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Madonna adds sixth and final UK date to ‘Celebration’ world tour

Madonna has added a sixth and final UK date to her ‘Celebration’ world tour.

The pop icon will play London’s O2 Arena on December 6, having sold out four nights at the venue in October, and another date on 05 December.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow Wednesday 01 February.


Madonna wants a 'gritter' biopic

The life of the pop star, 64, - who recently announced a 40th anniversary tour - was due to be immortalised in an upcoming film starring 'Iventing Anna' actress Julia Garner but the project was recently scrapped and an insider has claimed it is because Madonna disagreed with the way her story was being told on screen.

A source told PageSix: "Madonna will someday make a film about her life. But this tour is the creative and professional focus for M right now. Basically, [Universal] doesn't like it. They want it to be pop and light. Madonna wants something much grittier, and it’s come to a stalemate."

The source went on to add that the 'Like A Virgin'' hitmaker - who had previously worked with Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody on the project before replacing her with Erin Wilson - is willing to change studios and is keeping the same script but will recast if necessary.

The source added: "She’d rather go to another studio than change the script. She still wants to make the film, but will now look at it again after the tour. She’s keeping the same writers, but is aware that she might have to recast if the actors aren’t available."

Madonna previously admitted that writing the script for the biopic had been a "challenging experience".

She said: "Writing my script is the most draining, challenging experience I’ve ever had. It’s kind of like psychotherapy in a way, because I have to remember every detail from my childhood till now. Remembering all the things that made me decide to be who I am, my journey as an artist, my decision to leave Michigan to go to New York, all the things that happened to me when I was young and naive, my relationships with my family and friends, watching many of my friends die."

From Bang Showbiz


Madonna 'stole' Randy Jackson's sunglasses at party in '80s

Randy Jackson has recalled how Madonna once "stole" his sunglasses at a party.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, host Kelly displayed a photo of a young Randy and Madonna, along with some other friends, at an event in the 1980s.

Pointing to the white sunglasses the Queen of Pop was wearing in the snap, Randy noted that the shades were really his.

"She stole 'em and they were in the next video! And I'm like, 'What happened to my shades, yo? What the hell's going on here?'" he laughed.

And while the former American Idol judge didn't specify the music video Madonna wore the sunglasses in, he insisted he didn't mind that she nabbed them.

"Look, we love her, she's amazing," the 66-year-old gushed, before adding jokingly: "Hey, you know. You've gotta have glasses to see, right?" From Cover Media


Madonna adds fifth London date to 2023 The Celebration Tour

Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna has added a fifth London date to her upcoming The Celebration World Tour.

The Like A Prayer hitmaker, 64, has sold-out 36 shows and counting across Toronto, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and more, with over 600,000 tickets sold.

The Celebration Tour will kick off on July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, with stops in Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, and more before making its way to Europe where she will perform in 11 cities throughout the autumn, including Antwerp, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, among others.

Madonna will bring her highly anticpated tour to the UK on October 14, playing four nights at the London 02 Arena before returning for the latest added date on December 5 to wrap up the tour.

Tickets for the newly announced fifth London show will go on sale from Friday at 9am via her official website madonna.com.

From Evening Standard


Madonna Music Video Shoot Shut Down By Cops for 'Loudness and Craziness'

Bodycam footage shows NYPD cops shutting down Madonna's music video shoot for the song "Hung Up" in September. Authorities said police were called by nearby residents over "loudness and craziness" outside their apartments. Madonna's representative dealt with officers while the "Material Girl" was nowhere to be found. Police said the issue was resolved with no issued citations for the disturbance.


Madonna Biopic Starring Julia Garner Scrapped as Singer Embarks on World Tour

The anticipated biopic of music legend Madonna is taking an indefinite holiday. The project, which the icon was going to direct herself, is no longer in development at Universal Pictures, multiple sources told Variety.

Speculation over the fate of the movie began instantly after Madonna announced a career-spanning world tour last week — one that sold out shows in New York, London, Paris and other cities in minutes. Insiders familiar with Madonna said her sole focus Is the tour, but she remains committed to making a film about her life one day.

Representatives for Madonna, Garner and Universal Pictures declined to comment on the matter.

While announced in 2020, development on the film lingered on through the end of 2022. Madonna worked on two script drafts encompassing large periods of her creative and personal life. An earlier version was written with Oscar winner Diablo Cody (their writing sessions were widely disseminated on social media). Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “The Girl on the Train”) took a second pass. Last June, Variety broke the news that Emmy and Golden Globe winner Garner had won the role of the pop icon. It followed a grueling weekslong bake-off among a group of young actors (including Florence Pugh, “Euphoria” star Alexa Demie, Odessa Young and Bebe Rexha) who attended singing and dancing bootcamp.

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley brought the project to the studio with producer Amy Pascal, whose eponymous production company is set up on the Uni lot. Sara Zambreno and longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary were set to executive produce. The project would have marked a reunion for Madonna and Pascal, who worked together on the 1992 baseball classic “A League of Their Own.”

Madonna has two feature films to her name as a director: “Filth and Wisdom,” a 2008 dramedy set in the U.K., and 2011’s “W.E.”, a historical romance about King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

From Variety.com


More 'Celebration' shows added in Cologne and Berlin

Following the immediate sell-outs of the shows in Cologne on 15 November and 28-November in Berlin and due to overwhelming demand, Madonna today announced added dates in both cities - 16-November at Lanxess Arena in Cologne and 29-November at Mercedes-Benz arena in Berlin. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, 25-January at madonna.com/tour.

From Madonna.com


Online Queue to see Queen of Pop play in London reaches 171,000 despite venue capacity of 20,000

Like many fans on Friday morning, madonnalicious endured the Ticketmaster queue for the Celebration Tour shows at London's O2 Arena.

This article from www.mylondon.news tells the story of the massive queue:

Madonna fans were left horrified by a massive digital queue to buy tickets nearly 10 times larger than the O2 Arena's actual capacity. The iconic singer and performer announced a 2023 greatest hits Celebration tour earlier this week, with just one date at the O2 in London.

General sale of the tickets kicked off at 10am (Friday, January 20) today on Ticketmaster today. However, fans are facing hot competition to nab tickets of their own.

Several users took to Twitter just minutes after the tickets went live to share where they were in the digital queue. One Tweet from user @AdamSGibson said: "@LiveNationUK how on earth can I be 170,033 in the queue for #MadonnaCelebrationTour tickets!!"

A second person Tweeted a screenshot of their queue position, showing 171,664 people ahead of them. "171K people," they added alongside it followed by a skull emoji. A third Twitter user wrote: "People currently ahead of you, 126422."

They also shared a photo showing their place in the digital queue, along with a screaming GIF. Others were left scratching their heads as how there could be that many people in line for tickets when the Greenwich music venue only has a capacity of 20,000.

User @hal9341 said: "The O2 has a 20,000 seat capacity and there are nearly 80,000 people ahead of me in the queue for Madonna tickets in London. It’s not looking promising!!!|"


Madonna adds 23 new dates to The Celebration Tour and sells out shows

Today, Madonna, the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time, announced that The Celebration Tour has sold-out 36 shows and counting across Toronto, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and more, with over 600,000 tickets sold. Due to overwhelming demand, 23 new dates were added this week across North America and Europe. The global run now includes second shows in Miami, Las Vegas, Milan, Barcelona and more as well as three nights in Paris and four nights in New York, Los Angeles and London, with multiple added dates already sold-out.

The Celebration Tour will kick off on Saturday, July 15th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, and more before making its way to Europe where she will perform in 11 cities throughout the fall, including Antwerp, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, among others. The tour will now wrap on Saturday, December 2nd at Ziggo Dome with a second show in Amsterdam, NL.

TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale for select cities at madonna.com. As previously announced, tickets for performances in Phoenix, Denver, Tulsa, St. Paul, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Atlanta will go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am local time. Citi is the official card of Madonna The Celebration Tour.

CITI: Citi is the official card of Madonna The Celebration Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets starting Tuesday, January 24 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 26 at 6pm local time. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

FAN CLUB: Legacy members of Madonna’s Official Fan Club will have a pre-sale opportunity starting Monday, January 23 at 10am local time through Wednesday, January 25th at 5pm local time.

From Madonna.com


Material Girl: Madonna Might Own Missing Painting, French Mayor Says

TThe mayor of the northern French town of Amiens is appealing to pop star Madonna to loan them what they believe is a missing 200-year-old Neoclassical painting that disappeared from their museum during World War I.

But is Madonna’s version the genuine article, or a copy?

Brigitte Fouré, the mayor, says in a video that the oil painting the singer reportedly owns, called Diana and Endymion, was “probably a work that was lent to the Amiens museum by the Louvre before the first world war after which we lost trace of it,” according to a report in The Guardian.

Now Fouré wants the “Material Girl” singer to provide the artwork as a loaner to help Amiens’ bid to become the European capital of culture in 2028.

The painting, which depicts the Roman goddess Diana falling in love with Endymion, is thought to have been painted by Jérôme-Martin Langlois, and dates to 1822. After being commissioned by Louis XVIII to hang in the Palace of Versailles, it was acquired by the French republic in 1873, and was exhibited in Amiens at the Musée des Beaux-Arts – now the Musée de Picardie – beginning in 1878.

The Langlois went missing after the Germans pounded Amiens with bombs and artillery fire for 28 days in March 1917, destroying much of the city including part of the museum. The paintings were taken to safety, but after the war the Langlois was listed as “untraceable” and later deemed to have been “destroyed by the falling of a bomb on the museum,” the Guardian reports.

The painting - or one nearly identical to it - reappeared in 1989 at a New York auction where Madonna paid $1.3 million for it, more than three times its estimated price, says French newspaper Le Figaro.

Madonna is an avid art collector known to have a collection worth an estimated $100 million, People magazine has reported. It includes Frida Kahlo’s My Birth (1932), one of only five painting she created while in Detroit; an extensive collection by Polish Art Deco painter Tamar de Lempicka; and Pablo Picasso’s Buste de Femme à la Frange (1938), which she paid almost $5 million for at Christie’s in 2000.

In 2015, a sharp-eyed curator from Amiens spotted the Langlois painting in the background of a photograph of Madonna at her home that was published in Paris Match magazine.

The painting Madonna bought is reportedly one inch (three centimeters) smaller than the artwork that disappeared from Amiens and was unsigned and undated, leading experts to wonder if it is the original - or a copy.

The museum has lodged legal action against “persons unknown” for the theft of the painting, the Guardian reports. But Fouré, the mayor, says the town doesn’t dispute that Madonna acquired the work in a “perfectly legal auction.”

The singer “bought it and she owns it,” the mayor says. “I’m not asking her to give it to us but to allow us to borrow it for just a few weeks so people here can see it.”

Fouré would welcome a visit by Madonna to Amiens, a town best known for textiles and its gothic cathedral, and as the birthplace of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“It would be amazing to have her come here but I can’t imagine it happening,” she says. “Still, now everyone is talking about Amiens!”

Billboard reached out to Madonna’s team, which had no comment.

From Billboard.com


The Celebration Tour: Official Announcement

Today, Madonna announced Madonna: The Celebration Tour, in an iconic viral video with a wink to her groundbreaking film Truth or Dare. The video features notable names such as Diplo, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Lil Wayne, Bob The Drag Queen, Kate Berlant, Larry Owens, Meg Stalter, Eric Andre and culminates with Amy Schumer daring the global superstar to go on tour and perform her four decades of mega hits. Madonna, the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time, rises to the challenge announcing The Celebration Tour which will be highlighting her unmatched catalog of music from the past 40 plus years.

Produced by Live Nation, the 35-city global tour will kick off in North America on Saturday, July 15th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and more before making its way to Europe where she will hit 11 cities throughout the fall, including London, Barcelona, Paris, and Stockholm, among others. The Celebration Tour will wrap in Amsterdam, NL on Friday, December 1st at Ziggo Dome.

The Celebration Tour will take us on Madonna’s artistic journey through four decades and pays respect to the city of New York where her career in music began. “I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” states Madonna.

The Celebration Tour will offer a one-of-a-kind experience with special guest Bob the Drag Queen a.k.a. Caldwell Tidicue across all dates on the global tour.

TICKETS: Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 and Friday, January 27at 10am local time at madonna.com/tour

FAN CLUB PRESALE: Legacy members of Madonna’s Official Fan Club will have a pre-sale opportunity for the shows that go on sale on Friday, January 20 beginning Tuesday, January 17 at 12pm ET through Wednesday, January 18 at 5pm ET for the North America based shows and from 9am GMT/10am CET to 5pm GMT/6pm CET on Wednesday, January 18 for UK and European shows. An additional Legacy pre-sale for the North American based shows going on sale on January 27th begins on Monday, January 23 (10am) through Wednesday, January 25 (5pm).

U.S. CITI PRESALE: Citi is the official card of Madonna The Celebration Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for shows going on sale January 20th beginning Tuesday, January 17 at 2pm local time through Thursday, January 19 at 6pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. The Citi cardmember presale for the shows going on sale on January 27 will begin Tuesday, January 24 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 26 at 6pm local time. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

CANADA AMEX PRESALE: American Express Cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal beginning Wednesday January 18 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 19 at 6pm local time. Visit ticketmaster.ca/americanexpress)] to purchase tickets. Ticket limits & terms apply.

EUROPE AMEX PRESALE: American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets to Madonna’s tour in Sweden, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium before the general public. Pre-sale open from 18 January at 9am, until 19 January at 6pm.

VIP: Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, exclusive access to a behind the scenes tour, group photo on-stage, pre-show reception, limited edition lithograph & more. For more information, visit vipnation.com.

From Madonna.com


The Celebration Tour: Dates So Far....

THE CELEBRATION TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES: 
Sat Jul 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Tue Jul 18 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Sat Jul 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Tue Jul 25 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu Jul 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Sun Jul 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Wed Aug 02 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Sat Aug 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Mon. Aug 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Wed Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sun Aug 13 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat Aug 19 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
Wed Aug 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Thu Aug 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wed Aug 30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sat Sep 02 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Thu Sep 07 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sat Sep 09 – Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Arena
Wed Sep 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Mon Sep 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Thu Sep 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
Wed Sep 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
Wed Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Sat Oct 07 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

THE CELEBRATION TOUR EUROPE DATES: 
Sat Oct 14 – London, UK – The O2
Sat Oct 21 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
Wed. Oct. 25 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Sat Oct 28 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2
Wed Nov 01 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
Mon Nov 06 – Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
Sun Nov 12 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Mon Nov 13 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Wed Nov 15 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Thu Nov 23 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
Tue Nov 28 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Fri Dec 1 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome


The Celebration Tour: Video Announcement

Madonna and Live Nation have announced The Celebration Tour, her 12th, but also the first to celebrate four decades of music and her greatest hits!

Kicking off in Vancouver on July 15th, the tour will visit multiple cities in the Unites States and Canada, as well as United Kingdom and Europe.

Tickets on sale Friday, January 20th at 10am (All local times). Visit Madonna.com now for detailed tour itinerary and to get your tickets!


Madonna wipes her Instagram in preparation for suspected tour announcement

The Material Girl might be preparing to take on the material world - on tour.

The pop icon, 64, raised eyebrows this weekend when she wiped her Instagram feed, after Billboard reported on Friday that she’s set to “embark on a career-spanning 40th anniversary tour.”

The 40th anniversary would be pegged to the release of the superstar singer’s first studio album, “Madonna,” which came out in July 1983.

Madonna’s last world tour was the smaller “Madame X” tour, linked to her fourteenth studio album of the same name from 2019.

That tour, which took place in more intimate venues as opposed to stadiums, was halted in Paris in the spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. And before the tour was delayed, Madonna was also dealing with physical issues like knee and hip problems.

At the time, the superstar told V Magazine, “Everyone kept saying, ‘You gotta stop, you gotta stop.’ I said, ‘I will not stop. I will go until the wheels fall off.’”

Last summer, Madonna released a compilation album of her No. 1 dance remixes from her career, titled “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones.”

From CNN.com


Welcome Back!

Sorry all, real life got in the way of madonnalicious over the past year or so (saving and improving patient lives in the NHS). I couldn't commit to spending so much time on the website, and Madonna herself kept us entertained with all her Instagram posts.

But now we have a new tour announcement, so here goes!