Madonna Is Getting Paid Around 7 Crores To Perform Two Songs

Madonna Is Getting Paid Around 7 Crores To Perform Two Songs

American pop star Madonna has signed a 1.3 million-euro deal to perform two songs at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) finals next month, according to the Times of Israel.

The classically-trained star, who will perform her song Zero Gravity at this year's contest, said: "I absolutely respect his point of view, but for me, personally, the idea of completely blocking off an entire people, an entire country, from music, culture and learning".

In January some 50 British celebrities, including singers Roger Waters and Peter Gabriel, wrote a letter calling on the BBC to press for the 2019 Eurovision contest to be relocated.

They added she would "perform two songs, including a new song from her upcoming album".

Madonna took her world tours to Israel in 2009 and 2012 and has been a follower of the mystical form of Judaism called Kabbalah.

Madonna's performance is expected to cost around $1m (£765,000), which will reportedly be covered by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, who has previously funded large-scale events and concerts as a way to support Israel and battle boycott movements.

The Eurovision performance would be Madonna's fourth in Israel. Rumors she was in negotiations to perform at the high-profile worldwide event began months ago.

The multi-day event is being held in Israel after the country won the contest previous year.

Reality show victor Michael Rice will represent the United Kingdom in this year's contest, performing a track called Bigger Than Us.

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