A few weeks ago, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary took to Twitter to announce that the Queen of Pop was about to hit the studio to begin work on her twelfth studio album – her first since 2008’s Hard Candy. At the time, we had a few suggestions for Madge. We recommended she A.) stay away from “hot” producers like RedOne or Dr. Luke, B.) make some real dance music, and C.) use the ups and downs of the last few years to write about something substantial.
And guess what? She’s taking our advice!
Oseary tweeted that Her Madgesty began work on the untitled album on the Fourth of July. Now the first producer has been named and he’s someone to get excited about: Martin Solveig. Solveig is a French electronic music DJ and producer best known for work with Canadian electropop group Dragonette and the song “Hello,” which became a hit in the U.S. after being featured in commercials for Trident.
Remember what happened the last time Madonna worked with a lesser-known French DJ? Music happened. Read More...
Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, took to Twitter yesterday to announce that the Queen of Pop would be hitting the studio next month to begin work on her twelfth studio album – her first since 2008’s Hard Candy. “Madonna goes into the recording studio next month to begin work on new album,” he wrote. Soon after, a fan asked who M would be hitting the studio with, and Oseary responded, saying, “She has a good idea on which producers she will be working with.”
He did not elaborate further.
Which got us thinking about what we’d like to hear from the pop trendsetter who’s done it all. More than 28 years into her record shattering career, Madonna really doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone – she’s the top-selling female artist ever, has had more top ten hits than Elvis (or anyone else, alive or dead) and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. But with Lady Gaga hotter on her heels than any other diva who’s made a play for her throne, Madge does have a reason to put out a killer album.
As longtime fans, we know what has and hasn’t worked for Madonna over the years. Read on for our thought on how she should approach her next record. Read More...
What Her Madgesty wants, Her Madgesty gets! And what Madonna wants right now is to be taken seriously as a film director.
It looks like her wish has been granted: The Weinstein Company, who scored multiple Oscars this year with The King’s Speech, has picked up the distribution rights to the Queen of Pop’s latest directorial effort, W.E., a historical romance about a contemporary New York woman, played by Abbie Cornish, who becomes obsessed with the love story between Britain's King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) only to find the realities of their relationship far more complicated than she ever imagined.
“W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made,” Madonna said in a press release. “I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time, and bringing it to life has been a great adventure for me. I’m looking forward to working with Harvey [Weinstein] and The Weinstein Company on this film.”
By Jocelyn Vena and Sabrina Rojas Weiss
When we saw how hot Rihanna looked in her tuxedo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala on Monday night, we were reminded that she's certainly not the first chica to turn fancy menswear into an androgynous fashion statement. Here are some of our favorite ladies to go black-tie in the public eye:
Celine Dion: For the 1999 Academy Awards, the diva mixed things up by opting for white and then, apparently styled by by Kris Kross, she wore the jacket backwards! Let's not even get started on the hat.
Madonna: Of course, what Madonna wore at the 2005 VMAs was greatly overshadowed by the fact that she made out with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
By Nicole Guanlao and Whitney Benta
Lady Gaga's concert at Terminal 5 in New York on Saturday was quite a spectacle. The "Poker Face" singer went through six costume changes, but three ensembles really stood out in our minds: She donned an outfit made entirely of plastic bubbles while playing on a piano filled with bubble-like balls; she also wore a yellow futuristic dress with pointy shoulder pads, and a Britney Spears "Toxic"-inspired flesh-tone leotard with a police hat.
During the show, Gaga gave a shout-out to her good friend Marc Jacobs. Marc wasn't in the building, but his presence was definitely felt: For Gaga's fifth outfit change, Jacobs created custom Louis Vuitton Graffiti leggings for her dancers, and Gaga rocked a pair of Louis Vuitton stilettos to match. One day we only hope to have friends that design for Louis Vuitton — clearly Lady Gaga is having the time of her life!
Not only can she pull off the craziest styles, but she's quite the performer too. Read More...
Who doesn't love the magic of a Madonna and Britney Spears duet? Right. No one. So you can only imagine how excited fans were about a rumor that Madge might show up at Brit's big Nassau Coliseum show later this month.
The rumor was started by someone claiming to be Britney's stylist. David Alexander spilled details of the supposed super secret duet to celebrity weekly In Touch. "She'll be singing with Madonna in New York. It will be 'Get Together' and 'Trouble.' So, together the song is called 'Lose Control,'" Alexander told the magazine, implying a mash-up of the singers' hits. The alleged stylist added that Madge might also join Britney for one of her L.A. shows in April. "It's supposed to be a surprise!" Read More...
Her name might not be Rio, but she sure danced like she was on a pile of sand.
Madonna took her Sticky & Sweet Tour down to Rio de Janiero on a rainy night last weekend, but her footing onstage was neither sticky nor sweet: Dressed in an outfit that might have been more age-appropriate for her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, 50-year-old Madonna took a pretty awesome nosedive.
Rain on concert days is not Madonna's friend, as anyone who's seen "Truth or Dare" can attest. And after her spill here, she did her best to pass off the fall by writhing around on the stage. This, of course, only made things more awkward. Read More...
Even if you've spent the past six months traveling with an actual circus, you are probably aware that Britney Spears' new album is called Circus and that it hits stores Tuesday.
You are probably also marginally aware that this is her big comeback record (again), and as such, she is back (or so say the legions of her disturbingly dedicated fans). Or that she is fierce and free and, of course, better than ever. And all of those things are fine and good and — to varying degrees — sort of true. But there is one thing you probably aren't aware of ... something shocking and, to be honest, sort of awful: Britney has started wearing a top hat in public. You know, just like a ringmaster. Because her album is called Circus. Get it?
It was a pop star summit for the ages: Britney, Justin and Madonna, all on the same stage on the same night. The Material Girl made it happen Thursday night at her Dodger Stadium show in Los Angeles — only, Brit and JT never actually appeared together. It's a start, anyway.
Read more about Madonna's show with Britney and Justin here.
Madonna has been a lot of things over the years: urban cowgirl, dancing queen, electro empress, pop priestess and ill-advised rapper.
But indie rocker? Madonna biographer Andrew Morton has found a 27-year-old tape of some of the singer's earliest recordings, chronicling the era when the future chameleonic media maven was a struggling dancer living in the basement of a Queens, New York, synagogue with brothers Ed and Dan Gilroy, the latter of whom was Madonna's boyfriend at the time. Read More...