"I will provide the rest!" That's Madonna's promise from her latest Instagram post informing us about her cosmetic line MDNA Skin expanding to the United States this September and to the rest of the world shortly after. Stay tuned for details, or sign up at www.mdnaskin.us for more information. More related content can be found right in Madonna's own Instagram stories or at www.instagram.com/mdnaskin.
Yesterday night Madonna performed a surprise gig at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in Saint Tropez. The foundation is, according to its website www.leonardodicaprio.org, "dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants, focusing on wildlands and oceans conservation, climate change, and indigenous rights". The setlist consisted of 5 songs.
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Madonna surprised her fans once again, when she uploaded a new short video to her Instagram tonight. It shows her rehearsing Open Your Heart (1986) for a yet unknown performance: "In a thermo nuclear universe somewhere I am trying to break in a new pair of heels."
It's unbelievable! After yesterday's revelation, Patrick Leonard now decided to leak few seconds of his yet unknown collaboration with Madonna online. You can listen to the short instrumental snippet of Angels With Dirty Faces directly on his Instagram.
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As planned, Madonna and president Peter Mutharika opened the Mercy James Centre For Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care in Blantyre, Malawi today. Madonna's children Rocco, David, Mercy, Stelle and Estere participated in the ceremony with their mother. Peter Mutharika wrote this lovely comment on his Twitter: "You started by adopting 4 children from Malawi & now we adopt you as a daughter of #Malawi!" You can view a short clip made by the Reuters agency on YouTube. More videos are available on Facebook.
The Amazon website www.amazon.com updated its catalogue with a cover art of the Rebel Heart Tour blu-ray + CD combo. It's not designed by Aldo Diaz anymore. His promotional work caused a lot of protests on various fansites and social media. Moreover, the double CD full album is now available too. Just click here.
The tracklist of the 14-trk. CD attached to the DVD or blu-ray goes as following:
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Madonna fans with an Instagram account may have noticed, that Patrick Leonard, songwritter, musician and produced, who collaborated with Madonna on many many of her hits, just like Live To Tell, Like A Prayer or Frozen to name few, has shared some very interesting info about his collaboration with the queen of pop in the last couple of weeks and months. Probably one of the most interesting posts on his official account is a picture of a demo tape for the Like A Prayer album including alernate song titles and some unreleased stuff like Angels With Dirty Faces too. Bossa Nova, 20's Jazz (I'm Breathless was coming) and Mid Tempo are just instrumental tracks with no vocals. You can view this rare material by yourself or just browse the pictures added to the Like A Prayer album section.
"I just listened through it all. Too much there to even begin to tell about. Will tell you that "Angels" (this all came flooding back the second I heard it) is a song called Angels With Dirty Faces that M and I wrote for the album and ultimately must have decided wasn't good enough. Having said that, it's a finished song with her vocal that no one has ever heard and it's pretty damn good. Wish I could post it. Obviously I can't..."
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The American Amazon www.amazon.com starts to listen first two physical formats of the forthcoming The Rebel Heart Tour release planned for September 15th. For now blu-ray + CD (here) and DVD + CD (here) are listed. No cover art has been confirmed for now.
Taken from www.billboard.com: Madonna says the children's wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years completed its first surgery last week and will officially open July 11.
The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, had a soft opening and is the first of its kind in Malawi. It was built in collaboration with the Malawian Ministry of Health.
"When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help, and on my first visit to Malawi, I made a commitment that I would do just that," Madonna said in a statement to The Associated Press. "I'd like to thank everyone who has joined me on this unbelievable journey. What started out as a dream for Malawi and her children has become a reality, and we couldn't have done it without your support," she added.
Madonna adopted four children, David Banda, Mercy James, Stelle and Estere from Malawi. The children's wing was named after 11-year-old Mercy. The pop star's charity, Raising Malawi, has built schools in Malawi and has funded the new pediatric unit, which began construction in 2015. Madonna, 58, visited the site last year.
The children's unit includes three operating rooms dedicated to children's surgery, a day clinic and a 45-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care. It also includes a playroom, an outdoor play structure and inspirational murals curated by Madonna and other artists.
Sarah Ezzy, executive director of Raising Malawi, said the charity has been working with Queen Elizabeth hospital since 2008, helping the hospital's chief of pediatric surgery, Dr. Eric Borgstein, develop a training program. "Pediatric intensive care is not something that has formally existed in Malawi. There hasn't been any training on it. It's not part of the curriculum in nursing school (or) medical school. People had to leave the country to train. Now people don't have to leave the country to train," Ezzy said in an interview. "This facility is attached to the college of medicine and nursing so it will be a learning, teaching hospital."
Trevor Neilson, who works at Charity Network and has been advising Madonna's philanthropic efforts for the last six years, said "only someone like Madonna could do this. If you weren't Madonna, you would have given up a long time ago."
"Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives, will be saved by the hospital in the course of it operating," added Neilson, who has worked on charity projects with Bill Gates, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Bono and others.
Madonna founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi's orphans and vulnerable children. "Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined. It's important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together as humans we have the power to change the world for the better," Madonna said.
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Madonna is celebrating reaching another goal in the south east Africa state Malawi and want you to get involved in the historical event with her. The Mercy James Centre For Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open on July 11th! Raising Malawi have just released limited edition t-shirts with all net proceeds going to the hospital. You can choose between simple logos or paitings by Rene Makela, one of the artists behind the splendid mural paintings created for the Mercy James Centre. You can view and buy them all here. Moreover an official Facebook event has been created, where all additional information and pictures will be shared. Stay tuned!