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Take a bow on a new compilation

Another classic Madonna hit ended up on a compilation.
The song Take a bow originally from the 1994 album Bedtime Stories will be used on the forthcoming hit-compilation Kuschelrock that will be released in Germany on September 20.

Madonna on Kuschelrock

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Radio ZET signs Madonna

On September 13th Radio ZET will launch a huge advertising campaign starring pop singer Madonna. The campaign took 10 months to put together and will be the first one in history to use the most popular scenes from Madonna’s legendary videos: Vogue, Material Girl, Frozen, Hollywood etc. “We managed to do the impossible,” said Radio ZET’s president Robert Kozyra. Madonna’s partner in the commercials will be famous actor Zbigniew Zamachowski.
source : wbj.pl

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Madonna Dedicates Song to Russian Hostage Crisis

Pop star Madonna drew massive applause from a sold-out crowd in Paris when she dedicated her version of John Lennon’s peace ode Imagine to the Russian hostage crisis. Addressing the audience midway through her show last night, Madonna spoke briefly about the tragedy at a Russian school that left at least 350 dead, including pupils, teachers and mothers. As video images of war and children were broadcast behind her on giant screens, the pop diva urged her fans at Paris’ Bercy stadium to think about what happened in Russia and to think about Lennon’s lyrics.
source : scotsman.com

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Madonna nominated in MTV Russian Music Awards

Madonna’s video “Love Profusion” is nominated in 2004 MTV Russian Music Awards, in the Best International artist category.
Other Nominees are : Anastacia – Left Outside Alone, Britney Spears – Toxic , The Rasmus – In The Shadows and Linkin Park -Numb.

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Words by Madonna and Pictures

Gennady Spirin’s name does not appear on the cover of Madonna’s most recent storybook for children, though it’s as much his work as hers.
Spirin, a Russian-born artist who lives in New Jersey, illustrated scenes of Eastern Europe of the 1600s to accompany the pop star’s book, “Yakov and the Seven Thieves,” but his name appears only on the title page.
In a recent telephone interview, he described researching 17th century architecture, clothing and furniture to capture the time and place Madonna wanted.
“Yakov and the Seven Thieves” is about a cobbler, Yakov, and his wife, Olga, who seek a cure for their very ill son, named Mikhail. “They seek advice from a wise old man, who enlists the help of seven thieves and proves that miracles can occur if we do good deeds,” the book’s official summary reads.
Madonna, who was born Catholic, has publicly embraced the Kabbalah, the ancient tradition of Jewish mystical wisdom that has enjoyed a New Age revival of late. In connection with this, Madonna, now a mother of two, has said she wants to go by the name Esther.
Her previous two books, “The English Roses” and “Mr. Peabody’s Apples,” are also morality tales. A total of five books are planned. A fourth, “The Adventures of Abdi,” is due this fall. So far, she has collaborated with a different artist on each book.
Reviews for “Yakov and the Seven Thieves,” were mixed when it was released in the United States in June by Viking, though Spirin’s drawings were widely praised.
The Russian version, “Yakov i Semero Vorishek,” was released Aug. 16 by the publisher Eksmo and is selling for 150 rubles (about $5).
A New York Times reviewer in 1998 compared Spirin’s style to Renaissance artists like Raphael for his combination of rich colors and fine detail. Spirin says his art is also rooted in Russian traditions, including the art of the Orthodox church.
Spirin, 55, was born in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo, near Moscow, and studied at the Surikov School of Fine Art, opposite the Tretyakov Gallery. He moved to the United States in 1991, on the invitation of two picture book publishers, Dial Books and Philomel, both of which are now imprints of Penguin Books.
“I didn’t flee anywhere, I didn’t emigrate. I was invited for work and have worked ever since,” he said, adding that he settled in Princeton, New Jersey, because his editor lived in the town.
The Russian-speaking community in the sleepy, elite college town is tiny, he said, though he has friends among fellow artists who are American. A Russian friend named Tanya had a gallery in Princeton, where he showed his work, but rising rents forced it to close.
“I have my kids, so the Motherland is always with me,” he said.
He has three sons, aged 28, 20 and 12. The eldest, Ilya, is following in his footsteps as an illustrator.
Spirin thinks Madonna handpicked him to illustrate “Yakov and the Seven Thieves.”
These days, Spirin’s art is only available for sale through the Storyopolis gallery in Los Angeles, he said. Listings at Storyopolis.com show that his work goes anywhere from $6,000 to $20,000.
In 1997, the Saks Fifth Avenue department store recruited him to design their Nutcracker-themed holiday window display in New York after seeing his illustrations for the E.T.A. Hoffman fairy tale.
Spirin said that he thinks Madonna handpicked him to illustrate “Yakov and the Seven Thieves,” because “her team can’t handle anything without her, not even the smallest detail,” he said.
He admits it is a guess, since he never spoke with the pop star. “I never needed to,” he said.
He did send her a letter once. “I wrote to her to explain why certain details needed to be done my way and not the way she suggested,” he said. He composed the letter in Russian and had it translated and sent.
Instead, his contact was with the publisher and through a translator. Despite having lived in the United States for more than 10 years, he said he does not speak English.
He said his lawyer in New York helps him negotiate contracts and sometimes doubles as his translator.
Numbers are not his thing. He said he did not know which of his 33 books has been the most popular. “I don’t know about sales. All I know is I have no money,” he said.
The contract with Madonna paid better than his previous projects, he said.
“I get practically no royalties. It’s frighteningly unfair,” said Spirin, who describes himself as a practicing Russian Orthodox Christian.
“I’m waiting for the Lord to get angry with them and they give me at least a little bit,” he said with a chuckle that clashed with his mildly bitter tone.
It is not that Spirin has not found professional success. He won four gold metals from the Society of Illustrators, a group of his peers, for four books, including “The Tale of Tsar Saltan,” based on the story by Alexander Pushkin.
Four others have been named best-illustrated book of the year by The New York Times.
His illustrations for “Kashtanka,” based on a short story about a dog by Anton Chekhov, won an international price in 1994 in Spain. The original watercolor illustrations — he only paints in watercolor — now hang in a Barcelona museum.
He had an exhibit at the Russian Consulate in New York. But never in Moscow, and he has never returned.
His friends here keep telling him to come visit, but work has always come in the way, he said. His current project is an alphabet book.
“It’s not that I don’t want to, but I just never have had enough time,” he said.
“To go for a week is too short. You see two friends and leave. And a month is too long for work. Publishers also have limited time schedules.”
source : themoscowtimes.com

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Beer named after Madonna is called ‘Material Girl Ale’

Here is some good news for all beer drinkers, you can now order a bottle with pop icon Madonna’s picture on it, called the ‘Material Girl Ale.’
According to The Sun, launched by the British brewers JW Lees, the new range of the ale has 7.5 percent alcohol content and the brewers describe its flavor as ‘nutty and fruity.’
JW Lees has currently released three hundred bottles of the ale and they say that they have made the brew in order to commemorate Madonna’s first concert in Manchester, which is a part of her re-invention tour, after a gap of 10 years.
The makers call the collection ‘Material Girl Ale” and they presented a crate to Madonna before a recent gig in Paris.
“We brewed the ale to mark Madonna’s return to Manchester after ten years. She played the Hacienda in 1994 and we thought that it would be a good way to mark her first gig back in Manchester. We know she likes an ale and thought this one was a little bit special,” the report quoted a spokesperson for J W Lees as saying.
source : ANI

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Microsoft is selling music

Microsoft is releasing a preview version of its MSN Music service, which will sell songs for 99 cents each or $9.99 per album — the same prices charged by Apple and several online music providers. Microsoft secured the rights to songs from artists not found on other services, like Madonna, Metallica and Dave Matthews Band, by agreeing to demands such as only selling entire CDs instead of individual tracks.
source : sfgate.com

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Magical Mystical Tour For Madonna

In hot-pants or battledress, recently reborn Madonna wowed French fans with her new-found mysticism at the first of a string of concerts in Paris on Wednesday night.
Images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and words in Hebrew flitted across the stage while the T-Shirt she threw into the ecstatic crowd of 15,000 fans read “Kabbalists Do It Better”.
The 46-year-old artist, who recently changed her name to Esther after converting to the ancient mysticism of Kabbalah, threw the spotlight on the material worries of the world as an apparent reflection of her concerns for personal as well as global peace.
For hits such as “Vogue” and Frozen” at the first of four Paris concerts, Madonna wore hot-pants, thigh boots and a silver top. For “American Life” a beret and battledress.
But throughout the duration of the one-hour-40-minute show, came anti-war video images of helicopters, tanks, atomic blasts and wounded children as well as dummies of George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein.
Famished African children featured in the backdrop to accompany her version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, which closed with a Palestinian and Israeli child walking side by side.
Once her current “Re-Invention” world tour is closed this month, Madonna plans a pilgrimage-retreat to Israel in observance of her new Kabbalah faith.
The pop diva began looking into Kabbalah — or at least a modern version of it — in 1997, and is now one of its most high-profile proponents.
source : turkishpress.com

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Top concert grosses

#1 Madonna – Wembley – Aug. 22-23, 25-26, 2004 – London, England – $9,809,717 – Attend : 45,267
#3 Madonna – Earls Court – Aug. 18-19, 2004 – London, England – $6,356,207 – Attend : 34,087
#4 Madonna – MEN Arena – Aug. 14-15, 2004 – Manchester, England – $5,136,114 – Attend : 27,320
source : billboard

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Madonna aka Esther is still style icon

When spiritually-reborn “Material Girl” Madonna hits the stage in the world’s couture capital from Wednesday, style gurus are likely to be out in force to appraise exactly what she’s wearing.
Faithful to her reputation as global fashionista icon, Madonna, who recently changed her name to Esther after converting to Kabbalah, has called on the top names in fashion to design the costumes for her current “Re-Invention” world tour – Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Stella McCartney etc.
In Paris, where she was originally due to play two nights, 15,000 tickets sold out in only 30 minutes for the opening show and organisers added two concerts. Her four concerts are totally sold out, with some holders offering seats on the Internet for sums of EUR 200 up.
But then Madonna, now 46, has been wowing crowds and setting fashion trends for two decades, from raunchy sex-symbol to hippie-style earth-mother. Big names such as Prada or Dolce and Gabbana have cashed in on her name, as have little known designers such as Belgian Olivier Theyskens, who first won fame when she turned out for the Oscars sporting one of his creations.
Stella McCartney, one of her friends, designed the once-in-a-lifetime dress for her wedding with Guy Ritchie, which was both a good deed and a good plug. In 1990 for her Blond Ambition Tour she turned Jean-Paul Gaultier into a household name because of his conicle-cupped corset.
Houses that succeed in getting Madonna – or even better Madonna plus daughter Lourdes – into the front row for their catwalk collections, such as Gaultier or Versace, know the paparazzi will fly into a frenzy, ensuring plenty of media footage for the label.
“She remains a strong fashion icon because she’s got a real fashion culture and knows what she wants,” Patrick Cabasset, deputy editor of fashion magazine L’Official, told AFP.
“She’s a chameleon with as much feeling for her image as someone like (designer) Jean-Paul Gaultier or Jean-Baptiste Mondino”, he added.
“If you were to give her a mark for either just being or keeping up appearances, you’d give her 100 percent for keeping up appearances. She’s first and foremost just image, despite the fact that nowadays she wants to show she has soul by writing children’s books and taking up spirituality.”
In September, with the world tour behind her, Esther/Madonna plans a pilgrimage to Israel in observance of her new Kabbalah faith and in recent concerts castigates war, or sings John Lennon’s “Imagine” to images of an Israeli and a Palestinian child walking side by side.
The pop diva began looking into Kabbalah – or at least a modern version of it – in 1997, and is now one of its most high-profile proponents. Jewish symbols and Hebrew letters feature in recent videos, and she is rarely seen without the trademark red string around her wrist to ward off the evil eye.
Yet “Re-Invention”, her first world tour since 2001, features lots of quite earthly garb. In European concerts ahead of the Paris stops, Madonna has stepped out in black hotpants, a sequinned silver top and knee-high black boots.
French couturier Christian Lacroix has specially designed a tight pale pink satin corset, a rembroidered gold-leaf-covered number inspired by a Lacroix red wedding dress she squeezed into for a series of pictures for the US “W” magazine last year.
“She wanted a corset that was a little more flexible for the dance numbers but that visually looked like the fitted whalebone original,” the couturier said.
source : afp

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Madonna’s Father Slams Reports

Madonna’s father Tony Ciccone has dismissed reports his daughter gave him nearly a million dollars to bail out his wine business as ‘totally untrue’.
Ciccone Vineyards in Michigan – owned and run by Ciccone and his wife Joan

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Madonna’s fans send death threats to website manager!

Madonna’s recent show at Wembley Arena turned chaotic as the police had to be called in when 70 fans, who had spent hundreds of pounds on tickets, found that there were no seats for them.
Michael James, the manager of www.londonticketshop.co.uk said that 20 customers did not get tickets because of a mistake, and added that furious fans turned on him and two other firms before they had time to buy tickets from touts.
“I feared for my life. I have received death threats. But we are not a fraudulent company,” The Mirror quoted James as saying.
Lawyer Alain Gavin, meanwhile, revealed that he had paid an agency 150 pounds to see the pop diva’s performance but had to return back disappointed.
“Some of the people had flown in from far away and they were very disappointed. Some paid 1,700 pounds for three tickets. There were kids of seven or eight-years-old who were most disappointed,” added Gavin.
source : ANI

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