Madonna determined to breathe in ‘Covid-19 air’ after learning she has the anti-bodies to ‘protect her’.
The Like A Virgin singer created a film noir style Quarantine Diary explaining that she had a test done for coronavirus and was told she has tested negative. Of course, the first thing she wanted to do was drive around town with the windows down.
She began: ‘Quarantine Diaries 14. I think it’s quite significant that the paper I’m typing on just caught on fire and consumed my paper,’ before picking up the paper and feigned looking worried.
‘I took a test the other day,’ the 61-year-old said. ‘And I found out that I have the antibodies so tomorrow I’m just going to go on a long drive in a car, roll down the windows and I’m going to breathe in the Covid-19 air. ‘I hope the sun is shining. I have not been wanting to write lately but that does not mean I’m not thinking, thinking about what I want to write or want to say.’
The star went on to discuss how actions are more important than words before she jokingly began talking to her candle. She said: ‘You must now go to bed, you naughty little candle.’
A sale promotion in the iTunes Store lifted a number of older albums to sales increases, and fans took notice. It might be the year 2020, but if you glanced at the U.S. iTunes Store’s Top Albums tally this past week, it’d be hard to tell what decade you were in.
Thanks to sale pricing and fan promotion, a trio of older albums by Mariah Carey, Madonna and Janet Jackson all jumped into the iTunes Store's always-updating Top Albums tally. On April 27 and 28, Carey’s 2008 album E=MC2 was No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums tally, while Madonna’s 1994 set Bedtime Stories visited No. 1 on April 30. Meanwhile, Jackson’s 1986 album Control also visited the top 10 during the week -- and at one point, all three albums were together in the top 10.
According to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, E=MC2 sold about 2,000 copies total across all retailers in the U.S. in the week ending April 30. About half of that sum was driven by digital sales on April 27, the day the album topped the iTunes tally. Traditionally, the album sells a negligible figure on a daily basis.
As for Bedtime Stories, it shifted a little over 1,000 copies for the week, while Control sold just under 1,000. Again, the bulk of each album’s sales were driven by digital sales - nearly 1,000 for Bedtime Stories on April 30 (the day it was No. 1 in the iTunes Store) and a little under, 1,000 for Control across three days (April 28-30). Like with E=MC2, both Bedtime Stories and Control generally sell a negligible figure on any normal day.
It doesn’t necessarily take a large number of sales to reach No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums ranking, especially considering album sales have been on the decline for years, and it was a particularly soft week for new releases on April 24. The trio of albums were part of an iTunes Store promotion where more than 100 pop albums were discounted to $4.99 and advertised in a banner ad that appears at the top of the front page of the Store, directing consumers to “$4.99 Pop Albums at a Great Price.”
As generally happens with deeply discounted albums (most new titles sell for at least $9.99), they start to rise up the iTunes Store Top Albums list, since it reacts in real time to customers’ purchases. After that, fans of the divas took notice of the albums dotting the iTunes Store Top Albums list and began awareness campaigns on social media to drive attention to the albums. That promotion then helped engineer more sales for the albums, which brought them to the top 10 of the store. At that point, the albums got much wider attention, since the top 10 of the Top Albums list is visible on the front of the iTunes Store, and casual music fans likely saw the albums in the top 10 - perhaps encouraging even more sales.
E=MC2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated May 3, 2008. Bedtime Stories debuted and peaked at No. 3 (Nov. 12, 1994), and Control hit No. 1 on July 5, 1986. None of the albums are expected to re-enter next week’s Billboard 200 chart, despite their surge on the iTunes Store.
The “Bedtime Stories” album is currently #1 on iTunes U.S! Thank you to all my fans who got it there!! #stayhome musical companion! #bedtimestories #madonnafans #togetherapart pic.twitter.com/CUxkznqLl7— Madonna (@Madonna) April 30, 2020
Madonna is partnering with Meek Mill's advocacy group REFORM Alliance to send much-needed personal protective equipment to jails and prisons which have become coronavirus hotspots across the country.
More than 50,000 surgical masks will be donated to Chicago's Cook County Jail, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. Six inmates have died, while 210 staffers and 235 inmates have tested positive, according to the county sheriff's department. Another 192 detainees and 120 staffers have recovered from the virus.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections will also receive 20,000 masks, while another 30,000 will be sent to California's Vacaville Prison, FCI Ray Brook in New York and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in Massachusetts.
REFORM and Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation worked with several activist groups for the initiative, including apparel company Pair of Thieves, The Bail Project and #cut50.
'More than 2 million lives in prisons across America are currently at stake due to the COVID-19 pandemic,' REFORM co-chair Michael Rubin said in a statement. 'It's absolutely crucial that we protect our inmates and prison staff, especially since social distancing guidelines are difficult to abide by in these facilities.'
Earlier this month, REFORM sent 100,000 face masks to facilities including the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman and Rikers Island jail complex in New York City.
From CBS News
On the first night of Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour, held in April 1990 in Chiba, Japan, few in the audience could have prepared themselves for the spectacle about to unfold. With its $2 million dollar stage set, explosive choreography by voguing legends from the New York City ballroom scene, and headline-grabbing aesthetic fusion of Catholic imagery and BDSM, the show solidified Madonna’s position at the top of music’s pantheon. In less than two hours, she was no longer just a pop star—she had graduated to become a fully-fledged pop culture icon.
For her fans, though, it was less of a surprise: Madonna was merely following up on the string of controversies that accompanied her latest album, Like a Prayer, a year earlier. A $5 million sponsorship deal with Pepsi was swiftly pulled after she debuted the video for her lead single, “Like a Prayer,” the plot of which implicitly drew a link between racial injustice and organized religion. Featuring Ku Klux Klan-style burning crosses and Madonna receiving the stigmata, it led to a direct call from the Vatican to boycott Pepsi and its subsidiaries. “Art should be controversial, and that’s all there is to it,” Madonna told the New York Times with nonchalance in the lead-up to the album’s release. (This laid-back response may have been due to the fact that Pepsi, eager to extricate themselves from the kerfuffle, let Madonna keep the $5 million check.)
To read the rest of the article visit: www.vogue.com/article/madonna-blonde-ambition
I’ve accepted the #ALLINCHALLENGE and I’m all in to raise money for the millions in need right now – our most vulnerable communities who are experiencing food insecurity children out of school and individuals who have lost their jobs. 100% of proceeds... https://t.co/viFqNk3iHD pic.twitter.com/q8Vv6UhjHt— Madonna (@Madonna) April 18, 2020
Madonna has shared her latest “quarantine diary” in which she says she has lost three people in 24 hours.
The Queen of Pop, 61, has regularly been updating fans during the coronavirus lockdown.
Her latest Instagram video sees her tapping away on a typewriter as she reveals she has lost three people close to her.
“We can’t always have a good day … I didn’t sleep last night, not one minute and today I have been dysfunctional,” she starts the message.
The singer goes on: “The pain-o-meter was on 10 and when it’s on 10, I just need to, want to, have to, get out of my body.
“The burning spear makes its way into the core of me and slithers down my leg, and I can concentrate on nothing except the idea of escape, and I wonder what form that will take.”
Madonna then announces that in the last 24 hours her cousin, her security guard’s brother and dance music executive Orlando Puerta - who the star worked with - had died.
“These three people I have lost in the last 24 hours,” she said.
“Today wasn’t a good day,” she added. “I’m over it.”
Madonna did not give details of how the three people died.
From Yahoo! News
Madonna has donated $1 million to the Gates Philanthropy Partners’ COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a rep for the organization confirmed to Variety.
'Her contribution is alongside the commitments by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Mastercard, U.K. Government and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - all partners in the initiative,' the rep said, clarifying that 'The money will go through the COVID-19 Response Fund operated by Gates Philanthropy Partners, so not directly to the Gates Foundation.'
In a statement on her website, Madonna wrote:
'I’m joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families.'
'I’m talking about this: I am so impressed by the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator’s urgent efforts to find new or existing drugs that could effectively prevent or treat the disease. Harnessing the strength and knowledge of the research community, the Accelerator’s critical scientific progress will inform how we end this pandemic and prevent future impact from the virus. I send enormous gratitude and strength to the courageous first responders, medical professionals and scientists who are protecting our communities, those suffering and our most vulnerable.'
An excerpt from an update on the Accelerator’s progress posted on its website reads: 'There are two trials starting pretty much simultaneously, using chloroquine and a drug with a slightly different structure, hydroxychloroquine. Now, you may have heard of the WHO SOLIDARITY Trial that was announced two weeks ago, which will look at chloroquine as a treatment for people who are sick, to see if it shortens the duration of their sickness. The two Accelerator studies are looking instead at prophylaxis - stopping people exposed to the virus from getting sick.
'From the existing data, which need validation in a trial, it looks like hydroxychloroquine could be a good agent for prophylaxis. It actually blocks the entry of the virus into the cell, so the hypothesis makes a lot of sense: if you have the drug in your system and you get exposed, you won’t let the virus get into your cells and you won’t get onset of disease. That is what the trials are aimed at showing.
I’m joining the @gatesfoundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat #COVID19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families. @wellcometrust @chanzuckerberg @CNTR4growth https://t.co/iSVuzJLEFf— Madonna (@Madonna) April 3, 2020
Street artist Pegasus released several limited-edition art prints online today at: www.pegasusartist.co.uk/online-store
With its striking music video, empowering lyrics and a middle eight section name-checking some of the biggest stars to ever grace the silver screen, Madonna’s song Vogue had all the makings of an instant hit.
It’s now been 30 years since she released the track, which reached number one in more than 30 countries and gave the Queen of Pop a brand new signature tune.
But despite being a song that’s now recognised all over the world - and still has everyone recreating those famous moves - there’s a lot you probably don’t know about Vogue.
To read the 30 things you may not know about Vogue visit: uk.style.yahoo.com/madonna-vogue-music-video
Happy 30th Anniversary to Madonna’s Vogue single! Something to do while being #togetherapart in your homes/ turn up the volume and “let your body move to the music”! #vogue30 #strikeapose #becreative https://t.co/bwMLoUlAql pic.twitter.com/OsxyJkuZH6— Madonna (@Madonna) March 27, 2020
Madonna is mourning the loss of her Desperately Seeking Susan costar Mark Blum, who died due to complications associated with the novel coronavirus.
“I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus,” the actress and singer, 61, wrote of her onscreen love interest in a touching social media tribute, shared alongside two stills from the film on Thursday.
“This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!” she added.
As she concluded her post, Madonna wrote that Blum’s death at 69 is “another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way.”
“We need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!” she added.
I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and... https://t.co/ipPj0eChmI pic.twitter.com/k3BgKZRRa9— Madonna (@Madonna) March 26, 2020
News of Blum’s death was reported on Wednesday and later confirmed on Thursday by his representatives.
The character actor, who was born in New Jersey, began his career on the stage before taking on a series of notable film and television roles, although he remained a regular fixture on the New York City stage for the rest of his life.
His death was also mourned by many of his costars and collaborators, including Rosanna Arquette, another Desperately Seeking Susan costar. “I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans,” she wrote. “He was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.”
Judith Light, who starred alongside Blum in the 2013 Broadway production of The Assembled Parties, his last Broadway credit, remembered their time together onstage as a “true joy.”
“Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy,” she wrote. “May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.”
Blum is survived by his wife, stage and screen actress Janet Zarish, also 69.
It's Lenten Friday, and though she's a good Catholic, Madonna couldn't get out to a fish fry because, well, like the rest of us, she's on a coronavirus quarantine. 'Living in Special Times,' she wrote alongside a post in which she sings a special fish-fry remix of her iconic 1990 hit 'Vogue' in her bathroom.
'C'mon, go, let's go eat some fried fish (fried fish)!,' she sings into a hairbrush, while lamenting the supermarket frenzies that have cleared the shelves of pasta as some Americans continue to stockpile staples for what promises to be a long, lonely spring.
Plenty of artists have taken to singing and dancing in their bathrooms, bedrooms and yards during this COVID-19 social-distancing period, from Kelly Clarkson to Jennifer Lopez, Norah Jones, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Niall Horan.
Madame ❌ Farewell Party...........:. No Iron Curtain, Injury or Virus could get in the way of the ♥️ we have for each other!! ON GOD!! #madamextheatre #farewell #laperouseparis pic.twitter.com/e3FfukrBUO— Madonna (@Madonna) March 11, 2020
And so the Madame X Tour comes to a sad end. Madonna.com have just announced that the last two shows on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th March have now been cancelled due to French action on Coronavirus:
Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to 10-March and 11-March are forced to be cancelled.
Tickets are refundable at point of purchase.
We regret the disappointment to fans.
The new issue of UK magazine Classic Pop features a review of the opening night of the Madame X tour at the London Palladium.
It is a great review but only gets 4 out of 5 stars! They even say that Frozen deserves to be 'mentioned amongst the all-time great concert performances'.
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Here I Am——Flesh and Blood 🩸 If only knees didn’t twist and cartilage didn’t tear and nothing hurt and tears never fell out of our eyes.........But alas they do and Thank God for this important reminder that we are human. I Fell 2 nights ago on stage when a chair was literally pulled out from underneath me by mistake and I landed on the floor on my tail bone. I made it thru the show last night but just barely because I hate disappointing. However today even I can see that this broken doll held together with tape and glue, needs to stay in bed and rest for a few days so she can finish the tour with a smile on her face and in one piece. ❌ Thank You for your understanding Paris! 🇫🇷 🙏🏼 #madamextheatre
From Le Grand Rex's website:
Sunday, 1-March, 2020 MADONNA'S MADAME X SHOW THIS EVENING AT THE GRAND REX IS CANCELLED.
We regret to inform you that tonight's Madame X concert at The Grand Rex is cancelled as a result of ongoing injuries.
Fans who ordered tickets online will have to contact point of sale to be refunded.
For additional refund requests, please contact them.
We regret the disappointment to fans.
madonnalicious' last show of the Madame X Tour turned out to be memorable for many different reasons.
Sunday night was the second show of the Le Grand Rex residency for Madame X. The previous nights late running rehearsals, as the crew worked to re-block certain sections of the show due to the stage dimensions, meant that the doors did not open until 9:40pm.
Expecting another late night, we were happy to be find doors opened by 7:00pm, however the show did not start till around 11:15pm, and was the 'shortened' version of the show.
To be front and centre of any Madonna show is an experience like no other, and a great joy to be around some fans who are respectful of each other and their space (unlike some who were clawing, fighting, elbowing and vaulting over seats on their way to get past people).
When Madonna threw her guitar pick into the audience during American Life, to my joy and surprise it landed at my feet and I was able to pick it up!
All was going well, until the Cape Verde video was playing, the audio stopped, we looked around at each other, then the power all went out leaving us in a very dark theatre with no clue what was happening. After a minute or so the lights came back up and then Madonna appeared onstage. She explained something had happened with the set for the next section of the show and they were trying to fix it. She was then joined onstage by Gaspar, and told the story of meeting his great-grandmother and how they sang an Elvis Presley song together. Then she sang the Elvis song 'Can't Help Falling in Love With You', this was directly in front of us and a unique experience. She then asked for requests and someone said 'La Vie en Rose' but she said she had forgotten the words. Then she was informed by backstage that the show was ready to start again.
During 'Killers who are Partying' she asked for fans to get closer to the stage (there was about a two metre gap between the front row and the stage), she told security that they should let them closer. However this just caused a huge surge forward and people vaulting over seats, even coming for the back of the theatre pushing forward, desperation in their eyes. Then security moved people back after that song, but Madonna invited people forward again and so it all happened over again and from then on no-one really moved until Madonna's security team cleared the front to be able for her to leave the stage at the end during the 'I Rise' finale. Lots of the show was missed with people being moved about all over the place, with the venue security trying to do their job.
A surprise guest appeared during the Medellin finale, when the last dancer to join her was her son David Banda, and she commented that 'he had been bought up well by his mother'.
At the finale, we managed to get three fist bumps from the dancers (thanks Daniele, Sohey and Allaune) and our Madame X Tour journey was done! A memorable ride from 4th row, back of the stalls, up in the balcony in London and front row in Paris, we have seen the show from all views and it was a wonderful experience.
Immense Gratitude to the Rex Theatre and everyone who has worked so tirelessly to make our very complicated show work inside this beautiful and unique theatre ! 🇫🇷.....,.....♥️...............🙏🏼 #madamextheatre #legrandrexparis #godcontrol pic.twitter.com/dRJggNqA7I— Madonna (@Madonna) February 24, 2020
Gwendoline Christie could not hide her excitement as Madonna sat down to join her for a racy chat during one of her recent shows.
In a short clip shared by the Like A Virgin star from one of her London Palladium concerts, she is seen coming into the audience to converse with the Game Of Thrones actress mid-gig.
Alongside the video, she wrote in the caption: “Madame X plays a Game Of Thrones with one of her favorite Knights! @gwendolineuniverse #madamextheatre #thelondonpalladium.”
Madonna is seen approaching Christie, who played Brienne of Tarth in the hit fantasy drama series, who is sat in the audience at the famous venue.
“We’ve got to stop meeting like this,” the singer says.
At one point during the chat, Christie tells Madonna: “I love you!”
Things became slightly more risque as Madonna then asks her: “Do you come to the theatre often, by yourself?”
Christie replies: “I love to do it alone… If you want something done well, you have to do it yourself.”
Madonna then asks the actress where her drink is, and she pulls out a beer bottle.
Christie says: “Is this OK, do you like beer?”
Madonna responds by taking a sip from the bottle before gargling it in her mouth and spilling some over her chin.
As Christie cleans her face off, Madonna makes a Game Of Thrones reference as she jokes: “Winter is coming.”
The actress replies cheekily, to a huge cheer and applause from the audience: “Tonight you’re so great, winter isn’t the only thing that’s coming!”
Christie was thrilled to see the video had been shared on social media, responding to Madonna’s post “Our queen, love you endlessly” along with several heart emojis, raised hands and a pair of kissing lips.
The British actress has previously talked about her adoration of the hit music star, and in 2016 she was invited up on stage by Madonna at her concert in Sydney.
The Madonna super-fan later revealed that she “cried” when she was sent a text from the singer’s manager asking for her to go up onto the stage.
She told Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2017: “I used to dress up as Madonna in my bedroom and I would try to copy the dance routines and I would be trying to do my Madonna look.
“I’d borrow my mother’s make-up – I’d go there, I’d really go there on the look!”
From Yahoo! News
Queen of Pop Madonna also continues to be the Queen of Dance Clubs, as the superstar collects her landmark 50th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "I Don't Search I Find."
"Dance is my first love," Madonna tells Billboard in an exclusive statement, "so every time one of my songs is celebrated in the clubs and recognized on the charts it feels like home!!"
"I never take the support of my fans for granted and it's always like the very first time."
With the new No. 1 (on the chart dated Feb. 22, which will post to Billboard's website on Feb. 19), Madonna becomes the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs.
Further, Madonna becomes the first act to have tallied at last one No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in five separate decades, having collected leaders in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and now, in the 2020s.
The Dance Club Songs chart measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, and which launched as national survey in the Billboard magazine issue dated Aug. 28, 1976. Madonna continues to have the most No. 1s on the list. She outpaces runner-up Rihanna, who has 33 No. 1s.
The Queen of Pop is the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart.
Madonna earns her record-extending, landmark 50th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "I Don't Search I Find" rises 2-1 on the Feb. 22-dated survey.
The chart, and all rankings dated Feb. 22, will refresh on Billboard.com on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (a day later than usual due to the Presidents' Day holiday in the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 17).
"Search" was remixed for clubs by, among others, Honey Dijon, Endor and DJLW.
With 50 No. 1s on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs (and which launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976), Madonna outpaces runner-up Rihanna, who has notched 33 No. 1s. Beyoncé and Janet Jackson follow with 22 and 20 leaders, respectively.
With the coronation, Madonna additionally becomes the first act to have scored at least one No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in five separate decades, having tallied nine in the 1980s, 13 in the '90s, 18 in the 2000s, nine in the '10s and, now, one (so far) in the '20s.
Madonna is also the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs.
"Search" is the fourth Dance Club Songs leader from Madonna's album Madame X, which arrived as her ninth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in June 2019. It follows "Medellín," with Maluma (June 29), "I Rise" (Aug. 31) and "Crave," with Swae Lee (Nov. 16). The set is her first to generate four chart-topping hits since Confessions on a Dance Floor yielded a quartet in 2005-06: "Hung Up," "Sorry," "Get Together" and "Jump."
"Search" further marks Madonna's 10th consecutive Dance Club Songs No. 1, her longest such streak. (Katy Perry holds the record with 18 straight No. 1s in 2009-17.) Twice before, Madonna managed seven No. 1s in a row, first with "Causing a Commotion," from the Who's That Girl soundtrack (1987), through "Justify My Love," from her first greatest hits set, The Immaculate Collection (1991), and then with Ray of Light's "Nothing Really Matters" (1999) through Music's "Impressive Instant" (2001). Madonna's current run began with "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., in 2012.
Madonna spent a day off from the Madame X Tour visiting the Tate Modern gallery in London on Tuesday.
Writing a Letter to the Westminster Council explaining that dropping a 9 ton Iron Curtain on my head may not work in their favor............:..:::::: ✉️ ❌ #madamextheatre #thelondonpalladium pic.twitter.com/ddjYewFEOo— Madonna (@Madonna) February 9, 2020
Fans at the Thursday 06 February show in London got to experience Madonna's acapella version of Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'.
Madonna has claimed the London Palladium tried to "censor" her by cutting short a concert after she ran over her curfew on Wednesday.
The singer was performing her Madame X show when the lights and sound were switched off and the curtain closed as she went past her 23:00 GMT deadline.
Madonna shared a video on Instagram, which showed her trying to sing her final song in front of the curtain.
The Palladium had warned her not to break the strict curfew.
The pop superstar is in the middle of a residency at the venue.
She wrote: "It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew, we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling down the metal fire curtain that weighs nine tonnes.
"Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt. Many thanks to the entire audience who did not move and never left us. Power to the people!!"
The venue denied that staff had used the fire curtain, but did not directly comment on the show being cut short.
"Contrary to a number of reports, at no point during last night's performance did staff at The London Palladium pull down, or attempt to pull down, the Iron Fire Curtain," a spokesman said.
The video footage appeared to confirm that it was the main cloth curtains which were used closed, rather than the iron fire curtain.
Madonna emerged from the closed curtain with her backing dancers as the crowd chanted her name. She performed her final song, I Rise, with the house lights turned up and her microphone switched off.
"I've been warned by Westminster council," she told the audience during the first night at the London venue last week, adding that she knew an "iron curtain" would fall over the production if she ran late.
Previous shows in the US have run considerably later than the London dates, with fans often kept waiting for several hours.
One fan wrote on Twitter: "Madonna just got cut off mid song by the Palladium curtain dropping and the lights coming up as she overran the curfew. Glorious moment. She finished the show a cappella in front of the curtain like a champ!"
Another said: "So not only did we finally see the utterly iconic Madonna live but she missed the curfew and the Palladium shut the lights and sound off. As the curtains fell, Madonna and her dancers stormed back onto the stage and sang I Rise a cappella backed by the audience."
From BBC News
it was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew—-we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons. Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt...... Many Thanks to the entire...https://t.co/Acwe7dUsVm pic.twitter.com/rbEyFl0akn— Madonna (@Madonna) February 6, 2020
Caroline was one of two fans who got Madonna's polaroid picture on Thursday night at the London Palladium. Madonna took one picture but the polaroid flew off behind her, then she took another (but thought it wasn't too good), so took a third picture!
Thank you @Madonna with all my heart for giving me your Polaroid tonight! Meeting you and telling you how much you’ve inspired me and taught me over 35 years was an honour and dream come true. I love you ❤️#MadameXTour @LondonPalladium pic.twitter.com/yMbiWUu53b— Carolyn Preston (@carolynMfan) January 31, 2020
"She is here, isn't she Will?", asked a worried looking man at the London Palladium at about 20:00 on Wednesday night. "Yes", I said. I didn't actually know for sure, but he looked so anxious I thought a bit of reassurance wouldn't go amiss.
Anyway, the merch counter had just fallen over and there was a rising sense of calamity which didn't need adding to.
Madonna goes deep with her fans. The connection is genuine and mutual. Nobody blames her for cancelling shows due to extreme pain in her knees and hips, people just hope it's not on their night (she has subsequently ruled out shows on 4 and 11 February).
"I feel so guilty," another fan told me. "My mates had tickets for Monday night, which was cancelled and I've just sent a WhatsApp of my seat tonight."
"Where are you sitting?" I asked
"Row U in the stalls," he said
"How much did you pay?"
"£250" he said "Not bad eh? I think it's going to be great."
And it was - 5-star great.
It was perfectly imperfect, like one of those sketchy landscapes by Cezanne where you can see his underdrawings and misplaced lines, making it so much more beautiful and real than Canaletto's soulless precision.
Truth is the point of art, not perfection.
Not because the show was perfect, though. Madonna's movement was visibly stiff, lighting errors left dancers in the dark, and some of her banter fell flat. All of which only added to the "live-ness" of the event, which was more an evening of intimate cabaret than a stadium blockbuster show.
To read the rest of the review visit: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment
As you all know i have multiple injuries and have had to cancel shows to give myself time to recover.
So as not to surprise you i want to let you know ahead of time that I will be cancelling 2 shows - on Feb 4 and Feb 11th at the Palladium in London. because doing 3 shows in a row is too much on my body and in fact my doctors insist i take a day off after every show but i believe can manage if i do 2 shows then I rest!
Its a miracle i have gotten this far but a-lot has to do with the fact that i do 6 hours of re-hab every day. 3 hours before show and 3 after with multiple therapies.
I have also switched to flat shoes and modified difficult. parts of the show. This has helped enormously but i still need to be careful and of course rest is the best medicine.
I never want to cancel any show and Im determined that i will make it to the end if i pace myself. God Willing.
Refunds will be automatically issued to the credit card on which tickets were ordered.
I appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!! Madame ❌
A note to all my fans: As you all know i have multiple injuries and have had to cancel shows to give me time to recover. So as not to surprise you i want to let you know ahead of time that I will be cancelling 2 shows- on Feb 4 and Feb 11th at...https://t.co/fNnq0WWCOQ pic.twitter.com/cRyLY72qHk— Madonna (@Madonna) January 31, 2020
Madonna review, London Palladium: An eyeball-twisting audiovisual assault with more action than a Marvel movie
Madonna wants us to wake up. Actually, she wants us to do a lot of things. Come with her to the future. Protect her from her critics. Know that she agrees that America is in turmoil and the finger is pointed at the “psychopath in the White House”. But, above all, remember that she is a provocateur and “freedom fighter” - an artist who is, in the words of James Baldwin, which are fired like gunshots on the screen to open the show, “here to disturb the peace”. And we are in her maverick world now, an eyeball-twisting audiovisual assault of cello-playing nuns and cartwheeling soldiers in gas masks, like The Two Popes meets Hamilton.
Anticipation fizzes around the London Palladium tonight, because this is the debut of the London leg of intimate shows – she cancelled her first earlier in the week due to a knee injury. It would have been hard to play her steely, eye-patched spy at half tilt: there are handstands, a bit where she slides down a grand piano like Roxie Hart and, of course, plenty of straddling her exceptional dancers. Like her 2019 album, she appears as Madame X, a bondage secret agent who threads various nods to her career through her new globetrotting mish-mash of trap, Latin-pop and Afro-Lusophone folk.
This is a show of two halves: the first is an aggressive blast of political messaging and theatre noir that is also a comment - and Madonna doesn’t do subtle - on being under attack herself. She opens with her disco ode to police violence, “God Control”, dressed in a glittering revolutionary outfit; then she’s on the run, pushed and shoved between her cast like a pantomime villain during new song “I Don’t Search I Find”, as phrases like “f*** off” flash overhead. There is more action than a Marvel movie: comic interludes, blowjob innuendos and a bizarre charity auction – during which she proclaims that “Madame X is also a saint” and a ballsy fan gets onstage to try and hand her £1000 cash (she quips that she’ll have to fire her security).
“Vogue”, meanwhile, feels fairly low impact, but other flashbacks are a reminder of her sustained influence on pop culture. At one point, her dancers and three young daughters - Mercy, Stelle and Esthere, dressed in slick Nineties fashion (now fashionable once again) - gather beside her to chorus, “I’m not your bitch” after a rendition of “Express Yourself”. You could say that it’s a cheap shot to bring her family into it, but when she sings her earth mother banger “Frozen” as her other daughter, Lourdes, dances on a projection screen around her, it’s genuinely moving.
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Madonna has resumed her Madame X tour after cancelling her first night in London after being ‘plagued’ by injuries.
The singer, 61, made her return to the stage at the London Palladium - which holds just over 2,200 people, for her smallest-ever full-length concert in the UK. In order to make her performance even more special for the audience, fans were asked to store their mobile phones in sealed pouches throughout the show so they weren’t disturbed during her performance. She was later seen leaving the theatre with her rumoured boyfriend, Ahlamalik Williams, 26, who is also one of her dancers.
Following the visual extravaganza she had just given her fans, it’s no wonder she wanted to dress down and be comfortable for the ride home, and she went for a personalised Versace dressing gown with her ‘M’ logo on the back, with matching black trainers with a gold chain on them as she headed to her waiting car.
Madonna looked back to full fitness as she performed for her fans in London, after having to cancel the first show of her run in the city. She had told fans: ‘I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday January 27th in London. Under doctors guidance I have been told to rest for a few days.
Madonna has blamed her English ex-husband Guy Ritchie for the unusual faux British accent she was heard speaking with around the time they were married.
The singer reflected on her infamous articulation as she appeared on the London Palladium stage on Wednesday night as she resumed her Madame X Tour following multiple cancellations.
The BBC reports that the 61-year-old donned a British accent while speaking to the crowds before saying: 'I didn't know what anyone was talking about until I heard old interviews of myself. And then I was horrified and flabbergasted. Why did you let me do that to myself? It's all Guy Ritchie's fault,' she added.
The couple, who owned a Wiltshire estate together as well as properties in London, were married between 2000 and 2008.
From Yahoo! News
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Longtime producer Tracy Young made history Sunday night by becoming the first woman to win a Grammy in the best remixed recording, non classical category for her edit of Madonna's empowerment anthem "I Rise."
This was the first Grammy nomination for Young, a Miami-based producer who's worked with Madonna as a remixer and DJ since the late '90s. Young has also done official edits for a bevy of other pop royalty including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Britney Spears.
'I’ve seen more and more female engineers in the studio, and I think moving forward, we will continue to be recognized,' Young told Billboard Dance earlier this week. 'This field was and still is mostly dominated by men. But it is changing. I’ve definitely seen more women DJs, and hopefully, more women will come forward and start producing. I have hope.'
While the Grammy for best remixed recording, non-classical was presented before this evening's live telecast, Young's win is a big moment for the Grammys nonetheless in a year when issues of gender inequality are swirling around the Academy and nearly every producer in the electornic music categories was male.
Madonna has said she is 'deeply sorry' for cancelling the first London show of her Madame X world tour.
The star had been due to begin a run of 15 dates at the London Palladium from this Monday.
In a statement, the singer said she had been 'plagued' by injuries since the beginning of the tour and was told by doctors to 'rest for a few days'.
She added that refunds would be given to those who had bought tickets for Monday's performance.
Madonna's Wednesday show will still take place as scheduled.
'I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday 27 January in London. Under doctors' guidance I have been told to rest for a few days. As you all know I have injuries that have plagued me since the beginning of the tour but I must always listen to my body and put my health first. The last thing I want to do is disappoint my fans or compromise the integrity of my show. So I will keep going until I cannot.'
From BBC News