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There are plenty of rivals, but only one Queen of Pop

Madonna has long been gloried as 'the only Queen of Pop'. Even though her pop rivals from Lady Gaga, and sometimes Britney Spears to Katy Perry, have been trying to usurp her crown, the queen's current MDNA World Tour simply confirms her right to the throne.
In Paris on Bastille Day, Madonna performed to 80,000-strong followers at Stade de France, and treated 60 Thais there on invitation from True Move H and H Music application to an unforgettable two-hour performance.
When the sun finally set, Madonna graced the stage, and attacked all senses at once with her interlude performance that incorporated a religious, ritualistic undertone in terms of hooded figures and red velvet roped cult leaders who had been led astray by Miss MDNA herself.
Girl Gone Wild nicely set the pace of the show, and Madonna went shooting happy and gun crazy in Revolver and Gang Bang where she battled attackers with blazing guns, and nicely timed visual effects added further jaw dropping excitement. The brimming violence might seem overdone for some, but Madonna smartly fashioned bullets and bloodshed into a struggle to uphold one's true identity by whatever means.
The dark atmosphere quickly evaporated when Madonna switched to cheerleading/drum majorette manoeuvres with bright colours and lighting, and launched into Express Yourself with a cheeky infusion of Lady Gaga's Born This Way as well as repeatedly drumming the phrase 'she's not me, she's not me' into our psyche.
Turn Up The Radio and Give Me All Your Luvin' fit the mood of the cheery drum troupes with dancers dressed as top drummers hoisted up above the stage.
Many have criticised the overwhelming numbers of new tracks from her latest album, MDNA. For an artist with such an extensive catalogue of global hits, Madonna has a large pool of resources to choose from, and it would be too much of a retreat to thrive solely on old favourites.
This tour is, after all, called MDNA, and artists should always be confident to showcase their new works.

To read the full review visit www.bangkokpost.com/arts-and-culture


Catholic youth crusade against Madonna in Poland

Singer Madonna is courting controversy again ahead of an August 1 gig in Warsaw, having already been threatened with legal action in France for projecting a swastika on an image of far-right party leader Marine Le Pen.
A group of young Catholics has launched an online petition to have the concert cancelled as it coincides with the Polish capital's annual World War II commemoration of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the city's Nazi's occupiers.
As of Tuesday, the petition had gathered 31,000 supporters for the 'Material Girl's' concert to be called off out of respect for the estimated 200,000 people who died in the doomed 63-day uprising by Polish partisans.
Every year at 5 pm (1500 GMT) on August 1 sirens wail as Warsaw residents observe a minute's silence across the capital to remember the loss of life in the largest single rebellion against Nazi Germany during WWII.
'August 1 is a day of remembrance in Poland. We pay our respects to those who survived and those who perished in the uprising. We won't allow the desecration of our hallowed symbols,' reads the Internet petition launched by a group calling itself the Youth Crusade.
It also slams the 53-year-old Queen of Pop's on-stage antics as 'attacking the Catholic faith...offending Jesus Christ by burning crosses and wearing a crown of thorns' as well as promoting homosexuality and pornography.
A spokesperson for tour promoter LiveNation, Anna Pietrzak, declined comment on both the protest and ticket sales when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.
Warsaw city authorities have proposed holding a minute's silence and airing WWII-era news chronicles of the uprising ahead of the concert at Warsaw's new National Stadium, which has a capacity of nearly 73,000.
Having hosted the June 8 kick-off of the Euro 2012 football championships, the venue itself is on the east bank of the Vistula river, cutting though the Polish capital, where Soviet forces waited for the Nazis to decimate the Polish resistance during the uprising.
The protest comes as Madonna faces a lawsuit in France brought by the far-right National Front for screening a video showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a Nazi swastika on her forehead at a weekend concert at the Stade de France near Paris.
The failed French presidential candidate warned the US superstar in June she was mulling legal action after the video was shown at a Tel Aviv gig in May kicking off the 'MDNA' world tour, covering about 30 countries and wrapping up in Australia in 2013.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


MDNA Tour Adds Special Show At Paris' Olympia July 26th

Madonna's fanatic French fans are in for a special treat with the announcement of an intimate one night only performance by the Material Girl at the historic Olympia in Paris on Thursday, July 26th.
The show which was confirmed by Live Nation, Madonna's MDNA international tour promoter, follows The Material Girl's stunning performance last Saturday (July 14th) at Paris Stade de France.
The Olympia show will include songs from Madonna's current MDNA CD including her new single, 'Turn Up The Radio' as well as several classics. MDNA debuted at No. 1 in over 40 countries. The Olympia, founded in 1888 has been the site of legendary shows by performers such as Marlene Dietrich, Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel.
With anticipation for ticket demands for Madonna's Olympia date at an all time high, the show will be streamed for all to see. Complete URL information to follow this week.
The MDNA Tour, currently whirling through Europe, has reaffirmed Madonna's reputation as one of the most thrilling and fearless performers ever and an artist who continues to produce visual extravaganzas. 'Another world-class show her fans will lap up,' raved The Sun in the UK. 'Madonna's back with a vengeance...Madonna returns to defy the realms of possibility ' our disco Messiah,' commented MOJO Magazine.
Tickets for the exclusive opportunity to see Madonna at the 2700 seat will first go on sale to members of Madonna's fan club beginning Wednesday, July 18th at 1pm (13:00) through Thursday, July 19th at 3pm (15:00). Tickets will be held for the public and will go on sale after following fan club sales on Friday July 20th at 10:00 at www.olympiahall.com
Tickets starting at 80 euros will be sold via internet only and will be limited to 2 tickets per person. All tickets purchased will be available night of show only at the will call window at the box office. Customers will be required to present picture ID and the credit card that tickets were purchased with. All transactions are non-transferable - only the person who purchased the ticket will be admitted entry. Once the tickets have been redeemed at the box office, the patron will be directed immediately into the venue.

From Madonna.com


Madonna Keeps To Tight Curfew At London Gig

Madonna kept her promise not to risk another Hyde Park curfew controversy during her Tuesday night show in London by wrapping up her return to Britain with almost three minutes to spare.
The pop superstar's managers sat down with Live Nation executives at the beginning of the week to make sure Madonna wouldn't suffer the same fate as Bruce Springsteen did on Saturday when his encore performance with Sir Paul McCartney was cut short by promoters when the duo sailed past the outdoor venue's cut-off time.
The singer kept her eye on the time throughout her show - after arriving a little late - walking off stage at 10.27pm.
There was another McCartney at the gig - Paul's designer daughter Stella, who is one of Madonna's closest friends, was backstage, while Australian superstar Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and even the pop superstar's ex-husband Guy Ritchie were spotted in the crowd at the concert.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna MDNA Tour Sales are Tops says Billboard!

Madonna continues to be one of the world's top touring draws.
The Material Girl tops Billboard's latest Hot Tours ranking with the first box office totals reported from her massive MDNA Tour that launched at the end of May. Ticket sales revenue from the first 11 venues on the tour schedule totaled $49.5 million from 417,448 sold tickets.
The tour began in Israel on May 31 with a crowd of 33,457 in attendance for the first performance. The inaugural concert was held at Israel's largest football venue, Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv with revenue topping $4.3 million (US$). Following the tour opener in Israel, Madonna made her first concert appearance in the United Arab Emirates with a two-show stint at du Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on June 3 and 4. The Box office gross was $8 million (US$), tops among the 11 concert engagements included in this week's tally.
The MDNA Tour's European leg kicked off in Turkey on June 7 with a crowd of 47,789 in attendance at Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. Concerts followed in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi hosted the legendary pop star for two performances on June 20 and 21, and another two-show run was held at the O2 World arena in Berlin on June 28 and 30.
When the European trek ends on August 21 in Nice, France, the tour will then cross the pond for its first U.S. performance. The North American leg will kick off in Philadelphia on August 28 and continue through late-November. A South American leg begins in Colombia on November 28 and will wrap on December 22 in Argentina.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Madonna told the plug will be pulled if she over-runs gig

Madonna was today warned she will be cut off just like Bruce Springsteen if she over-runs a strict curfew when she plays Hyde Park.
The singer, 53, is set to perform before 50,000 fans tomorrow night in her first appearance in England for four years. But she has been told not to over-run the 10.30pm curfew after the plug was pulled on Springsteen as he duetted with Paul McCartney in front of a sell-out 80,000-crowd on Saturday.
John Probyn, chief operating officer of Live Nation, said: 'It won’t happen again. We’ve had lengthy conversations with Madonna’s people. They contacted us. We’ve worked out with them what time she needs to go on stage to finish on time. That’s all in hand.'
Asked whether the plug would be pulled on Madonna if she were to run over, Mr Probyn said: 'Yes. We’d have no choice. We are effectively breaking the law if we carry on. There’s not a lot we can do. She will finish on time.'
Westminster council today revealed it received one complaint about the noise from Springsteen’s gig on Saturday night, with a second yesterday.
The council, which has cut the maximum number of concerts in Hyde Park from 13 to nine from next year, said Springsteen had not breached its 75 decibel maximum. Last night Paul Simon also stayed within the sound limit, though many concert goers complained the music was not loud enough - a complaint of many who attended the Springsteen gig.
Police concerns about the need to evacuate the crowd via Hyde Park Corner were behind the decision to cut the sound before 10.40pm as Springsteen and McCartney sang Twist and Shout.
Springsteen said 'I’ve waited for this moment for 50 years' as he introduced the ex-Beatle to the crowd. Guitarist Steve Van Zandt tweeted afterwards: 'Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?'
A Westminster spokeswoman said: 'These time limits are a compromise between the interests of the organisers on one hand and local residents on the other, and are put in place for a reason - to get people out safely and to minimise disruption for residents.'
Mark Field, Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, said: 'It’s a matter of getting the right balance. There have been a number of occasions where these concerts have over-run and I think it’s right that the organisers decided to put their foot down and pull the plug.'

From thisislondon.co.uk


Letter from Live Nation regarding Hyde Park

Not everyone will have received this email but Live Nation are helpfully advising that flip-flops and high-heels would not be suitable footwear for Hyde Park tomorrow. Whatever the weather be prepared to have fun!

Dear Guest

We hope you’re looking forward to seeing Madonna in Hyde Park on Tuesday, we know we are!

We’re writing to help you prepare for what to wear on the day. As you’ll know, the concert site is outdoors so open to the elements, and due to the recent inclement weather it is currently looking quite muddy. With that in mind it is worth wearing suitable footwear for the day. The main concert site would not currently be suitable for heels or open toed shoes and so it would be better to wear more sensible options.

We look forward to seeing you in the Park!

Kind regards
Live Nation Experience


Madonna Celebrates MDNA Tour After Party Winner

To honour the Queen of pop's ONLY London date 17th July in Hyde park on her record breaking 2012 world tour, Madonnalicious Presents... Madonna Celebrates MDNA Tour After Party held in one of Soho's most decadent venues, Punk.

madonnalicious is pleased to announce that the winner to our competition to win VIP tickets to the Madonna Celebrates MDNA Tour After Party is Fiona Hepburn.

LATEST NEWS: At the party there will be on a first come first served basis strictly limited entrance on the door priced £20.

Take a look at the flyer below (click to enlarge) for details on the Madonna Celebrate, MDNA Charity Raffle - Tickets £2 ONLY available from The MDNA Tour After Party! ALL monies raised going to St.Stephens Aids Trust.

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France's National Front to sue Madonna over Le Pen swastika

France's far-right National Front is to sue Madonna after an image at the US singer's Paris concert showed party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika imposed on her face.
National Front vice-president Florian Philippot said the party could not accept 'such an odious comparison'.
The image, in a video accompanying the song Nobody Knows Me, was followed by another resembling Adolf Hitler.
Madonna was performing at the Stade de France in a Paris suburb on Saturday.
Mr Philippot said the lawsuit would be filed this week.
The video had already appeared earlier in Madonna's 30-nation MDNA world tour, sparking a warning from Ms Le Pen that she was considering legal action.
Mr Philippot said: 'This is just another provocation in Madonna's world tour so that people will talk about her.'
'Marine Le Pen will defend not only her own honour but her supporters and the millions of National Front voters.'
Ms Le Pen won 18% of the vote in the first round of France's presidential election and has tried to remove extremist elements and crack down on anti-Semitism.
However, the National Front won only two seats in the 577-member National Assembly in last month's general election.
Madonna is due to perform in France again on 21 August, in Nice.

From BBC News


Madonna Sued Over Vogue Sample

Madonna is being sued for a sample of music used in her 1990 hit 'Vogue'.
Record company VMG Salsoul have accused the 53-year-old singer of using horns and strings from Salsoul Orchestra's 1977 hit 'Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh, I Love It)' and never paying for them, and in a lawsuit have alleged she has illegally profited from the instrumentals.
According to TMZ.com, the company claims it has had to wait so long to take the issue to court because the sample is not obvious and was only isolated thanks to new technology.
VMG Salsoul is suing for copyright infringement and is demanding unspecified damages.
The company stated: 'The unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden by [Madonna] within 'Vogue' so as to avoid detection. It was only when VMG specifically looked for the sample, with the technology available to it in 2011, that the sampling could be confirmed.'
The suit also mentions Richard 'Shep' Pettibone, who was hired to work on the original hit and 'Vogue', with the company claiming he intentionally disguised the sample.

From contactmusic.com


Win VIP tickets to Madonna Celebrates MDNA Tour After Party

To honour the Queen of pop's ONLY London date 17th July in Hyde park on her record breaking 2012 world tour, Madonnalicious Presents... Madonna Celebrates MDNA Tour After Party held in one of Soho's most decadent venues, Punk.

The general admission tickets to this event are now sold out - but 'madonnalicious' is offering our readers the chance to win entry to the VIP 'madonnalicious' room!

The Competition:
The prize is a VIP Guest List and a table for two in the VIP 'madonnalicious' room with a bottle of champagne! Just answer the five questions below:

1 - Name Madonna's dance teacher?
2 - What year was her West End debut?
3 - Madonna's first single was ..., and in what venue was the first performance?
4 - Who did Madonna present an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award to in 1989?
5 - Who directed Madonna's 'Hung Up' video, and what other Madonna video did he direct?

Email your answers to comp@madonnacelebrate.co.uk (along with your name and contact number). The competition will end at 18:00 GMT on Sunday 15 July. No entries will be accepted after this time. Terms and conditions are available here.
The winner will be announced on madonnalicious.com on Monday 16 July 2012.

Tickets will also be available to the VIP 'madonnalicious' room through ticketweb. Cocktail waiter service and table reservations available (minimum spend required), for enquiries contact Tam at vip@madonnacelebrate.co.uk

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M.I.A. Surprised By Demo Leak

A previously-unheard demo song recorded by rapper/singer M.I.A. for Madonna has been leaked online without the British star's knowledge.
The Paper Planes hitmaker, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, previously hit the studio with dance producer and Madonna collaborator William Orbit to record a rough version of Baby, but the track never made the cut for the Material Girl's new album MDNA.
Audio of the incomplete tune emerged on the Internet this week to M.I.A.'s surprise, but she insists she's not angry about the unauthorised leak - and the star is even considering sharing another take on the record with fans.
In a post on her Twitter page, she writes, 'who ever Leaked That Baby song should know that ive (sic) never heard this version B4 (before) it sounds crazy different 2 wht i worte (to what I wrote) for madonna.'
'im (sic) not mad about it but this just make (sic) me want to upload my version of it... this song wasnt (sic) recorded for my LP... so its (sic) not complete...'
M.I.A. is currently working on her fourth album, Matangi, which is due for release later this year.

From contactmusic.com


Second Medellin Show Added And Change To Rio Show Date

We are happy to announce that a second show at Medellin's Estadio Atanasio Girardot was just added to the MDNA Tour schedule and will take place on November 29th!
Tickets will go on sale at 12:01am local time on July 17th, while a devoted Icon pre-sale will start on July 12, at 11am local time for Legacy members / 12 Noon local time for Live Pass members.

Also, due to scheduling changes, Madonna's concert at Parque dos Atletas in Rio de Janeiro has been changed from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 2nd.
Rio De Janeiro Ticket Information: All tickets for the December 1st show can be used for the new December 2nd show date. There is no need to exchange tickets. Anyone who purchased tickets and cannot attend the rescheduled concert should visit their retail outlet beginning July 10th to request a refund.

From Madonna.com


Selfridges Exclusively Launches Truth Or Dare Shoe Collection

Madonna launches her new Truth or Dare shoe collection exclusively at Selfridges.

Coming soon to Selfridges, the collection of brogues, heels and boots was created to showcase the dichotomy that is Madonna: both powerful icon, and feminine beauty.

Helen Attwood, Selfridges’ Buying Manager for Shoes, comments: 'We’re thrilled to launch this collection before anywhere else in the world - the line offers the perfect mix of style, diversity and of course, Madonna's stardust!'

For more information visit style.selfridges.com/whats-in/


Hyde Park Updates

As some fans may have heard 'The Hit Factory Live' event that was due to take place in Hyde Park tomorrow has been cancelled. Here is the latest update on how this may effect Madonna's MDNA show there next week:

Live Nation and The Royal Parks forced to cancel ONE show in Hyde Park tomorrow - The Hit Factory Live.
All other Hyde Park events and concerts to go ahead as planned.

Live Nation and The Royal Parks have today announced that they have been forced to cancel The Hit Factory Live concert tomorrow (Wednesday 11 July).
Following the severe and unprecedented weather conditions across the country the site was declared unfit this morning to host the concert. The decision was made following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities and the safety advisory group. The safety of our customers, performers and production crew is of utmost importance and the decision was made unanimously. The potential risk to staff and music fans was too great for the event to go ahead.
Live Nation and The Royal Parks sincerely regret the disappointment caused by this cancellation.
John Probyn, Live Nation COO said, 'The moment the Wireless Festival ended, we put in place a massive plan to prepare the site for tomorrow. Eight thousand cubic metres of wood chip is currently being put in place and over the past 24hours crews have started to make the site safe for our customers. Despite best efforts time has beaten us, but I want to reassure that Hard Rock Calling concerts with Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, plus Madonna on 17 July and the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration concert and the events will go ahead.'
Steve Edwards, Hyde Park manager, said: 'Woodchip is being laid on the concert site as part of plans to ensure concert goers can be welcomed back as soon as possible. We are confident that the action being taken will enable Hard Rock Calling and the remainder of the summer concert series to go ahead as planned.'


Special Screening for Madonna

Madonna took time for a movie night with boy toy Brahim Zaibat over the weekend during her concert tour. But she didn’t just stroll to a multiplex. She rented out an entire theater in Amsterdam to privately screen the French hit 'The Intouchables' with Zaibat and an entourage.
A print with English subtitles was specially shown for Her Madgesty, and she was seen with Zaibat at a grand old cinema looking like a hot librarian in retro glasses and a cardigan. Madonna played Amsterdam Saturday and Sunday.

From the New York Post


MDNA gets better second time around

madonnalicious' second experience of the MDNA tour on Sunday at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam was different but just as wonderful.

We had seats on the first level and were directly opposite the end of the catwalk. The arena seemed relatively small from the seats (thank goodness it wasn't a stadium) and we were excited about how we were going to see the show from a different viewpoint.

Obviously in the seats you don't get the close interaction with Madonna and the intensity of being in the triangle, but you do see the show as a whole, as it was designed, and this was the first time we got goosebumps (didn't happen the first night, no idea why!) several times during the show.

Even from the seats, at some points in the show you still don't know where to look as there can be action going on at the catwalk end, the main stage, and even in the air! We spotted things we missed from the triangle on the first night, getting to see the full effects on the movable blocks that light up on stage, and the fact that there is an elevated platform at the catwalk tip (although I blame the fact that madonnalicious missed that on being vertically challenged!). We never had to look at the video screens at the side as the stage was so close.

Having said all this though we couldn't resist going into the golden triangle for the final part of the show...to have a crazy Celebration!

And now onto London...have you seen the mud in Hyde Park? Eek!

 


Madonna Helps Fan Propose, Gives Marital Advice

For many, proposing marriage is a terrifying task. But one lucky woman got help from Madonna before she popped the question to her boyfriend in front of several hundred thousand people.
Halfway through Madonna’s July 8 concert in Amsterdam, she announced that she heard a rumor that someone was going to propose that night. A woman in the front row raised her hand and the singer handed her the microphone so the arena could hear it.
'Is that the man you love?' Madonna asked the woman.
'Do you love her? Huh? Very much?' the singer demanded of the guy.
Then Madonna, who has been married and divorced twice, walked the woman through the marriage proposal.
'Do it with feeling, from the heart, baby,' Madonna told the woman.
After the man said yes and the singer told them to 'kiss with tongue,' she gave them more advice.
'Never go to bed angry, OK?' the singer said.
'Two pieces of advice. Sorry,' she added. 'Learn to say the word,‘I f**ked up.’'
As the crowd cheered, the singer corrected herself saying, 'That’s more than one word.' She then topped off the proposal by dedicating a song (Masterpiece) to the happy couple.

From ABC News