Madonna at the Hacienda to Obama’s inauguration: the tickets we can’t bear to throw away

Richard Davies – Madonna in Manchester

Madonna Hacienda ticket
Richard Davies’s ticket for the Tube’s special at the Haçienda, which featured Madonna.

I retained a few tickets from the early days at the Haçienda. It was a venue I visited most during the 80s, attending numerous club nights and seeing bands such as the Cramps, A Certain Ratio, the Fall and Orange Juice. However, the most memorable was Madonna’s very first UK TV appearance there in early 1984, broadcast live on The Tube (though it wasn’t the most inspiring of performances). I don’t think anyone there would have predicted such global success for the artist we witnessed that evening, but perhaps that’s because we were in the presence of greatness: the real queen of showbiz, the one and only Pat Phoenix.
Richard Davies is founder of face-value ticket exchange Twickets

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Loads of Madonna goodies at the Mega Record & CD Fair at the Brabanthallen in ‘S-Hertogenbosch!

After the disastrous last minute cancellation by the Jaarbeurs of the previous record fair in November (and without consulting the organisation and dealers), Recordplanet has found a new location for Vinyl Heaven! Turns out it was the best decision they could have made. Not only was the record fair a lot bigger than the one in Utrecht (spanning three large spaces) but it was also a lot more crowded than Utrecht. To call the new location a success is a vast understatement. 

Literally five minutes after entering my budget was spent, I had no choice but to find the nearest atm (which is the only downside as there is only one and it’s all the way in the back) so the hunt could continue. I have never seen so many rare Madonna vinyl records in one place as I did today. To be able to go crate digging again, catching up with all the dealers and the organisation I have known for so many years, was fantastic. 

Scoring Madonna goodies was easy as there were many rare vinyls, test pressings and related memorabilia to find. Pictured below is what I scored:

  • MADONNA (insanely rare Zimbabwe pressing with original ‘Lucky Star’ title on label)
  • MADONNA (original Korean vinyl with stickers)
  • MADONNA (USA with black hype sticker)
  • MADONNA (Brazil vinyl with Best Sellers sticker)
  • Physical Attraction (7″ Brazil vinyl single)
  • Burning Up / Physical Attraction (12″ Vinyl Single Ecuador)
  • I’ll Remember / Why’s It So Hard (12″ Vinyl Single Ecuador)
  • Sorry (The Pet Shop Boys Remix) rare official Belgian promo cd-single in wallet
  • The Immaculate Collection (rare DCC, for only 10 EUR)
  • Like a Prayer (SEALED USA 3″ CD single in longbox format, only 20 EUR)
  • I’m Breathless (Korean vinyl)
  • I’m Breathless (Vinyl Club Edition)
  • Holiday (German white bordered Vinyl Single)
  • Madame X Blu-ray (unofficial factory pressed)

The record fair is open tomorrow from 10am, visit Recordplanet for more info!

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The Mega Record & CD Fair April 9 & 10 Brabanthallen ‘S-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

The wait isn’t long now. Just a few more days and the Mega Record & CD Fair will start. We’re really looking forward to greeting everyone again after two years. Together we can share our love for music again and what is better than that? To celebrate this, we have put together a varied programme with something for everyone. Check out what’s on offer on our website. 
and don’t miss this unique opportunity to see your music friends again after two years or to meet like-minded people and share your love for vinyl with others.
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The Meaning Behind Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”

Set inside Power Station studio in New York City, Madonna wanted to have more creative control over her second album Like a Virgin as a producer. Working with co-producers Nile Rodgers and Stephen Bray, the young artist had a vision for her 1984 album, one that would take her from a struggling artist living in New York City to a household name and ultimately a pop legend. On the album, the title track and her subsequent performance of it at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, cemented “Like a Virgin” in pop music history.

Madonna Never Wrote the Song

Written by the songwriting duo of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly—the duo also behind Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” Heart’s “Alone,” and The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You”—“Like a Virgin” initially came from a male perspective. Steinberg revealed that the idea for the song came from his own personal experience. “I was saying that I might not really be a virgin,” shared Steinberg. “I’ve been battered romantically and emotionally like many people, but I’m starting a new relationship, and … it’s healing all the wounds and making me feel like I’ve never done this before.”

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Sticky & Sweet Tour Paris July 9, 2009 photo gallery

Madonna played the fourth date of the second leg of the Sticky & Sweet Tour at Bercy in Paris on July 9, 2009. On the first leg of the tour she played the Stade de France twice, Paris was lucky to welcome her a third time!

There was a MASSIVE never-ending queue outside Bercy and I was wondering how in the world all these people were going to fit inside Bercy. Since we were too lazy to join the queue, we got inside Bercy quite late and therefore ended up halfway on the floor. Bercy was hot and people were fainting, waving their fans (yup, they came prepared as they learned from the best) and trying to catch their breath. Can you imagine how sweaty Madonna must have been in her most energetic show to date?

Check out 40+ photographs of the show in our photo gallery HERE

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Sticky & Sweet Tour Manchester 2009 photo gallery

Madonna performed the third date of the 2009-leg of her Sticky & Sweet Tour at the MEN in Manchester. It was also the day of Michael Jackson’s memorial and Madonna spoke about this right before “You Must Love Me.” She told the crowd to remind themselves to cherish someone while they’re still alive and not to wait until they’re no longer with us. 

She also remarked that it was only fair for the crowd to give her their shirts as she’d been giving hers for years. This was also the show where Madonna premiered the new “4 Minutes To Save The World in Red Sunglasses”. It was a one-time thing.

Madonna performed another stunning energetic show.

Check out 65+ updated photographs of the show HERE

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AWOLNATION cover’s Madonna with a little help from Taylor Hanson

So I guess the 80s are back again because we just got a stellar cover of one of my favorite songs from back in the day.

AWOLNATION dropped their version of Madonna’s 1984 hit “Material Girl” and it is SOLID.

Not only is it a great earworm that pays homage to the original, the band even recruited 3 time Grammy nominated Taylor Hanson to record vocals on it! Taylor is the lead singer of the band Hanson with his brothers Isaac and Zac, who had a massive hit in 1997 with “MmmBop”.

read full article at 93.7 The River

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Watch Manic Street Preachers cover Madonna’s 1984 single Borderline

Manic Street Preachers kicked off the BBC 6 Music festival in Cardiff last night, March 31, and treated fans to a cover of Madonna’s 1984 single Borderline.

The Welsh trio were playing an intimate show at Clwb Ifor Bach to launch the festival, which is also set to feature performances from Pixies, IDLES, Wet Leg, beabadoobee and more across the weekend, April 1-3. 

Watch the performance of Borderline below:


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Madonna & Sickick Enlist 070 Shake for Hypnotic Rendition of ‘Frozen (Remix)’

Madonna and Sickick team up with 070 Shake to unveil a hypnotic rendition of their viral “Frozen (Remix).”

Earlier this month, Madonna and Sickick tapped Nigerian singer Fireboy DML for an emotional, intimate version of their original “Frozen (Remix).” Sickick’s sweeping remix first exploded on TikTok in 2021, before being officially released on DSPs by Artist Partner Group/Warner Records in December. Since then, both remixes have amassed over 75M streams globally and soundtracked more than 100K TikTok videos.

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‘Stand Up For Ukraine’: Madonna, The Weeknd, Chris Rock, & Celine Dion Among Stars Leading Rally to Aid Refugees

Queen of Pop Madonna leads a star-studded court of celebrities ready to take part in a social media rally organized by Global Citizen to urge governments around the world to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

itled ‘Stand Up for Ukraine,’ the rally will take place on social media on April 8 – a day ahead of a pledging summit organized by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others to raise money to help those displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Chris Rock, Stevie Nicks, Priyanka Chopra, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, The Weeknd, The Jonas Brothers, Radiohead, U2, Elton John, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, and Ozzy Osbourne are just a few of the big names slated to join the call to action.


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Madonna Teases Upcoming Hypnotic ‘Frozen’ Remix With 070 Shake

The latest remake of the singer’s ‘Ray of Light’ single is due out later this week.

Madonna is going back to the future, again, for her upcoming remix. After dropping a slowed-down, gauzy remix of her Ray of Light single by masked DJ Sickick in December — and then another hypnotic take on the 1998 fan-favorite earlier this month with Sick and Nigerian singer Fireboy DML — Madge is going back to the well one more time time this week with a third version of the lead single from the song she originally co-produced with Patrick Leonard and William Orbit.

This time, she teased in a tweet, she’ll be joined by New Jersey rapper/singer 070 Shake. “New song And video drops in 2 days with @070Shake,” Madonna wrote along with snow flake, blue heart and nazar emoji. A 17-second teaser features a moody snaps of Shake and Madonna on what looks like a midnight video set and a snippet of the screwed-and-chopped remix that mixes the pop icon’s alluring vocals and the “sickick” name check.

Full article at Billboard

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Rebel Heart Tour Purple Swirl Vinyl Limited Edition Album Artwork reveal – exclusive!

The Rebel Heart Tour will be released on Purple Swirl Vinyl in a very strict worldwide limited edition. This is an official release through Mercury Studio’s which is part of Universal Music.

Below is the official cover for the upcoming LP + full tracklisting. The vinyl will be released on September 9.

Pre-order your copy HERE

  1. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 
  2. Iconic
  3. Bitch I’m Madonna
  4. Burning Up
  5. Holy Water / Vogue
  6. Devil Pray
  7. Deeper and Deeper
  8. HeartBreakCity
  9. Living For Love
  10. La Isla Bonita
  11. Rebel Heart
  12. Candy Shop
  13. Unapologetic Bitch
  14. Holiday


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Rebel Heart Tour 2LP on Purple Galaxy Swirl vinyl – new release!

Universal doesn’t want to be left out of the Warner/Madonna re-issue campaign starting in 2022!

The live double LP from Madonna’s record-breaking Rebel Heart Tour features 14 tracks, performed around the world on her 10th global trek. Recorded at Sydney’s Allphones Arena in 2016, this spectacular is everything (and more) you’d expect from The Queen of Pop. The tracklist spans Madonna’s entire career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album and classic fan favorites, pressed on “Purple Galaxy Swirl” vinyl. Limited Edition.


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