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Instagram to Madonna: Keep It PG-13

Madonna Instagram1991 called, and it wants its manufactured controversy back: This week Instagram, which is going strong despite all that earlier privacy policy nonsense, issued a “warning” to new member Madonna, who apparently violated community guidelines by posting “mature” content. If a flash of skin and a photo of an alcoholic beverage are the worst crimes she committed then we have to wonder about the wisdom of Instagram’s guidelines.

At least they’re consistent–Rihanna‘s profile appears to be unavailable after she posted some considerably racier, druggier pics.

Ah, who are we kidding? You’ve probably already read about Madge’s latest attempt to stay relevant. The last thing she did that impressed us was divorcing Guy Ritchie before he managed to single-handedly ruin the Sherlock Holmes franchise. Thanks a lot, jerk!

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Beyoncé to Direct, Star in HBO Documentary About Herself

BeyonceToday we reach new heights of self-promotion in the entertainment world: HBO just announced the February premiere of an “intimate, revealing”, as-yet-untitled documentary feature starring and directed by jack-of-all-trades Beyoncé.

The HBO group’s press release describes the film as “a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances”, so we’re guessing it will combine in-concert clips with more personal footage of fans passing out a la Bieber’s Never Say Never. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says the pic will allow us to look “beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman”, and we take this to mean that the film will be a little less…arthritic than the channel’s recent dried-prunes-and-fiber-supplements Rolling Stones doc.

So one of pop’s biggest superstars announces her debut full-length film project on the same day that she releases intimate pictures of a first Thanksgiving spent with her infant daughter (whose name will sadly never become a registered trademark). Hmm…Let’s just say we’re curious to see what sort of product Beyoncé looks to promote with this film–because these things never happen in a vacuum.

As long as it’s absolutely nothing like Madonna‘s Truth or Dare, we have a feeling she’ll be OK.

Madonna Apologizes for Trash-Talking Hydrangeas

Cone bras, the Sex book, “Papa Don’t Preach,” rolling on the floor in a wedding dress, Kabbalah cult groups, etc. With 25-plus years of celebrity madness under her belt, it would be hard to damage Madonna’s reputation. (The scandal surrounding her school in Malawi probably did the most harm and even that has left her unscathed.)

But then again, we now live in a social media-infested world of celebrity journalism. Last week, you may recall, there was a viral moment when a microphone caught the star saying she didn’t like hydrangeas after she was handed a bouquet of them at the Venice Film Festival. People got mad, including one anonymous commenter who sent us an irate email after we tweeted the story, saying Madonna needs to “shut her mouth.” Let’s all just calm down.

Perhaps fearing further repercussions from talking crap about hydrangeas, Madonna has recorded a video apology. She’s really sorry crazy anonymous commenter. Really.

[via Gawker]

Where’s the Music? MTV at 30

For those of us old enough to remember the first broadcast, it’s hard to believe MTV turned 30 years old today.

The channel is like a kid in a comic strip: it never ages, and as one gets older, its appeal fades. Most people from Generation X say they cannot not even sit though a whole episode of it’s number one runaway hit “Jersey Shore.” It doesn’t matter. Like the artist it made famous, Madonna, it is a cultural chameleon, changing itself all the time to attract that top demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds. Mashable says the channel ushered in an a new vehicle for spreading the word about new music.

“Almost overnight, the music video became one of the most important promotional and marketing vehicles for the music industry,” the site says. Others say it has not lost its edge or its brand, by continuing to offend older folks (Jackass, for example).

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Gap’s Problem is Bigger Than Its Logo

Jezebel did an interesting article about what ails the Gap (from a brand point of view). So to catch you up: Gap, the retailer once known as the successful purveyor of basics like t-shirts and jeans, recently bid adieu to its designer Patrick Robinson. This news was shared just as some poor financial results was announced. Gap has had issues for a while now and there was some excitement after Robinson joined. But overall, it hasn’t worked out.

Couple that will the fact that Gap is best known lately for their logo fiasco and resulting management changes, and you have a brand in disarray. These days, as Jezebel says, people mostly associate the Gap with last-minute underwear purchases.

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Madonna Hires PR Help for Next Image Makeover

Madonna with her Malawian son David Banda in 2007.

Madonna has run into some major problems with her charitable organization Raising Malawi, and she’s brought in some big-time PR help to fix them.

Madge’s organization, which works to help children affected by AIDS, was meant to open a school in the African nation, but is now facing accusations that £2.4million intended for the effort has been wasted.

Madonna has dumped the board (The Daily Mail notes that no one on the board has been accused of wrongdoing) and hired “The Masters of Disasters,” publicists Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane, to help turn around the organization’s image.

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Hard Candy for Hard Abs

Madonna has opened the first in her new line of Hard Candy Fitness gyms in Mexico City. The gyms will span across 10 locations internationally, but Madge said in a statement that Mexico City will serve as a place to “fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long term, develop a global brand that includes the United States.”

The video above is from opening event. (Jezebel has additional pics from inside the facility.) As an aside, check out her right-hand man in the black glasses who is regulating the red carpet at about the 40 second mark. Events pros out there, thoughts?

Madonna Publicist Liz Rosenberg Leaving Warner Music Group

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Liz Rosenberg, a 39-year veteran of Warner Brothers Records, will leave the label to start her own PR firm at the end of the month, the AP reports.

Rosenberg will bring clients Michael Buble, Cher, and Stevie Nicks to her new venture, called Liz Rosenberg Media, and will still consult to WBR. She will also continue to represent Madonna, as she did when the pop star left Warner Brothers for concert promoter Live Nation in 2007.

“I was given the opportunity to work with the most talented artists in music history. I’m grateful that I will continue to represent some of these artists, in addition to several new artists,” Rosenberg said in a statement.

Full release after the jump.

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