Sunday, October 19, 2014

Madonna to perform on X Factor live final?


Madonna to perform on X Factor final

According to reports, Madge is due to appear on the talent show's live final but only if she 'approves of the line-up'.
The superstar is said to have been persuaded by the show's creator, Simon Cowell, to perform on the final, but before excited mounts - there are apparently terms and conditions.
A source said: "Madonna will have been provisionally booked because the final can be subject to change if an artist doesn't approve of the finalists - especially if they have agreed to sing with them. "Someone like Madonna will want a lot of creative control over her appearance, but for Simon the ratings will worth it."

The source added: "She has been told that her label will be expected to pay for any stage props and backing dancers she brings with her".
It is no doubt the 56-year-old will boost the ITV show's ratings if she appears on their stage on December 13.
At the start of this series ratings were reportedly dropping, so hopefully Madge will bring back the days where The X Factor would draw in a high-set list of worldwide performers.
Previously the show has seen Sir Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Sir Elton John grace the X Factor stage and last weekend we saw Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift perform.
Of course more importantly, the proposed appearance could help boost sales of Madonna's next album, which is due to go on sale shortly after she is due to appear on the show.

Strike a Pose...1987


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Natalia Kills completed eight songs with Madonna for the latter’s new album


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‘They Talk Shit About Me’ hitmaker Natalia Kills worked on eight songs for Madonna’s new album.
“She writes incredible lyrics, sings beautiful melodies, but most of all she is so fucking funny,” Kills told Paper magazine of her time working with the bathroom selfie enthusiast.
Also, if you’re wondering how Madonna came to hear about Kills’ ‘oeuvre’ in the first place, wonder no more:
“Madonna’s dancers play my music during her rehearsals and workouts every week.”
She also found the time to talk about her own music, suggesting there might be some on its way quicker than expected:
“It’s coming out all this year. All really soon, really really soon, wink wink, very very soon.”
‘Wink wink’.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For the Record: The Look of Love


On November 25, 1987 the third and final single from the  'Who's That Girl' soundtrack, "The Look of Love" was released.  While shooting for the film, then called Slammer, Madonna had requested that producer Patrick Leonard develop a downtempo song that captured the nature of her film persona. She later added the lyrics and vocals to the demo tape developed by Leonard, and the song was "The Look of Love".

Madonna was inspired by the 1954 film 'Rear Window' and the look that actor James Stewart gave actress Grace Kelly. She said: "I can't describe it, but that is the way I want someone to look at me when he loves me. It's the most pure look of love and adoration. Like surrender. It's devastating."

"The Look of Love" was released in the United Kingdom, some European countries and Japan. "I Know It", a track from Madonna's self-titled debut album, appeared as the B-side.  In 1989, the song was used as the B-side for the "Express Yourself" single release.  In the United Kingdom, "The Look of Love" was released on December 12, 1987 and entered the UK Singles Chart at position 15. The next week, it reached a peak of nine on the chart, her first single to miss the top five since "Lucky Star". It reached the top ten of the charts in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It also charted in France, Germany and Switzerland, while on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles of Billboard, it reached 17.
Madonna's only live performances of the song were on her Who's That Girl World Tour in 1987.  As she finished the performance of "Causing a Commotion", the spotlight was focused on her. The introductory music of "The Look of Love" started and Madonna roamed around the stage, pretending that she was lost.

She wanted to portray her Who's That Girl character Nikki, when she was lost in a similar sequence in the film. After she finished singing the song, Madonna pretended to walk forward by pushing through the air, as the conveyor belt took her backwards, ultimately taking her away from the stage.

Lourdes Trades In Posh Lifestyle


She is following in the footsteps of her famous mother by attending her old college, The University Of Michigan.  But despite her privileged upbringing, it seems Lourdes Leon is certainly no Material Girl.  In a stark contrast to her mother's mansions, the teen, who turns 18 this week, currently shares a simple bunk bed with a fellow student in a tiny box dormitory.

While living with her superstar mother she would have been used to a life of private chefs and glamourous restaurants - here she eats at a noisy canteen, filled with hundreds of students, where pizza, pasta and burgers make up a mundane menu.
In an exclusive look at Lourdes new college life, the MailOnline can reveal the down-to-earth teenager has been using the nickname Lola, her mother gave her when she was younger, to help blend in.

Speaking to the MailOnline a fellow student said: 'She's not as sociable as many people would have thought and she couldn't be more different from Madonna's huge persona.' The pal added: 'Every day that passes she's slowly coming out of her shell.

'There's no diva behavior or anything like that. She's really aware how people might judge her and doesn't want a bad reputation.'

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ariel Pink on new album: “They need something edgy"


Image for Ariel Pink is working on Madonna's new album: “They need something edgy"

Is Madonna going indie on her next record? According to Ariel Pink, Madge is looking for a change in direction and has enlisted the LA-based singer to help write the followup to 2012’s EDM-centric MDNA.
“Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record,” Pink revealed in an interview with FL’s Doug Wallen.“They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing,” he explained.
Speaking to FL ahead of his Australian return as part of the Sugar Mountain festival in January, Pink suggested the pop star needed to look to her past for inspiration and riffed about the kind of song he would write for Madonna. “I guess it’s called ‘throwback’, but the first record [1983’s Madonna ] was so good because of the songs,” he said. “It’s been a downward slide [since] … ‘Ray of Light’ is not cool. And all the other stuff she’s done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something.”
For MDNA Madonna worked extensively with French electro and progressive house DJ and producer Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi, a move which – despite the record shifting two million copies worldwide – Pink doesn’t think worked in her favour. “It’s not because of her age,” he offered. “It’s because of the things that she thinks she needs to do to stay in her narcissistic domination of the world. Which is totally hers to have. But it’s about not just being a yes person. I’m sure Interscope signed her like, ‘Okay, the last record didn’t do so well. We gotta do something about this. We’re gonna get all new songwriters together and we’re gonna try to come up with this thing. ’Cause she needs help with this.’ And she’s happy to let them do that for her.”
While he had a lot to say about Madonna, Ariel Pink also spoke at length to FL about his own forthcoming record pom pom, which is due out on November 18 through 4AD. Labelled a “solo album” the record follows 2012’s Mature Themes which was released under the Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti moniker. pom pom features 17 tracks including ‘Jell-O’ and ‘Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade’ which were co-written with the Runaways former manager Kim Fowley.

Gives Good Face...1985


Strike a Pose...2014


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Madonna: The World's Biggest Star Is Just Hitting Her Stride

Madonna is set to direct her second film, an adaptation of  the book "Ade: A Love Story."
After more than three decades on top, Madonna has never been more relevant, more powerful or more interesting than she is at this very moment. How in the world does she do it? I'm writing about Madonna....Again.
In one of those full circle moments Oprah tends to get very excited about, my first professional journalism assignment came in the form of writing a review of True Blue, the Detroit native's album released in 1986. As an ambitious writer/editor of 21, I took the job very seriously. Just a day after turning in my earnest critique (a rave), I arrived in Manhattan to start my dream job at Esquire, magazine home to some of my writing heroes Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese and John Gregory Dunne. It had been a very good week.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Instagram: Madonna Defends Rocco's IG Post


Madonna has defended her son Rocco Ritchie after he posted what appears to be footage of terrorist killings on Instagram.The 14-year-old earlier today (October 9) uploaded a graphic video showing a group of unarmed people being shot by individuals in hoods.Alongside the video, he wrote: "I think if your still being a dick to people, I would stop. We've got a little worse of a problem on are hands here guys. We don't need more negative ass holes here."
Madonna has since 'applauded' her son in her own Instagram post, saying he was expressing that "our problems are nothing compared to whats going on around the world".

Strike a Pose...2010


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Billboard: Madonna's 'Bedtime Stories' Turns 20


Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released her sixth studio album,Bedtime Stories, a classic that came out at a strange crossroads in her career.
While Madonna certainly didn't lack for fame in 1994, the button-pushing Eroticaalbum had soured many critics and fans. For the first time in a decade of superstardom, people weren't shocked by her antics anymore -- even worse, they often seemed exhausted by her.
Artistically speaking, she'd spent the last four years challenging and subverting America's sexual puritanism. But after releasing an entire book called Sexfeaturing nude pictures of herself and other celebrities, there didn't seem to be anywhere else to go in that realm. 
It didn't help that she'd detonated 14 F-bombs on a March 1994 episode of The Late Show With David Letterman, an infamous appearance that racked up FCC complaints and distanced her from Middle America. Evita was two years away and the overt sexuality of Erotica was growing stale -- so when Bedtime Storieshit, Madonna's career was at a strange point.

Kickstarter campaign launched for ‘Encyclopedia Madonnica’


A Kickstarter campaign is currently running to fund a special 20th anniversary edition of 1995’s unofficial ‘ultimate Madonna guide’ Encyclopedia MadonnicaOriginally published by Boy Culture author and Madonna fan Matthew Rettenmund, the original Encyclopedia Madonnica was an exhaustive 200-page A-Z on the life and career of Madonna, which Matthew hopes to add to significantly in the new edition.
“As a fan of Madonna and as the owner of a massive archive of magazines, clippings and “Madonnabilia,” I felt compelled to document the incredible phenomenon of the girl from Bay City who in her first 13 years on the pop scene had become one of the greatest music icons (and one of the most controversial public figures) of all time,” says Rettenmund on the campaign’s Kickstarter page.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Madonna Covered: Physical Attraction


“Physical Attraction” is a great song. A deep cut of Madonna’s self-titled debut album, it’s a modern classic that holds up brilliantly over 30 years on. Seattle’s Fly Moon Royalty and Taryn Dorsey have put their own unique spin on the track, amping up the electric flourishes and imbuing the number with some blues flair. The duo, made up of vocalist Adra Boo and DJ/Producer Action J, turn the pop track into a soulful, grind-worthy slow jam.

“Physical Attraction” is just one of the pair’s stellar covers. Boo and J have covered Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and Duran Duran’s “Read My Lips.” The duo released their latest EP, Unfinished Business earlier this year. Check out the Madonna cover below: 

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Album: Nicki Minaj Colab?

I'll Remember...1989


Madonna Adds DJ Dahi & Blood Diamonds to Collaborators List

The diva posted an Instagram photo on Saturday (Sept. 20) of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds working behind a computer, with the caption, “Nothing can stop the Sex Boyzzzzzz!”  The list of collaborators for Madonna’s next album continues to grow.  DJ Dahi is the producer behind Drake’s "Worst Behavior,” and has worked with other artists like Kendrick Lamar and Lily Allen. Pop act Blood Diamonds (aka Mike Diamond) is a frequent collaborator with Grimes.
Madonna has also been working with super-producer Diplo, who has turned up in multiple photos on her Instagram account. In his Billboard magazine cover feature, Diplo said that he's had multiple studio sessions with Madonna that have resulted in at least three "amazing, smashes."
The diva's next as-yet untitled album will be released in 2015 on Interscope Records. Her last release, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Based on a glance at Madonna’s Instagram feed, the set may also feature collaborations with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Ariel Rechtshaid, Avicii, Natalia Killsand Martin Kierszenbaum.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop's Greatest Year

From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the peak of pop stardom. Here's the 100 best reasons why
From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara'd hard rock and "Weird Al" Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-"Billie Jean" MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of this landmark year, here are the 100 best singles from the year pop popped. To be considered, the song had to be released in 1984 or have significant chart impact in 1984, and charted somewhere on the Billboard Hot 100. 
71. Jellybean, “Sidewalk Talk”
Hot 100 Peak: Number 18
Madonna penned the first single to be credited to her then-boyfriend, New York DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez, and handled vocal duties on its chorus. (The breathy Catharine Buchanan, who passed away in 2001, sang the verses.) Similar in style to the ramped-up club music that made tracks like the Benitez-produced
 “Holiday” early-Eighties radio staples, “Sidewalk Talk” distills the essence of New York — full of fast-moving possibility and flash, but to be handled with caution in order to be survived. M.J.
67. Madonna, “Like a Virgin”
Hot 100 Peak: Number One
If the hits from Madonna’s 1983 debut established her as a star, it was the title track from 1984’s Like a Virgin that vaulted her into icon status, rocketing to the top of the Hot 100 in its sixth week on the chart. Madonna has played up the ambiguity of the lyric, which has been interpreted in many ways (most famously and explicitly in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs), but the song was originally conceived by songwriter Billy Steinberg as a tender ballad inspired by a new love after a depressing heartbreak. It was Madonna herself, however, who suggested the title of the parody “Weird Al” Yankovic later recorded, “Like a Surgeon.” A.S.
2. Madonna, “Borderline”
Hot 100 Peak: Number 10
“I dared to believe this was going to be huge beyond belief, the biggest thing I’d ever had, after I heard ‘Borderline,'” Seymour Stein, the record man who signed Madonna, recalled. “The passion that she put into that song, I thought, there’s no stopping this girl.” His gut was right on target: The fifth and final single from Madonna’s 1983 debut album was her first to hit the Top 10. The melodic synth-a-palooza with the plunky low end was one of two on the LP penned by Reggie Lucas, who used a drum machine instead of a live drummer for the first time on the tune, doubling a synth bass with Anthony Jackson on electric bass guitar (“They’re playing so tight you can’t tell the difference,” Lucas said). Madonna turned in a sweetly-sung, restrained but emotional vocal (her voice wavers just so when she gets to “Feels like I’m going to lose my mind”) about a beau who has her heart twisted. The radio remix, which trims nearly three minutes from the tune, boasts one of Madge’s most iconic fade-outs, standing by as she “la la la”s into the void. C.G.

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the Cover of a Magazine...2008



2015 Official Calendar



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'll Remember...2000

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Madonna’s New Single Is Reportedly Almost Finished


Madonna is nearly ready to reassert her position on the throne.
The iconic #UnapologeticBitch has been teasing tons of alleged song titles and lyrics on her Instagram, taking selfies and hopping in the studio with seemingly dozens of talented acts, including DiploAviciiDisclosureand Natalia Kills among many others. (We’ve been feverishly rounding up all the latest on what to expect from the upcoming LP!)
Now, it seems the first taste of the MDNA follow-up is nearly upon us.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 last night, this era’s most constant Madge collaborator Diplo spilled on the duo’s ongoing collaborations in the studio.
From PopJustice: “We did a bunch of stuff and I think she’s going to take about five or six of the songs we did. We wrapped up the first single last week, so we’re just fine-tuning the mix,” he casually offered.
While Billboard reports that the album isn’t due until 2015, there’s no reason why that lead single couldn’t drop, well…any day now. In a post-Beyoncé world, there’s just no telling what’s going to happen next.
Give us all your L-U-V today, Madge!
Are you excited for the return of Her Madgesty? Let us know in the comments below.
[via PopJustice]