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Fan Story: 'Like A Prayer' in St Paul

madonnalicious reader Phillip has this story to tell of his 'Like A Prayer' experience with Madonna at the two St Paul shows:

I attended both Madonna concerts in St. Paul on November 3 and 4. My partner and I won Golden Triangle tickets both nights! She started late, around 10:45 on both nights. I will never forget either night!
On the first night, I was already loving this concert, especially when Madonna told the crowd to 'Vote No' on the Minnesota marriage amendment! (It failed to pass, so thanks Madonna!)
Then during 'Like A Prayer,' I was standing on the side of the catwalk, and she walked right past me, looked at me, then did a double take. She looked right at me, smiled, and walked right back in front of me and squatted down and put the pic in my face. I sang the whole chorus to her. She actually stopped singing and just watched me and smiled.
I didn't want to rock the boat, so I didn't reach out to touch her, but to my complete shock, as I finished the last line, SHE reached out her hand and gave my hand a squeeze and nodded at me! Guy Oseary was filming the whole thing, and laughed at my reaction, then came up and patted me on the shoulder and said, 'congratulations!'
We were given Golden Triangle tickets the next night. Again, during 'Like A Prayer,' she walked right past me, but then saw me! Her face lit up, she gave me a look, and completely turned around and came right back over to me! I couldn't believe she actually remembered me and liked me singing with her enough to do it again! This time, she actually held my hand for about 3 or 4 seconds while I sang! It was so amazing! If any madonnalicious readers have video of 'Like A Prayer' from either night, I'd love to see it!!! My queen made my dream come true!!!


Madonna to face trial in Russia for promoting gay rights

A Russian court has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to sue Madonna for promoting gay rights during her 'MDNA' tour, according to reports.
In August of this year, it was reported that the singer had enraged some citizens by handing out pink anti-homophobia wristbands to crowd members during a show in St Petersburg and telling them to 'fight for the right to be free'. Her stunt was in response to a new regulation adopted in St Petersburg in March of this year, which saw the city's yearly gay pride parade banned as it promoted 'gay lifestyles' and the 'propagation of homosexuality' - both of which have now been outlawed.
A lawsuit was subsequently submitted by members of the Union of Russian Citizens, the People's Assembly and the New Great Russia party against the singer, with a lawyer for the group claiming that her actions caused 'psychological stress and emotional shock' amongst the audience.
Now, according to The Times, a court in St Petersburg has given the go-ahead for the £6.5 million lawsuit to continue as the singer 'crossed a line' by handing out the bracelets to 'children as young as 12'. Madonna did not attend the hearing and is not expected to be present at future court dates relating to the trial, either.
Madonna courted controversy throughout her tour of Russia. Previously, she used the Moscow-leg of the jaunt to express support for the jailed members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot. In a speech to the 20,000 strong crowd, Madonna said: 'I think they have paid the price for this act and I pray for their freedom,' before stripping to her bra to reveal the words 'Pussy Riot' written on her back. For 'Like A Virgin' she donned a balaclava similar to those worn by the band. She was later dubbed a 'moralising slut' by Russian politician Dmitry Rogozin for her comments.

From NME.com


Madonna is still the s**t, says Rihanna

Rihanna has revealed that she still regards Madonna as 'the queen' of music.
The Bajan star admitted that she looked up to the iconic performer when she was growing up and that she would love to collaborate with her in the future.
'You know, Madonna is one of those artists who was very self-expressive, she was bold, she was fearless, and all of those were things I looked up to as a young woman,' Rihanna said during an interview on Facebook Live.
'I really just wanted to be myself and feel free to express it and not really be afraid of what people think about it. Madonna's still the s**t, and she'll always be Madonna. She's the queen.'
Asked by Bravo's Andy Cohen if she would like to work with Madonna, Rihanna replied: 'That would be so sick. I would love to. Who knows? Let's put it in the air.'

From Digital Spy


Madonna Turns Gig Into Election Party

Pop superstar Madonna broke the news of Barack Obama's election win to fans at her show in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night and turned the gig into a victory party.
The incumbent U.S. president won a second term in the White House after a day at the polls, and news of his victory broke while the Material Girl was on stage at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Madonna started her gig late at around 10.45pm local time, and the show ran into the early hours of Wednesday morning, during which she halted the performance when she was informed of Obama's triumph.
The singer yelled to the audience, 'Do you know what just happened?' before leading the crowd in a chant of 'F**k yeah!'
When she heard a chorus of boos after revealing the news, she added, 'I love you too, but I want a president with a moral compass.'
Madonna then did a 'happy dance' to celebrate during a rendition of her hit Holiday, before dedicating her song Masterpiece to the president.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts

Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts? Madonna.

Thirty years ago on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance/Club Play Songs tally at No. 40 with 'Everybody.' Since then, our charts and pop music have never been the same.
'Everybody' was Madonna's first single for Sire/Warner Bros. and the first of an amazing 60 hits on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart (so far) for the diva.

Here is a look at a few of the entertainer's amazing Billboard chart feats through the years:

A record 156 No. 1s. Given her multi-format appeal, winning support at pop, dance and adult formats, Madonna leads all artists for the most No. 1s on all Billboard charts combined. When her latest single 'Turn Up the Radio' ruled the Sept. 8 Dance/Club Play Songs chart, Madonna logged her record-extending 156th leader on an active, current-based domestic Billboard survey.

A record 43 Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance/Club Play Songs, it's a safe bet to assume it'll go to No. 1. Since 2000, she's placed 26 hits on the survey. Of those, all but five have gone on to lead the list. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. (Janet Jackson is next with 19 No. 1s.) Madonna is on the verge of tying George Strait's record for the most toppers on any single Billboard chart; the country legend has earned 44 No. 1s on Country Songs.

A record 38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. In the 54-year history of Billboard's signature songs chart, Madonna has earned a record 38 top 10 hits. With 34, the Beatles rank second. Madonna first reached the Hot 100's top 10 with 1984's No. 10 hit 'Borderline,' which began her streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989's No. 2-peaking 'Cherish.'

She most recently reached the region with 2012's No. 10 hit 'Give Me All Your Luvin',' featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.

56 Hot 100 hits. Madonna first dented the Hot 100 almost a year to the day after she made her Dance/Club Play Songs arrival. 'Holiday' was her first Hot 100 hit, partying its way onto the chart on Oct. 29, 1983 at No. 88. It eventually rose to No. 16, the first of 32 straight top 40 hits for Madonna. Among women, only Aretha Franklin (73) has made more Hot 100 visits than Madonna, while Taylor Swift ( as of last week) and Dionne Warwick have also tallied 56 entries.

12 Hot 100 No. 1s. Madonna's haul of chart-toppers is the fourth-best all-time. (The Supremes also boast 12 No. 1s). Only the Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson (13) have earned more. Madonna first hit No. 1 with 1984's 'Like a Virgin,' which spent six weeks atop the list (her second-longest reign; only 1995's 'Take a Bow' (seven frames) led longer.)
Madonna has also ruled with 'Crazy for You' (1985), 'Live to Tell,' 'Papa Don't Preach' (1986), 'Open Your Heart,' 'Who's That Girl' (1987), 'Like a Prayer' (1989), 'Vogue' (1990), 'Justify My Love' (1991), 'This Used to Be My Playground' (1992) and 'Music' (2000).

20 Billboard 200 top 10 albums. Madonna has rung up 20 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, the second-most among women after Barbra Streisand (32). Among all acts, Madonna and Bob Dylan are tied for the sixth-most top 10s, trailing only the Rolling Stones (36), Frank Sinatra (33), Streisand, the Beatles (30) and Elvis Presley (27). Among Madonna's 20 top 10 sets are eight No. 1s (also second only to Streisand, who's banked nine.) Madonna most recently topped the Billboard 200 with 'MDNA' upon its April 14 debut.

5 Adult Contemporary No. 1s. After arriving as a dance diva, Madonna soon crossed to adult audiences, widening her appeal and helping to ensure that her catalog of hit singles scores daily airplay today.
She's led AC with 'Live to Tell' (1986), 'La Isla Bonita' (1987), 'Cherish' (1989), 'I'll Remember' (1994) and 'Take a Bow' (1995).

A No. 1...even when she's not No. 1. Madonna's songs have found a place atop a Billboard ranking even when she's not singing them. The cast of Fox's 'Glee' crowned the May 8, 2010, Billboard 200 with the 'Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna' EP. Four of the release's covers reached the Hot 100 - 'Like a Prayer' (No. 27), the 'Borderline'/'Open Your Heart' mash-up, 'Like a Virgin,' and '4 Minutes' - reinforcing that the Queen of Pop's music continues to reign among each new generation.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Fan Story: 'U R The One' in St Louis

Here we have another great fan story from the MDNA shows - this one is from madonnalicious reader Martha who got the chance to write on Madonna's back before Like A Virgin at the St Louis show on Thursday 01 November:

My sister and I decided to go 'all in' this year and purchase the Ultimate VIP Ticket Package for MDNA in St. Louis. There were so many confusing reports about stage configuration when tickets went on sale, that we just didn’t want to mess with disappointment. The VIP party was a great way to relax while waiting for M to go on stage. With all the merchandise, parking and food, I would say the 'Row 2-10 Packages' at $675 are actually not a bad deal.
Sometime during the party, I went down to scope out our seats. They were 'Section 3, Row 1, Seats 15-16.' We had been to New Orleans in Row 3 and were curious to see if we would be part way along the catwalk, etc. We knew only Sections 1 and 4 were toward the very front stage/GT area. When I made my way to the usher and she walked me to those two glorious seats at the very tip of the triangle stage I could not believe it. There were no chalk seat numbers, so I asked again if she was sure. I ran upstairs to tell my sister the good news.

The concert was amazing from those seats, of course. Whether she was on the mainstage and we were getting an awesome view of all the visual elements she had planned or she was on the catwalk and we were able to see her up close and personal, it was just the best seat in the house. During the long speech, she was very interactive with the fans in the Golden Triangle. Before Like A Virgin, when she was stripping off her shirt, she was out on the very tip of the stage near us. I remember videoing her striptease without even realizing she had nothing written on her back.
Then she began chatting about how she usually has something written and tonight she needed inspiration. I had a Sharpie clipped to my shirt (for sign-making) and my sister shouted to her 'She has a pen!!' (about me) That is when the banter on the video starts with 'I have my own pen' and 'Mine is bigger than yours.' I remember when she said that last line giving her just a really bright smile like 'Good one, Madonna.' What happened next was all like a dream to me. I shouted into the mike because I’m so used to shouting at an M concert. She mocked me; it was hysterical.
It was like everything she said I was hearing 10 seconds too late. When she went to hand me the towel I was reaching for the marker because it took me a second to realize that not only was I going to be writing a message, but actually wiping off HER SWEAT. I must say that despite how hard she works up there, the sweat was simply a light glimmer of moisture on her flawless skin. I’ve seen many messages on her back and wasn’t sure if she would direct me to the top or bottom, so I was carefully wiping away both above and beneath her bra line and mike pack.
My mind was racing with ideas of something powerful to say about the universe in general, but when she directed me to write how I felt about her, it became simple. She was actually pointing and chatting and in my way because I knew immediately what I wanted to write. It was the same message she and I had sung to each other in 2004 at the Re-Invention Tour in NYC and it was the same message I had written in a letter for the 'Justify Your Love' contest for ICON. You’re the one. U R the ONE. She is the one.
I didn’t even realize until I saw the video that the crowd agreed with my message even before Madonna could see what it said. That made me feel great – like I had spoken for all of us. When it was all over, my sister had the good sense to ask the bodyguard if I could keep the towel. He said 'of course!' and handed it over. I clutched that thing until the end of the concert.

The icing on the cake was when she walked right toward me during Like A Prayer and had me sing into her mike. She even nodded or said something (I can’t recall) to acknowledge that I wasn’t f@#king it up. Hopefully I didn’t scream the lyrics the same way I screamed my name. All I can say is, I now have a video of her saying 'Thank you Martha' and when she calls my name, it totally feels like home. Huge thanks to the fan who posted this video on YouTube. My sister was too dumbstruck to get her phone out early enough. She was so selfless asking Madonna to come to me instead of her. What a great sister and BFF.
As we left the concert, the funny part was every fan encountering me and saying 'Hey! There’s Martha!' It was weird… in an awesome, I-got-to-have-a-once-in-a-lifetime-encounter-with-Madonna sort of way.


Mary's prayers are answered in St Louis

madonnalicious reader Mary (and her friend also called Mary) have this great story to tell from the St Lousi MDNA show on Thursday 01 November:

The MDNA Tour in St. Louis was such a great show. The crowd was genuinely excited to see Madonna and they gave her a wonderful welcome that continued throughout the night. She seemed to be in great spirits - even through the sound problems on 'I'm a Sinner'...she was so sweet and funny when she said, 'Pretend like you don't see me.' As she said she'd start the song over. It was a cute moment.

I attended with my best friend from our elementary school days (we are now 39 years old.) We wanted to dress up, but were unsure of what to wear. We knew we could do the '80's' garb route or dress up like our favorite Madonna era. Instead, we opted to go as nuns. Since St. Louis is a large Catholic town - we were a little unsure of how people would react to us...so we wore 80's garb beneath our habits...just in case we needed to make a quick change.

Once we walked into the Scottrade Center we were swarmed with other happy Madonna fans, drag queens, people from all over the country and world! We were bombarded and posed with tons of fans. We thought it couldn't get any better. We went up to our seats in an upper section of the venue and decided to go back downstairs for a bottle of water. We were once again bombarded with people. (Many asking if we were REAL nuns.)
Then an event staff member came up and said, 'Where are you seated tonight, ladies?' We told him. He said, 'We want to get you a little closer to the stage. We want HER to see you.' Being as we have been Madonna fans from the beginning of her career - we jumped at the chance. We were moved to the side stage, row 5, seats 1, 2, 3 (my mom was in tow, of course!) and we knew she was going to see us.
In between what seemed to be song 3 and 4...it happened. Madonna came to the side of the stage to take a swig from a flask. She did a double take, looked me square in the eyes, pointed to me, gave me a thumbs up and a wink. I smiled and waved like a complete dork! She has such beautiful blue eyes that just shine on stage. FINALLY! I was close enough to see them! :)

I've seen Madonna in Las Vegas (Drowned World); Chicago (Confessions); Chicago (Sticky & Sweet) and MDNA (St. Louis). This was my friends first time and my mom's first. We had a complete blast. We danced, sang and laughed all night. We could have cared less that she started late. The stadium exploded during Like A Prayer...every single person was out of their seats, singing and clapping above their heads. It was a sight to behold!

Picture by Jaime Lees / Riverfront Times


Video: St Louis MDNA Show Speech

madonnalicious reader Jeyan also filmed Madonna's speech from the front of the golden triangle to the crowd at the St Louis MDNA show on Thursday.

Madonna talks to audience and me during her MDNA show at St. Louis, MO, on November 1st 2012. 'Front Row Bitches' at the golden triangle confuse her, she mixes up Missouri and Minnesota, and blames this mix-up on her sleeping four hours last night!


Video: 'I'm A Sinner' technical problems in St Louis

madonnalicious reader Jeyan caught on camera the trouble Madonna had at the start of 'I'm A Sinner' in St Louis yesterday (Thursday 01 November).

Madonna interrupts 'I'm A Sinner' due to technical difficulties, asks a new ear plugs, apologizes from the crowd and restarts the song. Ever perfectionist, she remains cool and calm, and even jokes about the situation!