Friday, September 19, 2014

MADONNA ON INSTAGRAM : ABOUT THE NEW 2015 CALENDAR

Poppin Bottles……See for yourself in my new calendar on madonna.com! Pre order now! #bitchimmadonna



Get ready for another surprising Madonna year with this 16-month calendar featuring stunning photographs by Tom Munro, Steven Klein and Madonna herself! 12 X 12 inches.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

STUART PRICE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT MADONNA’S ‘CONFESSIONS’




Stuart Price has an impressive resume and unprecedented aliases. He also joins the short list of regular Madonna contributors, first working with the pop icon on her Drowned World tour in 2001 and later producer her acclaimed 2005 dance record, Confessions on a Dance Floor.

Price recently spoke to THUMP’s Bruce Tantum about the experience of making the album nearly a decade ago.

Right before we made Confessions on a Dance Floor, I had made a record with a girl named Juliet [2005’s Random Order]; we had made that album over Thanksgiving in New York, when the city was completely dead, and it was just the two of us concentrating on working on it. [I went] straight from that to Madonna, and I assumed that would be a much different experience, but she completely surprised me.

The real eye-opener was about how focused she was on avoiding the kind of over-the-top, excessive, entourage-in-the-studio environment that I had expected. It was the total opposite, really. She helped to create an environment where we were like two kids working together in a studio. It was exactly the same feeling as it was when I was working with Juliet. She was really… I don’t want to say “smart,” but she was really honest about music. She’s really instinctive in understanding that dance music comes from a very minimal way of working. It doesn’t come from throwing lots of money on a lavish production.

We spent five or six weeks in my apartment; the studio used to be upstairs in the loft. I would work on a track overnight, then she would come in and we’d start messing around. She would do vocal melodies and I would come up with a few ideas, and then she’d go, “Okay, I’m gonna go home and think about it.” Then she’d come back the next day and have the hook for “Hung Up” or the chorus for “Sorry.” Then I would carry on working on more tracks to keep us going. It was more of a really fluid and almost childlike environment than anything that seemed too serious.

They always say that an album sounds like the time that you had making it. I know that with that album, it was a super-productive time, but it was also really fun and natural. And I think that comes across in the way it sounds.

It’s surprising that Madonna has such a simple work mode. I would have expected her to come in with her full entourage and play the diva, at least to some extent.

Well, don’t get me wrong—I think in a lot of parts of her life, she is

Written by: Stuart Price
thump.vice.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fantastic Madonna Outtake by Herb Ritts.




Beautiful. The two together were beyond magical.

Encyclopedia Madonnica 20th Anniversary Edition

It’s been 19 years since Matthew Rettenmund published Encyclopedia Madonnica. And now our friend Matthew wants to make a definitive update to his beloved and successful book. Clich here and help Matt!




You may know Matthew Rettenmund also for his Boy Culture… here is what he has to say…

It’s been 19 years since I published Encyclopedia Madonnica. It’s hard to believe that she was only about 12 years into her career then…just thinking about everything that’s happened since (Evita, Ray of Light, Confessions on a Dance Floor, MDNA, movies, scandals…children!), it’s crazy to think of all the stuff I’ll have to compile. But in those 19 years, I’ve never stopped observing and collecting—I have a gigantic archive, plus now I have the Internet and greater connectivity to other fans to help me out. I’m confident this unauthorized but fan-friendly book project will become a reality because Madonna is a popular and relevant as she was 20 years ago. I mean, who else can make headlines with every single bathroom selfie she Instagrams??? The book will have lots of unpublished photos and I’ll make it the fun read that fans expect. I simply can not wait to start work on it! – Matthew Rettenmund.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Madonna included in the new Guiness World Records Book as Best Selling Female Artist




Of Course!!!

MADONNA, MEET MADISON – YOUR NEW PHOTOGRAPHER




I see a lot of bad photography. The other day I spent over an hour looking through the ‘editor’s picks’ on 500px. I was not impressed. Who are these editors? I must qualify this statement however. I’m not impressed by technically perfect photographs. Images that are primarily produced in a computer are also nothing to write home about – at least not in my letters. Call me old fashioned, but I like photographs that are organically intriguing, that rely on subject matter and composition, not good lighting or fancy Photoshop skills. When I do see good photography it excites me, it inspires me and, the first time I saw Madison’s work, this is exactly what happened. I was excited. I was inspired. I wanted to be Madison.

Madison (who prefers to keep his last name a mystery, kind of like Madonna) is a Dutch photographer who was born and raised in the Netherlands. He studied graphic design at The Academy Of The Arts and Fashion and fine art photography at the Photography Academy.

Madison is currently working on a major project, Claustrum Corporis Vol. I-V. After a successful solo exhibition of the first volume, titled Simulacra, the second volume, Mortui Te Salutant, is currently in production and scheduled for mid to late 2014. That work is not shown here, but it is some seriously good stuff. You owe it to yourself to take the time to search it out and consume it. It is, in a word, pure genius – okay, two words.

When I look at Madison’s photography I think of Madonna. I think this is the guy Madonna would want photographing her, if only she knew he existed. I don’t know why I feel this, exactly, but it likely has something to do with the fact that both Madison and Madonna imbue their art with their keen intellects. They both produce art with a multiplicity of layers – with immense depth. I also think of Helmut Newton, Bruce LaBruce, Anders Petersen, and even David Lachapelle (although you won’t see any color here) when I view this work. I think of these famous photographers for different reasons, but Madison’s work has elements from all of these masters. What a feat!

Source : HuffingtonPost




Friday, September 5, 2014

We are all Madonna’s children




Gary Caruso | Friday, September 5, 2014

This is not about the lady who rigidly sits atop the Golden Dome emanating her mystical Catholic presence. It is about music from the ever chameleon-like mystical pop icon who clawed her way to stardom while influencing millions of youth along her career — and whose daughter is currently an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan. Longevity of life grants one a rather bizarre worldview of existence, because life is more than a mystery, as coined by Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Loving those moments of existence remembered at the time of penned music is why an artist like Madonna can claim each of us as her children.

Life repeats experiences with minor subtleties from one generation to the next. While growing up southwest of Pittsburgh, my mother’s “Ciccone” family would attend Italian picnics and “Pisano” gatherings in other suburbs like Clairton, Greensburg, Trafford and Aliquippa. At one outing, I recall a rowdy young girl who for the summer was visiting her grandparents (themselves most hardily socializing near the refreshments). It was a time 45 years ago just as I prepared to enter Notre Dame when I vaguely remember this 11-year-old herself was still evolving her inner-self — a being that many would religiously follow a mere dozen years later.

My Ciccone family limb is not close to Madonna’s entertainment business, but not so remote that I would annoy her to disrespectfully snap selfies. In fact, as a former Democratic White House staffer with ties to Republican staff, I arranged for the Drowned World Tour staff to visit the White House in August 2001. As is typical of her strong principled stances, my offer was ultimately declined. But it does show that life easily presented an opportunity for a new encounter three decades after our first.

During that first 1969 encounter, our chaotic nation and iconic decade finally showed its drastic decline. In 1969, like this year — actually, every year — incoming freshmen have no inkling of how their lives could ever come full circle. Like today, my freshman wardrobe back then consisted of skinny pants. Like this summer in Ferguson, Mo., racial tensions erupted the summer of 1969 in York, Penn., when a lack of political diversity in the York local government led to murder, curfews and a National Guard presence. Like courts have overwhelmingly ruled in favor of same-sex marriage this year, the Stonewall riot of 1969 shocked those who felt that society was destroying their “traditional” way of life.

My generation’s now classic music evolved through genres like Led Zeppelin’s new heavy metal sound or The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” albums. “Sesame Street” excitedly debuted in hopes that low-income children could learn through the medium of television. Ironically, “The Brady Bunch” premiered between news-breaking events like the Charles Manson mass murders and the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Politically, Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge, killing his passenger.

While our government launched four NASA Apollo missions that included two moon landings, it also prepared and conducted its first military draft in decades that targeted us freshmen. Nearly 300 students at Harvard University seized a building where 45 were injured and 184 arrested. At Notre Dame, we students staged a strike in protest of the Kent State killings. Our faculty patrolled the campus overnight to dissuade rebellious students from burning buildings. The University president at the time, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, granted us options to freeze our grades and exercise our First Amendment rights or to continue attending classes. Nationally, my fellow freshman used Woodstock as a benchmark and convergence point for free speech in support of civil rights, anti-war and women’s equality campaigns. Throughout it all, music resonated as the soul behind our ideals of civility, peace, equality and sharing.

Looking back upon the 45 years washed away from my first steps on campus, I better appreciate what made me who I am today. I am a child of the hippie culture, a charter member during the summer of love and a spectator of Woodstock — later to convert as a disciple of Madonna. Yet Madonna, like all of us, wandered within her own being as far back as her summers in Pennsylvania through her jump to the Big Apple that launched her career. Her journey molded the principles she holds and expresses to millions yearning to discover more than a momentary thrill.

Some moments are made sacred by the people and events that grace them. Today, as the Class of ’18 stumbles on its way through campus life, they may hear the songs of generations past whispering to them if they dare listen. If they dare venture, insight comes while stepping away from the crowd. Truth derives from an unconditional acceptance of others, and respect for all of mankind. In many ways, today is no different than 1969. It merely had an earthshaking woman named Madonna enter the path two steps ahead of the crowd.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MADONNA: HAS SHE TEAMED UP WITH APPLE’S SIRI FOR ‘UNAPOLOGETIC BITCH’?


Madonna fans have noticed a possible team-up with Apple.

Rumours are circulating that the singer’s alleged new single – titled either ‘Unapologetic Bitch’ or ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna’ – samples Siri’s voice. Siri is an artificial intelligence assistant found on Apple iPhone and iPad devices.



The speculation was increased further when someone noticed that saying ‘Unapologetic Bitch’ into Siri swiftly loads Madonna’s Wikipedia page, seemingly creating a link between the service and the superstar.

Searching Wikipedia online, ‘Unapologetic Bitch’ isn’t mentioned on Madonna’s main page, making the Siri search result even more curious.

What’s more, while simply typing ‘Unapologetic Bitch’ into Google or Bing does bring up results relating to Madonna, the star’s main Wikipedia page isn’t even within the first 30 search results.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Cupertino-based company has teamed up with a female superstar. iTunes exclusively launched BeyoncĂ©’s self-titled album last December, after she surprised fans with a stealth release on the store.

Meanwhile, Diplo recently spoke about working with Madonna on ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna’, saying the track is “very cool”.

Madonna has yet to confirm the release date for her 13th studio album, but has been teasing the recording process on Instagram with the hashtag #UnapologeticBitch.

We reached out to Siri for confirmation of a possible Madonna collaboration, but they declined to comment.



source: digitalspy.co.uk

Saturday, August 30, 2014

COULD MADONNA COLLABORATE FOR THE FRIDA KAHLO EXHIBIT ?




DETROIT, MI — The Detroit Institute of Arts and several Metro Detroit arts organizations will celebrate Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo next year in a series of events focused on the famed art couple’s time in Detroit.

Kahlo’s inclusion in the exhibit – she lived in Detroit while Rivera created the DIA’s “Detroit Industry” mural in its Rivera Court – could draw some star power to the celebration. Madonna, who was born in Bay City and raised in Pontiac and Rochester Hills, recently played up her connection to Detroit, is a well-known collector and passionate fan of Kahlo’s work, often speaking publicly on the painter’s impact on her life.

Madonna’s passionate support of Kahlo, combined with her Detroit ties, leads to speculation the pop star could play a role in next year’s exhibit. A DIA spokesperson acknowledged last week that Madonna is a known collector of Kahlo’s works. However, no announcement from the DIA or the singer herself has been made to include her paintings in the collection.

Several attempts by MLive.com to reach Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg, to gauge her client’s interest in selling or loaning part of her Kahlo collection to the DIA, were unsuccessful.

But Madonna has appeared to have a renewed interest in Detroit, its charities and efforts to overcome bankruptcy. Less than two month ago, she agreed to help fund three organizations in the city including a youth boxing gym.

Work displayed by Rivera and Kahlo, best known for her self-portraits, should make for one of the most popular DIA exhibits in recent memory. It be held March 15 to July 12. Kahlo is arguably the most famous woman painter of all time, and was even portrayed by Selma Hayek in the 2002 movie, “Frida.”

Madonna’s has said often publicly that Kahlo is an inspiration to her, and she reportedly wanted to play the role of Kahlo in “Frida” before Hayek received it.

She even wrote last fall in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar that Kahlo’s mustache in her self-portrait helped her tackle living in New York city.

An excerpt from the essay:

“Sometimes I would play the victim and cry in my shoe box of a bedroom with a window that faced a wall, watching the pigeons s*** on my windowsill. And I wondered if it was all worth it,” she wrote.

“But then I would pull myself together and look at a postcard of Frida Kahlo taped to my wall, and the sight of her mustache consoled me. Because she was an artist who didn’t care what people thought. I admired her.

She was daring. People gave her a hard time. Life gave her a hard time. If she could do it, then so could I.”

It’s unclear exactly how many Kahlo paintings Madonna owns, but the website FridaKahloFans.com says she owns Kahlo’s 1940 “Self Portrait with Monkey.”

The reported sale price for that painting: a cool $1 million.

Rivera lived with Kahlo in Detroit in the early 1930s and painted the two iconic Detroit Industry murals that are displayed inside the DIA’s main entrance. During that same time, Kahlo had a miscarriage at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a life event she painted in “Henry Ford Hospital.”

Rivera died Nov. 24, 1957 at the age of 70 in Mexico City; Kahlo was 47 when she died July 13, 1954 in Mexico City.

The DIA’s exhibit next spring will coincide with an opera about Kahlo’s life performed at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township March 7-8.

Subsequent performances will be held March 21-22 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield and March 28 at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

Source : MLive

Friday, August 22, 2014

More Details From Diplo On Madonna's New Album And Songs!




Billboard magazine talked with Diplo and learned 5 details about his high-power collaboration with Madonna on her upcoming album. They had three studio sessions so far, MNEK is also involved on her new album…

Diplo has joined Madonna for three studio sessions so far, and the alcohol was flowing on one night: They were in New York and London, and he’s clearly excited about how the recording went. “One [song] is super weird,” Diplo says. “Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly.”

What does Madonna drink when she gets drunk in the studio? RosĂ©. “It was nice,” says Diplo. “I don’t think she really drinks, either.”

Ariel Rechtshaid and MNEK are also involved. Rechtshaid, who has collaborated with Vampire Weekend and Sky Ferreira, and MNEK, the London songwriter who worked on Disclosure’s album, have gone into the studio to work out the verses of a song that Madonna has taken a shine to. Rechtshaid has joined Diplo and Madonna for their studio sessions.

Madonna invited Diplo to her Oscar party… but he couldn’t make it. Still, the pair began texting, and Diplo sent Madonna over some music. Madonna took the production more seriously than Diplo could have imagined. “She wrote me back like a 20-page text, notes about all these songs,” he says — and a collaboration was underway.

One of the in-the-works Madonna tracks has unwittingly evolved into a big pop record. “That song is on like version 20,” Diplo says of the as-yet-untitled track. “It went from a piano ballad to a ‘Turn Down for What’-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle.”

Diplo is the cover story of the Fall Music Preview issue of Billboard magazine. “Now the DJ is about to be everywhere, as Lorde, Madonna and Usher lean on the EDM superstar for their next hit songs,” writes Billboard on the new cover.