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Joe Mantegna says working with Madonna is like ‘working with Godzilla’
A 400-foot-tall radioactive lizard is probably not what comes to most people’s minds when thinking of Madonna. Yet Joe Mantegna, who costarred with her in the 1993 film Body of Evidence, insists that comparing the iconic musician to Godzilla is meant in the best possible way.
“It’s not because of her acting ability, and not about her personally. It’s like working with Godzilla because she was so huge in the whole world,” Mantegna explains in the latest episode of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. He adds that the two of them “got along really well,” both while working on the infamous film and, earlier, on the original Broadway production of David Mamet’s play Speed-the-Plow in 1988.
“Some of the things about Broadway, I think, confused her a bit, because it was new territory for her,” the Criminal Minds star says. “So a lot of times, she’d call me at night, after rehearsal… because sometimes the director would say things to her that she didn’t quite [understand]. And I’d tell, her, ‘Honey, relax, don’t worry about it. Just do what you do, you’ll be fine.’”
Asked if he worried that Madonna’s star power and “notoriety” would “overshadow either of the projects,” Mantegna notes, “I think producers love that, because it’s like, ‘Well, we’re selling a lot of tickets.’” (Not exactly, in the case of Body of Evidence: The critically derided film grossed just over $13 million, on a $30 million budget.)
What Madonna thinks of her 50th Dance Club Songs No. 1
Queen of Pop Madonna also continues to be the Queen of Dance Clubs, as the superstar collects her landmark 50th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart with “I Don’t Search I Find.”
“Dance is my first love,” Madonna tells Billboard in an exclusive statement, “so every time one of my songs is celebrated in the clubs and recognized on the charts it feels like home!!”
“I never take the support of my fans for granted and it’s always like the very first time.”
With the new No. 1 (on the chart dated Feb. 22, which will post to Billboard’s website on Feb. 19), Madonna becomes the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs. read more →
Madonna’s 50th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart
The Queen of Pop is the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart.
Madonna earns her record-extending, landmark 50th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, as “I Don’t Search I Find” rises 2-1 on the Feb. 22-dated survey.
The chart, and all rankings dated Feb. 22, will refresh on Billboard.com on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (a day later than usual due to the Presidents’ Day holiday in the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 17).
“Search” was remixed for clubs by, among others, Honey Dijon, Endor and DJLW.
With 50 No. 1s on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs (and which launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976), Madonna outpaces runner-up Rihanna, who has notched 33 No. 1s. Beyoncé and Janet Jackson follow with 22 and 20 leaders, respectively.
With the coronation, Madonna additionally becomes the first act to have scored at least one No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in five separate decades, having tallied nine in the 1980s, 13 in the ’90s, 18 in the 2000s, nine in the ’10s and, now, one (so far) in the ’20s.
Madonna is also the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs. read more →
Madame X Tour – BoxOffice #2
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Madonna praises Eminem on gun control with ‘The Sound of Silence’ cover
Madonna has paid tribute to Eminem‘s support for gun control during her latest London Palladium show.
The singer performed a stripped-back rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic ‘The Sound of Silence’ – the track which is sampled on Eminem’s video for ‘Darkness’, released last month (January 17), which calls for tighter US gun control measures.
Madonna spoke between lines of the song to say ‘yes, gun control,’ and ended the brief performance by saying: “And that’s what you want to hear. Not guns. The sound of silence.” Watch the clip, posted on Twitter by the artist herself, below.
— Madonna (@Madonna) February 8, 2020
The tweet was captioned “Thank you @Eminem”. In the song ‘Darkness’, from last month’s (January 17) surprise album ‘Music To Be Murdered By’, Eminem raps from the point of view of a shooter targeting concertgoers from a hotel room.
The music video visualises the scene, which is a reference to the 2017 Las Vegas shooter who killed more than 50 people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Madonna claims she was ‘censored’ after London Palladium show cut short
Madonna has claimed the London Palladium tried to “censor” her by cutting short a concert after she ran over her curfew on Wednesday.
The singer was performing her Madame X show when the lights and sound were switched off and the curtain closed as she went past her 23:00 GMT deadline.
Madonna shared a video on Instagram, which showed her trying to sing her final song in front of the curtain.
The Palladium had warned her not to break the strict curfew.
The pop superstar is in the middle of a residency at the venue.
She wrote: “It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew, we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling down the metal fire curtain that weighs nine tons.
“Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt. Many thanks to the entire audience who did not move and never left us. Power to the people!!” read more →