Madonna Delays Madame X Tour

Madonna is delaying her highly anticipated Madame X tour, due to issues with “highly specialized production elements,” a Live Nation promoter told Variety in a statement.

The tour, originally slated to begin Sept. 12, will kick off five days later on Sept. 17 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. The Sept. 12 and 14 shows at the venue have been rescheduled to October 10 and 12, respectively, with tickets being honored at the new dates. The Sept. 15 concert, however, has been cancelled and fans will receive refunds automatically.

Though Madonna has not commented specifically about the news, she did take to Instagram to post a statement. “Madame X is a perfectionist and her fans deserve nothing but the best!!” she wrote, before adding: “Thank you for your patience.”

(Billboard.com)

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MADAME X TOUR WILL NOW START SEPT 17TH AT BAM HOWARD GILMAN OPERA HOUSE

August 27, 2019 – For Immediate Release.

As a result of the highly specialized production elements being delayed, Live Nation has confirmed that the first 3 concerts of Madonna’s Madame X Tour – a series of rare and intimate performances – have been delayed and that the tour will now start on Tuesday, September 17th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

The shows previously scheduled for September 12th and 14th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House have been rescheduled to October 10th and 12th respectively. Tickets for the September 12th performance will be honored at the October 10th event. Tickets for the previously scheduled September 14th concert will be honored at the October 12th show. Refunds for either date if required will available via the original ticket purchase link accessed either via desktop or mobile. Unfortunately, due to scheduling limitations and venue availability, the show previously scheduled for September 15th is cancelled and refunds will be automatically issued to fans with tickets to this show.

Statement from Madonna: 
 
“Madame ❌ Is a perfectionist and wants to give you the most unique, magical, and musical experience.  She underestimated the amount of time it would take to bring this kind of intimate theatrical experience to you and wants it to be perfect!!!
Thank you so much for your understanding.”

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MADAME X – New shows added in Lisbon – 12 & 14 January

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SIX LISBON SHOWS
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TWO NEW CONCERTS ADDED TO KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR

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ICON Legacy Member Presale Begins
28 August @ 10:00 WEST
 

Attention Icon Lifetime Legacy Members: 

Madonna has just announced two new Lisbon dates on her Madame X Tour! These added performances are scheduled for 12 and 14 January at Lisbon Coliseum, making these the opening shows for the Madame X Tour in Europe. 

MADONNA ICON LIFETIME LEGACY MEMBER PRESALE 
Madonna Icon Lifetime Legacy Members will receive priority presale access to preferred tickets for these new Madame X Lisbon performances! The Icon Legacy Member presale will begin Wednesday, 28 August @ 10:00 WEST.

  • All Icon Lifetime Legacy members may participate in these new presales, even if you have purchased tickets to the other Lisbon show dates.
  • Lifetime Legacy members will be assigned a unique presale code for access to preferred tickets. Your code will contain all numbers (no letters).
  • Your unique presale code will be assigned directly to your Madonna.com account, and will begin displaying shortly before our presale begins on your logged-in Profile page or the Tour page.
  • Your unique access code is valid for up to four (4) tickets total, and it can be used across multiple shows. EXAMPLE: 4 tickets to one event only, or 2 tickets for one event and 2 tickets for another event and so on.
  • All sales are final. No refunds.
  • The Icon Legacy Member Presale will close on Thursday, 29 August @ 17:00 WEST.
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Madonna True Blue era discographies updated

We have updated the True Blue era discographies with the following items

  • True Blue (single) – rare Australian promo cassette single
  • La Isla Bonita – 7″ South Africa WITH picture sleeve
  • La Isla Bonita – 12″ Greece vinyl
  • True Blue (album) – West Germany CD (not full aluminium)
  • True Blue (album) – Thailand cassette album
  • True Blue (album) – Yugoslavia cassette album

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Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ stylist recalls scandalous 1984 VMAs performance: ‘They tried to destroy her that day’

Thirty-five years ago, a rising pop singer named Madonna Louise Ciccone opened the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Older generations may vividly recall the exact moment when they first saw Elvis twitch his pelvis on TV or when the Beatles first performed on Ed Sullivan, but for children of the ’80s, Madonna’s racy, underwear-flashing, floor-rolling “Like a Virgin” performance was their defining televised music moment.

No one had ever seen anything like it at the time — and Madonna’s stylist Maripol, who was responsible for the star’s Like a Virgin-era peekaboo bridal gown look, was there to see it in person.

Maripol tells Yahoo Entertainment she was worried that the scandalous performance might be an act of career suicide for her young client. “I was right there. I saw it happening. I saw what [MTV] did, and I can tell you that they tried to destroy her that day,” she says. “They went under her skirt with the camera; they were trying to intimidate her.”

Madonna at the first MTV Video Music Awards, in 1984. (Photo: David McGough/DMI)
 
Madonna at the first MTV Video Music Awards, in 1984. (Photo: David McGough/DMI)

But of course, the stunt instead catapulted the singer to superstar status.

“Madonna had to break through; I knew she was going to make it big, because I could see how ambitious she was, in a very genuine and sweet way. The wedding outfit did help. I knew that [VMAs] day that she had made it,” adds Maripol. “Every journalist was rushing, running, going, ‘Oh my God, who is this girl with the white outfit rolling and crawling on the floor, with crosses in her ears and her name is Madonna? And she’s singing about being like a virgin?’ They were shocked, yes.”

Maripol reveals that the 1984 VMAs telecast could have been much more Goth, and shocking in an entirely different way, had she not intervened during the cover shoot for Madonna’s breakthrough sophomore album, Like a Virgin. “The art director had this idea, which was to have the black Sabbath-type virgin. You know, like black lipstick, black this, black that,” Maripol chuckles. “And I kept saying to her, ‘We should go for the real thing. Come on!’”

Eventually Madonna heeded Maripol’s advice and donned a white wedding dress, and an MTV icon was born. It remains such a signature look that the pop queen referenced it in her controversial, wedding-themed performance with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 VMAs, and donned another bridal gown for her “Medellín” music video that premiered via MTV this year.

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Madonna Earns 48th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart With ‘I Rise’

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“It is always an honor to work with Madonna,” remixer Tracy Young tells Billboard.

Madonna earns her record-extending 48th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Aug. 31), as “I Rise” ascends 2-1.

The chart, and all rankings dated Aug. 31, will refresh on Billboard.com on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

With 48 toppers on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs and which launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976, Madonna outpaces runner-up Rihanna (33 No. 1s), while Beyoncé and Janet Jackson follow with 22 and 20, respectively.

“Rise” is the second leader from Madonna’s album Madame X, following “Medellín” with Maluma. The song led the June 29-dated Dance Club Songs chart, while Madame X launched as Madonna’s ninth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the same week.

 

“Rise” marks Madonna’s eighth consecutive Dance Club Songs No. 1, her longest such streak. (Katy Perry holds the record with 18 straight No. 1s in 2009-17.) Twice before, Madonna managed seven straight No. 1s, first with “Causing a Commotion,” from the Who’s That Girl soundtrack (1987), through “Justify My Love,” from her first greatest hits opus, The Immaculate Collection (1991), and then with Ray of Light‘s “Nothing Really Matters” (1999) through Music‘s “Impressive Instant” (2001). Madonna’s current run began with “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., from her 2012 set MDNA.

“Rise” was first remixed by Miami-based DJ Tracy Young, who has remixed a plethora of other Madonna tracks, including No. 1s “Music,” “Hung Up” and “4 Minutes” (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland). Young’s remix also propelled “Rise” onto the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (where it spent two weeks at No. 37 in July), marking Madonna’s first visit since “Living for Love” (No. 25, March 2015).

“Even after 20 plus years of creative collaboration, it is always an honor to work with Madonna,” Young tells Billboard. “When I heard the original version of ‘I Rise,’ I immediately had the vision to create tempo for the inspirational song and connect the message of empowerment to the LGBTQ+ community, especially in celebration with the 50th anniversary of Pride. I asked Madonna if she’d let me remix it and she said yes, which was exciting. It always feels amazing when something I produce is well-received, and that will never be a feeling that gets old.”

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“Rise” was also remixed for clubs by DJLW, Thomas Gold, Daybreakers and others.

In celebration of Madonna’s newest No. 1, here’s an updated look at her Dance Club Songs leaders. (Of note, at various points before Feb. 23, 1991, full albums were allowed to chart, which allowed for a full remix album of Madonna’s, You Can Dance, to reign. Plus, for titles that spent multiple weeks at No. 1, total frames in the lead are noted in parentheses.)

Madonna’s 48 Dance Club Songs No. 1s
1983, “Holiday”/”Lucky Star” (five weeks at No. 1)
1984, “Like a Virgin” (four)
1985, “Material Girl”
1985, “Angel”/”Into the Groove”
1987, “Open Your Heart”
1987, “Causing a Commotion (Remix)”
1988, You Can Dance (LP Cuts)
1989, “Like a Prayer” (two)
1989, “Express Yourself” (three)

1990, “Keep It Together”
1990, “Vogue” (two)
1991, “Justify My Love” (two)
1992, “Erotica”
1993, “Deeper and Deeper”
1993, “Fever”
1994, “Secret” (two)
1995, “Bedtime Story”
1997, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
1998, “Frozen” (two)
1998, “Ray of Light” (four)
1999, “Nothing Really Matters” (two)
1999, “Beautiful Stranger” (two)

2000, “American Pie”
2000, “Music” (five)
2001, “Don’t Tell Me”
2001, “What It Feels Like for a Girl”
2001, “Impressive Instant” (two)
2002, “Die Another Day” (two)
2003, “American Life”
2003, “Hollywood”
2003, “Me Against the Music,” Britney Spears feat. Madonna (two)
2004, “Nothing Fails”
2004, “Love Profusion”
2005, “Hung Up” (four)
2006, “Sorry” (two)
2006, “Get Together”
2006, “Jump” (two)
2008, “4 Minutes,” Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (two)
2008, “Give It 2 Me”
2009, “Celebration”

2012, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.
2012, “Girl Gone Wild”
2012, “Turn Up the Radio”
2015, “Living for Love”
2015, “Ghosttown”
2015, “B**** I’m Madonna,” Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj
2019, “Medellín,” Madonna & Maluma
2019, “I Rise”

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Madonna’s Die Another Day discography online – 44 different pressings

Next up in our discography is Die Another Day, Madonna’s infamous James Bond theme from 2002 and another fantastic creative collaboration with Mirwais. This track received mixed reviews by critics and the general audience who expected a more ‘traditional’ song. 

Other than performing the theme song Madonna had a small part in the movie where she played a fencing instructor.

In the discography we have collected 44 different pressings for you to view

Check them out HERE

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Real Life Music Video: James Whiteside and Co. Performed at Madonna’s Birthday Party Last Weekend

 
We’ve always known that Madonna loves dance. After all, the “Queen of Pop” studied at the Martha Graham School in the 1970s. Nevertheless, we were still surprised (and thrilled) to see that she invited James Whiteside to perform at her 61st birthday party in The Hamptons last weekend.

The American Ballet Theatre principal performed the choreography (on pointe!) from the music video for his newest pop hit, WTF, which he released under the moniker, JbDubs in April. Whiteside was joined by four backup dancers: Matthew Poppe, Douane Gosa, Maxfield Haynes and Gianni Goffredo. Catch a clip of the performance below.

Madonna’s party took place in the midst of rehearsals for her upcoming Madame X tour. According to Vulture, Madonna was give the name Madame X by Graham herself, after showing up to class each day with a different identity. And of course, we love Madonna’s choice of JbDubs song. Of Whiteside’s musical oeuvre, WTF most explicitly targets a ballet audience, with lyrics referring to George Balanchine, the Rose Adagio, former New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay, Sergei Polunin and much more. Whether or not Madonna’s guests understood all of Whiteside’s references doesn’t seem to matter; we guess they were more than taken with the quintet’s precision, attitude and impressive pointe work.

This appearance leaves us wondering if Madonna will give Whiteside and Co. bigger platforms on which to perform. After all, Whiteside is already besties with actress Jennifer Garner, and he toured with pop star Rozzi earlier this year. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to seeing Whiteside back onstage at ABT this fall.

Happy Birthday, M!

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What Desperately Seeking Susan Got Right About Fashion

*Desperately Seeking Susan* (1985)

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Photo: ©Orion Pictures Corp / Courtesy Everett Collection

 

It’s difficult to shake the 1980s these days. This week, the decade is being the celebrated at BAM as part of its film series, “Punks, Poets & Valley Girls; Women Directors in 1980s America.” One of those directors is Susan Seidelman, whose films Smithereens and the more commercial Desperately Seeking Susan are a celebration of what we might, in 2019, call alt culture. They’re also love letters to downtown Manhattan.

In the mid-’80s, lower Manhattan was a universe unto itself, and also a foil to uptown and the suburbs. Downtown responded to polish with grit, to new with vintage, and to politesse with sass. It was home to Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Michigan-born Madonna Louise Ciccone, who by sheer force of style and will, became the poster girl of the scene.

*Desperately Seeking Susan* (1985)

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Photo: ©Orion Pictures Corp / Courtesy Everett Collection

 

It wasn’t easy for women to fit into the groove in the 1980s, as Desperately Seeking Susan shows. Housewives like Roberta (played by Rosanna Arquette) and grifters like Susan (the Madonna role) existed in a world where men controlled the resources. Roberta struggles to adhere to its strictures, while her squeaky clean looking-husband leads a double life. Susan is blatant about her rebellion, and in some ways, free.

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Thomas Gold shines on official remix of Madonna’s ‘I Rise’

Thomas Gold has been keeping busy producing music and touring, but the artist has kept it particularly fresh for fans as he continues to diversify his portfolio. Whether with his tech house alias AU-1 or experimenting with new sounds like tropical-leaning “Seventeen,” Gold is one of those producers who increasingly has something for everyone. His latest release is his remix of Madonna‘s “I Rise,” which is the final release from recent album Madame X.

Gold spoke with Dancing Astronaut about being chosen to do the remix, explaining, “It’s a great honor to do an official remix for Madonna. I grew up to all her music, she was kind of always ‘there’ as she released so many great songs throughout the years. So when I got the request to do a remix for ‘I Rise,’ I was like ‘Yes, I want to do this, but I want to deliver something which pays respect to Madonna’s voice and the vibe of the original song.’”

The original track is a slow and sultry tune that highlights Madonna’s vocals. A slow pulsating humming in the background is juxtaposed with her singing, leaving the vocals to do most of the work on the track. Gold speaks to his goal for the remix, saying, “As the original version runs at a much slower tempo than my remix, I had to find the right way to speed up the vocal and the sounds I intended to use – without losing the vibe of the original.”

Gold keeps Madonna’s alluring vocals intact with the same cool tone of the original, but he completely transforms the BPM and enlists a vintage house style that is fitting, as those who are familiar with Madonna’s earlier releases can attest.

He explains the creative process behind what yielded his final result, saying, “I went for a classic house style approach with some well-known organ and piano sounds (hello Korg M1!), which I thought would fit perfectly for her voice. For the verses, I created a completely new chord progression. It was actually just a spontaneous idea I had, but I liked it, so I kept it. Once I had put together the basic sounds and the layout structure of the remix, it was just about creating a good flow throughout the track. I also used almost the entire original vocal, this was not too difficult, and it was fun to see how everything came together nicely.”

Ultimately, Gold trades in some of the sultry mood for more of a euphoric one, and his remix takes the track to a dance-worthy and fun-loving piece of music that showcases both artists at their finest. It’s an infectious song to begin with, but Gold’s house touch takes the track to the next level.

“At the end, I was happy that I had been able to still maintain some of the typical ‘Madonna’ vocal sound whilst giving the music a completely fresh approach,” Gold says. “And I was super happy when I got the final approval from Madonna and her team!”

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Madonna’s Kids Help Celebrate Her 61st Birthday During ‘Madame X’ Tour Rehearsals

Madonna cut loose with family on her 61st birthday!

The songstress, who is currently rehearsing for her Madame X tour, marked the special occasion on Friday with her loved ones, some tasty treats, dancing and much more. She took to Instagram on her birthday to post key moments from the festivities, including her backup dancers, family and crew presenting her with a table loaded up with pastries spelling out “Happy birthday Madonna.” 

Madonna also posted a video of her daughter, Mercy James, and son, David Banda, both 13, delivering an impressive “birthday dance” for the camera at the facility where rehearsals are taking place. 

But the fun didn’t end there. At the birthday bash, Mercy hopped on a piano and played Elton John’s classic track “Your Song,” while her brother, David, lead the attendees in singing. Madonna, sporting an eye patch and military garb, beamed nearby.

Fans also got a peek at the huge dance party that later ensued with the birthday girl fittingly at the center of all the pageantry. Madonna’s twin daughters Estere and Stelle, 6, were also on hand for all the fun.

ET spoke with Madonna in May at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards in New York City where she discussed the many talks she has had with her children about finding purpose in life and the responsibility to help others.

“Well, we have many discussions about what they want to be when they grow up, why they’re here, why they were born, why we chose each other — like why did their souls choose me, why did my soul choose them?” she said. “And we have a lot of discussions about responsibility. Everybody’s here for a purpose, not just to become famous or to get lots of money or to whatever…to have things — that we are here to help one another and to affect change and to make the world a better place. So that’s a message I hope has been ground into their brains.”

Besides David, Mercy, Estere and Stelle, the songstress is mother to son Rocco, 19, and daughter Lourdes, 22.

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Remember when Madonna’s cone bra made its debut?

emember when Madonna caused a sharp intake of breath by dancing on stage in her underwear? Ok, that’s happened quite a few times so we’ll narrow it down: cone bra.
Those two words have become synonymous with a superstar who has created so many signature looks over the last four decades that it’s hard to pick just one.
Madonna’s pink satin cone bra made its first appearance through strategically placed slits in a black Jean Paul Gaultier suit as she emerged on stage during her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990.
Bare-chested male dancers helped paint a distinctly industrial scene, gyrating against a backdrop of oversized cogs and hissing pistons. As the fog cleared, the original Material Girl was lifted on an open elevator to the stage, where she peered through her monocle and asked the crowd, “Do you believe in love? Well, I’ve got something to say about it…”
 
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