Rebel Heart Tour: San Diego Show Announced

Madonna has announced a new date on her Rebel Heart Tour! She will visit San Diego on October 29 at Valley View Casino Center, and Icon is hosting a pre-sale open to registered Icon members.

ICON PRE-SALE FOR OCT. 29 SAN DIEGO
START: WED. MAY 27 @ 10am PT
END: THU. MAY 28 @ 5pm PT

The Icon pre-sale for San Diego is open to all registered Week #8 Icon Live Pass holders.

Lifetime Legacy member priority access will begin at 10am PT. On the morning of the pre-sale, login to madonna.com and go to the Tour page. You will see your unique passcode displayed at the top of the page.

From Madonna.com


'Vogue' Producer Shep Pettibone's First Interview in 20 Years

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Madonna’s 'Vogue' reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, we reached out to the song’s co-producer and co-writer, dance legend Shep Pettibone, for - amazingly - his first interview in 20 years.

We talked to Pettibone, of course, about the genesis and making of 'Vogue,' but also his later work with the diva on The Immaculate Collection and Erotica, the sampling lawsuit against him and Madonna over 'Vogue,' and why he stepped away from the music business nearly 20 years ago.

To read the full interview visit www.billboard.com/vogue-producer-shep-pettibone-interview


First Five Dates of Rebel Heart Tour Rescheduled

The opening night of Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour, one of 2015's most highly anticipated shows, has been moved to Wednesday, September 9th in Montreal's Bell Centre. Dates originally scheduled for Miami, Atlanta and San Juan, PR have been moved to January 2016. As confirmed by Live Nation, Madonna's global tour promoter, tickets for previously announced Rebel Heart dates in each of these cities will be honored for newly scheduled dates.

'As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect. Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans. I can promise you this show will be worth the wait. Can't wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there.' commented Madonna.

Tickets for all previously scheduled performances will be honored at the new dates. Refunds if required will be available at point of purchase.

Miami - American Airlines Arena
Previously scheduled for Saturday August 29th will move to Saturday, January 23rd
Previously scheduled for Sunday, August 30th will move to Sunday, January 24th

Atlanta - Philips Arena
Previously scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd will move to Wednesday, January 20th

San Juan - PR - Coliseo de Puerto Rico
Previously scheduled for Saturday, September 5th will move to Wednesday, January 27th
Previously scheduled for Sunday, September 6th will be moved to Thursday, January 28th

From Madonna.com


Madonna's Instagram: 'Goin on a safari!'

Madonna posted a series of pictures on her Instagram page showing off her pink tips and shouting out a message to the haters:

'Goin on a safari! ‪#‎bitchimmadonna‬'

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'Right up to the roof top! ‪#‎bitchimmadonna‬ 💘‪#‎rebelheart'

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'Shut up jealous bitches! I hope you are as fun loving and adventurous as me when you're my age!!!! Hahahhahaha let's see 👻👍🔛🐔🐔🐔🏂 ‪#‎bitchimmadonna‬ ❤ ‪#‎rebelheart‬'

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Madonna moves into her Bridgehampton mansion

Madonna has finally moved into her new-construction Bridgehampton mansion on Mitchells Lane, which is beside the horse farm she bought from Kelly Klein.

The pop songstress will be ensconced there for the summer. The estate comes with a pool and spa.

'Madonna has already been out here on weekends, riding her horses on her 58 acres,' a spy says. But don’t expect to see her hanging out at Candy Kitchen or any of the fancier joints in town. 'She never goes out. She’s so happy in her house that she never leaves,' the spy said.

From New York Post


Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness Expands Into Licensing

Madonna is expanding her Hard Candy Fitness empire with a new merchandising deal.

The Material Girl hitmaker has eight boutique gym locations around the world and she is now partnering up with her manager Guy Oseary and bosses at New Evolution Ventures and Epic Rights to expand the brand into retail products, according to Billboard.com.

Head of Epic Rights' Celebrity & Lifestyle division Dan Levin says, 'We wanted to bring the brand to the public so if they never have a chance to join a Hard Candy Fitness club, you can still experience the Hard Candy Fitness workout wherever you are, and have the best-in-class tools. As Madonna is to music, pop culture and fashion, we believe Hard Candy Fitness will be the preeminent symbol for a fit, healthy and luxury-infused lifestyle.'

Epic Rights will reveal more details to potential partners at the 2015 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas June 9 to 11.

The singer is also looking to expand her fitness centres into Asia and the U.S. in 2016.

From contactmusic.com


25 Years Ago Today, Madonna Was in 'Vogue' atop Hot 100

One of Madonna's biggest hits - the 1990 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dance anthem 'Vogue' - had surprisingly humble beginnings. 'The whole thing was done on a shoestring budget,' says Shep Pettibone, the track's co-writer and producer.

Allotted just $5,000 by Warner Bros. Records to create what was initially slated as a B-side, he finished the song in three weeks, recording the then-31-year-old pop star's vocals in a 'basement on West 56th Street' in New York, where, he says, a closet had been converted into a vocal booth.

Released as an A-side, 'Vogue' topped the Hot 100 on May 19, 1990. Madonna and Pettibone also collaborated on the singer's 1992 No. 1 ballad, 'This Used to Be My Playground,' but Pettibone left the music business in the late '90s and now owns The Empress Hotel and Paradise Nightclub in Asbury Park, N.J.

From Billboard.com


Rita Ora and Madonna film music video together

Rita Ora and Madonna have filmed a secret music video together. The 24-year-old singer flew into New York Friday night to meet up with the 56-year-old superstar for the shoot, after the two had a 'real connection' when they met at various showbiz events.

A source told The Sun newspaper: 'It's an incredible coup for Rita to do a vid with Madonna and shows how big she is becoming in the States. They met at showbiz events but had a real connection so Madonna asked her to do it. Rita changed her schedule to be able to do it in an instant.'

The two stars bonded when Rita defended Madonna over the abuse she was receiving for grabbing Drake and kissing him onstage at Coachella Music Festival.

At the time, the 'How We Do' singer posted a picture of Madonna practically naked in a '90s photoshoot on Instagram, and wrote: 'Thank you for fighting all these ageist battles and paving a way, that maybe just one day, all of us 'Younger' artists won't have too in the future! @madonna #ifuckinlovethisbitch #thatshwhatlegendsdo (sic)'.

The 'Vogue' star then took to her Instagram page to thank Rita for her support.

Madonna wrote: 'Thanks Rita! Good to know you appreciate the beating I'm taking so all you ladies don't have to endure this kind of discrimination! #unapolgeticbitches unite! #rebelheart (sic)'.

From contactmusic.com