Madonna attends 46th Annual Grammy Awards – 14 years ago today!

Madonna attended the 46th Grammy’s with Guy Ritchie 14 years ago today, she looked absolutely fantastic!
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Everybody’s Got the Fever…on Valentine’s Day

Let’s keep on celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Madonna’s erotica album with new items and a chance to get a signed vinyl single! 

Valentine’s Day is coming soon and we’ve just launched new Erotica branded items, including a sexy duvet cover and a hot o-ring leather choker. Check them out now along with other exciting accessories 

 
Also, we will randomly add a signed vinyl single to five of the first 200 orders that include some Erotica Anniversary items and placed before 6PM on February 9th! 

“What a lovely way to burn,” right? 

The Madonna.com team

Icon members, don’t forget to log onto Madonna.com and click on the “Store” link to enjoy your 10% discount on all of your store orders.
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Record fair Utrecht discountcode April 2018

Once again we can give you a discount code to use when purchasing tickets to the 49th edition of the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht April 2018.

The code to use is: DISC3 or use THIS direct link

Vinyl Fever at the 49th Mega Record & CD Fair, the Netherlands
Jaarbeurs Utrecht, hunting ground of music lovers

On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of April the 49th Mega Record & CD Fair will take place at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands. This biannual show – as always held in conjunction with the International Collectors Fair – is renowned as the greatest record fair in the world by DJs, experts, collectors and fans of pop music. Over 500 exhibitors from all over the globe will display the collected history of pop music from the past sixty years in the shape of singles, albums, 12-inches, CDs and DVDs. As usual the programme includes live performances, signing sessions and guest deejays. This edition of the fair will highlight in particular the history of Disco.

45 years of Disco Fever 1973-2018

The exhibit: 45 years of Disco Fever is curated by Patrick Lejeune and consists mostly items from his own collection. Lejeune who is better known as DiscoPatrick has been collecting since 1978. In collaboration with Patrick Vogt he published two books. The most recent one, Disco – An Encyclopaedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records, was published in 2014 by SOULJAZZ in London, and is the standard book on the subject. The exhibit has been built up with the use of a timeline that starts with the birth of disco in 1973, the beginnings of the DJ-culture, the creation of the remix, the birth of the 12-inch, and the debut of the synthesizer.

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45 jaar Disco Fever

Vinyl is hot!

The main attraction of the fair remains the gigantic assortment of records on offer. Partly thanks to young people‘s enthusiasm for deejaying, vinyl is hot again. There is no fun without vinyl – in pubs, at parties, at home and all kinds of gatherings playing records is a must. The crucial accessory at the last couple of Mega Fairs was the portable record player to listen to vinyl on site before buying.

Special guests

Shandon Sahm, long time drummer of Indieband the Meatpuppets and son of the legendary Texan musician Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornadoes) will perform songs written by his dad live at the fair. Furthermore, there are performances by Yorick van Noorden (ex the Hype) and Miss Twist.

Vinyl Auction, CD- and book launches, Popquiz

Like at the last editions English company Omega will auction some rare vinyl albums and singles. At one of the last auctions at the fair the White double album by the Beatles fetched over € 20.000 and a postponed single by the Sex Pistols over € 7000. Record Industry from Haarlem will launch Passion for Vinyl part 2, written by pop journalist Robert Haagsma. The Three Imaginary Boys presents the Pop quiz with loads of free prizes like concert tickets.

Mega Record & CD Fair Spring 2018
  • Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Jaarbeursplein 6 in Utrecht.
  • Saturday April 14 from 9.00 am till 5 pm
  • Sunday April 15 from 10.00 am till 5 pm
  • Entrance at the cash register: € 14,- (children up to 12 free)
  • Website pre sale: € 12,50

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Madonna fever discography online – 16 different pressings

Madonna’s Fever discography is now online! 

Madonna’s fourth single from ‘Erotica’ was a limited release in Australia and Europe. Fever was originally released in the U.S.A. as the B-side to ‘Bad Girl’ and therefore was only released as a limited DJ pack on red vinyl. We have 16 different pressings in this discography, including five different CD pressings and three different cassette releases. 

Click HERE to view all the scans

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Sorry, Patti LuPone: Madonna Is Also Evita [Opinion]

There is no denying the fact that technically, Patti LuPone can sing circles (as well as any other shapes) around Madonna. After LuPone’s Grammy performance of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” Sunday evening, news media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, have pitted the two women against each other in the past week for absolute clickbait. Madonna — as usual — is the one criticized, even though she wasn’t even at the Grammy Awards.

Most praised LuPone’s performance. And technically, LuPone proved that age doesn’t hinder singing ability. But LuPone’s vocals were also all over the place, and unlike Madonna’s somewhat restrained performance of the same song in 1996, Lupone’s vocals made absolutely no connection with the song she was singing. Were all of those who praised LuPone’s performance listening to the same one this author was? It was as if LuPone was trying to remind the world that she is the one and only Evita. But the fact that people, even if negatively, brought Madonna’s name up when discussing the performance proves LuPone didn’t succeed.

Let’s go back in time a little bit. In 1996, Madonna shocked the world with her fantastic portrayal in the hit movie Evita. The film certainly was overhyped and didn’t become the blockbuster that Disney had expected. But the film, even in limited release, made over $50 million in the United States (Box Office Mojo figures). Evita made $141 internationally. Sorry, naysayers — that makes the film a success, especially by 1996 and 1997 standards. Overall, Madonna received positive notices from critics. There were those, blinded by their hatred of the star, that criticized Madonna. However, they only represented a small minority.

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Despite efforts from naysayers to rewrite her history, Madonna mostly received excellent reviews for her portrayal as Evita in 1996.Leonardo Cavallo / AP Images
Click HERE to read the full article by Inquisitr
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Madonna’s Bad Girl discography online – today marks its 25th anniversary!

Madonna’s Bad Girl celebrates its 25th anniversary today, we have just uploaded our discography to: Bad Girl

The third single to be taken from ‘Erotica’ was a gorgeous ballad with an equally gorgeous music video starring Christopher Walken. Madonna performed this track and ‘Fever’ at Saturday Night Live, sadly she has never performed it during one of her world tours.

In our discography we have collected 22 different pressings, click HERE to enjoy

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Lady Gaga and Madonna’s Stylist Bea Åkerlund Tells Us All About Her New IKEA Home Line

Aside from Jonas, it’s Madonna she cites as her fave co-worker, having teamed up with Madge on numerous occasions for the Queen of Pop’s tours, music videos, and live performances — including that incredible 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance. “I feel like that will go down in history,” she shares. (With 114 million viewers across the world watching her work come to life that night, we’d be inclined to agree.)

“It’s a teamwork,” she says of their collaboration. “We work really closely together, but she’s a woman that knows what she wants, and I like that. I like that in an artist where they challenge me constantly and you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

To read the full article visit Brit.co

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Matt Cain’s The Madonna of Bolton brought forward to July 12th

As the campaign for Matt Cain’s The Madonna of Bolton was so succesful and there has been so much interest from retailers, the publication date has been brought forward to July 12th in the UK. Matt Cain’s novel had been rejected a number of times (‘too gay’) before finally being picked up by Unboud.

To read a story on this featured in the latest issue of ‘The Bookseller’ please click HERE

We will update you once more news drops!

Thanks to: Matt Cain

 

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The stories behind the iconic photos of the celebrity world’s favourite snapper

He snapped Madonna before she was even famous thanks to an introduction from Boy George.

And Tina Turner loves his photographs so much she’s got personal copies on top of her grand piano at home.

British photographer Dave Hogan has even achieved the seemingly impossible – making feuding siblings Liam and Noel Gallagher smile, side my side, for the camera…

Over the course of a 40-year career which has seen him travel the world with rock gods and Hollywood greats, Hogan has become almost as famous to the stars he photographs, as they are to the rest of us.

From Sir Paul McCartney to The Rolling Stones, and the Spice Girls to Beyonce, there are few showbiz legends he hasn’t captured on film – and who don’t ask for him when they want a special moment immortalised.

Now a snapshot of his twinkling portfolio is to go on show in a new exhibition, Hogie’s Heroes, at London’s The Trafalgar St James from Thursday.

A number of iconic prints have also been signed by the icons themselves, and will be available to buy via an online auction from February 18th, with all proceeds going to charity.

Here, he recalls the stories behind some of his most memorable shots.

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Deeper and Deeper discography online – 24 different pressings

New in our discography is: Deeper and Deeper!

Madonna’s second single off ‘Erotica’ was this vibrant dance track, recently included in Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. We have collected 24 different pressings of this release including this rare Japan sample CD: Warner Music Japan Top Hits Selection from 1993 that includes the album edit and stunning artwork!

Click HERE to view the discography

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Press release – Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection, March 16th, 2018

Songs from Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard

Featuring Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé, Donny Osmond, Gregory Porter, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Brightman and many more

LOS ANGELESJan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few. 

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock). Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera, and his musicals have grossed more than $13.6 billion and have been watched by 302 million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

In celebration of his 70th birthday this March, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION will be available March 16th through UMe / Polydor.

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says:

“I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career.  This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites.   There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita), Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats) and Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

Of Lloyd WebberLana Del Rey says, Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Of being on the album, Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist… It’s hard for me to fathom that I’m a part of one of Andrew’s career defining albums. That is in itself career defining for me. It’s a dream, and a lifelong accomplishment.”

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael CrawfordSarah BrightmanMichael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyoncé singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with tributes from Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings, emphasizing the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Lloyd Webber‘s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End historyCats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. The Phantom of the Opera original cast album is the No. 1 Broadway album of all time in the U.S. and the #175 biggest seller among ALL albums of the SoundScan era in the U.S.  In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

Also in celebration of his 70th birthday, Lloyd Webber‘s new autobiography UNMASKED, will be released by HarperCollins on March 6th in the U.S. and on March 8th in the U.K.  Written entirely in his own words, Lloyd Webberrecounts his fascinating life and remarkable career. A natural storyteller, with his signature humour and self-deprecating tone, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. He takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance, which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER ‘UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION‘ TRACKLISTING
CD ONE 
01 SUPERSTAR • MURRAY HEAD & THE TRINIDAD SINGERS 
02 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & MICHAEL CRAWFORD 
03 OH WHAT A CIRCUS • ANTONIO BANDERAS & MADONNA 
04 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING • MICHAEL BALL 
05 STICK IT TO THE MAN • ALEX BRIGHTMAN & THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK 
06 MEMORY • NICOLE SCHERZINGER 
07 NO MATTER WHAT • BOYZONE 
08 WITH ONE LOOK • BARBRA STREISAND 
09 BUENOS AIRES • GLEE CAST 
10 DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA • JULIE COVINGTON 
11 TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE • MARTI WEBB  
12 I’M HOPELESS WHEN IT COMES TO YOU • JOANNA RIDING 
13 LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL • GREGORY PORTER  
14 THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT • MICHAEL CRAWFORD 
15 GETHSEMANE ( I ONLY WANT TO SAY) • IAN GILLAN 
16 ANY DREAM WILL DO • DONNY OSMOND 
17 AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & JOSÉ CARRERAS 
18 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM • YVONNE ELLIMAN 

CD TWO 
01 AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE • GLENN CLOSE 
02 THEME AND VARIATIONS 1-4 • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER 
03 UNEXPECTED SONG • SARAH BRIGHTMAN 
04 YOU MUST LOVE ME • LANA DEL REY 
05 EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT • YVONNE ELLIMANIAN GILLAN & MURRAY HEAD 
06 THE VAULTS OF HEAVEN • TOM JONES & THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS 
07 ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL • MADONNA  
08 YOU’RE IN THE BAND • BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK 
09 IT’S EASY FOR YOU • ELVIS PRESLEY 
10 COLD • THE EVERLY BROTHERS 
11 COME BACK WITH THE SAME LOOK • DENISE VAN OUTEN 
12 I AM THE STARLIGHT • MICA PARIS & GEORGE URE 
13 MR. MISTOFFELEES • PAUL NICHOLAS  
14 TELL ME ON A SUNDAY • MICHAEL CRAWFORD 
15 THINK OF ME • EMMY ROSSUM & PATRICK WILSON 
16 RAINBOW HIGH • ELAINE PAIGE 
17 ALL I ASK OF YOU • CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN 
18 WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN (LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) • SIERRA BOGGESS 
BONUS TRACK LEARN TO BE LONELY (LIVE AT THE OSCARS) • BEYONCÉ & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

CD THREE 
01 JACOB & SONS/COAT OF MANY COLOURS • JANET METZDONNY OSMONDMICHAEL FLETCHER & THE CANADIAN CAST 
02 CLOSE EVERY DOOR • DONNY OSMOND  
03 HEAVEN ON THEIR MINDS (LIVE – ARENA TOUR) • TIM MINCHIN 
04 KING HEROD’S SONG • ALICE COOPER 
05 SKIMBLESHANKS • KEN WELLS & THE ORIGINAL LONDON CAST OF CATS 
06 MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT • WENDY EDMEAD & DONNA KING 
07 YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD • STEPHEN WARD ORIGINAL LONDON CAST 
08 I’D BE SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOU • ELENA ROGER & PHILIP QUAST 
09 EVERMORE WITHOUT YOU • MARTIN CREWES 
10 I BELIEVE MY HEART • DUNCAN JAMES & KEEDIE 
11 IF ONLY YOU WOULD LISTEN • THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK 
12 SING • MILITARY WIVES 
13 HOSANNA • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LONDON CAST 
14 HOSANNA • PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, SARAH BRIGHTMAN & THE CHOIR OF WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 
15 PIE JESU • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & PAUL MILES-KINGSTON 
16 BY JEEVES • STEVEN PACEYSIMON DAY & NICHOLAS HAVERSON 
17 WHERE DID THE ROCK GO? • FLORENCE ANDREWS 

CD FOUR 
01 PHANTOM PHANTASY • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA  
02 MASQUERADE • ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE CAST 
03 ‘TIL I HEAR YOU SING • RAMIN KARIMLOO 
04 LOVE NEVER DIES ORCHESTRAL SUITE • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA  
05 LOVE NEVER DIES • SIERRA BOGGESS 
06 THE BEAUTY UNDERNEATH • BEN LEWIS & CASEY LYONS 
07 VARIATIONS ON VARIATIONS • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER 
08 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR OVERTURE • ORIGINAL JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ORCHESTRA 
09 OVERTURE AND THE BEAUTIFUL GAME • ORIGINAL CAST AND ORCHESTRA FROM THE BEAUTIFUL GAME 
10 IF THIS IS WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR • JOSIE WALKER   
11 CATS OVERTURE • THE ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA 
12 THE JELLICLE BALL • CATS MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA 
13 SUNSET SUITE • ORIGINAL BROADWAY ORCHESTRA 
14 SUNSET BOULEVARD • KEVIN ANDERSON 
15 ASPECTS OF ASPECTS • ORCHESTER DER VEREINIGTEN BUEHNEN WIEN 
16 SEEING IS BELIEVING • MICHAEL BALL & SARAH BRIGHTMAN 
17 ANYTHING BUT LONELY • SARAH BRIGHTMAN 

 

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Madonna, Beyoncé and Lana Del Rey are all going to be on this superstar album

There’s only one person in the world who can bring together some of music’s biggest divas, and that’s Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The musical legend will celebrate his 70th birthday later this year with an album of newly-recorded songs and all-time classics from his most famous productions.

Beyoncé’s rendition of Learn to be Lonely from Phantom of the Opera will feature, along with contributions from Madonna, Barbra Streisand and Lana Del Rey.

“I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you. A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost 50-year-old career,” said Lloyd Webber.

“I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Ball and Gregory Porter will also feature on the superstar track list.

Speaking about her recording, Lana Del Rey said: “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Lloyd Webber’s musicals have grossed a mammoth $13.6 billion and have been watched by over 302 million people across 44 countries.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection will be released on 16 March.

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Deerhoof Cover ‘Live To Tell’ By Madonna

San Francisco avant-pop artists Deerhoof have shared a surprisingly catchy and powerful cover of Madonna’s classic single ‘Live To Tell’. The charming new rendition is featured on a benefit compilation titled Post​-​Trash: Volume Three, which collects together more than fifty tracks of DIY and underground tunes in support of Puerto Rico hurricane relief organisation Maria Fund. Deerhoof dropped their new album Mountain Moves late last year, listen to their version of ‘Live To Tell’ below…

Read more: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/13796/Deerhoof-Cover-Live-To-Tell-By-Madonna.utr#ixzz55BU6Ayd8

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10 albums turning 20 in 2018, from ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ to Outkast’s ‘Aquemini’ and ‘Ray of Light’ by Madonna

Madonna – Ray of Light

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Madonna’s seventh studio album was released after the birth of her first child. Some feared this would, somehow, impact the music in a negative way. Of course not. Ray of Light became the best-selling studio album of Madonna’s career, proving once again her mastery over instinctive, brilliant pop music. 

Newfound maternal instincts along with her delving into Kaballah and yoga gave the album a wholesome, earthy feel; even the tracks about love and sex were less about the drama of her celebrity relationships and more about lessons learned. 

More at Independent.co.uk

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