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January 2016

Madonna Spanks a Giggly Ariana Grande Onstage in Miami

Madonna can officially add Ariana Grande to her impressive list of celebrities she's spanked on her Rebel Heart Tour.

The 'Bang Bang' singer joined Madonna on stage Sunday during her Miami performance, which marked the last of her US shows on her world tour.

Madonna took to Instagram to gush over the star, calling her the 'Kewtest Unapologetic Bitch EVER!!'

Ariana naturally was just as excited.

'I am dead. @madonna thank you for the spanking & the banana,' she captioned a video featuring her dancing on stage with the Material Girl.

From ET Via Yahoo! News

Madonna was also joined on-stage that night by DJ Khaled who bought her some diamonds!

Tower Records Berkeley Madonna Displays

Old school record store days! Check out the hand made foamcore wall displays made by the artists at Tower Records Berkley to promote Madonna over the years.

For more on those crazy rock n roll loving Tower Records Berkeley store artists (that helped influence the in-store look of Tower Records stores moving forward in the 80's) check out the documentary 'Art Gods' on DVD


Madonna: 'I never drink and perform!!!'

Reports in the press stated that 'some' of the audience at the Louisville concert on Saturday thought that Madonna was drunk. She posted this message and picture on her Instagram page:

'Working on my stand up laying down. Good practice!!! 👍🏻Thanks Louisville! 😂 the tears of a clown soon to follow the ❤️ #rebelheartour and for those people who like to believe all they read I never drink and perform!!! My show is 2 hours and 15 minutes of non stop singing and dancing. In Louisville I made a joke about doing a stand comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol. Its so very interesting how society continues to not only treat me in a totally sexist way (if I a were a man no one would have said a thing) and also continue to take everything I say literally! Thats what happens when people don't read books and get all information from TMZ.'


Madonna leaves lasting impression after first concert in Oklahoma

If Madonna wanted to make a splash with her first performance in Oklahoma, she certainly did that.

The Queen of Pop put on a highly energetic, fun, shocking, musically impressive show Thursday night at the BOK Center. If your jaw wasn’t on the floor, you were grinning as much as she was.

Though with a setlist heavy on her newest album, it left me wanting more. With a start time at 10:30 p.m., I don’t know if I could have handled it.

Nine songs of the 22-song setlist were from 'Rebel Heart,' Madonna’s 13th studio album released last year to critical praise and commercial success. Many of the fans near me sang along to several of those new songs, which dominated the setlist early on.

Songs like 'Iconic,' 'Bitch, I’m Madonna' and 'Holy Water,' which were three of the four opening songs, all from her latest album. Seeing her perform the songs live made me like them more than listening to the album version. Her voice was sometimes muddled early on, but it was strong and steady. She even strapped on a guitar for the last song in that opening set, 'Burning Up,' the second single she ever released.

That early group also showed some of the diversity in her style over her career. With the new songs, she shows that she’s at least keeping up with trends in music, with heavy electronic music. But 'Burning Up' showed us a hard-rocking, rock-yelling Madonna with a Flying V guitar, not playing face-melting solos, but playing, which is more than most pop stars will do.

Later, more of her well-known hits were played, but Madonna altered them so that they felt new, despite some being more than 30 years old. 'True Blue' was performed acoustic with Madonna playing the ukulele. 'Like a Virgin' was broken down into a minimalist, bass heavy song with the lyrics and tone intimately familiar with every person in the nearly-full room. 'Music' started off jazzy in a ’20s speakeasy style. 'Material Girl' could have come straight out of Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby.'

Her most musically impressive song of the night - the moment when fans got to really experience her untouched talent - was a cover of 'La vie en rose,' just her singing and playing a ukulele. Her vocal prowess was in the spotlight, hitting and sustaining higher notes in her range. And it being the next to last song before the encore and considering she had been singing and dancing and changing clothes all night, it was that much more impressive.

Whether you liked the music, Madonna put on an impressive and sometimes shocking stage show that was thrilling. Nearly two dozen dancers were dazzling with impressive choreography that bordered sometimes on Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics. Strapped to flexible poles about 20 feet long, they would sway back and forth almost enough to touch the crowd. Three dancers strapped to a vertical video board sprung and danced all over the stage. It was dazzling, but it didn’t take the focus away from Madonna. Then you have nuns in lingerie pole dancing, a re-creation of da Vinci’s 'The Last Supper,' sometimes people wearing less than a thread. There were shocking, clutch-the-pearls moments, but it’s exactly what you would expect from Madonna.

Stages changed with the costumes four times, each sticking to a different theme, each with its own story. It was put together with thought, which again seems like an effort many pop stars don’t make today.

For most of the fans who have waited 30 years to see the pop icon in their hometown, it was worth the wait. Hopefully Thursday night’s warm reception will ensure that Oklahoma will see her again.

Review by Jerry Wofford at

Madonna's performs 'Rebel Rebel' in tribute to Bowie

Madonna paid tribute to David Bowie at her Rebel Heart Tour in Houston last night as she sung 'Rebel Rebel' while images of Bowie flicked up on the arena's screens with the word 'Rebel'. At the end of the performance, Madonna laid flat on the stage floor face down.

'I want to pay tribute to a man who inspired my career. If you haven't heard of David Bowie, look him up motherf**kers....He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was okay to be different. And he's the first rebel heart that I laid eyes, I don't know, I think we should just get this party started! I hope you know the song.'

Madonna: 'Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot.'

I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care. I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion.
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography.
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot.
The world will miss you.


Madonna on Bowie: 'Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer.'

Madonna shared her admiration for David Bowie upon hearing news of the singer's death in the early morning on her Instagram page.

'Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever! 🙏🏻❤️ #rebelheart'

'I'm Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert I ever saw in Detroit! R.I.P. ❤️ #rebelheart'

'So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So! ❤️ #rebelheart'


Madonna and Sean Penn attend Haiti benefit

The pop music queen came out tonight to support her ex-husband at his annual Golden Globes eve Help Haiti Home gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization. They posed for pictures with Madonna's kids Mercy and David before walking inside.

Once the program began, the pair was spotted sitting next to each other at a table in the center of the ballroom. When asked what brought her out tonight, Madonna told me, 'Haiti.'

She surprised the crowd by performing 'La Vie en Rose' while strumming her ukulele. 'I want to say Sean that I love you from the moment that I laid eyes on you and I still love you just the same,' Madonna said.

The evening raised $7 million for J/P HRO.


Rumors have been circulating since the fall that the two may have become more than just friendly exes.

It was just last month that Madonna stated in a court declaration in support of the Oscar winner's defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels that he never physically abused her during their famously tumultuous marriage.

'While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, 'tied me up,' or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false," the singer stated in court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court.

In September, Penn not only took his daughter Dylan Penn to Madonna's concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC but he also introduced the two for the first time backstage after the show. At about the same time, rumors began that sparks were flying once again between the exes, who ended their four-year marriage in 1989.

Madonna visited Penn in Haiti in November 2013. 'I don't know if I called her or if it was one time that we ran into each other but, I said, 'Would you like to come down?'' the Milk actor told me of the trip. 'She said she would. She came down with her son Rocco and it was great to have them down there.'

From E! Online / Pictures from AP


Madonna's two shows in Mexico

Madonna posted three pictures from her two Rebel Heart Tour shows in Mexico City on Wednesday and Thursday.

'Mexico City was filled with light!!!! Tonight was 💯 Thank you ❤ #rebelhearts'


'I always wanted to share the stage with Frida My Hero ‼️ My Unapologetic Bitch🍌❤ #rebelhearttour'


'2nd night in Mexico City was Amaaaazzzing ‼️ Thank you to all my ❤ #rebelhearts'


Madonna's Singapore concert is for adults only

The Singapore leg of pop superstar Madonna's global Rebel Heart Tour has been restricted to fans aged 18 and above, the concert's local coordinator said Wednesday.

The one-night-only event on February 28, Madonna's first-ever concert in the city-state, will be held at the 55,000-seat National Stadium, entertainment firm MediaCorp Vizpro said.

'Please note that this concert is rated 'R18' with the consumer advisory on 'Sexual References'. Only those above 18 years of age will be permitted into the venue,' it said on its Facebook page.

Concerts and other forms of public entertainment are classified by the Media Development Authority, which also regulates the film and broadcast industries.

The Straits Times newspaper noted that Madonna's concert tour setlist includes a segment involving dancers dressed as scantily-clad nuns pole-dancing on cross-shaped stripper poles.

Affluent Singapore, often ridiculed as a 'nanny state' for its tradition of social control, has eased censorship in recent years and become an Asian entertainment hub. But the authorities say its population is still largely conservative.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Note the ICON pre-sale for this concert starts JAN 7 @ 10AM SGT and the public on-sale starts JAN 12 @ 10AM SGT.