Madonna’s ‘GHV2’ discography added – 42 different pressings!

Next up in the discography was Madonna’s second greatest hits album: GHV2

Originally titled ‘The Second Coming’ was quite a departure from Madonna’s first greatest hits collection ‘The Immaculate Collection’ released in 1991. The songs were not included in chronological order, various edits were used and quite a few songs were ‘missing’. Also the fact that there were no new songs let to disappointment among fans. Warner Music launched quite a big promotional campaign and the compilation still sold well, though it can in no way compare to the success of The Immaculate Collection.

In the discography we have collected 42 different pressings (CD, cassette, vinyl and VHS)

Check it all out HERE

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Almodovar Star Threatened Madonna With Cutthroat Gesture

Spanish actress who appeared in several Pedro Almodovar films has revealed that she once threatened “rude” Madonna and flirted with Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson.

Loles Leon, 69, was appearing on the Spanish version of ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ alongside British-Spanish actress Belinda Washington and TV presenter Irma Soriano, among others.

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Loles Leon during the program where she revealed her confrontation with Madonna

The actress, who appeared in the Pedro Almodovar movies ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ (1988) and ‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’ (1990), spoke about the time she met Madonna at a star-studded party.

She said: “The party was organised by Pedro (Almodovar) while Madonna was in Spain on tour.”

Leon said that this was around the time that Madonna was “flirting with Antonio Banderas”, who starred in many of Almodovar’s early films.

She said that the Spanish director asked her to perform a song and “while I was singing, Madonna started to talk loudly to somebody behind her.

Leon said to Madonna in English: “You, Madonna, look at me because I am here singing. If you don’t look…”

During the ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ conversation, Leon stood up and performed the ‘cutthroat gesture’ that she claimed she showed to Madonna.

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Loles Leon

Leon continued: “Madonna said that ‘all Spanish women have razors in their knickers’ and I said [in Spanish] ‘yes, when people behave as rudely as you’.

“I asked for it to be translated and she did not move a muscle afterwards.”

 

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Madonna Crazy Dave Grohl & Eddie Vedder Claim Revealed

Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin was recently interviewed on 5 Questions With Tommy Black, and he revealed that Madonna showed up at a Pearl Jam concert featuring Eddie Vedder at the height of his fame that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was also at along with a legendary Grunge band. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments.

“I remember it was a pretty full room, I was there with Guy [Ritchie] and Madonna had come in. It was a pretty crazy night there.” Martin and Black then discussed how the Madonna meeting went further. Scott Weiland was also involved in the Pearl Jam show that Madonna was at.

Black:  On the Guy [Ritchie]/Madonna thing, now you were signed to Maverick which was Madonna’s label. Tell me a little bit about that?

Martin: Well for us there were the first label to come to the table.

*Martin catches himself*

Martin: Well that’s not true, we had been invited by EMI-SPK and I think their biggest band at the time was Pulp, that’s when Fred Davis was running SPK. They invited us down and we played the Club Lingerie in October of 1992 and I was told he’d see us play by his attorney. Fred Davis didn’t show up but Guy [Richie] did and said I want you to meet Freddy and Abby? [second name I can’t hear] Two days later they set up a meeting with us at the old Hollywood Regency which is now an apartment building on Hollywood Boulevard just west of Fairfax and that was the beginning of it for us. We signed a contract that December, started the record in the spring and it came out the twentieth of June of 1993 and the rest is history.

We really didn’t get to know or meet Madonna until 1994. Like I said, she came to the Viper Room gig and the Whiskey Room gig that we played but we didn’t spend time with her. It wasn’t until New York with Rush, Madison Square Garden in April of 1994 that we actually got to sit down and have dinner with her – but, amazing label dude.  We were the first band and we had been approached in Los Angeles once everybody had found out we were signing with Maverick – Geffen called, Capitol, Island, etc.

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Irish designer is hand-in-glove with Madonna

Madonna wears gloves by Irish designer Paula Rowan.

Madonna wears gloves by Irish designer Paula Rowan.

Hands up to Madonna

“Your heart fits me like a glove” goes a line from a song called True Blue in Madonna’s latest video, Madame X, that launched last April on MTV. The gloves in question which she wears so dramatically are from Paula Rowan – three styles called the Monserrat, Barbara and Lola Mongolian feature in the video. The singer also wore the Hayley cuff on the Graham Norton show and on the Jimmy Fallon show in New York and most recently called in a long pair for Pride NY.

“Seeing my gloves on Madonna has been one of a series of special moments this year” says the designer, adding that Kendall Jenner was photographed wearing her gloves in Vogue and there was other international coverage in both Italian and US Vogue, Marie Claire, Vogue Homme and AnOther.

The Hayley cuff in lambskin leather with frill detail costs €150 and the red leather Monserrat, a 16-button glove is €310, available in her Dublin store in the Westbury Centre as well as Corso Como in Milan and New York and Lianne Tio Luxury in Rotterdam.

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These are Madonna’s 8 most queer-positive anthems

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It’s been a huge year for Madonna.

Not only did the Queen of Pop score her ninth number one album, but she headlined WorldPride in New York City.

Throughout her forty-year career, the tireless ally has made it a point to celebrate and uplift the community through her work and her outspoken activism. From groundbreaking Truth or Daredocumentary to her makeout VMA moment with Britney (and Xtina) to her New Year’s performance at the legendary Stonewall Inn, Madonna’s track record for standing with the community is unmatched.

To honor Madame X’s new album and contribution to the biggest pride season ever, we’ve narrowed down her eight queerest songs.

The task was no easy achievement, but rather than focusing on her biggest club hits (sorry “Like A Prayer”), this list pays homage to tracks with significant LGBTQ backstories.

1. “Express Yourself” (Like a Prayer, 1989)

Self-empowerment anthems have always been a staple of any proper soundtrack to the community, and Madonna’s mega-hit feminist manifesto is no different. It even

2. “Vogue” (I’m Breathless, 1990)

It’s hard to imagine a world where one of Madonna’s most massive hits was originally considered a b-side, but the global smash (it reached number one in over 30 countries) was haphazardly tacked on to the Dick Tracy soundtrack. The song was inspired by the Harlem queer house ball community and choreographers Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza. The track is credited with reviving the disco genre a decade after its commercial death and pushing house music into the mainstream.

3. “In This Life” (Erotica, 1992)

Towards the very end of the otherwise seductive Erotica album, Madonna made room for a moment of introspection. Following the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Madonna dedicated this track to a victim of the crisis, Christopher Flynn – a close friend who took her to her first gay club in Detroit. “For the first time I saw men kissing men, girls dressed like boys, boys wearing hot pants, insane, incredible dancing and a kind of freedom and joy and happiness that I had never seen before,” she said at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards. “I finally felt like I was not alone, that it was OK to be different and to not be like everybody else. And that after all, I was not a freak. I felt at home, and it gave me hope.”

4. “Human Nature” (Bedtime Stories, 1994)

After negative publicity following the release of her Sex coffee table book and her sex-positive album Erotica, Ms. Ciccone sent a clear message to critics who felt she had gone too far. The track, which features the lyrics “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself” on loop, combined with a S&M-inspired music video was a damning declaration: “I’m not sorry, it’s human nature.”

5. “I’d Rather Be Your Lover” (Bedtime Stories, 1994)

Throughout her career, Madge has collaborated with several queer artists; in fact, several tracks on Madame X were co-written by Brittany Hazzard (also known as Starrah), a red-hot lesbian hitmaker for the likes of DrakeRihannaNicki Minaj. In 1994, Madonna enlisted Meshell Ndegeocello to play bass on “I’d Rather Be Your Lover,” but the indie darling’s contribution to the track ended up bigger: producers decided to remove a rap from Tupac Shakur after criminal charges were filed against him and Ndegeocello spit a verse instead.

6. “Forbidden Love” (Confessions On The Dancefloor, 2005)

A bootleg remix of this euphoric track circulated on the Internet, changing pronouns to make the song’s lyrical message – about a taboo affair – take on a queerer meaning.

7. “Unapologetic Bitch” (Rebel Heart, 2015)

During each stop of her massive Rebel Heart tour, Madonna brought out a lucky fan to assist with the reggae-tinged track’s performance. At the end of the track, she gifted the guest performer – which included famous friends like Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Anderson Cooper, with a banana. In fact, during the tour’s opener in Montreal, she turned the song’s producer, superstar DJ Diplo, around and simulated insertion of the phallic fruit, quipping, “There’s so many things you can do with a banana.”

8. “I Rise” and “God Control” (Madame X, 2019)

Madonna has described this “I Rise” as a “way of giving voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind.” The track features a clip of a speech from bisexual gun control advocate Emma González. The music video for the song’s sister track, “God Control,” pays homage to the Pulse nightclub massacre and features cameos from queer stars Monét X Change and Gigi Gorgeous.

Related: These 20 albums were essential in shaping LGBTQ culture

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Madonna & Swae Lee’s “Crave” Gets An MNEK Remix

Just when you thought Madonna had pressed pause on the Madame X promo to prepare for her upcoming tour, the Queen of Pop rolls out a random (but very welcome) “Crave” remix. If any track from the living legend’s 14th album is going to cut through ageist bullshit and take off on radio, it’s this. The Swae Lee-assisted bop is easily the most accessible track on Madonna’s genre-shifting opus and it has already found a little love at Adult Contemporary radio. (Not an easy feat for a sexy hip-hop/pop hybrid).

Madonna will now vie for the attention of clubbers with a dance-pop overhaul courtesy of MNEK. Of course, the Language hitmaker has previously worked with M on Rebel Heart. (He co-wrote “Hold Tight” and can be heard singing backing vocals on “Living For Love”). The Brit leaves “Crave” largely intact, but raises the BPM and trims down the verses. At this point, it looks like Madonna is promoting every song on the album with at least a music video, so it will be interesting to see what tidbit arrives next. Listen to MNEK’s “Crave” remix below.

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4 decades on top!

The only female artist of all time to have 1 hit (at least) in 4 successive decades that exceeds 100 million views on YouTube:
80’s: Isla Bonita
90’s: Vogue (since today)
2000: Hung Up
2010: Bitch I’m Madonna


(Thx Yannick P.)

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Madame X Russia (unofficial) and corrected clear vinyl added to discography

Two newly added items to our Madame X discography

  • Russia CD (unofficial, pictured)
  • 12″ U.S.A. clear vinyl with corrected tracklisting 

Normally I wouldn’t have included an unofficial release in the specific discography, however for this Russian CD I am making an exception as it’s quite a convincing one. To inform serious collectors I wanted to point out that even though the Matrix indicates a Universal pressing, it is not an official release! This Russian CD contains all 18 tracks on one CD, so that might ring an instant alarm. 

Please check this and the corrected 12″ clear vinyl out HERE

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Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix discography online – 11 different (promo) pressings

After a long (Madame X) break we are picking up the discography again. So where did we leave it? We had just finished scanning and photographing the releases of the ‘Music’, so now moving on to the GHV2 era!

Brand new is our discography to the promotional only release of the Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix, a remix that was released to promote Madonna’s follow-up greatest hits collection to ‘The Immaculate Collection’ from 1991. Madonna’s record company even released a promotional video for the megamix.

We have collected 11 different pressings for this promotional track in our discography, check it all out HERE

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Madonna ‘Lucky Star’ debut album article from WEA Germany industry only mag (1983)

To remain in the spirit of the 36th anniversary of Madonna’s debut album we have added another rare article to The First Album page HERE.

This article comes from WEA Germany industry only magazine ‘Good News’ from 1983 (WEA Nachrichten zum saisonstart 1983). As you can see they refer to her upcoming first album as ‘Lucky Star’. The translation goes a little something like this:

‘Who is Madonna? With two Maxi-Singles (Everybody and Burning Up) she conquered the US Dance Charts. “When people see me they are honestly surprised that I am caucasian and not a punk”. She writes her own songs, Reggie Lucas is responsible as a producer for the funk on her first album “Lucky Star”. “Lucky Star” is a dynamic debut by a young and exciting singer and songwriter.’

MADONNA

“Lucky Star”

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Celebrating 36-Years Of Madonna – Borderline Never-Before-Heard Rehearsal Take

36-years ago, today, Madonna released her now-iconic debut album, appropriately titled Madonna, which sold more than 10-million copies, and spawned 5-massive singles. Borderline spent a staggering 30-weeks on the Billboard 100, helping to catapult Madonna into an international superstar. 

In 1982, Madonna was working with producer Reggie Lucas on her debut album. She had already composed three songs when Lucas brought one of his own compositions to the project, calling it “Borderline.” After recording the song, Madonna was unhappy with the final version, feeling that Lucas used too many instruments and did not consider her ideas for the song. This led to a dispute between the two. After finishing the album, Lucas left the project without altering the songs to Madonna’s specifications. Madonna brought her then-boyfriend John “Jellybean” Benitez to remix “Borderline” and two other recorded tracks. On hearing the final version, Seymour Stein, head of Sire Records, declared, “I dared to believe this was going to be huge beyond belief, the biggest thing I’d ever had, after I heard ‘Borderline’… The passion that she put into that song, I thought, there’s no stopping this girl”

The song has been performed by Madonna on The Virgin Tour in 1985, in the 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour which was not included in the 2009 leg of the tour and was replaced by a rock version of “Dress You Up”. The song was also performed at her one-off concert, Madonna: Tears of a Clown, in 2016. She also performed a stripped-back version of the song live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2016. 

At the 1984 Billboard Music Awards,”Borderline” received two nominations, in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Choreography in a Music Video. To celebrate, PopWrapped CEO, Zachary Jaydon, has dug into his personal collection of Madonna Master Tapes, to offer you a rare, never-before-heard rehearsal take of Borderline, the fifth and final single from the record.

LISTEN HERE

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Madonna 1983 promotional (post)card for debut album

To celebrate the 36th anniversary of Madonna’s debut album we have added the following item to our ‘MADONNA’ album promo page.

This is an extremely rare promotional (post)card in big size with the album’s logo on the front. Now I had never seen one before and didn’t knew it existed until I got this one straight from Warner Bros’ archives in New York. The back of the promotional card is blank, however my copy has interesting handwritten notes on it that say

‘Mike Todd Room June 11’

These details refer to the location of the official After Party for the final night of The Virgin Tour in the Mike Todd Room at The Palladium in New York City on June 11 1985.

To check this out and more click HERE

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