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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


How augmented reality put five Madonnas on stage at once

At Wednesday's Billboard Music Awards, Madonna performed her latest single, 'Medellín', with Latin singer Maluma. However, they (and their flesh-and-blood dancers) weren't alone on the Las Vegas stage. Several virtual versions of the pop icon joined them: a secret agent, a musician, a cha-cha instructor and a bride. Augmented reality brought Madonna's personas to life with the help of volumetric capture - essentially 3D video - and Unreal Engine.

The avatars (not holograms, so they weren't visible to the naked eye) wove in and out of the inventive performance, bursting into butterflies and puffs of smoke. There were several environmental effects that livened up the show, including digital rain, clouds, greenery and splashes of color, which married with the physical side in an attempt to tell a cohesive story. Madonna has reinvented herself countless times over her storied career, so it's perhaps little surprise that she tried something like this.

Jamie King, Madonna's long-time creative director, said he was looking for something special for the BBMAs. 'After meeting with [Madonna's manager] Guy Oseary, we settled on the idea of incorporating augmented reality into the performance,' he told Engadget. 'I wanted to explore a way to involve her Madame X personas into the performance as well as the possibility of the real Madonna actually being able to perform with [them].'

The team brought the concept to a new creative AR company called Sequin, which took on the challenge of piecing the performance together. While it was the first time Madonna and Maluma performed the song live, it also marked the first project for Sequin.

While you might not recognize the name, you'll probably be familiar with the work of co-founders Lawrence Jones and Robert DeFranco. At The Future Group, their projects included those dramatic flooding visualizations for The Weather Channel, an AR-enhanced performance by K/DA at last year's League of Legends World Championship Finals and effects for this year's Super Bowl, for which they were nominated for an Emmy.

Jones, who oversees creative, production and technology development at Sequin, believes it was the first time there's been a broadcast AR performance using volumetric capture, which he called "the next revolution" of the medium. 'What's new about this is that it's a completely choreographed performance where Madonna and Maluma are dancing with four digital versions of Madonna in perfect choreography,' he told Engadget in an interview.

The show was something of a global affair. The volumetric capture process took place at a studio in London, while a Canadian company created the digital assets and environments in Unreal Engine for Sequin to pull together.

To read the rest of the article visit: uk.news.yahoo.com


Behind Madonna's Showstopping 'Madame X' Pirate Performance Look at 2019 BBMAs

The 60-year-old pop star wore a flouncy black-and-white polka-dot and lace Erdem dress accessorized with a riding crop and her new signature glittery red 'X' pirate eye patch.

At the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday (May 1), Madonna continued the kickoff of a new chapter in her career with her first live performance (alongside Colombian singer Maluma) of 'Medellin,' from her forthcoming Madame X album, set to release on June 14.

No surprise that there were plenty of bells and whistles, including computer-generated images of herself in the chameleon-like range of styles from her new fashion-forward video of the first track from her 14th studio albu, which dropped last Wednesday at a world premiere hosted by MTV.

The Queen of Pop's commanding new aesthetic is one part dominatrix and another part sultry pirate, complete with a riding crop, fishnet stockings, gloves and a signature eye patch.

Stylist and i-D fashion editor Ib Kamara, with Eyob Yohannes on board as styling consultant, created the look that taps into Madonna's alter-ego 'Madame X,' a name given to her at age 19 by Martha Graham of the famed contemporary dance studio in New York.

Graham was known for wearing gloves, and Madonna repeated them throughout her video, as she did at the BBMAs, donning black fishnet gloves with bold "M" and 'X' diamond knuckle rings worn over the top, paired with a flouncy black-and-white polka-dot and glittery black lace Erdem dress. Her Art Deco platinum and diamond drop earrings were from Gioielleria Pennisi.

Front and center was her new trademark Madame X fashion accessory - a style-wise black leather pirate eye patch with a red X made of Swarovski crystals by Gregory Kara, who made a series of eye patches for the video and pre-drop interview (also in solid black, solid red, and white embellished with custom safety pins by Gareth Wrighton). There is also a branded version sold with her tour merchandise that lets fans imitate the trend.

Madonna's singing-and-dancing partner Maluma, styled by Julian Rios, coordinated for their cha-cha-chas in a sleek all-black look--a custom button-front shirt with matching trousers paired with red suspenders and tasseled red arm bands.

From Billboard.com / The Hollywood Reporter


Maluma Says He 'Enjoyed' Madonna Licking His Toes in 'Medellín' Music Video

Maluma never imagined he'd one day get the opportunity to work with Madonna, much less kiss the Queen of Pop!

The Colombian crooner and the Material Girl recently teamed up for the song 'Medellín' and its accompanying music video, which features the smoldering twosome seductively dancing the cha-cha, cozying up together and even sharing a handful of kisses.

'It was nice. I enjoyed that kiss,' Maluma, 25, tells ET over the phone about his intimate moment with the pop icon. 'It was cool, and not everyone can tell the story of when they kissed Madonna. I had a great time. It was a lot of fun.'

However, there was another interaction between the two that had fans shocked. Midway through the video, while the two are lying in bed, Madonna takes Maluma's toes and licks them!

'I enjoyed it too,' the crooner replies with a laugh.

'She asked me if I had a problem [with her licking my toes], and I didn't have a problem,' he adds. 'None, it's all yours. It was fine.'

The pair's friendship began after meeting backstage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna became smitten with the singer and had her management reach out to him about working on a song together. It wasn't until February that fans learned of their collaboration, when they both shared photos of each other in the studio.

The duo performed the song live for the first time at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, where they pulled out their best cha-cha dance moves. Delivering an energetic set filled with many holographic Madonnas, the two entertained viewers by following the narrative in the music video. At one point they also made their way through the crowd and started a conga line.

From Entertainment Tonight


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