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Madonna News - April 2007

Madonna on ‘Idol Gives Back’

As part of the Idol Gives Back charity event, Madonna will deliver a pre-taped message during Wednesday night’s special two-hour results show of American Idol, a representative for the singer confirmed to Access Hollywood on Tuesday. The event is designed to raise both awareness and funds for organizations that provide relief to children and young people living in poverty in Africa and America.

“I’m gonna blow [a secret] now: Madonna came on board yesterday,” Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said as a guest on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM morning radio program on Wednesday, according to Access Hollywood. “And that is just fantastic.”

While the 48-year-old is most recognizable for her work as a singer-songwriter, record producer, film producer, fashion designer, dancer, author, and actress, she is also a well-known humanitarian, having worked with numerous philanthropic organizations over the years.

Madonna will join numerous other artists and celebrities, including Celine Dion, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind & Fire, Il Divo, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Josh Groban with the African Children’s Choir, Jack Black, Helen Mirren, Rascal Flatts, Quincy Jones, Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox, and many more, who are all involved with the two-hour Idol Gives Back special.

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Celebrating 25 Years Of “Everybody”

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It may seem like only yesterday but 25 years ago on April 24, 1982, Sire Records honcho Seymour Stein released a single called “Everybody” on Warner Bros. Records by an unknown singer from Rochester, Michigan by the name of Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. To say the world would never be the same is an understatement. The song went on to become a huge dancefloor hit and was heard all over the radio in the Summer of 1982. That little girl from Michigan would go on to become one of the most famous entertainers and cultural icons in history – selling close to 200 million records and remaining a star of enormous magnitude and influence for the next 25 years. She’s just getting started. Long Live the Queen and Happy Anniversary to Madonna.

Madonna nominated for 2 The Ivor Novello Awards

PRS Most Performed Work

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
Writers: Sir Elton John / Scott Hoffman / Jason Sellards
Performed By: Scissor Sisters
UK Publisher: HST Management Ltd / Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Put Your Records On
Writers: Corinne Bailey Rae / John Beck / Steve Chrisanthou
Performed By: Corinne Bailey Rae
UK Publisher: Global Talent Publishing / Good Groove Songs

Writers: Madonna / Stuart Price
Performed By: Madonna
UK Publisher: Warner Chappell Music

International Hit Of The Year

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
Writer/s: Sir Elton John / Scott Hoffman / Jason Sellards
Performed By: Scissor Sisters
UK Publisher: HST Management Ltd / Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Writers: Robbie Williams / Danny Spencer / Kelvin Andrews / Sly Dunbar / Robbie Shakespeare / William “Earl”? Collins / Bill Laswell / Edmund “Carl Jr”? Aiken
Performed By: Robbie Williams
UK Publisher: BMG Music Publishing / Chrysalis Music Ltd / Universal Music Publishing / Warner Chappell Music

Writers: Madonna / Stuart Price
Performed By: Madonna
UK Publisher: Warner Chappell Music

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Madonna’s Baby’s Father Left Distraught

Madonna has left Malawi without letting the father of her adopted son see his only child, it has been claimed. Farmer Yohane Banda is said to be distraught after two meetings for him to be reunited with 18-month-old David were cancelled.

The singer visited the African country last week with baby David and daughter Lourdes, where she spent time working on projects for her charity, Raising Malawi.

Although the trio went to the Home of Hope orphanage, where Madonna first met David last year, the much-publicised father and son reunion failed to materialise.

A source told People magazine: “Yohane was there all day on Saturday and in the morning of her visit.

“He was told he would spend some time with his son but the meeting was cancelled.”

Madonna’s representative, Liz Rosenberg, said she did not know whether the reunion took place. During the trip, it was revealed Madonna had met the three year-old Malawian girl she reportedly wants to adopt.

Despite her publicist denying she is to adopt again, Madonna reportedly told friends she is looking for a sister for David and is considering welcoming orphan Grace into her family.

A source said: “Madonna was talking with Grace and looked very happy. They were together for about 15 minutes.”

Madonna and Elton top Ivors list

Madonna and Sir Elton John have two nominations each for this year’s Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

Madonna’s track, Sorry, which appeared on her album Confessions on a Dance Floor is up for international hit of the year and most performed work.

I Don’t Feel Like Dancing, written by Sir Elton and performed by the Scissor Sisters, has also been nominated in the same categories.

This year’s Ivors will be held at Grosvenor House in London on 24 May.

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Madonna leaves Malawi after charity visit

Madonna jetted out of Malawi on Sunday after a six-day visit focussed on her charity work in the impoverished southern African country.

Madonna, wearing dark glasses and carrying the one-year-old Malawian boy she is adopting, boarded a private jet at Lilongwe airport at the end of her visit, a Reuters witness said.

Officials said she spent Saturday meeting people involved in the charities she set up in Malawi.

Raising Malawi, a charity co-founded by Madonna, provides food, education and health services to 32,000 orphans in the country through seven community-based organisations.

This is Madonna’s second visit to Malawi six months after she and her film director husband Guy Ritchie signed interim adoption papers for custody of local toddler David Banda.

David will stay with the couple for 18 months at their home in London before a decision by the Malawian government on whether to finalise the adoption.

Rights groups have accused Madonna of using her fame and wealth to circumvent the country’s adoption rules, but the singer has insisted she is following the law.

Madonna’s spokeswoman has denied media reports the American star plans to adopt a second child and said she is focusing on her charity work in Malawi during this visit.

On Thursday Madonna visited the Home of Hope orphanage where David once lived, and where witnesses said he met his biological father.

HIV/AIDS has killed millions in Malawi, leaving more than a million orphans.

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Madonna Winds Down Malawi Trip

One of the entertainer’s last stops in her weeklong sojourn was in centrally located village of Kazimbe, about 60 miles from the capital of Lilongwe, where she planted a tree to mark the opening of the new Katawa clinic, which is partly funded by her fellow Kabbalah enthusiasts.

The visit came a day after Madonna and her entourage, which included daughter Lourdes and adoptive son David Banda, turned up to inspect a new daycare center her charity, Raising Malawi Organization, is constructing to benefit impoverished children in the area.

Appearing before cheering locals in Mphandula, a village with a population of 2,500 approximately 30 miles west of Lilongwe, Madonna made her first public remarks since touching down in the African nation on Monday.

“Keep working hard. I hope you realize how much power you have to make a good future for yourselves,” Madonna said.

“It was a bush before and there was nothing. Now there are these beautiful buildings,” she continued.

The entertainer was given a half-hour tour by Alfred Chapomba, the director and founder of the Consol Homes orphans charity, the group that will run the facility, while a group of local women danced and sang songs welcoming her presence. She then addressed a throng in the center’s main hall.

“It is not the buildings that matter, but your kind heart for giving this land freely,” Madonna said. “I have heard people say please come back. Remember, this is a partnership, it’s not [for] me to do everything but we need to work together and you have to help yourselves.”

In honor of the pop star’s visit, local musicians played homemade instruments as she mingledand even dancedwith villagers and orphans.

Clapping her hands, she urged David to get into the groove with some moves of his own, which the youngster did after receiving some friendly encouragement from smiling bystanders.

The village’s chief, Kalolo, offered his people’s gratitude for the good works she and her charity had done for their rural community, which has neither electricity nor running water.

“We are now proud villagers who are seeing this type of development for the first time in our lives,” he said. “Thank you for everything.”

While her latest trip has been happy times for Madonna and familyhaving been greeted warmly everywhere they’ve gone so farit hasn’t been without incident, largely thanks to an ever-present pack of paparazzi and reporters that have been trailing her every move.

Her holiday has included stops at several United Nations-backed crop initiatives in the village of Mtanga and a return visit to the Home of Hopethe orphanage in the village of Mchinji where David once lived. (According to some reports, David also had a chance to meet with his biological father, Yohane Banda.)

While at the orphanage, a group of teens hurled stones at the shutterbugs. The press corps was also kept at bay by a coterie of Madonna’s bodyguards backed by local police, until the singer relented and allowed reporters and cameramen in for an impromptu photo-op.

The heavy-handed security has, unsurprisingly, prompted some criticism from local papers.

The influential Daily Times published an editorial supporting Madonna’s efforts to adopt David and raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the country. But the newspaper also urged her to be more open about her activities, especially in light of the backlash surrounding her previous trip, when she came under fire for allegedly using her star power to circumvent adoption laws.

“It is surprising that just like her first trip, Madonna’s second trip to Malawi is shrouded in secrecy,” the newspaper said. “This kind of behavior is what gives room to speculation and in the end, people are fed with wrong information which may lead to wrong conclusions and actions.”

Meanwhile, British tabloids continue to insist that Madonna has taken a shine to an orphan named Grace and may soon add the girl to her brood, despite an announcement last week from publicist Liz Rosenberg stating that the pop star was not planning to adopt a second child during her trip.

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Gossip : Madonna returns from Malawi

The superstar has finished a four day tour of the charity projects she has donated money to in the African country – one of the poorest in the world.
Madonna is on her way back from Malawi – but will there be an extra passenger on her private jet?

Madonna’s visit sparked intense speculation that she would be adopting another Malawian child but the claims have been fiercely denied by her people.

Earlier in the trip, the pop singer took her ten-year-old daughter Lourdes and the little Malawian boy she is in the process of adopting to visit the Home of Hope orphanage where the tot once lived.

Waiting paparazzi were treated to a rare glimpse of Madonna with the newest member of her family as she strolled around with the 18-month-old on her hip.

The Material Girl and her husband Guy Richie will have to wait another year before the Malawian government makes a final decision on their adoption case.