Madonna leads a charge of celebrities descending on Rio de Janeiro for the city’s famously sexy Carnival starting this weekend.
The pop star triggered screams from fans as she checked into an up-market hotel on Ipanema beach with her children in tow, Brazil’s Globo news website reported.
The frenzy added to a crowd already gathered in front of the hotel because of another singing guest lodged there – Beyonce, who was wrapping up a series of pre-Carnival Brazilian concerts as part of a Latin American tour.
Other celebrities expected to show up for Carnival, which runs from Saturday to next Tuesday, include Alicia Keys and Paris Hilton, according to star-gazing website Ofuxico.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Lindsay Lohan, however, have cancelled their plans to visit, the daily O Dia says.
I read you worshipped Madonna when you were a kid.
I did have this epiphany when I was watching her on TV. It occurred to me that one could perform as one’s job. That could be a vocation and that was pretty exciting to me. I remember jumping up and down on the bed. I think most women of my generation worshipped Madonna.
Do you still worship her?
Yeah, I do. I haven’t stopped.
Vanilla Ice has revealed that he never expected to date Madonna for eight months.
The 42-year-old, who collaborated with Jedward on debut single ‘Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)’, admitted that he had a “cool” time with Madonna at the height of his fame in 1990.
“I didn’t expect someone so famous to even know who I was,” he said.
“Madonna and I dated for about eight months, it was cool. We had to put on all sorts of disguises to meet up – wigs, make-up, the lot.”
The star, who later attempted suicide after reportedly battling drug dependency, claimed that he suffered being in the spotlight.
“That level of fame is really damaging to your sanity. I couldn’t go to the shops, visit my family, chat with friends in the street. That’s what led me to go on the downward spiral. I was looking for an escape but looking in the wrong places,” he said.
“After the suicide attempt I moved away from where I was living in Dallas, changed my number and didn’t speak to anyone. I just cut myself off from Vanilla Ice. That was the year I met Laura, which was a huge turning point.”
Vanilla Ice married Laura in 1997. The couple have daughters Dusti, 12, and 9-year-old KeeLee.
African villagers have claimed they are being forced to relocate to give way to a new school in Malawi funded by Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity.
As many as 200 villagers were being shifted from their ancestral land and claimed they were being poorly compensated by the Queen of Pop, who agreed to pay 70,000 pounds in damages.
“My sisters and I inherited this land from our parents, whose parents have been here for over a hundred years. How can I get only K200,000? (850 pounds)” the Daily Express quoted one unhappy villager, Amos Mkuyu, as saying.
District commissioner Charles Kalemba told the villagers in Chinkhota: “The 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. This school is the future of our children’
“You are lucky that Madonna has compensated you for your houses, gardens and trees.” Village head man Binson Chinkhota said: “We have been compen sated and this school is a pride for us as it is the future of our children.”
Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, the school’s principal-designate, added: “We stalled for some months because of the land dispute. We are now in full swing and set to meet the 2011 deadline.”
Madonna seemed to be holding auditions at Meatpacking District hot spot SL on Wednesday night. “She was looking for new dancers for her upcoming tour,” said a source. More than 30 wannabes formed a circle around her and conducted a dance-off. “It was pretty epic,” our spy says. “Some professionals were doing flips and spins, while the amateurs sort of just stared.” Madonna’s own deejay, Tony Touch, got on the turntables while Knicks star Danilo Gallinari and singer Eve looked on.
38. Madonna, Confessions on a Dance Floor
Confessions on a Dance Floor could’ve just as easily been called Ghost of Madonnas Past: at once a thumping tribute to the restorative power of dance music (this was the workout album of the decade if there was one) and a treatise on the singer’s own fame (“I spent my whole life wanting to be talked about”), in which all her musical tics headily come to fore (singing in foreign languages? Check. Faux-tribalistic hymn? Check.). References to the past are everywhere, from the ABBA sample of “Hung Up” to her silly love letter to the city where she got her start, “I Love New York,” but Madonna has always been a thoroughly postmodern pop artist, and as such, songs like “Hung Up,” Sorry,” and “Forbidden Love” aren’t so much throwbacks as updates of the disco sound to which she’s indebted. PS
31. Madonna, Music
Though Madonna would collaborate with William Orbit on three tracks on her follow-up to Ray of Light, the album otherwise represented a seismic shift from its predecessor’s warm-and-gooey spirituality (a Book of Revelation to many fans, anathema to others). Mirwais’s defiantly experimental, Eurotrashy, wholly artificial production—awash in Auto-Tune and Nintendo beats—was bound to disappoint some, but no one does ersatz like Madonna, and fittingly, this is also one of her most soul-bearing works, from the feminist “What It Feels Like for a Girl,” to the Toni Morrison-alluding “Paradise (Not for Me), to “Nobody’s Perfect,” a slow burn that’s never less than affecting. PS
Best Pop Dance Track
3 – Britney Spears
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga Celebration – Madonna
Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Love etc. – Pet Shop Boys
Sexy Bitch – David Guetta feat. Akon
When Love Takes Over – David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
Best Artist (Solo):
Lady Gaga Madonna
Best Dance Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.
WINNER : Poker Face / Lady Gaga [Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Cherrytree]
Boom Boom Pow / The Black Eyed Peas [Interscope Records]
When Love Takes Over / David Guetta & Kelly Rowland [Astralwerks]
Celebration / Madonna [Warner Bros.]
Womanizer / Britney Spears [Jive/Zomba]
January 31, 2010 – New York, NY – Vita Coco, the nation’s best-selling coconut water and one of the fastest-growing beverage brands in the U.S., today announced a group of several high profile new investors into the five-year old, New York-based beverage company. With a 60% share of the coconut water market and annual revenues more than doubling in 2009 from the previous year, Vita Coco is headed to record sales in 2010 and beyond. It was officially confirmed today by Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael Kirban that entertainment manager Guy Oseary and his client Madonna invested in Vita Coco. Oseary also brought on board Matthew McConaughey, Demi Moore and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis as additional Vita Coco investors. read more →