Madonna back in Malawi; now considering soccer academy

Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted children from this southern African country.

The pop star on Monday visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. Her charity funded the facility, whose highlights include the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Malawi.

Madonna met the mother and aunt of the twins. She says they have been through a lot and it was good to 'give them hope.'

The pop star is considering a new project in Malawi, thanks to adopted son David Banda.

The plan? Establish a soccer academy. David Banda says he dreams of Malawi making it to the World Cup.

From Associated Press / The Detroit News


Madonna and family return to Malawi

Madonna and her six children returned to Malawi on Monday to visit the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.


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

#Blessed!

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

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

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

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

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

From People.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Billboard.com


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

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

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

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

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

Tickets £5 ADV

Brought to you in association with Manchester Pride and Bollox

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

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Is a Drake and Madonna collaboration is finally in works?

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

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

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

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

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

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna visits Michael Jackson exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

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

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


Madonna watched Migos from the side of the stage at Wireless

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

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

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

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

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

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

From AceShowbiz


Events: #Madonna60 at The Grand in Clapham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Metro.co.uk


End of a long day in Lisbon

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


Madonna shooting #ItalianVogue with Mert and Marcus

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


How I Met Madonna, by Seymour Stein, the Man Who Signed Her

Seymour Stein is indisputably one of the greatest A&R men in music-business history: As chief of Sire Records, which he cofounded with Richard Gottehrer in 1966, he presided over a label that for decades had not only massive hits - from Madonna, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Seal and others - but also acts that may not have had multiplatinum sales but shaped the sound of the last quarter of the 20th century: the Ramones, Lou Reed, the Pretenders, the Smiths, the Cure, the Replacements, Aphex Twin and so many more. A well-curated mixtape of Sire releases from the ‘80s and ‘90s is like the soundtrack to an era.

Yet Stein’s career stretches back to the 1950s: He began at Billboard and soon moved over to Syd Nathan’s King Records - home of James Brown - and several other gigs before cofounding Sire. And he’s still at it: He remains Sire’s chairman and on any given day is jetting across the globe to speak at conferences and find talent (he’s big on China and India these days), or he’s in the office, fielding calls from his mind-boggling circle of friends.

Stein (pictured below with Madonna and, far left, David Byrne) has had an astonishing life, and he’s finally penned an autobiography (with cowriter Gareth Murphy), which publishes today, called 'Siren Song: My Life in Music.' Variety is honored to present a lightly edited excerpt from the chapter where he meets Madonna for the first time.

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I was blowtorching the candle at both ends, and in mid-1982, I started getting pains in my chest. I thought I was getting a heart attack, so I didn’t waste any time seeing a doc. An EKG showed that the hole between the left and right ventricles was infected. My rare condition had a name: subacute endocarditis. The good news, however, was that it was fixable with open-heart surgery. I was checked straight into Lenox Hill Hospital for four weeks of penicillin to clear up the infection before they decided what to do about the deformation. And right there, feeling sorry for myself in that ass-numbing bed, was where the record man’s equivalent of Florence Nightingale walked in. Yes, you guessed it, she wasn’t really a nurse, though sometimes I do wonder if singers are types of faith healers.

The series of events that brought Madonna to my hospital bed began months earlier when Mark Kamins started dropping hints. Danceteria was still the number-one downtown club, and Mark was arguably New York’s hottest deejay. Unfortunately, he wasn’t making enough money and knew he had to broaden his professional horizons while he was in such demand. We’d asked him to remix a David Byrne solo track called 'Big Business,' but Mark was dreaming of becoming a real-deal producer and asked me for help. I told him flat out that no big artist would ever risk working with an unproven producer, even if he was New York’s hippest deejay. Like everyone else, he’d have to earn his stripes by finding nobodies and making them sound like stars.

One night in Danceteria, he had been approached by this dancing beauty who introduced herself. Madonna charmed the pants off him, literally, and played him a self-made demo of a song she wrote called 'Everybody,' which she’d made with a guy called Steve Bray. Mark then reworked and revamped the whole tune from scratch in a better studio with better musicians. He even had the sense to test his mix on the dance floor before shopping it around. The crowd seemed to respond enthusiastically, so he made copies and went hustling.

I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been played this demo yet, so I arranged for my secretary to send the cassette into Lenox Hill Hospital, where I duly slotted it into my Sony Walkman. As penicillin dripped into my heart, I lay there and listened to Mark’s first find. I’m sure I was going nuts in that little room, but I immediately felt an excitement. I liked the hook, I liked Madonna’s voice, I liked the feel, and I liked the name Madonna. I liked it all and played it again. I never overanalyze or suck the life out of whatever I instinctively enjoy. I reached over and called up Mark. 'Can I meet you and Madonna?'

He called back saying they’d drop by the hospital that evening. 'What?'

'I know. I told her you were sick, but she really wants this.'

I just said, 'Okay, see you this evening,' and hit all the panic buttons. 'Get me a pair of pajamas,' I told my secretary. 'Oh, and send me in a hairdresser as quickly as you can.' I then pushed the buzzer for nurse assistance. 'Someone important is coming in. I need to wash. Can you unplug this drip while I have a shower?'

From Variety Via Yahoo! News


Madonna dancing with the Batukadera’s of Cabo Verde

Madonna has been dancing with the Batukadera’s of Cabo Verde along with musician Dino d’Santiago as she posted on her Instagram page.


Antonio Banderas calls Madonna ‘the most committed artist’ he’s ever worked with

In 1996, Antonio Banderas starred with pop icon Madonna in the musical drama Evita, in which Madonna starred in the role of Eva Péron and Banderas played Argentinian everyman Ché. While Madonna’s casting was controversial, Banderas had nothing but love reflecting back on his costar. 'She was totally into this character. It was actually great working with her,' he tells Lola Ogunnaike, host of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing.

The actor recalls a day filming at La Casa Rosada - the residence of the Argentinian President, akin to the White House, where Madonna showed her commitment to the film: 'She got an idea with [director] Alan Parker: we have 5,000 extras in the Plaza de Mayo where she has to give a speech - 'Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.' So she came dressed as Eva Duarte de Perón, shooting with no rehearsal, no nothing, and the extras’ reaction was extraordinary. All of the extras started crying, and the cameras were shooting, so we captured all of that. It was one of those magic moments I will never forget.'

From EW.com


10 Reasons Madonna Is An Eternal Inspiration to the LGBTQ Community

To celebrate Pride Month Billboard magazine have republished this article about how Madonna is a constant 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.

2. The Documentary Where Madonna Is Queen, But the Gays Rule Too

The ‘91 documentary Truth or Dare is quite possibly the second most essential purchase for new Madonna fans after The Immaculate Collection. It gives you legendary performances (not just the masturbation-centric 'Like a Virgin' but also 'Oh Father,' 'Vogue,' and 'Keep It Together'), infamous cameos from the likes of Antonio Banderas, Kevin Costner, and then-beau Warren Beatty, plus scream-worthy interactions with her backup dancers, most of whom were gay. Truth or Dare is one of the first documentaries I ever saw that featured gay dudes hanging out. They go to a Pride parade, gossip about each other, and get an earful from Madonna when they’re mean to another dancer. 'Be nice to him. He doesn’t have the thick skin that you have,' she intones like the headmistress of homosexuality. Be sure to bring a hanky when she dedicates a show to her pal Keith Haring, who died just before the tour started.

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Details of Madonna’s new album leak online

It’s not the start to a new album campaign that Madonna was hoping for. Currently readying up her fourteenth studio album - which forthcoming single Beautiful Game is set to feature on - Madge will be disappointed to discover that apparent details about the new record have already leaked online.

With no release date in sight, fans have been given their first glimpse of the new album - which is still untitled - through the leaked details. A source close to Madonna’s camp has spilled the beans, revealing the titles of a number of songs and details about some of the lyrics.

Those titles include Risky Places - which, it’s claimed, lists off the places where Madonna would like to have sex (which apparently includes Kendrick Lamar’s bathroom) - Dos Hermano (which is partly sung in Spanish) and Turn Back Time. Two other tracks - Smartgun, which tells the story of a black boy who is shot by police, and Persistence - have also been brought to light in the leak.

‘Madonna is desperate to make her 14th album her most cutting edge yet,’ the insider told The Sun newspaper. ‘She is going to be furious that her early work is already being leaked when the whole point is for it to have a shock impact.’ Metro.co.uk has contacted Madonna’s reps for comment.

From Metro.co.uk


'The Madonna of Bolton' gets film deal and Madonna's blessing!

Exciting news in from Matt Cain the author of crowd-funded novel 'The Madonna of Bolton', the book has now got a six-figure film rights deal with Live Nation and has Madonna's blessing!

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon via mybook.to/madonnabolton

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Journalist Matt Cain’s novel, one of the fastest-funded in Unbound’s history, has won a six-figure film deal.

The publication date of the former Attitude editor’s The Madonna of Bolton had already been pushed forward by Unbound to 12th July after receiving a rush of support from crowdfunders last autumn, including many high profile authors, after initially being rejected by mainstream publishers.

Now the film arm of Live Nation, which also represents Madonna, has bought the film rights to the work with the options for sequels and a stage musical in a six figure deal, which comes with the pop icon’s “blessing”, Cain told The Bookseller. The deal with Live Nation Productions, which is based in Los Angeles and focuses on "groundbreaking, musically-driven stories", also comes with permission to use the pop icon's music.

Cain's third novel was picked up by Unbound last year after being declined more than 30 times by traditional publishers. Authors including David Walliams, David Nicholls and S J Watson were among those to pledge money to crowdfund the work and it reached its goal in just seven days, becoming one of the fastest-funded books on the platform.

Read more at: www.thebookseller.com/news

This news was also picked up in London newspaper the Evening Standard.

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Madonna pays tribute to producer

Madonna has paid tribute and expressed her sadness following the death of Grammy-winning musician Reggie Lucas, saying he was 'an important part of my musical past'.

Lucas, who produced the bulk of Madonna's eponymous debut album, died in New York on Saturday at the age of 65. His daughter, Lisa Lucas, told the Associated Press her father died from complications with his heart.

Madonna shared a picture of Lucas on her social media pages and wrote: 'Sad to hear that Reggie Lucas is Gone. An important part of my musical past! RIP #gratitude #luckystar'

Lucas was also known for playing with legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1970s, before beginning a musical partnership with percussionist James Mtume.

Together they wrote hits such as Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's The Closer I Get To You and Stephanie Mills's Never Knew Love Like This Before, which won the duo a Grammy for best R&B song.

Lucas went on to produce the majority of Madonna's 1983 debut album, which sold more than five million copies and included the hits Borderline and Lucky Star.

His daughter Lisa said on Facebook: 'After a long and arduous struggle with his physical heart (his emotional one was perfect) he was called home. I wish he'd had more time, I wish we'd all had more time with him, but he left this world absolutely covered in love, with his hands held and his family beside him. I'm glad he's at peace now.'

From RTE News


Madonna set to release first single in three years

Madonna has announced her first single for three years will be released soon and will be called Beautiful Game.

The singer has also released what appears to be accompanying artwork for the song via her social media platforms.

The picture features Madonna wearing a crown of thorns under the words Beautiful Game.

In a caption alongside the photo the singer wrote: 'That I never Learned … Coming Soon! #music #magic #mirwais'

In the message Madonna appears to be alluding to the lyrics of the song, which she performed live at the Met Gala.

During her performance on May 8 she sang: 'It’s a beautiful plan, but I’m not concerned, it’s a beautiful game, that I never learned, you have taught me to shut my mouth, that I not get burned, keep your beautiful lies, ‘cause I’m not concerned.'

Madonna also performed her 1989 number one single Like A Prayer during her appearance on stage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

On the night she again wore a crown of thorns and was flanked by a choir dressed in monk’s robes.

Announcing her new music Madonna, 59, also mentioned the producer Mirwais (full name Mirwais Ahmadzai) who she has been collaborating with on her new record.

Mirwais previously worked on her albums Music and American Life.

Madonna has been working on what will be her 14th studio album for some time and has been posting regular studio updates on social media.

Madonna’s last album was 2015’s Rebel Heart which peaked at number two in the US and on the Official Albums Chart in the UK.

From The Irish Times


Jean-Paul Gaultier's Met Gala designs come to life

Madonna shared this video clip of Jean-Paul Gaultier's preparation for her two Met Gala dresses:

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Madonna wears vintage Versace 'Bedtime Story' gown to afterparty

It’s official - Madonna has never looked better! She put her cleavage on display in a sultry new video, where she danced seductively in a vintage Versace dress! The music icon even bared her booty for the camera and it’s epic!

How does she do it? - Madonna, 59, turned up the sex appeal in brand new video on Instagram! The legendary singer put her cleavage and behind on display as she danced in a breathtaking vintage Versace gown. Madonna was dripping in gold chains as she posed seductively in numerous videos she labeled as 'bedtime story.' It seems as though Madonna fell asleep in the plunging grey gown with front pleats after the Met Gala. 'Collapsing in Vintage Versace,' she captioned the sultry video, using a sleepy emoji.

After the 2018 Met Gala, which took place on May 7, Madonna attended Donatella Versace‘s afterparty in the same dress as she wore in the below video. And, that dress is also the same vintage Versace look she previously wore to perform 'Bedtime Story' at the 1995 Brit Awards. Wow! - After more than two decades since she slipped into the stunning silver dress, Madonna still owned the look!

From People.com

Pictured below at the Met Gala after party:

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Pictured below in the same dress at the 1995 Brit Awards:

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Madonna Delivers Surprise Performance at 2018 Met Gala and Premieres New Song!

With a theme of 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,' it was only logical that Madonna would take the stage at the 2018 Met Gala.

After all, the 59-year-old singer - who carried the namesake of Mary, mother of Jesus, from her own mother - has long used Catholic imagery in her music videos and stage shows. Most notably? 1989’s 'Like a Prayer,' its music video featuring burning crosses, stigmata and Madonna kissing a black saint.

Still, Madonna’s performance at the Costume Institute benefit came as a surprise for attendees. Though the annual affair has had musical performances by stars like Bruno Mars and Katy Perry in the past, Madonna’s turn on Monday night was completely unannounced.

Among the songs in her set was a reimagined version of 'Like a Prayer' - performed with singers dressed as monks, naturally - and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song 'Hallelujah,' sung sitting on the Met’s stairs.

She also appeared to premiere a new song off her upcoming album called 'Beautiful Game' with the lyrics, 'It’s a beautiful plan, but I’m not concerned / It’s a beautiful game, that I never learned / You have taught me to shut my mouth, so I don’t get burned / Keep your beautiful lies, ‘cause I’m not concerned.'

Videos of her songs were shared by Vogue as well as various attendees, who quickly spread them on social media.

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As for her costume, Madonna began her performance in a monk robe before stripping it off in exchange for a flowing white ensemble.

On the red carpet, she wore a Jean Paul Gaultier black ball gown that featured a fitted bodice, a sheer cross cutout, and a full ball skirt. Stylist Eyob Yohannes accessorized the look with a black veil, cross-adorned crown and a black flower which she carried in her hand.

Yohannes described her look in three words: 'Immaculate Goth Queen.'

From People.com


Madonna arrives at the Met Gala

Madonna wowed the crowds at the Met Gala 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' last night in a black dress by Jean Paul Gaultier.

The bespoke design featured a black mesh cross on the bodice as well as oversized sleeves and a full skirt. Madonna accessorised with some Miu Miu boots, a net veil and a custom made crown by Rinaldy Yunardi.

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Madonna Sings 'Like a Prayer' in Surprise 2018 Met Gala Performance

Madonna loves to court controversy within the Catholic Church.

The 59-year-old entertainer gave a surprise performance Monday in honor of the 2018 Met Gala exhibit, 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.' After walking the red carpet in black Jean Paul Gaultier gown and veil, she joined the other guests inside for dinner.

Later, Madonna changed into a monastic cloak and appeared at the top of the stairs of the Great Hall. With church bells tolling, she opened her set with 'Like a Prayer' (the song that outraged Church leaders in the '80s), then segued into a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah.'

Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian and more celebrities shared snippets of the performance on Instagram, while Donatella Versace, one of the gala's co-chairs, live-streamed it in its entirety.

Madonna, who was raised Roman Catholic and later became a devotee of Kabbalah, has often claimed in interviews she's been excommunicated from the Church. 'No matter what spiritual path I might go down, I always feel some kind of inexplicable connection with Catholicism,' she told Rolling Stone in late 2015. 'It kind of shows up in all of my work, as you may have noticed.'

Vogue shared a clip of Madonna's performance on Instagram, which she re-posted on her own account. 'Stairway to Heaven! #metgala #epic. #jeannedarc #catholicimagination,' the singer told her fans. '@jpgaultierofficial thank you all who helped make it happen! @voguemagazine.'

From E! Online


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