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Oct 14 2016
Madonna Is BILLBOARD's Woman Of The Year Comments (0)

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Billboard has announced that Madonna is its Woman of the Year, and she'll collect her prize in NYC in December!

The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group President & Chief Creative Officer Janice Min said of the Queen of Pop:

Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.

Perhaps charitably, Billboard lists Madonna's widely—and, I would argue, unfairly—derided Prince tribute as one example of how she has remained a part of the “cultural conversation” in the past year. That, she has! In a myriad of ways.

A number of other assertions in the Billboard piece announcing the honor should be especially gratifying for her fans, since some have been contested:

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She's earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

Madonna is slated to receive her award at the 11th Annual Women in Music Event, held December 9 in NYC. It will be filmed for Lifetime, airing December 12.

It will be interesting to see who hands her the award, who shows up, if tribute performances are tied to this appearance and how quickly people being snarking that this award was bought and paid for.

Sep 08 2016
6-PACK — Hillary Smiles While Burning RNC + Trump Lies, Media Cheers + Zellweger On Chesney's Sexual Orientation + Gaga Hits #1 (Somehow) + Madonna's Dancer From The Dance + Dead Or Alive Tsunami! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary points out the obvious inappropriateness of Trump dishing on his classified security briefing, rejects smile advice.

*widget boy cultureTrump lies—blatantly—with impunity. The MSM unconsciously wants him to win. Obama: Stop grading him on the curve.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger indirectly asserts that rumors saying her ex, Kenny Chesney, was gay were false.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga hits #1 ... with a song that has not even been released. Seems fair.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Salim “Slam” Gauwloos gives LONG, juicy interview on Blond Ambition, HIV, dance, his dark period.

*widget boy cultureA new Dead or Alive career-retrospective set has 19 (!) discs.

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Aug 25 2016
6-PACK — Pulse Survivors' Bills Covered + Boiling-Water Attacker Gets 40 Years + Pro-LGBTQ Vet Slain + Robbie Rogers' Tormentor Punished + Scott Eastwood: Only Pretty On The Outside + Shawn Mendes Can't Have Sex?! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureOrlando will not bill Pulse gay nightclub mass-shooting survivors for their (astronomically expensive) treatment.

*widget boy cultureMan who deliberately poured boiling water on sleeping gay couple gets 40 years in prison. Bye-eee!

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*widget boy cultureVeteran Tromain Mackall was murdered, his body stuffed into a toolbox. Was it because he was dating a trans girl?

*widget boy culturePlayer suspended for calling Robbie Rogers a “queer” denies it, says he simply swore at him.

*widget boy cultureScott Eastwood's ex-GF died in a car crash and he never called her dad, never sent flowers, never attended her memorial.

*widget boy cultureNewly-18 Shawn Mendes to Billboard: Sex, post-fame, is “impossible”; he “hooked up” with an older woman, but she freaked.

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Jul 21 2016
HEAT INDEX — Gains & Losses + Thigh-Ay-Ay! + Nathan Adrian + Model Behavior + Steven Dehler + Adam Goldberg + You've Got Snail + Tightie Whitie Supremacy + Nick Jonas! Comments (0)

ABOVE: And he thinks he needs to lose 14 pounds.

BELOW: And he doesn't think this is perfection.

SUPER-THIGHS ME: Who's yer daddy?

NATHAN ADRIAN LOSES SPEEDO: Thank God for ESPN, the wind beneath my thing.

STREET LIFE: F*cking Young! offers off-duty models.

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STEPHEN DEHLER: He poses for D'Andre Michael, world's mind blown.

THE FULL MONTY: Adam Goldberg lets it all hang out in Rebirth. (Work Unfriendly)

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SNAIL TRAIL: An erotic poem, a boy with slugs all over him.

THE TIGHTIE WHITIE ALBUM: All the undies you can stand.

RESPECTING & HONORING LGBT PEOPLE: Nick Jonas on his Pulse speech & more.

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Jun 23 2016
Scores Of Music-Industry A-Listers Sign Letter Demanding Gun Control Comments (0)

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Billboard has assembled an impressive list of music-industry names for a cover and open letter demanding that Congress act on gun control.

In the preamble, the publication links music, gay rights (the rainbow imagery) and the all-too-easy access to guns in the U.S. in making the point that change is necessary to protect the “life-affirming ritual” of dancing.

(Disappointed Madonna didn't sign on, and am hoping she isn't still of the mind that “guns don't kill people, people kill people.”)

Jun 22 2016
What Made Pulse Special Will Bring It Back: Owner Opens Up To BILLBOARD Comments (0)

Billboard talks to Pulse owner Barbara Poma about the Orlando mass shooting and what the bar meant to the community.

In the piece, Poma defiantly vows to reopen the devastated space, which she characterizes as being different from other LGBT spots because of its “warm, welcoming atmosphere that was family-like.”

She says the response to the tragedy has been uplifting:

I can't tell you how many stories I have read over this week that have told me that Pulse was the first gay bar they ever went to, how they were shaking in fear, how they weren't out to their families and how Pulse welcomed them. People who aren't out, people who are exploring, people who are transitioning need a place to do this without judgment, they need acceptance; this is what Pulse was always about.

Jun 13 2016
6-PACK — Is There An Oscar For Crisis Acting? + Gay Clubs As Safe Spaces + Adele Hearts LGBTQ People + Jimmy Somerville's Bittersweet Tribute + Bobby Brown Pulled Madonna & Janet + Farewell, JUDY JETSON & ALF! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: People who immediately assume mass murders are concocted by The Powers That Be and survivors are all crisis actors are mentally ill. Avoid. Block. All of  'em.

*widget boy cultureBarry Walters on gay clubs as “cultural centers, safe spaces and targets.” The rise of social media hasn't changed that.

*widget boy cultureAdele dedicates her concert to the Orlando victims and all LGBTQ people: “They're like my soulmates since I was really young, so I was very moved by it.”

*widget boy cultureJimmy Somerville's mournful a cappella rendition of  Bronski Beat's “Why” goes out in memory of the Orlando massacre:

*widget boy cultureHER PREROGATIVE: Madonna had her way with Bobby Brown, who also nailed Janet Jackson ... before kicking her out! Her dad didn't like her dating black men.

*widget boy cultureJanet “Judy Jetson” Waldo has died @ 96. Last Jetson!  Met her in 2012 and she acted so young I had not a clue of her age. Actor in the ALF costume also passed away.

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May 28 2016
Madonna Claims ALL Of Prince's Band Members Were Invited To Join Her At BILLBOARDS Comments (0)

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Not sure why entertainment sites haven't picked up on this more—maybe the holiday week, maybe the effort it takes to dig through Madonna's many Instagram comments—but Madonna has made the assertion that she asked all of Prince's band members recent and previous to participate in her tribute to the late Purple One. She also says the declined due to being in a state of mourning. (More likely, many felt she wasn't the right centerpiece.)

If true, she seems to have done her best to be inclusive.