Madonna Named Top Female Artist Of Past 60 Years

Madonna has cemented her position as the Queen of Pop after she was named the all-time top female artist in the 60-year history of America’s Billboard Hot 100.

Madonna has racked up 57 entries and 12 number ones on the pop chart, while she also holds the record for the most top 10 mentions among all acts with 38.

Interestingly, the Billboard countdown was first published on 4 August, 1958 – just 12 days before Madonna was born. She will celebrate her 60th birthday on 16 August (18).

She tops Mariah Carey, who takes second place among the top-performing female solo artists with 18 Hot 100 chart-toppers – the most for any solo act – while she also boasts the most cumulative weeks in first place of any act with 79.

Rounding out the top five are Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Rihanna, who made her chart debut in 2005 and already has the third-best track record when it comes to Hot 100 number ones with 14.

Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, pop rivals Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, and Diana Ross complete the top 10.

The list of the all-time top female artists on the Hot 100 emerges shortly after Sir Elton John was named the most successful male solo act with nine number ones, 27 top 10s, and a total of 67 entries, according to Billboard.

He beat Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder to pole position, while Michael Jackson, and Paul McCartney also scored spots in the top five, with Usher, Prince, Rod Stewart, Drake, and Marvin Gaye making up the rest of the top 10.

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Cardi B, Madonna and Diana Ross could headline Glastonbury 2019

Madonna, Cardi B and Diana Ross have been asked to perform at Glastonbury next year. Festival organisers are keen to address the gender ‘imbalance’ of artists on the bill at the main Pyramid Stage when the iconic event returns next summer, and they are targeting a huge list of big stars that they are keen to get involved. According to the Daily Star newspaper, joining the Beautiful Stranger hitmaker, the Bodak Yellow singer and the legendary former Supremes star on the wish list are the likes of Ellie Goulding, Mary J. Blige, Patti Smith, Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware and Jorja Smith, as well as female-fronted bands like Blondie and Wolf Alice. Organiser Emily Eavis recently MusicWeek: ‘Every booking Glastonbury make is conscious, we’re trying to address the imbalance. ‘We’ve got a way to go, there are areas of the festival that have 50/50 (gender representation) like The Park last year. ‘But The Pyramid obviously isn’t and we’re working on it.’ Chain Reaction singer Diana, 74, is being eyed for the Legend slot, a Sunday afternoon set that has previously featured veteran stars including Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Dame Shirley Bassey. Bee Gees star Barry Gibb, and Neil Diamond. Emily has teased: ‘It’s a female. She is not British but I can’t give you any more clues.’ Organisers are also looking to sign up a global pop star such as Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus or Rihanna, following the success of Katy Perry’s 2017 slot. Kylie Minogue is also hoping to be asked to perform, after previously pulling out of a planned headline slot due to her breast cancer diagnosis in 2005. She said: ‘It would be amazing and very emotional to be standing there and doing what I didn’t get to do all those years ago.’

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Breaking: Madonna Confirms Her Upcoming Album Will Be Released in 2018 (according to VOGUE ITALIA article)

In the brand-new cover story for Vogue Italia — titled “Just one day out of life,” naturally — it’s confirmed that Madonna, the Queen of Pop, will be releasing new music before the end of 2018. We don’t know much about this new Madonna album, though we do know it was inspired and is an ‘answer’ to the time she’s recently spent in Portugal.

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Madonna, who turns 60 years old on Aug. 16, tells Vogue Italia, “Let’s clarify one thing, this interview for Vogue Italia — including the images that accompany it — is about my life in Lisbon, about the year in which I lived there. So it does not make much sense to talk about anything else, right?” (Note that it’s likely that quote went from English into Italian, then back into English.)

She reportedly spent a year in Portugal with four of her six children, and this new Madonna album is inspired by “the landscapes and sounds of Lisbon,” one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

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The Vogue Italia August 2018 issue in which release of the new Madonna album is announced

As Vogue Italia says of the new Madonna album, “new musical pieces were born, which will be collected in an album that will be released by the end of the year.”

We also know that for this 14th studio album, which will see release 36 years after her debut single “Everybody” back in 1982, she’s rumored to be working with producer Mirwais, who also worked on her Musicand American Life albums. Based on what Madonna herself has said on Instagram, she’s no longer interested in on-cohesive albums with multiple producers.

In February, after Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary posted an old MTV News clip and proclaimed her 1998 album Ray of Light as “one of the greatest albums of all time” (also the first record he worked on with her), she fired back in the Insta comments, “Remember when I made records with other artists from beginning to end and I was allowed to be a visionary and not have to go to songwriting camps where no one can sit still for more than 15 minutes…”

We can only guess this as-yet-untitled new Madonna album features one producer from beginning to end — or at least very few producers — and that Mirwais is one of the bigger names involved.

The August 2018 cover story contains photos taken by Mert & Marcus, with an interview by Xerxes Cook. Vogue Italia says it “wanted to celebrate the most successful musician of all time.”

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(All quotes are translated from the Italian.)

Back in June Hornet spoke with legendary dance music DJ Junior Vasquez, who discussed whether he felt he and Madonna could truly patch up their relationship to make music magic one more time.

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Vincent Paterson autobiography “Icons & Instincts” available to order – various chapters on Madonna

Vincent Paterson’s autobiography called “Icons & Instincts” is coming out in French on September 5th. The autobiography contains several chapters about his collaborations with Madonna including the Blond Ambition Tour, music videos, EVITA and more. 

To purchase the book on French Amazon click HERE

Unfortunately there is no English version available yet. Mr. Paterson encourages Madonna fans to contact Hachette Livre and ask for an English version of the book. These are the two people you can address your request to:

Flavie Gaidon–(actual publisher)…
Boris Gilbert—

Madonna has approved all of the stories in this book!

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Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi.

The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to raise money for the singer’s campaign.

The proceeds will benefit her Raising Malawi foundation, and global payments company Ripple said it would match all of the donations.

Madonna will turn 60 on Aug. 16.

Madonna, who adopted four children from Malawi, founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s orphans and vulnerable children. She launched a children’s wing at a hospital in Malawi last year.

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EXCLUSIVE: Madonna on Family Life in Portugal for Vogue Italia

Madonna photographed for the August issue of Vogue Italia

MILAN — Madonna, soccer mom?

This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. “She doesn’t want to talk about the past,” Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.

Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four CD covers, several tours and countless editorials.

“She is in an incredibly hard worker, I have learned so much from her intensity and dedication, but I think there is a distinction between her popular image and the day-by-day, normal person,” observed Bianco. “In this shoot, you see more of her maternal side, she is fascinating with her children and friends – she is an example.”

Madonna is living in Portugal with four of her six children: David Banda, 12; Mercy James, 12, and the twins Stella and Estere, 5. “She is very happy and romantic at the moment, and you can see it in the photos, where she poses with all that she loves the most,” said Bianco.

The shoot is called “Just one Day out of Life,” and Madonna on the two available covers and posters wears all-black Saint Laurent looks, posing at the Herdade do Peru estate, which dates back to the 18th century, and is located in the national Park of Arrábida, about 19 miles from Lisbon.

“She is a friend but I am also a fan, and my thoughts went straight to the collectible poster,” said Bianco gleefully. On both covers, Madonna strikes graphic and bold poses, either lying on one side on the grass, or looking up at the cloudy skies.


Madonna on one of the two covers of Vogue Italia  Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Madonna is also photographed out on the streets in Lisbon and at her favorite Tejo bar, where she regularly goes to listen to Portuguese and African music. “She knows the musicians there, it’s like a laboratory, there’s music from Cabo Verde and she loves fado [a Lisbon-based music genre],” said Bianco. Madonna is working on her next album and it’s safe to say that this music will infuse her work, added Farneti.

Designer brands included in the shoot range from Dsquared2, Dior, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to Fendi, Rochas, Alberta Ferretti, Miu Miu, Blumarine and Peter Dundas, among others.

This being Madonna, “she basically did her own styling,” Bianco admitted.

The interview by Xerxes Cook is accompanied by stories and anecdotes on Madonna by the likes of Alessandro Michele, Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, her go-to stylist Arianne Phillips, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name a few.

The issue hits newsstands on August 3.

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REMINDER Celebrating Madonna 60 dance event Paradiso Amsterdam this Friday! – exclusive discount code (limited supply)

Here is your chance to buy a ticket to the Madonna dance event not to be missed in legendary venue Paradiso Amsterdam this Friday August 3.

When you buy your ticket to Strike a Pose Celebrating Madonna 60, MadonnaUnderground visitors get an exclusive discount code. There is only a limited supply so act fast!

Buy your ticket HERE, use code Underground3818 (vouchercode) for a 2.50 EUR discount!

She is one of the most influential and successful pop artists ever and in August she turns 60: Madonna. Therefore a big smashing danceparty at Paradiso, playing all her hits from almost 4 decades: from Holiday to Give me all your luvin’. And don’t you think there’s a better time to do that than at The Amsterdam Pride weekend?. Afterall, the Queen of Pop is a gay icon. Five hours of just Madonna might be a bit too much though. That’s why we also spin many hits from other queens: from Whitney to Beyoncé. Strike a Pose!

Ultimate Madonna dancehit

Together with you, Danserette is lookingfor the most ultimate Madonna dance hit from her almost 40-year career. Will it be Holiday, Express Yourself, Jump or maybe Vogue. Choose it now from the list of 20 Madonna dance hits we prepared for you.

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Madonna Chooses Family Over Tour to Celebrate 60th Birthday!

She’s set to celebrate her 60th birthday after dominating the music industry for nearly four decades. 

And Madonna has reportedly ruled out plans for a tour as she prepares to mark her special day with a lavish bash in Portugal with her family, according to The Mirror.

Sources told the publication that the Queen of Pop, 59, is ‘enjoying having time off and winding down’ as she focuses on her children.

Insisting that the musician – who wrapped up her Rebel Heart Tour in 2016 – is not retiring, the insider added: ‘She is revelling in a slower pace of life and focusing on her children. That’s more important to her right now.’

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Atlanta Now Casting: Dance in a Promo Video for a Madonna Tribute Show

Let your body move to the music as a dancer in an upcoming Madonna tribute promo.

“MX2.0: The Madonna Experience,” a stage production involving modern and freestyle dancing and singing, as part of a tribute to Madonna, is currently seeking dancers for an upcoming promotional video.

Male talent, aged 18–46, is wanted to be backup dancer-singers in the production.

Rehearsals for the promo will begin on dates TBD in Atlanta, Georgia. Talent will be paid $50, with meals provided.

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Madonna in Malawi to Advocate for Youth Education and Healthcare – press release

LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madonna is currently visiting Malawi, where she has worked since 2006 with her charitable organization, Raising Malawi. The musician and philanthropist is marking the first anniversary of the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, an ambitious project undertaken by Raising Malawi to improve specialized paediatric healthcare in Malawi.  Located on the campus of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) – the largest referral hospital in the country – the Mercy James Centre includes Malawi’s first paediatric intensive care unit, three operating theatres dedicated to surgery in children, a day clinic, and 50-bed ward.

“Malawi is a second home for me and my family, and every time we come here is a homecoming.  It’s a thrill to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Mercy James Centre, its talented staff, and the committed partners who have worked with Raising Malawi to make this effort a success,” said Madonna. “Our achievements this past year have exceeded our expectations, and we will continue with our mission to better serve the children of this country.”

Raising Malawi funded the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care (MJC) to provide Malawi’s youth with the best medical care possible. Since opening July 11, 2018, the talented staff of Mercy James Centre have:

  • Performed 1,690 paediatric surgeries – more than double the annual average before the Mercy James Centre
  • Admitted nearly 300 patients into the paediatric ICU
  • Seen 2,300 patients in the outpatient clinic
  • Admitted nearly 1,500 patients into the ward             

The MJC is setting a new standard of paediatric surgical and intensive care in the region. Highlights from year one include Malawi’s first successful operation of conjoined twins. A team of 20+ doctors, nurses and anesthesia staff, led by long-time Raising Malawi partner Dr. Eric Borgstein, successfully separated two baby boys. The effort was a testament to spirit of collaboration and excellence that is imbedded in the culture of Mercy James Centre.

“We are able to tackle cases that we never could have done in the past. Because of the Mercy James Centre, we are saving more children’s lives, particularly those with complex medical issues. The support of Madonna and Raising Malawi has transformed paediatric surgical and intensive care in Malawi,” said Dr. Borgstein.

In addition to increasing paediatric surgical capacity, the Mercy James Centre is growing into its role as a training center of excellence. It houses the sole paediatric surgery training program in Malawi, supported by Raising Malawi. Partners like Physicians for Peace and Oslo University Hospital drive bedside education in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), the first PICU in Malawi.

Madonna is also a global leader in promoting education for the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2012, she launched a partnership between her foundation, Raising Malawi, and the global nonprofit buildOn. Today, Madonna has served nearly 10,000 Malawian students – fulfilling her commitment to making learning and school accessible to Malawian youth. During her latest trip, Madonna traveled to Northeast Kasungu Province to officially open four primary schools constructed with buildOn – in total Raising Malawi has built 14 schools in rural Malawi. As a part of the partnership, Raising Malawi and buildOn have educated community members about the importance of girls’ education, and as result, all schools have gender-parity (equal numbers of girls and boys enrolled).

Madonna concluded the trip with a meeting with His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika, who appointed her Malawi’s Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare in 2014.

About Raising Malawi
Madonna founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s orphans and vulnerable children. Raising Malawi partners with local organizations to provide Malawian children and their caregivers with critical resources including education and medical care.

About buildOn
At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 864 schools worldwide, with more than 110,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit buildOn has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

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‘Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour’ On Showtime Affirms Madonna’s Place As America’s Aphrodite

Oh Madonna Louise Ciccone, daughter of the Midwest, graduate of the Lower East Side, now living in…who knows…Paris? London? Abu Dhabi? Silverlake? It matters not, she is our American Aphrodite, embodying our many sexual contradictions, our sanctimonious morality and our most depraved fantasies, our love of religious iconography and hardcore pornography. If she doesn’t command the glare of the spotlight as she once did, if the national temperature now favors intolerance and anger over freedom and joy, she still reigns over this land where women become superstars by sharing nude photos of themselves on social media and we debate whether or not the President of The United States likes to watch prostitutes urinate on each other.

Now almost 40 years into her career, having buried most of her competition and watched usurpers struggle and falter, Madge could spend the rest of her life selling out arenas performing nothing but her ‘80s hits if she were so inclined. Like Elvis Presley, people are drawn to her divine star power like mosquitoes to a bug zapper. That she still puts great effort into creating new music and imagining how to present it on tour speaks to her artistry and work ethic. The 2017 concert film, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, shows the Material Girl hasn’t lost any steps now that she’s more a grande dame and is currently available for streaming on Showtime.

Filmed on the tour for the 2015 album of the same name, we see a video pre-roll where Madonna says, “Medieval warrior bitch goddess…that’s what I’m going for.” Sure enough, the stage if filled with dancers screaming their heads off and bearing feudal arms. Madonna’s version of feminism isn’t something you study in the classroom of a liberal arts college, but rather, she presents a confrontational sexuality, the right to be as sexy and as powerful as she wants to be, wherever and however she wants; if that gets complicated, then so be it.  “I have tits and ass,” the video continues, as she writhes against a chain-link fence, “but I still want to start a revolution.” As if to capture her contradictory impulses, to titillate and liberate, she is then introduced via video by convicted rapist Mike Tyson before descending from a spear-laden elevator in a massive red kimono to perform “Iconic,” Rebel Heart’s lead single.

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Singing about abortion. Writhing on a cross. Publishing her sexual fantasies. Even those cone bras. Madonna seems to have done so much in her life that it’s hard to grasp that she’s a real person, instead of the lofty icon her name suggests.

As the singer turns 60, the desire to take stock of her enormous cultural impact seems Herculean. That’s because her body of work is so vast, spanning four decades and countless changes in sound, style and creative direction.

Yet despite her chameleon instincts, she’s always remained resolutely herself—a willfully provocative presence in an industry which can so easily smother its stars into blandness. As Madonna herself said: “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”

Her unapologetic, in-control attitude has been a source of inspiration for women and LGBTQ fans, who watched her carve her own space out in popular culture, and play with gender conventions in a way that was both witty and provocative.

Her influence is still felt in contemporary pop culture: Think Beyonce’s highly-controlled personas, Miley Cyrus’s sexual shock tactics, Cardi B’s uncensored New York brashness.

This toughness has allowed her to continue through moments which might have wiped out lesser popstars. She’s certainly had a few missteps, such as her disastrous starring role in the 2002 rom-com Swept Away and some dodgy forays into culture-as-costume.

But her refusal to either slow down or tone down, even in the face of sneers that she’s too old to be leaping around in revealing outfits, proves she’s still taking on taboos—this time, it’s the assumption that women should fade into the background as they age.

We’ve charted Madonna’s career, picking out the moments she truly defined the zeitgeist. From pissing off the Pope to kissing Britney, these are the Queen of Pop’s most groundbreaking moments.

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