“A little up and down and all around, it’s all about survival,” coos Madonna on slinky boudoir groove “Survival,” the opening number of her just-turned-20 work Bedtime Stories. And, as all of us true Madonna queens know, prior to the release of this celebrated record, the Material Girl’s career at this point was indeed a little up and down and all around, and in definite need of survival.
Her previous studio set, the S&M-beat-blessed Erotica, ruffled the feathers of a lot of critics—and even some fans with its overt sexuality. Around the same time, her provocatively titled coffee-table book Sex prompted those same critics to throw up their hands. Had the queen of WTF moments reached her shock-value limits? Was America tired of her attention-getting ways? Many said yes. But those who doubted were eating their words after her infamous 1994 interview on Late Show With David Letterman, where she dropped F-bombs like they were going out of style. It was too much for a nation that was increasingly more conservative following Desert Storm and in the midst of a wallet-clenching recession. Girlfriend needed to reel it in.
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Temple alum and Mad Decent Block Party creator Diplo gets the cover story treatment in the latest issue of Billboard magazine. The article is a quick retrospective of his career thus far, touching on his time in Philly at the helm of the Hooked on Hollertronix parties. He also talks about what’s in store for his career, including working on a few new tracks with the Queen of Pop:
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Gay Star News (GSN) has come up with what it’s calling the “Definitive Ranking of Madonna’s Top 55 Songs.” It’s quite an ambitious—and risky—undertaking, ciphering through and judging the catalog of one of the most gay-loved icons ever. It’s bound to ruffle a few feathers.
Not surprisingly, the top 10—which was voted on by readers—mostly comprises songs from the ’80s and early-’90s. “Hung Up” is the one exception; it comes in at No. 5. The top slot goes to “Vogue,” which made headlines this week after the passing of Lauren Bacall.
The list was compiled in honor of Madonna’s 56th birthday, which happens tomorrow, the 16th of August. Here, I’ve listed GSN’s top 15 below. To see the rest, click on over to its site here.
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Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio. With the passing 0f raspy voiced screen icon Lauren Bacall, who died yesterday at the age of 89, all 16 icons that get name-dropped in Madonna’s “Vogue” are now dearly departed.
Truly the end of an era. We pay homage to these greats in the slideshow below.
Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)
Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962)
Marlene Dietrich (May 6, 1992)
Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)
Marlon Brando (July 1, 2004)
James Dean (Sept. 30, 1955)
Grace Kelly (Sept. 14, 1982)
Jean Harlow (June 7, 1937)
Gene Kelly (Feb. 2, 1996)
Fred Astaire (June 2, 1987)
Ginger Rogers (April 25, 1995)
Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)
Lauren Bacall (Aug. 12, 2014)
Katharine Hepburn (June 29, 2003)
Lana Turner (June 29, 1995)
Bette Davis (Oct. 6, 1989)
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Madonna’s newest album is rumored to be called #UnapologeticBitch, and that’s exactly what she was when she ducked out of jury duty earlier this week.
The Material Girl was due in Manhattan Supreme Court this past Tuesday, but sources say she provided doctor’s documentation in order to be excused. She won’t be going vogue just yet: the court offices are coming up with an alternative date for the pop diva to be called in for jury duty.
I have a feeling that this song may have been exactly what the court clerk sang in response when he found out that Madonna wasn’t coming in:
Miami-based DJ Tracy Young — most known for spinning Madonna and Guy Richie’s wedding party in 2000, and (sorry, Tracy) being the woman who briefly turned Kim Zolciak bisexual on Real Housewives of Atlanta — is coming to Philadelphia this weekend to spin the second go-round of Bruce Yelk’s new bi-weekly rager, bi at Sundown. In anticipation, I called her up one day to ask her 15 quick, fun questions. In the course of about 20 minutes I learned that she’s nuts for Miley Cyrus, not so nuts for Gaga, and, heads up, ladies, she’s single and open to mingling.
Interview after the jump
Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Adele and Frank Ocean are all set to release new albums in 2014.
One of my favorite things about a new year is wiping my music slate clean. I can leave those over-played, over-twerked tracks from the year before (ahem, “Blurred Lines” and Miley’s EVERYTHING) behind me and focus on a brand new year of tunes. Because I’m not very good at waiting, I’ve done a little research into what’s slated for 2014, and I have to say it looks like a promising year for the charts (and our gay ears.) Here are some of my most-anticipated picks:
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Lourdes (center) plays Rizzo in a high school performance of Grease. Credit: MAXA/Landov
Looks like we may have a new Material Girl on our hands. The web is abuzz with news that Madonna’s daughter, 17-year-old Lourdes Leon, is wowing audiences in a high school production of Grease. And wouldn’t you know she’s playing the bad girl of the bunch, Rizzo. Us Weekly reports on the performance:
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A series of photos of Madonna posing nude when she was 18 will be auctioned with other artworks of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione. For the NSFW photos, click image or look below for link.
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Rare prints, tickets and backstage passes are just a few of the items available from Madonna’s storied career in Wolfgang’s Vault, an online store that’s marking the Material Girl’s 30th anniversary of being on the Billboard charts.
The website features a slew of rock ‘n roll collectibles from some of our favorite performers, but the Madonna goods really caught our attention. You can page back into the past three decades through magazines that have spotlighted her tours, new albums and movies over the years – not to mention drop some serious dough on rare fine art prints from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
That’s a lot of cone-shaped bras and lace gloves, people.