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October 2009

Madonna leaves Malawi after week's charity tour

Madonna has left Malawi after a nearly weeklong visit with her family, airport and charity officials said Saturday.
Officials said Madonna flew out of the southern African country on Friday. The 51-year-old celebrity arrived in the impoverished country on Sunday accompanied by her four children - daughters Lourdes and Mercy, and sons Rocco and David. Mercy and David were adopted from Malawi.
While in Malawi, she broke ground for her $15 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls and visited the orphanage that cared for her son David before she adopted him.
Madonna's Raising Malawi, a charity founded in 2006 when she first visited the country, helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi's orphans.
Malawi, a nation of 12 million, is one of the poorest countries in the world. About 500,000 children have lost a parent to AIDS.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna promises light for Malawian village

Madonna has promised electricity to a village in Malawi, the impoverished southern African country where she runs a charity organization and from which she has adopted two children.
Speaking in Mphandula, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, the singer said Thursday: 'I know you work in darkness. I will bring you electricity.'
Madonna's Raising Malawi charity already has donated $500,000 for a child care center in the village that feeds and educates 3,000 orphaned children.
Madonna arrived in Malawi on Sunday accompanied by her four children. On Monday she broke ground for her $15-million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
About 500,000 children in this nation of 12 million have lost a parent to AIDS.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

William Orbit talks about Ray Of Light and Madonna

William Orbit is picking his Tracks of My Years on BBC Radio 2 this week in a pre-recorded interview played daily. Today Ray Of Light was one of the featured tracks and here are some highlights from his interview:

Presenter Zoe Ball mentioned that she thought 4 million copies in the UK were sold - William said he'd heard it was 17 million worldwide!

He is still friends with Madonna and keeps in contact with her by email and sees her occasionally in LA and London.

Zoe asked if they would work together again. William replied that he (and of course Madonna) never look back although there are lots of tracks they worked on which are probably being saved for a rainy day!

At the time Ray Of Light was being recorded, Madonna was 'friendly' with a very tall basketball player who came into the studio to hear the recording. He actually fell asleep whilst there much to Madonna's amazement! William said that he's heard that loud music can actually make you feel drowsy especially if you've been working out to keep fit like a basketball player would!

Fans can listen to the interview again at - the episode will be available later today. Skip through to 2 hours 35 minutes when Ray Of Light is played and then William talks about the track. Only available for next 7 days.

Thanks to Vickster

Raising Malawi: New message and signed DVDs from Madonna

Madonna has released a new personal video message to raise awareness for her Raising Malawi charity:

My life has been changed. I must share my story with you.
It all began seven years ago when I learned of a small country in Africa called Malawi. Over one million children in this country have been orphaned by AIDS and extreme poverty. Children have been left raising children. Learn more by watching the video message (see below) I created for you and discover my interest and concern for Malawi.
The moment I realized the impact I could have on these children, my life was transformed. With the smallest actions, I have witnessed enormous change - and I'd like to give you the opportunity to help others in need and experience the same kind of fulfillment.
Sign up and join our movement to raise Malawi. I'll send ten (10) people who sign up this week an autographed copy of my documentary film, I Am Because We Are - a movie that will change your life. This offer is open to fans worldwide.

For fans also wanting to donate to Raising Malawi Madonna has pledged $100,000 to match your contributions dollar-for-dollar visit

She Has Exposed Her Body, But Not Her Soul

Liz Smith shares a piece she wrote for Q, the Quest magazine quarterly, spotlighting the most successful - and perhaps most misunderstood - female rock artist of all time.

'I love Liz Smith because she has big balls, like me!'
Those were practically the very first words I ever heard, personally, out of Madonna’s mouth.
I was at the 1990 New York premiere of Madonna’s highly entertaining documentary, 'Truth or Dare.' I wasn’t covering it, exactly. I was there being interviewed by ABC’s 'Primetime Live.' They were doing a segment on me. So this event was an example of one of my 'glamorous nights out.' And of course I was being pressed to speak to Madonna. I’d been writing about her exhaustively since 1984, so everybody assumed we were friends. In fact, I’d never clapped eyes on her. I told the ABC people, 'Look, this is her premiere, I don’t think she wants to be part of my publicity!'
Somehow Madonna was corralled into a corner where I stood with the film crew. We exchanged hellos. Then the producer asked Madonna what she thought about me. She answered with the quote above, and we parted, laughing. (It couldn’t really be used on the air.)

To read the rest of the article visit

Madonna and children visit Malawi orphanage

Madonna and her four children have visited the orphanage in Malawi that looked after one of her sons before his adoption in 2008.
Home of Hope Child Care Centre director Lucy Chipeta said she showed Madonna and her son David his cot during their visit to the orphanage near the Zambian border.
Siblings Lourdes, Rocco and Mercy - who was adopted from Malawi earlier this year - joined their mother on the tour of the orphanage, where Madonna's Raising Malawi charity has built several new buildings.

From Channel 4 News

Sticky & Sweet Tour on EPIX: Weekend Passes

Thanks to all the fans who applied for an EPIX sneak peak of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour on Saturday night - the viewings were a great success.

EPIX are all out of Madonna sneak peak invitation codes now, but EpixHD is offering special weekend access codes, which will make all Epix content, including the Sticky & Sweet Tour available online to US fans only - madonnalicious readers can register here:

Sticky & Sweet Tour: Into The Groove video at Billboard are exclusively streaming Madonna's Into The Groove performance from the Sticky & Sweet Tour on their website at the moment ahead of the US premiere on EPIX:

Millions of Madonna fans - 3.5 million at 85 shows in 32 countries, to be exact - were lucky enough to witness the pop megastar's record-breaking 'Sticky & Sweet Tour' live before it wrapped in September. But there are still millions more who never saw the show, which until now, hasn't been broadcast for fans at home. So there is no doubt that we are proud to present this exclusive video of 'Into The Groove' from her Buenos Aires show before its world premiere on EPIX.

To read the rest of the article and view the video visit

Press Pictures: Ground breaking in Malawi

Here are the press pictures of Madonna planting a tree and cutting the ribbon at the ground breaking ceremony for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Malawi today (Monday 26 October) in Chinkota, outside Lilongewe. Madonna who is funding the building of the school was the guest of honour at the function.

Pictures from AP / Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Madonna breaks ground on Malawi girls school

American pop queen Madonna on Monday broke ground on a girls academy she is building in Malawi, billed as a 'gift' to the country where she has adopted two children.
The 51-year-old star cut a cake, planted a tree and turned the sod alongside her eldest daughter Lourdes, 13, at a colourful ceremony attended by about 500 locals on the outskirts of Malawi's administrative capital Lilongwe.
According to a brochure for the Raising Malawi Girls Academy, the school will be a 'leadership institution to prepare future women leaders' with 500 boarders including two impoverished girls from the country's 28 districts.
It will 'focus on mathematics and science which traditionally have failed in Malawi and elsewhere', the brochure said.
Madonna's school is modelled on a similar academy built by US television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
In 2006, the chart-topping musician adopted a baby boy, David Banda, who is now three-years-old. She returned to Malawi this year to adopt a girl, Mercy James.
Madonna is also funding several charities in the small southern African country, including homes for children with AIDS.
Construction of the academy will take two years.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Celebration: Thailand Fan Version Video

It was exactly one month ago that Thailand had it’s biggest Madonna 'Celebration' in the Asian Region. An overwhelming two thousand fans swarmed Thailand’s biggest shopping district at 'Siam Parc Paragon' celebrating the Queen of Pop’s 26 years in the entertainment industry.
Today, as a gift to the Madonna Fans in Thailand, Warner Music Thailand released the official 'Thailand Fan Version' music video of Celebration. The entire video shoot was filmed outdoors in the middle of main event, which explains for it’s quality.
The video will also be serviced to MTV Thailand, Channel V Thailand, Local Shopping Malls, and the BTS Skytrain. Warner Music Thailand has all reassured to the fans that the video will definitely be delivered to the Queen of Pop herself.
Even though the quality of the video may not be up to par with the International Fan Version (filmed in a studio) the video is sure to excite fans in Thailand and many across the world.

Thanks to Kit at Warner Music Thailand

Madonna arrives in Malawi to launch girls school

Madonna arrived in Malawi Sunday to visit the girls school she is building in the impoverished country where she adopted two children, an official for the star's charity said.
The official who could not be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter said Madonna arrived at about 2:30 p.m. (1230 GMT; 8:30 a.m. EDT) on Ethiopian Airlines.
The 51-year-old celebrity was accompanied by her four children - Lourdes, 13, Rocco, 9, as well as her two adopted children. Madonna adopted the Malawian-born Mercy, 3, this year and David, 4, in 2008.
The official said Madonna would take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the school on Monday.
Madonna will also meet with President Bingu wa Mutharika and visit some of the orphanages her charity supports.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna to launch construction of Malawi girls school

Pop queen Madonna will lead a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a girls academy she is building in Malawi, where she has adopted two children, officials from her charity said Friday.
Madonna is expected to arrive in Malawi on Sunday and the ceremony for the construction of the school, which will be named Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, will take place on Monday, they said.
'The academy seeks to provide a model of relevant and effective education in Malawi while advancing gender equality and women's empowerment,' said an official who requested anonymity.
The school on the outskirts of the administrative capital Lilongwe will prepare girls from poor backgrounds for careers in medicine, education or law, the official said.
The school is modelled on a similar academy built by US television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
Madonna's trip was confirmed by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo, a local academic who has been hired by the American star to head the academy.
'Madonna believes that given opportunities, these girls will become scientists, lawyers and doctors. She believes in them. Having someone believe in you is important to a girl,' Oponyo said.
In 2006, the chart-topping musician adopted a baby boy, David Banda, who is now three-years-old. She returned to Malawi this year to adopt a girl, Mercy James.
Madonna is also funding several charities in the small southern African country, including homes for children with AIDS.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna rules in Europe

Billboard’s new pan-European sales charts show Madonna starting a fourth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while Robbie Williams makes a triumphant return, topping European Hot 100 Singles with 'Bodies'.
'Celebration' loses its remaining No. 1 European berths, in Ireland and the Czech Republic, but is back up 3-2 in Italy, 4-3 in Norway, 7-4 in Spain, 10-9 in Switzerland and is new in the Hungarian top 10 at No. 7.

From Billboard - thanks to Micheal

Madonna to lay school's foundation stone in Malawi

Pop star Madonna will visit Malawi on Sunday to lay the foundation stone of a multi-million dollar girls' school she is building, her charity Raising Malawi told Reuters.
The singer, who has adopted two children from the southern African country, is due to arrive on Sunday and attend a brick-laying ceremony in Lilongwe on Monday. The school is expected to cost about $15 million.
'She plans to meet the President Bingu wa Mutharika and together lay a foundation stone for her multi-million dollar girls school,' a staffer at the charity, who declined to be named, said on Thursday.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

'Glee' Exclusive: Madonna is on board!

Are you sitting down, Gleeks? Well you might want to, because we have some exclusive Glee news that’s positively Madge-ical. EW has learned that Madonna has given Glee the rights to her catalog and that an all-Madonna-music episode is in the works for early next year.
The hit series has been building an audience and filling the iTunes charts with its cover songs, and Madonna’s involvement is a testament to how big the show is getting. Also, an amazing Glee cover of a classic Madonna track has the potential to be even bigger than the show’s blockbuster take on 'Don’t Stop Believin’.' Quinn totally has to do 'Papa Don’t Preach.' And I can completely see Rachel tackling 'Material Girl.'

From Entertainment Weekly - thanks to Micheal

Sticky & Sweet Tour EPIX Prescreens for US Fans

US TV and online audiences will be able to see the Sticky & Sweet Tour for the very first time when it debuts across all EPIX platforms: television channel, video-on-demand and online at

The Sticky & Sweet Tour - Live in Buenos Aires concert will air on the weekend of the 30th October, which is EPIX's launch weekend in the US as previously reported on madonnalicious here.

EPIX are also giving away special prescreens to US-based Madonna fans. The concert will be streamed online in HD on the website on the Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October. For every fan invited, they'll be able to bring three friends along and watch the show together in EPIX's virtual theatre. The theatre has a chat feature as well so guests can talk away about the show!

UPDATE: Unfortunately all the prescreen invites have now all gone. Thanks to everyone who contacted EPIX and enjoyed the prescreens.

Events: Halloween Madonnathon in New York City

Friday 30 October - The busiest and best night all year at 1984! DJ Chip Duckett plays ALL MADONNA, ALL NIGHT LONG, with no repeats. The video screens are filled with rare, commercially unavailable Madonna treats. And it being Halloween weekend, half the club will be dressed over-the-top as every version of Madonna imaginable! Will you be Virgin Madonna? Hung Up Madonna? Evita Madonna? The possibilities are endless!

1984 @Pyramid
101 Avenue A
New York City

Doors Open at 10 PM - 21 & Over - - $8

Madonna for Dolce & Gabbana menswear?

Oh come on! She’s not that muscular! News reaches Grazia that Madonna is to star in the new Dolce & Gabbana campaign. So far, so cool....only apparently it’s Dolce’s menswear label. It’s not clear if Madonna will be dragging up, although in the past she has looked fierce in some of their androgynous pin-striped trousers suits. Thing is, we can’t really imagine Madge (yes, we know she hates that name now) settling for just being some male model’s arm-candy....unless that model happens to be her toy-boyfriend Jesus Luz, of course. Could we be looking at Mr Luz’s first major campaign?

From Grazia Daily

Pop's Reigning Queen in Her Own Words

Rolling Stone have now put Madonna's Q&A session with Austin Scaggs from the latest issue of the magazine online:

Your onstage stamina is incredible. I particularly enjoyed 'Into the Groove,' which you sang while jumping rope on the Sticky & Sweet Tour. How do you stay in such good shape?
I have two different workouts. I have a show-day workout, which really just gets my body warmed up and ready, and I have off-day workouts that involve everything. The kind of training I do incorporates everything from ballet to Pilates to running relays, jumping rope, jumping on trampolines, gymnastics....using all the muscle groups I use to do the show. Keeping my cardiovascular endurance is the most important. At the beginning of the last tour I was roller-skating. Then I ended up getting off the roller skates, because I kept flying off the runway and crashing into the crash-mats.

To read all the other Q&A visit

Madonna neighbour sues over noise

A woman who lives in an apartment above Madonna in Manhattan has complained to the New York State Supreme Court about the pop star rehearsing to loud music.
Karen George said in papers that the star and 'her invited guests repeatedly dance and / or train' to 'unreasonable high decibel amplified music'.
She is suing the management company of the Manhattan building, saying it has failed to act on her complaints.
Spokeswomen for the management company and Madonna have declined to comment.
In the papers, Ms George said she had been forced to leave the building during the sessions - which caused 'noise and vibration to pour through the walls' - because she found them 'unbearable'.
She said nothing had been done since she first complained in 2008.
Madonna moved into the seventh-floor apartment in the building, which overlooks Central Park, following her divorce from film director Guy Ritchie.

From BBC News

Madonna up for two Billboard Touring Awards

Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Thursday 05 November. The awards are based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.

The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw awards, which acknowledge the top grossing and ticket selling tours, respectively, are the same three global treks: U2's 360 tour, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour, and AC/DC's Black Ice tour.

Thanks to Micheal

Madonna Celebrates 3rd Week Atop Euro Chart

Madonna's 'Celebration' (Warner Bros.) moves into a third week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums, as 'Sexy Chick' (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon secures a sixth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles.
The Madonna compilation moves back 2-1, where it entered two weeks ago, in Ireland, and remains in runner-up spot in the United Kingdom and Finland. But it's down 1-8 in Germany.


Madonna's sweat ethic

Madonna doesn't think much of Paul McCartney's live performances. She tells Rolling Stone: 'People have told me, 'You could just go out there and play guitar and sing your songs like Paul McCartney,' but I'd be too bored. Most of the joy of the shows is the magic of creating them - theater. I'm a perfectionist. I like hard work. I like to sweat.'
She also revealed that The Post's famous front page headlined, 'Madonna: I'm Not Ashamed,' published after her nude photos appeared in Playboy, was proudly hanging in her home after being turned into art by her friends Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. She said, 'They took all these Post covers and painted over them. They're in my house in LA - a signpost, a watershed moment.'
She added that her Sticky & Sweet tour was the only thing that kept her sane during her painful divorce from Guy Ritchie: 'I think work saved me, and I'm grateful that I had work to do. I may have thrown myself off a building.'

From the New York Post

Highlights from the Rolling Stone interview has published some of the highlights from Madonna's new interview with Rolling Stone magazine that is out in US stores now:

On her biggest hits: '
I've never been a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not. The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I've written, like 'Cherish' and 'Sorry', a pretty big hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits. 'Into the Groove' is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it.'

On Lady GaGa:
'I see myself in Lady Gaga. When I saw her, she didnt have a lot of money for her production. She's got holes in her fishnets, and there's mistakes everywhere. It was kind of a mess, but I can see that she has that IT Factor. It's nice to see that at a raw stage.'

On Justin Timberlake:
'Justin is a brilliant songwriter. I mean, 'What Goes Around....Comes Around?' Brilliant. I thought it would be a challenge to work with him. He's sort of a Cary Grant. I love him. I love working with him.'

On who's turned her down:
'I wanted to work with Eminem. I don't think he wanted to work with me. Maybe he's shy.'

On her 80's hairstyles & looks: 'It's ok. It was the 80's. It was a bad haristyle era. Let's face it.'

On growing up:
'I was a geek in high school. I didn't really have a drink until my first divorce.'

The biggest challenge of her career?:
'Working on Evita. It's a whole different singing sensibility. I had to seriously work with a vocal coach.'

On the first 3 concerts she saw:
'My first show was David Bowie. My second show was Elton John. And my third was Bob Marley! Not bad, right?'

US Magazines: Rolling Stone

A classic Herb Ritts photograph of Madonna graces the new issue of US music magazine Rolling Stone (29 October issue 1090) which is in stores now.

Days after her 51st birthday, pop's reigning queen reflected on three decades of provocation, scandal and monster hits. Get the story behind her first-ever controversial performance and find out why she's unafraid to unleash her inner geek, plus relive her 50 most iconic moments in photos and videos.

For more on the interview by Austin Scaggs visit