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November 2013

Madonna Visits J/P Haitian Relief Organization In Haiti

J/P Haitian Relief Organization, along with founder and CEO, Sean Penn, welcomed Madonna and her son, Rocco, to the J/P HRO-managed Petionville Camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti earlier this week where she witnessed firsthand J/P HRO's progress in the Haiti reconstruction effort. During their visit, Madonna toured the J/P HRO camp, where there are now less than 2,000 residents in the once tent-city of 60,000 internally displaced citizens, and met with senior program managers, visited its medical facilities, community center and engineering projects and spent time at a J/P affiliated school to connect with students. She also took a tour of the site of the national palace, which J/P HRO cleared last year, and then visited the slums of Cite Soleil.

Through Instagram, Madonna engaged fans in her experience in Haiti, posting photos of the country's inspiring children and various locales such as the beach of Ile-a-Vache, an island off the southwestern peninsula of Haiti. She encouraged fans to support J/P HRO programs which provide health care, education, construction and the safe return to permanent housing for displaced earthquake survivors residing in the Petionville Camp. This week, Penn launched his own Instagram to raise awareness of J/P's continuing efforts in Haiti:

'The progress that has been made in Haiti is extraordinary, but it's clear there is so much more to be done,' said Madonna. 'I'm very inspired by J/P HRO's dedication and long-term commitment to the families and children of Haiti. What Sean and his organization have done is truly remarkable. They are paving the way to a brighter future for thousands of people. It's vital that the world stays on course with the reconstruction of Haiti.'

'I was very proud to introduce Madonna and her son to the work we are doing in Haiti,' said Sean Penn. 'It is my hope that more people will visit Haiti and see for themselves the beauty, spirit and potential of this great country.'

Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation is expected to join forces with J/P HRO on their continuing support for the citizens of Haiti. Details will be announced at a later date.

To read highlights of J/P HRO's key achievements click here.


Sean Penn: Madonna in Haiti to see his aid work

Sean Penn has said that ex-wife Madonna is in Haiti to visit projects that the actor's aid organisation runs.

Madonna is in Haiti to visit humanitarian projects that ex-husband Sean Penn has been overseeing since the Caribbean nation's devastating earthquake in 2010, the actor said Monday.

Penn said in a brief phone call to The Associated Press that he had invited Madonna, with whom he has 'maintained a great friendship over the years,' to visit several times and that she had come with her son Rocco. He said they arrived a 'couple of days' ago, and he wasn't sure when she would leave.

'She's here, she's seeing, she's made the effort to come here, and I'm thrilled by that," Penn said, adding that he hoped Haiti might inspire her to seek out a cause in the country. 'She has a unique platform, and wherever she chooses to bring that to, it's very well.'

Sean said that he had invited Madonna to visit several times over the years and she had now come with her son Rocco.

The singer has been busy posting photos on Instagram.

One shows her posing with others for a photo at the new hospital built by public health pioneer Dr Paul Farmer with the caption: 'Revolution of Love in Haiti.' Another picture shows a view of the mountains at dusk.

Sean is an ambassador-at-large for Haiti. He has been running the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation since Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News

Liz Smith on Madonna's Harpers Bazaar article

Columnist Liz Smith shares her opinions on Madonna's Harpers Bazaar article:

'Most people thought I was strange. I didn't have many friends. I might not have had any friends. But it all turned out good in the end, because when you aren't popular, and you don't have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future. And for me, that was going to New York to become a real artist ... to revel and shimmy and shake and be surrounded by daring people.'
So says Madonna in the current issue of Harper's Bazaar. (I bet some of you thought it was Lady Gaga!)
I've had the magazine sitting on my desk for more than a week, with a gorgeous-looking Madonna on the cover, staring me down. ('You will pick up this magazine,' her eyes seemed to command.)

To read the rest of the article visit

Madonna Accompanies Lourdes On College Visit

Pop superstar Madonna caused commotion at the University of Michigan on Wednesday when she accompanied her daughter Lourdes to the campus to check out the school's facilities.

The Material Girl hitmaker tried to keep a low profile as the 17 year old was given a tour of the singer's alma mater by a musical theatre student, but word of the Queen of Pop's presence in Ann Arbor quickly spread.

Student Lindsey Meekhof tells, 'There was a lot of excitement. (Madonna's) daughter was learning about our musical theatre programme. Someone announced to my choir class Madonna was in the building, and choir wasn't productive anymore after that. People that weren't music school students were all over the area. Madonna tried to keep the attention on her daughter but....people were everywhere.'

Madonna only studied at the University of Michigan for a brief period before quitting to pursue her pop dreams in New York, but she has made no secret of her desire for Lourdes to attend her old college. Last year, she said, 'I want my daughter to go to school there. I keep telling her, Ann Arbor is an awesome place.'

Lourdes, Madonna's daughter with her former personal trainer Carlos Leon, has already proved her acting and singing credentials after taking on the role of Betty Rizzo in a production of Grease at LaGuardia High School in New York. Stockard Channing portrayed the character in the 1978 film


Madonna tops Forbes 25 highest-paid musicians list

Madonna has beaten Lady Gaga to top a list of the world's 25 highest-paid musicians. The singer made $125 million (£77m) from June 2012 to June this year, according to Forbes. She made her money through her MDNA world tour, merchandise sales, a clothing line and a brand of perfume.

Lady Gaga earned $80 million (£49m) in the same period with Bon Jovi, Toby Keith and Coldplay in third, fourth and fifth spots. Gaga, 27, made most of her money though her Born This Way Ball tour before she injured her hip and cancelled the remaining dates.

Hip-hop artist Sean 'Diddy' Combs is 11th on the list because of his vodka business while rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z is in 18th spot. DJs Calvin Harris and Tiesto are in 13th and 25th. Hip-hop artist Dr Dre topped Forbes' highest-paid musicians list last year but is down to 20th place this time.

The top 25 is put together by using data from Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, managers, lawyers and artists. Concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures are also taken into account. Estimates reflect pre-tax income before fees for agents, managers and lawyers are deducted and ranges from 1 June 2012 to 1 June 2013. Only living artists are eligible for the list.

Madonna - $125m (£77m)
Lady Gaga - $80m (£49.6m)
Bon Jovi - $79m (£49m)
Toby Keith - $65m (£40.3m)
Coldplay - $64m (£39.7m)
Justin Bieber - $58m (£36m)
Taylor Swift - $55m (£34.1m)
Elton John - $54m (£33.5m)
Beyonce - $53m (£32.9m)
Kenny Chesney - $53m (£32.9m)

From BBC Newsbeat

Madonna Hangs Out With Chance The Rapper

These last twelve months have been monumental for Chance The Rapper. After releasing his breakout project, Acid Rap, Chano has been arguably the hottest up and coming artist out. He’s done everything from magazine covers, touring with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to now hanging out with Madonna.

Last night, Chance’s 'Social Experiment Tour' made a stop in Los Angeles where Madonna decided to check out the young Chicagoan’s show. Chance took to his Instagram account today with a picture of he and Madonna and the caption:

'Madonna showed up after my show in LA last night. What an eccentric and unique girl'.

Fan or not, Chano is getting some crazy good looks.


Madonna Wins 'Vogue' Sampling Lawsuit

A lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert 'Shep' Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit 'Vogue,' has been resolved with a ruling favor of the defendants.

The original lawsuit was filed in July by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a 1976 composition called 'Love Break.' The plaintiff alleged that it was only through new technology that the "deliberately hidden" sampling had been detected.

But a U.S. District Court judge in California has ruled on summary judgment that sampling of the Horn hit was 'trivial,' in that in could not be recognized.

'Having listened to the sound recordings of Chicago Bus Stop, Love Break, and Vogue, the Court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation,' the ruling reads. 'The Court finds that any sampling of the Horn Hit was de minimis or trivial.'

The ruling had the potential of addressing a standard set in a 2006 case involving a N.W.A. rap song that sampled a Funkadelic riff. In that Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films case, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals wouldn't tolerate the sampling and looping of a two-second guitar chord. An appeals court wrote at the time, 'Get a license or do not sample. We do not see this as stifling creativity in any significant way.'

In the present case, U.S. District Judge Beverly O'Connell somewhat sidestepped the issue of whether a very brief sample could ever amount to copyright infringement, declining to adopt any bright-line rule from a different circuit. The judge added that it wasn't appropriate to apply that case because there wasn't clarity whether there was copying or independent creation or, indeed any sampling at all.

Says attorney Richard Busch, who represented the defendants: 'We are thrilled with the decision, and believe it is absolutely the right result.'

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Madonna calls for release of Greenpeace activists

Pop legend Madonna has joined a chorus of international stars in urging the release of 30 Greenpeace crewmembers jailed after a protest against energy prospecting in the Arctic.

'These 30 people are in prison in Russia for staging a peaceful protest in the Arctic! Let your voice be heard. Let's bring these people home!' Madonna wrote in a message posted by Greenpeace on Twitter late Friday.

She spoke out after former Beatle Paul McCartney on Thursday published a letter to President Vladimir Putin saying he hoped the activists could be home for Christmas.

The following day, Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard climbed into a cage outside the Louvre in Paris to call for the activists' release, calling their detention 'absolutely absurd and crazy.'

The activists from Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise icebreaker are awaiting trial in prisons in Saint Petersburg, where they were moved from the far northern city of Murmansk.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already voiced concern over their case while British Prime Minister David Cameron last week urged Putin to treat the so called 'Arctic 30' fairly.

Russia's Investigative Committee said last month it was softening the charges against the crewmembers, who come from 19 different countries, from piracy to hooliganism, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years. But Greenpeace says the piracy charge was never formally lifted.

Madonna has previously used Russian concert performances to speak out on politics. At a concert in Moscow last year she called for the release of Pussy Riot bandmembers who are now serving a two-year jail term for a protest against Putin. She also gave fans pink ribbons at a concert in Saint Petersburg to express her opposition to controversial legislation banning 'propaganda' of homosexuality to minors.

From Agence France-Presse

Art For Freedom Special Designs Available on Studio App

The Studio app, which is a brand new design tool that allows you to create and share your own designs to your favorite social networks, has teamed up with Madonna to offer an exclusive #ArtForFreedom design pack you can now share with your friends and the rest of the world! This design pack contains over 50 designs people can put on top of their photos. They include quotes, icons, and sayings that Madonna believes in.

Download the app for free from iTunes now and start spreading the word!

If you already have the Studio app, you can download the 'Art For Freedom' pack here: studiolink://pack/9JYnIoHEyw

Live Nation Nears a Deal for Managers of Music Acts

Live Nation Entertainment, the giant concert company that includes Ticketmaster, is in advanced negotiations to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to several people with direct knowledge of the talks.

If the deal is consummated, it will further strengthen Live Nation’s already deep ties with U2 and Madonna, two of the highest-earning and most durable pop acts of the last 30 years.

As part of the deal, Live Nation would pay more than $30 million for both Principle Management, the company of U2’s longtime manager, Paul McGuinness, as well as Maverick, run by Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, according to these people, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly.

In what would be one of the most surprising shifts in years among the forces behind pop megastars, Mr. Oseary, 41, would take over the day-to-day management of U2. Mr. McGuinness, 62, who has managed U2 almost since its inception - and in doing so became one of the most highly esteemed executives in the music business - would become Principle’s chairman, with a role that was not fully clear.

A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and Mr. Oseary could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, Mr. McGuinness said: 'It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock ’n’ roll code of conduct. As I approach the musically relevant age of 64 I have resolved to take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career.'

'I am delighted that Live Nation, who with Arthur Fogel have been our long term touring partners, have joined us in creating this powerful new force in artist management. I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation, and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business.'

According to Pollstar, a concert industry trade magazine, the top 10 highest-grossing tours include four by U2 and one by Madonna. U2’s last tour, called 360, had more than $700 million in ticket sales and was seen by nearly seven million people around the world.

Live Nation, which besides its concert promotion and ticketing business manages the careers of some 200 acts through its Artist Nation division, has had close ties with both U2 and Madonna for years. In 2007, it struck a $120 million deal with Madonna that covered touring and recorded music rights for a decade, and it later sold the recording rights to Universal. In 2008, it made a deal with U2 to handle the band’s touring and merchandising exclusively for 12 years.

From New York Times

Join Madonna today for #ArtForFreedom curation

Don’t forget to join Madonna for a special #ArtForFreedom live curation, which is now set to take place on her official Tumblr at 4:30pm EST this Wednesday 13 November.

You can still submit your art work by visiting

You can also ask Madonna Art For Freedom related questions, some of which she will answer that same day. To do so, go to


Madonna Speaks Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

Madonna, Jonah Hill and Kristen Bell are the latest celebs speaking out against Russia's anti-gay laws ahead of the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

All three of the stars recently took to their social media accounts to share pictures of themselves wearing the Human Rights Campaign's $28 T-shirts that feature the phrase 'Love Conquers Hate' in Russian.

'Love conquers Hate!' Madonna captioned her shot on Instagram. '@HumanRightsCampaign. Russia and the Olympics need to get there act together for the Sochi 2014...... Discrimination will not be tolerated!'

In Hill's Twitter pic, he flashes a giant smile while sporting the "Love Conquers Hate" campaign shirt. 'Help us show Russia & the world that #LoveConquersHate,' he wrote. 'Visit and @HRC to see how you can help.'

Meanwhile, Bell, an outspoken celeb supporter of LGBT rights, shared a close-up pic of herself wearing the tee, writing, 'For real: Tell Russia & the @Olympics that #LoveConquersHate. Join @HRC and share your pic. #Sochi14.'

HRC's campaign has recently been getting lots of star power help in urging the International Olympic Committee to condemn Russia's anti-gay laws. Other stars who've reportedly donned the 'Love Conquers Hate' shirt include Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon, Wentworth Miller, Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, Tim Gunn, Andy Cohen, Andrew Rannells, Ricky Martin and Jason Collins.

From E! Online

Gaga was 'floored' by Madonna performance

Lady Gaga has revealed that she was moved by Madonna covering her song Born This Way on her MDNA world tour.

Madonna performed a mash-up of Gaga's Born This Way and her own hit Express Yourself on her tour and Gaga told Attitude magazine that it meant so much to her.

'I have to be really honest, I was completely kind of floored that Madonna was singing my song on her stage every night. I'm certainly not thinking about anybody but me and my fans when I'm on stage. The fact that I was on her mind at all. I mean, Madonna's...she's Madonna.'

She continued, 'I looked up to her for a long time. I'm not quite sure what her intention was, to do that in the show, but I don't really care. I think playing into the gossip of the tabloids and, I guess the fodder of the competition, that's just not what I'm about.'

Gaga was criticised by many when she released the hit single in 2011 with people claiming it was too similar to Madonna's Express Yourself.

The Applause hitmaker added: She chooses to use her voice the way she chooses to use hers and I choose to use mine the way I use mine. All it meant to me was that Madonna Ciccone was singing my song on her stage and I'm 27! And as a punk-rocker from New York, I've basically been hoping that I would become so good that one day I would piss off Madonna.'

From RTE News

Madonna And Tumblr To Hold #ArtForFreedom Curation

Madonna’s Art For Freedom initiative has joined with Tumblr for the month of November to collectively curate a new collection of entries from their community of visual artists. On November 12, Madonna will conduct a live curation on Tumblr of entries and will continue to review submissions all month. The best work of art, photography, video or poetry chosen by Madonna from the November entries will receive a $10,000 grant, which will go to a nonprofit organization or project of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on a social justice issue and exemplify the values of Art For Freedom.

To submit art work, artists can go to: and click the 'submit your art for freedom' button. The final winner will be announced in early December.

First Winner Named in Madonna’s ‘Art for Freedom’ Project

Madonna announced on Sunday the first winner in the Art for Freedom online competition that she and Vice, the Canadian culture magazine, have established to encourage visual and video artists, photographers and poets to create works that focus on social justice. Madonna has also expanded her partnerships in the project to include the social website Tumblr.

The winner, Lesmack Meza Parente, from Mazatlan, Mexico, produced 'El Gran Dictador,' a video mashup using the emotional closing speech from Charlie Chaplin’s film 'The Great Dictator' (1940) and contemporary images that provide a modern interpretation of Chaplin’s humanistic plea. Madonna will give a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization to be selected by the winning artist, and there will be one prize each month for a year. (Mr. Parente’s choice of organization has not yet been announced.)

Madonna began the project in September, when Vice presented the premiere of 'Secretprojectrevolution,' a stark, black-and-white film about intolerance, violence and apathy that she made with the photographer Steven Klein, as well as a 40-minute interview about the film. (Both are on YouTube.) At the time, she invited viewers to submit works through her 'Art for Freedom' website, although she is now moving the submissions for the project to Tumblr.

Madonna plans to present some of the entries on Tumblr on Nov. 12, with her own live commentary. The next winner is to be announced in early December.

From The New York Times / Arts Beat

Madonna's conical bra and corset adorn 2014 Barbican season

The corset and conical bra Madonna wore for her 1990 world tour will go on display at London's Barbican Centre next year as part of an eclectic 2014 season.

The lingerie will be in an exhibition of designs by Jean-Paul Gaultier, who created them for Madonna's 'Blond Ambition' tour as well as stagewear for Kylie Minogue and costumes for the films of Pedro Almodovar and Luc Besson's 'The Fifth Element'.

The Barbican lineup will also include a look at the impact of digital technology on the arts and culture, a play based on a book by Colm Toibin and the venue's more traditional fare of symphony concerts, recitals and film.

Visitors to the famous brutalist-architecture arts-cum-housing complex in northeast London for the first time topped one million for the 2012-2013 season, Barbican managing director Nicholas Kenyon said at a news conference on Tuesday.

He acknowledged it would be hard to beat that, but the varied offerings next year look like a serious bid to do so.

The Gaultier exhibition, which opens in April, will be supplemented by the designer's personal selection of films he says have influenced him, ranging from Peter Greenaway's 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover' to Elia Kazan's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News