Madonna cannot be sued in Hard Candy trademark case

Though Madonna helped create the luxury gym brand Hard Candy Fitness and her image is closely associated with the company, the 56-year-old pop star has been let off the hook in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Hard Candy, a cosmetics line for teens that retails at Wal-Mart.

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami issued a ruling on Wednesday granting Madonna and her attorney, Yano Rubinstein of Rubinstein Law, their request that she and her manager, Guy Oseary, and the company they co-own, MGHCandy, be dismissed from the case for lack of jurisdiction.

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Madonna Makes History With 45th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart

The Queen of Pop reigns with “Ghosttown,” giving her the most No. 1s of any artist on a single Billboard chart. “Thanks to all my fans on & off the dancefloor,” she tells Billboard.

The Queen of Pop is now unequaled chart royalty. Madonna makes momentous Billboard chart history, as she now has the most No. 1s ever, 45, by an act on a singular Billboard chart. She earns her 45th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, where “Ghosttown” lifts 3-1.

(The chart, dated May 30, will refresh on Billboard.com Thursday, May 21.)

With the coronation, Madonna passes another icon, George Strait, who’s logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.

“Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor,” Madonna said in an exclusive statement to Billboard. “I’ll (always) be your partner.”

With her 45th leader on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, Madonna pulls further ahead of runners-up Beyonce and Rihanna. In fact, Madonna has tallied more No. 1s as they have combined: 22 each. (The chart launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976.)

Madonna’s 45 Dance Club Songs No. 1s

1983, “Holiday”/”Lucky Star” (five weeks at No. 1)
1984, “Like a Virgin” (four)
1985, “Material Girl”
1985, “Angel”/”Into the Groove”
1987, “Open Your Heart”
1987, “Causing a Commotion (Remix)”
1988, “You Can Dance (LP Cuts)”
1989, “Like a Prayer” (two)
1989, “Express Yourself” (three)

1990, “Keep It Together”
1990, “Vogue” (two)
1991, “Justify My Love” (two)
1992, “Erotica”
1993, “Deeper and Deeper”
1993, “Fever”
1994, “Secret” (two)
1995, “Bedtime Story”
1997, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
1998, “Frozen” (two)
1998, “Ray of Light” (four)
1999, “Nothing Really Matters” (two)
1999, “Beautiful Stranger” (two)

2000, “American Pie”
2000, “Music” (five)
2001, “Don’t Tell Me”
2001, “What It Feels Like for a Girl”
2001, “Impressive Instant” (two)
2002, “Die Another Day” (two)
2003, “American Life”
2003, “Hollywood”
2003, “Me Against the Music,” Britney Spears featuring Madonna (two)
2004, “Nothing Fails”
2004, “Love Profusion”
2005, “Hung Up” (four)
2006, “Sorry” (two)
2006, “Get Together”
2006, “Jump” (two)
2008, “4 Minutes,” Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (two)
2008, “Give It 2 Me”
2009, “Celebration”

2012, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.
2012, “Girl Gone Wild”
2012, “Turn Up the Radio”
2015, “Living for Love”
2015, “Ghosttown”

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More on Bitch I’m Madonna single release

Madonna chooses to release Bitch I’m Madonna (her favorite song) off Rebel Heart as a third single.

It will be presented to radio shortly. There will be an official video as well as various remixes. After Madonna created a buzz at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show last month, this single release is not so surprising. This Summer Jonas Akerlund will be directing the video to it. She has worked with Jonas Akerlund before since the release of Ray Of Light in 1998. He worked on video’s such as American Life, Music, Jump and more recently Ghosttown.

Other songs from the album Rebel Heart that have good potential for a radio Summer hit are the dancy Iconic or the folk/electro Devil Pray.

Madonna will perform later this year on December 9 and 10 in Bercy Paris.

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Madonna’s ‘Crazy For You’ became a number-one hit, 30 years ago today

‘Crazy For You’ was Madonna’s first ballad to become a hit, and we’re celebrating 30 years of its impact on popular music.

Madonna has never been a pop star to play by the rules, but she continues to win at the game. After breaking out almost 35 years ago, she has quite a lot of claim to her name — she isn’t called the “Queen of Pop” for nothing.

After selling over 300 million albums worldwide, she’s been crowned the most successful chart-performing solo artist and top-touring female artist of all time. The global music icon is even worth a whopping $800 million.

‘Crazy For You’ was originally written for the film “Vision Quest,” which saw moderate success in the box office. However, the song became a massive hit on adult contemporary radio all around the world. It even nabbed Madonna her first Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986. The song went on to become her second number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

It’s moments in musical history, like this, when we’re reminded of the bona fide pop star that Madonna truly is.

Take a listen to ‘Crazy For You:’

Needless to say, we’re still crazy about Madonna’s ‘Crazy For You.’

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Exclusive = Bitch I’m Madonna confirmed as third single, but not in Holland though!

Universal Music NL confirms that Bitch I’m Madonna will be the official third global single, however Holland will most likely get a different third single than this particular track. Unfortunately no details which track will be chosen at this time. Things might still change though.

Same thing happened with MDNA in 2012 when Universal Music NL decided to release Love Spent as well as Masterpiece as official third and fourth singles off of MDNA.

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Madonna shirt for sale at Dutch Lidl stores from Monday the 18th

From Monday May 18 Dutch Lidl stores will have a shirt available for sale with a Madonna (MDNA) print on it. The shirt will be for sale at 5 euro’s and will be distributed to every store in Holland. Meaning there won’t be stores that will not get them in stock. Unfortunately you cannot reserve the shirts, but have to pay a visit to your local Lidl shop. This image is the one featured on the shirt! Happy hunting

Thanks to: Lidl

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LIZ SMITH: Bardot … Bette … Madonna (by Liz Smith)

I PRAISE Madonna a lot. I know that annoys some of you. Sorry! But I’ve also laced that praise with criticism, or at least my idea of what she might do, or say (or not say) or wear. I admire the fact that she has never taken my advice. Or anyone’s. She has traveled to the beat of her own techno-music.

But sometimes she’s perfect. I do mean her appearance at the massive Met Fashion Gala the other night in NYC. There she was, with long straight hair (gone are the overworked waves), beautiful makeup, and a stylish, whimsical, subtly sexy black gown by the designer Moschino. (Well, it was more subtle than a lot of what The Big M wears. It was certainly more subtle than Beyonce’s get-up.) Totally appropriate for the pop goddess she is, and always will be. (Haters, listen up — even if she never has another No. 1 hit, she’ll always be the Queen. Accept that.)

When I saw the photos I wanted to reach in, hand her a microphone and say, “Sing out, Madonna Louise Ciccone — croon those ballads. Do your Dietrich!” Well, that’s my fantasy and problem. It will never be Madonna’s reality. But I am satisfied she looked like this for the Met event. She also looked like she was having fun. (Still rare for this workaholic.)

People — even so-called “fans” — often say she’s desperate to stay in touch with the youth culture. I think she simply enjoys composing and performing edgy material. She likes collaborating with young people. I believe she enjoys the music she makes. If she was “desperate” for a certain kind of approbation, she’d work on an album of standards. Or a “Duets” disc. Not. Going. To. Happen.

Privately, as a woman, she has changed. As an artist? Same as 1983. And if you can’t see it, you don’t know your Madonna.

 

Taken from article by Liz Smith New York Social Diary

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Madonna Rocks Edgy Moschino Dress At 2015 Met Gala

Work it, Madonna! The pop goddess wowed on the red carpet in a fabulous black Moschino gown at the 2015 Met Gala. We’re hung up on how amazing she looks!

When you’re pegged as a pop god — no, pop legend — like Madonna, 56, you can totally get away with rocking just about anything. However, Madonna did more than just turn heads at the 2015 Met Gala donning an edgy black Moschino gown — she looked sexier than ever!

Madonna’s Met Gala Dress — Wows In Moschino Gown

As we know, Madonna refuses to turn her sexy off at 56 years of age. In fact, she totally owns it!

The “Ghosttown” singer rocked the black Moschino gown, which hugged her curves fabulously, and put her cleavage on full display! The dress draped down in the back having cape-like detailing, which gave it that edgy, original touch. She even wore black gloves to complete the look! Amazing and so bold.

Madonna posed for a picture with Katy Perry, who also stunned in Moschino! The stylish ladies pose for a pic with designer Jeremy Scott andDiplo We’re loving this hot look on Katy and Madonna at the gala — it’s edgy and non-traditional. However, we can’t help but wonder if Anna Wintour approves.

Madonna Still Making Waves In Music and Fashion

Madonna has been a huge part of the industry for years, and her presence is as strong as ever. The singer’s newest album, Rebel Heart, is full of powerful songs such as “Ghosttown,” which proves she’s still got it in her. The singer even teamed up with the great Taylor Swift, 25, for aperformance of the song at the iHeartRadioAwards in March!

Aside from her music, Madonna also got people talking when she made out with her longtime crush Drake, 28, at Coachella. While he was taken by surprise, she knows that deep down her fans loved it. How could anyone not?

Bow down to Madonna and her timeless fashion!

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Desperately seeking… flamenco dancers

She has already justified her love of bullfighting attire and now Madonna is branching out into another staple Spanish stereotype – flamenco dancing.

The queen of pop is holding open auditions in New York this week to find a flamenco dancer to join the Spanish-themed tour.

Madonna recently ordered custom-made bullfighting costumes for the Rebel Heart tour, which will stop in Barcelona on November 24th and 25th.

And who could forget her infamous fall at the Brit awards in the UK in February, all thanks to her Armani-designed bullfighter’s cape? A string of bullfighting-inspired appearances led animal rights charities to criticizethe singer for “glamourizing gore”.

The dancer auditions will be held in New York on May 6th and 7th so Spanish hopefuls had better book their plane tickets sooner rather than later.

The job ad, published on backstage.com, stipulates that the candidate must be aged between 18 and 35 and can be of any ethnicity but must be able to learn other forms of dance.

She is also looking to hire a pole dancer and several street dancers.

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