Anthony Rue II ‘On the 2 TOURS that I was a dancer for MADONNA I and the rest of the Dancers were treated VERY WELL’

After the report by Radar Online about M’s dancers ‘on strike’ here a take by former dancer Anthony Rue II on it

…’A couple of people have sent me post about this “Madonna Not Paying her Dancers News” Here is my 2 cent on the matter. I personally don’t trust ANY NEWS SOURCE 100% with the way they like to switch up stories for their gain. On the 2 TOURS that I was a dancer for MADONNA I and the rest of the Dancers were treated VERY WELL . She is known to be a “Diva” But I saw it as a hard worker.. Never was I disrespected or treated like “Just a dancer” . I ate well, got massages weekly, hung out at celeb private parties, never missed my perduim, and when I would the mgmt would come find me to make sure I had it. Was paid ON TIME WEEKLY the entire time I worked for her. NEVER had to ask for my money. I could list so much more good things … …… Sorry I cant back a news story with NO NAMES of the dancers with these claims ….. I don’t know what these dancers are going thru so I can’t say if its real or not. But to see people pick a side without facts is scary. Someone could come on here tomorrow and say ohhh Ant killed someone because they had a sweater around their waist and i guess some of yall would really believe it’

Taken from Facebook

Read more

Win tickets to see Madonna at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 16 December 2015

Following unforgettable performances at this year’s Grammys and Brits, pop icon Madonna is bringing her hotly anticipated Rebel Heart tour to the UK. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see her live at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 16 December 2015. Enter now for your chance to win.

This competition closes at 9.59am, 20 August 2015.

(The Prize Draw is open to all Barclaycard customers (and employees) aged 18 or over resident in the UK)

Enter HERE

Read more

Full Press Release – Madonna Reveals New Costume Designers For Rebel Heart Tour

MADONNA COLLABORATES WITH ALESSANDRO MICHELE FOR GUCCI, ALEXANDER WANG, FAUSTO PUGLISI, JEREMY SCOTT FOR MOSCHINO, NICOLAS JEBRAN, MIU MIU, PRADA, AND SWAROVSKI FOR WARDROBE ON REBEL HEART TOUR

THE REBEL HEART TOUR KICKS OFF ON SEPTEMBER 9TH IN MONTREAL

NEW YORK, NY – August 11, 2015 – Madonna today unveiled the fashion designers with whom she is collaborating for her costumes on her highly anticipated Rebel Heart World Tour. The list includes Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski. Costume designer Arianne Phillips will be overseeing the wardrobe for the Rebel Heart Tour and will also contribute designs, marking her sixth tour with Madonna.

The Rebel Heart Tour will kick off on September 9th in Montreal, Quebec at Bell Centre and visit cities throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Since the tour was announced this past spring, due to overwhelming demand, multiple shows have been added in cities across the world including: Montreal, New York City, Toronto, Miami, Koln, Turin, Barcelona, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Manila and more. Diplo will open the Rebel Heart Tour in Montreal on September 9th and 10th, and Amy Schumer will open the two dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A full list of tour dates for the Rebel Heart World Tour can be found below.

Read more

Madonna Turns 57 And The Media Wants Her To Feel Ashamed

Madonna
Many of her contemporaries (or past stars who shared the same level of fame) have died of drug overdoses, but Madonna is turning 57-years-old this weekend. For most, turning 57 is a celebration. For Madonna, it’s an excuse for the media to mock her, shame her, and make her feel that the only way she will be accepted is if she gains 50 pounds, wears a flower dress, and eats bonbons all day while catching old episodes of The Golden Girls.

You see, the problem to many people is that Madonna simply doesn’t “act her age.” Madonna had something to say to those people when she was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight.
 “I am acting my age. This is me, this is how I wanna be. I can do what I want, OK?… There’s no rules, and people should just leave me alone. Let me do what I wanna do. I shouldn’t be limited by my age or a number.”

 

Never mind that people rarely produce the same vitriol aimed at Madonna for Mick Jagger, who was seen putting a microphone in his pants during a Los Angeles concert in 2013. Bruce Springsteen hasn’t had anything that can be considered even close to being a hit since 1997’s “Secret Garden,” but nobody told him to “put it away” when he did a pelvic thrust towards a camera operator at the 2009 Super Bowl. Let’s not even get into Anthony Kiedis being almost half naked at the 2014 Super Bowl.

“But they have talent and Madonna doesn’t” is usually what you will hear from her critics to justify their ageism and misogyny. Considering Madonna writes her own melodies, her own lyrics, and is the top-selling female artist in music history, that statement itself is misogynist. Besides, there’s a lot of proof when it comes to Madonna’s talent. She’s a great vocalist, a great songwriter, and an amazing live performer.

Not all of the criticism towards Madonna is ageist. Michael Arceneaux from VH1 wrote apassionate essay about why Madonna’s late career problems go beyond ageism. The essay brings up some valid points that Madonna’s die-hard fans want to ignore. Then, there was that performance with Drake at Coachella in April. Though it’s likely that Drake purposely used the event to age-shame Madonna and make himself look good, Madonna might just as well have worn a “Kick Me!” sign. The performance was embarrassing and it had nothing to do with her age.

It’s also not wrong to criticize Madonna’s musical output since 2008: Even though MDNAor Hard Candy weren’t bad albums, they just didn’t live up to Madonna’s standards. They are three-and-a-half star albums that get put down a lot because Madonna is used to making four-star albums. However, 2015’s Rebel Heart, for the most part, is an absolute return to form and even music reviewers agree.

Madonna’s critics will point to the low sales of the Rebel Heart album to convince the world that Madonna is “over with.” However, the fact that an album that leaked and was widely available for downloading three months before its official release can still sell almost one million copies worldwide proves that Madonna is still the Queen of Pop. Many supposed “artists” over the years have threatened to take over her throne, but Madonna is always the one standing tall (even though she is physically short) in the end.

Photo by Michael Stewart / WireImage (for Getty Images)]

Read more at The Inquisitr

Read more

Win 2 MSG NY Rebel Heart Tour tickets at the Madhatter’s Maritime Ball, info here

Lookingglass Theatre’s Junior Board announces the 14th Annual Madhatter’s Ball, “The Madhatter’s Maritime Ball,” held at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., on Saturday, August 29. During the event two (2) Tickets to Madonna at Madison Square Garden, two (2) United Airlines Vouchers, and three (3) nights at the Martha Washington Hotel in New York will be raffled off. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Lookingglass Theatre Box Office or at the event. Raffle tickets are 1 for $20 or 6 for $100.

The Madhatter’s Ball is a high-profile fundraiser unlike any other. The evening includes one-of-a-kind performances, musical acts, DJs, dancing, costumes, specialty themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A VIP reception begins at 7 p.m. The event is from 8 p.m.-midnight with an after-party at the IO Rooftop Lounge at The Godfrey Hotel (127 W Huron St).

Proceeds from the event will support the operation and expansion of Lookingglass’ acclaimed education and community programs, which encourage self-esteem and creativity in thousands of students every year. Tickets can be purchased at lookingglasstheatre.org/madhatters or by calling 312-337-0665.

For more information, go to lookingglasstheatre.org/madhatters.

Thanks to: Lookingglass Theatre

 

Read more

100 Greatest Song Writers of All Time #56 Madonna

# 56

Before she was a star, Madonna was a songwriter with a sharp ear for a hook and a lyrical catchphrase, playing tracks like “Lucky Star” for record companies in the hope of scoring a contract. Her earliest hits honed the electro beats coming out of the New York club scene into universal radio gold. But songs like her greatest statement, “Like a Prayer,” can also summon an anthemic power to rival Springsteen or U2. Madonna has enlisted numerous collaborators en route to selling more than 300 million albums — she started working with longtime writing partner Patrick Leonard after he brought her “Live to Tell” in 1986, and from Shep Pettibone and William Orbit in the Nineties through Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West on 2015’s Rebel Heart, she’s worked successfully with producers across many genres. Through it all, her songs have been consistently stamped with her own sensibility and inflected with autobiographical detail. “She grew up on Joni Mitchell and Motown and. . . embodies the best of both worlds,” says Rick Nowells, who co-wrote with Madonna on 1998’s Ray of Light. “She is a wonderful confessional songwriter, as well as being a superb hit chorus pop writer.”

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-songwriters#ixzz3illsbo2r
Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

Read more

Madonna, Rebel Heart: new tour, new costumes – what to expect

Madonna has announced that her new tour will include a raft of designers, some well known, others less so. We look back at Madonna’s previous tour outfits and ask what can we expect from the queen of pop

Madonna poses on-stage during the ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour in 1990
Madonna poses on-stage during the ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour in 1990 Photograph: Eugene Adebari/REX Shutterstock

A new Madonna tour means new costumes. The pop star has announced which designers will be making the outfits for her Rebel Heart tour starting next month and the list includes the great and good of the fashion industry: Jeremy Scott,Alessandro Michele from Gucci, Italian designer Fausto Puglisi, Alexander Wang,Miuccia Prada and Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, who created the dress Kylie Jenner wore to her recent 18th birthday party. What is Madonna saying with this list of designers? What she always wants to say – that her finger is firmly on the pulse of now.

Click HERE to read the full article by The Guardian

Read more

All Of Madonna’s Best Outfits, Ranked

Madonna

You can accuse Madonna of a lot of things, but playing it safe with style isn’t one of them. This lady is known just as much for her bold fashion statements as she is for her killer vocal cords. Over the years, we’ve seen her in some pretty insane outfits, both on the red carpet and onstage. From her infamous Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra of 1990 to her Marilyn Monroe moment at the Oscars in 1991 to the suit she wore to the Grammys in 2014, Madonna always keeps us gawking.

In honor of the singer’s 57th birthday on Sunday, we’re taking a look at her best outfits over the years and ranking them according to badassery. Feel free to disagree with our picks, but you’d be wrong.

Complete ranking look HERE

 

Read more

Did you know? #love #marriage

Did you know that next year there will be a wedding between two of our Madonnaunderground team members?
Our True Blue love birds, Dirk & Kimberly will be getting married on July 2 2016.
We will soon be launching a website dedicated to this event, but for now we’ll be leaving you with a quote from the queen herself.

MweddingDress

“It’s not easy having a good marriage–but I don’t want easy.
Easy doesn’t make you grow. Easy doesn’t make you think.
I thank God everyday that I am married to a man who makes me think.
That’s my definition of true love.”

Read more

Wish Madonna a happy birthday! #HappyBirthdayMadonna!

Madonna fans!

Our girl is currently rehearsing for her #RebelHeartTour, which will start in Montreal on September 9th. She is working hard to give us another fantastic show and it’s time for us to give her extra love by celebrating her Birthday this coming Sunday!

To join the fun, just submit your message as a comment HERE before 11:30pm EST on Saturday, August 15. Madonna.com will post all of them on this page first thing on August 16th for Madonna to read!

Come on boy and girls, give some Birthday love to our queen!!

Read more

Madonna promotes Prague Pride

Pop star Madonna has long supported LGBT causes, even before it was fashionable. She won’t be appearing at this year’s Prague Pride week, which started Monday with a concert featuring Conchita Wurst and a dedication by the US ambassador and culminates Saturday in a large parade across the city.

But she did at least give the event a shoutout over Facebook: “Happy Pride week Prague! Keep on fighting the good fight. Be free, be proud but most of all, be yourself! ‪#‎WeGoHardOrWeGoHome — Madonna”

The post appeared on her official verified Facebook page late Tuesday night.

By mid-afternoon on Wednesday the post had close to 450 likes, 75 shares and more than 30 comments.

Most people expressed thanks in English or Czech, and promised to see her in Prague when she comes for two shows at O2 Arena on Nov. 7 and 8. A second show was added due to high ticket demand.

She is promoting her latest album, Rebel Heart.

Prague is the second city on the European leg of her tour.

This won’t be her first Prague concert, although she was late to come to the city for the first time as she avoided it due to its onetime reputation for music piracy in the years after the Velvet Revolution.

She still holds the record for crowd size at Prague’s O2 Arena. In 2006, her Confessions tour was attended by 18,628 spectators. Tickets sold so fast for the first show that a second date was added for that show as well. O2 Arena was then called Sazka Arena.

Read more: https://new.praguepost.com/142-culture/49278-madonna-promotes-prague-pride#ixzz3ido8Uj3Z
Follow us: @praguepost on Twitter | praguepost on Facebook

Read more

Madonna Taps Gucci, Moschino for Rebel Heart Tour Costumes

Throughout her long career,Madonna has enlisted the world’s top designers, most famously Jean Paul Gaultier, to collaborate on the costumes for her globe-trotting tours.

She’s again recruited a murderer’s row of fashion talent for her latest, the “Rebel Heart” World Tour, named after her 13th studio album of the same name.

On Wednesday, she revealed exclusively to WWD the designers who made the cut, including Jeremy Scott and Alexander Wang. And add Madonna to the Alessandro Michele fan club: the Gucci creative director also pitched in.

Related Story: Madonna’s Red Carpet Looks Through the Years

Just like she’s been teasing her setlist on Instagram for months — yes, “Vogue” and “Holiday” will make appearances on the tour — Madonna has also been posting snippets of looks she’s been working on with her longtime costume designer, Academy Award-nominated Arianne Phillips.

Ahead of the tour’s opening in Montreal on Sept. 9, she is revealing the full list of designers today: Fausto Puglisi, Prada and Miu Miu, Swarovski and the Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran are the others. She’ll show sketches at a later date.

The pop singer’s predilection for some of these names has been evident for a while: she wore Scott for Moschino to the Costume Institute gala in May, on the red carpet as well as to various after parties, for instance. And she was also in full Moschino regalia in her last video, “B**ch I’m Madonna,” where Wang made an exuberant cameo. Before that, she was spotted around town wearing the platform moon boots fromWang’s fall 2015 show, practically straight off the runway.

Curiously, Versace, in whose 2015 advertising campaign Madonna appeared, is not involved in this tour. Phillips, who has been nominated for two Oscars, including her work on Madonna’s own “W.E.,” is marking her sixth tour with Madonna and will also contribute costumes.

Some of the other designers, though, like Michele, are more surprising, underscoring the singer’s knack for spotting new talent.

Slideshow: Madonna’s Concert Tour Costume Designs Through the Years >>

Long before pop acts fraternized with fashion designers, it was Madonna who asked Gaultier in 1990 to design costumes for her famous “Blonde Ambition” World Tour. He delivered the now iconic coned bra and the two have since collaborated on several tours, on 2001’s “Drowned World,” 2006’s “Confessions” and 2012’s “MDNA,” which included a reinterpretation of their best-known garment.

Previous tours included costumes from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Christian Lacroix — he designed the crystal-studded corset that opened the “Reinvention” Tour in 2004 — and Riccardo Tisci, who designed the costumes the singer wore during the halftime show at the 2012 Super Bowl.

“People say everything has a limit,” Tisci told WWD at the time, “but limits do not exist with Madonna.” With today’s news, that still seems to be the case.

Read more on WWD

Read more

Madonna: This Brazilian DJ Is Trying to Get Your Attention With a Newspaper Ad

Instead of starting a Twitter campaign, Nick Deboni seeks Madonna’s remix approval through the Los Angeles Times.

Like Madonna once said, life is a mystery.

So when an 18-year-old DJ named Nick Deboni placed a classified ad in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday (Aug. 11), it’s no wonder he was channeling one of his favorite singers.

The strange ad shows a large photo of Deboni’s face with text saying, “I published this ad to reach you Madonna and ask you, please, to approve my remix.” He is referring to his remix of the pop star’s “Devil Pray,” and he included links to his official Facebook and SoundCloud pages in the ad.

Billboard confirmed with the L.A. Times classifieds office that the ad ran Tuesday in the News section on page 8. The image of the ad began trending on Reddit later in the day and has gained more than 130,000 views.

According to Deboni’s SoundCloud, this is his first remix, and it has had over 60,000 plays. He has also posted original mixes that have gained more than 140,000 plays. The DJ plays at Brazilian nightclubs and has racked up more than 67,000 likes on his Facebook page.

Madonna’s representatives did not immediately respond to Billboard‘s request for comment.

Listen to his Madonna remix below:

Read more

Wanna watch Madonna live for free? Here’s how (for Filipino fans only)

Madonna-FB

Seeing their favorite singer perform live is the ultimate dream of every true-blue fan.

So when organizers announced that the Queen of Pop Madonna is finally coming to the Philippines for a concert decades after she burst into the international music scene, Iconers, as Madonna fans are called, couldn’t contain their excitement.

But it was also a heart-breaker for many of her fans when the ticket prices were announced with the most expensive VIP ticket costing over P50,000. For that amount one can already buy a brand new iPhone 6 Plus or cover their entire tuition.

Dreams do come true

But as they say, ‘Dreams do come true.’ The prayers of many fans have been answered as they will now get a chance to watch Madonna live — not in the Philippines, but in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas!

Mobile network Sun has launched the “Spinnr Rebel Heart Fly-off” promo, which will reward three lucky fans to see Madonna Rebel Heart tour in Las Vegas for two — for free.

Three winners will get a three-day trip for two to Las Vegas. Apart from the plane ticket, the winners will also be given complete hotel accommodations, meal allowance, transportation budget, and concert tickets to Madonna’s Rebel Heart concert at the MGM Grand Arena.

All details HERE

Read more

Win one of these HUGE Rebel Heart Tour Amsterdam promo posters through MadonnaUnderground.com now!

In collaboration with Live Nation we can exclusively offer you this fabulous contest.

Live Nation has supplied a few original unused HUGE Rebel Heart Tour Amsterdam promo posters for a promotional giveaway through MadonnaUnderground.com.

We only have a very selected number of these available, what do you have to do?

Share this picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and make sure to hashtag #madonnaunderground and @madonnaunderground (for Twitter: @madonnaundergr)

Good luck!

RHAMSPOST

Read more