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“Madonnaland” makes Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Music Books of 2016” list

“Writing about a figure that already has countless words dedicated to her, singer/writer Alina Simone gives us a fuller, weirder and more interesting overview of Madonna than we may have thought possible. By exploring Madonna’s hometown of Bay City, Michigan, Madonnaland looks at the world that created the performer, the town that she left behind and the people whose lives she has changed. It’s the way Simone presents her story that’s most riveting, whether it’s looking at idiosyncratic figures from the pop star’s home state (Question Mark and the Mysterians; forgotten and collector-beloved band Flying Wedge) or her own journey from pop music fandom to indie rock.” (Rolling Stone, December 21st issue)

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Madonna’s Instagram: Franca Sozzan

R.I.P. Franca Sozzani!! A trail blazer and a True Rebel! You are loved and adored by so many! We will miss you. Respect and admiration!! @vogueitalia

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Madonna’s American Life and Music albums re-issued on 180 Gram Vinyls

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment.

Madonna American Life Vinyl Re-Issue

AMERICAN LIFE: Released on the heels of Madonna’s theme song for the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day – in case you’re wondering, yes, the track is included here as well – this was a concept album revolving around materialism and the American Dream. If you don’t remember it from its title track, then perhaps one of the other three singles (“Hollywood,” “Nothing Fails,” and “Love Profusion,” all of which hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart) will strike a chord.

Available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.fr and Amazon.it

Madonna Music Vinyl Re-Issue

MUSIC: Not only was this album both a creative and commercial success, but the title track of MUSIC gave Madonna another #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, making it an even dozen at that point. Beyond that, she also pulled a top-5 hit with “Don’t Tell Me,” with the album’s third single, “What It Feels Like for a Girl,” hitting the top 30. Meanwhile, “Impressive Instant” filled dance floors everywhere, and despite the fact that it was only released as a promo, it nonetheless hit the top of the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.fr and Amazon.it

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Judge unimpressed with Madonna’s housing lawsuit

In the eyes of the law, Madonna’s no different than a door-to-door salesman or even a jailbird.

That was the position of a no-nonsense Manhattan judge who said that the superstar’s lawsuit against her Central Park West co-op to skirt building rules belongs in Housing Court with average New Yorkers.

“Let’s say your client were a traveling salesperson or away in college or serving a brief period in jail, wouldn’t your client be as protected then as she is now going on tour and spending an inordinate amount of time in hotels?” Judge Gerald Lebovits asked Madonna’s lawyer in court Monday.

“It’s the same principle,” he said.

The “Like a Virgin” singer is suing One West 64th Street over a strict residency requirement that says her children and domestic servants aren’t allowed inside her $7.3 million unit while she’s not there.

Madonna has four children — Lourdes Leon, 20, Rocco Ritchie, 16, David Banda Ritchie, 11, and Mercy James, 10.

The building’s board implemented the new rule in 2014.

“Certainly such a requirement is ridiculous and impossible for almost any family to comply with, and certainly not someone with plaintiff’s itinerant schedule,” Madonna’s April lawsuit says.

Her attorney, Stuart Shaw, told the judge that he submitted a sworn statement from his client that explains her lifestyle.

“She has homes all around the world, she travels extensively, she has a house in California, she has a house in Europe. She goes on tours, she spends an inordinate amount of time in hotels, yet the places she calls home is 64th Street,” Shaw said.

Judge Lebovits was not impressed.

“There’s a landlord-tenant relationship between your client and the cooperative corporation and they could bring a Housing Court action to evict,” he said.

Shaw argued that his international pop star client “should not have to wait to defend an eviction proceeding.”

The building’s attorney, Patrick J. Sweeney, said the suit should be tossed because Madonna waited too long to file it. In court papers he also argued that Madonna cannot “credibly claim she was treated any differently from every other shareholder.”

The judge said he’d issue a written decision to determine in the coming weeks.

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