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Madonna News - November 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers take on Madonna at MTV show

The Red Hot Chili Peppers take on queen of pop Madonna on Thursday at the MTV Europe Awards, one of the industry’s biggest nights outside the United States.
The U.S. rockers head a star-studded field with four nominations, including in the best group, best song and best album categories.
Madonna, who stole the show at last year’s ceremony in Lisbon with her performance in eye-catching purple leather boots and matching leotard, is one of a host of acts with three nominations each.
She is in competing for best female, best pop act and best album with “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”
She is joined by Colombian-born Shakira, Christina Aguilera and rapper Kanye West of the United States and Canadian hip hop star Nelly Furtado.
U.S. heartthrob Justin Timberlake, himself nominated for the best male and best pop prizes, will present the show, following last year’s hit performance by Sacha Baron Cohen, who adopted his infamous alter ego, Kazakh television presenter Borat.

Madonna on Billboard Charts – 11112006

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

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
30 (22) Madonna – Get Together
44 (39) Madonna – Sorry
— (38) Madonna – Hung Up

Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
27 (23) Madonna – Jump

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
02 (03) Madonna – Jump

Dance Radio Airplay :
01 (02) Madonna – Jump

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

Madonna’s Name has new meaning In Malawi

Words that might describe Madonna: diva, maverick, humanitarian. But in a language spoken widely in the African country of Malawi, her name takes on a new and unintentionally funny meaning.
“People started to say my name and they had never heard of Madonna,” the 48-year-old singer, talking about her recent visit to Malawi, told AP Television in an interview Tuesday.
“And, in Chichewa, the word ‘madonna’ means ‘distinguished white lady,’ so I think they got very confused.”
Madonna’s efforts to adopt a 13-month boy, David Banda, have set off a media storm. She and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, were granted an interim adoption order by Malawi’s High Court last month.
The boy has joined her two children daughter Lourdes, 9, and son Rocco, 6 in England. What is it like to have a little one again?
“It’s nice,” she said. “It’s lovely. It’s so great to hold him, you know, and he’s just starting to walk. And just to see that the whole world being new again and to see the world through his eyes is wonderful.”
Madonna has written a new children’s book, “Too Good to Be True,” and said she wants to direct a movie and has a project in mind. She also has an NBC concert special set to air Nov. 22.
When asked if she would retire to focus on her children full time, a smiling Madonna replied, “No. I love my job.”
source : ap

Nancy with Madonna: Bringing David Home

Nancy O’Dell has had the opportunity to interview Madonna plenty of times over the past 10 years, but now, for the first time she finds an icon who is positively glowing, and for good reason, the son she has adopted from the African nation of Malawi, 1-year-old David Banda.
“The very first night,” asks Nancy, “what was that like?”
“It was a morning, actually,” remembers Madonna. “He arrived at 7 o’clock in the morning and the children were getting ready for school. We were all in the kitchen, it’s that quiet thing that happens in the morning when no one’s totally awake, the coffee’s brewing. He came with my nanny. And the door opened, it was just really quiet & she walked in & she was carrying David & the children just ran to him. Lola grabbed him & held him & it was just this strange quiet moment. It was amazing.”
Madonna also tells Nancy she was “very relieved” to have her son home, especially after all of the visa problems surrounding the adoption.
The singer was forced to leave Malawi without her son in order to make her daughter, Lola’s 10th birthday party.
Madonna tells Nancy that Lola was “bummed out” when she returned home without David because “she thought that was going to be her birthday present. So [she was saying] every day, “~Is David coming? When’s he going to get here?’ They were very excited.”
Nancy notes that Madonna has said she was drawn to him, and asks what it was that made her know that he was the one.
There is no hesitation in Madonna’s answer.
“His eyes. He just had a soulfulness and a knowing look in his eyes and the first time his head turned around & he looked into a camera, I was completely drawn to him & curious about him. He haunted me.”
Madonna’s even learned a song in David’s native language of Chichewa to sing to him.
“One of the ladies that worked at the orphanage was always singing it to him so I said teach it to me.”
And besides lullabies, like most 13-month-olds, David also enjoys learning new things to say.
“He doesn’t have that many words,” says Madonna with a smile, “he says bye bye bah bah and mama. That’s his vocabulary right now.”
Soon, David will get to meet all of his famous mother’s famous friends. Madonna tells Nancy that she is already planning a playdate with Gwyneth Paltrow’s 6-month-old son, Moses, as well as an introduction to her good friend, Rosie O’Donnell.
“I obviously you know relied on her advice a lot, because she’s adopted 3 children, to guide me through this whole process.”
But not even an adoption vet like Rosie could have imagined the drama Madonna would go through when it came to bringing David home.
Nancy notes, “Angelina Jolie goes off and adopts a child and she almost becomes a saint and then there’s this controversy surrounding the wonderful thing you are doing. Did it feel in any way like I’m a little hurt by this?”
“It felt unfair,” says Madonna, “It felt like a personal attack. It felt like it had nothing to do with what I was actually doing.”

Nancy with Madonna: Bringing David Home

source : accesshollywood

Madonna’s TV Godfather request

Madonna has stunned an American TV host by asking him to become the godfather of her new Malawian son.
The Material Girl made the tongue-in-cheek offer to Regis Philbin during an appearance on his show, Live with Regis and Kelly.
Madonna popped the question as she defended her controversial adoption of 13-month-old David Banda from an orphanage in Malawi.
She told Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa that she and British husband Guy Ritchie fancied him for the role.
The singer, wearing a ruffled collar, and knee-high black satin boots, spoke to the TV stars for 20-minutes. She is in the US promoting her latest children’s book, The English Roses: Too Good To Be True, as well as giving her side of the story in the adoption of David.
The baby, along with Madonna’s two children Lourdes, nine, and Rocco, five, are with her on the tour.
It comes ahead of her first British interview on BBC2’s Newsnight programme tonight in which she also defends her controversial adoption of the baby boy.
In the interview, which has been pre-recorded in the US with presenter Kirsty Wark, Madonna reveals she offered to financially help David’s father so he could keep his son in Malawi. But she says her offer was refused by Yohane Banda.
Defending herself, Madonna told the BBC: ‘When you have an entire adult population wiped out and no-one to look after these children, you have got to address the laws and make adoption easier for people.’
She insisted that she had offered David’s father financial assistance to look after the child, which had been refused.
‘I offered that option to the father and he declined. I never met a granny. I was told that from the day that he was left at the orphanage that he was not visited by any extended family.’
Madonna said if she had been told that he had any link with his family she would not have become so interested in him.
‘There were many conditions that made me worried for his life.’
Yohane Banda has revealed that David was due to be adopted by another American family, but Madonna took him first.
Last week, Madonna, 48, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to defend her decision to adopt David.
Some critics believe that Winfrey gave the singer an easy ride in the interview, and will be hoping for more difficult questions from Wark.
source : metro.co.uk

Madonna’s Malawi ‘support offer’

Madonna offered to support the African baby she hopes to adopt and leave him in Malawi but his father declined, the pop star has told the BBC.
In a Newsnight interview, to be shown on Wednesday night, she denied reports that David Banda had regular visits from his family at his orphanage.
She “became interested in him” after being told he had been “left in the orphanage”, she said.
He is now at her London home after she was granted a temporary custody order.
Madonna denied newspaper reports that David had regular visits at the orphanage from his father and his grandmother.
“I disagree,” she said.
Asked if it would have been an option to support him and leave him in Malawi, she replied: “Yes, I offered that option to the father and he declined.
“And I never met a granny and I was told… that from the day that he was left in the orphanage he was not visited by any extended family members and that’s really why I became interested in him.
“If someone had said to me, ‘His dad comes every week or his granny visits on a regular basis and he’s well looked after,’ I would not even have given it another thought.”
There were “many conditions” that made her “worry for his life”, Madonna added.
“One was the fact that, according to the reverend who ran the orphanage that David came from, his father never visited him.
“His father lived 50 or 60km away, had no car, had no money and, as far as I was told, had remarried and moved on with his life.”
Click on image bellow to watch a short preview of Newsnight Interview with Madonna.

Madonna in her Newsnight interview

source : bbc

Madonna: Offered to help boy”~s father

Madonna said Tuesday that the father of the African boy she is trying to adopt refused her offer of financial assistance to help him keep his son.
“I said I would be happy to … bring him back to your village and help you financially raise him. And he said no,” Madonna told Meredith Vieira in an interview set to air on “Today” and “Dateline NBC” on Wednesday and Thursday.
The boy”~s father, Yohane Banda, said last week that he feared criticism of the adoption would prompt the singer to drop her efforts, and he urged her not to do so.
The singer”~s efforts to adopt David Banda have set off a media storm, one that Madonna told “Today” reflects “our inability to focus on the real problems and our desire to have distractions and to be consumed with people”~s personal lives and gossip.”
“That”~s underneath a lot of people”~s prejudice about me adopting David,” she told “Today.” “I think a lot of people have a problem with the fact that I”~ve adopted an African child, a child who has a different color skin than I do.”
source : ap

Madonna’s BBC adoption chat

Madonna will defend her adoption of an African boy on BBC2’s Newsnight tomorrow.
The pop superstar will speak to presenter Kirsty Wark in her first British interview since adopting 13-month-old David Banda from Malawi.
It follows her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the US last week.
The interview will be recorded tonight in the US where the singer has scheduled several other TV appearances.
She flew there at the beginning of the week with David and her other children Lourdes, nine, and Rocco, five.
Madonna will also use the chat to publicise her new children’s book The English Roses: Too Good To Be True.
source : thesun