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Debbie Dingell’s “tired of Madonna’s cheap shots”


Via Facebook, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell this morning took time to rebuke Madonna for comments she has made recently about metro Detroit, one Michigan woman to another.

Madonna, 56, recently told Us Weekly that there was “nothing at all” she missed about growing up in Michigan. In earlier comments on Thursday’s “The Howard Stern Show,” the singer described the residents of her hometown of Rochester Hills as “basic, provincial thinking people,” drawing a response from the city’s mayor.

“Enough already, Madonna,” Dingell, D-Dearborn, wrote on her Facebook page this morning. “I am probably not being politically correct in someway (sic) … but I am tired of Madonna and her cheap shots at Michigan and her hometown. … I love this state.”

“Michigan contributed to her success … we don’t take shots at her, her style, her life… so something good must have happened here … I am and always will be a Michigan girl, quit bad mouthing us,” Dingell wrote.

Detroit Free Press

Debi Mazar talks Madonna friendship

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The world has known Madonna as the Queen of Pop for decades, but few have the intimate understanding of the music icon that Debi Mazar does. The actress gave us a taste of what it’s like to be best friends with one of the most famous people on the planet during a Wednesday interview with HuffPost Live.

“We are old best friends in the sense that we’ve been very close for a very, very long time — like 30 years, before she even cut a record,” Mazar said. “I met her when she came to New York and we became dear friends, and then she was like, ‘I’m gonna do a video,’ and I was like, ‘I do makeup. I’ll do your makeup. Cool!’ And it was very much like that, and then she became a huge star.” …continue reading »

Michigan mayor fires back at Madonna’s dis


Madonna, saying something controversial? Perish the thought.

The object of her scorn fighting back? Of course.

The mayor of Rochester, Michigan, has written an open letter to the venerable pop star, taking her to task for saying she never wanted to go back the town where she went to high school.

“I can’t be around basic, provincial-thinking people,” she told Howard Stern last week on his SiriusXM satellite radio program.

You could almost hear the steam coming out of Mayor Bryan Barnett’s ears.

“It’s like someone calling one of your kids ugly,” the Detroit Free Press quoted Barnett as saying. “You’re not going to let that go by without a response.”

In his letter, published Monday in the Free Press, Barnett said the city’s recent achievements are anything but provincial.

“Our school district is one of the top performing in the state and boasts two Blue Ribbon Schools, the most in Michigan. Our Universities are among the fastest growing in the Midwest and are rich with cultural and ethnic diversity,” he wrote.

“We design and build more robots than any other city in North America, and Rochester Hills residents and businesses have been granted over 900 patents, nearly one a day, over the last three years. Not a typical achievement you would associate with ‘simple or basic’ people,” he wrote.

He also noted the city was also named one of the 10 best places to live by Money magazine.

“We are many things, Madonna, but basic and provincial minded we are not!” Barnett wrote. “I invite you back to Rochester Hills to see who we are and what we believe in. While we certainly don’t need your stamp of approval, I am quite confident we would earn it.”

Not surprisingly, some Rochester Hills citizens weren’t thrilled with Madonna’s comments.

“Makes me proud to live in Rochester Hills after reading this letter to Madonna by @MayorBarnett,” Twitter user LoganBrown97 wrote.


Kylie Minogue on Madonna


…Minogue said she watched Madonna’s Brit Awards fall and had an overwhelming feeling of ‘There but for the grace of God go I’, as many performers did.
“I absolutely felt for her,” Minogue says. “With big performances like that, so much thought and time and attention to detail goes into everything. And then basically s— happens. But she had a marvellous recovery. I think it’s actually a good reminder that Madonna’s human. It’s good for us to know that.”

While promoting her new album Madonna has called out the ageism levelled at her for her clothing choices and daring to make pop music after 50.
Minogue got a similar level of criticism with her Sexercise video last year, with many offended she was showing off her body with a sexually-charged video at age 46.

And like Madonna, you never read a Kylie Minogue story these days without her age being mentioned, with both women forging new ground for pop stars over 40, even if some radio stations have put them out to pasture.
“There’s common ground for myself and Madonna there,” Minogue says of the focus on age.

“I don’t even take notice of how old my friends are. It’s a sign of the times today that age isn’t that relevant. Certainly not to me or my generation. Therefore it’s kind of hard to explain.

“Having said that I’ll be the first one to joke ‘Oh come on, I’m not in my undies again am I?’ I did a lingerie shoot the other day, it’s kind of astounding, but it’s happening and I’m not forcing it. I’m just going with the flow.

“I don’t think people want to see Madonna in an old Greek lady’s house dress on the stoop do they? They want glamour, they want fantasy. Maybe it doesn’t make sense in every day life, whatever normal is, I don’t even know any more. But it’s definitely something I struggle to even talk about. You just want to get past it, basically. For me it’s just about taste. There’s a certain way to do things. I hope I get it right more often than I get it wrong.”

Jonathan Ross on Madonna interview


Jonathan Ross has discussed the upcoming special edition of The Jonathan Ross Show with Madonna.
The chat show host will interview the ‘Living for Love’ singer next month for the first time since 2003.
Ross praised Madonna on This Morning today (February 17), calling her an “iconic” figure.
“I still think she’s an incredible, entertaining brand and iconic figure,” he said. “Really interesting woman, and a really talented woman.
“Love her or hate her, you’ve got to admit that she has talent and has ability. [She’s] a great live performer.
“It’s going to be really good to catch up again… I’m going to be allowed to talk about anything, which is really good.”
The special edition of The Jonathan Ross Show will see Madonna talk about her new album Rebel Heart, as well as perform two songs from the record.

Madonna in Rolling Stone magazine


A brief article about Madonna’s 1987 cover story appeared in the latest issue of Rolling Stone:

Madonna in Rolling Stone

Madonna’s Grammy Makeup


As expected, Madonna brought the shock value to the Grammy’s red carpet when she stepped out in a sparkly Givenchy outfit that was part matador, part showgirl. We talked to the singer’s makeup artist of 12 years, Gina Brooke, just seconds before she hit the red carpet with Madonna. “I wanted to create a look that was inspired by her new album Rebel Heart and the dualities of her persona—the fighter and the romantic,” she said. Brooke used all Chantecaille products, save for one: gold eye shadow made out of crushed champagne diamonds from an artisan jeweler. “For every big event, I custom make something extravagant for her,” said Brooke. “I love gemstones on her, so I went for diamonds this time. Douglas Elliot at Marisa Perry made it.” Here’s the step-by-step guide to getting the star’s glowing, rosy makeup:

1) Start with Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. “It’s an oil-free, light-reflective formula, which works well on stage and lasts through the performance.”

2) Contour below the cheekbones with Cheek Crème in Shy, then brush Playful on the apples.

3) Using the Glacier Eye Shade Trio, sweep the light, frosty white shadow across the lids as a base and illuminator, then dust the diamond powder on top and contour in the crease and outer corners with the trio’s two darker shades.

4) Draw 24H Waterproof Liner along the upper lash line and wing it out for a strong cat-eye before applying mascara.

5) Finish with Lip Definer in Discreet and Hydra Chic Lipstick in Arctic Rose for matte pink lips.

Harper’s Bazaar

Ariel Rechtshaid on calling Madonna, Madonna


“I kept calling her ‘Madonna’ — just, ‘Hey Madonna’ and whatever. Every time she would kind of look at me funny. After a while she was like, ‘Why do you keep calling me that?’ I’m like, ‘Calling you what?’ And she says, ‘Calling me Madonna, nobody calls me that.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? What do people call you?’ She’s like, ‘Umm, M. People call me M.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, alright! Well, anyway, let’s do some vocals, Madonna.’” – Ariel Rechtshaid (“Living For Love” co-writer)