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Madonna News - August 2005

Madonna Suffers Broken Bones in Accident!

New York – Madonna’s 47th birthday celebration was marred when she suffered several broken bones in a horse riding accident at her country home outside London, her publicist told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The superstar was hospitalized with three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand, according to Liz Rosenberg, her spokeswoman based in New York. The accident occurred Tuesday at Ashcombe house, her estate outside of London. Madonna and an assistant were riding horses, when Madonna, on a new horse she wasn’t accustomed to riding, took a tumble. Her children, Rocco and Lourdes, were at the home but were not with their mother at the time, Rosenberg said.
“The whole family was out in the country, celebrating her birthday,” Rosenberg said.
Her husband, director Guy Ritchie, took Madonna to an undisclosed hospital, where she was treated. Rosenberg said the entertainer was expected to be released later in the evening.
source : yahoonews

Rumour : Madonna Turns Down Las Vegas Deal

It has been reported today that Madonna has turned down a multi-million dollar deal to star in her own Las Vegas show.
Madge reportedly turned down a massive $82 million to appear in a show at a leading Las Vegas casinowell that’s just peanuts to her innit?
According to the New York Post, the offer came from Jack Wishna, one of the biggest players on the strip.
Being in your own show in Vegas is seen by many in the industry as the grave yard of stars, not that that should worry the sprightly Ms Ciccone who celebrates her 47th birthday today.
Madonna’s new album “~Confessions On A Dancefloor’ is scheduled for release in November.
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Star’s stunning new redhead look

Hue’s that girl? It’s Madonna of course, in new shades and an even newer hair shade – ginger.
The star, 47 today, showed off her latest look as she left a kabbalah class and proved a head turner in more ways than one.
Mind you, if she was trying to hide it under that headgear she wasn’t doing too good a job.
One onlooker in Beverly Hills said: “Despite the beret, Madonna’s new hair colour certainly caught people’s attention.
“It’s very different from anything she’s had in the past, but it looks really good on her. Her fans will be pleasantly surprised.”
The mum-of-two does tend to let her fondness for revamping her image from head to foot go, well, to her head.
Since her first hit more than 20 years ago, her bonce has at various times been black, brunette, purple, platinum blonde, most recently strawberry blonde… and now she’s a redhead.
Not to mention her insisting that kabbalah chums refer to her as Esther.
No surprises then that she called last year’s series of worldwide gigs The Reinvention Tour.
Perhaps it’s time she re-released her old James Bond soundtrack hit…as Dye Another Day.
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Madonna finds new image with Price

Pop queen Madonna has teamed up with producer Stuart Price to create a brand new sound for her upcoming album Confessions on a Dancefloor.
The so-called queen of reinvention believes working closely with the musician has spawned a catchy style she calls “future disco”, which is set to rock the club scene when it hits shelves later this year (NOV05).
And the pair found each other so inspiring, they simply couldn’t stop writing songs.
Price says, “We live real near each other in London, and we could just send ideas back and forth and get together and work on stuff.
“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.
“Every few months, a club record comes along that hits a nerve with people, and they connect to it. They don’t know why, but there is something magical in it. That’s what we were trying to make.”

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Elvis Costello dismisses Madonna

Veteran rocker Elvis Costello has dismissed the talents of Madonna, insisting she makes a convincing performer but has a limited range as a musician.
The outspoken Oliver’s Army star, 50, admits the pop queen can dance well enough, but she is less in control when she starts singing.
He says, “Madonna’s a dancer, not a singer.
“She’s a very good song and dance woman, but it’s about the whole package and what you can persuade people to believe.”
source : contactmusic

Bassist turned comic mocks the stars he backed

Bass guitarist Guy Pratt has backed some of the world’s biggest rock acts, and his comedy routine at the Edinburgh Fringe presents a cast of famous characters whose behavior borders on the bizarre.
The bassist for hire with a sardonic take on the rock scene said of Madonna:
“She was incredibly musical and could talk to musicians in terms they could understand as opposed to Tina Turner, who would say things like ‘Could you make it more purple?”‘
Pratt, who worked with Madonna on her “Like a Prayer” album, portrays her almost as a cartoon character with a real scream of a speaking voice.
“She does have one of those voices at New York waitress frequency ‘You want coffee with that?’ It is the sort of thing that goes right through,” he told Reuters.
source : reuters

Madonna Hits the Clubs

Madonna is returning to her roots with the club-friendly Confessions on a Dancefloor, due November 15th. For her tenth studio album, the follow-up to 2003’s American Life, the pop legend worked closely with British producer Stuart Price (a.k.a. DJ Jacques Lu Cont) at his London apartment.
Price met Madonna later in her career, playing keyboards on her last two tours — “I was a bit too young to be a fan in the Eighties,” he says, laughing. She approached him after last year’s Re-Invention Tour, when she began work on a music-driven screenplay, bringing him onboard to create a sound she called “future disco.” The idea for Confessions came from those sessions.
“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 says. “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.”
At night, the producer would test out the tracks during his club gigs. “Whenever I was DJ’ing, I’d take dub or instrumental versions out with me,” Price says. “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.’ You can work on a song for twelve hours, but I guarantee you’ll know within the first ten seconds of putting it on at a club whether it works or not. So these songs were tested on unwitting subjects throughout Europe.”
But Price insists that he and Madonna did not blindly trust the club scene, wanting to create something more lasting. “There’s a bit of a danger with dance music that you can create something that’s cool but doesn’t have much substance to it,” he admits. “Every few months, a club record comes along that hits a nerve with people, and they connect to it. They don’t know why, but there is something magical in it. That’s what we were trying to make.”
The first single is the uptempo synth-disco jam “Hung Up,” which Price calls “a big feel-good song. You put it on and you want to get in your car, turn it up and drive around smiling.”

source : rollingstone

Madonna’s Easy Ride featured on DJ Tracy Young’s compilation

DJ Tracy Young’s compilation “Danceculture” featuring exclusive remix of Madonna’s Easy Ride was released today.
Tracklisting :
1. Let The Rhythm – (with Cytric, featuring Kieran)
2. I Believe – (Tracy And Gomi’s Spiritual Dub, with Chaka Khan)
3. Beats And The Drums, The – (D-Formation BF’s remix, with David Lara)
4. Easy Ride – (Tracy Young And Giangi Cappal’s Easy remix, with Madonna)
5. Bass Drive, The – (with Roman Lieske)
6. Alone – (with Offer Nissim, featuring Maya)
7. You Used To Hold Me – (Giangi Cappal Vocal mix, with Ralphi Rosario, featuring Xaviera Gold)
8. New Love (Violets) – (with FC Nond Project)
9. El Mensaje – (The Messenger mix, with William Umana)
10. Home – (Offer Nissim mix, Part 1, with Suzanne Palmer)
11. World Is A Stage, The – (Tracy Young’s Operatic remix, with Terry Barber)
12. Shelter Me – (Stryke’s Drum Loop, with Stryke)
13. Walk On By – (Tracy Young’s Losing You remix, with Cyndi Lauper)

Madonna's Easy Ride featured on Tracy Young's compilation

MSN’s Top 10 Film Fashion Moments

8. Madonna – “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985)
Every woman had thought about it: Why can’t I wear this bra in public? I wear a bikini to the beach. OK, well not every woman, but it was one Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone who made the thought a reality and much more mainstream than worried fathers would have liked. As the downtown urchin Susan in Susan Seidelman’s modern screwball comedy, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Madonna wore her clothes — from black dresses paired with leggings to men’s pants with exposed lacy bras to rolled-down, rhinestone boots to even men’s boxers. And, of course, beads, crosses, bracelets and all that obvious bleached-out hair. Madonna was so ultra-sexy and daring, it’s not even necessary to point out what a sensation she became, since an entire phrase was coined for her legions of imitators: “Madonna-wanna-be.”

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan

Full List :
1. Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2. Katharine Hepburn – Bringing Up Baby
3. Marlon Brando – The Wild One
4. Brigitte Bardot – … And God Created Woman
5. Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction
6. Everyone -Blow-Up
7. John Travolta – Saturday Night Fever
8. Madonna – Desperately Seeking Susan
9. The Misters – Reservoir Dogs
10. Diane Keaton – Annie Hall

source : msn / madonnalicious

Williamson in Madonna’s awe

British designer Matthew Williamson was so star-struck when he met Madonna he had to take a walk to calm down.
The flamboyant style guru regularly creates clothes for celebrities like Sienna Miller and R&B beauty Kelis, but became a starstruck mute in the presence of the queen of pop.
And he was surprised to discover she is much milder than her fearsome reputation lead him to believe.
He says, “I went to dinner with Madonna at Le Caprice (London restaurant) and I was s**ting myself. I had to walk round the block to get my bearings.
“Afterwards she took me to a private screening of Angela’s Ashes. I was touching her knees !
“She is not this brazen, crazy, over-bearing character. She’s diminutive, laid back but in control, very sharp. And, she remembers everything.”

source : contactmusic