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'Rebel Heart' was leaked by an Israeli hacker at the end of 2014, prompting Madonna to bring forward the release and formally put the leaked tracks for purchase on iTunes.
After what’s been a pretty bad week for Madonna with that on-stage fall at the Brit Awards, there’s some good news at last. The Israeli man suspected of leaking tracks from her forthcoming album Rebel Heart, having hacked her computer, has been formally indicted.
39 year old Adi Lederman was arrested five weeks ago, and has now been officially charged by Israel’s magistrate courts on four counts of computer hacking and leaking unreleased music. The court documents were originally obtained by The Hollywood Reporter show the individual charges to be computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional computer trespassing, copyright Infringement and obstructing an investigation.
Madonna, performing at the Brit Awards above, had her new album leaked by an Israeli hacker
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Madonna is alive and well and also has excellent wordplay skills.
Madonna's fall at the Brits should have been yesterday's news by now, but it turns out the singer suffered some consequences when she took her tumble. It turns out the singer got a bit of whiplash and raised concern with her staff.
Even a stage vet like Madge isn't safe from the occasional wardrobe malfunction.
"I had a little bit of whiplash," she said later, while taping her interview on The Jonathan Ross Show. "I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m. to make sure I was compos mentis" (in other words, in full control of her facilities).
Continue reading: Madonna's Fall At The Brits Was Scarier Than You Think
Madonna down, repeat, Madonna DOWN
This year's Brit awards was the usual cringe-worthy affair, with even Ant and Dec failing to eradicate the memories of James Corden's reign in the vast soulless hangar that is the O2 Arena. It was the usual mix of "oh look it's Ed Sheeran!", dodgy presenting slots and predictable winners though one moment - one priceless moment - almost made it all worth it.
Madonna before being yanked off-stage at the Brit awards
In the concluding minutes of the show, Madonna, the Queen of Pop, took to the stage to give her first Brits performance in two decades. However, just seconds into Living for Love, things went very, very wrong. The 56-year-old was clearly struggling to untie her lengthy black cape though the dancers tasked with pulling the garment off-stage carried on regardless, resulting in Madge being flipped backwards down a flight of stairs into a crumpled poppy mess.
Continue reading: Madonna Falls Off Brits Stage, "My Cape Was Too Tight"
Madge was performing new single 'Living For Love' to close the 2015 Brit Awards when she stumbled backwards off her podium.
Madonna grabbed the headlines at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night, but probably not in the way she would have wanted.
The 56 year old star was closing the annual music industry spectacular with a live performance of her new single ‘Living For Love’ when a costume malfunction caused her fall backwards off the mounted podium upon which she was standing and down a small flight of steps.
Madonna at the Grammy Awards earlier this month
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The British duo have done well both in Britain and the States throughout 2014, and their huge sales were recognised on Wednesday's glitzy awards ceremony.
Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners at the Brit Awards. The annual music industry spectacular rewarded the two biggest-selling artists of last year by bestowing two trophies on each on Wednesday night (February 25th).
Sheeran won the two biggest prizes for which he was nominated – those of British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album for his sophomore record X. He beat four other UK Number 1 albums to do so – rival Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, indie stars Alt-J’s This Is All Yours and George Ezra’s slow-burning debut Wanted On Voyage.
Ed Sheeran arriving for Wednesday night's Brit Awards, where he won twice
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran And Sam Smith Win At Brit Awards
Historically it was the rowdiest night of the musical calendar, but can this year’s ceremony remind us why we once loved the Brit Awards?
Tonight Britain’s finest musical stars (plus a few from across the pond) will gather in London’s O2 for the annual Brit Awards ceremony. With Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Madonna all set to perform, this year’s awards looks to be one of the most star studded in recent years and perhaps even the most memorable.
Can Ed Sheeran expect a big night at the Brits?
The big talking point of the night will probably be the return of the queen of pop Madonna, who will take to the Brits stage to perform ‘Living for Love’ after a 20 year absence from the awards. Always looking for a new way to shock an audience, a source close to the singer told The Mirror last month there was “no better place for a controversy-filled Madonna performance than the Brits.”
Continue reading: So What Can We Expect From Tonight's Brit Awards?
At 56, is the Material Girl finally past it for Radio One listeners?
Radio One has been forced to deny reports that they have banned Madonna’s new music and branded the singer too old for their young listeners. A story in Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper claimed the station had only played Madonna’s latest single ‘Living For Love' once since its release in December and that they now found the singer to be 'irrelevant'.
Is Madonna really too old to be relevant for Radio 1?
“At the end of the day it’s all about relevance,” a Radio One source was quoted as telling the Mail. “It’s natural that as an artist gets older their audience goes elsewhere and Radio One has to reflect that.”
We take it she won't be going to see the new film, then.
In the week when pretty much everyone has been talking about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, one big name is resolutely indifferent to the hype. Madonna, the original queen of controversial iconography, says that E. L. James’ bestsellers are “not very sexy.”
In a new interview with Billboard, she said that she wouldn’t be in much of a hurry to see the movie adaptation, released on February 13th. She dismissed it as “pulp fiction. It's not very sexy,” questioning that maybe it is aimed at “someone who has never had sex before.”
Madonna is indifferent to 'Fifty Shades of Grey', she admitted in new interview
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The Queen of Pop is using the dating app to give some lucky fans a Valentine’s they won’t forget.
Always an innovator, Madonna has come up with an interesting new way to interact with her fans this Valentine’s Day. Just in time for the most romantic day of the year, the signer has launched a new competition which offers lucky fans the chance to talk to the Queen of Pop herself, via the dating app Grindr.
Madonna the matador at the Grammy awards this past Sunday
Yes if you fancy making Madonna your Valentine’s hook up, all you need to do is download the gay dating app and recreate the singer’s Rebel Heart album cover. The picture should then be set as your profile image alongside the hashtag #LivingForLove.
Continue reading: Madonna Offers Lucky Fans A Valentine's Day Hook Up On Dating App Grindr
For the first time in 20 years, the iconic pop star will perform at the British music industry's most prestigious awards ceremony later this month.
Madonna is set to steal the show at the 2015 BRIT Awards once again. The iconic singer will return to the country she once called home at the end of this month to perform at the British music industry's most prestigious awards ceremony.
Madonna will perform at the 2015 BRIT Awards later this month
Madonna, who will release her 13th studio album 'Rebel Hearts' on March 6th, will join a A-List roster of performers that includes the previously-announced Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Royal Blood, Take That and Taylor Swift.
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Tracks from the Queen of Pop’s forthcoming album appeared online in December.
A 39 year old Israeli man has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of some of music’s biggest artists including Madonna and selling their music online. Madonna's 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, has been plagued by leaks in recent months ahead of its March 10th release date.
Several tracks from Madonna's upcoming Rebel Heart leaked online late last year
A police spokesman confirmed to Reuters that the man had been detained, but declined to name him or his alleged victims, citing a court-issued gag order. However Israeli media have alleged that the man taken into custody was a former contestant on a popular television singing contest in the country.
The 56-year-old singer's unveiling of the track list for her latest studio album revealed some rather surprising collaborations to say the least.
Madonna released the official track list for her latest studio album 'Rebel Heart' on iTunes Monday (Jan 19th), and it is fair to say there is more than a few surprises amongst the nineteen songs, mainly due to the choice of her collaborators.
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' track list reveals some unexpected collaborations
Due to the 56-year-old singer releasing six tracks early last month, after several of her demos leaked online, her fans already knew that Nicki Minaj featured on the track 'B***h I'm Madonna,' but the new track list also revealed she required the assistant of other hip-hop stars.
The first round of artists have been announced for the awards ceremony which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The live line-up for this year’s Grammy Awards is beginning to take shape as Madonna, Ariana Grande, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church have all been announced as performing at the event on February 8th. The announcement was first made this morning (January 13th) by the award show’s official twitter account.
Coming back for more? Madonna at last year's Grammys
The Queen of Pop had been teasing a possible performance at this year’s awards, posting a pic on Instagram of an award mixed with her Rebel Heart artwork, along with the caption, "Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs".
Lenny Kravitz will join Katy Perry when she performs at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Madonna's PR team just got weird on us.
Let’s talk about the Madonna thing. Not because Madonna still has any cultural relevance per se , but because a little bit of media buzz may or may not have been the only thing her publicity team was after with the “controversial” Rebel Heart images.
If you’ve somehow managed to stay out of the loop on this one, here’s the brief. On January 2, Madonna (or a PR assistant or something) instagrammed some photo manips, depicting cultural icons like Nelson Mandela, MLK and Bob Marley (also Marilyn Monroe, but that’s not the one people are getting angry about) tied up in the same black string (“ribbon”) Madge can be seen wearing on the album cover.
Oops! Madonna didn't mean to be racist, you guys!
Continue reading: Why Madonna's "Rebel Heart" Pictures (Probably) Were NOT A PR Blunder
The singer has said her fans created the images and she was merely reposting them on social media.
The queen of controversy has struck again, as Madonna has come under fire for posting altered images of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley, among others, to promote her upcoming album, Rebel Heart.
Madonna has caused controversy again on her Instagram account
The 56 year old posted the pictures, which feature the icon’s faces covered in black ribbon, on her Instagram account. Alongside the image of Martin Luther King Madonna put the caption, “This #rebelheart had a dream!”
Continue reading: Madonna Defiant Over Controversial 'Rebel Heart' Images
The Italian producer and DJ believes Madonna can win back critical and popular praise if she releases 'the right album'.
2014 may have ended on a frustrating note for Madonna with the leak of unfinished tracks from her new album, but Giorgio Moroder is predicting a “big” year for the star.
In an interview with Bang Showbiz, the influential producer and DJ believes that as long Madonna releases the right sort of album she will become “big again”. He said that he was keen to hear the new LP, entitled Rebel Heart and due for release in February 2015, and that it was good news that she was working with producer Avicii, currently one of the hottest names in pop.
Madonna's new album, which has suffered from internet leaks, can still make her "big" again
Continue reading: Madonna Can Be "Big" Again, According To Giorgio Moroder
It's the second time in just over a week that the star's new album 'Rebel Heart' has been hacked by leakers.
It’s not been a very happy Christmas for Madonna, with the news that yet more tracks from her upcoming album Rebel Heart have been leaked online.
The 56 year old star had been hit with a security breach just over a week ago when a dozen songs from her thirteenth studio album, about which she hadn’t even given any details at the time, were leaked. After some outbursts and emotional pleas on Instagram, by the end of the week she had decided to release six tracks as a counter-measure.
Madonna has had tracks from her new album 'Rebel Heart' leaked for the second time in a fortnight.
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Here they are, the tracks you've all been waiting for.
Madonna is coming out with a new album. No, seriously, the unofficially dethroned former queen of pop has some new stuff cooking. She gave everyone a taste this weekend with the release of six new tracks off her upcoming album.
So, were the new songs even worth the wait? How do they fare compared to Madge's previous efforts?
She dropped the songs shortly after the record was leaked – in keeping with this year’s theme – and they’re already getting some serious praise. The new songs remind us of why Madge became the original pop princess in the first place. So now the question becomes, could Rebel Heart be the career revival that we've all been waiting for for a while now? Or is Madonna once again getting caught up in elaborate production and neglecting the soul of the record?
Continue reading: Madonna Drops Six Promising Tracks Off New Album "Rebel Heart"
Madge was angry after Wednesday's online leak of 'Rebel Heart', but now she's pre-empting the leakers by making part of it available for immediate purchase.
Following her outbursts on Instagram earlier in the week, Madonna has decided to hit back against the leakers by releasing six tracks from her new album Rebel Heart.
The complete tracklisting from Madge’s thirteenth full-length record, which was not due to be released until March 2015, appeared online on Wednesday (17 December) in what she insisted were unfinished demo formats. The star’s publicist Liz Rosenberg made it clear that the decision had been taken in direct response to the leak, and, while the completed album’s release date remains the same, Madonna will be released more music online on February 9th.
Madonna responded to last week's leak by releasing six tracks from her forthcoming album Rebel Heart
Continue reading: Madonna Releases Part Of New Album After Online Leak
Madonna’s new album wasn't due out until spring 2015, but leaks have forced the singer to release six tracks early.
Last week Madonna fans got to hear a taster of the singer’s new album Rebel Heart early, after a series of unfinished demos leaked online. Now the Queen of Pop has hit back at the leakers and given fans a special treat this morning, with the release of six new songs on iTunes.
Madonna has surprised fans with six new tracks
While Rebel Heart wasn't supposed to hit shelves until spring 2015, leakers released early mixes of 13 tracks onto the internet this week angering the singer. However Madonna has now retaliated by putting official versions of six songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital music retailers, effective immediately.
The Queen of Pop was interviewed by friend David Blaine for the magazine’s ‘art issue’.
Nothing’s ever boring when Madonna is concerned and at 56, the queen of pop has proved she still has the ability to provoke with her new racy shoot for Interview magazine. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Madonna poses topless in one shot, while another shows her wearing a mask, with a daisy placed in her mouth.
Madonna left little to the imagination for Interview magazine
Inside the mag, Madonna is interviewed by her good friend magician David Blaine, who encourages her to open up on a variety of topics. Referencing Blaine’s stunt which saw him spend 44 days inside a glass box Madonna said “I think I would really enjoy it, stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children — it's endless. So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”
While the iconic singer, and her two adopted children, visited President Peter Mutharika, her VIP status was restored in the African country.
On Friday (Nov 28th) Madonna met the new president of Malawi after her VIP status was restored in the African country where she famously adopted two children before having a public fall out with the former government.
Madonna visited the poor African nation for the first time in over a year
President Peter Mutharika greeted the iconic singer and praised her for her charity work in the poor country by stating, "My government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country."
Continue reading: Madonna And Her Two Adopted Children Meet Malawi's New President
Anna Wintour has revealed the thinking behind her decision to feature Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of 'Vogue'.
Anna Wintour at the 2014 God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards in New York in October 2014.
Items from the ‘Material Girl’s’ vast wardrobe were auctioned off in Beverly Hills over the weekend.
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.
Madonna freed up some valuable closet space over the weekend
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.
Continue reading: Madonna's Wedding Dress And More Fetch Thousands At Charity Auction
Lindsay Lohan reportedly stumbled through the first previews of 'Speed-the-Plow' on Wednesday (24th September).
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.
Lindsay Lohan at the 2014 GQ Awards.
The 55 year-old singer decided to donate to the non-profit charities because she "was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people" when she returned to her home city.
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.
Continue reading: Madonna "Inspired" To Donate To Three Detroit-Based Charities
Guns N' Roses posted a photo of Nicolas Cage wearing a Nicolas Cage t-shirt at their Las Vegas concert. He's not the only celeb who rocks a celebrity t-shirt from time to time.
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.
Continue reading: Nicolas Cage Wears Nicolas Cage Meme T-Shirt To Guns N' Roses Concert
'Jurassic Park' actor and coach Cameron Thor has been arrested and charged with the rape and kidnap of a 13-year-old girl. Just who is the acting coach who claims to have taught stars such as Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Wentworth Miller?
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.
Gwen Stefani has been coached by acting tutor Cameron Thor, who has been arrested for the rape and kidnap of a 13-year-old girl
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.
Continue reading: Just Who Is Acting Coach, Cameron Thor?
Piers Morgan has criticised the US government for quailing under pressure from the gun lobby. Morgan delivered an impassioned speech on the last episode of his CNN show 'Piers Morgan Live'.
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".
Continue reading: Piers Morgan Criticises US Gun Laws On Last CNN Show
Undeterred by her previous directorial failure, Madonna has signed up to make another movie.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Madonna To Direct 'Adé: A Love Story' Despite Failure Of 'W.E.'
The 55 year-old pop icon will take the helm of the big-screen version Rebecca Walker's debut novel.
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.
Continue reading: Madonna Set To Direct New Film Adaptation Of 'Ade: A Love Story'
Like the rest of us, celebrities just can't get enough of 'Game of Thrones'.
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.
Continue reading: Madonna And The Celebrities Who Love 'Game Of Thrones'
Lily Allen admitted 'misplacing' her $330,000 wedding dress, but was her's one of the most expensive celebrity wedding dresses?
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.
Lily wearing one of her two designer wedding dresses
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.”
Six members of the Russian punk activist group have disowned their most well-known members.
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.
Masha & Nadya Have Been Disowned By Members Of Pussy Riot.
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.
The former members of feminist group Pussy Riot gave a press conference in New York where they announced their plans for justice in Russia.
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.
Former Pussy Riot Members Maria [L] And Nadezhda [R] Held A Press Conference In New York.
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.
The singer reveals the extent of her influence in Russia
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.
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.
Continue reading: Madonna's Russian Tour Death Threats Were Real
On Tuesday night, Miley Cyrus joined the scores of iconic performers to perform on MTV Unplugged. Also, Madonna was there.
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.
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.
Organisers of the 56th Grammy Awards have confirmed Madonna and Macklemore will be teaming up to perform Macklemore's 'Same Love.'
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.
Continue reading: Madonna, Despite Injury, To Perform With Macklemore At Grammys
Madonna causes controversy after posting a photograph on social media of her 13 year-old son, Rocco, holding a bottle of gin, but the singer urges it was just a joke and tells haters to "get a sense of humor."
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.
The veteran pop star earned most of her money through touring
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.
Madge earned big through her touring and business ventures
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.
Continue reading: Madonna Tops Forbes' List Of Highest Earning Musicians In 2013
Madonna is the highest paid musician of 2013 with a large portion of her fortune earned from the 'MDNA Tour', but did anyone else even come close?
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.
Rakin' it in from the grave.
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.
Though Dead, Michael Jackson Is Exceedingly Rich.
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.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Is The Highest Earning Dead Person With $160m
The late King of Pop isn't just the top earning dead celebrity, but the highest earning celeb of the last year in total
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.
Michael Jackson tops the list once again
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.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Named Top Earning Celebrity Dead Or Alive
In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar, the legendary pop star recalled her pre-fame years as a dancer in New York, and the terrifying incidents that nearly drove to the brink
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.
Madonna has overcome all the obstacles in her life to get to where she is now
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.
Madonna shares her rape ordeal when she first moved to New York City to become a professional dancer.
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".
Continue reading: Madonna Reflects On Rape At Knife Point In NYC Years Ago
Madonna and Sean Penn reunite in Manhattan for the screening of Madonna's new short film 'secretprojectrevolution'.
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.
As the NFL up their game to make the rapper/singer pay for her middle finger gesture, so too has M.I.A. upped the ante in highlighting how absurd the case is
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.
Maya claims that she is being used as a scapegoat
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.
The NFL still haven't gotten over the singer/rapper's bird flip at the 2012 Super Bowl Final half-time show
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.
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.
Madonna ruled supreme in this year's celebrity earnings list.
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.
Continue reading: Congratulations Madonna, You Just Made $125 Million In One Year
Lady Gaga has accused Perez Hilton of stalking on Twitter. Her fans have been supportive of her allegations, perhaps too much so as the pop sensation has requested her 'Little Monsters' leave the blogger alone.
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."
Lady Gaga photographed in L.A.
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.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Requests Monsters "Stop Sending Negativity" To Perez Hilton
No one in the Stone's camp knows anything about it.
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?
The Stones performing in Hyde Park
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.
Welsh Bruce Springsteen fans have shown 'What Love Can Do' after many camped out for days and spent a small fortune for the very best spot at their hero's Millenium Stadium concert.
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.
Springsteen: A True Guitar Hero.
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!
In a female dominated list, Oprah is back!
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.
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.
Guess who just cracked the billion?
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.
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.
Continue reading: Janet Jackson Billionaire Or How Exposure Doesn't Always Equal Net Worth
'All Summer Long' singer sticks it to the man during Sunday's (May 19) performance.
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.
Kid Rock caused quite a stir
Continue reading: Kid Rock Slams Lip-Syncers At Billboard Awards [Video]
Taylor Swift, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj among star arrivals at the 2013 Billboard Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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.
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.
Star donating all the proceeds to her Ray Of Light Foundation
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.
Continue reading: Madonna-Owned Leger Painting Sells For $7.2 Million
Homeland actor Timotheé Chalamet should know what he's getting into, because Madonna seems like one strict potential mother-in-law.
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!'
Madonna called on the Boy Scouts to lift their controversial ban on gay people at the GLAAD Awards.
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.
Madonna wants to be a boy scout, or at least she did
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.
Madonna is a boy scout for a day
Continue reading: Boy Scout Wannabe Madonna Hands Vito Russo Award To Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper's contribution to the gay community is honored by media watchdog
"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.
Anderson Cooper and Madonna at the awards
Continue reading: Madonna Hands TV Journalist Anderson Cooper The Vito Russo Award
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.
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.
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 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
Continue reading: The Best And The Worst Performances In Super Bowl History (Videos)
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?
Continue reading: The Crotch Grab: Too Old, Too Young, Too Female?
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."
Continue reading: Prince Slams Madonna, Maroon 5 Too; He's Back!
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."
Continue reading: Madonna Storms Off Stage In Santiago After Crowd Members Start Smoking
Guy Oseary and Madonna - Guy Oseary and Madonna New York City, USA - outside the Kabbalah centre at a special late night service to mark the full moon. The full moon is said by followers to bring healing and light into a person's life if they attend. Madonna's husband was not with her. Friday 18th July 2008
Madonna Saturday 28th June 2008 departing a Kabullah service New York City, USA
Madonna Wednesday 13th February 2008 arriving at Kaffee Burger bar after the world premiere of her movie Filth And Wisdom Berlin, Germany
Outside Madonna's house and Madonna Friday 25th January 2008 Outside Madonna's house and gym London, England
Madonna Tuesday 11th September 2007 Madonna leaving her Pilates class at a North London gym London, England
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
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
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
Date of birth
16th August, 1958
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Malcom ❌ in 1964 . "If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If… https://t.co/ThVPM6aKwN
The Past Catches up to the future..... • this video was made 30 years ago and caused so much controversy Because —-… https://t.co/sbAE8BKumG
This is the watershed moment that has brought the world to its knees...... • This is the moment for liberation… https://t.co/LkUTkXEBCG
« Express Yourself, Don’t Repress Yourself! » All of the original Human Nature remixes are now available from your… https://t.co/XpFcW0xamp
Happy Fathers Day to Me and to every parent out there doing their best to Nurture, Guide, Inspire and Teach! ♥️♥️♥️… https://t.co/APD4Lfu45a
June 21, 2019 – Madame X’s Medellín hits the top spot on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart, becoming Madonna’s 47th… https://t.co/XN1i4Lh5uD
I wanted to share my Batuka video today • In honor of June Teenth-the day that all slaves in America were finally e… https://t.co/3vl6hSR9is
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