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Madonna returned to Malawi today for the first time since her furious row with the country’s former president Joyce Banda almost 18 months ago.
The singer is believed to have flown in this morning with the two children she adopted from the central African country and her other son for surprise talks with the new leader President Arthur Peter Mutharika brother to Bingu WA Mutharika who also had amicable relationship with the Pope icon.
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One of the strangest but most rare items that we found at the record fair in Utrecht was this genuine official promo CD for Madonna’s Hey You.
The following information is taken from Wikipedia:
This promo CD was issued by HIT40UK which was a networked Top 40 show broadcasting on around 130 UK commercial radio stations every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. It is now a TV programme shown on 4Music. The radio version was produced in house by Global Radio (formerly GCap Media) and Somethin’ Else. The show was cancelled on 7 June 2009.
This particular promo CD contains the edit version to Hey You, 100% genuine!!
Today we were lucky enough to be able to interview world famous dancer Carlton Wilborn. He shares his thoughts on his life, work and projects. Of course there are also some very interesting bits regarding Madonna to read!
After a nice introduction and a brief conversation about Carlton’s incredible cologne….
MU: So I’ve seen you act, are you planning on doing some more acting?
Carlton: Yes I have, yes I am. There is a play that I am about to do in Los Angeles, starring with Wayne Brady and it’s a three-person play, so I have to back in LA to start that. Then I have a feature film that I’m producing called ‘Breakout’, which is a piece that I wrote. So there are quite a few things that are starting
MU: Because I have seen you in NCIS and I have seen you as ‘Glenda’ (The Mentalist)
MU: and I absolutely loved both, you were very convincing in NCIS I loved that, you should do a lot more acting
Carlton: thank you
MU: You have also written a book and received an award for it
Carlton: I did, yeah I got 2007 best autobiography by a company called USA Book News. It was a big deal. There were eight nominees under me so that was fantastic
MU: I read some reviews and people absolutely loved it, they thought it was a very courageous book
Carlton: oh great
MU: Did receiving the award motivate you to write more?
Carlton: It did well yes, a second book came out in 2011 it’s called ‘I am empowered’
MU: yes that is available on Amazon
Carlton: the first book and the confidence that I got from that, and the people telling me what they want to know, I got to put that into the second book. Now I do workshops off of them, it’s been good
MU: a lot of talents, a man of many talents
Carlton: thank you
MU: the other thing that I was wondering about, when you were rehearsing for the Blond Ambition Tour and The Girlie Show were there songs rehearsed that never made the final setlist? Do you remember?
Carlton: No….it depends on how early because we did have some songs in the first weeks of course that we thought were going to be part of the show, but I don’t know which songs were taken off
MU: I know why you don’t remember the songs, because you told me, you weren’t aware of most of her music
Carlton: I wasn’t…you know, I’ve respected her work but I had to do a bit of research once I got cast. And I am a bigger fan now (smiles)
MU: But you got to know her as a person
MU: she’s a very humble person, I think there was a very good connection between the two of you
Carlton: yeah definitely but I think part of it is a mutual respect there, I had already done things that she’d heard about and I think because I wasn’t a fan and didn’t take her too seriously, I think it was a comfort for her and yeah when you get to spend some time with her she is really a regular chick like you that just happens to have a big team of people that work for her and gets some extra dollars. She’s a normal girl just doing her thing
MU: from what I’ve seen between the two of you, you had quite a big role in The Girlie Show as well, you did The Beast Within a whole number which was amazing
Carlton: yes, I know (smiles)
MU: and Why’s It So Hard and Fever you were a big part of, if I name the songs you do know which ones I am talking about right?
Carlton: (laughs) haha absolutely
MU: But you were absolutely incredible, still are of course
Carlton: thank you
MU: I think you were a very big part of The Girlie Show, as well as Oh Father in the Blond Ambition Tour
Carlton: I loved doing Oh Father, I loved doing that number
MU: We watched Truth Or Dare (In Bed With Madonna) again last night, hilarious movie….
Carlton: (starts laughing)
MU: some quotes that I won’t repeat here….
Carlton: Oh good, smart of you (laughs)
MU: I might ask you privately sometime, but not here
MU: but there’s one thing that I am wondering about. Throughout the entire movie, you keep talking about boots, that you smell boots. Everyone is talking about boots.
Carlton: (looks confused and then it hits him) aaaaaaaahhhh……boots. Boots is another word for ‘big’ So that smells ‘boots’ means that smells ‘a lot’, that smells ‘too much’ that’s what ‘boots’ is. So boots is not a thing, it’s a descriptive.
MU: haha, that’s good because a lot of people were wondering about that. Why are they going on about boots?? (laughing) But what do you think about the infamous bed scene in Truth Or Dare
Carlton: What bed scene? What bed scene? I don’t know about a bed scene (smiling)
MU: oh come on Carlton, you do know!
Carlton: (laughing) the bed scene was one of those moments inside the documentary that we did not know about. So it wasn’t like ‘tomorrow we’re going to shoot this and that..’ no
MU: because it seems a bit scripted
Carlton: getting in bed with her was not something waking up that morning knowing that was going to happen. But there are several moments like that. And I was smelly and I didn’t shower so….forgive me
MU + Carlton: (laughing)
MU: you’re sweating and you smell!! (Madonna quote from Truth Or Dare)
Carlton: not now!! you said you liked what I smelled like
MU: yeah that’s true, I just told you that you smell wonderful
MU: how do you feel about the fact that people still speak to you and know you as THE Madonna dancer
Carlton: It’s incredible, I mean being here today. This mega event and the music and all of that. Someone just came up who flew here from Belgium specifically to meet me. It’s amazing to realize the impact that you get to have without you having to orchestrate or convincing someone to do something. It’s an honour you know. I mean I am basically here to do what I do which is my art and being creative and the fact that it leaves a lasting impact on anybody aside from the people that send me messages through Facebook and things like that. It’s an incredible honour. I am very grateful.
MU: it’s an honour for a lot of people to meet you, because a lot of people basically grew up with you. They saw Blond Ambition, Truth Or Dare, The Girlie Show. You Carlton has always been a big name among Madonna fans. You are one her greatest dancers and still are. That is how people look at you
Carlton: thank you
MU: were there any projects discussed to do with Madonna after The Girlie Show?
Carlton: I had a film project as I write a lot. So there was a script that we talked about for a while unfortunately it didn’t get to happen
MU: do you still speak to her?
Carlton: ehm…we have our special way of talking, yeah….
MU: special way of talking? ehm….well let me know about this
Carlton: (laughs) but it’s good though. She’s really good people I mean I think most people would be really excited to realize how human she is you know because her persona is a whole different thing. It has a lot of razzle dazzle about her. And I think that while a lot of people like that it also pushes you back a little bit. So I think that they would be really quite amazed that they can really just drop their shoulders and have a cheeseburger with her
MU: she does come across very differently when she’s with fans than when she’s with people that interview her
Carlton: well you guys can be tricky we gotta watch out for you…..aaaah but you’re being very friendly that’s true. But one never knows the bag of tricks that come out
MU: is there one funny thing you can tell about her, something that people don’t know. Without really giving anything away, just the one thing that is fun to know
Carlton: gosh there’s several. She did an interview with David Letterman and there was an inside joke between us and her on the show….Vicks Vaporub that’s all I will say. That’s all I’m saying, so you can go and look at that and figure it out
MU: well thank you for the cryptic message
MU: the thing that struck me about you is on TV you are such a big beautiful man and then when I met you
Carlton: you thought I was ugly…
MU: haha no, that you were much smaller in person than I expected, when you’re on stage with Madonna you seem huge next to her (she’s small)
Carlton: She’s 5’5 and I’m 6’2 so there’s quite a difference
MU: I was impressed when I first met you, friendly, generous, beautiful
Carlton: the reality is people in my world, it’s a great life that we have. We get to travel the world, meet people and leave an impact on people. Why be ugly? Why not be kind to people? I’ve been given such an incredible life and gift from my own opportunity it would be blasphemy to not continue to spread goodness on to somebody else, pass the baton. If it’s given to you, give it to somebody else. It’s a fun world, it’s fun
MU: like what we spoke about yesterday, when you want something you speak it out loud and then it might get to you, but you do have to work for it
Carlton: absolutely! yeah…like Christian Bale (inside joke)
MU: yeah, send him to me
Carlton: I might hook you up but you gotta fly to LA
MU: if I can stay with you, I will
Carlton: you can stay with me
MU: in the same bed?
Carlton: (laughs) see what happens? See what happens? This is why people like Madonna get nervous when they do interviews. It’s all good!!
MU: you just make me feel at ease…that’s it
Carlton: (laughs) thank you for that, so great to finally get to meet you and doing this and the lunch yesterday
MU: well thank you Carlton
Carlton Wilborn is in Amsterdam right now and will be doing a meet & greet this weekend at the mega record and cd fair in Utrecht in de Jaarbeurs. You can meet & greet Madonna’s famous dancer there on Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 9-afternoon.
Don’t forget to purchase your ticket through www.recordplanet.nl and use our discount code (please see ‘schedule’ in our menu)
We just spent a great afternoon with Carlton and can honestly say that you can’t miss out on meeting this truly beautiful man.
…’And now, we’ve got the word on SOPHIE’s next collaborator: dance music hitmaker Diplo. Speaking to inthemix last week, Diplo revealed that he and the mystery producer have been making music together. “You’d be surprised…me and SOPHIE did a bunch of stuff together,” the Mad Decent head told us, adding that a pair of popstars are in the mix too. “We’re going to be releasing it. I did a record that was literally SOPHIE and Madonna and Nicki Minaj.”
Read full article by In the Mix at https://www.inthemix.com.au/news/59461/Brace_yourself_Diplo_and_SOPHIE_are_collaborating#5BEsge4q1HV20xZ3.99
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One of the worst feeling in the world, aside from being hangover, is when you accurately predicted something but kept quiet.
We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s the surprise ending of a movie only you saw coming, or maybe it’s a football game ending on an onside kick, but everyone has said, “I was going to say that!” at least a million times. The worst part? Nobody believes you and assumes you were lying. Why should they?
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I’ve been really focused on creating personal images and branding with my students of late. So, when I heard two radio personalities discussing Madonna, I was fascinated to learn that her dominance of the pop genre is the reason that virtually every performer (male and female) puts her on their Top 10 Greatest Talent list. Nowadays Lady Gaga and Beyoncé get all of the attention, but Madonna was the original that these talented artists used for inspiration. She became a master at creating her brand and message and never lost sight of her goals.
This led me to do some research about Madonna and what drove her success. Here’s what I discovered.
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Here is some very interesting news…
Madonna is set to direct a screen adaptation of the novel “Adé: A Love Story,” based on real life events of its author Rebecca Walker (daughter of Alice Walker). In the novel, a female 19-year old American student – black, white, and Jewish like the author herself – who sets out to travel with her friend to Egypt, and ends in Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. There, she falls in love with a handsome Swahili muslim man named Adé, who names her Farida. Conflict arises when the couple, who plan to marry and live in Kenya, are caught in the midst of a civil war that threatens their union.
Initially announced in March of this year, the project has now found its writer in African American writer/director Dianne Houston (photo above), whose resume includes directing episodes of several TV shows, going back many years, including “Strong Medicine,” “NYPD Blue,” “Crossing Jordan,” “City of Angels,” and most recently, “Single Ladies.” He writing credits include the feature film “Take the Lead,” the 2006 dance drama that starred Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard and others. She also helmed TV movies “Knights of the South Bronx,” and “Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story,” both in the 1990s.
The film adaptation of “Adé” will be produced by Bruce Cohen, whom you might recall shared a Best Picture Oscar for the film “American Beauty,” and also produced the films “Milk” with Sean Penn, as well as the acclaimed hit “Silver Linings Playbook.” Cohen will produce through his Bruce Cohen Productions company with Jessica Leventhal, his director of development, and author Rebecca Walker.
This will be Madonna’s directorial follow-up to the 2011 feature film “W.E.,” about the relationship between British King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.
Here’s more about the book from the hardcover edition, courtesy of Amazon: “In a fiction debut that is as much a novel of self-discovery and identity as a lucent love story, memoirist Walker brings her background and literary strengths to bear. When the 19-year-old unnamed narrator and her Yale friend, Miriam, start their long travels, arriving in Africa becomes life-changing. In Egypt, the narrator feels she belongs for the first time, with her copper-colored skin and brown, almond-shaped eyes. Then in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya, she falls in love with handsome Swahili Muslim Adé, who gives her the Arabic name Farida. As Miriam resumes traveling alone, Farida and Adé live together simply and make plans to marry. But Swahili custom requires face-to-face meetings to ask for parental approval, and political realities strike previously entitled American Farida for the first time. Walker knows whereof she writes. Farida, like the author (daughter of novelist Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Levanthal), is black, white, and Jewish and a child of divorce, and Walker uses this knowledge to good effect here. A brief, sensuous love story grounded in painful reality.”
Anyone read the novel yet?
If you’d like to pick up a copy, do so here.
Taken from an article by Indiewire