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Madonna News - February 2010

Timbaland on Madonna and Grammys

“People do not respect music anymore… They go by what’s hot… If you’re hot, you deserve 4 or 5 Grammys…”
“Madonna is a genius and she only has 2 or 3 Grammys… What is that about?”

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Revolver Single on Charts

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Rumor: Madonna to team up David Tennant

Madonna wants to direct a movie about King Edward VIII and is hoping the former Doctor will play the ex-monarch.

Madge was originally planning to star in the movie herself as Wallis, because she saw similarities between herself and the character.

But she is now in talks with Up In The Air star Vera Farmiga, 36, to take the role instead.

The part of King Edward hasn’t yet been cast but a source said: “Madonna’s interest in directing a drama was first revealed a year ago.

“She put it on hold while going through her divorce but is really keen to get into directing again and has her eye on David, having loved his work on Doctor Who.”

source: dailystar

Revolver CD Maxi available in US now
1. Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix (Feat. Lil Wayne) 3:25
2. Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix) 3:10
3. Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Club Remix) 5:23
4. Revolver (Paul van Dyk Remix) 8:36
5. Revolver (Paul van Dyk Dub) 8:36
6. Revolver (Tracy Young’s Shoot To Kill Remix) 9:30
7. Celebration (Feat. Akon) 3:54
8. Celebration (Felguk Love Remix) 6:38

Madonna - Revolver Single

Rumor: Madonna in Talks for Apparel Line

In the growing love affair between celebrity and fashion, one of the biggest names out there is close to getting into the groove: Madonna.

The pop icon is in talks to launch a contemporary women’s collection with a group of licensees that would be sold exclusively at Macy’s, according to sources. The merchandise would include apparel, accessories, intimates and footwear. Label names under serious consideration for the product lines include Material Girl for the apparel and Truth or Dare for the lingerie and underwear.

“Truth or Dare” was the title of a 1991 film, which documented Madonna’s groundbreaking Blonde Ambition worldwide concert tour.

Madonna’s longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg, did not return calls Monday seeking comment. A Macy’s spokesman also declined comment.

Iconix Brand Group Inc. is involved in the negotiations for the venture, according to sources, and Madonna has made visits to the company’s New York offices. Iconix is a brand management firm, which owns and licenses 21 brands, including Candie’s, Bongo, Rampage, London Fog, Rocawear, Danskin and Badgley Mischka. The brands ring up $10 billion in retail sales in total, according to the company.

An Iconix spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny a potential Madonna deal. “Iconix has no comment on this story,” she said.

However, sources said a deal is close to being signed.

Iconix has experience working with pop superstars, having re-signed Britney Spears last month to a second year representing the Candie’s brand, which is sold exclusively at Kohl’s.

source: wwd

Madonna wins Malawi land struggle

Madonna has won a dispute over the plot earmarked for her Malawi school, meaning villagers have been told to move from their homes.
In a land dispute pitting the singer against African villagers, Malawi’s government sided with Madonna who pumped millions into the impoverished southern African country and adopted two of its children.

Villagers were refusing to move from a plot of land near the capital, Lilongwe, where Madonna wants to build a 15 million US dollar school for girls.

The government, however, said it had originally planned to develop the plot, and only allowed the villagers to live there until a project was identified.

Lilongwe District Commissioner Charles Kalemba, accompanied by other government officials and representatives from Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity, met about 200 villagers and told them they would have to move. The villagers were offered other government land.

“Government allowed you to occupy this land because there was no project yet. But now that Madonna wants to build you a school you have to give way,” Mr Kalemba told the villagers. “You are lucky that Madonna has compensated you for your houses, gardens and trees.”

Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, who will be principal of Madonna’s school, said the singer paid the villagers more than 16 million kwacha (about 115,000 US dollars) to compensate them for their houses – mostly mud-and-thatch structures – and improvements such as gardens and trees.

One villager said the 1,500 US dollars in compensation he received from Madonna for mango trees and three homes was not enough. He said his family had been living on his seven-acre plot for three generations.

source: pa

Arianne Phillips on working for Madonna

Arianne Phillips, 46, is an American costume designer, a freelance fashion editor (for, among others, Harper’s Bazaar, American Vogue and Numéro magazine), and has been Madonna’s stylist for 13 years. She has been nominated for a Bafta for her work on Tom Ford’s film A Single Man. She lives in LA with her boyfriend and two dogs.

How do you juggle all your different projects?

I’ve crafted this career on my short attention span — this is how I keep my work fresh. I would have wilted in a nine-to-five.

What’s your schedule like?

I travel a lot for Madonna — for one tour, there’s 12 weeks of prep and I’ll go to the first five shows. For my fashion work, I shoot in LA and New York and go to all the shows. I work 12 hours a day. I get up early to deal with Europe and stay up late to email, but I’m not a workaholic and I enjoy not working.

It sounds chaotic – how do you manage it?

I’m always having conversations with my boyfriend: should I do this or that? Working with Madonna, I have missed opportunities, but essentially it’s about planning. I suffer anxiety from the juggling, but I’m used to the fluency now.

What have you learnt from working with Madonna?

She taught me to keep my eye on the prize and not be seduced by others’ opinions. I’m not fluent in it like she is, but it really helped my confidence and sense of self.

How do you manage the egos?

It takes mutual respect and compromise. There have been many times when Madonna and I haven’t agreed — I didn’t win with the cowboy hat — but it’s not the end of the world. I won’t work with people with whom I don’t have a meeting of minds and aesthetics; I don’t give artists a new image because their old one doesn’t work.

Do you have a strategy to get your way?

Presents and flattery. If I want to sell a concept, I make a big effort to do my homework, to turn a vague opinion into something with purpose.

Complete interview at TimesOnline