Madonna returned to Monday’s celebrity-packed Met Gala with another eye-popping look.
The singer, 57, made sure she had all eyes on her – and her bum – at the annual bash.
While most stars dazzled in sequins and floor length frocks, Madge opted for something pretty unique.
As well as her boobs, the star also had most of her peachy rear on show in the sheer black Givenchy gown.
Madonna, who was joined by the brand’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, teamed the look with a pair of sexy knee-high boots and an intricate jeweled headpiece.
The star took the red carpet in her stride and proudly posed for snappers with her hands on her hips and a huge smile.
According to Vogue, the star’s look was “inspired by the therapeutic kinesiology tape she wears for her fatigued muscles on tour.”
More at Mirror
Madonna is never afraid of wearing something daring on the red carpet, and at this year’s Met Gala she took the sheer dressing trend to the next level in a black lace Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown with no underwear on underneath. But it turns out this gothic look is surprisingly inspired by a practical item you’ll often spot athletes wearing at the Olympics: therapeutic kinesiology tape.
Madonna walked the red carpet with the house’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, who created her custom black lace look which she says was “inspired by the therapeutic kinesiology tape that she wears for her fatigued muscles on tour.” This is the tape, which usually comes in bright colours, that athletes wear to enhance performance and reduce injuries. More Rio 2016 than Met Gala 2016.
Madonna wore black lace tights and a body, with straps of black material winding around her legs and arms resembling kinesiology tape. She might be wearing a floor-length skirt, but there is fabric missing over her breasts and derriere, so the look leaves very little to the imagination. Madonna said to E! on the red carpet that there was one downside to wearing so little fabric – it makes it “hard to pee.” As for her jewellery, she wore stacked rings by Lynn Ban, a cross body chain and a necklace by Neil Lane.
This isn’t the first time the singer has collaborated with Givenchy for the Met Gala, as in 2013 she also went pantless in custom Riccardo Tisci. The designer created a fishnet body stocking and tartan jacket for the punk-themed event.
More at Telegraph
We are celebrating the fact that we have been online for TEN years this year! MadonnaUnderground was launched officially in 2006 even though we had set up events in 2005, it wasn’t until 2006 that the website was given a name and a layout.
We are working on a full length video of everything we organised, participated in, collaborated on in the past ten years. Not only that but we will be giving away various Madonna goodies made available by various collaborators, more on this soon!
In the meantime, enjoy our video teaser
Remembering songs that feature the combined talents of musical luminaries, but that were either never singles or whose chart lives paled in comparison to the artists’ legacies.
Amid all the retrospectives of Prince’s legendary catalog, one song has perhaps been largely overlooked.
Oh, only that duet between … Prince and Madonna.
Prince and the Queen of Pop recorded “Love Song” for Madonna’s Like a Prayer album (which was ruling the Billboard 200 on this date in 1989). Despite its blinding starpower, the collab was never released as a single. And, considering the strength of Like a Prayer, it’s hard to say that “Love Song” should’ve been one. Driven more by its funky groove than a pure-pop hook, the song took a back seat to the set’s five hit singles: the title cut, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks (and was also No. 1 on this date 27 years ago), “Express Yourself,” “Cherish” (both of which reached No. 2), “Oh Father” (No. 20) and “Keep It Together” (No. 8).
Among other Like a Prayer songs, “Dear Jessie” was a U.K. top 10 single, while “Till Death Do Us Part” is hooky Madonna pure-pop , while “Promise to Try” and “Pray for Spanish Eyes” are sweet ballads.
Meanwhile, rounding out the set, and much like “Love Song,” the album’s “Act of Contrition” would be an extremely atypical single choice, as it features Madonna reciting the Catholic prayer of the same name.
How did “Love Song” come about, by the way? “We were friends and talked about working together, so I went to Minneapolis to write some stuff with him, but the only thing I really dug was ‘Love Song,'” Madonna has recalled. “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.”
Prince And Madonna Almost Toured Together, But He Said ‘The World Isn’t Ready’
So, a song by two of pop music’s biggest icons remains largely an afterthought … which is kind of amazing. Imagine if the Beatles and Elvis had teamed up for a song (instead of merely meeting one night in 1965) … and it was never released as a single. (Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney duetted, and, conversely, scored the No. 2 Hot 100 hit “The Girl Is Mine” and the six-week No. 1 “Say Say Say.” And, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, both of whom owned the Hot 100 in the ’90s, spent a record 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96 with “One Sweet Day.”)
In the spirit of songs that feature the combined talents of musical luminaries, let’s remember some in addition to “Love Song” that were either never singles or whose chart lives paled in comparison to the artists’ legacies. Ultimately, they remain essentially hidden gems among star acts’ hit-packed catalogs.
When asked for examples on Twitter, you came up with some good ones (including more by Madonna).
Read the full article at Billboard
Our newest video: Madonna Rebel Heart Tour live in Ziggo Dome Amsterdam – The Netherlands, December 2015 compilation
Yes we are still finishing up on our Rebel Heart Tour archives. Hereby we present to you the following video with footage exclusivey filmed by MadonnaUnderground. This little compilation contains live footage from the December 5 show in Amsterdam as well as footage from her speech on the second night. Enjoy.
Filmography presents: Madonna as Rebecca Carlson in Body Of Evidence (rare articles, memorabilia, videos and more!)
Let’s go back to 1992/1993 where the whole world was obsessed with Madonna, and not necessarily in the most positive way. Madonna had just released her new studio album titled ‘Erotica’ with sensual music video and lead single. There was the extremely naughty (but beatifully boundbreaking) photobook SEX and then there was….Body Of Evidence. An erotic thriller, very similar in storyline to the very succesful and previously released ‘Basic Instinct’ starring Sharon Stone. The general public had seen enough ‘sex’ and made it a daily job to bash Madonna and her projects. It was a rough time but when looking back at it all, was it all really that bad?
Not at all. People now praise ‘Erotica’ for being so ahead of its time, an absolute brilliant underground record. SEX the book is still one of the most sought after books of all time, photographers and artists of today speak very highly of it. It was and is art in its purest form.
Body Of Evidence though we don’t hear a lot of anymore. Madonna starred in this movie together with Willem Dafoe, M actually put down quite a nice performance and the movie wasn’t that bad. It did very well as a rental video and M looked stunning.
To move on further with our extensive online Filmography, we hereby present Body Of Evidence:
- Press articles – lots of original magazine and newspaper scans
- Memorabilia – rare from our own collection including promo box set, promo VHS, various releases, posters and more
- See the trailer
- Watch rare interview videos M did to promote the film
- See press stills (please don’t share)
- Buy the film!
Direct link HERE, enjoy
THIS Friday April 29th Touché will be hosting the Official after party for the HotDocs Film Festival Premiere of Madonna’s ‘Strike a Pose’ film. The original dancers from the Blonde Ambition Tour will be in attendance as well as special guests. Email email@example.com for guest list and make sure to catch the film at the festival!
Wolff bioscopen is excited to announce that they will be featuring Strike a Pose in their movie theaters from May 26 in Holland. To find out more please visit their website.
Turns out Toronto was more interested in the Material Girl than getting into the groove.
“It’s Friday night, are you ready to party after this? I want to hear you SCREAM!”
A room full of sweaty bodies throws their hands up in the air and cheers. Top 40 pop hits blast out of the speakers, colourful disco lights flash through the otherwise dark room, and music videos play on the jumbo screens at the front, creating a kaleidoscope effect.
“Crank up the speed! Let me hear you…crank it upppppp!”
Part intense workout and party, this is Hard Candy Fitness, the Madonna-endorsed Toronto gym. But as of early May the Madonna party at her only North American location ends.
For a brief few months, I was one of those Hard Candy devotees, getting my workout on in the sleek-looking 42,000 square foot fourth floor gym overlooking downtown Toronto. I would stop in awe of the oversize poster of Madge welcoming members in the locker room vestibule and regularly take part in the Addicted to Sweat dance classes inspired by Madonna’s very own fitness regimen.
This upcoming weekend marks the end of Hard Candy’s short Madonna run. The club will close for two days to undergo its own re-branding and reboot as Aura Fitness in order to better co-habitate with the building it shares a name with—and end its partnership with Madonna.
“Madonna was fabulous,” says Leonard Schlemm, owner of Hard Candy Toronto, now Aura Fitness. A power broker in the fitness industry, Schlemm and his business partner have opened 15,000 clubs worldwide, including 24-hour-Fitness, Crunch Gym and Steve Nash Fitness Clubs, among others.
Schlemm recalls his encounter with the icon back in February 2014 at the club’s opening. Around 800 people made it into the facility that day to witness the main event, and about the same amount were lined up outside. According to Schlemm, a typical gym opening of his sees between 200 to 250 people.
So why the sudden need for a re-branding? Schlemm points to the lack of visibility of the gym (it’s located on the fourth floor of a mixed condo building) as well as issues around the club’s branding and marketing.
When he first signed the lease back in 2008, Schlemm was promised large signage on the building’s façade with the Hard Candy branding. But by the time they were ready to open, the City passed a new ordinance preventing any signs above the third floor—and this proved to be a problem. “When you stopped people on the street and asked them about Hard Candy, they had no idea what you were talking about even though they were often standing right outside the building,” says Schlemm.
The other issue was around the brand itself. “People couldn’t figure out where Hard Candy was and then they were turned off by the brand because they thought it was a dance studio,” says Schlemm, who is willing to take the marketing blame here.
But looking back, perhaps Madonna’s gym was doomed to fail from the start. If anything, the 120 different media organizations covering the gym’s opening should have been a clear indicator: they were more interested in seeing Madonna cut the ribbon than actually exploring the new fitness facilities. As for the fans, while a select few did become members, more were interested in taking selfies with the Warhol-inspired posters than actually paying the monthly fees.
“Madonna has adoring fans and she has rabid fans,” says Schlemm. He mentions instances where he heard of some flying in from Chicago to visit the Toronto-based gym, take a few pictures, and then jet back home. And the staff often had to take time away from training to double as tour guides.
“We are in the business of providing fitness to people who want to be in shape,” adds Schlemm. “We aren’t a destination for you to come and take a selfie.”
Aura Fitness will focus on playing out the different features of the club, whether that’s upping their spinning game or showcasing their hot yoga room. “That club is one of the nicest in the world,” says Schlemm. “And if I had to pick a place to workout in for myself, I’d choose this one.”
The goal for Aura is to put more emphasis on functional training as well as to offer smaller group programs. The membership prices will remain the same, as will the staff.
While the look of the gym won’t change radically over night, this weekend’s makeover does mean those infamous Madonna posters will be stripped down.
Read more at Torontoist
In late February, a famous right-wing New York City tabloid, which recently endorsed Donald Trump, published a very cruel article about Madonna. The hatchet job, which was picked up by other right-wing websites, explained how Madonna was a vicious woman who has always found young and new talent just so she could exploit and dump them. The article quoted Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour dancers, who have been promoting their new film Strike a Pose, a documentary about what happened to Madonna’s dancers since the tour. The film has, so far, garnered early favorable reviews.
I had just written an article about Madonna’s 1991 documentary Truth or Dare and how the film was a major milestone in the gay rights movement a couple days before the libelous tabloid article was published. My piece received a larger response than anything I had written in my entire life. I received emails from hundreds of other gay men who shared my experience and all gave me stories on how the film helped them accept themselves. There were some who even expressed how Madonna, her dancers, and the film prevented them from committing suicide because Truth or Dare, the first big mainstream film that showed gay men kissing each other and embracing their sexuality, showed gay audience members, who were experiencing extreme hate influenced by the religious right, that they weren’t alone in this world.
I was thankful that later that day, some of Madonna’s dancers in the film confirmed that they were misquoted in the tabloid piece or their quotes were taken out of context. Still, I felt a responsibility to talk to Madonna’s dancers in person. So far, I have only spent time with Carlton Wilborn, who shares my Chicagoland roots.
Carlton was a dancer on two tours with Madonna – 1990’s Blond Ambition Tour and 1993’s The Girlie Show Tour. At one point in 1995, when Carlton was having a difficult time both personally and professionally, Madonna let him live at her house for several months. Carlton says Madonna was a huge asset to him on both a professional and personal level. Their relationship went south after Carlton introduced a script for a film he co-wrote and would star in with Madonna.
“It just didn’t unfold the right way and I thought…well, I think I’m getting a few signs that I needed to stand on my own…for my own sense of self-worth. I should not be chasing one person for every opportunity I’m after,” Carlton sadly indicates, before stressing that he holds absolutely nothing against Madonna.
In fact, Carlton confirms that the whole idea of Madonna exploiting new talent and dumping them is absolutely ridiculous. He understands the celebrity hate culture that produces vitriolic stories like this, but thinks a conversation about the toxicity of that culture (not only aimed at Madonna) needs to happen.
Before moving on to do more acting and writing books about personal transformation and empowerment, Carlton was one of Madonna’s biggest professional partners. After booking a tour with Whitney Houston in early 1990, Mr. Wilborn found out that the tour had been postponed. Then, he responded to an ad for a new Madonna tour. Unlike other dancers, he says he wouldn’t have been devastated if he didn’t get the gig.
“For a young black man from the South Side of Chicago,” Whitney was the queen, Wilborn says, in response to people telling him he should be more excited about Madonna.
However, the audition Wilborn attended, which took place at Landmark Studios in Hollywood, was a huge success. Wilborn was instantly booked on what would become one of the most influential tours in pop music history. Rehearsals were like boot camp, but the preparation made the tour a lot easier to do once it kicked off in Japan. Carlton knew that some big project related to the Blond Ambition Tour was happening when there were cameras everywhere.
“I knew it was going to be bigger than a documentary. I mean, there’s a scene at the end of the movie where Madonna asks how we want this rated, and we all scream, “X!” That question alone prompted us to know it was going to be something that was bigger than your everyday television special,” he says.
However, Wilborn had no idea how iconic Truth or Dare would become. He had no ideal how it would inspire millions. He wishes that someday, Madonna would release the several hours of unseen footage from the film, including the part where the entire audience at Madison Square Garden sings happy birthday to his mom.
Though much of Truth or Dare is risqué (at least for 1991), Wilborn has no regrets about any scenes he took part in.
“Much of the way I showed up in Truth or Dare is the way I wanted to show up. I couldn’t participate in the lawsuit, because we knew the cameras were rolling the whole time. So there was nothing that I was involved with that was crazier than what you actually see,” Wilborn says.
Reuniting with cast of Truth or Dare for the film Strike a Pose has been a cathartic experience for Wilborn. In some ways, it has also been depressing.
“After the premiere of the film in Berlin, I felt really down. I was upset with myself because looking at those guys on the screen, I had marginalized them. I now saw the depth and wealth of a human being in each person on the screen. How did I miss that before?” Wilborn sadly asks himself.
Neither Madonna nor her management have reached out to any of the dancers, director, or producers of Strike a Pose, but Carlton isn’t giving up hope, especially since it’s way too early. The film has only played in Berlin and Tribeca, with a wider release coming in May. When I tell Carlton how much I wish everybody from the Blond Ambition Tour could reunite, he enthusiastically suggests that I start a campaign for Madonna to do another tour with everybody from the Blond Ambition days. Consider that campaign started right this second.
Read more at Huffington Post
Stay tuned for Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan discussing ‘Strike a Pose’ at PAUW on Vara (Dutch TV) tonight at 23.00 local time.
Prince recorded a secret treasure trove of intimate live performances, the Telegraph can reveal.
Friends and fans were banned from taking recording devices, phones or cameras into hisPaisley Park mansion for the small scale private events the singer regularly held.
But a friend said the musician himself did make recordings.
“That whole house was recorded,” the friend said. “He had it all. Nobody else has heard that stuff and it’s amazing.”
The performances included one to a handful of backing singers and dancers at which Prince serenaded Madonna while she sat cross-legged on a tiny stage.
Fans will be desperate to hear the recordings which could be worth millions of dollars. They are believed to be stored in a vault at Paisley Park, along with other unreleased material Prince produced in his studio.
His final live performance in the house was held on the Saturday before he died. A recording of it, were it ever to be released, would be of great musical significance and commercial value.
Prince performs Purple Rain during last show in AtlantaPlay!00:22
The friend, who was there, said: “We walked out of that last one and we were just like ‘Wow what happened. He was going at it but no one else ever got to hear it. He wouldn’t let nobody bring anything in to record anything but he did.”
The reclusive singer died aged 57 on Thursday morning. He was found dead in a lift in the ground floor of Paisley Park.
Police are investigating whether his use of prescription painkillers to deal with hip problems contributed to his death, but toxicology tests will not be completed for a month.
Read more at Telegraph.co.uk