Madonna has no effs left to give. The controversial MDNA tour had its fair share of controversies with nip slips, tears and the superimposed swastika on French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen. As if that wasn’t enough drama for Madge, she was recently booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. Fans were not pleased when Madonna’s set ended after 45 minutes. Loud boos filled the room quickly, which were followed by water bottles thrown onto the stage. To really show their disappointment the attendees united with chants of “salope,” the French word for slut. The show was livestreamed on YouTube for all of the world to see, but none of the fans’ pleas were enough to get the Queen of Pop to return for an encore. Madonna marches to the beat of her own stilettos. Read more…
Madonna is the queen of scandal, to be sure, but nipples and tears past pale in comparison to this latest MDNA tour controversy. Despite the criticism and legal threats drawn, Madonna refuses to remove the swastikas — including one superimposed onto French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen (as seen at 1:05) — or Hitler imagery from the video projection that accompanies her “Nobody Knows Me” tour performance. Rather, she’s defending the offending footage. As Madge explained in an interview with Brazil’s Fantastico, the American Life track is about “how much we judge people before knowing them,” and she therefore feels that the inclusion of controversial imagery fits her message about “the intolerance that we human beings have for one another.” “Music should be about ideas, right? Ideas inspire music, right?” she said. That’s a slippery slope of logic. Do you think she’s has taken it too far this time?
Madonna Defends Her Use of Nazi Symbol [ArtsBeat]
Living la dolce vita is the motto in Madonna’s “Turn Up the Radio” video. As one of the world’s biggest pop stars, life gets hectic. But when life hands Madonna lemons she doesn’t make lemonade, she rides through the countryside of Italy in a vintage convertible escorted by a young, hot chauffeur. She escapes the noise of the flashes from paparazzi, but picks up various interesting individuals on the way. Nobody is off limits for Madge’s joy ride– breakdancers, random guys at the gas station, prostitutes, hitchhikers– they all have a place in her whip for fun times. Read more…
Money makes the world go ’round, so they say. Madonna is busy weeping over her own performance or having a minor nip-slip on her MDNA tour, meanwhile a Delaware company has hit her with a lawsuit claiming she stole parts of their song for her 1990 hit “Vogue.” Eons of years later, well, 22 years later, it has dawned on the company that “Vogue” allegedly includes portions of their 1977 song “Love Break.” Rolling Stone reports that VMG claims, “The portions of “Love Break,” which have been copied into “Vogue” and all its various ‘mixes,’ ‘remixes,’ videos, YouTube versions, etc., are numerous but intentionally hidden. The horn and strings in ‘Vogue’ are intentionally sampled from “Love Break” throughout.” Read more…
The stars, they are just like us! Sometimes they, too, are moved to tears by Madonna — oh, wait.
In Berlin over the weekend, a dramatic rework of “Like a Virgin” had the 53-year-old Queen of Pop herself reaching for her deepest vocal registers, and then the tissues. About three minutes into the video above, Madge loses herself to tears. Kneeling down at the edge of the stage, she took a beat or two to regain herself before she was raised to her feet by a shirtless back-up dancer so that she could finish the number.
It’s the 4th of July, which means that it’s time to wish another happy birthday to the US of A! In honor of our country’s 236th bday, we’ve put together this spectacular, über-patriotic GIF Wall featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars paying salute the stars and stripes, everyone from chart legends like Bruce Springsteen and Madonna to up-and-comers like Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks. Ain’t that America?
Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown Saturday morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Every time Madonna releases a new album and subsequently tours in support of it, the following is sure to happen:
Somewhere in the world, a Madonna video is banned; a political/religious statement made by Madonna is denounced by a political/religious organization; Madonna’s age and/or overly fit arms are critiqued by a blogger who was still in grade school when Ray Of Light was released; and Madonna’s breasts will cause some type of uproar.
In honor of the latter, here are the Top 10 moments when Madonna’s boobs made news:
10. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Just because the film was tamed down to cater towards Madonna’s teenage fan-base doesn’t mean the kids weren’t given a glimpse of Madonna’s soon-to-be-headline-grabbing breasts. While eating cheese curls on the pool-deck, Madonna wears a see-through bra.
9. Body Of Evidence (1993)
Madonna’s breasts star in this erotic rip-off of Basic Instinct as fans uneasily watch their favorite pop-star pour candle wax on William Dafoe’s nether regions.
There’s almost almost no better way to sum up Rihanna’s career than “that Rihanna reign just won’t let up.” What makes the magnitude of her success notable is the short time its taken her to break records in the way new artists can only imagine. “Where Have You Been” from Talk That Talk recently jumped from the No. 11 to No. 9 spot on Billboard Hot 100 charts making this her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. That makes 22 top 10s in seven years. No wonder she lives by her own rules with very few f’s to give. She talks the talk and clearly walks the walk. Read more…
Sold out shows don’t mean a hill of beans to the Indonesian police who will not grant Lady Gaga a permit for her June 3rd “Born This Way Ball” concert. We thought it was nearly impossible to dislike the world class superstar. Boy were we wrong. According to the AP, lawmakers and conservative hard-liners protested Gaga’s upcoming show because “her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt the youth.” Under pressure the national police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar, denied the permit. What in the world did they do when Madonna was at her prime? Madonna’s unapologetic sex appeal makes Lady Gaga look like Taylor Swift.
The Indonesia performance would have been the biggest of Gaga’s Asian tour with 52,000 fans filling Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium seats. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world with 240 million people. Local conservatives felt the explicit nature of Gaga’s show would compromise the nation’s moral fiber, according to the AP. If her music or performance can jeopardize 52,000 people’s moral fiber, they may have a bigger problem than Lady Gaga. As if putting a stop to the singer’s concert wasn’t heartbreaking enough, those who purchased tickets may or may not be refunded. When you’ve been banned from a country, you have officially made it.
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When she’s not riding on the side of flipped cars, M.I.A. is focused on creating artwork– the same artwork she designed for Beck’s beer bottles. Spin.com caught up with M.I.A. to chat about her new art endeavors and where she’s at with her highly anticipated fourth album. Since she flipped the bird in this year’s Super Bowl (where she performed with Madonna and Nicki Minaj), M.I.A. has been fairly lowkey. Before that she dropped an impromptu video for “Bad Girls,” but hasn’t followed up with another single from her forthcoming album Matangi. Until she satisfies our curiosity we’re happy to watch “Bad Girls” on repeat. Read more…