30 June - Live Earth setlist revealed
Fansite DrownedMadonna reveals that Madonna is going to sing four songs at the charity event next saturday. The songtitles deciphered from the lyrics are:
La Isla Bonita
Ray Of Light
~ Keep in mind that the setlist is still subject to change.
29 June - New album out late this year?
Liz Smith mentioned Madonna's next album release in Variety, saying it would be out late 2007. Also, fansite DrownedMadonna also talks about the same release schedule with also mentioning that currently there are no plans to include Hey You on the album, which was recorded especially for Live Earth and was out as a free download last month. They also say that there's no definitive release date yet and the album will sound "very different" from the charity track.
29 June - Tour backup singers to join Madonna at Live Earth
Madonna's longtime backup singer Donna Delory and recent collaborator Nicki Richards both confirmed on their myspace pagess that they are going to perform with Madonna at Live Earth on July 7th, 8 pm. Apart from Hey You, the rest of the setlist is still unknown.
28 June - Madonna parties with Shakira
Another LA hotspot, Butter, was treated to a visitation by some A-list celebrities Monday night. The NY Post's Page Six reports that Madonna showed up for some fun, and was said to be "quite chummy" with fellow musician Shakira. The two pop divas reportedly showed up "hand in hand," according to a source. Shakira wasn't the only famous friend hanging out with Madonna, though, as Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Penelope Cruz reportedly joined her for a dance on the club's banquettes. Also at Butter that night was Janet Jackson, who reportedly sat a few booths down from Madonna and her crew. (source: Access Hollywood)
25 June - Madonna snaps up £6m home next door
Pop queen Madonna has expanded her property empire by snapping up a £6 million house adjoining her eight-bedroom home.
The Material Girl is already said to own at least five properties in London, including the £7 million Marylebone family townhouse she and her family live in.
It is not yet known whether she intends to connect her new purchase to the home she shares with film-director husband Guy Ritchie and children Lourdes, 10, Rocco, 6, and adopted baby David Banda, or rent it out.
If she does decide to make it part of her own home, she will not be the first star to do so with a house next door.
Helena Bonham Carter lives next door to her film director boyfriend Tim Burton in a house linked by a single corridor, while Rolling Stone Mick Jagger has a place next to ex-wife Jerry Hall.
The singer's new 10-room Georgian townhouse was bought for £3.1 million by designer-developer Paul Davies last year.
He intended to refurbish it, but the star found out about the purchase and began calling him to try to persuade him to sell the house to her just a week after he bought it.
A source said: "Madonna knows that when Paul Davies moves into the area it means prices are going to rocket. She said she wanted to buy the whole street."
It is reported that comedienne Jennifer Saunders and photographer Mario Testino had also expressed an interest in the home, which has six floors and includes an artist's studio.
Mr Davies made headlines recently by getting £40,000 a week in rent for one of his Mayfair properties. (source: Yahoo!)
21 June - Justin talks about Madonna collaboration
Justin has talked about his collaboration on the new Madonna album in a few interviews. Here's a blurb from Entertainment Weekly:
EW: You and Timbaland have been writing and producing songs for Madonna's next album. How's that been going?
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: The records that we've done so far are really exciting. There are some dance records, there are some mid-tempo ballads, there's all types of different stuff. But I don't want to gas it too much. People might like it or people might not. I don't want to say, like, [carnival-barker voice] "It's going to change the world!" You know what I mean? But we like it.
Earlier this week he said the following in the Daily Record:
"Some of the dance stuff hasn't the in-your-face energy of Hung Up but it's got this mellow R'n'B thing on top of dance accompaniment which Timbaland is doing the beats for. It's all still in demo phases and I don't know if it'll be an album but four or five songs will make really good records."
21 June - Madonna helps Ellen Pompeo deal with her mother's death
Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has revealed how Madonna finally helped her to cope with the loss of her mother.
The 37-year-old's mother died when she was four-years-old but for years the family banned any mention of her.
It wasn't until years later that Ellen, whose earliest memory is the day her mother died, could come to terms with what happened to her.
She said: "It was very tough. I think it was probably tougher for my older siblings who were a lot more cognisant of what was going on. I think I was so young there's only so much I could understand.
"My first memory is the day she died and all the commotion.
"It's a funny thing what happened. I come from a tradition Irish-Italian background and things aren't talked about, you know, they're not spoken about.
"Her death wasn't really spoken about for years and she wasn't spoken about. It was almost as if she never existed. It was too painful for everybody to talk about.
"So I knew what happened but I was never really allowed to grieve. There was a big chunk that was missing out of the story I didn't quite understand.
"I was very confused and very unhappy as a young teenager."
It wasn't until Ellen saw Madonna talking about her mum, who she also lost as a child, that she was able to grieve.
She said: "For the first time I saw Madonna when she first came out and she was on television talking and singing songs about her mother and how her mother had passed and how sad she was.
"And it dawned on me 'oh that's what happened to me, my mother died'.
"And it makes you terribly sad and that's why I'm so unhappy and it's okay to talk about it and it's okay to grieve and I should be sad and I should be upset and I should be allowed to go through these things.
"I didn't even realise the enormity of what had happened because it had been so sort of buried for obvious reasons I suppose.
"So I did go through that process because of Madonna, because I saw her talking about it and singing about it, I was able to understand what happened to me and work through it and use my experiences in my favour to give me a lot of what I draw from when I act." (source: Yahoo! Xtra Entertainment)
20 June - H&M profit rises 31% on new shops and Madonna range
Hennes & Mauritz AB, Europe's second-largest clothes retailer, said second-quarter profit advanced 31 percent as the company opened stores in Hong Kong and Shanghai and sold dresses designed by Madonna.
Net income rose to 3.47 billion kronor ($490 million), or 4.19 kronor a share, in the three months through May from 2.65 billion kronor, or 3.20 kronor, a year earlier, the Stockholm, Sweden-based company said today in a statement. That missed the 3.56 billion-kronor average of eight analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
H&M, which has about 1,400 stores in 28 countries, added shops and hired celebrity designers to compete with Inditex SA, which surpassed the Swedish company as Europe's biggest clothing seller two years ago. The M by Madonna range, such as silk dresses priced at $69.90, went on sale in March. The company said today it will collaborate with designer Roberto Cavalli on a collection.
"The results came in below our expectations," said Luca Solca, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein in London with a ``market perform'' recommendation on the stock. "We are seeing great volatility. High-profile collections such as the Madonna line are having a greater impact, so you see an upswing when the collection hits the stores, and then a swing-back effect." (source: Bloomberg)
18 June - Details on Confessions Tour visuals
Our friend Daniel from Spain has send us a link to an article on the Adobe website, which gives an insight on the production of the stunning visuals that were used on Madonna's Confessions Tour. Read it here.
18 June - Madonna to close Live Earth show at Wembley
Victoria Newton from the sun chatted with Live Earth organizer Al Gore and he revealed that he had convinced Madonna to close the show at Wembley on July 7th. She also got curious and asked him if he managed to convince Madonna about stopping private flights:
He did such a good job convincing the Queen Of Pop she agreed to close the concert at Wembley. Mr Gore said: "My wife and I met her and we had a wonderful conversation and she agreed to help."
Just one thing though... did he manage to also persuade Madge to ditch her private jets in favour of commercial airlines to help reduce her own carbon emissions?
I got an extremely carefully- worded answer in response.
Mr Gore said: "Well, I appreciate and respect her as an artist and as a person and there are many artists who are offsetting their role in contributing to the CO2 build-up and I understand that."
"The essence of this problem is that we live in a civilisation that has developed rather fully according to a pattern that emphasises the burning of carbon-based fuels."
"So making the shift to renewable energy is a challenge for everyone that will be a lot easier when governments around the world adopt the new strategies that will make this shift a lot easier to accomplish."
I'll take that as a "No" then!
~ Read the rest of the story @ The Sun
16 June - Hey You video
The Live Earth website has premiered a video for Madonna's charity song Hey You. It features a series of images from all over the world, related to energy consumption and global warming, with natural catastrophies and world leaders.
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