COSMOPOLITAN LOOKS BACK AT MADONNA 1987 COVER ISSUE

Madonna, who at the time of this cover had her first three albums sold millions—was in the midst of a marriage to Sean Penn.

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Her interview with writer Chris Chase (who called her “tough but fascinating”) focuses on her love life, but only as a side note to the career success she’d built for herself, portraying Madonna as the take-charge badass we know her as today.

For example, on her work ethic, she tells Cosmo:

“The musicians yell at me because when they take a meal break, I’m looking at my watch the whole time. ‘Okay, thirty minutes is up, get back in the room.’ I hate taking breaks, people come back lethargic, the energy’s down. I mean, I bring my soy milk and my apple and my rice chips to the studio, and I just want to keep working straight through.”

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I mean…that quote is basically the word-equivalent of a power suit.

HAMISH HAMILTON SPEAKS ABOUT MADONNA

LONDON — What do the Super Bowl halftime show of Madonna and the Olympics 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show and the 82nd Academy Awards have in common?

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A Brit named Hamish Hamilton, one of the go-to names in directing coverage of large-scale live events for TV.
The TV director — who is set to pick up this year’s Special Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Craft awards Sunday, April 28, in the British capital — has worked on myriad events that have posted global audiences in the billions.

Born in England, Hamilton will receive his BAFTA craft honor to recognize his ability “to showcase unique live spectacles through multi-camera based television directing, with millions watching his work” according to the British Academy.
You did the Madonna Super Bowl halftime show?
Hamilton: The Madonna show came about simply speaking because I’ve done the Super Bowl halftime show now for four years, starting with The Who and most recently this year with Beyonce. Creatively each of the Super Bowls has been a very different experience. Some artists are actually quite hands off, Madonna as an artist is incredibly hands on. She, her team and I worked across all aspects of the production to make sure it was a spectacular Super Bowl performance.

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“MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS” AND HER LOVE FOR MADONNA

Marina Diamandis aka Marina and the diamonds , recently told to the magazine Spin her admiration for Madonna

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“She’s a really diverse artist. I think creatively she’s obviously very talented. She doesn’t have to define herself. Generally she’s pop, but she’s really unlike any other musician out there in that her albums only form a small part of her youthful identity.”

NEWS: MADONNA TO COMPETE FOR MULTIPLE HONORS AT 2013 “BILLBOARD” MUSIC AWARDS

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Madonna and Bruce Springsteen are among the few veteran acts named as finalists for multiple honors at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday, May 19, in Las Vegas.

Madonna is in the running for three awards — Top Touring Artist, Top Dance Artist and Top Dance Album for her 2012 release MDNA. Springsteen also will compete for the Top Touring Artist prize, along with ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters, Coldplay and Lady Gaga. In addition, the Boss will vie for a trophy in the Top Rock Artist category.

Lionel Richie, meanwhile, has been chosen as a finalist for the Top Country Album prize, thanks to his star-studded country duets collection Tuskegee.

Also during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Prince will be presented with the Billboard Icon Award for his career achievements, and will hit the stage for a special performance. This year’s event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will air live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

NEWS: MADONNA TO EXHIBIT ICONIC OUTFITS

Madonna will exhibit her most iconic outfits at a pop-up exhibition.

The popstar is loaning out her costumes for an exhibit at Macy’s department store in Los Angeles to boost sales of her Material Girl juniors line. On display for just two hours, costumes will include Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier-designed corsets from her 1990 Blonde Ambition concert tour and the beaded white Bob Mackie gown she wore to the 1991 Academy Awards.

“The pop-up exhibit at Macy’s perfectly exemplifies the inspiration and spirit of the Material Girl line and will give my fans a great opportunity to see the evolution of my style over the years,” Madonna told WWD.

The singer reportedly chose the outfits herself for the exhibit, with help from her long-time stylist and costume designer Arianne Phillips, who is overseeing its installation at Macy’s. It’s the first time Madonna has loaned out pieces from her own archives for a public display dedicated solely to her costume history.

Fans can also expect to see the printed neon green stretch skirt Madonna wore in the 1984 Borderline video, and the black satin bustier with gold nipple caps and tassels from the Open Your Heart video.

Perhaps Madonna’s single-most famous look in the exhibit dates back to 1984, when she donned a wedding dress and rolled around the floor of the MTV Video Music Awards to sing Like a Virgin. The entire ensemble will be shown, including a white lace corset, white tulle skirt with dot motif, white tulle veil, white lace fingerless gloves and a silver Boy Toy belt.

“It’s a magical thing to bring all these iconic pieces together in one place,” said Dari Marder, chief marketing officer at Iconix Brand Group, which is Madonna’s partner in Material Girl, selling it into 600 Macy’s doors currently. “This will show customers how influential Madonna has been to fashion and how that influences Material Girl today.”

Madonna’s costume exhibition can be viewed at Macy’s Century City, Los Angeles, from 6pm-8pm this Thursday.  

NICOLE WINHOFFER : A BODY LIKE MADONNA

What does it take to get a body like Madonna’s?

“It takes discipline. Focus. Planning. Scheduling. Diet. Creativity. Exercise. Health. Energy. Rest. Sleep. Care.” 

“It takes everything. She sacrifices everything because she wants to be the best.”

Yes, that’s all. And the woman answering that question should know. She’s Madonna’s personal trainer. Her full-time, two hours a day, six days a week, rain, hail or shine trainer. Or perhaps best known as the woman behind one of the most renowned female bodies in the world.

Nicole Winhoffer has been whipping the Queen of Pop into shape since 2009.

Joining Madge’s Sticky & Sweet tour four years ago as a personal trainer for the show’s dancers, she was then handpicked to train Madonna herself, replacing her former trainer Tracey Anderson.

But the job is no easy task.

Winhoffer says at times it can be terrifying.

“I have many anxiety attacks and freak-outs every Sunday night when I’m like ‘what am I going to do this week!'” she tells news.com.au. “But I’m also lucky to have that sort of pressure. She forces me to think outside the box.I have to challenge myself every week and there’s five minutes before she enters the room when I’m like s— oh my god, and yes there have been times where I’ve tried something and it did NOT go well. But it keeps me humble.”

It’s important to remember that Madonna is not only the Queen of Pop, but a 54-year-old mother-of-three who tours the world and is on the road for up to nine months of the year.

But still, she finds time to keep herself ripped.

“I’m in awe but at the same time, not. It’s pretty simple, it’s a choice, you just do it.”

Not even Winhoffer, 28, can quite believe Madonna is reaching her mid-fifties, she says the singer is almost “ageless” and there’s no reason why she can’t maintain her physique for another 20 years.

“When I work with her I don’t see an age, she has an aura about her, this energy. I don’t see a person, I see an energy ball, she’s very curious which is what keeps her timeless. Those questions are very childlike and innocent and it keeps the energy very pure. She’s always asking ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘for what’”.

As well as devoting copious hours to developing new programs for Her Madgesty, Winhoffer is also the creative director of “Addicted to Sweat,” Madonna’s signature program at her chain of six gyms, Hard Candy Fitness.

The program – which is available in Hard Candy Fitness’ only Australian gym in Sydney – is based on some of Madonna’s favourite dance and workout routines and also features on her four-disc workout DVD collection.

But while Madonna’s motto for the DVD series may be “No Sweat, No Candy”, in July last year, Winhoffer reportedly told UK’s The Mirror that “in nearly four years I have never seen Madonna eat an unhealthy snack.”

But the 28-year-old denies this is true and says she does indeed “indulge “ from time-to-time.

“She might have a little bit of popcorn when we’re watching a movie, or some red wine and the occasional French fry.”

The occasional French fry?

We’re in awe too.

NICOLE’S ADVICE TO WOMEN WHO WANT TO GET FIT:

Number one is to ask yourself ‘am I lazy?’ If the answer is ‘yes’ or ‘sometimes’ then the next question is ‘why’ and if the answer is ‘because of my schedule or because I’m busy, I don’t have time’, then you need to schedule your time. I’m a huge advocate for scheduling and to commit to five to six days a week. Use the DVD if you don’t have time to leave the house, it’s a good solution.

Next, ask yourself ‘what’s the excuse?’ “I work for the hardest working woman in the world and she makes time, so you have to make the time. If you have work from 8am till 8pm then you have to wake up at 6am and go to the gym from 6.30am till 7.30am, if you’re not going to do that, then you can’t complain about your body, it’s that simple.”

Mark your calendar in big and bold “I AM GOING TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF ME.” And start to accomplish one new change every day. Start a morning on the treadmill, give up soda, plan and pack your meals for the day, take a group fitness class. Once you commit to a change, there is no failing.

In order to get results, it’s a near-daily commitment: I recommend at least 30 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of toning including arms, abs, legs and back, five to six days a week.

The easiest way to trim down is to focus on Protein. Even Harvard agrees with me. It’s reliable, keeps you full, makes your metabolism work harder to digest, stabilizes your blood sugar levels, and makes you lean.

Consistency is the key to having an amazing body, your body learns muscle memory and your body forgets very quickly so if you do stop training it, the natural tendencies come back and it’s hard to fight them.

10 YEARS OF “AMERICAN LIFE” TODAY

“This type of modern life is it for me. This type of modern life is it for free”

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American Life is the ninth studio album by Madonna.

Released on April 22, 2003 by Maverick Records and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï featured references to many parts of American culture. The album is considered a concept album, with recurring themes of the American Dream and materialism. These themes reject the reputation Madonna held in the 1980s with her worldwide hit “Material Girl”. American Life is a folk album in its purest definition, instead of a general pop record. The album also contains rock and electronica music, as well as influences of acoustic music on many tracks.

The album peaked at number one in fourteen countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. It was nominated for two Grammys at the 2004 Grammy Awards. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) both certified it platinum in recognition of one million shipments in the US, and three hundred thousand shipments in the UK, respectively. It is the second Madonna Album to have a Parental Advisory sticker, after Erotica. Generally critic opinion was mixed with responses noting the “warmer sounds” as well as several critics noting the “innovation” at a time of R&B dominance.

THE SINGLES

Four singles were released from the album

THE PROMOTION

Promotion for the album took place in a small promotional tour between April and May 2003 before she ventured upon her sixth concert tour, the Re-Invention World Tour. The tour was divided into five segments: French Baroque-Marie Antoinette Revival, Military-Army, Circus-Cabaret, Acoustic and Scottish-Tribal, gaining positive responses. The tour was chronicled in a documentary titled I’m Going to Tell You a Secret. A CD+DVD was also released along with the film. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Madonna performed alongside artists; Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott in a medley of, “Like a Virgin” and “Hollywood” and engaged in open-mouth kissing with Aguilera and Spears gaining great controversy and publicity.

THE VIDEOS

Original video showed Madonna among military-garbed models at a fashion show. Interspersed with shots of the catwalk was footage of explosions and planes dropping bombs. The video ends with Madonna throwing what appears to be a grenade into the lap of a George W. Bush lookalike. Madonna had initially claimed that the video was non-specific and anti-war. However, before its premiere on music channels in March 2003, Madonna cancelled the release and issued a statement saying that, “I do not believe that it is appropriate to air it [the video] at this time. Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect for the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video.” Because of this, Madonna released the edited version of the video that features her singing in front of the world’s flags.

Madonna portrays some of Hollywood’s former actresses and the upheaval of a glamorous life.