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Madonna News - January 2006

Pimp Madonna’s Ride

The Queen of Pop, Madonna, gets the ultimate in star treatment as MTV pimps her ride! Led by inimitable DJ Tim Westwood, the MTV crew return for a one off special to honour the show’s number one celebrity fan with the ride of her life, exclusively on MTV, Sunday February 19th at 9.30pm.
Once she’s received the Pimp My Ride UK treatment, Madonna’s brand new ride will be paraded in the video for her latest single ‘Sorry’, which comes fresh from her sensational album ‘Confessions on the Dancefloor.’ She’s been dubbed a human chameleon thanks to her numerous image revamps over the years, but which of her enigmatic styles will be the inspiration for her latest getaway accessory?
Having applied the finishing touches to Madonna’s ride, Westwood and the whole crew will be back on MTV for a new series in April. Viewers have already contacted MTV in their tens of thousands hoping to be have their cars pimped.
Madonna is about to become the envy of the showbiz world thanks to Pimp Madonna’s Ride. You’ve heard the rumours, now watch it happen for real in a totally unforgettable Pimp My Ride UK special – “~Pimp Madonna’s Ride’ – a one off exclusive on Sunday 19th February at 9.30pm.
Tune into ‘Pimp Madonna’s Ride’, Sunday 19th February at 9.30pm
source : mtv

Skype to offer Madonna ringtones

Skype is following the mobile phone market in launching a ringtone service for it users following a deal signed with Warner Music.
The deal will see master recordings from WMG’s roster of world-renowned recording artists as ringtones to the more than 74 million registered users of Skype.
According to the company, in the coming months consumers will be able to download master ringtones from WMG artists including Madonna, Green Day, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, D4L, and T.I.
Always at the forefront of musical trends, Madonna will be the sole artist to headline the “Featured Artist” section of the Skype online retail store upon its launch.
The store will feature ringtones of “Hung Up”?, “Push”? and “Sorry”? as well as past Madonna hits “Like A Virgin”?, “Vogue”? and more.
The Skype retail store is expected to eventually expand to include ringback tones and other music-based personalization content from WMG artists.
source : skype

Madonna on UK Charts – Update

Singles Chart :

12 (11) George Best – A Tribute – Brian Kennedy & Peter Corry
13 (14) Hung Up – Madonna
14 (12) My Humps – Black Eyed Peas

Albums Chart :

18 (-) The Very Best Of – Johnny Mathis
19 (13) Confessions On A Dance Floor – Madonna
20 (15) Piece By Piece – Katie Melua

Download Chart :

11 (05) That’s My Goal – Shayne Ward
12 (08) Hung Up – Madonna
13 (11) I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys

“Sorry” Billboard Review

Second single “Sorry” from the platinum No. 1 mix-style “Confessions on a Dancefloor” should keep fans hung up on Madonna’s ability to create instant radio and club classics. She may sing, “I’ve heard it all before,” but “Sorry” is neither a reinvention of her past hits nor of anything else on top 40 radio. A vigorous vocal and vivacious, swirling layers of addictive, arresting beats ensure that this is the right-on follow-up to Madonna’s record-tying 36th top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single. Also give a listen to the smoothed-out remix with added vocals by Pet Shop Boys. Sounds like a smash no matter how you spin it; no need for apologies here.
source : drownedmadonna / billboard

Gossip : Madonna Buys Up More London Property

Madonna has splashed out on a new home next door to her existing London mansion.
The pop tart has spent £900,000 on a house in Mayfair for her staff next door to her £7.5million Georgian Terrace.
Madonna has already bought a Mews property next to her mansion for her manager. She also owns homes in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and a country estate in Wiltshire.
According to the Sun a Neighbour of the singer said: “She loves her home in London but has always wanted more space. Properties here often aren’t as big as the enormous places you can get in Los Angeles.
“She had been after the mews house next door for a couple of years. She asked the banking consultant neighbour who owned it if he was prepared to sell and eventually he agreed. Although I’m told she drove a hard bargain, both sides are happy with the deal.
“Madonna likes the added security she will have owning the house next door. She has had big security problems in the past.
“She plans to move in more of her staff next door now and she said she could do with the extra office space.”
I wonder if she has any jobs going???
source : entertainmentwise

Max skates into Madonna Video

An In-Line skater has been hand-picked to star in pop star Madonna’s new music video.
Max Freeman, has already been filmed to accompany Sorry, the second single from her album, Confessions On A Dance Floor.
Former Ratton and Sussex Downs College student Max went to London to take part in the shoot.
It is the first time he’s been involved in a music video, but he’s hoping it won’t be the last.
‘I had an audition before Christmas and got a call back last week telling me that I needed to be in London the following day,’ he said.
‘I was very excited as it was my first appearance in a pop video and I’d not done anything like it before.
‘I’ve been skating since I was 14 years old after becoming interested in it from going to the Skate on the seafront.
‘Although I was skating before the event, it gave me new ideas about tricks and it continued from there.
‘I’ve been lucky enough to take part in competitions around Europe and really enjoy it, but it’s for pleasure and not to make money.’
The shooting of the video took place over two gruelling days of filming.
The first shoot started at 11am and finished at 1am, with the second starting at 8am and finishing at 1am.
The 20-year-old, of Shalfleet Close, also managed to speak to the normally very private superstar.
‘Madonna was nice and we spoke for a bit,’ he said. ‘She was only on set for a fraction of the hours the rest of us were there for.
‘They shot the bits she needed to be in and then she went home.
‘The hours were long and it was hard work, but very enjoyable.’
Max hasn’t yet seen the final version of the video and will be waiting like the rest of the pop star’s fans for its release.
But he gave no secrets away about the theme.
He added, ‘I know the lyrics off by heart now. I would love to do another video, but I’ll have to wait and see what happens in the future.’
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Madonna on Billboard Chart – Update

Hot 100 Singles :

44 (41) Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
45 (43) Hung Up – Madonna
46 (53) Nasty Girl – The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm

Billboard 200 Albums :

23 (39) The Way It Is – Keyshia Cole
24 (20) Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor
25 (27) Barrio Fino: En Directo – Daddy Yankee

Hot Digital Singles :

28 (26) Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins
29 (22) Hung Up – Madonna
30 (21) Stay Fly – Three 6 Mafia

Madonna and Pitt’s Brad hair days

They are both normally pictures of perfection. But Madonna and Brad Pitt have been looking far from their glamorous selves.
At a Paris fashion show yesterday, all eyes were on Madonna’s apparently receding hairline.
An audience member with a closeup view of the 47-year-old singer said: “The most striking thing was how unusually large her forehead was. Everyone was wondering if years of dying her hair meant it was receding.
“She was all in black which emphasised her recent weight loss. Her cheekbones looked razor-sharp while the skin round her neck and chin looked overly-taut and puckered.”
Pitt, meanwhile, has dyed his famous locks dark brown, with a Fifties-style quiff and sideburns.
The 42-year-old actor’s new look is for his role as 19th century outlaw Jesse James in a film, although some felt it owed more to Elvis Presley.
Pitt’s hairstyle was revealed as he dined out in London on Tuesday night – with Madonna. They were with her husband Guy Ritchie and chef Jamie Oliver.

Madonna and Pitt's Brad hair days

source : dailymail

Hung Up #3 on TRL today

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Madonna – “Gaultier is going to design the costumes for my next show”

Madonna, absent from fashion’s front row for years, unleashed pandemonium at the couture shows here Wednesday afternoon when she arrived at Jean Paul Gaultier.
The paparazzi surged dangerously, with camera crews sneaking in between the rows to get footage of the pop superstar. Dressed all in black with wraparound sunglasses, Madonna told WWD, “Gaultier is going to design the costumes for my next show. We are going to discuss the details tomorrow.”?
Once her bodyguards cleared the runway, Madonna jumped from her seat to greet French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino before the show. As it turns out, the queen of pop is quite the polyglot, finding time to exchange a few words in Spanish with her front-row neighbor, flamenco dancer Joachim Cortez.
Gaultier is also designing costumes for Cortez and his 17 musicians for his upcoming Paris show dubbed “My Loneliness.”? After Gaultier’s Greek-themed confections exited the runway, Madonna exited with her entourage, with camera crews trailing aggressively, getting into tussles with editors also eager for a look at the celebrity.
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Madonna mingles with Gaultier’s Greek goddesses

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier showered pop icon Madonna with white rose petals on Wednesday at the end of a spring-summer haute couture collection that was inspired by Greek mythology and culture.
Models wearing outfits named Poseidon, Athena and Midas weaved around chairs clustered as Greek islands. Glass lanterns hung overhead which Gaultier said resembled those of Orthodox churches. Hairstyles were piled high or fell almost to the floor.
Parthenon was a jacket cut away to look like a column, embroidered with antique wire over a tight silk skirt. Cyclops was a long tunic with trousers covered in black organza petals.
“It’s a marvellous country with a big culture and I go there quite often and one day I knew would need to do a Greek collection,” Gaultier said.
After the final wedding dress, a huge ruffle joined onto a skirt with strings of pearls, Gaultier came running out with rose petals for his old friend Madonna.
“I’m excited, I’m really in love more with her. I’m very happy that she came,” he said.
Madonna was wearing a black jacket and skirt sat next to Spain’s top flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes.
French actress Catherine Deneuve was also there.
“It was so beautiful. Such extraordinary colours, classical, and refined and very structured as well. A superb collection,” Deneuve told Reuters afterwards.
Gaultier’s show was the penultimate one of three days of haute couture collections in Paris. The outfits are made-to-measure and cost thousands of dollars, so there are only estimated to be between 200 and 300 clients in the world.
The dresses can take weeks to make and Gaultier said some were finished only just in time.
“It was almost a Greek tragedy … some arrived three minutes before,” he said.
Lebanese designer Elie Saab was the last event on the official calendar.
His models walked out to the tune of Erotica, a song by Madonna, in romantic glittery gowns with bows and tulle skirts. The audience was filled with potential clients from the Middle East, including many princesses.
The final bride wore a bustier dress with a 3.5-metre tulle train with latticework embroidery of pearls, silk and organza flowers and iridescent sequins.
source : reuters