Madonna has launched a scathing attack on the congestion charge in London, admitting she refuses to pay it despite being charged every time she floats the toll.
The pop superstar, fresh from claiming the Best Pop Brit last night, is entitled to a 90 per cent discount on the charge because she lives in Marylebone.
However, Madonna refuses to apply for the reduction because it will involve giving her address out, something she feels uncomfortable about, resulting in a £100 charge for each breach of the rule.
Speaking backstage at The Brits, she explained: “I’m pissed off about the congestion charge. It’s ridiculous. I live there and I’ve got to pay.
“I can’t pay because they want my phone number. Why would I give my number? I may get a pay-as-you-go phone so they can’t know where I live.”
A Transport For London spokesman, speaking to The London Evening Standard, insisted Madonna is not entitled to “special treatment”.
He insisted: “You have to prove you are living in the congestion charge area to get the 90 per cent discount. That means giving your address, which is only fair.
“The rules are the same for everyone. No one gets special treatment.”
source : dotmusic
Madonna overcame a hernia to attend the Brit Awards, it was confirmed last night.
The 47-year-old pop queen, who is renowned for energetic dance routines, had what her spokeswoman described as “a minor operation” in the United States last week following her show-stopping performance at the Grammys.
The mother of two, who now lives in London, last night received the award for Best International Female Solo Artist at the Brits. The spokeswoman said the star had fully recovered.
Madonna was accompanied to the ceremony by her husband, Guy Ritchie. The couple have been dogged by rumours their marriage is in trouble.
When Madonna’s name was read out, Ritchie went to kiss his wife, but she appeared to turn away. In her acceptance speech, she thanked everyone except Ritchie.
The singer even thanked Stuart Price, the British producer with whom she has been linked. She ended: “Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank all of my British fans because without you I would just be another singer from across the Pond.”
source : scotsman
Madonna and Prince will attend tonight’s BRIT Awards in London.
The two A-listers join the huge list of stars confirmed to be on-hand at tonight’s ceremony at London’s Earl’s Court.
And rumour has it that while Madonna sits on her wonderful arse and enjoys the show, Prince will actually perform, although this has not been confirmed by organisers.
Meanwhile, Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt are likely to be biting their nails at present, as tonight they will battle it out for top honours at the star-studded ceremony. Both are nominated for five awards apiece.
Battling it out for the MTV Base-supported British Urban Act are Dizzee Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Lemar, Kano and Craig David.
Show will be broadcasted tommorow at 8.00 pm on ITV1.
source : mtv.co.uk
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It has been a whirlwind of a week with Madonna performing at the Grammy’s. I hope you all enjoyed the performance. Backstage at the Grammy’s, Madonna’s assistants and stylist spelled her name out in roses on the floor to help her feel less nervous about the upcoming performance. Even so, at the last minute some crystals fell off of her Miu Miu shoes and the stylist was on the floor gluing them back on! Luckily, the girls pulled it off just in time for Madonna to join the Gorillaz on stage for this epic performance. After the show, there was a party in Madonna honor where her and her friends danced all night and celebrated their success. I wish I had some pics, but there were NO cameras allowed into the party. I did manage to snap a rehearsal shot! I hope you enjoy!
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Madonna is featured on the cover of US magazine Harpers Bazaar for the month of March. Cover and inside pages feature an amazing portfolio created by Solve Sundsbo. Be sure to grab your own copy of it! Also, please note that Harpers Bazaar’s subcribers are being mailed a different Madonna cover shot.
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Madonna will follow the Rolling Stones’ example when she tours the world this summer – by mixing up dates between theatres, sports arenas and stadiums.
The pop superstar insists the ever-changing venues will stop her from getting “bored” on the road.
She explains, “Originally I had the idea that I wanted to do a little bit of everything – some small, some sports arenas and then stadiums.”
The tour will kick off in Los Angeles in May. Full dates and venues are yet to be announced.
…This year’s “TRL Awards” will present its most coveted awards to two of the biggest names in music. “The Lifetime Achievement Award” will be presented to Madonna who over the course of her career has impacted not only her fans, but other musicians. By always reinventing herself, Madonna has stayed popular and relevant throughout her career. The massive success of her album, and her video “Hung Up” on the TRL countdown, shows her popularity with the MTV viewers. Past recipients of this award have been P Diddy and Eminem. The “TRL Awards” will also acknowledge Bono, for his incredible humanitarian efforts, with the “Most Inspired Artist Award.” This award was created for artists who transcend the world of music to make a profound impact on MTV’s
audience, as well as people around the globe. By giving Bono this award, MTV will thank him for all of his amazing work, and give viewers yet another opportunity to become more involved with issues that truly matter…
The 4th Annual TRL Awards are set to air on Saturday, February 25th at 12PM ET/PT.
source : prnewswire