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Two purported 'Erotica'-era Madonna demos make their way online

Erotica may have been the first Madonna LP since her debut not to reach the number one spot on the Billboard albums chart, but in retrospect it’s her strongest album — produced at the peak of her power and provocativeness during the same burst of creativity that yielded the Sex book and tour documentary Truth or Dare and helped elevate her from mere pop star to an era-defining icon. Over the years demos for that album, referred to by superfans as “the Rain tapes,” have made their way online, mostly as snippets, along with a lot of fakes.

Yesterday two full tracks purporting to be Erotica outtakes were posted on Soundcloud: READ FULL STORY

MIA's battle with NFL over Super Bowl finger gets uglier

MIA and the NFL are two acronyms that really don’t seem to fit together.

Two years after the singer showed her middle finger during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the NFL is demanding over $16 million in restitution and damages. Today, M.I.A. tweeted an image of an email document that the NFL has also asked her to sign.

As MIA’s lawyer pointed out, the half time show has featured many more risqué performances in the past, most notably Prince’s giant “penis” guitar in 2007 and Michael Jackson who in 1993 “repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia.”

Also not pilloried by the NFL? The young black girls who danced throughout Madonna’s performance. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer said in a recent interview, according to the NY Daily News.. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position.”

“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America …. Like, is my finger offensive? Or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of powerful corporation d–k shaking.”

“They want me on my knees, to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist, and basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female, but then to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”

Miley Cyrus 'Unplugged': Cyrus twerks on a horse made of people, and 4 other things you missed -- VIDEO

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It’s Miley Cyrus, y’all!

On the singer’s MTV Unplugged concert Wednesday night, Cyrus said she always missed her home in Nashville, so she tried to “bring Nashville back here!” and turn her L.A. taping into a hoedown. (And, yes, she made a joke about being a “ho” “down” so we don’t have to.) But this wasn’t a Billy Ray concert circa 1993; instead, the country theme manifested itself with plenty of “y’alls,” a barn aesthetic, and — of course — a horse made of people.

The 45-minute show asked viewers a simple question: What Miley Cyrus do you want? Do you want the girl who’s got a human horse and brings little people up on stage with her while wearing ridiculous costumes and twerking on everything that moves? Check out videos one and two below, and be outraged/amused to your heart’s content. Or do you prefer the singer stripped down, performing tracks with real vocal power? That version of the singer appeared as well, belting “Wrecking Ball” and some other ballads on a stage free of little people and horses.

Regardless of the Miley you’re looking for, you’ll find it below. Pro tip: The red-and-white checkered outfit is a cheat sheet that the song will be raunchy. The “classier” (?) all-denim ensemble means she’s a serious artist with a ballad about lost love Liam Hemsworth to share with you. READ FULL STORY

Madonna to perform with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Grammys

Call them Madglemore?

OK, you don’t have to, but still: Madonna will be joining Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for a performance of “Same Love” at the Grammys on Sunday, Us Weekly reports.

Word of Madonna’s involvement in the ceremony was first announced yesterday, but there was still speculation as to whom the Grammys would pair her up with. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis certainly makes sense for the pop queen: “Same Love,” one of the young duo’s many hits off The Heist, is nominated for the Best Song award and has earned accolades around the industry for its positive gay-equality message — an issue that’s long been close to the 55-year-old Madonna as well.

Other performers at the show will include Kendrick Lamar; Paul McCartney with Ringo Starr; Taylor Swift; a supergroup consisting of Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham; and many more. The LL Cool J-hosted ceremony will air live at 8 p.m. ET this Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Madonna to perform at the Grammy Awards

It’s official: Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.

A Friday news release from The Recording Academy had no other details about the seven-time Grammy winner’s appearance, however, which has been a rumor for some time.

Also added to the performance lineup are nominees Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong. They will sing a tribute to the late Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers. Juicy J and Trombone Shorty have also been added to the roster.

They’ll join a star-studded lineup that includes most of today’s top pop stars and leading nominees Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards hosted by LL Cool J will air live Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Madonna apologizes for using n-word on Instagram

Madonna has an issued an apology for using the n-word in an Instagram photo of her son. On Friday, the singer posted a photo of 13-year-old Rocco Ritchie boxing with the caption “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn—a.“ When there was an immediate outcry from fans, she replaced the caption with “Ok let me start this again. #get off of my d-ck haters!”

Today she posted a more contrite statement on Instagram and Facebook: “I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur.. I am not a racist. There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention.. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me.” READ FULL STORY

Report: U2 hint at album release date, reportedly undergo management change

Like the spy plane with which they share a moniker, U2 have been almost silent since they wrapped up the (admittedly massive) promotional tour for 2009’s No Line on the HorizonBut they plan on making a little noise in 2014.

According to Billboard, the band is sniffing around a tentative April release date for their still-untitled album that was produced by Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton. They are also reportedly searching for brand partners for an album-related announcement during the Super Bowl.

Fans have already gotten a taste of new U2 music in the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which features a portion of a new song called “Ordinary Love,” which the band wrote specifically for the movie. Check it out below:

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On the scene: Madonna performs at NYC art gallery, covers Elliott Smith and more in NYC

The invitation said “Join us as we set in motion the global platform ArtForFreedom, inspired by Madonna and Steven Klein’s film,” and promised a showing of a video collaboration with BitTorrent and Vice.

But of course, dozens of celebrities and journalists and wet-eyed superfans don’t typically trawl Manhattan’s West Side Highway at 11pm on a Tuesday night in search of a video, no matter how snazzy the branding is.

Below, eight things that happen when one of the most famous women on the planet puts on a surprise performance-art show at a downtown gallery:

1. The entrance to the giant-white-box space is hung with a thick curtain of industrial metal chains, endangering reams of beautiful-people dental work. Beautiful people are immediately soothed with cocktails, served by silent men in gas masks.

2. Sean Penn strides in with security detail, reminding us fondly of this. MC + SP 4eva!

3. Wandering Winkelvii; leathery Lohan.

4. Madonna arrives in a blast of flashbulbs and gives an impassioned, not entirely cohesive speech defending the freedom of artists– including Pussy Riot and Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei – to make art without persecution. She admits that she is “kind of nervous… I think it’s because I care so much about this.” READ FULL STORY

Madonna's new doc: 'You never know what you're going to get,' says director -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Madonna still matters.

That’s the message of Madonna: The MDNA Tour, a documentary that chronicles her top-grossing 2012 worldwide tour. Ostensibly a concert film, The MDNA Tour also sheds light on the impact Madonna has had on a generation of artists, dancers, and general fans who refuse to conform for conformity’s sake.

Director Danny Tull, who’s edited several of Madonna’s recent projects, including W.E., took a close-up look at the icon’s legendary drive, cutting the best moments of 88 different shows into one cohesive documentary. “There was just a mammoth amount of footage to get through and find that perfect shot for her,” says Tull, who literally worked his fingers to the bone in the editing suite for six months. “On ‘Like a Prayer,’ there must be [cuts of concerts from] 50 countries inside that song alone. It was really intense. I think I looked down one day and I was like, ‘Oh, my fingers are about to fall off.’ But it was worth it.'”

By the end, Tull knew the ins and outs of the concert perhaps better than Madonna herself, but she still never ceased to surprise him. “The interesting thing with her is you never know what you’re going to get,” he says. “She always brings something different to the table. Maybe fans had known it before, but I think her Olympian spirit will be reinforced again [with the doc]. It’s just unbelievable, the pace of the show. It’s just non-stop. It’s very difficult to keep up.”

The pace slows down, however, for this very-slightly NSFW exclusive scene, in which Madonna auditions some of the show’s dancers, a talented group that is full of Madge admirers. Madonna still matters — you’d better believe it! READ FULL STORY

Malawi vs. Madonna: Singer stripped of VIP status, accused of making 'poor people dance for her'

The nation of Malawi has expressed itself — and it isn’t too happy with Madonna, who recently capped a weeklong visit to the country where her children David and Mercy (both 8 years old) were born.

When Madge, her four kids, and her entourage first arrived in the African nation on Monday, they were treated as VIPs — given heavy security, the right to breeze past checkpoints, and, presumably, a wide berth from any and all hydrangeas.

By the time they returned to Malawi’s Kamuzu International Airport on Saturday, things had changed. The Telegraph writes that the music icon and her crew saw their VIP status revoked. (According to Global Philanthropy Group president Trevor Neilson, the story is “a complete fabrication.” He told EW via e-mail, “Madonna hasn’t been stripped of any status.”)

“There was a directive that Miss Louise Ciccone… and her children should use the ordinary passenger terminal on their way to their jet,” an airport source told the paper. “Each and every person on her entourage went through the normal security checkpoints…. All their luggage went through security screening which never happened before.” Adding insult to injury, “We told them we can’t open the VIP lounge without authorization.”

According to Malawi’s chief immigration officer, visitors can be afforded VIP treatment only if authorities are notified of their visit in advance; Her Madgesty apparently neglected to follow this protocol.  READ FULL STORY

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