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50,000 people are dying, needlessly, every day of extreme poverty.
At this year’s G8 summit meeting, it is within your power to put an end to this tragedy. It is an extraordinary opportunity which it would be shameful to ignore. We urge you to take these 3 steps to make extreme poverty history…
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Madonna’s house in Vogue ?

from Madonnalicious : The latest issue of World Of Interiors talks to photographer Tim Walker and at the end of the feature they mention his next projects which include:
Tim is off now to meet Madonna to discuss him photographing Ashcombe House – Madonna’s country house in Wilshire – for American Vogue.

Gossip : Madonna’s disco game tire her kids out before bedtime

Madonna plays a game called ‘disco tag’ with her kids in order to tire them out before bedtime.
The pop superstar insists the night-time playtime helps her children Rocco and Lourdes get rid of any extra energy so they’ll sleep soundly.
She says, “It’s a fun game. There’s a whole performance involved, and you dance, and you’re supposed to fake the other person out that you’re not interested in tagging them by dancing.
“We all play – I play, my husband, the nanny… My son uses all his adrenaline and then passes out. That’s a good night.”
source : contactmusic

EMI To Release Live 8 On DVD

Live 8 has just announced it’s teaming up with music giant EMI for a worldwide deal for the Live 8 performances happening on July 2. According to the agreement, EMI will provide a large financial contribution to the Live 8 organization in exchange for the worldwide DVD rights to its concerts in the UK, Canada, US, France, Germany and Italy.
The concerts include performances by Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Deep Purple, Dido, Green Day, Jay-Z, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Linkin Park, Madonna, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, Joss Stone, U2, Keith Urban, Velvet Revolver, Robbie Williams, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.
“We are very grateful to EMI for their financial contribution which helped to make the July 2nd concerts happen everywhere on the planet and thus nudge the world a little closer towards our shared aim,” said Bob Geldof. “I hope this will be the biggest selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be.”
Geldof isn’t the only one excited. EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron is just as keen. “On its own, the Toronto area show already boasts an astonishing line-up of artists,” he said.
source : chartattack

55,000 more tickets for Live 8 show

Live 8 organisers have announced the release of 55,000 extra free tickets to the star-studded concert.
The additional places will allow people to watch Saturday’s event at Hyde Park live on giant screens.
Pairs of tickets will be handed out free of charge from Wednesday at selected venues in London and around the UK, organisers said.
Bob Geldof said: “This is going to be the biggest event in Hyde Park’s history and the biggest ticketed event ever in the UK.
“The park will be filled to the brim. In other cities around the country and around the world, millions of people will be joining in to make poverty history. It will be one of those defining moments that come around once in a generation.”
The announcement followed “detailed discussions” with the Royal Parks, Westminster City Council and police, organisers said.
Space for the additional numbers has been allocated south of the Serpentine Lake. The finish time for the event has been extended from 8pm to 9.30pm.
Organisers urged people without tickets not to come, saying that room was limited due to “the massive infrastructure and huge numbers with tickets”.
Saturday’s show, with an actual audience of 150,000, will include Madonna, Robbie Williams and Sir Paul McCartney. The concert will highlight poverty and debt in developing countries, just days before the leaders of the world’s richest countries meet in Scotland.
The 55,000 extra tickets will be available from 3pm on Wednesday June 29, with doors closing at 7pm and reopening at 10am next morning.
source : reuters

Live 8 Viewer’s Guide

Rock ‘n’ roll is all about excess – so with MTV providing selected TV coverage, AOL Webcasting the entire event (at and XMsatellite radio broadcasting all the shows as well the hardest part of this historic event is deciding when too much is just enough.
*The London concert begins at 6 a.m. local time July 2 on Saturday. Take a breath: Pink Floyd, Bob Geldof, U2, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, R.E.M., Sting, Mariah Carey, Travis, Snoop Dogg, The Killers, Keane, Joss Stone, Dido, Robbie Williams, Elton John and Pink Floyd.
Okay, Pink Floyd was mentioned twice but that’s how musically historic this reunion – after nearly a quarter century – is. No individual gig times have been announced.
*The Philadelphia show starts at noon on Saturday, and has one of the best line-ups. The Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Kaiser Chiefs, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi and Destiny’s Child headline. While Jay-Z has been announced as a participant, rumors persist that the rap mogul has bowed out of the event.
*Selections get easier outside of London and Philly. In Paris at the Palais de Versailles, sexy Shakira is the act that’ll make the French go oo-la-la, but no doubt the rejuvenated Cure featuring a decidedly non gloomy Robert Smith will also be a favorite. Lauryn Hill plays Berlin, and Rome has probably the weirdest lineups – a spaghetti western featuring Tim McGraw and his wife Faith Hill. Visit for more.
source : newyorkpost

Live 8 concerts could be world’s largest broadcast

Live 8 concerts organized by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of African poverty could become the largest global broadcast as they hope to attract more than the 3.9 billion viewers who were able to watch the Athens Olympic Games.
Organizers said on Saturday they were confident they could beat that figure after attracting 140 television networks around the world to show next week’s anti-poverty concerts.
They said millions would also watch the likes of U2, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow via the Internet.
Twenty years ago, Geldof organized the Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia, which raised more than $100 million to help fight famine in Ethiopia and attracted an estimated 1.5 billion viewers.
This time, rather than raise money, he has organized eight free concerts to raise the profile of African poverty and increase pressure on world leaders to act.
The concerts will all be held on July 2, days before a Group of Eight (G8) summit of the world’s leading industrialized nations opens at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
Organizers of the concerts say the addition of the Internet will have a huge impact on viewing figures and point to an American soap that last week attracted more viewers via the Internet than through television.
“This … live broadcast … will be the first to truly embrace the powerful broadband Internet,” Live 8 executive producer Kevin Wall said in a statement.
The International Olympic Committee estimates that 3.9 billion people “had access to the images of the (2004) Games.”
The concerts will be staged in Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the United States, South Africa, Canada and Britain.
A ninth may be staged in Moscow, organizers said on Friday, and a separate concert is being held in Edinburgh on July 6, some 40 miles from where the G8 leaders will be meeting.
“Everyone in the world will have the opportunity to view … this event and collectively we will come together to have our voices heard,” Wall said.
source : reuters

Blender’s 40 Greatest New Wave Singles Ever

40 – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel
39 – Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s
38 – Making Plans For Nigel – XTC
37 – I Ran – A Flock Of Seagulls
36 – White Lines – Grandmaster Flash
35 – Radio Free Europe – REM
34 – Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
33 – I Will Follow – U2
32 – Take On Me – A-HA
31 – Tainted Love – Soft Cell
30 – Never Say Never – Romeo Void
29 – Mirror In The Bathroom – The English Beat
28 – Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
27 – Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
26 – Let’s Go To Bed – The Cure
25 – Burning Up – Madonna
24 – Satisfaction – Devo
23 – Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
22 – Debaser – The Pixies
21 – Warm Leatherette – The Normal
20 – Pop Musik – M
19 – I Found That Essence Rare – Gang Of Four
18 – Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
17 – Enola Gay – OMD
16 – House Of Jealous Lovers – The Rapture
15 – One Way Or Another – Blondie
14 – The Look Of Love – ABC
13 – Roadrunner – The Modern Lovers
12 – This Charming Man – The Smiths
11 – Life During Wartime – The Talking Heads
10 – Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
9 – Good Times Roll – The Cars
8 – Opportunities – Pet Shop Boys
7 – Pretty In Pink – Psychedelic Furs
6 – Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
5 – Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
4 – Don’t You Want Me – Human League
3 – When You Were Mine – Prince
2 – 52 Girls – B-52’s
1 – Cars – Gary Numan

Thanks to Holidayguy from MadonnaNation and

Rumour : Madge’s poverty Prayer

Madonna has something very special lined up for her Live 8 performance.
The Queen of Pop will sing Like A Prayer with a gospel choir of African children.
source : thesun

Donna De Lory will perform with Madonna on Live8

Donna De Lory will head London this weekend where she be will accompanying Madonna at this years Live 8 benefit concert in London’s Hyde Park! After she spends a week in rehearsals, she will hit the stage with Madonna on July 2nd to put on what is sure to be a spectacular show! Other artists taking to the stage during this benefit are: Sting, U2, Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Dido, Sir Elton John, Keane, Mariah Carey, REM, Robbie Williams, Travis, and many more.
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Interview with Madonna in Guardian

“Fallen idol”
What’s Madonna doing writing yet another moral-heavy children’s book? And why has she become such a vocal supporter of Kabbala? Dina Rabinovitch, a long-time fan, jumped at the chance to ask her straight out – but was left distinctly unimpressed by her answers.
A day in the life of the Ritchies. Kids at school, Madonna at her computer. She has a book deal to write children’s stories – the only problem is, there’s nothing on the screen yet. “It didn’t come easily,” she says. “I’m methodical, so I set aside time to sit at my computer – of course, in the time that the children are at school – for four hours every day, but nothing came out. My husband [the film-maker Guy Ritchie] said: ‘Write what you know about, and it will come, and then you edit out the bits you don’t like.’ And he was right – that worked.”

Madonna, the original material girl, is on the fifth of her moral-heavy children’s books. Lotsa de Casha is published this week and the message is, money can’t buy happiness. Her first children’s book, The English Roses, was launched in London, with a celebrity-studded rooftop party. The author – much prettier in real life than in photos, and very tiny – was surrounded by heavies and nobody was allowed to approach. This time she is publicising her book in New York, but she has decided to give two UK interviews, to the Guardian and Grazia magazine. Madonna will phone me, I’m told, not the other way around, and it will be at 9.40pm British time. And sure enough, to the second, she does: “Hi, this is Madonna.”

She sounds just like a regular New Yorker – quiet voice, clear American accent. So, fellow American, I don’t do the English dance of politeness, but come straight out with the questions I’m really curious about.

I ask about the Kabbala Centre, of which she has become an habituĂ©e. To Jews, I say to her, it’s a little odd that someone with the kind of business acumen she obviously has has been drawn into the Kabbala Centre, which is regarded within the Jewish community as being run by charlatans. “Is it?” she says. “Yes,” I say, “the selling of water at ludicrous prices, and claiming holy properties for it … selling bits of red string … claiming to teach Kabbala [a branch of Jewish mysticism], not something you can study without an in-depth knowledge of Hebrew, and Judaism …”

“I have an incredible teacher who is very wise,” says Madonna. “The last thing you’d accuse him of is charlatanism. I do think lots of the ones who started the centre, they’re not worldly-wise, they’ve been naive about marketing themselves. What I say is, don’t listen to the messenger, hear the message.” A message I keep reading back to myself from my notes of the interview, and still can’t make sense of, actually.

But what about the financial shenanigans? “If people want to delve into the veracity of religious organisations,” Madonna says, “have a look at the evolution of Christianity; or hop over to the Vatican. Where does all that money go? Have you seen all the gold on that roof? Not that I’m picking on Catholics; God forbid, my father would never forgive me.”

Her father was very strict when she was growing up, she says. It’s left her with a certain regard for discipline and method which she applies to work, and to parenting. She passes on a household tip which I think is little short of brilliant. Her daughter Lola (Lourdes) leaves clothes all over the bedroom floor. So how does that play when your mom is Madonna? Not good, apparently. Floor-bound clothes are bagged up and Lola only gets them back if she keeps the room tidy for the rest of the week.

Wow, I say, how did she think that one up? “Uh, I was talking to my housekeeper, you know, telling her not to pick all the clothes off the floor, and then I just suddenly thought of it – this is how to deal with it. And it works, mostly.”

So she was a pretty tidy child herself, then? “Yes, very.” And she never rebelled, did that teenage thing, dropped clothes on the floor? “Well, obviously I did rebel, as you know, but not in that way. I was never untidy.”

Really, all through the rebellious years? “Yup, tidy, and ordered and meticulous.”

Madonna’s five children’s books are beautifully produced, each illustrator vying to outdo the other. Gorgeous frontispieces, and yes, meticulously detailed drawings. All five stories are laden with Jewish imagery, from the heroine of The English Roses, called Binah, which is Hebrew for understanding, through the use of “everything is for the best” – gam zu le’tova – a saying of a Jewish scholar, nicknamed Nachum Ish Gamzu, because of his habitual use of the phrase. Two of the tales are credited to the Ba’al Shem Tov, a Hassidic leader in the 1700s.

“I didn’t get the stories from the Kabbala Centre,” Madonna says sharply. “Well, some I gleaned from my studies, but I’ve adapted them to a modern vernacular. Some I made up. The idea of sharing is not unique to Kabbala. The story of The English Roses is universal. You know,” she says with some feeling, “people jumping to conclusions about other people.”

She was attracted to the Kabbala Centre, she says, because her Catholic school never answered any questions: what is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of creation? If there is a God, why is there suffering? How do you reconcile Genesis with Darwinism? “When the student is ready,” she told me, “I guess the teacher appears.”

“Here’s exactly what happened,” she says, sounding like someone who is relieved to set the record straight. “I was pregnant with my daughter and I went to this dinner party where I heard someone talk about Kabbala, which seemed to address questions I’d started asking.

“I’ve been studying for nine years. I know there’s all this fuss about it now, celebrities and so on. When I started, there were no celebrities, and I just sat at the back of the class.”

She then tells me that the Kabbala Centre has nothing to do with Judaism really, or indeed religion, because, she says, she has a problem with religion – “people just doing stuff because they’re told to, no explanations”. The Kabbala Centre is something else entirely. “I don’t consider it Jewish or religious, because I meet all kinds of people there – Hindus, pagans, Buddhists …”

The centre has profoundly changed her, she says. How? “Ten years ago, I never thought I’d be writing children’s stories and giving the money to charity.” But the money goes to the Kabbala Centre, I say.

“Well, it goes to something they’ve founded, Spirituality for Kids, which is, you know, doing work with families all over the world, the occupied territories, even in London … well, outside London. Ken Livingstone’s trying to help set one up.” She heavily emphasises the words “occupied territories”.

By now, big fan that I am, I am feeling rather depressed. Madonna’s a keynote figure in our household – my husband’s daughter Chloe dresses up as Madonna on the Jewish festival of Purim, and any other day she can get away with it. Desperately Seeking Susan is my all-time favourite movie. Bagging this interview with Madonna was like winning the lottery – only cooler.

But I’m really floundering now at the news that Kabbala is nothing to do with Judaism at all, at the parroted stuff she keeps spouting about reconciling science with spiritualism. I loved Desperately Seeking Susan, but now it turns out she was acting more than we realised – messy bedrooms are so not her thing. I wanted this woman, my generation, my aspirations, to be great. But it doesn’t turn out that way.

“Do you want to ask me any more questions?” Madonna says, very levelly indeed. “No, no, it’s enough,” I splutter. “You must be tired,” I think I say.