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Swept Away, the film Madonna starred in and directed by Guy Ritchie from 2002 will be released as part of the Divas Triple Threat DVD. This DVD is scheduled to be released January 12, 2016. The other two movies are Glitter starring Mariah Carey and Maid in Manhatten starring Jennifer Lopez. Click this link to pre-order

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Pop queen Madonna sets the stage at Prestwick Airport

Madonna’s team made use of Prestwick Airport

Pop queen Madonna sent her travelling circus through PRESTWICK this week.

Madge used the town’s airport to fly her huge stage set back to America following a European tour.

The Like A Prayer singer, who performed in Glasgow on Sunday night, had 285 tonnes of cargo ferried down the M77.

And three giant jets were loaded with 27 truckloads of equipment before leaving for Chicago.

It is understood to be one of the largest ever cargo jobs undertaken by the airport.

A spokesman confirmed: “This was a huge job for us and our employees worked flat out to ensure it was a success.

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One of Madonna’s cargo planes leaves Prestwick Airport bound for Chicago

“Glasgow Prestwick Airport is in a unique position in Scotland to be able to manage cargo jobs of this scale and we are one of very few airports in the UK with these capabilities.

“It was an extremely busy few days we had handling for a number of our regular cargo customer airlines and we also handled additional passenger flights on the run up to Christmas.

“Everyone at the airport pulled together to ensure that we maintained excellent customer service and we successfully saw off all flights safely and on time.

“We hope to secure more major jobs like this in the future and we are continuing to build relationships to generate regular business across all of our aviation services.”

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Madonna Virgin Tour Tee at Urban Outfitters

Up for grabs at Urban Outfitters is this officially licensed Virgin Tour Madonna shirt:

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Anatomy of a Madonna tour

Backstage in the bowels of Antwerp’s Sportspaleis, Jason Danter cheerfully apologises in advance for all the swearing. He’s Rebel Heart’s production manager, which, he says, basically translates as, “How the f— do we get this into this?”And that takes some doing. So far, Madonna’s 81-date Rebel Heart tour has rumbled 27 semitrailers of equipment and 185 staff across North America and Europe; but that’s a lot easier than coming to Australia and New Zealand in March, for which three Boeing 747s are needed.

Madonna hasn’t visited our shores since 1993’s Girlie Show tour, so unsurprisingly the $1999.90 front-row seats in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane were exhausted during presales.

Danter served in the Royal Navy, which comes in handy now. “The military teaches you discipline,” he says in his Brummie accent. “You need to make decisions, have plans, work whatever hours are needed to get the job done.” He and his crew have been on site in Antwerp since 7am, joined at around 10am by tour director Tres Thomas.

At university, Thomas was more interested in selling tickets for student shows than singing and dancing in them. His qualifications in accounting and law perfectly suit him for the business of touring, which he’s done for 35 years. He works for Live Nation, which in 2007 signed Madonna to a 10-year global partnership, the first of its kind.

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My Rebel Heart Tour Europe full live report by Kimberly van Pinxteren

Just finished the first complete live report for the Rebel Heart Tour in Europe. I have been writing my (sometimes very detailed) reports on my Madonna live experiences ever since the Drowned World Tour back in 2001.

I took the time to write down my experiences throughout the Rebel Heart Tour from Cologne to Glasgow. Unfortunately I was sick with the flu for almost the entire tour, making it hard for me to really enjoy things this time around. Please keep in mind that the opinions expressed in this live report are my own, you can agree or disagree but know that I am entitled to my opinion just as much as you.

Read all about the terrible weather conditions, the bitches that were chosen for each night, Madonna’s moods and more. Story has been added to our ‘Live Experiences‘ section. Direct links below

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Has Now Grossed $80 Million


Madonna performs onstage during her “Rebel Heart” tour opener at Bell Centre on Sept. 9, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.
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Madonna leads Billboard’s latest Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with the newest reported box office sales data from her global trek.

The new Hot Tours tally includes grosses from 14 shows in eight markets during the European leg of the tour (see No. 1, below).

Box office revenue from all eight markets totals $22.6 million from 194,827 sold tickets at 14 performances. One venue, Turin, Italy’s Pala Alpitour, hosted the pop legend for three shows (Nov. 19, 21-22). Arenas in four cities, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, and Paris, brought in the tour for two nights.

Overall sales from the Rebel Heart Tour now total $80 million from 45 concerts during the first two legs of the tour, through Dec. 10.

622,048 fans have seen the tour since the opening jaunt through North America that ran from Sept. 9 until Oct. 29. The run through Europe followed, kicking off on Nov. 4 in Germany.

Billboard has received sales data from Europe through the two nights in Paris on Dec. 9 and 10. Revenue from shows in Zurich and three U.K. markets, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, have yet to be reported from the fall leg.

The Rebel Heart Tour’s European leg wrapped on Dec. 20 in Glasgow. The tour will restart in North America on Jan. 6 in Mexico City for a pair of shows, before swinging back to the U.S. for eight performances. Following that, Madonna will play Puerto Rico, a series of Asian countries, first-ever shows in New Zealand, and her first tour of Australia in over 20 years. The tour is scheduled to close on March 20, 2016 in Sydney.

Madonna’s previous tour, the 88-show MDNA Tour, raked in $305 million in 2012.

U2 takes the No. 2 slot on the Hot Tours ranking with $18.6 million in box office sales reported from the final four cities on the band’s Innocence + Experience tour that wrapped on Dec. 7 in Paris.

Two-show stints in Glasgow and Belfast and a four-show run in Dublin are included in these counts as well as a four-show engagement at AccorHotels Arena in Paris. The first two shows in Paris occurred on Nov. 10 and 11, and because of terrorist attacks in the city, the remaining two concerts were rescheduled for Dec. 6 and 7.

The Innocence + Experience tour began in North America on May 14 and continued through July 31, wrapping with an eight-show run at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The final leg of the tour was set in Europe and began in Italy on Sept. 4. The tour played 12 cities on the continent before the Dec. 7 closer in France. Overall ticket sales from the tour topped $152 million from 1,286,416 sold tickets at 76 performances.

HOT TOURS – Dec. 22, 2015
Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 15-21

Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

1 MADONNA
$22,645,983
Nov. 16-Dec. 10
Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark (1/1)
Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy (3/3)
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (2/2)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/1)
SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany (1/1)
O2 Arena, London (2/2)
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (2/2)
AccorHotels Arena, Paris (2/2)
194,827 (194,827)

2 U2
$18,613,752
Nov. 6-Dec. 7
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (2/2)
AccorHotels Arena, Paris (4/4)
SSE Arena, Belfast, U.K. (2/2)
3Arena, Dublin (4/4)
160,792 (160,792)

3 COLD CHISEL
$1,848,640
Dec. 15-18
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (3/0)
27,005 (27,789)

4 ELTON JOHN
$1,414,330
Dec. 19
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (1/1)
10,237 (10,237)

5 JOHN FARNHAM
$470,803
Dec. 16
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (1/0)
6,089 (6,387)

6 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
$465,686
Dec. 17
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
8,725 (10,500)

7 CHRIS CORNELL
$386,615
Dec. 3-4
Palais Theatre, Melbourne (2/1)
4,900 (5,549)

8 HEART
$227,985
Nov. 15
Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Events Center, Valley Center, Calif. (1/0)
2,205 (2,220)

9 ANDREW BIRD
$183,918
Dec. 7-10
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago (4/4)
3,917 (3,917)

10 THE ARCS
$88,163
Dec. 2-3
The Vic, Chicago (2/0)
2,351 (2,800)

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Madonna feuds with ex Guy Ritchie over custody of son

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Madonna is seen leaving Manhattan Civil Supreme Court in New York City on Wednesday. The singer is asking a judge to order her son return to New York from London.

One of Madonna’s sons no longer wants to live in a material world.

A judge ordered Wednesday the 15-year-old son of the pop diva and film director Guy Ritchie  to return  from London against his wishes.

“He has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York,” Ritchie’s lawyer Eric Buckley said, regarding the son.

Madonna, appearing agitated,  tried to interject,  but was calmed by her lawyer Eleanor Alter.

“Has he prevented the child from returning to the U.S.?” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan asked.

“Effectively yes,” Buckley replied.

MADONNA DENIES SEAN PENN EVER BEAT HER

Kaplan said the kid, Rocco Ritchie, should talk with Madonna and then revisit the issue of which parent he prefers. Kaplan said Rocco will receive his own court appointed attorney.

“I’m granting you all the relief you have requested,” Kaplan told Madonna, who cracked a smile and nodded. “I’m directing the child to be returned to New York. If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother.”

She also ordered that both parents not discuss the legal proceedings with their son.

Guy Ritchie has two children with the pop diva.

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Guy Ritchie has two children with the pop diva.

One of Madonna’s security guards demanded a reporter identify herself and explain the reason for her presence in the courtroom open to the public.

The superstar singer  wore a  black wool fur cape, long black skirt, black shoes and put on black sunglasses once the proceeding concluded.

Madonna received the VIP treatment as she exited the courthouse. She was escorted to an elevator by court security officers, personal assistants and her own guards.

“Can I assume she’s not going to comment?” a reporter for the Daily News asked.

Madonna turned her face to the back of the elevator.

MADONNA BREAKS DOWN IN TEARS IN HONOR OF PARIS VICTIMS

“That’s a correct assumption,” court security Captain Mike Castellano replied.

Madonna and Ritchie divorced  in 2008. They also have an adopted son, David Banda, 10.

Madonna has two other children, Lourdes Leon, 19, and Mercy James, 9.

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A remarkable Rebel Heart Tour night in Glasgow – full photo gallery online (224 pictures)

The last European show of the Rebel Heart Tour was a very peculiar one, microphone problems in the first act, a late entrance to Living For Love (making it to the stage just in time) to the grand finale. The organisation pulled the plug on her after Unapologetic Bitch for surpassing the curfew. The lights went on, the power was off. No video, no sound, no effects. However Madonna was determined to finish the final European show the way she meant it to end. While her microphone was turned off, so no one could hear her, the audience sang Holiday together while M and crew improvised on the dance steps. No one pulls the plug on our heroine! It was a memorable way to end a tour that has been praised highly by the general press. Madonna also chose to sing Ghosttown in honour of it being voted the number 1 song by Rolling Stone magazine. Stay tuned for an extensive full report on the European tour asap.

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Review: Madonna, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Keith Bruce’s verdict: five stars.

Some of you perhaps thought the Queen of Pop was the girl who wouldn’t grow up, and was still out to shock and trade provocations with lasses less than half her age. Wise up, because the Rebel Heart show is the work of a woman who has shown no inclination to compromise over 30 years of work and would like to remind us of that.

We are ages, Madge and I, but I hadn’t seen her perform live since the Who’s That Girl tour visited Leeds Roundhay Park in 1986, an era she specifically recalled with a singalong acoustic version of the song and a thanks to her fans for supporting her over the past three decades – leading into her latest anthem Ghosttown, and the title-track of Rebel Heart. This show is a careful celebration of all things Madonna as well as a comprehensive plug for the new album, and if a retiral announcement would be as believable as Sinatra’s, it would still be a very fine biographical statement to go out on.

Split into four sections by stunning quality video and using the whole arena as no other has done, we ended up in a 20s speakeasy that was as much Josephine Baker as Sally Bowles and embraced Music and Material Girl, as well as a couple called Pierre and Stephen who caught her bouquet, and kilted lad called Jimmy. Before that we’d had a caped crusader segment with her physique revealed to be clad in a stunning toreador’s suit of lights, and lovely version of La Isla Bonita. The opening sequence dressed some of her dancers in wimples and tennis knickers and had them pole-dancing on crucifixes before a Last Supper tableau – even the liberal congregation of Cairns Kirk, Milngavie might have looked askance.

But it was the segment that followed it, with staging that recalled Greased Lightning and some panto audience-baiting, that revealed the show’s music-theatre heart. When Madonna says she’s a girl who works hard for her money, it ain’t no word of a lie. From her commitment to the ensemble – all stunning dancers – on Deeper and Deeper through to a virtuosic solo Like A Virgin to a pulsing industrial beat, this was a performance that was as much theatre as it was music, and owned the space.

Just to prove it, when they pulled the plug and the hard-hatted crew were waiting at the open dock door to start the get-out, Madonna and company came back out and performed Holiday anyway, with the audience filling the audibility gap. Whether you come back or not, Madonna, this was a night none who were there will forget.

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Madonna rocks the Hydro

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POP diva Madonna wowed thousands of fans when she performed in Glasgow tonight.

The Queen of Pop graced the stage at the Hydro at 9.45pm, before an audience of around 13,00 music lovers.

David Hasselhoff, who is performing in a pantomime in Glasgow over Christmas, was understood to be among the crowd.

The performance was the last part of the 2015 Rebel Heart Tour which has seen the 57-year-old perform across Canada, America and Europe since September.

Madge will kick off the tour again next year, starting in Mexico before finishing up in Australia at the end of March.

Fans took to social media to express their excitement ahead of the show, but some complained they were kept waiting too long.

One Twitter user named Deryck Fullerton tweeted: “@Madonna why are we waiting?”, while another called Andrew Gauld wrote: “9.37. Still no Madonna in Glasgow.”

Doors to the show opened around 8pm, and support was provided by DJ Mary Mack.

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20 Best Pop Albums of 2015

# 6 Madonna, “Rebel Heart”

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How did it take this long for Madonna to write herself a theme song titled “Unapologetic Bitch”? No apologies offered or needed – Rebel Heart was the queen’s finest album in a decade, picking up the disco-stick baton of her 2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor as Madonna voyages back into the groove and reflects on where she’s been lately. “Ghosttown,” “Devil Pray” and “Living My Life” offer state-of-the-art radio beats with producers like Diplo and Avicii, while she testifies about endurance in the aftermath of divorce. Yet she’s even stronger when she gets further out, as in the Nicki Minaj-seasoned “Bitch I’m Madonna,” or her conspiracy-minded Kanye collabo “Illuminati,” which comes on like a “Vogue” for the New World Order. She also throws down with rappers from the new school (Chance The Rapper), the old school (Nas), and the non-school (Mike Tyson). Of course she goes too far – this is a Madonna album, capisce? – with “S.E.X.” (“Perfume, switchblade, absinthe, Novocaine / Chopsticks, underwear, bar of soap, dental chair”) and “Holy Water,” where she chants, “Yeezus loves my pussy best.” Bitch, get off her pole.

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Madonna S’pore concert up in the air – for now

SINGAPORE — Madonna fans all over Singapore have have to wait a bit longer to buy the hottest ticket of the music calendar next year. If it happens.

It was reported last month that local concert promoter IMC Live was in talks to bring the Queen of Pop’s Rebel Heart tour to Singapore.

 And yesterday (Dec 16), the Madonna fan club newsletter sent out an email informing fans of her concert here. “Madonna is taking her Rebel Heart to the Lion City when she brings her successful world tour to Singapore National Stadium on February 28!” the email stated.

However, earlier today (Dec 17), the fan club sent another email apologising to its members, saying that the information was inaccurate and that details on this show would be forthcoming. It also offered refunds to those who had already purhcased the Icon Live Pass (in order to enjoy a presale offer) and thanked members for their support.

On the tour page of Madonna’s official website, the Singapore date was removed. If the concert actually comes to pass, it will be the 57-year-old singer’s first time here. In 1993, she was banned from bringing her controversial Girlie Show World Tour to Singapore.

The local organiser has declined to give any comment; although the police have confirmed that the application for a public entertainment licence is “currently under assessment”.

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Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Songs of 2015 (Ghosttown takes the top spot)

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The music industry has had a historic 12 months as the streaming wars heated up and album sales reached record-breaking highs thanks to Adele after years of diminishing returns. As the business itself faced incredible changes, breaking artists and veteran musicians alike experimented with their sounds, doing everything from throwing back to the Seventies to getting everyone to cha-cha. As 2015 comes to an end, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite songs of the year. Here are the results.

1. Madonna, “Ghosttown”

 

Even in a great year for pop music, Madonna is still the queen. The power ballad off her March album Rebel Heart was a more classic pop turn for the singer after the house hit “Living for Love” and trap digression of “Bitch I’m Madonna.” On the massive, romantic track, the singer tackles both world issues and a reflection of self. Even though the single didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100, it still topped the dance charts and showcased one of the singer’s strongest vocal performances.

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Madonna at Barclaycard Arena was provocative as ever ****

Madonna performing on stage at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on her Rebel Heart Tour

What could be more Christmassy than pole-dancing nuns and lewd acts on the table of The Last Supper?

Oh, and ear-chomping boxer turned rapist Mike Tyson?

It could only mean one thing – singing superstar Madonna was in town and as provocative as ever, even at the age of 57.

A snarling Tyson appeared on a giant screen during the introduction to opening song Iconic, controversially declaring: ‘‘I’m somebody… I am beautiful.’’

Then lapsed Catholic Madonna began exploring the juxtaposition of sexuality and religion, which has been a familiar theme throughout her long career.

During the X-rated Holy Water, dancers in nuns’ habits and white frilly knickers gyrated on giant crucifixes, with Madonna defying her age by also giving us a twirl.

After that, Madonna provoked the Vatican some more in a sinful re-enactment of The Last Supper with 12 of her dancers, in which she appeared to be the dessert course.

Fans paid up to £200 for face value tickets for the sold-out show and got closer to their idol than ever before thanks to a runway shaped like a bow firing a heart-tipped arrow.

They had an anxious wait after a technical fault delayed the start of Madonna’s Manchester show on Monday by an hour, with the star having to cut her two-hour long set short.

Thankfully, the undisputed world champion of pop was on time in Brum and made a typically dramatic entrance, descending from the arena’s rooftop in a medieval spiked cage.

Madonna performing on stage at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on her Rebel Heart Tour

Strumming an electric guitar on her knees, Madonna turned back the clock for a rock version of Burning Up, her second single from before she was famous 32 years ago.

The stage was transformed into a garage for Body Shop and Madonna played the ukulele for a charming True Blue and a cover of Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose.

In a jaw-dropping climax to Heart Break City, a jilted Madonna pushed her undeserving lover off the top of a spiral staircase. ‘‘Nobody f***s with the queen,’’ she yelled.

For fan favourite Music, Madonna turned flapper in a 1920s routine which featured a topless female dancer, while for Unapologetic Bitch she danced with a young friend of her son – and spanked him.

The loudest cheer of the night came during Living for Love when Madonna managed to unclip her cape, unlike at this year’s Brits when she was yanked down some steps.

Madonna performing on stage at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on her Rebel Heart Tour

She was showcasing her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, which explores her romantic and her rebellious sides in an array of genres including house, reggae, rap and gospel.

It’s Madonna’s least successful album and, unlucky for some in the arena, she chose to perform nine of its tracks, while another three were played during video interludes.

But Madonna kept fairweather fans happy with refreshed versions of a bunch of her biggest hits from the 80s, including La Isla Bonita, Material Girl and a joyous Like A Prayer.

There was an over-reliance on backing tracks for some of the more elaborately staged numbers, but when they pace was slowed Madonna proved how underrated she is as a singer.

Madonna performing on stage at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on her Rebel Heart Tour

Wrapped in a Union Flag, she ended the show with an energetic rendition of Holiday before being whisked away on a circus trapeze with barely enough time to wave goodbye.

It was a crowd-pleasing end to a dazzling show – and much more appropriate for the holiday season than some of her routines earlier in the evening.

Whatever you think of Madonna, you can’t deny that she’s worked tirelessly for her success and is the consummate professional, always putting on one hell of a show.

Indeed, perhaps the biggest ‘wow’ moment came when several dancers were strapped to the top of tall poles which swayed and bent at unfathomable angles above the audience.

But for all the theatrics, Madonna was most captivating when she was alone on the runway, singing Like A Virgin and Rebel Heart, two songs from opposite ends of her career.

And on this evidence, it’s a career that’s far from over.

Setlist

Iconic

Bitch I’m Madonna

Burning Up

Holy Water / Vogue

Devil Pray

Body Shop

True Blue

Deeper and Deeper

Heart Break City / Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Like a Virgin

Living for Love

La Isla Bonita

Dress You Up / Into the Groove / Lucky Star

Like A Prayer

Rebel Heart

Music

Candy Shop

Material Girl

La Vie En Rose

Unapologetic Bitch

Holiday

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