Friday, February 28, 2014

I'll Remember...1989

Madonna recently made waves for posting an Instagram photo of her teenage son posing with bottles of gin and vodka. And 25 years ago, she was stirring controversy over another beverage: Pepsi. 

In January 1989, the pop provocateur inked a $5 million endorsement deal with the soft-drink brand. On March 2, 1989, Madonna debuted "Like a Prayer," the title track of her fourth studio album, in a two-minute television commercial called "Make a Wish." The flashback-fueled spot saw her watching a black-and-white home movie of her 8th birthday, and interspersed footage of the young girl with shots of adult Madonna dancing in the street and in a church with a gospel choir. 

The fairly innocuous ad aired during NBC's The Cosby Show, and it seemed unlikely to offend anyone. But when Madonna premiered the actual music video for "Like a Prayer" on MTV the following day, viewers were singing a different tune. 

The video's imagery, which included burning crosses, stigmata and the seduction of a saint, drew the ire of religious groups and customers, who assumed it was part of the Pepsi ad. 

"When you've got an ad that confuses people or concerns people, it just makes sense that that ad goes away," Tod MacKenzie, a spokesman for Pepsico Inc., told the New York Times. 

And go away, it did. Though the commercial was canceled, "Like a Prayer" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that spring, and Madonna reportedly kept the $5 million fee. 

The once-incendiary hit went on to become one of the most celebrated songs in Madonna's canon, and it was even featured in her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance – no small feat in the post-Nipplegate era. But one thing that hasn't changed is the Material Girl's earning power: According to Forbes, Madonna was the highest paid musician of 2013. 

Watch the banned Pepsi commercial above, and the "Like a Prayer" music video below. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Madonna and 'Saturday Night Live' Address AIDS Hysteria In a Surreal Sketch From 1985

I came across this pretty remarkable (for better or worse) clip of Madonna hosting "Saturday Night Live" back in 1985 over the weekend on various Facebooks, and it definitely needs to be shared.  Not simply because it's the first time I've seen a clip of Madonna's one and only hosting gig (she's been the musical guest -- and made numerous appearances -- since, but never again full-on hosting), but because it's something even more rare: The mainstream media addressing AIDS in 1985 in a borderline sensitive manner. 
The sketch -- from the 11th season premiere of "SNL" -- is called "Pinklisting," and features Madonna as a Linda Evans-esque soap opera actress who refuses to do scenes with actors "she doesn't know" out of ignorant fear of AIDS.  It aired the fall after Rock Hudson died, which coincided with tabloids claiming his "Dynasty" co-star Linda Evans was got AIDS from a kiss. The sketch is obviously a play off that, with Terry Sweeney (who was openly gay at the time -- and disturbingly remains the only openly gay male SNL cast member in its history) playing a gay soap opera actor who tries to be as masc as possible to make Madonna's character think he isn't gay. 
The sketch isn't really funny, and at first comes across just as offensive as you'd sadly expect from 1985 (which made me feel uneasy given Madonna surely had many friends battling AIDS at the time). But then it sort of turns into an edgy, insightful and progressive (at least for 1985) critique of AIDS hysteria. At least I think it does? I mean it's definitely not without issue, and I won't spoil the end -- but watch and add any thoughts in the comments. I'm very curious what folks think, especially those who might have seen it when it aired. Also: Look for cameos from Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Michael Hall and Joan Cusack! 
(There's two embeds below, each not seeming to be working for all browsers.. So if it isn't working for you, click on the links at the bottom of it)

Madonna's 2014 Oscars Party

We aren't sure how she pulls it off, but Madonna always throws the hottest Oscars shindig in town!! And 2014 looks even better than before! Her Madgesty teamed up with Gucci and together they plan on throwing the soiree of the century! We've got EXCLUSIVELY! intel and can confidently report this year's invited guests include Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, John Travolta, Will Smith, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Naomi Watts, and — AH-Mazingly — Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie!! Whoa!!! Those are the hottest names in town! We wonder how Elton John plans to compete with that guest list, LOLz!!! Even cooler, all of Madonna's guests will be gifted a pricey, handpicked Gucci item!! Ooh, how fabulous!! The Papa Don't Preach performer sadly doesn't let paparazzi into her partAAy and she doesn't have a red carpet, but that's so her guests won't feel self-conscious about getting cray cray! Makes sense to us, LOL! Ugh! Can it be Oscar night already? We can't wait to see how this all goes down.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I'll Remember...1984

Madonna in 1984 at age 26. This interview was done just before she released ‘Like A Virgin’ so she was still a newbie to the music scene and on the brink on international super stardom. This woman has NOT changed. Madonna’s still articulate, intelligent, confident, stylish, brutally honest, cutting edge, assertive, determined, with balls of steel. She knew exactly what she wanted and has accomplished everything she set her mind to. 30 years later she’s still the reigning Queen of Pop. I lover her earlier interviews, I always felt like she was flirting with them using body language. Nowadays she just condescends them. There will never be another Madonna. Love this chick!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quote of the Day....

Ariana Grande

"I just love how she stands up for what she believes in and surprises people by not eff-ing up when they want her to so badly...Know what I love most about Madonna? When a bad review came out, she was the first person to say ‘f--k you.' When someone said she sounded like Minnie Mouse, she crawled into bed naked except for Minnie Mouse ears. It's such a good attitude to have. It's inspiring to me because there are times when I think I've been a weak, people-pleasing little mouse my whole life."

Anyone else think she resembles Lourdes?  I mean they could be sisters, no?

Nile Rodgers: I want to work with Madonna again

Exclusive: Nile Rodgers wants to work with his best friend Madonna after revealing he’ll be making more music than ever after beating cancer.
The 61-year-old Chic star wants to team up with Madge again, having previously hit the studio with her on her Like A Virgin album.  ‘I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.
‘For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.’  
The New Yorker also revealed he is putting the finishing touches to a new track he made with Brit nominees Disclosure and critics’ choice winner Sam Smith.  ‘We cut another song at the same time but it was so amazing that we wanted to spend time and get it right,’ he told Metro – having previously worked with the British musicians on a track called Together.
‘They sent the new song to me three days ago and I put a new bass line on the second part. It’s scary!’  Rodgers stole the show at the Warner Music Group & Belvedere Brit awards after-party at The Savoy with a set featuring 45-year-old Kylie Minogue.
He also told fans to expect to hear a lot more from him in the charts after being given the all-clear from prostate cancer.  ‘A little over three years ago I was diagnosed with extremely aggressive cancer and, I don’t mean to make light of it, but they were counting me out. And I thought “You know, I’m going to do more music and more records than I have ever done in my life”,’ he said.

Gives Good Face...2002


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oh My...

This is so lame...the some pics are not even in order.  Whateves

Friday, February 14, 2014

Madonna and Her 10 Greatest Achievements

Legendary recording artist Madonna has a lot to be proud of, both in and out of her illustrious career, although lately, she seems to be losing a bit of confidence. Despite her prestigious sex symbol image, the star has recently released statements claiming she has a “love/hate relationship” with her body, and although she has garnered more awards than most people even know exist, she claims she’s become tired with her own music. The passage of time and repetition are sure causes of her funk, but a quick look back at 10 of the greatest achievements of Madonna’s career may help to motivate the aging star.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Madonna’s Official Number One Singles' Sales Revealed!

It’s an incredible 30 years since the undisputed Queen of Pop had her very first Top 10 hit with Holiday. To celebrate Madonna’s three decades of Official Charts supremacy, we count down her 13 Number 1s and reveal the biggest selling of them all…

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Madonna Number 1s13. Sorry (2006)

To kick things off, it’s one of Madonna’s most recent chart-toppers. The second single to be released from Madge’s big return to the disco album Confessions On A Dance FloorSorry was something of a surprise Number 1 for her. The video was Madonna in full kitsch mode – first driving around in her own version of the Vengabus (possibly) before rollerskating dressed like a kind of disco astronaut. It was catchy, it was energetic and it was a worthy chart-topper
WHO DID IT BEAT? Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On had to settle for Number 2.
CHART FACT: It was the first time she’d had two consecutive Number 1s in five years.
SALES: 200,000

Madonna Number 1s12. Who’s That Girl (1987)

A product of Madonna’s movie ambitions – with some success – Who’s That Girl was the first of three tracks released from the soundtrack of the movie of the same name. After a whole campaign with blond hair, brunetteMadonna was back and up to her usual tricks, dancing about and ‘causing a commotion’ in between clips from the movie. Critics had their knives out for the movie, in which Madonna played a kooky ex-con with sticky fingers but a heart of gold, but Madge just about pulls it off. As lead singles go, it may not be up there with Madonna’s finest, but it has a certain charm.
WHO DID IT BEAT? Madonna knocked Pet Shop Boys’ It’s A Sin off the top. Almost 20 years later, they would remixSorry for its single release. So no hard feelings, then. That's good.
CHART FACT: Who’s That Girl was Madonna’s second chart-topper to spend just one week at Number 1.
SALES: 350,000
Madonna Number 1s

11. American Pie (2000)

A long, long time ago… well, 1972 to be exact, Don McLean had a hit with the classic American Pie, which was so long it took up two sides of a 7” single (ask your mum). Madonna, for reasons that are unclear, decided to cover the song, but to make it all fit nicely onto one CD (ask your older sister) she edited the track considerably. Then-collaboratorWilliam Orbit added his signature swooshes and even Rupert EverettMadonna’s co-star from movie The Next Best Thing, popped in to lay down some backing vocals and appear in the video.
WHO DID IT BEAT? American Pie knocked All Saints’ Pure Shores – another William Orbit production – off the top spot and left N Sync settling for Number 3 with Bye Bye ByeMadonna would later go on to team up with N Sync'sJustin Timberlake on another Number 1…
CHART FACT: Don McLean’s version only got to Number 2.
SALES: 390,000

Madonna Number 1s10. La Isla Bonita (1987)

Just before Who’s That Girl came La Isla Bonita, a song which, legend has it, was originally written for Michael JacksonMadonna got her hands on it first, however, and created a new anthem for anybody who wishes their holiday would go on for a bit longer – and she loves a Holiday does our Madge.
WHO DID IT BEAT? La Isla Bonita held off Judy Boucher’s boohoofest Can’t Be With You Tonight.
CHART FACT: La Isla Bonita took four weeks to slowly climb from Number 5 to spend two weeks on the top spot. Not bad for a fifth and final single from an already huge-selling album, True Blue.
SALES: 410,000

Madonna Number 1s9. Music (2000)

Madonna was a force to be reckoned with in late 2000, and enjoyed her second Number 1 of the year with this, the true lead single off her album Music. Although she had just given birth to her second child, Madonna went on a promo blitz for Music, performing a special concert in Brixton that was broadcast over the internet (more impressive then than it sounds now). The Mirwais-produced Art Of Noise-style romp went straight in at Number 1 and is a favourite of hers – she still performs it regularly. Hey Mr DJ, put a record on… is possibly one of her best opening lyrics.
WHO DID IT BEAT? Madonna knocked another dance classic off the summit – Spiller and Sophie Ellis–Bextor’sGroovejet slipped to Number 2.
CHART FACT: Music was deposed after just one week by A1’s cover of the A-ha chart-topper Take On Me.
SALES: 415,000

Madonna Number 1s8. 4 Minutes (2008)

Madonna’s most recent chart-topper weighs in next, a duet with Justin Timberlake and featuring Timbaland in the background. It was the very first time a collaboration had hit Number 1 for Madonna – at that point she preferred to take centre-stage all by herself.
WHO DID SHE BEAT? Madonna nudged American Boy by Estelle off the top spot, taking five weeks to do it.
CHART FACT: It was the first time a Madonna Number 1 hadn’t gone straight in at the top of charts since Vogue in 1990. It’s also Madonna’s biggest selling download ever and spent a month at Number 1.
SALES: 500,000

7. Vogue (1990)

Perhaps one of Madonna’s signature tunes, she has learned to love again this massive hit from 1990, last performing it at her Superbowl Halftime Show in 2012. Vogue came seemingly out of nowhere after Madonna’s Like A Prayeralbum ended. Madonna was said to be in her ‘imperial phase’ – she was just about the hugest star on the planet and was set to bare all in fly-on-the-wall movie about her Blond Ambition tour and star in movie Dick Tracy with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty. Soundtracking Madonna’s year of excess, Vogue was sophisticated, slowed-down house dripping in glamour. Featuring a rap that namedropped a host of ‘40s screen legends, Madonna’s place among them in the A-list was quickly secured.
WHO DID IT BEAT? Madonna Vogued her way to Number 1 at the expense of Snap’s The Power, which ran out of batteries and slid to runner-up spot after two weeks.
CHART FACT: Vogue was the 8th best selling single of 1990 and spent four weeks at Number 1 in April.
SALES: 515,000
EXTRA CHART FACT: If Beautiful Stranger had been a Number 1, it would have placed here on her sales countdown – 530,000 copies sold.

Madonna Number 1s6. True Blue (1986)

Madonna’s third Number 1 was also the third single from the album it gave its name. True Blue was a huge success and its ‘60s-throwback title track saw Madonna at her most demure – something we wouldn’t see again for quite a while. Written for her then-husband Sean PennMadonna seems to have airbrushed True Blue out of history – she hasn’t performed it since 1987.
WHO DID IT BEAT? Five Star’s Rain Or Shine had to settle for second place that week, while the Communards’ Don’t Leave Me This Way fell from the top to Number 3.
SALES: 540,000

5. Frozen (1998)

Returning to pop after a few years off starring in Evita and having her daughter Lourdes, the Madonna of 1997 was her most unusual reinvention yet. Part-Earth mother, part-trance goth and looking a bit like a witch (in the best possible way), Madonna released Frozen, a traditional Madge ballad with a twist, as the lead single from comeback album Ray of Light.
WHO DID IT BEAT? Frozen knocked Cornershop’s Brimful Of Asha off Number 1, and kept My Heart Will Go On at Number 2 for another week.
CHART FACT: Frozen was Madonna’s first Number 1 for eight years.
SALES: 545,000

4. Like A Prayer (1989)

She’d been away for a while, but in early 1989 Madonna made a dramatic comeback. It’s not just her hair that had got dark – her sound was more serious too. Like A Prayer, a rousing gospel-influenced epic, caused instant controversy thanks to its video (pretty tame by 2014 standards, really) and was an instant classic. Even Madonna had to admit in an interview years later that Like A Prayer was “up there” when it came to her best work.
WHO DID SHE BEAT? Madge evicted Jason Donovan’s Too Many Broken Hearts from Number 1. And just behind him was Donna Summer’s This Time I Know It’s For Real.
CHART FACT: Like A Prayer spent three weeks at Number 1 and was 11th best selling single of 1989.
SALES: 580,000

Madonna Number 1s3. Hung Up (2005)

Into the Top 3 of Madonna’s chart-toppers now, and this one came courtesy of a pretty big Abba sample. Coming after American Life, a fan-favourite album, but one which hadn’t performed as well as previous albums. Madonnawent back to basics and headed back to the discotheque with this storming global hit. Even though she was recovering from a rather nasty fall from a horse, Madonna really went for it in the video, even stopping off at the arcade to have a go at Dance Dance Revolution.
WHO DID SHE BEAT? It was bad news for Westlife – You Raise Me Up had to take a step down.
CHART FACT: Hung Up sampled Abba’s Gimme Gimme Gimme, which only made it to Number 3 in 1979.
SALES: 610,000

2. Papa Don’t Preach (1986)

She’d been flirting with controversy since the very moment she first pulled on a pair of lace gloves and rolled around a gondola in Venice on Like A Virgin, but Madonna was straying into new territory with this tale of teenage pregnancy and a girl who was determined “I’m keepin’ my baby”. Churches were outraged, prim aunties clutched their pearls… and everyone else rushed out to buy this amazing record immediately. It was Madonna’s first proper foray into pushing people’s buttons and making everyone think, but certainly not her last. And, no, it wasn’t her real dad in the video. And, yes, that Italians Do It Better T-shirt is still brilliant.
WHO DID SHE BEAT? Madge knocked Wham!’s Edge Of Heaven off the top.
CHART FACT: Papa Don’t Preach was the 11th out of 35 consecutive Top 10 entries for Madonna between 1984 and 1994. 35!
SALES: 640,000

Madonna Number 1s1. Into The Groove (1985)

“And you can dance… for inspiration…” So the biggest selling Madonna number one is the song that kicked off that impressive 13-strong run of chart-toppers. Released almost as an afterthought, Into The Groove was taken from the soundtrack of Madge’s first movie hit (and, er, last for quite for a while). Despite not having a proper video, and only being a B-side in the USA, Into The Groove is a Madonna classic that almost everyone knows the words to. Its success was perhaps helped by the fact that a) it didn’t appear on Madonna’s Like A Virgin album until a hasty reissue once it hit Number 1 and b) Madonna was at the very height of her early popularity and c) it was amazing. Into The Groove spent pretty much all of August 1985 at Number 1 and was knocked off the top by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde’s cover of the Sonny & Cher classic I Got You Babe.
WHO DID SHE BEAT? Until Madonna came along throwing her pop weight around, Eurythmics were enjoying their first ever Number 1 with There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart). It lasted at the top for just one week.
CHART FACT: Holiday was rereleased in July 1985 and peaked at Number 2, sitting right behind Into The Groove for one week. Into The Groove is also Madonna’s best-selling single in the UK, spending 12 weeks in the Top 40, and selling…
SALES: 870,000

Madonna's Official Singles Chart story

Did you know Madonna has had 59 Top 10 singles as a lead artist? And that’s without even counting songs that were released more than once – Holiday made the Top 10 three times under three different releases.
She had a run of 35 consecutive Top 10 entries from 1984–1994. A decade of nonstop Top 10s!