Madonna news - Nov. 2002
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15 November - M's lesbian scene cut
James Bond can be shaken and stirred. He just can't swivel his
hips too much. Yes, the MPAA made director Lee Tamahori trim a
hot love scene between James Bond and his new ladylove Jinx, played
by Halle Berry, in the upcoming 'Die Another Day'. "In America,
you're not allowed to thrust, moan or look like you're enjoying
yourself while having sex or you get an R rating," fumes
Tamahori, who snipped some of the sizzle to get a PG-13. "It's
such b-------! Basically, I had to take out everything that made
it look like the woman was enjoying herself." Specifically,
he trimmed about 10 seconds of Berry bonding with Bond. "So
you Americans can fly to Europe, where the film will be presented
in its entirety," Tamahori says. "Basically, I can drill
a man through the head with a laser, but I can't show someone
enjoying sex. Now, what kind of message is that to kids?"
For her part, Berry says, "I spent a lot of time naked with
Pierce for that love scene. It was fun, but I guess it went a
little far. But for heaven's sake, he's James Bond, and the love
scenes should be hot." She brightens and says, "At least
it does give everyone something to look forward to when the DVD
Something else that was cut was Madonna as a lesbian fencing instructor
getting a little bit hot with the other Bond babe, played by Rosamund
Pike. But Tamahori snipped those scenes himself. "I shot
some moments with Madonna giving Rosamund little touches, but
I didn't want to turn the film into a male fantasy thing,"
he says. "Madonna still has all these little looks with Rosamund,
which was enough." (source: SunTimes
thanx to AbsMad)
14 November - DADay director says M's not that demanding
'Die Another Day' director Lee Tamahori has said Madonna's not
the pushy star she's made out to be. Rumours are that she refused
to record the title track without a role in 'Die Another Day',
but Lee insists that's nonsense. He says after a meeting with
Madonna he was happy to offer her a two-minute cameo: "She
said - 'Look, whatever people tell you - I'd love to be in the
picture but if you've got nothing for me and you don't want me
in the picture then no hard feelings. I'm very happy to do the
title track.' I said - 'Look, there's this quasi-lesbian dominatrix
fencing instructor that was doing one thing or the other...It'll
be perfect for you. If you want to play it I'll give you a great
costume, and believe me, it'll be a smashing costume.' "So
she said yes - and that was great." Meanwhile, Halle Berry's
character in 'Die Another Day' - Jinx - has proved so popular
that Bond bosses are planning to develop her own spin-off series.
It's the first time it's happened in 007's 40 year history. (source:
BBC, thanx to MadMax)
14 November - Sugar Ray follows M's chameleon trend
In an interview with Launch
Sugar Ray's frontman Mark McGrath mentions Madonna as trendsetter
of changing musical styles: "McGrath also tells Launch to
not necessarily expect the same Sugar Ray of previous hits such
as "Every Morning" and "Someday." "It's
funny, you wait your whole life to get a sound and now the sound's
like 'Wow, we've got to do something else,'" he says. "I
think Madonna set the bar pretty high for changing yourself, staying
current. And we're sort of in that position now. We're gonna pull
the trigger and do something different this time."
14 November - DADay on Billboard no. 10
Die Another Day
his way down, going from no. 8 to no. 10 in this week's Billboard
. The maxi-single sold 16,500 copies last week.
14 November - More on DADay cameo
' Die Another Day' features another Bond Girl whose name should
ring a bell. Madonna, who also sings the film's techno-tinged
theme song, dons bondage-black fencing gear and troweled-on eye
liner to make a brief appearance as a kinky fencing mistress named
Verity. Madge feints on the swordplay, but obviously relishes
the chance to indulge in some of the franchise's famous double-entendres.
After handing a fencing sword to 007 Pierce Brosnan, she smirks,
"I see you handle your weapon well." And when asked
if she'd like to place a bet on the outcome of a duel between
Bond and his male adversary, she quips, "No thanks. I don't
like cockfights." (source: NY
14 November - New song details *rumour*
Fansite Madonnarama claims: "We've heard confirmed details
of 2 of the songs which have working titles of 'Hollywood' and
'American Life' (these refrains are repeated in the lyrics). They're
described as being similar in style to Die
(stop/start electronica in the same vein as Mirwais'
work). One of
the tracks again features a heavy use of the autotuned vocal,
though is described as being more like Impressive
than Die Another
14 November - Ritchie faces music about Madonna's movie
Facing down about 600 university students inside England's Oxford
Union debating chamber, movie director Guy Ritchie proved to be
a popular guest on Tuesday night, People's London Bureau reports.
As might have been expected, a good many questions concerned his
wife, Madonna, 44, and their movie "Swept Away," which
recently washed ashore in America and tanked so badly that it's
going straight to video in Ritchie's native Britain. "It's
not being released (over here) because it's sh--," Ritchie,
34, told the students. "I can't answer more eloquently than
that." He said, "The idea was that the wife and I would
make some sassy little art movie, but we got the sh-- kicked out
of us. It broke records in America. It must be the first film
to make front page news with a review." By Ritchie's reckoning,
"I think 21 papers in America ran on how appalling it was,
and we had the absolute feces kicked out of us. But I've got to
say, it's a good film. I'm still left shaking my head ... make
(up) your own minds about it." Once the floor was opened
to other questions, Ritchie, sometimes going for a laugh (which
he received), answered quite candidly. Among the queries:
- What do you call your wife at home? "Bitch."
- Does your wife's history bother you at all? "It doesn't.
It used to, but it doesn't anymore."
- Does your wife sing in the shower? "Yes."
- Do you like your wife's music? "Was I a Madonna fan? No.
Am I a Madonna fan? Yes. I mean that genuinely."
- How did you and Madonna first meet? "It's actually quite
a boring answer. We met at lunch. She was with her boyfriend,
and he was sulking, and they were a few seats down in the restaurant
from where I was sitting, and I thought, 'F---ing hell, it's Madonna'.
So I went up to her and made crap jokes. I think I said, 'If you
play your cards right, I'll put you in a movie'. She thought I
was cocky and things went from there.
- What's Madonna's favorite film? "She likes musicals. 'The
Sound of Music.' "
And, describing their home life, Ritchie said: "My wife has
a mind of her own. I like to think I have some way of influencing
her, but that could be an illusion." Read
the full transcript here
. (source: People Magazine, thanx
14 November - DADay soundtrack scans
Madonnapower forum member MrRitchie has scanned the front and
back cover of the Die Another Day soundtrack, check
. He adds: "The album version of Die Another Day
is exact the same one of the promos, NOT LONGER :(. The making
of is 4 minutes long and you can see escenes you haven't seen
on the MTV's, but don't expect too much of the enhanced CD. No
Madonna extras as unreleased remixes!!"
13 November - Charity auction of signed M photo
has put up a signed Madonna picture which was donated for charity:
"Win a framed, signed, 8x10 black and white photo of Madonna.
The photo, a promotional shot from her Music
CD, is signed by Madonna in black marker. Authenticity is 100%
guaranteed. The winner of this auction will certainly 'Cherish'
this item, so bid for you or for a friend (what a perfect surprise
holiday gift). The photo was kindly donated to RAINN by Madonna.
Framing was donated by Chesapeake Framing Company in Kensington,
MD. For more information on Chesapeakes services, please
call 301-530-9378. 100% of the proceeds from this auction will
benefit the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network and the National
Sexual Assault Hotline. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National
Network (RAINN) is the nations largest anti-sexual assault
organization. RAINN operates programs to prevent sexual assault,
provide help to its victims and promote the prosecution and punishment
of its perpetrators. RAINN also operates the National Sexual Assault
Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and carries out extensive education
and outreach programs. RAINN receives no government funding. Eighty-seven
cents of every dollar raised is spent directly on program services
for victims. After researching the nation's 819,000 charities,
Worth magazine selected RAINN as one of "America's 100 Best
Charities." To find out more about RAINN, please call 1-800-656-HOPE
ext. 3 or visit our website at www.rainn.org
13 November - 'Die' demo displays new DVD technology
A clever marketing gimmick for MGM's James Bond juggernaut is
providing a high-profile demo for a new technology that could
create markets for promotional and one-time-rental DVDs. MGM used
Flexplay Technologies' special DVDs for 5,000 promo discs mailed
out this week with about 25 minutes of material from 'Die Another
Day'. The Bond mailer warns, "Once removed from its packaging,
the DVD will self-destruct in 36 hours!" The line might have
been better used by Paramount for marketing 'Mission: Impossible',
but nonetheless, the technology allowed MGM to send the music
video of Madonna's theme song along with numerous featurettes
about the film's cars, crew, gadgets and more, without undercutting
their long-term value for inclusion in the movie's inevitably
huge DVD release six months from now. Click
here for the rest of the article about Flexplay Technologies
13 November - Joni Mitchell bashes Madonna
Veteran singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, disgusted with the music
business, has said her latest album will also be her last. Venting
her scorn on contemporary artists - including Madonna - Mitchell
said of music industry executives; "They're not looking for
talent. They're looking for a look and a willingness to cooperate.
And a woman my age, no matter how well preserved, no longer has
the look. And I've never had a willingness to cooperate."
As for Madonna, who was once quoted as saying that as a teenager
she had adored Mitchell: "She has knocked the importance
of talent out of the arena. She's manufactured. She's made a lot
of money and become the biggest star in the world by hiring the
right people," Mitchell said. (source: Reuters
~ Madonna's spokesperson Liz Rosenberg was astonished when she
heard this, saying the feeling certainly wasn't mutual, as Madonna
has said in the past that Mitchell was one of her inspirations.
13 November - Update international charts
The Madonna mailing list gives us following update. It lists the
peak positions; in the UK for example it already dropped to no.
12. The US no. 1 is from the sales chart; DADay
is still no. 8 in the Billboard Hot 100.
#01 Hong Kong
#03 United Kingdom
#05 The Netherlands
~ I can add that the single is no. 1 on all radio stations of
my second home country Lebanon. Another fan reported also that
the song is no. 1 in Israel! (thanx Avi!)
13 November - Billboard Q&A about DADay limited single
Why don't record companies release CD singles like they did a
few years ago? I do not understand why Warner Bros. would not
release a single for Madonna's Die
Another Day. I know they only released the maxi-single to
this song, but this forces consumers to pay $9 for a maxi-single
instead of the typical $2.99 we used to pay just for the song.
Additionally, a lot of retailers (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.)
will not carry this maxi-single.
Doesn't this limit the possibility of Madonna having another No.
1? How does Billboard calculate sales and airplay into the Hot
100? Last week Die Another
Day only sold around 29,000 copies of its maxi-single, easily
dethroning Kelly Clarkson's song, but very much short of what
a No. 1 single would typically sell even a year ago. The Madonna
song only climbed to No. 8 [on the Billboard Hot 100].
Has the format for this calculation changed to determine a No.
1 song, or are record companies becoming selfish and relying on
the public to purchase the full CD or soundtrack?
Thanks, Ryan Rognstad
Record companies aren't releasing singles because they think if
you buy the single, you won't buy the album. And they want you
to buy the album, because that's where they make their money.
The limited maxi-single release of Madonna's Die
was good enough to allow the title to achieve
pole position on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, but
as you point out, the numbers weren't high enough to catapult
the Bond theme to No. 1 on the Hot 100. The maxi-single needed
to sell around 60,000 copies to be a serious contender for the
The Hot 100 has always been compiled by adding sales and airplay
information -- that's been true since its inception in August
1958. To keep up with changing market conditions, the formula
for adding sales and airplay has changed over the years. In today's
climate, where few singles are releases and the ones that do sell
in small quantities, airplay is a much bigger factor in where
a song will land on the Hot 100. (source: Billboard
12 November - DADay no. 2 on dance chart
In addition to being the best selling maxi-single for the third
week in a row, Die Another
makes a strong move from 7 to 2 on next week's Dance/Club
Play chart in Billboard magazine. The song's trajectory to date:
33 - 20 - 7 - 2... and it's looking like a surefire bet to become
Madonna's 28th number one. (source: AbsoluteMadonna)
12 November - Madonna bits from first Die Another Day screening
"The credit sequence has Bond going through a terrible ordeal
viewed through the dancing bodies of women made of fire and ice,
with the radio edit of Madonna's Die Another Day played over it."
"Plus a scene in the Ice Palace during the party, where a
remix of Madonna's DAD plays in the background..."
"Madonna has what I consider a larger cameo than expected.
This is in the first half of the film. Is it implied that she
and Bond have some sort of past? I'll have to see the film again
to be sure..." (source: CommanderBond forum, thanx to AbsMad)
12 November - M demands edit of Badly Drawn video
Madonna forced record label bosses to re-edit Badly Drawn Boy's
latest video after it had been sent to TV stations when she discovered
she was in it. The queen of pop was furious that bosses at record
company XL did not ask her permission to feature a picture of
her in the video to You Were Right. On the single,
Badly Drawn Boy aka Damon Gough sings, "I had to turn her
down 'cos I was still in love with you/I turned Madonna down."
Madonna is then pictured in the promo with four arms, like a Hindu
God. An insider says, "Nobody wants to get on the wrong side
of Madonna. We had to beg all the TV companies to not show the
video while we cut her out." In the new edit Madge is replaced
by a renaissance painting. (source: Soundbuzz
12 November - Brosnan has eyes for M
Pop diva Madonna claims 007 actor Pierce Brosnan ogled her on
the set of the new James Bond film, when she walked in dressed
head to toe in leather. Speaking of her leather fencing outfit
created by Brit firm Whitaker Malem for Die Another Day, Madonna
says: "I don't think he knew where to look when I first walked
on set."Madonna plays a lesbian fencing instructor in the
film. It is only a cameo appearance, but is likely to get a better
reception than her film Swept Away, which is now going straight
to video in the UK. (source: Gay.com
11 November - More rumours on new album *rumour*
According to the Warner Bros. mailing list, we can expect a new
single in January, and the new album in February. This is what
Madonna fan 'The Archdandy' had to say about the album:
- The first single will NOT be a Mirwais track, and that the title
of the album will be decided next month.
- The new album will mesh a lot of sounds. That's what the ArchDandy
is hearing. However, it's not like a bunch of styles thrown together
on one disc like Music
was - lots of elements are mixed in single songs themselves (DADay
strings and techno-beat being the perfect lead-off example). There
will also be a lot more guitar on the album--some of it particularly
- Also, it is being rumored that, in addition to DADay
there will be 11 NEW tracks instead of just ten (making the total
But alas, that is still just a rumor at this early stage... Madonna
hasn't even finished choosing the tracks (which explains why there's
no title yet). (thanx to MadMax member Mark/MadGuy)
11 November - DADay already out of UK's top 10
Irish boy band Westlife shot to the top of the British charts
on Sunday, claiming its 11th number one single in four years.
'Unbreakable' knocked 'Heaven' by DJ Sammy from the top spot,
according to the Official UK Charts Company. The track is from
Westlife's greatest hits album of the same name, due for release
on Monday. Madonna, who made a disappointing chart debut last
week at No. 3, slipped out of this week's top ten. Her James Bond
theme Die Another Day
fell nine places to 12. (source: Reuters
11 November - DADay on international charts
Here are some international chart positions of DADay
posted by Madonna.com
#01 Italy (New Entry!)
#03 United Kingdom
#05 The Netherlands
11 November - 20 years on Billboard charts
In the 11/06/1982 issue of Billboard, a song called Everybody
by an unknown singer carrying a well-known name first appeared
at #40 on the Dance/Disco Top 80 chart (predecessor of the 50-position
Dance/Club Play chart). It peaked at #3 for three weeks in January
1983. Who would have thought that 20 years later, that same disco
chick from Michigan would be on a mission to add a modern twist
to the James Bond franchise. By the 11/02/2002 issue, her theme
song for 'Die Another Day' (the *20th* Bond film, coincidentally)
has turned out to be her 48th Hot 100 entry, 44th top 40 hit (record
among female artists and tied for 5th among all artists), and
is on its way to become her 35th top 10 hit (second only to Elvis
Presley). She has accumulated 12 #1 hits (second among female
solo artists and tied for 5th among all), and 24 gold singles
(tied with the Beatles, second only to Elvis). She has been churning
out hits after hits with astounding consistency, and save for
a selected few, her chart clout has outlasted all her '80s peers
and even most big names from early '90s. (Fact: Aside from You
, Something To
each of her albums spawned at least two top 10 hits.) On the dance
chart where it all started, she has achieved an unthinkable level
of domination. Among her 40 Club Play hits prior to Die
(#33 debut in the 11/02/2002 issue), only three
peaked below #6 (one of which was the import-only, unpromoted
Sky Fits Heaven
about that!! 27 of them reached the pinnacle, almost twice as
many as Janet Jackson, who plays bridesmaid with 14 #1s. On the
album front, she has logged 16 entries on the Billboard 200 (including
Who's That Girl
soundtracks). Excluding the 1-CD highlight version of Evita
all the other 15 went platinum, including 12 multi-platinum. 14
charted in the top 10, including four #1s and five #2s. Among
female artists, her certified sales (59 platinum for 56.5 million
copies) is second only to Barbra Streisand. So much more can be
said about Madonna's achievements, on the charts and beyond. (source:
thanx to MLVC
11 November - Swept Away won't be screened in UK
The movie 'Swept Away' has been swept aside in a nation that likes
to think of its star, Madonna, as one of its own. The singer's
latest film, directed by her British husband, Guy Ritchie, won't
screen at theaters in Britain because it flopped so badly across
the Atlantic, its distributor said Friday. "Following the
disappointing box office results in the U.S., Guy Ritchie's 'Swept
Away' will not be released theatrically in the U.K.," Columbia
Tristar said in a statement. The film, a remake of a 1974 Italian
movie of the same name, had been scheduled to open in theaters
in March, but instead will go straight to video, the company said.
The movie bombed on its release in America last month, taking
in $375,000 at 196 theaters on its first weekend, an average of
$1,913 per theater. By contrast, 'Red Dragon', the third in the
"Silence of the Lambs" series, raked in $17.6 million
the same weekend. Critics have savaged 'Swept Away', in which
Madonna plays a spoiled socialite who goes on a Mediterranean
cruise and becomes stranded on a deserted island with a sailor
she'd tormented on board. He beats her into submission and they
fall in love, only to have reality rip them apart once they're
rescued. The Associated Press called it a "cinematic shipwreck"
and said it "completely lacks the imagination and spark of
(Ritchie's) two previous films." Madonna, the AP review said,
turns in "her most wooden, self-conscious performance since
'Shanghai Surprise.'" Not that bad reviews in the past have
dented Madonna's box office pull in Britain: In May, she made
her West End debut in an Australian play, "Up For Grabs,"
that was roundly trounced by critics and sold out every
performance. (source: AP
11 November - Interview on Z100
The Z100 interview mp3 can now be downloaded at Madonnapower
and there's a transcript
The interview is mostly normal chit chat stuff, but when asked
about whether she will tour for the new album, she said "most
likely". Also, the Rick Dees interview can be downloaded
11 November - Interview on KIIS FM
Last week, Madonna gave a phone interview to US radio station
KIIS FM, giving the following details:
- The new album will have Die
- There is no title for the album yet.
- There will be about 10 songs on the album.
- She is looking to create a "stiff" sound for the new
album (according to her "stiff" is the new hard).
- She says she is doing a rap on the album "inspired by Eminem
who is very talented".
- Madonna spoke briefly with her former dancer Chris Finch, and
called him an old man (he was 13 when he worked on the WTG tour).
- Madonna freaked out about the Good Morning America incident
involving the breast feeding incident.
11 November - First movie still from M's Bond cameo
Here is the first picture of Madonna in her cameo role in Die
Another Day scanned from People magazine. (source: Little
05 November - DADay on US charts
In addition to jumping 18*-8* on the Billboard 100, as already
reported, "Die" makes the following movement on other charts:
Hot 100 Airplay: 19*-18*
Hot 100 Sales: 47*-1*
Adult Top 40: 32*-29*
Top 40 Tracks: 12*-9*
Dance/Maxi-Singles Sales: 5*-1*
Dance/Club Play: 33*-20*
05 November - DADay on UK charts
Pop queen Madonna's latest single has been beaten to the top of
the charts by a Europop anthem called Heaven. Her 54th UK single
release - the title theme from new James Bond film Die Another
Day - entered the singles chart at number three. It had been tipped
as a sure chart-topper but DJ Sammy and Yanou raced it to the
top spot. Meanwhile, Nelly and Kelly Rowland dropped to number
two with Dilemma and Craig David trailed in at number eight with
his first material for two years, What's your Flava? (source:
05 November - Q&A with Caresse Henry part II
posted a second part of fan questions answered by Caresse Henry.
Jenny asks: Please could you tell me if there is a new Madonna
album or tour Scheduled for 02/03? im having Madonna withdrawals!!
Caresse: Yes - there is a new album scheduled for the early part
of 2003 and I doubt there will be a large scale tour but definitely
some performances to celebrate that release along with Madonna's
20 year anniversary!
Witgert Alexandre asks: I've read on different fan-pages that
there's a "remix-album" in work. Is there any chance
that there's something true on this rumour?
Caresse: No, not that I am aware of - we do have the Bond - Die
Another Day remixes which are nothing short of kick ass and there
is something for everyone - maybe that's where the confusion started.
Antonio Carrasco Liadskikh asks: Hi, I love Madonna and I want
to know if maverick or warner, will release a DVD Collection in
the beginning of 2003 which will include all the unreleased videos
Caresse: I would like to focus on preparing an ultimate box set
of Madonna music - single and remixes, videos, and tours - so
stay tuned for that to be sometime late next year.
Tamara Schweber asks: What does it say in Hebrew on Madonna's
arm in the new video?
Caresse: To overcome your ego.
Joshua Wasile asks: I am trying to find any info on the Madonna
2003 calendar, and if there will be one next year? Please let
me know on how I can get one. Thank you
Caresse: Unfortunately, we missed the time frame to do that for
2003 so I promise that for 2004 - we will have one to make up
05 November - Rumours on new album *rumour*
claims that Madonna's new, as-yet-untitled studio album is now
complete. It's been said that it's her best work yet. Sources
say this album is a very unexpected move for Mirwais; there is
apparently a lot of guitar on it. Here's a reminder of what we
- There will be 10 tracks
- One of the songs features Madonna rapping (and not in a Vogue
- Die Another Day
- The album is released early next year.
- There is possibly a song called 'Can't You See My Mind'.
- Mirwais has produced at least six of the tracks (according to
- Madonna describes it as having a "stiff" sound, with highly
compressed-sounding drums (audio compression flattens out all
the levels, making the loud and quiet parts at a similar level.
Disco and house music is very compressed).
05 November - Madonna in Oxygen ad
Making a rare advertising appearance, pop star Madonna will be
featured in a new campaign for the women's channel Oxygen starting
next week. The new campaign, called "Oh! Oxygen!" was created
by Dale Pon Advertising, New York. Included in this effort is
a new Oxygen logo. Other celebrities promoting the network will
include Carrie Fisher, Candice Bergen, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer,
Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Isaac Mizrahi. The spots will focus on original
programming such as Oprah after the Show and The Isaac Mizrahi
Show. The ad campaign will run for four weeks on Oxygen and on
national cable networks, local cable systems and on more than
60 major broadcast TV stations. The 4-year-old Oxygen Media has
44 million cable subscribers. (source:
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