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Madonna News - October 2006

Madonna adoption bid challenged

A Malawian child rights group has said it wants to stop Madonna adopting a child from the African country.
The organisation, Eye of the Child, said it would seek a court injunction if the government did not halt its interim order approving the adoption.
“It’s not like selling property,” the group said in a statement.
Madonna is thought to have flown out of Malawi on Friday without the child, having filed adoption papers to adopt the one-year-old, called David Banda.
source : bbc

Madonna files adoption papers in Malawi

Madonna and her husband took custody of a motherless 1-year-old boy from Malawi on Thursday after filing adoption papers and receiving interim approval from a judge in the impoverished southern African nation.
The boy’s father said he was happy for his son, named David, and pleased with the celebrity couple who wants to be his parents.
Yohame Banda, the father, said he met Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie at the court as part of the formalities. While they talked, Madonna, who has two children, carried the baby boy, Banda said.
“They are a lovely couple,” Banda said. “She asked me many questions. She and her husband seem happy with David. I am happy for him. Madonna promised me that as the child grows she will bring him back to visit.”
Madonna has not commented publicly since her arrival in Malawi on Oct. 4, though she has made several public appearances in support of projects she supports here to care for AIDS orphans. Her publicist declined comment on Wednesday on the adoption reports.
Judge Andrew Nyirenda “has just given out an interim order” that allowing Madonna to take David, said Thomson Ligowe, a court registrar. The interim order allows the couple to take the boy home.
Penston Kilimbe, director of child welfare services in the Ministry of Gender, Child Welfare and Community Services, had said earlier that Madonna and Ritchie filed adoption papers before a judge at the Lilongwe High Court.
“They have followed the normal processes. This has been going on for some time. Now this is the completion point,” he said.
source : ap

Madonna on Billboard Charts – 10212006

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

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
28 (26) Madonna – Get Together
40 (37) Madonna – Sorry
49 (-) Madonna – Hung Up (re-entry)

Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
27 (27) Madonna – Jump

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
20 (31) Madonna – Jump

Dance Radio Airplay :
20 (-) Madonna – Jump (new)
– (13) Madonna – Get Together

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
06 (06) Madonna – Get Together
09 (08) Madonna – Sorry
10 (11) Madonna – Hung Up

Madonna tops finalists for Billboard Touring Awards

Madonna leads the field for the 2006 Billboard Touring Awards with mentions in four categories, including top tour and top draw, respectively award th the top-grossing and top ticket-selling tour. The awards will be handed out Nov. 9 at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel, capping the third annual Billboard Touring Conference.
The awards are based on actual box-office achievement based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore, as opposed to a popular vote. The period covered by the awards is December of 2005 through September of this year.
Madonna’s run at London’s Wembley Arena makes her a finalist in the hotly contested top boxscore category, which goes to the top-grossing single engagement. Also a finalist in that category are Luis Miguel at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and Billy Joel’s record-setting stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

TOP TOUR
Bon Jovi, Have A Nice Day
Madonna, Confessions
The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang

TOP DRAW
Bon Jovi
Madonna
The Rolling Stones

TOP BOXSCORE
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, New York
Madonna at Wembley Arena, London
Luis Miguel at Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City

TOP MANAGER
Angela Becker and Guy Oseary (Madonna)
Front Line Management
RPM Management/Borman Entertainment

source : billboard

Madge gets into the groove

Loving mum Madonna dances for joy with locals in Malawi after adopting African tot Davie Banda. The megastar’s delight is plain for all to see and even seems to spread to the crowds flocking around her. For Davie, the future suddenly seems full of hope.
Whereas now his home is a fly-infested thatched mud hut in one of Africa’s poorest nations, he will soon be whisked away to the opulent world of his adoptive mum.
And in one luxury flight, the 13-month-old will exchange life in one of the Third World’s most disease-ridden and hunger-ravaged countries for a mansion in London’s plush Marble Arch.
Madonna, worth £248million, chose Davie from a clutch of smiling youngsters at the church-run Home For Hope orphanage.
Davie’s new mum, fresh from her raunchy Confessions tour, is one of the world’s most outrageous stage performers, while his adoptive dad Guy Ritchie also in Africa for the visit is a Hollywood director.
His new family will include a brother and sister with trendy celebrity names Lourdes, nine, and six-year-old Rocco.
Home for baby Davie will be Madonna’s luxurious six-storey townhouse near Marble Arch, worth £5.7million.
The pop star gave the house a £1million overhaul after she bought it in 2001. She also snapped up the two mews houses next door.
Weekends may well be spent at the singer’s £9million country estate, Ashcombe House in Wiltshire.
He will also have the run of her £8million mansion in Beverly Hills.
It’s all a world away from Lipunga a collection of 30 mud huts on a dust-blown Malawian plain where little Davie’s father Yohane still lives.
Everyone in the village in this desperate land lives hand to mouth.
He was given a home there when his mum, Marita, died of fever a week after his birth.
Now he is set to trade a nation where many struggle for their next meal for a childhood of pop tours and dodging paparazzi. Visit The Sun to read the full article.

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Madonna’s little ray of light

The desperately poor father of the African tot being adopted by Madonna last night declared he was “so happy”? the child was being whisked into a world of wealth.
Yohane Banda, 32, earns just a few pounds a month growing potatoes and onions in a mud hut village in Malawi.
But now his 13-month-old son David, also known as Davie, will grow up in luxurious splendour with the pop superstar who has a fortune estimated at £248 million.
Yohane, whose 28-year-old wife Marita died of complications a week after giving birth to the boy, said: “I’m very happy. As you can see there is poverty in my village.”?
The dad has not met Madonna, who chose Davie during visits to the orphanage where Yohane sent him.
But he was told his son who he could not afford to bring up was being adopted by a “famous US musician”?.
He said: “I know he will be very happy in America. We are told David will be coming back regularly to know his roots.”? Visit The Sun to read the full article.

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source : the sun

Rui Paes'”Lotsa De Casha” exhibition

On the 16th of October 2006, an exhibition of the original illustrations by Rui Paes that were used in Madonna’s “Lotsa De Casha” book will open at the Teatro Nacional de SALo Carlos, PraA

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