While writing songs, Madonna drew inspiration for her lyrics from numerous places. For example, one of her songs was inspired by a Gap ad — as well as her own spiritual journey. Here’s a look at what someone involved in the controversial ad received in return for inspiring a Madonna song.
Madonna’s “Express Yourself” is now available (May 7) as a 5-track remix EP on all digital platforms
01 Express Yourself (7″ Remix)
02 Express Yourself (Remix / Edit)
03 Express Yourself (Non-Stop Express Mix)
04 Express Yourself (Stop & Go Dubs)
05 Express Yourself (Local Mix)
The Oral History of Madonna’s Truth or Dare The groundbreaking pop documentary’s participants look back, 30 years later.
Truth or Dare is a snapshot of stardom in 1991, before fame was something that existed in people’s pockets. Pop documentaries have surged in the past decade, with many younger artists striving to make their own versions of Truth or Dare. Try as they might, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Coldplay can’t quite replicate the novelty of early-’90s Madonna. (Time will tell whether Pink, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, or Alicia Keys can do any better.)
Last year a 6-CD box set of Nick Kamen’s work was released. Madonna worked with him after seeing him in the Levi’s commercial in 1985, she went on to co-produce and co-write (with Stephen Bray) his hit “Each Time You Break My Heart”, she can also be heard singing in the back-up vocals. A demo of the song exists with just Madonna’s vocals. Madonna can also be heard on “Tell Me”.
If you want to complete your collection and add the Nick Kamen box set to your collection, you can order through Bol.com
Zanger en model Nick Kamen is op 59-jarige leeftijd overleden. De Brit, die in de jaren tachtig zijn opwachting maakte in de beroemde Levis 501-commercial en later Madonna’s protegé werd, scoorde hits als Each Time You Break My Heart en I Promised Myself.
Door zijn optreden in de spijkerbroekreclame, waarin hij zich – op zijn witte boxershort na – uitkleedde, verwierf Nick Kamen in 1985 wereldwijde bekendheid. Niet alleen nam de verkoop én populariteit van het Amerikaanse jeansmerk toe, met zijn verschijning deed Kamen bovendien de temperaturen in menig huiskamer stijgen.
A MODEL who starred in a Levi’s ad and later became Madonna’s protégé has died aged 59.
Essex-born Nick Kamen was famed for his 1985’s Levis 501 commercial where he stripped off in a launderette to Marvin Gaye’s Heard It Through The Grapevine.
He also appeared in the music video for Madonna hit Each Time You Break My Heart in 1986.
Tributes have flooded in for Nick, real name Ivor Neville Kamen, led by pal Boy George.
He said: “R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!”
Nick carved a carer for himself when he was just 18 after stripping off to his boxers for the hugely-successful Levi advert.
It caught the eye of Madonna, who reached out to Nick with a song she had written to join forces on.
Full story at The Sun
“Video learning and conversation platform” Bright launches today, providing fans with training and entertainment experiences from a wide range of notables, including Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, the D’Amelio sisters, Amy Schumer, Laura Dern, D-Nice and many others.
he play was going well. It was going very well, a Broadway production of Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a married couple and Rafe Spall as her lover – the last thing Mike Nichols directed before he died. It was a hit; so much so that one night Madonna invited the cast round for dinner. “So I went to dinner,” says Spall.
He is telling the story with relish, leaning into his laptop camera as if we’re slightly pissed on a Sunday and our families have drifted off to watch telly. “And Madonna was dressed as Madonna, a gold grill and fingerless gloves. I was feeling quite confident, because I’ve just done the show and I was like, I’m going to pretend to Madonna that I’m not scared of her.” After dinner the tables were pushed to the side to make a dancefloor, “and Lourdes is on the iPad playing tunes. So I started dancing and Madonna came up and started, well… grinding me. Very close. I suppose ‘dutty wining’ would be the phrase? My wife was there… [actor Elize du Toit, they’ve been married since 2010, three kids, recently moved from London to Stroud] And she looked at me like, ‘The fuck?’ My torso was pouring with sweat. And in my mind I was saying, don’t back down. So I looked her in the eye and said to myself, ‘Yeah, this is me.’” Soon after, a dance circle formed. “With Madonna on a literal throne. And all of the dancers from her tour were in a circle around her. And she said, ‘Rafe, get in the circle!’ So I was like, ‘Don’t back down, this is you.’ So I got in the middle of the circle of Madonna and the best dancers in the world. And I danced in there for three minutes.”
Last but not least to re-introduce to you is Hans Schaft the co-founder of MadonnaUnderground. Hans is a professional photographer (the photo of Madonna sticking out her tongue was taken by him) and is responsible for the greater part of the scans in our extensive discography
Favourite Album: Erotica
Favourite Song: Over and Over (live)
Favourite Tour: Too difficult to choose 😂 all tours are special but if I really have to pick one it would have to be MDNA Tour (New York November 13 she was on fire)
Vicky McClure has recalled the time she flew on Madonna’s private jet before returning to her office job.
Vicky McClure appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on May 1 along with co-star Martin Compston.
Nottingham actress Vicky, who plays DI Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, discussed the time she was directed by Madonna on the film Filth and Wisdom.
Since it’s my birthday today I thought it all the more fitting to introduce myself to you today. I am the co-founder and webmaster of this website. Whatever you see, I have been involved in it. I basically run it all and I love every second of it.
Favourite Album: American Life / Madame X
Favourite Song: Paradise (Not For Me)
Favourite Tour: Drowned World Tour / MDNA Tour
Favourite Look: American Life era (dark hair)
Every day we are re-introducing a team member. Today we would like to introduce Amon, crew member since day 1 and our very own DJ
Favourite Album: True Blue
Favourite Song: Too many, depends on the mood I’m in. Into The Groove up to Borderline, Stay to White Heat
Favourite Tour: The Girlie Show
Who’s That Girl? A youthful Madonna is seen posing playfully for rare pictures taken when she was aged 25 and her star was just rising – and fans now have the chance to snap them up
A rare contact sheet of photos of a playful Madonna during an early British shoot has emerged for sale.
The Queen Of Pop, whose music career has now entered its fifth decade, posed for London photographer Peter Anderson in Soho in 1983.
Sporting raven locks, the singer, who is now aged 62, is shown wearing a hat and dark clothing in the images where she mixes up her facial expressions.
Aged 25, she had the world at her feet having just released her first album, Madonna, featuring the singles Holiday and Lucky Star.
Every day we will re-introduce our team members to you, today we are proud to introduce Dave to you
Favourite Album: Erotica
Favourite Song: Paradise (Not For Me)
Favourite Tour: Madame X Tour / The MDNA Tour (can’t choose)
Favourite Look: MDNA Tour opening section
Favourite Movie: Evita
The Red Chili Peppers never go out of style. They just signed with Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, who also handles U2. Guy knows what he’s doing. If he made time for another super act, then he knows the Chili Peppers are going to be red hot again soon.
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We are re-introducing our team members the next days with brand new updated pages. The first crew member we would like to introduce you to is our stunning Fred with a short Q&A
Favourite Album: American Life
Favourite Song: Easy Ride
Favourite Tour: Madame X Tour
Favourite Look: Girlie Show era (short hair and blonde)
Favourite Movie: Who’s that Girl
Favourite Music Video: Human Nature
Favourite VHS/DVD/Laserdisc: The Virgin Tour (my first ever VHS!)
Favourite artwork: American Life era (red/black/white)
Favourite item in collection: the Re-Invention Tour t-shirt worn by Madonna during “Papa don’t Preach” and sent into the pit during “Crazy For You” … I got the one on September 1st (2004) in Paris Bercy (in one piece, in perfect condition!)
When did you became a fan?: I discovered Madonna through one of my uncles who was a DJ and who played the single “Holiday” quite often in clubs (1984) I finally succumbed to her charm during an English class where we were studying “Crazy for you” (1985)
First time you saw Madonna live: Who’s That Girl Tour at Parc de Sceaux in Paris (August 29, 1987)
Favourite Madonna memory: Working with Madonna on her film W./E. was an unforgettable experience. To be able to work with her for several days and see behind the scenes, the way she manages her teams and the
relentlessness she puts into her projects
Favourite live moment: Madonna’s entrance on The MDNA Tour is simply amazing, the staging is breathtaking. I have never seen anything so striking
How many times have you seen Madonna: 87 times… All tours except The Virgin Tour in ’85 and several promotional events
Your role in MadonnaUnderground: I contribute by posting news, but especially by bringing visuals (mainly photo’s and collector’s gadgets) as much as possible I facilitate the relationship with the French part of Madonna’s collaborations (for interviews for example)
Favourite MadonnaUnderground memory: The privileged meeting in restricted committee that we had with Madonna and the MU team during the taping of Le Grand Journal for the promotion of the album “Rebel Heart”. We had a real interaction with M and were able to thank her for all she has done for us over the years!
Final thought/comment: I’ve been a fan for almost 40 years, thanks to M I’ve traveled and I’ve met people from all over the world, some of them have become real friends. But most of all I met a new family with the MU team.
Updated and restyled is our videography page to “The Video Collection – 93:99”, Madonna’s third video collection as released in 1999.
The original project was called “The Video Collection – 92:99” and included the music video to “Erotica”. However in order to attract a wider audience and avoid an R rating, the “Erotica” music video was replaced by “The Power of Good-Bye”. The artwork for the release with original title and tracklisting was already created and ready as well as a promotional video and press releases.
We have included the printer’s proof of the original artwork (92:99) plus the promotional video and digital press release to the videography!
Further we have included 16 items of the commercially released product.
Check it all out HERE