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Rihanna on her Favorite Madonna Photo for Vogue Paris

Rihanna on Madonna for Vogue Paris

Translation: “My favorite Madonna image. A Versace campaign by Steven Meisel. So sexy. A mixture of ultra-femininity, she has voluptuous breast, flawless platinum blonde, silky skin, and masculinity, muscular legs ,jewels so ghetto … And lavender is my favorite color. Not to mention Madonna! We met at Met Ball several times in private parties. She’s a legend. An inspiration for so many artists, especially girls, first and foremost me. She created real visual shocks, on stage, in pictures or in her videos. SHE FEARS OF NOTHING. I believe that by pushing the boundaries as she did, by provoking, she was looking for herself. She wanted to see where her own limits were, how far she would be able to go. Not to mention her talent to reinvent herself. In the early 90s, she is already the “Queen of Pop”, some thought she was out of breath, suddenly, she releases Vogue and puts everyone on their knees. She’s iconic, she’s been around for thirty years and proves to the world that she’s unbreakable. And she is still here”

Scans and Translation by loowee via Madonna Nation

Rihanna on Madonna for Vogue Paris

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Madonna on Live with Kelly and Ryan on December 8th!

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will sit down for an exclusive interview with the “Queen of Pop” herself, MADONNA, on Friday, December 8, on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN. The global superstar, who is recognized by Guinness World Records as the best-selling female recording artist of all time, will update the hosts about the latest in her life, career, philanthropy, artistry and most recent projects, including her MDNA Skin care line.

This marks Madonna’s sixth interview on “Live,” and her first visit to “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Her last appearance took place on January 11, 2007.

Also during the hour, Ripa and Seacrest will make festive holiday wreaths with lifestyle expert Katie Brown, and pop band 98 Degrees will perform a Christmas favorite for the “Live” audience.

About “Live with Kelly and Ryan” “Live with Kelly and Ryan” is distributed in national Syndication by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Visit “Live” on the web (KellyandRyan.com), Facebook and Instagram (@LiveKellyandRyan), and Twitter and SnapChat (@LiveKellyRyan).

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Photo: Madonna flying from London to Lisbon

Stunned passengers were left open-mouthed as they watched Madonna get off an economy flight – loaded with her Louis Vuitton luggage – after their plane was diverted on its way to Lisbon.

Madonna in Porto

An onlooker said: ‘We’d been on the ground for about 20 minutes when I saw her assistant speaking with crew members at the front of the plane.

‘Then I noticed all this Louis Vuitton luggage being carried past me down the aisle too. And Madonna literally walked by me. I couldn’t believe it.

‘She had no make-up on but I Googled her and I discovered that she’s recently bought a place in Lisbon, so her being on the flight suddenly made sense.

‘I thought to myself ‘Madonna is on my flight!’ more →

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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. more →

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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

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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

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Billboard lists the best American Music Awards performances, Madonna’s 1995’s Take A Bow at #8

In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. Here is no. No. 8.

Sometimes the hardest act to follow is yourself.

Throughout the early to mid-’90s, Madonna leaned into the concept that sex sells. But by the time she doled out the 1992 coffee table book Sex — complete with nude images of herself — her sexualized image had reached its peak. At the same time, the shock factor of the Erotica era had lost its impact.

Before rebranding became a thing, the chameleon-like “Material Girl” had a way of reinventing her image. This time, she chose to dial it down on her next album, 1994’s Bedtime Stories. The autobiographical elements of her poetic balladry exhibited a newfound vulnerability that felt more revealing than her sexual gimmickry. The album’s second single, “Take a Bow,” ended up becoming Madonna’s longest running No. 1 on the Hot 100 with a seven-week run at the top.

Two months after that song stormed the charts, Madonna and Babyface delivered their only live performance of the track at the American Music Awards on Jan. 30, 1995. The presence of a live orchestra added a lush texture to the song. Madonna’s distinctive vocal colors were given new life through the prism of Babyface’s R&B-style vocal runs.

Looking at Madonna’s sartorial decision from a 2017 perspective, the cultural appropriation of a white woman wearing a cheongsam (a Chinese dress) might not fly — but it was not entirely random, as the song’s pentatonic strings were intended to evoke Chinese opera. The stage production was relatively barren as Madonna and Babyface stood in place while elevated on their respective pillars.

Babyface previously spoke to Billboard about his appearance onstage with Madonna. “I was nervous as hell,” he said. “But you couldn’t actually see my legs shaking under the suit. When we finished, she told me she had never been that nervous before. That was crazy to me — I was thinking, ‘You’re Madonna, you’re on stage all the time!'”

But the stage fright never showed up on Madonna’s theatrical facial expressions, complementing lyrics like, “You deserve an award for the role that you played.”

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Madonna Official 2018 Calendar out now!

Madonna’s official Calendar for 2018 is now available to order via Amazon.com.

Here’s a brief description from the published:

“A cultural icon so recognized that she only needs one name, Madonna has evolved from the princess of ’80s pop to an international superstar known for not only music, but also fashion, acting, and her counterculture persona.

This Official 16-Month calendar features iconic photographs of Madonna by Luigi & Iango and Steven Klein, as well as a mosaic made of fan creations!”

Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches (305 x 305 mm)
Weight: 325g

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