Madonna, like a sexagenarian

People say I’m controversial,” Madonna, who turned 60 on August 16, told an audience of music-industry peers in 2016. “But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.” Sexism was the demon that haunted Madonna’s early career, but for two decades—maybe longer—it’s had an equally unwelcome sibling: ageism.

Madonna was a pioneer of welding her voice to her image, and in a culture consumed with critiquing how women look, and controlling how they use their bodies, she’s been on the front lines—a seductress and a battering ram. But as she’s continued to be a force while she deigns to grow older, she’s faced a new frontier of abuse. There has never been a pop star writing and performing at her level, and demanding a seat at the table, at her age. Why wouldn’t Madonna demand it?

One of the great conundrums of the Internet era is pop culture’s short memory; the receipts are right there to be found, yet few bother to do the looking. But yes, in a career spanning four decades, Madonna made real cultural change, and caused a few cultural crises, over and over again. For all the criticism she’s weathered during four decades in the spotlight, she deserves a birthday celebration.

—Caryn Ganz


If Madonna has been perpetually unapologetic (see: “Human Nature,” “Unapologetic Bitch”), it is partly because she ignited so much controversy at the beginning of her career by barely striking a match. Basically, she wore a wedding dress, while singing about the joys of sex, on a song called “Like a Virgin.” Also: She rolled around in the wedding dress while performing that song live on MTV. And the wedding dress wasn’t really your typical wedding dress, but a lace corset cinched by a belt that said “Boy Toy” on the buckle. And underneath she wore a white garter belt that was seen by a hefty percentage of America.

— Jacob Bernstein

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MadonnaUnderground ‘In The Media’ – section completely updated

So it took a lot of work but we finally completed it.

Since the start of our website we have had the ‘In the Media’ section up, including the times we have been in the media whether it was in a magazine, newspaper, tv or certain events. However we never fully updated it, so we basically left it to linger. Since there was a lot of media going on surrounding Madonna’s birthday, we felt it really needed a make-over.

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The Courage To Be Madonna: Five Leadership Lessons

It’s been said that the most important ingredient of a great leader is courage because everything else flows from that.

A grand case in point is Madonna and the courage it took to build herself into a “one-of-a-kind” legendary entertainment leader. (Forbes reports her 2018 net worth at $590 million.) She recently turned 60 on August 16.

While her style is admittedly edgy and, and not for everyone, her courage to be herself and blaze her own trail is undeniable.

Consider these “Madonna” leadership lessons:

Be Responsible

Madonna lost her mother to breast cancer when she was 4. Wikipedia quotes her as saying: “The anguish of losing my mom left me with a certain kind of loneliness and an incredible longing for something. If I hadn’t had that emptiness, I wouldn’t have been so driven. Her death had a lot to do with me saying—after I got over my heartache—I’m going to be really strong if I can’t have my mother. I’m going to take care of myself.”

Madonna showed early signs of self-discipline. She was a straight-A student and a member of her high school’s cheerleading squad. After graduating, she received a dance scholarship to the University Of Michigan School Of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Be Brave

In 1978, Madonna dropped out of college and relocated to New York City. “When I came to New York, it was the first time I’d ever taken a plane, it was the first time I’d ever gotten in a taxi cab, it was the first time for everything. And I came here not knowing anyone with thirty-five dollars in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I’ve ever done. ….. I can’t believe how frightened I was when I look back at it, but I was.”

Bootstrap Your Startup

Using other people’s equipment, from midnight to eight in the morning, Madonna and her crew completed her first demo tape.

But she was very strategic about sharing it.

First she built rapport and earned the respect of a former talent scout for Island Records, Disc Jockey Mark Kamins. “I hung out for about a month at Danceteria before I got enough courage to tell him I had a tape for him to listen to.  I didn’t want to sound like another girl with another tape.” It worked. Kamins used his connections to help Madonna win her first record contract. “I planned the whole thing,” she said.

Use Naysayers For Motivation

Naysayers and detractors were rocket fuel for Madonna.

In her riveting acceptance speech for Billboard’s Woman of The Year Award Madonna opened up about the hardest personal challenges of her career. “To the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not ,” she said, “Your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today.”

Give A Voice To Others

In the same speech, Madonna reminded the audience about what life was like when she first moved to New York City. She said, “People were dying of AIDS everywhere. It wasn’t safe to be gay, it wasn’t cool to be associated with the gay community.”

Madonna has bravely challenged sexism and homophobia, using her fame and power to champion for gay rights and promote equality. She’s been there and knows of what she speaks.

In the spirit of giving voice to others, Madonna has embraced newcomers to the stage. When Britney Spears and Lady Gaga became stars, she appeared on stage with them at awards shows and on Saturday Night Live, thrilling her fans and introducing her to a younger audiences who can also appreciate her role in music history.

Things To Ponder

—It takes courage not to comply with the expectations and rules others have for us.

Consider a time you had to truly stand your ground.  Were the consequences what you expected?  Would you change anything?

 Legendary leaders move away from the pack and aren’t afraid to take some arrows in the back for doing so.

Think of other leaders you admire. What penance have they paid for their actions? Do you think it’s worth it?

—As you rise, put a hand out for others and help them. Chances are you’ll find it very fulfilling and it makes for good Karma.


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ASOS DESIGN Madonna (Blond Ambition style) oversized t-shirt


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Giving you the confidence to express your individuality, ASOS DESIGN takes major trends, adding the freshest ASOS spin. All the gear you need – including in our fit ranges Plus and Tall and our ASOS DESIGNMakeup collection – to create your coolest look, then switch it up again tomorrow. Make every day, night and everything in-between as extraordinary as you are.


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John Duff channels Britney, Madonna, Beyonce, Xtina and Mariah in the “Girly” music video! – press release

John Duff Releases Femme-Powering Anthem and Music Video for “Girly”
Video Pays Homage to Pop Icons Including Mariah Carey, Madonna, 
Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera 
Features RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstars Bianca Del Rio, Willam and Mariah Balenciaga

Singer, songwriter, and director John Duff has released his first pop creation with the song and music video“Girly.” The song celebrates femininity and fluidity in a fabulous and direct way, riding on a giant 808 bass line and a carefree R&B vibe reminiscent of the late 90s. “It’s about freedom. It’s about expression. It’s about equality. Above all, it’s f*cking fierce,” Duff said. Watch the “Girly” music video HERE

Duff confidently embraces his femininity on the mid-tempo-dance track’s adjoining video – paying meticulous homage to pop queens including Madonna (“Hung Up”), Mariah Carey (“Heartbeaker”), Britney Spears (“Stronger”), Beyoncé (“Crazy in Love”) and Christina Aguilera (“Come on Over”). As the kids say, “it’s iconic.” The music video also features drag superstars Bianca Del RioWillam and Mariah Balenciaga

Duff’s song rejects toxic masculinity, promoting honest and genuine self expression. “You could have your pump on – two plates. Or get your pumps on – first date. No one cares just pump the bass, full speed ahead don’t pump the breaks.”

Duff adds, “’Girly’ is a very literal song. I wrote it upon hearing critique that my ideas weren’t going to work because of their feminine nature, I was told that I would do better in the industry by playing up my masculinity. I found these words to be insulting to my creative mind and to femininity in general. Being girly, or being a girl for that matter, is nothing to be ashamed of. The video was created from those same frustrations. While paying homage to some of my greatest female influences, I wanted to highlight the sexualization of female performers and how absurd it looks to simply replace the ingenue with a hairy man.”

Watch the “Girly” music video HERE
Stream “Girly on Spotify HERE
Buy “Girly” on iTunes HERE
John Duff is a singer, songwriter, director, actor, dancer, choreographer, personality and social media influencer. Upon receiving a BFA in musical theatre, John moved to New York City to begin a successful career in commercial, film, and theatre acting. He has worked regionally, internationally and Off-Broadway originating roles in two successful musicals. After making his professional directorial debut with National Lampoon, John moved to Los Angeles with his sights set on international gay pop stardom. He is the sole writer and creative director of all of his endeavors. With love, humor and a little sex appeal, his only intention is to bring joy to all and make music the world will love. 
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Madonna Official 2019 Calendar pre-order link available

Madonna Official 2019 Calendar – Square Wall Calendar Format.

A cultural icon so recognized that she only needs one name, Madonna has evolved from the princess of ’80s pop to an international superstar known for not only music, but also fashion, acting, and her counterculture persona.

Now fans of the material girl can enjoy her throughout the year with this official 2019 calendar, with spectacular full artwork throughout.

Don’t hesitate to order your Madonna Official 2019 Calendar today with same day dispatch on order placed before 2pm (Monday – Friday)*. Also, receive FREE UK standard Delivery and Worldwide delivery also available.

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Release Date: 05/10/2018
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Sticky & Sweet Tour premiered in Cardiff 10 years ago today!

Ten years ago today Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet Tour in Cardiff.

The tour which was quite a departure from the theatrical shows we’d gotten to used to (and adored), became her most succesful tour to date (with the 2009 leg included). Sticky & Sweet is probably Madonna’s most energetic show to date, focusing on dancing instead of story-telling. 

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Camila Cabello Dedicates Her Video of the Year Award to Madonna

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I Met Madonna When I Was 23 — & We’ve Been Together Ever Since

When he was young, Andy Lecompte never dreamed that he’d work with the one of the greatest artists of his time. But on a chance trip to New York City 15 years ago, the 23-year-old caught Madonna’s attention and immediately became the man behind her Vogue covers, Met Gala appearances, and everything in between. On the eve of her 60th birthday, he shares what it’s really like to work with his idol, how it changed the course of his life, and the lengths they go to for great hair. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

I watched Truth or Dare when I was ten years old, and I saw Madonna celebrating the gay dancers. They were just equals to her and, at the time, I was sort of an outcast. I had been bullied as a child, but I didn’t let anyone know that because it was shameful — you don’t want your parents to know that you’re being teased for being gay or that nobody likes you in school because you’re different.
But I liked how she celebrated these gay guys in the movie, and I didn’t know that I was gay or what it was. Around that same time, I started working at my sister’s hair salon, and that was the place that I felt safe and secure. The clients loved and adored me, and I could just be myself. I started styling my sister’s clients and that’s where I developed my passion for hair. I said, “This is what I want to do.”
Lucky Star
I did Madonna’s manager’s assistant’s hair since she was in college. Then I met her manager, and I started doing her hair. The manager recommended me to Madonna’s assistant, and I started doing all their hair. In 2003, I was flown to New York, where Madonna was promoting The English Roses, her children’s book series. I thought, I get to do Madonna’s hair; this is cool… this will just be one gig.
Madonna was starting her book tour and winding down on her promo for [her album] American Life, and they wanted her hair to look very natural. She really liked the way I did her hair because I’m good at waves and curls; that’s the phase that she was in and she liked how I was able to give her a very natural texture.
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