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Madonna News - September 2012

Madonna and Marlon Brando Hung Up in Complex ‘Vogue’ Lawsuits

Turns out being a Material Girl doesn’t protect you from getting shook down by the ethereal world. Marlon Brando’s estate wants $300,000 from Madonna for her use of the deceased star’s image on her 2012 tour.

Her 1990 megahit “Vogue” famously lists off the names of the famous — “Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Deitrich and DiMaggio / Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean / On the cover of a magazine.” — and during live performances, she flashes their likeness across the stage in time with the lyrics. This is indeed a privilege that Madge pays for.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, when she did the song at the Super Bowl in February, Madonna dolled out $3,750 each to the relevant estates, which included those listed above, along with Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, and Grace Kelly. As it turns out, most of those estates are repped by a single Indiana-based company called CMG Worldwide, but Brando’s is not. At the time, Madonna’s touring company Bhakti worked with CMG to negotiate with Brando’s people, but when it came time to approach the topic again for her current tour, well, that’s when everything went to shit.

First, the fee per dead star was upped to $5,000 per appearance. No big. But then Brando Enterprises’ legal team at Brand Sense Partners apparently smelled blood in the water and insisted on $20,000 instead. But each celebrighoul entered this unholy agreement with a “most favored nation” clause, which means that they’re all paid the same no matter what. And suddenly, Madonna’s cost per show for that one song became a potential $200,000 total, give or take. CMG sued Brando for breach of contract, and now Brando’s people have moved the case to a federal court in Indianapolis.

The takeaway: CMG is asking the judge to keep their cost at $5,000 per appearance — pocket change for these folks’ ilk, but when you consider the number of concerts cameos that the image has made or will make, Team Brando would still be looking at at least $300,000. But the MDNA tour is expected to have at least 90 stops, so even if she retires Brando’s picture, it’s most likely costing her upward of $4.3 million to broadcast quick shots of long-dead stars during the performance of a single song that she recorded more than two decades ago. As “Vogue” goes, “They had style, they had grace.” And they now have legal sway from beyond the grave.


Lady Gaga snubs Madonna’s invite to join her on tour ?

The Born This Way performer has been asked to appear on Madge’s MDNA Tour but she is currently tied up with her own performances.Quoted by the Daily Mirror, Gaga’s manager Vincent Herbert said: ‘Madonna just called to ask Gaga to perform with her at Yankee Stadium. Her manager reached out to us and said Madonna would like Gaga to perform with her.
‘She really wished she could do it. She said “if we do it, let’s donate the money to charity”. But Gaga’s committed to her own tour.’
The two flamboyant performers appear to have a lot in common, including their love of wearing risque outfits on stage.
Both are renowned for putting on spectacular shows for their army of fans, and Madonna even accused her 26-year-old pretender of copying parts of Express Yourself in the hit single Born This Way.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, recently kicked out at suggestions that she had put on weight.
She posted photos of herself in her pants and bra and said that she was ‘proud at any size’.

Metro UK

Barack Obama “Black Muslim” Remark Was Meant to Be “Ironic”

Occasionally when Madonna expresses herself, not everyone gets the joke.
And that’s apparently what happened during a concert Monday in Washington, D.C., when the Queen of Pop endorsed President Barack Obama’s reelection bid by referring to him as a “black Muslim.”
“Now it’s so amazing and incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House…for better or worse we have a black Muslim in the White House…it means there is hope in this country and Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man,” said Madonna in a YouTube clip posted by fans shortly after the show at the Verizon Center.
Obama is a Christian but the Muslim rumor has persisted as the result of online gossip ginned up by many in the Birther movement, hard-core conservatives challenging his legitimacy to be commander in chief.
But in case anyone misconstrued her statement about the president’s beliefs, the 54-year-old hitmaker let it be known in a statement released by her rep that she was being tongue in cheek—and for a reason.
“I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim—though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were?” Madonna asked. “The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is—nor should anyone else in America.”
Sounds clear enough.
The “Girl Gone Wild” singer’s North American trek in support of her latest album, MDNA, continues on Saturday with a stop in Vancouver.
E Online

$10.9 mln claim against Madonna gay rights promotion to be heard Oct. 11

The Moskovsky District Court in St. Petersburg will hear on October 11 complaints filed against Madonna and her concert organizers for promoting homosexuality, attorney Alexander Pochuyev, who is representing the St. Petersburg activists that filed the claim, told RIA Novosti on Monday.

“According to our information, the court will hold the hearings on October 11,” he said.

The plaintiffs seek 333 million rubles ($10.87 million) in damages.

Madonna, who held a concert in St. Petersburg as part of her controversial MDNA tour, urged local residents to be friendlier to the LGBT community during her performance.

In mid-August, activists submitted to the Moskovsky District Court several lawsuits against the singer and the concert organizers. They claimed that they were offended by the statement supporting homosexuals. The court abandoned the claims, as violations had been made during their drafting and they had to be eradicated. Earlier in the week, the activists’ representatives said they managed to find the official address of the singer and the other information necessary for the court’s further consideration of the lawsuits.

Previously, St. Petersburg human rights activists said they submitted an application to investigators, asking that they bring Madonna to justice for inciting religious hatred, as she trampled on a cross during the concert.

The city prosecutor’s office earlier told RIA Novosti that all the applications concerning the alleged violations have been submitted for examination to the Interior Ministry’s regional department.

Earlier, Vitaly Milonov, a politician in St. Petersburg who drafted the city law restricting the promotion of homosexuality, said the performance was attended by NGOs that checked the concert’s compliance with morality regulations.

They recorded the event and said 12-year-old children were present, he said. Activists filed several applications with the police, seeking to declare Madonna in breach of the law. They claim that they were offended by her explicit support for homosexuality.