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Madonna News - May 2007

Madonna takes a leaf out of Guy’s book with film debut

Even a seasoned showbiz hand like Madonna needs a little support when she takes on a new venture. So her director husband Guy Ritchie was on hand to pass on tips as the Queen of Pop clocked up a first: directing a movie.

The 30-minute short Filth And Wisdom features a subject matter that strays not too far from her area of expertise. The superstar singer has revealed the film is based on her own life experiences, but has otherwise kept details of the project hush hush. “I hate to be a tease, but you know how I am,” she told fans.

On the shoot in a London street market this week the Material Girl, dressed in a casual green tracksuit teamed with a skull and crossbones cap, was all business giving instructions from the director’s chair.

Characters reportedly include an Indian chemist owner, a Jewish businessman and a failed ballet dancer who takes up pole dancing. Madonna is hoping filming will wrap by July when she aims to be back in the recording studio. Meanwhile, her other half is set to return to film-making with RocknRolla a low budge gangster flick he has written and produced himself.

source : hellomagazine.com

Hey You – The Guardian Review

You can’t blame Madonna for wanting to do her bit to tackle climate change, but it’s unclear how the free download she offered last week will help.

Inspired by the upcoming Live Earth shows, Hey You features Madonna’s vague, but terribly sincere entreaties for us to love ourselves and not give up, backed by weeping strings and soft military drums courtesy of Pharrell Williams. If the million free downloads at liveearth.org have already been snapped up, search for “Madonna hey you” on YouTube to hear the song on various fans’ videos, with their footage of melting icecaps, freakish weather and images of smiling/doomed children. Solutions, though, are conspicuously thin on the ground. Truth is, Madonna could have achieved more by going on Parky and Oprah and suggesting that people don’t leave their mobile phone chargers plugged in between uses.

source : guardian.co.uk

Madonna won The Ivor Novello Award

International Hit Of The Year :

Sorry
Writers: Madonna / Stuart Price
Performed By: Madonna
UK Publisher: Warner Chappell Music

“Sorry” was also nominated for “PRS Most Performed Work” award, but lost to Scissor Sisters’ “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin”.

Hey You – BlogCritics Review

To say I’m not a fan of charity songs is putting it lightly. It’s not just that the songs are bland, but they often seem more like promotion for the acts involved rather than promotion for the causes they are supposed to support. The biggest example is 1985’s “We Are The World,”? which, to many, is one of the worst records ever recorded. Having this song chart with other records was a major mistake since people bought other records for the actual quality.

Still, USA for Africa organizers were so happy to announce that it was one of the biggest selling singles ever. Since “We Are The World,” we’ve had more charity disasters such as “Hands Across America,”? “Voices That Care,”? and music’s most disastrous single ever, Elton John’s “England’s Rose.”? Elton John’s record, released immediately after the death of Princess Diana, came across as an exploitation of Princess Diana’s death rather than a charity single. After all, calling the song a charity record, having people buy it for that purpose, and then using those sales to promote it as a “number one hit” not only left a bad taste, but it was the only way Elton could ever score a hit at the time.

Now, Madonna enters the Charity Hall of Fame (or Shame) with “Hey You”? and when this record arrived in my email box, I really didn’t want to listen to it. Madonna’s last album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, sold over ten million copies worldwide. Her tour in support of the album was the most successful tour ever by a female artist. Her recent clothing line for H&M has been a major success, despite mixed reviews. So why does she have to do the charity gig now?

I was even more disappointed when I read that the song was produced with Pharrell Williams. He’s a good producer, but Madonna has always been ahead of the game rather than jumping on the hit bandwagon. What’s next, Madonna and Justin Timberlake? Oops! It looks like that’s already happening. Anyhow, I hesitantly gave the song a spin and was surprisingly hooked the first time.

“Hey You”? is about helping make the world a better place. She sings, “Hey you, don’t you give up/It’s not so bad, there’s still a chance for us,”? at the opening and towards the end, sings the clichA

Digital Icon Magazine will be released tomorrow

From IconMadonna.com :
…As good things always come to those who wait, we are also happy to confirm that the first edition of Icon Digital will be released this coming Friday! Get ready for great pictures as well as never before seen multimedia clips !

Madonna’s “Hey You” – Free Download at MSN.com

For the next 7 days you can download the queen of pop’s new song “Hey You” free of charge!

from MSN.com :

Inspired by Live Earth, Madonna has written a new song titled “Hey You,” which is available exclusively on MSN, free of charge, for seven days. “Hey You” was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna and recorded in London. Madonna will perform “Hey You” as one of the headliners for Live Earth U.K., joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, the Beastie Boys and other performers at Wembley Stadium in London on July 7, as part of the 24-hour, seven-continent Live Earth concert series.

As the exclusive online destination for Live Earth, MSN is pleased to offer this song in conjunction with Madonna and is proud to donate 25 cents for each of the first 1 million downloads to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth.

Click here to download “Hey You”.

and here are the lyrics :

Hey you, don’t you give up
It’s not so bad
There’s still the chance for us
Hey you, just be yourself
Don’t be so shy
There’s reasons why it’s hard

[Chorus 1]
Keep it together, we’ll* make it alright
Our celebration is going on tonight
Poets and prophets would** envy what we do
This could be good, hey you
(*The first time it’s sung, it’s “you’ll”?)
(** The third time it’s sung, it’s “will”?)

Hey you, open your heart
It’s not so strange
You’ve got to change this time
Hey you, remember this
None of it’s real including the way you feel

[Chorus 1]

Save your soul, little sister
Save your soul, little brother
Hey you, save yourself
Don’t rely on anyone else

[Chorus 2]
First love yourself
Then you can love someone else
If you can change someone else
Then you have saved someone else
But you must first love yourself
Then you can love someone else
If you can change someone else
Then you have saved someone else
But you must first

Hey you, there on the fence
You’ve got a choice
One day, it will make sense
Hey you, first love yourself
Or if you can’t
Try to love someone else

[Chorus 1, Chorus 2]

Madonna & Live Earth – Official Press Release

Madonna writes new song “Hey You” for upcoming LIVE EARTH concert series on July 7th

Song To Release at MSN May 16 in Downloadable MP3 Format

Microsoft Pledges Donation Making First Million Downloads Free to the Public

Warner Bros. Records to Release LIVE EARTH CD/DVD of Worldwide Shows

Inspired by the upcoming July 7th Live Earth series of concerts, Madonna has written a new song, “Hey You,” which will be available to be downloaded in the MP3 format on Microsoft’s home page, http://liveearth.msn.com, on May 16. The first million downloads of “Hey You” will be free as Microsoft has pledged to donate $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection for the first million downloads.

Madonna is scheduled to perform “Hey You” live at the Wembley Stadium Live Earth concert in London, it was confirmed by her record label, Warner Bros. Records, who have also announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD of the Live Earth Concert Series.

Madonna’s new song, “Hey You,” recorded in London, was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna. She is one of seventeen headliners that have been announced including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Beastie Boys and others who will perform at Wembley as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth Concert Series.

“On 7/7/07, Live Earth will inspire people from around the world to combat global warming with live performances from superstar artists like Madonna,” Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall said. “The early release of “Hey You” is an incredible boost to our efforts to get people engaged in the environmental cause. We are thrilled that Madonna donated her art to Live Earth and is a part of this movement for us.”

Live Earth is a monumental music event on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 headlining music artists and 2 billion people to launch an ongoing, mass movement to combat the climate crisis. Concerts will take place in New York; London; Sydney; Tokyo; Shanghai; Johannesburg; Rio de Janeiro; and Hamburg. Live Earth’s 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by The Alliance for Climate Protection to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action.

The concerts will be streamed live at LiveEarth.MSN.com and available on CD/DVD.

source : madonna.com

Preacher convicted for false bomb alert before Madonna’s concert

An Amsterdam court has convicted a 63-year-old clergyman for calling in a false bomb alert before a Madonna concert. The court in Amsterdam sentenced Willem G. from Waardenburg to 150 hours of community service and a suspended prison sentence on Wednesday.

The minister will also have to undergo treatment at a psychiatric clinic and report to a probation officer. The penalty matched the demand from the public prosecution department.

The preacher called in a false bomb alert just before the Madonna concert in the Amsterdam Arena in September. G. warned that five cluster bombs would detonate during the scene in which the American pop singer poses on a cross and wears a crown of thorns. G. found the crucifixion scene blasphemous.

source : expatica.com