Madonna news - Sep. 2005


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30 September - Sorry as the second single?
After the first listening parties, it seems the song Sorry got the best reviews, so Warner is considering it as the second single from Confessions On A Dance Floor. In the song, Madonna can be heard saying "I'm sorry" over and over again in different languages. (thanx to Madonnatribe and Drownedmadonna)

30 September - Possible promo shows
Wednesday we reported that Madonna will be performing on Wetten Dass on November 5th. That week, Madonna will be promoting her album and new single on several TV shows. According to rumours she might appear on Oprah, Ellen, The Today Show and David Letterman.
As for the EMA in Lisbon on November 3rd: Madonna isn't listed among the official performers, but it is expected there will be a special announcement of her performance soon.

30 September - Guy Oseary is Madonna's new manager
The US music industry trade magazine Hits featured this small piece on the appointment of Madonna's new manager:
"Madonna has a new manager - Guy Oseary. The two have been close since Maverick came into being in conjunction with Freddy DeMann way back at the dawn of the '90s, but this new arrangement is likely to test their relationship as never before considering that it comes at a time when her recording career has peaked. On the other hand, Madonna's touring business is as big as ever—her last tour was tremendously successful. Warner Bros. has an album scheduled for this fall that is said to be a return to her roots in feel-good dance music, with a new single impacting soon. Oseary's management partner is Angela Becker." (source: Madonnalicious)
~ Madonna's previous manager Caresse Henry resigned after last year's Re-Invention Tour. Before Henry, Madonna was coached by Freddy DeMann.

29 September - Body Of Evidence among Worst Sex Scenes
Sex scenes in movies are usually criticised for being 'too perfect' - but a new poll names and shames the WORST raunchy moments in film.
Movie buffs at Empire magazine viewed hundreds of steamy films to compile Hollywood's worst attempts at putting sizzling sex on the big screen.
And stars such as Madonna, Sharon Stone, J-Lo and Keanu Reeves have been slated for their embarrassing moments in the sack.
Erotic drama Showgirls, which features Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan in a swimming pool sex scene, came top of the excrutiating poll.
And Empire spokesman said: "It's supposed to be the best sex in the world but, as Berkley thrashes around in the water, it looks more like the first ten minutes of Jaws."
Damage, the 1992 European art-house movie starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche, makes it to second place in the damp-squid list.
Madonna in Body Of Evidence The trysts escalate into ever more ludicrous inter-twinings, and reach a peak during a particularly violent sex scene, when Jeremy expresses his ecstasy by banging his lover's head on the floor.
Madonna features in her film Body of Evidence, in which the pop queen drips a hot candle over Willem Dafoe's body as they embark on their carnal carry-ons.
Sharon Stone, who the magazine dubs "the queen of crap movie sex", makes it to sixth place with The Specialist.
And former real-life lovers Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez claim seventh place for their box-office flop Gigli.
The magazine writes: "When Ben's chauvinistic mobster Larry Gigli gets it on with J-Lo's lesbian assassin Ricki, the scene is cold corny and lame.
"But what really sends it over the top is Ricki's infamous 'It's turkey time, gobble, gobble' as a call to oral foreplay.
"Unfeasibly bad, the pair, while sexy as hell on their own, together here couldn't generate enough heat to toast bread."
2002's 40 Days And 40 Nights makes the Top 10 for being totally unrealistic.
Sworn to celibacy, Josh Hartnett, apparently gives Shannyn Sossamon the time of her life by blowing a petal from a flower across her naked body.
"For a sex scene to be truly sexy, it has to have the whiff of reality, the sense that it could actually really happen - which renders this little knee trembler pathetic," said Empire. (source: The Sun)

29 September - 'Secret' to premiere on MTV? *rumour*
The buzz is that Madonna's documentary, "I'm Going to Tell You a Secret," may debut on MTV. (source: MSNBC's The Scoop)
Meanwhile, fansite Madonnalicious reports a possible release date for the live DVD of the Re-Invention Tour: april 2006. Although again... nothing is confirmed.

29 September - Some enthusiastic reactions after album preview
As reported earlier, there was an album preview for DJs earlier this week. Fellow fansites have received enthusiastic reactions from some who attended:
"The new music was incredible. First cut was dubby but nice with great buildups and nice energy. It will be #1 on the Billboard dance chart. The second song was along the energy lines of Missing by Everything But The Girl. Very melodic and soothing. Loved it! The third song was #1 across the boards at Top 40 Radio. Lots of potential, lots of energy, lots of hooks, lots of #1's. Dance music has a ray of light and Madonna is it's instrument. Very nice party." (Pete Werner to DrownedMadonna)

"Confessions is indeed completely dance through and through, the slowest song (although still dance) being Isaac, a track that features Madonna chanting back and forth together with a male voice, in a way very similar to the chanting on Donna DeLory's The Lover And The Beloved." (Torontoboy to MadonnaTribe)

"On another track Madonna is reported being literally groaning at the beginning and before the song goes into a proper electro trance beat that was off the hook. "I have good feelings about this album!" (MadonnaTribe)

29 September - More on Ellie Lawson track
After our item about Ellie Lawson's version of Time Stood Still, Madonnafan Marek mailed us with some more information: "Actually, Time Stood Still wasn't reworked for Ellie Lawson. In fact, she was given some of William Orbit's instrumentals by her manager, including Time Stood Still. Not knowing of the song recorded by Madonna, Ellie composed and wrote the song "Inside Out" to the Time Stood Still instrumental. When William Orbit heard the result, he liked it. Until this point, Ellie didn't know about the song recorded by Madonna. Ellie was thrilled to hear Madonna's version and seeing how differently they had interpreted the music. Madonna herself liked the result, too, and Time Stood Still was cleared as a sample." (source: MadonnaTribe)

28 September - Madonna to perform on Wetten Dass
Madonna will be appearing on German channel ZDF's Wetten Dass on November 5th. She'll be performing Hung Up on the show.

28 September - A Swedish superstar
Yellow and blue on the new album - and now she may come to Sweden... Red cabins, Falun sausage, Dalecarlian horses - and Madonna. The world's biggest female popstar have never been more Swedish. And now she's heading here.
Made in Sweden. That title would have fit well on Madonna's new album album Confessions On A Dance Floor. Songwriters and producers Christian "Bloodshy" Karlsson, Pontus "Avant" Winnberg and Henrik Jonback have co-written the songs How High and Like It Or Not.
Anders Bagge and Per Åström contributed with the song Get Together.
In addition, ABBA-icons Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson let her sample their hit song "Gimme, gimme, gimme" in the lead single Hung Up.
As if that wasn't enough it seems like Johan "Stakka Bo" Renck will be directing the video for Hung Up.
Of course it's really nice that we've got so many profesionals that she wants to work with them, says Christina Bredberg at Madonna's record company Warner. And now there's alot of talk about her coming to Sweden in November for the first time since the European MTV Awards in Stockholm five years ago.
"We are working on it", says Christina Bredberg.
The article also mentions Madonna wearing the same kind of jewelery as Swedish princess Victoria. She's also mentioned in an article about the return of the 80's in the very same paper. (source: Aftonbladet, thx to MadonnaTribe)

28 September - Time Stood Still reworked for debuting artist Ellie Lawson
Madonna and William Orbit reworked their 2000 song Time Stood Still (from The Next Big Thing soundtrack) into the song "Inside Out" for emerging artist Ellie Lawson. The track is included on Lawson's debut "The Philosophy Tree."
The gorgeous Orbit-produced tune sets the tone for the rest of the 12-track disc that positions Lawson as a gifted singer/songwriter in the vein of Alanis Morrisette, Jem and Dido. The release of the album was postponed after she was dropped in the shuffle at Atlantic Records earlier this year. However, her luck quickly changed when not only Madonna but also Ellen DeGeneres embraced the artist. The comedian featured Lawson on her day-time talkshow that gave her the chance to be seen by millions.
Lawson includes a range of different styles and moods on the record. From the folky "Gotta Get Up From Here" to R&B on "Friends," to the heartfelt pop balladry on "Never Be The Same" to the tropical-tinged "Hour Of Need." The record concludes with "Why The Fighting" a powerful political statement against violence and war.
You can listen to a clip on Ellie Lawson's website. (source: Brian Jasinski from MIR)

28 September - Madonna to tour Japan?
Pop superstar Madonna will launch her new album Confessions On A Dance Floor with her first tour of Japan in 20 years.
The series of gigs will also mark the start of a huge world tour to promote the LP - which is tipped to be a hit - and a heavy promotional campaign, including appearances on the globe's major TV talk shows.
A source says, "They know they are on to a winner. The album has got hit written all over it and they want to make sure it gets as big a push as possible."
The first single will be heard at the MTV European Music Awards in Portugal in November. The release has been delayed so Madonna can dance in the video, following her horse-riding accident last month. (source: TeenMusic)
~ Please note that no concerts have been officially confirmed yet.

27 September - Faces of the Week: Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie's latest movie, Revolver, has been panned by the critics. It seems that, currently, the director can do nothing right.
Poor Guy Ritchie. Two years ago, his reality TV show, Swag, ran into trouble when a cameraman got stabbed in the leg while filming a stunt that backfired.
Last year, a TV commercial he had directed got pulled in the US after he was accused of encouraging children to drive their parents' cars.
His wife broke several bones after falling off her horse, and the couple were roundly booed this week when they wouldn't sign autographs at the premiere of his latest film. Oh, and he even gets chucked out of his marital bed whenever he snores.
Talking of his film, just some of the adjectives the critics have used to describe it are: risible, muddled, impenetrable, convoluted and bewildering.
It's not so much a turkey, according to the Daily Mail's Chris Tookey, more "a pea-brained ostrich that has forgotten to hide its head in the sand at the first sign of attack, and has chosen instead to insert its head all the way up its own firmament".
What makes it worse for Ritchie is that, according to those same critics, his last picture, Swept Away, a desert island romance starring his wife, Madonna, was as bad as it got. It went straight to video in this country.

Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London "There are two levels of bad," Observer film critic Jason Solomons told the BBC. "There's the so bad it's good because at least you can have a laugh-type bad. Swept Away was in this category. Then you have the bad when you have something that thinks it's good but isn't. That's Revolver. Watching it, you could hear the scraping of the bottom of the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
The last reference is, of course, to Ritchie's 1998 movie, set among London's gangland, which became the third-highest grossing British film of all time. It was feted for being fresh and funny. His follow-up, Snatch, was in similar vein.
Ritchie had created a modern British classic of "geezer chic" in which villains became "icons of cool", and its laddish humour chimed with the times.
Guy Ritchie was hot property, yet the curious mix of a privately educated middle-class director being fascinated by East-End hardmen did provoke scepticism, especially with his "mockney" accent.
Guy Ritchie's upbringing was anything but straightforward. He was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire in 1968 and was the product of more than one broken home.
His father was a successful advertising executive (who devised the Hamlet cigar ads), while his mother was a model. They lived in Fulham, west London.
His parents divorced when he was five and Guy went to live with his mother's new husband, Sir Michael Leighton, at his stately home, Loton Park, in Shropshire.

His mother divorced again when he was 12. Guy Ritchie was sent to various private schools. Dyslexia hindered his education and he attended some 10 schools in all, leaving with just a GCSE in Film Studies.
Today, he employs a private tutor to try to fill the gaps in his formal education.
In the 1980s Guy Ritchie claims he hung out with some real villains without ever becoming one himself. He got into film making via music videos, giving the draft of Lock Stock to producer friend, Matthew Vaughn, husband of Claudia Schiffer.
He was introduced to Madonna by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Now, Ritchie and Madge live the English country life for much of the year, in their own stately home in Wiltshire, together with their five-year-old son Rocco, and his stepdaughter Lourdes, aged eight.
It is here that Madonna had her horse-riding accident. The couple are devotees of the Kabbalah, which, he maintains, is not a religion but simply "an extension of the way most of us try and live our lives. It's just about being a decent person".
Its critics describe it as the latest lifestyle cult for the rich.
He does not pray or attend meetings, but contemplates the movement's ideas on life. Some have attributed to Kabbalah the obscure mention of numbers and references in Revolver. Ritchie denies this.
According to Jason Solomons, "Guy Ritchie is trying to grow as an artist; he's trying to say something about the world but he's shown that he's not very good at it, he's not a philosopher."
It's a bit early to write Ritchie's career off, as some have done. But after two successive critical flops, the director is at a crossroads. Or should that be a borderline? Cue a song. (source: BBC)

27 September - Johan Renck confirmed as director *official*
Madonna.com has now officially confirmed that Swedish director Johan Renck will be directing the Hung Up video. Fansites have suggested that the filming will take place early October. It's expected to premiere simultaneously on music networks MTV, VH1 and Logo on October 24th.

26 September - DJ's get Confessions preview
Disc jockeys from all across the U.S. converged in a small, chic backroom down at 14th Street's Lotus restaurant last Wednesday afternoon. They were there to listen to three tracks from Madonna's soon-due Confessions On A Dance Floor album, and to meet the CD's brilliant British producer, Stuart Price. Although it was all very casual, with cocktails and munchies, the music men — and women — listened intently, in their own hectic, head-bobbing way. (And most of them looked like fresh-faced college students!) M's sound went over big time, and Grammy-winner Price, only 30 years old, was mobbed. There were at least three dozen people in this confined space — Price could hardly move from all the handshaking, shoulder slaps and hearty hugs. He is worshipped in the dance community and uses another name on some work — Jacques Le Cont. He's produced for No Doubt and many others.
Talking about the songs, Price, who also has a very naughty sense of humor, said: "When dance music was young, there was a strong vocal, and the beat was underneath. Now, the vocal is not so prominent. Madonna and I wanted to make a dance album for today, which would satisfy everybody — those who want to really hear her voice and those for whom the driving thump-thump is the thing. I think we've succeeded."
Music scribe Maggie Stein, who also writes under the nom de plume Odyssey Jones, said, "This is hopeful dance music. It has a positive message, in that it's fun. Just fun. It's what Madonna needed to do." (source: NY Post)

26 September - Guy fails Madonna quiz
Guy Ritchie appeared on French TV show "Tout le monde en parle" on France2 to promote his "Revolver" saturday night. The british movie maker was interviewed about his new gangster flick, but he also answered to a series of classic questions about The Wife - well actually, he almost didn't answer any. Here's a summary of this very special "Madonna Trivia".

Question "What's Madonna's birthday?"
Guy Ritchie: "I don't know...

"What is Madonna's real name?"
Guy: Madonna... Louise... Ci... (but made it look like as he did not remember the end of her family name)

Question: "How much money did Madonna have in her pockets when she arrived in New York in her early years?"
Guy: "I don't know..."

Question: " Which singer was Madonna a backing vocalist for?"
Guy: "I don't know..."

Question: "What was Madonna's first hit in 1984?"
Guy: Like A Virgin

Question: "Whose role did Madonna play in Desperately Seeking Susan?
Guy: "Susan"

Question: "In which video we find Madonna together with a black saint?"
Guy: Like A Prayer

Question: "How many records did Madonna sell?"
Guy: "130 millions"

Question: "Why was Madonna recovered in a hospital this summer?"
Guy: "For a horse riding accident"

Question: "Who is the designer of Madonna's wedding dress?"
Guy: "... Humm... A French designer... Oops, no It's Stella McCartney"

Question: "How tall is Madonna?"
Guy: "Approximately 1.60 mt"

And as for the rumor "Is it true that Madonna uses a special jewel stone and medecine to become more fertile?"
Guy answered "No... But I'm only her husband..."
(source: MadonnaTribe)

25 September - Guy: "I KNOW I'm Mister Madonna!"
Jan Ruysbergh from Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad interviewed Guy Ritchie during the press junket in Paris. Right before the interview, he was asked to limit his questions as much as possible to the movie. In other words, don't ask too much 'bout Madonna. However, there are some interesting facts, apart from the Revolver stuff.
Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London When the journalist points out that Guy's movies aren't exactly suitable for the eyes of Lourdes and Rocco and asks if the movie director intends to make a movie that his kids could watch, Guy replies he recently saw many childrens movies and that he's reading a script about a race that could turn into a kids movie.
When Ruysbergh asks about the story that he had a fight with Madonna over Kabbalah, Guy wipes that away as just a rumour. In fact, he calls Kabbalah "interesting", "Fundamentally, it's the study of sciences. It's not about believing or not believing. It just is what it is. [...] I'm making documentary on Kabbalah. It should be finished by february. Then people should get a clearer picture of Kabbalah."
Didn't he mind being photographed for Vogue, exposing his private life like that? "Oh well, it's all part of the game. I just happen to be married to someone who's world famous. For many I'm mister Madonna. I've learned to live with that."
Finally he denounces another rumour: didn't he feel guilty after Madonna's accident? After all it was his birthday present? "It wasn't my birthday present at all!! You know, there's one advantage with having the media constantly spying on you: you realize that nothing in life is what it seems. The only true thing bout that story was that it was indeed a horse my wife fell off of. So, even in every lie there's a small truth!"
Revolver will be out in Belgian theatres on November 9th. Read the article (in Dutch) here.


25 September - Madonna sings tribute to Kabbalist Isaac Luria
I'm sure I wasn't the only Madonnafan who immediately thought of Kabbalah when learning about a song called Isaac, a typically Jewish name, on the new album. Some have suggested that the song might be about Isaac Newton; hence the early rumours about "Defying Gravity". However, after some research, I've found out about Isaac Luria, a Jewish scholar who lived in the 16th century and who founded Kabbalah in its modern form. In Hebrew, his name is Yitzhak Luria, while we've seen a "Yitzhak Sinwani" appear in the credits of the song - coincidence? I think not. It was also Isaac Luria, also called "The Ari", who designed the Tree of Life, which symbol was used on the Re-Invention Tour. It seems Madonna has now included a tribute song to the rabbi on her album Confessions On A Dance Floor. Which would make Liz Rosenberg's album descriptive "no messages" a bit less true. You can read a biography on Isaac Luria at Wikipedia and at the Kabbalah Centre website. ~ Bartie

25 September - Madonna at EMA?
Rumours are getting stronger that Madonna will be attending and possibly performing at the 2005 Europe Music Awards, which will be held in Lisbon on thursday, November 3th. It would be a great way to promote her new single Hung Up. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but stay tuned for more!

25 September - Vote Madonna as Most Attractive Woman
Head over to the website of Hello! Magazine, where Madonna is in the running for Most Attractive Woman of the month, next to Thalia, Liv Tyler, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett. Although the others are all half Madonna's age, our Maddy has no problem topping the list. You can still vote till September 30th.

25 September - Press release from Warner Canada
"I want people to jump out of their seats! My record about having a good time straight through and non stop," says Madonna, still the ultimate disco queen, as she describes the 12 delicious tunes on her album of pure 'unapologetic' dance music.
"She has a dance halo over her head" says Madonna's co-producer and partner in crime, Grammy-award winner Stuart Price "It's in her blood. The music came straight from the gut - no preconceived notions - unencumbered - not over edited - just very spontaneous. We sat in my little studio at home and the songs just flowed very quickly," concluded Price.
With one foot in the early roots of her career as a "dance artist" and the other foot planted firmly into the sound of "future disco", Madonna returns to the clubs with a vengeance Confessions On A Dance Floor is scheduled to be released on Warner Bros. Records, November 15th, 2005.
Recorded in London, Confessions features songs primarily co-written and co-produced by Madonna and Stuart Price, producer, mixer and DJ-supreme ( Les Rythmes Digitales, Jaques Le Cont). Price was Madonna's musical director on her 2001 Drowned World Tour and last summer's Re-Invention Tour.
Additional producers and co-writers include Henrik Jonback, Grammy Award-winning team Bloodshy & Avant, and Anders Bagge + Peer Astrom from Murlyn Music collective. In addition Mirwais Ahmadzai, the producer of Madonna's last two albums American Life and Music, contributed two songs and co-produced one track. The song Jump was co written by previous Madonna collaborator, artist and producer, Joe Henry (Don't Tell Me)
The album's first single Hung Up is scheduled to be released on October 17th.
(source: press release Warner Music Canada; thx to Dave Gardner from MIR)

23 September - Madonna in the mix on new dance album
Madonna has finalized the track list for her new album, Confessions On A Dance Floor. Producer Stuart Price tells Billboard the 12-track set, due Nov. 15 via Warner Bros., is continuously mixed and that closer Like It Or Not was the perfect choice to conclude the album.
"Basically, it's Madonna saying, 'This is who I am. This is what I do. Take it or leave it,'" Price said of the track during a Q&A earlier this week at the 12th annual Billboard Dance Music Summit in New York.
Price -- who was the musical conductor on Madonna's Re-Invention Tour -- said the entire album, including the vocals, was recorded in his home studio in London. Apparently, he has a female neighbor that cries throughout the day and night. So, if you listen closely, "you may hear her on background vocals," Price said with a laugh.
The album's first single, Hung Up, is currently featured in ads for the new Motorola/iTunes phone. The cut is available as a ringtone via MTV.com and VH1.com. Its accompanying video was to directed by photographer David LaChapelle, but he and Madonna reportedly had creative differences over its concept. It is unknown who has come on board to complete the clip. (source: Billboard)

23 September - Album credits
Warner France has revealed the album credits! As you can see, Mirwais collaborated only on two tracks, and so did the Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant. We're happy to learn that Madonna's brother-in-law has co-written one of the tracks (he has previously done the duet Guilty By Association with Madonna and Don't Tell Me is based on his track 'Stop'). Furthermore we see that Bjorn & Benny from ABBA are both credited as song writer for Hung Up. And for Get Together, Madonna worked with Bagge & Peer, making it the third Swedish songwriter duo to appear in these album credits (and remember the rumoured Hung Up video director Johan Renck is Swedish as well! Might Stockholm be included in the tour next year?).

01. Hung Up
Written by Madonna, Stuart Price, B.Anderson, and B. Ulvaeus. Produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

02. Get Together
Written by Madonna, Anders Bagge and Peer Astrom. Produced by Madonna and Stuart Price. Original production by Bagge & Peer.

03. Sorry
Written & produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

04. Future Lovers
Written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzai.

05. I Love New York (Album Version)
Written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

06. Let It Will Be
Written by Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzai and Stuart Price. Produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

07. Forbidden Love
Written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

08. Jump
Written by Madonna, Joe Henry and Stuart Price. Produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

09. How High
Written by Madonna, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winberg and Henrik Jonback. Produced by Madonna, Bloodshy & Avant and Stuart Price.

10. Isaac
Written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price. Spoken Word by Yitzhak Sinwani.

11. Push
Written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price.

12. Like It Or Not
Written and produced by Madonna, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winberg and Henrik Jonback. Additional production by Stuart Price.
(source: Warner France, thx to Madonna.nu & Tony)

23 September - Madonna in Paris, without sling!
Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in Paris Dressed in elegant black, with her shoulders exposed, Madonna greeted her fans before entering the hall of the Gaumont Marignan cinemas in Paris. She didn't then enter the theatre were five hundred priviledged guests were going to attend the screening of "Revolver", her husband's new movie. The reason was that she didn't want to steal attention from her husband director, it was reported.
Guy Ritchie, together with one of the producers of the movie, French director Luc Besson, spoke briefly to the audience before disappearing before the projection begun. Mr and Mrs Ritchie left the building from a side entrance. (source: AFP; thx to MadonnaTribe)
~ Find some high quality pictures of the Paris premiere at Madonna.nu

23 September - Madonna rejected from magazine cover for Simpson?
Pop icon Madonna has reportedly been ousted from a magazine cover by Ashlee Simpson.
The Music singer is preparing to embark on a press tour for her upcoming album Confessions On A Dance Floor, and sources say she was supposed to pose on the cover of Blender magazine's December (05) issue.
But publishing bosses have now dropped her in favour of Simpson.
A source says, "Madonna was fuming. She never wanted to do Blender in the first place; she wanted to do Rolling Stone. And then this put her over the edge."
While bosses at the publication have refused to comment, Madonna's representative says, "She's too busy healing from her (horse-riding) accident.
"I was talking to several publications, including Blender. Trust me, you'll see plenty of Madonna in the weeks to come." (source: ContactMusic)
~ Meanwhile, fansite MadonnaTribe reports that Madonna will be on the cover of the November issue of Tatler magazine. No doubt she'll appear in many more magazines in the coming months.

23 September - Madonna.com's confession
Madonna.com Madonna.com has updated its flash page Confessions-style, with word descriptive sheets and polaroid pictures, similar to the album cover. The site itself though is still all American Life...

22 September - Johan Renck tipped as new video director
Madonna may have found a new director to replace David LaChapelle. The two parted ways, citing 'artistic differences' over her video Hung Up. The buzz is he's being replaced by Johan Renck, who worked with Madonna on Nothing Really Matters.
Speaking of Madonna, Guy Ritchie confesses that he was 'always soft' and that his wife is the tough one in the marriage. "She was up and running in no time," he said of Madonna's riding accident. "We went off to France the next day — much against my advice. She's definitely the tough side of the family." (source: MSNBC)

22 September - More from Stuart Price Q&A
Madonnafan 'Madonna Man' has sent a report to fansite madonnalicious after attending the Q&A Billboard Summit that took place in New York City last night, where lots of new information about the new album and tour were also revealed:

Madonna and Stuart during the Drowned World Tour Stuart Price did an hour-long Q&A at the Billboard magazine dance summit at Union Square Ballroom in New York City. In attendance were a number of music celebrities including Sissor Sisters (who's song Stuart had remixed), Keo Nozari (a recording artist who's big in NYC), DJ/Producer Chris Cox (of Thunderpuss), DJ Ralphi Rosario (who did a Love Profusion remix), and singer Joi Cardwell.
Stuart arrived with a celeb all his own - Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg - who later asked him questions of her own! Stuart was very down-to-earth and surprisingly humble and was wearing a pink shirt (that perfectly matched a floral arrangement he was sitting by) and had a mod British haircut. Interviewed by Billboard's Michael Paoletta, Stuart said Confessions On A Dance Floor was written and produced quickly - Madonna said from the start she wanted an all dance album after being inspired by her last tour. What I thought sounded most cool is he said the whole album was mixed together like a DJ set!

When asked about how they wrote songs, Stuart said the songwriting process was embarrassing because you have to do a lot of bad things to get to the good stuff. So, he said the reason he and Madonna could collaborate so well was she felt very comfortable with him after being on tour for so long. He originally began working with Madonna after she was looking for a keyboard player and Mirwais suggested him (Stuart had remixed one of his songs before).
What was the biggest misconception about Madonna? Stuart said it was that she wasn't involved in the production. He insisted she was an excellent producer and had a great ear for dance music and that she was there working with him day and night. All the vocals he said were done in his home studio on a fairly in-expensive microphone cause they liked the vibe, and that an old lady that lives down the street that cries all day can be heard on some of Madonna's naked vocal tracks!

Liz said the plan was for Madonna to tour next summer but it depended on her recovering from her injuries. Stuart said Madonna had called him four days after the horse fall and was already in pilates class working her legs, as they weren't injured! When asked what was life-long lesson he had learned from Madonna, Stuart said it was 'Shut the fuck up!'

21 September - Exclusive album details
Friend of Towleroad and dance music maven Matt Kalkhoff attended the Q&A session with Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont), the producer/collaborator of Madonna's new album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, and has some great details on the forthcoming album.
From Matt's mouth to your ears:

  • The entire album was recorded in the home studio of his London flat, including the vocals. He said his studio is as small as the stage he was sitting on -- and a lot warmer.

  • He apparently has a female neighbor who just cries throughout the day, and that you can actually hear her faintly in the background on some parts of the album.

  • Madonna knew from the beginning that she wanted to do a high-energy dance album. She said, "It's gotta start at 120bpm and only go up."

  • The album's 12 songs are continuously mixed, by Stuart, like a DJ set.

  • A full track listing is now available, as well as the cover art, at Madonna.com. But he mentioned the last song, Like It Or Not, and said it was the perfect way to end the album – it's a song that basically says, "This is who I am, this is what I do. Take it or leave it."

  • He chose the Jacques Lu Cont moniker for DJ and production work because it sounds like cunt, and he just wanted to hear someone on BBC get all tripped up while saying it, which apparently happens frequently.

  • Even after winning a Grammy earlier this year for his remix of No Doubt's "It's My Life," working on two tours with Madonna (as Musical Director of Re-Invention and keyboardist for both it and Drowned World), he still lives in the same flat in London.

  • He says Confessions is "where pop meets dance" and blurs the line between the two. But it is also very soulful as opposed to techno or minimalist.

  • Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, was also in the audience. Even though she helped bring Stuart to the Summit, she said she had a few questions of her own. She started out by saying, "I thought I knew everything about Madonna, but…" She and Stuart basically talked about how Madonna has a DJ's ear and "she knew what she wanted to dance to," so it really was the perfect record for her to make.

Thanks for the missive, Matt. You can read more of Matt's writing at MattUnleashed. (source: Towleroad, thx to DrownedMadonna)

21 September - Ring, ring, ring goes the telephone
Get Madonna's brand new single, Hung Up, as your ringtone now before the track hits radio next month! In the US, the ringtone is available exclusively at mtv.com and vh1.com this week (and coming soon to Madonna.com). International customers should please check with their local carriers for details.
From MTV for Virgin Mobile subscribers:
• Dial *mtv from your Virgin Mobile phone or go to mtv.com/starmtv/ringtones
From VH1 for Cingular, AT&T, and T-Mobile subscribers
• Visit VH1.com to purchase the ringtone at vh1.com/mobile/ringtones or vh1.com/mobile
(source: Madonna.com newsletter)

21 September - Fans turn on Ritchie and Madonna
Guy Ritchie and his wife Madonna have been booed by fans at the UK premiere of his new film Revolver after making little contact with the crowd.
Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in LondonThe couple walked past most of the 2,000 people in London's Leicester Square without signing autographs.
The gangster film's star Jason Statham spent almost an hour meeting fans.
Ritchie hit back at savage reviews, telling reporters: "The critics have been harsh all the way through my career but it doesn't affect me."
The bad critical reaction was inevitable because the film's concept was "tricky", he added.
Asked why he did not give Madonna a role, Ritchie replied: "Do you think they would let me get away with that? I did that last time, it didn't work."
Ritchie directed his wife in Swept Away three years ago, but the result was derided by both cinemagoers and the press.
But Madonna defended her husband's new work, telling Sky News: "I love it. I think it's a very brave film, a bit macho."
She also said she enjoyed not having to work the red carpet, saying it was fun to just "dress up and show up".
Her sling, a result of a broken collarbone and hand and three cracked ribs, will be coming off in a week, she revealed.
Ritchie made his name with hit gangster films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.
Revolver features Statham as a criminal who revives a feud with a gangland boss. It also stars Ray Liotta and Andre 3000 of hip-hop group OutKast.
"After Revolver, Swept Away now looks like Citizen Kane," the Guardian newspaper said.
"Ritchie's new film lands on cinemagoers' collective heads like a sack of wet sand."
Variety magazine has called it "tedious" and "convoluted" while the Hollywood Reporter criticised its "pretentious style". (source: BBC)

21 September - Madonna defends Ritchie's "Revolver"
Singer Madonna defended her husband Guy Ritchie's latest film "Revolver" on Tuesday, when the couple attended the London premier after a series of damning reviews.
Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London Madonna and Guy at the premiere of Revolver in London The film stars Ritchie regular Jason Statham as a man out to get revenge on a mob killer played by Ray Liotta.
It is the director's first film since the ill-fated Swept Away in 2002, which starred Madonna but went straight to DVD in Britain.
"I love it," she told Sky television, referring to the new movie. "I think it's a very brave film, a bit macho."
Ritchie has not had a hit since "Snatch" in 2000, which followed his popular "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" two years earlier.
Ritchie said he had not read the reviews and said the film was made for the audience and not the critics.
"Ritchie's new film lands on cinema-goers' collective head like a sack of wet sand," was the Guardian newspaper's comment. (source: Reuters)

21 September - Too tough to die
British film-maker Guy Ritchie knew his wife Madonna would survive the horrific injuries she sustained in a horse-riding accident on her 47th birthday last month (AUG05), because she is too tough to die.
The singer suffered a multitude of broken bones - including a broken little finger, five cracked ribs and a double fracture to one of her shoulder blades - in the fall at her English country estate.
And when Ritchie arrived at the accident scene he was shocked by how pale his wife was.
Ritchie says, "I was about five minutes away when it happened. I was worried as she was as white as a sheet.
"But I wasn't thinking she would die - I thought she was too tough for that."
But the 37-year-old was not surprised when she refused to follow doctors orders by carrying on working despite being told to rest for two months.
He continues, "Once you know eight bones are broken, you know there's a legacy of pain to pay for the next two months.
"And those bones can't be set, so you just have to sit there for the next six to eight weeks. But there wasn't a lot of taking it easy - she was up and running in no time." (source: ContactMusic)

20 September - Album tracks revealed! *official*
Speculation from excited Madonna fans has produced tons of rumors about the new album track listing. Fans, Madonna has heard you and now wants to share with you the line up for Confessions On A Dance Floor! The final version of the Confessions On A Dance Floor album tracks are available right here!

Confessions On A Dance Floor
Confessions On A Dancefloor albumcover 1) Hung Up
2) Get Together
3) Sorry
4) Future Lovers
5) I Love New York
6) Let It Will Be
7) Forbidden Love
8) Jump
9) How High
10) Isaac
11) Push
12) Like It Or Not
(source: Madonna.com)

20 September - LaChapelle collaboration called off due to 'artictic differences'?
Madonna and photographer/filmmaker David LaChapelle won't be teaming up on the video for her single Hung Up. The pair confirmed to us yesterday that "artistic differences" foiled the collaboration.
Just Wednesday, at an H&M/Interview party for his film "Romeo and Juliet," LaChapelle told us, "It's going to be major. It's just the hottest Madonna song."
Yesterday, his rep explained that LaChapelle "wanted to approach the video in a documentary style, like he did in 'Rize' [his movie about ghetto dancers]. Madonna didn't see it the same way.'"
Some claimed both talents turned diva. "Madonna had to control every little thing," said one tipster. "She wanted to be shot so she looked very young."
The 47-year-old goddess certainly looks youthful on the Steven Klein-shot cover of her new CD, Confessions On A Dance Floor.
But her rep, Liz Rosenberg, insists Madonna bears no grudge against LaChapelle: "She loves him and said she would work with him again in a minute."
Her Madgesty was in New York last weekend. Besides having doctors check out her riding injuries, she had dinner Sunday at Blue Hill with Christiane Amanpour. (source: New York Daily News)

20 September - Abba makes exception for Hung Up
Abba Madonna's new single Hung Up will feature a sample of Abba's Gimme Gimme Gimme.
The sample is a huge win for Madonna who becomes the first artist to be endorsed by Abba to use one of their works as a sample.
Benny and Bjorn from Abba have broken their strict "no sample" rule for this occasion.
Hung Up will be the first single from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor due on November 14. (source: Undercover)

19 September - Madonna shoots over to Paris for hubby's 'Revolver'
Madonna is to scoot over to Paris from her London home to accompany husband Guy Ritchie to the French premiere of his latest movie, "Revolver", the film's press people told AFP.
The US entertainer, who last week travelled to Canada for the movie's showing at the Toronto film festival despite recovering from an August horse-riding accident that left her with several broken bones, was making her appearance in Paris as a supportive spouse, not a sultry superstar singer, they stressed.
"We can confirm that Mrs Ritchie is expected. It's in that capacity she will attend the screening," one of the publicity employees said.
"Revolver", starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta, exhibits Guy Ritchie's trademark style mixing dark humour and gangster violence, though festival audiences have been cooler towards it than with his previous works such as "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". (source: AFP)

19 September - Ritchie keen to cast Madonna again
Director Guy Ritchie wants to cast his wife Madonna in another movie, despite being stung by their flop collaboration Swept Away.
The 2002 shipwreck movie performed so disastrously upon its release in America, it never made it to British cinema screens.
But Ritchie - back with new movie Revolver - is undeterred.
He says, "Never say never. I like making movies. If I had the scripts I'd just make five films in a row without a break at all. I could go on forever." (source: ContactMusic)

19 September - McCartney slams Madonna and Robbie
Sir Paul McCartney can't stand the music of Madonna and Robbie Williams, despite respecting the artists as nice people.
The former Beatle shared the stage with the Material Girl and ex-Take That hunk at the London Live 8 earlier this year (02 JUL 05).
After Williams' song Angels was named Best Song of the past 25 years at February's (05) Brit Awards, McCartney says, "I wasn't that convinced by Angels winning the best song of the last 25 years.
"I think for an ex-boy group person, he's done well. He makes pretty good records for his audience. But I'm not a Robbie fan."
Despite admitting he has met Madonna several times, McCartney's is far from enamoured with her music, saying, "I've met her and she's a pretty cool person, but her records have never really turned me on." (source: ContactMusic)

19 September - Madonna too old for Evita
Madonna's dreams of resurrecting her role as Eva Peron in a new stage version of Evita have been dashed by the show's creator Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The hugely successful British composer was delighted by Madonna's performance in the 1996 film adaptation of Evita - but he considers the Music singer to now be too old for the part.
Lord Lloyd-Webber says: "She's not right for the part. We are looking for people in their twenties for goodness sake."
This latest setback follows a string of bad fortune for the superstar singer, who recently broke several bones in a horse-riding accident on her 47th birthday. (source: Irish Examiner)

19 September - 2005 release still possible for Re-Invention Tour DVD? *rumour*
David Figueiredo reports in the MIR: "I was told that there is still a possibility that the [Re-Invention Tour DVD] will be out THIS YEAR in time for Christmas. Packaging it together with the doc as a 2-disc set is one option that's still being considered. The concert will NOT be available on DVD alone this year. It will either be with the doc, or not at all until next year. If it does come out in the set, then technically what Johan at ICON and Madonna's manager said still holds true... the RIT DVD will not be released this year as they said... the doc will be released with the concert as a bonus in a collector's set sort of thing... remember, PR is all a word-game...
Another option, which could be the reason for its delay if true, is to release it on the new Blu-Ray DVD format which is supposed to launch in 2006... if a deal is struck with this new format, the RIT DVD might be one of the lead big music releases to try to promote the format.
Blu-Ray was originally supposed to be ready and out for fourth quarter 2005, which ties in with madonna.com earlier in the year saying the concert would also be out in fourth quarter 2005. Since the format got pushed back, then perhaps so did the DVD?
To read about Blu-Ray you can go here."

19 September - Madonna featured on Mark Romanek's DVD
Madonna is featured in a special DVD series called "Directors Label" that includes 2 of her videos, Bedtime Stories and Rain. Those breathtaking shots of Madonna with the sunflower and the amazing water scenes of Rain were unforgettable. Check out the Directors Label Vol. 4 from director Mark Romanek and own a part of Madonna history! (source: Madonna.com
~ We're sure that the official site means the video of the song Bedtime Story and not (the album title) Bedtime Stories!

19 September - Vodafone customers first to get 'Hung Up' on Madonna
Madonna fans can express themselves big time on Monday with a sneak preview of her new single before it is globally released to radio on October 17th. It's a ringtone, it's only on Vodafone and only Vodafone customers can hear it first. Yes first!
Vodafone customers will be the first in New Zealand and among the first in the world to wrap their ears around the first single from Madonna's 13th album Confessions On A Dance Floor which is due for release in November.
The ringtone of the single - aptly titled Hung Up - will be available exclusively from Vodafone live! from Monday 19th September. It's the first time Warner Music in New Zealand has launched a single exclusively as a ringtone prior to its official release to radio.
"It is such a massive endorsement of mobile music that the world's must powerful female artist is launching her album in New Zealand with Vodafone," said Vodafone's Kieren Cooney. "This gives further evidence of mobiles becoming a prefered way of obtaining the very latest in music."
More than 100 Madonna singles are among the 300,000 full music tracks currently available on Vodafone's MusicStore. Full music tracks from Confessions On A Dance Floor will be added to the Madonna collection on Vodafone's MusicStore for fans to download, buy and listen to directly on their mobiles when the album is launched commercially.
"Customers are going crazy for Vodafone MusicStore because for the first time they can buy their favourite music whenever they want, wherever they are straight from Vodafone live! onto their mobile." Says Cooney, "The way people consume music has gone to another level."
"Thanks to our partnerships with big players in the music industry we have made some major ground in this space," said Kieren. "I can't think of any other place you can get all your music needs met - you can download your favourite songs, watch music videos, be ahead of the game on the latest music news and gossip, and kit your phone out with the best ringtones and backgrounds."
The increasing number of subscribers to the Vodafone Backstage Pass service - which delivers daily alerts with the latest offers, competitions and industry news - represents the growing number of people looking to their mobiles for their music needs.
"Mobile phones are an ideal channel to build the level of demand for a single across a large audience," said Head of Warner Music NZ Jerry Lloyd. "The Crazy Frog phenomenon is a perfect example of how a ringtone can work its way to number one spot on the charts."
Vodafone customers can download the ringtone by going to the Music and Tones section of Vodafone live! The 30 second long ringtone costs $3.50 and can be downloaded onto a mobile phone which can play 'realtone' ringtones.
Go to Vodafone live! or www.vodafone.co.nz for instructions on how to win two Motorola 3G mobiles which are up for grabs for Madonna fans. (source: PhoneContent)

18 September - Jump
*rumour*
Another day, another song title. DrownedMadonna has announced a song called 'Jump'. For a complete overview of all the rumoured song titles of Confessions On A Dance Floor, check our album page.

Confessions On A Dancefloor albumcover17 September - Albumcover revealed! *official*
Madonna wanted her fans to be the first to see the cover art for her new album, Confessions On A Dance Floor. Madonna collaborated with Steven Klein and Giovanni Bianco to create this dazzling album artwork. Confessions On A Dance Floor will be released on November 14 in international markets, November 15 domestically. (source: Madonna.com)

17 September - Madonna recycling a song title *rumour*
DrownedMadonna revealed another song title from the Confessions On A Dance Floor album tracklist: 'Forbidden Love'! Track no. 7 on the Bedtime Stories album has the same title. It is the first time that Madonna is using an old song title for a new song.

17 September - Latest scheduled dates for France
According to Warner France and Spotlight magazine, the latest Madonna schedules for France are:
- Hung Up will debut on radios on Monday, October 17th.
- The video will be sent to tv networks on Monday, October 24th.
- Confessions On A Dance Floor will be released on Monday, November 14th. (thanx to Madonnatribe)

17 September - Hung Up as the opening track *rumour*
Fansite Madonnatribe reports that Hung Up is going to be the opening track on the album Confessions On A Dance Floor, followed by the songs 'Get Together' and 'Sorry'. They also mention that a maxi-single of Hung Up for the US is in the works.

17 September - Hung Up ringtone on MTV.com
On MTV's Madonna profile, you can download a ringtone of Hung Up and also you can listen to a 18 second long clip of the song. It's the same as the first leaked clip, but the tempo is slower.

17 September - Stuart Price Q&A set for Billboard Dance Summit
Internationally renowned producer/remixer/DJ Stuart Price will sit for The Billboard Q&A Sept. 20 at the 2005 Billboard Dance Music Summit in New York.
Price -- who is also known by such monikers as Jacques Lu Cont, Les Rythmes Digitales, Zoot Woman and Man With Guitar, among others -- produced the majority of Madonna's upcoming album, Confessions On A Dance Floor (Warner Bros.) and was the musical director on her Re-Invention tour. He also produced two songs on New Order's "Waiting for the Siren's Call" (Reprise) and many of the tracks that make up newcomer Juliet's recently released debut "Random Order" (Virgin).
As a remixer, the Frenchman won a Grammy in February for his remix of No Doubt's version of Talk Talk's "It's My Life." He has also remixed cuts for Scissor Sisters, the Killers, the Music, the Faint and Britney Spears.
Set for Sept. 19-21 at New York's Union Square Ballroom, the 2005 Billboard Dance Music Summit will gather the genre's key players and artists for panel discussions and performances. For more information, visit the Billboard Events Web site. (source: Billboard)

New picture from Warner Japan16 September - New picture on Japanese Warner site
The official site of Warner Music Japan has a new picture of Madonna, which is probably from the Steven Klein photoshoot since the site describes it as "latest image from her new album".

16 September - Future Lovers *rumour*
Fansite DrownedMadonna claims to have yet another track title from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor; this time for a song named 'Future Lovers'. Please keep in mind that so far only the titles Hung Up and 'I Love New York' have been confirmed officially.

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