Madonna news - Jan. 2007


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15 January - Liz denies car chase gossip
Madonna was nearly chased off the road after her appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" last week and had to call the cops for help, according to an Internet gossip site.
Two vehicles reportedly were tailgating the M

aterial Mom's car, and the pop star's chauffeur tried to elude them by turning onto Fifth Ave.
The pursuing drivers then tried to ram Madonna's car, forcing her to call 911, gossip blogger Perez Hilton claimed on perezhilton.com.
The NYPD could not confirm the emergency call, and Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said she was unaware of the close call, which was reminiscent of Princess Diana's last moments.

Rosenberg did say the singer encountered "a danger situation" directly outside the Ed Sullivan Theater, where she had told Letterman about her controversial adoption of an African orphan and Britney Spears' pantyless photo op.
The crushing crowd of 500 fans that surged toward her on Broadway "was pretty scary," Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg would not confirm whether Madonna or her entourage called for a police escort last week or in the past.
"I don't comment on her security," she said. (source: NY Daily News)


15 January - ICON leaks tracks from DVD
Madonna's official fanclub ICON has leaked two unedited video performances from Madonna's upcoming CD/DVD set The Confessions Tour. One of them is Jump where the parkour dancers take over the stage after Madonna's now-famous "Thank you for coming to our little show!" speech. The other one is the energetic Ray Of Light where Madonna plays the electric guitar and urges fans to jump up and down with her. You can pre-order the DVD here.


13 January - Madonna in car chase ordeal
Pop superstar Madonna was forced to phone for police help after two cars allegedly tried to ram her off the road on New York City's Fifth Avenue. Thursday's (11JAN07) street scare saw the singer's driver call cops over fears their pursuers had evil designs on the star. A source tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "Madonna's driver noticed there were two big vehicles driving closely behind her and tried to ditch them by turning onto Fifth Avenue.

He was particularly concerned as Madonna has recently been sent some disturbing mail - which has been somewhat threatening to say the least. "But as he turned to go along Fifth Avenue, the two following cars tried to ram Madonna's car off the road and she was forced to dial 911. Eventually, after a high-speed chase, her driver managed to lose them and they reported it to the police in a lengthy phone call. "Madonna is carrying on as normal but she's stepped up security." (source: ContactMusic)


12 January - Madonna pokes fun at Britney's no-undies controversy
Madonna poked fun at former pal Britney Spears for partying without her underwear on TV in America last night, calling the daring trend "dreadful."
The pop superstar, who once bared all for her controversial "Sex" book, told late night TV host David Letterman she was shocked by stories of party girls hitting the town without their underwear, and urged the broadcaster to send Spears a pair of hers.

She said, "I've been hearing these stories (and) it's dreadful. I love underpants... I brought you a pair."
And when Letterman recalled the undies Madonna gave him as a gift many years ago, stating, "I still have them," the singer joked, "Maybe you could send them to Britney."
The "Material Girl" added, "I live in England and so I'm pretty cut off from a lot of these stories - I only hear stuff about the royal family.

"I've come to New York and the first thing I hear is about everyone not wearing underpants.. What's going on? It's freezing outside.
"It's a fashion trend... I hope the same thing doesn't happen for men." (source: WOAI)
~ During the interview, Letterman was showing a copy of Madonna's upcoming CD/DVD release The Confessions Tour which will be available as a digipack.


12 January - Madonna attends Arthur screening
Yesterday, Madonna attended a special screening of the animation movie Arthur and the Invisibles in New York (in most countries the movie is released with the title Arthur and the Minimoys). Madonna has lend her voice to the character of Princess Selenia. She is in the US promoting the movie, which opens there in theaters today.

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12 January - Madonna urges more people to adopt from Africa
Madonna has urged more people to adopt children from Africa, sidestepping comments by actress and fellow adoptive mother Angelina Jolie about only adopting from countries with clearly defined adoption laws.
Madonna, 48, who is in the legal processes of adopting a 1-year-old boy from Malawi, was accused by adoption groups last year of using her celebrity status to bypass laws about foreigners adopting from Malawi.

She has also faced criticism this week from Jolie, who has adopted children from Cambodia and Ethiopia as well as having a daughter with actor Brad Pitt. Jolie said in a magazine interview she would have steered clear of adopting from a country where there was no legal framework for adoption.

Madonna at Letterman But Madonna said she initiated the adoption, which she saw as "saving a life," despite the laws of adoption in Malawi being less than clear and little used.
She said only two countries in Africa - Ethiopia and Kenya - had clearly defined adoption rules with other African countries not used to dealing with such issues.
"We were basically creating the laws as we went," Madonna told TV host David Letterman on his CBS network "Late Show."

Madonna, who also has a 9-year-old daughter and 6six-year-old son, said she and her British film director husband, Guy Ritchie, had not expected the difficulties or controversy they had faced in the adoption.
"There's over a million orphans in Malawi, and in my opinion the laws need to change because these children need to be rescued," said Madonna.
Madonna said she was warned by a social worker that adopting a child from Malawi could be difficult. "She didn't say don't do it, but she just said expect challenges, and, boy, did we get them," said Madonna. (source: Reuters)


12 January - Liz denies tension with Jolie
Madonna's longtime representative Liz Rosenberg insists there is no tension between the pop star and Angelina Jolie because of comments the actress made about the singer to a French magazine.
Jolie was quoted in "Gala" magazine reportedly criticising Madonna's decision to adopt one-year-old David Banda from Malawi because there are no clear legal procedures.

Ironically, it was Jolie's boyfriend Brad Pitt who encouraged the Hung Up singer and husband Guy Ritchie to adopt when the two couples dined together last year.
But Rosenberg has hit out at reports of friction, telling American publication "Us Weekly", "I doubt Madonna is aware of Angelina's comments, and I don't think Angelina said anything bad.

"True, it might have been easier had Madonna adopted a child from another country, but Madonna doesn't shy away from things because they are difficult."
Jolie issued a statement on Monday, January 8, 2007, clarifying her statements to the magazine, saying, "The article included many falsehoods. I said many positive things that were omitted." (source: TeenHollywood)


11 January - US catalog sales update
Thanx to HolidayGuy @ MadonnaNation we got the yearly update of Madonna's catalog album sales in the USA.

Like A VirginThe first column represents the SoundScan total (1991-2006), the second is 2006's sales and the third is the percentage change from 2005.
Pre-SoundScan-Era Releases
Madonna: 419,960 (14,055) (+44.22%)
Like A Virgin: 533,845 (17,030) (+25.48%)
True Blue: 384,830 (8,720) (-7.84%)
Who's That Girl: 47,900 (1,745) (-)
You Can Dance: 257,595 (4,280) (-3.8%)
Like A Prayer: 557,725 (7,290) (+5.73%)
I'm Breathless: 233,395 (2,510 (-6.35%)
The Immaculate CollectionThe Immaculate Collection: 5.508 million (142,580) (-13.62%)

SoundScan-Era Releases
Erotica: 1.881 million (5,775) (+4.4%)
Bedtime Stories: 2.301 million (3,760) (-2.1%)
Something To Remember: 2.073 million (10,565) (-15.22%)
Evita: 1.995 million (3,160) (-13.66%)
Ray Of Light: 3.812 million (16,815) (+6.06%)
Music: 2.913 million (8,525) (-5.74%)

Ray Of LightGHV2: 1.356 million (26,295) (-10.28%)
American Life: 668,850 (6,425) (-35.1%)
Remixed & Revisited (EP): 123,780 (6,345) (-30.17%)
Confessions On A Dance Floor: 1.602 million
I'm Going To Tell You A Secret (CD+DVD): 73,745


11 January - Madonna defends O'Donnell in Trump flap
In her first-ever live TODAY interview, the pop princess discusses new motherhood, her new movie, and sticks up for her friend Rosie:
On this morning's TODAY, Madonna became the latest celebrity to weigh in on the Donald Trump-Rosie O'Donnell feud.

"People are giving Rosie a hard time. I wish they'd stop, I don't think it's fair" the singer told TODAY's Meredith Vieira in her first-ever live interview on the morning show. The pop star said she first heard about the flap while on vacation in the Indian Ocean and immediately sent O'Donnell an email. The two have been good friends since they starred in 1992's A League of Their Own.

Madonna @ NBC's Today"I don't know exactly the context of what she said," Madonna told Vieira Thursday morning. "I have to hear it from the horse's mouth. She's a standup comic. All standup comics talk about provocative things in their monologues before shows."

The pop icon's remarks came during a wide-ranging interview that was delayed because the international superstar was late (she blamed it on her hair). Showing up without a coat because she was told about last week's unseasonably warm weather in New York, Madonna spoke about the latest developments in her own life - including the child she adopted and a new movie.

Madonna was in New York promoting her latest project, providing the voice of the beautiful Princess Selenia in the new animated feature Arthur and the Invisibles. Later in the day she was scheduled to host special screenings of the movie at two city charter schools.

The 48-year-old singer didn't discuss the headline-grabbing controversy surrounding her planned adoption of David Banda, a one-year-old boy from the impoverished African nation of Malawi. She also steered clear of any reference to Angelina Jolie's remarks about the adoption in a French gossip magazine. A furious Jolie has since told People magazine that her remarks were twisted.
Early last year, Madonna founded "Raising Malawi," an orphan care initiative to help Malawi's estimated one million orphans.

In an interview with Vieira that aired on TODAY in November, Madonna said all the attention on David's adoption was actually a blessing. 'Now people know about Malawi. Now people know about the orphans there. And now David's home."
In today's interview, the singer said that family life with three kids is "amazing" and that her daughter Lourdes, 10, babysits for David. (She also has a son Rocco, 6, with husband Guy Ritchie.)

Madonna said she enjoyed her role of Arthur and the Invisibles, in which she co-stars along with the voices of Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, David Bowie, Mia Farrow, because it was a departure from fans' image of her.
"They perceive me as a queen, not a princess," Madonna joked. "And I don't normally fall in love with 10-year-olds."

The first animated feature by filmmaker Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita," "The Fifth Element") is about a boy who sets out to save his family home from real estate developers after his grandfather disappears. Arthur discovers that he must follow his grandfather's clues to a vast treasure, and unlock the gateway to a new world filled with mysterious little people whose help he must enlist.
Madonna's character is one of the tiny people who help Arthur. Madonna herself has penned critically acclaimed children's books, including The Adventures of Abdi, The English Roses, and Lotsa de Casha.

Of her role she said: "I play a princess, which is new for me. I just loved the idea of playing a character where I can create a fantasy world that has nothing to do with who I am, or what people associate with me."
At the start of the interview at 8:39 a.m. ET, Madonna waved at the crowd outside the TODAY studio and asked 'Why are they up so early?" She said she had so far avoided a live interview on TODAY because "I don't like getting up and talking to people this early." She said she agreed to come on the show at the behest of the film's producer.

"I saw my career flashing before my eyes when they said you weren't here," Vieira told Madonna, when the star hadn't arrived at the studio quite in time for the planned 8:35 a.m. spot.
"I'm always seeing my career flash before my eyes," Madonna said of her chronic lateness.

When asked about her friendship with Britney Spears, with whom she shared an infamous kiss at the 2003 [VMAs], Madonna said the two have drifted apart. "We shared a kiss and I never saw her again. That's how it goes in my life," the singer joked.
After the interview Madonna headed outside to the plaza to greet fans.
Madonna, who lives mainly in England, told Vieira that she misses New York City. 'I keep telling my husband I want to come back here and I want to live here," she said. (source: MSNBC; watch the interview here)


11 January - Madonna's "new sound" *rumour*
Madonna is to release a new album this year. The singer's producer Stuart Price has revealed the pair are currently working on a new record and has promised fans it will herald a "new sound" for Madonna.
Price - who masterminded her last LP Confessions On A Dance Floor which was both a critical and commercial success - has also revealed that the duo have enlisted the services of some of the biggest names in music.

He said: "We have been working with some of the top producers that are in fashion right now."
Although Price is refusing to divulge the names, rumours are rife that both Timbaland and Pharrell Williams could be among the collaborators.

Before the new album comes out Madonna, 48, will release a live album, 'The Confessions Tour Live From London', on January 29. A DVD of the recorded concert will also be available. (source: AskMen)


11 January - Madonna to host 'Invisibles' screening
Madonna is making an surprise trip to the United State to host a special screening of her upcoming family film by Luc Besson, Arthur and the Invisibles Thursday afternoon for students of two charter schools in New York City that are supported by Robin Hood, KIPP and Achievement First. Madonna co-stars in the larger-than-life, family adventure alongside Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, David Bowie, Mia Farrow, Freddie Highmore, Emilio Estevez and Snoop Dogg. Using a dazzling new combination of live-action and ground-breaking CGI technology, Arthur and the Invisibles hits theaters nationwide this Friday, January 12th.

From the creative mind of talented filmmaker Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita," "The Fifth Element") comes a larger-than-life, family adventure about a boy who, after his grandfather disappears, sets out to save his family home from emerging real estate developers. Arthur learns that he must follow his grandfather's ancient clues to a vast treasure - and unlock the passageway to a spectacular new world filled with mysterious little people, so tiny they are considered invisible, and enlist their help.

But once in the magical land, Arthur must join swords with a beautiful princess and a reckless army of defenders to save the land from the evil wizard. It seems like an impossible task, but as he discovers along the way, sometimes the smallest heroes can make the biggest difference. Arthur and the Invisibles was written and directed by Luc Besson and is based on the best selling children's book, "Arthur and the Minimoys." Arthur and the Invisibles is an MGM release of a Weinstein Company and Europacorp presentation of a Europacorp production in co-production with Avalanche Productions and Apipoulai Prod. (source: ElitesTV)


10 January - Warner press release of tour CD/DVD
Like A VirginMadonna's record breaking Confessions Tour filmed at London's Wembley Arena during her worldwide sold-out 25-City run in 2006 is scheduled to be released as a DVD/CD on sale January 30th, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Records.

The highest-grossing tour ever by a female artist, "The Confessions Tour - Live from London" DVD, first broadcast on NBC last November, includes songs that span the course of Madonna's extraordinary career. Like A Virgin, Hung Up, Erotica and Music are just a few of the hits that can be seen on the DVD and heard on the bonus CD included in the package as well as several songs from her Confessions On A Dance Floor CD which debuted at No. 1 in 29 countries. In addition, "The Confessions Tour" DVD includes bonus footage, which did not appear on the broadcast, including Madonna's early classic hit Lucky Star as well as the full unedited version of the controversial performance of Live To Tell. "The Confessions" DVD will have never before seen rehearsal footage and a unique photo gallery. The DVD was directed by Jonus Akerlund. The show was directed for the stage by Jamie King. Musical Director was Stuart Price.

Erotica"The pop spectacle of the year -- a politically charged combination of Cirque du Soleil, performance-art commentary and dance party explosion that more orless sums up everything she has been striving to say and show this decade... it's quite possibly the best production she's ever concocted," raved the Orange County Register in their review of Madonna's show.

Madonna is scheduled to appear on tomorrow's (January 11th) airing of "The Late Show with David Letterman," make a live appearance on the "Today" Show and "Live with Regis and Kelly" -- to promote the film, Arthur and The Invisibles -- and will also host a screening of the film in Tribecca.

"I want to turn the world into one big dance floor," claimed the Material Girl when The Confessions Tour began. Now, the singer, songwriter, video visionary, designer, producer, children's book author and artist, who has enthralled millions of fans all over the world and has sold 200 million plus CDs, is extending that commitment to the living rooms of the world. (source: Warner Bros. Records via Yahoo)


10 January - Madonna.com confirms upcoming interviews
Madonna has planned a visit with Meredith Vierra at the Today show on January 11th to discuss how she got animated for Arthur & The Invisibles! Madonna will sit down with Meredith in the studio for a live interview during the 8:30-9AM time slot. Check NBC.com for local listings. What's a trip to New York without visiting Regis? Make sure to tune into to Live with Regis & Kelly at 9AM January 11th on ABC to hear more about Princess Selenia's adventures in the land of the Minimoy's. (source: Madonna.com)


10 January - Madonna makes surprise visit to USA
Madonna is making an surprise trip to the United State to host a special screening of her upcoming family film by Luc Besson, Arthur and the Invisibles Thursday afternoon for students of two charter schools in New York City that are supported by Robin Hood, KIPP and Achievement First. Madonna co-stars in the larger-than-life, family adventure alongside Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, David Bowie, Mia Farrow, Freddie Highmore, Emilio Estevez and Snoop Dogg. Using a dazzling new combination of live-action and ground-breaking CGI technology, Arthur and the Invisibles hits theaters nationwide this Friday, January 12th. (source: The Weinstein Company via Yahoo)

~ Madonna is also slated to give an interview at Today's Show and Regis And Kelly on Thursday, 11th January.


10 January - Angelina feels misquoted
Actress Angelina Jolie has attempted to downplay comments she made to a French magazine regarding pop singer Madonna's controversial adoption.
People magazine said that the Hollywood actress, who has adopted two children from Cambodia and Ethiopia, claimed that her recent interview with Gala magazine contained many falsehoods where the "Vogue" singer was concerned.

"I said many positive things that were omitted," Jolie said. "I feel we must focus on the present and I encourage everyone to be supportive so that every child can adjust nicely to their new home."
While Madonna has received positive reports from the Malawian child welfare officer assigned to her adoption of 1-year-old David Banda, she has remained a target of adoption and human rights groups.

Jolie, who is no stranger to controversy due to her relationship with actor Brad Pitt, offered Madonna her sympathy and wished the singer's new child the best possible future, People said.
"I have been horrified by the attacks she's been subjected to," Jolie said. "All that should count is the happiness of her little David." (source: UPI)


09 January - Making of Confessions Tour in animation
Thanx to geit @ MadonnaNation, we've just discovered this interesting website, showing concepts of the special effects used on the Confessions Tour, in computer generated graphics. You can see the concepts of Madonna's arrival in Future Lovers, her saddle-riding during Like A Virgin and the infamous crucifixion segment of Live To Tell, both as a slideshow and as an animation.


09 January - New album, new sound? *rumour*
From x-staticboy1981, via DrownedMadonna:
"There was a brief comment from Stuart Price on the us television station E! in their weekly news segment. He stated that he is working with Madonna on a new record for the new year and that it is going to be quite a work of art, that they are building the sound on dance, R&B, and some rock 'n' roll, a totally new sound from their previous collaborations and that they were very excited to finish. He also said she has collaborated with some top producers that are in fashion right now."
~ Please note that there's no official info about an upcoming Madonna album this year yet.


09 January - Stefani modelled career after Madonna
Gwen Stefani insists there is no bad blood between her and Madonna and freely admits she has used the pop superstar as a role model throughout her career. The What You Waiting For singer admits the two have much in common, including Italian-American heritage and British husbands. She tells the US edition of Elle magazine, "It is weird that we have all of these similarities.

Madonna's had us over for dinner and stuff, and she's always been very nice to me." Stefani admits the Hung Up singer seemed less-than-impressed when she first mentioned she was recording a solo album featuring dance tunes. She adds, "I remember telling Madonna I was going to do an '80s dance record and she rolled her eyes, because I think when you've lived through it like she did, she's like, 'Whatever.' "But a lot of my influence came from her early work, like directly, like a Xerox." (source: ContactMusic)


08 January - Arthur loses spot for animated Oscar
The race for this year's Oscar for best animated feature film just got significantly tighter.
Although French filmmaker Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles, which opens nationally on Friday, had appeared on the list of 16 contenders that was released November 13, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has dropped the film from consideration.

Arthur and the Minimoys A mix of live-action and animation, the MGM/Weinstein release, in which a 10-year-old boy (played by Freddie Highmore) encounters tiny creatures called Minimoys, was deemed ineligible because the animated sequences didn't comprise at least 75 percent of the film's running time, which defines eligibility under the Academy's rules.

As a result, the list of films in contention has shrunk to 15. Under Academy rules, if there is a minimum of 16 eligible films, then it may nominate as many as five films. (The last time that occurred was in 2002.) But when the number dips below 16, the Academy may nominate a maximum of three films.

"I can confirm that that movie is ineligible for animated feature consideration. I believe it did not make the proportional requirement," Academy spokesman Leslie Unger said Sunday. "As a result, we will have a slate of three nominees in that category."

Remaining contenders include box office champs "Cars," "Ice Age: The Meltdown," "Happy Feet" and "Over the Hedge." Other eligible films include "The Ant Bully," "Barnyard," "Curious George," "Everyone's Hero," "Flushed Away," "Monster House," "Open Season," "Paprika," "Renaissance," "A Scanner Darkly" and "The Wild."
Word that Arthur had been eliminated first appeared late Friday on CartoonBrew.com. Nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards will be announced January 23. (source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter)


08 January - Jolie criticises Madonna for her Malawi adoption
Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood actress, has criticised Madonna for the way she adopted a 13-month-old child from Malawi.
She told the Paris-based magazine Gala that the singer should not have paid a visit to an impoverished African country last year with the sole intention of picking up David Banda. "Madonna knew the situation in Malawi, where he was born," said Jolie, 31, who has two children of her own from the Third World.

"It's a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption. Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law."
Asked if the Madonna episode would put her off adopting more children of her own, Jolie said: "I have been horrified by the attacks she's been subjected to. All that should count is the happiness of her little David."

Jolie also revealed that she wants her 41-year-old boyfriend Brad Pitt, the film actor, to become the legal father of her adopted children, Maddox, five, who is originally from Cambodia, and Zahara, 23 months, originally from Ethiopia. The couple also have a biological daughter called Shiloh, who is six months old. Jolie ruled out the possibility of marriage to Pitt. Referring to her failed marriages to the actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie said: "I've already done it. Two times and without success."
A spokesman for Madonna was unavailable for comment last night. (source: Daily Telegraph)


07 January - Malawi pleased with "loving mother" Madonna
Malawi's government is happy with the way pop diva Madonna is looking after a one-year-old Malawian boy after her plans to adopt the child last year caused a storm of controversy, an official said on Friday.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Adrina Mchiela told Reuters the government is satisfied so far at the way Madonna is looking after David Banda.

"We have been monitoring her and so far we see a loving mother in Madonna and David is very fine... the father should not be worried," Mchiela said.

Yohane Banda, David's father, this week said he wanted to talk to Madonna and find out how the child is doing.
Cyrus Jeke, the deputy director for Child Welfare in the Ministry, said a senior government official has been assigned to monitor how David is faring with Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, with the help of the British government.

Neither Mchiela nor Jeke would disclose whether the official had visited Madonna's London home, where David has been living since October.
Madonna signed interim adoption papers when she and her husband visited in October on what they said was a humanitarian mission to help Malawi orphans.
David Banda, whose mother had died, was living in an orphanage and his father -- who initially voiced some questions about the process -- later said he supported it.

Under the interim order, David Banda was to stay with Madonna for 18 months during which time his progress would be monitored by Malawian officials before deciding whether final approval may be given for him to remain with her family.

Yohane Banda complained early this week that he does not have access to the American singer and wants to find out how his son is doing. But Mchiela said he would have to wait.
"Banda will have a chance to see his child again after 18 months elapses because Madonna will have to come back to Malawi for the court to rule whether she can get full custody of the child. He need not worry," Mchiela said.
A Scottish well wisher last week gave Banda a check of 400 pounds ($775) sterling to help him get in touch with Madonna and get to talk to his child.

Madonna's adoption of the child grabbed world headlines and caused some rights groups in Malawi to question whether she had used her celebrity to bypass laws governing the adoption of Malawians by foreigners -- an argument denied by her lawyers.
The adoption controversy has helped to spotlight the plight of orphans in Malawi, where more than 900,000 children are orphaned and another 500,000 have lost at least one parent, many of them to the country's devastating HIV/ AIDS pandemic. (source: Reuters)


04 January - Oprah defends Madonna adoption
US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has leaped to the defence of pop superstar Madonna, insisting her adoption of a Malawian tot was an "amazing" act. Winfrey visited Africa herself earlier this week (01JAN07) to open a school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa and she can't understand why Madonna's charity to baby David Banda has received so much criticism in the press.

Speaking on British current affairs show Newsnight yesterday (03JAN07) Winfrey said, "I applaud Madonna. I think it's an amazing thing that she did, and it makes me sick that people criticise her, because there are millions of children in this world who will die because no one came to save them. "I think she deserves praise and applause and not to be criticised." Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie were granted interim adoption of David in October (06). (source: ContactMusic)


01 January - Best wishes!
The Mad-Eyes team wishes you all the best for 2007! Eventhough there's no new album or tour planned this year, we do hope 2007 will be filled with lots of Madonna madness!

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