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March 2008

US Magazines: Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair have sent out this press release informing fans of what to expect from the upcoming May issue:

Madonna appears on the cover of Vanity Fair for the 10th time, posing for photographer and longtime collaborator Steven Meisel for V.F.’s third annual Green Issue. The inspiration for the cover image (Madonna holding up a custom-made globe of the world measuring four feet in diameter) came from the cover of a mid-century fashion magazine and the 1920s work of Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol.
Madonna tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Rich Cohen that in high school, 'I was one of those people that people were mean to.' She continues, 'I wasn’t a hippie or a stoner, so I ended up being the weirdo. I was interested in classical ballet and music, and the kids were quite mean if you were different....'
'When that happened, instead of being a doormat, I decided to emphasize my differences. I didn’t shave my legs. I had hair growing under my arms. I refused to wear makeup, or fit the ideal of what a conventionally pretty girl would look like. So of course I was tortured even more, and that further validated my superiority, and helped me to survive and say, ‘I’m getting out of here, and everyone is a heathen in this school—you don’t even know who Mahler is!'
Madonna draws on the same kinds of survival skills today when it comes to dealing with all of the media attention, telling Cohen, 'You have to get to a point where you care as little about getting smoke blown up your ass as you do when you become a whipping boy in the press, because ultimately they both add up to shit. You just have to keep doing your work, and hope and pray somebody’s dialing into your frequency. If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you’re always going to be disappointed.'

Madonna speaks on a range of topics, including:

BRITNEY SPEARS:
'Yes, I know. I know exactly what you’re going to say. It’s very painful. Which leads us back to our question: When you think about the way people treat each other in Africa, about witchcraft and people inflicting cruelty and pain on each other, then come back here and, you know, people taking pictures of people when they’re in their homes, being taken to hospitals, or suffering, and selling them, getting energy from them, that’s a terrible infliction of cruelty. So who’s worse off? You know what I mean?'
THE PAPARAZZI:
'The paparazzi are out of control. I haven’t been to Los Angeles in quite a while, and I don’t watch television here or in England, and I was told there’s now a television show where the paparazzi are the stars of the show—is that true? That they film each other doing paparazzi jobs? Which gives them more fuel. I usually found that type kept their distance—they definitely do in England, because it’s illegal to photograph children. But that’s not how it is here. They get this close, and don’t care how much they scare your children.'
'Being famous has changed a lot, because now there’s so many outlets, between magazines, TV shows, and the Internet, for people to stalk and follow you. We created the monster.'
WRITING AND DIRECTING HER FIRST FILM:
'I’ve been inspired by films since I started dancing, and I’m married to a filmmaker, and I think it was one of my secret desires, but I was afraid to just say, ‘I want to be a director.’ But then one day I said, O.K., stop dreaming and do it. But I didn’t want to do it the Hollywood way, and talk through agents. I decided it all had to be generated by me, so I wrote it....It was my film school.'
HOW NEW YORK HAS CHANGED:
'It’s not the exciting place it used to be. It still has great energy; I still put my finger in the socket. But it doesn’t feel alive, cracking with that synergy between the art world and music world and fashion world that was happening in the 80s. A lot of people died.'
THE MUSIC BUSINESS:
'Well, there’s one thing you can’t download and that’s a live performance. And I know how to put on a show, and enjoy performing, and I’ll always have that.'
HER LONG CAREER:
'Honestly, it’s not something I sit around ruminating about. Who is my role model and how long can I keep this going? I just move around and do different things and come back to music, try making films and come back to music, write children’s books and come back to music.'
HOW HER MOVIES ARE DIFFERENT FROM HER HUSBAND, GUY RITCHIE’S:
'We make different kinds of movies. I don’t have the technical knowledge he has. He’s got a vision, and his films are very testosterone-fueled. Mine are much more from a female point of view, and I can’t help but be autobiographical in everything I do.'
HOW HAVING CHILDREN CHANGES YOU:
'If you have children, you know you’re responsible for somebody. You realize you are being imitated; your belief systems and priorities have a direct influence on these children, who are like flowers in a garden. So you start to second-guess everything you value, and the suffering of other children becomes much more intolerable.'
HER FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
'Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking, Horrid Henry.'
THE LOSS OF HER MOTHER [AT AGE SIX]:
'You’re aware of a sense of loss, and feel a sense of abandonment. Children always think they did something wrong when their parents disappear.'

The May issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on April 2 and nationally on April 8.

You can read the full interview online at www.vanityfair.com/culture/features

All Pictures: Steven Meisel exclusively for Vanity Fair.

Thanks to Elizabeth at Vanity Fair


4 Minutes Worldwide Updates

From Atlanta - thanks to John and Brian:
Her Madgesty is getting some gains in airplay in Atlanta, but we need to continue to request '4 Minutes'.
Here are some links to get her in full rotation, go to www.star94.com and email the 'On Air Now' DJ.
Email Q100.5 FM at www.allthehitsq100.com/equest/songrequest or text 71005 to request the song.

From Denmark - thanks to Louise:
Thought I'd want to share that 4 Minutes is the #1 most sold song and the 16th most played song in Denmark this week.

From Hong Kong - thanks to Stephen:
'4 Minutes' has risen to #1 in Hong Kong - check out 881903.com

From Los Angeles - thanks to Andre A:
I just wanted to inform you that I heard the song three times this weekend on LA's 102.7 KIIS FM, it seems they are playing it on a regular basis since I heard it both on Saturday and Sunday.

From the Netherlands - thanks to Dennis:
Madonna went, in her 2nd week, in the Dutch Tipparade from #28 to #10.

From New York City - thanks to Fernando:
Madonna is #1 in New York. On Friday's Z100 9@9 Madonna scored the #1 with '4 Minutes' after being the most requested song in the last 24 hours and at #2 on the most requested song for the Top 5 at Noon.
Please do not stop requesting via telephone at 800-242-0100. Also keep voting at www.z100.com by clicking 'On Air' and selecting 9@9.

From Tokyo - thanks to Dennis:
Since you are keeping tabs on such things: '4 Minutes' had the highest debut on the J-Wave Hot 100 weekly chart coming in at....wait for it....#4.


Nato should reinvent itself like Madonna

Her chart-topping talent for reinvention has inspired the makeovers of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Kylie Minogue, and now Madonna has been proposed as an unlikely role model for Nato.
International defence analyst Dr Peter van Ham, the director of global governance research at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, says Madonna's career should provide the blueprint for 'a strategic extreme makeover' for the alliance.
Rather than Nato troops taking up purple leotards and conical bras, he contends in the latest Nato Review that the alliance should regularly reform itself in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century, such as cyber terrorism, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and competition for energy resources.

To continue reading the rest of the article visit www.guardian.co.uk

Thanks to Paul


Madonna's millions from Hard Candy ads

An article in todays edition of UK newspaper The Sunday Telegraph looks at Madonna's Hard Candy advertising deals:

She might be just months away from her 50th birthday, but Madonna is proving she's still the ultimate Material Girl when it comes to making money from her music.
The singer, who is the most successful female recording artist in history, has earned millions with her new album Hard Candy - even though it does not go on sale until next month.
She has signed lucrative contracts with major companies including Vodafone, Unilever and Fuji, which will use her music to sell products from hairspray to mobile ­phones.
The deals, which involve more than half the tracks on the album, have not only earned the London-based mother of three a not-so-small fortune, they will ensure her album receives free global publicity ahead of its release.

To continue reading this article visit www.telegraph.co.uk


4 Minutes Chart and Radio News

From Cape Town - thanks to Gareth:
Just to let you know, Madonna is #5 on Cape Town's most listened to radio station KFM's Top 8 @ 8.

From Chicago - thanks to Christopher:
I would like to report that '4 Minutes' is receiving heavy airplay at three major Chicago stations - WBBM 96.3 - B96, WKSC 103.5 - KISS FM and WTMX 101.9 - THE MIX.

From Germany - thanks to Nicola:
Here are the chart stats from ITunes Germany: Madonna's '4 Minutes' has only been released on Thursday and it is already #3.
Meanwhile, the Deluxe Edition of 'Hard Candy' went down from #2 to #4 on the iTunes album charts while the Standard Version dropped from #3 to #7.

From Hong Kong - thanks to Alex:
Madonna's 4 Minutes entered the Hong Kong chart at #5 - check out www.rthk.org.hk. RTHK is the official radio station set up by the government.

From Los Angeles - thanks to John:
Just wanted to let you know that 4 Minutes is finally on the list for JoJo's Top 9 at 9 - LA's biggest Top 40 station - it wasn't even as an option earlier in the week. You can vote as many times as you want at vipnetwork.kiisfm.com/jojos_top_99

From Los Angeles - thanks to Linda:
To request 4 Minutes at Los Angeles Power 106 visit www.power106.com/countdown/top4at4 - you can also text your request @ 69106. Please urge all your readers to help Madonna in Los Angeles.

From New Zealand - thanks to Gillian:
Just thought I’d let you know 4 Minutes is #4 on iTunes in New Zealand and Hard Candy Deluxe Version is the #2 album!

From Spain - thanks to Chipie:
4 Minutes enters at #30 in it's first week in the most important radio in Spain, Los 40 Principales. Help us to make it #1 by voting at www.los40.com

From USA thanks to Micheal:
As of Friday 28 March 28, Madonna's '4 Minnutes' is #2 on iTunes USA Top Song list. This no doubt will help the track make a huge leap up the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week! Also Madonna's forthcoming Album 'Hard Candy' is at #5 Amazon.com - amazing considering the album due is a month away further evidence of the monumental anticipation for this album!


Madonna plans to save Britney and tour this fall

Madonna wants the media to leave Britney Spears alone.
'They need to step off,' she told the 'Yo on E!' satellite radio show. 'For real....Let's go save her.'
Madonna, 49, said her daughter, Lourdes, 11, feels the same way.
'She knows Britney, (but) she doesn't really watch TV or read gossip stuff,' the pop star said in the interview. 'I think she sort of gets the drift of what's going on, and I think she feels very protective of Britney.'
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have a son, Rocco, 7, and are raising a Malawian boy they want to adopt.
'He's the life of the party,' she said of David, who she brought home from Africa in 2006. 'He loves music, he's an amazing dancer....He's a character.'
She said caring for David is no different from her raising her biological children: 'I thought it was gonna be, but it feels the same to tell you the truth.'
As for speculation that her marriage is on the rocks, Madonna said: 'It is ridiculous....I don't pay much attention to it.'
The singer's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg recently dismissed media reports that the Ritchies have split up, saying they 'remain happily married.' Rosenberg said that Madonna and filmmaker Ritchie, 39, were 'joyfully back together at home in London' after living in separate countries for work purposes.
Madonna, whose new album 'Hard Candy' arrives April 29, told 'Yo on E!' that she plans to spend the summer in New York, and that she might kick off a tour this fall.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


4 Minutes Video Online Soon

An official mailout from Warner Brothers is teasing fans with news about the video for 4 Minutes without revealing anything!

You've heard it on the radio and soon the first glimpses of the official video for '4 Minutes', featuring Justin Timberlake and Timberland will be appearing online so make sure you keep your eyes peeled....


Vanity Fair: New Cover Revealed

Following on from the low quality leak last night of the cover of the May 2008 issue of Vanity Fair - the magazine's website have now published a high quality version:

You just couldn’t wait, could you? Overnight, a low-quality scan of Vanity Fair’s May cover, featuring Madonna, leaked onto the Internet. We have no idea how it happened, but why fight it: Click the thumbnail for a beautiful image of the entire cover to tide you over until Monday, when we’ll post Rich Cohen’s insightful profile and much, much more.
The new cover was shot at Smashbox Studios, in West Hollywood, by Madonna’s longtime collaborator Steven Meisel. The idea for the image came from V.F.’s editor, Graydon Carter, who was inspired by a midcentury fashion-magazine cover. A custom-made globe of the world (measuring four feet in diameter) served as the centerpiece, and at the end of the shoot Madonna agreed to autograph the globe so that it can be auctioned off for charity. (Details on the auction will be posted soon.)
That’s all for now, but be sure to come back Monday:

Visit www.vanityfair.com to view the large version of the cover.

Thanks to Jessica


Highlights of the Z100 radio interview

She may be heading out on tour in the fall – but don't expect to hear Madonna sing some of her biggest hits ever again.
'I'm not sure I can sing 'Holiday' or 'Like A Virgin' ever again,' the singer tells New York's Z100-FM in an interview scheduled to air Friday. 'I just can't – unless somebody paid me like $30 million or something. [Like if] some Russian guy wants me to come to the wedding he's going to have to a 17-year-old, you know it.'
As she prepares to release her latest album, Hard Candy, on April 29, Madonna also opens up about the music business ('Playing live is not something that people focus on very much,' she says) and why she gave Justin Timberlake that now-infamous B-12 shot in the rear end.

On Justin and the Shot:
'First of all, I've seen enough butt....The reason I gave him a B-12 [shot] is because we only had a certain amount of days in the studio and I didn't want him to use that as a lame-ass excuse not to come to work. Okay? It's got nothing to do with butt. I promise you. Listen, I don't need to give him a shot to see his butt. Duh.'
On Britney Spears's New Record:
'I actually love Britney Spears's new album....I usually work out to her record. I do a combination of pilates and dance aerobics.'
On Her Chances If She Were On American Idol:
'I went to a lot of auditions for musical theater and conventional mainstream things - and I always got cut immediately. So I'm pretty sure the same thing would happen to me.'

From People.com - thanks to DanDAN


UK Magazines: Q

The May 2008 issue of UK music magazine Q is just hitting newstands now and features a great eight-page cash for questions interview with Madonna where she is asked lots of (sometimes random) questions by various musicians and celebrities.

The feature also has two brand new pictures photographed by Steven Klein.


Madonna fumes at London transport

Whenever Madonna does an interview somehow something she says always grabs attention in the media - this time it concerns the London congestion charge!

Pop singer Madonna has launched a stinging attack on London's transport system, including the congestion charge and the Tube.
The singer, who has a London home, said traffic was worse than ever in an interview with Q magazine.
She said: 'I would make it so that young musicians, aspiring musicians wouldn't have to pay the congestion charge or pay taxes.'
The mayor's office said the congestion charge had prevented gridlock.
Madonna said: 'Will Ken Livingstone get my vote? No. The traffic in London is worse than ever now. All Red Ken wants is roadworks going on everywhere.'
She added: 'Don't use The Tube; can't use the roads? No. I'll just have to walk I guess.'
Friends of the Earth London campaigner Jenny Bates said of the star's most recent complaint: 'The C-charge has reduced congestion and cut carbon dioxide emissions.'
A spokesman for the Mayor said: 'If we hadn't had the C-charge we would now be in gridlock. The roadworks she refers to are long overdue.'

From BBC News


4 Minutes enters the Billboard charts

Madonna's 4 Minutes has finally makes it's debut on the US Billboard charts:

#22 - Pop 100 Airplay Chart
#32 - Pop 100 Singles Chart
#68 - Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Remember this does not include Itunes digital sales yet so this is an amazing start - insiders are predicting that the track keep jump into the top 15 or higher so keep requesting and download the track if you havent already!

Thanks to Micheal


Madonna sets records in Canada

'4 Minutes' is the fastest single to hit #1 in Canadian radio history.
Broadcast Data Services (BDS), the company that monitors airplay in North America has confirmed that '4 Minutes,' the first single from Madonna's forthcoming album Hard Candy, has debuted at #1 on the Canadian CHR Audience chart.
This marks the first time any single has entered at the top of either CHR chart in BDS history. '4 Minutes' was co-written by Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. Timberlake also co-produced the track with Timbaland and performs vocals with Madonna.
The song also entered the CHR spins chart at #5, only the second song ever to debut in the Top 10 on that chart. '4 Minutes' also entered the All Format Audience chart at #2, the highest debut in the chart's history.
'4 Minutes' is currently the #1 selling single on iTunes while Hard Candy has the distinction of being the current best selling album on iTunes based strictly on pre-orders.

Thanks to Matthew


4 Minutes and Hard Candy download news

Here are the chart positions of 4 Minutes and both the regular and deluxe versions of Hard Candy:

iTunes Australia:
4 Minutes was the number one downloaded single today.

iTunes Germany:
Hard Candy - Deluxe - #2
Hard Candy - Regular - #3

iTunes Spain:
Hard Candy - Deluxe - #1
Hard Candy - Regular - #2

iTunes USA:
Hard Candy - Deluxe - #2
Hard Candy - Regular - #8

UK:
Music Week report that 4 Minutes sold 21,106 downloads last week to reach #7 on the UK singles chart.

Thanks to Daniel, Debbie, Fernando, Mark and Nicola


Further 4 Minutes Radio Reports

Boston - thanks to Mike:
Just a follow-up to the Boston update. I have also not heard Mix 98-5 play it during the day but the John Lander Morning Show has played it the past 3 mornings and Mix's music director, Mike Mullaney, played it on his weekly You Oughta Know show on Sunday nights.

Hawaii - thanks to Andreanna:
I have only heard Madonna's song once on 105.5 KPMW. Tried to request it on 98.3DAJAM, so hopefully they will put it on their playlist.
It is important in Hawaii and City of Honolulu as well because we have like over 1.5 million people here and we need to get Madonna on top. I hear Rihanna, Usher, Chris Brown and Mariah and Sean Kingston alot, but what about Madonna....lol.
Here is the major Hip Hop Radio Stations in Hawaii:
102.7DA BOMB (KDDB)
104.3 POWER (KPHW)(808) 275-1000, mike@power1043.com
93.9 HOT (KIKI)808.296.9494, kelseyyogi@clearchannel.com
98.3 DAJAM 808.269.5983

Kansas - thanks to Matt:
Kansas City radio station 95.7 The Vibe played 4 Minutes today for the first time. I have had the radio on all day and people have called in more than once requesting it. It is a hit!

Las Vegas - thanks to Roger:
The biggest station here again is NOT playing the song. Last time they refused to play Hung Up yet when the tour came here they acted like it was them bringing her here.
Please ask people to go to www.mix941.fm and request the song.

Los Angeles - thanks to Shawn:
Madonna fans in L.A. PLEASE call or e-mail 102.7 KiisFM to keep requesting '4 Minutes' because they're not playing it and it's not getting on JoJo's top 9@ 9 because apparently they're not getting enough requests or feedback on the song. Anyone in the West Coast can volunteer to call the toll free number or e-mail them. You may contact them at: 1-800-520-1027 and/or www.kiisfm.com - THANK YOU! Lets make sure Madonna gets back on one of country's biggest radio market!

New York City - thanks to Brandon and Fernando:
Z100 basically dictates the Billboard Hot 100, believe me. If you want 4 Minutes to reach #1 on Billboard quicker and receive more airplay, post this link on you main page asking any visitors to request 4 Minutes on Z100 at www.z100.com/pages/info/request

Tonight (Tuesday night) on Z100's Interactive 9 at 9, Madonna rose from # 7 to # 4 - this is awesome. Only 8 days after being released and this high on the countdown. We must keep on voting and get her to #1. To vote for this countdown, you must log onto www.z100.com and click on the ON AIR tab and select Interactive 9 at 9. Type in the request and submit. You can actually submit over and over. Let's get our girl to where she belongs! THE TOP!
Also, make sure to call 1-800-242-0100 between 6:00am and 11:45am Monday-Friday and request her as much as possible! These requests dictate where she lands on the HIGH 5 AT NOON!

Z100 has started to ask where you are calling from and if you are not from the NY metro area....your request DOES NOT COUNT! They are also asking for street names where you live to validate you are telling the truth. This is IMPORTANT! Please make sure you mention you are from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Long Island, Staten Island and make sure you are familiar with a street name.

South Africa - thanks to Jackie:
Just to let you know Madonna's 4 Minutes is currently at #3 on the Top 9 @ 9.

USA - thanks to Kevin
At 104.7 St Cloud , Minnesota 4 Minutes is already #1 on the stations playlist.
At 93.3 Tampa , Florida 4 Minutes has entered the top 10 of that stations playlist.
At 100.7 Terra Haute, Indiana 4 Minutes is #8 on the hot 9@9 countdown , up one spot from last night. Let's make her #1 at www.1007mixfm.com


Hard Candy available to pre-order on iTunes

Two versions of Madonna's Hard Candy are available to pre-order on most iTunes stores from today.

Version 01 - Hard Candy
- Bonus track: Ring My Bell (Exclusive pre-order)
- Digital booklet

Version 02 - Hard Candy - Deluxe Version
- includes 2 remixes of 4 Minutes
- Secret Bonus (Remix)
- Bonus Track: Ring My Bell (Exclusive pre-order)
- Digital booklet

Thanks to Kent


4 Minutes US Radio Update

From Boston - thanks to *Mathias*:
Tonight (Monday 24 March), on KISS 108 FM Boston, Madonna and Justin topped the 'Hot 7 at 7' countdown!

10 minutes prior to that, I heard 4 Minutes on another station - 104.5 WXLO Fitchburg-Worcester.
Here are some DJ's to e-mail from that particular station for Madonna requests: morningshow@wxlo.com, zito@wxlo.com, jen@wxlo.com, sully@wxlo.com, mary@1045xlo.com, rick@1045xlo.com, aj.crozby@citcomm.com

From Fort Lauderdale - thanks to aabreuu:
Just to let you know that 4 Minutes made it to the #1 spot in y100 Top 20 Countdown today here in the Miami Fort Lauderdale area....even the DJ said 'I dont know how but she is already #1 in a week'. I been requesting the song all the time. y100 is a clear channel station here in this area....you can go to www.y100.com

From Houston - thanks to Stephen:
Houston's new station HOT 95.7 KHJZ is playing Madonna's new single pretty regularly - keep texting to 43952 or log in to vote www.hothitshouston.com - every hour (the top of the hour) they play the most requested song. Keep voting!

I did request 4 Minutes on Houston's mainstay 104krbe on Friday night and they played it finally! But, they haven't played it since Friday 21 March 21. Keep requesting Houston - call 104krbe at 713-390-krbe or text to 37530.

From New York City - thanks to PRCHULO78:
HOT 97, NYC's biggest Hip Hop and R&B station has played Madonna's 4 minutes. This is huge!
They have also added her to the request line. Calling all NY metro area fans - please text your request to 75759 or call 1-800-223-9797 or fax 212-924-4442 or email hot97@hot97.com
This would definitely help '4 Minutes' reach even higher status. Remember, this is only week #2 and we need to continue full and heavy support to reach #1.

Also, it is very important to continue requesting on Z100 by texting your request to 55100 or calling 800-242-0100. You can also go to www.Z100.com and click on the ON AIR tab and select INTERACTIVE 9 at 9. She reamined at #7 on tonight's (Monday 24 March) show.

Lastly, KTU, NY's dance station, needs your continued requests as well. Please call 800-245-1035.

Remember, we are the voice and only we can help dictate. Just because the #'s are looking good after week 1, doesn't mean we need to stop.

Sirius Satelite Radio - thanks to Jason and Peter:
Sirius Satellite radio listeners (and those who just want to help) can go to: www.sirius.com/siriushits1 and vote for 4 Minutes in the 'Vote for your favorite Hit Bound song' box.


4 Minutes in Australia

madonnalicious reader Darren has sent in this report from Australia about 4 Minutes exposure on radio and TV:

Last night, on a special episode of So You Think You Can Dance....Australia, during the last package shown on the show (which was a montage of different dances since the show began), 4 minutes was used! It was a shock to see it used on television so quickly, but definitely great for getting it out there.
Radio play here is going mad as well. A very popular station, Nova 100.3 FM (Melbourne), have it on their rotated playlist. Everyone seems to be giving it a go.


4 Minutes debuts on US Airplay Chart

Allaccess.com and Mediabase, the leading radio monitor in America has just released it's 7 day report. It reveals that Madonna makes a triumpant entry onto the CHR/Top40 Airplay Chart! As of this morning (Monday 24 March) Madonna debuts at #23, 4 Minutes received +2251 spins during it's first 7 days of airplay.
Every Monday morning all radio programmers get this weekly report. For those who have been reluctant to add the track they now have evidence that the song is viable and will no doubt add the song which should further increase it's airplay all across America.

Thanks to Micheal


Madonna song used for Japanese TV drama

Madonna has agreed to provide the theme music for Fuji Television's new spring drama 'Change,' a move likely to secure hit status for the show starring idol Takuya Kimura.
'The program has been completely produced in-house and we are very glad to have Madonna involved in the project,' Nobuhiro Nagai, of Fuji's Corporate Strategy Division, said Friday.
Nagai would not comment on the possibility of the singer coming to Japan to help promote the series, which will air beginning in April.
The licensed theme song 'Miles Away' is the first Madonna track permitted to be attached to a TV drama in Japan.
Madonna met Kimura, a TV and big screen heartthrob known in Japan simply as Kimutaku, when she appeared as a guest on the 'SMAPxSMAP' variety show in 2005. The weekly show features Kimura and the four other members of the boy-band SMAP.
Kimura, who starred in last year's cinematic hit 'Hero,' is likely only to enhance his popularity with 'Changes,' the tale of a small town elementary school teacher who is suddenly - if improbably - propelled into the position of prime minister of Japan.
The ballad is taken from Madonna's new 'Hard Candy' album, which goes on sale here on April 30.
Nagai said the singer had been impressed with the storyline for the program, which also stars Eri Fukatsu, Akira Terao and Rosa Kato.

From The Hollywood Reporter


4 Minutes: Billboard Review

Here is an excellent review of 4 Minutes from Billboard:

It doesn't take anywhere close to '4 Minutes' to realize that Madonna is poised to score her first top 10 hit since 2005's 'Hung Up.'
The launch single from upcoming 'Hard Candy' - her 11th and final studio album for Warner Bros. - co-stars Justin Timberlake, with production props from Timbaland.
There's an awful lot going on in the busy dance track: sing-song verses, insistent foghorns, cowbells, chants of 'tick-tock' and 'Madonna, Madonna,' and a rap from Timbaland-but the trade-off chorus between Madge and Justin of 'We've only got four minutes to save the world' is hooky enough unto itself to sell the song.
'4' qualifies as an event record between superpowers who not only share equal billing, but sound gangbusters together. Expect instantaneous penetration for this spring break '08 anthem.

Thanks to Jimmy