Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. Madonna proceeds to sell millions of records, concert tickets and merch over the years tied to the sentiment, even a clothing line by the name of Material Girl Brand. 26 years later, Madonna decides to put the kibosh on an L.A.-based clothing chain, LA Triumph, on this day in 2011 citing worn trademark honors. The judge she pleads this to won’t have it, though, and rejects her claim.
Sad lipstick face.
Oh the material irony. So what comes first, art or commerce?