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Mary Had A Little Amp Features Benefit CD

Mary Had A Little Amp Features Children’s Songs by Madonna, Dixie Chicks, R.E.M., Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt and Others.
On October 5, Epic Records will release Mary Had A Little Amp, a special collection of songs children love performed by sixteen renowned artists. All proceeds from Mary Had A Little Amp will benefit People For the American Way’s Project Kid Smart and People For the American Way Foundation’s Start Smart America, projects working to ensure preschool education for all American children.
Featuring new takes on children’s classics like a rare version of Graham Nash singing “Teach Your Children,” the Dixie Chicks’ new rendition of “Rainbow Connection,” original songs by Moby and Rosanne Cash, contributions from Jack Johnson and Maroon 5, and unique collaborations between Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson and between Dave Matthews and Blue Man Group, Mary Had A Little Amp will be the perfect addition to any parent’s, child’s, or music-lover’s collection.
“This CD is the result of the efforts of many artists and activists. We asked the Dixie Chicks to help us make preschool education a national priority and they stepped up to the plate. The Dixie Chicks’ involvement in this project was enormously important to our outreach to other artists,” says Project Kid Smart Director Julie Burton, explaining the origin of this unique CD compilation.
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Madonna’s Father Surprised by daughter’s ‘wife’ role

Pop legend Madonna’s father Silvio Ciccone is proud that his daughter has changed her ways and settled down with a family.
But Ciccone still finds it hard to believe the middle-aged mother-of-two is the same girl that he raised in Michigan.
Ciccone says, “It’s true, she’s a good wife. When I see her with Guy Ritchie, I can’t get it in my head that she’s the same girl I raised. She was hell on wheels when she was younger.
“Now she’s got this marriage and I’m proud that she’s been able to keep it going this long.”
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Madonna and Kabbalah ‘Is this the End’

Madonna is reportedly becoming disillusioned with The Kabbalah Centre, an insider has been reported as saying to the Star newspaper.
The source is quoted as saying that Madonna is upset that they have apparently been marketing off of her.
The source was also quoted as saying that she is also tired of them constantly coming to the well for money, and she was furious they leaked she was to visit to Israel.
The insider said that Madonna and hubby Guy Ritchie have had enough of it feeling leaders have become too intrusive in their lives.
It was reported recently that during rehearsals for a performance Guy Ritchie was so angered with the constant interruptions that he ended up scuffling with one of the Kabbalah rabbis.
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Rupert Everett about Madonna

British actor Rupert Everett has leapt to the defence of famous friend Madonna over her conversion to the controversial Kabbalah faith.
Madonna began studying the controversial offshoot of Judaism in 1997 and has managed to encourage her film director husband to embrace the mystical teachings.
Her attempts to convert the spiritually confused Britney Spears seem to have failed, but Madonna’s Next Best Thing co-star and pal Everett can see the positive affect her new found faith has had on the MUSIC superstar.
He says, “It’s made her much, much softer.”
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Madonna treats fans on her birthday

Madonna decided to give her Los Angeles fans a special treat on her 46th birthday – a treasure trove of her personal items.
The city’s weekly promotion Tigerheat, which marks the Music singer’s August 16 birthday annually, celebrated her big day on Friday last at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
And to give her fans an extra treat, Madonna, who celebrated her birthday in London with husband Guy Ritchie, waded through her closets and gave lucky guests a selection of her personal items.
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Madonna’s gift of the Kabbalah

Madonna has spent thousands of pounds to buy a rare 12th century book on the Kabbalah religion as a gift for Britney Spears, according to reports.
Britney has kept the Zohar text with her at all times since Madonna sent it to her, according to The Sun.
Both singers are devotees of the Jewish-based religion.
Britney said the Zohar book, which offers philosophy for life as well as astrology and numerology, paints “a bigger picture than even the Bible.”
“It’s just so interesting to me because I’ve never read that stuff before,” she said.
A friend told The Sun: “Madonna has always looked out for Britney.
“When Britney was going through a tough time earlier in the year, Madonna used Kabbalah teachings to help her through.
“Britney was delighted with the book. She has read it thoroughly and seems completely taken with it.”
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True Hurts and Dr. Dre worked on a Madonna’s track?

True Hurts, recently interviewed by the Vibe magazine, asked if she will collaborate again with Dr. Dre, said: “I will work with Dre again. As a matter of fact I have worked with him since the last project. We worked on a Madonna cut together.”
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Madonna fans to get special train in Portugal for concert

Portugal’s state rail operator CP said it would operate a special train to take Madonna fans from northern second city Oporto to Lisbon for the pop superstar’s first-ever concert in the country on September 13.
Return tickets will cost 21 euros (26 dollars), the company said in a statement.
The company does not have plans to operate a similar service on the following day when the top-selling singer will close her “Re-Invention” world tour with a second performance in the Portuguese capital.
Only one Lisbon date was originally planned, but a second was quickly added in response to big public demand for tickets.
The self-proclaimed Material Girl kicked off the European leg of her tour, which began in Los Angeles in May, on Saturday with the first of two concerts in Manchester, northern England.
After Manchester the 45-year-old singer is to perform in her adopted hometown of London, followed by appearances in Dublin, Paris, Arnhem in the Netherlands, and finally Lisbon.
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Madonna leaves fans ecstatic

Pop queen Madonna’s world tour has hit London and her fans were left ecstatic after an electrifying gig at Earls Court.
She kicked off the concert with a crowd-pleasing show at London’s Earls Court Arena.
Wearing black hot pants, a sequinned silver top and knee-high black boots, the material girl mixed classics like Vogue and Into The Groove with more recent tracks such as Frozen.
The mother of two, sporting a new muscular physique, struck a series of impressive gymnastic poses.
She also performed an explosive version of American Life – the title track from her latest album – featuring a troupe of backing dancers dressed head-to-toe in military garb.
The Re-Invention tour has been getting rave reviews since landing in England but with tickets priced between GBP75 and GBP160 the she has a lot to live up to.
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From ‘E’ Madonna is back to ‘M’

The pop star, who had re-christened herself as Esther after taking up the Jewish faith of Kabbalah, is reported to have resumed her original name.
According to The Sun, Madonna had been spotted wearing a necklace bearing the letter E after her Kabbalah name.
However, when she set out to celebrate her 46th birthday in London earlier this week, the E in her necklace had been replaced by M.
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Like A Prayer – Rolling Stone Rereviewed

When people talk about Madonna exposing herself, they normally mean her tendency to drop her knickers. But her fourth proper album, 1989’s Like a Prayer, is filled with nakedly emotional songs such as “Promise to Try” (about her mother, who died when Madonna was just six) and the mournful “Oh Father” (just guess). “The album is drawn from what I was going through when I was growing up,” Madonna told Rolling Stone. As always, she had a kicker: “I’m still growing up.” Like a Prayer was the sound of Madonna figuring out her life, most explicitly on “Till Death Do Us Part,” a thinly fictionalized portrait of her volatile marriage with Sean Penn. But it was also the sound of a pop diva who had been learning how to sing and wanted to show off. Later, this would lead to an unfortunate tendency to tackle show tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber. But here it meant that she not only belted blockbuster singles such as “Express Yourself,” she indulged in gentle psychedelia and a slow, grinding collaboration with Prince, “Love Song.” Who would have guessed then that pop music’s two leading imps of the perverse would end up as two of its most publicly devout figures (Prince with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Madonna with kabbalah)? That Sacred vs. Profane wrestling match was showcased in the glorious title track, where Madonna declared, “Everyone must stand alone,” and then, “I’m down on my knees/I wanna take you there,” seeking succor in both God and fellatio, or maybe fellatio with God. In a career full of transgressive moments, “Like a Prayer” is the most transgressive — and the most irresistible.

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How does Madonna do it?

The device gets its nickname from one of the Middle Ages’ more notorious instruments of torture. And judging by its many pulleys and wires, ‘The Rack’ is an apt pseudonym. But for Madonna – who last night took to the stage at London’s Earls Court – it has proved a vital tool on her world tour.
The Gyrotonic Expansion System, to give it its correct title, has helped hone the mother-of-two’s body for the rigours of performing live.
The GBP3,500 contraption was designed by Romanian ballet dancer Juliu Horvath to help relieve the chronic pain he suffered from injuries.
Exercising with the machine allows for the natural circular motion of limbs. It is said to create long, lean muscles which are toned but not bulging.
Matt Aversa, director of manufacturers Gyrotonic, says: ‘Gyrotonic training creates muscles with suppleness and dexterity. This will decrease the chance of injury, and prepare Madonna’s body for what she does.’
However, Gyrotonic is just the latest exercise regime in Madonna’s relentless pursuit of the perfect body. Here, we reveal the effect that quest has had on her figure and her health.
‘Madonna looks like an Olympic athlete,’ says fitness consultant Cornel Chin, who trains stars such as Leonardo Di Caprio. ‘But to have such a physique, she must be putting in a similar level of effort – if not more, to compensate for her age.’
In the past Madonna was known as a fan of extreme exercise, running 20 miles a week, working out for hours on a step machine and pumping iron every day, not to mention rehearsing gruelling dance routines.
Now, she is one of the most advanced ashtanga yogis in the country. She is so experienced in this physical form of yoga that she is on the ‘Third Series’ – a level equivalent to being an Olympic-standard athlete.
‘She’s 46 now, and must be exercising for at least three hours a day,’ says Cornel. ‘A couple of hours will be aerobic exercise – that’s how her body fat levels have dropped to such an extent that her muscles have become prominent.
‘I think Madonna’s body fat level can only be about 17 per cent, which is well below the 23-33 per cent ideal for women. ‘She will also be doing a lot of weights to bulk up her muscles. But she needs to be careful. Joints are increasingly at risk as you age. Production of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints, and glucosamine, which is a nutrient essential for joint health, starts to slow.
‘Madonna will have to spend longer on her warm-ups than when she was younger, and less time doing high-impact work such as running and step aerobics, or she could trigger the early onset of arthritis. ‘Of course, exercise is vital to staying healthy. But there are limits, and Madonna is at risk of “overtraining syndrome” – a form of chronic fatigue linked to intensive exercise and inadequate rest periods.’
‘Madonna is a devotee of ashtanga yoga, a Western adaptation of traditional forms of yoga,’ says instructor Chris James, who is based at North London’s Yoga Junction. ‘It focuses on developing upper body strength. But from the level of definition you see in her arms, she must be employing other techniques such as a rigid diet and weight-lifting.
‘Her muscle tone is the result of an exercise regime that must border on the obsessive; a woman would need to spend virtually all day exercising to achieve such a muscular look through yoga alone. Practising yoga is about achieving a certain level of balance – which Madonna, despite her devotion to the exercise, clearly hasn’t achieved.’
Madonna’s naturally wavy brown hair has emerged virtually unscathed from all the years of colouring she has put it through. ‘She has often done more to her hair in one month than other women would do in a decade,’ says celebrity hairdresser Martyn Maxey, whose salon is based in London’s Grosvenor Street.
‘But her hair remains shiny, full and glossy, which shows it is essentially healthy – despite all the peroxide it must have been subjected to. Peroxide is a vital ingredient in hair dye and works by opening up the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, so that the colour can be absorbed by the inside of the hair.
Over time, with more and more peroxide use, the cuticles start to disintegrate and the hair becomes dry, brittle and unable to hold any colour. ‘Madonna is lucky that the structure of her hair hasn’t been destroyed by all the colour. She has no doubt reduced the damage by having as many restorative treatments as possible, such as intensive conditioners and protein treatments that help nourish and protect the cuticles. ‘Most women’s hair thins with age, and also for a couple of years after childbirth – but again, Madonna has been lucky. Her hair is still one of her best features.’
Face and skin
‘On a woman of 46 you would expect to see jowls, lines across the forehead, and eyebrows which are beginning to droop,’ says Adrian Richards, a plastic surgery consultant and skin expert based in London’s Harley Street.
‘That’s especially the case for someone who has done a lot of running, which loosens skin and muscle due to all the pounding, and general exercise, which increases the body’s production of free radicals, the atoms which can damage cells and speed up the ageing process.
‘Madonna doesn’t show such signs, although there was a period when she was looking more worn than she does now, which suggests some sort of treatment. ‘I don’t think she’s had a facelift, because her lower face doesn’t look that stretched or perfect, but she has definitely had a less invasive treatment.
‘Eyebrows that have retained such an arch, and a totally smooth forehead, are usually an indicator of Botox treatment, as is a lack of vertical lines between the eyebrows. ‘Madonna is also likely to have regular facials using products that contain the anti-ageing ingredient Retinova, which helps reduce fine lines and sun damage, plus more extreme treatments such as skin peels, which remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal the smooth, unlined layers beneath. ‘Madonna does have prominent nose-to-mouth lines, though, which suggests she hasn’t had any facial fillers.’
Legs :
‘Madonna’s leg veins could be a result of her exceptionally low level of body fat, which would make veins more prominent,’ says Cornel Chin. They could also be the beginnings of varicose veins, according to Dr Sarah Brewer. This condition develops when veins, which carry blood back to the heart, become blocked and swollen, and blood pools in them.
Varicose veins are made worse by childbirth, age, and standing for long periods of time – it’s harder for your body to pump blood away from your lower legs due to gravity. ‘Varicose veins can be painful and prevent blood from circulating efficiently,’ says Dr Brewer. ‘They can be removed in a simple procedure under general anaesthetic; mild cases can even be treated by injecting the veins with a special liquid which closes them.’
Breasts :
‘She looks like she’s had breast implants,’ says plastic surgery consultant Adrian Richards. ‘Ten years ago, her breasts were quite small and pert, with a small base – they didn’t stretch across her chest as they do now. Natural physical changes, plus childbirth, weight loss, and the toll that high-impact exercise takes on breast tissue, would have resulted in smaller, sagging breasts over the years. But instead, they appear much fuller. ‘Another give-away is the condition of the skin on her breasts. After childbirth, especially with older mothers, the skin across the breast becomes saggy and flat. But Madonna’s is smooth and lean, because the tissue underneath has been filled up with implants. There is no way she could have achieved her buxom look with just the help of Mother Nature.’
Body Fat :
‘Madonna’s level of body fat is far lower than average,’ says Kim Ramessa, an expert from Tanita, which produces body fat monitors. ‘A healthy range of body fat is 23-33 per cent. It’s impossible to make a precise estimate, but her incredibly defined and muscular arms suggest that
she falls well below that range.’
Dr Sarah Brewer says everyone needs some body fat to be healthy: ‘It’s vital for basic body functions such as regulating body temperature, storing vitamins, providing energy and cushioning joints and organs. ‘If body fat levels fall too low, women are put at increased risk of osteoporosis and fertility troubles.’
Diet :
Madonna follows a strict macrobiotic diet – a regime which combines wholegrain cereals, pulses and soy products into meals according to a principle of Tao ‘yin and yang’ balance.
Ideally no animal products except fish are consumed; refined flour, sugar and dairy products are banned. ‘While this isn’t the sort of diet to guarantee rapid weight loss, it’s a very restrictive way of eating,’ says nutritionist Fiona Hunter.
‘Madonna is missing out on all the benefits to be had from meat and dairy produce. She will be lacking in calcium, which could compromise her future bone health, while lack of wheat puts her at risk of vitamin B deficiencies, which result in fatigue, memory loss and digestive problems. ‘Furthermore, anaemia can result from not eating red meat, because although you can get iron from vegetarian sources such as cereals, pulses and spinach, you have to work much harder to get it.’
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