Madonna to tour Australia for the first time in 23 years

Madonna by Mert Alas and  Marcus Piggott 2015

Madonna by Mert Alas and
Marcus Piggott 2015

It has been almost a quarter of a century since her last performance on Australian soil – now, at the age of 56, Madonna is set to return as part of her Rebel Heart tour. Billboard has confirmed that the Living for Love star will visit Asia and Australia in early 2016. She is touring to promote her 13th studio album, which will be released this week through Interscope Records.

The last time Madonna played to Australian audiences was in 1993, when her Girlie Show: Live Down Under tour rocked crowds at the Sydney Cricket Ground in what became an HBO special broadcast on television. Dates have not be established for the Australian leg of the tour, however a statement on Madonna’s website says they will be announced soon.

‘Don’t Go to Awards Shows Looking for Justice’

Madonna has some solid advice for Kanye West, who co-produced several tracks on her new album, Rebel Heart, including the excellent “Illuminati”: “Don’t go to awards shows looking for justice,” she says in interviews for Rolling Stone’s new cover story. “That’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Just go and have fun. I never got too engaged with who wins awards or not, because I don’t honestly think it’s that important. So that part of him I can’t relate to. Like, what’s the point of fighting for somebody to … like, ‘This person should have got it?’… I think sometimes he takes things too seriously.”

Rebel Heart 2015 World Tour

Rebel Heart North American Tour Dates:

August 29 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
September 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
September 5 – San Juan, PR @ Coliseo de Puerto Rico
September 9 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
September 12 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
September 16 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
September 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
September 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 28 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 1 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
October 3 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
October 5 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
October 8 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
October 11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
October 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
October 17 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center
October 19 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
October 22 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
October 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum

Rebel Heart European & UK Tour Dates:

November 4 – Koln, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
November 7 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
November 10 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World)
November 14 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Tele 2 Arena
November 17 – Herning, Denmark @ Jyske Bank Boxen
November 21 – Turin, Italy @ Pala Alpitour
November 24 – Barcelona, Spain @ Palau Sant Jordi
November 28 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
December 1 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
December 5 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo Dome
December 9 – Paris, France @ Bercy
December 14 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
December 16 – Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena
December 20 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The SSE Hydro

Madonna is still in Vogue!

Madonna might have fallen from her perch at the Brits last night, but according to a sales ranking from online marketplace, she’s still the ‘Queen of Pop’. Sales of Madge related merchandise outsell that of Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and even Brit award winner Paloma Faith, with nearly 7,000 items sold in the last three months.

With memorabilia ranging from CD’s, clothing and posters, three Madonna items were sold every hour over the last 90 days. Furthermore, Madonna sold more than five times as many items as Beyoncé and 25 times more than Rita Ora for the same period.

Top 10 Female artists (items sold)*:
1. Madonna
2. Taylor Swift
3. Paloma Faith
4. Ellie Goulding
5. Rihanna
6. Katy Perry
7. Lana Del Rey
8. Beyoncé
9. Jessie J
10. Rita Ora
* Data taken from the past three months (26th November 2014 – 26th February 2015)

big thanks to Megan

Madonna Heading for 71st Top 40 U.K. Single

UK FANS! “Living For Love” is top 40 bound on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. Following her show-closing performance on the Brit Awards (Feb. 25), Madonna is set to debut in the top 40 of the Official U.K. Singles Chart on Sunday (March 1) with “Living For Love.” The Official Charts Company reported that it would mark the diva’s 71st top 40 hit. It would also extend her record as the woman with the most top 40 singles in U.K. chart history.

The Official Charts Company said on Feb. 27 that “Living For Love” is about 1,000 downloads away from the top 20, and nearly 11,000 copies separates the single from the top 10.

Madonna on Stage Fall

Madonna sat down with The Jonathan Ross Show for a special episode set to air March 14th on ITV to discuss her new album Rebel Heart as well as the epic fail.

I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did,” Madonna tells Ross. “I know how to fall, I’ve fallen off my horse many times and I tucked and I have good core strength… but the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head so there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m. making sure that I was still compos mentis.”

Madonna on Brit Awards 2015

Brit Awards 2015

Because of the “Living for Love” lyrics – “Took me to heaven and let me fall down / Now that it’s over I’m gonna carry on / Lifted me up and watched me stumble /After the heartache I’m gonna carry on” – fans questioned whether Madonna’s fall was perhaps a stunt. While Madonna denied that her stage gaffe was planned, she did recognize the coincidence. “I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson I guess,” she said. Madonna further elaborated on how exactly the wardrobe malfunction resulted in her falling backwards onto the ground.

Read the Rest

Living For Love Single CD

livingforlove single 2track CD
2-track CD Single: will be released on March 10, 2015. Pre-order on Amazon
01. Living For Love 3:39
02. Living For Love (Offer Nissim Living For Drama Mix) 6:33

Living For Love (Remixes)

Living For Love (Remixes)

Digital 9-track Single: Released: Feb 09, 2015 Buy on iTunes Play on Spotify
01. Living For Love (Djemba Djemba Club Mix) 5:47
02. Living For Love (Erick Morillo Club Mix) 6:12
03. Living For Love (THRILL Remix) 5:11
04. Living For Love (Offer Nissim Living For Drama Mix) 6:33
05. Living For Love (Offer Nissim Dub) 7:15
06. Living For Love (DJ PAULO Club Mix) 8:14
07. Living For Love (Mike Rizzo’s Funk Generation Club) 7:02
08. Living For Love (Dirty Pop Remix) 4:58
09. Living For Love (Michael Diamond Remix) 4:54 (Spotify Exclusive)