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The singer made the comments in an interview to promote her upcoming tour, which begins in September. The tour will involve concerts in 35 cities across North America, Europe and Australia.
However, the singer has stated that Russia will not be on that list, reports The Moscow Times.
'I won’t appear in Moscow or St Petersburg anymore, because I don’t want to perform in places where being homosexual is tantamount to a crime,' said the singer.
Conservative St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov - infamous for his anti-LGBT views - responded swiftly to Madonna’s statement.
In an interview to Russian News Agency, Milonov called the singer a 'hypocritical old lady' and accused her of prioritising gay rights over the lives of children suffering because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The singer has previously accused Vladimir Putin’s regime of showing 'blatant intolerance of gay rights, artistic freedom, freedom of speech, and human rights in general.'
Speaking about the arrest of pro-gay band Pussy Riot members in 2012, she said: 'I was shocked and outraged when I heard about this, and I spoke about it openly on stage [in Moscow] during my show. For this I received several death threats.'
'What I realised when I went to Russia, and saw what was going on with Pussy Riot, and what was going on with the gay community, was how lucky I was and am to live in a country where I can speak my mind. It’s time for the rest of the world to be as brave as Pussy Riot, to stand up against people like President Putin that do not respect human rights, and perpetuate oppression, discrimination, and injustice of any kind.'
'We all have a moral obligation to stand up for anyone who’s being persecuted, whether it’s down the street from us, or on the other side of the world.'
Today, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of that unusual Canadian controversy.
On May 29, 1990, Madonna was preparing to take the stage for the third night at Toronto's SkyDome on her Blond Ambition Tour. Right around that time, her crew received a visit from officers who threatened to arrest the Queen of Pop for her salacious onstage simulation. Christopher Ciccone, who was assisting his sister on tour at the time, relayed the message to Madonna, explaining 'a representative from the D.A.'s office' was worried about her 'immoral live performance.'
Her response? 'I’m not changing my fucking show.'
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Fans might be surprised to learn that it's not Madonna's highest-grossing tour; Sticky & Sweet, MDNA and The Girlie Show each performed better. And it featured only 57 stops. But it's still hugely important and might have done the most to define Madonna as a music icon - and here are 25 reasons for that.
To read the full article visit: people.com/madonna-blond-ambition-25th-anniversarys
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What are your memories of the tour? And did you experience the fan pit?
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International superstar Madonna may have been focusing on her Super Bowl halftime performance for Sunday night, but soon her sights will turn to the Middle East.
The iconic singer will launch a world tour in support of her upcoming album MDNA with a show on May 31 at Ramat Gan Stadium. Details of the show and ticket availability will be revealed later in the week.
The Material Girl is no stranger to Israel, having performed here twice and spent time in the country as part of her Kabbala studies. She closed 2009's 'Sticky and Sweet' tour, which became the second-highest grossing tour of all time with $408 million in receipts, in Israel.
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The article also states they must be over 18 and have Arab characteristics, be racially mixed or Latin, with a good technical level and much creativity.
They must be able to start work on Monday 13 February.
The original article in Spanish can be read at www.danza.es
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She’s the world’s top-selling female recording artist and probably the biggest superstar never to perform in Scotland.
But now – if mounting rumours are to be believed - pop icon Madonna is set to put that right with a barnstorming concert at Murrayfield this summer.
The Material Girl could make her Scottish debut in the Capital as part of a tour to promote her 12th studio album MDNA, which is due for release in March.
Grapevine gossip suggests the 53-year-old will take to the Murrayfield stage on July 21, although no tour dates have been confirmed.
News of a possible date broke online yesterday, but neither the Scottish Rugby Union, which runs Murrayfield Stadium, nor Beverley Hills-based events company Live Nation, which represents Madonna, would confirm or deny the speculation.
Live Nation would only say that 'there would be something later in the year'.
One self-confessed Madonna superfan in Edinburgh, Scott Anderson, 34, who has watched the US songstress in concert 14 times, said she could sell out Murrayfield Stadium several times over.
'I had heard rumours that this might be happening,' he said.
'I think it’s about time she would play in Scotland and thought there might be a chance because she got married here. She often does play in places where she hasn’t been before and will be guaranteed a sell-out here – she could probably do a couple of nights.'
'I hate to think of the money I have spent seeing Madonna over the years but it was worth it every time.'
Councillor Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh’s festivals and events champion, said securing a Madonna concert in the Capital would be a 'huge coup'.
'If this is true, this is fantastic news for the city,' he said. 'Madonna is the superstar which all the rest try to emulate and if she comes to Murrayfield it will be a sell-out and another feather in Edinburgh’s cap.'
'People will travel from all over Scotland and elsewhere. She is the queen of pop.'
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Her new single recently leaked and she's rumored to be performing at halftime during this year's Super Bowl – so there's no doubt that the Madonna machine is gearing up for a big 2012. She stayed off the road for most of the 1990s, but in 2001 she came back strong with the Drowned World Tour. She followed it up with even bigger tours in 2004 and 2008/09. While it's impossible to say for sure, if she does perform at halftime, expect her to put the tour onsale the following morning. Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen saw big success with the same trick.
Likelihood: 90 percent. In 2007, Live Nation made a $120 million deal with Madonna. They aren't paying for her to sit home and not tour, especially when supporting a new album. A fake itinerary hit the web a few weeks ago showing Madonna at stadiums in America, but expect to see her at arenas. Also, expect to pay a small fortune for tickets.
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Three million people will be treated to music acts and live televised Olympic action in free open-air festivals during the Games.
Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park in Bow will host events which are intended to recreate the excitement of the Olympics for those who missed out on tickets.
The 14 days of free 'London Live' events will be book-ended by two paid-for 80,000-capacity concerts in Hyde Park on the nights of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Organiser Live Nation hopes to line up superstars for the concerts but will not sign up acts until shortly before tickets go on sale next year.
Hyde Park will be in the thick of the Olympic action next summer as it hosts the Olympic torch on July 26, the night before the opening ceremony.
Separately, Madonna will play a one-off show in Hyde Park on July 11 and Bruce Springsteen will headline Hard Rock Calling at the same location three days later.
The tour would start with New Zealand followed by several Australian dates (lets hope the tour finally gets down under this time!) The itinerary at this time also includes stadium venues in Europe and North America.
Negotiations are taking place to bring the tour to China, Taiwan and the Phillipines. Tour stops in UAE, Israel, South Korea and Japan are currently scheduled.
From news.com.au - thanks to Chris M
From Gossip Cop
From Marie Claire
Arthur Fogel, the president of Live Nation is reported to have confirmed that Madonna will tour in 2011 despite the fact that she will have no new material to tour with. A new album would be expected in 2012.
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Madonna has been auditioning dancers for her 'most unexpected' tour to date.
The 'Material Girl' singer - who is set to embark upon a six-month tour next autumn - road-tested dancers at the prestigious Aura nightclub in London's Mayfair district to find the perfect people to fit in with the 'hip-hop' feel of the tour.
An insider said: 'Madonna is in peak condition so the gruelling aspect of life on the road isn't a problem. She road-tested dancers at her favourite London club, and had her lover Jesus Luz give his opinion.'
The performers showcased their talents in a cordoned off area of the popular nightspot, while the 51-year-old singer and her 23-year-old model lover graded each of them individually.
The as-yet unnamed tour - which is part of Madonna's deal with Live Nation - is expected to net the singer in excess of £100 million, and will see her 'go back to her roots'.
The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'It's going to be her biggest, most unexpected tour to date. She is going back to her New York City roots, with a street/hip-hop feel, and wants to make it a physical, dance-heavy set of gigs.'
Madonna's last tour - 'Sticky and Sweet' - finished last September.
From contactmusic.com - thanks to Vickster
madonnalicious reader Johnny has put together a montage of pictures and footage from the tour to celebrate it's 25th birthday!
At the moment the UK release date is still scheduled for Monday 29 March.
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From The Straits Times
I just finished Madonna's tour, I was out with her for a year and six months. Starting up with Christina (Aguilera) in February and then back to Madonna again at the top of 2011.
Disc One (CD)
1 - Candy Shop Medley
2 - Beat Goes On Medley-Feat. Kanye West
3 - Human Nature
4 - Vogue 2008
5 - She's Not Me
6 - Music 2008
7 - Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
8 - Spanish Lesson
9 - La Isla Bonita 2008
10 - You Must Love Me
11 - Get Stupid Medley
12 - Like A Prayer 2008
13 - Give It 2 Me
Disc Two (DVD)
1 - Intro: The Sweet Machine
2 - Candy Shop Medley
3 - Beat Goes On Medley-Feat. Kanye West
4 - Human Nature
5 - Vogue 2008
6 - Die Another Day 2008
7 - Into The Groove 2008
8 - Heartbeat
9 - Borderline
10 - She's Not Me
11 - Music 2008
12 - Rain / Here Comes The Rain Again
13 - Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
14 - Spanish Lesson
15 - Miles Away
16 - La Isla Bonita Medley
17 - Me Darava / Doli Doli
18 - You Must Love Me
19 - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
20 - Get Stupid Medley
21 - 4 Minutes-Feat. Justin Timberlake And Timbaland
22 - Like A Prayer 2008
23 - Ray Of Light
24 - Like A Virgin 2008
25 - Hung Up Medley
26 - Give It 2 Me
27 - Credits
Plus 8 Behind-The-Scenes Clips
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Madonna’s most recent stage extravaganza, the 'Sticky & Sweet' concert, will be released on March 30th, it was announced today by Live Nation, the world’s largest live music company.
'Sticky & Sweet', which was produced by Live Nation, was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history and was seen by over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries around the world.
The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girl’s hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, '4 Minutes,' 'Like a Prayer,' 'Hung Up' and 'Ray of Light'.
Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic 'Don’t Cry For Me Argentina' to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans.
Also included are several hits from the multi-Grammy winner’s most recent CD 'Hard Candy' which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.
'Part concert, part block party and all fun, there is still only one Madonna,' raved the Oakland Press in their review of the 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour. 'A night of triumph and defiance....A two hour multi-media juggernaut,' glowed the LA Times. 'Our lady of perpetual motion…This may be the best tour she’s ever stitched together,' claimed the NY Post.
From Madonna.com - thanks to Rodolfo
Guy Oseary tweeted on his Twitter page about the DVD release date:
It will not be ready by then (December). We are working on finishing it. We will have more info soon on Madonna.com. Stay tuned.
Millions of Madonna fans - 3.5 million at 85 shows in 32 countries, to be exact - were lucky enough to witness the pop megastar's record-breaking 'Sticky & Sweet Tour' live before it wrapped in September. But there are still millions more who never saw the show, which until now, hasn't been broadcast for fans at home. So there is no doubt that we are proud to present this exclusive video of 'Into The Groove' from her Buenos Aires show before its world premiere on EPIX.
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Also captured on film was Madonna (and Lourdes) final appearance during Give It 2 Me - waving to the crowd as the screen turned to say Game Over one last time.