Pop Shop Podcast: Donna De Lory & Niki Haris Talk New Album, Madonna Memories & Favorite Female Vocalists

Pop Shop Podcast Niki Haris and Donna De Lory
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De Lory and Haris sang with Madonna on numerous albums and tours, and now the duo is recording a collaborative album.

Welcome to the new episode of the Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous episode).

Our latest show is a special episode dedicated entirely to a discussion about some of our favorite female pop vocalists. And to help us, we’re joined by two very special guest co-hosts (and incredible singers): Donna De Lory and Niki Haris!

De Lory and Haris came to wide attention in 1987, when they began a long working relationship with Madonna, initially backing the diva on her Who’s That Girl World Tour. The ladies continued to work with Madge on record and in live performances for many years (Haris through 2001 and De Lory through 2007) and can be heard on such classic albums as Like a Prayer, I’m Breathless, Erotica, Bedtime Stories and Ray of Light.

In addition, De Lory and Haris backed numerous other artists (separately and together, ranging from Bette Midler to Marilyn Manson) and released their own solo material.

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Niki Haris, Madonna and Donna De Lory perform live at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2001.

Now, De Lory and Haris have joined forces to produce a collaborative album they are crowdfunding through Pledge Music, offering a range of items available for fans to purchase, including Haris’ cone bra that she wore during Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour. The first taste of the team-up is their cover of Madonna’s “Rain," which you can hear here:

In the Pop Shop Podcast, De Lory and Haris talk about their new music, what songs their album might include, memories of working with Madonna and how they aim to stage some live performances down the road. Plus, the ladies -- along with Keith and Katie -- discuss some of their favorite pop female vocalists of all time.

For more information on De Lory and Haris, visit their respective websites at donnadelory.com and nikiharis.com, and their shared Facebook page.

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