If Madonna's new single Sorry is dominating the charts overseas then how come I haven't heard about it in the United States? It's not on the charts (except on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Radio Airplay lists), and it's not being played on the radio. The only place I find it playing is on MTV. How come U.S. radio stations are not playing it?
Sorry, the second single from Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, is indeed a huge hit across Europe. It debuted at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart where it is the diva's 12th titled to top the chart. That's more than any other female. Sorry also dominates the radio airwaves in Europe and is inescapable on music video channels.
So why hasn't Sorry exploded in America? Chalk it up to different tastes.
Right now, hip-hop and rhythmic songs dominate American radio. A big dance track like Sorry has an uphill battle. Couple that with the fact that some radio programmers may perceive Madonna as too old for their listeners, and you have two strikes against the song.
Don't write off Sorry just yet though. It's still gaining at radio, but just not at a very fast pace. Hung Up, the album's first single, was a moderate hit on the radio. But with its healthy digital and physical single sales, it climbed all the way to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Because of growing digital sales and radio play for Sorry, I expect it will debut on the Hot 100 this week. It may also see a spike next week once the Feb. 28 release of the CD maxi and 12" vinyl singles impact the chart.
One can take solace in the fact that Sorry recently reached No. 1 on MTV's daily viewer-voted countdown show "TRL."
Check out the three new Madonna posters at Fanfire, that were released in conjunction with the release of the Sorry single. One of them features the beautiful single cover, with the picture of Marcin Kokowski that was discovered by Madonna on this fansite [read here]. The two other posters has a picture from the photo shoot of Elle Magazine.
Sorry, the second single from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor debuts at #1 in the UK, earning her twelfth number one single in the country! This is the first time that more than one single from the same album tops the chart since 1986's mega-successful True Blue.
Now Madonna has 12 #1 singles in both the US and UK, unmatched by any other female artist. Congratulations Madonna! (Meanwhile, Hung Up spends its 16th week in the top 20 at #20, while the album stays still at #11.
Meanwhile, Sorry holds on to #1 in the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart for a 3rd week, and it rises to #6 in the Hot Dance / Club Play.
In the French charts it debuted at #66.
Madonna plans to hit the clubs for her upcoming summer tour, because according to her tour director, it wouldn't be the disco queen's kind of dance floor if it weren't a bit confessional too.
"A typical Madonna show is quite produced," said Jamie King, who has been the creative director for Madonna's last two tours.
"She likes things large, she likes things theatrical, but this time, being that [Confessions on a Dance Floor] is an intimate album, we want to try to make people have an intimate experience as well as a big produced theatrical experience. So look for us doing some small venues, some smaller venues."
"Originally, I had the idea that I wanted to do a little bit of everything," Madonna said. "Small places like Roseland [in New York] and the Wiltern [in Los Angeles] and then sports arenas, and then stadiums. Keeps me from getting bored."
To achieve the intimacy and stave off that boredom, Madonna will have to be able to get close to everyone, so the tour is also going to be more interactive. "I would like to put her as close to her people - her fans, her dancers, her fellow supporters - as possible," King said.
While that effect was achieved via the pit and the catwalk on her Reinvention Tour, don't expect Madonna to merely reinvent that tour and trot out all the hits. The set list has been confirmed, King said, and it's definitely Confessions-heavy, with "some familiar faces" popping up from the past two dance-themed videos, Hung Up and Sorry. That said, there will be a few yet-to-be-revealed fan favorites on the set list as well.
"Listen, I love old Madonna songs - I don't know one person who doesn't," King said. "But we want to focus mainly on this album. I think people love it and they want to hear it, so expect a lot of the songs from Confessions on a Dance Floor."
The tour will start in May in Los Angeles and continue through the summer and most of September, Madonna said, "and then the kids go back to school!" She plans to hit the U.S., Europe and Asia. Tour dates have yet to be announced, but rehearsals begin March 1.
Everyone knows that Madonna has beautiful skin! Lately our favorite fair skinned diva has been letting the public in on one of her beauty secrets! Madonna has become so fond of her Oxygen Treatments that she keeps an oxygen machine in each of her homes, she told Harpar's Bazaar Magazine. Madonna.com sat down with Madonna's personal Oxygen Treatment Facialist to find out more about this fountain of youth!
Madonna.com: What is an O2 Intraceutical Oxygen Treatment?
Michelle Peck: The 02 Intraceutical Treatment is what I give to Madonna when I give her what is commonly known as an oxygen facial. The treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, improves skin tone and provides an instant firming and lift by using hyperbaric technology to saturate the skin with oxygen and infuse a rejuvenating hyaluronic acid serum.
Madonna.com: How does a Intraceutical Oxygen Treatment work and what does it accomplish.
Michelle Peck: I begin each treatment with a product from our line called Atoxlene, it is our natural solution to fine lines, made of hexapeptides and amino acids, I infuse it into Madonna's skin using hyperbaric technology which is simply oxygen applied under pressure. I concentrate the treatment around the eyes, the nasal labial fold and between the eyebrows.
Then I move on to our infamous rejuvenating treatment which leaves the skin completely hydrated, plumped, glowing, tightened and lifted ready for the application of make-up. While Madonna takes exceptional care of her porcelain skin, I always recommend this treatment before & after air travel as it can be so dehydrating.
Madonna.com: How did you and the oxygen system come to work with Madonna?
Gina Brooke is Madonna's make-up artist and is known to use the best and most innovative products on the market. Gina discovered, after intensive research, O2 Intraceuticals is unlike any other oxygen skin treatment existing today. Gina believes taking care of one's skin is the foundation to beautiful make-up. Gina introduced me and the Hyperbaric Oxygen Technology to Madonna, who has been a devoted fan of the treatment ever since!
For more information on O2 Intraceuticals Oxygen Treatments go to www.intraceuticals.com
Madonna has shown that she still has it by beating off rock's young upstarts to the title of Sexiest Female.
Voters in the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 have crowned the Queen Of Pop as the most desirable woman in Rock'N'Roll.
The Subways' bassist Charlotte Cooper, The Long Blondes' frontwoman Kate Jackson, Be Your Own Pet's Jemima Pearl and Meg White were also nominated in the hotly contested category.
Madonna returns with her stunning new single Sorry on Warner Bros Records. The second track to be taken from her critically acclaimed, million-selling album Confessions On A Dance Floor, it follows the international Number 1 smash hit Hung Up and is undoubtedly one of the stand-out tracks from the LP.
Written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price, Sorry purrs addictively with its electric glow and powerful discotheque grip. Released on three formats, it will be available on 2-track CD, Maxi CD and DVD. The 2-track and Maxi CD feature exclusive remixes of the album track Let It Will Be which was recorded at her incredible live show at London's KOKO in November.
Confessions On A Dance Floor is one of the best-selling and celebrated LPs of the year. It has sold a stunning 1 million copies since its release in November, reaching Number 1 in twenty-nine countries and is already certified triple platinum.
Madonna is officially the most successful international female solo artist in the world, ever. Her global album sales have reached 200 million, while she has had 58 Top Ten UK hit singles including 11 Number 1s, 9 Number 1 albums and spent 2000 combined weeks on the UK charts.
In America she holds the record for 27 consecutive Top 20 entries by a female artist and 16 successive Top 5s, plus a dozen Number 1s - ten of which she wrote.
Madonna says she is devastated by an attack on the illustrator who drew pictures for her book.
The Hung Up singer employed Jeffrey Fulvimari to illustrate her book The English Roses. He was attacked outside a nightclub on Sunday, and suffered multiple skull fractures, including a broken eye socket.
Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told the New York Daily News: "She was very devastated at the news. It was shocking news. She's very fond of Jeffrey … and she will be reaching out to be him."
The BBC has been chastised by the UK media regulator for broadcasting profanity and offensive language from artists including Madonna, Green Day and Snoop Dogg during last summer's Live 8 concert.
Ofcom criticised the BBC's failure to use a standard delay to filter out offensive language during the event, which gathered more than a billion people in cities across the world to pressure rich nations to do more for the poor.
It said the broadcaster "should have anticipated an audience for this event which would include a significant number of children."
Madonna opened her performance with an expletive and a user of the BBC Web site later wrote in the Live 8 comments section: "I would have liked my 7-year-old to see a piece of history in the making, however I do not want her to think that swearing is the way to ending poverty."
The BBC told the regulator it regretted any offence caused to viewers, "particularly the stream of expletives and racist terms used by the act Snoop Dogg," one of the world's most famous rappers. The broadcaster noted that the event was billed as a live concert, and that any delay was forbidden under its contract with organisers.
Seems Madonna's fashion friends are helping her promote her new single. During a fashion show in Milan this past monday, where the Dolce&Gabbana's youth line fashion collection for the Autumn/Winter 2006/2007 were presented, a model wore a T-shirt with an image of Madonna (from the Sorry video).
The Madonna blog of madonnattitude (thx to MIR for the link) has assembled the following RUMOURED tour dates:
2-3: Los Angeles - "Dodger’s Stadium"
9-10: Chicago - "Soldier’s Field"
16-17: Boston - "Fenway Park"
22-23-25-27-29: New York - "Shea Stadium"
3-4-7: Detroit - "Ford Field"
22 Aug.: France: Paris - "Stade de France"
26 Sept.: Brazil: Rio De Janeiro - "Stade Maracana"
End Sept. (or early Oct.): Australia
These dates are far from being confirmed. Meanwhile, online ticket broker are Krystals Box Office mentions the following "pre-book" dates (= unconfirmed) for the Madonna tour (which conflict with the dates mentioned above - so don't book anything yet before we get an official confirmation!):
28th June 2006 (Provisional Date): Murrayfield
3rd July 2006 (Provisional Date): City of Manchester Stadium
6th July 2006 (Provisional Date): Wembley Stadium
19th July 2006 (Provisional Date): Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Exciting news are coming from France regarding a Madonna related project. According to several sources, Luc Besson's film Arthur and the Minimoys featuring Madonna as the speaking voice of Selena will have its world premiere at this year's Cannes film festival.
Luc is apparently working hard ont he film to have it ready for the 59th Festival de Cannes that will be held from May 17 to May 28.
In other "Arthur news", the first theatrical teaser will premiere before the end of this month in France.
The special effects are done by the French wizards at BUF Compagnie (who did the Love Profusion video).
It is not often you can claim that Madonna, queen of pop, has sat in the back of your van but for one south Wales businessman it has come true.
Shaun Woodford, who runs a customised car firm near Pontypridd, was asked to build a luxury van interior for the singer's latest video.
For £21,000, he transformed the back of "battered white van" into a "70s nightclub on wheels".
It is featured in Madonna's video for her new single Sorry.
Mr Woodford said that when the request first came through for the van to be transformed complete with pink neon lights, lilac shag pile carpets and mirror disco balls, he thought it was a joke.
"We weren't sure what to think at first!" he said. "And it was only when we got the go ahead, that we knew it was for Madonna's video."
Mr Woodford and staff at AB Styling Ltd had just a week to kit out the back of a "beat up old van with dents and bumps and with 200,000 miles on the clock" into a 70s nightclub.
"Everything we needed had to be ordered in and there was a couple of moments where I thought it was going to be touch and go, but we did manage it."
Mr Woodford delivered the van to the location of the video and spent the week on set.
"I saw Madonna passing loads of times but I didn't get to speak to her because she was surrounded by make up girls and body guards," said Mr Woodford.
And although he doesn't star in the video, Mr Woodford did drive the van in some of the shots.
"It was a brilliant experience and by far the biggest job we've ever done - you can't get bigger than Madonna," he added.
MTV are screening the makeover of the van in a programme on Sunday called Pimp My Ride, ahead of the single's release on Monday.
What the van features:
Lilac leather couches
Shag pile carpet
Fake dark purple snakeskin wallpaper
Mirror disco ball
Pink neon lights
Madonna has revealed she is fine after her recent hernia operation. The sexy singer, who was named Best International Female at Wednesday night's (15.02.06) Brit awards, had the ailment corrected at a Los Angeles hospital last week.
The 47-year-old is believed to have injured herself after contorting her body into a variety of unusual positions while practicing dance routines.
Madonna insists the surgery was a complete success and says she is now fit and ready to get on the road for her forthcoming world tour.
She said: "It hasn't hurt me at all I just decided to take care of it, because I'm about to go on tour again and, you know, I don't like having holes in stomach."
However, despite insisting she is fine, the pop diva's friends are reportedly worried she is taking her punishing exercise regime too far - and are convinced she is jeopardizing her health.
One pal told America's New York Post newspaper: "She looks way too thin. It's scary. Everyone around her is buzzing that she's working herself right into exhaustion."
Sir Elton John has reportedly offered Madonna and Guy Ritchie marriage advice - amid claims their relationship is on the rocks.
The pop legend fears the pair may split if they don't start to accept each other's busy careers.
Elton's partner, David Furnish, is quoted in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "Elton and I have spoken to Madonna plenty of times lately. She and Guy are close friends of ours.
"They both need to concentrate on their careers if they want their relationship to work. Elton and I completely understand. But if they neglect that, their relationship will inevitably disintegrate."
Film producer David added: "We're there for Madonna as friends. I absolutely admire her. We both do."
Madonna and Guy have been plagued by rumors they are on the verge of splitting, amid rumors the singer's "close working relationship" with music producer Stuart Price was putting a strain on her marriage to the "Snatch" director.
Speculation intensified after Madonna apparently snubbed Guy during her acceptance speech at the Brit Awards this week.
The pop queen scooped the accolade for Best International Female and thanked everyone but her husband while on stage.
Madonna has purchased oxygen machines for each one of her homes, to help her boost her energy levels and combat jet-lag. The singer originally bought the machines to give herself oxygen facials, which help her maintain a porcelain doll-like complexion.
After indulging in the facials for over a year, she discovered other uses for the machine. She explains, "You can also take the oxygen machine and inhale if you're feeling really tired or jet-lagged, which is one of the reasons I have them at home.
"You just lie down for 10 minutes and put it in your nose. They are really great."
Superstar Madonna has blasted London Mayor Ken Livingston for his plans to extend the vehicle congestion charge into her local area.
Drivers currently pay GBP8 a day to drive into central London, and from February 2007, the zone will extend west - covering Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie's residence in the capital.
Backstage at the Brit Awards following her win for International Female Solo Artist last week, a tipsy Madonna said, "I won an award and I'm a bit drunk on champagne.
"I'm p**sed off about the congestion charge. It's ridiculous. I live there and I gotta pay."
Madonna admits she is repeatedly fined for driving in the congestion charges, because she refuses to give her address and phone details when attempting to pay.
She fumes, "I can't pay cos they want my phone number. Why would I give my phone number? I may get a pay-as-you-go phone so they can't know where I live, especially for that purpose"
Madonna has laughed off speculation her marriage to Guy Ritchie is in trouble, but she insists she deserves a "pat on the back" for putting up with the director.
The Hung Up superstar set tongues wagging by refusing to wear her wedding ring at the Brit Awards in London this week.
And at last she has conceded their partnership is often less than blissful due to the strain of their busy careers and family life.
She says, "I must admit, I have to pat myself on the back.
"It's not easy to be married, to have a successful career, to have children, to be with someone who is as strong-willed and ambitious as I am.
"Guy's not a househusband and I'm not a typical wife. So you can imagine, we have our clashes.
"But I think we always keep our eye on the ball - that is our marriage - the union of us, the things that we create together, are bigger than the petty fights we have."
Pop queen Madonna has set up a limited company in the UK called Semtex Girls - but refuses to tell anyone what the nature of its business is. The singer uses the name to describe her three assistants.
She recently explained, "The Semtex Girl is a girl who is dynamic, a girl who explodes, who doesn't know the meaning of nine to five, a girl who is unstoppable and who doesn't take no for an answer. And has excellent taste. "Guys can be Semtex Girls too."
Belgian newspaper De Morgen interviewed Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and published it in their Magazine Deluxe on Feb. 18th. Here's a part where Bjorn talks about Madonna's Hung Up (translation by Mad-Eyes):
DM: At this moment, Madonna still has a hit with Hung Up, a song that's build on a Abba sample. I know this earns you a small fortune, but are you also satisfied with the result?
Bjorn: I think it's a great record, yes. Even though we weren't informed from the beginning. It was only when the song was finished that she contacted us and that one of her assistents flew to Stockholm to let us hear the result.
Madonna knew very well that we could have refused to give permission, but the result just was too good to get in the way. Besides we have a huge respect for Madonna. As for as I'm concerned, Hung Up was the best single of the past year."
Several countries already received the single on friday; fans in other territories [UK] can go out today and buy the new single Sorry. US fans can get their copy on the 28th.
"Madonna has let me into a secret" - Victoria Newton reports today on her "Bizarre" column on The Sun - "her world tour will kick off in L.A. on May 21st. She'll also play in Russia, for the first time, Czech Republic as well as Europe and the US."
Madonna's video for Sorry premiered on MTV's TRL today. Your mission now is to drive the video to the top of the countdown!
To do so, visit the following url and cast your vote: http://www.mtv.com/onair/trl
You can also call 1-800-342-5688. You can call and vote as many times as you want.
The Hung Up video spent several weeks and retired at number one. Go ahead and support Madonna by giving her new video the same treatment!
Don't just stand there, click or pick up the phone and VOTE!
"Madonna did actually sing on the original backing track of 'Bubble Universe'. It was intended for the Music album and was to be called 'Liquid Love' but was not usd on the album. It's Laurie Mayer and Rico Conning singing on the (slowed down) track now."
"I recorded a cover version of 'Like An Angel Passing Through My Room' with her in 2000. It was originally on the last Abba album 'The Visitors'. Our version has never been released."
~ You can preview William Orbit's new album (that contains 'Bubble Universe') on his official site.
Madonna attended tonights annual Brit Awards, the most prestigious awards in the British music industry, held at the Earls Court Arena in central London. Earlier it was announced that she would be attending but not performing because she had a minor surgery for hernia.
Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys presented her with the award for Best International Female Artist, fighting off competition by Björk, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott. She accepted the award, dressed in a bright red dress. Congratulations Madonna!
She was also nominated in the categories 'Best International Pop Act' and 'Best International Album' but lost out to respectively James Blunt and Green Day's 'American Idiot'.
Later on the show she presented ColdPlay with the award for Best British Album. (pictures courtesy of Reuters)
Pop queen Madonna was treated for a hernia last week, it was confirmed today. The news came as the 47-year-old mother of two was set to attend the biggest event in Britain's music calendar, The Brit Awards.
The singer is thought to have had what her spokeswoman described as "a minor operation" in the United States last week following her show stopping performance at the Grammys.
The spokeswoman said the star had fully recovered and was still attending The Brits, where she is not expected to perform but is in the running for best Pop Act, International Female Solo Artist and International Album.
The New York Post reported that the London-based star went from the Grammys to Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA last week.
Dudley Rogg, clinic director of the British Hernia Centre, said that having a hernia had no connection to age or physical activity.
He said: "A hernia is a mechanical breakdown of the tummy muscles. The abdominal wall is nature's corset. It is tough stuff but full of natural weaknesses like the perforation in a postage stamp. When you get a hernia one of these windows opens a little too wide and the corset effect is lost. The intestines come through and force their way through the wall."
He added: "Some are excruciatingly painful but most don't hurt at all. Unfortunately that's part of the problem, people don't tend to know it's happening. When you have a reoccurrence it's a much bigger operation and it increases the risk of a reoccurrence again.
It's just the luck of the draw. It's nothing to do with physical fitness. One in 10 of us will get it. It's the most common of surgical procedures. The truth is it's a design fault. We're all riddled with this natural weakness in the abdominal wall, it's just a matter of luck."
He said most hernia operations were under general anaesthetic and that in a few cases strangulated hernias could be life threatening.
Madonna is featured on the cover of US magazine Harpers Bazaar for the month of March. Cover and inside pages feature an amazing portfolio created by Solve Sundsbo.
Be sure to grab your own copy of it! Also, please note that Harpers Bazaar's subcribers are being mailed a different Madonna cover shot, as seen on the right.
In an interview with John Norris on MTV's TRL yesterday, Madonna talked about her tour plans and said that she was hoping to include Stadium, Arena, and Small Theater shows.
Two venues she mentioned were the Roseland Ballroom in New York City and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.
She added she's currently working on chances to begin the tour in May 2006 in Los Angeles, possibly at the Wiltern which only seats 2200 people. She also hopes to incorporate an exploding Disco Ball in the show. Source: MadonnaTribe)
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow thinks her pal Madonna has amazing boobs.
When asked by People magazine what she thought of Madonna's assets, pregnant star Gwyn said: "They are fantastic, by the way."
The blonde star, who has a daughter, Apple, with Coldplay star husband Chris Martin, also revealed she has a crush on Radiohead drummer Phil Selway.
Gwyneth, who was speaking on Los Angeles radio station 103.1 - said if she ever got a "free pass" to indulge a crush, "it would be with someone like Phil Selway, my musical hero".
She added: "I admire him so much."
Pop queen Madonna converted from Catholicism to the ancient mysticism of Kabbalah because she found the Christian religion too restrictive.
The Hung Up hitmaker - a devout follower of the mystical offshoot of Judaism - grew to resent Catholicism after having too many rules and regulations imposed upon her as a child by her family.
She says, "There's nothing consoling about being a Catholic. They're all just laws and prohibitions."
Madonna will follow the Rolling Stones' example when she tours the world this summer (06) - by mixing up dates between theatres, sports arenas and stadiums.
The pop superstar insists the ever-changing venues will stop her from getting "bored" on the road.
She explains, "Originally I had the idea that I wanted to do a little bit of everything - some small, some sports arenas and then stadiums."
The tour will kick off in Los Angeles in May (06). Full dates and venues are yet to be announced.
MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees "The 4th Annual TRL Awards" set to air on Saturday, February 25th at 12PM ET/PT. MTV's "TRL Awards" will recognize and honor the people that make TRL one of the most diverse and dynamic live shows today.
This year's edition will be the most star-studded show to date with some of today's hottest celebrities accepting and presenting awards, live performances by some of your favorite TRL artists and a few more surprises along the way.
Hosted by MTV VJs Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo and Susie Castillo the "TRL Awards" will celebrate some of the most exciting artists and moments.
The awards special will include appearances by Mariah Carey, Bono, Madonna, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Ashlee Simpson, Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba, Stephen Colletti from Laguna Beach and a special performance by Chris Brown, we also go exclusive in the studio with Christina Aguilera and talk to her about her new album and more.
This year's "TRL Awards" will present its most coveted awards to two of the biggest names in music. "The Lifetime Achievement Award" will be presented to Madonna who over the course of her career has impacted not only her fans, but other musicians.
By always reinventing herself, Madonna has stayed popular and relevant throughout her career. The massive success of her album, and her video Hung Up on the TRL countdown, shows her popularity with the MTV viewers. Past recipients of this award have been P Diddy and Eminem.
The "TRL Awards" will also acknowledge Bono, for his incredible humanitarian efforts, with the "Most Inspired Artist Award." This award was created for artists who transcend the world of music to make a profound impact on MTV's audience, as well as people around the globe.
By giving Bono this award, MTV will thank him for all of his amazing work, and give viewers yet another opportunity to become more involved with issues that truly matter.
Viewers can vote to determine the outcome of the "TRL Awards" on MTV.com starting February 13th through February 21st. In addition, fans can log onto MTV.com to watch select clips of the nominees, and other streaming videos leading up to the big February 25th show.
Viewers can also go to MTV.com to check out flipbooks of celebrities presenting and performing, red carpet flipbooks, backstage flipbooks and in the studio highlights as well as highlights from last year's show. MTV Overdrive the network's broadband channel will also take part in this special night by providing details on video playlists of hit singles from this year's nominees.
Viewers will have access to interviews, backstage and red carpet action. They can also get access to the winner's video playlists and several other video playlists from the night's winners; each playlist will include acceptance speeches. In addition fans can get up close with Christina Aguilera as she talks about her new album on MTV Overdrive. For more details, go to MTV.com.
"Madonna choses Sorry cover on Belgian site.
The new single of Madonna, Sorry, will once again be a smash hit. Did you know that the cover artwork has a Belgian touch? Here's how it is: a Polish fan, Marcin Kokowski made some magnificent pictures during a mini gig in London in November. Those pictures were put online on the Belgian website www.mad-eyes.net by webmaster Bart.
And then something incredible happened: "Bart and I got a mail from the official fanclub saying the management was interested in one of the pictures" says Marcin "I first thought it was a joke. But then I got invited by Angela Becker, Madonna's manager. She told me that Madonna found the picture great, because the facial expression was so good. The picture has been adapted though. Madonna's hair was made red instead of blond."
Madonna returns with her stunning new single Sorry on Warner Bros Records, released February 20th. The second track to be taken from her critically acclaimed, million-selling album Confessions On A Dance Floor 2019, it follows the international Number 1 smash hit Hung Up and is undoubtedly one of the stand-out tracks from the LP.
Written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price, Sorry purrs addictively with its electric glow and powerful discotheque grip. Released on three formats, it will be available on 2-track CD, Maxi CD and DVD. The 2-track and Maxi CD feature exclusive remixes of the album track Let It Will Be which was recorded at her incredible live show at London, KOKO in November.
Confessions On A Dance Floor is one of the best-selling and celebrated LPs of the year. Madonna is officially the most successful international female solo artist in the world, ever. Her global album sales have reached 200 million, while she has had 58 Top Ten UK hit singles including 11 Number 1s, 9 Number 1 albums and spent 2000 combined weeks on the UK charts.
In America she holds the record for 27 consecutive Top 20 entries by a female artist and 16 successive Top 5s, plus a dozen Number 1s - ten of which she wrote.
"(Sorry is) One of the best tracks on the album" - The Sun
Madonna is moving her family back to the US for five months.
The singer wants time to prepare for a world tour in the summer, and also hopes to escape rumours in the UK press that her marriage is in trouble.
"She feels like she is living in a goldfish bowl in Britain," a source told The People. "She thinks an extended break will do them all the world of good and take the heat off for a while."
The insider also insisted that Guy Ritchie will be accompanying the star to the Brit Awards on Wednesday, despite speculation that he was refusing to do so.
"Their marriage is strong and normal," the source explained. "They argue like mad but it doesn't mean anything. Madonna loves him and life here. There is no way she'd quit Britain for good."
The Gorillaz are on a roll, and we're not talking about bread. (Although, since they're animated, that would probably be possible too ... and hilarious. Not to mention delicious. Think about it: a Gorillaz sandwich. Mmm!)
No, it's more of a momentum thing, built upon their impressive Grammy-night doubleheader, which started when they took home the award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (for "Feel Good Inc.") during the untelevised early handouts and then rolled right into the actual Grammy broadcast, which they kicked off by performing alongside Madonna.
In a night full of big-budget, big-name performances, their collaboration with Madge - a mash of "Feel Good Inc." and her Hung Up (see "Road To The Grammys: The Story Behind Gorillaz's 'Feel Good Inc.' "), powered by 3-D holograms and an army of histrionic dancers - was easily one of the broadcast's most talked-about moments, and despite the whole thing looking quite choreographed, the Gorillaz insist it all came together at the last moment. In fact, they claim not to have known about Madonna's involvement until she appeared onstage.
"The whole thing was a shocker, wasn't it? I tell you, I don't scare easily but she gave me a real jump when I saw her suddenly appear like that. I was miles away!" bassist Murdoc told MTV News. "'But it was great. 'Feel Good' meets Hung Up - the 'Feel Up' mix - was a real clash of the titans."
"Madonna, like Gorillaz, has always been someone who likes to push boundaries, and has been open toward experimentation and not afraid of challenges or competition," guitarist Noodle added. "I feel that's why the collaboration between us worked so well."
All those hours spent working out do more than just make her look good.
As these eyewatering poses show, Madonna has developed amazing flexibility and strength as well.
The 47-year-old mother of two bends over backwards (and ties herself up in knots) to demonstrate her gymnastic skills in the video for her latest single, Sorry. She also shows off backflips and somersaults in her most physical performance for some time.
"Madonna was cutting the most incredible shape across the dance floor," said an onlooker.
"Some of her moves were gravity-defying, let alone age-defying. She was dancing solidly but didn't once look even remotely out of breath.
"She may be three years off her 50th birthday but she has the flexibility of a pre-pubescent gymnast."
In the four-minute video, Madonna is squeezed into a white leotard and matching tassled corset as she performs in a cage. With her hair in a 1970's-inspired flicked style and a pair of knee-high silver platform boots, she looks a disco diva of the highest order.
The singer, whose album Confessions on a Dance Floor has been a critical and commercial hit, is certainly going through a leotard phase at the moment.
On Wednesday night she opened the American Grammy awards in a skin-tight lilac all-in-one.
Pop icon Madonna desperately needs energy drink Red Bull to give her an added boost when she is preparing for a performance.
The Hung Up singer normally adheres to a strict macrobiotic diet that bans meat, eggs, dairy - and usually caffeine.
She says, "Sometimes I drink Red Bull. That's only when I'm desperate. That's only when I have jet lag and I have a show and I have to wake up and I need some serious artificial stimulation."
The star says she also relies heavily on coffee to keep her energy levels up but tries to keep her Red Bull intake to a minimum.
She adds, "I try not to do it very often, (but) desperate times call for desperate measures."
Madonna's performance was struck from Malaysia's television broadcast of the Grammy Awards because her skimpy outfit and steamy dance moves were too risque for audiences in the Muslim-majority nation, a network official has said.
The Grammys were broadcast on Thursday night on Malaysia's 8TV station, 12 hours after the show took place in the United States.
However, Malaysian fans were surprised when the show kicked off without the much-hyped opening act - Madonna and the cartoon-fronted rock group, Gorillaz.
"From our point of view, it wasn't suitable for our audiences," said an official at the programme content unit of 8TV, one of Malaysia's main private networks.
The rest of the telecast wasn't censored, but Madonna's barelegged leotard attire and sexy gyrations were "too much of a risk for us to take if we tried to show it," the official said.
In her Grammy performance of her recent hit, Hung Up, Madonna, 47, writhed on-stage with her background dancers, both male and female, to a throbbing disco beat.
Television shows and films screened in Malaysia must abide by a strict censorship code that forbids sex, graphic violence and provocative handling of topics such as race and religion.
The awards ceremony was a triumph for Irish rock band U2, who took five awards.
Poland's Roman Catholics expressed outrage after a magazine published a picture of the much revered icon of the Black Madonna with pop icon Madonna's face transposed onto it.
"We are shocked to see, yet again, the miraculous icon of the mother of God used in a profanatory way for advertising and business purposes," Paulinian monks at Jasna Gora monastery in the southern city of Czestochowa, who are custodians of the icon which Poles believe was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist.
Pop magazine Machina published a photograph of the sacred icon, with pop idol Madonna's face transposed over the face of the Virgin and one of the singer's children in the place of the baby Jesus, on the cover of the issue which hit the newsstands Thursday after a three-year publishing hiatus.
"The icon, along with the crucifix and the Bible, are key symbols of faith for all Christians," the monks said in a statement published on their website.
"Current events have shown us where abuse of religious images and symbols can lead," the statement said, referring indirectly to the wave of protests that have hit the Muslim world since the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in several European newspapers.
Ultra-Catholic daily newspaper Nasz Dziennik slammed Machina's cover photo as "another act of profanation of sacred symbols," and Poland's tolerancja.pl website has received scores of messages of protest.
Machina's publisher Piotr Metz said he was "surprised" by the outrage sparked by the magazine's cover and issued a statement saying the magazine had "not intended to offend anyone's religious feelings".
But, the statement stresses, some popstars "have achieved cult status and are often referred to as icons." Hence, the cover photo of popular culture's Madonna as the Black Madonna.
Pop star Madonna fears she started to "shrivel away" after her horse riding accident last year (05) - because she was left unable to exercise.
The singer broke nine bones in the fall, but she showed at the Grammy Awards on Wednesday night (08FEB06) that she's back in top form.
The Hung Up hitmaker explains, "I fell off a horse and broke nine bones. I broke my scapula, my collarbone, five ribs and my left knuckle.
"Then I didn't do anything (exercise) for a month. It was strange. I shrivelled away."
After allowing enough time to heal from her injuries, Madonna quickly got back in shape to promote her new album.
She adds, "I had to start all over again and invent a whole new workout."
During an appearance on the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show" that airs today (Feb. 9) in the United States, Madonna confirmed widely speculated plans for a 2006 tour. "You have a huge announcement that I'm so excited about," said DeGeneres, to which Madonna quipped, "No, I'm not pregnant."
"OK, I can't hide it anymore: I'm going on tour this summer," she continued. Beyond the time of year, specific details regarding the outing were not revealed during the show. A spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.
The appearance was taped in Los Angeles, where Madonna was on hand to open last night's (Feb. 8) Grammy Awards telecast with "virtual band" Gorillaz. DeGeneres also appeared on the show, introducing Paul McCartney's performance by saying he "needs no introduction" and walking off the stage.
Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad has printed the story of the Sorry single cover, which uses a picture of Madonnafan Marcin Kokowski, discovered on the Mad-Eyes website by Madonna's management. The full interview will appear in sunday's edition. Here's the translation of today's preview:
"On February 17th, Sorry, the successor of Hung Up, will be available in stores, featuring the Dutch sentence "Ik ben droevig". The video, in which Madonna ties on roller skates (hopefully she doesn't break any bones again), will premiere tonight at 18.30 on lifestyle program De Rode Loper (Eén). Starting tomorrow evening, the clip can be seen exclusively on TMF for an entire week.
There's a cool story about the cover of this new single. The picture wasn't taken by some expensive studio photographer, but by a Polish fan Marcin Kokowski. He took the photo on a mini concert in London. Thanks to the Belgian fansite www.mad-eyes.net it came under the attention of Madonna's management. "I know Marcin very well and could place the pictures on my website." says webmaster Bart. "A while later the Madonna camp contacted me to ask permission to use the picture for the single artwork!"
Warner Bros gives away 10 maxi singles. Send a postcard before wednesday to YO! - Sorry, postbox 3100, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden en tell us in a few lines what you're sorry about. We pick the winners from the most original stories."
Hung Up stays at #1 in the Hot Dance Singles Sales. COADF is down from #1 to #2 in the Top Electronic Albums, and drops from #40 to #60 in the Billboard 200. Sorry climbs from #2 to the top spot in the Hot Dance Airplay.
The huge drop in the album chart is alarming. While Madonna is on top of most European charts, she deserves to do much better in the US. It's up to the American fans to promote the new single Sorry by requesting the song and the video. This way the album will get more exposure as well! So contact your local radio station and request! request! request!!
Mad-Eyes visitor Günther has provided us with the following list:
Please vote every day and don't forget: every vote counts!
Madonna channeled Studio 54 and the Gorillaz a high-tech animation studio in a clever opening medley at the Grammy Awards.
Gorillaz, a studio concoction represented by cartoon videos, replicated the animation while "performing" their Grammy-nominated hit "Feel Good Inc." with the real-life De La Soul. Unlike the song itself, the effects were quite stunning, with the "singer" checking his cell phone during an instrumental break and stumbling as he attempted to sit on a stool.
The hulking "drummer" spun a drumstick on one finger like a propeller and even appeared to drift off to sleep before being jolted awake by Madonna's emergence on the stage.
With her flip hairdo, Madonna's Hung Up hearkened to the classic days of disco. She writhed onstage with her background dancers, male and female, as a gigantic mirror ball loomed in the background.
It was a fun, frivolous choice. And a special shout-out to Madonna's personal trainer, who had the bare-legged Madge, age 47, sculpted and toned to perfection.
~ Pictures courtesy of AP, Reuters & MTV
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres interviews singer Madonna during a taping of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' at the NBC studios in Burbank, California in this undated publicity photograph released February 8, 2006.
Madonna has just kicked off the 48th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The act started with the cartoon band The Gorillaz playing their hit Feel Good Inc. After an interlude by some rappers, Madonna appeared on stage with the crowd going wild.
She sang two lines of Hung Up on the melody of the Gorillaz song which gave a nice effect. Though many were hoping she'd continue this mixture, Hung Up started over again and this time in the already known act, very similar to the one at the Europe Music Awards in November 2005.
Only this time she had a different purple corset and had her hair longer and straightened out. The act, though great and energetic, might've been new for the Americans but fans were probably expecting something new. Maybe she should've performed Sorry after all...
These are the promo pictures used to promote the video for Sorry. (thx to Matt @ Madonnalicious)
Period Corsets is proud to announce that Madonna is performing at the 2006 Grammy Awards in a custom turn-of-the-century Lilly corset made by Period Corsets by Kaufman-Davis Studio. The show will air on CBS Wednesday, February 8th at 8 p.m. EST.
Period Corsets' craftsmanship is usually hidden, but this year Madonna is wearing Period Corsets fashions as outerwear. From the opera singer at the Metropolitan Opera to Madonna in her newest video, Period Corsets creates elegant garments for theatre, fashion and historic costumers.
Period Corsets is a Seattle-based company with a worldwide clientele. Owners Rebecca Kaufman and Susan Davis have worked across the country in highly-regarded professional costume shops since the 1980s. In 1997, they merged their knowledge of historical costume and costume technology to develop the distinctive period silhouettes that have come to define Period Corsets' acclaimed aesthetic.
Period Corsets provides the underlying foundation for costumes at university and regional theaters, in opera, film and television productions, and for individuals. Period Corsets' underpinnings have been worn by the character Alma Garret in the HBO series Deadwood, by actress Evan Rachel Wood in The Missing, and by cast members in the film Cold Mountain.
On the stage, Period Corsets' garments have featured prominently in the musical hit White Christmas, and in the opera Death in Venice at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York, among others.
The video for Sorry has premiered on certain European music channels; I just watched it on MCM Belgium at 7pm. Let me tell you, Madonna looks AMAZING in a splendid video!! Like reported before, this is a total follow-up of Hung Up.
We first see Madonna in close-up in front of the purple dotted background doing the spoken words (see yesterday's first picture on the left). She and two of the girls come out of the club they were dancing in at the end of the Hung Up video, wearing the same outfits.
The guys (Cloud and two other dancers) are after them. The fat lady from the metro scene comes around the corner in a white van and waves the girls over. When they open the slide door, you can see the interior is completely 'pimped'. They quickly get in and leave the guys behind.
Then they change into great disco outfits and they start pulling guys from the street into the van, making them dance for them. There are cute guys, but also a fat guy, a geek, a muscled guy, etc... basically the girls make fun of them and then kick them out again.
They arrive at another club where they hold another dance competition, not on a DDR machine as in Hung Up but now inide a cage. First the dancers compete against each other, then Madonna gives her best with some yoga moves. They move onto another club where they turn the dance floor into a rollerskate arena, giving away a cool group choreography. In the end they leave the club and all get back in the van.
The whole video is heavily dane inspired. It's like they continued where they left off in Hung Up and then take it a notch higher and heavier! Top job Madonna and Jamie!
Despite rumors that her marriage is on the rocks, Madonna's proud of herself for having a successful relationship with Guy Ritchie, she told Harper's Bazaar for the mag's March cover story. "I must admit, I have to pat myself on the back," she said.
"It's not easy to be married, to have a successful career, to have children, to be with someone who is as strong-willed and as ambitious as I am ... our marriage - the union of us, the things we create together - is bigger than the petty fights we have."
One of those petty fights is about where to spend their vacations - so now she's suggesting that they swap with a week each in their desired destinations. The art of compromise, she says, has made her a better person. "You become less impulsive, less reckless, less careless, less selfish," she said. "In those respects, I've changed a lot." ...
Madonna leads the nominees this year for MTV Australia's second Video Music Awards. The Material Mom's got five nods, including Best Female Artist and Album of the Year for Confessions on a Dance Floor. The video for Hung Up is a Video of the Year contender.
Kanye West will square off against Madonna and James Blunt for the Song of the Year award, and he'll also be vying for the Best Hip-Hop Video prize against 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and the Black Eyed Peas.
Madonna will appear on a special edition of MTV's show Pimp My Ride. Download the preview trailer at fansite Madonna-TV. It shows some great footage of Madonna on the set of the Sorry video. The show will be broadcast on February 19th at 9.30pm on MTV UK.
~ Also check out Madonna-TV for the ET preview of Harper's Bazaar, the German MTV trailer for the Sorry video premiere, and some great footage of the G.A.Y. gig in November (can you spot the Mad-Eyes webmaster in the queue? ;-)
08/02 - UK: Channel 4 will premiere the video at 11:05pm.
08/02 - US: Preview on "MTV News: All Up in the Grammys".
08/02 - France: NRJ12 will premiere the video at 7pm.
09/02 - Australia: Sneak peak of 30 seconds will air on TEN News.
09/02 - Online: AOL will premiere the full video online.
10/02 - Germany: MTV Germany, VIVA, VIVA Plus will air at 3:30pm.
11/02 - Australia: Video Hits will premiere the video on Sat & Sun.
11/02 - Asia: Various TV stations should start airing the video.
Other countries that aren't listed should have the premiere on either Friday or Saturday, as February 10 and 11 is the official airdate for most countries.
It is still unknown if the US will play the video in normal rotation tomorrow or the day after - it's not listed for a premiere on TRL for either Wednesday or Thursday, there's no TRL on Friday. x
~ MTV Asia has announced the premiere for the 9th at 3am Singapore time.
Fansite DrownedMadonna has posted the following spoiler on the Sorry video, which will premiere tomorrow.
The Sorry video - which features the Album Version - is a total extension of the Hung Up video. Later the same night, Madonna leaves the club, gets in van, changes clothes, picks up guys and dances around, goes to roller rink, and so on.
Same dancers, boombox, etc.
When Madonna leaves the club, she is in the Hung Up outfit, but they all change in the van and she puts on a white outfit. The purple outfit we already saw is for her solo dancing.
So there are 3 outfits: Hung Up, the white and the purple. Her hair is less wavy, more flat, like the Harpers Bazaar cover.
Madonna does some of the same Hung Up dance moves, but on roller skates. Her dance scene is very yoga-like, and it's in an enclosed cage, like thunderdome. Her best dancing in a long time.
The video ends with they getting back in the van, either to go home or on to their next destination.
There is one male dancer who is prominent, but he is not a lead. We think that they would look good together as one long video. The Sorry video flows that seemlessly. Finally, we can say that... we like it better than the Hung Up video.
Unconfirmed jaunt will focus on new material Madonna is planning a world tour starting this spring, sources say, and it may include several European stadiums. Madonna rep Liz Rosenberg says the singer won't make a definite decision until early March but adds, "It looks good."
According to Rosenberg, the tour would emphasize her latest album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, with a few hits thrown in -- and include dancers from David LaChapelle's crumping documentary, Rize.
"Her last tour was kind of a greatest-hits tour, and I don't think she would want to repeat all the songs," Rosenberg says of 2004's Re-Invention trek, which grossed $79.5 million and was the year's third-best-selling tour, according to Pollstar. "But there are a few off the list that she left out."
There better be plenty of distance between the dressing rooms of Madonna and Mariah Carey at tomorrow's Grammys.
We told you three weeks ago that Madonna would perform at the awards. We didn't know then how much she'd rankle Miss Carey.
Mariah, who is nominated for eight Grammys, "really wanted to open the show with her choir-backed rendition of 'We Belong Together,'" an insider tells us.
Unfortunately, Madonna also wanted to kick off the broadcast - or else she wasn't coming, she's said to have told Grammy producers.
Even though Madonna's smash Confessions on a Dance floor wasn't nominated for any Grammys, the producers gave in. They're said to be betting that her dance extravaganza, featuring the British group Gorillaz, will hook viewers early and hard.
"The producers noted that Madge is a five-time winner," reported a source.
But Carey, the comeback queen who has picked up only two Grammys to date, is reportedly vexed.
"The war between Madonna and Mariah has been going on for years," says a source. "Mariah was also steaming last summer when Madonna stole the show at Live 8."
Ellen takes her viewers inside the Grammy Awards with an all access backstage pass. For the first time, and Ellen has an exclusive interview with music icon Madonna.
Plus, a performance by Grammy Awards winner Nelly featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp. They perform the #1 hit, "Grillz". Make sure to check out Madonna on Ellen on Thursday February 9th.
Thanks to your votes, Madonna's video for Hung Up retired from MTV's TRL countdown at #1 today! This amazing video spent several weeks at #1 since its release and was still voted as TRL watchers' favourite today.
Keep in mind that Madonna's new video, Sorry, will most certainly enter the countdown very soon, so make sure to give it the success it deserves.
A limited edition double pink vinyl of Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor album will be released in the UK on March 6. This edition will feature all of the unmixed versions of the album's songs.
This will also be the first coloured vinyl record officially released by Warner Bros since the Don't Tell Me blue one, back in 2000.
The Queen of Pop has traded disco chic for middle-aged stylish, donning a simple and elegant red dress for the March cover of Harper's Bazaar.
A transformed Madonna 'fesses up to her expensive tastes in the spring edition of the fashion bible, even admitting that pop stars can be a difficult to handle. "What's the difference between a pop star and a terrorist?" the 47- year-old quips. "You can negotiate with a terrorist."
Madge, who posed in front of a background that matched her vivid red dress, also tells the magazine that when it comes to vacations, she and director husband Guy Ritchie often argue over how to spend their wads of cash.
"He loves the sea and fishing and being on a boat, outdoors, nature stuff," she says. "I'd rather go to India and check out all the temples or go to Bhutan. "We've had this discussion, and he's got to start doing more of the holidays like I do."
Madonna, who releases the second single, Sorry, from her Confessions on a Dance Floor album today, also says she is a big fan of expensive wine and champagne. "I love Bordeaux," she says. "I'm obsessed with drinking red wine."
We recently reported that the new single Sorry would get a DVD release. A reliable source has now informed us that the DVD that is about to be released in France only, will be for Hung Up, not Sorry. Further details aren't available yet.
Madonna's book publisher Callaway has announced the release of the sequel of The English Roses for the fall of 2006.
The latest additions to Madonna's story collection include:
Two-Disc Collection of Madonna reading her stories. Includes exclusive video footage, image gallery, and downloadable wallpaper.
Box set of all five stories for children (even grown-up ones).
Limited Collector's Edition available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.
The highly anticipated sequel to the international bestseller The English Roses arrives in stores fall 2006.
All titles available at penguinputnam.com or at your local bookseller.
Madonna has received 5 nominations at the 2006 Australian MTV Video Music Awards, which will be held at the Sydney Superdome on April 12th. She's up for the following awards:
According to an Adweek news report, Nike is giving the final touches to a huge print and broadcast campaign to run during the XX Olympic Winter Games 2006 taking place in Turin, Italy.
The song the company has chosen to drive the campaign is no other than Madonna's Jump from the Confessions On A Dance Floor album. Sources at Nike are quoted as "very excited about the deal with Madonna and will be cross-promoting her world tour later this year."
Several magazines and websites have premiered a picture, taken on the set of the Sorry video, which will premiere next week.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight has given a sneak preview of a new photo shoot that Madonna has done. Click on the images to enlarge.
The huge success of the first single from Madonna Confessions On A Dance Floor makes what is currently happening in the Italian airplay chart not completely unexpected, as Madonna is giving way to herself with Hung Up going down and Sorry going up quicker than a ray of light..
Italy: # 19 (down from #2)
Meanwhile, Sorry has risen to the UK airplay #1!! In the Billboard Club Play chart it has risen from #40 to #20.
The movie tells the story of Marieta, a transexual who dreams of having the last thing removed that separates her from becoming a real woman; the 20 centimeters between her legs.
One of the musical scenes of the movie features Marieta singing True Blue, while dreaming of marrying her dream guy.
Pop superstar Madonna has furiously denied reports her close relationship with producer Stuart Price is threatening her marriage to Guy Ritchie.
British newspaper The Daily Mirror, today claimed the Hung Up singer spends all her available time with the 28-year-old musician - despite work on their project album Confessions On A Dance floor having long finished.
A source tells the tabloid, "It's no secret that Madonna and Stuart have developed a special working relationship. They enjoy each other's company and respect each other. She confides in him and regards him as one of the most important people in her life."
But the 47-year-old singer's publicist Liz Rosenberg insists Madonna has only sisterly feelings towards her young colleague.
She says, "There's no strain in Madonna's marriage. Her relationship with Guy is good. They are happy.
"She treats him (Price) like a little brother. They have fun and talk a lot."
Hung Up is the opening track of the new compilation Brit Awards 2006. The dual disc album will be released on February 7 (US) / 13 (UK). Pre-order it here.
Madonna and Gorillaz – who both caused separate sensations at last November's MTV Europe Awards – will appear for an onstage duet at the Feb. 8 Grammys, the singer's rep tells PEOPLE.
"They are Grammy-nominated," Liz Rosenberg says of the virtual group comprised of four fictional animated band members: 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. "Madonna really likes them, and they like Madonna. They are going to do something together."
Rosenberg would not reveal the number to be performed, but said: "It's going to be stupendous. Another Madonna showstopper."
Gorillaz, conceived by Blur's Damon Albarn and drawn by Jamie Hewlett (the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl), scored four Grammy nods, including record of their year for their song "Feel Good Inc." They're up against Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and Kanye West's "Gold Digger."
As for what prompted Madonna to share the stage with, well, cartoon characters, Rosenberg says: "She likes them. She's promoting her album (Confessions on a Dance Floor). She's won a lot of Grammys. It seems like a wonderful opportunity for her."
Madonna and Gorillaz make their world debut performing together on one stage during the 48th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, The Recording Academy® announced today. In keeping with the tradition of creating exciting "GRAMMY moments," the GRAMMY-nominated Gorillaz will be joined onstage for the first time by worldwide megastar and five-time GRAMMY winner Madonna in an exclusive GRAMMY segment.
Gorillaz will appear in 3-D animated color for the first time on network television. They currently are nominated for Record Of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, and Best Short Form Music Video ("Feel Good Inc." featuring De La Soul) and Best Urban/Alternative Performance ("Dirty Harry" featuring Bootie Brown).
Newly announced presenters include current GRAMMY nominees pop vocalist Michael Buble (who also will be featured in a performance during the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast ceremony) and rapper/actor Common; as well as last year's GRAMMY host Queen Latifah, Academy Award®-nominated actor Matt Dillon and rapper/actor Ludacris.
The music industry's premier event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at www.grammy.yahoo.com.
Fansite MadonnaTribe adds: "Gorillaz with De La Soul will actually open the show with the song "Feel good inc" and right after them the Queen of Pop will do Hung Up. So it's not Madonna with The Gorillaz, it's the other way around but everything will look and sound amazing as both songs are mixed together. Madonna has been rehearsing this performance for the whole past two weeks with the "Gorillaz people" in London."
Madonna has spent the recent days filming her video for Sorry, which will premiere next month. Be prepared for an amazing state of the art video! In the meantime, don't forget to vote for Hung Up on MTV's TRL. Just click here and make it #1 again!
Sorry will be released as a maxi-single on February 20 in the UK and on February 28 in the U.S. It will feature remixes by Man with Guitar, The Pet Shop Boys, Green Velvet and Paul Oakenfold! Here is the full tracks-listing:
1. Sorry - Single Edit
2. Sorry - Man With Guitar Mix
3. Sorry - PSB Maxi-Mix
4. Sorry - Paul Oakenfold Remix
5. Sorry - Green Velvet Remix
A commercial 12'' vinyl single will also be released on February 28, while the remixes will be sent to clubs on February 14. It seems that Madonna fans won't feel sorry in February, right?!
The Sorry video is now scheduled to be shown on Channel 4 in the UK on 8th February. On the 9th February it will be exclusively available to view on the internet.
Then on 10th February it will be shown on all TV stations. Other countries will also have premieres on 8th February on selected TV stations.
The Queen of Pop, Madonna, gets the ultimate in star treatment as MTV pimps her ride! Led by inimitable DJ Tim Westwood, the MTV crew return for a one off special to honour the show's number one celebrity fan with the ride of her life, exclusively on MTV, Sunday February 19th at 9.30pm.
Once she's received the Pimp My Ride UK treatment, Madonna's brand new ride will be paraded in the video for her latest single Sorry, which comes fresh from her sensational album Confessions On A Dance Floor. She's been dubbed a human chameleon thanks to her numerous image revamps over the years, but which of her enigmatic styles will be the inspiration for her latest getaway accessory?
Having applied the finishing touches to Madonna's ride, Westwood and the whole crew will be back on MTV for a new series in April. Viewers have already contacted MTV in their tens of thousands hoping to be have their cars pimped.
Madonna is about to become the envy of the showbiz world thanks to Pimp Madonna's Ride. You've heard the rumours, now watch it happen for real in a totally unforgettable Pimp My Ride UK special 'Pimp Madonna's Ride' - a one off exclusive on Sunday 19th February at 9.30pm.
Tune into 'Pimp Madonna's Ride', Sunday 19th February at 9.30pm!
Users of the popular internet telephone service Skype will be able to hear ringtones taken from the Warner Music Group stable of artists including Madonna, the record label said yesterday.
In the first such tie-up with an internet telecoms player, Warner said the 74m registered users of Skype would get the option to have their incoming calls announced by a host of tunes.
"In the coming months, consumers will be able to download master ringtones from WMG artists including Madonna, Green Day, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, D4L, T.I., and many more to Skype's leading internet calling service," the company said.
Luxembourg-based Skype charges €1 (68p) for users to download a ringtone. Or they can use its traditional ringing alert for free.
Skype enables users to make telephone calls via the internet using a headset plugged into their computer.
Calls between Skype users are free while others carry a low rate. Skype was bought by online auction site Ebay for $4.1billion.
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