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Madonna News - February 2005

Scissors Sister Rules Out Madonna Song

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has ruled out a future collaboration with Madonna, because his celebrity pal Kylie Minogue would “kill him”.
The flamboyant LAURA singer wrote and produced Minogue’s latest hit I Believe In You last year (04), and claims he’s too loyal to the diminutive Australian to work with her chart rival Madonna.
Shears says, “I think Kylie would have my head on a plate if I worked with Madonna. Really, I’m not interested in collaborating with her, I love Kylie too much.
“We had a real ball and I have a massive crush on her. She’s just a really amazing, funny person and really cool. I didn’t meet her until we went in the studio but we hit it off. Now I’m planning to go to England to watch her tour.
“I haven’t met her boyfriend (Olivier Martinez) yet, but I hear he’s gorgeous.”
source : contactmusic

Madonna urges fans to please donate to Red Cross

From Madonna.com : The Tsunami in Southeast Asia has cost over 230,000 deaths. On January 16, 2005 Madonna performed John Lennon’s Imagine at Tsunami, A Concert of Hope Event which has raised over 18 million dollars. Please continue to give to this cause. You can donate by going to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or going to www.redcross.org. Or you can donate by downloading Madonna’s performance from the Tsunami, A Concert of Hope by going to www.connect.com/tsunami

Gossip : Madonna takes up Karate

Superstar Madonna is following in her husband Guy Ritchie’s footsteps, by taking up karate. The British director is a black belt in the martial art and has encouraged his famous wife to join in during practice sessions. A friend says, “Madonna has been taking her classes very seriously. “Guy is into karate and Madonna’s daughter Lourdes has taken classes. “In the past, Madonna has worried about being bruised before videos or photoshoots but she hasn’t got any planned at the moment.”
source : contactmusic

No Madonna in Revolver

from Empire Magazine (interview with Guy Ritchie)
…there’s also no truth in the rumours that Mrs Ritchie, aka Madonna, has a cameo ?
‘No, she’s not in it,’ he insists. So the stories are made up? ‘Completely made up.’ He laughs. ‘That’s rare, isn’t it ?’
source : madonnalicius

Thriller Voted Top Video

Michael Jackson’s Thriller has been voted Britain’s favourite pop video of all time.
The 1983 classic, which sees the singer turn into a zombie, beat offerings from Madonna and Queen in the Channel 4 poll.
The King of Pop, who is currently facing trial charged with sex abuse, has two videos in the Top 10, voted for by TV viewers.
Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer (1986), revolutionary for its computer animation, is second in the list.
A-ha’s Take On Me (1985), which sees a comic book hero come to life, is third and Queen’s seminal Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) fourth.
Madonna’s controversial Like A Prayer (1989) – including the star’s infamous kiss with a black Jesus – is fifth while Robbie Williams’ Rock DJ (2000) is sixth, and another Jacko hit, Billie Jean, seventh.
The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony (1997), which sees Richard Ashcroft march down a London street barging into everyone he meets, is eighth.
Madonna has a second placing in the Top 10, with Vogue (1990) in ninth and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991) – where cheerleaders dance in the gym, while Nirvana fans reach such a frenzy they trash it and tie up the janitor – is 10th.

The top 50 Videos:
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
2. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
3. A-ha – Take On Me
4. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Madonna – Like A Prayer
6. Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
7. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
8. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
9. Madonna – Vogue
10. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
11. Coldplay – The Scientist
12. Michael & Janet Jackson – Scream
13. Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
14. Christina Aguilera – Dirrty
15. REM – Everybody Hurts
16. OutKast – Hey Ya
17. Blur – Coffee & TV
18. Beyonce – Crazy In Love
19. Madonna – Material Girl
20. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
source : sky.com

Ashlee Simpson to cover Madonna’s Burning Up

While in rehearsals for her upcoming tour, launching later this month, Ashlee Simpson has been working on adding a few cover songs to her set. Fans can expect to hear her renditions of Madonna’s “Burning Up,” Blondie’s “Call Me” and the Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket” at the shows, the singer/actress announced on “TRL” on Monday (February 7).

Celebs sell clothes in tsunami auction

Kate Winslet and Madonna are among a whole host of stars who have donated clothes to raise money for the Asian tsunami appeal.
Winslet has chosen to give away the slinky strapless gown designed especially for her by Ben de Lisi for the New York premiere of Finding Neverland.
Madonna has donated a signed studded belt to the auction for upmarket fashion website clothesagency.com.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has contributed a green and black dress from Top Shop, while actor Richard E Grant has donated the suit he wore in the Spice Girls movie Spice World.
Palmer-Tomkinson said: “No one could help but be affected by the tsunami – everybody has been touched by its effects. This auction is a great idea and I hope it is a complete success.”
Liz Hurley, Elle Macpherson, Graham Norton and the Duchess of York have also offered personal items.
Premiership side Chelsea have offered a day with the team at their next European away match.
The online auction will begin on February 11 and run until March 13, with all money going to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
Clothesagency.com is the brainchild of aristocrat Lady Apsley.
She said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response from celebrities willing to donate to this worthy cause. We are hoping to attract some really big bids.”
source : itv.com

Gossip : Madonna is touchy about Kabbalah

Pop diva Madonna is reportedly cutting off ties with family members who are not following Kabbalah.
These days Madonna is also not helping her brother Christopher Ciccone, who worked for her Maverick Label for years.
She has also stopped interacting with her siblings Martin, Anthony, Paula, Melanie, Mario and Jennifer Ciccone, because they have refused to join the mystical movement.
According to the New York Post, Fox News has revealed that the ‘Frozen’ singer also dumped her friend Debi Mazar when Mazar expressed her scepticism about Kabbalah.
source : ani

JLo talks about Madonna

“I was the girl who would take my dad’s sweatshirt and cut it up, so it had all these straps. I remember being very young and looking at Madonna and thinking she was the coolest: her bracelets up to her elbow, her lace and gloves and tights. Seeing how music is so correlated to fashion, or even how movies are so correlated to fashion, it’s something so natural to me.”
JLo talks about Madonna
source : vogue.co.uk

Madonna Appears On ‘The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliot’

“That’s Madonna, Right There!” – The final five performers take a private jet to Los Angeles, where they move into a mansion, and later are surprised when superstar Madonna takes time from her busy concert tour schedule to meet with them and share some valuable advice on the music business, on THE ROAD TO STARDOM WITH MISSY ELLIOTT, Wednesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.
Meanwhile, after a shopping trip to trendy Melrose Avenue, top Hollywood stylists Emil and Terrell put each participant’s personal sense of style to the test. Later, the vocalists get a special, up-close look at how Missy rocks the stage at a live concert performance in L.A.
Finally, at the performance challenge, legendary R&B artist/judge Teena Marie asks the competitors to each write a verse for a song that they will perform together, leading to the elimination of one participant.
source : top40-charts.com

Contest #3 Winner Announced!

from Madonna.com : Congratulations to Marinos Demetriou of Astoria, NY! Your submittal to the Classic Madonna Collection Contest #3 was selected by Madonna as the winner!. Your creative depiction of the answers gave you the advantage! Way to go Marinos! Thanks to all ICON-ers who submitted entries to last week’s Classic Madonna Collection!