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‘Adore’ ❤️ Thank you to all those who have reached out about the new Madonna publication. Due to the high volume of enquires, we are announcing on Instagram the book will be available for pre order from 1pm (UK) tomorrow 23rd January,
Published for the first time by NJG 200 pages, 111 large format images, 10 contact sheets featuring 324 frames.
Two editions available – ‘Limited Edition’ comes with a canary yellow bellyband with Madonna’s name in Japanese text, foiled in an ebony embossed dye. The ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ features a neon pink bellyband, foiled as above. About to drop at
Madonna’s brand new record ‘Like a Virgin’, produced by Nile Rodgers, you know the producer of Duran Duran, Sister Sledge and David Bowie.
In fact the entire Chic team plays a part on ‘Like a Virgin’.
The record includes nine fantastic songs including ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’, ‘Stay’ and the title song that is currently out on single.
(also on maxi cassette).
The advert has been added to our Like a Virgin page (Adverts section)
- ‘Limited Edition’ – with signed and numbered certificate by Kenji.
- ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ – as above with a signed and numbered edition print. Printed on Legacy Baryta, 100% alpha cellulose, archival satin finish, acid free paper. Dropping soon.
Mike Tyson’s had his share of celebrity scandals over the years, however, not everyone knows he once praised an infamous fascist dictator. Tyson once praised Benito Mussolini, comparing aspects of his mannerisms to hip-hop culture. Oddly enough, Tyson revealed he drew inspiration from Mussolini for a song he collaborated on with Madonna.
Mike Tyson on why Benito Mussolini was ‘mesmerizing’
According to Rolling Stone, it all started when Madonna wanted to work with Tyson. “Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,” Tyson says. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going there for.” Tyson came into the studio to see Madonna and her producer. He rapped over a track called “Iconic,” talking about his life. Tyson said he felt like his music career could actually take off because he worked with Madonna. Considering “Iconic” was released in 2015 and Tyson hasn’t had any hits since then, his feelings proved incorrect — at least so far.
Tyson revealed he drew inspiration from a surprising — and upsetting — source. “When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they’re really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting,” he said. “You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don’t understand what he’s saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way.”
Tyson went on to praise Mussolini — the man responsible for the death of democracy in Italy and a close collaborator with Adolf Hitler — even more. “I know people may say ‘this guy’s a fascist’ and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him,” added Tyson. “No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy’s a hypnotic figure. There’s so much pride behind what he’s saying. I’m not even Italian and I feel the pride he’s projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.”
What the collaboration between Madonna, Mike Tyson, and Chance the Rapper is like
The final song is a collaboration between Madonna, Tyson, and Chance the Rapper. According to XXL, Madonna wanted Jay-Z on the track instead of Chance the Rapper but Jay-Z felt someone less established should be on the song instead. For the most part, it’s a celebration of the concept of being an icon. Considering everybody on the track is an icon, the track seems self-aware. However, there’s nothing directly about Mussolini in its lyrics. If it weren’t for Tyson’s comments, no one would connect “Iconic” to Italian fascism.
How the world reacted to ‘Iconic’
So did this bizarre and unnerving combination of Mussolini, Tyson, Chance the Rapper, and the Queen of Pop resonate with audiences? “Iconic” did not chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100. Considering Madonna has charted so many songs she’s called “the Queen of Pop,” that’s saying something. Apparently, people don’t like fascism in their dance music.
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“There was an old yellow Kodak box on the shelf of my darkroom. Inside was a set of black and white negatives, together with a series of contact sheets. It had sat there, out of the light for 35 years. But I am now able to share these pictures with you all through this photo-book ‘Adore’ – Kenji Wakasugi ❤️❤️ Published for the first time by www.njgstudio.com dropping next week!
The very first time Madonna covered the Dutch Nieuwe Revu magazine was on the March 27 – April 4 1985 edition. While the four page spread inside was a Dutch translation of the interview originally from Face magazine, the pictures were by Dutch photographer Kees Tabak.
Seldom seen and now here for you to view in full.
Check it out HERE (press section)
Stay tuned for A LOT more in the next few weeks!
Adore’ ❤️ the entire Tokyo session, shot by Kenji Wakasugi, 23rd January 1985. Published for the first time by NJG, the 200 page book is bound in a hardback aqua cover, made from recycled coffee cup waste. Available soon for a limited time only ❤️❤️.
More info at njgstudio.com
‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ at 25: Salma Hayek almost lost role to Madonna, went under trance to shoot film’s sultry snake dance
“Quentin told me, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re dancing with a snake.’ I said, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t do that. It’s my greatest fear,’” Hayek recalled (watch above). To prod the actress, Tarantino claimed that Madonna was interested in the role, and that she would have no problem being wrapped in a python.
“He said, well, Madonna will do it, I already talked to her, and she’s willing to dance with the snake.”
Hayek eventually agreed to it.
“It was good because I had to overcome my greatest fear. I had to go on trance to do the dance… And there was no choreography. It was improvised. Because you can’t choreograph a snake, we don’t know what she’s going to do!”
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Donna De Lory just released ‘Just a Dream’ a re-recording of the single that was originally planned for Madonna’s Like a Prayer album. The song has also been remixed and is now available digitally HERE.
In 1991 Madonna gave me this song to record. She wrote it for her Like a Prayer album but had too many songs already and I think she thought it sounded too much like “Till Death Do Us Part”. I am so grateful to her for supporting me with my own career as an artist. After so many years of the record company not putting my first album up digitally I decided to re arrange and record this song as I will be doing with other songs from my debut album. Thank you for all of your support over the years friends, I LOVE reading your comments! I hope you love this, this one is for you. Thank you Nick Spanos Photography for these beautiful images! Your art is a gift to this.
Madonna in Tokyo, 23rd January 1985, shot by Kenji Wakasugi. Published for the first time by NJG ‘Adore’ features the complete session – 200 pages with 111 large format portraits, 10 contact sheets, featuring 324 frames (includes 6 previously published PBW photos). Available 25th January 2021 www.njgstudio.com
“That’s right” ❤️
Madonna’s Who’s That Girl Tour was officially released in Japan on VHS and laserdisc as a Mitsubishi special. This was not ‘Ciao Italia’ which was also released in Japan, but the full show filmed in Japan.
The ‘Ciao Italia’ release did include footage from the Japanese recording, but more on that when we get to that release.
Check out our brand new videography page HERE
Madonna was presenting George Michael with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1989 MTV Awards when the ‘Faith’ singer kissed the Queen of Pop in front of the whole world.
It’s not every day you get kissed on lips by someone you have a crush on, but that’s exactly what happened to Madonna in 1989.
George Michael was being presented the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award – also known as the Video Vanguard Award – when he gave Madonna a sensual kiss on the lips.
The moment between the two stars aired live to the world on September 6, 1989 from the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
Madonna and Paula Abdul were the joint biggest award winners of the night with four awards each, with the Queen of Pop winning Best Direction in A Video, Best Art Direction in a Video and Best Cinematography in a Video for ‘Express Yourself’, and the highly coveted Viewers Choice Award for ‘Like a Prayer.’
Performances on the night included The Rolling Stones singing ‘Mixed Emotions’, Jon Bon Jovi giving a rendition of ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and Cher‘s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ and after the performances were nearly over, it was soon time for the last award of the night.
Madonna, smoking a cigarette and accompanied by two smoking backing dancers, comes on stage to present the Video Vanguard Award to “an artist who has made outstanding contributions to the world of music video.
“He has an excellent voice, he’s a great songwriter and he makes very classy videos…ladies and gentlemen, George Michael!”
What follows is a montage of George Michael speaking about his music videos and including clips from ‘I Want Your Sex’, ‘Faith’ and ‘Monkey’, before the cameras cut back to Madonna.
“George, I Want Your Sex,” she says to a wolf whistling crowd. “So be my Father Figure, and I will have Faith if we have to live Hand To Mouth! Ladies and Gentlemen, the diva himself, George Michael!”
The singer himself then walks out on stage and after waving to the crowd immediately gives Madonna a huge bear hug, before approaching the podium.
As the ‘Like A Virgin’ singer hands him the famous silver MTV astronaut statue, George leans forward and kisses Madonna gently on the lips as the audience scream.
The camera then cuts away just as Madonna can be seen smiling before she waves to George and leaves him on stage on his own to make an acceptance speech.
The 1989 MTV Awards took place when George Michael was riding on the coattails of his sex symbol status with Wham!, ten years before he would officially come out as gay and two years before he met the ‘love of his life’ Anselmo Feleppa.
Madonna shot by Kenji Wakasugi 23rd January 1985, Tokyo. In the studio there was one flash unit, one pink sofa, nothing else. Kenji had 45 minutes with Madonna. Published for the first time ‘Adore’ features 318 previously unseen frames, 200 pages. Launching soon at NJG ❤️❤️
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Madonna’s second homevideo was titled MADONNA LIVE The Virgin Tour and was released in November 1985. The homevideo documented Madonna’s first ever live show and was an enormous commercial success. Unfortunately up to the present day this recording has failed to be released on DVD or blu-ray and is not available to stream. For the collectors among us, we have to settle for the nostalgic VHS, Betamax or Laserdisc editions (or find yourself a bootleg copy.)
We have collected 13 different editions for you to view in our new updated The Virgin Tour videography page HERE. Also included are promotional adverts and posters.