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Madonna News - April 2005

Madonna – one of Top 100 Greatest Americans

After tallying more than half a million online nominations, Discovery Channel and interactive partner America Online today unveiled the list of the top 100 nominees. Ranging from inventors to athletes, politicians to musicians, the list takes the pulse of the nation and reveals the qualities we most admire.
Beginning Sunday, June 5 at 8 PM (ET/PT), and airing every Sunday in June, Greatest American will premiere on Discovery Channel with Today show’s Matt Lauer presenting the top 100 nominees. At the end of the premiere episode, Lauer will announce the top 25 Greatest American nominees based on nominations held earlier this year. Viewers can then cast votes at the AOL site listed above, via toll-free numbers or via text messaging.
In the second episode, Matt Lauer and influentials (actors, comedians, politicians, athletes, etc) will offer insights on the top 25 to aid America in another round of voting that determines the top five. The third episode pits celebrity advocates against one another, debating the virtues of their “Greatest American.” The seven-hour series culminates in real-time election- style voting, as America selects one person to be named the “Greatest American.” The grand finale will be televised live from New York City on Sunday, June 26, at 9 PM (ET).

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Radiohead’s album best of all time ?

Radiohead’s Album OK Computer has knocked The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band off the top spot to be voted the greatest of all time. Around 400,000 people voted in a Channel 4 poll for its programme 100 Greatest Albums.
In a similar poll five years ago, the Fab Four’s Sgt Pepper won the accolade but this time it slipped to number seven.
Also in the top ten were U2’s The Joshua Tree, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, Definitely Maybe by Oasis, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Like A Prayer by Madonna and Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’Roses.
While many of Channel 4’s older viewers may never have heard of OK Computer the 1997 album attracted plaudits from stars.
REM singer Michael Stipe said: “OK Computer is Radiohead really stretching and pushing the boundaries of what they think they’re capable of doing and what their audience think they’re capable of doing and it is a classic, brilliant record.”
And Johnny Marr from The Smiths said: “OK Computer is pretty much a landmark record. As time goes on and we get away from when it was released, more and more it would be seen as the important record it is.”
Despite losing the top spot, The Beatles are the only band to claim two albums in the top ten – Revolver also was made the cut.
Michael Jackson, who faces child abuse charges in the US, showed he was still popular with Thriller reaching number four.
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was typically immodest about Definitely Maybe’s success.
He said: “To me, that album is about what it means to other people and other people have said it was a benchmark for British guitar rock and roll. It must be pretty good.
“I’m only realising now how special Definitely Maybe is – I thought I’d go on writing albums like that forever.” He also praised U2’s Joshua Tree.
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Icon #43 is going out

Madonna is pleased to announce the release of issue #43 of Icon Magazine, the quarterly publication of the official Madonna fanclub. In this new issue you will find a special portfolio named “M 2004”, which features exclusive and never before seen images illustrating 12 months of Madonna achievements. Also featured in this issue, all of the Versace Spring campaign images, a double sided poster, a “UK Hall Of Fame” special, some cool interviews with Madonna and her assistant Angela, a special spread devoted to the 10th anniversary of Take A Bow, and much much more!
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New Letter from Madonna

Dear Fans,
Happy New Year! 2005 is a great year already. I had a relaxing holiday with my family and was happy that my husband and I finally had two weeks off at the same time and were able to be together with our children.
I have been back in the studio writing new songs for several different projects. Should I do a musical? Should I record another album? Stay tuned to find out what I decide to do…..
All of my projects are labours of love, however, my book series is particularly dear to me as all of the proceeds go to the Spirituality for Kids Foundation. My final book in the series, Lotsa de Casha, will be out in June. And the English Roses Collection has been doing well at retail and I am thrilled about the look of the Fall ’05 line which I have just finished designing. It is just another reminder to always look for new ways to be creative and to never stop reinventing yourself.
Speaking of Reinvention, upcoming is the release of the tour documentary which I have been working on tirelessly with the director Jonas Akerlund. It starts out being a film about me and my life on tour and ends up being a story about Humanity.
I am very excited about it and hope to premiere it at the Cannes Film Festival.
Take Care,
Work hard,
Be Brave!


source : madonnanation

Re-Invented Process is “out of competition

According to today’s edition of french newspaper Aujourd’hui de France, Madonna’s Documentary “Re-invented Process” directed by Jonas Akerlund, will be shown at Cannes Festival in May in the “Out Of Competition” section, along with Brokeback Mountain directed by Ang Lee, Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard, Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge Of The Sith directed by George Lucas and Woody Allen’s “Match Point”. The journalist Alain Grasset says that Madonna herself will go to Cannes.
The Official Selection for the 58th Cannes Film Festival will be announced by Gilles Jacob, VA

Mother and Father remix released to US radio

from Madonnalicious : Mother and Father (Peter Rauhofer Re-Invention Mix) is getting released to all Billboard DJs as of next week. The single apparently broke out last week on the Billboard dance chart, which gave Warner Bros the incentive to release it properly.
Here is the Breakout List from last week’s Hot Dance Club Play chart:
1 – What Happens Tomorrow – Duran Duran (Epic)
2 – The Only One – Todd Gardner (Tweek’d)
3 – You’re All – Mike Rizzo Presents Allie (Koch)
4 – The Music – K&S Project Featuring Shelby (Star 69)
5 – Mother And Father – Madonna (Maverick)

Ray Of Light in Ice Princess

Ray of Light is used in the new Disney film “Ice Princess” starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Kim Cattrell. The main character, played by Trachtenberg, uses the song during her short program ice skating competitions.
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Stars prove they’re crazy for Madge

Soap stars are to appear in an ITV1 show paying tribute to pop icon Madonna. And it seems many like nothing better than showing off their own musical prowess.
Several have turned up on Stars in Their Eyes in the past, while Kim Medcalf (EastEnders’ Sam Mitchell) and Coronation Street’s Debra Stephenson (Frankie Baldwin) appeared in Celebrity Fame Academy.
Not to be outdone, some of the lads from Coronation Street appeared in tribute show Queen Mania.
Just a week later, on April 16, ITV1 is broadcasting Madonna Mania, which will feature some of the singer’s earliest TV appearances as well as rare footage of the Material Girl in action.
It should be enough to keep the most die-hard fan happy, but that’s not all the programme has in store. A host of famous faces will also be on hand to reveal what they love about Madonna.
Among those appearing will be Corrie’s Samia Ghadie (Maria Sutherland) Nikki Sanderson (Candice Stowe) and Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby).
Various Emmerdale cast members, including Emily Symons, who plays Woolpack landlady Louise Appleton, and Sammy Winward (Katy Addyman) have also been lined up to discuss Madge’s songs, videos, image changes and sexuality.
Non-soap stars cropping up during the evening’s entertainment include Tony Blackburn, Emma Forbes and James Hewitt.
source : yahoo

Madonna concentrates on producing movies

Madonna has turned her back on acting to focus on producing movies, after her onscreen efforts were axed from husband Guy Ritchie’s latest movie. The 46-year-old pop superstar’s scenes in new film Revolver have reportedly been cut, but the disappointment hasn’t deterred Madonna from pursuing her big screen ambitions. She’s now hoping a feature-length documentary – based on her 2004 Re-Invention world tour – will bolster her status in the movie industry, especially if it’s included in the line-up of films to premiere at this May’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.
Madonna’s also eager to appear at Cannes so she can chat to directors about some of her film ideas. A source tells British newspaper The Mail On Sunday, “Madonna has learned the hard way from Revolver that the only way to have a say is to become a producer. “It’s been her dream to premiere in Cannes, but she cannot afford to make another mistake so she’s working with Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, who directed Mickey Rourke and Brittany Murphy in Spun.
“She also plans a light, fluffy teenage movie called Material Girls about a pair of cosmetic company heiresses who lose their family fortune.”
source : contactmusic