Philippines, are you ready for Madonna?

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) Yes, you read that right – the Material Girl will turn Manila into a material world early next year.

A source told CNN Philippines Digital early Thursday (July 2) that promoters of Madonna’s highly-anticipated ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ have included Manila in the concert’s Australia and Asia legs. The one and only pop goddess, known for the hits such as “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl,” will perform for two successive nights in her #MadonnaInManila concert set February 2016 at the 12,000-seater Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

The Manila leg is not yet officially included in the #RebelHeartTour website pending a formal announcement of the Madonna in Manila 2016 Concert details this month.

The 56-year-old pop icon will kick off her tour this September in Canada and continues throughout North America and UK/Europe.

Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter, and producer who has sold a record-breaking 300 million records, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful, provocative, and enduring live performers of all time speaks for itself.

In 2006, her ‘Confessions’ tour was named the highest-grossing tour in history by a female artist, a record she went on to beat again in 2009 with her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all-time by Guinness World Records.

She is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best-selling female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified albums. Billboard ranked her at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.

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More on single releases Devil Pray and Bitch I’m Madonna in France #bitchimmadonna

Universal Music France confirms to us that both Devil Pray and Bitch I’m Madonna have been sent to French radio for airplay.

Devil Pray is intended for the older audience while Bitch I’m Madonna is directed at the younger generation, this way they hope to raise interest at both markets. They hope that M can find the time somewhere in her busy schedule to record a video for Devil Pray, however since she’s in the middle of tour rehearsals, this is highly unlikely.

Unfortunately no news on a physical cd single release in France. Universal Music France however confirms that the two French promo cd’s for Devil Pray and Bitch I’m Madonna are genuine.

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Madonna in Manila confirmed: 2 nights at MOA Arena


Queen of Pop Madonna’s Manila concert has been set for “two nights on the last week of February 2016 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena,” a source confirmed to the Inquirer on Wednesday.

On May 17 this year, the Inquirer broke the news that promoters are deciding whether to hold the impending Madonna concert either at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay or at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

The source, who requested anonymity because of lack of authority to officially speak on the matter, added that the decision to hold the concert at MOA Arena was confirmed by the advance payment required by Madonna’s handlers, facilitated by a group with direct links to the venue.

A formal announcement on the concert’s specific dates will be made next month, according to the source.
Read more: https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/198972/madonna-in-manila-confirmed-2-nights-at-moa-arena%e2%80%a8/#ixzz3ee4HNV9V

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Madonna fans snap up the ‘cheap’ seats during Telstra presale today, but will she add more Oz shows?

CASHED up Madonna fans have snapped up the best tickets in today’s Telstra presale for her Australian tour in March.Capture3

Within minutes of going on sale at 11am, Madge fans were disappointed to see the cheaper tickets all gone, with only single tickets in the bronze, platinum and gold sections left for shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Fans who wanted to buy two tickets had to pay $519 for platinum seats or floor tickets or buy what VIP packages were left.

Complete article HERE

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The official USA Promo cd’s for the Rebel Heart singles

Let’s take a look at the official promo cd’s for Madonna’s (first) three singles off Rebel Heart.

Living For Love was the official first single, loads were pressed mostly to be handed out during release parties and as giveaways.Ghosttown and Bitch I’m Madonna have been pressed by the same company that pressed Living For Love commissioned by Madonna’s management and record company in the US.

Ghosttown and Bitch I’m Madonna have been pressed in limited quantities, but both are genuine (and not DJ pressed cd’s). Due to the many homemade ‘promo’ cd’s on ebay it’s hard to find a genuine product.

Universal Music/Interscope is known to press it’s own promotional cd’s per country (as is the case in Holland, where they create and print their own promotional cd’s, not working with the official USA promo cd’s).

Warner Music NL mostly did use both the official German and USA promo cd’s and did not print their own (Revolver was a Benelux only promo cd).

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Hollywood Choice Awards: What is the Best Album of 2015?

What is the Best Album of 2015? Vote on twitter with the hashtag #HollywoodChoice +name of nominee or through site in the poll below! The vote ends on July 18, and the result will be published on 19 July day!

Vote HERE

 

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Is Madonna teasing new songs from Rebel Heart Tour setlist?

Once again Madonna post new pictures on Instagram with lines from songs supposed to be on Rebel Heart Tour:
Take these sins and wash them away………teach me how to pray. ❤️#rebelhearttour🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
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I want to be where the sun warms the sky…………..when its time for siesta you can watch them go by………❤️#rebelhearttour

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Wanna get to know you in a special way………..this doesn’t happen to me every day! 💘#rebelhearttour

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As you recognized, “Devil Pray”, “La Isla Bonita” and “Into The Groove” could be added to the setlist…

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Get into the groove of the irresistible hits of this pop music icon!

Tribute to Madonna

La Ronde proudly presents the 31st edition of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec. In keeping with the tradition, this year’s edition is a succession of world-class displays. From July 1st to August 1st, on Saturday and Wednesday nights, Montreal’s sky will light up with outstanding fireworks displays by some of the greatest pyrotechnic artists of the world.

For the 2015 grand finale, La Ronde and PyroSpectaculars by Souza, a pyrotechnic company from California that has participated in the Montréal’s competition in 2001 and 2007, present a tribute to one of pop music’s most famous icons: Madonna. Again this year, the soundtrack was created by an artistic committee headed by Paul Csukassy, the Montréal competition’s technical director. It will feature various musical “personalities” of the pop diva sure to get the audience into the groove. It will be all fireworks, songs and dance with chart toppers from her debut single Lucky Star to her latest Living for Love, to her movie songs such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and Live to Tell, plus her irresistible dance hits, including Vogue and Ray of Light all leading to an explosive finale of party anthems.

Fireworks out of competition. The fireworks start at 10 p.m., rain or shine.

Saturday, August 1st, come and celebrate a Tribute to Madonna!

La Ronde is located on Île Sainte-Hélène at Parc Jean-Drapeau, near downtown Montreal.

More details HERE:

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Madonna teasing surprising setlist choices for Rebel Heart tour

Madonna appears to be teasing the setlist for her upcoming Rebel Heart tour through the medium of – what else – cryptic Instagram posts.

And if her posts – lyrics to some of her vintage hits with the hashtag #rebelhearttour – are to be believed, fans should expect some underloved classics to appear in the setlist when the tour kicks off in Montreal on September 9.

For many years now, Madonna’s tours have focused on her current album with a smattering of her biggest hits: Vogue, Holiday, Like A Prayer, Hung Up (the electric guitar version – sob). But just check out the songs she’s teasing, through song lyrics – and sometimes, song titles:

Deeper and Deeper (YAAAAS)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Who’s That Girl
Dress You Up
True Blue

…That’s some vintage, underappreciated Madge right there. Several sources are reporting that today, Madonna posted – then quickly deleted – this update, suggesting she’ll include sugar-sweet True Blue album track Jimmy Jimmy:

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New Zealand residents contest to see Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour!

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For the first time ever – Madonna is coming to New Zealand!
The queen of pop is coming to perform two shows as part of her Rebel Heart Tour at Auckland’s Vector Arena, March 5th and 6th 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 6th at 10am.
Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter and producer who has sold a record breaking 300 million records, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful, provocative and enduring live performers of all time speaks for itself. The 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet tour is the highest grossing tour of all time for a solo artist and the 2012 MDNA tour was the most successful tour of that year.

Tickets for the Rebel Heart concerts in New Zealand go on sale on Monday, July 6th at 10am through ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999.

MADONNA
REBEL HEART WORLD TOUR – NEW ZEALAND 2016
Produced by Live Nation Global Touring. Proudly supported by More FM
Saturday March 5, 2016 – Vector Arena, Auckland
Sunday March 6, 2016 – Vector Arena, Auckland
Pre-sale ticket details:

New Zealand Citi® Cardmembers pre-sale: Wednesday June 24th at 10am – Friday, June 26th at 5pm (www.livenation.co.nz)
Spark special pre-sale: from 11am on Tuesday, June 30th
My Live Nation members pre-sale: Friday, July 3rd at 10am – Saturday, July 4th at 5pm

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:
#RebelHeartTour
For New Zealand residents apply for contest: HERE
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Who’s That Girl and Deeper and Deeper to be included in the setlist?

So M keeps on playing her little teaser game, now mentioning true classics such as Who’s That Girl and Deeper and Deeper. Will they be included in the setlist for the Rebel Heart Tour?

Who’s That Girl was a huge hit for Madonna, in Holland it spent four weeks at number one in the charts. However she’s only ever performed the song live during the Who’s That Girl Tour. Originally the track was planned to be included on The Immaculate Collection, but later replaced by new track Rescue Me.

Let’s take a look at the stunning performance at the Who’s That Girl Tour in Japan in 1987

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Why do we love to hate Madonna?

RICHARD S. HE questions our love/hate relationship with pop’s first lady ahead of Madonna’s first Australian tour in 23 year.

Madonna was never a bigger pariah than in 1993, the last time she toured Australia. Her infamous Sex book had just given an enormous middle finger to the prudishness of ‘90s pop culture. Equally pretentious and tongue-in-cheek, it was a coffee table art book that had no place in most respectable living rooms. Of course, you didn’t actually have to read it – the point was just that it existed. But at the same time her complex, contradictory Erotica record suffered for it, reduced to Sex’s same hypersexual veneer. She’d become too good a provocateur. That punk rock incarnation of Madonna would feel right at home in 2015, now that Sex has paved the way for everyone from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian. Popstars who weren’t alive for ‘Like a Prayer’’s release revere her. So why does it still feel like the general public can’t wait to prematurely wheel her to the retirement home?

Madonna’s been called “desperate”, “calculated”, and much worse – usually by straight white men – ever since she rolled off the 1984 VMAs stage singing ‘Like a Virgin’ in a wedding dress. If it wasn’t true then, it’s even less true now. Nothing she did, not even Sex, was ever just bald-faced provocation. Now, Madonna has nothing left to prove except, ironically, that she still has something left to prove. No genre has a shorter memory than pop, where you’re only as good as your last move or you’re a flop. She can’t help being compared to not only all the younger, hungrier popstars in her wake but her entire three-decade legacy, like an albatross around her neck
Read more at https://www.fasterlouder.com.au/features/43147/Why-do-we-love-to-hate-Madonna#brgQUpyHIvpX5ReM.99

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MADONNA & NICKI MINAJ’S “BITCH I’M MADONNA” DEBUTS AT #84 ON HOT 100

“Bitch I’m Madonna” is the first Madonna single since “Give Me All Your Luvin'” to reach the Billboard Hot 100.

Bolstered by the launch of the buzzworthy music video, Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj)” arrives on this week’s edition of the Billboard Hot 100.

The track starts at #84 on the listing, which accounts for sales, streaming and radio activity.

While lead album single “Living for Love” reached the “Bubbling Under Hot 100″ chart, “Bitch” is the first “Rebel Heart” track to reach the actual Hot 100.

Interestingly, Madonna’s previous Hot 100 entry also featured Nicki Minaj. “Give Me All Ur Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and MIA),” that song, went as high as #10 in 2012.

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In case you forgot, Madonna is still awesome

Madonna is finally headed to New Zealand for the first time and we thought it might be good to remind you why she has been – and remains – one of pop’s biggest and most intriguing figures.

Madonna will visit NZ and play for the first time at Vector Arena. Photo / Supplied
Madonna will visit NZ and play for the first time at Vector Arena. Photo / Supplied

It’s all her fault

There’s no doubt Madonna’s influence has been both broad and enduring. She was the first Queen of Pop, breaking into an industry that was dominated by men with impressive force. She also changed the role of women with her fearless attitude towards sharing opinions, and introducing new ideas of feminism and sexuality.

She broke taboos, created controversy, was stylistically adventurous, and throughout it all, exerted remarkable control over her own career. Wikipedia lists over 150 artists who have named her as an influence (Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Britney Spears among them, as well as Adam Lambert and Justin Timberlake), and the reason the world’s music charts are now dominated by solo female artists is certainly, in major part, down to Madonna.

Click HERE for full article by The New Zealand Herald

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Growing older with Madonna

NEW YORK — In the video for Bitch I’m Madonna, a party anthem released last Thursday (June 18), the pop star of the title, in a clingy Moschino leopard-print dress, hot-pink coif and gold teeth grills, romps through the corridors of the Standard hotel along New York City’s High Line. “The bass is pumping,” she sings, adding a suggestive phrase before gleefully making out with some guy in the hallway.

Madonna will turn 57 in August. As she has repeatedly pointed out, her age is not going to slow her down. “Shut up jealous bitches!” she wrote recently on her Instagram account. “I hope you are as fun loving and adventurous as me when you’re my age!!!! Hahahhahaha let’s see.”

But the subject of her advancing years dominates seemingly every conversation about her, as she has become a crusader, willingly or not, against age discrimination. As someone who once tracked her closely, I have watched with queasy fascination her attempts to navigate the undeniable fact that she is growing older before our eyes in an era of obsessive self-documentation and rampant oversharing — one that she had a direct hand in creating.

Click HERE for full article by Today Online

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MADONNA’S SCHTICK IS BEING MADONNA

Tidal is the Regina George of music streaming services. With a “You can’t sit with us” mentality—even when you do make it to the table, it taxes you immensely. No wonder it’s where the “cool kids” sit: Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Jack White et al. And wherever the cool kids are these days, that’s exactly where you’ll find Madonna. Even though Madonna was a pop culture trendsetter in her prime, she’s now a needy tag along, cloyingly keen to assert her relevance by the company she keeps. At least that’s how I saw it, until she released the video for “Bitch I’m Madonna.”

When I heard she had a song called “Bitch I’m Madonna,” my first thought thought was “of course she does.” My second was that the title of the track needed a comma after the “Bitch”—which I still think is necessary—but that’s just me being pedantic about commas. When I heard the song featured vocals by Nicki Minaj, and cameo appearances by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Rita Ora and Beyoncé, I was even more convinced that this would be one more misstep in the saga that is Madonna’s attempt to be forever 21. And for the most part, it is, but it works—which is was the last thing I expected.

Even though the basic premise of video is pretty much a straight rip-off of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” I’m not even mad. Mostly because Madonna’s cameo-heavy, montage-y video is better. It’s more fun, more self aware, and weirdly, less try-hard. Although, that’s generally the number one criticism I’ll level at Madonna in this latter part of her career: that she’s posing as something she’s intrinsically not. Here, she’s Taylor Swift, surrounded by a gaggle of high profile, rich, powerful women. Except that she’s not Taylor Swift. She’s Madonna. For the most part, I’ve never really understood the militant offense people take to the adaptation of ideas. Intellectual property theft is one thing (a criminal act), but seeing something good, emulating and updating it, is pop culture in a nutshell.

read full article HERE

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