Madonna files for emergency court order to stop auction selling prison letter from Tupac Shakur, her ‘personally worn panties’

She’s a “material girl” — and those are her materials.

Madonna sought an emergency court order Tuesday barring an auction house from putting an array of her memorabilia up for sale, including her private letters, “personally worn panties” and a handwritten letter to her from her former boyfriend Tupac Shakur while he was in prison.

In an affidavit, the singer says that on July 8 she became aware of the planned auction by Gotta Have Rock and Roll of many of her belongings, which she thought were still in her possession.

“I became aware through media reports that there was a planned auction of extremely personal, private correspondence I received from a former boyfriend, the late recording artist and actor Tupac Shakur,” Madonna said.

“I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur Letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur Letter was no longer in my possession. I have never sold, gifted, transferred or otherwise disposed of the Shakur Letter.”

The papers seek an order from a judge halting the online auction, scheduled for Wednesday, of more than 100 items.

Madonna points the finger at Darlene Lutz, an art consultant and “former friend” who she had welcomed into her homes.

“It seems obvious that Defendant Lutz betrayed my trust in an outrageous effort to obtain my possessions without my knowledge or consent and now attempts to profit by auctioning off my personal belongings and private communications to the general public in complete disregard of my rights, especially my right to privacy,” the “Material Girl” singer said.

The suit says the items include private letters and other correspondence between Madonna, her family and celebrities and former boyfriends, private photographs, unreleased recordings, a personal checkbook, previously worn underwear and a hairbrush with the singer’s hair.

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Prince and Madonna Hook Up for a ‘Love Song’: 365 Prince Songs in a Year by Dave Lifton July 16, 2017 11:35 AM Read More: Prince and Madonna Hook Up for a ‘Love Song’: 365 Prince Songs in a Year

 

To celebrate the incredibly prolific, influential and diverse body of work left behind by Prince, we will be exploring a different song of his each day for an entire year with the series 365 Prince Songs in a Year.

On the strength of sheer star power alone, a collaboration between Prince and Madonna in 1989 would have been a huge smash single. And yet, they buried “Love Song,” their collaboration from her hit album Like a Prayer.

Granted, in the title track, “Express Yourself” “Cherish” and “Keep It Together” — all of which reached the Top 10 (and the Top 20 “Oh Father”) — she was hardly lacking for radio-friendly material. Maybe it’s because the track is hardly a high mark in either of their careers. “Love Song” has a typically solid late-’80s Prince groove that suits Madonna well and a decent chorus, but there’s no vocal chemistry between the two.

“We were friends and talked about working together,” she told Yahoo Music in 2014, “so I went to Minneapolis to write some stuff with him, but the only thing I really dug was ‘Love Song.’ We ended up writing it long-distance, because I had to be in L.A. and he couldn’t leave Minneapolis, and quite frankly I couldn’t stand Minneapolis. When I went there, it was like 20 degrees below zero, and it was really desolate. I was miserable and I couldn’t write or work under those circumstances.”

It’s been suggested that Prince also contributed guitar to several other songs on Like a Prayer, but co-producer Patrick Leonard could only remember that he plays on a portion of the title track.

“When you start ‘Like a Prayer,’ the guitar that you hear before the door slams,” Leonard told Billboard. “That’s Prince. … [Madonna] sent him something to play on and he played on it and sent it back. And we didn’t feel that what he did served it. … There’s a heavy guitar in the choruses and when I heard it, I thought, ‘Did we use his guitar in those bridges?’ Because the sound is similar to the first sound [in the opening], but it’s not exactly the same. … But I know for a fact that we did use that [Prince] thing as the intro, because we just thought it was crazy and really cool. I seem to recall that that’s all we used, but I could be wrong.”

Prince and Madonna’s friendship seems to have had its ups and downs. It’s been rumored that they dated for a few months in the mid-’80s, but five years after “Love Song” she had some harsh words for the way that both he and Michael Jackson created a veil of mystery around themselves. “If they would just come outside and mingle with humanity,” she told the Los Angeles Times, “everything would benefit – their art, and whatever relationships they may have. … I had dinner with Prince once, and he was just sipping tea, very daintily. I was stuffing food down my face and I was like, ‘Aren’t you going to eat?’ [She mimics a delicate, whispered “no.”] And I thought, ‘Oh my God!’ I have this theory about people who don’t eat. They annoy me. It’s something about being in control.”

In 1996 Prince released “Dinner With Delores,” which could possibly have been about Madonna. In addition to making fun of the titular character’s appetite (both for food and sex), he sang about a woman whose “bell’s just a-broken since 1984 / Dancing like a white girl on disco dirty floors” and implored her to “introduce the carpet to something other than your knees.”

But even though, in the lyrics, he was unable to forgive “Delores,” Prince and Madonna apparently made up. After his death, her tour manager Guy Oseary posted a picture of the three of them from 1999 and revealed that, a few years ago, he floated the idea of a Madonna/Prince “Royalty Tour” past the two of them. Madonna was up for it, but Prince’s response was, “The world isn’t ready for this, it’s too big.”

Oseary also said that, after Madonna’s concert in St. Paul in 2015, which included a shoutout to him, Prince invited everybody back to Paisley Park for a late-night performance. “After the sixth song of the set,” reported the Current, “Prince leaned down and whispered something back and forth with Madonna, and then hopped back up to his keyboards and simply said, ‘Cool.’”

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Madonna’s ‘Spotlight’ discography added – 8 different (promo) releases

Madonna’s first worldwide remix album ‘You Can Dance’ was widely advertised mentioning that it contained one brand new song titled ‘Spotlight‘. Originally planned to be the new single, eventually was only commercially released in Japan.

We have collected 8 different pressings of this (promo) single for you to view in our discography.

Enjoy them HERE

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Rebel Heart Tour (Blu-ray / CD tracklist)

Info on Amazon.com about the concert including track listing.

Description
Madonna’s record-breaking Rebel Heart Tour comes to Blu-ray on September 15, featuring 24 tracks performed around the world on her 10th global trek. Co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, this two hour spectacular is everything (and more) you d expect from The Queen Of Pop. Also included is a 14-track CD with selections from the show.

The tracklist spans Madonna’s entire career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album and classic fan favorites. Reimagined versions of some of her biggest hits make this the latest unmissable chapter in a lifetime of breathtaking creative achievements.

The Rebel Heart Tour played arenas in 55 cities on 4 continents over 7 months, totaling 82 shows, plus the special Tears Of A Clown fan club show in Melbourne. The envelope-pushing performances and production drew over a million fans, making Madonna the highest grossing solo touring artist and top female solo artist of all time.

BONUS FEATURES
Extras include An Excerpt from Tears of a Clown and a performance of Like A Prayer .

TRACKLISTING

Blu-ray
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday

CD
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Deeper and Deeper
08. HeartBreakCity
09. Living For Love
10. La Isla Bonita
11. Rebel Heart
12. Candy Shop
13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Holiday

There will also be a separate 2CD set containing the full show!

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Doting mother Madonna hugs her daughter Mercy James as she officially opens a children’s facility in a Malawi hospital in honour of the 11-year-old

She is mother to four adopted children from Malawi.
And inspired by her brood, Madonna returned to the southeastern African country on Tuesday to officially open a children’s hospital wing that her charity Raising Malawi has helped to build.
The pop icon, 58, decided to name the 50-bed paediatric facility after her 11-year-old daughter Mercy James and was joined by her little girl at its launch.

Complete article HERE

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Malawi hails Madonna’s ‘motherly spirit’ at opening of new hospital

US singer Madonna embraces her adopted son, David Banda ahead of the opening of the Mercy James hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, July 11,2017. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

US pop star Madonna reacts during the opening of her Mercy James hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

US pop star Madonna reacts during the opening of her Mercy James hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

US pop star Madonna reacts during the opening of her Mercy James hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

US pop star Madonna reacts during the opening of her Mercy James hospital in Blantye ,Malawi, July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

US pop star Madonna reacts during the opening of her Mercy James hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

 

Madonna was hailed as a “symbol of a motherly spirit” by Malawi President Peter Mutharika after the American singer opened a children’s hospital named after her adopted daughter Mercy James.

The Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care located in Blantyre, Malawi’s second-largest city, is the first such facility built in the country by Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi.

“We will ensure that not only will it be a world-class children’s hospital, but also a superior center of learning. This is as much about healing as it is about empowerment,” Madonna said at the hospital’s official opening.

The singer adopted Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James in 2006 and 2009 respectively and twins Esther and Stella Mwale earlier this year. She has two other children, Lourdes and Rocco, from previous relationships.

Speaking at the event, Mercy James drew applause and ululation from the crowd after saying: “Many kids and many lives will be saved. Thank you mum, you’re the bomb.”

Madonna established the non-profit Raising Malawi charity in 2006 to provide health and education, particularly for girls. The charity has built 10 schools in Malawi, according to its website.

Madonna criticized Malawi’s slow pace of law reform, saying it nearly prevented her from adopting Mercy James.

“It was not an easy battle,” said Madonna as her voice cracked with emotion as she stood near her daughter.

“The judge refused me because I was recently divorced. We hired lawyers, went to the Supreme Court. But I never gave up, I never backed down,” added the 58-year-old, who previously stirred anger among some Malawians as they felt the government allowed her to skirt laws that ban non-residents from adopting.

“I fought for Mercy and won. We fought for this hospital and won. Love conquers all.”

Madonna then danced to a local song with Malawi’s first lady Gertrude Mutharika.

Mutharika, who attended the hospital’s launch, said “Madonna is a symbol of a motherly spirit” and that the hospital was Malawi’s “national pride.”

The health minister Peter Kumpalume said the hospital will help save lives of newborns in a country where infant mortality is still one of the highest in the world, but steadily declining.

“For our part, we will fully support the facility, we are bringing in doctors and drugs,” Kumpalume told Reuters.

Malawi’s infant mortality rate declined to 42 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 from 135 deaths in 1992, government data shows.

(By Frank Phiri for Reuteurs)

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Mercy James Madonna delivers a speech at Quench (Malawi)

Mercy James Madonna, Madonnas second adopted child gave an inspiring speech at the official opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, was built in collaboration with Malawi’s health ministry. It has already started some activities and the pop star said last week that the institute had completed its first surgery.

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Rebel Heart Tour Blu-ray/CD

For now you can Pre-order Rebel Heart Tour Blu-ray/CD on AMAZON for $26.98

Product details:
Actors: Madonna
Directors: Danny B. Tull, Nathan Rissman
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Eagle Vision
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2017
Run Time: 119 minutes
ASIN: B073LPCNPP

 

(No visual yet)

Link HERE

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Join the Mercy James centre opening celebration!

After many years of hard work and support from partners and donors from around the world, Madonna and Raising Malawi are delighted to announce that the Mercy James Centre For Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open on July 11, 2017!

Want to get involved and be a part of this historical and fantastic event? Here are ways to show your support:

WEAR YOUR LOVE: Madonna has just released Raising Malawi limited edition t-shirts with all proceeds going to the hospital. Choose your favorite from adult and children’s designs, including some inspired and created by Rene Makela, one of the artists behind the splendid mural paintings created for the Mercy James Centre! Order your shirt, support the cause and spread the word by proudly wearing your Raising Malawi t-shirt on the street!


SHARE YOUR LOVE: We have just created a Facebook Event page for the hospital opening: Join the event now and start sharing the info, posts and photos we’ll be adding throughout the week and until July 11 with your friends, family and fellow Madonna fans!
GO FURTHER: Raising Malawi continues to develop vital projects that support orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through health, education and more… Visit the site to make a global donation or to help with one of their specific programs.
On July 11, Malawi will officially have its first and only pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. Let’s take the next step by providing access to doctors, nurses and surgeons with the means to save lives and to provide care for the children growing up in this region of the world.

A Huge Thank You on behalf of Madonna and the Raising Malawi team!

MADONNA.COM

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Madonna – Like a Prayer (Cover) By Dana Williams and Patrick Leonard

This video is really special to me. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, Patrick Leonard co-wrote and co-produced the original “Like A Prayer” with Madonna in 1989. It was a number 1 single the same year I was born. Not only is Pat a legendary song producer and writer, he was my father’s best friend and I have known him my entire life. My dad David Williams actually played guitar on the original song. It is an incredible honor to work with Pat on this song for so many reasons.

Everyone should follow him on his newly launched Instagram! Let us know what you think about the cover in the comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts and please subscribe for more.

xoxo Dana

PS. Fun Fact! We used the original microphone Madonna used to record this one-take.

FIND PATRICK ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
https://www.instagram.com/PatrickLeona…

FIND ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
https://www.instagram.com/IAmDanaWilliams
https://www.facebook.com/DanaWilliams…
https://www.twitter.com/IAmDanaWilliams
https://soundcloud.com/danawilliamsoff…
https://danawilliamsofficial.bigcartel…
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Madonna Discography – a variety of new items added (including rare South African Like a Virgin cassette)

We have just added a variety of new items to various discographies:

Click on the title to view the discography

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Who’s That Girl UK Sales Presenter added!

As part of our 30th Who’s That Girl Tour anniversary, we have just added this very rare Who’s That Girl UK Sales Presenter to its Filmography memorabilia section.

This UK sales presenter is a dummy 12″ record sleeve that opens and contains two detailed press sheets. The Warner Bros New Release Schedule contains the catalogue numbers, release date, tracklisting and upcoming promotional campaign details. 

Check it out in the memorabilia setion of Who’s That Girl (Filmography)

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