5 reasons to see Madonna’s second show in Edmonton

It is due to “overwhelming” demand that a second Madonna show has been added to her first ever appearance in Edmonton: Monday, Oct. 12 at Rexall Place. The Sunday, Oct. 11 show is SOLD OUT.

The Queen of Pop tours upon her 13th studio record,Rebel Heart, a free online copy of which comes with the online purchase of any ticket. Seats for the new show go on sale Monday, March 16, from $56 to $380 and up.

Full article by Gigcity

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The Many Heresies of Madonna Louise Ciccone

“Why was she gay? Come on!”

Irked, Madonna twists her fingerless lace gloves, exposing a bejeweled skull on her ring finger. It’s a Friday night in the dead of winter, and we’re sitting in a windowless office in an anonymous skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. The drab space has been enhanced at Madonna’s request with a few cultural cues: Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless streams in an adjoining room, while Carl Dreyer’s 1928 masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc, streams in this one, as the Queen of Pop lashes me for my ignorance regarding the Maid of Orleans. The lashing is figurative, but Madonna’s impatience is real. I’m only stating the obvious, I think, in observing that the virgin warrior must have been gay, but what this lazy assumption tells Madonna is that I have completely missed the point of Joan of Arc.

By extension, I have also missed the point of Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th studio album, the eighth track of which is “Joan of Arc,” a hauntingly beautiful mash-up of country and pop. “Joan of Arc” is one of the strongest tracks on the record, which, in its full Super Deluxe edition, comprises a staggering 25 songs, a dozen genres, scores of collaborators (ranging from rodeo raver Avicii to boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson), and nearly 100 minutes, making it the most protracted album of her career. As a manically curated compendium of contemporary beats — grasping for relevance in virtually every musical sub-niche — it could also be called her most ambitious album. All of which helps to explain why it matters to Madonna that I bring some rigor to my assessment of Saint Joan’s sexuality. Rebel Heart is not a gay-club dance album, and Joan of Arc was not a gay saint.

“OK, she dressed like a boy and she cut off her hair,” Madonna says. “That’s what the church tried to say. Also that the dauphin who supported her, that he was gay.” She bristles at the stupidity of equating a hairdo and a suit of armor with sexual orientation, and I, evidently no better than an English cardinal, sag with shame.

Read the full article by OUT magazine here

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Madonna Paris concert sells out in ‘five minutes’

PARIS (AFP) – A Dec 9 concert in Paris by US pop star Madonna sold out within “five minutes” of going on sale Monday, the organisers of the event said.
All 15,000 tickets for the concert, priced from 51 to 205 euros (S$76 to S$334), were snapped up, the company Live Nation said.


Madonna performs Living for Love at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb 8. — PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) – A Dec 9 concert in Paris by US pop star Madonna sold out within “five minutes” of going on sale Monday, the organisers of the event said.

All 15,000 tickets for the concert, priced from 51 to 205 euros (S$76 to S$334), were snapped up, the company Live Nation said.

The date is for now the only one Madonna will be playing in France, her first event in the country since 2012.

The 56-year-old American singer will on August 29 kick off a tour of North America and Europe to promote her latest album, Rebel Heart, as well as revisiting some of her crowd-pleasing past standards. Currently, she has 35 concert dates programmed.

Madonna has sought to calm a festering row with France’s far-right politician Marine Le Pen started back in 2012 when the diva showed a photo of Le Pen on stage in Paris with a swastika superimposed on her forehead, earning the threat of a lawsuit.

Last week on French TV, the American star suggested she and Le Pen “sit down and have a drink” and talk about their points of view.

Le Pen the next day accepted the invitation “with pleasure”, but there hasn’t been any sign yet of the two blondes getting together for their discussion.


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It’s Madonna Week on OfficialCharts.com!

It’s Madonna Week on OfficialCharts.com. This past Saturday OfficialCharts.com published Madonna’s Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles (UK Sales) and there is a whole host of other exclusive content coming up this week that would be great to get you involved with. On Friday of this they will be inducting their readers’ ultimate Madonna track into our Official Charts Pop Gem Hall Of Fame, which is a celebration of much loved pop classics. Readers can vote in the poll here  They will be publishing an early sales flash of Rebel Heart’s Official Albums Chart progress tomorrow morning (Tuesday) before the midweeks on Wednesday!

Thanks to: OfficialCharts.com

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Our review: Madonna by Michelle Morgan

Let me start of by saying that after reading dozens of books on Madonna, and none of them being truly accurate, focussing on scandals and rumors. A Madonna fan is in dire need of  a positive, honest and fun read.

Michelle Morgan known for her books on Marilyn Monroe, is a Madonna fan by heart. She dedicated her time to work on a book with the love for the artist in mind. After reading the 448 page book and looking at the 220 pictures included, I can honestly tell you that this book is a breath of fresh air in the Madonna-book world.

This book discusses Madonna’s life from birth to the last update in 2014 (written before Rebel Heart). Every page focusses on a new chapter, a new era, a new project. The writing is very pleasant to read, the pictures are stunning. I even discovered pictures that are quite unknown and might not even have been published before. This book reads like a diary, once you’ve started, it’s very hard to put it down. As a fan myself I do pay attention to the details and I know it is extremely hard for any writer to be absolutely accurate in every little detail that you write down. I can truly say that Michelle Morgan did a very good job in keeping up with the facts and not so much the rumors.

Yes it is like a diary, it is a book you’d like to keep close to you. Whenever you feel like looking back on her Blond Ambition days, go to that era. But let’s say you need information on her filming W.E. skip the pages to that project. The book is not too heavy and not too big, it is easy to take with you and ideal to read before going to bed.

If there is a book that you need to include in your Madonna book collection, it is this one. I give my thumbs up to Michelle Morgan for writing such a lovely and accurate book on Madonna with so much respect to her. The respect and the knowledge shows while browsing through the pages. At the end of the book you cannot help but admire Madonna for doing so many amazing things in her life. You also can’t help but hoping that Michelle Morgan might write a follow up to this in the near future.

From a true blue fan to you: Madonna by Michelle Morgan is highly recommended!

Madonna – Michelle Morgan will be released in the UK on April 2, pre-order through Amazon

Madonna – Michelle Morgan is available in the US from May 26, pre-order through Amazon

Review written by Kimberly van Pinxteren

Stay tuned for more promo regarding this book through MadonnaUnderground

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