We are taking a look back at when Madonna mania took over Leeds as the pop princess played Roundhay Park at the peak of her powers.
The material girl played an outdoor concert at the park to a crowd of 73,000 people in 1987. Tickets for the big event were on sale officially for £15 but because it didn’t reach full capacity lucky fans could bag a ticket from touts for just £2 on the day.
At the time, the security was as stringent as it had ever been for a music event at Roundhay Park with thousands queueing to get in before the gates opened. On the day, there were 60 people arrested – mostly for public order offences.
During the Who’s That Girl tour Madonna played iconic hits such as Holiday, Like a Virgin, Lucky Star and many more in Leeds.
You can see footage from the day below in two TV reports
We’ll tell you that for copyright reasons it would be highly unlikely news crews would be able to broadcast footage from massive gigs these days – so we hope you savoured that behind the scenes access.
Speaking to the crowd on the night, Madonna, said: “I’m really cold up here, it is windy and it might rain. Wait a second though, I want you guys to keep me warm and keep each other warm.”
That got a big cheer from the audience as the superstar bounced around the stage in a wide array of outfits.
As we said, Madonna treated fans to some of her biggest songs during her appearance at Roundhay Park.
Here’s the setlist from the 90-minute concert which happened on August 15, 1987:
Open Your Heart
Papa Don’t Preach
Causing a Commotion
The Look of Love
Dress You Up
Like a Virgin
Where’s the Party
Live to Tell
Into the Groove
La Isla Bonita
Who’s That Girl
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Madonna sold out the entire tour but unfortunately never brought it to Europe. To this day fans are still waiting for a DVD or blu-ray release of the official recording from Detroit. Despite having an official recording, it is not complete as for some reason three songs (Angel, Borderline and Burning Up) were scrapped from the product.
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“Look around, everywhere you turn is heartache – it’s everywhere that you go.”
30 years on and the opening lines from Madonna’s classic hit Vogue are still relevant today – and its acclaimed black and white David Fincher-directed video still feels as fresh and stylish as it did when it spent weeks on permanent rotation.
Vogue, which climbed to Number 1 this week in 1990, marked a new phase for Madonna. She had been around for just six years, yet her continued reinventions – a term she didn’t really embrace until her 2004 tour of the same name – afforded her a legendary status much sooner than some of her chart peers.
While Madonna was no stranger to dance music – her career was born on the dance floors of New York’s coolest discotheques – Vogue felt like she was changing lanes for good. Coming a mere year after the guitar-led pop of comeback album Like A Prayer, Vogue felt like a fresh direction.
Its sound was inspired by underground house; the dancing was straight out of the little-known Harlem ball scene; it featured a rap by the lady herself that namechecked Old Hollywood filmstars. Vogue’s impact was recently explored in Ryan Murphy’s award-winning series Pose, showing both the elated and frustrated reaction by underground queer culture as it unexpectedly found itself in the mainstream.
With Shep Pettibone, who worked with her on the single remix of Express Yourself, which itself pretty much paved the way for Vogue’s laid-back house beats, Madonna scored her seventh chart-topper – it would be her last for almost eight years.
But Vogue was never meant the breakout smash it became. In an interview with Billboard, Pettibone revealed the song was quickly recorded in a basement studio for $5,000. A week later, the final version was sent to Madonna’s record label, who weren’t sure where to place it. It would eventually end up awkwardly put on the soundtrack for Dick Tracy – Madonna’s latest movie venture. Despite having nothing to do with the film, the song became a runaway hit.
Here’s Madonna is lip-synching for her life at the 1990 MTV Awards in a classic performance.
Once it got there in its second week of release, Vogue ruled the Official UK Singles Chart for a whole month. And who toppled her? Superstar DJ Adamski featuring a little-known vocalist (at the time) Seal, with the first version of Killer. Vogue has sold over 530,000 copies in the UK and has been streamed 16 million times since records began in 2014. It ranks as Madonna’s eighth biggest single overall.
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If you saw the Cher-themed Drag Race Rusical in Season 10, you were not “Like a Virgin” watching Season 12’s musical challenge: “Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical.” During the April 10 episode, each queen embodied a different moment from the Queen of Pop’s iconic career, from “Lucky Star” all the way up to “B*tch I’m Madonna.” Some found it easy to express themselves, while others were “Borderline” b-a-d. Here’s the performance breakdown.
Jan Was an Unlucky Star
The singer and performer in Jan was born ready for this challenge, and her ode to early Madonna’s “Lucky Star” music video was spot on. The vocals! The hair! The lewk! She was truly deprived of a well-deserved win.
Brita’s Cone Bra Couldn’t Save Her
When Madonna debuted the cone bra corset on her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, it became an instant staple in pop culture history, which is why Brita wanted to wear it. Sadly, it couldn’t, uh, support her through forgetting a few lyrics.
Gigi Goode Was… Goode
Even though it wasn’t her first choice song and her studio session was slightly shaky, Gigi slayed “Unapologetic B*tch,” and unapologetically accepted her third challenge win.
Jackie Cox Was a “Boy Toy” Bride
Jackie recreated what might be the most recognizable Madonna moment of all time: the bridal look from her 1984 VMA’s performance of “Like A Virgin.” Unfortunately, Jackie’s rendition wasn’t nearly as monumental.
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Jaida Essence Hall Went Into Full Lap Dance Mode
Jaida may have been unsure of herself in rehearsal, but her final performance channeling Madonna’s controversial “Justify My Love” music video would have made Dahlia Sin proud. Sporting a black lingerie set complete with stirrups, she got frisky with not one, but two backup dancers, and even broke out a whip.
Sherry Pie’s Movie Star Madonna Was Hollywood Material
Marking her foray into film, Sherry Pie poked fun at Madonna’s role as Eva Perón in the 1996 film Evita. Knowing Sherry’s musical theatre background, her solid performance came as no surprise.
Crystal Methyd Was a Joyous “Ray Of Light”
Crystal knew a singing challenge could be just that: a challenge for her. So she made the vocals work by adding a comedic twist. The judges loved it and her “enlightened Madonna,” inspired by the “Ray of Light” music video.
Widow Von’Du’s Fempire Madonna Was Badass
Widow user her lyrics to pay homage to Madonna’s trailblazing and her all-white outfit and cowboy hat tipped a hat to the 2009 video for “Music,” but the flips she turned out? Those were all Widow.
Heidi N Closet Wasn’t Madonna Enough
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Heidi is a top-notch performer and dancer, and that shined through in her modern-day “B*tch I’m Madonna.” Unfortunately, she was a little too much Heidi, not enough Madonna, which is why the judges put her in the bottom.
If next season gets a Rusical, this one will be hard to top.
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Madonna wrote the song and co-produced it with Pharrell for the upcoming Live Earth concert and campaign (2007). It was quite a different tune after the disco dance tunes from ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’.
First available as a free download and later as a digital only single, it did not do much in the charts.
Since there were no physical copies pressed, our discography limits itself to a couple of promo only discs. This includes the promo CD by Hit 40 UK Radio show (Somethin’ Else) that contains the rare and unreleased ‘edit’ of the song that clocks in at 2:44.
Check the discography out HERE
Jeremiah Abiah’s reimagined take on Madonna’s catalog a highlight of Joe’s Pub Live free weekly streaming series
Queens of the main stage, meet the queen of pop.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is going all out for its upcoming production of Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical, and EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the remaining contestants preparing for the celebratory stage revue with the iconic singer’s Sticky & Sweet Tour choreographer (and RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! director) Jamal Sims.
For Widow Von’Du, the impending song-and-dance challenge initially sounds exciting: “The b—es that were like ‘I’m a singer!’ Guess what, b—? I’m a dancer!” she says with confidence as the queens line up in front of Sims for their first lesson.
“One thing I know about working with Madonna is that she don’t play, so, we can’t f— this up,” Sims tells the girls, though a nagging gash on Widow’s knee — sustained during a slide-split during week one’s Nicki Minaj-themed rap challenge — causes her to wince in pain through a move that requires her to land on her leg. She later rolls up her pants to reveal a deep cut, which Sims quickly notices and asks if she’s ok.
“I can do it, I just need to switch knees. Or, I need a knee pad or I’m going to just bleed all over the place and make it do what it does!” Widow says before the camera cuts to fellow competitor Jackie Cox casting a shady glance.
“It seems to me that Widow has trouble rolling with the punches,” Brita observes in a confessional. “I understand that your leg is cut up, but also that was challenge one and that should be healed by now, sis. Why are you complaining?”
See how Widow’s injury holds up throughout Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical when RuPaul’s Drag Race airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on VH1. Until then, watch EW’s exclusive preview above and keep up with our running ranking of season 12‘s best runway looks here.
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In spring of 1990, Madonna‘s career and creativity was on an upward trajectory. She was already an international icon and had successfully made the transition from ’80s pop star to global megabrand. The singer’s visual component played an arguably huge role in helping her become a phenomenon, as she questioned, pushed and confronted many accepted societal norms. In the early part of her career, this was mainly via her own overt sexuality. Yet unlike many other female artists, Madonna was not simply eye candy.
Madonna’s Coat of Armour
While she became synonymous with wearing ‘underwear as outerwear’ – I have never seen a white men’s tank top and boxers look better than when she dons this combo in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan – it was her ability to transform these then daring looks not into something to simply be consumed by the masses, but to make them a coat of armour. I was seized with the overwhelming urge to appear at my junior high school wearing one of my dad’s oversized dress shirt with garters (note: this would not have gone down well with my Italian Catholic mother)- not because I wanted people (boys) to look at me, but because Madonna made her fashion and attitude about showing strength, confidence and a celebration of being a thinking, authentic self.
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This wasn’t supposed to be how it went down. For the past four years, Rod Thomas, who performs under the alias Bright Light Bright Light, has DJ’d an afternoon dance party called “Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance” in New York City at Manhattan’s Club Cumming and Brooklyn’s C’Mon Everybody. Last month, he released the first track, “This Was My House,” a fantastically fun disco bop off his forthcoming album, Fun City (due out in September). And for the video, which debuts today, he involved a slew of New York performers — Glow Job, the Illustrious Blacks, Angelica Torres — as well as other activists, philanthropists, and friends to share their joy of nightlife. Instead, every club in the country is shuttered and queer people around the globe are attempting to forge virtual party bonds.
“It’s really strange balance between not trying to contextualize and do too much overthinking about putting out in a time of crisis,” Thomas explains by phone from his apartment in the East Village of Manhattan. “I’m being mindful about wanting to share with people about how they can stay safe and — listen to my new song! At least it’s an upbeat song people have enjoyed dancing to at home.”
The video for “This Was My House” opens with Thomas lounging on a sofa in his living room, a big glittering disco ball between his thighs as he calls up his pals on a pink phone while playing a board game. “This was my house and I was not supposed to worry ’bout it/ This was the place that I was not supposed to fear,” he sings. The lyrics are meant as an ode to LGBTQ+ safe spaces, and should be a new staple for Pride events everywhere, but it’s easy to now interpret public health crisis with millions urged to shelter at home while social distancing. “It’s cold outside/ And this should be my shelter/ Nothing here is comfort to me/ Oh it’s cold outside/ But I can brave the weather,” it continues in its bittersweet vein.
Thomas says he’s grateful he’s a “mom-type” artist, planning and prepping way in advance, so he actually filmed the video (which is directed, shot, and edited by Tyler Jensen) in February and had it ready to go. While he used his own apartment for the at-home scenes, the party shots were captured at Bedlam, an East Village club staple. “Finally it’s paid off, all that planning!” he says with relief. But he’s quick to share his concern for the clubs and bars and staff who are all struggling economically. “These spaces have been threatened and they feel even more attacked than ever.”
While firmly rooted in our contemporary world — the song was produced by Initial Talk, best known for his remixes of songs like Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” — the throwback references are also strong (and not just because of those pink leg warmers). Thomas credits Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” and its ensemble for introducing him to queer culture, so having Niki Harris and Donna De Lory — Madge’s longtime backup singer duo — on it meant the “world to me.”
At the moment it seems a disco vibe has seeped into the mainstream, with pop artists such as Dua Lipa and the Weeknd releasing their own take on the catalog. And Bright Light Bright Light’s latest song offers its own buoyant beat to dance through pain and trouble. “For me, it’s sort of dancing through pain and struggle; the subject matter of disco is turmoil and defiance,” Thomas explains. “You have this call to arms: don’t give up, push on through, find the joy where you can.”
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As revealed in the preview clip above, the queens still have a few “unresolved issues” from last week’s Untucked, particularly Heidi N. Closet and Widow Von’Du feeling like some of the queens went too far with their unsolicited, hurtful critiques. “You’re going to have to call me the umpire, because I’m about to call these bitches out,” Heidi tells the cameras.
Gigi Goode apologizes, insisting she would never imply that Heidi is ugly. Other queens like Jackie Cox and Sherry Pie follow suit, but not everyone is interested to hear what they have to say.
After saying that she hopes they fall down during the next dance challenge, Widow tells the queens, “I hope someone tears you down just as much as you tore us down.”
Needless to say, the energy in the workroom is tense when the queens come back together for this week’s challenge, Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical. And that tension only escalates when the queens start casting roles, especially when Brita’s limited vocal range leads to her stealing Gigi’s No. 1 pick.
At least Jan seems to have the right attitude going into this challenge. She isn’t thrilled to be portraying “early” Madonna, nor does she want to have to be the first queen on the stage, but she accepts it and moves on with a hearty, “Yeah, I’ll sing my t–ts off!”
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As news of Puerta’s death ripples through the music industry, Madonna, Diane Warren and more share their recollections of the beloved dance music promotions and marketing exec.
As news of Orlando Puerta’s death ripples through the music industry, those who knew the longtime dance music marketing and promotions executive are mourning his loss.
“I am forever indebted to Orlando and he will be sorely missed,” Madonna tells Billboard. “His passion and commitment to dance and club music had no limits and he was a very big reason I had 50 number ones on the dance charts. Thank you Orlando. RIP.”
Puerta began working with Madonna when he joined the marketing team at Warner Brothers Records in the late 1990s. He did marketing and promotions for Madonna albums including Music, Confessions On a Dancefloor, Hard Candy, Rebel Heart and her most recent LP Madame X, delivering songs and remixes to the top of worldwide charts. In 2009, Puerta left Warner Brothers to start his own promotions company, Citrusonic, although he continued working with Madonna and her team until his death.
“Orlando was part of our Madonna family,” says Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary. “No one loved dance music more or worked harder or more joyously to promote it. I spoke with him in February when Madonna reached her 50th #1 on the dance charts. He was so proud of Madonna. He was a force of nature who will be missed.”
Puerta passed away on Saturday, April 4 from an upper respiratory infection. He was 55. It is currently unknown whether the infection was caused by COVID-19, although a test is forthcoming. A dance music advocate since the early ’90s, he worked with artists including Madonna, Bette Midler, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, New Order, Orgy, Static X, Michael Bublé and Seal. His work on Cher’s “Believe,” helped make the song a global smash and Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit in 1999.
Puerta also became close with songwriting legend Diane Warren through his work on “‘Til It Happens To You,” the 2016 single she co-wrote with Lady Gaga. “At the time, the label wouldn’t let it come out, and her team was against it coming out,” Warren tells Billboard. “Orlando was like, ‘Let me do some dance mixes.'” Puerta commissioned 30 edits by a group of producers including Dave Audé, Dirty Pop and Tracy Young, with Young’s remix hitting No. 1 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart in January of 2016.
“He was so passionate about that song that on his own he went and got everyone to do mixes for it, and really with no budget,” Warren recalls. It was the power of the remixes, Warren says, that helped convince various teams to release the original, which became the first to be nominated for a Grammy, Emmy and Oscar award in the same year. Puerta and Warren remained friends since the collaboration.
“I loved him,” she says. “He was so kind, so lovely and lovable. Just a sweet guy. He went with his heart. We need more people like that. We can’t afford to lose people like that.”
Warren says a mutual friend sent an ambulance to Puerta’s house in Los Angeles this past Friday night (April 3), because they knew he was in poor health, although Puerta declined to go to the hospital. “He [didn’t] really take care of himself,” says Warren. “He [cared] so much about the music, and his company, and his friends, and his animals, but he [didn’t] put that same care into himself.” He passed away the following day, with Citrusonic announcing his death earlier today (April 6.)
A prolific animal lover, Puerta had recently sent his pet pig, Charlotte, to live on Warren’s animal rescue ranch. His five chihuahuas also arrived at her ranch today, just around the time Warren learned of his passing.
“In a time when we need kindness and we need good people,” she says, “to lose such a kind, good person is just tragic.”
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This was Madonna’s first full live recording on DVD since the Drowned World Tour from 2001 as the Re-Invention Tour was unfortunately never released on DVD in full.
The concert film was released as a DVD+CD set but also a single DVD was available.
To promote the release Warner pressed some promotional singles such as for Jump (Japan) and Music Inferno (Sweden) these have also been included in the discography.
Also included are some of the original Dutch press releases sent out by Warner back at the time and the original Dutch trailer.
Check it all out HERE
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
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Madonna has donated $1 million to the Gates Philanthropy Partners’ COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a rep for the organization confirmed to Variety.
“Her contribution is alongside the commitments by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Mastercard, U.K. Government and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – all partners in the initiative,” the rep said, clarifying that “The money will go through the COVID-19 Response Fund operated by Gates Philanthropy Partners, so not directly to the Gates Foundation.”
In a statement on her website, Madonna — seen above accepting Advocate for Change honor at last year’s GLAAD Awards — wrote:
“I’m joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families.
“I’m talking about this: I am so impressed by the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator’s urgent efforts to find new or existing drugs that could effectively prevent or treat the disease. Harnessing the strength and knowledge of the research community, the Accelerator’s critical scientific progress will inform how we end this pandemic and prevent future impact from the virus. I send enormous gratitude and strength to the courageous first responders, medical professionals and scientists who are protecting our communities, those suffering and our most vulnerable.”
An excerpt from an update on the Accelerator’s progress posted on its website reads: “There are two trials starting pretty much simultaneously, using chloroquine and a drug with a slightly different structure, hydroxychloroquine. Now, you may have heard of the WHO SOLIDARITY Trial that was announced two weeks ago, which will look at chloroquine as a treatment for people who are sick, to see if it shortens the duration of their sickness. The two Accelerator studies are looking instead at prophylaxis — stopping people exposed to the virus from getting sick.
“From the existing data, which need validation in a trial, it looks like hydroxychloroquine could be a good agent for prophylaxis. It actually blocks the entry of the virus into the cell, so the hypothesis makes a lot of sense: if you have the drug in your system and you get exposed, you won’t let the virus get into your cells and you won’t get onset of disease. That is what the trials are aimed at showing.”
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