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Madonna News - November 2004

Madonna’s country studio

Superstar Madonna is building a recording studio in her English country mansion.
The Material Girl wants to work on her follow-up to 2003 album American Life in her 1,200-acre (485-hectare) Ashcombe Estate, near Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.
A friend says Madonna finds it easier to work in the peaceful surroundings, instead of her central London home.
The pal explains, “She loves the English countryside.”
source : contactmusic.com

X-Static Process in Germany

Steven Klein’s exhibition X-Static Process is now in Germany.

Steven Klein – Madonna
11/06/2004 – 01/08/2005

Open:
Tue – Fri 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat 10 AM – 4 PM

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Kantstra’e 149
10623 Berlin
Germany
Phone +49 30 31 00 77 – 3

X-Static Process in Germany

Christmas #1 betting odds update

Rumours have reached bookies William Hill that Madonna is considering releasing her version of the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine’, which she has been singing on her recent tour. As a result her odds have been cut from 16/1 to 12/1.
“Madonna has never had a Christmas No.1, I am sure she would like to add this coveted award to her impressive list of achievements. At present you can get 12/1 on her being No.1 this Christmas – a very good price as Hills do not include Band Aid III in their market and will be paying out on No.2 should they be in the top slot”, said Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams.
Today has also seen a shake-up in the Christmas No.1 album market after a succession of bets were placed with Hills for Simon Cowell’s opera band ‘Il Divo’ causing their odds to shorten dramatically from 50/1 to 10/1 joint second favourites.
Hills latest No.1 single odds: 7/4 Ronan Keating & Cat Stevens, 12/1 Madonna, Robbie Williams, 14/1 Ricky Gervais & Noel Gallagher, Tony Christie, 16/1 U2, Take That, Ice Cube, 20/1 Westlife, Kylie Minogue, Joss Stone, 40/1 Nadia Almada, Jordan, 50/1 Britney Spears.
Hills latest No.1 album prices : Evens Robbie Williams, 10/1 Il Divo, Westlife, U2, Ronan Keating, 14/1 Kylie Minogue, Eminem, 20/1 Bee Gees, 25/1 The Verve, REM, Elton John, Duran Duran, Blue, 33/1 Tina Turner, Girls Aloud, Busted, Brian Mc Fadden.
source : readabet.com

Madonna’s book sold for i?18,500

A JK Rowling book measuring just one inch high has sold for GBP11,000 at a charity auction at Sotheby’s, London.
Her guide to everything Harry Potter needs for life at Hogwarts matgical school was the third-highest lot.
The auction, set up by Tatler magazine, asked 24 celebrities to fill a mini book with whatever they liked.
Muhammad Ali’s work, including a sketch of boxing rival Joe Frasier, got the highest bid of GBP17,000. Paul McCartney’s effort made GBP13,000.
The former Beatle filled his book with handwritten lyrics to Hey Jude.
Rowling’s book included pictures of Harry’s broomstick, spectacles and hat.
Madonna drew the US flag and lyrics to her song American Life, which fetched GBP8,500.
David Hockney’s book, which included nine sketches of Yorkshire, fetched GBP9,500, while fellow artist Tracey Emin’s love poems went for GBP5,500.
Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon drawings of 16 Prime Ministers and US Presidents, titled Those Who MIsled Us, went for GBP10,000.
The money raised is going towards the 999 Club, a homeless charity in Deptford, south London.
source : bbc.co.uk

Madonna to enter UK’s Music Hall Of Fame

Madonna is going to be awarded with a prestigious place at the UK Music Hall of Fame.
The Queen of Pop will attend the ceremony which is going to be aired Live on UK’s Channel 4 television on November 11th, 2004.
source : madonnatribe

Madonna likes her Versace in green

Relations between Madonna and Donatella Versace have run hot and cold over the years. But the designer is said to be so besotted with Her Madgesty now that she’s ready to pay a fortune to have her model Versace’s spring collection.
Donatella proposed that Madonna star in her ad campaign last month at a Versace perfume launch in London. The early word was that Madonna might pose as a favor.
But Madonna is apparently aware that, though the house of Versace has been struggling financially, it’s still not a charity. Which is why, according to one insider, the Material One held out for $12 million.
That price could include TV as well as print ads. There’s also talk of Madonna collaborating on a fashion line.
Madonna’s rep confirmed that talks are underway.
The photo spread is due to be shot at the end of this month by Mario Testino.
“Madonna is coming up with ideas for the campaign,” says a source. “She wants the ads to be provocative and sexy. She wants everyone to know how good she looks at 46.”
source : nydailynews.com

Madonna may star in Versace ads

Madonna is reportedly in talks to star in a series of ads for Versace’s 2005 spring collection.
Photographer Mario Testino, who took photos 10 years ago when Madonna was the 1995 face of Versace, is on board to snap the new ad campaign, a source close to the negotiations told MSNBC.
Madonna might be known more for wearing a red string these days than she is for wearing cutting-edge fashion, but she’s still a style icon, the source said, alluding to the bracelet the pop diva wears to indicate her belief in the Jewish mystic text Kabbalah.
Madonna’s spokeswoman confirmed the story, but said the deal is not finalized.
This is in the conversation stage. Donatella (Versace) is talking to Madonna about it, but Madonna hasn’t made a decision yet, said Liz Rosenberg.
source : bignewsnetwork.com