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.
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Note the ICON pre-sale for this concert starts JAN 7 @ 10AM SGT and the public on-sale starts JAN 12 @ 10AM SGT.
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.
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.'
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.
Madonna threw the maracas as usual during the Birmingham show BUT one went backwards and one headed straight towards madonnalicious in the audience, we dropped it but unfortunately didn't get the spanking but one of the dancers did instead!
One of Rocco's friends Jamie (Madonna calls him Little J) was her Unapologetic Bitch in Birmingham on Wednesday. With ambitions to be a dancer he took great advantage of sharing the stage with Madonna!
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.'
Madonna started to perform the opening notes from Secret on her guitar, then mentioned that she had banged her head hard earlier and then asked for suggestions for another song to sing. She then performed Open Your Heart with the crowd at her Manchester Rebel Heart Tour show.
madonnalicious was at the Manchester show last night but due to a crashed video, the show started late (around 10pm), the curfew of the venue was 11pm but they got an extension to later, so some songs were cut (Dress You Up medley, La Vie en Rose, Unapologetic Bitch and unfortunately the encore of Holiday). It was disappointing to miss out on some of the show, but the reports the mainstream press are coming out with are way over the top! There was an PA announcement before the show that it was due to finish by 11:30pm and it was outside the artist and venue control. PS You can make it up to all your Rebel Hearts in Birmingham Madonna ;-)
Madonna herself has just posted this message on her Instagram page about what happened before and during the Manchester show last night.
FACTS: its good to have them before you jump to conclusions! The Entire video for my show crashed as I arrived for sound check. The back up file was corrupt. We had no choice but to reboot and pray for a good outcome. The video lights 75 % of my show. We cant play in the dark. We were rebooted and ready by 9:30 even though we planned to go on earlier. I had to make cuts in show before show started. Dress you Up was one of them and my 3rd guitar song. This still brought us past the 11:00 curfew! But we went on and the venue was kind enough to extend till 11:39!! It was their choice not mine to end the show!! I always want to finish. So we all missed the last 3 songs! And I'm sorry about that. And iI thank all my Rebel Heart fans for understanding! We did our best! And we still had to pay a fine! That life. 😂. PS you still got to see an amazing show. And only missed. 12 minutes!! The ❤️#rebelhearttour goes on!
Madonna’s lengthy 'Unapologetic Bitch' list just added one more name: During Thursday night’s Rebel Heart tour stop in Paris, Madge welcomed Christine and the Queens’ Heloise Letissier to the stage for the concert’s raucous final number.
Of note: Madonna’s 'Living For Love' video takes influences from Christine and the Queens’ choreography, a fact Madonna’s admitted in her admiration of the French pop star. 'She’s great, I love her music,' she said in an interview earlier this year. Watch Madonna and Christine frolic - spanks and all - in Paris together below.
Madonna, Monte Pittman and David Banda performed Imagine in an impromptu performance at Place De La Republique (the square where a makeshift memorial has been erected) in Paris last night in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks on the city.
Madonna surprised Parisians with an impromptu performance as she paid tribute to the victims of the attacks in the French capital.
The 57-year-old pop star is in Paris for her Rebel Heart tour.
After her sell-out concert at the Bercy Arena on Wednesday, the singer tweeted to say she was heading over to the Place de la Republique which has been the focus of Paris rallies against terrorism.
'Im singing some songs in place de la republique. Meet me there now #Paris. #rightnow #aftershow #rebelheartour,' she posted.
Videos online feature the star singing with her 10-year-old son David, accompanied by guitarist Monte Pittman, who is currently on tour with the artist.
The crowd joined in with the impromptu show, but the multi award-winner appeared to have forgotten some of the lyrics to John Lennon classic Imagine. She also sang smash hit Like A Prayer and Ghosttown, taken from her Rebel Heart album.
Madonna told those assembled: 'Everybody knows why we're here....we just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honour and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago. And to spread light....we all need it.'
Singer Madonna made an emotional appeal following attacks in Paris a month ago that killed 130, shouting 'We will not bend down to fear!' during a concert in the French capital on Wednesday.
'I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now,' the visibly emotional artist said. 'The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city.'
She continued: 'We are one heart and our heart can beat as one....The power of love is greater than the love of power. I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!'
Swathed in a French flag, she sang the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, bringing the concert-goers to their feet.
The star then moved to Place de la Republique, which has become an unofficial hub for mourners of the November 13 attacks, and sang a series of songs to a small crowd.
'It was inspiring, it was raw, it was real,' said Pete Hall, a 45-year-old tourist from London who had just left Madonna's concert at Bercy when he saw on social media she was at the square in central Paris. 'She was paying her respects to Paris,' he said.
Wearing a down jacket with a fur hood over her head and accompanied by her guitarist Monte Pittman, Madonna sang her hits 'Like a Prayer' and 'Ghosttown', as well as John Lennon's 'Imagine', according to those who attended the impromptu concert.
'She wanted to pay tribute, she loves this city,' Pittman told AFP. 'It is magical. I will never forget this.'
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"David singing Redemption Song for Paris🇫🇷 So amazing 🙏🏻 Thank you Universe. ❤ #rebelhearttour" -Madonna
madonnalicious got the feeling that someone in her team had told her that people had complained that they were missing their trains as she was coming on-stage later than advertised....so being Madonna....well you can guess!
However because she was annoyed and still started later than advertised, she cut out Dress You Up / Into The Groove out of the show, and failed to do her costume change.
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O2 Arena, London
In a shock-and-awe spectacular that deftly blends past with provocative present, the queen of pop is charm itself.
There is something strangely comforting in the blasphemous stage extension on this first night of Madonna’s UK tour. It’s a crucifix crowned by a heart that actually looks like the head of a penis.
Madonna’s is a Rebel Heart, after all, one that has long relished conflating the Passion of the Christ with the more lurid human urges the church fails to sublimate. 'Things always get heated up when I get here,' Madonna jokes from her position on a stool near the tip of the glans, in one of many often spontaneous-sounding asides tonight.
This most famous of lapsed Catholics recently referred to the pontiff as 'popey-wopey' on the Philadelphia leg of this tour, a show that finds Madonna returning to themes she (and we) know well: religion, sex, provocation, heartbreak, the romance of Spain. In short, it’s a little like 1989 all over again, when Madonna’s Like a Prayer video found the singer getting steamy with a black saint.
This time, Holy Water - to be perfectly clear, a Rebel Heart song about cunnilingus and vaginal juices, 'Bless yourself and genuflect', it goes - features pole-dancing nuns in their frillies. At the end, it finds Madonna and her many dancers in a tableau suggesting the Last Supper. Only it’s more like the Last Bacchanal, with all sorts of simulated sins of the flesh instead of dessert.
Madonna seemed to be having a great time at the first Amsterdam show on Saturday 06 December, one of the dancers dropped the maracas so he got a spanking from Madonna and ALL the other dancers, and then we got the Unapologetic Bitch.
madonnalicious is just back from the two Rebel Heart Tour shows over the weekend at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. On Saturday night we got two great surprise performances of Secret and Don't Tell Me! We are uploading more videos as we speak....
Stella McCartney was Madonna's Unapologetic Bitch at the second London show last night...although Stella was a little shy and told Madonna that by getting on-stage it was all of Madonna's birthday and Christmas presents for ever! Madonna just told the 'runway bitch' to work it!
During her concert at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday, the pop superstar stopped the show to give a candid speech about the global AIDS epidemic and dedicate her hit track Like A Prayer to the victims.
She told the audience her adopted son David, who was born in the African nation of Malawi, had lost family members to the disease.
'I should acknowledge not only the dearest and most amazing friends of mine who died of AIDS so many years ago, and who still do, but the....family of my adopted son who died of AIDS,' Madonna told the crowd. 'Let's give a big thanks to people who continue to fight to find a cure for this disease and let's acknowledge all the people who have passed who have fought to raise awareness. We shall overcome one day. Just to say thank you I'd like to sing a little prayer to you.'
Madonna has adopted two children, David and Mercy, from the impoverished country, where around 10 per cent of the population is infected with the HIV virus, which causes AIDS.
The singer has been a long-time campaigner for AIDS awareness, having lost her dance teacher and mentor Christopher Flynn to the disease in 1990.
The Queen of Pop was performing at the O2 in London where her on-stage fall at the Brit Awards earlier this year made headlines around the world.
But Madonna, 57, put on a slick routine where two dancers pulled off her trailing pink cape with one quick tug and the star stayed on her feet.
Dressed in an array of costumes, she sang new material from her latest album as well as classic hits including Material Girl, before finishing with a rendition of Holiday.
The star was even joined for a lively dance on stage with TV host Graham Norton.
Madonna told the crowd: 'I've been married twice and I suck at marriage so far. But there's always hope. I haven't given up on love. I don't want you to be thinking I'm cynical about love. I haven't given up on love at all. In fact, it's my life's dream to find the perfect love. Until then I am married to all of you.'
Talking about hardship in the world, she said: 'It does make me want to cry sometimes. I know that we, the people, if we're unified and we are together and we have love, we can conquer anything. And I'm not being idealistic. I truly believe that.'
The star got laughs from the crowd when she said she needed a rest more than halfway through her energetic show. 'It's so nice to sit down for a wee moment. You don't mind do you? Oh my goodness. Even I have to admit that I outdo myself,' she joked.
More cheers and laughs came from the crowd when she declared: 'Nobody f***s with the Queen.'
Hailing London as one of her favourite places, she said: 'It's so good to be back. Right back here where I belong. London has a very special place in my heart. When I was a young, young girl living in New York. I was a bartender in a restaurant. I robbed the cash register blind every night. Why? Because I was dying to come to London and check it out. So I saved up all my stolen cash and I came here and it was the most amazing experience of my life.'
Marking World Aids Day, the star paid tribute to her friends who have died from Aids and said the entire family of her adopted son died from the virus. 'We shall overcome one day,' she said.
Madonna plays one more night at the O2 before taking her show to Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
The Vogue singer decided against cancelling any performances on her Rebel Heart Tour in the aftermath of the gun and bomb attacks in the French capital on 13 November, which claimed the lives of more than 130 victims.
She continued her trek through Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Italy, but she was warned against keeping her date in Antwerp, Belgium as it is closer to Paris and the gig followed a lockdown in the country's capital Brussels.
However, she took to the stage at the Sportpaleis on Saturday and called out Islamic State militants, who claimed responsibility for the atrocity, branding them 'motherf**kers' and saying she will not be stopped from performing.
'Many friends told me not to come to Belgium,' she told the crowd. 'I have not listened. I want to continue to do what I want! And do not ever tell me to stop!....There are many tragic things happening in the world. It seems there is a lot of darkness. We do not bow to fear, but to love.'
Madonna continue to perform the night after the Paris attacks, but broke down in tears onstage in Sweden as she paid tribute to the victims.
Madonna published more pictures and thoughts on the Paris attacks on her Instagram and Twitter feeds:
'Thank you Stockholm! Tonight's show was difficult but there was so much love in this arena it made me feel like we were turning darkness into light. And that is our jobs as human beings! ❤ #rebelhearttour'
Madonna made an emotional speech at a concert on Saturday before asking the crowd to observe a moment's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.
To huge applause and cheers, the singer said she had considered cancelling the show in Stockholm, Sweden, but did not want to let the terrorists stop them doing what they love.
Her eyes welling up and voice cracking, she told the crowd: 'In many ways I feel torn. Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones? That is exactly what these people want to do, they want to shut us up, they want to silence us. But we won't let them. There is no one in this world who should have the right to stop us doing what we love.'
Madonna said it had been hard to get through the show, which she said was 'about celebrating life and standing up for your rights', and that the attacks had 'disturbed' her.
The singer then asked the crowd at the Tele 2 Aren to fall silent and say a prayer for the victims and their families.