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On the Top 50 Selling singles countdown: 'Girl Gone Wild' re-enters at #35 and 'Give Me All Your Luvin' re-enters at #47.
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The general admission tickets to this event are now sold out - but 'madonnalicious' is offering our readers the chance to win entry to the VIP 'madonnalicious' room!
The prize is a VIP Guest List and a table for two in the VIP 'madonnalicious' room with a bottle of champagne! Just answer the five questions below:
1 - Name Madonna's dance teacher?
2 - What year was her West End debut?
3 - Madonna's first single was ..., and in what venue was the first performance?
4 - Who did Madonna present an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award to in 1989?
5 - Who directed Madonna's 'Hung Up' video, and what other Madonna video did he direct?
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org (along with your name and contact number). The competition will end at 18:00 GMT on Sunday 15 July. No entries will be accepted after this time. Terms and conditions are available here.
The winner will be announced on madonnalicious.com on Monday 16 July 2012.
Tickets will also be available to the VIP 'madonnalicious' room through ticketweb. Cocktail waiter service and table reservations available (minimum spend required), for enquiries contact Tam at email@example.com
MDNA TOUR AFTER PARTY VIP TICKETS £90 (no booking fee)
ONLY 20 WILL GO ON SALE Monday 02 July 2012 9:00am from ticketweb
Prior to opening the doors MDNA tour staff will start randomly selecting fans from the general admission lines to get a chance to receive a Golden Triangle wristband. These lines include Early Entry (where applicable), Golden Circle and general admission. We ask of you to remain calm and orderly.
If you win, you along with ONE FRIEND will receive a wristband. There are a limited amount of wristbands for the triangle.
For the safety of all, we will ask you to sit in the line while we do the random selection with our Ipad. We appreciate your support with this. We will have the assistance of security to help organize prior to the start of the selection. If the line becomes unruly, we will have to stop the procedure.
Thanks to Darrie
From CNW Press Release
The book is available to pre-order now at www.sunset-entertainment.net/shop
Daytime TV host Wendy Williams got herself all worked up over Madonna's flashing of her bare breast two weeks ago during a concert in Istanbul, asking, 'Okay old lady how desperate can we get?' The women on 'The View' also weren't having it, and neither were Star Jones and ad man Donny Deutsch on the 'Today' show. But I think they're all missing the point, and definitely not getting the context.
Yes, Madonna is striking out at the ageist critics who say woman of her age should act a certain way. In that sense she's doing what she's always done, pushing buttons about how women are supposed to behave. Now it's simply about how 50-something-year-old women are to behave. And yes, she has great breasts, on a par with those of many 30-year-olds, so why shouldn't she flaunt them?
But more significant is context, lost on the critics entirely. Madonna didn't show her nipple in New York or Los Angeles or Miami. She did it in Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country where many women do not show much of their bodies in public, and where women's rights are under attack by a conservative government, sending many marching into the streets in recent weeks.
Back in the 1980s, when Madonna burst on the scene, the U.S. was in a scary place on the issue of homosexuality. For a generation of gay men, Madonna was our antidote. As our friends died around us during the callous Reagan era, as conservatives like William F. Buckley Jr. called for putting tattoos on people with AIDS, as Senator Jesse Helms was writing laws against us, Madonna was pushing back culturally.
She struck at the Catholic church. She flaunted sexuality. She crashed through stereotypes about gender. She did in those very oppressive years what Lady Gaga does for gays more overtly in this much more gay-accepting time.
So, by assertively flashing her nipple in Istanbul, Madonna was, in the cultural realm, doing something similar for the women of Turkey, perhaps helping to liberate them just a little bit. And what would she follow that up with? A few days later, last week in Rome, she flashed her butt to the crowd. I happened to be in Rome, and I got a chuckle when some in the Italian media actually took note that Madonna's ass was facing the Vatican. Was she mooning the Pope?
Last night I appeared with PR guru Howard Bragman on Joy Behar's new show on Current TV, and Howard made the point that Wendy Williams scored simply by having her name in the same headline with Madonna's.That may be true. But Madonna always scores bigger in these battles, and with her, so do we all.
From Digital Spy
You can vote up to five artists or just Madonna. And you are allowed to vote once a day. To vote visit www.muchla.com/super-ranking/internacional
Thanks to Miguel
El Mundo: www.elmundo.es/elmundo
El Pais: cultura.elpais.com/cultura
La Vanguardia: www.lavanguardia.com/cultura
El Periodico de Cayalunya: www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias
Periódico Qué: www.que.es/madrid
La Razón: www.larazon.es/noticia
Thanks to Juanpe
Two years ago players were guaranteed that no pre-season concerts would be taking place at the stadium following the impact a series of AC/DC shows had on the turf, but that deal no longer exists, leaving the Stadium able to host one of the world's biggest pop acts.
AFL Players' Association executive Ian Prendergast said that 'if they were looking at scheduling a concert early next year, that's something we would be interested in being involved in.'
Madonna will visit Australia for the first time in 20 years, and industry sources said she was too big for the city's indoor venues and, while the MCG is an option, the Docklands stadium is the likely fit.
Etihad management is confident any Madonna concert, or concerts, would be held in January, giving it enough time to do any necessary repairs to the turf.
'Of course we would be very interested in hosting Madonna concerts if she chooses to perform in Melbourne,' Etihad Stadium spokesman Bill Lane said.
'We don't think the performances will have any impact on the upcoming AFL season, bearing in mind a deal hasn't been struck yet so we are talking hypotheticals. We don't want to be pre-emptive because we don't know where it's going.'
This is the first show on the tour which takes place in a 'smaller' indoor arena. We can't wait to hear what fans think of the show in a different setting!
You can vote for Madonna in these categories:
First Half MVP
Favorite #1 Album
Memorable Feud - Madonna vs Lady Gaga
Best Festival Performance - Avicii ft Madonna at Ultra
Best Televised Performance - Superbowl
madonnalicious also suggests adding 'Girl Gone Wild' for Best Video, 'MDNA Tour' for Best Tour, and that the MDNA Tour is the 'Most Anticipated Music Event of 2012's Second Half.' To vote visit: www.billboard.com/features/poll-billboard
Thanks to Alex and David
Here are a set from the soundcheck that took place at the Milan show last Thursday. Madonna even introduced her dancers to the fans already in the stadium.
Due to overwhelming demand the organisers of the Madonna Celebrates MDNA Tour After Party have released a FINAL 20 tickets today - if you thought about going and haven't booked yet then now is your last chance!
LAST RELEASE OF 20 TICKETS ONLY!
£8 from Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.co.uk/Mdna-Tour-After-Party-tickets