Madonna to Play ‘Ellen’ for a Full Week

When Madonna‘s not living for love, she’s living for Ellen (appearances).

The singer will be Ellen‘s musical guest for a full week, Live Nation announced today. She’ll be on the program Monday March 16 through Friday March 20. (Rebel Heart, her latest, drops March 10 in the United States.)

Madonna To Launch ‘Rebel Heart’ World Tour in August

In addition to the music, the two will be sure to discuss her just-announced massive world tour, which will kick off August 29 in Miami.

The countdown to some kind of viral-y video with Ellen DeGeneres falling over in a cape begins now.

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Le Pen accepts offer of a drink with Madonna

France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen has said yes to an offer from US pop icon Madonna to “sit down and have a drink”. The pair famously fell out when one of Madonna’s videos featured an image of Le Pen complete with a swastika on her forehead

Madonna has always said you should “Express Yourself” and that’s exactly what the 56-year-old singer has been doing while in France this week.

She first hit the French newspapers last week after comparing France and Europe to Nazi Germany – leaving some to question her authority on the matter considering she was born in the US in 1958.

On Monday, she made headlines in France again after inviting the leader of the National Front for a meeting over a ‘demi’ bière or two.

“I think I would like to sit down and have a drink with Marine Le Pen,” Madonna said on the Grand Journal TV programme. “I want to understand where she’s coming from.”

It certainly sounded like a prayer for the Material Girl – and that prayer was answered on Tuesday afternoon.

After initially telling RTL radio that she wouldn’t be meeting the diva, Le Pen did an about turn later in the day.

“I accept Madonna’s invitation with pleasure,” she told the AFP news agency.

“I appreciate people who make overtures in good faith.”

The relationship between the two women has a rocky foundation.

In 2012, the American kicked off her world tour with a show featuring a video montage of Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. The footage was followed by another photomontage of Hitler and Le Pen.

The French political party threatened legal action over what they called an “odious comparison”, and Madonna cut the montage from her show.

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Madonna Live Reports now back online!

We are in the process to transfer all the sections of the ‘old’ website onto the current one, which is a long and slow process especially during such a hectic ‘Rebel Heart’ time.

We have just completed the ‘Madonna Live Reports’ section under ‘Special Reports’ in the main menu. This section contains all of our live reports from attending the Who’s That Girl Tour in 1987 up until the latest Hard Candy launch Berlin in 2013 where we met Madonna. This is a section that has always been very popular and we have received many positive comments about it.

Step back in time and relive some of the (promo) tours that you have attended as well.

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Madonna’s new album is full of ‘Heart’

When Madonna sings on the title track of her latest album, Rebel Heart (***1/2 out of four; out March 10), that she has “outgrown my past and I’ve shed my skin,” she is both protesting too much and engaging in understatement.

Our most durable pop star has indeed reinvented elements of her look and sound repeatedly over the past 30 years, but Madonna has retained the same essence: that of a woman who champions and demands love, in every sense of that loaded word. No single artist has been more crucial in shaping our modern view of celebrities as people who need people — and attention.

As that view has metastasized into an expectation that artists share ever more of their personal and creative lives, fame’s double-edged sword has grown a bit sharper. Madonna felt it last December, when two batches of early recordings from the Heartsessions — essentially, an album in progress — were leaked online. Her immediate response was to quickly polish remixes of the first bunch, and make them available to those who pre-ordered the album.

Rebel Heart includes those six songs and 13 more, and they present Madonna at her most determined and spiritually unplugged. The sound — crafted with such hip-hop, pop and EDM names as Kanye West, Toby Gad, Avicii and Diplo — is not so much raw as purposefully lean and piercingly direct, as are the lyrics, which mine emotions from righteous anger and pain to resolute joy.

Ghosttown mixes a disarmingly earnest sweetness with a stark, chilly arrangement, while on Heartbreak City, Madonna lashes out at a former lover over a shuffling hip-hop groove. The defiant exuberance of first single Living For Love gives way to the deceptively gentle, powerfully infectious Body Shop, with its tinkering rhythms and sly innuendo.

There are more graphic references to sex, and two song titles include a mild an expletive. A disciple, Nicki Minaj, pops up on the frisky B—ch I’m Madonna, in which the titular star chants, “You’re gonna love this. … You can’t touch this.” Madonna could be parodying followers — some of whom have absorbed her through Minaj and other younger stars — who have been inspired by her confidence and marketing savvy but are often less intuitive about things like desire and pain, be it their own or others’.

Madonna asserts both her enduring indomitability and her vulnerability, even getting self-referential a few times. On Veni Vidi Vici, she charts the past via song titles — “I saw a Ray of Light/Music saved my life” — then passes the mic to Nas, who recalls his own rise, rather more flamboyantly.

Nas raps playfully at the end, “Madonna on the track/Nas in the back.” But each is a survivor, and Rebel Heart celebrates that increasingly rare bird with a bittersweet vengeance.

Download: HeartBreak City, Body Shop, Veni Vidi Vici, Ghosttown.

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Madonna on Jonathan Ross press images

Madonna appears in a very special episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, which will air in mid-March, talking for the first time about her fall at the recent Brit Awards and her thoughts on her children taking drugs. The Jonathan Ross Show Madonna Special will broadcast on ITV on Saturday March 14. The next episode (Saturday February 28) features Sigourney Weaver, Thierry Henry, Martin Clunes, Kanye West and Tracey Emin, airing at 9.40pm on ITV1. Dave Hogan/Hotsauce/REX Photos

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Madonna ‘Rebel Heart’ Hacker Indicted on Four Counts

Ari Lederman faces five years in prison for computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring, copyright infringement and obstructing investigation

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The Israeli man accused of hacking into Madonna and her associates’ computers and leaking songs destined for the singer’s March 6th-bound Rebel Heart has been indicted on four counts. Adi Lederman, who three years ago tried out for Israel’s then-top-rated TV singing competition Kochav Nolad (A Star Is Born), was charged with computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring, copyright infringement and obstructing investigation, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

According to court documents, Lederman was able to steal the demo versions of Madonna’s Rebel Heart tracks by infiltrating the private cloud accounts of Madonna associates Sara Zambreno, engineer Angie Teo and musical director Kevin Antunes as well as an e-mail account belonging to Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary. Lederman had allegedly compromised Zambreno’s cloud going back to 2012, with court documents accusing the hacker of also stealing MDMA‘s “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” That song leaked out after Lederman sold the file to an unspecified person.

Lederman’s hack wasn’t an especially profitable endeavor, as court documents show that he was only compensated from “tens of dollars to a thousand dollars” for what he grabbed off the cloud accounts, which he then sold to two accomplices. Lederman’s obstruction of the investigation charge comes after he advised an accomplice to erase all of their correspondence after Lederman became suspicious that authorities were on his trail. If found guilty of all counts, Lederman faces up to five years in prison.

“I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker,” Madonna said in a Facebook message at the time of Lederman’s arrest. “I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music. Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life – creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime.”

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