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Rumor: Madonna to perform at the MET Gala tomorrow?

There’s a rumor going around that Madonna will perform at the MET Gala in NYC tomorrow.
The rumored track list includes classics Like A Prayer and Like A Virgin, never before performed cover and a brand new song.

Madonna at the 2017 MET Gala

Madonna’s Sex Book prints exhibited at Harvard Art Museums

Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001
May 19, 2018 – August 12, 2018, University Research Gallery, University Study Gallery, University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

This exhibition takes an unprecedented look at the productive and dynamic collaboration between photographer and printer, through the lens of the Harvard Art Museums’ Schneider/Erdman Printer’s Proof Collection, a remarkable group of nearly 450 photographs printed over three decades by Gary Schneider of the Manhattan-based studio Schneider/Erdman, Inc. The collection includes works by Richard Avedon, James Casebere, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Gilles Peress, and David Wojnarowicz, among many other artists, photojournalists, and fashion photographers who made up New York’s cultural milieu in the 1980s and ’90s. As Schneider and Erdman began to build a collection of photographs, through their practice of retaining a print from each artist with whom they collaborated, they came to realize the educational value of this unique body of work. Comprising approximately 90 printer’s proofs as well as related archival material and artist’s tools, the exhibition highlights the collection’s teaching potential by looking closely at the techniques and methods of darkroom photography. It ties the material history of darkroom photography to the historical narratives that Schneider and Erdman experienced, such as the transformation of New York’s urban landscape, the AIDS crisis and its repercussions in American culture, and September 11, 2001.

Here’s a video interview with Gary Schneider about the Sex book:

Madonna Sex Book
Madonna Sex Book

Madonna’s RSD Vinyls on US Charts

Billboard Top Album Sales

68 (-) Madonna – Madonna (3273 copies sold)
103 (-) Madonna – You Can Dance (2656 copies sold)

Billboard Vinyl Chart
#16 (-) Madonna – Madonna

Madonna’s Instagram Feed: April 2018

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Madonna’s RSD Vinyls on UK charts

Official Albums Chart Top 100
#91 (-) Madonna – Madonna (The First Album)
peak position: 6 / weeks on charts: 125

Official Albums Sales Chart Top 100
#38 (-) Madonna – Madonna (The First Album)
#43 (-) Madonna – You Can Dance

Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40
#10 (-) Madonna – Madonna (The First Album)
#13 (-) Madonna – You Can Dance

charts dates: 27 April 2018 – 03 May 2018

Official Charts

Madonna working with Joe Henry on a new album?

After hashtagging Mirwais in her posts last week, Madonna now also started following Joe Henry on Instagram. Could it be that they are also writing together?

Henry and Madonna first started working together in 1994. They recorded “Guilty by association” for charity album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.
Later they co-wrote “Don’t Tell Me” for Music (2000), “Jump” for “Confessions on a Dance Floor” (2005), “Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You” for Hard Candy (2008) and “Falling Free” for MDNA (2012).

Madonna in Don't Tell Me

Madonna loses bid to keep Tupac’s breakup letter from being auctioned off

The Material Girl will have to live without some of her most prized possessions — including a love letter from the late rapper Tupac Shakur— because the pop star waited too long to sue for their return, a Manhattan judge ruled Monday.

Madonna had just three years under New York state law to recover a trove of “highly personal items” that went missing after she moved out of her Miami home around 2004.

The pop star claimed she didn’t realize the items were gone until online auctioneer Gotta Have It! Collectibles put the love letter, a hairbrush containing her blonde locks, a pair of satin panties, and other memorabilia up for sale in July 2017.

Madonna sued the auctioneer and former art consultant Darlene Lutz over the sale. She won a temporary stay blocking the auction last summer.

But now Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits has released the items citing the short statute of limitations.

Madonna with 2 Pac

“Mere ignorance or lack of discovery of the wrong is not sufficient to toll the statute,” Lebovits writes in the ruling released Monday.

Even if Madonna had discovered her possessions missing years earlier, a 2004 settlement Lutz paid the singer over a dispute about artwork released her from “any and all” future claims, the judge found. read more →

Billboard: Revisiting Madonna’s ‘American Life’

While American Life certainly wasn’t the kiss of death for Madonna, her ninth studio album did end one of the winningest streaks in the history of pop. Although the LP—which was released 15 years ago on April 21, 2003—did debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, it became the lowest-selling studio LP of her career up to that point. And the reviews were mixed at best.

The title-track lead single was one of Madonna’s first bona-fide flops, certainly by her standards. It barely cracked the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 37. Even worse, it was the object of derision for her stiff, silly rap in the second half where she rhymes “latte” with “shoté” and “MINI Cooper” with “super-duper” and “trooper.” No one wants to hear Madonna rap about her lawyer, manager, agent, chef, nannies, assistant, driver, jet, trainer, butler, bodyguards, gardener and stylist. Not then, and not now. The failure of “American Life” made it hard for the album to recover with subsequent singles “Hollywood,” “Nothing Fails” and “Love Profusion” missing the Hot 100.

Madonna – American Life (Video)

But revisiting American Life 15 years later, it deserves more love than it has gotten — it’s perhaps the most underappreciated album of Madonna’s catalog. Listening to it now, it certainly bests Rebel Heart and MDNA, and from a lyrical standpoint, it probably beats 2008’s Hard Candy and maybe even 2005’s beloved Confessions on a Dance Floor. In fact, with its confessional tone and commentary on the American Dream in the President George W. Bush era, American Life is easily one of Madonna’s better lyrical outings. read more →