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Prison Letter Reveals Tupac Shakur Broke Up With Madonna Because Of Her Race


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Madonna grabbed headlines by revealing back in 2015 that she had briefly dated Tupac Shakur – but a new letter written by the late rapper shows that things were a lot deeper between them than people suspected, revealing that he dumped the singer because of the colour of her skin.

Sections of a previously unseen letter written to Madonna by Tupac while he was in jail in 1995 that is due to be auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll later this month, with a starting bid of $100,000, were published by TMZ on Wednesday (July 5th).

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Patti LuPone Savages Fellow 'Evita' Star Madonna


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Patti LuPone has never been one to mince her words, so when she was asked by Andy Cohen what she thought about Madonna taking on her iconic role as 'Evita', she could only be bluntly honest. Though as it turns out, Madonna has never been particularly polite to Patti anyway.

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During her appearance on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen', Broadway superstar Patti LePone launched a scathing verbal attack on her fellow actress who played Eva Perón in the 1996 film version of 'Evita' seventeen years after Patti won her first Tony for the stage role in 1979. 

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Madonna Is Not Happy About Her New Biopic 'Blond Ambition'


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A forthcoming unauthorised Madonna biopic entitled 'Blond Ambition' has been given the green light for production by Universal, though its subject is less than happy with the prospect. She has publicly hit out at the makers of the movie following its announcement this week.

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A script written by Elyse Hollander, which ranked as the most loved unattached screenplay on the 2016 Black List, for 'Blond Ambition' has now been given the go ahead with the likes of Michael De Luca ('Fifty Shades of Grey') among the production team. It's Elyse's screenwriting debut, having previously worked as an uncredited assistant director for Alejandro G. Inarritu on 'Birdman'.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars: Madonna Shares Sweet Video Of Adopted Twins


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Madonna has given fans a glimpse into her home life with newly adopted twins Esther and Stella.

The singer was granted permission to adopt the four-year-olds from Malawi earlier this month, bringing them home with her to the US while the adoption process is finalised.

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Madonna's Wedding Dress And More Fetch Thousands At Charity Auction


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Ever fancied owning a piece of Madonna’s wardrobe? Well you may have just missed your chance, as several of the singer’s most iconic looks were auctioned off to the highest bidder over the weekend. Of course the 'Material Girl' wasn't just having a winter clear out, it was all done to raise money for a very worthy cause.

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A collection of Madonna's clothing was up for grabs in Beverley Hills at the at Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll charity auction. But this wasn't one for the casual fan, as some pieces manage to fetch thousands of dollars.

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Lindsay Lohan Struggles To Remember Lines In 'Speed-The-Plow' West End Debut


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When Lindsay Lohan was cast in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow back in June, she claimed to be "nervous but excited" about her theatre debut. Unfortunately, in the first previews of the show in London's West End on Wednesday (24th September), nerves reportedly got the better of the Mean Girls actress.

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Read More: Lindsay Lohan, Determined To Prove Critics Wrong, Promises Not To Miss Any West End Shows.

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Madonna "Inspired" To Donate To Three Detroit-Based Charities


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Madonna was in a very giving mood when she left her home city of Detroit recently.

The 55 year-old singer is donating a large amount of money to the construction of a new youth boxing gym that offers after-school boxing and education to deprived children living in the city.

She is also supplying art and music supplies, as well as a whole range of new equipment to The Detroit Achievement Academy, which focuses on schools located in Michigan's poorest ZIP code.

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Nicolas Cage Wears Nicolas Cage Meme T-Shirt To Guns N' Roses Concert


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In what may be our favourite Instagram post of all time, rock band Guns N’ Roses have shared an image of Nicolas Cage…wearing Nicolas Cage. The band posted the image, which features the iconic actor wearing a cowboy hat, blue blazer, copious beads around his neck, a pair of sunglasses and…finest of all, a t-shirt featuring an image from one of his famous fan-made memes.

Nicolas Cage may be one of Hollywood’s most famous actors, but over the past few years it’s the collection of memes and fan videos dedicated to him which he’s become best-known for. Cage’s habit of totally surrendering himself, body and soul, to a role has led to a few onscreen outbursts which fans go freaking nuts for.

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Just Who Is Acting Coach, Cameron Thor?


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54-year-old Jurassic Park actor and acting coach Cameron Thor has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl he had been giving acting classes. Thor has been accused of sexually assaulting the girl over the period of a year, apparently taking her to a secluded area. He has been charged on 11 counts, including rape, sexual penetration, robbery and kidnap, according to the Daily Mail.

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The LAPD arrested the acting coach, whose bail was posted at $2.6 million. The girl had apparently approached him for acting classes in 2008. He had taught the girl between April 2008 and March 2009 at the coaching school he runs with his partner Alice Carter. The website for the acting school has since been taken down.

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Piers Morgan Criticises US Gun Laws On Last CNN Show


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Piers Morgan ended his three year run on his CNN talk show Piers Morgan Live on Friday (28th March) with a plea to the US government to change "the absurd gun laws".Morgan's show was cancelled following low ratings and possibly his involvement in the phone hacking scandal, nevertheless he left the show on a somewhat controversial note.

Morgan, ever controversial, used his final show as an opportunity to comment on the social and political implications of gun laws in the US. He referenced recent tragedies in which guns were used to kill large numbers of people which prompted criticism of gun laws in the US and worldwide.

Morgan has spent a number of years in the states over the past decade and described gun violence, such as that displayed in the Connecticut Sandy Hook massacre and the Colorado Aurora Cinema, as "a disease that infects every aspect of American life". Referencing these attacks Morgan said, as The Independent reports: "I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theatre and then just a few months later 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, that the absurd gun laws in this country would change, but nothing has happened".

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Madonna To Direct 'Adé: A Love Story' Despite Failure Of 'W.E.'


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It has been revealed that Madonna is to direct another movie, despite the critical and commercial flop of her second directorial work, W.E. The pop star will mark her return to film with Adé: A Love Story, the upcoming adaptation of Rebecca Walker's novel of the same name, according to The Guardian.

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Madonna Is To Direct A New Movie, 'Adé: A Love Story.'

The 'Holiday' singer will be teaming up with producer Bruce Cohen, who was one of the producers of the successful David O Russell film Silver Linings Playbook, and a screenwriter is being sought to adapt the novel. Adé will be the third movie Madonna has directed, her previous projects being the critically-trashed W.E., which explored the life of Wallis Simpson and a researcher delving into the truth of Simpson's romance with King Edward VIII, and 2008's Filth and Wisdom.

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Madonna Set To Direct New Film Adaptation Of 'Ade: A Love Story'


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Madonna will be taking a seat behind the camera once more.

The 55 year-old pop icon has been approached to direct the big-screen adaptation of Rebecca Walker's debut novel 'Ade: A Love Story.'

The 'Like A Virgin' singer, who made her directing debut with 2008's 'Filth and Wisdom', will be working with the 'Silver Linings Playbook' producer, Bruce Cohen, Deadline reports.

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Madonna And The Celebrities Who Love 'Game Of Thrones'


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Are you a ‘Game of Thrones’ addict? Well if you are you’re in pretty good company. The hit show has spawned legions of fans and among them are more than a few famous faces, all of whom are very eager to share their obsession with the show.

At the weekend Madonna celebrated Jewish holiday, Purim, by dressing up as Emilia Clarke's character Daenerys Targaryen. The singer posted a picture of herself on Instagram in a blonde wig and brown buckled corset with the caption ‘"Happy Purim!!!!! All Hail All Queens! ##certainty.” The Queen of Pop certainly made a rather startling transformation into the Mother of Dragons, but she’s not the only celebrity to public show her admiration for the programme.

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Lily Allen And The Missing $330,000 Wedding Dress, Other Expensive Celebrity Wedding Dresses


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We bet Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t pleased to hear that Lily Allen misplaced one of his bespoke design wedding dresses! The Hard Out Here singer married husband Sam Cooper back in 2011 and wore two dresses for the occasion. For the ceremony she wed in a Delphine Manivet design before changing in to the Chanel Couture dress for the reception.

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When 4Music asked Lily Allen what the most expensive item in her wardrobe was, she told the channel, “There’s two bits to this answer. One is that it’s not in my wardrobe, it’s gone missing. And two, it’s my Chanel Couture wedding dress that’s worth about $330,000. It’s gone. I don’t know where it is.”

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Pussy Riot's Nadia And Masha Disowned For Forgetting "Aspirations And Ideals" Of Punk Group


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Members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot have disowned their two most high-profile members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, for having forgotten about the "aspirations and ideals of [the] group." Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova, known as Masha and Nadia, were released from a 16-month prison stint in Russia after having performed their anti-Putin protest song, 'Punk Prayer,' in a Moscow cathedral in 2012.

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Heavy media interest and intense human rights lobbying played a part in the women's release and has brought certain Russian freedom of speech injustices to light. On the eve of the Winter Olympic Games, currently being held in the Russian city of Sochi, the pair performed alongside Madonna at Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn last night, where the Flaming Lips, Yoko Ono, Bob Geldof, Lauryn Hill, The Fray Blondie and Imagine Dragons also contributed.

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Pussy Riot's Nadya And Masha Are Proud To Have Been Imprisoned In Russia [Video]


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Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the former members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot, have given an Amnesty International press conference in Manhattan during which they discuss their 16-month imprisonment, their current motives and the controversial Winter Olympic Games, which is being held in the Russian city of Sochi.

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They were jailed for two years after singing their protest song 'Punk Prayer', which criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin and God, in a Moscow cathedral in 2012 but were freed in December after intense media scrutiny and heavy lobbying by human rights organisations. A third member of the group, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed when a judge suspended her sentence on appeal.

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Madonna's Russian Tour Death Threats Were Real


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Madonna has never been one to hold her tongue, and became synonymous with the controversy surrounding Russia’s homophobic legislation and harsh treatment of anyone speaking out against the system by speaking out on stage.

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The singer has been in support of the band, which saw two of its members imprisoned in 2012 for performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.

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The Pop Culture Singularity Approaches As Miley Cyrus And Madonna Perform Together On "Unplugged"


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For a young pop singer, performing with Madonna is practically a rite of passage and so is performing on MTV Unplugged. So it was about time Miley did it too. Madge and her younger, twerking counterpart performed together on Unplugged and it was... different. Miley’s entire set was completely over the top, as things usually are when Cyrus gets involved, but the duet with Madonna had to have been the highlight of the night.

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If you've ever wondered what a duet between Miley Cyrus and Madonna would look like - this is your chance.

The show, complete with all the sequins, bodysuits and neon that money could buy, went from intimate and emotional on tracks like Drive and Wrecking Ball, to a full on Party in the USA – now with 100% more twerking.

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Madonna, Despite Injury, To Perform With Macklemore At Grammys


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Madonna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be performing together at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday! The organisers of the show confirmed collaboration yesterday (25th January) and the artists teaming up has pleasantly surprised a number of commentators. 

Madonna was confirmed as appearing on the show on Friday (24th January) and it was initially thought she would appear alone. However, today it has been confirmed the 55-year-old pop icon will be teaming up with Macklemore, the hip hop duo comprised of 30-year-old Ben Haggerty and 25-year-old Lewis. They will be performing Macklemore's 'Same Love' which is nominated for Song of the Year. The duo is also nominated for another six Grammy awards including Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Madonna has won numerous Grammy awards over her thirty five year career, including the award Macklemore are nominated for two occasions.

Madonna has recently been suffering from a minor injury from dancing in high heels, yet the 'Holiday' singer was not letting this get in the way of her performance. The singer posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "It's official! I'm off my crutches and I'm looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys." Initially fans assumed the singer would simply be attending the Grammys as a guest but now can be certain the pop legend will once be returning to high heels in order to perform from an even more elevated position at the award ceremony. 

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Madonna Receives Backlash After Posting Photo Of 13 Year-Old Son Holding Bottle Of Alcohol [Photo]


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It is fair to say Madonna, as a mom, would be pretty awesome, but could she have crossed the line with this recent incident?

The 55 year-old pop icon posted a photograph on her Instagram account of her 13 year-old son, Rocco, holding a bottle of alcohol this past Saturday (Jan 4th).

Discipline is important in a mother and son's relationship but it appears that she is being just alittle too relaxed.

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Madonna Tops Forbes' List Of Highest Earning Musicians In 2013


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Forbes have once again compiled their yearly list of highest earning celebrities in every possible respect and the winner for highest earning musician in 2013 is a very familiar face indeed: Madonna. The Queen of Pop came out on top despite tough competition and the fact that she didn't really create or release any new music in 2013. Call that staying power.

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According to the magazine, Madge earned most of her money over the last year through touring, with her 'MDNA' tour grossing $305 million in total since it was launched, earning the singer a cool amount in the process. Her other major sources of income has been royalties, her clothing line and the launch of her new fragrance, Forbes revealed, putting her total earnings for the past 12 months at an estimated $125 million.

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Madonna Earns Top Spot On Forbes' 2013 Highest-Paid Musicians List, Who Was Her Closest Competition?


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American pop-icon, Madonna, has been crowned this year's highest-paid musician, according to Forbes.

The 55 year-old has beaten the biggest names in pop such as Rihanna, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

The 'MDNA' hit maker raked in a staggering $125 million between June 2012 and May 2013 with a large thanks going to the success of her latest tour, which reportedly grossed $305 million.

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Michael Jackson Is The Highest Earning Dead Person With $160m


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Michael Jackson's family may have lost their $1 billion lawsuit against AEG Live, but the dead pop star is still the highest earning deceased person in the world, according to yet another list from Forbes. Jackson was cremated so there'll be no chance of a Thriller-style resurrection where he returns to spend his riches but from his grave he earned a mighty $160 million (£99 million) over the past 12 months.

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Amazingly, and four years after his death, Jackson is also earning more than any living star, surpassing the top living earner Madonna's yearly earnings by a tidy $35 million. Second place by a long way on Forbes' list was Elvis Presley whose post-mortem earnings total $55 million.

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Michael Jackson Named Top Earning Celebrity Dead Or Alive


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In it's most recent list of top celebrity earners, Forbes has named Michael Jackson as the highest earning dead celebrity of the last year. With his estate earning an estimated $160 million between October 2012 and June 2013, not only is Michael the top earning dead celebrity, but the top earning celebrity in general.

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Michael's earnings over the last year amount to $35 million more than the top-placed living celebrity, Madonna, who Forbes estimates earned $125 million between 2012 and 2013. As reported by Forbes, this marks the "third time in the past five years" that a dead celebrity has been crowned the highest earner of the year. How appropriate for a list that is released just before Halloween.

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Madonna Recalls Being Raped At Knife Point During Daunting Pre-Fame Years


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Madonna is now the most instantly recognisable performers in the world, with a multi-decade career that has remained strong since the mid-1980's. Getting to where she is now took much more than a few talent show auditions and chance meetings however, as the singer has revealed in a moving interview with Harper's Bazaar, in which she remembered when she first moved to New York to try and make it as a dancer.

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In the November edition of the magazine, known as the 'Daring Issue,' the singer recalled how her move to the Big Apple from her native Bay City in Michigan wasn't a walk in the park. In fact, her first few years in the city were more like a nightmare, where the prospect of finding fame couldn't have been further away, as she wrote about how she was robbed on numerous occasions, held at gunpoint and was even raped whilst being held at knifepoint.

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Madonna Reflects On Rape At Knife Point In NYC Years Ago


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Madonna has revealed that she was raped whilst held at knife point during her first year in New York City.

The pop-culture icon made the shocking revelation in an article for the latest issue of Harper's Bizaar.

Madonna wrote the personal piece herself and she wrote about her experience moving to the big apple, "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms".

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Madonna Reunites With Ex Sean Penn At Her New "Revolution Of Love" Film Launch


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On Tuesday night (Sept 24th) in Manhattan, New York saw the launch of a new short film by Steven Klein called 'secretprojectrevolution' which is also part of Madonna's 'Art For Freedom' project that promotes free speech as a way to address persecution and injustice around the world.

Oh and she ran into ex-husband, Sean Penn, at the event.

The former flames haven't been married for 24 years but they embraced each other with hugs and kisses like they were never apart. The pair were married from 1985 until 1989 and the relationship was known for violent outbursts against paparazzi photographers as well as one another.

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M.I.A. Stands Her Ground In The Case Against Her Super Bowl Halftime Show Middle Finger Gesture


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M.I.A. won't go down quietly, as she fights tooth and nail against the NFL as the corporation continues to seek compensation from the acclaimed rapper/singer for giving the camera the middle finger and mouthing "I don't give a f*ck" during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. The rapper claims she is being used as a scapegoat in the $1.5 million case and says that there were other things happening in the show that were just as, if not more provocative and offensive.

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The 'Paper Planes' rapper took to YouTube to discuss the "completely ridiculous" claim for damages by the American football league, and claimed that during the show there were several cheerleaders on stage who were arguably being much more offensive and provocative. The English-Sri Lankan musician is being sued for $1.5 million for breach of contract, with the league complaining that her gesture had put in jeopardy the family-friendly marketability of the NFL brand, something that M.I.A. claims they needed no help with as her middle finger gesture doesn't come close to some of the scandals that emerge from the league.

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M.I.A. And The NFL Engaged In Not So Secret Legal Battle Over Middle Finger Gesture


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It has been well over a year since M.I.A. unceremoniously gave the camera the finger during her performance as part of Madonna's half-time show at Super Bowl XLVI and just about everyone who noticed the gesture soon forgot about it once the game got back underway. As The Hollywood Reporter revealed this week however, not everyone was quite so quick to forget. Namely, the bosses at the NFL themselves.

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M.I.A. won't bow down to the NFL

As THR state, the NFL are demanding $1.5 million in damages and a public apology from the 'Paper Plane' hit-maker for extending her middle finger and seemingly mouthing "I don't give a sh*t" during her segment in Madonna's 'Give Me All Your Luvin'.' The league decided to take legal action against the English/Sri Lankan rapper/singer, born Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, for supposedly breaching the terms of her contract and tarnishing the goodwill and reputation of the game, and after 18 months it seems as though the case hasn't gotten any further off the ground.

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Congratulations Madonna, You Just Made $125 Million In One Year


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Madonna has surprisingly trumped the likes of Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to be named the world's top-earning celebrity for the past year.

The 55-year-old singer made an estimated $125 million thanks to her MDNA tour, clothing and fragrance lines, according to Forbes.

The magazine said it was the most money Madonna had made in a single year since it began tracking earnings in 1999.

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Lady Gaga Requests Monsters "Stop Sending Negativity" To Perez Hilton


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Lady GaGa has lashed out at celebrity gossip mogul Perez Hilton. The two were previously good friends and photographed together on numerous occasions. Her twitter tirade, although she hasn't named Hilton, has suggested his meddling goes deeper than just his internet website. She tweeted on the subject, writing "I will NOT handle the privately, the internet is just the surface of what the public sees. I've been quiet for a long time, not this time."

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Gaga's series of tweets seem to have been prompted by her belief that Hilton is attempting to rent an apartment in her New York building. She believes this is in an attempt to "stalk" her. In a tweet (later deleted) addressed to the gossip writer, Gaga said "STAY AWAY FROM ME + MY FAMILY YOU ARE SICK TRYING TO RENT AN APARTMENT IN MY BUILDING TO STALK ME. LEAVE ME ALONE!!!" As reported by the Huffington Post, Gaga questioned her source (a fan) on whether Hilton was attempting to rent the property. Her building's management then confirmed he was in the building, although Gaga was away at the time. 

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Are The Rolling Stones Boycotting Florida And Its 'Stand Your Ground' Law?


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The list of artists supposedly boycotting Florida because of the controversial Stand Your Ground law reads like a who’s who of modern music. Usher, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, R. Kelly, Wale, Jay Z, and the Rolling Stones are all on it, but are the latter really in the boycott club?

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A spokeswoman for the Rolling Stones, she said she was "not aware of this," according to Mother Jones, who contacted her, and actually broke the news to her. Representatives for the band in the UK added: "nobody's heard anything about this,” which suggests the band really aren’t involved in Stevie Wonder’s campaign against the Stand Your Ground Law, which is thought to have been a key factor in George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

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Bruce Springsteen Fans Are Crazy! Roads Closed, Camping In Queues & Thousands Spent For Cardiff Show


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We reckon 1D fans or Justin Bieber fans are rabid because they're mainly hormonal young girls but Bruce Springsteen appeals to a rather different demographic who have been mirroring the obsessive antics of the tweensters. 'The Boss' will perform tonight (23 July) to 29,000 fans at a sold out show, with some making absolutely sure they didn't miss out on a front row position in the standing area of the arena.

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BBC News spoke to Warrington fan Tony Tower who admitted he'd been camped outside Millenium Stadium for five days. Mr. Tower explained his need to be at the very front: "It's all about getting under the mic - it's better to be in the pit than out of it. It's the heart of the concert." He also admitted that he'd spent more than £1,300 on tickets to see his idol and that was all OK with his wife, saying "It's not about the cost - it's about the experience. My wife tells me I can afford it." Spoken like a true fan!

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Oprah Winfrey Rules Over A Female Dominated Forbes 100 Most Influential List


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Forbes have just released their 100 Most Influential Entertainers list and Oprah has made a comeback as No. 1. True, it might not be a real comeback, considering that she only dropped to No. 2 in the past two years, but this is Oprah Winfrey we’re talking about – the woman never does anything halfway, comebacks included. According to Forbes, Winfrey has had an $88 million drop in earnings between June of last year and June 2013. However, the chart makes it clear that other factors, besides earnings are also taken into consideration when creating the list.

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This year Winfrey returnes to her rightful place. 

And while it is unknown exactly what those factors are – marketability, social media presence and entrepreneurial decisions are thought to be among them – Winfrey’s handling of the nosedive her OWN network took in the last two years, as well as her management of the rest of her media empire, including O Magazine, a network on Sirius XM and shows by protégés like Dr Phil means that she once again fits the bill. Winfrey made $77 million last year, down significantly from $165 million for the same period last year. That’s still a lot of money though, even for the entertainment industry, and the media empress is set to increase said profits in the coming year, as her newly rebuilt OWN network is predicted to begin turning a profit by the end of 2013. This year, OWN has undergone a complete overhaul, cutting out unprofitable project and replacing them with original programming, created by Winfrey herself with the help of Tyler Perry – another Forbes 100 staple.

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Janet Jackson Billionaire Or How Exposure Doesn't Always Equal Net Worth


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The phrases “Janet Jackson billionaire” is quite an unexpected one, but there you go. The youngest performing member of the Jackson clan has apparently reached the coveted eight-figure net worth. But wait, we’ve barely heard a peep from Jackson’s camp over the past five years, what happened? Well, apparently it was in fact her super successful albums and tours that got her through the doors. Think back. Way way back. Like the 90s. Albums like Control (1986), Janet (1993) and Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), and mores, as well as $81 million off music and publishing fees is what landed Janet in the billionaire’s club this year. So they might be sales of dated merchandise, but cold hard cash has no use-by date after all. And, of course, there are the movie roles - her roles in The Nutty Professor, The Klumps, Poetic Justice and For Colored Girls has banked her a whopping $304 million.

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Some smart business choices have landed Jackson among the richest of the rich.

Now Janet Jackson can freely commit to some philanthropy or something – it’s not like she really needs the funds, what with her husband being a billionaire in his own right. The singer/actress married retail entrepreneur Wissam Al Mana in a private ceremony last year. Jackson joins celebrities like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey on the list. Not Madonna. We repeat, not Madonna.

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Kid Rock Slams Lip-Syncers At Billboard Awards [Video]


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This years Billboard Awards were very eventful indeed; trouble is (for the big wigs at Billboard at least), it was a memorable event for all the wrong reasons. One of the stand-out events of the night had to be Kid Rock's very tongue-in-cheek shout out to all the lip syncing artists in the audience.

As the rocker took to the stage to present an award, he first welcomed himself to the stage by asking the audience for "a shout out for all the artists lip-syncing over pre-recorded music," to which the crowd gave a hearty cheer in return. This may not be as cringe-worthy funny as Miguel's mishap or Bieber's treatment by his peers for asking to be "taken seriously," but still, it's a pretty ballsy move on Rock's behalf. The outburst didn't really sour things though, as the rocker moved swiftly on to reading out the nominees.

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Kid Rock caused quite a stir

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Star Frenzy At The 2013 Billboard Music Awards With Arrivals From The Likes Of Taylor Swift To Jennifer Lopez [Photos]


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Taylor Swift at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards
Taylor Swift at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards looked to be one of the most celeb-filled events of the year with some of the music industry's biggest stars making their glamorous arrivals. 

'22' singer Taylor Swift clutched eight accolades to her chest as she posed on the red carpet having won Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album for 'Red', Top Country Song with 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist and Top Country Artist. Carly Rae Jepsen was another young female star to land a prize winning Top Digital Song and Top Pop Song for her massive 2012 hit 'Call Me Maybe'. Queen of Pop Madonna scooped up three well deserved awards including Top Dance Album for 'MDNA', Top Dance Artist and Top Touring Artist after her controversial 'MDNA' tour which landed her amidst a handful of lawsuits. There was no sign of letting up on the controversial front either as she donned hotpants, suspenders and fishnets at the Billboard event. Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Album with 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' went to Nicki Minaj while Top EDM Artist was none other than David Guetta who brought his wife Cathy Guetta along with him to the awards show.

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Video - Madonna Leaves Little To The Imagination In Punk Get Up At Met Gala 2013


Madonna went all out at the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition during the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York. She was snapped on the red carpet with her current toyboy boyfriend Brahim Zaibat and Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.

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Madonna-Owned Leger Painting Sells For $7.2 Million


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Madonna’s done well here, proving not just to be a pop star of almighty magnitude, but also an art dealer of some heft. This because it’s been reported that the 53 year-old has successfully managed to flog a painting for a cool $7.2 million! Nice work Madge!

Now, before we all get grumpy that this is another tale of the rich getting richer, let’s quickly jump into point out that the money will be going towards her Ray Of Light Foundation, which supports girls’ education projects in the Middle East and Asia. So a big hats off to her for that. The painting in question was by Fernand Leger, a 1921 cubist work that the singer bought in 1990 for $3.4 million. According to the BBC that wasn’t even the biggest purchase of the day at what was an extravagant auction at the world famous auction house Sotheby’s.

Les Pommes, a still life from by French artist Paul Cezanne, fetched the highest price, selling for $41.6m (£26.9m). L'Amazone, a portrait of French socialite Baroness Marguerite de Hasse de Villers by Amedeo Modigliani, went for $25.9m (£16.7m), while a Pablo Picasso sculpture of his young muse Sylvette sold for $13.6m (£8.8m). The auction bought in a total of $230 million, although it lacked the drama of last year’s event which saw Edvard Munch’s The Scream sell for a whopping $119.9 million.

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Love Is In The Air: Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Dating Homeland's Timotheé Chalamet


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The newest high profile celebrity romance might also hold the records for youngest celebs to be attached publicly – Timotheé Chalamet is dating Lourdes Leon. One is acting on the popular series ‘Homeland’, the other is a successful designer at 16 and the daughter of none other than Madonna herself. The pair met at the renowned LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts in NYC.

A source tells the New York Post it is 'common knowledge at the school that the pair are dating.' It’s debatable whether the new couple is boosting the profile of LaGuardia or the other way around. Last month Lurdes and Timotheé were featured, alongside other students at the prestigious school, New York Magazine's Reasons to Love New York issue, under the heading 'Because La Guardia High School is Still Churning Out Talent.' So they definitely look like a promising young couple.

It’s not all sunshine and roses though. Lurdes’s parents – Madge and actor and personal trainer Carlos Leon, definitely have some strict rules for their little girl and any potential boyfriends. When asked about Lourdes dating a few years ago, Leon said 'I'm dreading it... I want her to stay young forever. I'm already overprotective, so when the time comes, I will be ready to have a talk with the guy she brings through the door. He better be ready because I'll give him the run-down!'

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Madonna Slams 'Stupid Boy Scouts' (Kisses Anderson Cooper For The Hell Of It)


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Madonna called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gay members in a speech at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night (March 23, 2013). Wearing a replica of the organization's uniform, the pop superstar said the scouts should "change their stupid rules," and allow gays to sign up. Her comments come shortly after Carly Rae Jepsen and Train pulled out of the organization's summer Jamboree over its discrimination. Replacements have yet to be announced.

Later in the speech, Madonna spoke about young people who take their own lives after suffering from bullying. As a mother of teenage kids, the singer said the situation is "an atrocity to me and I don't accept it." She also called on the star-studded audience to join her in a "revolution" to change the world, before smooching with gay television host Anderson Cooper after presenting him with GLAAD's 'Vito Russo' award. Cooper came out as gay last year.

Elsewhere, at the gay advocacy group's annual awards, film director Bret Ratner was honored with the Ally Award, despite joking that "rehearsing is for fags" at a press conference last year. The NBC drama 'Smash' and CBS's reality series 'The Amazing Race' also won prizes at the ceremony in New York.

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Boy Scout Wannabe Madonna Hands Vito Russo Award To Anderson Cooper


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Madonna showed up in typical style to the Glaad awards, sporting a boy scouts uniform, and bemoaning her lack of badges due to the fact she was never allowed in, before giving Anderson Cooper the Vito Russo Award.

"I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join," the singer joked. "I think that’s f---ed up. I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees. Listen, I wanna do for the community," she added before stating: "I think I should be allowed to be allowed to be a Boy Scout. And I think they should change their stupid rules." Moving onto the state of equality, Madonna boomed: "I don't know about you, but I can't take this sh-- anymore," she said. "That is why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me? It's 2013, people. We live in America -- land of the free, home of the brave -- that's a question, not a statement." And moving on to Cooper’s award, she said:"Love thy neighbor as thyself. It's an atrocity to me, and I don't accept it," she added, talking about homophobia.

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Madonna Hands TV Journalist Anderson Cooper The Vito Russo Award


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Anderson Cooper – as a prominent and gay figure in the media – was handed a gay media watchdog honour last night by staunch campaigner for equality, Madonna.

"Love thy neighbor as thyself," said the singer, denouncing homophobic bullying, which can ruin lives. "It's an atrocity to me, and I don't accept it," she added, before handing the Vito Russo Award to Cooper. “I am only here tonight because I've benefited from what they and so many others have done," he said, having been openly gay since last summer, and referring to activists like Russo and Larry Kramer. He added: "being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings" of his life, saying that "it opened my head and heart in ways that I never could have predicted." Previous winners of the award are Suze Orman, Rosie O'Donnell, Elton John and Tom Ford. The ceremony doesn’t only celebrate those who are openly gay in the media, and help make strides for equality, but it also outs the openly homophobic or closed-minded. Film director Bret Ratner received the ignoble Ally Award – not a coveted prize – after he used a derogatory word for homosexuals during a press conference surrounding the Oscars almost a year ago.

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Elementary Is Highest Rated Broadcast Of 2013 (With A Little Help From Super Bowl)


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Despite being the latest ever start time for a post-Super Bowl broadcast, Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary scored a massive 20.8 million viewers on Sunday evening (7.8 rating in adults 18-49), according to Nielsen. The show, starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller and based on the acclaimed BBC series, scored the title of highest-rated entertainment broadcast of the year.

Elementary delivered a huge 3.45 million viewers more than Alias pulled in following the Super Bowl in 2003. The fast-paced crime-drama delivered a 61% increase over its season average in viewers and a massive 160% increase in the adults 18-49 demographic. After strong reviews, CBS ordered two additional episodes to its current season, bringing the total number of episodes for series one to 24. 

It has also emerged that Beyonce's well-received half-time show extravaganza scored a rating of 48.2/71 in the 8.00pm-8.30pm, which fell short of Madonna's score for her 2012 half-time show, which was mired in controversy following M.I.A's badly thought out two finger salute. According to Deadline.com, Sunday's game, between the San Francisco 49er and the Baltimore Ravens, peaked at 52.9/75 for its nail-biting final half hour. 

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Congratulations To Beyonce, But Super Bowl Show Fails To Beat Madonna Ratings


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Beyonce fans are still shouting from the rooftops about her Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday (February 3, 2013), when the R&B queen smashed out the hits and briefly reunited with her Destiny's Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams - she also sang live.

However, it has emerged that Beyonce's half-time show extravaganza scored just 48.2/71 in the 8.00pm-8.30pm time slot. That was down from the 48.1/72 that Madonna scored for her 2012 half-time performance, which was mired in controversy after M.I.A flipped two fingers to the camera during Give Me All Your Luvin. Though her ratings were up on Beyonce, Madonna's half-time show didn't really impress the millions watching at home, with Twitter users picking the performance apart piece-by-piece. In contrast, Beyonce received almost universal acclaim for her show, which featured a number of her greatest hits, plus a few old favourites from her Destiny's Child days, including Independent Woman and Bootylicious. 

According to Deadline.com, Sunday's game, between the San Francisco 49er and the Baltimore Ravens, peaked at 52.9/75 for its nail-biting final half hour. Following the game, CBS drama Elementary averaged 12.0/24. 

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The Stage Is Set For Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show


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For those who may have forgotten about Beyonce, you should be aware that the actual game is far from the main event at the Super Bowl.

What could be called the main event this year, or at least the most hyped up will be Beyonce’s half-time show. Every entertainment outlet hasn’t stopped thumping about it, with predictions, speculation and quotes from all kinds of sources on her upcoming performance. Will the rest of Destiny’s Child be joining Bey on stage? Which songs will she perform? And, most recently, after her lipsync-ed performance at the President’s Inaugural Ball, will she do it 100% live this time? And let’s not forget the added pressure of having to promote her upcoming HBO documentary. The young mother of Blue Ivy does have a lot on her plate currently.

The powerhouse singer sure has some big shoes to fill too, considering that the last halftime show – Madonna’s performance in 2012 - drew in a record 111 million viewers across the nation. This was far more than the people who watched the actual game. Along with Justin Timberlake’s pre-game show and, of course, all of those flashy Super Bowl ads, Beyonce should provide entertainment that’s probably more worth viewing than the whole football thing (or handegg, as the internet has more aptly renamed the game).

The Best And The Worst Performances In Super Bowl History (Videos)


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The Super Bowl half-time entertainment shows have slowly evolved into one of the biggest deals in the entertainment industry. Get it right, get richer (you’ll already be rich, if you’re performing at the Super Bowl, these days). Get it wrong? Suffer at least 12 months of ridicule and about a fortnight of humiliation every year subsequently, as people like us dig up lists like this to remind everyone of your shame.

A good Super Bowl Halftime Show can be life-affirming. Patriotism in its finest form; live music at its glitziest and its most extravagant. Here are five of the best:

5. Diana Ross, Sun Devil Stadium, 1996

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The Crotch Grab: Too Old, Too Young, Too Female?


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Of the many trademark dance moves that the late megastar Michael Jackson showcased to the world - the Moonwalk, the Toe Stand, the Anti-Gravity Lean - the Crotch Grab has got to be the most frequently copied by popstars everywhere. The reason? It could be that M.J. was (and still is) the biggest music icon in the world and stars will always be trying to achieve status of his calibre, it could be that it is one of the easiest of his seminal moves to learn, or it could be that it has always been controversial, critically regarded as infamous and overtly sexual, and notoriety, as celebrities know, is a sure fire way to hit headlines.

Society has reached a stage where such trifles are rarely considered shocking anymore, so why do we still find ourselves recoiling at the sight of another star copying the famous move?

 Too Old?

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Prince Slams Madonna, Maroon 5 Too; He's Back!


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Prince didn't waste any time in reigniting old feuds. Just days after releasing new material; the single 'Screwdriver', with an all-female trio, the legendary pop icon is speaking about Madonna, again. 

When talking about his old relationship with Warner Brothers, Prince took the opportunity to bring Madge into it. "It was also about Madonna," he says to Billboard. "She was getting paid, but at the time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights. It wasn't about her. This was about business." Following their frankly strange relationship, way back in 1985, and their collaboration on 1988's 'Love Song', the pair have had often aired their dirty laundry in public. "[He] was a little troll," Madge said of Prince said during a 1994 interview, "He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don't eat. They annoy me."

And on Maroon 5, who perhaps don't have the same star status as either him or Madonna, Prince has plenty to say.  They included a cover of his song 'Kiss' on their latest album. "I do pay performance royalties on others' songs I perform live, but I'm not recording these songs and putting them up for sale," he says. "Why do we need to hear another cover of a song that someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what's already there."

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Madonna Storms Off Stage In Santiago After Crowd Members Start Smoking


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Madonna really isn't a fan of smoking, and some of her fans in Santiago, Chile, had to find this out the hard way after she directed a foul-mouthed rant at a small group of smokers during her show, The Hollywood Reporter has said.

On a rain-filled Wednesday (Dec 19) evening on the stage at the open-air Estadio Nacional, Madge really wasn't having the best of days to begin with after a white umbrella she was shielding herself with inverted, drawing big laughs from the crowd. Unimpressed by this and the reaction, the singer wrapped herself in a Jedi-like hooded black coat and abruptly stopped midway through her performance of 'Human Nature.'

That wasn't it for the singer though, as things clearly weren't going right for her, when she clocked some people smoking in the open-air arena where smoking is permitted (as it is in most public places in Chile). An angry Madge yelled at the group, "There are people smoking right now. No smoking! If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. You don't care about me, I don't care about you -- all right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing, if you smoke."

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Madonna Smoking Rant Greeted With Chile Reception


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Though it’s been the most commercially successful tour of 2012, according to Billboard, Madonna’s huge global tour hasn’t been without its mishaps, with numerous reports ranging from bad sound to poor performances from the star herself, meaning that the Queen of Pop’s crown is perhaps starting to look a little like folly.

At a gig in Chile, however, she didn’t even get as far as the performance itself before things started going awry. The Sun reports that Madonna was sound checking at an outdoor arena in the capital of Santiago when she became aware of people in the venue smoking. “There are people smoking right now. No smoking!” she ranted, continuing “If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. “ She got no response though, so continued with ever increasing desperation. “You don't care about me? I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game?” and then “I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke.” Presumably having a full on hissy fit by this point she further fumed “If you love me then don't smoke. No smoking. You're looking right at me and smoking cigarettes, like I'm a stupid f****** idiot.”

She was an idiot. She hadn’t realized that none of them spoke English. Despite this, the show went ahead without a hitch, although there were reports that some of the fans were again dissatisfied with Madge’s performance.

A Week In News Feat: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Madonna, Rolling Stones, One Direction And More!


Favorite Girl? Unfortunately, it was always on the cards. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez went their separate ways this week, owing to their hectic schedules. Though the gossip suggests Justin might have his eyes on a couple of Victoria's Secret models, we can't help but think these two might be back together sooner than you think. Watch this space.

Back in the Game: It was good to see Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson back on the Twilight promotional grind this week. Both walked the red-carpet at the Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere in Los Angeles, holding each other close for the cameras. Who said young love is dead?

Pitt Against Zombies! We here at Contactmusic.com were a little excited this week after the first trailer for World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, hit the web. Forget The Walking Dead, forget 28 Days Later, this is the flesh-eating un-dead on another level! Check it out.

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'Madonna Stalker' Ex-Fireman Convicted For Resisting Arrest Outside Star's Building


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An ex-fireman is facing a year in jail after being convicted today of resisting arrest outside of Madonna’s UWS building. Robert Linhart retired from the Fire Department of New York in 1998 and apparently has been spending his time since aggravating and stalking the evergreen Queen of pop. According to the New York Post, Linhart was resisting arrest after he was spotted writing love messages to the star on giant wooden boards outside her building in Central Park.

"Madonna I need you," read one sign. "Tell me yes or no," read another. "If it's yes, my dream will come true. If it's no, I will go. XXX" According to the courts, it wasn’t the fact that the messages themselves were deemed felony-worthy, it was the fact that he tried to resist arrest when officials tried to stop him continuing. "We thought that he was a little, you know, different," said juror Dr. Harry Pong, 51, adding "But that doesn't matter - he has the right to free speech.” Fellow juror Elisa Rosario furthered "I feel that his rights were violated. I don't think he did anything wrong.”

So Linhart might well feel a little aggrieved, given that the arrest he was resisting was for something that ultimately didn’t seem to be an offence. Slightly more disturbing though is the fact that he Tweets under the account name @madonna_stalker. Hmm.

Five Of The Worst: Beyonce For Super Bowl 2013; She'll Surely Be Better Than This Lot?


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So it is Beyonce's turn to lead out the fun and games at the famous Super Bowl half-time show. Quite frankly it's been a long time coming; one of the premiere pop stars of the past decade and more, the former Destiny's Child's star power has been calling out for her to get the spot at some point. However, let's not get ahead of ourselves and assume that just because she is who she is, she's going to deliver a stunning fifteen minutes. Plenty of big names have been known to fall; here are some of, what we reckon to be the worst half-time shows in Super Bowl history.

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The fact that everyone was talking about M.I.A having the audacity to stick her finger up at television cameras tells you just how boring this half-time show actually was. A creaking Madonna did what she's ended up doing on most of her shows this year and sent her crowd into a stupor, with garish and brash visuals and costume not making up for an utter formulaic performance from the (former?) Queen of Pop. She should be thanking M.I.A for giving us a reason to remember it to be honest.

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Britney Spears Ad: Just Who Does Britney Think She Is?


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The Britney Spears ad for her latest perfume ‘Fantasy Twist’ has been released online. But just who does she think she is, exactly? Well, if the ad is anything to go by, she’s doing a pretty nifty job of looking like a whole host of other female stars.

One of the more obvious comparisons can be drawn with Madonna, but hey, there’s very little that a female pop star can do these days without being compared to Madonna, eh? Somewhat more surprisingly though, some of the ad’s scenes show the ‘Toxic’ singer parading up and down a hotel corridor in a peroxide bob wig, eyeliner all over the shop and a tiara perched atop her head. Remind you of anyone? Yup, Britney Spears the X Factor judge appears to be channelling her inner grunge-era Courtney Love. We’re not sure exactly why she’s employing that particular image to try and promote a lovely fresh new fragrance. After all, the grunge scene was hardly founded on principles of sweet-smelling cleanliness now, was it? Or perhaps her new perfume smells like teen spirit?

Elsewhere, Britney just found out, on the latest episode of X Factor USA, that she’ll be mentoring the ‘Teens’ category. “Are you serious? Oh my God! That is amazing,” she cooed, making out like it was the best news she’d had in her entire career. Perhaps it was…?


'Sherlock Holmes' Director Guy Ritchie To Marry For A Second Time


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Guy Ritchie has proposed to his overjoyed and pregnant new fiancee Jacqui Ainsley. The British director of gritty films such as 'Snatch', 'Revolver' and 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' proposed to his model girlfriend at Madeo restaurant in LA. The couple were snapped leaving the restaurant with Ainsley sporting an enormous diamond ring, that Ritchie, not-so-subtly angled purposefully toward the cameras.

Ritchie may have taken heed of friend and colleague Brad Pitt's words in a recent interview that Ritchie did with Pitt, in which the film-star said “The family is first” and “they're everything”. His now-fiancee is pregnant with Ritchie's fourth child. The couple have been together since 2010 and already have one child, 13-month-old Rafael. Ritchie's other two children are with international pop-star Madonna, Rocco (12) and their adopted son David (7).

Ritchie has never regretted his marriage to Madonna, which ended after 8 years in 2008. Metro reports him saying “I enjoyed my first marriage. It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive. I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take.”

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Madonna, MDNA Album Review


Evidence, if it were needed, that pop will indeed eat itself, Madonna's latest album MDNA (her first studio album since 2008) is self-referential mix of her own material, in its various stages. It plays out like a lovelorn has-been recalling her glory days but always several steps away from emulating or recreating them. With 'Girl Gone Wild,' MDNA begins with Madonna reverting to her fall-back position; taunting organised religion. It sets the tone for the album, giving way into a pithy Euro-pop dance track.

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Madonna, Give Me All Your Luvin' Ft. MIA & Nicki Minaj Single Review


Whilst the actual Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee year with no intention of passing the royal baton the long time Queen Of Pop shows no sign of abdicating either. Young pretenders to her throne have come and gone during her 30 year reign but Madonna is keen to show them, once again, who's boss and who's revered footsteps they have the privilege of treading in when they dare to challenge her sovereignty.

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Video - Madonna Wears Eye Catching Black Dress - W.E. New York Premiere Arrivals Part 3


The New York premiere of 'W.E.' was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre and all eyes were on director Madonna, who wore a stunning black dress with puff sleeves. The singer turned director seemed very happy to be on the red carpet and occasionally grinned at the cameras. Later, she gathered together the cast of the film for a group shot.

W.E. sees a young woman, Wally, becoming fascinated with the story of King Edward VIII and the American socialite, Wallis Simpson, who fell in love in the 1920's.

W.E. Review


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Madonna takes an ambitious approach to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII, merging the history-making romance with the story of another woman in modern-day New York. The film is a jarring hodgepodge, but it's also enjoyably watchable.

Named after the notorious Mrs Simpson, Wally (Cornish) is in a 1998 New York auction house examining a vast collection from the life of the British king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved. In swirling flashback, Wally's story is woven in with that of Edward (D'Arcy) and Wallis (Riseborough) in the 20s and 30s, including Wallis' marriages to the violent Win (Hayward) and the accommodating Ernest (Harbour). Meanwhile, Wally is stuck in a cold marriage to William (Coyle) and looked after by a kindly security guard (Isaac).

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In 1998 came the news that the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor was to be auctioned off. No one was more interested in this news than Wally Winthrop, who discovers the romantic story of King Edward VIII and American socialite Wallis Simpson. Wally, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage, is enchanted by the way the unlikely couple were in love and she dreams of being in a love like that. She becomes obessed with Edward and Wallis and begins researching into their romance, by travelling to various places that the couple frequented and even visiting several auctions of the Windsor estate.

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Video - Madonna Arrives For W.E. Premiere - W.E. New York Premiere Arrivals


Celebrities at the Museum of Modern Art in New York attend the Cinema Society and Piaget screening of W.E. British actress Andrea Riseborough was the first on the red carpet; the 30 year old star portrays Wallis Simpson in the film. But the biggest star was the film's director, American singer Madonna. Despite photographer's pleas for her to stand for photos, Madonna did not stay on the red carpet for long and soon headed into the building.

W.E. looks at the relationship between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, as well as one woman's obsession with the couple. The film also stars Abbie Cornish; Richard Coyle and James D'Arcy

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In December 1936, the UK was left reeling after the news that King Edward VIII would abdicate the throne, after only 326 days served as the head of the country. The reason for his resignation was so he could successfully marry two times divorcee Wallis Simpson, an American socialite, who would never be accepted because of her previous failed marriages.

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50 Facts For Madonna's 50th Birthday


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1. Madonna has appeared in 22 movies.

2. Madonna was named as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th Century by The Recording Industry Association of America, also being the second best-selling female artist in the US after selling 63 million albums.

3. In 1986, Madonna made her theatrical debut alongside her husband Sean Penn in 'Goose + Tom Tom', as well as appearing with him onscreen in 'Shanghai Surprise' in the same year.

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Madonna and Traffic Thursday 6th September 2007 leaving her gym. The queen of pop, wearing the words Bitch emlazoned on her T-shirt, stopped traffic on her bicyle - she rode through a red light. London, England

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Madonna - Saturday 7th July 2007 at Live Earth London, England

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Madonna Thursday 17th May 2007 takes a break from filming 'Filth and Wisdom', a short film based on her life.It is also her debut as a director. She also looked very unglamorous wearing a shabby cardigan and no makeup. London, England

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Madonna Wednesday 16th May 2007 takes a break from filming to be with her adopted son David. The queen of pop is directing a 30-minute film entitled 'Filth and Wisdom' based on her life London, England

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Madonna Gets Annoyed At Bored Fan


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It's not the easiest thing in the world to get up on stage and perform in front of people; whether it come naturally or not, there still has to be some level of nerves involved. The best thing that can happen in this situation is for the audience to absolutely love the show - so it's no surprise that Madonna (a rather accomplished performer, to it lightly) got rather upset when a member of her audience failed to participate in the show at all. 

Madonna performed in Las Vegas following three dates in Los Angeles
Madonna performed in Las Vegas following three dates in Los Angeles

While at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday 28th May 2006, Madonna noticed that a member of the audience was sat down in the front row. Following three performances in Los Angeles, Madonna was half-way through the concert when she singled out the man in the front row and called him out on his lack of interest.

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Swept Away (2002) Review


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After beginning his career with two frenetic crime films (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch), filmmaker Guy Ritchie has changed his tone in order to make a vanity project. But it's not his vanity at stake, it's that of his wife, super-hyphenate Madonna, in this fairly faithful remake of the lusty, free-wheelin' 1974 Italian film Swept Away. That original, directed by Lina Wertmuller, starred Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. This update, a film that Ritchie proves does not need to exist, stars Adriano Giannini (in his father's original role), Madonna, and Madonna's sinewy body.

Sure, hubby puts those super-tight abs and intimidating biceps front-and-center. But he's also forced to put Madonna's acting ability up there as well, and the awful truth is that Madonna is an average actress at best. Being as naturally theatrical as she is (and that's a compliment), she excels at stagy roles, as in Evita, but when it comes to the everyday, she comes across as rather limp.

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A League Of Their Own Review


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Ah, baseball. The mere mention of America's pastime brings forth images of fresh grass, sunny days, endless labor disputes and another round of steroid controversy.

If you're tired of the ugliness surrounding the summer sport, or just need to be entertained, than you should check out A League of Their Own, now out on DVD. Like most great sports movies, League is more than just a series of dazzling feats between the lines. It features laughs, drama, and excitement... in short all of the aspects that make the sports section of the newspaper so captivating.

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Evita Review


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Now I understand why Argentineans wanted Madonna to go home during the filming of Evita!

What the fuss is all about, I have no idea, because Evita is just another bad movie starring one of our worst actresses, Madonna. The catch is, this time she gets to sing sing sing for 2 1/2 hours -- sing until she can sing no more -- sing until your ears bleed.

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Die Another Day Review


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Until director Lee Tamahori blasts right past a perfectly good ending, only to burn a superfluous 20 minutes on an all-action, all-gimmick epilogue that leaks suspension of disbelief like a sieve, "Die Another Day" is as stimulating and heart-rate-raising as any James Bond thriller.

It has fresh new stunts (Bond goes surfin' surfin' MI6) set to energetic renditions of the Bond theme. It has an exhilarating sword fight (things get out of hand at a fencing club) and an awesome gadget car chase across a vast frozen inlet in Iceland (Bond drives an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish with missiles, pop-up machine guns, ejector seat and invisibility). It has a slithering, credibly psychotic bad guy (Toby Stephens, "Possession") who literally never sleeps, and a henchman (Rick Yune, "The Fast and the Furious") whose face is scarred by diamonds that became embedded in his skin when Bond almost blew him up with a briefcase full of jewels and C-4.

"Die Another Day" also has a modicum of success updating the series' style (slick, kinetic cinematography with swing-perspective camera tricks works well but virtual reality sequences and rock tunes on the soundtrack do not), and it takes risks with 007's invincible image. Bond is captured in the film's requisite action-packed pre-credits sequence and his torture by North Korean interrogators is blended into the sexy title song (a throwaway rave-mix tune from Madonna).

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The Next Best Thing Review


Weak

Homogenized, sterilized and clearly revised by test-audience scoring, "The Next Best Thing" is a disingenuous, emotionally deficient comedy-drama about an earthy yoga teacher who has a baby with a gay friend after a night of booze-fueled accidental amour.

Starring mismatched Madonna and Rupert Everett as the atypical parents who decide to live as a family and raise their son together, there is a core of sincerity in the script that is lead to slaughter by the studio's desire to pat itself on the back for being edgy without losing ticket sales to the lowest common denominator crowd.

The story starts well enough, with our unusual couple commiserating over failed relationships by getting hammered on margaritas one evening, then waking up the next day in a compromising position. Next thing they know, Abbie (Madonna) is knocked up, Robert (Everett) embraces the responsible daddy role, and they move in together -- much to the amazement of friends and family.

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W.E. Movie Review

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W.E. Trailer

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Die Another Day Movie Review

Die Another Day Movie Review

Until director Lee Tamahori blasts right past a perfectly good ending, only to burn a...

The Next Best Thing Movie Review

The Next Best Thing Movie Review

Homogenized, sterilized and clearly revised by test-audience scoring, "The Next Best Thing" is a disingenuous,...

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