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Rumour : Madonna to move kids to America

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Madonna has won her residency battle with Guy Ritchie and will move their two sons to America, according to a new report.

Rocco, eight, and three-year-old adopted tot David will join sister Lourdes, 12, in New York.

Madonna is understood to have been given temporary permission to remove the two boys from Britain – with the move expected to be made permanent shortly.

A source close to the negotiations told a newspaper: “Everything is going to be resolved in the next couple of weeks.

“Everything is going well. It’s pretty amicable at the moment. Things are progressing.”

Madonna’s spokeswoman refused to comment on her post-divorce plans.

source : the sun

Madonna’s ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ Goes Back on the Road Summer 2009

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Official Press Announcement :

Special Guest Paul Oakenfold To Open All Shows.

MOST SUCCESSFUL CONCERT TOUR OF 2008 VISITS 22 MARKETS

BEGINNING JULY 4 IN LONDON

Tour To Thrill Audiences In 13 First Time Stops for Material Girl

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —

Madonna’s phenomenally successful ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’, already the #1 Biggest Grossing Tour in history for a solo artist, will embark on another series of shows beginning July 4th in London. (Schedule follows this release). Stops will include appearances in never before played markets such as Werchter Belgium, Marseille France, Hamburg Germany, Oslo Norway, Helsinki Finland, Tallinn Estonia, Ljubljana Slovenia as well as stops in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria it was confirmed today by Live Nation. Additional appearances by Madonna will include return visits after more than 15 years to Madrid, Gothenburg and Munich.

“This is a first for me. I’ve never extended a tour before. I’m excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I’ve never been and returning to places I love” commented Madonna about the new run of dates.

Raves around the globe for the tour include the London Times which remarked, “In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated.” “The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty,” glowed The Independent (UK).

In 2008, the ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour was seen by 2,350,285 fans in 58 cities. With record breaking ticket sales everywhere, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich’s Dubendorf Airfield – the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York’s Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).

“This new run of dates will further solidify Madonna’s position as one of the top selling touring artists of all time,” said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring/Artist Nation.

Special Guest for Sticky & Sweet 2009, Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important–if not the most important–name in modern club culture. He has remixed The Rolling Stones U2, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Muse New Order, The Cure, Massive Attack and even Elvis Presley and produced The Happy Mondays. The two time Grammy nominee is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest DJ in the world. His new artist album, ‘Pop Killer’ is due out later this year.

Madonna’s multi-Grammy-nominated CD ‘Hard Candy’ debuted at Number One in over 37 countries.

For further Madonna news, visit www.madonna.com

MADONNA
2009 ‘STICKY & SWEET TOUR’ SCHEDULE

4-July London, United Kingdom The 02 London On sale Feb. 06
7-July Manchester, United Kingdom MEN Arena On sale Feb. 06
11-July Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark On sale Feb. 07
14-July Milan, Italy San Siro On sale Feb. 06
21-July Barcelona, Spain Olympic Stadium
23-July Madrid, Spain Vicente Calderon
28-July Hamburg, Germany Trab-Arena Hamburg Bahrenfeld
30-July Oslo, Norwary Vallehovin On sale Feb. 09
04-Aug Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Ground
06-Aug Helsinki, Finland West Harbour On sale Feb. 09
09-Aug Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi On sale Feb. 09
11-Aug Copenhagen, Denmark Parken On sale Feb. 09
13-Aug Prague, Czech Republic Chodov Natural Amphitheatre
15-Aug Warsaw, Poland Bemowo Airport
18-Aug Munich, Germany Olympic Stadium
20-Aug Ljubljana, Slovenia Hippodrome

In 2009, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour will also visit Marseille
in addition to performances in Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Romania, and Serbia.

For complete Tour and Ticket Information, Fan Club Memberships,
VIP Packages, Merchandise and more visit: WWW.MADONNA.COM

Madge is sweet on EU dates

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Madonna is heading back on the road this summer.

The Queen Of Pop is extending her Sticky & Sweet tour to take in an extra 16 dates across Europe through July and August, including two in the UK.

Madge kicks off the jaunt on July 4 at London’s O2 Arena before stopping off at the MEN Arena in Manchester on July 7.

She said: “This is a first for me. I’ve never extended a tour before.

“I’m excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I’ve never been and returning to places I love.”

I never knew she loved Manchester…

The singer is clearly keeping herself busy since her split with Guy Ritchie.

Her 2008 tour is already the biggest-grossing one in history for a solo artist and was seen by more than two million fans in 58 cities.

The 13 gigs announced will be in cities, such as Ljubljana in Slovenia and Tallinn in Estonia, that her Madgesty has never visited before.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 6, and are priced between £65 and an eye-watering £175.

source : the sun

Madonna resuming Sticky & Sweet tour

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Madonna will crank up her Sticky & Sweet tour again this summer with about 25 more shows in the U.K. and Europe, which will add to the total of what’s already the top-grossing tour ever by a female or solo artist.

The final leg of the tour will start in London at the O2 Arena on July 4. Madonna will also play the Manchester (U.K.) Evening News Arena, with the rest of the dates on the tour being stadiums in European markets she has either never played or hasn’t played in several years, according to tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation. The complete route and venues will be released tomorrow morning.

Adding another leg to a tour is a highly unusual move for Madonna. “It absolutely has not happened in the four tours I’ve been involved with,” Fogel tells Billboard.com. “There has been talk [of extending] during each one, but it has never come to be. But with this one, she loves the show, she’s had a great time and she’s excited about playing new markets.”

Fogel says the demand is clearly present in these fresh Madonna markets; London is the only repeat market from the 2008 leg. “It’s amazing when you look at the number of markets that she’s never played, including this last run in 2008,” he says. “We went to quite a few markets she has never played or hasn’t been to in 15-plus years. This [extension] is really a continuation of that in the sense of playing new and different markets.”

Madonna has enjoyed remarkable box office growth over her past four tours, raking in $75 million in 2001, $125 million in 2004, $194 million in 2006 and $280 million last year, according to Billboard Boxscore. All of these tours were produced by Fogel and his team, and all included roughly the same number of dates (55-60 shows). Attendance has also remained steady, and ticket prices were the same on the past two tours, Fogel says.

The extension will take Sticky & Sweet to around 80 shows, and boost it well into the top five grossing tours of all time. Despite the more than six-month break, the tour will feature the same production and performers as 2008. “It is a long hiatus, but everybody was excited to continue,” Fogel says. “So we basically worked out the arrangements for all the performers, crew and equipment and we’ll be ready to go.”

The Sticky & Sweet tour was the first under a 10-year multi-rights agreement between Madonna and Live Nation, valued in some reports at about $120 million.

source : billboard

John Ritchie Says Guy Is Better Off Without Madonna

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s split may have looked ugly, but Guy’s dad, John, tells In Touch that filing for divorce last October was a smart move.
“The worst thing would be if they reconciled,” John says. “Guy is better off. He’s in the States with the children at the moment.”
John notes that his former daughter-in-law is also moving on just fine. “She’s been here with a chap, a friend of hers,” he says.
“We hope she does have a lot of boyfriends because it means she won’t ever get back together with Guy!” And, despite reports that the exes were fighting over their kids, Rocco, 8, and David, 3, Guy’s father says they’ve worked it out.
“There are no big arguments between them. All they discuss is the children,” he says. “Guy is generally quite happy with the arrangements, provided the children come to London when he wants them to. If she makes that difficult, he will have to rethink how they are managing custody, but so far she hasn’t.”
Madonna is reportedly dating other men. “Guy doesn’t care at all,” says his dad. “At least she won’t be looking for him.”

source : in touch

Madonna’s Raising Malawi wins MySpace Impact Award!

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Madonna fans have made a real difference by helping Raising Malawi to earn this month’s Myspace Impact Award.

The Impact Award honors MySpace members who are making a positive impact in the world. Raising Malawi was nominated for its work to eliminate poverty and empower vulnerable children in the impoverished nation of Malawi.

As this month’s winner, Raising Malawi receives a (USD) 10,000 grant to be put toward improving the health and education of Malawi’s kids. In a nation where every penny truly counts, this money will do a great deal of good.

The Impact Award also means invaluable publicity for Raising Malawi and its partner organizations. Now millions of people worldwide will learn of Malawi’s plight and what they can do to help.

Madonna and Raising Malawi would like to thank all the fans who voted for Raising Malawi and helped to spread the word about the important work of this remarkable organization. With the unified support of dedicated volunteers worldwide, there’s no limit to the impact we can make.

To learn more about the work of Raising Malawi and how you can be part of it, please visit www.raisingmalawi.org.

source : madonna.com

It’s Official: Madonna To Tour This Summer

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from Madonna.com :

Madonna fans, are you ready for more?

We are happy to confirm that the rumors are true: Madonna has decided to extend her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour. She is looking forward to an amazing summer in Europe, hitting the cities she didn’t get a chance to in 2008.

While detailed itinerary will be released later this week, we highly encourage you to wait for official on-sale dates and info before ordering tickets to rumored shows and venues.

Get ready for another hot summer…. Madonna is hitting the road again!

Madonna’s 2009 Tour officially confirmed!

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Madonna 2009 European Tour

The rumors are true! Madonna will tour Europe this summer.

Stay tuned for details later this week.

source : madonna.com

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