One Dies, Six Injured After Madonna’s Venue Collapses

July 16, 2009 by Jeanne  

Things went horribly wrong during the construction of the stage for a Madonna concert in Marseilles, France leaving one person dead and another six injured today.  The event, which was scheduled for July 19, 2009 has been cancelled.

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The concert was being held at the Velodrome where technicians were working to get the venue prepared when the roof collapsed.  I haven’t heard any more details but I do know that the stadium is used by the Olympique Marseille soccer team.

Madonna Honors Michael Jackson at London Concert

July 6, 2009 by Jeanne  

When Michael Jackson died tragically almost two weeks ago, he was preparing for “This is It” comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.  It was rumored to be his biggest production yet (possibly the biggest show any performer has ever delivered) and I’m saddened that we will never know what he was going to do. 

Madonna has openly grieved the King of Pop and I can understand the connection.  They really became superstars around the same time (I’m referring to Michael’s solo career and not his time spent with the Jackson 5) and they really shaped music from the early 80s up until today.  He really was like her male counterpart in terms of popularity and uniqueness so I’m not surprised that it hit her hard.  When he died, she issued the following statement:  "I can’t stop crying over the sad news.  I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless." 

During the opening night (July 4, 2009) of her own concerts (on the very same stage where Michael Jackson would have performed his tour), Madonna paid tribute to him.   His picture was displayed on a big screen above the stage as she sang “Holiday” while a Michael Jackson impersonator danced.  The crowd erupted into cheers when the music changed over to Jackson’s classic hits “Billie Jean” and “Wanna Be Starting Something.”

It was brief but respectful and touching.  Madonna told the crowd "Let’s give it up for one of the greatest artists the world has ever known.  Michael Jackson – long, live the King"  Amazing!  Watch the video:

Madonna, Britney and Lisa Marie React to Michael Jackson’s Death

June 26, 2009 by Jeanne  

Today, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died at the age of 50 after suffering from cardiac arrest.  The cause of death is still unknown but celebrities have been reacting to the horrible news along with Jackson’s fans around the world.

Many of the most popular women in music have expressed their shock and sadness to the news through statements and Twitter messages.

Madonna really summed up how a lot of people have been feeling.  "I can’t stop crying over the sad news.  I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."

Britney Spears expressed similar sentiments: "I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I’m devastated he’s gone!"

Here’s a video of Michael Jackson performing with Britney at his 30th Anniversary Celebration on CBS back in 2001.

Meanwhile, Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of the late Elvis Presley and former wife of Jackson, had the following to say:  "I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible.  I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me. 

Of course, many more have expressed their grief and I’m sure it will continue for days to come.  Do you have a favorite Michael Jackson moment?

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Madonna: Divorce Official, Directorial Debut and Lost Tapes

October 20, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

While Madonna’s divorce is “officially” news, most of the folks paying attention have known it was coming for quite some time.

According to TMZ’s Harvey Levin, the divorce has been a done deal since way back in July. In fact, he claims the trickle down of information was carefully orchestrated to coincide with Madges “Sticky & Sweet” tour and directorial debut with Filth and Wisdom, which hit theaters just last week.

Sounds completely feasible to me…

In addition to directing a movie, a compilation of snippets from Madonna’s early recordings interspersed with parts of her Hall of Fame induction speech has made its way to the internet.

The Tape features Madonna discussing her journey from broke dancer to learning to play the guitars and drums in a Queens synagogue. Nostalgically, she tells of how one day she was struggling to make ends meet and the next, she was on her way to stardom.

“Everything happened exactly as it was supposed to happen.”


Madonna Dedicates "Like a Virgin" to the Pope

September 8, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

While Katy Perry was at the VMAs ruining “Like a Virgin” with a stiff and uninspired performance, the Queen of Pop herself was in Rome making a dedication to the Pope.

“I dedicate this song to the pope, because I’m a child of God. All of you are also children of God…

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She may be from a devoutly Catholic family, but that fact has not to deterred Madonna from courting controversy at every opportunity. In fact, Madge has had a combative relationship with the Catholic church since they lobbied criticism at her for the 1989 “Like a Prayer” video. In 2006, the mock crucifixion raised Vatican ire as blasphemous and “one of the most satanic shows in history.”

This is obviously her way of lashing back.

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Madonna: Effortlessly Fabulous at 50

August 21, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

On Saturday, Madonna celebrated the big 50 and everybody has been doing retrospectives on her career, and the journey from Material Girl to reigning Queen of Pop. Madge may have gone through many a transition, but she has found a way to stay on top for nearly two decades when so many of her peers have fallen by the wayside. More amazing, is looking back and realizing that she didn’t even envision herself sustaining her music career as long as she has. Watch her try to check John Norris when he brought that up in a recent interview, and Norris goes and pulls the tape. I love it!

Growing up, I was not all that into Madonna; her music, that is. I’ve never been a huge fan of 80s pop, and on top of that, my mom was rather strict about the music I was allowed to listen to; Madonna was a bit too racy. I was able to listen to the radio and watched music videos when mom wasn’t home. Too young to actually remember Madonna’s debut, the VMA “Like a Virgin” performance became a part of the modern pop-culture cannon, and something my friends and I reenacted mockingly in middle school. My early experiences with the Material Girl were through movies; Dick Tracy was one of my favorites as a kid. It wasn’t until the release of Bedtime Stories - already a decade into her career mind you -that I actually began to appreciate Madonna’s music.

What I have found profoundly interesting, is watching Madonna go through all of these transitions. She literally grew up before our eyes; from writhing on the stage at the 1984 VMAs to one of the most respected and powerful women in entertainment. Not only has  Madonna managed to adapt with each paradigm shift in the entertainment industry, she contends with and out performs her younger peers, the most promising of whom probably won’t make it to 30, according to NY Daily music critic Jim Farber.

The achievements of Madonna and her equals feel particularly poignant and meaningful at a time when it looks doubtful that the current crop of music stars will make it to 30 alive, let alone to 50 and thriving.

Can you see Amy Winehouse wheezing on this Earth much longer? And if Britney does survive, do you see her having a vibrant career five years on?

The continued energy of Madonna and Prince is mirrored in their still-smashing looks. The two appear especially spry when compared to their predecessors, the pop gods of the ’60s and ’70s, who date from the drug culture and therefore have, in some cases, aged to an especially alarming degree. [source]

Madonna: philanthropist, movie producer, author, business woman, wife mother, and international pop star. She’s is fabulous, living proof that women can age beautifully in the spotlight and still maintain an edge without making it all seem effortless.

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Madonna’s Brother Talks About His New Tell All Book on Good Morning America

July 14, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  


Madonna’s estranged brother, Christopher Ciccone, is making the press junket for his tell all memoir, My Life With My Sister Madonna. Today he made a stop at Good Morning America for an exclusive interview. Ciccone talks about how Madonna - the persona - evolved and his experiences being the pop queen’s right hand for many years; that is until Guy Richie entered the picture.

“The best way to get to my sister is to get in bed with her, you know what I mean?” the openly gay Ciccone said. “And since I wasn’t doing that, and …wasn’t about to, you know, that person — like I said — who speaks to her, the last person to speak to her at night, has the most influence.”

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Madonna’s Brother Tells All

July 11, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone is set to release a tell all book on Tuesday July 15, entitled “Life With My Sister Madonna.” According to a Billboard report, the memoir is complete with gossip about Madonna’s sexual exploits, and stories about the diva’s ex-lovers.

Although the two have been estranged for few years now, little bro has seen Madonna through many a transition and has plenty of stories to tell. Cicconi is scheduled for an appearance on the July 14th airing of Good Morning America.

350,000 copies of the memoir, are to be released on the Simon and Schuster imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment. An unnamed New York Post source said the publisher is working to make sure the book comes out before Madonna’s people have time to try to suppress it.

I know one thing, Cicconi better make sure every word in that book is true, just in case Madonna decides to sue for libel.

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Madonna Given Honorary Malawi Citizenship

May 27, 2008 by Sarah  

I see how it works. Adopt a kid, get an honorary citizenship. You don’t even have to reside in or even visit said country much. I kid. Madonna is being recognized for important contributions to the African nation of Malawi.

The citizenship is said to be for her “work” with Malawi which includes funding orphanages and education programs in that country.

“We are proud as a country to be associated with such a megastar,” Billy Kaunda, Malawi’s deputy tourism and culture minister said.
“She will have freedom of all cities here. She won’t be bothered with issues like visas and other limitations.”

Madonna’s documentary Malawi, I Am Because We Are opened in Cannes this month to critical acclaim.

It’s nice to read about celebrities doing good stuff, isn’t it?

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Madonna Auctions Off Contents of Her Purse

May 22, 2008 by Sarah  

Madonna emptied out her diamond- encrusted alligator purse the other day and auctioned off the contents. Included in the lot were, lip gloss, mirror, and skin blotting cloths. Just for fun, she also threw in her guitar.

Madonna made it clear her old makeup was worth something. “”This lip gloss touched my lips.” She then asked the audience not to insult her with low offers.

The whole lot was sold for $472,000, an amount donated to AIDS research.

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