Matthew Modine Remembers Madonna's 'Vision Quest' Scene

1985 was the year a rising pop star named Madonna went supernova thanks to her starring role in the hit comedy Desperately Seeking Susan and her first blockbuster North American concert tour. But the singer didn’t look like the next big music sensation when she turned up on the set of the high school wrestling movie Vision Quest - which was released in February 1985, two months before Susan and the Virgin Tour - to film a small role as a nightclub singer serenading the movie’s stars, Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino.

'She looked like Boy George,' Modine tells Yahoo Movies. 'The producers were saying this girl was going to be such a big star, but I remember people not really being impressed.' Even her songs left listeners cold. First, she performed the largely forgotten 'Gambler,' followed by 'Crazy for You,' which has since become a staple of proms around the world, but slightly underwhelmed listeners at the time. 'We thought, ‘Oh, that’s a sweet song,‘' Modine says of hearing that slow dance anthem for the first time.

Within a year, though, the actor discovered just how big a star Madonna had become. While visiting Rome to discuss a potential film role, Modine saw a giant poster of the singer’s face, with 'Crazy for You' printed in Italian. 'I thought, ‘Oh, she must be doing a concert here.’ But then I looked at the poster a little bit closer and at the bottom I saw myself [in a scene from the film] with my arms in the air. The movie had gone from being a Matthew Modine movie that Madonna was in to a Madonna movie that Matthew Modine was in! That’s how fate would have it.'

Thirty-two years later, Vision Quest‘s Madonna-scored montages are among the highlights of a teen sports movie that’s clearly made in the image of The Karate Kid - a box-office sensation the year prior - but has its own unique moves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Vision Quest is notable for how it avoids giving the underdog hero, Lowden Swain (Modine), a Cobra Kai-style nemesis to defeat on the wrestling mat. Instead, his final opponent, Brian Shute (Frank Jasper), is presented as a decent guy who is on his own 'vision quest' - a self-imposed rite of passage that leads teenagers into adulthood. In Lowden’s case, that quest involves dropping 22 pounds to wrestle Brian, who is in a lower weight class.

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Madonna Announces 'Rebel Heart Tour' Concert Film/Live Album Date

Madonna announced her new concert film, Rebel Heart Tour, will be released September 15th. The live film originally premiered on Showtime in December 2016 and was taped during Madonna's Sydney, Australia concerts in March 2016.

The film includes bonus content such as live and behind-the-scenes unreleased footage. The career-spanning set list featured hits from throughout Madonna's discography, as well as reinterpreted renditions of classic tracks, acoustic versions of 'Like A Prayer,' 'Secret' and 'Don't Tell Me' and her first ever in-concert performances of 'Take a Bow.'

Madonna fan Aldo Diaz designed Rebel Heart Tour's cover art, while the singer's frequent collaborators Danny Tull and Nathan Rissman co-directed the film. Rebel Heart Tour will be released as a digital download, DVD/Blu-ray and a standalone CD featuring highlights from the concert.

From Rolling Stone

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Madonna can't wait to see Snatched

Madonna posted this message and picture about her friend Amy Schumer's new film: 'OMG this movie looks like so much FUN!! 🔥🎉🎉🎉💯💯😂😂😂. Can't wait to see my good friend Amy in her new film. this weekend. #SNATCHED! 😂🤡🎉'


Patti LuPone Says Madonna 'Should Not Be on Film or on Stage'

Patti LuPone is not a Madonna fan, clearly. The Broadway legend went off on Madge during Tuesday's (May 9) episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she made it clear she doesn't care for Mad's singing, acting, or anything else, really.

The American Theater Hall of Famer took particular issue with Madonna's portrayal of Argentina's Eva Peron in the 1996 movie musical Evita, a role LuPone originated on Broadway in 1979. 'I thought it was a piece of s***,' she told host Cohen. 'Madonna is a movie killer.'

That hurt, but LuPone was not nearly done. 'She's dead behind the eyes. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She's a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress.'

The two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner went after Madonna when a caller asked if the two had ever spoken about their shared performances as the late First Lady of Argentina. She explained that she was performing in Anything Goes while Madonna was making her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow in 1988 when a press agent put a sign up that said 'there was only one diva allowed' in the theater at a time.

LuPone got a snicker out of that, but quickly followed up by saying that the only words Madonna has ever spoken to her were: 'I'm taller than you.' A spokesperson for Madonna could not be reached for comment.

From Billboard.com


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Sarah Paulson's priceless reaction on the red carpet

US actress Sarah Paulson successfully photobombed Madonna on the red carpet at the Met Gala and her reaction was priceless! The pair later fooled around in front of photographers as Sarah offered to position Madonna’s Moschino camo gown.

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Madonna Explains Her Met Gala Dress, Reveals She Has Rosé in Her Canteen

Madonna's got a little extra help to get her through the Met Gala.

ET's Carly Steel caught up with the 58-year-old singer on the red carpet ahead of the event in New York City on Monday, where she revealed that her army-inspired look came with a canteen of rosé.

'I am of legal age. I know I look young,' Madonna joked, before explaining the thought process behind her unique ensemble.

'We knew we wanted to go with camouflage from the very start. We started with the flak jacket, and then we worked our way down inside,' she said of her Moschino look. 'So, you know, we're ready. We're ready to go to fashion war.'

'Combat Barbie,' designer Jeremy Scott added.

Wasn't just a collaboration between Madonna and Scott - her newly adopted daughters, Stelle and Estere, gave their mom the OK.

'They're great. They also approve of my outfit,' the mother of six revealed. 'It's very important.'

With the kids at home, however, Madonna and her canteen are ready to party.

'It's going to be a fun night,' she shared. 'As long as I drink the rest of my canteen.'

From ET Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna on the cover of new magazine 'Women In Pop'

Women In Pop is a new quarterly music magazine launching in May 2017 dedicated to female pop musicians from all over the world. The aim is to reverse both the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of female musicians in the media.

Women In Pop will feature intelligent, interview led articles with both established and emerging female pop musicians. Our articles will focus on the art, the stories, the struggles, the triumphs and the talent behind each woman’s music. No gossip, no bullying and no judgement. Inspirational women with exceptional talent. Pop music is the most glorious art form the world has to offer – and women do it better!

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The first issue of Women In Pop features Madonna on the cover along with a ten page editorial feature.

The article will look at how Madonna is the biggest selling female artist of all time whose influence has extended beyond the music scene - changing and moulding the society we live in today since she first appeared in the early 80s. It explores why the world finds it so difficult to accept women as outspoken, sexually active and opinionated, when we don't confer the same negativity on men? The article will explore why Madonna's refusal to conform infuriates so many people and why we should instead be acknowledging Madonna for the social crusader and visionary that she is.

Women In Pop is on sale 1 May, and will be available in Australia, US, UK, Asia & New Zealand - for more information visit facebook.com/womeninpop

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Madonna brands planned biopic 'lies'

Madonna has stepped up her criticism of a planned biopic about her rise to fame, branding it 'lies'.

The music superstar voiced her anger at Blond Ambition, which will tell the story of her career in the early 1980s, after previously hinting she was unhappy with the proposed movie.

She posted snake emojis on Instagram alongside the names of film-makers Brett Ratner, Elyse Hollander and Universal Studios, which has reportedly picked up the project.

'Lies Have No Legs,' Madonna wrote.

Madonna also shared a message which read: 'Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.'

The 58-year-old had previously appeared to voice her displeasure at the planned film, writing on Instagram: 'Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work.'

She added: 'This is a disease in our society.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hollander’s script is set in New York as Madonna Louise Ciccone works on her first album.

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Geena Davis spills 'League of Their Own' secrets on 25th anniversary

A League of Their Own has earned its place as one of America’s best sports comedies, selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2012.

As the film celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 1 (with a new special edition Blu-ray out now), Davis recounts her memories from the League set.

Madonna was a question mark: Davis admits she wasn’t sure what it would be like to work with Madonna, then in her prime.

'She was Madonna. We wondered if we were going to be able to talk to her. Was she going to have an entourage? Were they going to put up walls around her where she stands?' Davis recalls.

Ultimately, Madonna was a team player who trained hard and insisted on sliding head-first into bases. 'That was painful. But she was so game. She was a trooper,' says Davis.

From USA Today


Madonna over Manhattan

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Strike a Pose screening in London

UNICORN NIGHTS are bringing STRIKE A POSE to London's Prince Charles Cinema.

Last year, Unicorn Nights hosted two very successful screenings of the iconic film 'IN BED WITH MADONNA' [aka 'MADONNA : TRUTH OR DARE'], which detailed the pop singer's controversial Blond Ambition Tour. The film gave us to a glimpse into the lives of her seven backup dancers, who arguably stole the show.

25 years later, they are back and in STRIKE A POSE, the dancers are here to tell their side of the story. Tackling many of the controversial topics raised during and after the tour, the dancers reveal their struggle with acceptance and continue to show the world how to express themselves!

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Monday 24th April 20:45

To buy tickets visit www.princecharlescinema.com


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


'Strike a Pose' documentary to show in Detroit Freep Film Festival

They are the simplest of documentary conceits: Where are they now? What happened to them then? These are the two questions that 'Strike a Pose,' a documentary that focuses on Madonna’s 1990 'Blond Ambition World Tour' dancers, spends 83 minutes answering.

We know what happened to Madonna, who never left the limelight. But her coterie of male dancers - who worked so closely with her that the then-childless Madonna was like a mother to them - seemingly disappeared into the wind after a brief flurry of fame. The film is a role reversal, with six of the seven dancers (the last is shown through archival footage and family interviews) front and center on screen, while the Material Girl is a ghostly presence, seen in some clips but no recent footage. That was a conscious choice on the part of co-directors Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould.

'We realized that whatever she would say, or if she would even appear, even if we wouldn’t want to, the film would shift towards her. Because she’s an attention-grabber. We didn’t want that to happen. It would be so much different,' says Zwaan. 'There wouldn’t be this freedom and there wouldn’t be this space for them to connect with each other, because they would connect to her.'

Instead, Zwaan and Gould focused on recruiting the dancers who brought the underground dance art of vogue to the MTV-watching masses and a provided a groundbreaking example for the gay rights movement.

'We wrote them all carefully written letters in which we explained what we set out to do. That we wanted to make a film about them and their lives and their experiences, and that this wouldn’t be a film about Madonna, but a film about what that special period of time had meant to them but also to a lot of other people. And also because of the AIDS epidemic in the early '90s, it was just a moment in time where it all happened together, and they became such an iconic group of people,' says Zwaan.

Most of the dancers came on board right away, but a few were skeptical of the Dutch filmmakers’ intentions. In the aftermath of 'Madonna: Truth or Dare,' the 1991 black-and-white documentary that followed them on the 'Blond Ambition' tour, several of the dancers sued Madonna over invasion of privacy; others didn’t want to be the subject of a modern gossip flick. But Zwaan and Gould won them over, and always had in mind a film that focused more broadly on contextualizing the men within the times.

For the rest of the article and to buy tickets to the film/events visit: www.freep.com

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7:30 p.m. Sat 01 April., Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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After the films: On Saturday, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza talks to the Free Press’ Ashley Woods, and demonstrates voguing. On Sunday, he chats with Free Press style columnist Georgea Kovanis.

Voguing Workshop With Jose Xtravaganza
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Says Extravaganza about the workshop: 'Know that there’s no experience necessary. We’re going to find your inner performance artist. Everyone has one. You don’t need a technique because voguing is a feeling. It’s not something where you need to study 12 years of professional ballet or anything. It was created out of emotion and out of movement and out of feeling, and we all have that.'


Events: The 27th London Madonna Fan Party

The 27th London Madonna Fan Party - this Saturday!

25th March 2017 - doors open at 2.30! Don’t be late as we’re kicking off with the Fan Premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour!

As well as the Rebel Heart Tour, you can expect to see all your favourite Madonna performances, videos and remixes.

Entry is free as always, and if you want to win Madonna prizes, make sure you post as many photos as you can of you and your friends at the event on your Instagram account using the hashtag #MadonnaFanParty!

See you at 2.30pm!

G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard, Soho. Nearest Tube : Tottenham Court Road

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Madonna Launches Internet-Video Contest to Find Her Next Dance Trainer

Madonna is turning to the digital masses to find her next trainer.

The singer-dancer is teaming with DanceOn, the dance-entertainment digital network she helped co-found in 2010, to solicit an open call for video submissions to be considered in the audition. According to DanceOn, its community of 100 million users will help decide the finalists.

Madonna is looking for a dancer-choreographer with personal-training certification. Video submissions must include strong dance routine elements as well as heavy conditioning components.

Contestants must submit a video that is at least 60 seconds long, comprising a dance workout in the first half and a fitness workout in the second half. All submissions must be posted on on social networks (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter) with the hashtags #MadonnaChallenge and #DanceOn, and all must be 18 or older. The finalists will be flown out to New York to work out with Madonna before she makes her final selection.

DanceOn CEO Amanda Taylor said the timing of the final selections in the contest will be left to Madonna’s discretion. ''We’re going to see what kinds of submissions come in,' she said.

More info on the contest is available at danceon.com/madonna

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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


Events: 27th London Madonna Fan Party

The only UK Madonna event supported by Madonna’s team, MADONNA FAN PARTY, is proud to announce the 2 on Saturday 25th March 2016 at G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard, Soho, for the Fan Premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour.

Entry remains free as it always does at every London Madonna fan event, with doors opening at 14:30 and the celebration going on until 22:30. Fans travel from all over the world to Madonna Fan Party events; our last party attracted fans from as far as Australia, Canada, Brazil and Argentina, along with visitors from all our Europe and of course the UK.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY : the Party will kick off with highlights of Madonna’s Tears Of A Clown mini-show, with the Fan Premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour kicking off at 15:30 for you to enjoy with your friends. Once you’re in, don’t leave as you’ll miss out on Prize Draws, drinks promotions and 8 hours of Madonna videos - including all of your favourite performances from Madonna’s iconic Who’s That Girl World Tour.

Make sure you’ve JOINED the Facebook Event page. Please do NOT click ‘INTERESTED’ - please make sure you’ve clicked ‘JOINED’ to make sure your name is added to the Prize Draw list.

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Books: MADONNA 'REVISITED'

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Madonna at NYFW

Madonna and Steven Klein attended the Philipp Plein runway presentation at NYFW held at the New York Pulic Library, she was spotted sitting FROW next to Kylie Jenner and Tyga.

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Madonna for Vogue Italia

Madonna shared the news that she is starring on the cover of the February edition of Vogue Italia, photographed by Steven Klein:

'Stamped by SK for the Polaroid Issue #StevenKlein for Vogue Italia. God Bless you Franca Sozanni not only for what you did for the World of Fashion but for encouraging strong Independent Women to take risks! 😂💘🎉🌸💯♥️💯♥️💯🎉🎉🎉💘💘💘'

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'My last collaboration with the great Franca Sozanni ♥️Vogue Italia #StevenKlein 😂💯😂💯😂'

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'Good Morning World!! So lucky to have worked on the last issue of Italian Vogue with The amazing and inspiring Franca Sozzani'

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Madonna faced sharp questions in Malawi adoption process

Madonna was asked 'uncomfortable questions' by a judge in Malawi during the pop star's successful application to adopt more children from the southern African country, according to a court document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Judge Fiona Mwale detailed her reasons for letting Madonna adopt the 4-year-old twin girls in a ruling on Tuesday, saying she was satisfied that Madonna 'is motivated by her desire to offer a home, love, protection and guidance.'

Madonna, who has two other adopted children from Malawi, previously described reports of a new adoption process as false, saying she was in the country for charity work. But on Wednesday she said in an Instagram post that 'I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family.'

The singer filed for adoption in a high court in Lilongwe, Malawi's capital, on Jan. 25, court and government officials said. The Associated Press last month reported that she was seeking the adoption, but at the time she denied that any such proceeding was underway.

'The petitioner is a professional performer and I guarded myself against the danger of her merely reciting a well-rehearsed speech by asking her some rather uncomfortable questions to which she gave very candid answers,' Mwale said in her ruling.

Mwale said she didn't challenge Madonna, 58, on Malawi's residency requirements for adoption, saying the country's Supreme Court of Appeal had addressed the issue in the pop star's previous adoption.

'In determining her motives, I questioned the petitioner at length about the impact of her decision which could be construed as robbing Malawi of its most precious resource, its children,' the judge wrote.

Madonna said the children will keep their birth names as part of an effort to preserve their identity as Malawians, and a Malawian carer will travel with the children to the United States to ease their transition, according to the ruling.

The twins were delivered by cesarean section and the mother died within a week because of complications from the birth, the court document said. The children have five older siblings and the father, who was at the Jan. 25 court hearing attended by Madonna, had remarried and was unable to provide for all his dependents, it said.

In 2006, Madonna founded the charity Raising Malawi to address the poverty and hardship endured by the country's orphans and vulnerable children.

In 2013, Malawi accused Madonna of exaggerating her contributions to the impoverished country and unreasonably demanding special treatment during a tour there. The pop star denied the accusations. On a visit to Malawi in late 2014, she met newly elected President Peter Mutharika as well as the father of her adopted, Malawi-born son.

Mwale noted that the pop star has raised $7.5 million for her latest project in Malawi, the construction of a pediatric surgery ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The ward is scheduled to open early next year.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Confirms Adopting Twin Girls From Malawi

Madonna has officially confirmed her adoption of twin girls from Malawi posting this picture and message on her Instagram page.

'I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family. I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time. Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and Love!'


Madonna granted permission to adopt twins from Malawi

Malawi's High Court on Tuesday granted Madonna permission to adopt twins from the Southern African country, a judiciary spokesman said.

The U.S. singer has previously adopted two children from Malawi, stirring anger among some Malawians who accused the government of allowing her to skirt laws that ban non-residents from adopting.

Madonna was inside the courtroom when the approval ruling was delivered, judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said.Reuters could not reach representatives for Madonna for comment.

'Madonna has demostrated over the years that she has passion for Malawi and her children and therefore the court was satisfied and could not stop the adoption of the twins,' Titus Mvalo, a lawyer for Madonna in Malawi, told Reuters.

Mvula said that one of the conditions of the adoption was that Madonna should provide a report showing that the home in which they lived was suitable.

He could not provide details on the children she will be adopting, saying it was against the law to divulge such particulars at this stage.

Madonna, 58, adopted Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James in 2006 and 2009. She has two other children, Lourdes and Rocco, from previous relationships.

Madonna denied reports that she wanted to adopt again after she visited Malawi last month, at the time saying her trip was for her charity work.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


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


Madonna defends her anti-Trump speech at women's march

Madonna posted this message on her Instagram page in response to the reaction her Women's March speech:

'Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did.

However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.

My speech began with 'I want to start a revolution of love.' ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world.

I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things - one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.

It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting 'we choose love'. 🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸'

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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