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Madonna on cover of a new Rolling Stone


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Madonna Enters The UK Music Hall Of Fame


The Beatles are the only British act to feature in the UK Music Hall Of Fame.
The hall, which will be focus of a channel 4 programme scheduled for autumn, features acts such as Elvis Presley, Madonna, U2 and Bob Marley.
The programme will present artists chosen by a panel and voted for by the public who have made the utmost contribution to “UK music culture”.
The panel included Sir George Martin, Trevor Nelson, Paul Gambaccini, Blur bassist Alex James, former Eurythmic Dave Stewart, Manchester legend Tony Wilson and Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis.
Gambaccini said the list would obviously be a talking point and for some a bone of contention.
“There will be one or two names conspicuous by their absence, but that’s the nature of the beast,” he said. Adding that the UK was one of the few countries to “punch above its weight” in the music industry.
Malcolm Gerrie, head of production company Initial, told BBC News Online: “It’s to do with fantastic music that will be there forever and the impact and resonance they’ve had.”
The programme will take the form of five two hour shows on Channel 4, in which viewers will be given the chance to vote for 10 more inductees to the hall.
The programmes will all feature a specific decade, with a choice of potential inductees from each decade.
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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

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.
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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.
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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.

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 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.”
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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.
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