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Millions of Madonna fans across the world will be celebrating the Queen of Pop’s 52nd birthday today, and download trends from Ovi Music show the Material Girl is still as popular as ever with fans around the world.
Nokia’s trends snapshot reveals Madonna is the second most popular female solo artist, according to downloads by fans using Ovi’s unlimited track download service – beaten only by Lady Gaga, 28 years her junior.
Top 20 Most Downloaded Artists World Wide:
1. Lady Gaga
2. Michael Jackson
3. Jay Chou
4. The Black Eyed Peas
8. David Guetta
… Queen, Britney Spears, Shakira, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Green Day, P!nk, Robbie Williams, Akon, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey
Madonna Downloads by Country:
Brazil (16.77%), Finland (16.60%), Mexico (15.86%), China (11.77%), UK (10.06%), Singapore (7.50%), Germany (5.13%), Australia (4.30%)m Russia (3.88%), Italy (2.20%)
Madonna’s Most Downloaded Songs:
2. Revolver (Madonna vs David Guetta One Love Remove (feat Lil Wayne)
3. La Isla Bonita
4. Like a Virgin
5. Hung Up
6. Like a Prayer
7. Papa Don’t Preach
9. 4 Minutes (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timberland)
10. Material Girl
The research was based on downloads made by users of Ovi’s Unlimited music download service since launch. The survey finished on 10 August 2010.
Ovi’s unlimited music download service is available in 36 countries around the world.
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In Madonna’s honor, Billboard.com invited a famed paparazzo Ron Galella to guide us through the years with some of Madonna’s most famous pictures.
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Actors who sign up for Madonna’s movies can forget about getting home in time for tea.
The singer is taking ages to shoot scenes in her role as director for new flick, W.E. – which she also co-wrote.
According to sources on set, Madge over-analyzes every single shot, resulting in some extra long days on location.
Lead actress Abbie Cornish knows that better than most. It took three hours to shoot her in a bath scene – she must have looked like a prune by the end.
It must’ve been even more frustrating for cast members who had to hang around because the scene will only last ten seconds in the film.
Madge has given her daughter Lourdes a cameo in the flick.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is not totally opposed to plastic surgery, but she does draw the line.
“L.A. is crazy. The women all look the same now,” the Emmy nominee, 38, tells Esquire magazine. “That thing with the cheeks. Like Madonna. Who do they think they’re fooling? It doesn’t make them look young. You end up looking like a freak.”
Vergara admits she may one day tweak her eyes. She also once considered a breast reduction, but her mom talked her out of it by telling her, “God is going to punish you if you cut them.”
Macy’s delivered a July fireworks show for investors yesterday – with a little help from Madonna.
The nation’s biggest department store reported a better-than- expected 7.3-percent increase in July same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year.
While other retailers, including rival JC Penney, were singing the back-to-school blues with sluggish monthly sales reports, Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren said the season is “off to a great start.”
Lundgren cited the “phenomenal launch” of the new “Material Girl” fashion line, designed by Madonna and her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes. Aimed at teenage girls, the 1980s-inspired line will include clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry.
On Tuesday, Macy’s launched the collection at the company’s flagship store on Herald Square with a performance by pop star Taylor Momsen, who drew throngs of girls dressed up like Madonna. Macy’s shares yesterday rose 34 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $19.78.