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Scruffy Madge goes pedalling a new religion

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Madonna seems to have put aside her Stella McCartney designer dresses and adopted former Corrie binman Eddie Yeats as her fashion guru.
The Material Girl dressed down in a flat cap and bodywarmer yesterday as she cycled through rainswept London streets. But the film crew on a rickshaw made her stand out from the crowd.
An insider with the crew revealed that the Esther, as she now likes to be known, was heading for a Kabbalah centre and was shooting scenes for a documentary about her new-found beliefs.

source : drownedmadonna

Madonna breaks down in tears while performing!

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Pop diva Madonna broke down in tears while dedicating the hit number “Crazy For You” to her British fans on her last date in Britain at Wembley Arena.
Dressed in a kilt and with a T-shirt saying, “Brits Do It Better”, Madonna dedicated the song to fans whom she said had “stuck by me for 20 years”, and suddenly broke down in tears.
“Madonna was overcome with emotion. It seems she has thoroughly enjoyed the tour and she was thrilled at the crowd’s response.
She couldn’t find a tissue so wiped her eyes with the hem of her kilt, and then pulled herself together to do the number. It was brilliant,” The Sun quoted an onlooker as saying.
source : ANI

Madonna’s UK tour splits critics

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Critics have expressed reservations about Madonna’s latest concerts as she ends the UK leg of her world tour.
The singer visited Manchester and London as part of her 56-date Re-invention tour, which visits Dublin’s Slane Castle on Sunday.
The star twisted her way through greatest hits and anti-war protests.
“This is a show of strange juxtapositions, one in which theatricality is often substituted for sentimentality,” The Independent said.
‘New earnestness’
“Each time she picks up a guitar, you know a message is soon to follow,” wrote the newspaper’s critic Fiona Sturges.
This mix of pop and politics, coupled with ticket prices as high as £150 each, made a number of critics uncomfortable.
“This new earnestness is terribly wearying,” wrote the Daily Mail’s Amanda Platell. “We came along for a singsong, and we got a sermon.”
The Evening Standard agreed. “All was not wholly well. Five costumes meant four spirit-sapping interludes and the mawkish backdrop to American Life (guns, orphans, bombs) was a reminder of Madonna’s unwavering political ignorance.”
Nevertheless some were impressed by the sheer professionalism of the concerts.
“The concert ran as smoothly as a Broadway show,” wrote Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of the Financial Times.
Showbusiness credentials
“During costume breaks we were kept entertained by a fire juggler, a skateboarder and frenetic break-dancers.”
He described the staging of Madonna’s songs as “imaginative, sometimes eccentrically so”.
“Why she sang a syrupy ballad from Evita strapped in an electric chair was unclear, while the use of a kilted bagpiper and highland drummers on Into The Groove was even more curious.”
For some critics, the fact that the 46-year-old yoga fan was still embarking on such huge tours more than proved her showbusiness credentials.
“Madonna has been playing gigs for so long she can do it standing on her head, and last night she did just that,” said the News of the World.
“The likes of Emma Bunton, Rachel Stevens and even Britney Spears will never be able to captivate an audience the way Madge did,” agreed the Daily Star.
Meanwhile the Daily Express noted: “Madonna’s first ever gig in Britain was at the Hacienda club in Manchester more than 20 years ago – and this bold show proved she’s still got what it takes to thrill her fans.”
The Independent on Sunday’s Simon Price compared the concert favourably to her previous Drowned World tour in 2001.
“The actual show is slightly less spectacular than the gravity-defying stunts and cutting edge choreography of her last jaunt,” he wrote, “but the selection of songs, admittedly, is superior.”
Nevertheless he joined the vast majority of critics in feeling that Madonna’s cover version of John Lennon’s Imagine, sung against a backdrop of images of starving children, was ill-judged.
“This is the moment when I wonder whether the £150 includes a complimentary sick bag.”
source : bbc

LL COOL J Praises Madonna’s Kids Books

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Rapper LL COOL J has slammed critics for attacking Madonna’s children books.
The Material Girl published the first of five books,The English Roses, last year (03) but received bad reviews for her literary debut, but the Phenomenon rapper – who penned “rap and read” children’s book and the winner is … – fiercely defends the pop-queen.
He says, “I don’t know why people didn’t like Madonna’s books, maybe they don’t think it’s a valid art form, maybe they don’t like kids.
“Why not be rich and famous and take time to inspire kids? That would embarrass whoever said you cannot do it! I don’t understand it at all!”
source : contactmusic

Madonna on the cover of French Rolling Stone

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Madonna on the cover of french Rolling Stone

Who’s That Girl

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As Madonna prepares to reinvent herself (once again) at Slane this weekend, Nick Duerden takes a critical look back through her startling career, evaluating the hits and the misses during her 20 years in the public eye
The pop star
In the past 20 years, Madonna has sold more than 250m records. From the pure pop of her 1983 debut Madonna to the sophisticated majesty of her finest album, Like a Prayer (1989), and with several bizarre diversions – such as 1992’s Erotica, in which she panted, sexually, towards hyperventilation – Madonna has always been music’s most forward-thinking visionary.
But most fans will only ever associate her greatest moment with the point in 1983 when she burst through the celebrity stratosphere as the decade’s quintessential ‘Material Girl’. For all the sophistries of her later incarnations, many remember her most fondly, and with no small amount of nostalgia, for the days in which her sartorial ensemble consisted of nothing more designer than a DIY dye job and a yard or so of tulle.
Others champion 1986’s True Blue as her finest moment: for this, she sheared her frazzled locks and sported a short platinum crop. The album, which included the seminal Papa Don’t Preach, sold 19m copies and made No 1 in 27 countries. And where, artistically, she may have failed to score points for the lyrical poignancy of Erotica, Madonna still managed to win most critics round by judicious disrobing.
In musical terms, it’s hard to pinpoint anything where she got it completely wrong, although most would agree that her decision to record American Pie was perhaps the most misdirected decision of her career so far. Ray of Light would have been a very respectable point at which to retire gracefully from the music scene, but last year’s American Life heralded yet another new beginning for the Material Girl – as white rapper.
While she may not be selling records in the same vast quantities, she remains the most interesting, challenging and innovative artist of her generation. Each album features another cutting- edge producer taking her in new directions. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but whatever she comes up with is worth listening to. That is no small achievement.
The film star
Back in 1985, it seemed as if Madonna could do no wrong. Having performed so seductively in the videos for Like a Virgin and Papa Don’t Preach, she thought she’d do likewise on the big screen. Desperately Seeking Susan, however, suggested that she’d be wiser sticking to pop videos.
But Madonna was never going to be so easily thwarted. She married an actor (Sean Penn) and appeared in a string of films – Shanghai Surprise (ghastly), Body of Evidence (gruesome) and Dick Tracy (grim) – turning in performances that suggested she was no more an actress than a zoologist. But Evita brought a modicum of actorly respect, and dreams of Oscar glory never quite receded.
When she married Guy Ritchie, many feared they would do what married couples should never do: work together. Temptation proved too much. Madonna was apparently convinced that Swept Away, billed by some fool as a “romantic comedy”, would be the role of her life. Instead, it was a gossamer- light tale of a rich socialite’s wife who gets shipwrecked on a desert island with an unctuous but handsome Italian man.
It is difficult to say anything positive about Swept Away, because it’s the worst movie ever made.
The wife and mother
Once pilloried by church and state for her wanton sexuality and evil ways, Madonna’s reinvention in 1996 after the birth of her daughter Lourdes marked one of the most spectacular image transformations ever.
Meanwhile, the role of the child’s father, Madonna’s personal trainer Carlos Leon, was played down by the Madonna team. Her single-parent status culminated in a Vanity Fair spread, in March 1998, in which she resembled Mother Earth made flesh.
Her subsequent marriage to Guy Ritchie, with whom she had a second child, Rocco, effectively sealed her status as the ultimate celebrity family woman, making her the UK’s official spokesperson on motherhood, education, the NHS, child-rearing and shearing (she dictates how children’s hair should be styled).
The religious guru
Madonna Louise Ciccone must be one of the world’s most famous lapsed Catholics. Ever since she pleasured herself on stage in 1990 with a crucifix, the Pope has taken a very dim view of her art. She has since taken her spirituality elsewhere, stopping temporarily at the temple of Buddhism before settling upon the teachings of the kabbalah, as taught by the 4,000-year-old religion’s self-styled “world’s foremost authority”, one Rabbi Philip Berg, a former insurance salesman. Under a headscarf and the pseudonym Ethel, she attends weekly teachings of the kabbalah in London. She is now as recognisable for her faith as she was, 10 years ago, as John Paul Gaultier’s conical-bosomed muse.
Madonna plays Slane on Sunday. Some tickets, GBP61.94, may still be available from Ticketmaster outlets or online. A link bus is also available from Belfast. For details, see ticketmaster.ie
source : belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Madonna interested in Onassis isle

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Madonna has her sights set on buying a Greek island from multibillionairess Athina Onassis, according to reports.
The pop superstar has allegedly visited remote Skorpios, where tycoon Aristotle Onassis famously romanced opera diva Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy.
The Ionian isle is now owned by Aristotle’s granddaughter Athina, who is planning to sell the Greek paradise for a whopping $355m (€294m) – $340m (€281.8m) more than the businessman paid for the land in 1962.
And, according to American tabloid the Globe, Madonna is interested in buying the island, which features three villas and a small chapel.
source : breakingnews.iol.ie

Tour documentary and DVD: London, Paris and Lisbon

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Here’s some exciting exclusive news about the re-invention tour documentary and dvd. MadonnaTribe’s close friends Sharon and Jamesy had the chance to talk to the crew of the documentary today at wembley arena that gave out some more details about the releases from this tour.
They told them that the London and Paris shows are being filmed to be used in the documentary, more or less like for Truth or Dare. The release date of the film is at moment scheduled for August 2005.
The dvd release, as Madonna Tribe announced a while back, will be a “live in Lisbon” which accoring the documentary crew that spoke to our friends has a release date set for March 2005.
Please note that this are the schedules the documentary team is aware of at the moment as they told our friends, we thought it was a very interesting piece of news. Keep in mind things are subject to change.
source : madonnatribe

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