10 Madonna Songs for Your Pride Month Playlist: Listen

One of the LGBTQ community’s fiercest and most outspoken allies, Madonna has been fighting for acceptance and pushing the gay agenda with her art since the release of her first single “Everybody” in 1982.

She was introduced to the LGBTQ community from a very young age: At 16, Her Madgesty met her ballet instructor Christopher Flynn, an openly gay man who taught her about art, music, dance and the LGBTQ universe. He became her mentor and their relationship changed her life: She became a longtime AIDS activist, she fights for equality, and she speaks out against homophobia.


You can pick just about any track from Madonna’s 13 studio albums and get into the Pride groove, but we took it upon ourselves to single out our 10 favorite picks.


Initially planned to be a throwaway song on the B-side of “Keep It Together,” “Vogue” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in 1990. Inspired by the underground black and latinx queer subculture of the ball communities in Harlem, Madonna helped introduce vogueing to the world. The iconic black-and-white video directed by David Fincher is a lavish celebration of old Hollywood glamour, beautiful gay men and an awareness of the AIDS crisis.

“Hung Up”

Some of Madonna’s best music is about mindless fun; house beats, disco groove and dance routines are usually involved. So when you see Madonna walking into a dance studio in high heels, wearing a pink leotard, sporting perfectly Farrah-Fawcetted hair and carrying a boombox, you know you are in for a treat. Then you hear a sample of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” and Madonna starts dancing like a maniac, doing John Travolta moves in front of a giant mirror. Now you know you’ve hit the gay jackpot. That was the concept for the video for  “Hung Up,” the lead single from her 10th studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. The song also made Madonna tie with Elvis Presley with 36 top 10 Hot 100 hits before breaking the record three years later with “4 Minutes.”

“Forbidden Love”

Two songs by Madonna are named “Forbidden Love”: One appears in her 1994 Bedtime Stories album; the other was released 11 years later on Confessions on a Dance Floor. In both of them, she reflects on what it feels like for someone who’s not allowed to love whomever he, she or they want. The first version starts with Babyface whispering a free-for-all love mantra: “Love without guilt, love without doubt, rejection, love without doubt.” In the sensual, minimal midtempo R&B song, Madonna sings about the right to love. “I don’t, don’t care if it’s not right to have your arms around me. I want to feel what it’s like to take all of you inside of me.”

“Justify My Love”

The video for Madonna’s ninth No. 1 hit was so controversial that even MTV banned it from rotation. Directed by fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, it shows Madonna walking through a hotel with fetishes on display as she passes by the open doors.

“Open Your Heart”

In 2014, Madonna joined Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to sing “Same Love” in a celebration of same-sex unions at the Grammy Awards. During the performance, Queen Latifah married 33 couples, gay and straight, and Madonna closed the very emotional ceremony singing her 1986 hit “Open Your Heart.”

“In This Life”

In 1992, Madonna released her fifth studio album Erotica simultaneously with her Sex coffee-table book. While Her Madgesty was clearly living out her fantasies in the public eye, rejecting conventions and breaking taboos, that time — shortly after the peak of the AIDS epidemic — was also one of introspection. Madonna had recently lost two very close friends to the disease, and some songs took on a more introspective tone. “In This Life” was dedicated to her gay friend and mentor Christopher Flynn.

“Material Girl”

’80s pop music perfection! The second single from Like a Virgin became one of Madge’s most iconic songs, and the phrase “material girl” became her nickname forever — which is something she regrets to this day. In the video, she pays homage to Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — which is something Madonna also expresses regret for doing.


The video for “Music,” the title track from her eighth studio album, shows a girls’ night out with Madonna, longtime friend Debi Mazar and her backup singer and friend Niki Haris. They get into a limo, fill up their champagne glasses and then head to the club. The song is about partying and having fun, but it also talks about the power that music has to unite people. “Music makes the people come together/ Music makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel.” It can overcome differences of race, class, gender and sexuality.

“Unapologetic Bitch”

That’s how Madonna does self-help: When people do you wrong, find your inner-strength and let them have it! “It might sound like I’m an unapologetic bitch/ But sometimes you know I gotta call it like it is/ You know you never really knew how much your selfish bullshit cost me/ Well, fuck you.” She explained the rage to Billboard in 2015: “If I say to you, ‘I’m a badass bitch,’ I’m owning myself, I’m saying, ‘I’m strong, I’m tough, and don’t mess with me.’ If I say, ‘Why are you being such a bitch to me?,’ well, that means something else.”

“Keep It Together”

The final single from Like a Prayer is a song about our chosen families. At the end of Truth or Dare, the feature documentary that chronicled Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour, Madonna appears kissing her dancers good night. In a very touching moment, you can see the tenderness among them: She’s like a mother putting her kids to sleep. “It’s the show’s ultimate statement about the family, because we’re absolutely brutalizing with each other, while there’s also no mistaking that we love each other deeply,” she told The New York Times in a 1991 interview.

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A League of Their Own 25th anniversary blu-ray at FAME Amsterdam for 10 EUR!

The 25th anniversary edition of A League of Their Own is now available at FAME in Amsterdam (underneath the Media Markt near Central Station) for only 10 EUR!

This special edition contains a load of extra’s:

  • 15 deleted scenes
  • Cinema Trailer
  • Documentary ‘Nine Memorable Innings’
  • Interviews with the cast and filmmakers
  • Music Video ‘This Used To Be My Playground’

Get it now while supplies last!

Blu-ray has been added to our A League of Their Own page

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Seymour Stein’s “Siren Song” Recounts a Career Co-Starring Madonna, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and the Smiths

Music is medicine. Hospitalized in 1982—the hole in his heart was infected—Stein listened on a Walkman to a Madonna demo from the producer Mark Kamins. “As penicillin dripped into my heart,” he writes, “I’m sure I was going nuts in that little room.” From his bed, he called Kamins, a hairdresser, and a nurse to help him take a shower. That night, at Lenox Hill Hospital, Madonna signed to Sire. “I certainly thought she’d have a long career,” Stein tells me, “and I think she’s still got some mileage to go. I make mistakes all the time in business and in my personal life, but she’s fucking smart.

Read full article at the NewYorker.com

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Patrick Leonard ‘Bring The Circus Home’ will be released!

First, this isn’t the cover for the new record. More importantly, the record has been financed by an outside source and so the Kickstarter campaign is ending. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who pledged to get the record made. I have all of your emails and each and everyone of you will get a copy of the record when it’s done. A massive thank you to Kickstarter. Such great people and so supportive. Much gratitude to all of you. An extra thank you to you fans who made song suggestions. All well noted. And thank you @jdlee1303. None of this would have happened without you. Gonna check out for a bit. I’ve gotta record to make. Thank you all. PL #kickstarter#bringthecircushome

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Who’s That Girl OST LP Rhino re-issue PRE ORDER LINK AVAILABLE (Benelux)

The Who’s That Girl OST will be re-issued on vinyl by Rhino as part of the ‘Back to the 80’s’ releases.

This will be released in the Benelux on June 29, EAN0603497860517.

You can now pre-order by clicking the link below

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Why Antonio Banderas calls Madonna ‘the most committed artist’ he’s ever worked with

Watch the full episode of Couch Surfing streaming now on PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.

In 1996, Antonio Banderas starred with pop icon Madonna in the musical dramaEvita, in which Madonna starred in the role of Eva Péron and Banderas played Argentinian everyman Ché. While Madonna’s casting was controversial, Banderas had nothing but love reflecting back on his costar. “She was totally into this character. It was actually great working with her,” he tells Lola Ogunnaike, host of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing.

The actor recalls a day filming at La Casa Rosada—the residence of the Argentinian President, akin to the White House, where Madonna showed her commitment to the film: “She got an idea with [director] Alan Parker: we have 5,000 extras in the Plaza de Mayo where she has to give a speech—”Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” So she came dressed as Eva Duarte de Perón, shooting with no rehearsal, no nothing, and the extras’ reaction was extraordinary. All of the extras started crying, and the cameras were shooting, so we captured all of that. It was one of those magic moments I will never forget. ”

Watch more of his appearance on Couch Surfing above.

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Madonna Just Released a Cheaper Version of Her $600 MDNA Magnetic Face Mask


Every now and then a beauty product will come along and sell itself. Take, for instance, the absurdly cool magnetic mask and vibrating wand Madonna launched last year as part of her high-tech, solutions-oriented MDNA Skin line. I mean, would you look at this thing? Who even needs to know what it does?

It’s wizardry. Magic. Instagram gold. (For the record, it also manages to do two ever-elusive skin-beneficial things at once: suck all the gunk from your pores thanks to mineral-rich volcanic clay and drench them in a fancy proprietary blanket of healing thermal waters from Tuscany.) The one catch: It’s ridiculously expensive. At a whopping $600 for both the tool and the mask, the cost is a probs-never-going-to-happen roadblock for any normal, nonfamous face looking for a fun way to get glowy. Not anymore, though, because an $80 alternative of the innovative gadget drops today—and it’s just as good. Really.

What keeps this new offering more economical is how streamlined it is. Instead of being dual-ended like the OG cash-money version that comes equipped with both a mask-removing magnet and an LED light tip that helps with absorption and hydration, this model features just the magnet. Yes, you still have to buy the Chrome Clay Mask separately for $120, but a little goes a long way, particularly if you use your fingers to apply it.

I’ll admit it: It’s pretty eye-roll-y when someone claims that something thispricey is going to change your life. Thing is, this new combo legitimately made mine infinitely better, because as much as I love a good detoxifying mask, I rarely use them. They take energy, planning, and time. So much time. But not this fuss-free, fun-to-use, chrome-coated clay stuff. It gets shit done in just three minutes. And man, do you see results. Skin is smoother, softer, and more hydrated. It’s brighter and looks way less haggard than it did 180 seconds prior. And it’s not all stripped either, which is typical of other clay-based mask situations. The best part? You don’t have to scrub or even touch your face to get it off, because the fancy magnetic wand business does that for you. Hover it right above your skin, sweep it in an upward motion, and voilà—the thick goo (and any dirt/debris/oil) are gone faster than you can say Like a Virgin.

Here’s my bottom line: This stuff works and is great for when you need a full face pick-me-up in zero time. Two hundred bucks for the set still ain’t cheap, but extolling the skin virtues of the queen of pop and getting that signature Material Girl glow at home? Pretty much priceless.

MDNA Skin Chrome Clay Mask, $120, and MDNA Skin Mask Remover, $80, barneys.com

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Timeframe: Madonna’s sweltering summer set at du Arena

Madonna brought a new level of performance to Abu Dhabi with a two-show stop on her MDNA tour. Lee Hoagland / The National

Madonna brought a new level of performance to Abu Dhabi with a two-show stop on her MDNA tour. Lee Hoagland / The National

Six years ago this week, American singer Madonna brought her MDNA tour to Abu Dhabi. It was somewhat unprecedented for the capital to host such a big concert in the summer, but the “Material Girl” booked the stop as part of her 80-date tour schedule across the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. She stopped in Abu Dhabi for two shows at the du Arena, which had at that time been rebrandedand was undergoing expansion.

Tickets for the shows sold out within hours and extra tickets were added for the first concert just days before the show. The Nationalreported at the time that fans had travelled from as far away as Buenos Aires and London, and that Madonna’s stage production – including lighting, stage props, LED screens and pyrotechnics – was flown in on three jumbo jets. With temperatures in the mid-40s, and to keep comfortable an estimated 50,000 concertgoers in two nights in the heat of the season, a cooling system was installed, but many concertgoers complained that it didn’t make a difference.

Italian DJ Benny Benassi, who had produced three songs for the MDNA album, opened both shows, which started more than 90 minutes late, angering the loyal crowd. The song Girl Gone Wild from MDNA started the dazzling and dark set, which featured controversial imagery and themes, tin soldiers suspended from the ceiling, stunts and acrobatics. The temperature rose further when Madonna dug deep into her classic 1980s repertoire, including Papa Don’t PreachOpen Your Heart and Like a Prayer, as well as more contemporary songs, performed across four themed acts.

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Patrick Leonard’s new album, “Bring The Circus Home” Kickstarter campaign

Longtime Madonna collaborator’s new album will feature reimagined versions of their most famous songs, from “Live to Tell” to “Frozen.

What’s this new record about…? 

Bring the Circus Home is a celebration of my decades-long collaboration with Madonna that will feature entirely original, reimagined versions of many of the most famous songs we wrote together, including: “Live to Tell,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Dear Jessie,” “Oh Father” (my personal favorite), “Hanky Panky,” and “Frozen.” The album will also include a new song, the title track, “Bring the Circus Home,” plus a few more surprises thrown in for good measure. ;)

A labor of love for the incredible fans who’ve always meant so much to me, I feel it’s time to revisit these songs, both as they were originally conceived and as how I hear them now. Contributors will have an “all access pass” to the creative process, via frequent check-ins, live studio streams, Q&A sessions, and more. I’m also thrilled that many of the other incredible musicians who contributed to my work with Madonna, including engineer Michael Verdick, bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Bruce Gaitsch, and more, will also be lending their talents to Bring the Circus Home.

Once the album is finished, I can’t wait to take the show on the road, and plan to embark on a fan-friendly tour that blends stories and songs (dates and locations TBA).

Want to support Patrick Leonard on Kickstarter? Click HERE

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Like a Virgin white vinyl RHINO re-issue PRE-ORDER link available (Europe)

Rhino will re-issue Madonna’s Like a Virgin LP on white vinyl as part of the ‘Back to the 80s’ exclusives, EAN0603497860739 will be released on July 6 (in Europe too!)

Pre-order through Bol.com HERE:

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Madonna’s I’ll Remember discography added – 23 different pressings

The discography to I’ll Remember has been added!

We have gathered a total of 23 different pressings of this release for you to view, all from our own collection.

I’ll Remember was recorded and included on the With Honors soundtrack directed by good friend Alek Keshishian (whom she worked with on ‘Truth Or Dare’). He also directed the music video for the single. The song was later added to Madonna’s greatest ballads compilation ‘Something To Remember’. She has never performed the track live.

To view the discography click HERE

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Madonna – Het icoon van Lucy O’Brien verschijnt 28 juni 2018 – Dutch press release + info

Comparing this new book to the first editon from 2007, these are the main differences:

  • Brand new introduction
  • Book IV has been added; two new chapters 19 and 20
  • The epilogue has been renewed
  • New pictures have been added

To pre-order click below


Thanks to: Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff

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The Immaculate Collection 2018 re-issue on black vinyl – out now

The 2018 re-issue of The Immaculate Collection pressed on regular black vinyl is now available!

We have added the vinyl to our The Immaculate Collecton discography page HERE.

To order click the link below

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Madonna industry promo ad for first homevideo release (1984)

This very rarely seen original large promotional ad for Madonna’s first homevideo simply titled ‘Madonna’ has been added to our Like a Virgin page (press tab).

‘Warner Music Video presents Madonna in her first compilation video-for-sale, featuring her brand new hit. “LIKE A VIRGIN’, and a special mix of her biggest single, “LUCKY STAR.” “BURNING UP” Directed by Steve Baron; Music produced by Reggie Lucas for Kalisa Inc. “LUCKY STAR” Directed by Arthur Pierson; Music produced by Reggie Lucas for Kalisa INc.; Music Remixed by John Jellybean Benitez. “LIKE A VIRGIN’ Directed by Mary Lambert;Music produced by Nile Rodgers for Nile Rodgers Productions, Inc.’

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Matt Cain’s The Madonna of Bolton strikes film deal!

We are excited to bring you the news that the upcoming novel ‘The Madonna of Bolton’ by Matt Cain has won a film deal with LiveNation! The deal comes with Madonna’s blessing and the permission to use her music. The deal also covers sequels and West End adaptations.

Read the news story by The Bookseller HERE

Pre-order the book HERE

Congratulations Matt, very well deserved!

Thanks to: Matt Cain



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Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists 25 years at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam – the official opening

Yesterday the Viktor&Rolf exhibition was officially opened in the Kunsthal, guests included the Mayor of Rotterdam Mr. Aboutaleb and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau. After an introduction by Emily Ansenk (director of the Kunsthal), there were speeches by the Mayor of Rotterdam, the minister, Han Nefkens, Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau (Viktor&Rolf designed her wedding dress and also her mourn dress), Thierry-Maxime Loriot and Viktor&Rolf.

There were so many guests, friends, family and fans that all had to be divided into four groups upon visiting the exhibition. Free drinks and food were available to everyone there.

Upon leaving the event everyone was presented with a Viktor&Rolf goodie bag containing the heavenly Flowerbomb perfume.

The exhibition is now open to public, you can view Madonna’s Tears of a Clown costumes and all the other amazingly fantastic haute couture up until September 30.

To read my full review on the exhibiton click on the tab ‘Press Review’ HERE. It is more than just an exhibition, it is an experience!

The photo gallery of the official opening has also been added to the Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists 25 years page.

More information available at the Kunsthal

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