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As one of the leading voices speaking out in support of Pussy Riot - she gave an impassioned speech (below) during a concert in Russia two weeks ago - Madonna has now released a new statement in light of this group's members being sentenced to two years in prison.

A judge decreed last week that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich will spend time behind bars for disparaging Vladimir Putin outside a cathedral, an act deemed in court as "hooliganism."

Writes Madonna in response to the decision:

I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions.

Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane. I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They've spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free.

Madonna - who is being sued for $10.5 million by Russian activists because she challenged the gay pride ban in St. Petersburg during a recent show there - is not alone in her disdain over the Pussy Riot verdict.

Many celebrities have expressed outrage over Twitter, with The Black Keys vowing to never perform in Russia again under this sort of law.

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Shaun Sperling's Bar Mitzvah dance to Madonna's "Vogue" way back in 1992 was posted online this week, presumably by Shaun or someone close to him and with the hope or expectation that the epic performance would go viral, which it obviously has.

Poetry in motion, Shaun. Poetry in motion.

It's unclear why young Sperling chose to signify the religious celebration of becoming a man with "Vogue," but nothing we can add would do him justice.

All we want to know now is who's coming out with the Lady Gaga equivalent this year. Consider the challenge issued, Jewish 13-year-olds of America!

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Ms. Madonna Louise Ciccone, better known by just the first of those three names, turns 54 years young today. The Queen of Pop is practically ageless!

Over her three-decade career, Madonna has sold more than 300 million records, easily making her the top-selling female recording artist of all time.

Here's wishing her a happy 54th birthday today!

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Always willing to push the limits and never one to shy away from controversy, she has long been considered a model for women in entertainment.

She's still going as strong as most performers half her age, whether it's showing off her enviable body or raising eyebrows with her stage antics.

Whether she spends an intimate evening with BF Brahim Zaibat and/or her kids, Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy, we wish her a very happy b-day.

Check out some of our favorite Madonna pics over the years:

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Madonna performed in Moscow this week and lent her support to embattled punk trio Pussy Riot, as well as to the cause of human unity worldwide.

Despite Elton John claiming her career is over, no one told the raucous Russian crowd as they cheered the Queen of Pop's every controversial move.

Check out her tribute to imprisoned female group Pussy Riot, who were arrested for staging an unauthorized concert a Moscow Cathedral in March:

"As you can see here on my stage, everybody with me comes from every different place in the world," Madonna addressed the crowd mid-show.

"From Africa, from America, from France, from Russia [the crowd cheered in response], from England. We are Christians, we are Muslims, we are Jews."

"We are everything you can imagine," she continued. "But we are a family. We are together. We are gay, we are straight, we are human beings!

"And this very last sentence, human beings, is the most important one, and in fact the only one, that we should refer to each other adds...OK?"

Words to live by, people. Can't we all just get along?

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Elton John has fired yet another salvo in his strange, ongoing feud with Madonna, slamming the recent antics of the "f--king fairground stripper."

Whoa.

During an interview with Australian TV show, John bristled at the mere mention of the singer, saying, "She's such a nightmare. Her career's over."

He didn't stop there, ranting that "she looks like a f--king fairground stripper" and ripping her recent gun-pulling stunt and dance-pop catalog.

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"If Madonna had any common sense she would have made another record like Ray of Light," he added, "and stayed away from the dance stuff."

The 65-year-old John said that the Queen of Pop should "just be a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly."

John's beef, or at least the latest iteration of it, may stem from her quasi-feud with Lady Gaga, godmother to Elton's 19-month-old son, Zachary.

"[Madonna's] been so horrible to Gaga," John told Sunday Night.

In May, Madonna performed a curious mash-up of "Born This Way" and "Express Yourself" that many saw as a Lady Gaga diss, not a tribute.

John's feud with Madge goes back to 2004, when he accused her of lip-syncing, a point he reiterated earlier this year before the Super Bowl.

Elton's husband, David Furnish, has also gone off on Madonna.

Choose your side in this ongoing celebrity feud:

 

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Madonna played a 45-minute concert in Paris on Thursday night that concluded with attendees showering the stage with debris and shouting insults at the Material Girl.

Was it due to the duration of the show? To Madonna's slamming of National Front party member Marine Le Pen as a Nazi? Or was it simply an overreaction by the media?

Guess which option Madonna has chosen...

In a statement on her official website, the iconic artist has responded to the controversy with:

"Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them. Unfortunately at the end of the show - after I left the stage - a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans.

"The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again."

Fair enough. Let's just hope she keeps all guns at home when that day comes.

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Madonna put on a last-minute concert in Paris last night with one goal in mind: peace and tolerance.

By the time it was over, just 45 minutes after the Material Girl took the stage, debris was flying and fans were screaming for a refund.

Madonna planned the show in response to her tussle with that nation's National Front party, which started when the singer flashed the Nazi symbol over politician Marine Le Pen's face, telling attendees:

"I know that I made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me. And it's not my intention to make enemies... it's my intention to promote tolerance. And when we can start saying that we have to get rid of this person or we have to get rid of that person, because then we'll have a better place, it starts to sound like something else; it starts to sound like something scary."

The sentiment may have been admirable, but it was followed by just a handful of songs, no encore performance and 2,700 concert goers irate at the legendary artist.

This is merely the latest in a string of bad PR moves by Madonna: she pointed a gun to her head during a show in London and mooned the crowd in Berlin.

Someone may need a break from the spotlight for awhile.

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Madonna. Is she a revolutionary, provocative entertainer? Or an aging act desperate for attention?

This question has been posed over the last couple weeks, as the Material Girl has gone to unusually extreme lengths on stage during various concerts.

She mooned a crowd in Rome. She purposely slipped a nip in Istanbul. She cried in Berlin. She's facing a lawsuit for flashing a Swastika over the face of a politician in Paris.

And, last night in London, she pulled out a gun and pointed it at her cranium during the single "Gang Bang."

Madonna, Gun to Head

Following the controversy over Lindsay Lohan's recent gun-toting spread - the national suicide hotline referred to that act as "grossly irresponsible," considering the troubled individuals who pull the trigger in real life - it's safe to assume Madonna will also come under fire now for the maneuver.

Should she? What do you make of this loaded gesture?

 

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It's all fun and games until someone flashes a Swastika in concert.

During a concert in Tel Aviv earlier this year, Madonna aired a video that included a shot of the infamous Nazi symbol, using it as a way to call out National Front leader Marine Le Pen, a political leader with extraordinarily conservative views.

She then did so again in Paris on Saturday, with 70,000 attendees looking on, and will likely now face legal consequences.

Le Pen is expected to take Madonna to court, according to The Guardian, deeming the act a "public insult."

Said National Front Vice President Florian Philippot:

"We cannot accept everything. We cannot accept this insulting connection. Marine Le Pen is defending her honor, but also that of party members and supporters and the millions of Front National voters."

No legal documents have been filed yet, but circle August 21 on your calendar, music/gossip fans: Madonna returns to France on that date for a concert in Nice.

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There is no mooning involved. Nor is there a nip slip of any kind.

Unexpected waterworks? Nope, not in this case.

But Madonna has come out with the official music video for "Turn Up the Radio," her third track of "MDNA," which is her 12th studio album and is available now around the world.

Watch the Material Girl drive around in a Cadillac convertible and keep your eye out for her boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat, who makes a cameo in the following video:

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Leave her alone. She’s gonna be 16 soon and then 17 and then 18, and then she might show her knees and then what's gonna happen?

Madonna [on Miley Cyrus Vanity Fair photos]

My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study.

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