2015 Mid-Year Readers’ Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Artists, Songs & More!

Vote for your favorite songs, albums, artist, music videos and moments of 2015’s first half!

In one week, 2015 will be halfway done — and a fantastic year of popular music will already be in the books. From Taylor Swift‘s unstoppable radio run to Sam Smith‘s huge Grammys night to the One Direction lineup shakeup to Madonna‘s latest eye-popping music video, this year has been host to some musical moments that will resonate long after the year ends. Now, it’s your turn to sound off on the most unforgettable pieces of pop over the past six months.

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With the first half of 2015 nearly complete, cast your vote now in the fifth annual Billboard.com Mid-Year Readers’ Poll to tell us what artists, songs, albums, videos, tours and fashion choices have defined this year. Which Hot 100 Top 5 smash was your go-to jam? What single moment was the most buzzed-about of 2015? And which new artist do you think enjoyed the biggest breakout? We’ve offered a few suggestions for each category, but feel free to write in a candidate.

Vote now in the 2015 Mid-Year Readers’ Poll, and we’ll announce all of the winners at the end of the week (June 26) on Billboard.com!

Bitch I’m Madonna is nominated in the Best Music Video section, start voting NOW HERE

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Is Madonna teasing songs from Rebel Heart Tour setlist?

Madonna has been hinting to various songs from her catalog in recent Instagram posts, will these be included in the Rebel Heart setlist or is she just teasing us?

She has been mentioning Rescue Me, a song that was included at the very last minute on The Immaculate Collection (to read more about this release, visit our Album Promo page). Rescue Me was issued as a single, but has never been performed live.

M has also mentioned True Blue, a very well known song that has only been performed during her Who’s That Girl Tour. What a treat it would be if this would be included in the setlist!

Dress You Up received a mention as well, an absolute Madonna classic performed to perfection during The Virgin Tour, in a medley during the Who’s That Girl Tour and a rock version during the 2009 version of Sticky & Sweet. Will we be hearing it again?

Let’s take a look at the videos

 

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Amy Schumer on upcoming Madonna shows: ‘There’s no one in the world I’d want to open for more’

We’re only midway through 2015 but it’s seems safe to declare this the year of Amy Schumer. She’s already hosted the MTV awards; the third season of Inside Amy Schumer has been sharper and funnier than ever; her movie Trainwreck will debut on July 17; and she’s even won a Peabody. What else is left? Opening for Madonna, of course.

Schumer tells EW that she’s a lifelong “huge, crazy” Madonna fan (the video she tweeted out—see below—of a young Amy Schumer singing ‘Like a Prayer’ backs this up). “I murdered all her albums,” she says. “It was the craziest thing. Chris Rock called me a couple of months ago and was like, ‘Madonna wants your phone number.’ I’m like, I can’t believe you have my phone number!”

Before she knew it, her Madgesty asked if she’d open for her in New York this September. “My answer was of course,” Schumer says. “There is no one in the world I’d want to open for more. I was just jumping up and down and called all my girlfriends from high school.”

And while she may be a little nervous—”These shows could be really rough for me because they’re waiting for Madonna and then I’m out there telling jokes”—she knows there’s one happy benefit to this gig. “I’m just excited to be close up to the stage and scream sing her songs.”

Click HERE to read more from EW

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Madonna’s Longtime Publicist Liz Rosenberg to Retire

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Liz Rosenberg

Courtesy of Bob Merlis

The music business veteran also represents Stevie Nicks, Cher and Michael Buble.

Liz Rosenberg, a music industry veteran who is best known to the masses asMadonna‘s publicist, has announced her retirement.

She broke the news to the New York Post‘s Page Six column on June 23, jokingly commenting, “I think two centuries is long enough, don’t you?”

Rosenberg has been Madonna’s publicist since 1983. She also currently represents Cher, Stevie Nicks and Michael Buble. A longtime staffer at Warner Bros. Records, where she started working 1971, she launched her own firm, Liz Rosenberg Media, in 2010 after leaving the label. During her 39-year tenure at Warner Bros., she worked with such acts as Van Halen, Prince and Rod Stewart, among many others.

Madonna Will Tour Australia and New Zealand…Finally 

Rosenberg has been by Madonna’s side at countless red carpet premieres, events and interviews for over three decades. During that time, she became a favorite among media professionals, beloved for her signature sarcasm and often outrageous attire (a favorite: cat ears). In 2008, during the Queen of Pop’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Madonna thanked Rosenberg in her acceptance speech.

“She’s been — and still is — the head of publicity for my entire career,” Madonna said to the audience. “Now, does anybody understand the insanity of being my publicist for the last 25 years? Well, I think Liz was smoking a joint when I first met her. I walked into her office and she very politely stubbed it out in the ashtray. I don’t think she thought I knew she was smoking a joint but it was a little bit obvious. Anyway, we hit it off right away. She was my kinda girl — tough, irreverent and funny. And we’ve had a long and amazing chunk of time together.”

Billboard has reached out to Rosenberg for what’s sure to be another entertaining comment.

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Madonna’s longtime publicist set to retire

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Madonna relied on her, so did Cher.

Now, ever-quotable p.r. queen Liz Rosenberg exclusively tells us she’s abdicating her throne to retire.

“I think two centuries is long enough, don’t you?” quipped Rosenberg, who’s also repped Michael Bublé and Stevie Nicks and worked with Prince, Rod Stewart,Carly Simon and Ashford & Simpson.

Madonna portrayed her on “SNL” in 1992 — “the good ol’ days,” Rosenberg recalled.

She launched Liz Rosenberg Media in 2010 after nearly 40 years at Warner Bros. Records.

“It reminds me not to take it all too seriously,” Rosenberg said of her look — regularly wearing bunny ears on starry red carpets.

Full article (NYPost.com Page SIX by Carlos Greer) HERE

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Top 10 Madonna videos

The Queen of Pop released her new video “Bitch I’m Madonna” Wednesday, which featured cameos by some of the biggest names in music.

In honor of the release of the “Bitch I’m Madonna” video, TheCelebrityCafe.com is counting down her top 10 videos of all time. Of course it was no easy task since the singer has been making videos for more than three decades and has about 70 under her belt. But we narrowed it down to 10 of Madonna’s most epic videos that we all know and remember.

The Top 10 is HERE

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Madonna Sued Over Hard Candy Trademark

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Hard Candy, which makes clothing and fashion accessories for young women, claims Madonna is violating its trademark and trying to license Hard Candy Fitness clubs and clothing.
Florida-based Hard Candy sued Madonna, her manager Guy Oseary, MGHCandy and Epic Rights on Friday, in Federal Court. It claims Madonna is the managing member of MGHCandy, that Oseary owns 50 percent or more of the company, and the Epic Rights is its licensor.

Read full article by Courthouse News Service HERE

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Official press release: Madonna announces first performances in Australia in over two decades & first ever appearance in New Zealand!

Madonna announces first performances in Australia in over two decades & first ever appearance in New Zealand!

Madonna will make a historic return to Australia performing live for the first time in 23 years as well as her first ever shows in New Zealand, with her Rebel Heart Tour.

The tour will kick off at Vector Arena on March 5th and 6th in Auckland, followed by the Australian dates presented by Telstra Thanks® and including concerts on March 12th & 13th in Melbourne, March 19th & 20th in Sydney and March 26th & 27th in Brisbane.

Tickets and VIP Packages go on sale Monday, July 6th at 10am.

Tour dates:

Vector Arena, Auckland – March 5th
Vector Arena, Auckland – March 6th
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 12th
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 13th
Allphones Arena, Sydney – March 19th
Allphones Arena, Sydney – March 20th
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – March 26th
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – March 27th

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club. In celebration of Madonna’s return visit to Australia, Icon will host a pre-sale for current registered Icon members. Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages starting Tuesday, June 23rd at 10am local times. Members of Icon from Australia and New Zealand, registered before June 15th 2015, will receive a special code to access to Icon pre-sales beginning on June 23rd at 12-noon local times. Details at https://www.madonna.com/

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour in Australia is presented by Telstra Thanks. Telstra Thanks will be offering customers the chance to jump the queue for tickets to the Australian leg of the Rebel Heart Tour through a pre-sale starting at Tuesday, June 30th at 11am and running until Thursday, July 2nd at 5pm. Telstra customers can register for a unique code NOW at https://telstra.com/music.

In both New Zealand and Australia Citi® Cardholders will be eligible for a pre-sale opportunity beginning Wednesday, June 24th at 10am through Friday, June 26th at 5pm.

My Live Nation members can access tickets during the pre-sale commencing Friday July 3rd at 10am through Saturday, July 4th at 5pm. To register to be a My Live Nation member, go here: https://lvna.co/registerN

For the full list of tour dates and ticketing information, head to the tour page here:https://lvna.co/MadonnaOZNZ

For more information about VIP Packages available via VIP Nation Australia & New Zealand, go to the Rebel Heart VIP page: https://lvna.co/RebelHeartVIP

Live Nation Australia

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Confirmed: MADONNA SAT 19 & SUN 20 MARCH, 2016 Australia/New Zealand

SAT 19 & SUN 20 MARCH, 2016

Presented by: Live Nation  & Telstra Thanks

Tickets On Sale:

  • Madonna Fan Club: Tue 23 June, 10am
  • Citibank Presale: Wed 24, June, 10am
  • General Public On sale: Mon 6 Jul, 10am

Madonna will make a historic return to Australia performing live for the first time in 23 years as well as her first ever shows in New Zealand, with her Rebel Heart Tour.

The Rebel Heart Tour follows the March 9 release of Madonna’s critically acclaimed 13th studio album – Rebel Heart – by Interscope Records. A week after its release Rebel Heart debuted at No. 1 in Australia making it Madonna’s eleventh No. 1 album on the Australian ARIA Charts, tying the record for most number one albums on the chart.

TICKET PRICES

Platinum
$499.90

Gold
$299.90

Silver
$199.90

Bronze
$99.90

Ticket prices include GST and Booking Fees. Credit card and transaction fees apply.

RELATED LINKS:

www.madonna.com
www.livenation.com.au
telstra.com/music

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Forget Kanye — here are the real stars of Madonna’s new video

A celebrity cameo in a music video is a trick as old as music video itself, but in Madonna’s latest clip for “Bitch, I’m Madonna,” the New Yorker virtually empties her contacts list in one go.
The video premiered on tidal.com on Wednesday (but is now available for everyone to see on YouTube), and the Jonas Akerlund-directed piece is immediately notable for appearances by Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, who also provides a guest rap.
But while these A-list pop stars might add glamour, their phoned-in contributions are massively underwhelming. Look closely, however and you’ll see that “Bitch, I’m Madonna” has plenty of other highlights far more worthy of the limelight. Blink and you’ll miss them — so here’s what to look out for:

0:01: The mini-Madonnas

FOR PULSE WEB - Madonna - Bitch I'm Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj - screengrab    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hPMmzKs62w

1:50: Jon Kortajarena

FOR PULSE WEB - Madonna - Bitch I'm Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj - screengrab    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hPMmzKs62w

And more…. HERE full article

(@nypost.com)

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Why Madonna’s ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ Video Is the Video She Needed to Make

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Madonna’s new music video for “Bitch I’m Madonna” is almost brazen in its quest to divert your attention. The clip for the Nicki Minaj-assisted single, which premiered on Tidal on Wednesday (June 17) and was unlocked for the rest of the world one day later, promised appearances from Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rita Ora prior to its release, then tossed in Kanye West, Chris Rock and song co-producer Diplo for good measure.

It’s a fun game of spot-the-cameo — wait, was that Alexander Wang?! — where Madonna brings out the big guns and lets artists like Kanye and Katy sing along to the crunchy electro-pop track from remote locations. “Bitch I’m On Skype,” basically, but with the candy-colored post-ADD concept, Madonna is daring audiences not to be entertained.

Everyone is talking about this music video, because when you round up Kanye, Bey, Nicki and Madonna in one video and the phrase “streaming platform” isn’t involved, people are going to want to watch.

Complete article from Billboard.com click HERE

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Amy Schumer’s most recent coup: opening for Madonna

Amy Schumer began her career telling jokes from the stages of minor-league indie comedy clubs in New York. From there, she went on to winning fourth place on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, earning a self-titledsketch show on Comedy Central, and is about to make her big screen debut in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, opening July 17. And now, Schumer’s hustle has resulted in performing for a pop legend: she announced via Twitter that she will be opening for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour’s New York City shows.


Schumer joked that this childhood sing-along session landed her the job. Famous for sexually-charged characters, bawdy standup, and purposely face-planting at Kimye’s feet, the comic is set to make her first ever appearance at Madison Square Garden. Could this mean the timeless Material Girl is joining Schumer and transitioning into stand up comedy?

Fortunately not. But it’s interesting that Madonna is opting to open her show with Schumer’s raucous punchlines instead of recruiting a burgeoning pop talent. Lately, Schumer has attained a reputation for her potent, outspoken feminism on Inside Amy Schumer. From sketches such as Girl You Don’t Need Makeup to a star-studded crew on Last Fuckable Day and Milk, Milk, Lemonade, she tackles double beauty standards, Hollywood ageism, misogynistic hip-hop culture, and many other sensitive issues — it’s rowdy social commentary. Her jokes not only entertain, but send a message. Madonna has also come out as an outspoken feminist and is no stranger to entertainment’s it girls. Her latest video, Bitch I’m Madonna, features pop female powerhouses Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and more.

On September 16, 17, and 19, Amy and Madonna will showcase their respective talents at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. As queens in their individual fields, theirs will be a breakthrough collaboration of different generations and genres.

Fusion

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Amy Schumer to Open for Madonna on Rebel Heart Tour in New York City

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“You’re here with me, it’s like a dream. Let the choir sing!”

Madonna’s upcoming opening act is, surprisingly, Amy Schumer.

The comedian tweeted Thursday that she will open for the pop legend on the New York City stops of the Rebel Heart tour: Madison Square Garden on Sept. 16 and 17, as well as Barclays Center on Sept. 19. It will be the first time Schumer performs at Madison Square Garden.

The singer’s choice to open with a stand-up comedy act is an offbeat one, possibly targeting a younger demographic to widen Madonna’s reach. No word yet on how much music, if any, will be incorporated into Schumer’s set.

(hollywoodreporter.com)

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