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Madonna on Billboard Charts – 07222006

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Hot 200 Albums :
135 (141) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
151 (107) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Billboard Comprehensive Albums :
149 (155) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
170 (111) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
09 (05) Madonna – Get Together
21 (15) Madonna – Sorry
41 (25) Madonna – Hung Up

Hot Dance Music/Club Play :
09 (04) Madonna – Get Together

Dance Radio Airplay :
01 (01) Madonna – Get Together

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
02 (01) Madonna – Get Together
03 (03) Madonna – Sorry
06 (05) Madonna – Hung Up

Top Music Video :
03 (01) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos
03 (01) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Madonna Touring with MAC 700s and more

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Touring in support of her 2005 album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, Madonna’s 2006 tour is an all out disco spectacular that sees the Material Girl dancing her way across North America and Europe through the summer.
Perhaps this summer’s hottest concert ticket, this is Madonna’s second tour in a row in which lighting designer Roy Bennett has turned to a Martin lighting package. PRG’s Las Vegas office has supplied 47 MAC 700 Profiles, 31 MAC 2000 Washes, 82 Atomic strobes with Atomic Colors and other automateds for the tour.
“Some of what we did this year was based on what was done on the previous tour but we expanded on that,” Roy explains. “We have a combination of MAC 700 Profiles, MAC 2000 Washes and other automated lights both in the rig and on the floor, all over really, doing a lot such as the soft good washes over and around the stage area.
“The physical staging extends far out, it’s massive, with a lot of lights that come way out into the audience. It’s a huge video show and we use the moving heads to support the video elements – an extension of what’s going on video wise.
“All of Madonna’s shows are very theatrical with a lot of subtleties but with big, in your face looks too. The show has a prominent disco theme so we wanted to turn the venue into a huge disco at times. It’s a very dynamic show.”
source : lsionline

Japan : 80,000 Madonna tickets sold in 5 minutes

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Some 80,000 tickets for Madonna’s concerts in Tokyo and Osaka went on sale on Sunday and were sold out in five minutes, promoters said Monday. This tour will be the 47-year-old singer’s first in 13 years in Japan, and her fans were waiting in line or calling up the ticket agency well in advance of the 10 a.m. start of sales. The most expensive seats sold for 50,000 yen.
In order to meet the demand, an additional concert will now be held in Tokyo on Sept 21 at Tokyo Dome, following the already sold out concert on Sept 16 in Osaka and Sept 20 in Tokyo. Ticket reservations for the extra concert will start on July 11 and go on sale July 15. For more details, contact Kyodo Tokyo (0180-993-999) or Ticket Pia (0570-029-111).
source : yahoo japan

New Madonna Interview from OK Magazine

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After falling off a horse, most pop stars would cancel their tour, halt production on their album, freeze all promotional activity and stay in bed. But not Madonna. The music icon fractured three ribs after a riding accident at her home in England, but managed to squeeze into a slinky outfit and shoot the video for “Hung Up,” the single from her latest album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. “I have a high pain threshold,” explains Madonna, 47. “It’s remarkable.” It sure is. As her new tour ruffles feathers with it’s controversial content, we delved into the mind of the mother of two and wife of British movie director Guy Ritchie.

Misunderstood Madonna
I’m constantly, forever, defending sound bites. People are always taking things I say out of context, and then I have to defend that one line, when, if they had done their research, they wouldn’t jump to the conclusions that they jump to. You end up spending entire interviews saying, “I didn’t say that…. No, that’s not true.”

Free Time
I don’t have a lot of free time, so when I do, it’s all about being with my kids. The ice-skating rink, pizza, movies, being in the countryside watching my daughter ride her horse, going for walks… kind of boring, right? Times have certainly changed, but it’s all good.

Out on the Town
Last week I went to a club and danced with my friends, and it was really fun. I do it sometimes. When I’m on tour, I go to clubs with a few of my dancers. I don’t do it as music as I used to. Who’s got free time? Who can stay up all night?

My Latest Album
I’m ecstatic that people are digging the music. I just feel that my enthusiasm and my joy in connecting with people and that’s a great thing. I play the album when I’m in the gym or when I go for a run or am doing yoga.

Why a Dance Album?
Why not? I guess because I’ve been making records for 20 years now, and dance music is where life began for me– in a disco. My first love is dance music, and I wanted to get back to that.

Finding Inspiration
I think it’s about paying attention. For instance, I say David LaChapelle’s movie “Rize”, and it had incredible dancers in it. I found out who the dancers were and put them in my next video. I have an insatiable hunger and curiosity to find out about new things. Inevitably those things find their way into my work. I think that’s what we all do as artists and creative people. We’re all plagiarizing!

Going Back in Time
I didn’t go back and listen to my own old records, but a lot of my music and lyrics are a part of my unconscious and they come up without me even thinking about it.

My Producer, Stuart Price
We’ve known each other for five years now, and I think that working together on many things has helped us to feel more familiar with each other. When we started, I think there was a little of that intimidation factor and Stuart many have been nervous. Writing music with people is very intimate; you have to feel comfortable– famous or not. We spent a lot of time in the studio together. In all honesty, I got nervous being around him in the studio because when you write lyrics and then come into the studio and sing them for someone for the first time, it can be very nerve-wracking. You wonder if they might think the lyrics stink, or they may thing the melody is crap. You really have to make yourself vulnerable.

‘Hung Up’ — the Song
“Hung Up” came about when Stuart brought the track to me in the very rough form about a year ago. He asked me what I thought. I heard the ABBA sample and loved it. I cranked it up in my car and drove around the city. I told him I loved the track and that we needed to turn it into a song. I wrote the lyrics to it in about 10 minutes.

‘Hung Up’ the Video
The inspiration for the video was mostly “Saturday Night Fever”. I hope I was channeling John Travolta! I watched it about 20 times with Jamie King, the choreographer, and Johan Renck, the director, and we just wanted to create [an atmosphere] where everyone’s world revolved around dance music.

Dominating the Dance Market
I’m not claiming ownership over any territory. I’m just making music that I love to make. I didn’t start it. Chic started it, Donna Summer started it. It’s not mine. I don’t take the credit.

Before I Was Famous
I miss the freedom of going out to a nightclub by myself, walking in there, onto the dance floor, and dancing the night away without anyone bothering me or noticing me.

Family Feedback
My kids love all the stuff I’ve done, they love dance music. My husband, on the other and, is not a big dance music fan, so he likes some of the tracks, but not all of them.

Getting Philosophical
We live in a society that values fame and fortune. At the end of the day, will these things matter? Will it really matter how many records I’ve sold? Or how many times I was number one? Or how pretty or foxy I was? Or how popular I was? Will any of those things matter? I think lots of people ask that question.

Is It Worth It?
I think a lot of people in the public eye who are constantly being judged, putting themselves out there and taking risks, having highs and lows, all have to ask themselves that question at some point. You have to ask yourself, “What am I doing this for and how important is is to me?” because you have to make a lot of sacrifices along the way.

My Next Move
I just want to do more of what I do and be better at it. There’s nothing specific I want to achieve. I could do another dance album, but I don’t like to repeat myself. Maybe I could do a ballad album, or maybe I’ll write a musical, or I might direct a film and do all the music in the film, you know what I mean? Anything’s possible.

My Style
I consider myself to be a chameleon. I can be working on an Olivia Newton-John or a Farrah Fawcett look, it just depends. It’s all about changing and evolving. I never see myself as making one particular fashion statement. Any one of my looks is just one side to me. When I wandering around my house in the country, I’m not wearing polka-dot chiffon dresses, okay?! As soon as you think you’ve got me pigeonholed, I’m going to surprise you. There are many sides to my personality– there always have been and there always will be.

Madonna denies quitting Kabbalah

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Pop superstar Madonna has quashed rumours she’s leaving obscure Jewish sect Kabbalah over concerns for her finances and family relations.
The Material Girl singer is reportedly fed up of the financial burden of championing the Jewish belief system, and also fears the teachings are compromising her relationship with husband Guy Ritchie and her children.
One area of alleged contention is Christmas – which the family currently do not celebrate. Madonna would now reportedly prefer her kids not to be alienated from conventional customs.
Adding weight to speculation of a religious rift, pals claim the singer is thinking of ditching Kabbalah’s trademark bracelet. However, a spokeswoman for Madonna insists she has no plans to cut any strings. She says, “As far as I am aware, it is completely untrue.”
source : contactmusic

Confessions Tour – Boston Herald Review

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Madonna may be pressing the same old ideological buttons, but the Confessions tour is a stunning musical makeover.
The ’80s electropop sound of Madonna’s latest permeates the entire two-hour show, and last night she tore up the TD Banknorth Garden for the first of three Boston appearances.
Emerging from a one-and-a-half-ton disco ball, Madge appeared in riding gear, complete with top hat and crop. A sly grin came over her face as the crowd gave her the iconoclastic embrace that keeps her performing – it’s what gets her off. Thus truly being in her element as the center of attention, she gave us her all in return.
Bondage-noir imagery dominated the show’s first quarter, featuring a fantastic cover of the Donna Summer-Giorgio Moroder classic, “I Feel Love”? between her opener, “Future Lovers”? and latest single, “Get Together.”? Though it’s impossible to tell how much vocal management is going on during the more demanding, theatrical numbers, Madonna sounded rehearsed and on target.
The juxtaposition of her broken-boned X-rays and a video montage of equestrian accidents to soundtrack “Like a Virgin”? isn’t that much of a reach – it’s a contemplation of innocence getting shattered, much the same way bones break.
Madonna spoke to the crowd several times, inviting (and even demanding) us to sing and dance with her. She teased, asked if we loved her – asked if we’d die for her. But moreover she was spirited and friendly; the Confessions show is obviously a blast for her, but it’s also exhausting work.
“Live to Tell”? featured an authoritative and impassioned vocal performance, sang from the rumored cross-and-crown of thorns stage set. The bitchy house vibe of “Sorry”? had the entire floor jumping in a unified mass.
The muted industrial tones of “Like It or Not”? came across with deliciously sassy irreverence, as did “Let it Will Be”? later in the set.
After a series of images that seemed to feature famed liars, (George Dubyah, Condoleezza Rice, Nixon, Chairman Mao, bin Laden), Madonna transformed herself into a punk vixen, strapped on her electric guitar and launched into a raunchy “I Love New York,”? followed by a similarly edgy “Ray of Light.”?
“Music”? got a righteous mash-up with The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno”? and Maddy dressed as Travolta with a white bell-bottomed leisure suit. Her dancers sailed all over the stage on roller skates. “Erotic”? was renewed with an updated, catchy euro-disco pulse, as was “Lucky Star,”? which transcended the original’s teeny-bopping tone.
Madonna closed with “Hung Up,”? her vocally weakest number. But by that point, we’d have forgiven her for just about anything.

Confessions Tour – Boston.com Review

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Anyone who attended Madonna’s show at the TD Banknorth Garden last night is hereby excused from the cardio portion of their workout today.
When the veteran pop superstar said she wanted her “Confessions Tour” to feel like one big disco, she wasn’t fooling.
For almost the entire, frenzied, two-hour performance, Madonna — whether on her own or backed by some combination of her cadre of spectacular dancers — was in constant motion, and the sold-out crowd of 15,076 got down right along with her.
You can nitpick the music (the set list had imperfections), debate the visual accompaniment — some of her “political” statements felt clunky with the glitzy, booty-shaking atmosphere — and you can gripe about the ticket prices. But never let it be said that anyone works harder onstage than Madonna.
It’s clear that the 47-year-old is enjoying her music and her incredibly toned body — apparently yoga and Pilates really, really work. That joy showed in the performance, which felt more upbeat than those in the past.
She began the night, appropriately, emerging from a giant mirror ball over a runway that ran straight through the center of the arena. Decked out in equestrian gear — the first of seven costumes — she was up to her old tricks in no time as she took a quick ride on one of her burly male dancers for the opener “Future Lovers,” which merged briefly with homegirl Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.”
The night’s first big cheer came for “Like a Virgin,” which found Madge writhing atop a saddle. (Disturbing footage of riding accidents — recalling her own — on the large video screens may have been a buzz kill for some. )
And as much as she’s a diva, Madonna also isn’t afraid to let the spotlight occasionally fall elsewhere. She seems to construct her shows for her own entertainment as much as the crowd, and songs like “Jump,” featuring a group of “parkours” — urban jungle gymnasts — jumping, climbing, and running headlong toward a nutty jungle gym contraption were eye-popping.
The politicized portions of the show felt airlifted in from some other much more serious performance. “Live to Tell,” with it’s mammoth disco crucifix, was meant as a paean to survival — complete with dance interpretations of child abuse — and the reprise of “Sorry,” with visual images of flames overlaid on African AIDS orphans, both seemed heartfelt but preachy.
An ecstatic “Ray of Light,” on the other hand, got the blood pumping again, and Madonna may be the only person to ever get a Boston crowd to chant “I Love NY,” as she did during the glam rock version of that song.
An acoustic section was the best vocal showcase as Madonna simply stood still and played guitar on a tender, unadorned version of “Drowned World/Substitute For Love” and the gently computerized “Paradise (But Not For Me).”
The night was brought to its thumping conclusion with the shuddering rhythms of “Hung Up” as Madonna and her dancers alternately jumped, crawled, and threw themselves across every inch of the stage, knowing that this was their last dance.
The second of the three shows on Sunday is also sold out, but tickets for Monday’s show remain.

Confessions Tour – Projo.com Review

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Well, if you couldn’t tell at the beginning when she descended from the ceiling in a giant glitter ball, the set list of Madonna’s concert (the first of three sold-out shows at the TD BankNorth Garden) confirmed she has, in fact, come back to the hardcore dance music that gave her her start.
Most people who have been around as long as she has are apologetically slipping a couple of songs from their latest album into the set list, but last night’s show included 10 songs from Madonna’s latest, Confessions on a Dance Floor. She applied that record’s mix of early-’80s styles such as house, Eurodisco and early techno to old favorites such as “Like a Virgin” and “La Isla Bonita” as well. The conventional wisdom says 2004’s American Life album was a disappointment, and if you feel the same way, this was a show for you: nothing from that record.
Of course, the experience of a Madonna show isn’t complete without the visuals, choreography and costumes, and here last night’s show topped the American Life tour as well — eventually.
The show began with “Future Lovers,” from Confessions (with a snippet of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” tucked into the middle), and went into the lush house of the new album’s “Get Together.” But Madonna, dressed up in some semblance of riding gear, punctuated the songs with dancing that looked, and felt, more like we were watching her work out. The bumped-up “Like a Virgin” was more of the same — although there was humor at work in the video projections of people falling off horses (recalling Madonna’s recent mishap), her own aerobic writhing in a giant saddle was designed to be marveled at rather than enjoyed.
From there, the jump-cut philosophy that made the American Life show a weird mess took over for a while. Here’s Madonna on a glitter-ball crucifix, complete with crown of thorns, singing “Live to Tell” while the video screen projects statistics on African children orphaned by AIDS. Here she is singing “Isaac” while the singer of the same name who sang on the record holds the melody and a robed dancer flings herself around a cage. Here she’s singing “Jump” while film-student-level clips of urban decay flash behind her. Whatever.
The hinge of the show was “Like It or Not,” another dance thumper but with a shuffle rhythm, which Madonna sang alone, with virtually no projections and nothing on stage but a black wooden chair. The song is a fairly simple declaration of independence, but the lo-tech setting gave her a chance to show sass rather than ice, and for the audience to relate rather than adore.
From there, the dance-floor fillers kept coming, and the accoutrements settled down into being impressive yet coherent recapitulations of the themes and vibes of the songs. Madonna slathered distorto-guitar onto “I Love New York” and “Ray of Light”; her dance moves were purposely ungainly during “Let It Will Be” and her banter with the audience was truly playful before the ballad “Substitute for Love,” which was followed by the lovely, doleful ballad “Paradise (Not for Me),” from 2000’s Music album.
By the time she did a virtual live mashup, singing the words and melody of “Music” while her band played the classic “Disco Inferno,” with Madonna in a white disco suit; aped the James Brown routine of being picked up off the stage and helped into a cape (with “Dancing Queen” on it); gave even more dance thump to “Lucky Star” than the original; and finished by blazing through “Hung Up,” the first single from Confessions, the rout was on. Fun won.

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