Madonna claims the No. 1 ranking on the weekly tally of Hot Tours for the fifth time since the launch of her blockbuster MDNA Tour that has been playing concert venues in Europe and North America since the end of May. Ticket revenue reported during the past week surpasses the $60 million mark from performances that occurred during October and November in 18 U.S. cities. With two-show runs at venues in Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, St. Paul and New York City, the overall attendance count from six weeks of concerts totals 336,386.
With $233 million already logged from 74 shows and a string of stadium performances scheduled in South American cities through December 22, the MDNA Tour is on track to potentially rank among the 10 top-grossing tours of all time. Madonna¹s top-grossing tour so far is Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009) that generated more than $407 million in ticket sales and ranks fourth all-time on the Boxscore tally.
Total Gross: $60,590,435
Show Dates: Oct. 2-Nov. 17
Total Attendance (Capacity): 336,386 (336,386)
US pop star 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.
If you are to attend one of Miami shows, get ready "to dance & sing, to get up and do your thing" as you could make it in the final cut...
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The pop superstar visited one of the areas worst affected by the disaster during her trip to New York this month, and she was inspired to help raise money for relief efforts when she took to the stage at Madison Square Garden on Monday. She bared her butt and ordered fans to throw money onstage, and she also pulled a similar stunt during her Tuesday night concert at the same venue.
Madonna's risque fundraising tactic appears to have paid off, as she collected $60,000 in donations, according to the New York Post's Page Six column. The total came from two nights of onstage donations, as well as contributions from her production team and other associates.
Material Girl accompanies Museum of Art curator Klaus Biesenbach, who's rallied celebs to aid beleaguered community.
Madonna visited the storm-torn area sporting a stylish gorilla-faced hat, adding more star power to the relief effort.
"It's amazing how not a big deal this was. She had one bodyguard, and only a few people around," said Mark Winkel, who was volunteering on Beach 96th St. "It was pretty cool seeing her there."
The shape-shifting singer was accompanied by the Museum of Modern Art and PS1 curator Klaus Biesenbach, who has rallied celebs to publicize the plight of the beach community where he has a home.
"The Rockaways are, at their best, a melting pot between the local community and the creative energies of the city," Biesenbach wrote in a letter to Mayor Bloomberg urging support for the area and signed by the likes of James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marina Abramovic and Lady Gaga.
On Saturday, newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel also lent a hand in Far Rockaway.
Rihanna has revealed that she still regards Madonna as "the queen" of music.
"You know, Madonna is one of those artists who was very self-expressive, she was bold, she was fearless, and all of those were things I looked up to as a young woman," Rihanna said during an interview on Facebook Live.
"I really just wanted to be myself and feel free to express it and not really be afraid of what people think about it. Madonna's still the s**t, and she'll always be Madonna. She's the queen."
Asked by Bravo's Andy Cohen if she would like to work with Madonna, Rihanna replied: "That would be so sick. I would love to. Who knows? Let's put it in the air."
Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic will be released worldwide on November 19.
The MDNA shows on November 28th and 29th in Medellin, Colombia will be filmed and released on DVD. The rumour was circulating the Internet for a while, but now it seems to be confirmed by local Colombian newspaper Periódico de la Alcaldía de Medellin. The scan was posted online by MadonnaUniverse/@MDNA_my_drug.
This will be the second tour recorded in Latin America. The DVD for the Sticky & Sweet Tour was recorded in Buenos Aires in December 2008.
There's currently no news when the DVD would be released.
Madonna's material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982.
Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna.
Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance/Club Play Songs tally at No. 40 with Everybody. Since then, our charts and pop music have never been the same.
Everybody was Madonna's first single for Sire/Warner Bros. and the first of an amazing 60 hits on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart (so far) for the diva.
Here is a look at a few of the entertainer's amazing Billboard chart feats through the years:
A record 156 No. 1s. Given her multi-format appeal, winning support at pop, dance and adult formats, Madonna leads all artists for the most No. 1s on all Billboard charts combined. When her latest single Turn Up the Radio ruled the Sept. 8 Dance/Club Play Songs chart, Madonna logged her record-extending 156th leader on an active, current-based domestic Billboard survey.
A record 43 Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance/Club Play Songs, it's a safe bet to assume it'll go to No. 1. Since 2000, she's placed 26 hits on the survey. Of those, all but five have gone on to lead the list. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. (Janet Jackson is next with 19 No. 1s.) Madonna is on the verge of tying George Strait's record for the most toppers on any single Billboard chart; the country legend has earned 44 No. 1s on Country Songs.
A record 38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. In the 54-year history of Billboard's signature songs chart, Madonna has earned a record 38 top 10 hits. With 34, the Beatles rank second. Madonna first reached the Hot 100's top 10 with 1984's No. 10 hit Borderline, which began her streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989's No. 2-peaking Cherish. She most recently reached the region with 2012's No. 10 hit Give Me All Your Luvin', featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
56 Hot 100 hits. Madonna first dented the Hot 100 almost a year to the day after she made her Dance/Club Play Songs arrival. Holiday was her first Hot 100 hit, partying its way onto the chart on Oct. 29, 1983 at No. 88. It eventually rose to No. 16, the first of 32 straight top 40 hits for Madonna. Among women, only Aretha Franklin (73) has made more Hot 100 visits than Madonna, while Taylor Swift (as of last week) and Dionne Warwick have also tallied 56 entries.
12 Hot 100 No. 1s. Madonna's haul of chart-toppers is the fourth-best all-time. (The Supremes also boast 12 No. 1s). Only the Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson (13) have earned more. Madonna first hit No. 1 with 1984's Like a Virgin, which spent six weeks atop the list (her second-longest reign; only 1995's Take a Bow (seven frames) led longer.) Madonna has also ruled with Crazy for You (1985), Live to Tell, Papa Don't Preach (1986), Open Your Heart, Who's That Girl (1987), Like a Prayer (1989), Vogue (1990), Justify My Love (1991), This Used to Be My Playground (1992) and Music (2000).
20 Billboard 200 top 10 albums. Madonna has rung up 20 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, the second-most among women after Barbra Streisand (32). Among all acts, Madonna and Bob Dylan are tied for the sixth-most top 10s, trailing only the Rolling Stones (36), Frank Sinatra (33), Streisand, the Beatles (30) and Elvis Presley (27). Among Madonna's 20 top 10 sets are eight No. 1s (also second only to Streisand, who's banked nine.) Madonna most recently topped the Billboard 200 with MDNA upon its April 14 debut.
5 Adult Contemporary No. 1s. After arriving as a dance diva, Madonna soon crossed to adult audiences, widening her appeal and helping to ensure that her catalog of hit singles scores daily airplay today. She's led AC with Live to Tell (1986), La Isla Bonita (1987), Cherish (1989), I'll Remember (1994) and Take a Bow (1995).
A No. 1 … even when she's not No. 1. Madonna's songs have found a place atop a Billboard ranking even when she's not singing them. The cast of Fox's "Glee" crowned the May 8, 2010, Billboard 200 with the "Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna" EP. Four of the release's covers reached the Hot 100 - Like a Prayer (No. 27), the Borderline/Open Your Heart mash-up, Like a Virgin, and 4 Minutes - reinforcing that the Queen of Pop's music continues to reign among each new generation.↑ Back to top of page