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Madonna News - July 2008

Sticky & Sweet Tour Rumours

from Madonna Tribe :

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour opens with Candy Shop (very similar to the promo tour version) followed by a version of Beat Goes On very similar to the album version. Both Pharrell Williams and Kanye West will appear on video during the song. The third song in the setlist is the first GREAT surprise. It’s the one and only Human Nature, from Bedtime Stories (and we’ll not be sorry!!). The song will be presented in an original and UNIQUE way, but that’s a surprise we don’t want to spoil for the moment. We’re sure the inclusion of this song will make lots of people very happy.

Section two of the show includes Into The Groove, a great number where she will be jumping rope with a little sample of the song “Jump” thrown in as well, followed by Heartbeat. The Fedde Le Grande version of Music, (just like the promo tour version) and She’s Not Me follow.

The following section will opens with the song Devil Would Recognize You, Madonna will sing it live and play the piano onstage HERSELF for the very first time! After that we go into Miles Away, just like the promo tour, and a joyful version Spanish Lesson. Her great classic from True Blue arrives next: It’s La Isla Bonita that will be presented in its “Live Earth incarnation”, the Lela Pala Tute version!!! This third section is closed by one of the songs by Madonna that won an Oscar. It’s the touching “You Must Love Me”, the beautiful ballad from Evita, written by Tim Rice and Andrew Loydd Webber especially for Madonna in the film. This version is more or less very similar to its original form.

The closing section of the tour includes the promo tour version of 4 Minutes followed by one of the greatest surprises fans will adore: Impressive Instant from the “Music” album!! Ray of Light follows. It’s basically the album version with some changes in the middle. The promo tour version of Hung Up is next. The tour closes with the latest single from Hard Candy, Give It 2 Me

But that’s not all folks! Madonna is also doing a great classic fror her first album and she’s doing it for the first time since the Virgin Tour. It’s “Borderline” that will be presented like it has never been heard before and don’t forget to look out for the great tour videos that will be directed by Steven Klein, as previously reported by MadonnaTribe!

Madonna on the cover of US Weekly

Madonna on the cover of US Weekly

Us Weekly reports in its new issue, on newsstands tomorrow, that Madonna’s seven-year marriage to Guy Ritchie has stalled out – and the singer has been hosting late-night visits from New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez at her Central Park West apartment in New York City.

A ringless and grim-faced Ritchie, 39, arrived in New York City from London yesterday after several weeks apart from his family. A source tells Us that the $28-million-a-year Rodriguez, 32, has made numerous solo nighttime visits to Madonna, 49, at her spacious home and would sneak out “as late as midnight.” Says the source, “All the doormen are talking.”

Rodriguez attended Madonna’s April 30 NYC concert; the singer sat in his seats at a Yankees game on June 22 (it was the first time she ever was photographed at a Yankees game). Her son Rocco, 7, also sported Yankees gear on June 25 while playing in Central Park.

Rodriguez, married with two young daughters, has already faced speculation about cheating: In 2007, he and a stripper were reportedly spied in Toronto, Miami and Dallas.

Complicating matters: Former Yankee slugger Jose Canseco – who once dated Madonna – wrote in his book Vindicted that he “hates [A-Rod’s] guts” because he once hit on his wife.

Madonna has been in NYC since the venerable Times of London confirmed that she consulted the same high-profile divorce attorney who worked with Paul McCartney and Prince Charles. Meanwhile, Us confirms Ritchie has also sought legal advice from Forsters law firm in London.

A-Rod’s Yankees rep, when reached for comment, referred Us to their shared manager Guy Oseary. When reached by Us, Oseary hung up the phone. Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, was not available.

source : us weekly

Madonna’s Rep: No Divorce, No Affair

Madonna’s spokeswoman has released an exclusive statement to PEOPLE rejecting reports that the singer’s marriage to her film director husband Guy Ritchie is on the rocks.

“Madonna’s husband Guy arrived in New York last night to be with his wife and family (not in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage which does not need saving),” Liz Rosenberg told PEOPLE. “There are no plans for Madonna and Guy to divorce.”

Rosenberg also denied a published report of a relationship between the singer and New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

“Madonna and Alex have the same manager, Guy Oseary,” Rosenberg says. “They have met. They know each other and Madonna took her kids to a Yankees game last week. There’s really not anything to comment on beyond that.”

Adds Rosenberg: “It’s nothing new that people are airing tons of dirty laundry Madonna’s way lately – much of it untrue.” She joked: “By the way, rumors of Madonna and Lil Wayne are quite exaggerated, as well.”

source : people

Arson probe at former Madonna home

A weekend fire that destroyed a childhood home of pop diva Madonna has been deemed suspicious by arson investigators.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Arson Unit and the Rochester Hills Fire Department are investigating the Friday night blaze.

A passer-by had noticed flames coming out of the unoccupied house in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills and called the fire department.

Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell told The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press the fire appears to have started in the living room area.

He said it caused extensive smoke and fire damage throughout the two-story brick house.

The 49-year-old Madonna, known then as Madonna Louise Ciccone, spent some of her younger years as one of six siblings living in the home.

source : pa

‘Sweet’ dreams for Madonna by Liz Smith

The indomitable Madonna has been rehearsing her “Sticky and Sweet” tour in a massive space in New York. Her latest troupe of beautiful dancers is present, as is every other member of a massive Madonna undertaking. When the boss works, everybody works! It is 80 degrees and humid outside. Inside it’s a steam bath. Madonna does not enjoy air-conditioning. (Audiences tend to leave her concerts having lost about 10 pounds in water-weight.) Everybody looks whipped. Not Madonna. Without makeup, her long blond hair lank, dressed in funereal black rehearsal togs, she looks fresher, younger, and more vital than she does on the red carpet. (She also looks less muscular. Concert lighting and flash photography tends to over-emphasize her toned sinew.) She certainly shakes a tailfeather like she is still writhing along the canals in Venice for the “Like A Virgin” video, filmed back before most of her dancers were born.

People close to Madonna, those who love her, are always saying, “Why don’t you relax more; have some fun?” Sometimes she will agree. But most of the time she doesn’t bother to give concerned parties her life memo: hard work –pushing herself to the limit and most of all, dancing is her fun and relaxation. So many of her songs celebrate the power of dance and how it can free you — perhaps just temporarily — from immediate care.

Watching this star go through her paces, she seems not to have a care in the world, except to perfect her show. “That sucked!” she declares after failing to execute her double-dutch without error. “I have to be better.” Madonna pauses and gives a mock scowl to her dancers, “And so does everybody else.”

Later, she painstakingly explains her vision on one of the numbers. The choreographer is working only from an email he just received from Madonna. She has her vision, now she has to communicate it. The number will feature four girls who are dressed up in various iconic versions of Madonna images past. She’s laughing at her old ‘looks’ and discussing the particulars. “At first I thought mannequins, then no, real girls would be better. Truthfully, I wanted drag queens, who does me better? But I figured that might be too much drama, you know — those girls love their scenes. And I provide enough of that!”

As Madonna recruits the dancers who’ll stand and strike a pose, each holding or wearing a prop the star will snatch away, the choreographer beams, “Oh, this is getting so wickedly weird. Now I’m really loving it!”

THROUGHOUT THE afternoon and evening Madonna never flags, and never loses her sense of humor or the maternal camaraderie she always shares with her dancers.

Happily lost in her greatest love — her work — it doesn’t seem the time or place to bring up her supposedly failing marriage or the betrayal of her bother, Christopher Ciccone, and his tell-all book.

Will Madonna and Guy Ritchie separate? I don’t know. The last time I saw Guy and Madonna together, they couldn’t have been more convivial and affectionate. They were in public, of course, so we take the proverbial grain of salt on that one. She has three children. She is not cavalier when it comes to divorce. (Remember, this is only her second marriage.)

Certainly Madonna does not look or behave like a woman whose marriage is on the rocks. She wouldn’t show that face anyway; that’s a great part of her appeal.

source : variety