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Madonna News - March 2010

Jonas Akerlund on Madonna/Gaga comparisons

“I really don’t like to compare the artists that I work with, because they are all so unique and so different,” he told MTV News about the Gaga/Madonna similarities. “One thing for sure is that Gaga is a true artist. She’s really a huge talent, and she’s such a hard worker. That makes me think of Madonna, because Madonna is always such a hard worker, more than anybody else.”

Like Madonna, Gaga also has a unique vision. “She’s always very creative,” he said of Madge. “She always goes back to creativity. She has so much politics around and all these stupid rumors and gossip and all that, and some artists manage to stay above that. So in that sense, I’m fine with comparing [Gaga and Madonna], but then again, they’re so different.”

»kerlund said he and Gaga have a long road ahead of them before they can have the relationship he has with the Queen of Pop. “I also have 12 years with Madonna and I have two videos with Gaga; it’s the future to tell, but I think that Gaga has all the potential and all the tools and all the brain to take her creativity as far she wants to,” he said. “But she’s great.

“Madonna was early to be one of those artists who thought more about the concept then just focusing on the one thing,” he continued. “And Gaga — that comes naturally for her. She sees her character and her career, and I’m happy to be part of it … but it’s not me; it’s her. Everything comes from her.”

MTV

Sia talks about Madonna

I understand you did a Madonna cover….
Yes, “Oh Father.” I personalized the words to make sense to me.

Have you met Madonna before?
Never. But I grew up wearing fingerless gloves because of her. Then one day about three years ago she put one of my songs, a remix of “Breathe Me,” on her iTunes playlist. She said it was a great song to work out to. Then I got excited, because someone who was staying at my house was working for this jeans company and Madonna had asked for a bunch of their jeans. This girl was packaging the jeans at my house, so I slipped a note in one of the boxes for Madonna and said, “Hi, this is Sia. You put my song on your iTunes playlist and I wanted to say thanks. I love you.” And that’s the extent of our relationship.

Did she find the note?
I doubt it. But if she tried on the jeans I’ve come pretty close to her bum! [Laughs]

from Spin Magazine Interview

Madonna + Dolce & Gabbana = MDG

from Swide.com:

Madonna isn’t just a friend, muse and model to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana; with new eyewear brand MDG she has become a fellow designer, ready to wow us with shades fit for a film noir screen siren, of which we exclusively reveal a few models.

Tne Internet has been buzzing with rumours of the various design projects taken on by Madonna herself and details on what is perhaps the most exciting line yet were officially announced by WWD earlier today.

Madonna caught in the act with a beautiful stranger – a familiar stranger who is none other than our dearest Tyson Ballou. The paparazzo for the occasion was Steven Klein no less, and lending him a hand was legendary art director Fabien Baron.

Reading the words of happy Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce one definitely understands why this was a match made in accessories heaven: “Designing an eyewear line with Madonna was a new experience for us. The oversized and wraparound designs are sexy and very feminine, like our clothes. Madonna’s creative contribution and unique point of view were key, even in designing the MDG logo.”

Not just another celebrity collaboration – MDG is a whole new brand with Madonna, Domenico and Stefano as colleagues on the design team. Just imagine a day in *that* office… So far six models have been designed.

Madonna + Dolce & Gabbana = MDG
Madonna + Dolce & Gabbana = MDG

Madonna designs eyewear for Dolce & Gabbana

Fresh from signing a deal to create her own range of clothing, Madonna has teamed up with old friends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to design a collection of sunglasses for the Italian label. The sunglasses, which bear the letter M on the arm, mark the first co-branded collaboration that the design duo has ever undertaken.

“We’re so excited,” Gabbana told WWD. “This further strengthens our relationship with Madonna, and it was a very constructive experience for us. She is very exacting and a professional who seeks perfection in everything she does, and this was no exception.”

The collection, which will be produced and distribute by Luxottica, Dolce & Gabbana’s eyewear licensee, will go on sale this May retailing from €180 to €210 at Dolce & Gabbana stores worldwide and at the Sunglass Hut.

Madonna, who fronts this season’s Dolce & Gabbana campaign, also stars in the advertising images for the sunglasses line. They were also shot by Steven Klein, inspired by “film noir”, and will be released in May to coincide with the launch.

Madonna designs eyewear for Dolce & Gabbana

Vogue/WWD

Sticky & Sweet Tour iTunes Digital Download Tracklisting

Sticky & Sweet Tour iTunes Edition (Audio):
1. Candy Shop Medley (Live)
2. Beat Goes On Medley (Live)
3. Human Nature (Live)
4. Vogue 2008 (Live)
5. Heartbeat (Live) [Bonus Track]
6. Borderline (Live) [Bonus Track]
7. She’s Not Me (Live)
8. Music 2008 (Live)
9. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You (Live)
10. Spanish Lesson (Live)
11. La Isla Bonita 2008 (Live)
12. You Must Love Me (Live)
13. Get Stupid Medley (Live)
14. 4 Minutes (Live) [Bonus Track]
15. Like A Prayer 2008 (Live)
16. Ray Of Light (Live) [Bonus Track]
17. Give It 2 Me (Live)
+ Sticky & Sweet Tour – iTunes LP

Rumor: Madonna seeks Queen’s help on Wallis Simpson film

Madonna is seeking help from the Queen for a new film on Edward VIII abdication crisis.

The Queen of Pop is to write to the Queen to learn more about the 1936 crisis, in which Edward VIII’s desire to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite, had caused a constitutional dilemma.

However, it was resolved by Edward’s abdication and his succession by his brother, George VI, who was the Queen’s father.

Edward later became the Duke of Windsor and married Simpson.

‘Madonna is keen to make the film as authentic as possible and would be very grateful if we are allowed to film at certain locations,’ the Telegraph quoted one of Madonna’s associates as saying.

The insider added: ‘She loves the UK and holds your Queen in the highest regard.’

However, a courtier believes that Madonna may not be allowed to film in the Royal palaces.

The courtier said: ‘I can’t imagine that Her Majesty would make an exception, particularly for a film about Wallis Simpson.

source: ani

Jesus Luz ‘feels married’ to Madonna

Madonna’s toyboy lover has claimed he sees himself as a “married man”.

Brazilian model Jesus Luz, 23, said he has taken on the role of husband to the singer and father to her four children.

He said: “I consider myself a married man. I have a family. At my age, my father was also married, my mother gave birth to me when she was 15.”

However he admits he is a jealous lover but tries to control himself, he says in an interview with Brazil’s RG Vogue magazine.

source: mirror

Steve Madden close to Madonna Deal

Steven Madden Ltd. is about to tie up another celebrity deal.

Multiple sources told Footwear News last week the company is teaming up with Iconix Brand Group Inc. and Macy’s Inc. to produce the shoes for Madonna’s new Material Girl juniors’ line, set to launch exclusively at Macy’s in August.

Last week, the superstar and Iconix announced the formation of a joint venture called MG Icon LLC. A number of projects are expected to bow as part of the partnership, with the Material Girl line hitting first.

“Footwear and accessories are going to be an essential part of the Material Girl collection,” said Iconix CEO Neil Cole. “Footwear is an easy way for juniors to change their look, and we are going to offer them a wide array of trend-right items that will fit into their style.”

WWD