Madonna news - Jan. 2007


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31 January - iTunes offers two bonus live tracks
From Madonna.com newsletter:

Madonna's Confessions Tour on iTunes The most successful tour of 2006 is about to hit your living room! Madonna's Confessions Tour DVD/CD is now available in stores! If you didn't order your copy yet, just click here!
The full video version of the show and live tracks are now available from iTunes! Click here to download and to access 2 exclusive live songs [Get Together and Ray Of light] that are not included on the CD!

To celebrate the release of the Confessions Tour on dvd, AOL has just launched a devoted mini site which features video clips from the show (including Get Together, Like A Virgin, Jump, Lucky Star and Hung Up) as well as a photo gallery and much more! Click here to check it out [only for US fans]!
Want to launch your own online celebration? Visit Madonna.com for exclusive Confessions Tour branded banners, buddy icons and wallpapers!


30 January - CD/DVD press review: Battling the critics
After watching Madonna's The Confessions Tour-Live From London DVD, one can only assume that the human Madonna no longer exists. After all, it is almost impossible to believe that a 48-year-old woman can run, twist, turn, krump and flip with the energy of a 15 year old. Instead, we have some Android Madonna who looks built unnaturally like a man who has the face of a woman in her thirties. But even if Madonna is now an Android, watching her is still a thrill.

The Confessions Tour is the most successful tour ever by a female artist. Despite the high price of $350 for a majority of tickets, Madonna had no problem playing multiple dates in each city. Her ticket prices may be ridiculously overpriced, but make no mistake: Madonna works hard for the money and even if you weren't able to see the show in person, this DVD shows why she is still the most successful female entertainer in the world.

Forbidden Love From the moment she opens the show from inside a disco ball with Future Lovers to her jaw dropping performance of Hung Up at the end, Madonna can command an audience like none of her peers have been able to. Her voice may have a limited range, but Madonna sings with emotion, confidence, and poise. It's unfortunate that her voice has been auto tuned and reverbed past the point of reality on this DVD. At her actual concerts, Madonna's singing, although imperfect at points, is fine enough. When she sang Live to Tell in New York City last July, the audience was clearly moved by the emotion and effort in her voice. She still sounds effective on the DVD, but it's hard for the listener to appreciate the post manipulation of her voice.

Speaking of Live To Tell, there has been a lot of controversy about Madonna supposedly mocking Jesus Christ as she performs this song. Right wing Christians would have you believe that Madonna's performance of Live To Tell was a bigger travesty than the war in Iraq. However, this is not the case. While Madonna performs this song, posing as Jesus Christ on the cross, we see flashing numbers rise to 12,000,000. When Madonna gets down from the cross, we realize that this is the number of African children orphaned because of the Aids crisis. We then see quotes from the Bible, such as "For I was hungry and you gave me food." It really is an effective performance as Madonna pleads for us to stop ignoring this travesty. Then again, Madonna has pushed our buttons so much that's it's easy to see why some people take her message as a "publicity stunt" rather than a truly philanthropic statement.

Thankfully, The Confessions Tour-Live From London is filled with more fun than political messages. She plays a horse master during Future Lovers, Get Together and Like A Virgin. She plays an acrobatic, crazy chick during Sorry, Like It Or Not and Let It Will Be. She's surprisingly successful as "rock chick" when she effectively plays the guitar during I Love New York and Ray Of Light. She's most effective, however, as the dancing queen during Music, (where she effectively shows off her Saturday Night Fever moves), Erotica, La Isla Bonita, Lucky Star, and the finale, Hung Up.

The only time the concert slows down is during the performances of Drowned World and Paradise. She sings Drowned World beautifully, but the audience doesn't want her to sit down. She plays acoustic guitar during Paradise, but the audience, once again, doesn't appreciate Madonna as the reinvented coffee house singer.

Paradise (Not For Me) Madonna also invites a singer named Isaac with her on this tour. He actually sings on Madonna's recent record, so she probably thought having him sing on tour would have been a great thing - Wrong! Isaac appears as a sore thumb in an almost perfect concert. This is especially evident while Madonna sings a newly discofied La Isla Bonita. The audience is definitely with Madonna on the ride until, suddenly, Isaac's off-key voice appears at the end. While he may have been a great addition to Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor album, he's surely a disability (although a minor one) to her concert tour.

The Confessions Tour-Live From London definitely captures the excitement of seeing Madonna live, but at times, tries to over-capture the experience. During the most exciting performances, we see constant scene shifts from different camera angles, overexposure of the lighting, and a constant exaggeration of stage effects. At times, this all makes the viewer feel he/she is watching a cartoon.

Ultimately, Madonna becomes exhausting to watch - but not in a bad way. One may wonder why, at this point in her career, Madonna feels that she still needs to sweep her audience up like a hurricane and make them say "Wow!" over and over. Is Madonna celebrating her recent success, or trying to battle her critics?

In the past year, Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor broke chart records by becoming the first album to ever top 41 music charts throughout the world. Her single, "Hung Up" became her most successful international single ever, topping the charts in a record breaking 41 countries as well. Despite the political boycott from Clear Channel Radio in America, Hung Up still managed to become her 36th top 10 single in the United States, tying her with Elvis Presley. Perhaps this incredible exertion is Madonna's way of saying "Thank you!" to her audience.

I Love New York More likely, Madonna is battling her critics, who say she's "too old," "over with," "needs to retire," etc. The louder Madonna's critics become (and they have become pretty loud over the past few years), the more Madonna puts out. One hopes, however, that she doesn't develop extreme arthritis after this tour just for the purpose of proving her critics wrong. You would think that Madonna has proven herself enough after twenty five years.

The Confessions Tour-Live From London comes with a bonus CD of live performances from the concert. However, this CD is probably more useful as a Frisbee for your pet. After all, hearing the live (and over-enhanced) performances without the visuals does the music injustice. Instead, go somewhere with a large screen, pop The Confessions Tour-Live From London in your DVD player and feel yourself being taken in by an amazing performance. (source: Blogcritics)


30 January - Amsterdam not to try Madonna for blasphemy
Prosecutors in Amsterdam said they would not take action against the singer Madonna over charges of alleged blasphemy during a concert tour in which she underwent a mock crucifixion.
Young people belonging to the SGP, a small deeply conservative Protestant party, called for her to be prosecuted after she gave two concerts last September in Amsterdam during which she knelt and took off a crown of thorns while a crucifix was projected behind her.

"The pop singer Madonna will not be prosecuted for blasphemy and insulting faith," the Amsterdam prosecutor's office said.
The so-called crucifixion scene "can lend itself to different interpretations," the office said.

"The prosecutor's office believes that through her show, the singer on all the evidence tried to express her frustrations about certain situations in the world .. it is not a question of contempt for God.
"Furthermore, Madonna did not discredit Christians as a group."
The office said the plaintiffs could appeal. (source: AFP via Yahoo!)


30 January - Win entire Madonna collection
Belgian TV channel VT4 will broadcast the Confessions Tour again on Friday, February 2nd at midnight. They are holding a SMS contest, which gives Madonna's entire CD and DVD collection to the winner. To participate SMS the keyword 'LIVE' to 3231 (for Belgian mobile users).


30 January - Confessions Tour now out on CD/DVD
Madonna's successful 2006 Confessions Tour is now available for sale everywhere. The show, which was recorded in London's Wembley Arena, was released worldwide yesterday, and in North America today as a DVD package as well as a CD/DVD package. The latter includes a live CD with a selection of songs from the show. You can order the CD/DVD at Amazon.
Madonna.com has been promoting the release with several different intro's over the past few days; check them out below. Warner Music Belgium is also promoting with a promo projection on high buildings, which still runs tonight (5pm-10pm) on the Rogierplein in Brussels and the next 3 days near the Metropolis in Antwerp.

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26 January - Madonna says she's 'absolutely not' retiring
In recent months, Madonna has appeared in a world tour, released an album, voiced a role in a movie and begun the process of adopting an African child.

Madonna & Guy at the UK premiere of Arthur and the InvisiblesSo when asked by reports at the London premiere of her latest film, Arthur and the Invisibles, if she planned to retire anytime soon, she responded with a smile - and a resounding: "Absolutely not!"
But the singer, who voices a character in the animated Invisibles, showed that family is her top priority. Leaving 15-month old Malawian youngster David snoozing at home, Madonna, walked hand in hand with husband Guy Ritchie and kids Lourdes, 10, and Rocco, 6.

Madonna and Ritchie, who have shot down rumors of a rift in their marriage, got cozy together to pose for family pictures. Madonna, clad in a Dolce & Gabbana coat and knee-high Stella McCartney boots, also stopped to sign autographs for fans.
When asked by reporters what she had coming up next in her busy career, the multi-hyphenated star answered: "H&M," referring to her "M by Madonna" line with the global fashion chain, which launches in stores worldwide March 25.

Also on deck for the singer is the release of her special edition CD/DVD The Confessions Tour on Jan. 29. The DVD, filmed during her eight-night stint at London's Wembley Arena last year, includes the controversial crucifixion scene that excluded from the NBC special that aired last November. (source: People.com)


26 January - Madonna hints at new album
BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley revealed that at the Arthur and the Invisibles premiere last night they asked Madonna about her next album and she replied: "I have not started yet but I will soon. I fancy more dancing.", which seems to contradict earlier rumours about Madonna already working on a hiphop album.


26 January - CD/DVD press review: She works out hard for the money
She arrives by giant disco ball, which opens like a glittery spaceship. Out steps Madonna, done up as a horsewoman, to whip up excitement at London's Wembley Arena.

JumpShe earns the adulation in Madonna: The Confessions Tour. The DVD, which will be out Tuesday, serves as an important reminder. Madonna may make headlines for controversies, from adopting an African boy to hanging from a cross in the concert. She may keep reinventing her image to stay in the public eye.

Yet what matters most is that Madonna remains an electrifying entertainer, a determined singer and a tireless dancer.
NBC edited that Live To Tell segment, which Madonna performed on a cross, when the network aired this special in November. She could be seen wearing a crown of thorns as she issued a heartfelt plea to remember the 12 million African children made orphans by AIDS. The concert quotes the Bible to reinforce that plea.

NBC did her a favor, actually, because Live To Tell takes a splashy show in a jarring, serious direction. The DVD allows you to judge for yourself by giving you Madonna uncensored.
The special, shot with 15 cameras, provides an eye-popping record of two concerts from August. Madonna's razzle-dazzle showmanship echoes Cecil B. DeMille, Bob Fosse and even Steven Spielberg.

You want a light show? Madonna gives you one on Future Lovers, which opens the concert, and another on Ray Of Light. Her pride in her dancers comes through in the showcases Jump, Sorry and Hung Up, the rousing finale.
Fans should be dazzled by the mix of videos, lighting and dancing. Maybe she'll win a few new admirers.

In the end, this concert DVD buttresses her status as the hardest-working woman in show business. (source: Orlando Sentinel)


26 January - Family affair at Arthur UK premiere
It was almost a full family affair when Madonna arrived at the premiere of her new film.
The Queen of Pop was flanked by director husband Guy Ritchie and their two excited children, Lourdes, 10, and Rocco, six, at the event.
But little David Banda, whose adoption from Malawi caused controversy after Madonna was accused of using her international stature to speed up the process, stayed at home "sleeping".

Madonna & family at the UK premiere of Arthur and the Invisibles By bringing her film-maker husband on her arm to the UK premiere of Arthur And The Invisibles, the Material Girl scotched rumours of a marriage crisis.
Guy, 38, was happy to take a back seat and support the superstar as she walked down the green carpet to the clamour of her adoring fans.
Madonna, 48, whose most recent efforts in front of the camera have been panned by critics, voices the character of Princess Selenia in the new film.

She said: "It was great fun. I got to voice the character while sitting there in my tracksuit."
Asked what attracted her most to the character, pop's most powerful woman answered: "I like how tough she is and that she knows how to use a sword."
She said of the film: "I like the fact that the good guys win in the end."
Asked how 15-month-old David was, she replied: "He's wonderful thank you. He's sleeping."

Madonna, wrapped up from the cold in a Dolce & Gabbana black coat with bronze buttons and heels designed by her friend Stella McCartney, spent 20 minutes outside the Leicester Square cinema where fans waited to see her.
The star was recently reported have said that she wanted to adopt a sister for David.

Madonna & family at the UK premiere of Arthur and the Invisibles But soon after she brought David home from Africa she was criticised for leaving him so quickly to go to the gym. Vanessa Feltz, who also attended the premiere, criticised Madonna for not being with David when she was pictured going out on her own so soon after bringing him back from Africa, saying: "I wouldn't have left him for three minutes."

Teenage star Freddie Highmore, who plays Arthur in Arthur and The Invisibles, was also at the screening. The Charlie And The Chocolate Factory actor, who is just 14, said: "It was great fun working in Paris. I got to improve my French. "I like to say I'm a normal kid, but then if I say that people say it's not very normal to fly around the world to make films. I had a tutor on set and my homework gets sent out to me. Everyone's got to do it. My friends don't treat me any differently just because I have been in a few films." He added: "Everyone says Madonna is very nice, hopefully I'll get to meet her later."

The film is directed by Luc Besson, who joked: "Freddie is a genius, you are very lucky to have him and David Beckham. "But you don't have Beckham any more. You exchanged him for Madonna and you won, although she doesn't play football." He confirmed that he did not want to make any more films saying: "Ten films is enough. I've been in this business for 30 years. It's a long time." (source: Daily Mail)


26 January - New hiphop album with Pharrell Williams? *rumour*
Fansite MadonnaTribe posts following album rumour: "Madonna will be recording materials to include on a new album in the USA with Pharrell Williams, while rumoured producer Timbaland is not in the picture. From what we have been told Stuart Price will not be on board as a main producer for this album either, as Madonna really wants to make an American hip-hop album, that will put her in the American mainstream for a change. We have no doubt it's gonna be amazing, but in any case we have been told by our sources that it won't be happening any time soon this year."
~ Would you like a hiphop sound for the new album? Voice your opinion!


26 January - Confessions Tour in Canadian theatres
Warner Music Canada is proud to present an exciting promotion to launch Madonna's new release: The Confessions Tour. Warner Music Canada, in conjunction with Empire Theatres, will be providing exclusive showings of The Confessions Tour in theatres across Canada. Screenings to be held at Empire Theatres in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax on January 29th @ 7pm. Passes will be made available through radio contests. The radio partners for each city are: Toronto - Z103; Vancouver - Z95; Calgary - Vibe 98.5; Ottawa - Hot 89.9; Halifax - C100.

There will be 10 prize pack's given away at each screening containing a limited edition numbered poster, a copy of The Confessions Tour and 2 free movie passes. Each attendee will also receive a free poster. The passes will have a barcode on the back. If this pass is taken to an HMV the next day (release day), it will give the attendee a discount on the CD/DVD.

The theatre locations in each city are:
- Empire 7 Cinemas, Ottawa
- Empire Studio 16 Country Hills, Calgary Empire Studio 10 Square One, Mississauga
- Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, Vancouver Empire 8 Parklane, Halifax
For info on Empire Theatres, please visit: www.empiretheatres.com
(source David Figueiredo @ MIR)


25 January - Amazon.com reviews Confessions Tour CD/DVD
Amazon.com has posted a nice review of the upcoming CD/DVD release that chronicles the Confessions Tour:

The Confessions Tour CD/DVDThe world can't get enough of Madonna, and with CD/DVD sets like The Confessions Tour dropping regularly, it's little wonder why. As a thrower of fantasy dance parties, she is peerless. As a physical role model for the 40-ish women who grew up on her music, she rules. And as an arbiter of what's going to sound shockingly original in any given decade - well, duh. The Confessions Tour rounds up songs from way back - Ray Of Light and La Isla Bonita make the DVD, and Lucky Star and Like A Virgin are on the CD as well as the DVD - but this concert, filmed in 2006 at London's Wembley Arena, aims its sturdiest spotlight on Confessions On A Dance Floor, Madge's 2005 disco disc.

You could argue, then, that unless you're in it for the sheer DVD spectacle (and what a spectacle it is), there's no sense in owning this package. Only you wouldn't be right. Because as any on-the-ball Madonna fan knows, what she's doing musically is telling a story - you may already know the characters, but that doesn't mean she hasn't completely reworked the plot. To that end, I Love New York gets its rock on, Let It Will Be has a musical temper tantrum, and Hung Up goes for the drama queen award. You've heard these songs before, but you've never heard them quite like this, to borrow a bad informercial phrase. As twisted and hopped-up as they've become, they're all worth getting to know again. ~ Tammy La Gorce


25 January - Liam Neeson denies criticising Madonna
Irish actor Liam Neeson denied he ever meant to criticise Madonna's adoption of an African boy, and threatened to sue gossip websites over the reports.
Neeson was responding to a range of internet-based reports of his January 11 comments in Dublin about whether he had ever considered trying to adopt an African child.

During an appearance as an ambassador for global children's charity UNICEF, Neeson said he had considered the possibility when he visited Mozambique in 2005 and suggested that his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, was more open to the option.
"I'm always arguing with my wife about it," Neeson was quoted as saying January 11.

"It was something I considered when I was there but ... to be honest with you, I have a lot of issues with it. With taking a child away from its parents if they were alive, its culture, its country."
Several gossip websites reported the comments beneath headlines and lead paragraphs that said Neeson had criticised Madonna, who adopted a one-year-old Malawian boy last year in disputed circumstances.

"In response to totally unfounded allegations recently published on the internet that I had criticised Madonna's decision to adopt an African child, I wish to make it absolutely clear that I have not at any stage sought to criticise or pass judgment on Madonna's decision," Neeson said in a statement supplied by his Belfast lawyer to The Associated Press.
"Indeed I did not even mention her name, and most certainly was not intending to refer to her, during the course of the interview which has been so blatantly distorted," Neeson said.

The Northern Ireland actor, whose starring credits include Schindler's List, Rob Roy and Michael Collins, said he was "bewildered and disturbed" that the Madonna claims had overshadowed his intention to publicise UNICEF's Change for Good fundraising campaign.
His lawyer, Paul Tweed, said he was sending letters to several internet-based news sites "seeking a full and categoric correction and apology."
Neeson and Richardson, who live near New York City, have two boys aged 10 and 11.

Madonna, 48, and her husband, movie director Guy Ritchie, 38, last year adopted David Banda and took the 1-year-old to their home in London even though the boy's father was still alive. Yohane Banda had surrendered his son to an orphanage after his wife died. (source: AAP via Yahoo)


24 January - Warner promoting upcoming CD/DVD release
Madonna.com intro pageWarner has been promoting the release actively, they officially made available the Jump performance from the DVD which can be watched on YouTube. It is rumoured that some European countries will have Future Lovers/I Feel Love & Music Inferno played on radio stations. Also, Madonna.com is holding a countdown for it with the intro page changing every day, plus they also posted a commercial.

The CD/DVD is going to be released worldwide on January 29th (30th for USA and 26th for selected countries, like Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy).
You can pre-order The Confessions Tour CD/DVD here.


22 January - What's the next re-invention for Madonna?
Her Madge releases a live album, The Confessions Tour, on January 29. Where to next for the queen of controversy and reinvention? It’s anyone’s guess. As this top 10 demonstrates, she has covered a lot of bases, but key principles remain at the core of her work: attitude, danceability, savvy, elusiveness - and tunes to die for.

1 Cherish Quite simply one of the greatest pop songs ever. “Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way, I bet”, indeed.

2 Papa Don't Preach Her best vocal, and the most musically rewarding of her early songs.

3 Material Girl The defining anthem of the greed-is-good decade?

4 Vogue Did anyone ever master the dance steps? Maybe not, but we sang along all the same.

5 Into The Groove The moment when, with the Desperately Seeking Susan tie-in, she went stratospheric.

6 Like A Prayer The video was condemned as blasphemous, overshadowing this hair-raisingly good song.

7 Ray Of Light Always at her best when written off, Madonna discovered rave here, and blazed back into contention.

8 Borderline Impossibly addictive 1980s electro, back when she pretty much owned the genre.

9 Music A return to her dancefloor roots - reductive, in your face, unmistakable.

10 Like A Virgin A helium-voiced come-on, touching the world for the very first time. (source: The Times)


20 January - Confessions Live CD leaks, no Live To Tell
The Confessions Tour DVD sleeveOne week before the official release, the live CD of The Confessions Tour has leaked online. While the Mad-Eyes team hoped that track no. 4 of The Confessions Tour Live CD would also include Live To Tell, which was named by Madonna's own 'confession', unfortunately we have to report readers that the track only includes the dancers' confessions and after Hypnosis' it cuts to Isaac. The amazing one-two punch of Live To Tell & Forbidden Love is only available on the DVD itself...

The Confessions Tour CD/DVD will be available in stores on the following dates:
- January 26th (Benelux + Italy)
- January 29th (Worldwide)
- January 30th (USA + Canada)
The DVD sleeve has been posted by fansite Madonna.nl - click on the image on the right to enlarge.
You can pre-order the CD/DVD here.


19 January - Madonna's 'cross' words
Of the 6,504 votes tallied in our last poll ("How do you feel about Madonna's "cross segment" of her live show, an overwhelming 53% thought it was "affecting and real."
"Loved it! A large part of the public will forever hold Madonna in contempt and no matter what she does they will always find fault with her," says Britton T. " In fact, it was very well presented and almost self explanatory," says S. Freire. "The performance inspired me to want to be a betterhuman being, and even as a Catholic, I found that it was not the least bit offensive," related Ryan D.

Live To TellEleven percent of you thought the segment had good intentions, but was a little off the mark. "After watching the show on HBO, I must confess I was moved by this number (Live To Tell) and thought the message was a positive one, and it was very clear. Having said that, I personally would not choose this way to get the message across, simply because I feel that impersonating Jesus in pop concert is going a little too far," said LC.

Folks, like Matt B., fell in 14% of the camp: No one can tell you what to think if you didn't even see it. "People need to stop worrying about what other people do... I hate Madonna, but I don't give a rats a** what the hell she does as long as it doesn't affect me and I don't have to be a witness."
Madonna pulls acts like these to stay in the headlines? That's what 13% of you thought.

Nearly 10% of you were offended by her bit, some for religious reasons. "It would be nice to think that Madonna has finally become a sincere 'peace maker' with the use of the greatest symbol of the Christian religion... but based on her [history] and portrayal of Christianity, I have serious doubts," says JNC. "To quote [Madonna]: 'I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today' He is alive, my dear, and he's coming back. You can ask Him face to face what He thinks of the foolish mockery," steamed Sandy T.

But of our favorite response came from Brian H. of Grand Rapids, Mich.: "At this point, it really shouldn’t matter what this lady does. If I’m paying $300+ on tickets for the show, she better be on a damn cross! Either that, or singing to me on my lap." Touche. (source: Billboard)


18 January - Confessions On A Dance Floor gets certified in the UK
Madonna's 11th studio album Confessions On A Dance Floor gets its long-overdue BPI certification in the UK. With sales passing over 1,2 million copies it is certified 4 times platinum (Platinum = 300,000).

Confessions On A Dance FloorHere's a list of Madonna's UK album certifications in order (thanx to thebigham @ MadonnaNation):
The Immaculate Collection 12xP (January 2003)
True Blue 7xP (Mar 1992)
Ray Of Light 6xP (January 2003)
Music 5xP (June 2001)
Confessions On A Dance Floor 4xP (January 2007)
Like A Prayer 4xP (February 1995)
Like A Virgin 3xP (November 1985) [possibly 6xP]
Something To Remember 3xP (April 1997)
GHV2 2xP (November 2002)
Erotica 2xP (June 1993)
Evita 2xP (March 1997)
The First Album 1xP (December 1985) [possibly 3xp]
You Can Dance 1xP (November 1987)
Who's That Girl 1xP (December 1987)
I'm Breathless 1xP (July 1990)
Bedtime Stories 1xP (December 1994)
American Life 1xP (August 2003)


18 January - Madonna among 20 richest women in entertainment
1. Oprah Winfrey
2. J.K. Rowling
3. Martha Stewart
Madonna is 4th richest woman in entertainment 4. Madonna
5. Celine Dion
6. Mariah Carey
7. Janet Jackson
8. Julia Roberts
9. Jennifer Lopez
10. Jennifer Aniston
11. The Olsen Twins
12. Britney Spears
13. Judge Judy
14. Sandra Bullock
15. Cameron Diaz
16. Gisele Bundchen
17. Ellen DeGeneres
18. Nicole Kidman
19. Christina Aguilera
20. Renee Zellweger

These days, just about any lip-smacking starlet can land a cable reality show or become YouTube's flavor of the week. But fame's 15 fleeting minutes can elapse quicker than it takes to refresh a Web page. Only a bona fide superstar can parlay a moment's stardom into a long and lucrative career. And even that's not enough to land a coveted spot on our first-ever listing of the 20 Richest Women in Entertainment. For that, you'd need a minimum net worth of $45 million.

To compile the list, we scoured the music, television, film and publishing industries to determine which female celebrities have, over the course of their careers, amassed the greatest fortunes in entertainment. We ruled out non-working celebs who essentially live off royalties (Barbra Streisand, for example), and we also excluded "old Hollywood" types like Elizabeth Taylor. The list is entirely confined to today's active megastars.
Of course, the celebrities with the longest careers proved the most daunting to evaluate. Since beginning her career in the early 1980s, Madonna has sold some 200 million albums worldwide and starred in a string of largely disappointing films. She owns an impressive portfolio of properties and briefly ran her own record label, Maverick, a part of Warner Music Group. Our estimate of her net worth--$325 million--is definitely on the conservative side. (read the rest of the article @ Forbes.com)


16 January - Belgian promotion of The Confessions Tour CD/DVD
Get TogetherBelgian Television will air the Confessions Tour again on February 2nd at midnight on VT4.
Also Warner Belgium, VT4 and Free Record Shop will promote the DVD by projecting a 4 minute short movie of the show on big buildings in Antwerp and Brussels:

Brussels-Rogierplein (Crowne Plaza Hotel): January 25,26,27, 30 from 5PM till 10 PM
Antwerp-Noorderlaan (Close to Metropolis): January 31 and February 1 and 2nd from 5MP till 10 PM
Warner Belgium has also announced that the CD/DVD version of The Confessions Tour will also be digitally available and it will contain two bonus tracks: Get Together and Ray Of Light. These songs will not be listed on the CD available in the stores. (thanx to Evy @ MadonnaNed)


16 January - Madonna and Leon remain friends
Pop star Madonna and former boyfriend Carlos Leon didn't last long as a romantic couple, but still remain great friends as they raise their ten-year-old daughter Lourdes together. The Hung Up singer was in New York City last week (ends15JAN07) promoting her new film Arthur And The Invisibles and caught up with her former flame.

The pair had dinner Thursday night (11JAN07) at Nobu 57 and were careful to arrive and leave the restaurant separately. A witness tells PageSix.com, the two held hands and seemed "very flirty, very friendly, they were having a wonderful time." Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg adds, "They set a good example for other couples who have kids. It's lovely they get along and remain friends." (source: ContactMusic)


16 January - Madonna's nanny trouble
Madonna is struggling to hire a nanny to help her care for her adopted son David Banda.
The 'Hung Up' singer - who adopted the 15-month-old Malawian boy in October - has been interviewing candidates since Christmas but cannot find a nanny who will adhere to her strict rules which includes no television and no visitors.

A source told Britain's Mail On Sunday newspaper: "Madonna has been interviewing people and has used her friends Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow, who both have children, to help her find a suitable employee. But she hasn't been able to find anyone.
"She is panicking a bit as she has yet to find someone who is prepared to adhere to her strict lifestyle.
"Madonna doesn't believe in television. Whoever gets the job has also been warned they will be working flat out for the first three months and won't be allowed any visitors."

The 48-year-old singer - who splits her time between London and Los Angeles - already has a host of minders to help her look after her daughter, ten-year-old Lourdes, and son Rocco, six.
The job is said to be well paid but the nanny will be expected to live in a single room of Madonna's London townhouse, and, as her children aren't allowed to watch TV, they will not be allowed to own a television. (source: AZ Central)

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