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Madonna News - August 2006

Record crowd rides along with Madonna

Madonna makes her first concert in Denmark a memorable one for fans and officials alike in the city of Horsens.
Pop icon Madonna brought her European tour to Denmark Thursday night, wowing 85,000 fans who converged on the town of Horsens in Jutland. It was the country’s largest concert ever.
The Material Girl has been on the pop scene for 23 years, but last night’s concert was her first visit to Denmark and the only Scandinavian stop on her current Confessions tour.
Despite starting the show behind schedule, Madonna took the stage by storm, emerging from a giant disco ball to the sounds of well known tunes, asking the crowd if they were ‘ready to ride with her’.
When the ride finally stopped two hours later, fans said it was worth waiting hours in line to see.
Reviewers, however, were less ebullient in their praise for the 48-year-old, whose 350 million albums sold make her the most successful female singer ever. They had high praise for the shows opening and closing, but said it lost its energy in the middle.
Horsens has made a name for itself by attracting some of rock music’s best known names. Despite the so-so reviews of the music, yesterday’s concert topped them all financially.
‘We’ve got 85,000 guests in our city and we expect businesses to take in an extra DKK 30 million (EUR 4 million) today,’ said Horsens executive director Henning Norbak. ‘Last year we had 23,000 guests for R.E.M, and we took in DKK 5.2 million (EUR 700,000).’
source : denmark.dk

Authorities refuse to let Madonna perform at Moscow University

Authorities in Moscow have refused to allow the Madonna concert to be held on a hill overlooking the capital in front of Moscow State University, an official said Friday.
The pop diva is expected in Moscow September 11 as part of her controversial ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’ tour. Moscow authorities said Tuesday the venue for the concert could be changed for security reasons.
“No permission has been given for Madonna’s show on Vorobyovy Gory hill,” Alexei Laushkin of the western Moscow administration said, adding the concert might be held in the north of the city.
Nikolai Kulikov, in charge of security issues in the Moscow government, said Tuesday that security concerns, including a blast at a market place Monday, prompted city authorities to consider an alternate site for the American pop icon’s upcoming concert.
He said the large number of expected fans – up to 250,000 – could mean the concert would have to be moved from Vorobyovy Gory to the more spacious Tushino airfield in northwest Moscow.
However, Kulikov assured ticket holders that the concert would not be canceled under any circumstances, even in light of the bomb attack at a Moscow market that claimed 11 lives.
“Life must go on despite these blasts,” he said, adding that security would be tighter.
source : ria

Madonna may sing three times in Prague

Tabloid Blesk reports that pop star Madonna, who already has two concerts scheduled in Prague on September 6-7, will also sing for guests at the Louis Vuitton celebration in Prague on September 8.
According to the paper, Madonna will sing two or three songs at the event held on the occasion of Vuitton´s birthday on the historic Charles Bridge in the city´s centre.
As a result, she is to stay in Prague until September 9, Blesk writes.
As tickets for her Prague concert sold out immediately, Madonna decided to stage another one the next day. The tickets for the second concert were sold out in a record short time, too.
source : prague monitor

Madonna on Billboard Charts – 09022006

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
13 (13) Madonna – Get Together
38 (40) Madonna – Sorry
43 (44) Madonna – Hung Up

Hot Dance Music/Club Play :
50 (49) Madonna – Get Together

Dance Radio Airplay :
12 (11) Madonna – Get Together

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
05 (03) Madonna – Get Together
08 (06) Madonna – Sorry
10 (07) Madonna – Hung Up

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

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

Vlad’s Putin up Madge

Madonna has lined up a secret date with Russian leader Vladimir Putin when she plays Moscow.
The singer will have dinner with the president and his daughters, Maria and Katya.
The Queen of Pop hits the Russian capital with her Confessions Tour on September 11. Her meeting with Putin and his girls will be the following day.
A source close to Madonna said: “This has been on the cards for a while. She really wanted to meet him but he wasn’t sure initially. But his daughters are big fans so he eventually agreed.
“No doubt Madonna will want to talk about world peace rather than her raunchy dance moves on stage.”?
Let’s hope Putin don’t preach . . .
source : the sun

Moscow concert of Madonna won’t be cancelled

Organizers of the Madonna Moscow concert are holding consultations about the show terms with the city government.
The show is scheduled for September 11 on Vorobyovy Hills.
“The annulment of this concert is out of the question,”? PR manager of Madonna’s Russian tour Anton Atrashkin told.
Head of the Moscow government’s department for relations with law enforcement agencies Nikolai Kulikov said earlier that the show organizers had been offered to hold the concert in Tushino.
He explained the proposal with a large number of viewers and security reasons. “It will be simpler to ensure security of the concert there,”? Kulikov said.
source : itar tass

Ana Matronic picks on Madonna’s Bikini-Clad Army

Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic has accused Madonna of starting a sickening trend in stick-thin, model-type pop stars strutting their stuff in bikinis and barely-there outfits. Catty Matronic urges her young pop peers to spend their money on singing lessons and an education and not the latest fashions as they try to copy Material Girl Madonna. She says, “I think Madonna had a lot to do with this. On the one hand, she made it OK for women to be sexual and still be taken seriously. “However, it’s now expected for every woman to be pictured in a bathing suit or her underwear. “I’m so tired of seeing skinny-assed hot whore b**ches in their underwear. Get your f**king clothes on, take some classes, read some books, and learn something.”
source : contact music