MDNA's mirrored disco-meets-Express Yourself-era look is a stark contrast from the playful black-and-white shoot for Luvin. Does that mean variety or schizophrenia is in store? We'll know soon enough -- the album is scheduled for release on March 26.
Up next: the debut of the video for Luvin on this week's American Idol followed by a Feb. 5 Super Bowl performance featuring M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and LMFAO.
Madonna will be releasing her new single Give Me All Your Luvin' featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. on February 3rd, three days before her highly anticipated Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime performance, it was officially confirmed by Interscope Records. Give Me All Your Luvin' is the first single from Madonna's upcoming album MDNA, her 12th studio album and follow up to 2008's Hard Candy which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The song was written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, composed by Martin Solveig and Michael Tordjman and produced by Madonna and Martin Solveig.
iTunes will offer an exclusive global pre-order of an 18 track Deluxe Edition of MDNA including one exclusive remix from Madonna's new album. The bonus remix will be available from Friday, February 3rd through Monday, February 6th only. During this time period the album will be available for $9.99 and fans will also receive the digital single Give Me All Your Luvin' immediately. This single is also exclusive to iTunes during this limited time. At launch, the offer can be found at www.iTunes.com/Madonna.
The video for Give Me All Your Luvin', directed by Megaforce, is football and cheerleader themed - inspired by her upcoming Super Bowl appearance. In an AMERICAN IDOL exclusive, Madonna will world preview the video for her new single Give Me All Your Luvin', featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during IDOL Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The full video for Give Me All Your Luvin' will premiere on Madonna's YouTube channel on February 3rd at 9am EST/6am PST. www.youtube.com/Madonna
MDNA, recorded in New York and LA, reunites Madonna with former collaborator William Orbit (Ray Of Light) who co-wrote and co-produced several cuts on the new album. Other co producers include Martin Solveig, The Demolition Crew, Marco "Benny" Benassi and Alessandro "Alle" Benassi, Hardy "Indiigo" Muanza, Michael Malih and Madonna.
The Golden Globe Award winning song Masterpiece from the Madonna directed Weinstein Company film W.E. which opens in February is also included on MDNA as well as on W.E. – Music From the Soundtrack which is scheduled to be released on January 31st at digital retailers on Interscope as well. The Compact Disc version of the soundtrack is scheduled to be released exclusively at Amazon.com on February 14th. The score was composed, orchestrated and produced by Abel Korzeniowski.
Madonna is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show on January 30th.
Something to remember: One is such a lonely number
Even though the 4th single of True Blue was the lowest selling single of that album in the UK and was eclipsed by the mighty La Isla Bonita in almost every aspect since then, there was history in the making in the US, where Open Your Heart hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 published 25 years ago this week, helping True Blue solidifying its status as the only Madonna project that yielded more than one #1s. The single still remains among Madonna's most played tracks on US radio up to today.
The song itself characterizes a Madonna who's obsessed with a dude that doesn't get the memo, but the massive melody and Madonna's in-control vocals combine into a powerful song. Famously written for then-rival Cyndi Lauper, Madonna got a hold of the song, changed some lyrics and ended up recording the song with longtime collaborator Patrick Leonard, who also played the keyboards, adding the infectuous synth-line that basically defines the song.
The video itself is easily the most remarkable one of True Blue, as it featured the debut of Jean-Paul Gaultier's bustier that would become an iconic look for Madonna. The storyline of the video was controversial of its time, Madonna played a stripper observed by a wide range of people (including gay characters too) with a young boy idolizing M who ran off with her at daybreak.
It's the only classic hit on the single disc edition of Celebration that was not fully performed live on Madonna's past 3 tours. It was rumoured that Madonna did rehearse an acoustic version of Open Your Heart in 2008 for the Gypsy segment of the Sticky & Sweet Tour, and at a couple of American dates it was the request song (where Madonna claimed it was too high for her). We have our fingers crossed that this great song finally gets a proper live treatment on Madonna's upcoming tour!
Celine Dion knows Madonna will be great at Superbowl
Celine Dion is sharing her thoughts on fellow music superstar Madonna performing in next week's Super Bowl halftime show, and disclosed why she herself won't be up on that stage.
Celine tells The Trend on Zappos Couture, "I'm not going to be performing at the Super Bowl because I'm pretty booked, I'm in Las Vegas right now at Caesars Palace doing a lot of shows so I won't be at the Super Bowl."
"But I love Madonna and know her well," she continued. "I know she'll do just fine, she doesn't need any luck. She's going to do her thing, she's going to do what she does best, she's going to give us something for us to remember. She's going to be great, just fine."
On a fall afternoon in New York's Central Park, hundreds of curious onlookers and paparazzi watched as two comely young actresses, Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough, performed a scene on a park bench. When a rock band sound check across the park disrupted the scene, the movie's director trotted off to ask the band for a reprieve.
"The entirety of Central Park followed her," said Riseborough, "and left Abbie and I sitting on the bench, at which point we just looked at each other like, 'Well, this obviously isn't where it's happening.'"
That filmmaker has held crowds in thrall every time she's left the house for the last 30 years. Now, as the co-writer and director of the romantic drama; W.E., she'll attempt to draw audiences from behind the lens. After four years in relative seclusion, Madonna is returning to the public eye: W.E., her second feature film as a director, arrives in theaters Friday; she'll perform in front of more than 100 million TV viewers at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 5; and MDNA, her first album of new material since 2008, is due in March.
The busy period is just the latest iteration of a career of perpetual self-reinvention, one that has earned her a reputation as a reliable provocateur and miner of fresh cultural territory. But many of the things Madonna has sung about, done and worn over three decades that have been incendiary — teenage pregnancy, interracial kissing, cone bras — have since become mainstream. To attempt to live one step ahead of the moment indefinitely must be exhausting.
But in an interview at her sprawling Sunset Boulevard home, Madonna said she's driven by something much more stimulating — an inquiring disposition.
"I don't like to repeat myself," she said. "I'm a curious person who's interested in learning, and I like to take the road less traveled by. That's just my nature, so perhaps that leads me to subject matter or controversial or subversive waters. I don't know. It's not something that's intentional. I'm not calculating being subversive or trying to be ahead of people. I just work on things that interest me."
Madonna had just returned home from a Golden Globes rehearsal, where she practiced presenting the award for foreign language film. "There's only one country that's a little tricky — that's China," she said, nursing a cup of tea in a sitting room lighted by dozens of woodsy-smelling candles and decorated with rich fabrics, seven guitars and a grand piano. Compact, clad in all black, with a dancer's erect posture, she is that uncommon 53-year-old who can still get away with wearing a glittering, golf ball-sized skull ring.
(In less than 24 hours, she would be accepting a Golden Globe for Masterpiece, a song she performed and co-wrote for W.E., and deflecting a sarcastic barb from host Ricky Gervais about being "just like a virgin." "If I'm still just like a virgin, Ricky, then why don't you come over here and do something about it?" Madonna taunted. "I haven't kissed a girl in a few years — on TV.")
In W.E., an unhappily married modern Manhattanite named Wally (Cornish) develops an obsessive curiosity about the romantic life of Wallis Simpson (Riseborough), the divorced American for whom Britain's King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) famously abdicated the throne in 1936. Wally's visits to a 1998 auction of the couple's estate serves as a narrative link between the periods — and a location for her flirtations with a handsome security guard (Oscar Isaac).
"I liked the idea of examining the cult of celebrity," Madonna said. "That Abbie's character would be looking at this story and thinking, 'Wow, I want that,' the way people do with famous people. They think that they have this kind of a life, and so they follow them around with this fairy tale notion of who they think they are."
At home, Madonna had a much softer, more vulnerable manner than her stage persona. She spoke slowly and deliberately, with no trace of the British accent that drifted into her diction a decade ago when she moved to London with now ex-husband English director Guy Ritchie. It's clear, however, that she's a woman accustomed to having things the way she wants them. "Ooh la la, I can't take this anymore," she said, yanking the cord out of a phone that wouldn't stop ringing.
As a woman once paired with such men as Warren Beatty and Sean Penn, Madonna is undoubtedly well equipped to direct a movie about a famous romance experienced from the inside. She researched and wrote the script for W.E. with Alek Keshishian, the director of her 1991 tour documentary, Truth or Dare, over three years, immersing herself in letters between Edward and Wallis and plastering the auction catalog pages of their belongings on the walls of her home in London.
"What they did was pretty controversial," she said, explaining her interest in the couple. "I found her to be a very complex person, and I found his sacrifice to be unusual.... People don't just get up and walk away from the most powerful position in the world. It's kind of unheard of."
Madonna said she supplied the bulk of the movie's $15-million budget, as well as several of her own furnishings and pieces of jewelry. While filming one scene, she was unhappy with the curtains and sent an assistant to tear down some gray satin drapes from her home.
"Madonna's work ethic is unrelenting," said W.E. costume designer Arianne Phillips, who has been the singer's stylist for 15 years as well as creating the costumes for such movies as "Walk the Line" and "A Single Man." "She does whatever it takes to get the job done. She's a multitasker creatively."
W.E.'s 54-day shoot in 2010 spanned New York, London, the English countryside, Paris and the South of France. "It was hell," Madonna said. "In a way, I was very naive. I wrote the script, and I let my imagination go, and I didn't really think of the practicalities of all the different locations I had written and all the different places I was gonna have to go."
Critics at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where W.E. premiered last year, found the most to praise in the film's look — its stylish re-creation of Wallis and Edward's decadent lifestyle. They were less impressed, however, with Madonna's period-bridging storytelling, with the Hollywood Reporter calling W.E. "as easy on the eyes and ears as it is embalmed from any dramatic point of view." The Weinstein Co. acquired the film's U.S. rights ahead of its festival premieres and will open W.E. in a limited release, beginning with four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
Madonna said she hopes her movie will find its audience among women, who may relate to Wally's naive fantasies about Wallis' life, and the strength she draws from learning the more complex story. "There's three love stories in the film: There's Edward and Wallis, the blossoming love story between Wally and Evgeni, and there's the love affair between the two women," she said. "It's an important mythological story to tell ... of a woman helping another woman. I don't think it's something that we see very often in films. Mostly, we see women sabotaging other women."
Film fan Madonna
Madonna's film education started at an art-house theater near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which she attended for a year before moving to New York to become a dancer at age 19 in 1977. "My father was quite strict. We didn't watch a lot of movies growing up," she said. "When I went to the university, there was a foreign film cinema. Movies were playing every night, and it was like Pandora's box for me to suddenly discover the world of Visconti, Pasolini, Antonioni and Fellini and Godard and Truffaut.... It was like walking into a world and suddenly feeling at home. There's a dreamlike quality to a lot of them. They transported me and inspired me."
In the 1980s, she was one of the earliest artists to exploit the cinematic potential of music videos, channeling Marilyn Monroe in 1985's Material Girl and performing in a "Metropolis"-style dystopia in the David Fincher-directed 1989 video for Express Yourself. As an actor, she starredin Desperately Seeking Susan,League of Their Own and Evita but rarely enjoyed either the creative control or the critical approval she craved. Her directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, a low-budget comedy about three London flatmates, garnered just a token theatrical release in 2008.
The singer's best preparation for the demands of directing a movie may have been her ambitious, visually driven live shows, and she'll spend the latter half of 2012 on a global tour on behalf of MDNA.
"When you're putting a show together, you're dealing with so many elements," she said. "You're creating a stage and working with lights and costumes and dancers, who you could say are the actors. You're paying attention to the minutiae and you're also stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. I always like to tell stories in my show and have some kind of an arc. I have a crew that I rely on desperately and ... I'm working with creative people, so I need to be judicious with the way that I speak with them. I've always been intricately involved in every aspect of my show. I know where all the nails are on the stage."
At the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, Madonna will have the unusual experience of surrendering much of the control she treasures, if not creatively, at least logistically, to the National Football League and NBC. That means staging a memorable performance within the rigid timing and space constraints of a football game and without any Federal Communications Commission-inciting offenses like the infamous wardrobe malfunction that accompanied Janet Jackson's 2004 show.
"I have 12 minutes and 40 seconds to do something extravagant and exciting in the middle of something that's quite sacred to all of America," she said. "No one's asked me to tone down my moves. They were curious about my costumes and the costumes of the dancers.... They were very clear with us up front that they don't want nipples or anything like that, and I didn't have any intention of doing that, so I was like, 'OK, we're cool.' I'm more nervous about this than most things I've done, simply because ... it's not how I'm used to working. I'm a perfectionist. I like everything to be done just so, and I like to run things and run things and run things until people can do it with their eyes closed."
Her high-stakes Indianapolis performance will serve as the launch for Give Me All Your Luvin', the first single off MDNA. She's brought back two of her favorite collaborators for the album, producers William Orbit and Martin Solveig, and is working with new faces — the female rappers M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.
One song on the album, "Beautiful Killer," is a tribute to French film star Alain Delon. "I've seen every movie Alain Delon's ever made," Madonna said. "He's so charismatic."
The album will be the first in a $40-million, three-record deal she signed with Interscope Records in December.
Though she is years past the typical pop star's peak age, Madonna hasn't shown signs of slowing creatively — the long wait for this album is due to the time she spent shooting the movie. Hard Candy, her last album in a 25-year relationship with Warner Bros., debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries in 2008, including the U.S. Romantically, she keeps it young as well — she's dating a 24-year-old French dancer.
Lady Gaga's 2011 No. 1 single Born This Way sounds to many ears an awful lot like Madonna's 1989 anthem of sexual self-acceptance, Express Yourself. In a recent "Nightline" interview that has since become a viral video sensation, Madonna dismissed the song as "reductive."
"I feel like all the records on the radio right now have a homogenized quality to them," she said in The Times interview. "I've made a huge effort to try and not sound like everybody else. The music that I've done with William is quite introspective, whereas Martin's is more ironic and funny and upbeat. There's a really up aspect to it and a really fun aspect to it."
Besides directing, which she said she'd like to do again, her list of interests is varied — she and business partner Guy Oseary are working on a dance channel for YouTube and have backed a chain of gyms. Madonna, who is the mother of four, also has launched a clothing line for teenagers called Material Girl with her now-15-year-old daughter, Lourdes.
"Sometimes, [Lourdes] will do certain things or say certain things and I'll feel like I'm looking in a mirror," Madonna said. "I'll get really irritated with her and then I'll stop and think, 'But that's what I used to do. Or that's what I do.' If I complain to my friends and say, 'Oh, she's so strong willed' or 'She's so opinionated,' they look at me and go, 'Well what did you expect?'"
When Madonna's film W.E. premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August, it was savaged by critics. The Times of London called the drama "screamingly, inadvertently funny" while Daily Variety said it was "burdened with risible dialogue and weak performances."
Since dropping out of the University of Michigan and moving to New York with $35 in her pocket, the woman christened Madonna Louise Ciccone has adopted a dizzying array of identities: the sexpot Material Girl; Esther, the Kaballah enthusiast; Queen Madge, the Anglophile. Now, she's trying again to be a highbrow director—she cites Wong Kar Wai, Visconti and Antonioni as inspirations—following the dismal critical reception of her first film, 2008's Filth and Wisdom.
At 53, she has taken her knocks—Ricky Gervais took a shot at her at the Golden Globes (she shot back, and later won the best-song award). So she identifies with her film's subject, Wallis Simpson, the American socialite for whom King Edward VIII abdicated his throne, becoming her third husband. She and the Duke of Windsor were suspected by many to be Nazi sympathizers. Next Friday, W.E. will hit theaters in wide release, after a weeklong run in December. The film, re-edited since its Venice debut, interweaves the historical love story with a modern-day tale of a young woman in an abusive relationship.
When Madonna takes the stage on Feb. 5 at the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show, the performance will mark the intersection of various elements of Brand Madonna. Her first record in four years will be released in March. The first single, Give Me All Your Luvin,' featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, breaks in February and another new song, Masterpiece, plays to the closing credits on W.E. Her first fragrance, called Truth or Dare, will follow in the spring.
Dressed in a silk dress by the French couture house Vionnet and Chanel fingerless gloves that showcased her yoga-enhanced chaturanga arms, Madonna was perched on a Louis XVI-inspired settee in the Royal suite at the Waldorf-Astoria—where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor once lived in New York—as several of her favorite gardenia-scented Diptyque candles burned during a recent interview. Her comment on the suite: "I like this one, don't get me wrong. I just prefer the one in the Ritz Hotel [in Paris]. It's more Art Deco, which is more my era in furniture." Below, an edited transcript.
The Wall Street Journal: You have a movie coming out, a fragrance, a new album and a tour—and now the Super Bowl. Was this a master plan?
Madonna: No, everything kind of converged in a bottleneck. I was always planning on making a record when I finished my film but I ended up finishing my film much later than I had expected so, because I had already scheduled time with all the producers and writers for my record, I had to multitask and work on my record at the same time I was finishing my film. And then somehow it worked out that the record was being finished right around the time the movie was coming out. Then I got talked into doing the Super Bowl.
That sounds like a lot of obligations.
I want to do everything really well. I kept saying to my manager, "I don't want to do the Super Bowl unless I can really give it my all, and really focus all my attention on it." And he said, "Don't worry! There won't be any problems. You'll be able to concentrate just on the Super Bowl." Now of course my movie is coming out during the Super Bowl so it's a little bit nerve-racking.
How's the rehearsing going?
It's not an easy show to do because you have such a short period of time to set the stage up. And you're performing in the round so you can't direct anything that walks off anybody's sight line. You have eight minutes to put your stage together, 12 minutes to do the show and seven minutes to take it down.
What did you find so fascinating about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor?
What intrigued me about their story was how polarized people felt about her and him, and the abdication [of King Edward VIII], and that period of history and what they were: Did they love each other? Were they Nazis? Was he gay? Was she vicious and a social climber? They were a very controversial couple. I am very interested in that period of history, prewar England, and in deconstructing the cult of celebrity, which is another layer of the film, the way we peg and sort of diminish a lot of people who we don't understand and who we are afraid of.
What convinced you that they were not Nazi sympathizers?
Research. And not being able to find any empirical evidence whatsoever that they were. People came to me and said they were, and I said, "OK, show me. Prove it to me. What is the evidence? That [Edward] had a meeting with Hitler in 1936? Give me the reason." It would always go back to "This is what I heard."
Did you identify with Wallis Simpson on a personal level, in the way she was judged all the time?
Yes, to a certain extent. I think that she didn't have the ability to defend herself the way I do now, or we do now. It was a different time. The media was different, and women didn't have the choices that they do now. Even so, there were moments, there were lines in her letters that I thought, "I could have written that."
Anything in particular that resonated?
Just the experience of being treated unfairly in the press, not having a nice word said about you. There was a time where I actually read what people wrote about me, and that's a slippery slide to get on. So, if you do that, and you're doing something controversial or unpopular, then you're just going to be reading a bunch of stuff that isn't nice about you. I certainly know that feeling of devastation, like "Oh, my God, the whole world's turned against me."
So, you really don't read any press about yourself?
No. I haven't even read any reviews of my film yet, and I don't want to.
When did you decide to ignore all that?
When I adopted my son from Africa and I was accused of kidnapping him. I was so devastated by what people wrote about me, that people basically accused me of doing something criminal. That was my turning point.
Madonna has teased fans not only inadvertently with a leaked demo of her first single for Give Me All Your Luvin, but also with Masterpiece (which also appears on the soundtrack for her film, W.E.). So far it seems that the two very different tracks show the two very different sides that the Queen of Pop is pursuing on her next studio release, MDNA
While Gimme plays up Madge's playful, upbeat persona, Masterpiece, as she explained to MTV News, is a different story. Masterpiece is one of the few kind of more down-tempo songs, more reflective," she told MTV News at the New York City premiere of W.E.
"I think the majority of the record is more action-packed," she teased. "More high-energy." It seems, then, that what fans have heard of Gimme is more of what they will hear on the album.
The album will reportedly get a March release date. It features production from Martin Solveig on its lead single, which gets some presumably sassy assists from two fierce female MCs, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. Both ladies will reportedly take the stage with the pop icon to perform the track at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Madonna also worked with longtime collaborator and Ray Of Light producer William Orbit, who produced the Golden Globe-winning Masterpiece. We've worked on stuff for so many years that we kind of finish each other's sentences. He knows my taste and what I like," she explained at the premiere. "Magic happens when we get into a recording studio together."
At the Globes, Madonna recalled how Masterpiece came together. "[My manager Guy Oseary] harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song," she said during her acceptance speech for Best Original Song. "And I said, 'Please, Guy, I'm trying to focus on being a director and I want people to pay attention to the film and I don't have time.' So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, Masterpiece, so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating."
Madonna is readying the release of her album MDNA, and for it she headed back into the studio with a familiar face. She hooked up once again with producer William Orbit, who worked on a number of tracks on the album, including her Golden Globe Award-winning Masterpiece.
Their work together didn't end there. One year later, they produced Madge's "Austin Powers" soundtrack song, Beautiful Stranger, which nabbed a Grammy Award in 2000. In the years since, she worked with Orbit on several unreleased tracks.
So, when it came to their latest collaboration, words weren't needed. "With William, I didn't really have a discussion," she told MTV News at the New York premiere of W.E. "We've worked on stuff for so many years that we kind of finish each other's sentences. He knows my taste and what I like."
With Masterpiece serving as a tease, the singer later added, "Magic happens when we get into a recording studio together."
As fans prep for the release of her studio album, they can look forward to her halftime Super Bowl performance and her video for the Martin Solveig-produced Give Me All Your Luvin' (which also features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.).
Will.i.am has confirmed that LMFAO will perform with Madonna during the Half-Time Show at this year's Super Bowl in America.
The duo, who are signed the Black Eyed Peas star's Will.i.am Music Group, had been rumored as one of the surprise guests at the event on 5th February.
Speaking to Capital FM about Madonna's set, Will.i.am, who performed last year's Half-Time Show with Black Eyed Peas, said he was going to attend the game to watch LMFAO.
"I'm going to the Super Bowl this year to see my group LMFAO perform with Madonna," he said.
"Check that out, Will.i.am Music Group is pretty freaking two for two. One year the Super Bowl the next year another group part of the Super Bowl in collaboration with Madonna. That's still happening."
Nicki Minaj and M.I.A have also been linked to Madonna's Half-Time Show performance as they feature on her new single Give Me All Your Luvin'.
But Madonna has so far refused to confirm the acts, only hinting recently that the performance will feature pom-poms.
The Super Bowl, which consistency attracts one of the biggest global TV audiences, will take place on 5th February at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Madonna to collaborate with Cee-Lo Green at Super Bowl?
Rumor has it, there's a secret guest Madonna is preparing for her much-awaited perform at the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI. According to The Insider, the Material Girl will welcome "The Voice" judge and vocal coach Cee-Lo Green during her headlining bill.
The Gnarls Barkley member reportedly has been traveling to New York to do rehearsals with Madge for the upcoming event. The "F**k You" hitmaker is expected to bring a new sound to some of her classic hits when they join forces during the halftime show.
The 2012 Super Bowl itself is going to take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5. Madge is expected to showcase the first single from her new album MDNA along with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj .
Madge herself refused to reveal much when being asked about her Super Bowl performance recently. "Pom poms. That's all I can tell you," she told MTV News. To ABC News, she said, "I have eight minutes to set up my stage, 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth, and I have seven minutes to take it down so that football field is clean for the second half of the game."
"That's the challenge. How do you do that? I actually wanted to have 100 drummers come from the ceiling, a drumline from the ceiling," she teased.
Madonna is "working hard" to be fit for her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI Half Time Show next month.
The 'Frozen' singer admitted she has suffered some minor injuries lately - including a pulled hamstring and a sore nose after hitting herself with a microphone - but is doing everything possible to ensure she gives the performance of a lifetime during the break in the showpiece NFL game.
She said: "I have a pulled hamstring and I have a little red dot on my nose where I wounded myself with my microphone.
"I'm going to dance and sing my butt off for the Super Bowl. I'm working so hard on it."
Madonna also revealed a "very special guest" will join her on stage during the 12-minute performance but refused to elaborate on who it will be.
The show will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5 and it has been reported she will preview her new single at the event. It has previously been claimed the singer beat off competition from Lady Gaga to land the gig.
A source said: "When Madonna heard Gaga was in the frame, she knew she had to step up her efforts. She is going to deliver the kind of show never seen before in NFL history."
Other artists to have performed at the Super Bowl Half Time Show include Prince, U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, The Who and Janet Jackson - who caused controversy in 2004 when Justin Timberlake tore open her top to reveal her right breast during their duet.
Madonna may treat the Super Bowl to a gay old time
MADONNA is "bringing gay to the Super Bowl". That's what we overheard one of her dancers say at the premiere party for Her Madgesty's W.E. at Top of the Standard on Monday night.
On the red carpet, Madonna told us she's "extremely nervous" about the big game, but looking forward to singing her new song, Give Me All Your Love, and some "oldies but goodies".
She also said the best fashion advice she's gotten from her daughter Lourdes — who was escorted into the Cinema Society and Forevermark-
sponsored screening by two bodyguards — was, "Mom, you're totally ridiculous. No one is going to take you seriously as a director."
At the Le Bain after-party, Madonna shook it on the dance floor and cuddled with beau Brahim Zaibat. Bravo's Andy Cohen and actors Julia Stiles and her very affectionate boyfriend, Dave Harbour, also attended.
Madonna's film W.E. received an Oscar nomination in the category Costume Design. The costumes used in the movie were designed by Arianne Phillips, who has been working with
Madonna for years. Before designing the splendid costumes for Wallis and Edward, Phillips collaborated with Madonna on her previous 4 tours.
Other nominees in this category are:
"Anonymous" - Lisy Christl
"The Artist"- Mark Bridges
"Hugo" - Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" - Michael O'Connor
The winners will be announced during the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 26.
The waiting is almost over. As Madonna's Super Bowl approaches, we can finally expect more info on her upcoming album MDNA and her 2012 tour. Mark your calendars with the following dates:
2 Feb.: Madonna will attend the Super Bowl press conference. Today we'll also get a preview of her new single Give Me All Your Luvin.
3 Feb.: Digital release for Give Me All Your Luvin.
5 Feb.: Super Bowl performance
7 Feb.: Official tour announcement, followed by ticket sale
2 Apr.: Tentative release date for MDNA for Europe
3 Apr.: Tentative release date for MDNA for Canada
31 May: Start of the tour in Tel Aviv
Madonnarama also mentions that the concert at the Stade de France in Paris will indeed take place on July 14th, as previously rumoured. Ticket prices would supposedly be as follows:
Other tour dates that circle online are Milan and Florence on June 14th and 16th respectively. These dates match the earlier rumoured tour schedule, as you can find here. We'll find out if all these dates are correct on Feb. 7th. Many dates will be added as this is expected to be her longest tour so far.
Expect the coming weeks to be full of promo. To start with, Madonna will appear at NBC's Jay Leno Show on Jan. 30th. She will grace the cover of The Advocate and be featured with an extensive article in People magazine.
MDNA is currently set to be the album in Madonna's career with the longest running time. It will feature a dozen of songs on the regular CD with a few more to be added on the special edition packaging.
You've produced tracks on Madonna's new album. What was the most surprising thing about working with her?
The simplicity of the communication. The simplicity of the way we communicated on an organisation level. Recording those songs for that album was something that quickly became very natural and I think that really helped us to paint something interesting.
How involved is she in the recording process? Did you work very closely together?
She is as involved as you can be in the recording process. This was a very good and big surprise for me! I was assuming that she would spend only an hour or two in the studio per day and come and see where we were and say, "Ok I like this, I don't like that. I'll sing this. Bye!" And absolutely not… I mean we co-produced the track and it's not just written on the credits "co-produced by Martin Solveig and Madonna", we literally co-produced the tracks. I mean, at some point she wanted to choose the sound of a snare drum or a synth and that kind of stuff. She was really in the session!
Madonna has 'fingers crossed' for a 'W.E.' Oscar nod
With Madonna's W.E. taking home a Golden Globe just over a week ago (her Masterpiece won Best Original Song), much of the buzz at the film's NYC premiere Monday night (January 23) was about the upcoming Oscar nominations.
"Well, the Oscars, the nominations are coming out tomorrow, and fingers crossed, I hope my movie gets nominated for something," Madonna told MTV News on the red carpet. "I would be really grateful if it did, but if it doesn't, I got the Super Bowl — keep on going," she added, looking forward to her halftime performance at the February 5 game.
Masterpiece is on the short list for the Oscars , along with Elton John and Lady Gaga's "Gnomeo & Juliet" soundtrack tune "Hello Hello" and songs from will.i.am, Mary J. Blige and Zooey Deschanel.
When Masterpiece won the Globe, Madge thanked a number of her cohorts, including manager Guy Oseary, who was at the W.E. premiere Monday; the song's producer, William Orbit; and the producer of W.E., Harvey Weinstein. "This is a surprise," she told the room, clutching her prize. "Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this acknowledgement. I need to thank my co-writers, Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost, my co-producer William Orbit, who's not here, whom I adore."
When Madonna takes the Super Bowl stage next month, her performance will reportedly be "imagined" by Cirque du Soleil and Madonna's longtime choreographer/ creative director Jamie King. The event may also feature appearances from her Give Me All Your Luvin collaborators, including Nicki Minaj. According to reports, the set list for the Super Bowl show will include Luvin as well as Madonna classics like Ray of Light, Vogue and Music.
Yesterday evening, Madonna attended the US premiere of her film W.E. at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
The premiere was hosted by the Weinstein Company and The Cinema Society. Madonna was joined by her cast members Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac and David Harbour.
To the press, Madonna expressed some hope for an Oscar nod for her film (the nominations will be announced tomorrow), but "if it doesn't, I got the Super Bowl."
Masterpiece to feature on both MDNA and W.E. soundtrack
From the press release by Interscope Records:
The Golden Globe nominated music from Madonna's upcoming film W.E. composed, orchestrated and produced by Abel Korzeniowski, which also includes Madonna's Golden Globe award winning song Masterpiece, is scheduled to be released digitally on Interscope Records on January 31st, it was announced today. W.E. which was directed, co-written and produced by Madonna and distributed by The Weinstein Company is scheduled to be released in February.
The score was recorded in April 2011 at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London with a 60-piece orchestra conducted by Terry Davies including piano, violin and viola solos.
The Polish born Los Angeles based Korzeniowski previously wrote the original score for the Tom Ford film A Single Man for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination.
"The prevailing sense of obsession was what inspired me in W.E. -- the irrational compulsion to sacrifice everything and anything for love – a love that could easily be just an illusion. In my music, I wanted to reflect those powerful and conflicting emotions through a web of melodic themes, which relentlessly repeat and constantly swing between despair and sorrow, and hope and joy," commented Korzeniowski.
W.E. tells the story of American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and England's King Edward (James D'Arcy) who abdicated his thrown to be with the woman he loved. It is considered one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. The story is told through the eyes of a modern day New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abby Cornish). Composer Korzeniowski masterfully and seamlessly bridged the two unique worlds of Europe in the 30's and 40's and the contemporary Manhattan environment of a woman lost in her dreams of the perfect love.
In addition to Korzeniowski's magnificent score, the soundtrack includes the original song Masterpiece composed by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry and sung by Madonna which is played during the end credits of the film. It will also be included on Madonna's upcoming solo album for Interscope, MDNA, which is scheduled for release this spring.
It won't just be Jessica Ennis in a tight two-piece and Tom Daley in trunks — Madonna is getting her leotard out too.
The 53-year-old singer is going to make her return with a massive gig in Hyde Park.
She is planning to win back her Queen Of Pop title by playing to 60,000 fans smack bang in the middle of the Olympics.
What with the 2012 Games, The Stone Roses reunion and now Madge, it's going to be a busy summer.
Just when everyone thought she was winding down, she's coming back to the stage with a vengeance.
A source said: "Madonna is planning a huge comeback and was determined to do it at Hyde Park while the Olympics are on.
"She's been out of the limelight musically for a while but is ready to jump back into the saddle and thinks there's no better time to do it than when London hosts the Olympics."
Madonna is old enough to be a granny and might be getting on a bit to get back into the groove — but she knows what she's doing.
She has sold more than 300million records worldwide and amassed a fortune of more than £400million since her first UK hit Holiday reached No6 in the charts in 1984.
No doubt she will have a huge production and more complex choreography than ever before.
And if tickets sell well, you can bet it won't just be the one night either. After trying and failing at being a director after her latest movie W E was slated, she announced she was going back to her day job by releasing a 12th studio album.
Last month, Em — as her pals call her — said the follow-up to 2008 album Hard Candy will be "more good music" and out next spring.
That also ties in nicely with her rumoured Super Bowl performance at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis next February.
By the time she hits Hyde Park, she'll have the new songs and dance routines nailed.
Elton John's husband apologizes for blasting Madonna's win at Golden Globes
Elton John's husband has apologized to Madonna for commenting that the Queen of Pop didn't deserve to win the Best Song award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. Taking to his Facebook account to clear out any misunderstanding, David Furnish explained that he never meant to offend the Material Girl.
"Wow! What a tempest in a teapot," the 49-year-old filmmaker wrote Thursday, January 19. "My comments regarding The Golden Globes have been blown way out of proportion. My passion for our film 'Gnomeo and Juliet' and belief in Elton's song really got my emotional juices going."
Furnish then stated that Madonna deserved the prize and that he had no hard feelings toward the pop star. He wrote, "But I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week's premiere of the film W.E.
Both Elton and Madonna were nominated for the Best Original Song at this year's Golden Globes. The former was nominated for his song "Hello Hello" in animation film "Gnomeo and Juliet", but it was the latter who took home the prize thanks to her single Masterpiece from her directorial drama W.E..
Shortly after Madge won the award, Furnish vented his anger on Facebook as writing, "Madonna. Best song???? F*** off!!!." He went on ranting, "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism. And her criticism of [Lady] GaGa shows how desperate she really is."
During a backstage interview at the prestigious prize-giving show, Madge told reporters that she hopes there will be no hard feelings between her and the veteran British musician. "I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years," she said. "He's been known to get mad at me so I don't know. He's brilliant and I adore him so he'll win another award. I don't feel bad!"
Masterpiece, a ballad co-written and sung by Madonna for her new film W.E., earned the best original song Golden Globe at the glitz-filled awards gala on Sunday. It was the second Globe for the director-singer, who won for best actress in a comedy or musical in 1997 for Evita.
With her slight British inflection, Madonna made sure to thank her longtime manager, Guy Oseary, "for being so irritating." And studio boss Harvey Weinstein, whom she called "the punisher… for believing in my film. Thank you for my film."
Later, when introducing the best foreign language film, she had a poke at host Ricky Gervais (who joked she remains "just like a virgin").
"If I'm still just like a virgin, Ricky. Then why don't you come over here and do something about it," she said with a smile. "I haven't kissed a girl in a few years. On TV."
Madonna's Masterpiece is a moody ballad featuring a simplified production reminiscent of her sound in the 1990s, while the lyrics lean on the emotional side and tie into the film's love story. It was co-written by James Harry.
Starring James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough as King Edward VIII and his lover Wallis Simpson, W.E. tells the story of when the monarch abdicated his throne in 1936 to marry the twice-divorced American.
The song was not short-listed for the best original song Oscar and reviews for the film have been mixed.
In the original score category, Frenchman Ludovic Bource ("The Artist") bested Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who were angling to repeat last year's win, for "The Social Network," with David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Madonna, Demi Moore light up CAA Golden Globes bash
Talent agency CAA populates most of film and television with
its star clients above and below the line, and managed to coax
seemingly all of them to the Soho House in West Hollywood on Friday.
As part of the agency's annual pre-Golden Globes celebration,
the whole of the exclusive club was occupied by nominees and their
famous cheerleaders. Where to begin? Madonna, Tom Cruise, Cameron
Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Diddy, Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx.
And that's to name a few. Some of our favorite scenes from the
CAA bash were ...
Girl talk: Madonna sat on the rear patio in a form-fitting red
dress and motorcycle gloves with Demi Moore and some agent types,
and kept cool as a cucumber when Moore's ex Ashton Kutcher breezed
in with his newly shaved face.
Madonna to serve as presenter at 2012
Golden Globe Awards
Madonna will be one of the presenters at the 2012 Golden Globes.
The producers of the annual prestigious event revealed to E! News
that the Material Girl is set to hand out the prize for Best
Foreign Language Film during the Sunday, January 15 prize-giving
show. She will be presenting the award solo.
Aside from tackling the presenting duty, Madonna is up for the
Best Original Score and Best Original Song awards for her directed
film, W.E.. Should she win one of
the kudos, the "Like a Virgin" hitmaker will be grabbing
her second Golden Globe trophy after she was first honored with
the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy award for
her role in 1997's Evita.
In addition to Madge, it has been announced that A-list couple
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been tapped as the presenters.
They reportedly will not be presenting together. Other stars who
will also serve as the presenters during the show are Kate Beckinsale,
Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon, Mila Kunis, Mark
Wahlberg, Ashton Kutcher, Nicole Kidman and Jake Gyllenhaal among
Winners of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards will be revealed during
the ceremony hosted by Ricky Gervais at the Beverly Hilton hotel
in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live by NBC.
Watch the entire interview of Madonna, James d'Arcy and Andrea
Riseborough at the Graham Norton Show. Some highlights:
about feeling anonymous during her skiing holiday
She looks forward
to going on tour, even though it's hard work but she's "gotta
pay the rent"
Her new album
MDNA will come out "soon", it just depends "how
quick someone hacks into my server and leaks it"
her songs for Lola, who always gives her honest opinion
When she tells
Lola that her outfit is too risqué, Lola replies "that's
rich coming from you"
As she tells
about the W.E. love story, she discusses romance and the perfect
love. When asked if she would ever consider walking down the aisle
again, she says "I would!"
of Lady Gaga is there again (to which an audience member shouts
"Lady Who?"), Madonna tells about the first time she
saw Gaga performing and she liked her rawness and her sense of
return asks Graham why he called his dog after her and asks if
his other dag is called Gaga.
As James and
Andrea join Madonna on the show, they tell Graham how they were
cast by Madonna. James also asks Madonna why she made him learn
to play the bagpipes and to dance, only to cut the scenes afterwards.
James and Andrea to imitate an old Hungarian interview that Madonna
went through in 1997 to promote Evita ("which should've gotten
an Oscar", adds Graham).
Madonna was interviewed by Nightline's Cynthia McFadden and
they had an interesting chat about W.E., romance, the new album
and Lady Gaga. We also get an exclusive sneek-peek of Madonna
and M.I.A. in the recording studio.
M talks to Norton about knights in shining
armour and rebellious daughters
With two failed marriages and a legion of lovers behind her,
you could forgive Madonna for being something of a cynic in matters
of the heart.
But the singer yesterday admitted that she was still a romantic
and hoped one day to be 'swept away by a knight in shining armour'.
She also revealed that despite the breakdown of her marriages
to actor Sean Penn and director Guy Ritchie she would wed again
– if asked.
The 53-year-old was speaking to chat show host Graham Norton
before the premiere of her new film, WE.
Madonna, who directed the movie about the love affair between
Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, chose a classic black velvet
strapless gown and lace cape for last night's red carpet appearance
at the Odeon cinema in Kensington, West London.
And although the Material Girl would easily pass for a woman
15 years younger, she gave a few clues to her real age by covering
her tell-tale wrinkly hands with a pair of bright red leather
The mother of four, who arrived with her dancer boyfriend Brahim
Zaibat, who at 24 is 29 years her junior, had earlier told Norton:
'If you're a romantic like me, and every girl I know is, every
girl wants to be swept off her feet by a knight in shining armour.
Unfortunately we're raised on those fairy tales.
'Even if we are sophisticated, educated, intelligent, evolved
human beings, we like to think in the back of our minds that Mr
Right is going to sweep us off our feet and take us into the sunset,
and we're going to live happily ever after.
'But we keep getting disappointed. If you have even half a brain
you know that doesn't exist.'
When asked if she could see herself walking down the aisle again,
Madonna, who has dated a number of high-profile men including
John F Kennedy Jnr, replied: 'I could actually, yes.
'I think I'm a pretty good judge of character but I have made
a few mistakes.'
The singer divorced Ritchie, 43, after eight years of marriage
in 2008. He is dating model Jacqui Ainsley and the couple had
a baby son in September.
While recording an interview for the Irish presenter's BBC show,
to be shown tomorrow night, Madonna also revealed that she was
just like every other harassed mother of teenagers.
She told how her 15-year-old daughter Lourdes raids her wardrobe
to steal her clothes and often shows her 'no respect'.
She said: 'She is 15 but she's very sophisticated for her age.
I don't even have to ask and she gives me her opinion.
'I play her songs and say "what do you think. Like it, don't
like it? Cool, uncool?" She's very opinionated.
'If I say to my daughter "that outfit is a little bit too
risqué", my daughter will look at me and say, "that's rich
coming from you".
'And she borrows my clothes a lot. She's always sneaking into
my room at six in the morning when I'm sleeping.
'She loves these combat boots that I wear. Maybe she loans them
to her friends because I don't see them for weeks.
'She doesn't like the fact she still has a nanny, but I have
four kids so I need someone to look after them.
'My nanny said "You've got to give your mum her boots back".
She said, "whatever, she'll get over it". I was thinking, "Wow,
she doesn't hear me at all". I don't care about the boots, it's
Of her other three children – Rocco, 11, David, six, and
daughter Mercy, also six, Madonna added: 'When I'm at home with
my children .... I hear all the complaints and all the moaning,
and I still have to threaten to kill them if they won't do their
Also today, Madonna took time to pose with
her co-stars for the W.E. London photocall, ahead of her red carpet
premiere in Kensington High Street.
The Material Girl teamed an elegant curve-hugging navy dress
with fingerless biker gloves - although of course they were emblazoned
with large diamante Coco Chanel emblems.
She showed off her slender physique in the tailored frock, that
daringly gaped at the cleavage to show a hint of black lace beneath.
Her trademark blonde tresses hung loosely around her shoulders,
with the Queen of Pop opting for neutral make-up to emulate an
natural, just-going-about-my-daily-business look.
Madonna spiced up the outfit with fishnets and black patent peep-toe
heels; together with several chunky accessories including a large
silver bracelet and a watch.
To coincide with tonight's premiere, the Golden Globe-winner
has also announced the title of her 12th studio album is MDNA and that she will be going on tour again.
During the interview with Norton, she said: 'I just have to pay
the rent. A girl has to make a living, but truthfully I do enjoy
it. Touring is the most rewarding of all my jobs.'
The release of the new record has been tainted slightly by the
leak of an early version of the first single, Give Me All Your Luvin' in November 2010, for which a Spanish man was arrested in December.
Referring to the incident, Madonna joked: 'It's soon (the
release date). It depends how quickly people hack in to my server
and leak it. Can people wait? It's terrible.'
12 January 2012
Anti-drugs campaigners hit out at Madonna
over 'MDNA' album title
Madonna has been criticized by anti-drug campaigners over her
decision to title her new studio album MDNA.
The singer revealed the title of her 12th studio album during
a pre-recorded interview with Graham Norton for his BBC1 show
yesterday (January 11) and has said it will be released on March
Though the album title is an abbreviation of Madonna 's name,
it is also similar in sound to the name of Class A drug MDMA and
for this reason it has been criticized by anti-drug campaigners.
Lucy Dawe, a spokesperson for the campaign group Cannabis Skunk
Sense told The Sun that Madonna's choice of album title was "an
ill advised decision".
Madonna will release the album's first single Give Me All Your Luvin' in the last week of January, shortly before
she takes to the stage to perform during the half-time show of
Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. The track, which leaked onto the
internet last year, features appearances from both Nicki Minaj
The album is Madonna's first since 2008's Hard
Candy and has been produced by William Orbit and Martin Solveig.
U.S. Director Madonna arrives for the UK photo call of W.E. at
London Studios in London, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
U.S. Director Madonna, centre, with British actors James d'Arcy,
left, and Andrea Riseborough, right, pose as they arrive for the
UK photo call of W.E. at London Studios, London, Wednesday, Jan.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Director Madonna attends the "W.E."
UK film premiere at the Odeon Kensington on January 11, 2012 in
Madonna and Kris Thykier attend the UK premiere of W.E at The
Odeon Kensington on January 11, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
Madonna has announced her latest album title, and it is -- drumroll
-- MDNA, an abbreviated
play on her name.
The singer revealed the news in a pre-taped interview on Wednesday's
edition of The Graham Norton Show on the BBC. Then, she posted
an update on her official website.
This will be Madonna's 12th studio album -- and first since
she signed a three-album deal with Interscope Records worth $40
million last month. The record with the title suggesting a dance-heavy
vibe is expected in March, although an official release date has
yet to be pinned down.
According to a post on Glamour U.K.'s website, she said in her
Graham Norton appearance: "It's soon. It depends how quickly
people hack in to my server and leak it. Can people wait? It's
She refers to an incident last November wherein a 31-year-old
man in Zaragoza, Spain, was arrested and charged with the crime
of leaking a demo of her single, Give Me All Your Luvin'. The culprit,, described by police as a "big
Madonna fan," was identified only by the initials J.R.M.
and later released.
Give Me All Your
Luvin' was to be part of Madonna's first new album since 2008's
Hard Candy, which debuted
at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart upon its release that May.
The singer is scheduled to perform at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime
Show on Feb. 5.
Madonna's forthcoming album officially has a title. The pop queen's
12th studio LP will be called MDNA,
representatives for the singer confirmed to MTV News on Wednesday
Madonna announced the album title during a taping of the U.K.'s
"Graham Norton Show," which will air Friday on BBC One.
While making the press rounds in support of her film W.E.,
she has offered up a few details on her much-anticipated album,
which is reportedly due in late March. On Thursday, "Nightline"
is set to air a "candid and revealing" interview with
the singer, in which she answers fan questions and addresses talk
about a rumored rivalry with Lady Gaga.
The singer recently confirmed that MDNA
will be released as part of her new three-record deal with Interscope.
The first single from the project, Give Me All Your Luvin', features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.; it's set
for release later this month ahead of Madonna's performance at
the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5 in Indiana.
"We couldn't be happier to work with [Interscope's] Jimmy
Iovine, [Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group] Lucian Grainge
and the entire Interscope team," Madonna's longtime manager
Guy Oseary said in a statement about the new label deal. "We
anticipate a very bright future at our new home."
The Super Bowl performance will reportedly be "imagined"
by Cirque du Soleil and Madonna's longtime choreographer/ creative
director Jamie King. The event may also feature appearances from
her Give Me All Your
Luvin' collaborators. According to reports, the set list for
the Super Bowl show will include Luvin'
as well as Madonna classics like Ray
Of Light, Vogue and Music.
A demo version of Luvin'
hit the Web last November and received positive advance buzz from
critics and bloggers. Madonna's team, however, was disappointed
with the leak, and Oseary took to Twitter to say that while they
were "very happy with the positive reaction to the demo,"
they were "very upset with whoever leaked the song."
That disappointment translated into legal action in late December,
when a 31-year-old man in Zaragoza, Spain, was arrested for leaking
Today, Madonna appeared on the Graham Norton Show. During the
interview, she said she wanted to use initials for the title of
her upcoming album, toying with the idea of MDNA and LUV. Her
facebook page later confirmed that she wasn't just joking but
that the official title will be:
Head's up Madonna fans, ABC News has released a very short preview
video of her upcoming appearance on the Nightline news program
[on January 12th]. At this point, there is very little information
about Madonna's appearance on the show but we do know she will
be interviewed by Cynthia McFadden and it is my assumption that
she will be promoting the theatrical release of her directorial
debut W.E. Click below to check out
the short preview video in full.
7 seconds … that's it … but it's enough, right? I'll be tuning
in to see Maddy on Nightline. While I'm certain this interview
will focus primarily on W.E., I'm
hoping we'll get more information about her upcoming new album
and maybe some deets about her upcoming Super Bowl performance.
When pop heavyweights Madonna and Britney Spears are knocking
on your door – you know you've made it. Such is life for Australian
songwriter, producer, model, spokesperson and DJ Miriam (Mim)
Nervo and her twin sister Olivia . Better known by their last
name, Nervo have gone from strength to strength in the pop and
dance worlds. Co-writing and producing the Grammy-winning ‘When
Love Takes Over' with French DJ du jour David Guetta in 2009,
this year has proved just as successful for the duo.
Even pop queen Madonna sought out a Nervo collaboration for her
upcoming 2012 album. A natural fit – both blondes, both Italian,
both with roots in club and dance music. Such a pairing could
have easily catapulted the duo into legend status (much like Madonna's
other collaborators – Mirwais, Stuart Price, William Orbit). The
song in question however was deemed ‘too good' to give away, as
'She definitely wanted one of our records, but our label really
wanted us to keep the track for ourselves. So it's our next single!
It's the track we've done with Avicii. I think it's so great that
she wanted to work with us, but she let go of the collaboration,
and we're releasing now, so don't worry, the song will still come
PLEASE let this come true! I hear KYLIE MINOGUE has HUGE plans
for 2012 – including a dream duet with her pal MADONNA.
This year will be big for Kyles when she celebrates 25 years
in the music biz and plans are afoot for a big ITV special celebrating
her career. Apparently the plans include more than one duet. My
source tells me: "There will be lots of duets. The plan so
far is for a duet with her sister DANNII, NICK CAVE, JASON DONOVAN
and a finale featuring a duet with MADONNA."
The ladies have worn T-shirts with each other's names on in
the past – so they clearly think they're both tops!
UPDATE: Kylie tweeted: "It's just a rumour, but of
course it would be amazing!! maybe one day:)"
Cornish wore Madonna's wedding rings
during W.E. shoot
The Aussie beauty plays a woman obsessed with the love affair
between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in the film and Madonna
insisted the character should wear her jewellery.
Madonna was loaned gems from Cartier for Andrea Riseborough's
Simpson to wear in the movie, but she brought her own collection
of treasures in for Cornish to wear during the shoot.
Cornish tells Britain's The Sunday Times Style Magazine, "She
would bring a box of her own jewellery and handpick stuff for
me to wear. Almost every piece I wear in this film was hers. Cartier
and Bulgari earrings, necklaces, bracelets. She has an incredible
"I wore both her wedding rings from her marriages to Sean Penn
and Guy Ritchie. They were beautiful - white gold and diamonds.
Every morning she'd bring them in and I'd put them on. It was
nice to have that ritual and feel connected to her."
The Material Girl switched careers to make her directorial debut
on a feature film for the period piece, which is based on the
romance between British monarch King Edward VIII and American
divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose relationship forced the royal to
abdicate the throne in 1936.
The film was mainly shot in England, but the country's unpredictable
weather kept the cast and crew waiting around for the perfect
However, Madonna refused to let the situation get her team down,
and boosted morale by starting mass sing-song sessions.
She says, "We did have singalongs on set as a way to pass the
time. When it's pouring down with rain and you're shooting outside
and you're stuck in some grey, dirty shack waiting for the sun
to come out what can you do but make up a song - 'We're making
a movie, isn't it groovy, welcome to my house...' that was one