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Madonna News - March 2016

Madonna blows off steam in New York

Despite her bitter custody battle over teen son Rocco with her ex, Guy Ritchie, Madonna was “in a great mood” when she arrived at 11 p.m. at Omar’s in the West Village on Tuesday night with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.

Spies said she came in a “flowing white dress” and was “makeup-free.”

Madge and Tisci headed to a back room, where they met up with R&B singer Maxwell and “several male models.” One spy added, “She asked the chef to prepare special pasta for her with veggies, which was not on the menu.”

Maxwell DJ’d and got people dancing to his own tunes. Around 1:30 a.m., he put on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” The group stayed until 3 a.m.

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – Billboard Boxscores – Part 4

Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan
Feb. 13-14, 2016
37,706 / 37,706
2 / 2
$440, $79
Live Nation Global Touring

Studio City Event Center
Feb. 20-21, 2016
7,446 / 7,446
2 / 2
$2,748, $323
Live Nation Global Touring/in-house

Taipei Arena
Taipei, Taiwan
Feb. 4, 6, 2016
22,554 / 22,554
2 / 2
$900, $12
Live Nation Global Touring

National Stadium
Feb. 28, 2016
19,123 / 19,123
1 / 1
$914, $77
Live Nation Global Touring/East West Best

Allphones Arena Sydney, Australia
March 19-20, 2016
26,370 / 26,370
2 / 2
$370, $68
Live Nation Global Touring

Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Australia
March 12-13, 2016
23,768 / 23,768
2 / 2
$370, $70
Live Nation Global Touring

SM Mall of Asia Arena
Manila, Philippines
Feb. 24-25, 2016
15,710 / 15,710
2 / 2
$1,212, $66
Live Nation Global Touring

AsiaWorld-Arena Hong Kong
Feb. 17-18, 2016
21,808 / 21,808
2 / 2
$320, $88
Live Nation Global Touring

Impact Arena
Bangkok, Thailand
Feb. 9-10, 2016
19,930 / 19,930
2 / 2
$848, $56
Live Nation Global Touring

Vector Arena
Auckland, New Zealand
March 5-6, 2016
17,386 / 17,386
2 / 2
$334, $62
Live Nation Global Touring

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane, Australia
March 16-17, 2016
13,886 / 13,886
2 / 2
$373, $68
Live Nation Global Touring


Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned

Her recently completed Rebel Heart Tour earned $170 million & sold more than 1 million tickets.

With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, the pop superstar solidifies her status as the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history. Based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives that stretch back to 1990, her overall concert grosses reached $1.31 billion with the tour’s final show.

The Rebel Heart trek grossed $169.8 million from 1,045,479 tickets sold at 82 performances. The tour launched on Sept. 9, 2015, in Montreal, spanned over seven months and visited four continents. It hit 20 arenas in the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. A European run through 16 cities in 11 countries followed in November and December, and a second North American stint began in January. Seven Asian cities were on tap in February, and the tour’s final leg wrapped Down Under with a four-city sweep through Australia and New Zealand.

The Rebel Heart Tour’s top-grossing venue was the Saitama Super Arena in the Tokyo market with $9.6 million earned at sold out shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Top box office counts among the North American markets came at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with $5.2 million in sales on Sept. 16 and 17.

The diva first earned the top solo touring distinction in 2009 after the conclusion of her Sticky & Sweet tour. With the closing of that year-long run she became the highest-grossing solo artist and held that title until Bruce Springsteen surpassed her during his successful Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours from 2012 through 2014. With the Rebel Heart Tour, however, she takes back the title.

Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with just The Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her. Madonna is also one of only six artists — and the only woman — who have topped the $1 billion mark in overall concert grosses since 1990.

Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts*

The Rolling Stones — $1.84 billion
U2 — $1.67 billion
Madonna — $1.31 billion
Bruce Springsteen — $1.25 billion
Elton John — $1.05 billion
Bon Jovi — $1.03 billion
* through March 23, 2016

Madonna’s first tour reported to Billboard Boxscore was the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990. She first joined the billion-dollar club in 2012 with the wrap of her MDNA Tour that brought her overall ticket sales total to $1.14 billion.

Also, Madonna has been the highest-grossing female touring artist for the past 12 years. She staked that claim in 2004 with the wrap of her Re-Invention World Tour and has remained the top solo female concert headliner ever since.


Madonna’s Instagram: Kylie Minogue / Sydney

Can’t get you out of my head.. Come to Sydney and be my Unapologetic Bitch! ?pretty pleas #rebelheartour

Madonna invites Kylie

I don’t want you to thank me you can just spank me‼ Get ready Sydney #rebelheartour

Madonna invites Kylie

Madonna via Instagram

Videos: Madonna pays Tribute to Kylie

Madonna sang Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head in Brisbane

Madonna’s Instagram: Hard Candy

Saving the beat for last in Sydney! Hard Candy Fitness is addicted to sweat!! Get ready! #rebelheartour


Madonna via Instagram

Rebel Heart Tour will be filmed in Sydney

Documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years and saving the best for last, Madonna today announced that she will film her Sydney Australia concerts at the Sydney Olympic Park NSW on March 19th and 20th. These are the final shows of her seven-month Rebel Heart world tour where Madonna has performed 80+ shows in over 20 countries.

Throughout the tour Madonna has pulled several actors, comedians, fans, fellow musicians and even a news anchor to the stage for a special dance as her “Unapologetic Bitch.” This weekend in Sydney Madonna will choose a few fans as her “Unapologetic Bitches,” all which will be documented by the taping this weekend.

Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies, will direct the live video which will be part of a larger project to be released at a later date.


Molly Meldrum on meeting Madonna

Madonna and Molly Meldrum’s first meeting didn’t go exactly how it was portrayed on Channel 7’s hit TV miniseries.

In the TV show Madonna, played by Jacinta Stapleton, was shocked when Meldrum abruptly ended their first interview in New York — he took a phone call mid-chat to tell him his house in Melbourne was on fire.

The fire did happen — and in the same year that first Madonna interview took place, 1984 — but Meldrum was in London and no interview was curtailed.

“I’d gone over to New York to interview Van Halen,” Meldrum recalled. “I’d gone to a club called the Ritz where Eurythmics were playing, and Real Life, the Australian band, were opening for them. In-between bands they played videos and they put on both Madonna’s Burning Up and Holiday. I remember thinking ‘These are great, who the f*** is this? How have I missed these songs?’

Madonna with Molly Meldrum

“Someone told me she was on Warner, so because I was over there I said I had to interview Madonna. I interviewed Real Life that day, presented them with an award, and I was running late to get back to the Rockefeller Centre to interview Madonna. When I got there I had a bit of a clash with Peter Ikin from the record label because I was late, so I apologised and said ‘Who the f*** is Madonna anyway?’

“And then this head poked around the corner and said ‘I’m Madonna. And what the f*** is a Molly?” read more →