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:
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:
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.
Here’s the good news, Democratic Americans: Madonna has joined the ranks of George Clooney, Will Smith, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts and scores of other celebs in endorsing Barack Obama for reelection. The bad news: She called him a “black Muslim.”
During a concert at the Verizon Centre in Washington, the aging pop star announced to a crowd of thousands: “It’s so amazing and incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House … So y’all better vote for fucking Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right, we have a black Muslim in the White House, OK? Now that is some shit. That’s some amazing shit. It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, OK? So support the man, goddammit!”
Madonna was quickly called out on her mistake—Obama is well-known for his Christianity—and released the following statement:
“I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim – though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were? The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is—nor should anyone else in America,” she said.
Ironic? Seems doubtful, Madge. (Especially since I’m pretty sure she’s referring to sarcasm and not irony.)
Electro-pop duo Purple Crush has recently released a cover of Madonna’s oldie but goodie “Lucky Star.” The band’s also launched a “MadonnaWannaBe” campaign that’s raising money to record even more music from the Material Girl’s songbook – it even coincides with a new tour.
“We are going to reward special contributors with something everyone wants out of an artist – the ability to control them!” the band says. “Yes, you can tell Purple Crush which Madonna song to cover!”
Will it be “Vogue,” “Erotica,” or maybe even “Holiday?”
Most recently, the duo – which look like they’ve stepped out of an American Apparel catalog – has been opening for Leslie and the LYs to promote their new album, “Welcome 2 the Underground,” which is available digitally on Amazon and iTunes.
The showtime posted on the tickets for last night’s Madonna show in Philadelphia—the kickoff date of her North American MDNA Tour—was 8 p.m., although some people thought it was supposed to start as early as 7 p.m. So it’s no surprise that with no sign of the enduring 54-year-old pop star by 9:30 p.m., fans are starting to get restless.
At 9:35 p.m., the follow spot operators get into position, strapped into their pods high above the stage, seemingly an indication that things are about to begin. 9:50 p.m., a gentleman emerges to test a wireless microphone, walking the perimeter of the triangular catwalk that jutted out into the capacity crowd of 20,000. 9:52 p.m., another mic test. And another. And then another. And another. No, seriously. Another. He took his microphone testing stroll, and quite the relaxed stroll it was, as many as 10 times. Still no Madonna.
With the time at 10:15 p.m. on a weeknight, the first “bull-shit” chants ring out. Bull. Shit. Bull. Shit. Bull. Shit. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” says the guy behind me. “She has until 10:30, and then we’re out of here.” The subject of refunds emerges on Twitter. At 10:23 p.m., the full-on “boos” begin while the neighbor to my right shows me her ticket and points out, “$355 per ticket,” with her companion adding that this was after paying to join the fan club just to gain access to the pre-sale. “She forgot she’s in Philly. They boo Santa Claus here.” The boos roar.
As Madonna kicks off her North American MDNA Tour in Philly tonight (will we see tumbleweeds in the Gayborhood?), she shared a poem via her publicist that tackles some of the criticism she’s been fielding about the gun imagery, feuds (think she has Elton in mind?) and much more.
What do you think? Is Madge a regular Lady Byron?
Is a journey.
The journey of a soul from darkness to light
It is part cinematic musical theatre.
Part spectacle and sometimes intimate Performance art.
But above all its a journey
From darkness to light
From anger to love
from chaos to order.
It’s true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns – but they are used as metaphors.
I do not condone violence or the use of guns.
Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life
and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.
It’s not easy being gay in Russia. Now that a new law has been passed in St. Petersburg making it illegal to “promote” homosexuality, entertainers are coming under fire for being out and proud and in support of LGBT rights in the conservative country.
Madonna is the most recent target of anti-gay activists. The AP is reporting that the superstar is being sued by Russian activists to the tune of $10.5 million dollars (that’s a lot of rubles) because she was pro-gay during a concert in which kids as young as 12 were attending.
The plaintiffs are using concert footage of the Material Girl stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians as proof for the case.
Madonna has also been vocal about the imprisonment of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot. The three musicians in the band were sentenced to two years in prison each for protesting against Vladimir Putin. The situation has drawn criticism from abroad, including from her Madgesty, who called on “all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment” during a show in Russia.
There’s been no word from Madonna’s camp on the lawsuit. But here’s a clip of her pro-gay, pro-Pussy Riot speech:
Picture it: 1992 in the suburbs of Chicago. Shaun Sperling is celebrating his journey into manhood by – how else? – striking a pose! The theme for the 13-year-old’s Bar Mitzvah was Madonna. As this old-school video goes viral two decades later (thank goodness for big hair, Memorex and Madonna), it reminds us of a time when nothing could stand between a young man and his need to “give good face.”
Shaun, if you’re out there – call us, maybe?
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