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Malawi's top judge to preside over adoption appeal

Madonna's ongoing bid to adopt a Malawian girl will be heard by the country's chief justice when the case goes to court next week.
The pop superstar is appealing a High Court judge's 3 April ruling, which rejected her request for the interim adoption of three-year-old Mercy James.
The case will be heard by a panel in the capital city of Lilongwe on Monday - and Malawi's top judge, Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, has taken it upon himself to preside over the 'important' hearing, reports
High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal spokesman Joseph Chigona says, 'Since this involves an infant it will be heard in chambers. This is an important case; that's why the chief justice himself has taken special interest.'
Madonna, who is recovering after falling off a horse in New York earlier this month, is not required to attend the hearing.


Madonna And Louis Vuitton Part Deux

Madonna will once again be the face of the upcoming Louis Vuitton campaign for their Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.
Following the extraordinary success of the Spring/Summer 2009 ad campaign, Louis Vuitton, its creative director Marc Jacobs, and Madonna, are proud to announce they will be collaborating for a second consecutive season.
The iconic pop star will be photographed by Steven Meisel in New York City, under the art direction of Marc Jacobs.
The first images of the campaign should appear in August issues of fashion magazines.


UK Magazines: Q

The June 2009 issue of UK music magazine Q features a look at stars of classic music videos who weren't in the band and features a look at two Madonna videos - Like A Prayer and Vogue.

The magazine speaks to Leon Robinson from Like A Prayer and Salim 'Slam' Gauwloos from the Vogue video - click on the articles to enlarge and read.

Thanks to Chris

Madonna tops hardworking mothers list

Madonna has topped a list of Hollywood's most hardworking mothers after reportedly earning $110 million (£74.8 million pounds) in 2008.
Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow came second and third respectively on the Forbes list, which was released on Friday.
Lauren Streib, who helped compile the data, told Reuters that the 50-year-old singer 'had an incredible year'.
'She had the top tour of any musician....The tour sold out around the world. So it wasn't surprising as much as it is a commentary on how successful her year was,' she said.
Witherspoon earned an estimated $24 million (£16.3 million), while Paltrow had earnings of around $20 million (£13.6 million). The list is based on estimated earnings of Hollywood mothers with at least one child.

From Digital Spy

The music gets hotter....and so does the studio!

Madonna, Paul Oakenfold and Guy Oseary were in the studio again yesterday working on new tracks for the Greatest Hits album. Madonna, Paul and Guy took turns on Twitter to let fans know what was going on:

paul oakenfold is running around the studio naked.. because i wont put the air on.. its hot in here.. but the music is hotter!!!! -M

hello iconers... dont go to bed without saying your prayers.. -M

come early to the show and lets start the party early.. really looking forward to seeing yall.. and i take requests -Paul O

finally listening to the track!!!.. been waiting and waiting for the right mix.. another great DANCE track.. -guy

Demi Moore also got into the Twitter action suggesting Madonna should open her own account:

are you and m having a little Twitter fun? let's get M her own acct Guyo!!! Start thinking of a good twitername!

Madonna records new track with Oakenfold

Madonna has recorded two new tracks with dance producer Paul Oakenfold.
The singer has scheduled two weeks of studio time to record new material for her upcoming greatest hits collection, according to her publicist Guy Oseary.
'Had a good day with Madonna in the studio yesterday,' Oseary wrote on her website.
'She worked on an amazing dance track with Paul Oakenfold producing - no title yet but will keep you posted. She also started a second one, so we are hoping to have two tracks done this week.'
'Next week she is working with another producer on one more track. Two of the tracks from these sessions will be on the Greatest Hits album.'
Madonna's upcoming collection will mark her final album with Warner Records after she reportedly signed a $120 million (£86.6m) deal with concert promoter Live Nation.

From Digital Spy

Madonna wasn't questioned by police about fall

Madonna’s rep issued a new statement on Tuesday saying that police did not, in fact, question the pop star properly after she fell from a horse over the weekend in the Hamptons.
'Madonna was barely conscious and had fainted twice, right after the fall and when she was in the ambulance,' Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Tuesday morning. 'She only remembers giving the police her name. They never asked her what happened. This could have been a very dangerous situation and we’re just all grateful that she wasn’t hurt more seriously.'
On Saturday, Rosenberg had released a statement claiming that Madonna’s horse threw her after being startled 'by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer.'
But on Monday, Thomas Hinton, a freelance photographer who took pictures of Madonna following her fall in the Hamptons, told Access he was not involved in the incident, and miles away when the accident happened.
The Southampton, NY, Police Department released their field report, also on Monday, which made no mention of a paparazzi presence or influence in Madonna’s fall.

From Access Hollywood

Madonna gets adoption appeal date

Madonna's appeal to overturn a judge's decision which would allow her to adopt a second Malawian child is to be heard on 4 May, a court official said.
Joseph Chigona told the AP news agency the case involving 3-year-old Chifundo James would come up before three Supreme Court of Appeal judges.
A spokesperson for the singer said she was still being monitored by doctors following a fall from her horse on Saturday.
Chifundo James, whose name translates into English as Mercy, has been living in the same orphanage from which Madonna took David Banda in 2006. Her adoption of the boy, now aged 3, was made official two years later.
Madonna's application was rejected because of a requirement that prospective parents be resident in the southern African state for 18 to 24 months.
Her Malawian lawyer, Alan Chinula, said he was hopeful of a successful appeal as the initial rejection was based 'on an archaic law of over 50 years ago'.

From BBC News

Madonna hospitalised after horse-riding accident

The 50-year-old pop icon has been hospitalised after falling from a horse while riding in New York on Saturday - her second horse-riding accident in four years.
Madonna received 'minor injuries and bruises' during the accident which occurred while she was riding at the Hamptons estate of celebrity photographer Steven Klein on Saturday.
Her publicist Liz Rosenberg blamed the paparazzi for the accident, saying she was thrown off the horse after it had become startled by photographers who jumped out of some bushes.
'Madonna who was thrown off a horse earlier today has just been released from Southampton Hospital with minor injuries and bruises,' Ms Rosenberg said in a statement released on Saturday. 'The accident occurred when the horse Madonna was riding was startled by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer who was visiting friends on Eastern Long Island over the weekend. Madonna will be having further tests and continues to remain under observation by doctors.'

From TimesOnline - thanks to Shah

Merchandise: Like A Virgin Denim Jacket

A cool new limited-edition item has been listed at the official online Madonna store at

Madonna Denim Trunk Jacket by Trunk Ltd. An exclusive Madonna Denim Jacket from the Trunk reserve collection. This timeless classic was selected from Trunk and carefully handmade to capture a moment in time. The limited edition status of this product is your guarantee that it will remain rare and collectible for many years to come. Fully authorized, original serigraph, Indigo 100% cotton Made In The U.S.A.

Louis Vuitton: Round Two?

Madonna is reportedly to star in Louis Vuitton's Autumn/Winter 09 advertising campaign.
The 50-year-old singer - who starred in the French fashion label's spring adverts earlier this year - is said to be teaming up with photographer Steven Meisel later this year.
Fashion website Karen Kooper wrote on social networking website Twitter: 'Madonna does Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2009 campaign. By Steven Meisel again.'

From Yahoo!7 Entertainment News

Steven Meisel taught Madonna the idea of 'reinvention'

The May 2009 issue of Vogue features a look at the work of photographer Steven Meisel. Madonna has worked with him many times since their first photoshoot together in 1983. Here are some excerpts from the article available online at

Even Madonna agrees that there is, indeed, 'a great sense of mystery' about Meisel - so much so that after all these years she feels she still doesn't really know him very well. 'I know that I love him,' she says. 'You get sucked into his aura. He knows things.'
She learned this from one of their first collaborations, which was for the cover of Like a Virgin. 'Before I worked with Steven,' says Madonna, 'I just showed up in the clothes I was wearing, stood in front of the lights, and got my picture taken. With Steven, a team of people descended on me, started to undress me. Someone grabbed my hair, another grabbed my face, another started helping me try on various bits of clothes, and they all seemed to be speaking a language I didn't understand - the language of Steven Meisel.'
To hear Madonna talk about working with Meisel is like being let in on a long-held secret. She goes on, 'Steven had a vision. He had done his research. He had very specific references. I really respected the care that he took with his work, how seriously he approached it, but at the same time he has a great sense of irony. He made me feel like I was part of something important. He treated each photo shoot like it was a small film and insisted that we create a character each time we worked but then would make fun of the archetypes we created. He was the first person to introduce me to the idea of reinvention.'
Who knew that Madonna, the goddess of reinvention, learned it from Steven Meisel.

Madonna talks more about adoption hopes

U.S. pop star Madonna is still keen on adopting a second child from Malawi, despite a court ruling in the southern African country preventing her from doing so, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.
Madonna, who lost an appeal against a High Court decision refusing her bid to adopt a four-year-old girl named Mercy James, said she wants to provide education and a family environment for the young girl.
'I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible. And it's my hope that she like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country,' Madonna told the Nation on Sunday newspaper in an emailed response to questions.
'Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world.'

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Gwyneth Paltrow: 'She's a task master!'

Gwyneth Paltrow was interviewed in UK magazine Look (30 March issue) and of course is asked questions about her friend Madonna:

Your best friend Madonna and you both use the same trainer - and Madonna's got some muscles! Does that spur you on?
Oh God, yeah. She's so dedicated, and she looks great on it. She's so damn good at it, you sort of want to be like her. And she's a task master - there's no slacking, no finishing early. In fact, she always makes me do that extra half hour!

You guys are so different, and yet you're such good friends....
I know what you mean. She has the drive and strength I'll never have. But there is a side to her that's very soft and lovely and that's the side we connect more. In private we're more similar than you'd think, but yes, definitely out in the world we're very different from one another.

Come on then, shed some light on the secret world of Madge and Gwyneth....
For starters, I'm such a typical Libra, it's not funny. I can't make a decision about anything - like where to eat, then what to eat, what film to watch. But the worse is what to wear! It drives a certain someone mad!

More on Madonna's earthquake donation

Not-so-Material Girl Madonna pledged $500,000 for victims of Italy's terrible earthquake on Wednesday - 10 times what the U.S. government sent.
The mayor of Pacentro, the Abruzzi mountain village where Madonna Ciccone's paternal grandparents were born, reached out to the pop star, who is practically a holy icon in town, and begged for help.
Fernando Caparso, mayor of the medieval village of 1,300 souls about 60 miles from the epicenter of Monday's quake, said the singer quickly called with her generous offer.
'I am happy to lend a helping hand to the town that my ancestors are from,' Madonna told People magazine.
Caparso called it 'a beautiful thing' and a big help for the people of the devastated regional capital L'Aquila.
On Monday, the US State Department announced it was sending $50,000 in emergency relief funds.

From NY Daily News

Madonna donates to Italian earthquake fund

When a devastating earthquake struck the Abruzzo region of Italy on Monday, the mayor of the hamlet of Pacentro made an appeal for help to the granddaughter of two former townspeople. The following morning, that granddaughter responded in a big way.
Madonna, whose paternal grandparents lived in Pacentro until 1919, made a 'substantial donation' for the relief effort following the 6.3 magnitude quake that left more than 200 dead, says her publicist Liz Rosenberg. The rep wouldn't give the amount, but a source says it's about $500,000.
'I am happy to lend a helping hand to the town that my ancestors are from,' Madonna tells PEOPLE. 'My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones or their homes.'


Update on Raising Malawi auction

Some great items are included in the Raising Malawi auction on ebay at the moment. There are several copies of the I Am Because We Are book signed by Madonna, a workout with Madonna's personal trainer Tracy Anderson and two VIP tickets to the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Werchter - seated at the sound board!

To view the auction visit - the auctions end on Sunday 12 April.

Madonna flies out of Malawi

Madonna left Malawi on her private jet Sunday after being rebuffed in an attempt to adopt a second child from the poor African nation, air traffic control officials said.
Police roadblocks prevented reporters from approaching the airport but one police officer said Madonna carried David, her adopted Malawian son, up the steps of the Gulfstream jet.
It was bound for London's Gatwick Airport, air traffic officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.
The singer's lawyer has said that she will appeal against a court ruling that she is not eligible to adopt a three year old orphan girl, Chifundo 'Mercy' James, because she hasn't lived in Malawi.
No date has been set for a court hearing to appeal the judge's ruling.
Madonna threw a farewell party Saturday at the luxury lodge where she was staying. Traditional dancers entertained guests including government officials and staff from Madonna's Raising Malawi charity.
The charity helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi's more than 1 million orphans, half of whom have lost parents to AIDS.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna appeals adoption bid rejection

Madonna on Friday filed a notice to appeal a failed bid to adopt a second child from Malawi, after the High Court warned that the case could open the door to trafficking in children.
Hearings on the appeal are expected to start next week after the court on Friday turned down the US pop diva's request to adopt a three-year-girl who would have become a sibling to another adopted Malawian toddler.
'I have filed a notice of appeal,' her lawyer Alan Chinula told AFP.
The appeal notice was filed on Friday after Madonna, 50, was briefed about the outcome of the adoption application, Chinula said.
Madonna did not attend the earlier closed-door court hearing where Judge Esmie Chondo addressed concerns among rights groups that Malawi's courts could inadvertently expose the nation's children to the threat of human traffickers.
'I must confess that there's a gripping temptation to throw caution to the wind and grant an adoption in the hope that there will be a difference in the life of just one child,' Chondo said.
'By removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals,' she added.
'I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna,' Chondo said.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Sticky & Sweet Tour : Manchester, Hamburg and Oslo have finally published some information on the cancellations of the second Manchester and Hamburg shows and the date move of the first Oslo show.

Due to the recent addition of the July 9th show in Paris, the previously scheduled performance for July 8th in Manchester has been cancelled. Refunds can be made at the point of purchase.
There is no change to the July 7th show at Manchester’s MEN Arena show.

As a result of the Oslo date change, the Sticky & Sweet tour will miss out on Hamburg this year. Madonna fans in Germany will still have the opportunity to see their superstar at the only German concert on August 18th at Munich Olympic Stadium.
Tickets purchased for the July 28th concert previously scheduled for Bahrenfeld Horse Racing Trace will be fully refunded at the relevant box offices.

As already announced, due to overwhelming demand, a 2nd and final performance in Oslo was confirmed. However, due to logistical and scheduling changes, the Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet performance previously schedule for 29-July will be moved to 28-July.
Fans should keep their tickets as all July 29th tickets will be honoured at the July 28th event. There is no change to the July 30th performance concert.

Guy Ritchie: 'Madonna is a great mum'

A judge at Malawi's High Court in Lilongwe rejected the singer's application to adopt Mercy James, a four-year-old girl, ruling that the child should remain in her home country.
In a statement, Ritchie said: 'Madonna is a fantastic and loving mother who cares deeply about her own children, and children who may need additional help and support.'
'I fully supported Madonna in her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected. She is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her. This time it did not work out, but there will be other opportunities and I wish her well in them. She is a great mum.'
Madonna and Ritchie adopted David Banda from Malawi in 2006. The couple divorced last November after an eight-year marriage.
He spoke out after Judge Esmie Chondo turned down an interim adoption application which would have allowed Madonna to take Mercy to the United States, pending a permanent decision on her future.
The ruling came as a surprise, not least because Malawi's Information Minister had publicly backed the adoption. Judge Chondo said that allowing Madonna, 50, to adopt Mercy could place other children at risk by opening the doors to child traffickers.
Malawian law requires prospective parents to be resident in the country for 18-24 months before an adoption is granted. This was waived in the case of David's adoption.


Madonna loses Malawi adoption bid

A Malawian court has ruled that US pop star Madonna has failed in her bid to adopt a second child from the country.
'I must decline to grant the application for the adoption of the infant,' judge Esmie Chondo said after a closed-door hearing on Friday.
The application has been rejected over residency rules.
Madonna, who flew to Malawi on Sunday, was not in court to hear the ruling over Chifundo James, three. Her lawyer said she would lodge an appeal.
The 50-year-old singer applied to adopt Chifundo James, whose name translates into English as Mercy, on Monday.
Madonna's application was rejected because of a requirement that prospective parents be resident in the southern African state for 18 to 24 months.
The rule was waived in 2006 when Madonna was allowed to take her adopted son, David Banda, to London before his adoption was finalised in 2008.
In the ruling, read out outside the court, the judge also voiced concerns about the potential ramifications a ruling in Madonna's favour might have on adopted children's human rights.
'By removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals,' she said.
The judge also noted that Chifundo had been placed in one of Malawi's best orphanages and no longer suffered the severe poverty endured after her mother died in childbirth.
'It is evident that Chifundo James no longer is subject to the conditions of poverty at her place of birth,' she said in the ruling, made at the hearing in Malawi's administrative capital Lilongwe.
According to court papers just released, Madonna had said she was 'able and willing to securely provide for Chifundo James and make her a permanent and established member of my family'.
'To deny Chifundo James the opportunity to be adopted by me could expose her to hardship and emotional trauma which is otherwise avoidable,' she continued.
However, Madonna's efforts to adopt the three-year-old attracted criticism from some parties who said the little girl would be best off with relatives.
The performer was also accused of using her fame and money to fast-track the adoption process, a charge refuted by her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg.
The singer, who was represented in court by her lawyer Alan Chinula, first travelled to Malawi in 2006 to film a documentary in the country.

From BBC News

Sticky & Sweet Tour: Two tour dates cancelled

Hidden in a press release from tour promoter Live Nation is the news that two Sticky & Sweet Tour dates have been cancelled. The Wednesday 08 July Manchester date and the Hamburg show are now missing from the updated tour schedule.

Fans who had bought and received tickets to those shows can only assume that the phrase 'a few changes' means these cancellations.

With record breaking sell outs in London, Brussels, Oslo, Tallinn, Helsinki and Gothenburg, Madonna's 'Sticky & Sweet Tour' - 2009 - reaffirms Madonna's status as one of the most successful touring artists of all time. Due to unprecedented demand by fans and some logistical scheduling issues, new dates and a few changes have been made in the 'Sticky & Sweet' itinerary, it was announced today by Live Nation, the International tour promoter for the entire tour.
Following a 70,000 seat sell-out in Werchter, Belgium, a 76,000 seat sell-out in Helsinki Finland on August 6th (the largest show ever in Finland by one artist), 40,000 tickets sell-out for the July show in Oslo, Norway, two sellouts in Gothenburg, Sweden and 72,000 tickets sold out in one day in Tallinn Estonia, the passion of Madonna's fans shows no signs of slowing down for 'Sticky & Sweet 2009.'
The Material Girl will be making first time ever stops in Belgium, Udine, Marseille, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Slovenia, Budapest, Belgrade, Romania and Bulgaria and is returning to Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza, Gothenburg, London, Manchester and Munich.
'If those who took in Madonna's world tour have seen anything as slick, innovative and energetic then please point it out. The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty,' raved England's Independent Newspaper.
'In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivalled and undefeated' glowed The Times.

To check out the new updated Sticky & Sweet 2009 Tour schedule visit

Malawi backs Madonna adoption bid

An official of the Malawian government has backed Madonna's bid to adopt a second child from the African country.
The singer is due to return to court on Friday to learn if she can adopt four-year-old Chifundo James.
'Madonna has been good to us,' Information Minister Patricia Kaliati told news agency Reuters.
'Very few rich and famous people can take time to fly all the way to Malawi to support our children. We support her adoption process.'
'[Madonna] is supporting over 25,000 orphans in this country and she has proved that she can take care of David,' she added.
Madonna has said it is 'amazing' to be back in the country where she adopted David Banda in 2006.

From BBC News

Sticky & Sweet Tour: Israel tour date?

A report has appeared in the Israeli press today suggesting there maybe a Sticky & Sweet Tour date in Israel in September.

A high source in the industry says negotiations are being held with Madonna's managers on the subject of her coming to perform in Israel in early September.
The same source also says that a reservation for her and her entourage has already been made in one of the biggest hotels. The show will be sponsored by one of the bigest cellular telephone companies.

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Thanks to Michael