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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.” read more →

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.” read more →

Photos: Madonna in New York (May 31 2016)

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Madonna took her kids to see the off-Broadway show “Sleep No More” (May 31 2016)

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s Custody Battle Ends

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Rocco Ritchie is back in the Big Apple as the battle over his custody appears to be drawing to a close.

The teen was spotted grabbing coffee with some friends in Manhattan Tuesday morning before heading to his mother’s home – his first time back in the States since late last year.

Although Madonna, 57, and Guy Ritchie, 47, were originally expected in court Wednesday for a tentatively scheduled hearing over their 15-year-old son’s living arrangements, the case now appears to be disposed, motion pending by the New York State Supreme Court.

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Celine Dion: “Madonna did an incredible job”

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Madonna’s Instagram: M @ Beauty & Essex

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Deal with It! @beautyandessexlv

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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’s Instagram: BBMAs

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Dearly Beloved we are gathered here today to get through. This thing called LIFE <3<3<3 Nothing Compares 2U ✝

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Video: Madonna performing Nothing Compares 2 U and Purple Rain with Stevie Wonder at BBMAs

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Photos: Madonna backstage at the Billboard Music Awards

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Madonna with Stevie Wonder backstage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas (May 22 2016)

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Photos: Madonna at Billboard Music Awards

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Madonna performing Nothing Compares 2 U and Purple Rain with Stevie Wonder at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

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Madonna asked Questlove to write Prince Tribute for BBMAs

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Madonna is set to perform in honor of Prince at the Billboard Music Awards tonight (May 22), and she has a little extra in store.

Billboard has learned that the Material Girl asked Questlove to share a few words about Prince.

And The Roots drummer has prepared a tribute to the late icon that will lead into Madonna’s performance at the ceremony.

Madonna with The Roots

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