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Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel Breaks Down Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ Tour

As this issue was going to press, Madonna had just announced dates for her upcoming 'Madame X' Tour in support of her upcoming 14th studio album of the same name. And, as luck would have it, Arthur Fogel, the man overseeing Madge’s tours for the past 18 years, also happens to be Live Nation’s esteemed president of global touring and chairman of global music. Here, he discusses what to expect for the global superstar’s first jaunt since 2015-2016’s Rebel Heart Tour and her serious underplays.

How many tours have you done with Madonna?
This will be my sixth. I started with her in 2001. Prior to that, she had toured, I think twice in 15 years? So, this is the sixth in whatever 18 years. She’s Madonna, right? This particular tour is a bit of a twist because she’s going to play multiple nights in smaller venues. It is not an arena tour or stadium tour.

What kinds of places will she play?
For instance, in New York, we’re playing Brooklyn Academy of Music. Basically, we’re going to do eight or nine cities over the course of the tour. Really, it comes from this album, it’s just a different kind of vibe. It lends itself more to intimacy. As we talked about it, it seemed to make sense to go this route rather than into bigger buildings. That’s what we’re going to do.

Is she doing multiple nights at each spot?
Yes. We’re playing three cities in Europe - London, Paris, and Lisbon. That’s it over there, and here, we’re doing LA [The Wiltern], New York [BAM], Chicago [The Chicago Theater], Miami [Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre], Vegas [Caesars Palace], Boston [the Boch Center Wang Theatre], Philly [The Met Philadelphia]. Multiple nights in each of those cities.

If she’s doing BAM I’m guessing it’s going to be fairly theatrical?
Listen, Madonna’s shows always have that dimension to them, but I would say it’s much more about the musical tone and vibe than it is pure theatrics. Maybe you’ve heard the first single? It’s definitely sort of Spanish influenced, world music-y, as much as a pop record.

Madonna doing BAM and the Wiltern and all these smaller theaters sounds like another innovative approach and iteration of the business. I would never have expected to see Madonna play those places in a million years.
I think it’s important, over a touring career, to change things up. It’s a part of what excites fans, keeps artists energized. I mean if you go out and do the same thing every tour, eventually that catches up to you. I think it’s great when people change it up, do different things, certainly, as it relates to creating music. There used to be a lot more tolerance for people changing things up and trying different things. I think doing that live is really important to longevity as well.

What do you do as her promoter now when you’ve announced the tour? What does that mean for your year ahead?
I would say most of the heavy lifting is done. We’ve been working on it for several months. Obviously, putting together the routing and the venues and putting all the pieces together on the marketing side, and the onsale. With Madonna, U2, my longtime clients, Gaga, I’m also the producer, so there’s both sides of the equation, right? There’s this kind of traditional promoter side, but there’s also the producer, production side. So, there’s a lot of pieces to put together, which we’ve been doing over the last several months. By the time this is announced, things will be in place. We’ll go on sale, and then it’s just sort of waiting to start in September.

From Pollstar


Madame X Tour: New US cities and dates announced

Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna’s Madame X Tour has announced additional dates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Newly added New York shows will take place October 2 through October 7; Chicago shows October 23 and October 24; Los Angeles shows November 19 and November 20.

Show dates for the remainder of the Madame X concerts in North America have now been confirmed with 3 shows on November 7, 9 and 10 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; 3 shows November 30, December 1 and 2 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston; 3 shows at The Met in Philadelphia December 7, 8 and 11; and 5 shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on December 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19. Complete itinerary available here.

As with the original dates announced and to ensure fans have best access, ticket requests for the newly announced dates will be accepted immediately through Friday, May 24th at 12:00 noon ET at madonna.livenation.com. Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points prior to completing their request.

Any fan who has not already received four tickets to these very special events may submit new requests for the added dates now through Friday, May 24th at noon ET. Fans may sign in and select shows and price levels for the show(s) they hope to attend at https://madonna.livenation.com. Credit cards will only be charged if the ticket request is fulfilled. All tickets will be confirmed by Sunday June 2nd will be fulfilled using Secure Mobile Tickets. Your ticket barcode will be available 24-48 hours prior to each show for entry. Confirmed ticket requests include one CD of Madonna’s upcoming album, Madame X (due out June 14), with each confirmed ticket. Event ticket limit is 4 per person. For more information please visit https://madonna.livenation.com. For complete itinerary and all tour, ticket, VIP and Travel packages, please visit www.madonna.com/tour.

In North America, tickets for these very special Madame X performances will be scaled between $60.00 - $760.00 (plus applicable service fees). Every ticket purchased includes a physical copy of Madonna’s new release Madame X available on Interscope Records and in stores on June 14th. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to enter to purchase tickets at $10.00 at Madonna.com. There will be 10 tickets available per show and fans will be notified on show date if they have been selected for this unique opportunity.

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for all announced concerts by submitting their requests now through Friday, May 24th (12:00 NOON EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. If selected, cardmembers will receive notification of their ticket allocation by Sunday,June 2nd. Citi cardmembers will be eligible to receive up to 4 tickets for a single event across the entire tour. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Madame X Tour VIP Packages will be available for fans to request as well. VIP packages may include great ticket locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more! . Additionally, fans can access Travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more! All fans wishing to access VIP Packages may register for the package and show of their choice at madonna.livenation.com

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019.


Madame X Tour: Lisbon dates announced

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation, Everything Is New and Maverick today unveiled the dates for the first of the European shows in Lisbon, 16, 18 & 19 January, 2020 at the Lisbon Coliseum. Tickets for these very special performances go on sale Saturday, 25-May (10am) at everythingisnew.pt.

Tickets for the Madame X concerts 16, 18 & 19 January at the Lisbon Coliseum will go on sale Saturday, 25 May at 10am at https://everythingisnew.pt.

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances are available at €75.00 - €300.00 (plus applicable service fees). Fans may also access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more.

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MADONNA ICON LIFETIME LEGACY MEMBER PRESALE
- Madonna Icon Lifetime Legacy Members will receive priority presale access to Madame X Lisbon tickets, VIP Packages and Travel Packages! The Icon Legacy Member presale will begin Wednesday, May 22 @ 10:00 WEST.
- Icon Lifetime Legacy members will be assigned a unique presale code for access to tickets, VIP Packages and Travel Packages.
- Your unique presale code will be assigned directly to your Madonna.com account, and will begin displaying shortly before our presale begins on your logged-in Profile page or the Tour page.
- Your unique access code is valid for up to four (4) tickets total, and it can be used across multiple shows. EXAMPLE: 4 tickets to one event only, or 2 tickets for one event and 2 tickets for another event and so on.
- All sales are final. No refunds.
- The Icon Legacy Member Presale will close on Thursday, May 23 @ 17:00 WEST.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 PORTUGAL CONCERT DATES
16-January Lisbon, PT Lisbon Coliseum
18-January Lisbon, PT Lisbon Coliseum
19-January Lisbon, PT Lisbon Coliseum


Madame X Tour: Six more dates added to London

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances at the iconic London Palladium on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020, Live Nation and Maverick announced today that due to overwhelming Verified Fan registrations an additional six shows at The London Palladium have just been confirmed. Verified Fans code holders may now choose from 12 performances with news shows added on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11 February, 2020.

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Tickets for all Verified Fan code holders go on sale this Friday, 24-May at 9am at ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna. Tickets for the newly added shows will be available to Verified Icon Legacy members beginning this morning - Monday, 20-May at 9am through Tuesday, 21 (4pm). Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour and as such, Citi credit and debit cardholders who received their Verified Fan code can take advantage of a special Citi Presale beginning Wednesday, 22-May at 9AM and through Thursday, 23-May at 4PM. Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 UK TOUR DATES
26 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
27 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
29 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
30 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
01 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
02 February London, U.K. The London Palladium

Additional UK Shows:
04 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
05 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
06 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
08 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
09 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
11 February London, U.K. The London Palladium


Madonna makes a statement at Eurovision

Madonna's much-anticipated appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel has drawn a mixed response from viewers.

The star sported a black cape and eyepatch during her performance of 1989 hit Like A Prayer and new single Future, featuring US rapper Quavo.

Madonna defied calls from activists to cancel her appearance in Tel Aviv.

But organisers said the inclusion of Israeli and Palestinian flags in the show was not approved in advance.

Two of her dancers - each wearing a respective flag - walked arm in arm.

'In the live broadcast... two of Madonna's dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits,' a statement from the organisers said following the contest.

'This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared,' it added. 'The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.'

While some criticised her decision to make a statement, others praised her for using her large platform to make a point.

From BBC News


Madonna performs at Eurovision flanked by 30 dancers dressed as monks

Madonna has taken to the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest flanked by as many as 30 dancers dressed as monks.

The Queen of Pop appeared at the top of a flight of steps, dressed in a cape and hood and wearing a metal breastplate.

Brandishing a cross, she stepped slowly towards the crowd at the Expo Tel Aviv and sung her 1989 hit Like A Prayer to raucous applause.

As the song reached it climax, her dancers pulled their hoods aside to reveal gas masks adorned with flowers.

The 60-year-old star then performed new song Future, a collaboration with Migos rapper Quavo who appeared at her side.

Her highly-anticipated and controversial performance had drawn criticism from musicians and pro-Palestinian activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, who called on her to cancel the show.

But in a statement this week, Madonna said she wanted to use her performance to create 'a new path toward peace' and would not be cowed by political pressure.

Earlier in the night she appeared in a pre-recorded message, warning the public “not underestimate the power of music to bring people together”.

She said: 'You’re all winners, no matter what happens. The reason I mean that is because to get here, where you are right now, is not easy. Right? First you had a dream and then you had to believe in that dream, and you had to make many sacrifices. That makes you a winner no matter what. Another really obvious statement is, look at all the delegates behind us, everyone here is from all over the world. So many countries that I have been privileged not just to visit but to experience. And the one thing that brings me to those countries, and the thing that brings all these people here tonight, is music. So let’s not underestimate the power of music to bring people together. That’s the most important thing. Music makes the people come together.;

Madonna’s performance comes as the Like A Prayer singer returns following a four-year hiatus.

She is preparing to release Madame X, her 14th album, and earlier this month announced a world tour including a string of shows at the London Palladium.

From PA Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Performs at Eurovision in Tel Aviv: ‘Never Underestimate the Power of Music’

Madonna took the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (May 18). The appearance comes ahead of the release of her forthcoming album 'Madame X,' due out on June 14.

Following performances from Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel and 2018 Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, who sang her latest single 'Nana Banana,' Madonna opened her set with 'Like a Prayer.' The stage was appropriately propped to resemble an ancient church, the sort you would find in any number of cities in Israel. Accompanying Madonna on the controversial and provocative 1989 smash, was a back-up choir-cum-dancers dressed in traditional monk attire.

It followed with a highly choreographed version of 'Future,' a track by Quavo of Migos, who was also in attendance (earlier, he spoke of his trip to Jerusalem as 'really special'). The two held hands as the song came to a close, and behind them were projected the words 'Wake Up.'

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Earlier in the show, Madonna was interviewed briefly. Wearing her new signature eyepatch and with her hair in braids, Madonna joked that she only sees the beach from her hotel perch. She then addressed the contestants participating in the international music contest. 'You’re all winners,' she said. 'To get where you are right now is not easy. … You’ve earned your way to the place where you are right now. That makes you a winner no matter what happens.'

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Asked by the show’s host if she wanted to use the global platform to send a message, Madonna did just that. 'Look at all the delegates everybody is here from all over the world. And the thing that brings all of these people together is music. So let’s never underestimate the power or music to bring people together.'

She then led the 5,000 in attendance in a chant of the chorus to her 2000 hit 'Music,' joshing the crowd and its ability to 'follow directions. 'Music makes the people come together,' she sang.

Madonna’s participation in the beloved international competition was not without controversy. On May 14, her much-publicized performance came into question after the show’s organizers revealed that no contract had yet been signed. The paperwork was sorted out just in the nick of time and on May 16, Madonna was given the all-clear.

From Variety


Madonna to channel Joan of Arc at Eurovision, designer Gaultier says

Jean-Paul Gaultier has dressed Madonna as a 'futuristic' Joan of Arc for her guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Israel, the fashion designer told Reuters on Saturday.

'It’s fantastic to have Madonna, especially for the Eurovision,' Gaultier said outside the Tel Aviv venue of the 2019 songfest.

The French designer said his inspiration came from one of his own countrywomen.

'Kind of Joan of Arc, you know? Because she is like a winner - a winner, kind of. A warrior, let’s say,' he said, smiling.

'Twenty years, thirty years ago (Madonna) didn’t know what was Eurovision, and now she’s singing there.'

Madonna was scheduled to perform two songs at the music competition - new number 'Future' and her 1989 hit 'Like A Prayer'.

From Reuters


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Eurovision 2019 host promises 'unbelievable' Madonna performance

The Eurovision Song Contest confirmed its worst-kept secret earlier this week by officially announcing that the one and only Madonna would be performing during the show's 2019 Grand Final.

According to the announcement, Madonna will be performing her classic hit 'Like A Prayer' as well as her new single 'Future', and now one of the hosts of tonight's (May 18) show has teased that the superstar has something brilliant planned.

'I saw the rehearsal yesterday,' Assi Azar told Graham Norton on his Radio 2 show this morning.

'It's an amazing show, what she's doing on the stage. She's literally taking over our entire stage, changing it completely. I can say she's literally building a chapel inside our arena in 40 seconds. That's the time she has from the moment we get off the stage to the moment she goes on the stage. It's unbelievable.'

And according to Assi, who'll be hosting the show alongside Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli and Lucy Ayoub live from Expo Tel Aviv, there was never any doubt in his mind that Madonna would be performing, despite all the conflicting reports.

'I think that we should be so honoured that Madonna came all the way here to perform for us,' he said. 'Of course. Both sides get a lot out of it - Eurovision gets Madonna, no need to explain, Madonna gets the 200 million viewers that are watching her tonight. Every time that something happened like she is performing, she's not performing, I thought, 'It's going to close at the end'. She's gonna perform at the end, so let's just move on from the ego issues of both sides.'

You'll be able to watch the whole show live on BBC One, and if you haven't got access to that the evening will also be live streamed for free on YouTube.

From Digital Spy


Madonna rehearses with Quavo ahead of long-awaited Eurovision set

Madonna has offered fans a rare look into her rehearsals with Migos rapper Quavo ahead of their performance at the Eurovision Song Contest grand final on Saturday.

In footage posted to the 60-year-old star’s Instagram story, the pair practice on-stage against a backdrop of towering flames, dressed in black.

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In another video, their silhouettes illuminate the rear of a stage while a final clip shows the words 'Wake Up' projected across a darkened venue in the city.

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The Atlanta rapper - real name Quavious Keyate Marshall - was yesterday confirmed as performing during Madonna’s interval show in Tel Aviv, Israel, after a week of speculation.

Today Madonna released the Quavo-featuring single Future from her upcoming 14th album Madame X.

And last night he played an impromptu sold-out concert at the Hangar 11 venue in Tel Aviv, announced only a week before.

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From PA Via Yahoo! News


Madonna parties with Quavo in Tel Aviv

Madonna has signed her Eurovision contract at the 11th hour - but it doesn’t look like she’s stressed about the last minute situation at all. The 60-year-old was wearing her holiday best as she rocked up to Quavo’s pop-up concert in Tel Aviv, just hours after her Eurovision performance was confirmed

Serving looks like only the Queen of Pop can, Madge was wearing a multi-coloured print blouse and matching shorts over fishnets, and accessorised with numerous necklaces and a pair of plastic goggles. The category is welder realness. Madonna wore her hair in plaited pigtails and donned a pair of heel boots as she strutted into Hangar 11, where her Future collaborator Quavo was holding a surprise gig. The Migos rapper flew into Israel ahead of his performance with Madge on Saturday night, and the pop legend watched the hip-hop star perform hits like Motor Sport and Bad and Boujee before the nightclub cleared out for a Euroclub bash.

She will be performing Future, from her new album Madame X, with Quavo, as well as her classic song Like A Prayer, during the interval act in Expo Tel Aviv on Saturday night. The Like A Virgin star’s appearance at Eurovision was first rumoured back in April, with reports claiming she would be paid $1 million (£764,000) for playing two songs at the final. However, just days ago, her performance was still up in the air. Eurovision executive organiser Jon Ola Sand said on Monday: ‘The European Broadcasting Union has never confirmed Madonna as an act. If we do not have a signed contract she cannot perform on our stage.’

However, Madonna arrived in Tel Aviv late on Tuesday night, and shared pictures and videos of rehearsals to Instagram, saying she was planning something ‘special’ for her fans. And in the press room at the Eurovision venue on Thursday night, her performance was officially confirmed by organisers.

From Metro.co.uk

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Madonna Drops ‘Future,’ New Song With Quavo

Madonna has dropped the fourth song from 'Madame X,' her forthcoming album, a reggae-flavored duet with Migos’ Quavo called 'Future.' The pair previously collaborated on 'Champagne Rose,' a song from his solo debut, 'Quavo Huncho.' Previous songs released from the album include the Maluma duet 'Medellin,' the Swae Lee duet 'Crave,' and the ballad 'I Rise.' One more song will be released before the album’s June 14 drop date: 'Dark Ballet' on June 7.

Late Thursday it was announced that Madonna’s controversial performance at the Eurovision song awards in Israel - which had been marred by pro-Palestinian protests and reports of contractual issues - will take place Saturday night after all.

The 15-track 'Madame X' celebrates Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on “Madame X’ with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

From Variety.com


Madonna finally signs Eurovision contract

After months of stalled negotiations, Madonna signed a contract on Thursday morning to appear at the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday night, KAN reported.

The singer arrived in Israel late Tuesday night, and clashed with European Broadcasting Union officials over starting rehearsals without a signed deal. Nevertheless, Madonna held a rehearsal Wednesday at the Expo Tel Aviv without a contract, and has now fully committed to appearing at the show, according to Hebrew media reports. According to insiders, the EBU is scheduled to officially announce the performance at some point on Thursday.

The singer held a second closed rehearsal at the venue on Thursday morning.

The reason for the extended holdup in signing a contract was never made clear. But the clash was not believed to be about money, since the cost of her appearance is being covered by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams. Varying reports said Madonna and the EBU clashed over copyright concerns, as well as over the politicized content of her songs and performance.

On Thursday she posted another photo to Instagram of her in full costume, writing 'Madame X is a Saint.....' She followed it up with snapshots of her captioned 'Madame X is a Ray of Light' and 'Madame X is Praying....'

Madonna is slated to take the stage in the Expo Tel Aviv on Saturday night as an interval act, and perform while the votes are being cast and counted. She is expected to perform her classic hit 'Like A Prayer,' as well as the song 'Future' from her upcoming album, Madame X. Rapper Quavo of the trio Migos - who collaborated with Madonna on 'Future' - is also in Israel, and slated to give a sold out concert in Tel Aviv Thursday night, before appearing with Madonna at the Eurovision on Saturday.

From The Jerusalem Post


Madame ❌ Tour - Paris show dates unveiled

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation and Maverick today unveiled the dates for her appearances at historic Le Grand Rex Feb. 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23, 2020.

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019. The Madame X Tour will then resume in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, The London Palladium and at Le Grand Rex in Paris.

To ensure fans have the best access, Verified Fan is in effect for Madonna’s Madame X tickets at the Grand Rex in Paris. Fans may register starting today through Monday, 20 May (11:59pm CEST) at www.ticketmaster.fr for their chance to access tickets to these very special events. Verified Fan does not guarantee a ticket but does enable all fans an equal chance to access on a first come, first-served basis when they become available to Verified Fans on Monday, 27 May at 10am CEST. Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

ICON is Madonna's official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of ICON may also register starting today through Monday 20-May (11:59pm CEST) to become a Verified Fan and receive first access to tickets when they become available to Verified ICON members on Thursday, 23 May at 10AM CEST. Icon presale runs through Friday, 24 May (5PM CEST). Complete details at: https://www.madonna.com/tour

Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi credit and debit cardholders can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in France. Citi cardholders can register now through Monday, 20 May to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Friday, 24 May at 10AM and will continue through Saturday, 25 May at 5PM.

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances are available at €84.00 - €386.50 (plus applicable service fees). Madame X VIP & Hotel Packages will be available for all Verified Fans. VIP packages may include great seat locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, photo opportunity at the VIP red carpet and more! Additionally, fans can access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more. All fans wishing to access VIP & Hotel Packages may register now through Monday, 20-May (11:59PM CEST). Full details at www.ticketmaster.fr

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Madonna teases Eurovision performance ‘for her fans’ as she arrives in Tel Aviv

Madonna’s Eurovision Song Contest final performance was up in the air after organisers admitted she has yet to sign a contract. However, the Queen of Pop landed in Tel Aviv, Israel, late last night and headed straight to rehearsal, basically confirming she will be the final interval act. Madge was pictured disembarking a private plane in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night as the first Eurovision semi-final took place at Expo Tel Aviv.

The 61-year-old teased her grand performance over on Instagram - without mentioning Eurovision, of course, because that would be telling. The Medellin singer posted a Boomerang of rehearsals, and wore a black corset and an eye patch as a dancer wrapped herself around Madonna’s leg. After this, she shared a close-up of her face, as she wore a ‘Madame X’ patch, cross-studded embellished sleeves and a crystal headpiece. Both posts were captioned: ‘Madame X is preparing something special for her fans...’

Comments reading ‘Eurovision???????’ flooded the posts, with one fan writing: ‘Welcome to ISRAEL Queen!!!’ Another comment read: ‘Just landed in Tel Aviv and went straight to rehearsal. That’s DEDICATION y’all.’ However, others were disappointed, with one person writing: ‘I’m so disappointed you went to Israel, obviously publicity is more important to you than the suffering of the Palestinian people.'

Roger Waters was among those asking Madonna to cancel her Eurovision performance in Israel, due to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the violation of Palestinian human rights. However, the Like A Virgin star seemed to reject calls to boycott the contest, saying: ‘I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be.

It is thought Madge is set to perform a new song from her album Madame X, as well as a classic hit, believed to be Like A Prayer. She will be performing at the interval of the final, after the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Cyprus, Iceland, Australia, San Marino, Slovenia, Belarus, Serbia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece and 10 other nations to be decided in the second semi-final try their best to be named Eurovision champ 2019. It is believed Madonna is being paid $1 million (£764,000) for the gig.

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna's Eurovision performance thrown into doubt by organisers

Madonna's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday has been thrown into doubt by organisers who say she has not yet signed a contract for the show.

In April, it was announced that the pop superstar would perform two songs at the grand final in Tel Aviv in Israel on Saturday, May 18.

However, the show's organisers have now cast doubt on her performance.

Eurovision's executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said on Monday during a press conference: 'The European Broadcasting Union has never confirmed Madonna as an act. If we do not have a signed contract she cannot perform on our stage.'

Sand, who has produced the song contest since 2010, said that negotiations with Madonna are still ongoing.

'We are in a situation now that is a bit strange, We have an artist who would like to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, and who we would love to welcome on that stage. But for that we need to have the framework secured. We are negotiating now, in the final stage of that - but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage.'

On Tuesday, Madonna defended her decision to perform at the song contest in Israel following calls for a boycott of the competition by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.

'I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be,' the singer said in a statement to Reuters.

'My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create anew path towards peace.'

From RTE Via Yahoo! News


Madonna, on Eurovision, says she won't bow 'to suit someone's political agenda'

Pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday explained her decision to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel this week, saying that she will always speak up to defend human rights and hopes to see 'a new path toward peace.'

Madonna will make a guest appearance on Saturday during the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv. The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.

The popular Eurovision competition features musicians from more than 40 nations and was watched last year by some 189 million viewers in around 50 European countries.

In her first comment on her decision to sing at the event, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights.

'I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be,' the singer said in a statement to Reuters.

'My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace,' she added.

Israel is hosting the Eurovision contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year. The winning country customarily hosts the following year.

The singer’s Ray of Light foundation, which promotes social justice and women’s empowerment worldwide, supports a number of Palestinian projects.

They include funding teachers’ salaries at schools in the Gaza Strip through the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency UNRWA and micro loans to female farmers through the Palestine Fair Trade Association. The foundation also supports Americans for Peace Now, which campaigns for a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the Eurovision contest by the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Security has been tight in Tel Aviv amid fears that activists may seek to disrupt the competition.

From Reuters


Madame X Tour London Announcement

To celebrate and publicise the launch of the London leg of the Madame X Tour a flashmob took place outside the London Palladium today at 12:30.


Madonna Unveils Madame X Tour London Shows

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation and Maverick today unveiled the dates for her appearances at the iconic London Palladium giving fans the opportunity to see her like never before with shows confirmed on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020.

To ensure fans have the best access, Verified Fan is in effect for Madonna’s Madame X tickets at the London Palladium. Fans may unlock ticket access by registering today through Thursday, 16 May (4pm BST) at ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna. With Verified Fan, a simple registration is all it takes to get verified for the opportunity to access tickets when they become available to Verified Fans on Friday, 24-May at 9am BST. Verified Fan does not guarantee a ticket but does enable all fans an equal chance to access on a first come, first-served basis. Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person. Get more details on Verified Fan.

ICON is Madonna's official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of ICON may register from Monday, 13 May (6AM BST) through Thursday, 16 May (4PM BST) to become a Verified Fan and receive first access to tickets when they become available to Verified ICON members on Monday, 20 May at 9AM BST. Icon presale runs through Tuesday, 21 May (4PM BST). Complete details at: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna

Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi credit and debit cardholders can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in the United Kingdom. Citi cardholders can register now through Thursday, May 16 at 4PM to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Tuesday May 21 at 9AM and will continue through Thursday, May 23 ant 4PM. To register for the Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan visit Citibank.co.uk.

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances will be scaled between £60.00 - £480.00 (plus applicable service fees). Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to enter to purchase tickets at £10.00 at Madonna.com. There will be 10 tickets available per show and fans will be notified on show date if they have been selected for this unique opportunity.

Madame X VIP & Hotel Packages will be available for all Verified Fans. VIP packages may include great seat locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, photo opportunity at the VIP red carpet and more! Additionally, fans can access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more. All fans wishing to access VIP & Hotel Packages may register now through Thursday, 16-May (4PM BST) and find full details more info at ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 TOUR DATES

Sunday 26 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
Monday 27 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
Wednesday 29 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
Thursday 30 January London, U.K. The London Palladium
Saturday 1 February London, U.K. The London Palladium
Sunday 2 February London U.K. The London Palladium

The Madame X Tour will also visit Lisbon, and Paris in 2020. Show information to follow.


Listen to Madonna and Swae Lee duet on sultry new song, ‘Crave’

It’s the third song taken from Madge’s upcoming new album, 'Madame X'

Madonna has released another song from her upcoming album ‘Madame X’ – a duet with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee called ‘Crave’.

The song, described as 'infectious pop', follows on from ‘Medellin’, the first track from ‘Madame X’ which arrived last month, and ‘I Rise’ a politically charged alt-pop track.

The release will be followed by a Jamaican dancehall influenced song ‘Future’, featuring Quavo, which is expected to drop on May 17, and the 'sonically innovative' ‘Dark Ballet’ on June 7.

From: NME.com


Madame X Tour: New Shows Added in New York and Los Angeles!

Following this morning’s announcement that Madonna’s Madame X Tour will be a series of rare and intimate performances taking place exclusively in theaters in select cities in North America this fall, demand has been overwhelming and Live Nation has just confirmed additional shows will be available for ticket request alongside the original shows now through Friday, May 10th at 11:59pm ET.

In New York, in addition to the shows previously confirmed at the the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22, new dates have just been announced on September 24, 25, 26, 28 and October 1 making a total of twelve shows available for fan request.

In Los Angeles, adding to the 5 performances already confirmed at The Wiltern on November 12, 13, 14, 16, & 17, four additional shows have now been announced on November 21, 23, 24, and 25.

As with the original dates announced and to ensure fans have best access, ticket requests for the newly announced dates will be accepted immediately through Friday, May 10th at 11:59pm ET at madonna.livenation.com. Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points prior to completing their request.

From Madonna.com


Madonna sells out Brooklyn and LA shows in an hour

Madonna’s 'Madame X' tour sold out its Brooklyn and LA shows in just an hour on Monday morning, we hear - and the star will add more dates at BAM and The Wiltern, sources said.

The 'Like A Prayer' icon announced Monday that her intimate 'Madame X' tour will kick off with seven dates at the venerable BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, with subsequent stops at LA’s storied The Wiltern as well as theaters in Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Boston and Philadelphia.

Super producer and DJ Diplo helped announce the tour in a tongue-in-cheek video with Madonna - in which he shows up in a cowboy outfit to share margaritas with the singer.

'I’m going on a special tour,' Madonna explains. 'Are you doing stadiums?' Diplo asks. 'Arenas? Coliseums?' The Material Girl says instead, 'I’m going on a theater tour...I want to have an intimate experience with my fans.' She figures, 'After I do this for a while people will start hiring me to do parties, bar mitzvahs, weddings.'

The tour sold out five dates at BAM and five at The Wiltern. It will move to Lisbon, London and Paris next year.

From Page Six

We hope this actually means, they have enough ticket requests to consider the shows sold-out, but that people still applying until 10 May will still stand a chance of getting tickets in the 'ticket lottery' they are running and it was not a first-come, first-served basis!


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Madame X Tour Announced

Following her incredibly stunning performance at the Billboard Music Awards and the announcement of her highly anticipated new album Madame X available globally on June 14, Madonna, Live Nation and Maverick have announced a series of rare and intimate performances to take place exclusively in theaters, giving fans an opportunity to see Madonna in an environment like they never have before.

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019. The Madame X Tour will then resume in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris.

Madonna’s long-time promoter Arthur Fogel, President - Global Touring and Chairman - Global Music, Live Nation said: “The chance for fans to see Madonna at these venues is incredibly special. We are proud and excited to be able to deliver this ultimate opportunity for her fans.”

To ensure fans have best access, ticket requests for all shows will be accepted now through Friday, May 10th (11:59pm EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points prior to completing their request. By Friday, May 17th, fans whose requests have been confirmed will be notified of fulfillment and informed of their ticket allocation(s) and corresponding show information. All fans will be notified even if we were unable to accommodate their request. Tickets will be fulfilled at Ticketmaster Secure Mobile Tickets. Every ticket purchased includes a CD of Madonna’s new release Madame X in stores June 14th. Event ticket limit is 4 per person. To submit ticket requests and for complete city & date, VIP and Travel Package information visit: Madonna.livenation.com

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances will be scaled between $60.00 - $760.00 (plus applicable service fees). Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to enter to purchase tickets at $10.00 at Madonna.com. There will be 10 tickets available per show and fans will be notified on show date if they have been selected for this unique opportunity. 

Icon is Madonna's official fan club and Verified Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages to these very special dates. Legacy Fan Club members will sign in at www.madonna.livenation.com and register for the show(s) of their choice. Verified Icon members will receive notification of their seat selection on Friday, May 17th. Icon Fan Club members will be eligible to receive tickets for a single event in up to two cities.

Citi® is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets by submitting their requests now through Friday, May 10th (11:59pm EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. Citi cardmembers will be eligible to receive up to 4 tickets for a single event across the entire tour. If selected, Citi cardmembers will receive notification of their ticket allocation by Friday, May 17th. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com

Madame X VIP Packages will be available for fans to request as well. VIP packages may include great ticket locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more!  All fans wishing to access VIP Packages may register now through Friday, May 17 (11:59pm EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. Additionally, fans can access Travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more! 

Every ticket purchased includes a physical copy of Madonna’s new release Madame X available on Interscope Records and in stores on June 14th.  The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

Dates announced today include seven shows in New York at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House September 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22, four shows at the Chicago Theatre October 15, 16, 17 and 21 and five shows at the Wiltern in Los Angeles November 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17.  Dates for the additional cities listed will be announced soon.

MADONNA MADAME X 2019 TOUR DATES

Sept. 12            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Sept. 14            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Sept. 15            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Sept. 17            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Sept. 19            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Sept. 21            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Sept. 22            New York, NY               BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Oct. 15                 Chicago, IL                   Chicago Theatre
Oct. 16                 Chicago, IL                   Chicago Theatre
Oct. 17                 Chicago, IL                   Chicago Theatre
Oct. 21                 Chicago, IL                   Chicago Theatre

Nov. 12             Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern
Nov. 13             Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern
Nov. 14             Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern
Nov. 16             Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern
Nov. 17             Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern

The Madame X Tour will also visit Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, London and Paris. Show information to follow.

For full information visit www.madonna.com


Madonna Makes Emotional Speech After Receiving GLAAD Advocate for Change Accolade

This might just be Madonna’s most meaningful award yet.

On Saturday, the pop icon was named the newest recipient of the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in honor of a lifetime of accelerating LGBTQ acceptance in popular culture and beyond. 'Growing up I always felt like an outsider, like I didn’t fit in. It wasn’t because I didn’t shave under my armpits, I just didn’t fit in,' Madonna, 60, said in her acceptance speech, after being introduced by A League of Their Own costar Rosie O’Donnell.

In her speech, the singer also paid tribute to her first dance teacher and mentor.

'The first gay man I ever met was named Christopher Flynn,' she said. 'He was my ballet teacher in high school and he was the first person that believed in me. That made me feel special as a dancer, as an artist and as a human being. I know this sounds trivial and superficial but he was the first man to tell me that I was beautiful.'

Madonna added, 'He took me to my first gay club in downtown Detroit. I told my dad I was having a sleepover at a girlfriend’s house - that got me grounded for the rest of the summer.'

And later the star honored her other close friends who died.

'After I lost my best friend and roommate Martin Burgoyne and then Keith Haring, happy birthday Keith, I decided to take up the bull horn and really fight back,' Madonna said.

GLAAD is the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer media advocacy organization.

From People.com


Madame X Theatre Tour Dates For Chicago / LA / NYC

US Ticketmaster has published dates and prices for the Madame X Tour in theatres late this year.

A theatre tour matches stories that madonnalicious heard about Madonna soundchecking at the London Palladium last month for dates at that historic venue in late 2019 / early 2020.

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Pictured below are the prices and VIP packages available for the Chicago dates of the tour. To view any details Ticketmaster, you will need to have a US Ticketmaster account.

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Madonna Brings Soft Power To Resilience On Striking 'I Rise'

Madonna has shared a powerful and uplifting anthem, "I Rise," from her forthcoming album, Madame X. The tune offers supporting words of wisdom for those that have dealt with more tragedy than triumph. With a sample of Emma González, a survivor of the 2018 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaking about how young people aren't widely respected in the world of politics, the track enters into inspirational territory. It comes from the heart and looks to stoke the fires of perseverance in the souls of the next generation.

"They say us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works," González says fiercely. "We call BS." Madonna's vocals come in on the delicate track that isn't somber but isn't the kind of tune you'll hear spun at a party. It's as soft as war chants come, but there's power in this fragility – a striking, cutting one that drips from each word.

"There's nothing you can do to me that hasn't been done / Not bulletproof, shouldn't have to run from a gun," she sings, drawing attention to the gun violence problem in the United States. She hunkers down on this and less graspable problems, but she gives a solution to dealing with these stresses and anxieties: to stand above it. "I rise, I rise, I rise above it," she drills into your head on the chorus. Each utterance of "rise" compounds the energy. Rise, stand up. Rise, turn your head to the sky. Rise, clench your fists. Rise, smile in the face of despair.

Madame X hits streaming services on stores on June 14. It will be Madonna's first album in four years, so the singer is pulling out all the stops. Prior to releasing her tropical collaboration with Maluma, "Medellín," the singer dropped a spy thriller of an album trailer that hints at the album being an expansive new stylistic world. Madame X has been revealed to have 13 songs and feature Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta.

From MTV News


Madonna's New Track 'I Rise' Is a Stonewall Tribute

On Friday, Madge released 'I Rise,' the second track off of her upcoming album Madame X. The subject of a ton of gossip and speculation - fans have been saying on social media that the track is a tribute to Stonewall and the eventual music video will feature drag queens like Monet X Change - the song debuts just before the pop icon is honored by GLAAD.

'I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind,' Madonna said in a release about the track. 'This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to be themselves.' Over New Year’s Eve, she surprised fans with a performance at the historic Stonewall site.

The song follows 'Medellin,' featuring Maluma, which was the lead single and video off the record. 'I’m going through it, yeah I know you see the tragic in it / just hold on to the little bit of magic in it,' she sings. 'I can’t break down now, I can’t take that now. / Died a thousand times, managed to survive / I can’t break down now, I can’t take that.'

On Saturday, the star will receive the Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. She will be the second person to receive the award, which is meant to honor those who have changed the game for LGBTQ+ people around the world through their work.

There is no news on when the music video for 'I Rise' might debut. Before the full debut of Madame X on June 14, Madonna will drop three more singles 'Crave,' 'Future,' and 'Dark Ballet.'

From Out Magazine