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Madonna News - May 2013

Madonna confirmed as presenter for The Sound of Change concert

The list of A listers joining a concert at Twickenham Stadium keeps growing, with Madonna becoming the latest addition announced today.

Beyonce and J-Lo are already confirmed to play at The Sound of Change Live on June 1, with Madonna increasing the concert’s credentials even further.

Chime for Change, founded by Gucci, will host the concert in a bid to raise awareness of providing education, health and justice for women worldwide.

Other big names confirmed are Timbaland, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine and Blake Lively.

Madonna said on the Chime for Change website: “60 percent of the children in the world not in school, are girls. 2/3 of the world’s illiterate are women. Do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this.”

Tickets for the concert are available from chimeforchange.org, ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 1693.

Guardian

Madonna Wins Three Billboard Music 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’

Madonna Humbly Accepts Top Touring Artist Trophy at Billboard Music Awards

“It took several international villages to put my show together,” pop icon tells the BBMA crowd.

Thanks to the worldwide success of her MDNA Tour, Madonna was honored as the Top Touring Artist at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, held on Sunday night (May 19) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The legendary diva took the stage with a touch of sass, following an introduction by Will.i.am that was set to the tune of “Like a Virgin.” Referring to a preceding montage of MDNA footage, she proclaimed, “It took longer to negotiate whether I could show my ass in that trailer than it took to negotiate that tour!”

With that out of the way, Madge delved into a laundry list of thank you’s, including choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega, costume designer Arianne Phillips, musical director Kevin Antunes, set designer Mark Fisher, Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel, and of course, her fans. She also thanked her four children, two of which accompanied her on the blockbuster tour.

“They say that it takes a village to raise a child,” Madonna said, with her notecards humbly visible. “It took several international villages to put my show together.”

The 88-show MDNA tour grossed $305 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. It’s the pop icon’s latest chart landmark in a career full of them, including records for Hot 100 top 10 singles (38 of her overall 56 Hot 100 hits) and Dance Club Songs No. 1s (43).

Billboard