess has been on iPod playlists since Mylo Xyloto came out last October. Even though there have been some tries at a faster dance version (the Esquire vs Offbeat starts promisingly but suffers from a draggy stretch in the middle), the new Suneil S. mix gets it right. It essentially strips away most of the Coldplay vocals, concentrating on RiRi. It also smartly puts front and center the best rallying war cry since Britney was dancing til the world ended.
“Turn Up The Radio” – Madonna
Moments after the very first media listening party for the new album MDNA, word was that “Turn Up The Radio” was the project’s catchiest song and the best chance for real radio airplay. Light, effervescent, instantly memorable, it cried out as an obvious choice for single release. With Madonna having shot a video in Italy – as she did 28 years ago (!) for “Like A Virgin” – the song is perfectly timed for summer. Will it see a return to chart success? Given ongoing music trends here in the U.S., it could easily suffer the same fate as some of her other equally worthy singles that languished without radio play but became big dance hits (“Jump,” “Give It To Me”). Time will tell. A few mixes have already seen the light of day, most notably the electro Leo Zero and a more aggressive rework by Richard Vission, both via Smirnoff’s promotional edition of the album. More mixes are on the way, including the more accessible remix by Marco V. Whatever the song’s future, rest assured we’ll continue hearing it in clubs. Our other burning question: will the original version of the song with vocals by British singer Sunday Girl ever see a real release – and not just the bootleg taken from one of Solveig’s live DJ sets?
BPM BITS: We’d be hard-pressed to find a catchier earworm this year than the chanting in Otto Knows’ addictive and exuberant “Million Voices”…From his forthcoming album The Origin of Love, Mika has posted online an evocative short he commissioned for the beautiful album track “Make You Happy.” Note the boys in the bathroom…“Gimme Twice” by Stockholm outfit The Royal Concept is pure Summer pop, think Neon Trees meets Owl City…Toronto DJ Nick Fiorucci has a great new track “Back To Me” featuring vocals by fellow Canadian Shobha…Video of the year? We can’t imagine anything coming close to this masterful edit of “Let’s Have A Kiki” in an homage to all things 70s/Glam/Disco/Ridick. It comes out of Boston from the fabtastic outfit Videodrome Discotheque. They are one channel on YouTube you want to subscribe to!
The Royal Concept:
[Nick Fiorucci not currently available online.]
Let’s Have A Kiki (Videodrome Discotheque custom video edit):
NEWS: If you’re in the West Village this Sunday for Pride, I’ll be spinning the opening and closing sets at Pieces. I’ll be in the DJ booth Noon-4PM and then Midnight-4AM. Pieces is right on the parade route (at 8 Christopher Street) and this is always the best dance party of the year! Happy Pride!!
With an overwhelming and continued surge in popularity, Scissor Sisters take over the top spot on this week’s TOP 20 DANCE CHART. Rihanna has the recipe to leap 13-4 with “Birthday Cake” while song mate Chris Brown wakes up for a leap of his own 14-7 with “Don’t Wake Me Up.” Rihanna also features in 2 of this week’s 4 debuts, with the above-mentioned mash-up with Whitney and featured spot on the Coldplay track.
1) Let’s Have A Kiki (Original & DJ Nita Mixes) – Scissor Sisters (2) *
2) Timebomb – Kylie Minogue (1) *
3) Put Your Graffiti On Me (Original & Moto Blanco Mixes) – Kat Graham (3) *
4) Birthday Cake (John Michael’s Bootleg) – Rihanna feat. Chris Brown (13)
5) Euphoria (Original & Wawa Mixes) – Loreen (6)
6) Dance Again (Extended Remix) – Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull (4) *
7) Don’t Wake Me Up (Benny Benassi Mix) – Chris Brown (14)
8 ) Turn Up The Radio (Original, Leo Zoren & Marco V Mixes) – Madonna (18)
9) Goin’ In (Extended Mix) – Jennifer Lopez feat. Flo Rida (8)
10) Call Me Maybe (Original & DJ Reidiculous Mixes) – Carly Rae Jepsen (7) *
11) Scream – Usher (14/15)
12) Call My Name – Cheryl Cole (5)
13) Girl Gone Wild (Justin Cognito & Dave Aude Mixes) – Madonna (10) *
14) Wide Awake (Kaskade Mix) – Katy Perry (19)
15) I Don’t Like You – Eva Simons (12)
16) We Found Somebody To Dance With – Rihanna vs. Whitney Houston (DEBUT)
17) Hit And Run – Breathe Carolina (DEBUT)
18) Dark Side (Ean Sugarman & Timofey Mix) – Kelly Clarkson (20)
19) Now Or Never (Jason Nevins Mix) – Outasight (DEBUT)
20) Princess Of China (Soleil S Mix) – Coldplay feat. Rihanna (DEBUT)
*Indicates current/former #1s