Jerusalem (CNN) Madonna intends to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel, this weekend, despite calls by activists for her to boycott the event, the singer said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday explained her decision to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel this week, saying that she will always speak up to defend human rights and hopes to see “a new path toward peace.”
Madonna will make a guest appearance on Saturday during the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv. The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.
The popular Eurovision competition features musicians from more than 40 nations and was watched last year by some 189 million viewers in around 50 European countries.
In her first comment on her decision to sing at the event, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights.
“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,” the singer said in a statement to Reuters.
“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,” she added.
Israel is hosting the Eurovision contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year. The winning country customarily hosts the following year.
Madonna, 60, is expected to perform two songs in Tel Aviv, one from her upcoming “Madame X” album to be released in June. She had taken her world tours to Israel in 2009 and 2012, and is a follower of the mystical form of Judaism called Kabbalah.
The singer’s Ray of Light foundation, which promotes social justice and women’s empowerment worldwide, supports a number of Palestinian projects.
They include funding teachers’ salaries at schools in the Gaza Strip through the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency UNRWA and micro loans to female farmers through the Palestine Fair Trade Association. The foundation also supports Americans for Peace Now, which campaigns for a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the Eurovision contest by the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Security has been tight in Tel Aviv amid fears that activists may seek to disrupt the competition.
Equipment is already here and pop star to fly in with huge entourage on Wednesday, but negotiations still ongoing over broadcast rights
Pop superstar Madonna will land in Israel on Wednesday morning, accompanied by an entourage of 135 people, ahead of her planned performance during the Eurovision finals on Saturday night.
But on Monday, Eurovision executive producer Jon Ola Sand said her performance was not yet confirmed, since the European Broadcasting Union does not have a signed contract with her team.
Disagreements apparently remained regarding the EBU’s broadcasting rights for the performance, as the union is demanding all member networks be granted full rights to the materials.
“If we don’t have a signed contract, she can’t perform on that stage,” Sand said at a Monday night press conference at the Tel Aviv Expo. “We’re negotiating that now.”
Daniel Benaim, the CEO of the Comtec Group, an Israeli events producer that is handling the singer’s production in Israel, stated in a press release that her performance was a complicated one with demands and standards similar to those of other international performers.
A portion of Madonna’s stage set arrived in Israel on Monday, on a cargo plane loaded with 30 tons of equipment, including 70 stairs and and an elevator that will be part of the Eurovision stage. Other preparations include a backstage tent complex for Madonna’s team and four full rehearsals.
Madonna’s entourage includes rapper KoVu, a choir of 40 people, 25 dancers and dozens of choreographers, staging, lighting, and video art personnel for her performance.
Adams, who has lived in Israel since 2015, and has funded several major projects, including the Giro d’Italia Big Start bike race that took place in the Jerusalem area last year, said it was an honor to host Madonna for Eurovision.
“The Eurovision being hosted in Tel Aviv brings the biggest music competition in the world and I’m excited that Madonna will be the face of Eurovision and will add more ratings, interest and excitement to what I hope will be the most successful Eurovision ever,” stated Adams. “The Eurovision brings countries together, as well as cultures, tolerance, and friendship through music, and Israel is the perfect home for hosting the competition and for advancing those values — I believe that all of Israel joins me in my wishes and in welcoming Madonna.”
According to local promoter Live Nation, the $1.3 million price tag for a 15-minute Madonna performance will be paid for by Adams.
Madonna has performed in Israel three times: in 1993, 2009, and during the summer of 2012.
A longtime Kabbalah enthusiast, she has made pilgrimages to Israel on several occasions as well.
More at The Times of Israel
As Madame X is going on a theater tour I decided to reflect back on the very first time I saw Madonna in a theater in London. The year was 2002 and the play was ‘Up For Grabs’ and it was beyond brilliant.
To read my report:
The pop icon will perform at the theatre on January 26-27, 29-30 and February 1-2.
In support of her 14th studio album ‘Madame X’ it’ll be a rare chance for fans to see the singer in an intimate venue.
Tickets go on sale across the next week through various releases including Madonna’s fan club and Ticketmaster’s verified fan sale.
The London Palladium has a capacity of just 2,800 so seats are expected to be snapped up quickly.
If you want to be prepared ahead of tickets going on sale then you can find out the seating plan, where to buy them and prices below.
Madonna today unveiled the dates for her MADAME X performances at the iconic London Palladium, giving fans the opportunity to see her like never before! These intimate shows are confirmed on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020.
As announced last week, the Madame X Tour will launch in North America on September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami in 2019. The Madame X Tour will then resume in early 2020 with the London Palladium dates, plus shows at the Coliseum in Lisbon and at the Grand Rex in Paris. Dates for the additional cities listed will be announced soon.
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British VOGUE with fantastic new Madonna photoshoot and interview is now also available in Holland. Please try stores that import British magazines such as Waterstones (in stock) and Athenaeum.
Listen to radio interview Madonna at On With Mario Lopez HERE
Madonna has dropped another track from her upcoming album, Madame X, this time in collaboration with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. The song, “Crave,” is a sultry pop number about hungering for another person and was produced by Mike Dean, a frequent collaborator with Kanye West. “My cravings get dangerous,” Madonna croons. “I don’t think we should play with this.” Lee steps in for a smooth-talking verse midway through the track.
“Crave” is the third song to appear off Madame X, which will be released on June 14. She previously dropped inspirational number “I Rise,” as well as her upbeat single “Medellín,” which features Colombian singer Maluma. Madame X is the singer’s first release since 2015’s Rebel Heart and will feature several collaborations, including with Migos’ Quavo and Brazilian singer Anitta. Maluma will also appear on another track titled “Bitch I’m Loca.” Madonna said of the new album, “Lisbon is where my record was born. I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”
Madonna also recently announced her “Madame X” tour, which kicks off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. On the tour, Madonna will perform multiples nights each in a handful of cities, including the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, the Met Philadelphia and the Jackie Gleason Theatre at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Advance ticket requests for the Madame X tour are available through Friday, May 10th, with ticket confirmation to be fulfilled by May 17th.
More at RollingStone
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MADONNA RELEASES “CRAVE” FEATURING SWAE LEE
“CRAVE” MARKS THE THIRD OF 5 SONGS
MADONNA WILL SHARE WITH FANS BEFORE
THE GLOBAL RELEASE OF MADAME X ON JUNE 14
ADDITIONAL SHOWS ADDED TO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MADAME X TOUR DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR
INTIMATE CONCERT EXPERIENCE THAT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 12
Madonna today released “Crave” featuring Swae Lee and co-produced with Mike Dean and Billboard. The infectious pop gem, co-written by Madonna and Starrah, is the third track of five songs to be previewed before her highly-anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14. Following the release of the critically-acclaimed “Medellín” and the empowering “I Rise,” additional songs to be shared with fans include the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo on May 17, as well as the sonically innovative “Dark Ballet” on June 7. To listen to “Crave,” visit . The music video for “Crave” is coming soon.
Madonna announced earlier this week her Madame X Tour, a series of rare and intimate performances taking place exclusively in theaters in select cities. Demand was so overwhelming, additional shows have already been confirmed and are available for ticket request alongside the original shows through Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm ET. In New York, 12 shows are confirmed at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28 and October 1. In Los Angeles, nine shows are set at The Wiltern for November 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 and 25. Shows at the Chicago Theatre are on October 15, 16, 17 and 21. The Madame X Tour will also visit Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, London and Paris. Dates and details on those cities to come in the near future. Tickets and further information is available at Here is a link to a video from Madonna about the Tour:
Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal 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. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.
Of “I Rise,” NME says the song, “is politics and positivity combined,” while Rolling Stone calls the song, “Uplifting” and Billboard says its, “Powerful.” NPR says, “Medellín is a carefully dosed combination of…coolly narcotic dance-pop…and energetic reggaetón,” while Entertainment Weekly declares the song is, “A breezy, summer-ready anthem…” The Guardian says, “Medellín is a potent reminder of Madonna’s deft history of meshing genres.”
Madame X from Live Nation, Interscope Records and Maverick will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album and is now available for . Album pre-orders include a download of “Medellín,” “I Rise” and “Crave,” which is available across , (pre-save), and all DSPs. Exclusive album pre-order bundles with limited edition merchandise are now available direct from .
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