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At 56, Madonna shows why she is still ‘Her Madgesty’

December 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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The pop queen replaces Lady Gaga for Versace’s advertising campaign, just in time for her new album, too.

Poor Lady Gaga. From a general disinterest in her antics to dwindling album sales, the “Mother Monster” can’t seem to catch a break nowadays. Recently, the 28-year-old received a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (for Machete Kills).

Now comes news that Gaga has been replaced by Madonna for Versace’s advertising campaign. (Let’s not forget that Gaga’s Born This Way has been accused of copying Madonna’s classic Express Yourself.)

At the age of 56, Madonna continues to reinvent herself constantly. Versace’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign was shot to capture the pop queen’s timeless power today. Naturally, Her Madgesty is dressed in ensembles from the Italian luxury brand, showcasing her toned body in the visuals.

Speaking about her new role, Madonna said: ‘It’s always exciting to be dressed head-to-toe in Versace and experience firsthand Donatella’s vivid imagination and passion that she has created for this collection.”

This marks the fourth time she has appeared in Versace’s advertising campaigns; her first was way back in 1995.

Still a believer in Madge’s ability to shill products to the upwardly mobile set, designer Donatella enthused: “Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace. I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015.”

In an interview with the New York Times, Donatella added: “Madonna says it best herself: She is unapologetic. She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”

The same newspaper interviewed advertising consultant Lisa Mirchin, who dismissed any notion that Madonna is too old to be fronting a fashion campaign.

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“Once you hit that icon status, it’s not a matter of relevance,” Mirchin was quoted as saying. “Is Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn relevant? I think so. Madonna is ageless, and so is most fashion. Women are dressing as one age now. The range can go from 20 to whatever nature and physics will allow.”

Fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who shot Madonna’s MDNA album art, got behind the lens for this campaign. It is set to run as a 12-page portfolio in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair and Vogue, among other publications.

The renowned duo was also responsible for Madonna’s Interview magazine shoot, which caused quite a stir the past week. The mother-of-four modelled a series of cut-away outfits while reclining on a bed, and in one shot, posed topless in a cut-out corset. Some online comments insinuated that her breasts appeared too plastic.

Ever the publicity maven, Madonna is doing all this as her 13th studio album is around the corner, as evidenced by leaks of new songs Rebel Heart and Wash All Over Me. Themed the “art issue”, the publication is offering three different Madonna covers. She is interviewed by friend and illusionist David Blaine.

In the wide-ranging profile, in which Madonna jokingly called Blaine “a selfish pig”, she said the idea of “a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”

She also explained her attraction to creative people. “You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, ‘Oh, my God, that’s an amazing idea. Why didn’t I think of that?’’’

To Blaine’s query “What movie scenes do you watch over and over in your mind?”, she had a most interesting answer.

“I see Wong Kar-wai’s film In The Mood For Love. The slow-motion shot of that beautiful Chinese woman walking up and down the stairway, up and down the stairway, up and down the stairway, over and over again. Everything about that movie, I could replay in my head. The tracking shots of the camera when she’s in the room with her lover and they’re eating together – that movie is so beautiful, like a dance.”

I don’t know about you, but the notion of Madonna being obsessed by Maggie Cheung in a cheongsam makes me love her even more.

■ The columnist attended Madonna’s MDNA concert in Paris in 2012, and waited five hours for her to appear on stage. She’s a real diva, that Madge.

(@thestar.com / William K.C.Kee)

Madonna on Leaked Demos of New Album: ‘This Is Artistic Rape’

December 18, 2014 at 7:34 am

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The pop singer says the theft of her music is “terrorism”
After tracks purportedly from an unreleased thirteenth studio album leaked to the internet, Madonna took to Instagram to decry her treatment as “artistic rape.”

“These are early leaked demo’s half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved [sic]. This is a form of terrorism,” the “Like a Prayer” singer wrote in a caption on Instagram. (Update: On Wednesday afternoon, the singer deleted the post.) In another caption, Madonna wrote “Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty!”

Though the references to terrorism (at a time when the Sony hackers have explicitly threatened violent attacks on U.S. soil, no less) and rape are new for the pop star, who’s increasingly become the wrong kind of provocative, Madonna’s been critical of hackers before. When an unfinished version of the single eventually titled “Give Me All Your Luvin’” leaked months before its planned release, timed to her Super Bowl halftime performance in 2012, Madonna said, “My true fans wouldn’t do this.” And before the release of her album American Life in 2003, Madonna’s team planted a fake file on peer-to-peer sharing sites to thwart piracy; on the file, the pop singer cursed at listeners instead of serenading them.

Other stars have had success in appealing to their fans’ better natures in dealing with the inevitability of leaks. After as high-profile and guarded a release as Taylor Swift’s 1989 hit the web early (proving leaks can truly happen to anyone), Swift’s fans mocked those who listened early.

But that was a project that fans knew they’d be able to listen to soon enough. Little is known, still, about the hypothetical Madonna album, up to and including a release date. The artist’s last album, MDNA, came out in March 2012, a full four years after its predecessor, and was widely viewed as an artistic disappointment (though it led to an extremely lucrative tour). Madonna’s fan base is one of the pop world’s most vociferous — it’s unsurprising, though unfortunate, that they’d be as eager as they are to listen to new material after the singer’s recent fallow period.

(@Time.com / Daniel D’Addario)

This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demo’s half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?

December 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Madonna Dismisses New Album Leak As ‘Unfinished Demos Stolen Long Ago’

December 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Internet, you’ve screwed up a record release again.

Before Madonna had even announced the official title and release date of her upcoming 2015 album, leaked Madonna tracks allegedly comprising the entire album have hit the Internet. Shortly after Twitter exploded with the news, Madge herself took to Instagram to comment on the situation. She dismissed the leaked versions as “unfinished demos stolen long ago” and thanked fans for their “loyalty” in “not listening” to the unfinished material.

At this point, Madonna presumably wishes she lived in an exclusively material, non-digital world.

Featuring production from Diplo, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Ryan Tedder, the album is purportedly called Unapologetic Bitch (nodding to a favorite hashtag of Rihanna’s?) or Iconic.

Read full article by Billboard HERE

Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world

December 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Pray for Peace in Pakistan and the rest of the world. Pray for an end to violence against children everywhere! #livingforlove

December 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

Pray for Peace in Pakistan and the rest of the world. Pray for an end to violence against children everywhere! #livingforlove

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Age of Innocence! #unapologeticeventhen

December 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Age of Innocence! #unapologeticeventhen

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December 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

Can’t touch this! #olga #unapologeticdog

December 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

Can’t touch this! #olga #unapologeticdog

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This is a fitting photo i did not release. I do not make money from the release of any of my photos. But other people do! I am asking my true fans and supporters who respect me as an artist and a human to not get involved with the purchasing trading or posting of unreleased images or music. I hope and pray we find the source of the leaks soon. Until then i am grateful for any leads or info and even more grateful for your support and loyalty! Please let me finish my work so i can give you my very best! #respectartandtheorocess

December 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm