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March 2008

4 Minutes airplay continues to grow

Allaccess.com and Mediabase, the leading radio monitor in America is already reporting that Madonna's 4 Minutes is the fastest growing song at CHR/Top40 as of March 20 2008 the track has received +1275 spins and is playing on 108 stations!

Madonna will no doubt make a spectactular entrance on the CHR/Top40 Airplay chart that all radio programmers get every Monday. Great news, but it's only the first week, and radio stations are notorious for letting a song fade if they think their audience isn't responding! So keep requesting the song!

Thanks to Micheal


Requesting 4 Minutes on the radio in the US

Boston:
Email the DJs at KISS 108 Boston (107.9 FM) and please request the song, Jimclerkin@clearchannel.com, KendraHajjar@clearchannel.com, LisaRoach@clearchannel.com, BuddyCosta@clearchannel.com
Also fans can email the DJs at nearby New England station - 92 Pro FM Providence (92.3) willgilbert@92profm.com, will.gilbert@citcomm.com, gio@92profm.com, Jessica@92profm.com, DAVEYMORRIS@92PROFM.COM, j.buff@citcomm.com, Ryan@at40.com, requests@openhouseparty.com

Chicago:
Madonna is #2 On the Nine Most Requested Song List on Chicago's biggest radio station www.b96hits.com - fans should feel free to vote even more, text 29696 and make her number #1.

Los Angeles:
4 Minutes is not getting enough support on #2 station, KIIS-FM, Los Angeles.
Please tune into the station and call 1-800-520-1027 to request for it. Be sure to call for JoJo's Top 9 at 9 countdown!
Also request daily at www.mediabase.com - check up to 5 of your favorite songs from the list and submit.

New York:
Visit www.z100.com/pages/info/request and just find the song on the list and click on it. You can choose a zip code between 10001-10292 if you don't live in NY and you don't know the zip codes! Or you can call the request line on 800-242-0100.

Thanks to Fernando, Iasonas, Joe, *Mathias*, Shant and William


Billboard on 4 Minutes

Keith Caulfield of Billboard wrote this piece about Madonna's 4 Minutes in the US:

It seems like the magic combination of Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland is already working. In '4 Minutes' first three days of radio release, 60 monitored U.S. radio stations played it seven times or more. That includes WIHT Washington, D.C. (29 spins), KHJZ Houston, Texas (29 spins), WKXS Boston (22 spins) and WHTZ New York (19 spins).
Next week it will likely debut on the CHR/Top 40 airplay chart in our sister publication Radio & Records. It also has a chance of debuting on The Billboard Hot 100 as well.
We'll see if radio stations continue to embrace '4 Minutes' in the coming weeks. It wouldn't be unusual for stations to back off a song after an initial flurry of activity, especially if the song doesn't react well with a station's audience.
On a side note, '4 Minutes' will not only be released as a digital download in the coming weeks, but it will also be granted a physical single release in the U.S. The remixes of '4 Minutes,' crafted by Tracy Young, Bob Sinclair and Junkie XL, will be released on CD Maxi, 12" vinyl and of course digitally.

Thanks to Jimmy


UK Midweeks

It looks like Madonna will make the Top Ten of the UK Single Chart in downloads alone - the midweeks showed 4 Minutes charting at #9.

1 - Estelle - American Boy
2 - Duffy - Mercy
3 - Leona Lewis - Better In Time/Footprints In The Sand
4 - One Republic - Stop & Stare
5 - Nickelback - Rockstar
6 - Flo Rida - Low
7 - Utah Saints - Something Good 08
8 - Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
9 - Madonna - 4 Minutes
10 - H Two O - What's it Gonna Be

Thanks to Chris


Thandie Newton: The Ritchies Are Having Fun

At a screening of her new movie, Run Fat Boy Run, British beauty Thandie Newton was gushing about working with former Friend turned director David Schwimmer. But everyone really wanted to know what's going down with Madonna and her director hubby Guy Ritchie.
Thandie recently worked with Guy on the flick Rock and Roller. And she said, 'They’re having a good time, as far as I know! I went to their house in the country - it’s lovely. It’s all good! I just saw them the other day - they’re having a great time.'
She continued, 'Oh, he’s lovely! He’s a lovely, lovely, lovely man! Awesome - he’s just like - sort of perfect!'
Meanwhile, Thandie knows a thing or two about making a marriage work. She's been married to her writer husband, Ol Parker, for nearly a decade and the two have two kids together. 'He’s essential! They adore him. We love each other a lot and love being together. The key thing is that my kids don’t go to bed until 10 every night. From 7 at night until 10 – that’s when it rocks out in our house!' It’s terrible because they’re knackered.'

From OK! - thanks to Rach


Dutch TV: Junkie XL on remixing 4 Minutes

Dutch madonnalicious reader Plamen sent in this report about a remixer for 4 Minutes:

Junkie XL was on Dutch national TV last night. He spoke of his new single, and - more importantly - about his remix of 4 Minutes.
In the studio, he demonstrated bits of the actual creative process - adding bass, piano and guitar lines to the vocal track - and then played about 4 seconds of the final result....which sounded AMAZING, better than the original!
You can catch the show here at www.dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl - scroll about 38'35" into the show for the start of the interview, and 44'55" for the 4 Minutes bit.


US Magazines: GLOSS

GLOSS, The Bay Area's premier gay entertainment magazine proudly announces their Madonna issue with interview to hit the streets Friday 04 April.
Madonna's Hard Candy, drops April 29th and GLOSS will host the official CD release party in San Francisco. With special guest Christopher Ciccone, party date and location will be announced in the next issue of GLOSS.
Visit: www.sfgloss.com for more information.

Thanks to Bevin


Vodafone customers get a taste of Hard Candy

Vodafone customers can get tracks from the forthcoming Madonna album Hard Candy on their mobiles a week before it is released.
Madonna's record label, Warner Music, has teamed up with Vodafone to offer a new track from the album every day from 21 April - one week before the album is officially launched.
Vodafone customers will be able to get the tracks on their mobiles via the Vodafone live service, which will also allow them access to a special mini website offering ringtones and other associated mobile content.
John Reid of Warner Music Europe said: 'We are delighted to be able to debut such a rich menu of content from Hard Candy through Vodafone live.'
From April 21, a total of seven tracks from 'Hard Candy', with songs by the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and video visionary, will be released at a rate of one a day counting down the week before the album is available. Each track will remain live for 24 hours for download before being replaced by the next one, the companies noted.
In addition, Vodafone customers in selected markets including Spain, Portugal, Germany and Belgium will get exclusive mobile access to the newly released single '4 Minutes', effective immediately.
As part of this unique music experience, Vodafone customers in all participating territories will have access to Madonna’s mini site on Vodafone live! which will include one week of exclusive, associated mobile content, including ringtones, ringback tones and SMS tones.
'This is an innovative way to reach millions of Madonna fans around the world, building anticipation and excitement around this landmark release and helping to create a real event for Vodafone customers,' Reid continued.


Madonna's 4 Minutes is top add to US radio

AllAccess.com and Mediabase, the leading radio monitor in America have stated that Madonna is already has the most added single of the week, 47 stations to be exact, including the important large markets.

Rank is by market size:
1)New York Z100
3)Chicago WKSC
8)Atlanta WSTR
9)Wash. DC WIHT
10)Boston WXKS
11)Detroit WKQI
12)Miami WHYI
15)Phoenix KZZP
16)Minneapolis KDWB
17)San Diego KHTS
XM Radio
Sirius Satellite

Other radio programmers have this report on their desk and will no doubt follow the others and add Madonna as well!

Thanks to Micheal


Liz puts the marriage rumours straight

'I am delighted to confirm that Mr. and Mrs Guy Ritchie remain happily married,' the pop star's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenber, said in a statement Monday.
The news media and blogosphere have been speculating on the couple's status; on Monday the British newspaper The Sun published a gossipy article on it's Web site with the headline: 'Madge's marriage 'hangs by a thread'.'
Ritchie, 39, attended neither Madonna's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week nor her star-studded United Nations fundraiser in early February.
Rosenberg explained that, until recently, Madonna, 49, and Ritchie were living in seperate countries: The Material Girl toured the U.S. to promote her upcoming album 'Hard Candy,' while the director was stationed in England putting the finishing touches on his new film 'RocknRolla,' filming a Nike commercial and 'working on several scripts.'
Today the Ritchies are 'joyfully back together at home in London. All is well and wonderful in the Ritchie household,' Rosenberg said.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


First UK review of 4 Minutes

Paul Flynn of UK newspaper The Observer wrote this review for 4 MInutes:

Madonna, Four Minutes (Warner), single, 4 stars (out of 5)
After failing to ignite interest in Duran Duran, Timberland and Timberlake apply their ample tricks to a more fail-safe ticket. One provides the horn-led double funk groove; the other his most boyband chorus since leaving *NSync. The result is a barnstorming urban makeover. Gwen? Nelly? Those P45s are waiting. Grandma's come to reclaim her crown.


More 4 Minutes airplay news

From Amanda:
Offical exclusive airplay of 4 Minutes is scheduled for Monday 17 March on Perth, Australia radio 92.9 with Hamish an Andy sometime after 5:00pm sneakpeak clip was played earlier on the station with the tick tick teaser at the end.

From Holger:
The German radio station 'N-Joy' will play the new song on Monday at 12:05pm.

From Sami:
I wanted to let you know that the first play of Madonna's '4 Minutes' in Finland will be on NRJ at 17:00 local time.


4 Minutes Coming Soon to the UK

The official version of Madonna's brand new single 4 Minutes will be played for the very first time on Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show at midday on Monday 17 March.
Tune in to be one of the first people to hear it, or if you miss it go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/listen to listen again.

You will be able to download 4 Minutes from the official UK Madonna store www.madonnastore.co.uk on Tuesday 18 March, but if you can't wait that long go to www.7digital.com/artists/madonna/4-minutes to pre-order the track which will be sent to you as soon as it's available!

Go to www.madonnastore.co.uk to make sure your Madonna back catalogue is complete now, and text MADONNA to 83138 to access great content on your mobile.

From WBR Email - thanks to Anna-Clare


Hard Candy Album Cover Revealed

Entertainment website People.com have just premiered the album cover of Hard Candy - it sure is sweet!

Madonna has already claimed her new album, Hard Candy, will 'kick your ass.' Turns out, she wasn't kiddin! Witness the cover of her upcoming album, due April 29, featuring the pop diva sporting, yep, a wrestling belt. Featuring production by Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and Nate 'Danja' Hills and an appearance by Justin Timberlake, Madonna's rep says the album's 'about the juxtaposition of tough and sweetness.'


4 Minutes to Debut in new Sunsilk advert

This Unilever press release has just hit the newswires and talks about 4 Minutes being part of the new Sunsilk campaign launching this Monday:

Madonna, whose new album 'HARD CANDY' is scheduled for an April 29 release, will debut her first single '4 Minutes' in a new Sunsilk commercial, announced today by Unilever. The pop artist and ever-changing chameleon and superstar originally appeared in the first Sunsilk 'Life Can't Wait' Campaign alongside Marilyn Monroe and Shakira, but will now be the sole focus of the brand's new styling product spot that will debut on March 17.
The spot will trace Madonna's ever-evolving look throughout the years as a means to inspire girls to play around with their current styles - with the help of the new Sunsilk styling aids - and will include the music of Madonna's new single '4 Minutes.'
'We are proud to unveil a powerful advertisement that features a truly inspirational icon along with our new styling products,' said David Rubin, director of U.S. Hair Care Operations, Unilever. 'Madonna continues to be such an inspiration for young girls by continuously reinventing her looks, and we expect the new commercial will also encourage girls to evolve by changing their looks and making their hair and lives happen in a variety of exciting ways.'
The spot launches advertising for the new Sunsilk Shower to Style Collections, including Daring Volume, Captivating Curls, Waves of Envy and Straight to Perfection.

Thanks to Caesar


Madonna and Justin Get Smart

Madonna and Justin Timberlake are making a Smart move together.
A source tells me the duo’s debut collaboration, '4 Minutes to Save the World,' will be featured in the upcoming movie adaptation of Get Smart.
Nothing official yet, but my source says movie executives are trying to persuade Madonna and Justin to shoot a music video specifically tailored for the movie. They've already shot a video for the single, which is scheduled for a March 29 release.

From E! Online - thanks to Caesar


Madonna wants intimate theatre tour

Madonna has claimed that she would like to play a series of intimate shows in opera houses.
The US star said that she had been forced to play stadiums and arenas throughout her career for financial and logistical reasons.
She is quoted as saying: 'I have always wanted to do intimate performances. My dream is to go around doing shows in opera houses, but who makes money in opera houses?'
'When I create my shows they are usually quite intricate. They don't expand and collapse to varying stage sizes. I have always wanted to do grand shows but in really intimate venues, which never seems to be possible.'
The singer, who releases her 11th studio album next month, commented: 'I just love theatre and the magic of theatre. You can hear people breathing and you can see their sweat, you can see the work.'
'And yet you can still be pulled into the magic of everything and be tricked by the illusion of one spotlight and also the danger of it being live. Each audience that you have changes your performance. I love that more than anything.'

From Digital Spy


4 Minutes Worldwide Radio Airplay

From Craig:
Forth One radio station on the east coast of Scotland has announced that the first play of the new Madonna single will be at 12:00 midday on Monday 17th March.

From Enrique:
Hello just to say that the single 4 Minutes received its first airplay today in Mexico on radio station BEAT 100.9 at 7:57am local time!

From Micheal:
As the world eagerly anticipates the global radio premiere of Madonna's new single '4 Minutes' on Monday 17 March, Z100 the biggest radio in US have placed a 30 second preview of '4 Minutes' on the front page of their website. The clip is identical to the clip on Amazon.com. This is great promotion, remember Z100 is the No.1 and most influential radio station in America and this could mean Madonna returning to American radio airwaves!


Madonna's movie was directed by her gardener

Madonna's new Africa awareness documentary was directed and filmed by her personal gardener. The pop superstar rewarded green-fingered multi-tasker Nathan Rissman by asking him to take charge of her new movie I Am Because We Are.
She explains, 'He used to be my gardener....He's a brilliant, lovely guy - one of those guys who came into my life and did every job. He was a runner, an intern, a gardener. 'He took care of my kids. He did everything and he did it with humility. And everyone just grew to love him. And then he started doing these little movies of my children and sending them to me, and making films out of photographs and just being really creative.'
'One day I said, 'I need somebody to document this,' and then looked at him and said, 'And that person is you.' He really stepped up to the plate.' Rissman took off to Malawi, Africa to document Madonna's film, which she wanted to release to show that famine, poverty and AIDS in the developing world are problems that can be solved. The singer adds, 'He spent a lot of time in Malawi, literally sleeping on the floors of people's huts and waking up with chickens on his head.'
'He really lived it and approached it with an open heart and so much gratitude. People opened their hearts to him. I couldn't have done that.'

From contactmusic.com


UK Magazines: Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused was available on some UK newstands today (available nationwide tomorrow) - and while it is a beautiful cover some fans maybe disappointed if they are expecting a large Steven Klein portfolio of pictures like his two previous W magazine shoots.

The magazine contains just two new pictures from the Steven Klein photoshoot, and a three-page interview. One unexpected bonus in the magazine though is some beautifully shot pictures from Madonna's personal costume archive.

In the costume archive we see nine iconic costumes, from her Blond Ambition cone-bustier, to the Stella McCartney Mrs Ritchie suit worn to a premiere in 2001.

There are also comments from the fashion designers who have produced items for Madonna and dressed her over her career and a large collection of art and photography inspired by Madonna.

The magazine may lack the many Madonna pictures fans expected, but it is an inspired piece of art and as the first cover of the Hard Candy era, a collectors piece.


4 Minutes in Holland

Warner Music NL have released the following information about Madonna's new single and TV and radio appearences:

* 4 Minutes can be downloaded for mobile phones from this coming Thursday and from Tuesday 25 March you can download the single.

* On Monday 17 March the single will be premiered on Dutch radio from 6:00am. Listen to Evers Staat Op on Radio 538 and experience the premiere of 4 Minutes.

* Monday will also be the day of the first part of the interview Daphne Bunskoek did with Madonna in Los Angeles. Watch RTL Boulevard from 6:30pm.

* Warner Music NL have provided a stream of a 30 second clip of 4 Minutes HERE.

Thanks to Kimberley at www.madonnaunderground.nl / www.madonna-online.nl


Madonna sings about marriage woes

Madonna has shed light on the difficulties of having a long-distance marriage on a new album track.
The pop icon has spent most of the last six months separated from husband Guy Ritchie and sings about the problems on her new album Hard Candy.
On the track 'Miles Away', Madonna sings: 'You love me more miles apart....I love you, but we are at our best miles away....When you are gone you realise I'm the best thing that happened to you.'

From Digital Spy


UK Press: The Independent

Madonna's new Steven Klein photoshoot got its first 'cover' in the UK today. The Independent newspaper used one shot as the cover to its Extra supplement.

The cover was to illustrate a four-page article previewing the Dazed and Confused interview that is being published on Thursday. The article also previews some of the Madonna inspired artwork and photography that will feature in the magazine.


4 Minutes Single Cover

buHere is the first look at the single cover for 4 Minutes - the cover was previewed as a small low quality version on Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera but now madonnalicious can bring you a high quality version thanks to Corriere Della Sera.

Thanks to Mario


Madonna heads to rock hall

Madonna, pop music's quick-change artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday and paid tribute to people who encouraged her and even critics who panned her for helping drive her career.
Madonna recalled key moments of her career, from playing her demo tape for record company president Seymour Stein when he was in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV, to her shock at looking out from the stage at thousands of girls dressed like her. 'It freaked me out,' she said.
She fondly remembered a teacher who encouraged her to follow her dreams when she was only 14, and said she's lucky to have people around her that are still doing that.
Even the people who 'said I was talentless, that I was chubby, that I couldn't sing, that I was a one-hit wonder, they helped me, too,' she said. 'They inspired me because they made me question myself repeatedly and pushed me to be better.'
Singer Justin Timberlake, who helped produce Madonna's upcoming album, inducted her with an innuendo-laden speech.
'The world is full of Madonna wannabes. I might have even dated a couple,' said Britney Spears' ex. 'But there is truly only one Madonna.'

From AP Via Yahoo! News