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Events: Madonnalicious presents...Madonna Celebrate's 54

Get Into The Groove with a dance & sing-a-long screening of The Virgin Tour - Doors 5pm with a 6pm start!

Madonnalicious presents...Madonna Celebrate's 54. We're celebrating her 54th birthday in style by taking you back to the start with an evocative Madonna party.

Free entry for Everybody so arrive early.

Playing all of the classic Madonna performances from the Oscars, MTV VMA's, the Grammys & many more. Also there's a Material Girl Quiz, a Hung Up Tombola with cool 'M' memorabilia prizes. Compared by your host's David Robson (G.A.Y./Heaven), Neil Prince (Songs of Praise, Guilty Pleasures), Kurt Hoffman (Madonna Celebrate) and some very special surprise guests.

We are doing this to raise vital funds and awareness for our chosen charity, St. Stephens Aids Trust. Open your heart and support this event which now is an annual institution in honour of the Queen of Pop!

Madonna Celebrate's 54
Sunday 19th August 5pm - 10.30pm
The Retro Bar
2 George Court
London
WC2N 6HH

NO DOOR/COVER CHARGE


Madonna's 10 Best Videos: Billboard Poll Results

The incomparable Madonna's 54th birthday was yesterday, and she's had more music videos than she has candles on her cake. Last week we asked fans to join in on our celebrate the queen of pop's special day by voting on which Madonna video is the best one of all time. The votes are in!

Your picks spanned Madonna's career and were as eclectic and varied as the Material Girl herself - mixing in artful fare like Mark Romanek's surreal clip for 1995's 'Bedtime Story' with Madge's more iconic hits (though some surprisingly didn't make the cut, including 'Like A Virgin').

What made your top ten? Which clip did you vote as her top video? Read on at www.billboard.com/features


Rockers Pussy Riot Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after appearing in court today (August 17th 2012) following their trial for anti-government activism in a church. They will each serve two years in prison, starting from the day of their arrest, reports the UK's Guardian newspaper.

The all-female punk group were arrested in March accused of hooliganism after performing an anti-government protest song at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow addressing the Virgin Mary and appealing to her that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, be 'driven away'.
The three group members, Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against them and insisted that the song was not intended to cause offence to the Christian community, who understandably reacted with anger towards their actions, but was meant in opposition to the re-election campaign.
'Pussy Riot never means to show any disrespect to any viewers or witnesses of our punk concerts', wrote Tolokonnikova in a statement on the 'Free Pussy Riot' website. 'We are not enemies of Christianity. We care about the opinion of Orthodox Christians. Our performance contained no aggression towards the audience, but only a desperate desire to change the political situation in Russia for the better.'
The court arrested that 'The women were motivated by religious enmity and hatred, and acted provocatively and in an insulting manner inside a religious building in the presence of a large number of believers', though cries of 'Shame!' were heard in court as the sentencing was passed.

There have been protests by Pussy Riot activists in numerous cities across Europe as the verdict was awaited. Feminists in Kiev, Ukraine cut down a wooden cross with a chainsaw to show support, in Sofia and Bulgaria supporters put coloured balaclavas on Soviet-era statues that looked like the ones Pussy Riot wore at the time of their performance.
Various musicians from around the word had reached out to Pussy Riot and shown their support. The legendary Paul Mccartney wrote a letter to the women in custody hoping that the law would be relaxed to allow this demonstration of freedom of speech. 'I would like you to know that I very much Hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest', he wrote.
Queen of Pop Madonna also made an announcement during her MDNA gig in Moscow in support of the Free Pussy Riot campaign.

From contactmusic.com


'Vogue' Bar Mitzvah Dance

On March 14, 1992, Shaun Sperling read from the Torah and became a Bar Mitzvah in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The theme Shaun chose to signify the religious celebration of him becoming a man was, 'Madonna'. To kick off the party, he performed a dance to 'Vogue' - now strike a pose and lets get to it...


MDNA Oslo Birthday Show Tonight!

Fans at the Oslo show tonight will be holding their white 'birthday hearts' up high tonight to celebrate Madonna's birthday. Loads have been spotted in the crowd already.
They may even get the chance to sing Happy Birthday to Madonna with a little help from Nicki Richards and the band - but sssh don't tell Madonna!

If you going to the show (or any of the MDNA shows) then please share your pictures and videos with us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


Madonna’s Birthday Show in Oslo - Fan Birthday Surprise!

Calling everyone attending Madonna’s Birthday Show in Oslo – Fan Birthday Surprise!

Madonna’s Official Fan Club Icon have asked that fans bring paper 'white hearts' for themselves and other fans to her 'birthday show' in Oslo, Norway on 15th August, and hold them aloft after she sings 'Open Your Heart' as a birthday surprise for the Queen of Pop.

This tradition started in 2009 at her birthday show on the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Warsaw, and it is hoped that it will continue on this tour in Norway and indeed for all of Madonna’s birthday shows in future years.

There is a link for your to download your heart below, print them to A4 or even A3, cut them out and bring them along to the show to wish Madonna a Happy Birthday!

Download your birthday paper white heart at: http://tinypic.com/r/qs0935/6


Promoter sues lawmaker that accused Madonna

PMI, the company that organized Madonna's concert in St. Petersburg, plans to sue Vitaly Milonov, the drafter of the city's law aiming to restrict the promotion of homosexuality.
The company says Milonov's supporters illegally recorded Madonna's August 9 concert.
The concert in St. Petersburg was held as part of the singer's MDNA world tour. During the show Madonna asked the audience to be more friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
In response, several St. Petersburg based NGO's filed a complaint with the police charging that the singer had violated the law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among children. The complaint included photos and videos of the show. Prior to Madonna's concert, Milonov said that members of various organizations would be at the show to monitor compliance with the morality regulation.
The St. Petersburg law banning the promotion of pedophilia and homosexuality among minors came into effect on March 30. Now any citizen who violates the law can be fined in St. Petersburg for administrative violations.
Pursuant to the law, any public statement aimed at promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism or transgender behavior among minors, is subject to an administrative fine of 5,000 rubles ($158) for individuals, 50,000 rubles ($1,578) for officials, and 250,000-500,000 rubles ($7,890-$15,778) for legal entities.

From rapsinews.com


Madonna's Beauty Look

'Grace Kelly, Harlow Jean, pictures of a beauty queen.' While Madonna sings about timeless beauties, her makeup artist, Gina Brooke, is responsible for creating fierce looks for the icon herself. Brooke has worked with the superstar for the past decade, creating the makeup for each tour, including the current one, MDNA.
Here, Brooke takes time out from the road to talk creativity, cult products and cosmetics that can pass the on-stage sweat test.

What’s the process of creating the makeup look for Madonna’s show?
I listen to the music to get a feel for the show and [stylist] Arianne Phillips presents sketches of each outfit. I watch the show for about a week and then make storyboards. Ultimately, Madonna chooses what she likes best.

How has Madonna’s approach to beauty evolved over the last 10 years?
Madonna usually has an idea of what she wants to look like, but hires people around her to facilitate it. It’s a collaboration between wardrobe, makeup and hair.

How long does it take you to do her makeup?
Andy Lecompte and I do hair and makeup at the same time, which takes 45 minutes.

How many touch-ups do you do over the course of a show?
There’ll be about six touch-ups, which is the most I’ve had to do.

What’s the best trick for getting the makeup to stay on and how do you keep it sweat proof?
The best way is to prep the skin properly. Madonna uses Intraceuticals, which is a treatment for dehydrated skin. Then I use a primer, which helps the makeup stay put. During this particular show, I heard Make Up For Ever was making an Aqua Rouge lip line. Everything is sweat proof and waterproof. This is how my collaboration with them came about.

How has Madonna’s face changed and how does that impact what you do?
Everyone’s face changes from loss of hyaluronic acid. I love to work with creams because they’re absorbent and look like second skin.

What do you carry in your kit?
I can’t live without Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. I love Cle´ de Peau concealer. I create my own lashes, so a curler is a must. Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge eye shadow literally doesn’t move. I like to use a highlighter to contour the face because it makes the person look younger. And red lipstick, always!

You created a special shade of Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color called Iconic just for Madonna. Tell us about it.
Every tour, I make her something special. I’ve created mink lashes, diamond lashes and rose gold eye shadow made from real gold. We always enhance her eyes, so for this I wanted to enhance her lips. This show has a very 1930s Parisian feel and enhancing the lips was a necessity.

From WWD.com - thanks to John


Madonna's 57th Billboard Top 10 Dance Club Hit

Madonna extends her lead as the act with the most top 10s on the Dance Club/Play Songs chart as 'Turn Up the Radio' zooms 19-8 in its third chart week - marking the diva's 57th top 10.
It's her 28th top 10 in a row - a streak that began with 1999's 'Beautiful Stranger' (No. 1 for two weeks). 'Turn Up the Radio' bowed at No. 39, and then moved to No. 19 before sailing to No. 8 this week.
Further, 'Turn Up the Radio's' swift rise to the top 10 is especially notable. Since 2010, only six songs have jumped into the region in three weeks or less - and three of them are by Madonna. Aside from 'Turn Up the Radio,' she also sped into the top 10 earlier this year in three weeks time with 'Girl Gone Wild' (46-20-7 on April 7) and 'Give Me All Your Luvin' (in only two weeks: 24-9 on March 10).

From www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat


Vote: What's Madonna's Best Video?

Billboard.com are running a fun poll to find out what their readers think is the best Madonna video ever:

The incomparable Madonna's 54th birthday is next Thursday, and she's had more music videos than she'll have candles on her cake. We want to celebrate the queen of pop's special day by finding out what her fans think is the best Madonna video of all time.
Cast your vote for your favorite clip in the online poll. Feel free to add your thoughts about it in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Then, come back on Madge's birthday next week (Aug. 16) to find out which of her many, varied videos you voted as the best.

To vote for your favourite video visit www.billboard.com/features/poll

Thanks to David and Miguel


Madonna Stands Up For Jailed Former Leader Of Ukraine

Madonna rallied support for the jailed former prime minister of the Ukraine last week after quizzing the crowd at her concert soundcheck about the circumstances surrounding her incarceration.
The Material Girl was running through songs ahead of her gig in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last Saturday when she halted the rehearsals and asked locals about troubled politician Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sentenced to serve seven years behind bars in 2011 for her alleged abuse of office while in power from December, 2007, to March, 2010.
In video footage posted on YouTube.com, Madonna told the small audience, 'I don't even know the actual truth, I've just heard some stories from emails...Is it true that the woman who was the former president (sic) is in jail here?'
After hearing supporters for Tymoshenko protest her conviction, Madonna replied, 'If you feel so strongly, how come no one's fighting for her? You might get killed? So, this is what we call freedom? Just curious, thank you for telling me.'
The singer then urged fans to stand up for Tymoshenko and called on the crowd to fight on the embattled politician's behalf, telling them: 'Are you brave? Do you have courage? Are you willing to fight for what is right?'
Madonna did not repeat her comments during her Kiev show that night, but she did make headlines in Russia this week when she performed in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday and voiced her support for the imprisoned members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who are facing prison time for performing a protest song against President Vladimir Putin in a church in February.
She also upset officials in St. Petersburg on Thursday night as she challenged the city's gay rights legislation during a concert, handing out pink bracelets to 25,000 fans.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna supports gay rights in Russia concert

Pop star Madonna spoke out for gay rights at a concert on Thursday in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin's home town, where activists say a law adopted this year to curb homosexual 'propaganda' is discriminatory.
Performing in black lingerie with the words 'No Fear' scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience - most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door - to 'show your love and appreciation to the gay community'.
'We want to fight for the right to be free,' she said.
The American singer has turned a two-concert tour into a platform for comment on Putin's Russia.
In Moscow on Tuesday, she told a crowd she prays for the release of three members of the band Pussy Riot, who prosecutors want jailed for three years for their 'punk prayer' criticising Putin on the altar of Russia's main cathedral.
She told Reuters Television that the three women, whose trial verdict is to be announced on August 17, had been treated unfairly and suggested they were victims of censorship.
Madonna had promised to use her St Petersburg show to speak out against legislation adopted by the city in March that imposes fines for spreading homosexual 'propaganda' that could 'damage the health, moral and spiritual development' of minors.
On her Facebook page, she called the law a 'ridiculous atrocity'.
Critics of the law - the model for a bill submitted to the national parliament - say they fear it could be used to clamp down on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, for instance by barring gay rights demonstrations.
St. Petersburg police chief Sergei Umnov told local reporters in July that 74 people had been fined so far.
Homosexuality, punished with jail terms in the Soviet Union, was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but much of the homosexual community remains largely underground as anti-gay prejudice runs deep.
Numerous attempts to hold gay protests in Moscow, ruled illegal by the authorities, have ended in arrests and clashes with violent Russian Orthodox believers who say homosexuals should be punished or treated for 'illness'.
'Do we live in fear?' Madonna asked her audience on Thursday night. 'No!' came the reply. 'We love you!' shouted some fans, but not everybody was thrilled.
'One should not mix showbusiness with human rights activism,' said gay rights activist Yuri Gavrikov, who picketed the concert venue. 'If she wanted to support the LGBT community, she could have...refused to hold concerts in Russia.'

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


For St. Petersburg

A show of support all the way from the UK to St. Petersburg for the show tonight.

At Thursday's Madonna concert, a pink wristband will be available to anyone that wants to support the LGBT community in St. Petersburg. The wristband will be part of the show - be prepared to raise your arm in support!

Thanks to Gemma


Madonna courts new controversy in Russia

Pop icon Madonna came under attack ahead of her concert in Saint Petersburg Thursday, with a Russian deputy prime minister slanging her on Twitter and a lawmaker threatening to fine her for 'homosexual propaganda'.
During a packed Moscow concert earlier this week, the US Queen of Pop called on the authorities to release three members of all-girl punk band Pussy Riot, who are on trial for performing a song against President Vladimir Putin at a landmark Moscow church.
At her upcoming show in Saint Petersburg on Thursday, she has promised to come out in support of the city's embattled gay community, with pink wristbands to be distributed at the concert.
'Every former w.... seeks to lecture everyone on morality as she gets older. Especially during tours and gigs abroad,' deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter.
'Either take off your cross, or put on your knickers,' the outspoken former NATO envoy added Wednesday evening.
Pro-Kremlin activists planned to hold pickets ahead of the free-wheeling singer's concert in Russia's former imperial capital, while a local lawmaker said her show would be closely monitored for signs of violating a citywide law against 'homosexual propaganda'.
'In this case steps will be taken to open an administrative probe, and she will face a fine for violating this law,' said a spokeswoman for Vitaly Milonov, a member of the Saint Petersburg legislature.
'We should not allow the imposition here in Russia of Western values that Madonna promotes.'
Milonov said earlier this week that Russian society would actively resist attempts to embrace 'Western ideology'.
'Probably madame Madonna is aware that not everyone is looking forward to her arrival,' he said on his page on Russia's VKontakte social network.
Saint Petersburg earlier this year passed a citywide law that fines those 'promoting homosexuality' to minors and apparently equates it with paedophilia, even though homosexuality is not a crime in Russia.
Russia legalised homosexuality in 1993 after the fall of the Soviet Union but only ceased to classify it as a mental disorder in 1999, and homophobic attitudes still run high in the country.
Gay activists had earlier called on Madonna to cancel her concerts in Russia as a gesture of support for the gay community. They said on Thursday they would also hold pickets ahead of her concert for not doing enough to support them.
'In our opinion, it is not enough to say a few words in support of homosexuals between two songs during a concert,' local activist Yury Gavrikov told AFP in Saint Petersburg.
'If you position yourself as a defender of human rights then you need to do something more substantial,' said Gavrikov, accusing Madonna of hypocrisy.
Gay and pro-Kremlin activists will be joined by supporters of the Russian Orthodox Church who said they would also hold a protest against her highly-theatrical performance playing on religious themes.
'She calls herself 'Madonna' and desecrates the cross,' Kirill Frolov, an activist of the Corporation of Orthodox Action told AFP. 'We will not tolerate this.'

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna tells Moscow she prays for Pussy Riot

US pop icon Madonna said Tuesday she prayed for the freedom of all-girl band Pussy Riot after prosecutors sought three years' prison for its members for performing an anti-Putin 'punk prayer' in a church.
The superstar's emotional appeal at a packed Moscow concert came as global concern mounted for the three young women who challenged both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin just weeks ahead of President Vladimir Putin's thumping March election win.
Top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton on Tuesday noted 'irregularities' in the trial and procedures that allowed the band members to remain in pre-trial detention for five months.
Madonna waded into Russia's most heated political controversy after arriving in Moscow just as the three young women prepared to hear their sentence later this week.
'The three girls - Masha, Katya, Nadya - I think they have done something courageous. I think they paid the price and I pray for their freedom,' Madonna said to cheers from her Moscow fans.
'They deserve the right to be free. I pray for your freedom,' she said, addressing the detained group members.

Madonna paused roughly midway through her highly theatrical performance, which played heavily on religious themes, to say she dreamt of a world where everyone was free to express themselves as they chose.
'I have the right to express my point of view,' she said, adding that she prayed for others to obtain the same freedom.
Her performance was preceded by calls from influential Russian Orthodox Church supporters to ban the concert. Local media reports said a small picket was also staged Tuesday outside the star's Moscow hotel.
A spokesman for Russia's Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers - a support group for the Church that often wages fierce political campaigns - accused Madonna of interfering in Russia's internal affairs and putting pressure on the courts.
'This little singer is openly mocking our laws, our traditions and our culture,' the spokesman was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna appeal over Pussy Riot

US singer Madonna has appealed for the release of three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot during a concert in Moscow.
The singer told a crowd at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night that she was praying for the women's freedom.
She briefly wore a balaclava - in a nod to Pussy Riot's trademark outfits - and had the group's name on her back.
Prosecutors have called for the women, who are accused of inciting religious hatred, to be jailed for three years.
The judge is expected to start delivering her verdict on 17 August. Announcing the verdict could take days, correspondents say.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, played a song attacking Russian leader Vladimir Putin in front of the altar of Moscow's main cathedral on 21 February.
They said it was a reaction to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, publicly backing Mr Putin in elections.
Addressing cheering fans at the stadium, Madonna said: 'I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government, but I think that these three girls - Masha, Katya, Nadya - I think that they have done something courageous.'
The three women were supposed to be making their final pleas to the judge, but instead they made intensely political speeches from their glass cage, reading from handwritten notes.
Beside the cage there were six prison guards, and a large rottweiler dog.
The women compared their fate to that of the famous dissidents of the Soviet era.
In response, spontaneous applause broke out on the benches where the public and press were sitting, prompting the judge to warn: 'This is not a theatre.'
This may seem a trivial case, but it has exposed the faultlines in Russia. It has highlighted the links between Vladimir Putin's government, the security services, and the church.
It has renewed the deep resentment that other parts of society feel about that new political order. And it has further undermined a legal system which seems to be bent to the will of those with power and money.
'I know that everyone in this auditorium, if you are here as my fan, feels they have the right to be free,' she said.
Other international musicians including Sting and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have also appealed for leniency.
Artist Yoko Ono has spoken out in support of the band. In a Twitter post, John Lennon's widow said: 'Mr Putin you are a wise man & dont need to fight with musicians & their friends.'
In a closing statement to the court on Wednesday, Pussy Riot's lead singer, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said the court was carrying out a Stalin-era 'political order for repression'.
She said that the authorities had refused to listen to the group, and that it was 'not a trial over Pussy Riot but of the entire Russian political system'.
The three women have been sitting inside a glass cage at the courtroom.
Last week, Mr Putin, who was re-elected president in March, called for leniency towards the women during a visit to London for the Olympic Games.
Defence lawyer Mark Feygin argued on Tuesday that the case against the women did not stand up because they had been charged with hooliganism under Article 213 of the Russian penal code yet no violence or damage had occurred or been threatened.

From BBC News


Madonna faces protest in Russia for backing jailed punks

US pop icon Madonna found herself in hot water in Moscow on Tuesday after she waded into Russia's fiercest controversy by calling for the release of three women in the Pussy Riot protest punk band.
The one-time 'material girl and current campaigner for human rights causes arrived in Moscow on Monday to open a new gym for celebrities and then entertain thousands at the Olimpiysky stadium the following day.
But her visit coincided with a courtroom drama pitting three women in their 20s against the growing might of Russia's Orthodox Church and even President Vladimir Putin himself.
Band members had staged a stunt performance inside Moscow's massive Christ the Saviour Cathedral during which they belted out words to a song denouncing the Church's backing for Putin and calling for the Russian strongman's ouster.
The women have already been in pre-trial detention for five months and now face three years in a corrective labour facility after prosecutors called their crime was so severe 'their correction is only possible in...isolation from society.'
Madonna had already expressed surprise at the case when informed about it by a Russian television reporter in an interviewed aired in Moscow last week.
But she added her voice much more strongly to those of other superstars such as Sting and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Moscow by calling the case 'a tragedy' and underscoring the important links between politics and art.
'I am against censorship and my whole career I always promoted freedom of expression, freedom of speech, so obviously I think what's happening to them is unfair...I hope they do not have to serve seven years in jail,' Madonna told Western journalists in comments picked up by Russian media.
'That would be a tragedy,' the US superstar said.
Madonna said 'art should be political' and called the song Pussy Riot's performance a fully justified act.
'I think art through history, historically speaking, art always reflects what is going on socially,' she said.
But that view along with Madonna's open support for gay and lesbian causes as well as a general propensity to cause controversy on stage appeared to fall on deaf ears of organisations that have found new strength under Putin's rule.
A spokesman for Russia's Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers - a support group for the Church that often wages fierce political campaigns - accused Madonna of interfering in Russia's internal affairs and putting pressure on the courts.
'It is not in our power to ban her, but we call on the authorities - who position themselves as Orthodox believers - to do so,' the spokesman was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
'This little singer is openly mocking our laws, our traditions and our culture,' he said.
Other religious figures vowed to stage loud protests outside Madonna's concert later Tuesday in Moscow and another performance this week in Saint Petersburg.
'We will drop by to say 'no' to blasphemy...and to explain our position to those who plan to attend her concert,' said Kirill Frolov of the Orthodox Experts Association.
'A woman calling herself Madonna intends to desecrate the cross,' Frolov told Interfax. 'We will not stand for that.'

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna says jailing Russia's Pussy Riot would be tragedy

Pop singer Madonna urged Russia on Monday not to jail three women from the punk band Pussy Riot for staging a protest in a church, while jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky likened their trial to a medieval inquisition.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, face up to seven years in jail for storming the altar of Moscow's main cathedral on February 21 and belting out a 'punk prayer' calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin, the prime minister who has since returned to the presidency.
Madonna weighed into a trial which the opposition says is part of a wider crackdown on dissent by Putin after the biggest protests since he rose to power in 2000.
In Moscow to give a concert and open a branch of her own fitness club, the American singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and actor added her voice to other international singers such as Sting and Red Hot Chili Peppers who have appealed for leniency.
'I am against censorship and throughout my whole career I've always promoted freedom of expression, freedom of speech. So obviously, I think that what happened to them (Pussy Riot) is unfair,' Madonna, whose songs include 'Like a Virgin' and 'Like a Prayer' and have also courted controversy, told Reuters Television.
'I hope they do not have to serve seven years in jail. That would be a tragedy,' she said. 'I think art should be political. Historically speaking, art always reflects what's going on socially. So for me, it's hard to separate the idea of being an artist and being political.'
The band's stunt infuriated church leaders and the Kremlin and upset many Orthodox Christian believers for whom the Christ the Saviour Cathedral is a sacred place of worship and its pulpit a place reserved exclusively for priests.
Accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, the three woman on trial said they wanted their performance to be considered as a political act directed against the church merging with state security services.
'There is a big difference between criticism and hatred. Protest is not hatred and it is not violence,' Alyokhina told the court on Monday.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


Pussy Riot campaigners hope for Madonna's support

Campaigners are hoping that pop superstar Madonna will publicly express her support for three imprisoned members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot when she gives a concert in Moscow this week.
Three members of Pussy Riot – Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich – face up to seven years in prison if found guilty on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
The trio were arrested after going to Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral in February and performing a 'punk prayer' critical of the Orthodox church's support for the president, Vladimir Putin.
The women's plight has become a cause célèbre in the music world, with numerous stars taking a public stance in their support of the group.
American rockers Faith No More started the trend by inviting members of the Russian group who remain free to join them on stage during a recent performance at Moscow's Stadium Live club.
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the name Pussy Riot at a recent concert in St Petersburg. Indie band Franz Ferdinand, Peter Gabriel and Sting have all also issued messages of support.
'Surely the Russian authorities will completely drop these spurious charges and allow the women, these artists, to get back to their lives and to their children,' Sting said in a statement. Meanwhile, a group of British musicians, including Jarvis Cocker, the lead singer of Pulp, and the Who's Pete Townshend published an open letter of support in the Times last week.
So far Madonna has not gone as far as her music industry comrades. The group view the star as an inspiration because of her willingness to upset the Roman Catholic church with her music, but she has not come out openly in support of them. In a recent television interview with a state-run Russian station, Madonna would only say she was 'sorry that they've been arrested'.
When Madonna takes the stage in Moscow this week, there will be many Pussy Riot fans and supporters in Russia and around the world hoping that she will take a stronger stance.

From www.guardian.co.uk/music


Madonna’s Birthday Show in Oslo - Fan Birthday Surprise!

Calling everyone attending Madonna’s Birthday Show in Oslo – Fan Birthday Surprise!

Madonna’s Official Fan Club Icon have asked that fans bring paper 'white hearts' for themselves and other fans to her 'birthday show' in Oslo, Norway on 15th August, and hold them aloft after she sings 'Open Your Heart' as a birthday surprise for the Queen of Pop.

This tradition started in 2009 at her birthday show on the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Warsaw, and it is hoped that it will continue on this tour in Norway and indeed for all of Madonna’s birthday shows in future years.

There is a link for your to download your heart below, print them to A4 or even A3, cut them out and bring them along to the show to wish Madonna a Happy Birthday!

Download your birthday paper white heart at: http://tinypic.com/r/qs0935/6


Madonnalicious presents...Madonna Celebrate's 54

Everybody... It's time to celebrate!

Madonnalicious presents... Madonna Celebrate's 54.

The top selling female artist of all time, she's sold over 300 million records and we're celebrating her 54th birthday by taking you back to the start with an evocative Madonna party.

Get into the groove Sunday 19th August 5pm at The Retro bar just off The Strand at 2 George Court, London. Free entry for everyone so arrive early.

Kicking off with a sing & dance-a-long-a screening of The Virgin Tour. We'll also be playing a selection of classic Madge performances. There's a Material Girl Quiz, a Hung Up Tombola with cool 'M' memorabilia prizes. Compared by your host's David Robson (G.A.Y./Heaven), Neil Prince (Songs of Praise, Guilty Pleasures), Kurt Hoffman (Madonna Celebrate) and some very special surprise guests.

We are doing this to raise vital funds and awareness for our chosen charity, St. Stephens Aids Trust. Open your heart and support this event which now is an annual institution in honour of the Queen of Pop!

Madonna Celebrate's 54
Sunday 19th August 5pm - 10.30pm
The Retro Bar
2 George Court
London
WC2N 6HH

NO DOOR/COVER CHARGE

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Events: Madonna's Birthday Celebration in New York City

Celebrate Madonna's Birthday and the release of her new Single, 'Turn Up The Radio', NYC's hottest Madonnathons, brought to you by Madonnasworld.com & Interscope Records. Visit Madonnathon.com or RSVP at facebook.com/events

Free entry all night, giveaways all night TURN UP THE RADIO REMIX CDS, MDNA POSTERS, MDNA WRISTBANDS, and so much more. Come dance the night away!