Madonna's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is currently unclear, after production officials reviewed the songs the singer was preparing to perform and found one of them to be inappropriate for the audience and expected atmosphere of the competition, according to Ynet.
A new replacement song has not yet surfaced, and it is unclear if it will.
A number of sources located within the Eurovision contest itself expressed their dismay with the intended performance of the song, while others said that artistic freedom should be respected and to leave the choice to Madonna herself. The acting director-general of the public broadcasting corporation is in favor of the latter and directed production not to interfere with her artistic expression.
Meanwhile, Israeli media unofficially reported that Madonna filmed a political advertisement that would "lead to controversy." It is unclear if this is in any relation to the controversial song choice.
Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams said Tuesday that it is "looking very good" that Madonna will perform at the Eurovision this year.
Adams, speaking at the Keshet INTV Conference at the YMCA in Jerusalem, said he had gotten involved with the upcoming Eurovision in Tel Aviv in the hopes of bringing a huge-name artist to the show.
"We've reached out to Madonna to try to add a little bit of glitz to the event," said Adams to Channel 12 News reporter Ben Mittelman. "It's looking very good that she's going to come here and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest."
Last month, reports leaked out that Adams had approached KAN and offered to foot the bill for bringing Madonna to appear at the live grand finale in Tel Aviv on May 18. Ynet reported that Madonna had demanded more than $1 million to appear at the show. KAN's budget for the 2019 Eurovision – funded partly by a loan – stands at NIS 120m.
Adams told the audience of global media professionals that hosting major international events in Israel is a serious boost for its image. The billionaire was a driving force behind Israel hosting the first three days of the Giro d'Italia bicycle race last year.
"There's a steady drumbeat of negative news here, because of the density of journalists here in Israel, and here is one time where we were able to flip that on its head," said Adams. "Here, for a few days, people got to see us unfiltered in their own living rooms through their TV sets."
Adams, who describes himself as a "self-appointed ambassador-at-large for Israel," said that events like the Giro d'Italia and the Eurovision are "a tremendous way to boost tourism. And I think the more people we bring here, the more people see our true nature, and the true beauty of our country and our people, and the freedom and openness and tolerance and safety of our country."
He said he has been in talks with government authorities and ministries to establish a permanent fund to host and stage such events.
"The Giro d'Italia was proof of concept – it was proof that there is no event that we cannot host here," Adams said. "We have the expertise to manage everything."
We knew there was still another demo track, recorded by Madonna and Babyface in June of 1997, together with Never Love A Stranger, which leaked earlier this week.
After leaking the demo You'll Stay last week, the Youtube channel Madonna R&D has now shared several other demo tracks that were recorded in 1997-1998 for the Ray Of Light album, known as the 'Ray Of Light Album Assembly'.
Never Love A Stranger
We've known about the existence of Never Love A Stranger for quite a while. Last year there was a snippet available online. Now the full version can be heard below. The demo was recorded by Madonna and Babyface in June 1997, but later abandoned. Read the lyrics here.
This is the demo version of what later became the duet between Madonna and Ricky Martin. The demo, written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, features more lyrics, some which were later used in Frozen.
Has To Be
The demo version of the well-known bonus track is less mysterious and also features some different lyrics, accompanied by William Orbit on the piano.
We all know 'Flirtation Dance' was the working title for Skin. The demo was a slightly different trance beat, but is over all pretty smilar to the final result.
This demo for Frozen is very close to the album track. There are just a few different lines in the lyrics, and some other musical arrangements.
Nothing Really Matters
Also the demo for Nothing Really Matters was already close to the final edit.
This week Madonna's iconic hit Like a Prayer turns 30. The song is, by all accounts, her most broadly beloved contribution to the pop-music canon, landing at #7 on our list of the Best Singles of the 1980s. Even the singer's most ardent critics can't help but bow at the altar of this gospel-infused conflation of spiritual and sexual ecstasy, a song that helped transform Madge from '80s pop tart to bona fide icon. To celebrate this sacred anniversary, we're taking a look back at the single's evolution over the last three decades.
Following a teaser that aired during the 31st Annual Grammy Awards in January of 1989, Madonna premiered "Like a Prayer" in a Pepsi commercial during The Cosby Show, the #1 rated series on U.S. television at the time. Part of a $5 million sponsorship deal with the soft-drink company, the ad, titled "Make a Wish," was an innocuous bit of nostalgia that would soon be eclipsed by the scandal surrounding the single's forthcoming music video.
Madonna dances in front of burning crosses and kisses a black saint in a church pew in this modern morality tale about racial profiling and pious guilt, prompting both the religious right and cultural critics, like bell hooks, to cry foul. Eventually, the mounting outrage caused Pepsi to pull out of their multi-million dollar deal with the Queen of Pop. The singer's response was coyly defiant.
Madonna’s first live incarnation of "Like a Prayer" was also her best. Sure, her voice was raw and unrefined (“Life is a misstaree, eve’one mus stan alone,” she heaves), but her 1990 tour performances of the song displayed a rapturous, almost possessed quality that she’s never been able to recapture.
Dutch Eurotrash group Mad’House’s claim to fame is their blasphemous take on "Like a Prayer" from 2002. The glorified Madonna cover band’s version is stripped of the original’s nuance and soul, a tacky, mechanical shell of a dance track. Regrettably, this is the version you’re most likely to hear on Top 40 radio today. (Only slightly less heretical, the cast of Glee’s rendition of the song peaked at #27 in 2010.)
Then notorious for forsaking her older material, Madonna dusted off Like a Prayer" in 2003 during the promotion of her album American Life. Thirteen years after her last live performance of the song, even Madonna’s comparatively reedier voice and noticeably more limited range couldn’t diminish its enduring magic.
After performing crowd-pleasing but relatively anemic versions of "Like a Prayer" during her Re-Invention Tour in 2004 and Live 8 in 2005, Madonna reinvented the song for her Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2008, using elements of Mack’s "Feels Like Home" for an amped-up techno mash-up.
Madonna closed her record-breaking Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012 with "Like a Prayer," and though she wasn’t singing live, it was the closest she’s ever gotten to her ecstatic Blond Ambition performances. (For those lamenting the lip-synching, she would go on to reprise this version of the song, completely live, during her MDNA Tour later that year.) And if there were any doubt, a stadium of nearly 70,000 football fans waving flashlights and singing along is a testament to the song’s transcendent, all-encompassing appeal. The performance’s final message of “World Peace” seemed attainable, if only for a brief moment.
Last year, Madonna dusted off her old chestnut for an epic performance at Vogue magazine's annual Met Gala. The event’s theme was “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which seemed tailor-made for both the Queen of Pop and "Like a Prayer." Madonna slowly descended the steps of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in a shroud, flanked on both sides by a choir of monks, as she sang a Gregorian-inspired rendition of the pop classic. The performance also featured a portion of a new song, "Beautiful Game," and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah.""
Madonna has recruited some former stars of RuPaul's Drag Race to appear in her upcoming music video.
The Queen of Pop is currently gearing up for her return to the music scene, with the lead single from her upcoming 14th studio album tipped for release in the coming weeks.
Earlier this week, Madonna revealed on Instagram that she was shooting the song's music video, and it sounds as though she may have some surprise Drag Race cameos.
Among them will be the most recent winner of All Stars 4, Monét X Change, who is reported to have accepted a last-minute offer from Madonna, forcing her to miss a show in Denver.
As a result, Monét has been pulled from the Haters Roast US tour, with a statement from organisers saying: "Sometime during the afternoon, we're told [Monét] received a phone call from Madonna with an offer to be in an upcoming music video. Monét asked [organisers Murray & Peter] if it would be ok to leave the tour to accept the offer. We said no because it was too short notice to replace her on Haters.
"Just hours before the show was to start and without telling anyone including the other queens on the Denver show, Monet left the venue and flew to LA to accept Madonna's offer. Therefore, we have decided that Monet will no longer be on any upcoming Haters Roast dates."
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BREAKING NEWS from #hatersroast Yesterday @monetxchange arrived in Denver to appear on our show. Sometime during the afternoon, we’re told she received a phone call from @madonna with an offer to be in an upcoming music video. Monet asked MP if it would be ok to leave the tour to accept the offer. We said no because it was too short notice to replace her on Haters. Just hours before the show was to start and without telling anyone including the other queens on the Denver show, Monet left the venue and flew to LA to accept Madonna’s offer. Therefore, we have decided that Monet will no longer be on any upcoming Haters Roast dates. Tour info at DragFans.com #mppresent #apologies #disappointed
What's more, season 4 runner-up Phi Phi O'Hara revealed on her Twitter account that she had also been offered the chance to appear in Madonna's video, but turned it down.
Photographer Luke Austin posted on his Instagram account that he'd been on the set of Madonna's video for 16 hours, teasing:
"The song is great. The video is political. The video will be controversial."
Madonna isn't the first star to include queens from RuPaul's Drag Race in a music video, though, with Little Mix previously featuring Courtney Act, Willam Belli and Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 in their Power clip.
Miley Cyrus also brought in a team of queens when she closed the show at the VMAs in 2015.
In an interview with Complex, Colombian artist Maluma talks about his new 'HP' video, his forthcoming album and about working with Madonna.
You recently posted some photos of you and Madonna in the studio. How did that collaboration come about?
It all started when I performed at the  VMAs. She was there in the crowd, and my manager told me Madonna wanted to meet me.
We then met again in Los Angeles last week. She was in the studio working with different composers, producers. Everything was organic and we started making music. We were cooking some ideas, that's all I can say. We were cooking some beautiful songs.
Will any of those songs appear on your upcoming album?
I can't say. Madonna has everything in her control right now. [Laughs.]
The full list of special releases coming to UK record shops as part of Record Store Day 2019 has been revealed.
545 limited edition products ranging from live LPs, boxsets, albums never-before-released-on-vinyl, movie soundtracks, remix EPs, and unreleased rarities will be available across 7", 10", 12", picture disc, coloured vinyl and flexidisc (!) formats.
Over 250 stores are taking part this year, the highest number in the event's history. DJ sets, in-store performances and mini festivals are planned in several record shops across the country for the big day on Saturday, April 13.
Iconic stars and Record Store Day regulars like Prince, Madonna and David Bowie and Madonna feature once again in this year's listings line-up, with Bowie being the most purchased artist in Record Store Day history.
Madonna - True Blue (Super Club Mix) - 12" 6 track EP (BLUE COLOUR VINYL)
"Replica of Japanese pressing of Madonna's ""True Blue Super Club Mix"" , with obi strip. On Blue Colour Vinyl. Tracklisting: A1 True Blue (The Color Mix) A2 Everybody (Dub Version) B1 Papa Don't Preach (Extended Remix) B2 Everybody (Extended Version) B3 Live To Tell (Instrumental)"
Madonna - La Isla Bonita (Super Mix) - 12" 6 track EP (GREEN COLOUR VINYL)
"Replica of the Japan-only EP release of "La Isla Bonita: Super Mix EP", originally released on May 1987 by Warner-Pioneer Japan. Includes "La Isla Bonita" (Extended remix), "Open Your Heart" (Extended Version), "Gambler", "Crazy for You" and "La Isla Bonita" (Instrumental). This version appears on green colour vinyl."↑ Back to top of page