The Story Of The Songs: Madonna REMINDER January 4 RTL Z 23:20 (Dutch TV)

Tiendelige documentaireserie waarin we in de verhalen duiken die schuilgaan achter de drie meest iconische nummers van een aantal wereldberoemde artiesten en bands. Elke aflevering staat één artiest of band centraal. We horen onder anderen van Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Celine Dion en Metallica welke van hun nummers het meest voor ze hebben betekend en waarom deze nummers van groot belang zijn geweest voor hun carrière.

  • RTL Z (NL)
  • Jan 4
  • 23:20 – 00:17
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A closer look at Madonna’s hip surgery

Madonna has recently posted a number of photos on Instagram of a large scar as she recovers from recent hip surgery. Last year she had to cancel numerous dates of her Madame X tour due to hip and knee issues. She has not revealed exactly what surgery she has had, but her posts earlier this year may shed some light. In May, she posted that she was having regenerative treatment with an Xray of an injection into her right hip joint.

Pramod Achan and Joshua Lee, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons at OneWelbeck Orthopaedics, have taken a closer look at the hip surgery, possible courses of treatment, and how it could relate to other patients presenting with hip pain.

What was Madonna most likely to have been suffering from?

The hip showed signs of osteoarthritis. Whilst regenerative treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell injections have shown some promise in managing early wear and tear of hip joints, if it does not provide long lasting relief then further treatment options need to be considered, including joint replacement.

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The story behind ‘Santa Baby’

It wasn’t until 1987 when the song picked up steam again. That’s when A&M Records contacted Phil Springer and asked him for permission to record the song again. A&M Records wanted Madonna to record the song and give up her royalties to charity. 

Springer liked the idea and he also agreed not to take any royalties for the song. In a matter of weeks, when Madonna recorded “Santa Baby,” she sold over 250,000 copies and donated the proceeds to benefit the Special Olympics. Madonna helped revive “Santa Baby” while keeping the Christmas song on the holiday charts.

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Madonna on ‘homecoming’ trip with family to Africa

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‘Breakin’ Star Shabba-Doo Adolfo Quiñones Dead at 65

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Wonder Women 1984: Musical Icons Of Their Age.


1984 was a stellar year for Madge. She was already a force to be reckoned with going into 1984 but she certainly consolidated her position and more during the year. Madonna had hits with Lucky StarBorderline and then Like A Virgin. The latter single was an instant, although somewhat controversial, success and fuelled sales of her second album that shared it’s name. Madonna also found time in the summer of ’84 to film Desperately Seeking Susan with Rosanna Arquette in New York. From 1984 onwards Madonna never looked back, becoming the biggest selling solo female artist of all time.

Full article at Contactmusic

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The Curious Case Of Madonna’s “It’s So Cool”


The fate of “It’s So Cool” still keeps me up at night. Originally penned by Madonna and Mirwais in 2002 for American Life, the stripped-back ballad found the Queen Of Pop grappling with big issues. “Save your soul, little sister, save your soul, dear little brother,” the enduring hitmaker sings over strummed guitar. “You need hope, says the preacher, learn to cope, say all my teachers.” Madonna’s spiritual musings continue on the chorus. “Do you really know God’s intention? Do you ever ask what it’s all for?” she ponders.

“We need love, love and love, we need more, more and more.” I never understood why “It’s So Cool” was cut from American Life (it rivals “Nothing Fails” as the era’s most profound offering and would have made an excellent album-closer), but the demo became an instant fan favorite after leaking online. And then Celebration happened. Madonna’s misbegotten 2009 greatest hits included “It’s So Cool” as a bonus track, which initially filled me with joy. An extremely belated release is better than none at all. Then I heard it.

“It’s So Cool” is barely recognizable on Celebration. The song had been transformed into a generic banger with production so dated and embarrassing that it beggars belief. If anything, it sounds a bit better now because it has the excuse of being “vintage.” Madonna has spent a lot of time combing through the vaults for her upcoming biopic and I’m hopeful for a compilation of unreleased material — something along the lines of Mariah Carey’s The Rarities. If it happens, the original version of “It’s So Cool” is a must.

The 2002 Version:

The 2009 Version:


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The Number Ones: Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach”

Those strings on the intro are an announcement, an almighty flex. Madonna’s True Blue was her third album, but it was the first one she made when she was already a massive star, a foundational pop-music figure. Up until then, Madonna had been associated with a particular sound. Madonna made club music, post-disco dance-pop. Even her ballads nodded to that sound. So it must’ve been at least a little jarring for people to hear the fussy, rococo strings that open “Papa Don’t Preach” — or, for that matter, to hear those strings fade into a story-song about a pregnant teenager desperate for her father’s approval. The strings nod to classical, to baroque, and to the Beatles-style psychedelia that had made a big deal about incorporating strings like those a couple of decades earlier. Madonna was doing what she felt like doing, and the things she felt like doing were working

“Papa Don’t Preach” wasn’t the first single from True Blue; that was “Live To Tell,” Madonna’s previous chart-topper. But “Live To Tell” was a movie-soundtrack ballad, and it came out months before the album. Masterful as it is, “Live To Tell” didn’t announce a great leap forward the way “Papa Don’t Preach” did. “Papa Don’t Preach” signaled that Madonna had enough juice to make a social-issue song that was also a stylistic left-turn. And for all its gutsiness, “Papa Don’t Preach” still worked as post-disco dance-pop. Its strings faded into jittery, propulsive synth-bass and big, mechanized drums, and this story about a girl begging her father to accept her big life decision somehow became escapist club fare. That’s a magic trick. That’s cowboy shit.

“Papa Don’t Preach” wasn’t supposed to be a Madonna song. A decade earlier, the songwriter Brian Elliot had tried to become a pop star himself, but his self-titled Warner Bros. debut hadn’t gone anywhere. By 1986, Elliot was producing demos for a singer named Christina Dent, who never really went anywhere either. Elliot had written “Papa Don’t Preach” for Dent, and he’d played the song for the Warner A&R executive Michael Ostin. Ostin liked “Papa Don’t Preach” enough to play it for Madonna, and she loved it. Ostin talked Elliot into giving “Papa Don’t Preach” to Madonna, and she turned the song into a whole other thing.

Madonna is credited as the co-writer of “Papa Don’t Preach,” but her contribution is apparently limited to a few added-on lyrics. And yet “Papa Don’t Preach” means more coming from Madonna than it would’ve meant from an artist who wasn’t yet established. Part of it is the production. Madonna co-produced “Papa Don’t Preach” with her old friend and collaborator Stephen Bray, who she’d known since before dropping out of college. (Around the same time as he was working on True Blue, Bray joined a reconstituted version of the Breakfast Club, the band that Madonna had been in before she got famous, and they peaked at #7 with 1987’s “Right On Track.” It’s a 7.) But part of it is also the way “Papa Don’t Preach” plays into the persona that Madonna had already established.

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Madonna’s debut homevideo (1984) videography online – 17 items

Madonna’s first ever video release was the 4 track music video simply titled ‘MADONNA’ back in 1984. The video release includes four of Madonna’s music videos ‘Lucky Star’, ‘Borderline’, ‘Burning Up’ and ‘Like a Virgin’.

To continue the journey we have updated and restyled the videography page of ‘MADONNA 4 VIDEOS’.

We have included 17 different releases of Madonna’s debut homevideo, also included is related merchandise.

Check it all out HERE

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The Story Of The Songs: Madonna – Dutch TV January 1 RTLZ

Ten-part documentary series in which we dive into the stories behind the three most iconic songs from a number of world-famous artists and bands. Each episode focuses on one artist or band. We hear from Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Celine Dion and Metallica among others which of their songs have meant the most to them and why these songs have been of great importance to their careers.


  • Jan 1 20.30 – 21.30
  • Jan 4 23.30 – 00.30
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Square in talks to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal

Digital payments company Square has held talks to acquire Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service, Bloomberg News reported late Wednesday.

Square chief executive Jack Dorsey, who also leads Twitter, aims to expand and diversify the company, according to the report, which was based on an unnamed source.


Bloomberg said the talks may not result in a transaction.

Jay-Z bought Tidal from Europe-based Aspiro in 2015 year in a deal valued at slightly more than $56 million.

Owners include several other high-profile artists, including Madonna, Rihanna and Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce.

But Tidal has struggled to compete against much larger streaming services such as Spotify and Apple. The privately-held company had three million paying subscriptions in 2016, when it last disclosed figures.

Jay-Z surprised fans in December 2019 by moving his music catalogue back to Spotify after a two-year hiatus.

Apple in 2016 also reportedly explored a purchase of Tidal to bolster its music streaming offerings. IB

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