Madonna in Billboard Magazine
January 17 2015 Issue
January 17 2015 Issue
…Speaking of Dance Club Songs, Madonna explodes onto the chart at No. 32 with “Living for Love.” The lead single from her forthcoming album Rebel Heart (due March 10) marks her first chart appearance since “Turn Up the Radio” became her record-extending 43rd No. 1 in September 2012. If “Living” eventually latches onto No. 1, Madonna will equal one of the most vaunted milestones in Billboard chart history: the Queen of Pop will tie the King of Country, George Strait, for the most No. 1s by any act on a single Billboard chart. Strait boasts 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.
Remixes of “Living” from Djemba Djemba, Offer Nissim, Dirty Pop, Thrill and Mike Rizzo have been sent out to club DJs.
The Material Girl singer is set to grace the stage at the bash next month, showcasing new material to UK audiences for the first time
Get ready to get Into the Groove, as we can reveal that the Brits are to feature Madonna – 20 YEARS after she last performed at the awards.
The Material Girl singer is set to grace the stage at the bash next month, showcasing new material to UK audiences for the first time.
Sources tell us Madge, 56, is “99% confirmed” to perform songs from her new Rebel Heart album.
But bosses will be keen to get a megamix (or Madge-a-mix, if you will) of some of her greatest hits as a huge finale.
A source close to the star tells us: “Madonna wants to perform to the biggest number of people for the maximum impact and there’s no better place for a controversy-filled Madonna performance than the Brits.
“She has already confirmed she will perform at the Grammys, when she will debut the new music.
“But her album is due out on March 9, a month after the LA ceremony, so she wants another large platform to perform her songs on just before it is released.
Our source adds: “She has cleared her diary for the Brits. She knows she needs to really entertain and bring a good show because she’ll want to be the talking point.”
Her last album MDNA didn’t get a nomination and recently Madge has been a far cry from her 90s peak.
In fact, when she last performed at the event in 1995, the hosts Ant and Dec were up for an award.
A Brit Awards source said: “The final line-up is not yet confirmed.” A spokeswoman for Madonna said it was “just speculative” the star would take to the stage.
In the ring with Francis Bacon! #livingforlove <3 #rebelheart
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Offer Nissim Living For Drama Remix
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Madonna was in Africa in late November, visiting schools built by her Raising Malawi nonprofit, when the first leak hit the Web: 40 seconds of “Rebel Heart,” a defiant, dance-y track she had recently been working on. Three weeks later, the leak became a flood. Madonna was back in New York on December 17th, when fans started alerting her via Instagram that 13 demos recorded for her unfinished 13th album, also called Rebel Heart, had been illegally posted online and were spreading like wildfire.
It was an unprecedented leak: Nearly a full album’s worth of work arrived four months before its planned April release date. “She was devastated,” the singer’s longtime manager Guy Oseary says.
Madonna’s response was swift and dramatic: She decided she would complete six tracks and get them up for sale on iTunes as soon as possible. The songs leaked on a Tuesday; they needed to be online by Friday if fans were going to buy them before 2015. “The deadline for getting this music out was a 50-yard dash,” Madonna says. Some in her camp urged her to not rush out the songs, but she insisted. “Starting Wednesday, it was like, ‘You’ve got to get this music out – I can’t take it,’ ” adds Oseary. “What could we do? You’ve got to just battle through it.”
With most of Apple about to go on holiday break, the challenge wasn’t simply mixing and mastering the tracks to Madonna’s satisfaction, but getting them loaded into the iTunes store, which can be a laborious process. (Oseary, who also manages U2, worked closely with Apple on the surprise release of U2’s Songs of Innocence last September.)
Madonna and her team worked for nearly 72 straight hours to make it happen, getting key help from Interscope’s Steve Berman and iTunes’ Robert Kondrk. She didn’t learn until 11:30 p.m. Friday that the finished songs were indeed going to reach fans before the new year. But the payoff was immediate: The songs, which Madonna called “an early Christmas gift,” shot to the top of the music service’s charts in 42 countries. “The fans are extremely loyal,” she says, “and I’m really supergrateful for that.” (The full 19-track album now has a March 9th release date.) “Every time a country would tweet about getting it, it put a smile on my face, because it meant it was working,” Oseary says of the iTunes rollout. …continue reading »
…the recent high-water achievement for Douglas was working on “Ghosttown,” one of the songs featured on Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Heart studio album. The songwriter says that the song, which was released along with five other Madonna tracks following a demo leak last month, was written in three days after Madonna personally requested some studio time.
“She liked ‘Talk Dirty,’ actually, and so they put me and [co-writers] Jason Evigan and Evan Bogart in with her and we had this great session,” says Douglas. “I was incredibly nervous for obvious reasons, but she showed up, was super personable and was ready to work. I basically checked it off my life bucket list.”