THE BRITS FULL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (Madonna closes the show)

Here’s the order of performances on the BRIT Awards tonight at London’s O2 Arena, along with scheduled times:

8:03 – Taylor Swift

8:22 – Sam Smith

8:38 – Royal Blood

8:53 – Ed Sheeran

9:09 – Kanye West

9:25 – Take That

9:38 – George Ezra

9:51 – Paloma Faith

10:09 – Madonna

Kanye replaces originally scheduled performer Rihanna, who reportedly was a no-show at rehearsals and pulled out at the last minute.

“Everything was prepared for Rihanna’s performance but she was a no-show,” a source told The Sun. “The organizers are furious as she was one of the biggest coups.”

West is expected to perform a new song in front of a battalion of musicians and a team of dancers.

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Rebel Heart review by Rolling Stone

Madonna gets down with Kanye, Avicii and more on a supercatchy, sexed-up album *** 1/2

For many years, Madonna avoided the Internet like gluten. But in December, the Internet decided to stop waiting for Madonna, and everything went wrong: Her music was stolen and leaked; her hasty, emotional responses on Instagram used terms like “rape” and “terrorism,” provoking (you guessed it) Internet outrage. Her swift solution was to put six songs online immediately, with a promise that 13 more would follow in March. But some of those 13 new songs have turned what might have been a modern-day pop treasure into a diamond struggling to escape the rough.

Rebel Heart is a long, passionate, self-referential meditation on losing love and finding purpose in chilling times. It’s also a chance for the Queen of Pop to floss a bit and reflect on how she painstakingly carved a path others have happily twerked down in the years since her 1983 debut. The über-fit 56-year-old star gleefully enunciates “bitch” on the refreshing, reggae-tinged “Unapologetic Bitch” and the frenetic, Nicki Minaj-assisted “Bitch I’m Madonna,” both featuring Diplo’s ear-tingling airhorn blasts. She quotes herself on three songs, calling back to iconic passages from “Vogue” and “Justify My Love” before whisper-rapping about her past hits in “Veni Vidi Vici.”

The album opens with another kind of flashback — the classic-sounding house jam “Living for Love,” a buoyant song about moving on after a breakup. The stellar “HeartBreakCity,” meanwhile, is a dramatic plunge into post-relationship hell. The singer grappled with her divorce from Guy Ritchie on her past two albums, but now that she’s back on the market, there are new fools to smack down.

Her co-pilots this time aren’t the electro mavens who assisted on 2012’s glossy MDNA nor the pop titans who lent a hand on 2008’s dancier Hard Candy — they’re trendier talents like Blood Diamonds and established hitmakers like Kanye West. Sometimes these collaborations gel perfectly, like on “Illuminati,” West’s grimy take on the Internet’s favorite conspiracy theory, and “Devil Pray,” where Avicii helps Madonna revive the strums-and-beats vibe of 2000’s Music. And Minaj’s verse on “Bitch I’m Madonna” is pure fire.

Unfortunately, cameos from Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson don’t elevate their respective songs. And Madonna lets her own appetite for over-the-top sex songs run wild on a handful of cringy tracks like “Holy Water” (an ode to oral sex featuring the unfortunate line “Yeezus loves my pussy best”) and “S.E.X.,” which spells out an unconventional list of bedroom aids including “chopsticks, underwear, bar of soap, dental chair.”

The album is at its strongest when Madonna shoves everyone to the side and just tells it to us straight. So it’s fitting that she wraps up the deluxe edition with the title track, recalling how she went from weird kid to narcissist to spiritual thinker over Avicii’s bright, orchestrated production. Deep down, Madonna does have a rebel heart — and you can’t fault her for reminding us that pop music is all the better for it.

From The Archives Issue 1230: March 12, 2015

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Madonna Fights Back: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Madonna gets fiery and introspective, discussing ageism, Gaga and more in our cover story

Madonna returns to the cover of Rolling Stone in our latest issue (on stands Friday) giving her most revealing, introspective and fiery interview in years. In the in-depth Q&A with senior writer Brian Hiatt, Madonna discusses her real feelings about Lady Gaga, her marriage to Guy Ritchie, her relationship with Judaism, her assessment of Kanye West, her love for Whiplash and much more.

“I don’t think she wants my crown,” Madonna says, referring to Gaga. “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing. . .The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs. It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’ She has her thing. I do think she’s a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue. And everybody’s obviously running with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly. And you know what? I don’t care anymore. Here’s the thing: one day everyone’s going to shut up about it. You’ll see! I have a plan. ”

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Israeli who allegedly hacked Madonna indicted

Israeli accused of selling unreleased tracks as well as collecting huge archive of e-mails and pictures; says he knows it was unethical, ‘but who the f*** cares?’

An indictment was filed on Tuesday with the Tel Aviv Magistrate Court against Adi Lederman, a 39-year-old city resident who is suspected of systematically hacking into computers and e-mail accounts belonging to figures in the entertainment industry.

Lederman is accused of, among other things, breaking into the computers of ten people associated with the singer Madonna and selling unreleased tracks.

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Madonna shoots up UK iTunes chart with ‘Living For Love’

Madonna has shot up to number two on the UK iTunes chart with her new single.

The star’s latest release ‘Living For Love’ was made available in the UK earlier today (February 25), and has quickly scaled the iTunes sales chart.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artist Madonna performs onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)

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It is only currently behind Noel Gallagher’s promotional track ‘Lock All The Doors’, which has been released to promote his new album Chasing Yesterday.

‘Living For Love’s high sales have been achieved despite Radio 1 refusing to playlist the track as they deemed it irrelevant for their younger demographic – a decision which was protested by Madonna’s fans.

The station said that it makes its playlist decisions “on musical merit and… relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis”.


‘Living For Love’ has been released in the UK today ahead of Madonna’s performance at the Brit Awards this evening.

The star will take to the stage at London’s O2 arena for the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on ITV from 8pm.

Madonna’s 13th studio album Rebel Heart – which also features new tracks ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’, ‘Ghosttown’ and ‘Iconic’ – will follow on March 9.

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Rebel Heart Dutch Release Party update FAME Amsterdam

We’ve just seen the artwork for the exclusive free DVD that is given away to the first 200 registered fans coming to the party.

We are very happy to announce that we exclusively worked on the artwork for this and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Because we collaborated on this with Universal Music and they had it pressed, it’s an official DVD/free giveaway

See you March 5th

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Living For Love EP1 & EP2 on iTunes now

 

Living For Love (Mike Rizzo’s Funk Generation Club)

Living For Love (Djemba Djemba Club Mix)

Living For Love (Erick Morillo Club Mix)

Living For Love (DJ PAULO Club Mix)

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Living For Love (THRILL Remix)

Living For Love (Dirty Pop Remix)

Living For Love (Offer Nissim Living For Drama Mix)

Living For Love (Offer Nissim Dub)

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Madonna Talks Gaga Feud And Age Appropriateness In Rolling Stone

Madonna is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, and as expected from the Queen of Pop, she isn’t mincing her words when it comes to controversial topics–including her infamous beef with her supposed nemesis, Lady Gaga.

Madge labels their highly-publicized feud “really boring,” and chalks the bulk of it down to the media pitting women against each other.

“I don’t think she wants my crown,” she revealed. “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing. It’s important for us to support each other.”

“The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt she blatantly ripped-off one of my songs,” she continued. “It’s got nothing to do with “she’s taking my crown” or “she’s in some space of mine.” She has her thing. I think she’s a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue. And everybody’s obviously ran with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly.”

Read full article by Popdust HERE

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Madonna, Rebel Heart, review: ‘she’s in the game again’ #rebelheart

Rebel Heart pairs classic songwriting and contemporary adventure in Madonna’s least desperate album in years, says Neil McCormick

“Who do you think you are?” demands a screeching voice on the self-explanatorily titled B*tch I’m Madonna. If anyone in pop has earned the right to assert herself so rudely it is surely Madonna Louise Ciccone, an iconic A-List superstar for over 30 years. It helps that the track in question fizzes with bright energy, a handclapping rave anthem powered by a fantastically wonky synth line that sounds like a vintage arcade game played on an electronic kazoo, and topped off with a snappy Nicki Minaj rap. Madonna delivers the melody like a playground nursery rhyme, chanting about bad behaviour in a butter-wouldn’t-melt sing-song voice.

Click HERE for full review by the Telegraph

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