Camille Paglia and Andy Cohen share their views on the “current” Madonna on Times Talk (starts around 25:50):
Warner Archive has announced the release of Harold Becker’s Vision Quest (1985) featuring Linda Fiorentino, Matthew Modine and Madonna
Synopsis: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed, trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who’s the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the mop-headed student undeterred in his Vision Quest…until the day a sexy drifter (Linda Fiorentino) threatens to pin Louden and his dreams to the mat of unrequited love. The hit soundtrack features Journey’s “Only the Young,” Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” and John Waite’s “Change.” In her first film, Madonna shines while performing “Gambler” and “Crazy for You.” You’ll go crazy for Vision Quest.
NEW High-definition remaster
Optional English SDH subtitles
Expected release date is May 16th.
#2 Madonna, Erotica
No Madonna album was ever met with a louder backlash or was more rampantly misrepresented than this dark masterpiece, so you know it was doing something right. Released on the tail end of AIDS hysteria, Erotica is far from the opus to guiltless sexual fulfillment it—and its even more ridiculed accompanying tome Sex—was made out to be. Though there’s no doubt it espouses taking joy in physical pleasure (“Let me remind you in case you don’t already know/Dining out can happen down below”), no album seems more empathetically haunted by the act’s countless side effects (i.e. “Bad Girl,” “Thief of Hearts,” a purposefully monotonous house cover of Peggy Lee’s “Fever”). Underneath Madonna’s bondage getup and Shep Pettibone’s oversized drum tracks beats a truly pained heart. Henderson Check out the full list here.
While the Empire State Building is known for changing from shades of red to blue and everything in between, tonight’s light show will take on a bit different fashion; fashion photography from some of Harper’s BAZAAR’s most iconic shoots and cultural moments.
In honor of BAZAAR’s 150th anniversary and presented in partnership with Tiffany & Co., glossy pages will turn into sky-high projections, flooding the city with some of fashion’s greatest. Think unforgettable covers (Rihanna’s Jaws cover, anyone?) to stunning editorials that have highlighted the premier of seasons past.
Join us tonight from 8:30PM to midnight on the north side of the Empire State Building above 34th Street, or tune in to BAZAAR’s Facebook page for the entire live stream.
via Harper’s Bazaar / Madonna Nation
Here I am the same age as my daughter. Living in an abandoned synagogue in Queens. ✡️ A broke ass 💃🏻dancer. With Big Dreams! 🎉🎉🎉 Learning how to play guitar. Taking any job i could find. Living on one dollar a day. 😂 Praying that someone would discover me and believe in me. 🙏🏻. The Good old days. 💘
Madonna via Instagram
The Queen of Pop brought the heat when she teamed up with Timbaland and co-producer Pharrell Williams for her Hard Candy LP — and not just metaphorically. Madonna has been known to turn down the air-conditioning at concerts and during recording sessions over concerns that colder, drier air could affect her voice. “The studio was hot,” Timbaland remembers. But apart from her high-temp preferences, there was no diva behavior in the booth. “She was down-to-earth Madonna,” he says. “She’s just brutally honest about a lot of stuff: ‘I’m doing this, I’m not going to sing that.’ She’s very matter-of-fact but still very fun and loving and into her craft.”
Katy is on the cover of the latest issue of Vogue, she mentions Madonna in the interview:
…Nevertheless, “I miss references all the time,” she admits. “Amy Grant was our Madonna. We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts.” At a Manson concert in Santa Barbara, she handed out pamphlets titled How to Find God. She ended up going in to watch the performance with her youth pastor and, to her surprise, found it “really interesting and weird—I got it. But my house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; you don’t celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O’Reilly on TV. That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens. I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day.”
Later in the interview, she says about Madonna: “She did the art of evolution so well.”
“For the women that are out there now, I would always ask the question, “Do you feel more empowered by using your body to draw attention to your art? Or do you feel more empowered by wielding a talent that moves the molecules?” And to me, I choose the latter, because – I mean, I wouldn’t put it all on Madonna – but there’s a certain part of me that says when you start exploring sex as a woman’s power and you project that into art as a business form, you change the way women are forever looked at.” – Sheryl Crow on The Big Interview show
A long-running legal dispute over alleged sampling on Madonna’s “Vogue” now has producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone in court alleging that Warner Music is wrongfully withholding royalties from the 1990 hit.
Madonna and Pettibone were sued by VMG Salsoul, the owner of a 1976 song called “Love Break,” for copyright infringement. Last June, the two prevailed when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision that the taking of a short horn hit from “Love Break” for “Vogue” was de minimis copying. While Pettibone enjoyed the outcome, the appeals court did vacate the lower court’s award of attorney fees. That meant more than $730,000 in reimbursement wiped out.
Who is responsible for that?
In a lawsuit filed Monday in New York, Pettibone now alleges Warner Music and Warner/Chappell “have admittedly withheld and failed to pay Pettibone royalties owed to Plaintiff for its defense of the VMG Salsoul lawsuit despite Plaintiff’s demand that they pay these royalties to him, and despite giving them notice of breach.” more →