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Madonna News - April 2018

Madonna’s Instagram Feed: April 2018

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Madonna’s RSD Vinyls on UK charts

Official Albums Chart Top 100
#91 (-) Madonna – Madonna (The First Album)
peak position: 6 / weeks on charts: 125

Official Albums Sales Chart Top 100
#38 (-) Madonna – Madonna (The First Album)
#43 (-) Madonna – You Can Dance

Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40
#10 (-) Madonna – Madonna (The First Album)
#13 (-) Madonna – You Can Dance

charts dates: 27 April 2018 – 03 May 2018

Official Charts

Madonna working with Joe Henry on a new album?

After hashtagging Mirwais in her posts last week, Madonna now also started following Joe Henry on Instagram. Could it be that they are also writing together?

Henry and Madonna first started working together in 1994. They recorded “Guilty by association” for charity album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.
Later they co-wrote “Don’t Tell Me” for Music (2000), “Jump” for “Confessions on a Dance Floor” (2005), “Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You” for Hard Candy (2008) and “Falling Free” for MDNA (2012).

Madonna in Don't Tell Me

Madonna loses bid to keep Tupac’s breakup letter from being auctioned off

The Material Girl will have to live without some of her most prized possessions — including a love letter from the late rapper Tupac Shakur— because the pop star waited too long to sue for their return, a Manhattan judge ruled Monday.

Madonna had just three years under New York state law to recover a trove of “highly personal items” that went missing after she moved out of her Miami home around 2004.

The pop star claimed she didn’t realize the items were gone until online auctioneer Gotta Have It! Collectibles put the love letter, a hairbrush containing her blonde locks, a pair of satin panties, and other memorabilia up for sale in July 2017.

Madonna sued the auctioneer and former art consultant Darlene Lutz over the sale. She won a temporary stay blocking the auction last summer.

But now Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits has released the items citing the short statute of limitations.

Madonna with 2 Pac

“Mere ignorance or lack of discovery of the wrong is not sufficient to toll the statute,” Lebovits writes in the ruling released Monday.

Even if Madonna had discovered her possessions missing years earlier, a 2004 settlement Lutz paid the singer over a dispute about artwork released her from “any and all” future claims, the judge found. read more →

Billboard: Revisiting Madonna’s ‘American Life’

While American Life certainly wasn’t the kiss of death for Madonna, her ninth studio album did end one of the winningest streaks in the history of pop. Although the LP—which was released 15 years ago on April 21, 2003—did debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, it became the lowest-selling studio LP of her career up to that point. And the reviews were mixed at best.

The title-track lead single was one of Madonna’s first bona-fide flops, certainly by her standards. It barely cracked the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 37. Even worse, it was the object of derision for her stiff, silly rap in the second half where she rhymes “latte” with “shoté” and “MINI Cooper” with “super-duper” and “trooper.” No one wants to hear Madonna rap about her lawyer, manager, agent, chef, nannies, assistant, driver, jet, trainer, butler, bodyguards, gardener and stylist. Not then, and not now. The failure of “American Life” made it hard for the album to recover with subsequent singles “Hollywood,” “Nothing Fails” and “Love Profusion” missing the Hot 100.

But revisiting American Life 15 years later, it deserves more love than it has gotten — it’s perhaps the most underappreciated album of Madonna’s catalog. Listening to it now, it certainly bests Rebel Heart and MDNA, and from a lyrical standpoint, it probably beats 2008’s Hard Candy and maybe even 2005’s beloved Confessions on a Dance Floor. In fact, with its confessional tone and commentary on the American Dream in the President George W. Bush era, American Life is easily one of Madonna’s better lyrical outings. read more →

Madonna’s Producer Avicii, dies at 28

Swedish DJ Avicii, who has collaborated with the likes of Madonna and Coldplay, has died in Oman at the age of 28.

Avicii’s club anthems include Wake Me Up, Hey Brother, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.

His representative said in a statement: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.”

No cause of death was announced, and Avicii’s representative said no further statements would be issued.

Madonna with Avicii

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