During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Efron says he is a huge UFC fan, and of McGregor. He found himself sitting next to Madonna at the McGregor-Alvarez fight.
She was calling out things about the fight [and] having the time of her life out there.
Madonna adopts two orphaned twin sisters aged 4½ from Malawi. The father and uncle of the girls are witnesses to the adoption. Malawi judiciary spokesperson:
Their mother died a week after she delivered the babies in August 2012. After their mother died, the children were looked after by their grandmother, who could not fully provide for them, so they were taken into an orphanage. [Madonna] exuded happiness. She smiled while she was making her way out of the courtroom, and then she drove away with her new daughters. She has been involved in so many projects and is currently helping to expand the children’s ward at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. So Madonna has been coming to Malawi frequently. So it is not unusual to people in Malawi at all. They know Madonna very well in terms of the high-profile work she has done for the community.
Madonna celebrates her 58th birthday in Havana, dancing to Cuban beats during a night on the town and drawing crowds as she tours the city.
Madonna announces that Elba will be the opening act for the Berlin stop on her Rebel Heart tour.
Madonna says says she still has things to talk about and compares herself to Picasso.
I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that’s how I feel…I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have any more to say.
Madonna appears on the cover of May 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan. She talks about longevity in her career and ageism.
Don’t be fooled, not much has changed — certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people. Since I started, I’ve had people giving me a hard time because they didn’t think you could be sexual or have sexuality or sensuality in your work and be intelligent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.
Drake performs and closes at Coachella in his first performance as headliner of the three day festival. At 10:40, he opens his set with a monologue, while he smokes and drinks onstage. Madonna also makes an appearance, as she walks over and kisses him on the mouth. For more than an hour, he performs some of his biggest hits on the main stage. Drake ends the show:
I had a good time tonight.
The singer performs Holiday with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, on The Tonight Show, using classroom instruments.
Jay-Z launches his streaming music service TIDAL at an industry event, #TIDALforall at Skylight in Moynihan Station in New York City. He announces his partnership with 16 other artists, including Beyonce, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Butler and Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jack Wright, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Nikki Minaj, Coldplay and Calvin Harris, who formally sign a declaration of partnership. Tidal is the first service to offer ad-free music, video and editorial content owned by the stars who actually create it. The high quality sound service is available across iOS and Android devices, as well as in Web browsers and desktop players, in the U.S. and 30 other countries. Tidal Premium is $9.99, and Tidal Hifi is $19.99. Alicia Keys:
We come to you with one voice in unity. The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!
Rebel Heart opens at No. 1 in the Top Album Sales Chart (which does not include streaming) in the United States, selling 116,000 copies. The album is at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, which includes streaming, behind the soundtrack from the FOX TV show, Empire (130,000 units over 121,000).
Madonna performs Living For Love during the Brit Awards. A malfunction with Madonna’s costume cape causes her to fall down a flight of stairs at the beginning of the performance.
While performing a Matador-inspired performance of Living For Love at the Brit Awards, the singer is pulled backwards off a staircase, after struggling to remove her cape. The crowd gasps as she falls backwards down three steps onto her back. Later she says:
my beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine!”
BBC Radio 1 denies claims from fans that Madonna’s music is being omitted from the station’s playlists due to her age.
Radio 1 does not ban anyone—please don’t believe the papers. The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist’s age is never a factor. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks —FourFiveSeconds and Only One—on the Radio 1 playlist.
Modonna performs Living For Love during the Grammy Awards show promoting her album Rebel Heart.
Madonna replaces Gaga as the face of Versace’s Spring 2015 campaign. Donatella Versace:
Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace. I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015.
Madonna poses topless at the age of 56 for Interview magazine in a shot by fashion photographers Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas. Interview‘s preamble to the story:
And perhaps Madonna the Icon is herself her own greatest work of art – something so vastly influential as to be unfathomable, knitting together all of us for whom she has provided the soundtracks, all of the sensibilities she has informed, rattled, challenged, provoked, and then re-imagined again, all of the notions of beauty, of an artist, of a performer that she has shaped, reshaped, and upset yet again.
Madonna appears on the cover of the December issue of Interview magazine. Madonna discusses her death obsession with magician David Blaine, who conducts the interview for the magazine.
I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life. And death was a big part of my life growing up. I went to lots of funerals.
Madonna breaks up with her boyfriend Steffens in the middle of their European vacation on her son Rocco’s 11th birthday. Source:
Madonna politely asked Timor to take his luggage and leave. He packed up and left the trip and said they were done.
Perry and Madonna appear on the cover of the Summer 2014 issue of V magazine. They both talk about provocative showmanship, the V magazine shoot, and going on tour. Madonna:
I would always say, ‘Dad, I’m an artist, I have to express myself. You don’t understand.’ I think he’s finally come to terms with it. It’s only taken 30 years. He’s like, Do you have to simulate masturbation on the bed? Do you have to? Yes, Dad, I do.
Madonna announces that she is making music with EDM star Avicii. Madonna’s affinity for Avicii is well known. There’s been no word on what exactly the pair is working on, or whether the sessions are intended for a future Avicii release or Madonna’s next album.
Miley Cyrus and Madonna perform musical mash up of Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop and Madonna’s Don’t Tell Me during MTV Unplugged promoting their albums Bangerz and Music.
Seacrest interviews Madonna during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about M.I.A rising her middle finger during the Super Bowl half time performance.
I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager irrelevant thing to do there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.
Madonna gives an interview to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine about her family.
Lourdes has her group of friends and she spends time with her father, who she adores. He also lives in the city, and they take the subway together. She calls it my normal life, and I know that she enjoys it. She likes going to her abuela’s house they still live in the same apartment that her father grew up in on the Upper West Side, a one-bedroom apartment. And they are really simple, humble people, and I’m so happy that she has that. My son, Rocco, is really into break-dancing. He has a crew that he dances with, and they’re kids from all over the city, Brooklyn, Queens. And my two youngest children are adopted from Malawi, and we discuss on a regular basis the orphanages they come from and the other children who didn’t get adopted, who might still be in the orphanages, or don’t even have an orphanage. We talk about the disparity in lifestyles and we all go back there. I’m doing my best to keep them grounded.
YouTube announces a program that will pay content creators to create new series for the site. They invest $100 million in the project and recruit celebrities like Madonna, Shaquille O’Neal, and Ashton Kutcher to join the project:
Our goal with this channels expansion, along with the grants and educational programs we’ve launched in the past year, is to bring an even broader range of entertainment to YouTube, giving you more reasons to keep coming back again and again.
The first of these new original channels will appear on YouTube starting next month and will continue over the next year.
The artist releases her song, Celebration, from her album with the same name. The song is first titled Celebrate and then later changed to its current name.
Madonna appears on the cover of People after fighting over adoption and separating from her husband.
Her neediness caught him by surprise. She’s used to being able to do the impossible. But she didn’t have superhuman powers to heal herself, and neither did Guy, and they both suffered for it.
Madonna and Ritchie are divorcing after seven and a half years of marriage. Their main concern are their children at this point. Rep:
Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after seven-and-a-half years of marriage. They have both requested that the media maintain respect for their family at this difficult time.
Madonna releases her song featuring Williams, Give It 2 Me, from the album Hard Candy.
It’s going to be a great song to do live. I can see the whole place jumping. It’s the ultimate ‘Give me all you’ve got, don’t try to stop me‘. And a great song to work out to.
Madonna and Ritchie are granted permanent custody of two-year-old David Banda. David’s biological father:
I am glad this is over now. I am happy for David.
The artist releases her song, 4 Minutes, from her album, Hard Candy. Madonna co-writes the song with Timberlake, Hills and Timbaland.
I really enjoy writing with Justin. We had psychoanalytic sessions whenever we wrote songs first. We’d sit down and we’d start talking about situations. And then we’d start talking about issues or problems or relationships with people. That was the only way, because you know, writing together with somebody is very intimate. That was fun, because he’s open and he’s got talent. He’s a songwriter. I haven’t worked with a lot of songwriters where I’m instantly connected and start riffing and playing with the rhythm of the words. He’s as interested in the rhythm of the words as the meaning of the words.
Madonna is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the 23rd induction ceremony.
It is a great honor to receive this award and I’m grateful and appreciative for the acknowledgment that this implies.
Madonna wins the Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for The Confessions Tour.
Madonna wins the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album for Confessions On A Dance Floor.
The artist releases her song Jump. The song is on the album Confessions On A Dance Floor and is a collaboration between Madonna and writers Stuart Price and Joe Henry.
Gorillaz and Madonna perform Feel Good Inc and Hung Up during the Grammy Awards show promoting their albums Confessions On A Dance Floor and Demon Days.
The artist releases her song Sorry from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor. The song is a collaboration between Madonna and producer Stuart Price.
Madonna releases her song, Hung Up, from her album Confessions On A Dance Floor. Madonna on why this is her first single from the album:
Because it’s a bad ass song.
Madonna speaks about kissing Spears on the MTV Video Music Awards in an interview with O Magazine.
When Britney went to kiss me, she just went for it. I tried to go with it so it wouldn’t be weird. I’m a showgirl. After 20 years in show business, I’ve learned to roll with the punches. Also, you remember when Michael Jackson kissed Lisa Marie Presley on the MTV awards?
The artist releases her song Love Profusion from her album American Life. The song is a collaboration between Madonna and producer Mirwais Ahmadzai.
The artist releases her song, American Life, from her album with the same title.
Different things inspire me to write. I could be having a guitar lesson and something will just come to me. Or Mirwais will send me over music -- rough stuff that doesn’t have an arrangement basic chord progressions. American Life came about itself like that. The music has to jar my brain in terms of lyrics. Sometimes I write free verse. I have a journal and I note down ideas I get from newspapers and books.
Spears releases her single, Me Against the Music, featuring Madonna, from her album, In the Zone.Spears reveals that her collaboration with Madonna occurred at rehearsal for the VMA’s:
I was in the middle of rehearsals for the VMA’s and I played her the song, and she was like, ‘That’s your first single, right?’I was like, ‘Yeah, hopefully.’ She was like, ‘I really like it.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ I was like, ‘Well, you wanna do it with me?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’
Spears, Madonna, and Aguilera perform Like a Virgin at the Video Music Awards from the album Like A Virgin.
The artist releases her song, What It Feels Like for a Girl, from Music.
Our generation certainly has been encouraged to grab life by the balls, be super-independent, get a great education, follow our dreams, kick ass, all that stuff, and I feel like I work up one day holding the golden ring and realized that smart, sassy girls who accomplish a lot and have their own cash and are independent are really frightening to men. I felt like, ‘Why didn’t somebody tell me? Why didn’t somebody warn me?’ And that’s also what that song is about – swallowing that bitter pill. It was a combination of that, and also just feeling incredibly vulnerable that inspired the song.
The artist releases her song, Don’t Tell Me, from the album, Music.
To me it is a romantic song. Just, you know, rip my skin off, do not tell me who I should love, or how I should love. Don’t tell me to give up. To me, in a way it’s like that Frank Sinatra song, ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’.
The artist releases her song Music from her album with the same title. The artist says that the songs on this album reflect her life.
Everything in life moves in cycles… there’s a period where you’re quiet, and there’s a period where you explode. In the time leading up to Ray of Light, I was in a quiet space -- making lots of discoveries and going through lots of changes. It was an introspective, questioning time. Then, almost without warning, I felt like I needed to explode. I didn’t feel the need to be so introspective. I felt like dancing. And that’s reflected in these songs.
Madonna wins the Grammy for Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for Beautiful Stranger (From Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me).
The artist releases Nothing Really Matters. The song is featured on her album Ray Of Light.
I started studying the Kabbalah, which is a Jewish mystical interpretation of the Old Testament. I also found myself becoming very interested in Hinduism and yoga, and for the first time in a long time, I was able to step outside myself and see the world from a different perspective. In this song, that perspective shows how small humans are in the vast universe.
Madonna wins the Grammy for Best Pop Album, Best Dance Recording, and Best Short Form Music Video for Ray Of Light.
It was such a surprise and I am do honored.
The artist releases her song, The Power Of Goodbye, from her album, Ray Of Light.
The artist releases her song, Ray Of Light, from her album with the same title. Co-writer, Muldoon is completely unaware that the song is recorded until a friend hears it on the radio.
I was a bit annoyed at first because Madonna wanted 30 percent just for changing a couple of lines, but then I realized that 15 percent of millions is a lot better than 100 percent of nothing. I did very well out of it. It’s been a life-changing experience. I’d say I’m financially secure for at least the next five to ten years as a result of 15 percent of one track by Madonna.