Madonna in The Observer’s The New Revie (issue dated July 15th 2018)
The Observer’s The New Review is celebrating Madonna’s 60th Birthday. She’s featured on the cover of the Magazine and there are 7 articles inside:
Nancy Whang on Madonna: ‘She set an example for a lot of women’
Thurston Moore on Madonna: ‘She had credibility, she was really ahead of the game’
Sophie on Madonna: ‘Her work is so vast – there’s a reference for any situation’
Barbara Ellen on Madonna: ‘Popular culture still reeks of her influence’
Sarah Churchwell on Madonna: ‘She remains the hero of her own story’
Matt Cain on Madonna: ‘She opened up gay culture to the mainstream’
Dancer Carlton Wilborn on Madonna: ‘Rehearsal truly was like boot camp’
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Madonna’s voice, reading the made-up Bible verse from Pulp Fiction (Ezekiel 25:17), has been featured in Ariana Grande’s new video for her latest single “God Is A Woman”.
Madonna reads: “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” around 02:23 into the video.
and here’s the original verse:
It’s hard to imagine Madonna’s namesake debut album — which came out 35 years ago, on July 27, 1983 — without “Holiday,” the classic party anthem that became her first mainstream hit and has given people all over the world cause to celebrate on the dance floor. But the song almost didn’t happen: It was a last-minute substitute for another track on her first LP.
“Madonna’s album was finished,” says “Holiday” producer and New York DJ legend John “Jellybean” Benitez, who was dating Madonna at the time and had been hired to do some remixes for her. There was just one problem: Madonna found out that a song she had recorded called “Ain’t No Big Deal” had already gone to disco act Barracuda, so the track was no longer an option. “She wasn’t so thrilled about that,” says Benitez.
With the “Madonna” LP then down to just seven songs, a replacement was urgently needed. “And I had a demo of ‘Holiday,’ so I played it for her, and she loved it,” the producer says.
Benitez, who had remixed “tons of records” but had never produced one from scratch, was given a one-week deadline by Madonna’s label, Warner Bros., in February 1983. “They said, ‘If you could have this song done by next Friday, you can make the album.’ I started on Monday and finished on Friday, and we delivered it.”
And deliver it did: After “Everybody” and “Burning Up” failed to make the Billboard Hot 100, “Holiday” became Madonna’s first single to hit that chart, reaching No. 16. The track also became her first No. 1 dance song (as a double-A-side single, with “Lucky Star”).
While “Holiday” jump-started one of the biggest careers in pop history, the tune was written by ex-spouses Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens-Crowder for their own group, Pure Energy. “I started out playing that chord progression as a ballad,” recalls Stevens-Crowder of the song’s keyboard inception. “But as I kept playing it over and over for a couple of days, I sped it up. And then Curtis came up with that bass line.” read more →
Madonna cycling in London (July 12 2018)
#36 Madonna – Musician
Net Worth: $590M
The Material Girl’s Rebel Heart tour, which ended in late 2016, grossed $170 million.
Madonna continues to mint millions from clothing and perfume lines.
She’s a savvy spender, scooping up a triple-wide New York townhouse at the bottom of the market.
Her art collection reportedly includes pieces by Picasso and Dali.
With Beyonce and several others, Madonna owns a piece of streaming service Tidal, worth $600 million on paper after a 2017 investment by Sprint.
Champagne Papi made a notso-surprise appearance at Wireless Festival on Sunday night.
It came a day after Madge checked out Migos at the same North London event.
But it was no coincidence, as a Drake source spilled to Wired: “Drake and Madonna are set to make some music together.”
“Madonna is in London putting the finishing touches to her new album and Drake promised to work with her on something.”
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Instagram StoryMadonna via Instagram, on July 09 2018 read more →
“She’s macho in reality, she’s a macho woman, the most macho of all the men.”
“One of my assistants said to me I have a phone call from Madonna, and she wants you to call her back, and I say, ‘Yeah, OK.’ Because I thought it was a joke they were doing because they know I loved her. And after I called and it was her, ‘Hi, it’s Madonna.’ OK, so fabulous. And she asked me to do the Blond Ambition Tour. I felt like I belong to her or she belongs to me in some ways.”
Watch the full Jean Paul Gaultier interview for iD bellow, the part about Madonna starts around 8:35 :
Madonna was spotted at the side of the stage while Migos performed at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, Harringay, UK (July 07 2018)