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Madonna News - June 2009

Madonna’s Adoption Appeal Not Yet Approved By Malawi Court

Madonna’s adoption lawyer in Malawi, Alan Chinula, tells Access Hollywood that online rumors of Malawi’s high court changing their tune and allowing Madonna to adopt a young girl named Mercy are, “not true at all.”

Chinula said that the judges in Malawi are not happy about this report out there on the Web. Specifically he said that, “The Chief Justice is not very amused,” and that, “We’re very unhappy about it.”

Chinula’s colleagues are having a meeting with the Chief Justice later today to explain that it is a misunderstanding and nothing more than a rumor circulating in the press.

Chinula also says they are anxiously waiting for the courts to deliver the judgment, and that it could be any day. He told Access he checks in with the court clerk every day to find out if they have made a decision on the adoption.

He added that he has not spoken to Madonna about this latest report yet.

Chinula is very dismayed at this false report. He goes on to say that his staff are professionals and that they would never tell the press something like this before a decision had come down.

Chinula also handled Madonna’s first adoption with David Banda, now 3.

source: access hollywood

Rumour: Madonna to adopt Mercy ?

from The Sun:

Madonna has persuaded three appeal judges to allow her to adopt Malawian orphan Mercy James, The Sun can reveal.
Two have already submitted reports recommending it go ahead and the third is said to be “in complete unison with them”.
Madonna, 50, whose two-year application to adopt the three-year-old was blocked by a court in March, has been told the news by her lawyer Alan Chinula.
The ruling is set to be announced next Sunday at Malawi’s Supreme Court of Appeal.
A source there said yesterday: “The paperwork is being typed up now.
“All recommendations are in favour of the adoption taking place. Mercy should start packing her bags. She’s off to America.”
A close friend of Madonna said: “She’s ecstatic.
“She made a promise that she wouldn’t give up on Mercy and, believe me, she could move mountains when she’s this determined.”
Madonna’s adoption application was originally rejected because she had not lived in the east African state for 18 months, as required.
But one of the three appeal judges has said that rule was out of date.
The pal added: “No stone has been left unturned to prove that ruling was wrong.”
Mum-of-three Madonna has longed to adopt a sister for her adopted Malawian son David Banda, three.

Madonna at #3 on Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Celebrities list

#3 Madonna – The 2009 Celebrity 100
Power Rank 3
Pay $110 mil

The queen of pop’s Hard Candy album tour became the top-grossing international tour of 2008, bringing in $280 million on 58 concerts in 17 countries. Keeping the 50-year old star’s name in the papers: a reported love affair with allegedly juiced baseball slugger Alex Rodriquez, the end of her eight-year marriage to director Guy Ritchie, and trouble with her latest attempt to adopt a second African baby.

Pay Rank: 4
Web Rank: 9
Press Rank: 6
TV/Radio Rank: 8

forbes.com

Top 10:

Rank / Name / Pay ($mil) / Web Rank / Press Rank /TV Rank
1 Angelina Jolie 27 3 5 3
2 Oprah Winfrey 275 4 8 2
3 Madonna 110 9 6 8
4 Beyonce Knowles 87 2 20 16
5 Tiger Woods 110 54 4 4
6 Bruce Springsteen 70 32 19 25
7 Steven Spielberg 150 48 26 48
8 Jennifer Aniston 25 6 30 21
9 Brad Pitt 28 11 7 6
10 Kobe Bryant 45 53 10 15

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour in Tel Aviv – Press Release

Madonna’s triumphant and record shattering ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour will be making its last and final stop September 1st in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Yehoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park). Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, June 3rd – complete details below.

“I’m very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final show. I know it will be unforgettable” commented Madonna who last performed in Israel in 1993.

The ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ – a stunning extravaganza gives fans a breathtaking never before seen or heard once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the top selling touring acts of all time, Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” tour played 58 cities last summer to wild critical acclaim and before over two and a half million adoring fans including sold out performances in Paris (80,000 tickets sold), Zurich (72,000 tickets sold), London (74,000 ticket sold), Vancouver (50,000 tickets sold), South America (650,000 tickets sold) and three sold out Madison Square Garden Shows in New York City.

“In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated” raved the London Times of Madonna’s show in England. “Sticky & Sweet” is scheduled to start up again in London’s 02 Arena on July 4th with additional dates in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Russia, Sweden and many other countries before finishing on September 1st in Tel Aviv.

Madonna joined creative forces with director Jamie King to create ‘Sticky & Sweet’ which includes a troupe of 17 dancers, a specially built stage, hundreds of costumes and cutting edge visual technology.
A multi million platinum selling recording artist, world class entertainer, singer, producer, songwriter, visual revolutionary, children’s book author, film director, documentarian, cultural icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Madonna’s career continues to inspire her many fans around the world. She continues her unparalleled career which thankfully for her legion of fans shows no signs of slowing down and that’s most apparent when she arrives on a stage in Tel Aviv or anywhere else.

source: madonna.com

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour in Israel

The queen of pop is coming to Israel, and this time not to attend a Kabbalah conference. Madonna will give one concert at Hayarkon Park on September 1, 2009, 16 years after her last performance in the country.

Incidentally, on the same day rock band Faith No More is scheduled to play at the neighboring Tel Aviv Trade Fair center.

The diva has been traveling the world for some time now with her international “Sticky and Sweet” tour, which was launched following the release of her latest album “Hard Candy.”

The tour began in August 2008 and was scheduled to conclude in Bulgaria on August 28. But then Madonna received – and accepted – the proposal to play in the Holy Land.

This will be the icon’s second performance in Israel. In 1993 she rocked the park with her concert, “The Girlie Show.”

source: ynetnews