Wednesday, October 31, 2012

As the world changes, Madonna remains the same




BY TIMOTHY FINN
The Kansas City Star

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The day Madonna turned 19 — Aug. 16, 1977 — was the day Elvis Presley died, and there’s a certain symmetry to the coincidence.

She was still several years away from barnstorming the music world with her gummy dance hits and inimitable fashion and, subsequently, becoming one of the most provocative and popular pop-culture figures in the world. Sex, religion, music, politics: Nothing was spared her brazen iconoclasm or sacrilege.

In its artist biography of Madonna, Rolling Stone says: “Until she toned down her press-baiting behavior in the ’90s, she was the most consistently controversial (pop star) since Elvis Presley.”

She turned 54 this year, but Madonna hasn’t lost much lust for generating attention, if not controversy. And she is going to great lengths to avoid Elvis’ fate: becoming a caricature as his career drifted into its gloaming.

Tuesday night, Madonna performs for the first time ever in Kansas City, where she is bringing her extravagant MDNA Tour, a two-hour blitzkrieg of music, theater, dance and acrobatics. The tour opened May 31 in Tel Aviv, and it has generated several “incidents.”

At a show in Istanbul, Turkey, she bared one of her breasts. She has been sued twice — once by a group in Russia for a pro-gay speech she delivered in St. Petersburg and once by the National Front Party in France for a video shown during the tour that associates the party’s leader with Hitler and the Nazis.

At a show in Washington, D.C., she referred to President Barack Obama as a black Muslim. She later told the Washington Post: “Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim — though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were? The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to.”

And she chafed some raw wounds at her show in Denver on Oct. 18, three months after 12 people were killed in a mass shooting at a theater in nearby Aurora. As she does at every show on the tour, during the song “Gang Bang,” Madonna and her entourage pointed fake weapons at the crowd and then shot several assailants.

She later issued a statement saying, “It’s true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns — but they are used as metaphors. ... they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging.”

It’s also worth noting that at nearly every stop on this tour, Madonna hasn’t taken the stage for her two-hour show until 10:30 p.m., long after the 8 p.m. starting time on the tickets, some of which cost more than $350. (If you’re hiring babysitters for this school-night show, take note.)

None of the above incidents seems anything worse than an act of insensitivity or poor taste. In fact, it seems that when it comes to true controversy or acts of deep offense or indelible sacrilege, the world has become desensitized since Madonna started baiting us with her music, videos and behavior. Others have since upped the ante in music (Marilyn Manson) and film (Quentin Tarantino), and there’s so much raw reality on the Internet.

Even exposure of a breast seems merely juvenile, a punch she was beaten to by Janet Jackson. Her performance during this year’s Super Bowl halftime was widely panned, notorious only because M.I.A flipped the bird.

The MDNA Tour is Madonna’s ninth; she has called it the “journey of a soul from darkness to light.” Reviews have been widely positive, mostly for the tour’s opulence and energy.

In the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot wrote: “(It) opened with an act of contrition and closed with a robed church choir paving the road to a celebration. In between there was fake blood, pretend guns, the return of the infamous conical bra, whiffs of sadomasochism and poison-tipped political commentary, as well as allusions to the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein, movies by Oliver Stone and Stanley Kubrick, Brecht-Weil cabaret, Asian mysticism, Cirque du Soleil-style tightrope acrobatics and Basque folk music.”

In his review of a show in Philadelphia, Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote, “Madonna and her team do know how to dazzle. Her male dancers bounced on web tightropes in slack-lining routines, twisted themselves in scary contortions and even wore some high heels. ‘Vogue’ placed Madonna at a decadent party with a chandelier overhead, surrounded by dancers in angular black-and-white costumes, while she struck her own poses in a latter-day remake of her old conical bra, now a black-ribbed exoskeleton.”

In 2012, rather than changing the game, Madonna is letting everyone know she’s still in it, out-ranking all the divas birthed in her wake, from Britney Spears and Beyonce to Katy Perry. She is overtly aware of the tide of popularity around Lady Gaga, who has become something of a rival. In several shows Madonna has made reference to Gaga, implying her imitation of the Queen of Pop borders on theft. She has been slipping the chorus of the Gaga hit “Born This Way” into “Express Yourself,” noting their similarities, then telling the crowd, “She’s not me.”

Two years ago, writer and social critic Camille Paglia took on Gaga in an essay in the London Sunday Times titled “Lady Gaga and the Death of Sex”: “Gaga has borrowed so heavily from Madonna that it must be asked, at what point does homage become theft? However, the main point is that the young Madonna was on fire. She was indeed the imperious Marlene Dietrich’s true heir.

“For Gaga, sex is mainly decor and surface; she’s like a laminated piece of ersatz rococo furniture. Alarmingly, Generation Gaga can’t tell the difference. Is it the death of sex? Perhaps the symbolic status that sex had for a century has gone kaput; that blazing trajectory is over.”

Paglia has been a supporter/admirer of Madonna for decades. In 1990, she wrote an essay for the New York Times titled, “Madonna — finally a real feminist.” The essay focuses on the decadent “Justify My Love” video and its liberating, empowering themes.

“Madonna is the true feminist. She exposes the Puritanism and suffocating ideology of American feminism, which is stuck in an adolescent whining mode. Madonna has taught young women to be fully female and sexual while still exercising total control over their lives. She shows girls how to be attractive, sensual, energetic, ambitious, aggressive and funny — all at the same time.”

Madonna was 32 then and truly on fire, about to launch the debauched “Blond Ambition Tour,” which prompted the Vatican to call for a boycott, and soon to release the “Erotica” album. Since then, she has become a Golden Globe-winning actress, a wife, a mother, a divorcee, a filmmaker.

And she has left a trail of controversy and infamy: the video for “American Life,” which was banned for anti-war themes; her lip-locked kiss with Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards; the fusillade of f-bombs released during an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman”; her self-crucifixion in the “Live to Tell” video; the “Get Stupid” video, played during 2008’s “Sticky and Sweet Tour,” which showed images of Sen. John McCain, then a presidential candidate, with images of Hitler and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Four years after that tour, she is back, with a new album, “MDNA,” that generated lukewarm reviews and a tour that is generating praise, if not raves. She is making it clear that this is not a “hits” tour and that she’s no heritage act, no Vegas theater performer living off her past.

The set list for the MDNA tour features nine of its 12 tracks, and a few of her hits have been dramatically rearranged. And that 10:30 p.m. starting time? An assertion that what she has to deliver is worth any wait.

In 2012, she may not be on fire or able to render the hype or ignite the controversy or stir the cultural pot like she used to. A new generation of divas may be on her heels, but the Madonna in the midst of her sixth decade has made something clear: The world around her can change all it wants to, but she’s not about to change along with it. The queen still reigns.

To reach Timothy Finn, call 816-234-4781 or send email to tfinn@kcstar.com.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Madonna's MDNA tour receives three nominations at Billboard Touring Awards!




TOP TOUR

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wrecking Ball
Madonna, MDNA
Roger Waters, The Wall Live


TOP MANAGER

Jon Landau Management (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
MFM/Mark Fenwick (Roger Waters)
Guy Oseary (Madonna)

CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD

Demi Lovato/Hallmark
Lady Antebellum/Lipton
Linkin Park/Honda Civic
Madonna/Smirnoff
Tim McGraw/Pennzoil
Zac Brown Band/Jack Daniel’s
The award ceremony will be hosted by Sandra Bernhard (oop) on November 8th.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Madonna On Ellen Interview Part 1

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MADONNA MDNA TOUR NEW ORLEANS – 318 “3 WORDS, 1 MEANING, 8 LETTERS = I LOVE YOU” PHOTO!




PHOTO: MADONNA AT SKRILLEX CONCERT IN NEW ORLEANS





Saturday, October 27, 2012

Madonna MDNA Unreleased Pic!!




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MADONNA NAMED AS BIGGEST-SELLING FEMALE SINGLES ARTIST OF ALL TIME!




Madonna has been named as the biggest-selling female singles artist in UK chart history.

New data from the Official Charts Company shows that the ‘MDNA’ singer, often dubbed as the Queen Of Pop, has shifted over 17.8 million singles in the UK since releasing her first track, ‘Holiday’, in 1984. She claimed her first UK Number One single with ‘Into The Groove’ the following year, while her last chart-topping track was ’4 Minutes’, her collaboration with Justin Timberlake which featured on her 2008 LP ‘Hard Candy’.

However, the iconic singer faces stiff competition from Rihanna, who has sold 11.4 million singles in the UK in just seven years – and, if she continues to sell records at the same rate, could feasibly overtake Madonna in the next two and a half years. Earlier this month (October 7), her track ‘Diamonds’ – the lead single from her forthcoming new album ‘Unapologetic’ – entered the UK Official Singles Chart at Number One.

Elsewhere, Kylie Minogue is the third best-selling female singles artist of all time, having sold 10.2 million records in her 25-year career, while the late Whitney Houston is fourth with 8.5 million sales and Lady Gaga is fifth with 7.329 million.

The Official Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists of All Time are as follows:

1. Madonna (17.8m)
2. Rihanna (11.4m)
3. Kylie Minogue (10.2m)
4. Whitney Houston (8.5m)
5. Lady Gaga (7.329m)
6. Britney Spears (7.324m)
7. Beyoncé (6.9m)
8. Celine Dion (6.7m)
9. Mariah Carey (6.62m)
10. Olivia Newton John (6.61m)

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Legend shines on: Madonna still at the top of her game in fun-filled concert with some new twists!!




By Tyler Rudick
October 25th, 2012

Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
Madonna expresses herself on stage.

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It's been three decades since Madonna Louise Ciccone released her first single . . . And judging from the first of two sold-out shows at the Toyota Center, the Material Girl's supply of star power appears to be endless.

Judging from the first of two sold-out shows at the Toyota Center, the Material Girl's supply of star power appears to be endless.
While this particular tour revolves around her current MDNA album — which provides almost half of the songs performed Wednesday night — the classics were sprinkled nicely throughout the two-hour concert, as the pop legend mixed iconic tracks like "Vogue" with recent singles penned with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.

But as we all know, music is just one part of the full Madonna package. And with the MDNA tour, Madge has made sure to tap into the full gamut of her career to keep her fans dancing. Here's what you get:

Catholic overtones (heartfelt and irreverent)

They don't call her Madonna for nothing . . . As the show started with "Girl Gone Wild," stage curtains opened to reveal a massive altar backdrop, a gigantic hanging incense burner and no fewer than 10 dancing monks. A few songs later, "Papa Don't Preach" mysteriously swapped its overt Catholic themes for some sort of pagan ritual dance.

Homage to latter-day Madonnas

Constant self-awareness has always been part of Madonna's confident charm. In Wednesday's show, however, the singer turned her attention to other stars who've followed her lead through the years. Joined with a team of Gwen Stefani-esque band majorettes (think "Hollaback Girl"), Madonna performed an impressively strong rendition of "Express Yourself," complete with lyrics from Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" . . . which is basically the same song anyway.

Casual banter and serious politics

After catching a breath halfway through the concert, it was time for some social awareness with a frank discussion of democracy, gay rights and the young Pakistani protester who was attacked by the Taliban. Madonna chatted about the current presidential election, encouraging everyone to vote. Later in the show, Madonna removed a majority of her clothing to reveal a comically fake "Obama" tattoo on her back.

Fresh renditions

While some classic songs were performed with their original vintage sounds ("Vogue" had all its drum machines from 1990, for example), others enjoyed some surprising new arrangements. "Like a Virgin" was sung with only a violinist and a piano player in a top hat. "Open Your Heart" was a totally acoustic endeavor, backed with a trio of musicians from the Basque Country.

Fans in costume

For all of Madonna's many style phases — the urban cowgirl, the "Justify My Love" psychosexual thing, the brunette "Like a Prayer" days — devoted fans still flock to that vintage Ray-Bans-and-lace look when it comes to dressing for a concert . . . regardless of age, race or gender. It's pretty fantastic, really.

BONUS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW: the crazy "Express Yourself" outfit (the one with the monocle), Madonna playing guitar (and throwing the pick into the crowd) and a thirtysomething white male vogueing by himself (yup, guilty as changed).

MADONNA ON THE COVER OF “MONOPOL” MAGAZINE!





The Healthy Boy Toy!!!




Flawless!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PHOTO: PROMO PHOTO OF MADONNA ON ELLEN SHOW




She’s the biggest name in music, and the only place you’ll see her is on Ellen! When it comes to living legends, there’s no bigger name than MADONNA! She’s a singer, songwriter, director, actor and entrepreneur like the world has never seen! Her music changed everything, and her conviction to break stereotypes and standards has opened doors for every woman who has followed her.

For her first time in Ellen’s studio, Madonna is sitting down for a candid, revealing and thought-provoking interview like you’ve never seen. She’s discussing things about herself that she’s never before opened-up about… and she even brought her son Rocco along!

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the world of the biggest entertainer on Earth, today on Ellen!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Madonna - Erotica (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Madonna's Pussy Is The Temple Of Learning: Erotica At 20!




“I always try to write songs so that they could be read on lots of different levels, so you could appreciate them superficially and then if you go deeper you could see something else,” Madonna told British TV’s Jonathan Ross in 1992, promoting her Erotica album and Sex book. This was the puffing of a now frequently bared chest or maybe autofellatio from a woman who had recently told Vanity Fair, “I think I have a dick in my brain.”

The material she was talking about, which included a jazzy hip-hop ballad that used the “eating out” double entendre to make cunnilingus sound like fine dining and a song called “Why’s It So Hard,” in which the “it” was not a penis, didn’t exactly require trained dogs to sniff out its multiple tiers. And yet, like the works she was discussing, her self-flattery was utterly justified in its exaggeration.

Today, Erotica turns 20 (tomorrow Sex will do the same), but only now has S&M really broken the mainstream pop culture to the level of a phenomenon (courtesy of 50 Shades of Grey). Only now are we accustomed to having a pack of female pop icons who sing about being excited by whips and chains, who snarl, “I’m a slut like you!,” who espouse the virtues of “pussy power” on talk shows. Only now are we used to the kind of content onslaught that Madonna delivered in 1992, not only via (almost) simultaneous multiple media but by having those songs and images and words that made up said media hit multiple buttons at once, themselves. It may not seem like it, but as an audience, our appreciation of things has only gotten more nuanced as time has gone on. We like levels. We are in a time when a song can become a pop cultural force by being awful, when the repellant attracts reality TV viewers, when mocking is a form of appreciation.

If Erotica wasn’t responsible for these developments, it certainly predicted them. The album was more ahead of its time than any pop record released that year.

Recorded between October 1991 and September 1992, Erotica found Madonna reteamed with Andre Betts and Shep Pettibone, her co-producers that were separately responsible for the two tracks recorded specifically for 1990′s Immaculate Collection hits compilation – Betts’ Public Enemy-sampling “Justify My Love” and Pettibone’s giant house number “Rescue Me.” At its most basic, Erotica further explores the paths of those very different songs. They are yin and yang as dance music goes, but they share themes of the intermingling of love, power and sex.

“Justify My Love” was a multimedia phenomenon itself, thanks to its MTV-banned video. It’s one of the strangest songs ever to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a heavy-bottomed hip-hop track that Madonna moans and mutters through, singing only when she hits the chorus. That it got the airplay it did with its mostly spoken foundation, unsettling mood and porno undertones says everything about Madonna’s command on entertainment at that point. She monetized controversy while creating something that both responded to and operated unlike the pop culture of its day. During her 1983 American Bandstand appearance, Dick Clark asked Madonna what her dreams were for the rest of her career and she told him, “To rule the world.” By 1990, she was as close to doing so as a pop star could get.

Power begat power. An emboldened Madonna established her own company, Maverick, achieved total creative control and let her own mouth go wherever it wanted by releasing Erotica and Sex as its first two projects. In Pettibone’s brief but anecdote-filled Erotica Diaries, Madonna comes off as impatient and assertive, as domineering in the studio as her dominatrix character Dita was on wax. Even when Erotica was praised (and despite its reputation as a maligned work, the album was largely praised by critics), people used words like “cold” and “calculating” to describe the album, as if honesty is inherently spontaneous, as if icy isn’t hot, as if virtually every album that came out before Erotica and since weren’t calculated in some way. If nothing else, Madonna’s open provocation was a full disclosure of her intentions, a pulling back of the curtain on the process of creating music that owes its existence to listener response. It’s a type of pure expression on a dirty album.

Over 10 years later, Madonna would reflect on the project by saying, “I was interested in pushing buttons and being rebellious and being mischievous and trying to bend the rules.” At the time, though, she told Steve Blame, “The most important thing is that I feel fulfilled as an artist.” Negotiating the needs of the many and the needs of the self is exhausting as marathon group sex, and in this respect, Erotica failed. It sold about half as many copies in the U.S. as the non-soundtrack album that preceded it, 1989′s Like a Prayer (quadruple platinum versus Erotica‘s double). None of its singles were smashes, and “Bad Girl” marked the first time Madonna missed Billboard Hot 100′s Top 20 since 1983′s “Burning Up.”

Erotica is moany and moody. When it is sugary, it’s campily so (“Bye Bye Baby”). It doesn’t have pop’s polite sheen and Madonna’s nasal vocals nag. It came with hype, an endless string of interviews during which Madonna looked confrontational in her style, with a gold tooth, cropped hair and often drugged-out eye makeup. A book accompanied the album’s release. Both played with sensibilities, treating sex as a dark sacrament or lighthearted comedy, depending on the moment.

It was so much for people to take in. Too much. The only songs to really make a dent into U.S. radio, “Deeper and Deeper” and “Rain,” were the album’s most straightforward offerings. We weren’t used to the level of noise we’d soon learn to process (see: the block waveforms of Lady Gaga’s over-stuffed sound and her endlessly shifting public persona — she doesn’t have eras, she has moments). We weren’t yet comfortable enough with attention-grabbing to value it — it would take years before that kind of behavior became commonplace on a citizen level. Internet would make it virtually mandatory for those interested in fostering a voice.

Erotica today maintains most of its put-on grit (most of the vocal takes are the demos). The crunch-and-pump house sounds visceral, the hip-hop soul sounds brutally elegant, the sometimes crooning, sometimes spoken vocals sound like versatile performances, as opposed to desperate attempts at carrying a tune. The booming and minimal Erotica sounds triumphantly in charge of itself. All that calculation makes for songs that do exactly what they set out to do.

“I don’t think it’s so unusual, the ideas I presented. What’s unusual is I talk about it,” Madonna said to Australia’s 60 Minutes at the time. Indeed, pop stars just didn’t reveal like she revealed. And even more unusual were her tones – her tongue-in-cheek (or wherever) handling of cunnilingus (“Colonel Sanders says it best: ‘Finger lickin’ good!’”), her presentation of S&M as simultaneously serious and absurd (she goes down on a boxing puppet in the “Erotica” video), her frequent intersecting of sex and love (“Erotica…romance,” are the first words you hear on the album).

Sex boasts even more layers and is more engaging for it. There are straightforward jokes amidst the softcore porn, which includes depictions of water sports, bondage, pansexuality amongst both sexes and public nudity. “How do you give a good blow job?” reads text over a shot of Madonna sitting spread-eagle poolside as Naomi Campbell grins into her crotch; “Drink a lot of beer first” it says on the next page, as Big Daddy Kane looks on, his hand on Campbell’s ass. However, the book operates best in the sticky realm of intention-ambiguity – regardless of what she meant when she wrote its text, Madonna’s bluntness has a comedic thwack. All of these sentences start mini-essays: “Sex with the young can be fun if you’re in the mood”; “There’s no better way to wake up in the morning than with my lover’s cock inside of me”; “When I was a child I used to sit on the toilet backward and wait for the burning sensation between my legs to go away.”; “I like my pussy.”

That last one ends, hilariously, with:

Sometimes I stick my finger in my pussy and wiggle it around the dark wetness and feel what a cock or a tongue must feel when I’m sitting on it. I pull my finger out and I always taste it and smell it. It’s hard to describe it smells like a baby to me fresh and full of life. I love my pussy, it is the complete summation of my mlife. It’s the place where all the most painful things have happened. But it has given me indescribable pleasure. My pussy is the temple of learning.

As “Dita,” she writes long letters to “Johnny,” about their shared lover “Ingrid.” In one, she goes on and on about the wetness of Ingrid’s pussy and then ends the letter with “P.S. Are you hard yet?” In a one-page story, she chronicles her affair with a Puerto Rican kid who had “hardly any pubic hair.” She claims to think she devirginized him and yet he inexplicably ends up giving her crabs. “So you win some you lose some,” she concludes. Har, har?

A lot of the reviews got it (the Times accounted very well for the messages’ complexity), some interviewers really didn’t: the interviewer on Australian 60 Minutestold Madonna that her depiction of masturbation “just strikes me as horrible.” She took it in stride, sharing cardinal wisdom that anyone who dares to talk about sex in public quickly comes to understand: “I think that people’s reaction to specific situations in the book was much of a reflection of that person than me.”
No one is under any obligation to look at the Rorschach you present, though. Erotica‘s rejection must have been irritating to experience firsthand but that is the risk you take when you lay your bare self out there. “And I’m not sorry,” Madonna told us on the follow-up to Erotica, 1994′s Bedtime Stories. Within context of the album, the song urged listeners not to get it twisted – she wasn’t rescinding anything expressed on her last album just because her current one was way gentler and less explicit. Understood, but the song nonetheless comes off as whiny. “You punished me for telling you my fantasies / I’m breakin’ all the rules I didn’t make,” starts the second verse. But no one actually punished Madonna for sharing her fantasies — they just responded negatively and didn’t buy as many copies of her album as they did last time around. It was a light spanking that she recovered from quickly (though she’d still have to make it through being a laughingstock all over again in the universally panned Body of Evidence, which came out in January of 1993). Her live translation of the Erotica era, The Girlie Show tour, was a well-reviewed hit. Stories‘ “Take a Bow” ended up being the longest running U.S. No. 1 of her career. In the years that followed, she remained relevant even if her music isn’t as much of a sure-bet as it once was. Madonna is doing just fine.

If anything, the relative flop status of Erotica shaded in her career — it was a bold, dark moment that proved a superstar was indeed capable of miscalculating public taste, of missing the mark of mass appeal. For a moment, Madonna appeared to be vulnerable and more human than even what her soul- or flesh-baring suggested. She smacked the world with her whip, and it smacked back harder, delivering some sadism to complement the masochism inherent in sharing her sadistic tendencies with the world.

P.S. Are you hard yet?

by Rich Juzwiak
gawker.com

Fantastic Madonna Outtakes Have Leaked!




















Love them! If only a new photo shoot was on the way soon!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy 20th Birthday Madonna's "Erotica"!!




Fantastic and ahead of her time once again!!

Madonna’s MDNA Show In Dallas October 20th Is Cancelled Due To ‘Severe Laryngitis’! Get Well Soon!!


Madonna has been forced to cancel her Saturday, October 20th show at Dallas’ American Airlines Center due to “severe laryngitis”, it was announced today by the tour’s promoter Live Nation.

Under doctor’s orders, the Material Girl has been put on “complete vocal rest” for the next 36 hours. All tickets for the October 20th show to be refunded at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online will refunded directly. Madonna regrets any inconvenience to her fans.

The second scheduled show in Dallas on Sunday, October 21st is expected to go on. There are a very limited number of seats currently available for that show.

For complete your information, visit: www.madonna.com and www.livenation.com

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

DEBBIE GIBSON REVIEWS MADONNA




Hey everyone!

As promised, here is my recap of the current Madonna tour! She does not need my “review” : )

First of all, I had heard mixed things about the show….. and, often as artists get further along in their careers, they sometimes rest on their laurels.

I was THRILLED to see this was not the case with Ms. M !!!

The show started out very dark and intense…much like a Quentin Tarrantino film with Madonna in the role of Action Heroine!

Madonna was clad all in black and was on the prowl with her gals and guns! I am SURE this she has left controversy in her wake but….do we expect anything less? Where does one go after sex and religion?

I was in awe of her limberness and authority. The gal is BAD!!!!

I loved that after all the darkness, she counteracted it with the ultimate in girlish innocence and came out in the cheerleader garb we saw on the Superbowl

I also loved that she showed that she was aware of the Gaga “based upon” Born This Way without slamming her… instead she paid homage to Gaga and included a chorus in Express Yourself!

LOVED THAT!

The next high point for me was worth the ticket price…and I had a super up close view of this….Like a Virgin and Love Spent was a super intimate glimpse into Madonna’s inner world. This portion was so still and internal and cinematic…. She WENT THERE. I know from doing Broadway…this is EXHAUSTING! And…to go there while traveling city to city and doing all else that her show encompasses is truly extraordinary,

This also for me was the beginning of her voice opening up. I understand the physicallity of singing. I must often do cardio before my voice flows freely. I could hear Madonna’s vocal technique work as the tone was pure and resonate and embodied the richness that began with Evita.

At one point she showed her naked self and asked the audience “Why do I show my ass…?!?” and she said it was “to get our attention” That may have been true at first but NOW, I beg to differ. I would say…. It’s because SHE CAN!!!!

She looks amazing!

I LOVED the audience interraction about politics and about dropping judgement… She showed us her accessible human side and I longed for a bit more of that BUT, I get that she is still MADONNA afterall and wants to keep that superstar persona and mystery intact! So….she dangled that carrot JUST ENOUGH!

The song MASTERPIECE is, well JUST THAT – Gorgeous melody and super deep lyrics especially “Nothing is indestructible.” It sure is!

LIKE A PRAYER was rousing and amazing and the perfect “oldie” if you will to bring the crowd to a fever pitch.

I remember as a young girl writing a “shame on you Madonna” letter to the press in relation to her SEX book. My have things changed. Well….namely my perspective.

I now can see and appreciate how necessary Madonna’s fearlessness is for the advancement and evolution of society.

A world with freedom and without judgement….that is a beautiful thing!

MADONNA FOR PRESIDENT. She truly cares about PEOPLE!

Other than Tina Turner, I cannot think of another poster child for AGELESSNESS and TIMELESSNESS and RELEVANCE……

I was so relieved to see that we can count on SOMEONE to never phone it in.

As rivetting as this performance was… It leaves me wondering… WHAT WILL MADONNA DO NEXT?!?

I know I will be there in person to find out!

X DEB

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Interscope Confirms 2 Madonna DVD Releases!!

INTERSCOPE confirms that 2 DVDs are going to be released next year: MDNA Tour live in Paris and a documentary about the tour.

The show in Rio will be filmed by SKY Tv and maybe it will be shown in real time.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Madonna on The Cover Of Billboard Magazine Brasil!




To bad that pathetic fraud had to ruin part of the cover!

First Pics Madonna On TheEllenShow!




Airs Oct 29!

Thanks MRama

Saturday, October 13, 2012

MADONNA’S NEW FRAGRANCE “TRUTH OR DARE NAKED” – PRESS RELEASE




Madonna will launch Truth or Dare by Madonna Naked, a new fragrance for women, in December. Truth or Dare Naked is a flanker to her debut fragrance, Truth or Dare, and was developed by the same perfumer, Stephen Nilsen.



Truth or Dare by Madonna Naked is a provocative and sexy scent that reveals Madonna’s sensual inner qualities. Blending a sense of richness and flirty femininity, the fragrance is playful yet confident. A bold combination of creamy woodiness is paired with addictive vanilla nuances and sparkling florals for a scent that is immediately captivating.

Truth or Dare Naked is a woody floral; notes include honeysuckle, peach blossom, neroli, vanilla orchid, cocoa flower, lily of the valley, cedar, benzoin, oud accord and sandalwood.

Truth or Dare by Madonna Naked will be available in 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

REVIEW : MADONNA BRINGS “MDNA” AT THE STAPLES CENTER! Los Angeles Times!




Human contortionists festooned with wings. Robed monks, mysterious crooning priests. Gunfights in seedy hotels. Dramatized murder, with blood splattered on a billboard-sized video screen. A warrior-ninja spinning nunchuku.

These musical dramas and more highlighted pop singer Madonna’s return to Los Angeles on Wednesday night, where she appeared at the Staples Center for the first of two concerts in support of her album, “MDNA.”

And that was just in the first act.

At various times in the second and third acts she brought out a floating drum line that played while hanging from the support beams, twirled a baton in unison with dancers/cheerleaders, and comforted a troop of soldier-dancers with an acoustic guitar, fiddle, and beat-based version of “Masterpiece.”

She floated on a chrome carriage above the stage, crawled on a staircase near the audience, clasping the hand of a fan. The joyous energy that lit up one middle-aged man’s face as Madge focused her gaze on him could have powered the Staples Center.

Of course it did. She’s Madonna, and nobody does this stuff better. Not Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Christina or any of the other generations of pop stars who have used as a model Madonna’s tightly crafted concerts/dance showcases/art projects/spectacles. Some of them may be better singers or more acrobatic, or offer cheaper ticket prices — rafter views at Staples started at over $100, and good seats went for more than $300 — but nobody has proven so adept at delivering the proverbial goods as Madge.

One piece of evidence: the suggestive way in which she incorporated the chorus of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” into Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Delivered as both an incitement and a generational bridge, the gesture embodied the ways in which Madonna has embraced her pop offspring.

Which is saying something, given that the album she’s supporting is one of the least challenging of her career.

She front-loaded her show with tracks from “MDNA,” crafting a film noir-inspired, acrobatically choreographed run of the first five songs on the album. From there, the drama built, both within her musical seductions and during breaks.

And as is her wont, she let loose on a mid-set sermon, this one focused on Russian band Pussy Riot, and the recent shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, allegedly at the hands of the Taliban. She protested with her voice, and with her music she shocked and awed.

Rolling on the floor during “Human Nature,” she stripped to her bra and turned her back to the crowd. The seductress pulled down her pants to reveal her derriere, above which on the small of her back was written the name “Malala.”

The hits continued, moving through the set like a well-crafted mixtape: “Vogue” rendered in black and white; “I’m a Sinner” saw Madonna with a guitar playing to a version that morphed into a kind of Indian raga. “Like a Prayer” featured a choir of three dozen, consisting of the dancers who over the course of the night performed feats of balletic strength and agility.

Combined, the Queen of Pop delivered a grand spectacle, 90 minutes of ridiculously joyous performance. No wonder tickets were so expensive. This was some serious business that required a lot of (shirtless, muscular) manpower, and just as much feminine energy and mystique.

Source : LAtimes


Heidi Klum Tweets From Madonna's LA MDNA Show!





MADONNA DEDICATES L.A. PERFORMANCE TO CHILD ACTIVIST SHOT IN PAKISTAN!




Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily VanCamp and Darren Criss were all in attendance at Wednesday’s Staples Center show.

Madonna brought her eye-popping MDNA Tour to L.A.’s Staples Center on Wednesday night, where she dedicated a song to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child activist shot in the head and neck on Tuesday by a masked member of the Taliban.

Dressed in a leather skirt and black beret, the music icon took a break from the evening’s theatrics to tell the sold-out crowd of 18,000 that it was time “to have our serious chat.”
“This made me cry,” Madonna said. “The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realize how sick that is?”
“Support education! Support women!” she shouted, to the crowd’s cheers of approval.
Yousafzai, one of the most outspoken and influential advocates for girls’ rights to education in the Middle East, remains unconscious in a hospital since the shooting. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said of the assassination attempt, “Let this be a lesson,” and pledged that the Taliban would try again to kill her should she survive her injuries.

Later in the show, Madonna performed a striptease, during which she turned her back to the audience to reveal the name “Malala” stenciled across it.
“This song is for you, Malala,” she said, then launched into “Human Nature.”
At past tour stops, Madonna’s back has read things like “Obama” — which was accompanied by her controversial proclamation that the country had “a black Muslim in the White House” — and “Pussy Riot,” a reference to the punk rock group sentenced to two years in a Russian prison camp for a guerrilla performance in a Moscow cathedral.
One of the three convicted Pussy Riot members has since had her sentence suspended, but Madonna’s thoughts were with the two who still sat behind bars.

“One thing I’ve realized during my travels is how lucky we Americans are,” she told the L.A. audience. “We are for sure an imperfect country with an imperfect government. But I tell you — the s— I have seen in the Ukraine and in Russia… May I remind you that two members of Pussy Riot are still in jail. In St. Petersburg, 75 men were arrested for being gay.”
But the serious talk was just a few minutes of a staggering, two-plus-hour multimedia spectacle, the likes of which the pop music world rarely sees.
Madonna, now 54, kept up impressively with her chorus of physically gifted (several literally double-jointed) dancers, ably commandeering a set heavy on new material that featured gothic monks, space samurai, a Tarantino-esque murder scene, Bollywood train surfing, an Art Deco voguing ball, a flying marching band and … whew … much more.

The star took some delight in taunting the L.A. crowd — which included the likes of Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, Revenge star Emily VanCamp and Darren Criss of Glee — by throwing around the dreaded “J” word.
“They say the people in L.A. are so jaded. That they’re not excited about anything because they’ve seen it all and have done it all. True?” Madonna asked.
She then took the liberty of answering on behalf of the rowdy crowd. “F— no!”
And the effort was a family affair, with son Rocco Ritchie grooving with mom to “Open Your Heart” — a sweet nod to the song’s classic music video — and her other son, David Banda Ciccone Ritchie, joining her re-mixer Martin Solveig onstage for his pre-show DJ set.
Madonna plays a second show at the Staples Center on Thursday, then brings the tour to Las Vegas on Saturday for the first of two dates at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Source : TheHollywoodReporter


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MADONNA NEWS: BROKEN 12″ SINGLE




Official Madonna Platinum ICON Fan Club Exclusive Vinyl
(MDNF0128)

“Broken” 12″ single
Written & produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold.
2-sided, limited edition 12″ pink vinyl, with gatefold cover and innersleeve.
Printed exclusively for Madonna Icon 2010 members

Side A: Original Extended Mix (6:59) / Side B: Instrumental Version (3:14)

NEWS: MADONNA ON ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW




It's said She was wearing the Vogue Outfit!




Sunday, October 7, 2012

Madonna Writes "Survive" On Her Back In San Jose!




Enough Said!

Salma Hayek on Madonna




In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the Here Comes the Boom actress, 46, says she applauds Madonna’s eagerness to flaunt what she’s got on and off-stage.

“Do I envy Madonna’s body? Yes. Do I thank God that she has it? Yes!” Hayek tells the mag of the 54-year-old Material Girl. “If you’re fifty-something and you look like Madonna, and you put a lifetime’s work in the way you look, then flash it to the world!”

US Magazine



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Madonna's MDNA Tour To Break All-Time Sales Record!




The music mogul is set to break the world record for most mulah earned from a single tour ever TAGS: business celebrity, business news, celeb, celebrity, entertainment, entertainment news, madonna, music
All cheer for the Queen of Music,

All bow down, yet again, to the world's reigning Queen of Pop. Madonna - musician, mogul, mother, pop icon extraordinaire - is yet again leading the pack in all her Leo-glory. This time Money Bags Madge is making history by having the highest grossing tour ever.
Her current MDNA tour is set to beat out U2 who currently holds the number one spot with $736, 421, 586 for their 360Âș Tour.
Madonna had previously held the number four position on the highest-grossing concert ticket charts at $407,713, 266 for her Sticky and Sweet tour which promoted her Hard Candy Album. However the MDNA tour earned a whopping $50 million in its first three shows, and with 70 shows overall the tour is approximated to top previous records entirely.

This is great news for Madonna and her supporters, as the MDNA album did not receive the critical or business success many people had anticipated it would reach. Perhaps this hints at Madonna's genius as a multi-faceted artist whose success thrives off the grandeur and spectacle of her live shows. As a fan, I look to her concerts as a way to energize my outlook on life, and I feel they are truly incomparable in their ability to inspire, uplift and embolden the audience.
I also think Madonna fans are notorious for paying outlandish amounts to scalpers for prime, front row seats and this should be reflected in her tour earning approximations. Madonna's fanhood is so viserally charged that many would shell out thousands for a single ticket after market if it guaranteed closer proximity to your highness.
Also, no estimates have yet been approximated for what her Los Angeles ticket sales will do to her overall numbers. Many of her most die-hard fans and big-ticket purchasers are in Los Angeles, and it will be amazing to see what transpires over the next coming week in terms of her overall bottom line.

Here is a fiscal run-down from the first stretch of her tour:

May 31, Tel Aviv, Israel: 
$4,339,876


June 3-4, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: $8,053,500

June 7, 
Istanbul: 
$6,219,598

June 12, 
Rome: 
$2,835,542

June 14, 
Milan: 
$5,624,570


June 16, Florence, Italy: 
$4,252,680

June 20-21, Barcelona, Spain: 3,893,274

June 24, 
Coimbra, Portugal: 
$3,156,022


June 28-30, 
Berlin: 
$3,679,378

July 2, Copenhagen, Denmark: 
$2,980,465


July 4, Gothenburg, Sweden: $4,510,807

Huge Madonna News! Three Concert Tours Coming TO DVD!






AMAZING! It's about effing time!
Get ready to shiz your pants, Madonna fans, because we've just gotten word that THREE of her Madgesty's past, previously unreleased concert tours are going to be hitting the shelves VERY soon!
Keep your eyes open for the pop icon's Blond Ambition Tour, Virgin Tour, and remastered Girlie Show on both DVD and BluRay!
Oh man! What a wonderful treat!

NO ONE can do it like she can!
Thanks PerezHilton

Happy Birthday Madonna's "Everybody"!!!




30 Years Ago Today Madonna released this classic! And The Queen Of Pop Began Her Reign!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Madonna Everybody Download Day Information Here!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW “EVERYBODY 30th” Celebration of Queen of Music Tomorrow.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez Wear The Same Madonna Shirt!




That's right bitch's you know what's up!

Madonna rocked us as a feminist icon at KeyArena!




Posted by Sharon Pian Chan


There is only one word to say after Madonna's extravaganza, spectacle and concert Tuesday night: Respect.
Madonna tore it up on the dance floor at the age of 54. She shot her dancers up in a dance sequence rivaling the video game "Call of Duty." She bared her butt — with "Obama" written across her back. But she is nobody's baby.
For many women, she is the one, the beginning and possibly the end.
Even rapper Nicki Minaj, in a video segment at the concert, acknowledged, "There is only one queen and that's Madonna."
Madonna showed us that a woman didn't have to be nice to succeed, even as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to struggle with her icy image. Madonna had children and marriages but was never defined by her partners, unlike Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie. Madonna is a singer who became a brand. There have been many women who tried to imitate, but fell short: Britney Spears, J. Lo, Lady Gaga. Most importantly, she is a megastar who did not self-destruct, unlike Marilyn Monroe.

Some women behave like men to get ahead. They wear pants. They talk like men. Madonna used her sex to succeed, and she did it Tuesday, stripping down to a bra, then pulling her pants down below a thong and baring her cheeks to the Key. "My ass belongs to Obama, even if he is a Christian. When he is in the White House for a second term, I will take my pants off all the way." (The religion reference was the diva's comeback to an earlier comment when she joked that he was a Muslim.)
Some fans wore t-shirts supporting same-sex marriage and approval of Referendum 74. We probably would not be voting on the issue on Nov. 6 without Madonna. She championed gay men, bringing them into mainstream pop culture with the song "Vogue," her movie "Truth or Dare" and her book "Sex."
And to those who were shocked by the shooty-shooty-kill-kill scene at Madonna's concert, it's only shocking because she's a woman. Men have been shooting people up in movies and on television for decades. Besides, I would be disappointed if she failed to produce any outrage. It would be like going to a U2 concert and not getting an education about government oppression in some corner of the world.
The shooting was one segment in an extravaganza that included a marching band suspended from the ceiling, Irish stepdancing (think "Riverdance"), a Jabbawokeez-style dance troupe, Parkour leaps across rising and falling pedestals and dancer contortions worthy of a Beijing acrobatics troupe. If Madonna was stiff in the opening numbers, by the middle and end, she was outdancing her band of androgynous, multicultural dancers 30 years her junior.



As opening DJ Martin Solveig said, "You all have the best seats that ever existed." KeyArena felt like an intimate arena on Tuesday, far better than the Tacoma Dome. It's worth saving, ahem, Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn.
In two hours, Madonna showed us the uselessness of Seattle's passive aggression. I bow down to her Madgesty, and deliver her message to those who missed the concert.
What are you looking at?
Strike a pose.
Express yourself.