Jennifer Grey Recalls When Madonna Told Her ‘Express Yourself’ Was Inspired By Her Love Life

At the time, Grey was close friends with Madonna.

“We did Bloodhounds of Broadway together,” she says of the 1989 film. The pop star threw her a 29th birthday party. “She told me she wrote ‘Express Yourself’ about me breaking up with Matthew,” Grey remembers of the first time she heard the song. “She played it for me in her car. I was in my log cabin with Johnny and she said, ‘Come into my car.’ And I got in her Mercedes where she had a really good sound system and she was like, ‘Listen to this song I just did. It’s about you.’

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Revolution Records preparing for 15th Record Store Day on Saturday

The 15th official Record Store Day is set to be the biggest yet with independent music shops across the country showcasing the latest in vinyl.

Founded to help ensure the survival of record shops the event helped create the comeback of vinyl when it looked downloadable music would be the only option for customers.

Artists like Jack White began releasing albums on vinyl and others followed suit allowing Revolution Records to amass the biggest stock in rhe Midlands.

Full article at Expressandstar.com

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Icons and Instincts: Choreographing and Directing Entertainment’s Biggest Stars [signed] by Vincent Paterson with Amy Tofte

For the first time, the choreographer of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Björk and many others reveals stage stories through his extraordinary journey.

Vincent Paterson began his professional dancing career late in life. It would take an exceptional turn when he became one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson’s Beat It music video. Through hard work, he rises to the rank of choreographer and director for the world’s greatest singers, but also for cinema and musical comedy.

He tells with humility the fascinating universe of film sets, the rehearsal sessions where he had to orchestrate and synchronize dozens of dancers, life backstage where it is sometimes necessary to manage a few whims of the stars, his successes and his disappointments. It is a dive into the heart of the world of dance.

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Rebel Heart Tour vinyl purple galaxy swirl or yellow opaque with black vinyl?

There was some confusion in regards to the colour of the upcoming Rebel Heart Tour vinyl release. Mercury Studio’s is only producing a purple galaxy swirl edition of the release in collaboration with Madonna’s team. However, Dutch retailers have listed the same release as ‘opaque yellow / with black vinyl’ instead of the purple galaxy swirl. The release bol.com refers to is listed as a European release (Austria to be precise) and Swedish retailer imusic.se has now also listed the release with ‘opaque yellow/black’ vinyl as issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment.

So are there two separate releases? The Rebel Heart Tour will be released on September 9, 2022.

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Madonna: Song by Song by Marc Andrews – book review

Madonna: Song by Song by Marc Andrews is your complete guide to the music of Madonna. Marc Andrews is a die-hard Madonna fan himself and is the author of two very well known and loved Australian Madonna fanzines – Madonna: The Unofficial Story (1989) and The Material Girlie Down Under (1993). He has also worked for Smash Hits and Classic Pop Magazine, this guy knows what he’s talking about.

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Rebel Heart Tour (Live At The Allphones Arena) (LP) (Coloured Vinyl) (Limited Edition) Bol.com pre-order

The upcoming official Rebel Heart Tour vinyl release is now available for pre-order at bol.com, check details + pre-order link below

Madonna
Eagle Rock
EAN 0602445230662
Disc colour: Opaque Yellow with Black
Limited edition 140g, 2 discs
 

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Diablo Cody reminisces about working with Madonna on her biopic: “I’m profoundly grateful for the experience”

Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody “still can’t believe” she worked with Madonna, telling ABC Audio it was “a dream come true” to co-write her idol’s biopic.

The Queen of Pop announced in September 2020 that she would be directing her own biopic, and tapped Cody to co-write the script with her. According to Madge, the movie is a “happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad and ugly” story of her rise to stardom.

“I still can’t believe that’s how I was able to spend my summer,” Cody said of the experience. “She’s incredible! I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody with a work ethic like that before.”

“Madonna is just on another level,” the Juno writer continued. “I can’t really say that much about [the movie] but I can say that I’m profoundly grateful for the experience.”

Read full article at Wilmar Radio Home
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RETRO CHART 1990: Madonna’s six-million seller “Vogue” was No. 1 in 30 countries

“Vogue”, the world’s best selling single of 1990, topped the charts in over 30 countries and remains one of Madonna’s biggest international hits

A house song with disco influences, the six-million-plus seller was co-written and co-produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone. It was a trend setter for dance music in the 1990s, ranked fifth by VH1 in a list of Greatest Songs of the 90s and No. 3 by Slant Magazine in their list of 100 Greatest Dance Songs. AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine claimed the song was “Madonna’s finest single moment”.

It won three awards at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards out of a total of nine nominations.

A major influence on popular culture, “Vogue” took its inspiration from “vogueing”, a dance craze popular in the gay community where dancers used elaborate hand gestures and frequently stopped to pose. This song brought the dance style to the mainstream and cemented Madonna’s standing as an icon in the gay community.

Full article at Independent.ie

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April 1985: Madonna Ascends the Charts with ANGEL

By April 1985, Madonna was on top of the world. Her second album, Like a Virgin, had been at or near the top of the charts since being released in November 1984. The title track hit #1 on the Hot 100. The second single, “Material Girl,” peaked at #2, kept from the top spot by just REO Speedwagon (“I Can’t Fight This Feeling”) and Phil Collins (“One More Night”). Standalone Vision Quest single “Crazy for You” was flying up the charts, on its way to #1 in May 1985.

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Sticky & Sweet Tour in Werchter Belgium photo gallery

Madonna’s fifth date of the 2009 edition of the Sticky & Sweet Tour marked her first ever concert in Belgium. Madonna was scheduled to play Werchter, an outdoor area which is the site of Rock of Werchter. Madonna’s “Frozen” was legally forbidden to be played in Belgium due to a lawsuit. Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva accused Madonna of plagiarizing his song, Ma vie fout l’camp (My Life’s Getting Nowhere), which he wrote in 1993. The question on everyone’s lips was ‘will Madonna play “Frozen” anyway?’ The ban on “Frozen” was lifted in 2014. 

Madonna didn’t start the show until 10.30pm and the weather conditions weren’t great. Werchter was wet, really wet. People were soaked by the rain and the mud. Still Madonna asked the crowd to take off their shirts during “La Isla Bonita”….most of the crowd just pretended they didn’t hear her.

So, would she play “Frozen”? Yes, in true Madonna-style! Did we expect otherwise? The song was probably the highlight of the night and the crowd ate it up. 

Check out photographs of the show HERE

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Madonna at the Hacienda to Obama’s inauguration: the tickets we can’t bear to throw away

Richard Davies – Madonna in Manchester

Madonna Hacienda ticket
Richard Davies’s ticket for the Tube’s special at the Haçienda, which featured Madonna.

I retained a few tickets from the early days at the Haçienda. It was a venue I visited most during the 80s, attending numerous club nights and seeing bands such as the Cramps, A Certain Ratio, the Fall and Orange Juice. However, the most memorable was Madonna’s very first UK TV appearance there in early 1984, broadcast live on The Tube (though it wasn’t the most inspiring of performances). I don’t think anyone there would have predicted such global success for the artist we witnessed that evening, but perhaps that’s because we were in the presence of greatness: the real queen of showbiz, the one and only Pat Phoenix.
Richard Davies is founder of face-value ticket exchange Twickets

Read full article at The Guardian

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Loads of Madonna goodies at the Mega Record & CD Fair at the Brabanthallen in ‘S-Hertogenbosch!

After the disastrous last minute cancellation by the Jaarbeurs of the previous record fair in November (and without consulting the organisation and dealers), Recordplanet has found a new location for Vinyl Heaven! Turns out it was the best decision they could have made. Not only was the record fair a lot bigger than the one in Utrecht (spanning three large spaces) but it was also a lot more crowded than Utrecht. To call the new location a success is a vast understatement. 

Literally five minutes after entering my budget was spent, I had no choice but to find the nearest atm (which is the only downside as there is only one and it’s all the way in the back) so the hunt could continue. I have never seen so many rare Madonna vinyl records in one place as I did today. To be able to go crate digging again, catching up with all the dealers and the organisation I have known for so many years, was fantastic. 

Scoring Madonna goodies was easy as there were many rare vinyls, test pressings and related memorabilia to find. Pictured below is what I scored:

  • MADONNA (insanely rare Zimbabwe pressing with original ‘Lucky Star’ title on label)
  • MADONNA (original Korean vinyl with stickers)
  • MADONNA (USA with black hype sticker)
  • MADONNA (Brazil vinyl with Best Sellers sticker)
  • Physical Attraction (7″ Brazil vinyl single)
  • Burning Up / Physical Attraction (12″ Vinyl Single Ecuador)
  • I’ll Remember / Why’s It So Hard (12″ Vinyl Single Ecuador)
  • Sorry (The Pet Shop Boys Remix) rare official Belgian promo cd-single in wallet
  • The Immaculate Collection (rare DCC, for only 10 EUR)
  • Like a Prayer (SEALED USA 3″ CD single in longbox format, only 20 EUR)
  • I’m Breathless (Korean vinyl)
  • I’m Breathless (Vinyl Club Edition)
  • Holiday (German white bordered Vinyl Single)
  • Madame X Blu-ray (unofficial factory pressed)

The record fair is open tomorrow from 10am, visit Recordplanet for more info!

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The Mega Record & CD Fair April 9 & 10 Brabanthallen ‘S-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

The wait isn’t long now. Just a few more days and the Mega Record & CD Fair will start. We’re really looking forward to greeting everyone again after two years. Together we can share our love for music again and what is better than that? To celebrate this, we have put together a varied programme with something for everyone. Check out what’s on offer on our website. 
 
and don’t miss this unique opportunity to see your music friends again after two years or to meet like-minded people and share your love for vinyl with others.
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