Madonna news - Aug. 2003

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Madonna attends Stella's wedding

31 August 2003

Madonna and Guy have attended Stella McCartney's wedding with publisher Alasdhair Willis.

Other celebrities present included Chrissie Hynde, Sharleen Spiteri, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Gucci boss Tom Ford, and naturally the father of the bride Sir Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills.

Security at the wedding was tight and guests refused to reveil any details to the press.

Kiss was Britney's idea

Source: Daily Star Sunday, thanx to Madonnalicious - 31 August 2003

Silver-tongued Britney Spears talked Madonna and Christina into their sizzling threesome - to give her career the kiss of life. The top-totty trio left millions of TV viewers around the world stunned with their lusty French kissing session at Thursday night's MTV Vide Music Awards.

And today we can reveal that 21-year-old Britney - who has spent much of her career claiming to be a virgin - was the brains behind the saucy lesbian snog-fest. Britney - who has been recently working on vamping up her image - put the idea into the famously raunchy Madge and Christina during rehearsals.

Mum-of-two Madonna - who has spent two decades shocking the record-buying public with her on-stage antics - instantly agreed. While 'Dirrty' star Christina was also more than happy to oblige. Britney hopes that the temperature-raising performance has gone a long way to finally shaking off her girl next door image. And she hopes that it will end up boosting sales of her forthcoming album and world tour.

An MTV source said: 'We realised that Britney has been trying to sex-up her image recently, but this was out of this world. She took the girls to one side at rehearsals and put the idea forward. The other two were more than happy to take part because they knew how much attention it would get - and thought it would be a good laugh.

But it was a major departure for Britney because she had this girl next door tag. But she wants to show she's more of a woman than a girl - and she's certainly showed them that!' - Also check Madonnalicious for an extended coverage of "The Kiss" by the British tabloids.

Tracy Young remixes Nothing Fails

31 August 2003

Recently Peter Rauhofer's official website announced his remix of Nobody Knows Me. Now the website of Tracy Young announces she's made a remix for Nothing Fails. Seems Tracy likes the remix so much that she put it at no. 1 in her own favorite list.

This feeds the rumour that Nothing Fails will be released in Europe (as confirmed by Warner France) and Nobody Knows Me in the US. Hopefully more news on this soon.

Britney, kiss me!

Source: NY Daily News - 30 August 2003

Madonna and Britney Spears' lusty lip-lock on MTV has set tongues wagging - and might whet the public's appetite for their music. Britney, who hasn't had a hit since "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" in 2001, stands to get the biggest boost from the babe-on-babe buss, industry watchers said.

"She's been looking for her Olivia Newton-John in 'Grease' moment for the last couple of years," said Sean Ross, editor of the trade magazine Airplay Monitor. "Everyone thought 'I'm a Slave 4 U' would be that, but maybe this is it."

Spears, 21, has tried to shed her teenybopper reputation for some time. She writhed with a snake in the "Slave" video, revealed she had sex with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and has been spotted drinking and smoking. But the pop tart's tonsil-hockey scrimmage with the Material Girl on Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards may have finally burst her bubblegum-pop image.

"I don't think most people who watched that kiss were thinking about Britney on 'The Mickey Mouse Club,'" said Teen People music editor Zena Burns. "Based on the reaction of the men I was surrounded by, I think they saw Britney in a whole new light. It was like, ‘Hello, nurse!'"

Madonna, who also planted a big wet one on Christina Aguilera on the show, is used to that kind of reaction. Her stunts - the raunchy "Sex" book, crotch-grabbing performances, her smooch with a saint for the Like a Prayer video - have made headlines for years.

But these days, she could really use the publicity. Hollywood, her latest single, "didn't even make the list of the most-40-played records its first time around," said Ross. "But I would be very surprised if the VMAs don't give that song a new lease on life."

Burns said the smooch may earn Madonna some younger fans - but others think the TV threeway impressed a different demographic. "Most of the men in America enjoyed it," said John Schoenberger, an editor at Radio & Records magazine.

The kiss may have been a surprise to MTV viewers, but it was well-rehearsed, according to insiders. Aguilera said she got up close and personal with Madonna at every run-through before the live show, but Spears was a little prudish.

"I had no problem in kissing her every time," Aguilera told Access Hollywood. "Britney was a little shy at first. Madonna kept having to go, 'Britney, kiss me, kiss me,' and, of course, Britney gets on there trying to do the open-mouth thing."

Backstage comments at the VMA

Source: MadonnaMad forum - 29 August 2003

Q : What did you think about Britney making out with Madonna?
A : I think they need to include me as a threesome so I can get it going

Q : Britney, Christina and Madonna make out?
A: Love Madonna. Madonna started it for those girls, and i am so. I just love what they did and to see Madonna, the other girls are great but Madonna and Missy on stage: amazing. I love them, they are amazing so that was exciting .
Q: what video do you remember on MTV growing up?
A: Madonna, Like A Virgin, because I remember I used to try and dress like her. My mother was like, "No, that's awful". I used to keep it in my school bag and when i left the house i'd put it on for school.
Q : idol growing up?
A :Madonna, i think everybodys.

Q : Make out action?
A : I thought it was very cool. Very, in Madonna fashion, eye catching, delicious, tasty and sexy.

Q : Who do you think looks particularly hot tonight?
A : Beyonce. I think beyonce looks amazing. Madonna looks amazing. Missy looks all hip hop and fashion. She's always her own woman. Ashanti looks really nice. Madonna looked amazing, oops I said that already, didn't I ?

Q : Were you surprised by the Madonna, Britney, Christina kiss ?
A : No, cause Britney's manager and Nick's (her husband) manager are the same, so I knew about it.
Q : I thought you'd hear about that from your manager, she's managing Madonna too, no ?
A : Oh no, I don't work with Caresse anymore, nice woman though but it didn't worked out with my dad and all

Q : Is there anyone you're psyched to see ?
A : Madonna, I got a kiss from Madonna! My first kiss of the night came from Madonna. I'm pretty happy about that. I thought the opening number was great. Oh, I also loved eminem and crank yankers. That was funny.

Q : Who are you psyched to meet ?
A : Ummm Barbara Streisand. just kidding, umm, Madonna, THE patron saint of all gay men !!!
Q : What did you think of the Madonna-Britney-Christina number ?
A : You know what it is ? You know what's amazing ? I love how Madonna works two of america's most famous people to be her bitches! It's all about her and no one else.

Q : Who do you think looks really hot tonight ?
A : Madonna. How old is she? You think I can get a Madonna and Biggs thing going like Kutcher and Moore ? You know Demi and Ashton, Madonna and Jason ?
Q : Is there anyone you're psyched to see?
A : I was psyched to see Madonna. That was pretty outrageous! Christina Aguilera, nah. Madonna, for sure !!!!

Q : What did you think of the Madonna number?
A : Oh it was awesome ! It was like a double standing ovation ! WOW was my reaction !!!

BRITNEY ran through the press line, but screamed "It was awesome" answering what she thought of the kiss.

CHRISTINA ran by the print media and described her Madonna kiss as "Very soft, very loving"

Read some people's comments at MTV and add your own! Download a HQ .mpeg file from the performance, some HQ pictures and lotsa screengrabs at GoBritney.

Reports of VMA performance

Sources: AP, New York Post, This Is London - 29 August 2003

Twenty years after the first MTV Video Music Awards, and not much has changed — Madonna still makes jaws drop and cheeks blush. Just like her first time, the superstar upstaged everyone at the 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards, only she had help Thursday night from the latest generation of video divas, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

Madonna with Britney and Christina

Proving they've come a long way from their Mouseketeer days, the young pop tarts gave a gyrating, writhing tribute to Madonna to open the show. Dressed in the same kind of white bustier wedding dress Madonna wore while performing Like a Virgin during MTV's inaugural awards broadcast in 1984, Spears and Aguilera sang a cover of the not-so-innocent tune.

Then, while Madonna sang her new Hollywood in a masculine, all-black groom's outfit, she shared an openmouthed kiss with both Aguilera and Spears. The two smooches rivaled the Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley kiss at the awards in 1994 on the shock meter.


The MTV Video Music Awards turned into a red-hot, all-girl smooch-fest last night as Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera performed a raunchy, bump-and-grind dance routine that ended in explicit, open-mouth kisses.

In the eye-popping opening number, Britney and Christina wiggled onto the stage in white bustier wedding dresses and warbled Like a Virgin, just as Madonna did on the 1984 MTV awards show. Then the Material Girl herself sashayed out and began gyrating between the curvy cuties in a black, skintight, Marlene Dietrich-style outfit, singing her smash Hollywood.

The tantalizing trio did some pulse-pounding booty bouncing that had them giggling like mad then Madonna and Britney suddenly grabbed each other and enjoyed an up-close-and-personal kiss that lasted several seconds. Not to be outdone, Christina moved in for a mini-makeout session, planting a big wet one on Madonna's lips and making the turned-on crowd at Radio City Music Hall go berserk.

In case you wondered, eyewitnesses in the first few rows told The Post, "There definitely was tongue." Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took a curt shot at the two younger pop tarts, remarking, "Madonna looked younger than both Britney and Christina."


Madonna snogs Christina

In front of millions of television viewers - and a stunned live audience of superstars - Madonna today exchanged passionate French kisses on stage with fellow pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Her impromptu display at MTV's 20th annual Video Music Awards momentarily shocked celebrities at New York's Radio City Music Hall into silence before they recovered and roared their approval.

Madonna - who at 45 is more than twice the age of Britney and Christina - pounced on the pair while her six-year-old daughter, Lourdes, was on stage and husband Guy Ritchie, who has already complained his wife shows off her body in public too much for his liking, sat in the audience. MTV cameras immediately cut to a close-up of Spears's former boyfriend Justin Timberlake looking distinctly uncomfortable.

The trio were performing a number which started with Lourdes walking on stage with a friend dressed as flower girls at a wedding. Spears, 21, and Aguilera, 22, then made an entrance from a giant wedding cake, dressed in wedding gowns and knee-length white boots. They ripped off their dresses and sang Madonna's hit Like A Virgin before she emerged from the cake dressed as the groom in top hat, tails and black boots.

Towards the end of her song Hollywood, Madonna pulled off a garter from Aguilera's right leg, gave Spears a French kiss and then kissed Aguilera on the lips. They were joined by rapper Missy Elliott before leaving the stage.

One MTV producer said: "It was sensational, but I wonder what the good folk in places like Provo, Utah state, would make of it. Middle America is not gonna let this one go lightly." Timberlake said: "I am not saying anything about it - that's how I get into trouble." But Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon said: "I wish it was me she was snogging." American comedian Chris Rock, who presented the show for the third time, said: "That kiss was good, but where was mine?"

The MTV Video Awards were celebrating their 20th year. Avril Lavigne, P Diddy, 50 Cent, Eminem, Kelly Osbourne, Mary J Blige, Coldplay, Ashanti and Beyonce Knowles were all present but still Madonna stole the limelight. Coldplay won three awards for best group video, best direction in a video and breakthrough video. Introducing them, Timberlake said: "This is an amazing band, their sound is emotional, powerful and beautiful. Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest band in the world - Coldplay."

Timberlake won three awards for best male video, best dance video and best pop video. He dedicated his awards to country singer Johnny Cash, 71, who could not make it to the ceremony because of poor health and who had been nominated in six categories.

Le Bon and the rest of Duran Duran were given lifetime achievement awards. He said: "MTV has been part of our lives and we have been part of MTV for 20 years, so to get this award has really blown the barn doors off."

Madonna smooches with Britney and Christina at VMA

29 August 2003

Madonna snogs Britney

Madonna sure knows how to steal the show. Though she lost her only nomination (Best Video from a Film) to Eminem, she was the talk of the night after a spectacular opening performance. Britney Spears came on stage in a wedding dress, sitting on a big wedding cake, just like Madonna did back in 1984.

As she started singing Like A Virgin, Christina Aguilera - dressed as a sexy bride as well - appeared from behind the cake. Then Madonna came on stage, herself dressed in black as groom and her hair tied back, resembling the black Madonna from the Die Another Day video.

While performing the Thin White Duke remix of Hollywood with her two brides, she snogged both pop princesses on the mouth, much to the audience's astonishment. Their choreography was inspired by the Lo Que Siente La Mujer performance at the Drowned World Tour. They were then joined by Missy Elliott for some groovy dance moves. The four divas got a very well deserved standing ovation.

Here's a report from MTV:

"Justin Timberlake and Coldplay were the big winners and Missy Elliott ended her Moonmen drought at the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, but the actual awards were overshadowed by the steamy sight of Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

In a shocking opening performance of Like A Virgin and Hollywood, the three divas raised Justin Timberlake's eyebrows — and everyone else's — when they locked lips just before Missy Elliott joined the trio." Check MTV and MadonnaTribe for more pictures. You can also download the videofile (.wmv) at Madonna Internet.

Nothing Fails confirmed as third single

Source: Madonna Electronica, MadonnaTribe - 29 August 2003

Warner France has officially confirmed that Nothing Fails will be released in Europe as third single from the American Life album.

No word yet whether this single will be commercially released in the US or not.

After Gap, it's Evian *rumour*

28 August 2003

Will Evian be the next in line, after Gap and Estée Lauder, that has won Madonna to do some advertising for them? According to french fansite Madonna Electronica, the famous water brand will start a campaign, which features Madonna, Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson on their posters.

Madonna's poster would consist of the Dear Jessie cover, quoting "Evian source de jeunesse" (Evian, source of youth). At the moment, no launch date has been set, because Evian's marketing agency is still testing the campaign for a test audience.

Dear Jessie cover

Box set details *rumour*

28 August 2003

It has been very quiet on the box set, but now finally there's a report from Undercover, which claims following details, which sound quite promising:

"Madonna will release a box set for Christmas featuring both CDs and DVDs highlighting her entire career. The 4 disc collection is expected to be released in November and feature two CDs and two DVDs. Of the CDs, disc one will be a 20 track greatest hits collection and disc two will feature the best of her remixes. DVD one is expected to be a live performance and DVD two is feature rare video footage and television performances.

Before the music though, Madonna's first children's book The English Roses will be released. It is described as a "story about feeling green with envy, blue with loneliness, pink with embarrassment, purple with rage, and how to find true-blue friends. And a few red-hot dance moves." The English Roses will be in store on September 15."

Liz Smith on Madonna at VMA

Source: New York Post - 28 August 2003

Time flies! Tonight the MTV Video Music Awards celebrates it's 20th anniversary. (Even though the first show actually aired in 1984, they are calling this a 20-year landmark - listen, I don't get modern music, so how can I keep track of modern arithmetic?)

On hand will be Madonna, who appeared on the premiere broadcast, rolling around onstage singing Like a Virgin in a wedding dress. At the time, cultural nabobs predicted the apocalypse. Seems pretty innocent now - just as Elvis' charming hip-twitching was supposed to turn everybody into a pillar of salt back in the '50s, and didn't.

So who knew Madonna would be eternal? Not even this columnist, long rumored to be on Madonna's payroll. (Actually, I can no longer even get her on the phone.) In 1984, I thought her a ratty-haired sex-pot flash-in-the-pan.

When she appeared on the cover of Time magazine the next year, I asked my office staff, 'Why?!' But by 1986, we were the first to tout her for Evita, which she finally filmed in 1997. There was no denying her charisma, artistic vision, ambition and marvelous self-confidence. I have seen nothing like it since Barbra Streisand.

In two decades, Madonna has transformed from voluptuous pop tart to sinewy icon, from sexual outlaw to almost-staid wife and mother of two. She's changed but she hasn't, remaining true to her muse - herself. 'I am my own creation. I am my own work of art,' she once declared.

Some might say tonight represents a full circle. But for Madonna the circle is never complete. There are always new thresholds, new anatomies.

~ Dear Liz, if the first VMA was in 1984, then this would be the twentieth, wouldn't it? ;-)

MTV confirms Madonna at VMA

Source: Absolute Madonna - 27 August 2003

On Entertainment Tonight, a spokesperson for MTV confirmed that Madonna is coming to the VMA's. They wouldn't say whether or not she would be performing.

Madonna is greatest video star ever

23 August 2003

MTV counted down the 25 greatest video stars ever. With comments of music video junkie Carson Daley, director David Meyers, Music video stylist June Ambrose and a lot of music artists, the show paid tribute to such artists as Michael Jackson, Nirvana, J-Lo, Britney Spears and many more.

It will come to no surprise that they unanimously chose Madonna as the most important video artist, with her creative, provocative and sexy videos, ranging from the lusty Like A Virgin in Venice, to the feministic inspiring Express Yourself, the sexually intense Justify My Love and Erotica, the dancy Ray Of Light and Music, and the agressive What It Feels Like For A Girl and Die Another Day.

She more than deserved the number one spot, way ahead of no. 2 Eminem and no. 3 Janet Jackson. Congrats Madge!

J-Lo denies MTV performance with Madonna and Britney

Source: Madonnalicious - 23 August 2003

Access Hollywood have reported that Jennifer Lopez has denied that she is dueting with Madonna and Britney Spears at the MTV VMA's in New York next week.

This comes only a couple of days after Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight reported that J-Lo would be performing with Madonna and Britney!

~ The rumour sounded too unbelievable to me, and now it seems even less likely...

Madonna celebrates birthday of Kabbalah rabbi

Source: NY Daily News, Madonnalicious - 23 August 2003

Madonna celebrated the birthday of Kabbalah Center founder Rabbi Yehuda Berg at the Hollywood Hills home of composer Shuki Levy. Her Madgesty sang three songs accompanied by husband Guy Ritchie on guitar. Then the Ritchies danced around the pool while Michael Buble sang Sinatra...

Goldfrapp singer bashes Madonna

23 August 2003

In its previous issue (12 August 2003), Belgian magazine HUMO interviewed Alison Goldfrapp.

When asked if they considered doing soundtracks, this is what the Goldfrapp singer replied: "If Almodover calls us, now ! We had different offers, but so far we always refused, because we didn't like the movies. For example, Madonna and Guy Ritchie asked us to do the soundtrack of Swept Away.

Will and I felt honoured, we could even watch the preview at Madonna's house. So we were sitting on the sofa with the Ritchies, but already five minutes later we knew this was becoming nothing. We were just terribly ashamed in their place, it was sooooo awful.

Only one thought was spinning in my head: "Oh my God, pray they don't ask me what i think of this." But of course they did. I came up with this lousy excuse "Look, I'm so overwhelmed by being with you that i can't concentrate on the movie. I'd have to watch it on my own." Fortunately, everything got cancelled later."

HUMO: "Yesterday you looked a little bit like Madonna, until you opened your mouth - you sing better."

ALISON: "I will take this as a compliment ?! Madonna is a pop icon, but i don't like how she sucks the talent out of young people for every new record. Musically, I think she's nothing. She always needs another super producer to stay trendy."

HUMO: "But you also owe a lot to Will, don't you?"

ALISON: "Look, I have the reputation of being a bitch, but people often just ask for it. If one more person asks me with a poker face whether Will writes the music and I the lyrics, I'll throw them out of the window. Goldfrapp is really a musical collaboration."

More on The Alchemist movie role

Source: Daily Express, MIR - 23 August 2003

Madonna is in talks to play the gypsy in the film version of Paulo Coelho's bestseller, The Alchemist but mystery still surrounds who will play the main female role and love interest Fatima. "There are two big Hollywood actresses in the running,"

Coelho told us at the recent launch of his new novel, Eleven Minutes, at trendy London restaurant, The Ivy. ''The problem is I really can't remember who they are. When I met with Laurence Fishburne three weeks ago he told me their names and I could see he was expecting a big reaction but they really didn't mean anything to me."

Still, at least Brazilian Coelho is happy with the other actors in the running. As well as Madonna, Matrix actor Fishburne - who wrote the screenplay and is producing the film - will star as the alchemist and Jeremy Irons will play the Englishman. "They are all good actors," says Coelho.

Even Madge, not exactly lauded for her acting prowess? "She is very provocative, just like me, and she has a lot of character," he maintains. Hope she doesn't mind playing second fiddle to whichever actress lands the role of Fatima, then.

Madonna, Britney & J-Lo to perform Like A Virgin? *rumour*

Source: TeenHollywood - 22 August 2003

Britney Spears, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez are secretly planning a special surprise for the MTV Video Music Awards - by performing together. MTV insiders claim the pop diva trio will team up to open the show next week (28 AUG 03) by performing Madonna's Like A Virgin hit.

Madonna opened the VMAs with the song almost 20 years ago. On Saturday (16 AUG 03), Madonna celebrated her 45th birthday by inviting Lopez and Britney over for lunch, sparking speculation that the trio were working on something together.

~ This is nothing but a rumour so far. We'll keep you informed.

PAABAH attacks Madonna

20 August 2003

If you were wondering why Hollywood is doing so bad in the US and you found it hard to believe it was because of an American boycott, then read the following (slightly ironic) article from PeopleNews, which explains a certain interpretation of the famous American 'freedom of speech':

"PAABAH have been in touch with Pop Bites once again, and it's good to have them back. 'Madonna now hawking perfume for Estee Lauder! This anti-American does not deserve to earn a cent of our money!' declare the Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood. 'We won't forget that she thanked France for their opposition to the United States!'

Her Madge is the latest in a long line of celebrities to get it in the neck from everyone's favourite rabid intolerants for her outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq - as opposed, more justifiably, for her current willingness to advertise anything with a chequebook and a good review of her album.

Visitors to PAABAH's website can check which cultural products true patriots shun and which celebs should be denigrated for exercising their freedom of speech, when everyone knows they should forfeit their human rights on becoming famous. Madonna should be hung - the campaign starts here."

Birthday BBQ and girls lunch with Britney and J-Lo

Source: PeopleNews - 20 August 2003

The Material Girl turned 45 over the weekend, and in a sign she may be mellowing in her old age, invited Jennifer Lopez around for a spot of lunch. Also in attendance was pop tart Britney Spears, invited for a 'girls' lunch' on Saturday at the house, along with Madge manager, the peculiarly-named Caresse Henry.

A low-key family barbecue followed on Sunday. Madonna's love of all things Britney has been well documented in the past: she was spotted wearing a Britters t-shirt at an awards ceremony not long ago, and dedicated What It Feels Like For A Girl to the pop tart.

Lopez and Madonna, on the other hand, pop's premier divas, have a well-documented antipathy towards each other. The Lo called Madonna's musical talent into question a few years ago, which led to an infamous Madge snub at a Donatella Versace Christmas party, when she left the room as Lopez walked in. That'll teach 'er.

But all now seems to be forgiven in the name of some dark purpose. Speculation has been rife concerning the birthday meeting of pop's unholy trinity, with friends intimating that there is either a musical or - pray God, no! - an acting collaboration in the offing. Against their wishes, all three were nominated for the coveted Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress at this year's tonic to the Oscars, the 23rd Annual Razzie Awards.

Details on Estée Lauder ad

Source: Vogue UK, MadonnaPower - 20 August 2003

Estée Lauder has made a magical ad, starring supermodel Carolyn Murphy and with a soundtrack by Madonna, that will debut in more than 10,000 cinemas in September to promote its new Beyond Paradise fragrance.

The 30-second ad, which was directed by The Fifth Element's Luc Besson, sees Murphy wandering in a world of water, flowers and fairies as Madonna's Love Profusion track, from her American Life album, plays. "We wanted the advertising to be groundbreaking for Estée Lauder," said group president Patrick Bousquet-Chauvanne.

"The association of Luc Besson, Madonna and Carolyn Murphy will make for an exceptional visual and acoustic experience for movie and television audiences around the world." A television version of the ad will air on MTV, VH1, E! and Style cable channels.

Pre-order 'The English Roses'

Source: - 20 August 2003

Have you ever heard of the English Roses? Here is what they are not:
A box of chocolates.
A football team.
Flowers growing in the garden.

What they are is this... to be revealed September 15, 2003.

The English Roses: A story about feeling green with envy, blue with loneliness, pink with embarrassment, purple with rage, and how to find true-blue friends. And a few red-hot dance moves."

To pre-order, CLICK HERE. Check out the teaser cover HERE.

Q Mag vote

Source: - 17 August 2003

As previously reported on, Q Magazine is producing a Madonna special edition of the magazine, containing past interviews, photos etc. Q is also inviting Madonna fans to vote for the Top 20 Madonna Songs Of All Time - the results of which will be published in the magazine. To submit your choices, please send an email to:

Alternatively, fans can write to c/o Q Special Editions, Emap Performance, Mappin House, Winsley Street, London W1W 8HF, England. Closing dates for all votes would be September 15. All voters' names will go into the hat, and we'll arrange a suitable prize draw of Madonna-related merchandise for at least one voter.

Madonna to be offered a movie role? *rumour*

Source: MIR - 17 August 2003

The U.S. movie-site Ain't It has posted speculation that Madonna is to be offered an acting-role in a new British spy-film thriller:

" Madonna is being sought for a big role in Brit spy thriller SEMPER OCCULTUS. If all goes to the producer's plans, she will join Kelly Brook, Jason Statham, Roger Moore, Nick Moran and Robin Shou (MORTAL KOMBAT, BEVERLY HILLS NINJA)"

The British movie-site, The Z has already been doing some chasing and received an official denial:

"Madonna/Maverick Films are unaware of producers' attempts to lure her to Bond rival movie Semper Occultus, despite her close friends, Kelly Brook and Jason Statham, attached to it. Do friends not talk anymore?"

And, news of yet another film-role offered to Madonna has been published in today's print-version of the U.K.'s Daily Express newspaper:

" Pop diva Madonna is in talks to play the part of a dream-analysing gipsy in a film adpatation of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. Coelho, who is a friend of Madonna, 44, said at a book launch in London: "Madonna is going to play the gipsy who interprets dreams in the book, but that's not quite finalised as yet." Jeremy Irons has also been signed up for the project."

M to open restaurant? *rumour*

Source: Soundbuzz - 17 August 2003

Pop icon Madonna is extending her talents into yet another arena - restaurants. The singer is investing in a Hollywood eatery which will open in October on the popular Sunset Boulevard.

Her representative says the 45-year-old is "helping her brother" Christopher Ciccone, who has been hired to design the restaurant.

A source says of the eatery, "It faces out and has amazing views of the city." Back in 1995, the pop diva was a partner in a Miami Beach, Florida, restaurant called Blue Door, but has since pulled out.

Happy birthday Madonna!

16 August 2003

Today, Madonna Louisa Veronica Ciccone will turn 45 years old. We wish her a terrific day and an upcoming year full of love and happiness!

Kabbalah teacher: "We're always there for Madonna"

13 August 2003

Michael Shelden, reporter of The Telegraph, had an interview with Madonna's Kabbalah guru Rabbi Yehuda Berg.

Of course the interview refers regularly to Madonna's devotion to this "punk rock of spiritual philosophy". You can read it here.

Madonna wants to do everything

Source: Yahoo! Launch 11 August 2003

Forget any of the music tours Madonna's put together over the last two decades--come September 15, the former Material Girl will be in more than 100 countries simultaneously when her first-ever children's book hits shelves worldwide.

English Roses will be a fairy tale that includes a few themes borrowed from the Kabbalah, the book of mystical teachings of the Jewish religion. It's to be the first of a five-volume set, each of which will be illustrated by a different famous artist.

Madonna will be on hand in Paris to unveil the first book, and will likely have a book-signing event to help publicize the event. Publishers are hopeful that English Roses will have crossover appeal to adults, a trend begun over the last few years by the wild success of the Harry Potter series.

Madonna says that she sees life as full of opportunities and she plans to take advantage of them all. "I want to do everything," Madonna says. "I want to write. I want to direct, you know, I want to go on tour again. I want to make more music. I want to read more books. I want to travel more. I want to do everything."

Billboard Dance Club Play Record

Source: - 11 August 2003

Time to celebrate Madonna's 30th number one single in the US Billboard Dance Club Play Chart! Hollywood, which was at number 2 on this same chart last week has now reached the number one spot. Congratulations Madonna!

TW - LW Title Artist Label/Dist Label Catalog
1 - 2 Hollywood (Remixes) Madonna Maverick/Warner Bros. 42638
2 - 4 Sunrise (Love To Infinity & ATFC Remixes) Simply Red PROMO
3 - 9 Bucci Bag (P. Rauhofer, R. H. Vission, & J. Vicious Mixes) Andrea Doria Star 69 1263
4 - 1 Pavement Cracks (Remixes) Annie Lennox J/RMG PROMO
5 - 5 I Wish I Wasn't (Remixes) Heather Headley RCA/RMG PROMO

New Gap pic

Source: Madonnalicious, Madonna Drowned World - 8 August 2003

The latest issue of Bazaar magazine, featuring Madonna on the cover, has a previously unseen picture from the GAP campaign.

Gap commercial

Madonna in next Charlie's Angels? *rumour*

Source: Soundbuzz - 8 August 2003

Pop queen Madonna has taken career tips from semi-retired actress Demi Moore - having been bowled over by her cameo role in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

The pop diva, who has had little success with her own movie career, is impressed by the way Demi's minor role in the sequel has turned the star's ailing career around.

Drew Barrymore, who co-produced and starred in the two Angels films, has reportedly already received a call from Madonna begging for a cameo role in the third movie.

Madonna at MTV EMA? *rumour*

Source: Absolute Madonna - 8 August 2003

The Edinburgh Evening News have stated that Madonna is "tipped to appear" at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ceremony takes place on November 6th and at present, ticket information is not available.

Madonna is favorite for future oldies radio

Source: Daily Journal - 8 August 2003

Tomorrow's youngsters better get used to hearing Ray of Light or "Elevation" on their parents' radios. Readers who responded to The Daily Journal's weekly Web site poll said they will most likely hear tunes by Madonna or U2 on the oldies radio station of the future.

Madonna captured 39 percent of votes cast by 187 readers who responded. U2 nabbed 28 percent. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Norah Jones, Eminem, Metallica and Jay-Z hauled in between 4 and 7 percent of the remaining votes. And rapper Snoop Dogg finished last with just under 3 percent of the votes cast.

Back in Business

8 August 2003

Yes! Mad-Eyes finally made it back online after a downtime of almost 10 days.

My lovely hosts had decided to suspend my account after discovering that I offer some Madonna videos for streaming, though officially they're copyrighted material. Though I assured them to take them down, they didn't give me access anymore, so I decided to switch over to a better host. The site should be working fine again, though without video streaming ( and have the monopoly on that now).

Forum users can also use our avatars again (sorry for the inconvenience). If you happen to find some error somewhere (caused by the new upload), don't hesitate to let me know. Thanx for all your support!

She's not Esther

Source: MLVC - 7 August 2003

Question: People here keep telling me that Madonna now insists on being called Esther. And now I just heard the same thing on the radio. All I can say is ????

Answer: A complete fabrication, prompted by the diamond encrusted "E" she's sporting on a necklace. The tabloids claim it stands for "Esther", as this is what she has decided to call herself now in connection with the Kabballah. According to Caresse, though, it's a tribute to her grandmother, Elsie Fortin.

Nile Rodgers: 'Madonna is the last real popstar'

Source: De Morgen, thanx to Dotmusic and MLVC - 7 August 2003

When u were working with Madonna she was nothing more than a little singer with a few hits. Like A Virgin made her an Icon.

"The first time I saw her I instantly knew she was gonna make it. She had charisma, personality and she wasn't affraid to role up her sleeves and get down to work. In all of showbizz I don't know anybody who works as hard as she does.

And every place i took her, heads would turn. everyone wanted to know who that girl was sitting next to Nile Rodgers. To me, she's the last REAL popstar. The Marlene Dietrich of her generation. Even if she never scores another hit, people will always be interested in her."

When u listen to Like A Virgin, it really just sounds like another Chic album but with a different singer.

"That's true. U can say that about most of my collaborations, actually. You hear excited musicians playing their parts. Like A Virgin is probably the most simple song I ever recorded though. The whole thing was played live and recorded in one take. No studio tricks or special effects.

Madonna was also a lot easier to work with than Diana Ross, who was already very much a superstar when I met her. Naturally she behaved that way, too. She had a real temper. I once told her in very polite way that her voice wasn't sounding as good as usual that day.

So, she just stormed out of the studio and we had to wait 2 months before she came back to finish the record."

Estée Lauder uses Love Profusion

Source: - 7 August 2003

Estée Lauder will be using Love Profusion in their upcoming advertising campaign beginning in September and lasting one year. Luc Besson (Fifth Element, The Messenger) will be directing the TV commercial.

Silent Madonna

Source: New Magazine, thanx to Madonnalicious - 6 August 2003

It would appear that Madonna hasn't completely given up on her plans to become a screen icon. Her company, Maverick, has bought the rights to another Hollywood tale about 1920s film star Clara Bow.

It seems that Madonna is keen to play the most famous movie star of the silent era in the brand new screen venture. Clara was known as the It-Girl of Hollywood, who played hard and enjoyed a fast-living and glamourous lifestyle before lapsing into obscurity.

Paris launch for The English Roses

Source: BBC - 6 August 2003

Madonna will travel to Paris to launch the first of her children's books, it has been announced.

The English Roses will be published simultaneously in 100 countries in 30 languages on 15 September. It is about "feeling green with envy, blue with loneliness, pink with embarrassment, purple with rage and how to find true-blue friends", its publisher has said. The singing superstar has signed a deal to write five books for children aged six and above.

They will be based on Hebrew texts she is studying from the Kabbalah religion and each will feature the work of a different, celebrated illustrator. The singer will be joined by 40 book editors from around the world at the offices of her French publishing house Gallimard to celebrate the first release. Aged 44, she remains a top-selling recording artist after 20 years in the music business.

AL goes platinum

Source: - 6 August 2003

So far American Life is platinum in United States, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Missy says she'd never disrespect Madonna

Source: Yahoo! Launch - 5 August 2003

Singer and rapper Missy Elliott was recently accused of snubbing Madonna on the set of the duos' Gap commercial. Elliott issued a statement to New York Magazine on Monday (August 4) explaining that she wasn't herself the day of the shoot because of a personal crisis.

Gap commercial

Elliott explained, "Madonna came to me and asked what was wrong, and I told her in a roundabout way. She called her spiritual adviser over the day of the shoot; he gave me, like, the red string, and he prayed for me. The rest of the shoot was fine... I would never disrespect her."

Reports were circulating that Elliott refused to get out of her limousine on the set even after Madonna tapped on the window and that Elliott initially turned down Madonna's invitation to do lunch at her house.

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