MADONNA JETS TO SWITZERLAND AFTER ‘SNL’

Madonna at LAX for a departing flight

After appearing with Jimmy Fallon on “Saturday Night Live,” Madonna jetted to Gstaad, Switzerland, to spend the holidays with design icon Valentino. Sources tell us Madonna, newly single after breaking up with her boy toy Brahim Zaibat, planned to spend the holidays and celebrate New Year’s in the ritzy ski resort, along with her daughter Lourdes. We’re told Valentino has been prepping for her arrival by decking out three four-story-tall trees in white and golden lights. Local sources said he’s also throwing his annual New Year’s Eve party, which will climax with fireworks over the mountains. On Christmas Eve, the ever-tanned “emperor” and his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, were spotted toy shopping for friends’ kids. When a pal suggested the designer try out one of the hula hoops he was buying for one of the children, Valentino laughed and declined, saying he “only hula-hoops at home.” Also spotted in Gstaad was jeweler Laurence Graff pushing a stroller with his girlfriend.

BEYONCE : I WANTED TO FOLLOW IN MADONNA’S FOOTSTEPS

Beyonce Knowles just pulled off one of the most spectacular surprise album drops of all time with the Dec. 13 release of her self-titled visual album, setting both iTunes and Billboard chart records in the process. What facilitated the successful campaign? The singer made it clear on Saturday night that it came to one major business decision.

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“I started my own company,” Beyonce said referring to Parkwood Entertainment, the entertainment and management company she founded in 2008. “When I decided to manage myself, it was important that I didn’t go to some big management company. I felt like I wanted to follow the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire and show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success — you do it yourself.”

Beyonce’s comments came during a private screening for fans and the press of the 17 videos accompanying the album at New York’s School of Visual Arts Theatre.

Source : HollywoodReporter