OFFICIAL : MADONNA WILL INTRODUCE PUSSY RIOT AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONCERT

Madonna will introduce Masha and Nadya, two members of Russia’s Pussy Riot art collective, at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday February 5, it was announced today by Amnesty International.

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“I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights,” commented Madonna.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Other confirmed acts include Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat and Cake. Masha and Nadya were imprisoned for their participation in the Pussy Riot art collective. Hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty International supporters helped bring about their freedom.

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Madonna, a longstanding defender of the Pussy Riot art collective’s right to speak out in defiance of restrictions in their homeland, is part of a star-studded tradition of prominent artists using the power of music to articulate their support for human rights on behalf of Amnesty International.

More information on the upcoming concert can be found at http://www.amnestyusa.org/Feb5concert. Follow #AmnestyConcert for live updates.

Source : Madonna.com

MILEY CYRUS DOES SEQUINED DOUBLE DENIM FOR ‘UNPLUGGED’ MADONNA MASHUP

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Y’all ain’t ready for this. I’m reporting live from L.A. for Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged—which you should already know premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV this Wednesday night (January 29)—and I can confirm that this thing is going to be WILD (as if you had any doubts). Miley’s throwing back to her Nashville roots for the stripped down performance, but she’s remixing it with her own very special brand of TURNT. There’s a giant wagon wheel laced with LED lights, bales of hay are strewn about the audience, Miles is dripping in head-to-toe sequined denim, and MADONNA IS HERE IN FULL RHINESTONE COWBOY REGALIA.

Yep, the Queen of Pop is paying a visit to the Tsaritsa of Twerk, and you do not want to miss it. That’s not just because the “Don’t Tell Me” x “We Can’t Stop” collab is bananas and feels so brain-pettingly correct—kind of like how the series finale of Breaking Bad ties up all the loose ends PERFECTLY except this isn’t your favorite five-season TV show, it’s years of pop culture lady rebel history—but from a style perspective (I can’t turn it off, sorry I’m not sorry), you also really need to see these ‘fits in motion.

Miley’s ensemble is straight from the Ashish Spring/Summer 2014 collection which slathers sparkle and sheen on ’90s staples like baggy distressed denim, grungy flannels, and classic Coca Cola logos. Rather than falling in line with the runway’s Nirvana glitz vibes, Miley’s Unplugged look pulls the oversized deconstructed jacket and blue-to-gold gradient sequins jeans from an Ashish look and styles it with a teeny triangle bikini top in the same shimmering denim blue (also Ashish), rhinestone speckled cowboy boots, a white bedazzled Eric Javits cowboy hat, and a little black Chanel lunch box-looking handbag.

Madge is suited in matching Western-themed separates riddled with crystal flourishes, glittering fringe and a 10-gallon hat of her own. Together, they’re so much Blazing Saddles meets Glitter Gulch, and it’s THE BEST.

So, again. Where are you gonna be tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/PT? The only correct answer: watching Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged.

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MADONNA & MILEY CYRUS TEAM FOR COUNTRY-THEMED MTV “UNPLUGGED” SPECIAL

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Madonna joined Miley Cyrus for a mash-up of “Don’t Tell Me” and “We Can’t Stop” at Cyrus’ barn dance-themed “Unplugged” show that will air on MTV tonight (Jan. 29) at 9 p.m.

Cyrus embraced her Nashville roots for the special, giving a countrified twist to “Bangerz” material such as “4 x 4,” “Do My Thing” and “#Getitright” and covering Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

“We’re trying to bring Nashville here and get people in the country spirit,” Cyrus said on sound stage at Sunset Gower Studios on Tuesday evening. The turnaround of the show in less than 24 hours is the fastest MTV has done in the history of the “Unplugged” franchise.

“It’s been a dream to go live globally, but with the addition of a guest (Madonna), we decided to do a quick turnaround,” MTV Networks Music and Logo Group president Van Tofler told Billboard.

He said MTV is focused on the premiere Wednesday night at 9pm and that down the road they will consider releasing a longer version and will put interview footage and extras online at MTV.com.

Cyrus designed the set of wagon wheels and bales of hay and added a dancing horse to her seven-piece band — yes, she twerks with it. She selected the songs as well. The goal, Cyrus’ manager Larry Rudolph told Billboard, was to “break down these songs to their bare essentials so you can hear her singing them without a lot of production.”

The hour-long show is designed to whet her audience’s appetite prior to her embarking on her tour in a few weeks. “Unplugged” allowed her to “countrify” her music and “let people know she can sing,” Rudolph says.

Adds Tofler, “We’ve got a wonderful, messy, windy history with her and this is just another notch that, with acoustic instruments, she can really sing and play. Miley’s follows the lineage of Madonna, Britney and Gaga and where these stars live at a certain level. We mix the visuals, the pageantry and some combustible moments — it’s sort of like throwing rocket fuel on their careers.”

The Cyrus concert will be first “Unplugged” show aired on MTV since Florence + the Machine’s December 2012 appearance.

In a statement provided exclusively to Billboard, Cyrus said: “In 2013, MTV changed the M to stand for Miley. They’ve been a huge supporter of mine, allowing me to push boundaries and find new ways to connect with my fans.”

by Phil Gallo | January 29, 2014
BILLBOARD.COM

MADONNA & MILEY CYRUS: TONGUES OUT FOR MTV UNPLUGGED!

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Miley Cyrus and Madonna rock out with their tongues out during the Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged taping held at Sunset Gower Studios on Tuesday (January 28) in Hollywood.

The 21-year-old entertainer was joined on stage by the legendary singer to perform her song “We Can’t Stop” and Madonna‘s track “Don’t Tell Me.”

“That was pretty f–king cool, you guys,” Miley said (via E! Online). “It sounds super-lame, but as a pop star it’s pretty cool performing with Madonna…Today was one of those days that it was really easy to get out of bed.”

Make sure to watch the special air on Wednesday (January 29) at 9pm ET/PT on MTV!

LIZ SMITH ABOUT MADONNA AT GRAMMYS

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Madonna Fights Pain and Raises Cane for “Same Love” … We Love Ringo … Who Leaked Tarantino’s Script — Are They in Russia With Edward Snowden? (They Better Be!)

by Liz Smith

“IF IT was anything else, I might plead my foot, but I won’t miss this. It’s too important — it’s about love!”

That’s what Madonna told members of her inner circle who were suggesting the star’s recent injury to her foot was too painful and “too hobbling” for her to appear at the Grammys last Sunday night.

Silly inner circle! Don’t they know by now that as soon as you tell Madonna not to do, say, or wear something, she is going to do exactly the opposite. (Alas, somebody told her not wear that silly gold grill on her teeth, so she did. At least on the red carpet.)

In any case, though Madonna looked like she was paying homage to the Amish on the way into the Grammys, she pulled it out of the fire when she went onstage. Changed into a more flattering white suit, and steadying herself on a white cane, she joined multiple Grammy-winner Macklemore, along with Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, and Queen Latifah in a splendid rendition of “Same Love.” (M melded her classic “Open Your Heart” with the new song. And Latifah presided over 33 weddings, both straight and gay.) Madonna was in good voice and the entire number was beautifully conceived. If you weren’t impressed or moved, your hearts of stone must weigh you down!