Monday, March 31, 2014

I'll Remember...1994


March 31 in 1994, Madonna's appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" caused headaches for CBS censors. The network deleted 13 offending words from the audio track before the show aired. An obviously annoyed Letterman told the singer "people don't want language like that coming into their living room." Madonna also handed Letterman a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them. He stuffed them in a desk drawer. The two later reconciled and Madonna reappeared on the show.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quote of the Day

"Madonna has an incredible face. A face you would like to look at blown up 50 feet high!"  
Susan Seidelman 
The Director of Desperately Seeking Susan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cyndi Lauper: The media invented that rivalry with Madonna

Lauper recently dished with Yahoo Music about the evolution of "Girls" from lothario's party song to feminist's call-to-arms, and she also discussed Madonna, Miley Cyrus, "American Idol," and why she never tires of singing "Girls" live.

At the time that "She's So Unusual" came out, you got a lot of comparisons to Madonna, who was coming up around the same time. How did you feel about that?

"The media invented that rivalry. We really didn't even know each other. We had a lot of friends in common, but we never really even met except for a few quick times at award shows. We both came out at the same time, we both were very into fashion, we were both very opinionated and demanded to be heard, but our music wasn't and isn't similar. They don't compare men who have successful albums in the same year, do they?"

You never seemed to use your sexuality to sell your music. It just wasn't part of your image. Were you ever pressured to sex it up more, especially since it was the advent of the MTV and the Madonna era?

"You know, I think it's pretty well-known that I really don't "do" pressure. I've always walked to the beat of my own drum, and that has worked for me — and I guess in some cases against me — but I wouldn't change a thing. I love art and fashion and making statements visually, so that is what I always focused on."

Strike a Pose...1993

Madonna Covered...

It’s no secret that Britney Spears is a huge Madonna fan, so it wasn’t too surprising when she covered the legendary diva’s 1983 single “Burning Up” on her Femme Fatale tour. (At least for the first couple of dates). It turns out she also recorded a demo of the song for her similarly titled 2011 album and it has finally surfaced online.
There’s not a lot to say about her version. The production is awkwardly faithful to the original (remember, it is a demo) and Britney just goes through the motions vocally. I guess it’s as close as we’ll ever get to hearing the enduring pop icon sing karaoke, which is fabulous in and of itself. Right? Listen to Ms. Spears give her best Madonna impression below.
Was it wise to scrap this cover? Have your say in the comments below.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Best Madonna Workout Video You'll Ever See

What if you showed up to your fitness class and suddenly realized that Madonna was your instructor? That's exactly what happened in a Toronto Hard Candy Fitness Gym, where gym goers were in for a sweaty surprise. Lead by the "Material Girl" herself and several of her dancers, those who showed up knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you ever needed inspiration to get your butt to the gym...this is it.

Strike a Pose...1995

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Madonna to Direct 'Ade: A Love Story'

Bruce Cohen ("Silver Linings Playbook") will produce the adaptation.

The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance W.E., is attached to direct Ade: A Love Story, an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker.

Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his Bruce Cohen Productions. Jessica Leventhal, the company’s director of development, and Walker also are producing.

Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker and civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, wrote about growing up interracial and with mixed religions in her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.

In her debut novel, published October 2013, Walker creates a narrator similar to herself (the mother is Christian while the father is Jewish). The story centers on a 19-year-old American student traveling with a feminist companion in Africa who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces.

Although very much a love story, many of the themes and subjects in Ade are those Madonna has touched upon in envelope-pushing ways at the height of her music career. Sex, religion, race, lesbianism all figure into the story one way or another. Already a fan of the book, Madonna also provided a blurb that appeared in promotional materials.

CAA is arranging financing. Madonna and the producers on the hunt for a screenwriter to adapt the book.

Cohen was a producer on Silver Linings Playbook and is working on adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.

Madonna, repped by CAA, also directed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom. The Weinstein Company released W.E., which, despite curiosity, only grossed $583,000 at the domestic box office.

Madonna is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Walker is repped by UTA, Anderson Literary Management, and Shep Rosenman at Katz Golden Rosenman.


Boy George: I’d be really happy to get a picture with Madonna!

tumblr_mklfjqApPQ1qkzr9fo1_500 - CopyIn a recent interview with the Huffington Post Boy George talked about Madonna once more…

Boy George: It doesn’t look good if you kind of bitch and berate people. There’s a point in your life where it isn’t classy. And one thing you can say about Kylie is that she doesn’t do that and bless her for that.

Huffington Post: You have a reputation for doing that.

Boy George: In the past! I’m very conscious about what I say. Recently I was kind of quoted as saying something about Kylie and Madonna, which I didn’t actually say and I think sometimes the idea of me as a kind of an uber-bitch is more interesting for some people. I mean, I’m critical, but when I say things it’s usually really in jest. I’m not really a mean person. If I saw someone bleeding in the gutter I wouldn’t just step over them, whoever it was. My point of view isn’t mean, but I’ve said stupid things about people.

Huffington Post: When I told my deputy editor, who adores Madonna, that I was interviewing you he said, “Don’t ask him about Madonna — he hates Madonna!”

Boy George: I don’t hate Madonna! That’s such rubbish. I mean I’ve said awful things about Madonna and I’m not proud of that at all — I’m really not proud of that because I didn’t know her. And like everyone, I’ve always secretly kind of been into her. I have a lot of her records and I think that really is the measure of what you think of someone. If I have like 5 or 6 singles of Madonna that I love, that makes me a little bit of a fan. I have a massive painting of her in my spare room that I got in the ‘80s from some shop on Broadway.

Huffington Post: People do love to pit celebrities against each other.

Boy George: There was a point where Madonna was just everywhere you looked and you couldn’t not comment! In the same way that it’s the same way not to have a comment about One Direction! They’re everywhere you look. And there was a point where Madonna was just everywhere, running around the park — she was just everywhere. And you can’t be that famous and not have people make comments, especially other people that are in your business. People are always asking me, “What do you think of this” and “What do you think of that,” but I don’t know her. I can’t see us ever being friends now but she’s going to be at this event that I’m going to tonight. I said to my friend, “If you can get a picture of me and Madonna, you’ll get a medal.” Can you imagine? I’d be really happy! It would be great to just have a photo with her and to fucking put this shit to bed. I don’t hate her at all!



Friday, March 21, 2014

Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer."
By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the biggest female celebrity on the planet, and yet for all her fame, few realized just how much pain and self-doubt this soon-to-be-divorced 30-year-old lapsed Catholic from Detroit was carting around. With “Like a Prayer,” that would all change.
Recorded amid the dissolution of her marriage to actor Sean Penn, “Like a Prayer” was Madonna’s most introspective and eclectic album to date. Unlike the three that came before, it blended classic psychedelic rock with then-current synth-pop sounds. And now, a quarter-century after its March 21, 1989 release, it doesn’t sound a bit dated. Lyrically, it’s about growing up, moving on from bad romance, and getting right with God and family. At least two of the songs center on the death of Madonna’s mother, a childhood trauma that had a strong part in making the singer who she is.

Before “Like a Prayer” was even released, Madonna made it clear this wouldn’t be just another album. Three weeks before the release, she debuted the video for the title track, the first of five top 20 Hot 100 singles spawned from the album. Featuring depictions of murder, interracial love, and cross burnings, the clip juxtaposed notions of religious and sexual ecstasy, leaving some folks puzzled and just about everyone talking. Catholics denounced her; Pepsi dropped ads featuring her (and ended plans to sponsor her tour). Fans, of course, ate it up.
Controversy aside, “Like a Prayer” is among Madonna’s finest moments, and over the next 10 tracks, its namesake album never lets up. It’s funky, poignant, and even a little kooky. And while Madonna is the quintessential singles artist, this chart-topping LP stands as one of her most fully realized collection of songs. Read on for our classic track-by-track review.