Madonna teasing surprising setlist choices for Rebel Heart tour

Madonna appears to be teasing the setlist for her upcoming Rebel Heart tour through the medium of – what else – cryptic Instagram posts.

And if her posts – lyrics to some of her vintage hits with the hashtag #rebelhearttour – are to be believed, fans should expect some underloved classics to appear in the setlist when the tour kicks off in Montreal on September 9.

For many years now, Madonna’s tours have focused on her current album with a smattering of her biggest hits: Vogue, Holiday, Like A Prayer, Hung Up (the electric guitar version – sob). But just check out the songs she’s teasing, through song lyrics – and sometimes, song titles:

Deeper and Deeper (YAAAAS)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Who’s That Girl
Dress You Up
True Blue

…That’s some vintage, underappreciated Madge right there. Several sources are reporting that today, Madonna posted – then quickly deleted – this update, suggesting she’ll include sugar-sweet True Blue album track Jimmy Jimmy:

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New Zealand residents contest to see Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour!

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For the first time ever – Madonna is coming to New Zealand!
The queen of pop is coming to perform two shows as part of her Rebel Heart Tour at Auckland’s Vector Arena, March 5th and 6th 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 6th at 10am.
Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter and producer who has sold a record breaking 300 million records, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful, provocative and enduring live performers of all time speaks for itself. The 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet tour is the highest grossing tour of all time for a solo artist and the 2012 MDNA tour was the most successful tour of that year.

Tickets for the Rebel Heart concerts in New Zealand go on sale on Monday, July 6th at 10am through ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999.

MADONNA
REBEL HEART WORLD TOUR – NEW ZEALAND 2016
Produced by Live Nation Global Touring. Proudly supported by More FM
Saturday March 5, 2016 – Vector Arena, Auckland
Sunday March 6, 2016 – Vector Arena, Auckland
Pre-sale ticket details:

New Zealand Citi® Cardmembers pre-sale: Wednesday June 24th at 10am – Friday, June 26th at 5pm (www.livenation.co.nz)
Spark special pre-sale: from 11am on Tuesday, June 30th
My Live Nation members pre-sale: Friday, July 3rd at 10am – Saturday, July 4th at 5pm

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:
#RebelHeartTour
For New Zealand residents apply for contest: HERE
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Who’s That Girl and Deeper and Deeper to be included in the setlist?

So M keeps on playing her little teaser game, now mentioning true classics such as Who’s That Girl and Deeper and Deeper. Will they be included in the setlist for the Rebel Heart Tour?

Who’s That Girl was a huge hit for Madonna, in Holland it spent four weeks at number one in the charts. However she’s only ever performed the song live during the Who’s That Girl Tour. Originally the track was planned to be included on The Immaculate Collection, but later replaced by new track Rescue Me.

Let’s take a look at the stunning performance at the Who’s That Girl Tour in Japan in 1987

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Why do we love to hate Madonna?

RICHARD S. HE questions our love/hate relationship with pop’s first lady ahead of Madonna’s first Australian tour in 23 year.

Madonna was never a bigger pariah than in 1993, the last time she toured Australia. Her infamous Sex book had just given an enormous middle finger to the prudishness of ‘90s pop culture. Equally pretentious and tongue-in-cheek, it was a coffee table art book that had no place in most respectable living rooms. Of course, you didn’t actually have to read it – the point was just that it existed. But at the same time her complex, contradictory Erotica record suffered for it, reduced to Sex’s same hypersexual veneer. She’d become too good a provocateur. That punk rock incarnation of Madonna would feel right at home in 2015, now that Sex has paved the way for everyone from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian. Popstars who weren’t alive for ‘Like a Prayer’’s release revere her. So why does it still feel like the general public can’t wait to prematurely wheel her to the retirement home?

Madonna’s been called “desperate”, “calculated”, and much worse – usually by straight white men – ever since she rolled off the 1984 VMAs stage singing ‘Like a Virgin’ in a wedding dress. If it wasn’t true then, it’s even less true now. Nothing she did, not even Sex, was ever just bald-faced provocation. Now, Madonna has nothing left to prove except, ironically, that she still has something left to prove. No genre has a shorter memory than pop, where you’re only as good as your last move or you’re a flop. She can’t help being compared to not only all the younger, hungrier popstars in her wake but her entire three-decade legacy, like an albatross around her neck
Read more at https://www.fasterlouder.com.au/features/43147/Why-do-we-love-to-hate-Madonna#brgQUpyHIvpX5ReM.99

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MADONNA & NICKI MINAJ’S “BITCH I’M MADONNA” DEBUTS AT #84 ON HOT 100

“Bitch I’m Madonna” is the first Madonna single since “Give Me All Your Luvin'” to reach the Billboard Hot 100.

Bolstered by the launch of the buzzworthy music video, Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj)” arrives on this week’s edition of the Billboard Hot 100.

The track starts at #84 on the listing, which accounts for sales, streaming and radio activity.

While lead album single “Living for Love” reached the “Bubbling Under Hot 100″ chart, “Bitch” is the first “Rebel Heart” track to reach the actual Hot 100.

Interestingly, Madonna’s previous Hot 100 entry also featured Nicki Minaj. “Give Me All Ur Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and MIA),” that song, went as high as #10 in 2012.

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In case you forgot, Madonna is still awesome

Madonna is finally headed to New Zealand for the first time and we thought it might be good to remind you why she has been – and remains – one of pop’s biggest and most intriguing figures.

Madonna will visit NZ and play for the first time at Vector Arena. Photo / Supplied
Madonna will visit NZ and play for the first time at Vector Arena. Photo / Supplied

It’s all her fault

There’s no doubt Madonna’s influence has been both broad and enduring. She was the first Queen of Pop, breaking into an industry that was dominated by men with impressive force. She also changed the role of women with her fearless attitude towards sharing opinions, and introducing new ideas of feminism and sexuality.

She broke taboos, created controversy, was stylistically adventurous, and throughout it all, exerted remarkable control over her own career. Wikipedia lists over 150 artists who have named her as an influence (Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Britney Spears among them, as well as Adam Lambert and Justin Timberlake), and the reason the world’s music charts are now dominated by solo female artists is certainly, in major part, down to Madonna.

Click HERE for full article by The New Zealand Herald

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Growing older with Madonna

NEW YORK — In the video for Bitch I’m Madonna, a party anthem released last Thursday (June 18), the pop star of the title, in a clingy Moschino leopard-print dress, hot-pink coif and gold teeth grills, romps through the corridors of the Standard hotel along New York City’s High Line. “The bass is pumping,” she sings, adding a suggestive phrase before gleefully making out with some guy in the hallway.

Madonna will turn 57 in August. As she has repeatedly pointed out, her age is not going to slow her down. “Shut up jealous bitches!” she wrote recently on her Instagram account. “I hope you are as fun loving and adventurous as me when you’re my age!!!! Hahahhahaha let’s see.”

But the subject of her advancing years dominates seemingly every conversation about her, as she has become a crusader, willingly or not, against age discrimination. As someone who once tracked her closely, I have watched with queasy fascination her attempts to navigate the undeniable fact that she is growing older before our eyes in an era of obsessive self-documentation and rampant oversharing — one that she had a direct hand in creating.

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MADONNA’S SCHTICK IS BEING MADONNA

Tidal is the Regina George of music streaming services. With a “You can’t sit with us” mentality—even when you do make it to the table, it taxes you immensely. No wonder it’s where the “cool kids” sit: Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Jack White et al. And wherever the cool kids are these days, that’s exactly where you’ll find Madonna. Even though Madonna was a pop culture trendsetter in her prime, she’s now a needy tag along, cloyingly keen to assert her relevance by the company she keeps. At least that’s how I saw it, until she released the video for “Bitch I’m Madonna.”

When I heard she had a song called “Bitch I’m Madonna,” my first thought thought was “of course she does.” My second was that the title of the track needed a comma after the “Bitch”—which I still think is necessary—but that’s just me being pedantic about commas. When I heard the song featured vocals by Nicki Minaj, and cameo appearances by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Rita Ora and Beyoncé, I was even more convinced that this would be one more misstep in the saga that is Madonna’s attempt to be forever 21. And for the most part, it is, but it works—which is was the last thing I expected.

Even though the basic premise of video is pretty much a straight rip-off of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” I’m not even mad. Mostly because Madonna’s cameo-heavy, montage-y video is better. It’s more fun, more self aware, and weirdly, less try-hard. Although, that’s generally the number one criticism I’ll level at Madonna in this latter part of her career: that she’s posing as something she’s intrinsically not. Here, she’s Taylor Swift, surrounded by a gaggle of high profile, rich, powerful women. Except that she’s not Taylor Swift. She’s Madonna. For the most part, I’ve never really understood the militant offense people take to the adaptation of ideas. Intellectual property theft is one thing (a criminal act), but seeing something good, emulating and updating it, is pop culture in a nutshell.

read full article HERE

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2015 Mid-Year Readers’ Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Artists, Songs & More!

Vote for your favorite songs, albums, artist, music videos and moments of 2015’s first half!

In one week, 2015 will be halfway done — and a fantastic year of popular music will already be in the books. From Taylor Swift‘s unstoppable radio run to Sam Smith‘s huge Grammys night to the One Direction lineup shakeup to Madonna‘s latest eye-popping music video, this year has been host to some musical moments that will resonate long after the year ends. Now, it’s your turn to sound off on the most unforgettable pieces of pop over the past six months.

The 10 Best Songs of 2015 (So Far): Fetty Wap, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves & More

With the first half of 2015 nearly complete, cast your vote now in the fifth annual Billboard.com Mid-Year Readers’ Poll to tell us what artists, songs, albums, videos, tours and fashion choices have defined this year. Which Hot 100 Top 5 smash was your go-to jam? What single moment was the most buzzed-about of 2015? And which new artist do you think enjoyed the biggest breakout? We’ve offered a few suggestions for each category, but feel free to write in a candidate.

Vote now in the 2015 Mid-Year Readers’ Poll, and we’ll announce all of the winners at the end of the week (June 26) on Billboard.com!

Bitch I’m Madonna is nominated in the Best Music Video section, start voting NOW HERE

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Is Madonna teasing songs from Rebel Heart Tour setlist?

Madonna has been hinting to various songs from her catalog in recent Instagram posts, will these be included in the Rebel Heart setlist or is she just teasing us?

She has been mentioning Rescue Me, a song that was included at the very last minute on The Immaculate Collection (to read more about this release, visit our Album Promo page). Rescue Me was issued as a single, but has never been performed live.

M has also mentioned True Blue, a very well known song that has only been performed during her Who’s That Girl Tour. What a treat it would be if this would be included in the setlist!

Dress You Up received a mention as well, an absolute Madonna classic performed to perfection during The Virgin Tour, in a medley during the Who’s That Girl Tour and a rock version during the 2009 version of Sticky & Sweet. Will we be hearing it again?

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Amy Schumer on upcoming Madonna shows: ‘There’s no one in the world I’d want to open for more’

We’re only midway through 2015 but it’s seems safe to declare this the year of Amy Schumer. She’s already hosted the MTV awards; the third season of Inside Amy Schumer has been sharper and funnier than ever; her movie Trainwreck will debut on July 17; and she’s even won a Peabody. What else is left? Opening for Madonna, of course.

Schumer tells EW that she’s a lifelong “huge, crazy” Madonna fan (the video she tweeted out—see below—of a young Amy Schumer singing ‘Like a Prayer’ backs this up). “I murdered all her albums,” she says. “It was the craziest thing. Chris Rock called me a couple of months ago and was like, ‘Madonna wants your phone number.’ I’m like, I can’t believe you have my phone number!”

Before she knew it, her Madgesty asked if she’d open for her in New York this September. “My answer was of course,” Schumer says. “There is no one in the world I’d want to open for more. I was just jumping up and down and called all my girlfriends from high school.”

And while she may be a little nervous—”These shows could be really rough for me because they’re waiting for Madonna and then I’m out there telling jokes”—she knows there’s one happy benefit to this gig. “I’m just excited to be close up to the stage and scream sing her songs.”

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Madonna’s Longtime Publicist Liz Rosenberg to Retire

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Liz Rosenberg

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The music business veteran also represents Stevie Nicks, Cher and Michael Buble.

Liz Rosenberg, a music industry veteran who is best known to the masses asMadonna‘s publicist, has announced her retirement.

She broke the news to the New York Post‘s Page Six column on June 23, jokingly commenting, “I think two centuries is long enough, don’t you?”

Rosenberg has been Madonna’s publicist since 1983. She also currently represents Cher, Stevie Nicks and Michael Buble. A longtime staffer at Warner Bros. Records, where she started working 1971, she launched her own firm, Liz Rosenberg Media, in 2010 after leaving the label. During her 39-year tenure at Warner Bros., she worked with such acts as Van Halen, Prince and Rod Stewart, among many others.

Madonna Will Tour Australia and New Zealand…Finally 

Rosenberg has been by Madonna’s side at countless red carpet premieres, events and interviews for over three decades. During that time, she became a favorite among media professionals, beloved for her signature sarcasm and often outrageous attire (a favorite: cat ears). In 2008, during the Queen of Pop’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Madonna thanked Rosenberg in her acceptance speech.

“She’s been — and still is — the head of publicity for my entire career,” Madonna said to the audience. “Now, does anybody understand the insanity of being my publicist for the last 25 years? Well, I think Liz was smoking a joint when I first met her. I walked into her office and she very politely stubbed it out in the ashtray. I don’t think she thought I knew she was smoking a joint but it was a little bit obvious. Anyway, we hit it off right away. She was my kinda girl — tough, irreverent and funny. And we’ve had a long and amazing chunk of time together.”

Billboard has reached out to Rosenberg for what’s sure to be another entertaining comment.

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Madonna’s longtime publicist set to retire

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Madonna relied on her, so did Cher.

Now, ever-quotable p.r. queen Liz Rosenberg exclusively tells us she’s abdicating her throne to retire.

“I think two centuries is long enough, don’t you?” quipped Rosenberg, who’s also repped Michael Bublé and Stevie Nicks and worked with Prince, Rod Stewart,Carly Simon and Ashford & Simpson.

Madonna portrayed her on “SNL” in 1992 — “the good ol’ days,” Rosenberg recalled.

She launched Liz Rosenberg Media in 2010 after nearly 40 years at Warner Bros. Records.

“It reminds me not to take it all too seriously,” Rosenberg said of her look — regularly wearing bunny ears on starry red carpets.

Full article (NYPost.com Page SIX by Carlos Greer) HERE

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Top 10 Madonna videos

The Queen of Pop released her new video “Bitch I’m Madonna” Wednesday, which featured cameos by some of the biggest names in music.

In honor of the release of the “Bitch I’m Madonna” video, TheCelebrityCafe.com is counting down her top 10 videos of all time. Of course it was no easy task since the singer has been making videos for more than three decades and has about 70 under her belt. But we narrowed it down to 10 of Madonna’s most epic videos that we all know and remember.

The Top 10 is HERE

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Madonna Sued Over Hard Candy Trademark

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Hard Candy, which makes clothing and fashion accessories for young women, claims Madonna is violating its trademark and trying to license Hard Candy Fitness clubs and clothing.
Florida-based Hard Candy sued Madonna, her manager Guy Oseary, MGHCandy and Epic Rights on Friday, in Federal Court. It claims Madonna is the managing member of MGHCandy, that Oseary owns 50 percent or more of the company, and the Epic Rights is its licensor.

Read full article by Courthouse News Service HERE

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