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 โ€ฆ 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: 'Itโ€™s a beautiful plan, but Iโ€™m not concerned, itโ€™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, โ€˜cause Iโ€™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 monkโ€™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.

Madonnaโ€™s last album was 2015โ€™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

Itโ€™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 itโ€™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 Versaceโ€˜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? 1989โ€™s 'Like a Prayer,' its music video featuring burning crosses, stigmata and Madonna kissing a black saint.

Still, Madonnaโ€™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, Madonnaโ€™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 Cohenโ€™s 1984 song 'Hallelujah,' sung sitting on the Metโ€™s stairs.

She also appeared to premiere a new song off her upcoming album called 'Beautiful Game' with the lyrics, 'Itโ€™s a beautiful plan, but Iโ€™m not concerned / Itโ€™s a beautiful game, that I never learned / You have taught me to shut my mouth, so I donโ€™t get burned / Keep your beautiful lies, โ€˜cause Iโ€™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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Time For Mambo to Switch Gears!


Madonna loses bid to keep Tupac's breakup letter from being auctioned off

Whatโ€™ll ya bid for Tupacโ€™s breakup letter with Madonna?

The Dear Madge letter and other personal items can be sold at auction, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday.

The Material Girl had sued her former friend, Darlene Lutz, last July to prevent her from profiting off Madonnaโ€™s letters, cassette tapes and photos.

On Monday, Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that under a 2004 kiss-off agreement with Lutz, Madge forfeited her right to claw back her private items.

'(Madonna) knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of (Madonnaโ€™s) personal property,' the judge wrote in his decision. 'Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions.'

The judge suggested that the singer should have sued her brother Christopher Ciccone, who gave Lutz some of the items.

'It's a clear cut victory for us,' Gotta Have It! auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski said.

He had no sympathy for the Vogue performer's bid for privacy in the case.

'She shouldn't have signed a settlement agreement relinquishing the right to all property in Darlene's possession.'

Lawyers for the 'Lucky Star' singer did not return calls for comment.

From NY Daily News


Madonna's 'American Life': Revisiting the Divisive Album 15 Years Later

While American Life certainly wasn't the kiss of death for Madonna, her ninth studio album did end one of the winningest streaks in the history of pop. Although the LP - which was released 15 years ago on April 21, 2003 - did debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, it became the lowest-selling studio LP of her career up to that point. And the reviews were mixed at best.

But revisiting American Life 15 years later, it deserves more love than it has gotten - it's perhaps the most underappreciated album of Madonnaโ€™s catalog. Listening to it now, it certainly bests Rebel Heart and MDNA, and from a lyrical standpoint, it probably beats 2008โ€™s Hard Candy and maybe even 2005โ€™s beloved Confessions on a Dance Floor. In fact, with its confessional tone and commentary on the American Dream in the President George W. Bush era, American Life is easily one of Madonnaโ€™s better lyrical outings.

The strong lyrical perspective is complemented by the cohesive musical vision. Madonna worked with one producer, French electronic savant Mirwais Ahmadzaรฏ, for the entire album - although there was additional production by Mark 'Spike' Spent on 'Iโ€™m So Stupid' and 'Nothing Fails' - and they expanded on the folktronica experimentation they did on 2000โ€™s Music. Indeed, if there is one Music song that served as the biggest touchstone for American Life, it's 'Donโ€™t Tell Me,' with its twangy trip-hop. Madonna and Mirwais - who are back in the studio working on new music together in 2018โ€”also co-wrote all but three of 11 songs together. With such a tight team, not one of the songs feels out of place (although the dramatic โ€œDie Another Dayโ€ from the James Bond film of the same name feels like it should have been sequenced earlier in the record).

In retrospect, American Life - the last truly ambitious album that Madonna has made - also marked the end of a very important phase of her career. Having achieved new artistic depth with 1998โ€™s Ray of Light and continued that creative spirit with Music, she was very much still in risk-taking mode on American Life. You might say those three albums - starting from an electronica base but veering in different directions - amounted to her Berlin Trilogy. On an aesthetic level, this period was Madonna at her Bowie-est.

'Love Profusion,' 'Nobody Knows Me' and 'Nothing Fails' make for a thrilling three-song sequence that displays varied moods and styles. While glowing with its sweet strumminess, 'Love Profusion' faces some troubling uncertainties: 'There are too many questions/There is not one solution/There is no resurrection/There is so much confusion.' The zig-zagging 'Nobody Knows Me' packs a rock thump and a sense of disillusionment: 'This world is not so kind/People trap your mind/Itโ€™s so hard to find/Someone to admire.' And 'Nothing Fails' - the glorious, gospel-infused centerpiece of American Life - is nothing short of a latter-day 'Like a Prayer.'

Elsewhere, 'X-Static Process' - co-written by Stuart Price, who Madonna would go on to work with for much of Confessions on a Dance Floor - is a beautiful ballad rich in harmony and emotional directness. You can almost hear echoes of R.E.M. on that and the previous track, 'Intervention.' Meanwhile, the solemn, string-laden 'Easy Ride' may be one of the best album closers of Madonnaโ€™s career. The lyric nods to her notorious work ethic: 'I want the good life/But I donโ€™t want an easy ride/What I want is to work for it/Feel the blood and sweat on my fingertips/Thatโ€™s what I want for me.'

American Life - which still sounds very modern and, in some ways, seems eerily prescient of Trump-era despair - feels more like the Madonna album for now than her recent efforts. Itโ€™s not a perfect album - 'Iโ€™m So Stupid' is still irritating - but itโ€™s the sound of Madonna challenging herself, and us.

From Billboard.com


Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim

Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.

Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.

'It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,' the statement read. 'The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.'

No more details about the death were provided. Oman police and state media had no immediate report late Friday night on the artist's death.

From Associated Press


Madonna Teases Possible Reunion With Mirwais

Madonna took to Twitter on Tuesday (April 17) to share a clip of herself singing along to a poppy dance track, and one particular hashtag has fans thinking she's reunited with her longtime collaborator Mirwais.

'No This is NOT my new music. But I'm having fun in the studio in between takes! #music #mirwais #magic,' the singer wrote in the caption of the video.

The 'Ghosttown' singer confirmed in early 2018 that she has been in the studio working on her 14th record. She's remained cryptic about who she's working with, but by tagging the French record producer and songwriter, many fans are convinced that he's involved. 'Is this a hint Mirwais is back in the mix???' one tweeted. 'Are you working with #Mirwais again??? Yay!' another wrote.

Madonna and Mirwais previously worked together on three of her albums, including her 2000 record Music, which was nominated for three Grammy Awards and whose title track hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They also collaborated for 2003's American Life and Confessions on a Dance Floor in 2005.

Billboard has reached out to Madonna's rep for confirmation that she's reuniting with Mirwais but hasn't heard back as of press time.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Just Made The Best Points About Sexism And Ageism

If anyone understands the toxic combination of sexism and ageism that's used to demean and restrict women as they get older, it's Madonna. In recent years, the pop icon's every move seems to be met with reductive cries of 'put it away' or 'time to retire, grandma'.

But one of the singer's defining characteristics is her determination to push back: if society tells her not to do something because she's a woman, and a woman who's not 25 anymore, she's sure as hell going to keep on doing it anyway.

In a new interview to promote her MDNA Skin range, she makes some typically perceptive points about the obstacles she faces as she approaches her 60th birthday in August.

'Itโ€™s an outdated, patriarchal idea that a woman has to stop being fun, curious, adventurous, beauiful, or sexy past the age of 40. Itโ€™s ridiculous,' she tells The Cut.

'Why should only men be allowed to be adventurous, sexual, curious, and get to have all the fun until the day they leave this earth? Why should that only be the domain of men? How do we fight this? By standing up to men and by standing up to social mores or standards that say we cannot. The more women that do it, it will just be a matter of time.'

Madonna goes on to explain that when she became famous in the '80s, she was labelled a 'sexual provocateur' because she made sexuality an integral part of her work - something that was deemed unusual for a female artist at the time.

'Now, all the challenges that I had to face 20 years ago seem ludicrous,' she reflects. 'What I am going through now is ageism, with people putting me down or giving me a hard time because I date younger men or do things that are considered to be only the domain of younger women.'

'I mean, who made those rules? Who says? Iโ€™m going to keep fighting it. Ten to 20 years from now, itโ€™s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.'

She's right - and that day can't come soon enough.

From www.refinery29.uk


Donatella Versace Reveals a Stunning Detail About Madonna and the Aftermath of Her Brother's Death

Twenty years removed from her brother's tragic death, Donatella Versace is more comfortable in her own skin than she's ever been and seems sick of others trying to tell both her story and the story of her family. Especially because when they do, they often get it wrong, according to Donatella, at least. Following the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace's murder, this past July, a new batch of documentary specials, news stories, and, most notably, Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace have purported to give audiences the inside story of what happened. Versace, meanwhile, has been on her own tear of candid interviews; in her latest, which also touches on her struggles with addiction, her love life, and succession plans, she drops a stunning detail about the days following Gianni's murder that none of the books, documentaries, or fictional takes have included before: Madonna was there.

'After identification, I drove to Gianniโ€™s villa on Ocean Drive. Madonna was waiting for me inside,' Versace tells fashion journalists Michael Ebert and Sven Michaelsen in a new no-holds-barred interview with Ssense. 'I will never forget that she was trying to comfort me during these hours. There were FBI agents everywhere in the house. They interrogated each of us and opened all the drawers, a nightmare. My brother had just been murdered, and we were being treated like suspects. But thatโ€™s probably what FBI agents have to do.'

Of course, American Crime Story did show its take on the exact moments Versace describes. They were pivotal scenes, and, obviously, Madonna wasn't anywhere to be found in their telling. Had Ryan Murphy known that the Queen of Pop was there, he surely would have figured out a way to include her in the narrative (after all, he managed to controversially shoehorn the Kardashian sisters into the anthology series' first season, about O.J. Simpson, even though the then-young sisters were only tangentially related).

The reason for Madge's presence? Somewhat amazingly, this wasn't widely known by the public before, though it had been hinted at. On the day of the murder, Donatella was in Rome preparing for an upcoming fashion show. Madonna was in a recording studio, presumably in Los Angeles, working on her album Ray of Light. During interviews about the making of the album, producer William Orbit revealed that indeed Madonna was one of the first people Donatella called, on the very same day she recorded the vocals for the album track 'Swim.'

'We were recording โ€˜Swimโ€™ on the day Versace was murdered,' Orbit told Q magazine in 2002. 'Madonna was very friendly with him and his sister, Donatella, who was in the street, distraught, on her cell phone to Madonna. But she did the vocal, which is probably why it has such an emotional impact.' The Huffington Post e-mailed Orbit earlier this year for elaboration on the story, and while Orbit declined an interview he did write, in an e-mail, 'Thereโ€™s quite a story around that.' Quite a story, indeed.

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Madonna's Son "Steals" Her Beauty Products, Plus Her $10 Obsession

You don't have to be a music icon to get great skin. But being Madonna helps.

Even at a young age, the 'Like a Virgin' singer has always been diligent about maintaining a healthy complexion. When she didn't have much money, she used to get facials from a heroin addict, Madonna shared at the U.S. launch of her beauty brand, MDNA Skin, in September 2017. Now the 59-year-old queen of pop has the resources and platform to share her devotion to skin care with the masses.

'The biggest challenge is getting the story out there - where does this line come from and why it is important to me, that it's not a vanity project, why I developed it in the first place and connecting to people on a human level,' said Madonna to E! News in a phone interview.

You could just scoop up her latest launchโ€”a four-in-one (toning serum, lotion, cream and mask) product appropriately titled, The Reinvention Cream ($75). Like all MDNA products, the lightweight jelly-cream features M.T.Parca Thermal Water, which comes from four different springs in Montecatini, Italy, known for its healing properties. The cream also features three African Resurrection plants (the ones that can sustain extreme dehydration then spring back alive with water). But as Madonna can attest, basic lifestyle choices - the ones that cost almost nothing - can improve your skin, too.

Here, the Material Girl reveals the skin-care tips she imparts on her kids, three beauty products she always has in her bag (hint: one is crazy affordable!) and more!

E! News: It's been three or four years since you first launched in Japan. What are you most proud of?
Madonna: The ingredients are important to meโ€”the fact that they are made with all-natural ingredients, that the hero ingredient of the line is thermal water that comes from Tuscany and that have been a part of healing people for thousands of years. I feel like there's history to it; there's authenticity to it. It's not just talk; it's also walk. It's great when you're not wearing makeup; it's great when you are wearing makeup. My 17-year-old [Rocco Ritchie] son uses it. It's something that everybody loves, and I'm very proud of that.

Since your son uses your products, do you also give him or any of your other children beauty tips?
Hell yes! Are you kidding? First of all, I'm like, 'Don't squeeze your pimples! Please. You're scarring your face.' Also, a lot of people think that if they dry their skin out all the time, they aren't going to get acne. You can get acne from having your skin too dehydrated. My son is always coming into my bathroom and stealing all of my skin-care products. It's very funny to have a 17-year-old son saying, โ€˜Mom, can I have more serum? I need some more face wash. I need some more of this.' I think it's hilarious. My 21-year-old daughter [Lourdes Leon] loves them. I feel like I'm getting nods of approval from people from all walks of life, and it's not just female either. It's male as wellโ€”that means a lot to me. And, of course, I do advise my children on a regular basis: 'Don't smoke. Stay out of the sun. Why are you drinking that? Stop picking at yourself.'

To read the rest of the interview visit: www.eonline.com/news


Tom Holland made a fool of himself in front of Madonna

By the sound of it, Avengers: Infinity War star Tom Holland is as hilariously awkward in real life as his alter-ego Peter Parker is on screen.

The 21-year-old actor shared a mortifying-yet-hilarious story on this week's edition of The Graham Norton Show about how an attempt to impress the legendary Madonna went horribly wrong.

Given that Tom Holland has plenty of dance experience Billy Elliot the Musical, the Spider-Man actor figured he could waltz over to Madge when they bumped into each other at an Oscars after party.

'I'd had one too many when a friend of mine dragged me over to meet her,' he remembered 'All the way there I was thinking, 'What should I say.' And all I came up with was 'Hello.'

'To cover the awkward moment [my friend] told Madonna, 'Tom was a great dancer'.... so, I took her by the hand and started dancing with her. As soon as I took her, I realised this was a mistake. A big mistake.'

'Now, I used to do a lot of dancing, but that was all choreographed. I didn't wing it! I didn't just go on a stage and put on a different show every night. So I start dancing with her, and there's not much arms involved.'

'I'm just doing a little two-step to try and warm myself up. She's so unimpressed that I just bailed and left! I leave Madonna on the dancefloor!'

Ouch! That's the kind of moment any sibling would hold over your head for the rest of your life, although luckily Tom probably won't have to worry it in this case.

'The next day, I'm telling my family about my evening....my dad is wetting himself, my mum's cringing and then my little brother goes, 'Who's Madonna?'' Tom laughed.

From Digital Spy


Sean Penn Says He Loves His First Wife Madonna โ€˜Very Muchโ€™

Sean Penn isnโ€™t shy about his love for the Material Girl!

The 57-year-old actor appeared on The Late Show earlier this week, and in a segment called 'Sean Penn-y For Your Thoughts,' he was asked by host Stephen Colbert to pick between Madonna, who he was married to from 1985 to 1989, and pop princess Britney Spears.

'Ah, I love my first wife very much,' Penn said of the 59-year-old singer. 'Thereโ€™s no [comparison]โ€ฆ you donโ€™t compare those things.'

'People compare them all the time!' Colbert noted, before asking, 'So, youโ€™re going to go with Madonna?'

'Sure!' Penn replied with a grin.

The two-time Oscar winner went on to reveal even more fun details about himself, including that his go-to karaoke song is the 1983 hit 'Itโ€™s Raining Men' because he used to sing it on the way to the set of his 2008 film, Milk.

When asked if heโ€™s ever been mistaken for another celebrity, he replied, 'Emilio Estevez, about 20 years ago.'

Penn and Madonna havenโ€™t been shy about their mutual love for one another in recent years. In December 2016, they worked together at a charity event benefiting Raising Malawi, and Madonna offered to remarry her ex.

'Iโ€™m still in love with you,' she told Penn in front of the star-studded audience.

The two have remained friends since their divorce and both have remarried several times. Penn was married to actress Robin Wright from 1996 to 2010, and was engaged to actress Charlize Theron before their romance ended in 2015. Madonna was married to director Guy Ritchie from 2000 to 2008.

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Madonna Getting Ready in a Red Lip, Bold Liner and Hair Rollers Is as Glam as Youโ€™d Imagine

Come on, vogue! Madonnaโ€™s longtime hairstylist Andy Lecompte shared a photo of the star on Instagram on Wednesday, March 14, that confirmed what we already assumed to be true: the Material Girl is never not glam. Giving us her best vogue pose, Madge looked #flawless sporting a hair net and rollers as she got ready for the day. Needless to say, these were not your grandmothers curlers.

Rocking a bold red lip and radiant skin, the 'Like a Prayer' singer already looked ready for a night out in the pic Lecompte posted. Her striking eye makeup included super fluttery lashes, graphic liner and brushed-up brows. And while we never got a look at the finished look, Madonna makes the hair net and roller look so chic (and not all that more outrageous than some the avant-garde styles we are used to seeing her in), we wouldnโ€™t have been surprised if she left the house just like that.

Also, if there was any doubt the 59-year-old songstress DOES. NOT. AGE. this photo puts it all to rest. Madge has long talked about being fastidious with her skincare regimen, and, as founder of MDNA SKIN, she worked with a team of Japanese experts to create masks, moisturizers and mists that utilize thermal mineral water, volcanic clay and olive oil from Italy for nourishing and anti-aging effects.

The mom of six has waxed poetic about the moisturizing and glow-inducing powers of the Rose Mist, which she admitted to liberally spritzing throughout the day. The tightly curated line of products also includes a high-tech Magnetic Flow tool that can be used like a magnet with the lineโ€™s Chrome Clay Mask to further remove impurities or with the Serum to improve penetration and effectiveness.

Basically, weโ€™re onboard to try whatever sheโ€™s doing, and she may actually inspire us to dig out that roller set we havenโ€™t thought to touch in years!

From People.com

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Madonna is making her comeback as a movie director

Madonna has announced that sheโ€™ll be making her directorial comeback at the helm of a new film about the life of Dutch National Balletโ€™s Michaela DePrince.

Taking Flight will tell the life story of the dancer who started life as a a war orphan in Sierra Leone before rising to worldwide acclaim as one of the most celebrated names in ballet. It will be an adaptation based on the memoir by Camilla Blackett.

'Michaelaโ€™s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,' said Madonna. 'We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honoured to bring her story to life.'

As well as acting in the likes of Evita, Dick Tracy, Swept Away, Shadows And Fog and Shanghai Surprise, Madonnaโ€™s directing credits include Filth And Wisdom, and 2011โ€™s Wallis Simpson biopic W.E. Her work on the screen has been met with varying degrees of critical and commercial success.

As well as being among the rumours for headlining Glastonbury 2019, Madonna is also at work on her 14th album.

She has however, shot down rumours that a biopic of her own life was in the works at the hands of others.

'Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,' she wrote on Twitter. 'Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.'

From NME.com


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Kim Kardashian Recalls Spying on Madonna as a Kid

Kim Kardashian was once next door neighbors with Madonna.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shared a childhood memory with the singer at the MDNA x KKW Beauty event on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

During their conversation with Kandee Johnson, Kim revealed that while growing up in L.A. she lived next door to Madonna's manager.

'She, at a time period in her life, moved in with her manager who happened to be our next door neighbor growing up,' Kim said (via People). The KKW Beauty founder went on to share that she and sister Kourtney Kardashian would walk her next door neighbor's dog and when they went over to the house, they would see Madonna.

'We were shaking,' Kim recalled.

In addition to receiving some jewelry from Madonna, Kim and her BFF also got to watch Madonna film her music video 'Cherish' in 1989.

'My best friend Allison Azoff and I were at her parent's beach house and we went outside hearing music and saw you on the beach filming,' Kim shared with Madonna. 'We sat there all day and watched you and the team let us and we sat there on the little stairs and we were mesmerized and we just talk about it all the time.'

Kim, who would've been around nine at the time, called the experience the 'best memory ever.'

While at the event on Tuesday, Madonna shared a selfie with Kim on Instagram. 'Thank you @kimkardashian and all the folks @mdnaskin,' she captioned the post.

This comes just days after Kim and Madonna were spotted hanging out at the singer's 2018 Oscars after-party, where the duo posed for a photo with Cardi B.

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Madonna's 2018 Oscars Party Photobooth

Madonna shared a selection of pictures from her 2018 Oscars afterparty photobooth:


Inside Madonnaโ€™s Oscars 2018 Afterparty With Kim Kardashian, Cardi B and More

Her Madgesty knows how to party! Madonna hosted a star-studded 2018 Oscars afterparty on Sunday, March 4, that drew in some of the biggest names in film, TV and music.

Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Timothรฉe Chalamet were among the many stars who showed up to celebrate with the Queen of Pop, 59. 'Madonna was an amazing host,' a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. 'She worked the room all night and chatted with all the guests.'

The guest list also included Chelsea Handler, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Paris Jackson, Offset, Greta Gerwig, Amy Adams, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher.

'Madonna was dancing up a storm all night!' the source tells Us. 'She and Margot Robbie were on the floor at one point. She spent a lot of time with Kim and Cardi B. Madonna and Cardi B are talking about a collaboration on Madonnaโ€™s upcoming album.'

A second source adds, 'Cardi B performed โ€˜Bodak Yellowโ€™ at the party. Madonna was in a great mood, bouncing around.'

Chalamet, 22, 'kept to himself' throughout much of the bash, according to the first source. The Call Me by Your Name actor, who was nominated for best actor at the Oscars, dated Madonnaโ€™s daughter Lourdes Leon in 2013 while they were students at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. It is unclear if Leon, 21, attended her momโ€™s party.

The 'Vogue' singerโ€™s longtime manager Guy Oseary shared an epic picture on Instagram of Madonna, Kardashian, 37, and Cardi B, 25, posing in what appears to be a photo booth at the fรชte.

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'Remember when....I was allowed to be a visionary?'

On Friday, Guy Oseary shared a post to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Madonnaโ€™s seminal album, โ€˜Ray Of Lightโ€™, noting:

'Love this woman. Love this album. One day she will hopefully do a tour for this album. It deserves to be performed from start to finish... respect to [music producer, William Orbit] for his brilliant work on this album... also two groundbreaking videos [โ€˜Frozenโ€™] by Chris Cunningham and [title track, โ€˜Ray Of Lightโ€™] by my dear friend [Jonas Akerlund]. Those were really fun times.'

Two days later, Madonna shared some comments on the post, which revealed things werenโ€™t going so well behind the scenes of her latest musical offering.

Apparently comparing her current work with the making of โ€˜Ray Of Lightโ€™, she fumed: 'Remember when I made records with other artists from beginning to end and I was allowed to be a visionary and not have to go to song writing camps where no one can sit still for more than 15 minutes....'

She also joked to her manager: 'Can you help me now please!!'

Throughout her career, Madonna has notably worked with only one or two producers on each of her albums, such as Stuart Price on โ€˜Confessions On A Dance Floorโ€™, William Orbit on โ€˜Ray Of Lightโ€™ and, more recently, โ€˜MDNAโ€™ or Patrick Leonard on โ€˜Like A Prayerโ€™.

Her most recent collection, โ€˜Rebel Heartโ€™, featured a much more eclectic mix of collaborators, though the majority of tracks saw either Diplo or Avicii listed as co-producers, among several others.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for new schools excites Madonna

United States pop star Madonna has expressed her excitement following the groundbreaking ceremony for four new schools she plans to build in the country.

Writing on her official Facebook account, Madonna said she is excited for the new four schools that will be built in Kasungu.

'So exciting! Ground breaking ceremony in Kasungu district in Malawi. Building four more schools,' Madonna said.

Madonna fell in love with the country as she has been helping in various sectors like health and education.

The US Pop Star is doing the job through Raising Malawi. Founded in 2006 by Madonna, Raising Malawiโ€™s mission is to bring an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawiโ€™s orphans and vulnerable children.

Raising Malawi supports community-based organizations that provide these children and their caregivers with critical resources including food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and psychosocial support.

Raising Malawi has recently expanded upon its long-standing support to the paediatric surgery program at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital by building the countryโ€™s first paediatric surgery and intensive care unit, The Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care.

Madonna has four children adopted from Malawi namely David Banda, Mercy James and the twins Estere and Stella.

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What Gianni Versace's Death Tells Us About Madonna's 'Ray Of Light' Renaissance

'Traveling, traveling / In the arms of unconsciousness,' Madonna cooed on the Bjรถrk-assisted single 'Bedtime Story,' released in 1995. Overexposed and castigated after the ruckus surrounding 'Erotica' and the carnal coffee-table book Sex, sheโ€™d forged a reverie about disconnecting from reality. 'Today is the last day that Iโ€™m using words / Theyโ€™ve gone out, lost their meaning.'

But by 1998, Madonna had awoken again. On 'Sky Fits Heaven,' the seventh track from the enlightened electro-rock masterpiece 'Ray of Light,' she repeated a familiar phrase - except here it ended on an upbeat: 'Traveling, traveling / Watching the signs as I go.' This time, pop musicโ€™s doyenne of reinvention was anything but unconscious.

Her footpath from the 'Bedtime Story' era to 'Ray of Light,' which turns 20 on Feb. 22, places Madonna at the nexus of celebrity culture circa 1997 (when she spent five months writing and recording the album) and early 1998 (when she released and promoted the album, which went on to win three Grammys and six MTV Video Music Awards). Nearing 40 and competing with a fresh generation of A&R-packaged teenyboppers, Madonna had risked aging out of mainstream stardom, one of the many sectors of society that isnโ€™t kind to mature women. Instead, the ambient fizzes and mystical flurries on 'Ray of Light' formed a cutting-edge benediction that rehabilitated Madonnaโ€™s image - a coup few legacy acts could hope for today. She was a new mother, animated by Kabbalah and Ashtanga yoga, but uninterested in maternity leave.

Madonnaโ€™s late โ€™90s eminence can be further distilled through one morsel about the creation of 'Ray of Light,' her seventh studio disc: On July 15, 1997, the day she recorded the gritty meditation 'Swim,' Donatella Versace called Madonna to report that her brother Gianni had been shot outside his Miami mansion.

William Orbit, the English producer who helped shape 'Ray of Light,' has related this anecdote at least twice. The first time was in 1998, during an interview with Music Week.

'The day she [recorded โ€˜Swimโ€™] she got a call on the way to the studio that her next-door neighbor Versace had been murdered,' he said. 'Lyrically it was written before that, but it is topical.'

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Madonna: 'My son is Malawi's future president'

Pop star Madonna has called her son, David Banda, 'the future president of Malawi' in a tweet praising the 12-year-old adopted from that country.

The US singer has six children, four of whom she adopted from Malawi.

Madonna has reportedly had a fractious relationship with authorities from the south-east African nation.

In 2013, Malawi accused Madonna of 'bullying state officials' , exaggerating her contribution to the country and demanding VIP treatment.

Madonna's manager accused Malawi's government of having a "grudge" against the singer's charity, Raising Malawi, which she founded in 2006, the same year she adopted David.

David Banda is the oldest of four adopted children.

His adoption raised a strong public reaction as Malawian law required would-be parents to live in the country for one year before adopting. This requirement was waived for the pop star, who told Oprah Winfrey at the time that there were no written adoption laws that regulated foreign adoption.

In 2009, the country's high court rejected Madonna's application to adopt a girl, on the same grounds she had not lived in the African nation for the now required 18 months.

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