“REBEL HEART TOUR” CONTINUES TO SELL INCREDIBLY WELL

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Madonna may not hit the road until September, but her Rebel Heart Tour continues to sell tickets at a feverish pace. In early July, tickets for her first tour in nearly 23 years went on sale in Australia, and most of the cheaper tickets sold out instantly, according to Forbes.

“Tickets for the Australian/New Zealand leg of the tour went on sale this morning at 10 AM, and tickets are moving quickly – the cheapest available seats sold out in just minutes.”

The only seats that remain for Madonna’s six shows in Australia and two in New Zealand are the very expensive ones. The Rebel Heart Tour shows appears to be 90 to 95 percent sold out, even though the dates are seven months away. But Australia is not the only place where Madonna is selling very well.

On Monday, tickets for Madonna’s first show in the Philippines went on sale. Despite ticket prices averaging $500 or more, the Rebel Heart Tour sold enough tickets for a second one to be added. Rappler has the news.

“Filipino fans of Madonna will have not one but two chances to see her perform live in Manila. A second date has been added to the Manila leg of her world tour. On Instagram, Music Management International (MMILive) announced that due to demand, Madonna will hold a second day of her concert on February 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena.”

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21 MADONNA LYRICS TO LIVE YOUR LIFE BY

There must be a reason Madonna’s been able to maintain a flawless music career, releasing albums since 1983 (and still going). She’s able to teach us about life through her songs in ways that are often overlooked because of her antics. Really though, she’s more valuable than she’s often given credit for these days.
  

She perfected the art of being yourself.
Express yourself, don’t repress yourself.” (“Human Nature”)

I’m breaking all the rules I didn’t make.” (“Human Nature”)

She’s never afraid of taking a chance.

I’m not afraid of what I’ll face, but I’m afraid to stay.” (“Jump”)

She always challenges beauty standards.

Should I lose some weight? Am I gonna be a star?” (“American Life”)

“Beauty’s where you find it, not just where you bump and grind it.” (“Vogue”)

She didn’t let her gender stop her from saying what she wanted.

Would it sound better if I were a man?” (“Human Nature”)

She also mastered the kiss-off long before Beyoncé directed men “to the left, to the left.”

Does it make you feel good to see me cry? I think it does. That’s why it’s time to say bye bye.” (“Bye Bye Baby”)

The next time you want p***y, just look in the mirror, baby.” (“Waiting”)

She understands that disappointment in love is not her fault.
It was so easy in the beginning, when you didn’t feel like running from your feelings. What happened? What do I remind you of? Your past, your dreams, or some part of yourself that you just can’t love?” (“Waiting”)

She won’t let anyone else boss her around.

Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.” (“Justify My Love”)

She doesn’t let other women intimidate her.
Here she comes, little Susie ho-maker, thinks she’ll get respect if she screws it.” (“Thief of Hearts”)

She’s not me, she doesn’t have my name; she’ll never have what I have.” (“She’s Not Me”)

She speaks of social injustices and problems in loving and accepting ways.
Brothers, sisters, why can’t we learn to accept that we’re different before it’s too late?” (“Why’s It So Hard?”)

He was like a father to me, nothing in the world he wouldn’t do; taught me to respect myself, said we’re all made of flesh and blood. Why should he be treated differently? Shouldn’t matter who you choose to love.” (“In This Life”)

She’s never willing to settle.
Second best is never enough, you’ll do much better, baby, on your own.” (“Express Yourself”)

She knows exactly what’s important when looking for a lover.
“‘Cause the boy with the cold hard cash is always Mister Right.” (“Material Girl”)

Even the Queen knows a thing or two about unrequited love.

I don’t know what I mean to you. The only thing I know is I dream of you.” (“I’d Rather Be Your Lover”)

She always manages to see the silver lining.

Who needs the sun when the rain’s so full of life?” (“Sanctuary”)

She encourages people to love themselves (as much as she loves herself).

Until I learned to love myself, I was never ever lovin’ anybody else.” (“Secret”)

She values her experiences and has no regrets about her past.
I have no regrets, there’s nothing to forget. All the pain was worth it.” (“I Deserve It”)

You could take all this, take it away. I’d still have it all.” (“Nothing Fails”)
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“RAY OF LIGHT” STILL SHINES QUITE BRIGHT

“Ray of Light” was an album that seemed to change things, from music to fashion to pursuits of enlightenment and religious understanding. And it didn’t sacrifice the joys of life in the process.

In 1998, there was a lot of music out that I just didn’t care about. Britney Spears, Sugar Ray and boy bands — it just didn’t resonate with me.

Out of the blue came something I didn’t expect: An important, career-defining work from Madonna.

As a teen male, my Madonna fandom was more rooted in her looks and her antics than in her music. I liked a handful of songs a lot, but I dismissed her as a dancer who got lucky with the right songs at the right time.

I’m pleased to say that I outgrew that outlook long ago.

But in 1998, I generally saw Madonna as a person who made headlines for who she was dating or what she was (or wasn’t) wearing.

So I was totally unprepared for the brilliance that was “Ray of Light.”

I was working at a store that sold books and music at the time of the album’s release. I remember that I was working at the front register area, rewinding some VHS tapes (wow, THAT takes me back … there were a lot of unkind folks who didn’t rewind, so our multiple rewinding decks were busy a lot of the time) when this new, different, fresh, vibrant music started playing on the store PA system.

It started with strange sounds. Is that the wind? Or am I in space? A voice comes in, and then there’s this processed club-friendly sound, but with guitars and a kind of orchestral build in sound. It had a dance beat, but wasn’t exactly light or poppy. It sounded upbeat and yet introspective. You could dance to it or meditate to it. What was it? I had no idea. But I liked it. Electronica was no longer a dirty word.

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REBEL HEART TOUR : TWO DATES FOR MANILA

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Madonna will perform for two nights at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Feb. 24 and 25, 2016, according to local promoter Music Management International Live.
Live Nation Entertainment, the producer of Madonna’s “Rebel Heart Tour,” officially announced on Wednesday that it was adding a second date to the Queen of Pop’s Manila stop due to “overwhelming public demand.”
Tickets to the Feb. 25 show will go on sale at SM Ticket outlets starting Sunday, August 2 at 10 a.m, with prices ranging from P57,750 for SVIP seats to P3150 for general admission.

Pre-sale opportunities will be given once again to members of Madonna’s official fan club, Icon, today, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Citi cardholders from July 30, 10 a.m. to July 31, 5 p.m.; as well as Globe subscribers on Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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MADONNA DEFENDS TIDAL

tidalMadonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it’s just the beginning for the streaming service that’s had some troubles since its launch in March.

“It’s just the beginning, so we’re working out a lot of kinks and hopefully we’re going to build something unique and amazing that’s going to attract a lot of people,” the 56-year-old singer said in a recent interview.

Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn’t made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z.

Since then, Tidal announced a family plan and discount for students. The company also lost its interim CEO last month.

“It’s important that people understand we didn’t create Tidal, we didn’t put this together, we didn’t all join forces because we’re broke and we want more money. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance,” Madonna said.

“We live in a society now where everybody just expects everything to be for free, but you don’t get a house for free; you have to pay somebody to build it,” she added.

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WATCH MADONNA AND HER DANCERS REHEARSE FOR REBEL HEART TOUR

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Madonna doesn’t embark on her Rebel Heart World Tour until September, but the singer has shared a pair of teaser videos that give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the intense, high-energy rehearsals for the six-month-long international trek.

In the first teaser, soundtracked by Rebel Heart‘s “Devil Pray,” fans get a peak at the various costumes – nuns on stripper poles, a flamenco-inspired routine – and sophisticated dance moves that will go into each show. There’s also a glimpse of Madonna herself preparing for the string of performances. In the second video, featuring “Iconic,” fans witness the epic scope of the touring production as dozens of dancers rehearse atop elaborate sets armed with props.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour will kick off September 9th at Montreal’s Bell Centre. She’ll continue to hit North American arenas throughout September and October before heading to Europe for two months. Diplo will serve as Madonna’s opening act for the Quebec gigs, while comedian Amy Schumer will open for the singer’s New York-area shows. In January, Madonna will return stateside to fulfill her five postponed concerts and then chart course to Asia and Australasia. The Rebel Heart Tour will conclude March 27th, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

The tour was originally scheduled to begin on August 29th in Miami, but Madonna postponed the first five shows in order to add more rehearsal time. “As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect,” Madonna said in a statement. “Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans. I can promise you this show will be worth the wait. Can’t wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there.”

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MADONNA, WHO CO-OWNS TIDAL WITH JAY Z, SAYS IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING FOR THE STREAMING SERVICE

2014 Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 2048 X 2047  2 MBNEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it’s just the beginning for the streaming service that’s had some troubles since its launch in March.

It’s just the beginning, so we’re working out a lot of kinks and hopefully we’re going to build something unique and amazing that’s going to attract a lot of people,” the 56-year-old singer said in a recent interview.

Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn’t made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z.

Since then, Tidal announced a family plan and discount for students. The company also lost its interim CEO last month.

It’s important that people understand we didn’t create Tidal, we didn’t put this together, we didn’t all join forces because we’re broke and we want more money. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance,” Madonna said.

We live in a society now where everybody just expects everything to be for free, but you don’t get a house for free; you have to pay somebody to build it,” she added.

Other artist-owners of Tidal include Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Jason Aldean and J. Cole.

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MADONNA IS ACTUALLY A LOT MORE LIKE PICASSO THAN YOU THINK

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Anyone who has ever gone to a Madonna concert knows the woman has stamina. And at 56 years old, Madge has no plans of slowing down. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Madonna said that she wants to continue working into her golden years. “I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died.” Madonna continued: “I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have anymore to say.”

If anyone can serve as proof that an expiration date is meaningless, it’s Madonna. Her career took off in 1983, when she was only 25, and her pop songs and fishnet stockings quickly became a staple of the eighties. She continued to reinvent herself decade after decade, outlasting all her contemporaries.

So, she might be on to something when comparing herself to Picasso. Madonna’s trajectory, much like the Spanish artist’s, is divided into clear, defining eras: Picasso had his Rose and Blue Periods; Madonna had her Blond Ambition phase and sexually charged Erotica era. Picasso revived his painting with Cubism; Madonna found Kabbalah and reinvented her sound with “Ray of Light.” There are even similarities in their personal lives. Picasso was a notorious womanizer with a weakness for younger women, while Madonna has made no secret of her fondness for 20-something men.

Surrounding herself with young, talented people is another way that Madonna has managed to stay relevant. In 2003, she made VMA history when she locked lips with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a medley performance of “Hollywood” and “Like A Virgin.” For her 2008 album, Hard Candy, she collaborated with Justin Timberlake and Pharrell. Last year, she popped up for a surprise duet on Miley Cyrus’s MTV Unplugged special. This June, she released a new video for her song “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which rounded up an impressive cast of cameos including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, and Kanye West. And with age, comes an even savvier strategy: Madonna has now conscripted this summer’s most popular star, Amy Schumer, to be the opening act during her Rebel Heart tour. Really, if Taylor Swift learned the art of assembling a squad from anyone, it was from Madge.

MNEK tells SPIN about working with Madonna on her most recent album

mnek-on-working-with-madonnaFor someone who’s a mere 20 years old, British musician MNEK — real name Uzo Emenike — already has a pretty formidable resumé, including production and writing credits on songs by pop kingpins Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

MNEK:

They (Gorgon City) were at a festival with Diplo, and Diplo asked them, “Who are people in U.K. I should work with and who do you recommend?” The Gorgon City guys recommended me. [Diplo] hit up my management, and we got in the studio.
We started an idea [“Hold Tight”], and we played it for Madonna and she loved it. I worked on it, she rewrote some of the lyrics, and then she invited me to the studio to work with her on its production. It was… pretty great. She also asked if I would do some ad-libs for “Living For Love,” but a demo leaked that had all of my vocals on there. The final version had someone else I think. She must’ve interpreted that my voice was going to be on some remix, or something.

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