American Life – Happy 15th!

It’s a Celebration!

Today marks the 15th birthday of an incredible record titled ‘American Life’. This was the second album Madonna worked on with Mirwais (and who she is currently in the studio with) after the hugely succesful ‘Music’ album. To read and see all about American Life visit our American Life album promo page. We have tons of original articles scanned and photographed a ton of (rare and unique) memorabilia. There’s also the photoshoot by Craig McDean in HQ. Here are some useful links:

Also check out our American Life YouTube playlist:

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Record Store Day 2018 – get ready!

So tomorrow is the big day……for a third time in a row Madonna fans are treated to not one but two Record Store Day editions!

You Can Dance (regular, not the Venezuelan edition) will be available on red vinyl and the Japanese picture disc for ‘The First Album’ has been re-issued. Unfortunately the Benelux won’t be getting many:

  • You Can Dance – 300 x
  • The First Album (picture disc) – 500 X

Good luck to all those queuing up tomorrow! Check with your local record store to see if they participate (or visit recordstoreday.nl)

photo: BorderlineMusic

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Madonna’s Hard Candy (almost) celebrates its 10th anniversary

It has almost been exactly ten years ago that Madonna’s Hard Candy was released in stores! The official release date of the album was April 25, 2008. The world premiere of the release was in Amsterdam on April 24, 2008 in record store FAME at 21.30. The party was a huge hit and probably our most succesful release party to date. The album entered the charts at number one and brought Madonna two number one hits; Give It To Me being the absolute Summer smash of 2008 spending several weeks at the top spot.

The promotional campaign for this album was fantastic, with various Dutch teasers created and even a ‘Madonna cube’. Warner Music truly knew how to get the word out there that a new Madonna album was available and not to be missed!

To check out all the teaser video’s and Dutch interview M did, check out our YouTube playlist:

 

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Madonna An Intimate Biography of an Icon at Sixty by J. Randy Taraborrelli – pre-order link available

For more than three decades, Madonna has been generating headlines and topping charts. Now J. Randy Taraborrelli has written the definitive biography of one of the richest and most successful pop stars in the world, whose music has constantly evolved and who has remained relevant even as she hits her sixtieth year. From the driven, ambitious young woman struggling to get a break in New York to the outrageous pop diva and more spiritual mother, the changing faces of Madonna are revealed. We see her relationships with men like Basquiat, Tupac, Prince and Warren Beatty, and what happened in her marriages to Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie. We see her embracing motherhood. And we see her today with five children, still recording and touring, finding happiness with much younger boyfriends, defiantly living life on her own terms. Madonna is based on decades of research and exclusive interviews with people speaking of her publicly for the first time – including friends, business associates and even family members. J. Randy Taraborrelli has also interviewed the star herself on numerous occasions and he draws on first-hand experiences to bring Madonna to life as not merely a sensational tabloid delight, but as a flesh-and-blood woman with human foibles and weaknesses, as well as great strengths and ambitions.

Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli

Date: July  2018

ISBN: 101509842772

ISBN: 139781509842773

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The Madonna of Bolton – pre-order link available

Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called Lucky Star’… On his ninth birthday, Charlie discovers Madonna, and falls in love. His obsession sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school, fitting in at a posh university, a glamorous career in London, finding boyfriends, getting rid of boyfriends, and family heartbreak. Madonna’s music and videos inspire him, and her fierce determination to succeed gives him the confidence to do the same. Ultimately, though, he must learn to let go of his idol and find his own voice. Charlie’s story is Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love and dreamed of more… The Madonna of Bolton will make you laugh, cry and Get Into the Groove. It’s a book to Cherish and a Ray of Light, and it even has a little Hanky Panky.

Author: Matt Cain
Publisher: Cornerstone
  • English
  • 416 pages
  • 9781783526185 
  • July 2018

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Madonna’s ‘Hard Candy’ Turns 10: A Look Back at Madge’s Midlife Meditation

Hard Candy, Madonna’s 11th studio album and her final under her longtime contract with Warner Brothers, celebrates its 10th anniversary April 19. The record marks her first collaboration with several superstar producers and preceded a major change in the pop star’s personal life. To commemorate the milestone, here’s a look back at the album Rolling Stone called her “midlife meditation.”

 
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Madonna new album 2018: Star drops BIG hint on new music – collaborating with THIS star?

The iconic star is expected to launch her new era soon, and confirmed on Twitter that she is in the studio.

But it’s her mention of writer and producer Mirwais that has really got tongues wagging.

The hitmaker, real name Mirwais Ahmadzaï, is behind some of Madge’s biggest works, including material for her studio albums Music, American Life and Confessions On The Dancefloor.

Those tracks include the song Music, as well as Die Another Day, Love Profusion, American Life and Hollywood.

The Music album was nominated for three Grammys, including Record of the Year, and Die Another Day was shortlisted for Original Song at the 2003 Golden Globes.

Madonna today posted a video of her having fun in the studio, captioning it: “No This is NOT my new music… But im having fun in the studio in between takes!! #music #mirwais #magic.”

This latest update comes after she spoke in a new interview about ageism in the music industry, and the criticism she faces as her career progresses.

Speaking to The Cut, she said: “It’s an outdated, patriarchal idea that a woman has to stop being fun, curious, adventurous, beautiful, or sexy past the age of 40. It’s ridiculous.

She continued: “How do we fight this? By standing up to men and by standing up to social mores or standards that say we cannot. The more women that do it, it will just be a matter of time.”

Back in December the superstar appeared to confirm new music plans.Asked by Anderson Cooper on Live With Kelly and Ryan when she’s going back on tour, she said: “Soon.”

Amid excited babble from the hosts, she clarified: “2017 was Soccer Mom in Portugal, 2018 I’m coming back baby. And I’m coming for you!”

Madonna is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 300 million units worldwide.

More at Express.co.uk

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Madonna and Mirwais collaborating in the studio?

So Madonna just shared this little video on her Instagram, saying she’s having fun in between takes (so she’s back in the studio) and she hashtagged no one other than Mirwais! Madonna and Mirwais started following each other some time ago. Not only that but Mirwais and Madonna’s vocal producer have started to follow each other on Instagram too.

Madonna and Mirwais have created absolutely brilliant music together: Paradise (Not For Me), the ‘Music’ album, the ‘American Life’ album. They’re absolutely unique in sound and style and personally I’d say ‘never change a winning team’. Madonna recently revisited some of her American Life album tracks for her Tears of a Clown shows, making it all the more obvious how incredibly fresh they still sound today.

We keep our fingers crossed!

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Madonna Discography – various items added

The following items have been added to the discography

Enjoy all the HQ scans

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