“Frozen” 10-track Remix EP now available on all digital platforms

A 10-track remix EP of Madonna’s “Frozen” is now available on all digital platforms (March 12), check out direct download/stream link below!

Tracklisting

01 Frozen
02 Frozen – Stereo’s MC Remix
03 Frozen – Extended Club Mix
04 Frozen – Meltdown Mix – Long Version
05 Frozen – Widescreen Mix
06 Frozen – Edit
07 Frozen – Stereo MC’s Remix Edit
08 Frozen – Extended Club Mix Edit
09 Frozen – William Orbit Drumapella
10 Frozen – Victor Calderone Drumapella

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News 8 Throwback: Grammy Award winning artists performing in San Diego (Virgin Tour footage)

In this week’s News 8 Throwback we show you a menagerie of talented musicians performing in our city in the 1980s and ’90s.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The 63rd annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday March 14 on CBS and News 8. We dug into our archives to find artists who have been honored with Grammy awards and nominations. A menagerie of talented musicians performing in our city in the 1980s and ’90s is this week’s News 8 Throwback.

Willie Nelson won 10 Grammy Awards and has been nominated an impressive 52 times. Here he is performing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on June 5, 1981. Larry Himmel was there and said Nelson’s voice was rich in flavor, tempered by years on the road, slightly seasoned with Jack Daniels.

Madonna concert at SDSU Open Air Theatre in San Diego in 1985

Madonna boasts 7 wins and 28 nominations. On April 19, 1985, The Virgin Tour stopped in San Diego at SDSU Open Air Theater.

More at CBS8 

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Mick Rock Reflects on a Career of Shooting Stars (includes Madonna)

© Mick Rock 2021 / Midaro / West-Contemporary-Editions.com


“This was a curious one. There was a guy called Bleecker Bob who had a store in the West Village called ‘Bleeker Bob’s Golden Oldies.’ In my early years in New York, he would sometimes bring aspiring singers to my studio on Madison Ave. and 32nd. I would take snaps of all of them and [Madonna] came up one summer evening. She seemed very ambitious. I recall her being friendly but mostly curious, just having a look around. I don’t recall her being obnoxious in any way, she was just young. She was curious about Lou Reed and Bowie. Everyone wanted to know about David. 

This is 1980, so she’d only just about got here. I don’t know if she was even doing music at this time because she came to New York to dance. The shot didn’t take very long, it’s not constructed. I wasn’t telling her, ‘Baby, stick your tongue out’. She did all that. She’d do whatever it takes to get a bit of attention. 

For years I never thought much of this picture. It’s not one of these apocalyptic shots of her, like I shot of some other people. On the other hand, I see why people like it because she’s so raw. Not in an unpleasant way, there’s nothing wrong with it. I’m very happy to have got this Polaroid now that she’s a big spirit in the sky. I mean, does she rank up there with the big ones? In a way, she does. Not so much for the music but for the way she put herself over. This was at a time in the eighties when it was so unbelievably sexist in music, so you’ve got to respect her. It’s not easy. I don’t think she ever had a drug problem. She was fueled by ambition, god bless her. There’s about another five of these polaroids and I can’t find them. I’ve got to find the rest of them because this is the stuff that people love.”

Read full article at Interviewmagazine.com

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Madonna’s Found Her “Lucky Star”! original article from Bop magazine (1984)

Back in the day I used to buy Bop magazine because I had a mad crush on Jonathan Brandis (may he rest in peace) and Bop always succeeded to satisfy my teenage needs. However Bop also made sure to dedicate their time to ‘Lucky Star’ Madonna!

She just released her “Like a Virgin” album and Bop even offered for you to write her a letter!

Check this and more out in our Like a Virgin album page (which we are currently updating and restyling)

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Piers Morgan Was Banned From This Celebrity’s Talk Show (Madonna-related)

Back in 2011, ahead of the premiere of her short-lived OWN series The Rosie ShowRosie O’Donnell was asked by Access Hollywood whether or not there were any celebrities who wouldn’t be welcome on set.

“Yes, I’ve banned Piers Morgan,” she said. “He banned Madonna for no reason when his show started, so I’m banning Piers Morgan! I don’t have anybody banned, but if I have to make a list, he’s on it.”

In December 2010, before his CNN talk show Piers Morgan Tonight had even started, Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter that he would never want to interview Madonna. “She’s too vegan for TV,” Morgan said. “We have Lady Gaga now. So Madonna is banned from my show.”

O’Donnell and Madonna met on the set of the 1992 film A League of Their Own, and have stayed close ever since. During an interview with Howard Stern in April of 2020, O’Donnell shared that she still talks to Madonna frequently and that they’ve turned to each other for comfort throughout the pandemic. So for her, banning Morgan was about standing up for a friend. For another host’s hard line, check out The One Guest Anderson Cooper Banned From His Show.

Read the full article at Best Life Online

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Madonnaunderground.com celebrates 15th anniversary – WIN Madonna items! Thanks to Lucky Records

We have been online for 15 years! It was in March 2006 that we introduced madonnaunderground.nl (and later .com) to the world. We can honestly say that it has been quite the celebration working on improving and updating its content daily.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary there will various giveaways!

The incredible and legendary Lucky Records in Paris was kind enough to donate various items for you to win. To make sure many fans have a chance we have to decided to divide the items up into four different packages.

Package number 1 includes:

  • Superstar – official sealed cardsleeve 2-track CD single from Brazil 
  • American Pie – official sealed 4-track CD single from Germany 9362448372
  • Music – official sealed 4-track CD single from Germany 9362 44898 2
  • Don’t Tell Me – official sealed CD single from UK CD1 W547CD1
  • Don’t Tell Me – official sealed CD single from UK CD2 W547CD2
  • American Life – official French promo sticker (front and back)
  • Music (single) – official French WEA promo postcard
  • Music (album) – official French WEA promo postcard
  • Madame X Tour – Paris leg high glossy large postcard (Lucky Records on back)
  • Set of unofficial Herb Ritts (The Immaculate Collection) buttons

We appreciate every one of our visitors and would love to thank our most loyal visitors by sending them one of the packages. If you aren’t following us already on social media, then please don’t forget to do so now!

To enter send your full name and address to: info@madonnaunderground.com

You have the entire week, we will announce package number 2 next Monday.

Thank you to Lucky Records!

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AT CLOSE RANGE (1986) Limited Edition Blu-ray Set (Australia)

Madonna’s Live To Tell which she co-wrote is featured in the film’s soundtrack and Sean Penn (to whom she was married to) stars in it.

Based on a true story, “At Close Range” follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with director James Foley and film historian Nick Redman (2015)
  • Interview with director James Foley (2018)
  • “Crime in Pennsylvania, The Real Johnston Gang” Interview with former reporter and author of “Jailing the Johnston Gang” Bruce Mowday (2020)
  • Interview with Composer Patrick Leonard (2020)
  • “Badlands” short location video of key geographic locations of actual events. (2020)
  • Isolated Score
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies

ORDER HERE

Thanks to Basti

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The Number Ones: Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl”

Madonna released the career-spanning compilation The Immaculate Collection in 1990, when she was at the absolute peak of her powers, and it’s one of the all-time greatest greatest-hits albums. The Immaculate Collection is just end-to-end bangers. It’s got seven #1 singles, and it also has a lot of truly iconic songs that had to be on there, even if they didn’t make it to #1: “Holiday,” “Borderline,” “Material Girl,” “Into The Groove.” Practically every song on The Immaculate Collection is a party-starter. To listen to The Immaculate Collection straight through is to marvel at a truly masterful pop career.

The Immaculate Collection is even more impressive when you think about what didn’t make it onto the album. Consider the Immaculate Collection omission “Who’s That Girl.” That’s the title song from the first movie where Madonna played the lead, and it was a genuinely big song. But Madonna didn’t make room for “Who’s That Girl” on The Immaculate Collection. She had too many great songs. A mediocre single couldn’t get a spot on The Immaculate Collection, even if that song was a #1 hit.

You couldn’t blame Madonna if she wanted to forget all about Who’s That Girl. Madonna made the 1987 movie when she was trying to turn her pop stardom into movie stardom, and things weren’t going too well. Madonna had played her first real dramatic role in the 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan. The film was a critical and commercial hit, and Madonna was great in it. But Madonna had followed Susan by co-starring with her then-husband Sean Penn in 1986’s Shanghai Surprise, a catastrophic flop. After Shanghai Surprise, Hollywood still had faith in Madonna, and she got to make most of the important choices on Who’s That GirlWho’s That Girl is fully Madonna’s. It did even worse than Shanghai Surprise.

I’ve never seen Who’s That Girl, but it looks like pure doodoo. Madonna plays Nikki Finn, a screwball sexpot with a grating Betty Boop voice. At the beginning of the film, she’s framed for her boyfriend’s murder. After she’s been in jail for a few years, Griffin Dunne’s uptight lawyer guy, for reasons unclear from the Wikipedia plot summary, has to pick her up from jail just before marrying the daughter of the richest man in New York. Hijinks ensue, and Madonna and Griffin Dunne fall in love. Who’s That Girl bricked hard at the box office, earning less than half its production budget and getting intensely bad reviews.

It probably didn’t help that the movie seems very reminiscent of Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild, an actual masterpiece that came out just a year earlier. Also, Who’s That Girl came two years after Griffin Dunne had been a square yuppie dork on a wild adventure in Scorsese’s After Hours. So Who’s That Girl was a not-as-good version of a couple of things that had just been done very well. It smelled like a superstar’s indulgent vanity project because that’s what it was.

Read full article at Stereogum

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Madame X says goodbye in Paris – 1 year ago today

One year ago today Madonna performed the final show of her Madame X Tour at Le Grand Rex in Paris. The Paris leg of the tour had been plagued with cancellations so unfortunately it did not come as a surprise that Madonna wouldn’t be able to finish the Paris leg of the tour. This time however it wasn’t because of Madonna’s injuries but of the increased restrictions due to the Coronavirus. 

Madonna wasn’t having her best show and was visibly in a lot of pain. Check out this bit from my original report on the night written a year ago:

Madonna wasn’t having her best show tonight she admitted. She wasn’t feeling well and had a cold. She said she was going to miss doing the show. She seemed quite emotional during her speeches. Show started around 11pm and she performed the full set. She was gone from the stage for a long time during Batuka, and sang the full first verse from backstage. She addressed the cancellations saying she was sorry, but when she can’t even get out of bed there’s no way she can perform. It seems as if she’s said her goodbyes already.

During the ‘Mozart out of her pussy’ moment she addressed that she ‘just heard’ and that you never know when things are going to end and that ‘the audience know what she was talking about right?’. She was most definitely speaking about the possible (early) end of the tour due to measurements taken against Coronavirus spreading in France. She spoke about it asking why all these people were getting sick and what the universe was trying to tell us?

She spoke about fighting for what you believe in, to find a cause in your life and to fight for it. She seemed incredibly emotional and her speeches were quite longer than usual. She had her cute moments with dancer aka boyfriend Ahla Malik, a cheeky kiss here and there and the odd funny glances they exchanged. 

It was quite obvious she was struggling throughout the show, forgetting lyrics to God Control and Batuka. David helped her down the stage for the beer bitch moment where she spoke with a French stand up comedian. She repeatedly had to ask a lady to sit down but the lady was persistant as she wanted to give Madonna something. Madonna became quite annoyed by her. The beer bitch moment took a while and finally she asked why everyone was staring at her? 

Polaroid sold for 4100EUR to an Italian fan who actually wasn’t buying it for himself but a friend who had a ticket up on the balcony. M was surprised by the 4100 amount and asked if he just emptied his savings.

Madonna did the best she could last night with what she was able to give, now it is time for Madame X to take a bow and HEAL.

Read my full report HERE

Read Dave’s report HERE

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Madonna gave an impromptu display of bump ‘n grind back in ’83 (Smash Hits article)

This rare article appeared in the November/December 1983 edition of the Smash Hits Yearbook 1984. Madonna’s single ‘Everybody’ being remixed by Rusty Egan is mentioned as well as the following

In the Spring of this year, she came here from her native New York and caused eyes to pop and drinks to spill on the floor of Le Beat Route club when she gave an impromptu display of bump ‘n grind with her two black dance partners that made Hot Gossip look like cold Turkey.

Added to The First Album

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Alan Cumming gave Madonna telling off for behaviour during his Broadway show

Alan Cumming has revealed he gave Madonna a telling off for braiding her hair while she watched one of his Broadway shows.

The actor was performing in Cabaret when he got distracted by the sight of the Who’s That Girl singer fiddling with her locks during the performance.

Cumming, 56, originally from Aberfeldy, Perthshire, kept his irritation for years before playfully embarrassing the star in front of her fans.

He told how he feared Madonna “hated” the show before her driver asked him to join her for dinner.

Cumming said: “Madonna came to see Cabaret the first time I did it on Broadway. We were all like, ‘Oh, Madonna’s in, Madonna’s in,’ and I could see her braiding her hair whilst she was watching the show.

“Afterwards we thought she might come backstage but she didn’t and I thought, ‘Oh, she hated it, how awful.’

Cabaret on Broadway in 1998. Speaking on the Talk Art podcast, he told how he reminded the 62-year-old about her rudeness in front of the audience at one of her London Palladium shows last year.

He said: “When she was doing her concerts, I got free tickets. There was a bit when she sits down next to a member of the audience and it’s usually a famous person and she has a little chat with you.

“She talked about coming to see me in Cabaret and I said, ‘I remember you were braiding your hair.’ She was like, ‘Was I? That’s incredibly rude.’ And I went, ‘Yes, it was rude.’”

Cumming’s first success came as an air steward in 1990s Scots sitcom The High Life. He went on to carve out a Hollywood career in the Spy Kids franchise, as Nightcrawler in X-Men 2 and in the James Bond movie Goldeneye.

The performer has lived in New York for more than 20 years and was awarded an OBE in 2009 in part for his activism on LGBT rights.

He is working on a new dance show about the life of Robert Burns, which will tackle the Bard’s poor treatment of women and the way his darker side has been “sanitised”.

More at Daily Record

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‘Like a Prayer’ Remixes EP (10 tracks) digitally available per March 5

The ‘Like a Prayer’ remixes are digitally available per March 5, which in some parts of the world is right now. If it doesn’t show up in your library yet, check back later. Below is the direct link to the Dutch Apple Music.

Tracklisting

01 Like a Prayer (12″ Dance Mix)
02 Like a Prayer (12″ Extended Remix)
03 Like a Prayer (Churchapella)
04 Like a Prayer (12″ Club Version)
05 Like a Prayer (7″ Remix) Edit
06 Act of Contrition
07 Like a Prayer (7″ Version)
08 Like a Prayer (Instra Dub)
09 Like a Prayer (Bass Dub)
10 Like a Prayer (Dub Beats)

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Madonna couldn’t be hotter……2 original promo adverts for “Lucky Star” from 1984

‘Madonna couldn’t be hotter’ is the first line of the promotional advert for ‘Lucky Star’ as published in R&R Magazine in August 1984. 

A very similar advert was published in Canada, stating ‘her album is now GOLD in Canada & on the verge of eruption, courtesy of her third CHR hit “Lucky star”

Check out both adverts in our The First Album page (adverts tab)

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5 Things You May Not Know About Madonna’s First Hit Ballad, “Crazy For You”

On May 11, 1985, Madonna reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her first big ballad, “Crazy for You.” The song helped cement her status as a bona fide pop star. She had already raised some eyebrows with “Like a Virgin” in November 1984, but “Crazy for You” was a big departure from her usual sexy dance-pop sound, marking her first foray into the world of sentimental songs.

Madonna, however, was a little-known artist when she signed on to sing “Crazy for You.” The song, recorded in 1983, was part of the soundtrack for the movie Vision Quest. This coming-of-age sports drama was then delayed for more than a year, which meant Madonna’s second album, Like a Virgin, hit record stores months before the film made it to the theaters. Teenage fans had already started wearing rubber bracelets, rosaries and racy outfits by the time Vision Quest debuted in February 1985. Here are a few fun facts about the making of the song:

“Crazy for You” was a bigger hit than the movie it came from

Vision Quest stars Matthew Modine as a high school wrestler who decides to go up against the most feared opponent in the state. But equal time on screen was devoted to Modine pursuing an older woman played by Linda Fiorentino. In all, Vision Quest brought in just over $12 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The filmmakers even tried to capitalize on the success of the song, retitling the picture Crazy for You when it was released in England and several other countries.

Read the full article at Biography.com

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Rita Ora Dishes on Her ‘Awkward’ but ‘Amazing Moment’ with Madonna: ‘We Had to Kneel on the Floor’

Rita Ora will never forget the moment she met Madonna.

During Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the “Bang” artist revealed that her first encounter with Madonna was a little “awkward” after host Jimmy Fallon asked Ora if she had ever felt starstruck when meeting one of her favorite celebrities.

“The highlight of my life is obviously Madonna, that’s one of the biggest idols of all time,” Ora, 30, told the host.

“I had an amazing moment with her, very awkward but also very unbelievable,” she said.

The British singer explained that her moment with Madonna, 62, came early in her career while she was doing a clothing line campaign for the “Vogue” singer.

“She really just made me find my light, and by doing that we had to kneel on the floor,” Ora recalled. “And I thought it was ‘Like a Prayer,’ in real life that was happening to me.”

The “Body on Me” songstress then said she was so in awe of meeting Madonna that she “had to go and breathe in the bathroom” before the experience.

“I just couldn’t breathe and she was like ‘This is not my life, let’s get down,'” Ora remembered, saying that Madonna motioned for her to get on the floor. “I thought, ‘What? What’s happening?'”

Despite being confused, Ora went along with Madonna’s directions.

“And so we did, I said, ‘Whatever she says we’re gonna do,'” the singer recalled with a laugh.

Ora isn’t the only celebrity to get starstruck by some of her favorite fellow artists.

Read full article at PEOPLE.com

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Blond Ambition Tour videography updated and restyled (8 items)

The legendary Blond Ambition Tour has only ever been officially released on VHS and laserdisc, unfortunately we are still waiting for a DVD or blu-ray (or even digital) release.

The final show in Nice France was released on laserdisc by Pioneer and the show in Japan available on laserdisc as well as VHS.

For our updated videography we have included 8 different items for you to view.

Also included is the unofficial but commercially available DVD of the show performed in Houston USA.

Check it out HERE

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