UK TV: There's Only One Madonna

Fans in the UK can catch a repeat of a 2001 documentary the BBC made about Madonna and her fans on the opening night of the Drowned World Tour.

The programme airs at 10:00 pm on Friday 17 August and is repeated at 11:55 pm on Saturday 18 August and will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.

Documentary charting Britain's relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics - inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon. The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna's Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear'Say and Janet Street-Porter.


Street artist Pegasus marks Queen of Pop Madonna's 60th birthday with mural

A new street art mural has appeared in London to celebrate Madonna’s 60 birthday on Thursday.

Elusive street artist Pegasus spent five-and-a-half hours putting the mural together, which shows three images of Madonna’s face in bright colours.

The artist told the Standard: “I am of the generation that grew up watching Madonna succeed and become one of the most influential, powerful and iconic women who paved the way for many.

“It is very import for myself to honour this woman who has defied all [the] people who swore she would never stand the test of time.”

Pegasus, whose latest work sits in Shoreditch, added that he always listens to Madonna as he works and added that his work “tends to have elements of her character”.

The Queen of Pop turns 60 later this week, with BBC Radio 2 also planning their own tribute to her illustrious career.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the network will countdown her 20 biggest hitters with data compiled by The Official Charts Company.

Pegasus’ piece will feature in his upcoming show, Neon Lights, which is coming to the capital on 20 October.

From Evening Standard

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Mini Cooper Madonna sang about in American Life could be yours (for £55,000)

Fancy owning a piece of pop music history? Look no further than Madonna’s black Mini Hatch 1.6 Cooper S which was owned by the star from October 2002, when she was living in London with her then husband, Guy Ritchie.

The car was ordered new by Madonna L Ciccone and registered to the Ciccone 1989 Trust. Former insurance details and the car’s V5 lists both Madonna’s name and that of Guy Ritchie. The car has been in storage in the UK since Madonna and her management gave up the run-a-round.

The nippy three door Mini was driven by Madonna for four years to drop her daughter off at school and to pop to the recording studio where she was working on her ninth studio album, American Life. The car, which appears in several paparazzi photographs, is referenced in the 2003 song, American Life: 'I drive my Mini Cooper, and I’m feeling super-duper.'

The black Mini Cooper was ordered with a range of bespoke features, including privacy glass, model specific rear roof spoiler and 17” S Spoke light alloy wheels. Made in the Cowley plant in Oxfordshire, the engineers signed the bodyshell under the bonnet when they found out who had ordered the car.

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Madonna sold the car on to her personal driver after four years. It has been stored away ever since, so retains its low mileage of 25,000 and has remained in pristine condition. Several destinations that are still logged in the Sat Nav relate to Madonna’s regular destinations, including previous residential addresses in the UK and recording studios. The car is listed with a guide price of £55,000 by a specialist car collector based in Chelsea.

Rachael Hogg, Auto Trader’s Digital Editor, comments: 'It’s really timely that this car is up for sale just as Madonna turns 60. Previously owned by one of the world’s biggest music sensations and affectionately referenced in songs and TV interviews, this is the most expensive Mini Cooper S on the market, because for many it’s not just a car: it’s a significant piece of Madonna memorabilia.'

'The three door Mini Cooper S Hatch is a modest choice for a celebrity of Madonna’s wealth, but a sensible one for a star living in central London wanting to go under the radar when on the school run. It appears to be in immaculate condition still, so would make a lovely runaround for a Madonna fan with cash to flash.'

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‘Bigger than any man she ever encountered’: the under-appreciated genius of Madonna

As we celebrate Madonna turning 60 this week, let us remember that this is a woman who has no interest in nostalgia. In a recent interview with Vogue Italia, she said she would talk only about the present, which, to me, is the key aspect of who Madonna is: resolutely forward-driving. This is why she is so able to manage to a global, decade-spanning career.

When she collected her woman of the year prize at Billboard’s Women in Music awards in 2016, she said she stood before the crowd 'as a doormat'. 'Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.' This is genuine, rightful anger and ferocity. The level of ageism and sexism directed at her is femicidal, even matricidal, visceral loathing. When people say they want Madonna to age gracefully, what they really mean is: become beige, shut up and go into a corner. And she refuses to do that. Instead, she continues to produce brilliant, captivating and thought-provoking work.

We so often do not let women take credit for their own genius. Madonna has resisted that, mainly because she always overshadows the men with whom she chooses to collaborate. Nobody ever says Mirwais or Timbaland or Stuart Price made Madonna. Only Madonna could have made Madonna. But this is also from where the misogyny stems. She is bigger than any man she has ever encountered, professionally or personally. And people hate that.

She has outlived her contemporaries: Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince were the triumvirate of 80s stars. She has outlasted them artistically, too. Her 2015 album Rebel Heart was excellent. Her quality of work has never dropped. Many artists Madonna’s age, particularly male artists, are doing victory tours: people such as Bruce Springsteen. Madonna, instead, is not creating to prove a point about how long she can keep doing so.

It is impossible to talk about Madonna without talking about power. She is an athlete. I once read an interview where her trainer said she is so strong that he has to invent new exercises for her because she can’t feel exercises for mere mortals. Her muscularity is not about appearance; it is an indication of her mental strength and resilience. She is indestructible. But she has survived so long not just because of her talent, and not just because of her physical and mental strength. It is also that she is intelligent, professional and always engaged - she has seen the world, brought up children, worked in multiple fields. She is mentally alive and this is what keeps her searching, moving and creating.

So let us not reward Madonna for continuing to survive; let us appreciate her as an incredibly talented artist: a musician, songwriter, a dancer and a performer, a brilliant film-maker (W.E. is a beautiful, intelligent piece of feminist cinema). She sees herself as a creative artist, and we owe her the respect of seeing her that way, too.

From The Independent


As Pop Star Madonna Turns 60, A Look At Her Scandalous Moments

Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence. The pop superstar is turning 60 on August 16 and is again breaking barriers - this time as a mature woman who is still brash, carnal and unapologetic.

Giving new meaning to the term sexagenarian, Madonna openly dates men three decades younger, maintains a svelte figure that would be the envy of most people half her age and on her latest tour put on a characteristically provocative show that simulated most conceivable sex acts.

Madonna is hardly the first female entertainer to stay active while growing older, with singers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks on stage in their 70s.

But Madonna - who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV - has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and, while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girl has never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in 1983.

The title of a single off her latest album, 'Rebel Heart,' summed up her unwavering attitude: 'Bitch, I'm Madonna.'

Freya Jarman, a music scholar at the University of Liverpool who co-edited a book on Madonna, said the pop star has already left her legacy, with younger artists such as Lady Gaga so evidently influenced by her.

But she emphasized that Madonna was now demonstrating a new kind of relevance.

'As an aging, female popular musician who is still so much in the public eye, she is absolutely relevant,' Jarman said.

'Madonna stands out in a way that she always has done, in that she has always been interested in creating a stir which someone like Cher, for my money, does not, really.'

Many stars 'seem to fade in and out of focus, while Madonna doesn't seem to fade out,' Jarman added.

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Madonna at 60: Female pop stars entering their seventh decade are not just rocking - they're snarling

It’s a truism that older women have had their visibility problems. City boardrooms are short of women in general, and women over 60 are certainly thin on the ground. Most notably, broadcasting has been notoriously shy of giving older women screen time.

It was less than two years ago that the head of the regulator Ofcom accused the BBC of 'not doing as good a job as it should be' in its treatment of older women, after many complaints from viewers about a lack of mature female presenters.

The corporation had long faced criticism for its treatment of older women, and lost an age discrimination case brought by Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly, who was sacked in 2009, to make way for younger presenters.

But there is one area where the older woman is suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly thriving - rock music. Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday on Saturday. Kate Bush has just celebrated hers. In fact, they are the spring chickens. Suzi Quatro, 68, and Patti Smith, 71, are not just still rocking, they are still snarling. Cher at 72 pops up with a delightful cameo in the Mamma Mia! movie. The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, is still recording at 76.

Who’d have thought it? Look back to the 1960s and there were precious few women at all in pop music, let alone older ones. In the UK, Sandie Shaw, Dusty Springfield, Marianne Faithfull and a handful of others carried the fight to the mass of male groups (the word boyband had yet to be invented).

To read the rest of the article visit: uk.news.yahoo.com/madonna-60-female-pop-stars


Pre-order Madonna's Official 2019 Calendar with 20% off!

Danilo are running a 20% offer on danilo.com on ALL Official 2019 Calendar and Diary PreOrders until Sun 12th August - with the code PREORDER20 at checkout - and that Includes the Madonna 2019 Calendar - giving fans money off, free UK delivery (although worldwide delivery is also available) but they will also be the first ones to receive the calendars as soon as they are in stock.

Visit this link to purchase the calendar: www.danilo.com/Madonna-Official-2019-Calendar

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Madonna Partners With Ripple to Help Malawi’s HIV/AIDS Orphans

Known for pushing boundaries with regards to the lyrical content of her music, Madonna is now intent on pushing boundaries with regards to philanthropy.

As part of her plans to mark her 60th birthday which will fall on 16th August, Madonna is partnering with Ripple in a month-long initiative to raise funds aimed at assisting orphans in Malawi through Raising Malawi, a charity the Queen of Pop founded more than a decade ago.

During the fundraising period that started from July 30 and which will run until August 31, Ripple has committed to matching all the public donations that will be made in support of Madonna’s cause.

According to Madonna, the donations will specifically benefit the work of the nonprofit at the Home of Hope orphanage in Malawi. At the time of writing US$28,783 had been raised via Madonna’s Facebook page.

In a statement released by Ripple, the firm noted that Malawi has close to one million children who have been orphaned after their parents died from HIV/AIDS-related complications.

'We’re honored to be a part of Raising Malawi’s amazing work with some of the world’s most underserved children,' Ripple’s senior vice president of business operations, Eric van Miltenburg, said.

Ripple’s statement did not, however, indicate whether the donations would be matched in XRP or USD.

According to Miltenburg, Ripple was introduced to Raising Malawi by its investors at Sound Ventures, a tech investment fund founded by Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary six years ago.

From CNN Via Yahoo! News


Eight ways Madonna changed the world

She's sold 300 million albums, her tours have grossed $1.31 billion, and she's one of the most famous women ever to have lived - and next month, in a milestone, she turns 60.

But these days the Queen of Pop is much more likely to be attacked than appreciated: for years she has endured mockery of her refusal to dress demurely, her taste for younger men, and that one time she fell over on stage.

Amid this, it can easy to forget quite how influential she has been: without her, from music to fashion to the whole concept of celebrity, today's pop culture landscape would simply not exist as it is.

And that's not to mention the impact she's had on her on her fans, like my own teenage self, whose love for her I have channelled into a new novel, The Madonna of Bolton, which celebrates the impression she makes on a young working class man's coming of age in the Eighties and Nineties. So to mark the big occasion, here are a few ways in which her Madgesty has conclusively changed the world.

1. She laid out the template for the modern female pop icon
Long before Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, Madonna was the first female pop star to project an image of control, drive and fierce independence. For all her personal suffering (her mother died when she was five), she has rarely betrayed any emotional fragility. Rather, she has worn costumes that looked like armour, such as the famous corset designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier for the Blond Ambition tour.

And in the video for Express Yourself, a rousing anthem to female empowerment, she dressed in a man's suit and presided over an army of male underlings. 'I'm tough, I'm ambitious and I know exactly what I want,' she once said. 'If that makes me a bitch, OK.'

To read the other seven ways Madonna changed the world visit: nzherald.co.nz


Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi.

The singer is teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through until August 31.

Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to raise money for the singer’s campaign.

The proceeds will benefit her Raising Malawi foundation, and global payments company Ripple said it would match all of the donations.

She said: 'I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and health care. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved.'

Madonna, who adopted four children from Malawi, founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by the country’s orphans and vulnerable children.

She launched a children’s wing at a hospital in Malawi last year.

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Thank you Mert and Marcus for capturing the beauty and magic that is Lisbon!


Madonna on Family Life in Portugal for Vogue Italia

Madonna, soccer mom?

This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. 'She doesn’t want to talk about the past,' Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.

'It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer - it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,' Farneti said with a smile, shaking his head slightly. 'She proposed the Lisbon angle and it turned out to be a very personal interview, more interesting than doing a retrospective of the artist or a story on her African projects, which have already been explored,' he explained.

Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four album covers, several tours and countless editorials.

To read the rest of the article visit: wwd.com/business-news/exclusive-madonna

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Meet Maripol, the woman behind Madonna’s early, iconic look

Thirty-five years ago, on July 27, 1983, a woman named Madonna Louise Ciccone released her self-titled debut album, and it soon launched not just a music revolution, but a fashion revolution as well. The disc’s stark black-and-white artwork - Madonna clasping her unforgettable face between bracelet-stacked hands on the front, wrapping a thick dog-chain necklace around her throat on the back - comprised some of the most striking pop imagery of the ’80s. It wasn’t long before every little girl in the world wanted to be Madonna (or a 'Madonnabe'), bedecking themselves with oversized lace hair bows, crucifixes, stacks of rubber bangles, and, much to their parents’ chagrin, “Boy Toy” belts and visible bras.

But Madonna didn’t come up with her early signature look entirely on her own. She had a lucky star on her side back then, a visionary stylist, who helped craft that image. And that woman also went by a singular name: Maripol.

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Without Maripol - a French-expat artist, jewelry designer, photographer, film producer, and NYC girl-about-(down)town - Madonna may never have become MADONNA. After all, Maripol was the woman who introduced street-style jelly bracelets to the mainstream (fun fact: Grace Jones was the first pop singer to wear Maripol’s rubber creations, on her ankles), and she was the woman who first convinced Madonna to dance onstage in a bra.

Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment from New York, Maripol humbly, grudgingly concedes, 'Whatever, yes - I did create a legend.' Recalling the night that started it all, at New York hip-hop club the Roxy almost four decades ago, she says, 'There was a lot of mix of culture coming from England, with people like Bow Wow Wow, and then there was Fab Five Freddy, from Yo! MTV Raps, which was also the beginning of this whole movement. Fab Five Freddy asked me if I could find cute girls, and I turned around and saw Madonna and asked her if she would want to go onstage. I asked her if she had a nice bra on, and she thought I was out of my mind! I asked her to actually take her top off. And the rest is history.'

So, was that the unofficial beginning of the underwear-as-outerwear trend? 'No, that was the beginning of the fact that I’m French! I was less puritan than anyone else, and I was always taking my clothes off, unfortunately,' Maripol laughs. 'After that, Madonna actually made an appointment to come see me in my loft, because she wanted me to create her look. I had already invented the rubber bracelet, and I was the art director of Fiorucci, and I thought that she was the perfect person to carry around my style. And it was perfect for her as well.'

Maripol and Madonna’s first fashion collaboration was for the Madonna album cover, on which Maripol’s bold, punky jewelry was practically as much the star as Madonna herself.

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Leaving Malawi. We will miss you!

Madonna and her family leave Malawi today after a week of visits to various Raising Malawi programs.