Madonna shocks with Israeli, Palestinian flags during Eurovision performance

n much-anticipated appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.

The 60-year-old pop headlined a two-song set on Saturday (May 18) during the final night of the 64th annual continental song competition held in Tel Aviv. 


According to a BBC report, Madonna defied earlier calls from activists to cancel this appearance in Tel Aviv. 

During the Queen of Pop’s performance of Future with Quavo, two of her backing dancers were seen walking away with their arms around each other.

On their backs, one dancer wore an Israeli flag and the other wore a Palestinian flag.

The moment didn’t go unnoticed, with fans pointing out the political statement on the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“In the live broadcast… two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits,” a statement from the organisers said following the contest.

The European Broadcasting Union – producer of the Eurovision contest – addressed the dancers’ outfits, confirming that “this element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN.”

A representative for Madonna provided website Entertainment Weekly (EW) with a photo of the performance with a note that “a message of peace is not political.”

EW also reported that in addition to performing, Madonna appeared for a brief interview during Eurovision’s live telecast, telling the audience “The one thing that brings me to [these] countries and the thing that brings all of these people here tonight is music, so let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

She then quoted her 2000 single Music by saying: “Music makes the people come together, yeah!”

Her performance has drawn a mixed response from viewers. While some criticised her decision to make a statement, others praised her for using her large platform to make a point.

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Madonna makes call for Israel-Palestine unity at Eurovision

In her much-anticipated and politically contentious performance at Eurovision in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.

As she and guest star Quavo sang the lyrics “Not everyone is coming to the future / Not everyone is learning from the past”, a pair of her dancers – one wearing a costume bearing a Palestinian flag, another with an Israeli flag – embraced as they climbed a set of stairs at the climax of the performance.

Earlier, in an interstitial portion of the performance between the songs Like a Prayer and Future, she spoke to figures wearing gas masks, asking:

They are so naive – they think we are not aware of their crimes. We know, but we’re just not ready to act. The storm isn’t in the air, it’s inside of us. I want to tell you about love and loneliness. But it’s getting late now. Can’t you hear outside of your Supreme hoodie, the wind that’s beginning to howl?

The Tel Aviv performance ended with Madonna whispering the words “wake up”, also printed on a big screen behind her, as she and Quavo collapsed backwards from the stage. The BBC commentator Graham Norton said that there was a “slightly muted response to Madonna in the hall” following the performance.

It is unlikely that organisers were aware of the political aspects of Madonna’s performance as she rehearsed it behind closed doors.

Cultural figures including Rogers Waters and Brian Eno have vociferously opposed the staging of Eurovision in Israel, claiming that the country has violated human rights in the Palestinian territories. Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie described Madonna as a “prostitute” for playing at the ceremony.

Madonna made reference to the political tensions in a statement earlier this week, saying: “I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda, nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be. My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace.”

Her performance of Like a Prayer, accompanied by a monastic choir, was poorly received, with fans online accusing her of being out of tune.

Icelandic performers Hatari later showed support for Palestine, holding up Palestinian flags as their points scores were read out.

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Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv (press pictures)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – MAY 18: Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Madonna to channel Joan of Arc at Eurovision, designer Gaultier says

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Jean-Paul Gaultier has dressed Madonna as a “futuristic” Joan of Arc for her guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Israel, the fashion designer told Reuters on Saturday.

“It’s fantastic to have Madonna, especially for the Eurovision,” Gaultier said outside the Tel Aviv venue of the 2019 songfest.

The French designer said his inspiration came from one of his own countrywomen.

“Kind of Joan of Arc, you know? Because she is like a winner – a winner, kind of. A warrior, let’s say,” he said, smiling.

“Twenty years, thirty years ago (Madonna) didn’t know what was Eurovision, and now she’s singing there.”

Madonna was scheduled to perform two songs at the music competition – new number “Future” and her 1989 hit “Like A Prayer”.

The 60-year-old “Queen of Pop”, known for repeatedly reinventing herself, has faced criticism for performing in Israel – pro-Palestinian groups have urged musicians to shun the event to protest Israel’s policies in the West Bank and in Gaza.

Israel says the boycott calls are discriminatory and anti-Semitic, which boycott activists deny.

In a statement earlier this week, Madonna explained her decision to attend, saying she would always speak up to defend human rights and that she hoped to see “a new path towards peace”.

Gaultier has collaborated with the music superstar for decades, from her iconic conical bras to the glitzy Met Gala in New York.

His work with Eurovision is also long-standing: he has dressed previous winners Dana International and Conchita Wurst.

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Madonna’s ‘unbelievable’ Eurovision show will see singer perform Like A Prayer 30 years after release

MADONNA will recreate her iconic Like A Prayer music video as she performs inside a chapel during tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest final.

Show host Assi Azar has teased fans that they can expect an “unbelievable” show from the 60-year-old Queen of Pop.

The host appeared on Graham Norton’s BBC radio show to discuss insider secrets to tonight’s live final, expected to reach a whopping 200 million viewers.

He explained: “I saw the rehearsal yesterday… It’s an amazing show, what she’s doing on the stage. She’s literally taking over our entire stage, changing it completely.

It’s expected that Madonna will have a 10-minute performance at the end of the interval – while telephone votes are counted for the competing countries.

he star is said to have landed £800,000 for the performance that will also feature latest single, Future.

Madonna’s highly-anticipated performances comes after weeks of uncertainty that the Queen of Pop would make it to Tel Aviv.

“Both sides get a lot out of it – Eurovision gets Madonna, no need to explain, and Madonna gets the 200 million viewers that are watching her tonight.”

Last night a statement from Eurovision said: “We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“Performing live during the biggest entertainment show in the world will be a special moment for everyone – not least the fans.

“The talent on display in the competition this year is phenomenal and I’m sure the artists will further be inspired by her incredible performance and staging.

“We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching.”

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Arthur Fogel discusses Madonna’s Madame X Tour

As this issue was going to press, Madonna had just announced dates for her upcoming “Madame X” Tour in support of her upcoming 14th studio album of the same name. And, as luck would have it, Arthur Fogel, the man overseeing Madge’s tours for the past 18 years, also happens to be Live Nation’s esteemed president of global touring and chairman of global music (and an Impact 50 honoree, click here). Here, he breaks down what to expect for the global superstar’s first jaunt since 2015’s Rebel Heart Tour and her serious underplays. 

How many tours have you done with Madonna? 
This will be my sixth. I started with her in 2001. Prior to that, she had toured, I think twice in 15 years? So, this is the sixth in whatever 18 years. She’s Madonna, right? This particular tour is a bit of a twist because she’s going to play multiple nights in smaller venues. It is not an arena tour or stadium tour. 
What kinds of places will she play? 
For instance, in New York, we’re playing Brooklyn Academy of Music. Basically, we’re going to do eight or nine cities over the course of the tour. Really, it comes from this album, it’s just a different kind of vibe. It lends itself more to intimacy. As we talked about it, it seemed to make sense to go this route rather than into bigger buildings. That’s what we’re going to do.
Is she doing multiple nights at each spot?

Yes. We’re playing three cities in Europe – London, Paris, and Lisbon. That’s it over there, and here, we’re doing LA [The Wiltern], New York [BAM], Chicago [The Chicago Theater], Miami [Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre], Vegas [Caesars Palace], Boston [the Boch Center Wang Theatre], Philly [The Met Philadelphia]. Multiple nights in each of those cities.

If she’s doing BAM I’m guessing it’s going to be fairly theatrical?
Listen, Madonna’s shows always have that dimension to them, but I would say it’s much more about the musical tone and vibe than it is pure theatrics. Maybe you’ve heard the first single? It’s definitely sort of Spanish influenced, world music-y, as much as a pop record.
Madonna doing BAM and the Wiltern and all these smaller theaters sounds like another innovative approach and iteration of the business. I would never have expected to see Madonna play those places in a million years.
I think it’s important, over a touring career, to change things up. It’s a part of what excites fans, keeps artists energized. I mean if you go out and do the same thing every tour, eventually that catches up to you. I think it’s great when people change it up, do different things, certainly, as it relates to creating music. There used to be a lot more tolerance for people changing things up and trying different things. I think doing that live is really important to longevity as well.
What do you do as her promoter now when you’ve announced the tour? What does that mean for your year ahead?
I would say most of the heavy lifting is done. We’ve been working on it for several months. Obviously, putting together the routing and the venues and putting all the pieces together on the marketing side, and the onsale. With Madonna, U2, my longtime clients, Gaga, I’m also the producer, so there’s both sides of the equation, right? There’s this kind of traditional promoter side, but there’s also the producer, production side. So, there’s a lot of pieces to put together, which we’ve been doing over the last several months. By the time this is announced, things will be in place. We’ll go on sale, and then it’s just sort of waiting to start in September. 
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Madonna Drops ‘Future,’ New Song With Quavo

Madonna has dropped the fourth song from “Madame X,” her forthcoming album, a reggae-flavored duet with Migos’ Quavo called “Future.” The pair previously collaborated on “Champagne Rose,” a song from his solo debut, “Quavo Huncho.” Previous songs released from the album include the Maluma duet “Medellin,” the Swae Lee duet “Crave,” and the ballad “I Rise.” One more song will be released before the album’s June 14 drop date: “Dark Ballet” on June 7.

Late Thursday it was announced that Madonna’s controversial performance at the Eurovision song awards in Israel — which had been marred by pro-Palestinian protests and reports of contractual issues — will take place Saturday night after all.

Madonna announced earlier this week dates for her “Madame X Tour,” a series of intimate performances taking place exclusively in theaters — additional shows were confirmed just hours after the initial run of dates was announced. In New York, 12 shows are confirmed at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28 and October 1. In Los Angeles, nine shows are set at The Wiltern for November 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 and 25. Shows at the Chicago Theatre are on October 15, 16, 17 and 21.

The “Madame X” tour will also visit Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, London and Paris. Dates and details on those cities to come in the near future.

The 15-track “Madame X” celebrates Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on “Madame X’ with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.



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Madonna Embraces The ‘Future’ In Her New Song Ft. Quavo

Madonna has released her new song ‘Future,’ which features Migos’ Quavo. It’s the second collaboration the pair have released following ‘Champagne Rosé,’ which appeared on the rapper’s solo debut, Quavo Huncho. You can check the new track out below.

On the reggae-tinged song, the pair look to what is ahead, celebrate the present and also contemplate the past. “Not everyone can come into the future/Not everyone that’s here is gonna last” Madonna sings, in a hopeful tone about shedding any recent negativity.  Meanwhile, Quavo reflects on his current status while looking forward to what’s to come. “My life is gold,” he raps. “I drip in ice/I see the signs/Just free your mind/Welcome to the future, it’s a culture ride.”

Prior to unveiling the track, Madonna alluded to the collaboration via Twitter and Quavo took to Instagram to hint at the project as well. Madonna’s latest Madame X single follows the pop icon’s previously released ‘Crave’ featuring Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, ‘I Rise’ and the Maluma-featuring ‘Medellín,’ which the duo performed at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month.

Following Madame X‘s release on 14 June, Madonna will embark on an intimate theater tour, which launches with a series of shows beginning on 12 September at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City.

Meanwhile, according to reports in BBC News, Madonna will perform during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, it has finally been confirmed. The singer will perform two songs: ‘Future’ and her 1989 hit ‘Like A Prayer.’

An announcement was made ahead of the contest’s second semi-final on Thursday, ending days of speculation over whether she would indeed appear.

Earlier this week organisers said a contract had yet to be signed and that she could not perform without one. Yet the singer was seen arriving in Israel on Tuesday and has reportedly been rehearsing at a secret location.

“We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” said Jon Ola Sand, the event’s executive supervisor.

“We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching.”

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Maluma – ’11:11′ review (NME)


The Colombian pop superstar and current Madonna collaborator cements his rise with an bang-on-trend album that’ll generate heat from Bogotá to Bognor

It’s easy to reel off stats illustrating Maluma’s global pop phenomenon status: the Colombian singer has 40 million Instagram followers, more videos with a billion YouTube views than Ed Sheeran and an ongoing 43-date arena tour that’s headed for Madison Square Garden. But it’s more interesting and probably more revealing to note that he proposed a collaboration to Madonna when they met at the 2018 VMAs, displaying the sort of savvy, ambition and, well, sheer balls that the Queen of Pop herself has built a career on.

So while Madge might tell him to “slow down, papi” on their excellent collaboration ‘Medellín’, in career terms there’s no chance of Maluma doing anything of the sort. This fourth album arrives nearly a year to the day after his third, ‘F.A.M.E.’, and includes collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, huge Puerto Rican artist Ozuna, OG Latin pop crossover king Ricky Martin, super-producer Max Martin and, naturally, Madonna. She returns the favour for ‘Medellín’ (which doesn’t appear here) by singing in a not strictly necessary cod-Spanish accent on ‘Soltera’, a fun and flirty duet about playing hard to get. This time, she cools him off with, “I’m not a girl you’ll drink like wine”, a line that presumably wasn’t inspired by a shared bottle of tepid Echo Falls rosé.

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Madame X (LIMITED EDITION) translucent Light Blue Vinyl LP (only 1000 copies)

Limited-edition 2LP translucent light blue vinyl in gatefold jacket. Only 1000 copies available. 

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, highlights on the album include “Medellín,” which was co-produced by Mirwais and captures the spirit of Maluma’s hometown, the anthemic song “I Rise,” the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo, as well as the sonically innovative Mirwaisproduced “Dark Ballet.” Recorded over 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

“Lisbon is where my record was born,” Madonna says. “I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”

  1. Medellín – Madonna + Maluma
  2. Dark Ballet
  3. God Control
  4. Future – Madonna + Quavo
  5. Batuka
  6. Killers Who Are Partying
  7. Crave – Madonna + Swae Lee
  8. Crazy
  9. Come Alive
  10. Extreme Occident
  11. Faz Gostoso featuring Anitta
  12. Bitch I’m Loca featuring Maluma
  13. I Don’t Search I Find
  14. Looking For Mercy
  15. I Rise “
Product Code: 602577697197
Format: Translucent Light Blue Vinyl LP
Label Name: Interscope

Will Ship On 06/14/2019

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Like a Prayer & Future confirmed for Eurovision

Even though we already know, Eurovision just confirmed the performances of both ‘Like a Prayer’ and new track ‘Future’ with Quavo this Saturday. From the looks of it Madonna will be performing the same show as at the MET Gala in 2018. She will open the performance with ‘Like a Prayer’, probably keep the ‘Dark Ballet’ (Beatiful Game) bit in which then will be followed-up by ‘Future’.

No guarantees but this will be likely. 

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Madonna to perform new single ‘Future’ with Quavo at Eurovision 2019

International pop icon Madonna will perform 2 songs during the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on 18 May: Her 1989 smash hit ‘Like A Prayer’ and a world exclusive of brand-new single ‘Future’, which she will perform together with American rapper Quavo.

Viewers of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will be the first to hear Madonna’s track Future from her new album Madame X, to be released on 14 June. This year marks 30 years since the release of her iconic album Like a Prayer, and she will perform the title track accompanied by a 35-strong choir.

This will be the first time in the history of the contest that Madonna will grace the Eurovision stage, making the performance a once-in-a-lifetime treat for audiences all over the world. As one of the best-selling female artists in the world, selling more than 300 million records worldwide, her performance in Tel Aviv will be her third time visiting and performing in Israel.

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest: “We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Performing live during the biggest entertainment show in the world will be a special moment for everyone – not least the fans. The talent on display in the competition this year is phenomenal and I’m sure the artists will further be inspired by her incredible performance and staging. We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching.”

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Madonna Taps Quavo For New Song ‘Future’

Stream Madonna & Quavo New Song 'Future'

Stream Madonna & Quavo New Song ‘Future’

Following the release of “Medellín” and “I Rise,” Madonna shares the latest single from her upcoming album, Madame X. On “Future,” which feature migos rapper Quavo.

Ahead of its release next month, Madonna shared her tracklist with several appearances from Maluma as well as features from Swae Lee, Quavo, and others.

Last week, the legendary singer unveiled the Swae Lee collaboration ‘Crave‘ as the latest single off her forthcoming LP and it actually did not disappoint.

The track has officially been released in select international markets and it’s scheduled to hit shelves worldwide at midnight. Are you feeling this one? Madame X comes out on June 14.

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