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Madonna News - November 2017

Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Adele & LeAnn Rimes Are Hot 100 & Billboard 200’s Leading Ladies

The four stars top Billboard’s all-time recaps of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart & Billboard 200 albums tally.

As Billboard celebrates the accomplishments of Women in Music throughout the industry with this year’s festivities, the charts likewise reflect that female artists have achieved some of the biggest hits in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums ranking.

Madonna on Billboard charts

In honor of this year’s Women in Music event, Billboard has compiled four special Greatest of All-Time charts: the top female artists and songs by women over the history of the Hot 100 and the top female artists and albums by women on the Billboard 200.

Madonna (Billboard’s 2016 woman of the year) reigns as the all-time top-performing female artist since the Hot 100 launched in the issue dated Aug. 4, 1958. She boasts a record (among all acts) 38 top 10s, including 12 No. 1s. read more →

Madonna’s Express Yourself on Billboard’s “25 Empowerment Anthems” list

“Originally written as a feminist anthem about independence, Madonna’s 1989 dance-floor standard has since become synonymous with self-love and holding oneself in high regard. The song’s lyrics directly address women and urge them to not settle for men who don’t treat them like the queens that they are. In the years following the song’s release, it has been embraced by Madonna’s gay fans around the world and has simultaneously become an anthem of personal expression and female empowerment.”

Read the complete list at Billboard.com

Legendary New York gossip columnist Liz Smith dies at 94

Former New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith, who won her own A-list status with her witty chronicling of the glitterati, died of natural causes on Sunday, said her literary agent, Joni Evans.

Smith, who was one of the first gossips to start covering Madonna, was also responsible for officially breaking the news of Madonna’s pregnancy with her now 21-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon, in the New York Post. At the time, Smith was a columnist at the paper, and said, “Madonna wanted the news released in as low-key a manner as possible” – which, for the pop star, meant it was Page 1 news.

Madonna with Liz Smith

Smith later defended Madonna amid a brouhaha surrounding her marital status, pointing to her divorce from Sean Penn as her impetus behind not marrying Lourdes’s father, trainer Carlos Leon. Said Smith, “Madonna can’t do anything right as far as most of the press is concerned. I think if she took the veil it would be criticized.”

Years later, Smith said of their friendship, “She’s an extremely talented, deeply complicated woman. We were close for a while, or as close as anyone can get to her. The first time we met, she glowered at me and said, ‘Aren’t you scared of me?’ I just laughed. We got along real well after that.”

via New York Post / Yahoo

Photo: Guy Oseary with Madonna in Portugal

Madonna’s Manager Guy Oseary shared a photo of the two of them in Portugal on Instagram:

“Late night in Portugal with 👸 @Madonna .. 🇵🇹 🎹🎼🕺🏼💃”

Guy Oseary with Madonna in Portugal