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Madonna News - January 2007

It’s a Family Affair!

It was almost a full family affair when Madonna arrived at the premiere of her new film.
The Queen of Pop was flanked by director husband Guy Ritchie and their two excited children, Lourdes, 10, and Rocco, six, at the event.
But little David Banda, whose adoption from Malawi caused controversy after Madonna was accused of using her international stature to speed up the process, stayed at home “sleeping”.
She said: “It was great fun. I got to voice the character while sitting there in my tracksuit.”
Asked what attracted her most to the character, pop’s most powerful woman answered: “I like how tough she is and that she knows how to use a sword.”
She said of the film: “I like the fact that the good guys win in the end.”
Asked how 15-month-old David was, she replied: “He’s wonderful thank you. He’s sleeping.”
Madonna, wrapped up from the cold in a Dolce & Gabbana black coat with bronze buttons and heels designed by her friend Stella McCartney, spent 20 minutes outside the Leicester Square cinema where fans waited to see her.
Teenage star Freddie Highmore, who plays Arthur in Arthur and The Invisibles, was also at the screening. “I like to say I’m a normal kid, but then if I say that people say it’s not very normal to fly around the world to make films.” He added: “Everyone says Madonna is very nice, hopefully I’ll get to meet her later.”
The film is directed by Luc Besson, who joked: “Freddie is a genius, you are very lucky to have him and David Beckham.
“But you don’t have Beckham any more. You exchanged him for Madonna and you won, although she doesn’t play football.”
He confirmed that he did not want to make any more films saying: “Ten films is enough. I’ve been in this business for 30 years. It’s a long time.”

source : The Daily Mail.

The Confessions Tour (CD/DVD) – Entertainment Weekly Review

Madonna must be seen as well as heard, as the video portion of The Confessions Tour Live From London’s CD/DVD combo proves. Whether emerging from a giant disco ball in an equestrian getup or hanging from a crucifix no other performer has her knack for turning arena concerts into performance-art spectacle Madge displays her genius for eye-popping (and scandal-seeking) tableaux. The CD is less engrossing, but it makes a good case for the 2005 Confessions… album even the woozy Kabbalah anthem ”Isaac” holds up with Madge’s best. B+

Liam Neeson denies criticizing Madonna’s adoption

Several gossip Web sites reported the comments beneath headlines and lead paragraphs that said that Irish actor Liam Neeson had criticized Madonna’s adoption of an African boy. Neeson threatenes to sue gossip Web sites over the reports.
“In response to totally unfounded allegations recently published on the Internet that I had criticized Madonna’s decision to adopt an African child, I wish to make it absolutely clear that I have not at any stage sought to criticize or pass judgment on Madonna’s decision,” Neeson said in a statement supplied by his Belfast lawyer to The Associated Press.
“Indeed I did not even mention her name, and most certainly was not intending to refer to her, during the course of the interview which has been so blatantly distorted,” Neeson said.
source : ap

WOW TV : Madonna’s first live performance

She’s sold over 200 million albums worldwide, won seven grammy awards, and is the highest earning female singer of all time. But even Madonna had to start somewhere. In this exclusive WOW TV clip, Madonna is filmed during her first-ever live performance.
The clip is featured on the WOW TV No Entiendes channel, a large archive of filmed performances from legendary doorman and club promoter Haoui Montaug’s talent shows at New York’s Danceteria in the 1980s. There’s no grand entrance from a giant mirrorball, just a shabby red curtain pulled to one side by Montaug. There’s no tightly choreographed dance troupe, just three mismatched dancers who look like they rehearsed in someone’s kitchen. But there’s no mistaking that Madonna, with her spunky persona, funky moves, and earnest voice, is already on her way to bigger and better things as she performs “Everybody.” And just what is that glare we see the singer throw back at the dancers towards the end of the song? Is this clip also witness to the birth of Madonna the short-tempered diva?
WOW TV proudly presents the world premiere of Sire Recording artist Madonna, singing “Everybody” at Haoui Montaug’s No Entiendes (1982).

Click here to watch this video.

Guy Ritchie lined up for ABC “Suspects”

English director Guy Ritchie is venturing into television with “Suspects,” an ABC drama pilot that he will direct and executive produce.
“Suspects” is a procedural crime drama that tells the story of each suspect in a recently committed crime until the truth about which one of them committed the crime is revealed.
Ritchie is best known for writing and directing “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch,” as well as the infamous remake of “Swept Away,” starring his wife, Madonna.

The Times : What’s Next for Madonna ?

Her Madge releases a live album, The Confessions Tour, on January 29. Where to next for the queen of controversy and reinvention? It’s anyone’s guess. As this top 10 demonstrates, she has covered a lot of bases, but key principles remain at the core of her work: attitude, danceability, savvy, elusiveness and tunes to die for.

1 Cherish – Quite simply one of the greatest pop songs ever. “Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way, I bet”?, indeed.
2 Papa Don’t Preach – Her best vocal, and the most musically rewarding of her early songs.
3 Material Girl – The defining anthem of the greed-is-good decade?
4 Vogue – Did anyone ever master the dance steps? Maybe not, but we sang along all the same.
5 Into the Groove – The moment when, with the Desperately Seeking Susan tie-in, she went stratospheric.
6 Like a Prayer – The video was condemned as blasphemous, overshadowing this hair-raisingly good song.
7 Ray of Light – Always at her best when written off, Madonna discovered rave here, and blazed back into contention.
8 Borderline – Impossibly addictive 1980s electro, back when she pretty much owned the genre.
9 Music – A return to her dancefloor roots reductive, in your face, unmistakable.
10 Like a Virgin – A helium-voiced come-on, touching the world for the very first time.

Source: The Times.

NO NRJ Awards For Madonna

International Album of the Year
Christina Aguilera

International Female Artist of the Year
Christina Aguilera

Madonna on Forbes Richest Women in Entertainment List

1. Oprah Winfrey
2. J.K. Rowling
3. Martha Stewart
4. Madonna
5. Celine Dion
6. Mariah Carey
7. Janet Jackson
8. Julia Roberts
9. Jennifer Lopez
10. Jennifer Aniston
11. The Olsen Twins
12. Britney Spears
13. Judge Judy
14. Sandra Bullock
15. Cameron Diaz
16. Gisele Bundchen
17. Ellen DeGeneres
18. Nicole Kidman
19. Christina Aguilera
20. Renee Zellweger

Madonna
Rank: 4
Net Worth (in $ millions): 325
Age: 48
Marital Status: married
Kids: 3
Source: music

She could have easily disappeared into pop obscurity like the other frothy pop tartlets (Cyndi Lauper, Neneh Cherry) who came to fame on nascent MTV in the early 1980s. But Madonna’s masterful manipulation of her image and the press, combined with an astute business sense, have crowned her as one of entertainment’s wealthiest and most enduring acts. While her albums don’t sell like they used to, her concerts still set attendance records all over the world, grossing $1 billion over the course of her 20-year career. The Material Girl’s portfolio is also crammed with expensive items like contemporary art, real estate and a wardrobe of no small historical significance.

source : forbes