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Madonna Puts Together Workout Compilation for Equinox - Get the Playlist

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What does Madonna work out to? Kaballah disco? Threadmill groove? Yoga boogie? Surprise. It's none of the above. Madonna likes to work out to the tunes of Tiesto, Daft Punk and Miles Dyson according to an exclusive remix compilation the Queen of Pop put together for New York City gym chain Equinox. Download it at iTunes.

The compilation is the first in a series of Equinox's so-called Celebrity Sets that gym lovers and workout buffs can download on iTunes. “More than a dozen star-studded mixes are already in play for the fall debut—including Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Michael Buble," reveals, creative director Bianca Kosoy.

She stays mum about the arrangements the company has with participating artists. "None of them are under any contractual obligation or financial arrangement with Equinox. We want the guest DJs to be true to themselves and we will work with them to edit the list through the Equinox lens."

Perhaps they gave Madonna's a few lifetime guest passes for that fancy new Equinox in Chelsea. In any event, Madge put together a slamming remix compilation that surely will get you to crunch a little harder and pump up your heartbeat a bit faster.

Madonna's full Equinox playlist:

"Watch the Sunrise" (Extended Vocal) - Axwell
"Dance 4 Life" (12" Mix) - Tiësto & Maxi Jazz
"Delirious"  David Guetta
"Do You Feel Me" (feat. Julie Thompson) - Tiësto
"Stardust" (Felguk Remix) - Perfect Stranger
"Fly Away" (Gee & Lighter Remix) -  Jean Claude Ades
"Television Rules the Nation / Crescendolls" -  Daft Punk
"Massenbewegungsmittel" - Miles Dyson
"Superfine" -  Hong Kong Blondes
"Not Over" (feat. Ryan Tedder) - Oakenfold

August 31, 2009 in Madonna | Permalink | Comments (2)

Watch Basement Jaxx feat. Sam Sparro "Feelings Gone"

Check out the brand-new, totally fun Basement Jaxx video that features the guest vocals from Sam Sparro. This new track is taken from the group's forthcoming album, titled "Scars" that will be available on October 6.

"They invited me to sing on some tracks, but when I joined them in the studio I felt all silly around them," Sparro tells the Daily Star newspaper in the UK. "They're so cool and down-to-earth, though, and they just take it all in their stride. Hopefully the album will be out by the end of the year."

Along with the album version of the track, the digital single EP of "Feelings Gone" will feature  remixes by Joachim Garraud, Adrian Lux, Rusko, Spor, and an "Alternate Take."

August 31, 2009 in Sam Sparro | Permalink | Comments (0)

Review: Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto

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(ArjanWrites.com guest blogger Will W. saw the Pet Shop Boys perform in Toronto this weekend and wrote up a great review of the show. Thanks, Will!)

Pet Shop Boys were a surprise addition to this year's Virgin Festival, also known as V-Fest. The influencial British electronic synth-pop duo consisting of Chris Lowe (Keyboards) and Neil Tennant (Vocals), made their first visit to Toronto in three years tonight as one of the festival's headlining acts. Much controversy had arisen over the original choice of venue in Orillia, Ontario which is an hour and a half from Toronto. Festival organizers eventually decided to relocate the event to Molson Amphitheatre based on the urging of ticket buyers.

Performing in front of an audience consisting of mostly twentysomethings whom might not have been familiar with the duo's repertoire was an ambitious task, but Pet Shop Boys wowed the audience completely by the end of their hour long show.

The set was in-line with their aesthetic of multi-colour blocks/squares as seen on their latest album "Yes". Lowe operated most of the music from his computer, surrounded by an LED-lit cubicle stage right. Tennant graced the audience with his still angelic tenor vocals, backed by a team of energetic and quirky dancer/backing vocalists. Visually, the show was very dependent on Tokyo-futuristique graphic projections and fancy lighting - stunning.

Undoubtedly, the audience had seen a more scaled-back version of the show versus what an audience might see on their current "Pandemonium Tour". Based on the time constraints of setting-up in a festival, plus limitations in Molson Amphitheatre's size, this would be an understandable compromise.

Some selections from "Yes" were performed like first single "Love, Etc.", "Did You See Me Coming", "Around the World" and a mash-up of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" with early hit "Domino Dancing". Hits like "Go West", "It's a Sin", "Suburbia" and "Always On My Mind" were clear audience favourites. Unfortunately however, many key hits were omitted tonight like "Being Boring", "Where The Streets Have No Name" and most importantly "What Have I Done To Deserve This?". Surely one of the fine female dancer/backing vocalists could have filled in on Dusty Springfield's part? The show was capped off with an encore of their first #1 hit single "West End Girls" where the audience saw both Lowe and Tennant donning flamboyant headdresses. Tennant's vocals are almost identical to how they sound on the album, a pretty amazing feat.

All in all, this was an experience not to be forgotten soon. Pet Shop Boys definitely know how to put on a fun audio/visual experience for their fans.

To see a high quality video clip of "West End Girls" which I uploaded, visit my YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/mrwillw. Pictures of the show can be found right here.

August 31, 2009 in Guest blogger: Will W., Pet Shop Boys | Permalink | Comments (0)

Watch Gin Wigmore "Oh My"

Gin Wignore is stirring up a storm down under with her crunchy pop tunes. Born in New Zealand and currently living in Sydney, the 23 year old singer serves up a down and dirty brew of pop-rock that is infused with blues and soul. Listen to her new single, "Oh My," that is taken from her new CD "Holy Smoke." She she recorded the album in L.A. together with producer Mike Elizondo who worked earlier with Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5.

August 31, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Frankmusik Remixes Space Cowboy's "Falling Down"

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Space Cowboy (Lady Gaga’s DJ comrade) is using his gobal success with Lady Gaga to launch his own kicky new single called “Falling Down." This week, a digital remix EP was released with remixes of the dancefloor smash with revamps of Frankmusik and Robots To Mars. Check out a snippet of Frankmusik's take on "Falling Down," which shows off his talent as a self-taught classical pianist with the addition of a dramatic piano intro. (Click here to download the remix on iTunes.)

August 30, 2009 in Frankmusik | Permalink | Comments (0)