Madonna news - Nov. 2018

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Madonna teases new song featuring a children's choir

Source: DNA - 17 Nov. 2018

Madonna became a worldwide Twitter trend on Wednesday when she posted a minute long tease of new music coming out in collaboration with Tiffin’s Childers Choir.

The 60-year-old songtress took to her social media accounts to post the video of a song recording. In the video, we can see the choir members equipped with headphones and mics in a studio. With the pink-tinted filter on, the Queen of Pop hid the tune with a projector sound effect so as to keep the fans longing for more.

She captioned the video: A Glimpse of Things to Come..,..........Tiffin's Childers Choir! #music #magic #mirwais #mikedean

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A Glimpse of Things to Come..,..........🎶💕🗣 Tiffin’s Childers Choir! 🙏🏼 #music #magic #mirwais #mikedean

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She posted another video on her Instagram stories in which we see her interact with the kids. Clad in Moschino sweatpants and hoodie, she urged them to be not afraid of her.

For her new album, Madonna is once again collaborating with hip-hop record producer Mike Dean. The duo has previously produced tracks like 'Illuminati,' 'Holy Water,' 'Inside Out,' 'Auto-Tune Baby' and 'S.E.X.,' for her 2015 album, Rebel Heart.

Of course her regular collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzai is also a part of the project that is being worked under Universal Music Group / Interscope Records.

Watch DMA's cover of Beautiful Stranger

Source: Junkee - 17 Nov. 2018

DMA'S have a knack for putting their own spin on '90s hits from pop icons. Their Like A Version of Cher's 'Believe' can cause a stampede when its opening bars echo out at a festival, and now, we've gotten a sneak peak of their MTV Unplugged Melbourne special, where they tackle another huge hit: Madonna's 'Beautiful Stranger'.

Recorded at St Kilda's Memo Music Hall, the Sydney trio ripped through stripped-back renditions of tracks across their albums Hills End and For Now, allowing Tommy O'Diel's voice to really shine. Without fan-fare or even announcing it, mid-way through the set they ran straight into 'Beautiful Stranger'.

While the psych-pop song — a single from the Austin Powers soundtrack, no less — suits itself to a band set-up, DMA'S swap out the heavy guitar reverb for a double bass and electric violin, which really lets the tender lyrics soar. In their hands, it becomes a brit-pop ballad, and we're totally here for it.

You can watch the performance below, ahead of the full set airing on MTV and MTV Music this Friday November 16 at 9.30pm.

We're currently in somewhat of a mini-golden age for live music on Australian TV: we've got a few episodes left of The Set, the ABC's live music show for Australian Music Month. While we pray it sticks around a little longer, we can definitely expect more from MTV — a little while ago, MTV Australia confirmed that Unplugged is sticking around for a few more years. Excellent news, since they're on a winning streak: DMA'S special follows stellar sets from Gang Of Youths and Amy Shark (and while we've on covers, the latter's rendition of 'Teenage Dirtbag' was really, really great, too).

Did Madonna reveal 15 track titles in an Instagram story?

Source: Instagram - 10 Nov. 2018

Madonna, who is currently mixing her album in the studio with Mike Dean, shared an Instagram earlier today where she asked her daughters Estere and Stella if they liked her new music. Many fans quickly noticed a sheet in the background with a list of what seems to be song titles. Madonna later deleted the story but not before many fans screenshotted it.

Extreme Occident
Dark Ballet
I Don't Search, I Find
God Control
I Live
Faz Gostar
Back That Up
Come Alive

Batuka and Funana are both dance genres from Cape Verde. Madonna has recently mentioned that she was inspired by music from Cape Verde. Back That Up reminds of the demo track written by Madonna and Pharrell Williams for the Rebel Heart album. Several of these titles, such as God Control and Extreme Occident were already used as hashtags in some of Madonna's recent posts.

Strangely, there's no sign of Beautiful Game, the song that partly pemiered during Madonna's performance at the Met Gala in April 2018. But it could be that this song is already mixed and therefore not part of this list.

Of course, nothing is confirmed yet. It's possible that this list includes demo tracks that won't make it onto the final album.

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Cooking up something in the studio kitchen! 🍳🎶 @moschino #music #magic #mambo ♥️

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Madonna parties with Jeremy Scott and Beth Ditto at Moschino party

Source: Daily Mail - 7 Nov. 2018

She's not one to hold back when it comes to experimenting with style - and Madonna did it once again on Tuesday night. 

The 60-year-old pop star headed to upmarket member's bar, Annabel's in London, to celebrate the launch of the Moschino X H&M collection.  

On Wednesday morning, she shared a happy political post after learning that there are now more than 100 women in the House of Representatives. 

Friends in high places: Madonna showed off her incredibly smooth complexion at the Moschino x H&M party at Annabel's in London on Tuesday night

While the midterm results were still rolling in at the time of Madonna's post, the next Congress is certain to have a record number of women by a wide margin.

They report that the expected number is easily going to surpass the previous number of 84.   

Whilst at Annabel's, Madonna wore a black sweater from the collection which was emblazoned with chunky gold chain details at the CÎROC vodka sponsored event.

Hanging out: She sat with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott and singer Beth Ditto

She wore a selection of gold chunky rings and some clear perspex glasses and a slick of bright berry lipstick.

Madonna sat with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott and fellow singer Beth Ditto, with all three wearing pieces from the new collection.

The latest collaboration with the high street brand drops on November 8 and follows the likes of Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Erdem who have all done the same.

Previous collections have been instant sell-outs with key pieces being listed on eBay for much more money. 

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall was also present teaming a grey and red tracksuit with a pair of maribou red heels.  

Jaime Winstone and Lady Mary Charteris were also at the party on the night, turning up wearing dazzling outfits to DJ. 

Madonna pledges up to $100,000 for Detroit Prep charter school

Source: Detroit Free Press - 2 Nov. 2018

In 2014, Madonna made international headlines by turning her attention back to Detroit and the roots she once left behind as she headed off for fame.

Four years later, the Michigan-born pop superstar still seems committed to the cause: Madonna is announcing a $100,000 matching-grant challenge for the Detroit Prep charter school as it seeks to move into an abandoned public school building on the city's east side. The progressive elementary school is now housed in a church basement in Indian Village and is quickly outgrowing the space.

Madonna pledges up to $100,000 for Detroit Prep charter school

Madonna is asking fans and others to contribute to the campaign, and she'll match their collective donations up to $100,000 through her Ray of Light Foundation.

"Detroit has such a special place in my heart," Madonna wrote in a statement. "Kids in Detroit deserve access to great schools and I am happy to do my part to give them one!"

Detroit Prep, founded in 2016, is a sister school of Detroit Achievement Academy (DAA), one of the organizations Madonna visited and chose to financially support during a philanthropic tour of the city in summer 2014. At the time, Madonna funded art supplies for the charter school, while also contributing to the Empowerment Plan and Downtown Youth Boxing Gym.

She has continued to back DAA, including funding for that school's permanent site on West Outer Drive. She also gave teachers 50 front-row tickets to her Joe Louis Arena show in 2015.

Detroit Prep serves students from kindergarten to third grade, with plans to expand to eighth grade. Like DAA, the school follows the Expeditionary Learning model, which emphasizes principles such as self-discovery, collaboration and diversity.

Detroit Prep, co-founded by DAA's Kyle Smitley, purchased the abandoned Joyce Elementary School this summer. It has launched a $2 million capital campaign to rehabilitate the three-story, 44,000-square-foot facility, which has sat unused for about a decade.

"The idea of transforming an old, abandoned building in Detroit and making it the home of an excellent school is so exciting,” Madonna said. "Detroit is a community that comes together, especially for our young people."

During her 2014 trip to DAA, Madonna chatted with students about books and danced with kindergartners, who later described her as "Michael Jackson's friend" after seeing a picture of the stars together.

"It was one of the most memorable tours I've ever given, and that had little to do with the fact that it was Madonna," said Smitley. "She was just extraordinary and kind and fun with our students in a way we don't often see."

Smitley said she was particularly impressed by Madonna's continued interest in the school, including the donated concert tickets more than a year later.

"She could have easily given the money then forgotten we existed," Smitley said. "It showed how generous she is. She's excited when she sees people who work hard to improve the city."

Raised in Rochester Hills, Madonna dropped out of the University of Michigan in 1978 and headed to New York as an aspiring professional dancer. Within seven years she was one of the globe's biggest pop stars.

Her daughter, Lourdes Leon, enrolled at U-M's theater school in 2014.

"Many people doubt that Detroit can come back and think that the challenges are too overwhelming to overcome," Madonna said in a statement to the Free Press after her 2014 visit. "But what I witnessed is the true story of Detroit — a city of innovation, commitment, perseverance, imagination and opportunity."

On the music front, Madonna is gearing up for the expected 2019 release of her 14th album, the follow-up to 2015's "Rebel Heart."

Detroit Prep's fund-raising campaign includes financial partners IFF, Capital Impact Partners and Chase. Detroit architectural firm Gensler and Oak Park contractor PCI One Source are overseeing the building renovation.

Ariana Grande asked Madonna to collaborate via text

Source: W Magazine - 1 Nov. 2018

Apparently, when pop stars want to collaborate on a showstopping new track, they hammer out all the details the exact same way the rest of us organize brunch plans. In her upcoming BBC special, Ariana Grande tells host Davina McCall that she secured Madonna's booming voice for her "God Is a Woman" video within minutes, via her iPhone. "I texted her, which is so cool. I can text Madonna!" Grande told McCall, according to People, when asked how the collaboration came together. "Within a couple of minutes, she replied. She was like, 'Send me everything!'"

This shockingly casual exchange, of course, begs a mountain of questions, like how, exactly, Grande came to have Madonna's number in her phone, whether Madge prefers utilizing the GIF keyboard or regular old emojis to add emphasis to her missives, and what the pop icons have texted about since. Here's hoping all these and more will be answered when the full BBC special—which also reportedly includes Grande performing songs from her new album, Sweetener, backed by an all-female orchestra—airs on November 1.

The "God Is a Woman" cameo in question has Madonna reciting a slightly altered version of the Bible verse famously quoted by Samuel L. Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction. "I will strike down upon thee, with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters, and you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon you," she says as Grande, wielding an oversize gavel and sporting a cat-eared helmet, lip-synchs along.

Shortly after debuting the video over the summer, Grande spoke to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show about why she had to have Madonna's voice for the powerful role. "Without Madonna, I wouldn't be able to make a song like that. She paved the way for all of us and has been here fighting that fight way longer than any of us," she said, recalling how she'd worded her proposition. "'There's a little part in the video that would be perfect for you if you would, like, even consider doing it.' I was like, 'I hate myself for even asking you for any favors, but you'll see why it's fitting—here you go,'" Grande told Fallon. "And she was like, 'Oh, yeah, I'll do it. I'll get into the studio tomorrow. I'm in Portugal, so it's a weird time right now, but I'll jump in!'"

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