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Watch: Madonna Releases Met Gala 2018 Performance Recording

As a special gift to fans on her 60th birthday, the Queen of Pop dropped the professional recording of her May 7, 2018 performance. 

 Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

Every Madonna fan can relate to the phrase "playing the long game," as official video releases from today's birthday girl often take months or years to come to fruition. In fact, some of her most tantalizing tapes from decades past exist only on VHS, or are locked away in Hollywood vaults. Three months, then, wasn't so long to wait for this gorgeously edited official version of Madonna's May 7, 2018 Met Gala performance.

The theme of Anna Wintour's 2018 Met Gala was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Since Madonna has explored her Catholic upbringing and the Church's aesthetic across almost her entire career, she was the obvious and rightful performer choice. 

The 13-minute video clip was produced by NCR Films, the production company of Nathan Rissman. Rissman is a frequent Madonna collaborator; he directed her Rebel Heart Tour and Sticky & Sweet Tour films, "Give It 2 Me" and "Miles Away" music videos, and 2008 documentary I Am Because We Are, written by Madonna about the AIDS pandemic in the African country of Malawi.

"Madonna - Met Gala 2018" is edited in a style reminiscent of her recent MDNA Tour and Rebel Heart Tour video releases. This fast-paced, multilayered video editing style tends to divide fans, but I enjoy how it so conveys the excitement of physically attending a Madonna show. The editor in question, Danny Tull, has edited nearly every Madonna video release since her 2006 The Confessions Tour film.

Her performance consists of three songs; the choir-assisted "Like A Prayer," the brand new song "Beautiful Game," and a striking cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," in the style popularized by Jeff Buckley. Madonna's voice is strong, clear and dynamic throughout. It might be one of her best live audio recordings to date. 

She also published a statement on Instagram explaining the surprise video release:

In celebration of my birthday🎂🎉💕 , and as a “thank you” for all your donations on my Birthday Fundraiser, I wanted to share a very special performance from this year’s Met Gala 🎉🎂💕🙏🏻🇲🇼 🎼
Check out on my YouTube page and enjoy entire performance! #celebrate #raisingmalawi #homeofhope #metgala #likeaprayer #blessed 🙏🏼 @ncrfilms @dannytull
— @Madonna on Instagram

You can donate to Madonna's birthday fundraiser here. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and healthcare for children in Malawi. Ripple will match every dollar donated to this campaign!

Whatever you think of Madonna or her video editing style, please take a moment to reflect on her art and legacy so far, as we celebrate her 60th birthday today. "Where's the Party"? Everywhere!


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Full Gallery & Tea: Britney Spears' New KENZO Campaign

Her "Secret Project" has finally been officially announced and fully revealed. 

Plus, an exclusive VOGUE Magazine interview features Britney's candid thoughts on her past and current fashion sense. 

 ALL PHOTOS: Peter Lindbergh for KENZO Paris

ALL PHOTOS: Peter Lindbergh for KENZO Paris

Britney Spears has always been a fashion icon - to Millennials. Even when Baby Boomer media ridiculed her fashion "mistakes," her fans celebrated them as instantly iconic milestones. Now everyone is on board, thanks to her new campaign with Paris fashion house Kenzo, shot by renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh

Remember that "Secret Project" I theorized about a while back? Turns out it was this fashion campaign. 

Even Vogue Magazine wanted more tea, and landed an exclusive interview with the Princess of Pop "Just Yesterday." In it, Britney describes her fashion sense throughout her life, pop career, and experience with motherhood. 

You can read the whole interview here, but these are my favorite revelations:

1. Ms. Spears thinks '80s fashion was "ugly." But is she wrong?

2. Vogue, of course, has the perfect one-sentence encapsulation of "Momney" style: 

The days of schoolgirl miniskirts and red vinyl catsuits are far behind her, and she tends to gravitate toward more practical, bohemian-inspired clothing, mostly in a palette of soft ivory and white.
— Brooke Bobb for Vogue Magazine

3. Her sons' untamed fashion sense is inspiring her to make daring choices again. 

4. Even Vogue Magazine appreciates her popular Instagram runway videos. 

5. She mostly wears nightgowns at home - but we been knew. How very "The Intimate Britney Spears" of her.

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Special thanks to @BraveNewMatt on Twitter for rounding up all the official campaign images.

You can shop Britney Spears' KENZO campaign looks here.


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and don't forget to use #KENZOLovesBritney to promote her campaign!

Exclusive: "Get Free > Creep #TeamLana" Soft Tee

The DerekPlease.com Store has its first ever piece of clothing! 

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You may have heard about Radiohead accusing Lana Del Rey of copying their song "Creep" with her song "Get Free." This fanmade t-shirt design celebrates the clearly superior song - "Get Free."

Buy yours today!

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Stay tuned for more pop culture-inspired exclusive designs! 


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The Fit: New Exclusive Britney Spears Shirt at Spencer's

 All Photos: SpencersOnline.com

All Photos: SpencersOnline.com

 Special thanks to Britney super fan  Christopher Ryan  for sharing this iconic find!

Special thanks to Britney super fan Christopher Ryan for sharing this iconic find!

The late 90s are all the rage right now, and nothing is more 1998-1999 than Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" era. From the recent Urban Outfitters exclusive "...Baby" vinyl to the new Hot Topic "...Baby" tee, O.G. Britney has never been more sought-after. 

Now Spencer's wants a piece of the pie! If you're not familiar with American shopping malls, Spencer's is basically the naughtier Hot Topic. The back of their store is NSFW, y'all. 

Fittingly, this edgy, officially licensed Britney Spears Collection tee features a screen printed, black and white cutout of Spears from her iconic "...Baby One More Time" US album cover. Like the Target, Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic exclusives before it, the shirt is a unisex design and is marketed using male models. Yahoo! Style recently quoted my thoughts on this inclusiveness: 

As the blog DerekPlease.com pointed out, what’s different about this shirt, along with versions sporting pics of late Mexican singer Selena, is that Target’s typical music fan offerings for men up until this point focused on male artists or rock bands.
— Sabrina Rojas Weiss at Yahoo! Style

The tee features a tagless design. Unlike Target's exclusive shirt, this is made of 100% cotton. The sizing variety is a bit narrow, with only adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large available.

As of 12:30pm ET on 12/14/17, sizes Small and Extra Large are currently sold out. 


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The Fit: Torrid Debuts Plus-Sized Britney Spears Tee

"From the bar to the car" to the... mall!?

 Images: Torrid.com 

Images: Torrid.com 

We've spoken about the amazing inclusiveness the Britney Spears Collection is showing by creating unisex fits and marketing to male fans. However, the plus-sized category was largely being left out. Finally, we have a Britney tee for Women's Sizes 10-30! 

This gorgeous, 100% cotton design from the Britney Spears Collection features a stylized edit of her classic Britney 2001 album artwork. Torrid.com is basically a stan account, too. Check out what they had to say:

It’s Britney, b*tch! This black knit crew neck tee looks like you picked it up at a Britney album tour stop, with a gritty turned-up-technicolor graphic. We’re a slave 4 this tee!

Dare I say the cut of this shirt could work for fans of all genders? The open neck design seems ideal for rocking your best necklaces, like Britney's 2009 "Circus Tour" dog tag pendant, which just debuted on her web store at $10.


Bravo to Torrid for helping Britney fans of all sizes rep their queen in style. Click here to buy.


Special shoutout to Britney super fan Stella F. for alerting me to this find! 

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