Record numbers of foreign couples are marrying in Scotland, following the trend set four years ago by Madonna’s Highland wedding. Nearly 31,000 couples were married last year north of the border, and neither the bride nor groom was a Scot in 8,900 ceremonies.
Duncan Macniven, the Registrar General for Scotland, said the “Madonna effect” had been good for the country. “Celebrity weddings have raised the profile of Scotland,” he added.
Madonna and the film director Guy Ritchie were married at Skibo Castle in December 2000. The increase in the total number of weddings, to a 10-year high, was recorded in the Registrar General’s annual review.
source : telegraph.co.uk
Orthodox Jewish leaders have reportedly raised a hue and cry over Kaballah, the religion currently being espoused by stars like Madonna, Demi Moore and Britney Spears.
They claim that the religion has become more of a marketable venture rather than a spiritual cult.
According to The New York Post, the fashion accessories store Target in NY is making money by selling red Kabbalah strings, which are imitations of the ones Madonna, Demi Moore and Britney Spears wear.
Many orthodox Jewish leaders say that the Kabbalah Center’s money minting ventures are like selling the strings and “Kabbalah water.”
Listed as a “hot buy” on Target’s Web site, the string is “believed to protect against the evil eye.” Each is said to have “traveled to Israel, to the ancient tomb of Rachel the Matriarch, and returned imbued with the essence of protection.”
source : ANI
mBlox, the premier provider of mobile messaging infrastructure, and wireless marketing leader YellowPepper Wireless, launched a series of in-stadium wireless promotions earlier this month at the Madonna and Eric Clapton concerts.
Fans inside the Philips Arena won instant seat upgrades by participating in wireless promotions. The audience was invited to call a free telephone number or send a text message to a dedicated shortcode. Just before the concert, lucky winners were informed via mobile phone and given their seat upgrades.
“These groundbreaking campaigns demonstrate that entertainment venues can use the power of mobile and premium solutions to reach and engage their audiences in new and exciting ways,” said Michael Erickson, Chief Information Officer of YellowPepper Wireless. “High response rates indicate the popularity of this medium.”
This technology allows the Philips Arena to conduct one-to-one interactions with their visitors and will enable it to create affinity programs in the near future. Supported by mBlox and YellowPepper Wireless, arenas are entertaining plans to launch wireless ticketing services and wireless loyalty programs for season ticket holders.
“We are pleased to power the launch of these highly innovative wireless promotions,” said Jay Emmet, President of the Americas at mBlox. “This campaign clearly demonstrates how text messaging allows audiences to interact in more rich and compelling ways with the event, the artist and the arena.”
source : businesswire.com
Madonna has spent the past 20 years looking at herself for a living. That she still likes what she sees, professionally speaking, is remarkable, since few among us don’t occasionally tire of the face staring back in the mirror. Narcissism has been very good to Madonna, and she to it.
The “Re-Invention Tour” that brought her to a sold-out Office Depot Center on Wednesday night offered clues as to how Madonna stays fascinated and in the process keeps the rest of us entranced.
The trick appears to be to keep everything changing, everything in constant motion. The Re-Invention stage production did exactly that, balancing and juggling numerous visual and acoustical elements, as Madonna rolled out a battery of selves.
“I’ve had so many lives,” she sang on the dance-floor track Nobody Knows Me, her voice a filtered, robotic ripple. She would spend the 90-minute, 24-song set revisiting several of those lives. With a band and multiple dancers, Madonna posed and juxtaposed her way through history — hers.
After a fully re-mixed version of her old stand-by, Vogue, and a less-altered take on the graceful ballad Frozen, she expanded on the anti-war chic of her recent single and video, American Life. Pvt. Madonna stepped out in Army fatigues with a chorus of dancers dressed as troops, a sheik, a nun, an Afghan woman in a racy mini-burka. Footage of wartime death and wounding flashed across the screen in a way that made the line between principled opposition and showbiz exploitation hard to divine.
That number handed off to the more durable single, Express Yourself, which became one of the show’s most witty and entertaining collisions of multiple Madonnas. She stayed in the fatigues, doing rifle drills, while the band gave the song a compressed, techno workout, and the war footage turned to military cartoon graphics. It could almost have passed for a U.S.O. routine, except for not-so-veiled dig at war as self-expression.
Vocally, Madonna was in fine, flexible form, able to summon the excitement in Burning Up, the vampy humor of Hanky Panky — a Bette Midler moment if ever Madonna had one — and the pleading affection of Like a Prayer. Her interaction with the production was never anything less than confident and assured — although the Moulin-Rouge-dressing-room getup in which she opened the show looked a bit scruffy against a sharp, sleek video tableau.
The choreography, both of dancers and of projected visuals, was energizing and erotic in a playfully grown-up way that would never occur to Britney Spears.
If Madonna, reinvented, has also evolved, it would be from a champion of sex to an advocate for love. Songs from the newer albums Ray of Light, Music and American Life speak often of love’s saving power, and to the extent they deal in sex it’s as an expression of love.
As if to herald this progress, Madonna covered John Lennon’s Imagine near the end of the evening. No doubt she is already imagining the next version of herself.
source : sun-sentinel.com
American singer Madonna will make a “private” visit to Israel and spend the High Holidays in Tel Aviv at a Kabbalah spiritual retreat, Yediot Aharonot reported today. Officials at the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre said Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie would participate in a delegation of some 3,000 Kabbalah students and teachers led by Rabbi Philip Berg, the paper said.
Madonna, 45, had originally been scheduled to perform twice at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium in September as part of her Reinvention World Tour. Those concerts were canceled after Palestinian terrorists reportedly threatened to kill the singer and her two young children. According to a report in The Sun, Madonna was said to be terrified when she received threatening letters from an unnamed Palestinian group which mentioned details about her children, Lourdes, 7, and three-year-old Rocco.
“Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie will come to Israel for a private visit on Rosh Hashanah, after Madonna completes a concert tour in Europe,” Eitan Yardeni from the Kabbalah Centre told Yediot Aharonot.
According to reports in Yediot Aharonot and Haaretz, the Kabbalah retreat organizers have already fully booked Tel Aviv’s Intercontinental and Dan Panorama hotels.
“As of now, we’re talking about a large group of people involved in Kabbalah who are supposed to come to Israel,” tourism officials told Yediot Aharonot. “We are very happy if celebrities will also come. There is no doubt that this is excellent public relations encouraging tourism to Israel,” the officials said.
According to the Yediot Aharonot report, actress Demi Moore, 42, who is also involved in Kabbalah studies, may accompany Madonna on the upcoming trip to Israel. The newspaper speculated that Moore’s boyfriend, actor Ashton Kutcher, 26, may also visit. The latest rumors, the paper said, suggest that Moore and Kutcher may tie the knot during their Israel visit.
MSNBC reported two weeks ago that Madonna, her husband and 4,000 other followers of Kabbalah would make a three-day pilgrimage to Israel in mid-September. “The faithful will be staying at three hotels. Madonna has booked one hotel where she and her friends and family will stay,” an insider said, according to the report.
In recent media interviews, Madonna said critics have no right to poke fun at her interest in Kabbalah.
“I’m a little bit irritated that people think that it’s like some celebrity bandwagon that I’ve jumped on, or that, say, somebody like Demi [Moore] has jumped on,” Madonna told ABC-TV’s 20-20 program. “We don’t take it lightly.”
During the interview, Madonna wore the red string around her wrist that is a symbol of Jewish mysticism, though she wore it beneath her watch. Madonna is writing children’s books based on Kabbalah and has reportedly stopped performing on Friday nights, the start of the Jewish Sabbath.
Last month Madonna announced that she’s changed her name to Esther, saying she identifies with the biblical queen and wants the “energy of a new name”
“I was named after my mother. My mother died when she was very young, of cancer, and I wanted to attach myself to another name. This is in no way a negation of who my mother is. I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name,” Madonna told ABC.
Madonna has never publicly mentioned any desire to convert to Judaism, media reports stated.
source : israelinsider.com
In August 19th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, ‘Like A Prayer’ has been chosen as one of the greatest albums of all time.
I hope most of you already had a chance to enjoy one (or more) of Madonna’s U.S shows! The new issue of Icon (#41) is about to be sent out to subscribers… Vogue Paris Magazine has devoted it’s pages to the Re-Invention tour as Madonna graces the cover of the August edition. The spread includes exclusive studio and live shots taken by Steven Klein as well as an article written by Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg. If you haven’t gotten a copy of it yet, we have a great deal for you. Icon #42 will be entirely devoted to Madonna’s new tour and will include fan reviews and pictures from around the world. Just write your own review of the tour and e-mail it to us before August 11. The best reviews and pictures will be published in Icon and their authors will receive a free copy of Vogue Paris right in their mailbox! Your review can be short or long, based on what you’ve seen during the show or whatcame to your mind right after it, etc., You decide ! Be sure to e-mail your review and pictures to the following address: email@example.com before August 11. Please note that you don’t have to be an Icon member to submit your review, but you must be Madonna fan! Fan photographers, pictures will only be accepted if they are Jpegs at least 1.000 pixels “tall” and no more than 1Mb per image. One entry per person, thanks!
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source ; madonna.com
Pop superstar Madonna will hold her first-ever concert in Portugal after a row with a local evangelical church which had forced its cancellation was resolved, concert promoters said yesterday.
The top-selling singer of Into the Groove , Like a Prayer and Take A Bow was originally scheduled to bring her ReInvention concert tour to the Atlantic Pavilion in Lisbon on September 12, according to concert promoters Tournee who had booked the space for September 9-13.
But after the concert had been announced, the Lisbon-based Mana Christian Church said it had already booked the grounds for September 8-11 to hold a “Convention of Faith.”
The church said it had reserved the grounds in February and it refused to change the booking or the location of its event despite pleas from fans and an offer of a 25,000 euro ($A42,900) donation from Tournee.
Jorge Tadeu, a self-proclaimed apostle and founder of the church, told daily tabloid Correio da Manha last month he was “revolted” by those who “want to exchange Jesus for Madonna”.
“In our understanding God is moving the Christian church to defeat Goliath,” he added.
“We feel the pressure from Madonna is not restricted to the Mana church, but is part of a wider battle between the devil and Christ.”
Portuguese media reported earlier this month that after weeks of wrangling between the two sides the concert was called off.
But today a different concert promoter, Musica no Coracao, said it had arranged for the concert to take place at the same venue on September 13.
Tickets will go on sale across the country on Thursday, it said.
The new date for the concert has been added to the singer’s official website.
Madonna kicked off her latest world tour, her first in three years, in May in Los Angeles.
Her return to the concert stage has received mixed reviews, with some suggesting the 45-year-old mother of two had erred by trading in her trademark sexuality for a new-found spirituality.
source : theage.com.au