Madonna Released the Ultimate Divorce Album 6 Years Ago—You Just Didn’t Listen

t wasn’t always perfect, but it wasn’t always bad,” Madonna sings on “Best Friend,” a haunting slow jam from her 2012 album MDNA. The song is technically available only on the deluxe version of the record, but that doesn’t make it any less potent. In fact, of all the tracks on MDNA presumably about Madonna’s divorce from Guy Ritchie—and there are several —”Best Friend” is the most devastating. Not since Ray of Light has Madonna been this transparent in her work. “Your picture’s off my wall, but I’m still waiting for your call,” she continues. “And every man that walks through that door will be compared to you forever more.”

These lyrics are simple, but they perfectly illustrate one of the stages of divorce: grief, mourning the loss of a relationship you thought would last forever. Full disclosure: I’ve never been divorced, but I imagine this is a key step in the healing process. It’s also probably the hardest, which gives “Best Friend” even more resonance.

Couple this with the fact that Madonna is notoriously closed off. Any sign of vulnerability from her is novel, so for her to release a song like “Best Friend”—with lyrics like “I miss your brain, the way you think, but I don’t miss the way you used to drink”—is jarring, to say the least. It shows no one is immune to the pain of divorce, not even the Queen of Pop.

“Best Friend” is, in many ways, the pinnacle of MDNA, which Rolling Stonedubbed a “disco-fied divorce record” upon its release in March 2012. To be clear, the album makes no direct reference to Ritchie, but it’s obvious he’s the inspiration. It’s the first album Madonna released following her 2008 separation from the British filmmaker, and dozens of its lyrics explicitly discuss marriage.

“There are lyrics in here about custody and prenups and ‘How’d you end up with all my jack?’ Did you get a lot off your chest there?” journalist Harry Smith asked Madonna in 2012 about MDNA. Her response? “Yes, I did.”

That’s certainly an understatement. MDNA is, without a doubt, one of the most poignant divorce albums in contemporary music. It’s EDM-oriented, sure, but Madonna’s always been her most profound in a throbbing nightclub at 3:00 A.M. Underneath the swirling beats of William Orbit, Benny Benassi, and the other techno maestros who helped craft MDNA is a woman trying to make sense of her marriage ending.

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Madonna’s One More Chance discography online – 12 different pressings

Next up in our discography is the final single to be taken from Something To Remember ‘One More Chance’, Madonna’s greatest ballads album from ’95.

One More Chance was one of the brand new songs included on the compilation and chosen as the final single. Madonna didn’t film a music video so a compilation with clips of other music video’s was created to promote the track. 

In our discography we have added 12 different pressings of this limited release, including the rare CD single from Taiwan.

Check it all out HERE

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Mega record & CD fair Utrecht 50th edition – report

While thousands of people are still crate digging, yours truly is already back to report on the 50th edition of the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht! A LOT of Madonna vinyl especially on 7″ (Portugal, Spain, Japan, Brazil, France, U.K., Germany). Also spotted a BPI award for The Immaculate collection presented to Madonna plus a BPI for Hard Candy. Probably the rarest record we came across was the Lucky Star 12″ sunglasses sleeve. What I noticed mostly was how expensive most records were, absolutely outrageous prices for fairly regular vinyl. A Dutch seller absolutely wouldn’t take my word for the fact that I already owned the 12″ vinyl for ‘Bad Girl’ as according to him, that was impossible, I gave up trying to talk some sense into him. Another thing that caught my attention was how most visitors were actually after CD’s instead of vinyl this time, loads of queues whenever a dealer was offering compact discs.

But please oh God please stop with the dozens of bootlegs…..

A few interesting items yours truly picked up:

  • La Isla Bonita – 7″ South Africa in picture sleeve
  • Dutch press photo’s 
  • Used passes for the Who’s That Girl Tour (July 27 for box office and photo/TV) and used crew pass for Virgin Tour
  • Original rare early 80’s poster from Thailand (sold by reliable dealer that gets his stuff from ‘friends in the industry’, has been selling prototypes as well (reliable stuff!)

The fair is open again tomorrow, for more info check out www.recordplanet.nl

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50th Mega Record & CD Fair Jaarbeurs Utrecht – this weekend!

November 17 & 18, 2018 the Jaarbeurs Convention centre in Utrecht will host the 50th edition of the Mega Record & CD Fair. To celebrate this jubilee edition an extended program has been created with three exhibits curated by special guestsJohan Kugelberg, Joy Divison’s Peter Hook and designer Nigel Waymouth. Furthermore there are life performances by Gruppo Sportivo and Bert Heerink (Vandenberg). On top a special limited edition 7 inch will be launched with artists Tim Knol and Kevn Kinney. An event that in the past years has enjoyed international acclaim and made its name as the place to be for music fans, crate diggers, deejays and vinyl lovers. Packed with exhibitions, live performances, book signings and over 500 dealers from all over the world the fair offers the greatest choice of vinyl, cd’s and pop memorabilia. Don’t be surprised if you bump into artists searching for their own original productions.

Pre sale Record fair Utrecht

Calling all record and CD fans to the Mega Record & CD Fair, a massive bi-annual music fair at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands. An unmissable cult event for music fans the world over, packed with exhibitions, collections, signings and live shows.Calling all record and CD fans to the Mega Record & CD Fair, a massive bi-annual music fair at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands. An unmissable cult event for music fans the world over, packed with exhibitions, collections, signings and live shows.

Record Planet manages vinyl & cd fairs including the world’s leading Mega Record & CD Fair at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands which takes place twice per year and is without doubt the largest record & cd fair in the world.

Read more (and order tickets) at www.recordplanet.nl

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Love Don’t Live Here Anymore discography online – 13 different pressings

Next up in our discography is the release to ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’. A track originally recorded for the ‘Like a Virgin’ album in 1984 where it was only ever officially released on single in Japan.

A brand new remix was chosen for release and Madonna filmed a music video directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. Unfortunately it didn’t help sales in the U.S. where it peaked at 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Madonna performed the track during her Rebel Heart Tour but it sadly was left off of the official recording. 

We collected 13 different pressings of the release for you to view HERE

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Official Madonna 2019 calendar postponed to December

Madonna Official 2019 Calendar – Square Wall Calendar Format.

A cultural icon so recognized that she only needs one name, Madonna has evolved from the princess of ’80s pop to an international superstar known for not only music, but also fashion, acting, and her counterculture persona.

Now fans of the material girl can enjoy her throughout the year with this official 2019 calendar, with spectacular full artwork throughout.

Don’t hesitate to order your Madonna Official 2019 Calendar today with same day dispatch on order placed before 2pm (Monday – Friday)*. Also, receive FREE UK standard Delivery and Worldwide delivery also available.

Specifications
  • Height: 305mm
  • Width: 305mm
  • Weight: 232g
  • Format – Square Calendar
  • Release Date: 07/12/2018

Product code:124

Pre-order HERE

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MLVC60 by Matthew Rettenmund & Anthony Coombs available to order

Madonna has been a force to be reckoned with in popular culture for nearly 40 years. As she turns 60 (b. August 16, 1958), “MLVC60” documents over 1,000 of her most incredible magazine covers, using them to chronicle her rise to fame and her impact on the world.

Matthew Rettenmund is the author of “Encyclopedia Madonnica 20,” the novels “Boy Culture” and “Blind Items: A (Love) Story,” and many books on pop culture. He blogs at BoyCulture.com and Gr8erDays.com, and was the founding EIC of “Popstar!” Magazine. The magazines in “MLVC60” are from his extensive collection. (Amazon.com)

Product details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Boy Culture LLC (November 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578403307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578403304
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches

Order through Amazon HERE

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Madonna’s You’ll See discography up – 19 different pressings

Next up is the discography to ‘You’ll See’ the ‘official’ first single to be taken from Madonna’s ballad compilation ‘Something To Remember’. Originally ‘I Want You’ was chosen as a first single but due to legal issues it was only ever released as a promo single with music video (more on that later).

You’ll See was a smash hit and Madonna returned to Top of The Pops to perform the track. The music video was stunning and named a follow-up to ‘Take a Bow’.

To check out 19 different pressings check out the discography HERE

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Jeremy Scott, Madonna and Beth Ditto attend the Moschino [TV] H&M London Launch Party

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Ann-Sofie Johansson, Jeremy Scott and Madonna attend the Moschino [TV] H&M London Launch Party hosted by Jeremy Scott at Annabels on November 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for H&M )
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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Jeremy Scott, Madonna and Beth Ditto attend the Moschino [TV] H&M London Launch Party hosted by Jeremy Scott at Annabels on November 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for H&M )

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