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The highest-grossing tour of 2012 and the second highest-grossing tour by a female artist, otherwise known as Madonna’s “MDNA Tour,” premiered tonight on Epix. The concert film was filmed mostly in Miami, Florida along with many other locations used for the final edit. This made for a great opportunity to create the best version of the show possible. And while the film, for the most part, lives up to that expectation, there are some inevitable imperfections. Such imperfections include a lack of continuity in some areas. During “Like a Virgin/Love Spent,” there’s a shot where Madonna had a tattoo that said “Eva” on her back, but the rest of the shots show that her tattoo said “Psyche.”

The edit did a great job at capturing the cinematic nature of the show. I was pleased to see the venue was indoors, as it added to the “theater” feel of the show. This was much more of a theatrical production. The show told a story and, at times, felt like you were watching a movie. I was particularly impressed with the visual gun shot effects used during “Gang Bang” as well as seeing “Like a Virgin/Love Spent” in black and white. The audience shots were great, too. One guy was dressed in the same Gaultier bustier that Madonna wore during “Vogue,” and another girl was dressed in a nun’s habit. This tour has earned a reputation as Madonna’s most controversial tour ever. From the violence to the nudity to the swastika, this tour had many memorable moments. It was so important that this film did the tour justice. And, after viewing the special twice, I can say that it definitely meets that challenge!

Back in March, Madonna did a Facebook chat with Jimmy Fallon and said she wouldn’t be doing anymore promotion for her “MDNA” album.  Well, time has a funny way of changing people’s minds.  As part of the current American leg of her “MDNA Tour,” Madonna stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  She came dressed in an updated version of her cone bustier designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, which she wears in the show during “Vogue.”

Ellen asked Madonna about the nudity in her show as well as her daily routine.  Madonna also played “word association” with Ellen, giving her opinions on fellow artists.  She thinks Britney Spears is a “good kisser” (no surprise there), Pink is “cool,” J.Lo has a “nice ass,” and that Lady Gaga has a “good voice.”  Madonna also complimented the Rilke tatoo Gaga has on her arm.  One can only hope this calms down the feud rumors, but we don’t know how successful that will be.  Ellen also shared a story about how Madonna called her during the time she was coming out on her sitcom.

Madonna also met the “Vogue” bar mitzvah boy (who is all grown up now) and played a trivia game with three of her fans.  Madonna also taught Ellen how to vogue and showed her some dance moves. And she brought her son Rocco on stage for the grand finale.  Ellen dunked him and raised money for breast cancer research.  The hour-long episode fed Madonna fans’ hunger for more promotion as she has been busy with her tour.

On Superbowl Sunday, I was having a celebration of all things Madonna. I spent the day watching all things Madonna prepping for the big game. As someone who doesn’t care at all for sports, I was pretty excited. And it was all because of The Queen. She sure knows how to put on a good show, so I had my expectations set pretty high.

The Halftime began with Madonna being brought in by a bunch of sexy Ancient Roman gladiators to the tune, “Vogue.” She reinvented the song once again, featuring a moving “Vogue Magazine” cover. There were also images of the legendary stars she refrences in the song. The stage design and screem projections were visually stunning. It was so appealing to the eye and one could only imagine what it looked like in the stadium. Madonna segued into “Music” and did some impressive cartwheels. Then, she joined LMFAO and performed a mashup of their songs “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.” The next track was Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.).” The moment of this performance everybody’s talking about came when M.I.A. flipped the bird during her rap. When I first saw it, it didn’t feel out of place considering the fact that she cursed during that section of her rap. But, I realized that this was network television, families were watching, and the NFL was probably very edgy considering what happened during the 2004 Halftime Show. I had a feeling this wouldn’t go over so well. And I was right. Had this been a broadcast of Madonna’s concert tour on HBO, that would’ve been fine. But this was NBC. There’s a time and a place for everything and it helps if a performer knows their audience.

The show climaxed after Cee Lo Green and Madonna performed her hit “Like a Prayer.” The appearance of Green wasn’t that surprising given the rumors circulating about his involvment with the performance prior to the show. Out of all the duets Madonna did during her Halftime performance, this is the only one I enjoyed. The other people she brought on stage with her were just not for me. I think Madonna is capable of handling a crowd like Super Bowl XLVI without the assistance of guest artists. She is the most successful female artist of all time for a reason.

The stage spelled out “World Peace” at the end of the show. While I believed it was well-intended, I think it’s a silly concept. “Perfection” does not exist. No matter what, there will always be hatred and darkess in the world. With all the light that exists in the world there is dark. With all the love that exists in the world there is hate. It’s just the way it is. I believe we can make the world a better place. But I do not believe we can make the world a perfect place.

However, Madonna’s performance was a success! It became the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime Show of all time, gaining over 110 million viewers. And with the forthcoming release of her new album, “MDNA,” and a world tour, Madonna proves once again that she is The Queen.