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December 2008

Chilean cardinal: Madonna rouses 'impure thoughts'

Madonna is causing 'crazy enthusiasm' and 'impure thoughts' on her first concert visit to Chile, a prominent retired cardinal complained on Wednesday, as he paused in a tribute to a late dictator to denounce the pop star.
Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized the flamboyant singer during his homily at a Mass in honor of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet, who oversaw the deaths of some 3,200 dissidents during his 1973-1990 rule.
'This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts,' said Medina, the cardinal who was chosen to announce the election of Pope Benedict XV.
Hundreds of fans spent three days camping outside the National Stadium in Santiago to get good spots for Wednesday's concert, the first of two. About 60,000 people were expected at each performance.
One of those waiting in line, Roberto Lopez, told local reporters that he had quit his job in the southern city of Punta Arenas because his boss hadn't given him time off to attend the concert.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


Police allow Madonna fans to sleep outside of National Stadium

Changing their initial position on the matter, police have given authorization today for Madonna fans to sleep outside of the National Stadium, where the queen of pop will give two concerts on December 10 and 11.
Colonel of Police Special Forces Jorge Fernández announced this measure after the musician's followers had previously been prohibited from camping in the area.
To accommodate the crowd, the avenue of Maratón which is parallel to the stadium has been equipped with port-a-potties and ambulances, and in order to get in the fans must first present their ticket to one of the concerts.
A 31 year-old psychologist from the city of Antofagasta was the first one to arrive to the special area early yesterday morning, after which other fan club members began to arrive and set up.
By Monday evening, some 60 people were already in line to get into the stadium, but later that night police evacuated them for not having a camping permit.

From Emol.com - thanks to Alex

Going to the Santiago shows? The please send in your pictures and reports to us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


Buenos Aires: Sticky & (Slightly) Wet

Madonna played her fourth and final night in Buenos Aires on Monday night - the show was filmed for DVD and madonnalicious reader Ian sent in this report:

By the time Paul Oakenfold finished spinning a voice announced: 'This is a very special night, this concert wil be recorded for a DVD and a forthcoming TV spectacular, please collaborate with the cameras flying around and have the time of your life! Madonna is here!'
Then, an endless half hour of crowd roars, people dancing and clapping hands waiting for our Queen.
SUDDENLY as epic as it sounds, the sky turned black and a cold shower started. The show crew were running everywhere covering equipment, cameras and every lil´ thing on stage.
The crowd went crazy and was cheering every thunder flash and bang. What a storm! People started chanting 'WE ARE NOT LEAVING, ITS RAINING, WE ARE NOT LEAVING!'
Fifteen minutes later, a few guys started sweeping and drying the stage....a signature Madonna was ready.
The crowd was crazy dancing in the rain when the lights went off.
SHE WAS ON THE THRONE smiling and giving a hell of a performance again. WHATS NEW BUENOS AIRESSSS?!
SHE WAS FURIOUS, I CAN TELL! Even while singing 'Human Nature' she yelled: 'SOMEONE SWEEP MY FUCKING STAGE NOOOWWWWWWW!' Hahaha it was epic!
That kinky mood lasted until the end of old school, by the time she sang Into The Groove, the rain was over.
She had a great time, and you could see she was enjoying the crowd. People were crazy, jumping up and down. Singing along, waving hands for the entire show.
During 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', she just couldn't finish the last verse....overwhelmed by the crowds. (Is that a tear on your face, Madonna?)
In a moment she just laid on the floor, the whole stadium was singing 'MADONNA, WE LOVE YOU, MADONNA, WE LOVE YOU' and, while laying on her back she replied with a shy voice, 'OH THANK YOU, ARGENTINA, YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH LOVE!'
Several cameras flying around and huge lights were installed all over the stadium to get a full view of the crowd. Those takes will come out just amazing, it was so wild, fierce, rough. Pure sugar. Raw sugar.
Request song: 'Like A Virgin' (by Tomas, a fan in first row....Who was asked if he was still a virgin, and then got a 'Okay, we´ll talk about that later!' LOL)
A NIGHT WE´LL NEVER FORGET.

Were you also at the Buenos Aires shows? Please send in your pictures and reports to us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


Sticky & Sweet Tour Dance Battle

Sticky & Sweet Tour dancer AntBoogie wants to share with fans what can happen when the dancers have some time off from the tour:

I wanted to test the 2nd generation AmountBoyz. They are all new to AmountBoyz (AmountBoyz is my group I started in NYC) so I wanted to keep them on their toes. I had an idea to bring my tour family to battle my real family....plus everyone enjoys a good dance battle! Also alot of the fans don't get to see us in our natural light. Alot of us battle....so I wanted to showcase a fun battle.

The video comes in three parts, the first part gives you the background to the battle, the second part is the build up to the battle, and the third part is the dance battle (and there are some amazing moves on that clip).

Part 1 - The Background - www.youtube.com/watch?v=IobXiLMh_Ec

Part 2 - The Build Up - www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLCTKz4fFRU

Part 3 - The Battle - www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3O_Y-iyeKY


Sticky & Sweet Tour: San Diego Fan Pictures - Part 4

These pictures from the San Diego show on Tuesday 04 November taken madonnalicious reader Scott complete the San Diego section of the tour gallery.

His pictures also capture the moment Madonna picked up (and wore) the 'Open Your Heart' Madonna wig rather than the usual 'Express Yourself' Madonna wig during She's Not Me!

Please keep emailing in all your tour pictures and reports to us at madonnalicious@gmail.com - we are especially looking for submissions from the South American shows!


Madonna in wedding photos dispute

Singer Madonna is seeking more than £5m in damages from the Mail on Sunday for publishing photos of her 2000 wedding to film director Guy Ritchie.
A judge in London heard pictures of the event were copied 'surreptitiously' by an interior designer during work at her home in Beverly Hills, California.
The Mail on Sunday published 11 photos of the event on 19 October this year.
The judge found in Madonna's favour after the newspaper admitted breach of privacy and copyright.
According to Madonna's barrister Matthew Nicklin, the Mail on Sunday 'makes no attempt to defend what it did'.
The paper paid £5,000 for the images of the 'wholly private' event, held on 22 December 2000 at Skibo Castle in Scotland.
Lawyers for Associated Newspapers, which owns of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, could not be reached for comment.
Mr Nicklin said the singer was effectively 'ambushed', having been given no prior warning that the paper was intending to publish the photographs.
'If the Mail on Sunday had told her what they intended to do, the claimant would have sought and obtained an injunction.'
Madonna, who was divorced from Guy Ritchie earlier this year, is seeking 'in excess of £5 million, being the estimated value of the photographs'.
Mr Justice Eady has entered judgment in Madonna's favour on the issue of liability.
Further proceedings to assess the damages are expected to be heard at the High Court next year.

From BBC News


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Buenos Aires Fan Pictures - Part 2

madonnalicious reader Iv was at the second Buenos Aires show on Friday 05 December, here are his thoughts and pictures from the show:

Such a thrilling show, with a lot more energy than the first one. The audience was really euphoric. A beautiful party.
During the request section, a 'young lady' as Madonna said, chose Express Yourself which she sang almost completely.

Don't forget to email us all your Buenos Aires (and other tour dates) pictures and reports. Please email them to us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


Santiago Fans Needed Now!

Here is an update from Izzy with regards to the request for Buenos Aires fans to be filmed for Nathan Rissman's documentary - and a chance for Santiago fans to be filmed too:

First of all, a big thank you to all the Buenos Aires fans for their input. For those that were not chosen, they still have a chance with the cameras during the day of the shows along the line.
We now need special committed fans from Santiago Local Area who have impressive collections. Fans who work in voluntary community projects and charities, especially ones that involve children would be an added bonus.

Please email your details (including phone number) to Izzy at israelhenriques@gmail.com


Urgent: Buenos Aires Fans Needed Now!

Madonna fan Izzy has this urgent plea for super fans in Buenos Aires area:

I am in Argentina right now and Nathan Rissman has asked me to join him on a mission to find the 4 biggest Argentine fans for the Madonna documentary.
They have to speak Engligh well enough to carry out a conversation and it would be great if they had a big collection as we would go there to film the interview in order to include footage of their collection.
The filming has to be done tomorrow (Saturday 06 December) as this is the day off between the 4 shows here. They also have to live in Buenos Aires local area.

Please email Izzy at israelhenriques@gmail.com if you are interested and include your phone number.


Madonna is new face for Marc Jacobs at Vuitton

Madonna in provocative pose is to embody the latest collection designed by US stylist Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, the French luxury house said Thursday.
Dressed in little but mesh stockings and head-spinningly high stilettos in the first pictures released, the diva of pop represents the designer's 'vision of the quintessential Parisienne' embodied in his 2009 spring-summer ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton unveiled in October.
'I wanted the campaign to be very bold, very sensual and very atmospheric,' Jacobs was quoted as saying in a statement.
'To carry this off,' he added, 'we needed the ultimate performer - and for me, that is Madonna.'
Photographed in a smoky Paris 1940s-style bar touting the latest Vuitton 'it' bags, the just-divorced 50-year-old is shown striking provocative poses in very very short skirts and ethnic-inspired footwear and jewels.
The advertising campaign is to launch next February worldwide.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

The first two images - shot by Steven Meisel - from the campaign have been published on WWD.com and all madonnalicious can say is 'Ooh la la!'


Madonna's letter to Argentinian fans

Madonna sent a letter to her fans via the Argentinian press explaining how sad she was that she had to cancel her first concert in Buenos Aires:

Estoy muy decepcionada por haber tenido que cancelar mi concierto de anoche. Realmente estaba ansiosa por comenzar el primero de los cuatro conciertos en Argentina. Cuando me enteré que debido a demoras en los vuelos parte de mis equipos no llegarían a tiempo, lloré. Afortunadamente estoy en condiciones de reprogramar este concierto y pido disculpas por los inconvenientes que haya causado. Espero verlos a todos ustedes en el estadio de River Plate hoy a la noche y durante el fin de semana largo. Con amor Madonna.

madonnalicious reader Daniel has provided a translation of the letter:

I am very disappointed for my show cancellation last night. I was really anxious for this first of four shows in Argentina. When I knew that because of a flight delay part of my equipment would not arrive in time, I cried. Fortunately, I'm able to reschedule this show and I apologize for any inconvenience it may cause. I hope to see you all at the River Plate stadium tonight and during this long weekend. With love, Madonna.


Madonna nominated for two Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award nominations have been announced and Madonna has been nominated for two awards:

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Lesson Learned - Alicia Keys & John Mayer
4 Minutes - Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
Rich Woman - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
If I Never See Your Face Again - Rihanna & Maroon 5
No Air - Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

Harder Better Faster Stronger - Daft Punk
Ready For The Floor - Hot Chip
Just Dance - Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis
Give It 2 Me - Madonna
Disturbia - Rihanna
Black & Gold - Sam Sparro

In addition to these two nominations, Junkie XL has also been nominated for Best Remixed Recording:

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
(A Remixer's Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Closer (StoneBridge Radio Edit) - StoneBridge, remixer (Ne-Yo)
Electric Feel (Justice Remix) - Justice, remixers (MGMT)
4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix) - Junkie XL, remixer (Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake)
Just Fine (Moto Blanco Remix) - Moto Blanco, remixers (Mary J. Blige)
The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix) - Deadmau5, remixer (Morgan Page Featuring Lissie)

Thanks to Don and Lawrence


New Buenos Aires concert schedule

Here is the official news and update from Madonna.com about the cancellation of tonight's show in Buenos Aires, and the new date schedule.

T4F has announced that tonight's engagement of Madonna on December 3 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires has been postponed due to unforeseen technical difficulties. However, in order not to disappoint any of her fans, Madonna has moved around her schedule so that all four shows in Buenos Aires will be performed.

The new schedule will be as follows: Madonna will perform at River Plate Stadium on December 4, 5, 7 and 8. Please note that tickets for tonight's performance, December 3, will be honored on Friday, December 5. In addition, please note that tickets for Saturday, December 6 will be honored on Monday, December 8.

With this revised schedule, Madonna is happy to accommodate her many fans. The shows will continue to be filmed for later broadcast. The support and understanding of the many fans of Madonna is most greatly appreciated. She looks forward to performing all four shows on this historic run at the famous River Plate Stadium.

Thanks to Leonardo and Parri


Madonna, a president and ex-hostage meet

Madonna met with a president and a former guerrilla-held hostage Tuesday at Argentina's presidential palace, where she filmed 'Evita' 12 years ago.
The pop star, in Buenos Aires on the Latin America leg of her 'Sticky & Sweet' world tour, showed up early for a visit Argentine President Cristina Fernandez - who was then meeting with one of the world's best-known ex-hostages.
Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was freed in July after being held more than six years in jungle camps by leftist rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. She was visiting Argentina to thank its government for working to free hundreds of other hostages left behind.

From Associated Press / Infobae.com


Buenos Aires is ready for it's close up!

The Estadio River venue is ready for Madonna's four dates in Buenos Aires. The tour will play there Wednesday 03, Thursday 04, Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 December!

Newspaper La Nacion stated that the local tour producer Time 4 Fun have confirmed that these Buenos Aires dates will be filmed for the DVD!

Don't forget to email us all your Buenos Aires (and other tour dates) pictures and reports. Please email them to us at madonnalicious@gmail.com

Thanks to Martin and Natalia


Beat 2 Bid Auction Launches

The annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction launched Monday 01 December (World AIDS Day) on eBay, benefiting LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS. Last year's auction brought the tally raised to over $250,000. You can check out the auction at stores.ebay.com/Bid2BeatAIDS

In the auction is a signed copy of Madonna's book LOTSA DA CASHA. A framed Evita movie poster and a limited Edition Hard Candy Deluxe Edition are also in the auction.

Bid 2 Beat AIDS offers items in all price ranges, from signed CDs and photos to Celebrity Experiences, VIP tickets and personal meet and greets that this year include the Jonas Brothers, Michael Phelps, Harry Connick Jr., Estelle, Jewel, Aimee Mann, Tony Hawk, Harvey Fierstein, Michael Feinstein, Phoebe Snow, Paul Shaffer, and more.

Madonna's signed book is at ebay.com/BID-2-BEAT-AIDS-Madonna-Signed-Childrens-Book


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Mexico City Fan Pictures - Part 1

madonnalicious reader Fernando was at the first Mexico City show at the Foro Sol on Saturday 29 November and sent in these pictures and report:

Saturday night was PERFECTION and the crowd was more vibrant and excited than any show I have been too so far for the Sticky & Sweet Tour.
Madonna was very happy and interacted with the crowd alot! She had told them it has been a long time since she has been to Mexico and she was very happy to be here!
It is MADONNA MANIA here in Mexico City!


Tour grosses for North America announced

The 28 dates on Madonna's just-concluded North American jaunt grossed about $91.5 million and moved about 550,000 tickets, according to tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation.
The venerable performer wrapped the North American leg of her Sticky & Sweet tour Wednesday in front of 50,000 people at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. She then headed to Mexico City for shows Saturday and Sunday.
Counting her European run, Madonna is at about $207.5 million in ticket sales and on a pace to hit about $282 million when the Mexico / South America leg of the tour wraps. That would make Sticky & Sweet the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist or solo artist.
The tour, supporting her album 'Hard Candy,' concludes with three nights December 18-21 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

From Reuters/Billboard