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Madonna talks Prince, on Instagram and ExtraTV

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It’s been 7 hours and 13 days since you took your love away……….all the flowers you planted died when you went away……….Nothing Compares 2 U

Madonna on Prince

Madonna via Instagram

All Saints, Steve Mason cover Madonna for a new compilation

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Two of Madonna’s 80s classics are being covered and released on a new compilation in the UK tomorrow.
“Like A Prayer” was recorded by All Saints and “Borderline” by Steve Mason (previews bellow).
Double CD edition of “BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 80s, Vol 2” by Sony Music is available to order at Amazon UK now.

Madonna covers on BBC Radio 2 compilation
Madonna covers on BBC Radio 2 compilation

Tracklisting:

CD1
1 I’m on Fire by James Bay
2 The Boys of Summer by Stereophonics
3 Owner of a Lonely Heart by Seal
4 Red Red Wine by James Morrison
5 Another Day In Paradise by Ronan Keating
6 Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Jamie Cullum
7 Road to Nowhere by The Feeling
8 Ain’t Nobody by Foxes
9 This Woman’s Work by Ella Henderson
10 How Will I Know by Will Young
11 Dancing In the Dark by Tom Odell
12 (Feels Like) Heaven by Manic Street Preachers
13 Let’s Dance by Guy Garvey
14 Sledgehammer by Jamie Woon
15 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Gabrielle Aplin
16 Heartbreaker by Katie Melua
17 Like a Prayer by All Saints
18 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Rae Morris

CD2
1 Billie Jean by Kodaline
2 All Night Long by Jack Savoretti
3 Through the Fire by Charlie Puth
4 I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near) by Hurts
5 Time After Time by Leona Lewis
6 Sign Your Name by Corinne Bailey Rae
7 Teardrops by Izzy Bizu
8 Once in a Lifetime by Lemar
9 Baby Can I Hold You by Tom Chaplin
10 Wonderful Life by Turin Brakes
11 I’m on Fire by LeAnn Rimes
12 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes by Mika
13 Here Comes the Rain Again by Shaun Escoffery and Andreya Triana
14 Don’t Dream It’s Over by Nell Bryden
15 All Through the Night by Stevie McCrorie
16 Purple Rain by The Waterboys
17 Borderline by Steve Mason
18 Everywhere by The Shires & Ward Thomas

Madonna Names Singer Pia Mia Material Girl’s New Fashion Director

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Leave it to Madonna to know how to stay in the limelight, even indirectly. The superstar has crowned 19-year-old singer and social media phenom Pia Mia as the new face — and first-ever “fashion director” — for her exclusive Macy’s juniors line Material Girl. “Her creativity, confidence and unique sense of style make her a perfect addition to the brand,” said Madonna in a statement first released to WWD.

Founded in 2010 under parent MG Icon — a partnership between Iconix Brand Group Inc., Madonna and her longtime manager Guy Oseary — the label has a history of tapping on-the-verge musical talent including Zendaya, Rita Ora and Taylor Momsen, as well as famous offspring Kelly Osbourne, Georgia May Jagger and Sofia Richie. After all, the line’s original inspiration was Madonna’s 19-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon.

Now Pia Mia, whose full name is Pia Mia Perez, is poised to strike gold on the music and fashion fronts. Perez first found fame at 11 years old via the YouTube videos her sisters would post of her singing at home in Guam. Several singing and acting jobs, a deal with Interscope Records and four million Instagram followers later, she’s now part of the new crop of multitalented singers with catchy solo singles and collaborations with rap and R&B artists including Chris Brown, Tyga, G-Eazy and Will.i.am. She’s already recorded 150 songs for her forthcoming debut album. At the same time, she’s found a following for her DIY style, a blend of Gwen Stefani tomboy and Christina Aguilera bombshell. This is, in a nutshell, what Material Girl needs to remain relevant among a sea of fast-fashion labels nipping at the heels of juniors brands.

“The fact that Madonna chose me to do this literally makes me die,” said Perez, who called WWD from the set of her first Material Girl ads, set to break in July for back-to-school.

Pia Mia for Madonna's Material Girl …continue reading »

R.I.P. Prince

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One of the greatest musical icons and one time Madonna collaborator has passed away.
In 1989 they recorded “Love Song” for Madonna’s Like A Prayer album.

Madonna was last photographed with Prince at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscars after party. She was also a huge fan, attended many of his concerts.

Madonna with Prince

Madonna nominated for Billboard Award

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Billboard announced the finalists for their 2016 Music Awards today.
Madonna has been nominated in “Top Touring Artist” category.
Other nominees in the category are One Direction, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and U2.
Award show will be held May 22 in Las Vegas.

Billboard awards

Madonna & Rocco Reunite

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Pop star Madonna’s teenage son Rocco appeared to spend some time at her London home Sunday — three weeks after a United Kingdom High Court judge urged the singer and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie to put an end to their drawn-out custody battle.

The 15-year-old boy was photographed being dropped off by his father outside the Material Girl’s house, according to TMZ.

Approximately two hours later, Rocco was spotted leaving the home with a friend while holding a skateboard.

Rocco visits Madonna
Rocco visits Madonna

NY Daily News

Madonna sues co-op for banning her family when she’s not home

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The Material Girl has homes all around the world, and Madonna’s suing one of them, an Upper West Side co-op, for trying to enforce a rule that she has to be physically present in the $7.3 million pad when any member of her family or staff are there.

Madge’s suit against Harperley Hall on West 64th Street and Central Park West says the board illegally changed her original proprietary lease in April 2014 to say that her children and domestic help cannot live in the unit unless she herself is “in residence” at the time.

“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 suits says.

The new lease also bars anyone under the age of 16 from living in the apartment unless an adult over the age of 21 is present.

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Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned

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Her recently completed Rebel Heart Tour earned $170 million & sold more than 1 million tickets.

With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, the pop superstar solidifies her status as the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history. Based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives that stretch back to 1990, her overall concert grosses reached $1.31 billion with the tour’s final show.

The Rebel Heart trek grossed $169.8 million from 1,045,479 tickets sold at 82 performances. The tour launched on Sept. 9, 2015, in Montreal, spanned over seven months and visited four continents. It hit 20 arenas in the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. A European run through 16 cities in 11 countries followed in November and December, and a second North American stint began in January. Seven Asian cities were on tap in February, and the tour’s final leg wrapped Down Under with a four-city sweep through Australia and New Zealand.

The Rebel Heart Tour’s top-grossing venue was the Saitama Super Arena in the Tokyo market with $9.6 million earned at sold out shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Top box office counts among the North American markets came at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with $5.2 million in sales on Sept. 16 and 17.

The diva first earned the top solo touring distinction in 2009 after the conclusion of her Sticky & Sweet tour. With the closing of that year-long run she became the highest-grossing solo artist and held that title until Bruce Springsteen surpassed her during his successful Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours from 2012 through 2014. With the Rebel Heart Tour, however, she takes back the title.

Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with just The Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her. Madonna is also one of only six artists — and the only woman — who have topped the $1 billion mark in overall concert grosses since 1990.

Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts*

The Rolling Stones — $1.84 billion
U2 — $1.67 billion
Madonna — $1.31 billion
Bruce Springsteen — $1.25 billion
Elton John — $1.05 billion
Bon Jovi — $1.03 billion
* through March 23, 2016

Madonna’s first tour reported to Billboard Boxscore was the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990. She first joined the billion-dollar club in 2012 with the wrap of her MDNA Tour that brought her overall ticket sales total to $1.14 billion.

Also, Madonna has been the highest-grossing female touring artist for the past 12 years. She staked that claim in 2004 with the wrap of her Re-Invention World Tour and has remained the top solo female concert headliner ever since.

Billboard

Madonna’s Exclusive Fan Show In Melbourne On March 10!

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Melbourne, Australia (March 4th, 2016) – As Madonna’s Australian fans breathlessly await the return of the Material Girl to their country after a 23 year absence, the occasion will be further celebrated by the newly announced intimate club show – MADONNA: TEARS OF A CLOWN – an exclusive fan show that will fuse music, art and comedy at Melbourne’s historic Forum Theatre on March 10. Tickets for this intimate show will be available to Madonna’s Icon fan club winners, and fans should stay tuned to Madonna.com for details on how to enter. DJ Mary Mac will be on hand to start off the party.

Madonna said, “I wanted to do something special for Australia because you have been so patient and waited so long – the “Tears of a Clown” show will make its debut on March 10th.‎ Performance art, comedy, story telling and music of course! Especially for you my Rebel Heart fans down under!!”

Telstra Thanks is also giving customers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Madonna like never before, up close and personal in this exclusive event. For more information on how, visit: telstra.com/music

Since September of 2015, Madonna’s sold out Rebel Heart Tour has played 82 shows in 21 countries. The multi Grammy Award winning superstar playing has eight shows left with upcoming stops in Auckland, New Zealand as well as Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE.

Madonna.com

Madonna and Guy scolded by Judge in Custody War

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie both called into a New York custody hearing Wednesday afternoon, and the judge went after them … saying they are the ones hurting their 15-year-old son Rocco.
Here’s what went down in court …
– Rocco is currently enrolled in school in London. Rocco’s attorney called it a “great fit for him.”
– The judge is pleased about the school decision and doesn’t want to move Rocco out of the school.
– Rocco’s attorney said the uncertainty of the situation is having a negative effect on Rocco, but the judge says the real problem is the “inability of the parents to come up with a solution.”
Bottom line – the judge isn’t forcing Rocco to move back to New York with his mother at this time … but is urging Madonna and Guy to find an amicable resolution to visitation issues.
If they can’t, the judge is ready to intervene.

TMZ

Madonna to promote MDNA Skincare line in Tokyo

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Madonna is currently touring Asia but she has more than just concerts on her itinerary. The superstar is gearing up to make a special appearance at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi Ginza store on Feb. 15 to promote her skincare line, MDNA Skin. A Hong Kong event is scheduled for Feb. 19 at The Ritz-Carlton, although it is still unclear whether or not the singer will attend that installment of the festivities, which coincide with the dates of her “Rebel Hear Tour.”

The Material Girl launched her own skincare line in 2014 through a collaboration with Nagoya, Japan-based niche beauty player MTG and skincare artist Michelle Peck. The initial product line up, which is currently sold only in Japan, featured a Skin Rejuvenator device that employs magnet technology, a clay mask and a serum. The newly expanded range, which MTG is rolling out to other markets, will include a face wash and another serum.

Madonna MDNA skincare

WWD

Madonna embroiled in Taiwan-China row over flag

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Pop diva Madonna has waded into the war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag, sparking ire in China, where any suggestion of independence is scorned.

Taiwan’s Apple Daily and Liberty Times newspapers ran photos of Madonna with the flag over her shoulders as she sang an encore Thursday on the Taipei leg of her global Rebel Heart Tour.

The move was greeted enthusiastically by many on Taiwanese Internet forums, who saw it as a boost to their quest to protect the island’s sovereignty in the face of increased influence from Beijing.

“Madonna supports Taiwan with her acts. Taiwan loves Madonna too,” read one message on Apple Daily’s website.

But posts on China’s Twitter-like Weibo responded angrily.

“Is Taiwan a country? I am laughing to death… you are just a region,” said one.

“Madonna draped the flag and you think you are going to be recognised by the UN? So funny,” said another, referring to Taiwan’s lack of international status.

Taiwan has been self-ruling since splitting from China in 1949 following a civil war, but Beijing still views it as part of its territory awaiting reunification.

As Beijing’s influence has grown globally, Taiwan has haemorrhaged allies, losing its place at the UN to Beijing and is now only recognised by 22 countries.

China supporters also voiced their anger on Madonna’s Instagram account, responding to a picture which showed her face superimposed on a blue sun motif similar to the white sun on Taiwan’s flag, attracting 2,000 messages.

“Shut up, people of Taiwan province of China,” one message read.

“Madonna was just creating a talking point and some Taiwanese people thought she was speaking up for Taiwan independence? So funny,” said another.

Others hit back at the critical Instagram posts.

“Someone holds the flag and you are barking like a dog. So low class. If you like China so much, go back to use your weibo,” one comment read.

The Asian leg of the Rebel Heart Tour includes dates in Hong Kong and Macau, but not mainland China.

There was no immediate comment from local promoters or Madonna’s representatives following Thursday’s concert.

Last year, US singer-songwriter Katy Perry caused a stir in both Taiwan and China when she appeared on stage in Taipei draped in a Taiwan flag, while donning a gold dress adorned with sunflowers — a symbol of anti-China student protests in Taiwan in 2014.

Several Taiwanese entertainers have also got into trouble for waving the Taiwan flag abroad.

Last month, K-pop singer Chou Tzu-yu, 16, was forced to apologise for waving the flag in an Internet broadcast, which stoked online anger in China and accusations that she was a pro-independence advocate.

Her video apology went viral on the day of Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections in January and some analysts believed may have cost the ruling Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party hundreds of thousands of votes.

The traditionally pro-independence main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won by a landslide, with the KMT’s rapprochement with Beijing a major factor in its defeat.

AFP

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