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Thirty years ago, Madonna released her debut self-titled album -- launching the career of an eventual international pop superstar. This week on Soundcheck, we look back at the many chapters and facets of Madonna's career, from her early days as a dance-pop diva to her recent albums and collaborations with younger artists. Hear Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein talk about signing Madonna from his hospital bed; fashion commentator Simon Doonan discuss her couture hits; The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast co-hosts debate Madonna's success on the silver screen -- and more.

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Modern Madonna: A Look At The Pop Icon Post-2000

Friday, September 20, 2013

Soundcheck wraps up Madonna Week with a look at a more modern side of Madonna's career with Billboard editor Joe Levy.

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'Ray Of Light' Was Madonna's 'Mid-Life Enlightenment' Record

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NPR Music’Ann Powers calls Ray of Light Madonna's “mid-life enlightenment” record — and she walks us through this interesting chapter in the star’s career.

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Madonna's Detroit Roots

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In 1984, shortly after Madonna embarked upon her musical career, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about her childhood growing up outside of Detroit. Now, 30 years later, Susan Whitall is still working for the Detroit News as a music, features and entertainment writer – and she joins us to talk about that interview with Madonna early on in her career. Plus, she reflects on Madonna's relationship with her hometown today. 

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Test Your Fandom With Soundcheck's Madonna Quiz

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Test your Madonna knowledge with this quiz.

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Movie Date: Madonna On The Silver Screen

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, join Soundcheck to discuss Madonna’s career on the screen.

 

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Growing Up Muslim, Listening To Madonna

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The writer Soniah Kamal talks about Madonna's impact on her strict Muslim upbringing in Saudi Arabia.

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Simon Doonan On Madonna, Fashion's 'Patron Saint'

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simon Doonan -- writer, fashion commentator and Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barneys -- joins us to discuss the Material Girl’s influence on fashion.

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Share Your 'Madonna Moment'

Monday, September 16, 2013

As we look back at Madonna's 30 year music career this week, we want you share your "Madonna Moment." Tell us about a moment in your life that was affected in some way by Madonna or her music. Leave a comment here, or call and leave us a voicemail: 866 939 1612.

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My Madonna Moment: On The Cover Of Spin Magazine

Monday, September 16, 2013

All this week, Soundcheck is marking the 30th anniversary of the Material Girl’s first album, and we’re asking listeners and readers to share their "Madonna Moment." Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his, which involves Spin Magazine's first cover.

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Seymour Stein On Signing Madonna

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thirty years ago, in 1983, Sire Records put out a debut album by a little known club dancer and singer named -- you guessed it -- Madonna. Obviously, we know now that this was a pretty good move. But back then, it was the label’s chairman and co-founder, Seymour Stein, who took a chance on this fledgling young artist. He joins us today to talk about how he discovered and signed Madonna, and her early days as a recording artist. 

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