Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lourdes Dishes on Life After High School


In many ways, Lourdes Leon isn't your typical 18-year-old. Her mom is Madonna, after all. 
But the Material Girl designer and recent high school graduate still has time in her busy schedule to hang with friends. Lourdes, who goes by Lola, recently posted on her blog about graduation, prom and how she's been spending her last summer before college. 

"HEY to all the readers. I don't know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. Its very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like its something I've been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened," she wrote. "There also isn't the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you're about mid way into the beautiful summer." 
"A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music – this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I'm talking about. Of course I had a beautiful time but I'll attribute that to the fact that I partied with my awesome friends all night," she wrote. 

"I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year." 

"A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music – this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I'm talking about. Of course I had a beautiful time but I'll attribute that to the fact that I partied with my awesome friends all night," she wrote. 
"I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year." 

For more from Lourdes, check out her blog

Sunday, July 20, 2014

For the Record...Angel


'Angel' was released on April 10, 1985 by Sire Records as the third single from the 'Like a Virgin' album.  One of Madonna's many singles which she co-wrote with Stephen Bray, "Angel" reached No. 5 on the Hot 100 in 1985. Rather famously, "Angel's" 12" vinyl single contains one of the most famous b-sides in U.S. history: "Into the Groove." While "Into the Groove" received a proper release in other countries, in America, it was relegated to b-side status despite its enormous popularity both on the radio and on MTV.  The single also became Madonna's fifth consecutive top-five single on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of its dance charts. It was also able to reach number-one in Australia and the top-five of the charts in Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Madonna had initially planned to release a music video for "Angel", but later decided to go against it, as at that time, there were already five Madonna music videos on-rotation in the music channels and were being broadcast continuously. Hence, Warner Bros. and Madonna felt that adding another video to the already saturated channels, might not be in her favour. A promotional video, containing scenes from the music videos of "Burning Up", "Borderline", "Lucky Star", "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl" was made by Warner Bros. Records and aired in the United Kingdom.

Paparazzi...2014


The saying goes time flies when you're having fun. And it seemed the hours passed by unnoticed for Madonna, whose car was spotted being given a parking ticket by a warden as she left the Chiltern Firehouse on Saturday night.  The 55-year-old Grammy Award winning singer was seen leaving the popular London nightspot, with her chic black lace dress and click of bright red lipstick, Madonna ramped up the glamour on a night out in London on Saturday.  But despite leaving the club via a back exit, there was trouble in store for Madge when her driver received a parking ticket.

Earlier in the evening, the pop icon took to Instagram to share an extremely close-up shot of her face.  Referencing a line from her 1990 hit song Vogue, she included the message: 'What are you looking at!'

Friday, July 18, 2014

Madonna Flies Charter Flight

The 10 Best Covers of Madonna Songs


The Wikipedia page for Madonna tribute albums lists over 50 different collections of covers that render her songs in three times as many different ways: bossa nova, hard core punk, industrial, and as twinkly lullabies. And that’s not even counting the many different one-off versions that have popped up on albums and singles around the music world for the length of the Material Girl’s long reign on the public consciousness. Amid this chaff, there are plenty of worthwhile homages to our favourite pop princess, many of which you are likely familiar with and some you may have yet to hear. We waded through this pile of lace, leather and sparkle to come up with our highly subjective list of the 10 best takes on Madonna.


10. Information Society – “Express Yourself”
Of all the covers on this list, this is the one that feels the most obvious. These cyberpunks have been culling from the same pool of inspirations as Madonna for years, but filtered it into irony-laden Macbook technopop. Released on the 1999 Madonna tribute album Virgin Voices, this version cuts out every bit of the gospel histrionics that marks the original in place of a straightforward industrialized groove and slightly creepy samples that frequently bubble up throughout.
9. Sia – “Oh Father”
One of the least successful singles from her 1989 album Like A Prayer, “Oh Father” was a testament to Madonna’s willingness to mine her turbulent life for songwriting material. Tough stuff, to be sure, but effective all the same. Sia channels her own well of internal distress in her cover of the song (found on her 2010 LP We Are Born) but surrounds it with candyfloss synths and melodic textures that counter the original’s black & white template with bold primary colors.
8. Teenage Fanclub – “Like A Virgin”
We all have beloved kitschy covers songs like this, tracks that render heavily sequenced, computerized pop as raw rock tunes. This just happens to be my favorite. It feels like it existed solely to fill up the last bit of empty space on a reel of tape, a quality that bled into the rest of The King, the album on which this cover can be found, as the LP was released and then retracted on the same day in 1991. The vocals of bassist Gerard Love elevate this song due to his charmingly flat affect, as if he was three pints in and shoved onstage at a karaoke bar.
7. Bill Frisell – “Live To Tell”
This gorgeous cover arrives in a strange place on Frisell’s 1992 LP Have A Little Faith, arriving after he and his band spend some time working over a suite of songs from Aaron Copland’s Billy The Kid and right after they swing through Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” The master guitarist treats the ballad with something like humble respect, urging the melody out of his instrument, and using it as a framework for a gently floating solo that will just about take your breath away.
6. Ariel Pink – “Everybody”
There are 16 other covers to be had on the 2007 tribute album Through The Wildnerness, yet the only one that finds that sweet spot of respectful and blasphemous is this demo-like version of Madonna’s 1982 debut single. Like most of Pink’s other work, it has all the sonic beauty of a 92kbps mp3 demo that has been dumped onto a shitty cassette. In that mess, though, you’ll find the same urge to follow the song’s insistent lyrics to get up, dance, and sing.
5. John Wesley Harding – “Like A Prayer”
Another hallmark of the cover song game is to take a lush pop production and reduce it all down to the barest of minimums: a singer and a guitar. Which is exactly what John Wesley Harding did with this overblown anthem on his 1989 release God Made Me Do It: The Christmas EP. There was a cheeky element to his version, poking a hole in the massive tsunami of hype that accompanied the original’s release. But as with anything Harding does, there’s a deep element of respect for the song’s religious-based metaphor and ebullient drive.
4. Eric’s Trip – “Open Your Heart”
Like the aforementioned Teenage Fanclub cover, this New Brunswick, Canada, band ratchets up the distortion and angry drums in place of the glitterbomb synths and chicken-scratch guitar moves. But imagine the group ripping into this one in the middle of an already sublime set of noise rock and imagine yourself rightfully losing your little mind at the braggadocio and winking fun to be found in each overblown chord and bit of sneer singing.
3. The Flaming Lips/Stardeth & The White Dwarfs – “Borderline”
If you’re going to let Wayne Coyne and co. fuck around as much they seem to want to these days, why not insist on some great material from them to mess with? This follows the Lips’ template with big brash moments that try to replicate the feeling of watching a sunrise while ripped to the tits on acid. But to get there you have to lean in and catch nearly three minutes of cheap drum machine pulses and bits of noise that sound like your laptop’s hard drive having a gentle seizure. And god bless Coyne for still being able to tap into his tender side as he handles the pleading opening lines of this pop classic.
2. Vita feat. Ashanti – “Justify My Love”
It would be damn near impossible to improve upon the white-hot sensuality of Madonna’s 1990 original, so R&B singer Vita doesn’t bother. She instead uses virtually the same backing track and just oozes her quiet voice on top. And she ropes in the equally powerful Ashanti to provide a little extra heat to the choruses. This tribute gets extended to the accompanying video, which aims to replicate the controversial genuine article right down to the costumes and hotel hallway lapdance.
1. Ciccone Youth – “Into The Groove(y)”
This strange and wonderful side project of Sonic Youth and Minutemen bassist Mike Watt yielded only one LP, 1988’s The Whitey Album, and will likely best be remembered for this ridiculously awesome, lovingly fucked take on this track, best known for its use in the film Desperately Seeking Susan. The gang takes a dub-like approach to the track, with Thurston Moore’s vocals disappearing and returning throughout, snippets of the original popping up like small geysers, and applies the cut-up method to its use of drum machines and sequencers.
Robert Ham is a Portland-based freelance writer and regular contributor toPaste. You can follow him on Twitter.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Madonna Fires Back In Hard Candy Beauty Company Lawsuit


Madonna Hard Candy

Madonna is often called pop culture’s great influencer. But according to beauty and fashion brand Hard Candy, the superstar maliciously swiped their name in order to hawk fitness DVDs and apparel.

The Florida company, founded in 1995, filed a lawsuit in federal court for trademark infringement and unfair competition, claiming the mogul mom, 55, began selling her goods under the Hard Candy name in 2011 — despite a previous rejection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“Defendants’ actions have caused and will cause Hard Candy, LLC irreparable harm for which money damages and other legal remedies are inadequate,” federal court papers state. “Unless Defendants are restrained by this Court, Defendants will continue and/or expand the improper activities alleged in this Complaint and otherwise continue to cause great and irreparable harm and injury to Hard Candy, LLC.”

Though Hard Candy is also suing Madonna’s longtime manager, Guy Oseary, they claim the controversial singer “is the driving force behind the infringing activity, taking credit herself for the initial selection and subsequent expansion,” the documents continue.

I'll Remember...1988

The year was 1988. As she was preparing to release her iconic Like A Prayer album, Madonna (and her eyebrows) teamed up with the National AIDS Network for the Artists for Life PSA series that encouraged AIDS awareness.

Dressed in a black leather jacket and standing in the stairwell of what appears to be an inner city high school, the singer tells viewers: “Not having sex is one way to avoid AIDS. Not hanging out with people who shoot drugs is another. If you do have sex, use a condom.”
Noted.

Thanks, Madge.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ticketek Australia Adds Madonna tour wait list.


This Morning, it appears that Ticketek Australia has updated their site to include a 2015 Madonna tour wait list. For those of you that don't know. An artist doesn't usually have a wait list through ticketek if they don't have an upcoming show planned.  Rumours have been circulating for some time that Madonna would open her next tour in Australia. The Queen of pop promised Australia the greatest show on earth after the cancellation of the Australian leg of the MDNA tour. Screenshot2014-07-16104933_zps43e24d48

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Madonna: A 'Woman' Not a 'Desperate Cougar'


Last month, while stepping out in New York to catch a Broadway play, Madonna showed off her latest, ahem, acquisition. No, it wasn’t a newly discovered arm muscle from dancing 15 hours a day, the latest piece of Dior couture or a precious toddler orphan from Malawi.nnThe 55-year-old pop star has been reportedly romancing the youthful Dutch choreographer — who has worked with everyone from Beyoncé to Michael Jackson — since New Year’s Eve, when the pair met at designer Valentino’s Swiss château.  The revelation of this May-December relationship was about as shocking as Thursday coming after Wednesday.

Since her 2008 split from her fair-haired English director hubby, Guy Ritchie, her Madgesty has enjoyed the carnal company of swarthy, pillow-lipped young bucks with freakishly sculpted abs who could have been plucked from the same aesthetic conveyor belt.

First, there were reports she hooked up with A-Rod, who was a full-grown man of 32 — but still a good 17 years younger than Madonna. But in 2009 she really went for it: heavenly Brazilian model Jesus Luz was a babe of 22 when the then-51-year-old snared him. Then there was French dancer Brahim Zaibat, who was born in 1988, the year “Like a Prayer” hit No. 1. At the tender age of 25, he was replaced by Steffens.

God bless the ol’ gal — a lady’s gotta eat. Why shouldn’t she have the freshest ingredients?
After all, Leonardo DiCaprio and newly engaged Adam Levine regularly go to the Victoria’s Secret dealership and pick out the latest model — then follow that up with the next limited-edition version.  Before getting engaged to London barrister Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney practically made a cottage industry out of turning statuesque cocktail waitresses, C-list actresses and pro wrestlers into Cinderellas for a couple years before moving on.  
Those horndogs end up praised as desirable bachelors, while the Material Girl gets snarky comments — and not just from men.

Sharon Osbourne called Madonna a “wet nurse” and said she was past her “sell-by date” while discussing the singer’s dalliance with Steffens on “The Talk.” And the comments section of any online story about Madonna’s dating life is like a middle-school slam book.
Maybe that’s not just because of her cougar status, but because she’s the only female celeb right now sowing her oats. The otherwise unconventional Lady Gaga is in a serious relationship. Katy Perry is a serial monogamist who sticks to guys who are her equals, career- and fame-wise. And with Taylor Swift, it always seems like the tragic elements outweigh the fun.

Madonna, like proto-cougar Cher before her, is all about fun.  And she’s stood up for herself, explaining, “I didn’t, like, write down on a piece of paper, ‘I’m going to have a relationship with a younger man.’ That’s just what happened . . . I just met someone that I cared for, and this happened to be his age.”  Why should she have to cruise ourtime.com for old farts?
So go on Madge, (and Cher), keep chasing the young blood. Maybe someday, you’ll be seen as a woman instead of a desperate cougar.

Paparazzi...1992


Sunday, July 13, 2014

When was Jesus Born...

I'll Remember...1985



The history-making 1985 concert lasted about 16 hours and featured a star-studded musical lineup that included Britain’s own Queen, Elton John, Sting, David Bowie and Paul McCartney at Wembley while Madonna, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin took the stage in Philly along with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Run-DMC, the Beach Boys and Mick Jagger with Tina Turner, among many others. It was watched by 1.9 billion people and raised nearly $300 million to aid famine-ravaged Ethiopia.

“I’m not taking shit off today!”
                                      Madonna
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Friday, July 11, 2014

For the Record...Causing a Commotion



"Causing a Commotion"was the second single from Madonna's "Who's That Girl" soundtrack, peaking at No. 2 the week of October 24, 1987, for three straight weeks. (It was prevented from reaching the top by Michael Jackson's "Bad," which jumped to No. 1 the same week "Commotion" hit No. 2 for the first time.) "Causing a Commotion" also ranks as Madonna's biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit without an official music video.  

The song was written and produced by Madonna and long-term co-writer Stephen Bray and was inspired by her then husband Sean Penn and their often-tumultuous relationship. Madonna felt that her marriage to Penn was on the verge of breaking-up, due to Penn's abusive and violent nature. That translated as the inspiration behind the song. In a Rolling Stone article dated September 10, 1987, Madonna spoke about Penn's impact on her life and the song,
"I don't like violence. I never condone hitting anyone, and I never thought that any violence should have taken place. But on the other hand, I understood Sean's anger and believe me, I have wanted to hit him many times. I never would, you know, because I realize that it would just make things worse.  I felt like he was 'Causing a Commotion' to purposefully distract me. I wrote this song and vented my frustration in it."

In the United States, "Causing a Commotion" was released in August 1987. In the United Kingdom, the song was released just before the commencement of Madonna's 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour in October. In 1991, the Silver Screen Single Mix of the song was included on Madonna's The Holiday Collection EP. 

Madonna performed the song on the Who's That Girl World Tour – which was transmitted via satellite to the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards – and the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990. The performances were included in the home video release of the tours.