30 September - Sing, my sister, sing!
Annie Lennox's fourth solo album Songs of Mass Destruction, which is already out in several European countries, features the track Sing recorded with 23 women, including Madonna, who sings a whole verse in it. The HIV/Aids anthem is supposed to be released as a single in December.
Click here to read the lyrics of Sing! You can order Songs of Mass Destruction via Amazon, out in the US on Tuesday, October 2nd. Read about Annie Lennox & her campaign for the fight against Aids here.
29 September - Madonna to work with Elton John? *rumour*
Elton John and Madonna are set to collaborate on a new record to mark their recent reconciliation.
Elton, who recently apologized for accusing Madonna of lip-synching during her world tour, now hopes they can work together in the recording studio.
He is quoted as saying, "Madonna is a great artiste and I think I shoot my mouth off too much really. Who wouldn't want to work with her?"
A music insider said, "If Elton and Madonna did decide to work together, anything they recorded would be a sure-fire hit. Let's hope they really have managed to put their differences behind them for good."
Elton and Madonna revealed they had healed their rift at GQ magazine's Men of the Year Awards earlier this month.
As he introduced Madonna at the ceremony, Elton said, "This is a moment you thought you'd never see".
Elton and Madonna then hugged, before he added, "I have written a grovelling apology and offered to join the Kabbalah!" (source: AZcentral)
28 September - Madonna nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Take a bow, Madonna, and ch-ch-check it out, Beastie Boys — you've been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In addition to Madge and the Beasties, hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, veteran rocker John Mellencamp, disco queen Donna Summer, jazz/funk band Chic, English-beat group the Dave Clark Five, surf instrumentalists the Ventures and moody singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen are also up for the high honor, it was announced Thursday (September 27).
While nine artists are being considered for inclusion into the Hall, five will be honored at the induction ceremony, to be held March 10 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Around the same time this year, R.E.M., Van Halen and Grandmaster Flash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder and others helping do the honors.
To be eligible for nomination this year, an artist must have issued their first single or LP no later than 1982.
It was that year, in fact, that Madonna signed a singles deal with Sire Records and put out her first tune, Everybody, on April 24. Making a huge impact in the clubs as well as on MTV — which launched a year earlier — she became the top female performer of the '80s — and eventually, according to Guinness World Records, the most successful female artist of all time.
While Madge was revving up her career in 1982, so were the Beasties Boys — although at the time, they were a hardcore-punk band (previously named the Young Aborigines), not a hip-hop troupe. The NYC act issued its punk EP, Polly Wog Stew, that year — but then, with the help of producer Rick Rubin, the Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence made the transition into a rap unit. And the rest, they say, is history.
For years, the Beasties have been fighting for their right to party — now they, Madonna and others are fighting for a chance to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (source: MTV.com)
27 September - Natasha Bedingfield's newfound respect for Madonna
Natasha Bedingfield has newfound respect for Madonna after she struggled covering the Queen of Pop's hit song Ray Of Light. The pretty British singer tackled the 1998 song for an album celebrating Radio 1's 40th birthday. She says, "I have so much respect for Madonna after learning how hard it is to sing that song. She has an amazing voice - the range you need to sing the song is incredible." (source: Contactmusic)
27 September - Bernhard's lesbian flick with Madonna was a wind-up
Actress-comedienne Sandra Bernhard has finally come clean about her alleged love affair with Madonna - it was all made up. The pair became friends in the late 1980s and their increasing closeness sparked rumours of something more. But despite being purely platonic, the 52-year-old Roseanne star - who 'came out' as a lesbian several years ago - enjoyed every minute of the speculation.
She says, "I don't mind being asked about Madonna. It was awesome at the time. We had a really funny friendship and kind of played with the press and the media. "It was before the internet and there was still a little bit of allure and excitement and fun to it." (source: Contactmusic)
27 September - Madonna & Rolling Stones achieve Guiness World Records
A week after topping the Forbes Music Rich List for the last financial year, the Rolling Stones have been officially accredited as having performed the world's most successful music tour.
The Guinness World Record came for the band's 'A Bigger Bang' world tour, which earned them $437 million since kicking off in 2005.
Madonna won the ladies' prize, her $200 million-grossing Confessions tour making her the world's most successful female touring artist.
This year's edition of the Guinness Book Of World Records comes out on Friday. (source: Undercover)
26 September - Annie Lennox thanks charitable Madonna
Grammy winner Annie Lennox has thanked Madonna for her support in raising awareness of Aids in South Africa. The former Eurythmics star was thrilled with The Material Girl's contribution to the starstudded charity track 'Sing', which raises funds for South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign. She says, "It was really cool of her. "Madonna has a huge audience and her involvement will help to spread with word wider." (source: Contactmusic)
~ Annie's album 'Songs Of Mass Destruction' is out worldwide next week, while the track 'Sing' is set to be released as a single in December.
25 September - Something to remember: She's gonna take you to a place you've never been before
Madonna embarked on her fourth concert tour 14 years ago today, on September 25th, 1993. Named after an Edward Hopper painting, The Girlie Show saw Madonna performing tracks off her recent Erotica album, along with older hits, all of them re-invented. The show started with a half-naked female dancer slithering down on a pole and then Madonna arriving onstage as Dita with a riding crop, singing the title track of Erotica.
Quickly after she went interracial with an Asian and a black guy in Fever and then a re-invented Vogue followed with an Eastern-inspired choreography. Throughout the concert, Madonna paid homage to the Disco of the 1970s, several Hollywood movies and stars, including Marlene Dietrich, Gene Kelly, Carmen Miranda, My Fair Lady. The latter was the base of a staggering choreography for the sexy Justify My Love, plus Madonna paid homage to the then-recently deceased Dietrich with performing her signature track Like A Virgin in German accent and full male drag.
The show is also notable for a pansexual Studio 54-esque orgy during the middle of the show, followed by a speech about Aids. Madonna kicked off the live trek in London, because according to her, that's where she had had the most enemies at the time. The concert from Sydney, Australia is available on DVD which perfectly captures the over-the-top performance. The tour is also remembered for having very few dates in Europe & North America, and focusing on South America, Japan & Australia instead, an itineary Madonna hasn't repeated since then.
24 September - Madge gearing up for 50 & new tour? *rumour*
There's something about the number 50 that does it for Mrs. Guy Ritchie. Her tour last year was 50 [60 actually ~ Mad-Eyes] dates. As we speak, let it be known that Her Very Own Self is gearing for yet another concert tour. The schlep now in the planning stage is to be called "Madonna at 50." (source: NY Post)
24 September - Madonna awaits adoption decision
Malawian officials say it is still too early to say if superstar Madonna will be given full custody of toddler David Banda.
The little boy has been living with the singer and husband Guy Ritchie for nearly a year.
Meanwhile, there is growing speculation that the star is planning to adopt another orphan from the country - a 13-month-old girl called Mercy, whose mum died five days after giving birth.
A Malawian government official from the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare visited the singer at her home in central London.
Maxwell Matewere, executive director for the leading Malawi child advocacy group The Eye of the Child, said: "What we think could happen is that the guardian Ad Litem, who is the Ministry of Women and Child Development...would present the report to the court so that the court could use that report to determine whether Madonna could be granted the final order."
Mr Matewere stressed the final decision could only be given by the courts and the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare could not dictate or work independently from the court. (source: ITN)
23 September - Madonna's £50m to ditch record company
Madonna is planning to dump her record company because she makes more money performing live.
The singer is close to signing a £50million contract with her tour promoters Live Nation - to cover her concert AND her record releases.
She is expected to walk away from Warner Music, who have released all her singles and albums throughout her 25-year career.
The new arrangement will send another shockwave through the major record labels who keep losing big names to other businesses.
A senior music industry figure explained: "This is a sign of the times. At this stage in her career Madonna realises she stands to make more money from touring - £130million on her last tour - than releasing records. So she wants to go with a company that can look after both rather than being tied to a record company."
The source added: "With the internet, you don't need to be a record company to release records any more. The era of the big record labels controlling artists' careers is coming to an end."
Madonna, 49, follows Paul McCartney and Prince who have both walked away from their record labels. Macca quit his long-term label EMI last year to sign with Starbucks, who are selling his new album Memory Almost Full in their coffee shops.
And Prince decided to give away copies of his current album free with every ticket he sold for his recent 21 dates at London's O2 Dome.
Madonna is worth an estimated £160million. She has sold 175million albums and 75million singles worldwide. Her first [UK] No1 was Into The Groove in 1985, her last was Sorry in 2006. Her last tour, Confessions, was in 2006. (source: Sunday Mirror)
~ We'd like to point out that this contract is rumoured to be delayed, because Madonna still owes Warner a studio album and a compilation and those are supposedly delayed till next year...
23 September - Live Earth CD/DVD to be released in November
While the CD/DVD of the Live Earth concert was meant to be released next week, now it's pushed back to a November 12th as a worldwide release date. The Madonna track on the CD is going to be the theme song Hey You, while it's La Isla Bonita with Gogol Bordello that finds a place on the DVD.
19 September - Akon to shock the world with Madonna
MTV.com published an interview with mega-producer Akon, who raves about working with huge musical icons: Madonna, Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston. The only mention of Madonna is: While 'Kon hasn't been in the studio with Madonna yet, he said he expects to "shock the world" with her Madge-esty before the end of the year. While this is an official confirmation that Madonna also wants Akon's sound on her next album, we don't know if "the end of they year" is going to materialize or not...
19 September - Something to remember: Hey Mr. DJ, put my record on
7 years ago today, on September 19th, 2000, Madonna released the studio album with the straightforward title: Music. After the hugely successful Ray Of Light, she took the electronica style further and recorded the bulk of the album with underground French electronica artist Mirwais Ahmadzaï. The record - which was centered around the cowgirl image - features fan favourites Music, Impressive Instant, Don't Tell Me & Paradise (Not For Me).
Madonna also collaborated with Ray Of Light mastermind William Orbit and with Guy Sigsworth. After the title track, the second single was Don't Tell Me, originally written by Madonna's brother-in-law Joe Henry, and the third and last single was What It Feels Like For A Girl, for which the video was banned for violence. Non-US copies of the CD feature the Don McLean cover from The Next Best Thing OST, American Pie, while Australian-Asian editions contain the bonus track Cyber-Raga.
The album was a huge success all over the world, reaching #1 in many countries, eventually selling up to 13 million copies worldwide. In the USA, it sold 420,000 in its first week, which was the fourth highest female debut at the time. The project was nominated for several Grammy Awards but unfortunately it lost in all categories except 'Best Recording Package', handed to Kevin Reagan, which he also won for his work on Ray Of Light.
16 September - Peace song to be included in next album
"Tell me what I should do, Mr Peres, because I am in love with Israel," pop star Madonna, who is visiting the Jewish state to attend a conference on Kabbalah, told President Shimon Peres on Saturday evening.
The pop star was seen entering Peres' Jerusalem residence after the end of the Jewish New Year at sunset Saturday.
In the meeting, which lasted longer than scheduled, Peres spoke about peace and tolerance, the war on terror and ways in which international artists and celebrities can take part in advancing the peace process.
"I can't believe I have won this opportunity to raise a toast for the New Year in the state of Israel of all places, with the president who I admire so much," Madonna said.
The pop star promised to be active in promoting the issues Peres referred to and said she would include a song about peace in her next album.
"You don’t know how popular the Book of Splendor (Sefer Hazohar) is among Hollywood actors," Madonna told the president. "Everyone I meet talks to me only about that. I am an ambassador for Judaism, and time will tell."
Talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Madonna said, "What is happening is terrible. I hope the human mind and common sense overcome extremism."
Madonna gave Peres the Book of Splendor with the dedication, "To Shimon Peres, the man I admire and love, Madonna." (source: Ynetnews.com)
16 September - Madonna: "I'm an ambassador for Judaism"
Madonna toasted the Jewish new year with Israeli President Shimon Peres and declared herself an "ambassador for Judaism," local newspapers reported Sunday.
The singer, who is not Jewish, arrived in Israel Wednesday on the eve of Jewish new year to attend a conference on Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism.
Madonna met Peres at his official Jerusalem residence on Saturday evening and the two exchanged gifts, with Madonna receiving a lavishly bound copy of the Old Testament.
She gave Peres a volume of "The Book of Splendor," the guiding text of Kabbalah, inscribed "To Shimon Peres, the man I admire and love, Madonna," the Yediot Ahronot daily reported.
A Peres aide confirmed the meeting but had no details.
"You don't know how popular the Book of Splendor is among Hollywood actors," Yediot quoted Madonna as telling Peres. "Everyone I meet talks to me only about that. I am an ambassador for Judaism."
Madonna, who was raised a Roman Catholic, has taken the Hebrew name Esther, and has been seen wearing a red thread on her wrist in a Jewish tradition to ward off the evil eye.
But her interest in Kabbalah in recent years has been criticized by Orthodox Jews, who say it is an abomination.
Other celebrities who flew in for the Kabbalah conference included movie star Demi Moore and her husband, actor AshtonKutcher, Rosie O'Donnell and fashion designer Donna Karan. Madonna came with her film director husband Guy Ritchie.
The Haaretz daily quoted Kutcher as telling a group of Israeli businessmen and entertainers on Saturday that Kabbalah had answered fundamental questions in his life and made him a better actor.
Rabbis who specialize in Kabbalah have criticized the interest by non-Jewish celebrities in the subject.
Jewish tradition holds that Kabbalah is so powerful and complicated that only bonafide students may begin to approach it and then only after age 40. Among the elements of Kabbalah are mystical revelations drawn from holy books by recombination of letters and other signs.
Rabbis were particularly incensed by Madonna's song, Isaac, about the revered 16th-century Kabbalist rabbi Yitzhak Luria, which featured on her 2005 album, Confessions On A Dance Floor.
During her visit, Madonna plans to visit sites sacred to Kabbalists. It was not known how long she intends to stay.
Madonna paid her first visit to Israel three years ago on another Kabbalah-centered trip.
"I can't believe that I'm celebrating the new year with you in Israel," Maariv newspaper quoted her as telling Peres on Saturday. "It's a dream come true." (source: AP via Yahoo)
16 September - Madonna the "perfect mum" keeps her baby
Madonna has been given the all-clear to formally adopt African tot David by the head of Malawi's Social Services.
The singer, 49, and husband Guy Ritchie played perfect parents to impress Malawi's chief social welfare officer Simon Chisale, who spent three days as a guest at their 16-bedroom London home.
Afterwards he said he was won over by their domestic bliss - especially when Madonna appeared from the kitchen wearing an apron fresh from baking cakes "looking like a perfect mum".
Mr Chisale visited over a 72-hour period with Madonna, Guy, 38, and their children Lourdes, 10, Rocco, seven, and two-year-old David.
He saw Madonna's music studio and Guy's study and also a special African "zoo room" which she has built to educate her children about David's continent.
He described the luxury carpets in their home as "like walking on live sheep".
Now he has returned to Malawi and drafted a glowing report which will clear the way for Madonna to complete the formal adoption of David.
Madonna and Guy - who have been through a rough patch - turned on the domestic charm to prove to the welfare officer that David has a secure family life.
Mr Chisale was delighted to discover just how far the family have gone to make David feel at home.
As well as the "zoo room" Lourdes and Madonna have even learned how to speak David's native Chichewa tongue.
The welfare chief, who arrived back in Malawi last week, told colleagues he was impressed with how David had bonded with the Ritchies.
And he was delighted to find a a butler waiting for him at the front door. He said: "He saluted and said 'Mr Chisale, I presume'.
"I found Guy in the sitting room. Madonna was in the kitchen. Guy said, 'The visitor is here!' Madonna came through wiping her hands with a towel.
"David was playing a card game with Rocco. Madonna told me he understands a bit of Chichewa and she fetched some tourist guide books to Malawi.
"She told me she has Malawian friends who pop in to teach the family Chichewa. She also has a Chichewa translation of her children's book, The English Roses."
Mr Chisale was taken to meet Madonna's daughter Lourdes - who greeted him in his African language saying: "Muli bwanji ankolo?"
"It means 'How are you uncle.' I laughed, I was amazed," he said. "She told me she had been in Malawi with her mum and David.
"When David heard her voice, he left the card game and walked to her.
She carried her on her back like we do in Africa.
"Mr Ritchie served coffee as we chatted. Lourdes asked lots of questions until her mum stopped her.
"They seem like a happy family, although the husband never said much, he was always on the phone or buried in anewspaper.
"David looked very healthy, very different from the frail little boy from Mchinji. I couldn't believe I was seeing the same little baby from the orphanage."
Then Madonna showed Mr Chisale the African-themed room which she described as a "zoo room". He said: "She told me it's for the kids - not only David - to be familiar with the beautiful continent of Africa."
A colleague of Simon's continued: "He said the boy looked healthy and happy, and much bigger than an average Malawian boy his age."
Mr Chisale's report is still in the draft stage, but a senior government official who has seen it said the document will be very favourable.
The source added: "Simon's report says David feels completely at home with his new family. Although everyone around him is white, the little boy has bonded well."
Another colleague told how Mr Chisale was impressed with the luxury David is now enjoying. He said: "He said he was amazed with the carpet he walked on. He said it felt like walking on a live sheep.
"When he first arrived he was ushered to a big living room by a worker in white. Mr Ritchie was reading a newspaper and Madonna was in the kitchen. He greeted Simon and called his wife.
"She came with a white apron on. She must have been baking something. She said hello and then went to the bedroom to change."
According to the official who has seen Mr Chisale's draft report, David goes to a very expensive nursery school. And Madonna spoke of her hopes for Malawi. The official continued: "She is pumping millions of dollars into orphanages and care centres, including her own outside the capital, Lilongwe, where children will be taught her Kabbalah beliefs."
Simon told his workmates there was no sign of any tension between Madonna and Guy. He said: "She told me Guy was her unofficial manager.
She doesn't go on tour without his approval and she has even cancelled dates to be with him."
And Madonna spoke about her mystical Jewish faith Kabbalah. Mr Chisale added: "She said it's good for David, for Malawian children, because it keeps you at peace with God."
And she inquired about David's family. He said: "She asked me about Yohane Banda, how he was keeping. She told me she would make it a point to see him when she next visits Malawi."
Unbeknown to Madonna and Mr Chisale, tragedy struck David's family on the same day as the inspector called.
David's real father Yohane and his new wife Flora were mourning the still-birth of their new baby. Yohane, 33, who lives hand to mouth with Flora and her daughter in the tiny mud hut village of Lipunga, gave David to an orphanage when his mother Marita died from complications after giving birth to him. Mr Chisale's visit continued: "We talked about several issues, her music, her husband's films. I have listened to her earlier music but I am afraid I haven't watched Mr Ritchie's films."
Madonna was granted an 18-month interim adoption order to take David out of the country in October last year. After a second home visit in December, a report will be filed before a High Court judge by the February 2008 deadline.
But the senior official said: "The adoption is as good as complete - she will have her boy, the rest is a formality. We are all convinced Madonna should keep the boy." (source: Sunday Mirror)
16 September - Madonna meets with Israeli president
Madonna met with Israel's president Saturday during a visit to attend a conference on Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical sect she has embraced despite criticism from Orthodox Jews.
The pop star was seen entering Shimon Peres' home in Jerusalem with husband Guy Ritchie after the end of the Jewish New Year at sunset Saturday. The Nobel Peace laureate gave Madonna a copy of the Old Testament that she had requested, Israeli TV reported.
On Friday, Madonna was filmed singing Jewish songs and dancing at a conference on Kabbalah with a crowd of hundreds at a Tel Aviv hotel.
Madonna, who arrived in the Holy Land on Wednesday, has become a follower of Kaballah in recent years despite her background as a Roman Catholic. Orthodox Jews have called her interest in the sect an abomination.
The singer has taken the Hebrew name Esther, and has been seen wearing a red thread on her wrist in a Jewish tradition to ward off the evil eye. During her visit she plans to visit sites sacred to Kabbalists. (source: AP via Yahoo)
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