MADONNA RECRUITS SWAE LEE ON NEW SINGLE ‘CRAVE’: LISTEN (snippet)

Last month, Madonna announced her new album Madame X and revealed the tracklistfeaturing guests such as Swae Lee and Quavo.

The Queen of Pop kicked off the promo campaign for her new disc with ‘Medellín‘ featuring Maluma, and then followed up with a promotional single called ‘I Rise’. She is now dropping her official single ‘Crave’ featuring some help from Swae Lee who has been a regular on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, thanks to ‘Sunflower’, his song with Post Malone.

The Rae Sremmurd rapper-singer helps the legendary artist with some background vocals and a singing guest verse. The chilled out track is now available on streaming services — listen to/preview it below (currently only out in select international markets). Madonna will release Madame X on June 14th.

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Madonna Ticket Prices Are High, But That Shouldn’t Be a Surprise


Madonna’s intimate Madame X theater tour has ticket prices ranging from $53 to $2,000.

Madonna fans were rumbling on social media this week over the high ticket prices for the “Medellín” singer’s Madame X tour kicking off in September. Ticket prices for her theater dates ranged from just over $50 to get in the door and reached $750 for orchestra seats, tapping out at $1,7500 to $2,000 for VIP seats/experiences.   

The Queen of Pop’s latest installment of tour dates are in support of her upcoming album, also called Madame X, due out June 14 on Maverick Records. The multi-city tour brings the global superstar to some of the smallest venues she has played in decades, launching with 12 nights at the 2,100-capacity BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York then moving to the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre followed by a nine-night stand at the roughly 2,000-capacity Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.   

The theater shows are a departure from the grandeur that fans have experienced in the past. Madonna has been selling out arenas and stadiums since her 1987 Who’s That Girl tour, and the pop icon holds the record for highest-grossing tour for a female artist with her 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet tour.  

Madonna performs onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas. 

 

Unlike many of her male counterparts on the Top 10 Grossing Tours in Billboard Boxscore History chart, including The Rolling StonesColdplay and Guns N’ Roses, Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour was able to hit the $400 million mark with only 85 shows. It took AC/DC more than 160 shows to hit $441 million on their Black Ice Tour.

According to Billboard Boxscore numbers, Madonna has managed to earn more per fan with a steady increase in ticket prices over the years. Between the 2006 Sticky & Sweet tour and the 2016 Rebel Heart tour, the average ticket price for a Madonna concert has risen from $114 to $162. Her average ticket price since 2006 has been greater than recent tours from top earners including Bruno MarsU2Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.

Stretching back to her 2001 Drowned tour, Madonna shows have had an entry fee of $45 (if not more), making the consistent $53.50 in-the-door ticket price for the intimate Madame X trek feel like less of a jump. For her 2019 tour, however, fans entering the buildings at the base price will be a lot closer to the music legend than those who paid $45 to see her at the 20,000-capacity Madison Square Garden, which is more than five times the size of even the largest venue announced for the Madame X tour.

Madonna’s new experimental residency tour follows more than a decade of success of artist residencies in Las Vegas, along with Bruce Springsteen’s lauded Broadway run. Launched in October of 2017, “Springsteen on Broadway” saw The Boss asking between $75 and $800 for the intimate experience at the 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

“Springsteen on Broadway” was originally scheduled to run for four months in the same location but was extended three times. Just 24 hours after announcing her intimate shows, Madonna also added dates to her New York and LA residencies. The new shows were added even before dates were announced for her promised mini-residencies at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. The dates and quantity of those shows have yet to be announced, but tour producer Live Nation has stated that they will fall within 2019.

Madge appears to have taken notes from other high-grossing tours in the last few years, such as Jay-Z’s 4:44 trek and Taylor Swift’s impressive Reputation stadium run. Both tours brought in more revenue by increasing the price of premium seats, while allowing upper bowl spaces to remain on the lower end.

While Madonna’s lowest tickets have gone up slightly, her premium seats rose from $350 in the U.S. for her 2015-2016 Rebel Heart tour to $750 for the upcoming shows excluding VIP packages. Fans with plenty of disposable income can purchase front row seats for up to $2,000 in some markets.

Madonna has made a career out of pushing the envelope, but while her experimental touring residencies may seem controversial, they also appear to be astute business practices for a superstar who hasn’t left a seat unfilled in nearly 30 years.   

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Medellin remixes single available from May 9

The Medellin remixes single is now available through Spotify, iTunes and Deezer in New Zealand and Australia. The rest of the world needs to wait a few more hours for their download.

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Medellin remix video (Spotify podcast)

Have you seen the Medellin remix video yet? It is available on Madonna’s Spotify as podcast (just search for the track). Madonna has now also shared through Instagram stories.

Despite earlier reports where there were no plans to release official remixes for Medellin (at that time as reported), it seems that they now WILL be released somewhere this Friday.

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Quavo to perform duet “Future” with Madonna at Eurovision

Group member Quavo has announced a pop-up concert in Tel Aviv on May 16th, after he graces the stage was Madonna at the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals.

The rapper is supposed to perform his duet “Future” with Madonna, which is taken from her upcoming album Madame X.

After his appearance with Madonna, Quavo will head over to a club called Hangar 11 for his own performance.

The following day, Quavo will return for another concert with Madonna during the Eurovision final on May 18.

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Quavo to join Madonna for Eurovision performance?

Quavo, one third of the wildly successful rap trio Migos, on Monday announced a surprise pop-up concert in Tel Aviv next week. 
The rapper is slated to perform at Hangar 11 on Thursday night, May 16, the same evening as the second Eurovision semi-final. And shortly after Quavo leaves the stage, the venue will turn into the Euroclub after-party. But for a couple of hours, the rapper will light up the Tel Aviv nightclub with a string of hip hop hits.
 
This might not be Quavo’s only performance in Tel Aviv next week. According to Live Nation, Quavo – who appears on the track “Future” on Madonna’s upcoming album – will also take the stage with the singer during the Eurovision final on May 18. Walla reported last month that Madonna was trying to choose between “Future” and “Dark Ballet” for her Eurovision performance, in addition to her classic hit “Like a Prayer.” Now, it looks like she’s decided – and brought her collaborator with her. 
 
In addition to working with Madonna on both her album and his own 2018 solo album, Quavo has collaborated with Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Kanye West, Drake and many others.
 
He is best known for his work with the trio Migos, made up of his nephew Takeoff and his cousin Offset. Offset is a tabloid staple in the US due to his marriage to rap goddess Cardi B. Together with Migos, Quavo has released hit singles “Bad and Boujee,” “Motor Sport” and “Stir Fry.”
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Official: Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv (Ynet)

Official: Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv
As revealed by Ynet, Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel and perform two songs, said Live Nation, owned by Guy Besser and Shai Mor Yosef. The singer is expected to arrive in Israel a few days before the competition, with a team of more than 60 people. Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, who helped bring the singer to Israel, said: “I believe that her participation in the event will make a real contribution to the success of the Eurovision Song Contest and the branding of Israel in the world”

Madonna will arrive in Israel 4 days before the competition and will be staying at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv. She is expected to arrive in Israel with a staff of more than 60 people. The person who will make her appearance in Israel is Assaf Blecher, who has previously produced the Oscars and the Golden Globes. The live production company adds that it is possible that two other artists will be exposed to the show in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Contacts with the singer’s members have continued for several months, but have been hampered by the large economic gaps. In recent months, Danny Ben Na’im, the Israeli partner of Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, has been approached by the corporation in order to obtain financial aid that will enable the performance to take place. Ultimately, the economic barrier was lifted after Adams, one of Israel’s most enthusiastic donors, agreed to finance the costs. Another challenge that the production had to deal with revolves around differences of opinion about the song that was supposed to be elected.

“I am excited and proud to host Madonna in Israel and bring her to the Eurovision Song Contest,” Canadian billionaire Shamman said by donating Madonna’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. “I believe that her participation in the event will dramatically enhance the media exposure that the State of Israel will receive and will contribute significantly to the success of the Eurovision Song Contest and the branding of Israel in the world.”

The Eurovision Song Contest will be held this year at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. It will open with the semi-finals on May 14 and 16, and the final will be held on May 18. The competition will be led by Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal, with Assi Ezer and Lucy Ayoub alongside them.

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Madonna is coming to Paris’s Grand Rex theater in 2020

Madame X

Madonna has returned. The singer has just released a new album, Madame X, four years after Rebel Heart, teasing clips of different women on her Instagram feed, whether the peroxide cowgirl or the S&M mistress. Because Madame X is a spy, switching identities to dupe her adversaries, loyal the chameleon trend that Madonna has led throughout her career. “Madame X is a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places. Madame X is a dancer, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, a saint, a whole, I’m a spy in the house of love, I’m Madame X,” she muses in the teaser. To launch her new album, the fourteenth in her career, inspired by her life in Lisbon, Madonna released the first single Medellín, featuring singer Maluma, Colombian singer renowned for his reggaeton. We’re already excited for her performance in the Eurovision Song Contest on May 18 in Tel Aviv.

Relive Madonna and Maluma’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards 2019:

 

An exceptional tour

To say Madonna has never been one to follow the crowd is a little understated. For the Madame X world tour, Madonna will host a series of small, intimate perfomances in some of the most prestigious theaters in the world. Starting on September 12, 2019, at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York, she will then go on to Chicago, LA, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia and finallly Lisbon, London and Paris’s own Grand Rex theater in 2020.

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MADONNA BRINGS HER MADAME X TOUR TO THE LONDON PALLADIUM – join mailing list

Join the mailing list at LWTheatres.co.uk to receive updates on Madonna’s upcoming Madame X shows in early 2020.

Following her incredibly stunning performance at the Billboard Music Awards and the announcement of her highly anticipated new album Madame XMadonna, Live Nation and Maverick have announced a series of rare and intimate performances to take place exclusively in theatres, giving fans an opportunity to see Madonna in an environment like they never have before.

The Madame X Tour will kick off in September at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019. The Madame X Tour will then resume in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, The London Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris.

 

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Madonna breaks her silence over Michael Jackson abuse allegations

Madonna has broken her silence over the Michael Jackson sex abuse allegations, saying “people are innocent until proven guilty”.

Two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, alleged in graphic detail in a documentary that they were sexually abused as children by the King of Pop.

The Queen of Pop, who took Jackson as her date to the Oscars in 1991, said she has not watched the film Leaving Neverland.

But she told British Vogue: “I don’t have a lynch-mob mentality, so in my mind, people are innocent until proven guilty.

“I’ve had a thousand accusations hurled at me that are not true. So my attitude when people tell me things about people is, ‘Can you prove it?’”

Asked what would constitute proof of Jackson’s guilt, she replied:  “I don’t know, I haven’t seen the film.

“But I guess it would be people recounting actual events – but then, of course, people sometimes lie.

“So I always say, ‘What’s the agenda? What do people want out of this? Are there people asking for money, is there some kind of extortion thing happening?’

“I would take all of those things into consideration.”

She said of the HBO and Channel 4 documentary: “I guess I’ll get around to seeing it. I haven’t seen it yet.”

The King and Queen of Pop went to the Academy Awards together in 1991.

Madonna later called it the “best date ever” and revealed the pair had shared a passionate kiss.

Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie, and his nephew Taj, have dismissed the allegations against the late singer.

Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50, has been labelled a “master manipulator” who “groomed the world”.

In March, singer Barbra Streisand was criticised for saying the men who claim Jackson abused them were “thrilled to be there”.

She later posted an apology online, saying “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims.”

See the full feature in the June issue of British Vogue available on newsstands and digital download on May 10.

– Press Association

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