Madonna news - Sep. 2008


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15 September - Watch the controversial Get Stupid video online
Madonna's official site has just added the politically-charged tour video Get Stupid, which has been making rounds in the press since the tour kick off. In the clip, Madonna is trying to raise awareness and she's explicitly showing off her preference to the US democrat party. Watch the video here and give us your opinion here!


15 September - Arkady Gips: touring with Madonna
Arkady Gips, 52, has played the violin since he was 3, but he never thought that his career in folk and classical music would lead him to Madonna's world tour.
Gips, who moved from his native Ukraine to Columbus in 1993, was personally selected by Madonna for her 12-piece band on her worldwide Sticky and Sweet tour, which began Aug. 25.
Gips' sister, Mira Axelrud, who also lives in Columbus, said the tour is going well.
"He played for around 40,000 people the other night. He usually plays for audiences of 15,000, tops."
Axelrud described her brother as a "big Madonna fan" and said that he has found the pop singer to simply be "very nice."
Gips' background is grounded in Russian Gypsy music. Madonna's tour is divided into four sections: pimp, old school, Gypsy and rave.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for my brother," said Axelrud, who hears from Gips almost every day. "This chance is huge." (source: Columbus Dispatch)


15 September - Third date added for Buenos Aires
Ticket sales in Latin America continue to be such a success that yet another date has been added to the tour schedule. Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour will perform in Buenos Aires on December 4th. With the earlier announced dates on December 6th and 7th, she brings 3 shows to the capital of Argentina. Believed to be the final tour date to be added, this brings the total amount of shows to 57, thereby surpassing the Re-Invention Tour.


15 September - Sticky & Sweet continues to shatter records
The Material Girl does it again! With a sell-out crowd of over 74,000 fans and a gross of over 12 million USD, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour easily surpassed all previous grosses at both the old and the new Wembley Stadiums. This record breaking performance adds another first following last week's confirmation that Madonna's Zurich performance in front of 72,000 fans was the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland. With upcoming European sell-outs in Lisbon, Paris and Athens, the beat definitely does go on and Sticky & Sweet is certainly destined to be the tour of the year. But it's not just Europe that is enthralled by the world's tastiest sweetheart. In South America fan demand has been so great that multiple dates have now been confirmed everywhere dates were announced, resulting in three performances in Buenos Aires, two in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro and a final three performances in Sao Paulo before the tour wraps up on December 21st. The North American continent is no exception. Sticky & Sweet kicks off October 4th in New York with over 66,500 tickets sold for five consecutive sold out arena performances including one at New Jersey's Izod Center and four Madison Square Garden events before heading throughout the US and Canada and culminating in Mexico City where Madonna's two Sticky & Sweet concerts November 29th & 30th sold out in record time. Sticky & Sweet boasts two hours of non-stop hits that include new twists on old favorites (Vogue, Borderline, La Isla Bonita, Like A Prayer) coupled with sensational versions of modern classics (Music, Hung Up, 4 Minutes, Give It 2 Me).
Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. (source: Press release MarketWatch)


13 September - Madonna dismisses London show controversy
Pop superstar Madonna has dismissed controversy over her recent London concert - insisting the late start was within the venue's guidelines.
The holiday hitmaker was due to begin her show at the city's Wembley Stadium on Thursday (11Sep08) at 8.30pm - but she didn't launch into her first song until 9.10pm, meaning the two-hour event ran late.
Madonna now reportedly faces a fine from the venue, as artists are given a 10.30pm curfew to help local public transport systems cope with the large numbers of concert-goers all exiting at the same time.
Last year (07) British singer George Michael was fined $240,000 (GBP130, 000) when his Wembley gig over-ran by 13 minutes.
But a spokesperson for the star insists that the rules are not binding, telling British publication The London Paper, "Stage times are only guidelines."
The singer has also come under fire for the poor sound quality at the gig, with many fans complaining that they could not hear most of their favourite songs.
But the representative insists there was nothing wrong with the equipment, saying, "I was at the gig and the sound was fine."
Madonna's Sticky + Sweet tour concludes in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 21 December (08). (source: ContactMusic)
~ The Mad-Eyes team was at the London show and didn't notice any problems with either the time schedule either the sound quality. Check out our review of this fantastic show at the tour diary.


10 September - Final tour date added in Sao Paulo
Madonna.com just added a third date for Sao Paulo, Brazil, scheduled to Sunday, December 21st. This show is not only the closing concert of the Sticky & Sweet Tour, but it's almost surely the last date to be added to the schedule. This addition brings the grand total of Sticky & Sweet shows to 56, which equals the total of the Re-Invention Tour.


09 September - Sticky & Sweet Tour gets the party started with DJ Enferno
DJ EnfernoDJ Enferno, one of this country's hottest DJs, has been handpicked by Madonna to be an integral part of her 2008 Sticky & Sweet World Tour. Onstage, Enferno (aka Eric Jao), has already been flexing his championship skills throughout her European stadium dates by using his unique scratching and effecting skills and by utilizing turntables as musical instruments. The Sticky & Sweet Tour is scheduled to start its U.S. leg on October 3rd at the Izod Arena in New Jersey, followed by a run of dates at New York's Madison Square Garden beginning October 6th. Additionally, Enferno, in collaboration with Madonna's Musical Director, Kevin Antunes, helped remix a number of classic and new tracks performed throughout the tour.
"There's no greater satisfaction than when I'm up there makin' the whole crowd move. I'm an artist and DJ at heart," said Enferno. Few DJs possess the skills and expertise that Enferno has earned during 17 years as a DJ. Besides blazing the worldwide nightclub circuit, Enferno won the DMC U.S. Finals and took 2nd place at the DMC World Finals, both in 2003. At WMC 2006, Enferno debuted an entirely new take on the DJ show by incorporating turntablism with spontaneous music production with his "Live Remix Project," dazzling journalists and audiences alike. Hailed by Remix Magazine as a "DJ Innovator," Enferno is in a class by himself.
Enferno will be touring with Madonna on all 43 shows of her Sticky & Sweet World Tour, which includes all European dates, the U.S. leg of the Tour, and the November 29th and 30th dates in Mexico City. Currently, Enferno has DJ residencies at top nightclubs, including Mur.Mur at The Borgata (Atlantic City), Shrine at the MGM Grand (Foxwoods), and several other venues throughout the U.S. (source: Press release via Yahoo Finance)
~ Of course the tour has 55 dates and is finishing in Brazil. The North American leg in fact kicks off on October 4th.


08 September - Buenos Aires gets another show
The first show in Buenos Aires, Argentina is already sold out according to Madonna.com, so they just added a second date for the Evita city, set to Sunday, December 7th. Tickets are already onsale! This might be the last date added to the Sticky & Sweet Tour itineary, unless Sao Paulo, Brazil gets that long-rumoured third date. Madonna's 8th tour consists of 55 shows, spanning through 17 countries!


07 September - Madonna dedicates Like A Virgin to pope
Pop star Madonna, once accused by the Vatican of staging one of the most satanic shows in history, surprised fans by dedicating her hit Like A Virgin to the pope at a sold-out concert held in Rome.
"I dedicate this song to the pope, because I'm a child of God. All of you are also children of God," the 50-year old "Queen of Pop" told the 60,000 fans that flocked to the Italian stop of her Sticky & Sweet world tour on Saturday.
Italian newspapers gushed over the singer's electric performance and called the dedication a surprising provocation.
"At the Roman leg of her tour, Madonna didn't miss the opportunity for a provocation that will certainly be discussed," Italy's top newspaper Corriere della Sera said in a front-page report.
Madonna, who comes from a devout Italian Catholic family, has raised the ire of the Catholic Church in the past with sexually charged antics designed to shock.
In 2006, she staged a mock-crucifixion at a concert in Rome to the backdrop of accusations from the Vatican of blasphemy.
The Vatican also condemned her controversial 1989 video for the song Like A Prayer that featured burning crosses, statues crying blood and Madonna seducing a black Jesus.
The Vatican later panned a show where she decked the stage out with religious imagery as one of the most "satanic shows in the history of humanity." (source: Reuters via Yahoo)


06 September - Second show for Rio de Janeiro confirmed
Madonna.com has added a second show for the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro, set to Monday, December 15th. Ticket sales info is unknown, but it will probably take place in the next couple weeks. Let's hope the sales will be better for the second show than for the first one, where many fans were unfortunately left without tickets because scalpers bought up most of them.
The second date of Rio de Janeiro is one of the last shows to be added to the Sticky & Sweet Tour itineary. There's one more show expected to be added for Sao Paulo and possibly another one for Buenos Aires, Argentina, before the schedule can be considered as final.


05 September - Guy: "Madonna is very supportive"
She may not have been on his arm for the Toronto Film Festival premiere of RocknRolla (blame her touring schedule!) but Guy Ritchie says his wife Madonna was there for him throughout the making of the film.
"She's been very supportive," Ritchie, 39, told People. "It was great."
That said, he told reporters that he didn't know the secret of a happy marriage. "That's a toughie," he conceded. "If you know, you tell me."
The stars of Ritchie's film also had tons of praise for the Material Girl, who often visited the set.
"She's gorgeous," Toby Kebbell said. "A lovely, stunning woman."
Added Ludacris: "Madonna was so low key and so incognito that I hardly noticed her, and when I did it kinda caught me by storm. But honestly speaking, she's a really down to earth, really cool individual. I'm glad I got a chance to meet her – rub some of that energy off!" (source: People.com)


03 September - Live Nation press release: The Beat Goes On
Live Nation has just published a press release to celebrate Madonna's record breaking Swiss concert and the amazing ticket sales of South America:
Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet World tour August 23rd in Cardiff to unanimous acclaim and just played to 72,000 in Zurich, the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland. This mashed up, rock tinged dance-athon features familiar hits and new favourites including 4 Minutes, Candy Shop and Give It 2 Me from her sensational Hard Candy album that debuted at number 1 in 32 countries.
"If those who took in this spectacular opening to Madonna's world tour have seen anything as slick, innovative and energetic in recent months, then please point it out. The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty." -- The Independent 4*
"In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivalled and undefeated." -- The Times
"Without question Madonna is still the Queen of Pop. Long live the Queen." -- The Sun
"Nobody does a big stadium show quite like Madonna -- this is a theatrical, two hour blockbuster." -- Daily Mail
The European leg of the tour finishes September 27th in Athens while the US leg starts October 4th in New Jersey and finishes in Miami November 26th. Sticky & Sweet then travels to Mexico where two stadium performances sold out in record time. In South America, record setting pre-registration to buy tickets has resulted in over 450,000 advance reservations for what has now become six confirmed performances in Brazil (3), Chile (2) and Argentina (1).


01 September - Madonna dazzles at hubby's film premiere
Madonna walked down the red carpet with her film director husband at the world premiere of his latest film.
The A-lister made a surprise appearance in London after the stars of RocknRolla met fans and the press.
She arrived in Leicester Square just minutes before Guy Ritchie's gangster film was shown.
Wearing a short black Stella McCartney dress with jewels down the front, the singer walked arm-in-arm with Ritchie and posed for photographs before entering the Odeon West End cinema.
RocknRolla is set in London's criminal underworld and features property scams and Russian mobsters.
Ritchie, 39, wrote and directed the film, which is seen as his make or break movie following his last two efforts Swept Away and Revolver.
He revealed that he has already written the sequel. "If people go and see this and like it I'll make the second one straight away," he said.
Speaking before his superstar wife arrived, Ritchie - who hit fame a decade ago with another gangster caper Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels - described his latest film as an "indulgence".
He said: "It's the kind of film I like. I've made a film for me.
"My inspiration came from the fact that London has changed so much in the last 10 years." (source: The Press Association via Yahoo)

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