15 essential songs from SOPHIE, the artist and producer who changed the course of pop

Madonna, ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ ft. Nicki Minaj’ (2015) Often, there’s a misconception that music must be challenging, emotionally complex and hard-to-access in order to be worthy of greatness – a fairly boring and distinctly joyless way of measuring quality. Meanwhile, SOPHIE often played with ideas like brightness, gloss and polish – words often used as shorthand…

More ‘Holiday’ promo from 1983 (original article)

The promotion for Madonna’s third single ‘Holiday’ from her debut album continued as this article was published in R&R Magazine on September 23, 1983. They write about her music video directed by Steve Barron, which was ‘Burning Up’, however they refer to the ‘Holiday’ single. Who knows, maybe Steve Barron was planned to shoot the…

The Number Ones: Madonna’s “Open Your Heart”

People notice Madonna. This would’ve been the case whether or not she ever got famous. There are tons of stories about people meeting Madonna before she ascended to stardom, and that’s because people have always remembered her. Some people radiate self-assurance so powerfully that they change the chemistry of the air whenever they walk into…