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April 27, 2008 - Ron Flaviano
The next few months present dance music lovers with a veritable Battle of the Divas. Since March of this year almost every major female dance artist has released a new album. Janet Jackson's "Discipline" featured the underrated lead single "Feedback", which through many remixes managed to crack the Billboard charts. Few tracks on the album match "Feedback" in terms of hit potential.

Kylie Minogue released her 10th studio album "X" on April 1st. "X" is an eclectic blend of new-wave and 80's pop which has fared well in Europe since its release last year. The USA release was delayed several months until Ms. Minogue could do some promo appearances here. The lead single in America is the low-tempo "All I See". It's not particularly the best track, but apparently the one that Capitol Records felt could best chart in America. "2 Hearts", "Wow" and "In My Arms" have been released as singles throughout the world to much success. Definitely a must for summer mixes.

Madonna's "Hard Candy" hits the stores on Tuesday April 29th. It's a sure bet with the huge success of the first single "4 Minutes" with Justin Timberlake. Many tracks have been leaked over the internet, but Maverick Records claimed they were very early mixes. "Hard Candy" still finds Ms. Ciccone with her feet planted on the dancefloor, but with a more urban/r&b groove.

Mariah Carey follows her giant smash "The Imancipation of Mimi" with "E=MC2". The new release features many low tempo numbers and includes the hit single "Touch My Body". The lead single is by far the best track on the release.

Coming later in May, the Queen of Disco herself, Donna Summer, releases her first studio album in 17 years, "Crayons". Donna has managed to release a few singles over that time period, but this is the first album of all new material since 1991's "Mistaken Identity". So far, the first two club releases "I'm A Fire" and "Stamp Your Feet" have both reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Club chart.

With releases from many other major contenders, the last diva to drop some new material is Ms. Whitney Houston. Music insiders claim that Whitney is in the studio now working on her 7th album, with a projected release in November 2008.



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