Madonna news - Nov. 2001

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No TOTP Awards

30 November 2001

Fortunately Madonna didn't attend the TOTP tonight, because she was snubbed for an award in both nominated categories.

Magazine fined for misleading title

Source: Ananova - 30 November 2001

OK! have been fined for misleading readers over pictures of Madonna's wedding. The magazine was ordered to pay £4,500 and to apologise to readers. The cover of one of its issues made reference to exclusive pictures of Madonna's beautiful wedding dress and her secret romantic ceremony.

More GHV2 megamixes

30 November 2001

It seems there are more official (but rejected) GHV2 megamixes surfacing on the web. Other then the one from Thunderpuss and the one from Tracy Young, there is one called 'The Johnny Rocks & Mac Quayle GHV2 Megamix'.

A source at Warner Music: "I can tell you that there's a 3rd GHV2 Megamix which will definitely surface officially. It's by someone called Johnny Rocks. There's gonna be a video for the Tracy Young Club Megamix and the Johnny Rocks Club Megamix - both by Danorama (note that Danorama did *not* do the Thunderpuss Megamix video)."

Madonna bits & bytes

30 November 2001

You can follow tonights TOTP Awards online, starting at 7.50pm GMT. Madonna is up for two nominations and might be attending.

Madonna is rumoured to be giving a webchat on MSN on December 12th. An official announcement is expected soon.

Impressive Instant drops from no. 3 to no. 6 in its seventh week in the US Dance Charts.

More on Madagascar *rumour*

30 November 2001

According to the Hollywood Reporter the cast will go as follows: Jason Alexander, Madonna, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, and others that haven't been cast yet. Although, previously rumoured that Madonna would play a hippo from New York she is now being rumoured to possibly playing the role of a giraffe and all the main animals will be from New York. Read a description of the movie at UpcomingMovies.

Madonna 4 times in 'top-grossing gigs' list

Source: SonicNet - 30 November 2001

The Concert For New York City benefit, which brought in over $12 million, is Amusement Business' top-grossing concert event of 2001, capping a list that puts pop artists in seven of the year's top 10 moneymaking positions.

Madonna took four of the top 10 spots, the most by any artist — credit ticket prices upwards of $250 a pop and five-and six-night stints in part for her stellar showing.

Her five shows at (where else?) Madison Square Garden between July 25 and 31 brought in a total $9,297,105, earning her the #3 slot, while her six performances at Earl's Court in London between July 4 and 12 earned $8,734,149, landing her at #4.

Her four concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles between September 9 and 15 grossed $8,303,165, cinching a #5 position. She also nabbed the #8 slot with two shows at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden on September 1 and 2, which brought in $6,503,950.

First anniversary at Skido Castle

Source: Ananova - 30 November 2001

Pop queen Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie are to spend their first wedding anniversary at the Scottish castle where they tied the knot. The couple have invited friends to join them at the plush Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Madonna married her film director husband on December 22 last year when guests included music legend Sting, his wife Trudi Styler, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and designers Stella McCartney and Donatella Versace.

Madonna puppet auctioned

Source: Ananova - 30 November 2001

Spitting Image puppets of Dame Barbara Cartland and OJ Simpson have fetched £3,290. They were sold for more than those of Madonna, The Beatles and Sean Connery at Sotheby's sale in London. The Madonna puppet fetched just £1,292.

Spitting image of Madonna

Thunderpuss about their megamix

Source: DarkHorizons - 29 November 2001

The hitmaking remix/production team of Barry Harris and Chris Cox, collectively known as Thunderpuss, added an impressive name to their client roster when Madonna tapped them for a megamix of her greatest hits earlier this year.

The duo completed a "Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix" for her, which was released on a promotional-only basis to radio in support of the release of her greatest-hits package, GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2.

The set, which showcases the pop icon's work from 1991 through 2001, has sold more than 300,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. Cox explained to Launch that they were one of many remix/production teams that Madonna approached about the project, but they eventually got the gig: "Basically, they were dong the greatest-hits album, the Greatest Hits Volume 2, and so they approached actually a couple of different remix entities to take a stab at doing a megamix, and it was kind of a cattle call, actually. They basically liked ours the best and so they put it out." More at Launch.

Madonna "under consideration" for Madagascar

29 November 2001

A source for Dreamworks/PDI, the company behind "Antz" and "Shrek", has confirmed that Madonna "is under consideration for the voice of Gloria (a hippo) in "Madagascar" but casting has not yet been confirmed".

The CG animated project is about a group of animals who have lived their entire lives in a zoo and are taken from their home, winding up in the wilds of Madagascar off the African coast. Jennifer Lopez is also being considered as well (so no doubt the J-Lo hippo wide ass jokes are bound to begin soon).

The project is due out sometime around 2003 or 2004.

Madonna download service

Source: BBC - 29 November 2001

Songs by Madonna, Prince and REM are among those that will be available through one of the biggest legitimate internet download services to date.

The service, which will launch in mid-December, will give music fans access to a certain number of songs for a limited period in return for a monthly subscription fee.

Madonna prepared to duet with Bedingfield

Source: Ananova - 27 November 2001

A newcomer is set to pip a string of top names to number one with a song which started a record label bidding war. Sales show Daniel Bedingfield, 21, is expected to oust S Club 7 and stop Hear'Say from notching up a third chart-topper.

Bedingfield's track Gotta Get Thru This was championed on the Ayia Napa club scene during the summer and record labels were blown away by the track.

Madonna's company Maverick was among those chasing the star and he is said to have been offered a duet with her if he signed with them.

Will hunting Mo loose a friend?

Source: MSNBC - 27 November 2001

Stella McCartneyFormer best friends Madonna and Stella McCartney have had a major falling out over the singer’s new penchant for hunting. Rabid animal rights activist McCartney is furious, says a friend of the designing music scion, about how Madonna has recently taken up pheasant hunting.

"When you're shooting you are standing in the forest for really long periods of time, so you end up looking at the leaves and the sky and the trees," Madonna recently told the BBC. "You have more of a respect for the things you eat when you go through or see the process of killing them." A friend of McCartney’s says she’s considering completely dropping Madonna as a friend.

"Stella recently bought a one-million-pound estate in England and she banned hunting there and, after those comments, I wouldn’t be surprised if Madonna’s banned from the estate as well," says the source. "Madonna’s obviously just trying to impress [hubby] Guy Ritchie with her newfound love of hunting, but she’s going to lose more friends than she makes. Obviously, Madonna’s fascination with yoga, inner peace and spirituality was just another in a long line of insincere poses." Madonna’s rep had no comment.

Madonna with singing navel for auction

Source: Ananova - 26 November 2001

"Spitting Image" creator Roger Law has unveiled his final celebrity puppet - a latex model of Osama bin Laden. Law, speaking ahead of a sale of some 250 puppets of celebrities, politicians and other figures from the 1980s TV satire by auction house Sotheby's, said he made the bin Laden figure to raise money for charity.

Proceeds will go to victims of the September 11 attacks and to Afghan refugees. Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said puppets of Madonna, complete with singing navel, John Lennon and the Thatcher family, sold as a threesome, are expected to fetch between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds each. The auction will take place on November 29.

Madonna song on "DJs and Divas" ? *rumour*

Source: - 26 November 2001

Tommy Boy Records will be releasing a CD called "DJs and Divas" that will feature Thunderpuss' mix of "Clubland" next year on January 22, 2002. The CD will also include songs by Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Lara Fabian, Jennifer Holiday & more.

MTV France GHV2 special

26 November 2001

You can find a GHV2 special on the website of MTV France, including video streaming of the Music performance at the 2000 MTV EMA, pictures, contests, etc.

Chart news

26 November 2001

More chart positions for GHV2: Argentina no.5, Australia no.3, Belgium no.20, Brazil no.34, Canada no.11, Estonia no.1, France no.3, Holland no.25, Ireland no.2, Italy no.9, Japan no.15, New Zealand no.8, Norway no.7, South Korea no.5, Taiwan no. 1, UK no.2, US no.7.

Meanwhile, Impressive Instant dropped to no. 3 in its sixth week in the Billboard Club Play.


On the interview with Jo Whiley, Madonna just announced she'll start recording a new album in January 2002! She'll be collaborating with Mirwais again, as well as with Stuart Price (aka Jacques LeConte from 'Les Rhythmes Digitales')! :)

Jo Whiley and Madonna

Other highlights from the interview: on the subject of touring Madonna said "never say never". About GHV2 she said they chose the title coz it's "to the point". She only selected songs she "can listen to 5 times in a row" ("some of my old songs make me sick").

American Pie was punished after wrongfully ending up on Music.

She said she was proud no wedding pictures made it to the press.

About the unauthorised Morton bio she said she wasn't happy about it and she'd sent him a Kabbalah book to make him change his mind.

Madonna also said she turned down a duet with Frank Sinatra, because he wanted to record her vocals on a tape, rather than sing together in a studio. She keeps a duet with Pavarotti and others hanging on "because then they keep sending flowers".

You can read the complete transcript at BBC Radio 1.

American Pie punished

Source: Ananova - 23 November 2001

American Pie was left off Madonna's second greatest hits album because the singer didn't like it. She says her record company persuaded her to record the track, although her gut reaction was not to.

Madonna says she regrets agreeing, and has "punished" the track by omitting it from GHV2. Speaking to BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, Madonna said "a certain record company executive" convinced her to record the classic Don McLean track. She said: "My gut told me not to do it, but I did it and then I regretted it so just for that reason it didn't deserve a place on GHV2. It didn't really belong, but I did it and therefore it's being punished - it's not allowed on there."

Madonna also revealed that her children, Lourdes and Rocco, are big fans of Kylie Minogue. She said: "Lourdes and my son have become quite obsessed with that Kylie track," adding that Lourdes listens to "mostly jazz and classical."

~ The Jo Whiley interview will start within the next hour (it's 11.20am CET when I'm writing this). You can stream BBC Radio 1 here (click on listen under Radio 1). As soon as it's finished I'll give more details for those who missed it.

Entertainer of the Year

22 November 2001

Vote for Madonna as 'Entertainer of the Year at Entertainment Weekly (thanx to Jordy Chen)

"Madge, cover up them raspberries!"

Source: Ananova - 22 November 2001

Madonna told Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1: "I'm very punctual and Guy's very unpunctual. He doesn't like it when I wear see-through shirts. He doesn't want anyone to see my raspberries. I have to pick and choose my battles. He doesn't want me to dress like an old slapper. Those are his words."

Madonna says most expensive fashion item she owns is a £12,000 Fendi bag. "The thing is that's what it cost, but I got a bit of a discount. It was really expensive still anyway, it was ridiculous. It's just an aubergine coloured alligator bag. It's gorgeous. Fendi are obscenely expensive but I figure that's the kind of thing that will last forever."

She adds that apart from her family, her most precious possessions are her paintings. More of Jo Whiley's interview with Madonna will be broadcast on Radio1 on November 23rd at 10am GMT.

Tour video hits no. 1

21 November 2001

The Drowned World Tour DVD debuts at no. 1 on both the combined (DVD & VHS) Music Video chart and the Music DVD chart. (source: MadonnaMusic)

Meanwhile, GHV2 will debut on next weeks US album chart with sales of 150,000 copies. (source: Madonnarama)

Madonna is (related to) a saint

Source: Sunday Mail - 21 November 2001

Pop queen Madonna, who has a history of outraging the Catholic church, is actually related to a Scottish saint. Her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, is a descendent of St John Ogilvie, according to author Andrew Morton, who traced the couple's family tree for a new book.

He claims her in-laws are related to the Jesuit priest, who was hanged in Glasgow in 1615 and canonised in 1976. Now the singer - who once kissed a black "Jesus" in the video for Like A Prayer - has been invited to join church celebrations in Blantyre, where St John Ogilvie's parish will mark its 25th anniversary.

One parishioner said: "It's amazing that she is related to our patron. Maybe she'll come and give us a song. Does she know Faith Of Our Fathers?"

Chat with Mo's dancer

20 November 2001

Antonio RodriguezTomorrow, wednesday Nov. 21st at 7pm CET you can chat with Antonio Rodriguez, the flamenco-dancer from the Drowned World Tour at (click on 'ik wil chatten'). You can ask him anything about the tour and about Madonna ofcoz! One hour earlier, Kurt Jaspers, cowriter of 'Madonna: Voice of a Generation' will talk about the evolution of Madonna's music.

New Madonna interview

20 November 2001

BBC Radio 1 presenter Jo Whiley is said to be interviewing Madonna this week. Highlights of the interview will be broadcast on Thursday at 10am GMT, and the in-depth interview will be on Friday at 10am GMT. Fans outside the UK can stream BBC Radio 1. (Sources: BBC Radio 1)

Like A Prayer voted best M video

Source: Ananova - 20 November 2001

Like A Prayer, the videoLike A Prayer has been voted the best Madonna video. It was chosen by viewers of Q TV, the music channel spin-off from Q magazine.

The channel played Madonna videos non-stop for a week, to mark the launch of her new compilation album, GHV2.

The Top 10 was:
1 Like A Prayer
2 Dear Jessie
3 Erotica
4 True Blue
5 Hanky Panky
6 Vogue
7 This Used To Be My Playground
8 Into the Groove
9 Don't Cry For Me Argentina
10 Papa Don't Preach

First chart news for GHV2

Sources: MadonnaMusic, thanx to Jordy Chen - 19 November 2001

In its first week, GHV2 has placed itself on no. 2 in the UK album charts (behind the kids of Westlife) and it's already certified double platinum.

In Belgium it has debuted on a rather disappointing no. 20. Other album charts: no. 3 in Australia (certified platinum), no. 2 in Ireland, no. 14 in Argentina, no. 15 in Japan, no. 5 in South Korea and no. 1 in Taiwan.

Madonna back on stage... for theater act ?

Source: PeopleNews - 19 November 2001

Madonna could be the next big name to star in The Vagina Monologues. Although the Material Mom's acting has, at times, been less well received than her music, it appears that she is still determined to pursue her thespian interests.

According to an insider, Madge has been approached with a view to treading the boards at the Arts Theatre in London and is giving the idea serious consideration.

A spokesperson for the show said, 'Madonna is very welcome, she'd be wonderful.'

Madge's only previous stage appearance was in a New York production of David Mamet's play, Speed the Plow.

Others who have previously appeared in the London version of The Vagina Monologues include Sophie Dahl, Jerry Hall and Maureen Lipman, who claims she told her mother the play was called The Geneva Monologues.

Billboard megamix news

Source: Billboard - 18 November 2001

Since 1999, the remixes/productions of Thunderpuss (aka DJs Barry Harris and Chris Cox) have resulted in 18 No. 1 postings on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Recently, the duo made its "Total Request Live" debut via the Madonna-fronted "Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix". Delivered to radio the week of Oct. 29, the promo-only track finds the twosome creating a musical collage of nine Madonna hits (including Deeper and Deeper and Don't Tell Me) culled from her "GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2," which was released Nov. 13.

In other Madonna news, the label will service club DJs with "GHV2" Nov. 20. The noncommercial single features six Madonna tracks seamlessly woven together by DJ/remixer Tracy Young. Next month, club DJs will receive a promotional three-disc set featuring the singer's best remixes of the past 10 years.

One new remix (That Kid Chris' overhauling of What It Feels Like For A Girl) will also be included.

Rocco's Drowned World

Source: PageSix - 18 November 2001

Madonna's baby is going on his own Drowned World tour. Rocco Ritchie has joined a group called Aqua Tots, which teaches that babies can hold their breath and swim naturally if thrown into the water, the London's Sunday Express reports.

The Material Mom's 1-year-old son will get private lessons - part of a three-month course that can end with him qualifying as a "Whale". "Rocco took well to the water and enjoyed himself," said instructor Evy Bentzon.

Many parents with children in the group are angry that Madonna opted to give her son private lessons. Madonna's personal assistant rented the entire 10th floor of the London facility and made sure it was sealed off to other swimmers.

"We were looking forward to seeing Rocco joining," said Mary McMullan, 27, who takes her son to the group lessons. "We were disappointed that even as a 1-year-old he's too grand for the rest of us."

Ciccone house sold

Source: AP - 18 November 2001

The Material Girl's childhood home went to the highest bidder in just 12 minutes. Sam Michael, representing an Ohio real estate group, bought Madonna's former Oakland County home and a few items of rock memorabilia with a bid of $331,000 Saturday afternoon.

"I had no idea this was going to happen," Michael told The Detroit News for a Sunday story. "It was very exhilarating." Michael said he hopes to profit by reselling the 1.3-acre wooded property.

Cover song for LSD&M ? *rumour*

17 November 2001

Sources at the set of 'Love, Sex, Drugs and Money' claim that Madonna has recorded a song to be featured on the movie's soundtrack. The track is a cover of Della Reese's "Come On - A My House".

In the film there's supposed to be a dream sequence with Madonna singing the song with a Sardinian jazz orchestra. More on this later...

DWT video

Source: Madonna Electronica - 17 November 2001

Though the tour video was announced for a November 13th release it seems it's set back to the original release date of the 19th (at least in the territories that I know of).

DWT video

DWT video

Still Impressive

16 November 2001

Impressive Instant spends its second week at no. 1 in the Dance Chart.

Madonna's Millions

Source: BBC Choice - 16 November 2001

The man who was responsible for Madonna's early financial success, and who was unceremoniously dumped by her in 1995, Bert Padell, talks for the first time about his experiences. Producers from Madonna's early career and financial experts on her millions provide a unique insight into the Diva.

Maripol, who carved out Madonna's early image talks about this stage in her career and provides 'never seen before' footage. We are also treated to a guided tour around her childhood home, now on the market for $2 million.

'Madonna's Millions', broadcasted on BBC Choice on November 18th at 8pm GMT.

GHV2 madness

15 November 2001

Lots of websites are promoting the GHV2 with Madonna specials and contests. Test your Madonna knowledge in the BBC chart quiz.

Belgian fans can participate in the Madonna contest at Mine.

At VH1 you can watch rare remix videos.

And then there's the reviews: Dotmusic - Amazon - NME.

Tracy Young Remix for GHV2

Source: Billboard, thanks to MLVC mailing list) - 15 November 2001

In other Madonna news, the label will service club DJs with "GHV2" November 20. The noncommercial single features six Madonna tracks seamlessly woven together by DJ/remixer Tracy Young.

Next month, club DJs will receive a promotional three-disc set featuring the singer's best remixes of the past 10 years. One new remix (That Kid Chris' overhauling of "What It Feels Like for a Girl") will also be included.

Madonna puppet for sale

Source: Absolute Madonna - 13 November 2001

The last 260 Spitting Image puppets are going on sale at the end of this month. Madonna, George Bush sr., Margaret Thatcher and grey John Major are among the highlights of the auction to be conducted by Sotheby's.

It will be the last hurrah for the satirical ITV show that ridiculed the great and the not-so-great from 1984 until 1996. The sale is expected to raise well over £100,000 for creator Roger Law.

Westlife to keep Madonna from the top ?

Source: Ananova - 13 November 2001

Westlife look set to top the album charts this weekend. Early sales figures show they are outselling their nearest rival Madonna by more than two to one. The band's third album, World Of Our Own, looks set to sell almost 150,000 copies by the end of the week.

~ Dear Madonnafans, don't tell me some little boysband, soon to be forgotten, will take the top spot instead of our queen? If you haven't already bought the GHV2, do so now! I want this weeks poll to end with 100% for the first option! bARTie

Madonna and Vanilla Ice on film ?

Source: - 13 November 2001

At the peak of his popularity in the early '90s, Ice was linked to the pop icon Madonna, and old rumors of the existence of a videotape that features Madonna performing a sex act on Ice have recently resurfaced.

LAUNCH asked Ice whether or not the tape exists. "Her and I in a sex act? It could, could possibly, absolutely, it could possibly exist," he said. "It's hard to say this - I got my friends, you know."

GHV2 megamix by Tracy Young

Source: Madonnarama - 12 November 2001

MadonnaWeb will be featuring clips of Tracy Young's GHV2 Megamix all week long. It was approved by Madonna last week and is the version to be issued to clubs on a promo-only vinyl. The track will be distributed to D.J.'s in two weeks time. In addition, there will be a video version of the Megamix (11mins 54secs) as well as an edited version.

Immaculate Collection recertified

Source: Billboard - 12 November 2001

With the release of her second greatest hits set just around the corner, Madonna's 1990 Warner Bros. compilation The Immaculate Collection has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 10 million copies. It's the second diamond award for the material girl, taking its place beside the one she earned in 1999 for Like a Virgin.

Madonna leaves Sardinia

11 November 2001

Yesterday Guy's film crew ended the shooting of 'Love, Sex, Drugs & Money' in Sardinia. In the evening Madonna was seen celebrating at a local pub. She's believed to return to London tomorrow (monday).

Releases postponed

Source: Mailing list MLVC - 11 November 2001

Dan-O-Rama's compilation of Madonna remixes has been pushed back (once again) by Warner Bros. Records, due to Madonna's new GHV2 & HBO DVD releases. The remix DVD is tentatively scheduled for a July 2002 release.

I have no idea what their DVD playlist will be. Some of the edits will have to be altered too (to not include Madonna movie clips, MTV clips etc.). WBR is going through alot of changes right now, so there's a good chance it may not happen at all.

Though the tour video was scheduled to be released at the same day as the GHV2 it seems it's postponed for the 19th.

More GHV2 scans! *Exclusive!*

10 November 2001

Today I got my copy of the GHV2. It has a different sticker on the front cover then the one we've seen before. Notice that in her eye it reads 'GHV2'. Seems like the scans I provided a few days ago were lacking a few pages. I scanned the extra pages, including lots of small pictures and one more text page. Also included are the front and back cover and the disc itself. Click here (it's indeed picture-heavy, so allow the images to load)


9 November 2001

I've had a lot of mails from Mad-Eyes visitors asking about the song that's used on the intro page. It is called Wonderland (click for more details).

GHV2 for sale today

9 November 2001

In some territories, including Belgium, the GHV2 and the tour video will be available for sale today. Other territories will follow on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th.

No MTV Awards

8 November 2001

At the 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards, Madonna didn't receive any award. In the category 'Best Female' she lost out to Jennifer Lopez and the award for 'Best Album' went to rocker wannabe's Limp Bizkids (pun well intended).

GHV2 Trading cards

8 November 2001

GHV2 trading cards Clickthe image on the right to send cool trading cards from the new WBR website.

GHV2 preview

Source: Ananova - 8 November 2001

Madonna fans, can access a sneak preview of her new compilation album online. A digital album sampler can be downloaded to desktops. It contains video clips for all 15 tracks, Madonna news and an image gallery. The sampler for Greatest Hits Volume 2 is available at

Fans can also win a rare limited edition gatefold CD signed by Madonna. To enter, fans have to send each other Madonna postcards, featuring unique GHV2 postage stamp artwork. Fans are given their own stamp book and are entered into a draw when all nine stamps have been collected.

GHV2 site

8 November 2001

While all local sites of Warner Music have been updated to promote the GHV2, there's now also a special website online: or

Click here to download a French promo spot for the GHV2 (Quicktime format).

The Validator returns!

Source: NY Daily News - 8 November 2001

And another long publicity nightmare came to an end this week when PR wiz Liz Rosenberg resolved her differences with Madonna and went back to work as the singer's spokeswoman.

You may recall that Rosenberg ended her 20-year association with Madonna in September. Rosenberg said, at the time, that Sept. 11 had forced her to rethink her professional ties to Mama Madge. "I had never before imagined it ending," Rosenberg said six weeks ago. "But then the real world came to an end."

Well, it's all over now that Madonna needs PR help. Two juicy biographies — which Madonna didn't want to see written — have just been published: "Madonna," by Andrew Morton, and "Goddess," by Barbara Victor.

"I'm in a less emotional place now," says Rosenberg. "I came to the conclusion that there was too much history between us. I love the girl. What can I say?"

Madge goes hunting

Source: PeopleNews - 8 November 2001

Madonna and Guy Ritchie held their first ever shoot at Ashcombe House, their new home, on Saturday, it has been revealed. According to eagle-eyed spies, also among the tweed-clad figures seen scuttling about on the day was Marco Pierre White. The restaurateur later said that he had enjoyed 'an excellent day's shooting'.

Ashcombe's 1,134-acre estate has a reputation for good sport, and this is known to have played a large part in its attraction for Ritchie. A number of the director's pals, including Vinnie Jones, are also fond of the whiff of cordite.

Madonna makes Guy change face

Source: - 6 November 2001

Madonna has reportedly forced husband Guy Ritchie to reshoot parts of his new movie because she did not like the way she looked in it. The 43-year-old singer is said to have complained she looked like the 'Queen Mother of Pop' in his film Love, Sex and Money.

The mother of two stars as a posh trollop stranded on a deserted beach with a sex-mad fisherman, but said she looks old and frumpy in the initial footage, according to the Daily Star. Apparently the singer managed to sneak a peek at the film - despite her husband's wishes.

"My God, I look like a senior citizen. I can't believe Guy is doing this to me, I look awful," she told a friend. An insider said Madonna did not want to look bad next to her co-star Jennifer Aniston, from Friends. Ritchie has now promised to film the scenes all over again with a new filter lens and flattering lights. However, he is said to have told a friend that Madonna is still perfect in his eyes - "wrinkles and all".

Madonna Avenue, Frankfurt

Source: Ananova - 6 November 2001

Streets in Frankfurt are being temporarily renamed after pop stars to mark the MTV Europe Music Awards. They will become Robbie Williams Avenue, Madonna Avenue and Janet Jackson Avenue. The streets will revert to their original names once the awards ceremony is over.

More security measures

Source: Ananova - 6 November 2001

Madonna has reportedly spent £10,000 having five large trees planted at her London home. The star is thought to have ordered the trees to prevent neighbours from looking into the garden. She is set to move into the £6 million house near Oxford Street later this month.

Madonna plans to have a horizontal trellis carrying climbing plants as a covered walkway. She has also installed a steam room in the five-storey Georgian home, according to the Sun.

GHV2 promo sites

5 November 2001

Belgian lookalike Marijke did a fantastic job performing during the soccer game on saturday. Surf to to hear an interview with her (in dutch). On the site there's also a whole Madonnasection to promote the GHV2.

Watch this hilarious scene from the Belgian movie 'Iedereen Beroemd' in which we see another lookalike performing Like A Virgin! ;-)

Madonna's official site at WBR also promotes the GHV2 with a new update, including some cool trading cards.

My VH1 Music Awards nominations

4 November 2001

On the 2001 My VH1 Music Awards, Madonna is nominated for 'My Favorite Female' and 'Hottest Live Show'. You can cast your vote at VH1. The show will be broadcast on December 2nd.

~ On a sidenote: you can still vote for Mo at the MTV VMA's, which will be broadcast next Thursday!

Giggling Jacko not for Maddy

Source: Spokesman-Review) - 4 November 2001

Madonna has had her share of men, but she couldn't bag Michael Jackson. According to Andrew Morton's new biography, "Madonna," the Material Mom "told one of her lovers" that she had tried to seduce Jackson but "failed to arouse his interest."

According to the lover, Madonna and Jackson were on the couch at his place when she put the moves on him. When they touched, he would start giggling like a little boy. Nothing further happened.

Madonna is richest Brit

Source: Ananova - 4 November 2001

Madonna has taken Harry Potter author JK Rowling's crown as the country's highest-earning woman. The Material Girl has qualified for the Sunday Times Pay List for the first time since marrying Guy Ritchie because the UK has become her main residence. In the past year she earned £30 million, compared with JK Rowling's £24.8 million and the Queen's £15.2 million income from the Civil List and Privy Purse.

Mo's childhood home still unsold

Source: Ananova - 4 November 2001

An internet auction of Madonna's childhood home has been scrapped after it failed to attract enough bidders. The house will now be sold by more conventional means. Madonna lived in the house just outside of Detroit, Michigan, with her father, stepmother, and seven siblings from the age of 12 until she went to University.

GHV2 video

3 November 2001

Download the new GHV2 video at Madonna Digitized.

GHV2 booklet *Exclusive!*

3 November 2001

The picture below is the back cover of the regular GHV2.

GHV2 back cover

Impressive Instant tops Dance Chart

2 November 2001

In its fourth week Impressive Instant reaches no. 1 in the Billboard Club Play Chart. It's Madonna's 27th no. 1 dance hit.

GHV2 News bits

Source: mailing list - 2 November 2001

Amazon is promoting a limited edition of the GHV2, being released on December 11th and now available for pre-order.

The new Dan-o-Rama video for the GHV2 Thunderpuss Megamix will premiere on MTV's TRL today. VH1 will start playing the video from Monday on.

TOTP nominations

1 November 2001

Madonna is nominated for Top Pop Act and Top Tour at the 2001 TOTP Awards, held in Manchester on November 30th. You can cast your vote on the website of TOTP.

£1 million on GHV2 promotion

Source: Worldpop - 1 November 2001

Madonna's record company Warners are spending £1m on promoting the star's new Greatest Hits album. The 15 track sequel to 1990's 3.5m selling The Immaculate Collection is released on 12 November and the star will not be doing any promotion or interviews to back up the album as she is currently in Europe filming a movie directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie.

Warners plans a cryptic promotion campaign initially, merely referring to the album as GHV2. 'We want to create some intrigue initially,' a Warners marketing manager said. 'We want the unusual name to get people thinking about the association between Madonna and GHV2. Only later will it become obvious as Greatest Hits Volume 2.'

The album will be advertised on TV as from next week. GHV2 spans the singer's chart success since 1991 and features hits including Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Ray Of Light and Beautiful Stranger but there are no new tracks. A DVD and VHS of Madonna's recent Drowned World tour will also be released on 12 November.

~ This is already the third different release date so far. Though the 13th was originally set, it's likely the album and the video will be released on the 9th, possibly depending on the territory.

Madonna and pope in virtual comedy club

Source: Ananova - 1 November 2001

The Pope and Madonna become stand-up comedians in a new online virtual comedy club. They are just two of the animated performers cracking a string of pub gags at the

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