Own Madonna’s Autographed Madame X Tour Jacket

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning an iconic item in your closet, here’s your chance. This one-of-a-kind custom jacket, designed by Elizabeth Emanuel, was worn by Madonna during her recent Madame X tour. She will be autographing it as well. In addition to the jacket, Madonna will personally call the winner on their birthday to deliver a serenade of “Happy Birthday.” 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.

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Medellín celebrates its first anniversary

It was one year ago today that we got to hear what Medellín sounded like. 

The lead single from upcoming album ‘Madame X’ was described as ‘FIRE’ and premiered on Beats 1 Radio. The track with Maluma was an instant hit to some, while others had to get used to the new sound. It for sure was a departure from everything ‘Rebel Heart’.

The incredibly fun track gave that instant summer vibe and brought along an equally stunning video.

To read more about it, check out our Madame X page HERE

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Still Mixing It Up While Clubs Are Closed: Madonna, Ava Max, Fatboy Slim & More Stay-at-Home DJ Picks

Trailblazing DJ/producer Tracy Young, who this year became the first woman to win the Best Remixed Recording Grammy Award for her Pride remix of Madonna’s “I Rise,” says that another recent Madonna single that she remixed, “Crave” (with Swae Lee), has been “one of the most requested songs during my club sets and livestreams.”

The track, which hit No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in November, was also performed live, via Young’s remixed form, by Madonna over the past year. “It was an honor to be a part of the Madame X Tour setlist,” Young tells Billboard.

Young, who lives in Miami and regularly plays at No. 3 Social, as well as other local and national venues, has also been liking Fatboy Slim and Eats Everything’s “All the Ladies.” “This is a club banger and a floor filler for sure,” Young says. “I love Fatboy Slim!”

The DJ, whose remix of Alex Newell’s “Boy, You Can Keep It” was recently released, is additionally grooving to the new ArtBat remix of Sono’s “Keep Control.” Young calls it “such a classic track” that’s “always in rotation in my sets.” The original “Control” spent four weeks at No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in summer 2001.

Full article at Billboard

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How to Recreate Madonna’s Most Iconic Looks, Straight From Her Long-Time Hairstylist

Come on girls, do you believe in love?” It’s hard to fathom it’s been three decades since Madonna rallied the troops in her feminist call to arms Express YourselfCelebrity hairstylist Peter Savic takes a look back on the enduring styles he created with the chameleon-esque star and shares his expert tips on how to recreate them today.

Don’t Go For Second Best
“I used to cut and color her hair, and we had just used this length in the Oh Father video,” the stylist says. She always loved wavy, curly hair. To get the curls, I used a regular curling iron with a one-inch barrel. I liked to put a little bit of conditioner in the ends of her hair to give it more texture and protect it from the heat.”

Full article at New Beauty

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How Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour Changed Pop Concerts Forever

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Madonna performs on stage at the Feyenoord stadium on July 24, 1990.

“I know that I’m not the best singer and I know that I’m not the best dancer. But, I can f—ing push people’s buttons and be as provocative as I want. This tour’s goal is to break useless taboos.” There was only one all-singing, all-dancing chart-topper who could get away with such a bold declaration at the turn of the ’90s, and it wasn’t Paula Abdul.

From the moment that she writhed around suggestively in a wedding dress at the 1984 MTV VMAs, Madonna became the live act that you couldn’t — and didn’t want to — take your eyes off. Singing in front of a traditional guitar-bass-drums trio was never going to cut it for the woman seemingly hellbent on shocking middle America.

Then the undisputed Queen of Pop by quite a margin, Madonna had already toyed with the theatrical on 1987’s Who’s That Girl Tour, a whirlwind of glitzy costume changes, giant video screens and dramatic reenactments that she described as “Broadway in a stadium.” But 1990’s Blond Ambition — which kicked off 30 years ago — took Madge’s natural sense of showmanship to new heights.

Madonna asked Jean-Paul Gaultier to create more than 60 costumes for the tour, an amount which the haute couture designer admits took 350 aspirins to get through. Luckily, all this headache-inducing work paid off. The Frenchman’s conical bra creation, which was later sold at auction for $52,000, became one of the defining fashion statements of the decade. And items such as the polka-dotted blouse, clip-on ponytail and mic headset all became a part of the chart-topper’s style legacy, too.

Unsurprisingly, Madonna was just as fastidious when it came to the tour’s choreography. “Wimps and wannabes need not apply” read the call out seeking “fierce male dancers” for the tour. Led by Vincent Paterson, the chosen army of six were put through boot camp-like rehearsals in preparation for a tour that spanned 57 dates, five months and three continents. And with its large hydraulic platform and multiple elaborate sets, Blond Ambition’s staging essentially cost the same as the GDP of a small country. Simply no one else could compete, not even the King to Madonna’s Queen of Pop. A few years prior, Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour had impressed many with its slick moves and dazzling lights – even the BBC’s cult hero John Peel hailed it as a “performance of matchless virtuosity.” But Madge’s elaborative high-concept, five-act production left it for dust.

Blond Ambition didn’t give fans a single opportunity to get bored or head for the bar. Every four minutes there was something new to digest. Take the opening ‘Metropolis’ section, inspired by the expressionist sci-fi of Fritz Lang, for example. Madonna simulates sex in that bra while performing “Express Yourself,” straddles a chair during “Open Your Heart” and belts out “Causing a Commotion” while playfully wrestling her two backing vocalists to the ground. And this was just the first quarter of an hour.

As you’d expect from an artist whose Pepsi commercial had been yanked amidst calls of blasphemy, the second ‘Religious’ section was even more attention-grabbing. Wildly rubbing her crotch in a red velvet bed, Madonna left little to the imagination on a sensual reworking of “Like a Virgin.” And on “Like a Prayer,” the track whose provocative video had caused the soft drink giants to bail, the star and her crew are kitted out as nuns and priests.

Of course, much of the predominantly Roman Catholic nation of Italy didn’t appreciate this type of cosplay. A second date at the Stadio Flaminio was called off after none other than Pope John Paul II implored citizens to boycott “one of the most satanic shows in the history of humanity.”

The controversial blend of religion and erotica also incurred the wrath of the Toronto police force, particularly the “lewd and obscene” display of “Like a Virgin.” But despite the threat of arrest, Madonna and her management team refused to bow down to authority. The star even referenced the furor during her second show at the city’s SkyDome, asking the crowd “Do you think that I’m a bad girl?… I hope so.”

Madonna famously described Toronto as a fascist state in Truth or Dare, the illuminating backstage documentary which further boosted Blond Ambition’s pop cultural cachet. Who can forget the scene where the star pretends to gag after Kevin Costner – then the biggest movie star in the world – summarizes 105 minutes of sense-assaulting, boundary-pushing entertainment as “neat”?

Thankfully, the sell-out crowds reacted to the tour with a little more enthusiasm, even the Dick Tracy section featuring several numbers that would have been unfamiliar at the time. The comic book adaptation, which co-starred Madonna as femme fatale Breathless Mahoney, hit the big screen half-way through Blond Ambition’s run. And the ever-astute star attempted to guide fans towards the cinema with a high-kicking third act dedicated to the trench coat-wearing detective.

But for sheer entertainment value, the ‘Art Deco’ segment is tough to beat. Sporting a pink bathrobe and curlers while seated under a beauty parlor hair dryer, Madonna performed the whole of “Material Girl” in a comical Noo-Yawk accent before throwing fake dollar bills into the crowd. “Cherish” saw the star take up the harp accompanied by (what else?) a troupe of dancing mermen. And following a West Side Story-inspired routine for arguably her finest pure pop moment, “Into the Groove,” she wrapped things up with a faithful recreation of the iconic “Vogue” video.

By the time each and every crew member bids an on-stage farewell during the Bob Fosse-meets-A Clockwork Orange encore of “Keep it Together,” it’s clear that you’ve just witnessed a spectacle of ground-breaking proportions. As dancer Luis Camacho said, Madonna “wanted to give the audience an experience, rather than them just going to a concert. She set the stage for concert shows and experiences that followed.” The tour even impressed Grammy voters, who were notoriously slow to recognize Madonna’s greatness. The video of the tour won the 1991 award for best music video, long form — Madonna’s very first Grammy Award.

Sure enough, no longer were audiences content to watch their pop idol simply play the hits. Elaborate production values and strong narrative arcs soon became just as integral to the superstar tour as the music itself. You only have to look at Michael Jackson’s Dangerous shows, complete with catapult stunts and ghoulish illusions, two years later to recognize the immediate impact Blond Ambition had. And it has continued to inspire pop’s A-listers ever since. Without Blond Ambition, it’s unlikely we’d have the gravity-defying acrobatics of P!nk, the candy-colored razzmatazz of Katy Perry or the formidable conceptual journeys of Beyoncé. And it goes without saying that its footprints were all over the various balls staged by Lady Gaga.

Madonna herself has refused to rest on her laurels, going even bigger and bolder on the likes of 1993’s The Girlie Show, 2004’s Re-Invention and 2008’s Sticky and Sweet. But nothing has ever changed the game quite like her extremely blond and incredibly ambitious 1990 world tour.

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Oliver Crumes EXCLUSIVE interview on Blond Ambition Tour with MadonnaUnderground!

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Blond Ambition Tour one of its most iconic dancers, Oliver S Crumes III was kind enough to sit down for an exclusive interview with MadonnaUnderground

 

So Oliver can you tell us how you got to be a dancer for the Blond Ambition Tour? Were you asked to audition, or did you see an ad somewhere?

•My Hip Hop students mentioned the ad to me and told me I should go. I originally told them I would go, but didn’t! Then my brother convinced me to go, so we both auditioned and told each other that we had nothing to lose…if anything we get the chance to meet her.

What was the auditioning process for the Blond Ambition Tour like?

•Crazy!! Lots of male dancers dressed in different ways. As a hip hopper, it was different for me.

When you all started to rehearse with Madonna for the tour, do you remember how a certain dancer (like yourself) was chosen for a particular song? Like for instance you are the main and only dancer in ‘Open Your Heart’ 

•These decisions were made by Madonna and the choreographer. As far as “Open Your Heart “, I was given the opportunity in addition to the choreography to have creative control to freestyle.

Do you know if certain songs were rehearsed that did not make it into the final setlist?

•All songs we rehearsed wound up being in the show. I did get the fortunate opportunity to be asked by Madonna before starting the tour my opinion on which songs should be in the show. While Madonna and I were making these decisions, the band was rehearsing and auditioning more band members to be on her tour.

What was it like for you going on a world tour with the biggest star in the universe?

•Well that’s a question that would be hard to “Express Yourself ” with. But in short, it was Out of the World at the age of 19.

Can you tell us something about working with Madonna? Is it true she is a true workaholic?

•She’s definitely a business woman who knows what she wants and was able to pave the way for many artists and tours to express their own creativity.

What was your favourite stop during the tour? Which country or city left the biggest impression?

•There are so many! I’ll start off with Japan, the culture and how everything was so organized and everyone was so disciplined. But I can’t leave out France and London and “Wembley Stadium”. Because we had to perform there during the daytime.

How about your favourite song to perform during the show? And what is it you liked about that most?

•C’mon now!! OPEN YOUR HEART of course. But WHERE’S THE PARTY was up there and I was able to put a little bit of my Hip Hop twist to it, and let’s not forget my part with her in VOGUE because everytime I came out to perform that section, the audience did it with us, and still see people doing it to this day. Did you know it is now a GIF?

It’s clear from watching ‘Truth or Dare’ that you shared a special bond with Madonna. Can you share with us a special or funny moment you experienced with her during the tour?

•Her coming up with the name for me called REVILO (Oliver spelled backwards), which I now use as the name for teaching Hip Hop. And how she thought that I should be a rapper. And that goes to show you that she didn’t always think about just herself.

Looking back on the tour for you personally, what did it teach you? 

•I’m pretty much still the same person. But the one thing I can say it taught me is to love everyone equally.

In ‘Truth or Dare’ we see you meeting your father, how did you feel about that looking back on it?

•Looking back at it, I’m now an adult, all grown up. Family is Family.

In Toronto Madonna was almost arrested for sticking her hand in her crotch and the Vatican wanted to ban her show in Italy, how did you guys feel about the fact that the show was so controversial at the time? 

•Being that I wasn’t in that controversial part of the show, I wasn’t scared, nor were the other guys in the show. As a matter of fact, they made jokes saying “take me to jail I don’t care”, because Madonna was gonna be Madonna. And we all know she likes to express herself.

-Blond Ambition was way ahead of its time and set the bar for all live shows that came after, it was a truly groundbreaking show. Did you guys feel that you were part of something extraordinary? That people would still be talking about it 30 years later?

•At the time, we were dancers for one of the biggest artists in the world. I still to this day receive countless fan mail and social media posts and messages which are overwhelmingly incredible. It’s crazy because I even had a fan fly out from Switzerland to meet me in Las Vegas to meet me at the Hard Rock Hotel to sign all of his Madonna memorabilia. And just today I received a message from a fan saying what an incredible impact I made on them. It’s an unbelievable honor and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that led me to who I am.
 
Thank you Oliver!!
 
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – the infamous corsets! A look back

Back in 2013 we were lucky and thankful to be invited to the official opening of ‘From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk – The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

Jean Paul Gaultier was there to open his own exhibition and to answer various questions asked by press.

Gaultier discussed working with Madonna on the Blond Ambition Tour and told MadonnaUnderground that he didn’t have a particular favourite of the costumes he designed for her and if he had….he wouldn’t tell us. Cheeky as always.

In the exhibition Madonna’s world famous Blond Ambition gold and salmon corsets were displayed as well as the original designs and polaroids from the fittings, fascinating stuff. The more recent corset of the MDNA Tour was also on show as well as the infamous 1992 ‘bare breasted’ outfit that basically kicked off Madonna’s Erotica era. Let’s not forget the stunning costume from the opening segment of The Confessions Tour! Madonna personally lend her costumes from own personal collection for the exhibition to Thierry-Maxime Loriot. 

To check out our original report, video report and photo gallery click HERE

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Vincent Paterson shares Blond Ambition Tour memory and photo with MadonnaUnderground – EXCLUSIVE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary legendary choreographer and director Vincent Paterson was so kind to share a memory and photo of the Blond Ambition Tour with MadonnaUnderground.

Vincent Paterson choreographed and directed the Blond Ambition Tour and was responsible for the ‘Marie-Antoinette’ homage performance of ‘VOGUE’ at the MTV Awards in 1990. Not only that but he was also responsible for choreography credits for “EVITA” starring Madonna, for which she won a Golden Globe.

 

 

 

‘The Blond Ambition Tour was one of the most exciting projects I have ever choreographed and directed. We opened in Japan on a hideously rainy night but Madonna and company performed their hearts out. We opened in Texas on my birthday, May 4. Madonna had a cake made for me and sang “Happy Birthday!” Here she is cutting me a piece. Love to everyone…stay safe and stay in until this insanity is over!!!!

Vincent Paterson

 

A massive thank you to Vincent Paterson for sharing this rare photo and memory.
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Lip Sync Herstory: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Madonna’s ‘Burning Up’

With the hurdle of the Snatch Game now behind them, the remaining queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 have proven their determination to win, and were tasked to put that determination to the test in the April 10 episode. In the latest musical challenge, the queens were tasked with singing, dancing, acting, and paying homage to the Queen of Pop in “Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical.” 

Competitors such as theatrically trained Jan and front-runner Gigi Goode excelled in their portrayals of Madge at different points throughout her life, while Jackie Cox, Heidi N Closet, and Brita Filter struggled to infuse their performances with the same energy Madonna is known for.

Gigi Goode snatched the challenge win, while Brita and Heidi both found themselves back in the bottom two. In keeping with the episode’s subject, the queens lip-synced for their lives to Madonna’s 1983 single “Burning Up.” After her third time lip-syncing, New York City queen Brita Filter ended up sashaying away. 

Madonna’s catalog contains hundreds of songs spanning nearly four decades, and “Burning Up” comes from a pivotal point in an early part of Madge’s career. In honor of last week’s episode, read up on some fun facts about the song below. 

Madonna has the sole writing credit on the song. 

Madonna has been proud of the fact that she has a hand in writing nearly all of her music, with her writing credits often accompanied by some of the biggest names in the music industry. On her debut album Madonna, she stands as the only credited writer on a majority of the tracks, including “Burning Up.” Her ability to write her own music and promote it herself at clubs around New York City was an early sign of the singer’s (blonde) ambition, and unsurprisingly helped skyrocket her to pop stardom not long after her debut. 

It marked the first of countless shifts in sound for Madonna’s career. 

As only Madonna’s second single, “Burning Up” was a crucial component in establishing what kind of artist she was going to be, and what her place in the music industry would look like. Her debut single, “Everybody.” was a post-disco dance track, but failed to make much noise beyond nightclubs. As a result, Madonna’s producer Reggie Lucas pushed her in a more pop direction for her follow-up singles, making “Burning Up” the first of countless changes Madonna would make to her sound and her image. 

It was also Madge’s first of many expressions of feminist ideals through her sexuality.

Nowadays, female empowerment and sexual strength are commonplace themes in pop music, in large part thanks to Madonna’s trailblazing work dating back over three decades. The music video for “Burning Up,” directed by “Billie Jean” visionary Steve Barron, saw Madonna express something for the first time that would come to characterize many moments in her career: She’s the one in charge, and the men whom she sings about should recognize their place beneath her and count themselves lucky she’s even giving them the time of day. As she gyrated her body and writhed in the middle of the street before finally driving away on her own, Madonna made it clear from her early days in the music world that she would never answer to any man.

Another artist featured in a Drag Race lip-sync sang backing vocals on the track. 

Way back in season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alyssa Edwards and Ivy Winters faced off in a lip-sync battle to Gwen Guthrie’s 1986 single “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent.” In addition to a successful solo career, Guthrie provided backing vocals for a number of popular artists, including Aretha FranklinStevie WonderBilly Joel, and, of course, Madonna. Guthrie sang backup on “Burning Up,” and if you listen closely enough, you can hear her voice complement Madonna’s as she delivers her attitude-filled lyrics. 

It’s been covered by singers from Britney Spears to Jonathan Groff. 

As the Queen of Pop, Madonna has been a pioneer for artists who’ve come after to express themselves however they please. Her infamous onstage kiss with pop princess Britney Spears in 2003, for example, solidified Britney’s bad-girl image that she was crafting at the time. Years later, Spears covered “Burning Up” throughout her Femme Fatale tour, which came on the heels of actor and singer Jonathan Groff’s cover of the song for Glee’s Madonna tribute episode. 

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Blond Ambition Tour Paris – Live Report by Fred

PARIS BERCY JULY 1990

 

I can’t believe that it’s been (almost) thirty years since I went to see the Blond Ambition Tour in Paris…. At the time internet didn’t exist and we kept up to date with the news, especially for concerts, via the press and especially the radio (NRJ was then an excellent partner of our Madonna!)… neither one nor two, after having been informed that tickets were on sale, I went to a travel agency to buy my concert packages (tickets and trips…). However, the agency proposes a trip to Bercy only two hours before the concert (on July 3rd), so I decide to leave by train as early as possible in the morning (I lived over a 100km away from Paris!)

D-Day finally arrived (July 3, 1990) I left my parents’ house at six o’clock in the morning to see our star on stage for the second time (after the Who’s That Girl Tour in Sceaux in 1987). Arrived in front of Bercy around 8 am I find myself in the very first on the spot, only 5 or 6 other people have already arrived and we spend a long, very long time waiting, but very exciting at the same time! (with great weather!) The day goes by and the heat is causing some problems for some of us… Finally around 6pm (and several thousands of fans behind us!) the doors of Bercy open and we rush toward this incredible venue, and in spite of a big curtain it is clear that the stage holds some surprises for us…already it is clear that this concert will be very ambitious…

Again several hours of waiting, and while we wait, Oliver Crumes (the dancer) comes into the pit (between the stage and the front row) and chats with the fans and signs some autographs! This will remain an unforgettable moment for me. After more endless waiting suddenly the light goes out, the ground literally shakes under our feet and the machine starts… As soon as the Parisian fans enter in trance, we have the chance to see camera’s around us suggesting that the concert will be filmed! We will experience an incredible moment… The fervour is at its peak and the show is out of the ordinary, never has a singer pushed the staging and choreography to such a level!

I’m lucky to be in front (and to have been able to bring a small camera…) I enjoy the show I see Madonna twirling like never before, the excitement is at its peak, I suffocate and am forced to finish the show at the back of the arena so I decided to go up in the bleachers to have a better view (at that time no place was numbered, we could go where we wanted, depending on space available) which gives a global vision not entirely unpleasant… at the end of the show and after a short trip to the merchandise booth (I purchased an amazing t-shirt and program of course!) I finally get my friends and we promise to see each other again the next day, for the second show…

After three memorable evenings, I’ll be back at home.

Fred

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Had the Pope’s protest, and action

30 years ago, on this same 13th of April, the Madonna gave the start of the tour’s most powerful and controversial: the “Blond Ambition Tour”. Filling the arenas and stadiums in the United States, Europe, and Japan, the singer, has firmly established itself as an absolute power of pop music, and has caused controversy with each and every detail of your presentation. If you do not live in the heyday of the Queen of Pop, the YOUTUBE we’ll show you all the most memorable on the tour that made history.

The division into acts

One of the innovations of the immediate, of the show’s “Blond Ambition” was to divide the presentation into five acts as in a stage play. Madonna was inspired by the German movie “Metropolis” (Fritz Lang, 1927) in the opening, then go down a block to the religious, on the other, inspired by the film “Dick Tracy” (Warren Beatty, 1990), the Art-Deco style, and by the end of the encore. Up to now, a lot of artists rely on to split their shows into more than one block.

The fashion flagship

All of the costumes in the show designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, who created the looks that crossed generations, like the sports bra in the shape of a cone, the costume of the most iconic in the show. Madonna was so powerful that it has asked the owners of the MAC, the company’s make-up, which is to come up with a lipstick to stay intact for the entire show, even with the sweat. Thus was born the “Russian Red”, which the singer wore in all of the presentations.

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Blond Ambition Tour kicked off in Japan 30 years ago!

Can you believe it is 30 years ago today that the legendary Blond Ambition Tour kicked off in Japan?

One of the most discussed tours of all time, a tour that unfortunately to this day still has not been released on either DVD or blu-ray in full…..

A tour so ahead of its time that people today still think of it as the tour that changed a ‘live show’ into a full on theatrical experience. 

Check out our full dedicated Blond Ambition Tour page HERE

We will share much more Blond Ambition goodies asap!

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What happened when Madonna mania took over Leeds for her Roundhay Park show back in 1987

We are taking a look back at when Madonna mania took over Leeds as the pop princess played Roundhay Park at the peak of her powers.

The material girl played an outdoor concert at the park to a crowd of 73,000 people in 1987. Tickets for the big event were on sale officially for £15 but because it didn’t reach full capacity lucky fans could bag a ticket from touts for just £2 on the day.

At the time, the security was as stringent as it had ever been for a music event at Roundhay Park with thousands queueing to get in before the gates opened. On the day, there were 60 people arrested – mostly for public order offences.

During the Who’s That Girl tour Madonna played iconic hits such as Holiday, Like a Virgin, Lucky Star and many more in Leeds.

You can see footage from the day below in two TV reports

We’ll tell you that for copyright reasons it would be highly unlikely news crews would be able to broadcast footage from massive gigs these days – so we hope you savoured that behind the scenes access.

Speaking to the crowd on the night, Madonna, said: “I’m really cold up here, it is windy and it might rain. Wait a second though, I want you guys to keep me warm and keep each other warm.”

That got a big cheer from the audience as the superstar bounced around the stage in a wide array of outfits.

Setlist

As we said, Madonna treated fans to some of her biggest songs during her appearance at Roundhay Park.

Here’s the setlist from the 90-minute concert which happened on August 15, 1987:

Open Your Heart

Lucky Star

True Blue

Papa Don’t Preach

White Heat

Causing a Commotion

The Look of Love

Dress You Up

Material Girl

Like a Virgin

Where’s the Party

Live to Tell

Into the Groove

La Isla Bonita

Who’s That Girl

Holiday

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The Virgin Tour kicked off 35 years ago (yesterday)

Madonna kicked off her first ever tour 35 years ago yesterday (yes I know I am a day late).

Madonna sold out the entire tour but unfortunately never brought it to Europe. To this day fans are still waiting for a DVD or blu-ray release of the official recording from Detroit. Despite having an official recording, it is not complete as for some reason three songs (Angel, Borderline and Burning Up) were scrapped from the product. 

Please check out our dedicated Virgin Tour page for press articles, memorabilia, facts, dates, video and more HERE

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Celebrating 30 years since Madonna’s Vogue hit Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart

“Look around, everywhere you turn is heartache – it’s everywhere that you go.”

30 years on and the opening lines from Madonna’s classic hit Vogue are still relevant today – and its acclaimed black and white David Fincher-directed video still feels as fresh and stylish as it did when it spent weeks on permanent rotation.

Vogue, which climbed to Number 1 this week in 1990, marked a new phase for Madonna. She had been around for just six years, yet her continued reinventions – a term she didn’t really embrace until her 2004 tour of the same name – afforded her a legendary status much sooner than some of her chart peers.

While Madonna was no stranger to dance music – her career was born on the dance floors of New York’s coolest discotheques – Vogue felt like she was changing lanes for good. Coming a mere year after the guitar-led pop of comeback album Like A Prayer, Vogue felt like a fresh direction.

Its sound was inspired by underground house; the dancing was straight out of the little-known Harlem ball scene; it featured a rap by the lady herself that namechecked Old Hollywood filmstars. Vogue’s impact was recently explored in Ryan Murphy’s award-winning series Pose, showing both the elated and frustrated reaction by underground queer culture as it unexpectedly found itself in the mainstream. 

With Shep Pettibone, who worked with her on the single remix of Express Yourself, which itself pretty much paved the way for Vogue’s laid-back house beats, Madonna scored her seventh chart-topper – it would be her last for almost eight years.

But Vogue was never meant the breakout smash it became. In an interview with Billboard, Pettibone revealed the song was quickly recorded in a basement studio for $5,000. A week later, the final version was sent to Madonna’s record label, who weren’t sure where to place it. It would eventually end up awkwardly put on the soundtrack for Dick Tracy – Madonna’s latest movie venture. Despite having nothing to do with the film, the song became a runaway hit. 

Here’s Madonna is lip-synching for her life at the 1990 MTV Awards in a classic performance.

Once it got there in its second week of release, Vogue ruled the Official UK Singles Chart for a whole month. And who toppled her? Superstar DJ Adamski featuring a little-known vocalist (at the time) Seal, with the first version of Killer. Vogue has sold over 530,000 copies in the UK and has been streamed 16 million times since records began in 2014. It ranks as Madonna’s eighth biggest single overall

Main image: Warner Bros 

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The ‘Drag Race’ Season 12 Madonna Rusical Had SO Many Great Madge Moments

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 Rusical

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If you saw the Cher-themed Drag Race Rusical in Season 10, you were not “Like a Virgin” watching Season 12’s musical challenge: “Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical.” During the April 10 episode, each queen embodied a different moment from the Queen of Pop’s iconic career, from “Lucky Star” all the way up to “B*tch I’m Madonna.” Some found it easy to express themselves, while others were “Borderline” b-a-d. Here’s the performance breakdown.

Jan Was an Unlucky Star

The singer and performer in Jan was born ready for this challenge, and her ode to early Madonna’s “Lucky Star” music video was spot on. The vocals! The hair! The lewk! She was truly deprived of a well-deserved win.

Brita’s Cone Bra Couldn’t Save Her

When Madonna debuted the cone bra corset on her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, it became an instant staple in pop culture history, which is why Brita wanted to wear it. Sadly, it couldn’t, uh, support her through forgetting a few lyrics.

Gigi Goode Was… Goode

Even though it wasn’t her first choice song and her studio session was slightly shaky, Gigi slayed “Unapologetic B*tch,” and unapologetically accepted her third challenge win.

Jackie Cox Was a “Boy Toy” Bride

Jackie recreated what might be the most recognizable Madonna moment of all time: the bridal look from her 1984 VMA’s performance of “Like A Virgin.” Unfortunately, Jackie’s rendition wasn’t nearly as monumental.

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Jaida Essence Hall Went Into Full Lap Dance Mode

Jaida may have been unsure of herself in rehearsal, but her final performance channeling Madonna’s controversial “Justify My Love” music video would have made Dahlia Sin proud. Sporting a black lingerie set complete with stirrups, she got frisky with not one, but two backup dancers, and even broke out a whip.

Sherry Pie’s Movie Star Madonna Was Hollywood Material

Marking her foray into film, Sherry Pie poked fun at Madonna’s role as Eva Perón in the 1996 film Evita. Knowing Sherry’s musical theatre background, her solid performance came as no surprise.

Crystal Methyd Was a Joyous “Ray Of Light”

Crystal knew a singing challenge could be just that: a challenge for her. So she made the vocals work by adding a comedic twist. The judges loved it and her “enlightened Madonna,” inspired by the “Ray of Light” music video.

Widow Von’Du’s Fempire Madonna Was Badass

Widow user her lyrics to pay homage to Madonna’s trailblazing and her all-white outfit and cowboy hat tipped a hat to the 2009 video for “Music,” but the flips she turned out? Those were all Widow.

Heidi N Closet Wasn’t Madonna Enough

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Heidi is a top-notch performer and dancer, and that shined through in her modern-day “B*tch I’m Madonna.” Unfortunately, she was a little too much Heidi, not enough Madonna, which is why the judges put her in the bottom.

If next season gets a Rusical, this one will be hard to top.

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