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Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim

Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.

Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.

'It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,' the statement read. 'The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.'

No more details about the death were provided. Oman police and state media had no immediate report late Friday night on the artist's death.

From Associated Press


Madonna Just Made The Best Points About Sexism And Ageism

If anyone understands the toxic combination of sexism and ageism that's used to demean and restrict women as they get older, it's Madonna. In recent years, the pop icon's every move seems to be met with reductive cries of 'put it away' or 'time to retire, grandma'.

But one of the singer's defining characteristics is her determination to push back: if society tells her not to do something because she's a woman, and a woman who's not 25 anymore, she's sure as hell going to keep on doing it anyway.

In a new interview to promote her MDNA Skin range, she makes some typically perceptive points about the obstacles she faces as she approaches her 60th birthday in August.

'Itโ€™s an outdated, patriarchal idea that a woman has to stop being fun, curious, adventurous, beauiful, or sexy past the age of 40. Itโ€™s ridiculous,' she tells The Cut.

'Why should only men be allowed to be adventurous, sexual, curious, and get to have all the fun until the day they leave this earth? Why should that only be the domain of men? How do we fight this? By standing up to men and by standing up to social mores or standards that say we cannot. The more women that do it, it will just be a matter of time.'

Madonna goes on to explain that when she became famous in the '80s, she was labelled a 'sexual provocateur' because she made sexuality an integral part of her work - something that was deemed unusual for a female artist at the time.

'Now, all the challenges that I had to face 20 years ago seem ludicrous,' she reflects. 'What I am going through now is ageism, with people putting me down or giving me a hard time because I date younger men or do things that are considered to be only the domain of younger women.'

'I mean, who made those rules? Who says? Iโ€™m going to keep fighting it. Ten to 20 years from now, itโ€™s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.'

She's right - and that day can't come soon enough.

From www.refinery29.uk


Donatella Versace Reveals a Stunning Detail About Madonna and the Aftermath of Her Brother's Death

Twenty years removed from her brother's tragic death, Donatella Versace is more comfortable in her own skin than she's ever been and seems sick of others trying to tell both her story and the story of her family. Especially because when they do, they often get it wrong, according to Donatella, at least. Following the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace's murder, this past July, a new batch of documentary specials, news stories, and, most notably, Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace have purported to give audiences the inside story of what happened. Versace, meanwhile, has been on her own tear of candid interviews; in her latest, which also touches on her struggles with addiction, her love life, and succession plans, she drops a stunning detail about the days following Gianni's murder that none of the books, documentaries, or fictional takes have included before: Madonna was there.

'After identification, I drove to Gianniโ€™s villa on Ocean Drive. Madonna was waiting for me inside,' Versace tells fashion journalists Michael Ebert and Sven Michaelsen in a new no-holds-barred interview with Ssense. 'I will never forget that she was trying to comfort me during these hours. There were FBI agents everywhere in the house. They interrogated each of us and opened all the drawers, a nightmare. My brother had just been murdered, and we were being treated like suspects. But thatโ€™s probably what FBI agents have to do.'

Of course, American Crime Story did show its take on the exact moments Versace describes. They were pivotal scenes, and, obviously, Madonna wasn't anywhere to be found in their telling. Had Ryan Murphy known that the Queen of Pop was there, he surely would have figured out a way to include her in the narrative (after all, he managed to controversially shoehorn the Kardashian sisters into the anthology series' first season, about O.J. Simpson, even though the then-young sisters were only tangentially related).

The reason for Madge's presence? Somewhat amazingly, this wasn't widely known by the public before, though it had been hinted at. On the day of the murder, Donatella was in Rome preparing for an upcoming fashion show. Madonna was in a recording studio, presumably in Los Angeles, working on her album Ray of Light. During interviews about the making of the album, producer William Orbit revealed that indeed Madonna was one of the first people Donatella called, on the very same day she recorded the vocals for the album track 'Swim.'

'We were recording โ€˜Swimโ€™ on the day Versace was murdered,' Orbit told Q magazine in 2002. 'Madonna was very friendly with him and his sister, Donatella, who was in the street, distraught, on her cell phone to Madonna. But she did the vocal, which is probably why it has such an emotional impact.' The Huffington Post e-mailed Orbit earlier this year for elaboration on the story, and while Orbit declined an interview he did write, in an e-mail, 'Thereโ€™s quite a story around that.' Quite a story, indeed.

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Tom Holland made a fool of himself in front of Madonna

By the sound of it, Avengers: Infinity War star Tom Holland is as hilariously awkward in real life as his alter-ego Peter Parker is on screen.

The 21-year-old actor shared a mortifying-yet-hilarious story on this week's edition of The Graham Norton Show about how an attempt to impress the legendary Madonna went horribly wrong.

Given that Tom Holland has plenty of dance experience Billy Elliot the Musical, the Spider-Man actor figured he could waltz over to Madge when they bumped into each other at an Oscars after party.

'I'd had one too many when a friend of mine dragged me over to meet her,' he remembered 'All the way there I was thinking, 'What should I say.' And all I came up with was 'Hello.'

'To cover the awkward moment [my friend] told Madonna, 'Tom was a great dancer'.... so, I took her by the hand and started dancing with her. As soon as I took her, I realised this was a mistake. A big mistake.'

'Now, I used to do a lot of dancing, but that was all choreographed. I didn't wing it! I didn't just go on a stage and put on a different show every night. So I start dancing with her, and there's not much arms involved.'

'I'm just doing a little two-step to try and warm myself up. She's so unimpressed that I just bailed and left! I leave Madonna on the dancefloor!'

Ouch! That's the kind of moment any sibling would hold over your head for the rest of your life, although luckily Tom probably won't have to worry it in this case.

'The next day, I'm telling my family about my evening....my dad is wetting himself, my mum's cringing and then my little brother goes, 'Who's Madonna?'' Tom laughed.

From Digital Spy


Sean Penn Says He Loves His First Wife Madonna โ€˜Very Muchโ€™

Sean Penn isnโ€™t shy about his love for the Material Girl!

The 57-year-old actor appeared on The Late Show earlier this week, and in a segment called 'Sean Penn-y For Your Thoughts,' he was asked by host Stephen Colbert to pick between Madonna, who he was married to from 1985 to 1989, and pop princess Britney Spears.

'Ah, I love my first wife very much,' Penn said of the 59-year-old singer. 'Thereโ€™s no [comparison]โ€ฆ you donโ€™t compare those things.'

'People compare them all the time!' Colbert noted, before asking, 'So, youโ€™re going to go with Madonna?'

'Sure!' Penn replied with a grin.

The two-time Oscar winner went on to reveal even more fun details about himself, including that his go-to karaoke song is the 1983 hit 'Itโ€™s Raining Men' because he used to sing it on the way to the set of his 2008 film, Milk.

When asked if heโ€™s ever been mistaken for another celebrity, he replied, 'Emilio Estevez, about 20 years ago.'

Penn and Madonna havenโ€™t been shy about their mutual love for one another in recent years. In December 2016, they worked together at a charity event benefiting Raising Malawi, and Madonna offered to remarry her ex.

'Iโ€™m still in love with you,' she told Penn in front of the star-studded audience.

The two have remained friends since their divorce and both have remarried several times. Penn was married to actress Robin Wright from 1996 to 2010, and was engaged to actress Charlize Theron before their romance ended in 2015. Madonna was married to director Guy Ritchie from 2000 to 2008.

From ET Via Yahoo! News


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Madonna Getting Ready in a Red Lip, Bold Liner and Hair Rollers Is as Glam as Youโ€™d Imagine

Come on, vogue! Madonnaโ€™s longtime hairstylist Andy Lecompte shared a photo of the star on Instagram on Wednesday, March 14, that confirmed what we already assumed to be true: the Material Girl is never not glam. Giving us her best vogue pose, Madge looked #flawless sporting a hair net and rollers as she got ready for the day. Needless to say, these were not your grandmothers curlers.

Rocking a bold red lip and radiant skin, the 'Like a Prayer' singer already looked ready for a night out in the pic Lecompte posted. Her striking eye makeup included super fluttery lashes, graphic liner and brushed-up brows. And while we never got a look at the finished look, Madonna makes the hair net and roller look so chic (and not all that more outrageous than some the avant-garde styles we are used to seeing her in), we wouldnโ€™t have been surprised if she left the house just like that.

Also, if there was any doubt the 59-year-old songstress DOES. NOT. AGE. this photo puts it all to rest. Madge has long talked about being fastidious with her skincare regimen, and, as founder of MDNA SKIN, she worked with a team of Japanese experts to create masks, moisturizers and mists that utilize thermal mineral water, volcanic clay and olive oil from Italy for nourishing and anti-aging effects.

The mom of six has waxed poetic about the moisturizing and glow-inducing powers of the Rose Mist, which she admitted to liberally spritzing throughout the day. The tightly curated line of products also includes a high-tech Magnetic Flow tool that can be used like a magnet with the lineโ€™s Chrome Clay Mask to further remove impurities or with the Serum to improve penetration and effectiveness.

Basically, weโ€™re onboard to try whatever sheโ€™s doing, and she may actually inspire us to dig out that roller set we havenโ€™t thought to touch in years!

From People.com

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Madonna's 2018 Oscars Party Photobooth

Madonna shared a selection of pictures from her 2018 Oscars afterparty photobooth:


Inside Madonnaโ€™s Oscars 2018 Afterparty With Kim Kardashian, Cardi B and More

Her Madgesty knows how to party! Madonna hosted a star-studded 2018 Oscars afterparty on Sunday, March 4, that drew in some of the biggest names in film, TV and music.

Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Timothรฉe Chalamet were among the many stars who showed up to celebrate with the Queen of Pop, 59. 'Madonna was an amazing host,' a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. 'She worked the room all night and chatted with all the guests.'

The guest list also included Chelsea Handler, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Paris Jackson, Offset, Greta Gerwig, Amy Adams, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher.

'Madonna was dancing up a storm all night!' the source tells Us. 'She and Margot Robbie were on the floor at one point. She spent a lot of time with Kim and Cardi B. Madonna and Cardi B are talking about a collaboration on Madonnaโ€™s upcoming album.'

A second source adds, 'Cardi B performed โ€˜Bodak Yellowโ€™ at the party. Madonna was in a great mood, bouncing around.'

Chalamet, 22, 'kept to himself' throughout much of the bash, according to the first source. The Call Me by Your Name actor, who was nominated for best actor at the Oscars, dated Madonnaโ€™s daughter Lourdes Leon in 2013 while they were students at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. It is unclear if Leon, 21, attended her momโ€™s party.

The 'Vogue' singerโ€™s longtime manager Guy Oseary shared an epic picture on Instagram of Madonna, Kardashian, 37, and Cardi B, 25, posing in what appears to be a photo booth at the fรชte.

From UsMagazine.com


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Madonna took part in a photo shoot that was part of an auction that raised millions to build a children Hospital for Raising Malawi. The shoot was with Mert and Marcus and Madonna got to be the Stylist!


Madonna Poses for a Topless Selfie While Flaunting Her Louis Vuitton Mona Lisa Handbag

Still a material girl! Madonna posed for a topless Instagram selfie leaving little to the imagination on Thursday, January 25, and expressed her appreciation for handbags.

The singer self-censored her breasts with black scribble to cover her private areas in the photo and held a Louis Vuitton handbag in front of her to cover her top half. 'Still drooling over a handbagโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ.. ๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’• @louisvuitton #nofriends #lisbonisfar#werktodo #fashion ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ#monalisa,' she wrote about the Louis Vuitton Montaigne Bag Mona Lisa bag, which is part of the LV x Jeff Koons collaboration and is valued at $4,000.

The 'Rebel Heart' songstress also wore two colorful necklaces around her neck in the sexy snap and her platinum blonde hair was pulled back. She showed off her flawless skin and pouty lips and what looked like a silver grill.

From Us Weekly


Madonna pens sweet message to daughter on her birthday

Madonna posted a sweet message to her daughter Mercy James on her birthday, saying her smile 'lights up the Galaxy'.

The Queen of Pop, 59, shared two images and a brief video on Instagram to celebrate Mercy turning 12.

The first picture showed Madonna with her arm around Mercy, who she adopted from Malawi in 2009.

'Happy Birthday to this Rare and Beautiful Child!! Chifundo (Mercy) James!' she said.

The singer captioned a second shot, of Mercy smiling: 'Your Smile lights up the Galaxy.'

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All the Details on Madonna's Personalized 'MAMBO' Necklace

Madonnaโ€˜s children are with her wherever she goes, thanks to Lana Jewelry.

The pop superstar, 59, has shared multiple snaps of herself rocking a nameplate necklace that reads 'MAMBO': the nickname her kids Estere and Stella, 5, Mercy James, 11, and David Banda, 12, call her. (She is also mom to son Rocco John, 17, and Lourdes, 21.)

The brandโ€™s founder and designer Lana Bramlette spoke with PEOPLE about her new Get Personal collection that the Material Girlโ€™s necklace is from, as well as the inspiration behind Madonnaโ€™s particular piece that she made as part of the collectionโ€™s launch.

'My publicist coordinated with [Madonnaโ€™s] stylist, Eyob Yohannes, to design the piece,' says Bramlette, whose personalized nameplate necklace is also worn by Jennifer Lopez. 'I think she is excited to wear something meaningful, and I love watching her proudly rock it every day on social media.'

'I want to give my clients pieces to wear that make them feel good about themselves and that express their values. She also wears my diamond Crossary necklace daily,' Bramlette explains, adding with a laugh, 'I tell my clients, โ€˜If Madonna wears her necklace around the world and back daily without damaging it, you donโ€™t have an excuse for a repair.โ€™ '

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The Get Personal collection includes nameplates that read 'BONITA,' 'TAKEN' and 'HONEY,' but they are fully customizable for clients to specify their size, color and phrase of choice.

'I wanted to say thank you in a big way to the talented women who have supported the brand for years,' Bramlette tells PEOPLE of how her music-legend clients got the necklace. 'Madonna and Jennifer have always been muses for me.'

'My team has amazing relationships with their stylists who coordinated the design process and we customized pieces that meant something special to them,' she continues, 'whether it was a classic nameplate like the one Jennifer and I wear, or a unique and special phrase like MAMBO.'

Bramlette, who founded Lana Jewelry in 2002, shares that she had 'so much fun' bringing her newest collection to life - one she created to give clients 'a fun way to express themselves with diamonds in a current, but refined way.'

'The first piece I designed in 2002 was a nameplate with my (then boyfriend) now husbandโ€™s name, ROB,' she recalls. 'I loved that piece and the story it told, and wanted to bring back the idea of Lana Jewelry customization.'

From People.com


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Madonna Teases 2018 Tour Plans: 'I'm Coming Back, Baby'

On Friday (Dec. 8), Madonna stopped by Live With Kelly & Ryan for a casual interview about her kids, performing and everything in between. The singer joined the two hosts for a game of 'Sketching With the Stars' and brought out her pal (and 'silver fox') Anderson Cooper to be her partner.

In a scene now cut from the YouTube video, Cooper delays the game by asking the singer when she'd be heading back out on tour, to which she replied: ''Soon. I gotta get my show together. 2017 was soccer mom in Portugal. 2018....Iโ€™m coming back, baby. Iโ€™m coming for you!'

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Onlookers stunned as Madonna hops off economy

Stunned passengers were left open-mouthed as they watched Madonna get off an economy flight - loaded with her Louis Vuitton luggage - after their plane was diverted on its way to Lisbon.

The music legend, worth around ยฃ600 million, was flying from Heathrow with Air Portugal earlier this week when the crew told passengers that the plane had to refuel in Porto instead.

The American, 59, looked tired as she wore a long, black and white multi-checked coat, a monochrome striped scarf and hid her make-up free face under a grey fedora hat, reports Daily Mail.

She had been hiding completely unrecognised in the cheap seats - which cost from just ยฃ42 instead of ยฃ180 for business class tickets - until the flight landed in Porto and her agent whisked her through business class to the front of the plane.

An onlooker said: 'We'd been on the ground for about 20 minutes when I saw her assistant speaking with crew members at the front of the plane. Then I noticed all this Louis Vuitton luggage being carried past me down the aisle too. And Madonna literally walked by me. I couldn't believe it. She had no make-up on but I Googled her and I discovered that she's recently bought a place in Lisbon, so her being on the flight suddenly made sense.'

'I thought to myself 'Madonna is on my flight!'

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'She looked tired as she sat and waited at the front of the plane for about half an hour. I could barely see her face, she was constantly turning away or hiding her face in her scarf. She didn't say or do anything while her agent was on her phone. Madonna was just sitting and waiting. Then she got off the plane and I saw her get on to an airport bus. I'd heard her agent saying that her car was waiting out front - they must have meant outside the airport.'

The assistant appeared to have told the crew she was Madonna but they remained professional and didn't react. No one else appeared to recognise the Holiday superstar in their midst.

The lunchtime flight sat on the Porto runway for about an hour before flying on to Lisbon.

The source continued: 'Then a lady asked why two women had left the flight at Porto. A female crew member whispered to her that it was Madonna. She was gobsmacked!'

The rest of the passengers eventually arrived in Lisbon three hours late yesterday evening.

When MailOnline spoke to Madonna's publicist Barbara Charone about this story, she refused to comment.

A spokesman for TAP said heavy rain in Lisbon meant there was bad air traffic over Lisbon.

The pilot was told that they would be in a holding queue for half an hour when they got there so they decided to touch down, he said.

The spokesman added that while TAP always carried sufficient fuel they decided that the better course of action was for the plane to land in Porto.

'TAP confirms Flight TP359 from November the 28, from Heathrow to Lisbon, diverted to Porto (distance between the 2 cities around 300 km) due to bad weather in Lisbon.'

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