New from Donna De Lory “Heaven (Remixes)” – links and video

Donna De Lory has another new single (two tracks) and music video – “Heaven (Remixes)”.  The music video is a dance remix and features Kevin Stea (whom we all know from the legendary Blond Ambition Tour and Truth or Dare film).

 

 
Single available on:
 

iTunes/Apple Music : https://apple.co/2vL6ZTV

Amazon : https://amzn.to/2Hb5PYo

Spotify : https://spoti.fi/2YeVfFa

Google Play : http://bit.ly/2DXLQdG

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Why Madonna May Have Last Commercial Laugh Over Eurovision Critics

Madonna – the best-selling female recording artist of all time – may well have the last commercial laugh in 2019. Some critics wrote the star off this weekend after her Eurovision performance, and said that many younger pretenders now have captured her pop crown.

Madonna, who is 60, is known for her spectacular album launches and is on the countdown to her 14th studio collection, Madame X, due out on June 14. After criticism talking of a botched comeback, her loyal fans maintained that she doesn’t have comebacks because she has never been away and is better than ever.

Leave aside altogether Madonna’s decision to perform at the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest; some critics were simply not impressed by her performance. Martin Belam, writing in The Guardian, said that Madonna’s vocals on her 1989 hit “Like A Prayer” were “pitchy” and her new song “Future,” featuring U.S. rapper Quavo, was lackluster. Belham concluded: “Madonna must be questioning whether it was worth it.”

Read full article at Forbes.com

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Exclusive: The Story Behind Madonna’s Eurovision Look (Another Mag)

Speaking to AnOther, Dilara Findikoglu opens up about the outfit she designed for Madonna, which was inspired by Joan of Arc and turn-of-the-century exotic dancers

“I was imagining Joan of Arc as a dark, romantic queen who was reincarnated in Madonna’s body,” Findikoglu tells AnOther, explaining how the two pieces came about. “For example, the corset we made is a talisman of female empowerment, as it’s embellished with coins featuring goddesses such as Athena. I wanted to combine the armour elements from Joan of Arc with a corset to emphasise Madonna’s powerful, womanly body.”

It is not the first time that Madonna has worn Findikoglu’s designs: in 2017, she wore her ‘Garden of Eden’ suit to perform in St Tropez, more recently, she donned one of her blazers during the promotion for her new album. Findikoglu herself has been open about her love of the musician – on Instagram she has called her “eternal inspiration” – and last year created a series of ‘cone bra’ T-shirts evocative of the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier-designed look Madonna wore during her during her Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

“I feel that myself and Madonna are both trying to be inspirational to women and girls and encourage them to speak up and be strong, independent people,” Findikoglu says. In this spirit, the Eurovision look – her first custom-made design for the artist – aimed to capture “the idea of an unconventional female warrior”. Other inspirations came from Milla Jovovich in The Messenger, and found photographs of turn-of-the century exotic dancers.

Read full article at AnotherMag

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New Dates Added To Madonna – Madame X Tour Due To Demand In New York, Chicago, Los Angeles & London (press release)

LAS VEGAS, BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA, MIAMI, LISBON & PARIS SHOW DATES NOW CONFIRMED

Ticket Requests for all newly announced North American performances will be accepted now through Friday, May 24 (12:00 noon ET).

Complete Ticket Request procedures and concert information at Madonna.Livenation.com

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X Tour


LOS ANGELESMay 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna’s Madame X Tour has announced additional dates in New YorkChicago, and Los Angeles. Newly added New York shows will take place October 2 through October 7Chicago shows October 23 and October 24Los Angeles shows November 19 and November 20.

See video from Madonna about the Tour https://madonna.lnk.to/TourVid

 

Show dates for the remainder of the Madame X concerts in North America have now been confirmed with 3 shows on November 7, 9 and 10 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; 3 shows November 30December 1 and 2 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston; 3 shows at The Met in Philadelphia December 7, 8 and 11; and 5 shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on December 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19. Complete itinerary follows.

As with the original dates announced and to ensure fans have best access, ticket requests for the newly announced dates will be accepted immediately through Friday, May 24th at 12:00 noon ET at madonna.livenation.com. Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points prior to completing their request.

Any fan who has not already received four tickets to these very special events may submit new requests for the added dates now through Friday, May 24th at noon ET. Fans may sign in and select shows and price levels for the show(s) they hope to attend at https://madonna.livenation.com. Credit cards will only be charged if the ticket request is fulfilled. All tickets will be confirmed by Sunday June 2nd and will be fulfilled using Secure Mobile Tickets. Your ticket barcode will be available 24-48 hours prior to each show for entry. Confirmed ticket requests include one CD of Madonna’s upcoming album, Madame X (due out June 14), with each confirmed ticket. Event ticket limit is 4 per person. For more information please visit https://madonna.livenation.com. Complete itinerary below and for all tour, ticket, VIP and Travel packages, please visit www.madonna.com.

In North America, tickets for these very special Madame X performances will be scaled between $60.00 – $760.00 (plus applicable service fees). Every ticket purchased includes a physical copy of Madonna’s new release Madame X available on Interscope Records and in stores on June 14th. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to enter to purchase tickets at $10.00 at Madonna.com. There will be 10 tickets available per show and fans will be notified on show date if they have been selected for this unique opportunity.

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club and Verified Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages to these very special dates. Legacy Fan Club members who have not already received their ticket allotments may sign in at www.madonna.livenation.com and register for the show(s) of their choice. Icon Fan Club members will be eligible to receive tickets for a single event in up to two cities.

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for all announced concerts by submitting their requests now through Friday, May 24th (12:00 NOON EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. If selected, cardmembers will receive notification of their ticket allocation by Sunday, June 2nd. Citi cardmembers will be eligible to receive up to 4 tickets for a single event across the entire tour. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Madame X Tour VIP Packages will be available for fans to request as well. VIP packages may include great ticket locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more! Additionally, fans can access Travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more! All fans wishing to access VIP Packages may register for the package and show of their choice at madonna.livenation.com

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019.

Earlier today, Live Nation confirmed that the Madame X Tour European tour will kick off January 16th at the Lisbon Coliseum with additional shows in that city on January 18 and 19. Also announced today – due to overwhelming demand six new shows were announced in London making it a total of twelve shows at The London Palladium January 26-February 11th. In Paris, shows at the historic Grand Rex are now also confirmed for February 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

MADONNA MADAME X 2019 TOUR DATES
*Newly added shows bolded

Sept. 12

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 14

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 15

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 17

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 19

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 21

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 22

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 24

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 25

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 26

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Sept. 28

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Oct. 01

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Added Shows:

Oct. 02

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Oct. 03

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Oct. 05

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Oct. 06

New York, NY 

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Oct. 07

New York, NY

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

     

Oct. 15

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

Oct. 16 

Chicago, IL 

Chicago Theatre

Oct. 17

Chicago, IL 

Chicago Theatre

Oct. 21

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

Added Shows:

Oct. 23

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

Oct. 24 

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

     

Nov. 07

Las Vegas, NV 

Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Nov. 09

Las Vegas, NV

Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Nov. 10

Las Vegas, NV

Colosseum at Caesars Palace

     

Nov. 12

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 13

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 14

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 16

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 17

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

     

Added Shows:

Nov. 19

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 20

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

     

Nov. 21

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 23

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 24

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Nov. 25

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

     

Nov. 30

Boston, MA 

Boch Center Wang Theatre

Dec. 01

Boston, MA

Boch Center Wang Theatre

Dec. 02

Boston, MA

Boch Center Wang Theatre

     

Dec. 07

Philadelphia, PA

The Met Philadelphia

Dec. 08

Philadelphia, PA

The Met Philadelphia

Dec. 11

Philadelphia, PA

The Met Philadelphia

     

Dec. 14

Miami, FL

Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

Dec. 15

Miami, FL

Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

Dec. 17

Miami, FL

Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

Dec. 18

Miami, FL

Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

Dec. 19

Miami, FL

Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 TOUR DATES

16-January

Lisbon, PT

Lisbon Coliseum

18-January

Lisbon, PT

Lisbon Coliseum

19-January

Lisbon, PT

Lisbon Coliseum

     

26 January

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

27 January

London, U.K. 

The London Palladium

29 January

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

30 January

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

01 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

02 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

Added Shows:

04 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

05 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

06 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

08 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

09 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

11 February

London, U.K.

The London Palladium

     

18 February

Paris, FR

Le Grand Rex

19 February

Paris, FR

Le Grand Rex

20 February

Paris, FR

Le Grand Rex

22 February

Paris, FR

Le Grand Rex

23 February

Paris, FR

Le Grand Rex

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MADAME X TOUR – ADDITIONAL SHOWS AND NEW CITIES CONFIRMED

NEW DATES ADDED DUE TO DEMAND IN NEW YORK, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES & LONDON

LAS VEGAS, BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA, MIAMI, LISBON & PARIS SHOW DATES NOW CONFIRMED

Ticket Requests for all newly announced North American performances will be accepted now through Friday, May 24 (12:00 noon ET).

Complete Ticket Request procedures and concert information at Madonna.Livenation.com

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X Tour

Monday, May 20, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – For Immediate Release.

Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna’s Madame X Tour has announced additional dates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Newly added New York shows will take place October 2 through October 7; Chicago shows October 23 and October 24; Los Angeles shows November 19 and November 20.

Show dates for the remainder of the Madame X concerts in North America have now been confirmed with 3 shows on November 7, 9 and 10 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; 3 shows November 30, December 1 and 2 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston; 3 shows at The Met in Philadelphia December 7, 8 and 11; and 5 shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on December 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19. Complete itinerary available here.

As with the original dates announced and to ensure fans have best access, ticket requests for the newly announced dates will be accepted immediately through Friday, May 24th at 12:00 noon ET at madonna.livenation.com. Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points prior to completing their request. 

Any fan who has not already received four tickets to these very special events may submit new requests for the added dates now through Friday, May 24th at noon ET. Fans may sign in and select shows and price levels for the show(s) they hope to attend at https://madonna.livenation.com. Credit cards will only be charged if the ticket request is fulfilled. All tickets will be confirmed by Sunday June 2nd will be fulfilled using Secure Mobile Tickets. Your ticket barcode will be available 24-48 hours prior to each show for entry. Confirmed ticket requests include one CD of Madonna’s upcoming album, Madame X (due out June 14), with each confirmed ticket. Event ticket limit is 4 per person. For more information please visit https://madonna.livenation.com. For complete itinerary and all tour, ticket, VIP and Travel packages, please visit www.madonna.com/tour.

In North America, tickets for these very special Madame X performances will be scaled between $60.00 – $760.00 (plus applicable service fees).  Every ticket purchased includes a physical copy of Madonna’s new release Madame X available on Interscope Records and in stores on June 14th. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to enter to purchase tickets at $10.00 at Madonna.com. There will be 10 tickets available per show and fans will be notified on show date if they have been selected for this unique opportunity.

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club and Verified Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages to these very special dates. Legacy Fan Club members who have not already received their ticket allotments may sign in at www.madonna.livenation.com and register for the show(s) of their choice. Icon Fan Club members will be eligible to receive tickets for a single event in up to two cities.

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for all announced concerts by submitting their requests now through Friday, May 24th (12:00 NOON EDT) at madonna.livenation.com. If selected, cardmembers will receive notification of their ticket allocation by Sunday,June 2nd. Citi cardmembers will be eligible to receive up to 4 tickets for a single event across the entire tour. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Madame X Tour VIP Packages will be available for fans to request as well. VIP packages may include great ticket locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more! . Additionally, fans can access Travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more! All fans wishing to access VIP Packages may register for the package and show of their choice at madonna.livenation.com

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019.

Earlier today, Live Nation confirmed that the Madame X Tour European tour will kick off January 16th at the Lisbon Coliseum with additional shows in that city on January 18 and 19. Also announced today – due to overwhelming demand six new shows were announced in London making it a total of twelve shows at The London Palladium January 26-February 11th. In Paris, shows at the historic Grand Rex are now also confirmed for February 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

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MADAME X TOUR – LISBON COLISEUM CONCERT DATES CONFIRMED

LISBON COLISEUM CONCERT DATES CONFIRMED WITH FIRST SHOWS IN EUROPE – 16, 18, 19, JANUARY 2020

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X Tour

Monday, 20-May, 2020 – Lisbon, PT. Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation, Everything Is New and Maverick today unveiled the dates for the first of the European shows in Lisbon, 16, 18 & 19 January, 2020 at the Lisbon Coliseum.Tickets for these very special performances go on sale Saturday, 25-May (10am) at everythingisnew.pt.

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019. The Madame X Tour will then kick off 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, The London Palladium and at Le Grand Rex in Paris.

Madonna is the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time and has the highest-grossing concert tour ever by a female artist with her Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009) at $408 million.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences.  Prior to the June 14 global release of her highly anticipated new studio album Madame X, Madonna is sharing 5 songs with fans including the infectious pop gem “Crave” featuring Swae Lee and produced by Mike Dean, the empowering ballad “I Rise”, the critically-acclaimed “Medellín,” Friday’s release of Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo as well as the sonically innovative “Dark Ballet” on June 7.

Madonna’s long-time promoter Arthur Fogel, President – Global Touring and Chairman – Global Music, Live Nation said: “The chance for fans to see Madonna at these venues is incredibly special. We are proud and excited to be able to deliver this ultimate opportunity for her fans.”

Tickets for the Madame X concerts 16, 18 & 19 January at the Lisbon Coliseum will go on sale Saturday, 25 May at 10am at https://everythingisnew.pt. ICON is Madonna’s official fan club and Lifetime Legacy members of ICON will be eligible for a special presale starting Wed. 22 May (10am) – Thursday, 23-May (5pm). Complete details at: https://www.madonna.com/tour.

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances are available at €75.00 – €300.00 (plus applicable service fees). Fans may also access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.
 

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 PORTUGAL CONCERT DATES

16-January        Lisbon, PT        Lisbon Coliseum
18-January        Lisbon, PT        Lisbon Coliseum
19-January        Lisbon, PT        Lisbon Coliseum

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MADAME X TOUR – SIX NEW LONDON DATES ANNOUNCED

DUE TO DEMAND SIX ADDITIONAL LONDON DATES ANNOUNCED 

Verified Fan Code Holders May Now Choose from 12 Performances!

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X Tour

(Monday 20 May 2019, London U.K.) Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances at the iconic London Palladium on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020, Live Nation and Maverick announced today that due to overwhelming Verified Fan registrations an additional six shows at The London Palladium have just been confirmed. Verified Fans code holders may now choose from 12 performances with news shows added on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11 February, 2020.

ALREADY VERIFIED – NOTHING FOR YOU TO DO! 
Tickets for all Verified Fan code holders go on sale this Friday, 24-May at 9am at ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna.  Tickets for the newly added shows will be available to Verified Icon Legacy members beginning this morning – Monday, 20-May at 9am through Tuesday, 21 (4pm).  Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour and  as such, Citi credit and debit cardholders who received their Verified Fan code can take advantage of a special Citi Presale beginning Wednesday, 22-May at 9AM and through Thursday, 23-May at 4PM . Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.

MADONNA MADAME X 2020 UK TOUR DATES

26 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
27 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
29 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
30 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
01 February      London, U.K.        The London Palladium
02 February      London, U.K.        The London Palladium

Additional UK Shows:
04 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
05 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
06 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
08 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
09 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
11 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium

For complete ticket information, VIP and Travel Packages visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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Madonna Caught Broadcasters By Surprise With Her ‘Freedom Fighter’ Statement at Eurovision 2019

Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Netherlands might have won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, but it was Madonna’s political message that stole the spotlight.

After rumors of creative interference by the European Broadcasting Union were swirling in local media in the days leading up to the live show, Madonna took the stage at Tel Aviv Expo as part of the interval act in the annual European event on Saturday night (May 18) and flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags alongside each other.

She performed “Like a Prayer” and “Future,” her new collaboration with Migos’ Quavo, who joined her onstage. The 9-minute showcase ended with the two walking up a flight of stairs as two dancers appeared with their backs to the crowd. A tall man in black with the Israeli flag on his back held hands with a girl in white with the Palestinian flag on hers, and the words “WAKE UP” flashed on the screen.

“Madame X is a freedom Fighter,” wrote the entertainer on Twitter early Sunday morning (May 19) in a caption for the clip of the controversial moment. “I am grateful. For the opportunity to spread the message of peace and unity with the world.”

During the broadcast, a pre-recorded interview with Madonna rolled to promote her forthcoming album Madame X in which she teased, “Baby, I’m going to bring the heat tonight!”

Backlash in the Holy Land soon followed with some calling the Material Girl out. The European Broadcasting Union and Israeli public broadcaster KAN were caught by surprise, and said that “this was not part of the rehearsal” and not the previously-cleared content in a statement they released after the broadcast.

Earlier on Saturday a rep for Madonna clarified that reports of the singer receiving up to $1.35 million by a Jewish Canadian philanthropist were incorrect, instead claiming the amount was “a contribution made to the Israeli production” and that “Madonna did not receive a fee for her performance.”

Madonna’s was not the only Eurovision protest to catch organizers off-guard. In the final moments of the show, upon revealing voting results and the camera cutting to delegations to capture their reactions, Icelandic band Hatari held up a banner with the Palestinian flag and were met with booing from the crowd.

Eurovision is now headed to the Netherlands in May of 2020.

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Madonna sparks flag controversy at ‘non-political’ Eurovision

Dancers performed during Madonna's guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest [EPA]
Dancers performed during Madonna’s guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest [EPA]

Madonna’s anticipated guest performance during the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel sparked controversy in the final moments of the show. 

The star appeared on Saturday draped in a black cape and a black eye-patch during her performance of 1989 hit “Like A Prayer,” and new single “Future”.

At the close of her second number, two backing dancers each wearing a respective flag from Israeland Palestine, walked arm in arm, in an act that was perceived as a political statement on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. 

The performance also saw dancers falling to the ground while wearing gas masks, and concluded with Madonna and the US rapper Quavo walking together as the words “wake up” appeared behind them. 

The European Broadcasting Union, which co-produced the contest alongside Israel’s national broadcaster, issued a statement immediately after. 

“This element of the performance was not cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this,” it said.

Madonna performs during a guest appearance at the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest [Reuters] 

The 60-year-old singer’s participation in the event brought protests from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement earlier. 

BDS has for years been pushing for investors and artists to shun Israel over its decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories, and led calls for a boycott of this year’s Eurovision, calling it an “art-wash”.

She defended her decision, issuing a statement earlier in the week saying that she would always speak up to defend human rights, and that she hoped to see “a new path toward peace”.

After her performance some condemned her decision to make a statement, while others praised her for using her platform to make a point.

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Madonna’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Eurovision Performance Ends with Peace Message

Madonna's 'Game of Thrones' Eurovision Performance Ends with Peace Message

Eurovision Song Contest

Madonna capped off the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday evening with performances of her classic hit “Like a Prayer,” a snippet of the song “Dark Ballet,” and a duet with Quavo on “Future,” the latter two from her June 14 release “Madame X.”

Though fans were initially distracted by her Jean Paul Gaultier-designed medieval look — she said it was Joan of Arc-inspired, while many viewers and actor Pilou Asbaek thought it was more “Game of Thrones” — her inclusion of a Palestinian flag caused enough controversy that the show issued an explanation to viewers.

 
 

“In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final,” a statement read, “two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits. This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”

 

Her decision to incorporate the flags into the performance, which reportedly cost her $1 million and for which she received no fee, seemed to reflect a sentiment she expressed in a brief pre-show interview: “Let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

According to Variety, an insider said Madonna’s use of the flags was “meant as a message of peace.”

Her performance ended with the words “WAKE UP” projected behind her and Quavo, with the two dramatically falling backward off their elaborate set as planned.

Prior to her darkly staged, controversial set, Madonna was gracious to the 26 acts competing in the contest, telling them, “You’re all winners. To get where you are right now is not easy… You’ve earned your way.” She went on to say, “That makes you a winner no matter what happens.”

Everyone was a winner, but the top vote-getter was Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands, whose “Arcade” had been heavily favored to win.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been held annually since 1956, with over 50 countries eligible to compete.

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Madonna performs at Eurovision (more) press pictures

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – MAY 17: Dancers for Madonna display the flags of Israel and Palestine on their backs during Madonnas performance live on stage during the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 17, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
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Madonna shocks with Israeli, Palestinian flags during Eurovision performance

n much-anticipated appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.

The 60-year-old pop headlined a two-song set on Saturday (May 18) during the final night of the 64th annual continental song competition held in Tel Aviv. 

 

According to a BBC report, Madonna defied earlier calls from activists to cancel this appearance in Tel Aviv. 

During the Queen of Pop’s performance of Future with Quavo, two of her backing dancers were seen walking away with their arms around each other.

On their backs, one dancer wore an Israeli flag and the other wore a Palestinian flag.

The moment didn’t go unnoticed, with fans pointing out the political statement on the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“In the live broadcast… two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits,” a statement from the organisers said following the contest.

The European Broadcasting Union – producer of the Eurovision contest – addressed the dancers’ outfits, confirming that “this element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN.”

A representative for Madonna provided website Entertainment Weekly (EW) with a photo of the performance with a note that “a message of peace is not political.”

EW also reported that in addition to performing, Madonna appeared for a brief interview during Eurovision’s live telecast, telling the audience “The one thing that brings me to [these] countries and the thing that brings all of these people here tonight is music, so let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

She then quoted her 2000 single Music by saying: “Music makes the people come together, yeah!”

Her performance has drawn a mixed response from viewers. While some criticised her decision to make a statement, others praised her for using her large platform to make a point.

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Madonna makes call for Israel-Palestine unity at Eurovision

In her much-anticipated and politically contentious performance at Eurovision in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.

As she and guest star Quavo sang the lyrics “Not everyone is coming to the future / Not everyone is learning from the past”, a pair of her dancers – one wearing a costume bearing a Palestinian flag, another with an Israeli flag – embraced as they climbed a set of stairs at the climax of the performance.

Earlier, in an interstitial portion of the performance between the songs Like a Prayer and Future, she spoke to figures wearing gas masks, asking:

They are so naive – they think we are not aware of their crimes. We know, but we’re just not ready to act. The storm isn’t in the air, it’s inside of us. I want to tell you about love and loneliness. But it’s getting late now. Can’t you hear outside of your Supreme hoodie, the wind that’s beginning to howl?

The Tel Aviv performance ended with Madonna whispering the words “wake up”, also printed on a big screen behind her, as she and Quavo collapsed backwards from the stage. The BBC commentator Graham Norton said that there was a “slightly muted response to Madonna in the hall” following the performance.

It is unlikely that organisers were aware of the political aspects of Madonna’s performance as she rehearsed it behind closed doors.

Cultural figures including Rogers Waters and Brian Eno have vociferously opposed the staging of Eurovision in Israel, claiming that the country has violated human rights in the Palestinian territories. Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie described Madonna as a “prostitute” for playing at the ceremony.

Madonna made reference to the political tensions in a statement earlier this week, saying: “I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda, nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be. My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace.”

Her performance of Like a Prayer, accompanied by a monastic choir, was poorly received, with fans online accusing her of being out of tune.

Icelandic performers Hatari later showed support for Palestine, holding up Palestinian flags as their points scores were read out.

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Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv (press pictures)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – MAY 18: Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Madonna to channel Joan of Arc at Eurovision, designer Gaultier says

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Jean-Paul Gaultier has dressed Madonna as a “futuristic” Joan of Arc for her guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Israel, the fashion designer told Reuters on Saturday.

“It’s fantastic to have Madonna, especially for the Eurovision,” Gaultier said outside the Tel Aviv venue of the 2019 songfest.

The French designer said his inspiration came from one of his own countrywomen.

“Kind of Joan of Arc, you know? Because she is like a winner – a winner, kind of. A warrior, let’s say,” he said, smiling.

“Twenty years, thirty years ago (Madonna) didn’t know what was Eurovision, and now she’s singing there.”

Madonna was scheduled to perform two songs at the music competition – new number “Future” and her 1989 hit “Like A Prayer”.

The 60-year-old “Queen of Pop”, known for repeatedly reinventing herself, has faced criticism for performing in Israel – pro-Palestinian groups have urged musicians to shun the event to protest Israel’s policies in the West Bank and in Gaza.

Israel says the boycott calls are discriminatory and anti-Semitic, which boycott activists deny.

In a statement earlier this week, Madonna explained her decision to attend, saying she would always speak up to defend human rights and that she hoped to see “a new path towards peace”.

Gaultier has collaborated with the music superstar for decades, from her iconic conical bras to the glitzy Met Gala in New York.

His work with Eurovision is also long-standing: he has dressed previous winners Dana International and Conchita Wurst.

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