Madonna’s Tears of a Clown – read and see all about it (new feature online)

With Madonna’s Art Basel ‘Raising For Malawi’ fundraiser behind us, we have completed our new ‘Tears of a Clown’ feature for you.

Madonna’s fundraiser at Art Basel in Miami was the second time she performed her ‘Tears of a Clown’ show, different songs than the first one in Melbourne and slightly different costume. Madonna raised a total of 7.5 million dollars for her ‘Raising Malawi’ charity at Art Basel in Miami where she auctioned off private pictures of her wedding to Sean Penn, Rebel Heart Tour outfit, a trip with her to Malawi and much more. 

To read more about ‘Tears of a clown‘, see the shows and view an online gallery (including the full Malawi catalogue) visit Tears of a Clown now (in the menu under ‘LIVE’).

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Madonna Clowns Around at Miami Fundraiser, Zings President-elect Trump

Madonna Clowns Around at Miami Fundraiser, Zings President-elect Trump

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Madonna performed an intimate, hour-long gig at Faena Forum in Miami Beach early Saturday following a big-bucks auction to raise money for her personal charity, Raising Malawi… but she wasn’t so charitable to President-elect Trump!

After telling the audience of less than 500 an anecdote about sleeping in Trump’s bed (she was working on a shoot for Versace for which his home had been rented), the outspoken superstar — dressed as a sexy clown — performed a slow-burn rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” while images and unflattering quotes attributed to Trump were projected behind her.

Jokingly berating the audience for misbehaving, she also gave an impassioned speech about the situation at Standing Rock, asking why native people and lands are so often disrespected.

On the subject of her own career, Madonna shouted that the most controversial thing she has ever done is stick around as an entertainer for 34 years. She then declared she would stick around another 34 if she felt like it.

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Leggy Madonna thanked the evening’s supporters for saving children’s lives.

The show’s musical component included some rarely performed album tracks, along with big hits like “Beautiful Stranger,” “Don’t Tell Me,” and “Express Yourself.” One lucky (and deep-pocketed) fan even got to hold Madonna’s mic as she accompanied herself on a ukulele-powered version of “Holiday.”

Celebrities spotted at the so-called “evening of music, art, mischief and performance” — which cost a minimum of $5,000 for entry and offered six-figure packages that guaranteed a photo op with Madonna as well as access to an exclusive pre-party — included emcee James Corden, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande (who danced with Madonna to her hit “Music” during the auction and modeled the Material Girl’s Rebel Heart world tour flapper dress, which sold for $150,000), Chris Rock, and Paris Hilton.

The auction included rare images from Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn by the late Herb Ritts, art from Madonna’s personal collection and priceless experiences like a photo shoot art-directed by Madonna.

On the topic of the monies raised, Madonna said in a release, “Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life. Raising Malawi’s evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. I’m excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi.”

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Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show

Madonna performs during Art Basel Miami Beach, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Kelli Kennedy)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.

The Material Girl dug deep into her personal treasures, auctioning off pieces from her own art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Grande and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts. The trio of wedding photos sold for $230,000.
Penn, who attended the fundraiser and bid on several pricey items when the auction stalled, handcuffed Madonna and crawled through her legs at one point as the two tried to coerce the audience to bid higher.

“For once, he’s not the one being arrested,” she joked.

The party lasted until early Saturday morning when Madonna took the stage for an hour-long performance before a star studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, ex-boyfriend A-Rod and Courtney Love. The fundraiser was just one of the many parties during Art Basel Miami Beach, a contemporary art fair.
Madonna, who performed in a pink sequined clown top and fishnet stockings, seemed to hold nothing back, especially her opinions on the election, joking with the audience that she had promised to perform sexual favors for those who voted for Hillary.
She coyly said she’d been in Donald Trump’s bed, but later revealed it was for a magazine photo shoot and that Trump wasn’t even there — and she criticized his cheap sheets.

“They won’t be Egyptian cotton because we all know how he feels about Muslims don’t we,” she said as some audience members gasped.

She gyrated to a slowed-down version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and seductively sang, “You know that you’re toxic,” as images of Trump appeared on a large screen behind her.

At one point, she walked into the audience, climbing on tables and giving one man a lap dance. She abruptly stood up at another point, grabbed the chair on which she had performed and said she also wanted to auction it, noting $600 could send a girl in Malawi to secondary school and $2,000 would cover her university expenses. The chair sold for $10,000.

Other notable items included a Damien Hirst painting, a private performance by magician David Blaine, who was also at the event, and a weeklong stay at DiCaprio’s home in Palm Springs, which fetched $140,000. A print by artist Tracey Emin from Madonna’s personal art collection, sold for $550,000.

Madonna adopted her 11-year-old son David from an orphanage in Malawi more than a decade ago. At the time, she said, “I didn’t know where Malawi was” on the map. David had pneumonia and malaria. His mother died in childbirth and his siblings were also dead.

He was on hand to introduce his mother, telling audience members who paid at least $5,000 per plate, “I realize I’m one of the lucky ones.”

The pop star showed videos of Malawi, asking for help to build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a hospital there. Fifty percent of the population there is under the age of 15, according to her foundation Raising Malawi.

The night was punctuated by her sardonic humor, corny clown jokes, controversial political statements and heartfelt moments about how much the hospital project means to her. She divulged a few personal details, lamenting that she was very single and hadn’t had sex in a long time and saying she’d always had a fascination with clowns which she said are “profoundly misunderstood.”

She spoke passionately about the plight of Native Americans and asked why their land was being destroyed.

“It just really makes me feel ashamed, ashamed to be an American, ashamed to be a human being really,” she said before launching into “American Life.”
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Madonna’s art collection and more on sale at starry benefit

As well as artworks and intimate photographs, auction items include a week in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Palm Springs villa and a poker game with Edward Norton and Jonah Hill

Madonna in Malawi in 2013, at one of the schools her foundation has helped build.
Madonna in Malawi in 2013, at one of the schools her foundation has helped build. Photograph: AP

Intimate photographs of Madonna’s wedding to her first husband Sean Penn are among the lots up for auction at the pop singer’s star-studded benefit show in Miami on Friday night.

The three photographs taken by Herb Ritts in Malibu in 1985 will be sold, along with prints from Madonna’s infamous 1992 book Sex and artwork by Tracey Emin from the superstar’s private collection, to raise funds for her Raising Malawiorganisation.

Comedian James Cordon will be master of ceremonies at the event, billed as “an evening of music, art and mischief”, in which Madonna will revive her bawdy cabaret show, Tears of a Clown, first performed in Australia earlier this year. The singer shared a photo of herself dressed in a pink clown suit on Instagram earlier this week to tease her performance at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach.

Other lots up for auction include a private game of poker with actors Edward Norton and Jonah Hill, a week in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Palm Springs home, a private dinner performance by the magician David Blaine, and artworks by Ai Weiwei, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Julian Schnabel, Marilyn Minter and Damien Hirst.

But the chance to mingle with celebrity guests, including Sean Penn, comedian Chris Rock and singer Ariana Grande, comes at a high price, with tickets starting at $5,000 for seating at the event and rising to $150,000 for a “philanthropist package” that includes a premium table for 10, access for four people to a VIP cocktail reception and a photograph with Madonna.

Lapo Elkann, the 39-year-old grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, the late billionaire industrial magnate who was chief executive and controlling owner of Fiat, has donated a customised Fiat 500 described in the auction catalogue as “a car inspired by Madonna that invokes the Miami of over-the-top style, baroque prints, glitz and glamor”.

Elkann, has recently been charged with falsifying his own kidnapping as part of an alleged ploy for ransom money, according to police in New York City.

Madonna on her Rebel Heart tour – the costume is one of the items up for grabs at her charity benefit.
Madonna on her Rebel Heart tour – the costume is one of the items up for grabs at her charity benefit. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation

The event comes amid Art Basel Miami Beach, the biggest art fair in North America, which attracts super-rich art collectors and celebrities from across the world. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a trip to Malawi with Madonna, a portrait session with photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and the star’s Swarovski crystal encrusted flapper dress, as worn on her Rebel Heart tour.

The singer’s first Tears of a Clown concert, in Melbourne, saw her enter the stage riding a tiny tricycle and singing a cover of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns. Over the two-hour show, she recalled visiting her mother’s grave, tearfully discussed losing custody of her 16-year-old son, Rocco, to her second ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and visiting her then-husband Penn in jail.

The auction of Madonna and Penn’s wedding private photos marks another sign of rapprochement between the pair whose four-year marriage was beset by rows and his clashes with the paparazzi. At their wedding ceremony in 1985, Penn scrawled “Fuck off” in the sand at the media helicopters flying overhead.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Raising Malawi, the non-profit organisation founded by Madonna in 2006, which is building a new paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in the country, named after the singer’s adopted daughter, Mercy James, set to open next year.

“Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life,” said Madonna. “Raising Malawi’s evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi’s first paediatric surgery and intensive care unit. I’m excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately save lives and help the children of Malawi.”

“This fundraiser is critical to supporting Raising Malawi’s goal of improving access to high quality pediatric healthcare in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world,” said Sarah Ezzy, executive director of Global Philanthropy Group, which manages Raising Malawi.

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Greatest of All Time: Madonna Is Billboard’s No. 1 Dance Club Songs Artist

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Janet Jackson, Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.

The icon is the queen of the chart’s first 40 years. Plus, Pet Shop Boys are the top duo/group & Enrique Iglesias is the top solo male.

Madonna is the No. 1 Billboard Dance Club Songs artist over the last 40 years, dating to the chart’s 1976 inception. The icon reigns thanks largely to her record total of 46 No. 1s, the most of any artist on any single Billboard chart, and her consistently dazzling performance on the tally since her 1982 debut.

In the Dance Club Songs chart’s history, in addition to her unmatched 46 No. 1s, Madonna owns the record for the most top 10s: 60. Janet Jackson follows with 33.

Fittingly, following Madonna on Billboard‘s Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Songs Artists list is Ms. Jackson at No. 2. Rihanna ranks at No. 3, followed by Beyonce (No. 4) and Pet Shop Boys (No. 5), the top duo or group; Depeche Mode(No. 10), Erasure (No. 19) and New Order (No. 25) follow in the duo/group category. Enrique Iglesias, at No. 14 overall, is the top male soloist, followed by Prince (No. 24), Michael Jackson (No. 26) and David Guetta (No. 27).

Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists:
1. Madonna
2. Janet Jackson
3. Rihanna
4. Beyonce
5. Pet Shop Boys

Click here for the full list of all 100 Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists

The Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists ranking is based on weekly performance on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart, from its Aug. 28, 1976, inception through Aug. 27, 2016. Artists on the all-time chart are ranked based on the combined point totals of all their Dance Club Songs chart entries (with songs ranked based on an inverse point system and weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least; due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras were weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods).


Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year

Across four decades, Madonna has kept her sound fresh, current and uniquely her own, all while collaborating with a flurry of writers, producers and remixers. Whether delving into disco, house, R&B, hip-hop, dubstep or EDM, Madonna has burned up Dance Club Songs for 34 years and counting.

Madonna, who rose out of New York City nightclubs like Danceteria, debuted on Dance Club Songs (then known as the Dance/Disco Top 80) at No. 40 with “Everybody,” produced by Mark Kamins, on the chart dated Nov. 6, 1982. The song reached No. 3 on Jan. 8, 1983, the first of four top five hits from her self-titled debut album. On Sept. 24, 1983, Madonna hit No. 1 for the first time with the double-sided “Holiday”/”Lucky Star,” which ruled for five weeks. In 2000, “Music” (also the most recent of Madonna’s 12 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s) tied “Holiday/Lucky Star” for Madonna’s longest No. 1 reign.

Madonna has scored two sets of seven consecutive No. 1 Dance Club Songs singles. The first began with “Causing a Commotion” on Oct. 31, 1987, continued through three leaders from Like a Prayer, among others, and culminated with the MTV-banned, Lenny Kravitz-co-produced and William Orbit-remixed “Justify My Love” on Jan. 19, 1991. The second streak started on March 13, 1999, with Madonna’s third topper from Ray of Light, “Nothing Really Matters,” and lasted through her fourth No. 1 from Music, the promo-only, Peter Rauhofer-remixed “Impressive Instant” (Nov. 17, 2001).

Madonna’s lone full-length remix album You Can Dance hit No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in 1988, as full-length albums (a la Michael Jackson‘s Thriller and many others) were allowed to chart as single entries at the time (until Feb. 23, 1991). Powered by the previously unreleased “Spotlight,” produced by Stephen Bray and remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez, along with remixes of album tracks like “Over and Over,” a Nile Rodgers-produced Like a Virgin tune, and True Blue‘s “Where’s the Party” (in addition to “Holiday,” “Into the Groove” and more), Dance kept fans and DJs busy for months.

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

Madonna’s 40 Biggest Billboard Hits

In 1990, Madonna, with Shep Pettibone, surfaced an underground dance trend while name-dropping movie stars whose careers largely predated her fans with the No. 1 “Vogue.” In 1993, she transformed jazz-pop standard “Fever” (released in the U.S. as the B-side to ballad “Bad Girl”) into a topper with Murk Boys mixes. In 1997, Madonna re-worked Evita classic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” remixed by Pablo Flores and Javier Garza, into a Club leader, while, in 2000, she took Don McLean’s classic rock story-song “American Pie,” with its Richard “Humpty” Vission and Victor Calderone remixes, to the summit.

Madonna’s record-extending 46th and most recent No. 1, the Diplo co-production “B**** I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, topped the chart on Aug. 15, 2015. The third leader from her most recent studio effort, Rebel Heart, was remixed by Sander Kleinenberg, Sick Individuals and Fedde Le Grand, among others. On Dec. 9, fans can revel in a full broadcast of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on Showtime.

Next up, Madonna will be honored as Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year. The 11th annual Women in Music event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, in New York and will air on Lifetime Monday, Dec. 12.


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Watch Madonna Audition Dancers for Her Rebel Heart Tour: Exclusive Video (NEW FOOTAGE)

As Billboard gears up to honor the one and only Madonna as the 2016 Woman of the Year, Showtime is premiering her new concert film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour on Friday, Dec. 9, which documents her blockbuster Rebel Heart Tour (which sold more than 1 million tickets and earned her $170 million — no big deal). Ahead of the concert film’s premiere, Billboard is excited to share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Madonna’s dancer audition process.

In the clip, which you can watch below, we get a backstage pass to witness quite possibly the hardest working backup dancers in the business as they sweat their asses off to earn a spot on Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, which boasted some of the Queen of Pop’s most astonishing choreography in years.

“I know I can be difficult and demanding and push you and sometimes my ego is out of control, but I am a Leo,” Madonna tells her dancers in the clip. Case in point: We get to see Madge bluntly reacting to one rehearsal with the simple summation, “That sucked.”



Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year

“She wants the best and wants people who work hard. If you get too comfortable or too lazy, you don’t get the spot,” one dancer says. Another says it as directly as Madonna herself might: “She’s hard as fuck to work with.”

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. The pop iconoclast is the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Relive Madonna’s triumphant Rebel Heart Tour run on Showtime Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. ET when Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour airs. That same day, Madonna will be honored as Woman of the Year at Billboard’s annual Women In Music event, which airs on Lifetime Dec. 12. 


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George DuBose releases limited Madonna…RAW boxset with book and prints – see pictures and order info

Photographer George DuBose has released a limited box set containing five exclusive Madonna prints and the Madonna…RAW – early concerts in NYC and Boston book.

The box set is currently available through this ebay auction

In spite of what eBay’s listing says, the box sets are located in Germany and George DuBose is paying the express shipping, so that orders placed soon can be delivered by Christmas.

There will be only five box set released through eBay this year. However, anyone contacting George through this e-mail address can buy a box set. These are limited to 50 worldwide.

Thanks to: George DuBose




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Best TV to Watch in December: Madonna Live, Holiday Specials and More

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour (Showtime, Dec. 9th)
Our lady Madge spent seven months bringing the live show in support of her 2015 record Rebel Heart to a whopping 55 cities. This documentary chronicles bits from the entire tour, with special focus kept on her showstopping performance at the Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia. Expect writhing aplenty from the perennial provocateur as she cycles through her hits as well as new material, and maybe even a celebrity guest or two. (Madonna invited everyone from Idris Elba to Diplo to Katy Perry onstage during her tour; word is that Perry makes an appearance in the doc.)

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Win tickets to Madonna’s Art Basel event in Miami with Raising Malawi!

If you can make it to Miami on Dec 2nd and want to be Madonna’s guest at her exclusive Art Basel special evening in support of @RaisingMalawi, just reply with « I can be in Miami for #RaisingMalawi » as a comment to the official Instagram of Raising Malawi. Some will be rewarded with a ticket to be in the same room as #Madonna during the event!! #raisingmalawi #artbasel #tearsofaclown #fans


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American Life 2LP 180 gram vinyl front and back cover revealed (with corrected info)

Warner Music/Rhino will release American Life and Music on vinyl on December 6. The original pressing of the American Life LP had a misspelled Nothing Fails on the back cover (Nothing Falls), the error has been corrected on the re-issue.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. American Life
  2. Hollywood
  3. I’m So Stupid

Disc: 2

  1. Love Profusion
  2. Nobody Knows Me
  3. Nothing Fails

Disc: 3

  1. Intervention
  2. X-Static Process
  3. Mother And Father

Disc: 4

  1. Die Another Day
  2. Easy Ride

Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 6, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B01M3Y3W7G

To pre-order through Amazon click here


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Rebel Heart Tour to premiere in Canada on The Movie Network and stream on CraveTV December 9

In Canada, MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR will premiere on Dec. 9 on The Movie Network and stream on CraveTV.

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.

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