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Monday, February 09, 2015

The Week That Was: February 8, 2015

Late last week, I took up brief residence in glamourous Los Angeles (I miss that city so!) for my birthday weekend!

It started off as a downer of a week — my grandfather passed away last Monday, so I was back in Pennsylvania for three days. He lived a very long 90 years, so my family and I just focused on the fact that he had a lucky, full life.

Some things that I didn't get to touch up on while I was off the grid:

Madonna's video for "Living For Love" premiered. Good stuff, and a vast improvement over trash like "Turn Up The Radio" and anything from Hard Candy.

Likewise, Madonna's full Rebel Heart album leaked — more on that ambitious, oddball epic when I've got the strength and energy — and she performed "Living For Love" at the Grammys with the aid of shirtles, bull-horned backup dancers and a sturdy guide track.

Speaking of the Grammys, the only award handed out this time around that a.) didn't go to Sam Smith, and 3.) I gave a fuck about was Best Dance Recording, which went to Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne for "Rather Be."

"Rather Be" topped Chart Rigger's 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2014 list, so I was really rooting for this jam to take the only Grammy award it was up for.

Other music videos that premiered last week:

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds." I kind of like this song, though Kanye can permanently fuck off to fucksville.

Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue's "Right Here, Right Now." I want this song to be bigger than it is.

Kelly Clarkson's "Heartbeat Song." Sigh. It's really heard to decide whether this one is good or just super dull. That's a shame, since Kelly usually knocks it out of the park. Here's hoping there's a "Since U Been Gone" or at least a "Stronger" lying in wait on Piece By Piece.

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