26 April - MTV On Stage and On the
Go to the Hot Hot Hot section at MadonnaInter.net
to download video files from Madonna's performance at MTV's On
Stage and On the Record. And click
here for a sample of her performance at Tower Records. 26 April - Madonna at VMA? *rumour*
Madonna is rumoured to appear at this year's MTV VMA on August
28th. MTV is said to be in talk with her for a possible performance.
More on this as soon as we hear it. 26 April - Madonna tops list of 'Greatest Video Stars'
MTV's Internet audience has named Madonna the greatest music video
star ever, according to a new special airing Saturday. Madonna's
"innovation, creativity, and contribution to the music video
art form" puts her at the top of the list during "The
Greatest Video Stars" special airing at 1 p.m. Saturday on
MTV, the channel said. The list of greatest video artists was
determined through a recent poll conducted at www.mtv.com.
"The video has really become a marriage between the artist
and our audience," says Michele Dix, senior vice president
of music and talent programming at MTV and MTV2. The list, she
says, includes "the broad entertainer" as well as "artists
who were just there to make a video all their own." Madonna's
lexicon of videos includes controversial works such as Like
A Prayer, in which she dances in front of a burning cross;
Justify My Love, involving
sadomasochism; and What
It Feels Like For A Girl, banned for its violent content.
"Her ability to always intrigue the audience captives (viewers),"
Dix says. "Her last video reinvented her in a cowgirl image.
She is someone who is truly a sex symbol and she was (seen) in
this cowboy attire with a hip-hop beat." The MTV online honor
comes at a time when Madonna is having yet more video woes. She
pulled her original video cut of American
Life, her current single, because of its political imagery.
In the original video, Madonna dances in a military uniform and
throws a grenade in the lap of President Bush. Her new "performance"
version has Madonna still in uniform but dancing in front of a
collage of images.
The MTV list also names 1990s rock act Guns N Roses at No. 6,
though the band has not had an active video on MTV in almost a
decade. MTV viewers have a long memory, Dix says. "Those
videos were epic," she says of the Guns N Roses inclusion.
"You felt like you were watching a rock band in their real
element." Artists are "taking making their videos as
seriously as they do writing their lyrics," Dix says. Many
are involved in finer details of the video
shoots these days. Five years ago, she says, artists weren't as
involved in the video production, leaving many of the decisions
up to record labels and marketing gurus. The poll include a wide
range of music styles, from hard rockers
(Aerosmith, Limp Bizkit) to hip-hop (Eminem, Dr. Dre). MTV would
not release an exact number of how many votes were cast. (source:
Madonna Information report) 25 April - People Magazine article
Read the complete Madonna interview in People Magazine here. 25 April - Golden record auctioned for 6000 euro
ended their auction of the golden record with a bid of 6.000 euro!
In two weeks the anonymous bidder will receive the record, personally
signed by Madonna. The money will go to the Red Cross in Bagdad.
Meanwhile, Donna will give away a double ticket for Madonna's
performance in Paris (on May 7th) to the fan who can present the
best rap, in which he expresses his desire to see Madonna live
in Paris. Good luck! 25 April - New Madonna book
In October 2001 we reported about the first Belgian Madonna book
"Madonna: Stem van een Generatie"
which was mostly about the Drowned
World Tour. Right now, there's a sequel. "Madonna: Stem
van een Generatie 2" talks more about the Drowned
World Tour and continues with Swept
Away, Die Another Day,
Up For Grabs and of course American
Life. The book (for now only available in Dutch) contains
48 pages and costs 14,82 euro. You
can order here. 25 April - AL in the charts
Hot 100 position down 37-52 in its 5th week. Others:
* Hot 100 Airplay: Down 61-67 (3 weeks)
* Hot 100 Singles Sales; Down 2-3 (5 weeks)
* Top 40 Tracks: Down 32-34 (3 weeks)
* Top 40 Mainstream: Holds at 27* (4 weeks)
* Dance Music/Club-Play: 37-22* (2 weeks; previously reported)
(source: Madonna Information Report)
Meanwhile, it's doing better in other territories, with a #1 in
Canada and Italy. 25 April - Shakira blasts Madonna as 'spineless'
Shakira has called Madonna "spineless" for axing the
controversial anti-war video to new single American
Life. She says the star should have stuck with the promo for
American Life, rather than axing it weeks before its release because
of the Iraq war. In the video Madonna dresses as a soldier and
throws a grenade into George Bush's lap. She told fans she had
withdrawn the video out of "sensitivity and respect"
to the armed forces involved in the Iraq War. But Shakira said:
"I'd expect a little more backbone from Madonna. Good pop
music is always political in times of crisis." Shakira made
a strong anti-war statement by projecting images of Saddam Hussein
and Bush as puppets during her tour. But they lose control of
the game and the puppeteer is revealed as the grim reaper. (source:
Ananova) 25 April - Second part of Madonna Top 30 on Donna
Tonight at 7pm there's the second part of Donna's
Madonna Top 30, including: Holiday,
Yourself, Die Another
Day, Material Girl, Like
A Virgin, Into The Groove,
Papa Don't Preach, Beautiful
Stranger, La Isla Bonita,
Of Light, Like A Prayer
Meanwhile, the highest offer for the golden record stands at 2700
euro. Bids are still taken at www.donna.be. 24 April - MTV special on MTV Europe MTV Europe
will broadcast the Madonna special "On Stage & On The
Record" tomorrow, friday:
"Tune in on Friday 25th at 15.00 for the exclusive premiere
of "Madonna On Stage & On The Record", which marks
Madonna's debut performance of songs from her new studio album
American Life. This exclusive
and intimate show was taped live from the MTV Times Square studios
in New York City, and also includes an interview with the queen
of pop, live questions from the audience, plus a sneak peak at
more never-before-heard songs from "American Life".
And as if that isn't enough you will also be treated throughout
the weekend to her entire collection of chart success', from her
1983 debut, all the way through nearly two decades and over forty
video releases to her latest offerings, as MTV goes Madonna Mad!"
The special will also re-air on:
MTV: Madonna On Stage and ON the Record: 04/25/03 01:00 PM Friday
MTV2: Madonna - The Definitive: 4/26 @ 1pm, Madonna "Extended
Play" - 4/26 @ 3pm, 4/27 @ 9:30am & 11:00pm 24 April - First part of Madonna Top 30 on Donna
Belgian fans should tune in to radio Donna
tonight at 7pm for the first part of the Madonna top 30, including
following songs: Cherish,
American Life, Bedtime
Story, Crazy For You,
Who's That Girl, Rain,
Your Heart, Don't Tell
Me, American Pie, This
Used To Be My Playground, Live
To Tell, The Power Of Good-Bye
and Justify My Love. The
evening playlist also contains Nothing
Fails (around 8.30pm) and Hollywood
Meanwhile, the radio station has begun their auction of a golden
record, personally signed by Madonna. Right now (10.30am) someone
offered 1200 euro for it, but I'm sure that price will rise still.
The money will go to the Red Cross in Bagdad. 24 April - More nostalgia: Like A Virgin live!
Yesterday Madonna did an in-store performance in Tower Records
in New York. While promoting her new album with the performance
of 5 new songs, she went again down memory lane; this time it
was Like A Virgin's turn. Who would've thought we'd ever hear
that one live again? Here's a short report from Madonna
fan Daniel (from MadonnaMad forum):
The set list was:
- American Life (acoustic)
- Mother and Father (acoustic)
- X-Static Process (acoustic)
- Nothing Fails (acoustic)
- Like a Virgin (acoustic)
- Hollywood (plugged)
- American Life (plugged)
As for the signing M only did 120 (of those 50 were contest winners)....
so of the 250 with wrist bands who waited only 70 got in... the
final people did not get personalized signatures, only her name...
Words cannot express the energy of her performance and how much
she interacted with the audience.
She said that Hollywood was a code word for the establishment....
and "fuck them all." She also said if you want to protest
for peace in the world you should find it in your own life first.
The coolest thing was her saying "Thank you for making me
feel like a star -- a star in the real sense. I really feel loved."
~ Many fans reportedly left upset and without autograph... Those
who saw the performance note that the audience had to help Madonna
with the Like A Virgin lyrics!! 23 April - MTV special: Madonna performs Like A Prayer!
Madonna (looking young & gorgeous with one of her now signature
hats on) opened the show with a live performance of American
Life! Madonna sounded amazing and even did the rap part perfectly!
Throughout the special, Madonna went on to perform Hollywood,
Nothing Fails & LIKE
A PRAYER (With a choir)!
Madonna went on to answer some audience questions. Here are some
of the things she discussed: On whether she was planning a greatest
hits tour... to which she swiftly replied "NO"... When
a fan asked what video she had most fun making, she joked Justify
My Love... On what her favorite dance song of hers was, she
answered Music!... When
a fan asked her what her favorite book was, she answered "The
Alchemist"... An audience member asked her if she felt that
she had conquered the world... and while the audience screamed
"yes", Madonna replied "No... There is a lot more
to do"!... During a commercial break, Madonna told the audience
that she wanted Nothing Fails
to be the THIRD single! Read the full MTV interview here.
(source: Madonnarama) 22 April - USA Today review
There've been lots of contradictory reviews the past few days.
Unfortunately, some critics just seem to hate Madonna whatever
she does, and write a negative review about her rather than about
her album. However, posting only the positive ones wouldn't exactly
give a good representation. The following one by the USA
Today is a nice one, and will be the last one we post. After
all, it's now your turn to buy the album and judge yourself. You
can always let us know what you think in our American
"The naughty nymph who breached taboos in 1992's Sex book
is back to expose herself again. Brace yourself. This philosophical
striptease act is a true revelation. Aimed more at the head than
the hips, American Life,
which arrives in stores today, offers an all-access pass into
Madonna's psyche. It's not a lurid undressing room but an offstage
confessional where the intrepid diva jettisons her jet-setting
lifestyle for a spiritual plane. Matter doesn't matter, the singer
asserts over percolating dance beats in the crackling title track.
She segues into a sassy rap inventory of star perks that define
her material gains but failed to nourish her interior world. Throughout
Life, Madonna is an earnest, sometimes strident disciple of humility
and family values who rejects greed, revels in newfound serenity
and spreads the gospel of goodness and gratitude. Though a scolding
tone creeps in now and then, most of her denunciations are leveled
at the success-obsessed Madonna of yore. Her pronouncements that
lasting love trumps casual affairs and that the cult of celebrity
beckons with false prophets (read: profits) are hardly noteworthy
discoveries. But coming from a marketplace dominatrix with 20
years of attention-seeking sexploits, this Life takes a bold turn.
Musically, Madonna's 10th album of original material builds on
the disco structures of Music
and Ray of Light, though
with less mirror-ball flash. She again collaborates with French
electronic master and Music
partner Mirwais Ahmadzai, whose noisy stutters and Vocoder effects
are less overtly techno this time. The insistent rhythmic base
remains prominent, and much of the music is digitally diced and
sliced, processed through computer programs and spewed forth in
audacious blasts of rubbery bass lines and noise-scarred melodies.
Madonna drives home the heady themes with minor chords, spare
arrangements and alternating patches of rock grit and hushed acoustics.
She plays guitar more than competently and sings with renewed
discipline and clarity, applying her prettiest girlish vocals
to gorgeous lullaby X-Static Process
and billet-doux Love Profusion.
The funkified synth-pop of Hollywood,
and sonic perfection of Nobody
Knows Me attest to her undiminished skills as a shrewd pop
composer. More prayerful than playful, Madonna narrates her faith-based
autobiography with style and sincerity, abandoning the devil-may-care
treatment of religion that marked her Like
a Prayer video and Blond Ambition
tour. No doubt, cynics will see this self-effacing turnabout
as a holy smokescreen for a midlife crisis. And detractors will
dismiss Madonna's soul-searching as ego-tripping. It's more accurately
a layover to unpack baggage." (source: USA
Today) 22 April - Matt Lauer interview / Madonna on TRL? Madonna's
exclusive interview with Matt Lauer will be broadcast twice on
NBC, first on "The Today Show" on April 22nd, then on
"Dateline" on April 29th. The picture on the right shows
Madonna performing Mother And Father live (photo courtesy of MadonnaCenter / Madonna's Ashram).
MTV's Carson Daly announced that Tuesday's TRL will play American
Life and Madonna is rumoured to be doing a walk-on! In addition,
Carson also said that more than 700,000 people listened to Madonna's
CD on The Leak (source: Madonnarama) 22 April - American Life in stores now
The album was already available over the weekend in several countries,
and is now worldwide available for purchase. 22 April - Tower Records appearance and performance
Madonna is doing an in-store appearance at the Tower Records on
4th and Broadway in New York City on Wednesday, April 23rd. She'll
perform at 6pm, and then meet fans for an hour and a half. If
you're thinking of getting there fifteen minutes early, think
again. Rumor has it there might be an itsy bitsy line. (source:
~ Don't bother for tickets anymore: only those few hundreds that
were first in line yesterday and received their wristband, will
be able to get in. Read a funny comment on this at the NY
Times. 21 April - Some Madonna quotes
Here are some recent quotes from Madonna on her new album (thanx
for The Missus for the translation): On Che Guevara: "I did the Che Guevara cover because
I felt kind of revolutionary at the time. And this picture is
such a well-known symbol, everybody knows it..." On Mirwais: "Mirwais is a very unique individual.
His influence on me obviously was very big, he's a great musician
and great guitar player. He can also program syntheshizers and
create the most amazing futuristic sounds on the computer. He's
a sort of genius, "experimenting and I'm lucky to be there." On her guitar: "It's nice to know that I can just
sit down with the guitar and I don't need anything else and I
can be my own band" and can create my own music. There is
something very intimate about this. When you first have this huge
aparatus of light and moving stage elements and dancers and lots
of drama and then all of a sudden all that comes to a halt and
there's only one spotlight left, I sit on a stool and play guitar.
There's something very simple and intimate about that and I like
that. I like having that option as a performer." On why X-Static Process is her favorite song: "X-Static
Process is my favorite song because it's only me and my guitar
and I sing my own harmonies. There's something about it that reminds
me of my childhood. Just really simple." On playing the guitar: "Well, it's just one more thing
that you can do on stage. Of course you have to be much more exact
when you play guitar and it was an additional fear factor on stage.
On my last tour the hardest thing was to play guitar and hitting
every note, getting it right." On Mother And Father: "This song, Mother
and Father, is about letting go of the pain caused my my mother's
death. And at the same time not to use it [the pain] as an excuse
for a certain behaviour: oh please feel sorry for me because I
had to suffer so much pain, or: I am only doing this because I
went through such a hard time. Thats really bullshit. In
the end you have to be responsible for your own actions. Towards
my father I often pretended to be this rebel who doesn't care
about anything, and I say whatever I want and do whatever I want.
But that's not really true." On being creative: "It's just like poetic magic. When
I listen to music the songs just come. Now that I've learned to
play the guitar I don't always depend on the help of other people.
The ideas just come and I write them down. I also always carry
a journal with me so when Im going somewhere, in a car or
on a plane I read in them and add things or cross things out and
change things so that it's a constant sort of work in progress." On the meanings of her songs: I'd rather just tell my stories
in my songs and then let people feel about them what they want
and they can draw their own conclusions and I'm not going to tell
people: this is what it is, this is what you're supposed to think."
20 April - AL misses UK no. 1 spot American Life is kept from
this week's #1 spot on the UK charts by Room 5 and lands on #2.
In Australia the single is at no. 7. And in the Billboard Dance
Charts it climbs from #37 to #22. 20 April - Letterman cancelled
Madonna has cancelled her appearance on the Letterman show due
to scheduling conflicts. (source: Madonnarama) 19 April - Madonna.com hacked
Some fans clearly don't agree with Madonna's anti-download policy:
website got hacked today and replaced by a page with links
to download the complete American
Life album as well as some remixes. 18 April - Fake soundfiles to mislead downloaders
Sharing must not be part of Madonna's Kabala faith because she
is clamping down something fierce on online peer-to-peer piracy
of her new album, American
Life, (due April 22). Her people are flooding file-sharing
networks with decoy sound files, and those who download tracks
from such services as KaZaA are greeted by the voice of Madonna
asking, "What the f ---- do you think you're doing?"
Other ways she's controlling the release of the "American
Life": No advances are being sent to journalists; instead,
in what has become a common practice, writers were asked to listen
to the record at the office of Madonna's publicist. She's also
not allowing her music to be rented out via subscription services
like MusicNet, Pressplay and Rhapsody. (source: Seattlepi) 17 April - Madonna: sex in forties is 'better than ever'
Madonna has quashed rumours her marriage was in trouble and declared
that sex in her forties was "better than ever". The
singer said reports she was close to breaking up with Guy Ritchie
were "absurd", explaining her love life had never been
so good. "I'm a very passionate person, and when you really
love someone, the sex and love is going to be great," the
44-year-old told People magazine. But Madonna said the marriage
had proved very different to how she and Ritchie, 34, had expected
when they tied the knot two years ago. "Guy and I have done
a lot of growing up in the last few years and we understand that
marriage is about having shared goals. "We have things we
each want to do, but we're clear that the partnership comes first."
The mother-of-two said she was not pregnant but acknowledged she
would like to have more children.
She also explained why she pulled the controversial anti-war music
video for her new album American
Life following the outbreak of war with Iraq. "Children,
brothers, wives and sons were over there and people at home were
worrying about them. I'd be putting salt in their wounds."
Madonna is expected to claim her 11th UK number one this weekend
with American Life. (source:
Ananova) 17 April - New AL video
The new video for American Life has premiered on VH1. It consist
of the footage of Madonna as a general, but the flames in the
background are replaced by international flags. And... that's
pretty much it. While the original video had a very strong statement,
this version lacks both a statement and a story. Personally I
would've preferred that there was no video at all for the song,
rather then this cheap attempt.
Judge yourself. 17 April - AL review in NY Post
When they call Madonna the most savvy self- promoter in music,
better believe it. This is a woman who never misses a trick. While
the rest of music's movers and shakers fret that the 'Net is destroying
their careers and profits, Madonna's gone digital - and like a
musical cyberslut, she's giving away her latest album for free.
She knows that what she gives she'll get back when the record
goes on sale Tuesday. The precedent-setting alliance between the
singer and MTV.com allows fans to hear every song - without being
able to download it and keep the music. Madonna believes that
once you hear it, you're going to buy it. She's right. The 11
tracks of American Life
are musically varied and the lyrics rank among her most revealing.
After listening to songs in which Madonna shows her insecurities,
and her feelings about her parents and what love means, you feel
you were allowed access into her private world. In the title track,
she twirls the knobs and dials in a synthesized electropop arrangement.
American Life is Madonna's
autobiography. In it, she sweetly croons about living "the
American life," where you're judged on what you've done,
not who you are. Despite the controversy surrounding its video
- in which a President Bush look-alike gets a hand grenade tossed
into his lap (it turns out to be a cigarette lighter) - the lyrics
are a blueprint for the great American Dream. Uncharacteristically,
Madonna fattens the disc with power ballads. While there's nothing
wrong with the guitar 'n' voice melody Love
Profusion, it isn't terribly different from the strings 'n'
things orchestration of Easy Ride
or her modified Southern rock of Nothing
Fails. The sleeper hit is X-Static
Process, a simple lullaby that has a hymn-like arrangement
and poetic lyrics about how you can't be complete without the
ones you love. Here, too, is Madonna's James Bond song, Die
Another Day. It ranks among the album's best, though 3-inch
computer speakers don't do it justice. That's a small concession
for getting to hear this disc a week before it's officially released.
Too bad the flow's interrupted at least once every song with Madonna's
muttering, "Hi, this is Madonna and you're listening to my
new album, 'American Life.' " This is an excellent album
musically, but more important, it's a ground-breaking concept
where music lovers and the artist win. You have to ask yourself:
Why isn't everybody doing this? (source: New
York Post) 17 April - AL on the charts American Life sold a poor
11,507 copies during its first week available in the US as a 2-track
CD single. On next week's Billboard Hot 100 it jumps from #67
to #37. Meanwhile, it's looking like it might get to no. 1 in
the UK. On Canada's sound scan chart the song made an impressive
jump from #101 to #1! 17 April - Madonna wants life lessons in her children's books
Madonna's venture into children's books will see her writing morality
tales based on Hebrew texts she is studying. The pop star has
signed a deal to write five books that will be based on the Kabbalah
religion, the first of which will be called The English Roses.
Madonna said that she wanted to achieve something deeper than
the "vapid and vacant" books that were available for
young readers. She also said the idea of writing the books was
suggested to her by a Kabbalah teacher and she originally planned
to co-write them with husband Guy Ritchie. In an interview for
music channel VH1, to be screened in the UK on Good Friday, she
criticised children's books for not containing any life lessons.
Madonna said: "I have a teacher I've been studying Kabbalah
with for the last almost seven years now, and he's suggested that
I write some children's stories based on a lot of things that
I've learned in Kabbalah - so that's what I did." She said
that husband Ritchie had got caught up writing scripts so the
responsibility for writing the books fell solely to her. She added:
"He did stay really involved - you know, he's my greatest
critic. Whenever something gave him the retarded tingles, he was
not shy about letting me know." The impetus for writing for
children came after reading to her daughter Lourdes. "Now
I'm starting to read to my son, but I couldn't believe how vapid
and vacant and empty all the stories were," she said. "There
were like no lessons, just all about princesses and like the beautiful
prince arrives and he takes her for his wife and nothing happens,
no efforts are made. "Nobody asks her what her opinion is,
or I didn't see anybody struggling for things. There's like no
books about anything." Speaking to Will & Grace actress
Megan Mullally she also explained why she split her time between
London and Los Angeles. "I find that people in Europe are
much more interested in the quality of life, they're not so work-oriented,"
she said. "They're not willing to stay in the office 12 hours
a day, they know how to enjoy life better. But Americans know
how to get things done quicker." (source: BBC) 17 April - Madonna: "US is no celebrating democracy"
Madonna has been setting the record straight for the first time
about the controversial video for her song American
Life which she decided to withdraw. It was due for worldwide
release last month but the Queen of Pop had second thoughts at
the last minute. The four and a half minute video, which has yet
to air in its entirety, apparently shows some uglier aspects of
US culture including overweight dancers, war related imagery,
sports utility vehicles and models wearing military fatigues,
army helmets and gas masks at a fashion show. But it was the scene
showing Madonna tossing a grenade at a George W Bush lookalike
- who uses the grenade to light a cigar - that caused the most
Madonna said the video was filmed before the war in Iraq started
and did not want it to be released because it may offend people
who might misinterpret its meaning. But she accused people of
judging the video before it was even released. She said: "Somebody
was saying something like 'Oh, this is what's it about' and at
that point, no one had had seen it and it just took a life of
its own. "So suddenly, I was making this video that was horrible
and full of horrible things and you know it was terribly irresponsible
and meanwhile, nobody saw it and nobody knew what they were talking
about. "You know, it's ironic we're fighting for democracy
in Iraq because we ultimately aren't celebrating democracy here.
"Because anybody who has anything to say against the war
or against the President is punished and that's not democracy,
it's people being intolerant. "Everyone is entitled to their
opinion, for or against and that's what our constitutional rights
are supposed to be - that we all have the freedom to express ourselves
and to voice our (source: ITV) 16 April - Mad-Eyes reviews American Life
of fans probably has already heard the complete album, either through
yesterday's leak, either through today's previews such as The Leak
and other similar ones. However, I'd still like to share my own
little review. Yes, I must admit I couldn't resist to the temptation
yesterday evening to download most of the new songs and give them
a first listen. But tonight I had the chance to attend the official
Belgian preview listening party. Warner Belgium chose The
Atomium in Brussels as location, and not without reason. The
building, which represents the structure of an atom, as well as
the Belgian provinces, does have a resemblance to the Kabbalah 'Tree
of Life' which was used as symbol for the Drowned
World Tour. In the top part of the building, overlooking Brussels
by night, American Life bursted
out of the speakers. For once, the title track couldn't be over
soon enough, coz we knew there'd belesser known material waiting.
And in fact, after hearing the album, one would wonder if American
Life was a good choice as first single. Hollywood
builds on the same theme but is maybe a bit more dancey. Intertwined
with birds tweeting in the background, the music creates the ambiguous
atmosphere in Hollywood, as described in the lyrics. It does sound
like a good single, but with the third song, the album only got
better. I'm So Stupid is
the last one of the same-themed trilogy and has got a crazy hook!
From the beginning it showcases the guitar work that is a basic
ingredient of the album. It borrows some vocal effects from the
Drowned World Tour
(think Human Nature's seeeeeeeex).
Once she gets into "pleeeeeeez don't try to tempt me"
you just can't but start shaking along. This song got me hooked
immediately. It also features that infamous 'stiff sound', with
Madonna even going a bit raw-rock. From there, it calms down a bit,
with Love Profusion starting
as a sweet love song with acoustic guitar. But soon it's backed
up by a nice beat as well. It's like I
Deserve It getting into Don't
Tell Me. Thumbs up to Mirwais, who doesn't only do great guitar
work and producing, but also some backing vocals. He and Madonna
take it a step further with Nobody
Knows Me. If you thought Impressive
Instant was experimental, then listen to this! Beware, I had
to give it a few listens before appreciating it. It's not easy to
catch the song, as it doesn't have a real structure, not even a
chorus; it's quite chaotic. But a dance floor killer for sure; this
is the song that'll get remixed for sure, even though it's probably
not accessible enough to be a single. Contrary to Nothing
Fails, that is rumoured to be the third single. And I hope Warner
decides indeed to release this, because it's probably the best track
of the album. Though backed up nicely by Mirwais' guitars and Colombier's
strings, Madonna's voice comes out beautifully. This is something
striking throughout the whole album; her voice isn't hidden in the
music like in many of her songs. The songs on this albums can all
perfectly be performed acoustically. Nothing
Fails in particular I'd love to hear live. When the gospel choir
kicks in, I had shivers down my spine. It's just breath-takingly
has the ungrateful place behind this masterpiece, but is a beautiful
song in its own. It builds up slowly from an acoustic beginning
to a great feel-good love song. Madonna gets more emotional as we
move on to X-Static Process.
Once rumoured as a successor for Impressive
Instant, this turns out to be a downtempo acoustic track. Vulnerable
but beautiful vocals backed up by a guitar, it can best be compared
to an intimate campfire song. Madonna herself has also said this
is her favorite song, because it shines from its simplicity. One
would think that this build-up vulnerability goes on with a song
as Mother And Father.
But don't let the lyrics trick you: this is an uptempo dance song!
Madonna's voice is high-pitched as if she's the little girl singing
about her mum and dad. Again there's a catchy dance beat that kicks
in, obliging you to get up and get into the groove. Mirwais gets
out his beeps and bleeps, an gives the song another great hook.
Madonna adds some more rap, though it works less well than with
American Life. And the
song ends abruptly. Which is another characteristic of the album:
Madonna is not afraid to replace a simple fade-out by an abrupt
ending. It's like with the choir in Nothing
Fails, which disappears as quick as it came. Once you're used
their presence, they're gone and leave you behind, yearning for
more. A creative emptyness that is filled with Colombier's strings.
Mother And Father
didn't flow into Die Another
Day, as some people said, but the Bond track does fit in between
the rest. Personally, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the
album version is the same as the video version, so including Madonna's
laugh and the long fade-out ending. Finally, the album closes with
Easy Ride. On this nice album
closer, a bit like Gone, Madonna
sings about how she only wants a good life if she deserves it. Again
building on the beauty of simplicity, the song is vunerable yet
powerful. Colombier's strings get the last words on the album. To
say that I was satisfied with the album would be an understatement.
I was overwhelmed by it. When Music
was released, I feared it wouldn't make the competition with its
great predecessor Ray Of Light,
but it did. Now I feared even more, with competition of BOTH Ray
Of Light and Music! And
again I'm pleasantly surprised to see Madonna has done it again!
This album ROCKS!
Just to add: during the preview party, a new Madonna book was
presented. "Madonna, De Stem van een Generatie 2" is
the successor of "Madonna: De Stem van een Generatie"
and talks about Madonna's accomplishments of the past two years,
from the DWT, Up For Grabs,
Die Another Day and Swept
Away to American Life.
There was also an announcement of a Belgian exhibition, coming
later this year, celebrating Madonna 20th anniversary. More soon
on Mad-Eyes. ~ Bartie 16 April - Madonna comments on new songs
About Hollywood: "This
song is like a metaphor for me. It's the city of dreams and superficiality.
It's the place where you forget about the really interesting things
in life. In Hollywood you can loose your memory and your vision
of the future. You can loose everything because you can loose
About X-Static Process: "Is
my favourite song of the album because it's only me with my guitar
and I sing all the melodies and the chorus. I don't know why,
but this song reminds me of my childhood... it's a very simple
About Mother & Father:
"It's a way to free me from the pain for my mother's death,
but i'm not asking for a medal for finding my way in life or for
compassing bor suffering so much. It isn't an excuse like"I'm
like this because i've suffered so much when I was a child. These
excuses are rubbish, because you have to be responsible of all
the things you do in your whole life".
About the album: "I
used to think that the American Dream was the posibility of arriving
to NY with 35 bucks in my pocket and say "I'm going to be
a huge success". It was for me like this. Thanks to this
I've travelled so much I know that the people from USA have more
things than other people in other countries and i'm gratefull
for that. But, I also think that us, the people from USA, are
involved in a wrong way of living: being attractive, having lots
of money, giving a rich-and-famous image, or just being famous"
translated by Daniellillo) 16 April - Clear version of Like A Flower and You Thrill Me
Though all eyes are now pointed at American Life, we now have
a clear version of the demo track Like
A Flower, as well as a demo cut from the Erotica sessions,
Thrill Me. (right-click; save target as) 16 April - New AL video premieres tomorrow on VH1
A newly created performance-only video for Madonna's American
Life will see its world premiere tomorrow (April 16) at 10:30
p.m. ET/PT on VH1. The clip will air following the cable channel's
special "Madonna Speaks," in which the artist discusses
fame and the state of the world with actress Megan Mullally (NBC's
"Will & Grace") and, in a separate interview, the
decision to pull the original American
As previously reported, earlier this month Madonna canceled the
release of the anti-war imagery-laden American
Life clip to video outlets. She said in a statement that she
did not want to risk offending anyone and did not want the video
to be misinterpreted.
The title track from her Maverick/WB album American
Life debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales
chart and is No. 67 this week on the Hot 100. (source: Billboard) 16 April - Promo tour
We updated our calendar with all
the dates of upcoming interviews and performances. 16 April - VH1 interview
Madonna sets the record straight for the first time about the
withdrawn American Life video.
The star also discusses her new album, her feelings on the current
state of the world and her family in the VH1 special "Madonna
Speaks," premiering Wednesday, April 16, at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Immediately following, VH1 will have the exclusive U.S. premiere
of a performance only version of the new American
Life single at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
The half-hour show includes her in-depth interview with Megan
Mullally of TV's "Will & Grace" where the newfound
pals cover a variety of topics rarely discussed publicly ranging
from where she is now in her life to her views on fame, Hollywood
and public opinion. Additionally, Madonna in a second interview,
also shares with VH1 viewers her thoughts on the factors that
led to her decision to pull the video.
Madonna's l0th studio album, American
Life is scheduled to be released on April 22nd. Madonna will
be appearing in a new episode of "Will & Grace"
scheduled to air on April 24th. Here's a glimpse at what Madonna
has to say:
Madonna on the theme of the first three songs on the album, American
and I'm So Stupid -- "The
first three songs on the album are me wanting to shout from the
rooftops that we have all been living in a dream. I have been
living in a dream -- and you're all living in a dream and we have
to wake up to reality."
Madonna on the idea that freedom of expression has been compromised
in America "... you know it's ironic we're fighting for democracy
in Iraq because we ultimately aren't celebrating democracy here.
Because anybody who has anything to say against the war or against
the president or whatever -- is punished, and that's not democracy
-- it's people being intolerant. And you know, everyone's entitled
to their opinion, for or against and that's what our constitutional
rights are supposed to be, that we all have the freedom to express
ourselves and voice our dissent if we have that."
Madonna on what's truly important to her and what helped inspire
American Life -- "I'm
very successful, I've been in the business 20 years, I have lots
of 'material' things and I've had lots of beliefs about things
and what's important, and I look back at the 20 years behind me
and I realized that a lot of things that I'd valued weren't important."
Madonna on seeing her personality reflected in her children --
"my daughter is very emotional, very passionate, very dramatic,
she is that side of me... and then I see my son, and he's like
a clown and he's funny and he's got this really irreverent, kind
of cheeky sense of humor and he's that side..." (source:
VH1, thanx to
Madonna Information Report) 16 April - Madonna on MTV
Big News: A Leak You'll Like. Madonna's new album, American
Life, comes out April 22nd. Because waiting sucks, MTV.com
has agreed to stream the entire album as part of their new program
"The Leak." American
Life will be there from April 16th until April 22nd, the day
you run out and buy it.
Big Big News: Madonna Speaks. You listen. You've heard all sorts
of things about the American Life
video. Now hear the truth. On Wed, April 16th, at 10:00 pm ET,
VH1 will be airing "Madonna Speaks", an exclusive interview
with Madonna discussing the video for American Life. The video
itself will debut immediately afterwards, at 10:30 pm. This is
not something you want to miss. Here's when to watch (all times
"Madonna Speaks" special followed by the American Life
Wed 4/16: DEBUT at 10:00 pm
Thu 4/17: 11:00 am, 6:00 pm, 10:30 pm
Fri 4/18: 3:30 pm
"Madonna Speaks" special only:
Sat 4/19: 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 10:00 pm
Sun 4/20: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm.
MTV2 is also featuring Madonna all weekend long. Some of the shows
to look for April 18-20:
Breakfast With Madonna
Madonna: No Bull - The Making of Take A Bow
MTV2 Artist Collection: Madonna
MTV Ultra Sound: Inside Madonna
The Madonna Definitive: Viewer's Choice.
Excruciatingly Huge News: Madonna On Stage. You In Audience.
MTV will air "Madonna On Stage & On The Record"
on Madonna Day (AKA Tuesday, April 22nd), at 10pm ET/PT. Madonna
will perform songs from American Life for the first time ever,
and answer questions from the live audience. The show, hosted
by Carson Daly, will be taped live in New York in front of a very
small, intimate crowd. You seem nice. Maybe you'd like to go?
Enter to win tickets at madonna.com. This is a once in a lifetime
event, kind of like being born. So don't miss it. 16 April - The album leaks
Last night, (most of) the album leaked onto the Internet. If you
didn't get the chance to download the songs, or decided to wait
until the official release, we can tell you to rest assured that
this album ROCKS!! Myself, I'm going to a preview listening party
tonight and will provide my own review soon. But from what I heard
so far, I can tell you that I'm extremely excited about it!! :)