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