More details on Madonna’s planned Eurovision performance

Reports have been swirling for the past two weeks that international superstar Madonna is set to perform at the this year.

On Sunday, Ynet reported that the “Material Girl” singer is poised to sign a contract for more than a million dollars to appear at the 2019 Eurovision. The bill, said Ynet, will be footed by Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams, who was responsible for bringing the Giro d’Italia international bicycle race to Israel last year. KAN, the Israeli public broadcaster which is organizing the competition, would not comment on the reports.

“Currently, we are formulating the artistic performances for the 2019 Eurovision,” a spokeswoman for the network said. “When the time comes, we will publish the list of the artists taking part.”

Daniel Benaim, an Israeli businessman who partnered with Adams on the , told Army Radio on Sunday that the deal with Madonna is progressing.

“I can happily say that there is a green light from the philanthropist Sylvan Adams,” Benaim said Sunday morning. “We’re currently – together with Madonna’s people and with officials from KAN – sitting and working out the details, and everything looks good and positive, and is advancing.”

Madonna has visited and performed in Israel several times in the past, most recently in 2012.

Bringing a global superstar of Madonna’s stature to the Eurovision is rare but not unprecedented. performed during the interval at the finale of the 2016 Eurovision in Stockholm. At the time, Eurovision organizers said that Timberlake’s performance – by a “non-contestant global superstar,” was a historical first for the song contest.

While Adams seems to be ready to sign the check for Madonna to perform, it might not be that straightforward.

KAN, which is funded by the Israeli government, is the body overseeing and producing the 2019 Eurovision. Last year, KAN held a much publicized battle with the government over the funding of the competition. That standoff ended in November with an agreement for KAN to accept a NIS 70 million loan from the government to fund the contest, and to use an additional NIS 50 million from its annual budget. The 2019 KAN budget currently stands at NIS 662 million.

The 44-page public broadcasting law, passed in 2014, sets out in great detail the network’s budget, and allows for limited externally-funded commercials. The issue of an external body or individual donating a large sum of money does not appear to be addressed in the law.

A spokeswoman for KAN told The Jerusalem Post that the legal issue of external funding “is currently under investigation. If it becomes relevant, we will operate according to the rules.”

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Famous people and places they’ve visited in Glasgow

Glaswegians are known for welcoming new visitors to the city and when an A-lister shows up they are met with open arms.

From Madonna and Ed Sheeran to Lulu and ‘Brangelina’, we’ve certainly rolled out the red carpet for more than a few famous faces over the years.

We’ve rounded up a list of celebrities and the familiar places they’ve visited in Glasgow.

After all, if a local hangout is good enough for them then it’s good enough for us, right?

Here’s fourteen celeb-spotting highlights from the last decade.

Madonna sampled some Glasgow city centre nightlife when she partied the night away in Kokomo back in 2015.

She hit-up the West Regent Street club following a show at the SSE Hydro in December and posed with some mega cool diamond-studded grills on her teeth.

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GLAAD To Honor LGBTQ Icon Madonna With Advocate For Change Award

From Like a Virgin to Vogue to Evita to Ray of Light and everything in between, Madonna has traversed the pop culture terrain as a curator of style and trends in music, TV, film, and advocacy. That said, GLAAD is set to honor the Material Girl (we’re still calling her that, right?) with the Advocate for Change Awardat the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on May 4.

 

“From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, she fearlessly pushes for a world where LGBTQ people are accepted,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds.”

Madonna is the second person and first woman to be honored with the Advocate for Change Award. The first was Bill Clinton who received the award in 2013 during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for his advocacy work to overturn the anti-LGBTQ Defense of Marriage Act and advance marriage equality nationwide.

It’s no surprise that Madonna would be honored with an award of this stature. She has been an ally to the LGBTQ community starting at the beginning of her “boy toy” career when she was donning lace and leather. She was at the forefront of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the ’80s, performing at AIDS benefit concerts and demanded more action be taken at a time when HIV and AIDS was invisible in the media. Her HIV/AIDS advocacy was very present in her work as she included a leaflet in her album Like a Prayer (which also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year) entitled “The Facts about AIDS” and wrote a song on her Erotica titled “In This Life” as a tribute to her friends who had passed away from AIDS.

She has appeared in numerous films including the aforementioned Evita, for which she received a Golden Globe award as well as Desperately Seeking Susan, A League of Their OwnFour Rooms and The Next Best Thing. In her 1991 provocative (then again, almost everything she did in this era was provocative) documentary Truth or Dare, she showcased her dancers, who were almost all gay and were free to depict themselves authentically on camera, as encouraged by Madonna herself. She made her directorial debut in 2008 with Filth and Wisdom and went on to produce I Am Because We Are, a documentary on the problems faced by Malawians. For her second film, she tackled the affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in W.E.

In 1997, Madonna played a key role in Ellen DeGeneres’ historic coming out, giving DeGeneres words of support and comfort, despite the fact that the two had never met before. She hosted Saturday Night Live in 1985, but made guest appearances numerous times after. She made her sitcom debut in 2003 when she appeared on the NBC comedy Will & Grace.

 

Madonna continues to use her iconic platform to support the LGBTQ community. In 2019, she continues to speak out against anti-LGBTQ laws, policies, and practices — not only in the United States, but all around the world. Madonna has spoken out for LGBTQ equality in Romania, Malawi, Russia and more. She has also spoken against bullying of LGBTQ youth and related LGBTQ youth suicide.

Her music has reached legendary status and it can be heard pulsating in clubs and karaoke bars all across the world, but in everything she does, she pushes the envelope (remember the SEX book?). But with all her shock and awe, there has always been advocacy and protest sewn in.  In 2013, when presenting Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, she dressed as a Boy Scout in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on LGBTQ people. This past New Year’s Eve, Madonna gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn, a historic venue for LGBTQ rights, to celebrate its upcoming anniversary. She also spoke at the first Women’s March on Washington for women’s equality and has spoke against Trump’s child detention policy.

The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honors media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The 151 nominees in 27 categories were unveiled earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Events for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on March 28 and continue in New York City on  May 4.

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Another re-invention coming up Madonna?

Madonna has been teasing a variety of hairstyles lately, even though a wig it would be that re-invention we’ve been waiting for. 

Today MDNA Skin posted the top right photo with the caption: Pre-Shoot for Album Art!! Madonna herself posted the top left pic in which she appears to be wearing a mask with a ‘magic’ touch to the lips. So what is she cooking up? Will she come back and re-invent herself as we’ve grown to expect from her, or will the focus not be on image this time? 

We’ll see soon enough, hang on to your seats!

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2 Songs For $1.5M As Israel Lands Madonna For Eurovision

2 Songs For $1.5M As Israel Lands Madonna For Eurovision

Israeli broadcaster KAN was keen from the get-go to get Madonna to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest’s Grand Final which will be held in Tel-Aviv on May 18th following Netta’s win last year with TOY

The friend to Israel singer immediately agreed but requested more than the national broadcaster was able to afford, but instead of giving up on the idea KAN requested the help of Israeli/Canadian businessman Sylvan Adams who just last year paid to bring Giro d’Italia to Israel.

Adams agreed to pay the $1.5M requested by the singer, and the contract was delivered to Madonna’s management last week, the singer is expected to sign it in the coming days as all of her demands were met.

Madonna is set to release a new album which will be followed by a world tour later this year, the first single will drop in perfect timing with the European singing competition, this May.

During the competition’s grand final on May 18, Madonna will take the stage at the middle part of the show, after all the acts finished their performances and before the votes are tallied. She will sing two songs, presumably a classic and the new single.

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Tonight on NPO3: Het beste van… Madonna 20:20-21:10 (Dutch TV)

Het beste van... Madonna
 

Nu hoor je bijna nooit meer iemand over haar, maar Madonna hield in de jaren 80 de gemoederen aardig bezig. BN’ers die puber waren toen Madonna doorbrak met haar krolse hit ‘Like a virgin’ delen in Het beste van… Madonna hun herinneringen aan de superster. Maar ook latere generaties profiteerden van de ‘Material girl’.

Madonna

Ze was een sekssymbool, een sterke vrouw, voorvechter van het feminisme en voorloper in de modewereld. Haar zangkunsten zijn nooit bijzonder geweest, maar haar oog voor trends en haar zakelijk inzicht maakten dat meer dan goed. Onder anderen showbizzdeskundige Albert Verlinde, modeontwerper Janice en zijn echtgenoot Andy, dj’s Sander Lantinga en Giel Beelen en cabaretière Sanne Wallis de Vries vertellen wat zij zo bijzonder vinden aan Madonna.

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JOSIE SINGS A SENSUAL MADONNA SONG IN THIS EXCLUSIVE RIVERDALE CLIP

Josie is officially doing her thing back at La Bonne Nuit! In this exclusive Riverdale preview, the town’s biggest star returns to Veronica’s speakeasy for a sensual performance of “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” in the episode called “The Red Dahlia.”

The Oscar-winning Stephen Sondheim song was originally sung by Madonna for her album I’m Breathless, featuring songs from and inspired by Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy movie. Madonna played Breathless Mahoney in the film. (The episode, appropriately, pays homage to Dick Tracy as Jughead and Betty mirror the police detective’s sleuthing ways to try to make sense of all the deaths plaguing their town.)

This tune is steeped in history. Madonna gave a seductive Marilyn Monroe-esque performance at the 1991 Academy Awards, the same night Michael Jackson, for better or for worse, became her “best date ever.” In 2017, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian recreated the duo’s vibefrom that night.

With all that in mind, check out Josie’s performance below.

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Het beste van… Madonna op NPO 3, zondag 3 februari om 20:20 tot 21:10 (Dutch news)

Het beste van... Madonna
 

Nu hoor je bijna nooit meer iemand over haar, maar Madonna hield in de jaren 80 de gemoederen aardig bezig. BN’ers die puber waren toen Madonna doorbrak met haar krolse hit ‘Like a virgin’ delen in Het beste van… Madonna hun herinneringen aan de superster. Maar ook latere generaties profiteerden van de ‘Material girl’.

Madonna

Ze was een sekssymbool, een sterke vrouw, voorvechter van het feminisme en voorloper in de modewereld. Haar zangkunsten zijn nooit bijzonder geweest, maar haar oog voor trends en haar zakelijk inzicht maakten dat meer dan goed. Onder anderen showbizzdeskundige Albert Verlinde, modeontwerper Janice en zijn echtgenoot Andy, dj’s Sander Lantinga en Giel Beelen en cabaretière Sanne Wallis de Vries vertellen wat zij zo bijzonder vinden aan Madonna.

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Madonna’s Cool-Girl Braids Are the Ultimate Travel Day Beauty Solution

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Clean skin and effortless top knots are classic travel day beauty go-tos. But leave it to Madonna to take an entirely new—not to mention creative—approach to airport hair, landing at New York’s JFK airport yesterday with a recognizable set of pigtail braids.

Stepping out of the terminal to brave the city’s frigid winds, the singer slipped a black hoodie over four face-framing, imperfect plaits that may well have been the work of a swift DIY job moments before touch down. And this isn’t the first time Madonna has sported the style: she’s been spotted with two braids and oversized shades at the airport before. Beyond the arrivals hall, she recently wore them for the MTV Video Music Awards and beneath an opulent crown at the 2018 Met Gala, proving the style’s supreme versatility.

When a topknot’s not quite right, consider this the quickest way to look fresh and totally pulled together upon arrival.

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Pink’s ‘Get The Party Started’ Was Originally for Madonna!

That was kind of a joke, to be quite honest. When I moved to Los Angeles, I called up a friend and said, “Hey, what’s that sound on the radio right now that’s going on? What’s that on MTV? What’s this hip thing going on?” To me it was godawful, just ridiculous.

He said, “Oh, it’s pretty much what everybody’s using.” So I got ProTools and set it all up. “Get the Party Started” was just me figuring out what all this stuff does. I came up with that beat, laid it down, found all these weird chords and sounds and put the horns. Then I went back to my guitar for the wah-wahs. I was just having fun. I picked up a microphone and said, “I’m just going to say every clichéd line I can think of.” And I came up with, “Get the party started on a Saturday night” and wrote a bunch of stuff down. I called up my manager afterwards and said, “I just wrote a damn hit.” It was too easy.

I sent it to Madonna and she passed, but a week later, Alecia [a.k.a. Pink] called. She left me this really crazy message how she would come find me if I didn’t call her back. I saw what she looked like — she was a bling-bling girl — and I said, “I think you have the wrong Linda Perry.” She’s like, “Is this the Linda Perry who sang ‘Dear Mister President’ in 4 Non Blondes?” I’m like, “Yeah.” She’s like, “Well, I have the right person.” I had just written “Get the Party Started” and I go, “Well, I’ve got something I wrote last week,” and sent it to her. I guess she sent it to LA Reid and they said, “Okay we have our first single.”

(From Linda Perry: My life in 15 songs / Pop hitmaker looks back at a career in music that’s included collaborations with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Courtney Love and many more)

Full article on Rolling Stone website HERE

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So is Madonna releasing a visual album through Netflix?

The rumors have been doing its rounds for quite a while now. 

So many questionmarks, theories and ideas! We know that Madonna had a meeting with Netflix this past Summer, but never found out (yet) what it was about. She’s been recording her new studio album for a while now, really taking her time. 

On various occasions Madonna was spotted with a camera man, many events have been profesionally filmed, what’s it for? Is Madonna working on a documentary including the process of recording her new studio album? Is it something entirely different like releasing a visual album to be shown on Netflix?

‘think outside of the box’

Let’s get our facts straight; MDNA and Rebel Heart both failed to be a commercial success. Her last hit in the charts globally was ‘Celebration’ with Warner Music in 2009. Maybe she’s chosen a different route this time, maybe she’s trying something very new.

Speculating comes with each new era, and it’s fun to do so. Make sure ‘soon’ is really soon though Lady M!

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Artists with the most Top 10 singles in the UK

f you want to earn yourself a slot in pop’s history books, you’ll need a clutch of big hits on the Official Chart. As Calvin Harris, who has just scored his 26th Top 10 with Giant ft. Rag’n’Bone Man, will tell you: numbers really count, and while getting even a couple of Top 10s would be a big deal for any artist, there are some stars who can’t help but rack them up again, and again, and again.

Before we reveal all the artists who have managed to notch up 20 and over Top 10 hits, here are a few highlights.

They don’t call him the King for nothing, and while he may not have been with us since 1977, Elvis Presley is still unbeaten when it comes to Top 10s in the UK. 76 of his hits have reached the top flight, kicking off in 1956 with Heartbreak Hotel, right up to the 2005 re-release of Way Down – both tracks peaked at 2.

Representing the UK is our very own rock and roll golden boy, Cliff Richard, who’s made the Top 10 an astonishing 68 times as a credited artist, with his band the Drifters – better known as the Shadows – and then solo. His most recent Top 10, Thank You For a Lifetime, celebrated his 50th anniversary in music in 2008

Top female artist is Madonna, whose 63 Top 10s put her in third place overall. Speaking of Top 10s, Madonna holds the record for most consecutive Top 10 peaks, scoring 36 between 1984 and 1994. her first ever Top 10 was signature hit Holiday in 1984 and most recent Celebration in 2009.

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The Power of Good-Bye discography online – 21 different pressings

The fourth single to be taken from Ray of Light was The Power of Good-Bye.

Another smash hits for Madonna which she took on a full on promotional tour. Performances included the European MTV Awards, TOTP in London and Wetten Dass in Austria.

Unfortunately the track has never been performed during one of Madonna’s world tours.

In our discography we have collected 21 different pressings for you to view, enjoy HERE

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Drowned World / Substitute For Love discography online – 17 different pressings

The third single from Ray of Light was the fantastic ‘Drowned World / Substitute For Love‘, now up in our discography!

The song opened Madonna’s Drowned World Tour (2001) in the most incredible way, she went on to perform it during her Confessions Tour (2006) and for one single night in London on her Rebel Heart Tour. 

The video generated some controversy as a scene resembled the scenario leading up to Princess Diana’s death in ’97.

In our discography we have collected 17 different pressings, click HERE to view

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