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Madonna’s house in Vogue ?

from Madonnalicious : The latest issue of World Of Interiors talks to photographer Tim Walker and at the end of the feature they mention his next projects which include:
Tim is off now to meet Madonna to discuss him photographing Ashcombe House – Madonna’s country house in Wilshire – for American Vogue.

Gossip : Madonna’s disco game tire her kids out before bedtime

Madonna plays a game called ‘disco tag’ with her kids in order to tire them out before bedtime.
The pop superstar insists the night-time playtime helps her children Rocco and Lourdes get rid of any extra energy so they’ll sleep soundly.
She says, “It’s a fun game. There’s a whole performance involved, and you dance, and you’re supposed to fake the other person out that you’re not interested in tagging them by dancing.
“We all play – I play, my husband, the nanny… My son uses all his adrenaline and then passes out. That’s a good night.”
source : contactmusic

EMI To Release Live 8 On DVD

Live 8 has just announced it’s teaming up with music giant EMI for a worldwide deal for the Live 8 performances happening on July 2. According to the agreement, EMI will provide a large financial contribution to the Live 8 organization in exchange for the worldwide DVD rights to its concerts in the UK, Canada, US, France, Germany and Italy.
The concerts include performances by Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Deep Purple, Dido, Green Day, Jay-Z, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Linkin Park, Madonna, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, Joss Stone, U2, Keith Urban, Velvet Revolver, Robbie Williams, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.
“We are very grateful to EMI for their financial contribution which helped to make the July 2nd concerts happen everywhere on the planet and thus nudge the world a little closer towards our shared aim,” said Bob Geldof. “I hope this will be the biggest selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be.”
Geldof isn’t the only one excited. EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron is just as keen. “On its own, the Toronto area show already boasts an astonishing line-up of artists,” he said.
source : chartattack

55,000 more tickets for Live 8 show

Live 8 organisers have announced the release of 55,000 extra free tickets to the star-studded concert.
The additional places will allow people to watch Saturday’s event at Hyde Park live on giant screens.
Pairs of tickets will be handed out free of charge from Wednesday at selected venues in London and around the UK, organisers said.
Bob Geldof said: “This is going to be the biggest event in Hyde Park’s history and the biggest ticketed event ever in the UK.
“The park will be filled to the brim. In other cities around the country and around the world, millions of people will be joining in to make poverty history. It will be one of those defining moments that come around once in a generation.”
The announcement followed “detailed discussions” with the Royal Parks, Westminster City Council and police, organisers said.
Space for the additional numbers has been allocated south of the Serpentine Lake. The finish time for the event has been extended from 8pm to 9.30pm.
Organisers urged people without tickets not to come, saying that room was limited due to “the massive infrastructure and huge numbers with tickets”.
Saturday’s show, with an actual audience of 150,000, will include Madonna, Robbie Williams and Sir Paul McCartney. The concert will highlight poverty and debt in developing countries, just days before the leaders of the world’s richest countries meet in Scotland.
The 55,000 extra tickets will be available from 3pm on Wednesday June 29, with doors closing at 7pm and reopening at 10am next morning.
source : reuters

Live 8 Viewer’s Guide

Rock ‘n’ roll is all about excess – so with MTV providing selected TV coverage, AOL Webcasting the entire event (at and XMsatellite radio broadcasting all the shows as well the hardest part of this historic event is deciding when too much is just enough.
*The London concert begins at 6 a.m. local time July 2 on Saturday. Take a breath: Pink Floyd, Bob Geldof, U2, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, R.E.M., Sting, Mariah Carey, Travis, Snoop Dogg, The Killers, Keane, Joss Stone, Dido, Robbie Williams, Elton John and Pink Floyd.
Okay, Pink Floyd was mentioned twice but that’s how musically historic this reunion – after nearly a quarter century – is. No individual gig times have been announced.
*The Philadelphia show starts at noon on Saturday, and has one of the best line-ups. The Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Kaiser Chiefs, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi and Destiny’s Child headline. While Jay-Z has been announced as a participant, rumors persist that the rap mogul has bowed out of the event.
*Selections get easier outside of London and Philly. In Paris at the Palais de Versailles, sexy Shakira is the act that’ll make the French go oo-la-la, but no doubt the rejuvenated Cure featuring a decidedly non gloomy Robert Smith will also be a favorite. Lauryn Hill plays Berlin, and Rome has probably the weirdest lineups – a spaghetti western featuring Tim McGraw and his wife Faith Hill. Visit for more.
source : newyorkpost

Live 8 concerts could be world’s largest broadcast

Live 8 concerts organized by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of African poverty could become the largest global broadcast as they hope to attract more than the 3.9 billion viewers who were able to watch the Athens Olympic Games.
Organizers said on Saturday they were confident they could beat that figure after attracting 140 television networks around the world to show next week’s anti-poverty concerts.
They said millions would also watch the likes of U2, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow via the Internet.
Twenty years ago, Geldof organized the Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia, which raised more than $100 million to help fight famine in Ethiopia and attracted an estimated 1.5 billion viewers.
This time, rather than raise money, he has organized eight free concerts to raise the profile of African poverty and increase pressure on world leaders to act.
The concerts will all be held on July 2, days before a Group of Eight (G8) summit of the world’s leading industrialized nations opens at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
Organizers of the concerts say the addition of the Internet will have a huge impact on viewing figures and point to an American soap that last week attracted more viewers via the Internet than through television.
“This … live broadcast … will be the first to truly embrace the powerful broadband Internet,” Live 8 executive producer Kevin Wall said in a statement.
The International Olympic Committee estimates that 3.9 billion people “had access to the images of the (2004) Games.”
The concerts will be staged in Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the United States, South Africa, Canada and Britain.
A ninth may be staged in Moscow, organizers said on Friday, and a separate concert is being held in Edinburgh on July 6, some 40 miles from where the G8 leaders will be meeting.
“Everyone in the world will have the opportunity to view … this event and collectively we will come together to have our voices heard,” Wall said.
source : reuters