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Madonna News - July 2006

Madonna on Billboard Charts – 07292006

Hot 200 Albums :
138 (135) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
199 (151) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Billboard Comprehensive Albums :
153 (149) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
— (170) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
10 (09) Madonna – Get Together
24 (21) Madonna – Sorry
36 (41) Madonna – Hung Up

Hot Dance Music/Club Play :
14 (09) Madonna – Get Together

Dance Radio Airplay :
01 (01) Madonna – Get Together

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
02 (02) Madonna – Get Together
04 (03) Madonna – Sorry
06 (06) Madonna – Hung Up

Top Music Video :
06 (03) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos
06 (03) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

Fans Sweat Out Madonna Concert

Madonna left fans hot under the collar after demanding the air-conditioning was turned down at her New York concert last night. The Hung Up singer turned up the heat at her sell-out concert at Madison Square Garden – because of her sensitive vocal cords.
Fans suffered in the blistering heat on one of the hottest days of the year and the temperature soared to 90 degrees as Madonna belted out her final song.
One fan, Stephanie Krukovsky, told New York Daily News newspaper: “It’s suffocating in here. I’m disappointed that the air conditioner is not on. I have been fanning myself all night.”
Some veteran fans, aware of Madonna’s anti air-conditioning rants, came prepared – bringing along electric hand fans with them to keep cool. Olga Byrne said: “It’s really, really bad. It’s so hot.”
source : starpulse

Robbie Williams’ tribute to Madonna

Robbie Williams has written a tribute to his heroine Madonna – but is nervous that the pop queen will now think he’s stalking her. The Rock DJ singer and The Pet Shop Boys penned the song “She’s Madonna” for his forthcoming album 1974. Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant says, “Apparently she likes it. Rob feared she’d think he was stalking her”
source : contactmusic

Madonna – supported on tour by DJ Paul Oakenfold

Oakenfold will open the ‘Hung Up’ singer’s concert at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, in Wales, on July 30 and join her on the European leg of her ‘Confessions’ tour.
The DJ first supported Madonna in 2004 when she performed at Slane Castle in Ireland. This year he will warm up the crowds for her in Rome, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Horsens and Amsterdam. Oakenfold has remixed several of Madonna’s hits, including ‘Hollywood’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘American Life’.
source : madonna.com

Madonna’s Note to Australian Fans

To my fans in Australia

Please forgive me. I really did hope and expect to come to Australia during the Confessions Tour and asked my managers to try to include some shows there. I have fond memories from previous tours.Unfortunately, the logistics just didn’t work out this time around. We looked into going from Japan to Australia and ending the show there but I have to get my kids back into school in England and they are, as you can understand, my most important priority. The important thing to remember is that I’m not retiring anytime soon and I am gonna get to Australia as soon as I can. You remain in my heart and Thank you for your continued love & support.

Love,
Madonna

source : madonna.com

Confessions Tour – Philly.com Review

Apart from Michael Jackson, no one has made pop music as much about looking as listening than Madonna.
And at the Wachovia Center on Wednesday – where the Material Mum will perform again last night, before playing Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday – there was plenty to see.
Many a pose was struck, starting with the world’s most famous woman emerging from a disco ball in full dominatrix landed-gentry gear, complete with riding crop and horse-hair ponytail protruding from her top hat.
The opening song, “Future Lovers,” from last year’s electro-groove collection, Confessions on a Dance Floor, was inconsequential, though it tantalizingly did give way to Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” Madge did feel love from the adoring, largely female, significantly gay intergenerational audience, who didn’t seem to mind the balmy temperatures, apparently the result of some air-conditioning blowers being turned off to preserve the singer’s precious vocal cords.
The Devon Horse Show was never like this: Before that opening tableaux was finished, Madonna had ridden bareback on one of her super-athletic male dancers, and laid in a barn with a horse in a prerecorded video. She ran through her tepid new single, “Get Together,” and performed “Like A Virgin” while gyrating on a saddle anchored to a stripper pole.
For that, she was accompanied by a video montage of steeplechase horses and riders falling, as Madonna herself did in August – ill-timed, considering the uncertain fate of horse-hero of the moment, Barbaro. There also were X-rays of her own injuries, thus letting fans who wish to get more than skin-deep see her not only in the glorious flesh, but also the broken bone.
That, of course, was just for starters. The hyper-energetic two-hour show also included, in its most desperate attempt to shock, a disappointingly static reading of “Live to Tell” in which the pop-star-as-Christ-figure wore a crown of thorns and was attached to a crucifix – all to better absorb the suffering caused by AIDS, gang violence and child abuse in the world.
And that wasn’t the only point in the evening in which the focus shifted from Madonna’s body – which despite its nearly 48 years is nothing short of fabulous – to the body politic. An interlude of video clips of bad guys – Richard Nixon, Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler – was followed by the aging agent provocateur emerging in black leather and fake-fur collar, electric guitar strapped on, for a Ziggy-Stardust-meets-Sonic-Youth version of “I Love New York.” A truly terrible song, it included an improvised, profane reference to the president.
When not weighed down by pretension, Confessions on a Dance Floor hearkens back enjoyably to a pre-AIDS disco era of innocence and sexual liberation. Musically, the most successful numbers were those free of too much high-concept staging and blessed with catchy tunes, such as “Sorry,” “Jump,” and the aerobicizing closer, “Hung Up.”
That went for the old hits as well, and it would have been nice if she’d done more of them. Her singing – supplemented by two backup singers and a turbaned Yemeni named Isaac – was effective all night, though whether there was any electronic vocal reinforcement was impossible to say.
Madonna’s current musical collaborator, an imperturbable Brit named Stuart Price, led a four-piece computer- and keyboard-driven band that tended to treat everything with an undifferentiated bass-heavy throb.
The bass kept “La Isla Bonita” from being as bouncy as it should have been, but couldn’t stand in the way of “Lucky Star” or “Music” which quoted the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno,” and found the star strutting her stuff in a white three-piece suit, Tony Manero-style. That was fitting – and form-fitting – because ambition, like John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever, has always been Madonna’s main subject.
Refusing to take no for an answer, at one point she scolded fans for not being enthusiastic enough: “If you’re going to be my front-row bitches, you got to give it up.” And on Confessions’ “Like It or Not,” she sounded the familiar theme that Madonna is quite comfortable being Madonna: “You can love me or leave me,” she sang. “Cause I’m never gonna stop.”
Don’t worry, Madge, we wouldn’t have dreamed of thinking that you would.

Russia Promised Madonna This Fall

St. Petersburg NCA entered into a contract for Russia’s concert of famous Madonna, Intermedia reported yesterday. NCA hasn’t officially confirmed the information, but promised to make a statement in one of these days. The pop star will probably sing in the Moscow Red Square in September.
So far, Madonna has been generally thought a pop star, whose concert none of the touring companies in Russia is able to arrange. One of the reasons is her fee, which is said to range from $1 million to $2 million. What’s more, her concerts require equipment of extreme sophistication and the singer tends to put forward some special demands to Russia’s impresarios. By hearsay, she wanted a personal meeting with Boris Yeltsin in the 1990’s.
The agitation will start in Moscow once Madonna’s tour is formally acknowledged. “We won’t confirm anything for the moment. Wait for three or four days,”? said NCA CEO Mikhail Shurygin.
“By request of Madonna’s management, we provided to the U.S. party early this summer the drawings and layouts of service lines of all biggest facilities of Moscow including the Red Square, Vasilievsky Spusk (Slope) and the area close to Moscow State University. The matter in hand was the possibility to assemble a stage for September 12 concert. But we have no exact information, who will bring Madonna and where,”? said Alexey Kotelnikov from JSA, which supplies stage structures for all big concerts of the city.
source : kommersant.com