Madonna news - April 2009


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28 April - Madonna & Louis Vuitton part deux
Madonna will once again be the face of the upcoming Louis Vuitton campaign for their Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.
Following the extraordinary success of the Spring/Summer 2009 ad campaign, Louis Vuitton, its creative director Marc Jacobs, and Madonna, are proud to announce they will be collaborating for a second consecutive season.
The iconic pop star will be photographed by Steven Meisel in New York City, under the art direction of Marc Jacobs.
The first images of the campaign should appear in August issues of fashion magazines. (source: Madonna.com)
~ The rumour section of Madonna's official site recently hinted at the possiblity of these pictures being used for Madonna's upcoming greatest hits collection, so stay tuned for more!


25 April - Madonna named Hollywood's hardest working mum
With earnings of $110 million (74.8 million pounds) in 2008, Madonna topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's hardest working mothers, followed by actresses Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow .
The pop singer and mother of three, who was recently turned down in her bid to adopt a second child from Malawi, grossed $105 million on her tour and sold nearly a million albums in the United States. Madonna also signed several lucrative endorsement deals last year, according to Forbes.com.
Madonna performing on her Sticky & Sweet Tour"She had an incredible year in 2008," said Lauren Streib who helped to compile the list that was released on Friday .
"She had the top tour of any musician...The tour sold out around the world. So it wasn't surprising as much as it is a commentary on how successful her year was," she said.

Witherspoon, who earned an estimated $24 million last year, was second on the list, followed closely behind by Paltrow with $20 million in earnings.
In addition to her film career and raising daughter Ava and son Deacon, Witherspoon, who is divorced from actor Ryan Phillippe , is also the international spokeswoman for the cosmetics company Avon.
Paltrow's role in the blockbuster comic book film " Iron Man," which earned $580 million worldwide, and her endorsements for Estee Lauder and shoe and handbag maker Tod's propelled her to the third spot.
Streib said the list is based on estimated earnings of Hollywood mothers with at least one child. Earnings include album sales, salaries, box-office grosses and endorsements and licensing deals.
She added that for many of the women on the list endorsement deals are a significant part of their earnings.
"I think this is something that has been going on for decades now. We are seeing less and less models and more and more celebrity spokespeople. It is a big part of the business of being a celebrity," she added.
Mother of three Julia Roberts , who returned to the big screen in a starring role in the film "Duplicity," captured the fourth spot on the list, while actress Sarah Jessica Parker , who has a son with husband Matthew Broderick , rounded out the top five.
Angelina Jolie , who has six children but still earned $14 million last year, came in sixth, followed by model and television presenter Heidi Klum , who is pregnant with her fourth child.
Best actress Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, who has two children, and singer and mother of three Faith Hill also made the list, which is posted at www.forbes.com. (source: Reuters via Yahoo)


24 April - Madonna in recording studio with Oakenfold & Oseary
Last night, Madonna twittered again from Guy Oseary's account, while she was in the studio with Paul Oakenfold, recording a new track for the upcoming greatest hits album. She joked around a bit: "Paul Oakenfold is running around the studio naked.. because i wont put the air on.. its hot in here.. but the music is hotter!!!! -M" Many fans send messages and some got a reply. A few hours later, Guy excitedly reported "Finally listening to the track!!!.. been waiting and waiting for the right mix.. another great DANCE track.. -guy". Hopefully we'll get a preview soon!


22 April - Madonna's new producer: Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold, Madonna's new producerAfter weeks of speculation and rampant rumours among fans, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary confirms on ICON that Madonna is indeed collaborating with Paul Oakenfold for the upcoming greatest hits album. She recorded a yet untitled song (an "amazing dance track") with him as the producer yesterday and hopes to do a second one with him this week. Next week, Madonna is teaming up with another producer for a third track. Guy also reveals that two tracks from these sessions will be used for the greatest hits, which leaves fans puzzled, whether the 3rd song will become an iTunes bonus track, or to be used for another project...

Paul Oakenfold ended up producing Madonna eight years after his first collaboration with her, a remix of What It Feels Like For A Girl in 2001 (coincidentally, William Orbit remixed Madonna nearly eight years before he became Madonna's producer). Since then he's been regularly submitting remixes for Madonna's singles and is conveniently the opening act on all of her shows of the upcoming Sticky & Sweet Tour.

Madonna singles that were remixed by Paul Oakenfold:

What It Feels Like ForA Girl (2001)
American Life (2003)
Hollywood (2003)
Sorry (2006)
Give It 2 Me (2008)

Paul Oakenfold is famous for his club remixes spanning two decades, but it's the first time he's producing a mainstream artist as he becomes the latest addition to Madonna's long list of producers. For more on Oakenfold's work, check here.

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22 April - Madonna back in studio, records bonus track for greatest hits
Breaking news from the horse's mouth: Guy Oseary wrote on Twitter that on Tuesday he was with Madonna in the studio, who was recording a bonus track for her greatest hits album. The sound of the new song is - surprise - DANCE! Currently there's no official confirmation about Madonna's collaborator for this track, or the actual tracklist of the compilation, but keep an eye on Oseary's Twitter as it's a cool new channel between Madonna and her fans for breaking news.


19 April - Paparazzi cause another horse accident, Madonna suffers minor injuries
Madonna was taken to a New York hospital Saturday after falling from a horse while at the South Hampton, N.Y., home of friend and famed photographer Steven Klein.
The singer's rep, Liz Rosenberg, confirms Madonna was treated and released after suffering minor injuries and bruises.
"The accident occurred when the horse Madonna was riding was startled by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer, who was visiting friends on Eastern Long Island over the weekend," Rosenberg said in a statement to Usmagazine.com. "Madonna will be having further tests and will continue to remain under observation by doctors."
In 2005, Madonna -- a talented equestrian -- cracked three ribs and broke her hand and collar bone in a riding accident at her estate just outside London on her 47th birthday. The horse she was riding was a gift from her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.
Seven months after her injuries, the singer, now 50, was photographed by Klein for a 58-page spread in W magazine, where she was pictured alongside six stallions and posed for the cover in her riding gear.
Later that year, at the 2005 MTV Europe Awards, Madonna spoke publicly about the accident.
"After I fell off my horse it was amazing to be able to get up and dance," she said, after performing Hung Up to open the show. "You don't beat singing live...my heart was just pumping out of my chest." (source: Usmagazine.com)
~ Guy Oseary also responded to fans on his Twitter saying "Madonnas accident today was caused by the papparazzi.. they spooked the horse she was riding.. these guys dont know when to stop!!'


16 April - Niki Haris dismisses Madonna fallout rumours
New England's largest gay newspaper Bay Windows published an interview with longtime Madonna backup singer Niki Haris and she dismissed the rumours:
Niki HarisTo start: why the fallout? Diva drama?
"Maybe there was some drama, but I didn't buy into it. We were sisters for years," says Haris. "At the end of the day, really she [Madonna] is a gem and I'm so grateful."
"She threw my baby shower for me!" adds Haris, who gave birth to her daughter in 2003. It was shortly thereafter that Madonna launched her Re-Invention Tour, the first time she staged a show without Haris in over 15 years.
"People can talk all the crap they want, but we both knew by that last tour [Drowned World, 2001]," says Haris. "I had broken my legs, learned how to walk again, how to dance again, and did that tour with really bad injuries. It was okay, but painful. Now, I was 41 and pregnant. ... Of course, my ego was involved: 'Oh, she don't want me no more!' But at the end of the day, she gave me the greatest gift. Because of her, I got to spend every freaking day with my kid, doing the music I love to do. I'm close to 'the family' still. She knows I love her and she loves me."
Coincidentally, Madonna's last two tours have featured similarly named singer Nicki Richards as a backing vocalist. Haris doesn't mind.
"She can get Niki Two, if she wants to," she chuckles.
Continue the interview with Niki Haris here (thanx to Scott Kearnan)

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