Madonna performs during her Sticky and Sweet tour in Madrid (July 23 2009)
July 22, 2009 – For Immediate Release (Burbank, California) Madonna, who has racked up a record 37 top 10 hits as well as seven No. 1 albums (including her last four) on the Billboard Pop Charts, has given her fans yet another opportunity to “celebrate” her musical achievements. Today, Warner Bros. Records officially confirmed the September 28th release of “CELEBRATION” – the ultimate compilation of Madonna songs. The songs on “Celebration” have all been remastered and selected by Madonna and her fans. They cover the expanse of the Material Girl’s extraordinary career of hits including “Everybody,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue” and “4 Minutes.” “Celebration” will be available in a two-CD set as well as a single CD. There will also be a “Celebration” DVD released simultaneously which includes the video visionary’s best videos including several that have never before been available on DVD.
“Celebration,” the CD will also include two new songs that were recently recorded in New York City. The first single, also titled, “Celebration,” co-produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, will be released August 3rd. A video for the single, which will be included on the “Celebration” DVD was just filmed in Milan, Italy and was directed by long time Madonna collaborator Jonas (“Ray of Light”) Akerlund. Several dance club remixes of “Celebration” are headed to the clubs on July 24th. The song will also be available on CD and vinyl maxi. Radio will receive the “Celebration” single on August 3rd.
The cover for “Celebration” was created by street pop artist “Mr. Brainwash” who is best known for “throwing modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven.”
Madonna, a multi Grammy award winning singer, writer and producer has had over 12 No. 1 singles and has a record-smashing 39 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs Chart – by far the most of any artist in the over 30 year history of the list.
Madonna’s latest release will cost a little more than usual and will be available in only one, curiously archaic format: microcassette.
“Madonna Erotic Phone Messages” will be among several lots of Material Girl-related arcana up for grabs next week in the Rock & Roll Pop Art Auction. Minimum bid: $25,000 (U.S.). That works out to about $1,470 a minute.
Contained on “two original microcassettes from Jim Albright’s answering machine,” the 17 minutes of messages date from 1992-1993, when Madonna was dating Albright, who was her bodyguard before becoming romantically involved with the singer.
Another lot contains “a very personal and intimate amateur video taken of Madonna and a few of her castmates from the 1993 film Dangerous Games.” The 15-minute VHS tape bears the titillating label “1 Snake Eyes Wife Swap Footage.” The minimum bid: $10,000.
Also included in the auction is an “archive of 21 letters faxed by Madonna to boyfriend James Albright spanning the years 1992 to 1994. The faxes are from all over the world … She uses the code name ‘Lola Montez’ (a dancer and actress born in Ireland who became famous as a Spanish dancer, courtesan and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria), and sometimes refers to Albright as ‘Ceasar’, ‘J,’ ‘James,’ ‘Booty Man’ (calling herself ‘Lil Booty’) and even in one letter writing, ‘Happy Thanksgiving Sambo.’ Estimate: $3,000 to $4,000.”
Bidding starts Monday (July 27) at GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.
source: madonnalicious / madonnatribe
Madonna hasn’t met Marilyn Minter yet, but the two are already planning a collaboration.
The artist — whose photograph of a gigantic pair of pink lips is a new addition to Madge’s “Sticky and Sweet” tour — confides the Material Girl’s plans are a mystery even to her.
“She wants to come by my studio, so I guess I will find out then,” Minter said at a recent M.A.C. event. “Maybe she wants me to photograph her, or work on a video.”
Whatever the project may be, Minter, who is famous for her erotically charged photographs, will definitely help Madonna in continuing to bring sexy back.
source: new york daily news
Despite the uncertain state of the economy, Billboard’s midyear touring charts indicate a pattern of success that could well carry through the end of the year.
And, even more so than usual, the top 25 list is dominated by acts that first achieved success a quarter century ago or more, including Madonna, Tina Turner, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, the Dead, Neil Young, Iron Maiden and Leonard Cohen. That said, there’s still a freshness to the chart, with some names not typically associated with the box-office elite.
The time period for the midyear numbers is Dec. 6, 2008, through June 20, 2009. When tardy reporting is factored in, overall numbers stack up favorably to the same time period last year. In the period covered, global concerts grossed $1.8 billion and drew 30.6 million attendees from 8,744 shows reported. That’s down slightly from the $1.9 billion for the period in 2008, when 9,172 shows were reported. And attendance is up so far this year by almost 20,000. While that figure amounts to just about one good sold-out arena date, the fact that ticket sales are up with some 450 fewer shows reported is impressive, given global market conditions.
NME.com has a new reader’s poll, they’re trying to determine who are the most overrated bands/artists.
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