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Madonna News - May 2007

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

Rumour : Madge pens anthem for earth

Madonna will be releasing a new song she has written especially for the Live Earth gig.

“Hey You” is a collaboration with hip-hop legend Pharrell Williams and Madge will perform it live at the July 7 Wembley Live Earth concert. She wants the song to hit the airwaves in advance of the event so the crowd know it and it will become an anthem on the big day.

Madonna is being lined up to round off the Wembley show.

There are also due to be sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Blunt, the Beastie Boys and heavy metal legends Metallica.

Madonna has been working with Pharrell on tracks for her forthcoming album.

It is scheduled for release in November and will also feature songs she has written with the man with the midas touch, Timbaland.

source : the sun

“~Filth and Wisdom’ Rumours

Filth and Wisdom is Madge’s first short – at a planned 30 minutes long. It’s a low budget comedy insiders claim will be based on her own life experience.

Madonna has auditioned for actors over the last month and asked for a variety of characters to make her filming dates in London from May 14 – 29.

Among the parts she has created are that of an Indian chemist owner, a Jewish businessman and a failed ballet dancer who ends a up being a pole dancer.

source : the daily record

Madonna talks about her directorial debut

Madonna is making her directorial debut with a short film.

The 30-minute film is called ‘Filth And Wisdom’ and is a low budget comedy which will be based on her own life experience.

In a statement she said: “I am happy to confirm I am working hard on a new project, directing my first short movie.

“While I cannot tell you more about it for now, I am happy to officially reveal its title: ‘Filth and Wisdom’. I will finish this in time to go back to the recording studio in July. I hate to be such a tease, but you know how I am.”

The singer is reportedly working on the follow up to ‘Confessions On A Dancefloor’ with host of collaborators including Justin Timberlake, reports The Daily Record.

source : nme

Cap Madge directs her first film

Who’s hat girl ? Madonna gives orders as she directs her first film – sporting a military titfer complete with cap badge.
Madge, 48, donned the army headgear as she masterminded shooting of the comedy Filth and Wisdom in East London.
She is following in the footsteps of movie-maker hubby Guy Ritchie, 38.
Meanwhile adopted son David Banda, one, was brought on set by his nanny to see mum working.

Cap Madge directs her first film

source : the sun

London charity dinner raises £28m

Bill Clinton made a speech. Prince rehearsed his sell-out concert. Madonna, the ultimate material girl, made an appeal.

The result was the most successful charity dinner in British history with £28 million raised in barely four hours at Marlborough House in Pall Mall, London.

Guests paid up to £100,000 for a table of 10 while raffle tickets were a more modestly priced £1,000. Each.

Guests included Jemima Khan, Bob Geldof, Liz Hurley and Eddie Jordan, the motor racing chief.

The dinner was organised by Absolute Return for Kids, founded by Arpad “Arki” Busson, the multi-millionaire French financier.

At the dinner Mr Clinton, the former US president, announced a joint £8 million venture between his foundation and the charity to double the number of medical staff in Mozambique to help Aids victims. “The world is changing into one in which private giving and private individuals can change the world,” he said. “You can lead this new world.”

They took him at his word. The most expensive lot, a safari in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, fetched £480,000. A similar price was paid for a day on location with Daniel Craig, the James Bond actor.

A ticket to next year’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, plus two Armani outfits and an invitation to Sir Elton John’s pre-Oscars party, went for £280,000.

The charity was given a head start with £8.3 million pledged in matched contributions from six hedge fund millionaires.

Each table also had the chance to win a limited-edition diamond necklace of six five-carat diamonds and a further 130 single-cut diamonds set in 18-carat white gold.

Guests dined on carpaccio and tartare of Kobe beef with foie gras and Sauternes terrine, followed by Cornish sea bass fillet with mint oil and lemongrass beurre blanc.

The charity’s projects have included helping with schooling for disadvantaged children in Britain.

The accolade of the most successful fund-raising dinner in history belongs to the Robin Hood hedge fund charity dinner in New York which last week raised $71million (£35.5 million).

source : telegraph.co.uk

Madonna – The Director

From Madonna.com :

Musician, Singer, Dancer, Book Writer, Model, Actress… In addition to the many looks she has created for herself over the past 25 years, Madonna has also successfully tasted many variations of the artistic world by taking each of them as a personal challenge. Earlier this year, she directed the tv ad for her ‘M by Madonna’ campaign with H&M. Today, we are happy to confirm that our girl is working hard on a brand new project, directing her very first short movie! While we cannot tell you more about it for now, we are happy to officially reveal its title: Filth and Wisdom. Make sure to check Madonna.com on a regular basis for more facts and details!

Rui Paes exhibition in the UK

An exhibition of the original watercolors for the book “Lotsa de Casha” by Madonna. See image bellow for more info.

Rui Paes exhibition in the UK

Bjork : “Madonna got my lyrics wrong”

Bjork has revealed that Madonna sang the wrong lyrics on the 1995 single she wrote for the pop queen.

The Icelandic star penned lyrics for ‘Bedtime Story’, which Madonna took to number four in the charts in February 1995, at the request of producer Nellee Hooper.

However, she was surprised when she first heard Madonna’s recording of the song.

She told Attitude: “She did her own version and wrote the lyrics wrong. I can’t remember right now, but it was a really interesting mistake.

“It was something like “Let’s say goodbye to logic and reason” and she got it wrong so that it actually meant the opposite….I was like, ‘Okay…'”

source : digital spy