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BBC Radio 2 celebrates three legends of pop: Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince

Across the August Bank Holiday Weekend (25-27 August), BBC Radio 2 will celebrate the 60th birthdays of three of the most influential names in pop music: Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince.

The weekend kicks off with a Pick of the Pops special (Saturday 25 August, 1-3pm), focussing on Prince and Madonna. To celebrate the huge contribution both artists have made to pop history, Paul Gambaccini will count down their 20 bestselling tracks from their long and illustrious careers. With the figures compiled by The Official Charts Company, this programme will be the last word on which track represents the pinnacle of commercial success for two of the most innovative and influential artists of a generation.

Paul Gambaccini says: “Our Pick of the Pops special is dedicated to two of the leading artists of the past forty years. It has been a privilege to present, first on Radio 1 and later on Radio 2, the chart careers of Prince and Madonna as they occurred. Prince set the standard for musicianship in the 1980s and Madonna for stage presentation in the 1990s. Throughout both decades, they each provided a nonstop sequence of memorable hits. This Bank Holiday weekend we discover which of them have been their top twenty successes in the UK.”

On Bank Holiday Monday, Radio 2 celebrates the week in which Michael Jackson would have turned 60 with presenters across the daytime schedule counting down the King of Pop’s best-selling hits – from 60 to 1.

Mark Goodier (6.30-9.30am), Ken Bruce (9.30am-midday) and Ana Matronic (midday-3pm) will each play five tracks per hour during their shows, with the chance to hear a personal rendition of Man in The Mirror recently recorded by Curtis Stigers in session on Ken’s Show. Trevor Nelson (3-5pm) then presents a Thriller of a programme to reveal the final 20 biggest hits from Michael Jackson.

Trevor Nelson says: “Michael Jackson is an icon and one of my favourite music artists of all time. It seems only right that we honour what would have been a milestone birthday with a complete run-down of his most well-loved songs. Everyone has a favourite Michael Jackson song, whether it be a dancefloor hit like Billie Jean or Thriller, or one of this superstar collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder or Diana Ross – and listeners will be sure to hear them all across Bank Holiday Monday.”

Featuring interviews and archive audio from Michael Jackson himself, Trevor will also be hearing from famous friends and fans of Michael, as they champion their favourite track from the King of Pop. Contributors include Lionel Richie, Samuel L Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Rob Brydon, James Bay, KT Tunstall, Pixie Lott, Martine McCutcheon, Jake Shears, Olly Alexander, Alice Cooper, Leon Bridges, Will Young and Siedah Garratt (who co-wrote Man in the Mirror and duetted with Michael on the Number One hit, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You).

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna are three of the most important musicians of modern times, and it seems only fitting to honour them in the year they would all turn 60. Collectively, they have sold hundreds of millions of albums and have fans across the globe and I know these special programmes will resonate with the Radio 2 listeners. Hopefully there will be no Controversy about which tracks hit the number one spot!”

Additionally, BBC Four will be celebrating Madonna on Friday 17 August with two back-to-back programmes – There’s Only One Madonna (10pm), a documentary examining her early years with famous fans paying tribute to their role model and the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour (10.55pm), a full showing of her 2015 world tour.

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Madonna is Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Female Artist of All-Time

From Billboard:

As we celebrate the Billboard Hot 100’s 60th anniversary, Billboard looks at the top-performing solo female artists in the chart’s history, dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

With 57 Hot 100 entries and 12 No. 1s, Madonna rules as the chart’s all-time top female artist. The pop icon also lands seven songs in the Hot 100 all-time top 600 songs recap, led by her first No. 1, “Like a Virgin,” which spent six weeks atop the Hot 100 beginning on Dec. 22, 1984. Madonna holds the record for the most Hot 100 top 10s among all acts: 38.

Mariah Carey ranks at No. 2, powered by her 18 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most among soloists, as well as the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 (79) among all acts.

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Madonna’s talks new album, Lisbon, kids for Vogue Italia

In her first in-depth interview in 18 months to mark her 60th birthday in a fortnight, she told Vogue Italia: “My son David, who is going to be 13 on September 24, has wanted to play soccer professionally for years.

“I’ve been desperate to get him into the best academies with the best coaches, but the level of football in America is much lower than the rest of the world.

“I saw his frustration, and I also felt it was a good time. I felt like we needed a change, and I wanted to get out of America for a minute – as you know, this is not America’s finest hour.”

“Any woman who is a soccer mom could say it kind of requires you to have no life in a way, because things change from week to week and games change from weekend to weekend – sometimes they’re in the city, sometimes they’re not, and we would never know until Thursday night whether they’re on Saturday or Sunday, if at twelve o’clock or later.

“It’s impossible to make plans, and then you feel like you’re not being fair to your other kids, or being fair to me!”

“A lot of people say to me, ‘You must really want your son to be a successful soccer player, your oldest daughter [Lourdes] to be a dancer, Rocco to be a painter.’”

“And I always say no, what I want my children to be is loving, compassionate, responsible human beings.That’s all I want.”

“I don’t care what the vehicle is, I just want them to be good human beings that treat other human beings with dignity and respect, regardless of skin colour, religion, gender.”

“This is the most important thing, you know what I mean? If they happen to be the next Picasso or Cristiano Ronaldo, then great, that’s just the cherry on the cake.”

“What’s amazing is how resilient they are and how they embraced all things, especially music, dance, soccer and sports – things that connect them to other people makes adaptation easier.

“They learned to speak Portuguese through doing all those things with people, not by sitting in a classroom and learning in a didactic way, like writing on a chalkboard.

“Instead, it’s fun, it’s interactive. Especially with Stella and Esther, who were in an orphanage for four years; they’re so happy to join in, to help out, to be part of something whether it’s a small or a large group, to be the leaders. They’re extremely resilient and full of life and joy.

“They’re very open, and because of my work and travelling around the world, the things that I do and the places I find myself in, my children are very open-minded about everything, and I’m very proud of that.”

Living in Lisbon has inspired he upcoming fourteenth LP, too.

“I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work,” she told the magazine. “How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture.”

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Madonna on the cover of Stylist Magazine

Madonna is featured on the cover the latest issue (#427, dated August 1st) of Stylist Magazine in the UK. Check out the article bellow:

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Madonna at 60: a tribute to a music, fashion and feminist icon

In December 2016, 58-year-old Madonna stood before the world accepting Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award. “Thank you,” she began. “For acknowledging my ability to continue my career, for 34 years, in the face of blatant misogyny, sexism, constant bullying and relentless abuse.”

Silence.

“When I first moved to New York I was a teenager, it was 1979 and New York was a very scary place,” she carried on. “In the first year I was held up at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat […] In the years to follow I lost almost every friend I had to Aids, or drugs, or gunshot. As you can imagine, all these unexpected events helped me not only become the daring woman that stands before you, but it also reminded me that I am vulnerable. And in life there is no real safety except self-belief.” read more →

Madonna Launches Malawi Fundraiser for 60th Birthday

“For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most”

Madonna will celebrate her upcoming 60th birthday with an online fundraiser to benefit her Raising Malawi foundation.

“I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most,” Madonna, who has adopted four children from the African nation, said in a statement.

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“Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and health care. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved.”

Madonna teamed with Facebook for the fundraiser, which launched July 30th and runs through August 31st; the singer’s 60th birthday lands on August 16th.

“100% of every contribution goes directly to Raising Malawi’s work at Home of Hope orphanage, located in a rural, high-need area of Malawi,” Facebook added. “Also, the international payment firm Ripple has announced it will be matching all donations to Madonna’s fundraiser.”

Just an hour into its launch, the Raising Malawi fundraiser had already generated $3,200 in donations toward its $60,000 goal.

Rolling Stone

Madonna on Family Life in Portugal for Vogue Italia

A fashion shoot and interview with the artist appear in the August issue of the magazine, marking her 60th birthday.

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MILAN — Madonna, soccer mom?

This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. “She doesn’t want to talk about the past,” Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.

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“It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer — it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,” Farneti said with a smile, shaking his head slightly. “She proposed the Lisbon angle and it turned out to be a very personal interview, more interesting than doing a retrospective of the artist or a story on her African projects, which have already been explored,” he explained.

Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four album covers, several tours and countless editorials.

“She is an incredibly hard worker, I have learned so much from her intensity and dedication, but I think there is a distinction between her popular image and the day-by-day, normal person,” observed Bianco. “In this shoot, you see more of her maternal side; she is fascinating with her children and friends — she is an example.”

Madonna for Vogue Italia

Madonna is living in Portugal with four of her six children: David Banda, 12; Mercy James, 12, and twins Stella and Estere, 5. “She is very happy and romantic at the moment, and you can see it in the photos, where she poses with all that she loves the most,” Bianco said.

The shoot is called “Just One Day Out of Life,” and Madonna on the two available covers and posters wears all-black Saint Laurent looks, posing at the Herdade do Perú estate, which dates back to the 18th century, and is located in the national Park of Arrábida, about 19 miles from Lisbon.

“She is a friend, but I am also a fan, and my thoughts went straight to the collectible poster,” Bianco said gleefully. On both covers, Madonna strikes graphic and bold poses, either lying on one side on the grass, or looking up at the cloudy skies.

Madonna is also photographed out on the streets in Lisbon and at her favorite Tejo bar, where she regularly goes to listen to Portuguese and African music. “She knows the musicians there, it’s like a laboratory, there’s music from Cabo Verde and she loves fado [a Lisbon-based music genre],” Bianco said. Madonna is working on her next album and it’s safe to say that this music will infuse her work, added Farneti.

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Designer brands included in the shoot range from Dsquared2, Dior, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to Fendi, Rochas, Alberta Ferretti, Miu Miu, Blumarine and Peter Dundas, among others.

This being Madonna, “she basically did her own styling,” Bianco admitted.

The interview by Xerxes Cook is accompanied by stories and anecdotes on Madonna by the likes of Alessandro Michele, Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, her go-to stylist Arianne Phillips, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name a few.

The issue hits newsstands on Aug. 3.

WWD

Mert Alas shares new Madonna Photos

Mert Alas (of Mert and Marcus) posted new, previously unreleased photos of Madonna on his Instagram.
Tt’s from the photosession for the upcoming issue of Vogue Italia.

She always gives a good face 🙅‍♀️ @madonna #mertandmarcus #lisbon

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M A D 🍑N N A #mertandmarcus my inspiration, my friend LOVE YOU 🖤 @madonna

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Girls day out ❤️❤️❤️ MADONNA and the family FOR @vogueItalia

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Mert Alas via Instagram