Madonna news - Jan. 2009


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31 January - No tour extension for North America or Australia
The touring industry is ebullient since Madonna has extended her Sticky & Sweet Tour for a second year, something she has never done. Madonna will perform 24-25 European concerts this summer beginning July 4 in London, ENG and the last one booked so far is on August 20 in Ljubljana, SLO. Paul Oakenfold is the opening act on all of the extended tour dates.
Sixteen concert dates have been released, and the London concert is the only repeat market from last year. The rest of the tour will include appearances in cities she has never performed in before, such as Werchter, BEL; Marseille, FRA; Hamburg, GER; Oslo, NOR; Helsinki, FIN; Tallinn, EST; and Ljubljana, SLO; as well as stops in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria.
She has booked a few cities that she has not performed in for more than 15 years, inculding Madrid, SPA; Gothenburg, SWE; and Munich, GER. Shows are to be announced for Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Romania and Serbia.
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation's Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring/Artist Nation, advised TicketNews that there is "no chance for a North American extension of the tour."
"This is a first for me," Madonna said in a statement. "I've never extended a tour before. I'm excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I've never been and returning to places I love."
In 2008, the Sticky & Sweet Tour was seen by 2.35 million fans in 58 cities and grossed about $282 million. The tour boasted record-breaking ticket sales everywhere, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates; 72,000 tickets at Zurich's Dubendorf Airfield -- the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland; 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York's Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).
"This new run of dates will further solidify Madonna's position as one of the top selling touring artists of all time," added Fogel, the tour producer.
And despite reports in the Australian media that four concerts are scheduled for an September/October outing Down Under, Fogel said that there is no validity to the reports. Madonna has only toured Australia once -- back in 1993. (source: TicketNews)


30 January - Are you attending the Sticky & Sweet Tour 2009?
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30 January - Billboard: Same production and performers
Madonna will crank up her Sticky & Sweet Tour again this summer with about 25 more shows in the U.K. and Europe, which will add to the total of what's already the top-grossing tour ever by a female or solo artist.
The final leg of the tour will start in London at the O2 Arena on July 4. Madonna will also play the Manchester (U.K.) Evening News Arena, with the rest of the dates on the tour being stadiums in European markets she has either never played or hasn't played in several years, according to tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation. The complete route and venues will be released tomorrow morning.
Adding another leg to a tour is a highly unusual move for Madonna. "It absolutely has not happened in the four tours I've been involved with," Fogel tells Billboard.com. "There has been talk [of extending] during each one, but it has never come to be. But with this one, she loves the show, she's had a great time and she's excited about playing new markets."
Fogel says the demand is clearly present in these fresh Madonna markets; London is the only repeat market from the 2008 leg. "It's amazing when you look at the number of markets that she's never played, including this last run in 2008," he says. "We went to quite a few markets she has never played or hasn't been to in 15-plus years. This [extension] is really a continuation of that in the sense of playing new and different markets."
Madonna has enjoyed remarkable box office growth over her past four tours, raking in $75 million in 2001, $125 million in 2004, $194 million in 2006 and $280 million last year, according to Billboard Boxscore. All of these tours were produced by Fogel and his team, and all included roughly the same number of dates (55-60 shows). Attendance has also remained steady, and ticket prices were the same on the past two tours, Fogel says.
The extension will take Sticky & Sweet to around 80 shows, and boost it well into the top five grossing tours of all time. Despite the more than six-month break, the tour will feature the same production and performers as 2008. "It is a long hiatus, but everybody was excited to continue," Fogel says. "So we basically worked out the arrangements for all the performers, crew and equipment and we'll be ready to go."
The Sticky & Sweet tour was the first under a 10-year multi-rights agreement between Madonna and Live Nation, valued in some reports at about $120 million. (source: Billboard)


30 January - Madonna replaces Werchter Boutique festival in Belgium
UPDATE: We have learned that Madonna is not headlining Werchter Boutique, as we first reported, but is in fact replacing the event. The festival won't be happening this year and instead it will be the show of Madonna, preceded by Paul Oakenfold's opening act. (thx to Jeffrey for the link)
For her very first visit to Belgium, Madonna has chosen the open air festival ground of Werchter, which can hold up to 80.000 people, making it one of the largest shows on this tour. Tickets will cost € 75 (regular standing) and € 85 (golden circle) and will go on sale on Sat. 7th of February at 9am through the website Proximus Go For Music and the phone number 0900 2 60 60 (max. 6 tickets/person).


30 January - Press release: Stickier & Sweeter in new European markets *official*
MADONNA'S 'STICKY & SWEET TOUR' GOES BACK ON THE ROAD SUMMER 2009
Special Guest Paul Oakenfold To Open All Shows.
MOST SUCCESSFUL CONCERT TOUR OF 2008 VISITS 22 MARKETS BEGINNING JULY 4 IN LONDON
Tour To Thrill Audiences In 13 First Time Stops for Material Girl

Madonna extends Sticky & Sweet TourMadonna's phenomenally successful Sticky & Sweet Tour, already the #1 Biggest Grossing Tour in history for a solo artist, will embark on another series of shows beginning July 4th in London. Stops will include appearances in never before played markets such as Werchter Belgium, Marseille France, Hamburg Germany, Oslo Norway, Helsinki Finland, Tallinn Estonia, Ljubljana Slovenia as well as stops in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria it was confirmed today by Live Nation. Additional appearances by Madonna will include return visits after more than 15 years to Madrid, Gothenburg and Munich. "This is a first for me. I've never extended a tour before. I'm excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I've never been and returning to places I love" commented Madonna about the new run of dates.

Raves around the globe for the tour include the London Times which remarked, "In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated." "The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty," glowed The Independent (UK).
In 2008, the Sticky & Sweet Tour was seen by 2,350,285 fans in 58 cities. With record breaking ticket sales everywhere, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich's Dübendorf Airfield - the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York's Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).
"This new run of dates will further solidify Madonna's position as one of the top selling touring artists of all time," said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation's Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring/Artist Nation. Special Guest for Sticky & Sweet 2009, Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important - if not the most important - name in modern club culture. He has remixed The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Muse, New Order, The Cure, Massive Attack and even Elvis Presley, and produced The Happy Mondays. The two-time Grammy nominee is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest DJ in the world. His new artist album, Pop Killer, is due out later this year. Madonna's multi-Grammy-nominated CD, Hard Candy, debuted at Number One in over 37 countries.

Show date City Venue On sale date
04 July London, UK O2 Fri. Feb. 06
07 July Manchester, UK MEN Arena Fri. Feb. 06
11 July Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark Sat. Feb. 07
14 July Milan, Italy San Siro Fri. Feb. 06
21 July Barcelona, Spain Olympic Stadium to be announced
23 July Madrid, Spain Vicente Calderon to be announced
28 July Hamburg, Germany Trab-Arena Hamburg Bahrenfield to be announced
30 July Oslo, Norway Vallehovin Mon. Feb. 09
04 August Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Ground to be announced
06 August Helsinki, Finland West Harbour Mon. Feb. 09
09 August Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Mon. Feb. 09
11 August Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Mon. Feb. 09
13 August Prague, Czech Republic Chodov Natural Amphitheatre to be announced
15 August Warsaw, Poland Bemowo Airport to be announced
18 August Munich, Germany Olympic Stadium to be announced
20 August Ljubljana, Slovenia Hippodrome to be announced

In 2009, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour will also visit Marseille in addition to performances in Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Romania, and Serbia.

The Icon ticket presales for the shows listed in the grid below will start on Feb. 3 at 10am LOCAL TIME in the city where the show will take place for legacy Icon members and at noon LOCAL TIME in the city where the show will take place for newer members. Additional ticket presales will be announced as they are confirmed.
Who is a legacy member? A Legacy Icon Member is someone who has been a long time Platinum member of Icon. To read more about legacy access visit the help section. You can also check your membership status to see if you are considered a Legacy ICON Platinum Member. Visit your MY ACCOUNT details to check your current offer status.
We highly recommend that you review the presale instructions in advance of participating in an Icon presale event. Our fan club sale system will generate your fan club sale passcode for you when the shows go live. For the 2009 tour dates, eligible Icon members will be able to purchase up to 4 tickets to each show during the presale with their membership.

Show date City Venue Legacy Icon Member Presale Icon Member Presale
04 July London, UK O2 Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
07 July Manchester, UK MEN Arena Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
11 July Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
14 July Milan, Italy San Siro Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
30 July Oslo, Norway Vallehovin Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
04 August Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Ground Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
06 August Helsinki, Finland West Harbour Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
09 August Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon
11 August Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Tue Feb. 03 at 10am Tue Feb. 03 at Noon


30 January - The bomb will drop today
European fans, be prepared! This afternoon, it is expected that the details of the European summer tour are announced. And some countries that have never been visited by Madonna before, are in for quite a treat! Stay tuned!


28 January - Raising Malawi wins MySpace Impact Award
Madonna fans have made a real difference by helping Raising Malawi to earn this month's Myspace Impact Award.
The Impact Award honors MySpace members who are making a positive impact in the world. Raising Malawi was nominated for its work to eliminate poverty and empower vulnerable children in the impoverished nation of Malawi.
As this month's winner, Raising Malawi receives a (USD) 10,000 grant to be put toward improving the health and education of Malawi's kids. In a nation where every penny truly counts, this money will do a great deal of good.
The Impact Award also means invaluable publicity for Raising Malawi and its partner organizations. Now millions of people worldwide will learn of Malawi's plight and what they can do to help.
Madonna and Raising Malawi would like to thank all the fans who voted for Raising Malawi and helped to spread the word about the important work of this remarkable organization. With the unified support of dedicated volunteers worldwide, there's no limit to the impact we can make.
To learn more about the work of Raising Malawi and how you can be part of it, please visit www.raisingmalawi.org. (source: Madonna.com)


27 January -European summer tour 2009 officially confirmed *official*
Madonna's official tour site, tickets.madonna.com has revealed that the rumours are true and Madonna is indeed going to tour Europe this summer! More details to be revealed later this week. Currently there are no official dates scheduled for the tour.
UPDATE: Madonna.com confirms it is an extension of the Sticky & Sweet Tour:

Madonna fans, are you ready for more?
We are happy to confirm that the rumors are true: Madonna has decided to extend her Sticky & Sweet Tour. She is looking forward to an amazing summer in Europe, hitting the cities she didn't get a chance to in 2008.
While detailed itinerary will be released later this week, we highly encourage you to wait for official on-sale dates and info before ordering tickets to rumored shows and venues.
Get ready for another hot summer.... Madonna is hitting the road again!



27 January - Why is Madonna horsing around in Palm Beach?
It may come as no surprise to her millions of fans to find out that Madonna likes horses. She's certainly got the legs for riding. But polo ponies? Whacking little balls around with a wooden mallet? Wait, I'm starting to see the appeal...
Madonna loves riding horseSeems the freshly free Madonna may soon be watching a bit of polo at the hoity-toity, upper-crusty FTI Wellington Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
According to my old friend Sharon Robb at the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, Madonna has been working with British riding coach Daisy Trayford at the SF multimillion-dollar 14-ring facility.
Madonna was rumored to make an appearance at Sunday's $50,000 Equisport Agency Grand Prix. She was spotted by Dish Rag spies at the Equestrian Center this weekend, checking out the scene but mentioned she might not make an appearance in the stands due to press and photographers.
Our source says: "Madonna was in a box with a few other adults at the table watching the horses jump. She had an orange hat on with her hair pulled back. I did not see any kids with her or A-Rod. I know that she is here for two weeks with her trainer."
According to Robb's report, Trayford has worked with Madonna since she purchased two horses from Trayford's Exmoor Eventing.
If she does come to some events, she won't be lonely. Robb sez rocker Bruce Springsteen may attend to watch his daughter Jessica and Big Apple Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg could turn up to see daughter Georgina. CNN chatter Lou Dobbs might come to watch daughter Hillary. All three girls are 2012 Olympic equestrian hopefuls. Who knew?
Can Madonna's daughter Lourdes be next on a polo pony? And will Alex Rodriguez join Madge at the polo grounds? Or perhaps that new Brazilian model named Jesus Luz she's been romantically linked with? So many questions... (source: Los Angeles Times)


24 January - Re-Invention Tour DVD to come out "someday" *official*
Madonna performing Don't Tell Me @ Re-Invention TourMadonna's official fanclub ICON has launched a new service where registered users can ask Madonna's manager Guy Oseary on a quarterly basis. The 10 most asked questions will be published. To avoid receiving dozens of mails asking the most obvious question among the fan community, they posted the following disclaimer:

Before you e-mail your question, please note that Guy has already provided us with an answer regarding a possible release of the Re-Invention Tour on DVD: "There is no current plan for the Re-Invention Tour DVD. As you know it was shot and it will come out someday, but nothing is planned for it as of now."

Of course this does not come as a surprise, as a 5 year-old tour obviously would not be among Madonna's top priorities in the foreseeable future, even though fans relentlessly kept asking Guy Oseary during the Sticky & Sweet Tour. Currently, parts of the Re-Invention Tour can be witnessed in the I'm Going To Tell You A Secret documentary (available @ Amazon.com) and it seems we're gonna have to settle with that for a long time and focus on the Sticky & Sweet Tour DVD that hopefully will not receive such a poor treatment from Madonna and her team.


23 January - Sticky & Sweet Tour extension in summer of 2009? *rumour*
Fansite MadonnaTribe reports that currently there are plans to extend Madonna's record-breaking Sticky & Sweet Tour in the summer of 2009. As of now, it's shaping up to be an European-only tour with some new cities visited in July & August, including the already rumoured Marseille and Milan. The show itself would be most likely the same as in 2008 with little changes. Personally, we're not sure about the point of the extension because most of European market was covered in 2008 while Madonna still keeps ignoring other parts of the world, and we wouldn't be surprised if Live Nation conceived the whole idea only to avoid Celine Dion breaking Madonna's own record of biggest grossing solo tour. As always, we'll keep you updated, but without any official confirmation, this is treated as a strong rumour at the moment.


Behind the scenes of the Louis Vuitton campaign Behind the scenes of the Louis Vuitton campaign Behind the scenes of the Louis Vuitton campaign Behind the scenes of the Louis Vuitton campaign 22 January - Behind the scenes of the Louis Vuitton campaign
As you probably know, Madonna will be the face of Louis Vuitton's 2009 Spring Campaign. While the first photographs [by Marc Jacobs] have surfaced on both the internet and in the press, the Louis Vuitton website is now featuring some exclusive behind the scenes footage filmed during the making of the campaign at the Cafe Figaro in Los Angeles. Click here to watch the video at Louis Vuitton's website. (source: Madonna.com)


22 January - Glastonbury performance denied
Michael Eavis, organizer of the Glastonbury Festival, spoke up about headliner rumours and denied Madonna's appearance:
The Festival organiser was also asked by The Western Daily Press about the current rumours concerning the line-up. He replied, "Most of the rumours already out there are pretty good, I must say. Not necessarily all of them, but most of them are good."
Although he wouldn't confirm of deny whether eFestivals' predictions of Bruce Springsteen, Blur, and Neil Young were true, when their names were mentioned. He did reiterate that he had a fourth headliner up his sleeve. Mr Eavis asserted, "There's one missing out there that is a really good one that people haven't latched on to yet, so I'm very pleased about that. It's good to have one surprise." He also ended rumours of Madonna making an appearance, adding, "No, that's not a good one". (source: efestivals.co.uk)


22 January - Madonna bashed over leaked outtakes
Hard Candy album outtake by Steven Klein Hard Candy album outtake by Steven KleinOver the past few days, several outtakes from photoshoots by Steven Klein and Tom Munro in 2008 have surfaced on the Internet. You can download a whole bunch at the French fansite Absolument Madonna. The outtakes for the Hard Candy album shoot in particular have caused a stir in the press. Especially some raunchy but not retouched pictures caused a lot of bashing in the British trash media (mostly the same who accuse her of having surgery when she does look good in a picture). It's kinda ironic that Madonna is now even judged on the material that she hasn't even released...
E! Online dished: "Has the 50-year-old finally gone too far? Photos of the singer's Hard Candy campaign have emerged, showing her dressed in medical gauze, a disposable thong and boots that look like they were stitched together by some creepy Tim Burton character.", while the Daily Mail started it all with "She has no intention of growing old gracefully - or in comfort, it seems. Madonna strapped, wrapped and laced herself into a very improbable outfit to promote her 11th studio album, Hard Candy. The all-white ensemble, with bandages at chest and wrist, was probably meant to appear sexy or tough. But the singer ended up looking as though she'd sustained several injuries and was in serious danger of collecting a few more. Her boots had such high heels that even she would have struggled to perform a jig - and if she had, those knickers definitely wouldn't have stayed put. Judging by the sour look on her face, she was regretting the whole idea." Although they do admit that "Madonna's body remains in remarkable shape for 50, thanks to her punishing workouts and diet."


17 January - First Madonna-Jesus picture surfaces
Madonna in W Magazine Madonna and Jesus in W Magazine The first two pictures of the photoshoot for W Magazine have surfaced. One of them features hunky Brazilian model Jesus leaning over to kiss Madonna, who sports long blond hair and a sexy black outfit. The other is a close-up of Madonna while drinking, bringing out her eyes beautifully.


17 January - Nude photo of 20-year-old Madonna on auction block
A nude photo of Madonna, taken before erotic songs and risque costumes catapulted her to superstardom, is expected to sell for at least $10,000, Christie's auction house says.
Madonna, then known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, may have earned as little as $25 for the 1979 modeling session.
The raw, full frontal black-and-white image, taken by Lee Friedlander, appeared in Playboy in 1985 and is to be auctioned Feb. 12. Madonna was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet when she answered Friedlander's newspaper ad seeking a nude model, said Matthieu Humery, head of Christie's photography department.
Humery said this week that six photos from the shoot were sold to Playboy and the one up for auction is "maybe the most explicit one."
"For Friedlander it is a very typical way of taking pictures of a woman," he said. "He likes very natural women. It reflects Friedlander's aesthetic.
"There's not a hint of glamorizing," he added. "That's what makes it powerful."
He said he knows of no other prints of the black-and-white photo.
Friedlander has said of the photo session that Madonna "seemed very confident, a street-wise girl. She told me she was putting a band together but half the kids that age are doing that. She was a good professional model."
The other five pictures from the Playboy spread were sold together in 2003 for $7,170.
Another, later photo of Madonna, by Helmut Newton, is in the auction and is also expected to fetch $10,000 to $15,000. In that shot, also sold to Playboy, Madonna is wearing lingerie, curly blond hair and a seductive expression. A man kneels beside her.
The Madonna photos are among 150 images by some of the biggest names in photography that are being sold from the collection of Leon and Michaela Constantiner.
Last month, more than 350 photographs from the New York couple's collection were auctioned. One highlight was a collection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe that were taken by Bert Stern for Vogue magazine the year Monroe died. They sold for $146,500.
Christie's say the record auction price for a nude photo is the $1.6 million paid last year for Edward Weston's 1925 "Nude." (source: AP via Yahoo!)


17 January - Queen of Disco beats Queen of Pop
Unfortunately after 6 consecutive #1s on Billboard's Hot Dance / Club Play chart, Madonna fails to score her 40th chart topper with latest single Miles Away. After two weeks at #2, it falls to #5 on next week's chart, with the crown taken by none other than Donna Summer, one of Madonna's main inspirations, who's back to the dance scene with her first studio album in 17 years and 'Fame (The Game)' is already the 3rd #1 from the album. Interestingly, the act who held Madonna off the top spot last week was The Killers, whose single 'Human' is produced by longtime Madonna collaborator Stuart Price.
As its highly unlikely that Hard Candy gets a 4th single, we're gonna have to wait for Madonna's next project to score her 40th dance #1! Madonna's only other #2 hit on the dance chart is 1995's Human Nature, which spent 3 weeks at the runner up position.
For more chart details, check out the list of Madonna's previous dance hits and the full chart run of Miles Away.

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