10 years ago today! Madonna signs at Selfridges in London

It has been exactly ten years ago today that Madonna did her one and only signing session at Selfridges in London to promote her childrens’ book The Adventures Of Abdi.

It was a very very cold couple of hours but sooooo worth it. A total of 250 fans (yep no children) got to meet Madonna face to face, shake her hand and have a brief conversation. A day some of us won’t ever forget

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Madonna’s clothes sell for millions at celebrity auction

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Madonna’s clothing included the Material Girl video dress and stole and her wedding dress from her first marriage

A collection of dresses and outfits worn by Madonna during her career in music and film helped a celebrity auction raise $3.2m (£2m).

The highest lot was a jacket from Desperately Seeking Susan, which fetched $252,000, while a gown from her Material Girl video reached $73,125.

The Californian auction also saw lots from Michael Jackson, Cher and The Beatles.

A red sequinned cape worn by James Brown sold for $41,600.

The wedding dress Madonna wore when she wed actor Sean Penn in 1985 sold for $81,250 (£51,192), while a dress she wore on her Who’s That Girl tour reached bids of $50,000 (£31,503).

Other lots which attracted the bidders were a pair of John Lennon’s spectacles which sold for $25,000 (£15,751) and a ring worn by Elvis Presley for $57,600 (£36,291).

Guitars from a host of rock greats formed part of the two-day sale including Prince’s Sign of the Times Love guitar and a 1940 Gibson J200 owned by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, which sold for $43,750 (£27,565).

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Michael Jackson memorabilia continues to attract bidders

(https://www.bbc.com/news)

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Like a Virgin 30 Year Celebration Madonna Fan Party London

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This Saturday – the first London Madonna Party since March! The Like a Virgin 30 Year Celebration kicks off at 2.30pm sharp and goes on til late. Free Entry, Prize Draws including signed item and over 8 hours of non stop Madonna. Highlights will include the Like a Virgin album Video Event, the Virgin Tour performances, plus – a Decade In The Making – the Reinvention Tour – kicks off the party!
Don’t be late, get your best Like A Virgin era fancy dress out if you like, and we’ll see you on Saturday!
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DJ Dahi: Working on Madonna’s forthcoming album

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“I’ve been in with her for the last month. Me and my friend Blood Diamonds have worked on a good portion of the album. It’s been dope. It’s a new experience for me. Working with Madonna has put me in a new creative space, because I’ve produced a big chunk of the album. It’s not just like one track or like I’m just submitting beats. It’s like we’ve been in the studio together and we’ve been working together. It’s all collaborative. It’s made me realize that I want to be there more and more working with the artists and crafting something together. Making beats and sending them in is cool, but it’s kind of disconnected. That’s something I’m focused on more and more after working with Madonna. That album is supposed to be coming next year. Hopefully, everybody loves it. It’s cool, because it’s so different from what people would expect. People are going to be like, “What the hell?” The opportunity came about through word of mouth. She liked my music and was a fan of my style. She had told me she appreciated the mindset that I take with my music. Most of the records that have come out that I’ve done have been with rappers and R&B artists, but there’s still something alternative about the records. There are other elements and she appreciates that, so it was cool for her to say that and then for her to say, ‘Okay, let’s go work.’ I’m working with Madonna and all I have to do is be myself.”

Complete article here: https://lifeandtimes.com/check-the-credits-dj-dahi-speaks-on-producing-for-big-sean-drake-madonna-more

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When is the X Factor live final and is Madonna singing?

THE X Factor Live Final is drawing near.

When the clocks go back and the nights draw in, you know it’s nearing that time of year when the X Factor judges and contestants take to the stage for the last time.

Heading into week five this weekend means we are almost halfway through the annual ITV singing competition, and a very special performer could be lined up for this year’s live final celebrity guest spot.

This year, none other than the Queen Pop herself, Madonna, could be brought in to boost the show’s flagging ratings.

But she has a strange condition – she will only perform if she approves of the final acts.

According the rumour-mill, the 56-year-old star has taken exception to the show’s format where celebrity guests sing with one of the contestants, and it seems Madonna is not keen to team up with just anyone.

Who will she approve of, we can’t help but wonder?

It the appearance goes ahead, she will appear on stage at the live finals on Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, when the winner and runner-up will be announced.

Read more: https://www.eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk/X-factor-Final-Live-Final/story-24316178-detail/story.html#ixzz3IMpux9AH
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WSJ Innovators Have Star Power

…’Even Madonna, who presented dancer and protégé Lil Buck with an award, remarked at the interesting mix. “This is really weird. Only for you [Lil Buck],” said the megastar, who delivered a charming, yet quirky speech. “The light is strange here because I can’t see my speech. I’ll just stand here and you can guess what I’m thinking. ‘I wish I had more Champagne. I wish the podium was shorter. I wish I had eaten dinner and I don’t have that shaky feeling I have right now.’ OK, comedy over.”

But the comedy was just beginning. Equating Lil Buck to her “little brother,” she then instructed the audience when to applaud.

“I’ll show you when there are applause moments. I can see you need help. This is a museum audience,” she deadpanned. “Applause moment.”

Her antics continued, as she talked to Lil Buck and audience members. “How did I meet you at a Smirnoff contest? That’s pretty weird. I think you should put your phone down, sir,” she said, then continued her monologue about how she discovered Buck.

“Everyone knows I have an affinity for dancers — that’s not an applause moment,” she laughed, before the dancer came to the stage, wowing the crowd with a heartfelt acceptance speech and a dance performance that drew a standing ovation.

Taken from an article by WWD

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Madonna bosses around crowd at MoMA event

Madonna managed to boss around the entire crowd at MoMA on Wednesday night — even instructing guests including Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Grace Coddington, Doutzen Kroes, David Chang and Jimmy Iovine on when to put their hands together by barking, “Applause moment!”

Madge was at the museum to present a WSJ Innovator Award to dancer Lil Buck, 26, whom she discovered in a contest and brought on tour.

But when the Material Girl — looking sexy at 56 in Miu Miu — didn’t get the glowing reception she apparently wanted at the beginning of her remarks, she finally sighed, “I’ll tell you when there are applause moments. You need help. This is a museum crowd.”

She then peppered her presentation with the “applause moment” command, which effectively coaxed clapping. She also warned Valentino’s partner in the audience, expert Instagrammer Giancarlo Giammetti, to “please put your phone away, sir.” And she poked fun at her predilection for seducing backup dancers by saying with a wink, “Everybody knows I have an affinity for dancers — a sympathetic nerve, so to speak.”

Buck then made a gracious, heartfelt speech and brought the house down with his moves.

Iovine and his Beats Electronics partner Dr. Dre were given an award by reclusive rapper Eminem, who explained, “Dre and Jimmy are a force of nature . . . They got me to fly here all the way from Detroit to speak publicly. And I really hate public speaking. My palms are sweaty.”

Connelly presented an award to Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière in front of guests Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss and the night’s host, WSJ magazine editor Kristina O’Neill.

Guests were later invited to tour MoMA’s hot Matisse exhibition upstairs, where honoree Kara Walker, fresh from her own acclaimed Domino Sugar Factory show, briefly took off her towering heels and walked about the works in bare feet, with LA MOCA director Philippe Vergne.

Lil Buck was last seen in an intense dance-off at a Doubles after-party.

Taken from an article by Page Six

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Madonna Stole the Show at the WSJ Innovator Awards

….’Highlights of the night included Madonna’s delightfully unhinged, meandering speech in honor of dancer Lil Buck. Equal parts irritated mom and supportive mentor, the queen of pop complained, “Buck shows up uninvited at my house for dinner all the time,” but went on to praise his tenacity, grace, and talent. Midway through her speech, she scolded a man in the audience for taking a photo of her at the podium. None of that mattered once Lil Buck took the stage and performed his now-famous “Swan” dance. He received both the Performing Arts Innovation award and a standing ovation from the crowd.’

Taken from an article by NY Mag

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WSJ. Magazine’s “Innovator Of The Year” Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Editor in Chief WSJ. Magazine Kristina O’Neill, dancer Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Madonna attend WSJ. Magazine’s “Innovator Of The Year” Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Madonna attends WSJ. Magazine’s “Innovator Of The Year” Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Madonna speaks at WSJ. Magazine’s “Innovator Of The Year” Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Dancer Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Madonna attend WSJ. Magazine’s “Innovator Of The Year” Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Madonna Buys Chance the Rapper a Razor Scooter, Hints at Collaboration

“So grateful for this awesome present! You are a true friend,” writes the Chicago rapper of Madge.

Is Chance The Rapper the latest artist to join Madonna’s in-the-works follow-up to 2012’s MDNA? The pop superstar has employed Instagram to capture her co-conspirators during the recording process over the past few months, and the Chicago MC has now been caught in that Insta-web, along with Nicki Minaj, Diplo and Natalia Kills. Oh, and Madonna bought Chance The Rapper a Razor Scooter!

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“Thanks so much @Madonna! So grateful for this awesome present! You are a true friend,” Chance posted on Instagram on Tuesday night (Nov. 4). The incredible photo he posted features Madonna groping the ribboned gift and Chance leaning back in front of his superstar pal, celebrating the idea of owning a brand-new electric scooter.

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On Wednesday morning, Madonna posted her own Instagram photo of Chance in a White Sox cap, with the caption, “Taking a Chance ! #rebelheart.” The terms “Rebel Heart” and “Unapologetic Bitch” have constantly popped up in Madge’s Instagram feed during her months-long music tease — perhaps as an album or song title?

Madonna’s next album is due for release in 2015, according to a representative for the singer, while Chance the Rapper exclusively revealed to Billboard last month that he is working on a new album project titled Surf. Since the release of his Acid Rapmixtape last year, Chance has guested on projects by Justin Bieber, Skrillex and Lil Wayne, among others.

(By Jason Lipshutz for Billboard.com)

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