Her Madgesty gets her due in Brooklyn
Just as the clamor of Madonna's cameo performance at the Grammys was subsiding, she reappears during Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged to perform a mashup of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop." Madonna is the Queen of legendary pop music moments; this time, clad in a bedazzled cowgirl uniform, gettin' s ... More >>
It's true, that old adage about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions. Sometimes, there's a seed of a great idea, one that involves a number of powerful celebrities with household names combining the behemoths of their popularity for a noble cause. It blossoms, budding with it an awarene ... More >>
Madonna makes the people come together
If I sang this column onstage, you would make a shitty phone video of it
In this hilarious, spit-out-your-juice video starring Nadya Ginsburg, Brahim is so young he's an actual child. And so is his mother!
Madonna recently remarked that she loves Lady Gaga, adding that we'll be seeing the two divas onstage together real soon. I guess they buried the hatchet in Katy Perry. So what should Madonnagaga sing? I have some ideas:
Madonna w/ Avicii Yankee Stadium Thursday, September 6 Better than: The VMAs. If ever you need a concise summary of Madonna's year, the billing for her New York dates will do nicely. There's Madonna, her name in no way styled to resemble that of a party drug. And there's Avicii, a Swedish stadium- ... More >>
It's in today's New York Daily News, in an article by Nicole Lyn Pesce centering on a panel coming up dealing with Madonna vs. Gaga. (I'm not on the panel, but I managed to get my views out in the article anyway.) Said I:
She's at it again! Sir Elton John doesn't care for the antics of Madonna, his fellow British pop star, lol, and he's not afraid to flap off his mouth about it. "Her career's over," Elton stated in an incendiary interview. "Her tour's been a disaster. And it couldn't happen to a bigger cunt.
Here's part two of my "Best and Worst Parties I've Ever Been To" series: THE BEST Madonna's "Bedtime Story" party at Webster Hall in 1995 This was a 40-minute, invite-only bash where Junior Vasquez DJ'd, Madonna's five-million-dollar "Bedtime Story" video was premiered, and our star emerged in ... More >>
This morning I took an exercise class"piloxing," a combination of Pilates and boxing that results in its attendees punching the air for about 45 straight minutes and that I highly recommend for anyone who reads the Internet too muchand its mix of music was decidedly '90s-centric; high- ... More >>
First, the back story. Lady Gaga's 2011 hit "Born This Way" had some musical echoes of Madonna's "Express Yourself," so Madonna went into her dictionary and called it "reductive." She must have been boiling up inside about Gaga's ascendance and was waiting for a chance to publicly strike out and c ... More >>
At what point does the nostalgia overwhelm the art?
I'm happy for Madonna's longevity. I don't agree with all the ageist complaints about her. I realize the decks are stacked harder against the woman because of these prejudices. And I applaud her for using a crafty array of marketing devices to try staying on top, as she's always done. The other ... More >>
Whatever you thought of her performance at this year's Super Bowl, Madonna's halftime appearance had the desired effect: It drummed up awareness for her first album in four years, the longest recording gap of her career. When the Billboard 200 album chart is tallied in the middle of this week, Madg ... More >>
Who's that girl?
This week Madonna's 12th studio album and dive into the deep end of the EDM pool, MDNA, came out. I didn't like it very much. But what I like even less is the sexism-tinged age-baiting that the record seems to be inspiring in so many critics. Forbes was likely the worst offender of the bunch, going ... More >>
Ultra Music Festival pummeled Miami's Bayfront Park last weekend, motivating innumerable fist pumps over thirty hours of music, but it was the brief speech by a 53-year-old woman wearing a shirt emblazoned with the letters "MDNA" that has prompted disbelief within parts of the electronic dance music ... More >>
With Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" video out, the kids on the gay gossip site datalounge.com have gone wild with observations about which diva is pilfering from whom. Says one poster there: "Madonna rips off Gaga ripping off Madonna ripping off Gaga.
In their more carefree, young-turk days, Madonna and the Beastie Boys went on tour together, shocking parents and delighting the makers of fingerless gloves. After years of big-selling albums and experimentation of all sorts (sonic, sexual, film-making, etc.), both are firmly ensconsed in pop's pant ... More >>
According to this British newspaper review of Madge's new album, the song "I Don't Give A" is a tabloid lover's delight filled with wonderfully real recrimination and seething bitterness. Just what we want from a pop song! The song goes: "I tried to be a good girl "I tried to be your wife
Forget that the latest song to be released from Madonna's upcoming album MDNA is biting its title from a noxious DVD series run by one of the worst people ever to be hailed as a "celebrity" by American culture (a pretty impressive feat, that); never mind that it rhymes "fire" and "desire" on its pre ... More >>
The show started with great dignity. Morgan Freeman came out and a friend of mine said, "Is that the one who fucks the granddaughter?"
At the Super Bowl Half Time show, famously enough, M.I.A. flipped the bird and uttered an "expletive," unbeknownst to star Madonna, who later expressed dismay that such a juvenile act disrupted the feeling of love and peace that had taken over the stadium. This from the woman who said "Fuck" ... More >>
Fresh off her Super Bowl halftime performance, and its attendant digit-borne controversy, Madonna has announced a world tour in support of her forthcoming album MDNA. Its New York stop is set for September 6 at Yankee Stadium, which has a big wide-open schedule surrounding that date, just FYI. (Mado ... More >>
No, she's not going to do a movie of Cleopatra set in the Detroit cheerleading community. Or start a weight-loss pilattes regimen for women over 50 called Reductives. And no, she's not going away any time...ever!
Face it. She did fine at the Super Bowl. She led us through a pop-culture carnival involving gladiators, acrobats, cheerleaders, guest stars, lip-synching, a stumble, and a Wicked Witch of the West exit, followed by the rousing message of "Buy My Album," I mean, "World Peace." (And after she fero ... More >>
Well! When I went to bed last night I figured I'd be writing about a couple of aspects of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show, during which she ran through her catalog with the assistance of Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, a marching band, a choir, and gladiators. There was the whole notion ... More >>
The video for "Give Me All Your Lovin'," the first single from Madonna's MDNA, premiered in full this morning, and there is something vaguely... jeans-commercialish about the way the song sounds? I don't know if it's the stuttery beat or the electronically tweaked guitars accompanying Madge on the p ... More >>
The lady who memorably Marilyn'd it up with "Material Girl" is doing it again in her new video, maybe to show what Marilyn would have been like if she'd lived past 36. The video -- for Madge's song "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj) -- is a glossily photographed romp that ... More >>
Feuds have made Madonna exciting again, from Elton John snarling at her at every swivel to Lady Gaga appropriating Madonna's chord progression -- not to mention her spotlight -- in a "reductive" way. And I've figured out what this all reminds me of!
David Shankbone/WikipediaOn February 5, Madonna will be the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl, doing the impossible by turning a sports game into a Gay Olympics event. Her guest star will supposedly be Cee Lo Green and Madge will probably also be joined by her recording costars Nicki ... More >>
Madonna has done the impossible. Just by sticking it out, playing the game, and being simultaneously fabulous and appalling, she's made herself buzz-able again. Among her strokes of genius: *The annoying but hugely watched fashion-line promo video with the daughter, which some slow-witted observe ... More >>
Madonna had just won Best Song for cowriting something that pops up in the February release W.E.. Sir Elton (who's British royalty just like Dame Madge herself) hadn't won for "Hello Hello" from the animated movie about lawn gnomes in love.
Earlier today snippetstotaling 24 secondsof Madonna's newest single, entitled "Give Me All Your Love" and scheduled to serve as an amuse for her forthcoming 12th album, hit the web, causing amateur popmusicologists to scramble for meaning. (Lots of people went the "ooh trending ... More >>
Perhaps trying to corral back the "next Madonna" territory that Lady Gaga has gained in recent months, Team Britney Spears has released a version of the Material Girl's 1983 single "Burning Up"; the studio version seems to have been leaked as a way to jolt interest in her looming tour, the se ... More >>
This is an oldie but goodie: In the early 1990s, Madonna was preparing to do her infamous Sex book--a classic of ecdysiastical literature--and wanted to be inspired by the copious porn achievements of blonde vixen Traci Lords. The problem is that Traci had been underage when she did the por ... More >>
The Daily reports that Kabbalah has been using Madonna's charity donations for real estate deals instead of putting them towards their promised school-building ends. The debacle of Madge's Raising Malawi project -- which lost $3.8 million -- isn't the first time a Kabbalah-backed school has ... More >>
I recently April Fooled you about Madonna getting a special Oscar for acting, but there's finally a role that she could garner some gold with. And she doesn't want it! On Piers Morgan's chat show on CNN, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said he feels Madonna would be a ''great Norma Desmond'' i ... More >>
This is an exclusive, folks. The people that control the Academy Awards have decided that next year they will give a special Oscar to Madonna! For her screen work! A memo that was just leaked to me cites Madonna's "brash charm and deft, chameleon-like skill, as evidenced by her performance ... More >>
Get both for the price of one, sort of
Magnificently bespectacled electro-pop siren Amanda Warner, a/k/a MNDR, remains a bona fide SOTC obsession, combining tech-heavy Tigerbeat6 gearhounding with sharp hooks that make you think of Madonna and then make you feel ridiculous for thinking of Madonna until you conclude that thinking o ... More >>
Paying tribute to the holy one
I remember a time when Madonna was so sheltering of her daughter Lourdes that the girl wasn't even allowed to watch TV (though I bet a sneak peek at the occasional Madonna video was perfectly OK, yuck yuck). But once Madonna hit the age where radio turns a chilly shoulder to you -- and the y ... More >>
Madonna and ReporterYou don't get to be a publicist for one of the world's most famous people without biting off a few heads, letting the blood dribble down your chin and trampling on the lifeless body. Madonna's longtime right-hand lady Liz Rosenberg showed a glimmer of this necessary evil w ... More >>
So, you may have heard: Madonna has a stalker. Retired firefighter Robert Linhart, 59 -- gaunt, ice-pick-wielding, crazy-sign-writing, sidewalk-message-scrawling -- is determined to meet her, just determined. So he's pulling out all the stalker stops. Upon his arrest outside of her apartment ... More >>
The Material Girl is directing a film shoot in Brooklyn, and one man says that her crew was less than polite in telling him to walk on the other side of the street. "A chick with a headset held up her arm and said, 'You have to cross the street, sir!' I replied: 'I don't have to do anything. ... More >>
The 25th anniversary of a classic NYC movie