Madonna news - Sep. 2005


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15 September - Official German release dates
According to Madonna's official German site, Hung Up will be in stores on Friday, November 4th, while the album Confessions On A Dance Floor will be released on Friday, November 11th.
~ It's rumoured that Italian and Dutch fans will find the album in stores on the 11th as well. That would make them the first to receive it worldwide.

15 September - New song title *rumour*
According to DrownedMadonna, there will be a song called 'Sorry' on Confessions On A Dance Floor. This is the 4th revealed title so far (after 'I Love New York', Hung Up and 'Get Together')

15 September - Guy turning his back on Kabbalah?
Madonna may be a bit ticked off at Guy Ritchie. A report in Britain's Daily Star says that the director is ready to bail on Kabbalah. Madonna is reportedly furious.
The decision, according to the report is the scathing reviews his new film Revolver. The NY Daily News notes two unflattering bites:
"Guy Ritchie shoots a blank with 'Revolver,' said Variety's Todd McCarthy.
The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt derided the filmmaker's "pretentious style and fractured storytelling."
The paper adds, Madonna has been sparing no expense to make her husband, director Guy Ritchie, happy and says--"If only she could buy him some good movie reviews."
A source is quoted by Britain's Daily star newspaper as saying:
"Madonna is absolutely fuming with Guy. Kabbalah is her life and she feels like Guy has rejected her as well as the cult. It took her years to convince him to join the sect. and she was thrilled by his growing enthusiasm for it over the past years."
Guy fears his involvement in the sect even ruined his new gangster film 'Revolver', which has been panned by critics.
The star allegedly believes he should have spend more time on set and less time taking part in the cult's rituals.

The Daily Star:
He believes he should have spent more time on set, and less time swinging chickens around his head and chanting with Kabbalah devotee Madge.
He also regrets following his wife’s advice and including references to the kooky clan in the film, because critics now view it as a shameless advert for the spiritual following.
The insider revealed: "The horrific reception 'Revolver' has received has undone all of Madonna's good work. Critics hate the Kabbalah plugs. He wants to distance himself from it. But Madonna is such a staunch supporter; it will make their marriage very difficult."
No word from Madonna or Ritchie's camp of yet. (source: The National Ledger)

14 September - Possible album cover
A possible album cover appeared on the website lighthousenews without any further comment. It appears to be a new picture of Madonna, so it *could* be the album cover of Confessions On A Dance Floor, but since we have no idea where they got it from, we'll consider it as a rumour for now... (thx to Michael for informing us)
UPDATE: Madonnafan Trajen has informed us that the cover is NOT real; apparently it was made by a fan on the forum MadonnaVillage. Thx for sharing Trajen!

14 September - Even Madge-ic can't help Guy film
Madonna has been sparing no expense to make her husband, director Guy Ritchie, happy. If only she could buy him some good movie reviews.
The other night, we hear, Her Madgesty splashed out close to $60,000 for a birthday bash at London's Momo, where she presented him with several white kabbala robes from Paris.
Stella McCartney was there. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin sent their best wishes, via a video in which the Coldplay star ribbed Ritchie, who, at 37, is a ­decade younger than his wife.
Whatever their age gap, Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie acted like newlyweds at the party. Still sporting a sling after her birthday riding accident, Madonna asked him to cut her food. Taking advantage of her bum arm, playful Guy is said to have smooshed roast lamb in her face.
She retaliated by dumping couscous in his lap. The couple capped the food fight by devouring each other in a steamy makeout session that left some of their Brit guests agog. (The Ritchies may prefer Moroccan restaurants for lovemaking, since Guy admitted recently that Madonna has exiled him to his own bed because of his snoring.)
The good times ended, however, when the couple reached the Toronto Film Festival last weekend for the premiere of Ritchie's "Revolver."
Two years after critics mugged his ­Madonna-starring Swept Away, they gave his latest crime tale another working over.
"Guy Ritchie shoots a blank with '­Revolver,'" said Variety's Todd McCarthy. The ­Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt ­derided the filmmaker's "pretentious style and fractured storytelling."
Madonna shrugged off the attacks, saying that it is "definitely" his best film yet. Despite her firm upper lip, she confided to friends that her eight broken bones are still torturing her. Refusing to take painkillers, she's pressing on. Next week, sling or no sling, she's due to shoot the video for her song Hung Up with David LaChapelle. (source: New York Daily News)

14 September - Food fight for Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie reportedly had a food fight at a swanky London restaurant.
Onlookers claim Guy started the shenanigans at Moroccan eatery Momo when trying to help his wife - who currently has her arm in a sling after breaking her hand and collar bone in a riding accident - cut her food.
He is said to have wiped a piece of roast lamb down Madonna's cheek, which prompted her to tip a bowl of couscous in Guy's lap.
Witnesses claim the couple then proceeded to have a full-blown food fight.
One is quoted by Britain's Daily Star as saying: "No one could believe they were having a food fight in such a posh restaurant.
"The waiters had to shield the other guests and pretend they didn't notice the flying food. But they all received hefty tips from the cheeky couple afterwards." (source: Monsters and Critics)

14 September - Madonna shows off sling-style in Toronto
Madonna at the premiere of Revolver Ever the queen of cool, Madonna pulled off another fashion first, managing to look chic even with her arm in a designer sling. The Material Girl accompanied husband Guy Ritchie to the Toronto Film Festival in their first joint appearance since the singer broke eight bones in a riding accident on her birthday.
Less than a month after being thrown off her horse, the 47-year-old performer looked pale but animated in a chic black shirt dress with a huge buckle. Despite having suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in the accident, the star was determined to support her leading man at the world premiere of his latest gangland caper Revolver. "You would have had to have broken both my arms and both my legs for me to not come here," she quipped to reporters at the screening. The film features director Guy's long-time collaborator Jason Statham, as well as Hannibal Ray Liotta, and Andre 3000 of hip-hop group OutKast. (source: Hello!)

13 September - Madonna confesses to Ellen *rumour*
Fansite DrownedMadonna has posted following rumour: "A meeting occured two days ago. A very popular talkshow says that they are close to booking Madonna because the HOST dances to disco at the beginning and end of each show.
Here is the catch, the host will interview Madonna while they dance together to her album for the entire show. Get it???? Confessions On A Dance Floor! The host as well as her advisors have already listened to a test copy of the album which runs short on the length of the 1 hr show (while dancing through commerical breaks), so they might add past songs into the mix - and their copy of Confessions is non-stop (à la '87's You Can Dance). They aren't worried about playing the entire record and thus losing sales - because the record is top notch, and because they will attempt to talk over it as they dance together. You can't pirate that!
Sound and P.A. were discussed with the host's sound people and Madonna's people, they want Madonna's mic and the hosts mic to feed into an effect that has a special stereo timbral that will disable the ability to entirely "lift" their conversation out of the music which would be broadcast in digital surround accross the United States and Canada - therefore further preventing piracy of the new disc.
£ Madonna is said to have the final word on this. It's a great idea and sounds like a really cool way to promote her record.
The host is none other than Ellen DeGeneres."

13 September - Possible plot for Hung Up video *rumour*
Fansite DrownedMadonna reports the following scenario that is rumoured to be under consideration for the Hung Up video, directed by David LaChapelle:
"London is the scenario.
Our girl in a english townhouse is bored ("time goes by so slowly") and decides to leave. Her people (even bodyguards) look for her, but Madonna plays a "catch me if you can" game. The sharp angles and the pans of which we told you days ago will be used by cameras to give a feeling of pursuit; a second woman – dressed exactly like Madonna – will be seen stealing into the center of the group.
At one point, Madonna is seen, surprisingly among common people dancing her routine. People from the street will have for sure actual reactions, wich are supposed to be filmed by hidden cameras!
Apparently the club scene is not a must, but a lot of well know places in and outside London will be indeed seen.
Madonna will even jump on top of a double decker.
A wig is under consideration as well as "stopping the music" for few seconds.
In the end a lot of people will dance to Madonna in what looks to appear a sort of big street party, with acrobatic moves.. you know "music makes the people come together".
Keep in mind this is NOT DEFINITIVE."

Madonna by David LaChapelle (Rolling Stone 1998) 13 September - LaChapelle confirmed as video director *official*
Madonna.com is pleased to announce that David LaChapelle will be reuniting with Madonna to direct the Hung Up video! David & Madonna's previous collaborations include a photoshoot for Rolling Stone Magazine in 1998 and the cover of the Video Collection 93:99. Based on their beautiful past creations, we can be sure that the Hung Up video is going to be a work of art!

13 September - Even Madonna can't save Ritchie from the critics
Hours after Madonna, her arm in a sling following a riding accident, stood alongside her husband Guy Ritchie at the Toronto Film Festival, calling his new movie Revolver "definitely" his best film yet, critics gave it a pasting yesterday.
Screen International's Allan Hunter said that "word of mouth" from fans of Ritchie's crime movies who see the picture "will be a killer", as it was a "convoluted, risibly overwrought muddle".
He predicted that audiences would be left "bewildered and disappointed". He reported that at a preview, some twists and turns provoked "derisive laughter".
The Hollywood Reporter critic Kirk Honeycutt found that the film spun "wildly in circles, continually doubling back on itself, repeating scenes - once even backward - and lines of dialogue until a viewer loses a grip on what is supposed to be real".
Ritchie said in Toronto that his film may be a challenge to cinema-goers. "But I think the audience is ready for that."
Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver The derision will be a blow to the Hatfield-born film-maker, following the dramatic flop of his last film, Swept Away, which went straight to video in Britain after bad US reviews. It won five awards in the "Razzies" handed out in Hollywood for the year's worst pictures.
In the late 1990s, Ritchie was seen, with his production partner, Matthew Vaughan, as one of the most exciting film industry finds since Quentin Tarantino. Their first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, was turned down by 10 British distributors before it got the attention of Tom Cruise. Made for £960,000, it became the third highest grossing British film of all time. Snatch, their second film, was also a success.
However, after Swept Away, with Madonna's performance decried as wooden, Vaughan went on to direct last year's critically acclaimed Layer Cake.
Ritchie said last week of Swept Away: "The idea was that the wife and I would make some sassy little art movie together that would come out and be wonderfully received. I took a punt and got a kicking for it. I've got to say, I think it's a good film and I'm scratching my head about what went wrong."
Madonna's Kabbalah philosophy was influential in the script of Revolver, with Sony Films reported to have withdrawn support when Ritchie refused to tone down the religious references.
In Toronto, Madonna, recovering from breaking eight bones in a fall from her horse at their Wiltshire country house, said that the new film was "more sophisticated" than her husband's previous films.
The often violent story stars Jason Statham as a gambler who falls foul of a crime boss (Ray Liotta).
Ritchie said: "I got too fed up with films that didn't make you think. I liked the idea of one that you'd have to be dancing around with. I like my mind to be engaged when I watch a film." (source: The Telegraph)

13 September - Usher wants Madonna + Michael for benefit concert
R+B superstar Usher is calling on Madonna and Michael Jackson to join the line-up for his upcoming Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in Houston, Texas.
The YEAH! hitmaker admits he has already been in negotiations with Jackson about the odd couple doing "something together", but he refuses to confirm that will be a duet onstage on 2 October (05).
He says, "We haven't spoken but our people have been speaking." (source: ContactMusic)

13 September - Showcase of Jewish art - Madonna included
When you think Jewish musicians, Madonna isn't usually the first that comes to mind.
But at tonight's kickoff gala for the two-week New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, songs by the Material Girl now known as Esther will be performed alongside those of Randy Newman, Billy Joel, George and Ira Gershwin and Carole King.
Beginning at 8 p.m., the "Great Jewish Artists Perform Great Jewish Composers" program at the 92nd Street Y features a lineup that includes New York singer-songwriter Regina Spektor performing Madonna and Leonard Cohen's tunes, while reggae artist Matisyahu plays Shlomo Carlebach and jazzman Uri Caine takes on Aaron Copland.
Now in its second year and spread over 14 venues, the fest features 60 performers from around the globe celebrating the diversity and richness of Jewish music — everything from Israeli hip-hop to an all-Yiddish performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."
This year's highlights include Dave Brubeck's world premiere tomorrow of "The Commandments," the First Annual Jewish Music Awards — where punk legend Joey Ramone will be honored Sept. 19 with a posthumous lifetime achievement award — and a pair of concerts Sept. 22 by London's Oi Va Voi and Balkin Beat Box and Jill "I Kissed a Girl" Sobule.
While music is the major focus of the festival, heritage isn't chopped liver, either. It's being covered by programs like "Klez for Kids," a primer on the sounds of the shtetl, and "Music, Kaballah Study and Wine," a high-end wine tasting.
Also worth checking out is Thursday's performance by Israel's Nalaga'at, a troupe of blind-deaf actors who've found a way to share their dreams and realities with the audience through improvisation, movement and translators.
The festival wraps up Sept. 25 with a freebie: Jewzapalooza at Riverside Park, with Avishai Cohen, Golem, Pharaoh's Daughter and others, preceded by what purports to be the world's biggest klezmer brunch.
For tickets, a complete lineup and venue information, check out oyhoo.com. (source: New York Post)

12 September - Madonna fears humiliation
They may have lots of glitter and glam, but even celebs admit to having strange dreams.
"Everyone dreams," says Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, dream analyst and author of "So, What Did You Dream Last Night?" (The Dream Zone Companies). "Even stars!"
Loewenberg is the writer of "The Dream Zone," a nationally syndicated column which has 2.5 million readers. She has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including "Good Morning America" and "The View."
Here Loewenberg shares some of the dreams today's hottest stars have revealed and gives you the scoop on what these midnight messages mean.

Brad Pitt dreamed he found strangers using his tooth brush!
A tooth brush is a very personal item. Brad must have been feeling an invasion of privacy. Tooth brushes also symbolize verbalization. Perhaps he felt someone misquoted him or put words in his mouth.

Pamela Lee dreamed she and husband Tommy Lee were at a party. She spotted President Reagan and began a conversation with him. She soon realized she wasn’t talking to President Reagan and she wasn't really at a party - Tommy had left her at an insane asylum!
Pamela must be feeling like she can't trust anybody! President Reagan symbolizes her leadership ability. Her dreaming mind probably used President Reagan as a symbol because he was a Hollywood actor too. This dream shows that once Pamela thought she had things under control, her life turned into a "mad house."

Madonna dreamed of being humiliated by a knife-wielding dwarf.
Madonna is a big celebrity, with a big career and big goals. This dream shows her fear of being "dwarfed." The knife could be a pun on being "cut down to size." Madonna is a very controversial personality and has suffered endless criticism and "cutting remarks." This dream also reflects her fear of being "wounded" by criticism. (source: emediawire, thx to MIR)

12 September - Madonna leads Ladies Day Comeback
November 7th 2005 appears to be a key date in the music industry for women to make their comebacks. Madonna, Kate Bush and Alanis Morissette all have albums slated for release that day.
Madonna is expected to return with her new album Confessions On A Dance Floor whilst Kate Bush is to release her first album in 12 years, which will be a double CD called Aerial, Maverick records have announced a new compilation CD called The Collection from Alanis Morissette. (source: AlbumVote)
~ Official sources have always announced November 14 (worldwide) / 15 (US) as the album release date. Possibly the release has been pushed forward one week (unconfirmed so far), or else this website is confusing the album release with the single release (Hung Up will be in stores on November 7th). Stay tuned for more info.

12 September - Possible preview of album cover
Possible preview of album cover Madonna was photographed coming out of the gym in London, holding some album artwork, possibly even the album cover. The sheet has 'Madonna' and the album title written on top and then 'Group Collage Album Cover' under them. Check fansite Madonna.nu for the pictures, but keep in mind that this might not be the final cover. MadonnaMad webmaster Robster made a great sketch of the cover, also available at Madonna.nu.

12 September - Madonna well enough to travel with husband to Toronto
Broken bones could not keep US pop diva Madonna from travelling to Toronto to support her husband, director Guy Ritchie, in his quest for a distributor for his latest film "Revolver," he said.
"The wife is very good, thanks. Eight broken bones and she's come with me," Ritchie told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival where his movie premiered.
Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver Madonna at the premiere of Revolver Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver However, Madonna shied away from the spotlight while Ritchie went to work pitching the movie he completed only one week ago about con artists, starring Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, and Jason Statham.
Madonna fell off a horse in mid-August and suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a fractured hand. She was celebrating her 47th birthday with her two children and Ritchie at their sprawling 1,200-acre (485-hectare) country estate in Wiltshire in southwest England when the accident happened.
Specialists expected it would take her three months to make a full recovery.
Ritchie's "Revolver" is reminiscent of his earlier gritty crime thrillers "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998) and "Snatch" (2001), but with many more twists and turns that can easily confuse or entice viewers to watch it several times to uncover its many layers.
Audiences are encouraged not to blink or risk missing key story elements.
"The script was not easy to digest on the first read," Ritchie conceded. But, too many movies are "designed not to make you think."
"I think I got fed up with films that don't make you think. I liked the idea of one that you have to be dancing around with. I like my mind to be engaged when I watch a film. So, the idea was really to put five films in one," he said.
The "tricky" action also reinforces the idea that a con is just a slight of hand -- nobody is sure in this movie who is playing who, not even the audience. (source: AFP)
~ Check Madonna.nu for high quality pictures of the premiere.

11 September - No David LaChapelle for Hung Up *rumour*
According to fansite Drownedmadonna, David LaChapelle is no more considered as the director of Hung Up. Steven Klein is back as the creative mind for the video and the colourful and joyful concept will be used.

09 September - Hung Up video tidbits *rumour*
From DrownedMadonna: "A few drafts for Madonna's new video Hung Up are being narrowed down right now. In all of them, she isn't going to be at all nasty or too sexual.
She is going to be very seductive and the video is going to be very colorful -- yes VERY COLORFUL.
She is going to have a leading man in this video and.. no.. it's not going to be Guy Ritchie obviously. There are going to be sharp angles and pans.
Finally rumors coming from MadonnaMad about light resemblances with the Ray Of Light video (club scene) and Substitute For Love (Madonna escaping people) seem to be true.
Don't expect Madonna to sit behind a table or hide from the camera."

09 September - Madonna's ringtone return
The new Madonna single is to be released as a ringtone before it comes out as a single, it has been announced.
Hung Up will be available as a ringtone, in a 30-second extract, from September 19, almost a month before it comes out as an official download on October 17.
Madonna's label, Warner Music, have taken the unprecedented step in anticipation that the track, which features an Abba sample, will conquer every format of chart in the UK.
Marketing director Adam Hollywood told Music Week: "People respond to music and want to have access to it immediately.
"This is certainly the first time a major artist has made their music available as a ringtone first, and one of the first times a major artist has allowed the download date to coincide with the radio date."
Hung Up is out in shops on November 7 ahead of new album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, on November 14. (source: Yahoo! Launch)

09 September - ET clip online
Yesterday evening, Entertainment Tonight had a short item on the Motorola campaign. They show Madonna on the set, walking into the phone booth, which stands in front of a blue screen (on which the desert was projected). They say how it's her first public performance since her horse accident. The sling that carries her broken arm was especially designed to blend with her clothes, so it hardly shows in the commercial.
~ Download the clip at fansite madonna-tv.

09 September - Belgian actrices read from Lotsa de Casha
Andrea Croonenberghs & Ann Ceurvels Ann Ceurvels and Andrea Croonenberghs will participate in the festival of literature 'ZuiderZinnen' on september 18th in Antwerp. The Belgian actrices will read a childrens story of Madonna together. They'll bring 'Lotsa de Casha', one of Madonna's childrens books. "The story is a bit thin and moralistic, but as basis it's perfect. We can take it anywhere we want.", says Ann Ceurvels, who has participated in ZuiderZinnen for years, to Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen. Ceurvels and Croonenberghs choose a gallery as their location. "The place is open, light and easy accessible." explains Croonenberghs. "It would be nice if we could interest children in art." 'ZuiderZinnen' has writers, poets, actors, journalists and politicians performing on 20 different stages in Antwerp. (source: VRT Nieuws; translated by Mad-Eyes)

08 September - Madonna on Entertainment Tonight
Tonight, Madonna will be appearing on Entertainment Tonight for a behind the scenes look of the making of the Motorola commercial. (source: Madonna.nu)
~ Also check Madonna.nu for a high quality download of the Hung Up clip that can be heard on the Motorola site.

Madonna.com08 September - iTunes splash page on Madonna.com
The splash page of Madonna.com is updated with a flash animation promoting that all of Madonna's albums are available to download on iTunes.

07 September - Hung Up clip on Motorola website
The website of the new Motorola ROKR phone contains a one minute long sample of Madonna's upcoming single Hung Up!

07 September - Madonna got tired of not being able to download her own music
Apple's online music store, iTunes, is a worldwide phenomenon. The digital music distribution hub has eclipsed song sales of competitors thanks to a legion of dedicated and growing iPod owners who are more and more shunning the shackles of the CD format. Apple is quick to boast that more than half a billion -- yes, with a B -- songs have been sold on its iTunes music store since its inception. And with a continuing 1.8 million songs purchased on a daily basis, the store shows no signs of slowing down. It's easy to see why. The iTunes music store has a library of some two million songs, making it the biggest online distributor of music in the world. This is a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by music labels and recording artists. Today, most of the biggest bands, from Coldplay to The Rolling Stones, have their albums prominently featured on the store.
Madonna during the Apple video conference But even so, not everybody has been quick to jump on the digital bandwagon. Groups like The Beatles and Metallica have stubbornly refused to support the store for fear of in turn lending a hand to the distribution of digital music. Perhaps more discouraging for long-time pop fans, however, is Madonna's reluctance to allow her many albums on iTunes.
There is a bright light at the end of the bandwidth tunnel, though -- at least for fans of the Material Girl. In an Apple-held conference this morning, Madonna revealed that, try as she may to resist putting her work on iTunes, she couldn't hold out any longer. In a staged video conference with Apple head Steve Jobs, Madonna announced that all 15 of her albums would be available on iTunes soon.
"I tried to hold out as long as possible, but I got tired of not being able to download my own music [on iTunes]," Madonna told Jobs over an iChat-enabled video conference.
When Jobs asked Madonna if she owned an iPod, she joked: "Of course I do. That's so dumb! Every time I get a new one, one comes out the next week."
Apple has not announced when Madonna's works will hit the iTunes music store, but it did confirm that browsers will be able to purchase her entire albums or individual songs. (source: IGN)
~ Madonna also joked that her new album was going to be titled "The Revenge Of The Broken Arm".

07 September - Guy Ritchie kicked out of bed for snoring
British film director Guy Ritchie often has to sleep alone because superstar wife Madonna can't bear his snoring.
The showbiz couple, who married in Scotland in 2001, spend most of their time at their $16.2 million (GBP9 million) country estate in the West of England - but they rarely spend an entire night together.
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels director says, "She doesn't seem to like my snoring, so she boots me out of bed. It's quite funny. We've got four houses, but in every one of them I end up sleeping in the cleaning cupboard or the corridors because all the other bedrooms are being used." (source: ContactMusic)
~ Poor Guy can sleep with me; I snore too! ;-)
Several press articles report how Guy wants more children with Madonna, how he calls his wife a "manifester", etc...; they are all taken from the interview by Robert Crampton (Sunday Times), which can be read at Madonnalicious.

07 September - Description of album cover *rumour*
Album cover sketch Dago/Tonyvention gives following description of the album cover: "First things first, her hair. It is definitely light red and 1 solid color. Think I Want You video with that bang thing going over one side but at the bottom it kind of flips the other way. It seemed pretty 'full' too... She was kind of laying on a dancefloor by a chair and there were disco lights all over so her skin was tinted yellow, blue, pink. She had a light colored blouse on that fitted her tits (I don't know all these girls clothes and hair terms lol). Her pants weren't pants but short shorts like NKM RIT and the same fabric/color (the exact color was hard to tell since the lights made everything look different). She definitely had a lot of make-up on and the pose was very suggestive. It seems to have a very late 70's/early 80's look. You can tell from this shot the shoot is definitely going for sex appeal. It is a very cool photo and she looked half her age. Actually one of the first things that came to mind was Kylie Minogue's "In Your Eyes" video if you know what I mean. But judging from this shot these are definitely gonna be some of her coolest, most fun album photos yet."
In a mail to Mad-Eyes, Tony further explained: "I'm not sure if that's the album cover... It had no font or anything on it... it may be a publicity photo but either way it's really hot."

07 September - Live 8 DVD details
Live 8 live DVD Check Live8liveDVD.com for full details on the DVD release of the Live 8 concerts, that were given around the world on July 2nd, 2005. The 4-disc set will be released worldwide on November 7th, 2005 (November 8th for the US). Madonna's performance of Like A Prayer, Ray Of Light and Music are featured on the second disc.

07 September - Madonna on iTunes
Madonna's new single Hung Up will be available via download from Apple's iTunes Music Store a week before it's sold in retail outlets.
The full album will be released at the Apple iTunes Music Store a day in advance of retail stores with a bonus song that's not to be included on the CD. (source: Madonnalicious)
~ On a side note, all of Madonna's albums are finally available on iTunes now.

07 September - Bloodshy & Avant say they worked on two songs
It was just a matter of time for the Swedish press to start featuring articles about Madonna's Confessions and show their pride and excitement for the special attention the Queen of Pop reserved to Swedish Pop in her upcoming album.
The Swedish Metro starts today with a story also reprised by leading national newspaper Aftonbladet. The article mentions Madonna paying homage to Abba but the most interesting bit comes from two of the producers of the album, Bloodshy & Avant, who talked about their work on Confessions On A Dance Floor.
Bloodshy & Avant say they wrote and produced two tracks with Madonna, and add that as producers they usually just send the artist they are collaborating with the instrumental of the song, but this time around their work was a little bit different as this is their biggest collaboration yet.
They met Madonna and did everything from scratch together with her, and were amazed by her incredible knowledge.
On Confessions-related news, the latest buzz from France mentions that Madonna's new album will feature its tracks mixed one into another with no pause in between, like a continuous dance cd. (source: MadonnaTribe)
~ You can read a translation of the Metro article at DrownedMadonna.

06 September - Madonna launches The English Roses Fall 2005 collection
The English Roses(TM) Fall collection, based on Madonna's hugely successful children's book The English Roses, is currently available at major retailers such as Neiman Marcus and several leading children's boutiques across the country including Natalie & Friends in New York City and Rag Tattoo in Los Angeles, and will soon be available on englishrosescollection.com, it was announced today.

The English Roses Collection The English Roses(TM) new Fall/Winter girl's apparel, jewelry and a beautifully adorned jewel box will be added to the already existing line of girl's apparel, rainwear, collectable dolls, teas and tea sets, hot chocolate, charm bracelets, charm necklaces and calendars which were originally launched in Fall 2004.
Created by Lipstik, the fashion-forward children's apparel manufacturer, the new girl's clothing collection continues in the tradition of the first collection, basing its motifs on the characters and images in the book. The collection's vibrant style incorporates zebra-trimmed and rose-embroidered jeans with a smocked cotton bell top or for the sophisticated young lady, a lavender tweed suit with trendy raw edges and jeweled purple flower buttons. This season's must have item for every little girl is the long velvet jacket with hand embroidered flowers and jeweled flower buttons. The clothes retail between $50 - $175.

Little girls all over the country will be following the latest celebrity trend with their English Roses charm necklace and bracelet sets. A teacup, an umbrella, a vintage shoe, a butterfly and a crystal rose adorn silver chain link necklaces and bracelets, and pink beads, crystals, and enamel roses surround a crystal butterfly on a silver link chain bracelet and a pink suede necklace. The necklaces retail between $15 - $20, and the bracelets retail between $14 - $18.
The English Roses(TM) musical jewelry box is made out of wood and adorned with motifs from The English Roses book. The box opens to reveal a spinning mouse figurine dancing to the music. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $18.

"We're especially happy with the very exciting new additions for the Fall season. I think it's stuff that kids will really love. We look forward to yet another successful season for The English Roses collection," stated Madonna.
Madonna, the author of five children's books, is currently working on the sequel to The English Roses which was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was simultaneously released in over one hundred countries. (source: Press release, via Yahoo! Financial News)

06 September - Madonna's nightclub ambition *rumour*
Madonna is set to open her own nightclub.
The pop queen, who is currently recovering from her horrific horse-riding accident, has bought a property in Hollywood, which she wants to turn into a trendy nightspot.
A source revealed: "It's on a street called Cahuenga Boulevard, which is just south of Hollywood Boulevard.
"No signs yet as to what it's to be called, but the place will face some stiff competition as the area's becoming quite the late night hotspot".
Although she owns a home in Los Angeles, Madonna currently spends most of her time in the UK with British husband Guy Ritchie and her two children, Lourdes and Rocco. (source: FemaleFirst)

06 September - Abba sample in second Hung Up clip
A second clip with the Hung Up chorus has appeared on the MadonnaMad forum. Here we can clearly hear the sample from the Abba song Gimme Gimme Gimme, blended in perfectly with the dance beats of the song. This is catchy hit material!

05 September - Hung Up sample & lyrics online
The first sample of Hung Up has surfaced on the internet! For 13 seconds we can clearly hear Madonna sing to a heavy bass dance tune. This is big stuff for the dancefloor! Meanwhile, the full lyrics have appeared on MadonnaMad and other forums. Read them on our Hung Up page. In one month from now, this is gonna take radio stations by storm! "Ring ring ring goes the telephone..."

05 September - Latest buzz for Hung Up video and Confessions LP
From DrownedMadonna: "The video for Hung Up, Madonna's first single from her Confessions On A Dance Floor LP, is currently set to be directed by photographer/director David LaChapelle. "Principal photography" is TENTATIVELY scheduled for thursday September 15th. Madonna of course will be there. Two options are still under discussion for the plot, with the definitive to be chosen today in a meeting. The Team is leaning for the one that features a club scene.
As for the photoshoot for Confessions On A Dance Floor by Steven Klein, it has more than a retro-ultra modern theme. It's actually difficult to describe. Very bright and "Happy". This is the most accurate description.
Mo is definitely in the mood to dance, when you hear the first single, you will be as well. When you will hear the album, you will realize that 2005-2006 will be The year for Madonna. It will take quite an LP to surpass this. The buzz around Warner is that it's, without a doubt, her best work yet. If you think you know dance, Madonna has redefined it. Madonna has changed the face of dance music. This LP is very special. There isn't a bad track to be found. Every song is a potential single. That is the amazing thing about this one. Usually, fans found her other albums predictable in the sense that it was somewhat simple to pick what songs would be potential singles. But on this one, no one will easily be able to tell which songs will be released after Hung Up."

03 September - Madonna among 25 most important pop culture moments
Before there was Must-See TV, there was MTV. The all-music network planted its own flag on cable television in 1981 and changed the music industry forever.
The network became so popular that even politicians couldn't pass up a chance to appear on it.
And while video may have killed the radio star, plenty of pretty-faced musicians skyrocketed to fame when their videos went on heavy rotation on the fledgling network.
The Material Girl herself got a boost from MTV.
Madonna really caught our attention with her controversial tune Like A Virgin, which held the coveted top spot on the music charts for six straight weeks.
The song prompted a Madonna craze in the mid-1980s and made the songstress a household name.
Madonna's videos on MTV helped her Like A Virgin album sales."What Madonna did with that song was to make the visual sell of the song maybe even more important than the song itself. And that was a revolution that has lasted for 20 years and counting," Entertainment Weekly editor Mark Harris said. (read the full article on CNN.com)

03 September - Confessions On A Dance Floor available for pre-order
Madonna's upcoming studio album, Confessions On A Dance Floor is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Note that they list the release date as November 8th, but the official release is on November 15th, already confirmed by Madonna.com. Click here to pre-order it!

03 September - Madonna's cover of Imagine to be released

On Oct. 1, Q Magazine will hit stands with a special tribute to John Lennon. In addition to the magazine, a special CD will be released featuring Madonna's cover of Imagine. Madonna first performed this song live during her Re-Invention Tour in the summer of 2004. She later reprised the performance in for the Tsunami Benefit in January 2005. Be sure to pick up a copy of Q Magazine! (source: Madonna.com)

02 September - Live DVD will see light of day
ICON editor Johann has finally answered questions regarding the news of the RIT DVD and that it will be released:
"What I can confirm is that both the tour documentary and Live dvd will be released but that the doc will be released first (by the end of the year). You know, Madonna has worked like crazy on the doc and she's so excited about it. So releasing it first sounds logic to me. No release has been confirmed for the live dvd yet, but it will see the light of day, believe me!" (source: ICON, thanx to Madonna.nu)

01 September - Madonna shoots Motorola Commercial
Madonna is looking stunning as usual when she was photographed shooting a Motorola commercial in London at Shepperton Studios. The Material Mom, still recovering from her recent horse riding accident, is also putting the finishing touches on her upcoming new CD "Confessions On A Dance Floor" which is scheduled to be released on Warner Bros. Records in November. (source: Madonna.com)

01 September - ABBA sample in Hung Up? *rumour*
Fansite Madonnalicious reports that Madonna's upcoming new single Hung Up will include a sample by the ABBA hit "Gimme Gimme Gimme", not "Ring Ring" which was previously rumoured. Apparently, the single has been previewed monday by some major UK radio programmers. Warner is also toying with the idea of making a 30 second Hung Up ring tone available from October 12.

01 September - Madonna featured on John Lennon cover CD
In the next month's issue of UK magazine Q, a free disc will be included, featuring covers of John Lennon songs by various artists, including Madonna. Madonna's cover will probably be Imagine, which was performed on 2004's Re-Invention Tour. (source: Madonnalicious)

01 September - Madonna making 'spontaneous' and 'unapologetic' dance music
Madonna's so psyched about her upcoming dance album that she can't wait to see how fans will react to it. "I want people to jump out of their seats," she said.
Though a few lucky clubgoers have already heard a taste of Confessions On A Dance Floor — since Madonna's DJs and remixers like to test out unreleased tracks on actual dance floors — the rest of us will have to be patient. The 12-song album is due November 15, while the first single, Hung Up, hits radio October 17.
Madonna hasn't released a track list yet, but she recently confirmed the title of at least one other song, which is called "I Love New York," a city she once spent a lot of time in.
"The reason I don't spend more time there is because my kids are in school [in London] and my husband likes it in London and, you know, I'm being a good wife!" she told MTV News. "But I get him to come to New York. We make it happen in the Big Apple, don't you worry."
Just as Madonna can't escape New York, she also can't escape her dancing days — she did make her living with her feet first, after all. "She has a dance halo over her head," her co-producer and DJ Stuart Price (a.k.a. Jacques Lu Cont) said. "It's in her blood."
Price, who previously lent his electro-pop sound to American Life by co-writing "X-Static Process," did "a lot" of work on Confessions with Madonna. He said they started "without any preconceived notions" and ended up making "unapologetic dance music". "It was straight from the gut, unencumbered, not over-edited, very spontaneous," he said.
Madonna also worked on her 10th studio album with Swedish producers/songwriters Bloodshy & Avant as well as French producer Mirwais Ahmadzai, who collaborated with Madonna on both Music and American Life.
"It's all about having a good time straight through and nonstop," Madonna said. (source: MTV)

01 September - Madonna calling
Madonna stepped back into the limelight as she shrugged off her horse riding injury to return to work.
Madonna back at work The 47-year-old even ensured she sported a stylish sling to match her thick black coat and boots on one of the hottest days of the year.
The star was on set at Shepperton Studios in west London where she is shooting a television commercial for Motorola.
Without a hair out of place the singer appeared to be making a remarkable recovery after falling from a galloping horse.
She suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a broken hand in the fall on the 485ha estate at her country residence Ashcombe House in Tollard Royal, Wilts.
She had been celebrating her birthday with husband Guy Ritchie and children Lourdes, aged eight, and five-year-old Rocco.
Madonna was treated in the accident and emergency department of Salisbury Hospital before being released the same night.
The 'Queen of Pop' signed a £1 million mega deal to star in TV ads for phone giant Motorola - alongside rock legend Iggy Pop, The Sun reports.
She turned up to shoot the ad in Surrey yesterday. (source: news.com.au)

01 September - Madonna, Little Richard to star in Motorola ROKR campaign
Motorola has recruited ten music industry stars for a television ad to promote its forthcoming ROKR iTunes phones, according to an online report.
The much-anticipated mobile handsets will allow users to transfer and listen to music from Apple’s iTunes music store through an embedded version of the iTunes jukebox software on compatible Motorola’s phones.
Filming for the television commercial was completed today at Shepperton Studios, just outside London. It features pop stars from every relevant generation and genre, according to Madonna fan site Madonnalicious.
The cast includes industry veterans Madonna, Little Richard, and Bootsy Collins, as well as pop punk rockers Sum 41, R&B diva Mya, king of crunk Lil' Jon, pop sensation The Pussycat Dolls, The White Stripes duo, and Billie Joe from Green Day. Through impersonators, the ad also features the likeness of the late Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix and Biggie Smalls.
In its report, the Madonnalicious website provided a brief synopsis of the commercial, which opens in a Middle Eastern village and begins with a subtitled phone conversation between a young man and his girlfriend. Madonna walks up to the phone booth where the teenager is talking and kisses the young man, then asks, "Who's that girl?" His girlfriend is then heard screaming through the receive, followed by an instrumental version of Madonna's new single, Hung Up.
At this point, other characters are introduced and squeezed into the phone booth. First "Beethoven" and "Hendrix" join Madonna and the teenager in the booth. They are soon followed by other stars who arrive and "pack into the booth with various difficulties," the report explains.
Just when it's evident that no one else can fit inside the phone booth, "Biggie Smalls" appears. The commercial reportedly cuts to Madonna's face, now pressed against the glass, as she yells "Biggie....Noooo!" (source: Apple Insider)

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