Madonna’s ‘I’m Breathless’ Turns 30 | Anniversary Retrospective

 

Happy 30th Anniversary to Madonna’s I’m Breathless: Music from and Inspired by the Film ‘Dick Tracy’ originally released May 22, 1990.

1990 was most definitely a defining year in Madonna’s career. In fact, it may just be her most definitive. Fresh out of the career resplendent ‘80s and hot off the heels of the success of Like A Prayer (1989), Madonna entered 1990 with a massive bang by releasing “Vogue,” a song that remains synonymous with the singer until this very day. Paying homage to ballroom culture and with thumping house beats, “Vogue” was the epitome of what a classic dance track should and could be.

After the release of “Vogue” and its incomparable success, Madonna embarked on the now infamous Blonde Ambition Tour causing controversy wherever she went. The show had a heady focus on Religion, her Like A Prayer album and of course “Vogue,” but it also included three songs from her then upcoming film, Dick Tracy. Honoring her character, night club singer Breathless Mahoney, she wore a green showgirl outfit as she sang “Sooner Or Later,” “Hanky Panky” and “Now I’m Following You.” Both the stage and choreography were inspired by the classic movie performances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and were an interesting departure from the rest of the show.

Given the high profile Madonna had at the time, coupled with the controversy surrounding her on stage performance of “Like A Virgin,” it not only seemed like a logical extension to hock her latest film and accompanying album, but it was also an incredibly smart business move. Dick Tracy was set in the 1930s and Madonna—who at the time had a hyper-sexualized, religious angst-riddled persona—seemed to be the furthest thing from the somewhat brassy, but gentle character of night club singer Breathless Mahoney. Whilst the film adaption of Mahoney was different from the original comic strip, Madonna again managed the unimaginable and brought not only a new dimension to Mahoney, but essentially also brought the character to life.

It’s true that I’m Breathless is a collection of big band pop songs that make up a film soundtrack, but more than this, the album finds Madonna taking on music by the legendary Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim, who is arguably one of the most important figures in musical theatre, contributed three tracks to the album; the sultry “Sooner Or Later,” the jazzy “More” and the beautiful duet with Mandy Patinkin, “What Can You Lose.” Madonna took to these songs like a duck to water and showed that pop was not her only repertoire. Her singing is given great range and she not only tackles genres like Jazz and Big Band, but conquers them with great aplomb.

As per usual, Madonna had an immense amount of input on the album, co-writing six of the album’s twelve songs and co-producing every track. Joined by (then) long time collaborators Patrick Leonard and Shep Pettibone, Madonna also managed to bring a playful vibe to the album. The seductiveness of the album opener “He’s A Man” also has a devilish element that allows for songs like “Hanky Panky,” a cheeky double entendre, to breathe life amongst its peers.

“I’m Going Bananas” provides a fun, lighthearted, almost Carmen Miranda-like energy with its latin flavored sound. The impassioned “Something To Remember” played to a conversation on self-love, a topic that Madonna would go on to explore more later in her career. Never one to sit in the “comfort zone,” as the album draws to a close, Madonna and then boyfriend and co-star Warren Beatty duet on the two-part “Now I’m Following You.” Part one continues the album’s big band theme before segueing into a ‘90s dance track for part two. Complete with background tap dancers, Madonna breathily quoting Socrates (“An unexamined life is not worth living”), another double entendre with Tracy’s first name (Dick) and a line from “Hanky Panky” (“My bottom just hurts thinking about it”) being morphed into a sexual mashup, Madonna again manages to get her exposition to the forefront.

Let’s be brutally honest here. Give or take one other legend (Diana Ross), not many other artists would tackle something like I’m Breathless—then or now. Madonna moved into unknown territory on this album and she delivered. Her vocal prowess may be at its finest on this album, but she also wasn’t afraid to venture into the serious and silly, even giving us a little camp, all things that made and make I’m Breathless a truly breathless exercise in sonic beauty.

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Hackers threaten to reveal details of Madonna if law firm doesn’t pay $1 mn ransom

Hackers who have claimed to be in possession of 756 gigabytes of data from top celeb attorney Allen Grubman’s law firm website are threatening to sell confidential information about Madonna.

It comes after the hackers claimed that they have sold all their “dirty laundry” on US President Donald Trump to a secret buyer after their demands weren’t completed by the Allen Grubman’s NYC firm “Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.”

The Eastern European hackers known as REvil or Sodinokibi have asked for at least $1 million for details on Madonna, reports Page Six. The hackers had earlier also released a screenshot purported as a contract for the pop-star when announcing the cyberattack, warning that they would start releasing personal information about the A-list stars if they are not paid $21 million. They doubled their demand to $42 million last week after Grubman refused to agree to the terms.

The hackers then threatened to publish “a ton of dirty laundry” about Donald Trump, even though the US president has never been a client of the law firm. Federal Bureau of Investigation which is working on the case called it an “act of terrorism” and prevented Grubman from taking any step. The hackers followed it up with another post on the dark web on Monday where they said the “presidency-ending material” about Trump is off the market as they have sold them to a secret buyer.

“We are preparing to auction Madonna data … The buyer has the right to do whatever he sees fit with the data,” they added.

Brett Callow, from cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told the outlet about the hacker’s threats, “What information REvil had on Trump we may likely never know. But they were almost certainly bluffing about it being ‘presidency-ending material.'”

Allen Grubman’s law firm represents several A-list stars including musicians Lady Gaga, Elton John, Lizzo, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Lil Nas X, The Weeknd, U2, and Drake. Priyanka Chopra, Robert De Niro, Sofía Vergara, LeBron James, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, and Mike Tyson are also among their prominent clients.

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Miles Away discography online – 16 different items

In our discography we have made it to the end of the Hard Candy era with the third and final single: Miles Away!

Another big hit for Madonna in Holland making Hard Candy one of her most succesful albums and singles in our little country, commercially it did very very well. 

The official music video was compiled of footage shot of the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Argentina. 

Check out our discography HERE

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Five songs to celebrate the rainbow

I already know people are asking when Madonna is going to show up in this incomplete list. Well, here is her majesty with her song “Vogue.” You remember her, right? Otherwise, listen to it again and then continue reading about this beautiful creature that, like no one else, has known very well how to go from one side to the other of the sexual range, or at least pretend that delusional journey, which at 61 years of age she has left untouched.

For many “Vogue” is the perfect hymn to sexual diversity. With Madonna it’s not about your gender, but rather that you assume what identifies you and enjoy the pleasures of life to the utmost. Hymn songs have also been written in our language (Spanish) for the LGBTI community. I’m not sure whether today it’s heard with the same intensity of its beginnings, but “A quién le importa” (Who cares) became, in the voice of Spanish singer Alaska, another of the songs taken as a reference by sexual minorities. At least for part of them.

Full article at On Cuba News

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MoZella talks Madonna in new interview

AS WELL AS WORKING WITH ONE DIRECTION AND CHARLIE PUTH AROUND THAT TIME, YOU WROTE WITH MADONNA FOR 2015’S REBEL HEART. HAD YOUR PATHS CROSSED WHEN YOU WERE SIGNED TO MAVERICK?

I don’t think she even knew me. Guy Oseary was her manager, and ran the label. So I knew Guy.

I didn’t even bring it up to her when I saw her again, like, ‘Hey, I was signed to your label!’ I just kind of let it go. But I had met her once, yes.

Part of me, when she wanted to work with me, was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know, I’ve already had that chapter in my life, you know, the Madonna chapter…’ But then my manager’s like, ‘You know what, it’s amazing; go work with her.’ So I did – and two days turned into a month.

“SHE’S SO SMART AND SO HARDWORKING, AND SHE’S CHALLENGING IN WAYS THAT I HADN’T BEEN CHALLENGED BEFORE.”

[The experience] was amazing. She’s the one of the most unique individuals I’ve ever met. She’s so smart and so hardworking, and she’s challenging in ways that I hadn’t been challenged before, in good ways.

I don’t know, I felt like being around a woman that strong made me feel stronger. But then she has this really soft side, once you get to know her, and once she kind of trusts you and sees you, the real you, then it’s beautiful. It kind of changed my life.

Read the full interview at Music Business Worldwide

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Hackers double ransom demand to $42M from Lady Gaga, Madonna’s attorney, threaten Donald Trump

The ransom demand for the secret files of a cyber-attacked lawyer to A-list stars has doubled to $42 million — as the hackers are now threatening to reveal “dirty laundry” on President Donald Trump in just a week if they are not paid in full.

Attorney Allen Grubman — the most prominent entertainment attorney in the world, whose firm represents stars including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Priyanka Chopra and Bette Midler — was being shaken down by hackers who attacked his New York law firm for $21 million until today.

Hacking group REvil got into his firm’s server and stole 756 gigabytes of confidential documents, including contracts and personal e-mails from a host of Hollywood and music stars. They also deleted or encrypted the firm’s backups. The only way it can be decrypted is to pay the criminals for a key.

Grubman, we’re told, is refusing to negotiate. A source said, “His view is, if he paid, the hackers might release the documents anyway. Plus the FBI has stated this hack is considered an act of international terrorism, and we don’t negotiate with terrorists.”

On Thursday, the hackers upped the ante by posting a chilling new message saying, “The ransom is now [doubled to] $42,000,000 … The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.”

They added, “Mr Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever. And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president … The deadline is one week.

“Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don’t see the money.”

It is not clear why the hackers connected Trump to Grubman. The president has never been a Grubman client, according to sources, either as a private businessman or during his administration.

On Thursday, the hackers claimed to have hacked another prominent US firm and also posted a file of stolen documents titled “Lady Gaga” on their site on the dark web.

The contents of the documents in the file were not immediately clear, but cybersecurity software company Emsisoft, which specializes in ransomware, spotted it.

An analyst at Emsisoft, Brett Callow, said, “Companies in this situation have no good options available … Even if they pay the ransom demand, there is no guarantee the criminals will destroy the stolen data if it has a high market value. The data may still be sold or traded … In these cases, it’s possible that the criminals will attempt to extort money directly from the people whose information was exposed.”

He added that the requested ransom from the hacker group — which has previously attacked Kenneth Cole and Travelex — “was one of the largest demands ever heard,” with the previous known record demand being $25 million to an unnamed company, which was not paid.

Grubman’s law firm, Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks, said in a statement to Page Six, “Our elections, our government and our personal information are under escalating attacks by foreign cybercriminals. Law firms are not immune from this malicious activity.

“Despite our substantial investment in state-of-the-art technology security, foreign cyberterrorists have hacked into our network and are demanding $42 million as ransom. We are working directly with federal law enforcement and continue to work around the clock with the world’s leading experts to address this situation.

“The leaking of our clients’ documents is a despicable and illegal attack by these foreign cyberterrorists who make their living attempting to extort high-profile U.S. companies, government entities, entertainers, politicians, and others. Previously, the United States Department of Defense, HBO, Goldman Sachs, as well as numerous state and local governments, have been victims of similar cybercriminal attacks.

“We have been informed by the experts and the FBI that negotiating with or paying ransom to terrorists is a violation of federal criminal law. Even when enormous ransoms have been paid, the criminals often leak the documents anyway.

“We are grateful to our clients for their overwhelming support and for recognizing that nobody is safe from cyberterrorism today. We continue to represent our clients with the utmost professionalism worthy of their elite stature, exercising the quality, integrity and excellence that have made us the number-one entertainment and media law firm in the world.”

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Give It 2 Me discography online – 22 items!

Brand new in our discography is the second single off ‘Hard Candy’

Give it 2 Me!

Madonna’s uplifting dance urban collaboration with Pharrell became a huge hit in Holland. It became her second biggest hit to date spending a total of six weeks at the official Dutch Top 40 charts (Hung Up spent 7 weeks at number one)! It was the Summer hit of 2008. 

She performed it as the final song on her Sticky & Sweet Tour and later also included it on her MDNA Tour mixed in with ‘Celebration’.

In the discography we have collected 22 different items

Check it out HERE

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Madonna tour contract ‘leaked on dark web’ after huge A-lister data hack

An alleged tour contract for Madonna has been leaked as part of a large-scale hack that targeted documents relating to hundreds of celebrities, including Hollywood A-listers.

The law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, which represents some of the world’s highest-profile celebrities, recently confirmed that it was the victim of a security breach.

Stars such as Robert De Niro, Madonna, DrakeNicki MinajMariah Carey, Elton John, U2 and Rod Stewart are among those whose personal information may have been compromised.

A screenshot of a legal document from Madonna’s recent Madame X tour surfaced on the dark web, apparently bearing signatures from an employee and tour company Live Nation.

Another screenshot depicts dozens of computer files bearing the names of celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand.

Reports suggest the hackers claim to have obtained 756 gigabytes of data, which includes contracts, non-disclosure agreements, phone numbers and private emails.

The law firm will be keen to avoid a repeat of 2014, when Sony Entertainment was hacked and thousands of emails relating to Hollywood stars were made public.

The Independent has contacted Madonna’s representative for comment.

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Interview with Guan Elmzoon (King Bee) Blond Ambition Tour Rotterdam support act (EXCLUSIVE)

To continue our Blond Ambition 30th year anniversary, we asked King Bee, the Dutch support act of the Blond Ambition Tour to answer a few questions on their experience

 

Guan Elmzoon (DJ All Star Fresh) was nice enough to sit down and tell us about his experience.

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You scored absolute classics in the 90’s including ‘Back By Dope Demand’ that still gets played to this day. Can you tell us something about how you were selected to open for Madonna in Rotterdam in 1990?

I was playing in Mallorca when that happened as a DJ in Riu Palace where I spent my Summer. I heard there was a request for us to perform as our song was very popular at the moment. They had to choose for either 2 Unlimited or King Bee to support, we all know who end up being chosen!

How did you react when it became clear that Madonna wanted you to support her in Rotterdam?

I got it confirmed by fax back then and almost couldn’t believe it! We didn’t really have a rehearsed set for performances this size. People only just got to hear ‘Back By Dope Demand’ and I just finished ‘Must Bee The Music’

Your set lasted for 25 minutes and you performed six songs including ‘Back By Dope Demand’ and ‘Feel The Flow’. Can you tell us something about the day? Were you given enough rehearsal time and space or was there a very tight and strict schedule?

Feel The Flow was actually the A side as back then the vinyl still counted. I quickly put a show together with some additional dancers from the U.K. whom I knew from Mallorca. How could we entertain such an audience with one known hit single? That was THE challenge! We were given enough time for the soundcheck and the crew was very professional. The possibility to create a party on a very large stage

Did Madonna put in some personal requests regarding your set?

Not that I knew of. It is quite common though that the sound of the support act is toned down compared to the main act

Were you able to see Madonna’s show (Blond Ambition Tour) after your set? What did you think about it?

Oh yes! I gained free access so I got the full view up close

Did you guys meet Madonna? If so how did that go?

We did get the chance for just a little while, it was very modest and sympathetic. Eventually she came out to check us out while performing ‘Back By Dope Demand’ probably the bass vibration

What were your musical inspirations? Fast Eddie, Tyree or the real old skool hip hop men from let’s say Grandmaster Flash?

As a DJ I had two I looked up to. Grandmaster Flash and John ‘Jellybean´ Benitez. Fast Eddie and Tyree were building a bridge between Hip Hop and House music. I loved both

What style would you classify your music as? Hip hop or more Hip House?

I don’t necessarily classify my style to any genre. I spinned records in very commercial clubs to underground clubs with various styles throughout the years. Right now I play at JammFM (radio) Hip Hop and Dance Classics on Fridays and Saturdays House music moving through different styles. It’s always a journey of discovery

What’s your favourite original dance classic?

My favourite is Yo Yo Get Funky

To wrap things up, got a personal memory or fact regarding the Madonna show you’d like to share?

There was a possibility we were going to support Madonna throughout the European tour, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Good to hear though that our set was a success.

 

Many thanks to: Guan Elmzoon, Pryme, BC Boy, Vince Charming, Kenny T, Michele, Twilight East (UK) and Marc de Reus.


Dutch version:

Jullie scoorden een paar enorme hits in de jaren 90 waaronder ‘Back By Dope Demand’ dat nog steeds goed gedraaid wordt en een echte klassieker te noemen valt. Kun je iets vertellen over hoe jullie geselecteerd werden om op te treden als het voorprogramma van Madonna in Rotterdam in 1990?

Ik was zelf op dat moment op Mallorca aan het draaien als DJ in Riu Palace, waar ik in de zomer doorbracht. Ik hoorde dat er een aanvraag was om als voorprogramma op te treden omdat ons nummer op dat moment heel populair was. De keuze was tussen 2 Unlimited en King Bee. Het resultaat is bekend :)

Wat was jullie reactie toen duidelijk werd dat Madonna jullie graag als voorprogramma wilde?

Ik kreeg het destijds per fax bevestigd en ik kon het bijna niet geloven! We hadden nog geen echte set voor optredens van deze omvang. Men kende net Back By Dope Demand en ik had net ‘Must Bee The Music’ af.

Jullie optreden duurde in totaal 25 minuten en bestond uit zes nummers waaronder Back By Dope Demand en Feel The Flow. Kun je iets vertellen over de dag zelf? Kregen jullie veel repetitietijd of moest er aan een bepaald strak schema gehouden worden?

Feel the Flow was eigenlijk de A kant aangezien destijds vinyl nog meetelde. Ik heb toen snel een show in elkaar gezet met extra dansers uit Engeland die ik van Mallorca kende. En hoe kan je dan een publiek boeien met 1 bekend nummer, dat was DE uitdaging! We kregen genoeg tijd voor de soundcheck en het was heel professioneel met de crew. De mogelijkheid om op een heel groot podium een feestje te maken.

Waren er persoonlijke wensen van Madonna betreffende jullie set?

Ik heb daar niks van gemerkt. Het is verder wel normaal dat het voorprogramma iets zachter staat qua geluid.

Heb je destijds de kans gehad om het concert van Madonna (Blond Ambition Tour) zelf ook te zien? Zo ja, wat vond je ervan?

Jazeker! Ik had vrij toegang dus heb iets meer meegekregen en van dichtbij kunnen zien

Hebben jullie de kans gehad om Madonna de hand te schudden? zo ja, hoe verliep dat? 

We hebben heel even kennis kunnen maken en het was verder vrij bescheiden en sympathiek. Uiteindelijk kwam ze even kijken toen wij Back By Dope Demand deden. Waarschijnlijk de bas vibratie.

Wat waren jouw voorbeelden betreffende muziek: Fast Eddie, Tyree of de echte old skool hip hop mannen van bijvoorbeeld Grandmaster Flash?

Als DJ had ik 2 voorbeelden: Grandmaster Flash en John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez (de ontdekker van Madonna). Fast Eddie en Tyree waren mooi bezig een brug te bouwen tussen Hip hop en House muziek. Ik hield van allebei.

Waar schaar jij jullie muziek onder, hip hop of toch meer hip house?

Ik schaar mezelf nu eigenlijk nergens perse tussen. Ik heb van zeer commerciële Clubs to Underground Clubs gedraaid met allerlei stijlen door de jaren heen. Op dit moment draai ik bijvoorbeeld bij JammFM (radio) Hip Hop en Dance Classics op vrijdags en op zaterdagen House Music waar ik ook door veel stijlen heen ga. Het blijft een ontdekkingsreis :)

Wat is jouw favoriete hip house hit van de good ol’ days?

Mijn favoriete Classic is wel Yo Yo Get Funky

Ten slotte, nog een favoriete herinnering of leuk feitje omtrent jullie ervaring bij Madonna die je met ons zou willen delen?

Er was nog heel even sprake dat wij de Europese tour als voorprogramma zouden vullen, maar dat was helaas niet mogelijk. Toch wel leuk dat het goed bevallen was.

Met dank aan: Guan Elmzoon, Pryme, BC Boy, Vince Charming, Kenny T, Michele, Twilight East (UK) en Marc de Reus.

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Royal snub: Real reason Madonna refused dinner with Princess Diana exposed

PRINCESS DIANA turned heads when she made a stunning entrance to a dinner held at the White House back in 1985 – but popstar Madonna apparently refused to attend the star-studded event, according to an insider.

Princess Diana: Madonna ‘removed’ from guest list says exper

 

Diana shot to fame when she wed Prince Charles in 1981, quickly becoming one of the world’s most photographed women. Royal fans from around the world loved her for her compassion and beauty, and she soon became an icon of the fashion world. By 1985, she had been on the royal frontline for four years but the level of support she had showed no sign of slowing down.

Her pivotal tour with Charles to the US that year included a special evening of entertainment held at the White House, Washington, hosted by then-President Ronald Reagan.

According to James Whitaker, the Daily Mirror’s royal correspondent at the time, Diana was keenly interested in the A-listers who attended — although some refused an invitation.

Speaking to the BBC’s Witness History in 2011, Mr Whitaker said: “She was always enraptured with show-bizzy types, slight eccentrics, people who were slightly quirky.

“Diana was in her element.”

He said John Travolta, star of Saturday Night Fever and Grease, fellow actors Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck and singer Neil Diamond all attended the formal gala dinner.

Mr Whitaker continued: “It was a very, very smart [guest] list.

“[But], in fact, one or two didn’t appear – Madonna, who was originally invited, got a note from Nancy Reagan which said, ‘Can you assure me that you won’t wear some outrageous dress?’

“Madonna replied and said, ‘No’, she couldn’t assure her.

“She didn’t stay on the list.”

Hollywood actor Robert Redford, too, was invited but did not go, to his “deep” regret according to Mr Whitaker, although the royal correspondent noted that “he actually dealt with it very stylishly”.

Mr Redford then sent Charles some champagne to apologise for his absence, and three dozen red roses to Diana.

Instead, Mr Whitaker explained: “The evening’s entertainment was mainly provided by Neil Diamond, who of course sang for the royal couple.”

Diana’s outfit was heavily praised by royal fans and commentators alike that night – but she caused a further stir when she danced with John Travolta in front of all the attendees.

The following day, at the royal press conference, Charles even had to answer questions regarding his wife’s time on the dance floor with the actor.

Diana with the First Lady (L), Diana’s dancing may have frustrated Charles, at the press conference the next day (R) (Image: Getty)

Charles said: “I’m not a glove puppet, so I can’t answer for that I’m afraid.”

On a softer note, he turned to his wife: “But I think you enjoyed it, didn’t you, darling?

“She would be an idiot if she didn’t enjoy dancing with John Travolta wouldn’t she?”

Mr Whitaker also claimed that Diana had her heart set on dancing with Mikhail Baryshnikov, the ballet dancer.

Yet, he was injured on the night so he was the only man unable to dance during the evening.

The trip also highlighted key tensions between Charles and Diana which had been brewing for several years at this point.

Charles, as the eldest child of the Queen, had been at the centre of the spotlight ever since his birth.

Expected to one day take the crown himself, he had been a source of fascination for the public for years and even dubbed the ‘world’s most eligible bachelor’ during his single twenties.

However, when Diana came onto the scene she took the limelight.

Charles struggled to cope with the shift in dynamic, especially as her overwhelming popularity was always evident when the two went on tours overseas – as seen in the enthusiastic reaction to Diana in the US in 1985, and the attention she received from all the stars.

Diana continued to be drawn to celebrity circles even after her split from Charles.

Her friendship with Elton John has been well-documented, and many have alluded to her close relationships with George Michael and Freddie Mercury over the years.

More at Express.co.uk

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Madonna has donated so much money that she may legally become the EU’s newest member

As if 2020 wasn’t weird enough already, Madonna may end up replacing the United Kingdom as a member state of the European Union.

Because of an obscure EU law unearthed by Politico‘s Paul Dallison, Madonna can join the organisation because she pledged more money to fight coronavirus than several of its actual members.

Madonna pledged $1m during an online summit held by EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen aimed at raising money to research coronavirus vaccine development and produce tests.

$8bn (£6.5bn) was pledged altogether from 40 countries and donors from the EU and beyond, including £388m from the UK.

Madonna’s donation puts her ahead of Estonia and Lithuania, who didn’t donate, and the US and Russia who didn’t take part.

Because of the UK’s recent departure from the EU, Madonna could theoretically step in.

The queen of pop would be well placed to take up our absent spot, given that she lived here for almost a decade whilst married to English director Guy Ritchie.

She even has the British accent down (sort of).

And who’s to say the ‘mother of reinvention’ isn’t up for a new, if not slightly bizarre, chapter of her career?

To qualify for full membership status, Madonna would simply have to agree to uphold article two of the Treaty on European Union: upholding “human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”.

 

She might also have to rustle up some legislation that she could then whip into line with EU laws.

But if it all proved too much, it’s not like she can’t leave.

Madgexit anyone?

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‘A Freudian nightmare’: Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour turns 30

Three decades on, the controversy-courting concert tour is still shaping the ways female artists express their sexuality
Madonna at Feyenoord Stadion, Rotterdam in 1990.
 Express yourself… Madonna at Feyenoord Stadion, Rotterdam in 1990. Photograph: Gie Knaeps/Getty

 

In Toronto, Madonna simulated masturbation on a velvet bed under the watchful eye of the Canadian police, who threatened her with arrest if her show went ahead. In Italy, unions called for a general strike if Madonna performed, and Pope John Paul II declared her concert “one of the most satanic shows in the history of humanity”. The Blond Ambition tour, which turned 30 years old last month, remains among the most controversial tours of all time.

It seems bizarre now that so much fuss was made over a little fake frotting and a few gyrating nuns. But this was 1990, when Kylie Minogue was still performing in straw hats, Bananarama were deemed dangerous and the gossip pages raged over Annie Lennox singing Would I Lie to You in a bra. Into this age of relative wholesomeness landed Blond Ambition Madonna, on a mission to combine fashion, rock, Broadway theatricality and performance art, to “be provocative” and “break useless taboos”. Mission accomplished. Jean Paul Gaultier’s famous conical corset has been described as a “Freudian nightmare”, a generation of teenagers asked their parents what S&M stood for, and the coy suggestiveness of the live pop spectacle was blown wide open.

The themed set-pieces – religion, German expressionism, art deco, Madge’s rubbish new movie Dick Tracy – set a new bar for confrontational theatricality that only greater shock tactics could ever challenge. Marilyn Manson’s onstage Bible shredding is straight out of the “Madonna 90” guidebook, and with her firework bras, stage blood and copious dry-humping, Lady Gaga looks as if she was conceived at a Blond Ambition gig. But the key taboo Madonna broke that summer was that of feminine sexuality as strength rather than titillation, as something owned by the artist not cashed in by the svengalis. That’s what gave us SexKylie, “zig-a-zig-AH!”, Wrecking Ball-era Miley and Nicki Minaj’s bottom-obsessed Anaconda. It’s one of the reasons female artists feel comfortable singing about sex and desire today.

Sex sells, though, and more sex sells more. Over the decades, overt sexuality became the expected – nay, contractual – pop norm. Attention-grabbing boundaries were pushed to their limits, and artists were pressured to play this new, ever raunchier game. Enter Billie Eilish, defiantly covered, mocking the uber-sexualised expectations of modern pop with a film of her stripping off beneath blackened water: “If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me?” she intones, shaming the bodyshamers and staring out the monetisable male gaze. By asserting ownership of her body she is not re-establishing any old taboos, she’s breaking the oldest one of all – subservience. Her image, her body, her art, her rules. Which was Madonna’s point all along.

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Hard Candy discography online – 33 different items!

Brand new and freshly uploaded is the discography to:

HARD CANDY

Madonna’s urban influenced dance album released back in 2008, a collaboration with Timbaland, Pharrell, Danja and Justin Timberlake. Madonna toured the album with her Sticky & Sweet Tour the very same year. Three very succesful singles were released from the album and two of them even reached the number one spot in the official Dutch singles chart.

In the discography we have collected 33 different items, also included are some of the original sent out press released by Warner Music NL.

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