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  1. Cubs nominate Tim Buss for Madonna's dance trainer Cubs strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss during spring training at the Under Armour Performance Center on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune) Mark GonzalesContact ReporterChicago Tribune Could Tim Buss follow in David Ross' footsteps to Hollywood? In response to a campaign by singer/dancer Madonna for her next dance trainer, manager Joe Maddon has nominated Buss, the Cubs' zany but highly respected conditioning coach. Could Tim Buss follow in David Ross' footsteps to Hollywood? In response to a campaign by singer/dancer Madonna for her next dance trainer, manager Joe Maddon has nominated Buss, the Cubs' zany but highly respected conditioning coach. Maddon was behind the scenes as the team tweeted a one-minute video of Buss' work, albeit in a somewhat subdued manner as he was shown working with players. “We could have made it more edgy," Maddon said of Buss, who conducted a pre-game workout last week in Speedo trunks. "Maybe she’ll want an R version at some point. We can send that, too." Buss has sported various outfits, from a leprechaun outfit to a superhero costume, and even drove a sportscar onto the conditioning field. But he has been extremely popular and effective in his teachings. “We’re hoping Madonna has an opportunity to check that out," Maddon said. "We’re going to send even more information, whatever she possibly needs to see that our guy is the best." http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-cubs-tim-buss-madonna-20170324-story,amp.html
  2. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58d2214ce4b099c777b9dd42/amp Daryl Deino, ContributorActor, Writer, Pop Culture Enthusiast, Technology Addict Why Madonna's 'Like A Prayer' Is The Most Important Album Ever Made By A Female Artist WARNER RECORDS/AP IIMAGES Madonna made history with ‘Like a Prayer’ album. 28 years ago this week, Madonna released what is not only her best album to date, but also what could be the most important release ever by a female artist. That’s not to say that Like a Prayer is the best album ever by a female artist, but it’s pretty close. After six years of being considered pop fluff and a disco dolly, Madonna was finally taken seriously by most music critics in 1989. Still, Like a Prayer deserved even more than bewildering critical acclaim. If Madonna and misogyny weren’t practically synonyms, Like a Prayer would have not only won several Grammys in 1990 (it didn’t even earn any major nominations), but it would be widely praised for its songwriting and production 28 years later. If a man delivered the same type of vocals Madonna did on Like a Prayer, critics would note that his voice isn’t technically perfect, but distinct, melodic, and full of emotion. When it comes to Madonna, who certainly could never hit the notes of Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston, it’s just easier for people to say that she “can’t sing.” For people (especially millennials) to understand how important Like a Prayer is to culture and music, they have to comprehend the repressive environment Madonna’s album arrived to in March of 1989. The late 1980s was ruled by the religious right, who believed AIDS was a curse God gave to the gay community. Women who were outspoken or wore revealing clothes were referred to as sluts, whores, bit**es, etc. Police brutality among African Americans was still widely accepted without much of a backlash. And interracial dating was still considered a taboo. With all of this in mind, let’s analyze why Like a Prayer is such a milestone of an album. The “Like a Prayer” Video The “Like a Prayer” video has provocative imagery that caused the religious right to wet its pants. However, none of the imagery, which is used for pure symbolism, is blasphemous. Most importantly, “Like a Prayer” is a video that shows the viewer racism, sexism, and police brutality. It urges them to think and overcome it — this is something that wasn’t considered “cool” in 1989. The idea of a “Black Jesus” was also considered blasphemous to some, especially the religious right. The aftermath of “Like a Prayer” was groundbreaking in that Madonna beat the religious right at their own attempted game of censorship. Their efforts caused Pepsi to drop Madonna as a spokesperson, but they completely failed at hurting Madonna’s success or censoring the video. The “Like a Prayer” single and video hit No. 1 and remain widely loved classics almost 30 years later. Madonna paved the way for other artists to not only challenge the religious right, but win. The “Like a Prayer” Song Even if you aren’t convinced that the “Like a Prayer” video is an artistic masterpiece, the song “Like a Prayer” has stood on its own. Not only has Rolling Stone and Billboard praised it as one of the best pop songs of all time, but the song has become a spiritual classic, even for those who aren’t fans of Madonna. “Like a Prayer” became the highlight of Live 8 in 2005, and it was also one of the highlights of the 2010 Hope for Haiti concert. It was also prominently featured in Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show. Any live performance of the song is sure to whip the audience into a frenzy. Express Yourself This decade, “Express Yourself” is mostly known as the song that inspired (maybe a little too much) Lady Gaga’s self-empowerment LGBT anthem “Born This Way.” However, as Gay Times Magazine notes, “Express Yourself” has become an empowering anthem for the LGBT community as well. However, in the late 1980s, the song was mostly known as a female empowerment anthem. “Don’t go for second best baby” became a catch phrase for strong women who were sick of being treated like second class citizens from men and other women who still subscribed to the patriarchy. AIDS Activism The pamphlet on AIDS Madonna included with each copy of Like a Prayer alone proves that the notion of Madonna being a bad role model and having a bad influence on Generation X (especially women and teenagers) just isn’t true. Madonna educated many about AIDS and safe sex at a time when schools, the media, and religious institutions stayed away from the topic. A move like this in 1989 could have hurt a showbiz career, but Madonna survived and thrived by doing the right thing and, possibly, helping to save lives at the same time. Pop Music Meets Art A Rolling Stone review by J.D. Considine from April of 1989 correctly noted that Like a Prayer was “as close to art as pop music gets.” The album touched on topics such as childhood innocence, childhood loss, child abuse, spousal abuse, women’s rights, and spirituality. It mixed all of these themes together to not only make the listener think and dance, but ask questions as well — some of which were risky to ask in 1989. Like a Prayer proved that an artist can mix style and substance in order to break societal and musical barriers. 28 years later, many pop artists, including Madonna herself, are trying to hit all the correct spots Like a Prayer hit, but they just don’t have the same effect.
  3. Sting (sorta) comments on Gaga's Madonna shade: http://www.bravotv.com/watch-what-happens-live/season-13/episode-203/videos/spill-the-music-indus-tea
  4. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/arts/music/madonna-hillary-clinton-renegades.html?_r=0&referer=
  5. The Girlie Show NYC Drowned World DC x 2 Re-Invention DC Sticky & Sweet 2008 East Rutherford, NJ MDNA DC Rebel Heart DC
  6. Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible and inextricable link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, Sound and Vision considers what it means to see music as well as hear it. Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Sound and Vision tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video’s role in the popular music of today. Featured Stories/Artists The artists who embraced video in the pre-MTV era: David Bowie, The Beatles,Blondie, Devo The artists who made MTV what it was: Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Eurythmics The Unplugged era, Nirvana’s memorable taping Song List 1. A Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles 2. White Wedding – Billy Idol 3. Sex Crime – Eurythmics 4. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran 5. Video Killed the Radio Star – Buggles 6. Whip It – Devo 7. Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart 8. I Ran – Flock of Seagulls 9. Dancing with Myself – Billy Idol 10. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics 11. Missionary Man – Eurythmics 12. Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie 13. The Jean Genie – David Bowie 14. Shadow Waltz (from Gold Diggers of 1933) – Busby Berkeley 15. Where Did Our Love Go – Supremes 16. Mean Woman Blues – Glen Campbell 17. Little Red Rooster – Rolling Stones 18. Paperback Writer – The Beatles 19. Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie 20. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson 21. Workin for the Weekend – Loverboy 22. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? – Culture Club 23. Super Freak – Rick James 24. Thriller – Michael Jackson 25. Rock Box – Run DMC 26. Borderline – Madonna 27. Like a Virgin – Madonna 28. Like a Prayer – Madonna 29. Give it 2 Me – Madonna 30. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 31. Layla (MTV Unplugged) – Eric Clapton 32. Where Did You Sleep Last Night? – Nirvana 33. Video Games – Lana Del Rey 34. Haunted – Beyonce 35. XO – Beyonce http://soundbreaking.com/episodes/episode-seven/
  7. http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/13/snl-leslie-jones-madonna-bradley-cooper-dave-chappelle-and-more
  8. Heard it on the radio today! Sang along at the top of my lungs!!
  9. Tonight @ 9PM!
  10. Madonna’s Blond Ambition dancer Slam: ‘I still get letters about my gay kiss in the film’ http://attitude.co.uk/madonnas-blond-ambition-dancer-slam-i-still-get-letters-about-my-gay-kiss-in-the-film/