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Madonna News - April 2010

David LaChapelle on working with Madonna

Making his critically acclaimed, charged urban dance documentary Rize in 2006 was a turning point, as was turning down directing Madonna’s 2005 Hung Up video. “She’s really hard to work for. I didn’t want to be yelled at. She wanted to film a subway scene with people running out. It was just after a subway bombing and I was worried it might be insensitive, but apparently she doesn’t read newspapers. We haven’t spoken since. But I don’t want to direct Hollywood films. I was offered Juno but turned it down.”
Times

Joni Mitchell: “Madonna is like Nero”

Joni Mitchell has described Madonna as a turning point towards a more vapid culture in America.

The ‘Blue’ singer told the Los Angeles Times that her own work was set in opposition to the idiocy of how people live in the modern world.

Mitchell said: “My first four albums covered the usual youth problems – looking for love in all the wrong places – while the next five are basically about being in your 30s.

“Things start losing their profundity; in middle-late age, you enter a tragedian period, realizing that the human animal isn’t changing for the better.”

She added: “In a way, I think I entered straight into my tragedian period, as my work is set against the stupid, destructive way we live on this planet.

“Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.”

Mitchell also accused her contemporaries Janis Joplin and Grace Slick of sleeping with “their whole bands and falling down drunk” and described Bob Dylan as “fake” and “a plagiarist”.

Digital Spy

Glee: The Power Of Madonna could top Billboard’s Albums chart

Eagle-eye industry sources are suggesting that the kids from Fox TV’s “Glee” may earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with “The Power of Madonna” soundtrack. The companion album from the show’s same-named episode, which aired Apr. 20 to much fanfare, may sell in the range of 100,000 to 125,000 by week’s end on May 1 according to industry prognosticators.

Billboard

‘Glee’ looking at doing more Madonna

Glee was so hot last night that series creator Ryan Murphy is talking to Madonna about another Madge-themed episode, reports EW’s Michael Ausiello.

Murphy says, “Madonna and her people are into it and want it to happen.” Look for a follow-up early next season.

And just how hot was the episode? USA TODAY’s Gary Levin reports that the show drew 13.5 million viewers.

USA Today