Citi continues gender equality push with Madonna partnership

The financial services giant is collaborating with Live Nation and Maverick on its 25th Citi Sound Vault show.

To celebrate its 25th Citi Sound Vault show – and as part of its efforts to advance gender equality in the music industry – Citi has partnered with Live Nation and Maverick on a special two-part event with Madonna.

“With Citi having taken a stand to bolster the representation of women as part of our brand campaigns and entertainment platform, we couldn’t think of a more fitting artist with whom to celebrate our 25th Citi Sound Vault show than Madonna,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, global consumer CMO at Citi.

Breithaupt added: “As one of the most powerful brands in the world, Madonna has long advocated for gender equality and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring our card members this incredibly special experience.”

Citi is a leader behind the Association of National Advertisers’ groundbreaking #SeeHerHearHer initiative, which aims to increase gender diversity and inclusion in music.

The 25th Citi Sound Vault shows with Madonna on September 18th at?Brooklyn Academy of Music at the Howard Gilman Opera House?in New York and Tuesday December 10th at The Met in Philadelphia will be accessible exclusively to Citi card members.

The Citi Sound Vault program launched in 2017 with Live Nation as a way to provide Citi card members with premium access to intimate performances by big stars in well-known venues. So far, the platform has been popular among customers and has garnered about 2 billion media impressions. Other artists who have held shows as part of Citi Sound Vault include Eminem, P!NK, Katy Perry, Childish Gambino, Luke Bryan, Metallica, Sting, Muse, Chris Stapleton and The Chainsmokers.

“For the past 10 years we have worked closely with Citi to co-create personalized experiences for their card members by leveraging the amazing power of live music,” said Darin Wolf, executive VP at Live Nation. “Adding Madonna to an impressive roster of artists who have participated in the Citi Sound Vault series further underscores Citi’s positioning as the leader in driving modern loyalty by leaning into culture to provide exclusive experiences.”

And this isn’t the end of Citi’s gender diversity and inclusion push.

Going forward, Breithaupt said the company will remain “committed to continuing to highlight female artists through this platform, as well as our broader marketing efforts, and help drive more visibility and progress for women in the industry.”

Source: campaign

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Madonna to Perform 2 Citi Sound Vault Shows in Brooklyn & Philadelphia

In the midst of her wildly popular Madame X tour, Madonna is giving fans more opportunities to see her live. The icon announced on Monday (Aug. 12) that she will be performing two intimate shows as part of Citi Sound Vault.

She will be heading to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Sept. 18, where she will also be playing from Sept. 12 to Oct. 7. Additionally, she will take over the Met in Philadelphia on Dec. 7, where she will continue to play through Dec. 11.

Citi cardmembers will be able to purchase tickets on Tuesday (Aug. 13) at 10 a.m. EST here.


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Madonna will be performing two #CitiSoundVault shows


Global superstar Madonna will be performing two intimate shows exclusively for Citi cardmembers on Wednesday, September 18th at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, NY and Tuesday, December 10th at The Met Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA as part of the highly coveted Citi Sound Vault series. Limited Availability.

The PreSale starts today @ 10:00 am EDT


(Onsale to General Public / StartsFri, Aug 30 @ 10:00 am EDT)
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Madame X promo posters giveaway on August 16 at Pink Point Amsterdam!

To celebrate Madonna’s upcoming birthday and reflect on everything she has done for the LGBTQ community we are giving away quite a few Madame X posters!

Graciously made available by Universal Music NL, we have two (unused) variations of the Madame X promo poster up for grabs. Also thanks to UMusic U.K. we have a ton of CD sized promo flats available.

Want a free poster and are you near Amsterdam? We’ll be handing these out on a first come first serve basis at Pink Point Amsterdam’s LGTBQ+ info kiosk (for the past 21 years) at the Westermarkt in Amsterdam on Madonna’s birthday August 16.

We’ll be posting reminders up until August 16.

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Madonna Birthday Dance Party at the Black Cat in Washington DC

Madonna (Photo by Tom Munro; courtesy Liz Rosenberg Media)

It’s all Madonna, all night  for the Madonna Birthday Dance Party at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) Friday, Aug. 16 from 9 p.m.-midnight. The original pop diva turns 61 and the Black Cat is celebrating with an all night dance party. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Everyone is invited to dance and reminisce to hits, misses, remixes and hot collaborations. Happy hour is from 9-10:30 p.m. when attendees can “Get into the Groove” with chill tracks and deep cuts. 

Tickets start at $10 and are available at

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Madonna’s stylist on her iconic bridal-dress-inspired VMA performance: ‘I did create a legend’

Thirty-five years ago, a rising pop singer named Madonna Louise Ciccone opened the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Older generations may vividly recall the exact moment when they first saw Elvis twitch his pelvis on TV or when the Beatles first performed on Ed Sullivan, but for children of the ’80s, Madonna’s racy, underwear-flashing, floor-rolling “Like a Virgin” performance was their defining televised music moment. No one had ever seen anything like it at the time — and Madonna’s stylist Maripol, who was responsible for the star’s Like a Virgin-era peekaboo bridal gown look, was there to see it in person.

Read full article (with video) at Yahoo

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Madonna’s ‘GHV2’ discography added – 42 different pressings!

Next up in the discography was Madonna’s second greatest hits album: GHV2

Originally titled ‘The Second Coming’ was quite a departure from Madonna’s first greatest hits collection ‘The Immaculate Collection’ released in 1991. The songs were not included in chronological order, various edits were used and quite a few songs were ‘missing’. Also the fact that there were no new songs let to disappointment among fans. Warner Music launched quite a big promotional campaign and the compilation still sold well, though it can in no way compare to the success of The Immaculate Collection.

In the discography we have collected 42 different pressings (CD, cassette, vinyl and VHS)

Check it all out HERE

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Almodovar Star Threatened Madonna With Cutthroat Gesture

Spanish actress who appeared in several Pedro Almodovar films has revealed that she once threatened “rude” Madonna and flirted with Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson.

Loles Leon, 69, was appearing on the Spanish version of ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ alongside British-Spanish actress Belinda Washington and TV presenter Irma Soriano, among others.

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Loles Leon during the program where she revealed her confrontation with Madonna

The actress, who appeared in the Pedro Almodovar movies ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ (1988) and ‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’ (1990), spoke about the time she met Madonna at a star-studded party.

She said: “The party was organised by Pedro (Almodovar) while Madonna was in Spain on tour.”

Leon said that this was around the time that Madonna was “flirting with Antonio Banderas”, who starred in many of Almodovar’s early films.

She said that the Spanish director asked her to perform a song and “while I was singing, Madonna started to talk loudly to somebody behind her.

Leon said to Madonna in English: “You, Madonna, look at me because I am here singing. If you don’t look…”

During the ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ conversation, Leon stood up and performed the ‘cutthroat gesture’ that she claimed she showed to Madonna.

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Loles Leon

Leon continued: “Madonna said that ‘all Spanish women have razors in their knickers’ and I said [in Spanish] ‘yes, when people behave as rudely as you’.

“I asked for it to be translated and she did not move a muscle afterwards.”


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Madonna Crazy Dave Grohl & Eddie Vedder Claim Revealed

Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin was recently interviewed on 5 Questions With Tommy Black, and he revealed that Madonna showed up at a Pearl Jam concert featuring Eddie Vedder at the height of his fame that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was also at along with a legendary Grunge band. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments.

“I remember it was a pretty full room, I was there with Guy [Ritchie] and Madonna had come in. It was a pretty crazy night there.” Martin and Black then discussed how the Madonna meeting went further. Scott Weiland was also involved in the Pearl Jam show that Madonna was at.

Black:  On the Guy [Ritchie]/Madonna thing, now you were signed to Maverick which was Madonna’s label. Tell me a little bit about that?

Martin: Well for us there were the first label to come to the table.

*Martin catches himself*

Martin: Well that’s not true, we had been invited by EMI-SPK and I think their biggest band at the time was Pulp, that’s when Fred Davis was running SPK. They invited us down and we played the Club Lingerie in October of 1992 and I was told he’d see us play by his attorney. Fred Davis didn’t show up but Guy [Richie] did and said I want you to meet Freddy and Abby? [second name I can’t hear] Two days later they set up a meeting with us at the old Hollywood Regency which is now an apartment building on Hollywood Boulevard just west of Fairfax and that was the beginning of it for us. We signed a contract that December, started the record in the spring and it came out the twentieth of June of 1993 and the rest is history.

We really didn’t get to know or meet Madonna until 1994. Like I said, she came to the Viper Room gig and the Whiskey Room gig that we played but we didn’t spend time with her. It wasn’t until New York with Rush, Madison Square Garden in April of 1994 that we actually got to sit down and have dinner with her – but, amazing label dude.  We were the first band and we had been approached in Los Angeles once everybody had found out we were signing with Maverick – Geffen called, Capitol, Island, etc.

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Irish designer is hand-in-glove with Madonna

Madonna wears gloves by Irish designer Paula Rowan.

Madonna wears gloves by Irish designer Paula Rowan.

Hands up to Madonna

“Your heart fits me like a glove” goes a line from a song called True Blue in Madonna’s latest video, Madame X, that launched last April on MTV. The gloves in question which she wears so dramatically are from Paula Rowan – three styles called the Monserrat, Barbara and Lola Mongolian feature in the video. The singer also wore the Hayley cuff on the Graham Norton show and on the Jimmy Fallon show in New York and most recently called in a long pair for Pride NY.

“Seeing my gloves on Madonna has been one of a series of special moments this year” says the designer, adding that Kendall Jenner was photographed wearing her gloves in Vogue and there was other international coverage in both Italian and US Vogue, Marie Claire, Vogue Homme and AnOther.

The Hayley cuff in lambskin leather with frill detail costs €150 and the red leather Monserrat, a 16-button glove is €310, available in her Dublin store in the Westbury Centre as well as Corso Como in Milan and New York and Lianne Tio Luxury in Rotterdam.

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These are Madonna’s 8 most queer-positive anthems


It’s been a huge year for Madonna.

Not only did the Queen of Pop score her ninth number one album, but she headlined WorldPride in New York City.

Throughout her forty-year career, the tireless ally has made it a point to celebrate and uplift the community through her work and her outspoken activism. From groundbreaking Truth or Daredocumentary to her makeout VMA moment with Britney (and Xtina) to her New Year’s performance at the legendary Stonewall Inn, Madonna’s track record for standing with the community is unmatched.

To honor Madame X’s new album and contribution to the biggest pride season ever, we’ve narrowed down her eight queerest songs.

The task was no easy achievement, but rather than focusing on her biggest club hits (sorry “Like A Prayer”), this list pays homage to tracks with significant LGBTQ backstories.

1. “Express Yourself” (Like a Prayer, 1989)

Self-empowerment anthems have always been a staple of any proper soundtrack to the community, and Madonna’s mega-hit feminist manifesto is no different. It even

2. “Vogue” (I’m Breathless, 1990)

It’s hard to imagine a world where one of Madonna’s most massive hits was originally considered a b-side, but the global smash (it reached number one in over 30 countries) was haphazardly tacked on to the Dick Tracy soundtrack. The song was inspired by the Harlem queer house ball community and choreographers Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza. The track is credited with reviving the disco genre a decade after its commercial death and pushing house music into the mainstream.

3. “In This Life” (Erotica, 1992)

Towards the very end of the otherwise seductive Erotica album, Madonna made room for a moment of introspection. Following the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Madonna dedicated this track to a victim of the crisis, Christopher Flynn – a close friend who took her to her first gay club in Detroit. “For the first time I saw men kissing men, girls dressed like boys, boys wearing hot pants, insane, incredible dancing and a kind of freedom and joy and happiness that I had never seen before,” she said at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards. “I finally felt like I was not alone, that it was OK to be different and to not be like everybody else. And that after all, I was not a freak. I felt at home, and it gave me hope.”

4. “Human Nature” (Bedtime Stories, 1994)

After negative publicity following the release of her Sex coffee table book and her sex-positive album Erotica, Ms. Ciccone sent a clear message to critics who felt she had gone too far. The track, which features the lyrics “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself” on loop, combined with a S&M-inspired music video was a damning declaration: “I’m not sorry, it’s human nature.”

5. “I’d Rather Be Your Lover” (Bedtime Stories, 1994)

Throughout her career, Madge has collaborated with several queer artists; in fact, several tracks on Madame X were co-written by Brittany Hazzard (also known as Starrah), a red-hot lesbian hitmaker for the likes of DrakeRihannaNicki Minaj. In 1994, Madonna enlisted Meshell Ndegeocello to play bass on “I’d Rather Be Your Lover,” but the indie darling’s contribution to the track ended up bigger: producers decided to remove a rap from Tupac Shakur after criminal charges were filed against him and Ndegeocello spit a verse instead.

6. “Forbidden Love” (Confessions On The Dancefloor, 2005)

A bootleg remix of this euphoric track circulated on the Internet, changing pronouns to make the song’s lyrical message – about a taboo affair – take on a queerer meaning.

7. “Unapologetic Bitch” (Rebel Heart, 2015)

During each stop of her massive Rebel Heart tour, Madonna brought out a lucky fan to assist with the reggae-tinged track’s performance. At the end of the track, she gifted the guest performer – which included famous friends like Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Anderson Cooper, with a banana. In fact, during the tour’s opener in Montreal, she turned the song’s producer, superstar DJ Diplo, around and simulated insertion of the phallic fruit, quipping, “There’s so many things you can do with a banana.”

8. “I Rise” and “God Control” (Madame X, 2019)

Madonna has described this “I Rise” as a “way of giving voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind.” The track features a clip of a speech from bisexual gun control advocate Emma González. The music video for the song’s sister track, “God Control,” pays homage to the Pulse nightclub massacre and features cameos from queer stars Monét X Change and Gigi Gorgeous.

Related: These 20 albums were essential in shaping LGBTQ culture

More at Queerty

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Madonna & Swae Lee’s “Crave” Gets An MNEK Remix

Just when you thought Madonna had pressed pause on the Madame X promo to prepare for her upcoming tour, the Queen of Pop rolls out a random (but very welcome) “Crave” remix. If any track from the living legend’s 14th album is going to cut through ageist bullshit and take off on radio, it’s this. The Swae Lee-assisted bop is easily the most accessible track on Madonna’s genre-shifting opus and it has already found a little love at Adult Contemporary radio. (Not an easy feat for a sexy hip-hop/pop hybrid).

Madonna will now vie for the attention of clubbers with a dance-pop overhaul courtesy of MNEK. Of course, the Language hitmaker has previously worked with M on Rebel Heart. (He co-wrote “Hold Tight” and can be heard singing backing vocals on “Living For Love”). The Brit leaves “Crave” largely intact, but raises the BPM and trims down the verses. At this point, it looks like Madonna is promoting every song on the album with at least a music video, so it will be interesting to see what tidbit arrives next. Listen to MNEK’s “Crave” remix below.


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4 decades on top!

The only female artist of all time to have 1 hit (at least) in 4 successive decades that exceeds 100 million views on YouTube:
80’s: Isla Bonita
90’s: Vogue (since today)
2000: Hung Up
2010: Bitch I’m Madonna

(Thx Yannick P.)

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