Shep Pettibone sues for ‘Vogue’ THIS IS BOGUE-US, PAY ME NOW!

The famed producer behind Madonna‘s “Vogue” says he’s getting the short end of the stick — to the tune of half a million bucks — because the record label’s out for payback.

Shep Pettibone, producer extraordinaire — who’s worked with Madge, Janet JacksonPaula Abdul and a ton of other artists — says WB Music Corp owes him a ton of back royalties for the 1990 mega hit.

It appears everything was fine up until 2012 … when Shep and WB were sued for allegedly jacking “Vogue” from someone else. In his lawsuit, Shep says they both came out victorious in that case, but the label spent a ton on lawyers — more than $700k, according to docs.

The mega producer says WB’s been withholding royalties since then to cover that massive legal bill. Translation: we forked out the dough to defend your song … now you owe us.

Shep ain’t buyin’ that theory though, and says his contract with the label doesn’t give them the right to hold back his “Vogue” dollars.

He believes he’s been screwed out of as much as $500k, and wants a judge to force WB Music to hand over the loot.

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Madonna’s unforgettable wedding weekend story

On Friday morning, actress Debi Mazar saw a familiar photo in her Instagram feed: a shot of herself and her late friend, artist Keith Haring, taken by their friend, artist Maripol. In the picture, a young Mazar peers at the camera as Haring, more clearly in focus, looks on behind her. Mazar shared the photo on her own account immediately. “I was like, ‘Aw, Keith,’ ” she told Vanity Fair on a phone call Friday. “I think of Keith all the time, because his work is so present, and being much a part of what is so present and current in today’s climate—in terms of equality, immigration, sexuality, so many things.”

As she looks more at the photo, though, Mazar said she also thinks of the weekend in 1985 that it was taken, which happened to be the weekend of her friend Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn in Los Angeles. Those few days marked Mazar’s first-ever trip to L.A.—and a memorable one, at that.

Complete story on Vanity Fair website, click HERE

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Madonna collectibles at the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht – report!

The mega record and CD fair in Utrecht is almost at the end of its first day, and what a day it has been!

The last record fair in November was already very promising (dealer from all over the world finally brought some real collectible records instead of the tons and tons of cheap looking vinyl bootlegs that have been around forever), but this fair was something else!

Not only were there TONS of rare Madonna goodies, a lot of dealers thankfully saved them for the real fans (collectors) instead of selling them to fellow dealers just so that the other party could make a profit off of them. Good going dealers!

 

 

 

 

A few definite highlights:

  • Original sales presenters for You Can Dance, Who’s That Girl and I’m Breathless
  • Rare South African CD singles and vinyl
  • Japanese promo 7″ Live To Tell on white vinyl WITH Promotional postcard inserted!
  • Japanese Like a Virgin 7″ with survey AND fabulous mini promo calendar!
  • Various rare vinyl pressings from Portugal, Spain and Italy
  • The Like a Prayer promo box set
  • Media presskits, promotional pictures, fanzines….
  • You name it, they had it!

Below in the gallery are the items purchased by our team and will also be photographed / scanned separately in HD for you to view on MadonnaUnderground. The fair is open tomorrow from 10am, the next fair is in November. Do not miss out!

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Rare Madonna Mixes 4 early LP’s added to discography

We have added a total of four different early Madonna remix LP’s to the discography under the ‘various’ tab.

First up is a rare Dutch Best of 12inch versions LP with stunning artwork, rarely seen. We have also added a rare early pressing of the well known Madonna Mix LP with alternate artwork on front and back cover. Last is the Dance Mix LP from Argentina which will be re-issued for Record Store Day 2017.

Check them all out in our Discography under ‘VARIOUS’ tab

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Mega record and CD fair Utrecht this weekend – discount code

Reminder! It’s time for the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht tomorrow! We supplied a discount code for all those wanting to buy tickets in the presale, here is your chance to use this again:

We have a discount code for all of our visitors heading to worlds’ largest record and CD fair in Utrecht on April 8 and 9.

The code is: Love3, use this and you will be charged EUR11,50 instead of EUR14. Order your tickets now through www.recordplanet.nl 

We’ll see you there!

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Madonna Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Japan only single discography online

We end the singles of ‘Like a Virgin’ in our discography with ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore‘, although only released commercially in Japan this was indeed an official single. 

Madonna later released the song in a remix version after putting it on her ballads compilation ‘Something To Remember’, she did not perform the track live until her recent Rebel Heart Tour.

To check it out, click HERE

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Madonna Throws Shade at Pepsi Following Kendall Jenner Ad Controversy

Madonna is letting everyone know that she’s aware of Pepsi‘s marketing misfire by throwing some shade at the soft-drink company, which she once had beef with in the past.

Hours after the brand pulled Kendall Jenner’s protest-themed commercial, the Material Girl, 58, shared a throwback photo of herself holding a can of Pepsi’s rival Coca-Cola. She captioned the 1999 Grammy Awards photo with a first place gold medal emoji, and offered a close-up of the red can to further emphasize her point.

 

Madonna may be on team Coca-Cola these days, but she also had her very own Pepsi commercial that caused a stir among viewers and consumers.

In January 1989, the singer inked a $5 million endorsement deal with Pepsi that led the company to release a two-minute television ad and featured her singing and dancing.

The fairly innocuous ad reached an estimated 250 million viewers in over 40 countries, but was subsequently revoked in April 1989 after it generated controversy when Madonna premiered the full-length music video for “Like a Prayer” on MTV the following day. The video’s imagery, which included burning crosses, stigmata and the seduction of a saint, drew the ire of religious groups and customers, who assumed it was part of the Pepsi ad.

At the time, the Vatican condemned the video and religious groups threatened to ban the commercial and boycott Pepsi products. Not only did Pepsi eventually pull the commercial but the company also canceled Madonna’s sponsorship contract.

Fast forward to present day, a variety of people from Lena Dunham to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter have weighed in to call Jenner’s Pepsi ad tone-deaf.

In her “Live For Now Moments Anthem” commercial, the model and Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star leaves her photo shoot behind to join a march before handing a police officer a can of Pepsi, causing her fellow protesters to erupt in cheers as he takes a drink.

Many detractors accused Pepsi of blatantly appropriating the spirit and imagery of the anti-Donald Trump resistance, Black Lives Matter and other movements in order to sell their product.

In response to the backfire, Pepsi defended the ad in a statement: “This is a global ad that reflects people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony, and we think that’s an important message to convey.”

More at PEOPLE

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Madonna’s Wildest Moments: Relive the Queen of Pop’s Shocking Statements, Provocative Performances and More!

She’s always been a Rebel Heart. Madonna has been stirring up controversy since she burst onto the pop music scene in 1982 with the release of her debut single, “Everybody.” From her shocking statements to her provocative performances, Us Weekly Video rounded up the Queen of Pop’s wildest moments, which you can relive above!

Madonna’s Craziest Controversies
In 1984, at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna, now 58, took bridal style to a whole new level when she donned a lingerie-inspired wedding dress for a racy performance of “Like a Virgin,” the iconic single from her second studio LP of the same name.

Years later, Her Madgesty’s eyebrow-raising routine still had people talking. “I figured if I was going to present myself as a virgin to anyone, it should be you,” she quipped to Johnny Carson during a 1987 appearance on The Late Show.
Madonna during the first annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1984 in New York. David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
’80s Stars: Then and Now
Madonna continued — and still continues more than three decades into her career! — to electrify audiences. As fans will recall, she caused a media firestorm when she kissed her pop descendants Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 VMAs. And, more recently, in 2015, she headlined her massively successful Rebel Heart Tour.

But the Grammy winner isn’t known just for her intoxicating stage presence. She’s also famous for speaking her mind and sometimes sharing TMI. In 2012, she shaded Lady Gaga — who has been accused of copying the “Express Yourself” singer on multiple occasions — by calling her music “reductive.” And in 2015, during a rousing game of “Never Have I Ever” with Justin Bieber on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she candidly revealed that she has indeed had sex with more than two people on the same day.

To see more of Madonna in action, watch the video above!

More at US Magazine

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Madonna’s Over And Over rare Italy only single – discography now online

Madonna’s Over And Over was an officially commercially released single in Italy, with Borderline added as the B-track. This single has been released in Italy on both 12″ black vinyl with limited poster and on 7″, don’t be confused by the bootlegs pressed in the past few years (absolute rubbish and not worth a dime).

The original single is one of the most loved collectibles for any Madonna fan, its high value, limited release and stunning picture cover make it one of the most sought after Madonna goodies on the collectors market. Madonna performed the track live only once on her Virgin Tour in 1985. The track was also added to her You Can Dance remix album.

To visit the Over and Over discography where we have collected and photographed the original vinyls, click HERE

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Madonna Dress You Up – discography now online (26 different pressings)

New in our discography is Madonna’s Dress You Up, an ultimate classic!

Dress You Up was another hit off of Madonna’s studio album ‘Like a Virgin’, a music video was created using official footage from the taping of the Virgin Tour in Detroit with an added intro of various Madonna wannabe’s going to the show.

There are a total of 26 different releases from various countries, check it out HERE

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Madonna Transmission Impossible (3CD BOX SET) new independent release

Another independent release is here, this time a 3CD set with various live tracks. Basically another re-issue of the earlier independent releaseses. This box set will be released May 5, to pre-order click

Disc 1

1/  The Girlie Show Theme 1:06
2/  Erotica 5:59
3/  Fever 4:54
4/  Vogue 5:31
5/  Rain 9:57
6/  Express Yourself 5:16
7/  Deeper And Deeper 7:26
8/  Why’s It So Hard 5:45
9/  In This Life 7:53
10/  The Beast Within 6:08
11/  Like A Virgin 6:12
12/  Bye Bye Baby 4:53
13/  I’m Going Bananas 1:43
14/  La Isla Bonita 5:43

Disc 2

1/  Open Your Heart 4:34
2/  Causing A Commotion 4:56
3/  Where’s The Party 5:23
4/  Like A Prayer 7:39
5/  Live To Tell 3:31
6/  Oh Father 2:09
7/  Papa Don’t Preach 5:37
8/  Sooner Or Later 3:28
9/  Hanky Panky 4:01
10/  Now I’m Following You 4:55
11/  Material Girl 4:28
12/  Cherish 4:48
13/  Into The Groove 5:26
14/  Holiday 6:23
15/  Keep It Together 10:11

Disc 3

1/  Like A Virgin 3:39
2/  Holiday 6:08
3/  Into The Groove 5:16
4/  Love Makes The World Go Round 6:23
5/  Causing A Commotion 5:46
6/  Express Yourself 6:03
7/  Sooner Or Later 5:33
8/  Fever 5:21
9/  Bad Girl 6:05
10/  Fever 5:12
11/  The Lady Is A Tramp (with Anthony Kiedis) 3:10
12/  Bye Bye Baby 4:13
13/  Take A Bow (with Babyface) 4:44
14/  Lucky Star 4:35
15/  La Isla Bonita 5:50

 

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Madonna’s MDNA is five years young today – read and see all about it!

Madonna’s incredible EDM album MDNA is celebrating its fifth birthday today! MDNA was an incredible time with a fabulous Superbowl halftime show, stunning music videos and a tour that took us back the Blond Ambition days due to its fantastic theatrics. 

In our MDNA Album Promo Page you can view all sorts of various memorabilia, a ton of original press articles, the electronic presskit, the official music videos, various related videos and buy the digital album!

We have added this original promotional notepad and tracklisting sheet that was given away during the official listening parties.

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Why Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ Is The Most Important Album Ever Made By A Female Artist

28 years ago this week, Madonna released what is not only her best album to date, but also what could be the most important release ever by a female artist. That’s not to say that Like a Prayer is the best album ever by a female artist, but it’s pretty close. After six years of being considered pop fluff and a disco dolly, Madonna was finally taken seriously by most music critics in 1989. Still, Like a Prayer deserved even more than bewildering critical acclaim.

If Madonna and misogyny weren’t practically synonyms, Like a Prayer would have not only won several Grammys in 1990 (it didn’t even earn any major nominations), but it would be widely praised for its songwriting and production 28 years later. If a man delivered the same type of vocals Madonna did on Like a Prayer, critics would note that his voice isn’t technically perfect, but distinct, melodic, and full of emotion. When it comes to Madonna, who certainly could never hit the notes of Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston, it’s just easier for people to say that she “can’t sing.”

For people (especially millennials) to understand how important Like a Prayer is to culture and music, they have to comprehend the repressive environment Madonna’s album arrived to in March of 1989. The late 1980s was ruled by the religious right, who believed AIDS was a curse God gave to the gay community. Women who were outspoken or wore revealing clothes were referred to as sluts, whores, bit**es, etc. Police brutality among African Americans was still widely accepted without much of a backlash. And interracial dating was still considered a taboo.

With all of this in mind, let’s analyze why Like a Prayer is such a milestone of an album.

The “Like a Prayer” Video

The “Like a Prayer” video has provocative imagery that caused the religious right to wet its pants. However, none of the imagery, which is used for pure symbolism, is blasphemous. Most importantly, “Like a Prayer” is a video that shows the viewer racism, sexism, and police brutality. It urges them to think and overcome it — this is something that wasn’t considered “cool” in 1989. The idea of a “Black Jesus” was also considered blasphemous to some, especially the religious right.

The aftermath of “Like a Prayer” was groundbreaking in that Madonna beat the religious right at their own attempted game of censorship. Their efforts caused Pepsi to drop Madonna as a spokesperson, but they completely failed at hurting Madonna’s success or censoring the video. The “Like a Prayer” single and video hit No. 1 and remain widely loved classics almost 30 years later. Madonna paved the way for other artists to not only challenge the religious right, but win.

The “Like a Prayer” Song

Even if you aren’t convinced that the “Like a Prayer” video is an artistic masterpiece, the song “Like a Prayer” has stood on its own. Not only has Rolling Stone and Billboard praised it as one of the best pop songs of all time, but the song has become a spiritual classic, even for those who aren’t fans of Madonna.

“Like a Prayer” became the highlight of Live 8 in 2005, and it was also one of the highlights of the 2010 Hope for Haiti concert. It was also prominently featured in Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show. Any live performance of the song is sure to whip the audience into a frenzy.

Express Yourself

This decade, “Express Yourself” is mostly known as the song that inspired (maybe a little too much) Lady Gaga’s self-empowerment LGBT anthem “Born This Way.” However, as Gay Times Magazine notes, “Express Yourself” has become an empowering anthem for the LGBT community as well. However, in the late 1980s, the song was mostly known as a female empowerment anthem. “Don’t go for second best baby” became a catch phrase for strong women who were sick of being treated like second class citizens from men and other women who still subscribed to the patriarchy.

AIDS Activism

The pamphlet on AIDS Madonna included with each copy of Like a Prayer alone proves that the notion of Madonna being a bad role model and having a bad influence on Generation X (especially women and teenagers) just isn’t true. Madonna educated many about AIDS and safe sex at a time when schools, the media, and religious institutions stayed away from the topic. A move like this in 1989 could have hurt a showbiz career, but Madonna survived and thrived by doing the right thing and, possibly, helping to save lives at the same time.

Pop Music Meets Art

A Rolling Stone review by J.D. Considine from April of 1989 correctly noted that Like a Prayer was “as close to art as pop music gets.” The album touched on topics such as childhood innocence, childhood loss, child abuse, spousal abuse, women’s rights, and spirituality. It mixed all of these themes together to not only make the listener think and dance, but ask questions as well — some of which were risky to ask in 1989. Like a Prayer proved that an artist can mix style and substance in order to break societal and musical barriers. 28 years later, many pop artists, including Madonna herself, are trying to hit all the correct spots Like a Prayer hit, but they just don’t have the same effect.

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