Madonna news - March 2005

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25 March - Madonna is no Desperate Housewife
Pop queen Madonna has dashed the dreams of Desperate Housewives fans hoping she would make a cameo appearance - she is actually totally unaware of the hit show's existence.
Rumours that the Material Girl was keen to appear in the series have been proved false, and it seems the British-based icon is too preoccupied with her devotion to Kabbalah to watch TV.
Her spokesperson tells website The Scoop, "I can guarantee you that she's not even familiar with the show." (source: ContactMusic)

24 March - Cover art and synopsis of Lotsa De Casha
Cover of 'Lotsa de Casha' Callaway Editions has released the cover art for the highly anticipated Lotsa De Casha children's publication by Madonna. Lotsa de Casha is the fifth book from Madonna's children series. It will be on sale June 7, 2005.
Here's the synopsis of the book:
"Money can't buy love and being the wealthiest person in the world doesn't guarantee happiness.
Lotsa de Casha is the richest -- and most miserable -- man in the world. No matter how colossal his castles, how fast his horses, nor how big his sandwiches, he remains a gloomy old sourpuss -- until he embarks on a fantastic adventure that leads him to the discovery of life's greatest treasure.
What is the secret to happiness? Read Lotsa's story and find out..."
Click here to pre-order Lotsa De Casha.

24 March - 10 best MTV moments
Most networks shy away from controversy, but MTV revels in it. Over the last 23 years, the channel has crafted a multitude of the most obnoxious, over-the-top (and occasionally inspiring) moments in pop culture history. Here's a definitive list of the landmark events that simultaneously defined MTV and America.

10. The Smooch Seen 'Round the World (2003)
In an utterly calculated moment of "shock TV," Madonna plants big, wet, tongue-tinged kisses on Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The ­media go wild, but for once nobody really seems to care - not even the Christian right. In the wake of this desperate plea for attention, all three see their careers plummet.

1. The "Virgin" ­ Madonna (1984)
Presaging the controversy she'd generate with her outrageous Like A Prayer and Justify My Love videos, Madonna creates a scandal at the first-ever Video Music Awards. With a crucifix around her neck, she writhes in a wedding dress, simulates sex and stimulates legions of religious conservatives to protest. With a single performance, Madonna gives MTV an indelible identity, and the modern, post-MTV era of pop begins.
(source: New York Daily News)

22 March - Andre 3000 in awe of Madonna
Rapper-turned-actor Andre 3000 was so starstruck when Madonna paid an unexpected visit to the set of her husband Guy Ritchie's upcoming movie Revolver he was unable to continue filming. The Outkast star - who has now turned his attention to achieving Hollywood stardom - only regained his composure after engaging Like A Virgin singer Madonna in conversation. He says, "After I got over it, we sat and talked for awhile. She's cool, though, real cool." (source: ContactMusic)

Classic Madonna Collection
21 March - strikes a pose
This weeks update at shows us a nice image of two shots from the Vogue video.

21 March - Virgin-Ambition petition
Madonnafan George has informed us that he's holding a petition to get the Virgin Tour and Blond Ambition Tour released on DVD. The 1985 Virgin Tour has only been released on VHS, while the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour was released on Laser Disc. As the latter is concerned, an official VHS was never released to promote the movie Truth Or Dare instead. But now it's time to get both these tours out on DVD. So sign the petition here.

17 March - Donnatella talks about Versace campaign

Versace campaignWhat do you get when you cross a former Material Girl with a fashion label that shouts out glam – a glam material girl? Well, not quite, but how about a chief executive with sophistication and fashion savvy?
Well, that's apparently what Madonna is trying to portray in the new ad campaign for Versace's spring/summer 2005. Or so says its creative director Donatella Versace in her exclusive e-mail interview with StarTwo.

"Madonna represents a modern executive woman who has great style and flair," says Donatella. "Not only is she in control of her career but also of her 'fierce' wardrobe.
"The advantage of using a celebrity like Madonna is that she becomes associated with our brand. This personification can in turn reinforce our brand image as well as the public perception. Her aesthetic image, style of life, values and what the celebrity communicates as a public person is capitalised and used towards the brand's advantage."

Versace campaign As for the ad campaigns, there is some confusion over what Madonna is supposed to represent. The theme is "women in the office" but what sort of woman is she? A secretary living beyond her means (hello, it's Versace – how many secretaries not kept by the boss can afford the items?) or a stylish woman in a managerial position? Also, which CEO has to lick an envelope while kneeling on the carpet (however plush the carpet is)?
Why, a CEO that is represented ironically (cue: Alanis Morissette's song), says Donatella. Hmm, right!

"The woman I have in mind when designing is one whose individuality and inner confidence shines on the outside. She is also sophisticated, sexy, smart and always dynamic and charismatic. The contemporary woman is not afraid to be a woman. She can still be powerful by keeping her femininity and sexiness."
This does seem to be what Madonna represents or has been trying to portray herself all this while. It is a match made in designer and advertising heaven. It seems a sure thing and they have after all seen it work before when Madonna first appeared 10 years ago for Versace in the 1995 campaign.

Versace campaign There is also some continuity as the photographer then, Mario Testino, is the photographer now. Testino was already a noted fashion photographer then but the Kabbalah-practising Madonna was the first to specifically request that he be used. So now he is a celebrity in his own right and, according to Donatella, the two were joking and laughing during the shoot (they are old friends, after all). In fact, reveals Donatella, it was at the launch of Crystal Noir (the new Versace women's fragrance) last October that Madonna had dinner with her and Testino and they broached the subject of the ad campaign and came out with the idea and Maddie agreed to appear on it.

The shoot was done in Westway Studio (which belongs to Testino) in London and it was completed in one day. It was reported that they wanted an office with lots of space but couldn't find any (tsk, tsk, "crampy" London?). Spaces like that are apparently plentiful in Los Angeles, so they resorted to building a mock-up in the studio.
Daughter Lourdes (apparently fondly known as Lola) paid Ma Madonna a visit on set in the afternoon. According to Donatella, she wanted to know what her mother was doing and the dutiful mother, erm, dutifully explained.

Versace campaign "She (Lourdes) is very nice; she already loves fashion and dresses. Madonna is very sweet with her children."
There were also some reports that Madonna complained about the cold and had to take breaks to do her Kabbalah thing. Nay, says Donatella. "We worked all day without having lunch. Madonna is very professional and wanted to check and overview every photo. She arrived perfectly on time and then we worked all day."
Sigh, where have all the divas gone?

After all, adds Donatella, she and Madonna go way back (13 years) and Maddie was also a friend of Donatella's late brother, Gianni. So, she says, there were no problems working with a good friend and it helped that they have worked together before.
" She's a great artiste, an incredible woman and a fantastic mother," affirms Donatella. When asked what Madonna would say about her, she replies: "Hopefully the same."
Still, friendship is not cheap as the grapevine has conjectured that Madonna was paid US$10.5mil (RM39.9mil) although Donatella has refused to comment.
When all is said and done, what about the clothes then? (We think they are the main item, no?)

Versace campaign Well, there is a draped jersey dress split to almost the nether regions and gathered at the waist with a gold buckle – very nice. A shirt that shouts Versace and worn with body-hugging jeans or loose cream pants – very nice too. Strappy, strappy, sandals – excellent! And the bags, they are Versace – what more is there to say?

So, even though the platinum wig makes you do a double-take, the clothes win you over. They can make almost anyone look good and you don't even have to resort to heavy touch-ups. Think about it. (source: The Star Online)

16 March - Madonna to release New York tribute song
Madonna will pay tribute to New York on her next album with a new song called I Love New York. She has already recorded the track for the as-yet-untitled follow-up album to 2003's American Life.
The 46-year-old popstar left her Michigan home in the early 80s to pursue her musical dreams in the Big Apple.
Madonna is once again working with French producer Mirwais who collaborated on American Life and 2000's Music albums, as well as Stuart Price - her musical director on her Re-Invention Tour on the album.
The mother-of-two today lives with husband Guy Ritchie deep in the Wiltshire countryside and enjoys spending time in London's pubs.
There is still no confirmed release date for Madonna's album. (source: Dance Front Door)

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