Thursday, July 23, 2009

the visionary reveal

On September 28, one day later in the US, the world will be treated to "Celebration", the first, definitive singles collection from one of pop music's visionaries, Madonna.

The collection will be released in two, CD configurations - a single and a double. No word on the tracklisting or whether the songs included will be identical across releases in different territories. We can be sure that most of Madonna's 37, top 10, US hits will be featured. It still remains to be seen how the set is going to represent songs from her incredible run of 62, top 10, UK hits.

The first single lifted from "Celebration", her third retrospective after "The Immaculate Collection" (1989) and "GHV2" (2001), will be the title cut which is co-produced by respected DJ, Paul Oakenfold. A second, new song called "Revolver", will round out the collection.

Additionally, Madonna's legion of fans will be further enticed to splash out some cash for DVD featuring all of her favorite videos including some that have be previously unavailable on the digital format.

The cover art for the album was designed by pop culture, street artist, "Mr. Brainwash", and features another in a long line of iconic photos of Ms. Ciconne. One of my fave music bloggers over at XOLondon points out that it's a shot from an old, Helmut Newton session. The photo has been enhanced and treated in a similar style to the work of NYC artist, Stephen Sprouse, who made a name for himself in the late 80s and early 90s. Actually, it's a bit of a mash-up reimaging with a splash of Warhol about it, too.

Anyway you look at it, the sleeve is suitably and expectedly fabulous. After all this time, she still gives good face.

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