Is Sia writing for Madonna’s next album?

On the May 19 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Sia uniquely recreated her buzzworthy music video for “Chandelier.”

In DeGeneres’ introduction of the performance, she said that Sia had “written No. 1 hits for artists like Madonna, Rihanna and Beyonce…” That made us pause, considering Madonna has not yet released a tune written by Sia (though the other divas have).

Could that mean Sia might be at work on Madonna’s upcoming album? Maybe DeGeneres inadvertently disclosed some new information? After all, Madonna has been busy sharing Instagram photos of a number of collaborators over the past month or so (like: Diplo, Toby Gad, Natalia Kills, Martin Kierszenbaum, S1, MoZella, Ariel Rechtshaid and Nick Rowe).

Sia’s publicist says that Sia has not written for Madonna, nor is she writing for an upcoming project. Thus, it was a slight error on DeGeneres’ part.

(Still, we’d like to think DeGeneres was perhaps projecting her desire for a possible Madonna/Sia collaboration.)

There is no word on when Madonna’s next album might be released, but, Sia’s new set, “1000 Forms of Fear,” is due out on July 8. “Chandelier” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 a week ago (chart dated May 31) at No. 75. It’s bubbling under the threshold of the Pop Songs airplay chart.


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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna ‘Vogue’s To Top Of Hot 100

This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history

May 19, 1990
Madonna had been inspired by dancers/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, who introduced “vogue”-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. Twenty-four years ago today, her song “Vogue,” with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.


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Katy Perry And Madonna Bring Dominatrix Chic To The Cover Of ‘V’ Magazine’s Summer Issue

This is major. Katy Perry and Madonna have joined forces for the cover of V magazine’s summer issue. The lovely ladies teased the sexy, S&M-themed pictorial via Instagram and immediately got the internet buzzing that the Queen of Pop had officially crowned her successor. (You just know Lady Gaga is locked in a dark room screaming “it shoulda been me!”)

Not that Madonna is going anywhere. The buzz surrounding her new album has grown exponentially thanks to clever social media manipulation (she’s working on mouth-watering collaborations with Avicii, Diplo and Natalia Kills) and attention-grabbing nude photo shoots. Make no mistake. The 55-year-old is pulling out all stops for this era and aligning herself Katy certainly can’t hurt. See their pics after the jump.

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Pre-Order V89 SUMMER 2014! (with Madonna and Katy Perry)

After a long and arduous winter, it’s time to bask in the sunshine. V want you to have a fulfilling summer season, and for that reason we’ve packed this issue with the best of what’s to come: faraway festivals (for the avid music fan) and the most enticing reads, exhibitions, movies, and so forth. Of course, who better to cap off this season of everlasting glow than the eternally youthful Material Girl, accompanied by pop’s reigning princess of the charts? In a worldwide exclusive, V Magazine and Steven Klein come together again to capture Madonna and Katy Perry in their element, under the sartorial eye of Arianne Phillips. Here, they delve into the importance of being creatively liberated, in a celebration of music, fashion, and artistic freedom. After all, isn’t that what summer is all about?

Pre-order your copy now and get it in your hands by Memorial Day!

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Guess Who’s Behind This Disco-Fueled Track ( you think it’s M?) reply @billboard

We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but the music speaks for itself

Due in no small part to the success of a couple of Parisian robots, disco is fully back in vogue these days. With its buoyant analog chords, filtered funk synths, and vocoded hook, this blistering tune by a shape-shifting dance legend takes a few cues from the Daft Punk playlist and is a flawless fit for the times.

Billboard was given an exlcusive listen to this forthcoming track, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy on the exact artist’s identity. But, after a fair amount of begging, we were given exclusive permission to leak this 50-second snippet to the world. For now, the music will have to speak for itself.

Check out the tease above, and stay tuned for the big reveal coming soon. (And feel free to hit @billboard on twitter with any guesses about who the secret star might be.)

From an article by Billboard

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Madonna for L’Uomo magazine



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Because of the Internet, or because we’ve acquired some kind of maturity vis-à-vis the mass media, celebrities’ social role has changed in recent years. It’s not that they’re less interesting but now we demand greater transparency.

Consequently, many have rediscovered art’s ancient function as a public conscience and they use their media leverage for social purposes. An example? Madonna; who is not only still the greatest pop icon of our time, but also the one most committed to the fight for human rights, as demonstrated by her frequent public statements, her humanitarian work in Malawi and her recent project Secretprojectrevolution and Art For Freedom.

Secretprojectrevolution is a short film co-directed with Steven Klein. It calls for a “Love revolution […] a revolution of independent thought, of having your own opinion and not giving a damn about what people say”.

The movie has an autobiographical slant and reflects the many battles against stereotyping that Madonna has fought in her life. “How can you create art without becoming involved?”, says Miss Ciccone. “I like to compare myself to Frida Kahlo: everything she did was a self-portrait”.

The movie was intended as the advertising campaign for her lingerie range, but Secretprojectrevolution turned into a manifesto against oppression. It is founded on a sensuous, noir choreography featuring scenes of masochism shot in the labyrinth of rooms of a former prison in Buenos Aires.

Madonna alternately plays the roles of prisoner and torturer, accompanied by political messages about control and punishment. “Sometimes we are the victims of oppression, other times we imprison ourselves”, she says. “The movie is an example of the paradoxical world we live in”.

Art For Freedom is the next stage on from the movie. It is a digital platform in association with Vice Media that hosts videos, photos, illustrations and documentation of performances addressing intolerance and persecution. “There was a time when art reflected what was happening in society”, she proceeds, pensively. “Artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Richard Pryor or Jean-Luc Godard made political statements through their art”. The object of Art For Freedom is “to encourage people to believe that we can bring about change in the world through art” and a cry of protest against the commoditization of creativity.

Her greatest source of inspiration is the writer and activist James Baldwin, who has spoken at length of an artist’s responsibility in society. “By allowing ourselves to be consumed by corporate branding, worrying about having the approval of others and promoting only what is acceptable and popular, we destroy our art and everything about it that’s unique”, Madonna states.

At the start of her career, in New York, she belonged to the East Village artistic community and she was friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, who addressed social issues through art in a direct way, as do many artists in Art For Freedom. “Hanging out with Keith and Jean-Michel deeply influenced me”, she recalls. “Their approach to art was aimed at making it accessible to people, in the subway, on the street. It wasn’t elitist, you didn’t have to pay for it, go to a museum or gallery or frequent rich people, you could be anyone”.

Art For Freedom fights stereotypes, bigotry and discrimination, and promotes civil rights and the acceptance of diversity. “There are enemies, tyrants, fascists and dictators, people who destroy other people’s lives or take away their freedom: like Putin or the president of Venezuela”, the star continues, fervently. “In actual fact, the enemy is inside us. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we constantly discriminate against and judge others. So the first thing we have to change is ourselves. All the great leaders said that, like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy and Nelson Mandela”.

After Pussy Riot’s arrest, Madonna gave a speech defending gay rights at her show in St Petersburg in 2012. Eighty-seven people were arrested that evening and the star was fined one million dollars. Other times she’s been booed, censored and threatened with death, but nothing stops her. “I’m willing to sacrifice all in the name of human rights”, she declares, “apart from my children”.

Her next album will be connected with Art For Freedom. And we can expect to see her increasingly involved and committed. “I have no choice. At this point, there’s no turning back. This is my role in the world, my work as an artist. I have a voice and I have to use it”.

Far from the walls of museums, which a growing number of pop stars aspire to cross, Madonna’s statements and her resolve echo the words of Baldwin. They are meant for other artists in the hope of awakening them to their potential as agents, if they so wish, of social change and leaders of a more democratic, civilized society.

L’Uomo Vogue, May-June 2014 (n. 451)

Fashion Assistant Esther Matilla, Rika Watanabe.
Manicure Naomi Yasuda@Streeters.
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Personal Stylist Arianne Phillips.

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Photo by Tom Munro

PUBLISHED: 05/16/2014 – 06:30
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