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Madonna News - August 2005

Madonna: take your hands off my pants

Madonna, who pioneered the pointy bra on stage, has called in lawyers over a range of skimpy bras and briefs adorned with her name and face.
As she convalesces at home this weekend after falling from a horse on her Wiltshire estate, they are gathering evidence for possible legal action.
The lingerie range, Madonna Nude 1979, will be launched in Britain in November by, an internet lingerie retailer.
It has been created by Rosanna Ansaloni, a Milan designer, and according to the UK retailers, is based on naked pictures of Madonna taken by Martin Schreiber, an American photographer, in 1979.
Diana Whitehead, communications manager at, said that although the design was called Nude 1979, it had been adapted to reflect the singer’s 1980s look.
“This lingerie is misleading the public because Madonna is in no way affiliated with it,”? said Liz Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for Madonna in New York. “Her attorneys are starting to gather information now because a line of lingerie is implying that Madonna is associated with it, and that could not be further from the truth.”?
This is not the first time Madonna has tried to crack down on use of the Schreiber pictures. In 2001, her lawyers unsuccessfully attempted to stop Adam Glickman, an American condom salesman, from producing a range of contraceptives using the same images. Last week, Glickman said he had sold “hundreds of thousands”? of the condoms since his clash with the singer, but would be discontinuing the line next month because of falling demand.
The underwear, which will be made by Pielle ” an Italian lingerie manufacturer, features transparent pants decorated with tickly ribbons and crystals. Items included in the range, which have names such as Love Healing and Sensuality, also include what calls “a super sexy shiny satin baby doll with detachable garter belt”?.
T-shirts are printed with a motif of Madonna’s face and a crucifix necklace on the front and back. The knickers are embellished with the rock star’s initial in crystals.
The range for men includes black lace Y-fronts and “micro-fibre”? briefs bearing Madonna’s name. Prices for women’s items are £70 for a bra and £30 for knickers. Pants in the men’s collection will cost £40.
Whitehead added: “The range is really high end ” it’s not something that has been produced quite cheaply with a logo slapped on it. The quality of the fabric is beautiful ” there is a whole design ethos that has been put into it.
“We are aiming for women who want an aspirational take on underwear. They love celebrity, they love the link with the underwear and it is a way of buying into that person’s lifestyle.”?
Neither Ansaloni nor Pielle could be reached for comment this weekend.
A number of female stars, including Kylie Minogue, Elizabeth Hurley and Elle Macpherson, have launched lucrative underwear ranges but Madonna, long known for her keen business sense, will not receive a penny from the range bearing her name.
She was an unknown dancer when the nude photos were taken. She was paid $30 (£16.70) for the three-hour photo session with Schreiber and she signed over the rights to the photos, a decision she has come to regret.
The underwear uses the images to hark back to a stage in Madonna’s career when she was happy to flaunt herself.
She wore conical bras over her clothes on stage, simulated masturbation while singing and writhed around with scantily clad male dancers.
Three decades later and with a fortune of about £235m, she has put the raunchiness behind her and nurtured her new persona as a jodhpur-wearing English country lady.
In the August edition of American Vogue she was photographed tending chickens on an immaculate lawn and relaxing in front of a collection of pony club rosettes.
Her love for her new life was tested last Tuesday when she fell from her horse while riding with a groom through the 1,200 acres surrounding Ashcombe House near Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, where she lives with her British husband, Guy Ritchie.
The mare was a present from Ritchie for her 47th birthday, the day she fell off. She was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken collarbone.
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Going mad for it

What does a megastar need when she’s under the weather? Why, a little ego-stroking, of course…
And Madonna’s pals have been doing just that since the singer fell off her horse this week.
Stuart Price, who produced her new album Confessions On A Dancefloor, sent snaps of fans dancing to her tunes in Ibiza to cheer her up.
A spy says: “Stuart DJ’d at Thursdays at Space and played some tracks.
“The floor went wild so he sent some pics on his phone to her saying: ‘Here’s 1,000 people going mad to your tune!’ She loved it.” Well, it sure beats grapes…
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Madonna vows return to the saddle

Pop star Madonna has vowed a return to horseriding as soon as she recovers from a fall that left her with several broken bones. The singer said she was “grateful and overwhelmed by everyone’s good wishes” since the accident on Tuesday.
“As soon as doctors give me the okay, I expect to be right back on a horse and riding again,” the 47-year-old singer told The Sun newspaper. Madonna fell from her horse on the grounds of her West Country estate.
The horse was a birthday present given to her that day by film director husband Guy Ritchie.
The singer, who is planning to release a new album in November, is recovering from her injuries at Ashcombe house, on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset.
Madonna’s UK spokeswoman, Barbara Charone, said the accident would not delay the new album’s release.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie bought Ashcombe House in 2001
“Her LP is finished and is on course to come out in November with a single prior,” she told the BBC News website. The pop star is also planning to go on tour next summer.
Madonna sustained three cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a fractured hand after falling from her horse.
She was treated in hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
The musician’s US spokeswoman Liz Rozenberg said she had been riding for four of five months and spent “a lot of time” horseriding while in the country.

Madonna's house in London

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Horse fall can’t stop Madonna

Hot on the heels of Madonna’s horse riding accident this week at her English country estate come more details about her new club-friendly album.
Confessions On A Dancefloor, due Nov. 15, sees Madge working closely with her British keyboardist Stuart Price — from her last two tours — who also goes by DJ Jacques Lu Cont at night, reports Rolling Stone.
R.S. says Madonna approached Price after last year’s Re-Invention Tour when she began working on a music-driven screenplay and brought him on board to create a sound she calls “future disco.”
“We live real near each other in London, and we could just send ideas back and forth and get together and work on stuff,” Price told R.S. “The creative process was very short. There were a couple of weeks in London at my studio where we were doing a song every day.”
Then Price says at night he would test out the tracks at his club gigs.
“Whenever I was DJing, I’d take dub or instrumental versions out with me. I had my camera with me, and the next day I’d tell Madonna, ‘This is what a thousand people in Liverpool looked like last night dancing to our song.’ ”
Confessions is Madonna’s tenth studio album and the followup to 2003’s American Life.
The first single is the uptempo synth-disco jam Hung Up.
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Madonna Recovering From Horseback-Riding Accident

After sustaining several broken bones on Tuesday in a horseback-riding accident at her country estate in Ashcombe, just outside London, Madonna is “not feeling too bad and is recovering well,” her spokesperson Liz Rosenberg told MTV News.
The singer, who turned 47 on Tuesday, was rushed to the nearby Salisbury District Hospital, where she was treated for three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand. Rosenberg said that Madonna took a spill while riding a horse she was unaccustomed to.
“The whole family was out in the country, celebrating her birthday,” she told The Associated Press. “She’s walking and talking, [but] I don’t know if she’s going to be hanging from a disco ball anytime soon.”
Madonna’s husband, director Guy Ritchie, drove her to the hospital, which released her Tuesday night.
While Madonna’s required recovery period is as yet undetermined, her record label does not anticipate any delays in the release or promotional activities for her forthcoming album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, due November 15. The album is “very, very close to completion,” Rosenberg said.
source : mtvasia

Guy Ritchie premiere hit by Madonna’s Trumble

British film-maker Guy Ritchie is looking for a new star to light up the premiere of his new movie Revolver, because his wife Madonna’s horse-riding accident has forced her to pull out. Ritchie had recruited the Like a Virgin singer to take part in a poker match at the after party for next month’s exclusive screening of the gambling film.
But Madonna’s injuries, which include a broken hand, collar bone and three cracked ribs, are too severe for her to participate. A source tells British newspaper The Independent, “An online poker firm wanted to sponsor a celebrity card table at the premiere of Revolver. “It would have been a cracking photo opportunity, but Madonna will do well to turn up at all now – let alone play poker.”
source : contactmusic

Madonna recovering at home after riding accident

Madonna was recovering at home on Wednesday after suffering several broken bones in a riding accident at her country estate, her spokeswoman said. “She is recovering at home,” Barbara Charone said. “We don’t have any other update at this stage.”
The singer was rushed to a local hospital in Salisbury by film director Ritchie yesterday and later discharged. She is due to release her new album “Confessions on a Dancefloor” in November. Charone said she did not expect Madonna’s injuries, which will take weeks to heal, to affect the launch or promotion of the record. “As far as I know, nothing’s been affected,” Charone said.
source: yahoonews