DOWNLOAD EVERYBODY ON OCT. 6TH! SHOW MADONNA ALL YOUR LUV! #EVERYBODY30YEARCELEBRATION

This Saturday marks the day that the true Queen Of Pop began her mission to “rule the world”, change the music industry and ignite her iconic career. Madonna released her first official single, ‘Everybody’, on 06 October 1982 – 30 years ago!

‘Everybody’ wasn’t an international worldwide hit upon it’s initial release, but did peak at No.3 on the US Dance Chart. It has since become a cult song, which fans (and non-fans) herald as a Madonna classic.

To honour Madonna’s 30 years of making us “Dance and sing, get up and do (y)our thing”, fans around the world are urging other Madonna fans, as well as music lovers who respect Madonna’s remarkable career, to download the single from an official seller (from the ‘Celebration’ album) and try to get the song to No.1 – yes, even if you’ve already got it – on Saturday 06 October!

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REVIEW : POP SUPERSTAR OFFERS EYE-POPPING CONCERT AT ROGERS ARENA

VANCOUVER — Madonna’s continued love affair with religious iconography could lead one to wonder if her live performances have not simply become a celebration of her own quasi-deity status.

Madge’s Vancouver concert Saturday night was a testament to the 54-year-old’s outlandish sense of self, a grandiose, overblown spectacle that was less about the pop superstar’s music than it was about Madonna herself.

Besieged on all sides by rising pop icons looking to claim her crown, Madonna has steadfastly refused to back down and take the easy way out (ie. “play the hits”), constantly looking to reinvent herself. This never-ending quest to defend her stronghold has given us the maligned MDNA, a hodge-podge of a pop album that borrowed heavily from Madonna’s past, doused in a 2012 EDM sauce. (French DJ Martin Solveig, who assisted in producing the album, was the opener Saturday night.)

The same could be said of her concert, where some of her older material was barely recognizable (Like A Virgin transformed into a piano-driven dirge, for example), most of it flanked by cuts from MDNA and baked into a two-hour show with a loose storyline based on themes like “transgression,” “prophecy,” “masculine/feminine,” and “celebration.”

In a nutshell: Madonna celebrates Madonna, with all the latest technological trimmings and choreographed/cinematic tips of the hat to everyone and everything from Quentin Tarantino to CSI and the Super Bowl.

The concept didn’t always work and the first segment was so dance- and Auto-Tune-driven that the Queen of Pop’s microphone sometimes seemed superfluous (though to her credit, Madonna seemed to sing a good chunk of her material live), but what the ears sometimes failed to get in the form of classic songs, the eyes got in spades in terms of presentation.

Kicking off with a Gregorian chant and more religious overtones than a trip to St. Peter’s, Madonna quickly proved she still has the moves, leading her stellar group of dancers into guns-blazing renditions of Revolver and Gang Bang, with Madge putting a bunch of imaginary bullets into her crew.

Madge didn’t hesitate to throw a few barbs at Lady Gaga, mashing Born This Way into Express Yourself and repeating, “She’s not me!”

As Nicki Minaj said in her guest appearance on the stage’s massive LED screen during I Don’t Give A, “There’s only one Queen and that’s Madonna.”

Based solely on presentation, Lady Gaga has her work cut out: A floating drumline and cheerleaders galore during Give Me All Your Luvin’, a stage made of multiple square, LED-lined platforms rising and falling, acrobatics and costume design worthy of Cirque du Soleil, giant props including chandeliers and huge moving mirrors, it was all cutting-edge and state-of-the-art.

“I hope you can appreciate how hard we’re working up here,” Madonna said between re-imagined versions of Open Your Heart and Holiday, though she mercilessly teased a fan that didn’t know the words to her song.

“You’re wearing a T-shirt that says Open Your Heart and you don’t know the words to the song? What the f—?”

But the sold out crowd ate most of it up with glee, especially when Madonna stuck to more faithful versions of her material, the classic self-indulgence of Vogue coming out in vintage black-and-white fashion photo-shoot style.

For all the controversy Madonna has generated on this tour so far — the concert’s violent imagery offending in the Middle East, the swastika overlayed atop politician Marine Le Pen’s photo irking many in France, sarcastically calling Barack Obama a “Black Muslim” in the U.S., drawing the ire of the Russian church for promoting gay rights and backing punk rock band Pussy Riot — the most shocking thing for many may have simply been the price of admission (up to $375 per ticket), which bordered on the sacrilegious.

When the concert finally culminated on a jubilant note with I’m Addicted, the Bollywood-inflected I’m A Sinner, ending with fan favourite Like A Prayer (complete with gospel choir) and Celebration, there was no doubt Madonna still had a firm grip on her pop crown.

Source: VancouverSun

PENNY MARSHALL BROUGHT MADONNA & ROSIE TOGETHER AS BEST PALS

Director PENNY MARSHALL teamed MADONNA and ROSIE O’DONNELL up on the set of baseball movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN because she thought the pop star could help keep the actress trim and in shape.

Madonna and O’Donnell became best friends while making the 1992 film and they have their director to thank – because Marshall figured Ro and Mo, as she called them, would be a good influence on each other.

The filmmaker recalls, “I said, ‘Mo, you keep food out of Rosie’s mouth and Rosie, you teach her how to play ball’.”

Marshall also told Madonna to relax her work-out regime on set – because she was too ripped.

She adds, “She was in great shape and she came with a trainer and I said, ‘You’ve gotta stop; your arms shouldn’t be this cut in 1943… They (women) didn’t work out that much.”

Source : Express.co.uk

REVIEW: MDNA TOUR VANCOUVER 29.09 (THE PROVINCE)

Madonna commands attention and doles out the hits at Rogers Arena

I want what Madonna’s having.

Seriously, what the hell?

When she finally did take the Rogers Arena stage — at 10:21 p.m. on the first of her two-night stand in Vancouver — the singer came out swinging like someone half her age.

The 54-year-old made her entrance from the back of the stage on a covered riser made to look like a confessional, clad in a black catsuit and carrying a gun (she was all over that Second Amendment right during the show). She joined a lot of buff monks (you don’t get to type that very often) and contortionists dressed as gargoyles on pedestals in front of a big cathedral-type structure, while Gregorian chanting filled the stadium and the deceptively plain stage turned into a system of rising levels that elevated Madonna and her hot boys. She delivered “Girl Gone Wild” while the world apparently came to an end on the video screens around her. Next up more gunplay on the catwalk with “Revolver,” with the help of Lil Wayne on the video screen.

Wham, then Madonna really hit lift-off with the violent “Gang Bang.” In this mini story multi-millionaire Madonna moves into a seedy motel room to chug booze and shoot bad guys. After yelling, “Die, Bitch!” over and over again while she killed another guy, she threw away her gun and launched into a weirdly ritualistic “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Hung Up” medley.

Yes, MDNA Madonna is a mother-you-know-what and she’s not afraid to let you know. This is not a warm and fuzzy show.

But you know what? Despite coming with heady topics like sex, love, violence, repression and religion, Madonna’s music really doesn’t require any heavy lifting.

In fact, the only heavy lifting here is the iron Madonna has obviously pumped to turn her body into a lean, mean (duh, it’s Madonna) pop-star machine.

While each of the 20-plus songs are production numbers with enough hoopla and pizazz to make Flo Ziegfeld (kids, look it up) giddy, you can’t take your eyes off the woman at the centre of it all.

The highlight of the evening was a “Respect Yourself,” medley, complete with Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” mixed in, and its cheerleader outfits and drum corps suspended from the ceiling, Madonna beating the stage like it owed her money.

Half of the two hour set was new stuff from the MDNA album and the rest was the hits, including a militaristic version of “Open your Heart” complete with her son Rocco joining the 20-strong dance troupe.

After a bit of audience banter and some words about not being prejudiced and treating each other with respect, M. launched into an energetic “Holiday,” complete with some audience shaming. Yes, she bites the hands that feed her. Come on folks, it’s Madonna.

From my seat, her Madgesty didn’t look like a middle-aged mother of four. More like a 20-something guy in high heels with arms as taut as handrail tubing, a butt you could bounce a quarter off and legs so chiselled that the words Jiminy Cricket kept coming to mind.

I know, why all this talk about how Madonna looks? Well, honestly, are we going to dig deep into the set list and analyze the songs?

What’s the point? The songs are meant for a club, or a hair salon, or a road trip to a fashion outlet mall. Despite that, her tour manifesto (not kidding) describes the show as “the journey of a soul from darkness to light.” This isn’t the time for deconstruction, it’s time for dancing. And Madonna made sure the crowd did by delivering big shiny numbers like “Vogue” and “Candy Shop.”

Even with missteps like the lame guitar playing, shaky vocals and obvious lip-syncing (you try running on the spot for five minutes and singing without sounding like a spinning class instructor) the show was a hit with those who matter: the thousands who waited hours (well, it gave them plenty of time to buy $45 t-shirts and DVDs of Madonna’s WE movie) for Madonna to hit the stage and dole out one big pop confection after another.

by Dana Gee
theprovince.com

BILLBOARD: MADONNA’S “MDNA” RISES

Madonna: Her “MDNA” album continues to climb on the Billboard 200 after it reentered the tally a week ago, owed to sales generated by the buzz of her MDNA Tour reaching the U.S.

This week “MDNA” rises 140-94 with 5,000 sold. The bulk of those sales came from CDs sold via either Internet retailers like Amazon.com, through mail order or at the venues where her MDNA concerts were held. Most of those sales seem to be sparked by her tour stops along the east coast, in cities like Boston, New York and Atlantic City.

For example, while “MDNA” is the No. 94 selling album overall on the Billboard 200 (reflecting across the entire U.S.), it was actually the No. 21-selling set in Boston and the No. 29-seller in New York City.

billboard.biz

VANCOUVER, ARE YOU READY?

Show Date: September 29, 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC
Venue: Rogers Arena

Artists at this Event: Madonna
Doors: 7:00 PM *
Show: 8:00 PM *
*[Times subject to change without notice]

MADONNA AND MARLON BRANDO HUNG UP IN COMPLEX ‘VOGUE’ LAWSUITS

Turns out being a Material Girl doesn’t protect you from getting shook down by the ethereal world. Marlon Brando’s estate wants $300,000 from Madonna for her use of the deceased star’s image on her 2012 tour.

Her 1990 megahit “Vogue” famously lists off the names of the famous — “Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Deitrich and DiMaggio / Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean / On the cover of a magazine.” — and during live performances, she flashes their likeness across the stage in time with the lyrics. This is indeed a privilege that Madge pays for.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, when she did the song at the Super Bowl in February, Madonna dolled out $3,750 each to the relevant estates, which included those listed above, along with Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, and Grace Kelly. As it turns out, most of those estates are repped by a single Indiana-based company called CMG Worldwide, but Brando’s is not. At the time, Madonna’s touring company Bhakti worked with CMG to negotiate with Brando’s people, but when it came time to approach the topic again for her current tour, well, that’s when everything went to shit.

First, the fee per dead star was upped to $5,000 per appearance. No big. But then Brando Enterprises’ legal team at Brand Sense Partners apparently smelled blood in the water and insisted on $20,000 instead. But each celebrighoul entered this unholy agreement with a “most favored nation” clause, which means that they’re all paid the same no matter what. And suddenly, Madonna’s cost per show for that one song became a potential $200,000 total, give or take. CMG sued Brando for breach of contract, and now Brando’s people have moved the case to a federal court in Indianapolis.

The takeaway: CMG is asking the judge to keep their cost at $5,000 per appearance — pocket change for these folks’ ilk, but when you consider the number of concerts cameos that the image has made or will make, Team Brando would still be looking at at least $300,000. But the MDNA tour is expected to have at least 90 stops, so even if she retires Brando’s picture, it’s most likely costing her upward of $4.3 million to broadcast quick shots of long-dead stars during the performance of a single song that she recorded more than two decades ago. As “Vogue” goes, “They had style, they had grace.” And they now have legal sway from beyond the grave.

by Chris Martins
spin.com

MADONNA IS STILL THE QUEEN OF POP, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Pop megastar Madonna spoke on a panel of musicians at a conference in 1984 about the importance of staying up with the times, specifically with the then new art form of music videos.

In response, John Oates of Hall & Oates said he resented the fact that an aspiring musician/songwriter had to worry about being an actor now.

Madonna was unsympathetic: “When you’re on stage, you’re acting. That’s a performance. So what’s the difference?”

That all-encompassing viewpoint is why she is the Queen of Pop. Madonna brings her “MDNA” tour to KeyArena Thursday and Friday. The New York Times called it an “extravaganza,” counting tightropes, stripteases and a (virtual) blood bath among its delights.

Perhaps overcompensating for not having a very good singing voice, Madonna has used every bit of camera attention she’s gotten since the 1980s to her advantage. She quickly acted in movies, and continues to act and direct (most recently directing the feature film “W.E.” in 2011). All the while, she courted controversy in the name of freedom, with her risque “Sex” coffee table book, with her antagonistic relationship with the Catholic Church and by adopting an African baby. Most recently, she stood up to the Russian government and publicly defended jailed punk rockers Pussy Riot on stage.

She was and always is pushing her brand (her name and personality) into new media, never letting music just be music. That blitz strategy and the soundtrack to it all, teenage dance jams mixed with adult themes — the essence of rock ‘n’ roll — make her a grandmother figure to Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, M.I.A. and Britney Spears, the current fleet dominating pop music.

When we talk about sexy stuff and film/music pieces of the 1980s and ’90s, Prince and Michael Jackson are the big names. But Madonna did what they did with the stigma of being female, which meant she was supposed to play nice. She never did.

Her new album “MDNA” finds the 53-year-old still not playing nice. But she’s also not dictating musical trends anymore. The music channels the body-slam bass and face-slapping snare drums of today’s club scene, which revolves around the drug Ecstasy (scientific name MDMA). The album is so-so. But her lyrics are good (“I tried to be your wife / diminish myself / and swallow my life”) and her live performances are reportedly great.

And they better be. Because tickets aren’t cheap. And her music doesn’t seem to be improving. And household name songwriters like Hall & Oates aren’t coming back in vogue. Can you name the people in Stargate, a team which makes songs for Beyoncé? Not likely.

Now we don’t know songwriters’ names. We have pop stars. And they have arena shows.

And Madonna, since she’s the Queen, ought to have the best one.

by Andrew Matson
seattletimes.com

VIDEO: ”Truth Or Dare” 7 Performances (HD from Blu-Ray)

Madonna: Like you’ve never seen her before.
This movie reveals her as she really is, on stage and off–den mother to her family of dancers, sex goddess to her millions of fans, businesswoman, singer, dancer, the biggest star in the world of music. Join her and experience an intimate backstage look at her “Blonde Ambition” tour. From her hotel room to her dressing room, from her stage show to her boudoir, here is Madonna–outrageous, hilarious, uninhibited.

source: MadonnaTruthOrDare

MADONNA CELEBRATES YOM KIPPUR IN NEW YORK

Madonna celebrated Yom Kippur in New York City on Tuesday (25.09.12).

The ‘Celebration’ singer is a devotee of Jewish offshoot Kabbalah and joined with other followers of the religion to celebrate the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the calendar for Jewish people.

Madonna, 54, arrived at the city’s Park Avenue Armory wearing a bright purple sweat suit with the number 86 on them and a hat with the word ‘Vogue’ written on it.

A source told the New York Post newspaper: ‘Madonna was the last to arrive, and it seemed like they were holding up the ceremony to wait for her.

‘She came through a back entrance with her daughter, Lourdes, and was seated in the front row. Once she was seated, it could begin. All the men were in white but Madonna had a loud track suit on. Also there was her younger boyfriend [Brahim Zaibat], who arrived wearing cream.’

While her entrance may have caused a stir, the ‘Hung Up’ singer certainly focused during the service, and appeared oblivious to those around her, including fashion designer Donna Karan, who was seated nearby.

The witness added: ‘[Madonna] definitely set herself apart from everyone else. She is like the queen of Kabbalah.’

A statement on the Kabbalah website explains the religious day’s significance, saying ‘[During] Yom Kippur, we sit on the throne with Binah and remove the fog in our lives for the entire year to come.’

Earlier this week, Madonna was forced to clarify comments she made at a concert on Monday (24.09.12) in Washington, where she referred to the US president as a ‘black Muslim,’ despite him being openly Christian.

Madonna said she was ‘being ironic,’ adding: ‘Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim, though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is.’

PEOPLE.COM

‘I WAS BEING IRONIC’ WHEN I CALLED OBAMA ‘A BLACK MUSLIM’

Pop star Madonna said on Tuesday she was being deliberately “ironic on stage” when she erroneously referred to President Barack Obama during her concert in the nation’s capital as a “black Muslim.”

A video clip posted on YouTube by audience members at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington captured the 54-year-old singer delivering a rousing, profanity-laced political speech about freedom during her show on Monday.

“Now, it’s so amazing and incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House … we have a black Muslim in the White House … it means there is hope in this country, and Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man,” Madonna said.

Obama, campaigning to be re-elected on November 6, is widely known to be a practicing Christian.

Responding to a media furor unleashed by the YouTube video, Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday through her spokeswoman saying her reference to Obama’s religion was facetious.

“I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim – though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were?

“The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is – nor should anyone else in America,” she said.

Since Obama’s first presidential run in 2008, fringe groups and a smattering of opponents have espoused rumors that he is secretly a Muslim, similar to persistent but unfounded assertions by some political foes that he was born outside the United States.

Madonna has been outspoken in her support of the president, going so far as to rip off her shirt during recent concerts to reveal the word “OBAMA” inked across her lower back.

Source :NBCnews

MADONNA’S FASHION EVOLUTION : 50 ICONIC LOOKS

From her jaw-dropping Jean-Paul Gaultier corsets to her elegant Dolce & Gabbana gowns,
rediscover why the Queen of Pop is also a queen of fashion.

No pop diva has reinvented her fashion image with the consistency and creativity of Madonna. Madge emerged on the scene in the early ’80s as a street-smart “Boy Toy” and, over the course of her 30-year career, evolved into a fashion-forward icon whose sense of style became as influential as her chart-topping tunes. In celebration of Madonna’s new album ‘MDNA,’ we present 50 of her most unforgettable outfits, from jaw-dropping Jean-Paul Gaultier corsets to elegant Dolce & Gabbana gowns.