She's sold 300 million albums, her tours have grossed $1.31 billion, and she's one of the most famous women ever to have lived - and next month, in a milestone, she turns 60.
1. She laid out the template for the modern female pop icon
But these days the Queen of Pop is much more likely to be attacked than appreciated: for years she has endured mockery of her refusal to dress demurely, her taste for younger men, and that one time she fell over on stage.
Amid this, it can easy to forget quite how influential she has been: without her, from music to fashion to the whole concept of celebrity, today's pop culture landscape would simply not exist as it is.
And that's not to mention the impact she's had on her on her fans, like my own teenage self, whose love for her I have channelled into a new novel, The Madonna of Bolton, which celebrates the impression she makes on a young working class man's coming of age in the Eighties and Nineties. So to mark the big occasion, here are a few ways in which her Madgesty has conclusively changed the world.
1. She laid out the template for the modern female pop icon
Long before Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, Madonna was the first female pop star to project an image of control, drive and fierce independence. For all her personal suffering (her mother died when she was five), she has rarely betrayed any emotional fragility. Rather, she has worn costumes that looked like armour, such as the famous corset designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier for the Blond Ambition tour.
And in the video for Express Yourself, a rousing anthem to female empowerment, she dressed in a man's suit and presided over an army of male underlings. 'I'm tough, I'm ambitious and I know exactly what I want,' she once said. 'If that makes me a bitch, OK.'
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Seymour Stein is indisputably one of the greatest A&R men in music-business history: As chief of Sire Records, which he cofounded with Richard Gottehrer in 1966, he presided over a label that for decades had not only massive hits - from Madonna, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Seal and others - but also acts that may not have had multiplatinum sales but shaped the sound of the last quarter of the 20th century: the Ramones, Lou Reed, the Pretenders, the Smiths, the Cure, the Replacements, Aphex Twin and so many more. A well-curated mixtape of Sire releases from the ‘80s and ‘90s is like the soundtrack to an era.
Yet Stein’s career stretches back to the 1950s: He began at Billboard and soon moved over to Syd Nathan’s King Records - home of James Brown - and several other gigs before cofounding Sire. And he’s still at it: He remains Sire’s chairman and on any given day is jetting across the globe to speak at conferences and find talent (he’s big on China and India these days), or he’s in the office, fielding calls from his mind-boggling circle of friends.
Stein (pictured below with Madonna and, far left, David Byrne) has had an astonishing life, and he’s finally penned an autobiography (with cowriter Gareth Murphy), which publishes today, called 'Siren Song: My Life in Music.' Variety is honored to present a lightly edited excerpt from the chapter where he meets Madonna for the first time.
I was blowtorching the candle at both ends, and in mid-1982, I started getting pains in my chest. I thought I was getting a heart attack, so I didn’t waste any time seeing a doc. An EKG showed that the hole between the left and right ventricles was infected. My rare condition had a name: subacute endocarditis. The good news, however, was that it was fixable with open-heart surgery. I was checked straight into Lenox Hill Hospital for four weeks of penicillin to clear up the infection before they decided what to do about the deformation. And right there, feeling sorry for myself in that ass-numbing bed, was where the record man’s equivalent of Florence Nightingale walked in. Yes, you guessed it, she wasn’t really a nurse, though sometimes I do wonder if singers are types of faith healers.
The series of events that brought Madonna to my hospital bed began months earlier when Mark Kamins started dropping hints. Danceteria was still the number-one downtown club, and Mark was arguably New York’s hottest deejay. Unfortunately, he wasn’t making enough money and knew he had to broaden his professional horizons while he was in such demand. We’d asked him to remix a David Byrne solo track called 'Big Business,' but Mark was dreaming of becoming a real-deal producer and asked me for help. I told him flat out that no big artist would ever risk working with an unproven producer, even if he was New York’s hippest deejay. Like everyone else, he’d have to earn his stripes by finding nobodies and making them sound like stars.
One night in Danceteria, he had been approached by this dancing beauty who introduced herself. Madonna charmed the pants off him, literally, and played him a self-made demo of a song she wrote called 'Everybody,' which she’d made with a guy called Steve Bray. Mark then reworked and revamped the whole tune from scratch in a better studio with better musicians. He even had the sense to test his mix on the dance floor before shopping it around. The crowd seemed to respond enthusiastically, so he made copies and went hustling.
I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been played this demo yet, so I arranged for my secretary to send the cassette into Lenox Hill Hospital, where I duly slotted it into my Sony Walkman. As penicillin dripped into my heart, I lay there and listened to Mark’s first find. I’m sure I was going nuts in that little room, but I immediately felt an excitement. I liked the hook, I liked Madonna’s voice, I liked the feel, and I liked the name Madonna. I liked it all and played it again. I never overanalyze or suck the life out of whatever I instinctively enjoy. I reached over and called up Mark. 'Can I meet you and Madonna?'
He called back saying they’d drop by the hospital that evening. 'What?'
'I know. I told her you were sick, but she really wants this.'
I just said, 'Okay, see you this evening,' and hit all the panic buttons. 'Get me a pair of pajamas,' I told my secretary. 'Oh, and send me in a hairdresser as quickly as you can.' I then pushed the buzzer for nurse assistance. 'Someone important is coming in. I need to wash. Can you unplug this drip while I have a shower?'
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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.
So Sad....... So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. 💙 Gone too Soon. pic.twitter.com/l7FDKCu6K4— Madonna (@Madonna) 20 April 2018
From Associated Press
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
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.
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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.
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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 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.
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
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