On January 29 2014, Miley Cyrus’ MTV Unplugged concert aired on MTV.
Madonna and Miley teamed up for a Country-Western mash-up of Don’t Tell Me – one of Miley’s favourite Madonna songs – and her own hit, We Can’t Stop.
The performance was recorded on January 28, and was recorded in Los Angeles.
On January 3 2014, it was announced that Hard Candy Fitness, the global luxury fitness brand in partnership with Madonna and New Evolution Ventures, would open a new facility in Toronto on February 11, 2014.
Are you a member of a Hard Candy gym? Any gym?
On December 21 2014, Madonna’s Rebel Heart debuted at #1 in 36 countries around the world with the release of six songs from her forthcoming album. In virtually every country the songs were released, they held six of the ten slots on the Top 10 iTunes chart. In seven of those countries, she had multiple No. 1’s. The single Living For Love debuted at No. 1 in 20 countries. The six songs – Living For Love, Devil Pray, Ghosttown, Unapologetic Bitch, Illuminati and Bitch I’m Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj) were made available for download only when fans pre-ordered the album.
Madonna made this statement regarding the early release of some tracks from the album:
“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
The news of the surprise drop came when Madonna posted a link late on December 19 on Instagram announcing the release of the six songs as, “an early Christmas gift” to those that preordered the album. Fans immediately went to iTunes and drove the songs to #1 around the globe. Instantaneously Rebel Heart exploded on social media with the album topping the Billboard Trending 140 Chart. On Facebook #Madonna was the #1 trending topic.
Rebel Heart will be released on March 10 2015 on Interscope Records. Producers include Madonna, Diplo (Living For Love, Bitch I’m Madonna, Unapologetic Bitch), Kanye West (Illuminati), Billboard (Ghosttown), DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds (Devil Pray). The album was recorded in London, Los Angeles and New York.
On December 17 2014, Madonna responded to the leak of songs from her forthcoming album with this statement to her fans:
“Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world”
On December 3 2014, two photos for Donatella Versace’s 2015 spring/summer collection were revealed. A 12-page spread of photos for the campaign will be released next spring in magazines including Vanity Fair and the American, French and Italian editions of Vogue.
The photos were taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Donatella said of Madonna:
“Madonna says it best herself: She is unapologetic. She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”
On March 17, 2014, Madonna made a statement to ABC News Radio regarding the death of designer L’Wren Scott, who was found dead in her New York City apartment Monday morning of an apparent suicide:
“This is a horrible and tragic loss. I’m so upset. I loved L’Wren’s work and she was always so generous with me.”