Madonna uses Meerkat app to debut new video

Soon, there won’t be a social app left that Madonna hasn’t used to promote her new album. Live video broadcasting app Meerkat is the latest, following the star’s use of Instagram, Snapchat and Grindr in the campaign for Rebel Heart.

'Be here at 10am PST Tuesday for the world premiere of Madonna’s Ghosttown video!' explained a message on Madonna’s official Meerkat profile, which at the time of writing has just under 1,000 subscribers.

Meerkat launched in February as the latest app enabling people to broadcast video live from their smartphones to their followers on Twitter. It has since been joined by Periscope, an app owned by Twitter that fulfils the same function.

Madonna is the biggest star yet to use Meerkat, after a bruising few weeks for the app, which saw Twitter turn off Meerkat’s access to its social graph, then saw it plummet down Apple’s App Store chart following Periscope’s release.

It is unclear how Madonna will use Meerkat to debut a music video as the app works by the broadcaster pointing their smartphone’s camera at whatever they want to stream.

If Madonna is able to air pre-recorded footage it will be an interesting departure for Meerkat. Allowing users to stream pre-recorded video would give it different functionality in its battle with Periscope.

Madonna’s decision to use Meerkat may come as a surprise to some fans, since she is now one of the 16 co-owners of streaming music service Tidal, which is planning to use similarly-exclusive video premieres to promote itself.

Fellow co-owners Beyoncé and Rihanna have already debuted videos on Tidal before other services, but Madonna chose to make a 16-second teaser of the Ghosttown video available on Tidal ahead of its full premiere on Meerkat.

Visit: http://meerkatapp.co/madonna/ to view Madonna's profile.

From theguardian.co.uk


Madonna back on the front of Cosmo

Twenty-five years after first appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, Madonna has been featured once again on the cover of the US edition.

She revealed a few details about working with Kanye West in the May edition, which features four different covers of her.

The two superstars are both used to calling the shots in any situation, so when they teamed up for her new album Rebel Heart, it seemed inevitable that sparks would fly.

But while they couldn't agree on everything, she still appreciated the rapper's help, even if she didn't always take his advice.

The Queen of Pop told US Cosmopolitan of the collaboration: 'It's a little bit of a bullfight, but we take turns. He knows that he's walking into a room with a person with a strong point of view, and I do, too.'

'I listen to what he has to say, take it in, and he listens to what I say and takes it in. We didn't agree on everything, but he has good ideas.'

In the same interview, Madonna took issue with the suggestion that the music business had become easier for women over the years.

She warned: 'Don't be fooled, not much has changed - certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people.'

'Since I started, I've had people giving me a hard time because they didn't think you could be sexual or have sexuality or sensuality in your work and be intelligent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.'

Madge also had something to say about her online haters, telling them: 'You can hide behind your computer or your phone and say whatever you want - you're not known.'

'Could you say it to my face? Would you say it to my face? I doubt it.'

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


Ghosttown Video Teaser on Tidal

Tidal has been busy Sunday! Just hours after Rihanna premiered her new track, 'American Oxygen,' exclusively on Jay Z's new music streaming service, Madonna has dropped a tantalizing new teaser for her upcoming music video for 'Ghosttown.'

The 16-second, black-and-white clip shows a ferociously clad female form (three guesses who!) running through a bleak, seemingly apocalyptic landscape. Images of religious and earthly symbolism (what appear to be an immaculate heart and animal carcasses, respectively) flash across the screen as the woman picks up speed, her long cape trailing ominously.

Watch the teaser on Tidal at http://listen.tidalhifi.com/

Madonna also posted this picture from the set of the Ghosttown video on her Instagram page: 'Shut up complaining beyatches!!#ghostown #rebelheart'

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Gaultier: 'She's a miracle because, well, she's Madonna.'

In an interview with Associated Press, fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier talks about why he is leaving fashion, and of course about his work with Madonna:

Looking back through his four decades of creations he recalls the surprising origin of the bustier that first made him a household name in the U.S. - when a certain pop star from Michigan wore it on her 'Blond Ambition' tour in 1990.

'It was not Madonna who wore my first conical bra, it was Nana my Teddy Bear. And when I was six, I wanted to have a doll, but my parents didn't find it politically correct for a boy,' he said.

Madonna is still very much in his heart - and he defended her against ageist criticism that her fall in this year's Brit Awards showed that, at 56 years old, she should be hanging up her pointy bra once and for all.

'Why do they attack her because of her age, and they don't do it to men?' he asked.

'She got up as if it was nothing and to fall must have hurt a lot. She could have killed herself,' he said. 'She's a miracle because, well, she's Madonna.'

To read the full interview visit: www.foxbusiness.com/markets


Madonna Is The Latest 'Rebel Heart' To Protest Instagram's Nudity Policy

Madonna has become the latest celebrity to challenge Instagram’s nudity policy, after posting a vintage topless image of herself on the photo sharing site. The 56 year follows in the footsteps of other famous users such as Scout Willis and Miley Cyrus who have called out Instagram for their rules regarding female nudity.

On Wednesday Madonna posted a vintage topless picture of her herself but it was quickly removed from the site for violating Instagram’s nudity policy. A day later the Queen of Pop posted another vintage topless picture taken from her 1992 book Sex.

But this time Madonna had censored the image herself, covering her nipples with a black strip. 'Why is it ok to show ass but not breasts?' she wrote. 'Drowning in the hypocrisy of social media #artforfreedom #UnapologeticbItch ❤️#rebelheart.'

Instagram's terms of use state that users must not post ‘nude, partially nude, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos via the Service.' So far Madonna’s picture has gained over 73,000 likes since it was shared by the singer on Friday.

Madonna isn't the only celebrity to fall foul of Instagram’s nudity policy. Miley Cyrus has also shown her support for the campaign dubbed 'Free the nipple' after she posted a topless photo of herself on the image sharing site, which was of course quickly removed.

But Cyrus followed up the image by posting collages of her head on a variety of different bodies showing her support for #FreeTheNipple. The movement has also been supported by Rhianna and Scout Willis, who last year took a topless stroll in New York to demonstrate that it was legal to walk topless in NYC but yet Instagram won't allow users to post images of breasts on the site.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna interview on BBC Radio 2 tonight

Madonna has given an interview over the telephone to Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2.

Madonna talks to Jo about her new album, family life and that fall at The Brit Awards! It is her first UK radio interview in a long time ahead of her tour in late summer.

The interview will be broadcast tonight (Tuesday 31 March) at 8.00pm, and will be available later on the BBC iplayer.

For more information visit: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes


Madonna's Instagram: TIDAL Launch

Madonna posted a series of messages and pictures about her involvement of the TIDAL music streaming launch yesterday:

'Here comes the Tidal Wave!!! Who Runs The World???????? ‪#‎rebelhearts‬'

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'Bad Girls of Tidal!! ‪#‎Unapologeticbitches‬ #rebelhearts'

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'Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC! ‪#‎rebelhearts‬ stand together for what they believe in!'

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'Everything will be explained and revealed in time! Have Faith! And remember nothing is for free! This is a universal LAW. Somewhere-Somehow-Someone has to pay. There is always an exchange. ‪#‎truth‬. ‪#‎tidal'

'If you refer to Tidal as Illuminati, you are paying us the highest of compliments. As I've stated before it is another name for "The Enlightened Ones" a group of scientists, philosophers and artists that emerged after the dark ages. They changed and shaped the world for the better! Do the research and find out for yourself! ‪#‎knowledge‬ is power ‪#‎rebelheart‬'


Madonna backs new streaming service

Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-list musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

The membership-based service - similar to subscription service Spotify - will provide music and video content that users can stream on computers, tablets and smartphones or listen to offline. It is being offered in two formats: standard sound quality, and 'lossless high fidelity sound quality'.

Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj were among the artists who announced at last night's New York event that they are co-owners of the service that launched quietly in October. The celebrities, who also included Jason Aldean, Usher, members of Arcade Fire and deadmau5, stood in a line onstage as Keys spoke to the audience. Most of them wore black as a sign of solidarity. Keys called the event 'a graduation'.

She said the artists hope Tidal will 'forever change the course of music history' and ensure the viability of the industry.

Keys said: "So we come together before you on this day, March 30 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history. For today we announce of Tidal, the first ever artist-owned, global music and entertainment platform.

'Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music's importance in our lives. Music is the language of love, of laughter, of heartbreak, of mystery. It's the world's true, true, without question, universal language.'

Each of the owners signed documents at the event as the audience screamed when they walked to a table in the centre of the stage.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna's Instagram: iHeartRadio Awards

Madonna posted pictures and comments from her night at the iHeartRadio Awards that took place on Sunday night.

'My new favorite guitar player! Thank you Taylor! Just you and I in ‪#‎ghostown‬ ‪#‎rebelhearts'

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'Bitch Im Wearing Alexander Wang! IRadio!!! ‪#‎rebelheart'

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'Back stage moment! You may kiss my hand! Thank you Alexander Wang! And Lynn_Ban ‪#‎rebelheart'

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'Even with no light we're gonna shine like GOLD! Thank you again TS. ‪#‎rebelhearts'

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'Thanking my lucky stars for all i have been blessed with iHeartRadio Awards! ‪#‎rebelheart‬ 4 ever ‪#‎livingforlove‬'


Taylor Swift and Madonna Own the iHeartRadio Awards

In a night that belonged to Taylor Swift, she hit her highest note at Sunday's iHeartRadio Awards alongside new BFF Madonna. Swift made a surprise appearance to provide guitar accompaniment for Madonna's performance of 'Ghosttown,' the new single from Rebel Heart and the awards show's best performance.

The alluring, post-apocalyptic song could well shape up to be a hit for Madonna, and she and Swift shared the stage with the ease of kindred spirits. Later in the night, Madonna presented Swift with the song of the year award for 'Shake It Off,' and Swift thanked 'Madonna for being Madonna.'

From Billboard.com


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....

Read the rest of the article here: www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-new

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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Ghosttown debuts on Billboard's Adult Contemporary

Madonna debuts at No. 21 on Adult Contemporary with 'Ghosttown,' the second single from her new album, Rebel Heart. First single 'Living for Love' reached No. 36 on Pop Songs, aided by concentrated plays on iHeartMedia-owned stations; spins on certain AC stations in the chain likewise spur the start of 'Ghosttown.' (It bubbles under Adult Pop Songs, also thanks to iHeartMedia plays in that format).

The bow of 'Ghosttown' ends Madonna’s longest break from charting on AC: she last reached the list with 'Jump,' which hit No. 21 in January 2007. She makes her 36th visit to the tally. Since her first week on the chart in June 1984 (with 'Borderline'), only Elton John (43), Celine Dion (41) and Rod Stewart (40) have made more appearances.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Second shows added to Miami, NYC and Toronto

Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna has added second and final shows in Miami, New York, and Toronto to the highly anticipated Rebel Heart Tour. Tickets will go on pre-sale to ICON members on Tuesday, March 24 at 10AM. Secure your Icon Live Pass to access our exclusive pre-sales!

Miami - August 30
New York - September 17
Toronto - October 06

ICON PRE-SALE SCHEDULE:
START: TUE., MARCH 24 @ 10AM LOCAL TIMES
END: WED., MARCH 25 @ 5PM LOCAL TIMES
Live Pass access codes (with prefix "MRHD") expire on March 25th @ 5pm PT. Codes with prefix "MRHA" "MRHB" and "MRHC" are no longer valid.


Madonna Radio 1 move 'nothing personal'

Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper has insisted there was 'nothing personal' in the decision not to include Madonna's latest single on the station's playlist.

Fans of t he Material Girl singer, 56, who has repeatedly reinvented herself over the last 30 years, said the station snubbed her by not putting Living For Love on the playlist, which rates songs on musical merit and relevance to its listeners.

Mr Cooper said: "We do not ban artists. There's nothing personal about Madonna. I think it's just about the merit of the music that the artist is creating at the time.'

'We have one of the most democratic playlist committees in the world and it's worked for Madonna for the last 20 odd years but it just means that this current record, when it's a choice between that and say Wolf Alice or a new up-and-coming artist, then you say 'which is more relevant to a young audience?''

Living For Love was released ahead of schedule due to internet leaks and was the track she was performing at the Brits when she tumbled in front of millions of viewers after getting caught up in her cape.

Sir Paul McCartney, who at 72 is 16 years older than Madonna, has been on the playlist recently and presenter Annie Nightingale, 74, is significantly older than Madonna. She is on air every Tuesday between 1am and 4am.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


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's Instagram: The Ellen Show

Madonna shared these pictures on her Instagram account from her appearance on The Ellen Show:

'Had so much fun on Ellen today! We were ‪#‎unapologeticbitches‬ ‪#‎rebelheart'

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'Waiting in the wings....And ‪#‎livingforlove‬ ‪#‎rebelheart‬'

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'Ellen steals the show!! Watch tomorrow! #‎liviingforlove‬ ‪#‎rebelheart‬'

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Sam Smith denies Madonna her 12th number one album

Sam Smith has stopped Madonna from topping the UK album chart, denying her the 12th number one of her career.

Madonna's latest album, Rebel Heart, had been in pole position throughout the week, but Smith's In The Lonely Hour sneaked ahead at the last minute.

His record undoubtedly received a boost after he performed his new single, Lay Me Down, with John Legend on Friday night's Comic Relief show.

In the end, he beat Madonna by 12,000 sales, the Official Chart Company said.

From BBC News


Request Madonna on US radio

madonnalicious reader Fernando is urging all Madonna fans and Rebel Hearts to keep Living For Love and Ghosttown ALIVE on US radio.

Z100 New York is the largest radio station broadcast nationwide.

Please vote for Living For Love and Ghosttown via their website, text or phone line:

- Go to www.z100.com and select On AIR tab and click request a song. You can only make a request ONCE every 24 hours from the same computer.

- Text 'request Madonna Living For Love / Ghosttown' to 55100

- Phone request line 800-242-0100

C'mon Rebel Hearts! WE CAN UNITE AND DO THIS!


The Jonathan Ross Show: Press Reviews

Madonna's interview with Jonathan Ross that was broadcast on ITV1 last night got some great reviews in the UK press today:

7 reasons everyone really loved Madonna on the Jonathan Ross Show
Tonight’s episode of the Jonathan Ross Show was indisputably ruled by one guest and one guest only – the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. She breezed her way through the interview with total class and humility, giving a flawless performance at the end of the show. And viewers loved her on Twitter. So why exactly were we all fawning over Madge? Here are seven very good reasons.

To read the seven reasons visit: uk.news.yahoo.com/7-reasons

Madonna jets out of NYC with son David Banda as Twitter comes alive with praise for her candid interview with Jonathan Ross
While she was flying, Madonna's popularity was soaring on Saturday night. The 56-year-old was jetting out New York City with her son David Banda, nine, just as an interview discussing that big fall was airing on British television. Madonna's appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show - in which she addressed one of the most talked about Brits performances of all time - gained her plenty of praise on Twitter, as users took to social media to commend her for her honesty.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz

The Jonathan Ross Show: Madonna Special, review: 'fascinating to watch'
Not many stars are deemed important enough to get Jonathan Ross’s orange velvet sofa all to themselves; even big Hollywood stars find themselves jostling for space with boy band members and up and coming comedians.
Madonna is the exception – there might not have been nearly as much buzz around her latest album, Rebel Heart, as there was with previous works (her new single has even been rejected by Radio 1, apparently on account of her being 'too old'. Ouch), but she’s still regarded as fascinating enough for a whole hour of dedicated probing from Ross.
She and Ross are a good combination - they’re almost the same age, which means he’s interviewed her at regular intervals throughout both of their careers, so there’s a little more trust and rapport than she might have with someone less established. It means he can get away with asking the trickier questions, as well as gently ribbing her. It’s fair to say she’d never put up with that from a newspaper journalist.

To read the rest of the review visit: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio


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