Lady Gaga is toning down her image for her trip to Israel. The “Poker Face” singer - famed for her provocative outfits and routines - has vowed to be respectful while she is in the Jewish country and can’t wait to see “sacred and holy” Jerusalem. She added her visit to the holy city will be “an emotional and spiritual experience.” However, the 23-year-old blonde - who plans to swim in the Dead Sea - admits she won’t be able to curb all her wild behavior and has confessed she might “get drunk in Jerusalem.”
Lady Gaga, who will perform the last show of her “Fame Ball” tour in Tel Aviv tonight, is not the first star ordered to tone down their image during a visit to a religious country. In October 2007, Beyonce Knowles canceled her concert in Malaysia after she was told to follow the Muslim country’s strict dress code. Gwen Stefani was also told to cover up during her Malaysian concert in August 2007. The flamboyant star wore sober outfits but called it a “major sacrifice”. She put jackets over her tops and leotards underneath her skirts and dresses, to conform to the guidelines during the show. Madonna was warned about her raunchy stage show for her concert in Russia’s St. Petersburg earlier this month.
Madonna wants to take her children to Auschwitz so they can “see how lucky they are”. The “4 Minutes” singer thinks a visit to the famous concentration camp will be “life changing” for Lourdes, 12, Rocco, eight, newly adopted Mercy, four, and David, three. The 50-year-old star, who is a devout follower of Kabbalah, a mystical religion based on Judaism, is expected to make the trip when she takes her “Sticky and Sweet” tour to Poland later this month, and has already asked her staff to organize it.
An insider told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “It won’t be an easy trip, but it is an ultimate life-affirming experience, and one Madonna - because of her strong Kabbalah beliefs - does not want to ignore. She wants her children to appreciate how lucky they are and to learn about mistakes made in the past.” Auschwitz was the largest of Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps built when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1941. It is estimated up to three million Jews and people of other ethnic groups were killed there.
Madonna is also believed to be planning to take the children to see the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. A source said: “The Wailing Wall is a very sacred place for anyone with links to the Jewish faith and she wants the children to see it.” The trip will reportedly happen in September to coincide with Madonna’s final date of her tour in Tel Aviv, Israel.
UPDATE: A second worker has now died as a result of his injuries. Of the eight others injured, one is currently listed as critical and four are considered serious.
An accident at France’s Stade Vélodrome has forced the cancellation of Madonna‘s upcoming concert.
Earlier today, workers in Marseilles constructing a set for the Sticky & Sweet tour. For reasons unknown, the roof collapsed and fell on several workers. Of the seven injured, one was killed while two others were listed in serious condition.
As we mentioned earlier, Madonna was preparing to include a Michael Jackson tribute during her Sticky & Sweet tour. Last night’s concert was held at London’s O2 arena, the same location Michael was scheduled to appear in.
In the cllp above, the singer celebrates the King of Pop with help from a look-alike performer. “Kento, my dancer, was obsessed with Michael all his life. And when Michael was having auditions for his tour, Kento really wanted to go but he’d already made a commitment to me. So now he’s about to have his moment and be Michael at my show,” Madonna said in a pre-show interview.
“I am so terribly sad about Michael Jackson’s death. I don’t know what artist wasn’t inspired by him,” she added.
Jackson’s would have celebrated his next birthday August 29. The Material Girl is only 13 days older than him.
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The 2009 BET Awards isn’t the only place celebrities are paying tribute to the King of Pop.
During their kickoff concert earlier this week, the members of U2 also honored Michael Jackson. In the video above, the band sings snippets of both “Man in the Mirror” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” while in Barcelona.
The singer has been sobbing uncontrollably since she heard the 50-year-old Jackson had passed away yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. She said: “I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.”
Singer Sir Elton John was halfway though his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball when he heard about Michael’s death. He broke the news to his guests - including Liz Hurley, Hugh Grant, Lily Allen and Kelly Osbourne - before dedicating his song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to Michael. Nearly half of his guests left after they found out about the death.
Britney Spears was one of the first to express her grief about the pop icon’s passing. In a statement issued last night, she said: “I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I’m devastated he’s gone!”
Madonna may be 50, but she still has a lot to offer.
Eight years after releasing GHV2, the Queen of Pop is preparing to do it all over once again. Later this year, Madonna will release her third Best Of compilation. (The Immaculate Collection, released in 1990, was her first.) “We’re hoping to have a greatest hits package come out in September,” her rep stated.
The track list for the upcoming CD may be decided in part by fan suggestions. Earlier this week, Guy Oseary (Madonna’s manager) solicited comments via Twitter: “Working on Madonna’s greatest hits album.. any tracks that you think MUST be on?”
Oldies but goodies won’t be the only things included on the disc. Madonna plans on recording a few songs for the compilation as well.
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A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:
- David Archuleta: The American Idol 7 finalist begins a 20-city tour in February.
- Death Cab for Cutie: The group will begin a U.S. tour starting in April.
- Madonna: More overseas stops have been added to the Sticky & Sweet tour.
- Modest Mouse: The band will hit 12 cities beginning next month.
- Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine will all be part of the 27-city festival.
- Bruce Springsteen: The Boss’ Super Bowl appearance will kick off a world tour.
- Taylor Swift: She will headline the Fearless tour beginning this April.
Looking for a way to remember 2008? Well, thanks to DJ Earworm, you can now relive this crazy year in just under 5 minutes.
The clip above incorporates visual and audio snippets from Billboard’s Top 25 songs of the year. (You can see a track listing just after the jump.)
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Clearly the economic woes have not been felt by all.
In 2009, Madonna earned over $280 million in ticket sales worldwide. (That’s enough to pay several divorce settlements.) The success of the Sticky & Sweet tour made the singer the best solo draw of all time. (She beat the previous record set by herself in 2006.) The 50-year-old also became the top concert attraction in North America this year.
Here are the Top Ten North American tours of 2008:
- Madonna ($105 million)
- Celine Dion ($94 million)
- The Eagles ($73.4 million)
- Kenny Chesney ($72.2 million)
- Bon Jovi ($70.4 million)
- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($69.3 million)
- Neil Diamond ($59.8 million)
- Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million)
- The Police ($48 million)
- Tina Turner ($47.7 million)
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