The Madonna Super Bowl Halftime Show: Recap & Thoughts

I actually didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night; I was in my dorm doing homework like a loser. But there were TWO things I did see (and actually cared about): Kelly Clarkson opening with the Star-Spangled Banner and Madonna’s hyped half-time show.

(By the way, Kelly nailed it and flubbed no lyrics, but let’s focus on Madge…)

Madonna is special to me and my family because my mom grew up with her. My mom and Madonna are both the same age, so she holds a special place in my mom’s music tastes. She got me to like Madonna’s work, and once her recent album ‘Hard Candy’ came out, I was sold. A new generation of Madonna fans were brought into her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ world.

So, if you didn’t see the show, check it out below courtesy of Perez Hilton.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MADONNA’S PERFORMANCE

We open with ‘Vogue,’ which is Spartan themed. Interesting take of the song and what an entrance! Madonna definitely wanted to make it clear that she is the Queen of Pop.

Then we have her last number one hit ‘Music.’ It reminded me of how much I missed listening to this song. She’s like doing assisted flip-things at age 54! Like, wow!

This was a bit remixed too, and featured LMFAO seamlessly with ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and ‘Sexy and I Know It.’ The three-song mash up remix actually worked! And it was great to see Madonna shuffle with the new generation of pop hit-makers.

And then, the new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” which serves as the lead single off of her upcoming new album, ‘MDNA.’ To be honest, I’m not crazy about the song because it sounds dated and there’s nothing really spectacular about it, but Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. are welcomed as featured rappers.

When Nicki started her little rap, the audience was like “RAAAAAAAA!” *cheer*

And the first time I watched it, I totally DID NOT NOTICE M.I.A.’s little NMA gesture there! Put that finger away! This is supposed to be family-friendly entertainment. Better than a wardrobe-malfunction though…

And to close, we’ve got Cee-Lo Green and Madge singing ‘Like a Prayer,’ and with the choir and all, it seemed quite moving.

So, my conclusion was that it was a good show, but I’m a Madonna fan. I think for everyone else, they were either disappointed or didn’t really remember it by the end of the night. I think Madge kept it conservative, which was good, but she could have been a little more creative in making it a conversation topic of the Monday after. And I felt no audience connection at all: just Madge strutting around with her a-list featured artists. The singing was good though! 🙂

But now I can’t stop thinking what a Lady Gaga halftime show would be like.

Let me know what you thought of the halftime show in a comment!

Clap Your Hands

Not many people know about the Australian singer Sia. Those who do likely discovered her through her appearance on The Voice or as the featured singer on the David Guetta track “Titanium.”

I discovered Sia through her older single “Clap Your Hands.”

The single, however, came out in 2010, so I can’t exactly be hipster and say I discovered her ages ago.

I first heard the song in a Hollister store in my mall. Then another day, I heard it again in I think a Bath & Body Works store. When I heard the song yet again in a movie theatre bathroom (which was, oddly, adjacent to the mall), I was like That’s it, I’m Shazaming it!

It was one of those songs that grows on you. And once it’s grown, you absolutely love it and can’t get enough … even two years later. Take a listen!

Again, don’t ask me about the music video. I guess a lot of music I listen to comes attached with unique music videos.

So this song; it’s got a beat to it without being an obnoxious mainstream club hit. It’s humble, but isn’t lethargic. It’s got a unique sound to it. Bubbly, upbeat, happy, and a bit quirky, the song is one of my favorite tracks for the summer. The instrumentation reminds me about the beach. I love the beach. A lot.

And if you think this song is good, give a listen to the whole album We Are Born. It’s different, yet original and catchy! 😀

*Footnote: Once I downloaded the single, I added it as the first song on a mixtape-CD I burned for my car (which I had just got). So this song will always remind me about driving my new (pre-owned) car in the summer. Good memories… 🙂