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Madonna News - April 2008

Hard Candy set to debut at #1 in US

Madonna will leave Warner Bros., the only label she’s ever known, with a bang.

Her final studio album for the Bunny, Hard Candy, is on track to sell between 275-300k, which will handily end Mariah Carey’s two-week reign with E=MC2, according to one-day sale reports from those retailers still standing around this great country of ours.

The Material Gal has one more album, a greatest hits collection, to go before splitting for a long-term deal with concert promoter Live Nation. The album’s her first since 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, which sold more than 8 million worldwide. In the U.S., it debuted at #1, selling 351k copies in its first week, taking the top spot from Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts. In its second week, Confessions on a Dance Floor sold 210k copies and slipped to #4 with a 39% sales decrease. To date, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the U.S.

source : hitsdailydouble

Madonna to make a Debut Appearance on BET’s 106 & Park

For the first time in BET history, legendary music phenom Madonna will visit the network’s hit countdown show, 106 & PARK, on Friday, May 2 at 6:00 PM. Hosted by fan favorites Terrence and Rocsi, 106 is prepared to give Madonna a welcome celebration like never before. To predict her next evolution, Terrence and Rocsi will get Madonna to foresee the future. Rocsi will also do yoga positions that Madonna will comment on, and Terrence will do some dance moves for her to judge. Madonna will also introduce her new video 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

source : bet.com

Dining with Her Madgesty

New Yorkers are typically not very impressed with celebrity sightings. But that was certainly not the case Thursday night at Morandi, Keith McNally’s latest establishment. While dining with a friend at the trendy Italian trattoria, the one and only Madonna graced us–and the entire restaurant–with her presence. Dressed in a slinky dark dress and sporting her signature wavy tresses, Madge was seated right next to us in the back alcove. Joined by a large entourage (sans Guy Ritchie) that included fifteen stylish friends and two bodyguards, the ultimate queen of reinvention appeared to be having a private celebration: She toasted, sipped wine, nibbled on tomatoes and mozzarella, and seemed generally unfazed by the chaotic fanfare surrounding her.

source : Editor’s Blog at W Magazine (Thanks to Catherine)

Madonna’s double whammy in UK

Madonna is set for a chart double this week, with 4 Minutes and Hard Candy on top of the single and album charts.

Hard Candy is 13,000 sales ahead of Portishead for No 1 album, while 4 Minutes is leading Sam Sparro by 2,700 sales. Sparro’s self-titled debut is the other Top 10 album new entry.

Kim Wilde : ‘Madonna stole my crown’

Former 1980s singer Kim Wilde has accused Madonna of stealing her musical crown as the Queen of Pop.
The Kids In America singer was at the height of her career when Madonna started to make musical waves – spelling the end of her reign as pop princess.
But despite the Material Girl’s negative effect on her career, Wilde still has a lot of respect for the star – even copying her healthy lifestyle to help her shape up.
She says, “I had the top of the charts two years before Madonna came on the scene and stole my thunder. I remember seeing her and thinking, ‘Here’s trouble!’
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get to me, but I never disliked her. And I look at her now and think she’s amazing.
“When I started doing yoga, I was inspired to look after my body. Now I love going for long walks, eating healthily and working out with a trainer.”

source : contactmusic

Madonna’s Digital Sales of ‘4 Minutes’ Single Pass One Million

As digital sales of Madonna’s new single, “4 Minutes,” pass the one million mark, Madonna will be giving away free tickets to hundreds of lucky fans in celebration of this week’s release of her new CD “Hard Candy” (April 29) when she gives a historic up-close and personal performance at NY’s Roseland Ballroom (April 30), it was announced today by Warner Bros. Records.

“It’s my way of saying thank you to my fans,” said Madonna. As a result, Roseland will be filled up with the most devoted and die-hard Madonna fans who have been asked to wait in line beginning 6:00 am on the morning of April 30th at Roseland Ballroom (239 W 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Ave.). The tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

This historic event will include the debut performance of Madonna’s No. 1 single “4 Minutes” as well as several other songs from “Hard Candy” along with previous hits. The show, presented by Verizon, Vodafone and Control Room, is scheduled to be broadcast live on msn (music.msn.com) and will be available to Verizon and Vodafone customers around the world.

Madonna’s single “4 Minutes” has become the second single ever to have digital sales exceeding one million (Rhianna was first) units in five weeks. As of today, digital sales are l,004,482 units. “Hard Candy” is the follow up CD to Madonna’s “Confessions on A Dance Floor” which debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries and has sold more than 8 million copies.. The CD has already received Four Stars (****) in Rolling Stone, Blender and People Magazine. “It may be the best album of Madonna’s career,” raved Jim Farber in his Five Star (*****) review in NY’s Daily News. The album has been described as a brilliant up-tempo collection of 12 songs in which Madonna remains ensconced in dance club mode with an urban-hip-hop beat in creative collaboration with musical partners Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and Nate “Danja” Hills.

source : marketwire

Vodaphone streams Madonna’s Concert

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue, and Warner Music International (WMI), today announced that on Wednesday, 30 April, Vodafone customers in 14 countries will be able to watch a live, one-off show by Madonna on their mobile. Streamed live from New York’s famous Roseland Ballroom exclusively outside the US to Vodafone customers, the performance will celebrate the release of Madonna’s new album, HARD CANDY, which is available globally from today.

Vodafone customers in Cyprus, Egypt, France (SFR), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa (Vodacom), Spain and UK will have access to the show via their mobile phones on Vodafone live! and via their PCs using a unique streaming platform at www.vodafone.com/music

Vodafone customers will be able to do more than simply view the performance. They will be able to interact and share their emotions with other online show goers and select camera angles to move around the stage to get the best view, making them feel as though they are there in person and part of the event.

Vodafone customers will also have a chance to win tickets to Roseland Ballroom in New York City and become one of the lucky few to experience Madonna’s performance in person at the iconic venue.

source : unstrung.com

Madonna’s TV appearances for the next week

Entertainment Tonight: (#6949) – 2008/05/01 – link

Pop icon. Master of reinvention. International superstar. Madonna isn’t just a singer. She’s a force of nature. Tonight on ET, we’ll slip you inside her “Madgesty’s” rare live concert in New York… hear her thoughts on working with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on her hotly awaited album, “Hard Candy” and more! Later: Kate Walsh returns to “Grey’s Anatomy” (we’ve got your gotta-see sneak peek)… and feel the heat as we reveal TV Guide’s “Sexiest Men.”

Madonna: Hard Candy Special on Fuse – 2008/05/03 – link

She’s only got “4 Minutes to Save the World,” but she’s taking a break to talk to fuse! Join us for a super-exclusive interview special with Madonna in her first-ever fuse appearance. It’s the Queen of Pop like you’ve never seen her and she’s dishing on her all-new album Hard Candy, including the smash hit “4 Minutes to Save the World.” It’s hard, sticky and you’ll only find it on fuse!