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.'
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.'
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.'
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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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 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.'
It's hard to believe the Material Girl has a daughter who's the same age as she was when she first moved to NYC to become a star. That's right - Madonna's first child Lourdes Leon is already 19 years old.
Madonna & Co. celebrated Lourdes' last year as a teenager in a style befitting the daughter of pop royalty, including dinner at Via Veneto restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. And who made the guest list at the inherently star-studded family affair?
Lourdes' three siblings, Rocco, 15; David, 10; and Mercy, 9; were on hand, of course, and in addition to her mom, brothers and sister the birthday girl was joined by friends. The group shared nearly two hours together dining in the VIP area of the restaurant, where waiters later delivered a birthday cake lit up with candles. We wonder what she wished for!
While Lourdes might have been the 19-year-old, 57-year-old mom Madonna looked just as hip as she was spotted rocking a lace crop top, black blazer, shiny tuxedo pants and lace fingerless gloves on her way out of the trendy spot.
From E! Online
Prince and Madonna can both sell out arenas, but for one night only, the Purple One played exclusively for the Material Girl.
In an ultra-intimate concert sure to stir envy among legions of fans of the 1980s pop giants, Prince reportedly put on a private show at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota early Friday for Madonna, who hours earlier packed St. Paul's 20,000-capacity Xcel Energy Center.
Andrea Swensson, a reporter for local public radio station KCMP 'The Current,' wrote in a blog post that she was among 33 'civilians' who had been summoned to Prince's estate with three hours' notice.
At 1:30 am, Madonna suddenly arrived along with her tour's dance troupe and Prince ripped into a funky set, playing 'within a couple yards' of a crowd that in total was around 60 people, she said.
'I had expected her to hang back a bit, or maybe be sitting in her roped-off area, but once I stepped a little closer to the stage I realized that she was not only in the front row, but had perched on the edge of the stage at Prince's feet, looking up at him adoringly as he sang,' Swensson wrote.
At 3:00 am, Prince leaned down and whispered an exchange with Madonna, who departed even as the show went on.
Prince is known for his non-traditional concerts and in recent years has announced shows with minimal notice.
To celebrate the release of his latest album last month, Prince threw an 'international dance party' with fans invited to revel at Paisley Park.
From AFP Relax News Via Yahoo!
Madonna, 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.
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'
'Don't Mess!!! Gurl Power👊 👊 👊 at the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym‼️❤ #rebelhearts'
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.
madonnalicious and all our readers wish Madonna a very Happy Birthday today!
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.'
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.'
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.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
Madonna thinks artists deep into their careers should stop if they don't have anything more to say. But at 56, the singer says she still has things to talk about, and in short, she feels like Pablo Picasso.
'I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so,' she said. 'Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that's how I feel.' Madonna released her self-titled debut album in 1983, and her latest album, 'Rebel Heart,' earlier this year. She said the key to sticking around is her continual desire to inspire others.
'I don't think there's a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative,' she said. 'I think you go until you don't have any more to say.'
'The theme I really truly explore in this show more than anything is love and romance,' she said in a phone interview from her home in New York City last week. 'I want people to walk out like they're feeling inspired and like they've seen something they've never seen before (and) felt something they've never felt before.'
Comedian Amy Schumer, whose new movie 'Trainwreck' opened impressively at No. 2 with $30.2 million last weekend, will open for three Madonna shows in New York.
'She's a role model for women, and I am too, and I think it's a good match,' said Madonna, who added that the idea to bring Schumer on board came from the singer's management team. 'I love her and....I just thought, 'That's interesting.' (I'll) try something new and different rather than the usual run-of-the-mill - have a band, have a DJ. It's definitely a new thing. I hope it works - fingers crossed.'
Madonna says picking the set list for her upcoming tour has been hard, mainly because she wants to sing her newest songs but also satisfy her longtime, die-hard fans. 'I realize I have 32 years of other songs, so I have to pick and choose. I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to figure out which of my old catalog I want to do,' she said. 'It's a puzzle that we have to put together 'cause thematically the songs - the old and the new - they have to go together; sonically they have to go together.'
She's even picky about the costumes onstage. 'What people wear, from their footwear to the buttons on their jacket, is all very important to me,' she said.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
For producer-DJ Diplo, the past 12 years have been a slow but unrelenting march from the ultra-hip fringes to the dead center of pop music. Right now, he has two Top 20 singles from two different projects: the Justin Bieber-featuring 'Where R U Now,' from his Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, and 'Lean On,' from his dancehall-inflected act Major Lazer, which went from studio lark to festival-packing force. Diplo, who first broke through to the mainstream circa 2005 as M.I.A.'s producer, says there's never been a master plan: 'I've been 100 percent improvising,' he says. 'When I moved to L.A. to produce and write, I kept DJ'ing on the side, but I thought that was never gonna go anywhere.'
You co-produced several songs on Madonna's new one, including her new single. What do you make of the ageism she faces?
She created the world we live in. It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed - 'Madonna, we've been there, done that, now we're about Kim Kardashian.' Her song 'Ghosttown' was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn't get a fair shot. With 'Bitch I'm Madonna,' everyone said there's no way it will go anywhere, but I'm like, 'Screw it, it represents you more than anything.'
A former contestant in Israel's version of 'American Idol' was jailed for 14 months on Thursday for hacking the computers of singers including Madonna, who had complained about unfinished tracks from her latest album being leaked online.
Under a plea bargain, Adi Lederman confessed to computer trespassing and infringement of privacy and property rights, Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court said, citing Madonna as one of his victims without specifying that he was behind the song leak. Lederman was also fined 15,000 shekels ($4,000).
'The ease with which crimes such as this can be committed by those who have skills in the field, such as the accused, require an appropriate punitive response that has a deterrent and uncompromising message,' the court said in a statement.
Lederman, 39, was arrested in January after an investigation assisted by the FBI. Police said he was suspected of selling songs he had stolen through hacking. In December, unfinished tracks were leaked before the release of Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' album.
Madonna has said the crime was an 'invasion into my life - creatively, professionally and personally (that) remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience'.
Lederman previously made a brief appearance on 'A Star Is Born', Israel's version of 'American Idol', before being voted off. The court statement on Thursday said he had medical problems that had mitigated his sentence.
From Reuters Via Yahoo! News
Pop icon Madonna has outraged locals near her home in The Hamptons, New York by planting trees on the estate amid allegations she is building a wall of foliage to protect her privacy.
The Material Girl hitmaker purchased the eight-bedroom mansion and its 24 acres of surrounding land in Bridgehampton for $2.2 million (£1.4 million) on the promise the fields could not be built on and would be used for growing agricultural products.
Pictures obtained by the New York Post show Madonna has now begun creating a tree nursery on the property after planning permission was approved last year.
However, the move has angered locals who are convinced she is using the trees to protect her privacy and to receive tax breaks entitled to farmers in the area.
East Hampton farmer John White tells the publication, 'That's not a nursery... She just doesn't want people to see her riding (a horse) - and falling.'
Madonna cracked three ribs and broke her collarbone after falling from a horse at her country estate in England in 2005.
Finally And at Last! The Revolution Of Love has Begun! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#livingforlove ❤️#rebelheartsunite pic.twitter.com/nK9TH96Df8— Madonna (@Madonna) June 26, 2015
Madonna relied on her, so did Cher.
Now, ever-quotable p.r. queen Liz Rosenberg exclusively tells us she’s abdicating her throne to retire.
'I think two centuries is long enough, don’t you?' quipped Rosenberg, who’s also repped Michael Bublé and Stevie Nicks and worked with Prince, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon and Ashford & Simpson.
Madonna portrayed her on 'SNL' in 1992 - 'the good ol’ days,' Rosenberg recalled.
She launched Liz Rosenberg Media in 2010 after nearly 40 years at Warner Bros. Records.
'It reminds me not to take it all too seriously,' Rosenberg said of her look - regularly wearing bunny ears on starry red carpets.
She’s looking forward to an extended break, but, 'I’m going to consult, advise and protect my peeps from the likes of Page Six forever. I love them too much to do otherwise,' she said. 'On a serious note, these people are part of my family. I could never step away completely. I envision myself like Sue Mengers, doing my work from a round bed with a lot of lip-shaped pillows.'
Her firm’s logo was a pair of lips - with a trace of smudged lipstick.
From Page Six / New York Post
Cyndi Lauper has revealed she has signed autographs as Madonna, when fans have mistaken her for her pop rival.
The Girls Just Want To Have Fun singer appears on tonight's Graham Norton Show, where fellow guest Mark Wahlberg discussed how he has come to see the funny side of being so often confused with fellow actor Matt Damon.
Lauper, who has a very distinctive, high-pitched New York accent, said: 'It happens to me once in a while. I just sign Madonna. I don't care and as long as I don't talk I get away with it.'
The Time After Time singer and Madonna were pitted against each other as pop rivals during the 1980s.
Lauper and Wahlberg are joined on Norton's red sofa by Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane and presenter Dara O Briain.
The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC1 at 10.35pm.
From Press Association Via Yahoo! News
Madonna claims the No. 28 spot on the list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, which appeared in the June 15th, 2015 issue of FORBES magazine. She’s the wealthiest musician on the list.
Name: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Name: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Estimated Net Worth: $520 million
Source: Music, Clothing, Real Estate
Summary: One of the top pop divas of all time. Her tours have grossed an estimated $1.2 billion over the years, including $305 million from her 2012 MDNA tour. That helped her earn an estimated $125 million during the ensuing 12-month period during which FORBES calculated celebrity earnings, more than any other musician. Look for another bump when she goes on the road with her latest album, Rebel Heart, in August.
Madonna has finally moved into her new-construction Bridgehampton mansion on Mitchells Lane, which is beside the horse farm she bought from Kelly Klein.
The pop songstress will be ensconced there for the summer. The estate comes with a pool and spa.
'Madonna has already been out here on weekends, riding her horses on her 58 acres,' a spy says. But don’t expect to see her hanging out at Candy Kitchen or any of the fancier joints in town. 'She never goes out. She’s so happy in her house that she never leaves,' the spy said.
From New York Post
Rita Ora and Madonna have filmed a secret music video together. The 24-year-old singer flew into New York Friday night to meet up with the 56-year-old superstar for the shoot, after the two had a 'real connection' when they met at various showbiz events.
A source told The Sun newspaper: 'It's an incredible coup for Rita to do a vid with Madonna and shows how big she is becoming in the States. They met at showbiz events but had a real connection so Madonna asked her to do it. Rita changed her schedule to be able to do it in an instant.'
The two stars bonded when Rita defended Madonna over the abuse she was receiving for grabbing Drake and kissing him onstage at Coachella Music Festival.
At the time, the 'How We Do' singer posted a picture of Madonna practically naked in a '90s photoshoot on Instagram, and wrote: 'Thank you for fighting all these ageist battles and paving a way, that maybe just one day, all of us 'Younger' artists won't have too in the future! @madonna #ifuckinlovethisbitch #thatshwhatlegendsdo (sic)'.
The 'Vogue' star then took to her Instagram page to thank Rita for her support.
Madonna wrote: 'Thanks Rita! Good to know you appreciate the beating I'm taking so all you ladies don't have to endure this kind of discrimination! #unapolgeticbitches unite! #rebelheart (sic)'.
Marilyn Manson wants to have sex with Madonna. The 46-year-old rock star has confessed he's a fan of the singer's new album 'Rebel Heart' and revealed he'd love to 'fornicate' with the 56-year-old musician.
He told i-D magazine: 'I'm kind of interested in this Madonna record.'
'She looks hotter than ever. I'd also like to let it be known that I still have a crush on Madonna and I would definitely fornicate with her.'
Madonna replied to Marilyn's complimentary remarks by sharing a photo of him and his quote on Instagram with the caption: 'Um.........thanks! @marilynmanson #rebelheart'
In the 1991 documentary Truth or Dare, Madonna dedicated a concert to her longtime friend Keith Haring, who died of AIDS the year before. Tonight - on what would have been his 57th birthday - the queen of pop culture remembered the visionary artist again.
'Part of why she was wearing our graffiti dress was to honor Keith,' said Jeremy Scott, the Moschino creative director who collaborated with the superstar for the Met Gala. 'We custom-made her gown to say Rebel Heart - and it’s definitely fitting to wear it while celebrating him.'
Happy Birthday, Mr. Haring. You sure inspired a winner (and changed the world, too).
From Yahoo! Style
US legendary columnist Liz Smith has featured Madonna again in her most recent article:
I praise Madonna a lot. I know that annoys some of you. Sorry! But I’ve also laced that praise with criticism, or at least my idea of what she might do, or say (or not say) or wear. I admire the fact that she has never taken my advice. Or anyone’s. She has traveled to the beat of her own techno-music.
But sometimes she’s perfect. I do mean her appearance at the massive Met Fashion Gala the other night in NYC. There she was, with long straight hair (gone are the overworked waves), beautiful makeup, and a stylish, whimsical, subtly sexy black gown by the designer Moschino. (Well, it was more subtle than a lot of what The Big M wears. It was certainly more subtle than Beyonce's get-up.) Totally appropriate for the pop goddess she is, and always will be. (Haters, listen up - even if she never has another No. 1 hit, she’ll always be the Queen. Accept that.)
When I saw the photos I wanted to reach in, hand her a microphone and say, 'Sing out, Madonna Louise Ciccone - croon those ballads. Do your Dietrich!' Well, that’s my fantasy and problem. It will never be Madonna’s reality. But I am satisfied she looked like this for the Met event. She also looked like she was having fun. (Still rare for this workaholic.)
People - even so-called 'fans' - often say she’s desperate to stay in touch with the youth culture. I think she simply enjoys composing and performing edgy material. She likes collaborating with young people. I believe she enjoys the music she makes. If she was 'desperate' for a certain kind of approbation, she’d work on an album of standards. Or a 'Duets' disc. Not. Going. To. Happen.
Privately, as a woman, she has changed. As an artist? Same as 1983. And if you can’t see it, you don’t know your Madonna.
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When Madonna puckered up to Drake during their steamy Coachella set, all eyes were on Drake’s reaction.
But now, it looks like Madge is the one who is dishing out the disses when it comes to that kiss.
The singer was participating in an interactive online chat (filmed in her bathroom while she drank wine and ate pizza, mind you) when fans started asking her about the infamous smooch.
One fan has submitted the 'million dollar question' (as Madonna put it), asking the Living For Love singer whether Drake was a good kisser. Her response? 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it.'
But her bizarre comments didn’t end there.
Later on in the segment, the 56-year-old was asked what advice she would give to her younger self.
'Don’t kiss Drake, no matter how many times he begs you to,' she said, while refilling her wine glass.
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Here is Madonna's full Interactive AskAnythingChat with Romeo on Saturday Night Online that took place last night.
Our queen Madonna does her AskAnythingChat from where? What's her main motto in life? Did she just eat some pizza?
Tori Amos believes people want to 'shame' Madonna.
The star has been making music since the late 80s and her sound is recognisable thanks to her unique lyrics and impressive piano skills.
While she may not be in the same genre as popstar Madonna, they share an age bracket and icon status. And Tori has leapt to the 56-year-old's defence, following criticisms after Madonna fell at the Brit awards earlier this year while performing Living For Love.
'Madonna is an entertainer. There are very few people who could’ve gotten up off that floor. It wasn’t because of her that she fell, but it was because of her that the performance carried on. Some of the vilification comes from women as much as men,' Tori, 51, sighed to British newspaper The Guardian.
'She’s making choices and she’s able to do things physically that a lot of people 25 years younger can’t; she got up and refused to allow that to shame her. I think people want her to be shamed into a role that they find acceptable for her age. It makes me sad that we can’t embrace Madonna and say, 'Wow, this is an artist who’s expressing herself in a certain way.''
Tori has had her fair share of malfunctions on stage, falling off her piano stool many times in her 20s and even performing on her knees due to a mic stand not staying up. She believes it takes something special to carry on after a blip and that people should admire Madonna's agility, even if they don't agree with her 'sexuality'.
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Madonna's representative is dismissing reports the singer was not invited backstage at hip-hop stage show Hamilton because she was allegedly caught texting throughout the performance.
The pop superstar was in the audience for a performance of the musical in New York City on Saturday, when she was reportedly called out by star/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda as he hosted a charity auction at the end of the show.
'Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage #noselfieforyou,' Miranda tweeted
The message was later deleted, but editors at the New York Daily News reported that Miranda was referring to Madonna.
'It's not true. She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation.'
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Madonna thinks Jamie Foxx's daughter has 'good taste' after the youngster praised her Grammys performance.
In February, Annalise was Jamie's special guest to the annual music ceremony in Los Angeles, where she mingled with A-list stars including Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jay Z.
But it was pop legend Madonna the little girl was most excited about seeing face to face.
'What's crazy about this is, is that she wanted to meet Madonna more than anybody that night. Because she saw the performance and she said, 'Dad, I gotta meet Madonna because I love her performance,' and I said, 'She's right up there,'' Jamie recalled to Jimmy Kimmel. 'So she goes up to Madonna and says, 'I think your performance was the best,' and she [Madonna] says, 'Why do you like it?' 'Because you guys had the horns, so I think you were the best.' And you know what Madonna said? 'Good taste.''
The 56-year-old singer performed her track Living For Love, with scantily clad male backing dancers wearing sparkling silver masks and black horns on their heads.
Annalise has a photo gallery to treasure forever following that evening, and in each snap she pulled the same pose, where her arms are crossed and fingers pointed out.
'She's six... My daughter trademarked it, that's her thing. She's been doing it since she was like two and a half, three. She just came out the womb like, 'I'm here!'' he screeched, pulling the pose.
Jamie also touched upon his career as a musician and actor. He always dreamt of getting into music, but "just fell into the movies and just fell into winning an Oscar" he joked, referring to his best actor Academy Award for Ray.
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Madonna - you’re absolutely right to stay and act as hot to trot as ever in your 50s. Who says that when a woman hits fifty she should shut off her sex appeal? Kiss Drake, show off your thighs, and ignore your age!
Madonna, pay no attention to anyone who tells you to act your age! When they say that, what they’re really telling you is that you should stop being sexy because you’re 56. That’s ridiculous!
You’re a beautiful, brilliant, talented woman who’s in amazing shape. You can still dance your a** off and in fact, you can still dance circles around women and men half your age.
When you surprised Drake onstage with a kiss during your performance together at Coachella on April 12, the internet was abuzz and some commenters were aghast. This was partly because Drake himself was so surprised by your bold move, and his shock was misread as horror.
But Drake, 28, himself has set the record straight and Instagrammed on April 13: 'Don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you @madonna.'
I bet he does feel that way. Madonna is a groundbreaking legend and Drake gets that. She broke open so many doors for female and male popstars with her trendsetting, uninhibited style, behavior and hit records, that every musical star respects her and is in total awe of her.
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Madonna Is Set To Titillate Fans By Gracing The Pages Of Playboy Magazine Once More In A New Pictorial Of 'Lost' Nudes Taken Back In 1979.
The Material Girl hitmaker was 20 when she peeled off her clothes for a shoot with photographer Martin H.M. Schreiber, before she found fame, and four of the images went on to be used in the men's publication in September, 1985.
Now Playboy editors are revisiting the shoot by using a series of the black-and-white snaps for the feature Madonna: The Lost Nudes, which will appear in the magazine's upcoming May (15) issue.
The pictures will also be published in Schreiber's new career-spanning book, A Retrospective 1966-2014, which will be released in June (15).
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.'
US WEEKLY: In the spirit of rebel hearts, what was your ultimate 'rebel' moment?
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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Fans in the UK will be pleased to know the issue is currently available to buy in selected newsagents now (issue date 30 March 2015)!
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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 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.
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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 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 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.'
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.'
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!'
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.
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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.''
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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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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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.
From BBC News
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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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.'