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26 November 2013

Madonna on Instagram: 'In the magnificent hospital Paul Farmer has built in Mirebalais! Revolution of Love in Haiti' Madonna on Instagram: 'Haiti rides up with the support of @jphro and @seanpenn' Madonna on Instagram: 'Sunset in Haiti. This is Heaven!' Madonna on Instagram: 'Kids learning in temporary school thanks to @JP hro @seanpenn'

Madonna visits Sean Penn's aid work in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Madonna is in Haiti to visit humanitarian projects that ex-husband Sean Penn has been overseeing since the Caribbean nation's devastating earthquake in 2010, the actor said Monday.

Penn said in a brief phone call to The Associated Press that he had invited Madonna, with whom he has "maintained a great friendship over the years," to visit several times and that she had come with her son Rocco. He said they arrived a "couple of days" ago, and he wasn't sure when she would leave.

"She's here, she's seeing, she's made the effort to come here, and I'm thrilled by that," Penn said, adding that he hoped Haiti might inspire her to seek out a cause in the country. "She has a unique platform, and wherever she chooses to bring that to, it's very well."

Madonna's been busy posting photos on Instagram. One shows her posing with others at a new hospital built by public health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer in the central part of the country. The caption: "Revolution of Love in Haiti." Another picture shows a view of the mountains at dusk. The caption: "Sunset in Haiti. This is Heaven!"

Penn has served as an ambassador-at-large for Haiti since early 2012. He received the recognition for his work as head of a humanitarian group he co-founded in the aftermath of the earthquake, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The group has focused on housing and relocating thousands of people from a golf course that was among hundreds of impromptu settlements that sprang up after the quake.

His group recently sponsored five Haitian runners to participate in the New York marathon.


Source: AP


20 November 2013

Madonna tops list of World's Highest-Paid Musicians in 2013

Lady Gaga and Madonna have a superstar rivalry made in gossip-blog heaven. The former burst onto the scene five years ago with a provocative pop sensibility reminiscent of the latter's. Last year, Madonna accused Gaga of ripping off one of her songs; this year, the "Born This Way" singer insisted she doesn't want the Material Girl's throne.

From an earnings perspective, however, there's no question over the winner of this battle's latest round. The honor goes to Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge's millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.

Gaga ranks second with $80 million; she grossed over $160 million on her latest tour before succumbing to a hip injury. Had she been able to finish, she would have likely topped $200 million. Her ARTPOP album was released after the end of our scoring period, but should give her a boost on next year's list. She could easily reach the No. 1 spot with a successful set of concerts, the main driver for most major artists' earnings.

“With touring being the biggest revenue stream, if there's an opportunity for an artist to go out, if there's an opportunity for a promoter to curate a festival, people are doing it, said Kevin Liles, founder of KWL Enterprises and manager of artists including Big Sean, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy.

A look at the rest of the list underscores the importance of live performances in today's music world. Bon Jovi ranks third with $79 million, most of it from the appropriately named Because We Can tour. Road warrior Toby Keith pulled in $65 million to land the No. 4 slot, while Coldplay parlayed seven-figure nightly grosses into a $64 million payday.


Source: Forbes


19 November 2013


Madonna wins Vogue lawsuit

Madonna has won a lawsuit brought against her track 'Vogue', which claimed it contained an illegal horn sample.

Madonna has won a lawsuit over her track Vogue.

The 'Music' singer's 1990 track was subject of a court case brought by VMG Salsoul, who claim producer Robert 'Shep' Pettibone illegally sampled two horn hits from the 1983 track 'Love Break' by the Salsoul Orchestra, a track which was, in turn, a remix of their 1976 song 'Chicago Bus Stop'.

VMG Salsoul claimed new technology enabled them to prove the horns were a sample when they filed the lawsuit earlier this year.

Further complicating matters, Robert was the person who remixed 'Love Break'.

The judge eventually decided it didn't matter whether the horns were a sample or not, as he ruled in Madonna 's favour, saying the average listener would not notice.

Californian District Judge Beverly O'Connell said in her ruling: ''Having listened to the sound recordings of 'Chicago Bus Stop', 'Love Break', and 'Vogue', the court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognise the appropriation.

''The Court finds that any sampling of the horn hit was de minimis (sic) or trivial.''

Defence Lawyer Richard Busch , acting on behalf of Madonna and Robert said: ''We are thrilled with the decision, and believe it is absolutely the right result.''


Source: ContactMusic

Related: Vogue

16 November 2013

Studio App - Are you with me?

Art For Freedom special designs available on Studio App

The Studio app, which is a brand new design tool that allows you to create and share your own designs to your favorite social networks, has teamed up with Madonna to offer an exclusive #ArtForFreedom design pack you can now share with your friends and the rest of the world! Download the app for free from iTunes now and start spreading the word!

This design pack contains over 50 designs people can put on top of their photos. They include quotes, icons, and sayings that she believes in.

Anyone can add design to their photos from the app, and then post those photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or save to your camera roll for use. Simple choose a photo, then choose an overlay from any pack (including the Madonna pack), and put it on your photo. You can add as many design overlays as you want on each photo.

PS: If you already have the Studio app, you can download the "Art For Freedom" pack here: studiolink://pack/9JYnIoHEyw




16 November 2013

Madonna endorses Modern Art video made by Bulgarian photographer

US popstar Madonna has published a video made by Bulgarian photographer and visual artist Krasimir Marchev in her Art For Freedom online initiative.

Video submitted by Bulgarian visual artist Krasimir Marchev to the Art for Freedom online platform created by Madonna in support of freedom of speech was included in a live exhibition on November 13, informs zona burgas .bg

"The Bridge" is a short video clip filmed on the Bridge of Burgas, a black sea coastal city in Bulgaria.

Madonna has selected the video for the presentation of her digital non-profit project, Art for Freedom, which aims to support people who are passionate about music, art and social causes.

"Bridges are good metaphors for freedom. I like it, makes me want to cross that bridge", says Madonna's personal comment for the video.

"I have never expected such interest in my video and when I saw it live, as part of the online visual art exhibition of works personally selected by Madonna I was happy about it, and the fact that she wrote a personal comment about the video is really valuable to me", says the artist, Krasimir Marchev, as cited by zona burgas .bg


Source: Novinite


16 November 2013

Madonna and manager Guy Oseary

Guy Oseary soon to manage both Madonna and U2

Live Nation Entertainment, the giant concert company that includes Ticketmaster, is in advanced negotiations to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to several people with direct knowledge of the talks.

If the deal is consummated, it will further strengthen Live Nation's already deep ties with U2 and Madonna, two of the highest-earning and most durable pop acts of the last 30 years.

As part of the deal, Live Nation would pay more than $30 million for both Principle Management, the company of U2's longtime manager, Paul McGuinness, as well as Maverick, run by Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager, according to these people, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly.

In what would be one of the most surprising shifts in years among the forces behind pop megastars, Mr. Oseary, 41, would take over the day-to-day management of U2. Mr. McGuinness, 62, who has managed U2 almost since its inception — and in doing so became one of the most highly esteemed executives in the music business — would become Principle's chairman, with a role that was not fully clear.

A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and Mr. Oseary could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, Mr. McGuinness said: “It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock 'n' roll code of conduct. As I approach the musically relevant age of 64 I have resolved to take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career.

“I am delighted that Live Nation, who with Arthur Fogel have been our long term touring partners, have joined us in creating this powerful new force in artist management. I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation, and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business.”

According to Pollstar, a concert industry trade magazine, the top 10 highest-grossing tours include four by U2 and one by Madonna. U2's last tour, called 360, had more than $700 million in ticket sales and was seen by nearly seven million people around the world.

Live Nation, which besides its concert promotion and ticketing business manages the careers of some 200 acts through its Artist Nation division, has had close ties with both U2 and Madonna for years. In 2007, it struck a $120 million deal with Madonna that covered touring and recorded music rights for a decade, and it later sold the recording rights to Universal. In 2008, it made a deal with U2 to handle the band's touring and merchandising exclusively for 12 years.

Along with other arrangements Live Nation made around that time with Jay Z, Shakira and Nickelback, those deals came to symbolize a major change in the music business, as artists looked to concerts, merchandise and myriad other outlets to make up for lost record sales.


Source: NY Times


12 November 2013

Madonna mixed a few lines of Born This Way into her Express Yourself performance at the MDNA Tour

Lady Gaga 'floored' over Madonna's cover of Born This Way

Lady Gaga was stunned when she discovered Madonna had covered her hit song Born This Way on tour after critics noted the similarities between the tune and the veteran pop star's track Express Yourself.

The eccentric 27 year old came under fire in 2011, when so-called music experts insisted her number one single sounded just like the Queen of Pop's 1989 hit.

Then, during a show on her Mdna tour in Israel in 2012, Madonna added stirred up the story by covering Born This Way onstage without commenting on whether the impromptu performance was a tribute to Gaga or a jab at her.

The Paparazzi hitmaker still isn't clear what Madonna's intention was - and she tells Britain's Attitude magazine that she doesn't really care.

Gaga admits, "I have to be really honest, I was completely kind of floored that Madonna was singing my song on her stage! I mean, Madonna's... she's Madonna. I looked up to her for a long time. I'm not quite sure what her intention was - to do that in the show, but I don't really care.

"All it meant to me was that Madonna Ciccone was singing my song on her stage... and, as a punk rocker from New York, I've basically been hoping that I would become so good that one day I would p**s off Madonna!"


Source: ContactMusic

Related: Express Yourself, MDNA Tour

05 November 2013

Madonna & Tumblr to hold a special #ArtForFreedom curation

Art for Freedom, the global digital initiative co-founded by Madonna to fuel free speech and address intolerance around the world thru art has joined with Tumblr for the month of November to collectively curate a new collection of entries from their community of visual artists. The best submission of art, photography, video or poetry chosen by Madonna and Tumblr from the November entries will receive a $10,000 grant, which will go to a nonprofit organization or project of the winning artist's choice. All projects must be focused on a social justice issue and exemplify the values of Art For Freedom.

To submit art work, artists can go to and click the "submit your art for freedom" button. All submitted artwork will be available on the site. On November 12, Madonna will conduct a live curation on Tumblr where she will comment on the submissions. The final winner will be announced in early December.

"The Tumblr community is rich with people who are passionate about music, art and social causes.. We're excited to partner with Madonna on the Art for Freedom project and to see what she can bring out of them," commented Tumblr's Nate Auerbach.

Madonna began Art For Freedom in partnership with Vice in September by posting Secretprojectrevolution, a 17 minute film she created with Steven Klein. The film has been projected in over several cities around the world, including most recently Tel Aviv, Jericho and Rio de Janeiro.

Art for Freedom has already received thousands of submissions. October's submissions were guest curated by Anthony Kiedis along with Madonna. The grant winner they selected was Lesmack Meza Parenta from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Parenta produced "El Gran Dictador"




05 November 2013

First winner named in 'Art for Freedom' project

Madonna announced on Sunday the first winner in the Art for Freedom online competition that she and Vice, the Canadian culture magazine, have established to encourage visual and video artists, photographers and poets to create works that focus on social justice. Madonna has also expanded her partnerships in the project to include the social website Tumblr.

The winner, Lesmack Meza Parente, from Mazatlan, Mexico, produced “El Gran Dictador,” a video mashup using the emotional closing speech from Charlie Chaplin's film “The Great Dictator” (1940) and contemporary images that provide a modern interpretation of Chaplin's humanistic plea. Madonna will give a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization to be selected by the winning artist, and there will be one prize each month for a year. (Mr. Parente's choice of organization has not yet been announced.)

Madonna began the project in September, when Vice presented the premiere of “Secretprojectrevolution,” a stark, black-and-white film about intolerance, violence and apathy that she made with the photographer Steven Klein, as well as a 40-minute interview about the film. (Both are on YouTube.) At the time, she invited viewers to submit works through her “Art for Freedom” website, although she is now moving the submissions for the project to Tumblr.

Madonna plans to present some of the entries on Tumblr on Nov. 12, with her own live commentary. The next winner is to be announced in early December.


Source: NY Times


05 November 2013

Madonna building dream house in the Hamptons

Madonna is causing a commotion and finally building her material dream home in the Hamptons.

The foundation is already down on her eight-bedroom mansion, according to permits obtained by Gimme Shelter. The two-story house on Mitchells Lane in Bridgehampton comes with front and rear covered porches, a second-floor deck/balcony and a finished basement with two staff bedrooms, along with a heated pool and spa and an attached three-car garage.

It's adjacent to the 24-acre horse farm Madge bought from Kelly Klein. Madonna landed in hot water in September when Suffolk County ordered her to remove an access road built on the farm because it violated county preservation laws. The county co-owns development rights to that land. Madonna bought the property under Wild Horses Farms LLC for $2 million in 2010. Builder Joe Farrell, of Farrell Building Co., declined to comment, citing confidentiality clauses.


Source: NY Post