Madonna: ‘My fans should work all year to come and see me play live’

Queen of Pop tells fans to start saving and stump up some cash to see her in concert

Madonna has shrugged off complaints that her live shows are too expensive and told her fans to “work all year” so they can spend their money on gig tickets.

The singer is expected to tour this year in support of her new album ‘MDNA’, which is released on March 26, but told Newsweek that people should be prepared to save their cash and pay top prices if they wanted to see her in concert.

She said:

Start saving your pennies now. People spend $300 (£190) on crazy things all the time, things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I’m worth it.

Madonna will debut her new single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” on American Idol this evening (February 2). The track features both MIA and [a]Nicki Minaj, who will join Madonna for her halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl this weekend (February 5).

Yesterday (February 1), she paid tribute to both of her ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” co-stars, saying she was a fan of the pair because they were not “conventional pop stars”.

‘MDNA’ will be the pop icon’s 12th studio album and is the follow-up to her 2008 effort ‘Hard Candy’. She has faced criticism from anti-drugs campaigners for choosing an “ill-advised” title.