A good look at the French 200 limited edition Rebel Heart promo sampler

This edition was limited to only 200 copies and made by Universal Music France. These were only given out at the official listening party in Paris (1 copy per duo), or to selected media partners or competitions. This comes in a thick glossy digipack of very high crispy clear quality and contains the first six songs off of Rebel Heart and CD2 remixes to Living For Love.

Please be aware of fake copies making their rounds as we speak (yes nowadays nothing is sacred anymore). You can only be 100% sure of the authenticy of your copy if it came straight from Universal, media partner or a competition. If you have any doubts regarding your copy, you can always contact us at info@madonnaunderground.com

Don’t spend money on bootlegged worthless copies!

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Mega record and CD fair Utrecht report

The mega record and cd fair in Utrecht has been heaven for collectors worldwide since the 90’s, Madonna is always present in the form of displays, vinyl and promo goodies.

However today was a different story. We left the fair disappointed and extremely early due to the fact that even though M has just released a new album, it was kind of hard to find a nice Madonna goodie among the many ‘heavy metal’ and ’60’s’ sellers. To our disappointment many of the Madonna records that were there, were unofficial (picture disc) vinyl pressings, containing live shows or other material. The really rare and official stuff was much harder to find.

Unfortunately we were told by various sellers at the record fair that they did bring nice goodies (such as the Celebration promo box) but that they all sold their goodies to another dealer from France, who resold the stuff for a much higher price (bad news for the regular visitor and collectors that try and find a good deal).

The only interesting merchandise we stumbled upon was a range of unreleased The English Roses jewelry. A whole set of merchandise was created for The English Roses (Madonna’s first ever childrens’ book) but was never approved and therefore never sold in stores. This is an example of a bracelet in the line.

The next record fair is in November, hopefully sellers have brought a bit more Madonna and hopefully it will be sold to fans, and not to other dealers this time

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Madonna draagt Belgisch label A.F. Vandevorst in nieuwe clip

De clip van Madonna’s nieuwe single ‘Ghosttown’ heeft een Belgisch tintje: de popdiva draagt hierin een jurk van het Belgische ontwerpersduo A.F. Vandevorst. De lange donkergroene zijden jurk die Madonna draagt in de apocalyptische video werd door styliste Bea Akerlund gekozen om haar een dramatische look te geven. De jurk komt uit de wintercollectie van 2012, een collectie die geïnspireerd was door de bekende danseres Pina Bausch.

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Exclusive: The Story Behind The Costumes For Madonna’s Ghosttown Video

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Madonna is continuining her commitment to the cape, as her video for Ghosttown has landed where she navigates an apocalyptic world in a fabulous emerald green cape.

Chrome Hearts worked with Madonna on her rock n’ roll look, creating a custom double-breasted floor-length leather jacket and a corset with sterling silver buttons and detailing. We caught up with co-owner of Chrome Hearts, Laurie Lynn Stark, to find out more about what it was like to work with Madonna…

Grazia Daily: What is the process like when designing outfits for a video?

Laurie: “I LOVE projects like this! Opportunities like this, when we get to really take our creativity to the extreme, is cherished time for us. We get approached for projects like this often but our factory and our team are always so busy that it takes something truly special to make it worth stepping on the brakes and putting all the focus on the project. In this case, the opportunity to work with Madonna’s team and with B Akerlund, was one of those time where it all made sense and we knew the results would be powerful. For Ghosttown, we had about a week’s notice and met with B at our factory (after a few preliminary phone calls while we were traveling for fashion weeks). She had a concept in mind and we just started pulling leathers, coming up with jacket structures, finding the right finishes – sterling silver buttons and cross patches etc. The easy part was that we all saw the same vision immediately, so the challenge was how to bring it to life in the most dramatic and beautiful way.”

Grazia Daily: What was it like working with Madonna? Have you ever worked with her before?

Laurie: “We’ve worked with Madonna for fashion editorial spreads. She’s been a customer and supporter for many years. We’ve done small custom pieces for her here and there but for this we’ve reached a new level. This was couture.”
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Grazia Daily: How long did it take to create the custom pieces?

Laurie: “Once we had the idea and materials locked in, it took about a week and 30 people working on it to finish the construction. For the last 2 days, we worked around the clock.”

Grazia Daily: What was the idea behind the look?

Laurie: “B came to us with this Apocalyptic meets Rock & Roll with a bit of a “ship wrecked” mood so we took that and ran.”

Grazia Daily: How involved was Madonna in the creation of the pieces?

Laurie: “Her and B had been working together for a while on this album so I know that Madonna was all about the shape and silhouettes of this look.”

(@Graziadaily.co.uk by Emma Spedding)

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Antwerp based designer duo A.F.VANDERVORST responsible for Ghosttown video dress

There’s a little Belgian side to Madonna‘s brand new “Ghosttown” video! The Queen of Pop is wearing a gorgeous green silk dress created by the Antwerp based fashion designer duo A.F.VANDEVORST.

Madonna will be in Antwerp herself later on this year, to perform at the Sportpaleis on 28 November. Some tickets to this breath-taking performance are still on sale via https://goo.gl/RYtQfD!

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Madge proves herself Queen of Parody singing ‘B**** I’m Madonna’ on Jimmy Fallon

The Queen of Pop put talk of her Brit Awards fall from grace firmly behind her –  and indeed left Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon flat on his back in apparent awe – with her first rendition of “B**** I’m Madonna”.

The 56-year-old’s next single contains so many nods to “youf culture”, not to mention featuring Nicki Minaj and with a little help from Diplo and Rocco, it might even help her return to the Radio 1 playlist.

Dear Madge, wearing enough bling to make Goldie jealous, actually looked like she’d borrowed Doctor Who’s Tardis and gone back to her ‘80s heyday.

She also proved that you’re never too old for hip thrusts – granting the floored Fallon with the dubious honour of her pelvic dance move as he used a vinyl version of Rebel Heart as a shield.

Her timelessness was proven when she sang a slightly less tuneful version of her 1983 megahit “Holiday” (with Fallon on drums) later on the show.

 

However, so far Madonna’s Rebel Heart album has been her worst-selling in two decades. Having debuted at number 2 in early March it fell down to number 22 on the Billboard 200 in its second week.

Experts have suggested that poor management surrounding the release– parts were leaked in December forcing it to be rushed out– may have contributed to poor sales.

Last month the singer urged the music industry to tackle ageism after her single, “Living for Love”, was dropped from Radio 1’s playlist.

She performed the single at the Brit Awards in February when she was dramatically fell downstairs backwards. Ever the professional, Madonna continued her live performance despite the mishap and later revealed she was OK on Instagram.

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COSMOPOLITAN availability in Holland

American Book Centre in Amsterdam has just confirmed they will be receiving a very limited amount of the COSMOPOLITAN issue with Madonna on cover. They are expecting this a week after the original US release date which is April 14. The copies they receive is very limited (15-20), reserve your copy asap through mags@abc.nl

If you miss out, please try and contact your local book store to request it. Atheneum in Amsterdam do not have these in stock, and won’t get them either.

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Madonna: Don’t label me, just respect me!

By Liz Smith
Tribune Content Agency

“EVEN STRONG women have moments of weakness and vulnerability. I have my nervous breakdowns. I just have them privately.”

That’s Madonna talking to Cosmopolitan’s Sergio Kletnoy. Truer words were never spoken. Madonna is one star who never begs her audience for love or even, in most instances, a gentle understanding of their nostalgia — I’m not doing an oldies show, get it? She expects her fans to change and grow older, as she has, and realize that to be true to yourself, you have to satisfy yourself, before you can satisfy others. (She’ll never be satisfied standing in a gown, crooning ballads, a la Marlene Dietrich. So get over that much-loved fantasy! I have.)

Given that Cosmo was seen as a breakthrough of sorts for feminism, Kletnoy asks Madonna if she sees herself as a feminist?

“I was influenced by writers such as Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Carson McCullers — women who didn’t take the path most traveled. I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, they’re feminists and I want to be a feminist.’ I was just thinking, ‘They’re strong women, and I want to be like them. I wasn’t categorizing or labeling. But I was certainly grateful they existed as role models.” Madonna also cites Martha Graham, Lee Miller and Frida Kahlo as others who “didn’t fit into what society expects women to do.”

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