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Madonna News - September 2006

YouTube signs partnership with Warner Music

Music videos from artists like Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sean Paul will be legally available for the first time on YouTube, a popular online video sharing site, after signing its first commercial partnership with Warner Music Group.
YouTube, which has over 100 million video viewed everyday, and Warner Music, the world’s fourth biggest record company, said on Monday that the pact would help Warner distribute music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews and original programming.
The companies said YouTube users would also be able to incorporate music from Warner’s catalog into the videos they create and upload.
source : reuters

Madonna Guitar to Be Auctioned

A Gibson Les Paul custom-designed for Madonna for her Drowned World tour in 2001 — the first time the singer played guitar onstage — will be auctioned on eBay beginning on Oct. 6. After the tour Madge signed the guitar, the only survivor of two identical models made for her, and gave it to John Griswold, a veteran guitar technician (Eagles, George Harrison, Shania Twain) who served in that role on the Drowned World tour.
What’s in a (tour) name? In a strange twist, Griswold is parting with the guitar because his family lost most of their possessions in Hurricane Katrina — they were living in New Orleans when it flooded.
The opening bid for the guitar is $49,999. The seller says it has been appraised at $400,000-600,000.
source : aol

Jump B Side Announced – Exclusive New Track is happy to confirm that Madonna is releasing a never before heard song called History as the B Side to the next single, Jump! Speaking of Jump, Madonna is taking time out of her busy schedule in Japan to shoot a brand new video. Check news for more information!
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Malawi capital pins water hopes on Madonna

Pop diva Madonna has decided to extend her charity work in Malawi to the country’s water supply when she visits next month to set up an orphan care centre in the southern African country, local officials said.
Expectations are running high in Malawi, an impoverished country dependent on tobacco exports, as Madonna prepares to join a flood of stars searching for a good cause in the world’s poorest continent.
The advance party preparing her first visit to Africa was shocked to see young girls in the capital Lilongwe walking long distances with buckets of water balanced on their heads.
“The team was appalled at what they saw and how women and children walk long distances to fetch water,” said Adrina Michiela, principal secretary in Malawi’s Ministry of Women and Child Development.
“Her team immediately pledged to support any government initiatives to improve access to water points,” Michiela told Reuters.
No date has been announced for the visit, during which Madonna has said she will set up the Raising Malawi centre to feed and educate about 1,000 orphans, many of them left by parents killed by AIDS, a major scourge in the region.
In plans announced in an interview with Time magazine last month, Madonna said she was raising $3 million to fund programmes mostly to help orphans in Malawi.
Malawi has a population of 13 million, an estimated 1 million of them children who have lost at least one parent.
While her plans have excited impoverished local people, many of them villagers who had never before heard of the mega star, many critics in the West say the project is little more than a publicity stunt by one of the world’s best self-promoters.
The fact that orphans at the centre will be taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids, linked to the Kabbalah school of mysticism to which Madonna adheres, has added to the cynicism.
source : reuters

Madonna visits Russian orphans and brings 20 big cakes along

Ten inmates of Children’s Home No.80 are the only Russian citizens who can boast of having autographs given by world’s pop star No.1 – Madonna.
Shortly before her departure from Moscow on September 13, the next day after she gave a hugely successful performance on Moscow’s largest Luzhniki Stadium, Madonna (pictures) visited orphans living in Children’s Home No.30. Correspondents of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper visited the home as well to ask for children’s impressions of meeting one of the greatest singers of our times.
Children were told about Madonna’s visit only 20 minutes before her arrival. Boys rushed to pick flowers that they were growing on a flowerbed. The bouquet of flowers for Madonna was made of five roses. “We gave her the flowers which we had grown ourselves,”? tenth-grader Viktor Nosov said. Viktor was beaming with happiness demonstrating a photograph on his cell phone showing himself and Madonna hugging.
Madonna was given a tour of the orphanage and answered all the children’s questions even though she was tired after performing last night. She advised the children to read more and watch less television!
“At first I thought that she was telling me that she loved me. I misunderstood her at first. When she entered our ward we all jumped off our beds. I was the closest one to her. And then she said ” How do you do ?”? I forgot my English entirely, I thought that she said “I love you”? to me. I was standing there all blushing and speechless. I came back to my senses only when a translator told me that Madonna was asking how I was doing,”? Viktor said.
Madonna’s bodyguards were trying to play the role of men on duty in the beginning. They could not stand near their client and watch little kids pulling her sleeves. The bodyguards relaxed several minutes later when one of the boys, Anton (8 y.o.) started jumping on his bed and screaming: “Look, this is my bed!”
“Little kids did not realize how lucky they were. Smaller children were pulling Madonna’s sleeves saying “Mama, mama.”? Madonna smiled when she heard that,”? another teenage boy Viktor Lakeyev said.
The superstar brought 20 boxes of cakes with her and several winter coats for the children.
“In addition to the flowers we gave her a mascot. It was a so-called guardian doll (a traditional Russian fabric-made stuffed toy). Children make those dolls here themselves. It is believed that those dolls bring happiness to their owners,”? the Director of the children’s home, Yuri Yevdokimov said.
However, Madonna did not donate any money to the children’s home that she visited. “The singer promised to donate a certain amount of funds to charitable foundations Pomogi.Org and Naked Hearts. The foundations will distribute the money between children’s homes and boarding schools. Probably we will receive a little of it for our children too,”? Yevdokimov said.

Madonna left her autograph on a piece of paper for one of the boys from the orphanage

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Madonna’s Confessions Tour on NBC

from Madonnalicious : The November TV listings for NBC have just been released and on Wednesday 22 November at 9:00pm (for a duration of 1 hour 59 minutes 30 seconds) they have a program which is entitled NBC Specials: Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live From London.

Madonna on Billboard Charts – 09232006

Top Electronic Albums :
03 (03) Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
21 (20) Madonna – Get Together
38 (32) Madonna – Sorry
39 (38) Madonna – Hung Up

Dance Radio Airplay :
16 (15) Madonna – Get Together

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
05 (04) Madonna – Get Together
11 (10) Madonna – Hung Up
12 (08) Madonna – Sorry

Madonna, Steven Klein and Natalia Vodianova meet russian orphans

Natalia Vodianova and Stephen Klein took Madonna to meet Russian orphans as she was in Moscow for her Confessions show.
After the concert, attended by 50,000 fans, and before boarding a plane to Japan, Madonna visited an orphanage for handicapped children. The visit was organized by the Moscow-based charity foundation.
Accompanied by fashion photographer Stephen Klein, who arrived in Moscow to open his X-STaTIC RRO=CeSS exhibition, the singer walked through school premises, met children and fielded their questions, such as where she had learned to speak English so well and whether she really lived in the U.S. Klein kept taking pictures of children.
The night earlier, four children from different Russian orphanages visited Madonna’s concert for free, met the singer and her guests, top model Natalia Vodianova and her husband Lord Justin Portman.
Vodianova also took part in the project. She and Klein visited another orphanage near Moscow to donate blankets, diapers and napkins.
source : mosnews