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It is her eleventh No.1 in Australia to date, equalling U2's record.
From Press Party
Madonna's latest album, Rebel Heart, had been in pole position throughout the week, but Smith's In The Lonely Hour sneaked ahead at the last minute.
His record undoubtedly received a boost after he performed his new single, Lay Me Down, with John Legend on Friday night's Comic Relief show.
In the end, he beat Madonna by 12,000 sales, the Official Chart Company said.
From BBC News
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7 reasons everyone really loved Madonna on the Jonathan Ross Show
Tonight’s episode of the Jonathan Ross Show was indisputably ruled by one guest and one guest only – the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. She breezed her way through the interview with total class and humility, giving a flawless performance at the end of the show. And viewers loved her on Twitter. So why exactly were we all fawning over Madge? Here are seven very good reasons.
To read the seven reasons visit: uk.news.yahoo.com/7-reasons
Madonna jets out of NYC with son David Banda as Twitter comes alive with praise for her candid interview with Jonathan Ross
While she was flying, Madonna's popularity was soaring on Saturday night. The 56-year-old was jetting out New York City with her son David Banda, nine, just as an interview discussing that big fall was airing on British television. Madonna's appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show - in which she addressed one of the most talked about Brits performances of all time - gained her plenty of praise on Twitter, as users took to social media to commend her for her honesty.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz
The Jonathan Ross Show: Madonna Special, review: 'fascinating to watch'
Not many stars are deemed important enough to get Jonathan Ross’s orange velvet sofa all to themselves; even big Hollywood stars find themselves jostling for space with boy band members and up and coming comedians.
Madonna is the exception – there might not have been nearly as much buzz around her latest album, Rebel Heart, as there was with previous works (her new single has even been rejected by Radio 1, apparently on account of her being 'too old'. Ouch), but she’s still regarded as fascinating enough for a whole hour of dedicated probing from Ross.
She and Ross are a good combination - they’re almost the same age, which means he’s interviewed her at regular intervals throughout both of their careers, so there’s a little more trust and rapport than she might have with someone less established. It means he can get away with asking the trickier questions, as well as gently ribbing her. It’s fair to say she’d never put up with that from a newspaper journalist.
To read the rest of the review visit: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio
Living For Love failed to make the station's playlist, which dictates its most-played songs, when it was released last month, leading to accusations of ageism from the 56-year-old's fans.
Speaking to The Sun, Madonna said she was 'shocked' by her exclusion. 'I was like, 'Wait a second. Shouldn't it be to do with whether you wrote a good, catchy pop song?'
Radio 1 says Madonna's age had nothing to do with its decision, saying it chooses songs on 'musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis. An artist's age is never a factor,' it said in a statement.
However, BBC News has learned that the station turned its back on Madonna long before Living For Love was released.
Speaking at a Radio Academy event last year, Radio 1's 49-year-old head of music, George Ergatoudis, said the station had 'moved on' from her music.
Ergatoudis, who chairs the weekly playlist meetings, had been asked whether he would play Madonna's next single if she agreed to appear at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival.
In response, he said: 'The BBC Trust have asked us to go after a young audience. We've got to concentrate on [people aged] 15-30. We have to bring our average age down. That's something we're very conscious of. The vast majority of people who like Madonna, who like her music now, are over 30 and frankly, we've moved on from Madonna.'
In her interview with The Sun, Madonna expressed disbelief that age would be a factor in deciding whose music to play on daytime radio.
'My manager said to me, 'If you're not in your twenties, it's hard. You might get your record played in your thirties. There's a handful of people who do - Pharrell [who is 41] got lucky. But if you're in your fifties, you can forget it'. Really? Is that how it's broken down? I'm so stupid. I didn't know it was anything to do with my age. I just do my work. We've made so many advances in other areas - civil rights, gay rights - but ageism is still an area that's taboo and not talked about and dealt with.'
Radio 1 does continue to play other artists above the age of 30 - including the Foo Fighters, whose frontman Dave Grohl is 46. 72-year-old Paul McCartney also appears on the current playlist, although only as a featured artist on Kanye West and Rihanna's song FourFiveSeconds.
The Sun has run a vocal campaign criticising the station for turning its back on artists such as Take That and Kylie Minogue.
However, Madonna's single was not completely banished by Radio 1, being played on some of its specialist shows. One of the DJs who gave the song airtime was Annie Mac, who took over the influential Evening Session programme earlier this week.
She told The Independent: 'I'm a lifelong Madonna fan and I played her on my Friday show. [Living For Love] was produced by Diplo, who is one of the biggest artists on my show. If I'm excited by a song, then I think it's going to be all right to play it.'
From BBC News
She said: 'I have asked their opinion. I always do it. They were with me a lot in the studio. I rely on their taste. I follow their opinion. They have good taste! But it doesn't mean they like every song. They have strong opinions.'
Madonna has just released her 13th studio album 'Rebel Heart' and says the title reflects the two different aspects of her personality.
In an interview on Italian TV show 'Che Tempo Che Fa', she said: 'Let me explain the title 'Rebel Heart' because there are two very strong sides of my personality: there's the rebellious side, the provocateur, the worrywart, the fear fighter and there's the romantic side, the one of me that makes me believe in true love. The album is an illustration and an expression of both sides of me.'
Luckily for listeners, the 'Living for Love' singer was in a sharing mood when she appeared on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show Wednesday. At one point during their 83-minute conversation, Madonna revealed that she once dated rapper Tupac Shakur. 'I was mad at [David Letterman] when I said the F-word a lot. I was in a weird mood that day. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time and the thing is he got me all riled up on life in general. So when I went on the show I was feeling very gangsta,' she explained.
Madonna was referring to a 1994 appearance on CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman. Shakur, sadly, was shot and killed on Sept. 7, 1996, after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas.
Stern had never heard about their romance, while Madonna said she thought it was public knowledge. An unauthorized 2007 biography called Madonna: Like an Icon claimed the two briefly dated one year before Shakur's death. In 2014, Rosie Perez told Wendy Williams she played a role in introducing them.
Here are five more revelations from her interview:
1. She was never jealous of Warren Beatty's famous exes.
'Yes, he was [an incredible lover]. I'm not going to lie,' Madonna said of her ex. Though Beatty dated the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Julie Christie and Elle Macpherson, she said, 'I have confidence in my skills.' Beatty also inspired Madonna's 1990 'Vogue,' which she wrote in just a few hours. ''I had seen people voguing. Warren asked me to write a song for Dick Tracy and I was thinking about all of the movie stars," the 'Ghosttown' singer recalled. "Warren grew up in that era and he dated all of Hollywood, basically.''
2. She felt a kinship with Michael Jackson.
Madonna brought the King of Pop as her date to the Academy Awards in 1991, and they stayed in touch over the years. 'I could certainly relate to him on many levels, but he was also a very shy person,' she said. 'He was famous since he was a child and didn't really have a childhood. He was painfully shy.' They were able to bond over their unusual lives, she recalled. 'We didn't really have a relationship about me revealing myself to him, but making fun of the crazy world we were living and working in. We didn't talk about our childhoods....I think he felt eternally tortured. It was hard for him to look into people's eyes.'
3. She was told her career was 'over' after performing 'Like a Virgin' for the first time.
When her shoe fell off during the show, she tried to get it back. 'I just dove for [my shoe] on the ground, my dress went up and my butt was showing....and I didn't know my skirt was up. So I proceeded to sing the song laying down on the ground. I was just making the best of a situation, which is what I do,' Madonna said. 'After I got off stage, my manager was white as a ghost. He looked at me and he said, 'Do you know what you just did?' I looked at him and I said, 'Yeah, I lost my shoe onstage.' And he was like, 'No, your butt was showing for the entire song.' And he looked at me and he said, 'Your career is over.''
4. She dumped artist Jean-Michel Basquiat beause of his heroin addiction.
Recalling her relationship with the late artist in the '80s, Madonna said, 'We always think we can fix people and we can't....just change yourself.' After the pop singer ended their relationship, Basquiat demanded his ex return all the paintings he'd given to her as gifts. 'I loved him,' she recalled. 'When I broke up with him he made me give them all back to him, and then he painted over all of them black.'
5. She no longer does drugs.
'I tried some ecstasy in the '80s, but I felt so ill for so many days after taking it. It wasn't worth it,' she explained. Madonna doesn't smoke marijuana, either, saying she's not an 'herbalist' and never will be. She does drink alcohol on occasion, however. 'I'm pretty fun when I'm drunk,' the Grammy winner said.
From E! Online
Which means Madonna fans will get to go through this ticket madness all over again on Monday, March 16. A Live Nation presale will start Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.
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'Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights,' the mother of four, 56, told the mag. 'People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period.'
That wasn't always the case, of course, but in recent years, at least, Madge thinks women have fallen - or been left - behind. 'It's moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass,' argued the superstar, who has been a vocal LGBT supporter throughout her entire career. 'To me, the last great frontier is women.'
Pressed to elaborate, she replied, 'Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change...You must fit into this box: You must behave this way, dress this way.'
Madonna has never been one to conform, of course, but as Out notes, even she faces criticism for her outfits and lifestyle choices.
'You're still categorized - you're still either a virgin or a whore,' she continued. 'If you're a certain age, you're not allowed to express your sexuality, be single, or date younger men.'
Speaking of dating, Madonna told Out she used to pine after gay men in New York City, where she moved after dropping out of the University of Michigan.
'I didn't feel like straight men understood me. They just wanted to have sex with me,' she explained. 'Gay men understood me, and I felt comfortable around them. There was only that one problem, which is that they didn't want to have sex with me! So...conundrum!'
'Every time my kids would visit me in the studio, it would just so happen that I'd be working on a song like ‘Holy Water’ or ‘S.E.X.,’' she said in Tuesday's interview. 'And I'd be like, ‘OK, just could - I’ll be - stay outside. I'll be right out.’'
She said her kids - college freshman Lourdes Leon, high-school student Rocco Ritchie, and 9-year-olds Mercy James and David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie - react in different ways to her mature content.
To read more visit: www.today.com/popculture/madonna
Rebel Heart is outselling the current number one from Gallagher's High Flying Birds by three copies to one after just 24 hours on sale, the Official Charts Company says.
Chasing Yesterday is High Flying Birds' second album and landed straight in at number one last weekend.
Madonna performed Living For Love, her new single from Rebel Heart, at the Brits when she tumbled in front of millions of viewers after getting caught up in her cape.
The Queen of Pop's previous number one albums include Like A Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986), Like A Prayer (1989), Hard Candy (2008) and MDNA (2012).
She recently announced a tour in Europe and North America, Australia and Asia.
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So, in addition to preparing for the release of her forthcoming album Rebel Heart, the singer is also busy making sure 18-year-old daughter Lourdes is taken care of during her first year of college at the University of Michigan (Madge's alma matter) and, as the best-selling recording artist admits, 'I'm very mom.'
'I'm very, you know, worried,' the iconic performer told Today's Carson Daly when she stopped by the morning show to promote her upcoming record. 'Are you OK? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating right?' You know, I set up a humidifier in her room with eucalyptus oil. I was worried about the fact that she didn't have enough towels, Q-tips, you know.'
Still, while she may be able to relate to the average college mom, the hitmaker does keep her distance in order to have the spotlight on her daughter.
Asked whether she visits the university, the proud mama replied, 'Of course' before admitting, 'I'm not allowed at games. You think my daughter wants me at a game?'
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It is a revealing portrait of the Material Girl, showing the Grammy-winning singer as a trail-blazer and provocateur but also someone who is sensitive, reflective and outsider.
Madonna, 56, told Reuters that the album's title 'Rebel Heart' reflected her original intent to make a two-sided record featuring 10 songs on each.
'One side was going to be the more rebellious, provocative, envelope pushing part of me and the other side was going to be the more romantic, vulnerable side and they end up getting all mushed together,' she said.
'Rebel Heart' is her first album since 2012's 'MDNA,' which shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It is also somewhat autobiographical with tracks like 'Veni Vidi Vici,' which chronicles her career, and personal, revealing feelings of insecurity, heart ache and loss.
The album's 19 tracks includes lush, lyrical ballads, such as 'Devil Pray,' 'Ghosttown' and 'Joan of Arc' that ponder the meaning of life, breakups and love.
'Each time they write a hateful word/Dragging my soul into the dirt/I wanna die/Never admit it but it hurts,' she says in 'Joan of Arc.'
But Madonna also lets loose with catchy dance numbers including 'Living for Love' and 'Unapologetic Bitch,' a collaboration with Grammy-nominated American DJ Diplo.
'He likes to make people get up out of their seat and dance and so do it,' she said about Diplo.
'Living for Love,' the lead single has a thumping disco beat with lyrics about the heartache of a parting and picking herself up to find love again.
Madonna returns to themes of sex and religion, which she said she finds infinitely interesting topics.
'They are as important to people as they are misunderstood,' she explained. 'They both bring a lot of light into the world and a lot of darkness. For those reasons, I like to explore them.'
For 'Rebel Heart,' Madonna collaborated with rapper Kanye West on four songs, Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, American producer and songwriter Toby Gad, among others. West, rappers Nas and Nicki Minaj and boxer Mike Tyson also lent their vocals on tracks.
Madonna will support 'Rebel Heart' with an international tour beginning in Miami on Aug. 29.
From Reuters Via Yahoo! News
Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line will all perform along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more to be announced. This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature unexpected collaborations from some of the top names in music.
'This is the night we celebrate the biggest songs and artists we played for fans on our iHeartRadio stations across America and on the iHeartRadio app over the past year, along with a look at what's coming in 2015,' said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. 'And who better to host than both a Grammy winning musician and Oscar winning performer Jamie Foxx? This is going to be an amazing star packed Sunday night of music on NBC.'
The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards air live Sunday, March 29th at 8pm ET/PT on NBC, and will be broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.
The controversial hip-hop star helped produce several tracks on the Material Girl's new record Rebel Heart, and she returned the favour by penning a song for his next release.
She tells Complex magazine, 'He ended up only working on four songs, and then we wrote another song together, which is going to be on his record.'
Madonna also revealed she has future plans to team up with Drake, adding, 'We're gonna work together. Yeah, baby, it's in the pipeline.'
First her 13th studio album, 'Rebel Heart,' leaked, forcing her to hastily release six teaser tracks just before the holidays.
Then a social media campaign received heavy criticism after she appropriated images of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. and altered them in the spirit of the album’s cover (which features a close-up of the singer’s face, bound in black cord).
Finally, there was the thud heard ’round the world when, performing at the BRIT Awards in London, she fell ass-backward down a flight of stairs. All this before the full album has even come out (the official release is Tuesday).
It’s a run of events that has reignited the idea that the 56-year-old Madge is struggling to keep up with the modern pop world and desperately clinging to younger stars for a hint of relevance.
But in truth, young singers are still clamoring to work with the Material Girl - because in pop music, she’s still a god.
To read the rest of the article visit: nypost.com/2015/03/07/why-madonna-still-matters
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Nova’s Red Room will offer exclusive access to one stop on the United States leg of Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Heart Tour. This event with the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning icon will be exclusively for Nova listeners from around the country.
In order to gain entry into this once-in-a-lifetime experience, fans will need to listen to the Nova Network beginning Monday 9 March.
A select number of winners will be flown to American during the opening leg of Madonna’s highly-anticipated Rebel Heart Tour where they will attend a soundcheck for the superstar and later that night catch the full concert where she will perform tracks from her 13th studio album.
NOVA Entertainment’s Group Program Director Paul Jackson said, 'We’re thrilled to have this type of access to Madonna for this exclusive event. Nova’s Red Room with Madonna will allow our listeners to get up close and intimate with one of the most iconic artists of all time.'
Madonna will bring her Rebel Heart tour to Australia in early 2016 with dates to be announced shortly.
Nova’s Red Room is Australia’s hottest live music experience, showcasing some of the world’s biggest music acts up close and personal. Since launching in 2012, Nova’s Red Room has produced close to 70 events featuring international and local acts including Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, Usher, Mark Ronson and Ed Sheeran.
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The 'Living for Love' hitmaker - who has four children, Lourdes, 18, Rocco, 14, David, nine and Mercy, eight - would rather advise her kids than give them rules.
Speaking about her eldest daughter, she said: 'I'm not a fan of taking drugs, but I'm not gonna tell my daughter not to do things. I'm just telling her to be careful.'
'[I tell her] never take a drink that you haven't seen somebody pour in front of you. Don't mix alcohol. Your basics, like be safe, do everything in moderation. That's it. That's all I can do.'
The 56-year-old star also believes it is important not to be 'judgemental' of her children because she feels it is discouraging for them.
When asked if she talks about sex with her children, she told Access Hollywood: 'It's just a fact of life isn't it? Somehow, it's gonna happen sometime. It happened to you, so it's gonna happen to [Lourdes]
'All you can do is [stress] safe sex. Have discussions about it and encourage her to be open with you about it and not judgmental. Because then they won't feel like they can come to you and talk to you - ask you for your advice and stuff.''
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She added that she has been in a rush since December, when a hacker put unfinished songs online from her new album, “Rebel Heart”; a suspect has been indicted in Israel. Madonna’s immediate response was to release the finished, and much improved, versions of six songs for sale; they zoomed into the top 10 worldwide. She also worked frantically to finish the rest of the album, which arrives on Tuesday. It’s at once familiar - full of love, dancing, empowerment, blasphemy and raunch - and up-to-the-minute, made with a huge number of collaborators and tweaked by multiple hands under Madonna’s constant supervision.
'I intended to think about things, choose things more slowly - the whole process,' she said. 'Then I got forced into putting everything out, and now I’m trying to catch up with myself.'
She continued: 'What started out as an invigorating, life-enhancing, joyous experience evolved into something quite crazy. A strange artistic process, but a sign of the time. We’re all digital, we’re all vulnerable and everything’s instant - so instant. Instant success and instant failure. Instant discovery, instant destruction, instant construction. It’s as splendid and wonderful as it is devastating. Honestly, to me it’s the death of being an artist in many ways.'
To read the rest of the interview visit: www.nytimes.com
To celebrate the March 10th release of her album Rebel Heart, Madonna will host an exclusive Instagram Q&A!
Want to ask our Rebel Heart a question?
-Post a video to your Instagram asking Madonna a question before 6pm PST / 9pm EST on Monday, March 9th.
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Madonna will comment on your video answering your question starting around 6pm EST on Tuesday, March 10th.
Wait, there’s more! Madonna will film video answers to her favorite questions and post them to her Instagram & Facebook pages!
Be creative, be fun, be a true Rebel Heart and get ready for the unexpected....
'If I wasn't in good shape - tuck and roll,' the singer, laughing, said during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday night. 'I attribute a lot of the fact that I came out all right because I'm in good shape.'
The 56-year-old tumbled last week during a live performance after her dancers tugged at her flowing cape, dragging her down three steps. She got up after being yanked and continued her performance of 'Living for Love.'
Madonna said the cape had been tied too tightly at the neck and after the performance, she said she suffered whiplash.
On Thursday, she said she was doing OK.
Madonna said she's switched up her workout routines over the years to 'keep things interesting, shock my body.'
'I still do a lot of dance cardio. I started doing yoga again. I do interval training, metabolic interval training....jumping ropes; something called body art,' she said. 'It has to change. You get bored doing the same thing over and over again.'
She said her workout playlist includes hip-hop, house and dance music.
'Anywhere from 120-128 beats per minute is a like good tempo for me,' she said.
Madonna added that her iPod currently is playing EDM producer Kidnap Kid and Diplo, who produced some of her new album 'Rebel Heart,' out next week. She's also been listening to electronic duo Disclosure and rapper Drake - acts she may collaborate with in the future.
'I almost worked with Disclosure, but it didn't work out because they were on tour while I was making my record,' she said. 'I don't know, maybe I'll collaborate with Drake.'
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
The pop star tumbled down a flight of steps during her performance last week when a dancer tried to pull away her Armani-designed matador cape.
She said the garment, which was supposed to fall off her shoulders, had been fastened too tightly.
Armani responded: 'The cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn't able to open it with her hands. That's all there is to it. Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult.'
The 80-year-old was talking to the Associated Press following his show at Milan Fashion week.
Following the incident, the star's stylist, B Akerlund, posted a picture of herself lying on the floor covered in smashed cupcakes.
It is not known whether the Swedish-born stylist, who has worked with Madonna for nine years, tied the cape herself, though she came in for abuse from fans nonetheless.
'Please improve your work, she [Madonna] is a QUEEN don't deserve this,' said one.
From BBC News
The singer will be Ellen's musical guest for a full week, Live Nation announced today. She'll be on the program Monday March 16 through Friday March 20. (Rebel Heart, her latest, drops March 10 in the United States.)
In addition to the music, the two will be sure to discuss her just-announced massive world tour, which will kick off August 29 in Miami.
The countdown to some kind of viral-y video with Ellen DeGeneres falling over in a cape begins now.
'I accept Madonna's invitation with pleasure,' Le Pen told AFP.
Madonna, who in the past has demonised Le Pen on stage by portraying her with a swastika on her head, made the unusual overture during a French television interview late Monday.
'I would like to sit down and have a drink with her. I want to understand where she's coming from,' she said on the network Canal+.
The American singer, who superimposed the swastika on video of Le Pen's face during a 2012 Paris concert, only last week called Le Pen's National Front party 'fascist'.
In the interview she conceded: 'Maybe I misunderstood Marine Le Pen. I'm not sure. I don't want to start a war. I want peace in the world.'
The unusual gesture appeared an attempt to calm a confrontation with Le Pen, who had threatened a lawsuit over the swastika stunt.
The French far-right leader, who has been striving to soften the image and broaden the appeal of the party she took over from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, embraced the singer's invitation.
'I appreciate people who make overtures in good faith,' Le Pen said.
Madonna, 57, has rarely shied away from controversy, be it about overt sexuality or political commentary. As recently as last week, on French radio, Madonna claimed 'it feels like Nazi Germany' in Europe because 'anti-Semitism is at an all-time high' in France and elsewhere on the continent.
The diva also told the Europe 1 radio station she had received 'a lot of criticism and threats from Marie (sic) Le Pen' and the 'fascist' National Front.
During the Canal+ TV show, she also met and hugged one of the cartoonists who survived the January 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebo, the French satirical newspaper. And the entertainer sang a couple of songs from her new album, 'Rebel Heart', that she is promoting ahead of a global tour.
Madonna's on-stage tumble at the Brit Awards, when a cape she was wearing failed to detach on cue and brought her crashing down steps, was raised early in the show.
The interviewer quoted a Chinese proverb that says 'the biggest difficulty is not how you fall, but to get up each time that you fall'.
That earned a surly response from Madonna. 'Is it going to be a whole night of these jokes?' she asked.
From AFP Via Yahoo! News
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