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April 2008

Madonna and Justin rehearsing at Roseland

madonnalicious reader DJ Danny Echi is also the proud owner of the wristband for tonights show and is now #30 in line to get into the venue later - below is his picture of the Roseland marquee.

Madonna, Justin Timberlake and the band are currently rehearsing at Roseland.

Remember fans in the US can watch the show live on MSN at from 10:00pm EDT, and Vodafone customers in several European countries will also be able to catch the show live online.

Madonna on track for #1 US debut

Madonna will leave Warner Bros., the only label she’s ever known, with a bang.
Her final studio album for the Bunny, Hard Candy, is on track to sell between 275-300k, which will handily end Mariah Carey’s two-week reign with E=MC2, according to one-day sale reports from those retailers still standing around this great country of ours.
The Material Gal has one more album, a greatest hits collection, to go before splitting for a long-term deal with concert promoter Live Nation. The album’s her first since 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, which sold more than 8 million worldwide. In the U.S., it debuted at #1, selling 351k copies in its first week, taking the top spot from Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts. In its second week, Confessions on a Dance Floor sold 210k copies and slipped to #4 with a 39% sales decrease. To date, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the U.S.

From - thanks to Jimmy

Wristbands issued and a wave for fans

Lucky fans who queued outside Roseland last night and early this morning were awarded with their wristbands for tonights show and a wave from Madonna!

madonnalicious reader Fernando sent in this report fresh from getting his wristband (of which only 750 were being issued):

Just got our wristband for Roseland tonight....this wristband will then be switched out for the actual wristband that will be used to enter the venue.
Madonna drove by Roseland in her SUV at around 11:15pm, rolled down her window and waved at all fans standing outside waiting to get their free wristband. It was amazing! She was smiling and looked great! Can't wait till tonight!

Sweet reviews for Madonna's Hard Candy

As parting gifts go, Madonna's 11th studio album - and her last before she exits long-term record label Warner Bros. - is unusually generous, if early reviews are to be believed.
Released internationally this week, and hitting U.S. stores on Tuesday, 'Hard Candy' scored solidly among rock critics, although much of the credit, or blame, they said, should go to the established hit-makers with whom she collaborated.
The dance sounds, with hip-hop influence, see Madonna return to her roots and shed the weighty issues for which she regularly campaigns. And by working with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, she puts safety first.
'It's surprising that her 11th studio an act of submission,' wrote Caryn Ganz of the Rolling Stone music magazine, giving 'Hard Candy' four stars out of a possible five. 'For 'Hard Candy,' Madonna's midlife meditation on her own relevance, she lets top-shelf producers make her their plaything.'
The Independent newspaper's Andy Gill, in a three-star review, argues that Madonna, who turns 50 this year, aims to satisfy 'the sweet tooth of functional dance-pop.'
'Why else would she turn to off-the-peg hit-machines The Neptunes, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, after such success with more adventurous producers like Mirwais, William Orbit and Stuart Price?'
Alexis Petridis, in a three-star rating for the Guardian, calls Timberlake's involvement in 'Hard Candy' a 'mixed blessing,' with the familiar sounds from his last album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' 'less startling (the) second time around.'
He also slammed Madonna's lyrics, including a line from 'Dance 2night': 'You don't have to be rich and famous to be good.'
But Petridis argued that production duo The Neptunes, including Williams, 'ride to 'Hard Candy's' rescue,' highlighting songs such as 'Incredible,' 'Give It 2 Me' and 'She's Not Me.'
Jon Pareles of the New York Times believed Warner, with which Madonna has worked for 25 years, would be more than happy with the record.
'It doesn't burn bridges with her major label - just the opposite,' he wrote. 'It's the kind of album a record company longs for in the current embattled market: a set of catchy, easily digestible, mass-appeal songs by a star who's not taking chances.'
Madonna, one of the world's biggest-selling artists, ditched Warner Bros. last year and signed a 10-year deal, including a three-album commitment, with concert touring company Live Nation believed to be worth $120 million.
The agreement was an example of the so-called '360-degree deal' that has become increasingly popular in a music business struggling to make money just from selling records.
The '360-degree' deals typically involve publishing, touring, merchandising and digital rights, as well as recording.
The first single from Madonna's album, '4 Minutes' (featuring Justin Timberlake), went to No. 1 in the British singles charts and peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 listing.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

4 Minutes added to 27 weeks spent at chart summit

Half of Madonna’s 12 previous number one singles spent a single week at number one but 4 Minutes has no intention of surrendering its title yet, and on its second week at the chart summit it moves further ahead of the chasing pack, securing sales of 49,771 copies following its release on CD.
Madonna’s one week wonders: True Blue, Who’s That Girl, Frozen, American Pie, Music and Sorry. Those that stuck around longer: Into The Groove, Papa Don’t Preach, La Isla Bonita, Like A Prayer, Vogue and Hung Up. All told, Madonna has spent 27 weeks at number one, the same as Take That. The only acts with more weeks at number one are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Cliff Richard, Frankie Laine and Abba.

From Music Week - thanks to martalto

Dining with Her Madgesty

Catherine at W magazine wanted to let our readers know about one of their staffers sharing a dining experience with Madonna:

New Yorkers are typically not very impressed with celebrity sightings. But that was certainly not the case Thursday night at Morandi, Keith McNally's latest establishment. While dining with a friend at the trendy Italian trattoria, the one and only Madonna graced us - and the entire restaurant - with her presence.

To read what happened next visit

Official Press Release about Roseland

As digital sales of Madonna's new single, '4 Minutes' passes the one million mark, Madonna will be giving away free tickets to hundreds of lucky fans in celebration of this week's release of her new CD 'HARD CANDY' (April 29) when she gives a historic up-close and personal performance at NY's Roseland Ballroom (April 30), it was announced today by Warner Bros. Records.

'It's my way of saying thank you to my fans,' said Madonna. As a result, Roseland will be filled up with the most devoted and die-hard Madonna fans who have been asked to wait in line beginning 6:00 am on the morning of April 30th at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Ave.). The tickets will be distributed on a first come - first served basis.


Vodafone streams Madonna's Roseland concert

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue, and Warner Music International (WMI), today announced that on Wednesday, 30 April, Vodafone customers in 14 countries will be able to watch a live, one-off show by Madonna on their mobile. Streamed live from New York's famous Roseland Ballroom exclusively outside the US to Vodafone customers, the performance will celebrate the release of Madonna’s new album, HARD CANDY, which is available globally from today.
Vodafone customers in Cyprus, Egypt, France (SFR), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa (Vodacom), Spain and UK will have access to the show via their mobile phones on Vodafone live! and via their PCs using a unique streaming platform at
Vodafone customers will be able to do more than simply view the performance. They will be able to interact and share their emotions with other online show goers and select camera angles to move around the stage to get the best view, making them feel as though they are there in person and part of the event.
Vodafone customers will also have a chance to win tickets to Roseland Ballroom in New York City and become one of the lucky few to experience Madonna’s performance in person at the iconic venue.
'As a leader in the digital music industry, we’re providing our customers closer access to music from top artists and events, allowing them to enjoy their favorite content both on their PCs and mobile phones,' said Frank Rovekamp, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group. 'Vodafone’s strategy is to offer different music flavours and innovative formats allowing customers to experience music on their mobile in any way they wish.'
'We continue to explore innovative ways of deepening the connection between artist and audience. Offering millions of fans around the world live, interactive access to a unique, intimate Madonna show is a powerful way to showcase a new album' said John Reid, Vice Chairman, WMI & President, Warner Music Europe. 'Building on the mobile première, this special broadcast will further heighten the sense of event and excitement during HARD CANDY’s much anticipated launch week.'

Fans who are vodafone customers should log into their local vodafone website and follow instructions to gain the unique pincode to allow them to watch the event live.


Early news about the tour

At the FNAC music store release party for Hard Candy in Lisbon, Portugal last weekend a representative from Warner Music revealed some details about a tour.

Everyone who bought the CD received a t-shirt and was entered into a draw to win tickets to Madonna's next world tour in 2008. Dates mentioned included 11 and 13 September in London, 25 September in Paris and 29 September in Amsterdam.

madonnalicious is aware of some ticket agency websites selling tickets for these dates already - but remember the tour is not officially announced and no dates have been confirmed - so it is cheaper and safer to wait until everything is official.

Thanks to Diogo

US Reviews of Hard Candy

otFrom New York Daily News - 5 out of 5 stars:
Imagine this: A new Madonna album comprised entirely of brisk, hard dance anthems, all boldly updating the blissful hits of her club-driven youth.
Now imagine that none of those songs (save the advance single) has anything to do with world politics, spiritual growth, starving African children or any lingering mother issues. Instead they present a wall-to-wall call to the dance floor, fired by ecstatic, innovative, and propulsive beats, paired to tunes that will make you swoon.
That's what Madonna's last album - 2005's 'Confession On The Dance Floor' - promised to be, but hardly was. We still had Kabbalah references, finger-wagging 'issue' songs and lots of cuts that weren't nearly as danceable or catchy as advertized.
Anyone disappointed by that album should take a lick of 'Hard Candy,' out Tuesday. It's everything 'Confessions' professed to be - and more: a disc that gorges on catchy choruses, nagging beats and insouciant vocals. It may be the best album of Madonna's career. Certainly it's the most consistent (not counting 'greatest hits' cheats).
Plenty of people will carp that Madonna had to haul in some of the heaviest hitters she has ever collaborated with to pull this off - including Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Pharrell. 'Hard Candy' represents only the third time in Madonna's long career when she has relied on top, proven talent as conspirators, rather than bringing in newbies she can nurture and/or control.
The last time she did this was her ultimate career low, in 1994, following the hideously reviewed 'Sex' book. She bounced back with 'Bedtime Stories,' produced by can't-miss guys like Babyface.
It's hard to say why Madonna felt she needed to bring in such headline-making help this time, unless it has to do with facing the Big Five-Oh - she hits it Aug. 16. Or the fact that 'Hard Candy' marks the end of her contract with the only label she has ever known (Warner Brothers). Either way, Madonna has given the company the richest possible parting gift.
Where to begin:
The first single - the smash '4 Minutes' - is probably the least engrossing track on the CD. It's the only one that goes for the political, rather than the personal, though it does so in such a vague way, you can barely tell. Of course, it's as much a Timberlake song as a Madonna turn but that's the only track where the star attraction threatens to piggyback on another person's turf.
That was the worry for 'Hard Candy.' Fans feared it would find Madonna vampirically sucking the blood of the latest urban gods to gain back her youth. But the point turns out to be moot. In fact, Pharrell and Timbaland have never sounded this frothy, and that clearly comes from Madonna's talent for zip.
Take 'Heartbeat.' Madonna co-wrote the cut with Pharrell, and although it benefits greatly from the hook of his trademark orgasmic moans, Maddy's vocal has an R&B sheen that cinches it.
The title track kicks off the CD and sets its exuberant tone. It's got tribal/urban beats, cunning lyrical innuendos, and a chorus with the R&B-jazz twist of a Kool and the Gang hit from the '70s.
In 'Miles Away' Madonna recycles a neat trick from the past: She uses abrupt guitar strums as an acoustic contrast to the synthetic clack of the beat. Vocally, she hasn't sounded as ravishing as she does here since 'Evita.'
'Incredible' has real bubble gum snap. 'Beat Goes On' makes sure it does.
I could go on raving about the tracks, but I won't. I want to go back and listen to them.

From New York Times:
When in doubt, take Madonna at face value. Since the beginning of her career she has telegraphed her intentions and labeled herself more efficiently than any observer. She has titled albums 'Music,' 'Erotica' and, in 2005, 'Confessions on a Dance Floor' for a collection that mingled personal and Biblical reflections with club grooves. Flaunting her ever-changing image, she named one tour 'Who's That Girl?,' another 'Re-Invention.'
She's just as blunt on her 11th studio album, 'Hard Candy' (Warner Brothers), due for release this week. There's no question that this album aims to please — and it does. 'See which flavor you like and I'll have it for you,' she promises as the album starts with 'Candy Shop,' and she follows through: 'Come on into my store/I got candy galore.'

To read the rest of the review visit

Thanks to Frank, Scott and Serkan

Madonna releases 11th studio album

Popstar Madonna has released her 11th studio album Hard Candy.
The album features the production skills of The Neptunes and Timbaland.
Her latest hit 4 Minutes, taken from the album features Justin Timberlake and is currently number one in the UK singles chart.
Her album has been hailed as her best since Ray of Light.
She has been quick to sign sponsorship deals for the new songs, licensing them to be used on TV adverts, mobile phone exclusives and TV shows.
The Material Girl shot to fame in 1984 with the song Holiday. She has also appeared in the Hollywood films Desperately Seeking Susan, Shanghai Surprise and Evita.
Madonna has recently written and produced a documentary I Am Because We Are about the fate of orphans in Malawi.
She is married to British film director Guy Ritchie and will celebrate her 50th birthday this year.

From ITN News

Hard Candy: Goodies and Store Displays

Here is a brief look at some of the displays in stores and goodies given away at Hard Candy events and listening parties around the world.

From Argentina - thanks to dAnielitro:

From Belgium - thanks to Dan:

From Hong Kong - thanks to River:

From Hong Kong - thanks to Stephen:

From Lisbon - thanks to M.Rita:

From Portugal - thanks to Diogo:

From Spain - thanks to Sergio:

From Thailand - thanks to Vichien B:

Madonna retains top spot in British singles charts

Pop diva Madonna held on to the top spot in the British singles charts released Sunday for the second week running with her record 13th number one.
Her new track, '4 Minutes', which features Justin Timberlake, is part of her latest album, 'Hard Candy', released a month ago, and was followed by Sam Sparro's 'Black & Gold' and Estelle's 'American Boy', featuring Kanye West, in second and third respectively.
The 49-year-old's 13 British chart-topping singles nearly double those of the next closest female solo artist, Kylie Minogue, who has seven.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna artists wanted!

The World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Hollywood is currently seeking submissions for its new group art show DIAL 'M' FOR MADONNA.
The show opens Friday 23 May, featuring over 40 artists' interpretations of the Queen of Pop from her long and illustrious career.
The gallery is notorious for it's celebrity-themed shows, like last year's JUST BRITNEY art show which made headlines the world over.
To be considered for inclusion, please email a jpeg of your Madonna art piece to [email protected], or a sample of your recent work and a description of your intended Madonna piece.

Win tickets to Paris with Warner Music NL

To celebrate the release of the new album Hard Candy, Madonna will perform her new songs on 3 exclusive dates. Madonna will perform in London, New York and Paris and you can be there to celebrate with Paris!
Two tickets for this exclusive event are given away via the Madonna Cube. Take a friend with you on an unforgettable trip to Paris where you will stay in a luxurious hotel before attending this amazing party! Not only will the evening be filled with everything that could be possibly perceived as Hard Candy and Madonna, Madonna herself will grace the evening with her presence and a performance!

Participation is easy. Simply forward the Madonna Cube to a minimum of three friends using Send A Fan. Then enter three names and email addresses and a personal message and send it away! You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your participation. The winner will be announced in the Cube on Sunday 04 May.

For more information and to download the cube visit - this is an official site run by Warner Music NL.

4 Minutes and Hard Candy Updates

From Belgium - thanks to Daniel:
Madonna has reached the #1 spot on the Belgium Ultratop 50.

From Germany - thanks to Robby:
4 Minutes made #1 on the German Top 100

From Israel - thanks to Nadav:
Madonna's 4 Minutes made it to #1 again on Galgalaz's request chart for the third week in a row -

From Poland - thanks to David:
National polish radio station Radio ZET played on Miles Away on Friday - they think it's the best track from Hard Candy.

From Romania - thanks to Lucas:
Fans can vote for 4 Minutes to be number one in Romania at

From Sweden - thanks to Alder:
Madonna's Hard Candy is #1 on the Swedish iTunes album chart - along with Confessions On A Dance Floor which is at #10.

Madonna: 'I'm happy with who I am'

Madonna has revealed that she would not prefer to be out of the limelight.
The Queen of Pop said she is happy with her achievements and would never want to be anyone else.
Asked if she ever craves anonymity, she told The Today Show: 'Yeah I have moments of it. But I don't want to wish that I'm not me. I don’t wish I was someone else.'
Madonna appeared on the programme to discuss her Malawi documentary I Am Because We Are, which premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.
Responding to the negative publicity surrounding her adoption of Malawian baby David Banda, she said: 'I appreciate and understand how people could be cynical. That's fine. I accept that because I think we live in a society where people are naturally suspicious of acts of altruism or generosity.'
She also denied that her involvement with orphans was simply another attempt to reinvent herself, saying: 'My reinventions are part of my evolution and my growth as a person. There are aspects of it that are frivolous and aspects of it that are real.'
She added that she hoped her soul had 'reached its full potential and that I did everything that I was put on this earth to do'.

From Digital Spy

4 Minutes continues to grow on Billboard

Madonna moves up to #6 on Billboard Hot 100.

In other news 4 Minutes is #1 on Soundscan Digital Sales Chart. Which of course means 4 Minutes will be back as #1 Hot 100 Digital Song.
201799 units were sold this past week. Bringing her total sales to an astonishing 846571 in just 4 weeks. She's certain to cross the million mark next week!

#1 - Billboard Hot Digital Song
#1 - Billboard Hot Digital Track
#1 - Billboard Canadian Hot 100
#2 - Billboard European Hot 100
#3 - Billboard Pop 100
#4 - Billboard Hot Dance Airplay
#10 - Billboard Pop 100 Airplay
#12 - Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play
#16 - Billboard Hot 100 Airplay

Thanks to Micheal

Madonna forbids her kids TV and candy

Superstar Madonna has a surprisingly tough take on motherhood: she doesn't let her kids watch television or eat candy, she told the German press.
'Children need limits, otherwise they go off the rails,' she told the magazine KulturSpiegel. Ignoring television is also an authentic punk-rock attitude, she explained.
But as far as music is concerned, she doesn't want to stop Lourdes and Rocco from listening to anything, she said, adding that she had 'confidence in their taste.'
'I'm a tough mother,' she admitted in another interview given a few days ago in Germany to the Frankfurter Rundschau.
At 49, Madonna said she still considered herself a rebel and wanted to pass on that attitude to her children. 'I don't think that it harms children if their parents are always questioning the society in which we live,' she told KulturSpiegel.
'If we are going to have to save the world, we might as well enjoy ourselves while we are doing it.'

From AFP Via Yahoo! News