Madonna news - May 2007


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29 May - Alternative version of Get Together video online
Check out an alternative but official version of Get Together (directed by Eugene Rockstar) on our video blog, with an official remix video of Jump.


27 May - Hey You available on iTunes
After a week of free download on MSN, Madonna's latest charity single Hey You is available as a purchased download on iTunes, both in the US and Europe. If the song gets enough paid downloads, it could enter the charts in the US or UK, but it is highly unlikely because most people got it for free already...


27 May - Second Ariake commercial online
Head over to our video blog to check out Madonna's second commercial filmed for Japanese Ariake development, directed by Steven Klein again. She whispers the following: "Family is everything. Family comes first. It is not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is. Just perfect, Brillia Mare Ariake."


25 May - Update on upcoming release schedule
Fansite MadonnaTribe broke the news: Warner Music's release schedule was updated with a Madonna "Best of Remixes" set tentatively scheduled for the end of 2007, while Madonna's next studio album is set for early 2008.
~ The early 2008 release coincides with the release pattern of Madonna's studio albums in the least 10 years: a 2 and a half year long span between records. Actually if the release schedule stays, then the new album will be out around the tenth anniversary of Ray Of Light...


25 May - Madonna's directorial debut
Madonna may have ruled out acting again but that hasn't stopped her getting behind the camera as she begins her directorial debut.
The Material Girl has been in London making her new short movie Filth and Wisdom, which is apparently based on her life experiences.
Madonna, 48, hopes filming will finish by July when she is due back in the recording studio.

Following in the footsteps of her filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie she will be hoping it's more successful than her last foray into the world of cinema.
The couple paired up to make the romantic comedy Swept Away in 2002, which was panned by critics and went straight to video. (source: ITV)


24 May - Sorry wins Ivor Novello songwriting award
The Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse and Madonna were among the winners at the 52nd Ivor Novello Awards.
Singer Winehouse scooped Best Contemporary Song for her self-penned hit Rehab.

And the Sheffield-based Arctic Monkeys collected the Best Album Award for Whatever People Say I Am That`s What I`m Not.
But the band`s single, When The Sun Goes Down, written by frontman Alex Turner, missed out on the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically - which was handed to songwriter Scott Matthews for his song Elusive.

Pop queen Madonna collected the accolade for International Hit of the Year for the song she co-wrote, Sorry.
It beat stiff competition from Robbie Williams, who was nominated for his single Rudebox, which he co-wrote.
Sir Elton John also won an award - the Scissor Sisters smash hit I Don`t Feel Like Dancin`, which he co-wrote, was named PRS (Performing Right Society) Most Performed Work.
The Feeling were named Song Writers of the Year, while the PRS Outstanding Contribution to Music Award went to DJ Norman Cook. (source: U.TV)


20 May - Hey You not eligible for US chart
From Fred Bronson's column in Billboard:

Hi Fred,
I hope you are enjoying all things Eurovision. I'm writing about Madonna's latest work - a song entitled Hey You which she wrote for the upcoming Live Earth series of worldwide concerts on July 7, 2007. Madonna will perform Hey You at the London concert, and as of May 16, MSN is offering a free download of the song for one week. (As part of an environmental fundraising effort tied to the Live Earth concerts, MSN will donate 25 cents for each of the first million downloads).
Will Hey You be eligible to chart on the Hot 100, Hot Digital Downloads or other charts during the first week of downloads, which are free? Must a digital download be paid for to appear on any/all of Billboard single/song charts? Or must we wait for the second week of release (which presumably will be of paid downloads, but at this point, it is unclear the price, etc.) for Madonna's latest song to chart?
Thanks,
Rob Craven
Berkeley, Calif.
P.S. I don't know Pablo Nelson, but a lot of us in Berkeley read your stellar Billboard columns.

Dear Rob,
I did have a great time at Eurovision and enjoyed my two weeks in Helsinki. My coverage will appear in the May 29 issue of Billboard magazine, along with photos from this year's contest. My report on the winner has already run on Billboard.com.
As for Madonna's Hey You, free downloads don't count for any Billboard charts. The song is not being promoted to radio, so airplay is unlikely. As a result, it's highly unlikely the song could chart after its first week of activity. We'll have to see how many sales the single can achieve in its second week of availability.


17 May - Punishment for false bomb threat at Madonna show
The man who is accused of calling a false bomb threat at Madonna's concert in the Amsterdam ArenA doesn't need to go to jail for this. The court in Amsterdam has given him a work punishment of 150 hours and 4 months of probational sentence.
Before the concert, the Dutch emergency service 112 received a call which asked for police, fire brigade and ambulances because during the performance of the cross scene there would be the explosion of five cluster bombs. "Nobody will survive that. Thank you!"

The police could quickly track the caller, which prevened the venue from having to be evacuated. When the police searched the man's home, they also found a gun, for which he was also convicted. The court speaks of a "serious fact" because the man is a preacher wwho has the function to give the right example.

The crucifixion act in Madonna's Confessions Tour caused quite a stir. During the song Live To Tell, Madonna wore a crown of thorns will hanging on cross of cristals. In Holland, members of the junior party SGP sued the popstar for blasphemy and insult of God. The court never opened a trial for i. Earlier protests in Germany had not led o cancellation of the act either. (source: Trouw.nl, translation by Mad-Eyes)


17 May - Hey You lyrics
Mad-Eyes has written down the lyrics of Madonna new single Hey You; check them out here.


17 May - Madonna & Live Earth - Official Press Release
MADONNA WRITES NEW SONG "HEY YOU" FOR UPCOMING LIVE EARTH CONCERT SERIES ON JULY 7TH
Song To Release at MSN May 16 in Downloadable MP3 Format
Microsoft Pledges Donation Making First Million Downloads Free to the Public
Warner Bros. Records to Release LIVE EARTH CD/DVD of Worldwide Shows

Inspired by the upcoming July 7th Live Earth series of concerts, Madonna has written a new song, Hey You, which will be available to be downloaded in the MP3 format on Microsoft's home page, http://liveearth.msn.com, on May 16. The first million downloads of Hey You will be free as Microsoft has pledged to donate $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection for the first million downloads.

Madonna is scheduled to perform Hey You live at the Wembley Stadium Live Earth concert in London, it was confirmed by her record label, Warner Bros. Records, who have also announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD of the Live Earth Concert Series.
Madonna's new song, Hey You recorded in London, was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna. She is one of seventeen headliners that have been announced including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Beastie Boys and others who will perform at Wembley as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth Concert Series.

"On 7/7/07, Live Earth will inspire people from around the world to combat global warming with live performances from superstar artists like Madonna," Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall said. "The early release of Hey You is an incredible boost to our efforts to get people engaged in the environmental cause. We are thrilled that Madonna donated her art to Live Earth and is a part of this movement for us."

Live Earth is a monumental music event on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 headlining music artists and 2 billion people to launch an ongoing, mass movement to combat the climate crisis. Concerts will take place in New York; London; Sydney; Tokyo; Shanghai; Johannesburg; Rio de Janeiro; and Hamburg. Live Earth's 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by The Alliance for Climate Protection to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action.

The concerts will be streamed live at LiveEarth.MSN.com and available on CD/DVD. (source: Madonna.com)


17 May - Hey You available on MSN
Hey YouMadonna's single Hey You is now available for download on MSN.com. It has turned out as a nice ballad, not the expected hiphop track.
"Inspired by Live Earth, Madonna has written a new song titled Hey You, which is available exclusively on MSN, free of charge, for seven days. Hey You was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna and recorded in London. Madonna will perform Hey You as one of the headliners for Live Earth U.K., joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, the Beastie Boys and other performers at Wembley Stadium in London on July 7, as part of the 24-hour, even-continent Live Earth concert series.

As the exclusive online destination for Live Earth, MSN is pleased to offer this song in conjunction with Madonna and is proud to donate 25 cents for each of the first 1 million downloads to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth.


16 May - Madonna.com confirms Hey You
Hey You Madonna.com has confirmed the upcoming download single with a simple background image, displaying the title Hey You. No further details are given but will probably follow soon.

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