24 January 2013

Madonna’s MDNA Tour final boxscores

The final numbers are in, and Madonna’s 2012 “MDNA” tour has retained her box office form, clocking in at $305,158,363 gross with 2,212,345 in attendance over 88 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore

The tour began in Israel last May 31 and finished in Argentina on Dec. 22, hitting Europe, Asia and North America in between. The “MDNA” final box office tally is enough to rank “MDNA” No. 10 all-time in tours as reported to Boxscore, sandwiched between the Rolling Stones’ “Licks” tour of 2002-2003 ($311 million) and the Stones’ “Bridges To Babylon” tour of 1997-98 ($274 million). This is Madonna’s second time in the Boxscore Top 10; the “Sticky & Sweet” tour of 2008-09 was third all-time at $408 million, the highest ever for a solo artist. Her 2006 “Confessions” tour came in at $194 million

All of these tours, including “MDNA”, were produced by Live Nation’s Global Touring division, headed by LNGT chairman Arthur Fogel, who offhandedly predicted to Billboard back in April that MDNA would end up a Boxscore Top 10 tour. As it stood and as it stands, “MDNA” was the highest-grossing tour for 2012 according to Boxscore, making it Madonna’s third time closing a year at the top of the box office heap, the others being 2009 and 2004. Madonna joined the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Bon Jovi as the only acts to be Billboard’s highest-grossing tour twice in a three-year span, and “MDNA” gives Fogel and Live Nation their sixth top tour over the past 10 years.

Source: Billboard Boxscore


22 November 2012

Madonna's "Gay propaganda" suit thrown out by Russian Court

Madonna did not break city laws on the promotion of a homosexual lifestyle among minors during a concert in St. Petersburg earlier this year, a court ruled on Thursday. 

"Madonna’s actions were planned and aimed at the formation of a distorted view of personal relations", read the lawsuit, which was dismissed after a six-hour-long hearing by the St. Petersburg court. 

The nine plaintiffs were claiming over $10 million in compensation for "moral damages" suffered during Madonna’s concert in August, during which the star handed out pink bracelets to the crowd in a show of unity with the city’s gay and lesbian community. The organizers of the concert had stated that entry to the concert would be barred to anyone under 18 years of age. 

The authorities had earlier refused to open a criminal investigation into the allegations. "St. Petersburg’s laws were brutally violated and in the coming years this type of violation could become the norm", plaintiff Marina Yakovlyeva told the court. "But we have created a precedent - any artist coming to our city will know now what laws exist in our city". The plaintiffs also said Madonna’s "gay propaganda" would lead to a deterioration of Russia’s demographic crisis and its subsequent inability to man its army. They also said her promotion of homosexuality would lead to an increase in divorce rates. 

But the judge at the trial was unimpressed. "How many families split up because one of the couple is gay?", asked Judge Vitaly Barkovsky. "And how many because of alcoholism? How many lawsuits have you filed against alcohol companies?". The plaintiffs were backed by St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who authored the city’s "gay propaganda" law. The law, which was passed in March, criminalizes "public action aimed at propagandizing sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors." Those charged with breaking the law face fines from 5,000 to 500,000 rubles. 

Despite a court summons, Madonna did not attend the hearing, which attracted intense media attention in Russia. A spokesperson for Madonna was not available for comment on Thursday. The court’s ruling deflected further potential criticism of Russia’s judicial system, which was the subject of widespread international condemnation in the wake of the jailing of anti-Putin punks Pussy Riot for two years apiece in August.

Source: RiaNovosti

05 October 2012

Celebrating 30th anniversary of "Everybody"

The 30th anniversary of Madonna's first commercial release



This Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the commercial release of "Everybody", Madonna's first single on October 6th, 1982

To celebrate this special landmark in her career, Madonna fans all over the world have psyched themselves up to download the song on iTunes this Saturday. 

Their mission? To get "Everybody" to hit #1 on the chart in as many countries as possible. They are also requesting the song on their local music stations.

Would you also do the same?

Thanks!

31 August 2012

Madonna today, still the Queen: Fearless, fabulous, not an oldies act

Written by Liz Smith

"Able to face fear or danger without flinching...resolute...invulnerable...valiant... venturesome." That is a portion of the dictionary definition of the word "fearless." 

I don't know Madonna well enough (believe it or not) to assess that she is actually without fear as a woman, or a human being. In fact she has admitted to being just as, if not more, insecure, than the average person. Fame and constant scrutiny does that to a person. She is far softer and more vulnerable than her public persona suggests. I know that, for sure. But whatever she is with her children, her man, her issues, she remains without a doubt one the most fearless and true-to-herself artists in the world. Madonna kicked off the American leg of her "MDNA Tour" in Philadelphia on Monday night. She was full of patriotism, praised America's freedom of speech, demanded the release of the imprisoned Russian performance artists Pussy Riot and denounced homophobia, as she has been doing for the last quarter century. (Long before Lady Gaga was telling her "little monsters" that they were "Born That Way," Madonna was exhorting her fans to "express themselves" and was in the forefront of the AIDS crisis.) 

"MDNA" is what has become the standard mix for a Madonna show - mind-blowing brilliance, dazzling sets, incredible dancing. And then there's the stuff she does because she wants to! She is intent on taking her audience on a journey. Sometimes they are not ready for this journey. They want to groove on the old 1980s/90s jams, presented just as Madonna did in her famous videos. (Tough luck.) Madonna would wither and die if she had to repeat herself over and over. She is not messing with her fans, she's making sure they've grown up. Yeah, and that is despite the campy majorette outfit she wears at one point. She's not pretending time hasn't passed. She's a woman still young, still full of fun. (And wait until you see her marching band, in mid-air, elevated above the crowd!) 

In "MDNA" Madonna gives her fans classics such as "Open Your Heart", "Vogue", "Express Yourself", "Human Nature" and "Like a Virgin". But, as in the case of "Like a Virgin", she has totally transformed the chirpy ode to being "shiny and new," into something almost unbearably dark. Is it pain? Is it pleasure? Is she suffering? Is she in ecstasy? Don't ask me, and don't ask Madonna. She hates to explain herself. She is far happier when the audience either makes up its own mind, or never does. Madonna considers herself a work in progress and she gives her audience the same respect. If you don't get it, don't worry. It's life. Who can explain life? 

This new concert relies heavily on her latest album relies heavily on material from her latest album, "MDNA". And though the CD hasn't sold as spectacularly as her past hits, the hot (as in almost passing out from the heat), hysterical audience went mad for newer songs like her opening "Girl Gone Wild", "Revolver" and "Gang Bang". This is the much criticized "violent" section of the show, but many people thought it was less scary and more a pastiche on the cult of violence, not to mention getting some tumultuous feelings off her chest about her ex, Guy Ritchie. She performs a set piece in a tawdry hotel room, swigging whiskey and being attacked by ninja-type assassins dressed in black.It's witty. It's nasty. It's Madonna

The stage is full of movement, the sets gasp-inducing, the onscreen videos and visuals mesmerizing. (Including a gorgeous new black-and-white version of "Justify My Love" and the controversial "Nobody Knows Me", with its images of violence, political revolution around the world, and a tear-inducing tribute to gay teenagers who have killed themselves.) Madonna's voice, when she sings totally live, is effective and moving, especially on "Masterpiece". She ain't ever gonna sing "Aida", but but she has some chops. Her moves remain a miracle of athleticism, for any age. She looks better than she has on any recent tour, keeping her weight up and appearing utterly joyful. Her enthusiasm was infectious. At one point she declared, "Sometimes it's easier to show your ass than your feelings." Naturally, at that moment, she was showing both! 

Madonna capped off the night by whipping her audience into a frenzy with "I'm a Sinner", "Like a Prayer" (which was so solid, beautiful sung and reverently raw that it was literally a religious experience) and the bouncy "Celebration", in which her handsome young son, Rocco, gave mom some competition in the dancing department. 

If you want Madonna singing the oldies, in the same key, the same outfits, the same mindset, "MDNA" might disappoint. If you want to see a woman still fighting the good fight, trying to entertain, educate and rile up her audience, you're in for a roller-coaster ride, with Madonna herself at the controls. There is only one queen, and that's Madonna, still.

29 August 2012

Madonna kicks off American leg of MDNA Tour

After months touring abroad, Madonna was in a patriotic mood for the opening night of her American leg of MDNA tour Tuesday night.

"In my country, we have freedom of speech, freedom of expression," she told the crowd at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. "Never forget how lucky you are to live where you live." Those freedoms are needed for her MDNA tour, which she rehearsed at Nassau Coliseum throughout May, with its dark, violent opening that gives way to dance party joy, with cheerleader chants and a high-fashion "Vogue," as well as a serious video tribute to young men who died after being bullied.

Before the concert, Madonna released a statement asking that parts of her show not be taken out of context and that they be seen as "the journey of a soul from darkness to light".

Here is Madonna'statement about her tour:

"My show is a journey.
The journey of a soul from darkness to light.
It is part cinematic musical theatre, part spectacle and sometimes intimate performance art.
But above all its a journey from darkness to light, from anger to love, from chaos to order.
It’s true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns – but they are used as metaphors. I do not condone violence or the use of guns. Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case it’s wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.
Ultimately as we follow through the journey of my story, the audience can see quite clearly what I see: that the enemy is within and the only way to survive disappointment, disapproval, judgment, heartbreak, jealousy, envy and hatred is with love – not with revenge – not with guns and not with violence.
In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world, we cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.
We come to understand that there is an innate and pure love inside us all and we have to find a way to tap into it.
And we can’t do it by being victims or placing the blame or pointing the finger at others, but by recognizing that the enemy is within and when we come to terms with it and accept it and struggle to change ourselves, then we can change the world without hurting anyone and we can inspire others to do the same.
When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point.
Sometimes I play both. I enjoy acting out this journey. For none of us are perfect and we all have our own journey of growth to go on.
I know people can relate to it.
It’s very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context.
It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end. I am sure if it is viewed this way, the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, invigorated and will want to make the world a better place.
And this of course was always my intention."


27 August 2012

Oops, she did it again: Madonna notches 43rd No.1 on Dance/Club Play Songs

Source: Billboard.com

Madonna earns her record-extending 43rd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Turn Up the Radio" lifts from No.2 to No.1. 

"Turn Up the Radio" is Madonna's third Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1 from "MDNA", which bowed atop the Billboard 200 the week of April 14. 

"Give Me All Your Luvin'", featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., led the week of March 31, while "Girl Gone Wild" reached No. 1 just three weeks later. "Turn Up the Radio" is headed for radio, too: Interscope Records begins seeking airplay for the song at mainstream top 40 stations on Sept. 25. 

With her 43rd leading title on Dance/Club Play Songs, Madonna pulls further away from runner-up Janet Jackson, who has 19. Beyonce and Rihanna follow with 18 No.1's each, trailed by Kristine W (16) and Mariah Carey (15). Looking forward, with one more No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, the Material Girl would claim even more historic honors. 

Upon her latest coronation, Madonna is now one No.1 away from tying George Strait's record for the most toppers on any single Billboard chart. The King of Country has sat at the Country Songs chart's throne with 44 titles between 1981 and 2009. With one more No.1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, the Queen of Pop would tie Strait for unmatched Billboard chart royalty. Given her multi-format appeal, as opposed to Strait's status as a country-exclusive act (and an unparalleled one, at that), Madonna leads not only Strait but also all artists for the most No.1's on all Billboard charts combined

With "Turn Up the Radio" ruling Dance/Club Play Songs, Madonna logs her record-extending 156th leader on an active, current-based domestic Billboard survey. 

Here's a breakdown of Madonna's No.1 sums on active, current-based U.S. charts: 43 Dance/Club Play Songs; 33 Hot Dance Singles Sales; 15 Hot Singles Sales; 12 Billboard Hot 100; 9 Radio Songs; 9 Music Video Sales; 8 Billboard 200; 7 Dance/Mix Show Airplay; 5 Adult Contemporary; 4 Internet Albums; 3 Digital Albums; 2 Dance/Electronic Albums; 2 Digital Songs; 2 Hot Digital Tracks; 1 Pop Songs; 1 Tastemaker Albums.

For the full list, visit Billboard.com

18 August 2012

Madonna' statement on Pussy Riot conviction




"I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions. Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane. 

I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They've spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free."

Madonna

Russian anti-gay group sues Madonna for $10m for ‘causing moral suffering’

A group of homophobic Russian activists have sued Madonna for $10 million after they claim she insulted their feelings when she spoke out in favour of gay equality during last week’s concert in St Petersburg. 

Hours before her performance, Madonna announced on Facebook that she would be handing out pink wristbands in a sign of support for St Petersburg’s LGBT community. 

Earlier this year, the US singer vowed to defy a ban on LGBT expression, imposed by the city’s lawmakers, describing it as a "ridiculous atrocity". Before the concert police officers were deployed to the venue, as priests vowed to burn pictures of the pop icon following her demonstration on stage in Moscow two nights earlier. 

Alexei Kolotkov, one of the activists who claims that Madonna caused him moral suffering said: "Maybe someone does not see the link but after Madonna’s concert maybe some boy becomes gay, some girl becomes lesbian, fewer children are born as a result and this big country cannot defend its borders – for me it causes moral suffering". 

Darya Dedova another activist told Reuters that money won in the case would be donated to orphanages. They said that Madonna "had been warned with words that she should behave in line with the law and she ignored it. So we will speak in the language of money". "Of course, it is difficult to measure moral damages and suffering but maybe people who earn money regardless of moral rules will better understand this".

During the performance Madonna decided to wear a balaclava – the trademark accessory of the punk band Pussy Riot – she also stripped to reveal a black bra with the words of the band written on her back.

Today three members of Russian feminist punk band were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Each band member has been sentenced to two years in prison, beginning from the day of their arrest.

Source: Pink News

16 August 2012

Everybody hates Madonna

A great article by Little Bastard from Polari Magazine:

Everybody loves to hate Madonna. The media, the public, and (if current news reports are to be believed) the French. But if Madonna is the contemptible creature she is made out to be, exactly how did she become the most famous woman in the world when she operates in a medium where an artist’s popularity is paramount? 

After offending French right-wing politician and leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, by superimposing a Swastika on her forehead in a video backdrop to her performance of ‘Nobody Knows Me’ on her MDNA World tour, Madonna took to the stage of intimate Olympia Club in Paris for a one-off appearance, treating her French fans to a portion of her MDNA tour (with some added surprises). The next day the tabloids and music blogs ran wild with claims that she was booed off stage after just 45 minutes, that her “fans” apparently called her a “slut” and then demanded refunds. Even reputable papers and online magazines took to mud-slinging about the gig, even though, it would seem, none of them was actually there. 

The public’s hatred of Madonna is nearly as old as me. 30 years ago she was a flash in the pan dancer with too much ‘puppy fat’ who couldn’t sing. 20 years ago she was a ‘slut’, critisised for talking frankly about sex in an attempt to do something about the growing AIDS epidemic by (in part) taking her clothes off. That book, Sex (1992), is now considered by some as a crash course in true feminism (whilst for others a crass course), but at the time it had her labeled as a thoroughly unprincipled scarlet woman.

2012 sees Madonna in a very similar position to 1992. After her marriage to Sean Penn ended, which formed the basis of her confessional and critically acclaimed Like A Prayer album, Madonna found herself craving fun and stepped out onto the New York gay club scene. Clubbing had always been a big part of ‘single’ Madonna’s life, and in the early ’90s, when raving was at its height, Madonna’s feet were firmly on the dancefloor, and that seeped through into her music. 20 years on, Madonna again finds herself single, after the demise of her marriage to Guy Richie, and once again her feet have lead her to the dance floor, embracing the “cougar” tag the media has branded her with. From its drug referencing name, to the dark dancefloor of ‘I’m Addicted’ and the murderous ‘Gang Bang’, to the disco glare of current single ‘Turn Up The Radio’, MDNA is one big night out. Taking you through the highs, the lows, the dark, the light – it’s the epitome of a heavy night of clubbing, as your friends get you drunk to help you forget your recent relationship crisis. In the same way Erotica was a concept album about love in an era defined by AIDS (and influenced by the New York gay scene), MDNA takes us on a ride through the eyes of a newly single woman. There’s reckless abandon, there’s resentment, there’s power, there’s control, there’s euphoria and there’s regret.

I’m of the opinion that if an album of this power had been released by a ‘younger model’, it would be considered a break through, but for someone who has been at the head of the industry for half her life, she is treated as if she’s constantly jumping on bandwagons. What critics seem to forget is, in this case, Madonna IS the bandwagon. From ‘Holiday’, ‘Into The Groove’, ‘Express Yourself’, through to ‘Vogue’, ‘Deeper And Deeper’, ‘Ray Of Light’, ‘Music’ and ‘Hung Up’, Madonna has released a catalogue of the most defining dance floor moments of the last three decades, and the quality of MDNA has done nothing to change that. ‘Turn Up The Radio’ is essentially ‘Holiday’ for the iPod generation, just as ‘Music’ was for the CD generation. With that in mind, let us examine the three evils of Madonna that are getting everyone hot under the collar:

Politics. Money. Nudity.

The biggest criticism of both concert goers and press alike over the past few years has been Madonna’s overtly political statmements, whether against the Front National or the American President, or even suggesting which way people should vote. In 2012 the press take umbrage over this, yet in 1990, when she draped herself in an American Flag to take part in MTV’s ‘Rock The Vote’ campaign to encourage young unengaged voters to go to the polling booths, it was apparently ok. The standards are double, and all too obviously so. The press (and the federal government) don’t mind Madonna being political, but only when it’s on their terms. Her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour was full of political statements about feminism and safe sex (including her saying “hey boy don’t be silly, put a rubber on your willy” at performances during ‘Into The Groove’). It’s an artist’s raison d’être to challenge the political landscape and this has always been a part of Madonna’s work. Her shows have become more intensely political. It’s not surprising that when Madonna fills video screens (spanning the entire stage) with images of fascist world leaders and impoverished countries for all to see, it makes her audience (and the tabloid press failing to deliver the same message) uncomfortable. But it’s not her political statements that make me uncomfortable, for I see the value of her using her fame to make people reconsider the material aspects of their lives. It’s charging her audience far above par for the privilege.

You would also would have had to be living under a rock not to have noticed that Madonna has started taking her clothes of again. When she stripped in 1992 her book Sex flew off the shelves. However, in 2012, in a society obsessed with youth, the complaint is that she is too old and should cover up. Even when a woman looks like she is in her 30s, must she really behave like she is in her 60s? This attitude is a brazen sanitising of female sexuality. It’s that double standard again, and so Hollywood continues to churn out rom-coms in which women fall for men that are more than twice their age, promoting the ideal of the ‘silver fox’. Men can be attractive, and appealing, and virile despite having crossed the 5-0 shadow line. Yet Madonna must not wear skimpy shorts or leotards with low cut tops. She must not stand in front of people in her leggings and a bra. And she definitely MUST NOT expose her nipple, because women over 50 are not desirable to anyone.

I’ve seen more brazen sights walking down Brixton’s Electric Avenue on a Saturday night … from people half her age!

Madonna’s point this time is “I’m 5 fucking 4 and I own it!” and I don’t blame her for trying to make 50 sexy. All that said, she is as much as the poison as she is the antidote, and the double standard at work here is hers. The current boundary Madonna is trying to push is our perception of age. And why should a woman in her 50s have to sit back while the world (and all the silver foxes) pass her by? But there’s the rub: in her attempt to challenge the ageism built into our society, she has done everything to keep herself looking as young as possible, rather than ageing gracefully. The plastic surgery and invasive treatments undermine her message. She wants us to accept her as a sexual being in her 50s, but does so by trying to look 30. Her modus operandi is pandering to, and perpetuating, an ageist ideal which is a conflicting message that should invite criticism.

Clearly, I don’t hate Madonna. In fact, I think she’s incredibly talented. I’ll freely admit that she’d be far less without the producers she works with or the controversy she creates – but that’s all part of her artistry. Like David Bowie before her, and Lady Gaga since, she is a true Pop Artist, and her music is as much about politics as it is about having fun. From the day she stepped out as a white girl on the underground New York dance scene singing music that was still associated with black women, to writhing around in a wedding dress at the MTV Music Awards and simulating masturbation live on stage despite the local police warning of her imminent arrest, she has always courted the controversy of politics, sexual or otherwise.

And so why all the virulently negative press? Why do we seem to enjoy hating Madonna so much? Is it because women secretly wish they could look like her at 50 (or even 30 in some cases)? Is it because men shudder at the fact they still want to have sex with a 54 year old woman? Or are we terrified that such a powerful force in the world is not an American President or a Government figure, but a female pop star in her mid-50s? Perhaps that’s what it really boils down to: the patriarchal West is terrified of a woman with that much power.

Madonna’s career spans my entire life, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Yet the world’s press are always quick to trash her. She is not infallible, clearly, but the criticism riots in unacknowledged double standards. The media obsession with putting artists on a pedestal only to push them off again is monotonous. All too often, the criticisms levelled at Madonna reveal the assumptions and prejudices of a press that does little more than reinforce a conservative status quo.

Happy birthday, Madonna!

Happy birthday, Madonna! 

You changed the face of music, and pretty much every artist that has emerged since you broke onto the scene owes you a debt of gratitude for pushing the boundaries of what was possible for a pop star.


11 August 2012

"Turn up the Radio" is Madonna’s 57th Top 10 Billboard Dance Club Hit

Madonna extends her lead as the act with the most top 10's on the Dance Club/Play Songs chart as "Turn Up the Radio" zooms from 19 to 8 in its third chart week - marking the Queen of Pop’s 57th top 10. 

It’s her 28th top 10 in a row - a streak that began with 1999′s "Beautiful Stranger" (No. 1 for two weeks). 

"Turn Up the Radio" bowed at No.39 and then moved to No.19 before sailing to No.8, this week. Further, "Turn Up the Radio"’s swift rise to the top 10 is especially notable. Since 2010, only six songs have jumped into the region in three weeks or less  and three of them are by Madonna

Aside from "Turn Up the Radio", Madonna also sped into the top 10 earlier this year in three weeks time with "Girl Gone Wild" (on April 7) and "Give Me All Your Luvin" (in only two weeks on March 10).

Source: madonnarama

10 August 2012

St. Petersburg lawmaker says Madonna broke anti-gay law

A St. Petersburg municipal legislator said he believes Madonna violated a controversial city law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors at a concert and called for her or the company that organized the concert to be punished. 

At a concert Thursday evening in the northern capital, Madonna called on the audience to raise pink wristbands many were wearing "to show your love and appreciation for the gay community," according to a video posted on the singer's YouTube account. "We want to fight for the right to be free, to be who we are," she said on stage, according to Interfax. "I've traveled the world a lot and seen that people are becoming more and more intolerant, but we can change that." During her performance, Madonna also bared her back to the crowd, revealing the words "No fear", and exposed her buttocks. 

Local deputy Vitaly Milonov said the concert was videotaped and that there were minors present, including 12-year-old children, and that therefore the law prohibiting so-called "homosexual propaganda" among minors had been broken. "Madonna or the organizers need to be brought to justice," Milonov told Interfax. The news agency identified the organizers of the concert as the company Petersburg Music Industry, or PMI. 

"The US pop star wilfully violated city codes on "gay propaganda" when she took to the stage. Madonna and the concert organisers should be fined for her "illegal" statements at an event attended by people as young as 12", he said on Friday. "Witnesses were available to testify against the singer", Milonov added. The St Petersburg city government would not permit "our society to be fed sewer water from the hellish kitchen of the evil empire," he said. 

Milonov authored the anti-gay bill, which drew outrage from human rights organizations in Russia and the West after its passage earlier this year. The law stipulates fines of up to 500,000 rubles ($15,700) for violators.
 

06 August 2012

"Turn Up the Radio" Remix EP out now!

The remixes of "Turn up the Radio", the third single off Madonna’s MDNA album, have been released in iTunes

The tracklist: 

Turn Up the Radio (Offer Nissim Remix) – 7:28 
Turn Up the Radio (Martin Solveig Club Mix) – 5:31 
Turn Up the Radio (R3hab Remix) – 5:41 
Turn Up the Radio (feat. Far East Movement) [vs. Laidback Luke] – 3:23 

The Remix EP is still not available in United States, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Slovenia. I hope it will available in those countries soon.

05 August 2012

Truth or Dare shoe collection already selling out

Madonna’s pop-up shoe boutique in Selfridges has proved an unprecedented success. 

Shoes buying manager Helen Attwood says: "It’s been thrilling to see our customers’ response to this project – the "Truth or Dare collection" has proven to be our most commercially successful footwear pop-up this year so far. It’s one of the most successful celebrity endorsements we’ve ever worked on. We have already had to re-order on almost half the styles we carry. Bestselling styles have been the Panu studded court shoe and the Cedia brogue in black." 

Selfridges launched the "Truth or Dare" collection just over a week ago, with some styles already selling out. The range, which comes in a monochrome colour palette, features all from flat brogues to towering platforms and stiletto boots.