Madonna news - April 2003
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15 April - Donna auctions golden record
today they'll auction Madonna's first Belgian golden record for
. They convinced
WBR to have Madonna personally sign the record! Profits of the auction,
which takes place next week, will be donated to the Red Cross.
15 April - Album preview on RTL
Not only MTV is previewing the album tomorrow. According to the
website of RTL
the album will be available for previewing tomorrow noon. They also
announce an interview and performance by Madonna on their Madonna
special "Absolut Madonna", which is broadcast on saturday
May 3rd, at 10.15pm (CET).
15 April - AL heading for UK #1?
It's midweek in the UK and sales of Madonna's title track from her
new album American Life
outselling all others in its first week of official domestic sales.
If this continues until Sunday, then Madonna will have her 11th
UK #1 hit with American Life
UK charts are calculated based on number of singles sold per week,
not on airplay (as in the US). However, let's not count our chickens
just yet...here are the sales figures for the top contenders...
1. Madona - American Life (11951)
2. Room 5 Featuring Oliver Cheetham - Make Luv (8300)
3. Blur - Out Of Time(7477)
4. Robbie Williams - Come Undone (5896)
5. Kym Marsh - Cry
Madonna's lead is decent but not by any means commanding, and it
is possible that American Life
could be overhauled by Robbie Williams, Blur or especially Room
5 (featuring Oliver Cheetham) with "Make Luv" which is
proving to be an early summer hit, played all over the place. Fingers
crossed that this lead will be maintained - just to put this in
context, if Madonna gets #1 spot this weekend, she will draw level
with ridiculously soppy Irish pop band "Westlife" on 11
UK #1s. (source: MadMaxb)
15 April - No free mini for Mo
Mini obviously doesn't realize the marketing powers of Madonna:
If Madonna is hoping to receive a complimentary MINI after featuring
one of the cars in her latest video American
she can think again. Despite the material girl's free advertising
for the popular sixties car, bosses at MINI UK are laughing off
suggestions they should name one of their new models after her.
A spokeswoman for the company says, "We have no plans to launch
a Madonna Special Edition because we would have to give one away
to her and that is something we've never done. "If a celebrity
- including Madonna - decides to pay for a car that's fine, they're
making their own choice but the mini is held in such high esteem
by the public that if we start giving them away it will detract
from the car." (source: Automobile
15 April - Win tickets to see Madonna's MTV performance
"Want to watch Madonna perform LIVE on MTV? Of course you do.
Enter our new contest
and win a chance to see her play songs from American
in the MTV studios on the album's release date, Tuesday,
April 22nd. We've got 20 tickets to give away (1 ticket per winner)
and transportation/hotel are not included. And don't forget that
this Wednesday, April 16th, MTV.com
will debut their new show THE LEAK where they'll also be streaming
the entire American Life album. Starting April 16th through April
22nd, every track of the full album American Life will be available
to stream on MTV.com. You'll hear it here
(Prize consists of tickets to the MTV performance and does NOT include
transportation to New York or the MTV studios.)" (source: Madonna.com
15 April - X-Static Process online
, which turns
out to be a hauntingly beautiful acoustic campfire song, now also
premiered on Launch
14 April - Madonna week on Donna
There's probably no music website or radio station in the world
that isn't eagerly awaiting the new album. Next week is Madonna
week on Belgian Radio Donna
In "De Weekendshow" (sunday 20/04 at 5pm) they'll broadcast
their own Madonna-Mi, made of a collection of her greatest hits.
During "His Masters Voice" on thursday 24/04 and friday
25/04 (7pm) there'll be a Madonna Top 30, voted by the listeners.
So go to the site
and give them your Top 3 Madonna hits!
14 April - Madonna to quit WBR? Probably not
There's a rumour that Madonna is so angry at Warner Brothers for
pulling her video that she decided to leave the record company.
However, this is most likely untrue.
14 April - AL remixes for streaming
If you haven't heard the American
remixes, you can stream them all at SoundGenerator
14 April - New song previews
claims that X-Static Process
will premiere on Yahoo today, the website of Yahoo/Launch
mentions a premiere on April 16th. Meanwhile, Love
premiered on AOL
(members only). You can listen to Mother
14 April - AL single in stores
The American Life
now also available in stores around Europe (and other territories),
so don't forget to go out and buy it, so we can boost the song to
no. 1 worldwide!!
14 April - Trick or no Trick?
For months, there's a rumour circulating that the Japanese edition
of the American Life
will contain a bonus track. Long time ago a rumoured title was Trick.
Now there are also some supposed lyrics
for this. But other sources claim the rumour is completely false.
So we'll have to wait and see.
14 April - AL enters UK charts at #57
the single has
charted on the UK charts at #57. But before you all start wailing
in dismay, this is purely on the basis of its import sales - so
this is actually quite an impressive feat! When the single charts
properly, there will be a different catalogue number so we should
see a high debut for the song - maybe even number 1! (source: MadMax)
13 April - New video for American Life
Madonna has recorded a new video for her controversial forthcoming
single American Life
withdrew the original video before its premiere on April 4 as she
believed its military theme was "not appropriate" with
the US at war with Iraq. The content of the new video for the single,
which is set for release on Monday (21), will be kept secret, according
to today's (April 11) Daily Star. A US source said: "As with
the album, it's all very hush-hush, but she's keeping a few scenes
from the original video and including a lot of newly shot footage."
Madonna's tenth studio album, also titled 'American Life', will
be released on April 21. (source: NME
12 April - Madonna on MTV's 'The Leak'
Starting Wednesday April 16th, MTV.com premieres a new online initiative
called "The Leak," in which fans can preview full-length
tracks from an upcoming album before the album's release. Madonna
will be the inaugural artist for "The Leak," as songs
from the American Life
will be exclusively available on the site through April 22. Click
here to check it out
! (source: Madonna.com
12 April - Three songs to premiere on monday
On Monday, April 14, three songs from American Life will debut online:
- Love Profusion
on AOL - Keyword:
Artist of the Month, Madonna
- X-Static Process
- Mother and Father
12 April - Madonna vs. privacy
Madonna has gone to unprecedented lengths to prevent fans from downloading
copies of her new album American
, dotmusic can exclusively reveal. American Life, which
we heard at a top-secret airing in London last night, is the subject
of unprecedented security, as record companies and musicians attempt
to confront internet piracy.
A string of Madonna fans have contacted dotmusic in recent days
having accessed dummy copies of the album on 'illegal' sites and
been confronted with a foul-mouthed tirade. According to their reports
each track is blank, save for the Queen of Pop shouting: "What
the f*ck do you think you're doing!"
The tight security has also been reflected within the music press,
with promo copies of American
not expected until around the time of the actual release,
on April 21. Meanwhile, the long-awaited new album was given its
first airing in the UK last night, and, fittingly, captures the
Queen of Pop wading through a jungle of emotional problems and paranoias.
The tenth studio album was unveiled in the Electric Cinema in Notting
Hill to a select audience of media and marketing big-shots and looks
set to become regarded as her mid-life crisis record.
American Life has been co-produced by French electronic guru Mirwais,
who produced much of Madonna's landmark 2000 long-player Music and
has co-written all of the new material. We can report that the album
reprises the electro beats and acoustic guitar meanderings of much
Don't Tell Me
, whilst perhaps
lacking the immediacy and power of tracks such as Music
and Impressive Instant
record also finds Madonna in emotional meltdown, as she strives
to cope with the multiple issues of international conflict, stardom
and the pressures of fame, alongside closer to home dilemmas, such
as motherhood, marriage and, significantly, self-obsession and personal
insecurities. Amongst the many questions she asks of herself during
the course of the album, 'Jesus Christ' is mentioned on a number
of occasions, while forthcoming single American
features the Queen of Pop throwing the word f*ck around
at the chorus. (source: Dotmusic
12 April - Madonna at war with her label?
Pop superstar Madonna has left her record label Warner Brothers"furious"
over her controversial American
video. Sources tell American magazine US Weekly that the
pop diva defied recommendations to avoid shooting the video, preferring
to do things her way. A source explains, "For weeks before
the shoot began, they label pleaded with Madonna to change her mind,
since the US was headed for war." But the 44-year-old singer
reportedly refused to do a video for her album's first single "unless
it was her 'vision'", explains the source. Madonna's spokeswoman
contests, "Her label always gives her complete creative control
of her videos and music." However, even after the record company
voiced its concerns, says the source, it still went along and paid
up US$600,000 (S$1,068,346) for the video - which features, among
other images, Madonna throwing a grenade at what is described as
an American President George W Bush lookalike. Now that the video
has been shelved, the label is saying it "refuses to pay the
US$600,000 tab", says the source.
11 April - Will
& Grace preview
Check fansite Madonnalicious
for a promo preview of the upcoming Will & Grace episode featuring
10 April - Another great
Most people have heard the single and title track of the American
album, and for the first time in years, people have an
opinion about a Madonna record. It might be a difficult single to
get used to, but it serves as a good introduction to the album.
On Ray of Light
she was spiritual. On Music
she was in the throws of Guy Richie induced love and a new found
friend in Mirwais. Here on American
, Madonna talks and really opens up. American
succeeds as an album where Music
failed. It sounds like an album, with an agenda of what the singer
wants to say. On Music
the mix of Mirwais, William Orbit and Mark 'Spike' Stent all producing
made it sound unresolved as a whole and a bit messy. And it had
on it. Here the
sound is consistent and as a result it's brave and strong where
was afraid to really
go for it. Initially it's not an easy listen. There is a lot going
on here, but it sounds fantastic and definitely an album which you
want to listen to again and again. With her vocals right up in the
mix, this is as close as we've ever got to Madonna. Moreso, than
the last album and also on Ray
. It's braver too - no longer does she hedge her bets
and mix an album with people which she scored earlier successes
with like Pat Leonard on Ray
and William Orbit on Music
On American Life
vision and Mirwais's production alone - and it's all better for
it. However, like Erotica
this album could be overlooked if people judge the album by the
first single. And like with Erotica
that would be a real shame. It's a strong album. It's a break-up
album, a fed up of work/school/college album. It has attitude and
balls - just like a good Madonna record should have.
- American Life
single (not including Die Another
) and it's the mission statement of the album. Whether you
love it or hate it, as the beginning of the album it makes sense
and serves as a good introduction as to what the rest of the albums'
lyrics are about. It's also, in my opinion, the weakest song.
is going to be the second single. After the first track it's actually
a huge relief after the single American
- instantly catchy and fast-paced it reminds you of what
Madonna really is about when she's good. Great tunes, attitude.
It starts with bird singing noises in the background, and soon Madonna
gets into the Hollywood is not-a-very-nice-place theme of the song.
- I'm So Stupid
bit slower with her voice distorted at the start. It's sounds a
little 60s with the synths in the background, and has more of a
rock feel to it. With lyrics like 'Everybody's looking for something',
it's a grower.
- Love Profusion
the most straight forward dance track on the album. I think this
is one of those which could become a favourite and it feels like
a classic upbeat Madonna song. It fuses the message behind the song
beats and acoustic elements really well.
- Nobody Knows Me
song is insane. Very electronic, chaotic, fast, manic. Pounding
synths. There is so much going on here several it'll take several
plays to really get it, but it's ace.
- Nothing Fails
to be single no.3, this is classic downbeat Madonna. It's also the
first time the album drops the pace. Think Don't
mixed with the low, gravelly voice on Live
. The London gospel choir sounds amazing when their voices
take off. Strong, with beautiful strings.
Mid-paced, it builds up to be a lovely album track. Not a single,
but with its REM 80s-style guitars in the background it's a good
track to follow Nothing Fails
- X-Static Process
rumours that this would be the big Impressive
dance track were wrong. It's one of the slowest tracks.
It's also striking because throughout the album Madonna vocals feel
very close and real - here's she sounds bare. Intimate.
- Mother and Father
This isn't the sad confessional track the title leads you to believe.
It's stronger than previous attempts on a similar theme - Inside
, Promise to Try
and Oh Father
- Die Another Day
Like the American Life
this song had mixed reactions when released. But bizarrely, because
the production sounds consistent throughout the whole album, it
fits. Where on Music American
irritated the flow of the album, Die
finds itself a home here and compliments the set.
- Easy Ride
: Like Gone
near the end of the last album, this feels like an epitaph for the
album. It sounds like she's exhausted - and no wonder - in a good
way, and again the strings sound amazing. A great and natural end
to the album.
Madonna has said of the album via an official statement from her
record company that: "All of these songs reflect my current
state of mind. I feel like I have just woken up out of a dream.
They range from dismay and anger to joy and certainty. Hopefully,
I have taken the personal and made it universal." (source:
, thanx to Hector)
April - Steven Klein to direct M video? *rumour*
"I hear the equally comely Madonna is using Steven Kleinwho
did those contortionist shots of her in Wto direct an upcoming
video, and this one will actually get aired. Will she pin her legs
behind her ears and pop out a hand grenade? One can only hope so,
after her Swanking of the American
video. (Come on, Madonna, we don't need you to second-guess
your chutzpah and cave in to the big boys. We need you to tighten
the belt around society's neck and return to your old mantra, "I
am not ashamed!")" (source: Village
10 April - BBC interview
Madonna is to talk exclusively to Jonathan Ross on his BBC1 chat
show. She will appear on Friday Night With Ross on May 2. The star
will also perform several tracks from her new album American
. Jonathan has interviewed Madonna once before back in the
80s. He says he is delighted to have another opportunity to talk
to the queen of rock. "She is without doubt, still the most
exciting woman working in rock today and with a life like her's,
you're never in danger of running out of interesting questions,"
he said. "For any talk show host she's a dream guest and I
can't wait to sit down and start grilling her," he said. (source:
10 April - Madonna gets personal
Madonna's has penned her most personal song to date, about the traumatic
death of her mother. The song, called Mother
, is featured in her new American
album. It is written from a child's perspective and reflects
the pop queen's loneliness at the age of five after her mother died
of cancer. Several of the songs in the album refer to her love for
her husband, the film director, Guy Ritchie. Madonna said: "All
of these songs reflect my current state of mind. They range from
dismay and anger to joy and certainty. Hopefully I have taken the
personal and made it universal". The track is due to be released
on April 21. Only handful of copies will be available for the record
industry before it hits the shops. (source: Sky
10 April - Madonna confirms
Madonna is to perform material from her new album, exclusively for
MTV. 'Madonna On Stage & On The Record' will take place in front
of a live audience in New York on April 22, before airing on MTV
UK and Ireland shortly afterwards.
The performance will be the first time Madonna has showcased tracks
from her upcoming album American
, released on April 21. The one-hour special, hosted by
MTV's Carson Daly, will also include an interview with Madonna,
live questions from the audience, plus a sneak peak at more never-before-heard
songs from American Life
This will be the first time her fans will be able to hear directly
from Madonna since the recent controversy surrounding her video
for 'American Life'.
"When I look back on my career, so
many of my favourite TV moments have happened on MTV: singing Like
at the first MTV Video Music Awards, performing Vogue
and Express Yourself
MTV Awards shows, interviews with Kurt Loder from all over the world,"
Madonna said. "We grew up together. I'm really looking forward
to continuing the tradition and performing the music from my new
album live on MTV."
- No place for irony in this pop world
She's the ultimate quick-change artist, with a style that can absorb
any trend and an image to match. She's gone from material girl to
S/M maitresse, from power diva to contented mother. I'm not talking
about Hillary Clinton in the mind of the angry white male. This
Under all her convolutions lies a core persona, some would claim.
In the pomo pantheon, Madonna is the emblem of desire in all its
variations. But what's kept her on top of the pops for more than
twenty years is her ability to select the variation that fits the
theme of the moment. Madonna's great gift is staying ahead of the
curve without getting truly out of line. That's why it's stunning
to see her burned by the promotional video for her upcoming album,
Madonna's chameleon instincts have been failing her lately. Sales
of her music have slipped, and she's made some terrible acting choices
(such as starring in last year's ridiculed remake, Swept Away).
In these straits, a sex goddess can always fall back on provocation,
but Madonna chose to walk a much trickier line by attaching her
erotic energy to an antiwar statement. The result was a wet dream
for Matt Drudge.
This video may be "the most shocking antiwar, anti-Bush statement
yet to come from the show-business industry," drooled the dean
of Internet factoids. From Drudge's description, you'd think Madonna
had put a bullet through the President's unimpeachable head. The
closest she came to that is lobbing a grenade at a man in a Bush
mask who uses it to light his cigar. But that sort of fantasy is
treason these days, and with visions of demonized Dixie Chicks dancing
in her head, Madonna withdrew the offending video.
That was embarrassing enough, but did she have to say she was acting
"out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I
support and pray for"? This was a little like hearing Trent
Lott praise affirmative action--not exactly a credible gesture of
repentance. Now Madonna seems headed for icon limbo.
Meanwhile, the contraband video is circulating on the web. This
may be one of those telling moments when the promo outlasts the
product, and maybe it should, since the video is one of the best
Madonna has ever made. Some of its mock violence looks eerily like
the nightly news. But unlike the "real" thing, it bristles
with ambiguity, deftly locating the hidden connections between sex
and war--and exploding them. If you want to understand the erotics
of contemporary combat, this video makes a good primer.
But pop culture isn't down with ambiguity at the moment. Irony is
the new Communism, which is why an artist like Madonna can't get
her message across. Nothing in her career prepares her for a climate
where every intention must be clear and earnest. She has no experience
with optimism, the official affect of the Let's Roll Generation.
She can rap, she can vogue, she can do bondage and ballads, but
one thing Madonna can't be is clean-cut. In order to plug into the
present, she will have to play the Marlene Dietrich camp-follower
role in a remake of Morocco, running off into the desert after some
latter-day Gary Cooper. It's come to that. (source: The
10 April - New AL video?
"A new version of the 'American
' video will be released to TV networks next week. We are
unable to confirm if this has been re-shot, or re-edited at present."
09 April - Madonna poster in Het Nieuwsblad
Belgian fans can go out today and buy an issue of Het
. Today's issue of the newspaper has a free large
American Life poster included.
April - TV blitz to promote new album
Madonna is set for a TV blitz the week of April 21 to promote her
new Maverick/Warner Bros. album, American
, due April 22 in North American and a day earlier internationally.
On April 22, the singer will perform her new songs live for the
first time in a one-hour MTV special, "Madonna on Stage &
on the Record." The show will be taped at the network's Times
Square studios in New York, and will air on MTV at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Madonna will also take live questions from the audience. Contest
winners from Infinity Broadcasting-owned radio stations around the
country will be invited to attend the show (Infinity and MTV are
both owned by Viacom.)
Also on April 22, Madonna will be featured on NBC's "Today"
and "Dateline," and she is set to perform on CBS' "Late
Show With David Letterman." The artist also will also appear
on ABC morning talk show "Live With Regis and Kelly" on
April 23, and will, as previously reported, make a highly publicized
guest appearance on NBC sitcom "Will & Grace" in an
episode airing April 24.
Last week, Madonna canceled the release of her American
video, which features anti-war imagery. The artist said
she did not want to risk offending anyone and did not want the video
to be misinterpreted.
In related news, MTV.com today (April 8) premieres a new online
initiative called "The Leak," in which fans can preview
full-length tracks from an upcoming album before the album's release.
Madonna will be the inaugural artist for "The Leak," as
songs from the American Life
album will be exclusively available on the site through April 22.
08 April - American Life single in US
American fans who want to push up American Life on the charts should
go out today and buy the single; it's in stores now.
08 April - How Will & Grace nabbed Madonna
Madonna's April 24 guest shot on NBC's Will & Grace caps a two-year
pursuit on the part of the sitcom's coexecutive producer Tim Kaiser
a mission that involved some wishful thinking, a little behind-the-scenes
diplomacy and, perhaps most importantly, a bribe no material girl
could resist. "I sent a lot of flowers," Kaiser laughs.
"Madonna loves English roses, so I began to send these fantastic
The floral fawning helped Kaiser penetrate Madonna's inner circle,
although, "There wasn't much interest," he notes. "I
was informed Madonna didn't own a television, or know Will &
Grace existed." But, crazy for the pop icon, the scribe didn't
give up. "I sent tapes of appearances by Matt Damon, Michael
Douglas and whatnot, and... pitched how wonderful it would be for
her to come on the show."
But it wasn't until last November shortly after her latest
film, Swept Away
that the singer showed any true blue consideration. However, Madonna's
manager, Caresse Henry, denies that her client saw an opportunity
to justify her acting ambition in the wake of the movie's failure.
"She didn't do it to redeem herself," insists Henry, adding
that the Evita
star wanted a
chance to "show her comedic side, because she's very funny."
Another perk? The episode coincides with the April 22 release of
her latest album, American Life
Armed with a tentative OK, Kaiser along with W&G exec
producers Jeff Greenstein and Jhoni Marchinko ran by the
maker a number of
potential plots. "She had one parameter," notes Kaiser.
"She would not play herself. She wanted to act." After
passing on several ideas (including one that cast her as a pupil
in Jack's acting class), Madonna a quick convert to the cult
of Megan Mullally's alter ego Karen jumped at a storyline
that had her playing the socialite's new working class roomie. "She's
a wannabe Sex and the City girl," says Greenstein.
Despite her insane schedule, the Queen of all Media showed up on
time for rehearsals and displayed no diva behavior on the set. "I
expected to put a PA on full alert," jokes Kaiser, "but
she was a real professional." Just as startling, at the March
18 taping, the sitcom virgin discovered what it feels like for the
new girl. "She had a few nerves," he concedes, "but
once she got the first take down, she hit it out of the park."
With that success story in the bag, Kaiser is already counting the
hours until he corrals his next big get. Hints the ex-Seinfeld exec:
"We're big Nicole Kidman fans." We hear she thinks red
roses are to die for. (source: TVguide
07 April - Madonna intends to tour in
A half-hour American Life TV special has just aired tonight on channel
nine in Australia where Madonna revealed to former MTV host Richard
Wilkins that she plans to embark on a world tour in 2004. She said
that she will include Australia on her agenda because she enjoyed
her last trip down under during the Girlie
. This is thrilling news for Australian fans as this will
be a chance to see Madonna at her best! The TV special also included
some other exciting news...
Madonna looked positively radiant and spoke with confidence and
exuberance during her interview with Australian entertainment guru
Richard Wilkins, who congratulated her on "another magnificent
album." She said that the electronic music combined with the
classical elements of accoustic guitar and violins represented her
complex yet simple character. She also revealed that the video to
is an honest representation
of the contradictions associated with modern life and the American
dream. She claimed that she could speak out about this issue because
she strived for fame and fortune for so long and although she has
acheived it, she realizes that these things alone do not make a
person happy, therefore the song is about the realization that she
has arrived at today. She also said that the video was anti-war
and was a message to American president George Bush to divert his
plans to wage a war. (thanx to Madonnarama)
~ The Channel 9 interview and the Australian TV Today Show are now
available for download at Madonna-Internet.
07 April - More on X-STaTIC
Read an interesting article on the X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS exhibit in
07 April - Madonna
to film Hollywood video? *rumour*
According to Madonnarama:
"Madonna will be filming the video to her next single, Hollywood
on the 4th week of May. Director will be Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
Tom Pecheux is set to do the makeup. There is no truth in the rumour
that Madonna is to totally reshoot an American
This will take place in LA immediately after the European promotional
06 April - AL on the
The backlash in the US for the AL single was to be expected, but
it's looking good in the European charts. American Life entered
at #4 on German radio, the highest debut for a single in a long
time. On French radio it debuted at #20, which might seem low, but
it's actually quite high for a song in english. On Danish radio
it charted at #2 and in the UK it's topping the A-list of Radio
One. It debuted at #35 on Hit 40 UK, based on airplay points alone
(Hit 40 UK is a chart that combines both sales and airplay). Dutch
Radio 538 called AL their "alarmschijf van de week" and
all her previous "alarmschijven" have become hits in Holland.
Belgian Radio Donna played AL heavily as their "smaakmaker
van de week" (taste maker), while Studio Brussel placed it
at #10 in their hotlist (second highest debut of the week). So it's
looking great so far! Don't forget to go out and buy the single
next week! (source: Dotmusic
thanx to Krissy / MadMax)
06 April - Dan-o-Rama video of Die Another
There's a Danorama version of Die Another Day:http://www.danoramaproductions.com/danorama.html
Or, direct link: http://www.dan-o-ramaproductions.com/quick/Dan-O-Rama-Pro_04.mov
(source: Madonna Information Report)
06 April - Good and bad reviews for AL
with dark, introspective hues, American
is the flip side to 2001's Music
which was intentionally aimed to be easy on the brain and heavy
on the hips. From the opening lines of the title track, it's clear
that we've caught the 44-year-old artist in a reflective state of
mind. Within its framework of acoustic strumming and rubber-band
bass-thumping, we don't see her surveying the landscape of all American
life, just her own. And clearly it's been an inner battle, as she
punctuates a jittery, almost codependent mantra of "I tried
to stay ahead / I tried to stay on top / I tried to play the part"
with a venomous, dismissive "**** it." By the end of the
track's cheekily delivered rap (which pays undeniable homage to
Deborah Harry's classic rant on Blondie's 'Rapture'), we see that
she may have all she thought she wanted but maybe not all she has
needed." Larry Flick, senior talent editor at Billboard.
Madonna rapping? She really shouldn't have. Really. But that's just
one of the missteps sabotaging new single American
, a blurry snarl of style and composition that sounds more
like a disjointed medley than a song. Enough already with substituting
electronic blips for melody; it may have worked well on Music
and sufficed on Die Another
, but the novelty effect is well-worn and just plain grating
on this effort. To further the sting, the space-age noises are followed
by a jarringly disparate fanning of acoustic guitars, and then what
appears to be two choruses. Huh? But watch out, next is the rap
- soulless and in your face, it is positively atrocious. Our beloved
Madonna is certainly the industry's most-accomplished musical chameleon,
and previous evolutionary inquisitions have changed the face of
pop music to great effect. Not this time. This American
should be hastily deported. -CT (source: Billboard Magazine)
I am the first journalist to review the new CD by Madonna, American
. As with Music
her previous album she's written a song for Guy, X-Static
. She sings: "I always wished that I could find,
someone as beautiful as you, but in the process I forgot that I
was special too." And in one of her most personal songs to
date, Mother & Father
she sings: "My mother died when I was five, And all I did was
sit and cry, I cried and cried and cried all day, Until the neighbours
went away." Here's my track-by-track rating:
- American Life
: It mixes R&B
beats with her producer's familiar electronic sound. 4/5
: A mid-tempo
sugary-sweet guitar song. 3/5
- I'm So Stupid
: A great rock-based
and upbeat track. Lots of electric guitar. This is more like ALANIS
MORISSETTE than the Madge we are used to. 4/5
- Love Profusion
: One to set
the nightclubs alive. Great melody and acoustic guitar flavour to
it. Definitely a grower. 3/5
- Nobody Knows Me
: Not only
the best song of the album, but one of her best ever. Shows why
Madonna is Queen of Pop. 5/5
- Nothing Fails
: Starts out
like a campfire song. Towards the end comes a rousing gospel choir.
average, but it could be a grower. 3/5
- X-Static Process
: Very laid
back ballad. 3/5
- Mother & Father
over Kylie. This 80s-style disco tune has dark lyrics. Also sings
of her love for her father. 5/5
- Die Another Day
theme is not her finest moment. 2/5
- Easy Ride
: Luscious strings
of previous hit Frozen
and the electronic beats of Music
Overall it's good, but will take a few listens to get into. 4/5
06 April - MSN Madonna
All month long, MSN will feature Madonna, including the Missy Elliott
remix of American Life
, an interview
and a debut of a song from the album. Click
here to check it out
. (source: Madonna.com
06 April - Madonna is AOL's Artist of
For the month of April, AOL will have lots of Madonna content, including
an exclusive interview, trip to see her perform in New York, a remix,
exclusive debut of Love Profusion
and more. AOL Keyword: Madonna or http://music.netscape.com
05 April - Australian interview shows
M's quick change of mind
Confidential's old mate Richard "Tricky Ricardo" Wilkins
is sitting on a major exclusive after being the only Australian
granted an audience with Madonna last week. Wilkins' interview,
to be screened in part on Nine's Today as well as a special presentation
next Monday, has become even more timely following the Material
Girl's decision to shelve the video for her latest single American
Life. The video, which was due for release on Friday, is chock-full
of war images but the most controversial part features Madge saying
"F . . k it" as she hurls a grenade at a George W. Bush
lookalike, who uses it to fire up his stogie.
"Due to the
volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to
the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk
offending anyone who might misinterpret the video," Madonna
said on her website. But what Madge isn't prepared to show, Tricky
Ricardo is. In a brave broadcast-or-be-damned move, the video will
be screened in full on Monday night's special. Wilkins' interview
with the pop queen, conducted last week at the Four Seasons Hotel
in LA, also reveals how quickly she has changed her tune.
Wilkins: "You're going to get all sorts of criticism I think."
Madonna: "Why. Tell me why!"
W: "People are going to say it's inappropriate to show bombs
going off and planes bombing people."
M: "Why? That's on the news every five minutes! I'm just using
news footage that's already been seen by everyone."
W: "I'm suggesting that some people are going to think maybe
M: "But in a way it's perfect timing, because it's what we
are experiencing right now so, it's American life. It's very
current and appropriate I think."
Confidential yesterday put it to Wilkins that he may have convinced
one of showbiz's greatest envelope pushers to go cold on the idea.
"Maybe I did, perhaps I caused her to think again," he
said. "She is very proud of the video, as she should be because
it's incredible, but she could be engaging in a cunning marketing
ploy or perhaps she genuinely believes it will offend people. Either
way, we'll show it and let our audience be the judge."
The show Madonna: American Life will screen on Monday at 10.40pm
on Nine. (source: Daily
04 April - Live special
on MTV, but no DVD single
According to Madonnarama:
"GREAT NEWS!!! The much questioned about MTV-Madonna Live special
is VERY MUCH happening! We have obtained an advance copy of next
week's People Magazine and Liz Rosenberg confirms that Madonna has
been busy rehearsing for the Live MTV special. The special will
air on MTV on April 22, to coincide with the release of the album!!!!
Onto the "American Life" Video.....For those hoping for
a DVD single, It's not happening.....Liz Rosenberg tells People
Magazine "It will go bye bye. In this climate, the war's impact
will not go away so fast. The video will NOT be released."
The Madonna Speaks special for VH1 has been removed from the stations
schedules. Chances are that it was to feature the now-shelved video."
04 April - AL on American charts
has had a disappointing showing on the American chart. It debuted
at #90 first week and crawled up to #74 this week. Some industry
insiders suggest the single will fail to make the US Top 40 at all.
As a digital download the single sold 4,177 units in the first week
and 2,502 in the second week. They are download figures, not sales
of the single and actually reflect a fairly healthy number compared
to what downloads normally sell in the market. (source: Undercover
04 April - No Madonna for Madonna
Madonna has admitted she hates listening to her own records. Madge
said: "My children, Lourdes and Rocco, sometimes listen to
my music. I switch it off because I can't listen to it any more."
Madonna also talked about the future saying she is working
on a big-screen musical and hinted she and hubby Guy Ritchie
might be settling permanently in Britain. She admitted: "We
are travelling round with the family like gipsies. But we are thinking
about living in one place in the future. All I have planned is lots
of evening meals in front of the fireplace and to go to pubs in
England, family things." Family is now uppermost in the singer's
life. Once the trappings of fame were important, but she says: "Now
I know that I was stupid." Madonna's new single, American
, is released on April 14.
03 April - Madonna on war and American Life
Prior to making the decision to pull her controversial American
video on Monday (March 31), Madonna gave her feelings about
the war and explained her intentions behind the video in an exclusive
interview with LAUNCH. "Well, I think the war that's going
on in Iraq right now is affecting everything," she told LAUNCH.
"I think everyone is glued to their television, nobody knows
what's going on, everybody's scared. I don't think that people are
as concerned as they usually are consumed as they are being entertained
or distracted, you know what I mean? And that's kind of what the
video is about, 'cause it starts out with the ultimate distraction,
a fashion show, catwalk, beautiful people, perfect male, female
six-foot Amazon Uber people
As a society we've become obsessed
with obtaining that image or aspiring to it. But I needed that as
juxtaposition to what's really happening in the world."
Madonna added that the video isn't necessarily about the war in
Iraq and its concept was conceived back in November. "If it's
not the war in Iraq, it's any number of wars that are going on at
any given time. And that dichotomy the paradox that's going on in
our lives right now, 'cause on the one hand life has become so convenient
for everyone," she said. "The technological advances that
we've made have made everything, time, space, and motion collapse
and disappear. But on the other hand there's never been more chaos
in the world, and the video is like, 'Oh, ok, this is happening,
what are we going to do about it?' And the video is question that
I pose to everyone. And, do I think, I think in a way everything
is happening perfectly? And it's synonymous, there's a poetry to
it, I mean I was planning this video and the concept last November
and I didn't know we were going to where we are right now at the
time of the release of my album."
Madonna's new album, also titled American
, is due April 22 on Warner Bros. Records.
In the statement released on Monday, Madonna said she decided to
shelve the video clip "out of respect" for the U.S. armed
forces in Iraq. The clip features Madonna tossing a hand grenade
to a President Bush impersonator. Madonna added in the statement
that she decided to pull the clip after it became "the subject
of rumors and misinformation." "It was filmed before the
war started, and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at
this time," the she said in the statement. "Due to the
volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to
the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk
offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video."
03 April - Launch Artist of the Month
Madonna is the artist of the month at Launch.com
You can already read an exclusive interview [see news item above]
and see a shoirt video interview, in which brunette Madonna talks
shortly about the projects she's done the past year (Up For Grabs,
Die Another Day, Swept Away, new album recording). You can listen
to American Life, as well as the Peter Rauhofer remix. There's a
contest; you can subscribe and maybe Madonna will make a donation
to CHARITY in your name! Plus you get a signed CD/poster! Soon there'll
also be exclusive behind the scenes footage of AL's creation and
on the set of a recent photoshoot. And on April 16th we'll get to
preview one of the new songs (possibly Love Profusion, because this
track is also rumoured to premiere on AOL as part of the album promotion).
03 April - Video cancellation, a good
Madonna, whom the New York Times tried to kill off a couple of days
ago, is about to be bigger than ever. Everyone who needs to, now
knows that Madonna has a new album and single coming shortly called
American Life. They know that the song ironically questions middle
class values. If you took a poll right now, Madonna would probably
have a higher visibility than Britney, Avril and Pink all rolled
What happened? Madonna, who didn't come to be worth $100 million
by accident, made a totally offensive video which no one will ever
see. She then managed to get it criticized and banned by all the
regular outlets -- and then voluntarily withdrew it from circulation.
Now, no one except diligent users of the Internet will get to see
"transvestite soldiers" and "President Bush catching
a grenade lobbed at him." But you know American
is now ensured at least a couple of very good week's sales
at record stores when it's released on April 22.
I come here to praise Madonna, not to bury her. She is brilliant.
After 20 years of making headlines, she finally pulled off her greatest
trick. I'm not being facetious. You have to admire her. She knows
that record sales are kaput, that no one's buying anything. She
also knew, like all of us, that we were headed into war and that
patriotism would be questioned. (I loved her press release that
said, the video was made before the war and now it's inappropriate!
She didn't know war was coming? When did she make the video, before
Sept. 11, 2001?). Madonna has always been the great interpreter
of American culture. She released her song Vogue
after "vogueing" had already been in and out. She is a
cultural surfer who knows where to find the crest of the wave. Kowabunga!
Maybe you haven't heard American
yet. I listened to it yesterday on the Web. It's very catchy
-- and completely harmless. After all the hub-bub about it, I imagined
that she was reading Chairman Mao to an electronic beat. But "American
Life" is very similar to recent Madonna musical outings like
Ray of Light
and Die Another Day
song has perhaps a catchier hook than any of them, but the lyrics
are harmless. They will be sung mindlessly by waitresses under their
breath at Kiwanis meetings. The song will wind up as a beer commercial
in three years. There's nothing to it. But Madonna knew the only
way to get attention was to do something people would talk about.
This used to be called a stunt.
Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, created this idea
almost a century ago when he had to awaken the American psyche to
things like toothpaste and automobiles for the first time. Bernays
was the nephew of Sigmund Freud. Madonna might as well be Freud.
She knows every button to push. God bless her. If only every record
executive could learn something from this example, the industry
would bounce back over night. We are not worthy. (source: Fox
03 April - MTV on video
Following six weeks of controversy, Madonna has withdrawn the video
for her new single, American Life
"It was filmed before the war started, and I do not believe
it is appropriate to air it at this time," she said in a statement. The
video, directed by Jonas Akerlund, begins with models decked in
military gear strutting down a fashion runway while images of warplanes
in flight splash across the walls. During the chorus, Madonna sings
against a black screen as orange fireballs erupt over her shoulders.
The clip also depicts shots of Arabic peasants in the street. Near
the end of the video, Madonna and overweight female dancers in military
garb drive a car through the wall and storm the show, strutting
menacingly and spraying a roof-mounted water cannon at the paparazzi
and crowd. The shots are juxtaposed with rapid edits of planes dropping
bombs and huge fiery explosions.
Madonna has said that she originally wanted the video to convey
strong anti-war, anti-materialism and anti-fashion industry statements.
However, as the war in Iraq progressed, she edited the footage to
make it less controversial, her manager said. The most dramatic
adjustments were made to the clip's conclusion, which at first featured
Madonna throwing a live grenade into a fashion show. She changed
the finale to depict her tossing a phony grenade at a George Bush
look-alike, who catches it and uses it to light the cigar of a Saddam
Hussein look-alike. In the final edit, Bush catches the grenade,
then lights his cigar with the faux weapon.
Even with the changes, Madonna was worried the video would be misconstrued
as anti-American or anti-military, which wasn't her intention. For
this reason, on Monday night she decided to withdraw it. Before
her decision, many international networks had already aired the
clip, which had been released abroad that day. Airing has since
ceased, however. "Due to the volatile state of the world and
out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support
and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret
the meaning of this video," she said in the statement.
During an interview last week, Madonna expressed frustration at
the prospect of viewers reading things into the videos and her music,
leaving her in a no-win position. "I feel like with everything
I do, there's always gonna be that handful of naysayers, regardless
of what I do," she said. "They've made their decision
before they've seen it. And that's human nature. So I accept it.
Obviously, it irritates me. I would like people to watch it, and
I don't want to tell them what to think. I don't think it's offensive."
Now we may never know, since Madonna's label has no plans to make
the clip available to consumers in the future.
01 April - Madonna pulls new American Life video
Madonna has decided to withdraw the video for her new single American
which has been the subject of rumors and misinformation.
The artist released the following statement: "I have decided
not to release my new video. It was filmed before the war started
and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time. Due
to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect
to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to
risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this
video." Warner Bros. Records will be releasing Madonna's new
album on the 22nd of April. The video was scheduled to premiere
on VH-l this Friday, April 4th. The single American
has just been released to radio. (source: Madonna.com
adds: "Inside sources confirm that MTV informed Madona and
WBR that they would NOT be airing the video in the U.S. today...
which may have had something to do with this decision..."
~ It's sad that Madonna - who had a very clear point of view with
this video - backs off at the very last moment. Americans are the
first to say their country is based on freedom of speech - but these
days the meaning of it seems more dubious than ever...
01 April - AOL to premiere Love Profusion
According to Madonnarama,
AOL will premiere the track Love
the week of April 14 as part of AOL's campaign for
Madonna being their "April artist of the month". However,
this does not mean that Love Profusion
will be a single; it's just part of an AOL album preview.
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