Iconic Celebrity (“1010 WINS Iconic New York Series”)

Known for her ever-changing, chameleon-like persona, Madonna is as much a brand as an individual. A media–savvy trendsetter, Madonna’s uncanny business sense is matched only by her talent. A veritable force of nature, Madonna’s ability to control her image, career and destiny was honed from an early age.


A Little Girl Grows Up Too Fast

The third child to Michigan residents and Italian immigrants Madonna and Tony Ciccone, Madonna Louise Ciccone was nicknamed Nonni to differentiate her from her young mother. When Madonna was 6 years old, her mother lost a battle with breast cancer, leaving the young girl confused and bereft of a maternal figure.
Despite her early heartbreak, Madonna excelled in school, getting good marks and gravitating towards dance studies in high school. Madonna’s dance talent was undeniable, and she was awarded a dance scholarship to study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She did not graduate, instead choosing to come to New York and study with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

An Unkind Welcome to City Life

Life in New York was difficult. She began waitressing at Dunkin’ Donuts, but she was unable to pay the bills. Already quite at ease with her physical self, Madonna opted to earn rent money by posing for art students in the nude.
She lived in ramshackle and dangerous apartments and was raped on a rooftop by two men at knifepoint She was also held-up at gun point and was the victim of several apartment robberies. All of this understandably left her shell shocked. However, she was undeterred from her professional goals.


Turning Hardship Into Triumph

Madonna took up the drums and started to sing pop music in the band Breakfast Club. During that time, Madonna also made the rounds as a backup singer and dancer in the New York club and then-thriving disco scene. Eventually, Madonna started to craft her own lyrics, writing songs in partnership with an old college flame. Mark Kamins, a popular DJ, was spinning at New York’s trendy Danceteria club and played her tapes for the crowd, who went wild. Kamins then brought Madonna to the attention of record producer and founder of Sire Records, Seymour Stein, who helped jump start Madonna’s wild ride to stardom. Kamins would produce her first hit, the dance anthem, “Everybody.”


An Icon, a Legacy and a Woman

Currently, Madonna continues to turn heads, make trends and she’s doing it all her way. A clothing line, Material Girl, is designed with her daughter, Lourdes, and her health clubs, Hard Candy Fitness, have expanded internationally.
She has sold over 300 million records throughout her career and paved the way for generations of women new to the music business.
Her social conscience has expanded, leading to benefit performances for Malawi and Haiti.

Complete article HERE

(CBS New York / Corey Whelan)

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Madonna – Rebel Heart review by Matthew Harden for Same Same #rebelheart

SAME SAME posts a great review on Rebel Heart, here is an excerpt:

‘No one has matched the endurance of Madonna in pop. No one has had a career of consistency to compare to her achievements. ‘Rebel Heart’ can be enjoyed as a testament to her continuance. Usually, persistent success in one’s career, over a lengthy period, is societally regarded as an achievement worthy of applause. Therefore, it seems contradictory for cynics to drag her for prolonging a career. The alternative perception is to simply appreciate the music, as it so easily is, with ‘Rebel Heart’.

Inarguably it’s her best release in ten years. This is Madonna’s new era. If attention looks beyond the music, perhaps it’s time to notice that what she’s doing, as a 56-year-old female in pop, is shifting the paradigm for what it means to be middle-aged. We’re all living longer lives, let this central part in our life become more abundant. Let’s look to Madonna as an example on how to express freely.’

Click HERE to read the full review

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Press Release: Madonna Launches Hard Candy Fitness Classes in New York City


New York, NY, February 17, 2015   For Immediate Release – Hard Candy Fitness®, the global luxury fitness brand founded by Madonna in partnership with New Evolution Ventures (NeV), will launch an exclusive new dance class series at the Broadway Dance Center in New York titled Dancers’ Access. This dance series marks the first US offering of classes under the Hard Candy Fitness brand, which currently has a growing portfolio of luxury full-service fitness centers in destination cities around the globe.  The 20-week series features tour-caliber choreography created and taught by the Hard Candy Fitness Sweat Crew, who also act as Madonna’s personal trainers.  It will be the first time the general public will have access to these trainers and content outside of the brand’s international health and fitness club network.

“As the Creative Director of Hard Candy Fitness and the leader of the Sweat Crew, I am thrilled to bring the heart and soul of this brand to the US for the first time and to New York City in particular.  It’s especially gratifying that the series of classes will take place at one of the most prominent dance centers in the world,” says Craig Smith, Hard Candy Fitness Creative Director and lead personal trainer for Madonna. “Based on Madonna’s love and passion for dance, we are excited to launch this program as a way for dance lovers of all skill levels to learn what inspires and keeps our global star fit and able to perform on such a high level.”

Each week, participants will learn choreography inspired by Madonna’s on-stage performances. Dancers’ Access brings innovative, professional-level content on a weekly basis to dancers at one of the biggest dance companies in the world, Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, which Madonna herself once attended. Elements of the class will include an extensive warm up, performance conditioning, flexibility and cardio needed to perform day after day while on tour, along with learning and performing choreographed content.

Classes begin Monday March 2, 2015 and are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Visit The Broadway Dance Center online to reserve your spot and find out more about the Hard Candy Fitness Sweat Crew and Dancers’ Access program. Also, get an inside look at the program with an exclusive video created by our friends at DanceOn, the leading platform for dance-focused video content across social channels with more than 15 million subscribers worldwide.


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 2010 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.  Madonna’s dedication to excellence and commitment to hard work inspires the brand, and the club members approach fitness the way they approach everything in life – with the mantra ‘Harder is Better’. Constantly innovating, 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, and Toronto. Hard Candy Fitness is aggressively expanding its footprint into destination cities around the world.

For more information, please visit www.hardcandyfitness.com.

About the Broadway Dance Center:

Since 1984, Broadway Dance Center has earned a reputation in the global dance community as a beacon of excellence in dance education. BDC is renowned for its unparalleled Faculty and for offering a diverse array of dance disciplines under one roof. Our tremendous experience, cultivated through our years in the dance community, our state-of-the-art studios, and our ideal location in the heart of the Broadway Theater District in New York City make us the ultimate destination for dancers around the globe.

For more information visit www.broadwaydancecenter.com.

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YouTube To Live Stream The Brit Awards 2015 Worldwide

The Brit Awards is aiming to reach as large a digital audience as possible this year with YouTube streaming the event to those outside the UK.

Radio 1 stars Dan and Phil will be presenting the official BRITs YouTube live stream. They’ll be joined by fashion and beauty vlogger Patricia Bright. The event will also engage Twitter users as the winner of British Artist Video will be determined by a social media vote.

Click HERE to read full article by Stereoboard

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Odyssey New York magazine – Madonna on cover #rebelheart

10968597_851029851620538_3917234221513955324_nNEW ISSUE!!! – NEW ISSUE!!! – NEW ISSUE!!!!
Odyssey New York Magazine – Every 2 Weeks
2015 Valentine’s Day & Presidents Day Wekend Edition —
Volume #6 – Issue #9 – February 12th – February 24th, 2015
On The Cover: Madonna
New Album: Madonna – Rebel Heart
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Photo Credit & Thank you:
Citrusonic Los Angeles
We heart-emoticon Madonna ‪#‎Livingforlove‬

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unnamedYou’re invited to the NYC Release Party for Madonnas’ brand new single “Living for Love”!

Madonnasworld.com presents MADONNATHON 2015:  
Join us as we celebrate the release of Madonnas brand new single “LIVING FOR LOVE”! , off her upcoming new album, Rebel Heart!

MADONNA-thon 2015

RSVP for the NYC ‘ Living for Love ‘ Madonna Single Release Party on Friday February 20th , here!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1548605292057942/?ref=ts&fref=ts

*Many special surprises are in store at this event including exciting giveaways all night of Madonnas new single Living for Love, exclusive Madonna CDs, Posters, Stickers and much more !

Music by DJ JENE
It’s all Madonna, all the time. 

185 Christopher St, New York, NY
bet. Washington & Weehawken)

Public Transit:
Train 1,2 Christopher St. Station
A, C, E, F, B, D- West 4th St. Station
M8 Bus Crosstown
(212) 675-1864

Visit https://www.madonnathon.com/ Rockbarnyc.com or Djjene.com for more info.
Madonna Drink specials / $5 cover
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Madonna releaseparty ‘Rebel Heart’ FAME Amsterdam #rebelheart

From FAME newsletter:

Madonna releaseparty ‘Rebel Heart’
Op donderdag 5 maart vindt er weer een releaseparty plaats in FAME Plaza! En wel van ‘Rebel Heart’ van Madonna.
Wat er nu bekend is:
– Vanaf 20:30 uur kun je de cd kopen
– Aanmelden gaat via Event Brite
– Aanschaf van cd + Event Brite ticket = entree
– Party begint om 21:00 uur
– Eerste consumptie gratis
Verdere details en de link naar tickets volgen later.

Madonna Releaseparty ‘Rebel Heart’
Thursday March 5th we are celebrating another releaseparty in FAME Plaza! Rebel Heart by Madonna.
What we know at this point:
-you can purchase the CD from 20.30
-You can register through Event Brite
-Purchasing CD + Event Brite = guarantees entrance
-Party starts at 21.00
-First drink for free
More details and links to follow

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Exclusive! German Media Markt confirms AUTO-TUNE BABY as special bonus track

German Media Markt confirm the artworks, stickers and bonus track Auto-tune Baby exclusive to their German stores. Unfortunately you can’t order these through the webshop from foreign countries. Keep an eye on ebay, contact a German friend or plan a trip. Media Markt Holland confirmed they will not be able to order German products. But you never know, they might end up in the stores anyway.

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Dutch tracklisting Rebel Heart Super Deluxe edition

This is the confirmed tracklisting for the Super Deluxe edition that Holland will be getting. This confirms once again the previous tracklisting submitted by Amazon. It appears Autone Baby and Queen, might end up on different versions as bonus tracks.

Tracklist 1
1. Living For Love
2. Devil Pray
3. Ghosttown
4. Unapologetic Bitch
5. Illuminati
6. Bitch I’m Madonna
7. Hold Tight
8. Joan Of Arc
9. Iconic
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Body Shop
12. Holy Water
13. Inside Out
14. Wash All Over Me
15. Best Night
16. Veni Vidi Vici
17. S.E.X.
18. Messiah
19. Rebel Heart
Tracklist 2
1. Beautiful Scars
2. Borrowed Time
3. Addicted
4. Graffiti Heart
5. Living For Love (PAULO & Jackinsky Full Vocal Mix)
6. Living For Love (Funk Generation & H3dRush Dub)
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