Pop star Madonna is close to leaving her long-time Warner Bros. Records label for a wide-ranging $120 million (58.8 million pounds) deal with concert promotion firm Live Nation Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Wednesday.
The pact would give Madonna a mix of cash and stock in exchange for the rights to sell three studio albums, promote concert tours, sell merchandise and license her name, the paper said.
Madonna, 49, has recorded for the Warner Music Group Corp.-owned label her entire career, stretching back to her 1983 self-titled debut album.
A Live Nation spokesman declined comment. Publicists for both Warner Music and Madonna did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
source : reuters
Madonna’s attempt to adopt a second Malawian child has been thrown into doubt after the child’s outraged uncle voiced his opposition to the move. The pop superstar, 49, and film director husband Guy Richie are expecting 13-month-old orphan Mercy James to be the latest addition to their family following the successful adoption of David Banda from Malawi last year (06). However, Mercy’s uncle, John Ngalande, insists he does not want the child to be adopted by a white person. He tells British newspaper The People, he says, “We were told when Mercy went into the orphanage that we would be in constant contact with her and that she would come back to us after six years. I would like to stick to that. Whether it be Madonna or any other white person, I’m against our child being taken away.” He adds, “I would rather we be poor and struggling with Mercy, than for her to go and live with a big white star far away.”
Mahlon Clark, an in-demand clarinetist who performed with Frank Sinatra and Madonna, has died in Los Angeles.
Renowned for his performances on a series of film soundtracks, including When Harry Met Sally and Dick Tracy, Clark is perhaps best remembered for his work on Henry Mancini’s Hatari theme, Baby Elephant Walk.
He played on Sinatra’s In The Wee Small Hours album and collaborated with Madonna on her 1990 album I’m Breathless.
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Blondie singer Deborah Harry has accused Madonna of stealing her look when she rose to fame in the 1980s. Harry was an up-and-coming musician when Madonna became a pop sensation with her self-titled debut album in 1982, and is convinced the Like A Virgin singer got the idea for her platinum blonde hairdo from the now-62-year-old star.
She says, ‘I came right up against the Madonna thing. Maybe it’s my paranoia but she had a lot of my looks. If you look closely, sometimes there’s pictures of her and me that completely overlap. She (Madonna) was getting such a huge push from Warner (Bros), I was definitely on the B-list. It was a hard period for me. I don’t think anybody knew how to market me or what to do with me. I was like a fish out of water.’
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