MDNA Tour dancer, tha amazing Drew Dollaz has been teasing the fans on this official Instagram page with the following picture and caption:
"Guess what I'm watching"
Drew Dollaz himself sat with MadonnaTribe earlier this Spring to discuss the behind the scenes of Madonna's 2012 main projects - The Super Bowl Half Time Show and the MDNA Tour - that put him on the rocket launch to stardom!
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In 2006 Madonna made her first ever festival appearance. Despite performing live for a living for over 25 years she had never once appeared at a proper live music festival before – the closest she had ever come was playing at one-off one-day multiple artist events such as Live Aid and Live 8. Hardly insignficant agreed, but they don’t count. Playing not even top of the bill or on the main stage, Madonna found herself taking the stage at the (considering the eventual heat) aply named Sahara Dance Tent at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field out in the desert at Indio, California.
Arriving half an hour late, at approximately 8.30pm many of the festival goers put this down to Her Madgesty's vanity and self-indulgence, something absolutely anathema to the festival spirit. However, those of us at the front know this was actually due to the incredible decision to re-arrange the barrier arrangement just prior to Madonna’s performance so that the mini-catwalk she employed was properly surrounded by fans
Ticket and Madonna wristband
The day's Madonna events had started far earlier than 8.30pm though. Madonna arrived at the site at approximately 10.15am and had comandeered the Sahara Tent to rehearse. Aware that her set would likely draw the most attention of the festival together with a planned live webcast, she was, in customary Madonna fashion, determined for it to be perfect.
Fresh from rehearsing the planned set at the LA Forum for the previous couple of days, where she was mid-way through rehearsals for the Confessions Tour, she, her band and her dancers began to rehearse the full set whilst the assembled ticket-holders waited for the 11am opening of the festival site for the day. Running through the entire set once, the fans clamouring to get onsite, were treated to a spoiler of what was to come. Seemingly unhappy with one particular track – upcoming single 'Get Together' – the band rehearsed the song over and over and over, so that when, at 11am the turnstiles opened, allowing the fans (some of who had been patiently waiting in line since 2am) to stream onsite and towards the tent, she was still onstage in the tent where the music was emanating from.
Ticket Unprepared security after temporarily stopping the throng! Madonna's tent in the far distance.
Amid comedic scenes of utter chaos with every single fan making a direct, yet amusingly confused bee-line for the Sahara Dance Tent at the far side of the site, through the maze of backstage tents, campervans, stalls and surprised off-duty staff, the security guards and stewards seemed utterly unprepared for how determined the assembled Madonna fans were to witness their idol’s first festival slot. Many of the first through the turnstiles got within grasping distance of the tent before the security managed to halt the frenzied rush and managed to pen the excited fans in behind the smaller Mojave Tent towards the main stage field area. Madonna treated the expectant fans to a full run through of her 8pm show to much cheers and applause, although she made no reference to the very obvious noise from the throng, merely whingeing that she had better things to be doing on her 'day off' giving away the fact that she might actually have preferred to continue her tour preparations uninterrupted. Ever the diva!
Upon the completion of her endless soundcheck, in which 'Get Together' was performed no-less than ten times, the security let the stampede resume and the assembled fans surged towards the front flap of the tent, only to be met by the big surprise of the day – security guards with wristbands allowing the dedicated first 400 fans access to the very front section of the tent for Madonna’s performance, allowing them to head off into the searing heat (over 100’ before noon!) to enjoy the other bands before returning at 7pm to be allowed in as priority for Madonna’s show.
Naturally, the hardcore of fans, some of which had travelled from as far away as Australia and the UK had absolutely no intention of risking not being able to get into the tent to see the main performer they had bought their ticket to see, so an unofficial line up was started leading out of the side of the tent to ensure priority entry later on.
The day passed relatively without incident and everyone was getting on famously for the most part, swapping stories of previous experiences, enjoying the music coming from inside the Sahara Tent and the more-guitar based Mojave Tent across the way. The heat became incredible, reaching temperatures towards 120’F and every fan, without exception, suffered sunburn!
Due to general confusion with security at the tent, the green light for the fans to enter the tent in preparation of Madonna’s set was given far far too early, around 4.30pm meaning wristbanded fans who had left the line-up to get drinks or check out other acts missed their rightful chance to be at the front, and of course, caused the later drama with moving the barrier and staging. However, those who made it in settled into their spots, thrilled at the turn of events and whilst doggedly clinging to their bit of barrier, boogied on down to the sounds of Madonna collaborators Louie Vega and Paul Oakenfold. A couple of them slept through the pounding dance music, due to the exhaustion of the day thus far!
When Madonna came to take the stage, festival organisers estimated that 75% of the entire festival crowd were trying to catch her set. Only 10,000 fans were able to get inside the huge tent, so the excited crowd spilled far out either side of the tent with curious regular festival fans craning their necks for the slightest glimpse of this most unusual event. It has to be remembered that Madonna was only added to the Coachella line-up long after most of the initial ticket sales had happened, so it's probable most of the people there had never expected to see Madonna live, and given the chance to see what all the fuss was about for themselves, who can blame them. Many of them had complained at the addition of such a commercial artist being added to 'their' festival, but the reviews and feedback after the event were overwhelmingly positive, with the normal end conclusion that she had, as usual, stolen the show.
Madonna's set broadly followed the familiar setlist which she had previously performed at the Koko album launch show in Camden and the PA at G-A-Y Nightclub in London the previous November (there was also that show in Japan shortly after the London shows, but lets face it - did anyone actually go to that? LOL), but since only two fans who attended Coachella had actually been at both of those London shows (your FOTD correspondent included), it was hardly retreading old ground for most of the people who saw her that day. However, the show was utterly unique for so many reasons that those of us who had attended any of the previous shows didn’t feel short changed.
The setlist ran: 'Hung Up', 'Get Together', 'I Love New York', 'Ray Of Light', 'Let It Will Be', 'Everybody'.
The performance ofOf Light', accompanied by the tour dancers dressed in futuristic white boiler suits and face masks, was an exclusive glimpse at what was to come on the Confessions Tour, and the inclusion of the 'Where’s The Party' sample in 'Everybody' gave an indication of what was to be used at the start of 'Music Inferno' on the tour.
Madonna was on great form, and with the wind from the mountains rippling the silver tickertape backdrop of the stage, the sense of being at something unique was really evident, despite the show ending up being what certain clever fans later dubbed "Kokochella" Asking if the audience were going to share their drugs with her and teasing the crowd with whether she should take her pants off and if her ass looked good she drew massive cheers not only from the excited die-hards at the front, but also drifting into the tent from far outside.
Acting every inch the wannabe rock star Madonna wowed many there when she strapped on an electric guitar to belt out ‘I Love New York’ drawing gasps when she let rip with the now legendary line "just go to Texas…and you can suck George Bush’s dick!". She was also quick to point out "but not you guys" when singing about the sleepy Angelenos. Showing she wasn’t afraid to go near the (potentially) smelly, unwashed festival goers though she leant right down into the faces of those around the catwalk, even telling off a cheeky fan who dared throw water onto her stage, despite having just received direct instructions not to do exactly that!
Asking if the crowd were ready for an old song, she belted out her classic debut US single ‘Everybody’ on home soil for the first time in 13 years, to the delight of many of the intrigued festival goers clamouring to hear an older hit. The song which had until recently been a planned inclusion in the tour setlist, went down a storm and if that turns out to be the last ever performance of it, the roar of praise it received did it justice 24 years after first heard in California.
With that, a brief bow, and a cheeky grin, she was gone, leaving the fans to disperse off into the night (desperate to find water!) to catch the pumping beats of Mylo following Mads in the Sahara Tent, or out into the evening desert air to the delights of Massive Attack pumping out their hits from the main stage.
ICON, the official Madonna fanclub, shortly after the festival held a contest to win front row tickets to the opening show of the Confessions Tour. Entries had to be a collage or video of your experience at Coachella. This was mine.
...so goes "The Power of Good-Bye" and it seems Warner tried to disprove our Mads and her fantastic fans, by hiding poignant, classic Madonna messages in her album and single sleeves around the turn of the Century...
Another selection of Madonna-related clippings from the recent world press - including again lots of coverage of the MET Ball last week - is brought to you by MadonnaTribe longtime friend and contributor JPasc24.
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After Madonna accepted her Top Touring Artist prize at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, the superstar sat down exclusively with "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli, and opened up about her family, her Met Gala photo with Kim Kardashian and her feud with Elton John.
Rocking a bodysuit and thigh-high tights, Madonna talked with Penacoli about her "MDNA" tour and working with her children, Lourdes, 16, and Rocco, 12. "It was great to have a working family… to me that’s my idea of fun, to be creative, to do what I love to do and see my kids working around me and earning their way in life. My daughter worked in the costume department and she loved it. My son was in the show, and he loved it."
Madonna explained how she juggles raising her four children, including son David Banda and daughter Mercy James, both 8. “I try to find the right balance between being there for them and guiding them and also being an artist. I’m trying to find enough time in the day to do those jobs well.”
The mom continued, "I try to be very clear with them. This is my persona for work. What we aspire to do is to work and to be good people. If you don't have those two things, fame is nothing, so I try to drill that into their heads."
Madonna also loves fashion and told Jerry that when she posed with Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala it was the second time she had met the reality TV star. “I met her years and years ago when she was a little girl, believe it or not. She told me she was a huge fan of mine, and it was during the time I was wearing all of the rubber bracelets on my arms. I took off all of the bracelets and gave them to her and then I completely forgot about it. She reminded me when I saw her the other night. Now she's a pregnant lady!”
As for her infamous feud with Elton John, John recently confirmed to "Extra" the two made up. Madonna confirmed the reconciliation at a restaurant in Nice, France. "After we kissed and hugged, he paid for my dinner, as he should."
For those who did not catch Madonna’s MDNA Tour in person, a TV special will air June 22 on the Epix movie channel. She also announced to Penacoli that the tour special is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in September.
Madonna's speech at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards was such an over-the-top display of diva-dom, even audience members like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Nicki Minaj were probably taken aback. But it was also one of the night's most entertaining moments.
Showing up to accept her Top Touring Artist award in Kanye West shades, a fur jacket, stockings and a garter belt, and not much else - and looking so blasé about the whole event, it was a wonder she showed up at all - the blondely ambitious elder stateswoman of pop promised that her acceptance speech would be "brief." She then proceeded to self-importantly blather about herself for what felt like 15 minutes.
Actually, it was only about four minutes - but they were fascinating minutes, and personally, I never wanted them to end.
Madonna started off her epic speech complaining about her microphone stand's height, saying, "They obviously think I'm shorter than I am. I'm not happy about that." She also dryly joked about the complicated "ass negotiations" behind ABCs apparently agonized decision to include a shot of her famously fit posterior in her pre-award clip package. "It took longer to negotiate whether I could show my ass in that trailer than it took to rehearse for my tour," she quipped.
Madonna proceeded to basically turn the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, who'd introduced her, into her personal assistant, handing him her "pretentious sunglasses" and saying, "It's good that I have Will here to hold all my props."
She then made a joke about her children rubbing her feet; declared, "I've got the best dancers, I'm sorry"; and finally thanked her fanbase, because "a showgirl needs her fans."
Madonna didn't even perform, but she upstaged many of the night's actual A-list performers. So all hail Her Madgesty, the Queen of the Billboard Awards...and the Queen of Shade.
From an article by Lyndsey Parker, Stop The Presses! at Yahoo! Music.
Right after winning Top Touring Artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 19), Keith Caulfield caught up with Madonna backstage for a quick chat. The pop icon discussed her upcoming MDNA concert special, new album rumors and her charitable initiatives in Africa and beyond.
Madonna was quick to quiet any notion that she had started work on a new studio album. "No, not yet. I just finished editing the DVD of my ("MDNA") concert," adding jokingly, "so I haven't had any free time."
Madonna's editing handiwork will be revealed on June 22, when her MDNA Tour concert special premieres on premium network EPIX. The concert will debut at 8 p.m. EST that night on EPIX's TV network and online at EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps. A home video release of the tour is due out in fall, possibly in September.
The globe-trekking MDNA Tour was 2012's highest-grossing trek and the 10th-biggest tour of all time according to Billboard Boxscore. It played 88 shows on four continents to over 2.2 million attendees. The tour supported her 2012 studio album "MDNA," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
At the Billboard Music Awards, Madonna also spoke about her continued commitment to girls education and outreach in Malawi and beyond.
"I continue to do my work there," she said, noting that her organization had recently finished building 10 schools, "which I'm very proud of," and that she continues "to do work with various orphanages, hospitals, medical trainees, supporting doctors (and) pediatricians."
She continued, saying how she's "trying to expand" her efforts "beyond Malawi to other parts of the world."
As part of that charitable expansion, she recently sold a Fernand Leger painting for $7.2 million, the proceeds of which will benefit her Ray of Light Foundation that supports girls' education projects in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
The 1921 painting, titled "Trois Femmes a la Table Rouge," was sold at a Sotheby's auction on May 7, exceeding pre-sale expectations. Madonna had owned the work since 1990, when she bought it at Sotheby's for $3.4 million.
Madonna's first ever calendar was created in 1985! This beautiful promotional only one was created by Warner Japan back in 1985 to promote the Like A Virgin album and celebrate the breakthrough of this new megastar and came attached to this beautiful Madonna-shaped cardboard display!
The calendar featured many rare shots and only a handful of copies are known still to exist. Thanks Wilkie!
The one featured in the photo above is owned by Tribe's resident collector-extraordinaire Madonnation who kindly agreed to let us show it to you all.
Madonna has confirmed her participation as presenter in 'The Sound of Change Live' concert, presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE. Recently founded by Gucci, the organization hosts campaigns for improved Education, Health and Justice for women and girls worldwide. The four-hour concert, which takes place at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 1 June, is supported by an impressive line-up of world-class artists and internationally renowned presenters, lending their voices to CHIME FOR CHANGE.
The confirmed line-up is: Aishwarya Rai * Archbishop Desmond Tutu * Beyonce * Blake Lively * Ellie Goulding * Florence + the Machine * Freida Pinto * Gloria Steinman * Gordon and Sarah Brown * HAIM * Humaira Bachal * Iggy Azalea * Jada Pinkett Smith * James Franco * Jennifer Lopez * Jessica Chastain * John Legend * Laura Pausini * Leymah Gbowee * Madonna * Mpho Tutu * Rita Ora * Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy * Timbaland * Zoe Saldana *
Madonna said, "60 percent of the children in the world NOT in school, are girls! 2/3 of the world's illiterate are WOMEN! I Do NOT accept this. We need to change this and we WILL CHANGE THIS!"
The concert will start at 5.30pm and finish at 10:00pm and each artist will perform special sets with some exciting collaborations expected. Throughout the concert short films will be shown highlighting issues such as: 60% of children not in school are girls, 800 women die daily in pregnancy or childbirth - most of whom would live with access to proper care, and despite gains, just 21% of seats in national parliaments are held by women.
Tickets for the concert are available from:
Tel: +44 (0) 844-847 1693
All eyes will be on the 2013 Billboard Music Awards' blue carpet when the stars arrive at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight for the big event - and you can watch live video of it right here! Tune in from 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT until the BBMAs begin at 8pm ET to see all of the action on the blue carpet.
The biggest names in music will be attending the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, and the Band Perry are among the many performers.
At the BBMAs, Prince will not only be honored with the Billboard Icon award, but he will be performing as well. Madonna will also take the stage to accept the Top Touring Artist award. Presenters include Miley Cyrus, PSY, Shania Twain, Ke$ha and more.
Tracy Morgan will host the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 19th at 8|7c on ABC live from Las Vegas.
Hello Tribers, cd singles collectors among you will surely remember that in late 1995, almost simultaney with the release of her then latest single You'll See,
the lovely Warner Music Germany pressed for the first time on cd a whole bunch of old
Madonna 12" singles.
This series is made of 23 singles - 5 for each of the three first albums, 3 for Who's That Girl, 4 for Like A Prayer
and then just the lonely "Vogue" for I'm Breathless.
Let's go more in detail:
From "The First Album" we had Everybody, Burning Up, Holiday, Borderline and Lucky Star.
From "Like A Virgin" we got Like A Virgin, Material Girl, Into The Groove, Angel and Dress You Up,
From "True Blue" they pressed "Live To Tell, Papa Don't Preach, True Blue, Open Your Heart, La Isla Bonita.
From "Who's That Girl" we got the 3 singles Who's That Girl, Causing A Commotion and The Look Of Love
From "Like A Prayer" Warner went for Like A Prayer White Cover 12", Like A Prayer Yellow Cover 12", Express Yourself and Cherish
From "I'm Breathless" the main single, Vogue.
All these cds came with Yellow coloured discs with blue writings and a Sire Records logo. Since
there were multiple reprints over the years there can be different shades of yellow
from one print to the other. Apparently legend says there are also rare misprinted copies of "Like A Prayer Yellow Cover" where
the two colours were swapped by mistake (blue disc and yellow writings).
But the strangest thing happened way back in summer 2005 when
while browsing a the Virgin store in Paris' Champs-Élysées I stumbled upon four of these cds
(released for the first time 10 years earlier) and the discs were not yellow as they should have been
but they were instead white!!! with blue writings and logos!!!
There wasn't an apparent reason to repress these particular cds (it isn't completely clear if they were indeed German re-releases as the
originals or UK made re-pressings) and the four lucky titles also seems to have been selected randomly. They are Burning Up,
Bordeline, Causing A Commotion and Vogue!
So do you have them in your collection? As they are more limited and more hard to find these 4 titles can cost a little more if the person selling them
can spot the difference with the more common yellow ones.
Here is a quick reminder of The 2013 Billboard Music Awards that will air Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Madonna will be honored with the Top Touring Artist award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, an achievement earned by the worldwide success of her MDNA tour; she will not be performing this time around but will take the stage to accept her award.
The night is hosted by "30 Rock" alum Tracy Morgan, with Don Mischer producing and artists from Prince to Taylor Swift to Lil Wayne set to perform. Other performers joining the ceremony include Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, the Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, Akon, Ne-Yo, David Guetta and Icona Pop.
Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
The MDNA Tour's sold out 88-date run was 2012's top-grossing tour with $305 million. It is Madonna's latest chart landmark in a career full of them, including records for Hot 100 top 10 singles (38 of her overall 56 Hot 100 hits) and Dance Club Songs No. 1s (43). Her "MDNA" album bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- her eighth trip to the penthouse -- with sales of 359,000.
Hey Tribers, welcome back to our brand new corner devoted to collecting here on MadonnaTribe.com.
Today I've taken off my shelf another cd rarity to cover on our collecting space on MadonnaTribe.
In early 1995, after a few months the Bedtime Stories album was already released in stores,
Warner Music US started distributing to media, radio and lucky friends (who promptly dumped them to online cd stores) a free promo limited edition
version of the album presented in an elegant pale blue velvet digipak with the album logo embossed on it.
When you open this amazing digipak case, you find the 11 track standard US album and its lyric booklet
housed in a pocket on the left side.
Legend says this was actually going to be produced as commercial limited edition, the fact the cd inside
bears no promo writings may confirm that. For some reason the release in stores wasn't green lighted and
limited stock already produced as test was eventually distributed around as a promotional freebie.
Nonetheless that "test" proved to be a success as the very first official limited edition version of a Madonna
studio album in the same vein came soon after this one with the lenticular digipak edition of Ray Of Light in 1998.
This Bedtime Stories cd is quite rare now and is usually sold between 100$/200$ each time it appears on Ebay according to its condition. I have two copies and I'm gonna keep them with me as long as there's bread on my table!
2012's biggest and most successful tour, Madonna's MDNA Tour, is getting beamed straight into your home on June 22 thanks to EPIX and ETonline scored an exclusive clip that shows how this broadcast will present a new and dynamic visual experience for fans.
So check out an exclusive clip of Madonna performing Give Me All Your Luvin' and tune in to the full concert experience, June 22 on EPIX!