An Audience at Ally Pally with #MadameX

We had an amazing time at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night. After three days of talking to the press Madonna seemed to enjoy taking questions from fans. The venue, an old Victorian theatre recently restored, was a beautiful site.

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These huge billboards were at the venue, we tried to drag one home as they were really light, but it was a bit difficult and wouldn't fit on the bus!

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The whole event that was filmed, and we hope it will be broadcast in its entirety (and not just the snippets that have been released on Instagram) as it showed a relaxed and comfortable Madonna interacting with her fans. All the questions were fan-asked and Graham Norton was only really there to moderate the event.

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Madonna's Instagram has now released these two clips, including Dean's dance with Madonna - read his exclusive story with madonnalicious here: madonnalicious/fan-report-when-madonna-taught-me-the-butterfly-move.


Fan Report: When Madonna taught me the butterfly move!

Madonnalicious reader Dean was the lucky audience member to be selected to ask a question at the Alexandra Palace event last night....and his question was one of the highlights of the night. Could Madonna teach him the 'Butterfly' move from the Medellin video? Here is Dean's story:

I’ve been a fan for years, I first saw Madonna on the Who’s That Girl tour in 1987 in Roundhay Park and have seen every tour since.

My eight year old daughter Stevie loves her and is obsessed with the whole Madame X persona. One day she came down with her three year old brother’s pirate eye patch that she had drawn a red X on with nail polish and wore it for weeks. She knows all the words and moves but couldn’t do the butterfly move.
I saw the competition and told her that we would enter and she could ask Madonna to teach it to her. We won the tickets but it was 18 years old only so she couldn’t come and was v v disappointed. I told Stevie that I would ask Madonna to teach me and that I could then teach her. I never thought it would actually happen!!!!

When they called out my name and Madonna asked me on stage I was surprisingly composed. Madonna was very calming and welcoming, as you saw. I shook then kissed her hand. I didn’t need to be asked to bend the knee...

The dance move was really difficult. I don’t know how she does that and sings at the same time. Up close, kissing distance, as I was she is so beautiful. She looks exactly like she did back in 1987 on the Who’s That Girl tour only with an eye patch. The big beautiful eyes, the perfect complexion. So so beautiful.
I know I’m very lucky to have danced with her on stage, kissed an icon and had the most famous woman on the planet say my name TWICE!!!!

I just wish that I had a better picture as mine is all fuzzy. If any of your readers do can they please email to to me at deano251@hotmail.com as I’d love one for a frame and my eight year old daughter wants one to take to her Show and Tell at school.


Bonkers but brilliant: The critics on Madame X

Madonna’s highly-anticipated album Madame X has proved a hit among the critics with many describing it as her best work in 15 years.

The record, released overnight, finds the Queen of Pop singing in Portuguese and exploring the Lisbon-centric genre of fado as well as other contemporary pop sounds.

Much praise centred on the record’s diverse musical palette, with some calling it her best record since 2005’s Confessions On A Dance Floor.

However, some critics found Madonna’s busy approach to song-writing lent the album, her 14th, a disjointed feel.

The Financial Times gave Madame X three stars out of five, saying that 'although it has a scattershot quality, the scattering is done with a devil-may-care bravado'.

Variety magazine said the album sees Madonna giving in to 'the diva within', adding: 'That’s what makes Madame X Madonna’s best album since Confessions On A Dance Floor. She’s confessing again, but this time, she’s not interested in editing herself for mass consumption.'

The Independent gave the album three stars out of five, describing it as the 60-year-old’s 'most exciting, hostile, and, well, bonkers record in ages'.

Rolling Stone magazine also rated the album three stars out of five.

The US publication said Madame X contains a clutch of well-written songs with a distinctly Latin American flavour but to reach them listeners were forced to 'endure' a number of 'disasters'.

Last week, in a flurry of pre-release reviews, the Guardian and the Times gave Madame X four stars out of five, while the Telegraph gave it three.

Fans were broadly happy, with many dubbing it her best work since 2005.

Madonna has conducted a notably large-scale publicity campaign in the lead-up to Madame X’s release.

This came to a head with a two-song performance at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, last month despite calls for her to boycott the event.

Last month she announced a world tour including a string of shows at the London Palladium.

From PA Entertainment


UK TV: Madonna on The Graham Norton Show tonight

Madonna has warned off any filmmakers from planning a biopic of her life.

The Madame X star insisted she should be the one to make a movie about her colourful past.

Madonna, 60, told The Graham Norton Show: 'If there ever is one, I’ll be directing it.'

She joked: 'I warn any director who tries to make one, there will be a mysterious death!'

Madonna’s last attempt at directing a feature film was 2011’s W.E. about the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson which led to his abdication, but it bombed at the box office.

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The singer also told the BBC chat show host that she believes her six children wish she was somebody else.

Madonna is mother to biological children Lourdes, 22 and Rocco, 18, as well as David, 13, Mercy, 13, and six-year-old twins Stelle and Estere who were all adopted from Malawi.

She said: 'I think they wish I wasn’t Madonna. I think it would be less challenging, in their minds, if they didn’t have me as their mother.'

The family currently reside in Lisbon where aspiring footballer David attends Benfica soccer academy.

Madonna admitted that she wasn’t a huge fan of the sport.

She confided: 'I admit I only watch when he’s playing. If he’s on the bench, I’m on my phone!'

Speaking about moving to Lisbon for David to pursue the sport she said: 'I surprised myself. Barcelona and Turin were an option, but I couldn’t see myself living there. It would have been a lot easier if he’d liked music!'

Host Graham Norton with (seated left to right) Sir Ian McKellen, Madonna, Danny Boyle, Lily James, Himesh Patel and Sheryl Crow during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.(Credit: PA)

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Madonna told Jo Whiley earlier this week that her family all dance together in the evenings after mealtimes.

She said: 'We just always have music playing and there’s always dancing. I mean we watch movies at night on weekends but TV, no and phones, no. Music and dancing and talking to each other. Old fashioned.'

Madonna’s interview on The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One tonight at 10.40pm.

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Madonna on The Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley has interviewed Madonna and it will be featured on her show tonight from 19:00 to 21:00. It will also be available on catch-up on the iPlayer after the show is broadcast.


Madonna's 17 Madame X Shows In New York Are More Than 90% Sold Out, So Everybody Chill

Following on from several news reports saying Madonna was not selling tickets to her shows, Live Nation's Arthur Fogel has put the record straight in this interview with Billboard:

Want to see Madonna's Madame X show in New York? No problem. As of yesterday there were about 3,000 tickets available to one of her 17 shows at Brooklyn's Howard Gilman Opera House. Same for her shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Miami - fans can still buy tickets directly from the 'Medellin' singer through Ticketmaster for all 48 shows on her intimate Madame X theater tour stops in the U.S.

That's normal. A lack of sellouts for what some would consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn't mean that's Madonna's tour is 'tarnished' as the New York Post claimed yesterday. Similar things were said about Taylor Swift's Reputation tour, which went on to be highest grossing U.S. tour of 2018, as well as Jay-Z, whose 4:44 tour was the highest grossing of his career.

The truth about Madonna's ticket sales are more complicated than a Page Six headline and foreshadow changes to the way tickets are priced and sold that will ultimately reshape how the music industry views success in touring.

In Madonna's case, on Monday, Live Nation released about 3,000 unsold tickets to the public. Madonna sold 31,000 tickets during the presale for her 17 New York shows and the tickets left over represent 8.8% of available ticketing inventory for the New York run. With exactly three months to go until the first show on Sept. 12, there's little doubt the iconic artist will sell the remaining tickets says Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music and president of global touring at Live Nation, which is promoting the tour.

So why is the media piling on like Madonna has been cancelled if she has sold more than 90% of her tickets for the New York shows?

'In life, the only guarantees are death, taxes and the New York Post take-down piece on Madonna,' jokes Fogel, who has battled the tabloid over its negative coverage of her tours going back to 2008's Sticky and Sweet Tour. (That tour was described as a flop by the Post and to this day holds the record for highest-grossing tour by a female artist with $408 million in ticket sales.)

'We started with seven shows' for Madonna in Brooklyn, Fogel says, 'then added five more to get to 12 shows then added another five to get to 17. I'm adding shows because it's a flop? Is that some kind of new business model that I'm not familiar with?'

In fairness, Madonna's tickets prices are part of an even evolution in how concerts are priced, although the Queen of Pop has always charged more for tickets than her contemporaries. For decades, an artist's ability to quickly sell out shows has been the barometer of success, although as the secondary market matured, artists are increasingly realizing that it usually wasn't fans that created instant sellouts. It was brokers. And in recent years it's also been bots buying up tickets they think are underpriced and then relisting them on sites like StubHub and Viagogo for double and triple face value.

The concert business has been watching and, seeing how much money is being made on the secondary market, has increasingly shifted to more aggressive pricing strategies to earn more money for artists while also making it difficult for scalpers to resale tickets for a profit.

For Madonna, that meant charging $1,650 plus fees to sit in the front row, $1,350–$700 to sit in the front orchestra section, $550 per ticket to sit in the mezzannine section and $359 to sit in the rear balcony. Many of her longtime fans were not happy with the pricing, but 'if she were to put them on sale at half the price, they would immediately be bought up by brokers and listed on StubHub,' says Patrick Ryan with Eventellect, a ticket pricing and distribution company.

Instead the tickets are priced at what end consumers are willing to pay and sell slower than in the past with more lead time out to move the pricier platinum tickets and VIP packages. While the shows might not technically sell out, Madonna is going to make far more money than anyone else playing venues that size and will likely walk away with one of the highest grossest theater tours in history.

Fogel says more than 100,000 people registered for Madonna's Verified Fan presale for the Brooklyn shows. Ticketmaster then 'scrubs those accounts and kicks out known scalpers and people using multiple credit cards to buys tickets,' he says.

Live Nation allows the remaining presale registrants their crack at buying tickets and 'at the end of the process, there's some tickets left,' he adds. 'And those tickets were put on sale yesterday because the registrants we're all satisfied. So out of 17 shows, 34,000 tickets available, there's a few thousand tickets left. So fucking what?'

To read the rest of the article visit: www.billboard.com/articles/business


Madonna, I'm sorry for calling you 'desperate'

When Madonna called out ageist reactions to her 14th album this month, I felt a nasty lurch of guilt in my stomach. Reviewing MDMA in 2012, I was mean about her decision to invest so much 'desperate” energy into maintaining the impression of eternal youth, leaving her looking and sounding “exhausted and unhappy and making me feel the same'.

I was 36 then and Madonna was 54. I’d just given birth to my second child and wanted to weep at the number of playgroup conversations in which the women around me discussed the diets, workouts and cosmetic surgery required to restore their figures to perky, pre-pregnancy form. The female celebrities they saw in magazines seemed time-proof and they dutifully added this responsibility to their To Do lists.

It seemed to me that if anybody had the power to flip a big, stadium-sized, multi-platinum V sign at this rubbish it was the hero of my early teens - Madonna. She had reinvented herself so many times, inspiring girls like me with possibilities of freedom and flexibility of identity.

She gave me my first feminist lesson in embracing the reality of female bodies by blow-drying her armpits in a public restroom in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). Shortly before I saw that film, a friend of mine had provoked sniggers when she dropped a deodorant in a changing room. She flushed as the can rolled across the tiles with its shaming label promising: 'extra protection.' We were all expected to use the stuff, but to spray it discreetly, beneath the shirt, pretending we naturally smelt like whatever chemicals they put in it. And then, swaggering across the big screen came Madonna: honest about her body, owning her sweat, taking pleasure in the blast of air on her skin and looking fantastically cool in the process.

So I wanted Madonna to age like a punk: like Vivienne Westwood, flashing the wrinkles beneath the lace. I didn’t want her to stop making music or dancing in her underwear or speaking out whenever she wanted. I just wanted to her to age frankly and show me how much of a party that could be.

Which I now realise was ridiculous. Because being the world’s best-selling female artist hasn’t been a party for Madonna, has it? The self-confessed “masochist… walking alone/ never satisfied/ trying to fit in” of 2014’s 'Rebel Heart', Madonna continued to need our attention: sometimes seeking approval, sometimes being an unapologetic bitch. And she continued to be wounded by the criticism which was aimed at her more aggressively than at her male contemporaries. Sitting safely behind my keyboard with my mumtum, while the paparazzi aimed their lenses at her “wrinkled” hands, I had no right to expect her not to care. Her job was bloody hard work and I had no right to resent her for letting that show.

To read the rest of the article by Helen Brown visit: uk.news.yahoo.com


Win tickets to a Q&A with Madonna in NYC #madamex

Attend An Exclusive Q&A About Madonna’s New Album Madame X At The iHeartRadio Theater In New York On June 20th!

The event will happen June 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET. During the playback of songs from the new album, Madonna will talk about the making of the record and more in a conversation hosted by radio personalities Paul 'Cubby' Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Only open to fans who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and who are 18 years of age (or the age of majority in the entrant’s state of residence, whichever is older).

Sweepstakes begins on June 11, 2019 at 5:00:00 p.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on June 17, 2019

Four Grand Prize Winners will be randomly selected on or abour 18 Jun: Each grand prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to the Madonna ICONS Q&A Session at the iHeartRadio Theater in NY on 6/20/19.

Visit this link to enter.

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How Madonna's 'Vogue' Helped Shape 'Pose' Season 2 Narrative

The cast and creators of the groundbreaking FX drama talk about the pop icon's impact on New York's LGBTQ ballroom scene in 1990.

The second installment of FX awards season breakout Pose jumps from the '80s to 1990, the year New York's LGBTQ ballroom scene was illuminated by the dazzling glare of Madonna's 'Vogue.' According to co-creator Steven Canals, the pop icon's intense fascination with the art of voguing and its originators injected a crucial dose of optimism into a community that was facing increased marginalization as the HIV/AIDS crisis worsened in the U.S.

'We introduce Madonna's 'Vogue' in the premiere and I think the presence of the song is really woven throughout season two. If we're looking at the history of ballroom and specifically that moment in time, what Madonna did was bring ballroom to the mainstream,' Canals tells The Hollywood Reporter. 'She introduced the world to this community who, up until that point in time, had been a subculture.'

'Vogue' - inspired by the pioneering dance moves of ballroom leaders and their underground celebrations of self-expression - was a massive hit. Reaching No. 1 in more than 30 countries not long after its March 1990 release, the song soon became inescapable. Madonna's decision to include real-life ballroom luminaries in its accompanying music video - and, later, a world tour - seemed to signal greater opportunities for trans and queer people of color.

Writer, producer and director Janet Mock says that she was interested in exploring the commentary surrounding ballroom's sudden exposure. 'What do these people think about the mainstreaming of something that had just been incubating for years in secret? A lot of the ballroom community felt they were stars,' she says, adding that the Pose team conferred with in-house consultant and ballroom king Jose Xtravaganza, one of the lucky few chosen to be part of Madonna's 'Vogue' era. 'They felt like they had been preparing for years for their closeups. This finally felt like their time.'

Indeed, Tuesday's season two premiere (airing at 10 p.m. on FX) sees Mj Rodriguez's Blanca thinking of ways to make the most of the moment. 'Madonna is shining a bright spotlight on us,' she says at one point, and later declares, 'We are on the cusp of a revolution.' Galvanized, Blanca - the founder and mother of the House of Evangelista - encourages her kids Angel (Indya Moore) and Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) to seriously pursue their respective passions for modeling and dance.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.billboard.com


Madame X Tour: Limited tickets to go on sale for London on 13 June

With 15 shows confirmed at The London Palladium in London and with requests for these dates now fulfilled and delivered to verified registered fans, Live Nation has announced that limited tickets will be available for general sale starting Thursday 13 June at 10am at www.livenation.co.uk, therefore giving fans who may have missed out an additional chance to attend these very special performances.

Madame X Tour VIP Packages will also be available and may include great ticket locations, an exclusive backstage tour, a photo opportunity on stage, a VIP pre-show reception, a limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more. Additionally, fans can access travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more. Tickets, VIP and Travel packages available Thursday 13 June at https://www.livenation.co.uk/

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Madame X Tour: Limited tickets to go on sale for Paris on 11 June

With 10 shows announced in Paris and put on preview on the Verified Fans, Live Nation announces today that a limited quota of places will be on sale Tuesday, June 11 at 10am, giving fans who did not have access to pre-sales opportunity to attend these special dates. There will be a limit of 4 tickets per show and each ticket sold includes a copy of Madonna's album Madame X, which will be released on Friday, June 14th.

Madame X Tour VIP Packages will also be available and may include exceptional locations, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, an on-stage photo opportunity, a pre-show VIP reception, a limited edition Madonna gift, quick access to VIP products and more. In addition, fans can access packages with great locations, exclusive merchandising, hotel rooms and more. Tickets, VIP package and TRAVEL package available on Tuesday, June 11th on www.livenation.fr

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Madame X Tour: Limited tickets for US shows to go on sale on 10 June

With 48 shows in only 7 cities confirmed in North America and with requests for these dates now fulfilled and delivered to fans registered, Live Nation North American markets will be available for general sales starting Monday, June 10th at 10:00 am EDT / 7:00 am PDT, so giving fans who may have missed an extra chance to wait these very special performances. Madonna's Madame X album will be released on Friday, June 14th.

Madame X VIP Tour Packages will be exclusive and exclusive to you, exclusive VIPs, exclusive VIPs, exclusive VIPs and VIPs. lanes, and more. Additionally, fans, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more. Tickets, VIP and Travel packages available Monday, June 10th at www.ticketmaster.com

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Watch and listen to 'Dark Ballet'

Madonna today released 'Dark Ballet,' the fifth and final song to be previewed before her highly-anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14. Produced by Mirwais Ahmadzai, the accompanying music video to the sonically innovative track was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars Mykki Blanco. Listen to “Dark Ballet” and watch the video now!

'Dark Ballet' was inspired by the story of Joan of Arc. 'She fought the English and she won, still the French were not happy,' Madonna says. 'Still they judged her. They said she was a man, they said she was a lesbian, they said she was a witch, and, in the end, they burned her at the stake, and she feared nothing. I admire that.'

The powerful and moving video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei, stars the innovative hip-hop queer pioneer, Mykki Blanco as Joan of Arc and tells the story of the kind of dance we’re all dancing in the world right now, this dark ballet. The video closes with an important message of inspiration from Mykki, 'I have walked this earth, Black, Queer and HIV positive, but no transgression against me has been as powerful as the hope I hold within.'

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An Audience with Madonna in London

Madonna will be holding an exclusive one-off event hosted by Graham Norton for her fans in London on 13th June at Alexandra Palace Theatre to celebrate the release of her brand new album Madame X.

Madonna and Graham will go in-depth about the creation of the album & Madonna will be taking questions from the audience about the music.

Enter to attend this once in a lifetime event by simply pre-ordering* any version of Madame X here by 5pm on Tuesday 11th June.

Successful fans will be notified by email (check your spam!) by 8pm Tuesday 11th June with the ticket link and a unique passcode to access a pair of tickets. The ticket ballot will open at 10am Wednesday 12th June. When the ballot opens, you will have a limited time to redeem your pair of tickets before the next wave of successful fans are contacted so be sure to log on at 10am and be quick! Event is over 18s only.

*No purchase necessary, click here for terms & conditions.

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Dark Ballet Preview

Madonna took to social media Thursday (June 6) to drop a haunting teaser for her music video for 'Dark Ballet,' due Friday (June 7).

The short clip flashes through a series of dark, religious visuals, showing a group of people dressed in black ropes, a person's hands bound by rope and several close-ups of crucifixes. The Queen of Pop herself is shown with a black veil covering her face; as her eyes glance up to the camera, the teaser cuts to black showing only the title of the highly anticipated track.

'Dark Ballet' is the last of five songs to be released by Madonna from her upcoming album Madame X, slated to drop June 14. The track follows previously released songs 'Medellín,' 'Future,' 'Crave' and 'I Rise.'

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Madonna answers back to the NYT 'Madonna at Sixty' article

Madonna has shared her thoughts on her Instagram page about the New York Times Magazine article by Vanessa Grigoriadis that was published yesterday under the headline of 'Madonna at Sixty'.

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Madame ❌ on the cover of N.Y.T. Magazine photographed by my dear friend @jr..........Also sharing my fav photo that never made it in, along with pre-shoot chat and a celebratory glass of wine 🍷 after many hours of work! To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement- It seems. You cant fix society And its endless need to diminish, Disparage or degrade that which they know is good. Especially string independent women. The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people dont get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains and never ending comments on. my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN! Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists. Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her. It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say—-DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it. 💔

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Madonna Earns Best Career Adult Contemporary Chart Debut With Swae Lee Duet 'Crave'

Madonna achieves her highest debut on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "Crave," with Swae Lee, launches at No. 19 on the June 8-dated tally. The song arrives as Madonna's 37th AC entry, dating to her first, "Borderline," in 1984.

The Queen of Pop logged her prior best AC start in her most recent visit before "Crave," when "Ghosttown" opened at No. 21 in April 2015. As the latter song peaked at No. 18, Madonna boasts back-to-back top 20 AC hits for the first time in 20 years, since "Frozen" (No. 8 peak) and "The Power of Good-Bye" (No. 14) charted consecutively in 1998-99.

The AC chart ranks titles by weekly plays on a panel of 85 adult contemporary stations monitored by Nielsen Music. (The survey has contracted from 50 positions in the '80s to its current 30-rung depth.)

"Crave" is from Madonna's album Madame X, due June 14. The first taste of the set, "Medellín," with Maluma, reached No. 18 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, Madonna's best career rank on the survey, and became her record-extending 61st top 10 on Dance Club Songs.

"If you didn't know it was Madonna, you might think it was Ariana Grande or Alessia Cara," says WWLI Providence, Rhode Island, program director Emily Boldon of "Crave."

Notably, Interscope Records has serviced a Madonna-only edit of the song to adult radio. "About half [of Cumulus] stations playing it are playing the duet version with Swae Lee, which, even for AC, is a hooky rap," Boldon muses.

"'Crave' took me a few listens, but now it's stuck in my head," says Brian Demay, pd of Cumulus-owned WRRM Cincinnati, who notes that the station is playing the Madonna-solo version "only because our listeners don't know who Swae Lee is.

"This song is legit. It's not campy or nostalgic. It sounds like 2019. Madonna has reinvented her sound yet again."

"'Crave' sounds great on the air," Boldon echoes. "You don't have to sell it as 'new Madonna.' It stands on its own as simply 'cool new music.' "

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


New York Times Magazine: Madonna at Sixty

The New York Times Magazine has a special feature on Madonna, the original queen of pop on aging, inspiration and why she refuses to cede control - and with three new fabuluous pictures.

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The night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves. 'It’s always the second person with the wig - she wants to see it,' a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive. 'Madonna wants 10 options, but when she says it’s the one, it’s the one.'

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Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of 'Medellín,' the on-trend, Latin-inflected song that Madonna would be singing. Madonna looked at a TV and assessed the augmented-reality part of the show, in which four additional virtual Madonnas, one playing an accordion and another dressed like a bride, would materialize in the televised awards performance out of thin air. Nearby, guys bowed heads and said cryptic things like 'Where’s the digital key?' and 'I need the alpha channel' to one another, tensely.

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All the fake Madonnas ran through the song a few times before Madonna skipped enthusiastically to the stage. The sex bomb at 60 was slightly less than bionic and wore a Swarovski-crystal-encrusted patch over her left eye ('It’s fashion, darling,' an onlooker explained when I asked why she chose to wear it). Afterward, Madonna mused about something being off, and the next time she messed up the part where she stood on a table and gyrated her legs in and out in a move called “the butterfly” while popping her head in each direction. But by the third run-through she seemed ecstatic. 'It’s so nice to see her smile,' Megan Lawson, a choreographer, said from under a black bolero hat, 'and have it be a genuine smile.'

To read the full article visit: www.nytimes.com/magazine/madonna-madame-x


Graham Norton gets ready for Madame X

UK! Madonna.com are happy to confirm that Madonna will appear on the June 14 episode of The Graham Norton Show.

Madame X will join Graham to celebrate the release of her new album and to discuss her upcoming tour, which will stop at the London Palladium next January for 15 exclusive shows.

Make sure to tune into BBC on June 14 for what promises to be a very special TV moment.

From Madonna.com


NME ‘Madame X’ review

Score 4 out of 5 stars

Bold, bizarre, self-referential and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before, 'Madame X' finds the star with a glint in her eye (the one without an eyepatch, that is).

Madonna’s latest persona ‘Madame X’ borrows her name from the historical figure Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau: a socialite and occasional muse who scandalised genteel French society when she bared naked flesh - her entire shoulder, would you believe it - in a portrait. And while Madge’s own eye-patch wearing interpretation prefers taking a more enterprising approach to the current job market (Madame X is a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, and a saint many among other things) it’s a fitting moniker for a record that restlessly explores all sides of contemporary pop at full divisive pelt: visiting Latin pop, all-out Eurotrash, gloomily percussive trap, NYC disco, house, and reggaeton.

During its most reckless moments, ‘Madame X’ is bold, bizarre, and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before. The frantic ‘Dark Ballet’ harnesses gloomily spun strings and robotic overlord vocals; it’s as villainous and foreboding as ‘Ray of Light’s darkest moments, or her ‘Die Another Day’ Bond theme. Then, quite out of nowhere, an extended piano interlude morphs into a mangled, glitching excerpt of ‘Dance of the Reed Pipes’ from Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ - it’s brilliant, overblown ridiculousness. 'I want to tell you about love…. and loneliness,' Madonna husks dramatically.

To read the rest of the review visit: www.nme.com/reviews/album/madonna


Madonna to headline Pride event at Hudson River Park’s Pier 97

It’s official: Madonna will get into the groove at World Pride NYC.

After months of speculation by rabid fans, NYC Pride confirmed Monday that the Material Girl will appear at the two-day Pride Island dance party on June 30 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 97.

The event will officially close out the month-long World Pride and Stonewall 50th anniversary celebration. (Grace Jones headlines opening day, June 29.)

Madonna promoted her appearance in a video released via NBC’s 'Today' show, in which she draped herself in a rainbow flag emblazoned with the logo for her 14th studio album, 'Madame X,' to be released June 14.

'I hear you!' she said in the video shot at an unspecified beach location. 'I will be on Pride Island, where I was born.'

From New York Post


Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher considering Madonna film next

Director of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher, has said he would like to tackle a Madonna biopic next.

Fletcher has had a successful couple of years, bringing out Bohemian Rhapsody about the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen in October 2018 and Rocketman about Elton John last week, 22 May 2019. Yet the director is not done with telling the life stories of global music stars, as he has admitted he would love to work on a film about Madonna next.

The music-enthusiast told Gay Star News: ‘I’d do Madonna! That sounds like a real rollercoaster ride! It would be extraordinary.’ Madonna, who is now 60, rose to fame in the 1980s and became known as the ‘Queen of Pop’ for influencing other artists and always experimenting with her music. Fletcher admitted that making a film about Madonna had not occurred to him before now and he feels unsure whether the Like a Virgin singer would be on board with it. ‘I don’t know how happy she’d be, but what an extraordinary life that would be. ‘If I was to tackle any other icon like that, it would be her. She’s extraordinary.’

Yet the Like A Prayer star did not take well to the announcement of a documentary about her early life back in April 2017. When Universal announced the making of Blonde Ambition, Madonna took to Instagram to say ‘only I can tell my story’. She voiced her opposition to Universal’s project in her post: ‘Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. ‘Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. ‘Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. ‘This is a disease in our society.’ Despite this backlash, director Guy Guido went ahead and made another film about Madonna last year.

Released in August 2018, the docudrama is called Madonna and The Breakfast Club and looks at how the singer’s rise to fame was by no means quick. In fact, it gives an honest account of her struggles when she quit as drummer in the band she was in with her then boyfriend to go it alone.

It is unknown whether Madonna had input into this film, but it seems Fletcher would be safest to get the singer’s permission if he were to base his next project on her. Then again, he can probably afford to have a break for now since Bohemian Rhapsody made over £715m globally while Rocketman snapped up £5.38m in the UK box office on its open weekend over the Bank Holiday.

From Metro.co.uk


Three more Paris shows announced!

Due to overwhelming demand, 3 additional shows announced. 27, 29 February & 1st of March

Verified Fan is in effect for Madame X tickets in France.

Register today through Saturday 1st June (11:59pm CEST) at ticketmaster.fr to be eligible for tickets when they go on sale to Verified Fans Friday 7 June at 10:00 am.

To ensure fans have the best access, Verified Fan is in effect for Madonna’s Madame X tickets at the Grand Rex in Paris. Fans may register starting today through Saturday, 1-June (11:59pm CEST) at www.ticketmaster.fr for their chance to access tickets to these very special events. Verified Fan does not guarantee a ticket but does enable all fans an equal chance to access on a first come, first-served basis when they become available to Verified Fans on Friday, 7-June at 10am CEST. Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

ICON is Madonna's official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of ICON may also register starting today through Saturday, 1-June (11:59pm CEST) to become a Verified Fan and receive first access to tickets when they become available to Verified ICON members on Wednesday, 5-June at 10am CEST. Icon presale runs through Thursday, 6-June (6PM CEST).

Important! Please read new updates to the VF presales for the added shows listed in the Paris FAQs.

Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi credit and debit cardholders can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in France. Citi cardholders can register now through Saturday, 1-June (11:59pm CEST) to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Wednesday, 5-June at 10am CEST and will continue through Thursday, 6-June (6PM CEST).

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances are available at €84.00 - €386.50 (plus applicable service fees). Madame X VIP & Hotel Packages will be available for all Verified Fans. VIP packages may include great seat locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, photo opportunity at the VIP red carpet and more! Additionally, fans can access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more. All fans wishing to access VIP & Hotel Packages may register now through Saturday, 1-June (11:59PM CEST).

From Madonna.com


Madonna adds three new London Palladium dates to tour

Due to overwhelming demand, and to accommodate as many already Verified Fans as possible, Live Nation has confirmed an additional 3 concerts 12, 13 & 15 February at the London Palladium.

Tickets will be available to all fans who have already registered and received their Verified Fan Code but were unable to access tickets to the previously announced shows.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale Wednesday, 29-May at 9am giving confirmed Verified Fans (INCLUDING ICON LEGACY CODE HOLDERS) a further chance to access tickets to these rare and intimate shows. Any Verified Fan who was unable to purchase tickets throughout the weekend, may use the Ticketmaster code provided to access tickets to the 3 new dates just announced. There is a ticket limit of 4 tickets per person.

Madonna performances in London are now confirmed as 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11 February, with added shows on 12, 13 and 15 February 2020.

From Madonna.com


More shows added to the Madame X Tour in Lisbon

Following Saturday’s sell out of 3 Madonna performances on Jan. 16, 18 and 19 demand was so great that a 4th show was added January 21st to service those fans waiting in line.

Now due to overwhelming demand, Live Nation and Everything is New have conformed to additional dates - January 22 and 23 at the Lisbon Coliseum. Tickets for the additional Madame X concerts 22 & 23 January at the Lisbon Coliseum will go on sale Friday, 31 May at 10am at https://everythingisnew.pt

ICON is Madonna's official fan club and Lifetime Legacy members of ICON will be eligible for a special presale starting Wed. 29 May (10am) - Thursday, 30-May (5pm).

Madonna Icon Lifetime Legacy Members will receive priority presale access to these added Madame X show dates! The Icon Legacy Member presale will begin Wednesday, May 29 @ 10:00 WEST.

- Icon Lifetime Legacy members were assigned unique presale codes for the first Lisbon presale from May 22. If you purchased 4 tickets in that presale, then you have reached the limit and are not eligible to participate in the May 29 presale.
- If you have not yet purchased Lisbon tickets with your presale code, or if you have not purchased up to the 4-ticket limit, then you may participate in the May 29 presale.
- Your unique presale code is assigned directly to your Madonna.com account, found on your logged-in Profile page or Tour page.
- Your unique access code is valid for up to four (4) tickets total, and it can be used across multiple shows. EXAMPLE: 4 tickets to one event only, or 2 tickets for one event and 2 tickets for another event and so on.
- All sales are final. No refunds.
- The Icon Legacy Member Presale will close on Thursday, May 30 @ 17:00 WEST.

From Madonna.com


Madonna Reveals Her Twins, 6, Tell People That 'Madame X' Is Their Mom, Not Her

Madonna is an undeniable icon in music, but according to her, two of her kids like to refer to her by a slightly different name.

In an interview with Radio.com, the Queen of Pop, 60, revealed that her children - Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David, 13, Mercy, 13 and twin girls Estere and Stelle, 6 - have various responses to her celebrity status and her twins even have a go-to response when people ask if she’s their mom.

'The older ones could care less, and the younger ones, they think it’s funny,' Madonna, 60, said. 'Today my 6-year-old twins said to me, ‘Mom, everyone’s always asking us if Madonna’s our mother. And we tell them, ‘No, Madame X is our mother.''

Madame X is the upcoming album by the 'Like a Virgin' singer, which will become her 14th studio album to date.

She also revealed that despite her busy schedule, she still manages to make time for all six kids.

'If I’m in rehearsal, they come to see me,' she said. 'My kids come to see me when I get home, then I go back to work. I usually try my best to have as many meals with them as possible.'

Along with raising six children, the pop star has her hands full with the release of her upcoming studio album Madam X, which will be followed by the Madame X Tour, which kicks off in September in New York City.

From People


Madonna says new album Madame X is the 'continuation' of American Life

Madonna has compared her new album to one of her most controversial records.

During an interview with French LGBTQ magazine Tetu, the legendary singer-songwriter and forever Queen of Pop spoke about her new album Madame X, which is due out 14 June, and made a comparison that may leave fans divided.

'In many ways, this new album is actually a continuation of American Life,' she said.

American Life remains one of Madonna’s most controversial and political albums of all time - when it was released in 2003, it received a mixed response from critics and fans, however it’s now often remembered as a key moment in her career.

The military-themed music video for lead single and title track American Life was famously pulled following concerns over its anti-war message, violent imagery and a final scene involving a George W. Bush look-a-like.

It makes sense that Madonna would reflect on the album, as Mirwais, who co-produced and co-wrote almost the entirety of American Life (as well as several songs on Music and Confessions On A Dancefloor), is heavily involved in her new record Madame X.

The French producer co-wrote seven tracks from the new album, and while production credits haven’t been released yet, we’re assuming he’s produced just as many. It’s the first time they’ve formally worked together since 2005, so anticipation is high.

So far we’ve heard one of Mirwais’ productions from the album: lead single Medellín. Other tracks he has songwriting credits on are Dark Ballet, God Control, Batuka, Killers Who Are Partying, Extreme Occident, and I Don’t Search I Find.

The Queen of Pop is known for her incredible live performance almost as much as her chart-topping music, so fans will be ecstatic to know that she’s announced a new tour to support her upcoming album Madame X.

Never one to follow tradition, Madonna is swapping stadiums and arenas (which she’s proven she can sell out with ease) for several dates at intimate theatre venues, providing a rare once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans.

From Gay Times


Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel Breaks Down Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ Tour

As this issue was going to press, Madonna had just announced dates for her upcoming 'Madame X' Tour in support of her upcoming 14th studio album of the same name. And, as luck would have it, Arthur Fogel, the man overseeing Madge’s tours for the past 18 years, also happens to be Live Nation’s esteemed president of global touring and chairman of global music. Here, he discusses what to expect for the global superstar’s first jaunt since 2015-2016’s Rebel Heart Tour and her serious underplays.

How many tours have you done with Madonna?
This will be my sixth. I started with her in 2001. Prior to that, she had toured, I think twice in 15 years? So, this is the sixth in whatever 18 years. She’s Madonna, right? This particular tour is a bit of a twist because she’s going to play multiple nights in smaller venues. It is not an arena tour or stadium tour.

What kinds of places will she play?
For instance, in New York, we’re playing Brooklyn Academy of Music. Basically, we’re going to do eight or nine cities over the course of the tour. Really, it comes from this album, it’s just a different kind of vibe. It lends itself more to intimacy. As we talked about it, it seemed to make sense to go this route rather than into bigger buildings. That’s what we’re going to do.

Is she doing multiple nights at each spot?
Yes. We’re playing three cities in Europe - London, Paris, and Lisbon. That’s it over there, and here, we’re doing LA [The Wiltern], New York [BAM], Chicago [The Chicago Theater], Miami [Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre], Vegas [Caesars Palace], Boston [the Boch Center Wang Theatre], Philly [The Met Philadelphia]. Multiple nights in each of those cities.

If she’s doing BAM I’m guessing it’s going to be fairly theatrical?
Listen, Madonna’s shows always have that dimension to them, but I would say it’s much more about the musical tone and vibe than it is pure theatrics. Maybe you’ve heard the first single? It’s definitely sort of Spanish influenced, world music-y, as much as a pop record.

Madonna doing BAM and the Wiltern and all these smaller theaters sounds like another innovative approach and iteration of the business. I would never have expected to see Madonna play those places in a million years.
I think it’s important, over a touring career, to change things up. It’s a part of what excites fans, keeps artists energized. I mean if you go out and do the same thing every tour, eventually that catches up to you. I think it’s great when people change it up, do different things, certainly, as it relates to creating music. There used to be a lot more tolerance for people changing things up and trying different things. I think doing that live is really important to longevity as well.

What do you do as her promoter now when you’ve announced the tour? What does that mean for your year ahead?
I would say most of the heavy lifting is done. We’ve been working on it for several months. Obviously, putting together the routing and the venues and putting all the pieces together on the marketing side, and the onsale. With Madonna, U2, my longtime clients, Gaga, I’m also the producer, so there’s both sides of the equation, right? There’s this kind of traditional promoter side, but there’s also the producer, production side. So, there’s a lot of pieces to put together, which we’ve been doing over the last several months. By the time this is announced, things will be in place. We’ll go on sale, and then it’s just sort of waiting to start in September.

From Pollstar


Madame X Tour: New US cities and dates announced

Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna’s Madame X Tour has announced additional dates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Newly added New York shows will take place October 2 through October 7; Chicago shows October 23 and October 24; Los Angeles shows November 19 and November 20.

Show dates for the remainder of the Madame X concerts in North America have now been confirmed with 3 shows on November 7, 9 and 10 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; 3 shows November 30, December 1 and 2 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston; 3 shows at The Met in Philadelphia December 7, 8 and 11; and 5 shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on December 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19. Complete itinerary available here.

As with the original dates announced and to ensure fans have best access, ticket requests for the newly announced dates will be accepted immediately through Friday, May 24th at 12:00 noon ET at madonna.livenation.com. Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points prior to completing their request.

Any fan who has not already received four tickets to these very special events may submit new requests for the added dates now through Friday, May 24th at noon ET. Fans may sign in and select shows and price levels for the show(s) they hope to attend at https://madonna.livenation.com. Credit cards will only be charged if the ticket request is fulfilled. All tickets will be confirmed by Sunday June 2nd will be fulfilled using Secure Mobile Tickets. Your ticket barcode will be available 24-48 hours prior to each show for entry. Confirmed ticket requests include one CD of Madonna’s upcoming album, Madame X (due out June 14), with each confirmed ticket. Event ticket limit is 4 per person. For more information please visit https://madonna.livenation.com. For complete itinerary and all tour, ticket, VIP and Travel packages, please visit www.madonna.com/tour.

In North America, tickets for these very special Madame X performances will be scaled between $60.00 - $760.00 (plus applicable service fees). Every ticket purchased includes a physical copy of Madonna’s new release Madame X available on Interscope Records and in stores on June 14th. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to enter to purchase tickets at $10.00 at Madonna.com. There will be 10 tickets available per show and fans will be notified on show date if they have been selected for this unique opportunity.

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for all announced concerts by submitting their requests now through Friday, May 24th (12:00 NOON EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. If selected, cardmembers will receive notification of their ticket allocation by Sunday,June 2nd. Citi cardmembers will be eligible to receive up to 4 tickets for a single event across the entire tour. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Madame X Tour VIP Packages will be available for fans to request as well. VIP packages may include great ticket locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more! . Additionally, fans can access Travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more! All fans wishing to access VIP Packages may register for the package and show of their choice at madonna.livenation.com

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019.


Madame X Tour: Lisbon dates announced

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation, Everything Is New and Maverick today unveiled the dates for the first of the European shows in Lisbon, 16, 18 & 19 January, 2020 at the Lisbon Coliseum. Tickets for these very special performances go on sale Saturday, 25-May (10am) at everythingisnew.pt.

Tickets for the Madame X concerts 16, 18 & 19 January at the Lisbon Coliseum will go on sale Saturday, 25 May at 10am at https://everythingisnew.pt.

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances are available at €75.00 - €300.00 (plus applicable service fees). Fans may also access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more.

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MADONNA ICON LIFETIME LEGACY MEMBER PRESALE
- Madonna Icon Lifetime Legacy Members will receive priority presale access to Madame X Lisbon tickets, VIP Packages and Travel Packages! The Icon Legacy Member presale will begin Wednesday, May 22 @ 10:00 WEST.
- Icon Lifetime Legacy members will be assigned a unique presale code for access to tickets, VIP Packages and Travel Packages.
- Your unique presale code will be assigned directly to your Madonna.com account, and will begin displaying shortly before our presale begins on your logged-in Profile page or the Tour page.
- Your unique access code is valid for up to four (4) tickets total, and it can be used across multiple shows. EXAMPLE: 4 tickets to one event only, or 2 tickets for one event and 2 tickets for another event and so on.
- All sales are final. No refunds.
- The Icon Legacy Member Presale will close on Thursday, May 23 @ 17:00 WEST.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 PORTUGAL CONCERT DATES
16-January Lisbon, PT Lisbon Coliseum
18-January Lisbon, PT Lisbon Coliseum
19-January Lisbon, PT Lisbon Coliseum


Madame X Tour: Six more dates added to London

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances at the iconic London Palladium on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020, Live Nation and Maverick announced today that due to overwhelming Verified Fan registrations an additional six shows at The London Palladium have just been confirmed. Verified Fans code holders may now choose from 12 performances with news shows added on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11 February, 2020.

ALREADY VERIFIED – NOTHING FOR YOU TO DO!
Tickets for all Verified Fan code holders go on sale this Friday, 24-May at 9am at ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna. Tickets for the newly added shows will be available to Verified Icon Legacy members beginning this morning - Monday, 20-May at 9am through Tuesday, 21 (4pm). Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour and as such, Citi credit and debit cardholders who received their Verified Fan code can take advantage of a special Citi Presale beginning Wednesday, 22-May at 9AM and through Thursday, 23-May at 4PM. Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 UK TOUR DATES
26 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
27 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
29 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
30 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
01 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
02 February London, U.K. The London Palladium

Additional UK Shows:
04 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
05 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
06 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
08 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
09 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
11 February London, U.K. The London Palladium