Sure, the movies are what count when it comes to the Oscar nominations, but there’s also some music news sprinkled in there. On Tuesday when names like Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill (yes, that Jonah Hill), George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Rooney Mara and many more were announced as nominees, there were a few musicians who also got some love.
In the Music (Original Song) category only two songs made the cut, “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” (music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie) and “Real in Rio” from “Rio” (music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett).
Surprisingly, will.i.am’s “Rio” track “Hot Wings” didn’t make the cut, nor did the Elton John/Lady Gaga track "Hello "Hello" from “Gnomeo & Juliet.” But, most surprisingly, Mary J. Blige’s “The Help” track, “The Living Proof,” was noticeably absent from the final list of nominees.
For all the Madge stans out there, Madonna's Golden Globe-winning track “Masterpiece” was ineligible due to Academy placement regulations, but her film, “W.E.,” did at least get one nod in the costume design category. At the NYC premiere of the film on Monday, the singer shared that all she wanted was some Academy love for the movie, so that should make the Queen of Pop happy. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
It appears the legendary Elton John still has some inexplicable beef with pop queen Madonna (over what exactly, we’re not so sure?). At this weekend’s Golden Globe Awards, John echoed sentiments (similar to things he's said in the past) that Madonna didn’t deserve to take home an award in his not so humble opinion.
When interviewed on the red carpet by Carson Daly pre-awards, John concluded the Material Girl “doesn’t have a f***ing chance of winning” for Best Original Song for “Masterpiece,” from her personally written/directed/produced film “W.E.” (John was also nominated for “Hello Hello” from the animated stinker “Gnomeo and Juliet.”)
Daly tried to laugh the comment off and asked if those were fighting words, with John correcting sharply that they were “accurate words."
Much to John’s surprise (as the cameras panned to him, the look on his face said it all), Madge took home the award later in the evening and gave a speech sprinkled with her slight (fake) English accent, which she hasn’t managed to shake even after divorcing her British ex-hubby Guy Ritchie.
According to TMZ, John’s hubby, David Furnish, soon joined in to fan the flames. “Madonna. Best Song???? F**k off!!!” he quickly blasted on Facebook. “Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism. And her criticism of Gaga shows how desperate she really is,” he continued. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
It appears pop queen Madonna still knows how to stir up some controversy! Her latest concerns the title she's chosen for her newest album, M.D.N.A., which is one letter away from the club-goer’s drug of choice, MDMA (the stuff in ecstasy that makes you feel so, well, ecstatic). Anti-drug campaigners aren’t exactly thrilled with the album bearing a name so phonetically similar.
The singer was chatting with Graham Norton on his BBC1 show yesterday in a pre-recorded interview when she made the big reveal of the title to her 12th studio album, which is set to drop in late-March. Much to the chagrin of these upset campaigners, Madonna can easily claim innocence since the title can also be argued as a simple abbreviation of her name. (See what she did there?)
A spokesman for the curiously titled campaign group Cannabis Skunk Sense, Lucy Dawe, told The Sun that such an album title was an “ill-advised decision.”
Regardless of the controversy, Madonna will lead the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show on February 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Madge will be performing her newest single, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” reportedly with guest vocalists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. in tow. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
Pop icon Madonna was more than a little pissed when her first new single in four years, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” leaked prematurely and quickly spread across the Internet. Madge’s manager, Guy Oseary, was vocally adamant on Twitter about trying to catch the culprit behind the leak – repeatedly asking fans to “respect the process” – and it appears Madonna and Oseary have made some headway.
Just before Christmas, a super-fan in Spain was busted for leaking and trying to sell seven new songs from her upcoming album onto the Internet, but according to The Sun, Madonna believes the realperpetrator is someone close and perhaps within her own inner circle. A source touched upon the matter with The Sun, saying, “He has been arrested but there’s a much bigger picture. The source of these leaks comes from within Madonna’s camp.”
The source continues to claim that individual tracks were being exchanged for well over $1,000 and that hundreds of hours of Madonna footage have been obtained through illegal means for upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. This is all in addition to the many un-retouched pics that surfaced of the pop star last year.
“It is all part of the same deal made by a few unscrupulous characters to line their pockets,” claims the source. Given the nature of some of the leaks (personal footage of Madonna, early unfinished song demos), the likelihood that the leaks are starting somewhere very close to the star do seem highly likely. Read More...
It's been a busy few weeks in Madonna land.
We finally got confirmation that the Queen of Pop would indeed be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI. Soon thereafter, a series of tweets from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. revealed that filming for the video to "Gimme All Your Luvin," the first single from her forthcoming, still-untitled 12th studio album, was underway. And this week, we found out that said album would be released by Interscope as part of a three-album deal, making her label-mates with Lady Gaga and Eminem.
"We couldn't be happier to work with [Interscope's] Jimmy Iovine, [Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group] Lucian Grainge and the entire Interscope team," Madonna's longtime manager Guy Oseary said in a statement. "We anticipate a very bright future at our new home."
Now comes word that Her Madgesty has started rehearsals for her Super Bowl performance and the alleged setlist has been leaked to fan site Madonnarama. So what classics can we expect to hear when she takes the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, on February 5? Read on to find out! Read More...
So everyone's going crazy because Nicki Minaj tweeted that she locked lips with the Queen of Pop, Madonna, on the set of the music video for "Give Me All Your Love," the buzzed about first single from Madonna's forthcoming 12th studio album.
Apparently, kissing Her Madgesty is oh-so good … "OH MY f'ingggg Gahhhh!!!!! MADONNA jus kissed me!!!!! On the lips!!!!!!! It felt sooooo good. Soooo soft!!!! *passes out* aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!" Nicki tweet-screamed to all of her Brabz and Kenz late last night. She continued her swoon-athon with a series of tweets (which you can check out after the jump!) for over an hour after.
Which got us thinking about what a kiss from Madonna really means. Of course, any time Madge locks lips with another lady, our mind is immediately drawn back to the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, where the Queen and the Princesses – that's Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, for those who don't know (and how is life under that rock?) – performed a "Like A Virgin" medley that included one of the most famous lip locks of all time.
In its own weird way, a lot of people read the performance and kiss and Madonna's way of anointing Spears as her pop successor. Sure, she kissed Christina too, but that's not what anyone remembers. They remember that jaw-dropping lip lock with Spears, who was then at the height of her global fame and still a few years removed from the personal drama that nearly consumed her career (blessedly, she got the help she needed and is back and as good as ever today).
Does that mean she sees something special in Nicki too? Read More...
By Henna Kathiya and Carly Kilroy
With Rihanna causing a stir in the music world with her controversial outfits and racy music videos, it comes as no surprise that her most recent hit "We Found Love" has been banned from being played in France before 10PM. But she's not the only mainstream artist to have her video banned from television. We spent some time looking through some of other videos that have been banned over the years and came up with a list of our five favorites.
Just make sure you don’t get caught watching these videos on your work computer. They got banned for a reason, after all!
Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"
What list would be complete without resident badass chick Lady Gaga? Lady Gaga has made her fame off of being weird and raising a lot of eyebrows with her fashion and compelling videos. The video for "Alejandro" is no different. Complete with religious and political symbolism, the Grammy Award-winning artist does not make her opinions subtle. As a LBGT activist, this video pays homage to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy with the classic raunchy Gaga twist. The video features a homoerotic military theme, with shirtless boys serving as her backup dancers. The video also shows Gaga wearing a latex nun’s habit. Other than making a blatant political statement, the video shows Gaga gyrating on a bed with one of the scantily clad dancers and openly making sexual gestures while wearing the nun’s habit. The end of the video also shows Gaga ripping off her latex nun’s outfit and having all the dancers grope her body. No wonder some sectors of the public were up in arms about this video.
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NEW YORK – On Saturday night at the Roseland Ballroom, the Queen of Pop held court with some of her biggest fans and ten of the world's best dancers for the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange's Dance 4 Madonna competition, with one lucky dancer chosen to join Madonna's dance crew.
The event was the culmination of a months-long online search where contestants were encouraged to submit 60-second clips of themselves getting into the groove. The best of the best then made their way to NYC to audition in front of Madonna for a spot on her next tour.
Madonna arrived fashionably late – let's say she was very fashionable on Saturday – and as soon as she was in the house, things kicked off with a massive group performance. International groups mixing both modern and traditional dance hit the stage first to warm up the crowd. After the opening number wrapped, Madonna emerged from under the main stage in a revealing black body suit (that booty!), knee-high boots and a bloused white shirt.
The crowd went nuts, of course. Read More...
Oh no, you guys, the Queen is pissed!
Yesterday, a demo version of what was widely assumed to be the lead single from Madonna's forthcoming record leaked online and everyone lost their minds about it for a hot second. The song, "Give Me All Your Love" featuring Nicki Minaj, received a standing ovation from the Internet, even in its unfinished form. "Give Me" is like a hybrid of early-80s Madonna and early aughts Madonna – think "Jimmy Jimmy" from True Blue meets "Beautiful Stranger" – and yeah, it's pretty great.
Except Madonna is all, "Why'd you guys blow my spot?" Actually, what she said, according to her manager Guy Oseary, is much worse – in that sad way where you feel bad about something even though you had nothing to do with it. Earlier today, Oseary took to Twitter to lament the demo leak, saying, "Madonna told me this morning 'my true fans wouldn't do this.'"
He went on to admit that he, and presumably Madonna, were happy with the positive reaction to the song, but asked that whoever leaked "Give Me All your Love" stop. He even requested that Her Madgesty's fans "police any more leaks."
Yes, we are still caught up in the pop whirlwind that is Madonna's leaked-may be finished-is it really her single 'Give Me All Your Love' (and yes, we still have a version here even though its being pulled feverishly from every corner of the Internets as we type).
What struck us most is how the song is wholly original while it also borrows from countless corners of pop and dance music. Everyone in our newsroom heard little bits and pieces of something else in it.
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So, without further ado, we break down just what we heard between the lines.
First off, there's that L-U-V Madonna, Y-O-U you wanna chant that acts like a call to arms.
You don't have to think to hard to land at Gwen Stefani's 'Hollaback Girl' with its cheerleader chatter geared for the dancefloor.