Producers at the Beeb are trying to get the pop legend on an upcoming Sunday night results show in a bid to attract higher TV ratings.
“Getting Madge on to sing is bound to pull in the viewers. You don’t get much bigger than her – she’s a living legend,” a source told the paper.
“The show has regularly been getting ratings of over ten million. Having Madonna, plus the all-important results, could push it past the 12 million mark.
“X Factor’s finest hour was getting Britney Spears on – but there’s no doubt Madonna is a much bigger name. Simon Cowell will be furious if The Voice upstages him with a massive guest performer like Madonna in its first series.”
Released: March 1989
Madonna was still at the top of her game when it came to upsetting the prudes. This time around she scandalised the church with the black Jesus in the ‘Like A Prayer’ video and all that appropriation of religious imagery and vocabulary. It didn’t harm the song’s prospects that it was a belting pop tune, a welcome return to form after the sub-par tosh of her Who’s That Girl soundtrack efforts.
Madonna’s November concert in Medellin sold out in less than a week, Radio Caracol reported Friday.
Colombians clamoured to see the Queen of Pop on her first tour date in Colombia and the last 2,000 tickets sold out in less than half an hour.
The spokesman for Ocesa Colombia, the event company putting on the concert, said it was a dream come true for Colombians to bring Madonna to their country and credited Medellin’s mayor Anibal Gaviria for making the event possible.
The concert has promised to bring a large influx of tourists to the city with hotels in Medellin already 80% booked for the night of the concert.
Although most (55%) of ticket buyers were in Medellin, many out-of-towners bought tickets for the pop star’s only stop in Colombia on her six-city tour of Latin America.
34% of ticket buyers were in Bogata and Cundinamarca, another 4% were in the Valle del Cauca department, and the remaining 7% were from elsewhere in Colombia and neighboring countries.
The highly anticipated opening of Madonna’s MDNA Tour is now planned for Thursday, May 31st at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, two days later than previously scheduled due to production delays. The change in the opening date was announced today by promoters Live Nation and Shuki Weiss. All tickets dated May 29th will be honored at the rescheduled May 31st event.
The Material Girl has already announced 76 concert dates in arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sites throughout Europe and North America with confirmed sales of over 1.4 million tickets to date. The MDNA tour which has already sold out in Berlin (2 shows sold out), Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Istanbul (45,000 tickets sold) as well as Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Quebec City (70,000 tickets), New York’s Yankee Stadium (73,000 tickets over 2 shows), Washington DC and the Staples Center in LA has recently announced additional concert dates in Mexico and South America which will be followed by a visit to Australia where Madonna has not performed in 20 years.
Along with state of the art technical components including the largest video screens ever created, Madonna, her band and her dancers are expected to reach above and beyond her Super Bowl performance where she performed to an audience of over 112 million people around the world, the highest number of viewers in Super Bowl history.
Madonna’s latest studio recording “MDNA” debuted on iTunes at the #1 spot in over 40 countries. Her newest single “Girl Gone Wild” is #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart – her 42nd time in the top slot. She remains the artist with the most #1 songs in the chart’s 35-year history. MDNA has received glowing reviews including USA Today which commented, “Madonna’s MDNA is rocking and revelatory… her most personal effort to date.
“The woman is pop’s most durable alpha female, coolly courting fascination and controversy on her own terms.” Added The Sun in the UK, “The album should be the spine of an incredible live show – just what her army of followers will want to hear.”
The MDNA Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring and presented locally in association with Shuki Weiss.
An ‘absolutely stunning’ photograph of Madonna posing naked on a bed while smoking a cigarette has emerged for sale.
The black and white shot, taken in 1990, shows the singer reclining on a bed with her breasts exposed and just a white sheet covering her bottom half.
Madonna, who has bleached blonde hair and dark eye make-up in the picture, is seen holding a cigarette to her pouting lips, adopting a sexy, sultry pose.
This photograph, taken by Steven Meisel, is signed and annotated ‘ed no.1′ and is expected to fetch over £5,000.
As she is now: Madonna, now 53, still looks as toned as ever
It measures 21.5 inches by 19 inches and was bought by the vendor from a New York gallery.
The photograph, which was taken by the same photographer who did the work for Madonna’s 1992 book Sex, is to be sold by Bonhams in New York on May 8.
Judith Eurich from the sale room said: ‘This is an absolutely stunning image and it is just a beautiful tone of grey. It is not just black and white it is grey and silvery.
‘Madonna was posing for a number of photographers at the time this was taken in the 1990s when she was in her early 30s.
‘She was going through a phase of having bleach blonde hair and heavy dark eye make-up that gave her a dramatic look – and of course she has a gorgeous body.
‘She is a very healthy person and I’d imagine the cigarette is just a prop to make her look sexy and sultry.
‘There are Madonna superfans and devotees across the world who would love to own it.’