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Madonna News - October 2016

Cyndi Lauper on Madonna: “She was a Hero!”

“I thought of them with pretty great regard,” she said. (referring to Madonna, Prince and Boy George)

“[Prince’s] music has always been a part of my musical landscape, as was Madonna.”

She added: “I got to say, I fool around and say she was my evil cousin but when she did Like A prayer, my Catholic schoolgirl heart was… I loved her! She was a hero, right? She got everyone upset. That was so good. Right?”

Daily Mail

Rebel Heart Tour to Premiere on Showtime on December 9th!

Madonna’s anticipated concert film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour has landed at Showtime for a December 9 premiere.

Co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, the documentary film shot around the world, features a collection of live and behind these scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March of this year.


Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months. Madonna performed 82 shows, plus a special fan club show in Melbourne. The tour grossed $169.8 Million with 1,045,479 in attendance, making her the top grossing touring female artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore with over $1.31 billion in ticket sales sold over the course of her career.

The set list for the film spans all decades of the iconic superstar’s career, including songs from Rebel Heart (the No. 1 dance hits “Living for Love” and “Bitch I’m Madonna”) to classic fan favorites like “Material Girl” and “Holiday” and a “Dress You Up” medley that included “Get Into The Groove,” “Everybody” and “Lucky Star.” At each tour date during the song “Unapologetic Bitch,” Madonna would bring someone up from the crowd to dance with her during the song. Those guest dancers included Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Ariana Grande, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Diplo, Gwendoline Christie, Graham Norton and Anderson Cooper.

“When it comes to putting on a show, there is only one Madonna – an iconic performer that we’re thrilled to have on our air,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “With her unique creative vision and unmatched stage presence, our viewers will see an arena show packed with visual theatrics, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, featuring new hits and beloved classic songs.”

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes.

Madonna will be honored later this year as Billboard magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will premiere December 9 at 9 PM on Showtime, on-air, on demand and over the internet.


Madonna nominated for Songwriters Hall

The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Thursday, a day ahead of its official announcement. The nominees that could be inducted next year are George Michael, Madonna, Jay-Z, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang and more.

Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and two performing songwriters until Dec. 16. Five songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 15, 2017.

Other performing nominees include Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, Chicago, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Lynne and David Gates. Non-performing nominees are Kenny Nolan, Randy Goodrum, Tony Macaulay, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Allee Willis, Maury Yeston, Paul Overstreet and the songwriting duos Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and Steve Barri and the late P.F. Sloan, who died last year.

Songhall / AP