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Look at what I just found… My final mix of my production of “Work Your Fingers To The Bone”… An Unreleased Madonna song. It sounds amazing…
Along with other incredible vocal performances of unreleased songs by Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Jane Wiedlin & Desmond Child that I produced for a musical Street Smarts that never got made.
Jellybean via Facebook
August 16, 2016, Los Angeles – Madonna’s birthday wish this year is to further help the children of Malawi, and today the international, award-winning musician and philanthropist has teamed up with Omaze, an online giving platform, to launch a global campaign to support her charity, Raising Malawi and its project to build Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. The 5-week campaign kicks off on August 16, 2016 – Madonna’s birthday – and will help create a “Rebel Heart” playroom in the pediatric facility. The campaign concludes on September 15, 2016, at which time a grand prize winner will be randomly selected to join Madonna at Art Basel in Miami.
“Being a Rebel Heart means fighting for what you believe in, with love,” said Madonna. “For my birthday, I’m asking all of my Rebel Hearts to join me in bringing health and happiness to the children of Malawi.”
We have worked on an extra special issue of Love, 16.5 featuring Madonna, Rocco and a cast of boys seen within a 70 page portfolio ‘Angels of Concrete’ all photographed by Mert Alas. This very special edition, supported by Marc Jacobs will be on sale during London Fashion Week. thelovemagazine via Instagram
An “intimate” upcoming documentary about Madonna’s romance with a New York musician before the Material Girl was a megastar will include deeply personal letters and recordings made by the singer in bed, Page Six has learned.
The film, which follows Madonna’s relationship with fellow singer Dan Gilroy, will include private tapes of “bedroom talk” that Madge made while in the sack with Gilroy, we’re told, as well as love letters that she wrote him.
Gilroy — who fronted the one-hit-wonder pop group the Breakfast Club, and dated Madonna for around 18 months beginning in 1979 — has turned over hours of video and stacks of letters and photos to director Guy Guido for the project. The documentary “Emmy and the Breakfast Club” — which includes “re-enactments” as well as interviews — focuses on the period from 1979 to 1982, immediately before Madonna became famous, while she was living in an abandoned synagogue in Corona, Queens, with Dan and his brother, Ed Gilroy.
The in-the-works flick is set to reveal everything from “sweet little love notes that she would leave for Dan” to “very poetic love letters expressing her feelings for him and the struggles of their relationship,” the director said.
A 20-minute recording the couple made in bed, Guido told us, captures the pair “having fun with each other and bedroom talk, and also getting into a little philosophical life discussion.” He added that it’s “silly, romantic bantering.”
The decision to release such personal material without Madonna’s consent wasn’t taken lightly.
“There are some intimate things, but at this point they’re ready to share. Especially Dan — he’s been holding this in a very long time,” Guido told Page Six. The director also said that while young Madonna’s relationship with Gilroy is the “meat” of the movie, it also explores her ferocious ambition and drive to make it in the music business.
Guido said he hopes to be finished working on the film by January 2017, and that a major distributor will release it.
New York Post
As you know, Madonna and her family spent time in Malawi a few weeks ago. Besides soccer games with the children of Malawi and visiting their friends from I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, Madonna was able to spend time at the new pediatric hospital that she is building with Raising Malawi. It will be the country’s first and only pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. The facility is scheduled to open early 2017. Visit this page now for photos of the evolution of the construction:
During her trip, Madonna also met with His Excellency President Peter Muthrika to discuss girls’ education and the pediatric surgery project and spent time at the Home of Hope orphanage. Check out Raising Malawi’s Instagram for some great photos!
For more information on the organization’s work or to support it, go to www.raisingmalawi.org and stay tuned to Madonna.com in the new few weeks for exciting news on how you can be involved in opening this amazing new hospital!
via Raising Malawi
Madonna and Lola’s Material Girl brand unveiled today their fall marketing campaign featuring their first first ever Fashion Director, Pia Mia. The recording artist and fashion trendsetter also stars in an original StyleHaul docuseries launching today, which follows Pia’s journey as a Material Girl, both personally and professionally. The fall collection was styled by Pia Mia and shot at the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. It will be available this week exclusively at Macy’s and macys.com to celebrate the back to school shopping season.
“Pia Mia embodies the true spirit of a material girl – she isn’t afraid to take risks with fashion and has a look all her own,” stated Madonna. “I’m excited for Material Girl fans around the world to see Pia’s influence on the collection.” she continued.
Commenting on the partnership, Pia Mia stated, “I am thrilled and humbled to have been selected by Madonna to be a part of Material Girl. To be associated with the icon and legend that she is, is a true honor.” “Working with Material Girl has been an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the line – helping to formulate a direction, a vibe, to have my voice heard, and my vision seen – I love working with Material Girl, with the creative people involved, and to be a part of something Madonna created,” Pia Mia continued.
The Material Girl collection is available exclusively at Macy’s and on macys.com in the United States. To stay up to date with the latest news from Material Girl, follow @MaterialGirl on Instagram and Twitter and Like Material Girl on Facebook at www.facebook.com/materialgirlcollection
Madonna’s 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”, featuring her classic hits Secret, Take A Bow, Human Nature and Bedtime Story, will finally be available on vinyl! Rhino / Warner will release it on August 16th in the United States (Amazon pre-order) and on August 19th in the UK (pre-order).
Re-issues of Like A Prayer (release date: July 19th pre-order here) and Ray Of Light (release date: September 13th pre-order here) will also be available soon, but in the US only.
Rhino already re-issued original editions of her first three albums this year: Madonna a.k.a. The First Album (order here), Like A Virgin (order here) and True Blue (order now).
Madonna in Malawi on Sunday visited the construction of a children’s wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in this southern African country’s largest city, Blantyre.
The pop star has been in Malawi for a week and is to meet President Peter Mutharika and health minister Peter Kumpalume. Madonna went to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to view the pediatric unit where construction started in May 2015 and which is expected to open in early 2017.
“This new facility is the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,” said Madonna, in a statement to The Associated Press. “In addition to raising the quality and availability of health care, we are also preparing for the future by training more Malawian medical staff in specialized pediatric care.”
Answering questions from the press, Madonna said that she does not yet have a name for the new children’s wing.
“We don’t have a name,” she said, “but we have a building and we have dreams and they are going to be manifested very soon.”
Madonna is accompanied by her two children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, and her son Rocco. Madonna said she will continue to work to get the unit the staff and equipment needed.
“It’s going to be my responsibility to make sure that this place has the equipment and is fully operational on a regular basis,” she said. “So I have a big job ahead of me. Wish me luck.”
Asked if she has any more projects for Malawi, she said: “I would like to do one thing really well than many things half-assed, as they say in America.”
The children’s unit will include Malawi’s first pediatric intensive care unit, three operating rooms dedicated to children’s surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.
Raising Malawi was founded in 2006 by Madonna to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s orphans and vulnerable children. Raising Malawi partners with local organizations to provide Malawian children and their caregivers with critical resources including education and medical care.