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Lennon leaps up music lovers’ list

Music fans have voted former Beatle John Lennon the greatest rock and roll icon of all time.
The star, who was assassinated in 1980, saw off competition from Elvis Presley and David Bowie to top the list of 100 voted for by readers of Q magazine.
In a special tribute to him published in the magazine his widow Yoko Ono said he was a “driven man” who “changed people’s awareness in an incredible way”.
She continued: “He was not afraid to tell the truth and thus give us a clearer picture of what was really going on. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that there was a world before John and the world after.”
The top 10 music icons as voted for by readers of Q magazine were:
1. John Lennon 2. Elvis Presley 3. David Bowie 4. Keith Richards 5. Kurt Cobain 6. Madonna 7. Bono 8. Bob Marley 9. Joe Strummer 10. Bob Dylan
source : itv.com

Special eBay Auction for the American Way

Joni Mitchell, Noam Chomsky, Madonna, Muhammad Ali, Sarah Jessica Parker, The Pixies, Spongebob, Green Day, Robin Williams and Magic Johnson — these are just some of the celebrities that have donated one-of-a-kind memorabilia to People for the American Way’s (PFAW) annual “Auction for the American Way.” The auction will take place on eBay from Sunday, November 28 to December 5 and will benefit PFAW’s ongoing efforts to promote free speech, civil rights, and religious liberty.
“Artists, authors and entertainers rely on freedom of speech every day,” said People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas. “That’s why so many of them are supporting our work to protect freedom of artistic expression and the right to dissent, precious liberties that are in severe danger of being eroded in the current political climate. We are deeply grateful for everyone who is helping us promote and protect the constitutional principles of privacy, equality under the law, and freedom of thought, expression, and religion.”

The perfect holiday gift is on this year’s eBay Auction for the American Way:
-The drama queen or king in your life can win a walk-on part on TV’s WILL & GRACE or JOEY;
-Fashionistas will adore the Chloe dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Carrie” on Sex in the City;
-For the music fans on your list, bid on autographed items including Madonna’s Ray of Light Platinum album customized with the winner’s name, Pearl Jam’s poster from their 2003 tour, Rod Stewart’s Human CD, a poster of Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera from their Rolling Stone cover, lyrics from Lucinda Williams and signed photos of icons Jerry Garcia, George Harrison and others;
-Signed jerseys from sports icons Carmelo Anthony and Yao Ming;
-The budding documentarian will flip for a month long internship with political documentary producer Robert Greenwald, creator of “Unprecedented,” “Uncovered,” and “Outfoxed”;
-Treat yourself to an amazing and unique experience by spending the day with legendary Nirvana Krist Novoselic, flying on his private plane and enjoying lunch before returning back home;
-Teach someone how to play music on a signed instrument from Maroon 5, Simon and Garfunkel, John Mayer, The Eagles, or Blondie;
-Add the renowned political artists Robbie Conal or Shepard Fairey’s latest works to your collection or someone else’s;
-Add to your best friend’s library an autographed book from Guy Oseary, Dennis Weaver, David Brock, James Carville, Bill Maher, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Greg Palast, George Soros and others.
Support freedom of expression in America by participating in the eBay Auction for the American Way. Proceeds will benefit People For the American Way. Go to www.pfaw.org to preview the dozens of items, then start your bidding on November 28.
source : businesswire.com

Material Girl on a new compilation

Material Girl is featured on a new ‘Chick Flick Diaries: 50 Classic Themes From The Greatest Chick Flicks’ compilation. Release date is November 22.

track listing :
Disc One
1. Material Girl-Madonna [Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason]
2. Caught In The Moment-Sugababes [Wimbledon]
3. You’re My First My Last My Everything-Barry White [Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason]
4. What A Girl Wants-Christina Aguilera [What Women Want]
5. Something To Talk About-Badly Drawn Boy [About A Boy]
6. Independent Women-Destiny’s Child [Charlie’s Angels]
7. Jump-Girls Aloud [Love Actually]
8. Finally-CeCe Peniston [Priscilla Queen Of The Desert]
9. Can’t Fight The Moonlight-Leann Rimes [Coyote Ugly]
10. Praise You-Fatboy Slim [Cruel Intentions]
11. I’m Coming Out-Amerie [Maid In Manhattan]
12. Don’t Need You To Tell Me I’m Pretty-Samantha Mumba [Legally Blonde]
13. It’s In His Kiss (Shoop Shoop Song]-Cher [Mermaids]
14. You’re So Vain-Carly Simon [How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days]
15. I’m Not In Love-10CC [Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason]
16. Fernando-Abba [Muriel’s Wedding]
17. Up Where We Belong-Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes [An Officer & A Gentleman]

Disc Two

1. Wind Beneath My Wings-Bette Midler [Beaches]
2. When You Say Nothing At All-Ronan Keating [Notting Hill]
3. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow-Amy Winehouse [Bridget Jones Edge Of Reason]
4. Too Lost In You-Sugababes [Love Actually]
5. From The Heart-Another Level [Notting Hill]
6. Out Of Reach-Gabrielle [Bridget Jones’s Diary]
7. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart-Al Green [Notting Hill]
8. Unchained Melody-Righteous Brothers [Ghost]
9. Let’s Get It On-Marvin Gaye [Bridget Jones Edge Of Reason]
10. All By Myself-Jamie O’Neal [Bridget Jones’s Diary]
11. My Girl-The Temptations [My Girl]
12. Wishin’ & Hoping-Dusty Springfield [My Best Friend’s Wedding]
13. Kiss Kiss-Holly Valance [What Women Want]
14. When Doves Cry-Prince [Purple Rain]
15. Pure Shores-All Saints [The Beach]
16. Kiss Me-Sixpence None The Richer [How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days]
17. Fame-Irene Cara [Fame]

Disc Three

1. I Believe In A Thing Called Love-The Darkness [Bridget Jones Edge Of Reason]
2. Love Is All Around-Wet Wet Wet [Four Weddings And A Funeral]
3. Footloose-Kenny Loggins [Footloose]
4. Disco Inferno-The Trammps [Saturday Night Fever]
5. Gloria-Laura Branigan [Flashdance]
6. Big Girls Don’t Cry-Frankie Valli [Dirty Dancing]
7. When The Going Gets Tough-Billy Ocean [The Jewel Of The Nile]
8. Think-Aretha Franklin [Bridget Jones Edge Of Reason]
9. Bad Boy-Miami Sound Machine [3 Men And A Baby]
10. What A Fool Believes-The Doobie Brothers [Frankie & Johnny]
11. Mr Blue Sky-ELO [Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind]
12. Addicted Love-Robert Palmer [Cocktail]
13. I Love To Boogie-T-Rex [Billy Elliot]
14. Let Your Love Flow-The Bellamy Brothers [Along Came Polly]
15. Don’t Get Me Wrong-The Pretenders [Bridget Jones’s Diary]
16. He’s A Dream-Shandi [Flashdance]
Chick Flick Diaries

Michel Colombier has passed away

French composer Michel Colombier died yesterday after a six month battle with cancer. He was 65. Colombier was one of the most prolific and versatile French musicians of his generation. Besides his career as a film composer, scoring over 100 feature, cable and television films since the early 1960’s, Colombier was a prolific song writer and arranger who worked with artists such as Madonna, Prince, The Beach Boys, Paul Anka, Barbra Streisand and Earth Wind and Fire.
As a film composer, Michel Colombier scored a lot of French and American films, including The Golden Child, Ruthless People, New Jack City, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and The Money Pit. His background in jazz was evident in the majority of his film scores, and his ability to compose original score music that merged seamlessly with pop songs made him the perfect composer for 1980’s films with song-heavy soundtracks, including White Nights, Against All Odds and Purple Rain (which won a Grammy Award as well as an Academy Award for Best Song Score).
source : musicfromthemovies.com

Madonna backs new Band Aid single

Madonna has lent her support to the new Band Aid single by recording an introduction to the song’s music video.
The pop queen will tell fans to “feed the world” before the video gets its premiere on BBC One on Thursday.
Madonna was not among the stars who assembled to record the song in London at the weekend.
Bono returned from Ireland to record the new rendition and said he took a different approach to his emotional 1984 contribution.
“Rather than that raw, I just tried it more of a whisper tonight,” he said.
The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins had earlier claimed: “I did it and I did it better than him.
“So his management kicked up a stink and it obviously means a lot to him. “
The single will get its first radio play on stations around the UK at 0800 GMT on Tuesday and will be released on 29 November. It will raise money for food aid in Darfur, Sudan.
The video will be unveiled at 1755 GMT on BBC One on Thursday.
“Twenty years ago I performed at Live Aid,” she will tell viewers. “You saw me and my generation demanding a change.
“Once again, here we are 20 years later and more people die of hunger in Africa than war and Aids put together.
“In a world of plenty, it is hard to imagine that there are African children going to bed tonight hungry.
“Bob Geldof and his friends are here to remind you that none of us can forget. Not ever. Feed the world. I am honoured to introduce Band Aid 20.”
The video will feature stars including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Will Young, Jamelia, Sugababes and Busted, who took part in the recording sessions at the weekend.
The single will be titled Band Aid 20 to mark the 20th anniversary of the original song, which featured stars such as George Michael, Duran Duran and Phil Collins.
It was organised by Geldof after he saw news footage of the starving in Ethiopia, and sold more than 3.5 million copies in the UK alone.
Sold on CD for GBP3.99 and also available as a download, the new version is hot favourite to be Christmas number one in the UK this year.
Retailers expect to sell about 500,000 copies in its first week.
Woolworths and Virgin Megastores will give their proceeds to the Band Aid Trust charity, while Chancellor Gordon Brown has decided not to charge VAT.
source : bbc.co.uk

Madonna’s books to be released tomorrow in Serbia

The English Roses (Engleske ruze), Mr. Peabody’s Apples (Jabuke gospodina Pibodija) and Yakov & Seven Thieves (Jakov i sedam lopova) will be released tomorrow in Serbia and Montenegro.

The English Roses (Engleske ruze), Mr. Peabody's Apples (Jabuke gospodina Pibodija) and Yakov & Seven Thieves (Jakov i sedam lopova)

Madonna’s ex-manager seeking new clients

Following her parting with longtime management client Madonna, Caresse Henry says she is still in discussions with Sanctuary Group to join the diversified music company, and is seeking other artists.
“Management is what I do best,” she told Billboard, “and hope in a short time I will be fortunate to find other brilliant people to work with and endeavor to make the music business more profitable and interesting, culminating in success for all.”
She declined to comment on Madonna other than “we had a remarkable span” together.
Henry, Madonna’s former assistant, began managing the artist after Madonna split with Freddy DeMann in 1997. Henry co-managed Madonna with Q-Prime from 1997 through 1999, and then assumed full-time managerial duties. She has also briefly managed Paulina Rubio and co-managed Jessica Simpson.
London-based Sanctuary’s management roster includes Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, Slipknot and the Von Bondies.
source : billboard/reuters

Diana voted most inspiring

Princess Diana has been voted the most inspiring female role model of all time.
Diana, who died in 1997 at just 36, used her global fame to champion a string of charities, including Aids awareness.
She also gave strength to millions by revealing her battles with the slimmers’ disease bulimia.
Britain’s first female PM Baroness Thatcher, 79, came second in the poll of 6,000 women.
I Create hair-care range.
A company spokesman said: “All these women helped shape our world. Women today should be indebted to them.”

The top10 are:
1. Princess Diana
2. Margaret Thatcher
3. Madonna
4. Mother Teresa
5. Marilyn Monroe
6. Audrey Hepburn
7. Queen Elizabeth I
8. Florence Nightingale
9. Emmeline Pankhurst
10. Marie Curie
source : thesun.co.uk

No Madonna in Revolver

Despite rumors to the contrary, Madonna told MTV Europe that she isn’t planning to do a cameo in her husband Guy Ritchie’s film “Revolver,” currently shooting in London. Madge, however, does have other movie plans in the works – for her book “The English Roses.” She said it would hopefully go into production this year. “It takes forever to get a movie made,” she said. “So fingers crossed.” As for her tour documentary that’s supposed to hit theaters next year, she doesn’t have a name for the project yet, but she hopes it’ll be out by May.
source: mtv

Paltrow, McCartney Spoof Madonna at Tribute

Madonna has been inducted into the first UK Music Hall Of Fame – and received a hilarious message from close pals Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Hollywood actress Gwyneth and designer Stella put together a video tribute to the Material Girl by wearing some of her outlandish outfits.
Madge gasped as they appeared on a big screen at London’s Hackney Empire – Stella dressing in a ‘Material Girl’ dress and Gwyneth donning a conical bra and basque.
Robbie Williams, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones were also among those inducted into the hall of fame at a star-studded ceremony.
The public has chosen one act to represent each decade since the Fifties as part of a new Channel 4 show.
Robbie represents the 1990s, Jacko the ’80s, Queen the ’70s, the Rolling Stones the ’60s and Sir Cliff Richard the ’50s.
As well as Madonna, other honorary members included Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, U2 and the Beatles.
Madonna, 46, received her honorary award from artists Tracey Emin and Radio One DJ Jo Whiley.
Wearing a Remembrance Day poppy, Madge gushed: “If someone had told me while I was a little girl growing up in mid-west America that one day I’d be married to a Brit, living in England and inducted into the UK Hall Of Fame, I would have said: ‘b******s to that’.”
source : sky

Robbie Williams and Madonna Honoured

Once again the British public have proved their inane daftness by inducting some extremely strange choices into the UK Music Hall Of Fame.
In conjunction with a Channel 4 TV series shown each Sunday evening the public were asked to choose their favourite act from a select few to represent a decade of music since the 1950’s with over 1.6 million viewers voting.
The Hall Of Fame also inducted honorary members. They were Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, U2 and The Beatles.
All the above were honoured in a ceremony at London’s Hackney Empire.
Madonna said: “It means a lot to me that so many nice things have been said about me and that I have been voted into the UK Hall Of Fame.”
Viewers voted as follows:
1990’s – Robbie Williams (This performer beat Nirvana, Blur and Oasis, how?)
1980’s – Michael Jackson (Fair Enough)
1970’s – Queen (Whatever)
1960’s – The Rolling Stones (Damn Right!)
1950’s – Cliff Richard (There was no one else alive then)
Chris Blackwell, the man who founded Island Records and introduced reggae to Britain also received an honorary trophy.
The ceremony will be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday.
source : gigwise

Madge gets mushy over award

Pop queen Madonna showed her emotional side last night (Nov 11) as she accepted her Music Hall of Fame award.
According to the Daily Mirror, Madonna, along with Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, The Beatles and U2, were selected as the founding members of the awards by an industry committee, for their outstanding contribution to music.
Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley and artist Tracey Emin presented her with the gong.
In her acceptance speech the 46-year-old mother of two said: “If anybody had told me when I was a little girl growing up in the Mid-West that I would be married to a Brit, be living in England and be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame I would have said “b******s to that!””
She added: “I have to thank Tracey Emin who truly is la grande fica [a colourful Italian insult], Jo Whiley, Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow, who are truly formidable women.
“In spite of the title for this ceremony, I think this award is more to do with my accomplishments than my fame.
“Just because I am famous, doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say.”
Madge went on: “If I am grateful for anything in my career, it’s the long, arduous, painstaking journey that started 20 years ago in the Mid-West.
“It is the voice I have been given, the voice to ask questions with, challenge with, explode with, create with, laugh with and cry with and I am also truly grateful my voice has given other people a voice.
“I am so grateful to the people who have stuck their neck out for me and taken the slaps. I’ve taken many slaps and I don’t regret a thing.
“I’m grateful for those slaps. I’m grateful I had something to provoke them with.
“I’m grateful people were listening and are still listening.”
Ok, ok, Madge so you’re grateful!
The event, which took place in London’s Hackney Empire, saw Madonna’s pals, Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow dress up as the pop queen to do a send-up of one of her songs.
Madge said: “It was really cool. I got pretty emotional up there but it was hysterical to see Stelly and Gwyneth really pull me off.”
source : icnetwork.co.uk