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Madonna News - April 2013

Madonna nominated for 3 Billboard Awards

Top Touring Artist:
Bruce Springsteen
Coldplay
Lady Gaga
Madonna
Roger Waters

Top Dance Artist:
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Madonna
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia

Top Dance Album:
David Guetta ‘Nothing But The Beat’
deadmau5 ‘Album Title Goes Here’
LMFAO ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’
Madonna ‘MDNA’
Skrillex ‘Bangarang’

via Yahoo

Madonna’s Brother Arrested

Anthony Gerard Ciccone, better known as Madonna’s older brother, is in trouble with the law once again. Ciccone’s most recent brush with the law came Monday night in a bar in Traverse City.

While his sister is a multi-millionaire, he’s homeless and has a history of drinking problems, and locals say he’s known to bum around from bar to bar in Traverse City. That’s what police say he was doing Monday when he allegedly got into a fight with a female police officer who tried to get him to leave a bathroom after what was described as a long night of boozing. Police say Ciconne had an outstanding warrant for trespassing.

Ciconne was also reportedly injured in the struggle and when taken to the hospital, his blood alcohol level was a .40, nearly 5 times the legal limit.

Ciconne is to be charged with a felony for resisting a police officer…..and is being held in jail without bond.

CBS

Madonna’s First Ever “Fashion Evolution” Pop-up Exhibit

Madonna, Material Girl and Macy’s are offering consumers the ultimate insider experience with the unveiling of a thrilling one day pop-up fashion exhibit, “Madonna’s Fashion Evolution” at Macy’s in Century City, California. On Thursday, April 25th, from 6-8pm, several of Madonna’s most iconic fashion items including her infamous Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra corset from her Blonde Ambition Tour, her Reinvention Tour ensemble by Christian Lacroix , her “Like A Virgin” wedding dress, and other legendary pieces will be on display for fans to get a firsthand view of the evolution of Madonna’s fashion. The exhibit will take place surrounded by the hugely successful fashion forward Material Girl line that Madonna created exclusively for Macy’s with her daughter, Lola.

Madonna personally handpicked eight of her favorite costumes from a vast archive of tour costumes and her personal collection for the one day pop-up exhibition. Madonna and the Material Girl team went to great efforts to gather these iconic pieces for the exhibition, which marks the first time these items have been displayed together for the public to view. The cone bustiers were flown in from a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in Amsterdam, her “Like A Virgin” wedding dress is on loan from the legendary Hard Rock, while the remaining items are from Madonna’s personal archives.

“The pop-up exhibit at Macy’s perfectly exemplifies the inspiration and spirit of the Material Girl line and will give my fans a great opportunity to see the evolution of my style over the years,” commented Madonna.

Arianne Phillips , Madonna’s longtime collaborator, styled and helped to curate the exhibit. About the “Like A Virgin” wedding dress Madonna wore to the MTV VMA’s in 1984, Phillips commented, “This was one of the most shocking, liberating and influential moments in pop culture/fashion history.” “Fashion has never been the same. Bold and unforgiving, humorous and shocking, we can depend on Madonna to challenge us to rethink fashion. Madonna has taken sacred garments like the wedding dress and religious embellishments, and re-contextualized them,” she added.

“It’s a magical thing to bring all these iconic pieces together in one place,” said Dari Marder chief marketing officer at Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “This will show customers how influential Madonna has been to fashion and how that influences Material Girl today,” she added. read more →

Madonna facing ban from Russia?

Madonna could be banned from returning to Russia – after she spoke out in support of gay rights and the feminist punk group Pussy Riot.

The singing superstar performed two shows in Moscow and St Petersburg last August as part of MDNA world tour, and while on stage took the chance to voice her opinions on gay rights and backed the Pussy Riot singers jailed for a protest against President Putin.

Now the foreign ministry has ruled that Madonna’s visa did not allow her to make money during her visit to the country, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported.

The singer faces a fine of up to £10,445 and could be refused future visas to enter Russia.

Officials responded to a claim by St Petersburg legislator Vitaly Milonov, that her concert constituted “illegal commercial activity.”

The foreign ministry said in statement that Madonna failed to obtain a work permit, adding that since the singer was invited by the culture ministry on a single-entry three month visa, the purpose of her visit should have been limited to “cultural ties”.

Milonov said: “Those who applied for a visa for Louise Ciccone [the singer’s birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone] face a fine of 500,000 rubles. It has to be determined whether she filed the documents herself.

“The question of the legality of Madonna’s visit to our country will also come up, and next time it will be a lot more difficult to get a visa.”

But since Madonna was on tour, and not hired to give the performance, there is no contract that could serve as the basis of a work visa.

Yevgeny Finkelshtein, the president of tour organisers PMI said: “All over the world, there is such a concept as an artist’s visa. The work visa that Milonov was insisting on would take half a year to obtain and would require a work contract.”

Independent.it