Madonna news - Feb. 2023

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Madonna teases her tour rehearsals

Source: Instagram - 28 February 2023

In the past few days, we saw some pictures in Madonna's stories that seemed to be from the first tour rehearsals. She now has posted a reel that gives a glimpse into the very intense dance rehearsals, and they look very promising!

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Madonna remembers her brother Anthony, who passed away this weekend

Source: Billboard - 27 February 2023

Madonna took to her Instagram Stories on Monday (Feb. 27) to remember her older brother Anthony Ciccone, who died over the weekend at age 66.

"Thank you for blowing my mind as a young girl and introducing me to Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Buddhism, Taoism, Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, Jack Kerouac, Expansive Thinking, Outside the Box," the Queen of Pop wrote alongside a photo of herself sitting at a table with her brother and their group of friends. "You planted many important seeds."

Tribute to Anthony Ciccone

Madonna releases Frozen performance at Madame X Tour

Source: YouTube - 27 February 2023

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ray of Light album and its debut single Frozen, Madonna has released the Frozen performance at her Madame X Tour on her official YouTube channel.

Madonna to release exclusive 'American Life' EP for Record Store Day

Source: - 16 February 2023

Record Store Day announcement! Madonna will this year release 'American Life – Mixshow Mix', an exclusive EP celebrating the album's 20th anniversary and honoring the life and work of Peter Rauhofer, who created unforgettable remixes for Madonna and many other artists for over two decades!

The vinyl-only 8-tracks release will feature 6 brand new edits of Madonna's favorite commercial and promotional remixes from the 'American Life' era (see full track list below). A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to brain cancer research.

Make sure to visit your local indie store on April 22 to get your copy of it! You can also visit for a list of participating stores.

American Life Mixshow Mix

Madonna – American Life Mixshow Mix
01 - American Life (Peter Rauhofer's American Anthem New Edit)*
02 - Hollywood (Deepsky's Home Sweet Home Vocal Edit)
03 - Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal Mix)
04 - Nobody Knows Me (Peter Rauhofer's Private Life Edit)*
05 - Nothing Fails (Peter Rauhofer's Classic House New Edit)*
06 - Mother And Father (Peter Rauhofer's Re-Invention Edit)*
07 - Die Another Day (Thunderpuss Club Edit)*
08 - Easy Ride (Tracy Young's Easy Edit)*
*Previously Unreleased

Madonna 'in talks with fast fashion brand PrettyLittleThing'

Source: Yahoo! Life - 15 February 2023

Madonna has reportedly held talks with PrettyLittleThing about a potential tie-up.

The 64-year-old star could launch her own range or front a campaign for the fast fashion brand, which is typically aimed at women between 16 and 24.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "It’s early days but there have been some discussions about Madonna joining up with PLT, maybe for her own range or to front a campaign.

"It would probably be a huge commercial success - its clothes sell by the bucket-load to young women, and it might well help her appeal to a new generation."

PrettyLittleThing has worked with a host of well-known celebrities in recent years, including the likes of Ashanti and Lil Kim, as well as the British girl group Little Mix.

Madonna introduces Sam Smith and Kim Petras at 2023 Grammy Awards

Source: NME - 6 February 2023

Madonna introduced Kim Petras and Sam Smith for their performance at the 2023 Grammys last night (February 5) with a speech about controversy.

The two artists reunited on stage to deliver a fiery performance of their hit single 'Unholy' at the annual awards show.

Before they took to the stage, Madonna made an appearance, asking the crowd: "Are you ready for a little controversy? Here's what I've learned after four decades in music. If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative or dangerous, you are definitely onto something."

"I'm here to give thanks to all the rebels out there, forging a new path and taking the heat for all of it. All you troublemakers out there need to know that your fearlessness does not go unnoticed. You are seen, you are heard and, most of all, you are appreciated."

She concluded: “So now, speaking of controversy, it gives me great pleasure to introduce two incredibly talented artists who have risen above the noise, the doubt, the critics into something beautifully unholy. Here are two Grammy award winners, Sam Smith and Kim Petras.”

Petras and Smith then took over, with Smith donning red leather and performing with gyrating dancers, while Petras performed from a cage paraded around by dancers with whips as fire sizzled behind them. Watch footage of the moment below.

Earlier in the night, the pair won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, making Petras the first transgender woman to win the accolade. In her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to late DJ and producer SOPHIE, along with Madonna and her mother.

Madonna's six children will have special roles in her Celebration Tour

Source: Radar Online - 6 February 2023

Madonna's "greatest hits" world tour will be a family affair — with all of her six children joining her on the stage and off, has learned.

"LourdesDavidMercyStella, and Estere will join their mom onstage, while her son Rocco will help design the tour," spilled one source — but it will eat into the profits from sales of the $2,583 tickets, with the insider adding Madonna will only make sure her kids get the VIP treatment.

"It's only the best for Madonna and her kids," the source stated. "That's seven VIP suites in each city!"

Madonna with her six kids

The Grammy winner announced The Celebration Tour last month with the help of several celebrity pals who taunted her with a challenge: "I dare you to do a world tour and play your greatest motherf------ hits."

Madonna promised to feature hits from her entire career, all the way from her 1983's self-titled debut album to the 2019's Madame X.

"I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for," the singer shared in January.

A press release said the tour "will take us on Madonna's artistic journey through four decades and pays respect to the city of New York where her career in music began."

Madonna to present at Grammy Awards?

Source: Variety - 5 February 2023

At a time when nothing feels normal anymore, the first "normal" Grammy Week in three years is shaping up to be even more action-packed than the pre-Covid years. Starting Wednesday, nearly every day and night is jam-packed with parties, showcases, brunches, lunches and happy hours like it was 2019 all over again.

Amid all the hubbub, we're still awaiting the full lineup of performers for the Feb. 5 show at Los Angeles' arena, which the Grammys have been announcing unusually late in the game this year — and literally during a game, as was the case when Harry Styles was revealed as a performer in a commercial that aired during the fourth quarter of the Chiefs-Bengals AFC final on Sunday night.

Madonna will present at the ceremony, multiple sources tell Variety. The Queen of Pop recently revealed The Celebration Tour, which will hit 35 cities this summer and promises four decades of mega-hits. Representatives for Madonna and the Recording Academy did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

Continue reading at Variety to see who else is expected to attend or perform at the ceremony.

Madonna at the 1999 Grammy Awards

Is Madonna teasing part of the setlist?

Source: Instagram - 2 February 2023

In one of her Instagram stories, we've seen Madonna writing song titles on a piece of paper. The first paper contains Rescue Me, Like A Prayer, Physical Attraction and Papa Don't Preach, while the second one has Bad Girl, Human Nature, Crazy For You, Lucky Star and Erotica.

It seems rather unlikely that she is already giving away a part of the actual setlist, but it's good to see she is considering some of these classic gems. Usually, she tries several songs during rehearsals before deciding on the final setlist.

The video is set to Candy Shop. In another story, Madonna asks fans which songs they want to hear, while Sorry is playing in the background.

This tour will be a special one!

Madonna writing down potential setlist tracks Madonna writing down potential setlist tracks

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