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Madonna News - November 2009

Madonna in Tears after Huge Donation Offered

US pop star Madonna broke into tears when Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista announced that he would donate $7 million for her welfare projects, a media report said.

During a dinner at Batista’s home Thursday, the tycoon asked the singer how much money she collected and how much more she needed. When she answered that she had $3 million and needed to raise $10 million, the billionaire announced his readiness to complete the sum.

It was at that moment that Madonna was moved to tears, the Folha de Sao Paulo daily reported.

At the dinner were Rio de Janeiro State Governor Sergio Cabral and Mayor Eduardo Paes.

The singer left Brazil Friday after a five-day visit seeking investments for a number of social projects that she wants to launch.

On Thursday before the dinner, the artist made a quick trip to Sao Paulo to meet a group of poor women, with whom she spoke about the positive values contained in the Hebrew doctrine of the Kabbalah, of which she herself is a follower.

The mayor told the media that the singer had accepted his offer for her to perform at the next New Year’s festival, for which some two million people would gather on the Copacabana beach.

source: efe

Madonna face of Dolce And Gabbana

Madonna will be swapping music for modelling once again, as she becomes the latest cover girl for Dolce And Gabbana.

The Italian fashion duo – who designed iconic costumes for her Girlie Show and Sticky And Sweet tours in 1993 and 2008 – announced on their online magazine, Swide.com, that the Queen of Pop is the face of their spring/summer 2010 campaign.

“To have Madonna in our campaign is a dream come true,” said designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

It’s the latest modelling coup for Madonna, who was the face of Louis Vuitton for two seasons.

The ads were shot last week in New York with acclaimed photographer Steven Klein.

source: pa

Madonna wants to help Rio slums, says governor

Madonna, who has promoted school building in the African country Malawi, is now turning her star power onto projects to improve the notorious slums of Rio de Janeiro.

The 51-year-old star is in Rio to visit some of the Brazilian city’s slums, or “favelas”, and meet with one of the country’s richest businessmen to discuss setting up social projects, said state Governor Sergio Cabral.

“She will get to know some social projects; she is enchanted with Rio and wants to help,” Cabral said. The beachside city has about 1,000 slums, many of them controlled by violent drug gangs or other armed groups.

A major outbreak of violence last month, which followed Rio’s selection to host the 2016 Olympics, underlined its stubborn security and poverty problems.

source: reuters

Peter Hook blasts Madonna

The former New Order and Joy Division bassist told Absolute Radio he met the star on the night of her first British concert – at cult Manchester nightclub The Hacienda which he co-ran – and said she was “horrible” and “used” people.

He said: “Madonna’s like a Black Widow spider. She tends to use people, then they shrivel up and disappear.

Peter, 53, revealed that a friend – who was managing Madonna at the time – persuaded him to let her sing in the club for cult TV programme ‘The Tube’ but she was less forthcoming when asked to perform again when as club opened later that evening.

He said: “She was horrible. She was sat there with her back to us, and Rob went up and said ‘We were wondering if you wanted to appear later at the club’, and she just went ‘F**k off’.”

source: bangshowbiz

Sophia Loren on Madonna

‘I only met her once, at a premiere. I was waiting outside with a group of people, surrounded by photographers, and she was walking towards us. I said, “Madonna, come here,” because she looked so alone, and we were photographed together. She was charming and very respectful to me, but you know, she looked very lonely.’

source: dailymail.co.uk

Celebration on Album Charts – Week #6

Australia – 8-6-8-11-16-24 (22.313)
Austria – 4-9-14-21-42-57
Belgium (Flanders) – 2-1-2-3-6-7-11
Belgium (Wallonia) – 7-2-3-4-9-9-12
Canada – 1-5-5-11-20 (36.000+)
Czech Republic – 1-2-1-3-5-12
Denmark – 1-2-3-5-10-16
Finland – 2-2-2-9-12-17
France (C) – 1-1-2-2-2-5 (60.181+)
Germany – 1-1-8-9-12-23 (83.000+)
Hungary – 2-4-3-4-7-8-12
Ireland – 1-2-1-3-12-25-33
Italy – 1-2-3-2-2-3
Japan – 12-3-6-6-9-13 (148.162)
Mexico – 2-1-5-5-6-7
Netherlands – 2-2-7-11-20-24-38
New Zealand – 2-3-5-9-15-20
Norway – 5-4-4-3-7-12
Poland – 3-3-5-11-21-23
Portugal – 2-2-4-5-7-11
Spain – 2-4-7-4-10-15
Sweden – 2-7-10-17-15-21
Switzerland – 3-3-5-9-14-16
UK – 1-2-2-3-14-25-26 (196.649+)
USA – 7-20-38-47-66 (131.689)
Europe – 1-1-1-1-3-5
United World – 4-1-1-2-8-12 (962.000)

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