Madonna’s New Tour Reveals a Sickening Double Standard in Pop Music

Hours after Madonna opened her “Rebel Heart” tour in Montreal, a press release trumpeting the performance arrived in music writers’ inboxes the world over.

There, in canned, press release form, was pop music’s ongoing problem in a nutshell: women are held to a different standard.

Amid the granular details about her luxurious attire—“Madonna wears an exotic gypsy outfit comprising a lurex-lace-and-jacquard bodysuit with an embroidered belt, lace short sleeves, and multi-colored trimmings, plus a black crêpe de Chine skirt with embroidered patches and black georgette ruffles,” goes one such breathless passage—was a section that stood out, but not for the reasons Madonna and her publicity team intended.

Near the bottom of the release was a “by the numbers” section, detailing the exhaustive amount of manpower, time and money being poured into the intercontinental tour, which is scheduled to continue through 2016. (The tour sets up shop atMadison Square Garden for a two-night stand Wednesday, with a Barclays Center date set for Saturday.)

Instead of seeing the reams of information as illuminating—500 pairs of custom-made shoes; 20 dancers; more than 25,000 miles traveled—the litany of facts seemed oddly defensive.

“This tour is a lot of hard work,” it seemed to say, “and you should be grateful Madonna even wants to put herself through it.”

Read full article by The Observer here

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Five reasons you still need to see Madonna (Time Out NYC)

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1. Her newest album, Rebel Heart, is solid.
For someone who’s made a career of genre hopping and appropriating cultural trends, Madonna does a good job of floating above the fray on Rebel Heart. The album includes collaborations with Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West, with the best songs split between vocally driven tracks about love and heartbreak (“Joan of Arc”) and no-holds-barred party tunes (“Bitch, I’m Madonna”).

2. She’ll still play the hits.
The set will draw mainly from Rebel Heart, but you can still count on the singer to dip into classics like “Material Girl,” “Holiday” and “La Isla Bonita.”

3. Expect an unmatched stadium spectacle.
On 2012’s MDNA tour, Madonna opened the show by blowing away her backup dancers in a bloody motel tableau like something out of a Tarantino movie (her professed inspiration for the set piece). Look for moments here to be equally out there.

4. The costumes won’t disappoint.
We’re not sure she’s ever been able to top her Jean Paul Gaultier cone-bra look, but that doesn’t mean she won’t try. For this tour, she’s tapped designers including Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

5. Madge will be bringing it for her adopted hometown.
Don’t hold your breath for any onstage Drake-out sessions, but considering how closely Madonna’s career has been tied to the city, you can expect some special treatment. One thing that already we know: She’ll have New York native comedian Amy Schumer opening these three Gotham dates.

Madonna plays Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th and Barclays Center on Saturday, September 19th at 8pm. $45–$360.

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Rolling Stone Special Madonna Edition in Holland

Finally after some correspondence we can confirm that bookstore Athenaeum in the heart of Amsterdam will receive a small stock of the special Madonna Rolling Stone edition, the magazine is completely dedicated to her.

To reserve a copy please send them an e-mail: nieuwscentrum@athenaeum.nl or give them a call 020-5141470

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Princely sum for the ‘Queen of Pop’: Madonna fans to pay up to HK$11,888 to see ‘material girl’ in Hong Kong

Fans of controversial queen of pop Madonna, who makes her Hong Kong debut in February as part of her Rebel Heart world tour, may need to start saving now as tickets will cost as much as HK$11,888 per person.

The “Queen of Pop” will play her first concert in the city on February 17 in the main hall at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 25.

She will also be heading to Macau for two concerts at the new Studio City on February 20 and 21, as well as visiting Taiwan.

In 2013, local entertainment mogul Peter Lam Kin-ngok said Madonna had turned down the opportunity to perform in Hong Kong, saying the city’s venues were too small,

While Hong Kong fans will be excited at the news, those planning to get close to their heroine might be left out of luck after ticket prices were announced.

Full article HERE

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Madonna Announces New performances in the US & Asia

Just days after the launch of Madonna’s highly-anticipated Rebel Heart Tour, Live Nation announced today that Madonna is adding more tour dates in Asia and North America.  The new dates added to the 64-city world tour include first ever concerts by the Material Girl in Taipei, Hong Kong; Macau; Bangkok; Louisville, KY; San Antonio, Tulsa, OK, TX; Nashville, TN; as well as her first concerts in Tokyo in a decade and additional dates in Mexico City; and Houston, TX. A full list of dates can be found below.

The Rebel Heart Tour launched to two SOLD OUT nights and rave reviews in Montreal, Quebec on September 9th and 10th and will continue throughout North America and UK/Europe through the rest of 2015 and into 2016. The Montreal Gazette proclaimed  “in a spare-no-expense theatrical spectacle that artfully flowed from showstopper to showstopper, Madonna proved once again that she doesn’t just crave the spotlight — she owns it;” and Associated Press raved “Pole dancers dressed like nuns, Mike Tyson and nonstop theatrics.  Welcome to the church of Madonna,”

Tickets for the Rebel Heart concerts in North America will go on sale on Monday, September 21. Tickets in Hong Kong go on sale September 25 and in Taipei on Sat. Sept. 26. In Bangkok, tickets on sale on Sat. Oct. 3 and in Tokyo on sale Sat. Oct. 10th. On sale dates for the concert in Mexico City and the 2 performances in Macau to be announced.

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages. Fans may purchase an “Icon Live Pass” today, which gives them access not only to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also a free membership to Icon, the official Madonna fan club, access to a tour devoted forum and an exclusive tour gift. Fans who are already registered simply need to upgrade their account with the Icon Live Pass on Madonna.com.

In North America, Citi® cardmembers will be eligible for a presale opportunity beginning Thursday, Sept. 17th at 10am through Friday, September 18th at 5pm.In Asia, Citi® cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale opportunity in Taipei, Bangkok & Hong Kong.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

DATE – CITY – VENUE – ON SALE

Jan. 06 – Mexico City, MX – Sports Palace – Details to follow
Jan. 10 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center – On Sale Sept 21
Jan. 12 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center – On Sale Sept 21
Jan. 14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center – On Sale Sept 21
Jan. 16 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center – On Sale Sept 21
Jan. 18 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena – On Sale Sept 21

Feb. 04 – Taipei, Taiwan – Taipei Arena – On Sale Sept 26
Feb. 09 – Bangkok, Thailand – Impact Arena – On Sale Oct. 3
Feb. 13 – Tokyo, Japan – Saitama Arena – On Sale Oct 10
Feb. 17 – Hong Kong – Asia World Arena – On Sale Sept 25
Feb. 20 – Macau – Studio City Event Center – Details to follow
Feb. 21 – Macau – Studio City Event Center – Details to follow

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32-year wait is over: Madonna’s Hong Kong debut announced

Pop queen Madonna’s first concert in Hong Kong has been confirmed for AsiaWorld-Arena on February 16 next year.

Tour organiser Live Nation declined to comment earlier this month on talk   that Madonna would finally be making her debut in the city, but today announced a concert in Hong Kong would be added to the Asia-Pacific leg of her   Rebel Heart Tour.

Catching the appropriately named Material Girl in concert won’t come cheap – ticket prices range from HK$688 for the cheapest seats   all the way up to a whopping HK$11,888 for what organisers are calling the “ultimate front row VIP package”.

Read more: Madonna in Hong Kong: Will the Queen of Pop finally get into the HK groove and, if so, where will she play?

Shows in Manila, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane were   already   on the Rebel Heart schedule. Apart from the Hong Kong show, dates     in Taipei, Macau, Bangkok and Tokyo were announced yesterday.

The Rebel Heart Tour kicked off in Montreal, Quebec, on September 9 and will take in 64 cities before it wraps up in Brisbane on March 27, 2016. The tour follows the spring release of Madonna’s Rebel Heart album, the singer’s 13th studio album.

Since her 1983 debut, Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, making her the best-selling female recording artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records.

Ticket sales start at 10am on September 18 through HK Ticketing.

To read more by South China Morning Post

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With Help of Amy Schumer, Madonna Ticket Demand High For New York City Shows

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Madonna recently embarked on the maiden leg of her “Rebel Heart” tour, which will power across the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. Fans planning to attend will be greeted with plenty of surprises over the two-month stretch, though none will likely be bigger than the one planned for her three New York City gigs this week. Across two shows at Madison Square Garden (MSG – Get Report) and one gig at the Barclays Center, Madonna will call upon star comic Amy Schumer to open each night.

Get ready to pay big if you’re still looking for tickets in the Big Apple. According to TiqIQ, the average secondary market price for Madonna tickets over her next three shows is $465.66, marking a 38.6% premium over her tour average of $335.91. In fact, ticket prices are so high that both her second MSG show on Thursday and her stop at Barclays Center Saturday are averaging over $500 on the resale market.

The fun will begin in New York this Wednesday when the 57-year-old plays her first MSG gig. The average price for September 16 Madonna tickets is now $360.73, which serves as her cheapest date in New York this week. The get-in price is listed as $106. Prices will skyrocket following Wednesday’s show, with her Friday night gig at MSG now averaging $500.27 and get-in price starting at $108.

The Madonna-Schumer combo will come to an end on Saturday when the two cross the East River and head to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Saturday’s show has garnered the biggest ticket demand among all three New York City shows, as Madonna tickets at the Barclays Center currently own a secondary market average of $504.65 and a $115 get-in price.

The exorbitant secondary market ticket prices don’t end there for Madonna. Her stop in Brooklyn only serves as her fourth most expensive show of the tour, with shows at American Airlines Arena in Miami, The Forum in Los Angeles and Las Vegas’ MGM Grand later this year owning higher ticket averages. Each show currently has a $500+ average and her October 24 gig in Sin City is averaging a whopping $913.12. The cheapest ticket for the Las Vegas show is listed for $177.

While preliminary reports claimed that the iconic singer’s tour was flopping with poor ticket sales, Madonna is seeing quite the reverse trend; she has continued to add dates while ticket demand remains considerably high on the secondary market. The tour, which will also include legs in Europe, Asia and Australia, is the second most expensive tour this year behind Taylor Swift’s “1989” World Tour, which is averaging an astounding $377.64 ticket price across her 71-show excursion in the U.S. and Canada.

Madonna’s current tour is running in promotion of Rebel Heart, her thirteenth studio album that was released in March. Some 65 shows are scheduled across the globe through the end of March 2016; 29 of those dates will be held in the U.S. and Canada.

(@Jesse Lawrence for The Street)

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Madonna brings monster tour to Philly

Can you imagine listening to Katy Perry music 30 years from now?

I mean, seriously. Take a few moments of quiet reflection to think about that prospect.

Ugh.

What a terrible, bleak futurescape.

Like, do you think “I Kissed a Girl” is even going to make it onto the oldies station of tomorrow?

Will we even still have radio stations by the time any of this is worth considering?

So many questions. So little Katy Perry, hopefully, in the next few decades.

Now spend some time thinking about Madonna, if you would. Much better, right?

Madonna is seriously one of the most important pop figures of ever. Not only that, but she’s also incredibly prolific, and meaningfully so. Her “Rebel Heart” effort earlier in the year was surprisingly quiet, for a Madonna effort, but supremely solid and a critical hit. Catch her if you can Thursday night, Sept. 24, at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are $40 to $355. For more information, go to wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Read more at Courierpostonline

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On ‘Rebel Heart’ tour stop, Madonna doesn’t miss a beat

A Madonna concert in 2015 raises a host of questions: Is new album “Rebel Heart” any good? Amid the Beyonces, Taylors, Mileys and Gagas, where is Madonna’s place in pop music? After three decades in the spotlight, does Madonna still have it?

The moment Madonna’s show started Saturday night at the Verizon Center, those questions and more went out the window, a defenestration the Catholicism-obsessed queen of pop would appreciate. Surrounded by a phalanx of centurions (her dancers in their first get-up) and backed by a full band and three monstrous screens, Madonna descended from above in a cage and sang the first of the night’s many self-affirming songs, “Iconic.” “I’m starting a revolution,” she told the crowd. “Are you with me?”

For the capacity crowd, the answer was a resounding yes, even if the question is a bit dubious. Although “Rebel Heart” grabs at current pop sounds with both hands — a Diplo beat here, a Nicki Minaj verse there — the album feels anything but revolutionary. That didn’t seem to matter for her fans, the ones who grew up on her ’80s and ’90s hits, the ones dressed as bulls and matadors or “Like a Virgins” and “Material Girls.” Madonna has no illusions about the age of her audience, teasing an eager fan, “I remember you, baby — you’ve been following me around for three decades.”

Read full article at Washington Post

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Review: Madonna Shows Why She’s Queen At DC ‘Rebel Heart’ Show

“Bitch, I’m Madonna!”

That is a prominent phrase in the latest spectacle produced by non-other than the queen of pop, Madonna. The 57 year-old veteran proved her status on top of the throne as she performed an oldie-heavy set as part of her Rebel Heart Tour in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.

Impressive costumes, controversial themes, and intense choreography orchestrated the 13th world tour by the Michigan-native. While her new material delivered impeccable performances such as the Matador-inspired, Grammy show version performance of “Living For Love” and the Last Supper portrayal of “Devil Pray,” it was great reinventions (something she really knows how to do best) of some old hits that truly displayed her stage presence as the best female entertainer the world has ever seen.

A medley of songs in a way of Spanish acoustics consisting of “Dress You Up,” “Into The Groove,” “Everybody,” and “Lucky Star,” had followed up a nice rendition of “La Isla Bonita.” This became a highlight of the show, which had everyone on their feet. “Like A Virgin” had Madonna on center stage, all alone, just dancing like nobody’s watching – giving that ‘good feeling’ vibe to the concert.

Another intense moment occurred when Madonna got on a pole, which was essentially a cross, and stood on a half-naked nun while slowing down perhaps her biggest hit, “Vogue.” But that wasn’t the only jaw-dropping moment, as during one of her songs a male dancer dressed like a preacher opens the singer’s legs simulating oral sex and she says “Yeezus loves my pussy best.”

Provocative? No doubt. In fact, that’s what Madonna said was the reason why President Barack Obama may have not attended her show in the nation’s capital. “I invited him,” she said. Soon after that, she dedicated a beautiful version of “La Vie En Rose” to him – which showcased one of the talents she doesn’t get enough credit for, her good vocals.

Having little to prove, Madonna keeps surpassing the only thing she worries about now … herself. As long as she keeps outdoing her past works, she will keep doing it. And as long as she keeps selling out arenas all over the world, she will keep touring.

“Thank-you for following me for three decades,” she mentioned before singing her fan-dedicated song ‘Rebel Heart.’ “Thanks to you my kids go to good schools.”

Read full article at The Daily Twist

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Madonna in DC: Maybe Obama thinks I’m too ‘provocative’

Madonna came pulsing into DC for her Rebel Heart tour on Saturday night, where she played to a packed house at the Verizon Center.

But there was one notable absence: no sign of our Commander in Chief.

Madge told the crowd she was thrilled to be in the Nation’s Capital, “even if Barack Obama didn’t come to my show. I did invite him, you know,” she said. “Maybe he thinks I’m too ‘provocative.’”

Hmm…where would he get that idea??

The show, which opened with Gothic-style theatrics with her Madgesty making her grand entrance in a suspended cage, featured half-naked nuns, a priest, and plenty of ripped, glistening dancers.

But the best part?

A Spanish-style segment that deftly wove in a string of her classic hits.

Also: how is this woman 57??!? She’s still got it.

Read more at USA Today

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Rebel Heart Tour: Madonna Takes the Verizon Center by Storm (review)

“I still believe in love — even if Barack Obama didn’t come to my show,” Madonna teased near the end of Saturday night’s concert at the Verizon Center. “Maybe I’m too provocative.” Like all her tours, Rebel Heart had its fair share of provocation, chiefly through repeated sacrilegious references to God and Catholic iconography.

But that’s always been Madonna’s cross to bear (and her bread and butter). This time out it was confined to the opening numbers. If you could look past it, as well as her overuse of war and violent imagery (Madonna is seemingly forever fighting someone, from God and Gaga to Guy and the media), you probably left charmed by the evening.

The Rebel Heart Tour finds Madonna at her happiest and most personable, and also in her best voice. In past tours she seemed to be performing on auto-pilot, but not on Saturday.

Edgy and sassy and unapologetic, Madonna once again proved her predominance in pop performance. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like her new album, even though it accounted for nearly half of the two-hour set. The truth is, few others working in pop today put on such a compelling and sensory-rich, top-notch theatrical production from beginning to end. Madonna makes her concerts feel like celebrations.

Read full article at Metroweekly.com

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Short recap Washington DC Rebel Heart show

Last night in Washington was a blast, great vibe during the pre-show and a load of dressed up fans with (selfmade) shirts. It appears M always starts the show right after Michael Jacksons’ Wanna Be Startin’ Something. She started perfectly on time around the clock of 9.35pm. She joked she invited Obama to come, but he didn’t as probably he thought the show would be too provocative. She spoke about not believing in marriage, same sex marriage only. The issue with marriage is you belong to your husband, she belongs to all of us. This time she did bring a girl upon the stage wearing a homemade Confessions Tour outfit.

Thanks to Jochen Vanhoudt on location

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