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Outtakes From Her 25 Things You Don't Know About Me

Nothing's better than more, more, more! Leave it to Madonna to exceed Us Weekly's request for 25 Things You Don't Me. Speaking with Us' Entertainment Director Ian Drew recently, the pop legend, 56, sounded off on everything from her goal to meet President Obama (and Drake!), her disdain for fur bikinis, escargot, and her home state of Michigan in the much talked-about, published version of '25 Things.'

But that's not all she had to say. In these outtakes from our exclusive chat with the legendary 'Ghosttown' singer, Madonna muses on her family, filming Evita, the pitfalls of fame and who she might owe an apology to, among other topics. Read on!

US WEEKLY: In the spirit of rebel hearts, what was your ultimate 'rebel' moment?
MADONNA: The ultimate moment where I most felt like a rebel was in St. Petersburg, Russia [in 2012 during the MDNA Tour] when I was told they were going to arrest anyone who was openly or obviously gay and they came to my shows and I spoke out against the government. Eighty-seven people were arrested and I was fined like $1 million. They dropped the lawsuit, though. When I stood up for Pussy Riot was around the same time, but there have been a lot of those moments. I also think about when I was in Toronto and they said if I simulated masturbation during one of my shows [during the Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990] they would have me arrested and I was like, ‘F--k you! I’m doing it anyway. So arrest me.’ They didn’t in the end. Lots of those. Then there’s the Vatican when they said they would have me...you know, whatever! It goes on and on....

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Liz Smith on Rebel Heart sales

From Liz Smith: www.newyorksocialdiary.com

One last music note. There has been some barely disguised glee in reporting that the 'Empire' soundtrack just barely beat out Madonna’s 'Rebel Heart,' taking the No. 1 spot on Billboard. But Madonna’s record is actually selling more. (I leave it to chart mavens to explain this anomaly.)

And, the album is No.1 in eleven countries worldwide. Don’t cry for Madonna, because believe me, she’s not crying! She has promoted the hell out of the record. Now she’s thinking ahead to her sure-to-be-stupendous summer tour.

While Madonna occasionally looks back in song, in her life she simply doesn’t have the time.


Madonna comments on Dolce & Gabbana IVF controversy

Madonna added her voice to the controversy surrounding fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, telling them to 'think before you speak' after Dolce described children born to gay couples through fertility treatment as 'synthetic.'

The performer joined other celebrities who criticized the Italian duo when she posted a message on Instagram along with a photograph of herself and a baby from Dolce & Gabbana's 2010/2011 winter collection campaign.

'All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?' said Madonna.

Pop star Elton John, who with his partner and husband David Furnish is the father of two children conceived through fertility treatment, slammed the designers for the comments and called for a boycott of the fashion brand.

Celebrities ranging from designer Victoria Beckham to singer Ricky Martin rallied behind John after the Italian magazine Panorama published Sicilian-born Dolce's comments.

'You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be like this, that's why I am not convinced by chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent,' Dolce said.

Madonna, a mother of four and a client of the designers, said God is involved in everything, including technology.

'We are arrogant to think Man does anything on his own. As above so below! Think before you speak,' she added on Instagram.

In a statement released by the designers, who once had a romantic relationship and remain business partners, they said it was never their intention of judge other people's choices.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


Madonna criticises Radio 1 'ban'

Pop star Madonna has called Radio 1 'discriminatory and unfair' after it declined to play her latest single.

Living For Love failed to make the station's playlist, which dictates its most-played songs, when it was released last month, leading to accusations of ageism from the 56-year-old's fans.

Speaking to The Sun, Madonna said she was 'shocked' by her exclusion. 'I was like, 'Wait a second. Shouldn't it be to do with whether you wrote a good, catchy pop song?'

Radio 1 says Madonna's age had nothing to do with its decision, saying it chooses songs on 'musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis. An artist's age is never a factor,' it said in a statement.

However, BBC News has learned that the station turned its back on Madonna long before Living For Love was released.

Speaking at a Radio Academy event last year, Radio 1's 49-year-old head of music, George Ergatoudis, said the station had 'moved on' from her music.

Ergatoudis, who chairs the weekly playlist meetings, had been asked whether he would play Madonna's next single if she agreed to appear at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival.

In response, he said: 'The BBC Trust have asked us to go after a young audience. We've got to concentrate on [people aged] 15-30. We have to bring our average age down. That's something we're very conscious of. The vast majority of people who like Madonna, who like her music now, are over 30 and frankly, we've moved on from Madonna.'

In her interview with The Sun, Madonna expressed disbelief that age would be a factor in deciding whose music to play on daytime radio.

'My manager said to me, 'If you're not in your twenties, it's hard. You might get your record played in your thirties. There's a handful of people who do - Pharrell [who is 41] got lucky. But if you're in your fifties, you can forget it'. Really? Is that how it's broken down? I'm so stupid. I didn't know it was anything to do with my age. I just do my work. We've made so many advances in other areas - civil rights, gay rights - but ageism is still an area that's taboo and not talked about and dealt with.'

Radio 1 does continue to play other artists above the age of 30 - including the Foo Fighters, whose frontman Dave Grohl is 46. 72-year-old Paul McCartney also appears on the current playlist, although only as a featured artist on Kanye West and Rihanna's song FourFiveSeconds.

The Sun has run a vocal campaign criticising the station for turning its back on artists such as Take That and Kylie Minogue.

However, Madonna's single was not completely banished by Radio 1, being played on some of its specialist shows. One of the DJs who gave the song airtime was Annie Mac, who took over the influential Evening Session programme earlier this week.

She told The Independent: 'I'm a lifelong Madonna fan and I played her on my Friday show. [Living For Love] was produced by Diplo, who is one of the biggest artists on my show. If I'm excited by a song, then I think it's going to be all right to play it.'

From BBC News


Madonna values her kids' opinions

Madonna always 'follows the opinion' of her children. The 56-year-old singer - who has daughters Lourdes, 18 and Mercy, nine, and sons Rocco, 14, and David, nine - plays her new music to her kids and knows they will always be honest enough to tell her if they don't like something.

She said: 'I have asked their opinion. I always do it. They were with me a lot in the studio. I rely on their taste. I follow their opinion. They have good taste! But it doesn't mean they like every song. They have strong opinions.'

Madonna has just released her 13th studio album 'Rebel Heart' and says the title reflects the two different aspects of her personality.

In an interview on Italian TV show 'Che Tempo Che Fa', she said: 'Let me explain the title 'Rebel Heart' because there are two very strong sides of my personality: there's the rebellious side, the provocateur, the worrywart, the fear fighter and there's the romantic side, the one of me that makes me believe in true love. The album is an illustration and an expression of both sides of me.' She said: 'I think that we always take the freedom for granted, even in America. So, I think what happened in Paris was a big wake-up call for the entire world. It makes us understand that we must be more tolerant one another. We have to try to understand the others and the differences.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna: 'Gay Rights Are More Advanced Than Women's Rights'

Do you know what it feels like in this world, for a girl? Madonna does, and she has some thoughts about how it could be better. Chatting with Out recently to promote her new album, Rebel Heart, the 'Living for Love' singer made a bold statement about women's rights - or the lack thereof.

'Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights,' the mother of four, 56, told the mag. 'People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period.'

That wasn't always the case, of course, but in recent years, at least, Madge thinks women have fallen - or been left - behind. 'It's moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass,' argued the superstar, who has been a vocal LGBT supporter throughout her entire career. 'To me, the last great frontier is women.'

Pressed to elaborate, she replied, 'Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change...You must fit into this box: You must behave this way, dress this way.'

Madonna has never been one to conform, of course, but as Out notes, even she faces criticism for her outfits and lifestyle choices.

'You're still categorized - you're still either a virgin or a whore,' she continued. 'If you're a certain age, you're not allowed to express your sexuality, be single, or date younger men.'

Speaking of dating, Madonna told Out she used to pine after gay men in New York City, where she moved after dropping out of the University of Michigan.

'I didn't feel like straight men understood me. They just wanted to have sex with me,' she explained. 'Gay men understood me, and I felt comfortable around them. There was only that one problem, which is that they didn't want to have sex with me! So...conundrum!'

From: www.usmagazine.com


New York Post: Why Madonna still matters

Like the rest of us, it’s highly unlikely that Madonna will look back at this winter with any warm memories.

First her 13th studio album, 'Rebel Heart,' leaked, forcing her to hastily release six teaser tracks just before the holidays.

Then a social media campaign received heavy criticism after she appropriated images of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. and altered them in the spirit of the album’s cover (which features a close-up of the singer’s face, bound in black cord).

Finally, there was the thud heard ’round the world when, performing at the BRIT Awards in London, she fell ass-backward down a flight of stairs. All this before the full album has even come out (the official release is Tuesday).

It’s a run of events that has reignited the idea that the 56-year-old Madge is struggling to keep up with the modern pop world and desperately clinging to younger stars for a hint of relevance.

But in truth, young singers are still clamoring to work with the Material Girl - because in pop music, she’s still a god.

To read the rest of the article visit: nypost.com/2015/03/07/why-madonna-still-matters


Yes mom Madonna

Madonna won't say 'no' to her children.

The 'Living for Love' hitmaker - who has four children, Lourdes, 18, Rocco, 14, David, nine and Mercy, eight - would rather advise her kids than give them rules.

Speaking about her eldest daughter, she said: 'I'm not a fan of taking drugs, but I'm not gonna tell my daughter not to do things. I'm just telling her to be careful.'

'[I tell her] never take a drink that you haven't seen somebody pour in front of you. Don't mix alcohol. Your basics, like be safe, do everything in moderation. That's it. That's all I can do.'

The 56-year-old star also believes it is important not to be 'judgemental' of her children because she feels it is discouraging for them.

When asked if she talks about sex with her children, she told Access Hollywood: 'It's just a fact of life isn't it? Somehow, it's gonna happen sometime. It happened to you, so it's gonna happen to [Lourdes]

'All you can do is [stress] safe sex. Have discussions about it and encourage her to be open with you about it and not judgmental. Because then they won't feel like they can come to you and talk to you - ask you for your advice and stuff.''

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Talks About ‘Rebel Heart,’ Her Fall and More

Madonna was perfectly turned out and running nearly an hour late for an interview at her Upper East Side home on Wednesday evening. She looked tense as she apologized. 'I’m late for everything now,' she said.

She added that she has been in a rush since December, when a hacker put unfinished songs online from her new album, “Rebel Heart”; a suspect has been indicted in Israel. Madonna’s immediate response was to release the finished, and much improved, versions of six songs for sale; they zoomed into the top 10 worldwide. She also worked frantically to finish the rest of the album, which arrives on Tuesday. It’s at once familiar - full of love, dancing, empowerment, blasphemy and raunch - and up-to-the-minute, made with a huge number of collaborators and tweaked by multiple hands under Madonna’s constant supervision.

'I intended to think about things, choose things more slowly - the whole process,' she said. 'Then I got forced into putting everything out, and now I’m trying to catch up with myself.'

She continued: 'What started out as an invigorating, life-enhancing, joyous experience evolved into something quite crazy. A strange artistic process, but a sign of the time. We’re all digital, we’re all vulnerable and everything’s instant - so instant. Instant success and instant failure. Instant discovery, instant destruction, instant construction. It’s as splendid and wonderful as it is devastating. Honestly, to me it’s the death of being an artist in many ways.'

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Madonna: Working out saved me from injuries after fall

Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna: The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn't suffer much after falling during her performance at the Brit Awards.

'If I wasn't in good shape - tuck and roll,' the singer, laughing, said during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday night. 'I attribute a lot of the fact that I came out all right because I'm in good shape.'

The 56-year-old tumbled last week during a live performance after her dancers tugged at her flowing cape, dragging her down three steps. She got up after being yanked and continued her performance of 'Living for Love.'

Madonna said the cape had been tied too tightly at the neck and after the performance, she said she suffered whiplash.

On Thursday, she said she was doing OK.

Madonna said she's switched up her workout routines over the years to 'keep things interesting, shock my body.'

'I still do a lot of dance cardio. I started doing yoga again. I do interval training, metabolic interval training....jumping ropes; something called body art,' she said. 'It has to change. You get bored doing the same thing over and over again.'

She said her workout playlist includes hip-hop, house and dance music.

'Anywhere from 120-128 beats per minute is a like good tempo for me,' she said.

Madonna added that her iPod currently is playing EDM producer Kidnap Kid and Diplo, who produced some of her new album 'Rebel Heart,' out next week. She's also been listening to electronic duo Disclosure and rapper Drake - acts she may collaborate with in the future.

'I almost worked with Disclosure, but it didn't work out because they were on tour while I was making my record,' she said. 'I don't know, maybe I'll collaborate with Drake.'

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Armani labels Madonna 'difficult' after Brits fall

Fashion designer Giorgio Armani has played down his part in Madonna's on-stage fall at this year's Brit Awards.

The pop star tumbled down a flight of steps during her performance last week when a dancer tried to pull away her Armani-designed matador cape.

She said the garment, which was supposed to fall off her shoulders, had been fastened too tightly.

Armani responded: 'The cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn't able to open it with her hands. That's all there is to it. Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult.'

The 80-year-old was talking to the Associated Press following his show at Milan Fashion week.

Following the incident, the star's stylist, B Akerlund, posted a picture of herself lying on the floor covered in smashed cupcakes.

It is not known whether the Swedish-born stylist, who has worked with Madonna for nine years, tied the cape herself, though she came in for abuse from fans nonetheless.

'Please improve your work, she [Madonna] is a QUEEN don't deserve this,' said one.

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From BBC News


French far-right leader Le Pen accepts Madonna offer for a chat

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Tuesday accepted an offer to sit down with Madonna over a drink and chat about their points of view.

'I accept Madonna's invitation with pleasure,' Le Pen told AFP.

Madonna, who in the past has demonised Le Pen on stage by portraying her with a swastika on her head, made the unusual overture during a French television interview late Monday.

'I would like to sit down and have a drink with her. I want to understand where she's coming from,' she said on the network Canal+.

The American singer, who superimposed the swastika on video of Le Pen's face during a 2012 Paris concert, only last week called Le Pen's National Front party 'fascist'.

In the interview she conceded: 'Maybe I misunderstood Marine Le Pen. I'm not sure. I don't want to start a war. I want peace in the world.'

The unusual gesture appeared an attempt to calm a confrontation with Le Pen, who had threatened a lawsuit over the swastika stunt.

The French far-right leader, who has been striving to soften the image and broaden the appeal of the party she took over from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, embraced the singer's invitation.

'I appreciate people who make overtures in good faith,' Le Pen said.

Madonna, 57, has rarely shied away from controversy, be it about overt sexuality or political commentary. As recently as last week, on French radio, Madonna claimed 'it feels like Nazi Germany' in Europe because 'anti-Semitism is at an all-time high' in France and elsewhere on the continent.

The diva also told the Europe 1 radio station she had received 'a lot of criticism and threats from Marie (sic) Le Pen' and the 'fascist' National Front.

During the Canal+ TV show, she also met and hugged one of the cartoonists who survived the January 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebo, the French satirical newspaper. And the entertainer sang a couple of songs from her new album, 'Rebel Heart', that she is promoting ahead of a global tour.

Madonna's on-stage tumble at the Brit Awards, when a cape she was wearing failed to detach on cue and brought her crashing down steps, was raised early in the show.

The interviewer quoted a Chinese proverb that says 'the biggest difficulty is not how you fall, but to get up each time that you fall'.

That earned a surly response from Madonna. 'Is it going to be a whole night of these jokes?' she asked.

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Israeli Indicted for Hacking Madonna Since 2012

An Israeli man arrested last month for allegedly hacking Madonna’s private accounts and stealing demos of her unreleased album first began targeting the singer way back in 2012, according to authorities. He apparently hacked not only cloud storage accounts to steal and sell her music but also breached more than a dozen email accounts associated with the singer, including one connected to her manager.

Adi Lederman, a 39-year-old aspiring singer, allegedly began his hacking spree the same year he auditioned on air for the Israeli TV talent show Kohav Nolad (A Star Is Born). When Lederman was booted from the show he allegedly channeled his disappointment into hacking. Authorities say he hacked into a cloud storage account belonging to someone on Madonna’s team and copied an early version of the song 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' from her earlier album MDNA.

Then last March, authorities say he broke into three different cloud storage accounts to obtain demo files from Madonna’s new album 'Rebel Heart,' and hacked into an email account belonging to the office of Guy Oseary, Madonna’s Israeli-born manager. He also hit 15 other unspecified email accounts.

According to the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, Lederman set a system up to receive copies of all e-mails sent to the accounts, amassing tens of thousands of emails, photos, music files, and documents.

Among the files he stole were songs for Madonna’s upcoming 'Rebel Heart,' which is slated to be released March 6. The singer called the breach 'artistic rape' and a form of terror. Following the leak of the unfinished demo songs, Madonna’s team released the final versions of six of them through iTunes.

In addition to her songs, Lederman also reportedly stole a rehearsal tape for Madonna’s 2015 Grammy performance.

Lederman allegedly sold the music files, emails, and photos for as little as $20 to more than $1,000. A copy of the indictment, obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, reportedly identifies two potential co-conspirators who go by the names 'Craig Lunti' and 'Tom Hann.' Authorities say that following Lederman’s arrest last month, he ordered Lunti to delete their correspondence to thwart the investigation.

The Israeli has been charged with four counts, including computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring, copyright infringement and obstructing an investigation.

Lederman was arrested in Tel-Aviv following a joint investigation by the FBI, the internet crime unit of Israel’s anti-fraud police, and an Israeli private investigator. Madonna’s manager Oseary contact Asher Wizman, the private investigator right after the December 17 leak of demo songs from 'Rebel Heart'.

According to Alon Levy, head of high-tech investigations for Wizman Yaar Investigations, Oseary contacted his firm because it handles a lot of international investigations. An expert sent to New York to examine Madonna’s computers then confirmed that the hack had originated in Israel.

Levy told WIRED that his team spent a couple of weeks conducting an undercover investigation and surveillance before contacting police with what they’d found. 'After the undercover investigation they were sure that this is the right connection, and then we [contacted] the police,' he said.

In a raid of Lederman’s home, police seized computers and media storage devices and discovered that Madonna wasn’t the only victim. Lederman had allegedly hacked the computers of several international artists in order to steal unreleased demos and final tracks to sell.

During Lederman’s audition for Kohav Nolad in 2012 judges asked him what he did for a living. He replied, 'Mainly wasting my life away, it seems, because I’m told that I should be on stage.' For his audition, he sang the Stevie Wonder tune 'Don’t You Worry About a Thing.'

From WIRED.com


Madonna: 'Intolerance' in Europe 'feels like Nazi Germany'

Rebounding from her stage tumble at the Brit awards, pop star Madonna told French radio Thursday that 'intolerance' was now so high in France and Europe that 'it feels like Nazi Germany.'

Speaking to Europe 1 radio in an interview to be aired Friday morning, Madonna said 'anti-Semitism is at an all-time high' in France and elsewhere in Europe, and likened the current atmosphere to the period when German fascism was on the ascent.

'We're living in crazy times. It feels like Nazi Germany,' the 56-year-old singer said, calling the situation 'scary,' and lamenting what she described as France's lost tradition of welcoming diversity and honouring freedom.

'It was a country that embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way, shape or form - artistic expression of freedom,' Madonna said. 'Now that's completely gone. France was once a country that accepted people of colour, and was a place artists escaped to, whether it was Josephine Baker or Charlie Parker.'

In fact, Charlie Parker only visited France briefly to play concert engagements, and unlike jazz legends such as Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and Dexter Gordon, never took up French residency.

The globally-acclaimed entertainer also spoke out in 2012 when she denounced the rise of xenophobia and extreme-right parties in Europe.

The diva said her earlier comments were made when 'I was receiving a lot of criticism and threats from Marie (sic) Le Pen and her' National Front party, which Madonna described as 'fascist.'

The singer's spat with Marine Le Pen began after the far-right leader threatened to sue Madonna over a video featuring an image of Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. The offending symbol was eventually replaced with a question mark to avoid litigation.

But Madonna said in the Europe 1 interview that the motives that led her to speak out against intolerance in 2012 were even more pressing today.

'What I said two years ago is valid today,' she said. 'It's not just happening in France, it's all over Europe. But particularly in France. The level of intolerance is so enormous, it's scary.'

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Madonna to miss her annual Oscars party

The 'Living for Love' hitmaker is reportedly likely to ditch her own annual post-Academy Award show celebration - thrown alongside her manager Guy Oseary - in favour of rehearsing for the BRIT Awards 2015, which take place in London next Wednesday.

A former guest shared: 'People go to the Vanity Fair party to be photographed - then they go to Madonna's to party in private.'

The party - that last year welcomed the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - may be Hollywood's hottest celebration but some people are 'annoyed' that her party is so exclusive.

A source added to the New York Post's Page Six column: 'Madonna's managed to usurp the Oscars, and she's not from the film business. Some people are annoyed that her party has skimmed the most famous people from the top.'

Meanwhile, the next few weeks will see the 56-year-old singer begin her promotion for her upcoming album and her representative has cited this as the reason for missing her own party.

They said: 'Madonna has been committed to performing on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' as well as various other promotion for months. Any Madonna performance naturally requires a lot of rehearsal - like Tina Turner says, 'We never do nothin' nice and easy.'

'I'm told that there will be as many stars as ever at mega manager [Guy's] party.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna thinks 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is 'so unrealistic'

Madonna thinks 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was written for virgins.

The 56-year-old singer has no plans to watch the new big screen adaptation of EL James' best-selling erotic novel, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, because she thought the book was 'so unrealistic' and 'not very sexy.'

The 'Living for Love' hitmaker, whose 2001 documentary, 'There's Only One Madonna,' was produced by James, said: 'It's pulp fiction. It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, 'Hmm, a lot of spanking.' I also thought, 'This is so unrealistic because no guy goes down on a girl that much.' I'm sorry, but no one eats p***y as much as the guy in that book.'

Asked whether her views on sex have changed in recent years, Madonna told Billboard magazine: 'Absolutely not. Nope. Sex is a wonderful, necessary part of life.'

But the singer, who was previously wed to actor Sean Penn for four years until 1989 and Guy Ritchie from 2002 to 2008, would like to find love again.

The star, who has four children, Lourdes, 18, Rocco, 14, David and Mercy, both nine, said: 'I'm a hopeless romantic. I love being in love. I mean, I'm in love with my children, but that's a different kind of love. It's the love that never ends.'

From contactmusic.com


Andy Cohen takes Madonna’s haters to task

Madonna’s butt-baring Givenchy matador number on the Grammys red carpet may have landed her on many a worst-dressed list - but count Andy Cohen as a fan.

'I loved it,' he said Tuesday night at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 'Here’s the thing, the red carpets today are so boring because everyone has a stylist, and they just listen to their stylist and they do whatever they say. I like that Madonna puts on a show every time she comes out.. . .when I’m 56, if my ass looks like that, I’ll wear fishnets and a matador outfit and show my ass.'

Cohen found the Madge Twitter backlash particularly obnoxious.

'I thought the response to her was really ageist,' he said. 'Why should you deny Madonna the right to be Madonna? This is who she is. This is what she does.'

'I was tweeting about her, and I got a lot of tweets from women who were saying, ‘She’s too old, she can’t do this, she looks ridiculous,’ ' added Cohen. 'I tweeted a couple back and I said, ‘Look, I’m looking at your avatar, and with all due respect, honey, you have a situation happening yourself.’ I don’t know why I’m on such a soap box about it, but I think it’s interesting. She’s Madonna. Let her keep being Madonna. Don’t take that away.'

A longtime Madonna fan, Cohen has made no secret of the fact that the Queen of Pop is his dream guest to have on his nightly Bravo talk show, 'Watch What Happens Live.' He’s hoping to leverage the release of her new album coming in March, 'Rebel Heart,' into a booking.

'I’m working on it!,' he said. 'Over Christmas, I was sitting there, zoning out in the sun, listening to Madonna, thinking seriously, ‘What would you ask her?’ And I started writing questions. Because that’s one show that I don’t want to blow.. . .I don’t want to f – – k it up.'

From New York Post


The Story Behind Madonna's Matador-Inspired Hairstyle

Madonna’s polarizing matadorlike custom Givenchy outfit may have elicited a range of reactions on Sunday night, but nobody could argue with the fact that the Material Girl’s Grammy hair was nothing if not perfect. Thanks to Madonna’s mane man, Andy Lecompte, her pin-curl look (complete with veiled topper) transitioned effortlessly into Veronica Lake-type waves for her live performance of her new single, 'Living for Love,' during the Grammys telecast.

'Inspiration was taken from matador bullfighters, with a romantic touch,' explains Lecompte, who works out of his namesake Los Angeles salon and has had his hands on Madonna’s tresses since 2003.

'First, we came up with her performance look,' says Lecompte, who based Madonna’s red-carpet hair look on her onstage style. 'We didn’t want her to perform with her hair pulled back as a traditional matador, because by the end of the song, she is more romantic and soft.'

After setting her hair for the performance, Lecompte then pinned up Madonna’s curls in front to give her 'an elegant, glamorous look,' he says. 'Traditionally, female matadors wear their hair pulled back in tight braids,' says Lecompte, who created a deconstructed take on the classic look in the back by braiding hair on one side and then pulling it up into a chignon.

'This was a true Madonna interpretation of a romantic matador, living for love,' says Lecompte.

From The Hollywood Reporter Via Yahoo! News


Madonna, Annie Lennox and 'Acting Your Age'

It's far too common to pit women in popular music against one another. And, after Madonna and Annie Lennox delivered their respective performances on the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday, that's exactly what happened. As both these strong female trailblazers came to prominence in the 1980s, many in the cyber sphere wanted to admonish one over the other.

But, first off, comparing Annie Lennox and Madonna musically is a false equivalence. They are, generally, two different types of artists, popular for different reasons, each with separate skill sets: one is a rock, blue-eyed soul vocalist about big vocal performances, the other is a dance-pop, self-proclaimed 'show girl' with a talent for theatrics, messages, dancing and spectacle. Both are entertainment masters in their own right.

But, simmering underneath their performances was a vitriolic conversation online and in the media about age. With just four years difference (Lennox, 60 and Madonna, 56), there were countless remarks on how one was acting 'appropriately,' and one was not. One was 'a class act' and one was not. But when it comes to aging - just like their musical careers - these women have two separate approaches and journeys entirely their own.

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Your Chance to Chat to Madonna on Grindr

Madonna is planning to mark Valentine’s Day with a chat on Grindr.

The pop star, who is set to release her 13th studio album Rebel Heart, has announced a competition with five fans getting the chance to converse with her on the dating app.

To enter the competition, fans have been asked to 'recreate Madonna’s Rebel Heart album cover with you as the star and post as your Grindr profile picture and add hashtag #LivingForLove to the headline in your profile by 11:59 PM PST February 14th, 2015.'

From Yahoo! News


Madonna forgets record making but remembers patchouli

Madonna 'can't remember' making all her records.

The 56-year-old singer is preparing to release her 13th studio album, 'Rebel Heart', and admits she has released so many LPs throughout her illustrious career she cannot recall the creative process she went through to make all her albums.

She said: 'I cannot remember every record-making experience. It feels like there's been too many of them. But this ['Rebel Heart'] has been really, really intense....complicated. Just because there are so many people involved.'

'It's like a train that keeps picking up people. And every time someone gets on the train, they add another flavour. Then I have to step back and see, OK, how does this all fit into the big picture? So it does seem endless.'

But the 'Papa Don't Preach' hitmaker has no problem recalling her fourth studio album 'Like A Prayer', which came with a cover scented with patchouli oils to simulate church incense, because she now 'cannot stand' the aroma of the plant species.

She added in an interview with Mojo magazine: 'Terrible, terrible perfume. I can't stand it. I don't [like it] any more. It's a tree hugger's smell.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna: Getting high isn't for me

Madonna has told how she never got into drugs - because they 'destroyed' her for 'days and days'.

The singer said that although she tried various substances, she didn't feel happy taking them because she wanted to look after her body.

The star, 56, told Mojo magazine: 'My problem is I don't have the stamina to take drugs. I feel terrible afterwards. I'm destroyed for days and days. I can't do anything and I don't want that inconvenience in my life. So I don't feel it's worth the price you have to pay,' she said.

'Even when I was younger and in my 20s, trying this and that....I mean, I never really did that many drugs,' she told the mag.

'I'm too big of a p***y. Also, I'm a dancer and I don't want to destroy my body. I want to feel physically good. So it never came naturally to me to get out of my brains or get so high that I couldn't get out of bed for three days. And that's what happened to me if I did anything.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna misses her daughter

Madonna felt like she losing her arm when her eldest daughter started university.

The 56-year-old singer admits she found it very difficult when Lourdes Leon, 18, moved out of their New York City home to attend the University of Michigan last year.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker said: 'It's hard letting them go out into the world but when she left home to go to college I was a mess. It was really hard letting her go.'

The star, who also has son Rocco, 14, and adopted children David and Mercy, both nine, is glad that the teenager is attending her alma-mater, but still misses her.

She told Australia's 'Today Show': 'I've come to terms with it, but yes I miss her and she's a part of me, it was like losing my arm.'

Lourdes, whose father is personal trainer Carlos Leon, is pursuing a bachelor's degree of fine arts in drama and theatre, and is taking classes in a range of art forms and creative practices, from animation to traditional acting skills.

Her famous mother attended the same university in the 1970s, but dropped out before receiving her degree to pursue a career in music.

From contactmusic.com


Israeli man under house arrest for leaked Madonna songs

An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel's top TV song competition was placed under house arrest Thursday on suspicion of hacking into international pop star Madonna's computer and stealing and selling unreleased songs, his lawyer said.

Police said Israel's cybercrime unit arrested 38-year-old Adi Lederman on Wednesday after an investigation coordinated with the FBI, which confirmed its involvement. Police also accused Lederman of stealing songs from other international artists whom they declined to name.

Songs from Madonna's upcoming album 'Rebel Heart,' to be released in March, were leaked online in December. At the time, she urged her fans not to listen to the stolen copies that had surfaced, writing on Instagram: 'I have been violated as a human and an artist.' She later released six songs, calling it an 'early Christmas gift' for fans.

Madonna welcomed Lederman's initial arrest, writing on her Facebook page that she was 'profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker.' She called the hack 'deeply devastating.'

Madonna has long claimed a special bond with Israel. The diva has made personal pilgrimages to the country, she practices Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism, and she launched her 2012 'MDNA' tour in Israel.

The investigation began after Madonna's representative in Israel lodged a complaint, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol.

Lederman, a Tel Aviv resident, auditioned for the Israeli reality show 'A Star is Born' in 2012.

When asked by one of the judges what he does for a living, he responded: 'Mainly wasting my life away, it seems, because I'm told that I should be on stage.' He sang Stevie Wonder's 'Don't You Worry About a Thing.'

Efrat Nahmany-Bar, a lawyer for Lederman said he denies the allegations. She said Lederman has not been charged and believes there was not sufficient evidence for an indictment. She said Lederman has no access to computers under the terms of his house arrest.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna's statement on arrest of hacker

Madonna posted this statement on her facebook page following on from the arrest of the hacker earlier this week:

'I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker. I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music. Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life - creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime.'

'The end of Privacy is not something any of us are ready for! #livingforlove'


Israeli man arrested over Madonna hack

An Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of pop stars including Madonna and selling unreleased songs online.

Israeli police said the man was suspected of stealing work from several unnamed international stars.

A private investigator connected to the case confirmed Madonna was among them.

The pop star rush-released a number of new songs last month after demos and unfinished mixes from her new album Rebel Heart made their way online.

Madonna called the leak 'a form of terrorism.'

Her manager Guy Oseary said the 'devastating' action had prompted the surprise release of six songs from Rebel Heart in December, months earlier than planned.

Asher Wizman, the owner of a private investigation firm in Israel, told the Reuters news agency he was contacted by Madonna's team several weeks ago after rumours of an Israeli connection to the leak.

'Our investigator found her computers, at home and at a studio, were broken into from a computer in Israel,' he told Reuters.

'We tracked down the computer, and the man behind it. After gathering enough evidence, we turned to the police and he was arrested today.'

Police did not immediately name the 39-year-old man, although local reports identified him as a former contestant on one of Israel's TV talent shows.

'He is suspected of computer hacking, copyright violation and fraudulent receipt of goods,' a police spokesman said.

'During the investigation it appeared the suspect had broken into the computers of a number of international artists, stole unreleased demos and final tracks and sold them over the internet.'

The arrest in Israel comes a day after Bjork was forced to release her new album Vulnicura two months ahead of schedule after it leaked over the weekend.

From BBC News


LIZ SMITH: A 'Rebel' Criticized and Constrained

Madonna found herself embroiled in yet another controversy. The cover of her upcoming album, 'Rebel Heart,' which was hacked and released in demo form - forcing Madonna to put out six of the completed songs months in advance - shows The Big M with twine binding her face, emphasizing her view of herself as a 'rebel' who has been constricted and disparaged. (She achieved this point more compellingly in her famous 'Human Nature' video, some years ago.)

Fans of the lady then made up their own 'rebel art' sending her photos of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela with ropes across their faces. Madonna put these efforts online and immediately found herself accused of being 'racist' and, of course, an egomaniac, daring to compare herself to King and Mandela.

Madonna is many things, but a racist she is most assuredly not. She has had African American and Latino lovers as well as adopting two African children from Malawi, David and Mercy. Children, by the way, whom she does not parade like 'accessories' as her critics insisted she would do at the time of these adoptions.

Egomaniac? Let’s say she has a healthy dose of ego, mixed with a sense of victimization. This makes her exactly like all big stars. (She is also surprisingly vulnerable - but you’d have to know her, to know that.) And in this world of not thinking before one goes to Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, Madonna is no more cautious than hundreds of other public persons and millions of just plain folks. Madonna has now had to address the fake outrage of critics, apologize for any offense, refute charges of being a racist and deny she compares herself in any way to King or Mandela.

Others whom Madonna has wrapped in twine include Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley and Jesus, all of whom, in Madonna’s view, fought the good fight, against the odds.

Some Madonna fans wish she’d confine her artistic expressions to the recording studio. Silly! Why should she 'confine' herself to anything? The six songs she felt forced to release, in the wake of the hack on her material, went straight to number one on iTunes in 40 countries. She managed to make lemonade out of lemons. As to the songs themselves, three of them are truly beautiful and much reminiscent of the romantic Madonna of the 1980s and '90s. ('Ghost Town' is particularly affecting.) The other three are dancy and techo-infused. Not my taste. There are six more tracks to come, in March.

I do wish Madonna would get over this business of self-reverential, self-referencing songs. One of the new ones is titled, 'Bitch, I’m Madonna!' Honey, we know you’re Madonna. Nobody is likely to forget, ever. Relax.

From newyorksocialdiary.com/liz-smith-a-rebel-criticized-and-constrained


Madonna enjoys family winter getaway in Switzerland

Madonna's new album may have been leaked ahead of its release, but the singer hasn't let that ruin her Christmas holiday. The 56-year-old hit the slopes with her family, including daughter Lourdes, as they enjoyed a festive break in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Dressed in a chic all-black skiing ensemble, Madonna took to the slopes with her children, showing off her athletic skills on the piste. The mother-of-four and her family were seen laughing and taking occasional breaks as they made the most of the snow.

It's not the first time that Madonna and her children have headed to Gstaad during the festive period, having welcomed in the New Year at the idyllic ski resort in 2012.

From HELLO.com


Madonna must give deposition in Hard Candy case

Madonna has been ordered to sit for a deposition.

The 'Music' singer is being sued by beauty firm Hard Candy for allegedly stealing their name for her fitness brand and will now be filmed answering questions from a lawyer as part of the case.

However, judge John O'Sullivan, in making the ruling, also stated the 56-year-old star can only answer questions pertaining to the lawsuit.

The ruling, as obtained by RadarOnline.com, stated: 'In the event that Hard Candy's counsel asks any further questions beyond the scope of permissible discovery during any future depositions, Defendant's counsel is instructed to object that the question goes beyond the scope, permit the witness to answer the question, and file a motion with the Court if Sanctions are appropriate.'

It was also ruled that Madonna and Live Nation LLC must turn over any licensing agreements in which merchandise is sold in Florida.

The Florida-based cosmetics company accused the 'Material Girl' singer of trademark infringement and unfair competition in their lawsuit.

The case claims Madonna began selling her goods under the Hard Candy name in 2011 despite a previous rejection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Hard Candy are seeking financial damages and for Madonna to stop using their name completely.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Named As World's Richest Recording Artist

Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1 percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre. According to Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen, Madge is worth a staggering $800 million.

That's significantly less than the one billion the New York Post valued her at in 2013, but it's far ahead of Sir Paul, whose net worth Wealth-X places at $660. For those of you who thought Macca had more scratch, keep in mind that his wife, Nancy Shevell, is worth a reported $300 million. So although the McCartney couple is worth more than Madge, the former Beatle isn't richer than her on his own.

Following McCartney comes Dr. Dre who - despite that massive Beats deal with Apple - is at No. 3 on the list with $650 million. Speaking of rap moguls, Diddy is the fourth-wealthiest recording artist in 2014 - although at this point, both Dr. Dre and Diddy are more businessmen than active recording artists.

But keep in mind that this is a list of the world's wealthiest recording artists. When you include musicians as a whole, you open the list up to composers and theater moguls like Andrew Lloyd Webber - a man worth around $1.2 billion. So clearly, Cats pays better than Beatles.

From Billboard.com


Madonna's 'applause moment'

Madonna managed to boss around the entire crowd at MoMA on Wednesday night - even instructing guests including Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Grace Coddington, Doutzen Kroes, David Chang and Jimmy Iovine on when to put their hands together by barking, 'Applause moment!'

Madge was at the museum to present a WSJ Innovator Award to dancer Lil Buck, 26, whom she discovered in a contest and brought on tour.

But when the Material Girl - looking sexy at 56 in Miu Miu - didn’t get the glowing reception she apparently wanted at the beginning of her remarks, she finally sighed, 'I’ll tell you when there are applause moments. You need help. This is a museum crowd.'

She then peppered her presentation with the 'applause moment' command, which effectively coaxed clapping. She also warned Valentino’s partner in the audience, expert Instagrammer Giancarlo Giammetti, to 'please put your phone away, sir.' And she poked fun at her predilection for seducing backup dancers by saying with a wink, 'Everybody knows I have an affinity for dancers - a sympathetic nerve, so to speak.'

Buck then made a gracious, heartfelt speech and brought the house down with his moves.

Guests were later invited to tour MoMA’s hot Matisse exhibition upstairs, where honoree Kara Walker, fresh from her own acclaimed Domino Sugar Factory show, briefly took off her towering heels and walked about the works in bare feet, with LA MOCA director Philippe Vergne.

Lil Buck was last seen in an intense dance-off at a Doubles after-party.

From Page Six / NYPost


Madonna reveals truth about Like A Virgin

Madonna has finally talked about the Like A Virgin performance at the 1984 Video Music Awards, when MTV viewers were treated to a full display of what Madonna was wearing under her dress.

Madonna admits it was improvised after one of her stilettos fell off.

'Well, I'll just pretend I meant to do this,' she said.

'And I dove on the floor and I rolled around and, as I reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were showing.'

Her former manager Freddy DeMann says: 'Was it perfect? No, but it worked.'

Les Garland, former executive vice president of programming at MTV says: 'I think we all know she had a few drinks, because she had to get up the nerve to crawl around like she did. She stole the show.'

But at the time, many industry people felt her performance was a disaster.

Her longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg says, 'People came up to me and told me her career was over before it started.'

Huey Lewis recalls that his longtime agent Dan Weiner scoffed and said, 'This gal, Madonna - this is not going to happen.'

From AAP Via Yahoo! News


Deborah Feingold on Madonna's 1982 photoshoot

NME.com take a look at some of Deborah Feingold's stunning photographs. She talks about this photoshoot with Madonna in 1982:

'I shot this at my NY apartment. I pitched the assignment to a number of magazines. Finally, Star Hits agreed to do a shoot. Madonna arrived on time with her publicist. No stylist, make up artists or managers, just us. We shot for 15 minutes. And as quietly as she walked in, she walked out. Of the 48 frames that I shot, every one was perfect. (That never happened again.)'

From: www.nme.com/photos/13-stunning-portraits-by-deborah-feingold

Managers of Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize Music

Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a secret. From everyone - the music industry, his colleagues, his clients, even his wife - and for months now.

But the secret's so important, so game-changing in its scope, that it has given him the rare occasion to be in Los Angeles long enough to accommodate a four-hour-plus block of meetings, keeping at bay a schedule filled with the global itineraries that come with managing superstar acts like Madonna, U2 and Alicia Keys - not to mention a tech fund with Ashton Kutcher and billionaire Ron Burkle, A-Grade Investments, that has more than 20 companies in its portfolio.

Today, Oseary, 42, has privately invited eight of his fellow music managers to his spacious, Spanish-style Beverly Hills mansion for a barbecue - and the public reveal, to an awaiting Billboard writer and camera crew, of their first-ever joint meeting as Maverick, Oseary and Live Nation's most aggressive attempt to shake up an industry that has been plugging holes for years. None of the managers' own employees even know why their bosses will be off the grid on this humid October Tuesday.

Joining Oseary are Laffitte Management's Ron Laffitte, I Am Other's Caron Veazey, Blueprint Group's Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant, Reign Deer's Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber, Quest Management's Scott Rodger and Spalding Entertainment's Clarence Spalding. Collectively, they manage more than two dozen of the planet's biggest artists. And as of Oct. 17, all nine will be joining their companies and rebranding them and their respective employees as 'Maverick,' a name Oseary's client Madonna gave the label she co-founded in 1992. (Oseary led A&R at the label - at age 22 - and became chairman/CEO before it folded in 2007.)

To read the rest of the article visit: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6288924/maverick-management-group-interview

To read the Guy Oseary interview visit: www.billboard.com/articles/6289026/u2-and-madonna-manager-guy-oseary


Britney's Manager Tells Story Behind the Madonna VMAs Kiss

In the middle of performing a medley of hits at the 2003 VMA's, Madonna surprised everyone by kissing Britney Spears onstage. After a quick camera cut to Britney's ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, who looked confused, Madonna then smooched her other performing partner: Christina Aguilera. But it was the Britney-Madonna kiss that made news.

Larry Rudolph, Spears' longtime manager, talks about what happened leading up the infamous buss, and how Madonna thanked him after 'that kiss happened and the world exploded.'

According to Rudolph, 'Madonna had been very, very, very rigid about the rehearsals. She was telling Britney and I every day, 'Be here tomorrow at 10 o'clock,' he tells Billboard. She would never address me by name, she would just say, 'You make sure Britney's here tomorrow at 10 o'clock.'' Not wanting to upset one of the biggest stars of all time, Rudolph did his part.

All that rigidity paid off. After the performance, Rudolph ended up in an elevator with Madonna, and it turns out she remembered his name. She 'wrapped her arms around my waist and gave me a big kiss on the lips,' he remembers. 'And she said, 'You see Larry, it was all worth it.''

From Billboard.com


Madonna Celebrates Malala's Nobel Prize Honour

Madonna has congratulated Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai after she was named the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

The pop superstar woke up to the news and posted an Instagram.com photo of the teenage heroine, who survived gun shot wounds after she was attacked by Taliban extremists for publicly criticising Pakistan's education laws regarding women.

Madonna added the caption, 'My Hero! Malala! Noble Peace Prize Winner! Nothing can stop her! #rebelheart #livingforlove.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Defends Son For Posting Graphic Video

Madonna has defended her son Rocco Ritchie after he posted a graphic video on Instagram.com which appeared to show the execution of children.

The 14 year old, whose father is Madonna's ex-husband Guy Ritchie, uploaded the disturbing footage to his account on Thursday and captioned the clip, 'I think if your (you are) still being a d**k to people, I would stop. We've got a little worse of a problem on are (our) hands here guys. We don't need more negative a**holes here.'

Ritchie received a slew of criticism for sharing the explicit video, but his superstar mother has now publicly backed her son by posting a picture of the word 'Imagine' to her own Instagram page with the caption, 'I applaud my son's desire to express his outrage by posting footage of Isis (Islamic militant group) on Instagram. Humans are becoming numb to this violent imagery. He is saying our problems are nothing compared to what's going on around the world. Freedom fighting is in his blood. Let's pray for Peace!'

From contactmusic.com


#unapologeticcollaboration: Madonna teamed up with Siri?

Madonna fans have noticed a possible team-up with Apple.

Rumours are circulating that the singer's alleged new single - titled either 'Unapologetic Bitch' or 'Bitch, I'm Madonna' - samples Siri's voice. Siri is an artificial intelligence assistant found on Apple iPhone and iPad devices.

The speculation was increased further when someone noticed that saying 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Siri swiftly loads Madonna's Wikipedia page, seemingly creating a link between the service and the superstar.

Searching Wikipedia online, 'Unapologetic Bitch' isn't mentioned on Madonna's main page, making the Siri search result even more curious.

What's more, while simply typing 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Google or Bing does bring up results relating to Madonna, the star's main Wikipedia page isn't even within the first 30 search results.

It wouldn't be the first time the Cupertino-based company has teamed up with a female superstar. iTunes exclusively launched Beyoncé's self-titled album last December, after she surprised fans with a stealth release on the store.

Madonna has yet to confirm the release date for her 13th studio album, but has been teasing the recording process on Instagram with the hashtag #UnapologeticBitch.

We reached out to Siri for confirmation of a possible Madonna collaboration, but they declined to comment.

From Digital Spy


Madonna and Lola dine in Ann Arbor restaurant Cafe Felix

Now that Madonna's daughter is a student at the University of Michigan, sightings of the pop icon around Ann Arbor are inevitable.

Sunday, Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, were spotted dining at Café Felix in Ann Arbor.

The seven-time Grammy winner came in shortly before the dinner rush Sunday and stayed for about an hour, according to David Ambrose, the bar manager at the restaurant at 204 S. Main St.

'She was delightful. She was really low key about it,' Ambrose said.

Madonna was joined by her daughter and a couple other guests who sat in a back booth of the restaurant. Ambrose said the staff was aware Madonna was there, but went out of their way to not draw any attention to the table.

'It’s part of the business,' Ambrose said. 'We try to be pretty respectful of that.'

After paying her check, Madonna told the staff that she was very happy with her experience and hinted she would be back.

'That was the coolest part was at the end she said ‘I really enjoyed myself,’' Ambrose said.

As she thanked the staff for their help a few people finally noticed her and began wondering if it was really her.

'They flipped,' Ambrose said about the patrons once they realized it was actually Madonna.

Leon, 17, is an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan, where classes start Tuesday. It was announced in June that Leon would be attending the university and Madonna posted a picture on Instagram hinting that she was in town around the time of the announcement.

Several tweets were sent out Sunday afternoon by UM students who said they saw Madonna and Leon in one of the dorms and on campus.

'My roommate just screamed and ran after Madonna and Lola. So it's safe to say that Lola and I aren't gonna be friends anytime soon,' tweeted user @AlexContis

From www.mlive.com


With passing of Bacall, all Madonna's 'Vogue' icons have died

The death of famed actress Lauren Bacall on Tuesday, the husky-voiced starlet known for her sultry sensuality, not only meant the loss of a true Hollywood legend, but also the end of a golden era of icons.

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


In defense of Madonna’s wild love life

Last month, while stepping out in New York to catch a Broadway play, Madonna showed off her latest, ahem, acquisition.

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


Madonna does NYC jury duty, briefly

The pop superstar turned up for jury duty Monday at a Manhattan state courthouse, quickly getting dismissed.

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.

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Boxing Icon Tommy Hearns Praises Madonna

Pop superstar Madonna has won high praise from boxing legend Tommy 'the Hitman' Hearns after unveiling plans to help rebuild a community gym in her native Detroit, Michigan.

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.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna donating to her hometown of Detroit

Madonna, who was 'inspired' during a recent visit to Detroit, is donating money toward the construction of a new youth boxing gym and buying iPods, iPads and other supplies for students at a charter school in her hometown, according to a news release issued by the music icon's publicist Monday.

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.

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Madonna attends preview of Tupac B'way musical

One of Tupac Shakur's old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music.

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.'

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Madonna tops the list of most influential women EVER

Madonna has beaten the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Mary Mother of Jesus to be crowned the most influential female figure in history.

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:

1.Madonna
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

From www.evoke.ie/most-influential-women-in-history