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

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

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

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

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


Madonna's Instagram: #prayforparis

Madonna published more pictures and thoughts on the Paris attacks on her Instagram and Twitter feeds:

'Thank you Stockholm! Tonight's show was difficult but there was so much love in this arena it made me feel like we were turning darkness into light. And that is our jobs as human beings! ❤ ‪#‎rebelhearttour‬'


Madonna asks crowd to hold moment's silence for Paris victims

Madonna made an emotional speech at a concert on Saturday before asking the crowd to observe a moment's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.

To huge applause and cheers, the singer said she had considered cancelling the show in Stockholm, Sweden, but did not want to let the terrorists stop them doing what they love.

Her eyes welling up and voice cracking, she told the crowd: 'In many ways I feel torn. Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones? That is exactly what these people want to do, they want to shut us up, they want to silence us. But we won't let them. There is no one in this world who should have the right to stop us doing what we love.'

Madonna said it had been hard to get through the show, which she said was 'about celebrating life and standing up for your rights', and that the attacks had 'disturbed' her.

The singer then asked the crowd at the Tele 2 Aren to fall silent and say a prayer for the victims and their families.

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'Blondes have more fun in Berlin! Sexy Bitch Rita Ora!'

Rita Ora joined Madonna on stage as her 'Unapologetic Bitch' in Berlin on Wednesday night:

'Rita Ora is our Surprise UnapologeticBitch!!! What a 🔥🔥 night! In Berlin! We are going to share a banana later! 🍌. ❤ #rebelhearttour'


'Blondes have more fun in Berlin! Sexy Bitch Rita Ora! 🍌💋🍌💋🍌💋🍌💋. ❤ ‪#‎rebelhearttour‬'


Madonna lives 'disciplined' life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Madonna's Instagram: 'Thank You Idris Elba! Thank You Berlin!'

Madonna shared two pictures on her Instagram page of herself and Idris Elba who was the opening act at the Berlin show last night:

'The O.G. Of Unapologetic Bitches🍌🍌🍌Thank You Idris Elba ‼️ thank you Berlin🎉🎉❤ #rebelhearttour'


'Idris Elba saves the world one banana at a time🍌‼️ House DJ extraordinaire the 👑is Happy😂. ❤ #rebelhearttour in Berlin


Idris Elba to open for Madonna in Berlin

Madonna is bringing her Rebel Heart tour to Berlin on Tuesday night (10 November), and she revealed The Wire star, who performs under the name Driis, will kick off her gig at the Mercedes-Benz Arena with a DJ set.

Elba has made a successful side career out of his musical talents, playing all over the world and even performing at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival in June.


Jessica Chastain is Madonna's 'Unapologetic Bitch'

Actress Jessica Chastain was Madonna's 'unapologetic bitch' on stage in Prague last night. Both Madonna and Jessica tweeted these pictures from the night.

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour: $46 Million Grossed (So Far)

The diva's tour has played to more than 300,000 fans....and counting.

Madonna heads up Billboard’s weekly ranking of concert touring artists, landing at No. 1 on the Hot Tours recap based on $25.4 million in sales reported from her Rebel Heart world tour. This tally includes the final 12 stops on the first leg of the tour that played 20 cities in North America during September and October.

Since the tour launched on Sept. 9, Madonna has performed for more than 300,000 fans at 24 shows, generating box office sales totaling $46 million. The trek through U.S. and Canadian markets wrapped on Oct. 29 in San Diego, but the tour began its second leg just six days later. A seven-week jaunt through 11 European countries began on Nov. 4 in Köln, Germany and will continue until Dec. 20, wrapping for the year in Glasgow, Scotland.

Top box-office stats from the tour so far include a $5.2 million gross from two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 16-17, the highest-grossing engagement among all of the venues on the schedule. The Garden’s sold ticket count of 28,371 is also the highest attendance recorded. Among the arenas that hosted the tour for just one performance, the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas produced the top sales total with $3.5 million on Oct. 24. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center logged the largest crowd among the single-show dates with 14,258 present on Sept. 19.


Madonna Launches Rebel Heart Tour in Europe

Madonna returned to Europe this week launching the European leg of her top selling and critically acclaimed Rebel Heart Tour. After 24 shows across 20 cities in North America, The Rebel Heart Tour kicked off with a sold out show in Cologne, Germany where the Material Girl played two nights to packed houses and will continue its seven-week trek across eleven European countries before it returns to North America and heads to Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand in the first few months of the New Year.

'Love and thanks to all of the Rebel Hearts who joined me in North America. You sure do know how to make a girl feel special. Europe, I'm coming for you next!'

The Rebel Heart Tour is the best selling tour on the Billboard's Hot Tours Chart this week selling over 350,000 tickets, grossing over $45 million dollars and holding 12 of the top 17 tour dates on the Current Boxscore. Madonna performed three SOLD OUT shows in the New York City area (two at Madison Square Garden and one at Barclay Center) and two SOLD OUT shows in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Cologne. She will also perform three SOLD OUT nights in Turin and a sold out show to over 40,000 in Stockholm. The Material Girl will also stage two concerts in Prague, Berlin, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Mexico City, Miami, San Juan, Taipei, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This will be the first time Madonna will perform in China, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian markets.

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#RebelHeartTour finally hits Europe tonight!

Tonight Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour finally hits Europe! It seems such a long time in coming....and means it is nearer for madonnalicious to see our first show! Can't wait!

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

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

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

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

'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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Events: Madonna Dance Party / Encyclopedia Madonnica 20

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Friday, Nov 6 2015 at 9pm

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Join us at NYC's only ALL MADONNA DANCE PARTY plus on this night we will be celebrating the release of Encyclopedia Madonnica 20! Meet the author Matthew Rettenmund, as he autographs copies of his brand new book for you, hot off the press; You will be able to buy your own copy from 9-11pm.

Our monthly Madonna parties are a time to celebrate the queen of Music with all of your friends, near and far. Its your invitation to get into the groove; your spotlight is waiting!

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Events: Rebel Heart Tour European Launch Party

Madonna Fan Party
Saturday 31st October 2015
2pm - 10.30pm
G-A-Y Late
Goslett Yard

9 hours of Madonna music, Rebel Heart Tour prize giveaways…and it just got even MORE exciting!

Make sure you get there at 2pm - the BBC will be shooting a documentary and will be looking to speak to fans who have been with Madonna for many years. If you’re coming head to toe in Madonna clothing - or even better, Madonna fancy dress for Halloween - we may even pre-select you to speak to them!

If you’re interested - get to G-A-Y Late on Saturday 31st October at 2pm sharp!

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Review: Madonna feels her 'Rebel Heart' beat at the Forum

As watchful a superstar as pop has ever known, Madonna paused not long into her concert at the Forum to appraise the recent renovation of the venerable Inglewood arena, which has housed so many of her performances over the decades that 'I feel like this is one of my homes,' she said.

'I see the ceiling is getting lower and lower,' she went on. 'Or is that my ego getting bigger and bigger?'

Surely, one needn’t eliminate the possibility of the other.

Part of her world tour behind this year’s 'Rebel Heart' album, Tuesday’s show spared no opportunity to remind the capacity crowd of the singer’s incalculable influence on modern music. (The evening’s second song was the 2015 single 'Bitch I’m Madonna.')

But if her legacy is secure, Madonna at 57 no longer holds down pop’s center. Taylor Swift sells more records and concert tickets. Beyoncé is a more coveted interview. Katy Perry, who turned up onstage at the Forum on Tuesday night to pay her respects with a slyly backhanded compliment, has more followers on social media.

So, as much as she was celebrating her own importance, Madonna seemed to be looking for ways to demonstrate that she still mattered. What was remarkable was that she succeeded by taking advantage of her experience, not by running from it.

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Katy Perry Joined Madonna Onstage In Inglewood

The Firework singer turned 31 on Sunday and she celebrated over the following days with a museum trip and a dinner party at an Italian restaurant.

She continued to toast the occasion on Tuesday by attending Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and she was roped in to taking part in the Vogue singer's saucy onstage segment during her song Unapologetic B**ch.

Video footage shows Katy being bent over by Madonna's dancers while the pop icon pretends to spank and kick her butt before simulating a sex act. At the end of the segment, Katy was presented with a banana.

After the performance, Madonna told Katy onstage, 'Thanks... I know you didn't want to come up here and do this. So generous. A big round of applause for tonight's unapologetic b**ch.'

Madonna shared pictures from the appearance on and added, 'Sharing a banana with Katy Perry‼️ Highlight of my show at the Forum! Thanks Katherine.'

The birthday girl reposted footage of herself busting impromptu dance moves as Madonna circles around her.

'Well, that was unrehearsed,' she wrote in the caption. 'ILY (I love you) @madonna my queen.'

Madonna's previous surprise guests for the raunchy stunt include Nelly Furtado, comedienne Amy Schumer, DJ Diplo, and U.S. newsman Anderson Cooper.


Madonna hosts after-party at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan

Award-winning superstar singer-songwriter Madonna hosted her 'Official Rebel Heart Tour After-Party' at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Upon arrival at the nightclub, Madonna took to the stage, where she danced with DJ Lunice, her opening act at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, and gave a shout-out to the crowd, sending the packed hotspot into a frenzy.

Madonna and her 'Rebel Heart Tour' dancers then took over the Library inside Marquee, where they danced and relaxed post-concert.

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Preview: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ stop at MGM Grand with Mike Tyson, hits galore

Madonna’s fans in Las Vegas have already dealt with the sticker shock of her expensive 'Rebel Heart Tour' tickets for when it arrives Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but are they prepared for a naked Mike Tyson as an angry caged man?

This is Madonna’s 10th worldwide concert tour and supports her 13th studio album, 'Rebel Heart.' In all, she’ll roam the globe to 64 cities, including her first visit to Australia in more than 20 years.

Saturday’s MGM Grand show with Lunice as her opening act is the most expensive to date with an average price of $949.21. All VIP packages were sold out, with only 212 tickets, some as high as $3,100, remaining in resale 72 hours before show time, with just a handful of direct box office tickets available.

But weekend chatter won’t be about the dollars and sense. It will surely focus on the opening video of the glamorously dressed controversial singer partying with bare-bodied men while our hometown boxing champ talks to himself inside a barred cage.

Fans could care less about the high-priced tickets, but they will walk out onto the Strip wondering if that really was a naked Mike Tyson inside the opening-cage number! The words 'don’t miss this show' never had more powerful and provocative meaning.

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Dylan Penn says meeting Madonna was 'surreal'

Dylan Penn says it was 'kind of surreal' to meet Madonna.

The 24-year-old model's father Sean Penn, who divorced the 57-year-old singer in 1989 after four years of marriage, introduced the pair for the first time after her gig at New York City's Madison Square Garden last month, but she insists they have no plans to rekindle their relationship.

Dylan said: 'I think he just really admires her work. They're just really good friends and [I think] it's sweet that they can have this relationship.'

But the 'Condemned' star, whose mother is 'House of Cards' actress Robin Wright, admits it was a little strange to meet the Oscar winning-actor's first wife.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight': 'It was kind of surreal to meet her. Like, my dad's ex-lover.'

Sean, who has been single since splitting from former fiancée Charlize Theron in June, previously revealed he and Madonna are still 'very friendly.'


Madonna Celebrates Daughter Lourdes' 19th Birthday

It's hard to believe the Material Girl has a daughter who's the same age as she was when she first moved to NYC to become a star. That's right - Madonna's first child Lourdes Leon is already 19 years old.

Madonna & Co. celebrated Lourdes' last year as a teenager in a style befitting the daughter of pop royalty, including dinner at Via Veneto restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. And who made the guest list at the inherently star-studded family affair?

Lourdes' three siblings, Rocco, 15; David, 10; and Mercy, 9; were on hand, of course, and in addition to her mom, brothers and sister the birthday girl was joined by friends. The group shared nearly two hours together dining in the VIP area of the restaurant, where waiters later delivered a birthday cake lit up with candles. We wonder what she wished for!

While Lourdes might have been the 19-year-old, 57-year-old mom Madonna looked just as hip as she was spotted rocking a lace crop top, black blazer, shiny tuxedo pants and lace fingerless gloves on her way out of the trendy spot.

From E! Online


Sean Penn attends second Madonna concert in a month

Madonna and Sean Penn are fast becoming the friendliest exes in Hollywood. The actor attended another of his ex-wife's concerts in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday night, just weeks after standing in the crowd at her New York show in September.

The 55-year-old stood front row at Madonna's Rebel Heart performance next to Amy Schumer, who has acted as a warm-up act during the tour. He could be seen gazing up and smiling at the Vogue singer while she performed her energetic set.

Sean's attendance at the show comes less than a month after her took his daughter Dylan Penn to Madonna's Madison Square Garden show, and later wrote the singer a letter of praise to tell her how much he had enjoyed himself.

Speaking during a performance in Brooklyn in September, Madonna took the opportunity to reflect on her ex, telling the crowd: 'I did a show at Madison Square Garden the other night if you heard about it. And my ex-husband was there! Could you imagine? He had been at my show 30 years earlier when I was at Madison Square Garden, and he was very upset with me for wearing a costume that was too revealing. That's not a lie!'

She continued: 'Anyway after the show he wrote me a letter and said he finally appreciates my art. And that is what I have to say about marriage, OK? Thirty... years later.'

From Hello!

Events: Rebel Heart Tour Los Angeles Kickoff Party

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Madonna's first Edmonton show a dancetastic celebration

More than 14,000 fans got into the groove, vogued, and expressed themselves during Our Lady of Pop’s inaugural visit to Edmonton.

Sunday’s dancetastic celebration of love, nakedness and religion was the first of two at Rexall Place - and the only two Alberta dates on her Rebel Heart tour, which has already grossed $20 million US from just 10 concerts.

Highlights: Uh, her mere presence? Madonna released her very first album in 1983 - and we’ve had to wait 32 years for the controversial dance-pop diva to find the E-spot.

She’s not nearly as shocking as she was in the ’80s or ’90s, but the 57-year-old mother of four still proved to be a rebel at Sunday’s show.

She pole-danced with strippers 'dressed' as nuns as she sang Holy Water - a throbbing number from her 13th and latest album, Rebel Heart - which ended with a bunch of her dancers re-enacting the Last Supper.

She strummed a ukulele, while sitting on a pile of tires, as she sang True Blue. She pushed one of her male dancers from the top of a spiral staircase during HeartBreakCity, a maudlin love-gone-wrong number, also from Rebel Heart.

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