Madonna bevestigt met ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ haar titel (Belgian Rebel Heart Tour Film review) *****

De hoes van de plaat: Madonna in een danshouding
Madonna debuteerde in 1982 en viert ondertussen dus haar 35-jarige artiestenjubileum. Haar langspeelplaten zijn vaak van wisselende kwaliteit, maar er is één plek waar ze haar meerwaarde na al die jaren nog steeds weet te bewijzen: het podium.

Het is alweer meer dan twee jaar geleden dat Madonna ons verblijdde met nieuw werk. In het voorjaar van 2015 waren we nog bijzonder enthousiast over ‘Rebel Heart’, maar de verkoopcijfers waren teleurstellend en de singles flopten genadeloos.
De Queen Of Pop laat zich door dit soort details gelukkig niet uit het lood slaan. Met de ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ verbaasde ze opnieuw vriend en vijand. Want niemand moet Madonna leren hoe een goede liveshow eruitziet. De tournee was een succes en nu is er ook de registratie ervan.


De show is zoals steeds een verbluffend staaltje vakmanschap: indrukwekkende decors met bijzondere visuele effecten, choreografieën die zowel acrobatisch als sensueel mooi zijn en een lijst nummers die per jaar indrukwekkender wordt. Met een carrière van meer dan drie decennia is het enige probleem dat de artieste heeft, dat van de keuze. Op de dvd van deze show worden de nummers van de laatste cd doorweven met onder andere ‘Body Shop’, ‘Deeper And Deeper’, ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Into The Groove’ en ‘Material Girl’.
Dat Madonna in al die jaren nooit op haar lauweren heeft willen rusten, bewijst ze door de arrangementen van deze klassiekers drastisch te veranderen, zodat ze zowel tijdloos als hedendaags dansbaar klinken. Vaak is dat verrassend knap. Zo krijgt Burning Up’ een geweldige en zware rockmake-over en klinkt ‘True Blue’ akoestisch ontroerend naïef. Af en toe gaat het de mist in: ‘Vogue’ klinkt veel beter met het gedateerde house-arrangement, dan in deze trapbewerking. Maar de pogingen zijn onmiskenbaar moedig en houden de aandacht van de luisteraar/toeschouwer vast. Zoals elke tournee wordt ook deze afgesloten door het onverwoestbare ‘Holiday’.

Acrobatisch dansen

Madonna combineert nog steeds zingen met acrobatisch dansen en haar leeftijd staat haar daarbij niet in de weg. Integendeel. Eender welk aanstormende popprinsesje kan hier van leren. Hoewel er waarschijnlijk een postproductie aan te pas is gekomen, is het duidelijk dat de Queen Of Pop stemtechnisch sterker dan ooit is.
De hele show oogt zoals steeds als een perfect georkestreerde videoclip.

Tears Of A Clown

Als extraatje kan je op de dvd fragmenten vinden uit Madonna’s huidige show ‘Tears Of A Clown’. Deze show is veel kleiner opgevat. De artieste combineert hier stand-upcomedy met het zingen van haar wereldhits. Opgemaakt als een clown, die Pennywise uit Stephen Kings ‘It’ er als een kindvriendelijke figuur doet uitzien, vertelt ze aangebrande grappen met een ondertoon van ‘lach of ik schiet’. Beloftevol.
‘Rebel Heart Tour’ bestaat in twee versies: een dubbel-cd en een dvd met cd van de hoogtepunten.

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Madonna reveals new music – and Donald Trump may not be happy

MADONNA has let slip the direction of her fourteenth studio album.

The pop superstar has revealed that political criticism will feature heavily in the record slated for release in 2018. “World leaders are sinking society into insensitive and conservative thoughts,” the outspoken star explained.

“With the economy collapsing, people think that it is better to elect successful entrepreneurs to run a government.

“But that’s not how things work. Being the leader of a nation requires diplomacy, experience, and intellectual ability.”

She added: “It’s a colossal job, but more and more unqualified people are elected for that role.”

However while Madonna is no stranger to hitting out at the current president Donald Trump, she admitted the album won’t be a Trump rant set to music.

“I already expressed my point of view on him,” she continued to Portuguese magazine Veja, before admitting she doesn’t know who will be in office when the record comes out.

Donald has been dogged by claims he could be impeached over rumoured relations with Russia.

“On my songs I want to talk about how we got to this point,” the 59-year-old explained.

“We can not continue to blame our leaders, we have to blame ourselves.

“We need to get involved and ask for the changes that we want.”

When the ageless beauty was asked if she’s tired of rebellion after over twenty years in the industry, the Bitch I’m Madonna singer replied: “No, no, no. I’m not tired.

“I feel even more energetic. Stronger to fight for what I believe. I’m a rebel and I’ll be rebellious till the end.”

Madonna is currently living in Portugal after moving to Europe to help her son chase his dream of becoming a footballer.

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‘Heart’ palpitations – Rebel Heart Tour Film Review

Madonna performs in Stockholm on her massive ‘Rebel Heart Tour.’ (Photo by Christian Weger; courtesy Flickr)

Madonna’s last studio album, 2015’s “Rebel Heart,” was far from her best work, but when it comes to the tour that it launched — finally out on DVD and live album a year and a half after wrapping — the album itself hardly matters.

“The Rebel Heart Tour” was another triumph for the pop icon, who has never disappointed as a live performer. The worldwide trek stretched for 82 shows and 55 cities, raked in a cool $169.8 million and was viewed by more than a million lucky fans.

Madonna’s continued strength and perseverance is inspiring to her fans and should be even to those who don’t care for her music. Even her detractors cannot deny that she has put in the work. She is tireless, working hard to make sure her fans get the most for their money and to make it an experience they will never forget.

The just-released live CD and DVD were filmed at the Allphones Arena on March 19–20, 2016 in Sydney. The double CD spans 22 songs and 100 minutes and for the most parts it’s thoroughly entertaining. The weakest aspect of the collection are the nine songs from the “Rebel Heart” album, although they do work marginally better in a live setting than their underwhelming studio versions. It’s understandable that she would highlight her most recent album, but these songs will never stand up along her best work and most of her classic singles.

Of course, Madonna doesn’t neglect those hits and it’s fascinating as always to hear which ones she decides to highlight. She obviously can’t play them all (unless it’s gonna be an all-night show), so she picks and chooses carefully, including songs that haven’t appeared frequently on prior tours. Madonna typically splashes them with a modern sheen and different arrangements, keeping the much-played tunes fresh and keeping the audiences guessing.

She cleverly adapts the ‘60s pop pastiche “True Blue” into an acoustic singalong and her early new wave dance classic “Burning Up” features a blistering guitar solo. The retro disco groove of “Deeper and Deeper” is updated in electrifying fashion while her sometimes overlooked classic “La Isla Bonita” is kept more faithful to the original but is still a highlight.

Madonna has reinvented “Like a Virgin” numerous times over the years and this time she goes with a minimalist club beat so the audience can sing along exuberantly. “Dress You Up” and “Into the Groove” were both popular around the same timeframe so it makes sense that they are appended together in a medley. She delivers a sizzling take on her final no. 1 single, 2000’s “Music,” with a flirty throwback jazz intro that might have been an interesting approach for the entire song. The biggest surprise is “Candy Shop,” the funky lead track from her underrated 2008 album “Hard Candy” — it holds up nicely wedged between much bigger hits.

Less effective is the modern take on “Material Girl,” which saps the cheeky charm of the original while accenting its more annoying aspects (especially those wretched background vocals). Her take on the Édith Piaf standard “La Vie en Rose” doesn’t quite get off the ground, and a gruelingly long take on her recent “Unapologetic Bitch” is eminently skippable. The finale, though, is a strong one-two punch of her first major hit “Holiday” and arguably her greatest single “Like a Prayer,” which retains its dramatic grandeur.

Of course, a CD and DVD will not replace seeing the actual show in person, but like all of the live album releases Madonna has issued over the years (this is her fifth), they are excellent souvenirs.

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Is Madonna going to be a guest judge on the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

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Speculation is flying that Madonna could be a guest judge on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race after an intriguing red carpet interview at the Emmy Awards.

RuPaul told Michael Ausiello from TV Line that he couldn’t tease any guests for the tenth season of the show, but then things got interesting.

Lady Gaga is kind of tough to top,” Ausiello noted.

“It is kind of tough to top her,” RuPaul admitted. “But I think we’ve done it, I really do.”

“Madonna?” Ausiello asks.

“I can’t saaaay,” RuPaul shoots back, grinning.

“You didn’t deny Madonna,” Ausiello rightly points out.

“We didn’t deny it,” RuPaul admits.

Ausiello then thanks them “for the tip” before they all scurry away lest he back them into any more corners.

RuPaul went on to win his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The show also won Emmys this year for costumes and picture editing, both for the Lady Gaga episode.

What do you think, will we see Madonna on the Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or were they just keeping the talk alive by not denying it?

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Madonna Shares Behind-the-Scenes MDNA Skin Care Line Video with The Fat Jew

Madonna’s Instagram is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it a goldmine of adorable videos of her children, glimpses of her otherworldly life, and awe-inspiring selfies, it is also full of hilarity. That’s in part thanks to a new video she posted that offers a behind-the-scenes look at her upcoming MDNA skin care line with a cameo from viral comedian The Fat Jew.

“Bitch, you’re Madonna,” he tells her in curlers and an eye mask. “Bitch, you’re right,” she says. The clip is full of similar exchanges with Madonna later telling him, “You have beautiful skin,” to which he replies, “You have a symmetrical face.”

It’s only a clip of what’s to come though as the video promises the full campaign will be out September 26. That date may also be the release date of MDNA, as in the caption Madonna revealed that her line will be launching Stateside next week. “Bitch I am MAdonna! 😂🎉🌈 🤡🌹💯🔥🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🎉🙏🏻And I’m so excited to share my new skin care line with you!! 🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸 ♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸💯🌹♥️🇺🇸. Coming to America next week!,” she writes.

Aside from the comical exchanges between Madonna and the Fat Jew, the video also offers a closer look at some of the MDNA products, including the chrome clay mask, which contains all-natural volcanic clap from “Italy’s famous wellness spa town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany,” as the product listing touts. There is also closeups of the eye mask and the serum, which contains a formula created by Madonna “for her own personal use.”

This isn’t the first time Madonna and the Fat Jew have hung out. Back in April of 2015, The Fat Jew revealed in an interview with then-Hot 97’s Ebro (below at the 26:00 mark), “I went to Madonna’s house. We didn’t fuck. It was really fun. She wanted to meet. [Her assistants] were like, ‘Is there anything you want in advance?’ over email. I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ They were like, ‘Anything. Is there any outfit you want us to get for you? Or any snacks?’ So I was like, ‘Okay’ and wrote ‘mad snacks’. I could have gone a lot more HAM with it because I think they would have done whatever… We sat and we talked. She got mad spiritual. She went mad Kabbalah with me. I smoked a joint. She took a hit. She also gave me a massage.”

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Desperately seeking New York’s grime and glamour

 Rosanna Arquette and Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. Photograph: Allstar/Orion

‘New York isn’t a city for nostalgia,” Susan Seidelman says to me, matter-of-factly, as we chat over lunch in the lobby bar of Manhattan’s Ace hotel. “It’s not a city, like Paris or Rome, that rests on a glorified past. It’s a city that has no pity. It doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. It just keeps evolving.”

Seidelman, a film director best known for her hit 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, which helped cement Madonna’s stardom, is right. Newness is what New York is built on; it’s a city that, of course, never stands still. But, in recent years, as rents relentlessly rise and its residents homogenise, New York is also a city beset by a romanticised yearning. Indeed, this is largely why I’m interviewing Seidelman: later this year, two of her early movies, Smithereens and Desperately Seeing Susan, are playing at the Barbican centre in London as part of a season called the Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90, featuring films “about the wild days and nights of New York’s coolest era”.

You couldn’t have a film season about New York in the 70s and 80s without including Seidelman’s work. Both Smithereens (1982) and Desperately Seeking Susan capture the zeitgeist of downtown punk-rock Manhattan through the eyes of young, independent women in ways that garnered them instant acclaim and gave them an enduring appeal. Seidelman directed Smithereens a few years after graduating from film school at NYU, and it became the first US-produced independent feature selected for the Cannes film festival. Desperately Seeking Susan was likewise released to critical commendation and has become a cult feminist classic.

The film centres on Roberta (Rosanna Arquette), married to a Jacuzzi salesman, stuck at home, and bored with life. She becomes fascinated by a series of personal ads in the papers that are “desperately seeking Susan”. One day, she heads into New York to find out who this mysterious Susan (Madonna) is. A case of mistaken identity ensues after Roberta hits her head, suffers temporary amnesia and is thought to be Susan herself. Mistaken identity then becomes reclaimed identity. Roberta’s memory loss gives her a blank slate; it frees her from being a bored suburbanite and lets her explore the woman she wants to be. At its heart, the movie is about shaking off the social conventions that come with being a woman, and the city as a place for reinvention and female freedom.

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Madonna, Camila Cabello Listed For September 25 “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

NBC just revealed two guests for the September 25 edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

According to the program’s official website, the episode will feature Madonna and Camila Cabello.

The listing does not specify their roles for the show, but the belief is that Cabello will be the conventional musical performer. Madonna will almost certainly be involved in an interview and/or marquee segment.

Headline Planet will share more details upon availability.

Formal listings for this week’s string of “Tonight Show” episodes follow:

Monday, September 18: Guests include Demi Lovato, John Cleese and musical guest Demi Lovato. Show 739

Tuesday, September 19: Guests include Kevin James, Ilana Glazer and musical guest Rudimental featuring James Arthur. Show 740

Wednesday, September 20: Guests include Ben Stiller, Fred Armisen, and musical guests Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland. Show 741

Thursday, September 21: Guests include Megyn Kelly, Dave Franco and musical guest Fergie. Show 742

Friday, September 22: Guests include the Cast of Will & Grace, Colin Jost, Bruce Bozzi Jr. and musical guest Billie Joe Armstrong. Show 743

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Like a Prayer (single) discography online (35 different pressings) including rare withdrawn Pepsi Vrumona CD case

New is our discography for Madonna’s first single off ‘Like a Prayer’ – the title track!

One of Madonna’s signature hits and a worldwide smash. We are all familiar with the withdrawn Pepsi campaign due to the music video (directed by Mary Lambert) that included Madonna dancing in front of burning crosses. Pepsi withdrew their hugely promoted campaign but Madonna got to keep the money.

In this discography we have included 35 different pressings (vinyl, CD, cassette, VHS, presskit). Included is also the extremely rare Dutch withdrawn Pepsi CD promo case by Vrumona (only on MadonnaUnderground!) and a very rarely seen Dutch promotional presskit for the single (pictured). We will include more on the Vrumona Pepsi CD single asap!

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“I want to reinvent pop tours”

Twenty-seven years ago, Madonna set the template for modern pop concerts with her Blond Ambition world tour.

From its hydraulic stage to Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic costumes, it raised the bar for stadium-sized spectacle.

Now, after seven huge world tours, the star tells the BBC she’s “exploring” a smaller-scale show in the future.

“I’ve done so many shows – world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it – that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too,” she explains.

“I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience.

“This is something I’m exploring right now: the idea of doing a show that doesn’t travel the world, but stays in one place and utilises not only humour and the music in a more intimate setting but other people’s music, as well, and other entertainment.

“Kind of a revolving door of amazing, gifted, unique talent – dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, me, humour. I don’t know! Like, I’m trying to come up with all those ideas now.”

The concerts will presumably owe much to the vaudeville-style Tears of a Clown show that Madonna performed twice in 2016 – once as a gift to fans in Australia, and again at a fundraiser for her Raising Malawi charity.

The low-key gigs featured the pop icon dressed as a clown, riding a tricycle, chatting to the audience and telling jokes when not performing stripped-back renditions of some of her favourite songs.

Footage of the Australian concert appears on the star’s new DVD, released on Friday, which documents her 2015-16 Rebel Heart Tour.

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, she talked about touring life, changing attitudes to sex, and her recent dispute with a courier company…

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Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour – 4 sterren (Dutch review)

Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour – 4 sterren

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – in december 2015 in ons land- verraste door de relaxte toon die de popkoningin op het podium aansloeg. Ze speelde True Blue op de ukelele, zong voor haar doen veel live en maakte zelfs grappen over haar mislukte huwelijken. De tournee verschijnt nu op dubbel-album en voor wie de beelden erbij wenst ook op dvd. Die laatste is een hevig bewerkte, maar spectaculaire videoclip vol slow motions en lichteffecten. Dan is de audio-versie natuurgetrouwer. Hoogtepunten daar: een vette discoversie van Deeper and Deeper, een triphop-uitvoering van Material Girl en de akoestische mini-biografie Rebel Heart.

– Stefan Raatgever voor het AD

Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour

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