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Madonna News - January 2008

Madonna has been paid $10 million for Sunsilk commercial ?

One ticket to the Super Bowl: $2,000. Thirty seconds of advertising during the Super Bowl: $2.7 million. Five seconds’ worth of Madonna in a Super Bowl ad: A heck of a lot more than that.

Sources tell E! Online that the Material Girl was paid $10 million to appear in a new advertising campaign for Sunsilk hair-care products, including a commercial that will premiere during the the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants (most of whom do not make $10 million in an entire season).

In the 30-second spot, old stock footage of Madonna, Shakira and Marilyn Monroe is woven together in a Warholian, pop art-inspired montage touting Sunsilk’s new “Life Can’t Wait” global campaign.

“Make your hair happen,” the ad urges, to the closing strains of Madonna’s “Ray of Light.”

Shakira did herself a nice–although not as nice–turn, as well, collecting $2.5 million from Unilever, which opted to use its only Super Bowl buy to spotlight the Sunsilk brand. (For those who don’t want to wait for the two-minute warning, the commercial can be previewed at lifecan’

Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, had no comment on her client’s reported payday.

“I have not seen the commercial nor do I have any information on the financial part of the deal,” she told E! News.

Even if she did the work gratis, however, Madonna would still be the richest gal in the business. The Confessions on a Dance Floor artist banked $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007, according to’s new list of the top 20 “Cash Queens of Music.”

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New, Madonna’s Official Fan Club website, is now online.

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Madonna is Forbes’ Top-Earning Woman In Music

Los Angeles – “It takes a really big man to fill my shoes,” Madonna once quipped. Apparently, it also takes a really rich man to fill those formidable size eights. The 49-year-old pop superstar tops Forbes’ first-ever Cash Queens of Music list of the top-earning female musicians, banking $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007.

Madonna earned much of that from her landmark Confessions tour, the highest-grossing tour for a female artist, earning $260 million worldwide. During that time-frame, Madonna also enjoyed income from record sales, her deal with hipster retailer of choice H&M and payment from NBC for rights to broadcast her concert performance at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The Material Mom isn’t slowing down one bit as she swings toward her 50th birthday this August. In October, the famously shrewd musician ditched Warner Music Group, her record label of 20 years, for an unprecedented 10-year deal with concert promoter Live Nation worth an estimated $120 million.

To compile the list, Forbes examined concert grosses, merchandising revenue, album sales and additional revenue streams from ancillary businesses: clothing lines, fragrance deals and endorsements. Only “active” artists were considered–those who had released an album or film or toured during the specified period. These are gross income figures, with no deductions for taxes, management or agent fees.

here’s the list :

1. Madonna – $72 million
2. Barbra Streisand – $60 million
3. Celine Dion – $45 million
4. Shakira – $38 million
5. Beyonc

Sunsilk can’t wait for Super Bowl XLII

Chicago (January 29, 2008) / PRNewswire / – Hair care brand Sunsilk hopes to inspire women around the world to leap from their couches and live life to the fullest with the debut of their massive “Life Can’t Wait” Campaign during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLII on February 3. The Sunsilk “Life Can’t Wait” Campaign features three of the world’s most iconographic females – Madonna, Shakira and Marilyn Monroe – all of whom symbolize the power of expression and making life happen. The campaign aims to inspire women from all over the globe to live their own lives to the fullest.

Spanning three continents and fifteen countries, the campaign showcases these universal icons and reveals significant and life-defining moments in their lives – moments which inspired them to discover themselves, their identities and their always-evolving styles. The series of ads represent three artists who embody making life happen and seizing the moment.

“We’re proud to unveil a powerful global campaign that features three truly inspirational icons,” said Stan Cook, Vice President of U.S. Hair Care Operations, Unilever. “They’re celebrated not only for their accomplishments but for living with passion and urgency as well as having the confidence to take leaps of faith – with their lives and their looks. Our hope is to inspire a new generation of women to do the same.”
About the Campaign

Created by DeGrippes Gob

Mika denies Madonna snub

British pop star Mika is baffled by claims he turned down the chance to collaborate with Madonna on her new album.
The Grace Kelly hitmaker was reported to have refused an offer from Madonna to work on her forthcoming LP – but he’s adamant the rumours are not true as she’s never approached him about a collaboration.
However, the Lebanese-born singer would definitely consider working with the Like A Virgin star if she ever asked him.
He says, “I’m not working with her (Madonna). Believe me, if I got asked to work with her, I certainly wouldn’t turn it down. Of all the women I’m fascinated by, she’s certainly up there.”
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Filth And Wisdom screenings on Berlinale

Filth And Wisdom
D: Madonna
United Kingdom 2008, English
C: Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Graham, Inder Manocha, Shobu Kapoor
Panorama Special

Date – Showtime – Venue

Wed – Feb 13 – 21:30 – Zoo Palast 1
Thu – Feb 14 – 10:30 – CinemaxX 7
Fri – Feb 15 – 14:00 – International
Sat – Feb 16 – 21:30 – Zoo Palast 1
Sun – Feb 17 – 14:30 – Cubix 9

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‘Into The Groove’ on RS’s Best Eighties Movie Themes list

Rolling Stones’ Readers’ Best Eighties Movie Themes

1. Simple Minds — “Don’t You Forget About Me ” from The Breakfast Club
2. Prince — “Purple Rain” from Purple Rain
3. Survivor — “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III
4. Berlin — “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun
5. Joe Esposito — “You’re The Best Around” from The Karate Kid
6. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes — “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing
7. Lindsey Buckingham — “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon’s Vacation
8. Peter Gabriel — “In Your Eyes” from Say Anything
9. Yello — “Oh Yeah” from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
10. Kenny Loggins — “Danger Zone” from Top Gun
11. Oingo Boingo — “Weird Science” from Weird Science
12. Madonna — “Into the Groove” from Desperately Seeking Susan
13. Duran Duran — “A View to a Kill” from A View to Kill

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Justin Timberlake, Timbaland to appear in new Madonna video

Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are off to London to appear in Madonna’s new video for the song “4 Minutes to Save the World.” The two cowrote and coproduced the track, which is the first single off her forthcoming album (the last full LP she’ll release for Warner Bros.), due out this April. Queen M also recently shot the cover art for the album (believed to be titled Give It To Me) with renowned fashion photographer and frequent collaborator Steven Klein. As fans clamor for a glimpse at the superstar’s latest reinvention, details are starting to emerge about her new look and sound. Madonna’s stylist, B. (yes, she just goes by the initial), told Women’s Wear Daily at Chanel’s couture show on Tuesday that “Madonna’s look is going to be more edgy, more fresh — no more disco.” And Warner Bros. staffers who heard the record at a listening session last month describe it as “very now.” Says an insider: “For the first time, [Madonna’s] not chasing the next new sound. She’s embracing what’s happening today.”

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Madonna and the new Sunsilk Campaign

Madonna, together with Marilyn Monroe and Shakira, will front the first global advertising campaign for Sunsilk. The campaign aims to convince twenty-something girls around the world that “Life Can’t Wait”.

These three powerful fashion and beauty icons embody the spirit of living life with passion and urgency. They have made their lives happen and Sunsilk hopes millions of girls will be inspired to do the same.

Due to launch during the American Super Bowl on February 3rd, the Life Can’t Wait campaign aims to encourage women to live their lives to the full by making the most of every minute.

The new Sunsilk campaign tells each icon’s unique story through the lens of their changing hair – each look inspiring a new chapter in their lives, revealing the power of hair as a tool of self-expression.

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Madonna splashes L6m on the gym

Perhaps someone should tell Madonna that walking counts as exercise, too.

The singer – famous for her punishing daily workouts – has to stroll just 20 yards from her front door to her own personal gym.

She has bought the L6 million house next to her main London home and converted it into a fitness centre.

It is thought she intended to knock the two properties together to avoid being seen in her less-than-glamorous gym gear.

But she has not obtained planning permission, meaning she is forced to come out of her house and walk 20 yards down the public street every day.

Her exercise routine is so regular that crowds have started to gather on the quiet road, waiting for her inevitable appearance.

When the 49-year-old superstar emerges, she often cuts a very homely figure in sensible trainers and lycra outfits.

Yesterday, her knee-length jogging bottoms revealed two exceptionally pale shins, one of which appeared to have a mysterious groove running down it.

The singer also showed that a star is never off-duty by carrying a mobile phone with her to her workout.

Madonna might be hoping to recoup some of the L6 million outlay on the converted house by saving a fortune in parking tickets.

She used to make her chauffeur wait on yellow lines outside the St John’s Wood studio of her personal trainer James D’Silva twice a week while she did yoga inside.

Sadly, the local traffic wardens soon cottoned-on and the singer was hit with L2,500 in parking fines just over six months.

Her chauffeur at first tried to plead his case with officials but soon resorted to moving the vehicle backwards and forwards constantly to avoid the fines.

After a while, Madonna – who is worth an estimated L235million – clearly decided enough was enough and stumped up the cash for the ten-bedroom Georgian house.

She and husband Guy Ritchie already own five other properties around central London, as well as homes in Wiltshire, New York and Los Angeles.

It is understood that Madonna and the 39-year-old director fought off competition from Ab Fab actress Jennifer Saunders and celebrity photographer Mario Testino to get hold of the property last June.

source : dailymail

Madonna’s New Look

Chanel’s couture show Tuesday attracted an eclectic mix of women from film and music…
Madonna’s stylist, who goes by the name of B., was also in the audience. Having just wrapped up working on Madonna’s next album cover, shot by Steven Klein, the trendsetter said she was returning to London the next day to style a music video featuring Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. “Madonna’s look is going to be more edgy, more fresh–with no more disco,” she said.

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