Madonna's Rebel Heart
Has Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' landed her in hot water?
"Rebel Heart," the superstar's 13th studio album, will be released on March 10, 2015. The pop icon has already shared the album artwork and at least six tracks, including the lead single "Living For Love." That came days after the leak of more than 10 unreleased demos for the album, with more ultimately being shared online.
To promote "Rebel Heart," the album's artwork showed Madonna's face entangled in black string, and sparked a number of memes that translated the artwork to other famous heads, including Marilyn Monroe. On January 2, Madonna altered the images of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley in order to describe the famous civil rights leaders as "rebel hearts" like herself.
Posted to Madonna's Instagram and Twitter accounts, the images were given captions like "This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!" and "This #rebelheart had a dream!" Ultimately, many of her social media followers said the pictures were insensitive, while others defended Madonna's artistic license.
Then, on January 9, Madonna was accused by several media outlets of using the French terrorist attacks and hostage crisis as means to promote her new album. This after she posted a series of photos to her Instagram account to 'offer support' after 12 people were killed in a gun attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Many took offense to her using the #rebelheart hashtag as a means of self promotion during the crisis.
Madonna opens her heart at the Grammys (updated 2/13/2014)
The "M" in Madonna clearly stands for "Marketing Machine" these days as much as it stands for her Mononymous musical moniker.
Just days after launching her brand new skin care brand in Japan, the singer turned up in high heels and fishnet stockings at the grand opening of her fitness club Hard Candy in Toronto, Ontario. And she wasn't alone. Part of her entourage included the official Hard Candy Fitness performance team, and a personal trainer (Nicole Winhoffer, of New York City, who developed her signature Addicted to Sweat routine that she does with Madonna).
The Material Girl has been in the news for her music, too. She played a much-talked-about role at the Grammys in late January when she took part in the live mass wedding of same-sex, mixed-race couple, wearing a grill on her teeth and carrying a cane while belting out her 1986 hit "Open Your Heart" alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Mary Lambert singing "Same Love."
Madonna also appeared on Miley Cyrus' MTV unplugged in late January where she sang a mashup of "Don't Tell Me/We Can't Stop." She also stopped in New York City the first week of February to introduce "fellow freedom fighters" Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot at Amnesty Internatinoal's benefit concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Can Madonna fans expect some new tunes from the superstar any time soon? During a red carpet interview in Toronto she noted that "plans are in the works already. Don't ask me with who, it's a secret, top secret."
Madonna joins the billion dollar club (Updated April 3, 2013)
She's sold millions of albums. Her name has blown up social media time and again. And now, Madonna is once again in a class by herself, officially entering the billion dollar club.
Yes, it's true. Madonna was pop's top earner in 2012, thanks in large part to a record-breaking MDNA tour that reportedly raked in a cool $300 million, not to mention another $75 million in merchandise sales. Reports also said she made about $60 million dollars from sales of her new perfume, and several million from a deal with Smirnoff vodka.
These numbers put Madonna among an elite club of celebs who are, quite literally, worth a fortune. Among them are famed director Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.
On the musical front, Madonna has recently dropped some hints about her latest mystery project. The collaboration with photographer Steven Klein began with several Instagram posts that ultimately became a YouTube video with a twitching and moving eye and blurry red shape. The accompanying soundtrack was mostly thuds and various ring tones.
Madonna has stirred up buzz for the project by using the hashtag #SecretProject, but has thus far offered no further details on the upcoming venture.
The songstress recently made headlines when she wore a Boy Scout outfit to the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, where she presented US talk show host Anderson Cooper with an award.
Madonna Tickets** - Not Just a Material Girl
When this little lady was born on August 16, 1958, no one knew she would then monopolize the music industry with her many transfigurations and her iconic immortal status as a platinum-selling superstar. Here we have a young Michigan native back in 1977 moving to New York with an aspiration to become a ballet dancer. It was when she discovered that she had a voice and a flair for performance that earned her a spot with Sire Records to record her first album.
Madonna Tickets - She's Definitely En Vogue
Her very first single was 'Everybody,' and it became a hit in 1982. Spurring a second single called 'Physical Attraction wasn't hard to do. Other hits from the self-titled debut album released in 1983 were 'Holiday,' 'Borderline,' and 'Lucky Star.' When her second album came out, it was obvious that she was tapping into the sex symbol ideal that was so popularized by the historic Marilyn Monroe. The album was called Like a Virgin, and it featured the title track as well as one other important hit: 'Material Girl.' It wasn't until she released Like a Prayer in 1989 that she really exploded onto multiple genres. It featured the astronomical hits, 'Express Yourself,' 'Cherish,' 'Keep It Together,' and of course 'Vogue.' Even after stretching the FCC regulations big time with the heavy releases of Erotica and Bedtime Stories, featuring a much more sexually charged Madonna, she was still selling huge amounts of CDs. But she then returned to a more sentimental side with Ray of Light in the late '90s with the hit singles 'Frozen,' 'Ray of Light,' and 'Don't Tell Me.' She didn't stop there, releasing yet another album entitled Music with the massive title track hit making more and more waves with the music crowd.
Madonna Tickets - The Sound and Style of Madonna
Can you count just how many 'versions' there are of her? Probably too many. You had the poppy bubblegum sweet sexy girl, the vivacious upscale vixen, the dominatrix, the spiritual, the upper-class western groove. She was all over the place, and it worked. The whole world -- other worlds in the universe, too -- probably know who Madonna is.
Amy Schumer to Open Three Nights on Rebel Heart Tour
Update 6/19/15 As if you needed another reason to get stoked about a Madonna concert, it's just been announced that funny-girl Amy Schumer will act as opener for three dates of the Rebel Heart Tour. Now that's some girl power! The shows in question include September 16 and 17 at Madison Square Garden, and September…Read more
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