2292 posts categorized "MADONNA"

Nov 19 2014
BLUE, Period: An Interview With Ricky Rebel Comments (0)
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Ricky Rebel is described as a sort of Adam Lambert/Lady Gaga hybrid, but in spite of his young age, he's been in the industry longer than both of them. I first encountered Ricky when he was in the boy No_authority_shirtless_group_in_underwear1band No Authority (pictured in underwear), a group signed to Madonna's Maverick (RIP!) and mentored by Michael Jackson.

I would've done anything for NA (and gave them crazy amounts of coverage) if only because their manager had once been in an episode of The Golden Girls, but I also really liked the boys themselves.

Ricky was a stand-out in the teen pop scene, a true showman, so it was not surprising to me 10 years later when he re-emerged as a solo artist with a major dance hit (“Geisha Dance”) and a thoughtfully crafted, musically sound point of view.

Now, Ricky is releasing The Blue Album, filled with adventurous dance music that isn't a guilty pleasure but an unqualified pleasure. He is a visual artist who does not overly rely on his admittedly fun razzle and on-stage dazzle, but one whose music you could enjoy with your eyes closed.

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I was happy to chat with Ricky all these years after we crossed paths at the teen magazine I ran; I've always wanted to do follow-up interviews with the kids I worked with, so getting to debrief one who's gone on to bigger and better things was a real pleasure...

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Nov 18 2014
Janet Jackson's Constitutional Right To Have Work Done Comments (0)

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Another helping of Madonna Dearest. This time, she's talking about Bruce Jenner, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Nick Cannon, Sean Penn, Scarlett—well, basically, she's talking about everyone...

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Nov 15 2014
Michael Ciccone Comments (0)

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This Madonna/Michael Jackson mash-up is a thriller...

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...Those Additional 100 To 150 Pounds That You Put On... Comments (0)

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The original Legends Panel is back, and this shit never, ever gets old. The ridiculous voices and sentiments just feel so right...

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John Hancock-Tease: Robert Joy Comments (0)

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I saw Side Show in previews (review coming Monday, November 17, when the show opens) and took advantage of the opportunity to meet the last major cast member of Desperately Seeking Susan who I had yet to meet: Robert Joy. Joy plays the original daddy/conservator in Side Show and was, of course, Madonna's punker boyfriend in DSS.

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Waited afterward at the theater's incredibly awkward stage door area (actors find themselves walking down a long hall with patrons after the action ends) and Robert was, well, a joy—very nice. He signs with his right hand, but holds the Sharpie in his fist as he does it. He happily posed for a picture (I was bummed he'd just put on his hat). 

Joy recently turned 63.

Check out the time I met most of the DSS cast here, my favorite Madonna meeting here and meeting Laurie Metcalf here.

 
Nov 14 2014
Know You're Minefield Comments (0)

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Hilarious clip of Ellen DeGeneres's audience attempting to sing “Into the Groove”...

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Nov 12 2014
Like A Thirtysomething Comments (0)

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Madonna's Like a Virgin album turns 30 today. Billboard has a track-by-track review. For my money, there isn't a bad song on that album.

 
Marilyn Lives! Comments (0)

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Popstar Marilyn, after years of drug abuse that made him seem destined for an early grave, seems to have bounced back into good health, at least according to this feisty interview. Gavin Rossdale and the new Band Aid project for Ebola don't come out without a scratch.