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The Material Girl hitmaker made the vow onstage at London's The Sound of Change concert last summer, when she called on the public to join her Revolution of Love campaign and throw their support behind Pakistani activist Humaira Bachal, who has been fighting for better education for young girls.
Speaking at the 2013 event, Madonna said, 'Let's help Humaira build a bigger school in Pakistan! How 'bout this? You build the first floor, I'll build the rest of the school. Let's do this together...!'
'I keep telling people that I want to start a revolution. Until you learn to read and write, you can't ask the question why. You can't do this without an education. Education is not a luxury, it is a basic human right.'
The singer made good on her pledge and the newly-expanded Dream Model Street School in Karachi opened last week.
Madonna, who has been involved in building similar schools in Malawi, shared a photo of the completed building on her Instagram.com page on Sunday and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, 'The Revolution of Love continues in Pakistan! The Dream School is finally finished. 1200 kids attending. Knowledge is Power!'
'The Revolution of Love continues in Pakistan! The Dream School is finally finished. 1200 kids attending😜knowledge is Power! #rayoflight #livingforlove'
'Girls learning at the Dream School #appreciation'
'Farewell Gaultier!! Preteporte will miss you! 4 ever'
The British singer-songwriter has been in the studio with the US icon to work on a track for her forthcoming new album, which is due out in 2015.
'I almost get quite scared talking about it,' MNEK told Digital Spy at the MOBO Awards launch. 'It's happened, obviously. I did meet Madonna and I did work with her.'
'It was great and amazing. The song sounds wicked - I'm really proud of it. Diplo's dope, Madonna's dope, her people are great and that side of things is working out great.'
MNEK is nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards 2014, with Sam Smith and Krept & Konan leading this year's list.
From Digital Spy
They were with an entourage seeing 'Sleep No More' at the McKittrick Hotel before heading to the Gallow Green rooftop, where they “snuggled” over dinner.
As Madonna left, she happened to run into Rihanna, who was taking a studio break.
'They smiled and laughed, then went their separate ways,' a spy said.
Madge has also been in the studio recording with producers including DJ Dahi, Blood Diamonds and Diplo.
From Page Six / New York Post
'Goin to werk #bitchimmadonna'
'We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk'
The diva posted an Instagram photo on Saturday of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds working behind a computer, with the caption, 'Nothing can stop the Sex Boyzzzzzz!'
DJ Dahi is the producer behind Drake’s 'Worst Behavior,' and has worked with other artists like Kendrick Lamar and Lily Allen. Pop act Blood Diamonds (aka Mike Diamond) is a frequent collaborator with Grimes.
Madonna has also been working with super-producer Diplo, who has turned up in multiple photos on her Instagram account. In his Billboard magazine cover feature, Diplo said that he's had multiple studio sessions with Madonna that have resulted in at least three 'amazing, smashes.'
The diva's next as-yet untitled album will be released in 2015 on Interscope Records. Her last release, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Based on a glance at Madonna’s Instagram feed, the set may also feature collaborations with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Ariel Rechtshaid, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum.
Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo, who has turned up in multiple photos on the diva's Instagram account. It's unclear if Diplo (who recently graced the cover of Billboard magazine) is materializing as the album's primary producer, but it would seem that he could play a significant role in the project.
When asked specifically about Diplo and his involvement in the album, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary told Billboard, 'She's currently in the studio with Diplo and having a lot of fun,' but didn't offer any further clues about the project. Alas.
In his Billboard magazine cover feature, Diplo said that he's had multiple studio sessions with Madonna that have resulted in at least three 'amazing, smashes.' 'I got really lucky because she's been really understanding and open to my ideas. And she's like, 'I hate sleeping....''
Madonna's next album is due out on Interscope Records, and - based on a glance at her Instagram feed - may also feature collaborations with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Ariel Rechtshaid, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. On last week’s Pop Shop Podcast, Kierszenbaum - the head of Cherrytree Records who also records as Cherry Cherry Boom Boom - told Billboard that he was 'very proud' of the work he completed with Madonna in the studio.
'It was a real privilege to write with Madonna, and with Natalia Kills,' said Kierszenbaum. 'We ended up writing about seven songs. We were meant to only be there with her for a couple of days, but we really distilled it down to a very traditional writing session. It was just me on the piano, and Madonna and Natalia Kills around it, and we just wrote songs the old-fashioned way, just playing the piano and singing. .... I don’t know what she’s gonna use from the sessions, but it was a tremendous honor.'
Madonna’s last release, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart - her fifth consecutive No. 1 studio album and her eighth chart-topper overall.
Although usually comfortable in the spotlight, the Queen of Pop objected to the beam in a VIP area at the hot new club. Sources at the party said club management urgently tried to find a way to turn it off.
One spy said, 'Madonna didn’t want it on her. Managers couldn’t turn it off individually, so club owner Carlo Seneca stood on the banquette, unscrewed the bulb and presented it to Madonna as a gift from the opening.' The Midtown West spot opens to the public on Friday.
We’re told a casually dressed Madonna, 56, had arrived at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday with a dancer in tow following a recording session with DJ Diplo and seemed 'in a cranky mood because she and Diplo didn’t finish their track.' But she did get into the DJ booth with Diplo and Skrillex, and later sat at her table with the dancer, texting for nearly an hour.
From Page Six / NYPost.com
'I just want to rave in the back! #sorrynotsorry #unapologeticbitch #skrillyboy #fuckyousaying'
'Another lecture from Diplo on djbooth etiquette! #sorrynotsorry #unapologeticbitch #diplotic'
'#wearehere. Alicia Killin it on my record....#livingforlove'
'Diplo trying to bounce on the session tonight! #wtf'
'These Ho's ain't loyal! #unapologeticbitch'
'Waiting for Diplo to hurry up!!!!! #nopatience #livingforafinishedrecord'
'Studio Manicure by Ninja! #unapologeticdj'
'Back with my baby! #unapologeticdog'
'Back in the game! Grind Olga! #unapologeticdog'
Rumours are circulating that the singer's alleged new single - titled either 'Unapologetic Bitch' or 'Bitch, I'm Madonna' - samples Siri's voice. Siri is an artificial intelligence assistant found on Apple iPhone and iPad devices.
The speculation was increased further when someone noticed that saying 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Siri swiftly loads Madonna's Wikipedia page, seemingly creating a link between the service and the superstar.
Searching Wikipedia online, 'Unapologetic Bitch' isn't mentioned on Madonna's main page, making the Siri search result even more curious.
What's more, while simply typing 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Google or Bing does bring up results relating to Madonna, the star's main Wikipedia page isn't even within the first 30 search results.
It wouldn't be the first time the Cupertino-based company has teamed up with a female superstar. iTunes exclusively launched Beyoncé's self-titled album last December, after she surprised fans with a stealth release on the store.
Madonna has yet to confirm the release date for her 13th studio album, but has been teasing the recording process on Instagram with the hashtag #UnapologeticBitch.
We reached out to Siri for confirmation of a possible Madonna collaboration, but they declined to comment.
From Digital Spy
Sunday, Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, were spotted dining at Café Felix in Ann Arbor.
The seven-time Grammy winner came in shortly before the dinner rush Sunday and stayed for about an hour, according to David Ambrose, the bar manager at the restaurant at 204 S. Main St.
'She was delightful. She was really low key about it,' Ambrose said.
Madonna was joined by her daughter and a couple other guests who sat in a back booth of the restaurant. Ambrose said the staff was aware Madonna was there, but went out of their way to not draw any attention to the table.
'It’s part of the business,' Ambrose said. 'We try to be pretty respectful of that.'
After paying her check, Madonna told the staff that she was very happy with her experience and hinted she would be back.
'That was the coolest part was at the end she said ‘I really enjoyed myself,’' Ambrose said.
As she thanked the staff for their help a few people finally noticed her and began wondering if it was really her.
'They flipped,' Ambrose said about the patrons once they realized it was actually Madonna.
Leon, 17, is an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan, where classes start Tuesday. It was announced in June that Leon would be attending the university and Madonna posted a picture on Instagram hinting that she was in town around the time of the announcement.
Several tweets were sent out Sunday afternoon by UM students who said they saw Madonna and Leon in one of the dorms and on campus.
'My roommate just screamed and ran after Madonna and Lola. So it's safe to say that Lola and I aren't gonna be friends anytime soon,' tweeted user @AlexContis
What are your thoughts? Real or not? And who could these songs be about?!
'Cut me down the middle, f***ed me up a little. You said I was your queen. I tried to give you everything. And now you want your freedom.'
'You got just what you came for, a bit of fame and fortune, and I'm no longer needed.'
'You tore me into pieces, you didn't have no damn reason. I let you in my kingdom, you helped yourself with everything.'
'I curse the day we met. This memory is haunting me. I wish I could forget.'
'Two Steps Behind Me'
'You're a copycat, Where is my royalty? You're a pretty girl, I'll give you that. But stealing my recipe, it's an ugly look.'
'Did you study me hard enough? You're never gonna be, you're just a wannabe me. Like a sister all messed-up, who's gonna help you out? In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can't be me.'
'You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you'll always be two steps behind me.'
'Ode to all corrupt regimes! #disobedientobjects #unapologeticbitch'
'Lynch mob mentality! Lets all jump on the bandwagon without thinking! #disobedientobjects #victoriaandalberuaseum'
The DJ and producer was enlisted by the Queen of Pop earlier this year as she worked on new material.
Speaking to Billboard, Diplo said that the duo ended up getting drunk in the recording studio whilst writing.
He said: 'One [song] is super weird. Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly.'
Talking meanwhile about another track they wrote together, Diplo said:
'That song is on like version 20. It went from a piano ballad to a 'Turn Down for What'-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle.'
Based on previous birthday entertainment (Kolpakov Trio in Sticky & Sweet tour, Kalakan Trio in MDNA tour), will we also see these musicians on Madonna's next tour?!
The Marilyn Monroe-inspired gown and jewelry that Madonna donned in her 1984 'Material Girl' music video will also be up for grabs, Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions said Tuesday.
Highest bidders will also be able to take home some of the many awards won by Madonna, as well as handwritten notes on concert choreography and working lyrics.
The personal and professional collection includes a day planner from 1988 in which Madonna jotted down notes on everything from dates with her then-husband Sean Penn to an appearance on 'Late Night with David Letterman.'
More risque are negatives and prints of nude photographs taken of the diva for Penthouse magazine.
Fans could even snap up Madonna's 1972 junior high school yearbook and signed checks, as well as a document related to her separation from Penn.
Outfits Madonna wore in movies such as 'Evita,' 'A League of Their Own' and 'The Next Best Thing' will also be on offer.
With price estimates ranging from $600 to $40,000, the auction will take place on November 7 and 8 over the course of four sessions.
The public will be able to get a glimpse of the collection November 3-7 in Beverley Hils.
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
Monday, November 3rd – Friday, November 7th, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Daily)
Also a special exhibit of the Collection of Madonna Memorabilia will open at the Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) on Monday, August 18, 2014 and run through Monday, September 15, 2014 in Kildare, Ireland. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and bank holidays. Free entry and parking is included.
For more information visit www.juliensauctions.com/press/2014/madonna
'Happy and tired gracias mert&marcus. #laislabonita'
'OMG Scrillex Wtf!!!!! #sleepdeprived'
'Of course you can dance on my table! #turkishdelight #didem'
'Looking for Sirens! #esvedra #magic'
'A beautiful celebration for the Birthday Girl @madonna photo by @jr'
'Loving my new birthday ring made by Neil Lane! Amethyst and Citrine! So Lovely #grateful'
'Instagram can take away our nipples but they cant take away our fun!!!! #hypocrisy #unapologeticbirthdaybitch'
'Best Night Ever! #livingforlove'
The 40-year-old supermodel joined the 'Material Girl' singer in celebrating her 56th birthday at a lavish 1920s-themed celebration in a private villa in Cannes, France, where the pair were pictured cosying up together in revealing flapper outfits.
Madonna posted the photo of herself wearing a beaded black dress next to the iconic model - who was clad in an strappy black gown - on her Instagram account.
She captioned the image: 'Bow down Bitches! #whatitfeelslikeforagirl'
The 'Holiday' singer also shared a shot of partygoers posing in front of giant 'M' and intertwined with pink feather boas, who were clearly enjoying their evening.
She wrote: 'House of M! House of Fun! La Vie en Rose! #unapologeticbirthdaybitch'
Madonna - who was joined the event on Saturday by her children, Lourdes, 17, Rocco, 14, David, eight, and Mercy, also eight - also shared a picture of her youngest son looking dapper in a black tuxedo.
She wrote alongside the picture: 'My escort for the evening! #swag #boom #livingforlove'
Saturday August 30, 2014
4 - 8 PM
102 Scaup Walk
Music by DJ Marc Coté
Full Drag is Mandatory
We're attempting a world record! Because of that, we’re asking our guests to register ahead of time so we can get a head count.
Darlings, if it was up to us we’d tell you to just show up and surprise us at the door. We're always glad to see you.
But the Guinness people have rules and one of their rules is that we need at least 250 guests dressed as Madonna or we won’t set the record and everyone will see us fail and that would be confusing and disappointing, like a Guy Ritchie film.
Registration takes only a minute. Are you in? It won't be any fun without you!
To register visit www.fireislanddragparty.com
Click on the image to enlarge. Thanks to http://www.stylight.co.uk/
Includes a special Madonna Themed STRIPPED: ALL MALE REVUE, our weekly Strip Show, plus 1am performances by Melissa BeFierce, Trinna Modele & Cassandra Fever.
The event is 18+ And is FREE before 9pm.
After Hours and Boy Toy Dancers with DJ Wes ‘til 3am! Two Levels and THREE dance floors!
Last year it was the club’s most successful event of the year and also was the most attended event in the club’s 2 ½ year history until Bianca Del Rio arrived a few months ago.
The staff will be dressed in special VOGUE shirts and the party will most definitely be a CELEBRATION!
340 Night Club
340 South Thomas Street
As first reported by Slate, all of the 16 Hollywood icons named in singer Madonna's pop song, "Vogue," have now died after the passing of Bacall on Tuesday.
The song, released in March 1990, was inspired by the New York City dance community. Voguing is a stylized dance that evolved from the Harlem ballroom scene in the 1980s.
One section of the song contains only spoken words in which Madonna quickly lists off 16 celebrities that are considered part of the golden era of Hollywood: 'Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Dietrich and DiMaggio / Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean / On the cover of a magazine / Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean / Picture of a beauty queen / Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers, dance on air / They had style, they had grace / Rita Hayworth gave good face / Lauren, Katharine, Lana too / Bette Davis, we love you.'
The black and white music video was famous for its unique choreography, an homage to classic Hollywood. The video was directed by David Fincher who went on to direct films such as 'Fight Club,' 'Se7en,' and 'The Social Network.'
At the time of the song's release, some of the stars mentioned had already died, including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jean Harlow and Bette Davis. Now, 24 years after the song's release, Bacall's was the final name on the roster.
The following is a list of the legendary stars in the order they are mentioned in the song:
Greta Garbo, 84 (died April 15, 1990)
Marilyn Monroe, 36 (died August 5, 1962)
Marlene Dietrich, 90 (died May 6, 1992)
Joe DiMaggio, 84 (died March 8, 1999)
Marlon Brando, 80 (died July 1, 2004)
James Dean, 24 (died September 30, 1955)
Grace Kelly, 52 (died September 14, 1982)
Jean Harlow, 26 (died June 7, 1937)
Gene Kelly, 83 (died February 2, 1996)
Fred Astaire, 88 (died June 22, 1987)
Ginger Rogers, 83 (died April 25, 1995)
Rita Hayworth, 68 (died May 14, 1987)
Lauren Bacall, 89 (died August 12, 2014)
Katharine Hepburn, 96 (died June 29, 2003)
Lana Turner, 74 (died June 29, 1995)
Bette Davis, 81 (died October 6, 1989)
From http://edition.cnn.com - thanks to Michael and Wil
'Birthday Shoot out!!!!! No one cheated! #bruisedbitch #boom'
'Pretty Hurts. #boom #fuzzy #killinit'
Bigger + better every year, MADONNATHON is the annual celebration/dance party in honor of Madonna's birthday, featuring LIVE performances by some of New York City's most talented musicians/singers, collaborating to bring you the very best of Madonna's huge repertoire! Hosted by Cathy Cervenka & friends!
With Simon Cowell returning to the judging panel, alongside Cheryl Cole, it would seem the music mogul is pulling strings for some A-list guests.
Madonna has never appeared on any kind of talent show before, but it seems the queen of pop is set to make her debut this autumn.
A source told The Sun: 'It's looking very hopeful Madonna will perform, possibly in November on one of the live shows. There are a lot of big names releasing music at that time, but she's absolutely the number one name we are trying to secure.'
They added: 'She needs her next album to be a success in the UK and a performance on ITV in front of 12 million people would be the best platform.'
Madonna is reportedly being lined up for the much-coveted live final performance - but she's not alone.
X Factor producers are reportedly sweet-talking Irish rockers U2 and British superstar Adele for the slot.
Directed by Susan Seidelman, this classic 1985 movie set in New York stars Rosanna Arquette as Roberta Glass and Madonna, in her first feature film, as Susan.
We will also be screening the exclusive debut episode of Dr Madonna' a web series created by Melbourne-born, now Hollywood-based Richard Cotzabuyucas. To tie in with our screening, he has devoted his first episode to Desperately Seeking Susan.
The date of our screening is also no coincidence... It is Madonna's 56th Birthday!
In celebration, there will be music, there will also be a bunch of prizes for our raffle - including signed 8x10s from the beautiful / talented / very generous Rosanna Arquette!!
Don't be shy, come dressed up in 80s gear!! We want to see excessive necklaces, wrist accesories, rags in your hair, fishnet stockings, lacy gloves ... get into the spirit and get... Into the Groove!
FREE car parking at the venue. There's a Cafe and bar on site, serving all types of alcohol and snacks too.
Saturday 16th of August 2014 from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start at The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig Street, Southbank.
Tickets: $15 Full / $12 Conc.
(OR $20 AT THE DOOR – subject to availability)
Pre-booking is strongly suggested as tickets are limited!!!
Hope to see you there!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN Facebook Event Page or click on the flyer below to enlarge.
'#baguette #gluten #france'
'#macarons #moregluten #saltycaramel #yum #france'
'Getting ready for my B-day! Yes we hang our dresses in the bathtub! thanks D&G! #unapologeticbitch'
UK fans can also check if their local newsagent stocks the magazine using the postcode checker or buy online at: www.classicpopmag.com/buy-online/
'My first B-day present! Yaaaasssssssssss bitch!! #livingforversace'