Eurovision 2019: Madonna reportedly in talks to perform, Tel Aviv unveils ‘tent city’

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Madonna is reportedly in negotiation with organizers to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Tel Aviv in 2019, Ynet said Tuesday.

Israel won the rights to host the annual competition in 2019 after Netta Barzilai was named the winner of last year’s event.

According to the report, Madonna expressed her agreement to come to Israel, but negotiations remain ongoing over financial terms.

Netta Barzilai was name winner of the 2018 Eurovision competition with her song “Toy”, long favored to win after its trills, chicken-like clucking sounds, and lyrics embraced by the #MeToo movement made it a viral hit.

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Tel Aviv between the 14th and 18th of May.

The event is expected to attract over 10,000 international participants. Over the last 3 years, the number of international visitors to Tel Aviv has almost doubled and is expected to reach an overall new all-time high in 2019.

On Tuesday, the Tel Aviv municipality announced the creation of a “tent city” to help the city deal with the expected influx of visitors, as over 10,000 international tourists expected.

The “tent city” will operate for a period of two months from May to June, the municipality said, as the city prepares for international events including Eurovision and the Tel Aviv Pride Parade.

 

“The “Tent City” will host up to 2,000 guests and will include showering areas, a recreation and party area, food and beverages stalls and a bike rental spot,” the city announced. “A shuttle service will be available from the camping area to the Eurovision Village; the main Eurovision entertainment venue located at Charles Clore Seaside Park.”

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai lauded the efforts of the city to prepare for the international events.

“The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is planning to host an extraordinary Eurovision experience for the thousands of tourists who are expected to visit Tel Aviv. The ‘Tent City’ is just one example of the many initiatives we are working on, in order to create the perfect tourist experience and make sure that visitors can enjoy everything that the city has to offer.”

Israel won the rights to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest after chanteuse Netta Barzilai won the 2018 competition with her bassy #MeToo anthem “Toy”. Since then, Israel’s hosting of the 2019 has been riddled with controversies and political squabbles.

A financing dispute between country’s finance ministry and state broadcasters Kan had threatened to tank the event altogether, but a last-minute compromise on financing saved global spectacle.

Kan agreed to take a reported 50 million shekel ($13.5 million) loan to cover the cost of staging the event, with the Ministry of Finance securing the loan in case of a cancellation due to extenuating circumstances such as earthquake, war, or a boycott organized by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

A number of lawmakers had also spoken out in recent months on the issue of allowing contest events to be held on Saturday allowing contest events to be held on Saturday, in violation of Jewish Sabbath laws.

During negotiations, it was reported that the heads of the European Broadcasting Union had placed a number of demands on Israel to be allowed to host the contest, including that events be allowed to be held on Saturday — the Jewish day of rest — that Israel grant freedom of the press and expression for all participants and delegations, and that all participants be allowed entrance to the country regardless of political beliefs.

The latter demand came in the wake of a wave of recent controversy over Israeli authorities’ refusal to allow entry to two prominent US writers, who are also vocal critics of the Israeli government.

Robyn BECK (AFP/File)Intensified protests over Israel’s policies have led the country’s parliament to bar entry to supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement 
Robyn BECK (AFP/File)

“We are expecting to receive guarantees from the Prime Minister this week in regards to the security and freedom of movement of anyone coming to the event. These guarantees are imperative in order for us to move forward with the planning of the event to ensure the safety of visitors and upholding the Eurovision Song Contest values of diversity and inclusivity,” Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group said Thursday.

There has also already been considerable backlash against the event by proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In September, over one hundred artists including former Pink Floyd front man and prominent BDS proponent Roger Waters, film director Len Roach and British comedian Alexei Sayle, published a letter in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper calling for a boycott of the Israeli-hosted contest.

“Eurovision 2019 should be boycotted if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights,” said the letter, signed mainly by artists from Western Europe.

Eurovision was first held in 1956 with the aim of uniting Europe after World War II. Israel and Australia are the only two non-European nations that participate in the annual contest.

This will be Israel’s third time hosting the spectacle since its first entry in 1973. Israel previously hosted the event in Jerusalem in 1979 and 1999 following wins by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta in 1978 and trans performer Dana International in 1998.

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Madonna Frozen discography online – 27 different pressings

New in our discography is the lead single from Ray of Light: Frozen!

Madonna came back with a bang, a song that still today is being hailed as one of the best singles Madonna has ever released. Frozen was a huge hit and unfortunately Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On prevented the track from reaching the top spot in Holland. 

Madonna has since performed the track on various world tours, but most memorable is without doubt the theatrical representation at the Drowned World Tour in 2001.

Check out all 27 different pressings that we collected HERE

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Madonna’s Dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, Spills Everything About Beauty Rollers

Beauty rollers have really been on a roll. But the gizmos do more than just get you likes on Instagram. Though they may feel like a fresh trend, they’ve actually been around for quite a while. “Rollers have been used for a long time,” says Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, New York City Cosmetic Dermatologist and Development Consultant for MDNA SKIN. (And yes, that means he’s also Madonna’s dermatologist.) “The therapeutic benefit lies in massage. The actual manual effect of using any roller improves the lymphatic drainage of area. We all get puffy faces after we wake up after age 40.”

MDNA SKIN The Beauty Roller, $200, MDNASKIN.com COURTESY OF MDNA SKIN

MDNA SKIN’s newest launch, The Beauty Roller, takes rollers up a notch by using infrared energy. “All forms of biological life release infrared energy,” explains Dr. Frank. “There has been a lot of research on the effects of infrared energy. This is why we have infrared saunas—it’s a form of wound healing. Far infrared seems to have the most medicinal form of the wavelength. We like to think with infrared energy that we can increase the penetration of the serum—you are putting on medicine and want it to be absorbed. Just like you would massage in a medicine, this is the same thing.” What also sets The Beauty Roller apart is it uses ultra-infrared sculpting energy in tandem with its oversized, dual-sculpting carbon spheres to promote lymphatic drainage, lift and firm skin, boost cell turnover and increase product penetration. That means it leads to everything from more defined cheekbones and jawline to increased facial and body contours.

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Full-frontal male nudity lures Madonna into off-Broadway show

Pop diva Madonna was spotted Saturday in the audience at New York Theatre Workshop’s provocative show “Slave Play.”

A spy quipped, “If you’re wondering what it takes to get Madonna to go to an off-Broadway show, apparently full-frontal male nudity doesn’t hurt?”

One review of the show called it “very R-rated.”

We hear the Material Girl brought daughter Lourdes Leon, 22, and was lured by the show’s positive reviews, “not to mention the well-displayed anatomy of star Paul Alexander Nolan,” the theater spy said.

We hear Madge was overheard saying she wants to take daughter Mercy to see “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway.

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One Song: Madonna’s ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’

I wanna talk about Madonna’s elegiac “What It Feels Like For A Girl.” At this post-Brett Kavanaugh juncture in American life, I think it’s a fine time to appreciate it.

“What It Feels Like For A Girl” was the low-key, musically understated third single from Madonna’s Music album.  

Released in 2000, Music followed 1998’s ambitious, resplendent Ray Of Light. For Ray Of Light, Madonna selected William Orbit as a collaborator, which was at that time considered a left-field choice. Orbit was an eccentric, progressive composer and musician who was best-known for his own curious amalgam of classical and electronic music. Interesting stuff, but the dude definitely did not have any hits. Madonna adored his work and commissioned Orbit to produce, which was a nervy move. It paid off with a gorgeous masterpiece that, while not her greatest commercial success, certainly did sell well. Five million copies in the U.S. and 11 million globally.

When it came time to make a follow-up album, Madonna once again zigzagged. She chose yet another collaborative team, headed by French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï. She didn’t rebuke Orbit—he was invited to participate in a minor, supporting role—but she did not attempt to duplicate the alchemy of Ray Of Light. When you’re a chart-topping artist like Madonna, there is a lot of incentive to play it safe: Last album worked out great! Let’s do that exact same thing again!

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The Day After ‘Meeting Madonna’ Dutch Libelle (magazine) interviews MadonnaUnderground

Dutch magazine Libelle contacted us quite a while ago wanting an interview about meeting Madonna for their ‘The Day After’ column.

I was interviewed about meeting Madonna in March 2015 at Le Grand Journal and how I felt ‘the day after’. The entire article has been written by the lady that performed the interview and not by me, even though it seems that way. The article describes the entire day seen through my eyes and the emotions about the experience one day later.

It has been published in Libelle edition nr.2 (January edition) and online (with photo) HERE.

This has been added to our ‘In The Media’ section

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Madonna Gives Surprise New Year’s Eve Performance at Stonewall Inn

People expected something a week ago when Stonewall Inn — the bar in New York’s Greenwich Village where the riots that kicked off the modern LGBTQ movement took place in 1969 — announced that Madonna had been named an ambassador for the 50th anniversary celebrations. However, they may not have expected it quite so soon. On New Year’s Eve, word leaked out that Madonna would be making an appearance, and not long after midnight, she did, giving a speech and then performing two songs accompanied by David Banda (her adopted 13-year-old son) on acoustic guitar.

Full article HERE

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Madonna Named ‘Stonewall Ambassador’, Sparking Talk of NYC Pride Performance

The Stonewall Inn on Sunday announced that Madonna has been named a Stonewall Ambassador for the upcoming 50th anniversary Stonewall celebrations this June, marking the riots that kicked off the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

Wrote The Stonewall Inn and Pride Live Official in an Instagram post: ‘Rebel. Maverick. Barrier breaker. Trailblazer. Icon. Activist. Mother. Ally. Stonewall Ambassador. 💖💖💖💖🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈Today we are insanely proud to announce Madonna is a Stonewall Ambassador supporting Stonewall Day + the 50th anniversary of Stonewall!!’

Madonna visited the Stonewall Inn last week ahead of the official announcement.

The move comes as Madonna prepares to release her 14th studio album. She has been teasing it on Instagram with the hashtag #magic for many weeks.

Pride Live Official posted this to an Instagram story. So much “magic” coming, eh?

And who’s TeamID?

Variety reports that it’s Madonna’s new public relations firm: ‘Madonna has a new public relations team. The singer has signed with Kelly Bush Novak of ID, whose clients include Serena Williams, Alfonso Cuarón, Ben Stiller, Pamela Adlon, Cynthia Erivo, Hannah Gadsby, Ellen Page, Janelle Monáe, and David Oyelowo, among many others. Bush Novak founded ID in 1993 and the company, which has offices in New York and Los Angeles, is home to veteran Hollywood publicists Mara Buxbaum (Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn), Bebe Lerner (Emily Blunt, John Krasinski) and Matt Labov (Seth Rogen, Bill Hader), among others. Its music division is headed by Allison Elbl (James Taylor, Steve Martin, Marshmello). Madonna is managed by Guy Oseary of Maverick.’

Next summer, WorldPride comes to New York City and the United States for the first time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. The sixth edition of the culturally-diverse WorldPride will attract millions of LGBTQI+ revelers for the largest celebration of Pride in history.

Will the queen of pop be performing? We shall see.

(h/t ohnotheydidnt)

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Buenos Aires + I Want You promo only singles added to the discography

Two promo only singles have been added to our discography. 

  • I Want You – Planned to be the first single from ‘Something To Remember’, a stunning Marvin Gaye cover with stunning music video. We have added a Spanish promo sampler including the track (check out the ‘promo only’ tab)
  • Buenos Aires – Warner released the track as a promo only single with various dance mixes, check it out HERE

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Madonna Signs With Public Relations Vet Kelly Bush Novak

Madonna has a new public relations team. The singer has signed with Kelly Bush Novak of ID, whose clients include Serena Williams, Alfonso Cuarón, Ben Stiller, Pamela Adlon, Cynthia Erivo, Hannah Gadsby, Ellen Page, Janelle Monáe, and David Oyelowo, among many others.

Bush Novak founded ID in 1993 and the company, which has offices in New York and Los Angeles, is home to veteran Hollywood publicists Mara Buxbaum (Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn), Bebe Lerner (Emily Blunt, John Krasinski) and Matt Labov (Seth Rogen, Bill Hader), among others. Its music division is headed by Allison Elbl (James Taylor, Steve Martin, Marshmello). Madonna is managed by Guy Oseary of Maverick.

Madonna had previously been represented by BB Gun Press, which was founded by veteran music publicist Brian Bumbery — he left for Apple to head up publicity for Apple Music in August, Variety reported. Prior to that, she had been represented for more than 20 years by Liz Rosenberg, who runs her own New York City-based shop with a roster that includes Cher and Michael Buble.

According to an insider, Madonna was looking at several top public relations firms in search of a company that could provide a “team” of support. Indeed, in Bush Novak’s Instagram — her account is private — announcing the signing, she notes, “As a life-long fan of this incredible artist, I’m proud to share I’m leading a passionate team at ID for Madonna.” She thanks Oseary, who also manages U2, “for the opportunity.”

Source: Variety

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