The art of teasing new music is one that many pop stars deal with on a regular basis - do you offer up a clip of a song, do you send out some new cover art, or do you just announce you have new projects on the way?
On Monday (March 18), Madonna tweeted out a cryptic photo of a hand cutting an apple with a knife, saying that fans could be expecting new music coming their way soon. 'A Taste of things to come...............' she captioned her photo. The singer followed up the teaser with another one on Tuesday (March 19), sharing a photo of herself with only an apple emoji as the caption.
Fans took to Twitter to express their curiosity and excitement surrounding the star’s mysterious announcement. Some simply expressed their glee at the thought of new Madonna music, while others attempted to decode her message and determine what it meant.
Hollywood stars including Ben Stiller, Madonna and Chris Rock have joined a GoFundMe appeal to raise money for the victims of the terror attack in New Zealand.
Set up by U2 and Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary, the appeal has raised nearly all of its $100,000 target in two days.
Oseary himself pledged $18,000 (around £13,500) to the fund, while other Hollywood stars have been flocking to help those affected by the tragedy, with Madonna donating $10,000.
Other celebs getting involved include director directors Judd Apatow and Ava DuVernay, and Ashton Kutcher.
'I read the frightening details and could barely find the strength to watch a short clip of the disturbing footage. My heart breaks for the victims and for their families,' Oseary, who is also Amy Schumer’s manager, wrote in setting up the page.
'We will work with GoFundMe to ensure all funds are transferred to an organisation providing support to the families and community.'
50 people were killed after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, with 50 more people injured.
From Yahoo Movies UK
'Like a Prayer: A Documentary Film' directed by Oksana Nabokova is complete and fans are invited to attend the exclusive and private NYC Screening!
Save the Date : Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Location: Time Square, NYC!
Oksana Nabokova has this to say about the film:
I have worked independently on the film production of 'Like a Prayer' for close to three and half years. I met many Madonna fans around the world during my travels and found that there were many special stories to be shared. I hired a film editor in Russia and film crews all over the world to help me document these stories of some of Madonnas most devoted fans. This film is about finding yourself, following your dreams and not caring what people think. Funding this project completely on my own has been a very difficult challenge but I am proud of the results and after an initial test screening of my film it is one step closer to finally being released everywhere.
Now that my film is complete I still have to raise additional money for post production costs including: securing a lawyer to go over the legal copyrights of the movie, as well as getting an insurance company to insure the film and promotion costs to hire a PR team. These are going to be very costly but necessary expenses that I currently can't afford on my own.
I decided the best way to raise money for these final post production expenses, was to put together a private event to invite fellow fans to help contribute to this films release. As a way of saying thank you, you will be able to get tickets to attend the private screening of my film 'Like a Prayer' as well tickets to the official after-party, immediately following the screening. Plus there will be a Madonna swag bag giveaway contest by the end of the night that will go to one very lucky winner!
All ticket sales will go towards the final costs of having the movie available for world wide distribution.
Tickets for this screening are available exclusively only at www.purplepass.com
With your support, you will help get this film to a world wide audience!
Meeting Madonna is something on many music fans' wish list. But to be able to record a song with the superstar is beyond anything Maluma could have imagined.
While in Miami promoting his 11:11 World Tour, Billboard caught up with the singer to talk about his experience of being in the studio with the pop music icon.
'I met Madona during the VMAs in New York,' Maluma says. 'After that, I had the opportunity to spend some time with her in Los Angeles. She was in the studio and I joined her.'
And how was the meeting between Maluma and Madonna? 'We just had a beautiful connection. She is one of my biggest inspirations,' he said.
Maluma really appreciated the time in the studio and he’s honored to say now that Madonna is a friend. The song that they were 'cooking' will be part of Madonna’s next project.
'After all, the best thing I could get is having her lessons,' Maluma concluded.
Madonna celebrates Like A Prayer music video’s 30th anniversary and the ‘controversy’ that made it iconic
Madonna caused quite a storm with the release of her controversial music video for Like A Prayer, but she’s quite proud of the scandal as she celebrates the song’s 30th anniversary.
Back in 1989, the queen of pop sparked sheer outrage with the Mary Lambert-directed visuals, which saw Madonna kiss a black saint alongside images of burning crosses and stigmata. Oh, the drama.
Reflecting on the controversy with fond memories, Madonna wrote in an Instagram post: ‘30 years ago today I released Like a Prayer and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses. I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy! #likeaprayer.’
Before Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball or Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Madonna’s Like A Prayer was at the centre of one of the biggest scandals pop had seen at the time. In January 1989, two months before the video’s release, Madonna signed a staggering $5 million (£3.8 million) endorsement deal with Pepsi meaning she was deemed family-friendly enough to front one of the biggest brands in the world. However, it all came crumbling down just two months later when the full visual for Like A Prayer visuals were released. Madonna had initially teased a clip which showed her singing alongside a gospel choir, which seemed innocent enough. So it’s no surprise that Pepsi felt completely blindsided to see the pop star seducing a black saint and burning crosses.
An advert she had filmed with the soft drink brand, which featured scenes from the Like A Prayer video, did air following the controversy but Pepsi pulled the commercial after threats of a boycott. The brand quickly distanced themselves from Madge, 60, and promptly terminated the contract they’d signed just weeks before. Reacting to the controversy, Pepsi told the New York Times in 1989: ‘When you’ve got an ad that confuses people or concerns people, it just makes sense that that ad goes away.’
Naturally offended by the anti-religious imagery, the Vatican condemned the video. Still, Madonna managed to perform the song in front of the Pope in 2008. Gotta admire her tenacity. Despite the outrage, Like A Prayer spent three weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was voted MTV’s most groundbreaking music video of all time, proving the song’s weight amongst fans. When so many musicians play it safe, Like A Prayer perfectly symbolises the fearlessness that pop can and should represent.
30 years ago today I released Like a Prayer and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses! I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. 🔥🔥🔥Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy! #likeaprayer meant to post this yesterday but was blocked! 😂 what a shocker!
30 years ago today I released Like a Prayer and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses! I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video... https://t.co/34W0xOWLQa pic.twitter.com/i3SdBxng5k— Madonna (@Madonna) 4 March 2019
Madonna has recruited some former stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race to appear in her upcoming music video.
The Queen of Pop is currently gearing up for her return to the music scene, with the lead single from her upcoming 14th studio album, which is believed to be called Magic, tipped for release in the coming weeks.
Earlier this week, Madonna revealed on Instagram that she was shooting the song’s music video, and it sounds as though she may have some surprise Drag Race cameos.
Among them will be the most recent winner of All Stars 4, Monét X Change, who is reported to have accepted a last-minute offer from Madonna, forcing her to miss a show in Denver.
As a result, Monét has been pulled from the Haters Roast US tour, with a statement from organisers saying: 'Sometime during the afternoon, we’re told [Monét] received a phone call from Madonna with an offer to be in an upcoming music video. Monét asked [organisers Murray & Peter] if it would be ok to leave the tour to accept the offer. We said no because it was too short notice to replace her on Haters. Just hours before the show was to start and without telling anyone including the other queens on the Denver show, Monet left the venue and flew to LA to accept Madonna’s offer. Therefore, we have decided that Monet will no longer be on any upcoming Haters Roast dates.'
From HuffPost UK