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Madonna News - January 2007

Helen Mirren admires Madonna’s attitude to sex

Golden Globe winner Dame Helen Mirren finds Madonna’s controversial 1992 Sex book inspirational – and admits she holds the star’s outspoken sexual views in high regard.
Sixty-one-year-old Mirren, whose reputation for stripping off in films often obscured her acting ability, insists she hated having to play a certain type of ‘sexy female’ in the past – but admires Madonna’s ‘fantastic’ and unique grasp of her sexual self.
She says, ‘The thing that was imposed on me from the outside was crude and vulgar and distressful to me, and disturbing – that big t**s, blonde hair, Diana Dors, blowsy kind of thing. (But) I think Madonna got it right. Madonna claimed it for herself, and I’ve always admired her for that. I loved that Sex book she did. I thought it was fantastic, because it was a big two fingers up, ‘This is my sexuality, it’s not what you put on me, it’s mine.’
source : contactmusic

Case study : Madonna

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Ritchie is a dynamic entrepreneur who has succeeded in a competitive industry. How has Madonna achieved her success? And why should we care? Because the five dimensions of her successful strategy are equally important to success in the business world.
Vision. One of the most important drivers of Madonna’s success has been her vision, held since high school, of becoming the world’s foremost female performer. Firms too must have a vision of where they want to go and how to get there. Similarly, managers who are unsure of their career goals frequently miss opportunities.
Understanding customers and industry. It is clear that Madonna’s successes have been underpinned by a deep and insightful appreciation of her customers and understanding of the music industry. Madonna was one of the world’s first artists to bring the focus-group approach to the music industry. In mid-2005 she partnered with DJ and producer Stuart Price to test tunes (without vocals) in clubs from Liverpool to Ibiza. The reaction of the dancers was filmed and used to determine the tracks for Confessions on a Dance Floor. She has also realised the need to partner with the key industry players such as MTV and is a skilled self-publicist. To get ahead in an increasingly competitive and global world, companies must also develop a keen understanding of their customers and industries.
Leveraging competences, addressing weaknesses. Another important element in Madonna’s success has been her ability to acknowledge her own competences and weaknesses. Very early in her career Madonna realised that neither her dancing nor voice were strong enough on their own, so she teamed up with people who could help her, including Michael Jackson’s manager, Freddie de Mann. Similarly, companies and managers need to think about developing the skills and contacts that they need to ensure future success.
Consistent implementation. Madonna isn’t the product of any music company her success is down to sheer hard work. Most of her entertainment interests have been owned or operated by her own companies. Likewise in industry, compiling strategy or setting targets is easy, the difficulty is in implementation.
Continuous renewal. The frequent reinvention of Madonna’s style and sound has reflected an acute awareness of changing styles, social norms and attitudes in a rapidly changing industry. Likewise companies and individuals who are one-trick ponies can expect market or career derailment unless they are able to renew and reinvent themselves.
This is a precis of Entrepreneurs on a Dance Floor, by Jamie Anderson and Martin Kupp, in the London Business School magazine Business Strategy Review (Winter)

source : The Times

Flashers flush Madonna?

Madonna was nearly chased off the road after her appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman” last week and had to call the cops for help, according to an Internet gossip site.
Two vehicles reportedly were tailgating the Material Mom’s car, and the pop star’s chauffeur tried to elude them by turning onto Fifth Ave.
The pursuing drivers then tried to ram Madonna’s car, forcing her to call 911, gossip blogger Perez Hilton claimed on perezhilton.com.
The NYPD could not confirm the emergency call, and Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said she was unaware of the close call, which was reminiscent of Princess Diana’s last moments.
Rosenberg did say the singer encountered “a danger situation” directly outside the Ed Sullivan Theater, where she had told Letterman about her controversial adoption of an African orphan and Britney Spears’ pantyless photo op.
The crushing crowd of 500 fans that surged toward her on Broadway “was pretty scary,” Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg would not confirm whether Madonna or her entourage called for a police escort last week or in the past.
“I don’t comment on her security,” she said.
source : nydailynews

Madonna and Carlos Leon – still good pals

Carlos Leon and Madonna didn’t last long as a romantic couple. But the two, who never married, have remained friendly as the parents of Lourdes, 10. They had dinner Thursday night at Nobu 57, carefully arriving and leaving separately. Madonna and Leon held hands and seemed “very flirty, very friendly, they were having a wonderful time,” said a witness. “They set a good example for other couples who have kids,” said Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg. “It’s lovely they get along and remain friends.”
source : nypost

Madonna In High Speed Fifth Avenue Chase

Material Girl nearly rammed off road…
Madonna was recently involved in a high speed chase through New York, where two large vehicles tried to ram her off the road.
The Material Girl had just appeared on the David Letterman show where she had poked fun at Britney and other stars for not wearing any pants, when she was pursued by the marauding vehicles.
As Madonna’s driver turned onto Fifth Avenue to shake off their tail, the two cars that had been driving closely then tried to ram them off the road forcing the superstar to finally call 911.
Eventually the Hung Up singer’s driver lost the persuing cars after a high speed chase and a lenghty phone call to the police.
We wonder where Britney, Lindsay and Paris were that night?
source : entertainmentwise

Madonna tells Letterman more Malawian orphans should be rescued

When Madonna initiated the adoption of a Malawian boy, she was “saving a life,” the singer told David Letterman on Thursday, as she called for increased adoption from the African nation.
“There’s over a million orphans in Malawi, and in my opinion the laws need to change because these children need to be rescued,” the Material Mom said on CBS’s “Late Show.”
Madonna, 48, said she had been warned that pursuing an adoption from the country could be difficult.
“My social worker … said, ‘Good luck. You’re going to be making it up as you go along,”‘ the pop star recalled. “She didn’t say don’t do it, but she just said expect challenges, and, boy, did we get them.”
Madonna and her husband, movie director Guy Ritchie, 38, have been allowed to take 1-year-old David Banda to their home in London. She has two other children, Lourdes, 9, and Rocco, 6.
Yohane Banda surrendered his son to an orphanage after his wife died last year. The couple’s two other sons died in infancy from malaria. Banda has said he wants David to stay with Madonna and Ritchie.
Human rights groups in Malawi have said they are concerned the government cut legal corners to fast-track the adoption and they want adoption laws there clarified. A November court ruling allowed a coalition of rights groups to monitor the process.
On the show Thursday, Letterman voiced support for the adoption.
“I found it a little upsetting that there was such a tumult and furor over this when in fact the net result was here we have a human being that now has a life,” he said.
source: ap

Mia Farrow talks about Madonna adoption

UGO: Also in 2006 there was a lot of talk about certain celebrities adopting third world children and they caught a lot of flack for that. Did that ever happen to you when you adopted any of your children?
MIA: No. I have ten children adopted from all over the world and some from the United States. I don’t really see boundaries when it comes to needy children. I have been asked frequently to comment about the Madonna adoption, of which I know nothing. But I felt happy that one child, of the millions of orphans across Africa, won’t have to worry about healthcare or education. That child will have a loving family.
source ugo.com