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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

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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

Madonna’s Express Yourself featured in new Pepsi Commercial

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Janelle Monáe is dancing to Madonna’s Express Yourself in the 80s themed part of the commercial.

Watch: Madonna performs David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel in Houston

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R.I.P. David Bowie

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I’m devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I’d ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn’t care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Love
M

Madonna via Facebook

I’m Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert I ever saw in Detroit! R.I.P. <3 #rebelheart

Madonna on Bowie

Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever! <3 #rebelheart

Madonna on Bowie

So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So! <3 #rebelheart

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Madonna Accepts David Bowie’s Hall of Fame Award:

David Bowie talks about Madonna for BBC in 1998:

Madonna defends Sean Penn, denies rumours

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.




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Madonna is the Artist with Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Hits

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Madonna paces the rundown of artists with the most top 10 Hot 100 hits, with 38. She and the Beatles, who last reached the region with reunion single “Free as a Bird” in 1995, were tied with 34 until Madonna notched her 35th, “Die Another Day,” in 2002. She scored her 38th and most recent top 10 with “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) in 2012.

38, Madonna
34, The Beatles
29, Michael Jackson
28, Stevie Wonder
27, Mariah Carey
27, Janet Jackson
27, Elton John
26, Rihanna
25, Elvis Presley
23, Whitney Houston
23, Paul McCartney
23, The Rolling Stones

The list of acts with the most Hot 100 top 10s was compiled from the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958 inception through the chart dated Oct. 10, 2015.

Billboard

Rebel Heart Japanese Tour Edition CD+DVD announced

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Madonna Rebel Heart Japanese Tour Edition CD+DVD

Tracklisting:

CD:
1. Living For Love
2. Devil Pray
3. Ghosttown
4. Unapologetic Bitch
5. Illuminati
6. Bitch I’m Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj
7. Hold Tight
8. Joan of Arc
9. Iconic feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Body Shop
12. Holy Water
13. Inside Out
14. Wash All Over Me
15. Best Night
16. Veni Vedi Vici feat. Nas
17. S.E.X.
18. Messiah
19. Rebel Heart
20. Living For Love (Dirty Pop Remix)

DVD:
・Living For Love
・Ghosttown
・Bitch I’m Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj
・Bitch I’m Madonna (Sander Kleinenberg Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj

Release date is set for January 22nd 2016. Pre-order is available at Universal Japan

Never-Before-Seen Photos of Madonna featured in a new Exhibition

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Some It-girls of the ’80s may regret that their youthful glory predated social media, but Interview magazine’s former associate publisher Paige Powell doesn’t have to. Powell arrived in New York in 1980 from the Pacific Northwest, looking like a granola version of Edie Sedgwick and armed with the work ethic of Mary Tyler Moore. She was soon swept up in Interview’s bid to be a more serious publication — “At first it was more for friends, like, Fran Lebowitz drove the delivery truck to drop off issues at different newsstands,” she remembers — and Andy Warhol’s select social whirlwind of downtown clubbing, midtown shopping and uptown lunches. “Andy always said, ‘Work is fun and fun is work,’” Powell says. “It was just the way I thought New York City was, all the time, for everyone — exuberant.”

Powell often carried the latest camera or camcorder from Japan with her and used them often to capture intimate snapshots of her coterie: including Warhol, Madonna, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was her boyfriend from 1982 through 1984. For nearly 40 years, she’s been sitting on (“literally; they were stashed in boxes under the bed,” she says) a treasure trove that’s remained largely unexamined. Powell returned to Portland in the ’90s to focus on animal rights advocacy work, and it’s there that her images will be showcased for the first time, in two interactive multimedia installations, “The Ride” and “Beulah Land,” opening this week at the Portland Art Museum. Still in possession of plenty of influential friends, Powell asked David LaChapelle to mix a musical soundtrack for the show and Kenny Scharf to create a signature “Cosmic Cavern” to accompany it. “Half of the photos in the new installation will be from the ’80s, and half will be photos moving forward to the present,” Powell says, noting that the installation is meant to be “interactive,” just like the one she created at the art bar also called Beulah Land in the ‘80s (see slide 7) — visitors can add notes to the walls. “So we’re having a cocktail party for the guards at PAM, to prepare them,” she notes, “because we don’t want them to be alarmed.”

New York Times

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