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January 2008

Capital Radio Hall of Fame 2007

London radio station Capital 95.8 asked it's listeners to vote on their Top 500 songs of all time.

Madonna had 11 songs in the Top 500, the highest being Into The Groove at #21 - the full list is at www.capitalradio.co.uk

#21 - Into The Groove
#37 - Hung Up
#67 - Like A Prayer
#113 - La Isla Bonita
#132 - Vogue
#161 - Papa Don't Preach
#214 - Ray Of Light
#363 - Crazy For You
#391 - Holiday
#405 - Frozen
#414 - Music

Thanks to John


After Jodhpur, Madonna enjoys Udaipur

After spending seven days in and around historic city of Jodhpur, Madonna Sunday landed in Udaipur, a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes in Rajasthan.
'She came early in the morning at around 11.30 a.m. and straight away drove to Hotel Udai Vilas,' informed sources told IANS.
Adorning the banks of Lake Pichola and standing witness to the historic City Palace, The Oberoi Udai Vilas captures all the romance and splendour of a royal era.
The hotel, rated as one of the best in the world, has premier rooms, luxury suites and private pool.
And if sources are to be believed Madonna - who has come on a private visit - is staying in the Kohinoor suite of the hotel. The suite, a 2,650-square-feet of palatial comfort, has fountain courtyards, a massive private pool, and a sitting room with real fireplaces.
She is likely to spend at least a night here and is expected to go on a sightseeing tour of the historic tourist city and would also take a boat ride Monday, sources said.
She has liked Rajasthan so much that she has extended her stay in the state by two more days.
The 'Material Girl' accompanied by her husband, son and some family friends arrived in Jaipur Dec 31 by a chartered flight from the Maldives.
After spending a few hours at Jaipur airport, she flew to Jodhpur. And from Dec 31 to Jan 5 she was staying in heritage hotels near Jodhpur and enjoying horse riding among other things, the sources said.

From CalcuttaNews.Net


Karaoke Queen

Pop superstar Madonna sang karaoke for an Indian Maharaja during her low key visit to the Asian country. The singer and her husband Guy Ritchie celebrated New Year's Eve in India and spent several days at a 17th-century heritage resort called Rohet Garh close to the city of Jodhpur, where they attended traditional festivities. And the Holiday hitmaker put on an impromptu show to thank Maharaja Gaj Singhji II for his hospitality.
She says, 'It was great to be in royal company. Lourdes and Rocco were in awe of him - they kept hugging him. It was fabulous, we sang karaoke for him.' And she admits the trip has inspired her. She adds, 'Indian music is very groovy. I might release a fusion track.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna boogies to Rajasthani folk song

Far from being tired after her endurance rides on horseback in the past few days, the 'Queen of Pop' Madonna on Thursday night sprang yet another surprise by hip-twisting to Rajasthani folk songs and on Friday went back to riding 20 km more.
Dressed in her favourite red ghagra-odhni and traditional jewellry, she danced to the Rajasthani folk number - Mhari Ghoomar Che Nakhrali Aye Maa Ghumar Ramva Mhe Jasyan .
Her host Manvendra Singh, who is the owner of Rohetgarh Heritage Resort, said Madonna learnt the steps from his family members.
'Young members of my family taught her the steps and Madonna quickly grasped those. She modified the steps a little bit.'
Her husband Guy Ritchie and other members of the party wore colourful turbans. She enjoyed every bit of the evening," said Manvendra's son Siddharth Singh, who planned her five-day holiday in the desert state.
The decked up chowk, a large courtyard where the dance and music was held, echoed to the music of Maganiars. Traditional Rajasthani cuisine was served for dinner on the fort's terrace facing the lake.

From The Times of India - thanks to Kunal A


Warner Brothers Album Listening Party

The Warner Brothers Press Information site published this blog on the new album listening party that took place in December in New York City.

'It's not every day that Warner Bros. Records gets a visit from the Material Girl herself. Well we didn't exactly roll out a red carpet - but we did build a plastic brick path inspired by the Candyland game that Miss M. happily strolled down on the way to our conference room which was completely transformed into a palatial pink and white candy emporium. All we knew was there was a song on her upcoming CD that mentions a candy shop - henceforth our theme. And of course, Madonna's love for candy - especially hot tamales is pretty well known.
This was strictly for the Warner Bros. Records employees - no press, no photographers, no cell phones. Madonna, always the perfect hostess screamed out different song choices to our resident dj by numbers. 'Jesse, play no. 5 next' and so on. We were treated to l0 songs with comments by the artist on some of her collaborators Pharrell, Justin, Timbaland, an appearance by Kanye West, etc.
Every song was a knock out with two apparant favorites being Four Minutes to Save The World and Candy Shop or Candy Store (not decided)....Madonna mentioned she was a little nervous as it was the first official playing of the music. Thankfully it was a room filled with Madonna fans who cheered after every song was played. Champagne and soda and lots of candy later, we all agreed that we felt blessed that we worked at Warner Bros. Records.'

Here are two pictures from the listening party room taken by Shira Citron, to view more pictures of the room decorations visit www.itsbetterinburbank.com

Thanks to Keith Caulfield


Madonna enthrals Indian hosts with folk dance

Pop star Madonna showed great dance moves in between her riding trips during a holiday in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan, her host said Friday.
The 49-year-old singer, along with her film director husband Guy Ritchie, spent the past few days at a 17th-century heritage resort called Rohet Garh, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the historic city of Jodhpur.
'Madonna attended a party at the resort where she danced along with folk dancers. She was really good at it,' said Thakur Manvendra Singh, owner of the Rohet Garh hotel.
Singh said the pop icon, who lives in London, went horse riding and flew kites with her family.
'She came with her riding clothes. She was very keen on long rides during this trip,' Khem Singh, who arranged Madonna's riding trips, told The Times of India newspaper.
Madonna, Ritchie and their three children were expected later to fly to India's western city of Mumbai, the Indian Express reported.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Arthur And The Vengeance of Maltazard

Madonna will be reprising her role as the voice of Princess Selenia in the sequel to the 2007 animated film Arthur and the Invisibles.

Called Arthur And The Vengeance of Maltazard the film is set for release in 2009.

Arthur journeys with the Minimoy Princess Selenia and her brother Betameche in search of the forbidden city of Necropolis, home of the villainous wizard Maltazard. They must make their way past sticky spider webs and Maltazard's threatening henchmen.

Thanks to John


Madonna cancels trip to Jaisalmer

Madonna has cancelled her trip to Jaisalmer after her presence in Rajasthan for a year-end holiday became news in Jodhpur.
The pop music icon cancelled the trip to avoid the paparazzi. Instead, she spent the day at a 16th-century fort that was once a princely state of medieval Rajasthan in Pali district.
Madonna reached the Rohitgarh Fort, now a heritage hotel, with her husband, son and five other friends in the afternoon after staying at Dechu village, 150km from Jodhpur, overnight.
The singer will spend the night at the heritage hotel and is likely to leave for Fort Chanwa hotel in Jodhpur district, about 35 km from here, where the blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was shot. The Fort Chanwa hotel is located in a wildlife protected area where endangered black bucks are available.
The shutterbugs chasing her spent the winter night around a camp fire near a private heritage resort at Dechu.
Madonna arrived in Rajasthan on New Year’s eve.

From Hindustan Times


Madonna rings in the New Year in India

Pop icon Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie rang in the New Year in a remote village in the northern Indian desert state of Rajasthan, reports said.
The 49-year-old singer, her husband and five friends drove to a heritage hotel in Dechu village soon after reaching the historic city of Jodhpur from the Maldives by chartered plane, the Hindustan Times said.
The world's top earning female singer was supposed to travel on Tuesday to Jaisalmer, famous for its sprawling sandstone fort and undulating sand dunes, the reports said.
Rajasthan, known for its opulent palaces and magnificent forts, is popular among Western celebrities who come to see the state's royal heritage.
Last March British actress Elizabeth Hurley wed Indian businessman Arun Nayar in a traditional Indian-style wedding at an ancient palace in Jodhpur.
'The pop star will be in Rajasthan for five to six days,' the Hindustan Times said, quoting unnamed sources.
Madonna, who lives in London, was also likely to visit Udaipur which features a series of stunning lake palaces.
Her personal security guards arrived in Jodhpur three days ago and tight security was in place at the hotels and areas she was likely to visit during her stay, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
The trip comes days after British newspapers reported that Madonna was to be granted full custody of her adopted son David from Malawi following a glowing social worker's report that described the star as "a perfect mum."
The singer has a daughter Lourdes, 11, by fitness trainer Carlos Leon and seven-year-old son Rocco with Ritchie.
She is now looking to adopt a daughter from Cambodia, British newspapers say.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News - thanks to Darren