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10 Reasons Madonna Is An Eternal Inspiration to the LGBTQ Community

The task of defining Madonna’s impact is brutal. You could say she redefined the power of pop stardom. Or helped establish music videos as an art form. Or called her own shots in a career that amounts to living mythology. But that would still be selling Madonna short, since any rote discussion of her 'great business skills' leaves out the impact of Madonna as a person - the impish, unapologetic, philanthropic, often hilarious crusader who has been the LGBTQ community’s raddest pop heroine since she introduced her armpits to a hand dryer in Desperately Seeking Susan.

As far as being an ally goes, she’s the Elizabeth Taylor of pop; as far as iconography goes, she’s like if Marlene Dietrich were an X-Men. That’s a whole lot of gay credibility. Pride Month is not the same without Madonna and her music, and thus we recount 10 of her great gay moments.

1. Those Decades of AIDS Activism
Back in the ‘80s, we were hard up for celebrities who spoke out against AIDS (and it didn’t help that we had a president who was, shall we say, reticent on the subject). But in 1989 Madonna and her Detroit-era dance instructor Christopher Flynn, who was then diagnosed with AIDS, fired up New York with a major benefit dance marathon. By that time, Madonna had already lost her good friend Martin Burgoyne to the epidemic. In footage from the event, she thrashes about with sweet abandon. That’s fun to watch, but it’s even cooler to see Flynn, who later died from the illness, open up about Madonna as a confidante who understood him.

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We ♥️ Manchester!

Madonna posted this message to Ariana Grande on her Instagram and Twitter pages:

'Congratulation to my brave and beautiful friend Ariana for organizing the benefit concert in Manchester! Last night. Gathering so many great artists and bringing everyone together in the spirit of ❤️ and Peace and not bowing down to F.E.A.R. Im so Proud of you! 💘💕and I would like to make a donation along with my manager Guy Oseary and encourage others to do the same!! 😂🎉💯♥️We ♥️Manchester http://www.welovemcrcharity.org/


Zac Efron has the wildest story about Madonna

It’s a pairing that we’d NEVER have thought could happen, but Zac Efron has the wildest Madonna story, and we can’t quite believe it.

Efron made a pitstop from the promo tour of his new movie Baywatch to chat to Jimmy Kimmel on his late night chat show, where he was quizzed about what happened when he was sat next to the pop music icon during a U.F.C. fight at Madison Square Garden last November.

From snaps of the night, it seemed that the pair were getting on famously, and Kimmel was keen to figure out what the former High School Musical star and the Queen of Pop had been up to....

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Firstly, Efron was quizzed at how the pair actually even ended up sitting together.

'In the coolest way possible, I showed up at this fight. It was totally last minute,' Efron said. 'The seats are all named when you get to the center of the ring, and I was ring side, so I was very close to this fight. I kept getting closer, and I knew I was in the front row. I saw several ‘famous’ people, and then Madonna and Zac Efron. Then it just ended. I was like, ‘I’m next to Madonna for this entire fight?’ It was awesome.'

The actor went on to say that he chatted to pop legend, and that they hung out. In fact, Madonna was allegedly pretty into the fight, with Efron saying that 'she was having the time of her life out there.'

Of course, this being Jimmy Kimmel, things didn’t say above board for long, with the chatshow host quizzing Efron as to whether it was possible that Madonna was actually coming on to him.

'Is it possible that Madonna maybe switched the sign so that maybe you would be seated next together?' Kimmel asked. 'Madonna is an irresistible person. When she sets her sights on someone, there’s no escaping.'

Going visibly red, Efron was rather coy about his answers....

Indeed, Efron even joked that he and Madonna got a bit handsy with each other thanks to the excitement with the fight. In fact, Kimmel even shared some video footage of the singer tapping the actor.

When asked point blank whether something had happened between Madonna and himself, the actor gave an embarrassed laugh, before jokingly referring to the previous clip. 'I guess you could say she tapped that,' he said.

From Hello Giggles Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna over Manhattan

Earlier this week, Harper's Bazaar lit up the NYC skyline in honor of their 150th anniversary, projecting a retrospective of some of the magazine's most memorable images on the Empire State Building. Including pictures of Madonna. #BAZAAR150

'Cool projection on Empire State Building last night! 🎉🎉🎉 N.Y.C. 🎩🎭🗽💘💘 Harper's Bazaar'

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'Its my city baby!! 🍎The Big Apple. 🗽🗽Start spreading the news!🎉💘😂#Bazaar150 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉'

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Why Madonna is drinking in the Pepsi controversy

Madonna knows a little something about pulled Pepsi ads.

In 1989, she starred in a Pepsi commercial that was pulled because of controversy over the music video for 'Like a Prayer,' which featured burning crosses and showed Madonna kissing a black actor portraying a saint.

She reminded the world of this bit of pop culture history Wednesday when she posted on Instagram about the disastrous Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner.

'When you wake up and realize that S*** just really doesn't make sense,' Madonna wrote in her caption. 'Side Note: My Pepsi commercial was pulled 30 years ago because I was kissing a black saint! #ironic.'

In the Kendall Jenner ad, Jenner ditches a photo shoot to join a street protest, then offers a Pepsi to a stoic police officer. Pepsi withdrew it after immediate criticism that the spot was appropriating the Black Lives Matter movement to sell soda.

Madonna was paid $5 million for her Pepsi commercial, which aired on March 2, 1989, during NBC's 'The Cosby Show.' The problem came the next day, when the music video premiered for 'Like a Prayer.' The video included stigmata and other religious imagery.

Pepsi spokesman said at the time: 'When you've got an ad that confuses people or concerns people, it just makes sense that that ad goes away.'

These days Madonna is making her loyalties known: On Wednesday, she posted a picture of herself strolling with a can of Coke.

It was the kind of shade Madonna fans thirst for.

From CNN.com


Madonna Dresses Up as Beauty and the Beast to Celebrate Purim in London

Madonna sure knows how to express herself!

The legendary entertainer, who has been known for being a devoted Kabbalist, shared a set of photos this weekend showing her decked out for Purim in a yellow dress, reminiscent of Belle from Beauty and the Beastand a matching Beast mask to play both characters fitting, considering the film premieres this Friday.

Sometimes you just have to take off the mask and confess! Madonna, 58, captioned one snap of herself (sans mask) and a male friend in a pope costume, with the singer holding a rose between her teeth.

Elegant and Lady Like. Confident yet Loving. Thats what matters! she wrote to accompany another photo, in which shes wearing the iconic yellow dress and white gloves, a beautiful necklace and the beast mask.

Happy Purim! she added.

From Yahoo! News


Happy International Women's Day!


Madonna asked to record version of hit song ‘Enough is Enough’

Madonna has certainly had enough when it comes to Trump.

The '80s pop icon could channel her disdain for the President into lyrics for the popular song 'Enough is Enough,' which was previously recorded by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, TMZ reports.

The songwriter, Bruce Roberts, said he wants Madonna to rewrite and perform the lyrics, which she would change to express her negative opinions of Trump.

However, Roberts, who co-wrote the song with Paul Jabara, does not want it to be an attack - just a statement on how the POTUS could be leading the country in the wrong direction, according to the gossip site.

Madonna was labeled 'disgusting' by the President after she said during the Women's March on Washington that she had thoughts about blowing up the White House.

She has yet to respond to Trump’s comments. The 'Express Yourself' singer has also yet to respond to the song offer.

'Enough is Enough' was released in 1979 and features Streisand and Summer. A version of the track shot to No. 6 on the Billboard Dance Club charts on Friday.

From NY Daily News


Donald Trump vs. Madonna: Everything We Know

As an artist and public figure, Madonna has always been forthright about her political opinions. She came out as a massive Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election and has refused to mince words about her disdain for Donald Trump. The pair's feud hit its peak following the pop star's stirring, controversial speech at Saturday's Women's March in Washington D.C. following the inauguration, but they have been butting heads for nearly three decades now.

Round One
In a 1989 cover story for Time Out, Madonna attends a boxing match at Trump Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, but as she enters the building with then-husband Sean Penn, she is met with a flurry of photographers. She blames the lack of privacy and security on Trump himself. 'Where am I supposed to go? What am I supposed to do? I can't believe Donald Trump,' she said at the time. She also played a sideline role in the Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks contest, with her face appearing prominently on a ringside 'Wanted' poster. Later in the story, she and Trump get into a bit of scuffle as he suggests she take better seats even though she doesn't want to leave behind her guest - the journalist accompanying her - all alone.

Round Two
The concept of Trump becoming president was presented to Madonna back in 1990 during a conversation for Interview Magazine when the then–real estate scion was first floating the idea of running. 'With Marla? But he can't be president if he's had sex. That's the rule,' she joked. The interviewer mentioned the now-POTUS' desire to be like JFK and having to 'prove that he's a womanizer.' When the interviewer suggests that Trump has an 'aura of power,' Madonna is dismissive. 'He's a wimp,' she responded, before alluding to the country's tendency to cycle between choosing family men and 'a guy with a dick,' as the singer put it, for the office. 'Couldn't we get someone more handsome?' she adds.

Fake Love
Trump, seeming to have forgotten that Madonna publicized her lack of attraction towards him, decided to link the two in the news once more a year later. At the time, Trump was dealing with tabloid gossip that claimed that he had broken up with Marla Maples. People's Sue Carswell called his office and spoke to a man named 'John Miller' who claimed he was Trump's publicist. 'Miller' told Carswell that 'important, beautiful women' like Madonna called his 'client' all the time, asking him out. Both an associate of Trump and Maples confirmed to Carswell that John Miller was in fact Trump himself.

March on Washington - and the Aftermath
At the Women's March, Madonna gave an empowering speech to the hundreds of thousands of attendees. One line, however, drew ire from conservative websites that focused on the violent nature of her words: 'Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair.' Madonna later clarified that she meant to examine the difference between feeling hope and despair in response to the election, noting that her words were intended as a metaphor and that she never aims to promote violence. Newt Gingrich told the press that she should be arrested, and a radio station in Texas has stopped playing her songs because of her 'un-American sentiments.' As he is wont to do, Trump also responded to his critic during an interview with Sean Hannity for Fox News. 'She's disgusting,' he said. 'I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause. I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country.'

From RollingStone.com


Watch Madonna's Powerful Speech at Women's March on Washington

Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Women's March in Washington to deliver a powerful speech to the hundreds of thousands who gathered in the nation's capital.

'Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love,' Madonna told the marchers. 'To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people.'

'It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up,' Madonna continued. 'It seems as though we all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would prevail in the end. Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here."'

Madonna also had a message for 'the detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything.' 'Fuck you,' Madonna said. 'Fuck you! It is the beginning of much-needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people… But this is the hallmark of revolution.'

Madonna's unexpected F-bombs caused CNN and MSNBC to panic and cut away from her mid-speech. Both networks missed the singer quip that, 'Yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything.'

Madonna then led the crowd through a chant of 'We choose love' before performing a few of her tracks for the marchers, including 'Express Yourself' and 'Human Nature.'

From Billboard.com


Madonna on Trump: 'We have gone as low as we can go'

Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.

'He's actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go,' she said Thursday night. 'We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have two choices, destruction and creation. I chose creation.'

The superstar, dressed in all black and wearing a shirt that read 'Feminist,' spoke at the Brooklyn Museum with artist Marilyn Minter about art in a time of protest, among other things, in a discussion moderated by author and poet Elizabeth Alexander, who performed a work at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.

A clip of author James Baldwin, an inspiration of Madonna's, played before the talk, as did her 2013 short film, 'Secret Revolution,' dedicated to people whose rights have been abused and denied.

On the eve of Trump becoming president, both Madonna and Minter vowed to lead protests against him, including attending Saturday's Women's March in Washington.

'This is the most frightened I've ever been,' Minter said. 'The most qualified candidate who ever ran was defeated by the most unqualified candidate who ever ran, and it's all because of misogyny.'

Madonna said that while she was 'horrified' Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton, she now believes it was necessary.

'I do believe that Trump was elected for a reason, to show us how lazy and un-unified and lackadaisical and taking for granted we've become of our freedom and the rights that we have as Americans,' Madonna said. 'I feel like people forgot what was written in the Constitution.'

She added: 'They always say it's darkest before the dawn and I feel this had to happen to bring people together, so let's get this party started.'

It wasn't all political talk. Madonna talked about her early days in New York, hanging with artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and how her kids are not the least bit impressed with her iconic career.

'They want nothing to do with it,' she said. 'I always say with my kids, every day is a small crucifixion.'

Madonna also explained why she considers herself a feminist.

'I believe that women have the right to be treated with the same human rights as men,' she said. 'I feel like we are still very far behind.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Carrie Fisher and Madonna interviewed each other for Rolling Stone in the ’90s

Celebrities interviewing other celebrities? It’s a beautiful thing. InStyle did it recently with Reese Witherspoon and Dolly Parton, and as it turns out, Rolling Stone had Carrie Fisher interview Madonna way back in the early ’90s.

These types of interviews are incredible since a whole new level of comfort emerges between interview chatter - especially if the two stars are fans of each other. For this particular piece, Fisher was the one in charge of taking notes on Madonna.

The interview took place back in 1991, and Rolling Stone had published it in two parts, in two separate issues. (Remember, this is well before they had a web presence.) Due to the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, the popular magazine decided to re-publish the interview online, and let the world - especially those who missed issues #606 and #607 - check it out again.

Here are some of the best parts of the interview:

1. This was Fisher’s first interview ever.

While she obviously had a lot of experience with the press herself, she never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of her own idols for a magazine feature. Prior to the interview, she noted that while she had met Madonna before, this was the first chance for the two of them to truly have a conversation.

2. Fisher’s wardrobe, in comparison to Madonna’s, was pretty predictable.

Magazines today often include what a particular celebrity is wearing at the time of the interview. Fisher did just that - the interview took place at two separate locations, and Fisher noted Madonna’s eccentric ensemble during both.

'Madonna wore gold lamé; I probably wore black. The last sessions took place in the offices of her manager, Freddy DeMann. Madonna wore a negligee; I probably wore black,' Fisher wrote. And, this is one of the many reasons why we love her. She always kept it casual.

3. Fisher was the second choice to do the interview.

We’re so glad that Carrie Fisher was picked instead of the originally rumored choice - Norman Mailer. Nothing against Mailer, but as Fisher noted, the piece would have been severely different.

'No doubt that Norman on Madonna would have been a historic piece,' Fisher noted. 'But this time around, history was not in the budget. Unfortunately or not, I was. So a lot of money was saved, and history was not made. Or made, at least, of cruder material. Discount history, at those low, low, no-mailer prices.' If only she knew.

4. Fisher and Madonna saw the same shrink.

And funny enough, mentioning that is exactly how Fisher decided to start her interview.

5. She could have lost her virginity to Warren Beatty, but chose not to.

If she did, the interview would have been a bit more interesting. Madonna, who had a 15-month relationship with the actor, asked her if they had slept together, and Fisher denied it. 'He offered to relieve me of the huge burden of my virginity,' Fisher responded. 'Four times. That was the big offer. I decided against it. I decided for reality over anecdote.'

6. Fisher always wanted to be a boss.

In fact, she blamed her height - which was at 5’1″ and a half - as to why. She mentioned she wanted to direct, in order to feel a little more powerful amongst the men of the industry. (Madonna, for the record, stated that she’s 5’4″ and a half.)

7. Fisher credits Madonna for being part of her recovery.

Fisher was in rehabilitation for drugs around the time Madonna started hitting it big. 'The drug addicts only wanted to watch Star Trek, MTV or The Twilight Zone,' Fisher said. 'You were part of my recovery, dancing and writhing on the floor.'

The rest of the interview - every bit of it worth perusing - reads much like a conversation between two friends, and Rolling Stone should be proud of themselves for posting it. The more we learn about the lives of both of these incredibly talented women, the better.

To read the full interview visit: www.rollingstone.com/carrie-fisher-interviews-madonna

From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News


Swiss Family Robinson!

Madonna, her family and friends are enjoying a new year break in Switzerland and she has been sharing pictures from the holiday on her Instagram account:

'New ad for Heineken! 😂Last bit of work i do in. 2016! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🍺☃️'

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'Swiss Family Robinson!! 🏂🌈☃️🍟🍕🍺🎿😂🎉🎉💘'

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'Ski Bunnies!😂'

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Madonna's lawyer argues 64th St. co-op is 'the place she calls home'

Madonna may be a woman of the world - but her home is on West 64th St. Really.

That is what the singer’s lawyer told a Manhattan judge Monday while hearing legal arguments about whether Madonna is violating her co-op board’s rule that apartment owners must be 'in residence' to let their adult children or maid live there for more than 30 days.

Madonna is suing the board of One West 64 St. charging that a stricter residency rule that it adopted in April 2014 imposed an unreasonable hardship on her and constitutes a breach of contract.

The building's lawyer, Patrick Sweeney, said the new rule was not a breach but a 'clarification' of an existing rule that is applied to every owner. He urged the court to dismiss her case.

Madonna's lawyer, Stuart Shaw, said his client has homes all over the world and travels extensively on tours, spending 'an inordinate amount of time in hotels.'

'Yet the place she calls home is 64th Street,' Shaw insisted.

He asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits to issue a declaration stating that Madonna is in residence there.

Lebovits said residency can be defined in many ways. He suggested that Madonna could be as protected as a tenant owner who is a traveling salesman, a college student or even an inmate with a short prison sentence.

'It's the same principle,' the judge said.

Sweeney said the board has never taken the position that Madonna has to be physically present for her oldest daughter, Lourdes, 20, to live there.

However, he asked the court to dismiss her lawsuit because she wants to make the 2014 rules 'unenforceable.'

The judge said he would issue a decision at a later date.

From NY Daily News


Madonna: What I Would Do As President

Madonna was unequivocally #WithHer during the recent presidential election, which might explain why she had politics on her mind when we caught up with her on the red carpet Friday (Dec. 9) at Billboard's Women in Music event, where she is being honored as Woman of the Year.

Asked how she felt about the Woman of the Year honor, the pop icon said, 'For me... [since] Hillary Clinton lost the election, it's really important to make a stand and speak my mind about the importance of women and women empowering themselves and believing in themselves and understanding their worth.'

Appearing at Friday's event presented another opportunity for the singer to address those issues, as well as consider how involved she wants to get in the political arena in the future. 'I think I've always been political,' she said. 'But I think in this particular time, especially I do want to fight for not only human rights, but for women's rights.'

One thing she's still on the fence about, though, is potentially running for president. Like Vice President Joe Biden, she gave the question a definitive 'maybe' when asked about higher aspirations on the red carpet, saying that decision would rest on 'how much abuse' she was willing to take from the press.

If she were to take the plunge, the first thing President Ciccone would do is pay school teachers 'a lot more money.' That makes perfect sense, considering that the mother of four noted there is a big difference between Pop Icon Madonna and Mom Madonna. The former is 'consumed with herself' and how she looks and whether she's ready for her show, while Momdonna is the opposite: firmly focused not on herself, but on her family.

From Billboard.com


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


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


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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Madonna stands by son Rocco Ritchie after reported arrest

Madonna says she is supporting son Rocco Ritchie after reports surfaced Wednesday that the 16-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in London.

Madonna released a statement to The Associated Press Wednesday calling the September arrest 'a family matter.'

She said: 'I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.'

Rocco was the subject of a months-long custody dispute between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The couple divorced in 2008. They finally agreed in September to allow Rocco to continue living with his father in London.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, Rocco was arrested on Sept. 28.

From Associated Press


Madonna and more celebrities join NYC anti-Trump protests

Star power fueled a handful of New York City anti-Donald Trump protests.

Madonna, Mark Ruffalo, T.I., Meek Mill and Taran Killam were among the famous faces who found themselves in the midst of New York City 'Love Trumps Hate' protests on Wednesday night.

Thousands turned out across cities like New York, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin and Atlanta to express that they wouldn't buy into the hate that President-elect Trump represents.

Nearly 10,000 protesters marched down Fifth Ave. holding signs that read 'Donald Trump's Victory Doesn't Speak for Me,' 'Wall St. Is The Enemy, Not Muslims or Immigrants,' and 'Liberty For All Americans, Not Hate.'

Madonna - an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter - shared a video of marchers chanting 'Not My President,' with the caption: 'Need to Turn these Words into Action..........So Now What? Us Rebel <3's Unite. N.Y.C. Start A Revolution of <3. Do Not Lose Hope! We will Rise Up! We will Shatter that Glass Ceiling. Do Not Give into Fear. This is the Reality of our collective consciousness. Now more than ever we need to take responsibility!'

From NY Daily News


Madonna opens show for Amy Schumer in NYC and tells fans to vote for Hillary

She said what?! Madonna made an extremely NSFW proposition to fans during her opening act for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, October 18.

During the comedian's New York City show, the Queen of Pop made a surprise stand-up appearance, and jokingly offered to perform a sex act on male fans if they cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in November.

'One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy,' Madonna, 58, told the audience moments before Schumer, 35, took the stage. 'If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blow job - and I'm good!'

Giving fans a thumbs-up, the no-holds-barred entertainer added, 'I take my time, I make lots of eye contact and I do swallow.'

This wasn't the first time the duo shared the Madison Square Garden stage together. Last September, Schumer opened up for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour during three of her NYC stops.

From Us Weekly

'So much fun opening up for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden tonight!!. It was short but it was sweet (like me). I'm forever changed! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Love you Amy!! 💘💘💘'

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'Love and Respect this woman so much!! Thanks for letting me get on your stage @amyschumer 💘😂'

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Madonna defends BFF Rosie O’Donnell from Donald Trump

So, you probably watched Monday’s presidential debate (it kinda feels like the entire world was watching), and chances are you remember the part where Trump slammed Rosie O’Donnell, whom he’s made derogatory comments about in the past.

To refresh your memory, this is what Trump said exactly: 'I said very tough things to her. And I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'

This came right after Clinton had raised the point that Trump has a history of slandering women ( relevant, because it’s not exactly an ideal quality for the president of the United States).

And then longtime friend Madonna came to O’Donnell’s defense like a champion! We don’t hear from this superstar very often, but she didn’t waste any time in showing her support.

The two have been friends for years, and in times like these, it’s pretty easy to see why. Trump’s comments were immature, unnecessary, and uncalled for, and we’re glad that he’s being called out for his behavior in such a graceful way. Quite simply, women deserve better.

From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary

On Thursday night, it was girls' night out for Madonna as she hit the premiere of director Ron Howard's new documentary on The Beatles.

The film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, chronicles the best-selling band during the years of their initial success, focusing on their history-making world tours and their power as a live act.

With two gal pals by her side, the 58-year-old singer rocked the blue carpet – wearing a button-down black and white varsity dress. Her blonde locks down by her side, Madonna accessorized her look with gold hoop earrings, and array of necklaces and a pair of black Alaïa ankle boots.

'Just perfect,' the Detroit native wrote on Instagram, of the film after its premiere. 'An inspiring and sobering reminder of this genius band.'

'Epic,' she wrote in another post.

The movie inspired the 'Material Girl' singer to try her hand at her own cover of a classic Beatles tune, singing their 1964 track 'A Hard Day's Night' in an Instagram video with her friends.

From People.com


Madonna arrives in London, visits Rocco's school

Madonna arrived in London on Monday to spend time with Rocco as he went back to school after the holidays. Madonna visited his school and spoke to Rocco's headmistress as well. Madonna later shared a picture of herself wearing an ALICE + OLIVIA Treena pussy-bow silk-blend blouse she wore for the visit.

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