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
Toronto radio station Mix 99.9 has reported that yesterday July 20, Madonna spent the majority of the day at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital reading and visiting with the children and their families.
Mix 99.9 also reported that she had read her three released childrens books ‘The English Roses’, ‘Mr. Peabody’s Apples’ and her latest book ‘Yakov and The Seven Thieves’.
source : madonnalicious.com
As the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s publication of the theory of relativity next year, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to which the genius bequeathed his intellectual property rights, expects to net a whopping royalty worth millions of dollars.
The university has already netted some $10m over the last eight years, since it started to exercise its rights, from royalties charged for the commercial use of Albert Einstein’s name and image. However, it has not been driven by purely profit motives and has been very selective in allowing the use of the genius’ name and.
Singing sensation Madonna was refused to use Einstein’s image in a concert performance, as the university thought it was not in keeping with the preservation of his legacy, despite the potential royalties of thousands of dollars.
However, a request by director Steven Spielberg to use Einstein’s image for a few seconds in AI: Artificial Intelligence was permitted for $600,000 in royalties.
In another case, Pepsi was allowed to use the most famous Jew’s image in its commercials, but a liquor company that wished to launch a vodka named “Einstein”? was refused permission to use the name.
Last month, the university signed a 10-year royalty deal with a toy company of the Disney Group for a series of children’s toys under the name “~Baby Einstein’. Hebrew University VP and director-general Moshe Vigdor said that the annual royalties have ranged from $1-1.5m, but are expected to make substantial gains in ’05. Germany, Einstein’s native country, will be issuing commemorative stamps and coins, and talks are on to determine the royalties.
Before his death in 1955, Einstein, realised the commercial potential of his name and image, and decided to leave the commercial rights to the university behind which he was a driving force.
source : reuters.com