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Madonna News - October 2005

Hung Up on TRL

Hung Up video is now at number 9 on MTV TRL.
source : madonnanation/pieldemiel

Madonna defends Kabbalah interest

Madonna has defended her interest in the mystical Jewish teachings of Kabbalah, saying media descriptions of it as a cult make her angry.
In a newspaper interview, the singer put all the attention down to a lack of understanding of the religion.
She told the New York Daily News it seemed it “would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party”.
Madonna said she could relate to Tom Cruise, whose following of Scientology has attracted many column inches.
“If it makes Tom Cruise happy, I don’t care if he prays to turtles,” she said. “And I don’t think anybody else should.”
Directing career?
The newspaper interview with Madonna took place after a Kabbalah guru credited with persuading her to make a trip to Israel in 2004 was arrested for alleged extortion.
Madonna said the Kabbalah was “not hurting anybody” and she found it “very strange” that people questioned her following.
“It frightens people,” Madonna said. “So they try to denigrate it or trivialise it so that it makes more sense.
“‘What do you mean you study the Torah if you’re not Jewish?’ ‘What do you mean you pray to God and wear sexy clothes? We don’t understand this.'”
According to the Daily News, Madonna also said she was not interested in acting in films anymore but did add she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her husband Guy Ritchie by taking up directing.
source : bbc

Osbourne sees Madonna in her nightmares

Madonna shouldn’t expect any dinner invites from Sharon Osbourne. The rocker’s wife named the Kabbalah devotee as one of three “nightmare” dinner guests.
“I would like to punch her,” Osbourne told British GQ in an article due to come out shortly, according to UK reports. “She is so full of [bleep]. She’s into Kabbalah one minute, she’s a Catholic the next. She’ll be a Hindu soon, no doubt.” Osbourne’s other “nightmare” dinner guests included Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music.
Osbourne, who is no stranger to the plastic surgeon’s knife herself, also had some surprisingly harsh comments for some other stars who’ve allegedly been nipped and tucked.
Madonna’s rep took the high road. “I’d sure love to have dinner with Bryan Ferry and Madonna anytime,” spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told The Scoop. “I think they’re two of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met. Don’t know Jagger. And have no idea why Sharon Osbourne finds Madonna loathsome because she has found a form of spirituality which she has studied seriously for ten years and that gives her serenity in her life.”
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Alison Goldfrapp on Madonna

Singer Alison Goldfrapp has criticised Madonna as unoriginal – because the Music star relies too much on other people to shape her music.
British duo Goldfrapp – composed of Alison and composer Will Gregory – write and perform their own music, and find it hard to comprehend why musicians like Madonna pinch parts of other people’s ideas.
Alison says, “She’s always got her eye on what everyone’s doing and she’s always nabbing people, the latest DJ or whatever, to get them to put their thing on her thing, you know.
“I think it’s quite clever, but I don’t know if that’s creative.”
source : contactmusic

Q Magazine Confessions On A Dance Floor Review

4 stars (Q Recommendeds)
Madonna’s last album was a dud. American Life, released in 2003, was phase three of her electronic renaissance, one that started with Ray of Light (1998) and continued with Music (2000). Belatedly getting down with the trendy dance producers of the day suited her: between them, those two albums sold around 30 million copies.
On American Life, the wheels fell off her disco bandwagon. A rotten Bond theme (containing the immortal line, “Sigmund Freud, analyse this!”), artwork apparently inspired by Frank Spencer and a wishy-washy anti-US stance conspired to produce 5 million sales, a career low. Amazon are currently trading copies for £1.75.
Yet American Life offered prescient words to anoyne calling time on her appeal to a pop audience. “I don’t want an easy ride,” went the final track. “What I want is to work for it/ Feel the blood and sweat on my fingertips.” Madonna, a ruthless careerist from day one, has always known when to come out fighting. Anyone who can sit through a Guy Ritchie premiere with broken bones and three cracked ribs is clearly made of sterner stuff than the rest of us.
Confessions… is her strongest album since Ray of Light. Its relentless drive is marked by an incessant bass drum that doesn’t let up for an hour – if your neighbours buy a copy, you’ll know about it – and the fact it’s mixed like a DJ set: no gaps, no ballads. Mirwais, the producer whose Daft Punk-with-Tourette’s sound marked previous albums, is sidelined to a two-track co-write. Stuart Price, “musical director” on recent tours, takes most of the credits. Best known as remixer Jacques Lu Cont, Price favours a pastiche of ’80s electro – his last work accompanied a car advert featuring a breakdancing hatchback. But here he takes Madonna somewhere else: the gay nightclub.
Opening “Hung Up” sets the pace, a six-minute mash-up of boogie bassline and ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”. You can practically smell the amyl nitrate. “Sorry” is catchier; a tune that nudges hi-NRG and a lyric of bloke-done-wrong that’s equal parts “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta my Hair” and ’90s gay club favourite “Short Dick Man”. “I Love New York” couldn’t be more blatant in its claim to be that city’s 3am anthem if it came with an edict from Mayor Bloomberg. Elsewhere, there’s Giorgio Moroder basslines, dramatic strings and the sound of marching boots. Thrilling stuff.
It stumbles on “Isaac”, which may or may not concern Kabbalah teacher Isaac Friedin and marries chanting to a too-fast tune. “Jump,” likewise isn’t quite the copper-bottomed pop song it thinks it is. These are minor gripes. Madonna’s 12th album proper is up there with her best. Analyse that. Johnny David
source : madonnanation / suedehead

Never a dull moment

Madonna knows what people are thinking.
She’s well aware that plenty of eyes roll, or glaze over, every time she talks about politics or war or her parental duties or, most of all, her spiritual quest through the kabbala. But since she has insisted on addressing these subjects so often – both during interviews and in her music – the media have come to consider the grown-up Madonna to be as “preachy” as the younger one was thought to be “dangerous.”
“What do you call ‘preachy’?” Madonna asks. “Having an opinion?”
“Guilty as charged!” she then proudly announces.

As Madonna holds forth in her Manhattan hotel room, she’s obviously in no mind to go back to playing the party girl of old. She may be here to promote her new CD, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” which returns her to the rousing beats and frothy exuberance of early hits like “Holiday.” But she says her motivation for recording such an album wasn’t simply to make fun music again, or even to shore up her wobbly recording career.

Instead, it seems, she wanted to, ahem, help mankind.

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Madonna scores 51st entry on U.S. singles chart

Madonna made her debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart 22 years ago with “Holiday.”
This week, she scored her 51st chart entry as “Hung Up,” the first track from her November 15 release, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” made a lofty entrance at No. 20. It’s the sixth Madonna song to debut in the top 20, and the first since “Ray of Light” beamed onto the list at No. 5 in 1998.
Madonna’s highest-ranking debuts to date are:
“Ray of Light,” debuted at No. 5 (1998)
“You’ll See,” No. 8 (1995)
“Frozen,” No. 8 (1998)
“Erotica,” No. 13 (1992)
“Rescue Me,” No. 15 (1991)
“Hung Up,” No. 20 (2005)
“Hung Up” is already Madonna’s highest-charting single since “Die Another Day” peaked at No. 8 three years ago. Of Madonna’s 51 chart entries, 42 have placed in the top 20. If “Hung Up” continues its journey up the Hot 100, it could become the 36th Madonna song to land in the top 10.
“Hung Up” brings two familiar names back to the Hot 100 after an absence of 20 years. Since “Hung Up” is based on ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson are included in the songwriting credits. This marks their first appearance on the Hot 100 since 1985, when Murray Head went to No. 3 with Bjorn and Benny’s “One Night in Bangkok” (written with Tim Rice), from the musical “Chess.”
As songwriters, Ulvaeus and Andersson have a chart span that is now extended to 31 years, dating back to the 1974 debut of ABBA’s “Waterloo” on the Hot 100.
It’s been a good week for the two male members of ABBA. On October 22, “Waterloo” was named the favorite Eurovision Song Contest winner of all time by viewers of a European TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the competition.
source : reuters

Madonna reaches #1 in Canada in just two weeks

“Hung Up” is the fastest rising single in BDS history. The fans have clamored for it and radio stations across Canada have delivered it.
According to Nielsen – Broadcast Data Systems, “Hung Up”, the first single from Madonna’s forthcoming album “Confessions on a Dance Floor”, has reached #1 on Canada’s Contemporary Hit Radio Chart in only its second week on the air, making it the fastest rising single since BDS began monitoring Canadian radio airplay in 1995. The track is also Top 5 Hot AC and Top 5 Overall at radio.
“What makes this even more impressive is that this achievement has happened after just 10 1/2 days of airplay. No other song has even come close to this in the last 10 years,” said Paul Tuch, Nielsen Entertainment – BDS.
Anticipation for the new Madonna album is building to a feverish pitch and airplay is exploding all around the world. The single has already reached #2 on the European airplay charts as well as #8 in Japan and #8 in Germany. The video for “Hung Up” is scheduled to debut around the world tomorrow, October 27.
“Hung Up” also dominated the digital world this week debuting at #1 on Canada’s Digital Download chart which monitors legal downloads of music.
source : dominicantoday