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Co-op slams Madonna for trying to skirt residence rules

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Members of Madonna’s ritzy Upper West Side co-op want a Manhattan judge to force the Material Girl to play by the rules.
The pop star sued the board of the Harperley Hall co-op at West 64th Street and Central Park West in April for trying to enforce a rule that requires her to be “in residence” at the $7.3 million pad when any members of her family or staff are staying there.

“Plaintiff is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and singer who is constantly on world tours,” her Madgesty huffs in court papers.

“As such, plaintiff owns many residences around the world and travels extensively worldwide,” her Manhattan civil suit says.

The toned-down version of Madge’s favorite catchphrase, “B—h, I’m Madonna,” didn’t go over well with the board.

Madonna cannot “credibly claim she was treated any differently from every other shareholder,” the building’s lawyer, Patrick Sweeney, says in court papers asking a judge to toss the suit.

Indeed, the building rules don’t mean that her kids will have no place to go while their mom is out of town.

Her primary Manhattan residence is a $32.5 million, triple-wide town house on East 81st Street.

Madonna, 57, bought the seventh-floor unit that’s the subject of the suit in 2008. She lived at the co-op when she was married to Sean Penn.

The “Like a Virgin” singer has four children — teenagers Rocco and Lourdes and adopted 10-year-olds David Banda and Mercy James.

Sweeney also says that Madonna waited too long to sue — two years after the building-wide rule was enacted.

Madonna says she wasn’t aware of the new rule until November 2015. But that date “is still more than four months before she commenced this action,” Sweeney says about the filing deadline.

An attorney for Madonna did not return a message seeking comment.

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Yohane Banda: “I have healed my rift with Madonna”

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The father of Madonna’s adopted son has healed his rift with the superstar, MailOnline can reveal.

‘There was a rift and it has now been healed.’

Madonna took son Rocco, daughter Lourdes and adopted daughter Mercy to David’s home village of Lipunga, close to Malawi’s border with Zambia to see his family and receive his tribal name.

Yohane said any tension disappeared as soon as he clapped eyes on his son whom he had not seen since he gave him up for adoption at 13 months in 2006 when his mother died.

‘I am extremely positive about Madonna. I can do nothing but praise her,’ he told MailOnline.

‘I am happy. As far as I am concerned, I was told by Madonna that the boy will come back to me once he has been educated.

‘Nothing has changed in that respect. David was allowed to come here and explore, he said he would come regularly to the village.

‘It is encouraging, and it is what I have known all along, even though everyone else told me he wouldn’t come back.’

For Yohane, it put his mind at rest to see the ‘happy and harmonious’ family up close for the first time since Madonna, 57, was fighting film director Ritchie over whether Rocco, 15, should live in London or New York.

‘They were a joyful, happy family,’ he added. ‘They were very close.’

The brothers, who are said to be particularly close, were both given traditional names. David was named Sezangakhona and Rocco, Zwangendawa.

Mercy, meanwhile, had not forgotten the language of her birth and was playing with the children in the village.

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie put custody battle aside

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The film director was spotted at his London home loading a blinged-up gold Mercedes minibus for a family getaway

After months of wrangling with ex-wife Madonna over son Rocco, Guy Ritchie smiles as he enjoys the perfect Father’s Day gift, a weekend with his kids.

The film director was spotted at his London home loading a blinged-up gold Mercedes minibus for a family getaway.

Rocco, 15, helped him with the cases as adopted son David Banda, 10, larked around with Guy ’s three youngsters with second wife, model Jacqui Ainsley – Rafael, four, Rivka, three, and Levi, two.

His stepdaughter Lourdes, 19, ­Madonna’s daughter with actor Carlos Leon, also flew out from LA.

The get-together marks the end of a bitter chapter for the family which has seen the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director and Madge clash over custody of Rocco, who looked thrilled to be alongside his extended clan.

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Bobby Brown on meeting Madonna

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…as for Madonna, 57, Brown said their sexual encounter was “kind of weird, but you know, memorable.”

“We met through mutual friends,” Brown told Us. “One of her dancers was dating a friend of mine and I guess she told my friend that Madonna wanted to meet me. We ended up going down to the studio and the next thing I know, there was some strange things happening to me.”

Asked to elaborate, the singer said with a laugh, “Madonna is really forceful. When she wants something, she’ll take it.”

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Shirley Manson on Madonna, sexism

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Madonna is one fifty-something musician who’s been very vocal about discrimination against ageing divas, but when asked about Madonna’s outspokenness on the matter, Manson says, “When I look at Madonna, I think Madonna should not give a f— what anybody has to say about her age. She should explore who she is now. It would be infinitely more interesting [than her] being concerned with whether we find her sexy or not. She’s got so much more to offer than that. She should be like, ‘Kiss my ass. I’m Madonna. I may be old, but I will always have my legacy behind me and you motherf—ers won’t!’ I don’t know why she cares so much.”

Manson does acknowledge that being known as a sex symbol is “a hard thing to give up on” – not just for Madonna and other music stars, but “for every woman. It’s not easy to let go of that. But you have to have the confidence to make that jump and understand that you have so much more to offer as a woman than your beauty and your youth. That’s why I always encourage women to have a second act. It’s great being beautiful and sexy, but have something else in your pocket. Age comes to us all; we can’t escape it, no matter how much Botox we put in our faces or what beautiful clothes we wear… And let’s make no mistake: When a woman [who’s had work done] walks in the room, no one thinks, ‘Oh wow, here comes a 20-year-old!’”

Shirley Manson talks about Madonna

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Forbes: Madonna is America’s Wealthiest Female Musician

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The title of one of Madonna’s most popular songs is right on the money: “Material Girl.” With a personal fortune of $560 million, she’s one of the richest self-made women in the country–and claims the top spot on our first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Female Musicians.

Though Madonna has been in show business for decades, her earnings power is as strong as ever. Her recently-wrapped Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, adding to her whopping career total: an estimated $1.4 billion on the road alone.

The latest cash infusion adds to a fortune already rich with royalties and the rising value of her real estate portfolio, which includes an outrageously large townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side purchased at the bottom of the market, as well as a fine art collection reportedly featuring the likes of Picasso, Kahlo and Man Ray.

Her secret? ”I’m a workaholic,” she once said. “I have insomnia. And I’m a control freak.” …continue reading »

Madonna wears Gucci at the BBMAs

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It’s safe to say that B. Akerlund is having a very big year. After putting Beyoncé into that mustard-color Roberto Cavalli confection for Lemonade, the stylist was enlisted by Madonna to dress the icon for her tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. And judging by the Instagrams issued by the Queen of Pop leading up to Sunday night’s event—from lace layered under dangling crucifixes, to paparazzi shots of the pair in matching shades of yellow from the late ’80s, to stage pictures of Prince clad in thigh-high socks, bikini briefs, lace arm-warmers, and a fringed, beaded top—this was not an affair in which the costume considerations would be taken lightly.

When dealing with figures that loom as large in the collective cultural psyche as Madonna and Prince—both with their own distinct sartorial codas (and bestowed with such particularly unique lore)—the fashion has a lot to live up to. And thanks to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, it did. Madonna took to the stage for her emotional, intimate tribute, singing “Nothing Compares 2 U” before being joined by Stevie Wonder for a duet of “Purple Rain,” in an embroidered metallic brocade three-piece suit with swirling purple paisley print and underlying frilled blouse—a look that, thanks to the film adaptation, is as synonymous with Prince as the symbol he once took on as a name. (And it’s worth noting that suiting made a few appearances earlier in the evening, in Kesha’s purple and embroidered white Gram Parsons–inspired versions, both vintage Nudie, and the ladylike Chanel take worn by Demi Lovato.) Michele, who has worked with the Material Girl before, most notably on Latin-influenced costumes for her Rebel Heart tour, perhaps put it best in the note sent to Vogue.com accompanying his sketch: “It’s more than a performance, it’s a real act of love.”

Madonna costume for Prince tribute

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Madonna denies her fan a hug

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Madonna was at a pre-Mother’s Day dinner at Dirty French on Saturday.

The singer dined with daughter Lourdes, designer Marc Jacobs and pals, but son Rocco — the subject of her bitter custody battle with ex Guy Ritchie — wasn’t on the scene.

Madge “didn’t have security… She was just hanging like a normal person,” said a spy. But when a fan approached, “He asked for a picture… She said, ‘No, not now.’ He then asked her for a hug.”

But Madonna shot back, “How about a handshake instead?”

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Cyndi Lauper wants to star in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ with Madonna

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You’ve called your new label, Sire Records, your “dream label.” And actually, Madonna’s self-titled debut was released on the same label in 1983. Do you think you and Madonna might have done a duet if you’d been on the same label back in the day? Was there ever talk of that happening?

Oh, not by business people. You know, I always felt for me, I would’ve loved to do “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” with her… ’cause I think that’s very funny! (Laughs hysterically)

Which part would you play?

Come on! Who do you think I’d play? I’d play Baby Jane – I’d be torturin’ her. Because she’s always viewed as the bad girl, you know! They’d make her the good girl and I’d be the bad one. Or (we could do Joan Crawford’s 1954 western-drama) “Johnny Guitar” – she’d be the righteous one (laughs). But whatever. Who knows! For me, all I wanna do is a good job. I wanna be a great singer. I wanna learn. I wanna always learn. I study music constantly. I try and listen to what’s happening. I try and listen to what’s happened, to what I might’ve missed. I think music is… I love it and I think it lifts people up. I think I finally did a record that makes people happy, ya know? Maybe I learned that from “Kinky Boots.”

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Madonna blows off steam in New York

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Despite her bitter custody battle over teen son Rocco with her ex, Guy Ritchie, Madonna was “in a great mood” when she arrived at 11 p.m. at Omar’s in the West Village on Tuesday night with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.

Spies said she came in a “flowing white dress” and was “makeup-free.”

Madge and Tisci headed to a back room, where they met up with R&B singer Maxwell and “several male models.” One spy added, “She asked the chef to prepare special pasta for her with veggies, which was not on the menu.”

Maxwell DJ’d and got people dancing to his own tunes. Around 1:30 a.m., he put on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” The group stayed until 3 a.m.

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Molly Meldrum on meeting Madonna

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Madonna and Molly Meldrum’s first meeting didn’t go exactly how it was portrayed on Channel 7’s hit TV miniseries.

In the TV show Madonna, played by Jacinta Stapleton, was shocked when Meldrum abruptly ended their first interview in New York — he took a phone call mid-chat to tell him his house in Melbourne was on fire.

The fire did happen — and in the same year that first Madonna interview took place, 1984 — but Meldrum was in London and no interview was curtailed.

“I’d gone over to New York to interview Van Halen,” Meldrum recalled. “I’d gone to a club called the Ritz where Eurythmics were playing, and Real Life, the Australian band, were opening for them. In-between bands they played videos and they put on both Madonna’s Burning Up and Holiday. I remember thinking ‘These are great, who the f*** is this? How have I missed these songs?’

Madonna with Molly Meldrum

“Someone told me she was on Warner, so because I was over there I said I had to interview Madonna. I interviewed Real Life that day, presented them with an award, and I was running late to get back to the Rockefeller Centre to interview Madonna. When I got there I had a bit of a clash with Peter Ikin from the record label because I was late, so I apologised and said ‘Who the f*** is Madonna anyway?’

“And then this head poked around the corner and said ‘I’m Madonna. And what the f*** is a Molly?” …continue reading »

Madonna and her staff are enjoying Auckland

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She has been fighting a bitter custody battle from her palatial penthouse apartment in Auckland, appearing in a New York courthouse today via video link, but Madonna and her inner sanctum have found time to relax and unwind ahead of her first ever concerts in New Zealand this weekend.

The 57-year-old Queen of Pop jetted in on Tuesday – four days ahead of her first concerts at Vector Arena.

She has brought an entourage of nearly 50, including a four-man security detail, as well as a personal staff of 15, including two make-up artists, a chef, a nutritionist, physical therapist, two trainers and an esthetician.

Her personal cook is on tour acting as her “backstage coordinator”. Chicago celebrity chef Jaime Laurita, who, like Madonna is a Michigan native, is on the Rebel Heart tour to “create a level of consistency that feels the most like home,” he told Michigan Ave magazine. …continue reading »

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