Does She Need the Cash What would force a 45yearold Mulberry multimillionaire pop icon to go on the road once again, especially if it meant risking health and taking time from her family? One would think Madonna is past all that. I'm sure as she cancelled her Los Angeles show last night for the flu and read the negative reviews of opening night, she was thinking the same thing. But the pop queen must go on. In fact, Madonna needs to tour, and here's the simple answer to why she'd put herself through all this: cold cash. Even with her vast wealth, investments, etc, the singer probably needs it by now.
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