Madonna to Perform 2 Citi Sound Vault Shows in Brooklyn & Philadelphia

In the midst of her wildly popular Madame X tour, Madonna is giving fans more opportunities to see her live. The icon announced on Monday (Aug. 12) that she will be performing two intimate shows as part of Citi Sound Vault.

She will be heading to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Sept. 18, where she will also be playing from Sept. 12 to Oct. 7. Additionally, she will take over the Met in Philadelphia on Dec. 7, where she will continue to play through Dec. 11.

Citi cardmembers will be able to purchase tickets on Tuesday (Aug. 13) at 10 a.m. EST.

Other major artists who have taken part in the Citi Sound Vault shows this year include Pink, Muse and Chris Stapleton, among others.

From Billboard.com


Madonna the first female with 100M views on videos from 4 different decades

Madonna, the iconic pop star of almost every decade since she began music, has officially become the first female artist to reach 100 million views on music videos from 4 different decades.

In case you’re wondering what exactly those videos are, we will be breaking down all four videos, which reached pinnacles of success in their time.

The videos are:

80s: ‘La Isla Bonita’
A classic in South America and a timeless hit all over the world, ‘La Isla Bonita’ from Madonna’s album True Blue still sounds as good as it did in the 80s.

The instrumental for this song was originally offered up to the talents of Michael Jackson, but was rejected.

Madonna accepted the instrumental, then wrote the lyrics and the melody for the classic hit. It currently sits at 105 Million views on YouTube.

90s: ‘Vogue’
With ‘Vogue’ only just recently hitting 100 Million views, Madonna was able to break the records for female artists. The only person who has broken these records before is Michael Jackson, with five decades in a row under his belt.

‘Vogue’ is endlessly iconic, from the black and white video to the song itself, which paid homage to black LGBTQIA history, hearkening back to the ball scene and culture, which is still prominent today.

00s: ‘Hung Up’
Time goes by so slowly for those who wait. This video has actually almost hit 200 million views, and it isn’t a surprise, it’s a song that is dearly beloved by both young and old audiences.

With a fantastic sample from ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’, Madonna managed to create a dancefloor hit that is still enjoyed to this day.

10s: ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’
Often misheard as 'Bitch i’m a donut', this song has smashed 300 million views on YouTube. It definitely isn’t one of Madonna’s best songs, but if features production from Diplo and SOPHIE, which is pretty incredible.

It also has a pretty sweet feature from Nicki Minaj to boot, which always helps with racking up views.

From tonedeaf.thebrag.com/madonna-the-first-female-artist


Madonna and Kylie help cassettes make a comeback

Cassette sales have hit a 15-year high, driven by album releases by long- established stars including Kylie Minogue and Madonna.

The number sold more than doubled year on year while the final quarter of 2018 recorded the highest UK sales since 2004.

More recent stars such as Billie Eilish and The 1975 also helped to boost cassette sales to 36,000 so far this year.

Although increasing rapidly, the number being snapped up by music fans is still small in comparison to downloads and streams.

The total accounts for only 0.2 per cent of the albums market, according to the British Phonographic Industry trade body. A desire for retro collectables by listeners appears to be driving the upward trend.

The 20 best-selling cassette artists feature those with a devoted fan base interested in tangible items such as vinyl and tapes rather than digital products.

Last year’s Kylie Minogue release Golden is among the decade’s highest cassette sellers while Madonna’s Madame X has registered 2019’s third biggest total so far despite only coming out in June.

The current top seller for 2019 is the debut album from Californian teenager Billie Eilish called When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Released in a range of colours including ultraviolet green, it has sold 4,000 copies on tape since its release in March.

From DailyMail.com


Events: 4th Annual NYC Madonna Boat Party

4th Annual Madonna Boat Party!

August 15th at 7pm!

Let’s celebrate Madonna's Birthday on a party cruise around Manhattan. It’s our 4th year bringing Madonna fans together on a boat brought to you by Madonnathonnyc.

Free Madonna Giveaways all night, Free Birthday Cake ,2 levels of 100% Madonna dancefloor,Cash bar and Buffet options available and of course only the best Madonna music with DJ JENE! 🛥🗽🎁🎈🎂🎉🎊

Tickets are on sale. Get yours now before they sell out at madonnaboat.eventbrite.com

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Jean Paul Gaultier proposed to Madonna three times

Jean Paul Gaultier is a persistent man.

The fashion designer, 67, made an appearance on the British talk show 'This Morning' on Wednesday to celebrate his 50 years of working in the industry, confessing that he loves Madonna so much he proposed to her multiple times.

When asked by one of the hosts if he was in love with the 60-year-old pop icon, Gaultier said, 'I was kind of, I asked her to marry me three times … and she said no.'

But despite the Material Girl’s repeated refusals, the pair have remained close friends and continue to work together.

Gaultier designed many of the looks for her 2012 “MDNA” tour, and they even attended the 2018 'Heavenly Bodies' Met Gala as each other’s dates for the evening.

He also added that the famous cone bra he designed for the 'Like a Prayer' singer originally wasn’t made for her at all.

'I actually didn’t create the bra initially for her,' Gaultier explained. 'I have a teddy bear called Nanna and created it for her.'

From Page Six


Events: 14th Brisbane Madonna Party

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019

Wickham Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Australia's longest-running Madonna party celebrates the Queen of Pop's birthday and 30 years of the LIKE A PRAYER album. Strike a pose and get into the groove as upstairs at The Wickham Hotel is transformed into a dance club playing only the music of Madonna - 1980s, 1990s, Noughties and Now!

FROM 7PM
Grab a drink from the bar, chill-out, meet other fans and check out a fan-compiled video retrospective of Madonna rare clips, performance footage and music videos

8.30PM - 12.30AM
Our DJ brings us a dance party playing nothing but the best music of Madonna - the greatest hits and fan favourites. From 'Everybody' to the songs of 'Madame X'.

With licensed bar, roving photographers, themed artwork & more!

Pre-book tickets online at www.stickytickets.com.au

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Patrick Leonard publishes LAP demos online to thwart auction: 'Not theirs to sell'

Patrick Leonard has published three demos from the Like A Prayer album on YouTube in an attempt to thwart the sale of demo tapes at an online auction:

The demo of Cherish from the day it was written. I hope these posts stop the sale of that cassette at auction. Not cool at all that someone would sell it. Not theirs to sell.

This demo 'Angels With Dirty Faces' and others from Like a Prayer are being auctioned between 7/17-7/22-19. Here it is for free. PL


Madonna Addresses Portugal's Haunting Past in 'Batuka' Video

Madonna unveiled her new video for 'Batuka' from Madame X on Friday (July 19).

,P. The visual begins with a message: 'Batuque is a style of music created by women that originated in Cape Verde, some say the birth place of slave trade.'

'The drums were condemned by the Church and taken away from the slaves because it was considered an act of rebellion,' it continues. 'The women continued their singing and dancing and the Batuque lives on today.'

The video, which was filmed off the coast of Lisbon and references its brutal history, shows the strong women of the orchestra as they dance, sing, and support one another.

'Batuka' was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars the Orquestra Batukadeiras, an all-female orchestra based in Portugal.

So far, this is the sixth video from Madame X, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month.

From Billboard.com


Premiere Of Madonna’s 'Batuka' Video & Hear From The Woman Herself

Madonna is emailing me, and I’m totally fine. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. She’s been the wallpaper on my phone, my dance tutor, the inspiration for long-expired passwords, and now we’re emailing. Through intermediaries, and there’s no FaceTime in the cards, but still. An artist and (I usually hate this word) icon I’ve loved, celebrated, analysed, cited and defended for 35 years, is answering some of my questions. Everything is absolutely chill, and I’m breathing normally. Keep your smelling salts.

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The occasion: Refinery29 is exclusively premiering the video for “Batuka,” off Madame X, Madonna’s fourteenth studio album, which debuted at #1 last month on the Billboard 200. Like many critics and fans, I find Madame X to be particularly beautiful — her most cohesive and visionary LP since 2005’s disco opus Confessions on a Dance Floor, and her weirdest, most emotional dare since 2003’s woefully dismissed classic American Life.(Did I mention I’m a fan?)

Even more than Bush-era American Life, Madame X finds Madonna reckoning with a bleak global moment as she considers her own remarkable history. This time, much of the sound was inspired by the superstar’s extended time with her children in Portugal, where she immersed herself in, and then interpreted, a range of musical traditions local to the region. That includes batuque, a style that emphasises drumming, singing, and dancing, which was created by Black women from the island of Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony with a central role in the slave trade.

“Batuka” — a defiant, joyful cry for rebellion with a rousing call-and-response structure — is Madonna’s collaboration with the all-women Orquestra Batukadeiras, and they join her in the striking video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei and filmed off the coast of Lisbon. “I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind,” Madonna told Refinery29 of her collaborators.

The sixth video (so far) during this very cinematic Madame X era finds Madonna in a jam session with the Orquestra, with haunting shots of the coastline that reference the area’s brutal history. We also get to marvel at stunning closeups of the women in the Orquestra — as well at the Queen of Pop dancing freestyle in a floral dress and combat boots. An undisputed master and innovator of the form since the advent of MTV in the 1980s (see: “Material Girl,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue”), Madonna, with “Batuka,” has now starred in over 75 music videos.

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Here’s what Madonna told Refinery29 about recording and filming “Batuka,” working with the women, her own forgotten history of drumming, and more. It’s all very casual.

Refinery29: In the Inside Madame X short film, you spoke a bit about discovering Batuque and the Orquestra Batukadeiras, and then collaborating with the women on this song. What did these women teach you?
Madonna: “I learned a great deal from these women. Many of them came from very economically challenged backgrounds, without access to formal education. The ways we measure achievement and success in our conventional society fails to capture their singular brilliance and strength. I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind. You can’t learn these things in school. They taught me those things. It’s a tough world out there, and it’s inspiring to work with people who have been through the struggle but still manage to manifest and share joy with us all. That was a big part of the lesson.”

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