How Rock the Vote Changed the Way Young People Viewed Politics

It all began with a single image: a bikini-clad Madonna wrapped in an American flag.

"Truth is where you find it. Get up and vote," the artist broke it down "Vogue"-style as two dancers waved flags behind her. "Dr. King, Malcolm X, freedom of speech is as good as sex."

Then, she delivered her final tantalizing line: "And if you don't vote, you're going to get a spanking.''

And with that, Rock the Vote had released its first PSA.

If Madonna was hoping to elicit a reaction from the American people, she got her wish. The pop star set off a flurry of criticism, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization accusing her, according to The New York Times, of "desecration of the flag."

But, as the singer's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said at the time, ''That was certainly not Madonna's intention at all. My sense is that wrapping the American flag around her is not insulting. It is essential that people should vote. She's trying to get that message across in a humorous, dramatic way. But she's very serious about the issue.''

At first glance, it might seem like a bad idea to start a movement on such a sour note, but as they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

But Rock the Vote was started by people who were already known for being controversial. In fact, Virgin Records co-founder Jeff Ayeroff and other music executives were initially responding to the Parent Music Resource Center's goal to have Parental Advisory labels placed on every album on the market that contained so-called explicit content, a desire that a select group of politicians were happy to fulfill.

What the PMRC and its supporters failed to foresee though, was that musicians have thousands of fans, many of voting age - and that those fans would be called upon to vote against the politicians in favor of censoring their music.

That's why Madonna and other artists who were named in the PMRC's "Filthy 15" - a list of songs the group called "objectionable" - were at the forefront of this movement.

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Mirwais on producing Madonna: 'I'm not comparing her to a bull but –'

Mirwais Ahmadzaï is trying to sum up his frequent collaborator Madonna. “You know bullfighting?” he begins ominously. “It works because the bull is so powerful that you have to weaken it.” Right. “Look, I’m not comparing Madonna to a bull,” he quickly adds, “but she was so powerful at that time.”

The Parisian, who turns 60 on Friday, peppers our 90-minute phone call with similar flights of fancy, ponderously linking Brexit to Baudrillard and dropping situationist truth bombs. And he has witnessed that power up close. A cult musician in France since the late 70s, and cited as an influence by the likes of Air and Daft Punk, Ahmadzaï was plucked from the sidelines by Madonna in 1999. He helped coax out her most experimental era, bolting his brand of heavily filtered, minimalist electrofunk on to the superstar’s 11m-selling album Music. His sonic fingerprints were all over two singles that immediately slotted into the already heaving Madge canon: the delicious electro-bounce of the title track and thigh-slapping country curio Don’t Tell Me.

Three years later came the politically-minded American Life, a divisive flop, before Ahmadzaï seemed to disappear into the pop wilderness. However, the pair reunited for last year’s album Madame X. How did she coax him back?

“Very simple – she called me,” he says. “It was after Donald Trump’s election and there were so many celebrities who were saying, ‘I’m leaving America [if he wins]’ and none of them left except her,” he says, referring to Madonna’s relocation to Portugal. “That’s why I have to defend her. It’s cool to have the courage of your convictions.”

Perhaps Madonna recognised that in Ahmadzaï, too. Twenty years after the release of his breakthrough solo album, Production, he’s back with a new single, 2016 – My Generation, and a forthcoming album, The Retrofuture. A mainly instrumental track, all chunky synths and trademark acid bass, 2016 – My Generation comes with an eye-popping animated video from Oscar-winning director Ludovic Houplain that offers up a panoramic view of modern life, from porn addiction (one section features skyscraping ejaculating phalluses), to the rise of the far right.

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Kylie Minogue Reveals The One Thing Standing In The Way Of A Madonna Duet

Kylie Minogue has revealed the one thing that needs to happen for her to duet with Madonna.

A collaboration between the two pop queens is at the top of many pop fan’s wish list, and while Kylie is up for it, it all boils down to one important factor.

Speaking about the prospect of teaming up with Madge, Kylie told Metro: “I am as curious as the fans are. It would be amazing.

“The hard part is to get the right song and the right moment. Maybe any moment is the right moment… but the right song? One that’s in people’s imagination, mine included, because don’t forget I was a 14-year-old Madonna maniac. I was that kid.”

And if the duet with Madonna never comes off, there are other pop titans that Kylie would love to get in the studio with.

“Miley [Cyrus] is absolutely smashing it right now,” Kylie said. “I am such a big fan of Gaga. Her talent is phenomenal. She has done some cute things recently by urging people to vote in America. There are so many facets to her. The list would go on and on.”

Kylie is currently gearing up for the release of her fifteenth studio album, Disco, on 7 November.

From The Huffington Post UK


Madonna Voices Her Support for 'Intelligent, Compassionate, Well Spoken' Kamala Harris

Madonna is on Team Kamala!

The singer took to Instagram on Friday (Oct. 9) to voice her support for the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, sharing a compilation of clips from Wednesday's VP debate, in which Harris is seen calling out Vice President Mike Pence a number of times for interrupting her.

While critics though Harris' facial expressions were condescending, Madonna pointed out that if "Kamilla [sic] were a man no one would make comments about her facial expressions. Do people fixate on Trumps facial expressions?? That are hideous and rude every time he speaks. This is another example of Sexism and Racism in America."

Chance the Rapper, Hayley Williams & More React as Kamala Harris & Mike Pence Face Off in Vice Presidential Debate She also threw a jab at Pence, and the moment where a fly landed on his head mid-debate. "The Fly knew exactly where to go. It landed on s---," Madonna wrote. "There are signs everywhere. Woke people see them."

"Kamilla [sic] is an intelligent, compassionate, well spoken leader who stands for justice and equal rights for all people," she concluded. See her post here.

From Billboard.com


Madonna rejected a David Guetta collaboration over his star sign

The stars didn’t quite align for David Guetta and Madonna. The music producer has revealed the Queen of Pop nixed an album collaboration after she discovered what his star sign was.

In a new interview, Guetta revealed Madonna left him during a lunch meeting about the album after she discovered he was a Scorpio.

Guetta caught Madonna’s attention when he remixed her song 'Revolver' in 2009, which she loved so much that she “[suggested] that I produced her next album” Guetta recounted to YouTubers McFly and Carlito.

He continued: “I arrive for lunch. We talk about everything, the music, what she wants to do with the album. Super nice. It's just her and me. Very relaxed, very cool. We have lunch."

Although Guetta was convinced things were going “very good” and that it was likely they’d work together on an album, astrology put a pin in their plans.

He said: “She asks me for my astrological sign. I answer her, 'Scorpio'. Suddenly, she makes a face and she says to me, 'I'm sorry, we're not going to be able to work together. It was a pleasure to know you. Goodbye.’”

Madonna was born on August 16, making her a Leo.

Although things didn’t work out with Madonna, Guetta has gone on to work with other performers including Sia, Kid Cudi, Justin Bieber and more - alongside releasing his own music.

From Evening Standard


Madonna to Co-Write and Direct Her Own Movie Biopic: The Focus of It 'Will Always Be Music'

Madonna is still taking the reins!

On Tuesday, the global superstar confirmed she is co-writing and directing an upcoming movie biopic about her life.

Madonna, who last directed the 2011 film W.E., will be co-writing the script with Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody.

"I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer - a human being, trying to make her way in this world," Madonna, 62, said on her website. "The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive."

"There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me," she continued. "It's essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision."

The film is being developed with producer Amy Pascal, who has previously worked with the singer on the 1992 film A League of Their Own. The movie will be a Universal production.

Another script about the singer's life, Blond Ambition, was in development at Universal. Blond Ambition was written by Elyse Hollander, who topped the 2016 Black List with what was deemed by roughly 500 studio executives as the best un-produced screenplay in Hollywood.

Madonna slammed the project in April 2017 on Instagram, writing, "Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen."

"Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool," she wrote at the time. "Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

Since then, the "Vogue" singer has been hard at work developing her own life story, sharing videos and photographs of herself conducting research for the project on her social media accounts.

From People.com


Diablo Cody's Madonna Biopic to Feature Warhol, Basquiat, Lloyd Webber

Madonna and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody spoke at length recently about a new biopic they're writing about the performer's rise to superstardom and her influence over popular culture.

Speaking during an Instagram Live session, Madonna and Cody said they've written about 100 pages of the film. The as-yet-untitled project will cover Madonna's early days in New York, where she ran in artistic circles that included queer legends like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who Madonna had a relationship with, will also figure in the film.

The film will have comedic elements to it, Entertainment Weekly reported the duo as saying, with amusing appearances from Warhol and Madonna's sister, Paula Ciccone.

The movie will also cover Madonna after she became a household name, including the making of her lauded Like a Prayer album, as well as her Golden Globe-winning turn as Evita in the 1996 film of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. In the Instagram session, Madonna said she often sparred with Webber, though the iconic composer disputed that description to EW.

Not disregarded will be the "Vogue" era, when Madonna borrowed - some say appropriated - from the queer POC ball community for one of her biggest hits. One scene will depict her first meeting with ball icons Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza.

There has not been an official casting notice, but Madonna seems to be leaning toward 26-year-old Ozark actress Julia Garner to play her. Watch the Instagram Live session below.

From The Advocate


Madonna teases biopic, slams ‘Evita’ composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

Madonna’s COVID diaries took a detour on Thursday.

The “Vogue” singer, 62, posted a more than hourlong Instagram Live video of herself working with “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody on her biopic. Several times during the video, Cody can be seen surreptitiously giving Jim Halpert-esque looks to the camera a la “The Office.”

The meandering video opens with the pair discussing a scene where Madonna’s sister Paula Ciccone confronts the singer in London while she was filming director Alan Parker’s screen adaptation of the musical “Evita.”

“I was totally and utterly intimidated by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and the story of Eva Perón, the real historical story, and living up to all the great singers and actresses who had played her before me,” the “Like a Virgin” chanteuse remembered. “I think I had a few nervous breakdowns worrying that I was going to be fired every day, basically.”

She then revealed that Webber wasn’t particularly kind to her.

“He was not nice to me,” she claimed. “I’m not sure he even wanted me in the movie. Thank God, Alan Parker did.”

Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for Lloyd Webber wrote in a statement: “She must have Andrew confused with somebody else. Andrew and Madonna had a very smooth and productive working relationship on the ‘Evita’ film.”

One person involved with the musical - Patti LuPone, who originated the role on Broadway - thinks Madonna was terrible in the movie.

“I thought it was a piece of s - - t,” she told “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen in 2017. “Madonna is a movie killer.” From nypost.com


Madonna's former costumer reveals the backstory for one of her most iconic looks

Marlene Stewart designed some infamous outfits for the music videos and live performances of Madonna, and she revealed the backstory for one of the pop star's most iconic looks ever.

"Well, when I started working with her, I mean, it was really an easy match because it was like playing dress up," Stewart told TODAY ahead of the 2020 Video Music Awards on Sunday night. "We had a great time. She's really easy to work with because she really loves clothes. She knows her body. and that's part of her look."

Stewart, who started her career in fashion by working in the garment industry, designed for the pop star from approximately 1984 to 1992 before later working more heavily in the film industry.

"She'll give you the time that you need for fittings," Stewart said of their working relationship. "So the most important thing for a costume designer is to have someone that participates and really wants to be there. And now many years later, we can look back and know that she understood the power of her look. So she gave it 100 percent or 1,000 percent of her attention."

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Stewart ended up winning awards for the costumes she created in Madonna's video for "Material Girl," which was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's pink gown during her performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” But Stewart also designed another key look in the history of Madonna's wardrobe: her costume for the 1990 VMAs performance of "Vogue."

"We know historically that the French were the biggest posers and it's the whole idea of voguing and posing," Stewart explained of her inspiration for the costume. "So it was the perfect transition. I suggested for this kind of French court situation with Marie Antoinette. It's really one of the origins, right? All they did was, 'Strike a pose.'"

When asked if it was her idea, she said it was, before adding, "I think one always has to say it's a collaboration. I would never say anything was completely mine. Every time you work with an artist, you work on something together."

"It's a team effort, You can't do anything by yourself"

"I think that she was in a super creative space at that time. That was really the origin story, if you will, and creating really special things ourselves. She didn't want designer works that she was an advertisement for. It was about her being an original."

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Considering that some of her designs, including Madonna's black slip dress in "Like a Prayer," were deemed controversial at the time, Stewart explained she never gave the blowback much credence.

"I didn't take it super seriously. For some people, it was very jarring and jolting and provocative, but I kind of have a neutral feeling about it because some people maybe that were very religious, took it to heart and were insulted."

"I saw it as entertainment. You can say that she's making a political statement or that creating controversy is the thing that Madonna does, but she always just changed it up. She pushed the boundaries like any artist would do."

Stewart looks back and acknowledges that it was a great time to be working in music videos, because music videos really dictated so much of culture.

"It was a time when videos, even though it was the beginning, it was also sort of the peak time for MTV those few years," she said. "We really created trends all around the world and it really was the beginning of a movement. So it was an incredible opportunity to be there at that time and have those experiences."

"MTV was made for Madonna and Madonna was made for MTV."

From TODAY.com


Madonna tops 'The Billboard 100 Greatest Music Video Artist of All Time List'

In honor of Tonight's MTV Music Video Awards August 30th, 2020 Billboard has published 'The 100 Greatest Music Video Artist of All Time List!' And of course, Madonna is Number 1, here's their explanation.

Why She's a Video Icon: Ascending to era-defining supremacy shortly after MTV itself, Madonna's high-concept videos - which channeled old Hollywood while paving a provocative visual path into the future - were an integral part of her ever-changing image and the meticulous control she exercised around it.

The MTV Classic: The satirical "Material Girl" and controversial "Like a Prayer" are equally impactful, but the David Fincher-directed "Vogue" - with its life-affirming alchemy of old-school glamour, ball culture choreography and sumptuous cinematography - stands as her finest visual moment.

Worth YouTubing: "Open Your Heart," with its playful subversion of the male gaze via an art deco peep show, is an early and effective distillation of her endlessly analyzed, celebrated, vilified, and imitated take on sexuality and ownership.

From www.billboard.com/100-best-music-video-artists - thanks to Micheal


Madonna follows Ozark’s Julia Garner on Instagram and now fans are tipping her to play the pop icon in a biopic

Madonna has followed Ozark actress Julia Garner on Instagram, leading fans to speculate whether the star could pay the Material Girl in an upcoming biopic. The singer’s decision to follow Julia has to mean something - she only follows a total of 287 people. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact Madonna’s long-time manager Guy Oseary is also recently started following the 26-year-old. Furthermore, Julia follows Madonna on the networking site.

Reacting to the social media movements on Twitter, one fan said: ‘Madonna is now following ozarks Julia garner…. will she be playing M in the biopic?? I hope so…she’s amazing [sic].’ Another said: ‘Madonna and Guy Oseary just followed Julia Garner on IG. Um…. Diablo Cody-written biopic??!!’ A third got hyper-specific about the film’s potential plot, saying: ‘IMMEDIATE NEXT THOUGHT: Julia Garner playing Madonna playing Susan in Desperately Seeking Susan.’ Why not?

Curiously, Madonna, Guy and Julia also recently began following Lana Del Rey, while Guy also recently started following Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi. Perhaps we’re reading too much into things, but Madonna, Julia, Lana and Takia would make quite a team…

Madonna knows a thing or two about movies, by the way, having won plaudits for Evita and Who’s That Girl. Julia, meanwhile, is known for her work on films like The Assistant and We Are What We Are.

From Metro.co.uk

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Madonna 'pens a screenplay about her rise to stardom'

Iconic pop star Madonna is reportedly writing a screenplay based on her rise to the top of pop.

Madonna is writing a screenplay based on her rise to the top of pop.

The 61-year-old star is reportedly working on the project alongside Diablo Cody, who wrote the 2007 comedy-drama 'Juno', and Madonna has turned to her diaries and archives of notes in search of some inspiration.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: ''Madonna is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of all time so a movie about her life would be explosive, scandalous and intriguing.

'As an artist she wants to have full control of it so is getting really involved in the entire thing. In 2023 she will be marking the 40th anniversary of her debut album and this would be the perfect way to do it.'

Speculation about the movie comes shortly after Madonna was said to be on the cusp of signing an eight-figure deal to return to Warner Records.

The iconic pop star was recently rumoured to be set to rejoin the label which helped launch her career, after releasing three albums via Interscope.

An insider said earlier this month: 'Madonna is still a force to be reckoned with. The fact is, she sells records, people around the world adore her and every label would love to have her on their books. Now that her deal with Interscope has come to an end, she is a free agent and can choose where to go next - and Warner feels like the best place given their history.' However, Madonna - who is one of the best-selling artists of all time - is set to ''command big money''.

The source explained: 'Madonna comes at a hefty price. She can command big money and wants to make sure whatever deal she signs is the best thing for her and her music.'

From contactmusic.com

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Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ Gets The UltimateRemix Thanks to Madonna and Missy Elliott

Go big or go home, right? And it doesn’t get any bigger than Madonna. Dua Lipa enlisted both the Material Girl and Missy Elliott for her ‘Levitating” remix and it’s everything you expected it to be.

“ ’LEVITATING’ REMIXED BY THE BLESSED MADONNA FEATURING MY IDOLS MADONNA & MISSY ELLIOTT – 14TH OF AUGUST – DREAM COME TRUE LETS GO!!!!!!” said Dua Lipa when announcing the lead single off her Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album. Her enthusiasm was warranted because it’s not every day that one gets Missy, 49, and Madonna, 61, on a track remixed by The Blessed Madonna (fka The Black Madonna aka Marea Stamper). In fact, Dua couldn’t wait until the 14th to release the song, and she dropped it half-a-day early. The results, as expected, were pure club magic, with a song that should make everybody’s body move. Is this a late contender for Song of the Summer?

“It’s just such a mind-blowing experience,” Dua told Zane Lowe on Apple Music about the process, including writing alongside Missy Elliott. “Being a fan of Missy’s for so long and then having her to be like, ‘Yeah, I love the song. I love the remix. I love the track. I feel inspired by it. I want to jump on it.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is so crazy.’ Just like what you said, I jumped on the phone with her and we had a little talk and she really just does stuff that she really believes in, so that I felt it was such a massive compliment for me, for her to be so inspired by the remix and the track, and to want to be a part of it and be a part of this mix tape. And it really is a dream come true. I still find it, just talking about it, I’m like, it doesn’t make sense.”

As for the iconic Madge? “Madonna has been an artist that I’ve listened to my whole life,” Dua told Zane. “And I think just, I guess her career trajectory as well has been something so inspirational and the momentum that she’s kept and the way that she’s grown with her music. And I’ve always found that really, really inspiring and to get to work with the diva herself.”

Fans may get a chance to see Dua perform this remixed single at the MTV Video Music Awards. She’s one of the artists rumored to perform at the Aug. 30 event (which is now no longer taking place indoors at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, but across NYC at audience-less outdoor performances.) Dua is up for four MTV VMAs, with her “Don’t Start Now” being nominated for Best Direction. Her “Physical” video also nabbed three nods –for Best Art Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Visual Effects.

From Hollywood Life


Lipa: Working with Madonna was 'unbelievable'

Dua Lipa has said working with Madonna and Missy Elliott on the remix of her track Levitate was 'unbelievable'.

The 24-year-old singer, who is set to release the deluxe remix edition of her second studio album Future Nostalgia on August 21, said she still can't believe the collaboration went ahead.

Speaking during an appearance on the Ash London LIVE podcast, she said: 'It's always been a massive dream of mine to get to work with both Madonna and Missy Elliott, and to have been able to put both of them together in a song, and for them both to really be into a song, and for them both to want to jump on a track, is so crazy. Even as I say it, knowing full well that it's gonna come out soon, it still feels unbelievable to me. Like, unbelievable.'

The upcoming remix album was put together by DJ and producer The Blessed Madonna, and Lipa admits she wasn't expecting to get either of the iconic musicians to star on the track.

'It's mind blowing. It was mainly ... it began as a collaboration with me and The Blessed Madonna, who is a DJ and a producer, and we thought we'd create a fun club remix of the track, and it was really a conversation with my manager and I was like 'You know, if I don't say it, I don't get it, so I feel I just need to go and put it out there.'

'I'm a firm believer in that. I just say things, and I hope that they manifest.'

From RTE News


Madonna so bored at home that she’s writing a secret screenplay with Juno writer Diablo Cody

Madonna had us screaming with excitement as she revealed she’s been writing a screenplay with Juno writer Diablo Cody.

We need to know if this is her biopic or not. Madonna can be heard saying: ‘All these details are important,’ before detailing an outfit she once wore which included garters.

She then began goofing around, placing two peanuts up her nose and maybe she has been stuck in the house for too long. It looks like Madonna has been busy starting new projects and ending old relationships as it had been reported she will be leaving Interscope Records after nearly 10 years. She is apparently entertaining a deal at Warner Records, according to The Sun, where she initially started her decades-long career. The new ‘eight-figure’ deal could bring her back to her original roots.

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna to ink 'eight-figure deal' to resign to Warner Records

Madonna is reportedly set to sign an eight-figure deal to return to Warner Records.

The Queen of Pop - who inked her first-ever record deal on Sire Records in 1982 - is poised to rejoin the label which helped launch her career after releasing three albums via Interscope, including 2019's 'Madame X', since 2011.

An insider told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: 'Madonna is still a force to be reckoned with. The fact is, she sells records, people around the world adore her and every label would love to have her on their books. Now that her deal with Interscope has come to an end, she is a free agent and can choose where to go next - and Warner feels like the best place given their history. But Madonna comes at a hefty price. She can command big money and wants to make sure whatever deal she signs is the best thing for her and her music.'

At Warner, the 61-year-old music icon will become label mates with Dua Lipa and Missy Elliott.

The 'Vogue' hitmaker has teamed up with the 24-year-old pop star and 49-year-old hip-hop legend on an upcoming remix of Dua's hit 'Levitating' by The Blessed Madonna, which arrives on August 14.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna tribute to Sir Alan Parker: He taught me so much

Madonna has spoken of her sadness following the death of filmmaker Sir Alan Parker, saying 'he taught me so much'.

The British director, known for films including Bugsy Malone, Fame, Midnight Express and Mississippi Burning, died at the age of 76 on Friday.

Madonna starred in Sir Alan’s 1996 musical drama Evita.

She posted on Twitter: 'I was so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Parker. One of the greatest directors I’ve ever worked with, on the film Evita. He taught me so much, believed in me, pushed me to my limits and made an incredible film! Thank you!'

Sir Alan, whose films won 19 Baftas, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars, died following a lengthy illness.

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Dua Lipa announces remix with Madonna and Missy Elliott

Dua Lipa has announced her track Levitating is being remixed by The Blessed Madonna and the reworking will feature Missy Elliott and Madonna.

Dua Lipa has been been a busy bee during lockdown having released her second album, Future Nostalgia.

And now Lipa has announced what could be the track of the year, a reworking of her song Levitating that will feature not one, but two music icons, Madonna and Missy Elliott. Plus another Madonna, The Blessed Madonna, is producing the dance tune.

Sharing the news with her 49.3 million fans on Instagram Lipa said: 'Levitating remixed by The Blessed Madonna featuring my idols Madonna and Missy Elliott - 14th of August - Dream Come True Lets Go!!!!!!'

With this line-up of superstars, we're expecting a stomper when it is released on August 14.

From RTE News


Madonna 'Never Paid' $1 Million Fine for Violating Russian Antigay Law

Madonna said she "never paid" a $1 million fine for violating a "gay propaganda" law in Russia.

The "Express Yourself" singer shared a video of a speech she delivered in St. Petersburg in 2012 during her MDNA tour. At the time, the city had recently passed legislation prohibiting public displays of LGBTQ+ solidarity to minors, a version of which was adopted nationally in 2013.

The event had sparked controversy before it occurred, becoming the subject of a terrorist threat after Madonna expressed support for imprisoned members of the feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot, which had criticized President Putin. The U.S. embassy warned attendees "to remain vigilant regarding their personal security."

Regardless, Madonna made headlines for using the stage to take a stand. “Show your love and appreciation to the gay community. We want to fight for the right to be free. All people should be treated with dignity, respect, and love," she told the crowd, who waved rainbow flags and pink bracelets that had been distributed at the sold-out concert.

The pop star faced a $10.7 million lawsuit from several groups as a result of the speech; she was also called a “moralizing slut” by a public official for supporting Pussy Riot. The case was dismissed by a judge who ruled that Madonna did not violate the law since concertgoers were required to be over age 18.

In the Monday Twitter post, Madonna said she had still received a $1 million fine for her speech, although it is unclear if it was related to this suit. "I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community. I never paid," Madonna wrote, along with the hashtags #freedomofspeech and #powertothepeople.

Conditions for LGBTQ+ people have not improved in Russia since Madonna's performance. In addition to passing a nationwide ban on "gay propaganda," the Eastern-European nation is also finalizing a constitutional amendment that would solidify marriage as between one man and one woman. The move comes as Putin continues to demonize the LGBTQ+ community in his grab for more power and ignores reports of gay concentration camps in Chechnya, a Russian-controlled region.

From The Advocate


Trump said he didn't like the way Madonna chews gum according to Mary Trump's new book

President Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump wrote in her forthcoming tell-all book that her uncle insulted women, including Madonna and Olympic figure skater Katarina Witt, after they refused to date him.

According to Mary, when she agreed to ghost write Donald Trump's third book, the working title of which was "The Art of the Comeback," the real-estate mogul refused to participate in interviews with her.

But one day Donald Trump gave his niece a transcript of a recording in which he insults a series of women who refused to date him, she wrote. He told her it would be good material for the book.

Mary Trump wrote that the recording was "an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he'd ever met."

She added, "The biggest takeaways were that Madonna chewed gum in a way Donald found unattractive and that Katarina Witt, a German Olympic figure skater who had won two gold medals and four world championships, had big calves."

From businessinsider.com


The real reason why Madonna has the body of a thirty-year-old at 61

12 hours ago, leaning on a crutch and wearing nothing but a pair of black knickers and a matching hat, Madonna took to Instagram to share a semi-naked mirror selfie of her super-toned physique, liked by over 600,000 of her 15.2 million followers.

Whatever you think of controversial pop singer, it's hard not to be in awe of the 61 year old's sculpted physique - even if she's used a filter, there's no escaping the definition in her abs, legs and arms, which is no easy feat when you're over forty, never mind in your 60's.

Madonna has long been known her for strict healthy eating and exercise regime and was one of the first to advocate a macrobiotic diet, an organic, dairy and meat-free way of eating thought to improve longevity. In an interview with CNN's Larry King she described her typical dinner as 'fish, some kind of grains, some kind of cooked vegetable, [and] salad. Simple, but tasty.'

Having always been at the cutting edge of fitness, she has a history of dance training, was yoga-obsessed in the 1990's and an early adopter of Tracy Anderson's dance cardio workouts in the noughties. She was often spotted with Anderson the equally health conscious, Gywneth Paltrow, when the pair both lived in London.

However, the incredibly fit mother of six never gets complacent and is known to incorporate many different types of exercise into her regime.

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The 20 Greatest Final Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of All-Time: Staff Picks

Billboard staff have chosen the 20 Greatest Final Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of All-Time.

Madonna landed at Number 6 with her Global smash 'MUSIC' from 2001
'Her Madgesty started off the 2000s still sounding like the absolute future of pop, with the sleek electro-funk of the Mirwais co-produced "Music." A compulsory floor-filler about the power of music to unite "the bourgeoisie and the rebel" - depends on the tone and subject of the music, perhaps - "Music" was one of Madonna's most successful reinventions yet, and showed that the defining female artist of MTV's first two decades was still nowhere near losing her touch.'

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


The Past Catches up to the future....

The Past Catches up to the future....

this video was made 30 years ago and caused so much controversy Because —-
1. I depicted police brutality and an arrest of an innocent Black Man.
2. I went to a church to pray for justice and discovered a Black Saint
3. That Saint was crying-he had feelings
4. I kissed that Black Saint
5. I did my best to get him released from prison for a crime he did not commit.
My contract with Pepsi. was cancelled
We all have such a long way to go but this long overdue Revolution that is happening right now in America is so great to not only witness the Change but to see all these great young leaders emerging #blacklivesmatter #likeaprayer #nojusticenopeace


Madonna joins LA Black Lives Matter protest

Every Weds for the last few years Black Lives Matter LA, has gathered in front of City Hall to demand the resignation of D.A. Jackie Lacey and to grieve with mothers mourning the loss of their children to police brutality. I urge you to join them next Wed. And every Wed .I did today and had the honor of meeting these two compelling and impassioned activists @janayathefuture and @kendrick38 I cried for two hours feeling the anguish of the mothers who spoke but at the same time I saw hope in the leaders of this generation.#defundthepolice #bld.pwr #blacklivesmatter #endpolicebrutality


Madonna, U2 Manager Guy Oseary No Longer Running Maverick; What Does it Mean for the Collective?

Guy Oseary has “stepped down” from the day-to-day running Maverick, the management collective he founded in 2014. “I’m ready for my new chapter and welcome the opportunity to have more time to focus on management of Madonna and U2 while furthering my passion for identifying and incubating revolutionary businesses,” said Oseary in a statement, first published by Billboard.

Moving forward, Oseary will segue to a consulting role with Live Nation, specifically for CEO Michael Rapino for the next three years, while continuing to represent Madonna and U2 under the Maverick banner. A statement by Live Nation notes that Oseary will be “concentrating on his entrepreneurial interests, investing in and incubating companies on the cutting edge of technology and entertainment.”

Said Rapino: “Guy built an incredible team at Maverick and his work with U2 and Madonna is unmatched. Live Nation has always been about putting the artist first and no one knows that better than Guy. I look forward to continuing our work together on projects including U2, Madonna and beyond.”

What does the move mean for such seasoned managers as Adam Leber (Miley Cyrus. Lil Nas X), Larry Rudolph (Britney Spears, Pitbull), Sal Slaiby (The Weeknd, Doja Cat), Scott Rodger (Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli) and Lee Anne Callahan-Longo (Ricky Martin) - just a handful of the power brokers under the Maverick umbrella - and their clients? Not much changes, it seems, as most of the Maverick collective is contracted for employment by Live Nation and their deals made with Rapino.

Indeed, the number of acts Live Nation manages has ballooned over the last five years and, as of 2019, counts more than 500 acts represented by “70 managers across 16 management companies,” the company notes of its Artist Nation management arm which is also partnered with such concerns as Roc Nation (home to management clients Rihanna, Shakira and Mariah Carey, among many more). Live Nation “will continue to invest in this division,” the statement continues.

Still, it stands to reason that some managers might want to pivot off of the Maverick brand to another firm within the Live Nation-Artist Nation ecosystem.

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