Madonna teams up with Kanye West for her new album

We hear Madonna is teaming up with the rapper on a track for her new album, and Kanye, of course, thinks he is the key to her comeback success.

Madge, 56, met the Yeezus star, 37, at a charity gala in New York last month and the pair got chatting about a potential collaboration. An insider told us: “Kanye and Madonna hit it off at the Keep A Child Alive ball and have been in touch ever since.

Perfect “Kanye has already written some songs he thinks would be perfect for her, and he’s desperately trying to find a time they can both get into the recording studio.

“He wants to make her cutting edge and relevant again, and he’d love nothing more than to produce some classic songs for her.

“Madonna is one of the greatest stars of the past 30 years. And now Kanye is desperate to put her back at the very top. “

He loves the way she always reinvents herself.” It looks like Madge’s new album is set to be a corker already – she’s also been working with Nicki Minaj, 31, and Diplo, 36. But will there be enough room for so much ego in one recording studio?

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Update on Carlton Wilbron meet & greet at mega record and cd fair in Utrecht

Just a quick update on Carlton Wilborn’s appearance (signing / meet & greet) at the mega record and cd fair in Utrecht this coming weekend at the Jaarbeurs.

Previously communicated were the times 11am-3pm on both days, these are incorrect.

Carlton will be signing on Saturday from 9am – closing time

Carlton will be signing on Sunday from 11am until around 3

He will be doing the meet & greet in Hall 11, this is right next to Hall 12 where you can visit the mega record and cd fair

Do not miss the opportunity to meet this iconic dancer!

Keep an eye on MadonnaUnderground for more updates on Carlton throughout the week leading up to the record fair.

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Meet Madonna dancer Carlton Wilborn at the Mega record and CD Fair in Utrecht!


Great news for all Madonna fans coming to the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht on November 22 and 23.

Carlton Wilborn, one of Madonna’s most fabulous dancers will be present for a meet & greet with all the fans in a special signing corner in Hal 11

Carlton Wilborn performed in the Blond Ambition Tour as well as in The Girlie Show where he also helped with the choreo. He also stars in the legendary ‘Vogue’ video and the MTV Video Music Awards performance of ‘Vogue’.

Every Madonna fan knows what an absolutely amazing dancer Carlton is, you now get the chance to meet him face to face!

He will be present at the fair on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm

image004Carlton Wilborn started out as a principle dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and as the lead dancer with MADONNA for two world tours, has performed before twenty thousand people at Madison Square Garden and eighty thousand at Wembley Stadium in London. Carlton brings his artistic passion and dancer’s discipline to film making. He is also an accomplished writer, having received the USA Book News – Best Book Award for his autobiography Front & Center – How I Learned to Live There. He was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for his starring role on one season of famous tv serie “THE MENTALIST”, and received the Best Actor Award from the NYLA International Film Festival for his compelling work in “The Boarder”. As a producer he’s garnered the 2013 Award of Merit from the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywoood for the trailer to his soon to be released feature film (action drama) “Breakout”. Carlton has appeared in over twenty film, TV and stage projects, including Madonna’s documentary feature Truth or Dare.
Also he was also in many popular movies such as ”Demolition Man” with Sylvester Stallone , ”Made Men” with James Belushi , ”The Hoax” with Richard Gere &  tv shows such as CSI Miami , NYPD Blue , Fame , NCIS ,The Mentalist.

Carlton Wilborn began his professional career as a principal dancer with the world renowned Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago. Combining street savvy and urban sensibilities with an inherent elegance and commitment to integrity, he naturally commands the stage. As a dancer, actor, and writer, he is a force to be reckoned with; and as a choreographer, director, and dance instructor, he guides the pursuits of fellow artists with the same level of excellence and creativity he brings to his own craft.
After working as a soloist for five consecutive years in Ruth Page’s Nutcracker, and as a resident guest artist for nine months with Ballet Met, Carlton followed his internal compass to Hollywood. He rapidly became recognized as one of the city’s premiere dancers, landing the position of Madonna’s pillar of strength for the Blond Ambition and The Girlie Show tours.
Throughout his career, he has worked with many distinguished artists and entertainment legends such as Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson; choreographer Twyla Tharp; legendary photographer Herb Ritts; Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, and powerhouse producer Joel Silver, among many others.

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Madonna & The Beastie Boys Wish You A Very Happy #TBT

It’s #TBT, everyone. This means that it’s time to “throw back” — and if we don’t, the Internet police will bust through our doors, Minority Report style, and lock us up in Internet jail. We’ll wind up next to the chronic Facebook inviter and that dude who retweets everything.

To ensure our freedom, we’re not just going to “throw back” to that time we ran into Stephen Colbert at a Rite Aid. No. We’re going to throw it back all the way to the ’80s — back when people wore neon and Madonna was still just a virgin. (Or, at least when she was acting like one — who’d been touched for the very first time, mind you.) For our very special #TBT, we’re revealing a wonderfully candid moment from Madonna’s first-ever tour, The Virgin Tour.

Below, you’ll see Madge herself clowning around with the tour’s opening act — a little known outfit called the Beastie Boys. While it took a while for Madonna’s fans to warm up to the New York City rappers (they eventually did) judging by this photo, it looks like Madonna dug them right away. That is one show we wish we’d seen.

Now back to building that time machine…

Photo: REX USA/Goncalo Silva/NurPhoto/Rex.

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10 Things Millennials Don’t Understand About Madonna

It seems hard to believe, but Madonna‘s second studio album Like a Virgin turns 30 today. The groundbreaking pop LP did more than establish the Material Girl — single No. 2 off the record — as a cultural phenomenon, it defined a decade. After Virgin, Madonna became a style and music icon; her rough-and-tumble yet glam look was mimicked by teens around the world. With the record, Madonna became arguably the world’s first dance-pop superstar. Oh, and the best.

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Isabella Rossellini: ‘Sex’ Wasn’t Shocking Because Madonna Was ‘Too Beautiful, Too Perfect’

In 1992, actress-model Isabella Rossellini made headlines when she collaborated with Madonna on what was to become the Material Girl’s most controversial project to date, the Sex book.

HuffPost Live’s Ryan Buxton grilled Rossellini on her feelings on Madonna’s Sex now, 22 years after its release. In recent years, the star, now 62, has been critical of the book, calling it “moralistic” in its approach to the subject matter.

“I was delighted to be able to work with [photographer Steven Meisel] and I was delighted to work with Madonna, because she’s a very interesting woman,” she said. “I wanted to be part of it when they asked me to be part of it.”

As for the final product, she said, “If you see a businessman — or me, an older woman — naked, there is a vulnerability. I thought that the book lacked that.”

She added, “Madonna was almost too beautiful, too perfect … too shaped, to have that vulnerability or the sense of shock that a regular, more normal, not so professional fitted body, could convey.”

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Madonna: The 1985 ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover Story

(This bulleted interview was originally published in the May 1985 issue of SPIN.)

I like to look the way Ronnie Spector sounded: sexy, hungry, totally trashy. I admire her tonal quality. I don’t have a deep, throaty voice or a womanish voice when I sing. I think my voice sounds innocent and sexual at the same time. That’s what I try to tell people, anyway; but they always misconstrue what I mean when I say “sexual innocence.” They look at me and go, “innocent, huh?” They think I’m trash.

I couldn’t be a success without also being a sex symbol. I’m sexy. How can I avoid it? That’s the essence of me. I would have to have a bag over my head and over my body; but then my voice would come across, and it’s sexy.


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Like a Virgin Is 30

Today – November 12 – is the 30 anniversary of the release of Madonna’s second album, Like a Virgin. Thirty years – digest that for a moment. If you’re shrugging and asking “What’s to digest?”, you’re probably under 30 and have never known a world without Madonna – you don’t know how different life was for young women before she became a lightning rod for debate on Western female sexuality, and changed the way women view sex, love and ambition.

If her only achievement had been to expand what was considered possible for women in pop music, she still would have been remarkable. Her influence is felt so far beyond pop, however, that she even inspired a strand of academia known as Madonna Studies, which examined her effect on sexuality and feminism. She’s sold 300 million records – more than any other female singer – and may be the only pop star to have generated a new word, “wannabe” – coined in the ’80s, when the aspirations of every teenage girl were summed up by the phrase “I wannabe Madonna”. Though not a conventionally gifted singer, she’s pushed through every barrier that stood between her and success, showing what can be accomplished by unyielding determination and a gift for being one step ahead of the zeitgeist. During her golden years – 1983 – 89, say – she was the zeitgeist.

Around 10 years ago, she was asked by an interviewer how she thought she was seen by the public. “I guess I’m known for being disciplined,” she replied, but she could also have said “controlling”, “independent” and “tough” – traits female singers weren’t supposed to possess, at least not openly, when she started out. It’s now routine for women musicians to call the shots in their careers – or to claim they do – but when Like a Virgin appeared, her insistence on making her own decisions was unique.

It was the album that made her commercially and culturally unstoppable. The cover photo of Madonna acting out the virgin/whore dichotomy by wearing a wedding dress and a belt that spelled out “Boy Toy” was only the start. The album’s title track – which spent six weeks at the top of the American chart – went where no pop single had gone before, equating the experience of falling in love to being sexually untouched. No other female singer had ever shoehorned the subject virginity into a pop song so bluntly, or made it clear that no matter what you were – virgin or sexually experienced – it was absolutely fine.

One of the album’s other massive hits, Material Girl, was about her being motivated by money rather than love (which greatly riled middle american parents, as did almost everything about her). The song was a typical mix of bluntness and coquettish sweetness – boys were okay, the song said, but the one she really wanted was “the boy with the cold hard cash.”

From the start, she knew exactly what buttons to push to be the centre of outraged attention. While writing a new biography of her, Madonna: Ambition. Music. Style, I was struck by the rage she incited in the ’80s: the religious right hated her for saying she found crucifixes sexy because there was a naked man on them; feminists were angered by the Boy Toy belt and others were concerned by her blithe habit of cultural appropriation.

She also lost an endorsement deal with Pepsi by dancing in front of burning crosses and kissing a black Jesus in the video for Like a Prayer. At times, her main occupation seemed to be breaking taboos – “If you want to be a whore, it’s your fucking right to be so” was a typical edict, one of many that encouraged women to celebrate and control their sexuality.

Her own celebration of her unquenchable appetites peaked with the 1992 book Sex, which featured explicit photos of her and male and female partners. To her undoubted delight, many bookshops refused to stock it. “Is it degrading to women? Well, sure, and to men, too,” said the New York Times. Naturally, that didn’t stop it selling 1.5 million copies.

Thirty years later, she’s not going gentle into that good night.

Madonna: Ambition, Music, Style is published by Carlton and out now.

From an article by Huffington Post

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