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BEST: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, Queen Latifah
The Grammys is usually where artists strive to please everyone. But despite knowing full well that the issue of same sex marriage is still hotly debated across the country, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis still performed “Same Love” with pride and commitment before marrying 33 couples of both mixed and same sex. It wasn’t just a performance, it was a statement. And whether gay or straight, who wouldn’t want Madonna to sing “Open Your Heart” at their wedding? New York Post

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — The pair made history with their performance of the hit “Same Love.” While the openly gay author of the song’s chorus, Mary Lambert, crooned the main hook, 33 real life couples — some straight, some gay — exchanged rings in a make-shift wedding. During the ceremony, guest star Madonna worked in her old hit “Open Your Heart.” As an early supporter of gay rights, she fit in seamlessly. New York Daily News

The mass of couples exchanged rings at the same time as the singer pronounced them wed while Madonna emerged to sing her classic “Open Your Heart.” The Material Girl changed into a white Ralph Lauren suit for the ground-breaking performance after wearing a dramatic black tux on the carpet. Hollywood Reporter

Madonna may be controversial at times, but she proved her heart to be in the right place, as she donned a cowboy hat at this year’s Grammy Awards, to sing her hit ‘Open Your Heart’ gospel-style as the soundtrack to 33 weddings, live in the arena. Huffington Post UK

But even if he didn’t win any actual Grammys, Lamar still won the night – his collaboration with Imagine Dragons was electrifying – the most exciting performance, and more eye-opening even than Queen Latifah plus a curiously geriatric looking Madonna dressed as Colonel Sanders presiding over a mass wedding of 33 gay and straight couples. It may have felt like a mass hallucination, but the marriages – a coda to Macklemore’s performance of gay marriage anthem Same Love – were apparently completely legitimate. Guardian

The performance, which took place near the end of the show, was one of the more sentimental sets of the evening. “This song is a love song, not for some of us, but for all of us,” Latifah said before introducing Macklemore and Lewis. From there, the rapper unveiled the gospel-infused track amid a church-inspired atmosphere. MTV

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took their tear-jerker hit “Same Love” to new heights Sunday night when they were joined on stage for a performance of the song featuring Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah and Madonna. If that powerhouse line up weren’t enough, 33 gay, straight and lesbian couples in the audience were simultaneously married under Latifah’s command. Katy Perry caught a bouquet as the newlyweds received a standing ovation, and Ketih Urban wiped a tear from his eye. NBC

A legendary collaboration took place at the 2014 Grammy Awards, which aired live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26. Pop icon Madonna took the stage with rapper Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and featured vocalist Mary Lambert to sing the marriage-equality anthem “Same Love.” US Magazine

Madonna wowed the Staples Center crowd by joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for an emotional rendition of “Same Love” that featured Queen Latifah marrying 34 couples–gay, straight, young, old–during the song. Forbes

And if this wasn’t enough to make our hearts swell, out came none other than Madonna to give the ceremony her official sanction. The Mighty M donned an all-white suit and cowboy hat, looking like heaven’s most androgynous angel, to sing a version of her classic “Open Your Heart,” arranged in the key of the traditional wedding march, while backed by a gospel choir before joining Lambert for a snippet of “Same Love.” Queerty

The show-stopping moment of the 56th annual Grammy Awards was the live nuptials of 33 couples, a mix of gay and straight, who tied the knot during a performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love.”
Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony, while Madonna joined the crowd on stage for “Same Love” and a rendition of “Open Your Heart.” The moment marked a remarkably overt political statement for the Grammycast, albeit one for a cause that has broad support throughout the entertainment industry. Variety

A League of Their Own Blu-Ray – First Review


A league of their own needs little introduction and is a classic based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, both on the field and off, for generations of athletes to follow. It’s an effecting and delightful sports tale, which taught America “there’s no crying in baseball”. It makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in a solid offering that features faithful high definition video, complimentary lossless sound and a strong supplemental offering that is made up of previously released extras. If you’re a fan this is a must have plain and simple. Enjoy!

Audio Rating: 78/100
Video Rating: 86/100

Madonna A League of Their Own Blu-Ray
Madonna A League of Their Own Blu-Ray

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MEPG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French, German, Japanese, Spanish Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Region Code: A,B,C

Bonus Features:
Director & Cast commentary
15 deleted scenes with optional introduction by Penny Marshall
“This used to be my playground” music video by Madonna
Nine memorable innings – 50 minute multipart documentary

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Madonna bludgeons the Garden to a bloody pulp

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“Oh my god.”

As these lines, the opening exhortation from “Girl Gone Wild,” the opening track from MADONNA’S new long-player, MDNA, reverberated around the cavernous environs of the TD Garden, and a large digital crucifix adorned the Jumbotron onstage, and cloak-covered minions toiled onstage amidst the swinging of an enormous thurible with frankincense bellowing out, most in attendance probably thought they knew what they were in for: some light blasphemy, a circus-smorgasbord of dancing, and a smattering of hits from the Material Girl’s three-decades-deep catalogue.

And they would be kind of right, but mostly wrong. And I could even pinpoint the moment we all realized how wrong we were, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy: it was when Madonna herself emerged to begin the opening lines of “GGW,” decked out in all-black everything, holding aloft a massive machine gun pointed at the air. As the song bled into her little-heard 2009 jam “Revolver,” and then into MDNA curiosity “Gang Bang” — well, let’s just say Madonna took the capacity crowd into a dark place that few were expecting minutes earlier from this queen of ’80s pop music.

Before I delve into the nasty details, though, let’s back up and get some perspective on what we’re talking about here: this is Madonna, who is, yes, a pop music artist with more Number 1 hits than Elvis. But she is also an artist who, for most of her career, or at least since she has had complete control of her aesthetic and output, has strived to confront and provocate not only a society that has misunderstood her, but an audience that has attempted to reign in her most outre impulses, wanting nothing but poppoppop. Madonna’s career, especially in the past 10 years, has been a matter of giving the world the pop they crave, but with an aftertaste of shock and awe, of upping the ante of shock as she grows angrier and angrier. …continue reading »

MDNA Tour in Philadelphia – New York Times Review


A ritual, a blood bath, slacklining, a partial striptease, drummers in midair, traditional Basque harmonies, a psychedelic train ride — they’re all part of Madonna’s “MDNA” tour, which started its North American itinerary with an arena concert here at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. It comes to Yankee Stadium next Thursday and Sept. 8.

Madonna has described the show in a statement as “the journey of a soul from darkness to light,” and perhaps it is. Near the beginning, after tolling church bells and chanting, a gun-toting Madonna is besieged by assailants from all directions and dispatches them in self-defense as giant spatters of blood fill the video screen. In that opening segment she sings about jealousy, divorce and, in “Revolver” — with images of guns and ammunition — about sex as a weapon.

Yet the bad-gal nastiness soon gives way to more generous impulses, trading violent shock value for flamboyant showmanship. By the end she’s sharing a big dance party. And the concert is less a story than an excellent excuse for extravagant, perpetually surprising production numbers involving more than three dozen performers, while it turns some of Madonna’s past hits inside out.

Madonna, at 54, isn’t giving in to pop obsolescence. The concert is a display of energy and nutty inventiveness, with Madonna costumed as everything from baton twirler to folk dancer. Featured among the musicians is Kalakan, a trio of Basque singers and drummers who bring medieval and folky elements to various songs, including a version of “Open My Heart” that arrived as a kind of Basque jig, with Madonna dancing and singing alongside her son Rocco. …continue reading »

Madonna voices love for tolerant France in Paris show


Pop star Madonna treated fans to an intimate show at Paris’ famed Olympia theatre on Thursday, voicing her love for a France that is open to minorities and artists and reinterpreting “Je t’aime moi non plus,” a song laced with sexual innuendo.

Tickets for the surprise show – a last-minute addition to Madonna’s “MDNA” tour – were offered first to members of her fan club and sold out within minutes. Some people began gathering outside the Olympia as early as Wednesday for the show, and anticipation was running high.

In the end, reaction was mixed and some in the audience voiced disappointment at the show’s length, a mere 45 minutes. A few called for refunds as they left the 2,700-seat theatre, Paris’ oldest surviving music hall which has welcomed iconic stars from Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel to the Rolling Stones.

The concert was expected to have a political overtone to it, and Madonna started off on a rebellious note.

“I have a special affinity with France, and I have for many years,” the pop star shouted at the start. “It could go all the way to Napoleon because I think of myself as a revolutionary.”

Yet there was no repeat of the performance she gave at the 80,000-seat Stade de France on July 14, which angered France’s far right party leader Marine Le Pen by showing a picture of her with a swastika superimposed on her face.

France’s National Front has since announced it will sue her.

On Thursday, Madonna offered only veiled criticism of the party’s anti-immigrant stance, paying homage to a France which she said once “opened its arms to minorities.”

“I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me,” she said, adding that her intention was not to make enemies. “We are entering some very scary times in the world. People are afraid, and what happens when people are afraid? They say ‘get out! You’re the reason. You’re the problem. You’re to blame,'” she told the audience.

Tickets for the show, which included both classics and songs from her latest album “MDNA,” started at 80 euros ($98) and were offered first to members of Madonna’s fan club. They sold out in less than 5 minutes, organizers said, and the Olympia’s website crashed several times due to heavy traffic.

Fans started gathering at noon on Wednesday to attend the show, with many pitching tents on the sidewalk to make sure they got as close as possible to the Material Girl.

Die-hard fan, 25-year-old Ally Gloser from Cologne, Germany, said she had bought tickets for 11 of Madonna’s shows over the summer, at a cost of 2,500 euros.

“Normally, I’m a student. Now I’m a poor student,” she said.

True to form, the 53-year-old offered up an array of sexy outfits and age-defying moves, at one point adding a French touch for Parisian fans with a black leather pencil skirt, red lipstick, and a French beret. She paid tribute to several French artists, including actor Alain Delon and singer Piaf.

“I walk in her footsteps, actually I crawl in her footsteps”, she said of the “La Vie en rose” singer while kneeling on stage.

Under red lights and on an entirely empty stage, Madonna sang the famous French song, “Je t’aime moi non plus” (“I love you, neither do I”) written by Serge Gainsbourg in the late 1960s. She tied a dance partner down on a chair and pretended to shoot him in the mouth.

Audience reaction to the show was mixed.

“The show itself was pretty good, but she didn’t even sing for an hour”, complained 33-year-old Guillaume Delaval. “She spoke for 15 minutes about tolerance, it’s not the U.N. here.”

Pierce Brosnan, the Irish actor who played in four James Bond movies, attended the show with his wife.

“We’re fans. My wife wanted to come, so we bought tickets,” he told Reuters, explaining he was in Paris to shoot a movie with Emma Thompson called “Love Punch.”

Madonna will perform in Nice, France on August 21. After shows in the Middle East and Europe, the singer will give concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.


MDNA Tour in Gothenburg and Amsterdam – Ultimate Concert Experience Pictures & Review

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Madonna performs during the MDNA tour in Amsterdam (July 07/08 2012)Madonna performs during the MDNA tour in Amsterdam (July 07/08 2012)Madonna performs during the MDNA tour in Gothenburg (July 04 2012) …continue reading »

MDNA Tour in Abu Dhabi – Pictures and Review by Victor


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“I attended the first Abu Dhabi show with a group of friends. We got passes for ‘Friends and Family’ in the Golden Triangle, exceptional experience seeing Madonna so close and touching her hand.
The show was breathtaking, literally also because of the heat and humidity. It was one of a kind experience.
Uncertainty, whether Madonna would amend the show due to the ‘locals sensitivity’, and some worries that if she does not, she could be in troubles. We get jailed here for a greeting kiss if not married. So our fears were justified. It seems that she knew about the audience feelings for her, and she displayed a huge fake tattoo on her back “NO FEAR”. It was a short message conveying so much … at least it meant that much to me.

The show was great, the sweat was literally running out of stage; there were some minor technical difficulties, Madonna lost her mic, which rolled down of the stage, the stage lifts were not working properly in some moments. But what was working 100 percent it was her. We were absolutely puzzled how well she coped with the weather and at the same time singing and dancing. We live there for years and we find it difficult to cope with our daily routines during summer time. She is in absolute shape –body, face, singing – perfection.
We met few dancers after the show in hotel and all they said that it was very hard to do the show because of the heat and humidity and they had to dance in gas masks in one of the numbers – imagine that?”

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Madonna wows fans in first ever Gulf concert


US pop icon Madonna hit the stage running at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island stadium on Sunday in her first ever concert in the Gulf, days after launching a world tour in Israel.

An estimated 25,000 fans cheered and screamed as the Material Girl finally appeared on stage more than two hours late, wearing a skin-tight black outfit from her “Girl Gone Wild” album.

Sunday’s concert was the first of two Abu Dhabi performances. The second, announced after tickets for Sunday’s event sold out in hours, will be on Monday.

Brandishing an assault rifle during her hit Revolver, the superstar saluted the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the second stop in her MDNA world tour.

“Ladies and gentlemen… It’s too damn hot!” Madonna later told the audience who braved temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the desert nation.

Tala and Omar Zaru, fans from Jordan, were also celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary and Omar’s 41st birthday.

“Celebrating our two special occasions with Madonna can’t be bettered,” said Tala.

Madonna began her much anticipated tour in Tel Aviv last week, calling from the stage for Middle East peace.

“As you know, the Middle East and all the conflict that occurs here and have been occurring for thousands of years, they have to stop,” she said. “You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world.”

“So start today — every single one of you, if there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world.”

In Abu Dhabi, Omar Zaru was unimpressed.

“I wish I had the freedom to go there and see her. But I can’t because I am Palestinian and there is an occupation,” said Omar who comes from Ramallah in the West Bank.

Others appeared not bothered that she had performed in Israel, considered by most Arabs to be an arch-enemy.

“We are a peaceful people,” said Lebanese Patricia Chebli, 37.

“Culture is for everybody, so I don’t mind” that she went to Tel Aviv.

The tour — Madonna’s first since her wildly successful “Sticky and Sweet” outing in 2008 and 2009 — will move on to Europe and the Americas, with concerts planned in a total of 80 countries.

It is expected to end in early 2013 in Australia.