'Lola as a French Maid in "A Flea in her Ear"! Last show tonight at La Guardia! Amazing talent! Amazing production! Im so proud! #rebelheart #artforfreedom'
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'Lola as a French Maid in "A Flea in her Ear"! Last show tonight at La Guardia! Amazing talent! Amazing production! Im so proud! #rebelheart #artforfreedom'
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'2 freedom fighters from Pakistan risking there lives to build a school in Karachi against all odds! Humaira and Sharmeen iI'm so proud of you. School is almost finished. #rayoflight #revolutionoflove #rebelhearts'
'Mercy James and Humaira dream about girls being able to go to school everywhere! Knowledge is Power! #revolutionoflove #rebelheart #artforfreedom'
After starting ArtForFreedom.com in September 2013, Madonna is now asking for you to share your artistic expression of Freedom with her and the BuzzFeed community.
For more info and to submit your entry, please visit the devoted BuzzFeed page before April 14.
Also, Madonna created a list of some of the freedom fighters who have guided her along the way with their actions and art, so go ahead and check it out now at www.buzzfeed.com/madonna/11-freedom-fighters-who-have-inspired-me
'The other M.C. Pays a visit to NY and KILLS it! Naughty Naughty gurrrrlllllllll!'
'Up close and personal. Favorite moment! Favorite costume! ! M.C. Rocks Barclay"s!'
According to DNAinfo.com, a $2,545 bra designed by New York-based lingerie designer Deborah Marquit was stolen after the performer's photo shoot with L'uomo Vogue. Marquit staffers told the NYPD that a $345 thong and a $515 brief were among the other expensive pieces taken around midnight after being stowed under a chair around 4 p.m. on March 20.
When reached by email, a rep for the fashion label tells Pret-a-Reporter that the pull consisted of 'a large amount of lingerie samples' that were borrowed for the shoot.
'We received only 13 pieces back of the 34 that were loaned to the shoot, and the rest were either lost or stolen because we never got them back,' the Marquit rep writes. 'Deborah would just like the samples found and returned.'
According to Marquit's website, the designer's pieces have been worn by Britney Spears, Hilary Swank and Rihanna, with everyday lace items starting at $65 for a thong and going up to $295 for a leopard bra.
Pret-a-Reporter has reached out to Madonna's rep for comment.
'I notice she's looking over my shoulder and as I turned I saw a guy had come up out of the audience, jumped up on the stage and he's coming toward her. All I could think of was, 'This is a three character play, and you're not in it. We don't need a fourth.''
He continues, 'My instinct was to turn around, so I grabbed him, I pulled him over and threw him into the wings, because by now the stagehands (were) all waiting to see what he'd do. I came back up on stage and we got back into the play.'
Announcing the news on Wednesday, Madonna said, 'There has never been a more crucial time to participate and help create change in the world. I’ve been so inspired by people’s submissions since we began and I welcome Miley’s input along with her fans to express themselves artistically and to share their creative ideas on the subject of human rights and freedom of speech. Miley and I look forward to hearing your voices in the format of your choice throughout the month of April and onward.'
Thrilled Miley added, 'I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com. It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better.'
The singers will select a winning submission from all those tendered and present a $10,000 grant to a charity of the winner's choice.
Join the legendary Fashion Editor Suzy Menkes, formerly of the International New York Times and newly appointed as International Vogue Editor, in an intimate on-stage discussion with fashion’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier.
For more information visit https://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery
The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance W.E., is attached to direct Ade: A Love Story, an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker.
Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his Bruce Cohen Productions. Jessica Leventhal, the company’s director of development, and Walker also are producing.
Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker and civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, wrote about growing up interracial and with mixed religions in her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.
In her debut novel, published October 2013, Walker creates a narrator similar to herself (the mother is Christian while the father is Jewish). The story centers on a 19-year-old American student traveling with a feminist companion in Africa who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces.
Although very much a love story, many of the themes and subjects in Ade are those Madonna has touched upon in envelope-pushing ways at the height of her music career. Sex, religion, race, lesbianism all figure into the story one way or another. Already a fan of the book, Madonna also provided a blurb that appeared in promotional materials.
CAA is arranging financing. Madonna and the producers on the hunt for a screenwriter to adapt the book.
Cohen was a producer on Silver Linings Playbook and is working on adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.
'Let the Music Play....She wont get away! #whydotheyhavetogrowupsofast? #rebelhearts'
The latter cut was the lead single and title track from Madonna's 1989 album, which now celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was released by Sire/Warner Bros. Records on March 21, 1989, and shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 shortly thereafter. It spent six weeks atop the chart - her longest run at No. 1 for any album.
To celebrate a quarter century of 'Like a Prayer,' Billboard spoke to Leonard - the primary co-writer and co-producer of the set - to discuss the making of the album and his recollections of working with Madonna. (Would you believe 'Like a Prayer' was written in one day? And the entire album was written in less than two weeks?)
In our lengthy chat, we discuss everything from where Prince pops up on the album (it might surprise you), to Leonard's all-time favorite song they did together. Not to mention those rumors that he's working with Madonna on her next album.
To read the full interview visit www.billboard.com/patrick-leonard-talks-like-a-prayer-at-25
Recorded amid the dissolution of her marriage to actor Sean Penn, 'Like a Prayer' was Madonna’s most introspective and eclectic album to date. Unlike the three that came before, it blended classic psychedelic rock with then-current synth-pop sounds. And now, a quarter-century after its March 21, 1989 release, it doesn’t sound a bit dated. Lyrically, it’s about growing up, moving on from bad romance, and getting right with God and family. At least two of the songs center on the death of Madonna’s mother, a childhood trauma that had a strong part in making the singer who she is.
Before 'Like a Prayer' was even released, Madonna made it clear this wouldn’t be just another album. Three weeks before the release, she debuted the video for the title track, the first of five top 20 Hot 100 singles spawned from the album. Featuring depictions of murder, interracial love, and cross burnings, the clip juxtaposed notions of religious and sexual ecstasy, leaving some folks puzzled and just about everyone talking. Catholics denounced her; Pepsi dropped ads featuring her (and ended plans to sponsor her tour). Fans, of course, ate it up.
Controversy aside, 'Like a Prayer' is among Madonna’s finest moments, and over the next 10 tracks, its namesake album never lets up. It’s funky, poignant, and even a little kooky. And while Madonna is the quintessential singles artist, this chart-topping LP stands as one of her most fully realized collection of songs. Read on for our classic track-by-track review.
To read Billboard's track-by-track review visit: www.billboard.com/articles/review
'Working Armani For L'Uomo Vogue! #artforfreedom'
Madonna also posted two other pictures earlier possibly from the same photoshoot.
'Long hair....Don't Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove'
The actress, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit show, said she thought she was dreaming after the pop queen got in touch with HBO with the odd request.
'I thought I was dreaming,' Emilia told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. I got an email [from HBO's publicity department] asking 'Madonna wants to borrow the costume is that ok?' I was like 'I must be dreaming.'
Madonna asked to borrow the star's costume, which consists of a blue and gold floaty dress and edgy black corset, for a party she attended over the Jewish Festival of Purim, and of course the TV channel obliged.
The star took to her Instagram account to show off her dressing up skills. Posting the snap alongside the caption: 'Happy Purim!!!!!! All Hail All Queens! ##certainty.'
She even wore a long blonde wig to finish off her look, which seemed to get endless praise from the cast of the hugely-popular show.
Carice van Houten, who plays the Red Priestess in the popular HBO show, joked: 'I was like, 'Why's she not wearing the red dress, man?' No, I completely get it. It's such a great honour for my youth idol to dress up like someone that I'm working with.'
The 38-year-old rapper is reportedly being sued for $15.1m in 'restitution' on top of the $1.5m they were demanding for breach of contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
She tweeted to Madonna Tuesday: 'ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million ?'
The NFL claims that the extra $15m covers 'the alleged value of public exposure she received by appearing for an approximately two minute segment during Madonna's performance,' adding, 'The figure is based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time.'
M.I.A's spokesperson said the claim, 'lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic.'
They added that the 'continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL.'
M.I.A previously uploaded a video of herself discussing the incident on the phone to an unnamed person, during which she accused the NFL of a 'massive display of corporation d*ck-shaking', adding that there were more offensive images on show during the Super Bowl than her flicking her middle finger.
'Looking for Love in all the wrong places! Fear makes you focus......#rebelheart'
The singer and the iconic Vogue editor have joined many in remembering the stylist and fashion designer, who was found dead from apparent suicide at her home in New York Monday morning
Anna wrote on Vogue.com: 'I am deeply saddened by the loss of L'Wren Scott. L'Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style. In person, L'Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern. We will all miss her.'
Expressing her grief at the designer's passing at the age of 49, Madonna said: 'This is a horrible and tragic loss. I'm so upset. I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me.'
The tributes comes as pictures have emerged of L'Wren's partner of 13 years, Sir Mick Jagger, just moments after he had been told she had been found dead. The Rolling Stones singer looked visibly distraught as he left Coco's restaurant in Perth, Australia, where he has recently landed with the band to start a tour.
Come and join hundreds of Madonna fans from over 15 countries from 2pm at G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard.
This will be the 21st London Madonna Fan Party. Madonna’s team exclusively support Madonna Fan Party in the UK, and you can expect prize giveaways, as well as over 8 hours of Madonna music and videos, and of course - FREE ENTRY! If you’re lucky enough to receive one the Like A Prayer 25 Year Celebration gifts, check it carefully, as one of them will come with a golden ticket which you can exchange for a signed Like a Prayer 10x8 photograph!
Doors open and the party starts at 2pm, with the full Like A Prayer Album - Video Event starting at 3.30pm - so don’t be late! Once the venue reaches capacity we operate a 1 in / 1 out policy.
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/194230947446462/
'Happy Purim!!!!! All Hail All Queens! #certainty'
'Ive got a friend in Jesus! #revolutionoflove'
The photographs selected for this book illustrate the story behind the album, singles as well as the legendary videos that marked music history forever!
The limited-edition and numbered 68 page book (measuring 24x34cm, double cardboard cover, sewn and hard heat-sealed finishing).
The photobook is released on Tuesday 15 April and is available to pre-order now at www.sunset-publishing.net
'The End of a long week with Viking Leader AKA DJ Virgo AKA Avicii! So many great songs! #icantwait #revolution'
'My Viking Harem! Great Music Great Vibes! We were grinding on that. Wood!#rebelheart'
The Brat Pack star, who says the new book (due out April 8) is racier than his first; it tells of meeting Madonna after a show in Los Angeles in 1984.
'She was cute and she was young and she was single, and so I sat front-row.... she was a revelation,' Lowe writes. 'Madonna would like to see you backstage,’ a security guard said as the house lights came up.'
'She had flawless skin and eyes that imparted secrets....she asked what movie I was working on and so I told her a little about ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ which I had just finished. ‘I play the bad boy,’ I said. Madonna just smiled. She seemed to like that.'
Months later, they made a date to meet up at the Palladium, 'a giant dance club that was filled with rabid ‘boy-toy’ doppelganger fans of both sexes. It was a madhouse.' After a harrowing trek through the 'grabbing and pawing' crowd, Lowe reached the VIP section.
'Madonna and I were discussing where we would sneak off to at the end of the evening when she suddenly jumped up and said, ‘Let’s dance!’.... ‘I’ll wait here,’ I said. 'Suit yourself,’ she replied as she waded beyond the velvet rope into the fray.' But, unlike the free-spirited singer, Lowe had no desire to rub elbows with his fans. He writes: 'You’re crazy,’ I said, half meaning it. ‘No I’m not,’ she said . . . ‘I’m just not going to let success f–k up my fun.'
Lowe is coming to Midtown to sign copies of his book on April 9 at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue.
From Page Six / New York Post
'Doing some house work before heading to the studio with Avicci!#artforfreedom #clean'
And when people noticed that she had spelt Avicii's name wrong, Madonna replied:
'Doing some house work after 4 hours of sleep which is why i cant spell! On my way to the studio to work with Avicii! #clean'
Avicii, who saw his track 'Wake Me Up' reach No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year, had simply tweeted 'Studiomode!' several hours earlier.
There's been no word on what exactly the pair worked on last night, or whether the sessions were intended for a future Avicii release or Madonna's next album. In February, she confirmed to The Canadian Press that she was working on the follow up to 2012's 'MDNA,' saying 'Plans are in the works already. Don't ask me with who, it's a secret. Top secret.'
Madonna's affinity for Avicii is well known. She famously popped up as a surprise guest during the Swedish DJ's set at the Ultra Music Festival in 2012.
'Shining bright like a diamond on oscar night thanks to @chimentojewels @neillanejewelry @loreerodkin @jacobandco'
Academy Award winners past and present let loose and dined on dishes such as Caesar salad, penne pasta with red sauce, rice and chicken in a curry sauce and potato knishes, served buffet style. Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila were inseparable.
Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder 'were lovey dovey together,' the partygoer adds, explaining that by the time Roberts arrived, she had ditched her Givenchy gown and 'took all her glam off.'
The show's host, Ellen DeGeneres, and wife Portia de Rossi were relaxed and 'just hanging out,' says the guest, while Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem showed off pictures of their 7-month-old daughter Luna to friends.
It was also a destination for other A-list couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, newly engaged Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Toni Garrn, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, and Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.
Even Madonna's ex, Sean Penn, popped into the party with girlfriend Charlize Theron. The new couple were 'hugging and very sweet together,' says the source. Also among the revelers: Bette Midler, Meryl Streep, Jamie Foxx, Miley Cyrus and Pink.
But it was Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o who brought the most coveted dates of the night: their 13 ½-inch-tall golden statuettes.
Madonna, whose kids also attended the party, changed her outfit at least twice and wore diamonds – lots of them: 'Diamonds, diamonds and diamonds on both wrists, and a headband,' says the source.
The 'Material Girl' hitmaker wore Neil Lane jewels, including diamond and platinum bracelets and earrings, and she accessorised her outfit for the bash which followed the prestigious ceremony on Sunday.
She posted an image on Instagram of herself in a red gown, with her blonde hair in lose waves, with a headpiece, with bright red lipstick, as she pulled a pose for the shot
She added the caption: 'The Oscar goes to Party ## 7!!!!! #revolutionoflove'
Madonna hosted her annual private Oscars after party at manager Guy Oseary's mansion and the A-List event was tight on security with a number of staff helping guests check-in. A source told Usmagazine.com: 'There was tons of security and tons of staff checking people in.'
Earlier Madonna had also posted this picture and caption: 'Im just sayin....#speakthetruthandshamethedevil'
In January 1989, the pop provocateur inked a $5 million endorsement deal with the soft-drink brand. On March 2, 1989, Madonna debuted 'Like a Prayer,' the title track of her fourth studio album, in a two-minute television commercial called 'Make a Wish.'
The flashback-fueled spot saw her watching a black-and-white home movie of her 8th birthday, and interspersed footage of the young girl with shots of adult Madonna dancing in the street and in a church with a gospel choir. The fairly innocuous ad aired during NBC's The Cosby Show, and it seemed unlikely to offend anyone. But when Madonna premiered the actual music video for 'Like a Prayer' on MTV the following day, viewers were singing a different tune.
The video's imagery, which included burning crosses, stigmata and the seduction of a saint, drew the ire of religious groups and customers, who assumed it was part of the Pepsi ad.
'When you've got an ad that confuses people or concerns people, it just makes sense that that ad goes away,' Tod MacKenzie, a spokesman for Pepsico Inc., told the New York Times. And go away, it did. Though the commercial was canceled, 'Like a Prayer' spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that spring, and Madonna reportedly kept the $5 million fee.
The once-incendiary hit went on to become one of the most celebrated songs in Madonna's canon, and it was even featured in her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance – no small feat in the post-Nipplegate era. But one thing that hasn't changed is the Material Girl's earning power: According to Forbes, Madonna was the highest paid musician of 2013.
'Let the games begin! Shabbat Shalom! #hollywoodswingin'
'Sometimes you have to get dirty before you can feel clean. Underneath the darkness there is light! #revolutionoflove'
The group opted to go with a basic green-and-white marker, with hopes of having it installed in the coming months. It would be placed near the intersection of West Thomas Street and South Euclid Avenue, welcoming visitors traveling into town off US-10.
'The goal of this Madonna sign is simply to get people into town,' Girard told The Bay City Times. Down the road, Girard said he hopes to install another landmark - possibly a statue - that would honor Madonna in Bay City.
'When people go to Wall Street in New York, what do they do? They get their picture with the big bull,' he said. 'We need something in town that people want to come and see and take their picture in front of.'
Madonna grew up in Bay City and Rochester Hills and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Girard introduced a resolution for a Madonna sign at a Bay City Commission meeting Feb. 17, and was met with unanimous support from his fellow commissioners. The resolution calls to have the sign paid for using private funds. So far, the group has raised $650. The next step is to meet with the local Michigan Department of Transportation unit in Bay City to agree on the logistics of installing such a sign, said Girard, who hopes to have that meeting in the next two weeks.
From The Detroit News: www.detroitnews.com
As for the moves, Winhoffer dishes on a normal workout with Madonna. 'We warm up always! I change her program every week. This is important to shock the body. Without change, you can't achieve results,' the superstar trainer reveals. 'We love to work on triceps, obliques, and of course, my favorite part - the butt! One of our favorite moves is the plank on chair butt press. We get into the plank position with one foot on a chair and the other leg bent with knee on the ground. Kick the bent leg back and return the knee to the ground. It's a full body move and a butt-lifter!'
One more must-have when working out with the pop legend - good music! 'The beat dictates my movement and rhythm for her program. One of my favorites is Offer Nissim’s remix of [Madonna's] Frozen,' Winhoffer shares. 'It is such a sick beat and gets our adrenaline going.'
For more workout tips and tricks from Madonna’s trainer, follow her on Twitter at @Nicolewinhoffer.
The Sunday Times newspaper has quoted an undisclosed source from the Civil Society community in Malawi who has revealed that the Joyce Banda government is deliberately frustrating any moved by Madonna attributing the whole scenario as 'bad blood' between President Joyce Banda and Madonna.
'From the look of things, Madonna’s work in the country will continue facing challenges as long as the current administration continues to call the shots' the source is quoted as saying. The source further claimed that some top government officials have been pressing the NGO board not to accept Madonna’s application.
Board Chairperson for NGO’s Board in Malawi Emily Banda has since turned down the claims and revealed that Madonna own no single NGO in Malawi but rather is one of the trustees of a number of NGO’s including the Raising Malawi Trust. 'Let me mention that Madonna the musician does not have an NGO that applied for registration; rather, Madonna is one of the trustees in several organizations that applied for registration. One that I call that we have not registered is Raising Malawi Trust,' Banda told the paper.
She claimed that the trust failed to meet the required registration requirements. The NGO chief however could not completely rule out Raising Trust Malawi, saying they still stand a chance if they bring forward the other required documents.
Meanwhile, 380 NGO’S have been registered according to Banda. She has however asked all registered NGO’s to always comply with the country’s registration laws and failing which they will be fined or completely turned down.
The 61-year-old Chic star wants to team up with Madge again, having previously hit the studio with her on her Like A Virgin album.
‘I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.
‘For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.’
Rodgers stole the show at the Warner Music Group & Belvedere Brit awards after-party at The Savoy with a set featuring 45-year-old Kylie Minogue.
He also told fans to expect to hear a lot more from him in the charts after being given the all-clear from prostate cancer.
‘A little over three years ago I was diagnosed with extremely aggressive cancer and, I don’t mean to make light of it, but they were counting me out. And I thought 'You know, I’m going to do more music and more records than I have ever done in my life',’ he said.
Declaring her admiration for 'Vogue' hitmaker, Ariana who recently split from The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, told V magazine:
'She [Madonna] is my idol as far as attitude. I just love how she stands up for what she believes in and surprises people by not eff-ing up when they want her to so badly.'
Recalling the some of the specific reasons why she 'loves' Madonna, Ariana continued: 'Know what I love the most about Madonna? When a bad review came out, she was the first person to say ‘F**k you.’ When someone said she sounded like Minnie Mouse, she crawled into bed naked except for Minnie Mouse ears.'
'It’s such a good attitude to have', Ariana mused before revealing how she is using Madonna's attitude in her own life. She said: 'It’s inspiring to me because there are times when I think I’ve been a weak, people-pleasing little mouse my whole life.'
'That’s what I am learning right now, that I have to become stronger in this industry. I’ve learned over the past year that you don’t have time to chase after every person who doesn’t understand you. The people that know me know that I’m a nice girl. My fans know that I’m a nice girl. My friends know that I’m a nice girl. And ultimately, that’s all that matters.'
From Entertainment Wise / Yahoo! News
In a post alongside a picture of Maduro on image-sharing social network Instagram, Madonna accused the Venezuelan leader of human rights violations, while also condemning authorities in Russia and Ukraine.
'Apparantly (sic) Maduro is not familiar with the phrase 'Human Rights'! Facism (sic) is alive and thriving in Venezuela and Russia,' Madonna wrote. 'The Ukraine isn't far behind!'
Venezuela has been gripped by weeks of protests that have left at least four people dead.
Demonstrators are angry over rampant street crime, runaway inflation, corruption and bleak job prospects in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves.
Maduro, who took office after the death of Hugo Chavez last year, has claimed the protests are part of a conspiracy to overthrow his government.
From AFP Via Yahoo! News
'Are you kidding me? Are the police in Russia actually whipping Pussy Riot for making music on the streets? Is this the dark ages? GOD bless P. R. They are fearless! #artforfreedom'
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
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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