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Madonna News - April 2016

Madonna Names Singer Pia Mia Material Girl’s New Fashion Director

Leave it to Madonna to know how to stay in the limelight, even indirectly. The superstar has crowned 19-year-old singer and social media phenom Pia Mia as the new face — and first-ever “fashion director” — for her exclusive Macy’s juniors line Material Girl. “Her creativity, confidence and unique sense of style make her a perfect addition to the brand,” said Madonna in a statement first released to WWD.

Founded in 2010 under parent MG Icon — a partnership between Iconix Brand Group Inc., Madonna and her longtime manager Guy Oseary — the label has a history of tapping on-the-verge musical talent including Zendaya, Rita Ora and Taylor Momsen, as well as famous offspring Kelly Osbourne, Georgia May Jagger and Sofia Richie. After all, the line’s original inspiration was Madonna’s 19-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon.

Now Pia Mia, whose full name is Pia Mia Perez, is poised to strike gold on the music and fashion fronts. Perez first found fame at 11 years old via the YouTube videos her sisters would post of her singing at home in Guam. Several singing and acting jobs, a deal with Interscope Records and four million Instagram followers later, she’s now part of the new crop of multitalented singers with catchy solo singles and collaborations with rap and R&B artists including Chris Brown, Tyga, G-Eazy and She’s already recorded 150 songs for her forthcoming debut album. At the same time, she’s found a following for her DIY style, a blend of Gwen Stefani tomboy and Christina Aguilera bombshell. This is, in a nutshell, what Material Girl needs to remain relevant among a sea of fast-fashion labels nipping at the heels of juniors brands.

“The fact that Madonna chose me to do this literally makes me die,” said Perez, who called WWD from the set of her first Material Girl ads, set to break in July for back-to-school.

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Madonna, Guy Oseary on Prince’s passing

He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.

Madonna via Instagram

Madonna on Prince

I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote “Love God”… My walls were covered with prince posters.. I lived in a two bedroom apartment with my dad and you could see my Prince posters from the street.. Many many years later I connected back with Prince.. And we have remained friends.. I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said “I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour… The Queen and The Prince”…. I love the way she thinks… When I told Prince the idea he said: “the world isn’t ready for this, it’s too big”.. I always felt like one day I would pull it off.. @Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark .. He didn’t go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing.. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart’s and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him.. It’s the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly.. I won’t forget that electrifying performance.. Or the smile on his face that night.. And the love that he gave me.. He always treated me with kindness.. We didn’t always agree.. We would argue for hours… But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him.. I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I’m here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.. This photo was taken summer of 1999.. Yes.. “1999”.. You can see from the photo that I’m focused on one thing… Prince!!.. I have the original lyrics to “purple rain” on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him.. Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say “thank you, I was looking for this”.. Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace..

Guy Oseary via Instagram

Guy Oseary on Prince

R.I.P. Prince

One of the greatest musical icons and one time Madonna collaborator has passed away.
In 1989 they recorded “Love Song” for Madonna’s Like A Prayer album.

Madonna was last photographed with Prince at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscars after party. She was also a huge fan, attended many of his concerts.

Madonna with Prince

Cyndi Lauper wants to star in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ with Madonna

You’ve called your new label, Sire Records, your “dream label.” And actually, Madonna’s self-titled debut was released on the same label in 1983. Do you think you and Madonna might have done a duet if you’d been on the same label back in the day? Was there ever talk of that happening?

Oh, not by business people. You know, I always felt for me, I would’ve loved to do “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” with her… ’cause I think that’s very funny! (Laughs hysterically)

Which part would you play?

Come on! Who do you think I’d play? I’d play Baby Jane – I’d be torturin’ her. Because she’s always viewed as the bad girl, you know! They’d make her the good girl and I’d be the bad one. Or (we could do Joan Crawford’s 1954 western-drama) “Johnny Guitar” – she’d be the righteous one (laughs). But whatever. Who knows! For me, all I wanna do is a good job. I wanna be a great singer. I wanna learn. I wanna always learn. I study music constantly. I try and listen to what’s happening. I try and listen to what’s happened, to what I might’ve missed. I think music is… I love it and I think it lifts people up. I think I finally did a record that makes people happy, ya know? Maybe I learned that from “Kinky Boots.”