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Madonna News - November 2014

Madonna’s “Material Girl” look hits the auction block

Several iconic pieces from Madonna’s career and personal life are on the auction block, including the Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry featured in the 1984 “Material Girl” music video.

The dress is expected to go for $40,000-$60,000 and $4,000-$6,000 for the stole when the items go up for auction starting Friday in Beverly Hills.

Madonna Auction

Julien’s annual Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n’ Roll auction has 700 items up for bid, including John Lennon’s glasses, a T-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain, a guitar from David Bowie and belongings from Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and more.

But Madge is a top attraction of the auction, with 140 of her items up for sale, including a personal day planner, the inauguration dress she wore when she played Eva Peron in the movie “Evita” and her wedding dress and shoes from her marriage to Sean Penn. You can also get her signed expired American Express credit card and the baseball uniform she wore in 1992’s “A League of Their Own.”

“Very little of her stuff comes to auction now,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of the auction house.

He said Julien’s is looking to set records with the two-day auction that allows people to bid in-person, over the phone and online.

Bids come from all over the world, according to Nolan, but the face of bidders have changed significantly since 2005. “Back then, it was what we call fanatical people, the huge fans that would bid on items. Now, you still see some fans, but they don’t have the big dollars that are needed. Museums are big buyers.” read more →

Madonna’s ‘applause moment’ at WSJ awards

Madonna told the audience when to clap while speaking at the WSJ. Magazine Innovator of the Year Awards Wednesday night.
Madonna instituted “applause moments” at the WSJ Innovator of the Year Awards.
The ceremony, which WSJ. Magazine hosts annually in honour of groundbreaking talent, took place Wednesday night at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
Madonna awarded 26-year-old dancer Lil Buck with a trophy at the event and before she presented him with the honour, Page Six reports the pop legend was forced to generate enthusiasm from the audience by commanding them to clap.
“I’ll tell you when there are applause moments. You need help. This is a museum crowd,” she is quoted as sighing into the microphone at the beginning of her speech.
Since Madonna, 56, split from movie director Guy Ritchie, 46, in 2008, she’s been linked to a string of younger men. The songstress enjoyed a three-year romance with dancer Brahim Zaibat before they broke up last year and she called it quits with 26-year-old Dutch dancer Timor Steffens in August after dating since January.
Madonna made light of her romantic situation at the podium.
“Everybody knows I have an affinity for dancers — a sympathetic nerve, so to speak,” she smiled.
Madonna immediately hired Lil Buck as a dancer on her tour after discovering his talents through a contest. Following the Lucky Star hitmaker’s presentation, Lil Buck gave a moving speech and brought the crowd to their feet with a short performance of his dance moves.

Madonna at WSJ awards

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DJ Dahi talks working on Madonna’s new album

“I’ve been in with her for the last month. Me and my friend Blood Diamonds have worked on a good portion of the album. It’s been dope. It’s a new experience for me. Working with Madonna has put me in a new creative space, because I’ve produced a big chunk of the album. It’s not just like one track or like I’m just submitting beats. It’s like we’ve been in the studio together and we’ve been working together. It’s all collaborative. It’s made me realize that I want to be there more and more working with the artists and crafting something together. Making beats and sending them in is cool, but it’s kind of disconnected. That’s something I’m focused on more and more after working with Madonna. That album is supposed to be coming next year. Hopefully, everybody loves it. It’s cool, because it’s so different from what people would expect. People are going to be like, “What the hell?” The opportunity came about through word of mouth. She liked my music and was a fan of my style. She had told me she appreciated the mindset that I take with my music. Most of the records that have come out that I’ve done have been with rappers and R&B artists, but there’s still something alternative about the records. There are other elements and she appreciates that, so it was cool for her to say that and then for her to say, ‘Okay, let’s go work.’ I’m working with Madonna and all I have to do is be myself.”

DJ Dahi talks working on Madonna album

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