She’s ‘expressing herself’: Madonna, 56, goes back to her punk rock days in black bustier dress at Keep A Child Alive gala


Madonna has carved her own niche as a style chameleon, and on Thursday she resorted to a look that started it all.

The 56-year-old Material Girl was draped in a dress that screamed 1980s as she hit up Keep A Child Alive’s 9th annual Black Ball in New York City on Thursday.

Madonna’s frock featured a tight-fitting bustier with sheer lace details showing off her overflowing cleavage, along with a lace skirt that fluttered to her shins.

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Even her accessories were a clear nod to her Desperately Seeking Susan character in the 1985 cult flick who clothes herself in various designs picked up at second hand stores.

Black leather lace-up booties by Givenchy and black lace mitts were a dressy touch, and a heavy crucifix pendant adorned her throat.

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Madonna’s ‘Angel’ Gets A Punk Makeover, Courtesy Of Brooklyn’s The Dead Betties (VIDEO)

The Brooklyn-based punk rockers who recently tackled Britney Spears’ “Lucky” now have their sights set on the Material Girl.

The Dead Betties cover Madonna’s underrated ’80s hit, “Angel,” in their latest video. The clip features women embodying five of the Queen of Pop’s most iconic personas, including the street urchin of “Desperately Seeking Susan” and the “Erotica” dominatrix, strolling about downtown Manhattan and even riding the subway.

The band, which has headlined shows at SXSW and Toronto Pride, say the song — which first appeared on Madonna’s 1984 “Like a Virgin” album — has long been a personal favorite.

The band is composed of lead singer–bassist Joshua Ackley, drummer Derek Pippin and guitarist Eric Shepherd. They’re currently putting the final touches on a forthcoming album, which will feature the single, “The Way We Live Now.”

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The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

Ahead of MTV’s first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play — until the network pulled the band’s videos and manager Bill Ham relented.

MTV did, however, secure a largely unknown singer whom MTV’s Chip Rachlin recalls “was a bit difficult.” Madonna wanted to sing a new song, “Like a Virgin,” to a full-grown, white Bengal tiger. The big cat was nixed. Instead, she decided to emerge from a 17-foot tall wedding cake and sing the song in a white wedding dress, a bustier and a BOY TOY belt buckle — a classic Madonna mixed message. But as she descended, one of her white stilettos slipped off. “So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just pretend I meant to do this,’ and I dove on the floor and I rolled around,” she later said. “And, as I reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were showing.”

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‘Molly’ Meldrum never yearned for television career

Despite the rise of tabloid journalism, Meldrum’s duty of care to so many stars who have inevitably become his friends hasn’t waned. Even the interviews that didn’t pan out as expected, as with a rising Madonna.

“I was in the office in New York and I was given this huge lecture [for being late],” Meldrum said of their first meeting.

“I said, ‘who the f—is Madonna, anyway?’.

“She looked at me and said, ‘I’m f—ing Madonna, and what’s a f—ing Molly’?”.

“We were great friends straight away.”

Taken from an article by Canberra Times

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BOOK EXCERPT: John-John had affair with Madonna, much to his mother’s disapproval — EXCLUSIVE

..’One unwelcome reminder of JFK’s torrid affair with Marilyn — the affair that most troubled Jackie — arrived on her doorstep in the form of another blond bombshell by the name of Madonna. Already a pop icon, Madonna was best known at the time for her “Material Girl” video, an homage to Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

The Material Girl and JFK Jr. met briefly at a party following one of her concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1985. Three years later, after the breakup of her stormy marriage to Sean Penn, she went after John. Beyond the obvious — stories of her sexual escapades abounded — Madonna was convinced that destiny was taking a hand in bringing together the undisputed heiress to Monroe’s platinum persona with the son of JFK. She told friends she believed that her affair with JFK Jr. would be nothing less than “cosmic.”

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Why Madonna’s unapologetic ‘Bedtime Stories’ is her most important album


For as long as Madonna has made music, she has endured relentless criticism for her sexuality. She’s been perhaps the most consistent target in the music industry, drawing critiques for more than three decades, and reviews of her work have served as a roadmap for how we scrutinize women at each stage in their music career. Whether it was public speculation on why she isn’t “like a virgin” or it was chastising her middle-aged body in a leotard, the shaming has had many iterations despite its one unwavering resolution: She goes too far.

That’s why her album Bedtime Stories, even as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, is still her most important work. For months leading up to its release, it was marketed as an apology for her sexual behavior, and critics hoped it would be her return to innocence. Instead, she offered a lyrical #sorrynotsorry and a response to the problem of female musicians being scrutinized for their sexuality rather than their music. As a result of the public’s moral concerns, it has become Madonna’s most quietly important album, setting the tone for how artists deal with critiques of their sex life.

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POPLIFE brengt ode aan Madonna

Like a Virgin, oftewel feesten alsof het je eerste keer is
én dit, één uurtje langer!

Al 16 jaar lang zorgt POPLIFE voor de vetste feestjes van het land. De prachtige concertzaal van de Vooruit in Gent vormt al meer dan 100 edities lang het toneel voor de meest swingende POPLIFE party’s. Voor deze editie pakt de organisatie uit met een nieuwe look en feel en dit onder het thema ‘Like a Virgin’. Deze keer wordt er niet gedanst alsof het de laatste keer is, de pannen gaan van het dak alsof het de eerste keer is!

Een frisse line up, poppy en trendy treats, dat is POPLIFE anno 2014. Onder de noemer “Like a Virgin”, met een knipoog naar het pop-icoon Madonna, zullen op zaterdag 25 oktober een duizendtal POPLIFE gasten de dansvloer onveilig maken. Feestvierend Gent, Vlaanderen en heel België is welkom om zijn/haar beste dance moves te tonen op de meest aanstekelijke popmuziek van vroeger en nu. De Vooruit wordt opnieuw omgetoverd tot een gezellige, classy club. En voor wie niet genoeg krijgt van dit buitengewoon fantastisch feest is er wel heel fijn nieuws : het winteruur doet zijn intrede, dus de nacht duurt nog één uurtje langer of voor zij die last hebben van pijnlijke dansvoeten: je kan één uurtje langer in bed blijven liggen. Dus niet twijfelen, maar Let’s Celebrate Pop Culture… en dit als een maagd!

Wie tickets wil voor dit niet te missen feestje, haal die dansschoenen uit de kast én haast je als de bliksem naar één van volgende Gentse outlets voor een super premium, maar goedkoop (lees: gratis) ticket : BAAR, Bar d’Oh, Black Balloon, Brooklyn, Café Labath, Café Parti, Café Théatre, Carrément, Chocolade Bar, Cream, Cube, De Client, Don & Dona, Dope, Eat Love Tastings, Grade, Greenway, Julie’s House, La Fille d’O, PIET Moodstore, Rood, Supertrash, Vintage, Wasbar.

Te laat voor een guest ticket?! Niet getreurd en waag je kans online en er zijn ook tickets beschikbaar aan de deur = 10 euro voor middernacht –  15 euro na middernacht

Zaterdag 25/10/2014
Concertzaal, Vooruit, Gent
Van 23u tot 6u


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