Madonna and Mike Tyson Wrote a Dance Song Inspired by a Fascist Ruler

Mike Tyson’s had his share of celebrity scandals over the years, however, not everyone knows he once praised an infamous fascist dictator. Tyson once praised Benito Mussolini, comparing aspects of his mannerisms to hip-hop culture. Oddly enough, Tyson revealed he drew inspiration from Mussolini for a song he collaborated on with Madonna.

Mike Tyson on why Benito Mussolini was ‘mesmerizing’

According to Rolling Stone, it all started when Madonna wanted to work with Tyson. “Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,” Tyson says. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going there for.” Tyson came into the studio to see Madonna and her producer. He rapped over a track called “Iconic,” talking about his life. Tyson said he felt like his music career could actually take off because he worked with Madonna. Considering “Iconic” was released in 2015 and Tyson hasn’t had any hits since then, his feelings proved incorrect — at least so far.

Tyson revealed he drew inspiration from a surprising — and upsetting — source. “When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they’re really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting,” he said. “You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don’t understand what he’s saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way.”

Tyson went on to praise Mussolini — the man responsible for the death of democracy in Italy and a close collaborator with Adolf Hitler — even more. “I know people may say ‘this guy’s a fascist’ and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him,” added Tyson. “No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy’s a hypnotic figure. There’s so much pride behind what he’s saying. I’m not even Italian and I feel the pride he’s projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.”

What the collaboration between Madonna, Mike Tyson, and Chance the Rapper is like

The final song is a collaboration between Madonna, Tyson, and Chance the Rapper. According to XXL, Madonna wanted Jay-Z on the track instead of Chance the Rapper but Jay-Z felt someone less established should be on the song instead. For the most part, it’s a celebration of the concept of being an icon. Considering everybody on the track is an icon, the track seems self-aware. However, there’s nothing directly about Mussolini in its lyrics. If it weren’t for Tyson’s comments, no one would connect “Iconic” to Italian fascism.

“Iconic”

How the world reacted to ‘Iconic’

So did this bizarre and unnerving combination of Mussolini, Tyson, Chance the Rapper, and the Queen of Pop resonate with audiences? “Iconic” did not chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100. Considering Madonna has charted so many songs she’s called “the Queen of Pop,” that’s saying something. Apparently, people don’t like fascism in their dance music.

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‘Adore’ by Kenji Wakasugi & NJG Studio dropping next week

“There was an old yellow Kodak box on the shelf of my darkroom. Inside was a set of black and white negatives, together with a series of contact sheets. It had sat there, out of the light for 35 years. But I am now able to share these pictures with you all through this photo-book ‘Adore’ – Kenji Wakasugi ❤️❤️ Published for the first time by www.njgstudio.com dropping next week!

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Madonna covers Dutch Nieuwe Revu magazine (March 1985) original article

The very first time Madonna covered the Dutch Nieuwe Revu magazine was on the March 27 – April 4 1985 edition. While the four page spread inside was a Dutch translation of the interview originally from Face magazine, the pictures were by Dutch photographer Kees Tabak. 

Seldom seen and now here for you to view in full.

Check it out HERE (press section)

Stay tuned for A LOT more in the next few weeks!

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‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ at 25: Salma Hayek almost lost role to Madonna, went under trance to shoot film’s sultry snake dance

Salma Hayek remembers how she got the role of a snake-dancing stripper vampire in the Quentin Tarantino-penned, Robert Rodriguez-directed 1996 thriller From Dusk Till Dawn, which turns 25 on Tuesday. But she doesn’t remember all that much about the actual filming. Hayek said at multiple points during a 2017 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment that her memories of shooting the scene were blurry because she had gone “on trance” due to some serious ophidiophobia.

“Quentin told me, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re dancing with a snake.’ I said, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t do that. It’s my greatest fear,’” Hayek recalled (watch above). To prod the actress, Tarantino claimed that Madonna was interested in the role, and that she would have no problem being wrapped in a python.

“He said, well, Madonna will do it, I already talked to her, and she’s willing to dance with the snake.”

Hayek eventually agreed to it.

“It was good because I had to overcome my greatest fear. I had to go on trance to do the dance… And there was no choreography. It was improvised. Because you can’t choreograph a snake, we don’t know what she’s going to do!”

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New release from Donna De Lory – “Just a Dream”

Donna De Lory just released ‘Just a Dream’ a re-recording of the single that was originally planned for Madonna’s Like a Prayer album. The song has also been remixed and is now available digitally HERE.

In 1991 Madonna gave me this song to record. She wrote it for her Like a Prayer album but had too many songs already and I think she thought it sounded too much like “Till Death Do Us Part”. I am so grateful to her for supporting me with my own career as an artist. After so many years of the record company not putting my first album up digitally I decided to re arrange and record this song as I will be doing with other songs from my debut album. Thank you for all of your support over the years friends, I LOVE reading your comments! I hope you love this, this one is for you. Thank you Nick Spanos Photography for these beautiful images! Your art is a gift to this.

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Who’s That Girl LIVE in JAPAN videography online

Madonna’s Who’s That Girl Tour was officially released in Japan on VHS and laserdisc as a Mitsubishi special. This was not ‘Ciao Italia’ which was also released in Japan, but the full show filmed in Japan. 

The ‘Ciao Italia’ release did include footage from the Japanese recording, but more on that when we get to that release. 

Check out our brand new videography page HERE

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When George Michael kissed Madonna live on stage at the 1989 MTV Awards

 

George Michael was being presented the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award – also known as the Video Vanguard Award – when he gave Madonna a sensual kiss on the lips.

George Michael was being presented the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award – also known as the Video Vanguard Award – when he gave Madonna a sensual kiss on the lips. Picture: MTV/Youtube

Madonna was presenting George Michael with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1989 MTV Awards when the ‘Faith’ singer kissed the Queen of Pop in front of the whole world.

It’s not every day you get kissed on lips by someone you have a crush on, but that’s exactly what happened to Madonna in 1989.

George Michael was being presented the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award – also known as the Video Vanguard Award – when he gave Madonna a sensual kiss on the lips.

The moment between the two stars aired live to the world on September 6, 1989 from the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

 

Madonna, smoking a cigarette and accompanied by two smoking backing dancers, comes on stage to present the Video Vanguard Award to "an artist who has made outstanding contributions to the world of music video.

Madonna, smoking a cigarette and accompanied by two backing dancers, comes on stage to present the Video Vanguard Award to “an artist who has made outstanding contributions to the world of music video. Picture: MTV/Youtube
The singer himself then walks out on stage and after waving to the crowd immediately gives Madonna a huge bear hug, before approaching the podium.
The singer himself then walks out on stage and after waving to the crowd immediately gives Madonna a huge bear hug, before approaching the podium. Picture: MTV/Youtube
Madonna was presenting George Michael with the Video Vanguard Award at the 1989 MTV Video Awards
Madonna was presenting George Michael with the Video Vanguard Award at the 1989 MTV Video Awards. Picture: MTV/Youtube

Madonna and Paula Abdul were the joint biggest award winners of the night with four awards each, with the Queen of Pop winning Best Direction in A Video, Best Art Direction in a Video and Best Cinematography in a Video for ‘Express Yourself’, and the highly coveted Viewers Choice Award for ‘Like a Prayer.’

Performances on the night included The Rolling Stones singing ‘Mixed Emotions’, Jon Bon Jovi giving a rendition of ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and Cher‘s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ and after the performances were nearly over, it was soon time for the last award of the night.

Madonna, smoking a cigarette and accompanied by two smoking backing dancers, comes on stage to present the Video Vanguard Award to “an artist who has made outstanding contributions to the world of music video.

“He has an excellent voice, he’s a great songwriter and he makes very classy videos…ladies and gentlemen, George Michael!”

What follows is a montage of George Michael speaking about his music videos and including clips from ‘I Want Your Sex’, ‘Faith’ and ‘Monkey’, before the cameras cut back to Madonna.

"George, I Want Your Sex," Madonna had said to a wolf whistling crowd.
“George, I Want Your Sex,” Madonna had said to a wolf whistling crowd. Picture: MTV/Youtube
As the 'Like A Virgin' singer hands him the famous silver MTV astronaut statue, George leans forward and kisses Madonna gently on the lips as the audience scream.
As the ‘Like A Virgin’ singer hands him the famous silver MTV astronaut statue, George leans forward and kisses Madonna gently on the lips as the audience scream. Picture: MTV/Youtube
After the pair kiss, Madonna leaves the stage as George Michael starts to give his speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After the pair kiss, Madonna leaves the stage as George Michael starts to give his speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: MTV/Youtube

“George, I Want Your Sex,” she says to a wolf whistling crowd. “So be my Father Figure, and I will have Faith if we have to live Hand To Mouth! Ladies and Gentlemen, the diva himself, George Michael!”

The singer himself then walks out on stage and after waving to the crowd immediately gives Madonna a huge bear hug, before approaching the podium.

As the ‘Like A Virgin’ singer hands him the famous silver MTV astronaut statue, George leans forward and kisses Madonna gently on the lips as the audience scream.

The camera then cuts away just as Madonna can be seen smiling before she waves to George and leaves him on stage on his own to make an acceptance speech.

The 1989 MTV Awards took place when George Michael was riding on the coattails of his sex symbol status with Wham!, ten years before he would officially come out as gay and two years before he met the ‘love of his life’ Anselmo Feleppa.

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MADONNA LIVE The Virgin Tour videography online – 13 items

Madonna’s second homevideo was titled MADONNA LIVE The Virgin Tour and was released in November 1985. The homevideo documented Madonna’s first ever live show and was an enormous commercial success. Unfortunately up to the present day this recording has failed to be released on DVD or blu-ray and is not available to stream. For the collectors among us, we have to settle for the nostalgic VHS, Betamax or Laserdisc editions (or find yourself a bootleg copy.)

We have collected 13 different editions for you to view in our new updated The Virgin Tour videography page HERE. Also included are promotional adverts and posters.

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Madonna wants ‘perfect’ star to play her in biopic – and it could be Brit Florence Pugh

EXCLUSIVE: The Little Women actress is said to be neck and neck with Ozark’s Julia Garner in the race to win the role in the much-anticipated movie co-written by Madonna

Queen of pop Madonna is Desperately Seeking the “perfect” actress to play her on screen… and English actress Florence Pugh could be the one.

The Little Women actress, 25, is said to be neck and neck with Ozark’s Julia Garner, 26, in the race to win the role.

Madonna, 62, is co-writing the much-anticipated biopic and will also direct it. And as for the leading role, fans can’t wait for her to decide Who’s That Girl.

An insider told the Sunday Mirror: “Realistically, there are only a couple of people in town who could pull this role off.

“The bosses who are helping put the movie together want Florence and nobody doubts that she could be amazing

“On the other hand, fans and the press have already weighed in and, from that perspective, Julia is their frontrunner because she is such a dead ringer for early-career Madonna.

“Still, there are serious politics and scheduling issues in the way of Julia landing the part.

“The final decision will be Madonna’s alone, since she’s directing and it’s her story.

“She’s really only got one shot to get this right. Like with Elton John’s Rocketman, there isn’t room for error. She’s putting herself under serious pressure to find the perfect person.

Madonna is penning the script with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.

Julia was touted for the lead role after her Emmy-winning success in Netflix crime drama Ozark. She also starred in movie The Assistant.

But Madonna also connected with Oscar nominee Florence after fans pointed out the resemblance between her and the pop queen when she was young.

Speaking about the biopic, Madonna has said: “I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer… a human being trying to make her way in this world. The focus of this film will always be music.

“Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive.

“There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me.

“It’s essential to share the rollercoaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”

Madonna has directed two films – the 2008 drama Filth and Wisdom and period biopic W.E. in 2011. She has also acted in Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy and Evita.

Other musical biopics are on the way. A new film about Whitney Houston – titled I Wanna Dance With Somebody – is in the pipeline while Stardust, starring Johnny Flynn, will focus on the early years of David Bowie’s career.

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Madonna: Queen of pop in Kenya, tours Samburu

Singer-songwriter Madonna is in Kenya. The 62-year-old pop sensation Saturday shared moments from her meetup with the Samburu and revelled at their rich culture. 

“Spending time with the Samburu tribe is always an honour. They are nomadic warriors and here the men are singing, dancing and telling stories to attract the attention of the females,” she captioned a video on her Instagram account.

The pop legend jetted in from Blantyre after a week-long stay in Malawi where she made a charity trip to Jacaranda School for Orphans on January 8 and opened a dance academy, Madame X Dance Studio, courtesy of her non-profit organization, Raising Malawi.

“I feel like we ended on a very special note because Jacaranda is a very special place, as you know. The reason it’s so special to me – not only because there are so many amazing, talented children here – but there’s also amazing teachers and the founders are so passionate about what you do. It’s contagious. You’re teaching them skills that when it comes to art and creativity and expression – these are the things that keep us alive and keep us going through times of trouble and challenges,” reported the Daily Mail.

“And you know, this has been a really tough year for everybody. But if you think about it, every year’s a tough year in Malawi, right? So what’s going to keep us going is loving what we do and it’s great that you’ve created a place where children can come and continue to learn and love what they do and learn skills from visual arts, to designing clothes, to playing musical instruments, to dance – which is my first love. So this place really holds a special place in my heart. Just keep up the good work everybody and that’s it. Believe in your dreams!”

The Grammy award-winning pop superstar was accompanied by her 15-year-old son, Malawi native David Banda, daughter Mercy James (14) and eight-year-old twins, Stella and Estere. According to the news outlet, Banda reconnected with his father Yohane in Lipunga during her trip to Malawi’s central region. Also in the itinerary was a visit to Mercy James Centre, a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the capital Blantyre.

A visit similar to one the singer made in 2016 when she toured Kenya in conjunction with a charity, Shining Hope for Communities, and lend her voice in support of Beyond Zero Campaign, an initiative by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to improve maternal and child health, and engaged with residents of Kibra, Nairobi. “Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote female empowerment! Around the world! Happy 4th!”

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