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The Weeknd, Madonna & Playboi Carti Share “Popular” music video

  • February 17, 2024
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The Weeknd, Madonna & Playboi Carti Share “Popular” music video

The Weeknd and Madonna’s latest music video collaboration for “Popular” is a masterclass in blending genres, eras, and visual storytelling, creating a captivating spectacle that is both nostalgic and forward-looking. The video is a visual feast, with rich, cinematic production values that seamlessly marry The Weeknd’s moody, atmospheric R&B with Madonna’s timeless pop sensibility.

From the outset, the video draws the viewer in with its noir-esque aesthetic, combining shadowy, neon-lit scenes that echo the gritty glamour of 1980s New York with futuristic elements that hint at a dystopian world. The Weeknd and Madonna share a chemistry that is palpable, their performances both complementing and elevating each other against the backdrop of this visually stunning narrative.

Madonna, ever the chameleon, adapts flawlessly to the dark, brooding world of The Weeknd, while also bringing her iconic flair and a touch of lightness that balances the video’s mood. The Weeknd, for his part, proves once again that he is a master of mood, his haunting vocals weaving through the track and video with an intensity that is both compelling and deeply emotive.

The narrative of the video is enigmatic, leaving room for interpretation while touching on themes of love, loss, and the quest for connection in a disconnected world. The cinematography is exceptional, with each frame meticulously crafted to contribute to the overall atmosphere and storytelling.

The collaboration between The Weeknd and Madonna is a bold experiment that pays off, showcasing their ability to push boundaries and create art that is both thought-provoking and immensely enjoyable. This music video is a testament to their status as icons of their respective genres, and their ability to transcend those genres to create something truly magnificent.
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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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