Seymour Stein – The Chairman of Sire Records, Stein co-founded the label in 1966, and has been one of the most successful and influential executives in the music business. His ability to discover new talent led to signings of many groundbreaking artists such as The Ramones, Madonna, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Seal, Depeche Mode, Ice-T, The Cure, The Smiths, kd Lang and Barenaked Ladies. The label is still going strong after nearly 40 years and still innovative with recent singings including The Von Bondies, HIM, Regina Spektor, The Fags and The Veronicas.
other inductees this year: U2, the O’Jays, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy,
Percy Sledge, Frank Barsalona
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Madonna is on the cover of German “Exberliner” Magazine.
On ABC’s “Life Of Luxury” which aired on Dec. 13th Madonna was named the richest female artist with a estimated fortune of $613,000,000. Behind Madonna was Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand.
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From Madonna.com : We have been quiet on this topic, but for the record, we can now officially confirm that the Madonna has agreed to appear in Versace’s 2005 Spring / summer print campaign. Mario Testino, who also took the pictures when the Madonna appeared in ads for Versace in 1995, shot Madonna just outside of London on November 25th.Stay tuned to Madonna.com for pictures from this shoot and scans of the adds this Spring.
Madonna’s blockbuster Re-Invention tour took all of the drama out of the top tour of the year race, ringing up a year’s best $125 million in total box office gross by the time it wrapped in September. According to Billboard Boxscore, Madonna sold out 55 of 56 performances worldwide, with an average nightly take of $2.23 million.
“My Re-Invention tour was by far the most creatively satisfying experience I have ever had,” Madonna tells Billboard. “I was able to put everything I love into one entertaining event: film, music and dance.” The tour was produced worldwide by Clear Channel Entertainment.
Prince’s Musicology tour, produced by AEG Live, drew nearly 1.5 million people, more than any other artist, and grossed $90.2 million, second only to Madonna.
Shania Twain was third, reporting grosses totaling $62.5 million and playing to nearly 950,000 fans. The rest of the top 10 includes Simon & Garfunkel ($59 million), Metallica ($53.8 million), Bette Midler ($53.3 million), Sting ($52.4 million), Kenny Chesney ($49.3 million), David Bowie ($46 million) and Toby Keith ($44.3 million).
This year, Celine Dion reported more than $77 million from her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. If Dion’s numbers reflected a “tour” per se, she would rank third among all acts. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with James Brown and Chicks On Speed, headlined the top engagement at the year, three nights at London’s Hyde Park that grossed $17,187,324 and drew more than 258,000 June 19, 20 and 25.
For the fifth consecutive year, Madison Square Garden in New York City tops the list of arenas, reporting music-event grosses totaling just under $73 million. For the second consecutive year, Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., is the top amphitheater, reporting more than $23 million from 32 concerts.
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Madonna is set to star in husband Guy Ritchie’s new movie.
The superstar couple – whose last big screen offering ‘Swept Away’ was universally panned by critics – have teamed up again for forthcoming gangster film ‘Revolver’.
Insiders say the 46-year-old singer is a huge fan of her husband’s work and begged the ‘Snatch’ director for a part in his latest box office smash.
A source said: “Guy’s very respected and is doing his best to make ‘Revolver’ as controversy free as possible, But the missus really wanted a walk-on part – and who is he to say no?”
The pop queen – who has two children, eight-year-old Lourdes and Rocco, four – stunned locals when she jetted out to the movie set on the Isle of Man, to shoot her scenes in secret last month.
A source told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “Madonna came to spend a week with her husband while he was over here and she seemed to enjoy it.
“Everyone thought she was here for a holiday so it was a bit surprising to see her filming.
“She was getting really into it so it’s clear she’s taking it seriously. But it’s obviously not a major role as she wasn’t on the island very long.”
The $20 million movie, which also stars ‘Goodfellas’ actor Ray Liotta, started shooting in Britain but transferred to the island last month and is also rumoured to feature a guest appearance from heartthrob star Brad Pitt.
source : femalefirst.co.uk
Queen of Pop Madonna has struck up a bizarre friendship with ex-topless model Melinda Messenger thanks to their love of wacky faith kabbalah.
The superstar and her husband Guy Ritchie became best buddies with Melinda, 33, and spouse Wayne during weird prayer sessions at the mystical Jewish sect’s London centre.
And the eccentric couple are so taken with their new pals they recently invited them to a private dinner with a handful of honoured kabbalah devotees at the HQ.
The oddball evening began with a bizarre prayer session with Madonna, 46, and Melinda – dressed like her idol in boots, long black coat and hair scraped back into pony tail – sitting on one side of the room. Guy, 36, builder Wayne, 29, and other male followers sat on the other side on plastic seats while the kabbalah bible was read backwards amid lots of chanting and clapping.
Suddenly Madonna (who now wants to be known as Esther) Guy, Melinda and Wayne jumped up and faced east towards a painting of an idyllic scene of roaming hills and started to chant: “Chernobyl, Chernobyl, Chernobyl.”
As they chanted they were asked to send positive thoughts towards the town that was the scene of the world’s worst-ever nuclear disaster in 1986.
An insider said: “Guy, who was dressed in white, got so carried away that he left his seat, hugged the rabbis and then went and kissed his missus on the cheek before returning to his seat. He then continued chanting ‘Chernobyl, Chernobyl’.”
Half an hour later the happy foursome and a select few kabbalah followers were ushered upstairs for supper.
Madonna’s eight-year-old daughter Lourdes – now being called Lola – joined them in the candle-lit dining room.
They tucked into a four-course meal of green salad and bread, white fish and vegetable stew, kosher beef, ratatouille and chocolate cup cakes.
The food was “blessed” by everyone standing up, hugging each other and swaying side-to-side for 20 minutes while clapping and singing.
While Madonna drank glass after glass of Kabbalah water, other guests sipped Coca-Cola or wine. After their “feast” Melinda and Wayne joined a circle holding hands with the others around a seated Madonna, Guy and a rabbi.
They chanted and jumped up and down as Guy closed his eyes then furiously banged his hands on the table as if he was playing the drums.
Lola quietly watched from the corner with a rabbi as mum and dad chanted for an incredible 30 minutes.
When it was time to call it a night at the centre, in North West London, Melinda hugged Madonna and said: ‘Goodnight, my good friend, Esther’.
Lola was dropped off by a rabbi in a black Range Rover as Guy and Madonna walked home hand-in-hand reminiscing about their night out with Melinda and Wayne.
source : sundaymirror.co.uk