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Madonna News - June 2009

Rumour: Madonna’s adopted daughter leaves Malawi

An airport employee and a person familiar with Madonna’s adoption proceedings in Malawi say the pop star’s new daughter has been flown to London.

The airport employee, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the matter, said Saturday that 3-year-old Chifundo “Mercy” James flew out on a private jet late Friday headed to London, with a stop in neighboring South Africa.

The person familiar with the adoption, who also was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, says the girl known as Mercy should have reached London on Saturday morning.

source: ap

Madonna to be dismissed from film investor’s suit

A Louisiana movie investor has agreed to dismiss pop singer Madonna from a lawsuit that accuses a film production company she founded of failing to repay the investor’s loans.

Madonna’s dismissal from the suit is part of a settlement outlined in court papers filed Thursday. Financial terms of the settlement aren’t disclosed in the filing.

Madonna’s lawyers have said she wasn’t involved in any of the contracts that Baton Rouge investor Jay Dykes Jr. allegedly signed with Maverick Films.

Dykes’ suit claims Maverick Films failed to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans or give him producer credits for movies he says he helped finance.

source: usatoday/ap
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Sky1 Madonna in HD Promo

See more, hear more, feel everything… Sky1 presents Madonna in stunning high definition!

On the 4th of July, Sky1 and Sky1HD will play host to a unique, sexy, and incredible event: the exclusive premiere of Madonna: Sticky and Sweet, a very special live concert recorded in December 2008 at the River Plate Stadium in in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Madonna: Sticky and Sweet features the iconic star’s greatest hits and songs from her latest studio album, Hard Candy. The controversial, record-breaking tour features four sections: ‘Pimp,’ ‘Old School,’ ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Rave’ and has won universal praise with The Times remarking, “In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivalled and undefeated.” Madonna: Sticky and Sweet was directed by Nathan Rissman (Madonna’s “I Am Because We Are”) and is a Live Nation Production.

Stuart Murphy, Director of Programming, Sky1, 2 and 3, commented: “Spend a fantastic night with one of the world’s biggest music stars live in your living room…in high definition. HD will make audiences feel like they’re literally there with her. It’s fantastic, event television that only Sky1 can offer and the show is sure to set temperatures soaring this summer.”

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Rumour: Gwyneth decorating for Madonna and Mercy

Most little girls’ bedrooms are just decorated with a lick of pink paint.

But it’s a different story when you are the latest addition to Madonna’s brood.

The singer is pulling out all the stops to give new adopted daughter Mercy the most glamorous pad she could wish for.

And she has called on pal and fellow mum Gwyneth Paltrow to supervise.

Madge was finally given permission to adopt four-year-old Mercy last week, and the Malawian tot is expected to join the family in New York in the next few days.

Madge is currently renovating her £20 million New York townhouse and has a huge shopping wishlist to fill the youngster’s new room.

It includes porcelain dolls, antique teddy bears, a library of leather-bound children’s books and ancient maps of Africa to adorn the walls.

A source revealed: “Madge wants Mercy to feel like a little princess when she arrives.”

“Gwyneth has a home in the Hamptons area of New York and Madonna was so impressed with her daughter Apple’s room that she asked Gwyneth to help her kit out Mercy’s new bedroom.”

“As well as all the items inside, she’s also commissioned a mini Georgian-style treehouse for Mercy and David in her garden.”

“She’s been filling Mercy’s wardrobe at the same time.”

“She’s stocked up on cashmere sweaters, dresses and silk tunics and has had a new charm bracelet made for her.”

“It features a miniature bell, a Statue of Liberty, a map of Africa and lockets with photos of everyone in her new family.”

And it is not just Madonna who is planning to spoil Mercy.

Madge’s eldest girl, Lourdes, has been on a spree, too.

The source added: “Lourdes is beside herself with excitement about her new sister.”

“She’s really looking forward to having a little girl in the house she can care for. She’s bought piles of leggings, hipster T-shirts, tutus and trainers for the new arrival.”

source: the sun

Sky1 to broadcast Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour

SKY1 has landed an exclusive deal to broadcast the latest tours by Madonna and Girls Aloud.

Madge’s Sticky and Sweet tour, recorded in Buenos Aires in December, will air on July 4, along with a 15-minute behind-the-scenes film.

It will go out on the day the star, who has just succeeded in adopting Malawian girl Mercy, arrives in the UK to perform at the 02 Arena.

Girls Aloud’s sellout Out of Control tour, filmed at London’s 02 last month, will be shown in August.

The gigs will air on Sky1 as well as Sky HD.

source: the sun

Malawi father drops fight to stop Madonna adoption

The father of a Malawian girl being adopted by Madonna says he has dropped his fight to get the child back and has urged the U.S. pop star to take good care of her.

Malawi’s Supreme Court on Friday approved Madonna’s application to adopt a second child from the country, overturning a lower court ruling.

James Kambewa, the father of 4-year-old Mercy James, originally said he opposed the adoption.

However, he told Reuters on Saturday he had decided not to fight the case, asking only that Mercy be brought up knowing he was her biological father.

“Let the child go … My only plea to Madonna is that she should seriously look after the child,” he said in an interview.

“I am asking Madonna to make sure that, while the child is growing, she must be informed of me as her biological father … she really must know that while she is far away the father is still alive.”

A Malawian court ruled in April that Madonna could not adopt Mercy because she was not a resident of the southern African country.

The Supreme Court overturned that decision, saying the child, who has been living in an orphanage, would have a better life with the singer. She never lived with Kambewa.

“When the child was born I was never told,” he said.

Rights groups have accused the government of giving Madonna special treatment by skirting laws preventing non-residents from adopting children.

The government came under fire in 2006 after Madonna, who has supported orphans in the country through her Raising Malawi charity, adopted 13-month-old David Banda.

Officials at the charity said Mercy was expected to be flown out of Malawi this week.

source: reuters

Madonna ‘ecstatic’ about adoption

Madonna said she was “ecstatic” after her controversial bid to adopt a second child from Malawi was approved.

The singer appealed after a lower court rejected her application to adopt four-year-old Chifundo “Mercy” James in April – and the country’s highest court has now announced its decision to allow the adoption.

Madonna said in a statement: “I am ecstatic… my family and I look forward to sharing our lives with her.”

The statement also said the star was “extremely grateful” for the Supreme Court’s ruling.

source: pa