Books: 'Madonna: Album by Album'

Looking for ideas for Christmas presents? Then what about this new Madonna 256-page book by by music journalist Caroline Sullivan?

Madonna is the top-selling female recording artist of all time, and a fearless, boundary-pushing artist who constantly reinvents herself and her music. Updated to include Rebel Heart, this authoritative illustrated book examines all 13 of Madonna’s studio albums in fine detail, placing each in context and charting the trendsetting musician's influence on fashion and popular culture. Covering every hit record and era-defining image, and featuring a wealth of rare and iconic photographs, Madonna takes a unique look at the legendary star's extraordinary output.

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Post Malone’s collaboration with Crocs sells out in hours and Madonna is absolutely fuming she missed out

Posty’s Dimitri Clog sold out in a matter of hours on Thursday and even fashion icon Madonna wanted a pair. The Vogue hitmaker seemed absolutely gutted that she’d missed out on the footwear collaboration as Posty announced that pairs had flown off the shelves in just a day. ‘My first collab with @crocs is SOLD OUT already!’ Post Malone announced on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself not only sporting said clogs, but breaking a cardinal style sin by wearing them with socks.

Madonna instantly slid into the comments section, writing: ‘Omg I love those. How can I get some?’ After while the rest of us schmucks will have to wait until December for more stock, queen Madonna will obviously not going to be kept waiting. ‘QUEEN, hi. DM us,’ came a reply from the official Crocs account, hinting that a pair will be in the post (Malone) before the weekend is up.

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The (clearly) highly desirable, limited edition shoes - trademarked Posty Co. - feature a yellow devil face design. Modelled on the distinctive Crocs slip-on style, the clog also features ventilation ports on the toes for breathability, or a sneak preview of your socks, if you’re so inclined. Announcing the collaboration, Posty declared his love for the kind of comfy footwear that’s acceptable for any occasion.

From: metro.co.uk


Everything We Learned from Ariana Grande’s Interview with the BBC: 'I Can Text Madonna!'

Arianators, pull up a chair. If you aren’t lucky enough to secure tickets to Ariana Grande’s recently announced Sweetener tour, then the BBC has the next best thing: a world-exclusive of Grande performing her new material.

Recorded in front of a studio audience on Sept. 7, the hour-long special sees Grande, 25, perform with her band, a choir and all-female orchestra while also talking to BBC host Davina McCall about her music, life and career.

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'God is a Woman' is intended to empower girls and women, and Grande wanted to involve Madonna for paving the way. It proved to be the simplest of tasks. 'I texted her, which so cool. I can text Madonna!' says Grande excitedly. 'Within a couple of minutes she replied. She was like ‘Send me everything!'

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Madonna pledges up to $100,000 for Detroit Prep charter school

In 2014, Madonna made international headlines by turning her attention back to Detroit and the roots she once left behind as she headed off for fame.

Four years later, the Michigan-born pop superstar still seems committed to the cause: Madonna is announcing a $100,000 matching-grant challenge for the Detroit Prep charter school as it seeks to move into an abandoned public school building on the city's east side. The progressive elementary school is now housed in a church basement in Indian Village and is quickly outgrowing the space.

Madonna is asking fans and others to contribute to the campaign, and she'll match their collective donations up to $100,000 through her Ray of Light Foundation.

'Detroit has such a special place in my heart,' Madonna wrote in a statement. 'Kids in Detroit deserve access to great schools and I am happy to do my part to give them one!'

Detroit Prep, founded in 2016, is a sister school of Detroit Achievement Academy (DAA), one of the organizations Madonna visited and chose to financially support during a philanthropic tour of the city in summer 2014. At the time, Madonna funded art supplies for the charter school, while also contributing to the Empowerment Plan and Downtown Youth Boxing Gym.

She has continued to back DAA, including funding for that school's permanent site on West Outer Drive. She also gave teachers 50 front-row tickets to her Joe Louis Arena show in 2015.

Detroit Prep serves students from kindergarten to third grade, with plans to expand to eighth grade. Like DAA, the school follows the Expeditionary Learning model, which emphasizes principles such as self-discovery, collaboration and diversity.

Detroit Prep, co-founded by DAA's Kyle Smitley, purchased the abandoned Joyce Elementary School this summer. It has launched a $2 million capital campaign to rehabilitate the three-story, 44,000-square-foot facility, which has sat unused for about a decade.

'The idea of transforming an old, abandoned building in Detroit and making it the home of an excellent school is so exciting,' Madonna said. 'Detroit is a community that comes together, especially for our young people.'

During her 2014 trip to DAA, Madonna chatted with students about books and danced with kindergartners, who later described her as 'Michael Jackson's friend' after seeing a picture of the stars together.

'It was one of the most memorable tours I've ever given, and that had little to do with the fact that it was Madonna,' said Smitley. 'She was just extraordinary and kind and fun with our students in a way we don't often see.'

Smitley said she was particularly impressed by Madonna's continued interest in the school, including the donated concert tickets more than a year later.

'She could have easily given the money then forgotten we existed,' Smitley said. 'It showed how generous she is. She's excited when she sees people who work hard to improve the city.'

Raised in Rochester Hills, Madonna dropped out of the University of Michigan in 1978 and headed to New York as an aspiring professional dancer. Within seven years she was one of the globe's biggest pop stars.

Her daughter, Lourdes Leon, enrolled at U-M's theater school in 2014.

'Many people doubt that Detroit can come back and think that the challenges are too overwhelming to overcome,' Madonna said in a statement to the Free Press after her 2014 visit. 'But what I witnessed is the true story of Detroit - a city of innovation, commitment, perseverance, imagination and opportunity.'

Detroit Prep's fund-raising campaign includes financial partners IFF, Capital Impact Partners and Chase. Detroit architectural firm Gensler and Oak Park contractor PCI One Source are overseeing the building renovation.

From Brian McCollum / Detroit Free Press


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Quavo Drops Debut Album With Epic Cardi B & Madonna Collaboration

Quavo just released his first solo album and the Migos member got some major stars to collaborate. Listen to his song along with Cardi B and Madonna, as well as collabs with Travis Scott and Drake.

Quavo‘s debut album is here and it is lit! The Migos member got assists from some of music’s biggest names as collaborators for the 19 song LP called Quavo Huncho. He raps alongside Offset on the track 'F**k 12' and Takeoff on 'Keep That S**t.' Not only were his Migos band mates there for him, he has the biggest female rapper in the game as well as pop icon joining him on 'Champagne Rose.' Cardi B drops several bars and Madonna sings throughout the tune in a high voice where if her name wasn’t featured as a player listeners might not realize it’s the superstar.

Cardi was so stoked she took to her Instagram to prop it up. 'QUAVO ALBUM ITS OUT NOW !!!!!!!! Who listening ? Make sure ya check me out on CHAMPAGNE Quavo ft Madonna and me !!! ISSA PARTY TONIGHT!!' she excitedly wrote. Since she’s married to Quavo’s bandmate Offset, she was probably happy to help out on a track.

Immediately Quavo’s name jumped near the top of Twitter as fans reacted to it. 'Quavo Huncho I love you,' one fan tweeted while another added 'Quavo’s Lost with Kid Cudi smooth af got me vibing.' 'Not gone this Quavo album is exceeding my expectations,' someone else wrote while another added 'Quavo goin off on his new album.'

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Events: Madonnathon Halloween Party!

Cathyland presents...
The 15th Annual MADONNATHON Halloween Party!
Wed , October 31, 2018 DOORS 7:00pm / SHOWTIME 8:30pm
@ Highline Ballroom 18+ show
431 W 16th St. • New York, NY 10011 (bet 9th & 10th Ave)
adv tix $25 for General Admission (Standing /Dancing Room)
OR $50 VIP (table seating)

Come celebrate our 15th Anniversary of Madonna madness with a special edition MADONNATHON HALLOWEEN PARTY! at Highline Ballroom! MADONNATHON is the biggest Madonna tribute show/ dance party in the world - featuring LIVE performances by some of New York City's hottest musicians/singers, collaborating to bring you the very best of Madonna's huge repertoire. Between sets, you can dance the night away to the Queen's classic tracks, deeper cuts & remixes provided by DJ Chauncey D (Madonna Worship).

Hosted by Cathy Cervenka (of Cathyland)!

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This year's all-star cast includes: Tammy Faye Starlite, Amber Martin, Brian Charles Rooney, The Love Show, Zoe Friedman, Shannon Conley, Daryl Glenn, Bridget Barkan, Ki Ki Hawkins, Travis Moser, Yana Chupenko, Cathy Cervenka, Emily Greene Strigl, Mike Greko, Emma Craig, Tess, Jack Fuller, Lane Moore, Danielle Tyler, Echo of the Ghost, Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp, Hibiscus, The Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe, La Diva Ciconne & more TBA! With Special Guests - The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra!

All Backed by the Material Band: Mark Christopher, Matt Lindsey, Alan Camlet, Mike Greco, Guy Finley, Jesse Kraków, Ki Ki Hawkins, Jack Fuller, Tess & Claudia Chopek!

COSTUME CONTEST for Best Madonna-inspired Look AND Best Halloween Look, so 'dress you up' in YOUR favorite Madonna gear (killer matador cape, virgin bride, lucky star, peepshow dancer, geisha glam, cone bra & ponytail, urban cowgirl, Evita, material girl Marilyn, etc) to win prizes & sing onstage w/the band! Winners announced at midnight!

Join us HALLOWEEN night if you (truth or) dare!

**MADONNATHON is a Cathyland production**

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Christina Aguilera Felt 'Left Out' After Madonna and Britney Spears' VMAs Kiss

Christina Aguilera still hasn't gotten over the fact that her kiss with Madonna was not caught on camera.

'It was weird,' she explains to Andy Cohen on SiriusXM's Radio Andy. 'And you know why they cut away for it? Because they cut away to get Justin [Timberlake's] reaction.'

At the time, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were not even dating so in Xtina's eyes it was a 'cheap shot.'

Cohen sympathizes with Aguilera for being essentially cut out of the narrative, saying, 'I don't think people actually totally realize that she [Madonna] made out with both of you that day.'

'Yeah, because I definitely saw the newspaper the next day and it was like, 'Oh, well, I guess I got left out of that,'' Aguilera replies.

Like the 'Fighter' she is, Christina paid it no mind since 'everything happened so quickly back then and everything was in a whirlwind.'

From E! News

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Madonna Says Her Next Album Is Coming in 2019

In an interview with WWD published Monday Madonna revealed that her next album is in the works for a 2019 release.

The 60-year-old pop icon was promoting the new beauty roller addition to her MDNA Skin lineup, but slyly alluded to the fact that she’s working on more than just skincare.

'I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year,' Madonna told WWD. 'Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I’m actually making music. Can’t quit my day job.'

This currently unnamed album will be the Queen of Pop’s 14th LP and her first release since 2015’s Rebel Heart.

From Billboard.com


Madonna at JPG Fashion Freak Show

While in Paris Madonna visited the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show as she shared on her Instagram page and the designer himself shared online.


Madonna in Paris for fashion week

Madonna was in Paris for Fashion Week in the French capital. She was first spotted on Sunday evening leaving her hotel wearing a camel-coloured, double breasted Burberry SS19 trench coat. She even stopped to sign autographs for some fans on the street.

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She was spotted on Monday leaving the Ritz hotel wearing a Gucci padded jacket with the New York Yankees logo embroidered onto the chest and Stella McCartney boots.

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Madonna's Former Beverly Hills Estate Lists For $35 Million

Years ago, when Madonna was hung up somewhere between a Material Girl and an acoustic Music cowgirl, this was proof of her success - her former luxurious French country Beverly Hills estate, which is on the market for $35 million. The Agency founder Mauricio Umansky has the prominent listing.

Though she no longer resides here, it’ll likely take a lifetime to wash Madge’s awesome aura from this updated property, no matter how many beautiful strangers occupy it. It will always be where Madonna once dwelled.

The pop icon purchased the home from Sisters actress Sela Ward for $12 million in 2003, when her ray of light still burned bright. The mansion was an entertainment nirvana where Madonna could open her heart, express herself, take a bow, holiday and 'celebrate' with plenty of room to spare.

Located on Sunset Boulevard, the property spans 1.1 acres with an eight-bedroom, 14-bath main house, two detached guest houses, and a true blue sparkling pool. A tree-lined driveway leads to the palatial 12,100-square-foot residence - an automated smart home with two designer kitchens, seven fireplaces, a full bar, a 15-seat home theater and four additional surround-sound TV viewing spaces.

The turnkey estate exudes the casual California lifestyle - with its spacious grounds, 60-foot-long resort pool and spa, tennis court, fitness center, and staff quarters. The main kitchen has vaulted ceilings with crystal chandeliers, marble countertops, custom cabinets, and high-end appliances.

Madonna reportedly sold the home in 2013 for $19.5 million, after a prolific period that included a headlining Super Bowl performance and her successful MDNA Tour. The home was remodeled by subsequent owner Russell Weiner, billionaire founder of Rockstar energy drink and son of conservative radio host Michael Savage.

Madonna, who recently turned 60, can thank her lucky star she sold when she did (even at $9 million less than her initial ask). Despite its celebrity pedigree and extensive remodeling, the estate has yet to achieve its desired listing price. The residence has been listed multiple times in recent years, trampolining from $28.5 million in 2013 as high as $49 million in July 2017, according to The Observer.

From Forbes.com / All the listing pictures are at www.forbes.com


Cher Shades Madonna, Says She’d Never Want to Duet With Her

Cher is the Queen of Shade!

The 72-year-old pop star has some fun teasing Madonna on Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show when she and the talk show host play the '5 Second Rule' game, and are given only five seconds to answer three questions.

When asked for three stars she’d like to duet with, Cher responds, 'Adele, Pink and not Madonna!'

Cher has a long history of giving her candid opinions about Madonna. In a 1991 interview with Steve Kmetko, the 'Believe' musician didn't hold back sharing what she really thought of the 60-year-old 'Material Girl' singer.

'There’s something about her that I don’t like. She’s mean, and I don’t like that,' she said at the time. 'I remember having her over to my house a couple of times because Sean [Penn] (Madonna's ex-husband) and I were friends, and she just was so rude to everybody. It seems to me that she’s got so much that she doesn’t have to act the way that she acts, like a spoiled brat all the time. It seems to me that when you’ve reached the kind of acclaim that she’s reached, and can do whatever you want to do, you should be a little more magnanimous and be a little less of a c**t.'

By 2013, Cher had changed her tune when talking to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. 'I’m totally good with Madonna!' she insisted. 'Madge and I have gone through our thing, but no, I’m totally good with her.'

From Entertainment Tonight! Via Yahoo! News


Monte Carlo Auction Includes Horseback Riding With Madonna In Portugal And More

Three Madonna-featured lots are up for auction for Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation on Wednesday 26 September.

This year the foundation will hold its second Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, in the heart of Monte Carlo and will feature some of the most amazing live auction items ever offered - including these three Madonna lots.

Horseback Riding With Madonna On The Beach In Portugal
Madonna recently moved to Portugal and as part of this priceless opportunity invites the winning bidder to join her in Portugal for an afternoon of riding horses through the forest and the beach. The winning bidder and up to five guests will join the superstar for one of her favorite past times. You will spend an afternoon exploring the natural scenery on horseback with Madonna as your guide.

Portrait Sitting With Famed Photographer Steven Klein While Art Directed By Madonna
A truly unique and extraordinary opportunity to sit for a portrait by this legendary photographer in New York and to have the bragging rights of your photo shoot directed by Madonna herself!

Private Album Preview With Madonna In Her Recording Studio In London
Madonna’s next album will be coming out soon, and before its release, she invites the winning bidder and up to three guests to join her in her London recording studio to preview some of the songs from the album with her.

This years auction will be held this month at the Terraces of the Opera of Monte Carlo. There will be live performances by Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers, and Chic. Madonna will be one of the many celebrities chairing the event. Other celebrities include Li Bing Bing, Orlando Bloom, Adrien Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, Robert Davi, Andy Garcia, Goldie Hawn, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Olga Kurylenko, Eva Longoria, Diane Lane, Kelly Slater, Robin Thicke and Chris Tucker.

The live auction is www.montecarlogala2018.com


Madonna attends Stan Smith X Stella McCartney party

On Monday evening Madonna attended the Stan Smith X Stella McCartney party during London Fashion Week. She even got friend Stella to autograph a pair of shoes for her!

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5 Things We Want From Madonna's Next Album

Hark! Celestial trumpets are sounding from the clouds hovering near the heavens! It can only mean one thing: Her Madgesty, the Queen Of Pop, has new material on the way.

Let’s reign it in a bit, though. With all due respect, we’re still waiting for Madonna to release a great album this decade. But the good news is that her 14th LP is on its way, and she’s absolutely got it in her to give us a batch of tunes to be reckoned with. After all, you don’t become the queen without capturing lightning in a bottle multiple times over.

Her unrivaled string of hit releases in the 1980s seemed to all be building toward the golden - actually, make that quadruple-Platinum - Like A Prayer in 1989, an album that would have been an enviable career best for any other artist if they’d simply stopped there. But this is Madonna! She proceeded to triumphantly march forward by eschewing the big, glossy sound that helped make her famous and stripping down - both the music and, um, herself - and giving us 1992’s brilliant, confessional house-pop hybrid Erotica. The Queen of Pop would end the second decade of her reign with her pièce de résistance, 1998's reflective Ray of Light. Her seventh studio album, it saw her pick up a staggering 10 statues between the Grammys and the MTV Video Music Awards alone.

Subsequent years have seen tireless Madge raise her kids, direct films, open schools, launch a chain of gyms and launch clothing and skincare lines. Those cosnistently fantastic full length releases, meanwhile, tapered off after 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, a bumping, peak-hour trek through clubland that earned the singer yet another Grammy. That’s not to say Madonna’s post-Confessions studio albums are all bad by any means - the urban thump of 2008's Hard Candy remains a mostly satisfying experience, thanks to the focus of collaborators Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams; while 2015's Rebel Heart, though spotty, contains about seven playlist-worthy tracks throughout.

Looking on the bright side, the best could very well still be to come with Madonna’s 14th studio release. What do we want from it? Nothing short of everything, of course. But we’d settle for any (or all!) of the following.

Let Madonna Sing

You know what needs to be hung up? Auto-Tune. At least in the Queen of Pop's case. This is Madonna, and she’s amassed a loyal army of fans, sold hundreds of millions of records and inspired countless Gwens, Britneys, Katys and Gagas by simply being herself.

Cuts from the last decade like 'Ghosttown' and 'Messiah' off Rebel Heart, MDNA’s 'Masterpiece' and Hard Candy single 'Miles Away' seem, for the most part, to be devoid of too much technical wizardry affecting her voice. And she sounds great on each one! Alas, for every one of those, there’s been a 'Bitch I’m Madonna,' 'Girl Gone Wild' or 'Give It 2 Me' - performances that find the singer coming off like she downed a vocoder smoothie before stepping to the mic.

Madonna, voice included, is a national treasure. Also, she kicked ass performing live at the Met Gala in New York three months ago. Just give it to us plain and simple going forward.

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Madonna speaks out about Aretha VMAs 'tribute'

Madonna just posted this picture and message on her Instagram page reflecting on the reactions 'the internet' had about her speech about Aretha Franklin at the VMAs:

I'm with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉.And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I Love Camilla! I love my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! ♥️ and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes

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Madonna preps for the VMAs


Read the Full Transcript of Madonna's VMAs Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Madonna appeared at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Monday night to present the award for Video of the Year. She also took time to give a lengthy speech in honor of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Madonna focused on how Franklin's song helped her nail an audition that changed her life, leading to the career she has now.

Read the full transcript of her speech below.

'Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life. I left Detroit when I was 18. Thirty-five dollars in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer. After years of struggling and being broke, I decided to go to auditions for musical theater. I heard the pay was better. I had no training or dreams ever ever becoming a singer, but I went for it.

I got cut, and rejected from every audition. Not tall enough. Not blend-in enough, not 12-octave-range enough, not pretty enough, not enough, enough. And then one day, a French disco sensation was looking for backup singers and dancers for his world tour. I thought, 'Why not? I could go back to getting robbed, held at gunpoint, and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third floor walk-up that was also a crack house.' That's right, I'm a rebel heart.

So I showed up to the audition, and two very large French record producers sat in the empty theater, daring me to be amazing. The dance audition went well. Then they asked me if I had sheet music and a song prepared. I panicked. I had overlooked this important part of the audition process. I had to think fast. My next meal was on the line. Fortunately, one of my favorite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin. I blurted out, 'You make me feel.' Silence. 'You make me feel like a natural woman.'

Two French guys nodded at me. I said, 'You know, by Aretha Franklin.' Again, mm-hmm. They looked over at the pianist. He shook his head. I don't need sheet music, I said, I know every word. I know the song by heart, I will sing it a capella. I could see that they didn't take me seriously, and why should they? Some skinny-ass while girl is going to come up here and belt out a song by one of the greatest soul singers who ever lived? A capella? I said, 'Bitch, I'm Madonna.' No, I didn't. I didn't say that. Because I wasn't Madonna yet. I don't know who I was.

I don't know I said. I don't know what came over me. I walked to the edge of the pitch black stage, and started singing. When I was finished and drenched in nerve sweat. You know what that is, right nerve sweat? They said, 'We will call you one day, maybe soon.' Weeks went by and no phone call. Finally, the phone rang, it was one of the producers, saying. 'We don't think you are right for this job.' I'm like, 'Motherfucker, why are you calling me?' He replied, 'We think you have great potential. You are rough around the edges, but there is good rawness. We want to bring you to Paris and make you a star. Well, we will put you in a studio, with the great Giorgio Moroder.' And I had no idea who that was, and I wanted to live in Paris and I wanted to eat some food.

So, that was the beginning of my journey as a singer. I left for Paris, but I came back a few months later. Because I had not earned the life I was living. It felt wrong. They were good people, but wanted to write my own songs and be a musician, not a puppet. I needed to go home and learn to play guitar, and that's exactly what I did. And the rest is history.

So. You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story. There is a connection, because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul. She lead me to where I am today. And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. In this room tonight. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Long live the queen.

Another anecdote I would like to share: In 1984, this is where the first VMAs were, in this very building. And I performed at this show. I sang 'Like a Virgin' at the top of a cake. And on my way down, I lost a shoe, and I was rolling on the floor and trying to make it look like it was part of the choreography, looking for the missing stilleto, and my dress flew up, and my butt was exposed, and oh my God, quelle horror. After the show, my manager said my career was over. LOL. So. I would now like to present the nominees for the video of the year.'

From Harper's Bazaar Via Yahoo! News


Madonna at 60: How the 'Material Girl' has shaped modern fashion trends

Madonna’s career as an internationally renowned superstar has spanned the best part of four decades, cementing her status as one of history’s most celebrated artists.

While her musical talents have been critically acclaimed the world over, the singer has also had a significant influence on global fashion trends ever since she first took her place in the spotlight on the world stage.

When one thinks of Madonna’s most iconic looks, perhaps they picture the wedding dress that she wore for her performance of 'Like a Virgin' at the 1984 MTV Awards, the cone bra that she donned during her Blonde Ambition Tour in Japan in 1990 or her multiple tributes to Marilyn Monroe.

However, Madonna has done far more in the world of fashion than simply stir conversation due to her choice of apparel or spark a few fashion fads here and there.

The way in which the singer used her style to represent her identity was a fresh concept when she first came onto the music scene.

This became even more apparent following Madonna’s first major film role in the 1985 Desperately Seeking Susan, which saw people all around the world attempt to replicate her leather jacket, large hair bow, abundance of jewellery and loose-fitting trousers.

Madonna’s former publicist Liz Rosenberg has previously spoken about her first meeting with the young star, where she oozed confidence while wearing a signature 'black outfit with a hundred rubber bracelets on each wrist.'

It’s evident that the singer had a clear understanding both of who she was and who she wanted to become from the very beginning of her career.

'I think Madonna was one of the very first brands in her own right,' celebrity fashion stylist Alex Longmore tells The Independent. 'She had her own identity and she stuck to it.'

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All hail Madonna, a 60-year-old woman who won’t be quiet

'Is Madonna dead?' my daughter asked recently, while we danced like idiots in the kitchen to Vogue. Having spent a good few months inculcating my child with Madonna’s back catalogue, I realised I’d told her nothing about the woman herself. My daughter is still young enough to have no interest in the age of the singers she listens to – living or dead is generally enough information for her. If only we all felt that way.

Pop music is an unforgiving place for the older woman. Few know this better than Madonna, who turns 60 on Thursday, and whose every move in the past 15 years has been accompanied by a grim chorus of “Put it away, grandma”. That the entertainment industry is among the worst culprits when it comes to fading out women – note in comparison the scores of male actors and musicians carrying on into their 60s and 70s unimpeded – is especially depressing since it’s a business that directly influences how we think and live. But we can take heart that, as with so many aspects of the female experience, Madonna is doing her damnedest to put it right.

'Do not age, to age is a sin,' she said in a blunt speech in 2016, after accepting an award at Billboard’s Women in Music event. 'You will be criticised, you will be vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.' But being criticised and vilified is all in a day’s work for Madonna. So is adjusting expectations and redrawing boundaries, all the while pleasing herself. These are the things she does best. She hasn’t so much smoothed the path for those who have come after her as hacked her way through the undergrowth, and done battle with monsters, in order to make it walkable for the rest of us.

Madonna has been in my life for pretty much as long as I can remember. I have watched her in her various incarnations – gobby, rosary-draped urchin, corset-clad dominatrix, wayward cowgirl, hot yoga mom – with a mixture of curiosity, amusement and awe. As well as her successes, I have observed her failures and humiliations, and admired how she ploughs on regardless, doing what she wants and never apologising, even though her pain is clear. Having had her in my peripheral vision for 35 years, I now look on her like one would an unusually free-spirited relative: unpredictable, occasionally misguided, frequently inspiring, forever up for new adventure. That so many people, from Mary Whitehouse to the pope to Piers Morgan, have wished her to be quiet, or invisible, has made her all the more compelling. Rubbing people up the wrong way is one of her many talents.

You might have thought that all these years in Madonna’s company would have rendered the world impervious to her antics - yet her transgressions apparently continue. Now her mere existence as a woman (almost) in her 60s means, for some, that she has outlived her usefulness. At her age, she should be quiet and amenable. She should stay at home, cut her hair short and keep her upper arms covered. And those hands! 'Why do Madonna’s hands look older than her face?' inquired the Daily Mail in 2006 in a particularly venal piece that has been redrafted pretty much every year since.

It’s not just the press that has turned Madonna-shaming into an international sport. In a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter last year, the academic and social critic Camille Paglia derided her for her 'pointless provocations' and her 'trashy outfit[s]', and urged her to be more like Marlene Dietrich 'who retained her class and style to the end of her public life'. Madonna? Provocative? Where have you been, Camille? Even Elton John has had a pop - 'she looks like a fairground stripper', said the man who once rocked up at a party with an Eiffel Tower on his head. Right now, one of her loudest detractors is that expostulating foghorn Morgan, who believes women should be equal to men just as long their wardrobes meet his exacting age-appropriate standards.

But this is Madonna. She doesn’t do quiet and she doesn’t do amenable. In the face of criticism, she reacts. Well, why wouldn’t she? When she is told that she should slow down, step back and act her age, she protests in the only way that she knows: in the public gaze. So she does a topless photoshoot - rather beautiful, as it happens - in Interview magazine. She gets her arse out at the Met Gala, essentially pulling a massive moony at the world. This month, she put on suspenders for a Vogue photoshoot. You can just imagine her assembling her outfit with her team: 'So guys, what can I wear that will given Elton a bloody hernia?' That’s our girl. So all hail to Our Lady, still fighting, still hacking away at the undergrowth, still clearing a path and changing the world for the rest of us.

From The Guardian / Fiona Sturges


UK TV: There's Only One Madonna

Fans in the UK can catch a repeat of a 2001 documentary the BBC made about Madonna and her fans on the opening night of the Drowned World Tour.

The programme airs at 10:00 pm on Friday 17 August and is repeated at 11:55 pm on Saturday 18 August and will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.

Documentary charting Britain's relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics - inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon. The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna's Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear'Say and Janet Street-Porter.


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Street artist Pegasus marks Queen of Pop Madonna's 60th birthday with mural

A new street art mural has appeared in London to celebrate Madonna’s 60 birthday on Thursday.

Elusive street artist Pegasus spent five-and-a-half hours putting the mural together, which shows three images of Madonna’s face in bright colours.

The artist told the Standard: “I am of the generation that grew up watching Madonna succeed and become one of the most influential, powerful and iconic women who paved the way for many.

“It is very import for myself to honour this woman who has defied all [the] people who swore she would never stand the test of time.”

Pegasus, whose latest work sits in Shoreditch, added that he always listens to Madonna as he works and added that his work “tends to have elements of her character”.

The Queen of Pop turns 60 later this week, with BBC Radio 2 also planning their own tribute to her illustrious career.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the network will countdown her 20 biggest hitters with data compiled by The Official Charts Company.

Pegasus’ piece will feature in his upcoming show, Neon Lights, which is coming to the capital on 20 October.

From Evening Standard

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Mini Cooper Madonna sang about in American Life could be yours (for £55,000)

Fancy owning a piece of pop music history? Look no further than Madonna’s black Mini Hatch 1.6 Cooper S which was owned by the star from October 2002, when she was living in London with her then husband, Guy Ritchie.

The car was ordered new by Madonna L Ciccone and registered to the Ciccone 1989 Trust. Former insurance details and the car’s V5 lists both Madonna’s name and that of Guy Ritchie. The car has been in storage in the UK since Madonna and her management gave up the run-a-round.

The nippy three door Mini was driven by Madonna for four years to drop her daughter off at school and to pop to the recording studio where she was working on her ninth studio album, American Life. The car, which appears in several paparazzi photographs, is referenced in the 2003 song, American Life: 'I drive my Mini Cooper, and I’m feeling super-duper.'

The black Mini Cooper was ordered with a range of bespoke features, including privacy glass, model specific rear roof spoiler and 17” S Spoke light alloy wheels. Made in the Cowley plant in Oxfordshire, the engineers signed the bodyshell under the bonnet when they found out who had ordered the car.

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Madonna sold the car on to her personal driver after four years. It has been stored away ever since, so retains its low mileage of 25,000 and has remained in pristine condition. Several destinations that are still logged in the Sat Nav relate to Madonna’s regular destinations, including previous residential addresses in the UK and recording studios. The car is listed with a guide price of £55,000 by a specialist car collector based in Chelsea.

Rachael Hogg, Auto Trader’s Digital Editor, comments: 'It’s really timely that this car is up for sale just as Madonna turns 60. Previously owned by one of the world’s biggest music sensations and affectionately referenced in songs and TV interviews, this is the most expensive Mini Cooper S on the market, because for many it’s not just a car: it’s a significant piece of Madonna memorabilia.'

'The three door Mini Cooper S Hatch is a modest choice for a celebrity of Madonna’s wealth, but a sensible one for a star living in central London wanting to go under the radar when on the school run. It appears to be in immaculate condition still, so would make a lovely runaround for a Madonna fan with cash to flash.'

Visit www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert to view the full sales page.