Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness Expands Into Licensing

Madonna is expanding her Hard Candy Fitness empire with a new merchandising deal.

The Material Girl hitmaker has eight boutique gym locations around the world and she is now partnering up with her manager Guy Oseary and bosses at New Evolution Ventures and Epic Rights to expand the brand into retail products, according to Billboard.com.

Head of Epic Rights' Celebrity & Lifestyle division Dan Levin says, 'We wanted to bring the brand to the public so if they never have a chance to join a Hard Candy Fitness club, you can still experience the Hard Candy Fitness workout wherever you are, and have the best-in-class tools. As Madonna is to music, pop culture and fashion, we believe Hard Candy Fitness will be the preeminent symbol for a fit, healthy and luxury-infused lifestyle.'

Epic Rights will reveal more details to potential partners at the 2015 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas June 9 to 11.

The singer is also looking to expand her fitness centres into Asia and the U.S. in 2016.

From contactmusic.com


25 Years Ago Today, Madonna Was in 'Vogue' atop Hot 100

One of Madonna's biggest hits - the 1990 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dance anthem 'Vogue' - had surprisingly humble beginnings. 'The whole thing was done on a shoestring budget,' says Shep Pettibone, the track's co-writer and producer.

Allotted just $5,000 by Warner Bros. Records to create what was initially slated as a B-side, he finished the song in three weeks, recording the then-31-year-old pop star's vocals in a 'basement on West 56th Street' in New York, where, he says, a closet had been converted into a vocal booth.

Released as an A-side, 'Vogue' topped the Hot 100 on May 19, 1990. Madonna and Pettibone also collaborated on the singer's 1992 No. 1 ballad, 'This Used to Be My Playground,' but Pettibone left the music business in the late '90s and now owns The Empress Hotel and Paradise Nightclub in Asbury Park, N.J.

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Rita Ora and Madonna film music video together

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)'.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Makes History With 45th Billboard No. 1

The Queen of Pop reigns with 'Ghosttown,' giving her the most No. 1s of any artist on a single Billboard chart. 'Thanks to all my fans on & off the dancefloor,' she tells Billboard.

The Queen of Pop is now unequaled chart royalty. Madonna makes momentous Billboard chart history, as she now has the most No. 1s ever, 45, by an act on a singular Billboard chart. She earns her 45th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, where 'Ghosttown' lifts 3-1.

(The chart, dated May 30, will refresh on Billboard.com Thursday, May 21.)

With the coronation, Madonna passes another icon, George Strait, who's logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.

'Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor,' Madonna said in an exclusive statement to Billboard. 'I'll (always) be your partner.'

With her 45th leader on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, Madonna pulls further ahead of runners-up Beyonce and Rihanna. In fact, Madonna has tallied more No. 1s as they have combined: 22 each. (The chart launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976.)

Madonna bests Strait (still, and always, the King of Country), who's sent 44 singles to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs between 1982 and 2009. He first reigned with 'Fool Hearted Memory' (Aug. 28, 1982) and most recently ruled with 'River of Love' (April 18, 2009).

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Marilyn Manson wants to 'fornicate' with Madonna.

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'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna’s Met Ball Dress Had a Special Meaning

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).

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From Yahoo! Style


Liz Smith: Madonna at the Met Ball

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.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.newyorksocialdiary.com/liz-smith


Madonna at the #MetBall

Madonna shared more pictures from the Met Ball last night, her date was Diplo and she was wearing Jeremy Scott for Moschino:

'Bitch we"re Madonna !!! ‪#‎metball‬'

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'Living For Moschino!!! ‪#‎rebelhearts'

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'2 live crew. 🔛🏻. ‪#‎rebelhearts‬'

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'Jeremy has my back.....,,,,, ‪#‎rebelhearts‬'

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Madonna and Katy Perry in matching Moschino gowns at Met Gala

Madonna and Katy Perry rocked matching Moschino gowns at the Met Gala 2015 on Monday night.

The 'Material Girl' hitmaker showed just as much cleavage as the 'I Kissed A Girl' singer in their graffiti-inspired outfits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2015 Costume Institute Benefit in New York City to celebrate the opening of the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition.

Madonna's floor-length dress, which came with a black cape, was covered in white writing which spelt out the name of her latest album 'Rebel Heart' and was completed by a pair of black leather gloves and a gold Moschino belt which she wore across her shoulder.

The 'Roar' singer's dress was covered in more colourful graffiti style writing.

Katy also unveiled a new short, cropped hair-do on the red carpet.

When asked what the inspiration for the pixie cut was, she said: 'I asked for the Kris Jenner.'

After the event Madonna, 56, and Katy, 30, were joined by fellow pop mistress Lady GaGa.

Katy posted a selfie on Instagram of the three of them and almost broke the internet, with a caption that suggested they would be releasing a track together.

The caption read: 'dropping our single tomorrow #stolethispicfromM #MONSTERCATREBELHEARTS. (sic)'

However, it was just a joke and there is no single coming out.

Both Katy and Madonna have had feuds with the 'Born This Way' singer in the past, but the Instagram post suggested they have put their issues behind them.

Both the 'Rebel Heart' singer and 'Fireworks' hitmaker attended the exclusive event with dates. Designer Jeremy Scott joined Katy, while Madonna came with music producer Diplo.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna on Drake: ‘I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It’

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.

From Yahoo! Music


Rebel Heart Tour Madator Costumes: The Cape is back!

Madonna will take two Spanish Matador costumes on her next world tour, designed and produced by Daniel Roqueta in Utebo (Zaragoza). The design process has been done by email, acted through various intermediaries and he did not know who it was for until he completed the assignment.

Madonna decided to use him after seeing a design he made a local Bullfighter Paulita, one of his regular customers. A black and white image with a suit that he had prepared for the Feria del Pilar's in October 2014.

From that snapshot, which received the go-ahead personally by the singer, several pieces were commissioned through the web: a cloak that had to be black, with red and black flowers and the M of its initial embroidered on it, shoulder straps and suspenders for the dancers. Many of his pieces also have the letters R. H. on the back.

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Tori Amos has Madonna's back

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 rep denies star's play texting

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 is given 'backstage ban' after tweeting during show

Madonna has been slapped with a backstage ban due to her lack of theatre etiquette, according to reports.

The Queen of Pop had attended the evening performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed off-Broadway musical Hamilton, but was not invited to meet the cast afterwards because she kept using her phone during the show, reported Playbill.com.

Lin-Manuel tweeted a post, which was later deleted: 'Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou.'

A source told Playbill.com that the singer arrived late to the performance at The Public Theatre’s Newman Theatre, and was seen using her phone throughout the first and second acts.

The Emmy-winning actor is well-known for taking celebrities, including First Lady Michelle Obama, backstage for a post-show picture with the cast.

Madonna has not mentioned the snub or referred to the show on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time the Grammy-winning singer has been in trouble over her phone etiquette.

She was banned from Alamo Drafthouse cinemas in October 2013, after reports that she was texting during a New York Film Festival screening of 12 Years A Slave.

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Madonna Deletes Margaret Thatcher Message

Madonna has deleted an image of Margaret Thatcher from her Instagram account after fans blasted her for praising the controversial former UK Prime Minister.

The Like A Virgin hitmaker posted a picture alongside one of the late politician's famous quotes - 'If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing' - and added the caption, 'Thank you Margaret Thatcher! #unapolgetic #rebelheart'.

After posting the image, the star faced a backlash from followers who slammed her for lauding Thatcher, who was infamous for her divisive policies, which prompted both praise and vitriol following her death in 2013.

Madonna did not comment on the controversy but removed the photo and later posted a racy image of herself in underwear surrounded by roses, alongside the caption, 'He sent me roses begging my forgiveness. I said I'd think about it. These guys....'

Earlier this year, the star was blasted for sharing images of iconic leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela with their faces bound with black wire to replicate the cover of her latest album, Rebel Heart.

From contactmusic.com


Jamie Foxx: Madonna loves my little girl

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: Hooray For Refusing To Turn Your Sexy Off At 56!

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.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.hollywoodlife.com Should Madonna keep her sexy on at 56? Yes No VoteView Results Polldaddy.com So why should you cover up, shut up and stop acting up, just because of old ideas about what women should be like over 50?


Drake: 'Don't misinterpret my shock!'

Madonna can’t catch a break. Even after surprising Drake during his Coachella set on Sunday night with a full-mouth kiss, some people couldn’t help taking shots at her.

'What the f–k just happened?' the MC asked after the smooch, seemingly wiping his mouth awkwardly following the unexpected face attack. The Internet asked the same thing, with some comparing Madonna, 56, to a Dementor and other soul-suckers.

But guess what? Madonna isn’t bothered by your hate and Drake feels blessed. On Monday, she responded with a simple truism about her decades of headline-grabbing stunts. 'If you don't like me and still watch everything I do, Bitch you're a fan'.

And Drizzy posted a snap of the kiss with the caption, 'moments to write home about.'

Followed by another one that summed up his feelings even better. 'Don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you @madonna.'

From MTV.co.uk


25 Reasons Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour Still Rules, 25 Years Later

Madonna kicked off her Blond Ambition World Tour on April 13, 1990, 25 years ago this week. Besides offering the world Madonna in her absolute prime - as a performer and as an all-around focus of attention - Blond Ambition changed the pop-culture landscape.

Fans might be surprised to learn that it's not Madonna's highest-grossing tour; Sticky & Sweet, MDNA and The Girlie Show each performed better. And it featured only 57 stops. But it's still hugely important and might have done the most to define Madonna as a music icon - and here are 25 reasons for that.

To read the full article visit: people.com/madonna-blond-ambition-25th-anniversarys


More on Madonna's Coachella 'Big As Madonna' tshirt

Turns out the piece is made by L.A.-based Private Party, the brand known for comical graphic T-shirts, sweatshirts and bathing suits with sayings and song lyrics including, 'I Woke Up Like This,' 'Netflix, Nachos & Naps,' and 'Who The Fvck is Aubrey Graham?'. Ashley Tisdale, Emily Ratajowski and Tracee Ellis Ross are amog the many notable fans of the company's wink-and-nod gear.

So just how did Madonna's on-stage piece come to be?

'My dear friend works closely with her team so she put us in touch,' Private Party founder and designer Patrick Monahan told Pret-a-Reporter via text after the fest. 'After Drake released the 'Big as Madonna' track on his new album, we immediately knew it was something we wanted to make for her. We passed along the idea and her team loved it.'

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From thehollywoodreporter.com

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Madonna Gives a Surprise Performance at Coachella!

Madonna is 'Living for Love,' all right. Last month, she revealed to Us Weekly, 'The lifelong ambition I still want to fulfill is to go on a dream date with Drake - and only kiss him.' The 56-year-old pop singer turned her fantasy into a reality when she made a cameo during the 28-year-old rapper's Coachella set Sunday and they swapped spit onstage.

It started out innocently enough. Drake introduced his special surprise guest by performing 'Madonna,' a track off his latest album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. That was Madonna's cue to make her big entrance, of course. She wore a gold grill and black tee emblazoned with 'Big as Madonna,' a line from Drake's song, on her chest. Madonna performed two of her hits, 'Human Nature' and 'Hung Up'

That's when Madonna went in for the kill.

With Drake sitting in a chair, Madonna hovered over him and stuck her tongue down his throat. He rolled with it as she caressed his chest, but when he tried to play with her hair, she pushed his hand away. Cameras caught Drake wiping his mouth and telling the crowd, 'Oh, s--t! What the f--k just happened?'

Madonna then shouted, 'I'm Madonna, bitch!' and left the stage.

The 'Ghosttown' singer made sure to share the makeout moment with her Instagram followers. 'No caption necessary ..........@coachella. #bestnight #bigasmadonna #bitchimmadonna,' Madonna wrote. She also Instagrammed Drake's reaction, writing, 'Dont touch the hair! Lol,' but later deleted the photo.

From uk.eonline.com/madonna-gives-a-surprise-performance-at-coachella