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Classic Pop Presents: Madonna Special is out NOW!

In this special edition 132-page magazine, we turn our attention to Madonna – still the undisputed Queen Of Pop – and examine her monumental career decade by decade from her humble, cult beginnings in Eighties clubland right through to the pioneering albums, bold artistic statements and humanitarian concerns of the present day.

More than just an entertainer, Madonna has always tackled political issues head on from sexuality and misogyny through to race and ageism.
She shocked the world in a wedding dress at the very first MTV Awards and continues to make her voice heard to the present day as Billboard’s Woman Of The Year 2016.

Elsewhere in the issue we take a detailed look at her many different collaborations – with Stephen Bray, Prince, William Orbit, Stuart Price and Mirwais – and offer our top ten choice cuts from the lesser known corners of her discography.

On sale from 2nd February, for £6.99 (UK). Find it in Easons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, or independent newsagents in the UK, and Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and Book World in the US.

Also available to buy direct from us here (hurry, while stocks last!), or as a digital edition for £4.99 (UK) within the Classic Pop app (search in your app store for Classic Pop and download the app for free) or via Pocketmags here.

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Madonna Discography now online – new and improved!

We finally present to you the return of our new and improved Discography! The discography was one of our most beloved sections on our old website, when we had every single release available in PDF format.

However we decided to scan and photograph everything thoroughly and therefore everything you see in our discography is new, HQ and most of all it is all from our own collection.

If you’re missing a certain item, it is because we do not have it here (yet) to photograph. All of the items in our discography will be updated once more items come in, we have some terrific exclusive items in here. 

First we start off with ‘MADONNA’, we hope you enjoy while we work on the other releases. The discography has been added to our menu under ‘Music’, however HERE is the direct link.

Stay tuned!

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In Defense of Madonna

You know you struck a cultural and political nerve when a week after a stirring and defiant speech at the historic Women’s March on Washington January 21, people are still talking, debating, and pissed off about it. Love it or hate it, Madonna’s speech was a rousing success.

 

As a gay man in my 40s, I have followed (sometimes rabidly) Madonna’s career since its immaculate conception. I’m not embarrassed to admit I once had my entire teenage bedroom plastered with floor-to-ceiling Madonna pictures and posters. There is no pre-Madonna era in my memories. Her songs have scored each decade of my life, and her provocative antics have joyfully titillated and shocked me.

I’m a fan of not just her music, not just her talent, but of the person. I love that she challenges unrighteous authority, takes risks in expressing views contrary to unjust social norms, and is unapologetically herself. She is a rebel in the best sense of the word.

Madonna being under fire for her language, her music, her videos, her imagery, her performances, you name it, really, is nothing new. This is a woman whose career has always ridden the precarious wave of both critique and praise. What is new, however, is how Madonna is now using her legendary status as an entertainment icon to boldly lead a newly founded rebellion against President Trump and his administration.

Madonna’s address at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., has moved well beyond that one triumphant moment. Her speech has now seeped into our cultural divide; it has become more than just the words she uttered. It has transcended just that one protest on that one Saturday in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters. It’s now become a global taking point, a direct reflection of two political schools of thought.

Because if there is one thing misogynistic men in power hate most — men who minimize and dehumanize women by summing up their entire worth based on their genitals and one’s ability to grab said genitals at will — is a woman who dares to stand up and speak out. 

We need a mouthpiece strong enough to offend and inspire, uplift and challenge, and excite and energize a movement still in its infancy. Because of these very reasons, I’d like to assign Madonna a title, as homage to the late, great, never forgotten Princess Leia. A title that is not linked to her Queen of Pop or Material Girl monikers, but one that is more that reflective of the Madonna today: General Madonna, Voice of the Trump Resistance.

I realize she was not and is not the only voice at the protest worthy of assuming the title, but in the interest of this essay, it fits.

To the various dissenters, I offer the following defense on behalf of my new general. To former 1980s pop rival Cyndi Lauper, who took to the airwavess to critize Madonna, I say, girl, couldn’t you have discussed your issues diva to diva rather than through the media?

I mean, I get and agree that “clarity and humanity” is usually better than anger any day, as Cyndi put it. Thoughtful discussion is always a better way than screaming and yelling. Except, you know, in a budding movement meant to fire up the participants. In this instance a more measured and gentle approach would probably not have generated the attention Madonna’s bomb-laden “rebellion of love” did. In this moment, at this rally, a rousing, angry speech, crass as it was, is totally acceptable.

Read full article at Advocate.com

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Donald Trump Once Started a Rumor That Madonna Wanted to Date Him — Relive Their Longstanding Feud

Before Donald Trump blasted Madonna’s Women’s March speech as “disgusting,” the 45th President of the United States once reportedly started a rumor that the Grammy winner was into him.

In a resurfaced Washington Post report that was first published in May 2016, Trump was reportedly caught pretending to be a publicist for himself named “John Miller” and spreading rumors about his love life back in 1991. When a People magazine reporter called Trump’s office to verify a report that he’d split with Marla Maples, a man claiming to be Trump’s PR person “John Miller” called back five minutes later and started spinning claims that Madonna and Kim Basinger wanted to date the real estate mogul. During the call, the reporter realized “John Miller” was actually Trump, a belief that was later shared by both Maples and one of Trump’s employees.

In the audio of the phone call obtained by the Post, Trump aka “John Miller” can be heard telling the People reporter that “[Madonna] called and wanted to go out with him, that I can tell you” and that Trump had “zero interest in her.” According to the People columnist, after playing the audio back to someone in Trump’s camp, they told People: “There is no John Miller. That’s Donald. Is [Trump] whacked out, or what?”

The embarrassing moment has resurfaced in light of Trump slamming Madonna during his interview with Fox NewsSean Hannity on Thursday, January 26, in which he called the iconic singer “disgusting” and dubbed her Women’s March speech “disgraceful to our country.”

For the record, Madonna’s never been a fan of Trump. During a 1990 chat with Interview magazine she called the newly elected president a “wimp” and unattractive. 

More at US Weekly

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MADONNA APPROACHED TO RECORD ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ As Anti-Trump Anthem

Madonna has not responded to Donald Trump calling her “disgusting” for saying she thought about blowing up the White House, but she has the option of making the next move by recording what could become the rallying cry against the prez.

Sources tell TMZ legendary songwriter Bruce Roberts, who wrote “Enough is Enough” for Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, is reaching out to Madonna to record a track he will lay over the song.

The song shot to #6 on Billboard Dance Club Charts Friday … but the track is stripped down, using only the chorus of “Enough is Enough.”

We’re told Roberts wants Madonna to rewrite and sing the lyrics, stylizing it to express disdain for Trump’s policies. Our sources say Roberts doesn’t want to make this a personal attack on Trump, but rather a statement that he’s taking the country in the wrong direction.

We’re told Roberts wants Madonna in the studio STAT. He will keep Streisand and Summer’s track on the song for the hook. Madonna would be added to the hook as well.

We reached out to Roberts, who has written for Whitney Houston, Elton John, Alice Cooper, and Dolly Parton but he did not respond. Ditto Madonna. But we know the call is in.

More at TMZ

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5 Times Madonna Was a Badass & Said Exactly What She Was Thinking

Madonna is no stranger to expressing exactly how she’s feeling. In front of a crowd of protestors at the Women’s March on Washington (and, in turn, in front of a worldwide audience, as her words unsurprisingly made headlines, stat), the pop icon flat-out admitted to being outraged over the political state of the U.S: “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said at the Jan. 21 event, where it’s estimated that more than 400,000 people gathered to march for women’s rights.

That heated line was only a small part of her fiery speech, and it was one that she later said was taken out of context by the media. Her full speech was one of preaching love, hope and action, but it still takes a rebel to say those controversial words in public.

Simply put, Madonna is a badass. In light of her being the talk of pop culture and politics this weekend, let’s look at five times the Queen of Pop pushed the boundaries — and did it well.

Madonna performs during the rally at the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  

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Watch Madonna Drop F-Bomb on Live TV at Women’s March on Washington

That Fiery Rally Speech, Featuring a Few F-Bombs on Live TV

In Madonna’s speech at the Women’s March on Washington, she urged people to “say yes, we are ready” to start a revolution in the name of freedom and equality. She also dropped a handful of expletives during its live broadcast, leading at least two networks to cut away from it. (Three expletives, for those keeping score: “It took us this darkness to wake us the f— up,” “And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything, f— you,” and, for good measure, another “F— you.”)

What raised even more eyebrows, of course, was her comment about “blowing up the White House.” Of course, anyone who listened to her speech in full — rather than just skimming over a sensational headline — knows she went on to say that violence is not the path one should take: “But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair,” she said. 

A day after the speech, rumors swirled that the Secret Service may be investigating her comments. Still, Madonna did not take a step back or apologize for her remarks; instead, she took to Instagram to defend her discussion: “I came and performed ‘Express Yourself’ and that’s exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.”

Her Brutally Honest Acceptance Speech at Billboard’s Women in Music Event

Whether or not you’re a fan of her music, you have to admit Madonna has a way with words. At the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event, where she was honored as Woman of the Year, she opened her thank-you remarks with this zinger: “I stand before you as a doormat, Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer,” She went on: “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.”

In a powerful, revealing speech that touched on feminism, sexuality, her haters and more, Madonna didn’t shy away from any topic. Her conclusion? “I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I’m still standing. I’m one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings.”

Declaring Her Plans to ‘Rule the World’ … Very Early in Her Career

The year was 1984. Madonna was invited to appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, on which she performed early single “Holiday,” off her debut, self-titled album released only six months prior. Looking at the big picture — she’d go on to release a dozen more albums over the next several decades — the future pop queen was still up-and-coming at that moment. It was this television appearance that showed the world just how unabashed this newcomer was.

“What do you hope will happen, not only in 1984 but for the rest of your professional life? What are your dreams? What’s left?” Dick Clark asked.

“To rule the world,” she quipped, without hesitation. Fearless.

That Time She Said ‘F—‘ 14 Times on the Late Show

In March 1994, Madonna joined David Letterman on the Late Show as his special guest. (Counting Crows were there to play “Round Here,” but let’s face it: Adam Duritz’s crooning will forever be overshadowed by Madonna on this particular night.) The conversation was controversial all over, but perhaps most memorable: how many times she said “f—” on live TV. It was fourteen, apparently, which gives this spot a special place in talk-show censorship history. Also of note: Madonna gave Letterman her underwear and lamented that he would not smell them.

“You realize this is being broadcast, don’t you?” Letterman asked. “Yeah,” Madonna said with a grin.

In a later interview, this time with Spin magazine, the singer addressed the episode and justified her behavior: “You can show a person getting blown up, and you can’t say ‘f—‘? It’s such hypocrisy. The fact that everyone counted how many f—s I said — how small-minded is that?”

Arriving Via Crucifix on Her Confessions Tour

Though Madonna’s said plenty of badass things, she’s also used performance art to get her message across. On her 2006 Confessions Tour, in support of her Confessions on a Dance Floor album, she emerged on the stage on a mirrored crucifix, adorned by a crown of thorns, for the song “Live to Tell” — a scene that ruffled some feathers among the religious crowd, who called the show “blasphemous.”

Madonna spoke out about the performance, explaining its meaning and insisting that Jesus would most certainly approve.

“I am very grateful that my show was so well received all over the world. But there seems to be many misinterpretations about my appearance on the cross and I wanted to explain it myself once and for all,” she said in a statement. “There is a segment in my show where three of my dancers ‘confess’ or share harrowing experiences from their childhood that they ultimately overcame. My ‘confession’ follows and takes place on a crucifix that I ultimately come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different than a person wearing a cross or ‘taking up the cross’ as it says in the Bible.”

“My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous,” she continued. “Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole. I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing.”

More at Billboard
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Madonna performs onstage during the Women’s March on Washington – more press images

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Madonna performs onstage during the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

attends the rally at the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

attends the rally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Watch Madonna’s Powerful Speech at Women’s March on Washington

Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Women’s March in Washington to deliver a powerful speech to the hundreds of thousands who gathered in the nation’s capital.

“Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love,” Madonna told the marchers. “To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people.”

“It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up,” Madonna continued. “It seems as though we all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would prevail in the end. Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here.”

Madonna also had a message for “the detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything.” “Fuck you,” Madonna said. “Fuck you! It is the beginning of much-needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people… But this is the hallmark of revolution.”

Madonna’s unexpected F-bombs caused CNN and MSNBC to panic and cut away from her mid-speech. Both networks missed the singer quip that, “Yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.”

Madonna then led the crowd through a chant of “We choose love” before performing a few of her tracks for the marchers, including “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature.”

more at RollingStone

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