Madonna news - Oct. 2004


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13 October - New album with Depeche Mode musician? *rumour*
Glenn Turner reports in the MIR:
"[Apparently] taken from the Depeche Mode website: Madonna and Martin Gore:
Depeche Mode mastermind Martin L. Gore is working at the moment on various tracks for the new Madonna album. According to reports, the Pop-Diva met with Gore during her Re-Invention Tour and received some demos, at Stuart Price's insistence. Last week, the two of them met in London, where Martin presented a fully-produced some. Apparently Madonna was very impressed. The new Madonna album should be in stores in early summer 2005."
~ Of course this is still only just a rumour. Madonna usually gets new inspiration on her tours. She collaborated with Monte Pittman and Stuart Price for the American Life album after working with them on the Drowned World Tour. So it's possible she did some stuff on the Re-Invention Tour as well. But even if she did, it's unlikely she has an album finished by next summer. As usual, we'll keep you posted...

12 October - Info on tour DVD
We've been receiving a lot of mails of fans asking about the release date of the Re-Invention tour DVD. Unfortunately no date has been set yet. There have been a few rumours about release dates before Christmas 2004, but unfortunately they're NOT true. It's highly likely that the DVD will be released AFTER the tour documentary; otherwise that movie would loose part of its value (part of the reason why the Blond Ambition DVD never saw the light of day was to promote Truth Or Dare instead). Since the tour documentary will premiere in Cannes (May 2005) we'll have to wait until at least summer 2005 for the DVD! The positive side of the story is that the DVD will reportedly contain some serious extras, like the Bedtime Story background video. It will be the final concert of Lisbon that will be released and working title reportedly is "Live in Lisbon". When we know more, you'll read it here!

12 October - Press release on English Roses merchandise
Signatures Network, Inc. (SNI), the entertainment industry's leading merchandising and licensing company, announced today that Madonna's The English Roses(TM) collection is currently launching in select Nordstrom stores, department stores and boutiques. Select items are also available on Nordstrom.com. SNI signed and developed the product lines for the premier licensees for The English Roses, Madonna's hugely successful debut children's book. The licensing program for The English Roses(TM) features Girl's Apparel, Footwear, Rainwear, Collectable Dolls, Teas and Hot Chocolate, Tea Sets, Jewelry Boxes, Charm Bracelets and Necklaces, Calendars and more.
Beginning in October, Nordstrom will create an extensive in-store program around The English Roses(TM), including fashion shows and tea parties.
"Nordstrom is thrilled to carry many items from The English Roses(TM) collection in our stores," said Marci Scott, VP of Kids' Wear at Nordstrom."We're looking forward to events in our stores for our young customers, giving them the opportunity to see this fun, new merchandise." The licensees include:
* AccessorLee for Belts, Hair Accessories and Lapel Pins
* Alexander Doll Company for Collectable Dolls and Dolls' Accessories
* Andrews McMeel for calendars
* Enzo Shoe for Slippers and Fashion Shoes
* Harney & Sons for Teas and Hot Chocolate
* High IntenCity for Charm Bracelets and Necklaces
* Kidorable for Raincoats and Umbrellas
* Lipstik Clothing for Girl's Apparel
* Schylling Associates for Tea Sets and Jewelry boxes

"Signatures is delighted to be partnering with Nordstrom and our other launch retailers to debut this exciting program," said Matt Hautau, VP of Licensing & Marketing for SNI. "We're very excited about the incredible group of licensees that we've assembled for this program. Madonna is a true artist of many dimensions, and this line is another extension of her creativity."

About The English Roses book
The first of five children's books written by Madonna, The English Roses tells an inspiring story about the importance of compassion and the rewards of friendship through five little girls. The English Roses debuted at #1 on the New York Times Children's Bestseller lists and was the #1 seller for Barnes & Noble online (http://www.bn.com). Published by Callaway Editions, The English Roses was printed in 30 languages and over 100 countries, and became the largest children's book release in publishing history with a first printing of 1 million copies. (source: PR Newswire)

12 October - Elton vs. Madonna, Round II
Sir Elton isn't taking back his verbal jabs at Madonna.
Elton John took a verbal swing at Madonna last week, while the Rocket Man was receiving a songwriting award at the Q awards, sponsored by a British music magazine.
Now that his statements, claiming the Material Girl lip syncs her concerts, have caused a stir amongst many, think Sir Elton is ready to back off of his comments? Think again.
"You know, I just said what I said and I've been meaning to say it for a long time," Elton told Access Hollywood. "It was probably a bit unfair on Madonna, because a lot of people lip sync worse and their whole show is lip synced...her show is not wholly lip-synced but there's an element to it."
While Elton may have softened the blow just a bit since his initial tirade, he's still not backing down, although he didn't quite want to elaborate either.
"Madonna is a great artist, she's a great writer, she's a great performer, she makes great records and I just want to leave it at that," he told us. (source: NBC)

12 October - Elton John scares away from Madonna party
Designer Donatella Versace threw a party in London for her good friend Madonna over the weekend; and guess which of Donatella's famous friends was too afraid to show his pudgy face -- Elton John. The crotchety crocodile rocker, who publicly accused Madonna of lip-syncing, reportedly sent his partner David Furnish to try to smooth things out between him and Madge. But a source at the party told The Sun that Furnish and his date for the evening, Liz Hurley, sat as far away from Madonna as they possibly could.
"There was an uncomfortable atmosphere," said the source. "And there were lots of intense stares coming from Madonna's table."
Speaking of Madonna, the singer brought a personal posse of rabbis along with her to the party. And, on their way out, each of the men reportedly tipped the doormen. (source: San Francisco Examiner)

12 October - More on 'The Road To Stardom'
Fellow fansite Madonnalicious has more info on 'The Road To Stardom', Missy Elliott's new talent show:
"[Yesterday's] edition of UK newspaper The Sun featured some more gossip regarding Madonna's appearance as a advisor/judge in Missy Elliott's forthcoming reality TV show The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliott.
The newspaper's insider suggests Madonna completed a screen test for the show, and said she would drive some contestants to tears with her put downs and her directness....even eclipsing Pop Idol's judge Simon Cowell.
An insider says: 'Madonna doesn't suffer fools gladly. She will have no patience with the have-a-go heroes trying to make a name for themselves.'
'If someone walks into the room the wrong way she'll say 'no' before a note is sung and that will be their chance gone. She will reduce people to tears because she is so direct. Her comments really find their targets. There is no pantomime about her performance.'
'She plays the role of a judge as she is in real life. There is no showing off like there is with Cowell. Only real hopefuls will get through to be judged by her.'
However madonnalicious has heard a different story from the taping which suggests that we haven't seen the return of 'mean Madonna' as the insiders would like us to believe.
The show will look at look at how to make it in the music industry. Missy Elliott will take 13 hopefuls and each week she and her panel of judges, Dallas Austin, Teena Marie and Elliott's manager, Mona Scott of Violator Management will eliminate a contestant from the show. Madonna will guest on the show and will offer the contestants some valuable advice on the music industry.
[...] Madonna's segment was taped during the Re-Invention tour rehearsals at The Forum in Los Angeles. The tour documentary crew were also present and filmed Madonna taping the show. As Madonna dispensed her advice to the contestants, she happily sat on the floor eating trail mix (a mixture of dried fruit, nuts and raisins)! Madonna's appearance on the show will be on one of the later episodes of the series.

11 October - Madonna set to become judge in TV talent show
Pop superstar Madonna is to eclipse Simon Cowell as the nastiest person on television when she appears on Missy Elliott's forthcoming talent show on American TV. The Material Girl has already wowed producers with some incredibly mean criticism during screen tests for the as-yet-unnamed programme. And Madonna, who Elliott personally asked to be a judge, is likely to bring contestants to tears with her tough no-nonsense comments.
An insider says: "Madonna doesn't suffer fools gladly. She will have no patience with the have-a-go heroes trying to make a name for themselves. If someone walks into the room the wrong way she'll say 'no' before a note is sung and that will be their chance gone. She will reduce people to tears because she is so direct. Her comments really find their targets. There is no pantomime about her performance. She plays the role of a judge as she is in real life. There is no showing off like there is with Cowell. Only real hopefuls will get through to be judged by her." (source: Ireland Online)

Madonna is set to become a judge in a new TV talent show.
The pop queen will reportedly join a panel of judges on a new US star-search fronted by rap star Missy Elliott.
TV bosses are desperate to sign the 45-year-old singer after she hurled a string of barbed comments at pop hopefuls during a screen test for the show.
A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "She will reduce people to tears because she is so direct.
Her comments really find their targets. "She is brilliant at separating talent from over-confidence and the best thing is that nobody can argue with her verdict." (source: FemaleFirst)

08 October - And now sing!
Cartoon 'bout Madonna and Elton Madonnafan and fantastic artist Robster made a hilarious cartoon about Madonna and Elton John, which is pretty self-explanatory. Just click on the image to enlarge! Thanks for that Rob!

08 October - Madonna tops field For Billboard touring honors
Madonna leads the finalists for Billboard's inaugural Backstage Pass Awards. The veteran performer is contending in three of the six artist categories.
The awards recognize the top achievements in touring, according to box-office data gathered from Billboard Boxscore reports between November 2003 and September 2004. They will be presented during the Billboard Backstage Pass touring conference, set for Nov. 8-9 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
Finalists reflect a range of artists, venues and professionals who excelled despite the difficult touring year. Along with such categories as top tours, venues, promoters and events, the awards acknowledge the managers, agents and breakthrough artists who achieved top marks this year.
Madonna is a finalist for top tour (based on gross dollars) for her Clear Channel-produced Re-Invention outing, top draw (based on total tickets sold) and top Boxscore event (for a show at New York's Madison Square Garden). Other contenders for top tour are Prince's Musicology and Shania Twain's Up.
Among other finalists, Josh Groban, Linkin Park and John Mayer are up for top breakthrough act; Artists Group International, Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Agency are contenders for top agent/agency; and Clear Channel Entertainment, AEG Live and House of Blues Concerts are up for top promoter. (source: Billboard)
~ Now where's Elton John in the contenders list, let's see... Oh right, NOWHERE! ;-)

07 October - Laura Pausini on her collaboration with Madonna
Italian singer Laura Pausini is currently in Latin America promoting her new album. Here's the translation of a recent interview in which Laura talks again about her collaboration project with Madonna, "Mi Abbandono A Te".
Laura Pausini "Madonna wrote the last song on my album that is titled "Mi abbandono a te". It's a song that I received more than a year and a half ago and she gave it to me in English but she wanted it to be sung by someone in another language and I believe we felt united because aside of singing it in Spanish, I can sing it in Italian, which is a language for which she has a lot of affection because she has Italian origins."
"It was very interesting working with her and even if I worked on the song with the producer of The power of good-bye and other songs on her Ray of Light album, it was entirely recorded and arranged in London while she was on tour, but she wanted to know everything because she doesn't leave projects like that unattended."
"Madonna wanted to know what I had written, because I changed the whole meaning of the song with my translation. The song now is not about the relationship between a man and a woman but it's about people's inner peace, like if we are seated one in front of the other, it's a very spiritual song and compared to the first demo she sent me it's quite different."
"I love working with someone this way because only the great artists like these can respect collaborations, they give you freedom, a little bit of her and a little bit of me, that's the true way to work, when two people unite and even if they are very different musically, it's interesting to hear them together and they don't have to necessarely adapt one to the other."
The song Me Abandono a Ti/Mi Abbandono a Te - the 11th and last track of Laura Pausini's upcoming album "Resta In Ascolto" was written by Madonna and Rick Nowels with the original title Like a Flower, and was then adapted to Italian and Spanish by Laura herself. (source: MadonnaTribe)

07 October - Rupert blasts 'bossy' Elton
Luvvie Rupert Everett has branded Sir Elton John "very bossy and cranky" following the singer's bad-tempered outburst against Madonna.
Madonna and Rupert in The Next Best Thing Rupert, who starred with the Material Girl in The Next Best Thing, made his comments after Elton blasted Madge for miming on tour.
The actor said: "I don't understand what he's got against her. Any singer who dances like that will understand you don't have the breath to sing all the time. Everyone knows that. It's unfair to make it a point. If you do a heavy dance routine, at some point you're going to do a bit of lip-synch. She sings everything she can but if she goes into a dance routine then she has got to dance. You can't breathe and dance and sing at the same time. She doesn't lip-synch her whole set.
He's very bossy these days, I think. I mean he's lovely but he is a bit bossy - and he does seem a bit cranky."
Hmm. Elton "a bit cranky". Isn't that like saying the Pope's "a bit of a Catholic"? (source: The Mirror)

05 October - Elton John bad mouths Madonna accusing her of being lip-sync queen
Elton John launched a scathing verbal attack on Madonna during an award ceremony in which he accused her of cheating her fans by lip-synching on stage.
Attending the Q Awards in central London late Monday to collect a prize for his songwriting, Elton, 56, was incensed to find the Queen of Pop had been nominated for best live act.
Taking to the stage, Sir Elton blasted: "Madonna - best f------ live act? F--- off.
Elton John "Since when has lip-synching been live?" he asked. "Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds (134 dollars, 109 euros) to see them should be shot."
He ended his rant by saying: "That's me off her f------ Christmas card list but do I give a toss? No."
Madonna, nominated for her Reinvention tour, did not clinch the award -- that honour went to British band Muse.
Monday's outburst at the Grosvenor House Hotel came after another in Taiwan last month, when John branded Taiwanese photographers "rude, vile pigs" in an airport bust-up.
Madonna's US spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg flatly rejected John's accusations, saying in a statement: "Madonna does not lip-synch nor does she spend her time trashing other artists.
"She sang every note of her Reinvention tour live and is not ashamed that she was well paid for her hard work."
And the 46-year-old star showed she was not taking Sir Elton's remarks too seriously. "Elton John remains on her Christmas card list whether he is nice... or naughty," the statement added.
Madonna's Reinvention tour, replete with pumping dance routines and yoga displays, came to Britain in August. It has attracted criticism for its pricey tickets -- seats cost a minimum of 75 pounds, going up to 160 pounds for prime spots. (source: AFP)

03 October - Laura Pausini records song written by Madonna
Italian singer Laura Pausini admitted she feels very satisfied to have recorded a song written by Queen of Pop Madonna about spirituality, that is included on her forthcoming album Resta in Ascolto/Escucha Atento
"Madonna wanted to give one of her compositions to a person that usually doesn't sing in English and the fact that I'm Italian like her and that I sing in Spanish like she also does, in a language she adores... I think that's what has bonded us together in music", Pausini told yesterday a South American newspaper.
The song Pausini recorded is called Mi abbandono a te/Me abandono a ti and features some changes to the original Madonna song. Changes made by the Italian singer herself that were submitted to the Queen of Pop by e-mail as the two didn't have the time to meet in person yet.
Laura's new album also includes a song dedicated to the story of the Ali Smain, the Iraqui kid that lost both parents and both his arms after when a bomb was dropped on his house in Bagdad. "I would like that people would go on the internet and read his story", said Pausini. "Some many things happened to this child and my songs talk about a kid, a soldier and an eagle."
Mi abbandono a te/Me abandono a ti, a song produced by Rick Nowels is rumoured to be a new version of the famous (among Madonna diehard fans) song Like a Flower, that leaked on the internet a year ago in a demo version beautifully sung by Madonna herself in 1998, during the sessions of the Ray of Light album. (source: MadonnaTribe)

03 October - Caresse denies tour extension
A few days ago we reported the rumours about a possible extension of the tour, but warned for the unlikelyness of the story. Now Caresse Henry has explicitly denied these rumours. The Re-Invention Tour is over; live the memories.

03 October - X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS in London
Steven Klein and Madonna's X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS exhibition will be on show in London from 15-30 October at Scout gallery. The gallery sent this press release:
This collaborative project between Madonna and renowned New York photographer Steven Klein was based around the loose narrative of 'a performer in her rehersal space where she creates and brings her ideas to life or death'. Scout will be screening the film and also showing editioned photographs not seen before in the UK that capture this idea of the creative process.

Scout Gallery
1-3 Mundy Street (off Hoxton Square)
London N1 6QT

X STATiC PRO=CeSS Steven Klein
15th - 30th October, 2004
Tuesday-Saturday 12 - 5pm - (Also open for FRIEZE Sunday 17th October)

For more information visit scoutgallery.com
(source: Madonna.com)

03 October - Madonna brands university rumours 'rubbish'
Pop queen Madonna has slammed claims she's enrolled at Britain's prestigious Oxford University to study English Literature . The Material Girl had reportedly signed up for a "distance learning programme" over the internet, but the celebrated institution's spokesman insists they have not accepted the singer and don't provide online degree courses. Madonna's agent says, "As far as I know, this is rubbish." Oxford University's spokesman adds, "We don't actually do online degree courses, so there can't be any truth in this." (source: ContactMusic)

03 October - Madonna's clothing regret
Pop superstar Madonna has one regret about her new clothing line the English Roses Collection - she's too old to wear it. The Material Girl recently launched the line, based on her children's books, and the mother-of-two says she'd love to be able to wear some of the items herself. She says, "I wish I was eight years old again and could fit into an English Roses outfit. I have tried to squeeze into one of my daughter's shirts and I looked ridiculous. No fair!" (source: ContactMusic)

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