Madonna is featured on the cover of Italian Vogue (out on Friday 03 August), the article looks at her life in Lisbon and features photographs shot by Mert and Marcus. The magazine should hit UK stores around 28 August.
Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi.
The singer is teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through until August 31.
Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to raise money for the singer’s campaign.
The proceeds will benefit her Raising Malawi foundation, and global payments company Ripple said it would match all of the donations.
She said: 'I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and health care. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved.'
Madonna, who adopted four children from Malawi, founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by the country’s orphans and vulnerable children.
She launched a children’s wing at a hospital in Malawi last year.
From PA Via Yahoo! News
Madonna, soccer mom?
This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. 'She doesn’t want to talk about the past,' Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.
'It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer - it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,' Farneti said with a smile, shaking his head slightly. 'She proposed the Lisbon angle and it turned out to be a very personal interview, more interesting than doing a retrospective of the artist or a story on her African projects, which have already been explored,' he explained.
Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four album covers, several tours and countless editorials.
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Thirty-five years ago, on July 27, 1983, a woman named Madonna Louise Ciccone released her self-titled debut album, and it soon launched not just a music revolution, but a fashion revolution as well. The disc’s stark black-and-white artwork - Madonna clasping her unforgettable face between bracelet-stacked hands on the front, wrapping a thick dog-chain necklace around her throat on the back - comprised some of the most striking pop imagery of the ’80s. It wasn’t long before every little girl in the world wanted to be Madonna (or a 'Madonnabe'), bedecking themselves with oversized lace hair bows, crucifixes, stacks of rubber bangles, and, much to their parents’ chagrin, “Boy Toy” belts and visible bras.
But Madonna didn’t come up with her early signature look entirely on her own. She had a lucky star on her side back then, a visionary stylist, who helped craft that image. And that woman also went by a singular name: Maripol.
Without Maripol - a French-expat artist, jewelry designer, photographer, film producer, and NYC girl-about-(down)town - Madonna may never have become MADONNA. After all, Maripol was the woman who introduced street-style jelly bracelets to the mainstream (fun fact: Grace Jones was the first pop singer to wear Maripol’s rubber creations, on her ankles), and she was the woman who first convinced Madonna to dance onstage in a bra.
Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment from New York, Maripol humbly, grudgingly concedes, 'Whatever, yes - I did create a legend.' Recalling the night that started it all, at New York hip-hop club the Roxy almost four decades ago, she says, 'There was a lot of mix of culture coming from England, with people like Bow Wow Wow, and then there was Fab Five Freddy, from Yo! MTV Raps, which was also the beginning of this whole movement. Fab Five Freddy asked me if I could find cute girls, and I turned around and saw Madonna and asked her if she would want to go onstage. I asked her if she had a nice bra on, and she thought I was out of my mind! I asked her to actually take her top off. And the rest is history.'
So, was that the unofficial beginning of the underwear-as-outerwear trend? 'No, that was the beginning of the fact that I’m French! I was less puritan than anyone else, and I was always taking my clothes off, unfortunately,' Maripol laughs. 'After that, Madonna actually made an appointment to come see me in my loft, because she wanted me to create her look. I had already invented the rubber bracelet, and I was the art director of Fiorucci, and I thought that she was the perfect person to carry around my style. And it was perfect for her as well.'
Maripol and Madonna’s first fashion collaboration was for the Madonna album cover, on which Maripol’s bold, punky jewelry was practically as much the star as Madonna herself.
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Madonna and her family leave Malawi today after a week of visits to various Raising Malawi programs.
Meeting with His Excellency President Mutharika 🇲🇼!! So grateful to The President of Malawi for his continued support!! We discussed Vulnerable Children, EducAtion, Health Care and Soccer Teams! ⚽️🇲🇼♥️! #raisingmalawi #globalfamily 🌍🌏🌎 @RaisingMalawi pic.twitter.com/L2v7oIrrz1— Madonna (@Madonna) 20 July 2018
Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted children from this southern African country.
The pop star on Monday visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. Her charity funded the facility, whose highlights include the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Malawi.
Madonna met the mother and aunt of the twins. She says they have been through a lot and it was good to 'give them hope.'
The pop star is considering a new project in Malawi, thanks to adopted son David Banda.
The plan? Establish a soccer academy. David Banda says he dreams of Malawi making it to the World Cup.
From Associated Press / The Detroit News
Madonna and her six children returned to Malawi on Monday to visit the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
A Miracle Occurs at Mercy James Centre! 🏥! Twins Conjoined at the Liver successfully separated 🙏🏼Giving Mom a much needed Hug!! A Big Thanks to all who made it possible! 🇲🇼♥️ #miracle #mercyjames #gratitude pic.twitter.com/k5Z0FMBa37— Madonna (@Madonna) 16 July 2018
Ariana Grande just answered pop fans’ prayers, dropping the music video for her sexy, empowering new single 'God Is a Woman' - which includes a surprise monologue from her pal Madonna.
Throughout the epic video, Grande serves cosmic vibes, bathing in a pool of paint, sitting atop a globe and weathering an onslaught of insults ('bitch,' 'fake,' 'annoying,' 'slut,' 'hoe,' 'stupid') from men.
Then, at the 2:24 mark, Madge - or rather, her voice! - appears, like manna from heaven.
The queen of pop portrays the voice of God, reciting scripture from Ezekiel 25:17: 'And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.'
A follow-up to 'No Tears Left to Cry,' 'God Is a Woman' is the second single off Grande’s upcoming fourth studio album, Sweetener, due Aug. 17.
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the seventh by dancer Carlton Wilborn:
I was 26 and living in Los Angeles when Madonna had a huge open-call audition for the Blond Ambition tour - there were maybe a thousand men there. By the time I got home I had a message: 'Come meet me at the club tonight.' It was basically a callback, like, let’s see who these people really are, how they hang with alcohol. She herself being an alpha type, she was looking for very confident people - the best of the best - so I was acutely aware of how I was presenting myself. When I made the cut, I knew it was a huge opportunity.
Touring was different back in the 90s. We really got to do it in the rock’n’roll way people imagine - private jets, two separate chefs, a bowl in the studio lobby stacked with cigarettes. It’s very rare that dancers are given that kind of treatment. And the afterparties - oh my gosh, are you kidding me? We won’t say much about those!
Every single night, the blast-off energy from the crowd was crazy - they were so loud we could hardly hear the music. We had done so much training at this point - the rehearsal process was truly like boot camp - and it was great to finally be in the sweat of it all. When I heard her singing to an audience for the first time: it was like: 'Oh shit, she’s fucking performing now.' And it was a lot of fun working with an artist who had started in dance and who could do all these intricate moves with you.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/carlton-wilborn
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the sixth by Nancy Whang:
There aren’t that many artists like her. That she has the staying power she has is remarkable in itself. She’s influenced a lot of other artists, especially other fellow female artists and she’s remained culturally relevant. Her whole ability to reinvent herself is pretty impressive. She set an example for a lot of women and fellow artists to take on a persona. This idea of a solo female artist being this massive figure and occupying a stage - a musical stage and a cultural stage - there aren’t a lot of examples like that, besides her, for other female artists. And forget about the fact that she’s a woman – just as an artist, full stop.
She’s taken on so many different personas and artistic scenes and she’s able to still capture audiences. She’s taken all of these different genres of music and dived headlong into whatever she decided, whatever album it is, or whatever creative era she’s in, or [she’s] decided to go in a completely different direction. The only through-line is herself. With musical styles, she’s gone all over the place, but there’s cohesion to it because it’ll coming from her. It doesn’t seem necessarily random - that’s what she’s good at. People don’t expect a particular sound [from her], or even a gradual evolution, from album to album.
I feel some sense of solidarity and stand by her and all the choices she made, even though some of them aren’t that good. She’s allowed to make stuff that’s maybe not the most amazing thing that’s ever been made, but I think the fact that she still continues to be very successful goes to show she can withstand mediocrity.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/nancy-whang
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the fifth by Thurston Moore:
We were neighbours. We knew each other, by sight. She would say hi to me and I would say hi to her. She was dating a friend of mine for a millisecond, so we were introduced that way and then, through the years, when we’d cross paths on the street, we’d nod heads and smile. She was very friendly with Jean-Michel [Basquiat], Keith Haring, and these artists who were all our neighbours, and we all hung out at the same places: Danceteria, CBGB, Tier 3 and Club 57 were the main places. When she became super-famous, which was all of a sudden, she disappeared from the New York scene. It was a very strange thing, to be working washing dishes, and making pennies per day, and seeing someone who was in your neighbourhood all of a sudden become a superstar. It was unusual. There was no real model for that, for us. It became kind of exciting.
She was really ahead of the game. She was taking elements of what was cool at that time – punk rock, new wave, dance music, hip-hop and Latino music all clashing in this great non-hierarchical playground of New York. It was all kind of new; everybody was trying different things. Madonna was actually in a couple of no-wave bands that nobody ever talks about. She was in a band with these two twins, Dan and Josh Braun, who were the first members of Swans, Michael Gira’s band. Nobody really knows about that part of her history; she was in a pre-Swans no wave band! There’s all that interconnected history in New York with Madonna and the no wave scene.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/thurston-moore
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the fourth by Sophie:
In my mind, Madonna created the blueprint for modern pop stars. Her creativity has gone further, wider and longer than anyone else I can think of; I feel like her songs have been consistently memorable and meaningful. I have loved all of Madonna’s different phases at different points, but I think the Bedtime Stories era  is really intriguing, especially the production - it has a unique feeling. It’s so much more fully formed and sexy than a lot of the trip-hop stuff that was coming out around that time. It’s definitely been an influence on my own music.
My earliest memories of Madonna are of when my half-sister used to listen to her loads on family holidays. Davina was, and still is, a very fun party girl, so my early impressions of Madonna are merged with my half-sister’s teenage punk energy - I still think of Madonna in that way.
Working with her [on track Bitch I’m Madonna, which Sophie co-wrote and co-produced, the third single from Madonna’s 2015 album Rebel Heart] was really quite a one-off, spontaneous thing - I suppose a happy coincidence. I felt a connection with the title. But you have to prevent yourself from getting too excited about that kind of thing. People still write about that song in every article they write about me, so I guess she still means a lot to everyone operating in music right now.
Madonna’s work is so vast - there’s an appropriate Madonna reference for any situation. But I think the factor that sets her apart from others is that each phase seems to be a byproduct of a genuine journey of self-discovery, and always addresses some prejudice or other.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/sophie
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the third by 'The Madonna of Bolton' author Matt Cain:
Madonna was a radical, brilliant pop icon who changed so many people’s lives. Mine included. I grew up in Bolton in the 1980s, at a time when no one wanted to say anything positive about gay people. If we were represented in the media, it was as disease-carrying sexual predators who couldn’t be trusted around children. The idea of gay role models didn’t even exist. And then along came Madonna.
I first became aware of her around the time Like a Virgin was released in 1984, and felt myself being drawn in, but I resisted. I’d been conditioned to be mistrustful of transgressive, rebellious women who expressed their sexuality. By the time the True Blue album came out in 1986 - I was 11 - I was starting to realise I was gay. And that made me sexually transgressive too.
Then came the Open Your Heart video. In it, Madonna played a stripper dancing in a venue for an audience that included a lesbian drag king and two gay sailors locked in an affectionate embrace. The thing about her that had been my point of contention suddenly became a point of connection. After that, I didn’t just enjoy Madonna’s work: she became like a spirit guide.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/matt-cain
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the second by Barbara Ellen:
Madonna Louise Ciccone is about to turn 60, a 'big birthday' by anybody’s reckoning. I remember her at the time of her breakthrough 1983 single, Holiday, a mischievous mess of bangles and swinging crucifixes, boasting that she was so hot that you could fry an egg on her belly button. From that point on, Madonna was omnipresent - confrontational, audacious, sexual, occasionally annoying and weirdly vulnerable (brought up in a strict Italian-American Catholic family, Madonna’s mother died when she was a child).
She pounded through personas (boy toy, material girl, Hollywood royalty, dancefloor vixen, gangsta momma,), like an all-singing all-dancing one-woman variety show. It was never just about the music. Madonna embodied the devilish voice in your ear, saying: 'Why not?' A pop queen with a big dirty rock mouth, she was one of the first great influencers, daring at least a couple of generations of girls and young women (not to mention all her loyal gay fans) to be bolder, stronger and, crucially, a ton less humble and apologetic.
The ironic question 'What would Madonna do?' isn’t still doing the rounds for nothing.
No surprise, then, that witch-burners have long been out in force against Madonna. She’s been called everything: ball-breaker, whore, user, crone, narcissist, talent-vampire. Vulgar taste-free zone. While taking criticism is part of the fame gig, it was as though Madonna served as a cautionary tale for women who get too darn uppity.
In truth, popular culture still reeks of Madonna’s influence for a good reason: she’s earned it. Far from being a shallow shape-shifter, she always knew her way around a pop classic (her oeuvre is full of them), and developed a flair for choosing talented collaborators to keep her music fresh. Moreover, back when she could have played it safe, Madonna called herself an artist and acted like one, tirelessly reinventing herself. From plonking a black saint in the Like a Prayer video to putting out a book called Sex, at the peak of her fame, just about everything Madonna did alienated middle America, because she wanted to define the zeitgeist, not merely reflect it.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/barbara-ellen
UK newspaper The Guardian has seven articles today looking at Madonna ahead of her 60th birthday next month, here is the first by Sarah Churchwell:
For me, it was Lucky Star, in 1983. That video is burned into my brain. Not because I loved the song - there were many songs around that time I loved far more: Hungry Like the Wolf, Every Breath You Take, Come on Eileen; I never liked Lucky Star as much and still don’t.
At that point, no one had any idea how Madonna would evolve, how cleverly she would keep shifting her styles - musical, fashion, dance - ahead of trends. I just loved the way she blended post-punk toughness with playful girl power. Madonna projected the older girl that pre-adolescents wanted to be. And that’s why they called her fans 'wannabes' - a name that was patronising, but not inaccurate. And then suddenly there was Material Girl: full glamour had entered the picture and she had become someone to watch.
But it was with her 1990 Blond Ambition tour that Madonna catapulted herself into megastardom, shaping the music industry, taking firm hold of her own business reins and sending a clear message while she was at it. Blond Ambition - blonde without the feminine 'e', presumably to underscore the pun on 'blind ambition', but with the added advantage of rejecting the trappings of normative gender. The Blond Ambition tour, Madonna’s third, is widely acknowledged as the mother of today’s multimedia concert extravaganzas, fusing performance art, theatre, dance, fashion and video with pop songs. It broke box-office records and taboos, mixing themes of female sexuality, power, religion and gender fluidity. It prompted Forbes magazine to ask if she was 'America’s smartest businesswoman'; 23 years later, the magazine would identify her as the highest-paid celebrity in the world, earning $125m (£77.4m) in 2012-2013. She has sold more than 300m records worldwide and her singles have made her the most successful solo artist in the history of the American charts.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com/sarah-churchwell
It looks like Ariana Grande might have had some tears left to cry during this special moment.
Grande posted a picture Wednesday (July 11) with Madonna, someone Grande has consistently cited as an inspiration and mentor. The caption on the photo read 'thank you @madonna... u know why,' with a heart emoji and an emoji of the Golden Gate Bridge - an emoji Grande has used often when posting about her new music. This is not the first time the two hitmakers have met, as Grande joined Madonna onstage in Miami during her Rebel Heart Tour and also performed at Madonna's 2016 charity event at Art Basel in Miami.
The picture excited Grande's fans and also sparked curiosity as to why the picture was posted now, and whether the pic is from a prior event or was taken recently. Grande has been finishing up her upcoming studio album Sweetener (due Aug. 17), and fans were quick to hope and wish - just like a prayer - that a Madonna collaboration will be on the album.
Madonna Aid, the campaign to help the REAL Queen of Pop reclaim her gays is back in Manchester on Friday 13th July as we celebrate our queens 60th year of giving life with a non-stop Madonna-thon.
🎶DJ Jamie Bull (Homoelectric) playing non-stop Madonna
This is our biggest party yet at the 400 capacity Joshua Brooks, just a 2 minute mince from Canal Street, so come on girls, gays and non-binaries, do you believe in love?! Join us on the dance floor and help her Majesty snatch back that crown that is so rightfully hers.
We're coinciding the party alongside the launch of hot new book ‘The Madonna of Bolton’ by Matt Cain, described as ‘Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra!’
🎶DJ Jamie Bull (Homoelectric) playing non-stop Madonna
👑35 years of hits back to back!
💅Host and performance takeover by Narcissa Nightshade
🙆♀️Express yourself, don’t repress yourself!
🎉Celebrate, it would be so nice
⛔No capes allowed
Tickets £5 ADV
Brought to you in association with Manchester Pride and Bollox
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It is a mystery how it’s taken ’til now for Madonna and Drake to start talking about a collaboration. They’ve already snogged, and he’s written a song about her, so it’s about time they got in the studio together.
It’s been claimed that as both are currently in town - Drake’s been in London thanks to his surprise Wireless appearance, and Madonna’s here recording her new album - and so it looks like they might be able to make something work.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ‘Drake and Madonna are set to make some music together. ‘Madonna is in London putting the finishing touches to her new album and Drake promised to work with her on something.’ Well this will be a treat.
In 2015, the pair caused a stir when they shared a kiss on stage at Coachella. That same year, Drake wrote a song called Madonna, which featured on his mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. She loved it, thankfully, and now three years later is ready to lay down a track with him. She said at the time: ‘I love your new song about me! It’s my favourite! I’m still waiting for you to pick me up.’
Madonna was spotted loving Wireless this weekend as she cheekily had a strut across the stage while Migos played. The 59-year-old pop legend couldn’t help herself as the trio Migos performed track Stir Fry. The pop queen is currently rumoured to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival. Perhaps Migos will be hanging out on her stage that time around. Madonna also recently teased the release of her next album, with her last release being 2015’s Rebel Heart.
During her return visit to London this weekend Madonna visited Michael Jackson: On The Wall exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
This exhibition is open till 21 October and more information can be found at www.npg.org.uk/michael-jackson-on-the-wall
Madonna shocked the crowd at Britain's Wireless Festival on Saturday, July 07, by making a surprise appearance with rap group Migos.
The Vogue singer reportedly arrived at the festival in London's Finsbury Park in a blacked-out Range Rover before watching the trio's set from the side of the stage. She could be seen singing along to their track Open It Up, and took her support one step further by joining them onstage at the end of the set, dressed in a head-to-toe Gucci look, comprised of an off-white suit with red and blue trim and Panama hat.
While watching from the side of the stage, Madonna filmed the trio - made up of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff - performing for the crowd and posted the video to Instagram, alongside the caption: 'Snuck out of the studio for a lil drip.............. (fire emojis) @migos #wirelessfestival.'
Her appearance with the Bad and Boujee hitmakers come just weeks after the group filmed the music video for their single Narcos at Madonna's property in Miami, Florida. After they posted a photo of themselves outside the mansion on Instagram, Madonna wrote in the comments, 'That's my house in Miami! What are you doing there??' and Quavo replied,'Trappin''.
Madonna, who currently lives with her children in Lisbon, Portugal, made the most of her weekend in London, taking in a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the new exhibition, Michael Jackson on the Wall. She documented the trip on Instagram, and shared a picture of herself in the gift shop holding open a book showing an old picture of her with the late King of Pop.
Wireless Festival took place from Friday to Sunday, with headliners including J. Cole and Stormzy. DJ Khaled was scheduled to headline Sunday but pulled out due to 'travel issues' and was replaced by Drake at the last minute.
If you are out celebrating Pride in London today, then madonnalicious wishes you a fabulous and delicious time!
🎵'Hey Mr DJ, put a record on. I wanna dance with my baby… MUTHERFUCKERS!'
🎤 PLUS! An exclusive cabaret variety show from some of London’s leading cabaret stars, like you've never seen them before.
L-U-V MDNA Presents… Madonna - 60 Years of The Queen of Pop
Join us on August 17th for the biggest pop celebration in London this Summer!
🙌 With a Madonna ONLY music policy you can expect an evening of hands-in-the-air anthems, fan favourites and special Madonna remixes all designed to get you 'Into The Groove'.
Featuring London's Top of the Pops DJ's - Lady Lloyd, Johnny Kalifornia and David Robson
🎤 PLUS! An exclusive cabaret variety show from some of London’s leading cabaret stars, like you've never seen them before.
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💃 For one night only, The Grand will be turned into a Confession on a Dancefloor for the undisputed Queen of Pop, Madonna.
💋 Exploring the pop megastars 35 year career from a Boy Toy wannabe to a Global Icon - This event is a must-see experience for all Madonna fans.
Woman, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Mother, Wife, Ex-Wife, Activist, Campaigner, Philanthropist,Fashion Designer, Author, Director, Icon, Living Legend.
👸 There really is only one Queen and that’s Madonna… BITCH!
Tickets can be bought online at: www.designmynight.com/the-clapham-grand/madonna-60