NPO 2 extra (Dutch TV) will air a documentary on Damien Jalet who worked with Madonna on her Madame X Tour. Damien Jalet is an internationally praised Belgian/French choreographer. He has worked with choreographers and artists like Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marina Abramovic, Ryuichi Sakamoto and of course Madonna.
Podium Dans (Stage Dance) visits him in Antwerp
NPO 2 extra
22.20 – 23.10
Repeated on: Nov 4 (17.45) + Nov 7 (04.30 + 13.15)
Madonna’s ‘Don’t Tell Me’ Turns 20: Co-Writers Mirwais and Joe Henry Tell the Story Behind One of Her Most Underrated Hits
Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released “Don’t Tell Me,” the second single from her triple-platinum, Grammy nominated “Music” album.
The song may be less remembered today than the title track from “Music,” but it arguably holds up even better, thanks not only to its minimalist production and forlorn lyrics, but also its fresh melding of country-and-folk with electronic music production (long before names such as Lil Nas X and Diplo won praise for doing the same in recent years). Co-writer and producer of the song, Mirwais Ahmadzai, has a few ideas as to why “Don’t Tell Me” still resonates with listeners, two decades on.
“I think ‘Don’t Tell Me’ has remained since that time as an iconic song for several reasons,” he says from France, where he is making music at home during the pandemic. “We can call this song the very first ‘Folktronica’ or ‘Cyberfolk’ song. I think Madonna and I invented this style. And the magnificent music video made by Jean Baptiste Mondino helped to crystallize the ‘Electronic Cowboy’ image, which was something totally new at the time,” he adds.
But the French producer thinks the main reason “Don’t Tell Me” has held up so well, is Madonna’s vocal delivery on the single.
“This song is one of the very rare singles Madonna performs with no effects on her vocals, and on this, everyone noticed it,” he says of the tune, which was recorded at London’s Sarm West Studio (minus the strings, which were done at AIR Studios).
The French producer confirms he borrowed heavily from the electronic music world for the drum programming on “Don’t Tell Me,” drawing inspiration from the UK’s jungle music scene, which was booming at the end of the last millennium.
“I loved the jungle programing vibe, this is why I incorporated it on ‘Don’t Tell Me.’ It sounded very ahead of the times with its rolls.”
As for the glitch-y start/stop guitar riff that anchors the song and repeats throughout, the hook comes from Ahmadzai not being able to play what he wanted. “I couldn’t play some parts that I had in mind, so I decided to ‘computerize’ the performance by creating this start/stop effects,” he says. (Ahmadzai recently released a new song, “2016 – My Generation” and premiered a short film collaboration at Amsterdam’s ADE conference last month).
Lyrically, Madonna got her inspiration for “Don’t Tell Me” via her sister Melanie’s husband, veteran singer-songwriter Joe Henry. Melanie sent Madonna Henry’s demo of a song called “Stop,” and she fell hard for the wistful, poetic lyrics.
“My [demo] version was written in about 20 minutes, and I did not revise it — I let it stand for the burst that it was,” says Henry. “I always hear its primary influence to be tango, [and] I was thinking about [Argentine composer] Astor Piazzolla, but Madonna heard its pop sensibility, and sculpted a chorus out of a passing stanza from my original take. That repetition gave it weight, and expanded it, sharpened a hook that I had barely gestured toward. That evidences her gift of taking something fairly obtuse, and translating into something memorable.”
Henry was wowed with Madonna’s take on his tune when he finally heard it, marveling at the juxtapositioning of his at-times dark lyrics (“Tell the bed not to lay/ Like the open mouth of a grave/ Not to stare up at me/ Like a calf down on its knees”) with heartfelt delivery grafted onto a sunny-sounding pop song.
“That verse is dark, but playfully so,” Henry says. “I was watching a lot of Luis Bunuel’s movies at the time, and relishing how darkly comic are many of the films from his so-called ‘Mexican period’ can be,” he adds. “I think as little as possible when i am initially writing [for a song].”
The song took its sweet time climbing the charts, finally peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 2001, some four months after its release as a single, and six after “Music” was released. Henry went onto release his version of the song (“Stop”) in 2001 on Mammoth Records, and it ended up being used in an episode of “The Sopranos.”
Read full article at Variety.com
“Didn’t know how lost I was until I found you …”
“I made it through the wilderness …”
“Crazy for youuuu …”
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Team member Dave takes you on a photographic tour of the filming locations of Madame X music videos ‘Dark Ballet’ and ‘Batuka’ in Lisbon
Madonna has been unusually nostalgic in 2020. The Queen of Pop celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Music” by releasing a HD version of the video and has been rifling through old demos as research for her upcoming biopic. She now celebrates the 26th anniversary of Bedtime Stories by uploading an EP of “Secret” remixes. While there’s nothing new here, it is the first time we have been able to stream or even download some of them — which is exciting news for anyone without the CD single lying around.
It should also be noted that Madonna has promises to share a HD video of “Secret” in the coming days. Apart from rereleasing old hits, the enduring hitmaker has been making steady progress on her biopic, live streaming screenwriting sessions with Academy Award winner Diablo Cody. The sexy 62-year-old has also made a trip to In N Out (her box full of hamburgers quickly became a meme) and indulged in Halloween festivities with her children. Take a trip back to 1994 by streaming the “Secret” remixes below.
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Leon spoke about appearing in Madonna’s controversial “Like a Prayer” video shortly after co-starring with Robin Givens in the ABC miniseries, “The Women of Brewster Place.” Leon initially turned Madonna down because he was more focused on studio films and didn’t receive details on what his role would be. But after his agent suggested he meet with the director because it could lead to more work, he became intrigued by the role and knew the song would be a hit. However, Leon was unaware that the video would become a major news story due to the controversial imagery of Madonna dancing in front of burning crosses. Despite the controversy, Leon spoke on how well the video relates to today by addressing interracial relationships and the policing of African Americans.
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Includes 2 x 180g black vinyl and 2 x CD.
CD1 Club Future Nostalgia, CD2 Future Nostalgia.
1. Levitating (feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott) [The Blessed Madonna Remix]
2. Cool (Jayda G Remix)
3. Boys Will Be Boys (Zach Witness Remix)
4. Hallucinate (Mr Fingers deep stripped mix)
5. Physical (feat. Gwen Stefani) [Mark Ronson Remix]
6. Pretty Please (Masters at Work Remix)
7. Don’t Start Now (Yaeji Remix)
8. That Kind Of Woman (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
9. Good In Bed (Gen Hoshino Remix) [Explicit]
10. Love Is Religion (The Blessed Madonna Remix)
11. Future Nostalgia (Joe Goddard Remix)
12. Love Again (Horse Meat Disco Remix)
13. Hallucinate (Paul Woolford Remix) [Extended]
14. Don’t Start Now (Kaytranada Remix)
15. Break My Heart (Moodymann Remix)
16. Good In Bed (Zach Witness Remix) [Explicit]
17. Pretty Please (Midland Refix)
CD Disc 1: Future Nostalgia
- Future Nostalgia
- Don’t Start Now
- Pretty Please
- Love Again
- Break My Heart
- Good In Bed
- Boys Will Be Boys
- Levitating ft DaBaby
CD Disc 2: Club Future Nostalgia
- Future Nostalgia -Joe Goddard Remix.
- Cool – Jayda G Remix.
- Good In Bed – Gen Hoshino Remix and Zach Witness Remix.
- Pretty Please – Midland Refix.
- Pretty Please – Masters At Work Remix.
- Boys Will Be Boys – Zach Witness Remix. Sample: Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
- Love Again – Horse Meat Disco Remix.
- Break My Heart / Jamiroquai Cosmic Girl. Sample: Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl (Dimitri From Paris Dubwize Remix)
- Levitating (feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott) – The Blessed Madonna Remix.
- Hallucinate – Mr Fingers deep stripped mix.
- Hallucinate – Paul Woolford Extended Remix.
- Love Is Religion – The Blessed Madonna Remix.
- Don’t Start Now – Yaeji Remix.
- Physical (feat. Gwen Stefani) – Mark Ronson Remix.
- Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK – Kiss and Make Up.
- That Kind Of Woman – Jacques Lu Cont Remix. Sample: Stevie Nicks – Stand Back Acapella
- Break My Heart – Moodymann Remix.
On this day 25 years ago Madonna released the stunning ballad ‘You’ll See’, the lead single off upcoming ‘Greatest Ballads’ compilation ‘Something To Remember’. The music video was an impressive follow-up to the already gorgeous ‘Take a Bow’ video. She performed the track at TOTP in London twice, once wearing a blue blouse and another take with black top.
She did not perform the track live until her Drowned World Tour hit Philadelphia in 2001, and then continued to switch that track with ‘Gone’ throughout selected dates.
Check out our discography HERE
In the mid ‘80s someone invited Lowe to Madonna’s concert at the Universal Amphitheatre. In his book Love Life, he says she was considered the “hot new act” at the time, and she was dominating the airwaves. Lowe says he thought she was attractive, and he heard she was single, so he made sure to sit in the front row. The actor described her as “a revelation,” saying her performance in a wedding gown impressed him.
Much to Lowe’s surprise, Madonna invited him backstage. She wanted to meet him and get to know him better. When she asked what Lowe was working on, he told her about his hit movie St. Elmo’s Fire. He made sure she knew he was playing a “bad boy” character, and he says Madonna seemed to like that part.
The two kept in touch and went on a date at a dance club called the Palladium. Lowe says he met Madonna in the VIP section and began talking about sneaking away so they could have some time alone. At one point, she enthusiastically asked Lowe to dance. However, he declined because he didn’t want to get mobbed by fans. He told her he would wait for her until she was done dancing.
Lowe playfully told Madonna she was “crazy” for even thinking about dancing in a crowd packed with fans. That’s when the mood changed. Lowe says she turned to him and said she wasn’t crazy, she just wasn’t going to let success “f***up” her fun. He says Madonna left and “disappeared into her fans.”
What happened after that night at the club
Lowe says he didn’t see Madonna again until 20 years later when they were both attending a London premiere. He missed his shot to spend alone time with the Material Girl. When he saw her again, he says they both had children and were married to other people.
Full article at Cheatsheet.com
Madonna’s MDNA World Tour was finally released on CD, blu-ray, DVD and Deluxe DVD+2CD set in September 2013. Unfortunately the release was plagued by a batch of poor copies. Menu’s didn’t work, grainy picture, pixelated picture or no picture at all. In fact there were so many complaints that the first batch was recalled by Universal Music and switched for new improved non-grainy copies with working menu’s.
There were also problems with the release date of the original first release. The Dutch release/launch party for the DVD wasn’t confirmed until the very day of the initial release. Earlier that day we received word from the record company that they couldn’t deliver the goods, so we had to call the event off leading to many disappointed fans. Cut to a few hours later when an email came through that the stuff WAS delivered after all. Another message was immediately posted online that the party WAS a go and all fans were welcome to join us at FAME Megastore in Amsterdam. Fans were scratching their heads…..what was going on?
The show also aired on Dutch BNN with absolute superior quality to the released product.
For the discography we have added 27 different pressings. This list is nowhere near complete, unfortunately due to the many formats and editions we lost track (and interest) along the way. Besides the products there’s MDNA Tour video and audio and original press releases.
Check it all out HERE
Madonna is the type of artist and performer that needs no introduction. The Material Girl has been present for just about every trend in pop culture for nearly 40 years, producing chart-topping album after chart-topping album and hit single after hit single. Madonna has also worked with a huge swath of the music industry, collaborating with everyone from Prince and Justin Timberlake to Nicki Minaj and Chance the Rapper. On Madonna’s most recent album, Madame X, she’s added another name to that list: Maluma.
The Queen of Pop worked with the 26-year-old Colombian singer on her track “Medellín,” named for the city in which Maluma was born. The song features Madonna singing in Spanish with Maluma on the chorus, and a music video which sees the two artists getting married. While they may not be exactly married in real life, working with Madonna was a dream come true for Maluma.
According to an interview with Billboard, Maluma revealed that he first met Madonna in 2018 right before performing at the MTV Video Music Awards. After seeing him perform, Madonna reached out and asked him to collaborate on “Medellín.” Maluma also shared that he helped Madonna with some of the Spanish portions of the songs, explaining, “I taught her how to pronounce some words — I was trying to help her with the accent.”