Grimes accuses Ariel Pink of sexism over Madonna comments

Grimes has taken to Twitter in response to remarks made by Ariel Pink about Madonna and his role in her new album

Pink – who releases his new album ‘Pom Pom’ in November – claimed he’s been recruited by the singer’s label to work on her next record because she “need[s] something edgy” and that she can no longer “pretend that she’s 20 years old”.

“Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record,” Pink said. “They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing.”

But Grimes took to Twitter, to call Pink’s remarks “delusional misogyny [which] is emblematic of the kind of bullshit everyone woman in this industry faces daily”.

Additionally, Madonna’s manager Guy O’Seary has denied that Pink is involved in the album. Writing on Twitter he stated: “@madonna and I have never heard of @arielxpink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids.”


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Madonna gives MNEK bag of lemons

Madonna generously donated a ball of lemons and some throat-soothing tea bags to ensure he keeps his voice in great shape.

Madonna gave MNEK a bag of lemons and some throat-soothing tea bags to help him keep his voice in tip-top shape.

The 19-year-old singer/songwriter has teamed up with the music legend on a song for her upcoming new album and admits the 56-year-old star gave him plenty of advice about how to look after his vocal chords.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”She’s really cool. So lovely and very motherly. She gave me a bag full of lemons and Throat Coat tea bags. They’re pretty amazing.”

MNEK is set to perform at a new music initiative, MUSIC CUBE, at shopping centre Westfield London, west London, alongside Neon Jungle later this month, and the star insists it is important for new platforms to be created to promote live music for up-and-coming talent.

He added: ”I’m really excited by the MUSIC CUBE concept. I love performing live and it’s great to see that Westfield has created a new way for people to experience and interact with live music.

”MUSIC CUBE is also about supporting up-and-coming independent talent so I’m looking forward to seeing the other new acts over the two weekends.”

MNEK and Neon Jungle will take to the stage in a bespoke soundproof glass cube at MUSIC CUBE, which is exclusive to Westfield London (October 24-26) and Westfield Stratford City (October 31-November 2).
Free tickets are available now at: for Westfield London for Westfield Stratford City. The event will be also be streamed live via KISS FM’s website.


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Ariel Pink is working on Madonna’s new album: “They need something edgy”

Is Madonna going indie on her next record? According to Ariel Pink, Madge is looking for a change in direction and has enlisted the LA-based singer to help write the followup to 2012’s EDM-centric MDNA.

“Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record,” Pink revealed in an interview with FL’s Doug Wallen.“They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing,” he explained.

Speaking to FL ahead of his Australian return as part of the Sugar Mountain festival in January, Pink suggested the pop star needed to look to her past for inspiration and riffed about the kind of song he would write for Madonna. “I guess it’s called ‘throwback’, but the first record [1983’s Madonna ] was so good because of the songs,” he said. “It’s been a downward slide [since] … ‘Ray of Light’ is not cool. And all the other stuff she’s done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something.”

For MDNA Madonna worked extensively with French electro and progressive house DJ and producer Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi, a move which – despite the record shifting two million copies worldwide – Pink doesn’t think worked in her favour. “It’s not because of her age,” he offered. “It’s because of the things that she thinks she needs to do to stay in her narcissistic domination of the world. Which is totally hers to have. But it’s about not just being a yes person. I’m sure Interscope signed her like, ‘Okay, the last record didn’t do so well. We gotta do something about this. We’re gonna get all new songwriters together and we’re gonna try to come up with this thing. ’Cause she needs help with this.’ And she’s happy to let them do that for her.”

While he had a lot to say about Madonna, Ariel Pink also spoke at length to FL about his own forthcoming record pom pom, which is due out on November 18 through 4AD. Labelled a “solo album” the record follows 2012’s Mature Themes which was released under the Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti moniker. pom pom features 17 tracks including ‘Jell-O’ and ‘Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade’ which were co-written with the Runaways former manager Kim Fowley.

The full interview with Ariel Pink will be published on FL this week.


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Madonna: The World’s Biggest Star Is Just Hitting Her Stride

After more than three decades on top, Madonna has never been more relevant, more powerful or more interesting than she is at this very moment. How in the world does she do it? I’m writing about Madonna. Again.

In one of those full circle moments Oprah tends to get very excited about, my first professional journalism assignment came in the form of writing a review of True Blue, the Detroit native’s album released in 1986. As an ambitious writer/editor of 21, I took the job very seriously. Just a day after turning in my earnest critique (a rave), I arrived in Manhattan to start my dream job at Esquire, magazine home to some of my writing heroes Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese and John Gregory Dunne. It had been a very good week.

The first time I heard Madonna was back in 1982 during my first semester at Tulane University. As I hurried to get dressed to meet friends for a long night of New Orleans’ particular brand of debauchery (how I do miss those days), I heard a voice I couldn’t place coming from my roommate’s radio — female, African-American, sounding a bit like a grittier Jody Watley. The song was “Everybody,” Madonna’s first released track, and something about the song, her voice and her one-word moniker struck a winning chord with me. Her second hit, “Holiday,” an irresistible happy dance confection, solidified that this Madonna was the next hot R&B female vocalist and I wanted to hear more. You can imagine my shock when I first laid eyes on Madonna on MTV burning up my screen in her video for “Borderline”–her first Billboard Top 10 smash –and discovered that Madonna was, in fact, white and blonde! Who was this Madonna? I was hooked.

It’s surreal recounting the early days we were first introduced to the ambitious life force tornado bursting with in-your-face bravura that became the all-encompassing, omnipresent, intergalactic superstar with a Biblical name.

From the moment we laid eyes on Madonna–with crazy fishnet stockings, dirty jeans and fingerless lace gloves–she had us under her spell. As the singer once famously said to a reporter, “Love me or hate me, but you have to deal with me.” And dealing with her is something the world has been doing with wide-eyed fascination for more than three decades. There’s no stopping this woman.

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I applaud my Sons desire to express his outrage by posting footage of ISIS on instagram. Humans are becoming numb to this violent imagery. He is saying our problems are nothing compared to whats going on around the world. Freedom Fighting is in his blood. Lets pray for PEACE! #rebelheart #livingforlove


I applaud my Sons desire to express his outrage by posting footage of ISIS on instagram. Humans are becoming numb to this violent imagery. He is saying our problems are nothing compared to whats going on around the world. Freedom Fighting is in his blood. Lets pray for PEACE! #rebelheart #livingforlove

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Madonna’s ‘Bedtime Stories’ Turns 20: Babyface & Donna De Lory Look Back

Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, a classic that came out at a strange crossroads in her career.

While Madonna certainly didn’t lack for fame in 1994, the button-pushing Eroticaalbum had soured many critics and fans. For the first time in a decade of superstardom, people weren’t shocked by her antics anymore — even worse, they often seemed exhausted by her.

Artistically speaking, she’d spent the last four years challenging and subverting America’s sexual puritanism. But after releasing an entire book called Sexfeaturing nude pictures of herself and other celebrities, there didn’t seem to be anywhere else to go in that realm.

It didn’t help that she’d detonated 14 F-bombs on a March 1994 episode of The Late Show With David Letterman, an infamous appearance that racked up FCC complaints and distanced her from Middle America. Evita was two years away and the overt sexuality of Erotica was growing stale — so when Bedtime Stories hit, Madonna’s career was at a strange point.



To that end, Bedtime Stories is lyrically and musically a much warmer album. She sacrifices some bawdy entendres (compare Erotica‘s “Where Life Begins” toBedtime‘s “Inside of Me”) and focuses on autobiographical matter.

Instead of Erotica‘s chilly, pounding dance pop, Bedtime puts Madonna in softer sonic territory. There’s the singer-songwriter-y “Secret,” the avant pop of “Bedtime Story” (co-written by Bjork), the new jack swing jam “I’d Rather Be Your Lover” (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello rapping), the Herbie Hancock-sampling ballad “Sanctuary” and the lush, orchestral R&B of “Take a Bow.”

But softer sounds didn’t necessarily mean muted lyrics. “Human Nature” finds Madonna taking on her critics more directly than ever with a logical, defiant attack on slut-shaming. And while album opener “Survival” is a cozy R&B-pop song, it was similarly unrepentant in attitude.

The inviting R&B sound of Bedtime Stories is due in part to co-producer Dallas Austin, who longtime Madonna backup singer Donna de Lory describes as “part of her tribe at that time.” Also on board were co-producers Nellee Hooper, Dave “Jam” Hall (hot off Mary J.Blige’s debut, What’s the 411?) and, of course, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

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Here’s Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’, sung by Quentin Tarantino characters

Someone has made a supercut video of Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ being sung by pretty much all of Quentin Tarantino’s movie characters. Check it out below.

You no doubt remember the scene from Reservoir Dogs when the gang sit around to discuss Madge’s key track. Well, now animator and visual effects artist Glenn O Neil has gone one step further, giving the classic a full ‘tribute’ with a little help from the stars of all of Tarantino’s movies – from Samuel L Jackson to Hitler, with everyone in between.

Meanwhile, in the ‘real’ world, Madonna has been in the studio progressing with her new album, working with the likes of MNEK, Blood Diamonds and DJ Dahi. It is rumoured for release either later this year or in early 2015.


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