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November 2008

Miles Away Remixes Online

Madonna's Miles Away remixes were leaked online this week and are being illegally downloaded and shared. In an attempt to curtail the activity, Warner Music has made the unprecedented move to exclusively offer the leaked remixes to the online dance music retailer, Masterbeat.com.
Warner chose to partner with Masterbeat because the niche retailer was able to make the remixes for sale immediately, as opposed to retail giants, who require weeks to offer items for sale.

Check out the online store at www.masterbeat.com/release/milesaway

UPDATE: Unfortunately these are only available for US customers!


Madonna launches The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls

To All My Friends,

I am really excited to share with you a new video message about a project that you can be a big part of: The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
After witnessing the potential of Malawi's girls firsthand, I made it my mission to give them an opportunity to become their personal best. I hope you will share my urgency and make a donation today. Every donation counts toward helping impoverished girls to reach their full potential. And every dollar will make a difference.
Please visit: www.raisingmalawi.org/rm_girlsacademy.php
Thank you for helping me to bring education and opportunity to the girls of Malawi.
They are deeply grateful to you for your support, and so am I.

With Love,
Madonna


Sticky & Sweet Tour in Denver: Are you a virgin?!

Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour hit the Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday 12 November - madonnalicious reader Mo sent in this report from the show:

Last night was so amazing I don't even know where to begin. None of my pictures however came out....I am so pissed....they are all dark and grainy. No matter - the memory is just fine.
We were right up from the stage on the first level, perfect seats.
One highlight is during the 'request' song, she was speaking to a girl in the front who was dressed up like the 'Like A Virgin' video in a mock wedding dress, Madonna spoke to her several times asking her name, it was Amy (I think).
When Madonna sang 'Like A Virgin' she went back over to Amy and asked if she was a virgin and Amy was put on the big screens and said NO I AM NOT....the crowd went wild....it was a really funny moment. Madonna laughed and said - WELL WHAT IS A VIRGIN? Or something like that....we all howled.
'You Must Love Me' was EXCEPTIONAL....the acoustics of it, the music, her voice, amazing. 'Ray Of Light....I don't even know what to say, it will be playing in my head all day.
The beginning of the show, she and the dancers seemed off....but within a few songs they pulled it together. I am on cloud nine right now.

Were you at the Denver show? Please share any tour pictures and reports with fellow fans by emailing us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


Madonna says she was 'Japanese warrioress' in previous life

Madonna has revealed that she thinks she must have been a 'Japanese warrioress' in her previous birth.
The 'Material' hit maker said that she had always been a fighter and thus, traces herself to a 'Samurai' past.
'I must have been Japanese in another life. I'm pretty sure I was a warrioress,' the Sun quoted her as saying on a TV show.
'I can't explain it, I just know. I'm good at fighting - fighting with a big sword,' she added.

From New Kerala


Vuitton's Best Star Ever?

Is Madonna about to follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, and Uma Thurman? According to tipsters, the Material Divorcée will be the face of Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2009 campaign and has already been shot by photo wonder duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. If true, it probably means the soon-to-be-single superstar is aiming to prove that old adage: Photographing well is the best revenge.

From Style.com - thanks to Rodrigo


Madonna knows how to wow a hometown crowd

Madonna is an unparalleled worldwide phenomenon and a pop-culture icon. She's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and she's one of, if not the most, famous women in the world, having practically written the instruction manual for modern celebrity.
Oh yeah, she's also a Detroiter.
That last little fact often gets lost in translation, and not just because of her faux-British accent. After famously skipping Detroit on her last two world tours, Madonna was openly criticized by local fans - and, OK, maybe a few media outlets - who accused her of abandoning her hometown.
It wasn't always this way. Detroit was once a staple on her concert itineraries, and was one of only five North American cities included on her 1993 'Girlie Show' extravaganza.
Now she's coming home, and will attempt to make good with local fans next week when she brings her well-received Sticky & Sweet tour to Ford Field on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times called the show a 'multimedia juggernaut,' while the Chicago Tribune said it was 'refreshing' and 'sustained an 'Into the Groove'-like party vibe for nearly two straight hours.'
In honor of her return, we're taking a look back at the Material Girl's past Detroit shows, which trace her evolution from budding talent to full-blown superstar.
And let's hope this isn't the last we see of Madonna. There's way too much history here to say goodbye so easily.

To read Adam Graham's look-back at Madonna's previous tours for The Detroit Press visit www.detnews.com


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Las Vegas Fan Pictures - Part 1

Madonna played the first of two dates at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. madonnalicious reader Michael took these pictures at the show - and even managed to capture Lindsay Lohan enjoying the Give It 2 Me finale in the last picture (she is in the left hand corner of the picture).

Madonna found some of the audience too 'laid-back' and gave them a 'C' for their efforts. She was also annoyed that people were smoking in the first few rows! The request song was Open Your Heart.

If you were at either of the Las Vegas shows and have pictures or a report please email them to madonnalicious@gmail.com


Madonna: It's time to say 'I do' to gay marriage

Pop star Madonna said it was a shame the United States could put a black man in the White House but not allow same-sex marriage, rocking on her world tour with guests Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
Voters approved a proposal in Tuesday's presidential elections which amended the California's constitution to say that only marriages between men and women are recognized in the state.
The decision came only six months after California's Supreme Court overturned a previous ban on same-sex marriage, paving the way for thousands of gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot in the state.
'If we can elect an African-American as president, we can support gay marriage!,' Madonna shouted to 20,000 fans at Dodger Stadium late Thursday, referring to president-elect Barack Obama. 'Defeat Prop 8! We will not give up!'.
'I am sorry we did not win Proposition 8. If we can have an African-American in the White House, we can have gay marriage,' insisted the 50-year-old pop star.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Israeli Magazines: At

The 03 November issue of At published two articles about Madonna. One was criticizing foreign media for portraying Madonna as a 'prima donna' in the context of the various divorce reports/stories. The other report looked at Madonna and LiLo's looks at the Filth And Wisdom premiere in New York City. Both reports were very positive toward Madonna.

Thanks to Nadav


Madonna denies late-night studio sessions

Madonna's representative has hit back at reports the pop superstar is keeping her New York neighbours up all night with her noisy studio sessions, insisting the singer enjoys early bed times.
Fellow residents have allegedly been complaining about the noise level coming from her seventh floor residence, which she has converted into a recording studio.
They claim the singer has been practising into the early hours in preparation for her ongoing Sticky & Sweet tour.
A source tells the New York Daily News, 'They asked her for a schedule of when she would practice, but she hasn't adhered to it.'
'The music is playing at all hours of the night, and the noise from the drums and the bass blares through the walls.'
But Madonna's spokesperson has refuted the allegations, dismissing the claims as false.
The rep says, 'Madonna does not stay up till all hours of the night....so I can't imagine there is any validity to this story. She needs her rest. She's a working girl, you know.'

From contactmusic.com


Tracy Chapman talks about Madonna

Since bursting on to the world stage in 1988, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has been a champion for the downtrodden. She tells Amy Fleming about her fears for young people, her fight against sexism - and her respect for Madonna.

Is it harder for women in the industry in general? 'Definitely,' she says. 'I was trying to make a case for Madonna the other day, saying that she's to be admired for her longevity in a genre that has mostly been for younger acts. Men are able to sustain a career into their 50s and 60s and still present themselves as sex symbols. With women on the other hand, people say, 'Why doesn't she retire?' It's just so unfair. So I have to give props to Madonna.'

To read the full interview visit www.guardian.co.uk

Thanks to Sire


Britney joins Madonna on US stage

Madonna was joined on stage by Britney Spears during her show at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Dressed in a white shirt and black wide-leg trousers, Spears walked on stage to rapturous applause during Madonna's song Human Nature.
She sang a few lines before Madonna spun her around and kissed her hand.
Later on in the show, Spears' former boyfriend Justin Timberlake joined Madonna on stage to sing 4 Minutes with the 50-year-old pop star.
Spears had been rumoured to appear at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool on the same night.
Although she did not attend, the star still scooped two gongs including act of the year and album of the year for Blackout.
Spears and Madonna's most famous appearance on stage together was at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003.
The pair made when headlines when they kissed on stage.

From BBC News


Britney and Justin keep their distance

Madonna had her bases covered at Dodger Stadium tonight, although she was careful not to double up.
The pop über-star's Sticky & Sweet tour was made all the more saucy Thursday when long-ago couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake joined her onstage—albeit not at the same time.
Spears, clad in black pants, a white tuxedo-style shirt and black heels, shared the spotlight with Madonna on the third song of the night, 'Human Nature' - which, incidentally came pretty late in the evening because the show started nearly three hours late.
The delay possibly had to do with Wednesday's lighting and technical difficulties, which halted construction on the Material Girl's set.
'Half of my stage is missing....which is why we're in the dark,' Madonna informed the crowd later on.
'The absence of light makes it very hard to look into the audience eyes and that's what makes performing such a joy. So come close. And thank you for your understanding.'
Meanwhile, Madge's erstwhile makeout partner skedaddled from the stage long before Timberlake appeared to duet with the belle of the ball on their Hard Candy tune '4 Minutes.'
We hear that Spears, surrounded by bodyguards, immediately took off following Timberlake's appearance. So much for the face time, but perhaps the two of them breathing the same rarified air is as good as it's going to get for awhile.
Adding to the evening's A-list quotient were audience members Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Carrie Underwood, Dennis Quaid, Hayden Panettiere, Fergie, Kate Moss and Amanda Bynes.

From E! Online


Lighting and technical difficulties nearly stop the show

Madonna isn't going to let lighting and technical issues keep her from performing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
A statement from her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, says construction of the singer's stage came to a halt Wednesday due to an equipment malfunction.
Although damage to the top of the stage created several lighting and technical issues, Madonna decided to go ahead with Thursday night's show.
In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Madonna says: 'Even though my stage roof was damaged and some lights and effects aren't working, I want to do the show anyway because I don't want to disappoint my fans.'

From AP Via Yahoo! News


Britney and Justin to join Madonna onstage tonight

If there's one thing we can count on from Madonna, it's the making of a little music history now and again.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake will be performing alongside the Material Girl Thursday when her Sticky & Sweet tour touches down at Dodger Stadium, E! News' Ryan Seacrest has learned.
'They are going to be onstage performing with Madonna,' Seacrest said on KIIS-FM host DJ BoyToy Jesse's Wednesday-afternoon show.
Of course, while Timberlake and Spears have both collaborated with Madge individually, the exes haven't been spending much quality time together in recent years.
'If Justin and Britney end up on that stage with her....I don't know if I've ever seen anything quite like that before,' Seacrest said.
Seacrest said that he should have more details on his KIIS morning show tomorrow: 'Expect some real serious surprises.'

From E! Online via Yahoo! News

Are you going to the show tonight? We would love to see pictures/video clips of these moments - please email us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


Madonna backs Obama

Madonna has joined the legion of music figures to celebrate Barack Obama's historic victory in the US Presidential election.
The pop superstar called last night's events 'the best day of my life', after John McCain was roundly defeated by the Democratic candidate.
Speaking from the stage at a show in California's Petco Park on Tuesday evening, she described his win as the 'beginning of a whole new world'.
'Are you as happy as I am? Let's hear it for Obama. It's the best day of my life', Madonna is reported to have told fans.
The singer was amongst the many vocal supporters of George W Bush's successor and a bitter rival of McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin.

From Dotmusic


Sticky & Sweet Tour: San Diego - We are one!

Madonna performed a very happy election night show at Petco Park stadium in San Diego last night - here are some fan reports from the show and a clip of the 'request section' by madonnalicious reader phillymonster:

From letitwillbeth:
She completely forgot the words to Ray Of Light, throughout the whole song. it was hysterical. She said she was sorry but she had a lot on her mind tonight. She also said today was the happiest day of her life and she really looked to be having a great time. She couldn't wipe the smile off her face.
Before Hung Up, she told security to let everyone press forward and get closer because we needed to all 'be one' and she led us in a lengthy chant of 'We are one!' and put a big Obama poster on the screens that said 'We won!' on the bottom. She wore her Obama tshirt during the last song, as did all the dancers.
At the very end, she said 'God bless America!' as she rotated around to exit backstage.

From mikesouthard31:
Madonna was in rare form tonight as I as well as the rest of the San Diego crowd were very lucky to share company with her tonight. She even said so herself, as she said 'We are so lucky to share this evening together on such a historic night and occasion.' She was referring to the 44th President Barack Obama being elected in the election.
She came out at about 9pm, and when her throne spun around at the start of 'Candy Shop' she had a big grin on her face. I swear she was waiting for the election results to come in prior to coming out on stage because I was on my phone surfing cnn.com waiting for the results myself, and when CNN made it official it was only moments after I got the web update that the lights went down, she was on her throne, and overjoyed with the biggest grin/smile on her face. It was fabulous.
After 'Ray Of Light', she went through her usual routine of saying, 'This is the point in the show where I take requests, you know an oldie, but a goodie. Well San Diego, tonight I am sorry to say, but you don't get to pick, I am choosing the song, and it is 'Express Yourself.' I will sing a line, and you will then sing a line, etc. 'Don't Go For Second Best Baby' and then she said....'We sure didn't did we!'....referring to picking Barack Obama over John McCain.
During 'Give It 2 Me', her and all of her dancers came out at were wearing the Barack Obama Express Yourself T-Shirts.

From phillymonster:
Before Madonna launched into 'Express Yourself' she talked about Obama's win and how we have all come together as one. The whole stadium went crazy. There was a lot more to it. It was a very touching moment.
Madonna was having fun and you can tell, by the expression on her face, that the audience's reaction moved her. She kept forgetting the words to 'Ray Of Light' but it was funny. She said, 'God knows I have a lot on my mind.'

Please keep emailing your pictures and reports to us at madonnalicious@gmail.com - we would especially love to see pictures of the Give It 2 Me performance in the Vote Obama 2008 tshirts!


Events: Liza Heider's Confessions Tour Exhibition

Liza Heider, San Francisco-based fashion and fine art photographer, will showcase her never before seen photographs of Madonna's Confessions Tour in Paris. Liza was personally selected by Madonna (via the ICON Strike A Pose contest) and flown to Paris to photograph the Confessions Tour in 2006. Heider's exclusive Madonna photographs have never been made available to the public until now.

WHO: Liza Heider's work crosses the boundaries of fashion and portraiture with a fresh editorial view of the world. Her fashion work captures an authenticity that is both timely and relevant to the current move away from over-produced imagery.
Liza brings this same honesty to the Confessions Tour images and captures the purity and essence of Madonna's stage persona.

WHAT: The Confessions Tour exhibition of Liza's concert photographs will be on display at Olive located in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.

WHEN: Artist's reception on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm (You don't want to miss the Sticky and Sweet cocktails.) Exhibit on display from November 3 - January 31st.

WHERE: Olive |743 Larkin Street (between Ellis & O'Farrell Streets) in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.

For more information on Liza Heider, see www.lizaheider.com


Vote: Best Tour of 2008

Ticketmaster, Eventful and Billboard are giving fans the power to determine the best concert of the year. Madonna is nominated along with Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney and The Police.

The fans' choice will be announced on Thursday 20 November at the Billboard Touring Award ceremony in New York City. Click on the banner below to vote for Madonna!

Thanks to DJ Danny Echi


'See wasn't that cheesy, but fun?!'

Madonna played the first of two concerts in Oakland on Saturday night, here is a brief report from madonnalicious reader Ian from the show:

Last night was amazing of course - Madonna was very smiley and seemed happier and more relaxed on stage than the previous three tours I've seen. She acnowledged Oakland several times as well as shouts to San Francisco and the entire Bay Area!
During the request portion she asked a cute boy in a green shirt on front row/stage left and he shouted 'Causing a Commotion!' She turned to the band and pondered it for a moment before 'No, no....try again!' - I think the second time he said 'Cherish' but it was hard to tell - but she quickly said 'No....cute tee-shirt though!'
Then she moved on to stage right - the girl she picked yelled out 'Like A Virgin!' and Madonna said 'Alright now were talkin!' and proceeded with the first verse and chorus! Then she said 'See wasn't that cheesy, but fun?!' And she thanked both of the audience members.
During the amazing ten minute finale of 'Give It 2 Me' she had about three people sing in the mic including one enthusiastic boy in white sunglasses who sang and held his hand up and Madonna high-fived him about ten times in a row really fast. It was great!


Madge still into the groove at Oracle Arena

Aerobics, anyone?
The initial reaction to Madonna's 'Sticky & Sweet' tour, onstage at the capacity-filled Oracle Arena in Oakland on Saturday (and Sunday) is: Wow, that woman can work out! Jump-roping to a throbbing version of 'Into The Groove' - in which the singer was attired in gym shorts - she didn't miss a lyric, nor did she seem to need an extra breath.
The tune came about one-quarter of the way through the stimuli-packed, two-hour show, which drew heavily from the buff singer's latest album, 'Hard Candy,' but also, thankfully, managed to include some old favorites, most of which were reworked for the new century.
Perhaps the most evocative number was the new 'She's Not Me,' in which the pop icon literally beat on dancers costumed as various incarnations of herself - the material girl, the 1984 Video Music Awards bride, Marilyn Monroe, et al. It came off as a nifty metaphor for the 50-year-old's 25-year career in the pop spotlight and proved a fun anchor for a somewhat varied show.

To read the rest of the review by Leslie Katz visit www.sfexaminer.com

Any fans who attended the two Oakland shows can submit their tour pictures and reports to madonnalicious@gmail.com