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Madonna News - August 2011

Rumor: Madonna at the VMAs

…the show will contain a star-studded tribute medley with one song from each of Britney’s albums, followed by the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award (presumably the Video Vanguard Award?) by none other than Madonna.

VH-1 Blog

Malawi court dismisses legal action by Madonna

A Malawi court on Tuesday dismissed a legal action by US pop diva Madonna to prevent her charity project from being sued by former employees for unfair dismissal and non-payment of benefits.

‘It would be premature to remove (Raising Malawi Inc) RMI from the case because several issues of employee-employer relationship, economic realities and group liability have been raised,’ according to a ruling by Jack Nriva, deputy chairperson of the industrial relations court.

Mr Nriva said it would be ‘premature and hasty to bar the applicants from suing RMI. In all fairness, I believe the application to remove RMI as party herein ought to be, and is hereby dismissed.’ He said it would be less prejudicial to RMI if it remains as party to the proceedings.

Eight staff members of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls (RMAG) lodged the action at the end of March, claiming they were let go without proper procedures.


Betty Boo recalls her first encounter with Madonna

The phone rang in my suite at The Royalton Hotel in New York: ‘Hi, this is Madonna,’ the voice said. I thought it was one of my Boo-ettes playing a prank. But it wasn’t. Madonna herself had heard I was in town and asked if I would like to go out to dinner.

Our connection was Seymour Stein. He had famously discovered Madonna and signed her to his Sire Label. Later, he signed me and, though she had said she was a huge fan of mine, I always took this with a pinch of salt. After all, I was just a girl from Shepherds Bush who made records in her bedroom!

I took a taxi to her apartment and she answered the door. I couldn’t believe it — Madonna answering her own door? Even the Queen doesn’t do that at Buckingham Palace.

Madonna and I had a drink in her amazing apartment and then we jumped in her limo to her favourite eatery. It was packed full of Hip Hop and R ‘n’ B luminaries — this photo was actually taken by the late, great Tupac Shakur.

Madonna talked endlessly about music; she said she wanted to sign me to her new Maverick label. This was so exciting and the idea of the two of us working together was a dream come true.

At the end of the evening she dropped me back off at my hotel and I gave her my leopard print jacket (the one I am wearing in the picture). I was thrilled to see her wearing it a week later on MTV when she was promoting her Bedtime Stories album.

Shortly after this, sadly, my mum became very ill and I stopped recording to look after her. When she died, I withdrew from the music industry for many years. Madonna knew what it was like to lose a mother and was very kind to me.

Ever since, there’s only been one Queen of Pop for me — Madonna will always be the best female artist of all time and I hope she never stops rocking.

Madonna with Betty Boo

M Magazine

Abbie Cornish on Madonna

Madonna’s one of the smartest women I’ve ever come across.
You need to be totally switched on to the news and current affairs to talk to her – she asks you questions all the time and expects you to be up on everything that’s going on, from Libya to the latest advances in technology. Her mind never stops working. She’s also very funny. She tells a lot of good jokes. She is one of the coolest women on the planet. I didn’t know what to think when I met her but she was everything you expect and don’t expect at the same time. The biggest thing that surprised me about her was how much she includes you in her life and her family when you work with her. I hung out with the children and we’d talk about everything from shoes to the state of the world.”

My most surreal memory of working with Madonna is the stylish way she finishes a shoot – with a Cosmopolitan.
Standing next to her after a day’s shoot and drinking a Cosmo – I mean, it doesn’t get better than that. Even though we’ve finished filming we still keep in touch. I have her email address and we send messages. Madonna likes to email.

Daily Mail