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Madonna News - July 2007

MTV News on “Candy Shop”

Could a 17-second snippet of a song called “Candy Shop” be a leak from Madonna’s upcoming album?

Fans speculate that it’s of a track Madonna was working on with either Timbaland or Pharrell but reps for none of the three camps would confirm.

“I have no comment about the song ‘Candy Shop,’ ” Madonna’s longtime rep Liz Rosenberg told MTV News. “Madonna has studio time booked and is continuing to work on her new CD. The songs are not mixed, and until that time, we can’t finalize the track list.”

The yet-untitled album is due later this year.

‘Whiplash’ Madonna Ad Cleared

A telly ad starring pop queen Madonna has been cleared of pandering to paedophiles.

The advert for H&M shops shows the star wielding a riding crop in front of a woman who is stripped by two men and put into trendier clothes.

Viewers complained it encouraged child-sex perverts and violence.

But the watchdog Advertising Standards Authority dismissed the claims.

It agreed some people found the ad offensive.

But it said the actress in the commercial was 24 and did not dress like a schoolgirl.

And they ruled Madonna’s whip would be seen as a symbol of her artistic style, not a threat of physical punishment.

The advert is banned from being screened during children’s TV programmes.

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Rumour : Madonna eyes $100M Live Nation Mega-Deal

Madonna is pondering hanging up on Warner Music Group in favor of life without a traditional record contract.

With the Material Girl’s existing pact with Warner Music Group’s Warner Bros. Records winding down, her camp is considering an all-encompassing music deal with touring giant Live Nation that could be worth more than $100 million.

An agreement, if struck, would create an entity that would manage all Madonna-related businesses, including albums, touring, merchandise and sponsorships over a multi-year period. Live Nation would acquire an equity stake in the pop diva’s overall business.

The joint venture company would then look to enter into an agreement with a label to handle distribution and marketing support of any Madonna album releases.

Madonna is currently in London working with A-list names like Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Timbaland on the follow-up to 2005’s “Confessions on a Dancefloor.” It’s the last studio album due under her existing pact with Warner and is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.

Warner Bros. Records Chairman and CEO Tom Whalley, Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg and Live Nation all declined to comment.

Privately, insiders regard the Live Nation talk as the opening salvo in what figures to be an extended re-negotiation of her deal, which was last extended in 2000.

Sources say her camp has also been shopping to other labels the joint venture concept, which follows in the vein of deals inked by EMI with Korn and Robbie Williams.

“Confessions” – a commercial and critical comeback from 2003’s disappointing “American Life,” was Madonna’s first album with the existing Warner management team of WMG CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., U.S. Recorded Music CEO Lyor Cohen and Whalley.

It has sold over 1.6 million copies in the U.S. and spawned a successful world tour that ranked as the top grossing series ever for a female artist. The 60-date tour generated over $193 million in reported revenues.

WMG’s stock hit a new 52-week low Friday, slidding 4.8 percent, or 65 cents, to $12.76. Live Nation closed down 3.4 percent, or 71 cents, Friday to $20.14.

source : new york post

Gossip : Madonna in furious row with crew member

She’s fiercely protective of her children and woe betide anyone who crosses her.

So when Madonna overheard someone taking a pop at her baby boy – there was only going to be one winner.

We can reveal that Madge was devastated when a female crew member bitched about her adopted son on the set of her husband Guy Ritchie’s new film, RocknRolla.

And she wasn’t going to let the nasty comment go…

The 48-year-old Material Girl had brought two-year-old David Banda to the 3 Mills Studios, in Bow, East London, last Friday in what was meant to be a happy family outing.

But things turned sour after Madonna overheard a conversation between two crew members.

One of them asked the other what the baby’s name was. It is then claimed that one of the girls replied: “Lucky B*****d.”

Our on-set source tells us: “Madonna looked astonished by what was said and words were exchanged between them.

“Madge seemed very protective of her son and didn’t want anyone talking of him in such a manner.

“At the end of the day, she’s just a mum and doesn’t want anyone speaking ill of her family. She looked really hurt and shocked by the comment and let her feelings be made known.”

It’s no surprise that the culprit is no longer working on the film – written and directed by Ritchie and about London’s criminal underworld – which stars Thandie Newton and Gerard Butler.

Our source adds: “It’s Guy’s film and Madonna is his wife, so they’re very much the top dogs.

“It was a bit foolish to speak like that, to say the least, so it’s no surprise it all kicked off.”

It is not the first time that Madonna – who is also mum to Lourdes, 10, and six year-old Rocco – has come out fighting on behalf of baby David.

Her adoption of the youngster – who she handpicked from a Malawi orphanage last October when he was 13 months old – was mired in controversy. David’s father Yohane first gave the adoption the go-ahead and later changed his mind.

As a result, Madonna was forced to defend her actions in a series of interviews for BBC’s Newsnight, Oprah Winfrey and America’s NBC.

A spokesperson for the film was unavailable for comment and Madonna’s rep said: “We have no comment.”

source : dailymail

Mad’s mob flick

It sounds like Madonna is working on her gangster image.

First, she worked closely with Timbaland on hip-hop tracks.

Now the Queen of Pop wants to make a film about her jailbird former lover, one-time New York mobster Chris Paciello.

In the early Nineties Madge was completely smitten with Paciello, who worked as a “nightclub investor”? at the time.

She was introduced to the tough guy, who looks as though he stepped straight from a Sopranos script, by her best pal Ingrid Casares and started a passionate two-year relationship.

It all fell apart after he was jailed for murder following a burglary in which a woman was shot dead by an accomplice.

But I can reveal that following his release she has met him three times in the past six months to discuss making a movie about his life with her film company Maverick.

A shortlist of stars has been drawn up for the project including Mark Wahlberg, John Cusack and star of massive American sci-fi series Heroes Milo Ventimiglia.

But one man who won’t be getting involved, despite a request from her Madgesty, is her hubby Guy Ritchie. He has told her he thinks the whole project is a bad idea.

My well-placed Madonna source said: “Recording with Timbaland must have given Madonna a taste for gangsters. She’s back in touch with her old flame Chris.

“He led Madonna astray in 1992/1993 and most of her friends were unhappy about their relationship at the time.

“She has met him three times to thrash out a deal first when she went to LA for the Academy Awards, then twice in New York, including her most recent trip there last month.

“There’s no romance. She is desperately keen to produce a film based on the book Mob Over Miami about him.

“She has always been fascinated by tough guys and loves his story.”?

It’s rumoured Paciello, also previously linked with Jennifer Lopez, has owed Madonna more than £100,000 for over 15 years.

If Maverick gets the deal going, Madonna will serve as an executive producer on the top secret project.

But I can’t imagine Guy will be happy. She already sees a lot of her ex Carlos Leon, the father of her daughter Lourdes.

Is she hunting out exes? It sounds to me like she’s been bitten by the Facebook bug.

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Madonna Teams Up With Annie Lennox

Madonna has teamed up with Annie Lennox on Lennox’s new album, Songs Of Mass Destruction. Madonna features as part of a chorus of female singers on the track “Sing,” which also includes Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Shakira, Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, Pink, Fergie, Melissa Etheridge, and KT Tunstall.

The song will raise funds for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), whose own vocal group The Generics inspired Lennox to create the track for her new album.

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Live Earth CD+DVD

Your favorite performances from Live Earth have been selected and put together in a digital album for preorder on iTunes now! The digital album will be released August 14th and features a track from Madonna’s memorable performance. A physical CD/DVD featuring video from the event will hit stores September 25th. Proceeds will go to the Live Earth charity campaign to combat the global climate crisis.

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Von Teese : “Madonna inspired me to be individual”

Burlesque artiste Dita Von Teese has lavished praise on Madonna for inspiring her to be individual.
The star has branded the singer “a true style icon”, and credits the Material Girl with helping her feel comfortable with her looks as a youngster.
She says, “Madonna is the only modern celebrity who is truly a style icon.
Who else has the audacity to dress like her these days? “She really influenced how I wanted to look when I was growing up, and made me realise that I didn’t have to look like a blonde beach bunny or a Playboy model.”

sourced : pr-inside

Kylie cuts Madonna’s Price

Madonna’s head will be Spinning Around when she finds out Kylie Minogue has nabbed her fave producer.

Brit Stuart Price was the guiding light behind Madge’s Grammy-winning album Confessions On A Dance Floor.

So I’m guessing she won’t be too happy to see him switch camp.

It’s great news for us though. His Midas touch and her pint-sized charm should make for a magical combination.

source : the sun

Madonna guest on new Annie Lennox album

Annie Lennox’s first studio album in four years, “Songs of Mass Destruction,” will arrive in the fall. Due Oct. 2 via Arista, the set was produced by Glen Ballard, who previously told, “It’s a very intense record. It’s very personal to her. We spent a lot of time making sure the music was the way she wanted it.”

Among the songs confirmed to appear on the album are “Fingernail Moon,” “Dark Road” and “Sing,” the latter of which was inspired by Lennox’s work with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign to curb the spread of AIDS.

“Sing” sports contributions from 23 superstar female vocalists, including Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Shakira, Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, Pink, Fergie, Melissa Etheridge and KT Tunstall, among others.

The former Eurythmics vocalist’s previous set, “Bare” (J Records), debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in June 2003.

Lennox has yet to confirm tour dates but will appear Aug. 15 at a special performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Mermaid Theatre.

source : billboard

Madonna movie set to become a musical

Madonna’s Desperately Seeking Susan is set to become a stage musical, which will feature songs of Blondie and Deborah Harry. The London production, which will be directed by Angus Jackson, will open at the Novello Theatre.

Harry has written a new song, Moment Of Truth, for the show. The musical will also play hits like Heart of Glass. British actress Emma Williams will star as Susan.

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Morrissey slates Madonna during US gig

Morrissey has slated Madonna’s penchant for wearing fur.

The former Smiths frontman was playing the Norva venue in Norfolk, Virginia last week (July 9) when he verbally attacked the singer from the stage.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she made that African boy she adopted into a coat and wore him for 15 minutes, then threw it away,” he declared.

The gig was organised by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – of whom Morrissey is a long-standing supporter.

source : nme