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Madonna News - December 2015

Madonna defends Sean Penn, denies rumours

Some rumors take a few decades to put to rest.
In support of Sean Penn in his defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels, Madonna stated in a court declaration that he never physically abused her during their famously tumultuous marriage.
“While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false,” the singer stated, per court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court today and obtained by E! News.
She also states that reports of an alleged 1987 incident in which he struck her with a bat are “completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false”; and she called allegations that a December 1989 incident that “purportedly resulted in Sean’s arrest” were also false.
Penn sued Daniels for $10 million in September after the filmmaker and Empire co-creator characterized Penn as an abuser in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Sticking up for Empire star Terrence Howard, who’s had some nasty drama with his ex, Daniels told THR, “[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f–kin’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
In his filing today, Penn objects to Daniels’ claim that his right to free speech protects what he said.
“Unfortunately for Daniels, his statements–which by direct reference to Howard’s misconduct, falsely accuse Penn of committing serious, multiple crimes against women–are not protected the First Amendment,” Penn’s filing argues.
“Contrary to Daniels’ false accusations, Penn has never struck or physically abused any woman, including his ex-wife Madonna,” the amended complaint continues.
In addition to his acting and filmmaking prowess, Penn has been known for having a temper, particularly around paparazzi. But Madonna, who was married to the Oscar winner from 1985 until 1989, swears that images can be deceiving.
“I have known Sean Penn for over thirty years,” the Rebel Heart artist states. “Over the decades, I have known Sean to be a caring, compassionate individual, as well as an extremely talented actor, creative artist and philanthropist.”
The exes have been hanging out a bit more in recent years, with Madonna traveling to Haiti to work with Penn’s earthquake relief foundation and occasionally frequenting the same parties in L.A.

E Online

Madonna’s “Ghosttown” voted The Best Song of 2015

1. Madonna – Ghosttown

Even in a great year for pop music, Madonna is still the queen. The power ballad off her March album Rebel Heart was a more classic pop turn for the singer after the house hit “Living for Love” and trap digression of “Bitch I’m Madonna.” On the massive, romantic track, the singer tackles both world issues and a reflection of self. Even though the single didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100, it still topped the dance charts and showcased one of the singer’s strongest vocal performances.

2. Adam Lambert – Ghost Town
3. Adele – Hello
4. Ghost – He Is
5. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best
6. Cold War Kids – First
7. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
8. Built to Spill – When I’m Blind
9. Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
10. Drake – Hotline Bling

Rolling Stone’s Reader’s Poll

Madonna’s Statement about Manchester Show

FACTS: its good to have them before you jump to conclusions! The Entire video for my show crashed as I arrived for sound check. The back up file was corrupt. We had no choice but to reboot and pray for a good outcome. The video lights 75 % of my show. We cant play in the dark. We were rebooted and ready by 9:30 even though we planned to go ion earlier. I had to make cuts in show before show started. Dress you Up was one of them and my 3rd guitar song. This still brought us past the 11:00 curfew! But we went on and the venue was kind enough to extend till 111:39!! It was their choice not mine to end the show!! always want to finish. So we all missed the last 3 songs! And I’m sorry about that. And i thank all my Rebel Heart fans for understanding! We did our best! And we still had to pay a fine! That’s life. ?. PS you still got to see an amazing show!! And only missed. 12 minutes!! The #rebelhearttour goes on

Madonna in Manchester

Madonna via Instagram

Madonna’s Instagram: Rebel Heart Tour Backstage

First we Pray and then we slay! Thank you Zurich………..till we die #rebelhearttour. @jr

Madonna backstage at Rebel Heart Tour

The Saucy Girls of the #rebelheartour underneath the stage! @jr

Madonna backstage at Rebel Heart Tour

Madonna via Instagram

Videos: Madonna Surprises Paris Fans With Intimate Performance at Place de la République

Her son David Banda and guitarist Monte Pittman joined her in singing “songs for Peace”

Madonna’s blockbuster concert at AccorHotels Arena wasn’t the only performance she gave in Paris Wednesday night.

The singer announced on Twitter that she’d hold an intimate after-show at the Place de la République, close to the memorial to the victims of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that left 130 dead.

In an Instagram post, she added that her 10-year-old son David Banda and guitarist Monte Pittman would join her in singing “songs for peace.”

As a small crowd of onlookers swayed along, snapping pics on their phones, the singer performed “Imagine” by John Lennon, as well as her hits “Ghosttown” and “Like a Prayer.”

Madonna, who is currently traveling for her Rebel Hearts tour around Europe, teared up at a November show in Stockholm, Sweden soon after the Paris attacks.

“I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world – not just in Paris – as much as that does occur, there is more goodness in this world. We are here to prove it,” she said.

CNN / Time / Madonnarama