December 8, 1990 |
It's past midnight. The football game is over. The local news is over. Forrest Sawyer is asking the news junkies who are still awake to watch Nightline: "Has Madonna finally gone too far?" On the big screen, the same screen where secretaries of state and terrorists get to say whether they have gone too far, comes a Madonna I've never seen. Conservative black jacket with a collar up to her chin. Power shoulder pads. Gold buttons. Proper little gold earrings. Sleek hair pulled back.
March 21, 1989 |
Thus far, everything we've seen about this year's Madonna - the Pepsi ad, the video "controversy," the poster-sized ads in trade publications - is proof of this woman's shrewd eye for business. Genuine talent is apparent, at least in the creation of the video and song "Like a Prayer," which was a guaranteed hit before it ever reached record stores (score one for the miracle of sponsorship!). But it is her knack for media manipulation that is now winning Madonna the most respect: With the gusto of any marketing ace launching a new product, Madonna has reappeared with bells and whistles after a two-year recording hiatus, carefully spinning the publicity wheel to maximize interest in today's release of her fourth album, Like a Prayer (Sire)
October 26, 2006 |
IN CASE you missed "Oprah" yesterday, Madonna talked about her new son, David. In the interview, taped Tuesday via satellite from London, Madonna said David was healthy, despite having overcome malaria and tuberculosis. "David is amazing," she said. "What really surprises me is how great my children are with him and how he's transitioned so easily from living in Africa in an orphanage to living in our house. " Hey, even at 13 months you know the difference between sweltering heat and central air. Meanwhile, back in Malawi, David's father, Yohane Banda, said yesterday on Time magazine's Web site that he will not contest the adoption.
March 11, 2008 |
It's May 29, 1985, and my best friend Laura and I - all of 13 and 12 years old - are standing in front of the Spectrum, clutching rainbow-hued Ticketron passes to see Madonna. Not only is this Madonna's first U.S. tour and her first time in Philly, but more important, it's our First Concert Without Parents. Here we are, future women of the world, about to occupy the same space in the universe as our idol, future member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! One of my older sisters drops us off at Broad and Pattison, and we strut around the Spectrum for a bit before taking our seats, leaving frosted-pink lipstick stains on the cigarettes we brazenly smoke out in the concourse.
October 28, 1994 |
BEDTIME STORIES Madonna / Maverick Can it be that after years of pushing our buttons, Madonna has finally pushed her own limits? That is the question after her 1992 "Sex" photo book and "Erotica" album were received as more tiresome than titillating. She then seemed to be desperately seeking attention during her infamous guest appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman. " So instead of waking us up with her trademark shock treatment, she tries to sing us to sleep on her latest album, "Bedtime Stories.
July 15, 2001 |
Things about Madonna we like: Music. How she licks milk out of a bowl in the "Express Yourself" video. "Frozen. " Desperately Seeking Susan. Her Immaculate Collection retrospective. The back cover of Music, which shows her looking at a guitar as if she has no idea what it is. Things about Madonna that make us roll our eyes: The fake English accent. "American Pie. " Sex. "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina. " Her fling with Vanilla Ice. Every movie she's starred in except Desperately Seeking Susan, not including Truth or Dare, which is a documentary and doesn't count.
June 15, 1990 |
After all the hoopla and anticipation, Madonna's entire Spectrum stand is threatened by the nagging sore throat that forced the singer to cancel three concerts in the last three weeks. The pop superstar bowed out of tonight's opener on doctor's orders, and her publicist said last night there was only a "50-50" chance Madonna would rally to make tomorrow's and Sunday's appearances. All three performances were virtually sold out. Originally diagnosed as having a viral infection, the singer was awaiting the results of yesterday's medical tests before deciding if she could perform the other two shows, said the publicist, Liz Rosenberg of Warner Records.
July 9, 1987 |
The publicity flacks working on the Madonna "Who's That Girl?" concert tour are being unusually restrained when it comes to spreading news about the Madonna/Level 42 spectacle playing Saturday at Veterans Stadium. "We don't want to give too much away," says Michael Raleigh of Madonna's management office. "You've got to save some surprises. " Raleigh willingly reveals only that the presentation is a "meticulously planned Broadway-style show" featuring 17 numbers, lots of choreography with three backup dancers/singers, 10 musicians, and four costume changes for the star.
May 26, 2003 |
During the summer of 1958, three babies were born in the heartland: Madonna in Michigan, Michael Jackson in Indiana, and I in Kansas. Our lives were fairly similar until elementary school, when Michael's singing family began appearing on TV. Madonna and I were just two Midwestern girls carrying our metal lunchboxes to school. I can't speak for the other two, but my family had supper together every night at 6 at the round oak table. The napkin holder said "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.
February 10, 2012 |
FINALLY, A Hollywood feature directed by someone who's performed live at the Super Bowl halftime show. The movie is "W.E.," the director is Madonna, whose gift for marketing is obviously undiminished. On Sunday, she's voguing in the middle of the most-watched American television program ever. On Tuesday, she's announcing her summer tour dates (Aug. 28 in Philadelphia). Today she unveils her first feature, and boy is it . . . well-marketed. Otherwise, it's a demented, wealth-besotted, royal-slurping Cartier commercial that also functions as an airbrushed account of the relationship between Britain's King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy)