How Madonna popularised the remix album

We dive into the story of Madonna’s first remix album You Can Dance, which inspired generations of pop artists to rework their bops for club dance floors

Named after the iconic line from undisputed classic “Into the Groove,” 1987’s seven-track collection You Can Dance may be considered one of the more inessential parts of Madonna’s 40-year discography.

But in a curious way, it’s up there with the likes of Like A Prayer and Ray of Light as her most groundbreaking.

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‘You’re welcome’: Madonna marks 30th anniversary of iconic ‘Sex’ book

Madonna has reflected on the “narrow-minded” criticism – including from Australian media – she faced after releasing her iconic book Sex 30 years ago.

Back in 1992, the singer released the explicit 128-page coffee table book shortly after her fifth studio album Erotica.

The book – which came sealed in condom wrapper-like foil – contains an array of nude photos of the singer simulating sex acts and BDSM scenes with various models, including stars like Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rossellini and Vanilla Ice.

Sex sold more than 150,000 copies in one day in the US. It would go on to sell millions of copies worldwide. It remains the fastest-selling coffee table book of all time, and each copy is still a highly sought after collector’s item.

Read full article at Q News

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Issued in 1992, Erotica, the lead song from Madonna’s album of the same name, faced a barrage of controversy not entirely of its own making…

If ever there was an example of events overtaking a song, then Erotica – the title track of Madonna’s fifth studio album – is it. No one was expecting the release of her then new album, issued in October 1992, to be a quiet affair, but the explosion of controversy around the “Queen Of Pop”’s simultaneously published Sex book threatened to flatten everything in its path.

Read full article at Dig!

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Erotica, Madonna’s Most Important Album, Turns 30

t isn’t until the third to last track of Erotica that Madonna explicitly invokes the AIDS crisis, still-cresting in the U.S. at the time of the album’s release in October of 1992. But if there’s a song even more representative of the career-defining transgression that is Erotica—in retrospect, Madonna’s most important album—it may well be her mercilessly stern cover of Little Wille John’s jazz standard “Fever,” which was popularized by Peggy Lee in 1958.

Madonna’s version kicks the 75-minute, magnum-sized Erotica into something resembling high gear, dovetailing with the prowling opening title track. Gone are the spare upright bass licks of Lee’s rendition, to say nothing of the singer’s sultrily behind-the-beat delivery. In their place are producer Shep Pettibone’s unyielding house kicks, a swirling dervish of synthesizer swaths, and Madonna’s near-totally inflexible take on the song’s hooks. “What a lovely way to burn”? Forget it. The emphasis here is on the far more ominous “Everybody’s got the fever.”

Read full article at Slant Magazine

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Bad Girl / Fever digital single out October 20

Bad Girl / Fever digital single will be released at midnight (October 20), the full tracklisting is as follows

01 Bad Girl (edit)
02 Bad Girl (Extended Mix)
03 Fever (Album Edit)
04 Fever (Edit One)
05 Fever (Extended 12″ Mix)
06 Fever (Hot Sweat 12″ Mix)
07 Fever (Murk Boys Deep South Mix)
08 Fever (Murk Boys Miami Mix)
09 Fever (Murk Boys Miami Dub)
10 Fever (Radio Edit/Remix)
11 Fever (Shep’s Remedy Dub)
12 Fever (Oscar G’s Dope Mix)

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Madonna and Steven Klein Talk Mysticism, Horses, and Hot Sex

The heel of a patent leather stiletto pierces an apple. A model in nylons and a neat red bob, surrounded by hooks heavy with raw meat, shivers in a warehouse. Steven Klein (Phaidon), the photographer’s first monograph, drips with his signature juxtapositions: sexuality and danger amid the bourgeois and industrial. Klein is an image maker in every sense of the term, especially when the sense is celebrity: Who else could have created the instantly iconic images of Brad Pitt’s bare Fight Club–era buttocks, Lady Gaga in a red latex nun habit, Kim Kardashian wearing nothing but a Prada bag?

One of Klein’s most fruitful collaborations has been with the queen of iconography herself: Madonna. “It is rare to meet another human who is tuned in to your frequency,” she tells VF of their partnership. “That is why our collaborations are often disturbing but always epic.” Their first project, the 2003 exhibition X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS, put a bizarro twist on her modern dance background; since then the pair has created magazine editorials, ad campaigns, and a series of films, including for her Re-Invention and Confessions world tours. “Twenty years later we’ve managed to do so many projects together,” Klein says. “We start out with the core idea and then we execute it in a big way.”

Read full article at Vanity Fair

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« In France with Madonna » (on France 5 TV channel) Tonight!

On Monday at 9 p.m., we’ll be showing you the never-before-seen documentary “In France with Madonna” in which you’ll discover that France is at the heart of the world-famous star’s life ⭐️
(Thx Elise from France5)
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October 1982: Madonna Debuts with EVERYBODY

October 6, 1982, is a monumental date not just in Madonna’s history, but in the history of pop music at large. That’s the day an aspiring pop singer out of Michigan released her very first single on Sire Records: a peppy dance track entitled “Everybody.”

Madonna relocated to New York City in the late 1970s after two years spent studying dance at the University of Michigan: “New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms,” Madonna revealed to Harper’s Bazaar in 2013. “The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. (Assaulted) on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.”

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