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January 2010

Iconic celebrity photos on display in New York

A starstudded collection of celebrity photos featuring iconic snaps of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears has gone on display in New York.
The exhibition, titled Snapped! From the Red Carpet to the Dark Side of Celebrity, is being held to mark the 21st anniversary of entertainment news and photo agency World Entertainment News Network.
Snapped! showcases shots from the past two decades, including Lady GaGa with British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and Madonna in Malawi with her adopted son David Banda.
The collection is also raising money for charity - all proceeds from the sales of prints will be donated to Concern Worldwide's Haitian earthquake relief efforts.
Lloyd Beiny, CEO of WENN, says, 'Like everyone, we were devastated by the horrors of the recent events in Haiti and have been looking for an appropriate way in which to contribute.'
The exhibition runs until 28 February at Manhattan's Chelsea Market.

From contactmusic.com


Jane Lynch to do Madonna's Vogue on Glee

Jane Lynch will live out a childhood fantasy in front of U.S. TV audiences in late 2010 - the actress has signed on to perform her version of Madonna's dance hit 'Vogue' on hit show 'Glee'. Lynch will put her pop star skills to the test when she sings the 1990 track in character as her coach character Sue Sylvester in an upcoming episode.
And the 49-year-old confesses Madonna has been her idol for the last three decades. She says, 'I've just been kind of up on Madonna these days. I'm loving her. I grew up in the '80s, so she provided the soundtrack to my life.' The actress' tribute will feature as part of an all-Madonna music 'Glee' episode.

From aceshowbiz.com


Madonna and Britney land top kiss honour

Madonna and Britney Spears' infamous smooch at the MTV Video Music Awards has been voted the top kiss of the decade.
The two superstars made headlines around the world after they puckered up at the annual ceremony in 2003, and U.K. department store Selfridges has branded the kiss the most iconic of the 2000s.
Tobey Maguire's passionate embrace with Kirsten Dunst in 2002's Spider-Man came second in the rundown, while Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's slow-burning snog in Brokeback Mountain in 2005 was named third.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna's tears during photo shoot

Madonna burst into tears when she posed for Dolce and Gabbana's spring campaign.
The Celebration singer was photographed for the luxury fashion brand in a number of different settings, but when she had to pretend to read a letter from a loved one, the 51-year-old star was overwhelmed and started to cry.
Her friend, designer Domenico Dolce, said: 'She was really crying! It wasn't fake!'

From 3news.co.nz - Picture by Steven Klein for Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana 'feared' hiring Madonna for campaign

Top Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana had to think twice before approaching Madonna and asking her to be the new face of their luxury label, because they feared a business deal would sour their friendship.
Madonna was unveiled as the spokesmodel for Dolce & Gabbana's spring/summer 2010 campaign last year when black and white shots of the pop superstar, taken by noted photographer Steven Klein, hit the Internet, and the celebrated designers admit they hesitated at the thought of working with the Material Girl.
Gabbana tells W Magazine, 'There was a sort of fear on our behalf of asking Madonna to do anything business. We thought it could impact our relationship, and Madonna is one of the few people we're really in awe of. To have Madonna in our campaign is a dream come true.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna brings Like A Prayer to Hope for Haiti Now telethon

Backed by a choir, Madonna performed her 1989 single 'Like a Prayer' at the 'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon on Friday (January 22). She performed in the telethon's New York studio, as did Bruce Springsteen, Shakira and Sting.
The arrangement of 'Like a Prayer' took its cues from the original version's instructions to 'let the choir sing,' with the only non-vocal instrumentation provided by a guitarist and a keyboard player. It was a shining performance, with the choir serving as a perfect counterpoint to Madonna's vocals.
Last week, Madonna endorsed the relief efforts of the charity organization Partners in Health, donating $250,000 toward their work with victims of the Haitian earthquake. Partners in Health works to bring modern medical care to the world's poorest communities and it has had a presence in Haiti for 20 years.
'My prayers are with the people of Haiti,' she said in a statement on her Web site. 'I can't imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing. Sadly the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment.'
'I urge all of my friends and fans around the world to join me collectively to match my contribution or give in any way you can,' she continued. 'We must act now.'

From MTV.com


Stars line up for Haiti benefit concert

A benefit concert for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, hosted by George Clooney and featuring Jay-Z and Madonna is set to take place later.
Other acts taking part in the two-hour Hope for Haiti telethon include Bono, The Edge and Rihanna, who pre-recorded their performances in London on Friday.
The concert will be shown on all major US TV channels, MTV in the UK and worldwide on YouTube from 0100 GMT.
An estimated 1.5 million people have been left homeless by the earthquake.
As many as 200,000 people have been left homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake, according to some estimates.
The benefit concert will take place in New York, Los Angeles, London and Haiti.
More than 100 Hollywood and music stars are understood to have agreed to take part.
Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean - who set up the charity foundation Yele Haiti - Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Shakira and Sting will perform in New York.
Film stars making appearances will include Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Will Smith.
George Clooney, who organised the event, told MTV: 'It's a big world out there, and we all have a lot of responsibility to look out for people who can't look out for themselves.'
'So what we can do is first and foremost, raise money. Period. That'sit ....'
'If I thought we could all pick up shovels and go in there and help without being in the way, I think a lot of people would do that.'
The live programme can be seen online via YouTube, MySpace, Hulu, Fancast, AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Bing.com, BET.com, MTV.com, CNN.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody.
The show will also be repeated in the UK at 0900 GMT on Saturday morning, on both MTV and its sister channel Viva.

From BBC News


Haiti Telethon Broadcast Details

The two-hour telethon (in which Madonna will perform) will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday 22 January 2010 at 8:00pm ET/PT and 7:00pm CT.

In the UK, 'Help For Haiti Now' will air on MTV from 1:00am on Saturday 23 January. It will also be broadcast on further digital channels and online.

The event, which is hosted by George Clooney and Wyclef Jean, will be staged in New York City, Los Angeles and London.

All musical performances will be available to purchase on iTunes from Saturday 23 January, with proceeds donated to the Haiti earthquake relief funds.

From digitalspy.co.uk


Madonna To Perform At Haiti Telethon

We are happy to confirm that Madonna will join the upcoming star studded Telethon to air on every major network this coming Friday evening.
Organized and hosted by George Clooney, the Telethon is set to raise millions for the citizens of Haiti, which were affected by the recent earthquake.
For more info on Madonna’s involvement in the cause and to read her related statement, just click here.

From Madonna.com

madonnalicious invites our US readers to submit any screen captures/video clips from the show to madonnalicious@gmail.com for us to share with other fans.


American Idol Rocker Adam Lambert talks Madonna to Oprah

American Idol star Adam Lambert was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show this week - here is what he had to say about meeting Madonna:

Adam may be recognized wherever he goes, but he still gets starstruck at times. When he met Madonna, one of his music idols, for the first time, he says his heart started racing. 'It was wild,' he says. 'I've looked up to her as a pop star, as like a creative being, my whole life.'
Their first encounter came about when Madonna's guitar teacher, a musician who plays in Adam's band, invited Adam to her New York City home. '[I was] in my best outfit. Put the tie on. Put the jacket on. Looked good,' he says. 'She came in in like no makeup, yoga wear. Just totally Zen. She walked into the room, and her presence is very powerful. She's very intense.'
Struck by nerves, Adam says he was almost speechless. 'I said: 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm just really intimidated right now.' And she said, 'Why?'' he says. ''Because I love you.' And she said, 'So love equals intimidation for you?' And I said: 'Yes, pretty much. Most of the time, I think, when I feel love, that's the way it manifests itself at first.''
Adam says Madonna offered a few words of advice about being a celebrity. '[She said], 'Just keep your eye on the prize and put your blinders up,'' he says. ''Don't get sidetracked with all the extra fuss.''

From www.oprah.com/entertainment - thanks to Matthew


Madonna Statement Following Earthquake In Haiti

My prayers are with the people of Haiti. I can’t imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing. Sadly the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment.
I have given a donation of $250,000 to assist Haiti’s earthquake victims through Partner’s in Health (www.pih.org) one of Haiti’s leading health care providers. I urge all of my friends and fans around the world to join me collectively to match my contribution or give in any way you can. We must act now.

Thank you for your support.
Madonna

From Madonna.com


Update on Sticky & Sweet Book: Collectors Edition

madonnalicious has had a few emails asking for some clarification on where the limited edition collectors editions of Guy Oseary's Sticky & Sweet book would be stocked. We have now received this update from powerHouse books:

PowerHouse have confirmed that they are only doing a limited print run of 7500. All these will be individually numbered collectors editions.
Retailers and other vendors like Amazon will get copies from this print run so wherever you purchase the book from it will be an individually numbered collectors edition.


Sticky & Sweet Book: Collectors Edition

Madonna's legendary 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour, the most successful tour by a solo artist in history, has been chronicled by her longtime manager Guy Oseary and the resulting book, 'Madonna: Sticky & Sweet" is being published by powerHouse Books (Feb. 2010) The glossy retrospective includes 500 extraordinary photographs taken on and off stage during the course of the 58 show tour which circled the globe in 2008 and was seen by over 2 1/2 million fans.

PowerHouse books are offering a collectible version of the book strictly limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies at $45 at www.powerhousebooks.com

Please note that shipping this book outside the US from powerHouse Books can cost up to $125. madonnalicious spoke to powerHouse Books and they stated that the numbered collector versions of the book are also available for pre-order via Amazon.

PowerHouse Books do not normally ship internationally - hence the very large overseas shipping costs. If fans from outside the US are wanting a copy of the book they are advised to purchase via Amazon to save on shipping costs.

Fans can also view a video of a flick-through the book at powerhousebooks.com

From Madonna.com


Vote: Most Attractive and Elegant Woman of the Year

Fans should keep voting for Madonna in the year-end Grand Finale 2009 poll on the Hello! magazine website. Madonna is featured in two categories - Most Elegant Woman of the Year and Most Attractive Woman of the Year and is currently ranked third in both polls.

To vote for Madonna visit www.hellomagazine.com/vote/grand-finale2009 - remember to vote for Madonna in both categories and fans can vote every 10 minutes. Voting closes on Wednesday 20 January.


Sticky & Sweet Tour to be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD

The news fans have been waiting for came today in this official press release:

Madonna’s most recent stage extravaganza, the 'Sticky & Sweet' concert, will be released on March 30th, it was announced today by Live Nation, the world’s largest live music company.
'Sticky & Sweet', which was produced by Live Nation, was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history and was seen by over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries around the world.
The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girl’s hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, '4 Minutes,' 'Like a Prayer,' 'Hung Up' and 'Ray of Light'.
Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic 'Don’t Cry For Me Argentina' to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans.
Also included are several hits from the multi-Grammy winner’s most recent CD 'Hard Candy' which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.
'Part concert, part block party and all fun, there is still only one Madonna,' raved the Oakland Press in their review of the 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour. 'A night of triumph and defiance....A two hour multi-media juggernaut,' glowed the LA Times. 'Our lady of perpetual motion…This may be the best tour she’s ever stitched together,' claimed the NY Post.

From Madonna.com - thanks to Rodolfo


Queen Celebration: Last few copies available

'Queen Celebration' is a book showing the glorious musical career of the Queen of Pop. This book allows you to discover (or re discover) pictures that made Madonna the most celebrated female singer around the world.
You’ll see rare pictures and previously never seen before pictures all taken by the most talented and famous photographers.

Printed on glossy paper, its format (24 x 34cm) makes this book a truly unique and a must have collector item for any fan of the Queen of Pop.

Limited collector edition: 1000 copies only and is almost sold out!
Available to buy at www.sunset-media.net/queencelebration

Part of the benefits of 'Queen Celebration' will be donated to the Sidaction foundation.


Madonna and Sean Penn's Chance Encounter

When Madonna and Sean Penn were spotted together at a tony New York City restaurant on Thursday, rumors swirled that the former Mr. and Mrs. Penn might be rekindling their romance.
Not so, according to Madonna's longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg, dismissing reports the pair, who divorced in 1989 after a stormy four-year marriage, lingered over a cozy, three-hour-plus dinner at Adour at the St. Regis Hotel.
'Madonna was at the St. Regis having dinner with friends,' Rosenberg tells PEOPLE. 'Sean stopped by the table to say hello. He sat for ten minutes and then left. Madonna continued with her dinner. That's all it was.'
Madonna, who has been linked most recently with model/DJ Jesus Luz, is divorced from her second husband, Guy Ritchie. Penn's wife, Robin Wright Penn, filed for divorce from him in August.

From People.com


A-Trak dismisses Madonna collaboration

Pitchfork.com are reporting that A-Trak has dismissed the rumours that he is working with Madonna on her new album:

This week, reports have been circulating that DJ, producer, and onetime Kanye West sideman A-Trak would contribute production to the next Madonna album. Speculation started when A-Trak's buddy DJ Mehdi dropped the bomb in an interview with Dummy, and it's since spread.
But in a new statement, A-Trak debunks the rumor, explaining that Mehdi was just kidding the whole time.
A-Trak says, 'Those Madonna rumors started from a joke my boy DJ Mehdi made in an interview. Then it spread to Madonna fan-sites. Then the Daily Star fabricated a quote from me. Next thing you know it was on NME and MTV. I'm not opposed to the idea, but it's all fiction for now.


Madonna ready to rock and rap

Madonna is set to take a new rap/rock direction on her next album.
The 'Celebration' singer is working with both rap producer A-Trak and rock producer Brendan O'Brien - who has previously worked with Pearl Jam - and attempting to merge the two genres on the follow up to her hip-hop influenced 2008 LP, 'Hard Candy'.
A-Trak, real name Alain Macklovitch, told the Daily Star newspaper: 'It's my production, turned into song structure - halfway between rap and electronic and whatever else I listen to.'
Madonna, 51, is said to be set on making a track to match the success of Run DMC's groundbreaking 80s hit 'Walk This Way', which defined the rap/rock genre - and went on to spawn acts such as Korn, Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock in the 90s.
Madonna has a long history of working with hip-hop producers, including Pharrell Williams and Timbaland on 'Hard Candy', but she is also keen to play up a more guitar-heavy sound after spending time mastering the instrument and insiders say she's working on perfecting a balance between the two.
The resulting album could be released this year.

From contactmusic.com


Roma people to give Madonna gold plaque

The self-proclaimed king of the Roma said Tuesday he wants to give Madonna a gold plaque to thank the singer for criticising discrimination against his people.
Madonna performed in Bucharest in August as part of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour, and at the concert said she was 'very sad' because of the 'discrimination against Romas and Gypsies in general in eastern Europe'.
Self-declared king Florin Cioaba said the Roma wanted to show their appreciation for the US star's gesture.
'Madonna deserves great credit. She drew the whole world's attention to discrimination against the Roma,' Cioaba told journalists in the central Romanian town of Sibiu.
The plaque has been ordered from a jeweller in Italy and will be made from 24-carat gold, the Romanian news agency Mediafax reported.
Romania has one of Europe's largest communities of Roma, an ethnic minority believed to originate from the Indian subcontinent often referred to as Gypsies.
Last year Amnesty International criticised the Romanian authorities' lack of action to tackle discrimination against Roma, a problem it said was 'widespread and deeply ingrained in (people's) minds.'

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Vote: Most Attractive and Elegant Woman of the Year

Fans can now vote for Madonna in the year-end Grand Finale 2009 poll on the Hello! magazine website. Madonna is featured in two categories - Most Elegant Woman of the Year and Most Attractive Woman of the Year.

To vote for Madonna visit www.hellomagazine.com/vote/grand-finale2009 - remember to vote for Madonna in both categories and fans can vote every 10 minutes. Voting closes on Wednesday 20 January.

Thanks to Maddyct


Six Directions For Madonna's Next Album?

Madonna is currently at work on a new album, which is expected to be unleashed some time in 2010. She has stayed relevant in the music business by constantly reinventing herself, taking in new genres and musical experiments and making them her own. She is meticulous about how she selects collaborators, because they inform the sound of the albums as much at Madge herself.
One of the confirmed producers working on the still-unnamed work is Brendan O'Brien, who made a name for himself sitting behind the boards for Pearl Jam and has also helmed productions for Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC and Aerosmith. Does that mean that the singer behind 'Like a Prayer,' 'Ray of Light' and 'Hung Up' is going to dive deep into the rock world and make a guitar-based album?
It's a possibility, though reports also have A-Trak (a Kanye West collaborator) and David Guetta (of 'Sexy Chick' fame) working on the album as well, which suggests that it's a combination of roots rock, futuristic hip-hop and whatever Akon makes. With that in mind, here are six directions Madonna could go in.

To find out the possible six directions that MTV think Madonna's new album might take read on at newsroom.mtv.com

Thanks to Brant