You’ve seen the CD cover to Madge’s new Hard Candy. You’ve seen Justin Timberlake working the sexual innuendos about his MILFy workmate. Now our buds at Rhapsody are going to be streaming the first track from the disc. Come back here tomorrow and you’ll be able to blast “Four Minutes” for zero cost. It’s the track that a French DJ exposed a bit too early just a few weeks ago, and it’ll give you a taste of what you can expect from the full disc when it drops on April 29. Set your alarm: return tomorrow.
Hmm…what’s this Hard Candy that Madonna‘s talking about on her upcoming disc? Maybe the official cover art will help explain. And if it doesn’t, the portrait after the jump probably will. Hope she’s not a biter. Send it to a couple of pals who still dig the old, wanton Madge. Remember how often she’s changed her look throughout the years?
The 23rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony took place in New York last night. Here are some of the evening’s best moments. Check out videos from the Inductees.
1. Justin Timberlake Brings Sexy Back.
Mr. Love Sounds made the word “induct” seem like the nastiet verb of the evening. He inducted Madonna with all the cheek you’d expect from a global pop star, telling tales about Madge helping him with a flu bug by ordering that he drop his pants and take a B-12 shot in the ass as the pair collaborated on M’s upcoming Hard Candy. He also shot an arrow or two at his ex. “The world is full of Madonna wannabes. I might have even dated a couple.”
2. Madonna Cops to Her Inner Punk & Dancefloor Druggin’
During a heartfelt acceptance speech, the singer explained her early days, learning to play drums to Elvis Costello records in the basement of an abandoned Queens synagogue and dropping a tab of ecstasy the night she jammed her demo tape into the hands of a Sire records A&R man. She also acknowledged her first big media explosion, “rolling around on the floor of the MTV awards with my ass hanging out.” During the wham-bam performance of “Burning Up” and “Ray of Light” by the Stooges, she was seen rocking along in the front row of the audience.
Journalists interviewing Madonna at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have some new specifics to play with. The titles to the tunes that populate Madge’s upcoming Hard Candy have been released. Some Prince lingo (“Give It 2 Me”) and a Fiddy cop (“Candy Shop”) are rounded out by a Sonny & Cher allusion (“Beat Goes On”). We’re still waiting to see what the artist, who’s always changing her look, does for cover art – stay tuned. And watch the entire RRHOF show on VH1 Classic this evening at 8:30 /7:30 c. Justin Timberlake will sing the praises of his pal, and the Stooges will salute her in song. Track listing after the jump.
Rolling Stone tells us that The Stooges are going to be saluting their Motor City sister Madonna at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies next Monday night, March 10. (VH1 Classic is airing the entire show live at 8:30 pm.). Crazy, right? But crazy is good. What Madge track would you like to see Iggy and the boys rip apart? Let’s assume it isn’t “Papa Don’t Preach” and let’s hope it’s “Into The Groove.” And if you really want to be a dreamer, imagine a world where the Material Lady has a bit too much bubbly, heaves her yoga pad in the corner, and jumps on stage to help the boys ramrod through “Real Cool Time.”
Other heroes will celebrate their forebears, too. Damien Rice (read a classic interview here) will salute Leonard Cohen, James Cotton will evoke Little Walter, and Gamble & Huff? will get a tip of the hat from Patti LaBelle. Watch videos by some of the inductees.
Who are you psyched to see?
A French radio station played the first single from Madonna‘s new album Hard Candy on Friday and all the Interweb is reaping the benefit. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland co-produced “Four Minutes to Save the World.” Her Madgesty trades off verses with Timberlake, who is either doing a very passable Michael Jackson impression or demonstrating just how much love he has for Cee-Lo. The song is a straight-up dance-floor classic, with the sort of bounce and jiggle made for South Beach clubs. Guitars grind; drums pummel; and the synths . . . er, synth. The song means for you to get up and dance, and in that, it’s successful. Madonna sings “The road to heaven is paved with good intentions,” which isn’t exactly how we remember the saying going, but whatever. It’s loud, busy, grinding and full of energy. No word on whether the French DJ who leaked this is currently running for his life, but we suspect that might be the case. Until the song gets an official release, check it out here.
We’re hoping that you already know about Justin Timberlake being the lucky guy to induct Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, March 10 in NYC. Futurelovesexsounds will be coming from his mouth as he takes to the podium to with a speech regarding Madge’s impact on the 20th century. The Hall announced its list of inductors yesterday, and there are some cool match-ups. It’s Tom Hanks, the writer/director of the jangle-pop flick That Thing You Do, will welcome the Dave Clark Five. Lou Reed is set to wax poetic about the work of Leonard Cohen. Billy Joel will sing the praises of John Mellencamp. Ben Harper will give us a short history of blues harmonicat Little Walter. John Fogerty will praise the instrumental surf twang of the Ventures. Jerry Butler will salute the impact of Philly R&B kingpins Gamble & Huff.
VH1 Classic will be airing the show live on March 10. VH1 will show it on March 22. But there’s still a chance for you to be there in the flesh. You’ve got ONE more day to enter our sweepstakes and take in the whole deal first-hand. Fill out the forms, dude!
Here’s a string of photos of artists who are already in the Hall.
Jill Scott Skips Singing to Design Plus-Sized Bras
Finally, big boobs get a little love – and from one of the coolest ladies around. Wonder if the waifs are jealous?? [Reuters]
Britney Gets Second Visit with Sons
Come on Britney, don’t screw this up now. We haven’t seen you at a Starbucks in ages and you’re actually getting to see your kids! Baby steps, girl!? [People]
Amy?s Latest Self-Destruction
Multiple cuts on her arm have led the press to speculate that Amy might be cutting herself up. [DailyMail]
Jamie Lynn Spears Gets Her GED
First she got pregnant before Britney, and now she’s graduated high school before her too. Little sisters are always so perfect!? [Us]
The Material Girl Does Jury Duty
Madge is back in the US to fulfill her civic duty on a jury. There’s no escaping to London this time!? [Us]
Ashley Tisdale: Keeping Her Small Boobs, For Now
A fake nose is enough plastic for this pop tart, thank you very much! [Us]
Nelly Furtado?s Not Knocked Up
What, just because J. Lo does something, everyone has to do it? [Us]
Bai Ling Babbles Online About Arrest
The actress’ heart “feels sad” after being busted for stealing mags from an airport shop. [Us]
Pam Strips for Paris
America may be sick of her, but Paris (the city, not the skank) loves Pam, who performed a striptease at the infamous Le Crazy Horse saloon. [People]
Madonna?s Directorial Debut Dissed
The singer’s new film is getting bashed by critics. When is she gonna realize that movies just ain’t her thing? [NYDN]
We’re not quite sure how this happened or who allowed it, but Britney Spears, fully decked out in fishnets, boots and not much else, led a group of little kids in an hour-long dance class yesterday at Millenium Dance Complex. Brit was there to rehearse moves for her upcoming music video, but somehow wound up teaching the tots, ages 4-7, moves to old school Madonna songs. But don’t go thinking she was having them hump the floor! The director of the dance complex reveals that she, “even played age-appropriate games in a circle, pretending to be a choo-choo train. Britney was just amazing with the kids and everyone ended up having a blast. At the end of the hour class, all the kids hugged Britney and she seemed very happy.”
We can’t help but let our heart strings be tugged a little. It’s the first time in months that Britney’s done something sweet (though still a little weird), and surely she’s missing her own sons. The starlet had so much fun teaching the kids that she may even turn the class into a weekly gig – which would be the most consistent thing she’s done in years. If this is true, we totally approve of parents forcing dance classes on their kids, just to bask in the Britney, er, glow.? [Us/People]