Today in Madonna History: March 8, 2012

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On March 8 2012, British singer-songwriter Mika tweeted his reaction to hearing Madonna’s recording of Gang Bang, which was based on a song he co-wrote, titled Bang Bang:

“Weird as fuck, underground and lyrically cool; it’s amazing and bizarre. I love it, she sounds so good singing words so harsh.”

Madonna had originally recorded a demo that was faithful to Mika’s original vision for the song but later gave it a drastic overhaul, stripping it down to a pulsating beat with panning sound effects and violent ad libbed vocals – although its original core lyrics remained intact.

Gang Bang was produced by Madonna, William Orbit and Demolition Crew and appeared on the 2012 album, MDNA. Due to its violent overtones, the track was excluded from the “clean” version of the album.

Today In Madonna History: March 27, 2012

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During a Twitter Q&A Madonna held on March 27, 2012, to promote her new album, deadmau5 tweeted her:

“You’re a role model to 100’s of millions. You have a powerful voice, EDM could use your positive influence, not ‘molly’ talk.”

Madonna responded by tweeting an old picture of herself wearing Mickey Mouse ears, captioned:

“From one mouse to another, I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called Have You Seen Molly written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album.”

Deadmau5 replied:

“Fair enough, i was just voicing my concerns as i usually do. +1 respect for clearing it up personally.”

Watch Madonna rehearse “I’m Addicted” from the MDNA World Tour in Florence: