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Madonna News - August 2009

Organizers take no chances with Madonna’s Russian concert

Concert organizers are pulling out all the stops to ensure Madonna’s one stop in Russia for her Sticky & Sweet tour goes off without a hitch, including taking steps to prevent rain falling on the day.

As the stage was going up on St. Petersburg’s main square for Sunday’s outdoor concert, organizers said they had hired aircraft to drive away thundershowers forecast for Sunday evening.

Tickets ranging from 2,000 to 30,000 rubles ($60-$1,000) were still available at outlets across Russia’s second city, which is one of 16 stops on the pop diva’s world tour.

More than 3,000 police will be occupied in maintaining order for the concert, which involves closing a large section of downtown around Palace Square to traffic for more than eight hours on Sunday.

Madonna was due to arrive in the city on Friday evening to prepare for the concert.

Special care has been taken constructing the stage for the event following the death of a worker at the tour venue in Marseille, France on July 17. Seven were also injured during the collapse of the stage, which caused the July 19 concert there to be canceled.

source: ria novosti

Bulgarian radio station fined because Madonna speaks English

Bulgaria’s Council for Electronic Media decided to slap Darik Radio with a hefty fine for airing a recorded Madonna invitation to her fans in Bulgaria, because in the invitation, the pop-star spoke English, Bulgarian daily 24 Chasa daily has reported.

According to chapter 12 article 1 of the Radio and Television Act, all advertisement in foreign languages are forbidden, and so the commission has ordered Darik Radio to pay a penalty, the amount of which is expected to be in the range of 2000 to 15000 leva. Should the radio station repeat the broadcast, the fine will be doubled.

The 10 second message from Madonna to her fans in Bulgaria said; “Hello Bulgaria, this is Madonna and I expect to see you at the August 29 show in Sofia in Vassil Levsli Stadium”.

A spokesperson for Sofia Music Enterprises, the Bulgarian organisers of Madonna’s concert, said “this is normal procedure and it is used in all countries. Any time Madonna has a concert in a country, she records a message for her fans, and it is always in English. There is no way that an exception will be made just for us.”

Konstantin Vulkov, program manager of Darik Radio said the station “apologies that Madonna is not proficient in Bulgarian.”

Darik Radio will have to stop the offensive broadcast, unless Madonna brushes up on her Bulgarian.

source: sofiaecho