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Madonna News - November 2007

Madonna on Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Dressed list

UK’s Best Dressed Women of 2007

1 Natalia Vodianova
2 Thandie Newton
3 Agyness Deyn
4 Dame Helen Mirren
5 Lily Allen
6 Emily Blunt
7 JK Rowling
8 Anouck Lepere
9 Irina Lazareanu
10 Kate Moss
11 Naomi Watts
12 Jemima Khan
13 Rosamund Pike
14 Sam Taylor Wood
15 Madonna
16 Naomie Harris
17 Peaches Geldof
18 Sienna Miller
19 Daphne Guinness
20 Lily Donaldson

Courtney Love: ‘Madonna Is A Weak Artist’

Courtney Love has branded Madonna a “weak” artist in a blog on her Myspace page.

In a lengthy post, Love said that Madonna is a great business woman who sings from “a calculating thought out place” as opposed to from her “heart or intuition.”

Whilst Love acknowledged that you can “hum” Madonna’s songs, she said that “ambition and sass and shrewd does not equal great art – hard work and major discipline doesn’t equal great art and all of those are great things.”

Talking about her own relevance as a musician Love explained: “I convert them, I have great discipline and I do work like a bionic thing.”

To read Love’s unedited post, click here.

source : gigwise

Mother-in-law sticks up for Madonna

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have today been described as “loving and wonderful parents” – by the pop star’s mother-in-law.

The singer was ardently defended against claims she had bypassed laws when adopting Malawi toddler David Banda last October.

Guy’s stepmother Shireen Ritchie insisted: “He’s a very lucky little boy.”

She was speaking on ITV1’s GMTV programme, which is highlighting the thousands of children in the UK who need adoptive homes.

Madonna and her husband were granted temporary custody of David, then 13 months old, after his father placed him in an orphanage following the death of his mother.

The singer began the adoption process after she found David in the orphanage while in Malawi to launch a project to help the country’s 2million Aids orphans.

She has previously come under fire for allegedly attempting to bypass normal Malawian adoption rules, an allegation she has strenuously denied.

Mrs Ritchie, Kensington and Chelsea council’s cabinet member for family and children’s services, was asked about the current situation.

She said: “It is working very well. They are wonderful parents – loving and wonderful parents. And he’s a very lucky little boy.”

Speaking generally, she said the children hardest to find adoptive parents for were sometimes sibling groups and older children.

She added: “Adoption processes in other countries are different, that’s true. “But I mean I think what we have in Britain today is a very robust system which puts the child at the heart of the adoption system.

“It is the interests of the child, what is best for the child, that is considered the whole time.” She praised social workers, having to deal at the sharp end with difficult and tragic situations.

National Adoption Week runs until November 11.

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Madonna on Linda Stein

Linda Stein beat cancer, survived the Bowery’s seedy punk rock scene and thrived amid the high-stakes world of Manhattan real estate. Her sudden death came in an unexpected way and place: violently, inside her $3 million Fifth Avenue apartment.
The brutal bludgeoning of the 62-year-old Stein, dubbed the “Realtor to the Stars” in the years after she quit rock ‘n’ roll for real estate, left behind shaken friends and family as police searched Thursday for her killer. Stein was found face-down two nights earlier in the living room of her apartment.

A team of detectives was interviewing employees at her posh doorman building, and reviewing security videotape in an effort to identify a suspect.

Friends like Madonna and Elton John recalled Stein’s indomitable personality, and her triumph against breast cancer.

Madonna was an unknown singer when she signed with Sire Records, owned by Linda’s ex-husband Seymour, in the early ’80s. Later, with Linda’s help, the now international star purchased a pricey Central Park West apartment.

“I had a great visit with Linda and Seymour backstage after my show last year at Madison Square Garden, and we of course reminisced about the good old days,” Madonna said. “I deeply admired her courage in her battle with breast cancer, as well as her career success.”

John was the godfather to Stein’s daughter Mandy.

“Im absolutely shocked and upset,” the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter said. “Shes been a friend for over 37 years and will be greatly missed. She did so much for breast cancer and was a huge supporter of my AIDS Foundation.”

Other celebrity friends and clients included Sting, Billy Joel, Steven Spielberg and Angelina Jolie. She was among those at the epicenter of punk rock, becoming a fixture at the legendary CBGB and co-managing the influential punk band the Ramones.

“She was quite the character,” said Meg Griffin, a Sirius Satellite Radio disc jockey who knew Stein from the late ’70s. “She was a loud New Yorker, but endearing. She was one of those people who had their finger on the pulse of this music when it was in dingy, small clubs.”

She fared well after changing careers. A real estate agent peddling a hot property to Charlie Sheen’s Wall Street movie character was based on Stein.

Stein’s body was discovered by Mandy, a documentary filmmaker who did the film Too Tough to Die last year about the late guitarist Johnny Ramone. She had another daughter, Samantha, and a 3-year-old granddaughter.

“She raised two wonderful daughters,” Madonna said. “That was her best accomplishment of all.”

source : ap