On February 21, 2014, it was reported that Nile Rodgers would like to make new music with Madonna.
“I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.”
“For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.”
Nile and Madonna previously worked together on her Like A Virgin album.
Thank you Matthew Rettenmund for the screen cap of Madonna and Nile together at the 2015 Grammy Awards!
On February 19 2014, Madonna went to see the rehearsals of New York City Ballet’s Les Bosquets.
Les Bosquets was choreographed by Madonna’s longtime friend, JR, and featured Lil Buck, who was a dancer on the MDNA World Tour.
Watch a clip of Les Bosquets here: https://vimeo.com/96113355 (the video cannot be embedded here for some reason).
On February 12 2014, Madonna’s range of skin care products, MDNA Skin, was released in Japan. The premiere took place in Tokyo, and the product was developed in collaboration with MTG Co. Ltd, one of the foremost beauty care product developers in Japan.
On February 11 2014, Madonna personally lead a troupe of select gym-goers through a racy—but not criminally indecent—dancercize routine at the grand opening of Hard Candy Fitness, her new upscale gym in the massive Aura condos at Yonge & Gerrard in downtown Toronto, Canada.
Back in 1990, Toronto cops allegedly threatened to arrest Madge for grabbing her crotch on stage during her Blond Ambition Tour (Madonna refused to capitulate to the “fascist state of Toronto,” and nothing ever came of the threats).
Her attitude toward the city seems to have mellowed since then. While sashaying down the red carpet in fishnets and a black bustier suit from Canadian designers DSquared2, she paused to share her love for the city that snubbed her two decades go. “I think Toronto finally learned to accept me,” she told reporters for the Toronto Star. “I love Toronto.”
On February 6 2014, Like A Virgin producer Nile Rodgers mentioned his collaboration with Madonna during a Google+ Hangout with Billboard:
“I don’t have any unreleased Madonna material because Madonna knew exactly what she wanted her album to be when we did Like a Virgin. The only song that I had any input of bringing into the mix was a cover of Rose Royce’s ballad Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. That was a final last-minute decision.”
On February 5 2014, Madonna introduced Pussy Riot at the Amnesty International’s human rights concert.
It was the first Amnesty International concert for the cause in 16 years, and took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
During her introduction, Madonna thanked Pussy Riot “for making pussy a ‘sayable’ word in my household. Now, my 8-year-olds say it all the time.”
More seriously, Madonna spoke of the death threats she received during the Russian portion of her MDNA World Tour, which took place at the same time as Pussy Riot’s trial.
“Eighty-seven of my fans were arrested for gay behavior — whatever that is,” she said.
The Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, spoke in Russian with aggression and passion. A translator related the women’s speech.
“Freedom is not a given,” she translated. “It is something we have to fight for every day. It is our duty to speak for those who are still behind bars.”
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.