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Melissa Crow's personal Madonna items on eBay

madonnalicious reader Axel has contacted us to get this message to all fans who may have noticed that lots of personal Madonna-related items belonging to Madonna's ex personal assistant Melissa Crow that have recently appeared on eBay.

I'm not sure if this is possible for you but Melissa Crow asked me in helping get the message out that the eBay auctions of her stuff are absolutely not endorsed by her! She is:

1) Doing everything she can to get these items back into her possession.
2) She wants to make sure that people know it is NOT HER selling these items!
3) And she asks fans NOT to bid on the items.

It would be totally awesome if Madonna fans would honour and respect her request. Thanks!

Glee's 'Madonna' Powers To No. 1 On Billboard 200

Glee's Power of Madonna debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 98,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. And 75% of 'Madonna's' first-week sales came from download retailers.

And to show what a smart business women she is by opening up her back catalogue to Glee - her greatest hits Celebration sells 6,192 copies up 219% from the week before putting her at #83 for the week.

Thanks to Don

Books: Tom Munro have interviewed photographer Tom Munro to advertise his new celebrity portrait photography book that is released this month - the book is available to buy online at

Tom Munro’s new book is chock-full of celebrity portraits: Jennifer Lopez, Dustin Hoffman, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Johnny Depp, Ashton Kutcher. But it’s Madonna that he seems most smitten with: Madge is on the cover, scattered throughout the book, and even wrote the foreword. Her poetic summation of the photographer’s art? 'To have your picture taken by Tom Munro / Is kind of like smoking a bubblegum cigarette. / You can strike a pose, look cool / Get all of the sweetness, / And not suffer any side effects.'

Getting Madonna to write your introduction is pretty major. What is it like to work with her? When did you meet, and how did you become such close collaborators?
I first met Madonna on an editorial shoot for Elle. I think Madonna was keen to work with me as I had worked with her stylist Arianne Phillips before, and my ex-boss Steven Meisel put in a good word for me. Working with Madonna is really inspiring and a privilege. It’s rare to work with someone who is so driven, who brings so much to the creative process.
After the shoot, Madonna asked if I would be interested in collaborating on her music video 'Give It to Me.' This was my first introduction to film and I jumped at the opportunity. We did another video, 'Die Another Day,' and I shot the tour book for Sticky and Sweet.
Also I had been involved with a Charity in Kenya called MEAK (Medical and Education Aid for Kenya) and knew of Madonna’s charity work in Malawi, so I asked Madonna if I could tag along on one of her visits to Africa. What she is doing there is quite extensive. It was a wonderful and moving experience to go with her, so I asked Madonna if I could list her charity as one of the beneficiaries of the book, along with MEAK.

Madonna models again for Dolce & Gabbana

Stefano Gabbana has confirmed Madonna will front the campaign for Dolce and Gabbana's autumn/winter 2010 womenswear range.
Madonna will front the new campaign for Dolce and Gabbana, it has been confirmed.
Speculation had been rife the 51-year-old singer would be the face of the Italian duo's autumn/winter 2010 womenswear range, following the success of her adverts for the fashion house last year, and now Stefano Gabbana has spoken of his excitement.
He tweeted: 'Madonna....she's always the BEST! I'm going on the set of the woman campaign....The shooting is going very well!....She's beautiful....Love this!'
Speaking from the campaign's headquarters in New York, he added: 'A lot of paparazzi during the shooting!'
Madonna's favourite photographer, Steven Klein, is thought to be shooting the adverts.


Glee: A review from

TV reviewer Ken Tucker gives this glowing review for the The Power of Madonna episode of Glee on the website:

May I suggest that if you don’t want to miss one of the best hours of TV you’re likely to see all year you be sure to watch Glee tonight: 'The Power of Madonna' is like having the finest Broadway jukebox musical ever made in your living room, except that Glee has better jokes and more involving plotlines.
The premise is simple: Sue Sylvester worships Madonna, 'the most powerful woman ever to walk the face of the earth,' says Sue vehemently, and who’s going to argue with her?
Not Will, who brazenly steals Sue’s idea: Both teachers assign their glee club and cheerleader charges Madonna-based routines to win their respective competitions. This leads to a lot of wittily arranged and powerfully performed covers of Madonna hits, from 'Vogue' to 'Express Yourself.'
Glee excels at dealing with themes that drag down more ordinary shows, issues of gender and power, hairstyles and hormones. The episode is crammed not only with music but nonstop one-liners that sting with the sharpness of a Madonna hit-single hook.
Directed by creator Ryan Murphy, 'The Power of Madonna' pays its title subject the highest compliment possible: It doesn’t merely express admiration, it demonstrates a potent understanding of why Madonna matters.
As Kurt says, 'It’s gonna be Madge-ical.'

My grade: A

UK TV: Glee

Fans in the UK can catch their first look at The Power of Madonna episode of Glee when it airs on Freeview channel E4 on Monday 26 April at 09:00pm.

The show will be repeated on Channel 4 on Friday 30 April at 08:00pm.

'Glee' Madonna Soundtrack Could Top Billboard 200 Next Week

Eagle-eye industry sources are suggesting that the kids from Fox TV's 'Glee' may earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with 'The Power of Madonna' soundtrack. The companion album from the show's same-named episode, which aired Tuesday night to much fanfare, may sell in the range of 100,000 to 125,000 by week's end on May 1 according to industry prognosticators.
The best week for a 'Glee' set was racked when its 'Season One, The Music Volume 2' soundtrack began at No. 3 with 173,000 last December. There is a chance that 'The Power of Madonna' could move an even higher number - possibly approaching that record 173,000 figure - depending on how the rest of the week shakes out.
The 'Glee' club and Madonna should trump the week's other big debut - the 'Iron Man 2' soundtrack from rock gods AC/DC. The album - also on Columbia - is looking to debut in either the No. 2 or No. 3 slot on the Billboard 200 with between 75,000 and 100,000.


Glee: Madonna sequel in the works

Glee is heading back into the groove with Madonna. The afterglow from last night’s smashing (and highly rated) Madge-themed episode has barely dimmed and already series creator Ryan Murphy is talking to the Material Girl about a sequel!
Murphy confirms that he’s in discussions with M’s camp and that 'Madonna and her people are into it and want it to happen.' The follow-up would air early next season and feature six more songs from the pop icon’s immense catalog of hits. (There’s talk that fans might be able to vote on which tracks should be used via a poll on
The Glee-Madonna marriage has already reaped huge dividends for both the show and the star. Tuesday’s episode attracted a potent 13.5 million viewers, down just 5 percent from last week’s record-setting spring premiere. Additionally, the soundtrack from the ep is currently No. 1 on iTunes, and two of the singles are in the top 20.
The power of Madonna indeed.

From Ausiello /

madonnalicious wants to know - What tracks would you like to see covered next, and by which character? Hit the 'Comments' button below to add your thoughts.

Video: Glee's Express Yourself have highlighted some of their favourite Madonna Glee performances from the show last night:

Also a highlight? The girls' take on 'Express Yourself,' which was rife with awesome '80s choreography and details inspired by Madonna's original video, like corsets, power suits and microphone headsets. Mercedes gets another standout solo, and even Quinn's light and sweet vocals work on Madge's empowerment anthem.

Madonna stands to profit from Glee episode

If everyone hits the notes they're supposed to, Tuesday’s Madonna-themed episode of 'Glee' is going to leave the Material Girl very, very happy - and not just from the female empowerment motif or Jane Lynch's stylized version of 'Vogue.'
For one thing, it’s the only episode so far of the hit series dedicated to a single artist.
'I could see it happening again infrequently in the future,' Adam Anders, 'Glee’s' music producer told TheWrap. 'But Madonna was a great choice to start with because of the depth of her catalogue.'
Indeed, that catalogue will hand Ms. Ciccone a nice chunk of financial joy from the licensing fees for the 'New Directions' kids’ performance of 10 of her songs. Licensing, like live performance, is one of the few areas of the music business that is still actually growing.
It’s a very strategic move when you take a look at the calendar.
The 'Glee' episode - 'Glee: The Power of Madonna' - and accompanying record are out one week after Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour CD and DVD hit the market.
The album debuted in the Top 10, and the DVD topped the music-video charts.
'This ‘Glee’ episode is still a win/win for her and Live Nation's investment in her touring and related merchandise because of the publicity and the spike in sales they'll get for her new live DVD and CD,' a music industry insider told TheWrap.
According to one individual close to the show, Madonna and her management granted the show total access to her entire catalogue after being personally approached by 'Glee' co-creator Ryan Murphy last year.
It won’t hurt ratings for the already top-rated show, either.
'Glee’s' Anders wouldn’t confirm how much the show paid to use Madonna’s songs, but he did say that quantity helps. 'The more you do, there is a bulk rate involved, so you do get a better deal. Still, because of the production numbers, this was the most expensive ‘Glee’ we've ever done.'
Regardless of the discount Madonna gave 'Glee,' the themed episode mostly likely will end up extremely lucrative for both the show and the performer.
The mini-album, featuring seven of the 10 songs that'll be on the show, comes out online and in stores the same day the show airs. Also, fans that purchase the album off iTunes will get a version of 'Burning Up' as a bonus track.
Similar to that other Fox powerhouse 'American Idol,' artists who appear on 'Glee,' 'get a halo effect on the track level,' Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard's director of charts, told TheWrap.
Madonna's greatest hits collection 'Celebration,' which has sold about 218,000 units since it came out in September of 2009, will likely see a bounce from the 2,000 copies a week it’s selling right now, thanks to the 'Glee' connection, he said.
'This isn’t really about Madonna being on ‘Glee,’' a former label executive and industry insider told TheWrap, 'it's about Madonna’s place in the market.'
Madonna herself told Us Weekly that she thought the 'Glee' episode was 'brilliant on every level.'
For a performer who has never shied away from exposure over her nearly three-decade career, looking at the bottom line, it’s not hard to see why....on every single level.

From /

'Glee' Recap: Madonna Invades William McKinley High

Tuesday's (April 20) all-Madonna episode of 'Glee' imparted an important lesson: Even the almighty Material Girl can be upstaged by the power of Sue Sylvester.
From her shot-for-shot remake of Madonna's 'Vogue' music video to her extra-acerbic insults of Will Schuester's hair, the Cheerios coach was just on.
At most high schools, Madonna songs blaring at high volume over the loudspeaker would prove to be a bit distracting. Then again, most schools aren't William McKinley High, where Sue blackmailed Principal Figgins into playing her idol's music full blast to inspire the students to be more independent and powerful. (This also, conveniently, allowed as many Madonna songs as possible to be squeezed into the 44-minute episode.)
Sue had her Cheerios harness Madge's power by encouraging them to troll the middle school for younger boyfriends and abandon their last names. She also choreographed a routine to 'Ray of Light' involving stilts (not creepy - in fact, amazing) and hurled her greatest one-liner yet: 'Sloppy freak-show babies. Somewhere in the English countryside in a stately manor home, Madonna is weeping.'
Following Sue's lead, Will made New Directions brainstorm Madonna numbers in an attempt to empower the female glee clubbers and discourage the guys' misogynistic tendencies. This brilliant idea struck him when he overheard Rachel asking the female gleeks for hypothetical romantic advice after her new boyfriend tried to get her to do it after a Wiggles concert. (Remember, Rachel and Vocal Adrenaline's Jesse St. James are secretly dating.) Unfortunately, guidance counselor Emma was no help. As we learned last week, she's a virgin, too, but she did have some pretty hilarious sex-education brochures.
After Rachel's girl-power-y 'Express Yourself,' her duet with Finn on the 'Borderline/ Open Your Heart' mash-up, and a clandestine meeting with Jesse in the Steven Sondheim biography section of the library, where he apologized for pressuring her, she decided she would have sex with Jesse after all. But Rachel wasn't the only character contemplating losing her virginity: Emma took to heart Sue's quip that she wasn't powerful enough to have Madonna piped into her office and told Will it was on. Foreplay would start at 7:30 sharp.
And Santana decided Finn was the younger, inferior man she needed in order to emulate Madonna.
The resulting (and inevitable) 'Like a Virgin' extravaganza followed the three couples on their sexual adventures and was perhaps the best 'Glee' number yet, as far as integrating the song and choreography into the plot and allowing multiple characters to sing solos. All six shared vocal duties - even Santana! And she sounded great.
Still, it turns out that not all the couples went through with the deed. Although she told Finn the next day that she did it, Rachel didn't actually leave the bathroom, even as Jesse implored her to 'Just come out so we can talk. Or sing about it.' Jesse's solution: transferring to McKinley to prove how much he respected Rachel. Finn, on the other hand, lied and said he didn't do it when he actually did. Emma chickened out and ran home barefoot. She and Will decided Monday that they'd readdress their sexual chemistry after his divorce was official and she got help for her OCD.
Kurt and Mercedes made the Sue Sylvester 'Vogue' video as a multimedia presentation for their New Directions Madonna song (it's almost indescribably amazing), and they were rewarded for their hard work in the form of positions as the Cheerios' new lead singers, roles they debuted with a cover of the Madonna/ Justin Timberlake duet '4 Minutes.' Closing out the episode was a take on 'What It Feels Like for a Girl' from the boys and a show-stopping 'Like a Prayer,' complete with gospel choir, from the whole gang.


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Madonna to star in new Dolce & Gabbana campaign?

Is Madonna set to be Dolce & Gabbana's campaign girl for a second season? Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are currently in Manhattan filming their autumn/winter 2010 menswear commercial at Mulberry Street Bar in NoLita, Fashionologie reports, and it seems that the Madonna has been spotted nearby.
Although there is no official word from the design duo regarding the womenswear collection, it's alleged that Madonna's favourite photographer Steven Klein will be shooting in the very same neighborhood in the coming week.
Madonna has already fronted one lucrative campaign for her longstanding friends Dolce and Gabbana, in addition to designing a range of sunglasses for the Italian designers - the first co-branded venture they have ever undertaken.
The world awaits an official announcement from super-tweeter Stefano Gabbana, who excitedly revealed their first collaboration via the social media site back in November, and has already tweeted photos from the NY menswear shoot.

From UK

Madonna: New footage, same attitude have published a clip that just looks like an outtake from the shooting of the Vogue video. Their sources say it is from an unreleased Nike commercial:

The clip finds the Madonna making fun of her late ‘80s Pepsi scandal. In the video footage Madonna has her arms covering her bare chest, looks at the camera smiling, and says, 'I wear what I want and I do what I want. Ask Pepsi.'
With the last remark, the entertainer references the 1989 controversy, in which she was paid a then-record $5 million as part of an endorsement deal, that included the filming of a commercial for the soft drink. The deal was scrapped by Pepsi executives due to threats of protests from right-wing Christian groups, such as the American Family Association, due to perceived sacrilege in her 'Like A Prayer' video, now considered one of the creative high points of Madonna’s storied career. The singer was allowed to keep the $5 million and her commercial aired only once on network television.

Madonna Rates Glee's All-Madonna Episode: 'Brilliant'

Thumbs way up from Madonna - and Lourdes, too!
The Material Girl caught a sneak peek the upcoming 'Power of Madonna' episode of Fox's Glee, in which McKinley High's Glee Club reinterprets Madonna's classic songs of female empowerment.
Madonna, 51, tells exclusively what she thought of the tribute:
'I thought the Madonna episode of Glee was brilliant on every level. The dialogue and the entire script was genius. I completely appreciated the layers of irony, especially when all those macho boys sang 'What It Feels Like For A Girl.' I also loved the fantastic performances of 'Vogue,' 'Express Yourself' and all the messages about the boys being respectful to girls.'
'The entire cast was amazing. They're all so talented. I especially loved Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and Kurt Hummel's (Chris Colfer) characters. [Show creator] Ryan Murphy did a great job bringing all these elements together. Lola loved the show too. I wish I went to a high school like that....If only.'
'The Power of Madonna' episode of Glee airs this Tuesday on Fox.


Glee Sneak Peeks: Sue Sylvester Does Madonna Proud

Visit US website E! Online to view two new clips from the upcoming The Power of Madonna episode - they also talk to Jane Lynch about recreating the Vogue video:

By the way, have you seen Suedonna's 'Vogue' video? Ah-mazing, no? And Jane tells us that fact is not lost on her. 'I am so proud of it. When I first saw it, and you don't see my face for a while - you just see the shoulders, and you can maybe believe they're Madonna's shoulders - and all of sudden it was me!' she laughs. 'It just freaked. Me. Out!'
And sorry, Glee, but Jane's only got room for one great thing in her life, and that slot belongs to a famous undergarment. 'That cone bra was the best thing that ever happened to me. The power that I felt wearing that thing. Everybody was like, Ooh, hands off Jane.'

Madonna enjoys empowering Glee

Madonna has fired back at reports she's not familiar with TV phenomenon Glee, insisting she has a crush on the show's star Matthew Morrison.
The pop superstar's back catalogue will provide the soundtrack for an episode of the TV musical, which will air in America next week - and she admits she's thrilled to be part of the series.
Internet reports suggested Madonna was far from happy about the idea of giving show producers access to her hits and had snubbed the chance to make a guest appearance - because she'd never heard of Glee.
A source told, 'Madonna doesn't have a TV and has no idea what Glee is. The show (producers) did ask her if she wanted to make an appearance in the much-hyped Madonna episode. She said, 'No thanks', and to be honest she would rather they sing an Elton John song than butcher one of hers.'
But the singer has brushed off the claims, insisting she's familiar with the characters and even has a crush on actor Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester.
Madonna says, 'I think Mr. Schuester is very cute. And I'm glad he's doing such a good job empowering all the girls.'


Sticky & Sweet debuts in the Top 10 on Billboard

The second and final debut in the top 10 (of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart) belongs to Madonna at No. 10 with 'Sticky & Sweet Tour' (28,000). It's the Queen of Pop's 19th top 10 set and her third live release. With 19 top 10 albums, the star ties with Bob Dylan for sixth place among acts with the most top 10s in the chart's 54-year history. Ahead of them are the Rolling Stones (with 36), Frank Sinatra (33), the Beatles and Barbra Streisand (30) and Elvis Presley (27).

From - thanks to Jimmy

Glee: Sue Sylvester's Vogue Video

The Vogue video that features Jane Lynch as Glee's coach Sue Sylvester premiered on US TV last night - the clip is now available for all fans to watch.

Jane Lynch spoke to MTV recently about recreating the video:

I do the 'Vogue' video in the Madonna episode, and we replicated everything down to the set pieces, the hair pieces, the wardrobe, the lighting. It’s in black and white, and you’re gonna love it. It’s amazing. 'Oh yeah, the cone bra, the Gaultier bra, I wear that in one scene. And it’s the most powerful I’ve ever felt in my life. Well, you know what, I wore the cone bra with the track suit, so it worked. It was a win, win.'

US Magazines: More from TV GUIDE

Here is a further look some pictures of the Glee cast shot exclusively for TV GUIDE magazine (19-25 April issue) in celebration of the Madonna-themed episode that airs on FOX on Tuesday 20 April - click on the pictures to enlarge.

The magazine hits US newstands on Thursday 15 April.

Photo Credits: Art Streiber for TV GUIDE MAGAZINE /

Thanks to TV GUIDE

Glee: Sue Sylvester's Vogue video to premiere tonight

The world premiere of Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) 'Vogue' video will air during the spring premiere of Glee tonight, Tuesday 13 April (9:28-10:30 PM ET/PT) following American Idol on FOX. The three-minute video premiere, will debut one week before it airs as part of 'The Power of Madonna' episode on Tuesday 20 April 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Sure to be a fan favorite, GLEE’s 'Vogue' features Sue, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) in an homage to Madonna with a brilliant shot-by-shot re-creation of the groundbreaking music video.

In 'The Power of Madonna' episode, airing Tuesday 20 April (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the male members. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace Madonna’s strength, independence and confidence so that the guys will see the errors of their misogynistic ways.
The glee club takes the assignment to heart and performs some of the Material Girl’s greatest hits, including 'Express Yourself' and 'Like a Prayer.' Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a Madonna makeover that is definitely in 'Vogue.'

From FOX Press Release - thanks to Christopher

US Magazines: TV GUIDE

In this week's edition of the redesigned TV GUIDE (19-25 April issue), the cast of Glee talks Madonna and gets into the groove for their episode airing April 20 on FOX:

On her early memories of Madonna, Lea Michele remembers attending Madonna's Drowned World Tour three times and styling her hair like Miss Ciccone when attending Bat Mitzvahs.

Matthew Morrison recalls: 'I wasn't a big fan of Madonna; never got into it. As a heterosexual guy, she didn't have much impact on my life.'

Chris Colfer: 'I was not allowed to listen to Madonna when I was younger. My mother and grandmother had all the CDs but didn't want me to hear about sex.'

Mark Salling grew up in a strict Christian home in the South: 'Madonna was considered the she-devil.'

Jane Lynch recalls: '....sitting at a bar all drunk on Long Island ice teas watching her 'Material Girl' video and thinking, 'How Ballsy.''

The magazine hits US newstands on Thursday 15 April.

Fans can also watch this behind-the-scenes video of the TV GUIDE photoshoot:

Photo Credits: Art Streiber for TV GUIDE MAGAZINE /

Thanks to TV GUIDE

David Guetta was scared of working with Madonna!

French DJ David Guetta was terrified of working with pop legend Madonna - because he had heard so many stories of her alleged difficult behaviour.
The Queen of Pop convinced the beatmaker to work on her upcoming record, after his work with Kelly Rowland and Akon made him famous outside Europe.
Guetta admits he was apprehensive about hitting the recording studio with the singer - but was stunned by her friendly nature.
He tells Britain's News of the World, 'Madonna really is the sweetest person. I was totally paranoid before I met her because of all the stuff that everyone says but she is really very normal. We spoke about life, love and our children. I was completely seduced.'


The Virgin Tour 25th Anniversary

Today is the 25th anniversary of the opening night of Madonna's The Virgin Tour. On April 10 1985 Madonna played the first show of the tour at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

madonnalicious reader Johnny has put together a montage of pictures and footage from the tour to celebrate it's 25th birthday!

Madonna jets out of Malawi

US pop star Madonna jetted out of Malawi on Friday ending a five-day trip which included laying a foundation stone for a new girls school an airport official told AFP.
The singer who was accompanied by her biological children Rocco and Lourdes and her other two children whom she adopted in Malawi flew out of Kamuzu international Airport on a private jet bound for London, the official said.
Madonna's charity, Raising Malawi, is building a 15-million-dollar Girls Academy to educate young Malawi girls from poor backgrounds.
The star already funds several charities in the country, including homes for children with AIDS.
She has built a multi-purpose community centre 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Lilongwe which looks after more than 8,000 orphans.
Late Thursday Madonna, accompanied by Lourdes and adopted daugher Mercy 'Chifundo' James, visited the centre where a local band and a choir seranaded the pop star and villagers thanked her for her help.
'I am happy my small contribution has lifted the lives of many,' Madonna told the cheering villagers.
'It pains me as a mother to see children suffering because they can't get food or clothes. I want to use what I have to make the world a better place where everyone will enjoy life.'
The southern African country is one of the world's poorest nations, with more than half of the population of 13 million living on less than one dollar a day.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna and David return to Malawian orphanage

Pop singer Madonna has taken her adopted son David to visit his former orphanage in central Malawi.
Chants of 'welcome home, David!' and 'we love you, David!' could be heard from inside the Home Of Hope as the four-year-old and his mother arrived.
Journalists were barred from the reunion, which took place during Madonna's week-long stay in Malawi.
But the head of the orphanage said Madonna did not want to break David's 'emotional attachment' to the home.
'David spent most of his first days on earth here,' Lucy Chipeta told the BBC. 'We are delighted to have him back.'
'We have preserved his room including his crib,' she added.
As Madonna engaged in discussions with the orphanage's directors, David and his older sister Lourdes played with the young residents.
However, the four-year-old's biological father, Yohane Banda, was nowhere to be seen.
Chipeta refused to comment on why he had not attended.
Madonna, in Malawi since Monday, is scheduled to leave the southern African country on Friday.
The pop star, 51, funds six orphanages through her Raising Malawi charity and is setting up a school for girls on the outskirts of the country's capital, Lilongwe.

From BBC News

Madonna launches a telecommunication initiative

Madonna laid the first brick of her new girls' academy near Malawi's capital Tuesday, in which she encouraged Malawian girls to 'dare to dream,' according to the inscription on the brick.
The pop star said it has long been her dream to build a girls' school. She said she hopes the girls attending the academy will go on to become doctors, lawyers and future leaders of their country.
The $15 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls is scheduled to open in 2011, and will assist 500 orphaned children.
At the same event, Madonna also launched a telecommunications and fundraising initiative that aims to provide education to children around the world by offering secondary school scholarships and by supporting schools in developing countries in accessing the internet.
'Kids will be able to connect with kids from the other parts of the world,' the singer said. 'This will promote peace throughout the world.'
Telecommunications giant Ericsson will donate computers to various schools in 11 African countries through the United Nations Millennium Village initiative, where model villages are established to demonstrate how the quality of life in African rural areas can be improved through community-led development.
The pop diva looked relaxed as she used a trowel to turn the earth. She wore a long-sleeved striped top, white cotton slacks, a patterned scarf and pale ballet flats. She also wore a black-banded straw hat and dark sunglasses on the sunny day.
Madonna arrived in Malawi on Monday for a weeklong charity tour to inspect projects she established since her first visit in 2006 while filming a documentary on its devastating poverty and AIDS crisis.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna lays first brick of her Malawi school

US pop star Madonna on Tuesday laid the first brick at the $15 million (11 million euro) girls' academy that she is building in Malawi, promising to bring quality education to young girls.
The singer and actress laid a stone with an inscription 'Raising Malawi Academy for Girls' and the motto, Dare to Dream.
'It has always been my dream to train women leaders who can help develop the country,' Madonna said during the event.
The colourful ceremony in Chinkhota village, some 15km (nine miles) from the capital Lilongwe, was attended by education officials and curious villagers.
'I grew up as a poor girl with my mother, I had no chance for good education,' Madonna said.
'It is my aim to see Malawian girls get the right education,' she added.
The pop star was accompanied by her biological daughter Lourdes and her two other children, whom she adopted in Malawi.
Madonna, who funds several initiatives in the southern African country, broke ground and planted a tree in October last year for the school, which will admit 500 girls from poor backgrounds.
The school is modelled on a similar academy in South Africa, which was built by US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
Education Minister George Chaponda lauded Madonna's education project.
'There is continued cooperation between the government and Madonna's charity, which is involved in several initiatives to help end poverty,' said Chaponda.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News