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October 2008

I Am Because We Are in Holland

Madonna's Malawi documentary, I Am Because We Are, will be premiere in Holland at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam. The festival takes place in Amsterdam from Thursday 20 November until Sunday 30 November.

The schedule has not been finalized yet and there are no details on dates or number of screenings but tickets will go on sale Monday 10 November.

Thanks to Kimberley at www.madonnaunderground.nl


UK Press: Evening Standard

Tonights edition of London newspaper the Evening Standard featured a look (and a new picture) of Madonna performing in Boston last night after the announcement of the divorce.

Madonna plays Boston again tonight on her Sticky & Sweet Tour and madonnalicious is asking fans to send in their pictures and reports from these shows to madonnalicious@gmail.com - to allow us to share with other fans around the world.


Red Collection Competition Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s competition to win art prints from the Red Collection.

There were over 250 entrants, most of whom answered the question correctly – What is the last line you hear Madonna speak in the 1985 movie 'Desperately Seeking Susan'? The correct answer was of course Good Going (or goin’) Stranger. All winners have been notified and prizes sent out.

First prize of a complete 2009 Madonna Collection went to Tim from the UK, the 4 runners up were: Jason (USA), Neil (UK), Colin (UK) and Justin (USA).

As a special 'Thank You' to everyone who entered, we’re pleased to offer a 20% discount for the Red Collection. Simply enter discount code: consolation at theredcollection.com

Code valid until 22nd October, after which the usual madonnalicious 15% discount will still be valid.


Kelly Ripa Gives It 2 Madonna

US talk show host Kelly Ripa is also a HUGE Madonna fan and often tells her studio audience about her latest Madonna adventures. Kelly went to the Saturday 11 October show in Madison Square Garden and in the clip below she excitedly tells her story of what happened when she was front row at the end of the catwalk!


Liz Rosenberg: 'It's a sad situation'

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie are ending their almost-eight-year marriage, a rep for the singer confirmed Wednesday.
'The main concern for Madonna and Guy are their children – the security of their children in all senses of the word and the wellbeing of their children,' rep Liz Rosenberg tells PEOPLE. 'That's the priority for both of them moving forward. It's a sad situation.'
The former couple, who have Rocco, 8, and David, 3, together and Madonna's 12-year-old daughter Lourdes with ex Carlos Leon, announced their divorce in a statement.
'Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after seven-and-a-half years of marriage. They have both requested that the media maintain respect for their family at this difficult time,' says the statement.
The statement says they have not agreed to a settlement.

From PEOPLE.com


Madonna and Guy to divorce

The confirmation of Madonna and Guy's divorce has just been announced by the Associated Press, further statements are expected later today.

Madonna's spokeswoman says the singer and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, will divorce after 7 1/2 years together.
A statement e-mailed to The Associated Press from spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg says the couple has agreed to divorce, and asks the media to respect their privacy.
The statement, co-signed by Ritchie's representative, says the couple had not agreed to a settlement.


Filth and Wisdom debuts in New York

Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and Brooke Shields were some of the A-list fans who attended the screening at the Landmark Sunshine Theater.
The queen of pop directed, produced and co-wrote the film which follows three flatmates in London.
Starting out as a short movie, it developed into an 81-minute feature after the singer said she 'fell in love' with the characters.
This includes a Ukrainian immigrant who's an aspiring musician, an unsuccessful ballerina who resorts to pole-dancing, and a pharmacist's assistant who dreams of working with children in Africa.
Madonna says her husband Guy Richie was helpful in guiding her through her first directing gig.
'He told me to make sure I show up on the set with confidence,' she said. 'That was his tip, yeah.'
Filth and Wisdom opens in the US on October 17.

From ITN.com


Sticky & Sweet Tour: New York City Fan Pictures - Part 4

The Madison Square Garden shows have certainly been the most celebrity-filled ones - at Madonna's fourth and final Sticky & Sweet Tour show in New York City last night were Kelly Ripa, Chelsea Clinton, Marc Jacobs, Lindsey Lohan and Samantha Ronson.

And below are some pictures from Sunday nights show taken by madonnalicious reader Fernando.

Please keep submitting all your great fan pictures and reports - to share with other fans - to madonnalicious@gmail.com

Thanks to Scotty P


How a New Bedford DJ hooked up with Madonna

Last year, Eric Jao - also known as DJ Enferno - was spinning in a club in Orlando, Fla., when New Bedford native and ex-Maurice Starr protege Kevin Antunes dropped in to check him out. While standing in line amid a throng of wannabe Mouseketeers at the airport the next day, Enferno checked his messages.
'There were so many kids coming back from Disney World that it was so loud in the security line all I could hear on my voicemail were the words ‘Madonna’ and ‘Justin Timberlake,’' said Enferno from New York, where Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet was in the middle of a four-night stand at Madison Square Garden.
'‘Hmm,’ I thought, ‘That’s weird,’' said Enferno. 'So I check my texts and see, ‘Hi, this is Kevin Antunes, musical director for Madonna and Justin Timberlake. Saw your show last night. Give me a call.’ I started freaking out right there in the security line. I wanted to pick up a kid and shake them.'

To read the rest of DJ Enferno's story visit www.bostonherald.com


Rapper Williams joins Madonna gig

Rap star Pharrell Williams has made a surprise appearance with Madonna in a New York date on her world tour.
Williams, who co-produced and sang on Madonna's Hard Candy album earlier this year, joined her on stage during her final song of the show - Give It 2 Me.
Madonna also continued her recent attacks on Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Playing a screeching note on her guitar, she said: 'This is the sound of Sarah Palin thinking.'
After singing an a capella version of her 1989 hit Express Yourself, she told the crowd: 'I'd like to express myself to Sarah Palin right now.'
She also threw condoms into the crowd at Madison Square Garden, saying that they promoted safe sex as they had a picture of Mrs Palin on them.
Pharrell Williams has appeared on the Sticky and Sweet tour before, but only in video form.
During previous dates, he and Madonna's other recent collaborators - Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Britney Spears - have 'performed' in the show as lifesize images on moving video walls.
At the New York show - the 21st date on the four-month world tour - there was a more tender moment as Madonna dedicated a song to her eldest daughter Lourdes to mark her 12th birthday.
She performed You Must Love Me, which she originally sang when she starred in the 1996 movie adaptation of the hit musical Evita. Madonna told the crowd: 'My beautiful Lola is 12 today but when I first sang this song she was growing inside me.'

From BBC News


Birthday dedications, free condoms and Pharrell!

Madonna's third show at Madison Square Garden last night was memorable and unique for fans in many ways - madonnalicious reader Scotty P has these titbits for everyone:

Madonna dedicated You Must Love Me to Lourdes saying: 'I would like to dedicate this next song to my daughter Lola, whose 12th birthday it is today. The first time I sang this song she was growing inside me. So, this one's for you, Baby.'

During the request section of the show Madonna said: 'This is the part of the song where I throw out condoms to the audience. Safe Sex, Motherfuckers! They all have pictures of Sarah Palin on them!' she then began Express Yourself saying: 'I'd like to express myself to Sarah Palin, but we'll talk about that later.'

Pharrell Williams joined Madonna onstage for the Give It 2 Me finale!

madonnalicious would love to hear from people at the show (or any other show) and see any pictures and video clips of these moments - just email madonnalicious@gmail.com


Madonna Top 20 on Phoenix FM

The results of an online poll by Phoenix FM to find the Madonna Top 20 were revealed on the radio last Saturday but a full list of the songs voted for (156 in total) are listed online at www.phoenixfm.com/top20-madonna

#1 - Vogue - 1327 pts
#2 - Like A Prayer - 1219 pts
#3 - Hung Up - 854 pts
#4 - Into The Groove - 744 pts
#5 - Express Yourself - 680 pts
#6 - Frozen - 650 pts
#7 - Give It 2 Me - 563 pts
#8 - Ray Of Light - 538 pts
#9 - 4 Minutes - 463 pts
#10 - Holiday - 458 pts
#11 - Music - 454 pts
#12 - La Isla Bonita - 448 pts
#13 - Live To Tell - 442 pts
#14 - Deeper And Deeper - 440 pts
#15 - Erotica - 435 pts
#16 - Get Together - 395 pts
#17 - Borderline - 388 pts
#18 - Like A Virgin - 376 pts
#19 - Papa Don't Preach - 331 pts
#20 - Beat Goes On - 296 pts


US Magazines: Next

New York City magazine Next had a Madonna special recently (03 October issue) - below is a scan of the cover. The magazine looks at places in New York City that Madonna is linked with and also three Madonna experts listed their Top Ten Madonna Songs - which included madonnalicious as one of the experts!


Robyn's view on touring with Madonna

US gossip blogger PerezHilton has published this note from Robyn who clarifies some statements that were atributed to her in the Swedish press and published around the world.

'Seeing that a lot has been reported about my experience of being on tour with Madonna in the press, I feel like I have to tell it like it is! So with my own words, here I go:
I got a chance to go on tour with Madonna in Europe and like any one who's been a fan of her since the age of ten I was super exited. Contrary to what you might have read elsewhere its been FUN! I've played to Madonna's audience in eleven different cities, all of which have received us well even though I was only the opening act. Me and my band got to know Madonna's production team and they were very helpful. Madonna's management was super cool and we hung out with the band and dancers and had a lot of fun with them.
When I met her at the end of the tour she was really cool and natural. I got a chance to thank her for putting me on and she even told me she was a fan! It was a very special moment I will never forget.
When I arrived on the first day of the tour I was surprised by the tight security that involved us as well. It took a couple of days to find my place on this big adventure but the tour has been a once in a lifetime experience. I have gotten the rare opportunity to see an enormous production from the inside and get the chance to perform in front of tens of thousands of people at every show.
In one interview I was asked if I wanted a career like Madonna's and I said no, my worst nightmare would be trying to be a Madonna. She's an icon and a pioneer, but only Madonna can be Madonna. It would be sad to try to copy her model. Times are different nowadays as well. Even if I tried, it would be hard to build what she has achieved in the climate of the music industry today. I want to be me and work from my own small independent record company.
I want to be left alone in my creative process. I imagine she has lots and lots of people telling her things. Every one watches her every move. Obviously she can cope with that, but for me that pressure would be a burden. Too many other people have cracked under much less pressure in the music world and as a woman it's even harder to stay at the top. The peer pressure, fashion mags and media celebrate youth, beauty and the new in females and most people are lucky to stay around for 5 years.
I learned that next to the president of the United States of America, Madonna must be the most famous person on earth whose every little move is watched by millions and a complete security state is surrounding her!
I´m from a little country called Sweden where even though a lot of people know me here, I still can go to the store and buy milk in my underwear. And I would love to keep that for me.
But who am I to judge her? Watching her on stage during the tour I could tell that she was really enjoying herself. She is probably doing exactly what she wants to do and that´s why she is so inspiring. I want to be like that as well, I want to be myself.'


Events: CARE to TRUTH or DARE? in Toronto

Madonna’s Truth or Dare Returns Oct. 14 in Support of Raising Malawi
Screening Includes Exclusive Preview of Madonna’s Directorial Debut, Filth and Wisdom

The TRUTH is that one half of Malawi’s one million orphans have lost one or both parents to AIDS, the DARE is for 800 Madonna fans to donate money at the one-time screening of Madonna’s Truth or Dare on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Bloor Cinema to support Raising Malawi.
As first revealed on Laineygossip.com, this special occasion which has been approved by Madonna, will be a chance for Madonna fans to have a flashback to the infamous Blond Ambition Tour. Hosted by Elaine Lui (eTalk host and blogger for Laineygossip.com) and Iain Christiansen, CARE to TRUTH or DARE? will open its doors at 7 p.m., and the screening will commence at 8 p.m. As an incentive for fans to attend, the screening will also feature a sneak preview of Madonna’s directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom.
The event is open to the public; however no tickets will be sold in advance. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to show up early and make a donation at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.) box office. Only the first 800 donors will be admitted to the theatre. Please note that there is a suggested minimum donation of $15. 100 per cent of proceeds will be donated to Raising Malawi and guests will be informed how much has been raised once the screening has finished.

'Everyday in Malawi, hundreds of children die from preventable illness, thousands are affected by abuse and neglect, and millions face a lonely struggle for survival without parents or adult supervision,' says Madonna. 'I urge you to please support Raising Malawi and remember: by committing a little bit of your time, talent, or treasures to these extraordinary children, you will help to save a life.'
'A night with Madonna and a few hundred of her most hardcore fans - all in support of a cause close to her heart....I can't think of a smuttier (in the best way possible!) way to celebrate her career!' says Elaine Lui.


I Am Because We Are comes to Paris

I Am Because We Are, the extraordinary documentary film from director Nathan Rissman and writer/producer Madonna, makes its next festival stop in France.
Cinema Verite’s 2nd International Rendezvous for Socially Conscious Cinema will host I Am Because We Are on Sunday October 12th in Paris. The event is a public platform designed to bring together prominent filmmakers, politicians, and opinion leaders to address social issues and generate pressure for growing societal concerns through the medium of film.
The Paris screening of I Am Because We Are will be introduced by Raising Malawi Executive Director Philippe van den Bossche and Raising Malawi Trust Chairman Victoria Keelan.
Malawi is a nation is crisis. Right now, more than one million parentless children languish in Malawi’s streets, villages, and orphanages without proper food, shelter, education, and seemingly without hope.

I Am Because We Are takes an unflinching look beyond these devastating statistics at the desperate lives of Malawian’s most vulnerable citizens, its children. The film asks hard questions, but also explores the real possibility of lasting solutions to Malawi’s humanitarian crisis. Some of the world’s brightest and most compassionate social activists, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Bill Clinton, and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, offer their insight on how a worldwide population is connected to, and ultimately responsible for, ending suffering in the developing world.
I Am Because We Are director Nathan Rissman depicts a country of contrasts. Malawi’s extraordinary beauty and the exuberance of its people are juxtaposed with the horrors of crushing poverty and deadly disease. Madonna’s narration, inspired by her own journal entries, illuminates a very personal journey into the nation known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’.
The film goes quite beyond simply bearing witness to difficulties in the developing world. It is a call to action under the banner of umuntu – we are all inextricably linked and, rich or poor, share a common fate. I am because we are.
After moving audiences at its New York premiere, at Cannes, and in Traverse City, Michigan, I Am Because We Are will inspire another rapt audience this month at the Cinema La Bastille in Paris.
If you are inspired to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, we urge you to lend your support today at www.raisingmalawi.org


Red Collection Update and Competition

Since launch and pre-orders began for the new 2009 Red Collection of Artwork featuring Madonna, hot from the Sticky & Sweet Tour, the 'Zephyr' print has proved extremely popular, selling very quickly, with 'Attitude' selling almost as well.
the Red Collection has also begun a new limited time offer of FREE Shipping on everything. All Madonnalicious pre-orders have now been shipped.
Don't forget that if you haven't already ordered, a special 15% discount is available to madonnalicious readers by entering discount code: madonnalicious during checkout at: www.theredcollection.com

madonnalicious readers have the opportunity to win a complete 2009 lithograph collection from the Red Collection - worth £125.00.
First prize will be a complete collection of four lithographs with an additional four runner up prizes of one single 2009 print of your choice.
All you have to do is answer one question that only a TRUE Madonna Fan would know....

Question: What is the last line you hear Madonna speak in the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan?

Send your single line answer in the subject line and the title of your preferred runner up prize print (Zephyr, Savage, Attitude, Sugar) in the body of the mail to: comp@theredcollection.com

Winner and four runners up will be chosen at random. Anyone with a valid e-mail address can enter.
Closing date: 11:59pm (British Time) Tuesday 14 October 2008. Winner and four runners up will be notified by email on Wednesday 15 October.


The man who signed Madonna

As the man who signed Madonna, The Ramones and Talking Heads, he is one of the most influential record executives and talent spotters of the last 40 years.
Now 66, Seymour Stein says he will keep seeking new stars until the day he dies.
It was 1955, when rock 'n' roll was beginning to bubble up, that a young boy from Brooklyn decided he had to make a start in the music industry.
Seymour Stein was just 13 and obsessed with music when he persuaded industry paper Billboard to let him have a desk in their office.

To read the rest of the article including Seymour talking about Madonna's 'desire to suceed' visit www.bbc.co.uk/entertainment

From BBC News


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Entertainment Tonight

US TV show Entertainment Tonight took a look backstage at Madonna's tour costumes and stage - to view the clip visit www.etonline.com

ET takes you into the world of Madonna! We've got a backstage pass to the diva's new Sticky and Sweet tour for her album Hard Candy.
See the elaborate costumes designed specifically for Madonna and go behind-the-scenes and under the workings of her concert stage!
But that's not all - see the diva in action with shots of her phenomenal concert performance!


Madonna's makeup artist in New York City

The NY Daily News published this news today about Madonna's makeup artist giving custom consultations in New York City on Friday:

Madonna's makeup artist Gina Brooke is in town all this week for the singer's Sticky & Sweet tour, and she'll be sharing the secrets of the age-defying Material Girl's latest stage look and offering custom consultations at Shu Uemura in Barneys (660 Madison Ave.) Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To read the rest of the article visit www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion


Sticky & Sweet Tour: New York City Fan Pictures - Part 2

Madonna's second night in New York City was as hot as her first - the request song last night was I Love New York. Madonna nearly sang the whole song and added her own touch by singing 'Sarah Palin get the fuck off my street, get off my street, get off my street'. After the show finished she even said Goodnight New York!

Here are a selection of madonnalicious reader Clayton's pictures from last nights show.


You with the glasses! You look tired, are you bored?

The Sticky & Sweet Tour has hit the ground running in the USA and fan reports are very positive - here are a selection of reports from the first night in Madison Square Garden - to read the full reviews visit the Fan Reviews section.

From DJ Danny Echi:
She made my night tonight by giving us the 'fuck you finger' right after performing 4 Minutes. On the side of the stage while she was getting her hair touched up and drinking water a few fans called her (as she got touched up of course we snapped photos). She turned to a group of us and gave us the finger. It was a classic brilliant Madonna moment.

From J:
Madonna even stopped to chat by saying how much she loves NYC, and that its great to be home. She never breaks from the script in her shows but tonight she did. The concert was one non-stop dance from start to finish.
But what was great was the part where she said she takes 'requests.' We have read about 'Like A Virgin' and 'Express Yourself.' Tonight, she turned to someone in the front row who shouted 'Lucky Star.' With that Madonna turned to the band for an 'Oh Shit!' moment because as she said to the audience 'You have to help me out because I don't remember the words!' All of MSG erupted into the song and it was back and forth between the arena and Madonna. You could tell she was having fun laughing and smiling through the song.

From Sean Mac:
During the request section she points out to this old guy with the glasses and she asked him, 'You with the glasses! You look tired, are you bored?' As soon the camera points at him, he looking around and tries to tell his daughter that Madonna was talking to her, but Madonna says, 'No, I'm talking to you!'
Then she goes, 'What the fuck? I worked my ass off and you paid good money to see me.' Then the guy starts laughing, including me and everybody else. Then she points the row and the left side of the stage and says, 'Why are you sitting down? This is not a Barbara Streisand show!' And the people felt embarrassed and got up!

From Steve:
'You Must Love Me' was a show-stopper, although 'Vogue,' 'Like A Prayer,' and 'Music' also clearly wowed the crowd. Madonna voiced her opinion on Sarah Palin's chances for being invited to one of her shows (i.e., no chance) and chose 'Lucky Star' as the request for the evening.
While the structure of Sticky & Sweet is similar to Confessions, the show is entirely different - her ability to reveal the many aspects of her persona continues to astonish me. I am always filled with joy to watch her, and tonight was no exception -- really a very strong show from a very strong performer!


Madonna hits Madison Square Garden

When it comes to Her Madgesty, at least, there's no economic implosion.
Fans who hadn't secured tickets to Madonna's show at the Garden Monday night milled around outside offering top dollar to score last-minute seats.
'We are willing to pay $500 if the seats are good enough,' said Ashley Love, 25, wearing a black lace 'Desperately Seeking Susan' ensemble.
'I came up from Virginia, and it will be worth whatever we have to pay,' Love said.
Michael Rosen, a 33-year-old Brooklyn dancer, won his floor seats in a bidding war.
'I went on Craigslist and paid $600 for this ticket,' said Rosen, bedecked in a black boa. 'I haven't missed a Madonna show in almost 20 years and I wasn't going to start now.'
When the queen hit the stage around 9 p.m., she ruled over her people in a skimpy black leotard and carrying a riding crop, bringing them to their feet with her hit, 'Candy Shop.'
And the fans stood standing for the next 90 minutes through new songs and old hits like 'Vogue,' 'Into The Groove' and a hard rocking 'Borderline.'
When some of her subjects sat, they were duly chastised.
'What are you people sitting down for? This isn't a Barbara Streisand show!' she shouted.

To read the rest of the article visit www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music

Thanks to DJ Danny Echi