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July 2015

Amy Schumer Poses as Madonna Circa 'Truth or Dare'

The Amy Schumer-Madonna lovefest continues. First, the Queen of Pop tapped the Trainwreck writer/star to open her three New York-area shows this fall. Now, Schumer is posing like Madonna in a photo shoot for Empire film magazine.

One shot features two dapper dudes in tuxes leaning into an elegant, cleavage-baring Amy. It's a fairly direct homage to an iconic Steven Meisel pic taken during a photo shoot for her 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare (though Madonna bared significantly more cleavage).

The other pic is of Amy, finger in mouth, reacting to a man who's unzipped his pants in front of her - a pose Madge copped during a separate Meisel photoshoot related to Truth or Dare (and which appeared on the cover of The Advocate). That picture, incidentally, found Madonna in the same outfit she wore on the cover of her 'Vogue' single. Meisel also contributed to Madonna's Sex coffee-table book.

Check out the swoon-worthy pics, and check out Schumer opening for Madonna on Sept. 16, 17 and 19.

From Billboard.com

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Second Manila show added for the Rebel Heart Tour

By overwhelming demand, Madonna is adding a second night in Manila! The second night of her Rebel Heart Tour is set for February 25, 2016 at Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila.

ICON PRE-SALE FOR FEB. 25 • MANILA #2
WED., JULY 29, @ 10am-4pm PHT

The Icon pre-sale for Manila is open to all registered Week #10 Icon Live Pass holders. Lifetime Legacy member priority access will begin at 10am PHT. 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


Madonna: It's just the beginning for streaming service Tidal

Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it's just the beginning for the streaming service that's had some troubles since its launch in March.

'It's just the beginning, so we're working out a lot of kinks and hopefully we're going to build something unique and amazing that's going to attract a lot of people,' the 56-year-old singer said in a recent interview.

Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn't made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z.

Since then, Tidal announced a family plan and discount for students. The company also lost its interim CEO last month.

'It's important that people understand we didn't create Tidal, we didn't put this together, we didn't all join forces because we're broke and we want more money. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance,' Madonna said.

'We live in a society now where everybody just expects everything to be for free, but you don't get a house for free; you have to pay somebody to build it,' she added.

Other artist-owners of Tidal include Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Jason Aldean and J. Cole.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna feels like Picasso, says art has no expiration date

Madonna thinks artists deep into their careers should stop if they don't have anything more to say. But at 56, the singer says she still has things to talk about, and in short, she feels like Pablo Picasso.

'I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so,' she said. 'Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that's how I feel.' Madonna released her self-titled debut album in 1983, and her latest album, 'Rebel Heart,' earlier this year. She said the key to sticking around is her continual desire to inspire others.

'I don't think there's a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative,' she said. 'I think you go until you don't have any more to say.'

'The theme I really truly explore in this show more than anything is love and romance,' she said in a phone interview from her home in New York City last week. 'I want people to walk out like they're feeling inspired and like they've seen something they've never seen before (and) felt something they've never felt before.'

Comedian Amy Schumer, whose new movie 'Trainwreck' opened impressively at No. 2 with $30.2 million last weekend, will open for three Madonna shows in New York.

'She's a role model for women, and I am too, and I think it's a good match,' said Madonna, who added that the idea to bring Schumer on board came from the singer's management team. 'I love her and....I just thought, 'That's interesting.' (I'll) try something new and different rather than the usual run-of-the-mill - have a band, have a DJ. It's definitely a new thing. I hope it works - fingers crossed.'

Madonna says picking the set list for her upcoming tour has been hard, mainly because she wants to sing her newest songs but also satisfy her longtime, die-hard fans. 'I realize I have 32 years of other songs, so I have to pick and choose. I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to figure out which of my old catalog I want to do,' she said. 'It's a puzzle that we have to put together 'cause thematically the songs - the old and the new - they have to go together; sonically they have to go together.'

She's even picky about the costumes onstage. 'What people wear, from their footwear to the buttons on their jacket, is all very important to me,' she said.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Events: Desperately Seeking Susan 30th Anniversary Screening

Fresh from the successful collaboration with community friends at Outfest 2015 for Madonna:Truth or Dare, DIVA (Diverse and Inclusive Visionary Artists) invite you and your friends to continue celebrating the legacy of the Queen of Pop!

30th ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION
Special Screening of
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN

AUGUST 13 THURSDAY
7:30 pm
AMC UNIVERSAL CITY STADIUM 19
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

LIMITED SEATS! ONE NIGHT ONLY!

TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE UNTIL JULY 30.

Get your tickets here: www.tugg.com/events/15235

Just in time for Madonna’s Birthday weekend celebration, we are going to have a party at this location in Los Angeles- the same site for her inaugural 1995 Virgin Tour!

WIN PRIZES! Wear your best Material Girl gear and dance to the best of 80s-90s Madonna songs an hour before the screening - arrive early!

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Events: A Tribute to Madonna - Fireworks in Montreal

Get into the groove of the irresistible hits of this pop music icon!

Date : Saturday, August 1st

Theme : A Tribute to Madonna

Firm : Pyrospectaculars by Souza & La Ronde

For the 2015 grand finale, La Ronde and PyroSpectaculars by Souza, a pyrotechnic company from California that has participated in the Montréal’s competition in 2001 and 2007, present a tribute to one of pop music’s most famous icons: Madonna. Again this year, the soundtrack was created by an artistic committee headed by Paul Csukassy, the Montréal competition’s technical director. It will feature various musical 'personalities' of the pop diva sure to get the audience into the groove. It will be all fireworks, songs and dance with chart toppers from her debut single Lucky Star to her latest Living for Love, to her movie songs such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and Live to Tell, plus her irresistible dance hits, including Vogue and Ray of Light all leading to an explosive finale of party anthems.

Fireworks out of competition. The fireworks start at 10 p.m., rain or shine.

For more details on the event and tickets visit: www.sixflags.com


Manila Rebel Heart Tour show announced

Madonna has announced her visit to The Philippines! Her Rebel Heart Tour will land in Manila on February 24, 2016 at Mall Of Asia Arena!

ICON PRE-SALE STARTS TUE JULY 21, @ 10am-5pm PHT

The Icon pre-sale for Manila is open to all registered Week #9 Icon Live Pass holders. Lifetime Legacy member priority access will begin at 10am PHT. 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.


Diplo To Open Montreal Rebel Heart Tour Shows

Madonna today announced that Diplo will be the opening act for the launch of her highly-anticipated Rebel Heart World Tour on September 9th and 10th at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Madonna said, 'To have Diplo open for me is my dream come true. Montreal is about to TURN UP!!!! We Go Hard or We Go Home!'

Diplo is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. This summer two of his projects are soaring up Top 15: Major Lazer's 'Lean On' and Jack Ü's 'Where Are Ü Now' with Skrillex and Justin Bieber. Always outspoken about his musical talent, Madonna teamed with Diplo on the writing and recording of her critically acclaimed 13th studio album, Rebel Heart. With Madonna, Diplo produced and co-wrote the songs 'Living For Love,' 'Bitch I’m Madonna,' 'Unapologetic Bitch,' 'Veni Vidi Vici' and co-wrote 'Graffiti Heart' (from the Super Deluxe Album).

From Madonna.com


Madonna, prepping for tour, says she 'appreciates' her hometown

Madonna says folks shouldn’t be too put off over her recent comments about growing up in Rochester Hills.

'I appreciate my provincial upbringing,' the Michigan-born pop culture icon explained by phone Friday, June 17, from her home in New York City. She’s preparing for her Rebel Heart Tour, which begins Sept. 9 in Montreal and will bring Madonna back home on Oct. 1 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The Bay City-born Madonna (nee Ciccone) - who was raised in Pontiac and Rochester Hills, graduating from Rochester Adams High School - ruffled local feathers when she referred to the 'basic, provincial-thinking people' of her hometown during a March interview with Howard Stern on SiriusXM satellite radio. The remark even prompted an open letter from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett defending the area.

Madonna, 56, who studied dance for one semester at the University of Michigan before moving to New York, says she hasn’t read Barnett’s letter but expressed a bit more pride about her roots on Friday.

'To me it’s really important that I came from the Midwest,' she explained, 'with my father and people that I was surrounded with, very strong work ethic and my practical approach to work, and not a lot of frills.'

'I don’t think I would be as creative as I am if I’d grown up surrounded by everything at my fingertips. The fact that I came from a small town in the Midwest has a lot to do with the kind of open notebook that I had to start my journey of creativity.'

That journey has continued with 'Rebel Heart,' Madonna’s 13th studio album - which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts in March - and will take its next step with the tour, which she promised will be one of her characteristically theatrical spectacles, featuring songs from throughout her 32-year Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recording career, with plenty of challenging choreography and provocative imagery.

'I’m still working my way through the set list,' said Madonna, who’s working on the show with a team of creative directors, choreographers and costume designers. 'The name of the tour, Rebel Heart, starts the party and then I think, ‘What’s a strong beginning? What’s the statement I want to make?’ and then we go on a journey from there.'

The theme of the show, she added, will be 'romance.'

'Love. Living for love. Being a rebel heart. Living for love. They’re all kind of intertwined, you know - rising above, believing in your dreams, overcoming heartbreak, things like that,' Madonna said. 'You know, the simple things in life.'

And while fans wonder if she can still perform at the level she has in the past, Madonna, whose daughter, Lourdes, begins her second year at U-M this fall, said they won’t be disappointed.

'I have a very disciplined life,' she said. 'I don’t do a lot of socializing. My life revolves around my show and my children and trying to live a very healthy lifestyle. The only thing I’m lacking right now is sleep - as always.'

From www.theoaklandpress.com


Diplo on Madonna, Bieber and Why He Doesn't Hate on EDM

For producer-DJ Diplo, the past 12 years have been a slow but unrelenting march from the ultra-hip fringes to the dead center of pop music. Right now, he has two Top 20 singles from two different projects: the Justin Bieber-featuring 'Where R U Now,' from his Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, and 'Lean On,' from his dancehall-inflected act Major Lazer, which went from studio lark to festival-packing force. Diplo, who first broke through to the mainstream circa 2005 as M.I.A.'s producer, says there's never been a master plan: 'I've been 100 percent improvising,' he says. 'When I moved to L.A. to produce and write, I kept DJ'ing on the side, but I thought that was never gonna go anywhere.'

You co-produced several songs on Madonna's new one, including her new single. What do you make of the ageism she faces?

She created the world we live in. It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed - 'Madonna, we've been there, done that, now we're about Kim Kardashian.' Her song 'Ghosttown' was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn't get a fair shot. With 'Bitch I'm Madonna,' everyone said there's no way it will go anywhere, but I'm like, 'Screw it, it represents you more than anything.'

Read more: www.rollingstone.com/music/features/diplo-on-madonna


Mike Tyson films Iconic video

Mike Tyson’s career as an actor has landed him a special appearance alongside one of pop music’s most celebrated icons.

During last weekend’s annual Comic-Con, the former heavyweight boxing champ dished to TVLine.com on details surrounding his cameo in Madonna’s forthcoming music video, 'Iconic.'

'I’m in a cage. I’m a hostage. I’m chained. It’s just crazy. I’m naked. I just look like a savage,' he stated before adding, 'but it looks intense, and it’s like ‘whoa.’ But when I [shot] it it didn’t seem that intense. But then you watch it and go, ‘Whoa.’ It looks like one of those [books] National Geographic or something… I need to be tamed.'

While Tyson stated that he doesn’t know if he’s 'going to get some slack' from critics for the clip, it appears recording his vocals for the track - which is featured on the Material Girl’s latest album 'Rebel Heart' - was also an 'intense' experience. Earlier this year Tyson explained to Rolling Stone how his role in the song came to be during a visit to one of Madonna’s recording sessions.

'I didn't know what the hell I was going there for. I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna,' he recalled during the interview. 'She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap.'

'I just go in there and start talking. I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured. I'm saying some really crazy stuff. It was really intense.'

From The Huffington Post


Material Girl Collection #CheersTo5Years

Today, Madonna and Lola's Material Girl Collection (www.facebook.com/MaterialGirl) announced that Sofia Richie would be the face of the 2015 Fall campaign, which celebrates the fashion brand's fifth anniversary, having launched exclusively at Macy's in 2010!

Madonna said about the new campaign, 'Sofia Richie perfectly embodies the style and spirit of Material Girl and is the ideal new face for the line.' Lola added, 'Coming from an artistic family, self-expression is in our blood. I love Sofia’s style and energy, and look forward to collaborating with her.'

The multi-media marketing campaign will debut in September issues of fashion and lifestyle magazines, as well as online, outdoor and in-store. ‪#‎CheersTo5Years‬

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Israeli jailed for hacking Madonna's computer

A former contestant in Israel's version of 'American Idol' was jailed for 14 months on Thursday for hacking the computers of singers including Madonna, who had complained about unfinished tracks from her latest album being leaked online.

Under a plea bargain, Adi Lederman confessed to computer trespassing and infringement of privacy and property rights, Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court said, citing Madonna as one of his victims without specifying that he was behind the song leak. Lederman was also fined 15,000 shekels ($4,000).

'The ease with which crimes such as this can be committed by those who have skills in the field, such as the accused, require an appropriate punitive response that has a deterrent and uncompromising message,' the court said in a statement.

Lederman, 39, was arrested in January after an investigation assisted by the FBI. Police said he was suspected of selling songs he had stolen through hacking. In December, unfinished tracks were leaked before the release of Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' album.

Madonna has said the crime was an 'invasion into my life - creatively, professionally and personally (that) remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience'.

Lederman previously made a brief appearance on 'A Star Is Born', Israel's version of 'American Idol', before being voted off. The court statement on Thursday said he had medical problems that had mitigated his sentence.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


Events: NYC Illuminati Madonna Dance Party!

Madonnathonnyc and Madonnasworld present 'Illuminati Madonna Dance Party!'

Friday, July 17 2015 at 9pm

DJ set by DJ JENE

Rockbar NYC
185 Christopher Street
NY, NY (bet. Washington and Weehawken)
(212) 675-1864

Don't miss our Monthly ALL Madonna dance party - its time to celebrate the queen of Music. It's your invitation to get into the groove; your spotlight is waiting!

+ Its an extra special evening were we will be giving away exclusive and official 'Bitch I'm Madonna' Promo CDs! Don't miss your chance to win!

Doors open at 9 P.M. / Free Madonna Giveaways All Night
Madonna drink specials / $5 cover

Visit: https://www.madonnathonnyc.com/ https://www.djjene.com/ https://www.Rockbarnyc.com/ for more info.

RSVP Now at: https://www.facebook.com/events/895393667194548

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Philippines, are you ready for Madonna?

A source told CNN Philippines Digital early Thursday that promoters of Madonna's highly-anticipated Rebel Heart Tour have included Manila in the concert's Australia and Asia legs.

The one and only pop goddess, known for the hits such as 'Like a Virgin' and 'Material Girl,' will perform for two successive nights in her #MadonnaInManila concert set February 2016 at the 12,000-seater Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

The Manila leg is not yet officially included in the #RebelHeartTour website pending a formal announcement of the Madonna in Manila 2016 Concert details this month.

The 56-year-old pop icon will kick off her tour this September in Canada and continues throughout North America and UK/Europe.

From CNN Philippines