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Madonna hits back at haters who criticized her for Aretha Franklin Speech

After raising eyebrows at the MTV VMAs with a speech seemingly dedicated to the late Aretha Franklin, Madonna is explaining her side of the story.

Before presenting video of the year to Camila Cabello on Monday night, the pop star, 60, outlined the role the Queen of Soul — who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at 76 — had played in launching her own career.

After recalling her years of struggling as an artist and a specific audition during which she sang Franklin’s smash hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” the singer concluded: “So you’re probably all wondering why I’m telling you this story. There’s a connection, because none of this would’ve happened — could’ve happened — without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight, and I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen.”

Madonna was hit with criticism on social media afterwards, with many saying she made the moment about herself instead of about Franklin.

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On Tuesday, the star posted a photo of herself posing with Cabello at the awards show and explained her speech was never meant to be a tribute to the late entertainer.

“I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way,” she captioned the photo.

“I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” she continued.

Since the legend’s death last week, there have been a flood of tributes from her fellow musicians and other pop culture luminaries. Ariana Grande shared her love for Franklin on social media, and later delivered a tearful version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Soul greats like Cissy Houston, Gladys Knight, and her old Detroit friend Smokey Robinson have made public remembrances, as did former President Obama — who invited Franklin to sing at his inauguration in 2009.


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Madonna's 10 best weird songs you'll never hear on the radio

Madonna built her empire on pristine pop that still resonates on the radio today, but a master of any form knows how to expertly break the rules, defy expectations, and just get weird or goofy, as well. Nestled in her discography of pure pop bops is a recurring trend: off-the-walls sonic experimentations, songs with lyrics that weave in influences from unusual sources like beat poetry and religious chants, and some purely for-the-club collaborations. After all, this is not a woman who got her start on The Mickey Mouse Club, but rather by drumming in a rock band, hanging with Lower East Side art scene luminaries, and once, while still working as a nightclub coat check girl, opening for the Smiths. She was basically the early '80's version of a hipster, and sometimes that art kid and club kid past still jumps out.

While you may tune to greatest hits comps like Celebration or The Immaculate Collection today to celebrate Madge's 60th birthday, the portrait of Madonna as a musical artist isn't quite complete without a trip into the weirder and less celebrated parts of her oeuvre. Here, a collection of Madonna's less heralded, wonderfully oddball tracks.

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Madonna op de cover 'Stylist' magazine

Madonna staat op de cover van het vandaag uitgebrachte magazine 'Stylist' (UK, #427, 1 August 2018). Binnenin staat een 6-pagina tellend artikel. Klik hier om het magazine te bestellen en toe te voegen aan je Madonnaverzameling!

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Madonna at 60: a tribute to a music, fashion and feminist icon

On the eve of her 60th birthday, Stylist explores how Madonna changed everything, from sex to music to gender politics

In December 2016, 58-year-old Madonna stood before the world accepting Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award. “Thank you,” she began. “For acknowledging my ability to continue my career, for 34 years, in the face of blatant misogyny, sexism, constant bullying and relentless abuse.”


“When I first moved to New York I was a teenager, it was 1979 and New York was a very scary place,” she carried on. “In the first year I was held up at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat […] In the years to follow I lost almost every friend I had to Aids, or drugs, or gunshot. As you can imagine, all these unexpected events helped me not only become the daring woman that stands before you, but it also reminded me that I am vulnerable. And in life there is no real safety except self-belief.

In the first 60 seconds alone of her 10-minute address, Madonna reminded us of the struggles, impact and glorious defiance of the single most pioneering sexual freedom fighter in the history of popular music. One year before the #MeToo movement erupted Madonna was still pioneering, spelling out – before Hollywood finally located its voice – the violence, fear and oppression that women endure to this day. Perhaps most astoundingly of all, this was never her primary purpose: the first was to fill our hearts with all that world class, joyous, staggeringly euphoric pop music.”

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VROUW zoekt vrouwelijke Madonnafans!

Ben jij een vrouwelijke Madonnafan? Opgelet! Journaliste Simone van Hugten zoekt voor ‘VROUW’ vrouwelijke Madonnafans die haar kunnen helpen. Heb jij een grote verzameling of kleed je je regelmatig als Madonna? Stuur je foto dan in! Simone zal dan verder contact met je opnemen. Haar gegevens:

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Kortingscode Mega Platen & CD Beurs april 2018

Op zaterdag 14 en zondag 15 april aanstaande vindt de jaarverzamelbeurs weer plaats in de jaarbeurshallen in Utrecht. Onderdeel van deze internationale beurs is de Mega Platen & CD Beurs.

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Watch Madonna dance to her own music & hang out with Jeezy

It may not have been her birthday, but Madonna definitely danced like it was. The singer attended backup dancer Loic Mabanza's party Thursday night, dancing to her own music and snuggling up with rapper Jeezy.

The pop icon joined her dancer Mabanza on the floor for "Everybody," from her debut, self-titled 1983 album. The party playlist also included a good deal of hip-hop, according to TMZ.

Jeezy, who was also in attendance at the party at Catch in New York, posted a photo with Madonna, captioned: "Born Legends #trustyaprocess."


As for her own birthday, in her profile in Billboard in 2016, the 59-year-old said age is not something she cares about: "I don’t care. It’s the rest of society that cares. I don’t ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important," she said, "Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny."


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Madonna pledges to build 4 new schools in Africa in 2018 with her Raising Malawi charity

Madonna is getting “Into the Groove” of 2018 — with some charity work!

On Thursday, the pop icon announced that her philanthropic foundation, Raising Malawi, will build four new schools in the southeast African country, where the organization has already built 10 schools.

“Let’s start 2018 off right!” Madonna, 59, captioned an Instagram post. “I’m challenging you all to stand up, come together and BE the CHANGE you want to SEE in the World!! This year we’ll begin by building 4 brand new schools in the Kasungu District of #Malawi with @RaisingMalawi and @buildOn!! That’s 14 schools in total that will help thousands of kids get the education they so rightfully deserve!”

Madonna has a long history with the nation, as she adopted four of her six children from Malawi: David Banda, 12, Mercy James, 11, and 6-year-old twins Stella and Estere, whom she brought home last February. (The Grammy winner is also mom to Lourdes Leon, 21, and Rocco Ritchie, 17.)

The “Living for Love” singer’s relationship with the African country began in 2006, when she launched Raising Malawi. And this summer, all of Madonna’s efforts culminated in the charity’s biggest undertaking yet. In July, the pop star asked PEOPLE to join her and her family in Malawi for the opening of the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the first children’s hospital in the nation.

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Madonna aanwezig bij concert Chris Rock

Madonna en haar manager Guy Oseary hebben Chris Rock opgezocht tijdens zijn 'Total Blackout Tour' in Madison Square Garden, New York. Bekijk onderstaand enkele foto's.

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Madonna Live with Kelly and Ryan: foto's & video

Madonna was op 8 december te gast bij de Amerikaanse talkshow 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' waar ze onder andere sprak over haar MDNA Skin producten.

Ze danste met Anderson Cooper, deed aan Vogueing met Kelly en Ryan en vertelde dat ze in 2018 weer van plan is om op tour te gaan! Bekijk onderstaand foto's en het volledige interview.

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