Happy bday to M from Joe Henry (Facebook)

This is the young woman i met shortly after our family’s move to michigan in 1975 –as i entered my sophomore year of high school and, she, her senior one. together, we were in the Thespian Society; and in that winter’s first production, we were cast as mother and son –the wife and child of ralph waldo emerson– in a play about thoreau.

she was whip-smart and short on patience; and to tell the truth, she scared me more than a little. but along with her sister Paula, her presence upon my landscape nudged open a door through which i would pass and find my life utterly and forever changed…that unusual and sprawling family becoming, years later, my own.

no one is more surprised than i by the way our lives have expanded; by the way that our journeys have diverged and become entangled. like anyone, i can sometimes forget to see the flesh and blood/heart and mind behind the parade float that is her public persona. but then i will find myself across the kitchen table from her, sharing a martini, and be additionally shocked to recognize anew the compact, terse-yet-compassionate human at the switches.

i have told this tale before, but it bears repeating: when elvis presley died on this date in 1977, this upstart professed in real-time that she felt his spirit had passed out of his body and through her own in exodus.

i laughed at her then for such outrageous self-possession, at the arrogance that i assumed must allow her to declare such publicly.

today, when there is laughter, it is the laugh of recognition i hear –and it begins somewhere high above me, where things that once seemed implausible play with wild abandon and in broad daylight.

happy birthday, madonna louise veronica ciccone.

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Check out these rare Dutch official The Girlie Show posters from 1993

Rarely seen and not much info known. These three posters were all printed in The Netherlands back in 1993.

The credits read: Madonna Girlie Tour 1993 Boy Toy Inc. / Winterland Rock express / 1993 Verkerke / Printed in The Netherlands / all rights reserved

We are currently working on an extensive archive of Madonna’s past world tours with HUNDREDS of scans of original press articles and rare memorabilia, videos, stories and more! Of course these posters will be added in high quality

Stay tuned!

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Madonna Turns 57: The Pop Icon’s 5 Most Shocking Moments of 2015

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Madonna attends the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.

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Over the course of her 36-year career, Madonna has refused to let age define her.

Madonna’s Biggest Moments: A Timeline

In a February interview with Rolling Stone, she spoke out against the issue of ageism for all women over the age of 50, saying, “Women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they’re not allowed to behave a certain way … But I don’t follow the rules. I never did, and I’m not going to start.”

Madonna’s Most Memorable Social Media Moments

As the pop icon turns one year older, we look at five times music’s leading rule breaker made a statement this year.

1. Coachella Kiss

Madonna shocked festivalgoers when she made a surprise appearance duringDrake‘s headlining set at Coachella. After performing her hits “Hung Up” and “Express Yourself,” she seated the rapper on a chair onstage and leaned in for a kiss. The shock factor that followed was reminiscent of the singer’s onstage smooch with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during their performance at the 2003 MTV VMAs.

2. “Bitch I’m Madonna”

The singer performed a number of wild antics in the music video for her Rebel Heart single “Bitch I’m Madonna,” including kissing strangers, gyrating with her dancers and crawling on the floor. The majority of the video featured Madonna — dressed in a pink studded jacket, leopard-print dress and fishnet stockings — getting unruly at a wild dance party.

3. Fashion Statements

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Though Madonna isn’t new to sporting gold grills (she’s been wearing them on occasion since 2013), it seems she permanently brought back her teeth accessories to promote her latest album Rebel Heart. Not only was she seen wearing them in her music video for “Bitch I’m Madonna,” but she also showed them off during interviews on The Howard Stern Show and Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Madonna also turned heads earlier this year when she hit the red carpet (and flashed her butt to press) at the 2015 Grammy Awards wearing a cleavage-baring matador outfit. When later asked about her wardrobe by Rolling Stone, she proudly expressed, “This is what a 56-year-old ass looks like, motherf–ers!”

4. The Tonight Show Performance

The singer gave a rowdy performance of “Bitch I’m Madonna” on The Tonight Show in April, during which she danced suggestively atop host Jimmy Fallon’s desk and ran herself out of breath from the song’s elaborate dance routine.

5. TIDAL Press Conference

Madonna joined Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West and other big music names at a press conference in March for the official launch of Jay Z‘s streaming service Tidal. During the conference, each stakeholder was expected to sign the Tidal declaration placed on a table in the center of the stage. In true Madonna fashion, the singer straddled the table as she signed her name, sparking cheers from the audience in attendance (around the 01:19 mark in the above video).

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

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Winners drawn for the HUGE #RebelHeartTour Amsterdam promo posters

You all had a chance to win an original HUGE Rebel Heart Tour Amsterdam promo poster which we were able to give away in collaboration with Live Nation.
Today, on the birthday of M herself, we were pleased to draw the winners and give them a birthday present of their own.
The Winners have been notified by private message and we would like to thank all of you who participated in this contest.

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Tony Villanueva on the tour ‘I’d tell you the name of the song but there are some naughty words so I can’t

Madonna “Rebel?Heart” rehearsal – Bed Time Stories…I thought I had 10 min for my sleeping beauty routine in the Quick Change last night. My Boss returned quicker than I had anticipated (clearly) but refused to wake me up even though we were prepping for a run thru?I love her for that. ? I have a new favorite part of the show?

All I can say is the “Girls” represent with Madonna‼‼‼I’d tell you the name of the song but there are some naughty words so I can’t. (I wish I could tell you this number is so funnnnnnn!)Music really does bring the people together Sept 9th

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Anthony Rue II ‘On the 2 TOURS that I was a dancer for MADONNA I and the rest of the Dancers were treated VERY WELL’

After the report by Radar Online about M’s dancers ‘on strike’ here a take by former dancer Anthony Rue II on it

…’A couple of people have sent me post about this “Madonna Not Paying her Dancers News” Here is my 2 cent on the matter. I personally don’t trust ANY NEWS SOURCE 100% with the way they like to switch up stories for their gain. On the 2 TOURS that I was a dancer for MADONNA I and the rest of the Dancers were treated VERY WELL . She is known to be a “Diva” But I saw it as a hard worker.. Never was I disrespected or treated like “Just a dancer” . I ate well, got massages weekly, hung out at celeb private parties, never missed my perduim, and when I would the mgmt would come find me to make sure I had it. Was paid ON TIME WEEKLY the entire time I worked for her. NEVER had to ask for my money. I could list so much more good things … …… Sorry I cant back a news story with NO NAMES of the dancers with these claims ….. I don’t know what these dancers are going thru so I can’t say if its real or not. But to see people pick a side without facts is scary. Someone could come on here tomorrow and say ohhh Ant killed someone because they had a sweater around their waist and i guess some of yall would really believe it’

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Win tickets to see Madonna at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 16 December 2015

Following unforgettable performances at this year’s Grammys and Brits, pop icon Madonna is bringing her hotly anticipated Rebel Heart tour to the UK. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see her live at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 16 December 2015. Enter now for your chance to win.

This competition closes at 9.59am, 20 August 2015.

(The Prize Draw is open to all Barclaycard customers (and employees) aged 18 or over resident in the UK)

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Full Press Release – Madonna Reveals New Costume Designers For Rebel Heart Tour

MADONNA COLLABORATES WITH ALESSANDRO MICHELE FOR GUCCI, ALEXANDER WANG, FAUSTO PUGLISI, JEREMY SCOTT FOR MOSCHINO, NICOLAS JEBRAN, MIU MIU, PRADA, AND SWAROVSKI FOR WARDROBE ON REBEL HEART TOUR

THE REBEL HEART TOUR KICKS OFF ON SEPTEMBER 9TH IN MONTREAL

NEW YORK, NY – August 11, 2015 – Madonna today unveiled the fashion designers with whom she is collaborating for her costumes on her highly anticipated Rebel Heart World Tour. The list includes Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski. Costume designer Arianne Phillips will be overseeing the wardrobe for the Rebel Heart Tour and will also contribute designs, marking her sixth tour with Madonna.

The Rebel Heart Tour will kick off on September 9th in Montreal, Quebec at Bell Centre and visit cities throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Since the tour was announced this past spring, due to overwhelming demand, multiple shows have been added in cities across the world including: Montreal, New York City, Toronto, Miami, Koln, Turin, Barcelona, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Manila and more. Diplo will open the Rebel Heart Tour in Montreal on September 9th and 10th, and Amy Schumer will open the two dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A full list of tour dates for the Rebel Heart World Tour can be found below.

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Madonna Turns 57 And The Media Wants Her To Feel Ashamed

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Many of her contemporaries (or past stars who shared the same level of fame) have died of drug overdoses, but Madonna is turning 57-years-old this weekend. For most, turning 57 is a celebration. For Madonna, it’s an excuse for the media to mock her, shame her, and make her feel that the only way she will be accepted is if she gains 50 pounds, wears a flower dress, and eats bonbons all day while catching old episodes of The Golden Girls.

You see, the problem to many people is that Madonna simply doesn’t “act her age.” Madonna had something to say to those people when she was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight.
 “I am acting my age. This is me, this is how I wanna be. I can do what I want, OK?… There’s no rules, and people should just leave me alone. Let me do what I wanna do. I shouldn’t be limited by my age or a number.”

 

Never mind that people rarely produce the same vitriol aimed at Madonna for Mick Jagger, who was seen putting a microphone in his pants during a Los Angeles concert in 2013. Bruce Springsteen hasn’t had anything that can be considered even close to being a hit since 1997’s “Secret Garden,” but nobody told him to “put it away” when he did a pelvic thrust towards a camera operator at the 2009 Super Bowl. Let’s not even get into Anthony Kiedis being almost half naked at the 2014 Super Bowl.

“But they have talent and Madonna doesn’t” is usually what you will hear from her critics to justify their ageism and misogyny. Considering Madonna writes her own melodies, her own lyrics, and is the top-selling female artist in music history, that statement itself is misogynist. Besides, there’s a lot of proof when it comes to Madonna’s talent. She’s a great vocalist, a great songwriter, and an amazing live performer.

Not all of the criticism towards Madonna is ageist. Michael Arceneaux from VH1 wrote apassionate essay about why Madonna’s late career problems go beyond ageism. The essay brings up some valid points that Madonna’s die-hard fans want to ignore. Then, there was that performance with Drake at Coachella in April. Though it’s likely that Drake purposely used the event to age-shame Madonna and make himself look good, Madonna might just as well have worn a “Kick Me!” sign. The performance was embarrassing and it had nothing to do with her age.

It’s also not wrong to criticize Madonna’s musical output since 2008: Even though MDNAor Hard Candy weren’t bad albums, they just didn’t live up to Madonna’s standards. They are three-and-a-half star albums that get put down a lot because Madonna is used to making four-star albums. However, 2015’s Rebel Heart, for the most part, is an absolute return to form and even music reviewers agree.

Madonna’s critics will point to the low sales of the Rebel Heart album to convince the world that Madonna is “over with.” However, the fact that an album that leaked and was widely available for downloading three months before its official release can still sell almost one million copies worldwide proves that Madonna is still the Queen of Pop. Many supposed “artists” over the years have threatened to take over her throne, but Madonna is always the one standing tall (even though she is physically short) in the end.

Photo by Michael Stewart / WireImage (for Getty Images)]

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Win 2 MSG NY Rebel Heart Tour tickets at the Madhatter’s Maritime Ball, info here

Lookingglass Theatre’s Junior Board announces the 14th Annual Madhatter’s Ball, “The Madhatter’s Maritime Ball,” held at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., on Saturday, August 29. During the event two (2) Tickets to Madonna at Madison Square Garden, two (2) United Airlines Vouchers, and three (3) nights at the Martha Washington Hotel in New York will be raffled off. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Lookingglass Theatre Box Office or at the event. Raffle tickets are 1 for $20 or 6 for $100.

The Madhatter’s Ball is a high-profile fundraiser unlike any other. The evening includes one-of-a-kind performances, musical acts, DJs, dancing, costumes, specialty themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A VIP reception begins at 7 p.m. The event is from 8 p.m.-midnight with an after-party at the IO Rooftop Lounge at The Godfrey Hotel (127 W Huron St).

Proceeds from the event will support the operation and expansion of Lookingglass’ acclaimed education and community programs, which encourage self-esteem and creativity in thousands of students every year. Tickets can be purchased at lookingglasstheatre.org/madhatters or by calling 312-337-0665.

For more information, go to lookingglasstheatre.org/madhatters.

Thanks to: Lookingglass Theatre

 

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100 Greatest Song Writers of All Time #56 Madonna

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Before she was a star, Madonna was a songwriter with a sharp ear for a hook and a lyrical catchphrase, playing tracks like “Lucky Star” for record companies in the hope of scoring a contract. Her earliest hits honed the electro beats coming out of the New York club scene into universal radio gold. But songs like her greatest statement, “Like a Prayer,” can also summon an anthemic power to rival Springsteen or U2. Madonna has enlisted numerous collaborators en route to selling more than 300 million albums — she started working with longtime writing partner Patrick Leonard after he brought her “Live to Tell” in 1986, and from Shep Pettibone and William Orbit in the Nineties through Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West on 2015’s Rebel Heart, she’s worked successfully with producers across many genres. Through it all, her songs have been consistently stamped with her own sensibility and inflected with autobiographical detail. “She grew up on Joni Mitchell and Motown and. . . embodies the best of both worlds,” says Rick Nowells, who co-wrote with Madonna on 1998’s Ray of Light. “She is a wonderful confessional songwriter, as well as being a superb hit chorus pop writer.”

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Madonna, Rebel Heart: new tour, new costumes – what to expect

Madonna has announced that her new tour will include a raft of designers, some well known, others less so. We look back at Madonna’s previous tour outfits and ask what can we expect from the queen of pop

Madonna poses on-stage during the ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour in 1990
Madonna poses on-stage during the ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour in 1990 Photograph: Eugene Adebari/REX Shutterstock

A new Madonna tour means new costumes. The pop star has announced which designers will be making the outfits for her Rebel Heart tour starting next month and the list includes the great and good of the fashion industry: Jeremy Scott,Alessandro Michele from Gucci, Italian designer Fausto Puglisi, Alexander Wang,Miuccia Prada and Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, who created the dress Kylie Jenner wore to her recent 18th birthday party. What is Madonna saying with this list of designers? What she always wants to say – that her finger is firmly on the pulse of now.

Click HERE to read the full article by The Guardian

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All Of Madonna’s Best Outfits, Ranked

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You can accuse Madonna of a lot of things, but playing it safe with style isn’t one of them. This lady is known just as much for her bold fashion statements as she is for her killer vocal cords. Over the years, we’ve seen her in some pretty insane outfits, both on the red carpet and onstage. From her infamous Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra of 1990 to her Marilyn Monroe moment at the Oscars in 1991 to the suit she wore to the Grammys in 2014, Madonna always keeps us gawking.

In honor of the singer’s 57th birthday on Sunday, we’re taking a look at her best outfits over the years and ranking them according to badassery. Feel free to disagree with our picks, but you’d be wrong.

Complete ranking look HERE

 

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