The Magic Of David Foster & Friends, Double CD is featuring 36 hits by Madonna (You’ll See), Barbra Streisand (Somewhere), Celine Dion (Because You Loved Me), Toni Braxton (Unbreak My Heart), Whitney Houston (I Will Always Love You), Josh Groban (You Raise Me Up), Michael Bublé (Home), Andrea Bocelli (Can’t Help falling in Love) etc.
Madonna made sure orphaned children in Malawi had a merry Christmas – she sent boxes of toys, clothes and other gifts to her charity in the African country.
The Holiday hitmaker brought some festive cheer to parentless children by shipping the aid packages – which also contained chocolate and sweets – to staff at the Raising Malawi foundation to hand out to local kids.
She included a handwritten note reading: “To my Malawi children on Christmas and Boxing Day. I wish I was with you. See you soon, M.”
“Paparazzi don’t have as much interest in you when you’re not wearing big sunglasses and carrying a 5,000 dollars bag. I have no interest in wearing a tracksuit every day like Madonna does, but I understand why she does it.” Kirsten Dunst (BlackBook Magazine)
Madonna’s longtime producer John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez is being sued for $10million over royalties from her hit song Holiday.
Benitez offered the track to the pop superstar back in 1983 when she was recording her debut album – and it became her first hit single.
He agreed at the time that all royalties would be split between him and the Spirit One Music group, with Jellybean responsible for distributing the cash, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
But Spirit insists Jellybean reneged on the deal – and has held back at least $10million owed to the firm.
Jellybean ‘repeatedly and unrepentantly misstated and underreported revenues due to its joint owner, Spirit,’ and ‘repeatedly, systematically and intentionally made delinquent and tardy payments’ to Spirit, according to the lawsuit.
The suit says Benitez has ‘concocted flimsy, bad-faith excuses for its inaccuracy.’
Spirit wants $10million in allegedly unpaid royalties, said Spirit’s lawyer, Wallace Collins. Representatives for Benitez did not respond to requests for comment.
Madonna scored some VIP treatment on a recent Virgin Atlantic flight when she and her entourage were let off two hours before any of the other passengers. The plane was stuck on the tarmac due to snow.
The flight was from NYC to London’s Heathrow Airport, but the weather forced an emergency landing at Stansted Airport. The plane was grounded for about three hours, but Madonna was out of there before an hour was up.
“As the plane was diverted to Stansted due to very difficult weather conditions, disembarkation was delayed while ground staff waited for buses to transport customers back to London Heathrow,” said a statement from Virgin Atlantic. “We apologize for any inconvenience this diversion caused, but for safety reasons this action was unavoidable.”
Madonna and her crew were disembarked first and taken by a bus to the terminal.
Virgin said in their statement, “It is common across airlines that business and first-class passengers disembark first and this is reflected in the higher cost of the ticket.”
Other first class passengers noted that they waited the full three hours.
“Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the look out for the maddest, sickest, most bad ass people to collaborate with. I’m just saying……”
The Material Girl is bringing her clothing line of the same name to Canada.
The collection designed by Madonna and her daughter, Lola, will be exclusively available at The Bay next spring.
The line will be carried at the retailer’s 91 stores across Canada with items ranging in price from $12 to $68.MG ICON, the joint venture between Madonna and Iconix Brand Group, Inc., and the Hudson’s Bay Company announced the direct-to-retail licence agreement for the Material Girl brand on Monday.
“Madonna has brought the world some of the most memorable fashion moments making her a true fashion legend. Her style along with her daughter’s personal flair will make this collection an instant must-have,” Bay president and CEO Bonnie Brooks said in a release.
“We are delighted to bring this brand to Canada because it offers fashion lovers savvy style with amazing value.”
In celebration of the launch, the Bay is selling a limited-edition sequin tank top available on Thursday.
…next up is Wallis Simpson in WE, directed by Madonna. What was it like to be directed by a pop idol? “Of course I knew who Madonna was,” she says, “but when I met her I was just having a cup of tea with someone because I wanted to see how interested we both were. She’s a total geek about it, just like me. We bonded over geekiness.”