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Madonna News - February 2005

Gossip : Madonna to star in Movie for free?

Pop superstar Madonna has signed up to play a prostitute in a new movie – and was so desperate for the role she waived all payment.
The Material Girl has finally secured the chance to play cross-dresser Candy Darling, after chasing the part for years, writes British newspaper The Sun.
Darling starred in a number of Andy Warhol films and provided Lou Reed with the inspiration to write Candy Says and Walk On The Wild Side.
An insider says, “Madonna has been desperate to make a film where she can earn respect for her acting abilities. She is still trying to shake off the bad publicity from the movie Swept Away. She sees this as her big chance.
“She has wanted to play this part for so long because she feels so strongly about the character.
“She said she would do anything for the part and has agreed to work for free.”
source : contactmusic

Madonna to rock out on next album

Pop superstar Madonna is heading in a new direction on her next album, which will see her ditching dance-flavoured tracks in favour of a more rocking sound.
The Material Girl, who spends much of her time in England where she lives with her film-maker husband Guy Ritchie, has been listening to various British rock bands which have proved a huge influence on her almost-completed new record.
An insider says, “Living in Britain she has become a real fan of Franz Ferdinand and loves the kitschy sound of The Darkness.
“She is moving more in that direction – real sounds, like a real band.
“Madonna always keeps in touch with what is popular in the charts and has been really into the guitar-based rock bands of 2004.
“The new album is taking shape as one of her best ever.”
source : contactmusic

Re-invention Tour DVD Update

from : We have received tons of email here at regarding the DVD release of the Re-invention tour and we wanted everyone to know that a release date has not yet been set. We are currently looking at releasing the DVD some time during the fourth quarter of 2005 in time for the holidays. Stay tuned to for more info about the release.

More News about New Album

… The 46-year-old singer, who is married to British film director Guy Ritchie, will also play most of the guitar rifts herself as she wants the album to sound as if it’s been made by a “real band”.
… Madonna has always asked several big name producers to help on the project including Swedish duo Shy and Avant, who produced ‘Toxic’ for Britney Spears.
… The album will also include a cover of John Lennon’s classic hit ‘Imagine’, which she showcased on her 2004 ‘re-Invention’ tour.
source : femalefirst

The Return of the Classic Madonna Collection Contestsfrom

from : This week the Classic Madonna Collection Contest returns! Please submit a collage of your favorite Madonna Grammy pictures! The prize will go to the most original & creative collage that Madonna will pick herself! The prize this week will be a Re-Invention Tour gift pack that will include two t-shirts, a coffee mug and a key chain! The photo should be 1.000 pixels “tall” max and nothing above 200KB. E-mail both your answer and the photo to before Thursday February 17, 2005 6PM PST. Your email must also include your name, address and your valid ICON member number.

Spring/Summer 2005 Versace Ad Campaign Info

Madonna’s visually stunning appearance in the Spring / Summer Versace Campaign debuted at the beginning of January 2005. The highly anticipated collaboration between Madonna, Donatella Versace, and photographer Mario Testino delivers Madonna in a way that we have never seen her before: High Powered Office Exec! This look ads a new dimension to the ICON, who is a close friend of Donatella Versace. You can see her ads in magazines around the world over the next few months.

Harper’s Bazzar
In Style
New york magazine
Rolling Stone
The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine
The New Yorker
Time – Style & Design Issue
V Magazine
Vanity Fair

Haper’s Queen
The Times

Citizen K
International Herald Tribune
M. Figaro
Marie Claire

Corriere Della Sera
D Repubblica
Io Donna
M. Claire
Vanity Fair

In Style

La Vanguardia mag
Elle Knaak W End
M Claire

20 ans
Haper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar
I Look

Harper’s Bazaar
Wall Paper

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RIT DVD Confirmed

Posted by Johann at ICON board:
Dear friends,
As promised, I am proud to announce that Madonna has decided to include a little present in the new issue of Icon to be released in the next few weeks. A special 12 pages portfolio called “M 2004” and made of unseen and wonderful pictures will be part of your magazine! I am not going to tell you more about it for now but believe me when I say you will love it! Working on the creation of this present with Madonna has been a real pleasure for me, being the fan I am. When looking at this portfolio, it makes me realize that Madonna gave us a fantastic year in 2004 and I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of us next!
Talking about Madonna and 2004, I am also happy to confirm that the release of her Re-Invention Tour dvd is anticipated holiday 2005. More details will be announced later this year. Iconers hear it first, that’s right!
thanks to : mr.ciccone / madonnanation

New Compilation

from : A few moths back I announced the upcoming release of my newest project, the compilation “Dance Culture”. I am curently in the process of finalising my tracklist. The CD’s sheduled release date on Ferosh Records is May 31, 2005.
It will exclusively feature my remix of Madonna’s “Easy Ride” among other unreleased productions I have been working on …

Prince tops cash charts

Prince reclaimed his pop throne in 2004, banking $US56.5 million ($73.8 million) to place him firmly at the top of Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of top earning music acts.
“With $US90.3 million in ticket sales, Prince returned to centre stage after a decade in the commercial wilderness,” the magazine said in its latest issue.
Prince also sold 1.9 million copies of his comeback album Musicology.
The mercurial pop star, who once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, beat out another icon of the 1980s in Madonna, who banked $US54.9 million on the back of her Re-Invention Tour and American Life album.
Despite playing only fifty-six concerts in 2004, the Material Girl hauled in more money on the road than any other artist, charging as much as $US300 a seat.
Although she grossed more cash than Prince, Madonna had to make do with second place because of the “monumental” production costs of her tour show.
Rolling Stone bases its annual list on ticket and record sales, publishing and other related revenue.
Rounding off a 1-2-3 finish by the comeback kids, was the heavy metal band Metallica, whose Madly in Anger with the World Tour helped push their earnings up to $US43.1 million.
The musical old guard was well represented in the top 10, with Elton John, Rod Stewart and Phil Collins all making the list.
But the real veterans were Simon and Garfunkel, who put their harmonies back on the road for the first time on 20 years, earning $US24.9 million in the process.
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