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Madonna News - November 2009

Madonna wanted to produce ‘Precious’

Madonna was declined from producing acclaimed new movie ‘Precious’, author Sapphire has revealed.

Sapphire said the Queen of Pop was eager to be associated with the film adapted from 1996 novel Push.

Madonna was almost Mariah Carey’s boss on acclaimed new movie Precious – the pop superstar was among the first people to show an interest in adapting author Sapphire”s gritty drama into a film.

“There was this really earnest college student with his backpack on who wanted to do his first film, and then Madonna wanted to produce it,” the Daily Express quoted Sapphire as telling Entertainment Weekly magazine.

“I was like, ”Madonna? I don”t think this is her film,”” she added.

The post finally went to moviemaker Lee Daniels who managed to convince her with his credentials.

source: ani

Madonna Takes Top Honors At Billboard Touring Awards

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour was the big winner at the sixth annual Billboard Touring Awards, taking home honors for Top Tour and Top Draw, which acknowledge the highest-grossing and highest-attended tours of the year, respectively. Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary won the Top Manager award.

The Billboard Touring Awards are based on worldwide data reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009. Other winners include Kenny Chesney’s Sun City Carnival tour for Chesney’s sixth straight Top Package award; Ill Divo for the Breakthrough award, U2 for the Top Boxscore award for the band’s shows at Croke Park in Dublin last July, and Dane Cook for the Top Comedy Tour award.

Additionally, Keith Urban received the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for his Escape Together tour sponsored by Kingsford and KC Masterpiece, and Jonas Brothers received the Eventful Fans’ Choice Award, both determined by online voting. Warped tour founder Kevin Lyman received the Humanitarian Award, and Ozzy Osbourne was named Legend Of Live.

source: billboard

Malawi threatens arrests over Madonna school row

Malawi threatened on Thursday to arrest protesting villagers blocking construction of Madonna’s multi-million dollar girls academy, a new controversy for the singer in the African country where she has adopted two children.

About 140 villagers are demanding more money for land the government has leased to Madonna’s charity – Raising Malawi – for 99 years.

District Commissioner for Lilongwe Charles Kalemba, other senior government officials and Raising Malawi failed to reach an agreement in talks with representatives of the villagers on Thursday in a bid to resolve the dispute.

“If we cannot agree on this and if you cannot understand that this is government land, then I will have no choice but tell police to arrest you people for blocking development work on the site,” Kalemba told the village chief, Chinkhota.

Madonna launched the construction of the school last month and pledged to build similar facilities in other countries if the project succeeds.

The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls — in Chinkhota village about 15 km (10 miles) outside the capital Lilongwe — is expected to be completed in two years and will admit 500 girls from the small southern African country’s 28 districts. The construction is expected to cost $15 million.

source: reuters

Lady Gaga on Madonna and SNL

“I love her, she’s always been an idol of mine and she’s been so nice to me – I think I can say now that we’re friends, which feels a bit weird,” she told Grazia Australia.

“I love her daughter Lourdes. She is such a lovely young girl. She came to my show with her mom and we got along famously.”

In the sketch, the duo argued over who was hotter before getting into a catfight.

“We were thinking, what do our fans want to see? And we thought, they want to see us fight. I was pulling her hair and we couldn’t stop laughing,” she added.

Celebration on Album Charts – Week #5

Australia – 8-6-8-11-16
Austria – 4-9-14-21-42
Belgium (Flanders) – 2-1-2-3-6-7
Belgium (Wallonia) – 7-2-3-4-9-9
Canada – 1-5-5-12
Czech Republic – 1-2-1-3-5
Denmark – 1-2-3-5-10
Finland – 2-2-2-9-12
France (C) – 1-1-2-2-2
Germany – 1-1-8-9-12
Hungary – 2-4-3-4-7-8
Ireland – 1-2-1-3-12-25
Italy – 1-2-3-2-2
Japan – 12-3-6-6-9
Mexico – 2-1-5-5-6
Netherlands – 2-2-7-11-20-24
New Zealand – 2-3-5-9-15
Norway – 5-4-4-3-7
Poland – 3-3-5-11-21
Portugal – 2-2-4-5-7
Spain – 2-4-7-4-10
Sweden – 2-7-10-17-15
Switzerland – 3-3-5-9-14
UK – 1-2-2-3-14-25
USA – 7-20-38-47
Europe – 1-1-1-1-3
United World – 4-1-1-2-8

last number is the latest chart position