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Madonna: 'I found an answer'

Madonna writes about her journey into world of Kabbalah for Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth today:

There is an old cliché: When the student is ready the teacher appears.
I had traveled the world many times over, performed in soccer stadiums, appeared in films, dined with state leaders, collaborated with great artists and achieved what most people would view as a high level of success but I still felt something was missing in my life.
I was pregnant with my daughter, almost 14 years ago and I had just finished the film Evita and realized I had spent my whole life worrying but myself, and that I would soon be responsible for someone else's life.
I was raised a catholic and my father was very religious but none of my questions ever really got answered when it came to trying to understand why people suffered in the world or what the meaning of life was all about.
And suddenly I thought, 'What will I teach my child about the important things in life?'
I was practicing Yoga for years and studying Sanskrit. I had read many books by the great Yogi Masters and Indian Avatars. I studied Buddhism and the teachings of the Dali Lama. I studied Taoism and the Art of War.
I read about the Gnostics and the early Christians. I learned a lot and I was very inspired but I still could not connect the dots and find a way to take this knowledge and apply it to my daily life.
I was looking for an answer.
I went to a dinner party in L.A.
A woman sitting next to me was telling me about a class she was taking from a Rabbi.
She said it was so inspiring and that I should come along. I asked her what it was about.
She said 'Life.'
I asked her what it was called.
She said 'Kabbalah.'
I told her I wasn't Jewish and she said: 'What difference does it make what it's called and what religious upbringing you have had if you are inspired?'
She had a point.
So I went to the class and sat in the back and I listened to a man named Eitan teach the class.
I heard what he had to say and I knew at this moment my life would never be the same.

To read the rest of the article by Madonna visit www.ynetnews.com/articles

Thanks to Michal


Celebration: Single Cover

Online retailer Amazon have updated their site with the Mr Brainwash designed cover for the Celebration single - giving us a hint of what to expect from the video.

Update - Thanks to everyone who has corrected me, the pictures were taken at a party in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the tour last year!

Thanks to Glenn


Madonna to sing at Budapest soccer stadium

U.S. pop star Madonna will perform at a Budapest soccer stadium despite protests by the Hungarian Football Association, organizers said Wednesday.
If Madonna's show is held at the Puskas stadium, two years of work of the national soccer team could be ruined, Istvan Kisteleki of the Hungarian soccer association told the Hungarian news agency MTI.
The Hungarian national team is scheduled to play two major world cup qualification matches early in September and it would take more than 30 days to repair the turf on Budapest's Ferenc Puskas stadium after Madonna's concert Aug. 22.
Hungary is to play Sweden Sept. 5 and Portugal Sept. 9.
Lajos Vajto, the director of Budapest's Kincsem Park, the site for horse tracks, said the Madonna concert could be held on his facility if the Puskas soccer stadium refuses to stage the show.

From UPI.com


Celebration: Preview Clip

Online retailer Amazon.com have just added Madonna's Celebration single to their site where you can also listen to a preview of the track.

The single is available for download from Tuesday 04 August in the US (the UK should get it on Monday 03 August). To listen to the track visit www.amazon.com

Let us know what you think of the preview by clicking on the 'Comment's button below this post.

Thanks to Vickster


Madonna pens article for Israeli daily newspaper

Israel's biggest daily newspaper is boasting a new international correspondent - Madonna.
The Material Girl's byline is on the front page of Wednesday's issue of Yediot Ahronot with an excerpt from her upcoming article headlined: 'How My Life Changed.'
The paper translated her words into Hebrew. Madonna's full article is to be published Friday.
Madonna isn't Jewish but she has adopted the Hebrew name of Esther and studies Jewish mysticism.
She made a private pilgrimage to Israel in 2004 and plans two shows in the country in September as part of her Sticky & Sweet tour.
In her article, the 50-year-old entertainer describes her religious awakening almost 14 years ago, saying she realized fame and fortune were not the end but only the beginning.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

NOTE: If any readers have scans of this byline (and the article on Friday) please email us at madonnalicious@gmail.com - thanks!


Madonna’s Makeup Artist’s Secret Weapon: Diamond Dust

In the ’80s she had a hit singing 'Material Girl,' and now the singer’s making good on the nickname with a beauty routine that takes luxe to fierce new levels.
For her Sticky & Sweet 2009 tour, Madonna’s long-time makeup artist, Shu Uemura Artistic Director Gina Brooke, is giving Madonna a true high-wattage sparkle by dusting her eyelids with a mixture of white shadow and flawless, crushed rose-cut diamonds - and accenting the look with another two carats of small diamond pieces affixed to her brow bones, all inspired by the singer’s hit 'Ray of Light.'
And while diamond dust might seem over-the-top - even for Madonna - the effect is worth it, explains Gina. 'The resulting brightness and glow from Madonna’s eyes captivate the audience and reinforces the fact that there are always new possibilities with makeup - and no rules,' she says.
Even if you don’t have a few spare carats of diamonds lying around, you can still recreate Madonna’s tour look using slightly less precious commodities, Gina says. Using Kolinsky brush in #15, apply Pressed Eye Shadow ME White 906, blending softly from lash line to brow bone. Using a liner brush, apply Painting Liner in M Black from corner to corner of lash line, sweeping up at the edge. Next, apply a thick false lashes, like Farfallina Lash. Balance the look with a neutral lip using Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in 945 Beige.

From People.com / Shu Uemura


Madonna 'erotic' tapes go on sale

Jimi Hendrix's first recording contract and erotic audio tapes sent by Madonna to her former bodyguard have gone on sale in an online memorabilia auction.
Hendrix's contract, which the musician had signed, is expected to fetch up to $250,000 (£151,287).
The tapes, recorded by Madonna in 1992 and 1993, have been estimated to sell for up to $40,000 (£24,205).
Items once belonging to John Lennon and Elvis Presley are also lots in the auction, which runs until 5 August.
The two Madonna cassette tapes each hold 17 minutes of material.
The messages recorded by the singer were left for James Albright, the bodyguard who eventually became her lover.
An intimate home video featuring Madonna, which she also sent him, has an estimated value of up to $14,000 (£8,461).
The Gotta Have It! auction house, based in New York, described the video as 'very personal and intimate', but refused to say exactly what was on it.

From BBC News


New venue and more tickets for Budapest show

If you are to attend the 'Sticky & Sweet' show scheduled in Budapest on August 22, please note that the show moves from Kincsem Park to Puskas Ferenc Stadion.
All tickets remain valid in the new venue!
GOLD and SILVER tickets remain in the same location in front of the stage. The ticket-holders should follow the signs 'GOLD' and 'SILVER' at the stadium.
The allocation for the BRONZE ticket owners will be on the grandstands, therefore closer to the stage and with a much better view. They should follow the signs 'BRONZE' at the stadium.
The VIP ticket service remains exactly the same. The ticket-holders will receive a personal note about their exact seating location and parking place directly to their mailboxes.
All other seated ticket holders – as originally planned at Kincsem Park – will be on the tribunes facing the stage. They can get their new seat numbers at the Ticketpro central office (Budapest, VII. Károly krt. 9.) from July 31th until August 19th, or at the venue on the show day.
With the change of venue to the Puskas Ferenc Stadium tickets additional tickets are now available in the Ticketpro network, including new seated tickets. The new seated tickets can be purchased in all TicketPro outlets from July 31st.
For more info and maps, please visit www.livenation.hu

From Madonna.com - thanks to Vickster


Press Release: A 'Celebration' Of Madonna Music

The Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection September 28th Release.

Madonna, who has racked up a record 37 top 10 hits as well as seven No. 1 albums (including her last four) on the Billboard Pop Charts, has given her fans yet another opportunity to 'celebrate' her musical achievements.
Today, Warner Bros. Records officially confirmed the September 28th release of 'CELEBRATION' - the ultimate compilation of Madonna songs.
The songs on 'Celebration' have all been remastered and selected by Madonna and her fans. They cover the expanse of the Material Girl's extraordinary career of hits including 'Everybody,' 'Express Yourself,' "Vogue" and '4 Minutes.'
'Celebration' will be available in a two-CD set as well as a single CD. There will also be a 'Celebration' DVD released simultaneously which includes the video visionary's best videos including several that have never before been available on DVD.
'Celebration,' the CD will also include two new songs that were recently recorded in New York City. The first single, also titled, 'Celebration,' co-produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, will be released August 3rd.
A video for the single, which will be included on the 'Celebration' DVD was just filmed in Milan, Italy and was directed by long time Madonna collaborator Jonas ('Ray of Light') Akerlund.
Several dance club remixes of 'Celebration' are headed to the clubs on July 24th. The song will also be available on CD and vinyl maxi. Radio will receive the 'Celebration' single on August 3rd.
The cover for 'Celebration' was created by street pop artist 'Mr. Brainwash' who is best known for 'throwing modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven.'


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Barcelona Fan Report

madonnalicious reader Daniel sent in his report from the Barcelona show earlier this week:

I went to see the Queen for the second time in Barcelona. I also saw her in many other European cities.
This time I decided to buy a ticket with a seat, so that I can see all from a different point of view (and I'm also getting a bit older!)
Once I entered the stadium and Paul Oakenfold started to play the crowd already started to celebrate, to celebrate the music, the place, the atmosphere and themselves.
With a small delay Madonna started and the crowd went crazy, I mean everybody was standing during the next two hours. We were dancing, smiling, singing and junping like teeagers, and believe me I was one of the youngest in that zone.(36)
I must confess I never felt such an good vibration between the fans and the star. I felt that everybody was just happy to have Madonna there in Barcelona and to be happy and to have a good time. It was amazing, thank you Barcelona....just bought tickets for Tel Aviv now!


Vote: Bruce, Madonna, Prince! 1984 was quite a year

Fans can take part in an online poll by MSNBC.com to name the best album released in 1984:

Suppose one of the best years in pop music happened and nobody noticed.
A quarter of a century ago, in 1984, three of the most significant pop albums ever made came out. The year saw Bruce Springsteen’s landmark 'Born in the U.S.A.' released June 4, Prince’s masterwork 'Purple Rain' drop June 25 and Madonna’s classic 'Like a Virgin' get unveiled Oct. 29. In other words, three of the most important albums ever were released within five months of each other.

To read the rest of the article and vote for Madonna visit www.msnbc.msn.com

Thanks to JPoliti


Madonna joins forces with artist Marilyn Minter

Madonna is set to team up with controversial artist Marilyn Minter for a top secret collaboration.
The pop superstar has added one of Minter's photographs, of a giant pair of pink lips, to the backdrop of her ongoing Sticky & Sweet world tour and has requested a meeting with the New York-based artist.
Minter, who is known for erotically-charged style, admits she has agreed to work with Madonna - but the project is so secret even she doesn't know what the Holiday hitmaker is planning.
She tells the New York Daily News, 'She wants to come by my studio, so I guess I will find out then. Maybe she wants me to photograph her, or to work on a video.'

From contactmusic.com


Video Shoot Barcelona - Madonna.com Want You To Join

Madonna's official website are on the look out for fans in Barcelona to take part in the video shoot for her next single:

Madonna.com are looking for you - amazing fans to be in Madonna's next video, which will be a celebration of her music and fans.
If you would like to join us, send us your best picture to impress us for a chance to get picked.
We want to see it! We are looking for real fans, look-a-likes, you must come dressed to impress, bring all your Madonna Memoribilia (do you still have 80's stuff?) and be ready to PERFORM, dance or just be yourself.

**If you want to be picked, make sure to bring out your best Madonna Fan look!**
If you get picked you need to check the following:
* confirm you are over 18 yrs old
* you must bring a Photo ID to our shoot for entrance
* you can be at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday the 21st of July

Please note that Madonna will not be in the video shoot this day

SEND US YOUR PICTURES: e-mail lastminutefans@gmail.com now!
By e-mailing you acknowledge you will not receive a payment for this and you will sign necessary release forms and confidentiality agreements on the day.


Madonna visits family and victims of stage accident

Madonna won hearts in France Sunday as she visited injured survivors and the family of a stage hand who died during an accident which saw her concert date in Marseille cancelled.
The city's mayor paid tribute to the US pop star's 'humanity' as she visited the home of 52-year-old French victim Charles Criscenzo's family in nearby Aix-en-Provence before tending to colleagues being treated in hospital.
The black-clad US pop star landed at Marseille-Marignane airport at 1615 GMT and sped off with a bodyguard in a black Mercedes to the house where Criscenzo lived, where a security perimeter had been set up to keep media away.
Two men, Criscenzo and 23-year-old Briton Charles Prow, were killed on Thursday with eight more workers injured in the accident when part of the stage being built at the city's Stade Velodrome collapsed.
The accident happened when a crane toppled over as they were preparing the venue for Sunday's concert, which was immediately cancelled.
Madonna - whose two adopted children arrived with her in France, but left the airport in another car - went on to visit three injured workers still being cared for in two Marseille hospitals.
One, an American, was in a serious condition Sunday, according to local health officials.
Madonna arrived mid-evening at the Mediterranean port's Conception hospital, without any official escort, and bearing a large bouquet of white roses, to visit a French technician who broke a hip in the accident.
Met at the hospital by city mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin, she made no declaration before escaping the crowd to tend to the injured stage hand and making her way to a second hospital.
Speaking for the city, Gaudin said 'we are very touched that a singer of her stature and talent has demonstrated such extraordinary human qualities' with this visit.
'Madonna wanted to come and visit those injured and the families of those killed,' the mayor's special events deputy Maurice Di Nocera earlier told AFP. 'She wanted something private and discreet.'
The singer was not, however, given permission to visit the stadium - the home of Olympique Marseille football club - with an accident investigation under way.
Ticket reimbursements for the Marseille concert would begin on Monday, Madonna's publicists said.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


U2 pay tribute to Madonna and her crew

Fellow Live Nation act U2 played tribute during their Berlin show yesterday to the two members of Madonna's crew that died in the stage collapse earlier this week.

During 'Moment of Surrender' Bono paid special thanks to the magnificent 360 touring crew and added a tribute to those involved in the tragic accident on the Madonna tour in Marseille earlier in the week. 'This goes out to the Madonna crew....and to the good lady as well.'

From www.U2.com - thanks to Adam


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Milan Fan Pictures - Part 2

madonnalicious reader Martyn sent in his pictures and report from Madonna's Milan show that took place on Tuesday 14 July.

Was a great show - Madonna shouted 'Ciao Italia' right before 'BGO' and was in a great mood. The stadium is MASSIVE and Paul Oakenfold did a great job of warming up for Madonna.
The screens worked perfectly apart from during 'Devil Wouldn't Recongise You' when the lower screen didn't work for around 30 seconds. No other problems though - a very smooth show.
Madonna did comment before 'YMLM' that she was full of a cold and had a sore throat, and had wondered earlier in the day if she could actually manage to do the show. She said she had decided to go ahead and was pleased as Italy always gave her so much love and the crowd had given her the energy to perform. Then she shouted 'Thank god my father is from Italy.'
Right before she started the song, Madonna also announced that 3 of her 4 children were in the audience that evening and she was very blessed. She said 'I know you must think Mummy is crazy!'


Tearful Madonna pays tribute

A tearful Madonna took time during her show in Udine last night to pay tribute to the two people who died yesterday in the stage collapse in Marseille:

'I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and pay tribute to two people who lost their lives today,' she told fans at the Fruili Stadium in Udine.
'It's a great tragedy to me. I feel so devastated to be in any way associated with anyone's suffering.'
'Let's all just take a moment to say a prayer for Charles Criscenzo and Charlie Prow. Our hearts go out to their family and loved ones.'

From BBC News


Second person dies in stage collapse

A second person has died following the collapse of a stage being constructed for a Madonna concert in France.
Charles Prow, a 23-year-old from Headingley in Leeds, died overnight at a hospital in Marseilles.
Technicians had been setting up the stage at the city's Velodrome stadium when the partially-built roof fell in on Thursday, bringing down a crane.
Madonna said she was 'devastated' by the news. Her concert, planned for Sunday, has been cancelled.
Charles Criscenzo, a 53-year-old French worker, was killed outright in the accident, which took place at around 1715 (1615 BST).
Eight other people were seriously hurt, including an American who was hospitalised in a life-threatening condition.
More than 30 people suffered minor injuries and shock, according to authorities.
The 60,000-seater Velodrome is France's second-biggest sports arena and home to the Olympique de Marseille football club.
Fire-fighters said the accident occurred when the roof of the stage became unbalanced as it was being lifted by four cranes, toppling one of them.
About 50 people from a range of nationalities were working to set up the structure, city sports official Richard Miron said.
The roof 'started shaking and collapsing' gradually, said Marseilles city councillor Maurice Di Nocera. 'Since it did not collapse right away that allowed several people to get out,' he said.
Madonna, who is performing on her Sticky and Sweet tour, was in Udine, Italy, when she was told of the incident.
'I am devastated to have just received this tragic news,' she said in a statement released by Live Nation, the organisers of the concert.
'My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families, along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news.'
Mr Prow's family have contacted the BBC, saying he was 'a much-loved son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend'.
'Charles was a happy-go-lucky guy with a big personality and he will be deeply missed,' said a representative.

From BBC News


Further details on stage collapse in Marseille

More details are emerging about the collapse of the stage during construction for the Marseille concert - this report is from BBC News:

A stage being constructed for a concert by pop star Madonna in France has collapsed, killing one person and injuring six, police say.
Technicians were setting up the stage at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille when the accident occurred at around 1715 (1515 GMT).
The concert, planned for Sunday, 19 July, has now been cancelled, officials announced.
The cause of the accident was not clear.
The frame 'started shaking and collapsing', said Marseille city councillor Maurice Di Nocera.
'Fortunately, it didn't collapse too quickly, as there would have been quite a few victims,' he said, according to AFP news agency.
Two of the injuries were serious, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said.


Stage for Madonna show collapses in France

Some very sad and shocking news is coming in from France via the Reuters news agency about the Marseille concert due to take place on Sunday 19 July.

A stage being constructed for a Madonna concert collapsed in the southern French city of Marseille on Thursday, killing one person and injuring six, police said.
The concert at the Velodrome stadium, home to the Olympique Marseille soccer team, was scheduled for July 19 but has now been cancelled, a local official said.
Technicians were setting up the stage ahead of the show when part of the roof collapsed.


UK Press: Daily Mirror and Daily Star

Madonna's appearance at the Dolce & Gabbana party in Milan on Tuesday evening caught the attention of the UK tabloids the Daily Express and Daily Mirror because of her choice of dress. Whitney Houston was spotted wearing the same Dolce & Gabbana dress on the same day that Madonna wore it!

Fans can vote on who wore it better at www.people.com/madonna-vs-whitney

Daily Express Daily Mirror

Thanks to Oscar


It's a Celebration and ICON wants you to join!

Madonna's official fanclub ICON are running a great chance for fans to appear in Madonna's video for her new single.

Madonna and her team are currently filming the video to her next single in Milan and they want for you to be part of it:

'We are looking for you die hard fans to be in Madonna's next video, which will be a celebration of her music and fans. We need you to come dressed to impress, bring all Madonna memorabilia, t-shirts or Madonna outfits you have and be ready to perform, dance or just be yourself.

If you would like to join in, please check the following details:
- Confirm you are over 18 years old
- You must bring your photo ID to the filming location
- Must have your country of residence (residenza) and tax number (code fiscale) available
- You can be in Milan at around 9pm on Saturday 18th July. We will not reveal the location until just before this time.

If you agree, come and celebrate: Please e-mail lastminutefans@gmail.com with a recent picture attached (No picture, No invite), as well as your full name, mailing address and phone number.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MADONNA WILL NOT BE AT THE FILM SHOOT, WE ARE ONLY SHOOTING EXTRAS THIS DAY.
Please note that we will not be able to pick everybody that replies.

If any madonnalicious readers get picked for the video we would love to hear your story from the shoot - email us at madonnalicious@gmail.com