Ariana Grande Drops Epic 'God Is a Woman' Video - with Madonna as the Voice of God!

#Blessed!

Ariana Grande just answered pop fans’ prayers, dropping the music video for her sexy, empowering new single 'God Is a Woman' - which includes a surprise monologue from her pal Madonna.

Throughout the epic video, Grande serves cosmic vibes, bathing in a pool of paint, sitting atop a globe and weathering an onslaught of insults ('bitch,' 'fake,' 'annoying,' 'slut,' 'hoe,' 'stupid') from men.

Then, at the 2:24 mark, Madge - or rather, her voice! - appears, like manna from heaven.

The queen of pop portrays the voice of God, reciting scripture from Ezekiel 25:17: 'And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.'

A follow-up to 'No Tears Left to Cry,' 'God Is a Woman' is the second single off Grande’s upcoming fourth studio album, Sweetener, due Aug. 17.

From People.com


Dancer Carlton Wilborn on Madonna: ‘Rehearsal truly was like boot camp’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the seventh by dancer Carlton Wilborn:

I was 26 and living in Los Angeles when Madonna had a huge open-call audition for the Blond Ambition tour - there were maybe a thousand men there. By the time I got home I had a message: 'Come meet me at the club tonight.' It was basically a callback, like, let’s see who these people really are, how they hang with alcohol. She herself being an alpha type, she was looking for very confident people - the best of the best - so I was acutely aware of how I was presenting myself. When I made the cut, I knew it was a huge opportunity.

Touring was different back in the 90s. We really got to do it in the rock’n’roll way people imagine - private jets, two separate chefs, a bowl in the studio lobby stacked with cigarettes. It’s very rare that dancers are given that kind of treatment. And the afterparties - oh my gosh, are you kidding me? We won’t say much about those!

Every single night, the blast-off energy from the crowd was crazy - they were so loud we could hardly hear the music. We had done so much training at this point - the rehearsal process was truly like boot camp - and it was great to finally be in the sweat of it all. When I heard her singing to an audience for the first time: it was like: 'Oh shit, she’s fucking performing now.' And it was a lot of fun working with an artist who had started in dance and who could do all these intricate moves with you.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/carlton-wilborn

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Nancy Whang on Madonna: ‘She set an example for a lot of women’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the sixth by Nancy Whang:

There aren’t that many artists like her. That she has the staying power she has is remarkable in itself. She’s influenced a lot of other artists, especially other fellow female artists and she’s remained culturally relevant. Her whole ability to reinvent herself is pretty impressive. She set an example for a lot of women and fellow artists to take on a persona. This idea of a solo female artist being this massive figure and occupying a stage - a musical stage and a cultural stage - there aren’t a lot of examples like that, besides her, for other female artists. And forget about the fact that she’s a woman – just as an artist, full stop.

She’s taken on so many different personas and artistic scenes and she’s able to still capture audiences. She’s taken all of these different genres of music and dived headlong into whatever she decided, whatever album it is, or whatever creative era she’s in, or [she’s] decided to go in a completely different direction. The only through-line is herself. With musical styles, she’s gone all over the place, but there’s cohesion to it because it’ll coming from her. It doesn’t seem necessarily random - that’s what she’s good at. People don’t expect a particular sound [from her], or even a gradual evolution, from album to album.

I feel some sense of solidarity and stand by her and all the choices she made, even though some of them aren’t that good. She’s allowed to make stuff that’s maybe not the most amazing thing that’s ever been made, but I think the fact that she still continues to be very successful goes to show she can withstand mediocrity.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/nancy-whang


Thurston Moore on Madonna: ‘She had credibility, she was really ahead of the game’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the fifth by Thurston Moore:

We were neighbours. We knew each other, by sight. She would say hi to me and I would say hi to her. She was dating a friend of mine for a millisecond, so we were introduced that way and then, through the years, when we’d cross paths on the street, we’d nod heads and smile. She was very friendly with Jean-Michel [Basquiat], Keith Haring, and these artists who were all our neighbours, and we all hung out at the same places: Danceteria, CBGB, Tier 3 and Club 57 were the main places. When she became super-famous, which was all of a sudden, she disappeared from the New York scene. It was a very strange thing, to be working washing dishes, and making pennies per day, and seeing someone who was in your neighbourhood all of a sudden become a superstar. It was unusual. There was no real model for that, for us. It became kind of exciting.

She was really ahead of the game. She was taking elements of what was cool at that time – punk rock, new wave, dance music, hip-hop and Latino music all clashing in this great non-hierarchical playground of New York. It was all kind of new; everybody was trying different things. Madonna was actually in a couple of no-wave bands that nobody ever talks about. She was in a band with these two twins, Dan and Josh Braun, who were the first members of Swans, Michael Gira’s band. Nobody really knows about that part of her history; she was in a pre-Swans no wave band! There’s all that interconnected history in New York with Madonna and the no wave scene.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/thurston-moore

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Sophie on Madonna: ‘Her work is so vast - there’s a reference for any situation’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the fourth by Sophie:

In my mind, Madonna created the blueprint for modern pop stars. Her creativity has gone further, wider and longer than anyone else I can think of; I feel like her songs have been consistently memorable and meaningful. I have loved all of Madonna’s different phases at different points, but I think the Bedtime Stories era [1994] is really intriguing, especially the production - it has a unique feeling. It’s so much more fully formed and sexy than a lot of the trip-hop stuff that was coming out around that time. It’s definitely been an influence on my own music​.

My earliest memories of Madonna are of when my half-sister used to listen to her loads on family holidays. Davina was, and still is, a very fun party girl, so my early impressions of Madonna are merged with my half-sister’s teenage punk energy - I still think of Madonna in that way.

Working with her [on track Bitch I’m Madonna, which Sophie co-wrote and co-produced, the third single from Madonna’s 2015 album Rebel Heart] was really quite a one-off, spontaneous thing - I suppose a happy coincidence. I felt a connection with the title. But you have to prevent yourself from getting too excited about that kind of thing. People still write about that song in every article they write about me, so I guess she still means a lot to everyone operating in music right now.

Madonna’s work is so vast - there’s an appropriate Madonna reference for any situation. But I think the factor that sets her apart from others is that each phase seems to be a byproduct of a genuine journey of self-discovery, and always addresses some prejudice or other.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/sophie


Matt Cain on Madonna: ‘She opened up gay culture to the mainstream’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the third by 'The Madonna of Bolton' author Matt Cain:

Madonna was a radical, brilliant pop icon who changed so many people’s lives. Mine included. I grew up in Bolton in the 1980s, at a time when no one wanted to say anything positive about gay people. If we were represented in the media, it was as disease-carrying sexual predators who couldn’t be trusted around children. The idea of gay role models didn’t even exist. And then along came Madonna.

I first became aware of her around the time Like a Virgin was released in 1984, and felt myself being drawn in, but I resisted. I’d been conditioned to be mistrustful of transgressive, rebellious women who expressed their sexuality. By the time the True Blue album came out in 1986 - I was 11 - I was starting to realise I was gay. And that made me sexually transgressive too.

Then came the Open Your Heart video. In it, Madonna played a stripper dancing in a venue for an audience that included a lesbian drag king and two gay sailors locked in an affectionate embrace. The thing about her that had been my point of contention suddenly became a point of connection. After that, I didn’t just enjoy Madonna’s work: she became like a spirit guide.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/matt-cain


Barbara Ellen on Madonna: ‘Popular culture still reeks of her influence’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the second by Barbara Ellen:

Madonna Louise Ciccone is about to turn 60, a 'big birthday' by anybody’s reckoning. I remember her at the time of her breakthrough 1983 single, Holiday, a mischievous mess of bangles and swinging crucifixes, boasting that she was so hot that you could fry an egg on her belly button. From that point on, Madonna was omnipresent - confrontational, audacious, sexual, occasionally annoying and weirdly vulnerable (brought up in a strict Italian-American Catholic family, Madonna’s mother died when she was a child).

She pounded through personas (boy toy, material girl, Hollywood royalty, dancefloor vixen, gangsta momma,), like an all-singing all-dancing one-woman variety show. It was never just about the music. Madonna embodied the devilish voice in your ear, saying: 'Why not?' A pop queen with a big dirty rock mouth, she was one of the first great influencers, daring at least a couple of generations of girls and young women (not to mention all her loyal gay fans) to be bolder, stronger and, crucially, a ton less humble and apologetic.

The ironic question 'What would Madonna do?' isn’t still doing the rounds for nothing.

No surprise, then, that witch-burners have long been out in force against Madonna. She’s been called everything: ball-breaker, whore, user, crone, narcissist, talent-vampire. Vulgar taste-free zone. While taking criticism is part of the fame gig, it was as though Madonna served as a cautionary tale for women who get too darn uppity.

In truth, popular culture still reeks of Madonna’s influence for a good reason: she’s earned it. Far from being a shallow shape-shifter, she always knew her way around a pop classic (her oeuvre is full of them), and developed a flair for choosing talented collaborators to keep her music fresh. Moreover, back when she could have played it safe, Madonna called herself an artist and acted like one, tirelessly reinventing herself. From plonking a black saint in the Like a Prayer video to putting out a book called Sex, at the peak of her fame, just about everything Madonna did alienated middle America, because she wanted to define the zeitgeist, not merely reflect it.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/barbara-ellen


Sarah Churchwell on Madonna: ‘She remains the hero of her own story’

UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the first by Sarah Churchwell:

For me, it was Lucky Star, in 1983. That video is burned into my brain. Not because I loved the song - there were many songs around that time I loved far more: Hungry Like the Wolf, Every Breath You Take, Come on Eileen; I never liked Lucky Star as much and still don’t.

At that point, no one had any idea how Madonna would evolve, how cleverly she would keep shifting her styles - musical, fashion, dance - ahead of trends. I just loved the way she blended post-punk toughness with playful girl power. Madonna projected the older girl that pre-adolescents wanted to be. And that’s why they called her fans 'wannabes' - a name that was patronising, but not inaccurate. And then suddenly there was Material Girl: full glamour had entered the picture and she had become someone to watch.

But it was with her 1990 Blond Ambition tour that Madonna catapulted herself into megastardom, shaping the music industry, taking firm hold of her own business reins and sending a clear message while she was at it. Blond Ambition - blonde without the feminine 'e', presumably to underscore the pun on 'blind ambition', but with the added advantage of rejecting the trappings of normative gender. The Blond Ambition tour, Madonna’s third, is widely acknowledged as the mother of today’s multimedia concert extravaganzas, fusing performance art, theatre, dance, fashion and video with pop songs. It broke box-office records and taboos, mixing themes of female sexuality, power, religion and gender fluidity. It prompted Forbes magazine to ask if she was 'America’s smartest businesswoman'; 23 years later, the magazine would identify her as the highest-paid celebrity in the world, earning $125m (£77.4m) in 2012-2013. She has sold more than 300m records worldwide and her singles have made her the most successful solo artist in the history of the American charts.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/sarah-churchwell

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Ariana Grande Posts Cryptic Thank You Note to Madonna and Fans Have Theories

It looks like Ariana Grande might have had some tears left to cry during this special moment.

Grande posted a picture Wednesday (July 11) with Madonna, someone Grande has consistently cited as an inspiration and mentor. The caption on the photo read 'thank you @madonna... u know why,' with a heart emoji and an emoji of the Golden Gate Bridge - an emoji Grande has used often when posting about her new music. This is not the first time the two hitmakers have met, as Grande joined Madonna onstage in Miami during her Rebel Heart Tour and also performed at Madonna's 2016 charity event at Art Basel in Miami.

The picture excited Grande's fans and also sparked curiosity as to why the picture was posted now, and whether the pic is from a prior event or was taken recently. Grande has been finishing up her upcoming studio album Sweetener (due Aug. 17), and fans were quick to hope and wish - just like a prayer - that a Madonna collaboration will be on the album.

From Billboard.com


Events: Madonna Aid Official 'Madonna of Bolton' Launch Afterparty

Madonna Aid, the campaign to help the REAL Queen of Pop reclaim her gays is back in Manchester on Friday 13th July as we celebrate our queens 60th year of giving life with a non-stop Madonna-thon.

This is our biggest party yet at the 400 capacity Joshua Brooks, just a 2 minute mince from Canal Street, so come on girls, gays and non-binaries, do you believe in love?! Join us on the dance floor and help her Majesty snatch back that crown that is so rightfully hers.

We're coinciding the party alongside the launch of hot new book ‘The Madonna of Bolton’ by Matt Cain, described as ‘Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra!’

🎶DJ Jamie Bull (Homoelectric) playing non-stop Madonna
👑35 years of hits back to back!
💅Host and performance takeover by Narcissa Nightshade
😮Interactive decor
🙆‍♀️Express yourself, don’t repress yourself!
🎉Celebrate, it would be so nice
⛔No capes allowed

Tickets £5 ADV

Brought to you in association with Manchester Pride and Bollox

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/events

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Is a Drake and Madonna collaboration is finally in works?

It is a mystery how it’s taken ’til now for Madonna and Drake to start talking about a collaboration. They’ve already snogged, and he’s written a song about her, so it’s about time they got in the studio together.

It’s been claimed that as both are currently in town - Drake’s been in London thanks to his surprise Wireless appearance, and Madonna’s here recording her new album - and so it looks like they might be able to make something work.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ‘Drake and Madonna are set to make some music together. ‘Madonna is in London putting the finishing touches to her new album and Drake promised to work with her on something.’ Well this will be a treat.

In 2015, the pair caused a stir when they shared a kiss on stage at Coachella. That same year, Drake wrote a song called Madonna, which featured on his mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. She loved it, thankfully, and now three years later is ready to lay down a track with him. She said at the time: ‘I love your new song about me! It’s my favourite! I’m still waiting for you to pick me up.’

Madonna was spotted loving Wireless this weekend as she cheekily had a strut across the stage while Migos played. The 59-year-old pop legend couldn’t help herself as the trio Migos performed track Stir Fry. The pop queen is currently rumoured to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival. Perhaps Migos will be hanging out on her stage that time around. Madonna also recently teased the release of her next album, with her last release being 2015’s Rebel Heart.

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna visits Michael Jackson exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

During her return visit to London this weekend Madonna visited Michael Jackson: On The Wall exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

This exhibition is open till 21 October and more information can be found at www.npg.org.uk/michael-jackson-on-the-wall


Madonna watched Migos from the side of the stage at Wireless

Madonna shocked the crowd at Britain's Wireless Festival on Saturday, July 07, by making a surprise appearance with rap group Migos.

The Vogue singer reportedly arrived at the festival in London's Finsbury Park in a blacked-out Range Rover before watching the trio's set from the side of the stage. She could be seen singing along to their track Open It Up, and took her support one step further by joining them onstage at the end of the set, dressed in a head-to-toe Gucci look, comprised of an off-white suit with red and blue trim and Panama hat.

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While watching from the side of the stage, Madonna filmed the trio - made up of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff - performing for the crowd and posted the video to Instagram, alongside the caption: 'Snuck out of the studio for a lil drip.............. (fire emojis) @migos #wirelessfestival.'

Her appearance with the Bad and Boujee hitmakers come just weeks after the group filmed the music video for their single Narcos at Madonna's property in Miami, Florida. After they posted a photo of themselves outside the mansion on Instagram, Madonna wrote in the comments, 'That's my house in Miami! What are you doing there??' and Quavo replied,'Trappin''.

Madonna, who currently lives with her children in Lisbon, Portugal, made the most of her weekend in London, taking in a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the new exhibition, Michael Jackson on the Wall. She documented the trip on Instagram, and shared a picture of herself in the gift shop holding open a book showing an old picture of her with the late King of Pop.

Wireless Festival took place from Friday to Sunday, with headliners including J. Cole and Stormzy. DJ Khaled was scheduled to headline Sunday but pulled out due to 'travel issues' and was replaced by Drake at the last minute.

From AceShowbiz


Events: #Madonna60 at The Grand in Clapham

🎵'Hey Mr DJ, put a record on. I wanna dance with my baby… MUTHERFUCKERS!'

L-U-V MDNA Presents… Madonna - 60 Years of The Queen of Pop

Join us on August 17th for the biggest pop celebration in London this Summer!

🙌 With a Madonna ONLY music policy you can expect an evening of hands-in-the-air anthems, fan favourites and special Madonna remixes all designed to get you 'Into The Groove'.

Featuring London's Top of the Pops DJ's - Lady Lloyd, Johnny Kalifornia and David Robson

🎤 PLUS! An exclusive cabaret variety show from some of London’s leading cabaret stars, like you've never seen them before.
The LipSinkers
HERR
Cheryl Hole
Margo Marshall
TAYCE Vanity von Glow

💃 For one night only, The Grand will be turned into a Confession on a Dancefloor for the undisputed Queen of Pop, Madonna.

💋 Exploring the pop megastars 35 year career from a Boy Toy wannabe to a Global Icon - This event is a must-see experience for all Madonna fans.

Woman, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Mother, Wife, Ex-Wife, Activist, Campaigner, Philanthropist,Fashion Designer, Author, Director, Icon, Living Legend.

👸 There really is only one Queen and that’s Madonna… BITCH!

Tickets can be bought online at: www.designmynight.com/the-clapham-grand/madonna-60

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Madonna ‘set to headline Glastonbury 2019 for the first time’

Glastonbury might not be happening this year, as the farm needs a break from all of its festival goers. But that hasn’t stopped organisers Michael and Emily Eavis from plotting its grand return - and it sounds like the Queen of Pop might just be making an appearance. That’s right - as it stand Madonna is reportedly favourite to headline the legendary festival in 2019. Talking to The Sun’s Bizarre column and insider revealed: ‘Preparations are already well under way after they’ve taken this year off, and Michael and his ­daughter Emily Eavis want to make it better than ever.

‘They have always been massive fans of Madonna and know she would put on an unforgettable show.’ It would be the first time Madge has ever performed at the festival and could be seen throwing out some of her classic hits on the world famous Pyramid Stage. The source added that the pair wanted to get a female artists to show their ‘diversity’ after they were inundated with backlash for not putting many women on the bill last year.

They said: ‘It was really important that they had a diverse line-up for the 2019 festival after criticism of previous ones. And with this being a fallow year they want to secure a really big name to drive ticket sales.’ It’s not the first time Madonna has been wanted to headline the show, as in 2000 Michael spoke about how he wanted to bag the Like A Virgin songstress after he was impressed with Courtney Love’s band Hole in 1999. At the time he said: ‘I would like to get Madonna, I tell you that, especially with her William Orbit [Madonna’s producer] connections.

From Metro.co.uk


End of a long day in Lisbon

Madonna posted these two pictures after her photoshoot in Lisbon for Italian Vogue with Mert and Marcus.


Madonna shooting #ItalianVogue with Mert and Marcus

Madonna has been doing a two-day fashion shoot in Lisbon for Italian Vogue with photographers Mert and Marcus.