Today in Madonna History: April 20, 1992

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On April 20 1992, Madonna signed a $60 million, seven-year contract with Time Warner Inc. as a joint venture to form a new multi-media entertainment company: Maverick.

Madonna was made CEO of Maverick (her own record and music publishing company), which included TV, film, merchandising and book publishing divisions.

The contract re-negotiated and extended Madonna’s contract with Sire Records: a $5 million advance per album & a 20% royalty rate for her next seven albums. The future recordings would all be released by Maverick/Sire Records.

Today in Madonna History: April 19, 2012

On April 19 2012, Madonna spoke about Dick Clark’s passing (April 18 2012):

“Even though I told him in 1984 that I wanted to rule the world, it’s Dick Clark who ruled the world. He loved what he did and his energy and enthusiasm were boundless. A great man. I bow to his memory and everything he did with his life.”

Today in Madonna History: April 18, 2012

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On April 18 2012, Madonna was interviewed by Harry Smith as part of NBC’s Rock Center.

Madonna talked about her Super Bowl performance, rehearsing for her upcoming MDNA World Tour, parenting and her thoughts on the paparazzi photos of Lourdes smoking.

Today in Madonna History: April 17, 2008

On April 17 2008, Madonna posted a message for her fans on YouTube from the set of the Give It 2 Me music video in London. In the message, Madonna thanked her fans for making videos for 4 Minutes, and reminds them to clean up after themselves.

Watch the message:

Today in Madonna History: April 16, 2021

On April 16 2021, a new digital album or remix EP for Madonna’s What It Feels Like For A Girl single was loaded to digital platforms. 

The digital single was loaded with 12 remixes, including some promo-only cuts never before available commercially:

  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Radio Edit) 4:03
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) 7:19
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) 8:06
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) 6:43
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Tracy Young Club Mix) 8:56
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond 12″ Club) 7:25
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) 4:46
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) 3:39
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) 3:44
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (George Best Saturday Night Mix) 5:23
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (That Kid Chris Caligula 2001 Mix) 9:51
  • Lo Que Siente La Mujer 4:43

Download or stream the remixes now!

Today in Madonna History: April 15, 1989

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On April 15 1989, Madonna’s Like A Prayer became the number one dance single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Like A Prayer remained number one for the week of April 22.

Today in Madonna History: April 14, 2009

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On April 14 2009, Steven Meisel was featured in Vogue magazine, and the article described him as the man that taught Madonna about re-invention.

In the article, Madonna shared some nice thoughts on Meisel:

Even Madonna agrees that there is, indeed, “a great sense of mystery” about Meisel – so much so that after all these years she feels she still doesn’t really know him very well. “I know that I love him,” she says. “You get sucked into his aura. He knows things.”

She learned this from one of their first collaborations, which was for the cover of Like A Virgin. “Before I worked with Steven,” says Madonna, “I just showed up in the clothes I was wearing, stood in front of the lights, and got my picture taken. With Steven, a team of people descended on me, started to undress me. Someone grabbed my hair, another grabbed my face, another started helping me try on various bits of clothes, and they all seemed to be speaking a language I didn’t understand – the language of Steven Meisel.”

To hear Madonna talk about working with Meisel is like being let in on a long-held secret. She goes on, “Steven had a vision. He had done his research. He had very specific references. I really respected the care that he took with his work, how seriously he approached it, but at the same time he has a great sense of irony. He made me feel like I was part of something important. He treated each photo shoot like it was a small film and insisted that we create a character each time we worked but then would make fun of the archetypes we created. He was the first person to introduce me to the idea of reinvention.”

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