Madonna’s R18 show will be adjusted to comply with MDA guidelines (no Holy Water in Singapore)

Madonna will not be allowed to perform the song Holy Water at her upcoming first Singapore show at the National Stadium on Feb 28, says the Media Development Authority (MDA).

An MDA spokesperson says in a statement: “Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Heart Tour concert has been rated R18 as it contains sexually suggestive content which is more suitable for adults. This is reflected in the consumer advice so that the public can make an informed choice.

“In determining the rating, MDA had carefully reviewed the proposed setlist and consulted the Arts Consultative Panel. Religiously sensitive content which breach our guidelines, such as the song Holy Water, will thus not be performed in Singapore.

“The concert organiser must comply with the terms of the license, which states that the concert should not contain content or materials which offend any race or religion, and that the performance overall must fall within the guidelines of the R18 rating.”

According to a statement from Live Nation Lushington, one of the parties involved in arranging the Madonna show for Singapore, “the artiste management and tour management worked closely with MDA on providing show, video and lyric content and the suggested set list for Singapore”.

The North American and European shows in Madonna’s current worldwide Rebel Heart tour include a segment in which she performs a medley of Holy Water, a song from her latest album Rebel Heart, and 1990 hit Vogue while scantily clad nuns pole-dance on cross-shaped stripper poles.

Live Nation Lushington’s statement adds that the organisers acknowledged the “overtly sexually explicit” and “religious content” deemed unsuitable by MDA .

“Minor adjustments were made to ensure R18 licensing conditions could be met without compromise to the delivery of a first-rate and world-class performance.”

However, the statement also stresses that the concert’s setlist is not set in stone and that Madonna will have final say in how the show turns out.

“The final running order and set list for the Singapore performance will be determined by the artiste and revealed at the show itself within the set guidelines.”

Besides Singapore, Madonna’s other regional stops include Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau and Manila.

In 1993, the 57-year-old American singer’s controversial Girlie Show World Tour was banned here when police said her performances in the tour show “border on the obscene… (and are) known to be objectionable to many on moral and religious grounds”.

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Madonna’s Singapore concert is for adults only – The Singapore stop on Madona’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ is rated R18

FOR ADULTS ONLY. Madonna’s Singapore concert for her ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ is only for people aged 18 and above. File photo by Walter Bieri/EPA

SINGAPORE, Singapore – The Singapore leg of pop superstar Madonna’s global “Rebel Heart Tour” has been restricted to fans aged 18 and above, the concert’s local coordinator said Wednesday, January 6. (READ: Confirmed: Madonna is coming to Manila)

The one-night-only event on February 28, Madonna’s first-ever concert in the city-state, will be held at the 55,000-seat National Stadium, entertainment firm MediaCorp Vizpro said. (READ: Madonna adds 2nd date to PH concert)

“Please note that this concert is rated ‘R18’ with the consumer advisory on ‘Sexual References.’ Only those above 18 years of age will be permitted into the venue,” it said on its Facebook page.

Concerts and other forms of public entertainment are classified by the Media Development Authority, which also regulates the film and broadcast industries.

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Date, ticketing details for Madonna concert in Singapore released

SINGAPORE – It’s official: Madonna will perform in Singapore for the very first time at the National Stadium on Feb 28.

In a press release, Mediacorp VizPro confirmed that the Queen of Pop will be coming to Singapore with her Rebel Heart Tour, which kicked off in Montreal in September last year and is rated R18 for sexual references in Singapore.

The Rebel Heart Tour set list spans all decades of the iconic superstar’s illustrious career, including songs from her current album Rebel Heart, such the No 1 Dance hits Living For Love and B****, I’m Madonna; to classic fan favourites such as Material Girl and Holiday as well as a medley including Dress You Up, Into The Groove and Lucky Star.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Concert will be held at the National Stadium on Feb 28. Tickets from S$108 to S$1,288 will go on sale from 10am, Jan 12 via Sports Hub Tix.

Lifetime Legacy members of Icon, Madonna’s official fan club, will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages starting Thursday, Jan 7 at 10am through Friday, Jan 8 at 5pm.

In addition, Citi card members will have access to a pre-sale opportunity in Singapore beginning Jan 9 at 10am to Jan 10, 5pm.

OCBC card members will also have access to a pre-sale beginning Jan 11 at 10am to 5pm.

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Madonna’s Filmography back online! Read all about: The Egg, A Certain Sacrifice and FAME now

As we are still in the process of the transfer of all of our old features to the current website (and improving them) we can finally launch the following:

The Filmography is back online (see menu)!

However, since Madonna’s filmography is such an extensive feature on our website we will take things differently this time. We will update the filmography in chronological order every once in a while, this way each movie gets more attention and it won’t be so much to take in all at once.

In Madonna’s Filmography we have updated all the sections with press articles, rare memorabilia (all from our own collection), rare videos (if available), facts, press pictures and order links. The first three are ready for you to view which are:

  • The Egg – view the student film
  • A Certain Sacrifice – Madonna’s debut in a film, view rare press and memorabilia articles, see the trailer, read facts and order the DVD
  • FAME – view her audition

We are currently in the process of updating ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, which will be only asap. Enjoy these three in the meantime.

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More about me – Dirk

I’ve just updated my “About me” page.
Feel free to take a look here or read the update below.

Update: 5 January 2016

So we made it safe and sound into the new year and I believe it’s time for an update here.

On the 5th of December 2015 I went to see my first ever concert, for the first time ever in the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome and, for the first time ever, watched Madonna perform live on stage!
So while Madonna just expanded her tour, she also took my tour-ginity last December. And without much time to recover we were at it again the day after (also went at 6 December 2015).

So how did this newbie to the M-scene like it?
As some of you know (especially if you’ve read my introductions) I am not a Madonna-fan per se.
Did I like the show? Hell yeah! It was real fun although some parts failed to live up to expectations, but this might’ve been because I expected more action on stage like fire, lasers, moving parts of the stage and so on. Some parts of the stage did move, but it kinda lacked the “BANG!” to go with it.

The intro was amazing tho. It was powerful and the build up was done very well.
Song-wise I liked Candy Shop most and interlude-wise I loved Illuminati.

Does this mean I am a true M-fan now?
No. Not yet at least. Attending two shows is good enough for me, but I support my girl and every other fan to go to as many as they like.
Let’s just say I’m a fan-sidekick.

Cheerio!

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Madonna will begin third leg of mega-successful Rebel Heart Tour

Madonna did not spend her usual New Year’s holiday at the Swiss ski mecca Gstaad. Instead, she is headed to Mexico to prepare for the third leg of her Rebel Heart World Tour. Last week, Madonna topped all the concert boxscore figures, as Billboard reported on the success of the tour.

[Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

[Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

Billboard adds that overall sales from the Rebel Heart tour now total $80 million from 45 concerts during the first two legs of the tour. So far, every single show has been completely sold out. The Rebel Heart Tour has also garnered the best reviews of any Madonna tour to date.

Madonna kicks off the third leg of her tour in Mexico City on January6. She then moves to cities such as San Antonio, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Rebel Heart Tour is expected to make between $170 and $200 million when it’s all finished.

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This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love’ Jumped to No. 1

In 1991, the controversial single ruled the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by the Beatles, Green Day & Missy Elliott.

Jan. 5, 1991

MTV famously refused to show the song’s racy video, but that didn’t hurt its popularity. In fact, it fueled its fire. On this date 25 years ago, “Justify My Love” became Madonna‘s ninth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of 12 total).

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It’s confirmed: Madonna is coming to S’pore

SINGAPORE – After decades of waiting, Madonna’s fans’ prayers will be answered. A teaser was released on Mediacorp VizPro’s Facebook page announcing the fact that yes, the Queen of Pop is finally coming to Singapore with her Rebel Heart Tour this year.

It will be the 57-year-old singer’s first time here. In 1993, she was banned from bringing her controversial Girlie Show World Tour to Singapore.

The teaser didn’t reveal anything other than the venue: The Singapore National Stadium.

Ticketing and other details will be announced later, so watch this space.

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Madonna will perform in Singapore for first time

In a Facebook post, local coordinators Mediacorp VizPro announced that Madonna’s latest tour will be held at the Singapore National Stadium. No date was confirmed for the concert, but a Feb 28 day was previous posted on singer’s official website before it was later taken down.

The concert will be produced by Live Nation Global Touring in association with East West Best.

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Drag stars to pay tribute to Madonna in Care Resource / AIDS Walk Miami fundraiser

Oakland Park drag-dining club Lips on Jan. 20 will host a Madonna tribute to raise money for Care Resource, one of South Florida’s leading HIV/AIDS service agencies.

The 7 p.m. Madonna show, which coincides with the star’s Rebel Heart concert in Miami, is a sanctioned kick-off event for the 2016 AIDS Walk Miami, which is set for April 24 in South Beach.

Here’s the complete news release:

The Queen of Pop is bringing her “Rebel Heart” tour to Miami this January, but not before the luscious ladies of Lips perform their all-Madonna dinner show in her honor at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20. “Expose Your Rebel Heart —A Tribute to Madonna” at Lips will kick off the 28th annual AIDS Walk Miami to benefit Care Resource, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization.

Fans of Madonna and supporters of Care Resource will experience her likeness in an entirely exclusive show hosted by Daisy Deadpetals. The cast of Lips will perform their renditions of favorite Madonna songs such as Like a Virgin, Into the Groove, Papa Don’t Preach, and Like a Prayer.

“Care Resource is a vital link for those in need of comprehensive health care in Miami-Dade and Broward counties,” said Rick Siclari, CEO of Care Resource. “We are grateful to Lips and other organizations, which help support our mission today and tomorrow.”

While watching wildly entertaining Madonna-inspired performances, guests will enjoy Lips’ three-course dinner menu with a drag-a-licious salad, entree and dessert for $21. A $10 cover charge is additional, as well as beverages, tax and gratuity.

“We’re fortunate to be able to lend support to a great organization like Care Resource,” said Yvonne Lamé, Lips founder and co-owner. “There’s no better reason to celebrate than Madonna coming to town and each of our divas is ready to put her own unique twist on The Queen of Pop’s great music for this worthy cause.”

To reserve your seats for Lips’ “Expose Your Rebel Heart — A Tribute to Madonna” in support of Care Resource, please call Lips at (954) 567-0987. For more information about Lips, visit www.lipsusa.com.

About Lips

Six nights a week and every Sunday afternoon, Lips serves up great food and drag entertainment. Lips is the perfect place for a bachelorette party or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or even a divorce with an amazing cast of characters, including show hostesses Daisy Deadpetals, Nicolette, Misty Eyes, Twa La Rouge and Velvet Lenore. The fun never ends at Lips, with sister locations in New York, San Diego and Atlanta. Lips is located at 1421 East Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park, about one-mile east of I-95.

About Care Resource

Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). They have four facilities, including: Miami-Dade, Little Havana-(Miami-Dade), Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Care Resource provides comprehensive health and support services to address the full health care needs of our pediatric, adolescent and adult populations. For 31 years, the not-for-profit agency has put countless effort into building the infrastructure needed to benefit South Florida’s HIV positive community. Care Resource has been recognized as a 2015 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Healthcare Equality Index. For more information about Care Resource or to donate, please visithttps://www.careresource.org/.

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U.S. Star Madonna Donates to Her Raising Malawi Foundation – Malawi: Madonna Gives U.S.$1 Million to Her Raising Malawi Charity

00311678-f40c6cb8cfd92465176ba744c9449fd2-arc614x376-w614-us1Pop star Madonna who co-founded Raising Malawi Foundation after adoption her son David Banda in 2006, has given the group US$1 million to improve its public persona after being linked with the cult Kabbalah Center for years, it has been reported.

Last year Madonna donated $1,250,000 directly to Kabbalah. This year, the $1 million goes to Raising Malawi, which makes a lot of claims about work it’s doing in the impoverished southern African country from which Madonna adopted two children – David Banda and Mercy James.

The Raising Malawi website gives little info about who’s running it, and what constitutes a board of directors.

The pop star was appointed by President Peter Mutharika as Malawi’s Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare.

Read more at AllAfrica.com

Photo: Raising Malawi
Madonna in Malawi 2014.
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Pre-order Rebel Heart Japan Tour edition through Amazon now (link available)

Pre-order the Rebel Heart Tour edition exclusive to Japan to be released on January 29, 2016 through Amazon now.

The tour edition will come with an extra DVD containing all four official music videos to Rebel Heart (Living For Love, Ghosttown, Bitch I’m Madonna, Bitch I’m Madonna Sander Kleinenberg remix). The CD has a Japanese only bonus track (Living For Love – Dirty Pop Remix). The artwork is planned to be unique to this release, so different to the regular and deluxe versions.

The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included. Pre-order through this link:

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Swept Away part of Divas Triple Threat DVD pre-order link

Swept Away, the film Madonna starred in and directed by Guy Ritchie from 2002 will be released as part of the Divas Triple Threat DVD. This DVD is scheduled to be released January 12, 2016. The other two movies are Glitter starring Mariah Carey and Maid in Manhatten starring Jennifer Lopez. Click this link to pre-order

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