1.6m storm Brazil’s Copacabana beach for free Madonna concert

Rio de Janeiro witnessed an electrifying night as pop icon Madonna graced Copacabana beach with a free concert, marking the grand finale of her world tour, per theguardian.com. With the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue watching over, more than a million fans swarmed the beach, transforming it into a colossal dance floor.

The 65-year-old singer enthralled the tightly packed crowd, describing Rio as “the most beautiful place in the world” and kicking off the night with her 1998 hit “Nothing Really Matters,” igniting a wave of cheers.

The concert, described as the biggest in Madonna’s 40-year career, featured dazzling performances of her classics, including “Like a Virgin” and “Like a Prayer.” She also paid an emotional tribute to AIDS victims during her rendition of “Live to Tell.”

Madonna performs during a concert at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro/TheGuardian

Joining Madonna on stage were Brazilian pop stars Anitta and Pabllo Vittar, along with musicians from local samba schools, adding to the vibrant spectacle that captivated millions.

To ensure the safety and comfort of the massive crowd, city officials deployed over 3,000 police officers, while firefighters sprayed water to cool down fans and provided free drinking water.

The anticipation for the event was palpable throughout the city, with businesses offering themed cocktails and adorning billboards with Madonna’s image. Hotel bookings soared to 98% capacity, and it’s estimated that the concert injected approximately 293 million reais ($57m) into the local economy.

Madonna’s Rio concert will be remembered as an extraordinary night that brought together fans from around the world for an unforgettable celebration of music and magic under the Brazilian stars.

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