Pop star Madonna’s maternal skills have failed to impress America’s female population – she’s last on a list of celebrity parents mothers would most like to babysit their children.
The Like A Prayer singer landed just five per cent of votes in a poll by a US magazine, reports Britain’s Daily Sport newspaper.
American TV host Kelly Ripa was crowned the most sought-after babysitter, ahead of actress Reese Witherspoon, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sex and the City star Sarah Jessika Parker.
Madonna has been criticised in the past for dressing her seven-year-old daughter Lourders in raunchy clothing.
source : contactmusic
Is it the high ticket prices? Or the rocky personal lives of music superstars?
Whatever the reason, this year’s blockbuster summer concert season is turning out to be a bust.
Major acts like Britney Spears, Marc Anthony and Christina Aguilera have all pulled the plug on their big tours before they even started.
Large-scale festivals like Lollapalooza have also been canceled.
In some cases, personal problems are to blame, like Britney Spears’ knee injury.
But many industry insiders point to the increasingly “crazy” ticket prices — and how fans just won’t pay the price. One analysis shows the average ticket price has nearly doubled since 1995 — to about 50 dollars a ticket.
But not all tours are doing poorly. Madonna — asking a top ticket price of 300 dollars — is selling out nearly every show.
source : associated press
The Lisbon concert at the Atlantico Pavilion originally scheduled on September 12th has been moved to September 13th. On sale date to be announced soon.
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The historic 1985 Live Aid concert will finally be released on DVD in the fall. Earlier this year, the Band Aid Trust agreed to auction the global rights for the concerts for the first time, after pirated copies were found for sale on the Internet.Warner Vision International won the bidding and has set a Nov. 10 release date for a four-disc DVD package. The iconic Live Aid, held at London’s Wembley and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, raised more than $70 million for famine relief in Africa.
Among the acts that performed were a reunited Led Zeppelin, U2, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Queen. The DVDs will feature a documentary, “Food, Trucks & Rock’n’Roll,” plus performances from related Live Aid events around the world.
“Twenty years ago they not only played ‘real good for free,’ they took an issue that was nowhere on the agenda of the political world and placed it at the very top,” says concert organizer Bob Geldof. “By buying the Live Aid DVD, that day continues far off into some distant but hopefully better future for all those people in whose name those great artists played.”
source : billboard.com
AOL(R) Television, the premier online destination for TV fans, today revealed the nominees for the 2004 TV’s Top 5 Viewer Awards at a press conference held at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, judges in FOX’s hit series “American Idol,” presided.
The TV’s Top 5 Viewer Awards honor the best television moments of the past year in entertaining and unusual categories such as Best Farewell Moment, Most Memorable TV Moment, Most Teary Eyed Moment, Best Talk Show Moment, Revlon’s Sexiest Kiss, and more. The nominated selections have all been featured on TV’s Top 5, AOL Television’s daily recap of the best five moments of the previous day based on feedback from AOL members, overnight data from TiVo and input from AOL Television’s editors. Members can view these moments and then rate them on a scale of one to five.
Beginning today, AOL(R) and AOL(R) for Broadband members across the country can cast their votes at AOL Keyword: TV Awards for their favorites in each category. Voting ends on September 10 and the winners will be announced on September 15, just days before the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19.
This is the third year that AOL Television has celebrated the fans’ favorites with a special awards presentation.
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The nominees for REVLON’S SEXIEST KISS are:
= Britney and Madonna on the MTV Video Music Awards
= Ross and Rachel on NBC’s “Friends”
= Seth and Summer on FOX’s “The O.C.”
= Garry Shandling and Brad Garrett on the “Primetime Emmy Awards” on FOX
= Simon and Paula on FOX’s “American Idol
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Our reader Protectme attended the second Chicago show on July 12th, and wanted to say that the correct lyrics that Madonna sang during ” Mother and Father ” were:
” My father had to go to work
He didn’t have the heart to hurt “
“Just wanted to clear up any confusion. I’m from Michigan, and have had the privlege of seeing all 6 of Madonna’s tours, beginning with the Virgin Tour in Detroit when I was only 12. And to my surprise last night, once again Madonna ‘s father was in the audience with me. She has made a special point on each tour to recognize him and thank him in some way, as you can see on the Virgin Tour video, the Truth Or Dare film, and the Drowned World Tour video. What an amazing experience it was to have been at all of those shows, and to know that Mr. Ciccone has been in the same audience with me on every tour!
source : madonnatribe
So it’s come to this: Madonna, who once writhed her way to R-rated MTV stardom, singing earnest protest anthems.
What next? Madonna writing children’s books?
Oh, wait a minute, she’s already done that.
The singer’s latest career transformation was accompanied by an occasionally dazzling, frequently puzzling, and sometimes ponderous multimedia extravaganza Sunday in the first of four concerts at the United Center.
Even though her latest movie (“Swept Away”) and album (“American Life”) were commercial and critical flops, and even though she’s been challenged by a new crop of tarted-up pop divas, Madonna remains a formidable concert draw.
But the current Reinvention Tour, spread over 21 songs and 105 minutes, is a mess, a hodgepodge of ideas that never quite establishes its tenuous theme: personal reinvention as the key to world peace. There were Cirque du Soleil-like acrobatics from her dancers, moody visuals on a handful of movable screens that suggested the Goth-rock influence of Nine Inch Nails or Depeche Mode, and a bevy of set changes that evoked everything from Louis XIV decadence to Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.” For longtime Madonna watchers, it simply meant a less-than-satisfying makeover, long on simplistic political themes and short on the old sexed-up dance numbers.
Madonna was never a particularly personable performer; she always kept the audience on a short leash with her dominatrix demeanor. But the singer more than compensated with a subversive sense of humor that, when conspiring with the best of her melodic dance-pop, put a wicked twist on the notion of a “guilty pleasure.” Once she was a female role model of the best sort, a self-possessed hurricane of ambition out to entertain at all costs. Now she’s come down with a bad case of Significance, complete with self-help tips, a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and images of war-torn Third World countries.
It didn’t help that the singer was touring behind her weakest album, “American Life,” which signaled that the Madonna party was definitely over. On this electro-folk sidestep, the erstwhile narcissist had been replaced by a kinder, humbler, more enlightened superstar. Her current tour weaves the gray “American Life” tunes into the fabric of more colorful musical moments from earlier eras.
Madonna is concentrating more than ever on singing. Though her voice was occasionally enhanced by backing vocals, she sounded poised and in tune, her tone warmer, her range broader. Her dance moves have become more stylized and deliberate, less overtly sexual and frantic, presumably to allow her enough room to catch her breath and belt out a forgotten “Evita” ballad such as “Lament.” There were some inspired moments: a splashy entrance for “Vogue”; a new-wave makeover for “Burning Up,” with Madonna strumming rudimentary rhythm guitar; an eerie techno-pop ballad, “Frozen.”
But there were early signs the show was in trouble. The muddled title song of “American Life” was performed in military fatigues, its most memorable moment a closing video image of Saddam Hussein and President Bush look-alikes embracing. An acoustic set, in which Madonna continued her unpromising transformation from dance queen into coffeehouse singer-songwriter, limped along until collapsing with “Mother and Father,” in which the singer tried to rap.
Almost out of desperation, she brought out a high-stepping Scottish bagpiper, right after a Missy Elliot video cameo on “Get into the Groove.” What this had to do with anything was beyond me, but it sure was fun to watch. But just as the concert was starting to regain its balance, it was over in a shower of confetti and one-world bromides during “Holiday.”
“Come together in every nation,” Madonna chirped.
“Reinvent Yourself,” the video screen commanded.
source : chicagotribune.com