Madonna news - June 2009

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More Vuitton pictures appear online

30 June 2009

Here are even more cool pictures from the new Louis Vuitton photoshoot. Shot by Steven Meisel, the pictures are set to appear in magazines around the world very soon!

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Leaked: Madonna for Louis Vuitton Part Two

Source: NBC New York - 27 June 2009

Madonna by Meisel for Louis Vuitton

A first peek at what's being called "Part Deux" of Madonna's campaign for Louis Vuitton was leaked onto the Web yesterday and we've got the scoop: Apparently the pop star looks to be wearing ... that's right ... bunny ears.

Madonna's first collaboration with Marc Jacobs was a publicity sensation, from the maybe-it's-too-sexy (the Daily Mail actually used the term "raunchy") Moulin Rouge-inspired looks she wore in a Parisian cafe to the reported $10 million dollar paycheck she earned, so it's no surprise that once rumors started circulating that the Material Girl was getting ready to shoot a second series for the label, everyone was quick to pick up the story.

Her manager, Guy Oseary, confirmed the rumors in a simple Twitter posting that read "on my way to Madonna/Louis Vuitton shoot ... part deux," and now the photos are finally here. And yes, those are the same bunny-ears-like headpieces that came down the runway at the LV Fall 2009 show.

Specifically, they're the same bunny ears that she wore to the Costume Institute Gala (the subject of some mockery within the fashion community, to be sure). Are bunny ears the new turbans? Who will be headgear champion: Madonna or Kate Moss? We'll just have to wait and see...

Madonna was planning surprise appearance at Jackson shows

Source: - 26 June 2009

Madonna was making plans to take to the stage for a one-off performance with Michael Jackson at his 50-date London residency. Despite a reportedly frosty relationship following a planned duet that never materialized, Madonna was desperate to join the late King of Pop onstage at the 02 Arena in London.

Dates were due to start in July, and Madonna was all set to be a special guest, according to her manager Guy Oseary. In a post on his page, Oseary says, "[The moment that never happened:] A month ago Madonna told me she wanted to do a surprise performance at one of Michael Jackson's UK shows."

Madonna and Michael at the 1991 Oscar Awars

Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center on Thursday after suffering a fatal heart attack. The Material Girl, who is the same age as 50-year-old Jackson, became the female equivalent of the "Thriller" superstar as they were propelled to phenomenal levels of fame in the 1980s.

The pair accompanied each other to the 1991 Oscars, with Madonna dressed in full Marilyn Monroe attire, famously leading a less-confident Jackson down the red carpet. Rumors even suggested that the pop supercouple were an item, but Madonna killed that story by romancing Warren Beatty.

Michael Jackson is dead: Madonna and Britney Spears lead tributes

Source: Daily Telegraph - 26 June 2009

Madonna and Britney Spears were among dozens of celebrities who paid tribute to Michael Jackson, admitting she could not stop crying.

Jackson died Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in for the tortured music icon revered as the "King of Pop." The 50-year-old singer collapsed at his rented mansion in the exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills and was rushed to hospital by paramedics before being pronounced dead at 2:26 pm (2126 GMT).

Madonna said in a statement: "I can't stop crying over the sad news. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever!"

Spears said in a statement: "I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I'm devastated he's gone!"

~ Michael was only 13 days younger than Madonna. The two of them formed the two biggest icons in pop history, rightfully earning the title of King and Queen of Pop. The Mad-Eyes team sends its condolences to Michael's family and his fans all over the world. His soul will live forever through his music.

Madonna set to wear Louis Vuitton shades on tour

Source: - 25 June 2009

Madonna is said to be demanding cool shades for the European phase of her Sticky & Sweet tour this summer. Word has it the headstrong popster has already raided Louis Vuitton's entire collection of runway visors to wear during her concerts. The singer is said to be taken by the makeup effect the visors' colored lenses are meant to create over the eyes.

Madonna is the top-earning musician of the year

Source: - 25 June 2009

Thanks to her tour and endorsements, Madonna made more than anyone else in music over the last 12 months.

It's time to stop lamenting the dearth of digital and physical album sales. Even in today's economy, musicians--at least top acts--are making more money than ever.

Consider Madonna. According to Forbes earnings estimates, the incomparable Material Girl, who tops our list, has hovered between $40 million and $50 million dollars in annual earnings since 2002.

In the last year, a sold-out worldwide tour, impressive international sales of her latest album, Hard Candy, and lucrative endorsement deals put her earnings at $110 million.

New setlist surprises

21 June 2009

More details emerged on the new Sticky & Sweet Tour setlist: check out our spoilers page to find out more!

William Orbit reflects back on the Music days

20 June 2009

While Madonna fans are currently experiencing the silence before the storm in Madonna-land, fortunately longtime Madonna collaborator William Orbit makes us tide over the slow news days as he reflects back on the era when he last shared the studio with Madonna.

On his own blog, while responding to a fan comment, giving us his opinions on the tracks, on fellow electronica producer Mirwais and of course on Madonna herself:

Music, the album

Hey William,
I see that youre responding to questions and I have one that ive been wondering for quite sometime. What songs have you done with Madonna that you havent released and that hasnt been online? Also, do you ever plan on releasing anything else you did with her? I think Madonna worked best with you. I think MOST people feel that way.

I remember when Music was coming out and she said she played some of her work she did with Mirwais and said u said you were jealous. I had to laugh afterwards because even tough it was good, it was FAAAAARRRRR from the "amazing" (hehe) work you did with her. Amazing, Runaway Lover, and Gone were incredible. Too bad Liquid Love didnt make it because it's the best track I think you ever did with her (besides Drowned World).

Actually, that would be incredible if you made an updated version of Drowned World that sounds like the original but is an updated version. Id melt because the 1st time I heard that sound (as well as Power Of Good-Bye), I had tears in my eyes from how powerful and beautiful it was! Well, I hope you respond. Youre my idol when it comes to electronic music. Keep up the AMAZING work!

Hi Dave
Well, It's Music (the track) that I play at deejay sets the most, albeit my own slightly tweaked version. I love it and never tire of it and think that what she and Mirwais accomplished together was fantastic!

I do get a great response when I play Ray Of Light however, even though it's not a bad-ass demented techno tune, my favourite style to play. This is probably because of general goodwill and fondness towards her from my audience. Everyone has a good memory to go with that song.

Did I really say that I was 'Jealous'? I never get jealous. But 'envious' maybe, And I only put it that way as a tribute to the man. I cannot sound the way he does even if I try and I truly appreciate that kind of musicality when it's done as well as that! I would be interested to know what he is up to these days. Meanwhile, I'm very happy in my own sonic world, although still pushing away at the borders.

I had to listen to the Music album tracks on which I'd participated the other day for something that Warners had requested. I cringed when I heard American Pie. A song that truly deserves it's place at the top of the 'worst-ever-cover-versions' roll of dishonour! What were we thinking?

But Runaway Lover sounded so good. It has stood the test of time very well and has a superb vocal from M. She very much sculpted the way that it sounds on the album. I was a bit spaced out during that one I recall and Mark (Spike) Stent did an excellent mix.
What really got me thinking is that the song Amazing did not ever reach its full potential. i would love to mix that one again. There are elements that didn't make it to the final. What else?, ... Gone is sort of alright.

BTW, there are vocals that she did in the late nineties that have particular strong emotional power. Not all of it released. Much has been written about her dramatic activities but she is capable of mining greater dramatic depths in her vocals than most singers today. It just isn't always in the obvious way. You have to be open to it. Plus there is always a lot of ear candy too. That combination is part of the fascination.

Interesting the you mention a reworking of Drowned World. That could be very good, I was speculating on that just the other day. The original demos sound magical and golden. But I'd only do it as an exercise in musical possibilities for myself. M doesn't look backwards readily and there are, naturally, Warner Bros considerations which are way above my head.

I don't often go into detail about past work but since I'm sitting here in a nice garden in LA, surrounded by friends and their animals and snacking on tasty morsels, with my laptop in front of me, I can take the time to reflect.

There's have been a lot of requests for interviews from various online Madonna fan sites over the years and I've always declined, but having my own blog is a good place to start jotting down a few notes. And it is over ten years on now.

(btw, was just checking and there are so many Madonna sites now. some of which are absolutely superb in terms of detail and dedication!)

But although there is a lot of unreleased material, some of which is exceptional, the question of its release can only be answered by her. And she has a lot else going on in her world at any one time! I always look at it this way, you cannot fault her sense of timing and change so there's not much pointed in trying to second guess her. She'll be going strong for another 50 years, what's the rush?
Best wishes,

Sticky & Sweet tv broadcast on July 4!

Source: - 15 June 2009

Sky has signed an exclusive deal to broadcast Madonna and Girls Aloud's most recent tours: Sticky & Sweet and Out of Control respectively.

The 120-minute Madonna: Sticky & Sweet special was recorded in Buenos Aires in December. It features the singer performing her greatest hits, as well as songs from her latest studio album, Hard Candy.

It will air on Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD on the 4 July, the day Madonna arrives in the UK for her performance at the 02 Arena.

The deal also gives Sky 1 the rights to a special 15-minute, behind-the-scenes film to be broadcast alongside the tour.

~ Most likely the 120 minutes include the commercial breaks, so expect a couple of songs cut, just like the 2006 broadcast of the Confessions Tour on NBC. It is currently unknown whether this is going to be a UK-only special, or later on it's going to be shown on other nations' channels.

Guy Oseary promises Australia for next tour

15 June 2009

Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager posted a hopeful message for Australian fans on his Twitter:

"I have received many messages about Madonna coming to Australia.. I promise you on our next tour we will definitely come down under!"

Madonna's 2nd adoption in Malawi officially approved!

Source: AP via Yahoo - 12 June 2009

Madonna can adopt a second child from Malawi, the southern African country's highest court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court decision it said was out of touch with the times.

Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo also said the singer's commitment to helping disadvantaged children should have been taken into account when deciding on Madonna's request to adopt 3-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James.

Madonna has founded a charity, Raising Malawi, which helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi's more than 1 million orphans, half of whom have lost a parent to AIDS.

Children's welfare groups had expressed concern that rules meant to protect children were being bent because of Madonna's celebrity, and perhaps out of gratitude for what she has done for Malawi, one of the world's poorest and most AIDS-ravaged countries.

Madonna had appealed after a lower court ruled she could not adopt the girl because the singer had not spent enough time in Malawi. The lower court said residency rules had been bent when Madonna adopted her son David from Malawi last year.

The appeals court said that was a narrow interpretation based on old laws, and that it is possible in today's globalized world to be resident in more than one place at a time.

~ Congratulations to Madonna and her big family!

Second Tel Aviv Show announced!

Source: - 11 June 2009

We are happy to announce that due to overwhelming demand, a second Tel Aviv show has just been added to Madonna's tour itinerary and will take place at Yhoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park) on September 2nd!

Tickets to this newly added show will go on sale on Friday, June 12 at 10 am Local Time [tomorrow].

If you're a current Platinum member of Icon, please note that a special fan club allotment will be made available through a devoted sale starting on June 12 at 10am Local Time. No matter if you're a long time member or a new one, you will be able to access this sale and order your tickets.

See you at the show!

~ With this, most likely final addition, the 2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour reaches the amount of 29 shows, exactly half of the 2008 dates!

Polish priests don't want Madonna's Assumption

Source: ContactMusic - 11 June 2009

Madonna's upcoming concert in Poland has been thrown into jeopardy after a Catholic group announced plans to protest the show.

A committee is hoping to keep the Material Girl from taking to the stage in Warsaw on 15 August (09), which coincides with the Assumption of Mary feast - a holy date in the Catholic Church.

A Catholic Society representative maintains the controversial pop star's shows on her Sticky & Sweet tour are anti-Christian and would conflict with the religious celebration.

The group has urged Polish government officials and tour promoters to cancel the show - but if the performance goes ahead, the assembly has promised to "stifle Madonna" by staging a picket line outside the venue.

The Catholic protesters aren't the first to take issue with Madonna's current tour - last month (May09) Russian officials demanded she promise not to blaspheme at her August concert in front of the country's oldest museum.

Lawyer: Adoption not yet approved

Source: Access Hollywood - 10 June 2009

Madonna's adoption lawyer in Malawi, Alan Chinula, tells Access Hollywood that online rumors of Malawi's high court changing their tune and allowing Madonna to adopt a young girl named Mercy are, "not true at all."

Chinula said that the judges in Malawi are not happy about this report out there on the Web. Specifically he said that, "The Chief Justice is not very amused," and that, "We're very unhappy about it."

Chinula's colleagues are having a meeting with the Chief Justice later today to explain that it is a misunderstanding and nothing more than a rumor circulating in the press.

Chinula also says they are anxiously waiting for the courts to deliver the judgment, and that it could be any day. He told Access he checks in with the court clerk every day to find out if they have made a decision on the adoption.

He added that he has not spoken to Madonna about this latest report yet.

Chinula is very dismayed at this false report. He goes on to say that his staff are professionals and that they would never tell the press something like this before a decision had come down.

Chinula also handled Madonna's first adoption with David Banda, now 3.

Press release: Final show of a triumphant tour

Source: - 3 June 2009

Madonna's triumphant and record shattering Sticky & Sweet Tour will be making its last and final stop September 1st in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Yehoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park). Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, June 3rd - complete details below.

Performing Like A Prayer in NYC

"I'm very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final show. I know it will be unforgettable" commented Madonna who last performed in Israel in 1993.

The Sticky & Sweet Tour - a stunning extravaganza gives fans a breathtaking never before seen or heard once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the top selling touring acts of all time, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour played 58 cities last summer to wild critical acclaim and before over two and a half million adoring fans including sold out performances in Paris (80,000 tickets sold), Zurich (72,000 tickets sold), London (74,000 ticket sold), Vancouver (50,000 tickets sold), South America (650,000 tickets sold) and three sold out Madison Square Garden Shows in New York City.

"In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated" raved the London Times of Madonna's show in England. Sticky & Sweet is scheduled to start up again in London's 02 Arena on July 4th with additional dates in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Russia, Sweden and many other countries before finishing on September 1st in Tel Aviv.

Madonna joined creative forces with director Jamie King to create Sticky & Sweet which includes a troupe of 17 dancers, a specially built stage, hundreds of costumes and cutting edge visual technology. A multi million platinum selling recording artist, world class entertainer, singer, producer, songwriter, visual revolutionary, children's book author, film director, documentarian, cultural icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Madonna's career continues to inspire her many fans around the world.

She continues her unparalleled career which thankfully for her legion of fans shows no signs of slowing down and that's most apparent when she arrives on a stage in Tel Aviv or anywhere else.

Madonna to perform in Tel Aviv on September 1st

Source: Jerusalem Post - 1 June 2009

Madonna will perform in Israel as part of her world Sticky and Sweet tour, it was officially announced on Monday.

Performing Devil Wouldn't Recognize You in Cardiff

The 'Queen of Pop' will give a single show on September 1 at Tel Aviv's Ganei Yehoshua [Hayarkon Park] to promote her latest album Hard Candy.

Tickets will go on sale on the Netvision Web site ( on June 3. Regular tickets will be priced at NIS 490, while tickets in two special VIP sections will be NIS 1,500-2,500.

A special stage will be built at the 66,000 capacity venue for Madonna and her 17 dancers, while British record producer and DJ Paul Oakenfold will be performing as a special guest.

The tour began in August 2008 in Cardiff and was meant to end in Bulgaria on August 29, 2009.

However, Madonna received an offer by promoter Shuki Weiss and Live Nation to extend her tour for a performance in Israel, her 86th and final leg of the tour.

It will mark Madonna's second performance in Israel following her 1993 show in Tel Aviv.

The entertainer's last trip to Israel came two years ago when she was hosted by the Kaballah Center along with then-husband Guy Ritchie.

"I'm very excited to return to Israel for my last show," said Madonna at a press conference Monday. "I know that it will be unforgettable."

~ has not yet added Tel Aviv to its tour schedule, but it should happen soon. In 1993, Madonna performed in the same venue as part of the Girlie Show.

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