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Madonna News - August 2008

Madonna Rocks Out in Ray-Ban

Luxottica Group announced today that their classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer (RB2140) are featured in Madonna’s critically acclaimed sold out Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008 which kicked-off in Cardiff, Wales on August 23rd. Madonna and her crew of dancers don the classic black Wayfarer in the show’s finale, an explosive rendition of “Give It To Me” from the artist’s current Hard Candy CD. In addition, Madonna’s dance team rocks the white Wayfarer while she performs her smash hit “Vogue”.

Linked to music greats since its inception, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer will once again heat up the look of a rock and style icon. The style chosen for the tour is a genuine reproduction of the original 1952 model, faithfully recreating its details and distinctive shape. Worn by the biggest names in rock’n’roll and film, including Bob Dylan, Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd in “The Blues Brothers”, Coldplay, and Tom Cruise in “Risky Business,” the Ray-Ban Wayfarer is once again helping to make cultural history.

Madonna Rocks Out in Ray-Ban

source : prnews

MTV UK’s Greatest Video Ever – Vote for Madonna

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Madonna’s Pre-Show Ritual

As her Sticky and Sweet tour kicks into high gear, Madonna is in “great spirits,” her rep, Liz Rosenberg, tells People.

And why shouldn’t she be? At the second stop of her European leg, the pop icon was cheered on by famous fans Bono and Elton John in Nice, France, on Tuesday night. (It would seem that her feud with John – who accused her of lip-synching in 2004 – is officially ancient history.)

As the singer gets into the groove of her 51-date world tour, her priorities are simple: “Making sure the show is perfect – and taking care of her kids and her husband,” says her rep.

And even though she recently celebrated her 50th birthday, Madonna has no plans to retire any time soon.

“The harder Madonna works the happier she is,” says Rosenberg, a longtime friend. “Because she was a dancer, that’s why. It’s practice, practice, practice.”

Behind the Scenes

Backstage, the atmosphere is peaceful and family-oriented, with a kids’ play room next to the singer’s dressing room. On her opening night in Cardiff, Wales, “She had a massage and a facial – things are very quiet,” says the rep.

Before each show, she spends an hour in hair and makeup, then performs some vocal exercises. Next, she warms up with some form of exercise, “probably some free weights.”

Daughter Lourdes, 11, will often watch her mom from the wings. “She is quite casual about it, she can take it or leave it,” says Rosenberg. “She’s comfortable with the dancers. She talks to all of them.”

Lola (as she’s known to friends and family) might have a superstar for a mom, but she’s no spoiled brat. “She’s very grounded,” swears the rep, who fondly remembers the girl as a makeup-obsessed 2-year-old. “I think Madonna has done a really good job.”

And despite the recent rumors of marital woe, the singer’s husband, director Guy Ritchie, “absolutely” supports his wife from backstage. “Guy understood who he was marrying and they have a whole separate life [away from the spotlight],” she insists. “They are completely fine.”

source : people.com

Rumour : Madonna bids to stop love letters going on display

Madonna has ordered her lawyers to foil a cheeky bid to put her raunchy love notes to an ex-boyfriend on public display.

Organisers of the Simply Madonna memorabilia exhibition in London want to display 17 notes and seven photos Madge sent to boyfriend James Albright in the early 90s.

A source close to Madonna said: “The letters contain some very intimate thoughts and understandably she is concerned.

“Who would want their private sentiments to someone they loved revealed to the world?

“Her lawyers have sent out a warning which she hopes will do the trick.”

Albright, who dated the singer for two years after working as her bodyguard, sold the letters last year to a firm specializing in Madonna memorabilia.

They were due to go on display at the Old Truman Brewery in east London in February next year but it’s understood they may be withdrawn because of the legal threat.

source : daily record

Jewish groups condemn Madonna’s use of Hitler in concert photo montage

Two human rights US Jewish organizations have condemned as “inappropriate and offensive” the use by singer Madonna of an image of Hitler as part of a concert photo montage that also included photos of John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.

The images were projected on a screen as Madonna launched her Sticky and Sweet world tour at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday, with a live concert.

In a statement issued on Monday, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL’s national director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement:”Comparisons to Hitler have no place in a music concert, or in the presidential campaign. Whatever Madonna’s political or personal views, it is outrageous to invoke Nazi imagery in the context of John McCain’s candidacy or to make a comment on American political leadership.”

source : israelenews

‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour Announces Second Sao Paulo Date

from Madonna.com :

A second show in Sao Paulo was recently added to the ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour itinerary.
Madonna will perform a second show at Morumbi Stadium on December 20.
Public pre-registration started on August 25th and tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, September 3.