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In fact, Nicole and Madonna are opening their 8th Hard Candy Fitness club today in Toronto. But busy as Nicole is, she caught up with E! News to talk about her relationship with Madonna and all things fitness.
Nicole and Madonna met up in 2009 when she was working as a trainer on the Sticky & Sweet tour, but their real partnership came with the concept of Hard Candy, which opened up its first gym in Mexico City in 2010.
'Madonna stands as an icon. Her body, work ethic, and persistence is an inspiration to the people,' says Nicole. 'The gym is a place where people can experience the ‘Addicted to Sweat' workout that is inspired by the workouts I have been doing with Madonna for five years. I update the program every three months, so the gym always has fresh new content.'
And of course it comes as no surprise that Nicole had nothing but high praise for the music legend. 'She is the most incredible woman in the world. Her dedication, persistence, intelligence and work ethic are bar none,' gushes Nicole. 'I couldn't ask for a better workout partner.'
And what is one of Madonna's favorite ways to fuel up? Coconut water. 'Coconut water is key for potassium, glucose and sugar to keep her energy levels up,' says Nicole. 'It's an all-natural source that does wonders for your skin.' Excuse us while we start stocking up on coconut water, ASAP.
Oh, and if you're wondering if Madonna and Nicole are going to open up a Hard Candy gym near you in the states, there's hope! 'It's always an option that I definitely hope happens,' says Nicole. 'We have many other cities around the world lined up and we look forward to opening them very soon!'
From E! Online
Madonna told Entertainment Tonight Canada: 'I don't work out to my music - I hate my music! I mean, I'm sick of it. I love my music, but I'm just kind of sick of it. I like to hear other people's music when I work out.'
The 55-year-old singer is famous for her honed physique, but confessed even she has body issues sometimes. Madonna revealed: I have a love/hate relationship with my body. Some days I'm happy with it and other days....I wasn't born with Gisele Bundchen's body unfortunately, so you got to work for it - but it's OK.'
And the mother-of-four - who is dating 26-year-old dancer Timor Steffens - also admitted she isn't a fan of 'big bulky' guys. The Hung Up star said: "You need to work out. I'm not into big bulky muscles, but a little more definition would be good. 'I like a lean, mean, fighting machine!'
From Press Association Via Yahoo! News
Nicole revealed to E! News: 'We work out six days a week, 90 minutes a day. I create a new program each week. Mondays we learn the new program together. We focus on new muscle groups, new music and planting the programs in our body. Our workouts are challenging, serious and always focusing on shocking the body!'
The trainer-to-the-stars and Madonna have just opened their eighth Hard Candy Fitness club, and Nicole insists a body like the 'Music' hitmaker's is achievable with hard work and dedication.
She said: 'Madonna stands as an icon. Her body, work ethic, and persistence is an inspiration to the people. The gym is a place where people can experience the 'Addicted to Sweat' workout that is inspired by the workouts I have been doing with Madonna for five years. I update the program every three months, so the gym always has fresh new content.'
The trainer also explained she adapts the singer's workouts depending on her concert routines. Nicole added: 'I watch her in action, learn as much as I can and apply them to our workout. I watch each concert and take notes to inform me for our next day's session. She is an athlete, no doubt. I pay attention to every detail.'
'MDNA SKIN' - the new innovative and revolutionary skin care brand created by Madonna in collaboration with MTG, Japan's leading beauty company, is scheduled to open in Omotesando for a limited time beginning Thursday, February 13th thru Sunday, February 23rd between 11:00 and 20:00. This will be the exclusive location to buy 'MDNA SKIN' in the world. The brand's goal is to challenge women and their awareness about the art of beauty and skin care.
The state-of-the-art treatment system consists of three components:
The clay oil therapy inspired CHROME CLAY MASK, made with a base of clay from Montecatini Terme in Italy, which performs multiple functions that enrich the skin.
The SKIN REJUVINATOR - the specialized Magnetic Force and Deep Derma induction system devised to remove impurities and revitalizes the skin.
THE SERUM - based on an original formula that was created exclusively for Madonna, it creates a glowing effect when used alone and is further enhanced when used with the CHROME CLAY MASK and SKIN REJUVENATOR.
Using these products routinely as part of daily skin care regime creates firm, resilient and radiant skin overflowing with energy after every use.
The MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE will give customers the opportunity to see, feel and experience the products and enjoy the multiple screen projected visuals. The store will also host a VIP area and the location for special events.
MDNA SKIN will be available at selected department stores in Japan on February 26th.
MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE
DATE: 2/13 - 2/23
OPEN TIME: 11:00 - 20:00
VENUE: BA-TSU ART GALLERY
5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5 minute walk from Omotesando Station, Exit A1
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon
In the meantime, fitness was top of mind for the pop superstar who paid a visit north of the border for the official launch of her luxury fitness brand in Canada. The Hard Candy Fitness Toronto club opened for business in October, joining international locations in Berlin, Rome, Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow and St. Petersburg. In addition to the large-scale images of the Material Girl emblazoned on the walls throughout the facility, Madonna also has a hand in shaping the fitness routines with classes based on her daily workouts.
Madonna said dance has always been a big part of her shows and she can't imagine not having movement, dance and fitness being part of her work - a philosophy she's applied to her burgeoning fitness brand.
'I have fun working out and I don't think working out should be boring. And I think dance is an important part of a workout,' said Madonna, looking elegant in a sleek black blazer and skirt designed by famed Canadian duo DSquared2, accessorized with black and gold gloves.
'I used to run when I stopped dancing. I used to run and I thought it was so boring. So dance is fun because you can play music, you can move your body in every direction.'
A select few got to see Madonna in action as she led the cardio-based Addicted to Sweat class, which combines elements of high-impact aerobics with choreography. The session was closed to the media, but among the participants were 30 people who earned the chance to dance alongside the pop diva following several auditions.
'Just to have a window into that world, it's a once in a lifetime incredible opportunity. It's like being in a dream,' said class participant Blair Boudreau prior to taking part in the session.
Nicole Winhoffer, Madonna's personal trainer, said the star averages between 1 1/2 and two hours for workouts six days a week, a rigorous routine that involves fully body conditioning with multiple repetitions, ab and arm work and use of jump rope or basketballs. 'She's actually really consistent, really easy. She gives such good direction. There's no guessing. I know what she's going to like, what she's not going to like. She gives us very clear feedback and we move very fast. It's so amazing to work with her.'
So are there any Canadian artists on Madonna's workout playlist? When asked, she responded: 'Drake.' And would she like to collaborate with the homegrown hip-hop star in the future? 'If he'll have me,' Madonna replied.
From The Canadian Press
'Harder is Better! Post work out! Foot in the Ice Bath. A girl has to make a living! #hardcandytoronto. #addictedtosweat'
'Me and Mr. Brainwash in Toronto signing his mural at Hard Candy Fitness Opening! #artforfreedom'
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
The magnet was Bryan Lourd, chairman and managing partner of Creative Artists Agency. The occasion: the Lincoln Center American Songbook gala that honored him.
Clearly Lourd, a board member of the performing-arts center, has a lot of friends. The gala raised $2.75 million, twice as much as last year, and had twice as many guests, said Katherine Farley, the chairman of Lincoln Center.
'I do consider myself the best friend of a lot of people. I feel it and I mean it,' Lourd said at the end of the program.
Gala chairman Adrienne Arsht made sure those friends were treated well, with a buffet dinner of wild mushroom macaroni and cheese and shrimp and grits. Guests relaxed in all-white banquettes, lounges and tables filling every corner of the hall and a tent.
Madonna posted these pictures and comment on her on Instagram page: 'Basking in the light of Bryan Lourd! Long live the King! #artforfreedom #revolutionoflove'
So when Madigan learned Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness was opening in Canada, the pop idol's connection to the luxury gym brand was his main motivation for enrolling.
'She's a smart businesswoman who from Day 1 knew what she wanted, went after it, didn't really listen or care about what anybody else said and just fought until she got. To me, she really hasn't changed that model,' said Madigan in reference to Madonna's career longevity. 'She's always aware of what's current, what's trending, what's hot. Just when people think she's maybe falling out or she's being quiet, then here she is coming out with something new.'
In recent weeks, the Material Girl has given Madigan added incentive to squeeze in additional training as the 37-year-old competes for the chance to break a sweat alongside Madonna during her upcoming Canadian visit.
She will be in Toronto on Tuesday for the official launch of the Hard Candy Fitness facility. The Canadian club opened for workouts in October, joining international locations in Berlin, Rome, Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Madigan is among the hopefuls vying to fill 30 spots in the cardio-based Addicted to Sweat class that the pop diva will be leading. The classes were created by Madonna and are based on her daily workouts. Tim Anderson, Madonna's personal trainer from her 'MDNA' tour, will be making the final selections at callback auditions on Monday.
'I think about it every day,' Madigan said. 'It's going to be the experience of a lifetime, something I've always dreamt of but never thought would actually happen.'
Group exercise director Lori Kirwan said the class blends the best of the dance and fitness worlds, meshing elements of high-impact aerobics with choreography. The hour-long Addicted to Sweat class in Toronto comprises a warmup, cardio and intensive stretching, strengthening and toning work involving the use of towels. A component of the towel exercises involves placing them under the feet while individuals are in plank position and sliding in different directions, working the core and inner thighs, Kirwan noted.
Cyndy Love-Minns was an avid dancer in her younger days, and is no stranger to the audition experience, previously vying for a spot in the National Ballet School. Still, the 57-year-old was a bundle of nerves and excitement as she competed for a chance to work out with Madonna, making it to the final callback.
'To me, if you want to have someone inspire you, you want it to be achievable,' said Love-Minns, who is anticipating the arrival of her first grandchild within days. 'Me looking at somebody that's in their 20s or 30s and thinking: 'Well, I can never look like that again. It's out of my range.' But Madonna has looked after herself and is fabulous. She looks fabulous. And she's not that far away from me in age.'
Love-Minns said even if she doesn't make the final cut, she's happy to have reached the last stage in the process and pleased with the progress she's seen in her fitness, which includes losing eight pounds since December.
Kirwan said seeing the efforts of those auditioning for the class has been inspiring, including those who have devoted hours in studio to practise. 'As a fitness instructor, it's my dream come true to have people that excited,' she said. 'The way I'm looking at it, the process that they've come through to get to the point where they're at the final audition and can maybe dance with Madonna has been a really valuable experience in and of itself.'
From The Canadian Press Via Yahoo! News
'Yes i support Pussy Riot. Yes i wear grilz. Yes i believe that Jesus Muhammed Moses and Buddha were all prophets! YES! Im not sorry! Im not your Bitch dont hang your shit on me....#artforfreedom #revolutionoflove
22nd March 2014 G-A-Y Late 2pm - 10.30pm FREE ENTRY (Until venue capacity is reached - arrive early)
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/194230947446462/
25 years to the day of the original release date; Madonna Fan Party UK invites you to their 21st London Madonna Fan Party to celebrate one of Madonna's most iconic albums.
We've been working hard behind the scenes ever since the doors were closed on the last party and this looks set to be our biggest and best party yet. Fans from 15 countries flew in from around the world to our last party which saw fans dance to Madonna music for over 8 hours and win Madonna prizes including signed items, promo posters, DVDs and BluRays. The Like A Prayer 25 Year Celebration will be a continuous tour de force of Madonna music and visuals - expect all your favourites as well as many surprises along the way.
As usual entry is free, doors open at G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard, Soho at 2pm, with the continuously sequenced Like A Prayer album with accompanying visuals played in full from around 3pm – so do not be late! The Like A Prayer 25 Year Celebration will go onto 10.30pm.
The first 50 people who arrive will receive a voucher for a free official commemorative Like A Prayer 25 Year Celebration gift which they will be able to collect at the end of the Party!
MARCH 22ND 2014 AND IT FEELS LIKE....HOME
Kicking off the night we’re screening cult fan-favourite ‘In Bed With Madonna’ with compulsory audience say-a-sing-along hosted by DJ and Madonna Celebrates very own ‘David Robson’
Followed straight after by a soundtrack of nothing but Madonna provided by in-house resident DJ, Neil Prince (Songs of Praise, R&She and many more!) and making his Virgin debut alongside him it‘s the wonderful David Oh (Songs of Praise). Playing classic Madge remixes, B-Sides and fan favourites it’s a night of Celebration!
Also we have a special live performance from London Cabaret Award nominee and all round fabulous ’Harry Clayton Wright’ giving his own personal salute to the queen of pop.
And as it's Valentine's Day, we're having a Madge Power Ballad half hour. What's do you wanna hear? Go on over to our FB event page and tell us now!www.facebook.com/events
So don’t be alone on Valentines Day come and show your L-U-V for the Queen of Pop, Madonna.
Tickets £5 in advance from www.ticketweb.co.uk
‘In Bed With Madonna’ 8.00 – 10.00pm
L-U-V Madonna – 10.00pm -2.00am
Can you remember a time before Madonna? If you can’t, and only know her as the global superstar she is now, there’s every chance you won’t know just how exciting, different and interesting this ragtag American singer with a kind of squeaky voice seemed when her ditty about skiving off work entered the Top 10 this week in 1984.
Sassy solo female singers were nothing new, of course and another young American lady named Cyndi Lauper was enjoying her first Top 10 hit with Girls Just Want To Have Fun a little further up the chart, but Madonna seemed to have something special from the start. Brutally honest and funny in interviews, her music was unashamedly poppy and devoted to having a good time and Holiday, now one of her most famous songs, perfectly encapsulated Madonna’s whole ethos: 'Awww, just have a day off, it’ll be fine'.
Little did we know that behind those bright eyes and kind of half-hearted dancing there was an ambitious workaholic, who would stop at nothing until she achieved global domination and, well, it didn’t take her very long.
Holiday had been in the Top 40 for three weeks before it finally clambered into the Top 10. It seemed odd that this happy, carefree record hadn’t been released in the height of summer and when it peaked at Number 6, Madonna obviously decided that wasn’t good enough – it was rereleased 18 months later covered in suntan lotion and in the height of Madonnamania, this time making it all the way to Number 2.
To read the rest of the article about Madonna's Holiday and other UK song chart stories visit www.officialcharts.com/features
'Lets all remember the message of Jesus ! Love your neighbor as yourself! #revolutionoflove #artforfreedom;
The pop superstar introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova during the Amnesty International concert at the Barclays Center on Wednesday and made a speech about their activism and legal woes.
It has now emerged Madonna spent time with the pair following the concert and was spotted engaged in conversation with the Russian women via a translator at the Big Apple's Antica Pesa restaurant, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
A source tells the publication, 'Madonna in head-to-toe black, fingerless gloves and a gold-and-diamond grill. She was in deep conversation with the Pussy Riot girls all night. She looked very interested in what they said.'
Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were jailed for two years along with their bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich after performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.
Samutsevich's sentence was commuted in October, 2012 and Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were released as part of an amnesty in December.
'Pussy Riot is free at last! Can i get a Hell Yeah! #revolutionoflove #artforfreedom'
Madonna told the crowd of thousands Wednesday night that she received death threats for standing up for Pussy Riot, a Russian protest punk band, when two of its members were arrested for hooliganism after staging a protest in a Russian church in 2012.
'The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to love who we want to love, to be who we are - do we have to fight for that?' the pop icon said, answering her own question with an expletive. 'I've always considered myself a freedom fighter since the early '80s when I realized I had a voice and I could sing more than songs about being a material girl or feeling like a virgin. And I have definitely paid for and have been punished for speaking my mind and for sticking my neck out for this kind of discrimination. But that's OK.'
At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Madonna introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were released from prison in December and made their first public appearance in the U.S. on Tuesday. They spoke through a translator at the 'Bringing Human Rights Home' concert, telling the audience they were grateful to be free, but have to continue to fight to save others who are imprisoned.
Alekhina and Tolokonnikova, who wore T-shirts featuring cross designs Wednesday, thanked supporters for sending letters while they were in jail and Amnesty International for its mission to protect human rights.
'Thank you to all of those who are bold enough and who care enough to speak out against injustice and speak the truth,' Alekhina said.
The Moscow-based group, which features nearly a dozen female musicians, has been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and political conditions in their homeland. 'Russia will be free!' they yelled along with the crowd before they exited the stage.
While Madonna and Pussy Riot didn't perform, the Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono closed the more than four-hour event, while Imagine Dragons were crowd favorites with their Grammy-winning hit, 'Radioactive.' Lauryn Hill and Blondie earned cheers as they entered the stage. Hill kicked off her set - each act roughly performed three songs - with 'Ready or Not' from her Fugees days, while Debbie Harry was a firecracker when she sang 'One Way or Another' and 'Call Me.'
Amnesty International's 'Bringing Human Rights Home' also included performances from Cake, the Fray, Bob Geldof, Tegan and Sara, Colbie Caillat and Cold War Kids. It is the organization's first concert since the 'Human Rights Concerts' were held from 1986 to 1998, and included U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
Picture from Reuters Via Yahoo! News
The 55-year-old uploaded a photo of herself draped across her bathroom floor with the caption: 'She's done for the day! Bath or shower? #MDNASKIN.' While some followers missed the point - 'I prefer a bath,' replied one - we saw through the hashtag and found a skincare line. Elusive, and perhaps not the right styling for a new beauty campaign (suspenders do not a skincare advert make), but nonetheless food for skincare thought, and an excellent marketing ploy.
With a perfume collection under her belt (inspired by Robert Piguet's Fracas), a chain of Hard Candy Fitness studios with her name across the door and a very public penchant for oxygen-infused facials by Intraceuticals (she owns, and tours, with one of the oxygen infusing skin rejuvenating machines by her side) we know Madge likes a touch of health and beauty.
But is she moving into the world of skincare herself? Click on the link spelt out in her Instagram teaser and you'll find your way to a Japanese skincare brand, #MDNA - which, says the landing page, will be revealed in Japan on February 12.
'I don't have any unreleased Madonna material because Madonna knew exactly what she wanted her album to be when we did Like a Virgin,' he said. The only song that I had any input of bringing into the mix was a cover of Rolls Royce's ballad Love Don't Live Here Any More. That was a final last-minute decision.'
The 61-year-old added: 'The way I make records, believe it or not, there are not many outtakes in my world. As Madonna would say, 'Time is money and the money is mine'. 'The tape cost money and things like that, so when we were making records we had to be very budget-conscious. The great thing about Chic is that we do it very efficient. Both money and groove-conscious.'
Nile, who scooped three Grammy awards at this year's ceremony, premiered his new single Do What You Wanna Do (IMS Anthem) and talked about the upcoming Chic album, which will be a 'pop record'. He also said a Chic-inspired musical is in the early stages of production.
From Press Association Via Yahoo! News
That effort begins Saturday afternoon at the Bay County Historical Museum with a screening and discussion of the Material Girl's music videos. 'Starting out with Burning Up, the first video she ever produced, right through some classics like Material Girl, Like a Virgin,' said Gary Johnson, Rock 'n' Roll historian.
Johnson hopes this will help to reignite Bay City's relationship with one of its most famous natives. 'We're lucky enough that she came from Bay City, and I'd like the city to take advantage of that,' he said.
Johnson hopes that maybe this will lead to some of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer's personal memorabilia ending up in the museum. 'We would attract visitors from all over the world to Bay County, and there are a lot of economic possibilities,' he said.
Speaking of those possibilities - Girard is putting together a Madonna festival for May 31. 'I've got to get my Vogue down. We're going to do things like bring people in that want to dress like Madonna, she's got a great following,' he said.
The event will feature Madonna films at the State Theater, tribute artists, and a Madonna-themed tour around town - all while bringing in money for a variety of causes. 'We have programs at our organization Do-All that provide assistance, material assistance, so what better way to raise funds and raise awareness than to connect with the Material Girl,' Girard said.
This year's inaugural Madonna festival in Bay City will be a one-day event, but organizers have some big hopes for what might develop down the road. 'Someday, we'll be able to have her here for this large, week-long event and she kicks it off. Who knows? You don't know unless you try, and that's what we're going to do. We're going to try.'
The Madonna video fest and symposium begins at noon on Saturday. It's free, but seating at the Bay County Historical Museum is limited.
While performing a medley of Madonna's 2000 hit 'Don't Tell Me' and Cyrus' 2013 smash 'We Can't Stop' during the Western-themed show, the two divas wore bedazzled cowgirl-inspired outfits. The most mesmerizing accessory, though, was Madge's black cowboy hat featuring 1,200 Swarovski crystals that took more than 30 hours to make.
The custom piece was designed by celebrity milliner Eric Javits, who worked with Madonna's stylist for the show, B. Akerlund, to come up with a glamorized version of the Western hat. Inspired by bucking broncos and rodeos, Javits arranged the crystals along the brim to create a sense of movement. 'The jewel embroidery infuses this classic American shape with couture elegance,' Javits says. 'And brings the focus to Madonna’s eyes.'
During the performance, Cyrus, 21, and Madonna, 55, dirty-danced their way through the duet, with Cyrus even spanking Madonna's butt. 'That was pretty f---ing cool, you guys,' Cyrus told the audience after. 'It sounds super-lame, but as a pop star it's pretty cool performing with Madonna.'
....specifically with Madonna, who, as you've likely heard by now, had been quietly hiding in plain sight, rising from the audience in a bedazzled cowgirl uniform to join Miley on a mash-up of 'Don't Tell Me' and 'We Can't Stop.' While trading off and exchanging lyrics of both hits, Miley grinded on Madonna, Madonna grinded on Miley, they both box-stomped and turned line dancing into dirty dancing, and yet another legendary pop music moment was made.
'That was pretty f---ing cool, you guys. It was one of those days that was pretty easy to get out of bed. I get to perform with Madonna in bedazzled cowboy boots. I can't really complain about anything,' Miley effused as Madonna two-stepped off the stage. 'Well, I can't perform when I'm stoned. That's one thing to complain I guess,' Miley teased before impersonating 'Saturday Night Live''s Vanessa Bayer's cheeky impression of her, capping off the unforgettable duet by confirming it was 'pretty cool.'
Maria Alyokhina, 25, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, will speak at the concert organized by the human rights group on February 5 during their first trip to New York since being granted amnesty in December by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
They became international were symbols of human rights campaigners after being jailed in Russia for nearly two years.
'I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of free of expression and human rights,' Madonna said in a statement after posting the news on her Facebook page.
Amnesty announced that the pair, who were convicted in 2012 of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after storming Moscow's biggest cathedral and beseeching the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin, would attend the concert earlier this month. A third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed when a judge suspended her sentence on appeal.
American alternative rock group Imagine Dragons, the Flaming Lips and R&B singer Lauryn Hill will perform at the Bringing Human Rights Home concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The event will resume a global concert series that Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International began 25 years ago, featuring rock greats such as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Lou Reed.
From Reuters Via Yahoo! News
Cyrus embraced her Nashville roots for the special, giving a countrified twist to "Bangerz" material such as '4 x 4,' 'Do My Thing' and '#Getitright' and covering Dolly Parton's 'Jolene.'
'We're trying to bring Nashville here and get people in the country spirit,' Cyrus said on sound stage at Sunset Gower Studios on Tuesday evening. The turnaround of the show in less than 24 hours is the fastest MTV has done in the history of the 'Unplugged' franchise.
'It's been a dream to go live globally, but with the addition of a guest (Madonna), we decided to do a quick turnaround,' MTV Networks Music and Logo Group president Van Tofler told Billboard.
He said MTV is focused on the premiere Wednesday night at 9pm and that down the road they will consider releasing a longer version and will put interview footage and extras online at MTV.com.
MTV UK confirmed to madonnalicious that the show will air in the UK on Thursday 06 February at 9pm on MTV Music.
The pop duo shared a stage during a TV special on the younger singer's hits as she recorded an MTV Unplugged programme in the US.
Miley, the 21-year-old famed for her suggestive routines and twerking, played two songs with Madonna, 55, for the stripped-down session filmed in Hollywood.
They are said to have grinded and grabbed each other during their duet on Miley's We Can't Stop and Madonna's Don't Tell Me in the hour-long acoustic show.
Performing alongside Madonna has become something of a rite of passage or seal of approval for young female pop superstars, following shows in which she has collaborated with the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and MIA.
Miley's show featured a number of songs from her latest album Bangerz, including Wrecking Ball, which featured a controversial video in which she appeared naked.
The performance is being screened in the US tonight (January 29) and will be broadcast in the UK at a later date.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
'M&M ! Don't ever Tell us We Can't STOP! #revolutionoflove'
'If it was anything else, I might plead my foot, but I won’t miss this. It’s too important' - it’s about love!'
That’s what Madonna told members of her inner circle who were suggesting the star’s recent injury to her foot was too painful and 'too hobbling' for her to appear at the Grammys last Sunday night.
Silly inner circle! Don’t they know by now that as soon as you tell Madonna not to do, say, or wear something, she is going to do exactly the opposite. (Alas, somebody told her not wear that silly gold grill on her teeth, so she did. At least on the red carpet.)
In any case, though Madonna looked like she was paying homage to the Amish on the way into the Grammys, she pulled it out of the fire when she went onstage. Changed into a more flattering white suit, and steadying herself on a white cane, she joined multiple Grammy-winner Macklemore, along with Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, and Queen Latifah in a splendid rendition of 'Same Love.' (M melded her classic 'Open Your Heart' with the new song. And Latifah presided over 33 weddings, both straight and gay.) Madonna was in good voice and the entire number was beautifully conceived. If you weren’t impressed or moved, your hearts of stone must weigh you down!
By now, you probably know all this. What you don’t know is how much physical discomfort Madonna was in. And perhaps many of you are not aware of the beating M took on the social media - a lot of it was shockingly racist and directed at her son, David! (David looked adorable with his mom on the red carpet in a duplicate of Madonna's black pantsuit.)
Many of these online morons don’t seem to be aware that Madonna adopted David a number of years ago. She also has an adopted daughter, Mercy. And also the two children she has given birth to. But the level of ugly vitriol on poor David is stunning.
Unfortunately, M recently lit a fire under her critics by her misguided attempt to appear as if she were getting 'down with the kids' using the N-word as a 'term of endearment' towards her older son, Rocco, fathered by Guy Ritchie. She apologized. But her appearance at the Grammys with David compelled her haters to decry it as a 'PR stunt' to prove she isn’t racist. Please. Madonna is no racist. Her crime, if we can call it that, is she doesn’t censor herself and is often caught up in maintaining an image that needs some tweaking to maturity. And, like most adults, she should get off Twitter. (Nothing but trouble there, people.)
But so much more came pouring out - especially on the Yahoo! site - and that David was the target is pretty grim.
To read the rest of Liz's Grammy Awards column visit: www.newyorksocialdiary.com
Sources tell E! Online that the two were on a Hollywood soundstage earlier Monday rehearsing the collaboration.
No word on what exactly they'll be performing, but does it really matter? They could read the telephone book together and the world would watch and listen.
Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged tapes Tuesday and will air on the music network Wednesday night at 9 p.m.
'The performance will showcase a more intimate side of Cyrus and feature surprise guests for an unexpected re-invention of the songs that have defined her career, including several from her #1 critically acclaimed album, Bangerz,' MTV said in a press release last week. 'Miley and her fans have always had an intimate and direct connection through her music, personality and no-holds-barred attitude and the Unplugged stage will serve as the perfect platform for her to show viewers what inspires and ignites her music and her passions.'
Since its debut in 1989, Unplugged has showcased Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Adele and Florence + The Machine.
From E! Online UK
During a performance of their critically-acclaimed single 'Same Love' which features Mary Lambert, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were joined on stage by Queen Latifah who officiated the marriages of 33 couples as the rest of the star-studded audience looked on. Madonna was then introduced to the stage as she sang part of her hit 'Open Your Heart' before duetting with Lambert.
It seems there wasn't a dry at the Nokia Theatre or at home as the couples tied the knot on live television, and viewers flooded Twitter with some positive reactions to the emotional ceremony.
@arianaaa2 tweeted: 'The @macklemore and @Madonna same love performance/wedding ceremony was amazing #samelove #inspiring #GRAMMYs,' while @krisily gushed: 'Ok totally worth the wait 33 couples got married at the Grammy's by Queen Latifah and Macklemore & Madonna sang at their wedding! #SameLove.' Admitting to getting a little teary, @nerdixie commented: 'I cried at the part where the couples got married. I WANT MADONNA TO SING AT MY WEDDING TOO,' while @erickstheone said: 'Never been a fan of the song, but performance was amazing. Plus, who wouldn't love Madonna at your wedding??'
During the performance, Queen Latifah said: 'This song is not a love song for some of us but for all of us. I hope this is inspiration to all the rappers out there and hip hop artists out there that they can continue to tackle any subjects you want.'
Ryan Lewis' sister also got wed during the ceremony.
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The duo even coordinated outfits for their mother-son outing: 'We're both working the Ralph Lauren angle,' Madonna told Ryan Seacrest on Live From the Red Carpet. Spring 2014 Collection, to be exact.
And Madonna had an equally special stylist for the event. Because it was also David!
'For this look, I followed his lead. He dressed me tonight,' the Material Girl revealed. 'He wanted me to dress like him, so I obeyed him.'
Madge accessorized the outfit with a cane (a result of a dance injury) and, of course, a grill.
'Yeah, I'm grillin'. It pisses everybody off when I wear my grill, so that's why I wear it,' she said, before explaining that she wears a grill 'when it matches my outfit. When I don't have to eat. Actually, I've learned to eat with my grill in.'
No grills for David though. 'She said she'd get me grills for this birthday,' he protested, before Madonna got all maternal and chimed in, 'I know, but we haven't had time. We have to go to the dentist to get a mold!'
From E! Online
'Pimpin the red carpet with Banda! #PerfectDate #revolutionoflove'
'She keeps me warm! #revolutionoflove'
The 'Hung Up' singer is set to join the rap duo on stage at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles at the 56th annual ceremony on Sunday (26.01.14) for their hit 'Same Love.'
A source told UsMagazine.com that the 55-year-old star is looking forward to collaborating with 30-year-old Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, and his producer Ryan, 25, on the track, which is an anthem for same sex marriage and gay rights.
The Seattle, Washington natives have had a very successful year and are nominated for seven awards, including Album of the Year for 'The Heist,' Best New Artist and Song of the Year for 'Same Love.'
Madonna - who has previously won seven Grammy awards - last performed at the annual event in 2006.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live on the CBS network in the US from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Also added to the GRAMMYs lineup: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and country star Miranda Lambert, who will perform a special tribute to Phil Everly, who passed away earlier this month; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; and rapper Juicy J, who will likely join Katy Perry onstage to perform their Top 5 hit 'Dark Horse.'
Madonna's last performance at the GRAMMYs came in 2006, when she performed her hit 'Hung Up' alongside Gorillaz. She has won seven GRAMMY Awards over the course of her illustrious career.
Previously announced GRAMMY performers include Daft Punk, with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder; Lorde; Sara Bareilles with Carole King; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons; Taylor Swift; and many, many others. LL Cool J will return as host of the ceremony, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
'It's official! I'm off my crutches and I'm looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys..........#instagrammy'
'My lips are almost sealed! I can't say anything more....................#itsasecret'
She also issued this call to action at the time: 'I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions. Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane. I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They've spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free.'
Organizers have promised big announcements up until the date of the show, so expect more of these surprises in the next week.
From gothamist.com - thanks to Nikki
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That ambition - and a good bit of innocence - can be seen in a collection of photos, art and drawings that are on the auction block Feb. 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The collection is owned by the parents of Martin Burgoyne, an artist, Studio 54 bartender and Madonna's best friend during that time.
Burgoyne and Madonna befriended each other before she became famous. They were roommates and he played a huge role in Madonna's early career. He managed her first tour and drew the cover image of Madonna for her 1983 'Burning Up' EP album cover. They partied with artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and others. He was raised in England and went to New York to study art at the Pratt Institute.
Madonna and Burgoyne also supported each other emotionally and financially during hard times - after she was raped and when Burgoyne contracted AIDS.
Burgoyne died in 1986 after battling that disease. He was 23. Madonna wrote a song about him called 'In This Life' that was on her 1992 album 'Erotica.'
For decades, his parents have kept their son's memorabilia from that era private - until now.
Mary Dowd, the co-owner of Myers Fine Art, said Burgoyne's parents live in the Tampa Bay area and are in their 80s. They are selling the collection at an auction.
'I think they came to a point in their lives where they figured that it was time to do something with the collection,' Dowd said. 'And so they phone us up and asked us if we would come take a look at it, which we did, and so we saw the breadth of the collection, it was really pretty incredible.'
And then there are the Madonna photos. Some are candid Polaroids of her making goofy faces with Burgoyne. Others are black and whites, intended for an album cover, of Madonna looking poised and fragile. There are also numerous photos of Burgoyne, a handsome young man in a white shirt and suspenders.
Some of the photos were taken by Burgoyne, said Dowd, while it's unclear who took others. She said it's possible that Andy Warhol took some of the Polaroids, because they date to same years that he experimented with Polaroid portraits.
Dowd said one of the more remarkable items in the collection is Burgoyne's sketchbook, in which he inked photo booth sessions of Madonna, and a full-color sketch for her 'Burning Up' EP album cover. The image is totally '80s, all bright block colors. Madonna sports short hair and thick eyebrows.
Dowd isn't sure how much each piece will go for - the original Warhol portrait of Burgoyne should fetch a good price, she thinks - but she's secretly hoping Madonna herself will hear about the auction and bid on some items.
'It seems like it's something she should have for her historical archives,' said Dowd. 'It's a big part of her life, from the beginning.'
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
The Power of Three, the upcoming full-length album from award winning, chart topping guitarist, Monte Pittman is set for release on January 21, 2014 through Metal Blade Records. Pittman, along with band members Kane Ritchotte on drums and Max Whipple on bass, went to Copenhagen earlier this year to record the album with producer Flemming Rasmussen.
‘A Dark Horse’, the first single from Monte’s third album, reflects Monte’s return to his metal roots while demonstrating his Orange gear sound and tone to perfection. Flemming Rasmussen, famous for Metallica’s seminal album ‘Master Of Puppets’, produced the album, The Power Of Three, which is hard and heavy and follows on from Monte’s highly successful, critically acclaimed second album ‘Pain, Love & Destiny’, which reached number one in both the rock and pop charts.
Monte Pittman has released a brand new single on iTunes! Fans can check out 'Before the Mourning Son' now. The first single ‘A Dark Horse’ is also available now as an iTunes download.
Monte Pittman Live:
1/21: Musicians Institute Performance / Q&A (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
1/23: 'Who the Fuck is Arthur Fogel?' – Screening/Premiere
1/24: Product demos/interviews with Orange (10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM) including NUMUBU live broadcast, Premier Guitar, and Guitar World
1/24: Fullerton, CA (Evening) @ Slidebar (Orange Party)
1/25: Acoustic Performance at Fishman – 12:30 PM
1/26: Signing at Orange Booth – 1:00 PM
2/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
Keep up with Monte Pittman at www.montepittman.com
Madonna, her sons Rocco and David, her daughter Lourdes, a few adult supervisors, several nannies and about 15 of Mercy's friends enjoyed a private pizza party at Serafina restaurant in New York City.
'Mercy was clearly having a ball,' an eyewitness dished about the adorable 8-year-old. 'She was wearing a fancy little embellished dress with a white fur jacket. She and her friends were very giggly.'
The group feasted on a variety of pies and Madonna treated herself to the restaurant's signature Tartufo Nero pizza, which has potatoes, robiola cheese and black truffles. Sounds absolutely delicious!
After eating birthday cake, Mercy stood next to her mother while she opened her presents and held them up so that the whole group could see the goodies.
'Mercy and her friends were especially giddy towards the end,' the eyewitness added. 'While waiting in line for the restroom they could be heard singing Miley Cyrus' ‘Wrecking Ball' at the top of their lungs. It was actually supercute.'
After two hours, Madonna departed her daughter's party and the rest of the gang continued to revel in the festivities.
From E! Online