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Madonna 'will be cut off like Bruce' if she over-runs

With music-lovers still reeling over the plug being pulled on Bruce Springsteen's duet with Paul McCartney, Madonna has been warned that she too faces being cut off mid-song if she over-runs a strict curfew when performing at Hyde Park.

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Swastika draws Le Pen into legal feud with Madge

Madonna compared Marine Le Pen with Hitler at Paris's Stade de France reuters

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France's far-right National Front plans to file a complaint against Madonna after the singer showed a video at a Paris concert that contained an image of the party's leader with a swastika on her forehead.

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Kylie and Jason reunion silenced after Hyde Park turns into mudbath

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Madonna's tour truck overturns in Sweden

Police say a truck carrying the sound system for Madonna's concert in southwestern Sweden has overturned and blocked parts of a motorway.

At 53, Madonna keeps making headlines with her controversial performances

Trending: Madonna proves that shocking is in her DNA

When Madonna flashed her right breast during a concert in Istanbul last week, it was yet another feat of daring to add to her already rich back-catalogue of provocative self-promotion. The megastar, 53, has made headlines in the past for a sharing a kiss with Britney Spears and for seducing a black Jesus in the video for her 1989 song "Like A Prayer". In 1990, she was threatened with arrest by the Canadian authorities for a segment of her Blonde Ambition tour in which she appeared to masturbate on-stage. And in 1994, she published a coffee table book called Sex with the photographer Fabien Barron, which left little to the imagination.

Howard Jacobson: Pushing, shoving, mawkish singing – my unmissable day out at the Jubilee pageant

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Women directors are out of the picture at Cannes

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Garbage, The Troxy, London

It was as if they’d never been away. Flame-haired Scottish siren Shirley Manson and her American band returned to glorious form tonight after a seven-year hiatus. Despite touring to promote a new album, Not Your Kind Of People, which hits record stores next week, the band rewarded their patient fanbase and the evening consisted of some serious old school Garbage.

Telling Stories, By Tim Burgess

There are several eye-watering anecdotes in this memoir by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, though one in particular stands out. It involves a straw, a paper cone, a Rizla paper and two willing participants, and offers the seasoned cocaine user a novel method of ingesting their drug of choice. Suffice to say that this chapter is called "Cocainus".

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Madonna faces a showdown with the Russian legal system after she promised today to violate a new law that prohibits "homosexual propaganda" in the city of St Petersburg.

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