Now that Mercury is out of Retrograde! 😂🌈🙏🏻. A Glimpse of things to come!! #mdnaskin #music #dancers #thermalwaters 💦💦#holywater #beautyroller #beauty #skin #inspiration @nunoxico ♥️ @MIUMIUofficial pic.twitter.com/MclU8vWQie— Madonna (@Madonna) 16 April 2018
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.
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.
'It’s an outdated, patriarchal idea that a woman has to stop being fun, curious, adventurous, beauiful, or sexy past the age of 40. It’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? I’m going to keep fighting it. Ten to 20 years from now, it’s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.'
She's right - and that day can't come soon enough.
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 Gianni’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 that’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 ‘Swim’ 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, 'There’s quite a story around that.' Quite a story, indeed.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.wmagazine.com
You don't have to be a music icon to get great skin. But being Madonna helps.
E! News: It's been three or four years since you first launched in Japan. What are you most proud of?
Since your son uses your products, do you also give him or any of your other children beauty tips?
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 launch—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 me—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, ‘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 well—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
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
Starting Easter Off Some Type of Way............🐰🐣😂🌈🎉💕🐰🐣🎉💕🌈🌈🐰🐰🎉💕😂🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/LGsvPEFcKl— Madonna (@Madonna) 1 April 2018
Sean Penn isn’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. 'There’s no [comparison]… you don’t compare those things.'
'People compare them all the time!' Colbert noted, before asking, 'So, you’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 'It’s Raining Men' because he used to sing it on the way to the set of his 2008 film, Milk.
When asked if he’s ever been mistaken for another celebrity, he replied, 'Emilio Estevez, about 20 years ago.'
Penn and Madonna haven’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.
'I’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.
From ET Via Yahoo! News
It is our Responsibility, our Duty and our Right to Stand Together, with every Student, every Family, Every Human!! ♥️ Every Heart! And Demand an End to Gun Violence!
It is our Responsibility, our Duty and our Right to Stand Together, with every Student, every Family, Every Human!! ♥️ Every Heart! And Demand an End to Gun Violence! #MSDStrong #MarchForOurLives #NeverAgain 🙏🏻🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ZB4OmsiYxr— Madonna (@Madonna) 24 March 2018
Come on, vogue! Madonna’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 wouldn’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 line’s Chrome Clay Mask to further remove impurities or with the Serum to improve penetration and effectiveness.
Basically, we’re onboard to try whatever she’s doing, and she may actually inspire us to dig out that roller set we haven’t thought to touch in years!
Madonna has announced that she’ll be making her directorial comeback at the helm of a new film about the life of Dutch National Ballet’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.
'Michaela’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, Madonna’s directing credits include Filth And Wisdom, and 2011’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.'
So excited to be able to bring the story of this rare and talented soul to the world! 💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿. Michaela’s journey resonates with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity. We have a unique opportunity to shed... https://t.co/M056G4w58M pic.twitter.com/vQ4ONTNGdQ— Madonna (@Madonna) 14 March 2018
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.
From E! News
Madonna shared a selection of pictures from her 2018 Oscars afterparty photobooth:
Love this girl so much!! ♥️♥️♥️ Thank you @iamcardib for shining your light at the party last night! 🔥🔥🔥 #oscars 2018 thank you @OffsetYRN @QuavoStuntin @Moschino 🎉🌈🙏🏻 @JRart #party #fun #aboutlastnight 🎉💕🔥💕🎉👌🤡💕🎉👌🤡💕 pic.twitter.com/5WLix6M9Pd— Madonna (@Madonna) 5 March 2018
Eating paper with Kim....,.,,,,,💕💕 A foreshadowing of things to come🎉🌈💕🎉🌈💕🎉🌈💕 #beauty #skincare #workinggirls #oscar #fun #mdnaskin #thermalwaters #holywater @JRart @KimKardashian @mdnaskin 🌹♥️ pic.twitter.com/NAf3Onh1xd— Madonna (@Madonna) 6 March 2018
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, Timothée 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 Madonna’s upcoming album.'
A second source adds, 'Cardi B performed ‘Bodak Yellow’ 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 Madonna’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 mom’s party.
The 'Vogue' singer’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 fête.
On Friday, Guy Oseary shared a post to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Madonna’s seminal album, ‘Ray Of Light’, 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 [‘Frozen’] by Chris Cunningham and [title track, ‘Ray Of Light’] by my dear friend [Jonas Akerlund]. Those were really fun times.'
Two days later, Madonna shared some comments on the post, which revealed things weren’t going so well behind the scenes of her latest musical offering.
Apparently comparing her current work with the making of ‘Ray Of Light’, 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 ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’, William Orbit on ‘Ray Of Light’ and, more recently, ‘MDNA’ or Patrick Leonard on ‘Like A Prayer’.
Her most recent collection, ‘Rebel Heart’, 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.
How Many Girls get their name monogrammed on a Mascara Wand?! 🎉🎉🎉😂! Zero i Hope! 🙏🏻. Thanks to #jerrodblandino @TooFaced. I’m gonna smoke this wand 🔥🔥🔥 I hear its Better Than Sex ! 💋♥️🥊💃 #beauty #skin #mdnaskin pic.twitter.com/qDJg9GH5lN— Madonna (@Madonna) 25 February 2018
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 Malawi’s mission is to bring an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’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 country’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.
So exciting! 🎉🎉🎉Ground Breaking ceremony in Kusungu district in Malawi. 🇲🇼🇲🇼Building four more schools with @buildOn 📚📚📚#knowledgeispower #raisingmalawi #education #buildon 🌈📚🌍💕😂🎉🙏🏻🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼♥️ pic.twitter.com/2H9YlpbPjb— Madonna (@Madonna) 21 February 2018
'Traveling, traveling / In the arms of unconsciousness,' Madonna cooed on the Björk-assisted single 'Bedtime Story,' released in 1995. Overexposed and castigated after the ruckus surrounding 'Erotica' and the carnal coffee-table book Sex, she’d forged a reverie about disconnecting from reality. 'Today is the last day that I’m using words / They’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 music’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 isn’t kind to mature women. Instead, the ambient fizzes and mystical flurries on 'Ray of Light' formed a cutting-edge benediction that rehabilitated Madonna’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.
Madonna’s late ’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 ‘Swim’] 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.'
To read the rest of the article visit: huffingtonpost.co.uk/madonna-ray-of-light
madonnalicious can offer our readers a first look at the cover art for Matt Cain's 'The Madonna of Bolton' book due to be released in July this year.
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.
From BBC News
Madonna fans may have gotten more than they bargained for if they clicked on her Instagram story recently as the superstar shared a snap of herself sitting on the toilet.
Never one for being reserved, the Like A Prayer singer, 59, has been known to grab attention in a variety of ways over the years.
In the photo, the legendary singer can be seen looking fed up as she gazes at the camera through her blonde hair. Wearing a black tank top and knee length black socks, she captioned the photo, ‘God bless you’.
When Serayah McNeill isn’t singing and acting on the hit show Empire, she makes time for a little modeling. The 22-year-old actress just became the face of the spring Material Girl ad campaign and she’s showing us that being a material girl is so much more than fancy clothes. “I’m excited to be the face of Material Girl because of everything she stands for,” said Serayah in a press release announcing the partnership. 'A Material Girl is edgy, fierce and owns who she is, and she’s guaranteed to look cool in anything and everything she puts on.'
The brand, which was launched by Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon, in 2010, is using its spring collection to embrace female empowerment through bold colors, floral designs, and edgy silhouettes. Following in the footsteps of Rita Ora, Sofia Richie, and Zendaya, all of whom have starred in campaigns for the brand in the past, McNeill brings the designs to life as she adds her own energy and individuality to each piece. From lace-up track pants to a canary yellow skirt, McNeill isn’t afraid to experiment with her look as she gets ready for a night out at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
To read the interview with Serayah visit: people.com/style
Madonna took part in a photo shoot that was part of an auction that raised millions to build a children Hospital for Raising Malawi. The shoot was with Mert and Marcus and Madonna got to be the Stylist!
Thanks so Much to Mert and Marcus and Tatiana for their extreme generosity. The photo shoot was part of an auction that raised millions to build a children Hospital for @RaisingMalawi 😂🌈🎉💙🙏🏻🌸📸 So excited that I got to be the Stylist! https://t.co/I2W0WyAVl8 pic.twitter.com/sHGBKXStW9— Madonna (@Madonna) 9 February 2018
Back in October 2017 we asked our readers in this post madonnalicious/2017/10/the-madonna-of-bolton to help support a crowd-funding campaign by Matt Cain, editor-in-chief at Attitude and Winq magazines, to help fund his new book after being told by publishers that Madonna 'is over' and not worth investing in.
Once the Madonna community got behind it, the book became one of the fastest-funded books on the Unbound platform and has now had the publishing date brought forward to 12 July this year.
The Bookseller has published this article on the latest update thebookseller.com/buzz-brings-cains-book-forward:
The publication date of journalist Matt Cain’s The Madonna of Bolton has been brought forward by Unbound due to the support it has received by crowdfunders.
Cain's third novel was picked up by Unbound after being rejected more than 30 times by traditional publishers. Authors including David Walliams, David Nicholls and S J Watson are among those to pledge money to crowdfund the title, leading it to become one of the fastest-funded books on the Unbound platform.
The book - which tells the story of Charlie Matthews, growing up in Bolton, whose obsession with Madonna sees him through some tough times - was originally due to be published in spring 2019 but will now be released on 12th July this year, in time for Madonna's 60th birthday on 16th August.
Cain told The Bookseller that he is 'absolutely thrilled' that the publication date for his novel has been brought forward.
'It’s no secret that I struggled for years to get this book published so to have such an incredible response to the crowdfunding campaign in October was amazing, but now to see the publishing industry getting behind it with such enthusiasm is a dream come true', he said.
Cain added that it is also 'very gratifying, not to mention exciting', to have so much interest from retailers who recognise the book's 'commercial potential'.
According to Cain, following the deaths of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince and George Michael, Madonna is the only leading 80s pop star who is still alive, so this year will see a big celebration of her work and career.
Cain said: 'I’m particularly pleased that it will be published in time for Madonna’s 60th birthday and all the media interest I know this will generate. All in all, it adds up to the perfect launch pad for a book I care about so passionately.'
Unbound said the original publication date was spring 2019, but that it is hoping to capitalise on all the buzz the book has been having, and early interest from the trade, by bringing the date forward.
Katy Guest, the book's editor, said: 'I’m so excited about Matt’s novel, which is warm and funny and full of surprises. So I’m thrilled to see that readers all over the world are getting excited about it too. They’ve got a treat to come.'
Still a material girl! Madonna posed for a topless Instagram selfie leaving little to the imagination on Thursday, January 25, and expressed her appreciation for handbags.
The singer self-censored her breasts with black scribble to cover her private areas in the photo and held a Louis Vuitton handbag in front of her to cover her top half. 'Still drooling over a handbag…………….. 👜😂🌈💕 @louisvuitton #nofriends #lisbonisfar#werktodo #fashion 💕💕💕💕🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸💕💕💕💕💕🌸🌸#monalisa,' she wrote about the Louis Vuitton Montaigne Bag Mona Lisa bag, which is part of the LV x Jeff Koons collaboration and is valued at $4,000.
The 'Rebel Heart' songstress also wore two colorful necklaces around her neck in the sexy snap and her platinum blonde hair was pulled back. She showed off her flawless skin and pouty lips and what looked like a silver grill.
From Us Weekly
Madonna posted a sweet message to her daughter Mercy James on her birthday, saying her smile 'lights up the Galaxy'.
The Queen of Pop, 59, shared two images and a brief video on Instagram to celebrate Mercy turning 12.
The first picture showed Madonna with her arm around Mercy, who she adopted from Malawi in 2009.
'Happy Birthday to this Rare and Beautiful Child!! Chifundo (Mercy) James!' she said.
The singer captioned a second shot, of Mercy smiling: 'Your Smile lights up the Galaxy.'
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'👑+⚡️=🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥& ❣️ @whereisstarrah ❣️talented and amazing songwriter and human being! ❣️ Some people see a woman of color with a baseball cap and assume I am making a hip hop record with rappers And that is just some racist, stereotypical B.S.!!! That said, I will make the record I want to make and do not have to explain or ask permission to do what i want as an artist. 🎶💃🏿🎨🎤🎥! Never have and never will. 1. Do your research before you make assumptions ! 2. Nothing Good to Say?? Then say Nothing. 😷 Positive Vibes only please! 🌈💕🌸🎉😂'
Pictures have been published on www.dailymail.co.uk Madonna leaving a recording studio in London on Wednesday!
Album by spring, tour by late summer?! #dreamscancometrue
Great news! Fans in the UK can download @madonna #rebelhearttour on the @bbc iPlayer to watch on the move.
Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the 54 most anticipated albums due in 2018:
Release Date: TBA
Now living outside Lisbon, Portugal, the shape-shifting superstar hinted that she'd be returning to the pop world when she dropped by Live with Kelly and Ryan in December. '2017 was soccer mom in Portugal - 2018, I'm coming back, baby,' she told fellow guest Anderson Cooper, who asked about her tour plans. 'I'm traveling the world right now and listening to lots of different music,' she told Entertainment Weekly in September. 'I'm getting inspired by people and I'm just soaking things up right now. ... It's time for me to take a different approach and really get back down to the beauty and simplicity of music and lyrics and intimacy.'
Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour will be on UK TV tonight airing on BBC2 at 10:30pm. Great news it is not hidden away on an obscure channel but on the BBC who give it 4 out of 5 stars!
Madonna‘s children are with her wherever she goes, thanks to Lana Jewelry.
The pop superstar, 59, has shared multiple snaps of herself rocking a nameplate necklace that reads 'MAMBO': the nickname her kids Estere and Stella, 5, Mercy James, 11, and David Banda, 12, call her. (She is also mom to son Rocco John, 17, and Lourdes, 21.)
The brand’s founder and designer Lana Bramlette spoke with PEOPLE about her new Get Personal collection that the Material Girl’s necklace is from, as well as the inspiration behind Madonna’s particular piece that she made as part of the collection’s launch.
'My publicist coordinated with [Madonna’s] stylist, Eyob Yohannes, to design the piece,' says Bramlette, whose personalized nameplate necklace is also worn by Jennifer Lopez. 'I think she is excited to wear something meaningful, and I love watching her proudly rock it every day on social media.'
'I want to give my clients pieces to wear that make them feel good about themselves and that express their values. She also wears my diamond Crossary necklace daily,' Bramlette explains, adding with a laugh, 'I tell my clients, ‘If Madonna wears her necklace around the world and back daily without damaging it, you don’t have an excuse for a repair.’ '
The Get Personal collection includes nameplates that read 'BONITA,' 'TAKEN' and 'HONEY,' but they are fully customizable for clients to specify their size, color and phrase of choice.
'I wanted to say thank you in a big way to the talented women who have supported the brand for years,' Bramlette tells PEOPLE of how her music-legend clients got the necklace. 'Madonna and Jennifer have always been muses for me.'
'My team has amazing relationships with their stylists who coordinated the design process and we customized pieces that meant something special to them,' she continues, 'whether it was a classic nameplate like the one Jennifer and I wear, or a unique and special phrase like MAMBO.'
Bramlette, who founded Lana Jewelry in 2002, shares that she had 'so much fun' bringing her newest collection to life - one she created to give clients 'a fun way to express themselves with diamonds in a current, but refined way.'
'The first piece I designed in 2002 was a nameplate with my (then boyfriend) now husband’s name, ROB,' she recalls. 'I loved that piece and the story it told, and wanted to bring back the idea of Lana Jewelry customization.'
This is going to be the BEST year ever! 💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿 I know because I tore my dress dancing! 💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿♥️💃🏿 #dancing #happiness #friends #family #life #love ♥️ pic.twitter.com/sOtT379vU8— Madonna (@Madonna) 1 January 2018