Image courtesy Elio Fiorucci from i-D interview
Her name is Madonna Ciccone, and her face matches her name.
Round eyes, arched eyebrows, finely drawn mouth – Da Vinci would have loved it. It is a theatrical face, a dancer’s face. And she has a dancer’s body – thin as a blade, lithe and agile. Doll-like, she looks as if she’d snap in a strong wind.
She wouldn’t. …
Countless times over the years, critics, pundits and reporters have written some variation on that to describe Madonna, the iconic pop starlet. But the story containing this passage is different, because it dates back to a time when nobody knew who Madonna was.
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Rumours began last year that the British dance duo were working with the pop star after Madonna posted a picture of herself with the pair backstage at the Governors Ball festival in New York during June 2014. While Disclosure denied that they were producing Madonna’s next album (‘Rebel Heart’, which was released in March), they didn’t at the time rule out a potential collaboration with the singer in the future.
Now, speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the electronic duo explained that they “did discuss maybe working together” but “[we] never really got our hopes up”.
“We never really had any indication that we were going to be working together,” Howard Lawrence said. “We met her and hung out and she’s a lovely person and she’s a fan – and I mean, who’s not a fan of Madonna? We did discuss maybe working together one day but we never tried to put dates in or anything like that. But I wouldn’t say we were disappointed because we never really got our hopes up.”
Meanwhile, Disclosure have also promised that “big names” will appear on their forthcoming second album. Lawrence stated that they only collaborate with an artist “if we’re a fan of their music in the first place”. He added: “We’ve got the opportunity to work with some really big names now, but we’ve turned down a lot of amazing people because they’re not necessarily what we’re about. It doesn’t matter if someone’s famous or not; if we’re not into them, we’re not into them.”
The UK duo are currently preparing their second album for release, recently sharing lead single ‘Holding On’.
Too many people forget that Madonna, the most successful solo artist in history, has paved the way for so many artists, both male and female. With her outspoken opinions, her sometimes shocking but always thought provoking performances and her pure determination, she’s broken down barriers on women, pop stars, homosexuals, race, religion, business and everything in between. There would be no Britney Spears, no Beyoncé, no Rihanna, had Madonna not paved the way with her conical bra or her pink leotard.
Madonna is once again breaking down barriers. This time, it’s that taboo topic of age. So many people, particularly in the media, apparently feel that women of a certain age should go quietly into the night and rest on their laurels. Actresses have been complaining for years that once they hit 50 there are no substantial roles. Meanwhile, Liam Neeson continues to be in every action movie involving a daughter. Madonna won’t rest on her laurels though, as that has never been her M.O. This is a woman who sold out multiple nights at Yankee Stadium on her last tour (which beat her own record for top selling solo tour of all time.) when there had never been a woman headlining there before at all. This is the same artist who performed at the Super Bowl and got more viewers than the game itself. This is the same woman whose recent Grammy performance was the most watched (and tweeted about) performance of the night. All of those accomplishments happened after her 50th birthday.
Madonna’s age is not her problem. It’s your own problem. It’s the mindset some have that women of a certain age should act a certain way, look a certain way and talk a certain way. In fact, if you have a problem with Madonna and what she does, it’s only your problem that you’ve created in your mind. There’s no rule book that says that on a certain magical date you must suddenly stop wearing clothes that you like and must suddenly wear clothes that you don’t like because society says so. The truth is, society doesn’t get to say so. This isn’t a woman who’s chasing trends, this is a woman who starts them. If you think she’s going to listen to the countless talking heads droning on about how a woman should live her life, then you’ve clearly been living under a rock the last 30+ years. Those some people will praise U2 or Rolling Stones, while chastising Madonna. And Madonna’s the only one of them still cranking out hits. This is an artist who’s latest single, Ghosttown, became her 45th #1 hit. After all, “Bitch she’s Madonna.”
As so often happens with Madonna, controversy has overshadowed the music… and that’s quite a shame. Rebel Heart, her latest album, is one of the best albums of her career. Reflective and introspective it sounds like nothing else on the radio or in the clubs. She has written a tour de force of an album while being shocking for what it really is: her most honest, personal album yet. Diplo, a Philadelphia native, (call me, bro!) marries his avant garde club sound with Madonna’s mainstream pop sensibilities and the result is perfection. Check out the Pop Culture Whore piece for a track by track review of Rebel Heart or just do yourself a favor and buy Rebel Heart.
If you haven’t noticed throughout her white hot career spanning more then 30 years, Madonna doesn’t give a shit what you think. She’s going to be her, unapologetically. And when you can go out to the club with your friends at 56 years old and look absolutely amazing in what you’re wearing as you dance the night away, you can thank Madonna. As it is, that club probably be playing her latest hit.
Madonna performs with Drake during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California.
Rebel hearts, get ready. Madonna is ready to give you her “Bitch I’m Madonna” video.
Madge headed to Twitter on Thursday (May 4) to tease the forthcoming visual, the latest from her Rebel Heart album release. “Cool Fan Art!! #bitchimmadonna video coming soooooooon !!” she wrote on Twitter, adding “With many surprise guests! Stay tuned………”
You can give the track another listen below if you can’t wait for the video to premiere.
The Speed Sisters are the first ever all-woman racing team in the Middle East – and now a documentary charting their success (backed by Madonna) is hitting the big screen
When Marah Zahalka was 10, she taught herself to drive. Growing up in the West Bank city of Jenin, she sat in the back of her mum’s car, watching her technique and committing it to memory. Before taking the next natural step, and, well, taking the car for herself.
“I have been crazy about cars since I was a kid,” the now 21 year old explains. “I love how they look, how they sound and the freedom I feel when I drive fast. I stole my parents’ car when I was 11, with the help of the kids from my neighbourhood. I couldn’t wait until I was 17 and could get my driver’s license.”Fast forward ten years, and Marah is now the youngest member of the Middle East’s all-female race car driving team. Dubbed the ‘Speed Sisters’, and consisting of five women, Noor Daoud, Marah Zahalka, Betty Saadeh, Maysoon Jayyusi and Mona Enab, they’ve sped their way into unprecedented territory: beating male drivers from around the world, collecting trophies and overtaking the gender stereotypes that pervade traditional Middle Eastern society.
“A car doesn’t know if you are a woman or a man!” Betty says. “I don’t think we need to be tomboys just because we like cars. We need to be ourselves.”
And their rise to supercar stardom is such a big deal that it’s become the subject of a new, eponymous documentary, which hits UK cinema screens for the first time next week.
Directed by Amber Fares, the documentary has been in the works for over five years – but suffered huge delays due to a lack of funding and mobility – not to mention being shot at by Israeli soldiers. But after Madonna spotted the trailer online in 2013, and donated $10,000 to help finance its release, production finally kicked off.
“I heard about the races and saw that there were some women racing,” recalls Amber. “I think, for me, like anyone else, the idea of there being speed tests in the West Bank was kind of a cool thing anyway and then there was the fact that there were women competing against men – and that sort of blew me away. It’s one of those stories that is so shocking because it is so unusual.”
Watch Speed Sisters make its European Premiere at Sheffield Documentary Festival on June 8th / 9th
Read more at https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/549473/speed-sisters-madonna-s-film-about-middle-eastern-girl-racers.html#zVZm3aTFAlb1dGB3.99
While we are experiencing the calm before the Rebel Heart Tour storm, Hans wrote (typed) down his full MDNA Tour experience for you all to read.
This very detailed report starting in Barcelona and ending in New York has been added to our Live Reports section.
-DUTCH version (Nederlandstalig)
-ENGLISH version (engels)
Martin HM Schreiber is planning a follow-up to his book Madonna Nudes (1992).
This is planned to be released in November 2015 by Daab Media GmbH and contains 80 pages.
Martin photographed Madonna in February 1979 and is still making a living off of it today.
For those interested, some pre-order links
Drownedmadonna reports that the video should be released in two weeks time, as well as a Remixes EP. The first remixes are expected next week.
If this will be the third single in Holland is currently unknown. It is a question whether there will be a third single at all.
We’ll keep you updated
…’Madonna: The Queen of Pop has been featured on the America’s Self-Made Women’s list. She has grossed an estimated $1.2 billion on the road in her career, including $305 million on her recent MDMA tour. That helped her earn an estimated $125 million two years ago, more than any other musician. She is expected to add more and more with her Rebel Heart tour in August’.
Madonna Threatened With Arrest In Toronto Over ‘Like A Virgin’ Faux Masturbation: 25 Years On, Was This Her Most Controversial Moment?
Over her long career, she’s pushed the envelope as far as it will go, mixing sexual and religious imagery in her music videos and stage shows long before anyone was doing it.
Whether she was rolling around the stage at the VMAs, having her controversial ‘Justify My Love’ video banned from MTV or just snogging Jesus on an altar in ‘Like A Prayer’, Madonna was the undisputed champion of raising eyebrows – but there was one notable occasion she might have taken things a bit too far.
For her Blonde Ambition tour, Madonna revamped the song with an Eastern vibe, performing it on a bed, alongside two male dancers – who were wearing conic bras, of course – while simulating masturbation on stage.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone was impressed with her not-exactly-family-friendly display, and she was even threatened by the police, before taking to the stage in Toronto, that they were prepared to arrest her if she included the faux masturbation sequence in her routine.
Of course, being Madonna, she went out and did it anyway… and the police, perhaps wisely, decided not to arrest her.
Check out the performance for yourself below…