Mexican singer and ‘The X-Factor’ judge Paulina Rubio talked about her favorite female artists and explained why she doesn’t like to be called the “Latin Madonna” during an interview with the Huffington Post.
“I am Paulina,” Rubio replied when the interviewer told her she was the Latin version of the “Like a Prayer” singer, although she made sure to profess her admiration for the American artist. “I’ve admire her since I was a little girl and I love her because she is strong, she’s a warrior, and she doesn’t let anybody tell her what to do and she’s an inspiration.”
“Madonna only called me The Punisher because I told her to get out of her house and promote a movie. In a world where so many people say, ‘Oh, Madonna, if you want to sleep today, it’s OK, sweetie. Let me tuck you in’, I was honest with her.”
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on why Madonna dubbed him ‘The Punisher’ at the Golden Globes in 2012.
The dream of American Pop Singer Madonna to carry out a number of charitable works in Malawi will remain in jeopardy if what a local newspaper has reported is anything to go by that the board of Non-Governmental organizations (NGO) has turn down an application by the pop star to have her Trust registered in Malawi.
Madonna is linked to be the brain behind Raising Malawi Trust though other reports indicate that she is just one of the trustees.
The Sunday Times newspaper has quoted an undisclosed source from the Civil Society community in Malawi who has revealed that the Joyce Banda government is deliberately frustrating any moved by Madonna attributing the whole scenario as “bad blood” between President Joyce Banda and Madonna.
“From the look of things, Madonna’s work in the country will continue facing challenges as long as the current administration continues to call the shots” the source is quoted as saying.
The source further claimed that some top government officials have been pressing the NGO board not to accept Madonna’s application.
Board Chairperson for NGO’s Board in Malawi Emily Banda has since turned down the claims and revealed that Madonna own no single NGO in Malawi but rather is one of the trustees of a number of NGO’s including the Raising Malawi Trust.
“Let me mention that Madonna the musician does not have an NGO that applied for registration; rather, Madonna is one of the trustees in several organizations that applied for registration. One that I call that we have not registered is Raising Malawi Trust,” Banda told the paper.
She claimed that the trust failed to meet the required registration requirements.
The NGO chief however could not completely rule out Raising Trust Malawi, saying they still stand a chance if they bring forward the other required documents.
Meanwhile, 380 NGO’S have been registered according to Banda.
She has however asked all registered NGO’s to always comply with the country’s registration laws and failing which they will be fined or completely turned down.
Source : NyasaTimes
In a post alongside a picture of Maduro on image-sharing social network Instagram, Madonna accused the Venezuelan leader of human rights violations, while also condemning authorities in Russia and Ukraine.
“Apparantly (sic) Maduro is not familiar with the phrase “Human Rights”! Facism (sic) is alive and thriving in Venezuela and Russia,” Madonna wrote. “The Ukraine isn’t far behind!”
Venezuela has been gripped by weeks of protests that have left at least four people dead.
Demonstrators are angry over rampant street crime, runaway inflation, corruption and bleak job prospects in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves.
Maduro, who took office after the death of Hugo Chavez last year, has claimed the protests are part of a conspiracy to overthrow his government.
Source : AFP
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) – Good news for Madonna fans: The Queen of Pop will be commemorated in her birthplace of Bay City. New signs will be placed at city entrances saying, “Welcome to Bay City: Birthplace of Madonna.”
The idea came with much enthusiasm at a meeting Monday night. Bay City Commissioner Chris Girard, 6th Ward hopes honoring the diva will bring some tourism to the town.
“People see something like that,” said Girard, “They may have interest in exploring our town a little more. I think it’s something we’ve missed the boat on for many years, and so let’s take advantage of that fact.”
The Material Girl was born in Bay City, and frequently visited her grandparents during her childhood. Their home on the west side of the city still attracts some tourists.
A simple sign or two can do a lot to re-brand the city.
“When I go in the community and people ask me where I’m from, I say, I’m right here!,” explained Girard holding up his hand, “Bay City, Michigan! I also talk about Madonna’s birth town, and I think a lot of other people I’ve talked to kinda do the same thing.”
For years, the city has had a love/hate relationship with the Queen of Pop. After she publicly called her birthplace a “smelly little town in Northern Michigan.” This was not out of distaste for the town, but in reference to the smell from a petroleum plant close by that is now closed.
But now, city commissioners think it’s time to change that image.
“Just having that name on there,” said city resident Rody Dodd, “I think a lot of people will see that when they come in to town. I think that’ll be great.”
Other cities honor their famous residents, so Bay City wonders: why not them?
“I grew up in New Jersey,” said George Herron in Bay City, “and Martha Stewart grew up there and they honor her. I think we outta do the same idea to Madonna here.”
The new signs will be funded privately and visible to citizens not too long in the future.
by Alana Holland, TV5 Reporter
Nile Rodgers wants to work with his best friend Madonna after revealing he’ll be making more music than ever after beating cancer.
The 61-year-old Chic star wants to team up with Madge again, having previously hit the studio with her on her Like A Virgin album.
‘I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.
‘For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.’
The New Yorker also revealed he is putting the finishing touches to a new track he made with Brit nominees Disclosure and critics’ choice winner Sam Smith.
‘We cut another song at the same time but it was so amazing that we wanted to spend time and get it right,’ he told Metro – having previously worked with the British musicians on a track called Together.
‘They sent the new song to me three days ago and I put a new bass line on the second part. It’s scary!’
Rodgers stole the show at the Warner Music Group & Belvedere Brit awards after-party at The Savoy with a set featuring 45-year-old Kylie Minogue.
He also told fans to expect to hear a lot more from him in the charts after being given the all-clear from prostate cancer.
‘A little over three years ago I was diagnosed with extremely aggressive cancer and, I don’t mean to make light of it, but they were counting me out. And I thought “You know, I’m going to do more music and more records than I have ever done in my life”,’ he said.
The Nickelodeon star also shared that she’s focusing on music when it comes to her career. “Music is my dharma. It’s what makes my heart smile and what I feel like I am meant to do. I understand music more than I understand human beings and the English language.”
And one of her idols is Madonna. Well, “attitude” idol, that is.
“I just love how she stands up for what she believes in and surprises people by not eff-ing up when they want her to so badly…Know what I love most about Madonna? When a bad review came out, she was the first person to say ‘f–k you.’ When someone said she sounded like Minnie Mouse, she crawled into bed naked except for Minnie Mouse ears. It’s such a good attitude to have. It’s inspiring to me because there are times when I think I’ve been a weak, people-pleasing little mouse my whole life.”
Source: E! Online
Madonna has been nominated for the World Music Awards in several categories:
Nomination for worlds best entertainer of the year: Madonna
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Nomination for worlds best live act: Madonna
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Nomination for worlds best female artist: Madonna
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Nomination for worlds best video: Give Me All Your Luvin’
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Nomination for worlds best album: MDNA
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Nomination for worlds best song: Give Me All Your Luvin’
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Legendary recording artist Madonna has a lot to be proud of, both in and out of her illustrious career, although lately, she seems to be losing a bit of confidence. Despite her prestigious sex symbol image, the star has recently released statements claiming she has a “love/hate relationship” with her body, and although she has garnered more awards than most people even know exist, she claims she’s become tired with her own music. The passage of time and repetition are sure causes of her funk, but a quick look back at 10 of the greatest achievements of Madonna’s career may help to motivate the aging star.
1: She’s the Most Successful Dance Artist in Music History
Outdoing even the late master Michael Jackson, Madonna has had a plethora of success with her dancing prowess, as well as her music. Her choreography has been replicated and adored by many fans and fellow dancers, and teaching moves from her famous dances has become a prime feature of the Hard Candy Fitness Studio (of which she is the co-proprieter). It recently celebrated a Toronto opening (the first in Canada), with Madonna herself attending the opening ceremonies. The 11 International Dance Music Awards, gained within a timeframe of 10 years, that Madonna has won, and the numerous others she has been nominated for, all attest to her dancing genius.
2: She’s Spawned a Huge Number of Chart-Topping Singles
With twelve number one singles to top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and the Guinness World Record for the most number one singles in the UK, Madonna has been a force to be reckoned with in the music world. She also holds the number four spot for most number one singles in the US, with the only female artists to outdo her being Rihanna and Mariah Carey.
3: She’s a Cultural Icon
There is hardly a household to be entered that hasn’t heard of Madonna, be it for her dancing career, music, or movie appearances. She’s the undisputed Queen of Pop, the Material Girl, and she travels with an air of equal parts controversy and reverence wherever she goes.
4: She’s a Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer
Madonna’s long career of chart-topping music landed her as a Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2008. Inspiring many current chart-topping artists, such as Lady Gaga, Pink, and Beyonce, she set the industry standard for stage performance, songwriting and imaginative costumes, paving the way for today’s pop celebrities. It could be argued that her risqué cone brassieres single-handedly spawned a new generation of sexually daring performers.
5: She’s a Movie Star
A two-time Golden Globe Award winner, Madonna has been established as a multimedia powerhouse, and her acclaimed performance as the lead role of Eva Peron in 1996′s Evita launched her to film superstardom. Apart from starring in feature films, the Material Girl also holds the record for most MTV Video Music Awards, with 20 awards won and over 50 other nominations.
6: She’s Got an Award Winning Body
2002 saw Madonna being awarded the number one slot on VH1′s 100 Sexiest Artists list. Over 10 years later in 2013, she was ranked number 21 on VH1′s updated list, an achievement Madonna is surely proud of, given the fact she focuses on health and fitness as of great importance in her life. Even in 2014, at the age of 55, Madonna remains a sex symbol with washboard abs, all while donning her signature suits.
7: She’s a Leading LGBT activist
A well-known activist for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual community and openly bisexual herself, Madonna has been at the forefront of many LGBT rights issues. Along with George Takei of Star Trek fame, Madonna is one of the leading celebrity activists, having prompted her fans at concerts on many occasions to accept equality and acceptance. Before the 2011 Marriage Equality Act in New York, Madonna had urged her fans mid-concert to vote to pass the bill, and, several days later, the bill was passed. Her messages often involve appreciation of self-worth and having no shame for who you are, emphasized by her slogan, “All you need is love.”
8: She’s Rolling in Riches
With a net worth of approximately $650 million, a number that is heavily debated online, as many people believe she has reached billionaire status, Madonna is the richest female recording artist in the world. Through massive tours, online and physical sales of her music, royalties, etc., Madonna has amassed a fortune that most people can only dream of. Not to confuse the Material Girl with a selfish celeb, it should be noted that she frequently gives to charity, most often those involving LGBT rights, health and disease, music, and impoverished children/societies.
9: She’s All About Girl Power
Madonna has long been an advocate for women’s empowerment, and her music often pulls her passion to the forefront, with lyrics like ”Long stem roses are the way to your heart, but he needs to start with your head” (from her acclaimed song Express Yourself). Alongside leading female icon Marilyn Monroe, Madonna’s incredible persona and outlook on life has long been an ongoing influence to women. Her powerful beliefs in gender equality, outrageous fashion and staggering multimedia success has earned her the respect and admiration of many women across the globe, an honor that won’t soon be shed.
10: She’s Got Some of the Most Devoted Fans Ever
As a myriad of fan-made sites raving about the Pop Queen will surely testify, Madonna has some seriously loving fans. With approximately 250 million albums sold and a massive amount of awards/nominations, her fans are nothing if not vocal about their admiration, much to Madonna’s satisfaction. Some of the more extreme members of her fan base have even gone so far as to tattoo her face and likeness onto their bodies, showing that a little pain is a small price to pay when it comes to proving devotion.
As one of the greatest stars of the past century, the iconic Madonna has far too many achievements in her life to be summed up effectively in a top 10 list. Though recent problems understandably plague the Material Girl’s mind, there is little doubt her next move will be one for the record books.
By Christopher White