Sunday, July 21, 2024

Beyonce Sample Sale: Singer Mixes Madonna’s “Vogue” Into Frankenstein Single, “Break My Soul” — with No Singing from Madge


Beyonce’s Queens mix for “Break My Soul” is a sad comment on pop music.

Not content to have created the Frankenstein-eque “Break My Soul” from two old disco records, Beyonce decided to remix it with one more.

Now in addition to the two other records, Beyonce has sampled or interpolated or grafted Madonnas “Vogue” from 1990. Madonna wasn’t required to do a thing except sign off, take some dough, and get her name back in the top 10 for the first time in decades.

“Break My Soul” already depended largely on “Show Me Love” by Robin S. and “Explode: by Big Freedia.

You can hear “Vogue” mixed into “Break My Soul” the way Sfeve’s Ice Cream used to fold in M&Ms and Reese’s pieces into their ice cream. Remember how people stood in line for that? And then Steve’s went out of business.

Kudos to Guy Oseary or whoever thought of this mix. Interesting that on Friday it was “only available” on Beyonce’s website but magically turned up on iTunes.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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