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Ritchie Doesn't 'Regret' Madonna Marriage

Filmmaker Guy Ritchie has opened up about his failed marriage to Madonna, insisting he doesn't regret his time with the pop superstar even though his life played out like a 'soap opera' while they were together.
The pair ended its eight-year union in 2008 and both Madonna and Ritchie have since moved on to find love with new partners Brahim Zaibat and Jacqui Ainsley, respectively.
However, the Sherlock Holmes director reveals he'd never take back those precious years with the pop star because he was given two special gifts - biological son Rocco, now 11, and the couple's adopted kid David, six.
He tells Details magazine, 'I enjoyed my first marriage. It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive. I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take. But you move on, don't you?'
But he admits the marriage had its challenging moments: 'I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long time. I'll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now.'
And although the two eventually parted ways, Richie admits he's learned a lot from his time with Madonna.
He adds, 'When you end up with a lot of the things you set to out to chase and find that you've stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories, then you become deeply philosophical. I'm quite happy that that experience was accelerated for me. I'm glad I made money, in other words. And I'm glad I got married.'


Tour Preview: Why 2012 Is Shaping Up to Be a Monster Year

Rolling Stone magazine have published a guide to the biggest (likely) tours of 2012, Madonna is of course included:

Her new single recently leaked and she's rumored to be performing at halftime during this year's Super Bowl – so there's no doubt that the Madonna machine is gearing up for a big 2012. She stayed off the road for most of the 1990s, but in 2001 she came back strong with the Drowned World Tour. She followed it up with even bigger tours in 2004 and 2008/09. While it's impossible to say for sure, if she does perform at halftime, expect her to put the tour onsale the following morning. Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen saw big success with the same trick.

Likelihood: 90 percent. In 2007, Live Nation made a $120 million deal with Madonna. They aren't paying for her to sit home and not tour, especially when supporting a new album. A fake itinerary hit the web a few weeks ago showing Madonna at stadiums in America, but expect to see her at arenas. Also, expect to pay a small fortune for tickets.

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Passionate director Madonna

Madonna was 'a joy' to work with on the set of 'W.E'.
Actress Andrea Riseborough - who plays lead Wallis Simpson in the movie, which was written and co-produced by the signer - found the star's 'passion and strength' in telling the tale of the American socialite 'infectious'.
Asked what Madonna was like to work alongside, she said: 'A joy. Her passion was infectious, her strength was admirable and we were complicit from the outset about how and why we wanted to tell this woman's story.'
The 30-year-old star has since been shooting new film 'Resistance' in Abergavenny, Wales, and admits after the landscape of her surroundings 'rubbed' off on her to the extent that she has now started speaking to her pet dog in Welsh.
Andrea explained to Total Film magazine: 'The DNA of the landscape rubs off on you. Every morning I'd be taken aback by how the light fell on the land. I didn't learn Welsh though, besides some words I say to my dog.'

From BigPondNews

Open-air festivals for those without tickets to enjoy Games

A brief mention of the Madonna Hyde Park concert in July 2012 is featured in this article from

Three million people will be treated to music acts and live televised Olympic action in free open-air festivals during the Games.
Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park in Bow will host events which are intended to recreate the excitement of the Olympics for those who missed out on tickets.
The 14 days of free 'London Live' events will be book-ended by two paid-for 80,000-capacity concerts in Hyde Park on the nights of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Organiser Live Nation hopes to line up superstars for the concerts but will not sign up acts until shortly before tickets go on sale next year.
Hyde Park will be in the thick of the Olympic action next summer as it hosts the Olympic torch on July 26, the night before the opening ceremony.
Separately, Madonna will play a one-off show in Hyde Park on July 11 and Bruce Springsteen will headline Hard Rock Calling at the same location three days later.

Fan Pictures: Madonna at Roseland Ballroom - Part 3

madonnalicious reader DJ Johnny Blaze sent in his report and pictures from Saturday night in New York City at the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange:

Saturday night was a WOW @ Roseland for the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange w/Madonna. I had such a fantastic evening w/the fans of music, dance and the whole dance community. Madonna looked stunning w/her cheeky short giving some serious workout body.
The music was fantastic, dancers from around the world Jamaica, Taiwan, NYC. Madonna arrived around 11:45 pm she was in the VIP section upstairs w/her boyfriend, her manager Guy Oseary, Lola and her friends while Liz Rosenberg was seating on stage w/invited guests including the choreographers.
My fav moment was when Madonna made her grand entrance on stage that was legendary. It was a group of eleven dancers around the world from Japan, London, NY, Memphis and other countries. She had to pick one amazing dancer that has the elements of what she's looking for for her next world tour. It was cut down to four dancers to battle for their lives, at the end the winner was Lil' Buck from Memphis. Congrats.
My fav dancer of the night definitely was Skorpio from London, I thought he was amazing. Once again thank you to Madonna for a fantastic night of music and dance. A big thank you to Smirnoff for providing free drinks for the night and bringing music + dance together in NYC.
See you all next year for the tour....

Madonna At Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project

Madonna may be 'very upset' over the premature leak of a demo track from her forthcoming album, but the pop diva was all smiles as she held court Saturday night at New York's Roseland Ballroom, where she handpicked a new dancer for her next tour as part of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project.
The Material Girl made an appropriately regal entrance, rising from beneath the stage amid a dramatic flood of spotlights to the crowd's delight. Clad in a black Dolce & Gabbana bodysuit, white blouse and her now-trademark Miu Miu boots, she quickly made her way to an adjacent stage where daughter Lourdes Leon, boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, manager Guy Oseary, publicist Liz Rosenberg and a handful of choreographers all awaited her - no hydrangeas in sight.
Though rumors circulated through the crowd that Madonna would offer up a sneak preview of her highly-anticipated album (set for a tentative spring release), there was no mention of her upcoming music or directorial feature, 'W.E.' Instead, she sipped champagne while lying on her stomach atop a plush sofa as she watched the 11 uber-talented dancers bump, grind and strike gravity-defying poses in pursuit of the coveted tour spot. In the scope of Madonna-ology, it was a playful, at ease moment - the type of which Madge hasn't displayed much of since 1991's 'Truth or Dare.'
At the competition's finale, Tennessee-born Lil Buck was selected by Madonna and her choreographers as the winner. 'This has been an incredible journey and a dream come true,' the Memphis native gushed in response. Having earlier described dancing in New York City as 'my idea of a perfect evening,' Madonna quickly made good on her word, inviting her new dancer to join her posse in the ballroom's VIP section for a group boogie.
Though much of the celeb-studded throng (which included singer Natasha Beddingfield, 'Project Runway' designer Christian Siriano, drag queen Lady Bunny and transgender icon Amanda Lepore) left after the contest ended, those who did stick around got another surprise treat, as Madonna later shimmied her way into Martin Solveig's DJ booth, singing along as Solveig played her 2005 hit, 'Hung Up,' and mimicking the disco-like moves straight from the song's video.
As it turns out, the leak of 'Give Me All Your Love' wasn't too far from her mind - before departing, she called out 'L-U-V' from the song's cheerleader-like chorus (the response: a thunderous 'Madonna!')

To view lots of pictures from the event visit: madonna-smirnoff-nightlife-exchange

Article from - thanks to Alex

Liz Smith: Madonna Holds Forth on Objectified Sexuality

US columnist Liz Smith tackles Madonna's Harpers Bazaar interview and the recent leak of Give Me All Your Love:

'My movie, ‘W.E.’ is all about the cult of celebrity. We like to put people on a pedestal, give them one character trait, and if we step outside of that shrine-like area, then we punish them. Wallis Simpson became famous by default, by capturing the heart of a king. But it is obviously a subject I’m constantly on the inside of, and on the outside of.'
That’s Madonna herself in Harper’s Bazaar for November. She appears on the cover with one of the stars of 'W.E.,' Andrea Riseborough, who portrays Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who shook the British Empire, enticed a king to abdicate his throne and became the wandering, bitter, Duchess of Windsor.
Madonna is profiled by writer Naomi Wolf. It’s a good piece. When Madonna lets her guard down and really talks, one always comes away with a fascinating article. I was amused, however, that Ms. Wolf was surprised to find the powerful, formidable Madonna, 'open, even vulnerable.' I’ll say! But I’ve been telling the word for 20 years that M is a much softer, more tentative, more insecure and nicer person than she usually cares to let on.
Madonna talks here about her 'conditioning' as a young Catholic girl, raised in Michigan - how she rebelled and how she was 'tortured' for her refusal to be like other girls. She says, 'Straight men did not find me attractive. I think they were scared of me because I was different. I’ve always asked ‘Why? Why do I have to do that? Why do I have to look this way? Why do I have to dress this way? Why do I have to behave this way?’'
For Madonna, asking questions and defying convention worked - she remains an iconic and provoking figure on the world stage. (She’s got millions, too.) Her four children, her work, her inevitable maturity, and her choice of male companions continue to provoke - and often anger - those who dislike her. And even those who admire her. Everybody always thinks 'they' know what is best for Madonna. (I’ve given her advice myself, which I always laugh about. Poor thing can’t get on without wise words from Liz Smith!)
Because she remains so attractive and still enjoys showing what she’s got, the subject of sex is never far off. Madonna says: 'I think that the world is not comfortable with female sexuality. It’s always coming from a male point of view, and a woman is being objectified by a man - and even women are comfortable with that. But when a woman does it, ironically, women are uncomfortable with it - conditioning!'
Of her current man of the last two years, dancer Brahim Zaibat, who is somewhat younger, Madonna insists: 'Well, it can also be more than just sexual, um appendages. I don’t necessarily like to use the word ‘lover’ because it sounds like they just come over and have sex with you. I aspire for more than that. I need more than that.'
It should be noted that for all her racy reputation, Madonna has only married twice, to actor Sean Penn and then to director Guy Ritchie. She could not have been more in love or more serious about these relationships. And she was crushed when they didn’t work out. The break from Guy was especially painful. They had a child, Rocco, and were married seven years. When she says 'I do,' she means it. (And unlike today’s 'stars' there was no orgy of wedding photos, sold to the highest bidder. No photo has ever been published of her wedding to Mr. Ritchie.)

An unfinished version of a new Madonna song, 'Give Me All Your Love,' was leaked - much to her fury - on the internet last week. It is from her coming, as-yet-untitled album. It’s fun and danceable. But, there are those who say Madonna, at 53, is simply 'too old' to have fun and dance anymore. (Tell that to all those creaky male rockers and pop-stars, still grinding their hips on concert stages.)
Madonna shrugs the subject: 'I find whenever someone writes anything about me, my age is right after my name. It’s like they’re saying, ‘Here she is, but remember she’s this age, so she’s not that relevant anymore. Or, ‘Let’s punish her by reminding her and everyone else.’'
But her film, 'W.E.' still remains a top priority, though she is recording again, will tour next year and has had remarkable success with the clothing line launched with her gorgeous daughter, Lourdes (better known as Lola.)
Madonna is fascinated by Wallis Simpson - her compulsions and her fate. 'She wasn’t conventionally pretty, she had the body of a teenage boy, she was divorced twice - and by the time she married the king she couldn’t have children. What did she have to offer? She’s not pretty, fertile, or a virgin, so she’s useless. I was actually told once by a Japanese woman that there’s a phrase for women who are past the marrying age: ‘stale cake.’'
'W.E.' is now slated for a February release, and Madonna has a firm grip on her film. Indeed, she has final cut and will not relinquish that - ever. (I’ve seen 'W.E.' She knows her stuff. She is a remarkably gifted director.)
But no matter the fate of 'W.E.,' no matter how much dance music she makes - to the distress of those who want her to calm down and become a ballad-crooning, Dietrich-style chanteuse. And no matter who her man of choice is, Madonna will never ever be 'stale cake.'
She’s still fresh and the icing remains delicious.

From - thanks to Alex

'W.E.' Stills Photographer's Exhibition in London

An exhibition devoted to the work of photographer Anthony Souza will be held at London's 'The Little Black Gallery', from December 13 to December 20, 2011.
Souza was the stills photographer on 'W.E.', directed by Madonna and starring Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson and James D'Arcy as Edward Simpson.
Souza said: 'I was visually inspired by the sets and costumes, and the romanticism and visual elegance of the scenes, which made me approach the photos as artistic works and not just publicity stills.'
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From / Picture by Anthony Souza

Madonna Selects Winner of Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Danceoff

At the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project's Global Dance Search which took place at Roseland in New York on Saturday night, Madonna chose the winner of a global dance contest awarding one lucky dancer the opportunity to join her official dance crew. With art direction and choreography by Shay Normann, the 11 finalists battled it out in front of over one thousand guests. Beating hundreds of online hopefuls and then competing against finalists live at the event, Lil' Buck from Memphis, TN was the announced winner of the coveted, life-changing prize.
'This has been an incredible journey and a dream come true,' said Lil' Buck.
'The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project has uncovered amazing dance talent from all over the world, but Lil' Buck was the best of all,' added Madonna.
Madonna, who watched the performances with choreographers Rich & Tone Talauega, handpicked DJ and Producer Martin Solveig to headline the event. Solveig has been collaborating with Madonna on her upcoming album. Hardy 'Indigo' Muanza and Vikter Duplaix were also at the event spinning custom mixes.
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, including the exclusive dance competition to join Madonna's dance crew, is the first component of a multi-faceted agreement between Madonna and her partner Live Nation and Diageo, the parent company of The Smirnoff Co.

From Marketwire

Material Girl Christmas Tree at Macy's

Macy’s announced the launch of its Celebrity Tree Auction, an exciting new component of the retailer’s fourth annual 'Believe' campaign. Powered by leading charity auction website charitybuzz, Macy’s Celebrity Tree Auction features 14 fantasy Christmas trees inspired by your favorite Macy’s stars including Material Girl, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Sean John, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Emeril Lagasse, Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Greg Norman, Rachel Roy, Jessica Simpson and Donald Trump.

Bidders can visit to preview and bid on the stunning creations, which are on display at Macy’s Herald Square in New York. Each winner will have the tree delivered to their doorstep complete with in-home set up, and bidders will have the opportunity to make special wishes come true as 100 percent of the funds raised will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Macy’s stars have also designed signature holiday ornaments that will be available at all Macy’s stores and online at These exclusive celebrity-inspired ornaments retail for $9.99, with 10 percent of the purchase price benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Thanks to Kristina at Macy's

Madonna Delays 'W.E' US Release To 2012

It's been a big week for Madonna news. A version of her song 'Give Me All Your Love,' off her still-in-the-works next album, leaked, much to the Queen of Pop's dismay. And now comes word that her film 'W.E.' won't hit theaters until next year.
Directed by Madonna, 'W.E.' was originally slated to open around the holiday season on December 9, but now it will have only a limited, one-week run beginning on that date before opening wide on February 3, the Weinstein Company confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The short theatrical debut does, however, qualify the film for any awards-show consideration.
The new February 3 release date would also coincide with a February 5 Super Bowl performance that Madge is rumored to be planning. In September, the singer screened the film at the Venice Film Festival to mixed reviews. 'W.E.' follows the love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Britain's Prince Edward, as well as that of a modern-day woman (played by Abbie Cornish) obsessed with the couple.
In addition to 'W.E.,' Madonna is set to release her album in the spring. Along with production assistance from Ray of Light producer William Orbit, rumor has it that both Nicki Minaj and rapper M.I.A. will make guest appearances.


Give Me All Your Love Leaks And It's So Much Freakin' Fun

Earlier a few audio snippets of Madonna's 'Give Me All Your Love' leaked and it sure didn't take long for the whole track to find its way online.
And the verdict around the MTV Newsroom: Thumbs up, Madge. Thumbs WAY up. In fact, one gentlemanly MTV News boss man perhaps said it best: 'I like this so much more than I should.'
This track falls squarely in Madonna's cannon; it's pure dance pop. It opens with Nicki Minaj cheering, 'L-U-V, MADONNA / Y-O-U, you wanna?' before Madonna jumps in with the first verse.
There is, however, one big surprise - M.I.A. is nowhere to be found on the giddy song, despite rumors that she would appear. In her place, glittery synths, marching band drums, claps and a catchy-as-hell chorus. Actually, the whole thing, start to finish, is undeniably catchy. We already have big plans to listen to it on repeat while spinning around our bedroom in circles. Yeah, it's like that!


Guy Oseary talks Give Me All Your Love leaks

Guy Oseary has took to twitter on Wednesday to answer fans questions and talk about the leak of Give Me All Your Love:

The plan was for new music to come out in the new year... and yet someone leaked a demo version of a song yesterday..

Im very happy with the positive reaction to the demo, but we are very upset with whoever leaked the song!!!!!!!!

we are asking that the fans please help us police any more leaks.. we have a lot in store for you.. but please respect the process..

madonna told me this morning "my true fans wouldn't do this"... whoever is responsible for this leak, we ask that you please stop!..

we are happy with the positive reaction.. but there is a process.. new music in the new year.. and lots of it..

no name for new album yet.. the album is not finished.. it should be done in the next month or so...

not sure how many tracks yet..

there is beautiful ballad she wrote for the movie...

she is only upset with whoever leaked the music.. we would love to know who that is..

we have not done photos yet.. just working on finishing the album.. almost done..

Harpers Bazaar: Complete Portfolio Online

The complete Tom Munro porfolio and interview for Harpers Bazaar has been released online today - some really lovely black and white images!

Madonna lives behind high, spike-topped, black metal walls in three townhouses joined into one on New York's Upper East Side. I had to manage my covetous feelings as I was ushered through the gate and then walked through pristine living rooms, dining rooms, and sitting areas, all decorated like the highest end of British hotels, in a mélange of blacks and grays. There were glossy black floors and doors, original Tamara de Lempicka paintings on the walls, and, I would swear, a wall covering made of teal duck feathers in at least one bathroom.
But I was open to forgiving Madonna all of these signs of her success because the fact is, I think the woman is gutsy, and the risks she has taken in her career have made the world a bit freer and more interesting for women of my generation.
In person, Madonna is tiny and alarmingly fit, and she has the posture of a seasoned dancer. Her face is more delicate than in photos; one gets the sense that she is aware of her every gesture. She is wearing beige slacks with boots and a belted beige sweater over a white shirt; her hair is simply styled in blonde waves. She greets me warily and welcomes me into a quiet study.

The full interview can be read at and large versions of the Tom Munro shot, Arianne Phillips styled pictures can be viewed at

Pictures courtesy of Harpers Bazaar / Tom Munro

NME Review Give Me All Your Love

UK music website NME gave a great review of Give Me All Your Love which leaked in full yesterday evening:

Yesterday we gave our verdict on the leaked clips of Madonna's new single 'Give Me All Your Love'. Well now the whole thing has been unleashed.
In truth, some people have suggested that it's just a demo at this stage (M.I.A and Nicki Minaj are rumoured to feature on the final version). But to us it sounds just fine as it is.
It starts off non-typically enough with a Nicola Roberts styled 'L-U-V MADONNA' cheerleader shout out, before we're zippily lead by co-writer and producer William Orbit in a polished 60s shake down. It's clear he's revisiting his past collaborations with the singer, with shades of 'Beautiful Stranger'and 'Amazing' abounding. There's also an echo of 'Ray Of Light' in the jet powered guitar line on the verse. The whole thing seems to soar effortlessly, especially in the context of her last album, the difficult-to-love 'Hard Candy'.
There have been criticisms that the bouncy lyrics ('Give me all your love/ Let's forget about time and dance the night away' goes the chorus) are neither befitting of the grande dame of disco nor are indicative of the type of lyrics she should be penning at this stage in her career. And I even wrote a blog a few months ago saying that she 'needs to draw from the events that have affected her (divorce, adoption).'
Blah, blah, blah, frankly. Because what Madonna's doing in this song is so much more impossibly fun than we could have imagined that all of that talk seems unimportant.
By dodging cookie-cutter Gaga europop sound or the cold urban sound of 'Hard Candy', Madonna sounds like Madonna again, which is a reason to celebrate.

UK Magazines: Hello!

UK magazine Hello! (07 November issue 1199) features this three-page interview with Madonna talking about her film, family and boyfriend Brahim. The article is illustrated with pictures from the London gala screening of W.E. and the Claridges pre-screening drinks party. Click on the images to enlarge.

Give Me All Your Love clips leak online

Entertainment website Digital Spy have published this story and links to the Give Me All Your Love leaks online this afternoon:

Clips of Madonna's new single have appeared online.
The snippets of the star's upcoming song 'Give Me All Your Love' are thought to be from the demo version of the track.
The full version will be premiered during the Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The final version will include features from Nicki Minaj and MIA and has been produced by Martin Sloveig.
Previous reports have indicated that Madonna's performance of the track with include 'heavy choreography with major cheerleading action'.
The 53-year-old recently suggested that 'Give Me All Your Love' will have an official release in February or March of 2012 with her new album to follow in the spring.

Are these leaks building up the anticipation of the single release, or ruining the surprise - let madonnalicious know by hitting the 'Comments' button below.

Harpers Bazaar Cover Details

Matthew Rettenmund from the boy culture blog has had a sneak peek at the new Harpers Bazaar magazine that will feature Madonna on the cover, here is what he saw:

I've seen the new cover of Harper's Bazaar but can't post it; it's exquisite and fans will be happy with Tom Munro's work.
The main cover features a shot of Madonna behind W.E.'s Andrea Riseborough with a protective arm over Riseborough's shoulder and encircling her to her other shoulder. Big rock on Madonna's finger, though part of her hand is hidden by the long-sleeved black gown she has on. Riseborough is in a black strapless number.
Madonna's hair is very '40s and her makeup reminiscent of her look at the Venice Film Festival.
There is an alternate, subscriber's only cover that shows both women full-body, both in all-black outfits again.

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Coty Inc. Announces Agreement With Madonna's MG Icon

Coty Prestige, a division of Coty Inc., announced today that it signed an agreement with MG Icon LLC, a joint venture between Madonna, Guy Oseary, and Iconix Brand Group, Inc., to launch the icon's first fragrance. The fragrance, Truth or Dare by Madonna, will debut exclusively at Macy's in April 2012 in the United States, with global distribution beginning in May.
The agreement with Coty marks the first time Madonna, the top selling female recording artist of all time, with more than 300 million records sold worldwide, will launch a fragrance.
Madonna stated to Women's Wear Daily, 'I have always been obsessed by fragrance and for years wanted to create something personal that was an expression of me but that other people could relate to as well. Something honest, and yet daring, hence the name Truth or Dare.'
'Madonna is the marquis addition to Coty's unrivaled brand portfolio and further establishes us as cutting edge leaders in the global beauty industry,' Bernd Beetz, CEO, Coty Inc said. 'We are thrilled to embark on this new venture with Madonna, a global icon with unprecedented star power and cultural relevance.'
Madonna will be featured in a global print, television, and online marketing campaign produced in collaboration with Fabien Baron of Baron & Baron who she has worked with on many projects including 'Sex,' her renowned 1992 pictorial essay on sexuality.
'Madonna is an artistic phenomenon whose vision has helped define the cultural zeitgeist for nearly three decades. Her fans around the world have an unparalleled devotion and will be eager to experience a unique, and more personal, materialization of her talent,' Michele Scannavini, President, Coty Prestige said.
Truth or Dare by Madonna will be a signature floral fragrance. Its unique blend of narcotic florals, balanced with addictive woods and vanilla, creates a scent that is timeless, yet contemporary, simultaneously dark and light. The bottle plays up the Truth or Dare duality - a classic and sophisticated shape, with modern and edgy detailing.
The scent will be available in a 75ml EDP ( $68 / euro 62), 50ml EDP ( $55 / euro 46), 30ml EDP ( $39 / euro 35), Body Lotion ( $28 / euro 22), and Shower Gel ( $24 / euro 21).
'Madonna is a globally recognized music and style pioneer. The debut of her first fragrance is a dynamic platform to launch her lifestyle brand, Truth or Dare by Madonna,' commented Neil Cole , CEO, Iconix Brand Group. 'Coty is a respected leader in the prestige fragrance industry. Their expertise coupled with Madonna's iconic status is a powerful partnership.'

From Yahoo! Finance / Picture courtesy of Coty Inc. / MG Icon

'Truth or Dare by Madonna' Brand Announced

MG Icon announced the launch of the 'Truth or Dare by Madonna' brand. 'Truth or Dare by Madonna' will be a global lifestyle brand. The brand will initially launch with footwear, handbags, intimates, accessories and fragrance. MG Icon will exclusively partner with Macy's for the initial launch in 2012 while launching simultaneously worldwide. In 2013, the brand will be widely distributed at leading department stores in the United States.
Madonna stated, 'Over the past several decades, I have been approached countless times to create my own brand. The timing is right and I have found great partners in Iconix who can help translate my vision to reality.'


Madonna to add fan to dance crew

Madonna will pick one lucky fan to join her dance troupe later this month.
The entertainer will end her talent search competition at New York City's Roseland Ballroom on 12 November and there she'll select the number one dancer to add to her crew.
Eleven contestants have been narrowed down from hundreds of hopefuls around the world who competed for the chance to join Madonna onstage, and together they'll have one last chance to wow the Material Girl hitmaker before she makes her final choice.
And Madonna is eager to check out the talent, stating, 'Even with my crazy schedule, any chance I get to be on a dance floor in New York with fabulous music and incredible dancers is still my idea of a perfect evening. I can't wait for November 12th.'


New Icon Sweepstakes: Join Madonna in NYC

Madonna will be in New York on November 12th to audition the finalists of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project and pick one of them by midnight to be her next dancer! The event will also feature special guest DJs including Martin Solveig who will be on hand to keep the dance party going...

Wanna spend that special moment with Madonna?
Icon, Madonna's Official Fan Club, is giving away tickets to 200 members and a guest each!
To enter, all you need is a valid membership with Icon (free or Legacy) and the answer to a special question. Make sure your are logged in and click here to access the devoted page now!
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'A Fairy Tale in New York but Hot Hot Hot in the studioooooo'

Since Madonna manager Guy Oseary announced she'd be working on an album over the summer, tentatively slated for a spring release, the Queen of Pop's most loyal followers have been clamoring for updates about the progress of the record.
Last week, it was rumored Madge had plans to work with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, and now producer William Orbit has some more news for the singer's most loyal devotees.
'Madonna has phenomenal understanding of both the minutiae of music and the big picture. Zooming in, zooming out. 4ever amazing. Plus VISION!!!' he tweeted. 'Working with Madonna is a treat. Fantastic tracks and vibes. Going deep. She's ON IT !!! This is THE album!'
The Ray of Light producer's tweets even reveal where the two have been cooking up tracks for the record. 'WOWOWOWOW just looked out the window here in NY and IT's SNOWING !!!!!' he wrote. 'A Fairy Tale in New York but Hot Hot Hot in the studioooooo.'
At the London screening for her film 'W.E.,' Madonna spoke to Sky News about the top-secret project, addressing the nature of her celebrity and how it relates to her art. 'Even when I try something old [I get criticized]. When I make my music, I come up against criticism,' she said. 'So it kind of goes with the territory. I'm used to it.'
What are you expecting from Madonna's next album? Let us know in the comments!


Madonna: Women Want The 'Perfect' Man

Madonna wants to be 'swept off her feet' by the 'perfect' man.
The 53-year-old star - who has previously been married to Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie and is currently dating 24-year-old dancer Brahim Zaibat - believes women all have similar expectations about love, though she knows she is responsible for her own happiness.
She told Britain's Hello! magazin: 'We women still want what we've always wanted. So much has changed for us over the last few decades, in that we have the opportunity for better education, for many different kinds of jobs, for being independent in ourselves.'
'But we all still find ourselves wanting the same thing at the same time - to be swept off our feet by the perfect man.'
'We all think that perfect love is going to change our lives immensely. And of course love does change your life. But what we also have to understand is that happiness lies in our own hands, not someone else's.'
The 'Hung Up' hitmaker - whose directorial debut, 'W.E' is released in January - insists no one has ever given up their 'kingdom' for her but she wouldn't want anyone to make big sacrifices for her happiness.
She added: 'No one's ever given up their kingdom for me yet. And to tell you the truth, I wouldn't want them to.'
'When a man gives up his kingdom for you, then it's your job to make him feel like he's still a king for the rest of his life. That's a tall order.'