Billboard producer defends choosing Madonna to honor Prince

The executive producer of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards is defending the decision to have Madonna pay homage to Prince, which has been met with some criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition.

'Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honored and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,' Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'I think it's going to be fantastic.'

Madonna and Prince collaborated on 'Love Song' from Madonna's 1989 album, 'Like a Prayer.' Bracco didn't say what song Madonna would perform, but said her tribute would be 'really beautiful.'

'It's going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it's something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,' he said.

After the initial announcement earlier this month, a Change.org petition was launched. Bracco said that after Prince died on April 21, the show's producers brainstormed ways to honor his legacy. And then Madonna's folks called.

'Honestly her team gave a call and inquired about what we might be thinking about and it led to many conversations about what would she want to do and how would we want to shape it creatively,' he said. 'And after everyone (got) comfortable with exactly what the direction was, we all collectively wanted to go into Madonna, that she would do this and she has been very, very involved in how this will all unfold creatively.'

The Billboard Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Madonna to pay tribute to Prince at awards

Madonna will pay tribute to Prince with a live performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards later this month.

Specific details about the Material Girl's performance have not been disclosed.

However, the 57-year-old's homage promises to be one of the highlights of the May 22 event.

Prince died suddenly on April 21 at the age of 57.

The Kiss star performed at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards where he was also presented with the ICON Award.

One of the premier events in the US music calendar, the Billboard Music Awards already boasts a line-up that includes Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

Alongside them, Fifth Harmony, The Go-Go's, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Pink are among the artists taking to the stage at the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Arianne Phillips: 'I cannot stand by and be silent'

Madonna's stylist and longtime collaborator Arianne Phillips has added her thoughts to the critics of Madonna's Met Ball outfit:

ON MY SOAPBOX....@madonna and @riccardotisci17 together created her met look. I wasn't part of it, however I cannot stand by and be silent. Regardless of what people's opinions are of her choice it is offensive and disturbing that women are chastised for being what society considers 'age appropriate', you don't see the kind of negative and horrible 'age appropriate' comments about the way men dress! It is unheard of we hold women to a different standard.

I support @Madonna in her choices to express herself in her art and who she is. She is a fierce leader, she has made a career based on making fearless bold choices. Young artists today owe a great debt to her trailblazing on many fronts.

I hardly ever comment on posts however I cannot stand by without voicing my support and appreciation for who Madonna is as a woman and artist. 👊🏼


Madonna hits back at Met Ball critics

Madonna hit back at all the negativity in the media about her Met Ball outfit in this Instagram post:

'We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road less travelled by. That's how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me‼️ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel ❤️ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality! 🙏'

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Madonna Admits It's 'Hard to Pee' In Her Met Gala Outfit

Madonna is going to do the 2016 Met Gala her way! As soon as the red carpet veteran arrived to tonight's star-studded event, fans couldn't help but admire the singer's outfit from the front.

From the knee-high boots, matching nail polish and jewelry headpiece, there were plenty of elements to oooh and ahhh over.

But as soon as she turned around, that's when people really started talking.

While wearing a black ensemble by Riccardo Tisci, Madonna couldn't help but show off her backside while posing for the camera.

If you thought the Grammy winner was afraid to walk in her revealing outfit, you don't know Madonna.

'No, I wasn't nervous,' the singer shared on Live! From the Red Carpet when looking back on her first Met Gala back in 1997. She did admit, however, that this year's look has made it 'hard to pee.'

With this year marking her sixth time at the fashionable event, what could the veteran be looking forward to this time around? 'The bread sticks,' she shared with E! News' Zuri Hall.

We warned you, Madonna does it her way!

From E! Online


Madonna at the 2016 #MetBall

Madonna attended the Met Ball Gala in New York City on Monday night, and she shared these pictures on her Instagram account from the event.

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Madonna Taps Singer Pia Mia For Material Girl

Madonna has named 'unique' singer Pia Mia as the new face of her fashion line, Material Girl.

The queen of pop launched her clothing brand with daughter Lourdes in mind in 2010, taking the name from her 1984 hit single. It's grown in popularity over the years, with big names like Kelly Osbourne, Rita Ora and Zendaya all modelling pieces for the label. Now Pia, who boasts musical collaborations with Chris Brown and will.i.am, is the latest star to be the face of the company, as well as its first-ever fashion director.

'Her creativity, confidence and unique sense of style make her a perfect addition to the brand,' Madonna told WWD of the 19-year-old singer.

Pia was discovered on YouTube when she was just 11 years old, and now has a deal with Interscope Records along with several acting roles to her name. Her edgy look, including regularly wearing bandannas in her hair and quirky jewellery, has landed her four million followers on Instagram and winning the job for Material Girl is the icing on the cake for Pia.

'The fact that Madonna chose me to do this literally makes me die,' she gushed while posing for her advertisements, set to break in July.

'We think Pia will bring her distinct perspective to the clothing as well as the overall voice of the brand,' Preeti Singh, senior director of marketing for the women’s division at licensing company Iconix Brand Group Inc., said. 'Lending both her fashion and social influence will not only bring fresh energy and elevate brand recognition, but as a vested ambassador for Material Girl, she has already proven her passion to see this partnership be a success.'

The collection is aimed at girls aged between 16 and 24, with pieces retailing from $20 (£14) to $70 (£48). There's everything from dresses, biker jackets and footwear available, all of which Pia is thrilled to wear in campaigns having rocked Material Girl herself since she was 13. The partnership is scheduled to last for 16 months, but there's apparently room for it to continue after this period.

From contactmusic.com


Vogue on: Madonna's dancers take the limelight

In 1990, Madonna's Blond Ambition tour was one of the most controversial and talked-about events in entertainment history. The tour, which made more than £40m - a record at the time, also made stars out of her seven male backing dancers, who also featured in the 1991 film In Bed With Madonna. Now those dancers have their own documentary - Strike a Pose, directed by Dutch film-makers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan.

The tour featured Madonna's hit singles Like A Prayer, Express Yourself, Like A Virgin and Vogue, and the singer, wearing her now iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier corset, drew complaints from religious groups for her provocative performances on stage, while shocking the society of 25 years ago by openly discussing HIV, Aids and homosexuality.

The film reunites six of the seven dancers - Carlton Wilborn, Salim Gauwloos, Oliver Crumes III, Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez and Kevin Stea - while the seventh, Gabriel Trupin, who died of complications due to Aids in 1995, is represented by his mother, Sue Trupin.

Director Zwaan remembers being 11 years old when he saw In Bed With Madonna and said the dancers inspired him 'because they were out and proud - it taught me what was possible'.

'It was 1990, and it was the height of the Aids epidemic, and society was going through a backlash,' he says. 'I felt there was so much prejudice towards gay people - to be homosexual at the time implied you might have HIV or Aids. It was not an easy time to be gay. But there on stage, and then in the film, was Madonna and her dancers, and six of them were gay, and Madonna was discussing those friends she had lost to the disease rather than keeping silent. I just found it very inspiring and helpful.'

Zwaan and his co-director, Gould, tracked down the six men, who still worked in the world of dance and entertainment, and, after persuasion, reunited them for the first time in two decades. It was an experience Crumes III recalls as 'joyful'.

'We are like brothers, we have this bond because of those experiences we shared a quarter of a century ago,' he says. 'This reunion has just brought tears to all of us, and, amazingly, we picked up where we left off.'

'I don't think we realised how much of ourselves were missing until we saw each other again,' Stea adds. 'Really, that tour was a formative time for me in that it gave me permission to explore who I was, explore my sexuality.'

To read the rest of the article visit: www.bbc.co.uk

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Prince And Madonna Almost Toured Together, But He Said 'The World Isn't Ready'

The greatest co-headlining superstar tour of all time almost happened. Until Prince decided the world wasn't ready for that much awesome. The story of the never-to-be Royalty Tour came from Madonna/U2 manager Guy Oseary on Thursday night, in a loving Instagram tribute to Prince, who died earlier in the day at age 57 at his Minneapolis home.

'I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote 'Love God,'' wrote Oseary, who rose from a teenage A&R gig at Madonna's Maverick Records to his current position as one of the biggest managers in the business, with a client list that includes comedy superstar Amy Schumer. Oseary described the walls of his teenage room as being covered with Prince posters, visible from the street outside the two-bedroom apartment he shared with his dad.

Flash forward many years later and Oseary said he reconnected with Prince, with whom he'd become friendly. 'I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said 'I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour... The Queen and The Prince'.... I love the way she thinks... When I told Prince the idea he said: 'the world isn't ready for this, it's too big.''

The hook-up made sense, and not only because the pair were two of the most pioneering video music artists of all time, practically helping to invent the genre (along with Michael Jackson) in the 1980s. Prince appeared twice on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, on the distorted guitar into to the title track, as well as on the duet 'Love Song.'

Despite Prince's shut-down of the idea, Oseary said he always thought he might still pull off the double bill one day. '@Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark,' he recalled. 'He didn't go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart's and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him. It's the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly. I won't forget that electrifying performance. Or the smile on his face that night. And the love that he gave me.'

Oseary said Prince always treated him kindly, even if they didn't always agree and they sometimes argued for hours. 'But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him,' he wrote. 'I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I'm here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.'

The post was accompanied by a photo taken in the summer of 1999, in which Oseary is seated next to a chatty Madonna, who is right next to fashion icon Donatella Versace. On the far end of the table is Prince, who Guy clearly has his eyes locked on. 'I have the original lyrics to 'purple rain' on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him,' he said. 'Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say 'thank you, I was looking for this'... Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace.'

From Billboard.com


Fun in London with my homies (and teacher)!

Madonna posted another shot of herself, Rocco and friends in this Instagram post.

Madonna herself visited Rocco's school in North London today to meet with his teachers. At the independent school where Rocco is a student, youngsters can study over 20 A-level subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


You Me and the Chiltern Firehouse

Madonna enjoyed a visit to see You Me Bum Bum Train at the theatre in London with Rocco and his friends. The group also went to the Chiltern Firehouse not leaving till 1am. Madonna posted several pictures from her trips out in London on her Instagram page.

'You Me Bum bum train...........don't ask 😉'

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'Kisses from the Firehouse Tower'

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'Working my hood game.................🇬🇧👌'

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Madonna And Rocco Continue Reconciliation With Gallery Visit

The Like A Virgin singer took her 15-year-old son and a group of his friends to the Barbican arts centre, to view the Strange and Familiar exhibit.

Madonna and Rocco, a photography enthusiast, are reportedly back on good terms following her ongoing custody battle with his father Guy Ritchie.

'Madonna and Rocco spent some quality time together talking about photography, which is one of their mutual interests,' a source close to the star tells MailOnline.com. 'They seem to have come a long way since she and Rocco were reunited.'

Legal proceedings were opened in London and New York after the teenager refused to return to his mother's home in Manhattan in December last year following a Christmas break with his dad in England.

However, the custody fight now appears to be close to over after Madonna and Guy met for talks in London last week.

The mother-and-son outing to the exhibition was the site of Madonna and Rocco's second day out in just over a week. Last Monday (11April) they watched the superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at a cinema.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna And Guy Ritchie Meet For Custody Talks

The former couple have been embroiled in a legal battle to decide whether Rocco, 15, should live in London with director Guy or in New York with Madonna, and judges in both cities urged the parents to come to an agreement out of court.

The Material Girl singer jetted into London at the start of April and Guy was spotted dropping Rocco off at her home a few days later. The teenager left smiling after two hours and they reunited once more for a cinema date to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Monday.

It now appears Madonna and Guy are trying to build bridges themselves. The 47-year-old director was pictured arriving at Madonna's London home on his bicycle in a white tracksuit on Wednesday evening, emerging 'some time' later, according to MailOnline.

Rocco was also snapped entering the house that evening and leaving Thursday morning after spending the night. In the pictures, Rocco, seems in high spirits as he walks away clutching his skateboard.

The custody case was closed in London in March so it could be pursued solely in New York. High Court Judge Justice MacDonald urged the former couple to find an amicable solution before they miss out on the rest of his childhood.

From www.contactmusic.com


Madonna lands in London

Madonna has touched down in London, reportedly in an attempt to reunite with her son Rocco and get him back to school in America.

Bad news for the Hung Up singer though – Rocco and his father are currently thought to be holidaying in the Maldives.

The pop star recently ended her worldwide Rebel Heart tour, from which 15-year-old Rocco abruptly left in 2015. He moved in with his father Guy Ritchie and step-mother Jacqui Ainsley, and Guy and Madonna have been locked in a bitter custody battle since.

In March, a British judge ruled that English proceedings could be halted and all custody discussion would take place in America. Madonna wants 15-year-old Rocco to return to live with her in New York state while the teen has requested to live in London with his father.

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Events: Rebel Heart Tour End of Tour Party

This Saturday! The 25th London Madonna Fan Party.

For Prize Draw entry, make sure you've joined the Facebook Event Page. Amongst our prizes from Madonna's team, we have Rebel Heart Tour VIP Books, Guitar Plectrums, Tour Merchandise and a limited edition copy of Neil's Rebel Heart Tour Photo book.

Make sure you arrive at 2pm, as we'll be kicking off the party with the Place De La Republique concert performance, and anyone arriving by 2.30pm gets an extra Prize Draw entry.

With plenty of your favourite Rebel Heart Tour performances, the exclusive True Blue 30 Year Video Event and non-stop Madonna for 8.5 hours, don't be left out - see you on April 2nd!

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/events/1542804426040779/

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Madonna blows off steam in New York

Despite her bitter custody battle over teen son Rocco with her ex, Guy Ritchie, Madonna was 'in a great mood' when she arrived at 11 p.m. at Omar’s in the West Village on Tuesday night with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.

Spies said she came in a 'flowing white dress' and was 'makeup-free.'

Madge and Tisci headed to a back room, where they met up with R&B singer Maxwell and 'several male models.' One spy added, 'She asked the chef to prepare special pasta for her with veggies, which was not on the menu.'

Maxwell DJ’d and got people dancing to his own tunes. Around 1:30 a.m., he put on Madonna’s 'Like a Prayer.' The group stayed until 3 a.m.

Madonna posted a pic with Tisci and the caption, '2 Italian Leo’s . . . Don’t mistake our kindness for weakness.'

From Page Six


Madonna: 'Don't Park In My Driveway!'

The Material Girl star hit headlines on Thursday when she was reportedly ordered to remove signs in front of her property which read, 'Tenant parking only....unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at vehicle owner's expense.. In addition, the words .No Parking. had been embossed in cement on the sidewalk, and the nearby curb had been painted yellow.

Madonna's neighbour reported the signage and the singer's attempt to reserve her own parking spot to the New York Department of Transportation. An official visited Madonna's $40 million (£28 million) Upper East Side townhouse on Wednesday and ordered her team to remove the signage immediately, according to TMZ.com.

Editors of the U.K.'s Daily Mail picked up the story, with a headline which read: 'She's playing 'B**ch, I'm Madonna': Pop icon angers NYC neighbors by putting up FAKE 'No parking' signs outside $40 million Upper East Side Penthouse.'

Hours after news broke, Madonna took to Instagram and posted a screenshot of the Daily Mail's article, and seemingly brushed off the criticisms by poking fun at the entire situation.

'Yes Bishes I am Madonna, and that is my driveway and if people park in front of it i cant drive in my driveway! So sorry the city doesn't like the color yellow! We will paint a nice dull grey to keep our neighbors happy! Sorry! Im saying 3 extra Hail Mary's this Easter for this transgression!'

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From contactmusic.com


Madonna Holds Record for Highest-Grossing Touring Solo Artist in Billboard Boxscore History

Following the close of Madonna's critically acclaimed Rebel Heart Tour this past Sunday night in Sydney, Australia, Madonna is the Top Grossing Touring Solo Artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore with over $1.31 billion in ticket sales sold over the course of her career.

Madonna is also the third top grossing touring act (behind The Rolling Stones and U2) since tracking began in 1990. Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9th, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months. Madonna performed 82 shows, plus a special fan club show in Melbourne. It grossed $169.8 Million with 1,045,479 in attendance.

Madonna visited several cities for the first time ever, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Auckland, Taipei, Nashville, Omaha, and Louisville. She also performed multiple shows in several cities, including three shows apiece in New York, Turin, and Melbourne. She played two shows in Miami, Berlin, Barcelona, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Sydney, to name a few.

The Rebel Heart Tour also attracted raves for the Material Girl, with the New York Times calling her 'unstoppable' and Rolling Stone remarking that 'there's nobody else near her throne.' Entertainment Weekly plain and simply summed it up proclaiming: 'Madonna reigns.'

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (the band's keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards), lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips.

Beloved for her boundary-pushing fashion, Madonna and Phillips, whose original designs are also in the show, collaborated with Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski to create the sumptuous costumes.

The final two shows of the tour in Sydney were filmed for an upcoming release.

From PR Marketwired Press Release


Madonna shrugs off controversy in epic final Aussie show

After a 23 year wait, Madonna returned to Australia for the final leg of her Rebel Heart world tour, bringing with her the controversy that has surrounded much of her three decade-plus career.

Epic late starts, reports of drunken behaviour onstage, emotional break downs due to a custody battle and being accused of sexually assaulting a minor dominated the headlines during the Material Girl’s almost two week stint Down Under.

After taking Melbourne and Brisbane by storm, the 57-year-old pop culture icon hit Sydney for the last two shows of her 82 date tour.

The Australian press went into overdrive when Madonna turned up on stage in Brisbane for her first Queensland show of the tour at 11.18pm, almost two hours past her expected start time.

For her final show on Sunday night, the second of two nights at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, Madonna once again took no notice of the backlash, finally appearing on stage at a very tardy 11.30pm – the latest of the entire world tour - before proceeding to begin an almost three hour set - the longest of the tour.

Expectation and anticipation went into overdrive for the Harbour City fans, who appeared to keep a calm albeit weary vigil as they awaited the pop diva to finally appear on stage.

A rousing reception after a video introduction featuring Mike Tyson heralded her long awaited arrival.

Madonna’s 12th studio album Rebel Heart dominated the early proceedings before Burning Up, her first ever Australian hit in 1983, upped the ante with Madonna rocking out while playing a Flying V guitar.

The show’s spectacular highlight came early on when Madonna performed Holy Water, her Kanye West produced ode to oral sex, mashed up with Vogue while pole dancing alongside scantily clad dancers dressed as nuns, one of which she sensationally body surfed on much to the crowd’s jaw-dropping glee.

Somewhat apathetically, Madonna apologised for her late start explaining that she was filming the Sydney show for a future DVD release and that she wanted everything to be perfect.

She then pulled out the almost forgotten 1980s hit True Blue, which was remixed into a sweet acoustic love song performed while she strummed on the ukulele.

The momentum continued as Madonna worked her way through a string of exceptional pop performances, proving why she is still at the top of her game in a live arena after so long and with so much detrition.

Deeper and Deeper, from 1992’s Erotica, was in its high energy original form, HeartBreakCity leading into Love Don’t Live Here Anymore showcased her vocal prowess and an electro dance version of Like a Virgin brought the house down as she danced without abandon, solo on the cross shaped catwalk like it was the 1984 MTV Music Video Awards all over again.

It might have been the last show of a gruelling world tour, but there was no signs of exhaustion as Madonna worked her way through the mammoth 160 minute show that peaked at the end of its third act with the 1989 monster hit Like a Prayer that saw the packed arena almost shake to its core.

The well-publicised potty mouth was evident throughout, with Detroit-raised entertainer teaching the crowd to use her favoured catchcry (“f... f... f... yeah”) whenever she addressed them.

But there was no emotional breakdown, no mention of her 'missing' 15-year-old son Rocco, no drunken slurring and no falling off tricycles.

For the final show, she gave a heartfelt thank you to her loyal dancers, crew and band before allowing them to spank her (all 19 of them) while playfully making light of the scandal where she exposed a 17-year-old fan’s breast onstage last week in Brisbane.

'I am 18. I am old enough to know better and young enough to want to anyway,' she joked while being bent over as her crew waited their turn to spank her behind.

The 'sexual assault scandal', as it has been referred to in the press internationally, was again referenced when said teenager Josephine Georgiou and her mum Toni were in the crowd in VIP seats and were singled out by Madonna when she did her nightly bridal bouquet toss into the crowd.

A master media manipulator, Madonna used the moment to ask Josephine to marry her before deciding it wouldn’t work because they both can’t cook and the Gold Coast model is a vegan.

As the clock hit 2am, an exhausted and satisfied crowd put their hands collectively in the air as Madonna finished her show, and tour, with a faithful, upbeat performance of Holiday before she strapped on a harness and disappeared behind the video screens.

She said she would be back, but Australians have heard that many times over the years.

It might have been 23 years, but Madonna did not disappoint or make her presence in Australia unnoticed, and for a 57-year-old woman to still create such a buzz – for good or bad – against the social media pop starlets of the modern world that is no easy task.

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Madonna's Instagram: 'Thank you to all my Rebel ❤Fans!'

Madonna posted several pictures from her last Rebel Heart Tour in Sydney on Sunday night / Monday morning on her Instagram page:

'Treat me like I'm a bad girl even when im being good. To you! I don't want you to thank. Me you can just Thank Me‼. Last show is Sydney! 💯. ❤ ‪#‎rebelhearttour'

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'The show is over say goodbye! Thank you to all my Rebel ❤Fans! It was an amazing year! 👑😂💘🙏💐🔜 ❤ #rebelhearttour'

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'Last night...........Best Night! Thank you Sydney! ❤ #rebelheart4life'

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'All Good things Must come to an end😪. Thank you to all my Rebel❤Fans for going in this journey with me! ❤ #rebelheartsneverdie'

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Madonna Son's Future To Be Decided In The US

It would be a 'very great tragedy' if any more of the 'precious and fast receding days' of Madonna and Guy Ritchie's son Rocco's childhood were taken up by a custody dispute, a High Court judge has said.

The 57-year-old singer wants the teenager to return to live with her in the US after he remained in London with his father after a visit.

Litigation had begun in London and New York but Mr Justice MacDonald ruled that the English proceedings could be halted.

The judge analysed the latest round of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this month.

He was asked to decide whether he should allow English proceedings to draw to a close - or whether he should make decisions about Rocco's welfare.

No-one involved was in court when the ruling was handed down but Mr Justice MacDonald pleaded with Madonna and Ritchie to try to settle the dispute.

He said the youngster was a 'very great credit' to his parents and urged Madonna and Ritchie to spend time enjoying his company.

Lawyers have told him that both had outlined proposals for negotiation. More court hearings are expected to be held in New York.

'At the root of these proceedings....is a temporary breakdown in trust,' said the judge in his ruling. 'For all the media coverage, comment and analysis, this is a case born out of circumstances that arise for countless separated parents the world over.'

He added: 'I renew, one final time, my plea for the parents to seek, and to find, an amicable resolution to the dispute between them. Most importantly.....summer does not last forever. The boy very quickly becomes the man. It would be a very great tragedy for Rocco if any more of the precious and fast receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute.

'Far better for each of his parents to spend that time enjoying, in turn, the company of the mature, articulate and reflective young man who is their son and who is a very great credit to them both.'

From Sky News / Yahoo! News


Final Tour shows In Sydney To Be Filmed

Documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years and saving the best for last, Madonna today announced that she will film her Sydney Australia concerts at the Sydney Olympic Park NSW on March 19th and 20th. These are the final shows of her seven-month Rebel Heart world tour where Madonna has performed 80+ shows in over 20 countries.

Throughout the tour Madonna has pulled several actors, comedians, fans, fellow musicians and even a news anchor to the stage for a special dance as her 'Unapologetic Bitch.' This weekend in Sydney Madonna will choose a few fans as her 'Unapologetic Bitches,' all which will be documented by the taping this weekend.

Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies, will direct the live video which will be part of a larger project to be released at a later date.

From Madonna.com


Liz Smith: Sorry, Haters

Liz Smith takes to task all the haters out there currently criticising Madonna:

Now Madonna, who will end her 'Rebel Heart' tour in a few days, in Sydney, Australia, is embroiled in a terrible custody battle over her and Ritchie's son, Rocco. Madonna is strict, Guy is not. That, apparently, is Rocco's problem. He's 15. Madonna adores her son. She loves all of her children. She's not a perfect person and would be the first to admit it, but she has been a good parent. (She would also admit that like all parents, she has things to learn and accept in that area, too.)

As miserable as this custody issue has made her, the very last thing that she would do is self-destruct. I know there's a contingent out there that wants this super-controlled, phenomenally successful woman to lose it, and become a tragic figure. Just like all the others - Judy and Marilyn and Amy and Billie and Jim Morrison and Janis, etc. Some of these people even claim to be fans! They think she needs to be 'humbled.' Not. Going. To. Happen.

I think it all will work out, but sorry haters - or you people out there who just love a good celebrity tragedy - she's not heading down the road to perdition and/or messy decline. She hasn't worked this hard and this long to allow that to happen.

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Be Madonna's #FinalUnapologeticBitch

During the past 7 months, Madonna saw a lot of amazing and funny Unapologetic Bitches joining her on stage. If you think you got what it takes to be the #FinalUnapologeticBitch, post a video of you dressed for the show and showing your best dance moves to your Instagram along with the #FinalUnapologeticBitch hashtag.

You may be selected to join her on stage during her March 19 & March 20 shows in Sydney! Good luck!!


Madonna plays off drunk rumours in Instagram post

Madonna says she would never perform at a concert 'high or drunk' in an Instagram post early Tuesday.

The pop star played off the reported rumors that she appeared drunk onstage during her current world tour. She wrote 'too bad people don't know the art of acting and playing a character.'

During Madonna's live set, she plays a character who drinks a shot onstage.

She wrote the post in response to a fan who was defending her on Instagram. She told the fan 'thanks for supporting me.'

Madonna called the claims she was drunk sexist. She wrote: 'Sexism is alive and kicking but i am #livingforlove.'

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Molly Meldrum says he was ‘overwhelmed’ by Madonna singing for him

Molly Meldrum said he was overwhelmed by Madonna’s onstage tribute to him in Melbourne. Madonna dedicated Take a Bow to Meldrum, calling him 'the first man in Australia to fall in love with me.'

'I’m really shy, but it was lovely for her to do that,' an emotional Meldrum said. 'But it was so overwhelming. I didn’t know what was going on when she was coming towards me.'

Madonna had given Meldrum front row tickets and leaned over the stage to hand him the microphone and take a swig from a hip flask. 'Once she got closer she could see I was tearing up, and it was almost like she went for more!,' Meldrum said.

Meldrum told the singer, and all of Rod Laver Arena, 'I f---ng love you!'

Madonna replied 'I love you too. You take care of yourself, you hear me?'

Meldrum revealed a Madonna trade secret - the hip flask only contained water.

'Madonna is incredible,' Meldrum said. 'The show is amazing - her, the band, the dancers, the choreography - it’s just awesome.'

Meldrum gave Madonna a copy of her autobiography The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story. 'There’s a whole chapter in there about her,' Meldrum said. 'We’ve had some great times together.'

Madonna and Molly’s history stretches back to 1983, when his show Countdown championed the singer in her early days. That meant Australia was the first place to make her single Burning Up a hit and Holiday went Top 5 in Australia first. Australia also gave Madonna her first No. 1 anywhere in the world with Like a Virgin.

All three songs feature in the Rebel Heart tour - Madonna’s first visit down under since 1993.

Madonna has only performed Take a Bow on stage four times since it was a No. 1 hit in 1994, two of those times being in Melbourne this week.

Meldrum, recovering from a fall in Thailand, was a hero in the crowd. However one overenthusiastic audience member gave him a friendly slap on his sore arm. 'I nearly wanted to punch him, which I apologise for, but it was like shot in the arm. He didn’t mean it, but I can’t shake hands or anything at the minute, I’m still in pain.'

While the fan dream of Kylie Minogue getting on stage with Madonna in Melbourne didn’t happen, singer and drag performer Courtney Act was pulled out of the crowd by Madonna for the song Unapologetic B---h.

Madonna got very up close and personal with Act, who got into the moment by stripping off and chatting with the superstar, who seemed to have no idea she had a profile herself.

Courtney Act appeared on Australian Idol but got her international break by appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2013 and is an in-demand performer around the world. Act tweeted today 'woke up to find last night did actually happen!'

From news.com.au / Cameron Adams