It was a beautifully put together. If you can catch the show, hurry, theres only a few days left. Ricky Martin was Fab as well.
But no one can play a better EVA than Madonna see this clip for yourself.
The bad blood boiling between Madonna and Tracy Anderson since their 2009 split has everything to do with Madge's current trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, says a source. We're told Anderson trained Winhoffer for a year and introduced her to the pop legend. "Nicole was overweight until Tracy shaped her body," snarks the insider. "She was a caterer, and wanted to be famous. Tracy had been living with Madonna in London but moved back to the States to spend time with her family, and sent Nicole in her place." The source said Nicole was working for Tracy and learned all her moves. Adding, "Nicole doesn't understand the reasons behind the moves, just the motions." At the time of the split, Page Six was told, "Madonna had grown tired of the baggage that Tracy always seemed to be carrying with her," that it had become a "distraction," adding further problems arose when Anderson developed a relationship with Philippe van den Bossche, the former head of Madonna's Raising Malawi charity who was forced out for alleged mismanagement.
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Brando Enterprises demanded millions of dollars when Madonna showed the late actor's image during concert performances.
Madonna is about to resolve litigation with Marlon Brando's estate over using the late actor's image when she performs the song "Vogue" in concert.The lyrics to the song list out many celebrities ("Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Deitrich and DiMaggio ...") and Madonna has made it a habit to use images of dead celebrities in her set dressing.
But to do so, she arguably needs permission from the estates, and two lawsuits were filed last year over her alleged failure to get it.
CMG Worldwide, an Indiana-based firm that manages the intellectual property rights of many dead stars, sued first, looking to protect Madonna. CMG was in charge of clearing rights for Bhakti Touring Inc, which represented Madonna when she went out on her MDNA world tour after last year's Super Bowl halftime performance.
Madonna was to pay $5,000 each to the estates ofJames Dean, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, etc., and CMG thought it had agreed to a likewise deal with reps for the Brando estate. But according to a suitfiled in September, Brando's licensing reps increased their demands to $20,000, which represented a problem since it meant that Madonna would then have to also pay $20,000 to each of the other dead celebs thanks to "most favored nation" contractual clauses. It might have made "Vogue" too costly to be performed as intended.
CMG sued, seeking a declaration that Brando's estate and its agents be prevented from bringing any lawsuits against CMG, Bakhti and Madonna for violations of Brando's intellectual property. The plaintiff claimed to have a valid and enforceable contract.
The Brando estate nevertheless returned fire with its own lawsuit against Madonna in October, accusing her of having "intentionally, negligently, and/or willingly used the Brando IP Assets for the purposes of attracting attention to the Tour, to the individual concerts and to the song 'Vogue' itself and for the purpose of enhancing the advertising and marketing thereof."
Suing for misappropriation of publicity rights and trademarks, the Brando estate sought $100,000 for each nonwillful use and $1 million for each willful use.
The parties have informed the court that they had reached a settlement in principle but need time to execute the settlement agreement. Terms haven't yet been revealed. The Brando estate is known for its litigiousness in protecting rights, suing in the past over such allegedly exploitive items as motorcycle boots and sofas. The actor, who died in 2004, won Oscars for On the Waterfront and The Godfather and also starred in such films as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One and Last Tango in Paris.
"Later this month Madonna – now a.k.a. Esther – descends on Israel with her four children to … launch her ninth world tour … an 80-date musical and spiritual trek, [that] will solidify Madonna's own journey from iconoclast to icon, from Catholic to Kabbalist, from flirt to convert. To dismiss Madonna's Jewish shtick as a Kabbalistic craze is to turn a blind eye to a lifelong and serious journey. Madonna, it seems, is finally one of us." — Jerusalem Report, May 21, 2012
Please let me start this column by stating: Oh dear, or as Esther might say, oy vey. Now let's move on, for a quick minute, to DJ Hardwell. Who is DJ Hardwell? He is a moderately popular trance DJ from the Netherlands, and just one of the latest artists being pressured to boycott upcoming performance dates in Israel. Some of the pressure is coming from a group called Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid, an organization not so interesting in terms of power, or the fascinating inclusion of the word "addict" in their name, as much as symbol.
In terms of pop music, there is only one genre where Israel makes a significant world contribution, and that is in the realm of trance, a sometimes hippy-dippy psychedelic subgenre of techno. Israel has always been a fertile and influential ground for the music, with a giant scene that has exported some of this genre's best loved DJs and producers, like Offer Nissim, and the horrendously titled but supposedly very trippy Infected Mushroom.
So even though more marginal, the boycott reaching the shores of Israel's peacenik trance scene, a place where there is a real opportunity for creating dialogue, because it is part of an interconnected web of similar scenes that spans the whole globe, is in a way a bigger deal than it seems. It might even be a bigger deal than the well-publicized cancellations of gigs by Elvis Costello, The Pixies, or the 500 Montreal artists who in 2010 very vocally joined the cultural boycott of Israel, stating that Palestinians "face an entrenched system of racial discrimination and segregation, resembling the defeated apartheid system in South Africa."
Somehow I doubt the lack of Gilles Vigneault or Richard Desjardins has been much felt by Israelis. Roger Waters and Carlos Santana bailed? Bruce Springsteen or Coldplay won't come? OK. But the trance scene is a living Israeli culture that carries a total message of peace. Say what you will of kids going all freaky to repetitive beats, you cannot deny that the practice breeds the opposite of cloistered thinking. A boycott in such an open-minded place is only useful if you want to give more single-minded
areas an opportunity for growth.
I know this argument has been made before, when, for instance, Israeli professors have been taken off conference rosters, or in the face of protesters who decide the best place to scream murder is outside the venues where Israeli dance troupes are hopping about barefoot. I am saying what's been said already when I write that boycotting the arts and academia, progressive places sympathetic to change, are dunderheaded tactics.
Certainly, within Israeli society, the cultural boycotts have bred pretty much only feelings of isolation, and entrenchment of the very useless us-against-everybody sort. You can see it every time an artist decides they will play in Israel. Morrissey comes, or Alanis Morissette, or Leonard Cohen, and it gets covered in the media as if royals are visiting. So while the aging Red Hot Chili Peppers are no bigger deal in Israel than they are here, their stop in Tel Aviv was covered as if truly major news (six stories in Ha'aretz alone). The headlines might have read, "HEY SOMEBODY LIKES US!"
Which rounds us back to Madonna, who in the summer, made herself out to be some kind of politicized pop messiah when she kicked off her world tour in Tel Aviv. The event got six articles in the popular Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, ten in the left-wing Ha'aretz and nine in the Jerusalem Post, a more conservative newspaper read by English speakers. Pictures of Madonna with Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres ran rampant. ("I am an ambassador for Judaism," she once told Peres.) The adulation reached the level of outright pandering, especially when considering how truly weird Madonna's recent Jewish "conversion" has been — an uproariously un-Judaic toe- dipping I will encapsulate in the one line "Jewing is the new Voguing."
Plus, it's Madonna. The fact that, by sheer process of elimination, she can become some kind of political mouthpiece when visiting Israel is nuts. She called her concert in Tel Aviv "a concert for peace." She told the crowd: "If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace." Then she went on with her show, which involved blood-splattering dancers toting faux machine guns, and a huge, video-screened image of Front National leader Marine LePen with a big honking swastika on her forehead.
This coming August, the American music festival Lollapalooza, which also launched in Chile and Brazil over the last two years, launches an Israeli edition in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park. No artists have yet been announced, and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell is remaining blithe in the face of calls to boycott the festival, and pressures to cancel, and growing petitions insinuating that Farrell is part of an insidious propaganda machine whose final aim is pure evil. It will be interesting to see who gets to Yarkon Park. And if there is a trance tent, I hope it's as international as possible.
AFP - Malawi education authorities on Thursday challenged a claim by American pop queen Madonna that her charity last year built 10 new schools in the poor southern African nation.
"The schools Raising Malawi claims to have constructed were already in existence," Education Minister Eunice Kazembe said.
"Raising Malawi only built 10 classroom blocks and not schools. People should know the difference between the two."
In December Madonna's charity in tandem with global non-profit buildOn, announced the completion of 10 schools, claiming they would provide education to 4,871 children.
"I am overjoyed that my commitment along with buildOn's to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition," Madonna said in a statement issued at the time.
Malawi's education minister said the country wanted to "clarify any misconceptions that may arise."
It is not the first time the diva has had trouble with education projects in the country which is the native home of two of her adopted children.
In 2010 Madonna laid the foundation stone of an academy for girls in Chinkota village, outside the capital Lilongwe.
A year later the school project was cancelled because of mismanagement and local employees sacked.
The academy was replaced by plans to build schools, in order to reach more children.
Madonna's charity also supports child care centres in the country where nearly one million children are orphaned by AIDS.
Madonna stunned concert organizers in Ireland with her backstage demands which, according to sources, included a request for 25 cases of Kabbalah water. The one-time Material Girl refuses to drink anything but the water sold by the trendy religious movement, which some have called a cult.
"That's a lot of water for a one-day concert," says a source. "I've heard some Kabbalah followers bathe in Kabbalah water."
But cult expert and Kabbalah critic Rick Ross tells The Scoop he doesn't think that Madonna has taken to washing up in the pricey water.
"Madonna has taken to pushing Kabbalah on anyone within shouting distance," says Ross. "She's been trying to convert everyone who works on the concert [there are more than 100], and that includes making them pray, giving Kabbalah courses as presents, and no doubt, pumping Kabbalah water down their throats. People working on concerts go through a lot of water, and it's the only drink that she'll touch."
Madonna's list of backstage demands also includes vodka, but insiders say that's to remove stains from her outfits.
The 58 piece range of must-have heels, flats and boots has been created to showcase the music icon that is Madge, and is said to be inspired by her status as a "powerful icon and feminine beauty".
He's long been thought of as the most powerful man in the art world but even in his early days Larry Gagosian attracted star quality.
Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth was his first framer as he set up his fledgling poster business. And when he started making his living as an art dealer, Madonna was his driver.
Talking to Interview magazine, he recalls the time that his artist-client Jean-Michel Basquiat came to live with him in LA and dragged his girlfriend along.
"He said, 'Her name is Madonna and she's going to be huge… So Madonna came out and stayed for a few months and we all got along like one big, happy family… I lost my license at one point and Madonna actually became our driver for a while."
"Madonna drove us around! But she was no joke. Even then you could see the discipline and focus and ambition. She'd go running every morning. She'd do yoga. She'd be on the phone with her people. You got the sense she was serious. I wouldn't say that we're really friends anymore, but whenever I see her, we have this nice history."
He's probably sold her a few paintings since then, too.