Billboard 'Woman of the Year' Madonna Gives Provocative Interview

In the early days of September 2001, I was driving down Santa Monica Boulevard on my way to a call-back for Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of Swept Away, starring his then-wife Madonna, when it dawned on me: Instead of turning left toward the office buildings, I would be veering into the residential area. I was going to Madonna’s house. Her music had been the soundtrack to my preteen angst, and she was my idol as a feminist and as an artist. Naturally, I pulled the car over, called my sister and had a mini-freak-out.

When Madonna walked into Guy’s home office that day, her little son, Rocco, was perched on her hip. She told me that my audition was funny and that I’d be good in the movie, and I just tried to keep ­breathing. I assume it was in that moment that Guy concluded I’d be the perfect, nubile idiot to cast in Swept Away. I won the part. The next few weeks were surreal for all of us. I had seen Madonna in concert as a teenager and had splurged on tickets for her Staples Center show scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. Needless to say, that concert was postponed as the world came undone. But a couple of weeks after we met, I watched Madonna finish her Drowned World Tour. Before the music began that night, she started with a prayer for peace: 'If you want to change the world, change yourself,' she told the crowd. Through tears, I sang along for the entire show.

Anyone who has ever had the ­opportunity to work alongside her - as I did in Malta during those next couple of months - understands why Madonna is Madonna.

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Inside Madonna's 'Tears Of A Clown' show in Miami

madonnalicious' long-time reporter Don was at the Tears Of A Clown benefit show in Miami on Friday night and shares his memories from the night:

Friday night was on of the most surreal nights of my life. Once you walk in, there is all the art up for auction on display. It was pretty amazing to see some of these items in person (even if I can't afford them..haha). Crowd watching itself was just as fun. In the crowd was David Blaine and Bethany Frankel. Lots of faces that I recognized, however do not know their names. After the hour cocktail reception we were asked to go to the main room for dinner and the auction.

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The tables were all numbered and set with all kinds of cool items - the ones on our table just happen to come home with us :) James Corden came on to start the show telling a few jokes and picking on celebs in the audience. He introduced Dr Eric Borgstein he is working with Madonna in Malawi. He spoke for a while and showed a video about the hospital and all the work he and Madonna have done. A video of David and how he meet Madonna and she adopted him was shown. Both videos made me tear up (no big surprise haha) Then David came up and spoke. He was such a sweet guy telling his story and how he knows how lucky he is he lives a very privileged life.

He then said it is my pleasure to introduce this clown that I know as mom....Madonna she came out spoke about the event and introduced the auctioneer Alexander Gilkes.

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She stayed out for the first half of the auction, it dragged on a little however it was fun. One highlight for me was Madonna on stage with Sean Penn to help sell their wedding photos by Herb Ritts. He put Madonna in handcuffs and they were very playful together, it was something to see and hear them telling stories of the day they got married! Chris Rock came up told a few jokes and helped sell a watch and the poker game with Ed Norton and Jonah Hill. Arianna Grande came out wearing the Swarovski dress from the Rebel Heart tour. Danced around together and Sean Penn ended up buying the dress beating out Arianna who was also bidding! Leonardo was there but did not go on stage when they were auctioning off a stay at his place in Palm Springs. David Blaine came on stage to sell a night of magic with him at your house. It ended with Dave Chapelle and A Rod on stage doing a magic trick with David!

All this time we were being served appetizers and alcohol! After the first half Madonna left the stage to get ready for her performance. Lil' Buck came on stage and danced between the auction sets.

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This was my time to run to the restroom. While walking down the stairs Dave Chapelle, Rosario Dawson and Run from RUN DMC were standing at the top the stairs chatting. As we walked down the stairs by them we passed Paris Hilton. While in the bathroom A Rod was in line behind me. It was all a little surreal, like how did I get here! Everyone was so nice talking to fans and friends taking photos.

First person I saw when we walked back in was Courtney Love! She was at the front table! The second half of the auction went much faster, it was all art and it sold fast! Again way out of my price range!

The auction ended about 12:45am. She was expected to come on at 1am. At about 1am the music started and the lights in the tent changed. At this point we made out way closer to the stage.

The entire performance was much more rehearsed than the show in Melbourne. The set list was more up beat. She looked happy, relaxed and like she was having a great time. She sounded fantastic!

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What was another surreal moment. Standing in front of Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle and next to Courtney Love and Guy Oseary watching a Madonna concert! While we were standing there someone plowed into moving to the front, I turn around and it was Sean Penn followed by David Blaine. Sean looked at me and said excuse me. At one point Courtney Love turned and said hello to me. I said hi and that I can't wait to see you tomorrow night in Kansas City Choir Boy! She smiled and said aww thanks!

After a few songs Madonna wanted to come into the crowd. She came straight for me. She wanted to stand on the table. I cleared away a book on the chair and held my arm out. She grabbed my arm and I helped her from the chair to the table she looked at me and smiled. This was worth it all! I was in heaven, I helped her up and she performed Beautiful Stranger!

The only celebrity that was mentioned on stage that we did not see was P Diddy. Everyone else we were close to at some point in the night. I thought we would feel out of place but we didn't! We knew how to fake it like the rest of them! Hahaha.

My 44th time seeing Madonna live and it never gets old! This was one of those nights that I will never forget, I had to dig into my savings, however it was for a great cause! The money was worth every penny for the experience we had!

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Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi

Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.

The Material Girl dug deep into her personal treasures, auctioning off pieces from her own art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Grande and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts. The trio of wedding photos sold for $230,000.

Penn, who attended the fundraiser and bid on several pricey items when the auction stalled, handcuffed Madonna and crawled through her legs at one point as the two tried to coerce the audience to bid higher. 'For once, he's not the one being arrested,' she joked.

The party lasted until early Saturday morning when Madonna took the stage for an hour-long performance before a star studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, ex-boyfriend A-Rod and Courtney Love. The fundraiser was just one of the many parties during Art Basel Miami Beach, a contemporary art fair.

Madonna, who performed in a pink sequined clown top and fishnet stockings, seemed to hold nothing back, especially her opinions on the election, joking with the audience that she had promised to perform sexual favors for those who voted for Hillary.

She coyly said she'd been in Donald Trump's bed, but later revealed it was for a magazine photo shoot and that Trump wasn't even there - and she criticized his cheap sheets. 'They won't be Egyptian cotton because we all know how he feels about Muslims don't we,' she said as some audience members gasped.

She gyrated to a slowed-down version of Britney Spears' 'Toxic' and seductively sang, 'You know that you're toxic,' as images of Trump appeared on a large screen behind her.

At one point, she walked into the audience, climbing on tables and giving one man a lap dance. She abruptly stood up at another point, grabbed the chair on which she had performed and said she also wanted to auction it, noting $600 could send a girl in Malawi to secondary school and $2,000 would cover her university expenses. The chair sold for $10,000.

Other notable items included a Damien Hirst painting, a private performance by magician David Blaine, who was also at the event, and a weeklong stay at DiCaprio's home in Palm Springs, which fetched $140,000. A print by artist Tracey Emin from Madonna's personal art collection, sold for $550,000.

Madonna adopted her 11-year-old son David from an orphanage in Malawi more than a decade ago. At the time, she said, 'I didn't know where Malawi was' on the map. David had pneumonia and malaria. His mother died in childbirth and his siblings were also dead.

He was on hand to introduce his mother, telling audience members who paid at least $5,000 per plate, 'I realize I'm one of the lucky ones.'

The pop star showed videos of Malawi, asking for help to build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a hospital there. Fifty percent of the population there is under the age of 15, according to her foundation Raising Malawi.

The night was punctuated by her sardonic humor, corny clown jokes, controversial political statements and heartfelt moments about how much the hospital project means to her. She divulged a few personal details, lamenting that she was very single and hadn't had sex in a long time and saying she'd always had a fascination with clowns which she said are 'profoundly misunderstood.'

She spoke passionately about the plight of Native Americans and asked why their land was being destroyed. 'It just really makes me feel ashamed, ashamed to be an American, ashamed to be a human being really,' she said before launching into 'American Life.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna: ‘I Know That I Can Be Difficult to Work with’

Madonna is an 'Unapologetic Bitch' when it comes to the high expectations she has for her backup dancers.

'I know that I can be difficult and demanding and push you, and sometimes my ego is out of control,' Madonna, 58, says in a sneak peek of her upcoming Showtime special, 'but I am a Leo.'

In the new preview clip of her Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour documentary (premiering Dec. 9), the icon gives a behind-the-scenes look at her grueling backup dancer auditions, during which a slew of hopefuls learn choreographed routines and dish on what it’s like to perform for the queen of pop.

'She wants the best, and she wants people who work really hard,' one dancer asserts of his prospective boss.

Adds another: 'She knows who’s slacking. You wanna work hard for her - you don’t wanna f-up.'

More than a million people turned out for the 82-city Rebel Heart World Tour, which kicked off in September 2015. After the tour wrapped and box office income was counted in March, it was announced Madonna has sold more than $1.31 billion in tickets, giving her the title of top grossing touring solo artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore. (She’s also the third highest-grossing touring act in history, after the Rolling Stones and U2.)

For continuing to maintain her legacy as a modern pop powerhouse, Madonna will be honored as Billboard‘s Woman of the Year next week in New York.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour airs Dec. 9 on Showtime.

From People.com


Greatest of All Time: Madonna Is Billboard's No. 1 Dance Club Songs Artist

The icon is the queen of the chart's first 40 years. Plus, Pet Shop Boys are the top duo/group & Enrique Iglesias is the top solo male.

Madonna is the No. 1 Billboard Dance Club Songs artist over the last 40 years, dating to the chart's 1976 inception. The icon reigns thanks largely to her record total of 46 No. 1s, the most of any artist on any single Billboard chart, and her consistently dazzling performance on the tally since her 1982 debut.

In the Dance Club Songs chart's history, in addition to her unmatched 46 No. 1s, Madonna owns the record for the most top 10s: 60. Janet Jackson follows with 33.

Fittingly, following Madonna on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Songs Artists list is Ms. Jackson at No. 2. Rihanna ranks at No. 3, followed by Beyonce (No. 4) and Pet Shop Boys (No. 5), the top duo or group; Depeche Mode (No. 10), Erasure (No. 19) and New Order (No. 25) follow in the duo/group category. Enrique Iglesias, at No. 14 overall, is the top male soloist, followed by Prince (No. 24), Michael Jackson (No. 26) and David Guetta (No. 27).

Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists:
1. Madonna
2. Janet Jackson
3. Rihanna
4. Beyonce
5. Pet Shop Boys

The Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists ranking is based on weekly performance on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, from its Aug. 28, 1976, inception through Aug. 27, 2016. Artists on the all-time chart are ranked based on the combined point totals of all their Dance Club Songs chart entries (with songs ranked based on an inverse point system and weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least; due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras were weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods).

Across four decades, Madonna has kept her sound fresh, current and uniquely her own, all while collaborating with a flurry of writers, producers and remixers. Whether delving into disco, house, R&B, hip-hop, dubstep or EDM, Madonna has burned up Dance Club Songs for 34 years and counting.

Next up, Madonna will be honored as Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year. The 11th annual Women in Music event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, in New York and will air on Lifetime Monday, Dec. 12.

From Billboard.com


Book: Richard Corman's 'Madonna 66'

When you think of Madonna, it’s probably hard to remember a time when she wasn’t the icon we’ve all grown to know. But, back in the early 1980s, she was simply a twentysomething getting by in New York, having moved from her hometown of Detroit, trying to find her place in the music industry and get her foot in the door.

Boasting 66 unpublished polaroid images of Madonna, all shot on Friday 17th June 1983, a new limited edition book aptly titled Madonna 66 is out now and shows a new side of Madonna, basically before she was ‘Madonna’.

That year, a 24-year-old Madonna was cast to star in a modern day movie of Cinderella by Cis Corman, a well-known and established casting director and producer, who happened to have a photographer son.

Upon meeting Madonna, Cis immediately got in touch with her son, Richard, to tell him he had to drop everything and photograph this unknown actress/singer who was about to take the lead in the New York City fable, Cinde Rella, that she was casting. Cis instantly saw something in Madonna that told her this woman was going to be a superstar.

And, although the satirical Cinde Rella never actually came to be, Richard spent the day photographing Madonna in five different set ups inside her brother’s house in Manhattan as test shots for the film. It’s no surprise that Madonna insisted on doing her own styling, complete with vintage bohemian clothes, and make-up and it was her charisma, as well as her beauty, that told the industry pair that this woman was indeed something special. The pictures were shot in her brother Christopher's apartment.

Limited Edition 500 copies of Madonna 66 by Richard Corman are available for £100 at madonna66.com

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From: www.marieclaire.co.uk


Madonna Spends Thanksgiving With Homeless LGBT Youth: 'Everyone Deserves to Be Loved'

Madonna knows the power of love, which she demonstrated on Thursday, when she paid a visit to homeless LGBT youth at a New York City shelter.

The 58-year-old pop icon brought her rebel heart to the children and teens at Brooklyn's Ali Forney Center for Thanksgiving, documenting her random act of kindness in an Instagram pic posted on Friday.

'Had so much fun sharing Thanksgiving at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn!' Madonna wrote, explaining that the center is an empowering safe haven for LGBT youth. Named after a gender non-conforming teen who fled his home at age 13, the center cares for more than 1,200 youth who face rejection from their family for their identity.

The center's motivation, she wrote, simply, is 'because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.'

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From ET Via Yahoo! News