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Arianne Phillips: 'I cannot stand by and be silent'

Madonna's stylist and longtime collaborator Arianne Phillips has added her thoughts to the critics of Madonna's Met Ball outfit:

ON MY SOAPBOX....@madonna and @riccardotisci17 together created her met look. I wasn't part of it, however I cannot stand by and be silent. Regardless of what people's opinions are of her choice it is offensive and disturbing that women are chastised for being what society considers 'age appropriate', you don't see the kind of negative and horrible 'age appropriate' comments about the way men dress! It is unheard of we hold women to a different standard.

I support @Madonna in her choices to express herself in her art and who she is. She is a fierce leader, she has made a career based on making fearless bold choices. Young artists today owe a great debt to her trailblazing on many fronts.

I hardly ever comment on posts however I cannot stand by without voicing my support and appreciation for who Madonna is as a woman and artist. 👊🏼


Madonna hits back at Met Ball critics

Madonna hit back at all the negativity in the media about her Met Ball outfit in this Instagram post:

'We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road less travelled by. That's how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me‼️ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel ❤️ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality! 🙏'

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Prince And Madonna Almost Toured Together, But He Said 'The World Isn't Ready'

The greatest co-headlining superstar tour of all time almost happened. Until Prince decided the world wasn't ready for that much awesome. The story of the never-to-be Royalty Tour came from Madonna/U2 manager Guy Oseary on Thursday night, in a loving Instagram tribute to Prince, who died earlier in the day at age 57 at his Minneapolis home.

'I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote 'Love God,'' wrote Oseary, who rose from a teenage A&R gig at Madonna's Maverick Records to his current position as one of the biggest managers in the business, with a client list that includes comedy superstar Amy Schumer. Oseary described the walls of his teenage room as being covered with Prince posters, visible from the street outside the two-bedroom apartment he shared with his dad.

Flash forward many years later and Oseary said he reconnected with Prince, with whom he'd become friendly. 'I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said 'I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour... The Queen and The Prince'.... I love the way she thinks... When I told Prince the idea he said: 'the world isn't ready for this, it's too big.''

The hook-up made sense, and not only because the pair were two of the most pioneering video music artists of all time, practically helping to invent the genre (along with Michael Jackson) in the 1980s. Prince appeared twice on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, on the distorted guitar into to the title track, as well as on the duet 'Love Song.'

Despite Prince's shut-down of the idea, Oseary said he always thought he might still pull off the double bill one day. '@Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark,' he recalled. 'He didn't go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart's and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him. It's the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly. I won't forget that electrifying performance. Or the smile on his face that night. And the love that he gave me.'

Oseary said Prince always treated him kindly, even if they didn't always agree and they sometimes argued for hours. 'But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him,' he wrote. 'I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I'm here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.'

The post was accompanied by a photo taken in the summer of 1999, in which Oseary is seated next to a chatty Madonna, who is right next to fashion icon Donatella Versace. On the far end of the table is Prince, who Guy clearly has his eyes locked on. 'I have the original lyrics to 'purple rain' on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him,' he said. 'Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say 'thank you, I was looking for this'... Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace.'

From Billboard.com


Fun in London with my homies (and teacher)!

Madonna posted another shot of herself, Rocco and friends in this Instagram post.

Madonna herself visited Rocco's school in North London today to meet with his teachers. At the independent school where Rocco is a student, youngsters can study over 20 A-level subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Madonna And Rocco Continue Reconciliation With Gallery Visit

The Like A Virgin singer took her 15-year-old son and a group of his friends to the Barbican arts centre, to view the Strange and Familiar exhibit.

Madonna and Rocco, a photography enthusiast, are reportedly back on good terms following her ongoing custody battle with his father Guy Ritchie.

'Madonna and Rocco spent some quality time together talking about photography, which is one of their mutual interests,' a source close to the star tells MailOnline.com. 'They seem to have come a long way since she and Rocco were reunited.'

Legal proceedings were opened in London and New York after the teenager refused to return to his mother's home in Manhattan in December last year following a Christmas break with his dad in England.

However, the custody fight now appears to be close to over after Madonna and Guy met for talks in London last week.

The mother-and-son outing to the exhibition was the site of Madonna and Rocco's second day out in just over a week. Last Monday (11April) they watched the superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at a cinema.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna And Guy Ritchie Meet For Custody Talks

The former couple have been embroiled in a legal battle to decide whether Rocco, 15, should live in London with director Guy or in New York with Madonna, and judges in both cities urged the parents to come to an agreement out of court.

The Material Girl singer jetted into London at the start of April and Guy was spotted dropping Rocco off at her home a few days later. The teenager left smiling after two hours and they reunited once more for a cinema date to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Monday.

It now appears Madonna and Guy are trying to build bridges themselves. The 47-year-old director was pictured arriving at Madonna's London home on his bicycle in a white tracksuit on Wednesday evening, emerging 'some time' later, according to MailOnline.

Rocco was also snapped entering the house that evening and leaving Thursday morning after spending the night. In the pictures, Rocco, seems in high spirits as he walks away clutching his skateboard.

The custody case was closed in London in March so it could be pursued solely in New York. High Court Judge Justice MacDonald urged the former couple to find an amicable solution before they miss out on the rest of his childhood.

From www.contactmusic.com


Madonna lands in London

Madonna has touched down in London, reportedly in an attempt to reunite with her son Rocco and get him back to school in America.

Bad news for the Hung Up singer though – Rocco and his father are currently thought to be holidaying in the Maldives.

The pop star recently ended her worldwide Rebel Heart tour, from which 15-year-old Rocco abruptly left in 2015. He moved in with his father Guy Ritchie and step-mother Jacqui Ainsley, and Guy and Madonna have been locked in a bitter custody battle since.

In March, a British judge ruled that English proceedings could be halted and all custody discussion would take place in America. Madonna wants 15-year-old Rocco to return to live with her in New York state while the teen has requested to live in London with his father.

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Madonna: 'Don't Park In My Driveway!'

The Material Girl star hit headlines on Thursday when she was reportedly ordered to remove signs in front of her property which read, 'Tenant parking only....unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at vehicle owner's expense.. In addition, the words .No Parking. had been embossed in cement on the sidewalk, and the nearby curb had been painted yellow.

Madonna's neighbour reported the signage and the singer's attempt to reserve her own parking spot to the New York Department of Transportation. An official visited Madonna's $40 million (£28 million) Upper East Side townhouse on Wednesday and ordered her team to remove the signage immediately, according to TMZ.com.

Editors of the U.K.'s Daily Mail picked up the story, with a headline which read: 'She's playing 'B**ch, I'm Madonna': Pop icon angers NYC neighbors by putting up FAKE 'No parking' signs outside $40 million Upper East Side Penthouse.'

Hours after news broke, Madonna took to Instagram and posted a screenshot of the Daily Mail's article, and seemingly brushed off the criticisms by poking fun at the entire situation.

'Yes Bishes I am Madonna, and that is my driveway and if people park in front of it i cant drive in my driveway! So sorry the city doesn't like the color yellow! We will paint a nice dull grey to keep our neighbors happy! Sorry! Im saying 3 extra Hail Mary's this Easter for this transgression!'

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Madonna Son's Future To Be Decided In The US

It would be a 'very great tragedy' if any more of the 'precious and fast receding days' of Madonna and Guy Ritchie's son Rocco's childhood were taken up by a custody dispute, a High Court judge has said.

The 57-year-old singer wants the teenager to return to live with her in the US after he remained in London with his father after a visit.

Litigation had begun in London and New York but Mr Justice MacDonald ruled that the English proceedings could be halted.

The judge analysed the latest round of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this month.

He was asked to decide whether he should allow English proceedings to draw to a close - or whether he should make decisions about Rocco's welfare.

No-one involved was in court when the ruling was handed down but Mr Justice MacDonald pleaded with Madonna and Ritchie to try to settle the dispute.

He said the youngster was a 'very great credit' to his parents and urged Madonna and Ritchie to spend time enjoying his company.

Lawyers have told him that both had outlined proposals for negotiation. More court hearings are expected to be held in New York.

'At the root of these proceedings....is a temporary breakdown in trust,' said the judge in his ruling. 'For all the media coverage, comment and analysis, this is a case born out of circumstances that arise for countless separated parents the world over.'

He added: 'I renew, one final time, my plea for the parents to seek, and to find, an amicable resolution to the dispute between them. Most importantly.....summer does not last forever. The boy very quickly becomes the man. It would be a very great tragedy for Rocco if any more of the precious and fast receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute.

'Far better for each of his parents to spend that time enjoying, in turn, the company of the mature, articulate and reflective young man who is their son and who is a very great credit to them both.'

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Liz Smith: Sorry, Haters

Liz Smith takes to task all the haters out there currently criticising Madonna:

Now Madonna, who will end her 'Rebel Heart' tour in a few days, in Sydney, Australia, is embroiled in a terrible custody battle over her and Ritchie's son, Rocco. Madonna is strict, Guy is not. That, apparently, is Rocco's problem. He's 15. Madonna adores her son. She loves all of her children. She's not a perfect person and would be the first to admit it, but she has been a good parent. (She would also admit that like all parents, she has things to learn and accept in that area, too.)

As miserable as this custody issue has made her, the very last thing that she would do is self-destruct. I know there's a contingent out there that wants this super-controlled, phenomenally successful woman to lose it, and become a tragic figure. Just like all the others - Judy and Marilyn and Amy and Billie and Jim Morrison and Janis, etc. Some of these people even claim to be fans! They think she needs to be 'humbled.' Not. Going. To. Happen.

I think it all will work out, but sorry haters - or you people out there who just love a good celebrity tragedy - she's not heading down the road to perdition and/or messy decline. She hasn't worked this hard and this long to allow that to happen.

To read the full article visit: www.newyorksocialdiary.com


Madonna 'wants to heal wounds' in row over son Rocco's future

Madonna has told a High Court judge that she wants to restore peace and heal wounds opened in a dispute with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over the future of their 15-year-old son Rocco.

A lawyer for the singer told Mr Justice MacDonald that she wanted to end litigation.

Her hopes for the future were revealed at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Friday.

The singer and the film-maker are embroiled in litigation in England and New York.

Judges have heard that Rocco had remained in London with his father after a visit. Madonna wants the teenager to return to live with her in the US.

Lawyers have told Mr Justice MacDonald that Madonna wants to end legal proceedings she had launched in England.

The judge has to decide whether English proceedings should draw to a close or whether he should make decisions about Rocco's welfare.

He finished hearing evidence on Friday, after a hearing lasting several days, and is expected to deliver a ruling in the near future.

Rocco and Mr Ritchie had been at the hearing but not Madonna. The singer's lawyers told the judge that she wanted to attend but was on tour in Australia.

Mr Justice MacDonald urged Madonna and Mr Ritchie to try to settle their dispute. And lawyers told him that both Madonna and Mr Ritchie had outlined proposals for negotiation.

Madonna proposed that Rocco and Mr Ritchie travel to her home in New York when she ended her current tour to try to 'reach a resolution'. Mr Ritchie proposed a 'round table' meeting in London involving lawyers.

Members of Madonna's legal team had taken instructions from her after she finished performing in Melbourne on Thursday. And David Williams QC, who headed the team, outlined Madonna's wishes on Friday.

'What she has always wanted to do and still continues to seek to do is to find a way in which this family can get to heal the wounds which have been inflicted on this family over the past four months or so and to chart a course for Rocco and the family which enables them to put this behind them and to restore peace to the family,' he said.

'She really very much hopes that the family can get back together in New York over the Easter vacation and start the process, with all of them involved, in trying to reach a resolution to this problem.'

Alex Verdan QC, who represented Mr Ritchie, said his client had proposed a round-table meeting in London. Mr Verdan said any lawyers anyone wanted would be able to attend.

He said Madonna and Mr Ritchie had not been in the 'same place at the same time' since the dispute began.

Mr Justice MacDonald said one of the problems was that Madonna and Mr Ritchie, a film-maker, could not decide which country negotiations should take place in.

The judge had ruled earlier this week that little detail could be revealed about the hearing in London. But he relaxed restrictions on Friday after an application from the publishers of The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna-Ritchie custody dispute reaches High Court in London

A dispute between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie over custody of their son Rocco reached Britain's High Court on Thursday, where a judge said he hoped the couple could reach an amicable settlement.

Ritchie attended a hearing before judge Alistair MacDonald. Neither Madonna nor 15-year-old Rocco was present.

Madonna wants Rocco, who lives with his filmmaker father in England, to return to her custody in the U.S.

The case has unfolded in New York, but Madonna also issued an application in England under an international legal convention. Lawyers say the singer now wants to withdraw it and end the British legal proceedings.

On Wednesday, a New York judge implored the couple to put their son's interests first and end their months-long legal battle. Justice MacDonald echoed that sentiment, saying it was his 'fervent hope' that the couple could reach an agreement.

'An amicable negotiated resolution is definitely the way forward and in Rocco's best interests,' he said.

Another hearing is scheduled later his month.

In December, New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan ruled that Rocco should return to his mother's custody. Records show Madonna, whose legal name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, moved for the judge to enforce that order.

On Wednesday, Kaplan said she wasn't going to remove the order but also would not issue a warrant to compel Ritchie to appear in New York.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna makes surprise visits to Manila children's shelters

Madonna made surprise visits to two Manila shelters for orphans and street children, taking selfies with kids a day before the pop star begins her two-night concert stint in the Philippine capital.

Pictures on her Instagram account showed her carrying a baby in one arm while holding hands with a girl guiding her on a tour of the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage on Tuesday. At the Bahay Tuluyan shelter for street kids, she sat on a tarpaulin mat with children.

'Chillin' with my Homies at the Bahay Tuluyan Foundation Inc. giving shelter to orphans street children trafficking/abuse victims in Manila!!' Madonna captioned a selfie taken with three kids as they lay on the mat.

Officials at the shelter were told Monday that Madonna's dancers were going to visit, but they did not find out that Madonna herself was also coming until an hour before her arrival, said Catherine Scerri, the deputy executive director of Bahay Tuluyan.

She said the children did a couple of dances before being joined by Madonna's dancers. Madonna asked the officials about the center's program and whether the children attended school, but she spent most of her 45-minute visit with the kids, Scerri added.

Anne dela Cruz, an official with the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage, also said Madonna's visit was a surprise, but declined to give further details.

Madonna's staff asked both facilities not to take photos of the visits, officials at the centers said.

Madonna plays Manila's Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday and Thursday, the latest stops on her 'Rebel Heart' world tour.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


Liz Smith: 'Good luck with all this, honey. You are a good girl.'

Madonna's longtime columnist Liz Smith gives her opinion on Madonna's current situation at www.newyorksocialdiary.com/liz-smith-joy-and-pain

I have refrained until now from commenting on the matter of Madonna and her 15-year-old son, Rocco, who has recently declined to return to the United States and live with his mother, preferring the more lackadaisical lifestyle of his father, director Guy Ritchie. (Madonna married Ritchie in 2000. They divorced in 2008 and he - already a wealthy man - took the pop icon for about $75 million bucks.)

I have no inside information, other than the fact that Madonna is crushed by this turn of events. I know her quite well. I have seen her with all four of her children. I have heard her speak privately about them in the most glowing - and intelligent - terms. She is a stickler for education, self-discipline and motivation.

Despite the professional image and stage persona she often embodies, Madonna is a very good mother, and not, appearances to the contrary, a hedonist or self-destructive. No drugs, no drinking, no dissipation. The male company she has kept since her divorce from Ritchie are separate from her role as a mother. She is not given to wild or inappropriate behavior in front of her children, or anyone else, for that matter.

(I, along with others, might roll my eyes at some of the things she wears, or how she presents herself in photo shoots or on Instagram. But that’s not her daily life. She marches to her own drummer and refuses to be categorized or held back by what others think is 'suitable' for a woman of 57. She enjoys making us crazy.)

I am fairly certain that continuing with her current 'Rebel Heart' tour has been agonizing, but it would be out of character for Madonna to cave, give in, give up. And what would it gain her? Bad press, enraged fans, and her son would still be in England.

This unhappy situation will likely sort itself out, but that the situation exists doesn’t surprise me. I wondered what was going on in Guy Ritchie’s head when he put Madonna in a film short as a movie star abused by her driver, and then starred her in 'Swept Away,' as a wealthy woman abused by one of her servants.

Madonna entered her marriage to Ritchie fully committed. To such an extent that photos of the wedding were never made public. Her nuptials were not grist for the PR mill. Madonna’s two 'I do’s' - to Sean and then to Ritchie were absolutely sincere. That Catholic girl from Michigan always lurks beneath the 'outrageous' star.

I don’t think Madonna regrets her marriage to Penn. They have remained friends. I believe she regrets most of her marriage to Ritchie, except for their son, Rocco.

Good luck with all this, honey. You are a good girl.


How Elton John Ended His Decade Long Feud With Madonna

Elton John has revealed how he ended his decade long feud with Madonna, which first began in 2002. The two pop superstars finally buried the hatchet in 2012, after first falling out a decade earlier, when Elton branded Madonna’s ‘Die Another Day’ the 'worst Bond theme ever'.

Appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ Elton discussed how the two ended their bad blood, after a chance meeting in a restaurant in 2012. 'I said something horrible about her that you should never say,' John revealed.

'I was in a restaurant in the south of France a couple of years ago and she walked in so I sent her a note saying, 'You'll probably never speak to me again but I am really sorry and ashamed of myself and can I buy you dinner’.'

'We are fine - it was just me and my big mouth. I can't say it won't happen again, but not with Madonna,' the 68-year-old added. The feud between the pair gained steam in 2004, when Elton accepted the Q award for classic songwriter and accused Madonna of lip-syncing.

'Madonna, best live act? F*** off,' John said. 'Since when has lip-syncing been live? Sorry about that, but I think everyone who lip-syncs on stage in public when you pay like 75 quid to see them should be shot. Thank you very much. That’s me off her Christmas card list, but do I give a toss? No.'

Then in 2012 Elton’s husband David Furnish got involved when Madonna won the Golden Globe for best original song in 2012, beating Elton. 'Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism,' Furnish wrote.

In 2012 Elton took a further swipe at Madonna, in defence of his good friend Lady Gaga. '[Madonna is] such a nightmare,' Elton said. 'Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t happen to a bigger c***. ‘She looks like a f***ing fairground stripper. She’s been so horrible to Gaga.'

From contactmusic.com


Tower Records Berkeley Madonna Displays

Old school record store days! Check out the hand made foamcore wall displays made by the artists at Tower Records Berkley to promote Madonna over the years.

For more on those crazy rock n roll loving Tower Records Berkeley store artists (that helped influence the in-store look of Tower Records stores moving forward in the 80's) check out the documentary 'Art Gods' on DVD artgodsmovie.com

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Madonna: 'Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot.'

I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care. I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion.
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography.
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot.
The world will miss you.

Love
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Madonna's Brit Fall Declared Most Shocking Celeb Moment Of The Year

The year 2015 is nearly at an end and so with it are all of the most shocking celebrity moments the past 12 months have provided the general public. But before it wraps up, Channel 5 wanted to remind us all about the craziest rides some of our fellow famouses have had - and Madonna in particular came out on top.

The popstar’s catastrophic fall in February while performing at the Brits when she was dragged down the stairs by an Armani cape made the channel’s top spot of most shocking celeb moments of 2015.

Speaking of the fall in an interview with Jonathan Ross after the show, the singer said: 'I had a choice, I could either be strangled or fall with the cape and I fell. I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did.'

Of course, the King and Queen of Reality, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, made the grade with the naming of their new born son as Saint ranking quite highly on the ‘OMG’ scale.

Others zingers included the revelation of David Cameron’s after dark relations with a pig and the tragic news of Saturday night hero Cilla Black’s death.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Submits Statement Denying Abuse In Sean Penn Lawsuit

In September, Sean Penn filed papers with the State Supreme Court of New York, alleging filmmaker Lee Daniels made 'false and defamatory statements' about him in relation to domestic abuse, while defending Terrence Howard after his Empire leading man confessed to lashing out at his ex-wives in a Rolling Stone interview.

After Penn filed the lawsuit, Daniels responded by filing a request for dismissal, citing America's First Amendment of free speech. While the result of Daniels' motion has yet to be revealed, Penn is continuing strike back at the filmmaker by calling on his ex-wife Madonna to formally state he never abused her.

On Thursday, Penn filed an amended complaint featuring a declaration under oath from the pop star that he never hit her during their relationship.

'I am aware of the allegations that have surfaced over the years accusing Sean of incidents of physical assault and abuse against me," Madonna states in her declaration, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "Specifically, I am aware of the allegations concerning an alleged incident that occurred in June, 1988, whereby (according to tabloid reports), Sean allegedly struck me with 'a baseball bat'. I know the allegations in those and other reports to be completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.'

Madonna also referenced accusations of abuse during an incident in 1989, which allegedly resulted in Penn's arrest for domestic assault and battery.

'While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, 'tied me up', or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false,' Madonna states.

The amended lawsuit also reads: 'Unfortunately for Daniels, his statements - which by direct reference to Howard's misconduct, falsely accuse Penn of committing serious, multiple crimes against women - are not protected by the First Amendment. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously observed almost 100 years ago, the First Amendment is not absolute. Just as it does not protect a person from 'shouting fire in a crowded theatre', it also does not protect defamatory conduct.'

The case is scheduled to be heard in court on 16 January, 2016.

From contactmusic.com


Rita Ora: 'Madonna Gave Me A Good Grab'

Rita Ora was a special guest during Madonna's concert in Berlin, Germany earlier this month when she was pulled onstage to take part in a raunchy segment to the track Unapologetic B**ch.

During the routine, Madonna spanks and kicks her guest before simulating a sexual act, and Rita admits the music veteran grabbed more of her private area than she expected.

'I am not going to lie, it was pretty impressive. It was like a good grab,' Rita explains to U.K. talk show host Alan Carr. 'It went right where it needed to be. It wasn't too uncomfortable but it was enough.'

When Alan cheekily asked if she 'had a tingle', or became aroused, Rita replies, 'No. I didn't have a tingle. It didn't tingle the mingle....Bit of a shame really.'

Speaking of her guest appearance at the Berlin show, she adds, 'So Madonna does this thing where she gives you five seconds to tell (her) what you want to do on stage, which really isn't much time....She drags you around everywhere. She told me what we going to do and she said, 'You're going to bend over, I'm going to spank you and then I'm going to hump you.' Pretty Madonna fashion, right? We were going down the little aisle thing (at the show) and all these handsome guys in suits just distracted me.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna insists she is just a 'simple girl' at heart

Madonna is just a 'simple girl' at heart. The 57-year-old singer is currently in the midst of her 'Rebel Heart' tour and says the overriding theme of the shows is about believing your dreams and overcoming adversity.

She said: 'The theme of the show is romance, love, living for love, being a rebel heart....They're all kind of intertwined. It's about rising above, believing in your dreams, overcoming heartbreak, things like that - you know, the simple things in life. [Am I just a simple girl at heart?] Deep down inside I am, yes. But I tackle pretty complex themes, I guess, in my work.'

The 'Like a Virgin' singer appreciates her 'provincial' upbringing in Detroit and thinks she wouldn't be the artist she is today if she'd grown up in luxury.

She told HELLO! magazine: 'I appreciate my provincial upbringing - it's my people, y'know. To me it's really important that I come from the Midwest. My father and the people that I was surrounded with had a very strong work ethic and a very practical approach to work. There weren't a lot of frills. The fact I come from a small town in the Midwest has a lot to do with the kind of open notebook that I had to start my journey, creatively. I don't think I would be as creative as I am if I had grown up surrounded by everything at my fingertips.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna lives 'disciplined' life

Madonna lives a very 'disciplined' life. The 57-year-old singer has admitted she doesn't tend to socialise with her friends because she'd rather focus on her career and stay in shape to benefit her career.

She said: 'I have a very disciplined life. I don't do a lot of socialising. My life revolves around my show and my four children and trying to live a very healthy lifestyle.'

However, the blonde stunner - who is mother to four children, Lourdes, 19, Rocco, 15, Mercy and David, both nine - has admitted she feels exhausted all the time. She explained: 'The only thing I'm lacking now is sleep.'

And it's not wonder as Madonna is currently on her 10th world tour but has admitted she's struggling to put together a unique experience because she's been doing it so long.

She said: 'It's hard to choose. Sometimes I have to let go of things I love because they don't sound right or go with the theme. Or I go, 'Oh I did that the last three shows. Even though I love that song let's do something new.'

The 'Ray of Light' hitmaker even has to drop her favourite songs in favour of what she knows her fans want to hear.

She told Britain's HELLO! magazine: 'I tend to like my more abstract, less commercial songs, but I realise I have to have songs that people are familiar with and want to sing along to. So I have to balance it out and not just do a creative show that is going to please me.'

From contactmusic.com


Never-Before-Seen Photos of Madonna, Warhol, Basquiat and More

Some It-girls of the ’80s may regret that their youthful glory predated social media, but Interview magazine’s former associate publisher Paige Powell doesn’t have to. Powell arrived in New York in 1980 from the Pacific Northwest, looking like a granola version of Edie Sedgwick and armed with the work ethic of Mary Tyler Moore. She was soon swept up in Interview’s bid to be a more serious publication - 'At first it was more for friends, like, Fran Lebowitz drove the delivery truck to drop off issues at different newsstands,' she remembers - and Andy Warhol’s select social whirlwind of downtown clubbing, midtown shopping and uptown lunches. 'Andy always said, ‘Work is fun and fun is work,’' Powell says. 'It was just the way I thought New York City was, all the time, for everyone - exuberant.'

Powell often carried the latest camera or camcorder from Japan with her and used them often to capture intimate snapshots of her coterie: including Warhol, Madonna, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was her boyfriend from 1982 through 1984. For nearly 40 years, she’s been sitting on ('literally; they were stashed in boxes under the bed,' she says) a treasure trove that’s remained largely unexamined. Powell returned to Portland in the ’90s to focus on animal rights advocacy work, and it’s there that her images will be showcased for the first time, in two interactive multimedia installations, 'The Ride' and 'Beulah Land,' opening this week at the Portland Art Museum. Still in possession of plenty of influential friends, Powell asked David LaChapelle to mix a musical soundtrack for the show and Kenny Scharf to create a signature 'Cosmic Cavern' to accompany it. 'Half of the photos in the new installation will be from the ’80s, and half will be photos moving forward to the present,' Powell says, noting that the installation is meant to be 'interactive,' just like the one she created at the art bar also called Beulah Land in the ‘80s (see slide 7) - visitors can add notes to the walls. 'So we’re having a cocktail party for the guards at PAM, to prepare them,' she notes, 'because we don’t want them to be alarmed.'

'Paige Powell: The Ride' and 'Beulah Land' are on view Nov. 5 - Feb. 21 at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, / portlandartmuseum.org

'Fresh 14 was a short-lived club with great energy and a horrible sound system, which might account for the expression on Madonna’s face,' Powell says of this photo. 'Unfortunately, two kids shot each other there and it closed. When I was in New York recently, I noticed that space is now a Forever 21.'

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Madonna visits Detroit Downtown Youth Boxing Gym

Madonna visited one the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym in her hometown of Detroit, she has been helping to support this gym since 2014.

'Downtown Youth Boxing Gym is the place to be!! Was so inspired by Cortez a young and talented Boxer hoping to go to the Olympics! If you want to help us with fundraising go to their web site for more info. #detroit ❤ #Rebel rebel-hearts'

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Joe Henry's birthday message to Madonna

Madonna's brother-in-law and sometime musical collaborator Joe Henry posted this birthday message on his facebook page, along with a high school yearbook picture:

This is the young woman I met shortly after our family's move to Michigan in 1975 - as I entered my sophomore year of high school and, she, her senior one. together, we were in the Thespian Society; and in that winter's first production, we were cast as mother and son - the wife and child of Ralph Waldo Emerson - in a play about Thoreau.

She was whip-smart and short on patience; and to tell the truth, she scared me more than a little, but along with her sister Paula, her presence upon my landscape nudged open a door through which I would pass and find my life utterly and forever changed...that unusual and sprawling family becoming, years later, my own.

No one is more surprised than iI by the way our lives have expanded; by the way that our journeys have diverged and become entangled. Like anyone, I can sometimes forget to see the flesh and blood/heart and mind behind the parade float that is her public persona. But then I will find myself across the kitchen table from her, sharing a martini, and be additionally shocked to recognize anew the compact, terse-yet-compassionate human at the switches.

I have told this tale before, but it bears repeating: when Elvis Presley died on this date in 1977, this upstart professed in real-time that she felt his spirit had passed out of his body and through her own in exodus.

I laughed at her then for such outrageous self-possession, at the arrogance that I assumed must allow her to declare such publicly.

Today, when there is laughter, it is the laugh of recognition I hear - and it begins somewhere high above me, where things that once seemed implausible play with wild abandon and in broad daylight.

Happy Birthday, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.

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Taylor Swift vows to collaborate with Madonna

Taylor Swift has vowed to collaborate with Madonna again.

The 25-year-old star joined the 'Rebel Heart' hitmaker on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this year for a live rendition of Madonna's track 'Ghost Town' and now she has vowed to work with her again to dispel any myths of tension between the pair.

She said: 'Madonna and I will collaborate again and then [the media] will realize there was no weird tension or competitive factor.'

Speculation of the musicians' souring relationship came about with the release of their 'Bad Blood' and 'Bitch I'm Madonna' videos, both of which featured a flurry of other famous faces, sparking rumours they were competing against each other with the clips.

However, Taylor insisted they are still close saying: 'I felt so much resentment that they would take two women who made ambitious music videos and use that as a qualifying factor to comparing and contrasting them. I hated that because Madonna and I have gotten along and been fans of each other and performed together, and I didn't want to see that, and there was nothing I could do, and there's nothing she could do, because that's the way the world works right now.'

And the 'Shake It Off' singer said they are so close, Madonna even sent her a gift following their performance together back in March.

She told Vanity Fair magazine: 'When I went into her dressing room, I complimented this candle and this diffuser she had, because her dressing room smelled like a magical woodland forest. A week later, I get this box in the mail, and she had sent me the same diffuser, and all these essential oils, and the exact candle I had complimented.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna explains the philosophy behind her Instagram posts

In EW’s latest issue, guest editor Andy Cohen interviewed his favorite pop star Madonna. Their conversation ranged from details about the Queen of Pop’s upcoming tour to her thoughts about Taylor Swift, eventually turning to the star’s love of - or, as Cohen suggested, addiction to - Instagram.

'I could live without it,' Madonna says when asked about her use of the social network. 'But it’s an important part of my work now. I like to think of it as a kind of art gallery for my thoughts, my dreams, my wishes, my state of mind. Can’t ignore social media.'

In fact, beyond teasing her setlists and giving shoutouts to Taylor Swift, Madonna sometimes dives into a part of Instagram lots of people usually avoid: the comments. 'Sometimes people are really supportive and nice,' she says, adding that she reads reactions to her posts 'whenever [she’s] on holiday.' 'But you can’t get attached to people saying nice things because then when people say mean things it will bother you. So you just have to take it all in stride, and I really don’t take any of it seriously. I can’t afford to.'

Madonna also explains exactly why she can’t give the remarks left on her pictures much weight. 'The most illuminating thing about reading comments on Instagram is how literal people are, and how people have no sense of humor and no sense of irony,' she says. '[They] don’t read between the lines. It’s interesting.'

But that doesn’t mean Madonna isn’t a fan of #tbt. 'I love to look back and see the great and and artists that I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with,' she tells Cohen, referring to some of her more nostalgic posts. 'I worked with the greatest and the best and the finest.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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