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August 2009

Madonna's Italian Birthday

Pop superstar Madonna celebrated her 51st birthday with an extravagant dinner party in Italy, surrounded by her close friends and family.
The Holiday hitmaker spent the eve of her birthday on stage in Poland, performing her Sticky & Sweet tour in Warsaw on Saturday night.
But the singer jumped straight on a plane to Italy straight after the show, so she could wake up in the Riviera resort of Portofino.
Madonna was seen enjoying a quiet breakfast with her model boyfriend Jesus Luz at the town's Splendido Hotel, before joining her friends for dinner that evening.
The dinner party was organised by Madonna's pals Italian fashion designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and saw the star, dressed in a tight corset dress, blow out the candles on a massive birthday cake.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna fans delay Warsaw concert with birthday wishes

Pop star Madonna made an emotional tribute to her fans after they delayed her Polish concert by singing Happy Birthday to her.
Gig-goers sang the song to her in both English and Polish at the start of the concert in Warsaw.
Fans were slightly premature in their congratulations - the singer turned 51 on Sunday, a few hours after the Saturday night concert.
They also sang a traditional Polish birthday song, titled May You Live A Hundred Years, with video footage of the celebrations posted on YouTube.
The singer's voice wavered after the crowd finally quietened down to allow her to speak.
'Every time I do a show, and every time I look into your eyes and every time I see your smiles, you changed my life,' she said in response.
'It's amazing that I've been able to do what I do for so many years, thank God, I love my job, I love being able to be here with you tonight.'
'This is the best birthday present ever, so thank you,' she added.
But it was not all plain sailing for the pop star - the concert fell on a Roman Catholic holiday celebrating the heavenly assumption of the Virgin Mary, which angered some Catholics.
Several people held up protest banners outside the concert venue.

From BBC News


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Prague Fan Pictures - Part 1

madonnalicious reader Chris attended the Prague show on Thursday 13 August at the Chadov Natural Amphtheatre and sent in these pictures and report:

Just got back from Prague and wow, what a great show.
Probably my second best ever Sticky & Sweet show(naturally Buenos Aires was the best EVER).
The crowd went wild as she came on, and she even gave Prague an extra song, as she introduced the Romany Gypsy guys and said this ones for our Romany friends out there, they sang and she sang along on the chorus, amazing!
Anyways, she was in such a good mood, just SO happy and smiley, she sounded great and look even better then ever!


Celebration, Celebration

Madonna extends her lead as the artist with the most hits in the history of Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as 'Celebration' ignites at #29. The title cut from her third greatest hits collection, due Sept. 29, is her 56th entry. A whopping chart-record 39 of those have reached #1. Madonna first arrived with the eventual #3-peaking 'Everybody' on the chart dated Nov. 6, 1982.

Here is a look at the artists to make the most appearances on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart, which first appeared in the Billboard issue dated Oct. 26, 1974:

56, Madonna
37, Janet Jackson
33, Pet Shop Boys
30, Donna Summer
26, Mariah Carey

From Billboard.com - thanks to Don


Billboard: Hot Tours

Madonna tops the Hot Tours chart this week with more totals from Sticky & Sweet, her world tour that kicked off last August. The shows reported during the most recent tabulation week include the singer's only show in Russia, an outdoor performance in St. Petersburg's Palace Square. Other entertainers who have performed there include Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Duran Duran.

#1 MADONNA
$20,838,144
July 28 - August 4
Valle Hovin, Oslo (2/2)
Palace Square, St. Petersburg, Russia (1/1)
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia (1/1)
178,579 (178,579)

Thanks to Don


Billboard: Hot Dance Airplay

Madonna makes a spectacular debut on the Billboard 'Hot Dance Airplay' chart.
'Celebration' - the first single/title track from her upcoming greatest hits album due September 29 2009 gets the party started at #7; the charts highest debut since December 13 2008, when Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' also debuted at #7.
Since the Dance Airplay chart launced August 16 2003, only 2 other singles have debuted higher: Ciara's '1,2,Step' #5 January 20 2005 and Madonna's '4 Minutes' #5 on April 5 2008.

Thanks to Micheal


Top stars rumoured for 'X Factor' appearances

Simon Cowell is celebrating after reportedly recruiting a host of stars including Madonna, Rihanna and Whitney Houston to appear on his U.K. TV talent show The X Factor.
Ratings for the competition soared last year after pop star Beyonce agreed to make an appearance on the show.
Now Cowell is hoping to draw even more viewers after inking deals with Madonna, Houston, Robbie Williams and Rihanna, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The publication alleges news of the superstar deals leaked after The X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman boasted about the talent due to perform on the show.
A source tells the tabloid, 'Brian is really excited about this year's show because there are some great artists involved. He is proud to be part of it and admires Simon's ability to attract A-listers.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna's onstage tribute to birthday boy Rocco

Madonna surprised her son Rocco as he turned nine years old on Tuesday - by urging the 50,000-strong crowd at her show in Denmark to sing Happy Birthday to him.
The Holiday hitmaker is currently taking her Sticky & Sweet tour around the globe and the star's clan was in the Scandinavian country when her eldest son, by director Guy Ritchie, celebrated his big day.
And during her concert in the capital city of Copenhagen, Madonna halted her set to announce Rocco's ninth birthday to gig-goers - and encouraged the crowd at the Parken Stadium to sing a chorus of Happy Birthday for the delighted youngster.
She shouted out, 'Happy Birthday to my son Rocco, who is watching the show right now and I just want to say that I love you very much. You are a number one son and maybe everyone would like to sing Happy Birthday to him.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna and Houston deny Jackson concert reports

Madonna's PR Liz Rosenberg has denied rumours that Madonna would feature in the Michael Jackson tribute show BUT has added confusion by saying that 'It's not true. She's still on tour' - Madonna is on tour now but is not touring when the tribute show takes place:

A star-studded tribute concert honouring late superstar Michael Jackson has been thrown into jeopardy after representatives for Whitney Houston and Madonna denied the singers have signed up to headline the show.
Plans to honour the late King Of Pop with a gig in Vienna, Austria next month were confirmed by Jermaine Jackson earlier this week. Jackson is co-ordinating the event with talk show host Larry King's wife Shawn.
Usher, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston were all confirmed as performers at the memorial show, in the grounds of the city's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, by Shawn King's spokesman Howard Rubenstein.
Producer Georg Kindel from World Awards Media, the company behind the event, also hinted that Queen Of Pop Madonna was set to pay tribute to the Thriller hitmaker.
But spokespersons for Houston and the Holiday hitmaker have hit back at reports of the stars' participation in the extravaganza, according to New York gossip column PageSix.
Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg says, 'It's not true. She's still on tour,' while Houston's spokeswoman Jill Fritzo adds, '(No). Not that I am aware of.'
The concert will be broadcast live on TV and over 85,000 fans will be given the chance to attend. Ticket sales for The Tribute go on sale on 20 August.

From contactmusic.com


Celebration in Europe

Nielsen is reporting that Madonna's Celebration is the one of most played song across Europe in just a week! The track debuts in the Top 5 on Nielsen's European Airplay Chart:

#1 - I Know You Want Me - Pitbull
#2 - When Loves Takes Over - Guetta,David feat. Rowland, Kelly
#3 - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eye Peas
#4 - Celebration - Madonna
#5 - Ayo Technology - Milow

Thanks to Micheal


Celebration: Billboard Hot Shot Debut

Billboard has just released a sneek peak into it's upcoming 08/22/2009 issue.

Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart
#1 - 'Waking Up in Vegas' - Katy Perry
Greatest Gainer #2 'Crazy Possessive' - Kaci Battaglia
Hot Shot Debut #29 - 'Celebration' - Madonna
Debut #36 - 'She Wolf' - Shakira
Debut #39 - 'Everybody Shake It' - Ralph Rosario feat. Shawn Christopher

Thanks to Micheal


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Helsinki Fan Report

Madonna played West Harbour in Helsinki on Thursday (06 August) evening, madonnalicious reader Sami was there in the front row and sent in this report:

I went to Jätkäsaari/West Harbour at 2:00pm yesterday to wait to get good spot in the golden circle/a-area. I waited 4 hours with my sister and when they opened the security points and we were checked, we ran as fast as we could to get to the closest place of the stage. We ran and ran and then we suddenly were in the FRONT ROW of the main stage! I couldn't believe my luck, this was my third Madonna show, but the first time that I was in my homeland and FRONT ROW! I didn´t move anywhere for about 3-4 hours and then the concert started!
Madonna smiled alot and was so happy! During Candy Shop Madonna came in front of me, she looked at me directly at me when she sang 'I'll be your one stop, candy shop' and during that she pointed at....well the front of her underwear while looking at me! It was so cool!
Also during Beat Goes On Madonna stood in front of me and literally pointed at me and sang to me. It was so surreal when Madonna just looked at me so long! That I will remember the rest of my life! Also when Madonna was in front of me, I blew her a kiss and she smiled at me!
The concert was so amazing. Everybody knew Madonna was happy, because she smiled all the time. She also yelled 'I've heard the people in Finland are crazy and wild....you have to prove that to me'. When she sang You Must Love Me, the lyrics were 'Where do we go from here....Finland?!'
The Queen came to Finland and blew us all away! This concert was the biggest concert ever in Scandinavia by any artist, and I was in front row of my Queen! There were 85,000 people watching Madonna!

Don't forget you can send us any of your pictures and reports from the shows to madonnalicious@gmail.com


Madonna's Slovenian concert cancelled

Pop diva Madonna has cancelled her concert in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on August 20, the organizer of the Sticky and Sweet tour said on Friday.
'Due to unexpected logistic difficulties, Madonna's concert scheduled for August 20 at the Ljubljana hypodrome has been cancelled,' Live Nation, the tour organizer for Eastern Europe, said in a statement.
It said that concerts in Munich and Budapest, scheduled for August 18 and 22, respectively, would run as planned.
Slovenian media reported earlier this week that the concert would be cancelled due to poor tickets sales.
News website 24ur reported Thursday that only 7,000 tickets out of 63,000 had been sold so far.
Slovenian music lovers often have to go to neighbouring Italy, Austria and Croatia to see their idols as large tours often skip the small country of two million people for fear of poor ticket sales.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Billboard Boxscores

Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour is continuing to be incredibly successful. Here the latest Billboard Boxscores:

Studio San Siro, Milan, Italy - July 14 2009
$6,507,798
55,338/55,338 - seats sold
1/1
$209.81/$79.93

Estadio Olimpico, Barcelona, Spain - July 21 2009
$5,010,557
44,811/44,811- seats sold
1/1
$247.40/$68.92

Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain - July 23 2009
$4,109,791
31,941/31,941 - seats sold
1/1
$263.33/$60.49

Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy - July 16 2009
$3,236,277
28,362/28,362 - seats sold
1/1
$181.24/$76.72

Recinto Feria, Zaragoza, Spain - July 25 2009
$2,015,381
30,940/30,940 - seats sold
1/1
$330.23/$27.04

Thanks to Micheal


Auction: Win VIP Tickets to a Sticky & Sweet Tour show

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation's online charity auction to raise funding for the new Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital includes a great Madonna prize as one of their lots.

Currently they have available two VIP tickets (right next to the soundboard) to any of the Sticky & Sweet Tour dates listed below for the winning bidder:

8/13: Prague, CZ - Chadov Natural Ampitheatre
8/15: Warsaw, PL - Bemowo Airport
8/18: Munich, DE - Olympic Stadium
8/20: Ljubljana, SI - Hippodrome
8/22: Budapest, HU - Kincsem Park
8/24: Belgrade, RS - USCE Park
8/26: Bucharest, RO - Parc Izvor
8/29: Sofia, BG - Vasil Levski Stadium
9/1: Tel Aviv, IL - Hayarkon Park
9/2: Tel Aviv, IL - Hayarkon Park

The auction is running live now through August 28th at www.charitybuzz.com


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Tallinn Fan Report

madonnalicious reader Martin sent in this report from his home town of Tallinn about the Sticky & Sweet Tour show that took place on Tuesday evening:

It is over now and it was FANTASTIC! Still can't believe that Madonna performed in my hometown Tallinn. For me it was the third time to see her live after Amsterdam 2006 and Nice 2008, but it was the first time for me to stand as close as possible to the stage. I was one of the very first persons who were behind the gates already at midday and one of these lucky ones who got spot to the very first row left side next to catwalk stage.
Some time before Paul Oakenfold set two male dancers took a walk around catwalk and I got on great pic of them. They also said that they like Tallinn :-) Then Guy Oseary came to take some pics of audience and I also asked him how he like Tallinn and the venue. He said that It's very nice and great for that kind of shows. Hopefully Madonna thinks the same and comes back there in the future.

Party at fan zone (aka golden circle) started about 20:00 when Paul Oakenfold began his set. After 45 minutes of jumping and dancing the feeling was great already!
And then, about 21:25, the big party started. Everyone in fan zone were getting crazy and the feeling was breathtaking when Madonna came onto the stage. As Estonia is located quite high in the northern hemisphere, we have long and light evenings in summer, so show started when there was still quite light outside. Sunset yesterday was about 21:40. But minute by minute it went darker outside and show on videoscreens and lights came more effective.
Everything went very good in my opinion: weather was great and no technical mistakes. Nothing extraordinary or unexpected did happen, so show was as usual, including also Michael Jackson part and some screaming 'Whats up, Estonia?' and 'Alright, Estonia, are you ready?!'
Some people think that the northern audiences are quite lame and do not get into the show from the very first minute and thats why Madonna visits those places very rarely. Yes, we are calmer than people from southern Europe and it takes a bit longer to get party started but that does not mean that we do not love Madonna. It just our northern human nature and we are not sorry about it :-) And in the end during Rave-section of the show I took a look to people far away from stage and people were jumping and claping their hands as well.
In Estonia we have one old saying about that 'It is hard to get the party started in the beginning and it is hard to get the party to stop at the end!' It sounds much better in Estonian :-)
Generally I still liked the Confessions Tour more BUT being so close to stage and Madonna this time was something extraordinary and the fact that she performed in my home country the first time made that show for me very special and memorable.

Check out some of Martin's great pictures from the show in the story below.


Hungary: The show must go on in Kincsem Park

Live Nation Hungary has accepted the apology of NUSI, concerning the problems that have arisen about the booking of the Puskas Ferenc Stadium for the concert of Madonna on August 22nd, and hereby informs the audience that the show will remain at the original venue, the Kincsem Park Hippodrome.
Live Nation remains perplexed by the position of the President of the Hungarian Football Federation, who refused our offer of grass replacement at the Puskas Ferenc Stadium, which would clearly have been in the best interests of Hungarian football. But the most important thing now is that the show must go on, and we must accept that the time is not sufficient to try to solve the issues, in the face of such inflexibility. Unfortunately though, this inflexibility could have serious consequences for the future of major concerts in Hungary.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a very special thanks to the management of Kincsem Park, who have shown commendable willingness to help throughout this affair. We look forward to welcoming the Madonna audience to an unforgettable concert at their excellent venue.
All tickets remain valid to the Kincsem Park with the original conditions.

From Madonna.com