Where Madonna partied until dawn — and more on the Material Girl’s NYC life

Move over, Gaga, and take a hike, Taylor — the true Queen of Pop has returned for her crown.
This week, Madonna released her 13th album, “Rebel Heart,” and it finds her in a reflective mood. In particular, one song called “Veni Vedi Vici” references her early days scraping together rent while living on the Lower East Side before her rise to fame in the mid-’80s. More than 30 years later, the 56-year-old has certainly left her mark around Gotham — and the city is full of Madonna-related history. This is her New York.

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Madonna busts a move on the Danceteria rooftop in July 1983. (Photo: Bob Gruen)

Like so many wannabe stars in the 1980s, the Roxy and Danceteria were two places Madonna played to help hone her act. Legendary New York photographer Bob Gruen recalls seeing her perform at both venues. “I first saw her play at the Roxy in 1983,” he tells The Post. “It was the style to wear a lot of belts back then, and she had six or seven of them that would fall down to her knees. She looked pretty awkward, but a few months later, she played on the roof of Danceteria. She had already gotten a lot better and this time, the show was packed.”

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Sky Radio 101 FM upcoming Madonna competition

Sky Radio is the official media partner for Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour in Holland. They are running an upcoming comeptition, stay tuned for a teaser in the week of 16-22 March.

Then pay attention in the week of 23-27 March for a chance to win one of a total of 50 tickets to see Madonna. If you hear a Madonna track being played between 9am and 5pm, text ‘MADONNA’ or participate in the app facebook.com/skyradio.

Stay tuned!

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5 reasons to see Madonna’s second show in Edmonton

It is due to “overwhelming” demand that a second Madonna show has been added to her first ever appearance in Edmonton: Monday, Oct. 12 at Rexall Place. The Sunday, Oct. 11 show is SOLD OUT.

The Queen of Pop tours upon her 13th studio record,Rebel Heart, a free online copy of which comes with the online purchase of any ticket. Seats for the new show go on sale Monday, March 16, from $56 to $380 and up.

Full article by Gigcity

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The Many Heresies of Madonna Louise Ciccone

“Why was she gay? Come on!”

Irked, Madonna twists her fingerless lace gloves, exposing a bejeweled skull on her ring finger. It’s a Friday night in the dead of winter, and we’re sitting in a windowless office in an anonymous skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. The drab space has been enhanced at Madonna’s request with a few cultural cues: Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless streams in an adjoining room, while Carl Dreyer’s 1928 masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc, streams in this one, as the Queen of Pop lashes me for my ignorance regarding the Maid of Orleans. The lashing is figurative, but Madonna’s impatience is real. I’m only stating the obvious, I think, in observing that the virgin warrior must have been gay, but what this lazy assumption tells Madonna is that I have completely missed the point of Joan of Arc.

By extension, I have also missed the point of Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th studio album, the eighth track of which is “Joan of Arc,” a hauntingly beautiful mash-up of country and pop. “Joan of Arc” is one of the strongest tracks on the record, which, in its full Super Deluxe edition, comprises a staggering 25 songs, a dozen genres, scores of collaborators (ranging from rodeo raver Avicii to boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson), and nearly 100 minutes, making it the most protracted album of her career. As a manically curated compendium of contemporary beats — grasping for relevance in virtually every musical sub-niche — it could also be called her most ambitious album. All of which helps to explain why it matters to Madonna that I bring some rigor to my assessment of Saint Joan’s sexuality. Rebel Heart is not a gay-club dance album, and Joan of Arc was not a gay saint.

“OK, she dressed like a boy and she cut off her hair,” Madonna says. “That’s what the church tried to say. Also that the dauphin who supported her, that he was gay.” She bristles at the stupidity of equating a hairdo and a suit of armor with sexual orientation, and I, evidently no better than an English cardinal, sag with shame.

Read the full article by OUT magazine here

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Madonna Paris concert sells out in ‘five minutes’

PARIS (AFP) – A Dec 9 concert in Paris by US pop star Madonna sold out within “five minutes” of going on sale Monday, the organisers of the event said.
All 15,000 tickets for the concert, priced from 51 to 205 euros (S$76 to S$334), were snapped up, the company Live Nation said.

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Madonna performs Living for Love at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb 8. — PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) – A Dec 9 concert in Paris by US pop star Madonna sold out within “five minutes” of going on sale Monday, the organisers of the event said.

All 15,000 tickets for the concert, priced from 51 to 205 euros (S$76 to S$334), were snapped up, the company Live Nation said.

The date is for now the only one Madonna will be playing in France, her first event in the country since 2012.

The 56-year-old American singer will on August 29 kick off a tour of North America and Europe to promote her latest album, Rebel Heart, as well as revisiting some of her crowd-pleasing past standards. Currently, she has 35 concert dates programmed.

Madonna has sought to calm a festering row with France’s far-right politician Marine Le Pen started back in 2012 when the diva showed a photo of Le Pen on stage in Paris with a swastika superimposed on her forehead, earning the threat of a lawsuit.

Last week on French TV, the American star suggested she and Le Pen “sit down and have a drink” and talk about their points of view.

Le Pen the next day accepted the invitation “with pleasure”, but there hasn’t been any sign yet of the two blondes getting together for their discussion.

(@www.straitstimes.com)

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