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Madonna to Perform 2 Citi Sound Vault Shows in Brooklyn & Philadelphia

In the midst of her wildly popular Madame X tour, Madonna is giving fans more opportunities to see her live. The icon announced on Monday (Aug. 12) that she will be performing two intimate shows as part of Citi Sound Vault.

She will be heading to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Sept. 18, where she will also be playing from Sept. 12 to Oct. 7. Additionally, she will take over the Met in Philadelphia on Dec. 7, where she will continue to play through Dec. 11.

Citi cardmembers will be able to purchase tickets on Tuesday (Aug. 13) at 10 a.m. EST.

Other major artists who have taken part in the Citi Sound Vault shows this year include Pink, Muse and Chris Stapleton, among others.

From Billboard.com


Madonna the first female with 100M views on videos from 4 different decades

Madonna, the iconic pop star of almost every decade since she began music, has officially become the first female artist to reach 100 million views on music videos from 4 different decades.

In case you’re wondering what exactly those videos are, we will be breaking down all four videos, which reached pinnacles of success in their time.

The videos are:

80s: ‘La Isla Bonita’
A classic in South America and a timeless hit all over the world, ‘La Isla Bonita’ from Madonna’s album True Blue still sounds as good as it did in the 80s.

The instrumental for this song was originally offered up to the talents of Michael Jackson, but was rejected.

Madonna accepted the instrumental, then wrote the lyrics and the melody for the classic hit. It currently sits at 105 Million views on YouTube.

90s: ‘Vogue’
With ‘Vogue’ only just recently hitting 100 Million views, Madonna was able to break the records for female artists. The only person who has broken these records before is Michael Jackson, with five decades in a row under his belt.

‘Vogue’ is endlessly iconic, from the black and white video to the song itself, which paid homage to black LGBTQIA history, hearkening back to the ball scene and culture, which is still prominent today.

00s: ‘Hung Up’
Time goes by so slowly for those who wait. This video has actually almost hit 200 million views, and it isn’t a surprise, it’s a song that is dearly beloved by both young and old audiences.

With a fantastic sample from ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’, Madonna managed to create a dancefloor hit that is still enjoyed to this day.

10s: ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’
Often misheard as 'Bitch i’m a donut', this song has smashed 300 million views on YouTube. It definitely isn’t one of Madonna’s best songs, but if features production from Diplo and SOPHIE, which is pretty incredible.

It also has a pretty sweet feature from Nicki Minaj to boot, which always helps with racking up views.

From tonedeaf.thebrag.com/madonna-the-first-female-artist


Madonna and Kylie help cassettes make a comeback

Cassette sales have hit a 15-year high, driven by album releases by long- established stars including Kylie Minogue and Madonna.

The number sold more than doubled year on year while the final quarter of 2018 recorded the highest UK sales since 2004.

More recent stars such as Billie Eilish and The 1975 also helped to boost cassette sales to 36,000 so far this year.

Although increasing rapidly, the number being snapped up by music fans is still small in comparison to downloads and streams.

The total accounts for only 0.2 per cent of the albums market, according to the British Phonographic Industry trade body. A desire for retro collectables by listeners appears to be driving the upward trend.

The 20 best-selling cassette artists feature those with a devoted fan base interested in tangible items such as vinyl and tapes rather than digital products.

Last year’s Kylie Minogue release Golden is among the decade’s highest cassette sellers while Madonna’s Madame X has registered 2019’s third biggest total so far despite only coming out in June.

The current top seller for 2019 is the debut album from Californian teenager Billie Eilish called When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Released in a range of colours including ultraviolet green, it has sold 4,000 copies on tape since its release in March.

From DailyMail.com