SATURDAY MARCH 22nd – The LIKE A PRAYER 25 YEAR CELEBRATION!

SATURDAY MARCH 22nd – The LIKE A PRAYER 25 YEAR CELEBRATION!

So far Madonna fans from over 15 countries have confirmed they have flights booked for the 21st London Madonna Fan Party UK Event, including HOLLAND! We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of friends from the Netherlands as usual!

Madonna has had a special relationship with her Dutch fans since her first performance there in 1987 on the Who’s That Girl Tour, and many of our Madonna Fan Party UK attendees have been flying across to London for the Madonna Fan Parties for years!

Our friends at MadonnaUnderground are also based out of Holland!

We’re looking forward to welcoming our Dutch friends!

#Madonna #MadonnaFanParty #LikeAPrayer25#LikeAPrayer #LAP25

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Madonna’s first time on the ‘back’ of a magazine

Everyone is familiar with Madonna’s very first actual magazine cover: Island magazine from October 1983. She appeared on the front cover of an industry only magazine before in 1982 (Dance Music Report), but this was not a full cover. The very first time Madonna appeared on a back cover, was on this Billboard magazine from December 1983 (Barbra Streisand on front cover).

Warner Music advertised Madonna in full ‘A Star Is Born’ and they knew what they were talking about. This image has been added to the press section of The First Album promo tour

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Fans vie for chance to sweat it out with Madonna at Toronto fitness club

TORONTO — Jamie Madigan has been a Madonna devotee since his teen years when he was listening to “True Blue” on cassette and watching the music icon perform during her Girlie Show tour stop in Toronto — his first concert in high school.

So when Madigan learned Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness was opening in Canada, the pop idol’s connection to the luxury gym brand was his main motivation for enrolling.
“She’s a smart businesswoman who from Day 1 knew what she wanted, went after it, didn’t really listen or care about what anybody else said and just fought until she got. To me, she really hasn’t changed that model,” said Madigan in reference to Madonna’s career longevity.

“She’s always aware of what’s current, what’s trending, what’s hot. Just when people think she’s maybe falling out or she’s being quiet, then here she is coming out with something new.”
In recent weeks, the Material Girl has given Madigan added incentive to squeeze in additional training as the 37-year-old competes for the chance to break a sweat alongside Madonna during her upcoming Canadian visit.
She will be in Toronto on Tuesday for the official launch of the Hard Candy Fitness facility. The Canadian club opened for workouts in October, joining international locations in Berlin, Rome, Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Madigan is among the hopefuls vying to fill 30 spots in the cardio-based Addicted to Sweat class that the pop diva will be leading. The classes were created by Madonna and are based on her daily workouts. Tim Anderson, Madonna’s personal trainer from her “MDNA” tour, will be making the final selections at callback auditions on Monday.

Read full article here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/fans-vie-for-chance-to-sweat-it-out-with-madonna-at-toronto-fitness-club-1.1677845#ixzz2sqRV2myP

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Official Charts Flashback: 30 years of Holiday, Madonna’s first Top 10 hit

By Justin Myers

1984: A song called Holiday jets into the Top 10 for the very first time – but certainly not the last. Madonna’s debut hit and signature song has been a Top 10 hit THREE times.

Can you remember a time before Madonna? If you can’t, and only know her as the global superstar she is now, there’s every chance you won’t know just how exciting, different and interesting this ragtag American singer with a kind of squeaky voice seemed when her ditty about skiving off work entered the Top 10 this week in 1984.

Sassy solo female singers were nothing new, of course and another young American lady named Cyndi Lauper was enjoying her first Top 10 hit with Girls Just Want To Have Fun a little further up the chart, but Madonna seemed to have something special from the start. Brutally honest and funny in interviews, her music was unashamedly poppy and devoted to having a good time and Holiday, now one of her most famous songs, perfectly encapsulated Madonna’s whole ethos: “Awww, just have a day off, it’ll be fine”.

Watch Madonna perform Holiday on Top Of The Pops before we tell the story of her very first feelgood smash. The guy dancing to the left of her with the impressive sweatpatches is her brother Christopher.

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Madonna Dines With Punk Stars After Charity Gig

Madonna proved her dedication to the newly-free members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot by reportedly dining with them in New York City following their appearance at a charity gig this week (beg03Feb14).

The pop superstar introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova during the Amnesty International concert at the Barclays Center on Wednesday (05Feb14) and made a speech about their activism and legal woes.

It has now emerged Madonna spent time with the pair following the concert and was spotted engaged in conversation with the Russian women via a translator at the Big Apple’s Antica Pesa restaurant, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

A source tells the publication, “Madonna in head-to-toe black, fingerless gloves and a gold-and-diamond grill. She was in deep conversation with the Pussy Riot girls all night. She looked very interested in what they said.”

Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were jailed for two years along with their bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich after performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.

Samutsevich’s sentence was commuted in October, 2012 and Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were released as part of an amnesty in December (13).

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Rare collectible = Dutch recalled Pepsi promo set

Dutch promotional set sent to Dutch record stores to promote Madonna’s new single and the collaboration with Pepsi. The lot contained a promotional poster, meant to be put up in the record stores and a promotional CD case. The CD case never contained a CD single (Like a Prayer wasn’t out yet), the inlay contains promotional info on the back of the sleeve. To read more on this, visit our PEPSI page. Extremely rare set to come by, everything was recalled by PEPSI/Vrumona and destroyed.

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Nile Rodgers: ‘I don’t have any unreleased Madonna songs’

Nile Rodgers has confirmed that he doesn’t have any leftover songs from his session with Madonna in the 1980s.

The Chic guitarist worked with the singer on her classic album Like a Virgin and reminisced about how she was very efficient in the recording studio.

“I don’t have any unreleased Madonna material because Madonna knew exactly what she wanted her album to be when we did Like a Virgin,” Rodgers revealed during his Google+ Hangout with Billboard.

“The only song that I had any input of bringing into the mix was a cover of Rolls Royce’s ballad ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’. That was a final last-minute decision.

“The way I make records, believe it or not, there are not many outtakes in my world.”

He added: “As Madonna would say, ‘Time is money and the money is mine’. The tape cost money and things like that, so when we were making records we had to be very budget-conscious.

“The great thing about Chic is that we do it very efficient. Both money and groove-conscious.”

The star also premiered his new single ‘Do What You Wanna Do (IMS Anthem)’ during the Google+ Hangout, which will be released on Cr2 Records in the coming months.

https://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a549358/nile-rodgers-i-dont-have-any-unreleased-madonna-songs.html#ixzz2sXhgJxir
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Members of Russian Punk Band Get Warm Greeting in Brooklyn

“I’d like to thank Pussy Riot,” Madonna said, “for making the word ‘pussy’ a sacred word in my household.”

She was speaking from the stage of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, introducing two members of that Russian activist group, who had recently emerged from prison not just outspoken women and critics of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, but global symbols of rebellion. On Wednesday night, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were two of the main attractions at a benefit concert for Amnesty International, where the musical stars included Blondie, Tegan and Sara, Imagine Dragons and the Flaming Lips, and the message was one of supporting human rights.

Madonna did not perform, but, in head-to-toe black, read from a long statement to welcome Ms. Tolokonnikova and Ms. Alyokhina, known to their fans as Nadya and Masha.

“It’s not a coincidence that I was on tour and that I happened to be in Moscow the day that Pussy Riot went on trial,” Madonna said, because she had been horrified to hear of their 2012 arrest, on charges of hooliganism, for performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral. She added that she had been threatened with arrest herself, for performances in Russia that were said to promote “gay behavior.”

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