‘Madonna was my hardest client EVER’ admits The Extraordinary Collector’s Gordon Watson

GORDON WATSON’S rise to riches is the extraordinary tale of a young boy from suburban Manchester growing up to become the A-Lister’s go-to-man for the most exquisite items in the world.

However, it will come as no surprise that the reigning queen of pop Madonna is naturally the “hardest” customer out there.

From Sir Mick Jagger to Tom Cruise and Rod Stewart, Gordon’s seen a whole host of legends walk through the doors of his Chelsea store.

“I’ve had them all,” he said during an interview with Express.co.uk. “Freddie Mercury, Barbara Streisand and the gang.”

But stars drive a tough bargain, and Madonna is the toughest of them all.

Speaking of his celebrity clients, he said: “It’s harder because they’re so aware of not being ripped off; they bargain harder; their demands are more, so it’s not as easy as dealing with somebody off the street. Madonna is the hardest bargainer I’ve ever crossed.”

He added: “She knows the game and she plays it a bit too hard. There would be times when I’d say, ‘I can’t sell it for that. I have to make money dear, like you do too – I need profit!’ They’re quite canny.”

But Gordon is steadily becoming a star in his own right. After four series of Channel 4’s hit Four Rooms, the dealer has now landed his very own show on BBC Two entitled The Extraordinary Collector, and after viewing, the name doesn’t even do him justice.

The series follows the 59-year-old as he travels overseas to locate stunning pieces for his ever-expanding wealthy clientele. So far audiences have seen him pluck out a delicate lamp made from dandelions for Lord Rothschild and soon he’ll be delighting Duran Duran fans with a guided tour of John Taylor’s Grade II listed Wiltshire home.

To read the full article visit Express.co.uk

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Debut single from Niki Haris and Donna De Lory – buy on iTunes now

Announcing the debut double track single from Niki Haris and Donna De Lory – a cover of Madonna’s “Rain,” available digitally today, May 13th. After much encouragement from their fans, Niki and Donna have come together to start a new musical journey, beginning with this song which holds a very special place in their hearts from their time working with Madonna.

Niki and Donna are launching a crowdfunding campaign through PledgeMusic, to bring their dream of an EP to reality. The campaign is filled with fantastic and exclusive ways for their fans to join them on the adventure.To find out more about the campaign go to: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/niki-and-donna

Fore more:

iTunes: https://bit.ly/NikiandDonnaRainiTunes

Amazon: https://bit.ly/NikiandDonnaRainAmazon

YouTube: https://bit.ly/NikiandDonnaEPK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NikiandDonna/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikianddonna/


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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ Returns After 28 Years

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

— Madonna, Like a Virgin – No. 124 — Madonna’s classic album, Like a Virgin, returns to the chart “for the very first time” since 1987. Like Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor, Like a Virgin was also sale priced for just 99 cents during the tracking week in the Google Play store. Consumers snapped up the set, yielding 5,000 in digital sales (up 1,028 percent – a gain from less than 1,000 sold the previous week) of its total 6,000 sales for the week (up 888 percent). Its 6,000 units total (nearly all from pure album sales) were up 835 percent. Thanks to Google, Like a Virgin scores its best sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, and its first week on the Billboard 200 chart since Sept. 19, 1987. The effort was Madonna’s second studio album, and first No. 1, spending three weeks atop the chart in 1985.

Complete article HERE

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Buy tickets for the Strike a Pose Premiere in EYE on 23 May

On May 23, Strike a Pose will premiere in the Dutch EYE.
There will be 2 screenings for which you can buy tickets.

The 18.45 screening (admission € 15,-; Cineville: € 5,-) includes a Q&A with the film makers and dancers in the auditorium. Buy tickets for the 18.45 screening here.

The 21.00 screening (admission € 30,-; Cineville pass not valid) includes a Q&A with the film makers and dancers after the screening in the EYE Arena and party in the neighbouring A’DAM Toren.  Buy tickets for the 21.00 screening here.

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Madonna to Honor Prince at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

The Queen of Pop will pay homage to another member of music royalty, Prince, at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Organizers today announcedMadonna’s participation in what promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s BBMAs. The legendary pop singer will pay tribute to her good friend and fellow artist, who unexpectedly passed away April 21 at the age of 57. Details on her tribute to the late music great remain a closely-guarded secret.

Britney Spears to Perform Hits Medley at Billboard Music Awards

There’s no mystery surrounding the lineup of performers on the night. The likes ofJustin BieberCeline DionDNCEFifth HarmonyThe Go-Go’sDemi LovatoShawn MendesPinkBritney Spears and Troye Sivan will take the stage, and a collaboration is confirmed with Nick Jonas and Tove Lo. Celine Dion will be on hand to receive the ICON Award.

Billboard Music Awards 2016: See the Finalists

The Weeknd is shaping to have a big BBMAs weekend. The Canadian hitmaker is a finalist 19 times in 16 categories.

This year’s ceremony will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 22 from TMobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’ll be hosted by BBMA vet Ludacris and first-time hostCiara and produced by dick clark productions.

More at Billboard

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APNewsBreak: Madonna to Honor Prince at Billboard Awards

The Material Girl will pay tribute to The Purple One with a live performance at the Billboard Music Awards this month.

Billboard and dick clark productions told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Madonna will honor Prince at the May 22 show. Specific details about the performance weren’t revealed.

Prince was found dead on April 21 in his suburban Minneapolis home at age 57.

The Billboard Awards will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ludacris and Ciara will host the show, which will include performances by Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, the Go-Go’s, Celine Dion and Pink.

Nominees for top artist include Adele, Bieber, Drake, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd.

Prince performed at the 2013 Billboard Awards, where he received the icon award.




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Exclusive showing of ‘TRUTH OR DARE’ & ‘Strike A pose’ in KRITERION Amsterdam (English info) May 27 (Q&A with directors)




In honour of the release of Cinemien’s ‘Strike a Pose’ showing from May 25, there will be a grand celebration in KRITERION. Madonna: Truth or Dare will be shown twice on the large screen, directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan will make an appearance for a special Q&A and we end the celebration that night with a surprise act.





Esther Gould and Reijer Zwaan 

Directors Esther Gould and Reijer Zwaan will make an appearance after the showing on May 27 (exact timeframe to be determined, keep an eye on www.kriterion.nl) to speak about Strike a pose. This will be done in part through a Q&A, but are also open to answer questions from the audience.


Showing Madonna: Truth or Dare  




After the movies end there is a chance for you to gather around, have a drink and show off your own VOGUE moves. In our cafe there will be a party where the Amsterdam based DJ’s Vlugge Japie and GVR will spin 90’s house music from Detroit and New York. There will also be a surprise act, but we’ll keep that one a secret for now…..until then get in the mood with our playlist on Spotify:




Website-item premiere night https://www.kriterion.nl/filmevenement/premiereevenement-strike-a-pose  

Facebook-event premièrenight: https://www.facebook.com/events/267818963565888/  

Spotify-playlist premiere night: https://bit.ly/StrikeAPose-Spotify  

Website Cinemien: https://www.cinemien.nl/ 


Timeframes and more 

Strike a Pose  to be determined, www.kriterion.nl regular fee, free for Cineville members


Reserve your ticket from May 24
Truth or Dare Friday 27 May, 19:30| Sunday 29 May, 21:45 €8,-, free for Cineville members


Reserve your ticket now
Party  Free entry
Friday May 27 00:00–03:00


For more info visit: https://www.kriterion.nl/over-kriterion/kassa-informatie  




Reserving tickets for Strike a Pose is possible from 24 May, reserve your tickets for both showings of Truth or Dare now.


Reserve your tickets at the KRITERION by phone only during work hours 020 623 17 08. You need to pick up your tickets on the day of the showing at least 30 minutes before the film starts.

It’s free seating so it’s not possible to reserve particular seats in the theater.


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STRIKE A POSE & Exclusive showing of ‘TRUTH OR DARE’ in KRITERION Amsterdam (Dutch press release)


Ter ere van de première van Cinemien’s ‘Strike a Pose’ die vanaf 25 mei in Kriterion regulier te zien zal zijn, zal de release groots worden aangepakt. Zo zal Madonna: Truth or Dare twee maal worden vertoond op het grote doek, zullen regisseurs Ester Gould en Reijer Zwaan speciaal langskomen voor een Q&A en zal er na afloop een feestje zijn met surprise-act.

Strike a Pose (vanaf donderdag 26 mei in Kriterion)

In 1990 worden zeven jonge dansers – zes homo, één hetero – door Madonna gecast voor haar spraakmakende Blond Ambition Tour. Hun reis wordt vastgelegd in een van de meest succesvolle documentaires ooit: Truth or Dare – In Bed with Madonna (1991). Al gauw groeien Madonna’s trotse dansers uit tot iconen van seksuele vrijheid. Wild, onbezonnen en amper twintig, laten ze de wereld zien wat het betekent om jezelf te durven zijn. Als zelfverklaarde moeder van haar dansers gebruikt Madonna de film om haar boodschap over homorechten en de strijd tegen aids te verkondigen. Nu, 25 jaar later, nemen de dansers ons mee terug achter de schermen en onthullen ze de werkelijkheid over hun levens tijdens en na de tour. Strike a Pose is een aangrijpende film over het overwinnen van schaamte en het gevecht dat nodig is om te zijn wie je bent. https://www.kriterion.nl/films/strike-a-pose




Esther Gould en Reijer Zwaan 

Regisseurs Esther Gould en Reijer Zwaan zullen na afloop van de vertoning op vrijdag 27 mei op het avondslot (exacte tijd nader te bepalen, houdt www.kriterion.nl in de gaten) naar Kriterion komen om te vertellen over Strike a Pose. Dit zal deels gebeuren aan de hand van een Q&A maar uiteraard zijn de twee Nederlandse regisseurs ook bereid om vragen uit het publiek te beantwoorden.

Vertoning Madonna: Truth or Dare  

Madonna: Truth or Dare is een Amerikaanse documentaire uit 1991 over Madonna en haar wereldtournee Blond Ambition Tour die ze maakte in 1990. De film toont ook af en toe concertfragmenten. Deze film onthult haar ware schoonheid, zowel tijdens haar optreden als daarbuiten een moederfiguur voor haar dansers die zij als haar familie beschouwt, sexgodin voor haar miljoenen fans, zakenvrouw, zangeres, danseres… de grootste ster uit de muziekwereld. Laat je door haar meevoeren en gun jezelf een intieme blik achter de schermen van haar Blond Ambition Tour. In Noord-Amerika staat deze film beter bekend als In Bed With Madonna. Van haar hotelkamer tot haar kleedkamer, van haar stageshow tot haar boudoir, hier is Madonna extravagant, uitgelaten, ongeremd. Kijk hoe het is… In Bed With Madonna. https://www.kriterion.nl/films/madonna-truth-or-dare


Na afloop van de films is er de gelegenheid om onder het genot van een drankje en muziek na te praten of je eigen vogue-choreografie te laten zien. Er zal in ons café een feestje zijn waar Amsterdamse DJ’s Vlugge Japie en GVR jaren ’90 house uit New York en Detroit zullen draaien. Ook zal er en surprise-act komen, maar daarover verklappen we nog even niks… Tot die tijd kan je in de stemming komen met onze playlist op Spotify:



Website-item premièreavond: https://www.kriterion.nl/filmevenement/premiereevenement-strike-a-pose  

Facebook-evenement premièreavond: https://www.facebook.com/events/267818963565888/  

Spotify-playlist premièreavond: https://bit.ly/StrikeAPose-Spotify  

Website Cinemien: https://www.cinemien.nl/  


Tijden en prijzen 

Strike a Pose  Exacte tijden nader bekend te maken,www.kriterion.nlReguliere prijzen, gratis voorCinevillepashouders


Reserveren mogelijk vanaf dinsdag 24 mei
TruthorDare Vrijdag 27 mei, 19:30| Zondag 29 mei, 21:45€8,-, gratis voorCinevillepashouders


Reserveren reeds mogelijk 
Feestje  Gratis toegang 
  Vrijdag27 mei, 00:00–03:00


Voor meer algemene informatie over ticketprijzen en openingstijden: https://www.kriterion.nl/over-kriterion/kassa-informatie   



Reserveren voor Strike a Pose is mogelijk vanaf dinsdag 24 mei, reserveren voor beide vertoningen van Truth or Dare is reeds mogelijk.

Reserveren is bij Filmtheater Kriterion enkel telefonisch mogelijk. Er kan gebeld worden naar 020 623 17 08 (tijdens openingstijden) om tickets te reserveren op voor- en achternaam voor een vertoning. Let hierbij wel op dat men ruim op tijd de tickets op dient te halen bij onze kassa, de reserveringen vervallen exact 30 minuten voor aanvang van de vertoning en hier kunnen geen uitzonderingen worden gemaakt, ook niet als het druk is bij de bioscoopkassa.

Ook kunnen fysieke tickets al van tevoren gekocht worden bij onze biscoopkassa die elke dag geopend is vanaf een half uur voor de eerste voorstelling tot vijf minuten na het begin van de laatste voorstelling. Door bij onze kassa een kaartje te kopen ben je verzekerd van een plek bij de vertoning.

Cinevillepashouders kunnen alleen hun tickets vanaf anderhalf uur voor de voorstelling hun tickets ophalen. Telefonisch reserveren is wel mogelijk.

Kriterion kan helaas geen verloren kaartjes van bezoekers opnieuw uitprinten. Foto’s of kopieën van de tickets zijn ook niet geldig. Als je je ticket bent verloren heb je helaas geen toegang tot de vertoning.

Onze zalen zijn ongeplaceerd, dus er kan geen vaste plek worden gereserveerd.

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Gaypreview: STRIKE A POSE – Cinecenter Amsterdam May 25

A Gaypreview is organised to view STRIKE A POSE on May 25 at 21.15 at the Cinecenter in Amsterdam. Before viewing the film all the visitors will be welcomed with a free cocktail. Lots of glitter, glamour, VOGUE and pride in this musical documentary on the seven guys that danced their asses off at the start of the 90’s in Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour.

More info HERE

Tickets: https://www.cinecenter.nl/strike-a-pose/

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SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST: STRIKE A POSE + Q&A (18) Showing as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest


Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour was accompanied by the controversial documentary “Truth or Dare”. Perhaps to the majesty’s chagrin, the breakout stars were her seven backup dancers, six of whom were gay. After having lived through the LGBT sea change of the 1990s, where are they now? Strike a Pose brings the legendary crew back together for the first time in over 20 years.

Ester Gould,Reijer Zwaan
Belgium, Netherlands
83 mins


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The Secret Life of Madonna’s Dancers Revealed (interview video)

Twenty-five years after Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour, the film Strike A Pose exposes what really went on behind the scenes and what happened to her dancers when the tour ended. Daily Xtra got an exclusive voguing demo with one of the dancers who was in town for the films Hot Doc’s screening. You can still catch it on Saturday, May 7th at 6:30PM at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. For ticket info to go: hotdocs.ca

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Madonna Shouldn’t Need to Justify Her Ass

With Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lupita Nyong’o responding to criticism for their Met Ball outfit choices, fashion suddenly doesn’t seem so fun anymore.

It is heartening that Madonna’s Instagram post—in which she answered critics of what she wore to the Met Ball on Monday night—has received, at the time of writing, 67,100 likes. It deserves to. She’s right: her more vicious detractors going on about her age and what is or isn’t appropriate for a woman of that age to wear were sexist and ageist. But the shame is she had to write anything in the first place.

Madonna will, almost inevitably, wear something striking to a high-profile public event. If you object to it, you may as well also object to the inevitability of daffodils in spring.

Even worse, the massed provocations of our social media age has forced Madonna to explain why she wore what she wore to these who threw insults at her.

At the Met Ball, Madonna wore a sheer Givenchy outfit that showed both her behind and her chest. She looked great. The oddest part of the outfit was the jewel around her forehead.

Why there was any shock about this is baffling: the Met Ball is an evening of unexpurgated dress-up—the celebrities and monied wear outrageous, carefully curated costumes; the media and social media respond to these looks. It is both circus and sport.

Also in the critical firing line of blogger Ivy Marshall (relatively polite when compared to the bitchier Twitterati) was Sarah Jessica Parker, who along with Madonna and Diane von Furstenberg (wife of Barry Diller, chairman of IAC, The Daily Beast’s parent company) were criticized by Marshall for not “getting the memo” when it came to the theme of the evening: man versus machine, fashion in the age of technology.
The strange thing is, all three of them did. The criticism was baseless.

Madonna looked as if she had beamed in from a bondage world of future-shock; DVF wore metallic (as did many others), and SJP—who could make an old refuse sack look inventive—wore a Monse suit; a flared and ruffled white jacket and trousers inspired by Broadway hit Hamilton.

Elsewhere, Vogue opined that Lupita Nyong’o’s towering up-do seemed to have been inspired by Audrey Hepburn, even though Nyong’o had told the magazine in a video it was inspired by Nina Simone and “sculptural hairstyles from around the continent.”

She underlined the point, to plaudits from fans, in a later Instagram post. The Met Ball had gotten serious, and celebrities elected not just to be photographed and mocked (mostly in good humor). They were biting back. Everyone was in line for a lecture and learning experience.

There was a time when the act of being Madonna was justification for Madonna enough: if you didn’t like it, or get it, too bad. She had crosses to burn, sexy Jesuses to fondle, and boundaries to blur.
Now she has to write a justification of her fashion choices as a cultural and political act because our Internet age makes not just everyone a critic, but many voices all screeching together become an asshole chorus it appears impossible—for even celebrities of Madonna’s peerless bolshiness—to ignore.

Of course, those kinds of critics should be ignored, and Madonna should continue to bear her ass, legs, breasts and whatever else whenever and however she damn well feels like it.

In her Instagram post, Madonna wrote: “We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society.”

She might be right, and these are wise words, but why not just let the outfit do the talking? Does she really care what people say about what she wears? Did she dress that night to make a point about feminist empowerment, or for herself, or to cause a fantastic, Madonna-like stir? Sometimes, showing your ass on fashion’s biggest night of the year is about showing your ass on fashion’s biggest night of the year—and you looked great. Good for you.

“I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks by being fearless and by taking the road less traveled by,” Madonna continued. “That’s how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice.”

She is right and wrong—risk-taking is good, changing history can be even better, but along with such intentional radicalism will come criticism from those who do not share your views.

Sometimes people don’t like what you might say or wear, and that’s fine too. Unless someone says something directly rude or unpleasant about your gender or age, or something intensely, meanly personal, such a criticism is not necessarily “a reflection of prejudice” against you. You wore it, they didn’t like it. Them’s the breaks.

If you’re Madonna, given you were happy to appear in public with flesh selectively displayed, shouldn’t you live out the “zero fucks” you claim to give, and which you tweeted that very same evening.
If the Internet allows for the amplification of people’s voices whose opinions shouldn’t mean anything to you, then it also amplifies one’s instinct for self-defense. The battle becomes who can shout louder in the echo chamber.

Similarly, Parker felt compelled to defend her fashion choice for the night, when—like Madonna—she has, up to now, taken very visible pleasure in dressing up.

Commenting under Marshall’s critical post, she wrote, “Always welcome thoughts but I’m a stickler for the theme and pay close attention to what it means. Every year with great consideration, research and conviction. The understanding of man and machine, how they intersect, when and why is what we considered.

“Perhaps you weren’t aware of the technology used in the details and embellishments of the design. Or perhaps you simply didn’t like [what] I wore which is completely fine but you can’t accuse me of not paying close attention and adhering to the theme. With respect and warmest regards, sj.”

That is the kindest note anyone the target of criticism could send to their critic: an acknowledgment of a dissenting point of view which has both grace and intelligence—and which Parker, like Madonna, shouldn’t have had to write.

The Met Ball is a night of extreme fashion, and both women are sartorial risk-takers and crusaders. They know you may not like what they wear, but they suddenly seem to mind how you relay that to them.

Fashion criticism can be a bitchy, cutting business—this is the era Fashion Police spawned—and Twitter and Instagram make those criticisms come in large numbers and faster and funnier: see the meme riffing around Kim and Kanye’s outfits for example with Star Wars in mind.

But the inevitable online pile-on shouldn’t stop celebrities wearing what they like to nights like the Met Ball. The critical fallout shouldn’t provide relentless cause for celebrities and their supporters to take to the self-important, politically ponderous barricades either. Because, honestly, it’s OK to sometimes think an outfit looks weird or terrible, and say it is so.

All parties should accept the celebrity game of dress-up for what it is: fun, an expression of desire and freedom, and possibly a desire for lots of coverage from the media.

Madonna, SJP, and Nyong’o certainly got the latter, for what they wore and then for the fallout from what was said about it the night of the Met Ball.

This snarky bitching and subsequent cultural studies lecture cycle could get exhausting if public dressing-up is something celebrities do on a regular basis. Perhaps they should wear what they like, and let those choices annoy and rankle their critics with no further words necessary.

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