The Legends of Music Collection Brings Music Enthusiasts Something New to Collect

BURNSVILLE, Minn.July 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Asset Marketing Services is pleased to offer the Legends of Music Collection, a coin series featuring the portraits of some of the most iconic artists in music history. Known for his involvement in the record industry and artistic portrayals of famous personalities, American artist Sid Maurer’s passion for painting and music unite to create the stunning portraits displayed on the Legends of Music coin series. Music enthusiasts and collectors alike will appreciate the limited series, which features an assortment of the world’s top recording artists emblazoned on 1-ounce .999 fine silver coins.

Musicians immortalized on the coin art include:

  • Mick Jagger
  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Elvis Presley
  • David Bowie
  • Bob Marley

Each celebrity portrait created by Sid Maurer carries a unique design with impeccable detail and selective colorization that resembles a miniature vinyl record. With only 10,000 pieces being produced per design, the opportunity to own a collectible coin from this beloved series may never come around again.   

Each collectible coin resembling a vinyl record arrives housed in a “Sid Maurer’s Celebrity Icons©” box wrapped in a sleeve showcasing the celebrity icon depicted on the coin. Each coin is $5 legal tender backed by Solomon Islands and will include a Certificate of Authenticity with an “Official Licensed Product” hologram sticker to further ensure authenticity.

“We are thrilled to make this special collection available to both music enthusiasts and avid coin collectors. The artistry and skill used in crafting the Legends of Music Collection have resulted in a new way fans can celebrate their favorite musicians,” said Kelsey Knight, Director of Digital Marketing, Asset Marketing Services.

About Asset Marketing Services

Since 1984 Asset Marketing Services, LLC (AMS) has provided collectors, history buffs and others with ancient coins that range from those dating back more than 2,000 years to the latest three-dimensional works of modern coin art. The company is a leading provider of precious metal coins to collectors around the world. Asset Marketing Services provides unmatched customer service, product knowledge and a comprehensive product offering. The company’s foundation is built on its iCARE values of integrity, communication, accountability, respect and energy in its relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders. Learn more at

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Madonna The Day I Was There book update

Recently released is The Day I Was There featuring over 300 eyewitness accounts of seeing Madonna live, whether it’d be at a concert, promotional gig or spontaneous encounter, you can read it all in here.

It’s not just the fans writing about their experiences but also from a lot of people that worked with her. There’s a chronologic timeline of the compiled stories, reading from as far back as Seymour Stein signing her to the very recent Madame X Tour. Especially interesting are those eyewitness accounts from people that worked with her early on in her career, it paints such a great picture of the determination and the sheer confidence she had in herself. 

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Madonna – The Day I Was There features over 300 eyewitness accounts of seeing the ‘Queen of Pop’ live in concert, taking readers on a fan’s eye view through the career of one of the most charismatic, talented and much-loved artists in music. The book also features accounts from many people that worked with the singer including dancers, photographers and musicians.

This is a unique view of the Madonna story featuring a wealth of fascinating stories, memorabilia and photographs that have never been published before, making this book a unique portrait of one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades. From early shows in New York right through to the current Madame X Tour and everything in between.

This special limited edition hardback is numbered from 1-500 and signed by the author. We can also offer a personal dedication hand written in this book.



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Madonna performs at Live Aid assorted press pictures

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Now that’s rock ‘n’ roll! Care home residents recreate iconic album covers

Sydmar Lodge residents in Mill Hill pay homage to classic albums by artists including Madonna, Adele, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.


When activities co-ordinator Robert Speker, decided to recreate album covers with the residents at Sydmar Lodge in Mill Hill, he had no idea his photographs would go viral in hours and create a media frenzy.
Robert, 41, who has worked at the care home for five years was at work on Sunday when TV and radio stations started calling to ask him about the project which features the home’s Jewish residents replicating the cover poses of artists such as Madonna, Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Rag n Bone man.

Robert, who previously worked at Kisharon was featured in Jewish News when he took resident Shelia Solomons to see Rag n Bone Man and Shelia, who appears in the album collection as Rag n Bone Man complete with tattoos painted on by Robert and as bassist Paul Simonon in The Clash’s album London Calling.

Born and raised in Newcastle, Robert who has been working through lockdown, almost missed the birth of his third daughter, Olivia on June 25 when his wife Aya went into labour while he was at the care home taking the final shot of Hilda for the Blink 182 cover. “My wife is very, very understanding,” says Robert who is always coming up with new ways to entertain the residents.

“I have taken them to the Ritz for tea and I am thinking of ways to get them an outing to a casino. A few weeks ago I hosted a 100th birthday for a resident with her family on Zoom. It was wonderful but sad because she should have had the party she deserved.” With plans to come up with more ways to make the residents happy, Robert set up a go fund me page.

“I did the project to make them happy and I think the models’ families have enjoyed it, with even grandchildren posting about their grandparents, but the risks of Covid means they could be in lockdown for a long time and I want to make it a good time.”

Since posting the covers on Facebook, Robert has been contacted by news agencies across the globe and will appear on BBC News in the morning, CNN and Channel 5 tomorrow. “Then it’s back to Sydmar Lodge to think of ways to keep the residents uplifted.”

You can help support Sydmar Lodge HERE

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MDNA Tour in Brussels – 45 new pictures added

Today is 8 years ago that Madonna wowed the huge crowd in Brussels for her MDNA Tour.

She rehearsed extensively in the presence of most of the crowd and continued to perform her show while it was raining heavily. The trooper she is, she pulled through but was given an umbrella during ‘Like a Virgin’.

We have added 45 new pictures of the show to our photo gallery, check them all out HERE

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Dancer from New York about working with Madonna and Netflix

ose Xtravaganza, age 50, hometown — New York, choreographer, Vogue dancer, father of the house of Xtravaganza

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About the beginning

My name is Jose Gutierrez, but everyone knows me as Jose Xtravaganza — father of Xtravaganza house.

I started dancing at the age of 11 and was lucky to win a grant from the New York government. I graduated from art school. I started dancing professionally, and the older I was, the more I traveled the world and danced.

My parents invested a lot in my creative development. I also watched various shows on TV and was inspired.

In primary school, I studied the art of ballet. In high school, I began to dance in various styles — modern and jazz. After the ballet, everything seems easy. Now my main focus is Vogue.

I remember the first competition I won. This was in 1986 for the documentary Paris On Fire. I was extremely happy about it.

About meeting Madonna

At that time, in the 90s, we went to one of the clubs in New York — Sound Factor. It was visited by many celebrities: Diana Ross and George Michael. It was a popular underground club. We went there with colleagues from the house of Xtravaganza. At that time, I knew an actress, and she said that I should meet Madonna and told her about me.

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At that time, I knew an actress, and she said that I should meet Madonna and told her about me. Madonna asked me about Vogue and told me that she was writing a song about this dance, offered me to participate and be a choreographer for the music video. After Madonna found out I was a professional dancer, she took me on tour.

I worked with her from 1990 to 1995. She is skilled in dancing and learns quickly. Because in Vogue there are no such movements as in ballet. You just watch and do. She learned everything in two weeks.

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In Northern Michigan, the last name Ciccone usually brings to mind a famous pop singer or a Suttons Bay winery. But in 2019, another Ciccone arrived to make his mark Up North.

Christopher Ciccone, younger brother of Madonna and son of Tony, proprietor of Ciccone Vineyards in Suttons Bay, comes to the Mitten with a diverse artistic background. He’s been a dancer for his sister, designed concert tour shows, shot music videos, written a book, and had art displayed around the world. But his passion for furniture and interior design are the cornerstones of his eclectic career, and what brought him to the Petoskey area this past year.

“Design is the one thing that I’ve kept doing since 1985, no matter what else I veer off to explore,” Ciccone says. “Working with clients crosses over the many platforms that I’ve worked in. I get to say, ‘Here’s what I can do for you. Let me help you fulfill your dream.’” 

His start in the field was an untraditional one, and Ciccone admits to having “stumbled into” the profession during his 20s. He had been a painter for years, but had never tried his hand at decorating a space until he got a special request.

“It was actually Madonna who introduced me to interior design,” he explains. “She had just married Sean [Penn] and they had a two-bedroom apartment. She needed help buying some furniture, and there’s where my interest began for filling a space, designing a room, and working with a client.”

Although it was his first foray into design, Ciccone says, “I knew innately what would fit in a space because I could feel scale. And I understood colors — that was one of the first lessons I learned when I began painting. What colors work together, what’s pleasant. For example, you don’t paint a kitchen green. You just don’t.”

That apartment kicked off a career that took Ciccone all over the globe. He’s gone on to design NYC restaurants, Miami luxury condos, and even furniture for sitting presidents. 

Over the years, he’s called New York, Miami, Paris, London, and L.A. home, and credits travel and living abroad for fueling his creative spirit.

“You can look at pictures of Paris or Venice or Rome. It’s an entirely different experience to be standing there in front of the real thing. I learned to take the time to see things and not just look at them. All of that informed me as a designer.”

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The New York Times Magazine Madonna cover wins award



NEW YORK (July 9, 2020)—Today, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced winners of the 2020 ASME Best Cover Contest, which honors magazine covers published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, via a virtual presentation on YouTube hosted by ASME Executive Director Sid Holt. Now in its 14th year, covers are awarded in 10 categories. New York Magazine’s “Impeachment Season Begins” was named Cover of the Year. ASME Readers’ Choice Award went to Billboard for its “Blackpink Meets the Red, White and Blue” cover. This year, 120 judges were a part of the 2020 ASME Best Cover Contest process.

“The design, illustration, layouts and photography showcased by our winners this year is remarkable,” said Holt. “Every creative team represented should be proud of the work honored this year.”

see full list at ASME

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For the completists among us, Dick Tracy soundtrack by Danny Elfman is now available on transparant blue vinyl.

Dick Tracy is an album with the original 1990 soundtrack for the movie of the same name. Danny Elfman’s music has an incredible intensity and atmosphere of jazz from the 1930s, especially referring to the music of composers such as George Gershwin.


Track list:

1 Main Title 3:36
2 After The “Kid” 1:45
3 Crime Spree 1:54
4 Breathless’ Theme 2:14
5 Big Boy / Bad Boys 2:11
6 Tess’ Theme 1:13
7 Slimy D.A. 1:41
8 Breathless Comes On 2:53
9 Meet The Blank 1:43
10 The Story Unfolds 1:59
11 Blank Gets The Goods 2:25
12 Rooftops 2:01
13 Tess’ Theme – Reprise 1:16
14 The Chase 2:56
15 Showdown / Reunited 4:07
16 Finals 0:58


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Welcome to Thirstory, where we whet your appetite with pages from the Interview archive that were almost too hot to print. This week, we untuck Herb Ritts’ iconic portfolio of Madonna featured in our June 1990 issue. 

Three decades ago, Madonna embarked on the Blond Ambition World Tour, a traveling circus synonymous with its religious schtick, Jean Paul Gaultier cone bras, and being dubbed “one of the most satanic shows in the history of humanity” by Pope John Paul II.

A vixen on the Vatican’s blacklist, Madonna’s tour was steeped in so much controversy that by the time the Canadian leg began, the Toronto police threatened to arrest the singer if she feigned masturbation in the “Like A Virgin” number as she had in performances in previous cities. In true unapologetic fashion, Madge left the choreography untouched but luckily evaded criminal prosecution.

Talking to Glenn O’Brien during the tour, the Material Girl, then 32, admitted, “I do think someone is protecting me. I don’t know if it’s an angel. It could be the devil.” It turns out those guardians were Interview’s editors, who endorsed Madonna’s crotch-grabbing in all of its glory by featuring it front and center on the June 1990 issue (released mere days after she performed in Canada). In the cover portfolio by Herb Ritts, confidence perspires from the pages. As she poses in a men’s restroom, the pop icon is flanked by urinals, harnessing her sexuality in a way that eclipses the brazen erotica of the photos, exuding the power and prowess that epitomizes why she’s appeared on more Interview covers than any other person. 

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Aussie dealer to sell piece once owned by Madonna

A painting by the so-called diva of art deco, Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka, once owned by American pop diva Madonna is back on the international art market, via Australia. De Lempicka’s La couronne de fleurs II, a serene, intimate work of a veiled, Madonna-like figure crowned with a wreath of myrtle leaves, is being auctioned by Christie’s in a timed online sale that ends next Tuesday, with a low estimate of about $500,000.

Tamara de Lempicka’s La couronne de fleurs II, painted circa 1932 and reworked by the artist circa 1950, and once owned by Madonna, is estimated to sell for more than $500,000 at Christie’s. Christie’s

Madonna is an ardent fan of the glamorous de Lempicka, whose work and style has influenced the singer’s own look and music videos, most notably 1990’s Vogue, which features the artist’s paintings in the opening scenes. La couronne de fleurs II was created around 1932, at the height of de Lempicka’s fame, and reworked by the artist some 20 years later.

The painting was last sold in Miami in December 2016, when Madonna donated it to a charity auction to raise funds for her non-profit organisation Raising Malawi. That’s where high-flying Byron Bay dealer Steven Nasteski picked it up for $US350,000. He’s selling, he says, because it’s now time to move on – and, no doubt, because he has his eye on the market.

De Lempicka’s star is resurging: she’s the subject of a musical headed for Broadway, and in February her Portrait of Marjorie Ferry, 1932, sold for £16.2 million ($29 million) at Christie’s London, beating a previous record for her work set only three months earlier at a Sotheby’s sale in New York.

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Madonna toont lichaam op foto en krijgt nu geen kritiek, maar lof (Dutch news)

Madonna mag dan 61 jaar zijn, dat weerhoudt haar er niet van naaktfoto’s te delen op social media. In het verleden kreeg de zangeres al eens kritiek over zich heen als ze weer eens haar kleren uit had getrokken voor een Instagram-post, maar ditmaal zijn de reacties laaiend enthousiast.

“Je bent een inspiratie voor vrouwen over de hele wereld”

De zangeres deelt op het platform een selfie van zichzelf met enkel een slipje aan, waarop haar borsten (amper) bedekt zijn door haar arm. Gehuld in het genoemde zwarte onderbroekje, een rits gouden armbanden en een trendy bucket hat spreekt ze haar fans toe. Haar volgers zijn vooral verwonderd door haar strakke lichaam. ‘Wauw, ze heeft een beter figuur dan menig vrouw’, klinkt het in de comments. ‘Je bent een inspiratie voor vrouwen over de hele wereld om te doen wat ze willen’, schrijft een ander.

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Watch rare Drag Race footage of queens slaying Madonna musical in record time

For seasoned dancer and choreographer Jamal Sims, re-teaming with RuPaul — whom he affectionately calls “my Yoda” — to plot a Madonna-themed Drag Race musical was a religious experience.

“I just put on Madonna’s tracks and started dancing,” says Sims, who tells EW that, while preparing to thrust season 12’s cast of queens into the grueling song-and-dance challenge, he forewent classical modes of research and let the Holy Spirit of Madonna take over. “Whatever came out [I used].”

With a groovy schematic outlined almost entirely from Sims’ memories growing up watching Madonna on MTV, the 12-minute production (dubbed a “Rusical” in Ru’s queendom) still puts nine queens of varying skill levels — including Heidi N ClosetJackie CoxJan, Gigi Goode, Jaida Essence HallBritaWidow Von’Du, and Crystal Methyd — through an authentic wringer as they pitch-kick and slide through moves that immediately speak to some of the Material Girl’s most iconic body-talking stunts from the Blond Ambition Tour, the MDNA era, the “Papa Don’t Preach” music video, and more. And stuffing the Queen of Pop’s entire career into a bite-sized narrative was the easy part.


“I have an hour [to teach the queens] on camera, and then I have 45 minutes to an hour after, off-camera,” Sims admits. “Normally, something like this would require a week’s rehearsal. It’s intense.”

Below, just in time for Emmys voting, Sims breaks down how the epic Rusical came together in record time and shares exclusive, never-before-seen clips of the queens rehearsing their moves in the Drag Race studio after the main stage cameras switched off.

Full article at EW

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Madonna Shares A Bold Mirror Selfie; Fans Call Her The ‘queen Of Everything’

American singer Madonna surprised her fans with a bold mirror selfie on her Instagram. The pop star is currently recovering from a knee injury. Take a look


American singer Madonna is best known as the queen of pop. Over the years, she has given hits like Papa Don’t Preach, Like a Prayer, Vogue and others. She has made it to the headlines in the last month for testing positive for the coronavirus antibodies. Now, Madonna is out of danger and recently took to Instagram and surprised fans with a bold mirror selfie. 

Madonna shares a bold selfie  

Madonna is currently recovering from a knee injury and to inform her fans that she is doing well, she shared a bold picture on her Instagram. In the picture, Madonna was seen topless as she leaned on her crutch while capturing the picture. In the picture, she adorned black briefs and a matching hat, while her arms covered her chest. She captioned the picture with a quirky captioned a wrote: “everyone has a Crutch……………. 🛠“. Take a look at the post here: 

After she posted the pic, fans filled the comment section of the pic with a lot of love. Anabel Englund commented on the post and wrote “😍😍😍😍!!!!!!” Another celeb commented on the picture and wrote “Everything I touch becomes a crutch!” Love you”. Apart from this Manila Luzon wrote “Still a hottie”. Another fan wrote ‘Queen of Everything.’ Here are the comments. 

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Furthermore, the pop legend also talked about her health on Instagram previously too. She had shared a post where she was seen raising money for making the Coronavirus vaccine.

In the post’s caption, she wrote, “Im Grateful that I can be a part of supporting Research to Find the cure for Covid -19!! 🙏🏼 And just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus— I am not currently sick. When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I. clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show but at the time. We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now. Hope that clears things up for the band wagon jumpers!! Knowledge is Power! #covid19”. 

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Madonna – The Day I Was There features over 300 eyewitness accounts of seeing the ‘Queen of Pop’ live in concert, taking readers on a fan’s eye view through the career of one of the most charismatic, talented and much-loved artists in music. The book also features accounts from many people that worked with the singer including dancers, photographers and musicians.

This is a unique view of the Madonna story featuring a wealth of fascinating stories, memorabilia and photographs that have never been published before, making this book a unique portrait of one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades. From early shows in New York right through to the current Madame X Tour and everything in between.

This special limited edition hardback is numbered from 1-500 and signed by the author. We can also offer a personal dedication hand written in this book.

Stay tuned for more on this book!

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