‘Heart’ palpitations – Rebel Heart Tour Film Review

Madonna performs in Stockholm on her massive ‘Rebel Heart Tour.’ (Photo by Christian Weger; courtesy Flickr)

Madonna’s last studio album, 2015’s “Rebel Heart,” was far from her best work, but when it comes to the tour that it launched — finally out on DVD and live album a year and a half after wrapping — the album itself hardly matters.

“The Rebel Heart Tour” was another triumph for the pop icon, who has never disappointed as a live performer. The worldwide trek stretched for 82 shows and 55 cities, raked in a cool $169.8 million and was viewed by more than a million lucky fans.

Madonna’s continued strength and perseverance is inspiring to her fans and should be even to those who don’t care for her music. Even her detractors cannot deny that she has put in the work. She is tireless, working hard to make sure her fans get the most for their money and to make it an experience they will never forget.

The just-released live CD and DVD were filmed at the Allphones Arena on March 19–20, 2016 in Sydney. The double CD spans 22 songs and 100 minutes and for the most parts it’s thoroughly entertaining. The weakest aspect of the collection are the nine songs from the “Rebel Heart” album, although they do work marginally better in a live setting than their underwhelming studio versions. It’s understandable that she would highlight her most recent album, but these songs will never stand up along her best work and most of her classic singles.

Of course, Madonna doesn’t neglect those hits and it’s fascinating as always to hear which ones she decides to highlight. She obviously can’t play them all (unless it’s gonna be an all-night show), so she picks and chooses carefully, including songs that haven’t appeared frequently on prior tours. Madonna typically splashes them with a modern sheen and different arrangements, keeping the much-played tunes fresh and keeping the audiences guessing.

She cleverly adapts the ‘60s pop pastiche “True Blue” into an acoustic singalong and her early new wave dance classic “Burning Up” features a blistering guitar solo. The retro disco groove of “Deeper and Deeper” is updated in electrifying fashion while her sometimes overlooked classic “La Isla Bonita” is kept more faithful to the original but is still a highlight.

Madonna has reinvented “Like a Virgin” numerous times over the years and this time she goes with a minimalist club beat so the audience can sing along exuberantly. “Dress You Up” and “Into the Groove” were both popular around the same timeframe so it makes sense that they are appended together in a medley. She delivers a sizzling take on her final no. 1 single, 2000’s “Music,” with a flirty throwback jazz intro that might have been an interesting approach for the entire song. The biggest surprise is “Candy Shop,” the funky lead track from her underrated 2008 album “Hard Candy” — it holds up nicely wedged between much bigger hits.

Less effective is the modern take on “Material Girl,” which saps the cheeky charm of the original while accenting its more annoying aspects (especially those wretched background vocals). Her take on the Édith Piaf standard “La Vie en Rose” doesn’t quite get off the ground, and a gruelingly long take on her recent “Unapologetic Bitch” is eminently skippable. The finale, though, is a strong one-two punch of her first major hit “Holiday” and arguably her greatest single “Like a Prayer,” which retains its dramatic grandeur.

Of course, a CD and DVD will not replace seeing the actual show in person, but like all of the live album releases Madonna has issued over the years (this is her fifth), they are excellent souvenirs.

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Is Madonna going to be a guest judge on the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

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Speculation is flying that Madonna could be a guest judge on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race after an intriguing red carpet interview at the Emmy Awards.

RuPaul told Michael Ausiello from TV Line that he couldn’t tease any guests for the tenth season of the show, but then things got interesting.

Lady Gaga is kind of tough to top,” Ausiello noted.

“It is kind of tough to top her,” RuPaul admitted. “But I think we’ve done it, I really do.”

“Madonna?” Ausiello asks.

“I can’t saaaay,” RuPaul shoots back, grinning.

“You didn’t deny Madonna,” Ausiello rightly points out.

“We didn’t deny it,” RuPaul admits.

Ausiello then thanks them “for the tip” before they all scurry away lest he back them into any more corners.

RuPaul went on to win his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The show also won Emmys this year for costumes and picture editing, both for the Lady Gaga episode.

What do you think, will we see Madonna on the Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or were they just keeping the talk alive by not denying it?

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Madonna Shares Behind-the-Scenes MDNA Skin Care Line Video with The Fat Jew

 
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Madonna’s Instagram is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it a goldmine of adorable videos of her children, glimpses of her otherworldly life, and awe-inspiring selfies, it is also full of hilarity. That’s in part thanks to a new video she posted that offers a behind-the-scenes look at her upcoming MDNA skin care line with a cameo from viral comedian The Fat Jew.

“Bitch, you’re Madonna,” he tells her in curlers and an eye mask. “Bitch, you’re right,” she says. The clip is full of similar exchanges with Madonna later telling him, “You have beautiful skin,” to which he replies, “You have a symmetrical face.”

It’s only a clip of what’s to come though as the video promises the full campaign will be out September 26. That date may also be the release date of MDNA, as in the caption Madonna revealed that her line will be launching Stateside next week. “Bitch I am MAdonna! 😂🎉🌈 🤡🌹💯🔥🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🎉🙏🏻And I’m so excited to share my new skin care line with you!! 🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸 ♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸💯🌹♥️🇺🇸. Coming to America next week!,” she writes.

Aside from the comical exchanges between Madonna and the Fat Jew, the video also offers a closer look at some of the MDNA products, including the chrome clay mask, which contains all-natural volcanic clap from “Italy’s famous wellness spa town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany,” as the product listing touts. There is also closeups of the eye mask and the serum, which contains a formula created by Madonna “for her own personal use.”

This isn’t the first time Madonna and the Fat Jew have hung out. Back in April of 2015, The Fat Jew revealed in an interview with then-Hot 97’s Ebro (below at the 26:00 mark), “I went to Madonna’s house. We didn’t fuck. It was really fun. She wanted to meet. [Her assistants] were like, ‘Is there anything you want in advance?’ over email. I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ They were like, ‘Anything. Is there any outfit you want us to get for you? Or any snacks?’ So I was like, ‘Okay’ and wrote ‘mad snacks’. I could have gone a lot more HAM with it because I think they would have done whatever… We sat and we talked. She got mad spiritual. She went mad Kabbalah with me. I smoked a joint. She took a hit. She also gave me a massage.”

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Desperately seeking New York’s grime and glamour

 Rosanna Arquette and Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. Photograph: Allstar/Orion

‘New York isn’t a city for nostalgia,” Susan Seidelman says to me, matter-of-factly, as we chat over lunch in the lobby bar of Manhattan’s Ace hotel. “It’s not a city, like Paris or Rome, that rests on a glorified past. It’s a city that has no pity. It doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. It just keeps evolving.”

Seidelman, a film director best known for her hit 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, which helped cement Madonna’s stardom, is right. Newness is what New York is built on; it’s a city that, of course, never stands still. But, in recent years, as rents relentlessly rise and its residents homogenise, New York is also a city beset by a romanticised yearning. Indeed, this is largely why I’m interviewing Seidelman: later this year, two of her early movies, Smithereens and Desperately Seeing Susan, are playing at the Barbican centre in London as part of a season called the Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90, featuring films “about the wild days and nights of New York’s coolest era”.

You couldn’t have a film season about New York in the 70s and 80s without including Seidelman’s work. Both Smithereens (1982) and Desperately Seeking Susan capture the zeitgeist of downtown punk-rock Manhattan through the eyes of young, independent women in ways that garnered them instant acclaim and gave them an enduring appeal. Seidelman directed Smithereens a few years after graduating from film school at NYU, and it became the first US-produced independent feature selected for the Cannes film festival. Desperately Seeking Susan was likewise released to critical commendation and has become a cult feminist classic.

The film centres on Roberta (Rosanna Arquette), married to a Jacuzzi salesman, stuck at home, and bored with life. She becomes fascinated by a series of personal ads in the papers that are “desperately seeking Susan”. One day, she heads into New York to find out who this mysterious Susan (Madonna) is. A case of mistaken identity ensues after Roberta hits her head, suffers temporary amnesia and is thought to be Susan herself. Mistaken identity then becomes reclaimed identity. Roberta’s memory loss gives her a blank slate; it frees her from being a bored suburbanite and lets her explore the woman she wants to be. At its heart, the movie is about shaking off the social conventions that come with being a woman, and the city as a place for reinvention and female freedom.

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Madonna, Camila Cabello Listed For September 25 “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

NBC just revealed two guests for the September 25 edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

According to the program’s official website, the episode will feature Madonna and Camila Cabello.

The listing does not specify their roles for the show, but the belief is that Cabello will be the conventional musical performer. Madonna will almost certainly be involved in an interview and/or marquee segment.

Headline Planet will share more details upon availability.

Formal listings for this week’s string of “Tonight Show” episodes follow:

Monday, September 18: Guests include Demi Lovato, John Cleese and musical guest Demi Lovato. Show 739

Tuesday, September 19: Guests include Kevin James, Ilana Glazer and musical guest Rudimental featuring James Arthur. Show 740

Wednesday, September 20: Guests include Ben Stiller, Fred Armisen, and musical guests Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland. Show 741

Thursday, September 21: Guests include Megyn Kelly, Dave Franco and musical guest Fergie. Show 742

Friday, September 22: Guests include the Cast of Will & Grace, Colin Jost, Bruce Bozzi Jr. and musical guest Billie Joe Armstrong. Show 743

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Like a Prayer (single) discography online (35 different pressings) including rare withdrawn Pepsi Vrumona CD case

New is our discography for Madonna’s first single off ‘Like a Prayer’ – the title track!

One of Madonna’s signature hits and a worldwide smash. We are all familiar with the withdrawn Pepsi campaign due to the music video (directed by Mary Lambert) that included Madonna dancing in front of burning crosses. Pepsi withdrew their hugely promoted campaign but Madonna got to keep the money.

In this discography we have included 35 different pressings (vinyl, CD, cassette, VHS, presskit). Included is also the extremely rare Dutch withdrawn Pepsi CD promo case by Vrumona (only on MadonnaUnderground!) and a very rarely seen Dutch promotional presskit for the single (pictured). We will include more on the Vrumona Pepsi CD single asap!

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“I want to reinvent pop tours”

Twenty-seven years ago, Madonna set the template for modern pop concerts with her Blond Ambition world tour.

From its hydraulic stage to Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic costumes, it raised the bar for stadium-sized spectacle.

Now, after seven huge world tours, the star tells the BBC she’s “exploring” a smaller-scale show in the future.

“I’ve done so many shows – world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it – that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too,” she explains.

“I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience.

“This is something I’m exploring right now: the idea of doing a show that doesn’t travel the world, but stays in one place and utilises not only humour and the music in a more intimate setting but other people’s music, as well, and other entertainment.

“Kind of a revolving door of amazing, gifted, unique talent – dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, me, humour. I don’t know! Like, I’m trying to come up with all those ideas now.”

The concerts will presumably owe much to the vaudeville-style Tears of a Clown show that Madonna performed twice in 2016 – once as a gift to fans in Australia, and again at a fundraiser for her Raising Malawi charity.

The low-key gigs featured the pop icon dressed as a clown, riding a tricycle, chatting to the audience and telling jokes when not performing stripped-back renditions of some of her favourite songs.

Footage of the Australian concert appears on the star’s new DVD, released on Friday, which documents her 2015-16 Rebel Heart Tour.

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, she talked about touring life, changing attitudes to sex, and her recent dispute with a courier company…

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Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour – 4 sterren (Dutch review)

Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour – 4 sterren

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – in december 2015 in ons land- verraste door de relaxte toon die de popkoningin op het podium aansloeg. Ze speelde True Blue op de ukelele, zong voor haar doen veel live en maakte zelfs grappen over haar mislukte huwelijken. De tournee verschijnt nu op dubbel-album en voor wie de beelden erbij wenst ook op dvd. Die laatste is een hevig bewerkte, maar spectaculaire videoclip vol slow motions en lichteffecten. Dan is de audio-versie natuurgetrouwer. Hoogtepunten daar: een vette discoversie van Deeper and Deeper, een triphop-uitvoering van Material Girl en de akoestische mini-biografie Rebel Heart.

– Stefan Raatgever voor het AD

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Madonna ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ Out On Multiple Formats Today – press release

MADONNA today released her long-awaited REBEL HEART TOUR concert film on a variety of formats. REBEL HEART TOUR was recorded around the world and features both live and behind the scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage culminating with performances at the Sydney Qudos Bank Arena(formerly known as the Allphones Arena) in Australia in March of 2016.

REBEL HEART TOUR is nearly two hours long and features Madonna’s most recent hits from the Rebel Heart album, and some of the biggest classics of her career including stunning reinterpretations of old favourites, which were unique to the tour. Bonus features on the DVD, blu-ray and iTunes version are ‘Like A Prayer’ and ‘An Excerpt From Tears Of A Clown’ – incredibly rare footage of Madonna’s one-off Melbourne theatre show, which was completely different to the Rebel Heart shows in both scale, content and production. Featuring music, art and mischief, the exclusive fan club show was a celebration of Madonna’s return to Australia after 23 years.

Eagle Vision are releasing the film on DVD and blu-ray (both with an exclusive 14-track highlights CD) and digital download. Also released is a 22-track double CD, which is also available on all digital music services. In addition to the physical and digital formats, madonna.com have exclusive fan merchandise bundles.

MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR was co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

The tracklist for MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film and live concert album span all decades of the iconic superstar’s illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to classic fan favorites. A complete tracklist can be found below.

REBEL HEART DVD + CD and BLU-RAY + CD BUNDLES

DVD / Blu-ray Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday

CD Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Deeper and Deeper
08. HeartBreakCity
09. Living For Love
10. La Isla Bonita
11. Rebel Heart
12. Candy Shop
13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Holiday

EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer

DOUBLE CD / DIGITAL AUDIO

CD1 Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Body Shop
08. True Blue
09. Deeper and Deeper
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Like A Virgin

CD2 Tracklisting
01. Living For Love
02. La Isla Bonita
03. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
04. Rebel Heart
05. Music
06. Candy Shop
07. Material Girl
08. La Vie En Rose
09. Unapologetic Bitch
10. Holiday
11. BONUS TRACK: Like A Prayer

DIGITAL VIDEO
Digital Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday

iTUNES ONLY EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months. Madonna performed 82 shows, plus the special “Tears Of A Clown” fan club show in Melbourne. The tour grossed $169.8M with

1,045,479 in attendance, making her the top grossing touring female artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore with over $1.31 billion in tickets sold over the course of her career. Madonna is also the fourth top grossing touring act since tracking began in 1990.

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (with band keyboardist Ric’key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards), lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips.

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Stream Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ Live Album

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Madonna performs during her “Rebel Heart” tour opener at Bell Centre on Sept. 9, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. 

If you missed Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, or you just want to experience it all over again, then today is your lucky day. The live concert film and album of the Material Girl’s blockbuster 2015-2016 trek has dropped. 

Co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked with the singer on her feature films and tour movies, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tourcaptures a run that spanned over seven months and visited four continents, sold more than a million tickets and grossed upwards of $170 million.

Madonna performs in concert at Rod Laver Arena on March 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. 

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Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned

When the tour wrapped March 20, 2016 in Sydney, the pop superstar extended her lead as the highest-grossing solo touring artist with more than $1.31 billion earned (she’s No. 3 on the all-time Billboard Boxscore touring acts list behind only theRolling Stones and U2).

Madonna performs at Feijenoord Stadium on July 24 1990 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Madonna’s 40 Biggest Billboard Hits

The concert film is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and various digital formats and its counterpart 21-track album can be streamed below.

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Preview: Madonna on building children’s hospital in Malawi

Madonna visits with patients at the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.

Music superstar Madonna opens up about adoption, motherhood, and building the first-ever children’s hospital in Malawi, in a revealing interview with Tracy Smith to be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 17, on CBS’ “Sunday Morning.”

Smith traveled to Malawi to tour the new hospital with Madonna. The facility is the result of the singer’s multiple visits there, which eventually led to her adopting four children (she has two others from previous relationships).

Is her family complete at six? “Who knows?” the singer told Smith. “Yeah, I never say never. You never know what surprise awaits you around the corner.”

Madonna admits being a mom helps her, too; her own mother died when she was just five years old.

“I get to become the mom I never had. So, yeah, it’s a very healing experience,” she said.

Madonna admits didn’t know much about Malawi, a small country in southeastern Africa, when she first visited in 2006 — specifically, where it was — but has since founded the charity Raising Malawi to help provide health and education services. Still, getting the new hospital built wasn’t easy. She says she would often think, “I’m a crazy person. What am I doing this for? So here we are. It happened. It’s built, and it’s up and running. And children’s lives are being saved as a result. And I feel like, you know, sometimes you can’t think too far in advance.”

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Madonna visits with patients at the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.

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The superstar singer also talks with Smith about visiting HIV and AIDS patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital; how she compares herself today to the strong-willed woman in the documentary “Truth or Dare”; and her tendency to push every envelope.

“Oh, I’m sure I’ve done provocative things just for the sake of provocation,” she said. “Not so much now. Definitely not since I have children. But I think, when I was younger, I used to just say things, do crazy things. But everybody does.”

The Emmy Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning,” hosted by Jane Pauley, is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Executive producer is Rand Morrison.

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Rebel Heart Tour Dutch release party official memorabilia added

We have photographed the official Rebel Heart Tour memorabilia made available by Universal Music and Eagle Vision that was given away at the official Dutch release party last night.

The shirts (2 variations) and posters (2 variations) have been added to the ‘memorabilia’ section of our Rebel Heart Tour page.

Enjoy!

Sad you missed out on these goodies? Stay tuned for a giveaway very soon!

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