W.E. at BFI Festival in London – 5 years ago today!

It is hard to believe its already been five years since I attended the BFI screening/premiere of Madonna’s incredible ‘W.E.’ in London.

The craziest part was finding out that her reserved seat was literally just behind me, now try and keep cool and simply focus on the movie then! Back then I wrote down the entire experience which is now a part of our ‘Live Reports’ feature, direct link HERE.

To check out the photo gallery of the event, click HERE

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MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR to Premiere on Showtime, 12/9 – press release

MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR to Premiere on Showtime, 12/9

MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR to Premiere on Showtime, 12/9

Today, Showtime Networks and MADONNA have announced that her highly-anticipated concert film, MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR will premiere on December 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, on-air, on demand and over the internet. MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR was shot around the world and features a collection of live and behind these scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March of this year. The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies. Madonna will be honored later this year as Billboard magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year award, at a star-studded event held in conjunction with the publication of BILLBOARD’S WOMEN IN MUSIC list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.

See below for a first look at MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR:

“When it comes to putting on a show, there is only one Madonna – an iconic performer that we’re thrilled to have on our air,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “With her unique creative vision and unmatched stage presence, our viewers will see an arena show packed with visual theatrics, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, featuring new hits and beloved classic songs.”

As the premier destination for the best concert films and music documentaries, MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR joins a growing list of Showtime Documentary Films featuring music’s biggest names including recent concert films from The Who, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney, along with the documentary films featuring Michael Jackson, David Bowie, U2, The Eagles, Nas, Elvis Costello, Public Enemy, The White Stripes, Ozzy Osbourne, Kings of Leon and The Police. For more information on the Showtime Music MAKERS collection, go to SHO.com/documentaries.

The set list for MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR spans all decades of the iconic superstar’s illustrious career, including songs from Rebel Heart (the No. 1 dance hits “Living for Love” and “Bitch I’m Madonna”) to classic fan favorites like “Material Girl” and “Holiday” and a “Dress You Up” medley that included “Get Into The Groove,” “Everybody” and “Lucky Star.” Memorable highlights from the tour include her first-ever live concert performance of “Take a Bow,” acoustic versions of “Like A Prayer,” “Secret” and “Don’t Tell Me.” At each tour date during the song “Unapologetic Bitch,” Madonna would bring someone up from the crowd to dance with her during the song. Some nights it was a fan, another night it was Katy Perry. Other guest dancers included: Amy Schumer, Ariana Grande, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Diplo, Gwendoline Christie, Graham Norton and Anderson Cooper.

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. Madonnaperformed 82 shows, plus a special fan club show in Melbourne. The tour grossed $169.8 Million 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 ticket sales sold over the course of her career. Madonna is also the fourth top grossing touring act (behind The Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen) since tracking began in 1990.

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (the band’s 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.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers Showtime ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service Showtime ANYTIME®.Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. Showtime is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to Showtime via Hulu, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Prime Video. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a Pay-Per-View basis through Showtime PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

Photo Credit: Joshua Brandao

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Jay Z, Madonna nominated for Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z, one of contemporary music’s most celebrated lyricists and entertainers, is one of the nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, and if inducted he would become the first rapper to enter the prestigious music organization.

Jay Z is the first rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Thursday, a day ahead of its official announcement. Other nominees that could be inducted next year are George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang and more.

Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and two performing songwriters until Dec. 16. Five songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 15, 2017.

Other performing nominees include Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, Chicago, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Lynne and David Gates. Non-performing nominees are Kenny Nolan, Randy Goodrum, Tony Macaulay, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Allee Willis, Maury Yeston, Paul Overstreet and the songwriting duos Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and Steve Barri and the late P.F. Sloan, who died last year.

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z, who released his debut album, “Reasonable Doubt,” in 1996, has launched multiple hits in the last two decades, from “Big Pimpin’” to “Empire State of Mind.”

Read more at https://www.mb.com.ph/jay-z-madonna-nominated-for-songwriters-hall/#sCuAExvsgi42pbmy.99

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Madonna Celebration Album Promo – NEW!! Memorabilia, press pictures, releases and video’s!

We have finally uploaded our extensive ‘Celebration’ album promo to the ‘Album Promo’ page under ‘Music’.

Warner Music released this greatest hits compilation in 2009 as a single and double disc set, complete with double DVD featuring a selection of Madonna’s music videos. Two new tracks were added to the compilation ‘Celebration’ and ‘Revolver’.

In ‘Celebration’ we are proud to present a TON of promotional goodies for you to enjoy

  • Facts
  • Memorabilia – a ton of rare promotional memorabilia
  • Releases – a collection of various (promotional) releases of the album and singles
  • Pictures – a rare collection of official press images
  • Videos – view related videos
  • Music Videos – view the official Music videos to ‘Celebration’
  • Buy!

Enjoy ‘Celebration Album Promo’ now

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Madonna jokes about giving ‘good’ oral sex

Madonna joked she gives “really good” oral sex as she opened Amy Schumer’s comedy set at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (10.18.16).

The 58-year-old singer – who is known for her outrageous on stage behavior – couldn’t keep hold of her loose lips as she delivered an explicit monologue about performing fellatio on men who vote for Hillary Clinton in November’s US presidential election at the start of the comedienne’s gig in New York.

She quipped: “I’d better get off now because someone insanely funny is about to be on this stage, ladies and gentleman, one more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy. If you vote for Hillary Clinton I will give you a b**wjob. I’m really good. I’m not a douche and I’m not a tool. I have eye contact and I do swallow.”

The ‘Like A Virgin’ hitmaker went on to claim she never receives “d*** pics” from men and she no longer sees her manager Guy Oseary – who also represents Amy Schumer – because of how quickly the ‘Trainwreck’ star’s success has rocketed.

She finished off her monologue by introducing the 35-year-old funnywoman to her audience and admitting she wants to “one day” be able to do stand-up like Amy.

She concluded before being ushered off the stage: “[this] insanely talented woman who I am so jealous of because one day I want to do what she does.”

Although fans were no doubt surprised to see the pop star attempting to make people laugh, Madonna’s guest appearance came as a returned favor to Amy after she opened up three of her dates in New York on her ‘Rebel Heart’ world tour last year.

The terrible twosome had fans in hysterics at the concert as Madonna aggressively whipped up Amy’s dress, flashed her lace knickers to the audience and slapped her bottom before she stood behind her and pretended to hump her.

Despite the embarrassing scenario, Amy didn’t let her flesh-flashing moment faze her as she continued to shake her bottom while Madonna sang ‘Unapologetic Bitch’.

More at TheSpec.com

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Niki Haris + Donna De Lory Rain Remixes out now!

Niki Haris and Donna De Lory just released their ‘Rain Remixes’ EP after the original release of their absolutely stunning cover of Madonna’s Rain.

The song has been remixed by DJ Taj, Willie Ray Lewis, Rezounder and Chris Creek. What first comes to mind while listening to the remixes is how uplifting each of them are, cheerful beats combined with Donna and Niki’s beautiful harmonies make for a wonderful combination.

Willie’s Extended Forecast Mix reminded me instantly of the intro to Madonna’s Celebration, but it quickly becomes a fabulous track on its own. My personal favorite is the Rezounder Variation remix, just absolutely beautifully sung and completely adapted to the sound of today. The remixes make for a fantastic listen, they’re unique in their own style and none sound alike.

The Rain Remixes are available now through iTunes and Amazon (simply click on the links below)

iTunes: https://bit.ly/NDRainRemixediTunes
Amazon.com: https://bit.ly/NDRainRemixedAmazon

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Join Madonna in Miami!

Madonna is hosting a special event at Art Basel Miami on December 2nd to benefit Raising Malawi. The event will take place at the newly opened Faena Forum, thanks to the generous support of Len Blavatnik and Alan Faena.

We hope you can join us for an evening of music, art, mischief and live performance in support of the organization’s latest project: The Mercy James Pediatric Surgery Hospital in Malawi, which was built with the help of donations coming from around the world during the past year!

Profits from the event, which includes an art auction and Tears Of A Clown live performance, will be used to fill the hospital with equipment, surgeons, medical personnel and to create and endowment for the years to come.

For more information or to get your tickets, please e-mail tickets@raisingmalawievent.com

Also, please note that if you are not able to make it to Miami this December or cannot get tickets to the event, there are many other ways to help. Please visit www.raisingmalawi.org to find out!

Click HERE for the Facebook event page

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Madonna on limited edition colored vinyl by Sainsbury’s – Sainsbury’s Extends Vinyl into 238 Stores

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Following the success of the introduction of vinyl records in store earlier this year, Sainsbury’s will be extending the format into 67 more stores across the country. Records will now be available permanently in 238 stores and the range will be tripled from 20 to 60 titles. The new collection will launch in store on 14th October and will include a mix of contemporary and classic records along with 7 exclusive titles.

  • Vinyl records will be available in 238 stores from 14th October, with range of records tripling from 20 to 60 titles
  • New collection features titles including Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here, David BowieBlackstar, and Sainsbury’s exclusive editions from Madonna, Michael Buble, and Jethro Tull
  • Sainsbury’s now accounting for over 80% of the total grocery vinyl market

Following the success of the introduction of vinyl records in store earlier this year, Sainsbury’s will be extending the format into 67 more stores across the country. Records will now be available permanently in 238 stores and the range will be tripled from 20 to 60 titles. The new collection will launch in store on 14th October and will include a mix of contemporary and classic records along with 7 exclusive titles.

Sainsbury’s began selling vinyl in March this year for the first time since the 1980s and has been a huge success, selling over 81,000 records to date, with the best performing album Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’, selling 5,500 units year to date.

The new collection includes Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here and David Bowie Blackstar in addition to limited edition coloured vinyl exclusives such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood,Welcome to The Pleasure Dome (£20), Madonna, Like a Prayer (£16) and Jethro Tull, Aqua Lung (£18).   From 21st October, Sainsbury’s will also be taking an exclusive silver coloured edition of Michael Buble’s new album ‘Nobody But Me’.

Sean Cowland, Sainsbury’s Music Buyer said: “Following on from the unprecedented success we’ve seen since adding vinyl to our offer in March, we’ve extended the range to give our customers even more choice.  We’ve seen incredible sales from timeless classics such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Fleetwood Mac, but also a more leftfield selection, like N.WA and The Smiths.  By increasing the range, we can offer our customer a larger choice to enjoy in our stores.”

The full list of albums, which will be on sale in 238 stores across the UK, is as follows:

Artist Title Cost
AMY WINEHOUSE BACK TO BLACK £14.00
ARCTIC MONKEYS AM £20.00
BEATLES SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND £16.00
BEATLES REVOLVER £16.00
BEATLES BEATLES £25.00
BEATLES RUBBER SOUL £16.00
BOB DYLAN BLONDE ON BLONDE £20.00
BOB DYLAN HIGHWAY 61 REVISTED £18.00
BOB MARLEY LEGEND £16.00
CURE DISINTEGRATION £18.00
CURTIS MAYFIELD SUPERFLY £16.00
DAVID BOWIE BLACKSTAR £20.00
DAVID BOWIE NOTHING HAS CHANGED £20.00
DAVID BOWIE HUNKY DORY £16.00
DAVID BOWIE ALADDIN SANE £18.00
DEPECHE MODE VIOLATOR VINYL £18.00
DIRE STRAITS BROTHERS IN ARMS £20.00
DR DRE 2001 £16.00
EAGLES THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-1975 £14.00
EAGLES HOTEL CALIFORNIA £12.00
ELO ALL AROUND THE WORLD £20.00
ELO OUT OF THE BLUE £20.00
ELVIS PRESLEY PLATINUM COLLECTION £15.00
FLEETWOOD MAC RUMOURS £12.00
FLEETWOOD MAC GREATEST HITS £14.00
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME £20.00
GUNS N’ ROSES APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION £16.00
IRON MAIDEN NUMBER OF THE BEAST £16.00
JEFF BUCKLEY GRACE £18.00
JETHRO TULL AQUA LUNG £18.00
JOY DIVISION UNKNOWN PLEASURES £14.00
KILLERS HOT FUSS £16.00
LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN IV £14.00
LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN £14.00
MADONNA LIKE A PRAYER £16.00
MADONNA TRUE BLUE £16.00
NIRVANA IN UTERO £14.00
NIRVANA NEVERMIND £14.00
NWA STRAIGHT OUTTA  COMPTON £16.00
OASIS (WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? (REMASTERED) £20.00
OASIS DEFINITELY MAYBE (REMASTERED) £20.00
OST PULP FICTION £14.00
PINK FLOYD WISH YOU WERE HERE £18.00
PINK FLOYD THE WALL £25.00
PINK FLOYD MEDDLE £18.00
PRIMAL SCREAM SCREAMADELICA £20.00
PRINCE SIGN O TIMES £14.00
PRINCE PURPLE RAIN OST £14.00
RAMONES RAMONES £14.00
SEX PISTOLS NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS £16.00
STEVIE WONDER INNERVISIONS £16.00
TALK TALK SPIRIT OF EDEN £18.00
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