Madonna & Miley Cyrus Team for Country-Themed MTV ‘Unplugged’ Special

Madonna joined Miley Cyrus for a mash-up of “Don’t Tell Me” and “We Can’t Stop” at Cyrus’ barn dance-themed “Unplugged” show that will air on MTV tonight (Jan. 29) at 9 p.m.

Cyrus embraced her Nashville roots for the special, giving a countrified twist to “Bangerz” material such as “4 x 4,” “Do My Thing” and “#Getitright” and covering Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

“We’re trying to bring Nashville here and get people in the country spirit,” Cyrus said on sound stage at Sunset Gower Studios on Tuesday evening. The turnaround of the show in less than 24 hours is the fastest MTV has done in the history of the “Unplugged” franchise.

“It’s been a dream to go live globally, but with the addition of a guest (Madonna), we decided to do a quick turnaround,” MTV Networks Music and Logo Group president Van Tofler told Billboard.

He said MTV is focused on the premiere Wednesday night at 9pm and that down the road they will consider releasing a longer version and will put interview footage and extras online at MTV.com.

Cyrus designed the set of wagon wheels and bales of hay and added a dancing horse to her seven-piece band — yes, she twerks with it. She selected the songs as well. The goal, Cyrus’ manager Larry Rudolph told Billboard, was to “break down these songs to their bare essentials so you can hear her singing them without a lot of production.”

The hour-long show is designed to whet her audience’s appetite prior to her embarking on her tour in a few weeks. “Unplugged” allowed her to “countrify” her music and “let people know she can sing,” Rudolph says.

Adds Tofler, “We’ve got a wonderful, messy, windy history with her and this is just another notch that, with acoustic instruments, she can really sing and play. Miley’s follows the lineage of Madonna, Britney and Gaga and where these stars live at a certain level. We mix the visuals, the pageantry and some combustible moments — it’s sort of like throwing rocket fuel on their careers.”

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The Cyrus concert will be first “Unplugged” show aired on MTV since Florence + the Machine’s December 2012 appearance.

In a statement provided exclusively to Billboard, Cyrus said: “In 2013, MTV changed the M to stand for Miley. They’ve been a huge supporter of mine, allowing me to push boundaries and find new ways to connect with my fans.”

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MADONNA BIJ MTV UNPLUGGED: MILEY CYRUS

Op woensdag 29 januari geeft Miley Cyrus een bijzonder optreden tijdens MTV Unplugged. Dat kon je hier al uitgebreid lezen. De intieme MTV Unplugged sessies staan garant voor een verrassende interpretatie van bekende nummers. Hier zal Miley Cyrus geen uitzondering in zijn. Hits van onder meer haar album Bangerz worden neergezet op een manier zoals nooit eerder vertoont. Dit doet ze niet alleen, maar met gastoptredens van andere grote namen in de muziek. Miley’s optreden tijdens de 2013 MTV VMA en de 2013 MTV EMA in Amsterdam behoren beiden tot de meest besproken momenten in de muziek van 2013. Tijdens MTV Unplugged kan er dan ook van alles gebeuren. MTV Unplugged: Miley Cyrus wordt woensdag 5 februari om 21:35u uitgezonden in Nederland.

Vandaag kunnen wij ook bevestigen dat Madonna een van de special guests is bij de MTV Unplugged sessie. De twee supersterren zullen een mash-up van ‘Don’t Tell Me’ van Madonna en ‘We Can’t Stop’ van Miley ter gehore brengen. M & M waren gisteren al hard aan het oefenen voor hun akoestische show. Ze waren in cowgirl-outfits lekker aan het grinden en line-dancing veranderde in dirty dancing.

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Tijdens MTV Unplugged krijgen fans een andere kant van Miley Cyrus te zien. De intieme setting van het Unplugged podium maakt het mogelijk om de kijkers te laten zien wat haar inspireert. Via haar muziek heeft Miley een persoonlijke en directe band met haar fans, dat wordt tijdens het optreden van MTV Unplugged versterkt.

Iconische artiesten als Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Nirvane, Guns ’n Roses en Paul McCartney gingen Miley Cyrus al voor in een bijzonder optreden op het MTV Unplugged podium. Het optreden van Miley belooft tot een van de meest memorabele Unplugged optredens te horen tot nu toe. Amy Doyle, EVP Music and Talent Programming Strategy bij MTV “De visie van Miley op muziek en het optreden is uniek en lijkt op niets dat we ooit eerder hebben gezien. Ik kan met gemak zeggen dat dit een van de meest memorabele optredens ooit wordt.” MTV Unplugged: Miley Cyrus is 5 februari om 21:35 uur te zien op MTV in Nederland en op donderdag 30 januari al online op MTV.nl.

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Miley Grinds On Madonna, Madonna Grinds Back: Go Behind Their ‘Unplugged’ Party

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Pop icons perform a raucous mashup of ‘Don’t Tell Me’ and ‘We Can’t Stop’ for ‘MTV Unplugged,’ airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

Oh. Your favorite star didn’t kick off her “MTV Unplugged” by running onto a hoedown-themed set — decked in a blonde bob wig, gingham bodysuit, and carrying a purse — and back that ass up into a two-man horse? That’s cute, because Miley Cyrus did.

The biggest, best and country-est party in the U.S.A. on Tuesday night (January 28) was inside studio 15 of the Sunset Gower Studios, where Miley barnstormed her “Unplugged” set, complete with Amazon Ashley, Little Britney, a full strings section, a vintage Leslie, a Hammond organ, a two-man twerking horse, oh yeah, and Madonna. And if you weren’t there, worry not: it all airs Wednesday night (January 28) at 9 p.m. E.T./P.T. on MTV.

If Miley Cyrus’ “Unplugged” performance had a lyrical blueprint, it’d be that of her second song of the set, “Do My Thang”: “I’m a Southern Belle crazier than hell, getting wild up in here, getting live up in here burning up, up in here, turnt up, up in here.” Miley got live, got down, but she also got really real and really raw. “I can’t believe you let me of all people do an ‘Unplugged,’ ” she said. “That was brave.” But how could we not?

And a few thoughts on bravery: Beyond the feel-good, Salt ‘N Pepa-referencing party jams like “Bangerz” and #Getitright” — which saw a truly turnt up Miley dancing in a bikini top, grabbing her crotch and b-boy posing, her omnipresent tongue waving in between bars, and adorable stage banter (“MTV’s paying me today in ones so we can all go to the strip club after this,” she joked) — Miley put everything on the line. You could feel it in every song, everywhere in the room, from the minute she bounded out on the stage, down to her final flawless note of the night.

Miley’s staggering vocal prowess — brace yourself for a voice that’s thick and rich like molasses, metallic and fluid like liquid mercury — and vulnerability during slow songs reveal a strong yet not undamaged human heart caged in a spiritual sanctuary. Beyond the partying and the tongue selfies and weed jokes, there’s honest-to-God pain and sorrow, love and loss, and Miley reached down and let the audience — and the light — in.

Miley Cyrus Does Sequined Double Denim For ‘Unplugged’ Madonna Mashup

Nowhere was that raw emotion more apparent than during “Drive” and the minor falls and major lifts of a stripped-down version of “Wrecking Ball,” which Miley prefaced saying “I think everyone knows what it’s like to feel their life crumbling down,” before taking the room to church with a version of the smash that felt as much like a hymnal as a pop song.

The emotional peak of the “Unplugged” set was “Adore You” — “My favorite song on my record,” Miley told the “Unplugged” audience. Awash in the deep, dusty rose light of an illuminated wagon wheel, Miley launched into a country love ballad so deeply forlorn that for one beautiful minute, the L.A. set felt more like the scene of a furtive slow dance between two lovers on a peanut-shell-covered floor beneath the neon lights of flickering beer signs in any whiskey-soaked bar off of I-75.

But it wasn’t all about emotional wreckage (by which I mean me, watching “Wrecking Ball” live). Don’t get it twisted — Miley came to throw down.

Specifically with Madonna, who, as you’ve likely heard by now, had been quietly hiding in plain sight, rising from the audience in a bedazzled cowgirl uniform to join Miley on a mashup of “Don’t Tell Me” and “We Can’t Stop.” While trading off and exchanging lyrics of both hits, Miley grinded on Madonna, Madonna grinded on Miley, they both box-stopped and turned line dancing into dirty dancing, and yet another legendary pop music moment was made.

“That was pretty f—ing cool you guys. It was one of those days that was pretty easy to get out of bed. I get to perform with Madonna in bedazzled cowboy boots. I can’t really complain about anything,” Miley effused as Madonna two-stepped off the stage. “Well, I can’t perform when I’m stoned. That’s one thing to complain I guess,” Miley teased before impersonating “Saturday Night Live”‘s Vanessa Bayer’s cheeky impression of her, capping off the unforgettable duet by confirming it was “pretty cool.”

Miley Cyrus may be known for her endlessly entertaining antics (who remembers twerking or sparking up at the EMAs?), but stripping down to her Southern roots was a firm, intentional reminder that all else aside, this girl can wail to the rafters. Her fans (and fans — including this writer — of her “Backyard Sessions”) could’ve told you that beneath the party girl is a real country girl, capable of vocal detonation, a boot-scootin hoedown, or holding her own beside the legendary a Queen of pop.

Miley Cyrus’ MTV “Unplugged” performance proves once and for all that beyond the headlines and the tongue pics and the endless media circus lies a heart and a voice. It’s the voice of an artist, and it’s one of the biggest, boldest, and most important voices in music.

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LIZ SMITH: “Same Love” …

“IF IT was anything else, I might plead my foot, but I won’t miss this. It’s too important — it’s about love!”

That’s what Madonna told members of her inner circle who were suggesting the star’s recent injury to her foot was too painful and “too hobbling” for her to appear at the Grammys last Sunday night.

Silly inner circle! Don’t they know by now that as soon as you tell Madonna not to do, say, or wear something, she is going to do exactly the opposite. (Alas, somebody told her not wear that silly gold grill on her teeth, so she did. At least on the red carpet.)

In any case, though Madonna looked like she was paying homage to the Amish on the way into the Grammys, she pulled it out of the fire when she went onstage. Changed into a more flattering white suit, and steadying herself on a white cane, she joined multiple Grammy-winner Macklemore, along with Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, and Queen Latifah in a splendid rendition of “Same Love.” (M melded her classic “Open Your Heart” with the new song. And Latifah presided over 33 weddings, both straight and gay.) Madonna was in good voice and the entire number was beautifully conceived. If you weren’t impressed or moved, your hearts of stone must weigh you down!

BY NOW, you probably know all this. What you don’t know is how much physical discomfort Madonna was in. And perhaps many of you are not aware of the beating M took on the social media — a lot of it was shockingly racist and directed at her son, David! (David looked adorable with his mom on the red carpet in a duplicate of Madonna’s black pantsuit.)

Many of these online morons don’t seem to be aware that Madonna adopted David a number of years ago. She also has an adopted daughter, Mercy. And also the two children she has given birth to. But the level of ugly vitriol on poor David is stunning.

Unfortunately, M recently lit a fire under her critics by her misguided attempt to appear as if she were getting “down with the kids” using the N-word as a “term of endearment” towards her older son, Rocco, fathered by Guy Ritchie. She apologized. But her appearance at the Grammys with David compelled her haters to decry it as a “PR stunt” to prove she isn’t racist. Please. Madonna is no racist. Her crime, if we can call it that, is she doesn’t censor herself and is often caught up in maintaining an image that needs some tweaking to maturity. And, like most adults, she should get off Twitter. (Nothing but trouble there, people.)

But so much more came pouring out — especially on the Yahoo! site — and that David was the target is pretty grim.

Read full article by Liz Smith HERE

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From Shep Pettibone

‘I think it’s quite relevant that Madonna sang at the wedding on the Grammys. She has always tried, whether successful or not, to make being “Gay” accepted. Here’s a song we wrote together about our friends who died of AIDS. Please share’

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Miley Cyrus & Madonna Performing…Together!

Get ready for the pop music world to implode!

I can exclusively reveal that Miley Cyrus’ surprise guest performer for her upcoming MTV Unplugged special is none other than Madonna!
Yes, Miley and Madonna singing together!

Sources tell me that the two were on a Hollywood soundstage yesterday rehearsing the collaboration.

No word on what exactly they’ll be performing, but does it really matter? They could read the telephone book together and the world would watch and listen.
Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged tapes this afternoon (I’ll be there!) and will air on the music network tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
“The performance will showcase a more intimate side of Cyrus and feature surprise guests for an unexpected re-invention of the songs that have defined her career, including several from her #1 critically acclaimed album, Bangerz,” MTV said in a press release last week. “Miley and her fans have always had an intimate and direct connection through her music, personality and no-holds-barred attitude and the Unplugged stage will serve as the perfect platform for her to show viewers what inspires and ignites her music and her passions.”

Since its debut in 1989, Unplugged has showcased Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Adele and Florence + The Machine.
Madonna most recently teamed up with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Grammys for the hip-hop duo’s performance of “Same Love.” Cyrus kicks off her 38-city Bangerz tour on Feb. 14 in Vancouver, Canada.

Cyrus actually compared herself to Madge shortly after her infamous performance with Robin Thicke (and her foam finger) at MTV’s Video Music Awards last month.

“Last night, I was talking about some Madonna performances, and I said, ‘At some point, everything becomes irrelevant.’ Like, no one even thinks about when she did ‘Like a Virgin’ at the VMAs,” the former Disney darling told the New York Times. “That just becomes a standard, where it’s just like, ‘Oh, that’s her thing.’ So, I feel like now that I did the VMAs, that just kind of became a standard for me, and then anytime I do anything else, they’re like, ‘Miley kept it tame tonight.'”

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New Premiere Date for EPIX Original Documentary Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel?

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)--Premium entertainment network EPIX announced a new air date today for the world television premiere of Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel? The documentary will make its World Television Premiere on Wednesday, March 19, at 8PM ET. This documentary by Ron Chapman profiles Arthur Fogel, a relatively unknown businessman who has revolutionized the global concert touring industry. When it airs on March 19, the documentary will include new material including concert footage and a never-before-seen exclusive interview with recording artist and pop superstar Lady Gaga.

“and he really did not need to take a chance on me. He has tons of artists, he has a huge career, he didn’t have to do it. But he did it because he believes in me and he believes in my fans, so I‘ll always believe in him.”

“Arthur is a really special person,” said Lady Gaga, “and he really did not need to take a chance on me. He has tons of artists, he has a huge career, he didn’t have to do it. But he did it because he believes in me and he believes in my fans, so I‘ll always believe in him.”

Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel? includes an in-depth interview with Fogel, as well as appearances by Bono, The Edge, Sting, Andy Summers, Madonna, Geddy Lee, Bill Zysblat, Monte Pittman, Kathy Schenker, Paul McGuinness, Ray Waddell, Michael Rapino, Guy Oseary, Elliot Roberts, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Troy Carter and many many more, as well as rarely seen concert performances. In addition to the interviews, the film features the music of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rush, Sting, The Police, U2 and Depeche Mode to name a few.

About EPIX

EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EPIX.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®4 (PS4™) systems, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 43 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (https://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (https://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (https://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (google.com/+EPIX ) and Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/EPIX).

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Madonna at the Grammys: ‘I wear grills because it pisses people off’

Madonna has opened up about her unusual choice of mouth-wear at the Grammys.

The ‘Hung Up’ megastar walked the red carpet with her son David in matching Ralph Lauren suits, and wore her now-commonplace golden grills.

Speaking to E!’s Ryan Seacrest, she said: “Yeah, I’m grillin’. It pisses everybody off when I wear my grill, so that’s why I wear it. I wear it when I don’t have to eat. Actually, I’ve learned to eat with my grill in.”

8-year-old David told Seacrest: “She said she’d get me a grill for this birthday,” to which the singer responded: “We haven’t had the time, you’d have to go to the dentist and get moulds.”

David also told Seacrest that he picked out their suits and, when asked if his adoptive mother follows his lead, he quickly replied: “Yeah, very well.”

Madonna conceded: “He wanted me to dress like him, so I obeyed him.”

Madonna took to the Grammys stage with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert to perform a mash-up of ‘Same Love’ and ‘Open Your Heart’. The performance also featured Queen Latifah performing a mass wedding ceremony for 34 couples.

Speaking before the duet, Madonna said: “I wouldn’t do any old song with any old artist, but I feel like history is going to be made tonight. So I want to be part of that.”

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Remember When: Material Girl Madonna has her moment on The Tube

You can count on one hand the number of international pop stars who haven’t played in the region.

North music fans have been lucky enough to see everyone from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin over the years.

I can only think of maybe Elvis, Abba and, possibly, Prince who never graced local stages.

But one other act who hasn’t set foot in the Toon is, of course, Madonna.

The closest she came was on this day 30 years ago – on a Friday teatime to be exact – when she appeared on the Tube, the groundbreaking music TV show produced here in the region by Tyne Tees.

Today, the 55-year-old multimillionaire is one of the biggest names in showbusiness, an icon of the MTV age, actress, author, producer and entrepreneur.

Back in 1984, Madonna Ciccone was an unknown American singer-dancer, desperate for fame and fortune.

The video slot, which appeared on The Tube, was filmed at Manchester’s famous Hacienda club.

The young New Yorker, backed by two dancers – her brother, Christopher, and Erica Bell – strutted and mimed her way through two songs.

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