May 21, 2015

MADONNA MAKES HISTORY AS SHE BECOMES THE ARTIST WITH THE MOST #1S ON A SINGLE BILLBOARD CHART OF ANY ARTIST/ANY GENRE IN HISTORY: 45TH CHART-TOPPER IS CURRENT HIT SINGLE "GHOST TOWN"


Madonna's 45 Dance Club Songs No. 1s
1983, "Holiday"/"Lucky Star" (five weeks at No. 1)
1984, "Like a Virgin" (four)
1985, "Material Girl"

1985, "Angel"/"Into the Groove"
1987, "Open Your Heart"
1987, "Causing a Commotion (Remix)"
1988, "You Can Dance (LP Cuts)"
1989, "Like a Prayer" (two)
1989, "Express Yourself" (three)
1990, "Keep It Together"
1990, "Vogue" (two)
1991, "Justify My Love" (two)
1992, "Erotica"
1993, "Deeper and Deeper"
1993, "Fever"
1994, "Secret" (two)
1995, "Bedtime Story"
1997, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
1998, "Frozen" (two)
1998, "Ray of Light" (four)
1999, "Nothing Really Matters" (two)
1999, "Beautiful Stranger" (two)
2000, "American Pie"

2000, "Music" (five)
2001, "Don't Tell Me"
2001, "What It Feels Like for a Girl"
2001, "Impressive Instant" (two)
2002, "Die Another Day" (two)
2003, "American Life"
2003, "Hollywood"
2003, "Me Against the Music," Britney Spears featuring Madonna (two)
2004, "Nothing Fails"
2004, "Love Profusion"
2005, "Hung Up" (four)
2006, "Sorry" (two)
2006, "Get Together"
2006, "Jump" (two)
2008, "4 Minutes," Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (two)
2008, "Give It 2 Me"
2009, "Celebration"
2012, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.
2012, "Girl Gone Wild"
2012, "Turn Up the Radio"

2015, "Living for Love"
2015, "Ghosttown"

HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY TO THE ONE, THE ONLY, THE CHER!!!



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May 13, 2015

As the remix of Madonna's latest single "Ghost Town" moves 6 to 3 on Billboard Dance Charts She is Poised to Make Chart History Once Again Next Week


When the Queen of Pop's first single from her Rebel Heart album "Living for Love" reached #1 on Billboard Dance charts, it became her 44th #1 song on that chart.  Reaching that pinnacle tied her with the King of Country George Strait for the most #1s on a single Billboard chart of any other artist in any genre in history.

As the remix from her latest hit "Ghost Town" earns Greatest Gainer accolades moving from #6 to #3 on Billboard Dance charts, Madonna is poised to be sole heir of the most #1s on a single Billboard Chart -- with 45 #1s then she'll surpass the King of Country and own that record all to herself.


Congratulations, Madonna.  All Hail the Queen of Pop again.

May 5, 2015

MADONNA -- STORY OF AN ICON AS TOLD THROUGH THE COVER OF MAGAZINES

MADONNA HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL AND THERE ARE AS MANY DETRACTORS AS THERE ARE FANS.  HERE IS JUST A GLIMPSE AT THE TYPE OF IMPACT THE ICON HAS HAD ON POPULAR CULTURE -- AS TOLD THROUGH "THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE"








AND THEN SOME...

April 1, 2015

YOU WOULD THINK A ROSTER THAT INCLUDES TOM CRUISE, SANDRA BULLOCK, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, HOLLY HUNTER, JACK BLACK & MORE WOULD BE ENOUGH FOR MARGIE BALTER, WOULDN'T YOU?


PIANIST, COMPOSER, ACTRESS AND “PIANO TEACHER TO THE STARS” MARGIE BALTER NAMED ONE OF 2015’S TOP WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT

April 1, 2015 (LOS ANGLES) – “Shine on Hollywood” Magazine has chosen pianist, composer, actress and “Piano Teacher to the Stars” Margie Balter as one of the “2015 Top Women Industry Professionals,” it was recently announced.  Balter was chosen because of her stellar career and the profound, positive impact her talent, inspiration and drive makes on the people with whom she works, as well as on the entertainment industry as a whole, and beyond.

“As an educator, the motivation I get comes from unlocking the potential of my students, and their growth inspires me every day,” said Balter.  “As an entertainer, the motivation I get comes from the way music or a performance can touch and inspire someone in the audience. I sense this immediately.   To be acknowledged as one of the 2015 Top Women Industry Professionals – at a time when I feel my creativity and all the new projects I’m working on are taking me into the next chapter – is an amazing honor for which I’m very grateful.”

Balter, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, was dubbed “Piano Teacher to the Stars” after teaching Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johannson, Jack Black and many others to play the piano for various movie roles.  That part of her career began when she first coached Holly Hunter for her Academy Award-winning performance in “The Piano.”  Balter’s own compositions have been featured in hit and iconic movies and television shows, including “Date Night” starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, “Beauty Shop” with Queen Latifah, and “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington, to name a few.  She also is an Advisory Board member for the international Playing for Change Foundation, which builds and funds music programs for children in third world countries and in the U.S.  To purchase her music and award-winning CD “Music from My Heart: Solo Piano Pieces by Margie Balter,” visit www.itunes.com or www.amazon.com.

For more information about Margie Balter and to follow her blog about inspiration, visit www.margiebalter.com.  To read the full article in “Shine On Hollywood” Magazine, visit http://bit.ly/1BJGaZ7.

March 12, 2015

CISSY HOUSTON MAY HAVE DENOUNCED LIFETIME'S WHITNEY BIO-PIC -- NOT TO PROTECT HER DAUGHTER -- BUT TO SELL HER TELL-ALL (AND I DO MEAN "ALL") BOOK ABOUT HER LITTLE "NIPPY"


Cissy Houston gave us just a taste of what she has on her mind last night with Oprah. Her book, “Remembering Whitney,” is the most candid, frank, harsh and unabashed since Keith Richards “Life.” This is so unusual for a celebrity memoir. But with Whitney gone, Cissy has nothing to lose. You get the feeling that these are the things she’s been waiting to say for 20 years or more. Whitney’s fans may not be so happy. Cissy’s book vindicates legendary singer Sam Moore’s CNN interview from last year– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8SBeaR-gSA. It’s heartbreaking but Whitney was out of control, a drug addict, self-possessed and determined not listen to anyone.

On Oprah, Cissy says of Whitney: “I made her what she was.” In the book, Cissy — who was a famous back up singer but never had the career of her cousin Dionne Warwick, or friend Aretha Franklin — is bitter about Whitney maybe attaining what she never could. Cissy recalls: “She had been watching me in sessions and onstage for years, picking up pacing, breathing, and microphone techniques, and then adding her own little nuances, too. My son Michael used to joke with me about Nippy’s technique—“ Ma,” he’d say, “Nippy should be in jail for stealing all your riffs and everything. You should sue her.”

It didn’t help that Whitney let people think Aretha Franklin, for whom Cissy had worked for many years, was her godmother. “I would tease Ree about supposedly being Nippy’s godmother— a story that started years before, when I was touring with her and she came over to our house on Dodd Street. Nippy was so impressed with Aretha that she started telling all her friends she was her godmother, and the story stuck because Ree never denied it. Eventually, reporters picked it up and everybody assumed it was true. And Nippy never did stop telling people that.”

Houston moved out of the family home an into an apartment with her friend Robyn Crawford at age 18. Crawford was gay, and Cissy did not like her. “What made Nippy’s move particularly hard for me was her decision to room with Robyn Crawford in an apartment in Woodbridge, New Jersey. She knew how I felt about Robyn, but she was determined to live with her anyway. It wasn’t that there was serious tension between Robyn and me— we just didn’t see eye to eye. Still, we tried to be respectful of each other and of our places in Nippy’s life, and we figured out how to give each other the necessary space. We had our love for Nippy in common, and though we rarely agreed, we were at least able to keep things from being too uncomfortable when we were all together.”
Later Crawford moved with Whitney into her big mansion in Mendham, New Jersey. “Early on, Robyn Crawford nicknamed me “Big Cuda”— short for barracuda— and that suited me just fine. The name stuck, and from then out, whenever I’d be coming somewhere to see Nippy, people would warn each other that Big Cuda was coming.”

But it was Crawford who had the guts to tell Cissy about Whitney’s drug problems early on, long before Bobby Brown arrived on the scene. What follows is Cissy’s eye-view of the fights, interventions, and downward spiral that no one could control. At one point, Whitney rejects rehab but lets Cissy stay in her house with her. It doesn’t work, and Whitney gets worse. Bobby Brown doesn’t help, and Cissy sure doesn’t like him.

Cissy pulls no punches. And while she loves Whitney, she’s also hard on her. She calls her a “heifer,” meaning bossy like a cow. She sort of becomes afraid of her as time goes by.
People will say Cissy wrote the book for money, and maybe she did. But let her have it. This is as unflinching a memoir as you’re going to read, and well worth it. At least for once we get the true story, horrible as it is and was, by the person who knows the story. I knew all these people from the mid 1980s. I still think about walking around Whitney’s Olympic sized pool with her in the late 80s. I don’t think there was much drug use then. She was such a funny, sweet kid. And Robyn, who was tough, was so devoted to her. It seemed like their future was limitless. That it ended this badly is still unbelievable.

JAY-Z HOSTED A VERY PRIVATE, VERY VIP MEETING OF MUSIC ICONS AROUND THE GRAMMYS INCLUDING MADONNA, KANYE, DAFT PUNK, BEYONCE AND MORE...

XCLUSIVE c2015 Showbiz411–Jay Z is taking on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other streaming services with his now approved $56 million acquisition of Swedish streaming service Aspiro.
Sources tell me that a few days before the Grammy Awards in February, the rap entrepreneur (real name Shawn Carter) hosted a group of music superstars at an all day meeting. The guests were like a meeting of the music version of the Avengers or Justice League of America.

They included Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nikki Minaj, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jack White and of course, wife Beyonce. “Rihanna came in at the end,” one source said. “They all kept saying, Where is Rihanna?” At least two country music stars attended as well.

The subject was how they could turn Aspiro — which will be known in the U.S. as TidalHifi (@tidalhifi) when it relaunches– into a streaming music and video service akin to the old United Artists pictures, in which artists would actually profit from their art and put out quality material.
In 1919, a  handful of movie stars– Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks-- and director D.W. Griffith– banded together and started their own studio to combat what they saw as growing commercialism of the majors. I’m told that Jay Z, who can be a bit of a visionary, sees his new service just this way.

Jay Z, according to my sources, chose The Fig House, an out of the way event space in northeast Los Angeles near Pasadena so that his top tier guests would go undetected by press.
In addition to the stars there were some music execs, lawyers, and a few assistants. The total group of non stars, I’m told, numbered about 20. Many of them were from RocNation, Jay Z’s company. Jay Z’s reps declined to comment.
Jay Z’s purchase of Aspiro for $56 million was finalized in Sweden on Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected as early as Friday (3/13) morning. TidalHifi is appealing to Jay Z because it’s a streaming service completely in place, and operational in the U.S. with 25 million high def digital or “lossless” tracks– much like HDTracks.com. The tracks would be playable on Sony’s Walkman A17 or Neil Young’s Pono player among others.

Jay Z– who’s using the corporate name Project Panther Bidco Ltd– is obviously after something here along the lines of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes’ Beats Music, and so on. Right now, Aspiro offers high def digital music to its customers. In the U.S. subscriptions are $19.99 a month.In the Panther prospectus, there’s a lot of discussion of international expansion of global operations and “upscaling” of Aspiro operations.

But I’m told the discussion at the Fig was more about videos, artists rights, and how music has been diminished by crass commercialism. The Daft Punk robots are said to have made the most persuasive comments on these subjects. Tidal is going to be big on curated editorial. These artists could be involved in the editorial side, too.

The meeting was pretty lively, I’m told. Kanye West can’t calm down even among friends. “Kanye,” says an onlooker, “is out of control. He blurts things out. Jay Z kept him by his side and joked that he was his ‘interpreter’.”

What all this means for this group of artists is still unclear. Madonna isn’t signed to a record label per se. But most of these people are signed to Universal Music Group, which owns Vevo video service with Sony and Google. Plus, many of them are friendly with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who are now billionaires invested in Beats Music and Apple. A lot of loyalties may be divided soon.
But the endless battles between artists and Spotify and other digital services that pay low royalties may take a turn if Jay Z and friends can make inroads. Stay tuned…

REPORTED BY:

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News. He writes for Parade magazine and has written for Details, Vogue, the New York Times, Post, and Daily News and many other publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals.

February 8, 2015

IN HONOR OF JOAN RIVERS ON THE EVE OF THE GRAMMY RED CARPET: MY FAVORITE STORY #2 OF MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE LEGENDARY JOAN RIVERS




So there was a time when the Latin GRAMMYs aired on CBS -- remember those days when the very Latina Jessica Simpson would somehow appear on the Latin GRAMMYs?  Or Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smitts would host EVERY SINGLE YEAR?  With the 15th Latin show airing last November, it is now totally thriving on Univision.

However, when the Latin GRAMMYs were still CBS, the red carpet arrivals was a whole new ball of (come se dice "WAX"?) for the very Anglo reporters that would stand on the carpet and for 5 hours try to figure out what to ask these very famous people that were not recognizable to the WASPS -- and watch these tremendous artists try so hard to figure out what the hell these slow talking Hollywood people were even asking them...

Well, ever the pro, of course, Joan Rivers had what's called a bug in her ear (a little head phone if you will that a producer in E!'s truck would talk to her through - the sole purpose of that producer was to watch her little monitor and identify as quickly as possible the next artist approaching Joan and tell her who the artist was at least by first name or nomination.  You can only imagine how loud the carpet gets and it was at the height of traffic.  I am standing next to Joan and her crew and up walks Alejandro Sanz (who is not only a fantastic singer and musician but SUPER CALIENTE...EN FUEGO).   So of course i stood there and looked official, said hello to Alejandro (and his wife --DAMN!). Out of the corner of my eye, I think Joan is having a stroke because she's doubled over -- then I realize she's trying to hear what's being said in her ear about this strapping stud about to say hello.  All I can see is the top of Joan's head but it's moving back and forth just like when she talked standing up so you could pretty much figure out exactly what she thought about the quality of information she was getting now.  She stands up (and not a thing moves on her face, seriously...not even the wig...).  I digress...she stands up and she's on:  "Hello AleJandro" (enunciating a hard J), Alejandro, you are so handsome."  AleHandro starts blushing and says "thank you, Ms. Rivers" (I almost made out with him).  Any way, Joan does what appears to be a standing back bend with her right index finger shoved as far into her head as posslble trying to hear what the producer is saying.  Alejandro is standing there like (come se dice, WTF?).

Joan pops back (everything still in place) and says, "Are you excited to be performing with Stephanie
Childs?"  And I look at him, like, did you add someone to your performance last minute?  I saw the rehearsals 400 times and there was no mention of a Stephanie Childs...I looked at him and shrugged my shoulders with that "Saludos, you're on your own!" supportive look.

So he's now sweating and Joan rips the earbud out of her ear and leans whisper/yell at Alejandro, "you gotta tell me a little about this Stephanie Childs because, no offense, I don't know who the F*** this bitch is!"

He looks at her, leans into her Mic and says, "it's very nice." i wanted to give him a big bear hug...a really big bear hug..but anywho, then all of a sudden it hit me -- and suddenly I am Contortion Joan and doubled over doing a horrendous job of trying to pretend I'm tying my shoe or something.  I lean over to Joan and I say two words to her.  She looks at me in total disgust and says, "You gotta be f****** kidding me?!"  Then looks at Hottie Pants: ALEJHANDRO...WHO GIVES A F*** ABOUT STEPHANIE CHILDS LIKE MY NOW FIRED PRODUCER WANTS ME TO TALK ABOUT. LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU'RE PERFORMING WITH DESTINY'S CHILD!!"

Alejandro: "It's very nice!"  I wanted to eat him up...

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALEJANDRO AND STEPHANIE CHILD'S PEFORMANCE

February 7, 2015

As the GRAMMYs and Oscars Approach Here are Some of My Favorite Photos with Some of My Fave Celebs & Icons -- from Madonna and Leeza Gibbons to Amy Grant, Ludacris, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gloria Estefan, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and More!

Leeza Gibbons (Go, Celeb Apprentice!), Deborah Cox, Roberta Flack, Kelly Clarkson, Nile Rodgers, Ludacris, Amy Grant, Common, Mariah and more.  All of these photos have so many stories, events and feelings behind them.  I'm grateful that I get to meet the people behind the brands and even prouder to call some of them my dear friends!  If you want more inside scoop, follow me tomorrow while I live Tweet from Staples Center during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (@enfluencer)!