Madonna Music Video Shoot Shut Down By Cops for 'Loudness and Craziness'

Bodycam footage shows NYPD cops shutting down Madonna's music video shoot for the song "Hung Up" in September. Authorities said police were called by nearby residents over "loudness and craziness" outside their apartments. Madonna's representative dealt with officers while the "Material Girl" was nowhere to be found. Police said the issue was resolved with no issued citations for the disturbance.


Madonna Biopic Starring Julia Garner Scrapped as Singer Embarks on World Tour

The anticipated biopic of music legend Madonna is taking an indefinite holiday. The project, which the icon was going to direct herself, is no longer in development at Universal Pictures, multiple sources told Variety.

Speculation over the fate of the movie began instantly after Madonna announced a career-spanning world tour last week — one that sold out shows in New York, London, Paris and other cities in minutes. Insiders familiar with Madonna said her sole focus Is the tour, but she remains committed to making a film about her life one day.

Representatives for Madonna, Garner and Universal Pictures declined to comment on the matter.

While announced in 2020, development on the film lingered on through the end of 2022. Madonna worked on two script drafts encompassing large periods of her creative and personal life. An earlier version was written with Oscar winner Diablo Cody (their writing sessions were widely disseminated on social media). Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “The Girl on the Train”) took a second pass. Last June, Variety broke the news that Emmy and Golden Globe winner Garner had won the role of the pop icon. It followed a grueling weekslong bake-off among a group of young actors (including Florence Pugh, “Euphoria” star Alexa Demie, Odessa Young and Bebe Rexha) who attended singing and dancing bootcamp.

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley brought the project to the studio with producer Amy Pascal, whose eponymous production company is set up on the Uni lot. Sara Zambreno and longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary were set to executive produce. The project would have marked a reunion for Madonna and Pascal, who worked together on the 1992 baseball classic “A League of Their Own.”

Madonna has two feature films to her name as a director: “Filth and Wisdom,” a 2008 dramedy set in the U.K., and 2011’s “W.E.”, a historical romance about King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

From Variety.com


More 'Celebration' shows added in Cologne and Berlin

Following the immediate sell-outs of the shows in Cologne on 15 November and 28-November in Berlin and due to overwhelming demand, Madonna today announced added dates in both cities - 16-November at Lanxess Arena in Cologne and 29-November at Mercedes-Benz arena in Berlin. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, 25-January at madonna.com/tour.

From Madonna.com


Online Queue to see Queen of Pop play in London reaches 171,000 despite venue capacity of 20,000

Like many fans on Friday morning, madonnalicious endured the Ticketmaster queue for the Celebration Tour shows at London's O2 Arena.

This article from www.mylondon.news tells the story of the massive queue:

Madonna fans were left horrified by a massive digital queue to buy tickets nearly 10 times larger than the O2 Arena's actual capacity. The iconic singer and performer announced a 2023 greatest hits Celebration tour earlier this week, with just one date at the O2 in London.

General sale of the tickets kicked off at 10am (Friday, January 20) today on Ticketmaster today. However, fans are facing hot competition to nab tickets of their own.

Several users took to Twitter just minutes after the tickets went live to share where they were in the digital queue. One Tweet from user @AdamSGibson said: "@LiveNationUK how on earth can I be 170,033 in the queue for #MadonnaCelebrationTour tickets!!"

A second person Tweeted a screenshot of their queue position, showing 171,664 people ahead of them. "171K people," they added alongside it followed by a skull emoji. A third Twitter user wrote: "People currently ahead of you, 126422."

They also shared a photo showing their place in the digital queue, along with a screaming GIF. Others were left scratching their heads as how there could be that many people in line for tickets when the Greenwich music venue only has a capacity of 20,000.

User @hal9341 said: "The O2 has a 20,000 seat capacity and there are nearly 80,000 people ahead of me in the queue for Madonna tickets in London. It’s not looking promising!!!|"


Madonna adds 23 new dates to The Celebration Tour and sells out shows

Today, Madonna, the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time, announced that The Celebration Tour has sold-out 36 shows and counting across Toronto, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and more, with over 600,000 tickets sold. Due to overwhelming demand, 23 new dates were added this week across North America and Europe. The global run now includes second shows in Miami, Las Vegas, Milan, Barcelona and more as well as three nights in Paris and four nights in New York, Los Angeles and London, with multiple added dates already sold-out.

The Celebration Tour will kick off on Saturday, July 15th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, and more before making its way to Europe where she will perform in 11 cities throughout the fall, including Antwerp, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, among others. The tour will now wrap on Saturday, December 2nd at Ziggo Dome with a second show in Amsterdam, NL.

TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale for select cities at madonna.com. As previously announced, tickets for performances in Phoenix, Denver, Tulsa, St. Paul, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Atlanta will go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am local time. Citi is the official card of Madonna The Celebration Tour.

CITI: Citi is the official card of Madonna The Celebration Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets starting Tuesday, January 24 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 26 at 6pm local time. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

FAN CLUB: Legacy members of Madonna’s Official Fan Club will have a pre-sale opportunity starting Monday, January 23 at 10am local time through Wednesday, January 25th at 5pm local time.

From Madonna.com


Material Girl: Madonna Might Own Missing Painting, French Mayor Says

TThe mayor of the northern French town of Amiens is appealing to pop star Madonna to loan them what they believe is a missing 200-year-old Neoclassical painting that disappeared from their museum during World War I.

But is Madonna’s version the genuine article, or a copy?

Brigitte Fouré, the mayor, says in a video that the oil painting the singer reportedly owns, called Diana and Endymion, was “probably a work that was lent to the Amiens museum by the Louvre before the first world war after which we lost trace of it,” according to a report in The Guardian.

Now Fouré wants the “Material Girl” singer to provide the artwork as a loaner to help Amiens’ bid to become the European capital of culture in 2028.

The painting, which depicts the Roman goddess Diana falling in love with Endymion, is thought to have been painted by Jérôme-Martin Langlois, and dates to 1822. After being commissioned by Louis XVIII to hang in the Palace of Versailles, it was acquired by the French republic in 1873, and was exhibited in Amiens at the Musée des Beaux-Arts – now the Musée de Picardie – beginning in 1878.

The Langlois went missing after the Germans pounded Amiens with bombs and artillery fire for 28 days in March 1917, destroying much of the city including part of the museum. The paintings were taken to safety, but after the war the Langlois was listed as “untraceable” and later deemed to have been “destroyed by the falling of a bomb on the museum,” the Guardian reports.

The painting - or one nearly identical to it - reappeared in 1989 at a New York auction where Madonna paid $1.3 million for it, more than three times its estimated price, says French newspaper Le Figaro.

Madonna is an avid art collector known to have a collection worth an estimated $100 million, People magazine has reported. It includes Frida Kahlo’s My Birth (1932), one of only five painting she created while in Detroit; an extensive collection by Polish Art Deco painter Tamar de Lempicka; and Pablo Picasso’s Buste de Femme à la Frange (1938), which she paid almost $5 million for at Christie’s in 2000.

In 2015, a sharp-eyed curator from Amiens spotted the Langlois painting in the background of a photograph of Madonna at her home that was published in Paris Match magazine.

The painting Madonna bought is reportedly one inch (three centimeters) smaller than the artwork that disappeared from Amiens and was unsigned and undated, leading experts to wonder if it is the original - or a copy.

The museum has lodged legal action against “persons unknown” for the theft of the painting, the Guardian reports. But Fouré, the mayor, says the town doesn’t dispute that Madonna acquired the work in a “perfectly legal auction.”

The singer “bought it and she owns it,” the mayor says. “I’m not asking her to give it to us but to allow us to borrow it for just a few weeks so people here can see it.”

Fouré would welcome a visit by Madonna to Amiens, a town best known for textiles and its gothic cathedral, and as the birthplace of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“It would be amazing to have her come here but I can’t imagine it happening,” she says. “Still, now everyone is talking about Amiens!”

Billboard reached out to Madonna’s team, which had no comment.

From Billboard.com


The Celebration Tour: Official Announcement

Today, Madonna announced Madonna: The Celebration Tour, in an iconic viral video with a wink to her groundbreaking film Truth or Dare. The video features notable names such as Diplo, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Lil Wayne, Bob The Drag Queen, Kate Berlant, Larry Owens, Meg Stalter, Eric Andre and culminates with Amy Schumer daring the global superstar to go on tour and perform her four decades of mega hits. Madonna, the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time, rises to the challenge announcing The Celebration Tour which will be highlighting her unmatched catalog of music from the past 40 plus years.

Produced by Live Nation, the 35-city global tour will kick off in North America on Saturday, July 15th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and more before making its way to Europe where she will hit 11 cities throughout the fall, including London, Barcelona, Paris, and Stockholm, among others. The Celebration Tour will wrap in Amsterdam, NL on Friday, December 1st at Ziggo Dome.

The Celebration Tour will take us on Madonna’s artistic journey through four decades and pays respect to the city of New York where her career in music began. “I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” states Madonna.

The Celebration Tour will offer a one-of-a-kind experience with special guest Bob the Drag Queen a.k.a. Caldwell Tidicue across all dates on the global tour.

TICKETS: Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 and Friday, January 27at 10am local time at madonna.com/tour

FAN CLUB PRESALE: Legacy members of Madonna’s Official Fan Club will have a pre-sale opportunity for the shows that go on sale on Friday, January 20 beginning Tuesday, January 17 at 12pm ET through Wednesday, January 18 at 5pm ET for the North America based shows and from 9am GMT/10am CET to 5pm GMT/6pm CET on Wednesday, January 18 for UK and European shows. An additional Legacy pre-sale for the North American based shows going on sale on January 27th begins on Monday, January 23 (10am) through Wednesday, January 25 (5pm).

U.S. CITI PRESALE: Citi is the official card of Madonna The Celebration Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for shows going on sale January 20th beginning Tuesday, January 17 at 2pm local time through Thursday, January 19 at 6pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. The Citi cardmember presale for the shows going on sale on January 27 will begin Tuesday, January 24 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 26 at 6pm local time. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

CANADA AMEX PRESALE: American Express Cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal beginning Wednesday January 18 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 19 at 6pm local time. Visit ticketmaster.ca/americanexpress)] to purchase tickets. Ticket limits & terms apply.

EUROPE AMEX PRESALE: American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets to Madonna’s tour in Sweden, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium before the general public. Pre-sale open from 18 January at 9am, until 19 January at 6pm.

VIP: Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, exclusive access to a behind the scenes tour, group photo on-stage, pre-show reception, limited edition lithograph & more. For more information, visit vipnation.com.

From Madonna.com


The Celebration Tour: Dates So Far....

THE CELEBRATION TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES: 
Sat Jul 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Tue Jul 18 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Sat Jul 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Tue Jul 25 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu Jul 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Sun Jul 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Wed Aug 02 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Sat Aug 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Mon. Aug 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Wed Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sun Aug 13 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat Aug 19 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
Wed Aug 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Thu Aug 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wed Aug 30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sat Sep 02 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Thu Sep 07 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sat Sep 09 – Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Arena
Wed Sep 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Mon Sep 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Thu Sep 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
Wed Sep 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
Wed Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Sat Oct 07 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

THE CELEBRATION TOUR EUROPE DATES: 
Sat Oct 14 – London, UK – The O2
Sat Oct 21 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
Wed. Oct. 25 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Sat Oct 28 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2
Wed Nov 01 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
Mon Nov 06 – Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
Sun Nov 12 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Mon Nov 13 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Wed Nov 15 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Thu Nov 23 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
Tue Nov 28 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Fri Dec 1 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome


The Celebration Tour: Video Announcement

Madonna and Live Nation have announced The Celebration Tour, her 12th, but also the first to celebrate four decades of music and her greatest hits!

Kicking off in Vancouver on July 15th, the tour will visit multiple cities in the Unites States and Canada, as well as United Kingdom and Europe.

Tickets on sale Friday, January 20th at 10am (All local times). Visit Madonna.com now for detailed tour itinerary and to get your tickets!


Madonna wipes her Instagram in preparation for suspected tour announcement

The Material Girl might be preparing to take on the material world - on tour.

The pop icon, 64, raised eyebrows this weekend when she wiped her Instagram feed, after Billboard reported on Friday that she’s set to “embark on a career-spanning 40th anniversary tour.”

The 40th anniversary would be pegged to the release of the superstar singer’s first studio album, “Madonna,” which came out in July 1983.

Madonna’s last world tour was the smaller “Madame X” tour, linked to her fourteenth studio album of the same name from 2019.

That tour, which took place in more intimate venues as opposed to stadiums, was halted in Paris in the spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. And before the tour was delayed, Madonna was also dealing with physical issues like knee and hip problems.

At the time, the superstar told V Magazine, “Everyone kept saying, ‘You gotta stop, you gotta stop.’ I said, ‘I will not stop. I will go until the wheels fall off.’”

Last summer, Madonna released a compilation album of her No. 1 dance remixes from her career, titled “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones.”

From CNN.com


Welcome Back!

Sorry all, real life got in the way of madonnalicious over the past year or so (saving and improving patient lives in the NHS). I couldn't commit to spending so much time on the website, and Madonna herself kept us entertained with all her Instagram posts.

But now we have a new tour announcement, so here goes!


Madonna Becomes the Latest Star to Join the Bored Ape Yacht Club

The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), comprising celebrities and millionaires, almost looks like a star-studded film cast. The newest member to join the BAYC is popstar Madonna.

The 63-year old singer Madonna revealed in an Instagram post that she had acquired a Bored Ape non-fungible token (NFT) valued at more than half a million dollars.

On Thursday evening, the American singer-songwriter told her 17.8 million followers that she had ‘entered the metaverse’ by acquiring Bored Ape #4988, an animated monkey with funky fur and an ‘S&M hat.’

Madonna also thanked MoonPay, a financial technology company that builds payments infrastructure for crypto. The platform has been buying big-ticket NFTs on behalf of celebrities since late last year.

OpenSea transaction records highlight that MoonPay acquired Madonna’s Bored Ape NFT for 180 ether which was around $564,000 last week. The platform later transferred the piece to a wallet presumably owned by Madonna two days ago.

Bored Ape NFTs have been making a lot of headlines lately. Another recent development that boosted the NFTs’ popularity was when rapper Snoop Dogg collaborated with Wiz Khalifa to create music NFTs inspired by Bored Ape.

Reportedly, American rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa released a set of music tracks as NFTs where ApeCoin (APE) and BAYC are the themes on Thursday.

As reported by FXEmpire earlier, Yuga Labs, the firm behind Bored Ape Yacht NFT collection, secured a significant funding round led by the crypto industry’s most prominent venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz.

Yuga Labs aims to use the $450 million funding to create an open Metaverse called ‘Otherside.’

Last week, the company also launched a cryptocurrency called ApeCoin (APE), which garnered considerable social media attention. The token will be governed independently and used as the primary currency in Yuga Labs’ properties.

At press time, ApeCoin traded at $13.24, noting a 6.14% drop in price over 24-hours. After the token’s launch, each BAYC holder was awarded 10,094 APEs ($128,000) for each NFT they held as a reward.

From Yahoo! Finance


Madonna gets into the groove with Afrobeats star Fireboy DML on music video set

Madonna will be crossing the worlds of pop and Afrobeats by teaming up with man-of-the-moment Fireboy DML.

The queen of pop is set to release a remix of her 1998 song Frozen and has tapped on the rising Nigerian artist to join her on the track.

Announcing the collaboration, Madonna, 63, shared a series of photos of her and Fireboy, 26, posing together on the music video set.

In one shot, the pop icon is seen clad in a leather corset and matching hot pants while Fireboy matches her fishnet tights with a black string vest. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Madonna Instagram post without an obligatory ‘belfie’ so she included a risque photo of her crouching on the floor with her bum on show.

‘Frozen Remix song and video featuring @fireboydml. 🔥 🔥🔥 Music drops March 3rd. Video soon after! ❄️🥶❄️🎥 🎬 #frozen,’ she captioned the post.

It’s not the first time Madonna has remixed the hit track as it was given a new spin by Sickick last year and has so far amassed over 30million streams on Spotify.

From Metro.co.uk

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Madonna wants to recreate iconic Britney Spears kiss on wild joint tour: ‘It would be really cool’

Madonna is keen to recreate her infamous kiss with Britney Spears, nearly 20 years after they first locked lips.

Not only that, the 63-year-old would love for the Toxic singer, 40, to join her on the road on tour in the future.

Taking part in an Instagram Live session with fans, a follower questioned the Hung Up singer on whether she wants to tour again sometime soon.

‘Hell yeah. I’ve got to. Stadiums baby,’ she replied. ‘Me and Britney, what about that? It would be really cool. We could reenact the original kiss.’

Madonna leant in for a kiss while on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, in 2003, sending the audience and viewers watching on from home into a spin.

Following their embrace, she also kissed Christina Aguilera as they continued their joint performance.

However, while appearing on the live, she admitted that she wasn’t sure whether Britney would want to join her.

Aside from plans to head back on the road, the Queen of pop has been busy getting a movie about her life and incredible career off the ground.

During the pandemic, the Like A Virgin musician focused on making the project a reality, and previously said: ‘I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer [and] a human being, trying to make her way in this world.

‘The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.’

All eyes have been on a possible cast for the biopic and Kanye West’s new girlfriend, Julia Fox, has been one of the names thrown around to appear.

Madonna confirmed this herself in a series of snaps on Instagram, showing the pair on a night out with Kanye, Antonio Brown and Floyd Mayweather, with the caption: ‘Went to dinner with Julia to talk about my movie and some other folks showed up……………… [sic].’

According to reports, the Uncut Gems actress is being considered to play the music icon’s pal, Debi Mazar.

From Metro.co.uk