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Madonna to hold concert in Montenegro

American pop star Madonna will play a concert on the Jaz beach near Budva, Montenegro, on September 25, it has been confirmed.

The show will be a stop on her “Sticky and Sweet” American and European tour.

The organizers of the concert announced at a press conference in Hotel Splendid in Bečići that the concert will be her sole performance in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, and that there will be no concerts in Belgrade or Zagreb because her tour schedule is completely booked.

“The concert will be organized just like in other European cities, it is expected to last two hours and the opening group will be singer Robin and some DJs,” spokesman Aleksandar Radios said.

He added that 65,000 tickets will go on sale on July 11. Prices will be EUR 35, 70, and 200 for VIP seats.

Austrian Entertainment representative Richard Hoerman said that there will be 19 trucks of equipment and that the stage will be 100 meters long and 10 meters high.

“We will begin putting the stage together on September 5 and the equipment will arrive six days before the concert,” he said.

Budva Tourism Organization Director Jelena RaÄ‘enović said that the list of Madonna’s demands is not final, and that it will be known in about a month, adding that the concert will cost close to the same amount as last year’s Rolling Stones show.

source : b92

Madonna on UK Charts – 06292008

Albums :
20 (24) Madonna – Hard Candy (Warner Bros)

Singles :
14 (13) Madonna Ft Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes (Warner Bros)
25 (25) Madonna – Give It 2 Me (Warner Bros)

Gossip : Guy Ritchie plans megabash for Madonna’s 50th

Amid feverish speculation that Madonna is seeking to divorce her husband Guy Ritchie, I can reveal that behind the scenes a more romantic scenario has been unfolding between the couple.

For in between putting the finishing touches to his latest gangster movie, RocknRolla, to be released in September, Ritchie, 39, has quietly been arranging a lavish party to celebrate Madge’s 50th birthday in two months’ time.

The film director is planning to invite 200 friends to their country home in Wiltshire in early August.

‘This is hardly the action of a man about to be divorced by his wife,’ says one close chum.

‘I don’t think you organise a 50th birthday party for your wife while at the same time consulting lawyers to end your marriage.’

Guy’s plans, I am told, are well advanced, although invitations have not yet gone out.

‘It will be quite spectacular,’ says the friend.

‘He’s going to push the boat out. He’s given it a lot of thought.’

One person who won’t be getting an invitation, however, is Sir Elton John.

‘Madonna still hasn’t forgiven him after he accused her of miming on tour last year,’ adds the friend.

At the weekend, Ritchie flew to New York to see his wife, taking their son, Rocco, seven, Lourdes, 11, by her former personal trainer Carlos Leon, and adopted son, David, two.

‘Guy is looking after all the children in London while Madonna is on tour in America,’ I am told.

‘All marriages go through ups and downs and it’s not easy being married to someone like Madonna,’ adds the friend.

‘Whoever she married was going to be overshadowed by her. She is very forceful but, equally, Guy has been determined to exert his own personality and obviously that can lead to clashes from time to time.’

One area of tension has been Ritchie’s circle of friends.

‘To be honest, Madonna doesn’t like them very much,’ I am told.

However, Madonna, who has been spending time in the U.S as the couple are reportedly leading increasingly separate lives, was spotted out and about in New York without her wedding ring on.

The singer was looking tired and drained as she is reportedly planning a move to the U.S.

Meanwhile, Ritchie appeared just as emotional in London as he turned to friend Trudie Styler for support.

Sting’s wife, who introduced the couple at her home in 1998, provided a shoulder to cry on as she and Ritchie drove to the countryside over the weekend.

Yesterday, Ritchie’s mother, Amber, Lady Leighton, poured cold water on rumours that Madonna had consulted Sir Paul McCartney’s divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton and that Guy had had talks with the law firm Forsters.

‘Absolute rubbish,’ she declared.

source : daily mail

Guy Ritchie’s mother denies divorce rumours

Guy Ritchie’s mother last night dismissed speculation that Madonna wants to divorce her son as ‘total tosh’.

Lady Amber Leighton said there was ‘no conversation about divorce because there is no divorce’ and described allegations that couple had spoken to lawyers as ‘works of fiction’.

She added: ‘It is absolute rubbish, worse than that. Guy will be furious at me talking to you but I feel I can’t just let these reports go unanswered as they make me so angry and they are hurtful intrusions into their private lives.

‘They are no different to most other couples and we all know that being together can be hard sometimes and marriages are not always a bed of roses.

‘But like other couples they work at keeping their relationship happy and fresh and they are a close and loving couple who have a family to bring up.’

Mr Ritchie, 39, flew to New York on Friday night to see Madonna and their children after a week of reports that she had asked him for a divorce.

The couple are said to be leading separate lives and it has been stated that a formal announcement of a split has been planned for the end of November after Madonna finishes her world tour.

But at her home near Somerton, Somerset, on Friday, Lady Leighton, 62, said: ‘I spoke to Guy this morning, not about divorce but about a new feature film project he has got under way.

‘There’s no conversation about divorce because there is no divorce.

‘Madonna is in New York at the moment finishing off a tour and he will join her there after the weekend.

‘That is not a couple splitting up. I’ll say it one more time, they are not getting divorced; the speculation is TT – that’s total tosh.’

source : daily mail

Law firm denies involvement in “Madonna/Ritchie split”

The London attorneys alleged to be representing Madonna’s director husband Guy Ritchie in their rumoured divorce have denied having any involvement in the case.
The superstar couple has been plagued by rumours of a split for months, and reports heated up when it was claimed the pair had begun to seek legal advice from top lawyers.
Ritchie was reported to have hired Mayfair law firm Forsters, which specialises in ‘high net worth’ family law cases, to represent him.
But a spokesperson for the company has dismissed the reports, stating: “We are not acting for Guy Ritchie in this matter.”
And Ann Northover, head of Forsters’ family division, has reinforced the fact, adding, “I can only say I have no involvement at this moment.”
Madonna is rumoured to have met with Fiona Shackleton, the attorney who represented Sir Paul MCCartney during his court battle with Heather Mills earlier this year (08).
Shackleton’s employers, Payne Hicks Beach, is refusing to comment.

source : contactmusic

Paul Oakenfold To Join Madonna At Wembley


With nearly 1 million tickets sold to date along with sold out performances in Paris, Lisbon & Zurich; New York, Boston, Chicago; Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and 2 Mexican stadium shows on Monday, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour is once again poised to be the tour of the year! The demand for tickets in Paris for Madonna’s September 20th performance was so staggering that a second and final performance was added on September 21st. The Sticky & Sweet Zurich show at the Military Airfield Dubendorf August 30th is sold out at 70,000 and her show date in Lisbon 14-September is also sold out with over 75,000 tickets. In Vancouver, Madonna’s October 30th performance sold 50,000 tickets in a record breaking 29 minutes. This past Monday, Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour sold out two Foro Sol stadiums in less than 3 hours adding to a list of sellouts that include four sold out Madison Square Garden shows in New York City; 2 sold out performances in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Denver; and additional sell-outs in E. Rutherford, Boston, Oakland, Las Vegas, and Houston. And now, London fans who missed out on tickets will have a new opportunity to see Madonna with newly announced special guest Paul Oakenfold on 11-September at Wembley Stadium. With the completion of the production for Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour, promoters Live Nation announced today that the sight-lines are better than previously anticipated and as such a limited number of tickets in all price levels are now available from or 24 hr box office 0844 576 5483 (all tickets subject to booking fee). Tickets will be limited to 6 tickets per person. Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important–if not the most important–name in modern club culture. He was one of the first DJ’s to have a residency on the Island of Ibiza, leading to both a new sound and a yearly festival. He started regular “Balearic” club nights in London, attracting a crossover audience and remixed legendary bands such as The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays, Along with production partner Steve Osborne, he’s remixed tracks by legendary bands New Order, The Cure and Massive Attack. In 1991, he first worked with U2 remixing “Even Better Than the Real Thing” and “Mysterious Ways” from their Achtung Baby album. It was the start of a long partnership with that band which included his spot as DJ on their historic ZOO TV tour and the remixed versions of the band’s “Beautiful Day,” a number one hit for U2 on the U.S. and U.K. dance charts. Over the years, he’s remixed tracks for everyone from Madonna to Elvis Presley to Justin Timberlake to Muse to Snoop Dog. He’s the first electronic artist ever to be in the Guinness Book of World Records–for being the biggest DJ in the world. He’s the only DJ to have a display case in the Hard Rock Cafe’s Rock & Roll Museum. He has worked on the music for major Hollywood films including Swordfish, Collateral, Planet Of The Apes & Matrix Reloaded”. Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour begins 23-August at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium with stops in Nice, Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Rome, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Paris, Vienna and Athens in addition to the 11-September Wembley date.

Second Mexico City Show Icon Postsale

A second show in Mexico City was just added to the ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour itinerary. The show will take place at Mexico’s Foro Sol on November 30, 2008. A devoted Fan Club postsale will start at 10 am local time on Thursday June 26th for Legacy Icon members and noon local time for Icon members.

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Live Nation on Madonna’s ticket sales

Live Nation is on the defensive about the health of its $120 million Madonna deal.

Big sales around the world for the Material Girl’s upcoming “Sticky & Sweet” tour have been overshadowed in music industry circles by chatter about the large number of tickets still available for a key stop in Los Angeles in November and softer-than-expected sales of her latest album “Hard Candy.”

The tour so far has grossed more than $74 million in sales for 13 dates in Europe and piled up a string of sellouts at arenas across North America, according to Live Nation.

Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music and CEO of the global touring division at Live Nation, projects the tour will gross more than $250 million in ticket sales – surpassing her record-breaking “Confessions on a Dance Floor” tour two years ago, which pulled in $195 million worldwide.

But just over half of the 43,000 seats available for a Nov. 6 date at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium – 27,000 tickets in all – have been sold in their first three weeks of availability, raising red flags about the limits of US demand for the 49-year-old Madonna at this stage of her career.

It also comes as Live Nation’s management has been at odds over the strategy of handing out big-bucks, all-encompassing contracts, known as 360 deals, for aging stars like Madonna and Jay-Z. The rift led to last week’s exit of company chairman Michael Cohl.

To be sure, Madonna’s sales have been better at other venues.

A Nov. 4 show at San Diego’s Petco Park has sold 29,000 of 35,000 seats. And over 33,000 out of 42,000 available tickets were sold for a Nov. 26 stadium date in Miami.

And her US arena dates, including three nights at Madison Square Garden, have sold out.

But at the biggest venues, consumers in the US are not rushing for Madonna tickets with the same fervor that they are in Europe and other parts of the world.

An Aug. 30 show at the Military Airfield Deubendorf in Zurich, Switzerland, sold over 70,000 tickets in days in May, and an October date in Vancouver, BC, sold 50,000 tickets in 29 minutes.

The economy could be a factor – top tickets for Madonna are running as high as $500 at a time when food and gas costs are soaring.

Her latest album is doing solid but unspectacular business in the US. “Hard Candy” has sold 544,000 copies domestically, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s barely half of what rapper Lil Wayne recently sold in the first week for his latest album “Tha Carter III.”

Analysts note that the album could be hard pressed to match the business of her last album “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” which sold more than 1.6 million copies in the US.

Fogel, who has produced Madonna’s last three tours, said concern about ticket demand is overblown.

He noted that there are close to five months to go before the US stadium shows in question open, and each one has already grossed $3 million to $4 million in sales.

Live Nation stock closed down 3.92 percent, or 46 cents, at $11.27.

source : new york post

Madonna on UK Charts – 06222008

Albums :
24 (26) Madonna – Hard Candy (Warner Bros)

Singles :
13 (11) Madonna Ft Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes (Warner Bros)
25 (36) Madonna – Give It 2 Me (Warner Bros)

Madonna Film Festival tickets hit eBay

Traverse City Film Festival officials want an online auction site to remove ticket listings to a Madonna documentary screening, a marquee event of this summer’s film event.

Entertainment superstar Madonna is scheduled to introduce in person her film, “I Am Because We Are,” on Aug. 2 at the State Theatre. The $25 tickets sold out in a flash, and some subsequently showed up for sale on eBay. A search of the auction site Wednesday found about 10 tickets.

One listing reached $1,625 by Wednesday afternoon, with the seller updating the listing to say the auction was for a souvenir T-shirt and a ticket at face value. Another listing showed two tickets priced at $3,550, with time remaining to bid.

The second-time-around ticket market troubles festival officials.

“(We) contacted eBay and asked them to remove the erroneous listings,” said festival Executive Director Deb Lake.

Proceeds from the festival’s sale of tickets benefit Raising Malawi Foundation, Madonna’s charity for orphaned children. Festival founder Michael Moore said he wanted to keep ticket prices reasonable.

Festival officials are concerned about what some Internet sellers promised potential buyers. “This is a once in a lifetime chance to talk with Madonna herself!!!!!” read a listing. Another said moviegoers “may have the opportunity to meet” the star, and perhaps talk with her in small groups following the film.

“The claims and the descriptions are erroneous,” Lake said.

When the event was announced, Moore said Madonna would conduct a question-and-answer session after the film. But all that’s confirmed now is that she will introduce it.

Marc Danyal of Keego Harbor posted two tickets for sale on eBay but is holding one for himself to see the film. Selling his tickets on eBay offers other Madonna fans a chance to see her, while Danyal plans to use the proceeds for a Madonna concert.

The State seats about 540, and those shut out of tickets also turned to the Internet. RJ Steyer, of Madison, Wis., posted a plea for tickets on a craigslist Web site, but hadn’t yet obtained tickets. Steyer couldn’t travel to Michigan to purchase tickets himself when they went on sale.

“I would really like to see the movie, and I don’t even know if it’s going to be released in any type of theater. Plus, I’ve been a fan for 25 years,” Steyer said.

Steyer is willing to pay $125 for a movie ticket but knows Madonna is a hot commodity. Tickets to the singer’s concerts fetch many more times than face value, Steyer said.

Avid Madonna fan Anne Dettmer, of Chicago, found someone through craigslist who was wiiling to sell her a ticket.

“Actually, I don’t want to say much because the tickets haven’t come in the mail yet,” she said.

The cost was less than what eBayers are asking for, so Dettmer thinks she “got a deal.”

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Stuart Price On ‘I Love New York’ by Madonna

An electronic musician and a member of Madonna’s touring band since 2001, Price attracted acclaim for his remixes of No Doubt’s It’s My Life and The Killers’ Mr Brightside before co-writing and co-producing Madonna’s Confessions On A Dance Floor in 2005. He recently produced Seal’s System and is currently working on the new Keane album.

We were at Madison Square Garden in the middle of the 2004 Re-Invention tour, and it had got to that point where everyone was just completely bored. Touring with Madonna is like taking everything you’ve learned from the age of 14 about playing small pubs and clubs in bands and chucking it all out of the window. It’s more like Cirque Du Soleil than the Pheasant & Firkin, put it that way. Essentially, the show has so many moving parts that if you go out on a limb you might end up losing a limb.

Madonna can be quite spontaneous, but she’s not spontaneous when it comes to doing a show in front of 20,000 people! Similarly, the soundcheck is often quite a choreographed affair, but this time she just started messing around. She started playing this very basic, two-chord riff on the guitar and making up these lyrics about how she loved New York. It was just a real fun, mess-around song. Later I went into her dressing room with a guitar and a portable multi-track and said, “We’re just going to stick something down for a reference”, so we had a rough sketch of the song.

Later on in the tour we were playing Slane Castle with Iggy Pop, and while we were watching him Madonna said, “Let’s make the song a bit like The Stooges.” She was making a documentary on that tour, I’m Going To Tell You A Secret, and there was a scene in it that featured New York, and she decided she wanted a kind of Stooges version of I Love New York to play over it.

So I took the riff and the guide vocal away to a friend’s house in Reading. We went into his bedroom and propped the bed up against the wall to make room for the drum-kit. His brother played guitar, I played bass and we tracked this Madonna song in the bedroom of a house on the Wokingham Road! And that’s the version that appears on the documentary.

Right after that, we started making Confessions On A Dance Floor. Madonna said, “We’re doing a dance record. I really like this song, but it doesn’t fit in. Let’s work on it.” That week I was going to Australia to DJ and I promised to try and figure something out while I was away. As a travelling producer, working by yourself, you don’t want to book into a two grand-a-day studio. It’s overkill. You’re looking for smaller places. I was in Sydney and I found this guy who said he had a small studio – I got there and it was literally a shed in his back garden! Right, OK! Let’s see what we can do! So I effectively started remixing it in a shed in Australia.

I did what I normally do when I remix. I pull it all back to just the vocal, stick in a kick drum and try and work around it. I had this old Yamaha ZX100 keyboard which had a nice Detroit-y sound. That’s where one of the main keyboard lines in the album version of the song came from. I remixed it and reworked it, and it went from Detroit rock to Detroit techno. I was sending it backwards and forwards to Madonna from Australia. Obviously the time difference couldn’t have been worse, but that was how the final version of the song began to emerge. While I was away patching together the track, she was forming the lyrics. When I came back to London I took a version of the track to a club where I was DJing and it really worked on the dancefloor.

Then we came back to Olympic Studios in London and reunited to finish it for the album. As a collaborator she knows exactly what she wants, but on the other hand she wants you to do it! She’ll say, “You need to be the visionary now; I’ll be the visionary later.” It’s a complex chemistry but it plays out really well. What’s brilliant about Madonna is that she’s blissfully unaware of how a computer really works, so she’s not there saying, “Can we try this effect?” or (pointing at a screen), “Can we move that bit over there.” There’s none of that. She sits on the couch and says, “I don’t like it”, or, “I like it.” You’re left to do your own thing without someone leaning over your shoulder.

Madonna works on instinct a lot more than people realise. I Love New York travelled all round the world, but everything – the riff, the vocal melodies, the lyric ideas – really came pouring out at that initial soundcheck.

source : wordmagazine