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March 2009

Madonna and David visit his father

In this photo made available by Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, Madonna holds her adopted son David as they meet with the boy's biological father, Yohane Banda, left, at a lodge where the pop star is staying in Lilongwe, Malawi, Monday 30 March 30 2009.

The pictures were taken by Tom Munro - the photographer/director behind the Elle portfolio and the Give It 2 Me video.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna confirms adoption bid

Madonna has confirmed her attempts to adopt a young Malawian girl and said through a spokeswoman that she is following standard procedures in adopting the child amid criticism by some that she was using her fame to quicken the process.
The 50-year-old pop superstar also confirmed she took her 3-year-old son David, also adopted from Malawi, to visit with his biological father Yohane Banda for the first time since she and David left the country in 2006.
'Madonna is committed to maintaining an ongoing relationship with David's Malawian roots,' said Liz Rosenberg in a statement Tuesday morning.
Madonna arrived in the African nation this week with David, her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes and 8-year-old son Rocco, and has toured the country and also visited a day care center built by her charity.
But she also came to the country in attempts to bring home another child from Malawi. In her statement, Madonna confirmed she is trying to adopt a girl named Chifundo 'Mercy' James who is about 4 years old.
Malawian welfare official and another person involved in the proceedings had confirmed an adoption application was under way and spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is considered sensitive.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna's adoption ruling postponed

Madonna must return to court in Malawi on Friday to learn if she can adopt a second child from the African country.
The singer attended an hour-long hearing in Lilongwe to ask for permission to take 4-year-old Chifundo James out of the country.
Chifundo has been living in an orphanage since her 18-year-old mother died, shortly after giving birth.
Madonna has said it is 'amazing' to be back in the country where she adopted David Banda in 2006.
The girl at the centre of the case, whose name translates into English as Mercy, is in the same orphanage that was home to David, who is now three years old.
Madonna entered the court of Judge Esme Chombo through a back door without answering questions from the media.
The case was heard in private but afterwards a lawyer for the singer confirmed Madonna was seeking an 18 month interim adoption order.
Madonna is in the country with David Banda and her two biological children, Lourdes and Rocco. She is applying to adopt Mercy as a single parent.

From BBC News

Readers can watch a video clip of Madonna at the court at

Madonna arrives in Malawi

US pop star Madonna arrived in impoverished Malawi Sunday, airport officials said, to file documents allowing her to adopt a second Malawian child, this time a three-year-old girl.
A private jet carrying the pop star and her entourage landed at Lilongwe's Kamuzu international airport shortly before 2:00 pm (1200 GMT).
The plane landed on a runway reserved for cargo planes, far from waiting journalists and photographers. The singer left the airport in a convoy of four vehicles.
Madonna is due in court on Tuesday to file adoption papers for three-year-old Mercy James from an orphanage in southern Malawi, according to a court official. The singer had spotted her during her first visit to Malawi, in 2006.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna chats to fans on Twitter

Madonna is 'glad' she divorced Guy Ritchie.
The 4 Minutes singer was speaking to fans on her long-time friend and producer Guy Oseary's Twitter page when one admirer wrote: 'Hello Madonna honey am glad you are single again - you made your best music as a single woman! yeehaw!'(sic)
Just minutes later the singer apparently replied: 'Not as glad as I am! M.'
The 50-year-old singer spent 10 minutes online chatting to members of her fan club to thank them for their support and get feedback on their favourite songs for her forthcoming greatest hits album.
'Sitting here with Madonna. Firstly, she wants to say hello to all the fan club members out there,' wrote Oseary.
'Madonna wants to thank all of you that took the time to send in their thoughts for the greatest hits album. We will be online for the next 10 minutes.'
Before she signed off, Madonna accused gossip blogger Perez Hilton of preferring Britney Spears because he made a special video clip for her to play during her current Circus tour.
'You obviously love Britney more cause you made an opening film for her show and not mine. I still love you, - going to sleep! - M,'(sic) Madonna joked.


NOTE: confirmed the chat was real by posting:

Twitter Update - Madonna would like to thank all of the Iconers who visited Guy Oseary's Twitter page to say hi! Stay tuned as Madonna could be back on Twitter again in a near future....

And don't forget you can also follow madonnalicious on Twitter at

I Am Because We Are Online Debut

I Am Because We Are will be featured on from Thursday 26 March.

The remarkable documentary film by director Nathan Rissman and Raising Malawi co-founder Madonna, documents the extraordinary challenges faced by Malawian children in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.

While the film features appearances by Madonna, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Bill Clinton, its real stars are the spirited children whose stories so heart wrenchingly relate the complexities of life in the developing world.

I Am Because We Are has inspired audiences at film festivals worldwide with its message of interdependence and intrinsic connection between all peoples. Its title is derived from a concept in African spirituality which states that the very existence of any one of us is defined by the well-being of others.

After a successful featured run on The Sundance Channel, the film’s message of global interconnectedness now arrives at a very fitting venue on the worldwide web. Spread the word: I Am Because We Are enjoys a limited six-week online engagement at beginning this Thursday 26 March at

Madonna 'to adopt again'

Pop star Madonna is to travel to Malawi in a bid to adopt a second child, government officials from the African country have told the BBC.
The 50-year-old is expected to arrive at the weekend and attend a procedural hearing at the High Court on Monday.
She recently told Malawian newspaper Nation that she had been considering another adoption, but wanted the support of the authorities.
Madonna's official adoption of David Banda was confirmed last year.
An official at the Malawian department of women and child welfare told the BBC's Raphael Tenthani that the pop star had already filed adoption papers and her case could be heard as early as next week.
Madonna's spokeswoman in New York, Liz Rosenberg, would not comment.
Writing in response to e-mailed questions from Nation readers last week, Madonna said: 'Many people - especially our Malawian friends - say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister.'
Critics accused the Malawian government of sidestepping laws banning foreign adoptions in order to allow the celebrity to take David home with her.
After the adoption was legalised, Madonna said the difficulties had arisen because 'this adoption essentially was the beginning of the creation of adoption laws in Malawi'.
She hoped it would make it easier for others to adopt from the country and explained: 'I am the template or the role model, so to speak, for future adoptions.'

From BBC News

UK Magazines: heat

The current edition of UK magazine heat (28 March - 03 April issue) also featured a look at Madonna and Gwyneth's night out in the Big Apple last week.

The magazine also picks up on the fact that Madonna is looking very Kate Winslet-ish....and that Anne Hathaway looks rather bored in the background!

Britney denies tour stage reunion with Madonna

Britney Spears has put an end to the suggestion that she is going to perform alongside Madonna on her Circus Tour.
Rumours were spread by newspapers after an admission from an alleged Britney stylist and developed when Madonna was spotted at Britney’s New York show last week.
David Alexander was cited as saying that Madonna was set to join the 'If You Seek Amy' singer on stage.
However, Britney’s official website has released a statement to the contrary 'despite rumours otherwise, at the moment Britney has no plans to collaborate with anyone in the near future.'
The statement continued 'David Alexander is not Britney's stylist nor have we ever heard of him.' So it looks like it’ll just be Brit when she hits European shores this summer.


Madonna's Greatest Hits Album to Include New Songs

Calling all Madonna fans! The Queen of Pop is coming out with a long-awaited greatest hits collection this fall.
'We're hoping to have a greatest hits package come out in September,' the singer's longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg, tells PEOPLE. 'We're all very excited about it.'
With so many hit songs to choose from over her long career, the singer's manager, Guy Oseary, asked fans on Twitter Tuesday which tunes they think should be included. 'Working on Madonna's greatest hits album,' he wrote. 'Any tracks that you think MUST be on?'
Still, the new album won't only feature songs her fans know and love. 'Madonna does have plans to go into the studio to record a few new songs for this album,' says Rosenberg.
The greatest hits album will be Madonna's last with Warner Records, with whom she sold more than 200 million albums. In October 2007, she ended her 27-year relationship with the label when she signed a reported $150 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation.


Madonna would consider adopting again

Pop star Madonna has said she may adopt another child from the poor southern African country of Malawi despite the controversy surrounding an earlier adoption.
Critics accused the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, which has been badly hit by the AIDS epidemic, after Madonna took on David Banda.
'Many people - especially our Malawian friends - say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister,' she said in response to emailed questions from Malawi's the Nation newspaper.
'It's something I have been considering, but would only do, if I had the support of the Malawian people and the Government.'
A Malawian court approved the adoption of David last year.
Madonna has said the controversy had been difficult to deal with but she was happy to be involved in a case that might pave the way for more adoptions in Malawi. An estimated one million children in the country have been orphaned by AIDS.
Madonna, who began adoption proceedings in 2006, took David when he was 13-months-old after his father had placed him in an orphanage following the death of his wife.
David is growing up in the high-flying life of a leading popstar, worlds away from his village of Lipunga, where Banda's relatives eat staple food like maize meal from simple bowls and meals are cooked on open fires.
Madonna said she wanted to keep him connected to his homeland.
'It is a big priority for me to educate my son about the world, but always to stay connected to his Malawian culture,' she said.
'He has a big map of Africa in his room with lots of arrows pointing to Malawi.'
Madonna said her divorce from film director Guy Ritchie would not deprive their children of either parent.
'I believe in family. So, everything between us is very amicable....we both agree that our children should always feel a deep connection with both their parents. It is our responsibility to give them that foundation,' she said.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Cyndi Lauper: 'Madonna just wants to have fun'

Cyndi Lauper has defended fellow pop star Madonna's rumoured relationship with a man 28 years her junior.
The Material Girl, 50, has been widely criticised in the press for her alleged romance with 22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz.
But Lauper insists its unfair to judge Madonna for having a younger boyfriend, pointing out that it isn't unusual for a male star to step out with a woman half his age.
She says, 'You know, how many old geezers do you see with young women? What's the double standard? Who cares?'


US Magazines: W

The Blame It on Rio March issue of W magazine finally made it into the UK late this week. The edition proved so popular that all copies were sold out in one day from the Oxford Street branch of Borders and many local London newsagents sold out too.

Selfridges on Oxford Street still had about 15 copies at the end of Friday, and a few copies were still available at larger WHSmiths.

Madonna makes surprise appearance at Britney show

Madonna made a surprise appearance at Britney Spears' sold-out Circus show Wednesday in New York City.
Shortly before Spears, 27, took the stage at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, Madonna, 50, arrived with her manager Guy Oseary (and several bodyguards) and headed to one of the VIP suites.
'She purposely walked up the main stairs in front of everybody so they would all notice her,' an insider told 'Celebrities definitely don't need to go up the main stairs to get to their suites.'
During the 90-minute show, Spears gyrated her way through mostly tunes from her last two albums, Circus and Blackout.
Madonna left right before Spears' encore of 'Womanizer.'
As hordes of screaming fans gathered around her, Madonna had a little smirk on her face.
'Britney was thrilled to have her there!' read a message on Spears' Web site.


UK Press: Evening Standard

Madonna spent yesterday evening celebrating the Jewish festival of Purim at the Kabbalah Center in New York City.

This time Madonna raided Lourdes' wardrobe and dressed up as a 'naughty schoolgirl', her current squeeze Jesus Luz, dressed as The Joker.

UK newspaper the Evening Standard featured Madonna on the front cover and a small article inside talking about the custody hearing taking place in court tomorrow.

Madonna 'to close Finnish sea' for concert

Madonna has applied to close the seas around Helsinki, Finland so she can commandeer a small island to stage a gig for 80,000 people, according to reports.
The Holiday hitmaker is taking her Sticky & Sweet world tour to Jatkasaari, Helsinki in August.
And she has applied to officials to close the sea and airspace over the area to prevent ticketless fans from enjoying the spectacle for free, reports Britain's Daily Star Sunday.
A source tells the publication, 'Madonna couldn't find a stadium in Finland big enough for all her fans so instead she's taking over an island.'
'But to stop people watching from the water on boats, she and the promoters have applied to close the sea. She's also worried people will hire helicopters to watch from the sky so she wants to close the airspace over the site as well.'
But locals are not happy with the request and are worried about the effect the concert will have within the community.


Pet Shop Boys asked to write and produce Hard Candy

Yesterday Pet Shop Boys gave media the chance to pre-listen to 'Yes', their forthcoming new record, in London, for review purposes only and, after the album listening, Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys frontman) held a Q&A session with reporters.
One of the several questions they asked was about Pet Shop Boys latest (scrapped) collaborations and Neil shockingly stated that after remixing 'Sorry' in 2006, they were contacted again by Warner, in 2007, and asked to write & produce some tracks for an album Madonna was planning at the time (which later became 'Hard Candy').
Sadly, the same week Warner's changed their mind and according to Neil own words 'we got told to forget it as they decided to shove her down the r&b route'.

From PopJustice - thanks to NewYorkMadge

Glenn Close 'confesses' all about Madonna

American actress Glenn Close is interviewed in the latest issue of In Style magazine and says this about Madonna:

'I admire Madonna, she has so much energy and its very inspiring to watch someone like that, I have her Confessions album playing a lot in my dressing room, you know, singing and rolling my arms to Hung Up gets me in the mood to go shout at people as Patty Hewes *laughs*'

Thanks to rach23

Madonna to design for Christian Audigier's Ed Hardy line

Christian Audigier is no stranger to the power of celebrity when it comes to marketing his clothes.
And while stars including Britney Spears, Heidi Klum and Nicollette Sheridan have been snapped in pieces from his Ed Hardy fashion line, the French designer has reportedly called on the pulling power of one of the world's most iconic women, Madonna.
The 50-year-old Material Girl is said to have jumped at the opportunity to work on a trendy new range for the tattoo-inspired fashion label when she was approached by Christian, who's designing an outfit for Michael Jackson's upcoming tour.
Following her foray into fashion design with H&M the stylish singer has been offered six-figure deal to design a special collection that will include tattoo-inspired T-shirts and diamante-encrusted bodices, the Daily Mirror reports.


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Paris

The Sticky & Sweet Tour will stop at Paris Bercy on Thursday 09 July 9th.

A devoted ICON fan club presale will start on Monday 09 March at 10:00am (Local Time) for Legacy members and at Noon (Local Time) for newer members.

Please note that the public ticket sale will start on Thursday 12 March at 10:00am (online) and at 10:30am (classic outlets).

US Magazines: Glamour

A handful of Hollywood's rising stars got all dressed up to portray American icons over seven decades for the April issue of Glamour. Emma Roberts looks cute as a button doing her best Audrey Hepburn, while America Ferrera goes more political as Dolores Huerta.
Lindsay Lohan is an unmistakable Madonna during her 'Like a Virgin' MTV VMA performance. Imitating the Queen of Pop comes easily to LL, who said, 'When I was little, every day after school I would come home and put in her The Immaculate Collection disc and karaoke to it around the whole house.'


Madonna And The RIAJ Gold Disc Awards

Madonna was among the winners at the 23rd edition of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) Gold Disc Awards at Tokyo International Forum in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo. The awards, held March 2, celebrate the artists that have sold the most in sales categories that range from singles and downloads to albums and total sales.
Madonna, on the strength of her 'Hard Candy' (Warner Bros) album and digital download single 'Miles Away,' got the Japan Gold Disc award for international artist of the year. She also won the mastertone of the year award for the same track.

From via

Madonna's banned Pepsi advert

Twenty years ago this week, Madonna's Pepsi advert featuring Like A Prayer was shown worldwide just once, and then pulled by Pepsi after Madonna's own video for Like A Prayer was premiered later that same week:

It was, the TV voiceover promised us, not to be missed. The Material Girl was to put the fizz into Pepsi's campaign - for a fee of $5m.
The premiere of Madonna's Like A Prayer in a two-minute advert was notable enough to be reported on ITN's News At Ten, and ITV ran trailers advertising when it would be shown - 8.12pm on Thursday 2 March, 1989.
But within 48 hours of the much-hyped worldwide premiere, the company pulled the ad, and it was never screened again.

To read the rest of John Hand's interesting article looking at the pulling of the advert - including the first interview with Madonna's co-star in the Like A Prayer music video - visit

'Do Something Funny for Money' Charity Tshirts

The most fashionable range of charity t-shirts ever created has just got even cooler with this amazing, limited edition, Madonna t-shirt added to the mix! They’ve been flying off the shelves at TK Maxx, which is hardly surprising given that Stella McCartney designed the entire range in support of Red Nose Day 2009. Even the A-list stars, including Cheryl Cole and Keira Knightley, have been snapped wearing this designer number, so what are you waiting for? Get yourselves into a TK Maxx store to bag a t-shirt before they’re gone forever!

Stella McCartney said about designing the tshirts:
'It’s a real honour to be involved in such a tremendous cause and be a part of the Red Nose Day campaign 2009. The designs of the T shirts were inspired by iconic images of iconic people by iconic photographers and adding an element of humour to them. I wanted to focus on photographs where people are happy and create a charity T shirt that would become a staple of a person's wardrobe.'

The Madonna design comes as both a tshirt and a vest and although the Madonna ones have sold out online they are still available to buy in store at TK Maxx for £14.99 - with at least £8.00 of the price going to charity.

'Great music is the secret - and an open bar!'

US columnist Liz Smith got Madonna's thoughts on her Academy Award party:

Madonna’s Oscar-night fete at the home of her manager, Guy Oseary, co-hosted with Demi Moore, was a big success. When I asked her for the ingredient that makes hosting duties fun, Madonna said, 'We were trying to have a real dance party, not a corporate affair!' (Darlings, Madonna has never had a “corporate” affair. It’s always very personal.)
La Ciccone elaborated: 'Great music is the secret - and an open bar! By the end of the night, most of the ladies in couture were dancing barefoot.' Well, I saw Madonna dance on a tabletop in four-inch heels the night she won her first Grammy. Barefoot carousing ain’t so much. When I reminded Madonna of this, she said, rather primly, 'I was very happy that night, Liz.'
There were no cameras at M and Mrs. Kutcher’s Oscar party, no barricaded press walls, just Demi and her hubby, Ashton, 'twittering.' I guess they were alerting fans - we’re here, and you’re not! Madonna doesn’t twitter her fans. She knows they know she thinks they should live their own lives, and not be so concerned with her. (Until she tours again.)
I’m glad Madonna had fun; she always does when she dances. But I’d like to have seen her onstage at the Kodak Theater Oscar night. Why not? She has had more successful movies than her legend of flops would suggest, and twice performed memorably on the telecast. (Many fans consider her 1991 Oscar-night rendition of Sondheim’s 'Sooner or Later' to be her best live television performance and her peak moment of glamour.)
Madonna made more money in concert last year than anybody else, male or female. She’s a star. Once upon a time - about 25 years ago - I questioned this. I came to see the error of my skepticism. Oscar could have used a shot of Ciccone.