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Interview: Two Sides of the same Song
MadonnaTribeImagine a girl at the beginning of her career, wearing a crucifix on her neck, singing in the streets of Venice...

No, not *that* singer.

MadonnaTribe got in touch with Billy Steinberg, who wrote "Like A Virgin" with Tom Kelly thirty years ago, to ask him about the newly released - and much talked about - cover version of their immortal Madonna classic.

Here's what he told us about it.

"Yesterday, I heard Sister Cristina's version of "Like A Virgin" for the very first time [pun intended]. I also watched her video. I love both her recording and her video.

When Tom Kelly and I wrote the song, we were aware that the song had two sides --- a sexy side, utilizing the provocative word "virgin", and a more serious side because the song documents an event in my personal life where I felt rejuvenated by a new relationship after extricating myself from a destructive one.

Madonna's version of "Like A Virgin" definitely mined the sexy side of the song. Sister Cristina exposes the heartfelt content of the lyric.

It's ironic that Madonna chose to shoot her video of "Like A Virgin" in Venice, Italy. At the time, it seemed completely random and ridiculous to me. But now, with Sister Cristina's Venice video, it seems wonderful that both videos, conveying such different sentiments, were shot in the same location."

Thu, October 23 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Interview)
Mary Lambert's Madonna at the Grammys tidbits
Live from the US"She Keeps Me Warm"'s Mary Lambert performed for listeners at US radio Mix Lounge over the weekend and she had a couple extra minutes to tell a hilarious story about performing with Madonna at the Grammys.

Tue, October 21 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Blond Ambition ponytail under the hammer
The Immaculate CollectingHow much is Madonna's Blond Ambition ponytail worth?

As our Forum members know the platinum blonde hairpiece went under the hammer at the Profiles in History auction in California on Sunday with an estimate ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.

However, the lot - consisting of four combinations of the Jeannie Braid ponytail housed in their original 1990-dated tour-named ziplock baggie together with a selection of Madonna memorabilia from the collection of her make-up artist Sharon Gault aka Mama Makeup - sold for four times the figure, fetching $20,000.

Thanks to MadonnaTribe member and contributor DigitalFreakNYC
Mon, October 20 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Instagram: Because Fuck You!
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

Because Fuck You! @analprobehearts #love #artforfreedom

(guyoseary gb65 tryadum mertalas madonna secretagentm)
Mon, October 20 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Instagram: All i want is a room somewhere...
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

All i want is a room somewhere...........

(tryadum gb65 madonna)
Mon, October 20 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
The ‘Maverick’ Music Managers
Live from the USIn the latest Billboard cover story Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager and lontime partner-in-crime is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry.

Joining Oseary are Laffitte Management's Ron Laffitte, I Am Other's Caron Veazey, Blueprint Group's Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant, Reign Deer's Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber, Quest Management's Scott Rodger and Spalding Entertainment's Clarence Spalding. Collectively, they manage more than two dozen of the planet's biggest artists. And as of Oct. 17, all nine will be joining their companies and rebranding them and their respective employees as "Maverick," a name Oseary's client Madonna gave the label she co-founded in 1992.

It's a watershed moment for the management community, which has never been about hand-holding and problem-solving. Maverick is convening experts in pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop and country to make an unprecedented bet on the role of live events and technology in music's future.
(Andrew Hampp,

Gee Roberson is consulting on Madonna's next album with Oseary, Billboard also reports. Click here for the complete story.

The New Mavericks
Sun, October 19 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Instagram: I don't smoke
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

I don't smoke. #fuckyousaying

(chancetherapper andylecompte mertalas madonna)
Sun, October 19 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Instagram: Living For Sleep
Madonna on InstagramIt looks like Madonna and her recording team were up for another long night in the studio - here's a look at her latest - very late night update on Instagram:

Hardly Twerking. #livingforsleep

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Camp Diplo. #livingforlove

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Diplo says I need to lose the head set! #unapologeticdog

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Fri, October 17 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Madonna Italian Fan Party 2014 - Press Release and details
Live From ItalyMadonnaTribe e Teatro Ivelise sono lieti di presentare il Madonna Italian Fan Party 2014 che si svolgera' a Roma, presso il Teatro Ivelise, domani sera, Venerdì 17 Ottobre.

I fan della Regina Del Pop sono invitati a riunirsi per una serata che prevede anche uno show ispirato alla carriera ed ai film di Madonna.

La celebrazione si aprira' alle 21:30 con lo spettacolo dell'artista di Burlesque Creamy Dolcevita che in un'ora, avvalendosi del featuring del cantante Frankie Fox ripercorrera', rivisitandole alcune delle tappe più importanti della carriera di Madonna.

Fra cambi d'abito, coreografie e canto dal vivo su tracce musicali originali, Creamy e Frankie si esibiranno in una selezione di hit famose di Madonna, ma si cimenteranno anche in melodie meno conosciute dai "non-fan" (come la splendida canzone vincitrice di un'Oscar "Sooner Or Later" firmata da Stephen Sondheim), ma che faranno la gioia degli appassionati.

Dai fiocchi e pizzi degli anni 80, alla sensualita' di Breathless Mahoney di Dick Tracy, dall'Argentina del musical Evita al Vogueing, vi aspettiamo per una serata che poi continuera alle 22:30 con un disco party con SOLO musica di Madonna all night.

Brani da tutte le "epoche" Madonnare saranno passate in un mix continuativo dai DJ di MadonnaTribe, che non vi permettera' di prendere fiato!

Vi Aspettiamo al Teatro Ivelise Venerdì 17 Ottobre alle 21:30!

Madonna Italian Fan Party + Live Madonna Tribute Show by Creamy Ore 21:30 Live Show by Creamy
Ore 22:30 MadonnaTribe Fan Party - Madonna Music ONLY!

Prezzi - 15 Euro + 2 Euro Tessera Locale per "Show + Party + 1 Free Drink" - Entrata ore 21:30
- 10 Euro + 2 Euro Tessera Locale per "Party + 1 Free Drink" Entrata 22:30

Per assistere allora show di Creamy, visto che la capienza e' limitata, e' obbligatorio prenotarsi all'indirizzo

I posti a sedere per assistere allo show sono limitati, quindi e' consigliata la prenotazione. Per prenotazioni mandare email a con il numero di persone che vorrete portare con voi!

Evento Facebook:

Teatro Ivelise
VIA CAPO D'AFRICA 8/12, 00184 Roma

Thu, October 16 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Quotes on Madonna: ''But most of all she is so fucking funny''
New Album
Madonna's dancers play my music during her rehearsals and workouts every week. She writes incredible lyrics, sings beautiful melodies, but most of all she is so fucking funny

Natalia Kills, who was invited to the studio by Madonna, along with producer and Cherrytree Records boss Martin Kierszenbaum, asked how the collaboration came about in a new interview on

Thu, October 16 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Quotes on Madonna)
Instagram: Gravity and Grace
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

Gravity and Grace. Read Simone Weil

Thu, October 16 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Instagram: He whom we must love is absent
Madonna on InstagramMore new album teasing - in text and tags - on Madonna's Instagram:

He whom we must love is absent. #Messiah

(chancetherapper magnusthemagnus madonna)
Thu, October 16 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Instagram: Life goes on endlessly surprising us..
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

Life goes on endlessly surprising us........,.... #livingforlove

Wed, October 15 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Instagram: Happy Birthday Preciosa!
Madonna on InstagramThe gorgeous Lola Leon turns 18 today, and this is how Madonna sends her some extra love from her Instagram:

Happy Birthday Preciosa! Te Amo siempre! #livingforlove

Tue, October 14 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Quotes on Madonna: ''Our worlds never to collide''
Live from the UKUK television smartest chat show host Graham Norton has his second memoir book out this month, and he's writing a column on the Mail Online where he shines a light on his own private world. In today's story he reveals how he’s dealt with the biggest divas in showbiz, including the Queen of Pop herself.

Madonna and me - an unrequited love affair!

by Graham Norton

On a recent visit to New York, I was sitting in a bar (there’s a surprise) when two charming young men approached me (that was a surprise). When they asked for a photo with me, I got one of my friends to take it and they seemed pleased.

‘I’m so glad you were nice,’ one confided. ‘The last time we were in the city we were walking down Fifth Avenue and we saw Madonna.

‘We got all excited and started to tell her how much we love her. She never slowed down — just turned her head as she passed, flicked her hair, and said, “Hi and bye”.’

Were they really upset? Isn’t that how they wanted their goddess to behave? Surely we want our divas to act like . . . well, divas.

Nobody does that better than Madonna. She may not be God’’s gift to acting, but when it comes to being Madonna she can do it better than anyone else. She is so convinced she is special that we are all swept along by her tsunami of ambition and need.

When So Graham Norton started on Channel 4 in 1998 she was top of my wish-list of guests, but it would be 14 long years before she was finally ready to perch her perfectly toned buttocks on the edge of my red couch.

There were many conditions. It had to be a special. Yes. She wanted to tape it in the afternoon. Yes. She wanted approval over the music. Yes. I wonder how far we would have gone? What demand could have provoked a no? I couldn’t think of one.

A few weeks before the taping I was invited to meet her at a champagne reception at Claridge’s that would be followed by a screening of her directorial debut, W.E. I waited in an ornate room with a mixture of media people and celebrities. Finally the door opened. The eagle had landed. Trying not to stare, we all stared.

Madonna made her way into the room shaking hands and making brief small talk, like the Queen visiting a toothbrush factory in Sheffield.

A woman in a dark suit appeared at my shoulder. ‘Come with me.’ My mouth went dry and we moved through the sea of bodies till we reached the shining island at the centre of the throng. A pale hand was extended towards me.

‘Congratulations on the film,’ I said.

‘Oh, have you seen it already?’

‘No, I’m seeing it tonight.’

‘Well, save your congratulations till afterwards.’

Seconds in and it was all going wrong but somehow I managed to placate her before she moved on to the next loser.

Someone must have taken a photograph of us during our brief exchange because I have it framed in my house. We’re both grinning, but I’m the one holding a drink and looking about ten years older than her.

I walked back to my friends and the only word I could think of to describe how I felt was ‘high’. After a few moments, the euphoria started to pass and I longed to meet her again. If this is what happens to the people wearing dandruff-drenched anoraks waiting outside theatres and studios, no wonder they come back for more.

Finally, finally, the day of the recording arrived and I was saying out loud: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Madonna!’ and there she was. It was really happening.

The rest of the show is a blur. I remember being nervous and then relaxing. We got the measure of each other and afterwards, as I was busy debriefing with the production team, I got word that I was wanted upstairs. I ran and found Madonna and her ‘people’ making their way down a corridor.

‘Thank you so much!’ I gushed. I began trying to pay her more compliments but she interrupted.

‘I just wanted to say bye,’ she said, doing her very best impression of a regular person. But then, with no words being exchanged, someone came up behind her and slipped her into a fur coat, proving she was anything but.

No friendship developed afterwards. She remained the icy star, me the awestruck fan, our worlds never to collide.

Read the full story on the Mail Online.

Tue, October 14 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Quotes on Madonna)
Quotes on Madonna: Lemons and Tea Bags
New Album
She's really cool. So lovely and very motherly. She gave me a bag full of lemons and Throat Coat tea bags. They're pretty amazing.

MNEK, who teamed up with Diplo to contribute a song for the Queen of Pop's upcoming opus, telling Bang Showbiz how Madonna gave him plenty of advice about how to look after his vocal chords.

Tue, October 14 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Quotes on Madonna)
Instagram: Fuck Real Life
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:


(djdahi michaeldiamondmusic madonna)
Tue, October 14 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
No mermaids for Madonna
New AlbumIt was just a matter of hours since the quotes by indie singer and songwriter Ariel Pink were published on Australian music website - and made their way through the Madonna community, and we got to hear the other side of the story straight from the horse's mouth.

In his interview Pink - who coincidentially has a new work coming out in November - said Interscope were calling him to help write Madonna’s record - and quite a few non-flattering remarks on the quality of Madonna's records that - according to his quotes - "it’s been a downward slide" since the First Album.

They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing.

Madonna's manager Guy Oseary had some clear words on the story from his Twitter:

@madonna and I have never heard of @arielxpink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids
Tue, October 14 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Instagram: To the other MC way back when
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

Unconsciously transmitting ideas to the other MC way back when............,,,.. #quantum

(mileycyrus madonna)
Mon, October 13 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Andy Pink on working on Madonna's album
New AlbumWhen you read a Madonna collaborator speak about his work with the Queen of Pop, you'll usually find words of praise that sometimes can even seem biased (but being honest does not necessarely mean having a bad opinion about someone you spent hours in the studio with, right?)

Then, there are people who are somewhat more critical about some things - they will render you still a nice image of their collaborative efforts with Madonna, but they will not refrain from sharing their own view about what they would have done in a different way.

And that's cool.

Then, there's a tiny minority of people like Ariel Pink.

The Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter talked to ahead of his Australian return in January, and here is what he told FL’s Doug Wallen.

"Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record. They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing."

According to Pink, Madonna is looking for a change in direction and he suggested she needed to look to her past for inspiration - and also riffed about the kind of song he would write for her.

"I guess it’s called ‘throwback’, but the first record [1983’s Madonna ] was so good because of the songs,” he said. “It’s been a downward slide [since] … ‘Ray of Light’ is not cool. And all the other stuff she’s done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something."

Pink also told FL that he does not believe that working extensively with French electro and progressive house DJ and producer Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi worked in Madonna's favour.

"It’s not because of her age," he says. "It’s because of the things that she thinks she needs to do to stay in her narcissistic domination of the world. Which is totally hers to have. But it’s about not just being a yes person. I’m sure Interscope signed her like, ‘Okay, the last record didn’t do so well. We gotta do something about this. We’re gonna get all new songwriters together and we’re gonna try to come up with this thing. ’Cause she needs help with this.’ And she’s happy to let them do that for her."

The full interview with Ariel Pink will be published on this week.

Thanks to our Forum member AndyClarey for sharing this story. Join fellow Tribers in discussing this - and all of your Madonna's new material-hopes, dreams & co - in the MadonnaTribe Forum.

Mon, October 13 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Interview: MadonnaTribe meets Gabriel Lucero
Exclusive InterviewThe MadonnaTribe team is happy to meet Gabriel Lucero, talented artist from Argentina.

His Madonna Midgets have rapidly become viral and we are very curious to go behind the scenes of this internet sensation.

Click here to enter the world of Gabriel's incredible miniaturized Queen of Pop imagery.

Sun, October 12 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Interview)
Instagram: Play or be Played...
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

Play or be Played..........Winter is coming!

Sun, October 12 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
''If you hate it you can take it off''
New AlbumIn a new interview Alicia Keys explains what happened in the studio with Madonna and Diplo earlier this year. Here's what she told Vibe magazine.

"It was good. I was in here doing a meeting or something and she was working with Diplo. They were like, “Oh, maybe you can play some piano on this thing.” And I was like, “Alright. I’ll try. If you hate it you can take it off.” It was just like that, casual and cool. "

Sat, October 11 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum!)
Instagram: Madonna plauds Rocco's Instagram post
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

I applaud my Sons desire to express his outrage by posting footage of ISIS on instagram. Humans are becoming numb to this violent imagery. He is saying our problems are nothing compared to whats going on around the world. Freedom Fighting is in his blood. Lets pray for PEACE! #rebelheart #livingforlove

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Thu, October 09 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)
Instagram: This bird needs to fly!
Madonna on InstagramFrom Madonna's Instagram:

This bird needs to fly! #livingforlove

(andylecompte mertalas madonna)

When life backs you into a corner........,,,,,,,,,,,,,say F**k you corner

(tommunrostudio madonna)
Thu, October 09 (Full Article | | Join our New Forum! | Instagram)

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