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Madonna leaving her hotel in Paris (March 02 2015)

Madonna announces Rebel Heart Tour Dates!

The list of Madonna concert dates for her highly anticipated 35-city ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour were officially announced today by Live Nation with the opening night scheduled for August 29th in Miami, Florida. Additional performances to follow include New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal and several other cities including San Juan, Puerto Rico. Following the North American leg of the Rebel Heart Tour, Madonna will begin the UK/European series of dates on November 4th in Koln, Germany with stops in major cities including Barcelona, London, Paris and Glasgow amongst others. A complete list of tour dates follow this release. Tickets for The Rebel Heart Tour go on sale starting Monday, March 9th. Additional tour dates for Asia and Australia are expected to be announced soon. The Rebel Heart Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

“Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history – her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour,” Arthur Fogel, President – Global Touring and Chairman – Global Music.

The “Rebel Heart” Tour follows the March 9th release of Madonna’s Rebel Heart album on Interscope Records (Germany and Japan March 6; Europe/UK March 9; North America March 10). Rave reviews for Madonna’s 13th studio album include: The Sun (UK): “The Queen of Pop will reign again – Madonna is about to release her best album in 17 years and one of the greatest of her career.” NY Times: “They won’t experience the celebrity of Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades: Madonna the musician”.

Following Madonna’s stunning performance on the Grammys, three songs from Rebel Heart topped the Global iTunes Chart. The multi-Grammy winner’s current single “Living For Love” is at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts – her 44th time at the top spot. Madonna also recently performed on The Brits in London and is scheduled to appear and perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US for the entire week of March 16th. Other global TV performances include France’s Le Grand Journal on March 2nd, Italy’s ITV on Sunday March 8th, an interview on The Today Show on March 9th and 10th and a performance and interview on the Jonathan Ross ITV UK Special airing March 14th.

Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter and producer, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful live performers of all time speaks for itself. The 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet tour is the highest grossing tour of all time for a solo artist and the 2012 MDNA tour was the most successful tour of that year.

General Sales for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour will go on sale starting Monday, March 9, 2015. From March 9th – March 30th every North American ticket purchased online will come with an exclusive digital download of the SUPER DELUXE version of “Rebel Heart” which includes 6 bonus tracks (including 4 previously unreleased studio tracks).

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages starting March 3, 2015. Fans may purchase an “Icon Live Pass” today, which gives them access not only to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also a free membership to Icon, the official Madonna fan club, access to a tour devoted forum and an exclusive tour gift. Fans who are already registered simply need to upgrade their account with the Icon Live Pass on

Citi is the official card of Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour. For concerts in the United States and Paris, France, Citi cardmembers will have access to a presale beginning Wednesday, March 4 (10am) through Friday, March 6 (4pm) for applicable concerts going on sale to the general public on Monday, March 9; and a presale beginning Wednesday, March 11 (10am) through Friday, March 13th (5pm) for applicable concerts in the United States going on sale to the general public on Monday, March 16. For concerts in the United Kingdom, Citi cardmembers will have access to a presale beginning Wednesday, March 11 (10am) through Friday, March 13 (4pm) for applicable concerts going on sale to the general public on Monday, March 16. For complete presale details visit:

North America:

Aug. 29 Miami, American Airlines Arena (on sale Mar. 9)

Sept. 2 Atlanta, Philips Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Sept. 5 San Juan, P.R.. Coliseo de Puerto Rico (on sale Mar. 21)

Sept. 9 Montreal, Bell Centre On Sale Mar. 14

Sept. 12 Washington, D.C., Verizon Center (on sale Mar. 16)

Sept. 16 New York. Madison Square Garden (on sale Mar. 9)

Sept. 19 Brooklyn, Barclays Center (on sale Mar. 9)

Sept. 24 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center (on sale Mar. 16)

Sept. 26 Boston, TD Garden (on sale Mar. 16)

Sept. 28 Chicago, United Center (on sale Mar. 9)

Oct. 1 Detroit, Joe Louis Arena (on sale Mar. 23)

Oct. 3 Atlantic City, N.J. Boardwalk Hall (on sale Mar. 16)

Oct. 5 Toronto, Air Canada Centre (on sale Mar. 9)

Oct. 8 St. Paul, Xcel Energy Center (on sale Mar. 16)

Oct. 11 Edmonton, Rexall Place (on sale Mar. 9)

Oct. 14 Vancouver, B.C., Rogers Arena (on sale Mar. 9)

Oct. 17 Portland, Ore., MODA Center (on sale Mar. 23)

Oct. 19 San Jose, Calif., SAP Center at San Jose (on sale Mar. 9)

Oct. 22 Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena (on sale Mar. 23)

Oct. 24 Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Oct. 27 Los Angeles, The Forum (on sale Mar. 16)


Nov. 4 Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Nov. 7 Prague, CZ, O2 Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Nov. 10 Berlin,Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World) (on sale Mar. 16)

Nov. 14 Stockholm, Sweden, Tele 2 Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Nov.17 Herning, Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen (on sale Mar. 9)

Nov. 21 Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour (on sale Mar. 16)

Nov. 24 Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi (on sale Mar. 16)

Nov. 28 Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis (on sale Mar. 9)

Dec. 1 London, UK, O2 Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Dec. 5 Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome (on sale Mar. 9)

Dec. 9 Paris, France, Bercy (on sale Mar. 9)

Dec. 14 Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Dec. 16 Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena (on sale Mar. 16)

Dec. 20 Glasgow, Scotland, The SSE Hydro (on sale Mar. 16)

Billboard: Madonna’s Tour to start in Miami, visiting North America, Europe, Asia and Australia

Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart, an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn’t visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour producer Live Nation is expected today.

The Rebel Heart world tour launches Aug. 29 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, which will begin a run through North American arenas of about 25-30 shows through October, with additional dates likely to be added as certain shows sell out. The artist will then head to the U.K. and Europe for a run of 20-25 shows beginning in November running through the third week in December.

In early 2016, Madonna will take Rebel Heart to Asia and Australia, with those dates expected to be announced by the end of March. The entire tour is produced by Live Nation’s Global Touring division, led by chairman Arthur Fogel. Rebel Heart will be Fogel’s fifth tour with Madonna, a relationship that has produced more than $1 billion in Boxscore grosses, with 7.8 million tickets sold to 289 shows. That’s a remarkable per-show average of $3.8 million gross and 27,227 attendance, enough to make her the top female touring artist in the world.

Fogel, who will also be steering the U2 Innocence + Experience tour (which begins May 14 in Vancouver, B.C.) and Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett Cheek To Cheek tour (which runs through July) this year, is predictably bullish on the Madonna tour’s prospects, particularly with the reception to the artist’s new music. “Everything I’ve seen has all been incredibly positive,” Fogel tells Billboard. “Not only is she a major star with her live work, there has been a great reaction to this new music.”

Similar to Madonna’s last tour, MDNA, ($305 million gross, 2.2 million attendance, 88 shows, according to Boxscore), the new record will be bundled with the tickets, which will go on sale beginning March 9. The model will expose the record to more fans, as ticket sales for Madonna –and most superstars — tend to outpace album sales in today’s market. “Really, the key is to get the new music to as many people as possible,” Fogel says, “and [bundling] is a pretty obvious way to do that.”

The highly publicized December leak of unfinished demos for Madonna’s new music forced scrambling among her management (Guy Oseary at Maverick) and label (Interscope/Maverick), which quickly finished six tracks to offer as instant grat on iTunes pre-orders for the March 10 release. However, the leak — and resulting previews — did bring much attention to Madonna’s new music, which can only be viewed as a positive in setting up a world tour. “It’s kind of strange how it all came about, but it certainly hasn’t been a negative in terms of getting people engaged with the new music,” Fogel says. “Anything that helps put it out there is good, even if it happens in a weird way.”

Stellar performances on the Grammy Awards and Brit Awards provided juice to the setup, though Madonna’s frightening tumble at the latter likely produced near heart attacks for her handlers — she was not injured. Fogel is particularly excited about the Pacific Rim leg of Rebel Heart. “She has never played in Southeast Asia, and she hasn’t been in Australia or New Zealand in probably 25 years,” he points out. “It’s kind of bizarre when you think about it, that a superstar like that hasn’t been to a pretty regular touring area for 25 years.”

When Fogel began working with Madonna in 2001, though she was already an international star, she was not known as a particularly active touring artist. “She was probably the most under-played superstar ever,” he says. “Since then, we’ve covered a lot of territory, but Asia and Australia are really the last major territories we’ll get to over the course of the last 15 years of touring.”

No sponsor has been inked for the tour, though Citi will offer a pre-sale for many territories. Ticket scaling is the same as Madonna’s last few tours, with the top price in $300-$350 range all the way down to $35. A support act has not been confirmed, though a DJ will likely open the shows.

Madonna’s last tour in 2012 was a massive success, grossing $305 million and moving 2.2 million tickets to 88 shows, according to Boxscore. Previous Madonna tours with Fogel include Sticky & Sweet in 2008-2009 ($408 million gross, 3.5 million tickets sold, biggest tour ever for a female artist); Confessions in 2006 ($194 million gross, 1.2 million tickets sold to 60 shows), Re-Invention in 2004 ($125 million gross, 900,748 attendance).

This will also be the third — and, presumably, final — tour by Madonna under a 10-year multirights deal she inked with Live Nation in 2007, valued at a reported $120 million. The future of that partnership is unclear, given that Oseary’s Maverick Management (which also includes U2, which struck a similar deal with Live Nation) is now part of Artist Nation, Live Nation’s artist management division. Initially, the Live Nation/Madonna deal included recorded content (along with touring, merch, fan club/Website, DVDs, some sponsorships, and certain other music-related projects), but those recording rights were sold to Interscope in 2011 for a reported $40 million in a three-album deal, of which Rebel Heart is the second.


Pictures: Madonna in Milan today

Madonna arriving for the taping of the Italian talk show Che Tempo Che Fa in Milan (March 01 2015)