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As first reported by Slate, all of the 16 Hollywood icons named in singer Madonna's pop song, "Vogue," have now died after the passing of Bacall on Tuesday.
The song, released in March 1990, was inspired by the New York City dance community. Voguing is a stylized dance that evolved from the Harlem ballroom scene in the 1980s.
One section of the song contains only spoken words in which Madonna quickly lists off 16 celebrities that are considered part of the golden era of Hollywood: 'Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Dietrich and DiMaggio / Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean / On the cover of a magazine / Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean / Picture of a beauty queen / Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers, dance on air / They had style, they had grace / Rita Hayworth gave good face / Lauren, Katharine, Lana too / Bette Davis, we love you.'
The black and white music video was famous for its unique choreography, an homage to classic Hollywood. The video was directed by David Fincher who went on to direct films such as 'Fight Club,' 'Se7en,' and 'The Social Network.'
At the time of the song's release, some of the stars mentioned had already died, including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jean Harlow and Bette Davis. Now, 24 years after the song's release, Bacall's was the final name on the roster.
The following is a list of the legendary stars in the order they are mentioned in the song:
Greta Garbo, 84 (died April 15, 1990)
Marilyn Monroe, 36 (died August 5, 1962)
Marlene Dietrich, 90 (died May 6, 1992)
Joe DiMaggio, 84 (died March 8, 1999)
Marlon Brando, 80 (died July 1, 2004)
James Dean, 24 (died September 30, 1955)
Grace Kelly, 52 (died September 14, 1982)
Jean Harlow, 26 (died June 7, 1937)
Gene Kelly, 83 (died February 2, 1996)
Fred Astaire, 88 (died June 22, 1987)
Ginger Rogers, 83 (died April 25, 1995)
Rita Hayworth, 68 (died May 14, 1987)
Lauren Bacall, 89 (died August 12, 2014)
Katharine Hepburn, 96 (died June 29, 2003)
Lana Turner, 74 (died June 29, 1995)
Bette Davis, 81 (died October 6, 1989)
From http://edition.cnn.com - thanks to Michael and Wil
No, it wasn’t a newly discovered arm muscle from dancing 15 hours a day, the latest piece of Dior couture or a precious toddler orphan from Malawi.
It was her 26-year-old boy toy, Timor Steffens.
The 55-year-old pop star has been reportedly romancing the youthful Dutch choreographer - who has worked with everyone from Beyoncé to Michael Jackson - since New Year’s Eve, when the pair met at designer Valentino’s Swiss château.
The revelation of this May-December relationship was about as shocking as Thursday coming after Wednesday.
Since her 2008 split from her fair-haired English director hubby, Guy Ritchie, her Madgesty has enjoyed the carnal company of swarthy, pillow-lipped young bucks with freakishly sculpted abs who could have been plucked from the same aesthetic conveyor belt.
First, there were reports she hooked up with A-Rod, who was a full-grown man of 32 - but still a good 17 years younger than Madonna. But in 2009 she really went for it: heavenly Brazilian model Jesus Luz was a babe of 22 when the then-51-year-old snared him. Then there was French dancer Brahim Zaibat, who was born in 1988, the year 'Like a Prayer' hit No. 1. At the tender age of 25, he was replaced by Steffens.
God bless the ol’ gal - a lady’s gotta eat. Why shouldn’t she have the freshest ingredients?
After all, Leonardo DiCaprio and newly engaged Adam Levine regularly go to the Victoria’s Secret dealership and pick out the latest model - then follow that up with the next limited-edition version.
Before getting engaged to London barrister Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney practically made a cottage industry out of turning statuesque cocktail waitresses, C-list actresses and pro wrestlers into Cinderellas for a couple years before moving on.
Those horndogs end up praised as desirable bachelors, while the Material Girl gets snarky comments - and not just from men.
Sharon Osbourne called Madonna a 'wet nurse' and said she was past her 'sell-by date' while discussing the singer’s dalliance with Steffens on 'The Talk.' And the comments section of any online story about Madonna’s dating life is like a middle-school slam book.
Maybe that’s not just because of her cougar status, but because she’s the only female celeb right now sowing her oats. The otherwise unconventional Lady Gaga is in a serious relationship. Katy Perry is a serial monogamist who sticks to guys who are her equals, career and fame-wise. And with Taylor Swift, it always seems like the tragic elements outweigh the fun.
Madonna, like proto-cougar Cher before her, is all about fun.
And she’s stood up for herself, explaining, 'I didn’t, like, write down on a piece of paper, ‘I’m going to have a relationship with a younger man.’ That’s just what happened. . . I just met someone that I cared for, and this happened to be his age.'
Why should she have to cruise ourtime.com for old farts?
So go on Madge, (and Cher), keep chasing the young blood. Maybe someday, you’ll be seen as a woman instead of a desperate cougar.
From NY Post / Kirsten Fleming
She had gotten excused from a jury service date in May. This time, she was finished within two hours and wasn't questioned for any case, spending the wait in a clerk's office instead of in the sprawling juror waiting room.
State court system spokesman David Bookstaver said officials cut Madonna loose because there were plenty of prospective jurors for the summer day's needs, and they didn't want her presence to create a distraction in the jury selection process.
'The greater good here is that her appearance really goes to show that everyone gets called,' Bookstaver said. 'The intent here was not to create a distraction to other jurors or the business of the court.'
Having the Material Girl hang out in the waiting room would likely have meant stationing extra court officers there, he noted.
Madonna's spokeswoman said only that the singer did her service. She's now excused from Manhattan state court jury duty for six years.
Manhattan has a star-studded jury pool by nature, and some notables do end up weighing cases. Former 'Who's The Boss?' star Tony Danza was on a jury in a drug sale case last winter, political scion and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy served as a juror in a drug-dealing case last year, and Rudy Giuliani - while mayor - was the foreman on a personal injury civil jury in 1999.
Many other luminaries have showed up at Manhattan courthouses but not been picked, except to set celebrity examples of civic responsibility at 'Juror Appreciation Day' ceremonies over the years. Comedian Jon Stewart, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, news anchor Tom Brokaw, New York Mets player David Wright and newswoman Barbara Walters have been among the guest stars at the appreciation fests over the years.
From AP Via Yahoo! News
'Serving my country! Reporting to jury selection! #itshotinhere'
The Material Girl hitmaker has pledged to fund three organisations in the bankrupt city and one of the projects is to renovate the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, where free after-school ring lessons and educational mentoring programmes for kids will be held.
Hearns is convinced Madonna's generosity will have a big impact on young boxers and he has applauded the singer for giving back to the community.
He tells Tmz.com, 'I think it's awesome for her to help, being as big as she is....The people who get the help she provides will probably shed tears.'
And the Boxing Hall of Fame icon, who grew up in Detroit, hopes Madonna's charitable pledge will inspire other natives to follow suit.
He adds, 'They should do as much as they can. It's where they came from, and it's not a great situation right now.'
Detroit city officials declared bankruptcy in July, 2013 with debts of at least $18 billion, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
The statement said Madonna's donations to three Detroit organizations represent 'the first phase of a long-term commitment to' the city.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will provide funding for a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which provides free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to dozens of children; buy new equipment, art and music supplies for the Detroit Achievement Academy; and help out The Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit that employs homeless women who sew garments that are distributed to the homeless.
'I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty. ... It was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover,' Madonna said in the written statement, referencing the city's efforts to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
'A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit, and I'm humbled to be able to give back to my community,' she said.
The statement does not say how much Madonna is contributing. A message seeking comment was left Monday with the singer's publicist, Liz Rosenberg.
In early June, Madonna posted photos of her visit to Detroit on Instagram. One of them shows her posing with some of the women who work at The Empowerment Plan.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
Madonna attended a preview of 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' in New York City on Monday, which would have been the rapper's 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25.
The musical officially opens Thursday at the Palace Theatre. It uses Shakur's songs to tell an original story about two young men dealing with life and tragedy in a Midwestern industrial city. Recent Tony winner Kenny Leon is directing.
Madonna sat in the third row. Shakur's mother and show producer, Afeni Shakur, also attended.
'Holler If Ya Hear Me' uses some of the rap genius' well-known songs, including 'California Love,' 'Dear Mama,' 'I Get Around' and 'Keep Ya Head Up.'
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
The head of the Commonwealth nations and the Mother of Christ, could not match the Queen of pop for clout according to a new analysis of online information database Wikipedia.
The study, which examined Wikipedia links, was conducted by Young Ho Eom at the University of Toulouse in France.
He applied Google PageRank algorithm which is used to determine how important webpages are and applied that to people, using Wikipedia to produce a list of history’s most influential. The analysis, which counts both incoming and outgoing links connected to the person online.
The list of influential females:
2. Queen Elizabeth II
3. Mary Mother of Jesus
4. Queen Victoria
5. Agatha Christie
6. Mariah Carey
7. Britney Spears
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. Martina Navratilova
10. Elizabeth the 1st
Clarke, 44, recognized his 14-year-old self in a recent Post article about Madonna’s early life in New York - he and his pals saw her as a big sister.
It was the spring of 1983, and Flaca, an up-and-coming actress, dancer and singer whose nickname was the Spanish word for skinny, had asked the teenage crew to join in a photo session at her building.
Just a few months after the shoot, she would be known all over the world as Madonna.
'You guys are my family,' she affectionately told the gang. 'Did you think I’d leave you out?'
As far as the streetwise teens were concerned, Flaca was their fun older sister - a bubbly confidante who played guitar on the sidewalk and grooved to the music that blared from her beloved boombox.
They knew she had talent, but never imagined she’d become an international superstar.
Three decades on, the early portraits of the pop diva have resurfaced in photographer Richard Corman’s book 'Madonna NYC 83' and were featured in a recent exhibition.
But it was only after The Post published an article about Corman’s work that Clarke, now serving a prolonged prison term for robbery, saw himself in the pictures and recalled the shoot.
To read the rest of the story visit: http://nypost.com
During her visit, she spent time at the Detroit Achievement Academy - a public charter primary school, Ponyride - a social impact incubator, the Heidelberg Project, the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym and the Dime Music School. She released the following statement following her visit:
'Many people doubt that Detroit can come back and think that the challenges are too overwhelming to overcome. But what I witnessed today is the true story of Detroit - a city of innovation, commitment, perseverance, imagination and opportunity. The entrepreneurs, artists, activists, teachers and children I met today left me incredibly inspired. I appreciated every minute of it and look forward to helping make the future of Detroit brighter.'
Yes, David helped me decorate my homes in New York and London. Yes, he built beautiful handcrafted furniture for me. Yes, he found gorgeous linens and silks in Greece, Italy and Thailand and brought them back to transform into curtains or reupholster an odd set of chairs. Yes, he took me to antique shops in Paris and turned me on to the most exquisite Fornasetti lamps.
And then there was his infectious appreciation for the subtle beauty of every gradation of blue. When I think of David, I think of blue. Then again, when I think of David, I feel blue – because I miss him! I'm always in desperate need of his advice, input and direction.
When I look around my houses in New York or London, I am struck by what an influence he has had on me. He has left his souvenirs everywhere: his touch, his taste, his flair and his blue.
He has influenced the way my homes look, of course, but he's had a much bigger impact on my life.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.mrporter.com/intl/journal
'I know why the caged bird sings! Maya Angelou lives on forever! #iconic #artforfreedom'
'A truly inspirational poet, writer, artist, woman, activist, human being! Thank you for your words of wisdom and your big beautiful heart! #rebelheart #artforfreedom'
The pop superstar, who has lived in the Big Apple since the early 1980s, had been expected to perform her civic duty at Manhattan Supreme Court, but she appeared to be a no show after failing to turn up.
However, New York County Clerk Norman Goodman has since revealed the Material Girl hitmaker had asked to postpone the court appearance due to ill health and has instead offered to report for jury duty at a later date, according to the New York Daily News.
Details of what ails the singer have not been made public, but she showed no signs of illness over America's Memorial Day weekend as she shared photos of herself riding a horse and spending time with her children on a beach via Instagram.com.
Madonna previously attended jury duty in Beverly Hills, California in 2008, but she was dismissed after four hours.
She and daughter Lourdes were in the audience to see Neil Patrick Harris play a transgender East Berlin rocker (and 'internationally ignored song stylist') in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.'
The Tony-nominated show’s costume designer, Arianne Phillips, worked on the Material Girl’s last four world tours.
Others who’ve seen the show: Ricky Martin, Jane Fonda and Dakota Fanning.
From Page Six / New York Post
Madonna herself posted this comment about the show on her Instagram page:
Go see Hedwig and The Angry Inch! On Broadway. It was incredibly moving ! I loved it! @hedwigonbroadway A real example of #artforfreedom
Madge was playing a game of word association in which she associated Hillary Clinton 'angry' and the Crocs shoe as 'effective'.
Then, when confronted with kale (the world reknowned andmuch respected superfood) she associated it with ‘gay’. Well, it is rather fabulous.
And now the world is all up in arms with some sections of it suggesting Madonna is a big ol’ homophobe and was using the term as an insult. Maybe Madge just hates kale because it’s biggest advocate is her arch enemy Gwyneth Paltrow?
Seriously though, we think that this is rather a jump considering the woman is a well know AIDS/HIV activist and just provided the soundtrack to a mass wedding of (yep, you guessed it) gays at the Grammys.
However, even if she did use the word in a negative sense (which would have been a bit silly, granted) we reckon it’s still not justifiable to call her homophobic. Don’t forget that Putin and the Russians almost sued her because of her support of gay people.
Saying this, some people will continue to be outraged. We suppose it’s best to let them stew.
From Amy Nickell / Yahoo! Celebrity
The singer, 55, was taking part in a word association game for Buzzfeed when she made the comment.
She labelled Hillary Clinton 'angry' and the Crocs shoe as 'effective'.
When presented with the leafy vegetable kale, she wrote 'gay' - she also used the term to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin.
One fan said: 'I am surprised she is using the word 'gay' as an insult. I thought she was more sensitive than that.' Another wrote on the site: 'Could have done without the 'gay' comments but otherwise funny.'
In January, Madonna apologised for using a racial slur to refer to her white son on Instagram. She posted a picture of her 13-year-old son Rocco boxing and used a hashtag that contained a variation of the n-word. She said she used the word as a term of endearment.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
According to DNAinfo.com, a $2,545 bra designed by New York-based lingerie designer Deborah Marquit was stolen after the performer's photo shoot with L'uomo Vogue. Marquit staffers told the NYPD that a $345 thong and a $515 brief were among the other expensive pieces taken around midnight after being stowed under a chair around 4 p.m. on March 20.
When reached by email, a rep for the fashion label tells Pret-a-Reporter that the pull consisted of 'a large amount of lingerie samples' that were borrowed for the shoot.
'We received only 13 pieces back of the 34 that were loaned to the shoot, and the rest were either lost or stolen because we never got them back,' the Marquit rep writes. 'Deborah would just like the samples found and returned.'
According to Marquit's website, the designer's pieces have been worn by Britney Spears, Hilary Swank and Rihanna, with everyday lace items starting at $65 for a thong and going up to $295 for a leopard bra.
Pret-a-Reporter has reached out to Madonna's rep for comment.
'I notice she's looking over my shoulder and as I turned I saw a guy had come up out of the audience, jumped up on the stage and he's coming toward her. All I could think of was, 'This is a three character play, and you're not in it. We don't need a fourth.''
He continues, 'My instinct was to turn around, so I grabbed him, I pulled him over and threw him into the wings, because by now the stagehands (were) all waiting to see what he'd do. I came back up on stage and we got back into the play.'
The 38-year-old rapper is reportedly being sued for $15.1m in 'restitution' on top of the $1.5m they were demanding for breach of contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
She tweeted to Madonna Tuesday: 'ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million ?'
The NFL claims that the extra $15m covers 'the alleged value of public exposure she received by appearing for an approximately two minute segment during Madonna's performance,' adding, 'The figure is based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time.'
M.I.A's spokesperson said the claim, 'lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic.'
They added that the 'continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL.'
M.I.A previously uploaded a video of herself discussing the incident on the phone to an unnamed person, during which she accused the NFL of a 'massive display of corporation d*ck-shaking', adding that there were more offensive images on show during the Super Bowl than her flicking her middle finger.
The singer and the iconic Vogue editor have joined many in remembering the stylist and fashion designer, who was found dead from apparent suicide at her home in New York Monday morning
Anna wrote on Vogue.com: 'I am deeply saddened by the loss of L'Wren Scott. L'Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style. In person, L'Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern. We will all miss her.'
Expressing her grief at the designer's passing at the age of 49, Madonna said: 'This is a horrible and tragic loss. I'm so upset. I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me.'
The tributes comes as pictures have emerged of L'Wren's partner of 13 years, Sir Mick Jagger, just moments after he had been told she had been found dead. The Rolling Stones singer looked visibly distraught as he left Coco's restaurant in Perth, Australia, where he has recently landed with the band to start a tour.
The Brat Pack star, who says the new book (due out April 8) is racier than his first; it tells of meeting Madonna after a show in Los Angeles in 1984.
'She was cute and she was young and she was single, and so I sat front-row.... she was a revelation,' Lowe writes. 'Madonna would like to see you backstage,’ a security guard said as the house lights came up.'
'She had flawless skin and eyes that imparted secrets....she asked what movie I was working on and so I told her a little about ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ which I had just finished. ‘I play the bad boy,’ I said. Madonna just smiled. She seemed to like that.'
Months later, they made a date to meet up at the Palladium, 'a giant dance club that was filled with rabid ‘boy-toy’ doppelganger fans of both sexes. It was a madhouse.' After a harrowing trek through the 'grabbing and pawing' crowd, Lowe reached the VIP section.
'Madonna and I were discussing where we would sneak off to at the end of the evening when she suddenly jumped up and said, ‘Let’s dance!’.... ‘I’ll wait here,’ I said. 'Suit yourself,’ she replied as she waded beyond the velvet rope into the fray.' But, unlike the free-spirited singer, Lowe had no desire to rub elbows with his fans. He writes: 'You’re crazy,’ I said, half meaning it. ‘No I’m not,’ she said . . . ‘I’m just not going to let success f–k up my fun.'
Lowe is coming to Midtown to sign copies of his book on April 9 at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue.
From Page Six / New York Post
The group opted to go with a basic green-and-white marker, with hopes of having it installed in the coming months. It would be placed near the intersection of West Thomas Street and South Euclid Avenue, welcoming visitors traveling into town off US-10.
'The goal of this Madonna sign is simply to get people into town,' Girard told The Bay City Times. Down the road, Girard said he hopes to install another landmark - possibly a statue - that would honor Madonna in Bay City.
'When people go to Wall Street in New York, what do they do? They get their picture with the big bull,' he said. 'We need something in town that people want to come and see and take their picture in front of.'
Madonna grew up in Bay City and Rochester Hills and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Girard introduced a resolution for a Madonna sign at a Bay City Commission meeting Feb. 17, and was met with unanimous support from his fellow commissioners. The resolution calls to have the sign paid for using private funds. So far, the group has raised $650. The next step is to meet with the local Michigan Department of Transportation unit in Bay City to agree on the logistics of installing such a sign, said Girard, who hopes to have that meeting in the next two weeks.
From The Detroit News: www.detroitnews.com
Declaring her admiration for 'Vogue' hitmaker, Ariana who recently split from The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, told V magazine:
'She [Madonna] is my idol as far as attitude. I just love how she stands up for what she believes in and surprises people by not eff-ing up when they want her to so badly.'
Recalling the some of the specific reasons why she 'loves' Madonna, Ariana continued: 'Know what I love the most about Madonna? When a bad review came out, she was the first person to say ‘F**k you.’ When someone said she sounded like Minnie Mouse, she crawled into bed naked except for Minnie Mouse ears.'
'It’s such a good attitude to have', Ariana mused before revealing how she is using Madonna's attitude in her own life. She said: 'It’s inspiring to me because there are times when I think I’ve been a weak, people-pleasing little mouse my whole life.'
'That’s what I am learning right now, that I have to become stronger in this industry. I’ve learned over the past year that you don’t have time to chase after every person who doesn’t understand you. The people that know me know that I’m a nice girl. My fans know that I’m a nice girl. My friends know that I’m a nice girl. And ultimately, that’s all that matters.'
From Entertainment Wise / Yahoo! News
In a post alongside a picture of Maduro on image-sharing social network Instagram, Madonna accused the Venezuelan leader of human rights violations, while also condemning authorities in Russia and Ukraine.
'Apparantly (sic) Maduro is not familiar with the phrase 'Human Rights'! Facism (sic) is alive and thriving in Venezuela and Russia,' Madonna wrote. 'The Ukraine isn't far behind!'
Venezuela has been gripped by weeks of protests that have left at least four people dead.
Demonstrators are angry over rampant street crime, runaway inflation, corruption and bleak job prospects in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves.
Maduro, who took office after the death of Hugo Chavez last year, has claimed the protests are part of a conspiracy to overthrow his government.
From AFP Via Yahoo! News
The pop superstar introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova during the Amnesty International concert at the Barclays Center on Wednesday and made a speech about their activism and legal woes.
It has now emerged Madonna spent time with the pair following the concert and was spotted engaged in conversation with the Russian women via a translator at the Big Apple's Antica Pesa restaurant, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
A source tells the publication, 'Madonna in head-to-toe black, fingerless gloves and a gold-and-diamond grill. She was in deep conversation with the Pussy Riot girls all night. She looked very interested in what they said.'
Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were jailed for two years along with their bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich after performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.
Samutsevich's sentence was commuted in October, 2012 and Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were released as part of an amnesty in December.
Madonna told the crowd of thousands Wednesday night that she received death threats for standing up for Pussy Riot, a Russian protest punk band, when two of its members were arrested for hooliganism after staging a protest in a Russian church in 2012.
'The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to love who we want to love, to be who we are - do we have to fight for that?' the pop icon said, answering her own question with an expletive. 'I've always considered myself a freedom fighter since the early '80s when I realized I had a voice and I could sing more than songs about being a material girl or feeling like a virgin. And I have definitely paid for and have been punished for speaking my mind and for sticking my neck out for this kind of discrimination. But that's OK.'
At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Madonna introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were released from prison in December and made their first public appearance in the U.S. on Tuesday. They spoke through a translator at the 'Bringing Human Rights Home' concert, telling the audience they were grateful to be free, but have to continue to fight to save others who are imprisoned.
Alekhina and Tolokonnikova, who wore T-shirts featuring cross designs Wednesday, thanked supporters for sending letters while they were in jail and Amnesty International for its mission to protect human rights.
'Thank you to all of those who are bold enough and who care enough to speak out against injustice and speak the truth,' Alekhina said.
The Moscow-based group, which features nearly a dozen female musicians, has been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and political conditions in their homeland. 'Russia will be free!' they yelled along with the crowd before they exited the stage.
While Madonna and Pussy Riot didn't perform, the Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono closed the more than four-hour event, while Imagine Dragons were crowd favorites with their Grammy-winning hit, 'Radioactive.' Lauryn Hill and Blondie earned cheers as they entered the stage. Hill kicked off her set - each act roughly performed three songs - with 'Ready or Not' from her Fugees days, while Debbie Harry was a firecracker when she sang 'One Way or Another' and 'Call Me.'
Amnesty International's 'Bringing Human Rights Home' also included performances from Cake, the Fray, Bob Geldof, Tegan and Sara, Colbie Caillat and Cold War Kids. It is the organization's first concert since the 'Human Rights Concerts' were held from 1986 to 1998, and included U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
Picture from Reuters Via Yahoo! News
'If it was anything else, I might plead my foot, but I won’t miss this. It’s too important' - it’s about love!'
That’s what Madonna told members of her inner circle who were suggesting the star’s recent injury to her foot was too painful and 'too hobbling' for her to appear at the Grammys last Sunday night.
Silly inner circle! Don’t they know by now that as soon as you tell Madonna not to do, say, or wear something, she is going to do exactly the opposite. (Alas, somebody told her not wear that silly gold grill on her teeth, so she did. At least on the red carpet.)
In any case, though Madonna looked like she was paying homage to the Amish on the way into the Grammys, she pulled it out of the fire when she went onstage. Changed into a more flattering white suit, and steadying herself on a white cane, she joined multiple Grammy-winner Macklemore, along with Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, and Queen Latifah in a splendid rendition of 'Same Love.' (M melded her classic 'Open Your Heart' with the new song. And Latifah presided over 33 weddings, both straight and gay.) Madonna was in good voice and the entire number was beautifully conceived. If you weren’t impressed or moved, your hearts of stone must weigh you down!
By now, you probably know all this. What you don’t know is how much physical discomfort Madonna was in. And perhaps many of you are not aware of the beating M took on the social media - a lot of it was shockingly racist and directed at her son, David! (David looked adorable with his mom on the red carpet in a duplicate of Madonna's black pantsuit.)
Many of these online morons don’t seem to be aware that Madonna adopted David a number of years ago. She also has an adopted daughter, Mercy. And also the two children she has given birth to. But the level of ugly vitriol on poor David is stunning.
Unfortunately, M recently lit a fire under her critics by her misguided attempt to appear as if she were getting 'down with the kids' using the N-word as a 'term of endearment' towards her older son, Rocco, fathered by Guy Ritchie. She apologized. But her appearance at the Grammys with David compelled her haters to decry it as a 'PR stunt' to prove she isn’t racist. Please. Madonna is no racist. Her crime, if we can call it that, is she doesn’t censor herself and is often caught up in maintaining an image that needs some tweaking to maturity. And, like most adults, she should get off Twitter. (Nothing but trouble there, people.)
But so much more came pouring out - especially on the Yahoo! site - and that David was the target is pretty grim.
To read the rest of Liz's Grammy Awards column visit: www.newyorksocialdiary.com
'I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me.'
Last night, she posted a picture of her 13-year-old son Rocco boxing and used a hashtag that contained a variation of the n-word.
When fans objected, she defiantly called them haters, but in a statement today she was contrite, saying: 'Forgive me.'
Madonna said she is not a racist and did not mean to use the word as a slur but knows there is no way to defend its use. She said she used it as a term of endearment.
She said she apologises if it gave the wrong impression.
From Press Association Via Yahoo! News
As the LA Times reported Friday, Jan. 17, the dancing divas are among the big surprises scheduled for the awards show. The two hitmakers, however, will not be performing together, the insider tells Us.
According to the paper, Madonna will provide guest vocals during a performance from one of the evening's nominees.
The 2014 Grammy Awards will mark for the 'XO' singer, meanwhile, her first TV performance after dropping her fifth studio album, Beyonce, in late December. The record has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide since it's shocking surprise release.
Both Beyonce and Madonna took center stage during the 2013 and 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, respectively. The Material Girl, 55, recently attended a Beyonce concert and expressed support for her fellow singer: 'Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show!' Madonna wrote beside a picture of the sexy songstress on stage at the Barclays Center in NYC. 'Girls run the world!'
They will join performers like John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Blake Shelton, and more next weekend.
The Grammys awards ceremony will air Sunday, Jan. 26 on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
The 'Gangster Squad' actor - who was married to the 'Material Girl' singer for four years from 1985 to 1989 - is founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation and Ambassador-at-Large for the Caribbean country and he was delighted when his ex-wife decided to come to the country to help him with his efforts, something that didn't take much convincing.
Speaking at his Help Haiti Home benefit gala, Penn told E! Online: 'I don't know if I called her [Madonna] or if it was one time that we ran into each other but, I said, 'Would you like to come down [to Haiti]?' She said she would. She came down with her son Rocco and it was great to have them down there.'
Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake which killed more than 250,000 people four years ago and Penn has since been working to provide rescue and aid efforts to Haitian's whose lives have been destroyed by the disaster.
The 53-year-old actor - who has children Dylan Frances Penn and Hopper Jack Penn with his second wife, Robin Wright - added that Madonna's presence on the island helps the world to see 'the enormous amount of change that's happened in Haiti'.
The Queen of Pop came under fire when she shared an image on Instagram of Rocco - her son from her marriage to director Guy Ritchie - holding the booze as he stood between two friends who were clutching bottles of vodka.
The 55-year-old captioned the snap: 'The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.'
The picture, taken during the family's New Year break in Switzerland, met with some criticism online, with one fan saying it was 'extremely irresponsible' and another questioning whether the boys were old enough to drink.
However, Madonna quickly fired back to explain that Rocco and his friends hadn't actually been drinking the alcohol.
'No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humour! Don't start the year off with judgment!' she wrote.
Madonna has been on holiday in Gstaad with her children Rocco, Lourdes, 17, and eight-year-olds David and Mercy.
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Madge and her brood - including son Rocco, 13, and daughter Lourdes, 17 - have been hitting the slopes in Gstaad, 'skiing every day,' spies said. During one run, Madonna was overheard saying of her family’s attitude at high altitude: 'We go big or go home.'
Madge nudged Rocco, one insider said, quipping, 'When you’re with me, it’s hard-core exercise. With me, it’s nothing but exercise.' She then joked to a friend, 'He doesn’t do that with his dad,' meaning British director Guy Ritchie.
Brave Rocco, who’s been taking a cue from his father and shooting movies on the slopes, we hear, shot back to his mom, 'Drop it!'
Meantime, La Guardia HS student Lourdes turned heads with her New York style at the ritzy GreenGo Club, we hear, when she showed up in 'jeans and a cropped, sheer top.' 'This place is filled with Dior and Hermes, even for the teen set who all go to Le Rosey,' sniffed a source. A rep for Madonna didn’t get back to us.
From Page Six / New York Post
From Page Six / NYPost.com
Following a screening of all 17 videos, which were played consecutively with movie theater quality sound, Beyonce took to the stage to address the crowd. 'I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire,' the songstress shared of the Queen of Pop, 55, who actually attended Beyonce's Brooklyn show on Thursday, Dec. 19. Madonna shared an adorable Instagram photo from the show of the 'XO' singer planting a kiss on her 8-year-old daughter Mercy James.
The 'Run the World' singer, wearing a stunning sheer black dress at the screening, added that she wanted to 'show other women, when you get to this point in your career, you don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money, and your success, you can do it yourself.'
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The Queen of Pop took to the website to post the snap, which was taken during Bey's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour show, held at the Brooklyn's Barclays Center in New York last night (Thursday 09 December).
In the image, the XO singer can be seen planting a smacker on the eight year old's head during her performance.
Madge accompanied the pic with the caption: 'Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen. B!
She later added: 'Mrs. Carter crushes the BK (Brooklyn) with her bad ass show! Girls run the world!
Her income for the 12-month period used by the magazine also made her the highest-earning celebrity overall, it said.
Much of Madonna's earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 were from her worldwide MDNA Tour, which pulled in $305 million. But the 55-year-old singer, who jumped from ninth place in 2012, also made money with merchandising sales, her fragrance and from her Material Girl clothing line.
She is 'music's top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe,' according to Forbes.
Lady Gaga, with $80 million, jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 this year, despite her Born This Way Ball tour being cut short due to an injury. Gaga, 27, released her album 'ARTPOP' after the cut off date for Forbes' annual earnings calculations.
Swift, 23, dropped from second place in 2012 to third this year. Her $55 million in earnings came from sales of her latest album 'Red' as well as endorsement deals, records sales and touring.
Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income based on record sales, concert tickets, touring information merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers. It also looked at data from the Pollstar trade magazine, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.
Singer Beyonce, 32, came in fourth, not far behind with $53 million. The R&B star, who rose two places from last year, was also on the road with her Mrs. Carter World Tour, and earned cash from her House of Dereon clothing line and endorsement deals.
Jennifer Lopez, 44, rounded out the top five women with $45 million. Although her earnings dropped after she left her spot as a judge on the TV singing competition show 'American Idol,' she still earned plenty of money from her world tour and the Latin singing competition show 'Q'Viva' for the Fox television network.
Country singer and 2005 'American Idol' winner Carrie Underwood, 30, was a newcomer to the list at No. 9. Underwood, who played the lead role of Maria in a live version of 'The Sound of Music' for television earlier this month, earned $31 million from her latest album 'Blown Away' and touring.
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The 55-year-old pop star and her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat have broken up, a rep for the singer confirms to E! News. No word on why Madonna and the 25-year-old dancer went their separate ways, but some are speculating the couple ended their three-year relationship because of busy and conflicting schedules.
Zaibat, who worked as a backup dances during Madonna's recent MDNA world tour, is currently competing on the French version of Dancing With the Stars.
Madonna and Zabat's last big red carpet appearance together was at the Met Gala in NYC back in May. The former lovebirds walked the carpet together in coordinating punk-inspired outfits and posed for pics as a couple.
The duo was also spotted last week at an NYC Kabbalah center.
From E! Online UK
The 'Girl Gone Wild' hitmaker attempted to keep a low profile as she attended LaGuardia High School in New York City with her other children, Rocco, David and Mercy to cheer on the 17-year-old fashion designer as she played Betty Rizzo in the iconic musical.
An eyewitness told UsMagazine.com that Lourdes won rave reviews for her performance: '[She was] really good. The show was completely sold out, and people were scalping tickets beforehand.'
The insider added: 'She is a great singer, dancer and actress and seemed completely comfortable on the stage. She also seemed like she was having a lot of fun with the part.'
Lourdes thanked her mother and father, Carlos Leon, in the event's program.
It states: 'Lola Leon (Betty Rizzo) is a senior Drama major at LaGuardia and this is her second annual musical. Last year she performed the role of Elaine in 'Sweet Charity' at LaGuardia and is very grateful to be able to participate in such an elaborate production for the second year in a row. Previous work in musical theatre before that include ensemble roles in 'Hair' and 'Cabaret' at ArtsEd in London. She would like to thank her parents with all of her heart for giving her guidance and love and supporting her passions wholeheartedly.'
The Material Girl star sparked controversy during her trip to Russia last year by publicly backing jailed punk stars Pussy Riot and voicing her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The move prompted activists in the country to file a lawsuit against the star, which was later dismissed, over claims she violated a local law banning the promotion of homosexuality.
Madonna has refused to back down, and she has now written an open letter demanding supporters around the world band together to 'fight against the Russian government's campaign of hate'.
The singer has thrown her support behind the Human Rights Campaign's Love Conquers Hate drive, which she insists is more relevant than ever for Russia as the 2013 Winter Olympics in Sochi approach.
She writes, 'Right now in Russia, LGBT people....are being targeted by hateful new laws that outlaw support for LGBT equality. Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment, and violence at the hands of thugs.'
'At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we as advocates have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global. That's why I'm joining Hrc's Love Conquers Hate campaign, in hopes that more and more fair-minded people around the world will stand up and fight against the Russian government's campaign of hate....'
'The goal of these hateful laws (in Russia) is to leave LGBT Russians feeling isolated. Worthless. Completely alone. Together, we can send a message to LGBT Russians that the world is on their side, and that those who seek to support them aren't alone in this fundamental fight for fairness. It's time for love to conquer hate everywhere, for everyone. I hope you'll stand with me in this fight.'
The Queen of Pop's Raising Malawi organisation and the late Hollywood legend's charity will join forces with the Grassroot Soccer program, which helps educate youngsters about Hiv prevention and testing through the power of the hugely popular sport.
The Material Girl says, 'I'm excited to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation to expand Grassroot Soccer's Hiv prevention programs in Malawi.'
'I'm passionate about education especially and these programs give girls and boys the tools they need to live healthier, more productive lives. Elizabeth Taylor was a role model for many, including myself!'
'She devoted a large part of her life to making the world a better place. I know she would be pleased to see her work continue in the fight against Aids.'
The British actor has recalled being introduced to the music superstar for the first time. He claims Madonna found his moniker rather amusing.
'She said, 'You’re the one with the strange name.' I said, 'Yes, I am, Madonna,'' Benedict laughed to the latest British edition of GQ magazine.
The 37-year-old star also discussed his love life in the interview. Despite recently being voted the world's sexiest actor, Benedict is currently single. He admits that having a successful Hollywood career has changed the way women treat him.
'It is harder [meeting women], because people think they know more about you than they actually do,' he explained. 'And you can’t control that....you can’t control perceptions of you..
Benedict has developed a reputation for being posh because he is so well spoken and has an unusual name. He wishes people would look past the surface and realise he is a down-to-earth guy.
From Yahoo! News
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: http://www.instagram.com/seanpenn
'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.
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.
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'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.)
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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 People.com, '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
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
'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