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Madonna: Diplo Is a Slave Driver

MadonnaMadonna claims producer Diplo is a "slave driver" in the studio.

The "Hung Up" hitmaker is making music with Katy Perry's rumored boyfriend and admits he pushed her to her limits when the pair teamed up together. Madonna posted a photograph of her on a laptop on her Instagram account, with the caption, "Working with @Diplo got me like................WHAAaaat? [sic]."

She later added a photograph of herself looking tired after a long session working on new ideas and wrote, "Diplo is a slave driver! Got me working all hours of the night in the studio. Had to sneak into the bathroom! #clicclacclicclacbitchgetoffmyback [sic]."

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Madonna “Hates” Her Music

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Pop, New Releases

MadonnaMadonna "hates" her own music.

The 55-year-old singer is tired of hearing her own songs so would never work out to a soundtrack of her own material. "I don't work out to my music - I hate my music! I mean, I'm sick of it. I love my music, but I'm just kind of sick of it. I like to hear other people's music when I work out," she admitted.

The "Hung Up" hitmaker - who has children Lourdes, 17, Rocco, 13, and Mercy and David, both eight - is known for her toned physique but she isn't always happy with her body. Speaking at the opening of her Hard Candy Fitness gym in Toronto, Canada, she said, "I have a love/hate relationship with my body. Some days I'm happy with it and other days... I wasn't born with Gisele Bundchen's body unfortunately, so you got to work for it - but it's OK."

Madonna - who is dating 26-year-old dancer Timor Steffens - also admitted she isn't a fan of "big bulky" guys, but does like them to be in shape: "You need to work out. I'm not into big bulky muscles, but a little more definition would be good. I like a lean, mean, fighting machine!"


Miley Cyrus to Duet with Madonna

Madonna and Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus is set to perform with Madonna.

The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker has roped in the pop veteran to duet with her on her upcoming MTV Unplugged special. The unlikely pair were rehearsing on the Hollywood soundstage yesterday, with the collaboration due to air on Wednesday night.

"The performance will showcase a more intimate side of Cyrus and feature surprise guests for an unexpected re-invention of the songs that have defined her career, including several from her #1 critically acclaimed album, Bangerz. Miley and her fans have always had an intimate and direct connection through her music, personality and no-holds-barred attitude and the Unplugged stage will serve as the perfect platform for her to show viewers what inspires and ignites her music and her passions," MTV commented.

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Madonna to Perform at Grammy Awards

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MadonnaMadonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.

The "Material Girl" singer had kept her inclusion on the star-studded bill for the huge music event on Sunday a secret until this morning.

She accompanied the announcement with a picture on Instagram of her dressed all in black - including leather gloves - and strumming a black guitar. "It's official. I'm off my crutches and looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys," she wrote underneath.

The singer had to be assisted with walking when she bruised a bone in her foot, which she claimed was "from dancing in high heels."


‘Forbes’ Names Madonna Highest-Paid Musician

MadonnaMadonna has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid musicians.

The 55-year-old singer is still the queen of pop according to the magazine, earning $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her sell-out MDMA Tour, miles ahead of her nearest rival Lady Gaga, who raked in $80 million. Rockers Bon Jovi and country singer Toby Keith were next, with Coldplay coming in fifth place.

Despite lackluster sales of her latest album, Madonna made her fortune from fans paying $100 a ticket to see her tour - which grossed $305 million - as well as from merchandise sales, a clothing line, fragrance and investments in companies like Vita Coco. This comes as little surprise, since Madonna had already been crowned the world's highest-earning celebrity by Forbes in August, with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, author E.L. James, radio personality Howard Stern and X Factor boss Simon Cowell rounding out the top five.

However, the magazine estimates Lady Gaga could easily top the highest-paid musicians list next year because her current earnings were affected by her hip injury, which forced her to cut her Born This Way Ball tour short. Had she completed the tour, she could potentially have made $200 million.

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Madonna Wins “Vogue” Lawsuit

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MadonnaMadonna has won a lawsuit over her track "Vogue."

The "Music" singer's 1990 track was subject of a court case brought by VMG Salsoul, who claim producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled two horn hits from the 1983 track "Love Break" by the Salsoul Orchestra, a track which was, in turn, a remix of their 1976 song "Chicago Bus Stop."

VMG Salsoul claimed new technology enabled them to prove the horns were a sample when they filed the lawsuit earlier this year. Further complicating matters, Robert was the person who remixed "Love Break." The judge eventually decided it didn't matter whether the horns were a sample or not, as he ruled in Madonna's favor, saying the average listener would not notice.

"Having listened to the sound recordings of 'Chicago Bus Stop,' 'Love Break,' and 'Vogue,' the court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation. The Court finds that any sampling of the horn hit was de minimis [sic] or trivial," Californian District Judge Beverly O'Connell said in her ruling.

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MIA: I’m Madonna and Johnny Rotten

M.I.A.M.I.A. believes she is a cross between Madonna and Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten.

The "Paper Planes" hitmaker - real name Mathangi Arulpragasam - says as an artist she is like the "Material Girl" singer as she can create all different types of music, but she has a rebellious side like punk rocker Rotten, real name John Lydon.

"People come up to me and say, 'Oh my God it's a thin line, you could either be Madonna or Jonny Rotten' ... I'm both, that's what it is," she said in an interview with UK station BBC Radio 1.

M.I.A. has previously collaborated with Madonna on the track "Give Me All Your Luvin" on her 2012 album MDNA. However, their relationship was soured when M.I.A. caused controversy by flipping her middle finger at a camera their performance at the Super Bowl XLVI NFL half-time show in February 2012, an action Madonna described as "negative" and "out of place."

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Lady Gaga Is No Madonna Copy

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Madonna and Lady GagaLady Gaga is not a "reductive Madonna copy."

The "Applause" singer doesn't care if people accusing her of imitating the elder star - sparked by her 2011 single "Born This Way" bearing similarities to Madonna's "Express Yourself" - because she feels her work stands apart.

"LADY GAGA IS A REDUCTIVE MADONNA COPY! SHE'S OVER NOW! #WriteWhatUWant #SayWhatUWantBoutMe #ImNotSorry," she wrote on Twitter. She then added a link to a 2012 interview in which Madonna described her songs as "reductive," adding, "MADONNA HATES GAGA SHE'S OVER. I don't need anybody's permission to be remembered. I will be. Whether they like it or not."

Gaga, 27, also addressed her past issues with drugs and fluctuating weight in a similar manner: "LADY GAGA IS ON DRUGS. HER CAREER IS OVER! (Been an addict for 10 years) #WriteWhatUWant. My recovery is a daily battle."

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Miley Cyrus Says Her MTV Twerk Was Iconic

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Miley Cyrus at this year's MTV VMAs

Miley Cyrus claims she made history like Madonna and Britney Spears with her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. The "We Can't Stop" singer made a provocative appearance at the event in New York City last month wearing a skin coloured latex bikini and "twerking" up to Robin Thicke while sticking her tongue out and posing suggestively with a foam hand, but despite provoking outrage she claims the performance will go down as a pivotal moment in the event's history.

"I don't pay attention to the negative because I have seen this play out. How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? You know now ... you know what's happened. Madonna's done it, Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, anyone that performs ... That's what you are looking for. You want to make history. Me and Robin, the whole time, said, 'You know you are about to make history right now?'" she said in an interview with MTV.

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Taylor Swift Wins Eight Billboard Awards

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift led the winners at the Billboard Music Awards last night, taking home eight prizes.

The "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who is known for her turbulent love life and relationships with stars including Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer - paid tribute to her loyal fans as she picked up the evening's top honor, the coveted Artist of the Year prize.

"Thank you for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions. You are the longest and best relationship I've had," she said.

As well as Artist of the Year, Taylor also took home honors including Top Female Artist, Top Country Artist, Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album for Red, and Top Country Song for "We Are Never Getting Back Together."

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