Latest regarding security updates at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam for the Rebel Heart Tour (queuing and photographing)

The latest from Live Nation regarding the upcoming Rebel Heart shows in Amsterdam:

-Live Nation strongly advises NOT to queue overnight before the show, this because of the extra security taking place at the scene. It is not forbidden at this point, however there is still a good chance police will remove everyone spending the night in front of the Ziggo Dome.
-People are allowed to bring in camera’s, however professional camera’s (and with interchangeable photo lens) will be refused at the door, so make sure to check what camera you have before taking it with you. Do not use flash when photographing and do not bother those around you with your camera. Video and or audio recordings can only be used for your own private personal purposes.

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One time In Bed With Madonna sing-a-long showing in Aribau Multicine report

There was a one time showing of the In Bed With Madonna sing-a-long in Aribau Multicine in Barcelona. Chris from DivinaMadonna, the Spanish fanclub, made sure I got a ticket so I went with them.

It was amazing seeing the film in a cinema again, it played in a very large theater which was almost sold out. Before the theater opened, there was already a long queue in front of the door. The atmosphere was great, so cool to experience this and the audience was very into it. Everyone sang along, laughed to the good oneliners and applauded throughout the movie.

An amazing way to start the Rebel Heart Tour in Barcelona.

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Back from the record fair in Utrecht – lots of Madonna goodies this time

It might have been due to the dreadful weather, but it was extremely crowded on this edition of the mega record and cd fair in Utrecht. It felt like being back in ‘the good old days’ where every music lover came together and had fun searching through the thousands of records that dealers brought with them.

Yes there was a ton of Madonna stuff around this time (finally) and thank God for a lot less bootlegged vinyl LP’s than previous editions, making this edition all the more worthwhile for the serious collector.

Photographer George DuBose was there and presented his brand new Madonna…RAW book here. We premiered the full artwork just a few days ago and you can buy it directly through Amazon by clicking the banner to your right. The book is fabulous with a TON of early photographs taken of Madonna, including a rare look at the setlist she performed back in 1981 and I can tell you that a lot of song titles do not ring a bell with me. Very interesting stuff, a true must-have in any Madonna collection. George also brought along beautiful enlarged genuine photographs of the ones he took of Madonna, and he is nice enough to sign one for you with purchasing one. Also for sale completely unique t-shirts with one of his Madonna photographs on it. Recommended for any Madonna fan.

Some highlights were the original USA Promo LP for Like a Prayer complete with patchouli scented presskit, Japanese Like a Virgin cassette, Philippine Like a Prayer 12″, lots of original posterbags, movie pressbooks, press photo’s, rare posters and yes an (obviously unofficial) blu-ray including the Rebel Heart promo Tour, but a nice goodie to own.

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Natalie Dormer and Timbaland both talk about working with ‘real boss’ Madonna

donna has the power to unite music and Game of Thrones. HBO’s Natalie Dormer and rapper/producer Timbaland stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday and dished what it’s like to work with the Queen of Pop.

The producer, who has previously collaborated with Madonna on her song “4 Minutes,” admitted to Andy Cohen that “she’s like a real boss.” He continued, “You kind of be nervous because she’s like very stern.”

Timbaland added, “It’s kind of like a challenge.”

Natalie quickly chimed in, “But she likes people who challenge her back.”The Game of Thrones’ star who is currently promoting her latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 2, has worked with the singer in the past. Madonna cast the 33-year-old in her 2012 directorial debut film W.E.

Agreeing that the “Material Girl” singer likes a challenge, Timbaland said, “She really does. You can’t give into her. And that’s how she gets her… If you jump back, you’re weak.”

Madonna isn’t the only big name Timbaland has worked with. The 43-year-old rapper has also collaborated with Justin Timberlake on his 2002 hit song “Cry Me a River.” When asked by Andy if Justin had discussed his former flame Britney Spears during the song process, Timbaland revealed, “Yes.” But that doesn’t mean the song was about the popstar! Instead, Timbaland said the song “was a mystery.”

And while Timbaland has never worked with Justin’s ex, the “Sometimes” singer has been linked to Madonna. The two famously shared a kiss onstage at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

Small world, right?

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Reminder: 44th Mega Record & CD Fair Jaarbeurs Utrecht November 21st & 22nd 2015

November 21 & 22, 2015 the Jaarbeurs Convention centre in Utrecht will host the 44th edition of the Mega Record & CD Fair. An event that in the past 23 years has enjoyed international acclaim and made its name as the place to be for music fans, crate diggers, deejays and vinyl lovers. Packed with exhibitions, live performances, book signings and over 500 dealers from all over the world the fair offers the greatest choice of vinyl, cd’s and pop memorabilia. Don’t be surprised if you bump into artists searching for their own original productions.

Calling all record and CD fans to the Mega Record & CD Fair, a massive bi-annual music fair at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands. An unmissable cult event for music fans the world over, packed with exhibitions, collections, signings and live shows. RecordPlanet Utrecht takes as always place during Europe’s largest vintage event: the VerzamelaarsJaarbeurs(the International Collectors Fair).

Record Planet manages vinyl & cd fairs including the world’s leading Mega Record & CD Fair at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands which takes place twice per year and is without doubt the largest record & cd fair in the world.

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Outdoor ‘In Bed with Madonna’ screening will overlook Sydney Harbour

Mardi Gras and Queer Screen have today announced they’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Madonna film documentary In Bed with Madonna by playing it on the huge Harbourside screen overlooking Sydney Harbour in February.

Titled ‘Truth or Dare’ in America and ‘In Bed with Madonna’ elsewhere, the film was shot during the Blonde Ambition Tour and first screened at Cannes in 1991 It was the highest grossing documentary of its time and has gone down as a cult classic of its genre.

It’s an intimate, all-access film, following Madonna through health troubles as she loses her voice on tour, through a difficult return to her hometown of Detroit, and through tension with then-partner Warren Beatty.

Most notable is a show in Toronto, where Madonna and her team are told she will be arrested if she performs the simulated masturbation scene at the end of ‘Like a Virgin’.

See the trailer for ‘In Bed with Madonna’ below.

Queer Screen and Mardi Gras have scheduled In Bed with Madonna at Harbourside 16’s outdoor screen at Fleet Steps set against Sydney harbour for after 8pm – as the sun sets – onWednesday 24 February.

You can book for the special ‘In Bed with Madonna’ screening here.

Queer Screen have also confirmed several international LGBTI film titles they’ll screen in February/March 2016 – see details here.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour in 2016 kicks off in Auckland during Mardi Gras’ big weekend of March 5 and 6, and she’ll be in Melbourne March 12 & 13, in Sydney March 19 & 20 and in Brisbane March 26 & 27.

The last time she was here was during the Girlie Show tour way back in 1993, on the back of her Erotica album. Over 147,000 people turned up to see her over three nights at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Madonna’s Hung Up is 10 years old Now that’s what you call a comeback – it’s a decade since Madonna went disco and ruled Number 1.

Madonna's Hung Up is 10 years old

She’s had more reinventions than Sugababes have had lineups, but 10 years ago this week, Madonna was in the middle of her most sensational new look yet.

How do you reckon most popstars might follow an album that hadn’t been as well received as expected? Go away for five years? Give up altogether? Release an album full of angsty songs? Maybe. But not Madonna. After American Life got what you might call a lukewarm reception, Madge nipped down to her local dancewear shop, bought all available stocks of leotards and came back with Confessions On A  Dance Floor, a solid danceathon packed with disco bangers.

And its lead single? Why, it was Abba-sampling Hung Up, of course. 10 years ago this week, Madonna went straight in at Number 1 with the floor-filling anthem. To celebrate, we look back at some of the stats and facts around what would be a global smash for Madge.

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Has the World Finally Caught Up With Madonna?

It’s not always easy being a Madonna fan. Her occasional slip-ups notwithstanding — even I cringe at the opening lines to Rebel Heart‘s “S.E.X.” — the real challenge is listening to and reading the criticism that’s been riding the Queen of Pop’s coattails for 30 years.

Pretty much no one wants to admit they like Madonna, and any fan who’s paid attention knows the drill: Madonna does something, anything, and the nasty words come rolling in. Period. The end. Eye roll. Get a life, lady. Contrary to what you might believe from commentary over the past 10 years, which has focused primarily on how old, redundant and retouched she is, back when she was “semi-” all those things, the words still hurt the one we love.

As for her older music, which is now considered iconic pop, 1998’s “Ray of Light” did get Madonna a Grammy for Best Pop Album, but Lauryn (#shewasimPORTANT) Hill got the coveted Album of the Year prize. “Like a Prayer,” released in 1989 and widely cited as one of the best pop albums of all time, as well as Madge’s best, wasn’t nominated for a single Grammy. Anyone too young to know about the woman who rolled on the floor in a wedding dress or displayed her self-stimulant ambitions onstage should know that, even when she was cranking out hits like a beach babe cranks out mermen, her songs were never “good.” But, as some were loathe to admit, “fun to dance to.”

The I Hate Madonna Handbook came out in 1994 — proof that pre-Internet trolls existed in the 20th century — and the following year “The Advocate” gave her their Sissy of the Year award (with her “I am not a lesbian” cover quote she was, apparently, a bigger menace to same-sex equality than Jesse Helms or The 700 Club). She might have graced the cover of every magazine from Life to TV Guide, but she was as putrid as patchouli.

So after another year of bad press and vitriolic reactions to “Rebel Flop” I hit the tour at Madison Square Garden, lucky to see it early on before I read the inevitable has-been recaps. I — we — had a great time, savoring the Queen of Pop’s updated versions of “Like a Virgin, “True Blue,” and “Who’s That Girl” in a show that only got better as it progressed. By the time she sang “Material Girl” with a wink (literally) to her Marilyn-reinvented past, it was obvious that Madonna didn’t just build the house; she owned it.

What happened next was like a prayer. Within days, weeks and happening still, I started reading good things about Madonna. Really good things. Like Sally Field accepting her Oscar good. I expected to roll my own eyes at the ceaseless “she’s singing old songs cause her new ones suck” intellectual notices, amid the scattering of “she’s sitting down a lot because the old broad needs a cane to move” constructive criticisms, and instead got flooded with a ton of articles on just how fantastic Madonna really, really is!

Writing a rave for VH1 and changing his new-album tune, Christopher Rosa said, “theRebel Heart era is, hands down, Madonna’s most personal to date. The smiling, fan drawings, warm musings and recognition of old hits — she’s never been this transparent before.” Philip Cosores of “CoS” wrote that “Her songs are cultural touchstones, distinct musical memories, and can often completely stand on their own without the frills of lights, dancers and choreography.” And “The Inquisitr” did an entire piece called “Madonna Opens Up ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ to Fantastic Reviews.”

My favorite piece came from Lizzy Acker, from “Willamette Week,” who subtitled her review “Consider this my formal apology for any negative thing I have ever said about Madonna.” Acker nails the show, and Madonna’s popularity, to perfection, speckled with observations like “She missed some notes and that made it so much better. She’s 57. She’s putting on a show that would make an 8-year-old with ADD tire.” It’s an especially sweet valentine, because women tend to be Madonna’s nastiest critics.

Almost as shocking as the thrilling notices were the remarks defending — no, applauding — her age and sex appeal, even her voice. Jon Pareles of The New York Times noted early on in his review that “she hasn’t allowed herself to become an oldies act,” and adding, “The Lesson: Madonna, the indomitable sexpot would prevail.”

Since even I had criticisms of the concert — the show gets off to a slow start and the omission, on the night I went, of “Ghosttown,” made for an uncomfortable, Music-Interruptus ending — it made the stream of, deservedly, great reactions baffling. And it can’t just be attributed to the nostalgia factor.

Yes, Madonna played a lot of old hits in the show, a long overdue treat. She made references to being nostalgic in her patter and in her early 80’s song choices, but she ignored (once again, on the night I went) “Like a Prayer” and “Ray of Light” completely. If there were complaints on that front, they were minimal. Among the highlights were the brand-new “HeartBreakCity,” “Unapologetic Bitch” and the Rebel Heart title track. When she sang a somewhat ironic “La Vie en Rose” you could almost hear the critics murmuring, “I gotta admit; she sounds pretty good.”

The ultimate concert shock had to be how un-shocking her blasphemy came across. Placed near the beginning of the show, Madonna sang the deliciously dirty new song “Holy Water” with nun-stripper pole-dancers, and a “Vogue” interlude complete with Last Supper bacchanal rap that ended with Madonna as the table’s feast, right in time for the last line of the song, “Jesus loves my pussy best.”

It’s not the “New Liberal Pope” that kept this section out of the headlines and boycott calls; it’s because in today’s pop world we’ve seen it all. The difference between Madonna and the (mostly pour) imitations is how well she did it/does it and her choice to present that section as theatrical license, not enjoyment ultimatum.

As far as the new album goes, the merciless bad press on Rebel Heart has been absurd, much of it coming from bloggers who are furious that she’s still singing songs about sex and silly pleasures — never mind the introspective tracks and ballads. It’s easily one of her best albums to date and another example of Madonna’s refusal to rest on her laurels.

Even when Madonna interrupted her show the night after the Paris massacres to deliver a speech about the need for tolerance and love, I read nary a comment telling her to “shut up and pretend to sing.” Has America gone to the dark side? Or did the media turn into the Grinch at Christmas; opening its heart so much it couldn’t help but bubble over with love? I suspect the answer lies elsewhere.

Performing in Brooklyn, Madonna mentioned Sean Penn’s reaction to her MSG concert three decades back. “He’d been to my shows 30 years earlier when I was at Madison Square Garden, and he was very upset with me for wearing a costume that was too revealing… Anyway, after the show he wrote me a letter and said he finally appreciates my art. And that’s what I have to say about marriage, okay. Thirty fucking years later.”

Madonna’s grown up, Sean’s grown up and perhaps our own rocky relationship with the world’s most frustrating star has grown up too. Happy Holiday!

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