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Madonna News - June 2009

DJ Enferno Dishes on Madonna

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to work with Madonna, the Queen of Pop and undeniable music legend, keep reading.

DJ Enferno, who collaborated with Madonna on her tour, told OK! all about the Materia Girl. Her music director just happened to catch one of his live shows, and sent him a text.

“I always tell people, you never know when you’re going to get a break or your shot in life so you have to keep doing what you’re doing,” he tells OK!.

So what’s she like to work with?

“She’s amazing. I was a little intimidated going in to work with her,” he reveals. “She’s a very clever and witty person. She’ll have a joke or something or one of us will have to tell a joke. She makes it very loose.”

She’s not all fun and games though, completely the opposite, dishes Enferno.

“She is so on the go. She would go from our rehearsal to the dancing rehearsal. She’s like a machine. That’s one of the things about her that’s very fascinating. After our rehearsals, she’s got to go across the street and workout physically with the dancers and then I don’t know what she does in her off days,” he admits. “It’s like clockwork. She just goes hard. There’s no slacking.”

Somehow we’re not surprised that Madge is no slacker.

source: ok magazine

“Madonna: Sticky & Sweet” by Guy Oseary

Following the critical success of Madonna: Confessions, the powerHouse team, Madonna, and Guy Oseary return with a knockout punch: Sticky & Sweet, a dynamic look at Madonna’s celebrated Sticky & Sweet Tour, which broke all previous records and became the number-one highest grossing tour of any solo artist ever—with Madonna playing before 2,350,282 fans and selling over 280 million dollars’ worth of tickets. The tour has been extended through the summer of 2009 and will have passed the mark of 400 million dollars in ticket sales by the time it’s complete.

In over 500 full-color photographs taken on, and backstage, during the course of this historic 58-show tour, Oseary documents the four acts of the rock-driven, pop journey that is the Sticky & Sweet show—Pimp: A mashed-up homage to 1920s deco and modern-day gangsta pimp, with Madonna making a grand entrance dressed in Givenchy; Old School: Madonna tips her hat to her early-80s, downtown, New York City dance roots, with flashes of Keith Haring and the dance culture vibe of the time, including the birth of Hip Hop; Gypsy: A VIP trip to La Isla Bonita, infused with the spirit of Romanian folk music and dance—a tour de force; and Rave: Far-eastern influences emerge all sparkly and sporty.

Guy Oseary is the CEO of Maverick and Madonna’s manager. He has worked closely with Madonna for almost two decades, and was the only individual permitted to take photographs both on and backstage on the landmark Sticky & Sweet Tour. Oseary’s first book, Madonna Confessions, was published by powerHouse in 2008.

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Photography / Music / Performance
Hardcover, 9 x 12 inches, 280 pages, over 400 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-532-2
Price: $45.00

source: powerhouse

Madonna Wins Adoption Battle

Madonna can adopt a second child from Malawi, the southern African country’s highest court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court decision it said was out of touch with the times.

Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, reading the three-judge panel’s ruling, also said the singer’s commitment to helping disadvantaged children should have been taken into account when deciding on Madonna’s request to adopt 3-year-old Chifundo “Mercy” James.

Madonna has founded a charity, Raising Malawi, which helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi’s more than 1 million orphans, half of whom have lost a parent to AIDS.

Children’s welfare groups had expressed concern that rules meant to protect children were being bent because of Madonna’s celebrity, and perhaps out of gratitude for what she has done for Malawi, one of the world’s poorest and most AIDS-ravaged countries.

Madonna’s lawyer Alan Chinula said he called his client after the ruling.

“It’s the wee hours of morning in New York but she is excited at the news,” Chinula said. “As her lawyer I am happy that this has settled this contentious issue.”

Chinula said he would now turn to arranging a passport for Chifundo, which could take several days, and was awaiting word from Madonna on travel plans for the girl. The adoption may not be final for some time.

Madonna had appealed after the lower court ruled she could not adopt the girl because the singer had not spent enough time in Malawi. The lower court said residency rules had been bent when Madonna adopted her son David from Malawi last year.

The appeals court said that was a narrow interpretation based on old laws.

“In this global village a man can have more than one place at which he resides,” Munlo said in the ruling, which took more than an hour to read in court Friday. “The matter of residence should be determined at the time of application of the adoption. In this case, Madonna was in Malawi not by chance but by intention. She is looking after several orphans whose welfare depends on her. She can therefore not be described as a sojourner.”

The ruling also said the judges saw only two options for Chifundo, “either to stay at the orphanage without the love of family and live with the possibility of destitution or be with Madonna where she is assured of love.

“Every child has the right to love.”

But the chairman of the coalition of non-governmental organizations that criticized Madonna’s adoption efforts said they had “reservations” about Friday’s judgment.

Undule Mwakasungula said the judge “disregarded” international agreements on children’s rights and adoptions.

He also took issue with the argument that because Madonna has made an investment in the country and has interests there, she could be considered a resident.

“We are a bit surprised but we can’t challenge it because the Supreme Court has ruled and we have to go with that,” he said.

source: ap

Malawi court allows Madonna to adopt second child!

Malawi’s Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court and allowed U.S. pop star Madonna to adopt a second child from the country.

Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo said Madonna had shown an interest in helping Malawi orphans and that 4-year-old Mercy James would have a better life with the star. He said a lower court had erred in turning down the adoption request because Madonna was not resident in Malawi.

source: reuters

Court to rule on Madonna adoption

Malawi’s highest court will announce today whether US pop star Madonna can adopt a second child from the African country.

Malawi’s High Court ruled in April Madonna could not adopt four-year-old Mercy James because she was not a resident of Malawi. The singer appealed.

Supreme Court spokesman Joseph Chigona told Reuters that the announcement would be made at 0700 GMT on Friday (5.00pm AEST).

Malawi’s Government came under fire after Madonna adopted a 13-month-old child, David Banda, in 2006.

Critics accused the Government of giving Madonna special treatment by skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children.

The Government has supported Madonna’s attempt to adopt Mercy, saying she is a worthy mother.

An AIDS epidemic in Malawi has orphaned more than 1 million children and Madonna has set up a charity for children there.

In her ruling in April, High Court Judge Esimie Chombo warned against celebrity adoptions, saying they could lead to child trafficking.

source: reuters

Madonna announces second concert in Israel this Summer

Madonna will perform an additional concert in Israel this summer, the day after her September 1st show. Both concerts will be held in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon park.

The decision to hold an additional concert was made due to the high demand for tickets for the pop icon’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, which start at NIS 490.

The September 1st concert will be Madonna’s second performance in Israel. She first appeared at Hayarkon Park 16 years ago as part of her Girlie Tour, and also visited Israel in 2006 during the Jewish High Holidays along with 2,000 other students of Kabbalah.

source: haaretz.com

The Madonna Nudes – 30th Anniversary Exhibition in London

In 1979, an unknown Madonna Ciccone posed nude for New York Photographer Martin Schreiber, for just $30 as she modeled to pay her way through dance school. Six years on in the early years of her stellar stardom, Martin spotted her on the cover of Time Magazine and the penny dropped – literally!

Martin dug out his intimate portraits, taken whilst teaching a photography course at the world-famous Parsons School, and offered them to Playboy Magazine. They were notoriously published in their 1985 September issue, catapulting him to fame.

Now, thirty years on the capital is gearing up for Madonna’s arrival on her Sticky & Sweet tour on 4th and 5th July. To celebrate, Seven Dials, Covent Garden’s hidden village, is set to play host to the London premiere of The Madonna Nudes – 30th Anniversary exhibition, a collection of these intimate photographs of the fifty year old pop Diva, taken when she was just 20.

Available to buy from £3,400 and guaranteed to become serious collectors’ items, this series of black and white photographs capture Madonna’s exceptional beauty as a young woman with a toned body, perfect breasts and great skin. The languid, innocent look in her eyes betrays nothing of the pop superstar and business genius she was to become.

Also for sale is a unique piece of never seen before memorabilia – a one off print of the original Polaroid test shot, which, included with the original model release and the Polaroid, is expected to fetch in excess of £40,000. This would eclipse the previous record of $37,500 recently paid at auction earlier this year for the Lee Friedlander photograph which also featured in the 1985 Playboy.

For those on a more modest budget, but wanting a little snippet of Madge, exclusive Madonna Nudes memorabilia including badges, postcards, books and original copies of the aforementioned Playboy magazine is available to buy from just £1.

The Madonna Nudes will showcase at 19 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2 / 2nd to 19th July

The gallery will be open seven days – Monday to Saturday, 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.

The Madonna Nudes - 30th Anniversary Exhibition in London

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Madonna’s concert in Poland outrages Catholics

Several Catholic organizations throughout Poland are calling for cancellation of the Madonna concert on 15 August due to the fact that it is the religious feast day of the Assumption of Mary.

“Madonna cannot sing on the day of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” claims member of the Mazowiecki regional assembly, Marian Brudzinski. “We are calling for a moral stand in Warsaw. A protest committee is being formed to organize parishes,” added the regional representative.

“It harms our religious sentiment. Besides that, Madonna’s performances are anti-Christian,” states Krzysztof Zagozda from the Unum Principum Catholic Society, who initiated the protest. Zagozda added that the fact that the concert is organized on the Catholic feast day is a distinct attempt to stir controversy.

Former Warsaw Solidarity chaplain, Father Stanislaw Malkowski, shares Zagozda’s opinion: “It must be revealed who is responsible for this. The Church and nation should protest loudly.”

“We will do everything so as not to allow this scandal to take place,” added Brudzynski, a former member of League of Polish Families. The protest committee is scheduled to meet next week and will gather signatures throughout parishes and send formal declaration of protest to the concert’s organizers as well as the main sponsor, Allegro.pl, an internet auction portal.

The committee is appealing to the Minister of Interior and Administration, Grzegorz Schetyna, and concert organizers to cancel the event.

“If that does not work out, there will be a massive picket at the concert. We want to stifle Madonna,” warns Brudzynski.

source: polskieradio.pl