Madonna Spanks a Giggly Ariana Grande Onstage in Miami

Madonna can officially add Ariana Grande to her impressive list of celebrities she's spanked on her Rebel Heart Tour.

The 'Bang Bang' singer joined Madonna on stage Sunday during her Miami performance, which marked the last of her US shows on her world tour.

Madonna took to Instagram to gush over the star, calling her the 'Kewtest Unapologetic Bitch EVER!!'

Ariana naturally was just as excited.

'I am dead. @madonna thank you for the spanking & the banana,' she captioned a video featuring her dancing on stage with the Material Girl.

From ET Via Yahoo! News

Madonna was also joined on-stage that night by DJ Khaled who bought her some diamonds!


Tower Records Berkeley Madonna Displays

Old school record store days! Check out the hand made foamcore wall displays made by the artists at Tower Records Berkley to promote Madonna over the years.

For more on those crazy rock n roll loving Tower Records Berkeley store artists (that helped influence the in-store look of Tower Records stores moving forward in the 80's) check out the documentary 'Art Gods' on DVD artgodsmovie.com

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Madonna: 'I never drink and perform!!!'

Reports in the press stated that 'some' of the audience at the Louisville concert on Saturday thought that Madonna was drunk. She posted this message and picture on her Instagram page:

'Working on my stand up laying down. Good practice!!! 👍🏻Thanks Louisville! 😂 the tears of a clown soon to follow the ❤️ #rebelheartour and for those people who like to believe all they read I never drink and perform!!! My show is 2 hours and 15 minutes of non stop singing and dancing. In Louisville I made a joke about doing a stand comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol. Its so very interesting how society continues to not only treat me in a totally sexist way (if I a were a man no one would have said a thing) and also continue to take everything I say literally! Thats what happens when people don't read books and get all information from TMZ.'

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Madonna leaves lasting impression after first concert in Oklahoma

If Madonna wanted to make a splash with her first performance in Oklahoma, she certainly did that.

The Queen of Pop put on a highly energetic, fun, shocking, musically impressive show Thursday night at the BOK Center. If your jaw wasn’t on the floor, you were grinning as much as she was.

Though with a setlist heavy on her newest album, it left me wanting more. With a start time at 10:30 p.m., I don’t know if I could have handled it.

Nine songs of the 22-song setlist were from 'Rebel Heart,' Madonna’s 13th studio album released last year to critical praise and commercial success. Many of the fans near me sang along to several of those new songs, which dominated the setlist early on.

Songs like 'Iconic,' 'Bitch, I’m Madonna' and 'Holy Water,' which were three of the four opening songs, all from her latest album. Seeing her perform the songs live made me like them more than listening to the album version. Her voice was sometimes muddled early on, but it was strong and steady. She even strapped on a guitar for the last song in that opening set, 'Burning Up,' the second single she ever released.

That early group also showed some of the diversity in her style over her career. With the new songs, she shows that she’s at least keeping up with trends in music, with heavy electronic music. But 'Burning Up' showed us a hard-rocking, rock-yelling Madonna with a Flying V guitar, not playing face-melting solos, but playing, which is more than most pop stars will do.

Later, more of her well-known hits were played, but Madonna altered them so that they felt new, despite some being more than 30 years old. 'True Blue' was performed acoustic with Madonna playing the ukulele. 'Like a Virgin' was broken down into a minimalist, bass heavy song with the lyrics and tone intimately familiar with every person in the nearly-full room. 'Music' started off jazzy in a ’20s speakeasy style. 'Material Girl' could have come straight out of Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby.'

Her most musically impressive song of the night - the moment when fans got to really experience her untouched talent - was a cover of 'La vie en rose,' just her singing and playing a ukulele. Her vocal prowess was in the spotlight, hitting and sustaining higher notes in her range. And it being the next to last song before the encore and considering she had been singing and dancing and changing clothes all night, it was that much more impressive.

Whether you liked the music, Madonna put on an impressive and sometimes shocking stage show that was thrilling. Nearly two dozen dancers were dazzling with impressive choreography that bordered sometimes on Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics. Strapped to flexible poles about 20 feet long, they would sway back and forth almost enough to touch the crowd. Three dancers strapped to a vertical video board sprung and danced all over the stage. It was dazzling, but it didn’t take the focus away from Madonna. Then you have nuns in lingerie pole dancing, a re-creation of da Vinci’s 'The Last Supper,' sometimes people wearing less than a thread. There were shocking, clutch-the-pearls moments, but it’s exactly what you would expect from Madonna.

Stages changed with the costumes four times, each sticking to a different theme, each with its own story. It was put together with thought, which again seems like an effort many pop stars don’t make today.

For most of the fans who have waited 30 years to see the pop icon in their hometown, it was worth the wait. Hopefully Thursday night’s warm reception will ensure that Oklahoma will see her again.

Review by Jerry Wofford at www.tulsaworld.com


Madonna's performs 'Rebel Rebel' in tribute to Bowie

Madonna paid tribute to David Bowie at her Rebel Heart Tour in Houston last night as she sung 'Rebel Rebel' while images of Bowie flicked up on the arena's screens with the word 'Rebel'. At the end of the performance, Madonna laid flat on the stage floor face down.

'I want to pay tribute to a man who inspired my career. If you haven't heard of David Bowie, look him up motherf**kers....He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was okay to be different. And he's the first rebel heart that I laid eyes on....so, I don't know, I think we should just get this party started! I hope you know the song.'


Madonna: 'Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot.'

I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care. I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion.
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography.
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot.
The world will miss you.

Love
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Madonna on Bowie: 'Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer.'

Madonna shared her admiration for David Bowie upon hearing news of the singer's death in the early morning on her Instagram page.

'Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever! 🙏🏻❤️ #rebelheart'

'I'm Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert I ever saw in Detroit! R.I.P. ❤️ #rebelheart'

'So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So! ❤️ #rebelheart'

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Madonna and Sean Penn attend Haiti benefit

The pop music queen came out tonight to support her ex-husband at his annual Golden Globes eve Help Haiti Home gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization. They posed for pictures with Madonna's kids Mercy and David before walking inside.

Once the program began, the pair was spotted sitting next to each other at a table in the center of the ballroom. When asked what brought her out tonight, Madonna told me, 'Haiti.'

She surprised the crowd by performing 'La Vie en Rose' while strumming her ukulele. 'I want to say Sean that I love you from the moment that I laid eyes on you and I still love you just the same,' Madonna said.

The evening raised $7 million for J/P HRO.

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Rumors have been circulating since the fall that the two may have become more than just friendly exes.

It was just last month that Madonna stated in a court declaration in support of the Oscar winner's defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels that he never physically abused her during their famously tumultuous marriage.

'While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, 'tied me up,' or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false," the singer stated in court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court.

In September, Penn not only took his daughter Dylan Penn to Madonna's concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC but he also introduced the two for the first time backstage after the show. At about the same time, rumors began that sparks were flying once again between the exes, who ended their four-year marriage in 1989.

Madonna visited Penn in Haiti in November 2013. 'I don't know if I called her or if it was one time that we ran into each other but, I said, 'Would you like to come down?'' the Milk actor told me of the trip. 'She said she would. She came down with her son Rocco and it was great to have them down there.'

From E! Online / Pictures from AP

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Madonna's two shows in Mexico

Madonna posted three pictures from her two Rebel Heart Tour shows in Mexico City on Wednesday and Thursday.

'Mexico City was filled with light!!!! Tonight was 💯 Thank you ❤ #rebelhearts'

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'I always wanted to share the stage with Frida My Hero ‼️ My Unapologetic Bitch🍌❤ #rebelhearttour'

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'2nd night in Mexico City was Amaaaazzzing ‼️ Thank you to all my ❤ #rebelhearts'

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Madonna's Singapore concert is for adults only

The Singapore leg of pop superstar Madonna's global Rebel Heart Tour has been restricted to fans aged 18 and above, the concert's local coordinator said Wednesday.

The one-night-only event on February 28, Madonna's first-ever concert in the city-state, will be held at the 55,000-seat National Stadium, entertainment firm MediaCorp Vizpro said.

'Please note that this concert is rated 'R18' with the consumer advisory on 'Sexual References'. Only those above 18 years of age will be permitted into the venue,' it said on its Facebook page.

Concerts and other forms of public entertainment are classified by the Media Development Authority, which also regulates the film and broadcast industries.

The Straits Times newspaper noted that Madonna's concert tour setlist includes a segment involving dancers dressed as scantily-clad nuns pole-dancing on cross-shaped stripper poles.

Affluent Singapore, often ridiculed as a 'nanny state' for its tradition of social control, has eased censorship in recent years and become an Asian entertainment hub. But the authorities say its population is still largely conservative.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Note the ICON pre-sale for this concert starts JAN 7 @ 10AM SGT and the public on-sale starts JAN 12 @ 10AM SGT.


Diplo Praises Madonna, Says Newfound Friendship Was Unexpected

There’s no way around it: Diplo - known equally for his music and for his Twitter jabs at celebs like Taylor Swift - had a massively successful 2015. From earning the most streamed song of the year with Major Lazer’s 'Lean On' to winning an American Music Award for his work with Justin Bieber and Skrillex on the Jack U track 'Where Are U Now,' to working with Madonna on her latest release Rebel Heart - it’s been a good year.

Diplo’s choosing to shine a spotlight on his relationship with Madonna in particular, praising her for the way she fully integrated him in the recording process and extended herself as a friend in a way he didn’t think possible. Diplo posted a photo of the two attending the 2015 Met Gala together to Instagram along with the following lengthy caption:

'When I first got a chance to work with @madonna I didn’t expect much to come from it. Maybe because she is one of the biggest pop stars of all time. I didn’t think she would take me serious just another producer working on a huge album. I didn’t expect to make a great friend for life and didn’t expect to be such a big part of her record. She showed me a whole other level of dedication and old school work ethic when it comes to writing. I’m proud of the work we did. Those sessions were some of the most fun I have done to date. I played some shows and shot videos with her later in the year but going to the Met ball with Madonna was a highlight of 2015.'

And it’s not the first time Diplo’s publicly praised Madonna. Back in July, Diplo spoke with Rolling Stone about the ageism even a living legend like Madonna faces.

He said, 'She created the world we live in. It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed - ‘Madonna, we’ve been there, done that, now we’re about Kim Kardashian.’ Her song ‘Ghosttown’ was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn’t get a fair shot. With ‘Bitch I’m Madonna,’ everyone said there’s no way it will go anywhere, but I’m like, ‘Screw it, it represents you more than anything.’-

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Madonna's Brit Fall Declared Most Shocking Celeb Moment Of The Year

The year 2015 is nearly at an end and so with it are all of the most shocking celebrity moments the past 12 months have provided the general public. But before it wraps up, Channel 5 wanted to remind us all about the craziest rides some of our fellow famouses have had - and Madonna in particular came out on top.

The popstar’s catastrophic fall in February while performing at the Brits when she was dragged down the stairs by an Armani cape made the channel’s top spot of most shocking celeb moments of 2015.

Speaking of the fall in an interview with Jonathan Ross after the show, the singer said: 'I had a choice, I could either be strangled or fall with the cape and I fell. I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did.'

Of course, the King and Queen of Reality, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, made the grade with the naming of their new born son as Saint ranking quite highly on the ‘OMG’ scale.

Others zingers included the revelation of David Cameron’s after dark relations with a pig and the tragic news of Saturday night hero Cilla Black’s death.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Has Now Grossed $80 Million

Madonna leads Billboard’s latest Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with the newest reported box office sales data from her global trek.

The new Hot Tours tally includes grosses from 14 shows in eight markets during the European leg of the tour.

Box office revenue from all eight markets totals $22.6 million from 194,827 sold tickets at 14 performances. One venue, Turin, Italy’s Pala Alpitour, hosted the pop legend for three shows (Nov. 19, 21-22). Arenas in four cities, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, and Paris, brought in the tour for two nights.

Overall sales from the Rebel Heart Tour now total $80 million from 45 concerts during the first two legs of the tour, through Dec. 10.

622,048 fans have seen the tour since the opening jaunt through North America that ran from Sept. 9 until Oct. 29. The run through Europe followed, kicking off on Nov. 4 in Germany.

Billboard has received sales data from Europe through the two nights in Paris on Dec. 9 and 10. Revenue from shows in Zurich and three U.K. markets, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, have yet to be reported from the fall leg.

From Billboard.com


What it feels like for an 'Unapologetic Bitch'

You know how it is, one minute you’re in double geography, the next you’re on stage dancing with Madonna.

But that’s exactly what happened when schoolboy Jamie Bell went to see the legendary Queen of Pop at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

The 14-year-old, from Great Barr, was pulled up on stage before coolly performing a breakdance routine in front of the 14,000-strong crowd.

But it wasn’t the first time the pair had met, as the singer revealed. Jamie, a keen dancer, has been friends with her son Rocco, also a dancer, for four years. They were introduced after Jamie, who learned how to dance in Stafford, was spotted busking in London.

But the invitation to join the superstar on stage came out of the blue.

Jamie’s mother, personal assistant Sadie Bell, said: 'It was a complete shock. We didn’t have a video camera or anything. Jamie took it all in his stride but he was completely buzzing afterwards. It confirmed for him that he definitely wants to be a professional dancer.'

'Next day, he was drumming on stage at school assembly and never mentioned a thing about what had happened the night before. People only found out when videos of him with Madonna started circulating on YouTube. He’s never made a big thing about his friendship with Rocco. He never talks about it.'

The Perry Beeches Academy student spent five minutes on stage with ‘Her Madgesty’, who gave him a kiss and told him he’d grown since she last saw him - and ‘got cute.’

Sadie, aged 39, said: 'I got some shaky footage on my phone, but luckily a fan, who was sitting much nearer, sent him some really good footage which he’s now put up on his website.'

Jamie said: 'It was amazing. I was more excited than nervous. Madonna guided me through it because I had no idea what was happening. It was overwhelming to see all those faces looking back at me. It still felt amazing the next day. My friends could hardly believe it, they were really supportive.'

Jamie, who lives at home with mum Sadie and dad Peter, 39, who works in Walsall as an account manager, has been dancing since he was seven. He was taught by Lucie Talbott, who runs Dance Nuvo from bases in Eccleshall and Birmingham.

It has not gone unnoticed that he shares his name with the actor who played the part of Billy Elliott in the blockbuster film about a miner’s son’s struggle, against the odds, to become a dancer.

Sadie said: 'It hadn’t occurred to me, and it was too late to change it when the midwife pointed it out. She said: ‘He’s going to be a dancer.’ It was obviously written in the stars.'

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Madonna criticises Glasgow Hydro after power turned off

Pop star Madonna has criticised a concert venue after the power was cut during her encore.

The Glasgow leg of her Rebel Heart tour is said to have started late at the SSE Hydro and ran over the planned time.

Madonna left the stage at the end of the concert but returned for an encore of Holiday and videos posted on social media showed the pop star leading the crowd in a sing-along as the power had been cut and floor lights turned up.

Posting on Instagram, the Queen of Pop wrote: 'We don’t stop till its over Glasgow! Don’t try to silence the Queen.

The Hydro said it was Madonna’s own production team who had disconnected the power.

A spokeswoman for the venue said: 'Madonna finished her agreed set and then chose to come on for another song. By that stage, all the power and control equipment had already been disconnected by her own production engineers. I would stress that this was not a venue decision.'

The Glasgow gig was the last of 25 sold-out shows on the European leg of the 57-year-old’s latest tour. Her next show is in Taipei on February 4.

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Madonna Submits Statement Denying Abuse In Sean Penn Lawsuit

In September, Sean Penn filed papers with the State Supreme Court of New York, alleging filmmaker Lee Daniels made 'false and defamatory statements' about him in relation to domestic abuse, while defending Terrence Howard after his Empire leading man confessed to lashing out at his ex-wives in a Rolling Stone interview.

After Penn filed the lawsuit, Daniels responded by filing a request for dismissal, citing America's First Amendment of free speech. While the result of Daniels' motion has yet to be revealed, Penn is continuing strike back at the filmmaker by calling on his ex-wife Madonna to formally state he never abused her.

On Thursday, Penn filed an amended complaint featuring a declaration under oath from the pop star that he never hit her during their relationship.

'I am aware of the allegations that have surfaced over the years accusing Sean of incidents of physical assault and abuse against me," Madonna states in her declaration, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "Specifically, I am aware of the allegations concerning an alleged incident that occurred in June, 1988, whereby (according to tabloid reports), Sean allegedly struck me with 'a baseball bat'. I know the allegations in those and other reports to be completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.'

Madonna also referenced accusations of abuse during an incident in 1989, which allegedly resulted in Penn's arrest for domestic assault and battery.

'While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, 'tied me up', or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false,' Madonna states.

The amended lawsuit also reads: 'Unfortunately for Daniels, his statements - which by direct reference to Howard's misconduct, falsely accuse Penn of committing serious, multiple crimes against women - are not protected by the First Amendment. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously observed almost 100 years ago, the First Amendment is not absolute. Just as it does not protect a person from 'shouting fire in a crowded theatre', it also does not protect defamatory conduct.'

The case is scheduled to be heard in court on 16 January, 2016.

From contactmusic.com


Brisbane Rebel Heart Tour dates rescheduled

Live Nation announced that due to scheduling changes, Madonna’s Brisbane concert dates previously scheduled on Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th will move ahead one week with the revised dates changed respectively to Wednesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th. There is no change to the venue which remains the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Tickets for the Brisbane concert previously scheduled on March 26th will be valid at the Wednesday, March 16th event. Tickets for the Brisbane concert previously scheduled March 27th will be valid at the Thursday, March 17th event.

Current tickets are valid for the corresponding rescheduled dates and do not need to be exchanged.

Any ticket holders unable to attend on the new rescheduled dates must contact Ticketek before 5pm on Monday February 1st, 2016, to arrange a full refund (including your ticket insurance premium, if relevant). Visit Ticketek on www.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849 for more details.

There are options for fans that have purchased flights with Live Nation partners Qantas and Jetstar with a Qantas Group spokesperson saying, 'Qantas and Jetstar are offering Madonna fans the opportunity to change their flights without incurring fees. Changing your booking is quick and easy, ring 13 13 13 for Qantas or 131 538 for Jetstar or your travel agent.'

From www.livenation.com.au/artists/madonna