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Furious at leaks, Madonna releases songs early

Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, furious that early versions had leaked online in what she had described as 'artistic rape.'

The songs will appear on the pop icon's first album in three years, 'Rebel Heart,' which comes out in March. The six tracks show Madonna going further in a hip-hop direction and include a collaboration with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj.

The Material Girl said she decided to put the songs on sale online after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the Internet.

'I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,' Madonna said in a statement.

Leaking has become an increasingly common problem for artists in an age where copying music takes little technical skill. Lady Gaga last year also released music early after leaks, while Beyonce avoided the problem by releasing an album with no prior publicity.

The new songs show Madonna - the creator of some of the most recognizable dance pop of the 1980s - further going into an R&B style, which she had touched on going as far back as 1989's 'Like a Prayer' and embraced on her 2008 album 'Hard Candy.'

One of the new songs, 'Living for Love,' merges elements from Madonna's career. Her vocals show clear R&B influence as a funky urban beat builds into club-packing house music. The song could be read as delving into Madonna's notoriously turbulent love life, with the anthem-like lyrics, 'Lifted me up, and watched me stumble / After the heartache, I'm gonna carry on.'

Madonna, whose purported romances have provided tabloid fodder since her eight-year marriage to British filmmaker Guy Ritchie ended in 2008, unleashes anger to an unnamed ex-lover in the evocatively titled 'Unapologetic Bitch.' As reggae guitars back up a hip-hop beat, Madonna blares: 'You know you never really knew how much you loved me until you lost me, did you? / You know you never really knew how much your selfish bullshit cost me? / Well, fuck you.'

Pursuing a lyrical theme, another song is called 'Bitch, I'm Madonna' as the 56-year-old pop icon raps with the younger Minaj in a hip-hop anthem on the joys of unabashed late-night partying.

Madonna shows her warmer side on the ballad 'Ghost Town' and goes in a completely different lyrical direction on "Illuminati," in which she plays on the 18th-century conspiracy theory of a global secret society. 'It's the Enlightenment that started it all / The Founding Fathers wrote it down on the wall / And now the media's misleading us all,' Madonna sings as she name-checks everyone from Steve Jobs to Queen Elizabeth II to ISIS.

The songs come after what had been a quiet 2014 for Madonna, who dropped off Forbes' annual list of the highest-earning female musicians after topping it a year earlier.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Releases Six Songs From New 'Rebel Heart' Album

Madonna has just released six songs from her new studio album 'Rebel Heart'. The six songs are currently available for purchase now via preorder at iTunes and other music outlets with purchase of the album and a la carte as well. The music will also be available on all streaming services. Additional music will be released on Feb. 9th. The full album of 'Rebel Heart' on Interscope Records is scheduled to be released the first week in March 2015.

Song titles that are currently available from the new album are Living For Love, Devil Pray, Ghosttown, Unapologetic Bitch, Illuminati and Bitch I'm Madonna which was recorded with Nicki Minaj. Producers include Madonna, Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, was recorded in NY, LA and London.

The decision to release the songs much earlier than anticipated was due to the leaking of several work-in-progress demos earlier this week.

'I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,' commented Madonna.

Pre-order at itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rebel-heart/ or via your local iTunes store.

What do you think of the tracks you have downloaded from Rebel Heart? Add your thoughts using the 'Comments' button below.


Madonna's message to fans about full album leak

Madonna's 13th studio album has appeared online in its unfinished form.

The singer has been working throughout 2014 on her next studio album, which has tentatively been titled Iconic on this unauthorised leak.A total of 11 tracks have surfaced, including previously confirmed songs 'Rebel Heart', 'Bitch I'm Madonna', 'Joan of Arc' and 'Make the Devil Pray'.

Madonna has yet to announce an official title or release date for the album, which wasn't expected to be available legally to fans for some months yet.

The star has worked with a range of songwriters and producers for the album, including Diplo, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Ryan Tedder.

From Digital Spy

Madonna herself has commented on her Instagram page with the message: 'Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world.'

Later on Madonna also posted on Instagram: 'This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demo's half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?'


Ryan Tedder: Madonna's new music is the 'best'

Madonna’s new music is 'her best' in recent years, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder has revealed.

The lead singer from the pop-rock group has been drafted in to write tracks for the Material Girl’s new album, which will be released in 2015.

'It’s her best stuff in over a decade - it’s really strong,' he told the Daily Mirror.

But the 35-year-old musician added: 'The tracks I’ve done with her are really hard to explain.'

Ryan, who performed at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball on December 6, has composed songs for the likes of One Direction, Leona Lewis and Ella Henderson.

Madonna has also teamed up with Avicii, and their track Rebel Heart was leaked online with another song, Wash Over Me. The singer admitted the breach of privacy 'broke her heart'.

And Ryan revealed his concerns that the leaked tracks could have been his collaborations with her.

'I was actually working on something with Madonna when her tracks leaked,' he said. 'So I panicked because I thought it was the song I was working on, but luckily it wasn’t. People have way too much time on their hands.'

From SNAP.PA


Two New Madonna Songs Have Leaked

When it rains, it pours.

On Nov. 27, a snippet of a new Madonna song called 'Rebel Heart' leaked to the Internet. A day later, a full-length version of the tune had made its way to the Web, as well as another full track, seemingly titled 'Wash All Over Me.'

'Rebel Heart' is likely a co-production with superstar DJ/producer Avicii, who Madonna worked with earlier in the year on new music. (Madonna posted an image of her with Avicii in a recording studio, using the hash tag #RebelHeart.) Both songs could be unfinished, or demo versions.

Madonna's publicist had no comment about the initial leak, though the diva's manager, Guy Oseary, Tweeted: 'I would be grateful to any Madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak. We appreciate your help.'

Madonna has been working on new music throughout 2014, often updating her Instagram feed with photos and messages regarding her progress. A new album from the entertainer is expected in 2015. It will be her first studio effort since 2012's MDNA, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

From Billboard.com


Nile Rodgers: Madonna knows best

Nile Rodgers advises to always do as Madonna says.

The American hitmaker has worked with music's biggest stars throughout his illustrious career, including Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Duran Duran.

However, it is only Madonna's advice that he always blindly listens to.

'Do as Madonna says,' Nile stated to Q magazine as one of his golden rules for life. 'When I did Like a Virgin, I thought Material Girl was the best song to lead with. Madonna was convinced it was Like a Virgin. But I was like, 'Material Girl's ten times better.''

'She taught me that it was about being a girl, losing your virginity, and how relevant a lyric like that would be. Sometimes there's an intellectual component to a record that can trump its primal component.'

While Nile is a star in his own right thanks to his disco funk band Chic, his talents are often called upon by other music stars. Never one to say no, the 62-year-old loves sharing his pearls of wisdom with both budding and established artists.

'Help your fellow musicians. I believe in giving back as much help to musicians as possible. Recording with Daft Punk, we were in the same studio we did the first Chic single. They went, 'How did you make Chic records?' So I taught them the technique. We came up with Get Lucky, then Lose Yourself to Dance and Give Life Back to Music in minutes. All three songs were finished in one day,' he smiled.

From Yahoo! News


How Madonna's 'Like A Virgin' Has Changed Over 30 Years

Thirty years ago, a blithe little song about fresh romance made pop music feel so shiny and new. Madonna was already something of a household name when 'Like a Virgin' was released, on Nov. 6, 1984 (two months after we heard it for the first time at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards), but the song made her pop's impending queen. It gave Madonna her first No. 1 single, sitting atop the Billboard chart for six weeks.

Arguably still her most famous song, 'Like a Virgin' is now a staple at wedding receptions, on the airwaves and on lists of controversial moments in popular culture. But you're much less likely to see Madonna perform a standard rendition of the classic today. Most of her tours have featured a remastered version, which means we've heard several wildly different iterations of the pop standard. Here's how 'Like a Virgin' has evolved in the 30 years since it was released:

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What is your favourite live performance of 'Like A Virgin'? Add your thoughts using the 'Comments' button below.

Here is madonnalicious' copy of the 'Like a Virgin' single, bought with my pocket money 30 years ago in Woolworths!


Ode to Madonna: Singing nun to release Like a Virgin cover

Her love of one madonna is no secret, but her appreciation of another may come as a surprise.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, the singing Sicilian nun who triumphed earlier this year in The Voice of Italy talent show, is about to release her first album. It includes a cover of Madonna’s pop classic Like A Virgin.

'I chose it myself. Without any desire to provoke or scandalise,' Scuccia, 26, told the Catholic newspaper Avvenire.

'If you read the lyrics without being influenced by what has gone before, you discover that it is a song about the capacity of love to make people new again. To release them from their past. And this is how I wanted to interpret it. That’s why we’ve transformed it from the pop-dance track it was into a romantic ballad a bit in the style of [US singer-songwriter] Amos Lee.'

The result, she said, was more of 'a secular prayer than a pop song'.

Scuccia strode into the public spotlight in flat shoes and her black habit in March when she auditioned before stunned judges on the Italian show. She went on to win, reciting the Lord’s prayer at the final in June, and to sign a contract with Universal for the album due out next month.

Scuccia’s version of Like A Virgin is one of its singles. But neither the track nor the video bears much resemblance to the 1984 hit, for which Madonna gallivanted around Venice, contorting her petite frame under bridges and cavorting with a lion.

In a nod to the original, Scuccia is also pictured in Venice for her video, but wears a habit and crucifix throughout and refrains from reclining on boats.

A few of the lyrics have been modified slightly or left out entirely. For example, 'Gonna give you all my love, boy' is shortened to exclude the last word.

From www.theguardian.com


Madonna, Mermaids and Ariel Pink

Here's a bit of a curveball: Ariel Pink says he's been asked to work on Madonna's new album, the follow up to 2012's MDNA. In an interview with Faster Louder, Pink said he was contacted by Madge's label, Interscope, to help out.

'They need something edgy. They need songwriting,' he said. 'She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing.' (Watch out, Diplo and Blood Diamonds!)

That said, he doesn't sound like he's fallen under her spell. 'I guess it’s called ‘throwback’, but the first record was so good because of the songs,' he said. 'It's been a downward slide [since]. Ray of Light is not cool. And all the other stuff she’s done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something.'

It's worth pointing out that dozens of songwriters are asked to write for artists as big as Madonna, so it's entirely possible Pink's contributions will never come to light. (Or that after reading this interview, Madonna will wave her hand and have him thrown to the dogs.)

It's also worth noting that Pink covered 'Everybody' for 2007's Through the Wilderness, a Madonna tribute album. And which Madonna record is 'Everybody' from? Her first one! He's not just being retroactively selective with his tastes, then. Come on, Ariel, you don't even like 'Like a Prayer'?

Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager, has denied Pink's claims on his Twitter saying that Madonna and him have never heard of Ariel Pink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids.'

From Pitchfork.com


Madonna gives MNEK bag of lemons

Madonna gave MNEK a bag of lemons and some throat-soothing tea bags to help him keep his voice in tip-top shape.

The 19-year-old singer/songwriter has teamed up with the music legend on a song for her upcoming new album and admits the 56-year-old star gave him plenty of advice about how to look after his vocal chords.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: 'She's really cool. So lovely and very motherly. She gave me a bag full of lemons and Throat Coat tea bags. They're pretty amazing.'

MNEK is set to perform at a new music initiative, MUSIC CUBE, at shopping centre Westfield London, west London, alongside Neon Jungle later this month, and the star insists it is important for new platforms to be created to promote live music for up-and-coming talent.

MNEK and Neon Jungle will take to the stage in a bespoke soundproof glass cube at MUSIC CUBE, which is exclusive to Westfield London (October 24-26) and Westfield Stratford City (October 31-November 2).

From Yahoo! News


Madonna's 'Bedtime Stories' Turns 20

Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, a classic that came out at a strange crossroads in her career.

While Madonna certainly didn't lack for fame in 1994, the button-pushing Erotica album had soured many critics and fans. For the first time in a decade of superstardom, people weren't shocked by her antics anymore - even worse, they often seemed exhausted by her.

Artistically speaking, she'd spent the last four years challenging and subverting America's sexual puritanism. But after releasing an entire book called Sex featuring nude pictures of herself and other celebrities, there didn't seem to be anywhere else to go in that realm.

It didn't help that she'd detonated 14 F-bombs on a March 1994 episode of The Late Show With David Letterman, an infamous appearance that racked up FCC complaints and distanced her from Middle America. Evita was two years away and the overt sexuality of Erotica was growing stale - so when Bedtime Stories hit, Madonna's career was at a strange point.

To that end, Bedtime Stories is lyrically and musically a much warmer album. She sacrifices some bawdy entendres (compare Erotica's 'Where Life Begins' to Bedtime's 'Inside of Me') and focuses on autobiographical matter.

Instead of Erotica's chilly, pounding dance pop, Bedtime puts Madonna in softer sonic territory. There's the singer-songwriter-y 'Secret,' the avant pop of 'Bedtime Story' (co-written by Bjork), the new jack swing jam 'I'd Rather Be Your Lover' (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello rapping), the Herbie Hancock-sampling ballad 'Sanctuary' and the lush, orchestral R&B of 'Take a Bow.'

But softer sounds didn't necessarily mean muted lyrics. 'Human Nature' finds Madonna taking on her critics more directly than ever with a logical, defiant attack on slut-shaming. And while album opener 'Survival' is a cozy R&B-pop song, it was similarly unrepentant in attitude.

The inviting R&B sound of Bedtime Stories is due in part to co-producer Dallas Austin, who longtime Madonna backup singer Donna de Lory describes as 'part of her tribe at that time.' Also on board were co-producers Nellee Hooper, Dave 'Jam' Hall (hot off Mary J. Blige's debut, What's the 411?) and, of course, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds.

To read the rest of the article visit www.billboard.com/articles


Madonna track sounds wicked, says MNEK

MNEK has described Madonna's new material as 'wicked'.

The British singer-songwriter has been in the studio with the US icon to work on a track for her forthcoming new album, which is due out in 2015.

'I almost get quite scared talking about it,' MNEK told Digital Spy at the MOBO Awards launch. 'It's happened, obviously. I did meet Madonna and I did work with her.'

'It was great and amazing. The song sounds wicked - I'm really proud of it. Diplo's dope, Madonna's dope, her people are great and that side of things is working out great.'

MNEK is nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards 2014, with Sam Smith and Krept & Konan leading this year's list.

From Digital Spy


Madonna Adds DJ Dahi & Blood Diamonds to Collaborators List

The list of collaborators for Madonna’s next album continues to grow.

The diva posted an Instagram photo on Saturday of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds working behind a computer, with the caption, 'Nothing can stop the Sex Boyzzzzzz!'

DJ Dahi is the producer behind Drake’s 'Worst Behavior,' and has worked with other artists like Kendrick Lamar and Lily Allen. Pop act Blood Diamonds (aka Mike Diamond) is a frequent collaborator with Grimes.

Madonna has also been working with super-producer Diplo, who has turned up in multiple photos on her Instagram account. In his Billboard magazine cover feature, Diplo said that he's had multiple studio sessions with Madonna that have resulted in at least three 'amazing, smashes.'

The diva's next as-yet untitled album will be released in 2015 on Interscope Records. Her last release, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Based on a glance at Madonna’s Instagram feed, the set may also feature collaborations with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Ariel Rechtshaid, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Aiming for 2015 Album Release

Madonna's been hard at work on her upcoming new album - as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram - and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative.

Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo, who has turned up in multiple photos on the diva's Instagram account. It's unclear if Diplo (who recently graced the cover of Billboard magazine) is materializing as the album's primary producer, but it would seem that he could play a significant role in the project.

When asked specifically about Diplo and his involvement in the album, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary told Billboard, 'She's currently in the studio with Diplo and having a lot of fun,' but didn't offer any further clues about the project. Alas.

In his Billboard magazine cover feature, Diplo said that he's had multiple studio sessions with Madonna that have resulted in at least three 'amazing, smashes.' 'I got really lucky because she's been really understanding and open to my ideas. And she's like, 'I hate sleeping....''

Madonna's next album is due out on Interscope Records, and - based on a glance at her Instagram feed - may also feature collaborations with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Ariel Rechtshaid, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. On last week’s Pop Shop Podcast, Kierszenbaum - the head of Cherrytree Records who also records as Cherry Cherry Boom Boom - told Billboard that he was 'very proud' of the work he completed with Madonna in the studio.

'It was a real privilege to write with Madonna, and with Natalia Kills,' said Kierszenbaum. 'We ended up writing about seven songs. We were meant to only be there with her for a couple of days, but we really distilled it down to a very traditional writing session. It was just me on the piano, and Madonna and Natalia Kills around it, and we just wrote songs the old-fashioned way, just playing the piano and singing. .... I don’t know what she’s gonna use from the sessions, but it was a tremendous honor.'

Madonna’s last release, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart - her fifth consecutive No. 1 studio album and her eighth chart-topper overall.


Song lyrics revealed?

UK 'newspaper' The Sun published some leaked lyrics from Madonna's sessions for her new album. They state these songs 'might not make the final album....'

What are your thoughts? Real or not? And who could these songs be about?!

'Heartbreak City'

'Cut me down the middle, f***ed me up a little. You said I was your queen. I tried to give you everything. And now you want your freedom.'

'You got just what you came for, a bit of fame and fortune, and I'm no longer needed.'

'You tore me into pieces, you didn't have no damn reason. I let you in my kingdom, you helped yourself with everything.'

'I curse the day we met. This memory is haunting me. I wish I could forget.'

'Two Steps Behind Me'

'You're a copycat, Where is my royalty? You're a pretty girl, I'll give you that. But stealing my recipe, it's an ugly look.'

'Did you study me hard enough? You're never gonna be, you're just a wannabe me. Like a sister all messed-up, who's gonna help you out? In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can't be me.'

'You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you'll always be two steps behind me.'


'We got drunk in the studio and wrote a super weird song'

Diplo has offered some details on his recent team-up with Madonna.

The DJ and producer was enlisted by the Queen of Pop earlier this year as she worked on new material.

Speaking to Billboard, Diplo said that the duo ended up getting drunk in the recording studio whilst writing.

He said: 'One [song] is super weird. Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly.'

Talking meanwhile about another track they wrote together, Diplo said:

'That song is on like version 20. It went from a piano ballad to a 'Turn Down for What'-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle.'

From www.pressparty.com


Two 'Erotica'-era Madonna demos make their way online

Erotica may have been the first Madonna LP since her debut not to reach the number one spot on the Billboard albums chart, but in retrospect it’s her strongest album - produced at the peak of her power and provocativeness during the same burst of creativity that yielded the Sex book and tour documentary Truth or Dare and helped elevate her from mere pop star to an era-defining icon. Over the years demos for that album, referred to by superfans as 'the Rain tapes,' have made their way online, mostly as snippets, along with a lot of fakes.

Yesterday two full tracks purporting to be Erotica outtakes were posted on Soundcloud:

'You Are the One' exemplifies the club-pop approach of her early-’90s recordings, with a bubblegum vocal part over a organ-driven Shep Pettibone house beat and a post-acid-house bass line.

'Shame' is a relatively serious song with a self-empowerment hook seemingly intended to repeat the success of 'Express Yourself' from her previous album, and would have fit in with Erotica‘s political streak. It may have had a better chance of making the album if it had been kicked up a few BPM.

Madonna’s people have done a fairly good job of keeping the Rain tapes off the Internet so far—but this apparent leak of two complete tracks suggests that the rest of it may make it online before too long.

From Entertainment Weekly


Madonna Re-Records An '80s Classic for Diplo

In news that's sure to make all of Madonna's past producers jealous, Diplo just revealed he got Madonna to re-record the vocals to one of her '80s classics in the midst of working on her upcoming album. Even cooler? She changed the lyrics to sing about him. Yes, Diplo is one of the luckiest people on the planet.

Madge sang new vocals for 'La Isla Bonita,' changing the lyrics to, 'Last night I dreamt of Major Lazer' (which is one of Diplo's side projects). Diplo showed off the recording on an episode of the British series 'Superstar DJs,' which premieres tomorrow on UK television Channel 4.

When he plays the track for host Annie Mac, she understandably loses it. Apparently being a 'slave driver' while working on her new album is the best way to win her respect.

Diplo isn't the only one manning the boards on Madge's latest. She also hit the studio with Avicii back in March, which means her brand of dance-pop might be taking an EDM turn on her upcoming record.

From Billboard.com


Why the world needs a brilliant new Madonna album

Lifelong Madonna fan singer-songwriter Darren Hayes explains why the world needs an amazing new album from the Queen of Pop in this article for Attitude magazine:

The woman who has always been above social media has been having a torrid affair with it of late. 2014 shall forever be known by this fan as the year the Material Girl embraced Instagram and treated us to everything from gratuitous boob selfies to her homage to hairy underarms. And I’ve loved it. Through her iPhone Madonna let us behind the platinum curtain - even inside her very posh Upper East Side Manhattan master bathroom to witness everything form her post work-out beads of sweat to her son David Banda on guitar.

Yet of most fascination has been the cheeky way she has beckoned us inside the recording studio. The Queen of Pop has been teasing the world with progress of her as-yet-untitled (unless it’s called Unapologetic Bitch – and Lord don’t I hope so!) 13th studio album.

The list of potential collaborators is so far impressive: Sky Ferreira/Haim producer Ariel Rechtshaid, Wrecking Ball co-writer MoZella, MIA collaborator Diplo, DJ/producer Avicii, former Lady Gaga collaborator Martin Kierszenbaum, pop singer Natalia Kills, US hit-maker Toby Gad.

The imagery teased out recently is also exciting: Homage to Betty Page, mysterious veils and religious imagery? Check. But there’s also some cause for concern. Why? Because Madonna seems so close to getting it right. And we all know what happens when Madonna gets it slightly wrong. Two words: Hard Candy.

Some might argue her last studio album MDNA was a disappointment. I actually loved many moments on the album but there was a sense, right before the album dropped, that something was out of alignment.

It’s hard to pinpoint what was missing. The world was hungry for Madonna’s ‘A’ game. The reality is, we got glimpses of it. William Orbit suggested in retrospect that M was pulled in too many directions to really focus on making the record the brilliant return to form that songs like Gang Bang and Addicted promised it could be.

She had a clothing line, a world tour, a film and a perfume to promote. Music - the source of all her power - had been relegated to a mere portion of her time, a part-time job and unfortunately something had to give.

I assume it was the laser focus on the dance floor that lost out in the end, and the project suffered.

Thankfully the accompanying tour did not. We witnessed Madonna in her full prime, mercilessly slaying audiences with her bold confidence and celebrating dance at the centre of her circus. Yet when the confetti cleared there was the sense that the Madonna train had passed through town without a trace. The era, like Hard Candy, didn’t seem to permeate the zeitgeist the way Confessions on a Dancefloor had a few years before.

To read the rest of the article visit: http://attitude.co.uk


Diplo: 'We ended up writing seven songs together'

Diplo has revealed that he penned 'seven songs' with Madonna earlier this year.

The Queen of Pop has been busy for a number of months working on new material as she follows up her 2012 album 'MDNA'.

One of her collaborators was revealed to be DJ and producer Diplo, who has now told Heloisa Tolipan that their sessions were extremely fruitful.

He said: 'I met Madonna because of her kids and then she invited me to a party. We ended up writing seven songs together. I do not usually feel pressured to write hits, but when it's an artist of this calibre, it's obvious that I want to push the boundaries a little bit further and surpass myself. One of the songs we wrote is very cool and is called 'Bitch, I'm Madonna'.'

Other artists Madonna has worked with on her new album sessions include Avicii and Natalia Kills.

From www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/londonnewsdesk


Messiah: 'Coming soon....#promise #keep #sorceress #deep'

Madonna has shared some music from her new album, the track is Messiah and she posted the score for string section and a video clip of the orchestra recording the track.


Disclosure pour cold water over Madonna collaboration talk

Disclosure have dampened rumours about the duo working with Madonna.

The Queen of Pop hung out the Brits earlier this month in the US, updating her Instagram with images of the hitmakers.

This led some eager minds into speculating that they were working with Madonna on her upcoming album.

However, Disclosure told Billboard that talk of them producing her record is wide of the mark. Howard Lawrence said:

'She came to our gig at Governors Ball and within a few hours, there were articles being written about how we were producing her album - and we had met her that day. How could we even have done that?'

Guy Lawrence meanwhile said that Madonna was 'really cool' and 'very chill'.

Madonna has been working on new material this year with a number of collaborators, such as Avicii and Diplo.

From www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/Disclosure


Nile Rodgers: Working With Disclosure, Avicii, Madonna

Speaking to MTV UK ahead of a performance with his legendary disco band Chic at the Grand Opening of Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Nile Rodgers gave us the scoop on working with his 'little brother' Avicii, why Madonna is a dream to collaborate with, and just who he wants to work with....

MTV UK: You mentioned Madonna; what’s one of your fondest memories of working on Like A Virgin with her?

Nile: That was really phenomenal. People don’t give Madonna the real respect and credit that’s due her, she absolutely is the single hardest working person I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with literally hundreds of stars. Madonna shows up early, stays late, she’ll do every single task you want her to do and more. She’s the kind of person that you dream about. She brings the superstar thing and she brings a work ethic unlike anything you’ve ever seen. For me it’s like a dream come true. Probably one of the easiest records of my life I’ve ever made.

MTV UK: Who do you want to work with next?

Nile: That’s really impossible to say, because there are so many people I’m already working with and I like working with them so much that I continue working with them, like Pharrell and Disclosure, Sam Smith and Avicii.

Avicii to me is like my little brother, he’s one of the best composers that I’ve ever worked with, and Tim and I always make jokes that we wake up in the morning, we go into the studio and by nine, ten o’clock at night we have six songs. He’s already cut like 60-something songs for his next album, we were just together last week and he says, ‘Nile I’ve culled it down to 36!’ and then he says ‘Lets go write some more!’ I love people like that.

To read the rest of the interview visit www.mtv.co.uk


Madonna Hits The Studio With Natalia Kills

Madonna's in the studio with Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum.

The Queen of Pop shared an image on Instagram late in the evening on Wednesday with the caption 'Working the midnight shift with Natalia Kills. 2 girls on a couch… don't it taste like Holy Water? #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove'

In the photo, Madonna is sitting with pop singer/songwriter Kills, in front of two microphones. In the foreground is Martin Kierszenbaum, the founder and chairman of Cherrytree Records (Kills' label) and senior executive of A&R for Interscope Records.

Among his many credits, Kierszenbaum A&R'd Lady Gaga's debut album 'The Fame,' and co-wrote and produced four of the songs on the set. He also did A&R for Gaga's 'The Fame Monster' EP.

From Billboard.com


Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like 'Live to Tell,' 'Open Your Heart,' 'Frozen' and 'Like a Prayer.'

The latter cut was the lead single and title track from Madonna's 1989 album, which now celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was released by Sire/Warner Bros. Records on March 21, 1989, and shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 shortly thereafter. It spent six weeks atop the chart - her longest run at No. 1 for any album.

To celebrate a quarter century of 'Like a Prayer,' Billboard spoke to Leonard - the primary co-writer and co-producer of the set - to discuss the making of the album and his recollections of working with Madonna. (Would you believe 'Like a Prayer' was written in one day? And the entire album was written in less than two weeks?)

In our lengthy chat, we discuss everything from where Prince pops up on the album (it might surprise you), to Leonard's all-time favorite song they did together. Not to mention those rumors that he's working with Madonna on her next album.

To read the full interview visit www.billboard.com/patrick-leonard-talks-like-a-prayer-at-25


‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the biggest female celebrity on the planet, and yet for all her fame, few realized just how much pain and self-doubt this soon-to-be-divorced 30-year-old lapsed Catholic from Detroit was carting around. With 'Like a Prayer,' that would all change.

Recorded amid the dissolution of her marriage to actor Sean Penn, 'Like a Prayer' was Madonna’s most introspective and eclectic album to date. Unlike the three that came before, it blended classic psychedelic rock with then-current synth-pop sounds. And now, a quarter-century after its March 21, 1989 release, it doesn’t sound a bit dated. Lyrically, it’s about growing up, moving on from bad romance, and getting right with God and family. At least two of the songs center on the death of Madonna’s mother, a childhood trauma that had a strong part in making the singer who she is.

Before 'Like a Prayer' was even released, Madonna made it clear this wouldn’t be just another album. Three weeks before the release, she debuted the video for the title track, the first of five top 20 Hot 100 singles spawned from the album. Featuring depictions of murder, interracial love, and cross burnings, the clip juxtaposed notions of religious and sexual ecstasy, leaving some folks puzzled and just about everyone talking. Catholics denounced her; Pepsi dropped ads featuring her (and ended plans to sponsor her tour). Fans, of course, ate it up.

Controversy aside, 'Like a Prayer' is among Madonna’s finest moments, and over the next 10 tracks, its namesake album never lets up. It’s funky, poignant, and even a little kooky. And while Madonna is the quintessential singles artist, this chart-topping LP stands as one of her most fully realized collection of songs. Read on for our classic track-by-track review.

To read Billboard's track-by-track review visit: www.billboard.com/articles/review


Madonna Announces Avicii Collaboration

Madonna is making music with EDM star Avicii, she told the world via Instagram on Friday night 'On my way to the studio to work with Avicii!,' was part of the Queen of Pop's caption for her Instagram photo of herself in black fishnets posted late yesterday.

Avicii, who saw his track 'Wake Me Up' reach No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year, had simply tweeted 'Studiomode!' several hours earlier.

There's been no word on what exactly the pair worked on last night, or whether the sessions were intended for a future Avicii release or Madonna's next album. In February, she confirmed to The Canadian Press that she was working on the follow up to 2012's 'MDNA,' saying 'Plans are in the works already. Don't ask me with who, it's a secret. Top secret.'

Madonna's affinity for Avicii is well known. She famously popped up as a surprise guest during the Swedish DJ's set at the Ultra Music Festival in 2012.

From Billboard.com


Nile Rodgers: I want to work with Madonna again

Nile Rodgers wants to work with his best friend Madonna after revealing he’ll be making more music than ever after beating cancer.

The 61-year-old Chic star wants to team up with Madge again, having previously hit the studio with her on her Like A Virgin album.

‘I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.

‘For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.’

Rodgers stole the show at the Warner Music Group & Belvedere Brit awards after-party at The Savoy with a set featuring 45-year-old Kylie Minogue.

He also told fans to expect to hear a lot more from him in the charts after being given the all-clear from prostate cancer.

‘A little over three years ago I was diagnosed with extremely aggressive cancer and, I don’t mean to make light of it, but they were counting me out. And I thought 'You know, I’m going to do more music and more records than I have ever done in my life',’ he said.

From Metro.co.uk


30 years of Holiday, Madonna’s first UK Top 10 hit

1984: A song called Holiday jets into the Top 10 for the very first time (February 7th) – but certainly not the last. Madonna’s debut hit and signature song has been a Top 10 hit THREE times.

Can you remember a time before Madonna? If you can’t, and only know her as the global superstar she is now, there’s every chance you won’t know just how exciting, different and interesting this ragtag American singer with a kind of squeaky voice seemed when her ditty about skiving off work entered the Top 10 this week in 1984.

Sassy solo female singers were nothing new, of course and another young American lady named Cyndi Lauper was enjoying her first Top 10 hit with Girls Just Want To Have Fun a little further up the chart, but Madonna seemed to have something special from the start. Brutally honest and funny in interviews, her music was unashamedly poppy and devoted to having a good time and Holiday, now one of her most famous songs, perfectly encapsulated Madonna’s whole ethos: 'Awww, just have a day off, it’ll be fine'.

Little did we know that behind those bright eyes and kind of half-hearted dancing there was an ambitious workaholic, who would stop at nothing until she achieved global domination and, well, it didn’t take her very long.

Holiday had been in the Top 40 for three weeks before it finally clambered into the Top 10. It seemed odd that this happy, carefree record hadn’t been released in the height of summer and when it peaked at Number 6, Madonna obviously decided that wasn’t good enough – it was rereleased 18 months later covered in suntan lotion and in the height of Madonnamania, this time making it all the way to Number 2.

To read the rest of the article about Madonna's Holiday and other UK song chart stories visit www.officialcharts.com/features


Rodgers: No more Madonna outtakes

Nile Rodgers has revealed that there are no unreleased tracks from his session with Madonna. The Chic guitarist, who worked with the Queen of Pop in the 80s on her album Like A Virgin, admitted she was very determined about the record's tone and sound during a Google+ Hangout with Billboard.

'I don't have any unreleased Madonna material because Madonna knew exactly what she wanted her album to be when we did Like a Virgin,' he said. The only song that I had any input of bringing into the mix was a cover of Rolls Royce's ballad Love Don't Live Here Any More. That was a final last-minute decision.'

The 61-year-old added: 'The way I make records, believe it or not, there are not many outtakes in my world. As Madonna would say, 'Time is money and the money is mine'. 'The tape cost money and things like that, so when we were making records we had to be very budget-conscious. The great thing about Chic is that we do it very efficient. Both money and groove-conscious.'

Nile, who scooped three Grammy awards at this year's ceremony, premiered his new single Do What You Wanna Do (IMS Anthem) and talked about the upcoming Chic album, which will be a 'pop record'. He also said a Chic-inspired musical is in the early stages of production.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


Monte Pittman 'The Power of Three'

Madonna's longtime lead guitarist and guitar teacher Monte Pittman is releasing his third solo album on Tuesday.

The Power of Three, the upcoming full-length album from award winning, chart topping guitarist, Monte Pittman is set for release on January 21, 2014 through Metal Blade Records. Pittman, along with band members Kane Ritchotte on drums and Max Whipple on bass, went to Copenhagen earlier this year to record the album with producer Flemming Rasmussen.

‘A Dark Horse’, the first single from Monte’s third album, reflects Monte’s return to his metal roots while demonstrating his Orange gear sound and tone to perfection. Flemming Rasmussen, famous for Metallica’s seminal album ‘Master Of Puppets’, produced the album, The Power Of Three, which is hard and heavy and follows on from Monte’s highly successful, critically acclaimed second album ‘Pain, Love & Destiny’, which reached number one in both the rock and pop charts.

Monte Pittman has released a brand new single on iTunes! Fans can check out 'Before the Mourning Son' now. The first single ‘A Dark Horse’ is also available now as an iTunes download.

Monte Pittman Live:
NAMM 2014:
1/21: Musicians Institute Performance / Q&A (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
1/23: 'Who the Fuck is Arthur Fogel?' – Screening/Premiere
1/24: Product demos/interviews with Orange (10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM) including NUMUBU live broadcast, Premier Guitar, and Guitar World
1/24: Fullerton, CA (Evening) @ Slidebar (Orange Party)
1/25: Acoustic Performance at Fishman – 12:30 PM
1/26: Signing at Orange Booth – 1:00 PM
2/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky

Keep up with Monte Pittman at www.montepittman.com


Madonna to write an album of ballads with help from Adele

Madonna is hanging up her pointy bras and fishnets as she swaps dance music for a 'grown up' album of ballads - thanks to Adele.

Queen of reinvention Madge has asked the 25-year-old songstress, to help her, promising in return to write a song for Adele's next record.

'They have met in London and plan a writing session to produce a track for each other's new albums,' says a source close to Madonna.

From MOS Diary


This week in Michigan history: 'Like a Virgin' tops charts

Bay City native Madonna’s song 'Like a Virgin' reached the top of the Billboard charts on Dec. 22, 1984 - and stayed there for six weeks.

Ironically, the song that made her career hadn’t been written for her or even for a female singer, according to 'The Billboard Book of Number One Hits.' Warner Brothers Records executive Michael Ostin happened to have a meeting with Madonna the night after he’d heard the song, and when he played it for her, the future pop icon grabbed the chance to make it hers.

The 55-year-old, who grew up in the same neighborhood where Bob Seger and his family lived, attended St. Frederick’s in Pontiac and St. Andrew’s and West Junior High in Rochester before graduating from Rochester’s Adams High School and studying ballet at the University of Michigan for a year. Her father was a Chrysler/General Dynamics engineer.

Before college, Madonna took dance with private instructor Christopher Flynn, who ran the Christopher Ballet in Rochester and took her to the Detroit gay dance club Menjo’s

From www.freep.com


Madonna Wins 'Vogue' Sampling Lawsuit

A lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert 'Shep' Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit 'Vogue,' has been resolved with a ruling favor of the defendants.

The original lawsuit was filed in July by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a 1976 composition called 'Love Break.' The plaintiff alleged that it was only through new technology that the "deliberately hidden" sampling had been detected.

But a U.S. District Court judge in California has ruled on summary judgment that sampling of the Horn hit was 'trivial,' in that in could not be recognized.

'Having listened to the sound recordings of Chicago Bus Stop, Love Break, and Vogue, the Court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation,' the ruling reads. 'The Court finds that any sampling of the Horn Hit was de minimis or trivial.'

The ruling had the potential of addressing a standard set in a 2006 case involving a N.W.A. rap song that sampled a Funkadelic riff. In that Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films case, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals wouldn't tolerate the sampling and looping of a two-second guitar chord. An appeals court wrote at the time, 'Get a license or do not sample. We do not see this as stifling creativity in any significant way.'

In the present case, U.S. District Judge Beverly O'Connell somewhat sidestepped the issue of whether a very brief sample could ever amount to copyright infringement, declining to adopt any bright-line rule from a different circuit. The judge added that it wasn't appropriate to apply that case because there wasn't clarity whether there was copying or independent creation or, indeed any sampling at all.

Says attorney Richard Busch, who represented the defendants: 'We are thrilled with the decision, and believe it is absolutely the right result.'

From Billboard.com / THR.com


M.I.A: Madonna rejected song for MDNA album

M.I.A. has admitted that Madonna rejected the chance to record one of her tracks.

The rapper - who worked with the Queen of Pop on Give Me All Your Luvin' - has told The Guardian that Madonna turned down her song Sexodus for her MDNA album.

Speaking of the song, M.I.A. told the newspaper: 'I actually played that song to Madonna when I wrote it. [I] said, 'Oh, you can have this.' She gave it back to me.'

Reminiscing about the moment when she asked Madonna what you do 'when you have it all', she replied: 'So I was like, what d'you do? And she said, 'You spend it!' And I said, no, I don't think that's the right answer.'

When asked if her answer had changed her impression of Madge, M.I.A. said: 'No, because Madonna is true to Madonna. She always said she was a material girl.'

After Madonna snubbed Sexodus, the track now features on M.I.A's new LP Matangi as a collaboration with The Weeknd. Matangi is due for release in the UK on November 4.

From MTV UK


Patrick Leonard explains how he composed hits with Madonna

Does Madonna write her own songs? Yes, and no. She doesn’t write the music, that’s for sure. And now that Ms. Ciccone has been put up for induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I thought it might be interesting to settle the question after all.

Last night I chatted with Patrick Leonard, the great composer of pop hits and sometimes even a ghost writer and ‘enabler’ for rock stars who need help getting their work onto paper. Leonard is a trained musician who can play anything at the drop of a hat. On the phone, from Amsterdam, where he’s working with Leonard Cohen, Patrick played 'Like a Prayer' for me in different sections. He wrote the music for that hit, as he did for many of Madonna’s big hits during her top of the chart heyday.

Patrick Leonard wrote the music for, among others: 'Like a Prayer,' 'Cherish,' 'True Blue,' 'Live to Tell,' 'La Isla Bonita,' 'Frozen,' 'Hanky Panky,' 'Sky Fits Heaven,' 'Nothing Really Matters,' 'I’ll Remember,' and 'Something to Remember.' He was a producer on 'Open Your Heart.'

Madonna wrote the lyrics, Leonard says, with him, and helped create the melodies. He considers her a friend and mentor. 'She put me on the map,' he says, 'I’m grateful.'

'I’m one of those people behind the curtain.' Leonard says. 'If she [Madonna] hadn’t sung those songs, no one would have heard them. She’s made it possible for me to do what I’m doing now.'

Their process was simple. He wrote the music, and brought it to Madonna. She would help supply lyrics and offer changes in the music to suit her. 'She’d refine it,' he says. 'You give her a track, she sings the melody. She’s very very talented.' Of their collaboration, he says, 'One doesn’t exist without the other. She always showed up and she was always completely involved. I miss her, actually.'

They haven’t written together since 1997. Would he like to do it again? 'Absolutely,' Leonard says. 'She writes a lot with deejays now.'

Leonard is credited on all the songs he wrote with Madonna. They include the largest number of chart hits on which she is credited as co-writer. There are no songs that are credited just to Madonna. And a clutch of them were written solely by others including 'Holiday,' 'Like a Virgin,' 'Material Girl,' and 'Borderline.'

Leonard told me he didn’t care if Madonna goes into the Songwriters Hall of Fame without him. He doesn’t believe in awards. He doesn’t even hang his gold records. 'They’re all in a closet somewhere,' he said. He just believes in moving forward. This week he comes to New York to work with Roger Waters.

From www.showbiz411.com / Roger Friedman


Madonna, Lady Gaga, Adele for 'G-A-Y The Album'

Madonna, Lady Gaga and Adele will all feature on new compilation G-A-Y The Album.
The collection will be released on October 7 through Sony Music to celebrate the famous club's 20th anniversary.
G-A-Y The Album will include remixes of popular hits that are exclusive and not available elsewhere digitally.
Madonna's 'Hung Up (SDP EXTENDED MIX)' will open disc one, which also features songs by Adele, Cheryl Cole, Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj.
The Dirty Version of Icona Pop's recent global smash 'I Love It' heads up disc two, with further remixed versions of hits by Little Mix, Calvin Harris, JLS and Celine Dion.
Kylie Minogue, Cher, Spice Girls and M People are among the artists on disc three, which concludes with Dolly Parton's classic hit '9 To 5'.
Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Spice Girls and One Direction are just a handful of the artists who have performed at G-A-Y over the past 20 years.
'I can't believe that G-A-Y is 20 years old,' said founder Jeremy Joseph. 'It's been an incredible journey of highs and lows.'
'I never had a vision for G-A-Y, just to create something I enjoyed and hoped others would as well.'
'G-A-Y has always been about supporting artists at the beginning of their careers and supporting them as they grow, and in return as they get bigger, they continue to perform at G-A-Y.'

To read the full tracklisting of the three-disc album visit www.digitalspy.co.uk/music


Billboard Hot 100 celebrates its 55th anniversary!

In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 - which now celebrates its 55th anniversary - has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. Billboard delved into the Hot 100's rich history to take a look, by the numbers, at the chart's Top 100 artists, the artists with the most Hot 100 No. 1's and top tens, the artists with the most overall Hot 100 hits, the biggest No. 2 hits, and more. Madonna was high on these lists:

Hot 100: Top 100 Artists

1 The Beatles
2 Madonna
3 Elton John
4 Elvis Presley
5 Mariah Carey
6 Stevie Wonder
7 Janet Jackson
8 Michael Jackson
9 Whitney Houston
10 The Rolling Stones

Hot 100: Most No. 1s By Artist
The all-time list of the artists with the most Hot 100 No. 1 hits.

The Beatles 20
Mariah Carey 18
Michael Jackson 13
Madonna 12
Rihanna 12
The Supremes 12
Whitney Houston 11
Janet Jackson 10
Stevie Wonder 10

Most Top 10 Hits By Artist
The artists with the most top 10 hits on the Hot 100.

Madonna 38
The Beatles 34
Michael Jackson 28
Stevie Wonder 28
Mariah Carey 27
Janet Jackson 27
Elton John 27
Elvis Presley 25
Rihanna 24

Most Weeks at No. 1 By Artist
A ranking of the artists who have spent the most weeks at the Hot 100's pole position.

Mariah Carey 79
The Beatles 59
Boyz II Men 50
Rihanna 47
Usher 47
Michael Jackson 37
Beyonce 36
Elton John 34
Janet Jackson 33
Madonna 32

From Billboard.com


'Like A Prayer' re-release rumours denied

Earlier this week a story was published on examiner.com about plans to re-release the 'Like A Prayer' album to celebrate it's 25th anniversary. The article mentioned lots of exciting special extras that would be included on the release.

madonnalicious has spoken to Warner Brothers who state they are not sure where this rumour started but they have nothing on schedule for this re-release.


Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts

Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts? Madonna.

Thirty years ago on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance/Club Play Songs tally at No. 40 with 'Everybody.' Since then, our charts and pop music have never been the same.
'Everybody' was Madonna's first single for Sire/Warner Bros. and the first of an amazing 60 hits on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart (so far) for the diva.

Here is a look at a few of the entertainer's amazing Billboard chart feats through the years:

A record 156 No. 1s. Given her multi-format appeal, winning support at pop, dance and adult formats, Madonna leads all artists for the most No. 1s on all Billboard charts combined. When her latest single 'Turn Up the Radio' ruled the Sept. 8 Dance/Club Play Songs chart, Madonna logged her record-extending 156th leader on an active, current-based domestic Billboard survey.

A record 43 Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance/Club Play Songs, it's a safe bet to assume it'll go to No. 1. Since 2000, she's placed 26 hits on the survey. Of those, all but five have gone on to lead the list. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. (Janet Jackson is next with 19 No. 1s.) Madonna is on the verge of tying George Strait's record for the most toppers on any single Billboard chart; the country legend has earned 44 No. 1s on Country Songs.

A record 38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. In the 54-year history of Billboard's signature songs chart, Madonna has earned a record 38 top 10 hits. With 34, the Beatles rank second. Madonna first reached the Hot 100's top 10 with 1984's No. 10 hit 'Borderline,' which began her streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989's No. 2-peaking 'Cherish.'

She most recently reached the region with 2012's No. 10 hit 'Give Me All Your Luvin',' featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.

56 Hot 100 hits. Madonna first dented the Hot 100 almost a year to the day after she made her Dance/Club Play Songs arrival. 'Holiday' was her first Hot 100 hit, partying its way onto the chart on Oct. 29, 1983 at No. 88. It eventually rose to No. 16, the first of 32 straight top 40 hits for Madonna. Among women, only Aretha Franklin (73) has made more Hot 100 visits than Madonna, while Taylor Swift ( as of last week) and Dionne Warwick have also tallied 56 entries.

12 Hot 100 No. 1s. Madonna's haul of chart-toppers is the fourth-best all-time. (The Supremes also boast 12 No. 1s). Only the Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson (13) have earned more. Madonna first hit No. 1 with 1984's 'Like a Virgin,' which spent six weeks atop the list (her second-longest reign; only 1995's 'Take a Bow' (seven frames) led longer.)
Madonna has also ruled with 'Crazy for You' (1985), 'Live to Tell,' 'Papa Don't Preach' (1986), 'Open Your Heart,' 'Who's That Girl' (1987), 'Like a Prayer' (1989), 'Vogue' (1990), 'Justify My Love' (1991), 'This Used to Be My Playground' (1992) and 'Music' (2000).

20 Billboard 200 top 10 albums. Madonna has rung up 20 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, the second-most among women after Barbra Streisand (32). Among all acts, Madonna and Bob Dylan are tied for the sixth-most top 10s, trailing only the Rolling Stones (36), Frank Sinatra (33), Streisand, the Beatles (30) and Elvis Presley (27). Among Madonna's 20 top 10 sets are eight No. 1s (also second only to Streisand, who's banked nine.) Madonna most recently topped the Billboard 200 with 'MDNA' upon its April 14 debut.

5 Adult Contemporary No. 1s. After arriving as a dance diva, Madonna soon crossed to adult audiences, widening her appeal and helping to ensure that her catalog of hit singles scores daily airplay today.
She's led AC with 'Live to Tell' (1986), 'La Isla Bonita' (1987), 'Cherish' (1989), 'I'll Remember' (1994) and 'Take a Bow' (1995).

A No. 1...even when she's not No. 1. Madonna's songs have found a place atop a Billboard ranking even when she's not singing them. The cast of Fox's 'Glee' crowned the May 8, 2010, Billboard 200 with the 'Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna' EP. Four of the release's covers reached the Hot 100 - 'Like a Prayer' (No. 27), the 'Borderline'/'Open Your Heart' mash-up, 'Like a Virgin,' and '4 Minutes' - reinforcing that the Queen of Pop's music continues to reign among each new generation.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Madonna 'Biggest Selling UK Singles Artist Ever'

Madonna has been named as the biggest-selling female artist in the history of the Official UK Singles Chart.
The veteran pop star, who first charted with Holiday back in 1984, has sold a total of 17.8 million singles in the last 28 years.
But while Rihanna is a fair way behind her in second spot with a total of 11.4m singles sold, she has managed to do that in just seven years.
And RiRi has sold three million singles in the last year alone - leading to speculation that she could be in the No 1 spot herself before too long.
Kylie Minogue was in third spot with 10.2m singles and Whitney Houston was fourth with 8.5m. Lady GaGa rounded out the top five with 7.3m.
The data was provided by The Official Charts Company, and here is the top 10 in full...

1. Madonna (17.8m)
2. Rihanna (11.4m)
3. Kylie Minogue (10.2m)
4. Whitney Houston (8.5m)
5. Lady GaGa (7.329m)
6. Britney Spears (7.324m)
7. Beyoncé (6.9m)
8. Celine Dion (6.7m)
9. Mariah Carey (6.62m)
10. Olivia Newton John (6.61m)

From MTV.co.uk


30th Anniversary of 'Everybody' commercial release

This Saturday 06 October marks the 30th anniversary of the commercial release of 'Everybody', Madonna's first single. It first hit the shelves of music stores worldwide on October 6th, 1982!

To celebrate this special landmark in her career, Madonna fans all over the world have psyched themselves up to download the song on itunes this Saturday. Their mission? To get 'Everybody' to hit #1 on the chart in as many countries as possible. They are also requesting the song on their local music stations.

The worldwide movement was started by a Madonna fan in Montreal Canada, who runs an online community (Madonna Fan Campaigns). He also made a special commemorative mashup video of 'Everybody' that features; Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Pink, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. The video illustrate the impact that Madonna has had on today's pop music industry.

The Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/115394445202414/


M.I.A. Surprised By Demo Leak

A previously-unheard demo song recorded by rapper/singer M.I.A. for Madonna has been leaked online without the British star's knowledge.
The Paper Planes hitmaker, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, previously hit the studio with dance producer and Madonna collaborator William Orbit to record a rough version of Baby, but the track never made the cut for the Material Girl's new album MDNA.
Audio of the incomplete tune emerged on the Internet this week to M.I.A.'s surprise, but she insists she's not angry about the unauthorised leak - and the star is even considering sharing another take on the record with fans.
In a post on her Twitter page, she writes, 'who ever Leaked That Baby song should know that ive (sic) never heard this version B4 (before) it sounds crazy different 2 wht i worte (to what I wrote) for madonna.'
'im (sic) not mad about it but this just make (sic) me want to upload my version of it... this song wasnt (sic) recorded for my LP... so its (sic) not complete...'
M.I.A. is currently working on her fourth album, Matangi, which is due for release later this year.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna: I'm Not A Control Freak

Madonna has denied rumours that she is a "control freak" in the studio.
The singer insisted that she loves to collaborate with other people and values their input on her work.
She told Sirius Radio host Larry Flick: "You know, I hate to use the word 'control' so much, because people use and bandy that word about with me, when it comes to my creative life.
"Everyone says, 'Oh, you're a control freak and you like to be in control'. The thing is, everything I do, even my songwriting, I'm collaborating at all times. I value input from people, and I want it."
Madonna has worked with artists including Nicki Minaj, MIA, Mika and LMFAO on her 12th studio album MDNA, which is released on March 26 in the UK and a day later in the US. She has also collaborated with producers William Orbit, Benny Bennassi and Martin Solveig.
She added: "I can't work on my own. I am not Prince or like a lot of artists, who can go in and play every instrument, and record a track, and not hear from people. I need to hear what people think all the time."

From Digital Spy


Monte Pittman on working and touring with Madonna

A lot of musicians start their careers working at Guitar Center, dreaming of the days when they can ditch the time clock and make it on their own, playing with the big names in the big arenas. Rock guitarist and songwriter Monte Pittman has been there and done that. He's now known for his work with Madonna, Adam Lambert, Prong, and his two solo albums, 'The Deepest Dark' and 'Pain, Love & Destiny.'
Monte also made headlines when he raised $65,500 on Kickstarter for his second album, exceeding his goal of $5k and making him the top rock musician to ever raise the most money on the crowd-funding platform.
Monte takes a break from is busy schedule to talk about touring with Madonna this year, playing the Super Bowl, being honored with his own MPS Series from Jarrell Guitars, and what he has planned for his next album.

You have played on every live tour with Madonna since 2001. How did you get your start as a touring musician with her?
Monte: I started giving her guitar lessons and from there she asked me to go on tour and play guitar for her. I've played guitar for her since then. In the past I would play with Prong in between but now I've really been hitting it hard with my own stuff.

You performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna. Can you share a behind-the-scenes story from that day?
Monte: We rehearsed constantly up until the day of the show. There were so many people involved in the show; I didn't even meet them all. Playing the Super Bowl is about unity. It's the moment where everyone comes together and puts the rivalry of both teams aside. The atmosphere was very calm. I think just about anyone that I've ever known saw it.

Are you working on any new projects? Any tour dates coming up?
Monte: I'm going on tour with Madonna again. The dates are on her website. I'm deeply in love with her new album. It's one of my favorite things she's ever done. You can listen to all of the singles individually, but I like listening to entire albums. I think these are some of her deepest lyrics I've heard from her.
I'm blown away and can't wait to play some of this stuff live. For me, it kind of sums up everything we all have ever loved about her in one. As soon as I'm done with all of this, I'm making my third album. It's written. It just needs to be recorded. I've already started making the blueprint for it. When that comes out, I'm putting myself on whatever tour I can book - however I can.

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