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Madonna News for April 2014
Thousands of dollars in pricey lingerie were stolen from a racy Madonna photo shoot last month at the Highline Stages, according to the NYPD and a designer’s representative.
As the Queen of Pop posed in sexy underwear for L’uomo Vogue, the magazine’s Italian version for men, staff for designer Deborah Marquit stowed a $2,545 Italian lace bra, $345 thong and $515 brief under a chair about 4 p.m. March 20, they told police.
Hours later, as the shoot at 440 W. 15th St. wrapped up just after midnight, a staffer noticed the bag had disappeared, police said.
“It was a Madonna shoot for L’uomo Mag and It would be ideal is if [sic] someone found the bag of lingerie,” a spokesperson for the company wrote in an email. “Deborah would love to get her collection pieces returned.”
Madonna posted photos from the shoot to her Instagram account, identifying some of the clothes as Armani.
“Working Armani For. L’Uomo Vogue! #artforfreedom,” she wrote.
Marquit’s high-priced bras have appeared in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue and have been worn by celebrities including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Hilary Swank, according to the company’s website.
“I am at a loss and wish the pieces would be found,” Maquit wrote in an email. “I am sure there is no one from the shoot that was involved, since nothing like this has ever happened before. There are alot of people on shoots and maybe whoever found them will return them.”
A spokeswoman for Madonna did not respond to a request for comment.
Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna’s classic hit singles like “Live to Tell,” “Open Your Heart,” “Frozen” and “Like a Prayer.”
The latter cut was the lead single and title track from Madonna’s 1989 album, which now celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was released by Sire/Warner Bros. Records on March 21, 1989, and shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 shortly thereafter. It spent six weeks atop the chart — her longest run at No. 1 for any album.
To celebrate a quarter century of “Like a Prayer,” Billboard spoke to Leonard — the primary co-writer and co-producer of the set — to discuss the making of the album and his recollections of working with Madonna. (Would you believe “Like a Prayer” was written in one day? And the entire album was written in less than two weeks?)
In our lengthy chat, we discuss everything from where Prince pops up on the album (it might surprise you), to Leonard’s all-time favorite song they did together. Not to mention those rumors that he’s working with Madonna on her next album.
In addition to his partnership with Madonna, Leonard has worked with many other artists, including Jewel, Elton John and Roger Waters. He’s currently working with Leonard Cohen on his upcoming album.
Billboard: When you were working with Madonna on the album, you had already worked with her on “True Blue” and “Who’s That Girl,” and you had worked with her on tour as the musical director for the Virgin Tour and the Who’s That Girl Tour. What was it about your working relationship that made it so successful? Clearly there was something very special between the two of you. Is there something tangible that you can actually name?
Patrick Leonard: The one thing would be that, in terms of musical spirits, like any good collaboration, we’re sort of on opposite ends of the spectrum, in terms of our approach to music.
I started playing the piano when I was three-years old, and studied music my whole life. It’s my language. And for her, it’s much more just about creativity, and a natural gift, what the impulse says is right.
So, that thing of, almost opposites makes nice chemistry. And it always did with us, because I could write something somewhat complicated and and somewhat complex — certainly especially in the pop realm — and she would respond collaboratively with something that anchored it in something very simple and central.
The reason the Material Girl looks just like Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, in a viral Instagram photo is because she had some help from the real deal.
Madonna has powerful connections throughout the Seven Kingdoms.
It turns out that the reason the Material Girl’s “Game of Thrones” costume photo that went viral on Instagram looks so realistic is that she’s wearing the same outfit that actress Emilia Clarke dons on the HBO drama.
Minus the giant CGI dragons, of course.
“It’s my real costume, because I thought I was dreaming,” Clarke told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday night.
“I got an email from amazing HBO publicist Mara, saying, ‘Madonna would like to borrow your costume, is that okay?’
“I thought, ‘God, this must be a dream. This can’t be real,’” said Clarke.
Madonna recently donned the Daenerys Targaryen look from “Game of Thrones” to celebrate Purim, posting the results on Instagram over the weekend, and the Mother of Dragons, or rather, the woman who plays her – Emilia Clarke – was impressed.
“Oh my goodness. It’s insane. I thought I was asleep, I thought I was dreaming,” Emilia told Access Hollywood at Tuesday night’s “Game of Thrones” premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City of seeing Madonna dressed as her character.
“It’s a huge moment,” Emilia added. “And, damn! She looks good.”
For Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, a character that challenges female stereotypes in HBO’s fantasy drama, it was a big deal.
“I got really, really excited. Madonna’s always been a favorite of mine. I love her strength and her transformative nature and the idea that she might be dressing up as a brilliant character in the TV show I’m in is pretty exciting,” Gwen told Access.
Actress (and singer) Carice van Houten joked that Madonna could have chosen another ensemble, namely the one worn by her character, Melisandre, the Red Priestess.
“I was like, ‘Why’s she not wearing the red dress, man?’ No, I completely get it. It’s such a great honor for my youth idol to dress up like someone that I’m working with,” Carice said. “But the fact that Jack Nicholson and Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson are watching the show — it’s pretty cool too.”
Kristian Nairn, who plays the one-lined character Hodor (he just says Hodor – so far!), and who is also a DJ, loved seeing Madonna as Dany.
“[I] kind of freaked out, slightly. That’s kind of a sign how big ‘Game of Thrones’ has got,” he said. “The Queen of Pop is wearing a Daenerys costume. I completely freaked out.”
John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) thought it was a good example of the show’s reach.
“She looks delighted, doesn’t she? Look at that. Things like this are just amazing,” he said. “It’s when you know that you’re really kind of pressing the right kind of cultural buttons.”
“I’m like still getting over it,” Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) told Access. “But that’s amazing. I’m dying.”
Alfie Allen told Access he thought it was “fabulous.”
“It’s crazy. It’s mad and everyone’s up on it,” he added. “It’s mental.”
It seems Rob Lowe wanted to sleep with Madonna — not dance with her, as he writes in “Love Life,” the sequel to his bestselling 2011 memoir, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.”
The Brat Pack star, who says the new book (due out April 8) is racier than his first; it tells of meeting Madonna after a show in Los Angeles in 1984.
“She was cute and she was young and she was single, and so I sat front-row . . . she was a revelation,” Lowe writes. “‘Madonna would like to see you backstage,’ a security guard said as the house lights came up.”
“She had flawless skin and eyes that imparted secrets … she asked what movie I was working on and so I told her a little about ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ which I had just finished. ‘I play the bad boy,’ I said. Madonna just smiled. She seemed to like that.”
Months later, they made a date to meet up at the Palladium, “a giant dance club that was filled with rabid ‘boy-toy’ doppelganger fans of both sexes. It was a madhouse.”
After a harrowing trek through the “grabbing and pawing” crowd, Lowe reached the VIP section.
“Madonna and I were discussing where we would sneak off to at the end of the evening when she suddenly jumped up and said, ‘Let’s dance!’. . . ‘I’ll wait here,’ I said.
“‘Suit yourself,’ she replied as she waded beyond the velvet rope into the fray.”
But, unlike the free-spirited singer, Lowe had no desire to rub elbows with his fans.
He writes: “‘You’re crazy,’ I said, half meaning it. ‘No I’m not,’ she said . . . ‘I’m just not going to let success f–k up my fun.’”
Lowe is coming to Midtown to sign copies of his book on April 9 at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue.
The dream of American Pop Singer Madonna to carry out a number of charitable works in Malawi will remain in jeopardy if what a local newspaper has reported is anything to go by that the board of Non-Governmental organizations (NGO) has turn down an application by the pop star to have her Trust registered in Malawi.
Madonna is linked to be the brain behind Raising Malawi Trust though other reports indicate that she is just one of the trustees.
The Sunday Times newspaper has quoted an undisclosed source from the Civil Society community in Malawi who has revealed that the Joyce Banda government is deliberately frustrating any moved by Madonna attributing the whole scenario as “bad blood” between President Joyce Banda and Madonna.
“From the look of things, Madonna’s work in the country will continue facing challenges as long as the current administration continues to call the shots” the source is quoted as saying.
The source further claimed that some top government officials have been pressing the NGO board not to accept Madonna’s application.
Board Chairperson for NGO’s Board in Malawi Emily Banda has since turned down the claims and revealed that Madonna own no single NGO in Malawi but rather is one of the trustees of a number of NGO’s including the Raising Malawi Trust.
“Let me mention that Madonna the musician does not have an NGO that applied for registration; rather, Madonna is one of the trustees in several organizations that applied for registration. One that I call that we have not registered is Raising Malawi Trust,” Banda told the paper.
She claimed that the trust failed to meet the required registration requirements.
The NGO chief however could not completely rule out Raising Trust Malawi, saying they still stand a chance if they bring forward the other required documents.
Meanwhile, 380 NGO’S have been registered according to Banda.
She has however asked all registered NGO’s to always comply with the country’s registration laws and failing which they will be fined or completely turned down.
Exclusive: Nile Rodgers wants to work with his best friend Madonna after revealing he’ll be making more music than ever after beating cancer.
The 61-year-old Chic star wants to team up with Madge again, having previously hit the studio with her on her Like A Virgin album.
‘I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.
‘For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.’