Madonna Once Again Cements Herself As A Musical Icon During Philadelphia Tour Stop


(PCM) The timing could not have been any more ironic as Madonna’s concert in Philadelphia was scheduled just one day before the historic visit by Pope Francis to the city of Brotherly Love and she didn’t let us forget it, even joking several times throughout the evening that the Pope may have just been stalking her tour (Pope Francis’s visit to NYC also happened to be just a few days after Madonna’s show at Madison Square Garden) or that he may actually just be in love with her. She did claim however to actually like the new Pope saying “Rules are for fools, right? That’s why I like the new pope; he seems really open-minded”. Madonna also revealed,  “I’ve been excommunicated by the Catholic Church three times. I’m very proud of that. It shows that the Vatican cares.”

It’s no surprise as Madonna has always had a rebellious spirit about her and never before have we seen an artist that has truly been able to reinvent herself to travel along perfectly with the ever changing musical landscape and still remain completely relevant. She more than lived up to her status a true musical icon when she brought her “Rebel Heart Tour” to a packed house crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

In our opinion Madonna sounded the best she has in years and the sheer amount of theatricality and choreography that went into her overall performance was utterly spectacular. Opening with “Iconic” a single off her latest album “Rebel Heart” featured Madonna being lowered to the stage in a cage which she broke free dressed in full warrior regalia to dance battle a fleet of silver-clad warriors. Video screens featured cameos from both Mike Tyson and Chance The Rapper and the opening number certainly set the pace for what was in-store for the rest of the evenings performance.

She then immediately blasted into my personal favorite off the “Rebel Heart” album “Bitch, I’m Madonna” and then immediately into the classic “Burning Up”. Next up was the provocative “Holy Water” and “Devils Pray” which featured a pole-dancing routine upon silver crosses surrounded by scantily clad dancers in nun costumes and a routine upon a table set up to be reminiscent of Leonard DiVinci’s  “Last Supper” painting.  Does Madonna ever shy away from controversy … hell no! And that’s why we love her for it! She is bold and presents a very raw picture of the many spiritual parallels that exist in our world.

Another thing that we took notice of during the performance was that Madonna really appeared to be enjoying herself on the stage. She was having a blast bantering with the crowd and despite the fact of having to put on relatively the same show night after night on tour, she was most certainly not phoning it in. She gave her all and it showed.

Madonna also proved that she can very much hold her own even without massive amounts of theatrics, as some of our favorite moments of the show came when it was just her and the guitar on stage. “Body Shop” again off the “Rebel Heart” album was incredibly well-done and a stripped down acoustic version of “True Blue” was just phenomenal. Madonna showed off her amazing vocal prowess during “Heartbreak City” which also included a taste of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”.

We are not always the biggest fans when artist change up their hits to different tempos and styles, however Madonna did a fantastic job stylizing songs such as “Dress You Up”, “Like A Virgin” and “Material Girl” with artistic flair. We had zero complaints. Madonna wrapped up her nearly two-hour set with “Unapologetic Bitch” followed by a one song encore of “Holiday” during which a literal celebration exploded upon the stage with Madonna leading the party before being swooped up into the rafters by a harness concluding the show.

Photography credit: Andrew Wendowski 


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Jay-Z Holds A Bizarre Press Conference To Launch Tidal


(PCM) Yesterday, the internet was buzzing after Jay-Z held a bizarre celebrity-filled press conference to launch his new artist-run music subscription service called Tidal.

Jay-Z recently purchased the platform which is worth an estimated $56 million and will feature high quality audio and exclusive content that is owned by the actual artists.  Jay-Z was joined at the press conference by artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire and of course Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce. Both Calvin Harris and Chris Martin joined in via video conference.

Tidal, prides itself as being by the artist, for the artists and will cost the listener $20 per month. It was not so much the announcement of Tidal that was bizarre, it was just the behavior of the artists in attendance. They were all lined up on the stage appearing very cult-like and made a big to-do about signing an official declaration.

The worst was Alicia Keyes incredibly confusing speech that found her rambling about everything from Jimmi Hendrix to Nietzsche while giggling and humming “Pomp & Circumstance”, she appeared more intoxicated than serious. It didn’t help matters when Madonna threw her leg up on the podium, Usher made odd hand gestures and the rest of the celebrities just stood around the stage looking uncomfortable.

Almost abruptly the sound cut out and then it was over and Tidal was official born … at least we think. You can watch the full bizarre press conference below:

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Madonna’s Cape Fall Immediately Gets Trolled: No Capes!

madonna-cape-fall-meme(PCM) Madonna had a true wardrobe malfunction at the Brit Awards.

Trolls across the Internet seized on the advice of Edna Mode from The Incredibles to make fun of Madonna when she was not quick enough in unclasping her cape during a performance with dancers at the Brit Awards on February 25th 2015. The result was her dancer pulled her backwards down a set of four stairs leading up to the stage.

To Madonna’s credit the 56 year old performer stood back up and continued the performance of Living For Love without another mishap.  No sooner did Twitter go nuts with ribbing by celebrities and anonymous users alike. Here is video to the original fall without editing.



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Madonna Debuts “Living For Love” Music Video


(PCM) Madonna released the music video for “Living For Love” today on Vevo, 24 hours after its groundbreaking premiere on the Snap Channel on Snapchat Discover. The Material Girl was the first superstar artist to premiere a video through the photo sharing app and the first to premiere one on the Snap Channel. The music video instantly became the #1 Trending Topic on Facebook, and Forbes declared: “Even after all these years, Madonna is still finding ways to innovate and present her art to the masses.”

The “Living For Love” music video was directed by J.A.C.K. — Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen. It was edited by Danny B. Tull, styled by B. Akerlund and choreographed by Megan Lawson.

“Living For Love” is the first single from Madonna’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, which will be released by Interscope Records on March 10th and is available for preorder on iTunes. Three additional songs will be available with the preorder of the album on iTunes on February 9th (February 10th internationally) and those who preordered the album prior to this date will have those three songs automatically delivered to them. Rebel Heart will be available as a 14 track Standard release (digital and physical), a 19 track Deluxe version (digital and physical), a 25 track two-disc Super Deluxe version (physical only) and on vinyl. “Living For Love” will go to radio on February 12th.

This Sunday, February 8th, Madonna will perform on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA and televised live CBS at 8PM EST/PST. On Wednesday, February 25th, Madonna will perform on 2015’s BRITS Awards at London’s O2 Arena and televised live on ITV.

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Last Classic Film Icon Mentioned In Madonna’s “Vouge” Has Passed Away


(PCM) As you all probably know by now, iconic Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall sadly passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89. While Hollywood and the film world certainly mourns Bacall’s passing, her death actually has a bit of an odd impact in the music realm as well.

Bacall’s death is the last of the icons of classic Hollywood that are mentioned in Madonna’s hit song “Vogue”. We are sure many of you have been singing along with this track for many years and as you are most likely aware it features a spoken word verse near the end that acts as a shout-out to many classic Hollywood legends. Over the years all who were mentioned have passed away and now Bacall was the final one.

The verse is quoted below for reference:

“Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Dietrich and DiMaggio / Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean / On the cover of a magazine / Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean / Picture of a beauty queen / Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers, dance on air / They had style, they had grace / Rita Hayworth gave good face / Lauren, Katharine, Lana too / Bette Davis, we love you.”

The hit song was released by Madonna back in 1990 and was certified double-platinum.

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Our Top Five Picks For The Best Grammy 2014 Performances

(PCM) This year’s Grammy Awards were jammed packed with more amazing performances than ever before!  We are spotlighting our top five picks for the best performances from last nights celebration….let us know if you agree!

1.) Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, and Stevie Wonder performing “Get Lucky”

2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty and Madonna performing “Same Love”, along with 34 couples who were wed during the show.

3.) Katy Perry and Juicy J’s deliciously gothic performance of “Dark Horse”

4.) Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar perform the amazing mash-up of “maad city” and “Radioactive”. It was brillant!

5.) Beyonce and Jay-Z opening up the show with an ubersexual performance of “Drunk In Love”

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