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November 2014

Two New Madonna Songs Have Leaked

When it rains, it pours.

On Nov. 27, a snippet of a new Madonna song called 'Rebel Heart' leaked to the Internet. A day later, a full-length version of the tune had made its way to the Web, as well as another full track, seemingly titled 'Wash All Over Me.'

'Rebel Heart' is likely a co-production with superstar DJ/producer Avicii, who Madonna worked with earlier in the year on new music. (Madonna posted an image of her with Avicii in a recording studio, using the hash tag #RebelHeart.) Both songs could be unfinished, or demo versions.

Madonna's publicist had no comment about the initial leak, though the diva's manager, Guy Oseary, Tweeted: 'I would be grateful to any Madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak. We appreciate your help.'

Madonna has been working on new music throughout 2014, often updating her Instagram feed with photos and messages regarding her progress. A new album from the entertainer is expected in 2015. It will be her first studio effort since 2012's MDNA, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

From Billboard.com


Madonna meets Malawian President Peter Mutharika

Madonna is seen at State House in Lillongwe Malawi, Friday, Nov, 28, 2014, during her meeting with the Malawian President Peter Mutharika at State House.

Mutharika thanked Madonna for agreeing to fund the construction of a new state of the art Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Unit in the country.

Madonna is currently visiting Malawi, where she has been working since 2006 with her non profit organization, Raising Malawi.

Pictures from Associated Press via Yahoo! News


Madonna wins new Malawi president's praise

Pop diva Madonna met Malawi's new president Friday after her VIP status was restored in the country where she adopted two children but then fell foul of the former government.

President Peter Mutharika hailed Madonna for her charity work in the poor southern African nation, saying "my government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country."

It was Madonna's first visit in more than a year after she was stripped of her VIP status by former president Joyce Banda amid controversy over the cancellation of her plans for an academy for girls.

'Her VIP status has been restored,' presidential press secretary Frederick Ndala told AFP.

Mutharika said the singer's passion was directed 'especially towards addressing poverty and hardships endured by Malawi's orphans and vulnerable children through her charity Raising Malawi'.

Madonna has adopted two children - Mercy James and David Banda - from the country, which officially has more than a million orphans and vulnerable children.

'During our discussion, Madonna displayed much commitment in helping to build more classrooms in schools across Malawi,' said Mutharika, who described himself as 'a fan of her music'.

He thanked her for honouring her promise to bring her two adopted children along for the week-long visit.

The singer did not speak to the assembled journalists and was whisked away by her security detail soon after meeting the president at Kamuzu Palace in the administrative capital Lilongwe.

Madonna lost favour with the previous government after cancelling the construction of a $15 million academy which was meant to offer 500 scholarships to girls from poor backgrounds.

The academy was mired in allegations of mismanagement and the project was replaced by plans to build schools in order to reach more children.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


'I'd like to be serenaded by a minister's son'

Madonna met Malawian hip hop star Tay Grin at a party to celebrate her first visit to the African country for 18 months.

Tay Grin was invited to the party by his mother - Malawi's health minister Dr Jean Kalilani - who asked Madonna if her son could attend. Madonna is reported to have said: 'I'd like to be serenaded by a minister's son - please invite him.'

Madonna and Tay are said to have talked for a while and briefly sang together at the party infront of guests.

Tay Grin, also known as 'Nyau King', is Malawi's number one hip hop star and this year scooped the Best International African gong at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts awards in London.


Steve Barron: 'Madonna, f**k that's a hard word to yell....'

Steve Barron, who directed Michael Jackson's Billie Jean video (and Madonna's Burning Up video), talks to Rupert Hawksley of the Daily Telegraph about working with the Eighties' biggest music artists and his new memoir, Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: a Trip Through the Eighties.

Here is an excerpt from the book of how he got the directing job for Burning Up and how he met Madonna for the first time:

No, I'm not going to New York on my own to meet some blonde chick called Madonna who Warners think is going to be massive, even if they are stumping up a bit more cash than usual for a first time artist.

"Come on. You managed to drag yourself out in front of the Nolan Sisters," Simon chortles. "I promised Warners you'd at least meet her. Then if you don't like we can wriggle out of it. She's a very cool dancer apparently."

I can't believe he's promised them. I'm on holiday.

"Oh, she's been practising in front of the mirror then?" It might be enough of the sarcy cynicism. Starting to hear myself whining.

"Actually, she saw the MJ video and she thought it was genius and she really wants to meet you."

"Yeah, well, I'm on holiday."

F---ing annoying. What am I doing here? Where is this bleeding apartment block? How did I agree to this? I'm burning up alright! That biting wind is bouncing off those stone Soho buildings right into my grumpy face. What number was it? That doesn't make sense. Where's the number on that building then?

This must be it. Smelly corridor. Crapped-out lift. Where's the penthouse suite then? There's seventeen buttons of floors but not a dicky bird about 'the penthouse suite'. How would she have a penthouse suite anyway? Nobody knows her from Adam.

Maybe a rich boyfriend? Maybe just rich. Never mind, you're here. Must be on the 17th floor then.

Ping.

Woah.

The 17th floor looks derelict. This can't be right; there's masonry and s--t all over the floor. Oh, look. Now I get it. There's a paper plate taped to the flaking wall with an arrow pointing up the crumbling staircase, which says 'Penthouse Suite' in biro. Penthouse Squat is what it'd say if it was being truthful.

Climb those stairs. And more stairs. And what's that thumping sound? And more stairs. And that music is pumping out up there. Dance music. That's f---ing loud. Now I'm out of breath in front of an apartment door with no bell and no knocker and nothing but another paper plate with 'Penthouse Suite' in blue biro stuck to it.

"Hello?"

Loud music.

Louder: "Helllooo?"

'Hello' isn't working. Door doesn't even shut properly. A hole where a latch might have been. I can push it open. A sort of kitchen area on the right. A couple of very grungy pots and pans by an old stove that's caked in many years of grime. There's not a stitch of furniture in the place.

"Hello?" is still being smothered by boom boom boom coming from down a narrow corridor with a very worn carpet. Is this a wind-up? She knew I was coming. She knew what time. I'm walking along the corridor. Another door. The source of the loud. Even this door has the inviting sliver of slightly open. I'm going to try shouting again. The music is deafening but I can't just walk in, can I?

I mean, this must be the bedroom.

"Hello? M – M – Ma – donna?"

F--k, that's a hard word to yell. That just doesn't feel like a name. It's feels like a thing. Or a feeling.

Or a phenomenon.

To read the rest of the article (scroll to the bottom of the page for the full Madonna excerpt) visit: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures


Madonna's Instagram: Pictures from Malawi

Madonna has been posting pictures on her Instagram page since her arrival in Malawi on Wednesday:

'Surgical Trainees at Queen Elizabeth Hospital! In the business of Miracles! @raisingmalawi #livingforlove'

'Mabvuto thrives against all odds! The Future of Malawi! #livingforlove'

'Werking on my skilzz @missionariesofcharity #raisingmalawi #rebelheart'

'Getting pushed around by Mercy James at Kondanani Orphanage! #livingforlove'


Madonna returns to Malawi with David and Mercy

Madonna has returned to Malawi for the first time since she had a public spat with the southern African country's former president Joyce Banda over her charitable projects, as the new president extended an olive branch.

The pop star landed in the capital Lilongwe at around 11am on Wednesday, accompanied by David Banda and Mercy Chifundo, two children she adopted from the country, and her 14-year-old son Rocco along with an entourage that included advisers and bodyguards.

On Friday, Madonna is due to meet Malawi's new president Peter Mutharika, who took over from Joyce Banda at the last elections.

Madonna and Mrs Banda had a series of public disagreements after the pop star sacked her sister, Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, as head of her Raising Malawi charity.

Madonna tried to meet Mrs Banda during a visit to Malawi last year, but the president said the star was simply trying to get 'poor people to dance for her' and refused, also accusing her of 'blackmail' and 'bullying'.

She then stripped the Material Girl singer of her VVIP status, forcing her to check into her private jet at Kamuzu International Airport as an ordinary passenger.

On Wednesday, Madonna was restored to VVIP status.

'We were asked to clear the airport's cargo bay for a special guest,' said an airport official.

He said Madonna was whisked into a fleet of SUVs and driven into town to Kumbali Lodge, a farm lodge where she always stays on her visits to Malawi.

The American star is due to hold talks with Mr Mutharika on Friday at his official resident, the Kamuzu Palace.

'We welcome Madonna as guest of the government and people of Malawi,' said State House Press Secretary Frederick Ndala. 'The President appreciates the charity work she is doing for the people of Malawi.'

Trevor Neilson, president of the Global Philanthropy Group which works with Madonna, said her charitable endeavours in Malawi have included building schools for over 1,000 students and funding clinics and orphanages.

From Daily Telegraph


Madonna Movie 'Adé: A Love Story' Finds Its Writer

The Madonna movie Adé: A Love Story has found its writer.

Dianne Houston (Take the Lead) has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker’s memoir for the big screen, marking Madonna’s next directing project.

The film centers on a 19-year-old American student raised in a Christian and Jewish home who travels to Africa and falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces. Walker, who also hails from a Christian-Jewish home, is the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker.

Bruce Cohen, Jessica Leventhal and Walker are producing. CAA, which reps Madonna, will be taking the project out to financiers in the coming weeks.

Adé marks Madonna’s follow-up to the period romance W.E., which was released by The Weinstein Co. in 2011. The book was published in 2013 by Amazon’s Little A imprint.

Houston, who has an untitled Missy Elliott project in the works, is repped by Kaplan-Stahler Agency.

From The Hollywood Reporter


Nile Rodgers: Madonna knows best

Nile Rodgers advises to always do as Madonna says.

The American hitmaker has worked with music's biggest stars throughout his illustrious career, including Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Duran Duran.

However, it is only Madonna's advice that he always blindly listens to.

'Do as Madonna says,' Nile stated to Q magazine as one of his golden rules for life. 'When I did Like a Virgin, I thought Material Girl was the best song to lead with. Madonna was convinced it was Like a Virgin. But I was like, 'Material Girl's ten times better.''

'She taught me that it was about being a girl, losing your virginity, and how relevant a lyric like that would be. Sometimes there's an intellectual component to a record that can trump its primal component.'

While Nile is a star in his own right thanks to his disco funk band Chic, his talents are often called upon by other music stars. Never one to say no, the 62-year-old loves sharing his pearls of wisdom with both budding and established artists.

'Help your fellow musicians. I believe in giving back as much help to musicians as possible. Recording with Daft Punk, we were in the same studio we did the first Chic single. They went, 'How did you make Chic records?' So I taught them the technique. We came up with Get Lucky, then Lose Yourself to Dance and Give Life Back to Music in minutes. All three songs were finished in one day,' he smiled.

From Yahoo! News


Meet Madonna dancer Carlton Wilborn in Utrecht

Great news for all Madonna fans coming to the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht on November 22 and 23.

Carlton Wilborn, one of Madonna's most fabulous dancers will be present for a meet & greet with all the fans in a special signing corner in Hal 11.

Carlton Wilborn performed in the Blond Ambition Tour as well as in The Girlie Show where he also helped with the choreography. He also stars in the legendary 'Vogue' video and the MTV Video Music Awards performance of 'Vogue'.

Every Madonna fan knows what an absolutely amazing dancer Carlton is, you now get the chance to meet him face to face!

He will be present at the fair on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. For more information visit www.recordplanet.nl

Thanks to Kimberley at www.madonnaunderground.com


Events: London Like a Virgin 30 Year Celebration

This Saturday - the first London Madonna Party since March! The Like a Virgin 30 Year Celebration kicks off at 2.30pm sharp and goes on til late.

Free Entry, Prize Draws including signed item and over 8 hours of non stop Madonna. Highlights will include the Like a Virgin album Video Event, the Virgin Tour performances, plus - a Decade In The Making - the Reinvention Tour - kicks off the party!

Don’t be late, get your best Like A Virgin era fancy dress out if you like, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/279062465599766/


Fans snap up Madonna 'materials'

Pop idol Madonna has proved she's still The Material Girl.

Fans worldwide clamoured for items from Madonna's professional and personal life during a two-day Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll auction in Beverly Hills that started on Friday.

Julien's Auctions said the gown and stole from her Material Girl video sold for 73,125, US dollars (£45,900) while the wedding dress the pop star wore when she married actor Sean Penn in 1985 brought in 81,250 US dollars (£50.900).

Her jacket from the film Desperately Seeking Susan sold for a record 252,000 US dollars (£158,622) and one earring worn in the film fetched 34,375 US dollars (£21,402).

Other highlights include the gown from the film Evita - which sold for 15,000 US dollars (£9,400) - and her A League of Their Own uniform - which sold for 31,250 US dollars (£19,500).

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


Win tickets to 'The Bedtime Stories Pyjama Party'

madonnalicious and Madonna Celebrate are giving fans the chance to win a T-Shirt, Badges, Poster and two VIP guest tickets to the event this Friday.

Just email your details to comp@madonnacelebrate.co.uk

The winner will be notified by email Thursday evening 13th November. Winner must be able to get to London to collect prize at event on 14th November.

Bedtime Stories Pyjama Party / Friday 14th November / the RVT / 10pm – 3am / Tickets from ticketweb

November 14th, head South of the river to the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern as Madonna Celebrate and Madonnalicious invite you to the biggest celebration this side of the London Eye, it’s The ‘Bedtime Stories’ Pyjama Party 20th anniversary.

Once again our DJ residents, David Oh plus Little Bastard, will be on deck duty providing the hits, fan favourites and even lullabies most fitting for our little get together. Not only that, we've asked some friends to come along and read you their own ‘Bedtime Story’. Performing something very special from Madonna’s album in their own fabulous way: including the ever fabulous John Sizzle (Gay Bingo), London's tranny with a fanny 'Holestar' (Pop!), gorgeous burlesque sensation, Lolo Brow and the fierce Baby Lame!

Event news: we will be doing a special Madonna raffle with an amazing star prize of a UK edition sealed ‘SEX’ Book with comic and CD!

It’s been 20 years since the release of Madge’s step into R’n’B and we think this album is long overdue its rightful night of salute. Featuring hit singles ‘Secret’, ‘Take a Bow’ and ‘Human Nature’ the album followed 1992’s controversial ‘Erotica’ and found her experimenting with a more soulful sound revealing a much more vulnerable side the Queen of Pop.

Madonna Celebrate is hosted by Kurt Hoffman. It is an unashamedly fabulous affirmation of Madonna and her music. Now in its eighth year this acclaimed nightclub experience has been awarded The Times Top 5 Clubs, Timeout Top Ten and DIVA Top ten nights out with features in the Guardian and the Evening standard. Madonnalicious is the UK’s No.1 Queen of Pop website.

Zip up your onesies, slip on that nightie, pop on your favourite pyjamas as we're having a sleepover and you are all invited! #PYJAMAPARTY20

Bedtime Stories Pyjama Party / Friday 14th November / the RVT / 10pm – 3am / Tickets from ticketweb


Madonna's clothes sell for millions at celebrity auction

A collection of dresses and outfits worn by Madonna during her career in music and film helped a celebrity auction raise $3.2m (£2m).

The highest lot was a jacket from Desperately Seeking Susan, which fetched $252,000, while a gown from her Material Girl video reached $73,125.

The Californian auction also saw lots from Michael Jackson, Cher and The Beatles.

The wedding dress Madonna wore when she wed actor Sean Penn in 1985 sold for $81,250 (£51,192), while a dress she wore on her Who's That Girl tour reached bids of $50,000 (£31,503).

Other lots which attracted the bidders were a pair of John Lennon's spectacles which sold for $25,000 (£15,751) and a ring worn by Elvis Presley for $57,600 (£36,291).

Guitars from a host of rock greats formed part of the two-day sale including Prince's Sign of the Times Love guitar and a 1940 Gibson J200 owned by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, which sold for $43,750 (£27,565).

From BBC News

madonnalicious reader Peter visited the auction house last week and shares these pictures of some of the items that were up for sale.


How Madonna's 'Like A Virgin' Has Changed Over 30 Years

Thirty years ago, a blithe little song about fresh romance made pop music feel so shiny and new. Madonna was already something of a household name when 'Like a Virgin' was released, on Nov. 6, 1984 (two months after we heard it for the first time at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards), but the song made her pop's impending queen. It gave Madonna her first No. 1 single, sitting atop the Billboard chart for six weeks.

Arguably still her most famous song, 'Like a Virgin' is now a staple at wedding receptions, on the airwaves and on lists of controversial moments in popular culture. But you're much less likely to see Madonna perform a standard rendition of the classic today. Most of her tours have featured a remastered version, which means we've heard several wildly different iterations of the pop standard. Here's how 'Like a Virgin' has evolved in the 30 years since it was released:

To read the rest of the article and view the performances visit: www.huffingtonpost.com

What is your favourite live performance of 'Like A Virgin'? Add your thoughts using the 'Comments' button below.

Here is madonnalicious' copy of the 'Like a Virgin' single, bought with my pocket money 30 years ago in Woolworths!


Madonna's 'applause moment'

Madonna managed to boss around the entire crowd at MoMA on Wednesday night - even instructing guests including Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Grace Coddington, Doutzen Kroes, David Chang and Jimmy Iovine on when to put their hands together by barking, 'Applause moment!'

Madge was at the museum to present a WSJ Innovator Award to dancer Lil Buck, 26, whom she discovered in a contest and brought on tour.

But when the Material Girl - looking sexy at 56 in Miu Miu - didn’t get the glowing reception she apparently wanted at the beginning of her remarks, she finally sighed, 'I’ll tell you when there are applause moments. You need help. This is a museum crowd.'

She then peppered her presentation with the 'applause moment' command, which effectively coaxed clapping. She also warned Valentino’s partner in the audience, expert Instagrammer Giancarlo Giammetti, to 'please put your phone away, sir.' And she poked fun at her predilection for seducing backup dancers by saying with a wink, 'Everybody knows I have an affinity for dancers - a sympathetic nerve, so to speak.'

Buck then made a gracious, heartfelt speech and brought the house down with his moves.

Guests were later invited to tour MoMA’s hot Matisse exhibition upstairs, where honoree Kara Walker, fresh from her own acclaimed Domino Sugar Factory show, briefly took off her towering heels and walked about the works in bare feet, with LA MOCA director Philippe Vergne.

Lil Buck was last seen in an intense dance-off at a Doubles after-party.

From Page Six / NYPost


Events: ‘Bedtime Stories’ Pyjama Party 20th Anniversary

London, November 14th, head South of the river to the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern as Madonna Celebrate and Madonnalicious invite you to the biggest celebration this side of the London Eye, it’s The ‘Bedtime Stories’ Pyjama Party 20th anniversary.

Once again our DJ residents, David Oh plus others, will be on deck duty providing the hits, fan favourites and even lullabies most fitting for our little get together. Not only that, we've asked some friends to come along and read you their own ‘Bedtime Story’. Performing something very special from Madonna’s album in their own fabulous way: including the ever fabulous John Sizzle (Gay Bingo), London's tranny with a fanny 'Holestar' (Pop!) and the gorgeous burlesque sensation, Lolo Brow.

It’s been 20 years since the release of Madge’s step into RnB and we think this album is long overdue its rightful night of salute. Featuring hit singles ‘Secret’, ‘Take a Bow’ and ‘Human Nature’ the album followed 1992’s controversial ‘Erotica’ and found her experimenting with a more soulful sound revealing a much more vulnerable side the Queen of Pop.

Madonna Celebrate is hosted by Kurt Hoffman and David Robson. It is an unashamedly fabulous affirmation of Madonna and her music. Now in its eighth year this acclaimed nightclub experience has been awarded The Times Top 5 Clubs, Timeout Top Ten and DIVA Top ten nights out with features in the Guardian and the Evening standard.

Zip up your onesies, slip on that nightie, pop on your favourite pyjamas as we're having a sleepover and you are all invited! #PYJAMAPARTY20

Tickets available via http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/artist/951036

JOIN EVENT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/587290778043600/