“My inspiration for this was just . . . life. What I have been through the past few years, the evolution I have gone through, in my mind spiritually and emotionally, the growth that has occurred between my husband and I in our relationship, understanding your responsibilities and raising children, seeing my place in the world more objectively, all those things inspired what I have to say.” — Madonna.

“We tried to underproduce many tracks to make them sound rougher than the average international pop production, we wanted to do something totally modern and futuristic but not very apparent. You…

Much of the literature written about Prince’s “Camille” alter-ego focuses on the character’s attributed gender or lack thereof. The artist’s use of pitch alteration, which at times created an androgynous-like vocal has lead many to believe the persona is without an apparent gender or defined primarily as an expression of Prince’s exploration of the feminine. Camille is more than a quirky alter-ego represented by pitched vocals, but a character conjured during an exciting yet turbulent period in the artist’s life. …

“Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on… Hi, it’s Madonna. You’ve probably been hearing about my new record, Music, for a while. Well, I just wanted to make sure you knew that the single is gonna drop very soon. I worked on it with a French guy named Mirwais, and he is the shit. The album will be released worldwide on September 19, and I hope you like my music.”

“Madonna is a person who really inspires people. At the demo stage, there’s no artistic limit which is fine with me as I don’t like to impose limits on myself…

“I do feel more like a visual artist when your storytelling is your own experiences and memories and personal wisdom and knowledge. A lot of that, when I pull from that place it comes along with pictures.” — Frank Ocean.

If there’s one word to encapsulate the illustrious career of Frank Ocean, it’s authenticity. A prolific songwriter, he’d pen tracks for a number of successful artists including Brandy and Justin Bieber, alongside being a member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future before turning his sights on a solo career. As an artist who values artistic integrity as paramount, he’d release…

“I mean you have to go through experiences in your life and go through day-to-day things to be able to write songs and to be able to express yourself and have something to be inspired to write about. So I think every song is a representation of me and like an art form. But it’s not completely too personal. Sometimes I write about fictitious things. You know, like I’ll make up a story in my head about someone going through an issue in life and I’ll be in the studio and we’ll have chemistry with people and we’ll go from…

“My earliest memory is wanting to be a professional singer. I’ve been working toward this goal since I was twelve years old, working with different studio musicians. I went out on my own when I was seventeen — waitressed, coat checked, hostessed and did all the things that people do who are trying to “make it” in show business. After I’d waitressed, at one or two in the morning, I’d work in the studio ’til eight o’clock in the morning writing songs and doing demos with Ben Margulies, my writing partner. I condensed about ten years of hard work into…

At the beginning of 2016 Prince was in the midst of two unprecedented projects coinciding with significant change in his touring entourage. He was about to perform to audiences around the world alone with simply a piano and a microphone and he was concurrently in the midst of writing his first highly anticipated memoir, The Beautiful Ones. The Piano & A Microphone Tour and these autobiographical notes intended for his memoir would be an expression of the introspective frame of mind the artist was in at the time, as he would reflect on the family and relationship dynamics that’d shape…

“This Album Chronicles My Emotional Rollercoaster Ride Of The Past Year. If You Listen Closely, There’s A Story Here With A Very Happy Ending.”

Mariah Carey’s 1999 album titled Rainbow would be somewhat of a concept album, as Carey would explore the emotional highs and lows of the preceding years through her music and relate this to the metaphor of an emerging rainbow that follows a turbulent storm. Mariah would note in an interview before the release of the album how the title would come from a series of coincidences, “I’m calling it Rainbow. I was going into the studio…

By October of 1987 George Michael was on the verge of releasing his first solo album, Faith. After conquering the charts in Britain and internationally with a number of generation-defining pop hits alongside Andrew Ridgeley in Wham!, Michael was breaking new ground as a solo artist. While George had released solo- singles in previous years, including Careless Whisper and A Different Corner, and a duet with Aretha Franklin on the sublime, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) in early 1987, Faith would be Michael’s first substantial musical statement and image re-branding after the group’s dissolution.

In a 1987 interview…

Australian music act Savage Garden will always be revered as a commercial tour de force that launched Australian pop music to the stratosphere in 1996, propelled by a series of chart-topping hits from their debut, self titled album followed by their 1999 sophomore release, Affirmation. While tracks like Truly Madly Deeply and I Knew I Loved You would attain significant success breaking through to international markets, there was far more to this group than a seemingly uncanny ability to create pop hits. Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones would be the creative force behind Savage Garden, instrumental in writing and producing…

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