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Madonna News - January 2014

Rose McGowan talks about Madonna

Spin: What was your first musical obsession?
Rose: The Ink Spots. Nobody’s gonna know who the hell I’m talking about, but [sings in a smooth, ’30s-ballad style] “I don’t want to set the world on fire….’ That kind of a thing. Also, I became super obsessed with, duh, Madonna. She was very inspirational. She was homeless at one point, as was I, and I remember listening to her and thinking, ‘She could do it!’ I like strong women.
Spin: What else about Madonna inspired you?
Rose: She gets knocked for her voice, but if you try to do scales and you go up octaves, you crack at a certain point and then you skip higher — she sings in that weird sweet spot, and I find that not a lot of people do her at karaoke because of that. Also, unlike Gaga, whose look changes every day, Madonna is quite smart with her image — it’s a new look for each period of her life. You need to keep evolving with your fans, because if you’re different every time you leave the door, where do you go? What’s left? Do you dress like a businesswoman?

Madonna to Introduce The Pussy Riot at Amnesty International Concert February 5th

Madonna will introduce Masha and Nadya, two members of Russia’s Pussy Riot art collective, at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday February 5, it was announced today by Amnesty International.

“I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights,” commented Madonna.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Other confirmed acts include Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat and Cake. Masha and Nadya were imprisoned for their participation in the Pussy Riot art collective. Hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty International supporters helped bring about their freedom.

Madonna, a longstanding defender of the Pussy Riot art collective’s right to speak out in defiance of restrictions in their homeland, is part of a star-studded tradition of prominent artists using the power of music to articulate their support for human rights on behalf of Amnesty International.

More information on the upcoming concert can be found at Follow #AmnestyConcert for live updates.

Madonna at Amnesty International Concert