Drake: 'Don't misinterpret my shock!'

Madonna can’t catch a break. Even after surprising Drake during his Coachella set on Sunday night with a full-mouth kiss, some people couldn’t help taking shots at her.

'What the f–k just happened?' the MC asked after the smooch, seemingly wiping his mouth awkwardly following the unexpected face attack. The Internet asked the same thing, with some comparing Madonna, 56, to a Dementor and other soul-suckers.

But guess what? Madonna isn’t bothered by your hate and Drake feels blessed. On Monday, she responded with a simple truism about her decades of headline-grabbing stunts. 'If you don't like me and still watch everything I do, Bitch you're a fan'.

And Drizzy posted a snap of the kiss with the caption, 'moments to write home about.'

Followed by another one that summed up his feelings even better. 'Don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you @madonna.'

From MTV.co.uk


25 Reasons Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour Still Rules, 25 Years Later

Madonna kicked off her Blond Ambition World Tour on April 13, 1990, 25 years ago this week. Besides offering the world Madonna in her absolute prime - as a performer and as an all-around focus of attention - Blond Ambition changed the pop-culture landscape.

Fans might be surprised to learn that it's not Madonna's highest-grossing tour; Sticky & Sweet, MDNA and The Girlie Show each performed better. And it featured only 57 stops. But it's still hugely important and might have done the most to define Madonna as a music icon - and here are 25 reasons for that.

To read the full article visit: people.com/madonna-blond-ambition-25th-anniversarys


More on Madonna's Coachella 'Big As Madonna' tshirt

Turns out the piece is made by L.A.-based Private Party, the brand known for comical graphic T-shirts, sweatshirts and bathing suits with sayings and song lyrics including, 'I Woke Up Like This,' 'Netflix, Nachos & Naps,' and 'Who The Fvck is Aubrey Graham?'. Ashley Tisdale, Emily Ratajowski and Tracee Ellis Ross are amog the many notable fans of the company's wink-and-nod gear.

So just how did Madonna's on-stage piece come to be?

'My dear friend works closely with her team so she put us in touch,' Private Party founder and designer Patrick Monahan told Pret-a-Reporter via text after the fest. 'After Drake released the 'Big as Madonna' track on his new album, we immediately knew it was something we wanted to make for her. We passed along the idea and her team loved it.'

The muscle tank is currently available on shopprivateparty.com for $52 a pop (an 'Only Here for Drake' sweatshirt goes for $79).

From thehollywoodreporter.com

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Madonna Gives a Surprise Performance at Coachella!

Madonna is 'Living for Love,' all right. Last month, she revealed to Us Weekly, 'The lifelong ambition I still want to fulfill is to go on a dream date with Drake - and only kiss him.' The 56-year-old pop singer turned her fantasy into a reality when she made a cameo during the 28-year-old rapper's Coachella set Sunday and they swapped spit onstage.

It started out innocently enough. Drake introduced his special surprise guest by performing 'Madonna,' a track off his latest album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. That was Madonna's cue to make her big entrance, of course. She wore a gold grill and black tee emblazoned with 'Big as Madonna,' a line from Drake's song, on her chest. Madonna performed two of her hits, 'Human Nature' and 'Hung Up'

That's when Madonna went in for the kill.

With Drake sitting in a chair, Madonna hovered over him and stuck her tongue down his throat. He rolled with it as she caressed his chest, but when he tried to play with her hair, she pushed his hand away. Cameras caught Drake wiping his mouth and telling the crowd, 'Oh, s--t! What the f--k just happened?'

Madonna then shouted, 'I'm Madonna, bitch!' and left the stage.

The 'Ghosttown' singer made sure to share the makeout moment with her Instagram followers. 'No caption necessary ..........@coachella. #bestnight #bigasmadonna #bitchimmadonna,' Madonna wrote. She also Instagrammed Drake's reaction, writing, 'Dont touch the hair! Lol,' but later deleted the photo.

From uk.eonline.com/madonna-gives-a-surprise-performance-at-coachella


UK TV: Collectaholics feature Madonna fan

BBC2 Show Collectaholics is to feature a Madonna fan in episode 5 to be screened on Tuesday 14 April at 19:00.

'The team meet James, a man obsessed with popstar Madonna, owning thousands of pieces of memorabilia dedicated to her. James owns everything from magazines and key rings, to outfits worn in Evita and a bracelet from the Material Girl video. His collection is squeezed into his London flat, with shelving units behind shelving units, and items dripping from the ceiling but he's desperate to get it in an exhibition. Can Mark and Jasmine help make his dream come true?'.

For more information visit: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes


Madonna's 21 Top 10 Albums: From 'Madonna' to 'Rebel Heart'

When Madonna’s Rebel Heart album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last month, it continued the diva’s hot streak in the top 10, which has been going strong since her self-titled debut hit the region in 1984. In total, Madonna has earned 21 top 10 albums, including all 13 of her studio efforts. Among women, only Barbra Streisand has more top 10s (with 33).

Let’s take a closer look at all 21 of Madonna’s top 10 albums - from Madonna to Rebel Heart - and dive into their chart histories at www.billboard.com/madonna-21-top-10-albums


Madonna's 'Lost' Nudes Back In Playboy

Madonna Is Set To Titillate Fans By Gracing The Pages Of Playboy Magazine Once More In A New Pictorial Of 'Lost' Nudes Taken Back In 1979.

The Material Girl hitmaker was 20 when she peeled off her clothes for a shoot with photographer Martin H.M. Schreiber, before she found fame, and four of the images went on to be used in the men's publication in September, 1985.

Now Playboy editors are revisiting the shoot by using a series of the black-and-white snaps for the feature Madonna: The Lost Nudes, which will appear in the magazine's upcoming May (15) issue.

The pictures will also be published in Schreiber's new career-spanning book, A Retrospective 1966-2014, which will be released in June (15).

From contactmusic.com


Madonna and Jimmy Fallon Sing 'Holiday'

Madonna was a very special guest on The Tonight Show on Thursday and she kicked off her appearance by performing a fun version of her 1983 hit 'Holiday.'

The 56-year-old was joined by Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, who used classroom instruments as their accompaniment.

Wearing sunglasses, the singer delivered a classic performance, complete with a whistle and cowbell.

'How cool is Madonna?' Fallon said after the clip aired.

'I kind of sucked though,' Madonna said later. 'I forgot the words.'

For the next segment Madonna danced onto the stage wearing several gold chains and her gold grill for an interview with Fallon that included the Tonight Show host remembering a pelvic-thrusting dance move she taught him.

'I just want to apologize to my children for having seen that,' he said.

From People.com


Madonna and Diplo Perform 'Bitch I'm Madonna'

The Queen of Pop ruled The Tonight Show on Thursday where she dished out a pumping version of Bitch I’m Madonna, with some help from Diplo.

The performance opened with Madonna backstage putting the finishing touches to her make-up, then busting into Diplo’s dressing room where the party had already started (he's surrounded by ladies, dancing. Of course). Madonna goes into full pelvis-thrusting mode as dance routines erupt in the hallway and into the studio audience where a screaming crowd awaits.

When it's all over, host Jimmy Fallon is on the floor clutching a vinyl copy of Rebel Heart and gasping for breath under a victorious Madonna.

Diplo turned up on five songs across Madonna’s new album. In an interview with Billboard back in December, Madonna discussed working with the in-demand producer and noted that he 'has a very strong voice in the record.'

From Billboard.com


Madonna Survives Destruction with Terrence Howard in 'Ghosttown'

We have yet to see a Madonna guest appearance on Fox's smash drama Empire, but the closest we have come thus far is the new music video for her latest Rebel Heart single, 'Ghosttown.' Yes, that's Terrence Howard, better known as Lucius Lyon, surviving the apocalypse and pointing a sniper rifle at the Queen of Pop before elegantly busting a move with her.

After waking up in the scourge of a nuked-out world, Madonna feels her way through the deserted society, I Am Legend-ing it up while Terrence Howard's brooding loner suspiciously looks on. Eventually the two humans come into contact, inching toward each other until clasping their hands and dancing the forbidden dance of the last man and woman on earth. 'Ghosttown' makes for a fitting soundtrack to the impressive choreographed sequence, although the image of a weary Howard proudly grasping the hand of a boy at the end of the video makes one long for a few seconds of 'Drip Drop' as well.

Jonas Åkerlund helmed the new music video after directing the clips for Madonna singles like 'Ray of Light' and 'Music,' among others. 'Ghosttown' is the second single from Madonna's Rebel Heart, which was released last month and was blocked from the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart by....the soundtrack to the first season of Empire.

A behind-the-scenes companion to the 'Ghosttown' video is currently available of Tidal. Madonna kicks off her Rebel Heart World Tour on Aug. 29.

From www.billboard.com


Ghosttown video should premiere today!

'When it all falls, When it all falls down, I'll be your fire when the lights go out....'

Join us on Meerkat (http://mrk.tv/1HNKsng) at 10am PST WEDNESDAY for the world premiere of the full ‪‎Ghosttown‬ video!

Also, visit TIDAL.com tomorrow for some exclusive behind the scenes footage!

'Ghostown Video premiers WEDNESDAY ‪#‎meerkat‬ 10 am west coast 1pm east coast! ‪#‎apocalypticlovesong‬ ‪#‎ghostown‬ ‪#‎rebelheart‬"

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Madonna uses Meerkat app to debut new video

Soon, there won’t be a social app left that Madonna hasn’t used to promote her new album. Live video broadcasting app Meerkat is the latest, following the star’s use of Instagram, Snapchat and Grindr in the campaign for Rebel Heart.

'Be here at 10am PST Tuesday for the world premiere of Madonna’s Ghosttown video!' explained a message on Madonna’s official Meerkat profile, which at the time of writing has just under 1,000 subscribers.

Meerkat launched in February as the latest app enabling people to broadcast video live from their smartphones to their followers on Twitter. It has since been joined by Periscope, an app owned by Twitter that fulfils the same function.

Madonna is the biggest star yet to use Meerkat, after a bruising few weeks for the app, which saw Twitter turn off Meerkat’s access to its social graph, then saw it plummet down Apple’s App Store chart following Periscope’s release.

It is unclear how Madonna will use Meerkat to debut a music video as the app works by the broadcaster pointing their smartphone’s camera at whatever they want to stream.

If Madonna is able to air pre-recorded footage it will be an interesting departure for Meerkat. Allowing users to stream pre-recorded video would give it different functionality in its battle with Periscope.

Madonna’s decision to use Meerkat may come as a surprise to some fans, since she is now one of the 16 co-owners of streaming music service Tidal, which is planning to use similarly-exclusive video premieres to promote itself.

Fellow co-owners Beyoncé and Rihanna have already debuted videos on Tidal before other services, but Madonna chose to make a 16-second teaser of the Ghosttown video available on Tidal ahead of its full premiere on Meerkat.

Visit: http://meerkatapp.co/madonna/ to view Madonna's profile.

From theguardian.co.uk


Madonna back on the front of Cosmo

Twenty-five years after first appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, Madonna has been featured once again on the cover of the US edition.

She revealed a few details about working with Kanye West in the May edition, which features four different covers of her.

The two superstars are both used to calling the shots in any situation, so when they teamed up for her new album Rebel Heart, it seemed inevitable that sparks would fly.

But while they couldn't agree on everything, she still appreciated the rapper's help, even if she didn't always take his advice.

The Queen of Pop told US Cosmopolitan of the collaboration: 'It's a little bit of a bullfight, but we take turns. He knows that he's walking into a room with a person with a strong point of view, and I do, too.'

'I listen to what he has to say, take it in, and he listens to what I say and takes it in. We didn't agree on everything, but he has good ideas.'

In the same interview, Madonna took issue with the suggestion that the music business had become easier for women over the years.

She warned: 'Don't be fooled, not much has changed - certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people.'

'Since I started, I've had people giving me a hard time because they didn't think you could be sexual or have sexuality or sensuality in your work and be intelligent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.'

Madge also had something to say about her online haters, telling them: 'You can hide behind your computer or your phone and say whatever you want - you're not known.'

'Could you say it to my face? Would you say it to my face? I doubt it.'

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


Ghosttown Video Teaser on Tidal

Tidal has been busy Sunday! Just hours after Rihanna premiered her new track, 'American Oxygen,' exclusively on Jay Z's new music streaming service, Madonna has dropped a tantalizing new teaser for her upcoming music video for 'Ghosttown.'

The 16-second, black-and-white clip shows a ferociously clad female form (three guesses who!) running through a bleak, seemingly apocalyptic landscape. Images of religious and earthly symbolism (what appear to be an immaculate heart and animal carcasses, respectively) flash across the screen as the woman picks up speed, her long cape trailing ominously.

Watch the teaser on Tidal at http://listen.tidalhifi.com/

Madonna also posted this picture from the set of the Ghosttown video on her Instagram page: 'Shut up complaining beyatches!!#ghostown #rebelheart'

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Gaultier: 'She's a miracle because, well, she's Madonna.'

In an interview with Associated Press, fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier talks about why he is leaving fashion, and of course about his work with Madonna:

Looking back through his four decades of creations he recalls the surprising origin of the bustier that first made him a household name in the U.S. - when a certain pop star from Michigan wore it on her 'Blond Ambition' tour in 1990.

'It was not Madonna who wore my first conical bra, it was Nana my Teddy Bear. And when I was six, I wanted to have a doll, but my parents didn't find it politically correct for a boy,' he said.

Madonna is still very much in his heart - and he defended her against ageist criticism that her fall in this year's Brit Awards showed that, at 56 years old, she should be hanging up her pointy bra once and for all.

'Why do they attack her because of her age, and they don't do it to men?' he asked.

'She got up as if it was nothing and to fall must have hurt a lot. She could have killed herself,' he said. 'She's a miracle because, well, she's Madonna.'

To read the full interview visit: www.foxbusiness.com/markets


Madonna Is The Latest 'Rebel Heart' To Protest Instagram's Nudity Policy

Madonna has become the latest celebrity to challenge Instagram’s nudity policy, after posting a vintage topless image of herself on the photo sharing site. The 56 year follows in the footsteps of other famous users such as Scout Willis and Miley Cyrus who have called out Instagram for their rules regarding female nudity.

On Wednesday Madonna posted a vintage topless picture of her herself but it was quickly removed from the site for violating Instagram’s nudity policy. A day later the Queen of Pop posted another vintage topless picture taken from her 1992 book Sex.

But this time Madonna had censored the image herself, covering her nipples with a black strip. 'Why is it ok to show ass but not breasts?' she wrote. 'Drowning in the hypocrisy of social media #artforfreedom #UnapologeticbItch ❤️#rebelheart.'

Instagram's terms of use state that users must not post ‘nude, partially nude, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos via the Service.' So far Madonna’s picture has gained over 73,000 likes since it was shared by the singer on Friday.

Madonna isn't the only celebrity to fall foul of Instagram’s nudity policy. Miley Cyrus has also shown her support for the campaign dubbed 'Free the nipple' after she posted a topless photo of herself on the image sharing site, which was of course quickly removed.

But Cyrus followed up the image by posting collages of her head on a variety of different bodies showing her support for #FreeTheNipple. The movement has also been supported by Rhianna and Scout Willis, who last year took a topless stroll in New York to demonstrate that it was legal to walk topless in NYC but yet Instagram won't allow users to post images of breasts on the site.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna interview on BBC Radio 2 tonight

Madonna has given an interview over the telephone to Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2.

Madonna talks to Jo about her new album, family life and that fall at The Brit Awards! It is her first UK radio interview in a long time ahead of her tour in late summer.

The interview will be broadcast tonight (Tuesday 31 March) at 8.00pm, and will be available later on the BBC iplayer.

For more information visit: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes


Madonna's Instagram: TIDAL Launch

Madonna posted a series of messages and pictures about her involvement of the TIDAL music streaming launch yesterday:

'Here comes the Tidal Wave!!! Who Runs The World???????? ‪#‎rebelhearts‬'

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'Bad Girls of Tidal!! ‪#‎Unapologeticbitches‬ #rebelhearts'

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'Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC! ‪#‎rebelhearts‬ stand together for what they believe in!'

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'Everything will be explained and revealed in time! Have Faith! And remember nothing is for free! This is a universal LAW. Somewhere-Somehow-Someone has to pay. There is always an exchange. ‪#‎truth‬. ‪#‎tidal'

'If you refer to Tidal as Illuminati, you are paying us the highest of compliments. As I've stated before it is another name for "The Enlightened Ones" a group of scientists, philosophers and artists that emerged after the dark ages. They changed and shaped the world for the better! Do the research and find out for yourself! ‪#‎knowledge‬ is power ‪#‎rebelheart‬'


Madonna backs new streaming service

Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-list musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

The membership-based service - similar to subscription service Spotify - will provide music and video content that users can stream on computers, tablets and smartphones or listen to offline. It is being offered in two formats: standard sound quality, and 'lossless high fidelity sound quality'.

Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj were among the artists who announced at last night's New York event that they are co-owners of the service that launched quietly in October. The celebrities, who also included Jason Aldean, Usher, members of Arcade Fire and deadmau5, stood in a line onstage as Keys spoke to the audience. Most of them wore black as a sign of solidarity. Keys called the event 'a graduation'.

She said the artists hope Tidal will 'forever change the course of music history' and ensure the viability of the industry.

Keys said: "So we come together before you on this day, March 30 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history. For today we announce of Tidal, the first ever artist-owned, global music and entertainment platform.

'Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music's importance in our lives. Music is the language of love, of laughter, of heartbreak, of mystery. It's the world's true, true, without question, universal language.'

Each of the owners signed documents at the event as the audience screamed when they walked to a table in the centre of the stage.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna's Instagram: iHeartRadio Awards

Madonna posted pictures and comments from her night at the iHeartRadio Awards that took place on Sunday night.

'My new favorite guitar player! Thank you Taylor! Just you and I in ‪#‎ghostown‬ ‪#‎rebelhearts'

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'Bitch Im Wearing Alexander Wang! IRadio!!! ‪#‎rebelheart'

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'Back stage moment! You may kiss my hand! Thank you Alexander Wang! And Lynn_Ban ‪#‎rebelheart'

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'Even with no light we're gonna shine like GOLD! Thank you again TS. ‪#‎rebelhearts'

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'Thanking my lucky stars for all i have been blessed with iHeartRadio Awards! ‪#‎rebelheart‬ 4 ever ‪#‎livingforlove‬'


Taylor Swift and Madonna Own the iHeartRadio Awards

In a night that belonged to Taylor Swift, she hit her highest note at Sunday's iHeartRadio Awards alongside new BFF Madonna. Swift made a surprise appearance to provide guitar accompaniment for Madonna's performance of 'Ghosttown,' the new single from Rebel Heart and the awards show's best performance.

The alluring, post-apocalyptic song could well shape up to be a hit for Madonna, and she and Swift shared the stage with the ease of kindred spirits. Later in the night, Madonna presented Swift with the song of the year award for 'Shake It Off,' and Swift thanked 'Madonna for being Madonna.'

From Billboard.com


Outtakes From Her 25 Things You Don't Know About Me

Nothing's better than more, more, more! Leave it to Madonna to exceed Us Weekly's request for 25 Things You Don't Me. Speaking with Us' Entertainment Director Ian Drew recently, the pop legend, 56, sounded off on everything from her goal to meet President Obama (and Drake!), her disdain for fur bikinis, escargot, and her home state of Michigan in the much talked-about, published version of '25 Things.'

But that's not all she had to say. In these outtakes from our exclusive chat with the legendary 'Ghosttown' singer, Madonna muses on her family, filming Evita, the pitfalls of fame and who she might owe an apology to, among other topics. Read on!

US WEEKLY: In the spirit of rebel hearts, what was your ultimate 'rebel' moment?
MADONNA: The ultimate moment where I most felt like a rebel was in St. Petersburg, Russia [in 2012 during the MDNA Tour] when I was told they were going to arrest anyone who was openly or obviously gay and they came to my shows and I spoke out against the government. Eighty-seven people were arrested and I was fined like $1 million. They dropped the lawsuit, though. When I stood up for Pussy Riot was around the same time, but there have been a lot of those moments. I also think about when I was in Toronto and they said if I simulated masturbation during one of my shows [during the Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990] they would have me arrested and I was like, ‘F--k you! I’m doing it anyway. So arrest me.’ They didn’t in the end. Lots of those. Then there’s the Vatican when they said they would have me...you know, whatever! It goes on and on....

Read the rest of the article here: www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-new

Fans in the UK will be pleased to know the issue is currently available to buy in selected newsagents now (issue date 30 March 2015)!

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Ghosttown debuts on Billboard's Adult Contemporary

Madonna debuts at No. 21 on Adult Contemporary with 'Ghosttown,' the second single from her new album, Rebel Heart. First single 'Living for Love' reached No. 36 on Pop Songs, aided by concentrated plays on iHeartMedia-owned stations; spins on certain AC stations in the chain likewise spur the start of 'Ghosttown.' (It bubbles under Adult Pop Songs, also thanks to iHeartMedia plays in that format).

The bow of 'Ghosttown' ends Madonna’s longest break from charting on AC: she last reached the list with 'Jump,' which hit No. 21 in January 2007. She makes her 36th visit to the tally. Since her first week on the chart in June 1984 (with 'Borderline'), only Elton John (43), Celine Dion (41) and Rod Stewart (40) have made more appearances.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Second shows added to Miami, NYC and Toronto

Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna has added second and final shows in Miami, New York, and Toronto to the highly anticipated Rebel Heart Tour. Tickets will go on pre-sale to ICON members on Tuesday, March 24 at 10AM. Secure your Icon Live Pass to access our exclusive pre-sales!

Miami - August 30
New York - September 17
Toronto - October 06

ICON PRE-SALE SCHEDULE:
START: TUE., MARCH 24 @ 10AM LOCAL TIMES
END: WED., MARCH 25 @ 5PM LOCAL TIMES
Live Pass access codes (with prefix "MRHD") expire on March 25th @ 5pm PT. Codes with prefix "MRHA" "MRHB" and "MRHC" are no longer valid.


Madonna Radio 1 move 'nothing personal'

Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper has insisted there was 'nothing personal' in the decision not to include Madonna's latest single on the station's playlist.

Fans of t he Material Girl singer, 56, who has repeatedly reinvented herself over the last 30 years, said the station snubbed her by not putting Living For Love on the playlist, which rates songs on musical merit and relevance to its listeners.

Mr Cooper said: "We do not ban artists. There's nothing personal about Madonna. I think it's just about the merit of the music that the artist is creating at the time.'

'We have one of the most democratic playlist committees in the world and it's worked for Madonna for the last 20 odd years but it just means that this current record, when it's a choice between that and say Wolf Alice or a new up-and-coming artist, then you say 'which is more relevant to a young audience?''

Living For Love was released ahead of schedule due to internet leaks and was the track she was performing at the Brits when she tumbled in front of millions of viewers after getting caught up in her cape.

Sir Paul McCartney, who at 72 is 16 years older than Madonna, has been on the playlist recently and presenter Annie Nightingale, 74, is significantly older than Madonna. She is on air every Tuesday between 1am and 4am.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


Liz Smith on Rebel Heart sales

From Liz Smith: www.newyorksocialdiary.com

One last music note. There has been some barely disguised glee in reporting that the 'Empire' soundtrack just barely beat out Madonna’s 'Rebel Heart,' taking the No. 1 spot on Billboard. But Madonna’s record is actually selling more. (I leave it to chart mavens to explain this anomaly.)

And, the album is No.1 in eleven countries worldwide. Don’t cry for Madonna, because believe me, she’s not crying! She has promoted the hell out of the record. Now she’s thinking ahead to her sure-to-be-stupendous summer tour.

While Madonna occasionally looks back in song, in her life she simply doesn’t have the time.