‘Put Palestine back on the map,’ demands Madonna

American singer, songwriter and actress Madonna expressed solidarity with Palestine over the weekend in a series of Instagram posts protesting against the removal of the occupied Palestinian territories from Google maps, social media users have said. Madonna’s solidarity with Palestine coincided with the launch of a petition calling on Google to explain its decision, which more than a million people have signed.

The petition denounces Google for the fact that its decision makes it “complicit in the Israeli government’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine.” Israel, established on Palestinian land, is clearly designated, but Palestine does not appear on Google maps. “Why not?” the petitioners asked.

Images circulating on social media show Madonna sharing an image of the the map in question with Palestine missing, with a comment: “Google and Apple have officially removed Palestine from their maps”. She has more than 15 million followers on Instagram. MEMO could not verify the authenticity of the screenshots and has not heard back from Madonna’s team regarding the pictures.

In a second post, the singer expressed her strongest ever solidarity with the Palestinian cause. The 61 year old demanded “Put Palestine back on the map” before adding, “#IStandWithPalestine”.

A third post showed an image of Angela Davis alongside a quote from the icon of the American Civil Rights movement: “Black solidarity with Palestine allows us to understand the nature of contemporary racism more deeply.”

Davis spoke recently about why the Palestinian cause is so central to the Black Lives Matter movement. She recalled how Palestinian activists had long supported Black Americans’ struggle against racism, and that when she was falsely imprisoned in 1970 the solidarity from Palestine was a major source of comfort for her.

In the past, Madonna has not been as forthcoming with her support for the Palestinian cause. In 2019 she refused to boycott the Eurovision song contest, which was held in Israel. “I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be,” she said in a statement at the time.

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Madonna Says Russia Fined Her $1M for Gay Rights Speech

Pop icon Madonna said Monday that Russia had fined her for speaking in support of LGBT rights during her last concert there.

Russian courts, however, said there was no such ruling.

At her Aug. 8, 2012, show in St. Petersburg, Madonna told the cheering crowd that “gay people here and all around the world have the same rights to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love.” 

The singer shared a video of the speech on her social media pages Monday.

“I was fined $1 million by the government for supporting the gay community. I never paid…,” she wrote.

At the time, Madonna was also actively campaigning in support of Pussy Riot, the punk band whose members were on trial for their anti-Putin “punk prayer” performance at a Moscow cathedral.

Following the singer’s social media post, the St. Petersburg court system said two Russian activist groups had filed a lawsuit against her for what they claimed to be homosexual and pedophilia propaganda.

However, “the claim filed against the singer by the activists … was denied,” it told the Govorit Moskva radio station Tuesday.

The popular singer raised the issue a week after Russian lawmakers introduced legislation that would  ban same-sex marriage in line with President Vladimir Putin’s recent changes to the Constitution.

Legal experts and rights groups have expressed concern that the constitutional ban on LGBT marriages will encourage anti-gay views across Russia.

In 2013, 20 years after Russia decriminalized homosexuality, Putin signed legislation banning “gay propaganda toward minors” that has since been used to shut down gay pride events and silence activists. 

Madonna hasn’t returned to Russia since her 2012 world tour. She said in 2015 that she would likely never perform in Moscow or St. Petersburg again due to Russia’s stance on gay rights.

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Sticky & Sweet Tour discography online – 21 items

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour was finally released on DVD+CD (and even on blu-ray) worldwide on March 26 2010. In Holland we have the privilege of buying the release one day earlier at FAME Megastore in Amsterdam. For this releaseparty there was an extra celebration as Madame Tussauds chose to unveil their brand new (and improved) Madonna wax figure.

This was the final release with Warner Music (now Warner Records) before Universal Music / Interscope took over. 

For the discography we have 21 different items for you to view HERE 

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Madonna’s ‘family reunion’ with ex Guy Ritchie at art gallery

Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie put their rocky past behind them as they reunited in London on Tuesday night.

The pair have rarely been pictured together since their famously bitter 2008 divorce, so the Madame X singer, 61, stunned onlookers when she and her film director ex, 51 – who didn’t appear to be following social distancing guidelines – were spotted mingling outside the Tanya Baxter Gallery on London’s King’s Road.

The former couple were accompanied by their partners at the event, with Madonna bringing along her toyboy boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams, 25, while Guy was joined by wife Jacqui Ainsley, 38.  

Madonna and Guy have rarely been seen together since their eight-year marriage came to an end, but the pair have continued to co-parent their two children, Rocco, 19, and David, 14 – both of whom also attended the gallery event.  

The group didn’t appear to stick to the government’s social distancing rules as they congregated closely outside without face masks, two months after the Hung Up singer claimed she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.  

Onlookers told The Daily Mail that writer Guy looked ‘strained’ when the Like A Prayer hitmaker arrived. 

It’s not known whether they exchanged pleasantries but the meeting would only have been fleeting, as Madonna left after just half an hour. 

An onlooker said: ‘Guy looked strained initially when she arrived and eased up after.

‘Madonna was only at the party for approximately 30 minutes before hopping into a black Range Rover with her boyfriend and Mercy. 

‘Rocco went to say goodbye to her at the Range Rover door when she left. He then left with his father and Jackie shortly after.’

The family had been at the gallery to see an exhibition by young artist Rhed who is a new favourite among the wealthy art elite.  

Guy married Madonna at Skibo Castle in Scotland in December 2002. The pair filed for divorce in October 2008, citing irreconcilable differences and the bitter split played out publicly.

The financial details of the former couple’s divorce settlement are not known.

In 2016, Madonna lost a custody battle over their eldest son Rocco after he said he wanted to stay with his father.

Madonna and Guy have had a famously strained relationship, and amid their war of words, Madonna branded Guy ’emotionally retarded’, while Guy claimed the singer was too interested in chasing fame. 

The Mirror reported that Guy had told a friend ‘I’m afraid the laughs in our life together were long gone.’

The source continued: ‘He said to friends all he wanted was an ordinary family life, but Madonna preferred the trappings of a celebrity lifestyle, scuppering the idea they could ever live as a normal couple.

‘She’s obsessed with her own public image, obsessed with being seen as some kind of global soothsayer.’

Guy has moved on and has been in a relationship with model Jacqui since 2010, with the couple tying the knot in their country estate in July 2015. They share three children: Rafael, eight, Rivka, seven, and Levi, six. 

Meanwhile, Madonna has been linked to many men since divorcing Guy, including Portuguese model Kevin Sampaio, Dutch choreographer Timor Steffens, and French dancer Brahim Zaibat. 

She is now in a relationship with dancer Ahlamalik, the son of a US military veteran and dreams of ‘changing the world through art’, with the pair first seen together in December.

Since becoming a professional dancer, Ahlamalik has toured the world with Madonna, travelling around Europe, America and east Asia to perform on her roadshow.     

The songwriter has a total of six kids; Lourdes Leon, 23, with ex Carlos Leon, Rocco and David with Guy, as well as her other adopted kids Mercy and twins Estere and Stella, seven.  

Last year, Madonna and Guy had a mystery legal blow up right before Christmas, which was rumoured to involve their children.  

DailyMail.com revealed Guy filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgment or order’. 

The timing of the motion – which was filed on December 23 – suggested that there was a disagreement over where some of Madonna’s six children should spend Christmas. 

Instagram’s posted by the singer over the festive period revealed that she spent Christmas in the Maldives with five of her boyfriend and children Lourdes, Estere, Stelle, Mercy James, and David, but not Rocco. 

Madonna’s brood includes four adopted children.  

In 2006, Madonna adopted David from the Home of Hope in Malawi as he battled pneumonia and malaria.

The award-winning songwriter previously admitted she struggled with the criticism she faced when adopting the little boy she was trying to save.  

In an interview with PEOPLE, she said: ‘In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s****ing on me right now?’ I did everything by the book.’

David is a keen footballer and in August 2017, Madonna moved to Lisbon after David joined the Benfica football team youth academy. 

Madonna adopted Mercy three years later, before choosing to legally care for twins Estere and and Stella in 2017.

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Furthermore, Iommi gave some details about the rehearsals and revealed a rarely-known story about the pop star Madonna:

“It was a bit of a disaster, really, to be honest. They had a room booked for us to rehearse. We started rehearsing and then we started talking about the old times; so most of the rehearsal was talking.

And the time when we did rehearse, it was a closed session, and it would be embarrassing really because I saw these two girls come in at the back of the room. And I said to one of our crew, ‘Look, there are people walking in,’ you know, ‘you better tell them to get out, this is a private rehearsal.’

Anyway, he goes up and tells them and it turns out to be Madonna. So it’s a bit embarrassing. But anyway, we had the rehearsal and then went back to the hotel.”

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Madame X Tour Box Office!

Box Office:
Total Reported Gross: $51,361,008
Total Reported Attendance: 179,289
Average Gross: $684,813
Average Tickets Sold: 2,391
Average Ticket Price: $291.77
Reported Shows: 75 / 75

North America
Total Reported Gross: $33,460,611
Total Reported Attendance: 116,875
Average Ticket Price: $286.29
Reported Shows: 49 / 49

September 17-28, 2019: Howard Gilman Opera House, New York City (17,708 – $5,509,990) (9 shows)
October 1-12, 2019: Howard Gilman Opera House, New York City (13,693 – $4,121,768) (7 shows)
October 16-28,2019: Chicago Theatre, Chicago (23,233 – $5,517,435) (7 shows)
November 2-5, 2019: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco (6,744 – $1,945,333) (3 shows)
November 7-10, 2019: The Colosseum, Las Vegas (12,613 – $4,244,777) (3 shows)
November 13-25, 2019: Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles (17,941 – $5,874,394) (10 shows)
December 7-11, 2019: The Met, Philadelphia (11,604 – $2,519,172) (4 shows)
December 14-21, 2019: The Fillmore, Miami (13,339 – $3,727,742) (6 shows)

Total Reported Gross: $17,900,397
Total Reported Attendance: 62,414
Average Ticket Price: $286.80
Reported Shows: 26 / 26

January 12-23, 2020: Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon (15,493 – $2,930,802) (6 shows)
January 29-30, 2020: London Palladium, London (4,344 – $1,641,944) (2 shows)
February 1-16, 2020: London Palladium, London (21,658 – $8,174,436) (10 shows)
February 22-March 8, 2020: Le Grand Rex, Paris (20,919 – $5,153,215) (8 shows)

Source: touringdata

(Not to mention 16 shows were cancelled)

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The Legends of Music Collection Brings Music Enthusiasts Something New to Collect

BURNSVILLE, Minn.July 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Asset Marketing Services is pleased to offer the Legends of Music Collection, a coin series featuring the portraits of some of the most iconic artists in music history. Known for his involvement in the record industry and artistic portrayals of famous personalities, American artist Sid Maurer’s passion for painting and music unite to create the stunning portraits displayed on the Legends of Music coin series. Music enthusiasts and collectors alike will appreciate the limited series, which features an assortment of the world’s top recording artists emblazoned on 1-ounce .999 fine silver coins.

Musicians immortalized on the coin art include:

  • Mick Jagger
  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Elvis Presley
  • David Bowie
  • Bob Marley

Each celebrity portrait created by Sid Maurer carries a unique design with impeccable detail and selective colorization that resembles a miniature vinyl record. With only 10,000 pieces being produced per design, the opportunity to own a collectible coin from this beloved series may never come around again.   

Each collectible coin resembling a vinyl record arrives housed in a “Sid Maurer’s Celebrity Icons©” box wrapped in a sleeve showcasing the celebrity icon depicted on the coin. Each coin is $5 legal tender backed by Solomon Islands and will include a Certificate of Authenticity with an “Official Licensed Product” hologram sticker to further ensure authenticity.

“We are thrilled to make this special collection available to both music enthusiasts and avid coin collectors. The artistry and skill used in crafting the Legends of Music Collection have resulted in a new way fans can celebrate their favorite musicians,” said Kelsey Knight, Director of Digital Marketing, Asset Marketing Services.

About Asset Marketing Services

Since 1984 Asset Marketing Services, LLC (AMS) has provided collectors, history buffs and others with ancient coins that range from those dating back more than 2,000 years to the latest three-dimensional works of modern coin art. The company is a leading provider of precious metal coins to collectors around the world. Asset Marketing Services provides unmatched customer service, product knowledge and a comprehensive product offering. The company’s foundation is built on its iCARE values of integrity, communication, accountability, respect and energy in its relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders. Learn more at amsi-corp.com

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Madonna The Day I Was There book update

Recently released is The Day I Was There featuring over 300 eyewitness accounts of seeing Madonna live, whether it’d be at a concert, promotional gig or spontaneous encounter, you can read it all in here.

It’s not just the fans writing about their experiences but also from a lot of people that worked with her. There’s a chronologic timeline of the compiled stories, reading from as far back as Seymour Stein signing her to the very recent Madame X Tour. Especially interesting are those eyewitness accounts from people that worked with her early on in her career, it paints such a great picture of the determination and the sheer confidence she had in herself. 

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Madonna – The Day I Was There features over 300 eyewitness accounts of seeing the ‘Queen of Pop’ live in concert, taking readers on a fan’s eye view through the career of one of the most charismatic, talented and much-loved artists in music. The book also features accounts from many people that worked with the singer including dancers, photographers and musicians.

This is a unique view of the Madonna story featuring a wealth of fascinating stories, memorabilia and photographs that have never been published before, making this book a unique portrait of one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades. From early shows in New York right through to the current Madame X Tour and everything in between.

This special limited edition hardback is numbered from 1-500 and signed by the author. We can also offer a personal dedication hand written in this book.



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Madonna performs at Live Aid assorted press pictures

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Now that’s rock ‘n’ roll! Care home residents recreate iconic album covers

Sydmar Lodge residents in Mill Hill pay homage to classic albums by artists including Madonna, Adele, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.


When activities co-ordinator Robert Speker, decided to recreate album covers with the residents at Sydmar Lodge in Mill Hill, he had no idea his photographs would go viral in hours and create a media frenzy.
Robert, 41, who has worked at the care home for five years was at work on Sunday when TV and radio stations started calling to ask him about the project which features the home’s Jewish residents replicating the cover poses of artists such as Madonna, Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Rag n Bone man.

Robert, who previously worked at Kisharon was featured in Jewish News when he took resident Shelia Solomons to see Rag n Bone Man and Shelia, who appears in the album collection as Rag n Bone Man complete with tattoos painted on by Robert and as bassist Paul Simonon in The Clash’s album London Calling.

Born and raised in Newcastle, Robert who has been working through lockdown, almost missed the birth of his third daughter, Olivia on June 25 when his wife Aya went into labour while he was at the care home taking the final shot of Hilda for the Blink 182 cover. “My wife is very, very understanding,” says Robert who is always coming up with new ways to entertain the residents.

“I have taken them to the Ritz for tea and I am thinking of ways to get them an outing to a casino. A few weeks ago I hosted a 100th birthday for a resident with her family on Zoom. It was wonderful but sad because she should have had the party she deserved.” With plans to come up with more ways to make the residents happy, Robert set up a go fund me page.

“I did the project to make them happy and I think the models’ families have enjoyed it, with even grandchildren posting about their grandparents, but the risks of Covid means they could be in lockdown for a long time and I want to make it a good time.”

Since posting the covers on Facebook, Robert has been contacted by news agencies across the globe and will appear on BBC News in the morning, CNN and Channel 5 tomorrow. “Then it’s back to Sydmar Lodge to think of ways to keep the residents uplifted.”

You can help support Sydmar Lodge HERE

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MDNA Tour in Brussels – 45 new pictures added

Today is 8 years ago that Madonna wowed the huge crowd in Brussels for her MDNA Tour.

She rehearsed extensively in the presence of most of the crowd and continued to perform her show while it was raining heavily. The trooper she is, she pulled through but was given an umbrella during ‘Like a Virgin’.

We have added 45 new pictures of the show to our photo gallery, check them all out HERE

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Dancer from New York about working with Madonna and Netflix

ose Xtravaganza, age 50, hometown — New York, choreographer, Vogue dancer, father of the house of Xtravaganza

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About the beginning

My name is Jose Gutierrez, but everyone knows me as Jose Xtravaganza — father of Xtravaganza house.

I started dancing at the age of 11 and was lucky to win a grant from the New York government. I graduated from art school. I started dancing professionally, and the older I was, the more I traveled the world and danced.

My parents invested a lot in my creative development. I also watched various shows on TV and was inspired.

In primary school, I studied the art of ballet. In high school, I began to dance in various styles — modern and jazz. After the ballet, everything seems easy. Now my main focus is Vogue.

I remember the first competition I won. This was in 1986 for the documentary Paris On Fire. I was extremely happy about it.

About meeting Madonna

At that time, in the 90s, we went to one of the clubs in New York — Sound Factor. It was visited by many celebrities: Diana Ross and George Michael. It was a popular underground club. We went there with colleagues from the house of Xtravaganza. At that time, I knew an actress, and she said that I should meet Madonna and told her about me.

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At that time, I knew an actress, and she said that I should meet Madonna and told her about me. Madonna asked me about Vogue and told me that she was writing a song about this dance, offered me to participate and be a choreographer for the music video. After Madonna found out I was a professional dancer, she took me on tour.

I worked with her from 1990 to 1995. She is skilled in dancing and learns quickly. Because in Vogue there are no such movements as in ballet. You just watch and do. She learned everything in two weeks.

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In Northern Michigan, the last name Ciccone usually brings to mind a famous pop singer or a Suttons Bay winery. But in 2019, another Ciccone arrived to make his mark Up North.

Christopher Ciccone, younger brother of Madonna and son of Tony, proprietor of Ciccone Vineyards in Suttons Bay, comes to the Mitten with a diverse artistic background. He’s been a dancer for his sister, designed concert tour shows, shot music videos, written a book, and had art displayed around the world. But his passion for furniture and interior design are the cornerstones of his eclectic career, and what brought him to the Petoskey area this past year.

“Design is the one thing that I’ve kept doing since 1985, no matter what else I veer off to explore,” Ciccone says. “Working with clients crosses over the many platforms that I’ve worked in. I get to say, ‘Here’s what I can do for you. Let me help you fulfill your dream.’” 

His start in the field was an untraditional one, and Ciccone admits to having “stumbled into” the profession during his 20s. He had been a painter for years, but had never tried his hand at decorating a space until he got a special request.

“It was actually Madonna who introduced me to interior design,” he explains. “She had just married Sean [Penn] and they had a two-bedroom apartment. She needed help buying some furniture, and there’s where my interest began for filling a space, designing a room, and working with a client.”

Although it was his first foray into design, Ciccone says, “I knew innately what would fit in a space because I could feel scale. And I understood colors — that was one of the first lessons I learned when I began painting. What colors work together, what’s pleasant. For example, you don’t paint a kitchen green. You just don’t.”

That apartment kicked off a career that took Ciccone all over the globe. He’s gone on to design NYC restaurants, Miami luxury condos, and even furniture for sitting presidents. 

Over the years, he’s called New York, Miami, Paris, London, and L.A. home, and credits travel and living abroad for fueling his creative spirit.

“You can look at pictures of Paris or Venice or Rome. It’s an entirely different experience to be standing there in front of the real thing. I learned to take the time to see things and not just look at them. All of that informed me as a designer.”

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The New York Times Magazine Madonna cover wins award



NEW YORK (July 9, 2020)—Today, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced winners of the 2020 ASME Best Cover Contest, which honors magazine covers published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, via a virtual presentation on YouTube hosted by ASME Executive Director Sid Holt. Now in its 14th year, covers are awarded in 10 categories. New York Magazine’s “Impeachment Season Begins” was named Cover of the Year. ASME Readers’ Choice Award went to Billboard for its “Blackpink Meets the Red, White and Blue” cover. This year, 120 judges were a part of the 2020 ASME Best Cover Contest process.

“The design, illustration, layouts and photography showcased by our winners this year is remarkable,” said Holt. “Every creative team represented should be proud of the work honored this year.”

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For the completists among us, Dick Tracy soundtrack by Danny Elfman is now available on transparant blue vinyl.

Dick Tracy is an album with the original 1990 soundtrack for the movie of the same name. Danny Elfman’s music has an incredible intensity and atmosphere of jazz from the 1930s, especially referring to the music of composers such as George Gershwin.


Track list:

1 Main Title 3:36
2 After The “Kid” 1:45
3 Crime Spree 1:54
4 Breathless’ Theme 2:14
5 Big Boy / Bad Boys 2:11
6 Tess’ Theme 1:13
7 Slimy D.A. 1:41
8 Breathless Comes On 2:53
9 Meet The Blank 1:43
10 The Story Unfolds 1:59
11 Blank Gets The Goods 2:25
12 Rooftops 2:01
13 Tess’ Theme – Reprise 1:16
14 The Chase 2:56
15 Showdown / Reunited 4:07
16 Finals 0:58


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Welcome to Thirstory, where we whet your appetite with pages from the Interview archive that were almost too hot to print. This week, we untuck Herb Ritts’ iconic portfolio of Madonna featured in our June 1990 issue. 

Three decades ago, Madonna embarked on the Blond Ambition World Tour, a traveling circus synonymous with its religious schtick, Jean Paul Gaultier cone bras, and being dubbed “one of the most satanic shows in the history of humanity” by Pope John Paul II.

A vixen on the Vatican’s blacklist, Madonna’s tour was steeped in so much controversy that by the time the Canadian leg began, the Toronto police threatened to arrest the singer if she feigned masturbation in the “Like A Virgin” number as she had in performances in previous cities. In true unapologetic fashion, Madge left the choreography untouched but luckily evaded criminal prosecution.

Talking to Glenn O’Brien during the tour, the Material Girl, then 32, admitted, “I do think someone is protecting me. I don’t know if it’s an angel. It could be the devil.” It turns out those guardians were Interview’s editors, who endorsed Madonna’s crotch-grabbing in all of its glory by featuring it front and center on the June 1990 issue (released mere days after she performed in Canada). In the cover portfolio by Herb Ritts, confidence perspires from the pages. As she poses in a men’s restroom, the pop icon is flanked by urinals, harnessing her sexuality in a way that eclipses the brazen erotica of the photos, exuding the power and prowess that epitomizes why she’s appeared on more Interview covers than any other person. 

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