The list of Madonna concert dates for her highly anticipated 35-city Rebel Heart Tour were officially announced earlier this year by Live Nation with the opening night scheduled for August 29th in Miami, Florida. Additional performances to follow include New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal and several other cities including San Juan, Puerto Rico. Following the North American leg of the Rebel Heart Tour, Madonna will begin the UK/European series of dates on November 4th in Koln, Germany with stops in major cities including Barcelona, London, Paris and Glasgow amongst others.
“Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history – her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour,” Arthur Fogel, President – Global Touring and Chairman – Global Music.
The Rebel Heart Tour follows the March 9th release of Madonna’s Rebel Heart album on Interscope Records (Germany and Japan March 6; Europe/UK March 9; North America March 10). Rave reviews for Madonna’s 13th studio album include: The Sun (UK) “The Queen of Pop will reign again – Madonna is about to release her best album in 17 years and one of the greatest of her career.” NY Times: “They won’t experience the celebrity of Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades: Madonna the musician”.
Following Madonna’s stunning performance on the Grammys®, three songs from Rebel Heart topped the Global iTunes Chart. The multi-Grammy® winner’s single “Living For Love” was at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts – her 44th time at the top spot.
Madonna also recently performed on The Brits in London and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US for the entire week of March 16th. Other global TV performances include France’s Le Grand Journal (March 2nd), Italy’s ITV (March 8th), an interview on The Today Show (March 9th and 10th) and a performance and interview on the Jonathan Ross ITV UK Special (March
Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter and producer, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful 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.
- When: Wednesday, October 14th
- Where: Rogers Arena
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Madonna today announced that Diplo will be the opening act for the launch of her highly-anticipated Rebel Heart World Tour on September 9th and 10th at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Madonna said, “To have Diplo open for me is my dream come true. Montreal is about to TURN UP!!!! We Go Hard or We Go Home!”
Diplo is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. This summer two of his projects are soaring up Top 15: Major Lazer’s “Lean On” and Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now” with Skrillex and Justin Bieber. Always outspoken about his musical talent, Madonna teamed with Diplo on the writing and recording of her critically acclaimed 13th studio album, Rebel Heart. With Madonna, Diplo produced and co-wrote the songs “Living For Love,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Unapologetic Bitch,” “Veni Vidi Vici” and co-wrote “Graffiti Heart” (from the Super Deluxe Album).
Cover art by Pegasus. Cover design by Anthony Coombs.
The final countdown is on for the publication of the long-awaited, unauthorized mega-book:
ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA 20
by Matthew Rettenmund
Madonna from A to Z, from birth to “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Every aspect of Madonna’s life and career is covered with respect, love, humor … and the occasional spanky. At times, you will feel like this book contains more info on Madonna than the Internet does, and there are definitely things in here that Madonna has forgotten about herself!
The book includes never-before-seen photos, images of rare collectibles, classic portraits and red-carpet poses, original interviews with people who’ve worked with Madonna + over 80 one-word Madonna descriptions contributed by stars such as Carol Burnett, Liza Minnelli, Andy Cohen, Olivia Newton-John and many more!
As much of a visual treat as it is, the book is chiefly a serious (and seriously funny) assessment of all things Madonna. As such, it contains over 420,000 words on the woman who kindly requests that you not hang your shit on her, thanks.
Full-color, approximately 600 pages, quality paperback.
Limited Edition: 500 copies only. 100 copies are left for sale as of today. Unique cover + unique 16-page photo feature + signed/numbered bookplate. Buy now until they’re gone. Books will be shipped once printed, hopefully in the month of August*, with book plates to follow, just as Madonna is blowing out 57 candles and preparing to blow us away with her Rebel Heart Tour.
Regular Edition: Goes on sale at Amazon very soon—hopefully in August.
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Taken from BoyCulture.com
By Gary Graff, The Oakland Press
Madonna says folks shouldn’t be too put off over her recent comments about growing up in Rochester Hills.
“I appreciate my provincial upbringing,” the Michigan-born pop culture icon explained by phone Friday, June 17, from her home in New York City. She’s preparing for her Rebel Heart Tour, which begins Sept. 9 in Montreal and will bring Madonna back home on Oct. 1 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The Bay City-born Madonna (nee Ciccone) — who was raised in Pontiac and Rochester Hills, graduating from Rochester Adams High School — ruffled local feathers when she referred to the “basic, provincial-thinking people” of her hometown during a March interview with Howard Stern on SiriusXM satellite radio. The remark even prompted an open letter from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett defending the area.
Madonna, 56, who studied dance for one semester at the University of Michigan before moving to New York, says she hasn’t read Barnett’s letter but expressed a bit more pride about her roots on Friday.
“To me it’s really important that I came from the Midwest,” she explained, “with my father and people that I was surrounded with, very strong work ethic and my practical approach to work, and not a lot of frills.
“I don’t think I would be as creative as I am if I’d grown up surrounded by everything at my fingertips. The fact that I came from a small town in the Midwest has a lot to do with the kind of open notebook that I had to start my journey of creativity.”
That journey has continued with “Rebel Heart,” Madonna’s 13th studio album — which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts in March — and will take its next step with the tour, which she promised will be one of her characteristically theatrical spectacles, featuring songs from throughout her 32-year Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recording career, with plenty of challenging choreography and provocative imagery.
“I’m still working my way through the set list,” said Madonna, who’s working on the show with a team of creative directors, choreographers and costume designers. “The name of the tour, Rebel Heart, starts the party and then I think, ‘What’s a strong beginning? What’s the statement I want to make?’ and then we go on a journey from there.”
The theme of the show, she added, will be “romance.”
“Love. Living for love. Being a rebel heart. Living for love. They’re all kind of intertwined, you know — rising above, believing in your dreams, overcoming heartbreak, things like that,” Madonna said. “You know, the simple things in life.”
And while fans wonder if she can still perform at the level she has in the past, Madonna, whose daughter, Lourdes, begins her second year at U-M this fall, said they won’t be disappointed.
“I have a very disciplined life,” she said. “I don’t do a lot of socializing. My life revolves around my show and my children and trying to live a very healthy lifestyle. The only thing I’m lacking right now is sleep — as always.”
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Madonna is back as the face of Versace this time she is the star of Versace’s eyewear 2015 advertising campaign shot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. in charge of styling was Jacob K with hair by Garren and makeup by Lucia Pieroni. Art direction is courtesy of Giovanni Bianco Studio 65.
M just posted the following picture, a design sketch of various iconic outfits throughout her career:
-You Can Dance
-Blond Ambition Tour
Is she just teasing, or will she really be recreating her iconic looks on the Rebel Heart tour?
Dutch DJ Sander Kleinenberg remixed the song Bitch, I’m Madonna to which he’s very proud of. “It’s an honour to work for such a legendary lady”, the musician told RTL Boulevard on Wednesday.
Madonna is planning to use the remixes Kleinenberg did for her in her performances. “At one time I was asked to make some adjustments as M was digging it so much”.
The pressure was intense to deliver. But he worked on it, and it resulted in this remix. The song is doing very well in the charts.
Video: De remix van Bitch, I’m Madonna
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Madonna can be seen wearing a blue shirt with her face (from the Vogue video) painted on it. This shirt is created by Tom Tom Fashions and they are now making it available for you to order one.
Madonna wears her shirt in the video as a dress (size XL) so keep that in mind if you want to have the exact same look (for girls).
“No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay. But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What’s the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination?”
Madonna may want to view Instagram more, where there are plenty of racist and homophobic posts. However, Madonna certainly has a point as well. In our society, racism and homophobia is generally looked down on. Ageism (and even sexism) seems to be widely accepted.
Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, and others can completely get away with being sexual and “not acting their age.” If they date much younger women, they are generally looked upon favorably. When Madonna or Demi Moore do it, they are “cougars.”
Janet Jackson has a lot in common with Madonna. While Ms. Jackson has spoken out against Madonna in the past, she has a lot more in common with Madonna than she wants to believe. Case in point: Her new “comeback” single “No Sleeep” was critically acclaimed, but shunned by radio stations. It debuted at No. 67 and dropped off the charts the next week.
Madonna’s whole album Rebel Heart is her most critically acclaimed album in 10 years. But it has been completely ignored by mainstream radio. She pulled a Hot 100 hit recently with “Bit*h I’m Madonna,” but that’s mostly because the video has received millions of views. Madonna has been brutally bashed recently because of her age. The same for Janet. An article by Robert Paul Reyes of the Student Operated Press had some harsh words for Jackson on Tuesday.
“Even if Janet Jackson had an ‘accidental’ wardrobe-malfuncion, exposing her nether regions, it wouldn’t help her move merchandise. Jackson’s single No Sleeep is a snoozer, and the album from which it comes from is as effective as Propofol in inducing sleep. Jackson might as well fall into external sleep, she’s a tired and played-out old lady.”
Articles like this, which appear too many times to degrade women based on their age, should be of concern — even to millennials who will, one day, be over 40 and called “old.” There are certainly reasons one could criticize Janet Jackson and her new single. However, just like her race, her age should not be a factor.
The next time you are on Twitter or Facebook and a friend of yours criticizes a woman for being old, too veiny, or even suggests that she “acts her age,” you should not be silent. Unless more people speak up about this issue, our society (and especially women like Janet Jackson who work hard enough to live past a certain age) will suffer.
You co-produced several songs on Madonna’s new one, including her new single. What do you make of the ageism she faces?
She created the world we live in. It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed — “Madonna, we’ve been there, done that, now we’re about Kim Kardashian.” Her song “Ghosttown” was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn’t get a fair shot. With “Bitch I’m Madonna,” everyone said there’s no way it will go anywhere, but I’m like, “Screw it, it represents you more than anything.”
Sofia Richie is the new face of Material Girl, handpicked by Madonna in honor of the brand’s 5th anniversary. Above is an exclusive first look at Richie’s campaign.
“Of course I look up to Madonna,” gushes 16-year-old Sofia Richie. “I mean, she’s Madonna. She’s like the god of music.” While Richie’s words might fall from the mouth of any typical teenage fan-girl, she’s anything but. Daughter of Lionel Richie and sister to Nicole, Richie and I are chatting in a dimly-lit corner of New York’s Jane Hotel. Two women hover over her, gently and efficiently applying powder to her nose and adjusting the artfully arranged bobby pins in her hair; she’s in town for only a few hours to shoot the five year anniversary campaign of Material Girl, a juniors line designed and inspired by Madonna and her daughter Lola (aka, Lourdes Leon). As the new face of the brand, Richie has the rarefied pleasure of working with her idol.
“I have a few friends in common with Madonna’s daughter, and we’ve been wanting to meet for a few years,” Richie says. “And then one day, I just heard, like, hey Madonna and her daughter want you to shoot for their line and I was like wow, that’s so crazy. There are so many people that Madonna and Lola could have picked to be the new face, and it’s really cool to be a part of.”
Of her choice, Madonna says, “Sofia Richie perfectly embodies the style and spirit of Material Girl and is the ideal new face for the line.” Eighteen-year-old Lola added, “Coming from an artistic family, self-expression is in our blood. I love Sofia’s style and energy, and look forward to collaborating with her.“
Richie goofs around on set, showing off her favorite piece from the collection in this behind-the-scenes snap.
For the anniversary campaign, the brand staged a cheeky fifth birthday party for Richie: There were cupcakes, a blue cake baked by Carlos Baker, sparklers, candles and balloons. Though she certainly looked at home in her role, Richie tells me she’s never been one for childish antics. “Ever since I was little I traveled with my dad,” she says. “I kind of grew up around adults. I never really went to school—I went for like three years of my life, but the rest was all homeschool—so I’ve always kind of had a mature head on my shoulder.”
While most teens her age are worrying who will ask them to prom, Richie is already plotting her next career move. “I love what I’m doing now,” says Richie, whose favorite piece in the line is a flannel shirt with shoulder cutouts. “I love modeling and being involved in the fashion industry. I for sure want to have my own clothing line.” Also on her list: Her very own apartment. “I plan on moving out soon, which is a big thing for me,” says Richie. “It’s already a conversation with my parents. I need my own space.”
In true Richie fashion, Sofia’s aspirations do not end there: She hopes to one day follow in her father—and Madonna’s—footsteps. “I want to do music too,” she says. “Music is more of something I want to do five years from now. Fashion is kind of between those five years.”
Though her famous family no doubt helped inspire her career path, it turns out the Richie name comes with its own set of complications. “As I get deeper into the industry, I notice that it always comes back to my dad and my sister,” she says. “And sometimes I’m like, well, what about just me? The Richie name sometimes doesn’t let you be just you, it pulls you back to your family and your past.” Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, according to Richie. “I never felt overshadowed by my dad and my sister because they’vealways been such big people in the industry,” she says. “If anything I just feel they kind of push me in a good direction and spur me on.”
While she’s had the chance to learn firsthand what it means to turn your creative passion into a career, she’s also experienced the intense pressure that comes with showbiz. “There are such high expectations in the industry,” she says. “At first it really got to me, when people pick on you and they say things that really shouldn’t be said about anyone. But then you have to learn that there are people like that out there in the world and you just have to laugh it off and continue with your life. You know, just do you and not care what other people would think.” Sounds like something Madonna would say.
Madonna’s Blond Ambition Dancers And Backup Singer Share Memories Of Life On The Road During The Historic Tour
In 1990 Madonna launched her record-breaking Blond Ambition World Tour, which showcased the pop icon at the very peak of her fame. The entertainer hired video director Alek Keshishian to film concert footage, which would eventually become the documentary Truth or Dare. The doc chronicled Madonna on the road, behind the scenes and in bed with her Blond Ambition family of backup singers and dancers and is still considered groundbreaking for it’s candid, matter-of-fact depiction of the private lives of her seven dancers, six of whom were gay. Reveling in her role as equal parts den mother and provocateur, Truth or Darepresented Madonna as maternal and playful with her on the road family. Ahead of the film being shown tonight during L.A.’s Outfest as part of its Legacy Project, Queerty chatted with a number of people depicted in the the documentary.
Singer Donna De Lory was first introduced to Madonna by producer Patrick Leonard after Donna cut an early demo of the song, “Open Your Heart.” Donna would go on to sing background vocals on some of Madonna’s greatest hits and perform with her on six world tours over the course of two decades.
At age 26, Carlton Wilborn was the oldest of the dancers to be hired for the Blond Ambition Tour. Carlton gained Madonna’s trust early on and was responsible for lifting Madonna in many of the most physical performances. Carlton would would later perform with Madonna on her Girlie Show Tour.
Kevin Stea, just 20, was hired as dance captain and associate choreographer for the tour. Kevin has had a long and extremely successful career as a dancer working with everyone from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga.
Luis Camacho was already well known in the drag ball world as part of the legendary House of Xtravaganza when he auditioned for the Blond Ambition Tour. With fellow House of Xtravaganza dancer Jose Gutierez, Luis would introduce voguing to mainstream audiences around the world.
Salim “Slam” Gauwloos began training as a dancer in his native Belgium, at the Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp. He was the Dick to Madonna’s Breathless during the Dick Tracy-inspired portion of the show. In 2015, Slam reunited with Blond Ambition dancer Jose Gutierez for a “Vogue” tribute video.
[Backup vocalist Niki Haris and dancers José Gutierrez and Oliver Crumes were unavailable and dancer Gabriel Trupin passed away in 1995. Alek Keshishian discussed the film here.]
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