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Madonna News - January 2010

‘Hope for Haiti Now’ album is #1 in 22 countries

Hope for Haiti Now album has become the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history and currently is at No. 1 on iTunes’ album chart in 22 countries!

‘Hope for Haiti Now’ is #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States

Bonnie Greer on Madonna

Bonnie Greer can’t recall all of her fellow clubbers from the days when she frequented New York’s hottest nightspots but one girl in particular, three decades on, stands out. She had dark hair, wore a tight stripy tube dress and, alone, would dance to records that she gave the DJ to play. Afterwards, rather than retiring to her bed, she would sometimes sleep in a music producer’s office. Her name was Madonna and she was, says Greer, “a hick”.

“She was from Lansing or wherever [she’s actually from Michigan’s Rochester Hills], which is like being from, I don’t know… Dorset.” The playwright, by and large a softly spoken presence, howls with laughter and takes a sip of juice. “She was very aggressive, like ‘I’m going to be a star,’ and we just thought [she rolls her eyes], ‘Who is this bitch? You ain’t going nowhere, girl.'” Then three years later, in 1984, at the inaugural MTV awards, Greer noticed that the singer writhing around on stage was the club aficionado from the sticks. “She was singing Like a Virgin and got her bridal dress caught in the microphone lead. At the end we were like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ But Bette Midler, who was hosting, said: ‘Trust me, that girl’s going to go far.'” Impassive, Greer stirs her drink and swaps quips with the barman. “And we all thought she was taking the piss.”

source: the observer / thanks to John

Haiti telethon raises 57 million so far

Organizers for the all-star “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon say the event raised $57 million and counting.

“The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with ‘Hope for Haiti Now,’ and the donations continue to come in,” Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, said in a statement released Saturday. The group is helping to oversee the funds gathered from the event.

The two-hour telethon aired Friday night on the major networks and dozens of other channels, including MTV, Bravo, and PBS, and was also streamed live online. Stars like Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and more used their presence to encourage donations for Haiti, following a Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

The total released Saturday includes money raised by phone, text and the Web. It does not include donations by corporations or via iTunes, where people are able to buy performances of the event for 99 cents each, or the entire album for $7.99. Those funds also go to Haiti relief.

The “Hope for Haiti Now” CD is the biggest one-day pre-order in the site’s history and the new song “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” by Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bono and the Edge, debuted during the telethon, is the No. 1 single on iTunes.

People can donate via text, phone or through the “Hope for Haiti” Web site for the next six months. Among the organizations who will receive funds from the telethon include Oxfam America, UNICEF, and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Foundation.

source: ap

“Hope For Haiti Now” Digital Album and Video now available on Amazon

Hope For Haiti Now Digital Album

All proceeds from album sales of Hope for Haiti Now will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, and Yele Haiti Foundation. In addition, all proceeds from the special studio version of “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” by Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge, and Rihanna will go to Partners in Health.

Hope For Haiti Now Digital Album at Amazon.com / Video on Demand at Amazon.com

Tracklisting:

1. Send Me An Angel – Alicia Keys
2. A Message 2010 – Coldplay
3. We Shall Overcome – Bruce Springsteen
4. Time To Love / Bridge Over Troubled Water – Stevie Wonder
5. I’ll Stand By You (with The Roots) – Shakira
6. Motherless Child – John Legend
7. Hard Times Come Again No More (with The Roots) – Mary J. Blige
8. Breathless – Taylor Swift
9. Lift Me Up – Christina Aguilera
10. Driven To Tears – Sting
11. Halo – Beyoncé
12. Lean On Me (with Keith Urban & Kid Rock) – Sheryl Crow
13. Like A Prayer – Madonna
14. Hallelujah (with Charlie Sexton) – Justin Timberlake
15. Let It Be (The Roots) – Jennifer Hudson
16. Many Rivers To Cross – Emeline Michel
17. Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) – Jay-Z (with Rihanna, Bono & The Edge) (Live Version)
18. Alone And Forsaken – Neil Young (with Dave Mathews)
19. Rivers Of Babylon / Yele (Medley) – Wyclef Jean
20. Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) – Jay-Z (with Rihanna, Bono & The Edge) (Version 1.0)

Madonna’s Message

“I’m thrilled to have been a part of such a special night. It’s only the beginning of what we all need to do to help rebuild Haiti…”

– Madonna / via Guy Oseary’s Twitter

Madonna Brings Classic ‘Like A Prayer’ To ‘Hope For Haiti Now’ Telethon

Backed by a choir, Madonna performed her 1989 single “Like a Prayer” at the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon on Friday (January 22). She performed in the telethon’s New York studio, as did Bruce Springsteen, Shakira and Sting.

The arrangement of “Like a Prayer” took its cues from the original version’s instructions to “let the choir sing,” with the only non-vocal instrumentation provided by a guitarist and a keyboard player. It was a shining performance, with the choir serving as a perfect counterpoint to Madonna’s vocals.

source: mtv