Madonna’s MDNA is five years young today – read and see all about it!

Madonna’s incredible EDM album MDNA is celebrating its fifth birthday today! MDNA was an incredible time with a fabulous Superbowl halftime show, stunning music videos and a tour that took us back the Blond Ambition days due to its fantastic theatrics. 

In our MDNA Album Promo Page you can view all sorts of various memorabilia, a ton of original press articles, the electronic presskit, the official music videos, various related videos and buy the digital album!

We have added this original promotional notepad and tracklisting sheet that was given away during the official listening parties.

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Why Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ Is The Most Important Album Ever Made By A Female Artist

28 years ago this week, Madonna released what is not only her best album to date, but also what could be the most important release ever by a female artist. That’s not to say that Like a Prayer is the best album ever by a female artist, but it’s pretty close. After six years of being considered pop fluff and a disco dolly, Madonna was finally taken seriously by most music critics in 1989. Still, Like a Prayer deserved even more than bewildering critical acclaim.

If Madonna and misogyny weren’t practically synonyms, Like a Prayer would have not only won several Grammys in 1990 (it didn’t even earn any major nominations), but it would be widely praised for its songwriting and production 28 years later. If a man delivered the same type of vocals Madonna did on Like a Prayer, critics would note that his voice isn’t technically perfect, but distinct, melodic, and full of emotion. When it comes to Madonna, who certainly could never hit the notes of Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston, it’s just easier for people to say that she “can’t sing.”

For people (especially millennials) to understand how important Like a Prayer is to culture and music, they have to comprehend the repressive environment Madonna’s album arrived to in March of 1989. The late 1980s was ruled by the religious right, who believed AIDS was a curse God gave to the gay community. Women who were outspoken or wore revealing clothes were referred to as sluts, whores, bit**es, etc. Police brutality among African Americans was still widely accepted without much of a backlash. And interracial dating was still considered a taboo.

With all of this in mind, let’s analyze why Like a Prayer is such a milestone of an album.

The “Like a Prayer” Video

The “Like a Prayer” video has provocative imagery that caused the religious right to wet its pants. However, none of the imagery, which is used for pure symbolism, is blasphemous. Most importantly, “Like a Prayer” is a video that shows the viewer racism, sexism, and police brutality. It urges them to think and overcome it — this is something that wasn’t considered “cool” in 1989. The idea of a “Black Jesus” was also considered blasphemous to some, especially the religious right.

The aftermath of “Like a Prayer” was groundbreaking in that Madonna beat the religious right at their own attempted game of censorship. Their efforts caused Pepsi to drop Madonna as a spokesperson, but they completely failed at hurting Madonna’s success or censoring the video. The “Like a Prayer” single and video hit No. 1 and remain widely loved classics almost 30 years later. Madonna paved the way for other artists to not only challenge the religious right, but win.

The “Like a Prayer” Song

Even if you aren’t convinced that the “Like a Prayer” video is an artistic masterpiece, the song “Like a Prayer” has stood on its own. Not only has Rolling Stone and Billboard praised it as one of the best pop songs of all time, but the song has become a spiritual classic, even for those who aren’t fans of Madonna.

“Like a Prayer” became the highlight of Live 8 in 2005, and it was also one of the highlights of the 2010 Hope for Haiti concert. It was also prominently featured in Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show. Any live performance of the song is sure to whip the audience into a frenzy.

Express Yourself

This decade, “Express Yourself” is mostly known as the song that inspired (maybe a little too much) Lady Gaga’s self-empowerment LGBT anthem “Born This Way.” However, as Gay Times Magazine notes, “Express Yourself” has become an empowering anthem for the LGBT community as well. However, in the late 1980s, the song was mostly known as a female empowerment anthem. “Don’t go for second best baby” became a catch phrase for strong women who were sick of being treated like second class citizens from men and other women who still subscribed to the patriarchy.

AIDS Activism

The pamphlet on AIDS Madonna included with each copy of Like a Prayer alone proves that the notion of Madonna being a bad role model and having a bad influence on Generation X (especially women and teenagers) just isn’t true. Madonna educated many about AIDS and safe sex at a time when schools, the media, and religious institutions stayed away from the topic. A move like this in 1989 could have hurt a showbiz career, but Madonna survived and thrived by doing the right thing and, possibly, helping to save lives at the same time.

Pop Music Meets Art

A Rolling Stone review by J.D. Considine from April of 1989 correctly noted that Like a Prayer was “as close to art as pop music gets.” The album touched on topics such as childhood innocence, childhood loss, child abuse, spousal abuse, women’s rights, and spirituality. It mixed all of these themes together to not only make the listener think and dance, but ask questions as well — some of which were risky to ask in 1989. Like a Prayer proved that an artist can mix style and substance in order to break societal and musical barriers. 28 years later, many pop artists, including Madonna herself, are trying to hit all the correct spots Like a Prayer hit, but they just don’t have the same effect.

More at Huffington Post

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Madonna Dance Mix Record Store Day 2017 limited to 4500 copies worldwide

As we previously mentioned; Madonna’s ‘Dance Mix’ originally released in Argentina will be re-issued for Record Store Day 2017, this is planned to be released in The Netherlands as well. 

Event: RECORD STORE DAY 2017
Release Date: 4/22/2017
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Quantity: 4500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Dance Mix is a 1985 four track EP originally released only in South America. The rare 12″ features Madonna’s ground-breaking hit “Into The Groove” from the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan in which Madonna starred, an extended dance mix of 1984 single “Angel” produced by Nile Rodgers and mixed by Nile Rodgers and James Farber, a 12″ “Chica Material (Material Girl)” remix by John “Jellybean” Benitez and produced by Nile Rodgers and “Vacacion” (Holiday) produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez. Dance Mix is being released for the first time worldwide for Record Store Day 2017.

SIDE A: “Into The Groove (Single Version)” 02 “Angel (Extended Dance Mix)” SIDE B: “Material Girl (Extended Dance Remix)” 02 “Holiday

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10 reasons why Madonna’s Like A Prayer is the greatest pop record of all time

Is Like A Prayer the greatest pop record of all time? As Madonna’s masterpiece turns 28, here are 10 reasons why Barry Bryson thinks so.

1. The opening title track is quite simply the greatest five minutes and 39 seconds of pop ever.  It sounded like a game changer then and it still does now.  The video, the Pepsi commercial, the incredible Blond Ambition live performance all add to its legacy but really all you have to do it put it on, close your eyes and let her take you there.

2. Often referred to by Madonna and her co-producer Pat Leonard at the time as the “divorce album” following the end of her marriage to Sean Penn, lyrically on Like a Prayer she delves deep. Till Death Us do Part combines heartbroken acceptance with steely resolve and in the process she created one of her finest songs.

3. This album is essentially what all her live tours came to represent, a journey from darkness into light. It is unflinching and often uncomfortable but punctuated with joy (Cherish) and fantasy (Dear Jessie) as well as empowerment and guts (Express Yourself).

4. It’s an album to listen to in its entirety, you can stream tracks from it yes, but I think you need a full 47 minutes for this. It deserves it.

5. There are no super producers at play on Like a Prayer (Price aside, more of which later) just Madonna, Pat Leonard and Stephen Bray creating something that by today’s standard seems incredibly simple. Vocally most of what is heard on Like a Prayer is first take. It makes it feel spontaneous and emotional and not overly though through meaning it’s her first “real” Madonna record.

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6. Issued at the time with every copy of this album was a leaflet called The Facts About Aids, intended to educate but also to de-stigmatise the myths that so much of the 80s were awash with. It seems like nothing now but at the time it was hugely political and potentially damaging to its commercial success.

7. I am married to a man who seriously hates the smell of patchouli but not me. Every sleeve of the vinyl album was scented and 28 years later my original vinyl still carries it thus taking me there once again.

8. Watching Madonna pay tribute to Prince early last year I was struck by what contemporaries they were, far more alike each other than they were the other pop behemoth Michael Jackson. Apparently Madonna and Prince dated, feuded, made-up and fell out again but much more than that is the fact they both fiercely embodied a musical independence and a sexual liberalism and on Like a Prayer you get the greatest non-song ever in the form of their duet Love Song.

A sparse production heavy duel that culminates in Prince pushing Madonna to go vocally hoarse at the end and then it fades off as you imagine them both tired yet happy. In 2015 shortly before his untimely death Madonna sat front row at a small private gig Prince performed. Friends and rivals make the best music.

9. The real pull of Like a Prayer is ultimately its emotional punch. A song like Promise To Try where an adult Madonna talks to the five-year-old bereft Madonna in the aftermath of the death of her mother feels like one of the most honest grief sentiments ever committed to song, but it finishes looking ahead with strength and from the darkness emerges the light. This track alongside Oh Father define this album as something way beyond losing yourself on the dance floor although it is a Madonna record so she’s never one to keep you away from that for too long.

10. Try listening to Keep It Together without grabbing a chair and saying “Hi Hi Hi, Hello love” the Blond Ambition finale was THE moment you knew that Madonna had not only owned the 80’s but was likely to hang on the following decades too and it was right here all along. On record a funky ode to loyalty and love transformed live into the something most female pop stars would spend a career trying to emulate. It hasn’t happened yet.

Words Barry Bryson

More at GayTimes.co.uk

 
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Learn to vogue with Madonna dancer at Freep Film Fest

 

Want to strike a pose? Learn from the best.

Join Jose Xtravaganza for an all-levels, 90-minute voguing workshop during the Freep Film Festival.

Jose Xtravaganza, a dancer and choreographer featured in the documentary “Strike a Pose,” will be in town for the film’s Michigan premiere. He is one of the original vogue dancers on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour, and was featured prominently in the famed “Truth or Dare” documentary.

See “Strike a Pose.” Then learn to vogue.

1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, Boll YMCA, 1401 Broadway St., Detroit. $25; purchase tickets attickets.freep.com.

“Strike a Pose” screenings:

  • 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 1, Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • 4 p.m. Sun., April 2, Emagine Royal Oak.

Details and ticket links at the Freep Film Festival website.

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Over the Borderline: What 70 cover songs taught us about Madonna

Madonna is omnipresent in the news: Adopting twins from Malawi, giving a controversial speech at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., dressing as Beauty and the Beast for a Purim costume party. Indeed, Madonna’s such a force of nature that it’s almost impossible to separate her public persona from her music, and yet, in the wake of Prince’s death last year and Michael Jackson’s untimely passing in 2009, she’s the last standing of the MTV era’s titans.

There were other giants from the advent of the medium who transformed the music industry, but of them Bruce Springsteen and the late David Bowie were really just passing through. Madonna neverleft the public stage, and she has a songbook of some of the most recognizable pop tunes around, including “Borderline,” “Holiday,” “Like A Virgin,” “Vogue,” “Ray of Light,” “Express Yourself,” “Material Girl” and more. But with an artist that’s so iconoclastic, and so steeped in celebrity, how do you really evaluate her work?

 

We could immerse ourself in her music, digging deep to see what makes it tick … or we could do as we’vedone before, and ask a bunch of musicians to cover one of her songs without knowing in advance what it will be or who it’s by. This time, more than 100 musicians, producers and videographers across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Canada and Sweden collaborated to cover 70 of Madonna’s best- and least-known songs, from more than 30 years’ worth of albums.

Much like Madonna’s own systematic reinventions, the covers were all over the stylistic map, from jazz to techno. Worcester-area singer Lovina teamed with Jillian Suchodolski for a straightforward and heart-wrenchingly beautiful rendition of “Live to Tell,” then teamed up with the band Punk Rock Playhouse for a jazzy and cheeky spin on “Hanky Panky.” Ukulele advocate Rich “the Amazing Dick” Leufstedt put a Lou Reed-esque spin on “Thief of Hearts,” and the band Clinical D — comprising Deborah Beaudry, Sean Revoltah, Dan Morrissey and Jeréme Lawrénce — worked over computer from Worcester, Seattle and England to create a hard-rocking version of “Why’s It So Hard?”

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OPEN CASTING CALL: Audition to be Madonna’s next fitness trainer! Here’s how + term and conditions!

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OPEN CASTING CALL: Audition to be Madonna’s next fitness trainer! Here’s how:

1. Create a 60-second video showing off your best dance and fitness workouts. The first 30 seconds should showcase your dance moves, while the second portion should highlight your fitness regimen.

2. Post your video to either YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (as many as you like) and use BOTH #DanceOn AND#MadonnaChallenge. 

3. Fill out the form below with URLs to your posts.

4. We’ll promote the best videos on our social channels, and select our favorites to audition in New York City.  

For more info, email madonnachallenge@danceon.com or check out the #MadonnaChallenge terms and conditions. Good luck!

Fill out the form HERE

#MADONNACHALLENGE – TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

The following audition opportunity is intended for participants residing in the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and District of Columbia only. Additional information regarding eligibility to participate in this audition opportunity is set forth below.

1.              Description: The “#MadonnaChallenge” (the “Audition”) are try-outs to find great fitness trainers who might ultimately have the chance at becoming Madonna’s next fitness trainer. A select group of fitness trainers who audition will have the opportunity to have their entry for the Audition viewed by Madonna. The Audition is managed by izo, Inc. dba DanceOn (the “Manager”) and presented in connection with Madonna (the “Presenter”). The Audition begins on March 15, 2017 and ends on a date to be determined, at the sole discretion of Manager and Presenter (the “Audition Period”).

2.              Eligibility: The Audition is open only to legal United States residents residing in the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry (each, an “Entrant” and collectively, “Entrants”). Persons residing anywhere other than the territory described above will not be eligible to participate in the Audition. In addition, each Entrant must have a personal trainer certification (such a CPFT, CPT, ACE-CPT or other certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies), be the rightful owner (or have authorized use) of the email address identified in the Entrant’s entry and the account(s) located on the website(s) and/or platform(s) on which Entrant posts his or her Audition Video, as further described below. Employees, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of the Manager or Presenter, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, agents and representatives are not eligible to participate in the Audition. Immediate family and household members of such individuals are also not eligible to participate in the Audition. For purposes of the Audition, “Household Members” shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year and “Immediate Family Members” shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Audition is void in Alaska, Hawaii and where restricted or prohibited by law.

3.              How to Enter:

a.              Audition Video: Entrants may participate in the Audition by creating and posting a video (each, an “Audition Video” and collectively, the “Audition Videos”) showing off their best dance and fitness workout moves. Audition Videos shall be sixty seconds (0:60) in total length. During the first thirty seconds (0:30) of the Audition Videos, each Entrant shall show off his or her best dance moves, and during the remaining thirty seconds (0:30) of each Audition Video, each Entrant shall highlight his or her fitness regimen. To be eligible for the Audition, Entrants must (i) post and make publicly accessible their Audition Video on any of their accounts located on the following social media platforms: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter (and comply with all Terms of Use for the platform(s) where the Audition Video is posted), and (ii) include the hashtags #DanceOn and #MadonnaChallenge in all posts on all platforms where the Audition Video is posted. Audition Videos that fail to meet the two requirements set forth above will be deemed ineligible and not evaluated or taken into consideration. Entrant must be the sole performer in the Audition Video.  Each Audition Video is also subject to the following requirements:  (i) no persons other than Entrant may be featured in the Audition Video; (ii) the Audition Video must not contain subject matter which is or could be considered (in Manager’s sole discretion of Manager) obscene, pornographic, violent (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), defamatory, libelous, discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g., illegal gambling, underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, hateful, degrading, harassing, or otherwise unlawful, tortious or objectionable; (iii) the Audition Video should not contain any content that violates any third party’s rights, including copyright and trademark rights; and (iv) the Audition Video must not contain any derogatory references regarding any Manager, Presenter, or person or entity affiliated with either.

b.              Entry Form: After posting their Audition Videos on at least one of their accounts on the above-referenced social media platforms, all Entrants must also visit www.danceon.com/madonna during the Audition Period and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the entry form with all of the information requested (the “Entry Form”) (including, without limitation, by providing the URL(s) for the website(s) on which the Audition Video is posted) and clicking the “Submit” button.  Entrants may only submit one (1) entry during the Audition Period; submitting more than one (1) entry may cause Entrant to be disqualified, at the Manager’s sole discretion. All entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means will automatically be disqualified. Entrants must accurately provide all of the requested information in the Entry Form to be eligible to win, and incomplete, unreadable, or unintelligible entries will be automatically disqualified. All information provided by Entrants becomes the property of Manager, including the Audition Video, as further described below.

c.              Additional Terms Regarding Entries: Participation in the Audition constitutes Entrant’s understanding of, full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Manager reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant that Manager determines to be in violation of any term contained in these Terms and Conditions. Manager’s decision not to enforce a specific provision of these Terms and Conditions does not constitute a waiver of that provision or of the Terms and Conditions generally.

4.              Review of Audition Videos: Manager, or its designee, shall review all Audition Videos and their corresponding Entry Form as such Audition Videos and Entry Forms are submitted. Manager will select the best, qualified Audition Videos, as determined in Manger’s sole discretion and based on compliance with these Terms and Conditions (the “Selected Entries”). 

5.              Selected Entries: Manager shall notify the Entrants who have submitted the Selected Entries that Manager has selected such Entrants to move to the next phase of the Audition by email.  Such Entrants (the “Selected Entrants”) shall be required to respond to Manager’s email within two (2) business days to discuss the next steps of the Audition, which shall include, among other things, Manager arranging to travel the Selected Entrants to New York, NY to meet with Madonna and audition for her in person.  Travel dates are to be determined in Manager’s and Madonna’s sole discretion, but intended to commence prior to December 31, 2017.  It is currently anticipated that Manager will arrange for the Selected Entrants to travel to New York, New York via round-trip coach class airfare from a gateway airport near the Selected Entrant’s residence to an airport in the greater New York, NY metropolitan area; provided that if any Selected Entrant resides within a 200 mile radius of New York, NY, Manager may provide such Selected Entrant with ground transportation to New York, NY, as determined in Manager’s sole discretion. In the event that any Selected Entrant is unable to travel to New York, NY on the dates determined by Manager and Presenter, such Selected Entrant shall be ineligible to continue in the Audition.  All trip bookings are subject to availability, changes in itinerary and other restrictions. Once Manager books travel for the Selected Entrants, no changes, extensions or substitutions are permitted, except at Manager’s sole discretion.  Manager will not replace any lost or stolen tickets or travel vouchers. Any costs associated with travel other than as provided herein shall be the sole responsibility of the Selected Entrants, including but not limited to all costs, expenses, and incidentals associated with the Selected Entrants’ travel to New York, NY, including but not limited to ground transportation (except as provided herein), meals and activities, beverages, gratuities, phone calls, insurance and taxes. Manager makes no representations or warranties with respect to the travel or accommodations. Manager is not liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence of delays or cancellations to flights or alternative transportation. The Selected Entrants are responsible for all applicable travel and other insurance, all applicable airport charges, including, without limitation, any baggage charges, airport taxes, fuel charges and any applicable federal inspection fees. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED ENTRANTS.

6.              Conditions of Participation: This Audition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and the decisions of Manager and/or Presenter, which shall be final in all respects. By participating in this Audition, each Entrant agrees to the following:

a.              PARTICIPATION IN THE AUDITION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY ENTRANT WILL BE SELECTED TO AUDITION FOR PRESENTER OR THAT ANY ENTRANT WILL RECEIVE ANYTHING OF VALUE, NOR IS ANY SELECTED ENTRANT GUARANTEED TO RECEIVE ANYTHING OF VALUE IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH SELECTED ENTRANT’S AUDITION FOR PRESENTER (OTHER THAN TRAVEL TO SUCH AUDITION). THE OPPORTUNITY TO AUDITION FOR MANAGER AND/OR PRESENTER DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PRIZE OR ANY POTENTIAL FOR A PRIZE, FINANCIAL INCENTIVE OR NON-MONETARY COMPENSATION.

b.              Manager shall solely own all Audition Videos and the results and proceeds of Entrant in connection with the Audition Videos, in perpetuity, and shall have the perpetual right to exploit the Audition Videos and the results and proceeds of Entrant in connection therewith throughout the world, through any means or media now known or hereafter devised, including but not limited to the purpose of promoting the Audition, Manager and/or Presenter.

c.              Entrant hereby grants to Manager, and its licensees, designees and assigns, the irrevocable right to use Entrant’s Audition Video and appearance, voice, name, likeness, biographical information, photographs, personal characteristics and other personal identification (collectively, “Likeness”), in programs produced by Manager or its licensees, designees, assigns or affiliated entities, including in connection with programs created in connection with the promotion of the Audition. Such rights are granted for Manager’s use (in its discretion) in all media now known or hereafter devised (including, but not limited to streaming via the internet and/or through a video-on-demand service) throughout the world in perpetuity, and in consideration for such rights, Entrant hereby agrees to waive any rights to receive any payment or other consideration and to waive to the fullest extent that Entrant may lawfully do so, any causes of action in law or equity Entrant may now have or hereafter acquire against Manager or its licensees, designees, assigns or affiliated entities in connection with any of their use of Entrant’s Audition Video and/or Likeness.

d.              Entrant will release Manager and Presenter, and each of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees; and each of these companies and individuals’ respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Audition. Manager and Presenter disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Audition.

e.              Entrant is solely responsible for the production of Entrant’s Audition Video. Entrant represents and warrants that Entrant is in excellent mental and physical health and knows of no reason why Entrant cannot participate in the dancing and/or other activities required for the Audition Video, and hereby expressly assumes any and all risks of physical or other injury arising out of Talent’s appearances in the Audition Video or activities in connection therewith.

f.               The Audition Video, and the use and exploitation thereof by Manager and/or Presenter shall not defame or disparage any person or entity or infringe upon or violate the rights of privacy, publicity, or any other rights of any kind or nature whatsoever of any person or entity, including, without limitation, any and all intellectual property rights.

Manager reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Audition (or any portion thereof) should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other cause or problem corrupt or inhibit the administration or security of the Audition. Manager may prohibit you from participating in the Audition, in its sole discretion, it determines you are attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Audition by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other participants or Manager’s representatives. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE MANAGER’S WEBSITE AND/OR MANAGER’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE AUDITION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE AUDITION. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, MANAGER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

7.              Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Audition, or the rights and obligations of Entrants and Manager and Presenter in connection with the Audition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions. In the event of a claim or dispute, Entrants’ sole remedy shall be limited to their remedy at law for damages, if any, and Entrants shall not have the right to in any way enjoin or restrain the distribution, advertising, publicizing or other exploitation (in any form of media) of Manager’s website, the Audition, the Audition Videos, and/or any intellectual property owned or licensed by Manager and/or Presenter.

8.              Arbitration Provision: By participating in this Audition, each Entrant agrees that any and all disputes the Entrant may have with, or claims Entrant may have against, the Released Parties relating to, arising out of or connected in any way with (i) this Audition and/or (ii) the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be resolved individually and exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by JAMS, through its Los Angeles, California office. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by these Terms and Conditions and any of the other agreements referenced herein that the applicable Entrant may have entered into in connection with this Audition. There shall be no authority for any claims to be arbitrated on a class or representative basis; arbitration can decide only the Entrant’s and/or the Released Parties’ individual claims and the arbitrator may not consolidate or join theclaims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated. The arbitrator shall not have the power to award special or punitive damages against the Entrant or Released Parties. If any part of this Section 8 is deemed to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the balance of this Section shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

9.              Privacy Policy: Any information supplied by Entrant in connection with this Audition will be subject to the terms and conditions of Manager’s website located at https://www.danceon.com/terms-and-conditions and Manager’s privacy policy located at https://www.danceon.com/privacy-policy (as supplemented or amended by these Terms and Conditions), as amended from time to time. Entrant specifically acknowledges and agrees that by participating in the Audition, Entrants grant Manager permission to use Entrant’s email address to send Entrant promotional emails and reminders about Manager’s products and services, and to share Entrant’s email address and any other personally identifiable information with Presenter so that Presenter may send you promotional e-mails and reminders about Presenter’s products and services. PLEASE NOTE: AGREEING TO RECEIVE FUTURE E-MAIL UPDATES WILL NOT AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE AUDITION. Manager will not sell, rent, transfer or otherwise disclose your personal data to any third party other than as described herein or in accordance with Manager’s privacy policy.

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Madonna’s ‘Into The Groove’ added to our Discography – 24 different pressings!

Next in our discography is Madonna’s smash hit Into The groove!

One of her greatest hits from fantastic film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan‘ became her first ever number 1 single in The Netherlands!

There are 24 different pressings in this discography from our own collection (vinyl, CD and cassette) also visit the album promo page and the Filmography!

Included is this insanely rare special limited edition pressing from The Philippines, check it out HERE

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Madonna’s HER-STORY a film by Luigi & Iango – new in our Filmography (gallery, the film and more)

Madonna’s unsuspected but deeply impressing ‘HER-STORY’ premiered on Womens’ Day March 8, 2017. This stunning 12-minute film by Luigi & Iango explores various themes of womanhood and carries a clear message ‘Women rights are human rights’.

HER-STORY has been added to our Filmography, including:

  • The Film
  • A Gallery
  • Memorabilia (so far)
  • Film Sypnosis and facts

Enjoy!

 

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A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary Special Edition [Blu-ray] pre-order!

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the fabulous ‘A League Of Their Own’ on blu-ray.

Special Features:

  • ALL-NEW: “Bentonville, Baseball & The Enduring Legacy of A League of Their Own”

ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 15 deleted scenes
  • Nine-part documentary featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers
  • Madonna’s “This Used To Be My Playground” music video
  • Filmmaker commentary
  • Theatrical trailer

Blu-ray is set to be released on April 18, to pre-order click the link below:

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Flashback: Madonna scored her 9th UK Number 1 single with American Pie 17 years ago this week

Like so many moments in Madonna’s career, opinion was split over her cover of Don McLean’s cover of American Pie back in 2000. 

Released to promote her then-upcoming film Next Best Thing – a critically panned comedy-drama which she starred in alongside Rupert Everett – musos didn’t like that she’d taken on an American country-rock classic, chopped it in half (her version is considerably shorter than the eight-and-a-half minute original) and given it a synthy dance-pop twist. 

But if anyone can turn controversy into a success, it’s Madonna, and that she did: American Pie debuted at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart 17 years ago this week in March 2000 with first week sales of 140,000.

For all its naysayers, there were plenty of people who enjoyed her interpretation, including McLean himself, who described it at the time as “a gift from a goddess” and that her version is “mystical and sensual.” He also said the release “means that if I don’t want to, I don’t have to work again,” which may or may not have contributed to his glowing review.

American Pie became Madonna’s ninth UK Number 1 single following 1998’s Frozen, knocking off All Saints after their two-week run at the top with Pure Shores.

The song is Madge’s 15th biggest seller in the UK with sales of just over 400,000 across physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales. And it seems a handful of you are still discovering it; the track was downloaded 19 times in the UK last week, while one person managed to snap up a physical copy. 

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Madonna Dance Mix Record Store Day 2017 additional info

Madonna ‘Dance Mix’ is a four track 12” EP originally released in 1985, in South America only. The rare 12” features Madonna’s ground-breaking hit “Into The Groove” from the 1985 film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in which Madonna starred. An extended dance mix from 1984 of single “Angel” produced by Nile Rodgers / mixed by Nile Rodgers and James Farber. 12” remix by John “Jellybean” Benitez of “Chica Material” (Material Girl) produced by Nile Rodgers. And “Vacación” (Holiday) produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez.

 new-release
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artwork authentically replicates the original Argentinian release. To be made available worldwide for the first time for Record Store Day 2017.
Limited to 8000 copies
 
TRACKLISTING
Side A:
1. Into The Groove (4.40)
2. Angel (Extended Dance Mix) (6.15)
 
Side B:
1. Chica Material (Material Girl) (Jellybean Dance Remix) (6:05)
2. Vacación (Holiday) (6:08)
 
MADONNA DANCE MIX
UPC: 0081227941000PPD: £7.99 / €10.00
FORMAT: 12″ 4 track EP – 33 ⅓ rpm
WEIGHT: Standard
COLOUR: Black Vinyl
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