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MDNA Tour Billboard Boxscores – Part 4

Madonna, Martin Solveig
Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 12, 2012
42,760 / 42,760
1 / 1
$187.44, $64.53
Live Nation Global Touring/Live Nation Finland

Madonna, Martin Solveig
Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
Aug. 18, 2012
37,792 / 37,792
1 / 1
$164.30, $118.09
Live Nation Global Touring/Good News

Madonna, Sebastian Ingrosso
NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev, Ukraine
Aug. 4, 2012
31,022 / 31,022
1 / 1
$1,602.96, $67.82
Live Nation Global Touring/Planet Plus

Madonna, Alesso
Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia
Aug. 7, 2012
19,842 / 19,842
1 / 1
$2,219.42, $55.49
Live Nation Global Touring/Euro Entertainment

Madonna, Alesso
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
July 24, 2012
33,953 / 33,953
1 / 1
$170.56, $66.11
Live Nation Global Touring/MCD

Madonna, Carl Louis and Martin Danielle
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Aug. 15, 2012
18,631 / 18,631
1 / 1
$224.04, $50.53
Live Nation Global Touring/Live Nation Norway

Madonna, Paul Oakenfold
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland
Aug. 1, 2012
38,699 / 38,699
1 / 1
$112.45, $40.48
Live Nation Global Touring/Live Nation Poland

Madonna, Alesso
SKK Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
Aug. 9, 2012
19,079 / 19,079
1 / 1
$475.92, $47.59
Live Nation Global Touring/Planet Plus

Madonna, LMFAO
Stade Charles-Ehrmann, Nice, France
Aug. 21, 2012
29,670 / 29,670
1 / 1
$186.24, $55.87
Live Nation Global Touring/Live Nation France

Madonna, Martin Solveig
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria
July 29, 2012
33,250 / 33,250
1 / 1
$246.38, $49.28
Live Nation Global Touring/NuCoast Entertainment

L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, Paris, France
July 26, 2012
2,576 / 2,576
1 / 1
$307.65, $98.45
Live Nation Global Touring/Live Nation France

MDNA Tour in Philadelphia – New York Times Review

A ritual, a blood bath, slacklining, a partial striptease, drummers in midair, traditional Basque harmonies, a psychedelic train ride — they’re all part of Madonna’s “MDNA” tour, which started its North American itinerary with an arena concert here at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. It comes to Yankee Stadium next Thursday and Sept. 8.

Madonna has described the show in a statement as “the journey of a soul from darkness to light,” and perhaps it is. Near the beginning, after tolling church bells and chanting, a gun-toting Madonna is besieged by assailants from all directions and dispatches them in self-defense as giant spatters of blood fill the video screen. In that opening segment she sings about jealousy, divorce and, in “Revolver” — with images of guns and ammunition — about sex as a weapon.

Yet the bad-gal nastiness soon gives way to more generous impulses, trading violent shock value for flamboyant showmanship. By the end she’s sharing a big dance party. And the concert is less a story than an excellent excuse for extravagant, perpetually surprising production numbers involving more than three dozen performers, while it turns some of Madonna’s past hits inside out.

Madonna, at 54, isn’t giving in to pop obsolescence. The concert is a display of energy and nutty inventiveness, with Madonna costumed as everything from baton twirler to folk dancer. Featured among the musicians is Kalakan, a trio of Basque singers and drummers who bring medieval and folky elements to various songs, including a version of “Open My Heart” that arrived as a kind of Basque jig, with Madonna dancing and singing alongside her son Rocco. read more →

Martin Solveig on working with Madonna

French DJ Martin Solveig says that being Madonna’s latest musical boy toy has given him some welcome education and seasoning.

“It’s given me a bit more maturity and experience in the process of collaboration with an artist of that level,” Solveig, who produced six tracks on Madonna’s 2012 release “MDNA” — including “Beautiful Killer” and “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. — tells Billboard. He opened for the European leg of Madonna’s MDNA Tour and will be on 20 shows in North America.

“Before this I was very, very inexperienced in collaborating with that kind of artist. I realized I was in some ways a little naive. So on a personal level I learned how to make music, not just for myself but really how to work on a collaboration level.”

And he’s certainly not complaining about the raised profile that’s come from the Madonna association.

“It’s difficult to really say, but there’s a lot happening for me at the moment,” Solveig acknowledges. “Of course the fact I collaborated with Madonna is a big deal, but I don’t know how much of that is the main thing or the platinum record I had around the world with (2010’s) ‘Hello’ or just the sound I make. It’s probably a mix of different things, and I’m trying to stay balanced about everything.”

Solveig says the greatest surprise he had in working on “MDNA” was how hands-on Madonna was with the music.

“I had a lot of things in my head, but then I realized it was not going to happen the way I thought — meaning we were really going to be working together, which is quite unique,” he recalls. “A lot of times a singer will just say, ‘I like this instrumental’ or ‘I like this idea’ or take a top line and then go work with it. But with Madonna, we worked more old school, really sharing the experience of making music together in a room at the same time. So basically all the plans I had in the first place were gone and she took the lead — and it was an even better experience.”


Britney and Christina Aren’t Going for Another Madonna Reunion

Twitter fans are all abuzz about Madonna’s MDNA tour which said it would feature cameo roles from Britney and Christina. Following the tweets were statements from Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, telling THR that these feeds were not true.
The same goes with Britney’s spokesman, Jeff Raymond, and Aguilera’s publicist, Nicole Perez-Krueger. They denied the endorsements as the two singers are not on the list to perform for Madonna.

Madonna goes patriotic for Philadelphia show

After months touring abroad, Madonna was in a patriotic mood for the opening night of her American tour Tuesday night.
“In my country, we have freedom of speech, freedom of expression,” she told the crowd at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. “Never forget how lucky you are to live where you live.”
Those freedoms are needed for her “MDNA” tour, which she rehearsed at Nassau Coliseum throughout May, with its dark, violent opening that gives way to dance party joy, with cheerleader chants and a high-fashion “Vogue,” as well as a serious video tribute to young men who died after being bullied.
Before the concert, Madonna released a statement asking that parts of her show not be taken out of context and that they be seen as “the journey of a soul from darkness to light.”
source: Newsday

As she kicked off the U.S. leg of her “MDNA Tour” in Philadelphia, Madonna said she was happy to party in the USA after touring Europe for three months.
The pop icon told the crowd Tuesday night they should “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.” She made the comments after talking about punk-rock group Pussy Riot’s recent arrest in Moscow for the female band’s lyrical content about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Madonna said it was no coincidence that she opened her U.S. tour “where the Declaration of Independence was signed.” Then the 53-year-old yelled: “We are in the land of democracy.”
She also told the crowd: “Don’t get fat and lazy and take that freedom for granted.”
source: NewsTribune

MDNA Tour has grossed $115 Million so far!

Madonna’s MDNA tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, having wrapped the European leg of the tour last week in Nice, France.

The tour, which began May 31 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $115,701,909, with attendance of 985,340 to 33 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. For North America, Madonna has sold $111 million in tickets for 44 shows in the U.S. and Canada, according to Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring and producer of Madonna’s tours.


The MDNA Tour – In Madonna’s Own Words

My show
Is a journey.
The journey of a soul from darkness to light
It is part cinematic musical theatre.
Part spectacle and sometimes intimate Performance art.

But above all its a journey
From darkness to light
From anger to love
from chaos to order.

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.
I do not condone violence or the use of guns.
Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.

Ultimately as we follow through the journey of my story, the audience can see quite clearly what I see –
That the enemy is within and the only way to survive Disappointment Disapproval Judgment Heartbreak Jealousy Envy And Hatred Is with Love – not with revenge – not with guns and not with violence.

In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world,
We cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.
We come to understand that
There is an innate and pure love inside us all and we have to find a way to tap into it.

And we can’t do it by being victims or placing the blame or pointing the finger at others.
But by recognizing that the enemy is within
And when we come to terms with it
And accept it
And struggle to change ourselves,
Then we can change the world without hurting anyone and we can inspire others to do the same.
When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point, Sometimes I play both.
I enjoy acting out this journey.
For none of us are perfect and we all have our own journey of growth to go on.
I know people can relate to it.
It’s very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context.

It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end. I am sure if it is viewed this way, the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, Invigorated and will want to make the world a better place.

And this of course was always my intention.