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Amanda Cazalet accuses Madonna of stalking

Amanda Cazalet told The Sun on Sunday how Madonna pursued her relentlessly with love letters after the singer put her tongue in model’s mouth while shooting music video

They kissed passionately for the camera in an erotic music video – then Madonna fell in love with her co-star for real.

Now supermodel Amanda Cazalet has told for the first time how the music icon became so infatuated with her that she “stalked” her for two years — and sent her a series of yearning love letters.In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday Amanda, now 53, said: “Madonna became obsessed with me. What she did would now be classed as stalking and how she treated me would now be seen as inappropriate.

Amanda Cazalet on Madonna

“At the time I wasn’t offended but, looking back, I realise I was taken advantage of by someone who, at the time, was my boss.”

Madonna, who turns 60 next month, was 32 when she spotted Amanda, 25, strutting the catwalk for fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier in Paris in 1990.

The English beauty was Gaultier’s muse, his model for all his illustrations, shows and campaigns. Her figure was even the inspiration for his torso-shaped perfume bottle.

Madonna had gone to the show to talent-spot models for her upcoming video for single Justify My Love.

Mum-of-two Amanda, who lives near St Albans, Herts, told us: “Jean-Paul and Madonna were friends so when she was looking for models she came to his show. I wasn’t a fan but I was flattered to be picked.” read more →

Madonna back in Malawi, considering soccer academy

Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted children from this southern African country.

The pop star on Monday visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. Her charity funded the facility, whose highlights include the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Malawi.

Madonna met the mother and aunt of the twins. She says they have been through a lot and it was good to “give them hope.”

The pop star is considering a new project in Malawi, thanks to adopted son David Banda.

The plan? Establish a soccer academy. David Banda says he dreams of Malawi making it to the World Cup.

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Madonna on the Cover of The New Review in the UK today!

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The Observer’s The New Review is celebrating Madonna’s 60th Birthday. She’s featured on the cover of the Magazine and there are 7 articles inside:


Nancy Whang on Madonna: ‘She set an example for a lot of women’

Thurston Moore on Madonna: ‘She had credibility, she was really ahead of the game’
Sophie on Madonna: ‘Her work is so vast – there’s a reference for any situation’
Barbara Ellen on Madonna: ‘Popular culture still reeks of her influence’
Sarah Churchwell on Madonna: ‘She remains the hero of her own story’
Matt Cain on Madonna: ‘She opened up gay culture to the mainstream’
Dancer Carlton Wilborn on Madonna: ‘Rehearsal truly was like boot camp’

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Madonna in Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ Video

Madonna’s voice, reading the made-up Bible verse from Pulp Fiction (Ezekiel 25:17), has been featured in Ariana Grande’s new video for her latest single “God Is A Woman”.

Madonna reads: “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” around 02:23 into the video.

Ariana Grande – God is a woman

and here’s the original verse:

Ezekiel 25:17 – Pulp Fiction (3/12) Movie CLIP (1994) HD

Madonna’s first hit ‘Holiday’ almost never happened

It’s hard to imagine Madonna’s namesake debut album — which came out 35 years ago, on July 27, 1983 — without “Holiday,” the classic party anthem that became her first mainstream hit and has given people all over the world cause to celebrate on the dance floor. But the song almost didn’t happen: It was a last-minute substitute for another track on her first LP.

“Madonna’s album was finished,” says “Holiday” producer and New York DJ legend John “Jellybean” Benitez, who was dating Madonna at the time and had been hired to do some remixes for her. There was just one problem: Madonna found out that a song she had recorded called “Ain’t No Big Deal” had already gone to disco act Barracuda, so the track was no longer an option. “She wasn’t so thrilled about that,” says Benitez.

With the “Madonna” LP then down to just seven songs, a replacement was urgently needed. “And I had a demo of ‘Holiday,’ so I played it for her, and she loved it,” the producer says.

Benitez, who had remixed “tons of records” but had never produced one from scratch, was given a one-week deadline by Madonna’s label, Warner Bros., in February 1983. “They said, ‘If you could have this song done by next Friday, you can make the album.’ I started on Monday and finished on Friday, and we delivered it.”

Madonna Holiday Single Cover

And deliver it did: After “Everybody” and “Burning Up” failed to make the Billboard Hot 100, “Holiday” became Madonna’s first single to hit that chart, reaching No. 16. The track also became her first No. 1 dance song (as a double-A-side single, with “Lucky Star”).

While “Holiday” jump-started one of the biggest careers in pop history, the tune was written by ex-spouses Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens-Crowder for their own group, Pure Energy. “I started out playing that chord progression as a ballad,” recalls Stevens-Crowder of the song’s keyboard inception. “But as I kept playing it over and over for a couple of days, I sped it up. And then Curtis came up with that bass line.” read more →

Madonna on Forbes’ America’s Self-Made Women 2018 list

#36 Madonna – Musician

Net Worth: $590M

The Material Girl’s Rebel Heart tour, which ended in late 2016, grossed $170 million.
Madonna continues to mint millions from clothing and perfume lines.
She’s a savvy spender, scooping up a triple-wide New York townhouse at the bottom of the market.
Her art collection reportedly includes pieces by Picasso and Dali.
With Beyonce and several others, Madonna owns a piece of streaming service Tidal, worth $600 million on paper after a 2017 investment by Sprint.

Madonna on Forbes' list

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