MADONNA’S upcoming Rebel Heart tour concert in Singapore on Feb 28 has been issued a rare R18 rating by the Media Development Authority with an advisory on “Sexual References”, The Straits Times reported Wednesday.

“Only those aged 18 and older will be permitted entry to the National Stadium where the concert is due to be held,” a local coordinators Mediacorp Vizpro International was quoted as saying.

The report said the Rebel Heart tour setlist includes a segment in which she performs a mash-up of her songs Holy Water and Vogue, involving scantily clad nuns pole-dancing on cross-shaped stripper poles.

Madonna herself takes a turn on the pole, before joining her dancers on a Last Supper-style table, it said.

Singapore is one of several stops as part of the tour’s Asian leg, which includes Japan, Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau, Bangkok and Manila.

The report said tickets cost from S$108 (RM330) to S$688 (RM2,100), while VIP tickets are going at S$1,288 (RM3,930) each.

Madonna’s upcoming concert will be her first ever in Singapore.

The 57-year-old American singer was banned from performing her controversial Girlie Show World Tour here in 1993, when police said her performances in the tour show “border on the obscene… (and are) known to be objectionable to many on moral and religious grounds”, the report said.

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