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Madonna laments the loss of Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse: 'How did it happen?'

Madonna opened up to UK’s The Sun recently about her “shocking sense of disbelief” following the sudden passings of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.

“It had not been a secret,” she said, “the struggles Amy had been through — both brilliant, brilliant artists and obviously both huge losses,” she said. “But when these things happen, I’m always shocked by the first thing you say, ‘It’s such a loss,’ which doesn’t quite cover it. Then you reflect and you think, ‘How did it happen? How did the people around them allow it to happen?’”

Winehouse and Madonna never really went toe-to-toe on the charts, but the Material Girl watched her star rise around the same time Houston was laying the groundwork for her own superstardom.

“I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, ‘Oh my God. She’s such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.’ I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence,” she said. “I was struck by that — how well she started and where she ended up, and the tragedy of it.”

What do you think about Madonna’s comments? Are you surprised that she envied Houston?

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Madonna teases ‘Girl Gone Wild’ video: Watch it here
‘Glee’ scoop: Whitney Houston tribute episode in production
Snippet of new Madonna track ‘Gang Bang’ leaks: Hear it here


Madonna teases 'Girl Gone Wild' video: Watch it here

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Entering the phrase “Girl Gone Wild video” into Google is a precarious business, and we can only imagine the things you’ve seen on your way here. So we commend you, good reader, for finding this Madonna teaser video relatively unscathed!

And if you in fact were not looking for a preview clip of a new song from Madge’s forthcoming MDNA, then, um… perhaps you’ll be interested in seeing grainy black-and-white footage of a 53-year-old sex symbol wearing latex and chains, smoking cigarettes, and wedging herself into a throng of shirtless gay boys?

Hey, don’t knock it until you try it:

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Snippet of new Madonna track 'Gang Bang' leaks: Hear it here

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Sooner or later, we might have enough leaked Madonna snippets to patch together MDNA ourselves.

The internet’s already been given healthy portions of new songs like “Love Spent” and “I’m Addicted,” not to mention the entirety of tracks like “Girl Gone Wild” and, of course, her Super Bowl banger “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”

But the internet wants more, and since the internet tends to get what it wants, today brings the latest outrageously titled preview: “Gang Bang.”

The clip features a dark, thick club bounce and Madge teasingly singing “Bang bang / Shot you dead / Shot my lover in the head.” We’re not sure where the gang affiliation comes in, but maybe that’ll explain itself when we hear the full song.

Until then, give “Gang Bang” a shot with the video below:

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Madonna vs. Joe Francis on 'Girl Gone Wild' -- title fight?

Yesterday, Madonna unleashed the lyric video for “Girl Gone Wild,” the latest single from her forthcoming  MDNA.

And there is a boy, apparently, who is not so wild about it: Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis says he threatened legal action if the single was released with its original plural title.

He appears to have been satisfied, though it’s unclear how thoroughly. In a statement, Francis said that the shift from “Girls” to “Girl” was “an immediate solution for [Madonna’s label Interscope] to thwart any injunctive relief.”

“Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song,” he continues. “But this is still infringement as far as the law is concerned and we have been in touch with Madonna’s representatives in an effort to resolve this issue.”

However, according to longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary, Francis is shoveling bull. READ FULL STORY

Madonna releases lyric video for new song 'Girl Gone Wild': Watch it here

The release date on Madonna’s twelfth — twelfth! — studio album, MDNA, is still a good four weeks away (damn you, Leap Day!), leaving us to wonder what we’re supposed to do with ourselves in the meantime.

The options are slim, and in a fit of gloomy desperation, we were thisclose to pressing play on some new Eve 6 single — until Madge finally came through at the last second. Whew.

The lyric video for her new song”Girl Gone Wild” gives us another taste of what we’re to expect from MDNA. Compared to the album’s first single “Give Me All Your Luvin,'” this track is less Gwen Stefani-at-a-pep-rally and more Cyndi Lauper-at-Le-Bain, with lyrics like “Girls, they just wanna have some fun” and “The room is spinning / It must be the Tanqueray / I’m about to go astray / My inhibition’s gone away.”

Check it out in the video below:

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'We Are Young' band fun. leap to No. 3 on the Hot 100, Whitney Houston re-enters at No. 7

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In early December, EW’s own Tim Stack predicted that New York rock trio fun. was about to have a major moment, thanks to a special episode-ending performance on Glee of their relatively unknown song “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae.

And our psychic friend was right! The song instantly topped the iTunes chart and bubbled around in the lower half of the Hot 100 for a few weeks. But few prognosticators could have predicted that the band would have a week like this.

In the first full frame since the Super Bowl, during which Chevrolet premiered a well-received Sonic commercial (watch it below) that prominently uses “We Are Young,” the song jumped from No. 41 all the way to No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. The youth anthem led the digital sales chart with 296,000 downloads (a 338 percent increase) — the best week-long tally of any song this year.

Between this and Kelly Clarkson’s Camry ad boost, it seems like car commercials are the new secret to Hot 100 domination: READ FULL STORY

Man who stalked Madonna escapes from institution, police on manhunt

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Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was convicted of threatening to kill Madonna and walked away from a Los Angeles-area mental hospital last week.

Los Angeles police say Robert Dewey Hoskins left the state hospital Friday. He had been committed there last year.

Hoskins, 54, is “highly psychotic” and can be extremely violent and should not be approached by members of the public, police said in a news release Thursday. They urged anyone who sees him to call authorities immediately.

Hoskins served a 10-year prison sentence for stalking and threatening Madonna after being convicted by a jury in 1996. The singer reluctantly testified against the man, who was shot by her personal security after he jumped the fence of her Hollywood Hills home.

Court records show he was convicted of vandalism in July 2011.

Police say they have searched areas where Hoskins may try to go, including the city of Long Beach south of Los Angeles, but they have been unable to find him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Charles Dempsey at (213) 996 1300.

Kelly Clarkson covers Madonna's 'Crazy for You' in concert: Watch here!

Everyone’s getting in on the latest frenzy around Madonna — even Kelly Clarkson.

The night before Clarkson performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl where Her Madgesty performed the halftime show, American Idol‘s original winner  got into the spirit of the weekend and performed a lovely, lilting, guitar-riffing cover of Madonna’s No. 1 hit from 1984, “Crazy for You.”

It was actually a fan request: Before each tour date, Clarkson has been soliciting her concertgoers for songs that she should cover. On this particular Saturday night stop in Bossier City, La., Clarkson did a cover of her own choice first — Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” — before segueing into “Crazy for You.” (It’s all fitting, considering how Clarkson got into the business, right?)

Rather delightfully, she put her connection to the song into context for us. “This is like a couples-skate song!” Clarkson says in the middle of “Crazy for You.” At the end of her performance, she explained, “You know how when you hear a song and it brings you to a moment?” she says. “I was totally at the skating rink thinking of Michael Webb — whatever! So…anyway, I hated junior high and high school. I was that kid that never fit in. Wat wat!” Awwww.

Clarkson has recently covered such favorites as Heart’s “What About Love” and Coldplay’s “Fix You” in concert, but for now, enjoy her take on classic Madge:

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Madonna announces 2012 world tour: What do you want to see?

On the heels of her halftime performance at the most watched Super Bowl (and, indeed, TV program) of all time, Madonna has announced a tour that will cover five continents — including, yes, her own.

Her Madgesty’s first foray on the road since 2008’s Sticky & Sweet tour will begin May 29 in Tel Aviv, and the European leg will finish on Aug. 21 in Nice, France, with North American dates (including a final stop in Miami) yet to be announced UPDATE: Find the stops, beginning Aug. 28 in Philadelphia, here.

After Sunday’s Gladiator-cum-varsity-pep-squad-cum-choir-loft monstrosity (unlike EW critic Ken Tucker, I was not bowled over), we’re left to do wonder: What will Madonna pull out this time? Below, some ideas — good, bad, and otherwise — for the tour. READ FULL STORY

Who's afraid of M.I.A.'s middle finger? Thoughts on a Super Bowl 'scandal'

Hey, remember Nicki Minaj’s performance with Madonna at the Super Bowl last night? It was pretty good — great, even.

Of course, no one wants to talk about that, thanks to M.I.A. So congrats, Maya! And since she wants us to, let’s talk about it.

M.I.A.’s decision to flip the bird during her short time in the Super Bowl spotlight was a lot of things. It was juvenile, and maybe even bratty. It was a lazy bit of shock imagery from the woman who gave the Grammys a very pregnant, very awesome, middle-finger-free performance back in 2009. And it was, according to some sources, “a case of adrenaline.”

It was also the game’s biggest fumble: The singer was riding a steady stream of positive buzz from both her performance in the “Gimme All Your Luvin'” video and her own “Bad Girls” video, which was released the same day and is, at least to this viewer, a better, more inventive clip.

M.I.A. has already proven to us that she can put on an engrossing show without resorting to cheap tricks.

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