Madonna news - Jan. 2004


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31 January - Preview Dance Chart: Nothing Fails drops to #3

After one week at the top, Nothing Fails eases down from number 1 to 3 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart for the week ending February 14, 2004. Me Against the Music drops from 34 to 47, and Nobody Knows Me exits the chart. (source: Absolute Madonna)

31 January - Madonna to support British Conservatives?
Liberal singer Madonna is considering lending her support to right-wing British political party the Conservatives, by attending its annual winter ball in London on Tuesday. The Material Girl and husband Guy Ritchie are expected to go to the Grosvenor House Hotel as guests of Guy's dad John and stepmother Shireen, who is the chairperson of the exclusive Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association. It's thought the celebrity couple are keen to align themselves with the opposition party after becoming annoyed with a Labour government decision that ruled land on their $15 million Ashcombe Estate near Salisbury in Wiltshire, south England, will be open to ramblers.
The 45-year-old singer hopes to quash the decision that their land falls under British Right to Roam laws. An insider says, "There are several very high-profile people tipped to come to the ball, Madonna being just one. "It would be fantastic if she showed and we would be delighted to see her. She's a natural Conservative -- an independent, hard-working self-starter. "And she's developed an interest in country affairs since she met and married Guy and they moved to Wiltshire. "It would undoubtedly be a sensational celebrity coup for the Conservatives, and one in the eye for Labour if Madonna lends her support to the event." (source: SFGate)

31 January - US single release for Love Profusion confirmed
The remixes are all in and the track listing is final! Look for the maxi single of Love Profusion in your record stores in March.
Here is the track list:
CD Maxi
1. Love Profusion (Blow Up Mix) 6:08
2. Love Profusion (The Passengerz Club Profusion) 9:34
3. Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal) 7:29
4. Love Profusion (Craig J's "Good Vibe" Mix) 7:14
5. Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario Big Room Vox) 9:25
6. Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario Big Room Dub) 8:57
7. Nothing Fails (Peter's Lost In Space Mix) 8:36

12" Vinyl Maxi
A1 Love Profusion (The Passengerz Club Profusion) 9:34
A2 Love Profusion (Blow Up Mix) 6:08
B1 Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal) 7:29
B2 Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario Big Room Dub) 8:57
C1 Love Profusion (The Passengerz Dub Profusion) 8:04
C2 Love Profusion (Craig J's "Good Vibe" Mix) 7:14
D1 Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario Big Room Vox) 9:25
(source: Madonna.com)

30 January - Nothing Fails tops Dance Chart
Madonna scores with Nothing Fails another #1 on the US Hot Dance / Club Play chart. (source: Billboard)

29 January - Court sets trial date for Swept Away lawsuit
A lawsuit alleging that Madonna and her director-husband, Guy Ritchie , stole the idea for the 2002 film remake of Swept Away will go to court May 4.
In the suit, self-described singer, songwriter, director and actor Vincent D'Onofrio alleges Madonna and Ritchie took his idea for a remake of the 1975 Italian comedy and then cut him out of the credits and compensation.
The movie, directed by Ritchie, stars Madonna as a wealthy woman stranded on a desert island with a sailor. It bombed at the box office and was panned by critics.
D'Onofrio sued Madonna, Ritchie and Sony Pictures in Superior Court in October 2002, claiming he pitched the idea to Madonna in April 1997 and had several meetings with her and Ritchie.
Attorneys for Madonna and Ritchie have said D'Onofrio does not have proof of a contract with the female singer or Sony.
D'Onofrio's attorney said he would seek $10 million in damages.
D'Onofrio is not the actor of the same name who portrays Detective Bobby Goren on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." (source: Yahoo! Launch)

26 January - Nomination for Dance Star Awards
Madonna is nominated as Best Chart Act in the 2004 Edition of The Dance Star Awards.
The DanceStar nominations are formed by The Dance Music Academy. All participants are based in the US and work in the dance music industry. The category Madonna is listed in is reserved to US artists, and her competitors include Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kelis, Sarah McLachlan, OutKast, P. Diddy, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
Web voting for DanceStar USA 2004 will commence on www.dancestar.com today, Monday Jan 26, approx 5.00 pm EST.
SMS voting details will additionally be announced shortly to enable worldwide voting via cellphone. (source: MadonnaTribe)

26 January - Love Profusion in the US
Fansite MadonnaPolis reported earlier about a possible single release for Love Profusion in the US. Fansite MadonnaTribe now claims the release date for that single is set for February 3rd. No tracklisting has been confirmed as yet.

26 January - Adriano Giannini on Madonna
Adriano Giannini, co star of Swept Away, has now made a tv film with french beauty Laetitia Casta. In an interview to Italian newspaper Il corriere della sera he speaks about his friendship with Madonna. "Madonna has suprised me for her "normality". I expected her to be a diva but she is simply a woman that has children, a husband and her work. She is strict, her strictness sometimes can turn into bitchiness." He also adds that "Madonna has fascinated me for her fragility". (source: Il Corriere Della Sera, thanx to MadonnaTribe)

25 January - Madonna receives career award at NRJ Awards
Madonna kisses Britney after accepting her award Madonna during her acceptance speech in Cannes Madonna on the red carpet in Cannes Madonna made a brief appearance at a French music awards show this weekend, accepting a career award from Britney Spears and thanking France's fans for two decades of support.
Madonna, wearing a demure green polka-dot dress, didn't perform at NRJ radio station's awards ceremony today, but she still got a standing ovation.
"My ambition may be American, and I may have married a Brit, but my heart belongs to France," Madonna told Spears and the crowd. Christina Aguilera attended too.
The pop divas didn't exchange kisses, unlike at the MTV Video Music Awards in August - which prompted inevitable cracks from French presenters later in the show.
Other performers included Seal, Dido, Kylie Minogue and Beyonce Knowles. France's rock quartet Kyo won the most prizes, including best French-language group. (source: Herald Sun - pictures courtesy of AP and Reuters)

25 January - Details and covers of 'Yakov' and 'Lotsa de Casha'
Earlier we reported that the release of the book 'Yakov and the Seven Thieves' is postponed to the end of 2004 and that 'Lotsa de Casha' will be the next childrens book. Amazon now lists both books for pre-order, with following details:
Cover of Yakov Cover of Lotsa de Casha Lotsa de Casha
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Callaway Editions; (June 2004)
ISBN: 0670058882

Yakov and the Seven Thieves
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books; (October 2004)
ISBN: 0670058874
"Sometimes, upright deeds come from crooked criminals... Yakov, a kindly cobbler desperate to find a cure for his dying son, seeks advice from the wise old man at the edge of the village. This sage enlists the help of seven thieves, who humorously prove that miracles can occur if we renounce our wicked ways and embrace good behavior."

21 January - Madonna to perform on NRJ Awards? *rumour*
Madonna has been confirmed to attend next saturday's NRJ Awards in France, but is she also going to perform? AFP seems to think so:
"Madonna, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Dido and Seal are among artists expected to perform in this Riviera city next Saturday for France's annual NRJ music awards.
The awards are held as the international music industry descends on Cannes for the annual MIDEM trade jamboree, the music world's premier trade show, and will be broadcast live both on France's TF1 television and on NRJ radio network.
The pop music station's awards are based on a public vote, with around 50 artists competing for 15 awards, among them also Robbie Williams, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake as well as French-language artists Florent Pagny, Kyo, Pascal Obispo and Helene Segara.
Last year votes from more than 900,000 people put Colombian singer Shakira out tops, while the Latino sensation Las Ketchup took a prize for "international revelation of the year" -- and Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey looked on in the audience.
NRJ is a popular commercial FM radio network whose name, when pronounced in French, makes the word "energy"."

19 January - Madonna confirmed for NRJ Awards
Warner Music France has confirmed that Madonna will attend the NRJ music awards ceremony in Cannes on Saturday January 24. The show will be broadcasted live on both NRJ radio and TF1 tv channel from 20.50 pm cet. Madonna is nominated in 3 categories this year:
Best international Album, Best International Female Artist, and Best Internet Official Website (Madonna.com) (source: MadonnaTribe)
Many thanks to The One and MadonnaTribe for the following transcript of a French interview with Madonna:

TK7: How important is this journey to France for the NRJ Music Awards to you?

Madonna: I adore France. There's a phrase I know by heart: Vive la France!
I must say that I'm not fluent in French anymore because I don't spend as much time with french people as I used to. When I used to work with Mondino and Gaultier, we used to speak french. I can't wait to be there at the end of January, after the NRJ Music Awards I plan to go round about Europe to take part to several TV Shows.

TK7: Will your seven year old daughter travel with you?

Madonna: Of course! She comes with me everywhere. Lourdes loves to travel. She has already visited the Louvre museum in Paris. I think she has a gipsy soul just like me. I adore Paris, it is a true architectural treasure. I've also visited Saint Germain-en-Laye once, and I have a wonderful memory of it. As an american, I could not imagine to wake up in the morning in such a marvelous environment. There's no more than five architectural masterpieces in New York, and none in Los Angeles.

TK7: What are you dreaming of doing right now?

Madonna: I'd like to shoot a movie as passionate as Evita. I turned down several movie projects this year because they were not as good or as strong as I wanted them to be. After working with great people like Alan Parker, I don't want to be involved with a movie with a theme that doesn't move me completely. You know, after driving a Rolls Royce, you don't like going back to a Volkswagen.

TK7: Now that you're a mother, what else is still missing in your life?

Madonna: I feel fulfilled at the moment but as anybody else you always feel there's still something missing in life. I'd like to be part of a Circus and to paint. These are my fantasies of the moment, and I think I will have the time to do that because life is long. I'd also like to sing Italian Opera and I'm really looking forward to visit Palais Garnier in Paris. I'm obsessed with Maria Callas and I've listened to everything I've found of her.

TK7: Will you be back on stage this year?

Madonna: I always have ideas for shows in my head, I'm waiting for the best time to step into a world tour. If this can happen this year, it will be cool, if not, it will happen later.

19 January - Release update for NKM book
Those of you who've ordered the exclusive Nobody Knows Me book will have received following release update:
"We wanted to give you an update, because we know you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your publication. Nobody Knows Me is currently at the printer having the finishing touches applied before we can ship out orders. We expect it to be done by early next week at which point it will come to us so we can get your orders out. We expect to start shipping orders out the week of the 26th. Thank you for being patient so far and we are sure you will be happy when you get Nobody Knows Me in your mailbox."

19 January - Another R&R review
They forgot about Your Honesty, and they clearly don't know the origin of Into The Groove, but anyway: here's another review of Remixed & Revisited:
"The one and only Madonna, the pop culture icon and the epitome of what a pop diva is, has decided to take a trip down memory lane with her newest album, Remixed and Revisited.
The hot new album is a refreshing look at her classic and most recent songs, given a few new touches by block-rocking DJs such as Jason Nevins. In fact, she does it so well that unlike most remixes of other songs from other artists, Madonna makes these babies shine without making them pale compared with their original versions.
The seven-track compilation features four hits from her previous chartbuster American Life with a few enhancements added to give a new feel to the already enticing tracks. The tracks included in the revised lineup are Nothing Fails (Nevins Club Mix), American Life (Headcleaner Rock Mix), Nobody Knows Me (Mount Sims Old School Mix) and the mesmerizing Love Profusion (Headcleaner Rock Mix), a song that has been getting lots of heavy airplay on MTV and MYX, and is used for the Estee Lauder ad campaign, with Madonna as its endorser.
Another song to look out for is the controversial remake of Like a Virgin, featuring Madonna with pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in a controversial live performance during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Then, there is her collaboration with Missy Elliot in Into the Hollywood Groove (Passenger Mix), an upbeat and rocking medley of the hit song from the 1987 album Now You Can Dance combined with Elliot’s rapping genius." (source: ABS-CBN News)

19 January - Release dates of other childrens books changed
Seems Callaway has changed their mind about the release order of the remaining three childrens books. Currently, the next dates have been set up:
june 2004: Lotsa de Casha
september 2004: Abdey's Adventures (?)
december 2004: Yakov And The Seven Thieves

19 January - Tour rumours
The past few days there have been rumours circulating that Madonna will embark upon a world tour in the summer of 2004.
According to The Las Vegas Sun Clear Channel sent out a press release this week announcing that Madonna will kick off the 32-city U.S. leg of her world tour June 1st in San Francisco. The release concludes: "Presenting Sponsorship for either the U.S. dates or the entire tour is available at $5M and $8M (million) respectively. Aligning your brand with a proven talent such as Madonna offers a unique platform for your brand and your consumer." However, this supposed press release can't be traced. So don't get your hopes up just yet...

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