The year is young, but Grammy chieftain Neil Portnow’s suggestion that female artists need to “step up” will take some beating for tone-deafness. To help today’s heroines unseat the likes of Bruno Mars, he might look to the 1999 ceremony The 41st edition of the awards properly reflected the female energy coursing through late 90s mainstream music. Only…Details
So Madonna is working on something new involving a photoshoot, Steven Klein, The Fat Jewish and her usual stylists. She tagged MDNA Skin and since she’s worked with The Fat Jewish on an MDNA Skin commercial before, you might think they’re working on a new campaign. Or is she starring in a new Moschino campaign?…Details
“Traveling, traveling / In the arms of unconsciousness,” Madonna cooed on the Björk-assisted single “Bedtime Story,” released in 1995. Overexposed and castigated after the ruckus surrounding “Erotica” and the carnal coffee-table book Sex, she’d forged a reverie about disconnecting from reality. “Today is the last day that I’m using words / They’ve gone out, lost their meaning.” But by 1998, Madonna had…Details
“And I feel like I just got home.” So goes the lyric in the title track from “Ray of Light”, Madonna’s seventh studio album released on Feb. 22, 1998. The album remains one of Madge’s most successful and critically-acclaimed: a celebration of spirituality, self-reflection infused with electronica and the dance floor beats. So, to celebrate…Details
Twenty years ago, Madonna released her seventh studio album, Ray of Light. The album would win three Grammys, sell 16 million copies, expose a growing spiritual side to the pop queen, and endear her even more to her legion of gay fans. Produced by British musician William Orbit, Ray of Light contained songs more opaque and electronica-infused than previous…Details
Madonna’s collaborators on ‘Ray of Light’ delve into the making of the star’s pivotal 1998 LP. Photofest Twenty years ago, Madonna was at a crossroads. After launching her Maverick entertainment company in 1992 with her widely but not wisely panned Eroticaalbum and Sex book, the star entered a period of relative caution. The exuberant queerness of those works gave way to muted…Details
This is the artwork to Matt Cain’s upcoming book ‘The Madonna of Bolton’, the book will be published July 12th!
This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1995, Madonna Began Her Longest No. 1 Hot 100 Run With ‘Take a Bow’
Feb. 25, 1995
What’s Madonna‘s longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1? It’s not any of her signature ’80s songs like “Like a Virgin” or “Material Girl” (the latter of which peaked at No. 2). Nope, it’s ballad “Take a Bow,” which, on this date, began its seven-week command.
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Lucy O’Brien posits that, in the tradition of the 1970s-style concept album, Ray Of Light is Madonna’s Dark Side Of The Moon In February 1998 Madonna’s new album was literally a ray of light in stodgy UK charts made moribund by the Britpop comedown (Oasis’ Be Here Now, Stereophonics et al), and industry hits like the Titanic soundtrack.…Details