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Events: Rebel Heart Tour European Launch Party

Madonna Fan Party
Saturday 31st October 2015
2pm - 10.30pm
G-A-Y Late
Goslett Yard
London

9 hours of Madonna music, Rebel Heart Tour prize giveaways…and it just got even MORE exciting!

Make sure you get there at 2pm - the BBC will be shooting a documentary and will be looking to speak to fans who have been with Madonna for many years. If you’re coming head to toe in Madonna clothing - or even better, Madonna fancy dress for Halloween - we may even pre-select you to speak to them!

If you’re interested - get to G-A-Y Late on Saturday 31st October at 2pm sharp!

All the details on our Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/875469222512095

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Review: Madonna feels her 'Rebel Heart' beat at the Forum

As watchful a superstar as pop has ever known, Madonna paused not long into her concert at the Forum to appraise the recent renovation of the venerable Inglewood arena, which has housed so many of her performances over the decades that 'I feel like this is one of my homes,' she said.

'I see the ceiling is getting lower and lower,' she went on. 'Or is that my ego getting bigger and bigger?'

Surely, one needn’t eliminate the possibility of the other.

Part of her world tour behind this year’s 'Rebel Heart' album, Tuesday’s show spared no opportunity to remind the capacity crowd of the singer’s incalculable influence on modern music. (The evening’s second song was the 2015 single 'Bitch I’m Madonna.')

But if her legacy is secure, Madonna at 57 no longer holds down pop’s center. Taylor Swift sells more records and concert tickets. Beyoncé is a more coveted interview. Katy Perry, who turned up onstage at the Forum on Tuesday night to pay her respects with a slyly backhanded compliment, has more followers on social media.

So, as much as she was celebrating her own importance, Madonna seemed to be looking for ways to demonstrate that she still mattered. What was remarkable was that she succeeded by taking advantage of her experience, not by running from it.

To read the rest of the review visit: www.latimes.com/entertainment/madonna-forum


Katy Perry Joined Madonna Onstage In Inglewood

The Firework singer turned 31 on Sunday and she celebrated over the following days with a museum trip and a dinner party at an Italian restaurant.

She continued to toast the occasion on Tuesday by attending Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and she was roped in to taking part in the Vogue singer's saucy onstage segment during her song Unapologetic B**ch.

Video footage shows Katy being bent over by Madonna's dancers while the pop icon pretends to spank and kick her butt before simulating a sex act. At the end of the segment, Katy was presented with a banana.

After the performance, Madonna told Katy onstage, 'Thanks... I know you didn't want to come up here and do this. So generous. A big round of applause for tonight's unapologetic b**ch.'

Madonna shared pictures from the appearance on Twitter.com and added, 'Sharing a banana with Katy Perry‼️ Highlight of my show at the Forum! Thanks Katherine.'

The birthday girl reposted footage of herself busting impromptu dance moves as Madonna circles around her.

'Well, that was unrehearsed,' she wrote in the caption. 'ILY (I love you) @madonna my queen.'

Madonna's previous surprise guests for the raunchy stunt include Nelly Furtado, comedienne Amy Schumer, DJ Diplo, and U.S. newsman Anderson Cooper.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna hosts after-party at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan

Award-winning superstar singer-songwriter Madonna hosted her 'Official Rebel Heart Tour After-Party' at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Upon arrival at the nightclub, Madonna took to the stage, where she danced with DJ Lunice, her opening act at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, and gave a shout-out to the crowd, sending the packed hotspot into a frenzy.

Madonna and her 'Rebel Heart Tour' dancers then took over the Library inside Marquee, where they danced and relaxed post-concert.

To view more pictures visit: lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/

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Preview: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ stop at MGM Grand with Mike Tyson, hits galore

Madonna’s fans in Las Vegas have already dealt with the sticker shock of her expensive 'Rebel Heart Tour' tickets for when it arrives Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but are they prepared for a naked Mike Tyson as an angry caged man?

This is Madonna’s 10th worldwide concert tour and supports her 13th studio album, 'Rebel Heart.' In all, she’ll roam the globe to 64 cities, including her first visit to Australia in more than 20 years.

Saturday’s MGM Grand show with Lunice as her opening act is the most expensive to date with an average price of $949.21. All VIP packages were sold out, with only 212 tickets, some as high as $3,100, remaining in resale 72 hours before show time, with just a handful of direct box office tickets available.

But weekend chatter won’t be about the dollars and sense. It will surely focus on the opening video of the glamorously dressed controversial singer partying with bare-bodied men while our hometown boxing champ talks to himself inside a barred cage.

Fans could care less about the high-priced tickets, but they will walk out onto the Strip wondering if that really was a naked Mike Tyson inside the opening-cage number! The words 'don’t miss this show' never had more powerful and provocative meaning.

To read the full preview visit: www.lasvegassun.com

Going to the LV shows? Share your pictures with our readers at: madonnalicious@gmail.com


Dylan Penn says meeting Madonna was 'surreal'

Dylan Penn says it was 'kind of surreal' to meet Madonna.

The 24-year-old model's father Sean Penn, who divorced the 57-year-old singer in 1989 after four years of marriage, introduced the pair for the first time after her gig at New York City's Madison Square Garden last month, but she insists they have no plans to rekindle their relationship.

Dylan said: 'I think he just really admires her work. They're just really good friends and [I think] it's sweet that they can have this relationship.'

But the 'Condemned' star, whose mother is 'House of Cards' actress Robin Wright, admits it was a little strange to meet the Oscar winning-actor's first wife.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight': 'It was kind of surreal to meet her. Like, my dad's ex-lover.'

Sean, who has been single since splitting from former fiancée Charlize Theron in June, previously revealed he and Madonna are still 'very friendly.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Celebrates Daughter Lourdes' 19th Birthday

It's hard to believe the Material Girl has a daughter who's the same age as she was when she first moved to NYC to become a star. That's right - Madonna's first child Lourdes Leon is already 19 years old.

Madonna & Co. celebrated Lourdes' last year as a teenager in a style befitting the daughter of pop royalty, including dinner at Via Veneto restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. And who made the guest list at the inherently star-studded family affair?

Lourdes' three siblings, Rocco, 15; David, 10; and Mercy, 9; were on hand, of course, and in addition to her mom, brothers and sister the birthday girl was joined by friends. The group shared nearly two hours together dining in the VIP area of the restaurant, where waiters later delivered a birthday cake lit up with candles. We wonder what she wished for!

While Lourdes might have been the 19-year-old, 57-year-old mom Madonna looked just as hip as she was spotted rocking a lace crop top, black blazer, shiny tuxedo pants and lace fingerless gloves on her way out of the trendy spot.

From E! Online

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Sean Penn attends second Madonna concert in a month

Madonna and Sean Penn are fast becoming the friendliest exes in Hollywood. The actor attended another of his ex-wife's concerts in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday night, just weeks after standing in the crowd at her New York show in September.

The 55-year-old stood front row at Madonna's Rebel Heart performance next to Amy Schumer, who has acted as a warm-up act during the tour. He could be seen gazing up and smiling at the Vogue singer while she performed her energetic set.

Sean's attendance at the show comes less than a month after her took his daughter Dylan Penn to Madonna's Madison Square Garden show, and later wrote the singer a letter of praise to tell her how much he had enjoyed himself.

Speaking during a performance in Brooklyn in September, Madonna took the opportunity to reflect on her ex, telling the crowd: 'I did a show at Madison Square Garden the other night if you heard about it. And my ex-husband was there! Could you imagine? He had been at my show 30 years earlier when I was at Madison Square Garden, and he was very upset with me for wearing a costume that was too revealing. That's not a lie!'

She continued: 'Anyway after the show he wrote me a letter and said he finally appreciates my art. And that is what I have to say about marriage, OK? Thirty... years later.'

From Hello!


Events: Rebel Heart Tour Los Angeles Kickoff Party

From the producer of ICONIC, Desperately Seeking Susan 30th Anniversary and B*** I'm Madonnathon

Nelson Melegrito presents
REBEL HEART TOUR LOS ANGELES KICKOFF PARTY!

TUESDAY OCTOBER 20
BARDOT HOLLYWOOD
1737 N Vine Street
Hollywood, CA
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Doors open at 9 pm.
21 and over/$5 cover after 10 pm.

Music by DJ JOSH PEACE
MADONNA Music all night!

Join us to celebrate the most acclaimed tour by the Queen of Pop as she prepares for her Los Angeles concert with her fans and M family!

#RHLA #AreYouWithMe

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Madonna's first Edmonton show a dancetastic celebration

More than 14,000 fans got into the groove, vogued, and expressed themselves during Our Lady of Pop’s inaugural visit to Edmonton.

Sunday’s dancetastic celebration of love, nakedness and religion was the first of two at Rexall Place - and the only two Alberta dates on her Rebel Heart tour, which has already grossed $20 million US from just 10 concerts.

Highlights: Uh, her mere presence? Madonna released her very first album in 1983 - and we’ve had to wait 32 years for the controversial dance-pop diva to find the E-spot.

She’s not nearly as shocking as she was in the ’80s or ’90s, but the 57-year-old mother of four still proved to be a rebel at Sunday’s show.

She pole-danced with strippers 'dressed' as nuns as she sang Holy Water - a throbbing number from her 13th and latest album, Rebel Heart - which ended with a bunch of her dancers re-enacting the Last Supper.

She strummed a ukulele, while sitting on a pile of tires, as she sang True Blue. She pushed one of her male dancers from the top of a spiral staircase during HeartBreakCity, a maudlin love-gone-wrong number, also from Rebel Heart.

To read the rest of the review from the Sunday night show visit: www.edmontonjournal.com


Rebel Heart Tour: $20 Million Earned & Counting

The first box office totals are in for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour that launched on Sept. 9. With the first 10 performances reported to Billboard by promoter Live Nation Global Touring, the tour’s total gross stands at $20 million, based on 132,769 sold tickets from the first eight arenas on the schedule.

Highlights include the tour opener in Montreal with sellout crowds on two nights and a gross of $3.4 million to kick off the tour’s six-month run. Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center hosted the first U.S. performance with a packed house of 13,271 on Sept. 12. Two shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden produced the top gross so far with a $5.2 million take from 28,371 sold seats on Sept. 16 and 17. A second Canadian performance on Sept. 21 occurred at a new venue, the 18,000-seat Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City that opened just 13 days earlier.

Bell Centre, Montreal, Sept. 9-10, 2015
Gross sales: $3,420,984
Attend/Capacity: 26,468/26,468

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. Sept. 12, 2015
Gross sales: $2,014,706
Attend/Capacity: 13,271/13,271

Madison Square Garden, New York, Sept. 16-17, 2015
Gross sales: $5,230,985
Attendance: 28,371/28,371

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Sept. 19, 2015
Gross sales: $2,789,910
Attend/Capacity: 14,258/14,258

Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Sept. 21, 2015
Gross sales: $1,078,608
Attend/Capacity: 13,051/13,051

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Sept. 24, 2015
Gross sales: $1,434,010
Attend/Capacity: 10,544/10,544

TD Garden, Boston, Sept. 26, 2015
Gross sales: $1,941,750
Attend/Capacity: 12,780/12,780

United Center, Chicago, Sept. 28, 2015
Gross sales: $2,522,365
Attend/Capacity: 14,026/14,026

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Into the Groove: Prince plays private show for Madonna

Prince and Madonna can both sell out arenas, but for one night only, the Purple One played exclusively for the Material Girl.

In an ultra-intimate concert sure to stir envy among legions of fans of the 1980s pop giants, Prince reportedly put on a private show at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota early Friday for Madonna, who hours earlier packed St. Paul's 20,000-capacity Xcel Energy Center.

Andrea Swensson, a reporter for local public radio station KCMP 'The Current,' wrote in a blog post that she was among 33 'civilians' who had been summoned to Prince's estate with three hours' notice.

At 1:30 am, Madonna suddenly arrived along with her tour's dance troupe and Prince ripped into a funky set, playing 'within a couple yards' of a crowd that in total was around 60 people, she said.

'I had expected her to hang back a bit, or maybe be sitting in her roped-off area, but once I stepped a little closer to the stage I realized that she was not only in the front row, but had perched on the edge of the stage at Prince's feet, looking up at him adoringly as he sang,' Swensson wrote.

At 3:00 am, Prince leaned down and whispered an exchange with Madonna, who departed even as the show went on.

Prince is known for his non-traditional concerts and in recent years has announced shows with minimal notice.

To celebrate the release of his latest album last month, Prince threw an 'international dance party' with fans invited to revel at Paisley Park.

From AFP Relax News Via Yahoo!


Madonna Talks Rebel Heart Tour

It's three days before the Pope leads hundreds of thousands of people in a mass at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and four miles away at the Wells Fargo Center, one of America's most famous ex-Catholics is already getting into the spirit of the occasion. Madonna uses a giant cross as a stripping pole and writhes around on a re-creation of the Last Supper table as she moans, 'Yeezus loves my pussy best.' 'Popey-wopey is on his way over,' she says later in the show. 'I think he's stalking me.'

The gleefully blasphemous moment is one of 21 elaborately choreographed numbers on Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour, which has been packing North American arenas since it kicked off September 9th. It's her most extravagant stage show ever - a two-hour set that features samurai warriors, matadors, gypsies, rockabilly kids dancing around a body shop and a dangerous-looking dance routine on top of giant swaying poles, not to mention a grand finale set in a gleaming 1920s-style Paris cafe.

'The logistical avalanche of putting it together was unlike anything I've ever done,' says Arianne Phillips, the head costume designer, who notes the tour uses 500 pairs of shoes and 450 costumes. 'Every day of rehearsals felt like an impossibility.' To prepare for the show, the 20 backup dancers spent three months putting in 14-hour days, six days a week. The 57-year-old Madonna was right beside them. 'No matter what we asked her to do, like riding a nun like a surfboard, she'd try without flinching,' says Megan Lawson, the tour's head choreographer.

The day after the Philadelphia show, Madonna phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about the tour.

At what point in the creation of Rebel Heart did you start brainstorming ideas for this tour?
Finishing my record was filled with panic and pressure because of all the leaks, so I wasn't really thinking about my live show until I released the record and started making videos and doing my promo show. So honestly, I didn't really try to sit down and get my head around it until last March. That's unusual for me because I usually start thinking way, way, way in advance.

To read the rest of Madonna's interview visit: www.rollingstone.com/music


Madonna announces second Bangkok show

Madonna has added a second show in Bangkok for her 'Rebel Heart' world tour after the first concert sold out in under an hour, organizers said Wednesday.

Thai media had hyped Madonna's first-ever show in the Thai capital as a 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' that would 'make history' in Thailand.

Tickets for the Feb. 9 show went on sale Saturday and sold out within an hour, according to Thai promoter BEC-Tero, which on Wednesday announced a second show for Feb. 10 at the 15,000-seat Impact Arena.

Madonna's world tour comes to Asia in February, with shows in Taipei, followed by Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Auckland and several stops in Australia.

Tickets in Bangkok range from 2,000 baht to 16,000 baht, or $55 to $450, as well as pricier VIP packages that include access to pre-show parties.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna in Toronto for most ambitious tour yet

Charismatic singer, puts on physically intense, highly theatrical two-hour show at Air Canada Centre Monday night that shows age is just a number.

At 57, Madonna is still wears her Rebel Heart on her sleeve.

The provocative Miss Ciccone, who has made a career out of pushing buttons and boundaries, continued to do so during a physically intense, highly theatrical two-hour-and-15-minute show at the Air Canada Centre Monday night.

For the first of two sell-out concerts in front of an adoring crowd of 14,000, the just-christened nominee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame did what she does best - entertain and titillate, with some stunning visuals and a coterie of 20 dancers who often performed breathtaking moves.

After descending from a cage in a costume that resembled an ancient Samurai master for 'Iconic,' one of several new tracks showcased from Rebel Heart, her purest pop album in ages, Madonna ultimately transformed into the sassy chameleon that has charmed music fans and concertgoers for over three decades.

With a stage layout that included a portion of the stage that tilted at a 45-degree angle, and a sword-shaped catwalk that extended three-quarters into the venue, with its 'hilt' stretching into the wings, Madonna literally transformed herself from warrior, surrounding herself with armour-clad dancers, to rock star - strumming a guitar during a molten re-working of her very first album’s 'Burning Up' - to stripping down to a corset and blurring the lines of sex and religion with 'Holy Water.'

As female dancers, dressed in nun’s habits, gyrated around sword-shaped poles - including one that balanced the singer on her back in an incredible feat of strength - and later, transformed the famous Last Supper picture into something of an orgy, you could almost feel Pope Francis looking on with disapproval.

But Madonna has never apologized for being naughty and she wasn’t about to do so in Toronto.

To read the rest of this review from the Toronto Star visit: www.thestar.com


Madonna reposts madonnalicious fan picture

Madonna must have loved one of madonnalicious reader Rob's tour pictures that we posted yesterday, that she shared it on her Instagram and Twitter feeds today!

To see the rest of Rob's pictures visit: madonnalicious/rebel-heart-tour-chicago-fan-pictures


Madonna Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction

Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison and Gloria Estefan are among the musicians nominated for induction into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Blondie, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Sly Stone, the Isley Brothers, and Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards will also compete for a spot in the Class of 2016 as performers, while Motown legend Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and pop songwriter Max Martin are among those who are eligible as non-performers.

Other notable names include Michael MCDonald, Steve Miller, Teddy Riley, Chip Taylor and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson's smash hits Thriller and Off the Wall.

Hall of Fame members will cast their votes by 11 December 2015 and the top seven picks will be announced early next year.

The 47th annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place in New York city on 9 June, 2016.

The Class of 2015 featured Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Toby Keith, late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and his collaborator Robert Hunter, country songwriter/producer Bobby Braddock and late blues star Willie Dixon.

From contactmusic.com


Events: NYC Madonna Dance Party

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Madonna Takes Her ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour To Atlantic City

'Are you here to take risks?' Madonna posed this question to a packed crowd at her concert Saturday Night (October 3), noting that they were, after all, in Atlantic City (the show took place at Boardwalk Hall). Whether or not the audience were feeling risky - and many of them surely were not - Madonna certainly was.

At this point in her career, she could play to that crowd, and do it in her sleep: it would be the easiest thing in the world for her to do a greatest hits show, and add a perfunctory song or four from her latest album, throw in a few dance routines, and let the money roll in.

But bitch, she’s Madonna.

Her new album Rebel Heart is more than just a centerpiece around which she builds a tour and marketing campaign. Her new album is her artistic statement of the moment. Any older songs that happen to make the setlist, make it because they fit in to the narrative she’s building around her album. It almost feels like her classics have to audition for the show, along with her dancers and backing band. Nothing’s there unless it fits.

She’s been categorized, of course, as a pop artist, which is understandable because she’s logged an insane amount of top 40 hits over her career. But when it comes to the way she structures her show, she’s more like Bruce Springsteen or U2. It’s about the message of the moment, not about fulfilling the fans wishes. There’s no song she 'has to' play.

To read the rest of the review visit: radio.com/madonna-rebel-heart-tour-atlantic-city


Madonna fans persevere through rain to see Queen of Pop

The uncertain path of Hurricane Joaquin and flooding from a coastal storm was enough to cancel several New Jersey events this weekend, but nothing was going to stop fans from seeing the Queen of Pop herself.

Areas of Atlantic City saw flooding and heavy winds Saturday, but dedicated concertgoers made their way to Boardwalk Hall for Madonna’s 'Rebel Heart' tour concert. South Jersey locals as well as people who came from out of state made the trek into the city, despite the harsh conditions outside.

'I’m so excited, so excited,' said Jessica Sokol, of Rockaway. 'We’ll actually see songs from the new album in real life, and she’s always such a great performer, so dynamic with all her dancers.' Sokol drove down from North Jersey with her two sisters, Gieselle and Melissa Olivera. The two younger ones claimed that their oldest sister, Sokol, was the biggest Madonna fan of them all, but all three liked her music. 'She always puts on a good show. It’s not just a concert,' Sokol said, having seen Madonna live twice before. 'I’ve been a fan since I was little, about 20 years now.'

The sisters were among the younger crowd mixed in with those who have been fans since Madonna’s early years. Lynn Lanza and Sue Perna, both of Hammonton, knew what it was like to copy the singer’s hair and clothing styles in the 1980s when she debuted her first album, 'Madonna.'

The two friends each brought their daughters, Aspen and Gianna, respectively, to share in the excitement. 'They have no clue what they’re in for,' Perna said laughing. 'We made them listen to all her songs on the drive over.' All four had heard both new and old songs, but the moms of the group said they’re more interested in hearing classic hits such as 'Holiday' and 'Like A Virgin.' Perna admitted that even though she might have heard some of the newer songs from Madonna’s Rebel Heart album, she didn’t really know them.

The two girls, both 15, had never been to a Madonna concert before, but Aspen Lanza said it was a once in a lifetime thing to see a singer and entertainer who made headway for female stars everywhere. 'She’s kind of like Lady Gaga, with her style, but she’s the original one,' Gianna Perna said.

The crowds streaming through Boardwalk Hall were equipped with rain boots, umbrellas and jackets, but some people wore old concert t-shirts from shows past and were eager to line up at the merchandising table for another keepsake.

People questioned whether the concert would go on amidst of a coastal storm and local flooding. Madonna assured her fans by tweeting, 'See you in Atlantic City! We gonna be there come rain or come shine,' Friday afternoon.

From Press of Atlantic City


'Motor City - the hometown girl is back!'

Madonna may have ruffled some hometown feathers when she called the Detroit area 'provincial' earlier this year on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show, but she made it clear she was happy to be back on Thursday night, when her Rebel Heart Tour stopped at the city's Joe Louis Arena.

'Motor City - the hometown girl is back!' she declared towards the start of the two-hour and 10-minute show, and later she told the crowd that, 'Detroit made me who I am today' before talking about her involvement with entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Gilbert - owner of Rock Financial, Quicken Loans and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers - in women's empowerment and youth boxing programs as well as 'some new schools we're building.'

Though she acknowledged the city's recent financial problems and bankruptcy, Madonna announced that 'Detroit is making a comeback people, so watch out. We got heart, baby. We're in the heart of America. With all of its heart and all of this love we are gonna build this city back up. Believe that!'

Madonna - who was born in Bay City, Mich., and raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Rochester - also gave shout-outs to her father Silvio 'Tony' Ciccone, and to daughter Lourdes, who both attended Thursday's show. She dedicated 'Rebel Heart' to her dad, thanking him 'for making me so strong and instilling this drive in me to survive.' And before her version of Edith Piaf's 'La vie en rose,' Madonna credited Lourdes - a second-year student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor - with inspiring her to pick up the ukulele, which Madonna played on the song, and also noted that Lourdes both plays the ukulele and speaks French better than her mom.

To read the rest of the article visit: billboard.com/madonna-detroit-live-review