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June 2010

Madonna and Macy's Ready Material Girl Launch

WWD.com today have offered more information about the Material Girl collection that is launched in August:

The biggest presentations of Material Girl will be at the Macy's stores in Herald Square, State Street in Chicago, Union Square in San Francisco, South Coast Plaza in Orange County and Dadeland in Miami. Another 75 stores will have significantly sized shops, with the remaining 120 showcasing a more moderate assortment.

Madonna is not the centerpiece of the marketing campaign supporting the launch. Rather, the most visible face of the brand in advertising and marketing materials will be the for-now-anonymous young television actress and singer. She appears mostly hidden from view in teaser ads that break this week in celebrity weeklies, cinema, outdoors in New York and San Francisco and on the Macy's Herald Square JumboTron. Her identity will be revealed in the coming weeks closer to the launch date.

'Madonna handpicked this girl,' said Dari Marder, chief marketing officer at Iconix. 'She really embodies who the Material Girl is.'

New advertising with the unveiled actress will break at the end of July in celebrity weeklies and the September issues of fashion titles such as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, Nylon and Paper. The campaign also will include cinema spots, outdoor, radio and online components.

All the campaign images were photographed last month in a studio and on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Lola helped style the shoot and Madonna stepped in and photographed some of the pictures herself.

The celebrity face of Material Girl will attend the national retail launch of the line at Herald Square on Tuesday 03 August, standing in for Madonna and Lourdes, who will not be present.

The winner of the competition to meet Madonna and Lourdes will do so at an event at Macy's Herald Square in New York on Wednesday 22 September.

Thanks to Brian


Material Girl Collection Teaser Advert

The advertising campaign for Madonna and Lourdes Material Girl Collection for Macy's (which is due to hit stores on Tuesday 03 August) has started with the release of this teaser advert. Who do you think the celebrity 'material girl' is in the advert? Hit the 'Comments' button below this story to add your ideas.

This HQ version of the teaser advert has also been released - click to enlarge.


Madonna - The Best-Of 2000-2010: Winners Announced

Nearly 1000 fans entered the competition to win one of five copies of the limited-edition Madonna - The Best-Of 2000-2010 book.

The correct answers to the Who's That Girl With Madonna? contest were:

1 - Gwyneth Paltrow
2 - Queen Elizabeth II
3 - Britney Spears
4 - Lady Gaga

The winners have been contacted and will receive their copy of the book direct from the publishers. Congratulations go to our madonnalicious winners:

Heather S - Ohio, USA
Jens K - Sinn, Germany
Katherine S, Corsham, UK
Maurice LSK - Paris, France
Tony B - London, UK

Don't worry if you were not one of the winners - fans can still pre-order the book from: www.styxmagazine.net/madonna


Forbes.com - The World's Most Powerful Celebrities

Forbes.com have published their annual list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in movies, television, sports and publishing at www.forbes.com and Madonna is again ranked in the top 10 - this time reaching #10 with earnings of $58 million.

The list ranks celebrities based on earnings over the previous 12 months, as well as visibility in print, TV, radio, online and social media.

Madonna was down from last year's #3 ranking to #10, but she still had the fourth-highest-grossing tour of the year, which rolled up more than $138 million in gross receipts, as well as significant publishing royalties, including cash from The Power of Madonna episode of Glee.


Madonna talks more of the Material Girl collection

Madonna's clothing range with daughter Lourdes is an 'extension' of her style.
The pair have collaborated on a children's clothing and accessories range for US department store Macy's, and Madonna confesses 13-year-old Lourdes brought much of her own personal style to the collection, entitled Material Girl.
She revealed: 'I think this line is absolutely an extension of her taste.'
'We like to combine a plaid or a flannel with a lace or leather with lace or rhinestones. So we mix and match textures and fabrics and elements that are both masculine and feminine.'
The range, which includes clothes, handbags and jewellery, will range from $12 to $40.

From contactmusic.com


Win copies of Madonna - The Best-Of 2000-2010

Fans have the opportunity to win one of five (5) copies of the new limited-edition book Madonna - The Best-Of 2000-2010 that is published on Thursday 01 July.

To win a copy of the book all you have to do is take part in our Who's That Girl With Madonna? competition. Just name the women that Madonna is photographed with in the four pictures below (numbered 1,2,3,4), and send the answers with your name and contact details by email to madonnalicious@gmail.com - please make sure 'Madonna 2000-2010 Competition' is the subject title of the email.

The competition closes at 6:00pm (GMT) on Tuesday 29 June. The winners will be randomly selected and a copy of the book sent to you by the publishers. The contest is open to fans worldwide.

For more information and to order the book visit: www.styxmagazine.net/madonna


First sketches from the Material Girl Collection

Today Macy’s released three sketches from Madonna’s Material Girl clothing line which will hit store shelves and Macys.com on Tuesday 03 August.

The collection will retail from $12 to $40 and an advertising campaign will launch on Tuesday 29 June.

A Macys.com/materialgirl website will be launched as well as Material Girl Facebook and Twitter pages with behind-the-scenes goodies and pictures from the collection and campaign.

And last but not least there will be a competition run by Macy's for one fan and three friends to meet Madonna in New York City!

Thanks to Marlon


Madonna inside a Dolce & Gabbana family story

Dolce & Gabbana's official website Swide.com have previewed the first picture from Madonna's forthcoming Autumn/Winter advertising campaign.

For autumn winter 2010-2011, Dolce&Gabbana tells us a black and white story celebrating the power of charisma framed by the faces of a glorious Italian family.
This winter's Dolce&Gabbana womenswear advertising campaign is like a family photo album where dignity, beauty find all their ways of expression: an impromptu tango in the living room, a heartfelt laughter luminescent in form, faces, serious, proud.


Madonna buffs up townhouse

The muscular Material Girl won't have far to go for a workout.
Madonna is adding a floor to her new $32 million Upper East Side triple-wide townhouse, and it will be mostly taken up by a gym, city plans show.
The addition will add 1,614 square feet to the East 81st Street mansion, bringing the total square footage to 13,847, not including the cellar. The home also has a 3,000-square-foot garden.
She is also tearing up the existing bedrooms and baths, creating a new master suite on the third floor with a boudoir flanked by a giant walk-in closet and a master bath. There will be a hair salon across the hall and a separate closet for her luggage.
There is a second master bedroom on the same floor with master closet for her boy toy du jour.
In total, 10 bedrooms are planned and 13 bathrooms. The first floor has a drawing room and what is labeled on building plans as a 'security living room' with adjoining bar.
The Georgian-style mansion also includes an elevator and two-car garage in what is described as the basement level, but is actually the ground floor. Madonna is adding a wine cellar and playroom one flight below.
Building permits filed with the city so far put the cost of renovations at $1.7 million.

From the New York Post


Styx Magazine: Madonna - The Best-Of 2000-2010

Sunset Entertainment, the publishers behind the Queen Celebration book are launching a one-off special magazine on Madonna during 2000-2010.
This special magazine is illustrated with many full page pictures.

Only 1000 copies worldwide are to be printed. Only available by mail, this issue of Styx Magazine is printed on glossy paper and includes an exclusive double cover!

Order Styx Magazine before 1st July, and get a very special gift.

Madonna - The Best-Of 2000-2010: 25 Euros
On Sale Friday 09 July 2010 (orders will be shipped on this date)
For more information and to order visit: www.styxmagazine.net/madonna

Check back later on madonnalicious.com for an exclusive chance to win one of five copies of the magazine.


Meeting Madonna 'unreal' for Robyn

Robyn has revealed meeting Madonna was like 'an out of body experience'.
The Swedish pop star supported the Queen of Pop on the European leg of her Sticky And Sweet world tour.
'It was like an out of body experience because I've been a fan of hers since I was a kid, but also because of the big machine surrounding her - it was on a level that's just unreal to me,' she told The Guardian.
'But it was very interesting and I learned a lot. (I learned) just what you have to do to maintain that level,' she added.
Robyn - real name Robyn Carlsson - is releasing three short albums this year, which includes a collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg, following her writer's block after her self-titled 2005 offering.

From Belfasttelegraph.co.uk


Vote: SPIN's 25th Anniversary Readers Poll

There is still time to vote in the SPIN's 25th Anniversary Readers Poll. Madonna is listed in the Best Solo Artist, Best Song (Like A Prayer) and Hottest Sex Goddess categories. Madonna is currently leading ALL these categories but she still needs your support!

We also suggest you add Madonna's name to the Best Live Act category too as currently she is only in second place behind Green Day at the moment!

To vote for Madonna visit www.spin.com/spin25/readers-poll-spin-25

Fans can vote once every 24 hours and the results will be published in a future issue of SPIN magazine.


Madonna boost for Lawnfest event at Kent school

Madonna dropped in to a charity music event at a Kent school, organised by the daughter of Mohamed Al Fayed.
The Lawnfest fundraiser was held on Friday night in aid of The New School at West Heath, Sevenoaks, UK.
Pop star Lemar was the headline act at the event to boost the school's bursary fund, organised by Camilla Fayed.
Madonna's appearance was to help publicise the event, which also included an art exhibition, although she did not perform.
The New School aims to rebuild young damaged lives through education.
Principal Christina Wells said: 'This fundraiser will help grant a bursary for those young people whose lives have been damaged by abuse, bereavement, bullying or other trauma.'

From BBC News


Paltrow's rep denies Madonna row

Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly not ended her close friendship with Madonna.
The Iron Man 2 star's representative has dismissed a report claiming that Paltrow and Madonna have cut ties following a major row.
A source recently told Us Weekly that their friendship has been deteriorating since the popstar split from Guy Ritchie in 2008 and they now have no contact at all.
However, Paltrow's rep told Gossip Cop that the rumour is false.
'[It's] not true. [They are] still friends,' said the spokesperson.
A rep for Madonna also dismissed the report as 'BS'.

From Digital Spy


Gaga's Alejandro Video: A Guide To Its Madonna References

MTV.com writer Kyle Anderson has highlighted the Madonna references featured in the Steven Klein directed video for Lady Gaga's Alejandro:

When the brief preview for Lady Gaga's 'Alejandro' video appeared during the singer's appearance on 'Larry King Live' last week, many people immediately noticed the nod to Madonna's 'Vogue.' It was all there: the sharp black-and-white photography, the muscular dancing, the spartan set, the iconic hairstyle.
But as it turns out, the full version of 'Alejandro' - which premiered Tuesday (June 8) - is a healthy combination of a number of different references, nods and homages to a bevy of Madonna videos. (One MTV News writer says 'Alejandro' is more than just an ode to Madonna - check out his counterpoint in the Newsroom blog.)
The 'Vogue' references are certainly there, as Gaga spends a large chunk of the video in that same spartan set in black-and-white. But the rest of the clip features Gaga in a number of different costumes - including a red nun's habit and some sort of steampunk headgear - in a handful of different scenarios (some of which involve Nazi imagery).
In addition to 'Vogue,' the opening sequence seems to recall Madonna's 'Evita' period (when she made 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' a hit). Gaga is dressed to mourn whomever is in the casket behind her - perhaps the titular Alejandro? - and it would be easy to assume that she's attending a state funeral, which would mean Gaga flipped the gender roles in the original story of the Peróns (in reality, it was Juan who buried Eva).
Later, Gaga strips to her underwear and dominates a scantily clad dancer tied to a bed. While Madonna is no stranger to the imagery surrounding bondage and submission, that image most faithfully recalls the Material Girl's 'Human Nature,' which saw her dressed in black pleather and dancing seductively with the assistance of ropes and a riding crop.
But the biggest nod to Madonna's past certainly comes with all the religious imagery. Gaga dresses as a nun, swallows rosary beads and stands in front of a row of crosses at various points during the clip, which brings to mind Madonna's classic video for 'Like a Prayer.' In fact, there are even video clips of flames in the background of one of the dance scenes in 'Alejandro,' which could easily have been lifted wholesale from the moment in Madonna's clip when she sings among a field of flaming crosses.
There are a number of other cultural references that slip out of 'Alejandro' (Gaga clearly enjoys the work of film director Fritz Lang), but even the gun-barrel-sporting bra she wears at the end could be mistaken for that conical top Madonna made famous during the Blonde Ambition Tour.
Of course, 'Alejandro' director Steven Klein has worked as a photographer for Madonna over the past few years, so it's quite possible that these are merely the influences he has picked up while working with her. But if Gaga really is making an attempt to define herself as a next-gen Madonna who also pays homage to her elders, then there are worse paths to follow.


Events: Desperately Seeking Susan in Los Angeles

Catch the special outdoor screening of Desperately Seeking Susan at 7th & Fig Ernst & Young Plaza in downtown L.A. on Saturday 19 June at 8:00pm.

This is to mark the 25th anniversary of the film and is part of The Los Angeles Film Festival. Addmission is free and it should be fun summer night screening. Make it even more fun and put on your favourite 80's fashions!

For more information visit www.lafilmfest.com

Thanks to ROBERTBOYRACER


US Magazines: Interview Hits UK Stores

The May 2010 issue of Interview magazine that features the stunning new photoshoot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott is now available to buy at selected stores in the UK. Only the 'crucifix' cover has been spotted in the UK so far.

Below are scans of the cover, the contents page (which features yet another new picture from the photoshoot) and an editorial about Madonna by photographer Fabien Baron.


Guetta: 'I was unlucky with Madonna'

David Guetta has suggested that record label issues may prevent the release of his collaboration with Madonna.
The DJ and producer confirmed to The Guardian that he and Madonna recently wrote and recorded a track together.
Guetta said: 'It's a tricky situation, because she's now out of a record deal. We don't even know what's going to happen with it. It's a huge record, so it's really frustrating.'
'The track is part of the Warner deal, but it's not on the album, so why would they invest any money in it? I was really unlucky with that one.'

From Digital Spy


Vote: SPIN's 25th Anniversary Readers Poll

SPIN's 25th Anniversary Readers Poll is still open for voting. Madonna is listed in the Best Solo Artist, Best Song (Like A Prayer) and Hottest Sex Goddess categories. We also suggest you add Madonna's name to the Best Live Act category too!

Madonna is currently leading ALL these categories but she still needs your support!

To vote for Madonna visit www.spin.com/spin25/readers-poll-spin-25

Fans can vote once every 24 hours and the results will be published in a future issue of SPIN magazine.