Madonna 'Almost Finished' Writing Script for Upcoming Biopic

A Madonna biopic is on the way, as the Material Girl herself confirms via Instagram with a series of fashionable photos and teasers.

"Grateful for the success of Madame, that my script is almost finished, and for the support of my beautiful children!" reads the caption, referencing her recent release of her Madame X concert film on Paramount+.

The pop icon shared nine photos, most of which feature Madonna sprawled out on her luxurious rug wearing leather, white sunglasses and black fingerless gloves. With a closer look, the images of the script reveal possible topics like her time as a drummer in Breakfast Club back in 1979, and her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.

The mother of six also shared a photo of some of her children in front of visuals from her 2003 artist collaboration with Steven Klein, X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS.

In the hashtags, she named Secretary screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, who is no stranger to Madonna's Instagram, as seen in the background of the first photo. It was also recently announced that Oscar winner Diablo Cody will co-write the Madonna biopic script.

In a previous interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna opened up about her struggles in putting together the script and said it had been "the most draining, challenging experience I’ve ever had." She adds: "It’s kind of like psychotherapy in a way, because I have to remember every detail from my childhood till now."

Casting for Madonna's biopic has yet to be announced. The singer is credited as co-screenwriter, producer and director.

From Billboard.com


Rolling Stone: Musicians on Musicians: Madonna & Maluma

Welcome to Rolling Stone’s 2021 Musicians on Musicians package, the annual franchise where two great artists come together for a free, open conversation about life and music. Each story in this year’s series will appear in our November 2021 print issue, hitting stands on November 2nd - with four special covers, including this one. We’ll be rolling out all 10 stories this week and next, so check back often.

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The moment Madonna and Maluma get to Brooklyn’s Caribbean Social Club in Williamsburg, they ignite a frenzy. Both arrive around 8 p.m. on a swampy August night at the 48-year-old neighborhood gem lovingly known as Toñita’s, Madonna fresh from her 63rd birthday celebration in Italy’s southern region of Puglia and Maluma before rehearsals for his Papi Juancho tour. Throngs of neighbors, regulars, and fans crowd along Grand Street, drinks in hand. They blast music - including several Madonna hits - and try to get a glimpse of the stars through the doors of the club. Inside, Madonna (who chose the venue) and Maluma kick off a five-hour photo shoot while blaring Wizkid over the sound system. An older woman watches with delight and taps her giant gold rings against a domino table; she’s none other than Toñita herself, the club owner, who has been asked to be in a few photos.

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Documentary on Madonna’s Madame X tour gets UK release date

A documentary offering a glimpse into the life of Madonna and her work on the road will debut this week.

The Queen of Pop’s highly anticipated film, titled Madame X, captures her tour in support of her recent album of the same name.

The documentary, which was filmed in Lisbon, Portugal, will premiere on MTV UK at 10pm on Friday.

Madonna, 63, said: “Sharing my vision with global audiences has been profoundly meaningful to me. The opportunity to bring its message and the incandescent artistry of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity.”

The seven-time Grammy winner posted a teaser of the documentary to her Instagram on Tuesday which showed clips of the artist in extravagant costumes surrounded by dramatic staging and dancers performing alluring routines.

The pop superstar toured from 2019 to 2020 across Europe and North America in her persona as Madame X, but had to cancel numerous shows due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tour is said to take “viewers on a journey as compelling and audacious as Madonna’s fearless persona Madame X, a secret agent travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom and bringing light to dark places”, according to a press release.

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'Artists Are Here to Disturb the Peace': Madonna and ‘Madame X’ Directors on the Doc’s Message

“Artists are here to disturb the peace” is the one thing Madonna wants viewers to take from her upcoming Paramount+ concert film, Madame X, which premiered at the Times Square Edition Hotel in New York City on Thursday.

And if there’s one thing every person on the red carpet could agree on, it was that Madonna is an inspiration, which is fitting when her pop star status remains today as in ’80s and ’90s. Madame X captures the icon’s unique tour, which limited each show to a couple thousand people and sold out theaters worldwide.

“There was nothing between me and the crowd, and that was an incredible experience,” said Madonna, donning a “Trust No Bitch” necklace and “Fuck You” tiara at the premiere, of her Madame X tour. “I needed to document that - the process, the rehearsals, the show itself, what was in my mind, what inspires certain songs. It’s a different show, it’s a different time in my life.”

The concert film gives viewers a look at the Madame X tour through the eyes of Madonna and her fearless persona, Madame X, a secret agent who travels around the world, fighting for freedom. Nuno Xico, one of the documentary’s directors, says that the album is political - featuring songs about gun control, as well as rights for minorities, women and the LGBTQIA+ community - which, in turn, makes the film political as well.

“If you distill the songs, those themes are already there, so to bring those themes [to the film] was easy,” Xico told The Hollywood Reporter. “Madonna is political.”

Xico and fellow directors Sasha Kasiuha and Ricardo Gomes worked long hours, sometimes six days a week, as Kasiuha noted that collaborating with Madonna was “intense” and “exciting.”

“It’s great. You get to work with someone who has a unique point of view and a unique experience,” Xico added. “It’s really inspiring, honestly. We’re definitely lucky to be able to work with someone like Madonna.”

Apart from her concert film, the iconic pop star also has a biopic in the works, which she’ll direct and co-write alongside screenwriter Erin Wilson, who remembers watching and re-watching Madonna’s Truth or Dare.

“It made many of us feel like, ‘Oh, we can go that far. Let’s do it in our own way, in our venue,'” she told THR. “I don’t know a woman in my life that doesn’t say to me, ‘[Madonna] saved my life. She really, really gave me power to be who I am.'”

The upcoming biopic will follow Madonna’s rise to prominence as the culture-defining artist she is today. Though it’ll detail a different era of her life, there’s one thing she’ll take with her from Madame X to the biopic: her work ethic, with a commitment to “pay attention to detail, to leave no stone unturned, to keep pushing until you get to what you feel is the best possible,” Madonna told THR. “Madame X … is me telling a story about my life.”

Drew Barrymore, designer Christian Siriano and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski were also in attendance at the premiere event. The concert film starts streaming exclusively on Paramount+ on Oct. 8.

From The Hollywood Reporter

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Madonna has been 'checking in' on Britney Spears as conservatorship battle continues

Madonna revealed she has been 'checking in' on her old friend Britney Spears as she congratulated her on her engagement.

Amid Britney's conservatorship battle, the La Isla Bonita singer has been providing her with moral support.

Madonna, 63, was at the premiere of her new documentary concert film, called Madame X, where she revealed she spoke to Britney earlier that same day.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the singer said she was 'just checking in on her, and congratulating her on her marriage. Or her pending marriage.'

'I love her,' she added after.

Britney and Madonna collaborated on their song Me Against The Music in 2003.

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Madonna Wants Florence Pugh to Be Her Material Girl in Upcoming Biopic

It seems like Madonna might have found her "Material Girl" in Florence Pugh.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the iconic pop star spoke to the Associated Press about her upcoming biopic at the New York premiere for her new concert documentary Madame X, revealing that she's still in the early stages of planning and the cast hasn't been chosen yet.

However, it seems Madge has her eyes set on the Little Women actress, who has the perfect background for the role. Madonna shared, "She's definitely up there on the list, if she'll have me."

Though Florence is primarily known for her acting, she's also a singer, who performs under the name Flossie Rose. The 25-year-old occasionally posts covers of popular songs to her YouTube account and sang backup vocals on brother Toby Sebastian's single "Midnight."

In other words, she'd be the perfect choice to play Madonna.

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Madonna hits VMA party in wedding veil, leather bodysuit and fishnets

After Madonna's opening at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night at the Barclays Center, Madonna wore a white wedding veil with a sexy black leather bodysuit to attend the afterparty.

Spotted leaving a party hosted with Steven Klein at 1 Oak, she covered her face with the lacy veil and chunky sunglasses, adding delicate white gloves to the look following her sizzling performance earlier in the evening.

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Madonna’s bottom deserves an award all of its own - self-confidence is a great thing

It’s awards season, and if there’s one winner that should - nay, must - be declared, tout suite, it is ... Madonna’s posterior.

That’s right; the pop legend took to the runway at MTV’s Video Music Awards ceremony last night and knocked it right out of the park in a suitably cheeky, achingly Madonna way: in a floor-length trench coat, police officer-style hat and matching, high-cut bodysuit with short, puffed sleeves (PVC, obviously), to the strains of her 80s hit Vogue.

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Opening the show, she purred: “And they said we wouldn’t last. But we’re still here, motherf******. Happy 40th, MTV! Welcome to the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.”

As part of her grand finale, she turned around to sashay back down the catwalk, giving us all a glimpse of her derrière – and she looked fabulous.

Credit should always be given where it is due, and I can’t think of a more glittering, praise-worthy, more bad-ass sentiment than Madonna, at 63, proving that the adage of, “age is just a number” is entirely, eye-wateringly true.

Just look at the way she retaliated to social media speculation in 2019 over whether her marvellous, shapely behind had been surgically enhanced, as reported here: “Desperately Seeking No Ones Approval,” she wrote next to a photo of herself. “And Entitled to Free Agency Over My Body Like Everyone Else!!” Right on, Madge, right on.

And Madonna isn’t alone in sticking two fingers up at the patriarchy - which has long told women that after the landmark of 30, they should abide by some kind of upside-down Victorian maxim of being “heard but not seen” - either. Just take a look at another showstopper of this year’s awards season: Joan Collins.

At 88, not only is she the “new face” of celebrity make-up brand Charlotte Tilbury, but she gave a stunning performance at last week’s NTAs, when she took to the stage to present the gong for best serial drama. Dazzling in a floor-length, puff-sleeved peplum gown, Collins stepped out to the tune of Tina Turner’s Simply the Best and received a standing ovation from the crowd. She then made a cheeky quip about the response, saying that she hoped that it might mean she gets given another series. Bravo, Queen Joan, bravo.

Then, there’s J Lo. Ah, J Lo - I swoon when I look at her, I really do. At 52, she’s still making us all gasp; notably at events such as the Venice Film Festival, last week, when she donned a white, figure-hugging, fishtail dress; leaving her old-new beau Ben Affleck completely in the shade.

But it’s not all superficial simpering, of course - the thing about Maddona, Joan Collins, J Lo, Dolly Parton, Helen Mirren (to name but a few) is that they don’t appear to give a damn about ageing, or age-related expectations. The reason we are smitten with these gorgeous, strong, iconic women isn’t, in fact, anything to do with the way they look, but for their confidence.

Anyone can dress to impress (especially when TV cameras are involved), but few do it so well and completely own it – which really means owning themselves. It’s a rare skill, to inhabit your body and your skin so thoroughly, so genuinely and so completely. It’s the kind of self-assuredness and self-awareness that comes from a life lived well and lived vibrantly – and it’s something that can only truly be gleaned through years of experience.

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The most recent crop of Love Islanders were gorgeous, young, bubbly girls - but there’s a subtle difference between them and the kind of women who take our breath away, and continue to take our breath away for decades.

When I grow up, I want to be Madonna’s bottom - or rather I want to be the type of woman to whom a bottom like that belongs; the type of woman who sashays simply because she can, who doesn’t give a monkey’s about what women “should” or “shouldn’t” do; who ignores the shocked stares and gasps and whispers of, “at her age!”

When I’m 63, I hope I am even half the bottom that Madonna’s bottom is. Then I could live happily ever after – with that joie de vivre, we could all live happily ever after.

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Madonna Leaves Jaws On The Floor In Surprise MTV VMAs Appearance

There's only one Material Girl! Madonna brought the MTV VMAs crowd to its feet and left jaws on the floor with her eye-popping surprise appearance at Sunday's show. Madge kicked off the night with an ode to her decades-long connection to the music network, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The icon strutted onstage in a trench coat before putting her mile-long legs on display in a black leather ensemble.

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Happy 40th MTV! Welcome to the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Kicking off this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna made her entrance in an ensemble that immediately got Twitter talking.

Opening up the awards show, she stepped out on stage in a black trench coat over a leather puff-sleeve bodysuit and matching black hat. 'And they said we wouldn’t last. But we’re still here, motherf–kers,' she said. 'Happy 40th, MTV! Welcome to the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.' Then she turned around to walk back into the wings, showcasing the bodysuit's high cut backside and leading to a slew of reactions both IRL and online.

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Madonna dons trench-coat to shoot MTV-VMAs promo in NYC

Seven-time Grammy winner Madonna donned a classic trench coat and sky-high Louboutin heels to shoot a promo in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday morning at 3am EST.

The 63-year-old Queen of Pop's three-hour shoot was for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, which air September 12 - according to TMZ.

Madonna wore several necklaces and rings, fishnet gloves, fishnet stockings, and clutched a pair of cat-eye sunglasses selected by stylist Arianne Phillips.

The self-made superstar - who's won 20 Moon Man trophies - also rocked a shoulder-length lace-front platinum-blonde wig coiffed by hairstylist Andy Lecompte.

Madonna was filmed exiting an eighties retro taxi cab, throwing cash at the driver, and strutting around the streets as it rained on and off.

Madonna - who boasts 44.2M social media followers - flaunted her cleavage in the cut-out bra she wore beneath the trench coat via Instastory.

From dailymail.co.uk

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Madonna and Warner Music Group announce milestone, career-spanning partnership

Madonna and Warner Music Group today announced a milestone, career-spanning global partnership that includes a new agreement for her entire recorded music catalog. With global sales of over 300 million records, Madonna is the best-selling female artist of all time, with countless accolades that include seven Grammy Awards, 24 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, and numerous international trophies, including BRIT, Bravo Otto, Danish Music, Edison, GAFFA, International Dance Music, Ivor Novello, Juno, MTV, and World Music Awards, among many others across the globe. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

This partnership marks the revitalization of a decades-long relationship with Warner that began with the release of Madonna’s debut single in 1982. The deal encompasses her entire Sire/Maverick/Warner catalog, including global smash albums such as Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, and Ray of Light. It also includes her three most recent studio albums, MDNA, Rebel Heart, and Madame X, which will join the Warner catalog beginning in 2025. All in all, the new pact includes 17 studio albums plus singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums, and compilations.

Warner Chappell Music also globally administers all of Madonna’s songwriting work. This features such top-charting hits as “Like A Prayer,” “Vogue,” “Into the Groove,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Live to Tell,” “True Blue,” “Open Your Heart,” “Who’s That Girl,” “Express Yourself,” “Lucky Star,” “Take A Bow,” and many more.

2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Madonna’s recording debut. This new deal heralds the launch next year of an extensive, multi-year series of catalog releases that will revisit the groundbreaking music that made her an international icon. For the first time, Madonna will personally curate expansive deluxe editions for many of her landmark albums, as well as introduce unique releases for special events, and much more. The series of releases will be overseen by Warner Music’s catalog team, led by Kevin Gore, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music, with the first release to be announced soon.

This monumental deal was executed by Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary at Maverick, Allen Grubman of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sachs P.C., her business manager Richard Feldstein of NKSFB, and Max Lousada, CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group.

Madonna said: "Since the very beginning, Warner Music Group has helped bring my music and vision to all my fans around the world with the utmost care and consideration. They have been amazing partners, and I am delighted to be embarking on this next chapter with them to celebrate my catalogue from the last 40 years.”

Guy Oseary said: “Over the past 30 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and spend time with many of Madonna’s incredible fans, and this new partnership will bring to fruition what so many of them have been patiently waiting for: a celebration of her groundbreaking catalogue. My partner Sara Zambreno and I are working closely with Warner Music Group to bring new life to these iconic works.”

Max Lousada added: “We’re honored to be forming a dynamic new partnership with an incomparable superstar whose influence on our musical and artistic landscape is immense and immutable. Madonna has changed the course of pop and dance music, while taking live performance to new heights of drama and invention. At the same time, she uses her fame to amplify some of the most important social issues and movements of our time. Constantly and fearlessly challenging convention, her four decades of music are not only an extraordinary body of work, but a playbook for creative and cultural evolution.”

On October 8, Madonna will be releasing her highly anticipated documentary film, MADAME X, exclusively on Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, and MTV Entertainment Studios in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, the Nordics, and Canada. Fans outside of these markets can watch the documentary on MTV. Filmed in Lisbon, Portugal, the film captures the pop icon’s rare and rapturous tour performance, hailed by sold-out theatrical audiences worldwide. The unprecedented intimate streaming experience will take viewers on a journey as compelling and audacious as Madonna’s fearless persona, Madame X, a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, and bringing light to dark places.

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Madonna Slams DaBaby for His 'Hateful' and Misinformed Remarks About HIV: 'Know Your Facts'

Madonna has a "message" for DaBaby following his homophobic comments about HIV.

The "Papa Don't Preach" singer, 62, slammed the misinformation that DaBaby spread about the AIDS and LGBTQ community on stage and during his performance at Rolling Loud earlier this week. DaBaby, 29, has since apologized for his "insensitive" rant.

"If you're going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts," Madonna wrote alongside a video of DaBaby's comments.

She continued, "After decades of hard won scientific research— there are life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids. These new ARV's can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!! AIDS is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd."

"I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God 🙏" she added.

Madonna also addressed DaBaby's "sexist remarks about ladies [whose] p------ need to smell like water" during his speech, writing that those comments "only encourage more discrimination against women who fight daily against the oppression of living under the constraints of the Male Gaze."

"People like you are the reason we are still living in a world divided by fear," she concluded. "All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs. AMEN."

From People.com


Rosie O'Donnell Recalls Going to an Oscar Party with Madonna and Dennis Hopper: 'It Was So Wild'

Rosie O'Donnell's Oscars moment was one for the books.

The actress and comedian appeared on this week's episode of PEOPLE in the '90s podcast where she recalled attending Oscar parties with Madonna before their 1992 movie A League of Their Own came out.

"I would get out of her car with her, a limo, and everyone's going Madonna! Kathy Bates! Madonna! Kathy Bates!" O'Donnell, 59, said, remembering how people confused her for that year's Best Actress winner, Kathy Bates.

"We went to Spago and I sat next to Dennis Hopper," O'Donnell said. "And at the table was Jackie Collins' sister."

She continued, "Well, Dennis Hopper leaned over and said, 'I had sex with two women at this table. Start your guessing.' Oh my God, it happened that night. It was so wild."

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Madonna’s 'Madame X' Concert Documentary Is Coming to Paramount+ / MTV

Madame X is ready for her close up.

A concert documentary filmed last year during the European leg of Madonna’s Madame X Tour is coming to Paramount+.

Directed by Ricardo Gomes and SKNX, MADAME X will exclusively stream on Paramount+ from Friday, Oct. 8 for subscribers in North America, Latin America, Australia, and the Nordics. Fans outside of those territories can tune in on MTV.

“Sharing my vision with global audiences has been profoundly meaningful to me,” the Queen of Pop said in a statement issued early Thursday (July 15).

"The opportunity to bring its message and the incandescent artistry of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity."

Created by MTV Entertainment Studios, the doc captures all the highlights from Madonna’s January 2020 stop in Lisbon, part of a trans-Atlantic Madame X jaunt in support of her Billboard 200 chart leader of the same time.

Madonna has a strong connection with the capital of Portugal. She moved there for her son’s soccer aspirations, and was inspired by the music she was exposed to there: Fado, morna, salsa and more.

“Madonna is undoubtedly the world’s biggest superstar, never ceasing to push boundaries and shape the pop culture landscape,” said Bruce Gillmer, chief content officer, Music, Paramount+ and President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, ViacomCBS.

The pop veteran and MTV together “have an incredibly storied history and we are thrilled to continue to amplify our partnership globally,” he continued.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winner sent her followers into a frenzy last week when she teased the doc and revealed it would arrive this October on Paramount+.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Promises To Get Britney Spears‘Out Of Jail’ As She Breaks Silence OnConservatorship

Madonna condemned Britney Spears’ conservatorship in a fiery new statement.

Madonna has voiced her support for Britney Spears amid her conservatorship battle. The “Like a Prayer” singer, 62, shared an Instagram Story on July 8 and lambasted the legal arrangement, calling it a “violation of human rights.” Madonna shared the message against the backdrop of a throwback photo of herself in a bedazzled Britney t-shirt and pink fuzzy boa.

“Give this woman her life back. Slavery was abolished so long ago! Death to the greedy patriarchy that has been doing this to women for centuries.” The singer added, “This is a violation of human rights! Britney we coming to get you out of jail!”

The support is mutual: the duo shared an infamous moment with fellow pop star Christina Aguilera in the early aughts. On stage at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the trio shared a passionate kiss during a performance. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in 2011, Britney looked back at the moment and gushed about the star. “I actually saw [Madonna] a couple of weeks ago at a party,” she said. “I guess she’s really taught me to stay true to myself. That seems like a simple thing to say, but she taught me through action, not just by saying it. There are so many people around you that have opinions, but you just have to listen to your instincts.”

Madonna’s comments come after Britney addressed a judge for the first time in June, pleading to be freed from the 13-year conservatorship and calling the arrangement “abusive.” The pop star delivered a harrowing testimony about how the conservatorship has stripped her of all autonomy. Britney also called for the removal of her father Jamie as co-conservator, but he still remains in the role. Meanwhile, Bessemer Trust, the financial firm that splits conservator duties with Jamie, has filed documents to resign from the conservatorship, citing Britney’s latest court testimonial. Per NPR, the next court hearing for the conservatorship will be July 14; it will center on Bessemer Trust’s request to withdraw from the conservatorship.

Madonna joins a chorus of other celebrities who have rallied behind Britney. Mariah Carey, Brandy, Justin Timberlake, and Miley Cyrus have also expressed their support.

From Hollywood Life


Madonna's gutsy 'True Blue' album turned her into a 'serious' star, says producer Patrick Leonard

At only 27 years old, Madonna released one of the world’s biggest-selling albums of 1986.

The nine songs on “True Blue,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary June 30, signified her musical maturity, from the somber balladry of “Live to Tell” to the Latin syncopation embedded in “La Isla Bonita.”

Produced by Madonna, Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray, the album spawned five hit singles and sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. and an estimated 25 million worldwide.

The pressure of following the hit parade of “Lucky Star,” “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl” and other fizzy dancefloor dazzlers might have daunted some artists as they embarked on their third release. But, true to her nature, Madonna zigged when most would have zagged. Madonna was also creatively inspired by then-husband Sean Penn (she dedicated the album to him), and the album’s first single, “Live to Tell,” landed in his 1986 crime drama, “At Close Range.”

“The music got more serious, so I think she got taken more seriously,” Leonard, who also co-wrote five of the album’s songs, told USA TODAY. “It was different, and to her credit, she took some chances that I don’t know most people would have. There were things in there that weren’t normal in pop music at the time.”

Leonard was 30 at the time “True Blue” was recorded, and previously served as the music director for Madonna’s “The Virgin Tour” in 1985. But their collaboration at a backyard barbecue on “Love Makes the World Go Round,” which would debut later that year at Live Aid before landing on “True Blue,” marked their first songwriting pairing.

Two of the album’s five singles – the string-laden teen pregnancy drama “Papa Don’t Preach” and sweet “True Blue” – were produced by Bray, who also co-wrote “Where’s The Party,” “Jimmy Jimmy” and the title track. Leonard said he and Bray would assist each other, but the two producers primarily “kept to our own little worlds.”

But even with different captains, the songs shared a common throughline.

“There’s a chemical thing that contributes to that ‘thing’ and why those records are what they are,” Leonard said. “They were relatively spontaneous for the most part. As legend has it, most of those vocals are the only time Madonna sang (the songs in the studio) and I can attest to that. It helped that neither she nor I are second guessers. Period.”

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Lil Nas X defends Madonna amid fierce backlash over ‘petty’ response to award show kiss

Lil Nas X has defended Madonna after she was slammed for comparing his already-iconic awards show kiss to her own.

Lil Nas X shared a steamy kiss with a dancer during his Egyptian-themed performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name) at the BET Awards 2021 on Sunday (27 June).

Following the performance, Madonna took to Instagram to post a side-by-side image comparing his kiss to her own with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the MTV VMAs in 2003. She captioned the story: “#DidItFirst.”

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Madonna was heavily criticised for attempting to make the moment about herself, and for comparing her queer-baiting performance to a gay artist defiantly celebrating his sexuality in an industry that has been less-than-welcoming to LGBT+ folk.

Some referenced how her song “Vogue” lifted from Black and Latinx ballroom culture, “whitewashing” it in the process.

Amid fan backlash, Lil Nas X clarified that he and Madonna “are friends” and that it was “just a joke”.

After all, Madonna and Lil Nas X are known to be friends. They once shared beers and banter before duetting “Old Town Road” together during Madonna’s Madame X tour.

Other users sought to defend the pop megastar, arguing that the Instagram story was a joke while re-training focus back to Madonna’s decades-long contributions to LGBT+ advocacy.

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Madonna Premieres ‘No Fear, Courage, Resist’ at Times Square for Pride Weekend

There’s no brighter tourist destination than Times Square, and no bigger pop star than Madonna.

So it made sense for the Queen of Pop to use the famous Manhattan intersection on Thursday night (June 24) to premiere her “No fear, Courage, Resist” video.

The Pride Weekend-themed video was filmed with Ricardo Gomes, and it flashed up on the big screens of Times Square for the world to see.

The Queen of Pop teased the big show. “Tonight is not just a party to kick off Pride Weekend,” she wrote on Instagram. At 10pm and midnight in Times Square, she continued, “you can watch a special video made by ME! Don’t miss it! Let’s POP the cheery on Pride with a bang."

The pop legend is also auctioning a selection of sexy Polaroids, proceeds from which benefit The Ali Forney Center, Haus of Us, and The Door, three NYC-based organizations dedicated to creating safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Marks Pride Weekend With a NYC Club Performance & Auction

Happy Pride indeed! Madonna helped kick off New York's Pride weekend with a surprise performance during The Standard's re-opening bash Pride x Boom on Thursday (June 24).

Madonna's set, which took place in the Boom Boom Room, featured the Queen of Pop performing "Hung Up" and "I Don't Search I Find" off Confessions on a Dance Floor and Madame X, respectively, from atop the bar for a crowd packed with bold-faced names. Among the attendees were Lance Bass, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Indya Moore, Adam Lambert, Jon Batiste, Zachary Quinto and many more.

According to the press release, after her brief set, Madonna auctioned off three Polaroids that were snapped by the star and Ricardo Gomes at her New York home in June. The images are framed and signed by the seven-time Grammy winner, and benefit The Ali Forney Center and Haus of Us. Bids are being accepted here.

Also Thursday night, Madge premiered her new video "No Fear, Courage, Resist" video on the giant screens of Times Square. Ahead of its release, she teased on Instagram, "Tonight is not just a party to kick off Pride Weekend. At 10p and Midnight in Times Square, you can watch a special video made By ME! Don't miss it! Let's POP the cherry on Pride With a Bang!"

From Billboard.com


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Tonight is not just a party to kick off PrideWeekend 🌈💘🌈💘🌈!

At 10pm and Midnight in Times Square you can watch a special video made By ME!
Don’t miss it! Lets POP the cherry on Pride
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Please come to party prepared to bid on 3 brand new Polaroids to support the Ali ForneyCentre and Haus of US auctioned off by yours truly!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

We are here to celebrate our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, support some amazing Queer initiatives, declare Pride NY weekend open and the return of NYC. 🌈🙏🏼💘🗽 #pride


Madonna accused of braiding her hair while watching Broadway show: ‘Have some manners!’

Madonna allegedly left Natasha Richardson with ‘steam coming out of her ears’ after braiding her hair while watching a Broadway musical.

Actor John Benjamin Hickey has claimed that the pop icon was in the audience for a production of Cabaret in 1998, which he starred in alongside Richardson and Alan Cumming.

“One night in the audience Madonna was there, and we were all so excited that she was there,” Hickey told US talk show Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen. “There were lights on the audience, and Madonna proceeded to sit and braid her hair through the entire performance.”

He continued: “I didn’t really give a s***, I didn’t care one way or the other. [But] our leading lady Natasha Richardson came backstage with steam coming out of her ears. ‘How dare she?’”

“She was absolutely right,” Hickey added. “If you’re gonna come to the theatre, don’t sit and braid your hair, have some manners, especially if you know all eyes are on you.”

Earlier this year, while appearing on the Talk Art podcast, Cumming claimed that he reminded Madonna of the incident after they became friends.

“She talked about coming to see me in Cabaret and I said, ‘I remember you were braiding your hair’,” Cumming said. “She was like, ‘Was I? That’s incredibly rude.’ And I went, ‘Yes, it was rude.’”

From The Independent / Yahoo! News


Madonna Takes 5 of Her Kids to Dad Silvio's Vineyard to Celebrate His 90th Birthday: 'It Was So Special'

Madonna made her father Silvio Ciccone's 90th birthday one to remember!

The "Vogue" singer, 62, took five out of her six children - Lourdes Leon, 24, David Banda, 15, Mercy James, 15, and twin daughters Stella Ciccone and Estere Ciccone, 8 - to visit her dad at Ciccone Vineyard & Winery in Michigan for a special occasion.

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On Thursday, Madonna posted a video montage to show all the wonderful photos from the trip. The clip included sweet bonding moments between the kids and their grandfather, Stella and Estere running around the vineyard, Madonna snuggling with Lourdes, group photos of the family, and a three-tier cake surrounded by bottles of wine.

"My father is a survivor growing up as an Italian Immigrant in the US and living thru many traumas but always working hard for everything he had," the pop icon captioned the Instagram post. "He taught me the importance of hard work and earning one's way in life.............Again I thank you." She added, "It was so special to spend your 90th birthday with you and my children in your vineyard. 🍇🎂🍷🎉♥️ #happybirthday #ohfather #thestrangers @cicconevineyard."

From People.com

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Madonna announces much-anticipated Madame X Tour concert film will premiere in October

Madonna has been teasing fans with updates about a film based on her Madame X Tour in recent months.

And on Saturday, the legendary pop superstar took to Instagram to announce that the documentary will be released in the fall, writing: 'Madame X coming in October!!!' alongside a photo of herself on stage during the tour's 75-date run.

The trek - consisting of dates in the United States, England, France, and Portugal - was not without drama behind-the-scenes, which included several show cancellations due to Madonna's recurring knee injury and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film is slated to drop on Netflix and features extensive footage from the tour and behind-the-scenes clips of the singer-songwriter in all her glory as her Madame X alter ego.

Madonna screened the documentary concert film to 12 people in a 500 seat theatre this past April and gushed that she 'cant wait to show it to the world!!!'

From dailymail.com


Inside the story of Keith Haring’s fridge, at auction with Madonna’s ‘tag’

This icebox is worth some cold, hard cash.

On Wednesday, Guernsey’s will auction off a refrigerator door that belonged to Keith Haring. The object - from the artist’s 1980s apartment at 325 Broome St. downtown - features more than 80 signatures and “tags,” including those believed to be by Madonna and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Even more amazing, the artifact nearly perished before the current owner - who lived in Haring’s old unit in the early 1990s - grabbed it from a back alley before a garbage crew could take it away.

“It’s a one in a million kind of thing,” Guernsey’s president Arlan Ettinger told The Post. (Ettinger said that the piece is being sold “without minimum reserve,” meaning it will go for whatever the highest bid is.)

Haring often had raucous get-togethers at his Soho apartment, and his artistic guests left their marks on every surface of his home, from the brightly painted walls to the front door to his white icebox.

“We tagged everything,” artist Cy Adams told The Post, recalling the crowded, celeb-filled parties Haring would throw at his apartment. “When you’re a young graffiti artist, you don’t even think twice about it.”

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Haring moved out of the Broome Street apartment shortly before he died of AIDS in 1990. That’s when the fridge’s current owner, an artist who now lives in San Francisco and wished to remain anonymous, moved in.

She answered found a listing looking for a roommate to share a railroad apartment in Soho for $250 a month. “I was immediately struck by the beautiful light in the front of the flat and the amazing bathroom … [and] the funky kitchen with the fridge covered in graffiti,” the woman told The Post.

When her soon-to-be roommate informed her that the apartment had once belonged to Haring, “I was stunned,” she said. After she moved in, she and her friends would examine it for names they recognizes. When the appliance stopped working, she ran out to retrieve the door after the man who delivered a new one threw it away.

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Madonna pays tribute to Nick Kamen

Madonna has paid tribute to Nick Kamen, the model, actor and singer whose biggest hit was co-written by the star.

Kamen caught the eye in a 1985 Levi's jeans advert - baring his chest in a launderette - and the queen of pop invited him in on a track the following year. He died this week aged 59.

"Heartbreaking to know you are gone," the superstar posted online.

The pair had a top five hit with Each Time You Break My Heart, which featured Madonna on backing vocals.

"You were always such a kind, sweet human and you suffered too much," she added.

"Hope you are happier wherever you are Nick Kamen."

Kamen - real name Ivor Neville Kamen - rose to fame in the Levi's commercial, which showed him stripping down to his boxer shorts in a launderette as several women looked on.

The advert, soundtracked by Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine, helped to boost the company's denim sales and made him a sex symbol in the process.

It also caught the attention of Madonna, who told the BBC at the time she had been taken by Kamen's "charisma" and "beautiful voice".

She then contacted Kamen and asked him to record Each Time You Break My Heart - a synth-pop track left over from her third album True Blue.

From BBC News


Madonna says gun control should be the ‘new vaccination’

Madonna has declared gun control the “new vaccination”, arguing that regulation would save lives.

The singer shared a video of herself erecting fly-posters featuring messages including “Wake up America” and “Gun control now”.

The Instagram clip showed Madonna wearing a Pussy Riot-style blue balaclava while shouting “wake up motherfuckers!” and demanding somebody hand her the glue. It was soundtracked by her 2019 song God Control, which is about mass shootings.

The video was captioned: “There’s a new Vaccination! It’s called GUN CONTROL! Should be mandatory. It will SAVE lives!”

Madonna urged fans to “join us next week”. She directed them to the campaign group Everytown For Gun Safety, which describes itself as “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities”.

Her intervention comes after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot dead by police in Chicago after appearing to drop a handgun and raise his hands, and Daunte Wright, 20, was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop.

In a separate post, in which she poses in front of the posters, she wrote: “Adam Toledo was 13 years old, Daunte Wright was 20.

“The officers who killed them are only being charged with manslaughter. This is insanity. Horrific. And yet it has become normalised in our society. Yes – people kill people, not guns. But the vast majority of people are not enlightened and guns are too easy to own.

“If they were outlawed then no one would feel the need to own a gun to protect themselves from those who have guns. As for police killing innocent children: shooting and suffocating and brutalising innocent people ... They should go immediately to jail for the rest of there [sic] lives. No trial, no corrupt justice system.”

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is under way over the death of George Floyd, who was unarmed when he died after the officer kept a knee on his neck for nine minutes.

Last year Madonna was censured by Instagram after sharing a video which claimed a vaccine for Covid-19 had already been found, but was being hidden to “let the rich get richer”.

Instagram blurred out the video with a caption saying: “False Information”.

The video was later deleted from Madonna’s Instagram page, but not before fans protested at her decision to share the post.

Among them was the pop star Annie Lennox, who commented: “This is utter madness!!! I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery.”

From The Guardian

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