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Madonna News - July 2009

Madonna on the cover Yediot Ahronot

Madonna on the cover Yediot Ahronot

“Countless times I’ve traveled the world, performed in soccer stadiums, acted in films, dined with world leaders, I’ve achieved what’s considered a very high level of success.
And yet I felt that something is missing in life.
I was pregnant with my daughter almost 14 years ago, when I suddenly realized that I’ve spent most of my life only taking care of myself, and soon I’ll be responsible for another human being’s life.
I looked for meaning.
And one day, at a lesson by a teacher named Eitan, I started finding the answers. I’ve woken up.
I started seeing that being rich and famous isn’t the end of the road, but the beginning of it.”

source: madonnanation

Joe Echo: A Celebration with Madonna!

I’m so delighted to announce that the next Madonna single titled Celebration was co written by Madonna, Paul Oakenfold, Ian Green and yours truly. As i write this blog I’m still finding it very hard to believe. I’m very Honored to have my name even mentioned in the same sentence as Madonna. As like many people i grew up listening to her many hits, and i have a lot of respect for her as a living legend. I never even thought for one minute that i would get the opportunity to write for Madonna or work with the legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold… but that’s exactly what has happened. So how did a little known singer/songwriter from Castledawson N. Ireland get to co write with one of the biggest stars the music world has ever known? To cut a long story short…

I was co-writing with Ian Green and Oakenfold for the new Oakenfold Album when Oakey sent Madonna some of the backing tracks that we had come up with. I never for one minute thought that Madonna would even like the music let alone record two of the tracks that we had written but that’s exactly what has happened. A few Months back, in a New York recording studio Madonna wrote the lyrics for and recorded ‘Celebration’ and a track called ‘Broken’ ‘Celebration’ is the first single off the next Greatest hits album, which is also titled ‘Celebration.’ I am so happy with this news and i am very excited to see how things unfold over the next few weeks! As always I will keep posting the news on the site. Thank you so much to all for there warm wishes.

Cheers Ciaran

source: joeecho.com

Madonna to sing on Budapest soccer stadium

U.S. pop star Madonna will perform at a Budapest soccer stadium despite protests by the Hungarian Football Association, organizers said Wednesday.

If Madonna’s show is held at the Puskas stadium, two years of work of the national soccer team could be ruined, Istvan Kisteleki of the Hungarian soccer association told the Hungarian news agency MTI.

The Hungarian national team is scheduled to play two major world cup qualification matches early in September and it would take more than 30 days to repair the turf on Budapest’s Ferenc Puskas stadium after Madonna’s concert Aug. 22.

Hungary is to play Sweden Sept. 5 and Portugal Sept. 9.

Lajos Vajto, the director of Budapest’s Kincsem Park, the site for horse tracks, said the Madonna concert could be held on his facility if the Puskas soccer stadium refuses to stage the show.

source: upi

Madonna pens article for Israeli daily

Israel’s biggest daily newspaper is boasting a new international correspondent – Madonna.

The Material Girl’s byline is on the front page of Wednesday’s issue of Yediot Ahronot with an excerpt from her upcoming article headlined: “How My Life Changed.”

The paper translated her words into Hebrew. Madonna’s full article is to be published Friday.

Madonna isn’t Jewish but she has adopted the Hebrew name of Esther and studies Jewish mysticism.

She made a private pilgrimage to Israel in 2004 and plans two shows in the country in September as part of her Sticky & Sweet tour.

In her article, the 50-year-old entertainer describes her religious awakening almost 14 years ago, saying she realized fame and fortune were not the end but only the beginning.

source: ap

“Celebration” Single co-written by Joe Echo

An Irish singer-songwritter has co-written Madonna’s new single – and it’s destined to be a massive hit.

The track, called Celebration, was co-written by Joe Echo with Madonna and her producers Paul Oakenfold and Ian Green.

And pals said Joe, whose real name is Ciaran Gribbin, is thrilled Celebration will be the first single released from Madonna’s greatest hits album.

An insider said, “Celebration” is the title track of Madonna’s greatest hits album of the same name.

“The album will be released on September 25 but the single will be available for download from August 4. The single will be played first on RTE 2FM on Monday after 1pm.”

Of course Ciaran is over the moon about the whole thing – he’s delighted to be involved with the new Madonna single. He’s had a great year so far.”

Joe Echo went recently to #1 in the American download dance album chart as a remix of his track All My Sundays is included in Paul oakenfold’s chart-topping album Perfecto Vegas.

And his current single The Heart That Knows Desire is beginning to pick up airplay from radio.

In the past Ciaran was frontman of the band Leya and he also provided backing vocals or Snow Patrol on their multi platinum selling album Eyes Open.

At the moment he is working on Joe Echo’s debut album which is due out in 2010. The insider added: “Word about Ciaran’s talents is spreading fast.”

Article from Irish Mirror / Thanks to Riv OtherShore

Madonna VIP Tickets on Auction

Two VIP tickets (right next to the soundboard) are going to be auctioned, to help raise funding for the new Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospitalany. Tickets can be chosen for any of the Sticky and Sweet tour dates listed below by the winning bidder:

8/13: Prague, CZ – Chadov Natural Ampitheatre
8/15: Warsaw, PL – Bemowo Airport
8/18: Munich, DE – Olympic Stadium
8/20: Ljubljana, SI – Hippodrome
8/22: Budapest, HU – Kincsem Park
8/24: Belgrade, RS – USCE Park
8/26: Bucharest, RO – Parc Izvor
8/29: Sofia, BG – Vasil Levski Stadium
9/1: Tel Aviv, IL – Hayarkon Park
9/2: Tel Aviv, IL – Hayarkon Park

The auction is running live now through August 28th at www.charitybuzz.com.
To learn more about Ellen Hermanson Foundation, click here