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In The Press: Shock Value
M Illustrated"The beautiful part of where we were - we had shock value. But what came with shock value was hit after hit after hit. Madonna was outrageous - but she had a catalogue of music that was unbelievable."

Lionel Richie, talking to the Evening Standard, questioning the longevity of new popular acts and comparing them with those from the 80s and the 90s who had "nothing but the most fabulous catalogue".

"At the end of all the theatrics with Michael (Jackson), he had nothing but the most fabulous catalogue. Now, we’ve got a lot of theatrics - but where's the song that is going to stick around forever?"

"Twenty years from now, let's take anybody - where's the body of work? I’m going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying records. I'm thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber."

Fri, September 26 (Full Article)
In The Press: Come dine with me
Live from the USLola is now a student at the University of Michigan, where classes start today, and Madonna joined her last weekend.

Spotting of the family in Ann Arbor has already started, as this report by Matt Durr from suggests.

On Sunday, Madonna and Lola were spotted dining at local Café Felix, arriving shortly before the dinner rush and staying for about an hour, according to David Ambrose, the bar manager at the restaurant, who commented: "She was delightful. She was really low key about it."

Madonna's party sat in a back booth of the restaurant. The staff was aware Madonna was there, Ambrose said, but went out of their way to not draw any attention to the table.
"It’s part of the business, we try to be pretty respectful of that," he explained.

After paying her check, Madonna told the staff that she was very happy with her experience and hinted she would be back.
"That was the coolest part was at the end she said ‘I really enjoyed myself,’" Ambrose said.

As she thanked the staff for their help a few people finally noticed her and began wondering if it was really her.
"They flipped," the bar manager said about the patrons once they realized it was actually Madonna.

Several tweets were sent out Sunday afternoon by students of the University of Michigan who said they saw Madonna and Lourdes in one of the dorms and on campus.

Tue, September 02 (Full Article)
In The Press: ''I need those verses. I want to wrap that up''
Live from the has now published their entire Diplo cover story piece by Jonathan Ringen - which includes juicy details about his work with Madonna in the studio.

Click HERE to check it out - here's another excerpt:

Diplo’s phone rings. He answers it, joke-barking, "What do you want?" and then, before the person on the other end can speak, says, "Stop being a little bitch." The next moment he turns serious. "Are you going to be in the studio? I need to get some stuff from you. Text me when I can meet you tonight." It’s Rechtshaid, and Diplo has been trying to reach him to discuss four or five songs they’re working on for Madonna’s next album.

Diplo and Rechtshaid have been in the studio with Madonna for three sessions in New York so far, and are clearly psyched about how the tracks are coming along. "I think three are just like amazing, smashes," says Diplo. "One is super weird. Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly." (So what does Madonna drink in the studio? "Rosé. It was nice. I don’t think she really drinks, either.")

The pair linked up earlier this year, when Madonna invited Diplo to her Oscar party. He couldn’t go, but they began texting, and Diplo eventually sent her some music to check out, not really expecting her to take it seriously. "She wrote me back like a 20-page text, notes about all these songs," says Diplo, still sounding surprised. She gravitated to the hook of a track that Diplo crafted with MNEK, a London songwriter who worked on the Disclosure album. When it became a Madonna song, Rechtshaid and MNEK went back into the studio to work out the verses. "That’s what I was talking to Ariel about," says Diplo. "I need those verses. I want to wrap that up. That song is on like version 20. It went from a piano ballad to a 'Turn Down for What'-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle, which is a more pop record."


Fri, August 22 (Full Article)
In The Press: Hands in the cement
Live from the USThe Traverse City Film Festival is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to make filmmaker Michael Moore's long-time dream for a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame sidewalk on Front Street outside the State Theatre come true.

The TCFF have been collecting handprints over the past 9 years from visiting filmmakers including Madonna, Wim Wenders, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine and more.

They have made their mark in cement - now it’s time to put their hands into their Walk of Fame with the help of an online auction that would feature star-studded items.

"I hope it raises $30,000 or $40,000 at a minimum to pay for this," says Michael Moore quoted in a story on "I would love to raise over $100,000 to keep it maintained for a while."

Click here for the full story and to see a picture of Madonna's handprints.

Tue, August 05 (Full Article)
In The Press: Madonna on crutches after high heel injury
Live from NYCFrom the New York Post / Page Six:

Madonna has been spotted hobbling in pain, on crutches, into her Upper East Side townhouse after a trip to the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad.

Her rep told the New York Post, "She bruised a bone in her foot from dancing in her high heels . . . she'll be fine and off crutches in a week."

Thu, January 16 (Full Article)
In The Press: ''All I Want Is You''
Live NationLive Nation Entertainment, the giant concert company that includes Ticketmaster, is in advanced negotiations to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to several people with direct knowledge of the talks, the New York Times reports.

If this goes through, the deal will further strengthen Live Nation’s already deep ties with U2 and Madonna, two of the highest-earning and most durable pop acts of the last 30 years. As part of the deal, Live Nation would pay more than $30 million for both Principle Management, the company of U2’s longtime manager, Paul McGuinness, as well as Maverick, run by Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, according to these people, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly.

In what would be one of the most surprising shifts in years among the forces behind pop megastars, Mr. Oseary, 41, would take over the day-to-day management of U2.

Mr. McGuinness, 62, who has managed U2 almost since its inception and would become Principle’s chairman under the new deal, said in a statement:

"I am delighted that Live Nation, who with Arthur Fogel have been our long term touring partners, have joined us in creating this powerful new force in artist management. I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business."

Wed, November 13 (Full Article)
In The Press: Is Rita Ora the new Material Girl?
Material GirlBritish singer and actress Rita Ora has signed up to be the new face of Madonna and Lola's Material Girl line, UK tabloid The Sun reports.

She is said to have signed a £500,000 deal to front the campaign for Material Girl, and is said to have already shot several photos advertising the clothing and accessories line.

Rita would follow Kelly Osbourne, Georgia May Jagger and Taylor Momsen who have all previously modelled for Material Girl.

Thu, May 16 (Full Article)
In The Press: Madonna's and dancers party in Brooklyn
Live from NYCMadonna is said to have been watching like a ''proud mother'' at her dancers giving an impromptu performance in Williamsburg's Antica Pesa restaurant last Thursday, the New York Post reports.

Madonna, Lourders and Rocco, dressed down in a hat and glasses and wearing leather gloves arrived at gourmet outpost for once of her dancer's birthdays, and the entire venue was turned into a dance floor after the cake dessert, with staff closing the venue's curtains and moving table to make space.

"They started showcasing some of the moves from their MDNA tour," the Post's spy says. "The staff quickly moved the tables out of the way to turn the dining area into a dance floor, which got everyone clapping and cheering, including Madonna, who watched from a table.".

The Queen of Pop's love story with the Italian eatery started in June last year during the Italian leg of her MDNA Tour. When in Rome for the first of her three sold out concerts in the country, Madonna had been looking for the best of the classic Roman cuisine, and following the warm suggestion of a friend in the known surprised customers, onlookers and paparazzis by visiting the restaurant - in the historical neighbourhood of Trastevere - arriving and leaving on a scooter driven by her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat.

The Dark Knight Rises's Tom Hardy was also at the Brooklyn outpost of the Roman restaurant that night and looked as surprised as the rest of the customers, a source said. After cutting a rug to Madonna's tunes, the dancers "took a bow and hugged their boss, who approved like a proud mother."

Mon, March 11 (Full Article)
In The Press: Swiss Serenade
Live from SwitzerlandRumors are flying that Madonna and Anne Hathaway could take turns serenading designer Valentino at his New Year's Eve bash tonight at the Eagle Ski Club in Gstaad, and they might even do a duet at midnight, according to the New York Post.

Valentino's NYE bash is the hottest ticket in Europe, the NYPost also reports, and people are flying in from all over the world for it. The designer is reportedly spending 500,000 euros on caviar, champagne, music, food, décor and fireworks at Wasserngrat Mountain.

Madonna has already been snapped by the paparazzis taking ski lessons in the exclusive Swiss mountain resort, while Hathaway is said to be accompanied by her husband, Adam Shulman, who she married in a Valentino gown this year.

Hosts Valentino and partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, have been seen in town this week with their pugs, while director Roman Polanski and Emmanuelle Seigner were also spotted.

Mon, December 31 (Full Article)
In The Press: Porto Alegre? Nope, Istanbul!
MDNA TourAs you may have noticed, a rather familiar picture of Madonna and Brahim kissing at the end of the "Candy Shop" number of the MDNA Tour made its way on several tabloids around the world in the past few days.

It is not exactly a surprise to read the headlines shouting - oh, the scandal, look what Madonna is doing on stage in Porto Alegre with his young boyfriend but, no, sorry, it was just a performance - the same one since the tour started - not an intimate moment to benefit a crowd of thousands.

It is actually a little more surprising to notice that the picture they use was actually shot long ago, at the June 7th show in Istanbul, Turkey, the third stop (and the fourth show overall) of this year's tour.
Which means that - oh bugger - the tabloids could have started bitching about this months ago, but probably didn't get a hold of this great picture yet as it only reached the pages of The Sun in the UK much recently, and not in a very straight-forward way, as it was picked without any permission from the author's photo gallery (and this would be an interesting note for those who wonder why sometimes the images shot by the fans are watermarked when they are posted on the internet).

The author is, as you may have guessed, no other than MadonnaTribe's (and every good fans') own Neil aka And-I-Feel, and the good news is that Neil eventually managed to have his image rightfully syndicated, and royalties are now going to the charity he supports, the Stroke Association in the UK.

Thanks to our friend JPasc24 for the scan below.

Sat, December 22 (Full Article)
In The Press: There's Only One Queen
MDNA TourWith this full page advertising based on one of the beautiful images by official show photographer Kevin Mazur on the latest issue of Billboard magazine, promoter and worldwide producer Live Nation Global Touring congratulates Madonna, Guy Oseary, Sara Zambreno, the MDNA performers, staff and crew on their 2012 Top Tour of the Year achievement.

And MadonnaTribe happily joins the celebration!

Click the image below to enlarge the scan courtesy of our longtime friend and contributor JPasc24.

Fri, December 21 (Full Article)
In The Press: FN activists covering Madonna's tour posters in Nice
Live from FranceThe next step of the FN/Le Pen controversy is taking place in Nice, where activists of French far-right "Front National" have been spotted covering up posters advertising tomorrow's Madonna concert with those of their leader Marine Le Pen.

The activists are covering up the Madonna posters to protest against an image of Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her face broadcasted during Madonna's concert in Paris and Tel Aviv, according to local media and the National Front. The video displayed the image of Le Pen, followed by an image of Adolf Hitler, before finally showing Madonna herself with Hitler's moustache.

Source: Reuters.

Mon, August 20 (Full Article)
In The Press: Debi speaks
Time MachineFrom

Make Up For Ever has just launched a new shade of its Aqua Rouge lip color - a vivid red, the color (#8) was created by Madonna's makeup artist, Gina Brooke, specifically for the singer's MDNA tour.

Madonna has come a long way from her humble roots, and her very first makeup artist, Debi Mazar, can confirm it. These days, Debi is famous in her own right as a successful actress and cooking-show host, but her early work included back-up dancing for Madonna, a close childhood friend - and she also did her hair and makeup.

Allure's Sophia Panych had a chance to chat with Mazar recently, and she admitted, "I couldn't afford to buy department store brands, and even though Madonna could, she liked what I did. I was using Maybelline pencils and liquid liner - things that cost two bucks but performed great." Madonna wore Maybelline? And now she has her own lipstick created for her! Here are a few more highlights:

What was Madonna's hair and makeup like for The Virgin Tour back in 1985?

Her hair was long and wild, and she had just had her bangs cut. She had this thick, curly, gorgeous hair - thicker than anyone else I knew - and it didn't really need much. I just tried to make sure her bangs nicely framed her face and make sure it moved well, rather than creating a polished look. Really, it was more about the music and the show. We just wanted her to look good, get on stage, and do the damn tour. Plus, she was in her twenties: Her skin was good, and as long as you had bright lipstick and good hair, the crowd didn't care - they just wanted to dance.

You also did her hair and makeup for the Who's That Girl Tour two years later. How did you guys come up with that look?

She already had a short blonde haircut, and my challenge was to figure out how to style it. I spent an hour curling it and it all melted in a matter of five minutes on stage after she started dancing. I used this little electric wand, nothing fancy - it was a retractable black plastic electric curling iron with teeth. I would curl her hair in every direction, and sprayed it with Aqua Net. I was playing around with a lot of waxes and pomades because she had so much hair, and then I would add an oil for luminosity - which was bad news because the minute the grease would warm up, her hair would fall flat. We didn't really think about that. So it went from this Kim Novak-like style into a completely Helmut Newton look that was a bit androgynous, sleek and powerful. It was completely unintentional, though - it just evolved that way because we couldn't keep it curled under the stage lights.

The makeup was theatrical, too. My only issue was trying to keep the makeup on her, so I tended to use a lot of creams because of the sweat factor. All those new ingredients like luminizers and silicones slip off—they look great when you're just sitting around, but on stage the makeup actually needs to hold on. So I used products that wouldn't fall off the face. I used pan stick on her skin, liquid liner to define her eyes, and I would rub lipstick on her cheeks to give them color. And back then they hadn't taken out the ingredients that really makes the color stick to your lips!

What about Madonna's infamous brows?

I was forever trying to get her to pluck those eyebrows. She would never go for it - it was her Latin heritage and she wanted to keep them. It wasn't until François Nars came in and convinced her to pluck them at a Stephen Meisel shoot that she agreed to do it.

Wed, August 15 (Full Article)
In The Press: First look at the new Truth or Dare Footwear campaign
Truth or Dare by MadonnaThanks to our longtime friend and contributor from the U.S. JPasc24 for this exclusive first look at the new "Thruth or Dare by Madonna Footwear" campaign.
Click to zoom.

Tue, August 14 (Full Article)
In The Press: Le Figaro: ''Madonna, a night in hell''
MDNA TourLeading French newspaper "Le Figaro" also comments on the MDNA date at the Olympia in their weekend edition.

While it may seem a very harsh review it is actually a little softer than many others that have been published since Madonna performed in Boulevard des Capucines on Thursday night and tries to make some valid points - asking wether the bullet that Madonna shoots at the end of "Je t'aime moi non plus" did not eventually end directed to her own feet.

Click the image below to enlarge the scan.

Sun, July 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: Paris show wasn’t meant to be a full concert, says rep
MDNA TourFrom ABC News:

A spokeswoman for Madonna is defending the star from complaints by French fans that her show at Paris’ Olympia club was a rip off because it only lasted 45 minutes.

After the show ended Thursday night, fans booed Madonna, called her nasty names and, reportedly, chanted “refund!” But according to a spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, the show was never meant to be a full-fledged Madonna concert.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Rosenberg said, “Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France which she expressed at the start of her show. … The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2,000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans.”

Rosenberg added, “She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes. And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world.”

According to Rosenberg, Madonna wanted to take time out from her “grueling” concert tour to do the intimate club show in Paris as a way of honoring “her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France’s long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years.”

Madonna closed the Olympia show with a version of “Je T’aime … Moi Non Plus,” a song by the late French music icon Serge Gainsbourg which was controversial at the time of its release in 1969 due to its sexual content.

Sun, July 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: The Daily Beast: Intimate Madonna Show at Paris' Olympia Hall Turns Ugly
MDNA TourFrom The Daily Beast:

Madonna is in trouble in France, again. But this time, the pop diva has fallen out with her hardcore fans.

The smartphone-video evidence by apparently disgruntled concertgoers is eloquent. (Uploaded to YouTube, one is titled “Suicide of Madonna.”) “Bitch! Bitch! Bitch!” “Re-fund! Re-fund!” “Shame on you!” The catcalls, evidently filmed inside the legendary Olympia music hall after the house lights went up on Thursday night, aren’t from just any old protesters. The intimate show was primarily reserved for a lucky contingent of Madonna’s biggest fans. One unhappy attendee is even heard to shout, “Vive Lady Gaga!” Sacrilege. And French critics on Friday morning weren’t taking pity. One review was published under the headline “Madonna: An Evening in Hell.”

So where did it all go wrong?

Recall that less than two weeks ago, the pop icon angered France’s far-right National Front when her MDNA Tour stage show likened party leader Marine Le Pen to a Nazi. On a jumbo screen behind acrobatic dancers and in front of 70,000 fans at Paris’s Stade de France, the fiery politician was depicted with a swastika emblazoned on her forehead, moments before an identically branded photo of Hitler. Five days later, Le Pen, 43, made good on a threat to press charges, filing a legal complaint against “Madame Madonna Ciccone and any others” responsible for the projection of the image.

At the time, Madonna, two months into her global MDNA Tour, wasn’t scheduled to perform again in France until Aug. 21, at a stadium concert on the Riviera, in Nice. But shortly after the Stade de France show—which, as far-right critics were quick to taunt, was not a sellout—the singer announced a surprise, far more intimate performance in the French capital on a week’s notice. The new show at the Olympia, a prestigious venue on a leafy boulevard in central Paris renowned for historic shows by iconic greats like Edith Piaf, seemed a treat for Madonna’s biggest fans, with a reported 2,000 of the 2,700 tickets reserved for fan-club members.

Despite high ticket prices ranging from 89.50 euros to 276.50 euros ($110-$340), the show was a quick sellout. And Madonna’s faithful wouldn’t be denied the rituals of superfandom: TV news crews trolled a sidewalk rainbow of tents set up by about 30 devotees on the Boulevard des Capucines, under Madonna’s name in capitals on the Olympia’s famous red-neon frontispiece. Some had set up camp from Wednesday at noon, more than 30 hours before curtain, in sweltering heat.

In the event, after a long delay in a sticky hall, it was all over in 49 minutes. The Material Girl sang about eight songs simulcast on YouTube, old standards like “Vogue” and “Open Your Heart,” and newer material from her latest record, punctuated after only two tunes by an 8-minute monologue against intolerance. Wearing a beret, she spoke of her affinity for France (“Because I think of myself as a revolutionary!”) and applauded world-famous French and foreign-born artists—Hemingway, Picasso—who plied their trade in France. She spoke about France welcoming African-American performers in the last century when intolerance in the United States drove them abroad. And she warned of intolerance sparked by economic fears today, clearly following up on the Marine Le Pen controversy.

“We are entering some very scary times in the world, yeah? Economic markets are collapsing; people have nothing to eat in Greece. People all over the world are suffering and people are afraid, and what happens when people are afraid?” she asked, before repeating the question in a schoolteacher’s tone. “They become intolerant,” the singer answered herself. “I know I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me,” Madonna said, to applause. “And it is not my intention to make enemies. It’s my intention to promote tolerance, OK?”

Wrapping up the long disquisition, before singing “a song about love,” Madonna proclaimed, “The next time you want to point the finger at somebody and blame them for your problem in your life, take that finger and point it back at you.”

One purported fan blogged a review calling the interlude “an interminable and sanctimonious speech.” “To listen to her monologue, you’d think we were at a speech by Miss France running for president,” Julien Chadeyron added. “We’re not here to hear you talk, honey. If you wouldn’t mind singing, that would suit us fine!”

As rapt as fans appeared while the star sang and spoke, cheering or singing along, the crowd turned sour quickly after she had stepped off the stage for good, without warning, and never returned. “We’ve seen the pre-show! Now we want to see the show!” one concertgoer cried out, after the house lights went up. Roadies busied at clearing the stage as fans threw empty plastic water bottles in their general direction. Madonna’s last hurrah before her abrupt exit—a Serge Gainsbourg reprise one music magazine on Friday called “pathetic”—was the smoldering classic “Je t’aime, moi non plus.”

French fans on Friday can relate.

Sun, July 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: MTV: Madonna Fans Boo, Demand Refund For 45-Minute Paris Show
MDNA TourFrom

Thursday night Madonna club show in Paris intended to promote tolerance ended with a round of boos and intolerance ... aimed at Madonna. What was billed as an intimate show at the City of Light's 2,700-capacity l'Olympia, streamed live on YouTube, turned into a public relations disaster when the 53-year-old singer left the stage after just 45 minutes.

The abrupt end to the show prompted cries of "refund!" from some and forced YouTube to disable comments on the stream early Friday morning after it garnered more than 12,000 dislikes, according to the Associated Press.

In addition to some asking for their money back after Madonna took the stage at 10:15 p.m. and departed around 11 p.m., a few angered fans shouted insults such as "salope" (the French word for "slut") at the star, who has been embroiled in controversy over the past week for her use of a Nazi swastika symbol on her current tour.

The worst part? The venue was packed with Madonna die-hards, since the tickets were made available only to members of her official fan club, before being released to the general public, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Many gathered outside the venue hours before, some sleeping on the street overnight in order to get a good spot. After the show, though, a number were back out on the avenue shouting "give us our money back!" in French.

An earlier invitation to followers to tweet about the special event ended up backfiring when some attendees used the #MDNAParis hashtag to complain. One angry fan who took to Twitter to vent, wrote in French, "280? for a seat + 10 minutes of a speech + 40 minutes of a show + 2 days of camping in front of the #Olympia = #Madonna #MDNA #Paris #thatsucks."

The concert was a last-minute addition to Madonna's schedule, tacked on shortly after France's far-right National Front party threatened to sue the singer over a video she showed during a Bastille Day (July 14) gig in Paris that featured an image of party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead.

"I know that I made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me," Madonna said during the l'Olympia show , which mixed her hits with covers by French singer Serge Gainsbourg and homages to such national icons as Alain Delon and Edith Piaf. "And it's not my intention to make enemies ... It's my intention to promote tolerance. And when we start saying that we have to get rid of this person or we have to get rid of that person, because then we'll have a better place, it starts to sound like something else, it starts to sound like something scary. So the next time you want to point the finger at somebody and blame them for a problem in your life, take that finger and point it back at you."

Madonna, who has made headlines on the tour for serially flashing her naughty bits
 to her audience and for refusing to give up a section of the show in which she brandishes handguns and automatic rifles in the wake of the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado
, defended her use of the Nazi imagery
 before the Paris show.

"There seems to be a growing intolerance around the world. In Greece, France, everywhere, people are trying to kick out all the immigrants, make people cover up and not show what their religious affiliation is. Think about what's going on in Russia towards the gay community," Madonna said in an interview with a Brazilian TV station. "I'm calling attention to that intolerance and asking people to pay attention, to wake up to see how we are just creating more chaos in the world."

The latest flap comes less than a week after the surprise announcement
 that the Australian leg of her MDNA tour would be scrapped without explanation.

Sun, July 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: E! Online: Madonna booed, refunds demanded at France show
MDNA TourFrom E! Online:

Is it just us or has Madonna seemingly gotten herself into a groove of the never-ending bad PR variety?
The erstwhile Material Girl suffered another blow on Thurdsday night, when, after deciding to end a highly anticipated (and, it follows, costly-ticketed) concert after just 45 minutes and no encore, the fans decided they'd had it, pelting the stage with, well, whatever they had on hand and booing the superstar.

Madonna's Paris show, which rather ironically was intended to promote tolerance and love at the intimate 2,700-capacity l'Olympia club, was streamed live on YouTube but ended abruptly to cries of "refund" and "salope," the French word for "slut," from the crowd.

Here's the deal.

The concert was a last-minute addition by Madonna, added to her touring schedule in an attempt to smooth things over with the country's far-right National Front party, who threatened to sue the pop queen for flashing an image of a swastika superimposed on the face of the political party's leader during a concert earlier this month.

"I know that I made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me," she said during the show last night. "And it's not my intention to make's my intention to promote tolerance. And when we can start saying that we have to get rid of this person or we have to get rid of that person, because then we'll have a better place, it starts to sound like something else; it starts to sound like something scary. "So the next time you want to point the finger at somebody and blame them for a problem in your life, take that finger and point it back at you."

Her message, though well-intentioned, may not have exactly sunk in with the crowd as pretty much every finger in the place was pointed Madonna-ward by the end of the night. And little wonder when tickets for the not-even-hourlong show were going for up to $340. (In the end, Madonna took the stage at 10:15 p.m. and was gone for good by 11 p.m.)

Add to that that a hefty portion of the fans had waited outside for hours to secure a spot indoors with some even opting to camp out overnight, and you have some angry fans. Make that, angry, technologically savvy fans.
An invitation that got tweeted out earlier in the day, for fans and attendees to use the #MDNAParis hashtag, quickly backfired, as it was soon taken over by negative fan reaction and outcry. As the concert was also streamed online on YouTube, the video didn't take long to amass far more dislikes than likes (by several thousand), and the comments were disabled as a result.

For her part, Madonna's rep has released a statement on the incident.

"Madonna's Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France, which she expressed at the start of her show...The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable and keep them strictly for her fans. The show cost Madonna close to a million dollars to produce. She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes. And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world."

Zut alors.

Sun, July 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: BBC News: Madonna booed in Paris over show length
MDNA TourFrom the BBC News:

Madonna fans vented their anger after the star ended a special intimate show in Paris after just 45 minutes.
The singer said she had "a special affinity with France" as she opened the last minute concert, but drew boos from many disappointed fans.
Some had camped outside the Olympia club since Wednesday in anticipation of the show.
The 2,000 tickets sold out in minutes, with fans paying between £80-£200 and some changing hands for up to £1,000.

Madonna was also criticised for talking about politics instead of singing, after revealing she had a message for France's extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen.
France's National Front is threatening to sue the star for using an image of Ms Le Pen with a Swastika superimposed on her forehead at a concert earlier this month.

"I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me," Madonna told fans.
"It's not my intention to make enemies. It's my intention to promote tolerance," she continued.

Afterwards 33-year-old Guillaume Delaval complained: "She spoke for 15 minutes about tolerance, it's not the UN here."
Speaking to the BBC's John Hand at the show, Paris resident Allain Zambrana, 26, from Nicaragua, said he wanted to ask for his money back.
"I felt very frustrated because I camped out on the streets and then the show just ends like that."

Several fans cried "refund!" as they realised Madonna had left the stage for good, with some audience members taking to Twitter to complain.
"We are singing 'shame on you'," explained Pierre from Belgium. "Because she says she loves her fans but then she does this."

Dutch fan Ellis Van Zoen, 22, agreed the show was "very short", but added: "I'm torn - I thought it was a fantastic show and it was special. I don't want to see fans yelling at her but I can understand why."

Madonna also offered veiled criticism of the party's anti-immigrant stance, as she paid homage to a France which she said had once "opened its arms to minorities".
"We are entering some very scary times in the world," she told the crowd.
"People are afraid, and what happens when people are afraid? They say 'get out! You're the reason. You're the problem. You're to blame.'"
The 53-year-old, who performed in an array of outfits including a black leather pencil skirt and French beret, also paid tribute to several French artists.

The event was also streamed live on YouTube, where separate footage showed fans chanting and booing while throwing throwing empty bottles and cups onto the stage after the singer had left.

Madonna is due to perform in France again on 21 August, in Nice.

Sun, July 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: Liberation celebrates Madonna's most iconic personas
Live from FranceJonathan Huguet, stylist for Next - the magazine from French newspaper "Liberation" - anticipates the Madonna Tour concert at the Stade de France in Paris next Saturday with a creative homage to some of Madonna's most iconic eras, from The First Album to MDNA.

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Mon, July 09 (Full Article)
In The Press: Eyedrops Burn
Live from the USMadonna uses special Japanese eye drops that "burn a lot" but help brighten her peepers.
The Material Girl star admits she has trouble going about her early morning tasks as she has a demanding work schedule.
The mother-of-four's solution to her morning blues comes in a bottle.

"I wake up when my children go to school," she told Italian magazine Vanity Fair.
"Then I come back to bed because I usually get to sleep late at night. If I didn't have this second round of sleep I would remain nervous all day long. As soon as I get up I wash my face with very cold water and I use some sort of special Japanese eye drops. It burns a lot but it helps me to wake up even if I don't want to."

Madonna sticks to her beauty routine even while juggling her career and raising her children - Lourdes and Rocco, and adopted kids David and Mercy. One of her biggest skin care customs is simple and no fuss.

"Before go to bed I always brush my teeth and take off the make-up. I never went to sleep without scrubbing my face," she said.

Madonna, who recently launched her new perfume fragrance Truth Or Dare, looks to her mother for inspiration. Her mom died of breast cancer at age 30 in 1963.

"My mother was a real mother," she said.
"She was sweet, very womanly, and friendly. She would always wear the Robert Piguet perfume called Fracas. I still remember it, it's pressed in my memory. I connect it with my childhood, when I got up early and I would run into my parent's bed just to receive some cuddles."

From the Belfast Telegraph

Fri, May 04 (Full Article)
In The Press: Madonna at Madison Square Garden
MDNA TourNew York local Music Examiner Kevin Johnston posted this interesting article on

Let’s face it. Madonna invented Lady Gaga. Or at least she made it possible for someone to invent Lady Gaga.

The original Material Girl is headed for Madison Square Garden on November 12th as part of her 2012 tour to promote her new album MDNA. Tickets range from $50 to $350.

When you look past all the sex re-enactments, background dancers and smoke and mirrors, you see a woman who has had 37 top ten hits. She sold over 300 million albums. She put seven Grammys on the mantle, and she’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her album MDNA came out March 26th and immediately went number one on iTunes. Pre-orders after her Super Bowl halftime performance rocketed, as a record 47.1 million households tuned in. Guess everyone wasn’t taking a break to refill the chips and dip.

In short, the sex romper does good business. She’s offering a copy of the album with every ticket purchased for the Madison Square Garden performance. In a time when musicians complain they can’t make a buck on music, she’s making a buck on music.

If you make the Madison Square Garden show, you’ll be part of a fan base that is attending shows in Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Berlin and London. Most artists call ANY tour a world tour, but Madonna can actually lay claim to a true tour of the world. She told Dick Clark in 1984 that she wanted to rule the world, and let’s just say, close enough.

Perhaps it was the pointy bras, or perhaps it was that she had her pulse on pop culture. In her halftime show, she certainly relied on costumes that screamed Gaga, so apparently she’s comfortable with the competition.

Often called the Queen of Reinvention, she profits from a keen awareness of the public’s short attention span. To some observers, however, there is sameness to the presentation, glamorous sexiness, headgear and squat thrusts. Expect plenty of those at her live show.

No additional shows have been added at the Garden, due probably to the fact that she is offering a Yankee Stadium show around the same time.

Watch her strap on her headset, strut to center stage, smile at her thousands of fans, and sing just for you.

Sun, April 29 (Full Article)
In The Press: A hard to woman to please
Truth or Dare by MadonnaPerfumer Stephen Nilsen has a starry client list, but none have been as famous, or (somewhat unsurprisingly) demanding, as Her Madjesty
"Madonna has no patience for stupid people," he said, at the recent London launch of the popstar's debut perfume. But as the veteran "nose" discovered, she doesn't make it all that easy on the clever ones, either. The creator of fragrances for Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger, Nilsen is comfortable working with the biggest names in the industry. But even he was thrown by Madonna's chilly demeanour on their first meetings to produce her perfume Truth or Dare, during which she refused to remove her sunglasses. "It was a little intimidating," he admitted. And that was when he was granted an audience. More often than not in those first months of development, Nilsen was left in the dark about the actual direction Madonna intended for her perfume.

"She told me she wanted white florals, and she loved the 'addiction' accord I created," – a blend of vanilla, caramel and amber. But it was hard to schedule face time with the busy performer, essential when trying to peg a client's tastes and establish a common vocabulary. Instead, Nilsen found himself scurrying back and forth between his Manhattan lab and Madonna's £20m Upper East Side compound every time he made a revision. "I'd throw each new sample over her 8ft-high black steel wall," he joked. Fortunately, his pitching arm was saved: "Security always magically appeared behind me when I would ring the bell, as if they knew I was coming.

"She needed the latest versions delivered by 2 PM on a Friday afternoon so she could evaluate them over the weekend at her horse farm in the Hamptons."

Despite having no training in the world of perfumery, Madonna was adamant that she did not want musk in Truth Or Dare's formula. "I tried to explain to her that it needed musk to round the edges, like you sand and seal a stippled wall," Nilsen remembered. In the end, he took a chance and went ahead with a version that included the much-needed musk. When he nervously presented it to Madonna, he said she smelled it sceptically, then grudgingly conceded, "OK - you were right. Leave in the musk."

Click here to continue reading this story from The Guardian.

Sat, April 28 (Full Article)
In The Press: Medellin sould out, and stage sketch from Chile
MDNA TourChilean newspaper "La Tercera" devotes a full page to the upcoming Madonna tour and also includes a digital simulation of what the MDNA stage should look like, credited to local promoter Time 4 Fun.

On related news from the South American leg of the tour, news is in from Colombia that all the available tickets for the November, 28 concert in Medellin are gone, marking Madonna's first sold out show in Latin America this year.

Thanks to Babygeorge and Diego.
Fri, April 27 (Full Article)

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