The very funny behind-the-scenes story: “She started giggling again. ‘We smoked a little endo before we came here…’
Daniel Kellison is a big-time producer now, running Jackhole with Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. But in the 1990s, he landed his first job on the David Letterman show, doing a little of everything — researching, producing, booking guests.
But the best story by far is of that night in 1994 when Madonna went crazy on the show, dropping 14 F-bombs — then believed to be some sort of a record for network TV, or at least late night — taking off her underpants and asking Letterman to smell them, and so much more.
In a subsequent appearance in 2009, Madonna admitted to Letterman that she’d smoked a joint before coming on. But Kallison tells an even wilder story. He says it was endo — slang for the highly intoxicating bud tips of the Cannabis indica strain of marijuana — that she was smoking. That explains it!
As Kellison tells the story, there was a plan for the appearance. Letterman had been making fun of Madonna every night. She would play back several of the jokes to Dave, and after he’s confronted with the videotape, ask him to explain what he meant. Everyone thought it would be great.
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Madonna photographed in 1990.
In 1990, with the help of a video directed by David Fincher, the pop star’s No. 1 single propelled a dance craze.
ONE OF MADONNA’S BIGGEST hits – the 1990 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dance anthem “Vogue” – had surprisingly humble beginnings. “The whole thing was done on a shoestring budget,” says Shep Pettibone, the track’s co-writer and producer. Allotted just $5,000 by Warner Bros. Records to create what was initially slated as a B-side, he finished the song in three weeks, recording the then-31-year-old pop star’s vocals in a “basement on West 56th Street” in New York, where, he says, a closet had been converted into a vocal booth.
The song starts with suspense-building synths before kicking into “Philly Salsoul”-style house music, and its lyrics and sumptuous black-and-white video, directed by future Academy Award nominee David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network), celebrate voguing, a style of dance popularized in New York’s mostly gay ballroom club scene in the 1980s that mimicks fashion-shoot poses.
Released as an A-side, “Vogue” topped the Hot 100 on May 19, 1990. Madonna and Pettibone also collaborated on the singer’s 1992 No. 1 ballad, “This Used to Be My Playground,” but Pettibone left the music business in the late ’90s and now owns The Empress Hotel and Paradise Nightclub in Asbury Park, N.J.
Madonna released her latest album, Rebel Heart, in March, and “Vogue” continues to be a staple of her live shows.
Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness Brand to Be Represented by Epic Rights for Global Merchandising and Branding Programs
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Epic Rights, the full-service global merchandise, licensing and social media marketing company, has been named to represent the Hard Candy Fitness brand, a partnership between New Evolution Ventures, LLC, Madonna and her manager Guy Oseary. Epic Rights will develop and expand on the global merchandising and licensing rights for the brand. The announcement was made jointly today by Brent Leffel, President of Hard Candy Fitness, and Dell Furano, CEO of Epic Rights.
“Hard Candy Fitness is an exciting brand founded by Madonna and inspired by her passion for fitness and health. The campaign we are establishing for Hard Candy Fitness will align with Madonna’s dedication to personal excellence,” said Furano. “Currently the brand operates clubs in destination cities around the world and develops innovative group programming that integrates fitness, dance, music and entertainment elements that will be incorporated into our global plans for expansion. With Madonna about to begin an international concert tour, her visibility will be especially prominent as we move forward.”
Leading the day-to-day effort for Hard Candy Fitness is Dan Levin, who spearheads the Epic Rights Celebrity & Lifestyle division through its strategic alliance with Prominent Brand+Talent. Levin will oversee the development and implementation of the brand extension program. Epic Rights will present the Hard Candy Fitness brand to potential partners at the upcoming Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
“As Madonna is to music, pop culture and fashion, we believe Hard Candy Fitness will be the preeminent symbol for a fit, healthy and luxury-infused lifestyle,” said Levin. “We will develop a global program designed to complement the core Hard Candy Fitnessbrand elements–music, dance, entertainment, hard/harder/hardest workout mentality–to create a vast array of opportunities for consumer engagement,” said Levin.
About Hard Candy Fitness:
Hard Candy Fitness is a global, luxury fitness brand with fitness club locations in destination cities around the world. The brand was created in 2009 with Madonna, the world’s leading female pop icon and well-known fitness enthusiast, and New Evolution Ventures, the world’s leading operator and developer of fitness brands. Hard Candy Fitness club members enjoy an experience where entertainment and fitness intersect. The brand is best known for innovative group fitness programming, the best and most dynamic instructors and the unique fusion of entertainment, music, dance and fitness. Constantly innovating and influenced by ideas from around the world, Hard Candy Fitness is Madonna inspired, fitness fueled and totally unique.
Hard Candy Fitness currently has club locations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Santiago, Sydney, Mexico City, Rome, Berlin andToronto. Hard Candy Fitness is aggressively expanding its footprint into destination cities around the world. For more information, please visit www.hardcandyfitness.com.
About Epic Rights:
Epic Rights is a full-service global branding, licensing and social media marketing company dedicated to building celebrity and entertainment brands via its broad global network of retailers, licensees and agents. Working with a roster of top clients and brands, Epic Rights services include licensing/branding, music merchandising, social media management, VIP ticketing and fan clubs. Epic Rights also oversees sponsorships and endorsements, digital archiving of all creative/photo/media assets and manages worldwide e-commerce for its clients in addition to providing in-house legal resources for trademark registration and audit management. Epic Rights is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information visit Epic Rights.
The Madonna shirt available at Lidl we reported on last week, is now available for only 4.99 euro’s. The shirt is official 2015 Live Nation merchandise and comes with a Madonna label and is of very good quality. The shirt has been made available to every Lidl store, so every store should have it in stock from today. Don’t miss out
The Ghosttown remixes EP is available on iTunes today!
Ghosttown (Offer Nissim Drama Remix)
Ghosttown (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Ghosttown (S-Man Mix)
Ghosttown (Razor N Guido Remix)
Ghosttown (Mindskap Remix)
Ghosttown (Don Diablo Remix)
Ghosttown (Dirty Pop Intro Remix)
Ghosttown (DJ Mike Cruz Mix Show Edit)
Ghosttown (THRILL Remix)
Ghosttown (DJ Yiannis String Intro Mix)
Promoters are said to be deciding soon whether SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena or the Philippine Arena would be the best venue for the impending concert of pop goddess Madonna early next year, at least two sources told the Inquirer.
If it’s MOA Arena—whose capacity for concerts is about 12,000—the concert might be held for two successive nights, just like the Lady Gaga gigs in 2012.
The Philippine Arena could be a better choice, considering its 55,000 capacity. But traffic going in and out of the venue is a serious matter that needs immediate fixing.
In any case, either MOA or Philippine Arena would be no problem for longtime fans of the “Queen of Pop,” who is revered for her constant reinvention of her music and image.
While she may be known as the Queen of Pop, it’s actually on the dance charts where Madonna has seen the most love for her work. With her latest single “Ghosttown”, the singer claims her 45th number one on the Dance/Club Songs ranking. That number is an unmatched accomplishment, and it gives her the distinction of having more number one songs on a single chart than any other artist in history. With its rise to the top, Madonna passes by country star George Strait, who previously held that record, thanks to his 44 leaders on the Hot Country Songs chart.
“Ghosttown” is the second official single from Madonna’s thirteenth album, Rebel Heart, which debuted at number two earlier this year. The song hasn’t charted on the Hot 100 (the tally that measures songs of all genres, combining sales and radio play), but it only took a few weeks to reach the summit of the dance chart. Madonna has such a massive following by many club-going audiences and dance lovers that almost every single she releases makes its way to the top, even if it doesn’t become well known by the general public.
Madonna arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Her number ones span four decades, and her road to this accomplishment began in 1983 with the two-sided “Holiday”/“Lucky Star”. That release ruled for five weeks, her longest time spent at the top. Years later, her song “Music” would match the time spent at the summit. Singles often work their way up and down the dance charts faster than on the Hot 100, so five weeks is actually a long time for any track to run the show.
Here are all 45 of Madonna’s number one dance hits, broken down by decade:
“Like a Virgin”
“Angel”/”Into the Groove”
“Open Your Heart”
“Causing a Commotion (Remix)”
“You Can Dance”
“Like a Prayer”
“Express EXPR +1.9% Yourself”
“Keep It Together”
“Justify My Love”
“Deeper and Deeper”
“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
“Ray of Light”
“Nothing Really Matters”
“Don’t Tell Me”
“What It Feels Like for a Girl”
“Die Another Day”
“Me Against the Music” (a Britney Spears single that featured Madonna)
“4 Minutes” (Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland)
“Give It 2 Me”
“Give Me All Your Luvin’” (Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
“Girl Gone Wild”
“Turn Up the Radio”
“Living for Love”
Rita Ora was one of the few stars to come to Madonna’s defence after THAT awkward kiss with Drake at Coachella.
And it looks like the Queen of Pop has rewarded the ‘RIP’ singer by giving her a starring role in her new video.
The 24-year-old has flown out to New York to appear in Madge’s music video, according to a report in The Sun.
‘It’s an incredible coup for Rita to do a vid with Madonna and shows how big she is becoming in the States,’ a source told the newspaper.
‘They met at showbiz events but had a real connection so Madonna asked her to do it.
‘Rita changed her schedule to be able to do the filming in an instant.’
There’s no word on what type of role Rita is playing, or even which single they are filming the video for, but we’re definitely intrigued.
Madge is nothing if not controversial and we all remember that on-stage kiss with Britney Spears.
We can’t wait to find out what she has in store for Rita.
While the pair previously worked together during Rita’s stint as the face of Madonna and daughter Lourdes’ clothing collection Material Girl, they are said to have bonded more closely after the Coachella fall out.
Madonna, 56, publicly thanked Rita for supporting her after she was criticised for snogging Drake, 28, on stage.
‘Thanks Rita!’ Madonna wrote on her Instagram account.
‘Good to know you appreciate the beating I’m taking so all you ladies don’t have to endure this kind of discrimination!’
Rita has been keen to break into the US market and her 2014 single ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ was a huge international hit.
She was due to sing the track at last year’s Teen Choice Awards but her performance was reportedly cancelled after it was blocked by her ex, DJ Calvin Harris, who produced the song.
The star recently featured on Iggy Azalea’s hit ‘Black Widow’.
“The Queen of Pop is now unequaled chart royalty. Madonna makes momentous Billboard chart history, as she now has the most No. 1s ever, 45, by an act on a singular Billboard chart. She earns her 45th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, where ‘Ghosttown’ lifts 3-1.”
“Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor. I’ll (always) be your partner,” Madonna told Billboard. Most of the comments after the article tried to demean Madonna’s achievement by saying the Dance Club Songs chart is irrelevant, Madonna is too old to be singing club songs, and that Madonna should just retire. However, commenter Ted Lopez sees a double standard.
“This is major news, but the mainstream media refuses to publicize it. If this were Bruce Springsteen or Mick Jagger who set the record, it would be on the front page of every website and newspaper. The sexism and ageism on display when it comes to Madonna so infuriating that it becomes hilarious at the same time.”
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Madonna has just lived up to her title as the Queen of Pop and made chart history.
The iconic singer now has the most number ones ever by an artist on a singular Billboard chart, after ‘Ghosttown’ became her 45th number one on the Dance Club Songs chart.
“Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor,” Madonna told Billboard. “I’ll (always) be your partner.”
The new chart record has seen Madonna overtake George Strait, who has 44 number ones on Hot Country Songs.
Beyoncé and Rihanna are trailing Madonna with 22 number ones apiece, meaning Madge has more than the pair combined.
‘Ghosttown’ originally featured as the second single from the singer’s recent album Rebel Heart.
Lead single ‘Living For Love’ also features amongst the 45 Dance Club Songs number ones, as well as classics such as ‘Vogue’ and ‘Like A Prayer’.
Watch the music video for Madonna’s ‘Ghosttown’ below:
Though Madonna helped create the luxury gym brand Hard Candy Fitness and her image is closely associated with the company, the 56-year-old pop star has been let off the hook in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Hard Candy, a cosmetics line for teens that retails at Wal-Mart.
U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami issued a ruling on Wednesday granting Madonna and her attorney, Yano Rubinstein of Rubinstein Law, their request that she and her manager, Guy Oseary, and the company they co-own, MGHCandy, be dismissed from the case for lack of jurisdiction.
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The Queen of Pop reigns with “Ghosttown,” giving her the most No. 1s of any artist on a single Billboard chart. “Thanks to all my fans on & off the dancefloor,” she tells Billboard.
The Queen of Pop is now unequaled chart royalty. Madonna makes momentous Billboard chart history, as she now has the most No. 1s ever, 45, by an act on a singular Billboard chart. She earns her 45th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, where “Ghosttown” lifts 3-1.
(The chart, dated May 30, will refresh on Billboard.com Thursday, May 21.)
With the coronation, Madonna passes another icon, George Strait, who’s logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.
“Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor,” Madonna said in an exclusive statement to Billboard. “I’ll (always) be your partner.”
With her 45th leader on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, Madonna pulls further ahead of runners-up Beyonce and Rihanna. In fact, Madonna has tallied more No. 1s as they have combined: 22 each. (The chart launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976.)
Madonna’s 45 Dance Club Songs No. 1s
1983, “Holiday”/”Lucky Star” (five weeks at No. 1)
1984, “Like a Virgin” (four)
1985, “Material Girl”
1985, “Angel”/”Into the Groove”
1987, “Open Your Heart”
1987, “Causing a Commotion (Remix)”
1988, “You Can Dance (LP Cuts)”
1989, “Like a Prayer” (two)
1989, “Express Yourself” (three)
1990, “Keep It Together”
1990, “Vogue” (two)
1991, “Justify My Love” (two)
1993, “Deeper and Deeper”
1994, “Secret” (two)
1995, “Bedtime Story”
1997, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
1998, “Frozen” (two)
1998, “Ray of Light” (four)
1999, “Nothing Really Matters” (two)
1999, “Beautiful Stranger” (two)
2000, “American Pie”
2000, “Music” (five)
2001, “Don’t Tell Me”
2001, “What It Feels Like for a Girl”
2001, “Impressive Instant” (two)
2002, “Die Another Day” (two)
2003, “American Life”
2003, “Me Against the Music,” Britney Spears featuring Madonna (two)
2004, “Nothing Fails”
2004, “Love Profusion”
2005, “Hung Up” (four)
2006, “Sorry” (two)
2006, “Get Together”
2006, “Jump” (two)
2008, “4 Minutes,” Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (two)
2008, “Give It 2 Me”
2012, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.
2012, “Girl Gone Wild”
2012, “Turn Up the Radio”
2015, “Living for Love”
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