madonna makes career history in rio

Madonna Makes Career History in Rio

On 4th May, Madonna, 65, held a free show in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil at the Copacabana Beach as a thank-you to her incredible fans from around the world and to mark 4 decades of her illustrious career.

The show was part of her Celebration Tour that launched in London in October 2023 before visiting Canada, the U.S., and Mexico City. She performed hits like “Like A Prayer”, “Ray Of Light”, and “Into The Groove” with her dancers which included 4 of her 6 children donned in memorable costumes. 

The first glimpse of the highly-anticipated Celebration tour was in October 2023 when the tour launched in London with a record 6 sold-out shows at The O2 Arena. Moving across 14 countries the show has not only received rave reviews from fans and critics but is a testament to Madonna’s groundbreaking 4-decade long career and cultural impact.

The Municipality’s tourism department in charge estimated more than 1.6M flooded the 2.4-mile stretch on Saturday surrounding the 8,700 sq. foot stage. The Rio show was sponsored by Itaú bank. It marked Madonna’s first show in Brazil since 2012.

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Tickets were made available to fans on a first-come first-serve basis on the event day. Fans traveled from around the world for the concert donning “Madonna-like” costumes, cone bras, lace gloves, and eccentric make-up to pay homage to the iconic singer and dancer, to symbolize her “Material Girl” era. A firetruck periodically sprayed water into the crowd to cool them down and avoid a heat surge.

The atmosphere resembled a combination of a World Cup event, street carnival, and New Year’s Eve combined. Rio de Janeiro marked the last stop on Madonna’s Celebration Tour, which is projected to earn more than $225 million. The tour totaled 80 performances.

“Madonna makes career history in Rio tonight marking the largest ever standalone concert for any artist, with over 1.6 million fans attending as she closes The Celebration Tour,” Live Nation announced on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday.