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25 February - Sticky & Sweet US broadcast & DVD release delayed
Following several delays already, the latest date for the VH1 US broadcast of the Sticky & Sweet Tour is now Friday, April 2nd. Because of that, the American street date for the Blu-Ray/DVD is now April 6th, as listed on Amazon.com. This should not affect the rest of the world, where the release is still reported to be March 26th/29th.
In related news, several online retailers are now publishing the tracklist of the bonus live CD, but was not yet confirmed by Madonna's official site. Following the tradition started with her previous live albums, once again it's a selection of 13 numbers from the show:
01. Candy Shop
02. Beat Goes On
03. Human Nature
05. She's Not Me
07. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
08. Spanish Lesson
09. La Isla Bonita
10. You Must Love Me
11. Get Stupid
12. Like A Prayer
13. Give It 2 Me
The DVD contains the full show as performed in Buenos Aires, which includes Madonna's live rendition of the Evita ballad Don't Cry For Me Argentina. There's also 30 minutes of bonus behind the scenes footage. Click here to pre-order your copy from Amazon!
UPDATE: Madonna.com confirms the delay is only for the US.
25 February - New official Madonna app for iPhone and Android
Madonna fans, we are happy to announce the launch of Madonna's official app for iPhone and Android!
The app features music, videos, news and photos but also all of the tools you need to comment Madonna's albums and tours while interacting with other Madonna fans around the world.
Just click here to download it for free and to have your Madonna branded app installed to your phone in the blink of an eye! (source: Madonna.com)
23 February - Liz Rosenberg leaves Warner, keeps Madonna
Liz Rosenberg, longtime publicity exec at Warner Bros. Records, is ankling to form her own praisery, Liz Rosenberg Media, the label announced Tuesday.
During the course of her 39-year career at the company, Rosenberg was closely associated with Madonna. The superstar vocalist – originally signed in 1983 to Warner's distributed imprint Sire, and later head of her own imprint Maverick – exited the Burbank-based label last year for a 360-degree deal with Live Nation.
As part of an ongoing consultancy with the firm, Rosenberg will continue to rep Madonna, as well as current Warner acts Michael Buble, Cher, Stevie Nicks, David Foster, Charice and Katherine Jenkins.
Warner Bros. Records chief executive officer Tom Whalley said in a statement, "Over the course of her remarkable tenure, Liz Rosenberg's contribution to the company has been immeasurable. We are delighted that as she begins her own enterprise, we will continue our association with her on behalf of several of our key artists." (source: Variety)
17 February - Madonna in talks for Macy's clothing line?
In the growing love affair between celebrity and fashion, one of the biggest names out there is close to getting into the groove: Madonna.
The pop icon is in talks to launch a contemporary women's collection with a group of licensees that would be sold exclusively at Macy's, according to sources. The merchandise would include apparel, accessories, intimates and footwear. Label names under serious consideration for the product lines include Material Girl for the apparel and Truth or Dare for the lingerie and underwear.
Truth or Dare was the title of a 1991 film, which documented Madonna's groundbreaking Blond Ambition worldwide concert tour.
Madonna's longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg, did not return calls Monday seeking comment. A Macy's spokesman also declined comment.
Iconix Brand Group Inc. is involved in the negotiations for the venture, according to sources, and Madonna has made visits to the company's New York offices. Iconix is a brand management firm, which owns and licenses 21 brands, including Candie's, Bongo, Rampage, London Fog, Rocawear, Danskin and Badgley Mischka. The brands ring up $10 billion in retail sales in total, according to the company.
An Iconix spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny a potential Madonna deal. "Iconix has no comment on this story," she said.
However, sources said a deal is close to being signed.
Iconix has experience working with pop superstars, having re-signed Britney Spears last month to a second year representing the Candie's brand, which is sold exclusively at Kohl's.
If a Madonna-Iconix deal with Macy's does come to fruition, it would be the latest in a string of recent tie-ups between celebrities and fashion brands. Sarah Jessica Parker has invested in Halston and been named its chief creative officer and president; Lindsay Lohan is artistic adviser at Ungaro, and Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have prominent fashion lines of their own. Knowles also just launched a fragrance of her own, Heat, with Coty Inc., which is expected to generate revenues of more than $100 million worldwide in its first year.
Yet the misses in the celebrity fashion game far outnumber the hits. Jessica Simpson has a successful footwear collection with Camuto Group, but has had troubles in the sportswear category, recently signing a license with Jones Apparel Group Inc. for a jeanswear collection. Jennifer Lopez was never able to build a sustainable business with Sweetface and JLO; Eve repeatedly relaunched her Fetish brand only to have it lapse; Paris and Nicky Hilton's fashion collections petered out, and lines from the likes of Whitney Port quickly fizzled.
Madonna is Madonna, however, and she remains one of the world's most recognizable stars. The 51-year-old's previous forays into the fashion business have been numerous and memorable. She currently appears in the Dolce & Gabbana spring advertising campaign, and has previously appeared in ads for Louis Vuitton, Versace and Gap. Madonna walked the runway topless for Jean-Paul Gaultier in 1992 and has cropped up in the front row of shows on occasion, including Marc Jacobs last season.
In spring 2007, Madonna created a co-branded women's collection with H&M, under the M by Madonna label. "Madonna has an impressive feel for fashion and trends. She was extraordinarily style conscious, passionate and was involved in even the smallest details of every design," said Margareta van den Bosch, head of H&M design at that time. She clearly is eager to branch out from performing, with reports that she may write and direct a film about the romance between Wallis Simpson and Edward, the Prince of Wales, called "W.E." She also is said to be preparing a worldwide tour for later this year. The singer is known to demand total creative control over her projects, which is one of the reasons she has yet to launch a fragrance, even though she has tried to do so for more than a decade. Beauty companies have been reluctant to meet her financial demands, while many question whether her appeal remains as strong as it once was. (source: WWD)
17 February - First preview of Madonna-episode on Glee
Sue in a cone bra? The Cheerios working their pompoms in a routine to Express Yourself? Curt proclaiming himself to be part of the glitterati?
It sounds like the highly anticipated all-Madonna episode of "Glee" will have all the Gleeks dancing on La Isla Bonita.
Entertainment Tonight previewed a sneak peek at the Golden Globe-winning show. The one-minute clip, which you can watch repeatedly above, also shows Jonathan Groff, more slushy throwing and more cattiness from our favorite Cheerios. By the way, those are Lea Michele's golden pipes on Express Yourself.
Rumors have plagued the Internet over which songs from Madonna's nearly 25-year catalog would be featured. Quinn (Dianna Agron) is reportedly singing Papa Don't Preach, while Sue (Jane Lynch) takes on Vogue.
Now what could the rest of the gang take on? There would have to be some new Madonna tracks cut in for the young'uns, maybe a take on 4 Minutes, naturally because Will (Matthew Morrison) is the resident Justin Timberlake at McKinley High, and maybe there could be a duet on one of my favorite Madonna songs, the aforementioned La Isla Bonita or Get Together.
Creator Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that the episode would be huge. "It's got like 10 numbers in it, and the production value is very big," Murphy said. "We adore her and worship her, so when I'm directing, I'm always, like, 'Do it for Madonna.' " Bring it on on April 13, and please try to get the queen in the episode. We wouldn't want her to be somewhere in the English countryside in a stately manor home, weeping. (source: LA Times)
16 February - Madonna checks out Rio's Carnival
Madonna has enthusiastically embraced Brazil's spectacular Carnival in Rio and even wanted to try some samba moves herself during parades overnight, Brazilian media reported Monday.
The US entertainer attended the spectacular shows with her Brazilian toyboy boyfriend, model Jesus Luz, her two children and a coterie of US friends.
Other celebrities, including Paris Hilton, "300" star Gerard Butler, and Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger were also in town to catch the festivities rolling out in summer heatwave conditions.
According to Globo, the Brazilian television broadcaster of Rio's parades, Madonna tried to join in on the fun in an overnight parade, but the frenzy she triggered among cameramen and security agents as she got close to the event prevented her from busting out some samba steps.
Instead, she watched from VIP boxes along the parade route, the guest of Rio governor Sergio Cabral and a Brazilian beer maker.
Paris Hilton watched from another private box in the company of her American boyfriend.
She was expected to play up for the cameras later on, having been hired as the face of an advertising campaign for another brand of Brazilian beer.
The parades were to continue to early Tuesday, with the winning samba school announced on Wednesday. (source: AFP via Yahoo)
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