Madonna news - July 2007


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31 July - Liz: "No comment on Candy Shop"
Could a 17-second snippet of a song called "Candy Shop" be a leak from Madonna's upcoming album? Fans speculate that it's of a track Madonna was working on with either Timbaland or Pharrell — but reps for none of the three camps would confirm. "I have no comment about the song 'Candy Shop,' "

Madonna's longtime rep Liz Rosenberg told MTV News. "Madonna has studio time booked and is continuing to work on her new CD. The songs are not mixed, and until that time, we can't finalize the track list." The yet-untitled album is due later this year. (source: MTV)


30 July - Madonna puts $5 million in her Ray Of Light foundation
It must have been a good year for Madonna in 2006. According to new tax filings, the Material Mom deposited a cool $5 million into her tax-free charitable fund, the Ray of Light Foundation. It's more than Madonna's ever put into the fund in one year. Her average is $1 million.
What's curious about this year's filing though is how little the Material Mom then paid out to other charities - the purpose, one assumes, for having a foundation. Of the $5 mil, Madonna gave away only $341,124. Most of it - $250,000 - went to the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles.

The rest was divided among Elton John's AIDS Foundation ($31,124), T.J. Martell Foundation, the UCLA Foundation and the Boston Conservatory. She also gave $5,000 to Ionia Inc., a progressive community in Alaska.
It's anyone's guess why Madonna's parked $5 million in a tax-free account for now. She religiously gives money to Kabbalah, a tax-sanctioned religion started by a former insurance salesman who believes in reincarnation and telepathy, among other things. Kabbalah is now making inroads in Africa where they have started yet another foundation called Raising Malawi through their Spirituality for Kids Foundation. It's possible the $5 million is being held in abeyance for that fund.

Madonna's already written a series of children's books with proceeds going to Kabbalah. In September, she launches a new series aimed at "tweens" aged 9 to 12, again Kabbalah-themed with profits earmarked for that organization.
According to reports that started in the New York Post this week, she's considering making her next recording contract deal with Live Nation, the spin-off of Clear Channel Communications, and leaving Warner Music after 25 years. The deal could be worth up to $100 million, reports say.

Recently [Fox] reported that Ray of Light had made numerous investments in infamous polluting entities, which was ironic since she performed at Live Earth. But Ray of Light also has been buying stock in Live Nation, which isn't so surprising. (source: Fox News)


28 July - Warner preview listening party? *rumour*
Fansite DrownedMadonna reports that Madonna had a meeting and a dinner with Warner in New York to discuss possible release options for her new album. Madonna wants her album to be released this year, around October-November, so that she could tour next summer. Recently there was an exclusive listening of 3 new songs to some Warner executives. One has 'HIT' written all over it, and it wasn't "Candy Shop". They also talked about a tentative release date, which is October 29, 2007. Furthermore, Madonna is supposedly in talks with director Chris Applebaum to direct a video.


28 July - Madonna eyes $100 million Live Nation mega-deal
Madonna is pondering hanging up on Warner Music Group in favor of life without a traditional record contract.
With the Material Girl's existing pact with Warner Music Group's Warner Bros. Records winding down, her camp is considering an all-encompassing music deal with touring giant Live Nation that could be worth more than $100 million.

An agreement, if struck, would create an entity that would manage all Madonna-related businesses, including albums, touring, merchandise and sponsorships over a multi-year period. Live Nation would acquire an equity stake in the pop diva's overall business.
The joint venture company would then look to enter into an agreement with a label to handle distribution and marketing support of any Madonna album releases.

Madonna is currently in London working with A-list names like Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Timbaland on the follow-up to 2005's Confessions On A Dance Floor. It's the last studio album due under her existing pact with Warner and is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.
Warner Bros. Records Chairman and CEO Tom Whalley, Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg and Live Nation all declined to comment.
Privately, insiders regard the Live Nation talk as the opening salvo in what figures to be an extended re-negotiation of her deal, which was last extended in 2000.

Sources say her camp has also been shopping to other labels the joint venture concept, which follows in the vein of deals inked by EMI with Korn and Robbie Williams.
Confessions - a commercial and critical comeback from 2003's disappointing American Life, was Madonna's first album with the existing Warner management team of WMG CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., U.S. Recorded Music CEO Lyor Cohen and Whalley.

It has sold over 1.6 million copies in the U.S. and spawned a successful world tour that ranked as the top grossing series ever for a female artist. The 60-date tour generated over $193 million in reported revenues.
WMG's stock hit a new 52-week low Friday, slidding 4.8 percent, or 65 cents, to $12.76. Live Nation closed down 3.4 percent, or 71 cents, Friday to $20.14. (source: NY Post)


28 July - More info on leaked demo
Yesterday and today, more media have reported about the leaked Madonna demo, including the NME article below. It is especially interesting to note that the YouTube link that we gave you yesterday was taken down at the request of Warner Music, which implies that it would in fact be a real track...

"A track from the must-hyped collaboration between Madonna and Justin Timberlake has appeared online. Said to be called "Candy Shop," the song appeared on putfile.com, but was removed following copyright issues. The track is a mix of dance, pop, and hip-hop and will appear on Madonna's forthcoming album, scheduled to be released in November. "Candy Shop" is just one of several tracks she worked on with Timberlake and uber-producer Timbaland, both of whom have been writing and producing songs as well as adding vocals. Pharrell Williams and Mika have also been involved in the album." (source: NME via Yahoo!)


27 July - Supposed demo leaks
Yesterday a demo track that is believed to be a song from Madonna's new, yet untitled album, leaked online with a rumoured title 'Candy Store' or 'Candy Shop'. The lyrics of the leaked part go as follows:

Get up out of your seat (your seat)
Come on up to the dance floor
Ive got something so sweet (so sweet)
Come on up to the front door
I need plenty of heat (heat)
Form a special confection
Just start moving your feet (your feet)
Move on over to me

You can listen yourself here. Keep in mind we have no official confirmation whatsoever and personally the Mad-Eyes team doubts the authenticity of the track. If any more information emerges, we will of course keep you posted.


25 July - Madonna chastises rude crewmember
Pop superstar Madonna hit out at the crew on the set of husband Guy Ritchie's new film Rocknrolla, after a member of staff referred to their adopted son David Banda as "Lucky B**tard", according to reports. The Material Girl and the moviemaker adopted the tot from a Malawian orphanage in October (06), and Madonna proved how protective a mother she is to the now two-year-old child when she chastised the female crewmember for the offending comment. The incident took place after one set worker asked what the toddler's name was, to which the girl replied, "Lucky B**tard".

A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "Madonna looked astonished by what was said and words were exchanged between them. "(She) seemed very protective of her son and didn't want anyone talking of him in such a manner. "At the end of the day, she's just a mum and doesn't want anyone speaking ill of her family. She looked really hurt and shocked by the comment and let her feelings be made known." A spokesperson for the film refused to comment on the alleged incident. (source: Contactmusic)


23 July - Vote for Madonna as best female Live Earth performer
You can vote for Madonna @ the official Live Earth MSN website. She was obviously the highlight of the event, so don't let her lose! ;-)


21 July - First report about new demo surfaces *rumour*
Gossip website PerezHilton posted a report from DrownedMadonna about a supposed new track. It's a mixture of hip hip & electronica, with a hit potential. You can even read the rumoured lyrics here. Keep in mind this is far from official as Madonna's next album didn't even have any official confirmation yet at all, apart from Madonna recording together with Timbaland & Timberlake.


21 July - No video compilation re-release
Earlier this week we reported about a new Madonna item @ Amazon.com and fans speculated if it was going to be a re-release of the old video compilation 'Madonna' on DVD. The item has been updated with the title 'Impact! Songs that changed the world - Like A Virgin' which seems to be a brief documentary about the impact of Madonna's signature song. But it's not an official Madonna item by any means.


21 July - Madonna wants to make movie about ex
Madonna is back in touch with her former lover Chris Paciello, according to a report.
The Queen of Pop dated Paciello for two years in the early nineties, before the then mobster was jailed for murder. However, Madonna has been back in touch with her ex following his release from jail, because she wants to make a movie about his life.

A source told The Sun: "She has met him three times to thrash out a deal - first when she went to LA for the Academy Awards, then twice in New York, including her most recent trip there last month.
"There's no romance. She is desperately keen to produce a film based on the book Mob Over Miami about him. She has always been fascinated by tough guys and loves his story."
(source: Digital Spy)


21 July - Madonna to feature on digital album of Live Earth
Your favorite performances from Live Earth have been selected and put together in a digital album for preorder on iTunes now! The digital album will be released August 14th and features a track from Madonna's memorable performance. A physical CD/DVD featuring video from the event will hit stores September 25th. Proceeds will go to the Live Earth charity campaign to combat the global climate crisis. To get up to the minute information about these offers join the list at liveearthmusic.org. Preorder the digital album now!
Learn more about Live Earth here. (source: Madonna.com)


21 July - Madonna's rep responds to Morissey's attack
Looks like Madonna is hung up on the mean comments that moody singer Morrissey recently said about her at a concert.
While performing at a PETA benefit show in Norfolk, Virginia, July 9, he dissed, "I wouldn’t be surprised if she made that African boy she adopted into and a coat and wore him for 15 minutes, then threw it away," presumably blasting the trendy singer for hopping on the Angelina bandwagon by adopting 21-month old David Banda from Malawi last year.

"In an attempt to trash Madonna, he revealed himself," a rep for the singer fired back exclusively to Usmagazine.com. "What kind of a person could even call up such imagery and words?" (source: Usmagazine.com)


20 July - UK chart correction
On Sunday we didn't know the exact position of Confessions On A Dance Floor on the UK Top 200 albums, but thanx to kingofskiffle @ UKmix.org, it is revealed that the album re-entered on the week of Live Earth but unfortunately it fell out the week after the performance, when Hung Up re-entered the singles chart. Its chart run stands at exactly 75 weeks, with roughly 1,26 million copies sold.


20 July - Guy bemused by Madonna's buzz
Guy Ritchie still cannot get used to the awe people have for his wife Madonna.
The director was speaking from the set f his new gangster movie when he admitted it still stuns him that people get tongue-tie around her.
He told US TV show Extra: "I suppose it surprises that there is a drum roll when Mrs Ritchie comes into the room."

He confirmed Madonna will not be appearing in his film - but she does visit the set.
The film RocknRolla stars Thandie Newton and Gerard Butler.
Next month the the Ritchies will have to face an assessment to see whether they can legally adopt David, whom they brought over to England from Malawi. (source: Yahoo Xtra)


20 July - Kylie gets Madonna's producer?
Kylie Minogue has appointed another super-producer to work on her long-awaited new album, it has been claimed.
The Aussie pop rocket, who has been putting together the follow-up to 2004's "Body Language" in recent months, is now understood to have linked-up with Stuart Price.
Price is famed for his work on Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor LP and has also played a key role in the production of her live shows.

The Les Rythmes Digitales' studio hot-shot joins a growing list of producers who are expected to contribute music to Kylie's comeback record.
Calvin Harris, Groove Armada and Hot Chip have all apparently been invited to work with Minogue on the currently unscheduled LP. (source: Yahoo/Launch)


19 July - Dita Von Teese inspired to be individual by Madonna
Burlesque artiste Dita Von Teese has lavished praise on Madonna for inspiring her to be individual. The star has branded the singer "a true style icon", and credits the Material Girl with helping her feel comfortable with her looks as a youngster. She says, "Madonna is the only modern celebrity who is truly a style icon.

Who else has the audacity to dress like her these days? "She really influenced how I wanted to look when I was growing up, and made me realise that I didn't have to look like a blonde beach bunny or a Playboy model." (source: Contactmusic)


19 July - Madonna is going to reign this fall?
This fall is all going to be about her Madgesty.
Madonna is working hard on a variety of new projects, most notably her upcoming album with collaborators such as Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.
PerezHilton.com has learned that Madonna really wants to release the record this November (with a tour in June of 2008). However that is not set in stone and remains to be seen.

If the new album doesn’t pan out for the fall then there’s also talks of releasing a Madonna 25th anniversary box set.
What is confirmed, however, is the Queen of Pop is going to continue to work in the realm of children’s books. The fledgling author is releasing TWELVE new titles based on her English Roses characters, and the first four will be released this fall.

All of Madonna’s profits from the books go to her Raising Malawi project. Good stuff.
New music in November? VERY good stuff! (source: PerezHilton)


19 July - Madonna confirmed to appear on upcoming Annie Lennox album
The following article from Billboard regarding Annie Lennox's next record confirms that Madonna will make an appearance in one of the tracks, together with other popular female singers:
Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox's first studio album in four years, "Songs of Mass Destruction," will arrive in the fall. Due Oct. 2 via Arista, the set was produced by Glen Ballard, who previously told Billboard.com, "It's a very intense record. It's very personal to her. We spent a lot of time making sure the music was the way she wanted it."

Among the songs confirmed to appear on the album are "Fingernail Moon," "Dark Road" and "Sing," the latter of which was inspired by Lennox's work with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign to curb the spread of AIDS.
"Sing" sports contributions from 23 superstar female vocalists, including Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Shakira, Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, Pink, Fergie, Melissa Etheridge and KT Tunstall, among others.

The former Eurythmics vocalist's previous set, "Bare" (J Records), debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in June 2003.
Lennox has yet to confirm tour dates but will appear Aug. 15 at a special performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London's Mermaid Theatre. (source: Billboard)


18 July - Malawian inspector to check on Madonna in adoption check-up
Pop star Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie will soon be questioned by a Malawian welfare inspector who will be checking to see whether they are a suitable family to adopt a one-year-old Malawian boy, The Sun reported on Monday.
Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that the director of Malawi's Ministry of Child Welfare Penston Kilembe would carry out the inspection at the couple's central London home in about two weeks.

The pair will reportedly be queried about their use of alcohol, as well as infertility, divorce and infidelity over five days.
"This home study is a big deal -- and Madonna and Guy have been absolutely dreading it," the source said.

"Malawi is a conservative country that disapproves of drugs, alcohol, divorce and cheating. These assessments are very gruelling and many couples don't pass."
The singer is in the process of adopting little David Banda and was awarded interim custody in October. According to The Sun, the inspection is the last legal hurdle in adopting the baby.
Kilembe could reportedly observe Madonna and Ritchie for up to five hours a day for up to five days, to judge how loving they are towards each other, as well as their children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco. (source: AFP via Yahoo)


17 July - Old video compilation to be re-released on DVD?
A strange Madonna item popped up @ Amazon.com with a release date set to September 25th, 2007. Bearing the title 'Like A Virgin' it is said to be a re-release of the 1984 VHS video compilation 'Madonna' that featured videos of: Burning Up, Borderline, Lucky Star & Like A Virgin. The length is 36 minutes. However, being on Amazon is not an official comfirmation so it's possible that it gets removed or pushed back. This feels all redundant because with the exception of the first video, all of them are available on DVD for a long time.

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