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February 2012

Madonna's 'Luvin'' Makes Super Start at Radio

Madonna's new single, 'Give Me All Your Luvin',' which she performed at the halftime festivities of last night's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, blasts onto multiple radio format charts.
Aided by Clear Channel's promotion of the song - participating pop stations in the chain played it at the top of every hour from Friday at 9 a.m. ET until the game's kickoff last night - 'Luvin',' featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., soars onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart at No. 24 as the format's Greatest Gainer (2,766 opening-week plays).
After less than three days of availability, the song registered airplay on 125 of the chart's 141 reporters. (The chart's seven-day tracking period closed, per usual, at midnight ET last night).
Beyond Pop Songs, 'Luvin'' simultaneously starts at No. 33 on the Rhythmic airplay chart, No. 35 on Adult Pop Songs and No. 20 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.
Along with its impressive radio kickoff, 'Luvin'' appears in line for a heady retail opening. As of this posting, the song shows at No. 2 on the iTunes Store's songs ranking, potentially setting up a strong debut on this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart (which measures airplay, sales and streaming).

For more on this story visit billboard.com/news/madonna-s-luvin-makes-super-start

Thanks to John


Madonna: The Complete Studio Albums 1983-2008

As the world’s biggest selling female artist of all time Madonna is not just the Queen of Pop but one of the most influential artists on modern music. Since her debut album, released in 1983, she has worked tirelessly to reinvent herself and her music through three extremely successful decades and has built a huge and dedicated fan base worldwide.

On Friday March 9th 2012 Warner Music UK will release Madonna - The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008), an amazing 11CD Limited-Edition collection featuring all of Madonna’s studio albums from the first 25 years of her legendary career.

Housed in a clamshell box, with albums in paper sleeves, this is a brilliantly compact set and a perfect way to own Madonna’s amazing catalogue.

NOTE: The set includes the re-mastered and expanded versions of Madonna, Like a Virgin and True Blue.

HMV.co.uk are currently listing this set retailing at £26.99.

Thanks to Ben and Ste


Stylist B. Akerlund Tells of Jaw Dropping Fashions of Super Bowl

For the second year in a row, the industry's leading style/costume designer, B. Akerlund, was responsible for the dynamic and outre half time show fashion viewers have come to expect from the biggest music performance of the year.
The wildly anticipated debut Super Bowl performance from the Queen of Pop was crafted with a Roman Empire thematic in which every element was infused with a gladiator vibe mixed with modern day elements from Rome. Madonna represented none other than the Queen herself and owned the stage with looks featuring Givenchy Haute Couture, boots by Miu Miu and earrings by Bulgari.
The fashion masterpiece took over three months to create in which Akerlund worked in lock step with the creative vision of Madonna who was involved in every detail down to each gladiator. Akerlund called upon the best and most forward thinking in the business to lend their creative genius, including Givenchy and Riccardo Tisci, who in addition to dozens of designers all over the world assisted in cultivating designs.
'This was by far the biggest challenge I have ever taken on in my career, and I could not be more honored to be a part of such an amazing and historical event,' says B. Akerlund. 'Nothing could ever come close to working with Madonna on this Super Bowl performance, her attention to detail and commitment to all of her projects is truly inspiring and life changing.'
The performance consisted of 500 outfits including head to toe looks for surprise guests LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green as well as costumes for 100 drum line performers, 150 gladiators and 200 choir singers.
For additional information please visit www.bakerlund.com

From PR Newswire

PRNewsFoto/B. Akerlund


Super Bowl sets Twitter record

Super Bowl XLVI yesterday broke all records on Twitter as fans worldwide sent more than 10,000 tweets per second during the climax of the sport showpiece.
According to official statistics released by Twitter, the highest tweets per second came at the end of the NFL season finale, at a record-busting 12,233.
During the final minutes of the game, which was won by the New York Giants over the New England Patriots, an average of 10,000 tweets per second were sent by fans, beating the previous record of 9,000 last August when Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Twitter's previous record for a sporting event was 7,196 tweets per second at the final whistle of Japan's shock victory against the United States in the women's World Cup final in July 2011.
The glittering Super Bowl half-time show from Madonna saw an average of 8,000 tweets per second being sent for five minutes, although that peaked at a staggering 10,245.

From Digital Spy


Madonna headlines Super Bowl halftime show

The NFL and a major television network are apologizing for another Super Bowl halftime show.
There was no wardrobe malfunction, nothing like that glimpse of Janet Jackson's nipple eight years ago that caused an uproar and a government scrutiny. Instead, it was an extended middle finger from British singer M.I.A. during Sunday night's performance of Madonna's new single, 'Give Me All Your Luvin.''
In front of some 110 million viewers on NBC and uncounted others online, she flipped the bird and appeared to sing, 'I don't give a (expletive)' at one point, though it was hard to hear her clearly.
The NFL and NBC wasted little time in responding.
'The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans,' said Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL, which produced Madonna's halftime show.
The risque moment came during the biggest TV event of the year. The screen briefly went blurred after M.I.A.'s gesture in what was a late attempt - by less than a second - to cut out the camera shot.
'The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,' NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. 'Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.'
Jackson's infamous oops during the 2004 halftime show raised a storm of controversy and put CBS in hot water with the Federal Communications Commission amid questions about the responsibility of TV networks to police their airwaves.
This year's game, in which the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17, is expected to challenge last year's record of being the most-watched U.S. TV event ever.
M.I.A. is best known for her 2007 hit 'Paper Planes,' a Grammy nominee for record of the year that memorably features a sample of the Clash song, 'Straight to Hell.' It was featured on the soundtrack to the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire.'
After the incident, McCarthy said that M.I.A. had not done anything similar during rehearsals and the league had no reason to believe she would pull something like that during the actual show.
Madonna had admittedly been nervous about her performance, hoping to position herself as the queen of a new generation of pop stars with an opulent show and a sharp performance that mixed her new release with more familiar songs. She seemed like Roman royalty when muscle-bound men carried her extravagant throne across the football field to the stage for her opening song, 'Vogue.'
Guests Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj and dance rockers LMFAO also appeared with Madonna. The singing and dancing on 'Vogue' was smartly choreographed, as Madonna moved more deliberately - she is 53 - but still adroitly. She briefly appeared to stumble at one point while trying to make a step on the stage set, but recovered in time.
She let a tightrope walker make the more acrobatic moves during a performance of 'Music.'
Madonna carried gold pompons for a performance of her frothy new single. Twitter was alight with questions about the vocals being lip synched or augmented by tapes, particularly during this song.
The best guest was clearly Cee Lo, who joined Madonna for the final song, 'Like a Prayer.' They were joined by a robed chorus in the show's most soaring performance. With a puff of white smoke, Madonna disappeared down a trapdoor in the stage, and lights on the field spelled out 'World Peace.'
The performance was also carried live on SiriusXM Radio, giving Madonna the biggest single audience of her career. For all the elaborate choreography and flashy effects, the finger incident is the more likely headline from the event.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


Stars React to Madonna's Splashy Super Bowl Halftime Show

Madonna admitted to feeling nervous about her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show earlier this week, explaining, 'I have to put on the greatest show on earth in the middle of the greatest show on earth.'
Despite an uncomfortable-looking pair of boots and plenty of opportunities for wardrobe malfunctions, Madonna's performance went off without a hitch - although it did seem that she'd followed Elton John's advice to 'lip-sync good,' and M.I.A. flipped the bird in a totally nonchalant way that will probably generate a lot of FCC complaints.
The stars were amused, anyway, as a host of famous folks offered their opinions on Twitter during and immediately following the performance.

Kim Kardashian: Madonna is EVERYTHING! She looks soooo good!

Fred Durst: Wow. Great game. Madonna just took love performance to the NEXT level!!

Diddy: Madonna had the best Half-time performance of all time !! Everyone on that stage killed it! @nickiminaj @MIAuniverse @CeeLo

Neil Patrick Harris: I really dug the halftime show. Not sure how it looked on TV, but all the production and projections combined with Madonna rocking? Loved.

Giuliana Rancic: Thinking Madonna's boots were Givenchy. Trying to find out for sure. I need those!!! They were sick!!!

Kelly Ripa: We need to watch it again in slow mo. RT @ABTVHD: Totes! “@KellyRipa: Thank you MADONNA! #MDNA”

Sherri Shepherd: I think #Madonna is one of the few artists who thru the years has consistently been able to reinvent & keep herself relevant. Go 53 yr old

John Leguizamo: #madonna was cougarific

Snoop Dogg: Madonna killen the superbowl her show is soo fresh. Wowoowowowowowoowowowowowow!

Nash Overstreet: Whatever anyone says. That halftime was dope. Madonna has never been a "singer", but always a performer. That SHOW was crazy.

Sharon Osbourne: Madonna is back! She's the queen. Just sensational!

Paris Hilton: That was one of the best half time shows I've ever seen! Madonna was incredible!

Bethenny Frankel: Holy madonna balls. That was epic

Kelly Osbourne: Nothing I have watching musically has made my heart pump with so much joy then Madonna's performance #thesuperbowl f**king amazing!

Rainn Wilson: I wonder how much Madonna can bench?

Garry Shandling: Is this Madonna? Help me.

From www.zimbio.com


Madonna dazzles in Super Bowl half-time show

Madonna dazzled the Super Bowl crowd with an high-octane half-time show that started with an army of Roman gladiators and ended with plea for world peace written in lights.
The glittering 12-minute performance at Lucas Oil Stadium featuring several guest stars had legions of fans racing to Twitter to give their thumbs-up, with some going so far as to declare it one of the best in Super Bowl history.
'Now THAT was a halftime show!' said @michaelsette7 of Toronto in a typical tweet of approval. 'All hail the queen. Bow down everyone, bow down!'
Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker agreed, calling Madonna's performance 'joyous, unironic, open-hearted ... She was both in full command and full of generosity towards her massive audience.'
With a new album titled 'MDNA' out March 26, the 53-year-old Madonna teamed up with choreographer Jamie King and Canada's Cirque du Soleil for the most-watched musical interlude of any major sporting event in the world.
Her challenge was to redeem last year's dismal showing by the Black Eyed Peas, whose futuristic performance failed to impress spectators already put out by Christina Aguilera botching the lyrics of the US national anthem.
With muscular spear-wielding gladiators in gold marching onto the field, Madonna - styling herself as a Roman empress with a diamond-studded crown and kinky thigh-high boots - kicked off the show with her 1990 dance hit 'Vogue.'
She then shifted into hip-hop mode, bringing out breakdancers - and an impressive tight-rope walker - for 'Music' from 2000, accompanied by electro duo LMFAO who sampled their 2011 hit 'Sexy and I Know It.'
Rap queen Nicki Minaj and irreverent M.I.A. then joined Madonna for the just-released 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' set to a 'Glee'-like cheerleader theme, complete with golden pom-poms and marching band.
In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, M.I.A. - real name, Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam - flipped a middle finger to the camera while singing a four-letter word that is part of 'Luvin''s original lyrics.
The image on the screen then scrambled just as briefly, suggesting that NBC television - the official broadcaster of this year's Super Bowl was caught off-guard.
'We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,' NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. 'It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.'
For the finale, Madonna rolled out her 1989 hit 'Like A Prayer' with crooner Cee Lo Green, a black-robed gospel choir and the stadium illuminated with thousands of tiny lights, concluding with the words 'world peace' set against the darkness of the field - and Madonna disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Half-time at the Super Bowl has been one of the most coveted gigs in American pop music since the late Michael Jackson performed with a 3,500-child choir in 1993, but hit a bump with his sister Janet Jackson's infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' in 2004.
'This is a Midwestern girl's dream to be performing at the half-time show,' said Madonna, a Michigan native, prior to Sunday's show.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

The House of Givenchy is pleased to announce that Riccardo Tisci designed all costumes worn by Madonna during her half time performance at the Superbowl on February 5th, 2012 in Indianapolis.
Performing at the Superbowl for the first time, Madonna has chosen Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci for her unique performance.
Designed as part of the spectacle, all costumes were changed on stage, from an all over hand-embroidered gold cape that served as the performance's opener, to the unveiling of a black mini dress worn with its hand-studded belt and an embellished black coat that completed the three costumes set: Madonna's legendary music met Riccardo Tisci's codes in what seemed to be the most perfect way.
Channeling Riccardo Tisci's work for Givenchy in the past years, the designs for Madonna's Superbowl performance incorporate signature references such as bold leopard print, three-dimensional embellishments, graphic placements and evocative cuts.
Riccardo Tisci stated: 'Following my collaboration with Madonna on her last tour three years ago, it is a great honor for me to be a part of yet another historical and iconic moment. People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna. I am so happy that, after being busy in other scenes, she decided to go back on a music stage. Not only to bring us Music, but also to make such a statement of Performance and Fashion.'
Wearing Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Madonna performed a 12 minutes set including some of her greatest hits ('Vogue', 'Music', 'Like A Prayer') and her brand new single ('Give me all your luvin'' featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) for the first time.

DESCRIPTIONS:

Gold cape all over hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes, lined in leopard-print chiffon.

Black mini dress in silk cady, worn with leopard print short cape in silk charmeuse hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes and a black python hand-studded and hand-embroidered belt with its removable matching flaps.

Black coat in silk cady hand-embroidered with shiny black rectangular sequins and micro pearls.

Gold metal hat hand-embroidered with crystals.

All worn with hand embroidered nappa leather gloves.


Madonna to open 2012 tour in Israel

The Jerusalem Post are reporting this news about the tour opener:

International superstar Madonna may have been focusing on her Super Bowl halftime performance for Sunday night, but soon her sights will turn to the Middle East.
The iconic singer will launch a world tour in support of her upcoming album MDNA with a show on May 31 at Ramat Gan Stadium. Details of the show and ticket availability will be revealed later in the week.
The Material Girl is no stranger to Israel, having performed here twice and spent time in the country as part of her Kabbala studies. She closed 2009's 'Sticky and Sweet' tour, which became the second-highest grossing tour of all time with $408 million in receipts, in Israel.

Thanks to Niv


It's a madge, madge, madge world

In this article from the NY Post Guy Oseary talks Super Bowl and fashion-police Lourdes, while Martin Solveig talks about how the album name came about:

'Madonna’s a performance artist, always has been,' says her business partner, Guy Oseary. 'She’s known for being quite detail-oriented, all the way from the sparkles on someone’s shoes to the way someone’s hair looks in the background. She doesn’t miss a beat. It’s not in Madonna’s DNA to be limited. But like everything, she likes a challenge. This is definitely not a Madonna show. It’s the Super Bowl.'
Playing on the borderline of propriety is a notoriously Madonna-esque trait. Case in point, her seductive stage crawl in a wedding dress and crucifix at the 1984 MTV Video Awards. But in the post-Janet Jackson era, the NFL has no interest in making any kind of historic statement. It’s clear that every move she makes tonight will have been vetted, despite Oseary’s sarcastic take on the situation.
'We decided to go all in the nude,' he jokes. 'Everyone. Even management. It’s a deal we all made with the NFL. They’re quite up for that this year.'
But when pressed, he says that in truth, the performance will showcase why Madonna deserves to be back on top after being out of the public eye while Gaga and a new generation of stars dominated headlines.
'Gaga’s meteoric rise has helped fuel the return of the original, as Madonna enters a sort of Streisand ‘Yentl’-meets-Cher ‘Believe’ phase,' says Village Voice columnist Michael Musto. 'Her Super Bowl appearance might actually move some product.'
If there is one thing that’s changed in Madonna’s quest for domination, it’s who she listens to. Her newest advisor is so close to the singer that they live together.
Indeed, two weeks ago her 15-year-old consultant, daughter Lourdes, a k a Lola, actually chided her mom before the New York premiere of 'W.E.' She told Madonna that a respectable film director wouldn’t wear a corset.
Madonna’s reaction? She changed into something more conservative.
No surprise there, says Oseary: 'I’m afraid to wear certain things around Lola. It’s like she takes literally five seconds to have checked you fully out. She’ll just tell me, ‘That’s not cool’ all the time.'
Her counsel extends beyond clothes, too. Producer Martin Solveig, who co-wrote 'Give Me All Your Luvin’,' says the iPods of Lola and her siblings influence their mother’s creative vision.
'You’re very sharp with music when you’re at that age, and you say things with no compromise,' Solveig says.
So how does a mother of four who has avoided drugs and drink for most of her life wind up naming her album after a non-family-friendly club drug, MDMA, also called ecstasy?
'We were having a lot of fun with the initials,' Solveig says. 'M.I.A. said, ‘You should call your album ‘MDNA’ because it would be a good abbreviation and spelling of your name.’ Then we realized that there were actually many different possibilities of understanding for those initials - the most important being the DNA of Madonna. There is of course no intention of making the promotion of drugs. Except for the harmless and pure exciting drugs: like music.'


Give Me All Your Luvin' Video Review

Christopher John Farley at The Wall Street Journal has given a quick review on Madonna's Give Me All Your Luvin’ video - and declares it a touchdown!

Madonna is set to provide the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on Sunday, but she‘s already got her head in the game. She just released the video for one of the songs that she’ll perform during the show, 'Give Me All Your Luvin’' and at a press conference yesterday she said that she’d been practicing as hard as some of the players who are set to take the field. The new video has football theme, and also features rapper/singers M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj as cheerleaders.
You’ve got to give the Material Girl credit for a number of things on this video. First off, the 53-year-old pop star appears to be in better shape than many college students, which is crazy. She also gets points for picking two of the coolest collaborators around - M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj - and getting them to literally serve as cheerleaders for the Madonna brand. And lastly, readers of the Wall Street Journal can appreciate the canny marketing involved with releasing a sexy football themed video shortly before a Super Bowl performance. Sorry Haters, Madonna still has it. This clip is a touchdown.


Events: MDNA London Release Party

The MDNA London Album Launch Party will be held on SATURDAY 31st MARCH 2012 at G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard, London, from 2.00pm through until 10.30pm.

This will be the 18th London Madonna Fan Party, where fans from all over the world get together to party to over 8 hours of non stop Madonna videos, live clips, and promos exclusive to the party. You’ll get to party to the tracks from Madonna’s new studio album MDNA as well as all of her greatest hits, remixes and live performances. Entry as always is completely FREE - this party is for Madonna fans by Madonna fans.

For all the information you need please check out www.madonnafanparty.co.uk and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event Page at www.facebook.com


Joe Francis vs. Madonna in Super Bowl Showdown

Friday morning, a cease and desist letter was sent to Madonna, her management, NBC Sports and the NFL from Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis' attorney. In the letter, attorney David Houston asserts that Madonna is infringing on his client's long-time trademark, Girls Gone Wild, without his permission.
While shopping on Apple iTunes this morning, Francis discovered that 'Girls Gone Wild' is the title of the first song on Madonna's new album, 'MDNA' Francis was quoted as saying, 'I was blown away when I saw our name being used without our consent. I had to do a double take when I saw that it was the number one song on the album.'
It was rumored in a number of published news articles today that as part of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show, she would be performing her song, 'Girls Gone Wild.' 'Not so fast,' says Francis. The cease and desist letter also stated, 'Madonna shall not perform or market the song at the Super Bowl this Sunday without a proper licensing agreement from Girls Gone Wild.' Francis ended with, 'Don't get me wrong, I'm a Madonna fan, but business is business. Maybe the Material Girl and I can work this out over drinks.'

Unfortunately for Joe Francis Madonna isn't performing Girls Gone Wild at the Super Bowl, so those drinks will just have to wait...

From PRNewswire


Guy Oseary takes to Twitter

Guy Oseary published some tweets today updating and thanking fans on how well Give Me All Your Luvin' is doing:

MDNA is number 1 album on Itunes in 43 countries and 'Give Me All Your Luvin' is number 1 single in 15 countries in just 1 day!! Thank Y-O-U

More than 1.5 Million views on youtube in less than One day!

Number 1 on Itunes in 48 countries!!!.. Thank Y-O-U

And he took these great screen capture showing the news too!


Madonna's Stylist Reveals Wardrobe Choices for Video

It's Madonna everywhere all of a sudden. Her new movie W.E., Oscar-nominated for its costumes, opens in a wider release imminently, and you can catch the video of her new single 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' (from the upcoming album M.D.N.A.) online now. It debuted on American Idol Thursday night to big ratings (natch), and features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. backing up the diva as Madonna's personal cheerleaders. And of course - there are a lot of costume changes!
Madonna channels her Material Girl ringlet-haired 1980's self in one scenario. In another, she dons a chic Burberry trenchcoat and big black sunglasses. In a sexier scenario, she wears a Bebe (yes, Bebe) variegated black leather cropped jacket with Kiki de Montparnasse tap pants. It's a real romp through various Madonna personalities and alter egos, and it has all the visual stimuli you'd expect from a Madonna video. It also has a pretty fantastic range of hairstyles, ranging from big - to bigger.

Here's the full list of credits of her video wardrobe, direct from her stylist (and Oscar nommed W.E. costume designer) Arianne Phillips:

Burberry trenchcoat
Norma Kamali long sleeve crop top and high waist dance bottoms
Dolce & Gabbana white lace dress
Bebe variegated black leather cropped jacket w/ Kiki de Montparnasse tap pants
Jewelry from Swarovski, Neil Lane, Lyn Ban, vintage YSL, and Prada
One of a kind custom made precious metallic croc heels by Sergio Rossi

From www.hollywoodreporter.com


Tour dancer auditions in Paris

According to the Culture Ministry of Spain website there will be a audition in Paris on Thursday 09 February looking for 'flamenco' dancers to join Madonna's tour.

The article also states they must be over 18 and have Arab characteristics, be racially mixed or Latin, with a good technical level and much creativity.

They must be able to start work on Monday 13 February.

The original article in Spanish can be read at www.danza.es

Thanks to Juanma H.


Why Madonna Isn't Getting Paid For Her Super Bowl Gig

Madonna released the song 'Material Girl' in 1985, and she’s spent the intervening time proving the moniker true. She earned $58 million in 2010 and grossed $280 million on her last tour, averaging $6 million in nightly ticket sales.
But when Madonna performs her Super Bowl XVLI halftime set, she won’t be earning a penny. Why? Same reason the Black Eyed Peas didn’t get paid for theirs last year—halftime show acts perform for free.
'Typically, the entertainers for the Super Bowl do not get a cash payment,' explains Marc Ganis, president of the consultancy Sportscorp Ltd. 'This is the kind of exposure that entertainers would give their right arm for...they could do 20 Leno and Letterman appearances and still not reach that [kind of] audience..
Indeed, Madonna has plenty to gain from doing the show for free. Her new album, MDNA, is scheduled for release in March; she is expected perform its first single, 'Give Me All Your Luvin’,' at the Super Bowl with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. The film W.E., which the singer produced and directed, opens in the U.S. this week. And, to top it all off, Madonna will announce dates for her upcoming world tour after the game.
'No other vehicle provides a platform to entertain the nation on a day they want to be entertained,' says Paul Swangard, managing director of the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. 'Sunday we’ll be reminded that before there was Gaga there was Madonna. It is clear the Material Girl still wants a piece of the action.'
So how much is that action worth? Considering that the halftime show is essentially a nationwide advertisement for Madonna’s various ventures, let’s evaluate it in the context of what companies pay for commercial time during the game. Volkswagen recently paid $3.5 million for a 30-second spot, a new record. By that math, Madonna’s 12 minutes are worth $84 million.
There are other perks. Though Madonna and other halftime acts don’t receive a performance fee, they receive plenty of goodies on top of the free advertising. They don’t have to pay for backup dancers, pyrotechnics, load-in, load-out, etc—expenses that can add up to $5-$10 million for a show like Madonna’s. They also receive free transportation and accommodation for their entourages.
Given all these benefits, playing the Super Bowl halftime show for free is more than worth the trouble. In fact, it’s incredibly lucrative–and such a good deal for artists that some suspect a major change might be on the horizon.
'They get so much out of it,' says Ganis. 'Frankly, it wouldn’t shock me if, some day, the entertainers end up paying the NFL.'

From Forbes.com


Madonna: 'Ask me what you really want to know'

Madonna would rather not waste time with the pleasantries and nonsense of another junket interview. She is sitting on a sofa in a posh midtown Manhattan hotel, wearing a blue silk dress and fingerless black leather gloves, and she has just been asked, perhaps for the 50th time today, how she began making her upcoming movie.
'Not that question,' she says, putting her head in her hands. 'Anything but that question. Ask me what you really want to know.'
It’s not exactly what you expect someone will say to you two minutes into a conversation, but there’s also something refreshing about her bluntness, her impatience, what Liz Smith calls her 'lack of concern with being loved by people.' One of the interesting things about Madonna is that although she has been offending people throughout her entire career, she seems incapable of being offended by anything - except stuff that bores her.

To read the full interview by Jacob Bernstein visit thedailybeast.com/newsweek


Madonna's 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' video premieres everywhere

The music video for Madonna's new single 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' premiered Friday, just two days before the singer's much-hyped Super Bowl halftime show (where's she's expected to perform the song live). And if you haven't seen the clip yet Clear Channel is doing its best to ensure you won't be able to get away from it.
In the video, which also features Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and a host of anonymous (possibly robotic) football players, Madonna tosses aside the accouterments of motherhood and morphs into the late-1980s/early-1990s version of herself, with white lingerie and short blonde hair. The rest of the video is lighter in tone and slightly more whimsical than is usual for Madonna, with Minaj and M.I.A. cheering her on with cheerleader pompoms.
The song, which appears on Madonna's upcoming album, 'MDNA,' debuted simultaneously on 95 Clear Channel-owned radio stations across the country, as well as additional stations in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. at the same time Friday morning. And the plan is for many of those stations to play the song at the top of every hour through the weekend.
Don't listen to regular radio? Well, you're not getting away from Madonna that easily. Clear Channel is using its network of outdoor digital billboards to play the video in full in 'highly visible' locations in New York City, Las Vegas, Paris, London, Oslo and Helsinki.
Additionally, 1,600 smaller Clear Channel billboards in subway stations, malls and bars will be playing the video all weekend.
And the video is also widely available in all the usual spots online.
And of course she'll be on the most-watched TV event of the year on Sunday.
People of Earth, bow before Madonna!

From the Los Angeles Times


MDNA Album Tracks Revealed

The 15 track titles from the Deluxe Edition of MDNA have been revealed today.

Girls Gone Wild
Gang Bang
I'm Addicted
Some Girls
I Don't Give A
Turn Up The Radio
Give Me All Your Luvin'
B-day Song
Superstar
I'm A Sinner
Masterpiece
Falling Free
Love Spent
I Fucked Up
Beautiful Killer


Madonna launching video on billboards, online

Clear Channel is giving Madonna all its luvin'.
The radio giant announced plans Friday to premiere the 53-year-old pop star's new single 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' and its music video across Clear Channel radio stations, electronic billboards and online venues. Clear Channel, which owns 850 stations nationwide, estimated the promotional campaign would reach more than 150 million people around the world.
Beginning on Friday morning, 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' is scheduled to premiere simultaneously across 95 radio stations and on more than 1,600 digital billboards in the United States, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Belgium, Finland and the United Kingdom, as well as on demand at iHeartRadio.com, Clear Channel's customized online radio service.
'This first-of-its-kind multimedia premiere with Madonna demonstrates the unequalled scope and strength of the entire Clear Channel platform - a range and depth that enables us to work with the most talented and creative artists in the world to develop truly groundbreaking promotional opportunities,' said Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel, in a statement.
The Material Girl push is the latest multimedia endeavor from Clear Channel, which organized a two-day concert in Las Vegas last year that featured the likes of Jay-Z and Lady Gaga and announced last month that it was taking a minority stake in the production company of 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest, who produces E!'s 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'
Madonna is expected to perform 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' and three other tunes at her Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday in Indianapolis. Her new album 'MDNA' is set to be released in March.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Super Bowl song and performance spoilers

This report from Madonna's rehearsals for the Super Bowl were published online at IndyStar.com - only read on if you want to be spoiled!

Madonna prepped four songs during a five-hour rehearsal Wednesday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to sources involved in the production of Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show.
Madonna worked on renditions of 'Vogue,' 'Music,' new single 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' and 'Like a Prayer.'
During the opening segment of 'Vogue,' the international star sat in a golden throne and was carried aloft by a crew of young men.
Two previously unconfirmed guest acts, Cee-Lo Green and pop duo LMFAO, participated in Wednesday's rehearsal.
LMFAO's Redfoo and Sky Blu folded lyrics from their songs 'Party Rock Anthem' and 'Sexy and I Know It' into Madonna's 2000 hit 'Music.'
Green donned a bejeweled choir robe when joining Madonna for a duet of 'Like a Prayer.'
The rehearsal, originally scheduled as a four-hour session, stretched to five hours of work. At its conclusion, Madonna thanked members of the volunteer crew for staying late.
In a television interview scheduled to air today, Madonna says she’s anxious about taking center stage in Indianapolis.
'Oh, my God, I’m so nervous, you have no idea,' she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
'First of all, it’s the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is kind of like the holiest of holy in America. I’m going to come in halfway between the church experience, and I’m going to have to deliver a sermon that’s going to have to be very impactful.'


Madonna: Super Bowl show a 'dream' come true

Pop superstar Madonna said it was a dream come true to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday and conceded she was feeling pressure at the idea of singing in front of the huge live television audience.
Last year's Super Bowl attracted 111 million U.S. viewers - the largest for a single TV broadcast in the United States.
'This is a Midwesterner girl's dream to be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show,' said Madonna, who was born in Bay City, Michigan.
'In over 25 years of performing that I've done, I have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or freaked out as much as I have...trying to make the most major show at this Super Bowl,' she added.
Asked if she felt the pressure of the massive audience, Madonna, who has performed at stadiums around the world on her global tours, replied simply 'Yes, I do.'
Madonna, whose biggest global live TV performance was likely Live Aid in 1985, said she would sing three "old songs" and her new single 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' during the show.
The 53-year-old Material Girl said she would dedicate her performance to her father.
'I was raised in the Midwest, and he is the personification of Midwestern values, he gave me the work ethic that I have, so if I am a hardworking girl who never stops it's because of him.'
'Also, I am sure of all the things I have ever done in my life this will be the thing he is most excited about,' she said.
The halftime show has increasingly featured high-profile pop acts, a far cry from the first Super Bowl in 1967 when college marching bands entertained the crowd.<
Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Eyed Peas and Janet Jackson are among recent performers.
Jackson's appearance in 2004 was the most controversial as she made headlines worldwide with her infamous 'wardrobe malfunction.' Justin Timberlake, who was performing with Jackson, grabbed her costume and tugged at it, exposing her breast's nipple to millions of TV viewers.
Madonna said all efforts had been made to ensure there would not be a similar episode in her show.
'Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe, there will be no wardrobe malfunction - I promise,' she said.
Asked which quarterback she would choose if both called her for a date on Saturday night, the entertainer picked the New York Giants' Eli Manning over the New England Patriots' Tom Brady. Why Eli? Because of the New York connection, she said.
A question about Victor Cruz, the salsa-dancing wide receiver from the New York Giants, got her doing some salsa moves for reporters who packed the room. "He's inspired me," she said.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


One new, three old for the Super Bowl!

Madonna confirmed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show press conference today that she will be performing one new song and three old ones.

She also joined one of the presenters of the NFL Network on the sofa to chat about her cheerleading past - including how she loved the quarterback, but he didn't love her and how she wants Lourdes to go to the University of Michigan.


Madonna: The Truth Is She Never Left You

Madonna is on the cover and interviewed by Ari Karpel for the latest issue of The Advocate, the full article can also be read online at news.advocate.com

'I’m magnificent!' Madonna says initially when asked what she’s like as a director. Then she gets serious. 'I don’t know - I’m pretty methodical and detail-oriented, very specific with everybody from the camera crew to the actors to the costume designer to the hair and makeup people. I was very specific with everybody all the time. I love giving actors as much information as possible and helping them as much as I can and then leaving them alone if they want me to.'
She learned that she is resilient, which one would think Madonna already knows. 'Yeah, but now I really know that,' she says, pointing out that she wrote a script that takes place on two continents and in two time periods with two sets of actors. It’s a pretty complicated undertaking for a novice director.
Making a movie is never an easy process, and yet Madonna keeps at it, sometimes with little success. Early press releases for W.E. touted it as 'Madonna’s directorial debut,' a misrepresentation that has since been corrected. But for most of the world, it may as well be. Hardly anyone saw the last one she directed, 2008’s Filth and Wisdom.
'Madonna is self-aware enough to know that there are people who actively dislike her, who don’t know her and yet presume that they do and pass vitriolic judgments against her,' says Alek Keshishian, who ought to know. He directed Truth or Dare 21 years ago and teamed up with Madonna again on W.E., for which they’re co-screenwriters.
'I was like 23 years old when she called me to do Truth or Dare,' says Keshishian, who went on to direct the film With Honors as well as numerous commercials. 'We always remained in touch.'
Though he’s used to being in the director’s chair himself, Keshishian recognized that in this situation Madonna’s in charge. It’s a characterization she doesn’t attempt to dispute. 'Yeah, yeah, for sure,' she says, shedding a bit of light on their method. 'We’re like two schoolchildren. I would look away, and then I would look up at the screen and he would have typed something completely X-rated and pornographic.'
But Madonna would never participate in that, right? 'No, no,' she says, grinning broadly. 'Well, he would drag me into it. And then I would be like, ‘OK, OK, let’s stop this, we have to get back to work.’ And then he would get on his BlackBerry and I’d scream at him, and then I would have to go and do something with one of my kids and he would scream at me, and we would accuse each other of being unprofessional.'