Christina Aguilera’s new music video for ‘Not Myself Tonight’ was ‘inspired’ by Madonna’s Express Yourself, Human Nature and Like A Prayer videos :
Madonna is back on top as “The Power of Madonna” soundtrack from the hit tv show “Glee” jumps into the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.
“I’m thrilled to be Number One.. It’s such an honor. It makes me want to go back into the studio and write more songs,” commented the Material Girl.
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The “Glee”/Madonna celebration is in full swing on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where “The Power of Madonna” soundtrack to last week’s Queen of Pop-themed show debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Additionally, the “Glee” cast’s version of Madonna’s 1989 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Like a Prayer” was the biggest selling individual track from the show last week, debuting at No. 10 on the Digital Songs chart with 87,000 downloads sold. “Prayer” will debut at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart tomorrow when it’s unveiled on billboard.com.
But the party also extends to the diva’s own catalog of her original recordings as well. For example, her appropriately titled “Celebration” greatest hits album re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 85 with 6,000 (up 219%). That’s the package’s best sales week since Christmas. (In the show last week, “Glee” character Sue Sylvester gave the title some ridiculous product placement when she held the CD in her hand during an appeal to have Madonna’s music blasted through the school’s intercom.)
All told, Madonna’s catalog of albums saw a 44% jump in sales, selling 17,000 this past week (up from 12,000).
Her digital song download tally this week also got a big bump. Her total track sales totaled 108,000 for the week ‹ up 169% compared to the week previous (40,000). Her two biggest-selling songs of the week were “4 Minutes” and “Like a Prayer” (each selling 12,000 with gains of 183% and 267%, respectively).
Tom Munro’s new book is chock-full of celebrity portraits: Jennifer Lopez, Dustin Hoffman, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Johnny Depp, Ashton Kutcher. But it’s Madonna that he seems most smitten with: Madge is on the cover, scattered throughout the book, and even wrote the foreword. Her poetic summation of the photographer’s art? “To have your picture taken by Tom Munro / Is kind of like smoking a bubblegum cigarette. / You can strike a pose, look cool / Get all of the sweetness, / And not suffer any side effects.”
Getting Madonna to write your introduction is pretty major. What is it like to work with her? When did you meet, and how did you become such close collaborators?
I first met Madonna on an editorial shoot for Elle. I think Madonna was keen to work with me as I had worked with her stylist Arianne Phillips before, and my ex-boss Steven Meisel put in a good word for me. Working with Madonna is really inspiring and a privilege. It’s rare to work with someone who is so driven, who brings so much to the creative process. After the shoot, Madonna asked if I would be interested in collaborating on her music video “Give It to Me.” This was my first introduction to film and I jumped at the opportunity. We did another video, “Die Another Day,” and I shot the tour book for Sticky and Sweet.
Also I had been involved with a Charity in Kenya called MEAK (Medical and Education Aid for Kenya) and knew of Madonna’s charity work in Malawi, so I asked Madonna if I could tag along on one of her visits to Africa. What she is doing there is quite extensive. It was a wonderful and moving experience to go with her, so I asked Madonna if I could list her charity as one of the beneficiaries of the book, along with MEAK.
Finally, I know I could never ask a photographer to pick just one, but who are some of your favorite subjects?
Johnny Depp, because he was the first celebrity I ever shot. He looked so cool when he walked in the studio I shot him just as he was. And then there’s Madonna, for so many reasons, not least of all because she’s such a wonderful and passionate person. Dustin Hoffman was undoubtedly one of the most memorable.
Old photos of Madonna, most with her ex-assistant Melissa Crow, are being sold on eBay:
Making his critically acclaimed, charged urban dance documentary Rize in 2006 was a turning point, as was turning down directing Madonna’s 2005 Hung Up video. “She’s really hard to work for. I didn’t want to be yelled at. She wanted to film a subway scene with people running out. It was just after a subway bombing and I was worried it might be insensitive, but apparently she doesn’t read newspapers. We haven’t spoken since. But I don’t want to direct Hollywood films. I was offered Juno but turned it down.”
Joni Mitchell has described Madonna as a turning point towards a more vapid culture in America.
The ‘Blue’ singer told the Los Angeles Times that her own work was set in opposition to the idiocy of how people live in the modern world.
Mitchell said: “My first four albums covered the usual youth problems – looking for love in all the wrong places – while the next five are basically about being in your 30s.
“Things start losing their profundity; in middle-late age, you enter a tragedian period, realizing that the human animal isn’t changing for the better.”
She added: “In a way, I think I entered straight into my tragedian period, as my work is set against the stupid, destructive way we live on this planet.
“Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.”
Mitchell also accused her contemporaries Janis Joplin and Grace Slick of sleeping with “their whole bands and falling down drunk” and described Bob Dylan as “fake” and “a plagiarist”.
Madonna on the set of the new Dolce & Gabbana Ad campaign in Harlen, New York
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