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Madonna News - July 2005

Material Girl turns into English country lady

Madonna has fallen in love with English country life and there is no going back.
“Who would have thunk it?”? she told the August edition of American Vogue.
“The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish, shooting, pub going nature lover – and the last thing he thought he was going to do was marry some cheeky girl from the Midwest who doesn’t take no for an answer.
“But now I love England and want to be here and not in America. I see England as my home.”
The Material Girl has mellowed. She wears sensible shoes around her country estate, caters to a beloved flock of chickens, has learned to ride horses, shoot and fish.
Her preferred mode of transport is bicycle, and she insists she “could be a connoisseur of ales if I wanted to.”
The 46-year-old singer admits she is very different from the sexed-up star of the early 1990s.
“I was a very selfish person,” she said. “You go through periods of your life where the world does revolve around you, but you can’t live your whole life that way.”?
Her children, Lourdes, 8, and Rocco, 4, do not watch television, the family does not even read newspapers or magazines.
The singer said she and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, immediately fell in love with Ashcombe, their 1,000-acre estate on the Wiltshire/Dorset border.
When she is in residence she plays guitar, goes for long walks and rides her bike.
“To me, Ashcombe is a reflection of me and my husband in many ways, because it reflects our willingness to make a commitment,” she said.
“Not necessarily to each other but to the idea of having a home somewhere, instead of living like gypsies.”

source : IrishExaminer.com

“Dress You Up” featured on the ‘Re:Made Vol. 1’ Dance Compilation

Koch Records announces the release of “Re:Made Volume 1,” a new dance compilation series featuring 14 mixed remakes of huge pop anthems strictly for the dance floor.
Released for the first time in the U.S., these remixes have been packaged into one amazing compilation. Remakes of hits by Nelly, U2, Tears For Fears, Irene Cara, Madonna, Vanity 6, The Bangles and more are remade as dance floor anthems.
The compilation also features an exclusive electro remake by The Horrorist of “Mr. Roboto,” the smash pop song released by STYX in 1984.

Tracklisting :
1. Tiga “Hot In Herre” originally performed by Nelly
2. Inaya Day “Nasty Girl” originally performed by Vanity 6
3. King Britt presents Sylk 130 “I Can’t Wait” originally performed by Nu Shooz
4. Seamus Haji “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” originally performed by Indeep
5. Digital Offspring “Flashdance…What A Feeling” originally performed by Irene Car
6. Pussy 2000 “It’s Gonna Be Alright” originally performed by Sterling Void
7. Funkstar vs. Tom Jones “She’s A Lady” originally performed by Tom Jones
8. Divided “Easy Lover” originally performed by Phil Collins feat. Philip Bailey
9. Theresa Owens “Wicked Game”(Mr. Mig Remix) originally performed by Chris Isaak
10. Stephanie “Dress You Up” originally performed by Madonna
11. Maxum Deejays “Eternal Flame” originally performed by The Bangles
12. DJ Renegade “Shout” originally performed by Tears For Fears
13. Res-Q “Where The Streets Have No Name” originally performed by U2
14. The Horrorist “Mr. Roboto” originally performed by Styx

source : top40-charts.com

Dress You Up featured on the Re:Made Vol. 1 Dance Compilation

She’s Lady Madonna

She may be an international singing superstar, but it seems Madonna is happiest as the lady of her own manor. These pictures show Madge with daughter Lourdes, seven, and four-year-old son Rocco at the magnificent Ashcombe House estate she and husband Guy Ritchie own.
And the 46-year-old’s not content with sitting back and letting the staff run the 1132-acre Wiltshire estate.
She’s often seen feeding the chickens.
But to be fair, most aristocrats don’t wear an Alexander McQueen chiffon dress and cashmere cardie to do it.
Still, after paying £9million for it, she can wear what she wants on the front green. For more pictures of Madonna’s country home see the August issue of Vogue magazine.

source : dailyrecord.co.uk

Elton: No More Rocket Man

Madonna, George Michael, Victoria Beckham and Robbie Williams are just a few of the A-list stars who have copped a verbal bashing from Sir Elton John in the past year.
But the Rocket Man has claimed he is about to turn over a new leaf – and stop his incessant bitching.
Elton, who currently has two singles in the top five, reckons he has fallen out with so many stars it’s time to change.
He admitted he was changing his ways when asked if he had spoken to Madonna since launching an attack on her last year.
The Sun quotes him as saying: “I haven’t spoken to her. She’s been in Kaballah meetings ever since.
“I don’t think I will ever be forgiven for that one. I had a hell of a time last year and this is the end of it.
“There was the Madonna thing and then I had the George Michael thing and the Posh Spice thing… I will keep my mouth shut now.”
Elton accused Madge of lip-synching while he only recently made it up with George Michael after commenting on his state of mind.
He also said Robbie was “not a well budgie” and even described Cherie Blair’s controversial lifestyle guru, Carole Caplin, as a “turd”.
Elton has already shown his caring side, trying to get Kate Moss’ boyfriend Pete Doherty off drugs.
But how long do we give Elton before he’s back on form?

source : sky

England is home, Madonna says

Don’t look for Madonna to return to her Midwest roots anytime soon.
England, she tells the August Vogue, is home forever.
“The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish, shooting, pubgoing nature lover ” and the last thing he thought he was going to do was marry some cheeky girl from the Midwest who doesn’t take no for an answer!”
In the interview, which arrives Thursday, Madonna says she has mellowed. She says she wears sensible shoes around her country estate and caters to a beloved flock of chickens, and her children, Lola, 8, and Rocco, 4, don’t watch TV.
She even shows off her whopping wedding album (until now seen only by her “closest friends”) from her 2000 marriage to director Guy Ritchie. So, for the record: She was married in a traditional, cinched-waisted gown with a long train and veil.
She acknowledges that she didn’t fall in love with England initially, but since meeting Ritchie, 36, Madonna, 46, has learned to ride horses, shoot and fish. Her preferred mode of transportation: bicycle. And she “could be a connoisseur of ales if I wanted to.”
Ashcombe, the 1,000-acre estate the family calls home, was once the home of the late photographer Cecil Beaton, and Madonna says she and Ritchie were immediately in love with it.
“To me, Ashcombe is a reflection of me and my husband in many ways, because it reflects our willingness to make a commitment. Not necessarily to each other but to the idea of having a home somewhere, instead of living like gypsies.”

Madonna in US Vogue

source : usatoday

Madonna shows Vogue her reinvented side

Madonna isn’t the person she once was – and that’s the way she wants it. These days, the former Material Girl spends more time with her two children than she does performing. She collects art instead of boyfriends, and she’s traded in her leather and lace undergarments for more demure outfits.
In the August issue of Vogue magazine, Madonna is featured in a lengthy interview and a photo spread at the English country estate she shares with her children, 8-year-old Lourdes (Lola) and 4-year-old Rocco, and her director-husband, Guy Ritchie (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”).
The photos include Madonna feeding chickens on the lawns of Ashcombe wearing a cream-colored Grace Kelly-inspired chiffon dress and cashmere cardigan and playing dress-up with her children in her sitting room while wearing a yellow cashmere cardigan and multicolored polka-dot silk dress.
She shares her wedding album with writer Hamish Bowles, finally allowing an outsider to see her in her gown, an ivory duchesse satin dress with an hourglass corset bodice and crinoline skirts. (Madonna and Ritchie were married in December 2000.)
The 46-year-old singer-actress says she’s different from the sexed-up star featured in 1991’s “Madonna: Truth or Dare.” In some ways, that film is hard for her to watch, she tells Vogue.
“I was a very selfish person. You go through periods of your life where the world does revolve around you, but you can’t live your whole life that way,” she is quoted as saying. “On the other hand, I kind of admire my spunk and directness!”
Madonna stars in a new documentary, “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret,” that is due out later this year. She says the film “starts with the struggle of a dancer trying to get into a show” and ends with her visit to Israel.
The film also features parts of Madonna’s most recent tour, called “Re-Invention.”

source : associated press

Madonna’s letter in new Icon Magazine

Dear Fans,
I have been burning the midnight oil, finishing up my tour documentary and this has been consuming most of my time since October 2004. Being a perfectionist, I can’t stop making last minute changes and revisions!
A film is such a different process than an album or a tour and I’ve learned so much. It has been exciting reliving the tour again and again….and I look forward to sharing the finished product with all of you.
I am going back in the studio to finish my album next month and I hope to put the album out by the end of the year. It has been a lot of fun collaborating with Mirwais again, and my musicial director, Stuart Price.
I wish you all the best and send you lots of love.
Madonna