Pop legend Madonna may perform to some empty seats when she tours Britain because fans are refusing to pay extortionate prices to see her live.
The star is charging the equivalent of $288 for tickets to her Reinvention Tour in London and Manchester.
But some fans have snubbed the gigs and the singer has hundreds of unsold tickets.
A source tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “The high price has put off a lot of her casual fans.
“The average concert ticket costs around GBP20 to GBP30 but the cheapest Madonna tickets are GBP75.”
source : southflorida.com
For 20 years, Madonna has lived on the hype that she could effortlessly shape-shift into the latest and greatest pop-culture trendsetter. After all, she made crucifixes a hot fashion item, turned underground house music into the beat of a thousand high school proms and helped refashion the obscure tenets of the kabbala into a fetish as fashionable as Scientology.
“She’s at the forefront of every new cultural psyche,” says Marian Salzman, chief strategy officer for marketers Euro RSCG. “First she was talking about sex, then she was talking about respect. She reemerged in 2000 with yoga and by 2003, she was into electronica and hip-hop.”
But as Madonna launched a six-night run at Madison Square Garden, there’s something about her latest incarnation that’s not quite in sync.
The writhing musical dominatrix in fishnets is selling children’s books. She now expresses herself as a wife, mother, political activist, moral spokesmodel and yoga fanatic.
She has dubbed her new tour “Re-Invention” and packed it full of images that reflect her newfound identity. For Madonna’s 2004 model, it could easily be the “Mixed-Message” tour. Many of her recent public moves have fallen as flat as her high notes.
Think about her highly touted tonsil hockey with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
It was meant to be outrageous and link the aging icon to the pop tarts of a new generation. But to many, it was one of the most cloying moves she ever made.
“It looked a little desperate,” says Rachel Weingarten, president of youth-oriented GTK Marketing. “If she’s trying to create the image of a comfortable, complacent mom, it sent another message to kiss a girl. It said, wait, you’re not interesting enough anymore if you still have to create that kind of controversy.”
What’s shakiest about Madonna’s current tour, however, is the fundamental lack of something she’s always had ” a hit.
The title track of “American Life” was the album’s only big single, and that barely cracked Billboard’s Top 40, peaking at No. 37.
The album itself is the singer’s least successful to date, reaching platinum status in three months but stalling soon after. Even 2000’s “Music” went double-platinum and sold nearly three times as many copies worldwide.
That’s largely because young people are the most avid record buyers and, Weingarten says, they see her as a “doyenne” who is “far from the epitome of hip.”
The singer has tried to stay connected, but it’s been something of an awkward fit. Can anybody really imagine Madonna heading to the mall to try on a pair of jeans?
“She wanted to stay relevant,” says Morris Reid, managing director of the marketing agency Blue Fusion. “So she appeared in a GAP ad with Missy Elliott.”
Perhaps that’s why “Re-Invention,” unlike previous tours, features so many of Madonna’s classic hits, giving older fans what they’ve long clamored for. Except that they’ll have to swallow the nostalgia with hefty doses of politics and religion.
“Madonna’s dogmatic kabbala babble, political propaganda and “Riverdance”moves are an utter bore to her hard-core fans,” says Mary Spio, pop culture editor of One2One magazine.
“Going to a Madonna concert riddled with cryptic Hebrew texts and images of war is like going to a strip joint only to find the strippers reading from the Book of Psalms,” she adds.
The $305 price of the top tour tickets is another sign that spirituality hasn’t altered Madonna’s penchant for profit.
These days when she sings “I am a material girl,” she likes to deflect her old image by saying “not anymore.”
But the concert merchandise tables are filled with kabbala trinkets and her Web site hawks discounted copies of the kids’ book ‘Mr. Peabody’s Apples.” Her new identity conveniently comes complete with a fully accessorized product line.
“She’s always at the center of things changing,” Salzman says. “And then she will make a business of it.”
source : thestate.com
Madonna is back on the cover of a magazine, and this time she does it at her best.
The French edition of Vogue features a full page cover with a stunning outtake from the Steven Klein photo session as well as an exclusive article:
“Madonna dans les yeux” (Madonna in the eyes).
The last time Madonna was on the cover of Vogue Paris was in October 1993 with previously unreleased portfolio by Photographer Ellen von Unwerth.
After writing a book, attending all night meetings and changing her name to ‘Esther’, pop icon Madonna has finally taken to singing in Yiddish in order to pay tribute to her newly adopted Jewish religion, Kabblah.
According to The Sun , the 46-year old singer recently sang two songs in Yiddish at a party thrown by Kabbalah guru Phillip Berg, which was attended by about 50 other kabalaists.
Following her performance, rumors are rife that the Material Girl singer is also planning to release an album in Yiddish.
source : ANI
Pop diva Madonna’s dancers are paid less than a 1000 dollars per show as compared to the two million dollars that the singer earns per show. At bigger arenas, a single concert can rake in as much as 12 million dollars.
“I know they’re not getting paid that much, considering how much they’re working,” a friend of one of the dancers was quoted as saying.
According to The New York Daily News, the dancers trained for 12 hours a day, six days a week for two months to prepare for the current “Re-invention” tour.
The 12 dancers are not unionised and were forced to perform at a venue without air conditioning to preserve the ‘Material Girl’s’ voice.
“Sometimes it’s insanely hot. It’s very hard to breathe, and they have oxygen in our dressing rooms.” a dancer was quoted as saying.
However, the dancers are still thrilled to be on tour with the pop icon.
“She treats us like royalty. She even had us to her house for a cookout,” Seth Stewart, one of the dancers, was quoted as saying.
“The dancers seem very happy. I haven’t heard otherwise,” Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg was quoted as saying.
source : ANI
According to TRL US, the performance involving Madonna, Christina, Britney and Missy at last year MTV VMAs, could be included on new Britney Spears’ DVD due for release in November 2004.
source : drownedmadonna
The tickets for the Lisbon date on Sept. 13 at Pavhilao Atlantico will be going on sale Friday, July 30th – 10 am local (5am EST/2am PST) .
The fan club pre-sale will be Tues. July 27 – 3pm local (10am EST) through Thursday, July 29th 5pm local (noon EST).
source : madonna.com
Guess who’s signed back to Sire Records? That’s right ladies and gents, it’s Madonna. After Sire broke ties in 1994, with Madonna and her distributor Warner Bros. to pursue the London music scene with London Records, they are back! Of course with Madonna and Mandy Moore under their belt. I guess London underground music wasn’t as profitable as they’d hope.
Under the new contract with Sire Records, Madonna must record 2 new albums and release a compilation CD. Expect word on the new contract, reportedly worth over 25 million, to be released on Billboard next month. Only in New York kids, Only in New York!
source : nypost.com