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Video: Madonna opening the Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Unit in Malawi

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Material Girl Unveils Fall Marketing Campaign

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Madonna and Lola’s Material Girl brand unveiled today their fall marketing campaign featuring their first first ever Fashion Director, Pia Mia. The recording artist and fashion trendsetter also stars in an original StyleHaul docuseries launching today, which follows Pia’s journey as a Material Girl, both personally and professionally. The fall collection was styled by Pia Mia and shot at the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. It will be available this week exclusively at Macy’s and macys.com to celebrate the back to school shopping season.

“Pia Mia embodies the true spirit of a material girl – she isn’t afraid to take risks with fashion and has a look all her own,” stated Madonna. “I’m excited for Material Girl fans around the world to see Pia’s influence on the collection.” she continued.

Pia Mia for Material Girl Collection

Commenting on the partnership, Pia Mia stated, “I am thrilled and humbled to have been selected by Madonna to be a part of Material Girl. To be associated with the icon and legend that she is, is a true honor.” “Working with Material Girl has been an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the line – helping to formulate a direction, a vibe, to have my voice heard, and my vision seen – I love working with Material Girl, with the creative people involved, and to be a part of something Madonna created,” Pia Mia continued.

The Material Girl collection is available exclusively at Macy’s and on macys.com in the United States. To stay up to date with the latest news from Material Girl, follow @MaterialGirl on Instagram and Twitter and Like Material Girl on Facebook at www.facebook.com/materialgirlcollection

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Madonna’s Bedtime Stories Album to be released on Vinyl + other re-issues

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Madonna’s 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”, featuring her classic hits Secret, Take A Bow, Human Nature and Bedtime Story, will finally be available on vinyl! Rhino / Warner will release it on August 16th in the United States (Amazon pre-order) and on August 19th in the UK (pre-order).
Re-issues of Like A Prayer (release date: July 19th pre-order here) and Ray Of Light (release date: September 13th pre-order here) will also be available soon, but in the US only.
Rhino already re-issued original editions of her first three albums this year: Madonna a.k.a. The First Album (order here), Like A Virgin (order here) and True Blue (order now).

Madonna's Bedtime Stories album on vinyl

Madonna’s Instagram: Madonna meets the President of Malawi

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Met with His Excellency President Peter Mutharika! We discussed food security, education for girls and staffing for our new Pediatric hospital in Blantyre with Nurses And Clinical Officers. @raisingmalawi

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Video: Madonna visits the hospital she is funding in Malawi

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Madonna in Malawi visits hospital she has supported

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Madonna in Malawi on Sunday visited the construction of a children’s wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in this southern African country’s largest city, Blantyre.
The pop star has been in Malawi for a week and is to meet President Peter Mutharika and health minister Peter Kumpalume. Madonna went to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to view the pediatric unit where construction started in May 2015 and which is expected to open in early 2017.
“This new facility is the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,” said Madonna, in a statement to The Associated Press. “In addition to raising the quality and availability of health care, we are also preparing for the future by training more Malawian medical staff in specialized pediatric care.”
Answering questions from the press, Madonna said that she does not yet have a name for the new children’s wing.
“We don’t have a name,” she said, “but we have a building and we have dreams and they are going to be manifested very soon.”
Madonna is accompanied by her two children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, and her son Rocco. Madonna said she will continue to work to get the unit the staff and equipment needed.
“It’s going to be my responsibility to make sure that this place has the equipment and is fully operational on a regular basis,” she said. “So I have a big job ahead of me. Wish me luck.”
Asked if she has any more projects for Malawi, she said: “I would like to do one thing really well than many things half-assed, as they say in America.”
The children’s unit will include Malawi’s first pediatric intensive care unit, three operating rooms dedicated to children’s surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.
Raising Malawi was founded in 2006 by Madonna to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s orphans and vulnerable children. Raising Malawi partners with local organizations to provide Malawian children and their caregivers with critical resources including education and medical care.

Madonna in Malawi
Madonna in Malawi
Madonna in Malawi

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Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection on UK’s Biggest Selling Albums of All Time List

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60 years ago this month saw the birth of the Official Albums Chart – the UK’s official weekly snapshot of popularity dedicated to one of the most influential art forms of our time.

To mark the chart’s historic milestone and kick off July’s month-long anniversary celebrations, OfficialCharts.com can unveiled the 60 biggest selling albums of all time in Britain, as compiled by the Official Charts Company.

Here’s the complete list:

POSITION – TITLE – ARTIST – YEAR – HIGHEST POSITION ON CHART
1 GREATEST HITS – QUEEN – 1981 – 1
2 GOLD / GREATEST HITS – ABBA – 1992 – 1
3 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – BEATLES – 1967 – 1
4 21 – ADELE – 2011 – 1
5 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY – OASIS – 1995 – 1
6 THRILLER – MICHAEL JACKSON – 1982 – 1
7 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – PINK FLOYD – 1973 – 2
8 BROTHERS IN ARMS – DIRE STRAITS – 1985 – 1
9 BAD – MICHAEL JACKSON – 1987 – 1
10 GREATEST HITS II – QUEEN – 1991 – 1
11 RUMOURS – FLEETWOOD MAC – 1977 – 1
12 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION – MADONNA – 1990 – 1
13 BACK TO BLACK – AMY WINEHOUSE – 2006 – 1
14 STARS – SIMPLY RED – 1991 – 1
15 COME ON OVER – SHANIA TWAIN – 1997 – 1
16 LEGEND – BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – 1984 – 1
17 BACK TO BEDLAM – JAMES BLUNT – 2004 – 1
18 URBAN HYMNS – VERVE – 1997 – 1
19 BAT OUT OF HELL – MEAT LOAF – 1977 – 9
20 1 – BEATLES – 2000 – 1
21 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER – SIMON & GARFUNKEL – 1970 – 1
22 DIRTY DANCING – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – 1987 – 4
23 SPIRIT – LEONA LEWIS – 2007 – 1
24 CRAZY LOVE – MICHAEL BUBLE – 2009 – 1
25 NO ANGEL – DIDO – 2000 – 1
26 WHITE LADDER – DAVID GRAY – 1998 – 1
27 25 – ADELE – 2015 – 1
28 TALK ON CORNERS – CORRS – 1997 – 1
29 SPICE – SPICE GIRLS – 1996 – 1
30 THE FAME – LADY GAGA – 2008 – 1
31 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD – COLDPLAY – 2002 – 1
32 LIFE FOR RENT – DIDO – 2003 – 1
33 ONLY BY THE NIGHT – KINGS OF LEON – 2008 – 1
34 BEAUTIFUL WORLD – TAKE THAT – 2006 – 1
35 HOPES AND FEARS – KEANE – 2004 – 1
36 THE JOSHUA TREE – U2 – 1987 – 1
37 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – JEFF WAYNE – 1978 – 5
38 SCISSOR SISTERS – SCISSOR SISTERS – 2004 – 1
39 BUT SERIOUSLY – PHIL COLLINS – 1989 – 1
40 X&Y – COLDPLAY – 2005 – 1
41 JAGGED LITTLE PILL – ALANIS MORISSETTE – 1995 – 1
42 TUBULAR BELLS – MIKE OLDFIELD – 1973 – 1
43 THE MAN WHO – TRAVIS – 1999 – 1
44 TRACY CHAPMAN – TRACY CHAPMAN – 1988 – 1
45 PARACHUTES – COLDPLAY – 2000 – 1
46 GREATEST HITS – ABBA – 1975 – 1
47 GREASE – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – 1977 – 1
48 I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 1998 – 1
49 X – ED SHEERAN – 2014 – 1
50 COME AWAY WITH ME – NORAH JONES – 2002 – 1
51 GRACELAND – PAUL SIMON – 1986 – 1
52 THE SOUND OF MUSIC – ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING – 1965 – 1
53 LADIES & GENTLEMEN – THE BEST OF – GEORGE MICHAEL – 1998 – 1
54 TANGO IN THE NIGHT – FLEETWOOD MAC – 1987 – 1
55 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP – EMINEM – 2000 – 1
56 SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 2001 – 1
57 PROGRESS – TAKE THAT – 2010 – 1
58 EYES OPEN – SNOW PATROL – 2006 – 1
59 NEVER FORGET – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION – TAKE THAT – 2005 – 2
60 AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE – REM – 1992 – 1

Madonna's Immaculate Collection album

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Madonna to visit Malawi

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Pop diva Madonna is coming to Malawi on Sunday July 10 to inspect a 50-bed pediatrics ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre, the first dedicated pediatric intensive care unit in the country that her charity organisation, Raising Malawi, has been building.

Sarah Ezzy, director of the charity Raising Malawi, said Madonna is building a two-storey free-standing 50-bed paediatric surgical ward which will also have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“The new facility, which will be completed by the end of the year, will have three operating theatres for surgery in children, a 50 bed ward, a day clinic, and the country’s first ever paediatric intensive care unit,” Ezzy said.

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Video: Madonna meets Margaret Kenyatta

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Madonna meets the First Lady of Kenya

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Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote Female Empowerment! Around the World!

Madonna with Margaret Kenyatta

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Madonna and Obama on Jimmy Fallon show

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Madonna will be the musical guest when President Barack Obama visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Obama and Madonna are set for Thursday’s show. “The Tonight Show” starts at 11:35 p.m.

It will be Obama’s first appearance during Fallon’s time on “The Tonight Show.” The president was a guest on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in April 2012 when the show stopped at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Obama and Fallon slow jammed during that telecast.

“The Tonight Show” is the No. 1-rated late-night show in total viewers and the 18-to-49 age group.

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Madonna prevails in ‘Vogue’ copyright lawsuit

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On Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made it easier for musicians to sample small portions of song recordings by giving Madonna and her producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone a victory in a long-running lawsuit over the 1990 hit “Vogue.”

The decision affirms a 2013 ruling by a California federal court that held on summary judgment that a 0.23 second sampling of a horn hit from the 1976 song called “Love Break” was de minimis, meaning small enough to be trivial.

“After listening to the audio recordings submitted by the parties, we conclude that a reasonable juror could not conclude that an average audience would recognize the appropriation of the horn hit,” writes 9th Circuit judge Susan Graber in today’s opinion. “That common-sense conclusion is borne out by dry analysis. The horn hit is very short—less than a second. The horn hit occurs only a few times in Vogue. Without careful attention, the horn hits are easy to miss. Moreover, the horn hits in Vogue do not sound identical to the horn hits from Love Break… Even if one grants the dubious proposition that a listener recognized some similarities between the horn hits in the two songs, it is hard to imagine that he or she would conclude that sampling had occurred.” …continue reading »

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