Canadian TV: Confessions Tour
Monday, 31 December 2007
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Some 25 years after she emerged as pop music’s most bankable provocateur, the 49-year-old mother of three shocked her fans again by dumping her longtime record label Warner Music in favour of a 10-year, $120 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation.
Madonna pocketed an $18 million signing bonus, plus another $25 million in stock. She’ll score $17 million advances for each of her next three albums under Live Nation. (She owes Warner one more studio album and a greatest hits collection before she bails.)
Amazon on Thursday announced the release of new music on its Amazon MP3 music download service, through an agreement with Warner Music Group (WMG). Now users can download Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free music from artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Madonna and Metallica.
Amazon bills its MP3 service as 'the Earth's biggest selection of a la carte DRM-free MP3 music downloads.' At about 2.9 million songs, Amazon MP3's catalog is less than half the size of Apple's iTunes Store, although many of the songs offered through the iTunes Store employ DRM protection.
The songs offered through Amazon MP3 play on almost all digital music players, including Apple's iPods. And while the WMG artists on Amazon MP3 are available via the iTunes Store as well, Amazon indicates that it will make available WMG album bundles containing exclusive tracks.
Most songs offered through Amazon MP3 are priced from 89 to 99 cents, with most albums priced from $5.99 to $9.99. All music is encoded at 256 Kbps.
From PC World/Macworld By Peter Cohen
NOTE: The MP3 downloads are only available to US customers on amazon.com
The new edition of German magazine In Touch (27 December issue) uses plenty of good pictures to illustrate a gossipy article about Madonna's 'quest for youth'!
Thanks to Kirsten
Pop superstar Madonna has come up with a plan to overtake rock legend Elvis Presley's record of producing Britain's maximum no. 1 hits.
Thesun.co.uk reports that she plans to re-release all her big hits as downloads this year to celebrate her 50th birthday. The move might upset her former label Warner because they want to make the most of her previous catalogue before she leaves them.
Happy Christmas to all madonnalicious readers!
Hope you enjoy this new look madonnalicious which now allows readers to subscribe to our news in RSS readers. We have also republished our Re-Invention Tour and Confessions Tour fan archives, full of pictures, reviews and video clips.
Madonna's first 2008-dated UK cover is appropriately first magazine (07 January 2008 issue). The cover features a press shot from the New York City premiere of Revolver and the two-page article inside talks about possible cosmetic surgery.
Top US magazine Entertainment Weekly have published a list of what they consider to be the 25 Essential Fansites - and madonnalicious makes #10!
They're sites made by fans for fans - obsessively tracking every episode, casting announcement, and live gig from our favorite TV shows, films, and musicians. We've whipped up the 25 sites that truly put the .com (or .net, or .org) in community....
Launch Date January 2003
What You'll Find:
London-based blogger Clare puts a decidedly European spin on Her Madgesty's comings and goings, from German tabloid scans to an archived BBC audio interview with Madonna's producer/collaborator Stuart Price.
Why It's Essential
Madonnalicious' basic HTML isn't pretty, but the site is incredibly meticulous - from constant updates on the Material Woman's estimated $120 million deal with Live Nation to camera-phone snapshots from the U.K. premiere of the new Desperately Seeking Susan stage show, all accompanied by Clare's chatty, conversational musings. There are also reams of vintage and obscure photos with handy links should you feel compelled to download a 1987 Madonna-starring Mitsubishi ad.
Official Site madonna.com
Find a feature on the singer's current cause, raisingmalawi.org, and design your own Madonna T-shirt; membership (which costs $39.99 a year) also gets you the digital magazine Icon - but none of the juicy pap shots or behind-the-scenes 'licious drama. - Leah Greenblatt
And Entertainment Weekly will be pleased to know that our basic HTML will get a little bit more prettier on Christmas Day when madonnalicious relaunches! ;-)
For a recent article on THE ULTIMATE DRAG OFF please read: broadwayworld.com
Best wishes from all at madonnalicious to Madonna and Guy who celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary today.
Pictured below is the only photograph ever to emerge from their wedding day - as featured in Madonna's documentary I'm Going To Tell You A Secret.
Madonna has two songs from her 2005 album Confessions On A Dance Floor in the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 2007 chart:
#2 - Jump
#10 - Get Together
Thanks to Micheal
The current edition of Italian magazine Vanity Fair features this previously unseen shot of Madonna and designers Dolce and Gabbana at the New York premiere of Revolver earlier this month.
Thanks to Francesco
Doctor Who star David Tennant has credited pop superstar Madonna with his sexual awakening aged 14. The Scottish actor was obsessed with the singer when he was a teenager and admits he had raunchy posters of the Material Girl all over his bedroom wall.
And his teenage crush hasn't ended - Tennant admits he wouldn't turn the 48-year-old down today. He says, 'She's quite extraordinary. When I was 14, the first single I ever bought was Like A Virgin. She was kind of my sexual awakening. I had some full-on posters of her on my wall. I don't know what my parents thought. She still looks damn fit.'
From contactmusic.com - thanks to Mike
Tuesday has also designed jewelry in the past for Madonna for her film Evita and for her 2003 VMA Performance with Britney Spears.
When Madonna and Tuesday met recently to discuss the plans for her designs, Madonna loved everything that is coming off of Tuesday’s new line.
Madonna's manager Angela Becker has previously told In Touch Weekly: 'Madonna is a big fan of Tuesday’s and loves her jewelry a lot. She is always showing us what she is designing next, and it should be considered Art.'
Fans can find more out about Tuesday’s designs at www.tuesdayshipvintage.com
Thanks to Michael
Thanks to Susanne
In February, Madonna hooked up with Swedish retailer H&M to create her own fashion collection. The line encompassed everything from clothes to sunglasses and party bags. Madge probably got $2 million upfront for the line and then a percentage of sales, which did well, though not as well as Roberto Cavalli's. It did however cement her image with a new generation of fans and shoppers.
Then, in October, Madge, nearing 50 (in her always savy career) nailed one of her greatest business coups: a deal with concert promoter Live Nation that would reportedly earn her $120 million over 10 years. The sweeping partnership would encompass all future music and related busineses, including albums, touring, merchandising, DVDs, and music related film and TV projects.
Thanks to Micheal
Thanks to Manuel
madonnalicious reader and long-time Madonna fan Akos has finalised his pictorial book about Madonna and it is now available for fans to buy:
The book gives a never seen tour review of the European leg of the tours. Photos taken from every different angle of the venues. Therefore you will discover the tours from a whole different point of view and with different show highlights. 100 colour pages, only 1 text page, all others are with photos. HQ!
Below is the new front cover of the book - available online at www.lulu.com or from Akos directly at [email protected]
Timbaland was interviewed backstage at the Jingle Ball in Philadelphia this weekend by Q102. In the interview he talks about shooting the video for 4 Minutes to Save the World with Madonna and Justin Timberlake and how Madonna has 'set the rule':
On his possible retirement:
No, the next thing I'm shooting....the next video I am doing is me, Justin and Madonna.
Is there anyone else he wants to work with?
That was it, that set the deal, Madonna set the deal....after I did her album I'm cool. Me and Justin went in and did her album in London.
To view the interview with Timbaland visit www.q102.com
The 10 December issue of the UK edition of the National Enquirer featured this small piece in the Mike Walker gossip column. Click on the article to enlarge.
A track from Madonna's new album was given its world debut when Timbaland played it at a ball.
The producer unveiled his collaboration with Madonna and Justin Timberlake, called '4 Minutes To Save The World', during a DJ spot at last night's Jingle Ball in Philadelphia.
The song is believed to be the lead single on the pop icon's forthcoming eleventh album.
The LP - her first since 2005's Confessions On A Dancefloor - will also feature Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, fuelling speculation that it will be strongly influenced by hip-hop. Two other songs, 'Candy Shop' and 'The Beat Goes On', have already been leaked online.
From Digital Spy
Celebrity gossip site PerezHilton.com put the clip online, but had to immediately remove it, and other clips of the song that appeared on youtube.com have also been removed at the request of Warner Music Group.
However most fans that heard the track before it was removed are very excited by the track, and cannot wait to hear the full version of the song!
Madonna has commented (via her representative) on the news that she is to be inducted into the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
'I was fortunate to have inducted my idol David Bowie a few years back, so to be included alongside him and so many other amazing artists that have come before me is an honor,' the pop icon said in a statement to The Plain Dealer, sent Friday through her publicist.
Madonna did indeed do the honors when Bowie was enshrined in 1996, although he chose not to attend the festivities.
Madonna is expected to be on hand for the Rock Hall's 23rd annual induction ceremony Monday, March 10, at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, her publicist said.
From The Plain Dealer - thanks to Matthew
To show your support for Madonna, go and vote at: www.msnbc.msn.com
Canadian newspaper the Metro (Ottawa edition) featured this small piece on Madonna allegedly clearing out a yoga class and her reps comment on the story.
Thanks to Chantale
From RollingStone.com - thanks to Michael
'Madonna has not formally endorsed Hillary Clinton. She's certainly spoken highly of her, but that's it.'
Madonna is eating porridge to help make her look younger according to UK magazine Grazia (17 December issue) - the magazine contains a three-page article about her porridge diet and the story is even splashed on the front page!
From the New York Post
The book is 100 colour pages, 27x36 cm size, with hundreds of professionally shot photographs on high quality paper. There is no text in the book, only pictures.
For more information contact Akos directly at [email protected]
At the Tribeca Grand premiere for Guy Ritchie’s shoot ’em up Revolver, Madonna wouldn’t stop talking to him and her manager, Guy Oseary. Two girls spent two hours-plus standing in the aisle next to them, acting sometimes as coatracks, sometimes as cocktail waitresses.
At the after-party atop the Gramercy Park Hotel, Ritchie and Madonna stayed until the bitter end, downing green martinis and sequestering themselves in a corner with Donna Karan, Steven Klein, and Sarah Jessica Parker. But earlier, they spoke with a group of reporters, while bantering and correcting each other the entire time, and coming across as a more or less normal couple.
NEW YORK: You had to reedit the entire movie. Do you think you got a bad rap from critics the first time around?
RITCHIE: 'Do I think? I know!' [Laughs]
Why do you think that is?
RITCHIE: 'Well, I don’t think they liked it.'
MADONNA: 'No, I don’t think they bothered to really watch it. I think they were criticizing Guy, not the movie.'
So, Guy, have you heard Madonna’s new CD?
RITCHIE: 'I have. I have heard her CD. I think it’s her best CD, and I’m not just saying that. [Pause.] Well, I am just saying it, but I also mean it.'
You’re more of a hip-hop guy?
RITCHIE: 'No is the answer to that.'
MADONNA: 'He’s an Irish-folk-song guy.'
RITCHIE: 'I like republican, political?....'
MADONNA: [Interrupts.] 'No, not republican, baby. That’s different here.'
Yes, that’s different in the U.S.
RITCHIE: 'Oh, okay. We don’t like Republicans, then.'
How long have you been doing jujitsu?
RITCHIE: 'About ten years.'
What color belt do you have?
RITCHIE: 'No, I’m not going to tell you, ’cause it’s embarrassing what belt I’ve got.'
MADONNA: 'It’s the lowest one.'
RITCHIE: 'No, it’s not. It’s somewhere in the middle.'
INSTYLE REPORTER cuts in: What have you learned about fashion from Madonna?
RITCHIE: 'Not to wear the same dresses as her.'
From New York Magazine By Bennett Marcus and Amy Odell
The latest issue of German magazine Gala features Madonna and Guy at the Revolver premiere in New York City earlier this month. Click to enlarge the article.
Thanks to Susanne
ThSuperstar Madonna has criticised society's long-held stereotypes for the middle-aged, insisting she will never conform to most people's expectations of a 50-year-old woman.
The singer is apprehensive about reaching her landmark 50th birthday in August 2008 - but adamantly refuses to become a victim of ageism. She says, 'Not only does society suffer from racism and sexism but it also suffers from ageism. Once you reach a certain age you're not allowed to be adventurous, you're not allowed to be sexual. I mean, is there a rule? Are you supposed to just die?'
Thanks to all the readers who have written in to us saying that this is an OLD quote from an interview way back in 1992....before she'd even turned 40! Not sure why the press chose to revive this quote.
Madonna's record label has denied reports that her new album will be called 'Licorice' and will come out in late April.
Billboard.com reported that Sirius Satellite Radio host Larry Flick, a former Billboard editor, announced the title and release date on his 'OutQ' show Thursday.
'Sirius does not know what they are talking about,' Warner Bros, spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said in an email to Reuters. 'Wrong title. Release date wrong etc.'
Flick reportedly aired two songs from the album, 'Candy Shop' and 'The Beat Goes On,' both of which leaked online earlier this year.
The new album will be Madonna's last release of new material for Warner Bros. before she begins a wide-ranging 10-year deal with Artist Nation, a new initiative launched by concert promoter Live Nation. Warner Bros. will also release a hits collection.
From Reuters UK - thanks to Anna-Clare
Looks like DJ Larry Flick may have got caught out by a fan made fake album cover that had been floating around the internet since August (see story below).
Talented artist Robster had made the fake cover and called the album Licorice - so unless Madonna has started to name her albums after being inspired by her fans artwork then the suggested album title (which is now all over the internet as confirmed in various news reports) is probably not true....but fans did like the name!
Here is a look at the FAKE fan made cover that maybe confused the press:
Madonna managed to get something else done this week while she was in town for the premiere of Guy Ritchie's movie, Revolver. She filed suit against her Central Park West building's co-op board, saying they blocked her from buying a neighbor's apartment, which she had been planning to adjoin to her current 6,000-square-foot spread. (Hey, a girl needs room!)
We imagine she feels the old biddies on the board should be grateful for her presence: After all, her building, Harperley Hall, 41 Central Park West, 'was not one of the area's more notable buildings until she put down roots there in the early 1990's,' the Times said in 2003, noting that after her arrival, property prices had gone up by about 25 percent.
Madge has had bad luck with co-ops before — she was rejected by the San Remo in 1985 — and was looking at townhouses earlier this year. 'I believe she’s looking on the Upper East Side,' publicist Liz Rosenberg told New York back in March. Could this be the conflict that pushes Madge out of the Upper West Side for good? If so, we have two words for her: Palazzo. Chupi.
From New York Magazine - thanks to Lauren
From Billboard.com - thanks to Lenny and Micheal
It was announced today that the DVD release of the Confessions Tour has been nominated for Grammy as Best Long Form Music Video.
The award itself is: For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.
Madonna faces competition from:
Live & Loud At The Fillmore - Dierks Bentley
Trapped In The Closet Chapters 13-22 - R. Kelly
10 Days Out - Blues From The Backroads - Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Various
Liberacion - The Songs Of The New Cuban Underground - Various Artists
The Grammy Award ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on 10 February, 2008.
Thanks to Matthew
Director Guy Ritchie seems comfortable in his own skin as he sits in a pricey hotel suite in Beverly Hills, full of boyish enthusiasm about his latest film 'Revolver,' which debuts in U.S. cities on Friday.
He has been married to Madonna, one of the world's leading pop singers and trendsetters, for over two decades, but Ritchie, wearing a nondescript blue shirt and dark pants, seems unimpressed by designer labels.
In an accent that still sounds more working-class London than elite private school he talked about life at home with an icon and 'Revolver,' an existential gangster tale starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta:
Q: So, how's married life these days?
A: 'I enjoy it enormously. Wish I'd done it sooner.'
Q: Many people said it would never last, so what's the secret to a happy showbiz marriage?
A: 'Pretty much ignore all the stuff they say and write about you.'
Q: But Madonna just signed this huge deal reportedly worth $120 million over 10 years with concert company Live Nation. Do you ever feel your career gets overshadowed by hers?
A: 'Don't know what you mean! She's got her career and I've got mine. What can you do? She's Madonna.'
Q: The critics were pretty unkind when you remade 'Swept Away' with her.
A: 'Were they? I thought our remake was fine It's a funny thing, as once we made the movie, I went, 'Oh yeah, that's the movie we wanted to make.' It wasn't supposed to be a big deal. It was just supposed to be a pleasant remake. And she was good in it. That's what I couldn't understand, because she was conspicuously good in it. But what can you do?'
Q: So would you work with Madonna again?
A: 'I don't know. We don't want to stick our chins out again.'
Q: Then, who's in charge at home?
A: 'I've got to tell you, we're just like any other married couple.'
Q: So she's in charge?
Q: Any plans to adopt more kids?
A: 'Listen, you've got to speak to the boss about that.'
Tickets for the Liverpool run of the successful London play Madonna and Me by playwright Tommy Keaney are now onsale.