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Madonna News - August 2005

Live 8 DVD Announced / Official Website Launched

On November 7, the official Live 8 Live DVD, crammed with amazing performances by the biggest artists in the world “a who’s who in music with exclusive rehearsal and unseen footage will be released.

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Warner Music to Launch Record Label

Warner Music Group is preparing to launch a record label that would develop and market new artists and distribute their music only over the Internet.
The venture, tentatively referred to as an “e-label,” is scheduled to be in operation by the end of this year.
Warner, home to artists like Madonna and Linkin Park, is hoping the label will enable the New York-based company to give emerging artists more time to develop without the traditional pressures of having to churn out a slate of hits.
“At this new label, an artist can develop in a supportive, lower-risk environment,” Warner chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. said at an Aspen, Colo., gathering of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “An artist is not required to have enough material for an album, only just enough to excite our ears.”
The e-label would also spare Warner the expense of distributing music in physical formats like CDs.
Instead of releasing a full album every couple of years, the e-label would release “clusters” of three or more songs by an artist every few months, Bronfman said.
Universal Music Group launched an all-digital record label last November. To date, UME Digital has about a dozen artists and has been selling their music over online retailers such as iTunes and Rhapsody.
source : ap

Madonna’s navel tops ‘Spin’ list

Spin magazine has built a veritable rock star Frankenstein, composed of Michael Stipe’s skull, Elvis Presley’s pelvis and Madonna’s bellybutton.
Other body parts include Presley’s hip-shaking pelvis and Gene Simmons’ tongue. Madonna, shown here, tops the list.
Spin charts the 25 “most incredible” rock star body parts in its September issue, now on newsstands. Madonna’s navel tops the list.
“It’s what first marked her as a mainstream provocateur,” senior Spin writer Marc Spitz writes.
At No. 2 is the liver of Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, which is so durable, Spitz writes, that “when Richards finally passes, they’ll line the exterior of the space shuttle with his liver tissue.”
REM singer Michael Stipe’s oft-shaved skull comes in third, due to a hairline that’s “not too high like Moby’s or too low” like Sinead O’Connor’s.
Other body parts include Presley’s hip-shaking pelvis, Gene Simmons’ tongue, Tina Turner’s legs, 50 Cent’s chest, Bruce Springsteen’s butt and Tommy Lee’s ” well, you know, it’s that body part below the waist.

source : ap

Madge needs body double in video

Madonna needs a body double for her new music video because it’s too painful for her to dance.
Filming has been put back while Madge recovers from a broken hand, collarbone and cracked ribs she got from falling off a horse. Producers are considering hiring a lookalike to perform the rigorous dance routines planned for the promo of her new single Hung Up.
Madonna took a tumble while out riding on her 47th birthday last Tuesday. She had been doing promotional work for her new album Confessions on a Dancefloor, due out in November. But an insider said: “This is a club-friendly album, very dancey – and she wanted the video to reflect that. It hasn’t been shot yet, so they’ve gone back to the drawing board to rethink it.
“Madonna’s got her arm in a sling and her hand is plastered. She’s not going to be dancing for a while.”
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Madonna eyed for reality show

Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie are being targeted to follow in the footsteps of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston – by starring in a reality TV show together.
Tracey Baker-Simmons, who serves as a producer on reality show Being Bobby Brown, now has her sights on filming the everyday exploits of the Material Girl and her British director spouse.
Baker-Simmons says, “I would really love to do Madonna and her husband. I really like her husband Guy Ritchie.”
source : contactmusic

Madonna: on a sling and a prayer

Madonna has been seeking spiritual comfort in her Kabbalah religion following her riding accident last week.
The Queen of Pop has been pictured visiting London’s Kabbalah centre – the headquarters of the favourite religion to the stars.
Convinced her faith will speed up her recovery, Madonna has visited the centre three times in the last 24 hours and has flown over her spiritual advisor Michael Berg from LA.
However, Madonna has also fallen back on more conventional methods of healing in a bid to overcome her injuries.
The star has been sporting a rather fetching sling.
Madonna had been celebrating her birthday when she was thrown from her horse on Tuesday.
source : channel4

Madge the pop slinger

Smiling through the pain with her arm in a sling, Madonna yesterday made her first appearance since her horrific horse fall.
The singer – wearing a tracksuit and baseball cap – was determined to show the world she is back on her feet after breaking three ribs, her hand and collarbone last week.
She put on a brave face as she left the Kabbalah Centre, base of the religious sect to which she belongs, in Central London with husband Guy Ritchie at 1.30pm. A waiting fan said: “It’s not like Madge to sulk around in bed. She’s now acquired that country-girl stiff upper lip and went out of her way to act as though nothing had happened.”
Meanwhile the horse which threw her was in hiding last night – after Madonna had sent an SOS from her hospital bed to save it.
The Queen of Pop, thrown by the thoroughbred bay mare during her 47th birthday celebrations on Tuesday, was so worried the incident would give the animal a bad reputation she ordered neighbours to rush it into hiding away from her Wiltshire estate.
Una Harley, who lives next to Madonna’s £9million country pile said: “She knows the horse was not to blame for what happened to her. It was an accident, pure and simple. It can be terrible when a horse gets an ill-deserved reputation for being trouble – so she sent a message that nobody was to reveal its name.
“The people who own it got it scurried away into stables and everyone in our community knows never to tell anyone what it was called.””
Una, 66, who runs a stables in the village, added: “It’s delightful she has shown such concern for the poor horse, and it shows what a lovely person she is.
“Animals like these can be worth up to £500,000 – and although there may be some value in being the horse that Madonna fell off, if it got a reputation for being a danger its value could plummet.”
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