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Patrick Leonard’s Rare Madonna Photos

Madonna’s Producer Patrick Leonard has shared previously unseen photos of Madonna and his recording studios, where some of her music was made, on his official Instagram profile.

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Debi Mazar Remembers Her Friend Keith Haring – and Madonna’s Unforgettable Wedding Weekend

On Friday morning, actress Debi Mazar saw a familiar photo in her Instagram feed: a shot of herself and her late friend, artist Keith Haring, taken by their friend, artist Maripol. In the picture, a young Mazar peers at the camera as Haring, more clearly in focus, looks on behind her. Mazar shared the photo on her own account immediately. “I was like, ‘Aw, Keith,’ ” she told Vanity Fair on a phone call Friday. “I think of Keith all the time, because his work is so present, and being much a part of what is so present and current in today’s climate—in terms of equality, immigration, sexuality, so many things.”

Debi Mazar with Keith Haring

As she looks more at the photo, though, Mazar said she also thinks of the weekend in 1985 that it was taken, which happened to be the weekend of her friend Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn in Los Angeles. Those few days marked Mazar’s first-ever trip to L.A.—and a memorable one, at that.

“We kind of had a whole weekend planned, where the wedding was one day, and another day we went to restaurants and different activities, she said. “That particular day, we went to Mr. Chow’s,” she said, recalling the site of the photo with Haring.

That stop at Mr. Chow’s was only one highlight of the weekend. The wedding itself was Mazar’s first experience with a high-profile event of that magnitude. As she and her friend Lance Loud tore down the Pacific Coast Highway on their way to the ceremony, Mazar said she marveled at the beauty before her. It wasn’t long, though, before she noticed the buzzing of helicopters overhead, making a beeline toward Madonna and Penn’s wedding: “I thought the helicopters were chasing us, even though they weren’t,” Mazar recalled, chuckling. more →

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Nile Rodgers honored at the R’N’R Hall of Fame

Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” producer, Nile Rodgers, has received an award for Musical Excellence at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today.

Madonna with Nile Rodgers

Here is his speech (mentioning Madonna):

“So I’m a New Yorker. I was born not very far away from where we’re standing now. It’s funny, I was saying to Pharrell almost everybody on this stage, as a matter of fact almost everybody who’s been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’ve worked with. [Applause]

I started out; I was just a little kid on the side of my bed just playing guitar hoping to get one hit record. Yo, it’s 3 billion dollars now. [Applause] Yeah, they just told me a couple of months ago that I’ve sold over 300 million albums and 75 million singles. I just wanted to have one hit record.

My life has been so amazing. When I met this gentleman named Bernard Edwards, a bass player who started out as a guitar player who had this interesting style of playing and he told me about chucking and he just said, “Man, you need to change your shit up. You got all this jazz knowledge but if you learn how to play this thing, we could change music.” I didn’t believe him until this young kid plugged into my amp that was our opening act and he sounded 10 times better than me but I knew that harmonically I had more knowledge than he did.

All of a sudden, I said OK, cool. I went and I traded my guitar, my expensive big, fat jazz guitar for this little Fender Stratocaster that was like a hundred and seventy-something bucks and it was ugly because I hate solid body sunburst guitars. So, I adored Hendrix; so I went home and I painted it white myself. That same white paint job is the same paint job I did 40 years ago when we were the opening act for the Jackson 5.

From that journey from just being a backup guy I have [pauses; applause] When people work with me, they think that I’m the boss. But believe me, every record I do I join the band. I try and make every artist believe that all I have is their best interest at heart. I remember saying to Madonna, when we finish this record it’s going to say MADONNA [whispers] produced by Nile Rodgers. My name doesn’t mean sh*t; it’s going to be this big.

This award, which is amazing to me, is really because of all the people that have allowed me to come into their lives and just join their band. Be it Mick Jagger, be it Madonna, be it Duran Duran, be it Daft Punk, be it Pharrell Williams, be it Diana Ross, be it Sister Sledge. I mean it just goes on and on and on. Thank you all.”

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Madonna Throws Shade at Pepsi

Madonna is letting everyone know that she’s aware of Pepsi‘s marketing misfire by throwing some shade at the soft-drink company, which she once had beef with in the past.

Hours after the brand pulled Kendall Jenner’s protest-themed commercial, the Material Girl, 58, shared a throwback photo of herself holding a can of Pepsi’s rival Coca-Cola. She captioned the 1999 Grammy Awards photo with a first place gold medal emoji, and offered a close-up of the red can to further emphasize her point.

Madonna may be on team Coca-Cola these days, but she also had her very own Pepsi commercial that caused a stir among viewers and consumers.

In January 1989, the singer inked a $5 million endorsement deal with Pepsi that led the company to release a two-minute television ad and featured her singing and dancing.

The fairly innocuous ad reached an estimated 250 million viewers in over 40 countries, but was subsequently revoked in April 1989 after it generated controversy when Madonna premiered the full-length music video for “Like a Prayer” on MTV the following day. The video’s imagery, which included burning crosses, stigmata and the seduction of a saint, drew the ire of religious groups and customers, who assumed it was part of the Pepsi ad.

At the time, the Vatican condemned the video and religious groups threatened to ban the commercial and boycott Pepsi products. Not only did Pepsi eventually pull the commercial but the company also canceled Madonna’s sponsorship contract.

Fast forward to present day, a variety of people from Lena Dunham to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter have weighed in to call Jenner’s Pepsi ad tone-deaf.

In her “Live For Now Moments Anthem” commercial, the model and Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star leaves her photo shoot behind to join a march before handing a police officer a can of Pepsi, causing her fellow protesters to erupt in cheers as he takes a drink.

Many detractors accused Pepsi of blatantly appropriating the spirit and imagery of the anti-Donald Trump resistance, Black Lives Matter and other movements in order to sell their product.

In response to the backfire, Pepsi defended the ad in a statement: “This is a global ad that reflects people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony, and we think that’s an important message to convey.”

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Site Updates

Apr 05 – Madonna Library > Look November 16 2009 Interview
Apr 04 – Madonna Library > December 21-28 1985 Sounds Interview
Apr 03 – Madonna Library > June 1991 The Face Interview
Apr 02 – Madonna Library > April 12 2010 US Weekly Interview
Apr 01 – Madonna Library > March 1993 Sky Magazine Interview
Mar 31 – Madonna Library > November 16 2015 Hello Interview
Mar 30 – Madonna Library > March 24 1984 Record Mirror Interview
Mar 29 – Madonna Library > Shep Pettibone Interview from Like A Fanzine
Mar 28 – Madonna Library > “Her Unsaintly, Sexy Image Sells Records” from February 25 1985 USA Today
Mar 27 – Madonna Library > Record Mirror March 15 1986 Interview more →

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Rare Polaroids from Backstage at 2003 MTV VMAs

Madonna’s Stylist, Arianne Phillips, shared today some polaroids, taken backstage at 2003 MTV Video Music Awards:

sweet boy toy 🌟BRITNEY🌟 at the 20th LIKE A VIRGIN anniversary performance & 💋 @madonna @britneyspears @mtv #likeavirgin #boytoy #polaroids #ariannearchive #backintheday 💋💋💋💋💋💋💋 #britneyspears #thekiss #madonna #polaroid #2003

Britney Backstage at MTV VMAs

Hot tamale 🔥X-TINA🔥at the …….20th anniversary performance & 💋@Madonna LIKE A VIRGIN @xtina @mtv #likeavirgin #boytoy #polaroids #backintheday #christinaaguilera #xtina #thekiss #madonna #ariannearchive 💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋 #polaroid #2003

Christina Backstage at MTV VMAs

Arianne Phillips via Instagram

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