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Rihanna's Cover Of Madonna's 'Vogue' Surfaces: LISTEN

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Hints of Rihanna's return to the music scene are surfacing as the singer's cover of Madonna's classic Vogue surfaced this week reports OutAccording to U.K.'s Attitude, the cover is from 2008 and her vocal stylings sound reminiscent of her Good Girl Gone Bad days, which served as a guide track for a live performance. Rihanna's absence from the music scene and pop charts has fans and others anxious, and curious, about the release date of her next album, which many, including Rihanna, have dubbed #R8. The singer has dropped an album virtually every year since her debut album Music of the Sun in 2005, and her last album Unapologetic was released in 2012.

However, Rihanna's kept busy in the interim with her film career in a cameo role in 2014's Annie and one of the lead roles in DreamWorks' new animated film Home--set to debut on March 27, features on other artists songs including Shakira's Can't Remember to Forget You and world tours. Rumblings of a new album began in early 2014 after Rihanna left her label Def Jam to fully sign with Roc Nation and news of rising artist Kiesza writing new material for the artist. Rihanna posted a snippet of demo song Kiss it Better on her Instagram late last year and a rough demo of a song called World Peace leaked on the internet and was subsequently taken down. Crooner Sam Smith also let slip that Rihanna shared details with him about the new album stating that he's "excited," for it.

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 4.08.48 PMMeanwhile Rihanna's fans certainly haven't forgotten the singer. Notable fan Mina Gerges, a college student with 35,000 followers on Instagram, recreates famous photographs of female celebrities including Kim Kardashian's "Break the Internet" picture, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Rihanna and posts them on his Instagram.

In the meantime Gerges, and other Rihanna fans hungry for new music, can listen to the singer's cover of Vogue in full, AFTER THE JUMP... 

 

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Madonna Preempts 'Rebel Heart' Leak by Releasing Album's First Six Tracks Online: LISTEN

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To stave off the flurry of leaks on her upcoming Rebel Heart album, Madonna has released the album's first six tracks on iTunes and other digital retailers this week. And if these six are any indication for how the rest of the album is going to turn out, Madge fans better get ready for another great record.

Tweeted the Queen of Pop with the above image:

Rolling Stone reports:

More music will be available February 9th, and the full album will be released the first week of March via Interscope.

"I was hoping to release my new single 'Living for Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring," she said in a statement. "I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."

Tracks available immediately include throwback house anthem "Living for Love," the ominous "Devil Pray," the lush "Ghosttown," reggae-tinged jam "Unapologetic Bitch," dark "Illuminati" and the Nicki Minaj-featuring "Bitch I'm Madonna." Producers on the tracks include Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Dahi, Blood Diamonds and Madonna, herself. Fans can nab the songs as part of an album pre-order or buy them individually a la carte. 

Which is your favorite of the six? I really like "Living for Love". Illuminati is a lot of fun too. 

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Madonna Song 'Rebel Heart' Leaks: LISTEN

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A demo of a new song from Madonna's follow-up album to MDNA leaked this week reports BillboardMadonna nor her publicist have yet to issue a statement about the leak however, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary asked fans on Twitter to provide information regarding the leak of the icon's new song. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 4.55.02 PMOriginally only 40 seconds of the "acoustic-meets-dance" track leaked with lyrics referring to media criticism of the singer that go, "I've spent some time as a narcissist, hearing the others say 'look at you, look at you.' Trying to be so provocative, I said, 'Oh yeah, that was me. All the things I did just to be seen.'" 

The title of the song is still unconfirmed though many believe the title of the track is "Rebel Heart," after Madonna tweeted the hashtag #Rebelheart for months on her Instagram. It's also believed the song is a collaboration with Avicii, the Swedish EDM DJ and record producer, when Madonna posted a picture of the two on her Instagram with the "Rebel Heart," hashtag nine months ago. 

You can listen to the demo AFTER THE JUMP...

The expected release date of the full album is sometime in 2015, where the icon is expected to dominate the music scene for the year.

Madonna is currently visiting Malawi with her daughter, Mercy, and posted photos of herself meeting with President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi. The singer also visited Kondanani Orphanage, surgical trainees at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and spent time playing with her daughter over Thanksgiving.

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Kindergarteners Put a Madonna Spin on Learning the Alphabet: VIDEO

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Arturo Avina, the Los Angeles teacher behind last year's so-heartwarming-it'll-make-you-cry video of his kindergarten class performing a LGBT Pride message of love, is back with a new bunch of kiddos and an exciting new twist on how to learn the ABCs.

"Like an Alphabet" is a Madonna-inspired instructional video featuring 26 mini-music videos of some of the singer's biggest hits, as well as some lesser known gems ("Rain" anyone?)

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WATCH: Marie Osmond's Spot-On Transformation Into Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Other Iconic Women

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As part of the new "Showstopper" number in the Donny and Marie Show in Vegas, make-up artist Kim Goodwin transformed Marie Osmond into 24 iconic women - with some truly stunning results.  

Check out a behind the scenes video featuring some of Osmond's marvelous makeover, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Iconography: Happy Birthday, Madonna

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Fifty-six years ago today, in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna Louise Ciccone came into this world. More than half a century later, the pop landscape is forever changed.

The Queen of Pop’s legacy extends beyond the more than 300 million records she’s sold worldwide. She’s appeared in films (with varying degrees of success), written children’s books and inspired an entire generation of pop stars. But what makes Madonna so iconic — worthy of not just a college class devoted to her impact, but to an entire academic field of study — is her mastery of multimedia, sexual defiance and ceaseless reinvention.

Friends with Keith Haring and a member of the 1980s New York downtown arts scene, Madonna grew out of a heavily queer community. (She’s even attributed her initial push to pursue stardom to her gay ballet teacher.) Madonna’s sound and image pulses with queer sensibility, from the gay ballroom culture referenced in “Vogue” (or “borrowed,” if you’re being kind; “misappropriated” if you’re being serious) to the sweaty rhythms ripped from the clubs. She’s loudly championed equality, spoke out on the AIDS crisis, and, though her track record is far from flawless, she’s driven a huge amount of conversation about queer issues into the mainstream consciousness.

Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it: Celebrate the birthday [material] girl with some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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