Today in Madonna History: June 22, 1996

On June 22 1996, Billboard magazine revealed details for the benefit album, Sweet Relief II: Gravity Of The Situation – The Songs Of Vic Chesnutt. The benefit album featured Madonna’s duet with her brother-in-law, Joe Henry, titled Guilty By Association.

While Madonna & Henry would later collaborate on her songs Don’t Tell Me, Jump, The Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You and Falling Free, their duet for Sweet Relief II marked their first professional collaboration.

Their personal connection goes back much further, however. Henry and Madonna first became acquainted as students of Rochester Adams High School in Michigan, where they were members of the school’s Thespian Society. Henry eventually married Madonna’s sister, Melanie, and has earned critical acclaim as a successful singer/songwriter.

Today in Madonna History: May 2, 2015

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On May 2 2015, Madonna participated in an Ask Me Anything interactive chat with Saturday Night Online – live with Romeo.

During the chat we learned the following:

  • Madonna’s mantra is “Live each day like it’s your last.”
  • She wanted to release Falling Free from MDNA, but didn’t because “it’s not conventional enough.”
  • She most enjoyed filming the music videos for Justify My Love, Open Your Heart, Material Girl and Like A Virgin.
  • Madonna enjoys rosé wine.
  • She would love to release an album (or maybe more than one) of unreleased material.  She said that it would be a “long ass album.”
  • She likes the idea of recording with Britney Spears again.
  • She thinks Drake kisses like a girl, “Don’t kiss Drake, no matter how many times he begs you to.”
  • Her party playlists include: Kaytranada, Grimes, James Blake, Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, Major Lazer, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.
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