Madonna’s MDNA World Tour was finally released on CD, blu-ray, DVD and Deluxe DVD+2CD set in September 2013. Unfortunately the release was plagued by a batch of poor copies. Menu’s didn’t work, grainy picture, pixelated picture or no picture at all. In fact there were so many complaints that the first batch was recalled by Universal Music and switched for new improved non-grainy copies with working menu’s.
There were also problems with the release date of the original first release. The Dutch release/launch party for the DVD wasn’t confirmed until the very day of the initial release. Earlier that day we received word from the record company that they couldn’t deliver the goods, so we had to call the event off leading to many disappointed fans. Cut to a few hours later when an email came through that the stuff WAS delivered after all. Another message was immediately posted online that the party WAS a go and all fans were welcome to join us at FAME Megastore in Amsterdam. Fans were scratching their heads…..what was going on?
The show also aired on Dutch BNN with absolute superior quality to the released product.
For the discography we have added 27 different pressings. This list is nowhere near complete, unfortunately due to the many formats and editions we lost track (and interest) along the way. Besides the products there’s MDNA Tour video and audio and original press releases.
Check it all out HERE
Madonna is the type of artist and performer that needs no introduction. The Material Girl has been present for just about every trend in pop culture for nearly 40 years, producing chart-topping album after chart-topping album and hit single after hit single. Madonna has also worked with a huge swath of the music industry, collaborating with everyone from Prince and Justin Timberlake to Nicki Minaj and Chance the Rapper. On Madonna’s most recent album, Madame X, she’s added another name to that list: Maluma.
The Queen of Pop worked with the 26-year-old Colombian singer on her track “Medellín,” named for the city in which Maluma was born. The song features Madonna singing in Spanish with Maluma on the chorus, and a music video which sees the two artists getting married. While they may not be exactly married in real life, working with Madonna was a dream come true for Maluma.
According to an interview with Billboard, Maluma revealed that he first met Madonna in 2018 right before performing at the MTV Video Music Awards. After seeing him perform, Madonna reached out and asked him to collaborate on “Medellín.” Maluma also shared that he helped Madonna with some of the Spanish portions of the songs, explaining, “I taught her how to pronounce some words — I was trying to help her with the accent.”
Mirwais Ahmadzaï is trying to sum up his frequent collaborator Madonna. “You know bullfighting?” he begins ominously. “It works because the bull is so powerful that you have to weaken it.” Right. “Look, I’m not comparing Madonna to a bull,” he quickly adds, “but she was so powerful at that time.”
For most of the 90s, Ahmadzaï meandered through different genres, from acoustic chamber pop to an unreleased jungle album. In 1999, having signed his independent label, Naive Records, to Sony in the UK, Ahmadzaï was looking for a US label to release Production, a sleek electronic opus that fused stuttering beats with acoustic guitar and Auto-Tuned vocals. Impressed by the way Madonna’s Maverick label had handled the Prodigy in America, Ahmadzaï asked his photographer friend Stéphane Sednaouï, who had directed Madonna’s Fever video, to send lead single Disco Science to her manager Guy Oseary.
“He loved it and passed it on,” says Ahmadzaï. “When she heard it she said, ‘This is what I want to do’, so we tried it out.” Was he a fan of her work at that point? “I don’t know if you know the situationist movement,” he says, “but one of the things they said was break the link with the hero. I love Madonna but I wouldn’t say I was a fan. I didn’t have the fan attitude.”I like to be provocative … I was an artist before Madonna. This is one of the secrets of our relationship
Their early sessions were complicated by a language barrier. “She always says that I couldn’t speak English,” he laughs, “but she speaks with an American accent and very quickly. She’s very impatient – everyone knows that.” After Music’s playful electro came the more left-field folktronica of American Life. It got off to a bad start with the lead single and title track, which featured Madonna rapping in toe-curling style about her yoga classes, coffee-drinking habits and private jet.
“Yeah, we had a big debate about the rap,” he sighs. “We did another version where it’s more integrated into the mix. But I like to be provocative, which is why ultimately I didn’t fight her on it.” His voice softens, something it does a lot when discussing Madonna. “She just loves what she does. Even with Madame X, and working with [26-year-old Colombian singer] Maluma, people were like, ‘She shouldn’t do that.’ She just doesn’t care. If the reaction wasn’t good, it was OK.”
By the time Madonna executed a storming comeback in 2005 with the Confessions on a Dance Floor album, Ahmadzaï was burnt out. “I was supposed to do a big part of Confessions, but I had to leave,” he says carefully. “I worked on two tracks, but we were meant to do about five or six.” He’s cagey about why he left. “To be honest with you, if it had been today I wouldn’t have. I had some issues to resolve.” Besides, he was never supposed to be an underground producer for hire: “I was an artist before Madonna. This is one of the secrets of our relationship. I’m an artist too, and she knows that.”
Like all artists, Madonna included, Ahmadzaï enjoys contradiction. A self-confessed cult musician with a superstar on speed dial, he’s chosen a culture-destroying global pandemic to return to music. Not only that but he’s about to release a conversation-starting song and video, taken from an album featuring established names such as Richard Ashcroft and Kylie Minogue, as part of some sort of experimental protest.
“I do not care about streaming or video views,” he says. “We are aiming for zero views if possible, or zero streams.” Right. “I want to change the way we release records. It’s just a drop in the ocean, but it’s good to provoke.”
Read the full interview with Mirwais at The Guardian
Turn Up The Radio was globally released as MDNA’s final single. The album track and remixes were available on various promotional CDr’s but not releasing it on a commercially available physical format was quite a missed opportunity.
While Madonna was in Florence Italy for her MDNA Tour she shot the official music video for it.
In Brazil ‘Superstar’ was also released as a single and given away for free with the Folha de São Paulo newspaper on December 3 2012. Madonna herself chose the artwork for the single, sent in by various artists as part of Johnnie Walker’s Keep Walking Project.
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NPO 2 extra (Dutch TV) will air a documentary on Damien Jalet who worked with Madonna on her Madame X Tour. Damien Jalet is an internationally praised Belgian/French choreographer. He has worked with choreographers and artists like Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marina Abramovic, Ryuichi Sakamoto and of course Madonna.
Podium Dans (Stage Dance) visits him in Antwerp
NPO 2 extra
22.20 – 23.10
In 1985, there was no star bigger than Madonna. The singer had become a phenomenon almost overnight and now her star was rising, Saturday Night Live were quick to snag the singer as a host.
Madonna’s acting chops may still be under scrutiny, never likely to be fully accepted by either party of the discussion, her ability to entertain is under no debate whatsoever. The musical guest was Simple Minds and performed ‘Alive and Kicking’ and ‘Satisfy Yourself.’ Meanwhile, during the SNL skits, Madonna performed ‘Take On Me’, ‘La Bamba and Lionel Richie’s Three Times A Lady.
Read full article at FAR OUT
Madonna’s album Ray of Light is one of the most powerfully evocative pieces and the much-needed connect with one’s spiritual self in these gloomy times.
These days most of us need our daily dose of introspection and spirituality to cope with the trying times. Considering music in itself is therapeutic, what better could be than the music that helps you introspect and connect with your spiritual self? The Ray of Light in these gloomy times comes from Madonna. Her album, Ray of Light, was released in 1998. More than two decades thence, it still remains powerfully evocative with strong mystical undertones in the music and the lyrics. Both, the lyrics and the music, were the products of Madonna’s study of Eastern religions — Hinduism and Buddhism, her embracing Kabbalah and the daily practice of Ashtanga yoga. It was also Madonna’s motherhood album — the first one she composed after giving birth to daughter Lourdes.
Madonna is said to have gone great lengths to prepare for this album. For starters, she identified some of the lesser-known Indian spiritual texts for the lyrics. Take for instance, the Yoga Taravali hymn of Adi Shankaracharya. Madonna used the opening shloka of Adi Shankara’s lesser-known hymn that poetically and metaphorically summarises the highest teachings of yoga. These were the lyrics of the song Shanti-Ashtangi. And when she was told that her Sanskrit pronunciations weren’t up to the mark, Madonna went on to take classes from the scholar from Varanasi, Dr Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi (Vagish Shastri) — the eminent Sanskrit grammarian, linguist and yogi. And she took her classes over the telephone (organised by the BBC) that changed her pronunciations that would put most native Indians to shame.
Read the full article at Daily Recco
Photographer George DuBose was hired to take photographs of Madonna throughout this live show. These photographs were available in his Madonna – RAW book which published in 2015.
The book is still available to purchase through AMAZON here
The photographs shown here by George DuBose are all original. The photograph in the lower left corner is credited to Ross Gadye.
Fifteen years ago today one of Madonna’s biggest ever hit singles was released. ‘Hung Up’ a collaboration with Stuart Price sampling Abba’s ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ made for a brilliant instant dance smash hit! In fact it was Madonna’s greatest hit single in Holland to date, spending SEVEN weeks at the number one position in the official charts!
Here in Holland we celebrated the single release with radio interviews, social media promotion and an upcoming releaseparty for Confessions on a Dance Floor announcement.
Madonna performed the single in many TV shows on an extensive promotional tour, of which you can read a personal live report HERE
Performances included Wetten Dass (Mannheim), Children in Need (BBC London), Michael Parkinson (London), Star Academy (France) and much much more. There was also the less than stellar interview for Dutch TV by Peter van der Vorst for PULSE. Madonna was literally everywhere and there no was no denying that she was on top of her game!
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