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Madonna News - August 2016

Madonna Launches Fundraising Campaign with Omaze

August 16, 2016, Los Angeles – Madonna’s birthday wish this year is to further help the children of Malawi, and today the international, award-winning musician and philanthropist has teamed up with Omaze, an online giving platform, to launch a global campaign to support her charity, Raising Malawi and its project to build Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. The 5-week campaign kicks off on August 16, 2016 – Madonna’s birthday – and will help create a “Rebel Heart” playroom in the pediatric facility. The campaign concludes on September 15, 2016, at which time a grand prize winner will be randomly selected to join Madonna at Art Basel in Miami.

“Being a Rebel Heart means fighting for what you believe in, with love,” said Madonna. “For my birthday, I’m asking all of my Rebel Hearts to join me in bringing health and happiness to the children of Malawi.”

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Madonna’s Instagram: Birthday in Cuba

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Madonna in Cuba

Thank you to.all my fans and everyone who is in my gang for all your birthday Wishes!!!! You know how to make a girl feel special!!

Madonna in Cuba

Madonna via Instagram

Preview: Madonna in Love Magazine

It’s here. The secret project between LOVE and Mert Alas titled LOVE 16.5. The special edition collectors issue ‘LOVE by Mert Alas’ supported by Marc Jacobs launches on 19th September during London Fashion Week.

Without any hair, make up or styling, cover star Madonna, shot by Mert Alas, is seen sucking her thumb in bed, wearing a hooded sweatshirt by Palace. ‘Madonna 2:00AM by Mert Alas’ is a 10-page reportage that the photographer shot of Madonnna in the early hours at his Hampstead home.

Our Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand says: “In early 2016, the media was obsessing over the discord in Madonna’s relationship with her son Rocco. I was struck by how mean the press were about a woman simply going to work and wanting her son to be a part of it. I spoke to Mert about the possibility of doing a shoot with her, as he, Madonna and Rocco are all friends. I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, to be honest, but Mert said, ‘Let me ask M and Rocco.’ Much to my surprise, the morning after Madonna’s reconciliation with Rocco, nine stunning images of Madonna arrived via WhatsApp. They had been taken at 2am at Mert’s house in Hampstead where he and Madonna often hang out and have casual dinners.”

Madonna tells Murray Healy in the accompanying interview with LOVE 16.5 how “acceptance by the establishment equals death” and says: “I don’t consider myself a pop act, I consider myself an artist. And it’s an artist’s responsibility to be revolutionary in our work. It’s our responsibility, our duty and our privilege.”

On the burden of fame, she says: “I was already famous before social media, so for me fame isn’t the burden. Fame is the manifestation or the by-product of my work, and that was two decades before social media. Now to me the burden is people are more focused on fame than actually doing the work or being an artist. Now it’s easy to become famous. What isn’t easy is to develop and grow as an artist without being distracted or consumed with fame.”

Madonna also tells LOVE 16.5: “I like Instagram because it’s like keeping a diary and every day I get to share different aspects of my personality, my life, and what inspires me, what infuriates me, or what causes I want to fight for. It allows me to be mysterious, ironic, provocative or proud. I get to use it as a platform to bring attention to people or issues that I think are important. It allows me to be the curator of my life.”

Editor in Chief KATIE GRAND
Creative Director MATT ROACH
Editorial Director MURRAY HEALY
Production Editor MATT FIVEASH
Fashion Director STEVE MORRISS
Art Director MARTIN TICKNER
Senior Designer ROBBIE MAILER-HOWAT
Production Controller MARIE RHYS-EVANS
Commercial Senior Production Controller LOUISE LAWSON
Publisher CATHERINE RUSSELL
Managing Director NICHOLAS COLERIDGE
Special thanks to MARC JACOBS

Madonna on the cover of Love magazine

We have worked on an extra special issue of Love, 16.5 featuring Madonna, Rocco and a cast of boys seen within a 70 page portfolio ‘Angels of Concrete’ all photographed by Mert Alas. This very special edition, supported by Marc Jacobs will be on sale during London Fashion Week. thelovemagazine via Instagram

Madonna on the cover of Love Magazine