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Medellíam
post Apr 29 2019, 01:43 AM
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We're a couple of days away from the Billboard Music Awards where Madonna and Maluma will perform 'Medellín'. Madonna has been teasing on instagram and, if The Sun is anything to go by, we're in for a really ambitious performance!
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post Apr 29 2019, 01:43 AM
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The Sun:
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MADGE-IC Madonna’s secret performance at Billboard Music Awards will see her sing with holograms
The queen of pop, 60, will use cutting edge technology in a bid to set the showbiz world on fire

SHE’S the Queen of Reinvention – but this latest image overhaul is ambitious even by Madonna’s standards.

I’ve learned that the singing superstar is secretly planning a ground-breaking performance at this week’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

She will surround herself with cutting-edge technology to raise the bar on what a stage show can look like, in a bid to set the showbiz world on fire ahead of her new album, Madame X.

Sources say Madonna has been working on an incredible combination of holographic images and green screen CGI for the stage show, alongside the usual array of props and dancers,

This will place her in a computer-generated virtual reality world — which organisers say has never been tried in a show? before — and will bring fans at the venue and at home into the middle of the performance.

The ambitious plans are part of her latest bid to modernise following the release of comeback single Medellin, a reggaeton-inspired collaboration with Colombian musician Maluma. He is also set to feature on the night.

Although the six-and-a-half minute showpiece is being kept heavily under wraps, one insider told me:

“It’s one of the most ambitious performances ever attempted on live TV, and obviously a lot could go wrong.

“It will require perfect timing and positioning to make sure that she interacts properly with the computer-generated visuals, otherwise it won’t work at all.

“She’s just got to Vegas and has rehearsals at the MGM Grand to make sure it’s sensational and makes the splash she’s hoping for.”

If she pulls it off, it will certainly be one in the eye for those who reckon the icon is past it — Madonna fans have slammed Radio 1 as ageist for failing to include her new ultra-contemporary track Medellin on its playlist.

But this latest stunt shows she has no intention of fading into the background.

The source added: “She wants to make sure her performance is the big talking point of the night and nothing short of brilliant.”

After she went tumbling down the stairs during her performance at the Brits in 2015, you could easily forgive Madonna for wanting to wind things down a bit by going for something simple and straightforward to avoid any chance of a mishap. Then again, there’s more chance of finding Lord Lucan.

This sounds so exciting but I'm incredibly nervous at the same time! Hope everything goes to plan, I can see her really smashing it!
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post Apr 29 2019, 11:04 AM
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How do we watch in the UK?
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post Apr 29 2019, 09:06 PM
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You'll be able to watch it live from here: http://123tvnow.com/watch/nbc/

Reports today are saying Madonna's spending $5m on this performance! ohmy.gif
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post Apr 29 2019, 09:13 PM
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Can't wait! So intrigued...
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post Apr 30 2019, 06:40 AM
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Apparently it is live on YouTube .
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post May 1 2019, 07:32 PM
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Pictures from rehearsals:







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post May 1 2019, 07:32 PM
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LOVE that last photo! wub.gif
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post May 1 2019, 07:39 PM
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Such adorable photos!

> she spends the entire performance licking his foot ~
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post May 1 2019, 09:29 PM
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She’s looking a lot more natural lately (I mean facially) thank the lord!
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post May 1 2019, 10:00 PM
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post May 2 2019, 01:54 AM
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Wow what a performance! Loved the holograms, great chemistry between Madonna and Maluma and it was lovely just seeing Madonna having fun on stage. I caught a few other performances and it's clear that not many can work the stage and put on a show that's charismatic and exciting like Madonna!
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post May 2 2019, 06:33 AM
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Video unavailable sad.gif I need to watch!
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post May 2 2019, 07:15 AM
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It is on her VEVO channel.
The performance was amazing . I am going to work buzzing.

I’m a techno phobe no idea how to paste it myself .
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post May 2 2019, 07:57 AM
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Thank God it's on her VEVO - last chance to get a Billboard Hot 100 placing!
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post May 2 2019, 07:58 AM
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Doesn't seem to made any impact on the USA chart.
Kelly Clarksons performance shot her into the top 5, yet Madonna is still only top 70. Surprised
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post May 2 2019, 08:10 AM
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QUOTE(Mullo @ May 2 2019, 08:58 AM) *
Doesn't seem to made any impact on the USA chart.
Kelly Clarksons performance shot her into the top 5, yet Madonna is still only top 70. Surprised

Jumped from outside the Top 100 though and it's not long aired in a lot of places in the US. Let's see how it progresses during the day.
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post May 2 2019, 09:05 AM
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"At the American Billboard Awards...where I...will be honoured...for nothing...as usual". laugh.gif



Lots of praise for the performance by fans and critics!

Rated the second best performance by Billboard:
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Madonna and Maluma began their memorable performance of their new collab alongside several hologrammed versions of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer before joining a mock-cafe full of backup dancers, and taking center stage for a little tango of their own, Madonna teasing her co-star with a dominatrix flogger, and him removing her garter belt. Later, Maluma spanked his collaborator as she lifted up her dress, and the whole thing ended with a conga line and cha-cha. Time will tell if it ends up being one for the all-time highlight reel, but 35 years after "Like a Virgin" at the VMAs, it's good to see that the pop legend certainly hasn't lost her ability to surprise and delight.
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The Most Madonna Moment: Madonna apparently decided that the best back up dancers she could find were holograms of herself. The eye-patch wearing icon hit the stage with Maluma to perform their new track, “Medellin,” accompanied by hologram back-up dancers that looked just like Madonna, but in different costumes, appearing on stage, and then disappearing into thin air. It’s a tribute to how advanced the hologram technology has become that when watching from the couch it was difficult to tell who was a real person and who was a hologram until they disintegrated like a post-stake vampire. The technological marvel was only topped by the fact that at one point, the Pirates of the Caribbean-looking extras cleared the stage long enough for Maluma to spank Madonna. There’s no doubt that the Material Girl still knows how to put on a memorable show.
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post May 2 2019, 12:35 PM
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Any ride on the charts ?
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post May 2 2019, 01:36 PM
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QUOTE(vibe @ May 2 2019, 01:35 PM) *
Any ride on the charts ?

iTunes positions in American markets pre-performance:

#37 Mexico
#84 Brazil
#161 Canada
#237 United States

And current placings:

#20 Mexico
#21 Brazil
#41 Canada
#55 United States
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