Today in Madonna History: August 14, 2012

On August 14 2012, Madonna appeared on the cover of Russian Hello magazine.

Today in Madonna History: August 9, 2012

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On August 9 2012, Madonna spoke out for gay rights at an MDNA concert in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s home town, where  a law was adopted to curb homosexual “propaganda.”

Performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience – most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door – to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community”.

“We want to fight for the right to be free,” she said.

Today in Madonna History: August 3, 2012

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On August 3 2012, Madonna’s Turn Up The Radio was released as the third single from the MDNA album in the United Kingdom.

The examiner reviewed the single and noted:

Turn Up the Radio should have been the first single, not the third. The song is light, fun and has a killer hook.

In a world where ageism doesn’t exist, Turn Up the Radio would become one of the biggest pop anthems ever. It certainly competes with Madonna’s other classic songs such as Vogue, Holiday, and Into the Groove. However, we live in a world where a new song from a singer over 40 (particular a female singer) is not welcome at contemporary radio.

Today in Madonna History: July 26, 2012

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On July 26 2012, Madonna performed at the historic Olympia music hall in Paris, France.

The one-off mini show – performed during her MDNA Tour but not part of the tour proper – featured a selection of performances from the standard set list, plus two additional songs: a Beautiful Killer/Die Another Day mash-up (with choreography adapted from the tour performance of Revolver) and a cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s Je t’aime…moi non plus. A live webcast of the show streamed on YouTube.

The show was not without controversy, although the exact nature of the controversy depends on who you believe. According to some, a small group of hecklers in attendance decided to cause a commotion after the show had ended, booing and throwing bottles on the stage. Others suggested there may have been political motivations behind the heckling due to Madonna’s opposition to the platform of National Front party leader Marine Le Pen. Much of the local media claimed that some fans were upset over the short length of the show (45 minutes), as it had not been explicitly promoted as a mini concert, despite the fact that it was likely the lengthiest of any club show Madonna had performed at the time.

Madonna responded to the kerfuffle with the following statement:

Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was a real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them. Unfortunately at the end of the show – after I left the stage – a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again.”

Set list:

  • Turn Up The Radio
  • Open Your Heart
  • Masterpiece
  • Justify My Love (interlude)
  • Vogue
  • Candy Shop
  • Human Nature
  • Beautiful Killer (featuring elements from Die Another Day)
  • Je t’aime…moi non plus

Today in Madonna History: July 10, 2012

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On July 10 2012, Madonna’s MDNA World Tour stopped in Cologne, Germany. Madonna performed in front of a SOLD OUT crowd (14,489 fans) at the Lanxess Arena.

Check out the fantastic photos above, from the live performance of Revolver.

Today in Madonna History: June 19, 2012

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On June 18 and 19 2012, Madonna was in Florence, Italy, shooting the music video for Turn Up the Radio.  The video was directed by Tom Munro.  Tom had previously directed Madonna’s music video for Give It 2 Me in 2008.   

The video was released on July 16, 2012.

Today in Madonna History: May 3, 2012

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On May 3 2012, the May 9th issue of Vanity Fair Italy started to hit newsstands.

The issue included an 8-page article and featured photos taken during the making of the Truth or Dare fragrance campaign.

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