On May 30 2012, Madonna.com revealed the cover art for Madonna’s MDNA Tour book, which was designed by Giovanni Bianco.
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On May 5 2012, Madonna expressed her condolences for the death of Adam Yauch:
“The Beastie Boys were one of a kind! And so was Adam! They were all an important part of my musical history and integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time. I’m very sad to hear about Adam’s passing. God bless him and his family”
Adam “MCA” died of parotid gland cancer at the age of 47.
The Beastie Boys were the opening act, supporting Madonna, during her 1985 Virgin Tour.
On April 19 2012, Madonna spoke about Dick Clark’s passing (April 18 2012):
“Even though I told him in 1984 that I wanted to rule the world, it’s Dick Clark who ruled the world. He loved what he did and his energy and enthusiasm were boundless. A great man. I bow to his memory and everything he did with his life.”
On March 13 2012, Interscope released a preview of Madonna’s Superstar from her forthcoming MDNA album.
Superstar was written and produced by Madonna, Hardy “Indigo” Muanza and Michael Malih.
During the recording session, Madonna asked her daughter Lourdes if she would sing on the song and agreed. Madonna had this to say about Lourdes’ voice:
She has a very good voice. She’s quite shy about it and won’t admit it. Lots of people are knocking on my door to meet her about everything, movies, what-not. But she’s not really interested in any of it. She just wants to go to school. She says to me, ‘Mum, I just want to be a normal kid. I’m not ready for any of that.’ I respect that, and if she ever wants to work with me on any level, I welcome it. But otherwise, I leave her to homework and school.
On December 3 2012, Superstar was issued as a special edition free CD for the Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S. Paulo.
On February 27 2012, the tickets for Madonna’s MDNA Tour stop in Abu Dhabi (June 3) went on sale and all 22,000 tickets for her first-ever United Arab Emirates show were sold-out immediately.
“The moment you’ve all been waiting for, here’s your chance to witness the concert of the decade as Madonna, the world’s top-selling female recording artist, makes her appearance on our shores,” announced the Flash Entertainment website, before replacing the picture on their site with a sold-out banner.
Mira Sadek from Flash entertainment said: “We are proud and delighted that the UAE will host Madonna’s first concert in the Gulf region. We were surprised with the speed at which the tickets were sold out, although we were expecting such a huge fan base.”