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Madonna News - June 2005

Blender’s 40 Greatest New Wave Singles Ever

40 – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel
39 – Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s
38 – Making Plans For Nigel – XTC
37 – I Ran – A Flock Of Seagulls
36 – White Lines – Grandmaster Flash
35 – Radio Free Europe – REM
34 – Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
33 – I Will Follow – U2
32 – Take On Me – A-HA
31 – Tainted Love – Soft Cell
30 – Never Say Never – Romeo Void
29 – Mirror In The Bathroom – The English Beat
28 – Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
27 – Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
26 – Let’s Go To Bed – The Cure
25 – Burning Up – Madonna
24 – Satisfaction – Devo
23 – Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
22 – Debaser – The Pixies
21 – Warm Leatherette – The Normal
20 – Pop Musik – M
19 – I Found That Essence Rare – Gang Of Four
18 – Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
17 – Enola Gay – OMD
16 – House Of Jealous Lovers – The Rapture
15 – One Way Or Another – Blondie
14 – The Look Of Love – ABC
13 – Roadrunner – The Modern Lovers
12 – This Charming Man – The Smiths
11 – Life During Wartime – The Talking Heads
10 – Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
9 – Good Times Roll – The Cars
8 – Opportunities – Pet Shop Boys
7 – Pretty In Pink – Psychedelic Furs
6 – Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
5 – Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
4 – Don’t You Want Me – Human League
3 – When You Were Mine – Prince
2 – 52 Girls – B-52’s
1 – Cars – Gary Numan

Thanks to Holidayguy from MadonnaNation and DVDManians.net

Rumour : Madge’s poverty Prayer

Madonna has something very special lined up for her Live 8 performance.
The Queen of Pop will sing Like A Prayer with a gospel choir of African children.
source : thesun

Donna De Lory will perform with Madonna on Live8

Donna De Lory will head London this weekend where she be will accompanying Madonna at this years Live 8 benefit concert in London’s Hyde Park! After she spends a week in rehearsals, she will hit the stage with Madonna on July 2nd to put on what is sure to be a spectacular show! Other artists taking to the stage during this benefit are: Sting, U2, Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Dido, Sir Elton John, Keane, Mariah Carey, REM, Robbie Williams, Travis, and many more.
source : donnadelory.net

Interview with Madonna in Guardian

“Fallen idol”
What’s Madonna doing writing yet another moral-heavy children’s book? And why has she become such a vocal supporter of Kabbala? Dina Rabinovitch, a long-time fan, jumped at the chance to ask her straight out – but was left distinctly unimpressed by her answers.
A day in the life of the Ritchies. Kids at school, Madonna at her computer. She has a book deal to write children’s stories – the only problem is, there’s nothing on the screen yet. “It didn’t come easily,” she says. “I’m methodical, so I set aside time to sit at my computer – of course, in the time that the children are at school – for four hours every day, but nothing came out. My husband [the film-maker Guy Ritchie] said: ‘Write what you know about, and it will come, and then you edit out the bits you don’t like.’ And he was right – that worked.”

Madonna, the original material girl, is on the fifth of her moral-heavy children’s books. Lotsa de Casha is published this week and the message is, money can’t buy happiness. Her first children’s book, The English Roses, was launched in London, with a celebrity-studded rooftop party. The author – much prettier in real life than in photos, and very tiny – was surrounded by heavies and nobody was allowed to approach. This time she is publicising her book in New York, but she has decided to give two UK interviews, to the Guardian and Grazia magazine. Madonna will phone me, I’m told, not the other way around, and it will be at 9.40pm British time. And sure enough, to the second, she does: “Hi, this is Madonna.”

She sounds just like a regular New Yorker – quiet voice, clear American accent. So, fellow American, I don’t do the English dance of politeness, but come straight out with the questions I’m really curious about.

I ask about the Kabbala Centre, of which she has become an habituĂ©e. To Jews, I say to her, it’s a little odd that someone with the kind of business acumen she obviously has has been drawn into the Kabbala Centre, which is regarded within the Jewish community as being run by charlatans. “Is it?” she says. “Yes,” I say, “the selling of water at ludicrous prices, and claiming holy properties for it … selling bits of red string … claiming to teach Kabbala [a branch of Jewish mysticism], not something you can study without an in-depth knowledge of Hebrew, and Judaism …”

“I have an incredible teacher who is very wise,” says Madonna. “The last thing you’d accuse him of is charlatanism. I do think lots of the ones who started the centre, they’re not worldly-wise, they’ve been naive about marketing themselves. What I say is, don’t listen to the messenger, hear the message.” A message I keep reading back to myself from my notes of the interview, and still can’t make sense of, actually.

But what about the financial shenanigans? “If people want to delve into the veracity of religious organisations,” Madonna says, “have a look at the evolution of Christianity; or hop over to the Vatican. Where does all that money go? Have you seen all the gold on that roof? Not that I’m picking on Catholics; God forbid, my father would never forgive me.”

Her father was very strict when she was growing up, she says. It’s left her with a certain regard for discipline and method which she applies to work, and to parenting. She passes on a household tip which I think is little short of brilliant. Her daughter Lola (Lourdes) leaves clothes all over the bedroom floor. So how does that play when your mom is Madonna? Not good, apparently. Floor-bound clothes are bagged up and Lola only gets them back if she keeps the room tidy for the rest of the week.

Wow, I say, how did she think that one up? “Uh, I was talking to my housekeeper, you know, telling her not to pick all the clothes off the floor, and then I just suddenly thought of it – this is how to deal with it. And it works, mostly.”

So she was a pretty tidy child herself, then? “Yes, very.” And she never rebelled, did that teenage thing, dropped clothes on the floor? “Well, obviously I did rebel, as you know, but not in that way. I was never untidy.”

Really, all through the rebellious years? “Yup, tidy, and ordered and meticulous.”

Madonna’s five children’s books are beautifully produced, each illustrator vying to outdo the other. Gorgeous frontispieces, and yes, meticulously detailed drawings. All five stories are laden with Jewish imagery, from the heroine of The English Roses, called Binah, which is Hebrew for understanding, through the use of “everything is for the best” – gam zu le’tova – a saying of a Jewish scholar, nicknamed Nachum Ish Gamzu, because of his habitual use of the phrase. Two of the tales are credited to the Ba’al Shem Tov, a Hassidic leader in the 1700s.

“I didn’t get the stories from the Kabbala Centre,” Madonna says sharply. “Well, some I gleaned from my studies, but I’ve adapted them to a modern vernacular. Some I made up. The idea of sharing is not unique to Kabbala. The story of The English Roses is universal. You know,” she says with some feeling, “people jumping to conclusions about other people.”

She was attracted to the Kabbala Centre, she says, because her Catholic school never answered any questions: what is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of creation? If there is a God, why is there suffering? How do you reconcile Genesis with Darwinism? “When the student is ready,” she told me, “I guess the teacher appears.”

“Here’s exactly what happened,” she says, sounding like someone who is relieved to set the record straight. “I was pregnant with my daughter and I went to this dinner party where I heard someone talk about Kabbala, which seemed to address questions I’d started asking.

“I’ve been studying for nine years. I know there’s all this fuss about it now, celebrities and so on. When I started, there were no celebrities, and I just sat at the back of the class.”

She then tells me that the Kabbala Centre has nothing to do with Judaism really, or indeed religion, because, she says, she has a problem with religion – “people just doing stuff because they’re told to, no explanations”. The Kabbala Centre is something else entirely. “I don’t consider it Jewish or religious, because I meet all kinds of people there – Hindus, pagans, Buddhists …”

The centre has profoundly changed her, she says. How? “Ten years ago, I never thought I’d be writing children’s stories and giving the money to charity.” But the money goes to the Kabbala Centre, I say.

“Well, it goes to something they’ve founded, Spirituality for Kids, which is, you know, doing work with families all over the world, the occupied territories, even in London … well, outside London. Ken Livingstone’s trying to help set one up.” She heavily emphasises the words “occupied territories”.

By now, big fan that I am, I am feeling rather depressed. Madonna’s a keynote figure in our household – my husband’s daughter Chloe dresses up as Madonna on the Jewish festival of Purim, and any other day she can get away with it. Desperately Seeking Susan is my all-time favourite movie. Bagging this interview with Madonna was like winning the lottery – only cooler.

But I’m really floundering now at the news that Kabbala is nothing to do with Judaism at all, at the parroted stuff she keeps spouting about reconciling science with spiritualism. I loved Desperately Seeking Susan, but now it turns out she was acting more than we realised – messy bedrooms are so not her thing. I wanted this woman, my generation, my aspirations, to be great. But it doesn’t turn out that way.

“Do you want to ask me any more questions?” Madonna says, very levelly indeed. “No, no, it’s enough,” I splutter. “You must be tired,” I think I say.

Live 8 on MTV ?

Live 8 is close to finding a TV home. AOL, which is handling the U.S. broadcast rights for the Bob Geldof concerts, is nearing a deal with MTV, sources said. The cable network will air some of the performances from five concerts set to take place on July 2.
AOL is also expected to announce a deal with XM Satellite Radio and has held discussions with ABC and Premiere Radio Networks, sources said.
AOL will stream the five concerts live for free on the Web at AOLmusic.com and will offer free on-demand access to the shows for six weeks. The concerts are aimed at raising awareness of poverty in Africa.
source : newyorkdaily

The English Roses website – press release

The international superstar Madonna announced today the launch of englishrosescollection.com, the premier destination for The English Roses, Madonna’s hugely successful debut children’s book and for The English Roses(TM) girl’s collection based on the book, including girl’s apparel, footwear, rainwear, collectable dolls, teas and tea sets, charm bracelets and necklaces, calendars and more.
“I am excited about the launch of the English Roses Collection website,” said Madonna. “The site makes it easier for girls who are fans of the book and the collection to correspond directly with me.”
The website features Fun & Games for young girls, including instant messaging buddy icons, computer wallpaper and printable coloring pages, and even a page where English Roses fans can give their feedback on the collection. It also includes a Characters section with background information on their favorite English Roses friends and a section with important English Roses news. Young fashionistas can also easily access a link to their favorite English Roses merchandise in the Shoppe section.
To support the website, Madonna’s official website, Madonna.com, will link to the English Roses Collection.
About The English Roses book
The first of five children’s books written by Madonna, The English Roses tells an inspiring story about the importance of compassion and the rewards of friendship through five little girls. The English Roses debuted at #1 on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller lists and was the #1 seller for Barnes & Noble online (http://www.bn.com). Published by Callaway Editions, The English Roses was printed in 30 languages and over 100 countries, and became the largest children’s book release in publishing history with a first printing of 1 million copies.
About The English Roses(TM)
The English Roses(TM) collection was introduced in Fall 2004 in select Nordstrom stores, Neiman Marcus stores and specialty boutiques nationwide, and continues to be a huge success. The line features a vibrant line of girl’s apparel, matching footwear, rainwear, collectable dolls, teas and tea sets, charm bracelets and necklaces, calendars and more, all based on the characters and images in the book.
source : yahoo news

Madonna’s videos on Mark Romanek DVD

Madonna’s “Bedtime Story” and “Rain” videos will be on the upcoming “The Work Of Director Mark Romanek” DVD (release date September 13).

Work of Director Mark Romanek DVD Cover

Click here to pre-order it from Amazon.com