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Madonna News - November 2014

Madonna snubs X Factor again

He’s used to getting what he wants, but Simon Cowell admits Madonna rejected his invitation to perform on this year’s X Factor final.

The music mogul is desperate to get the 56-year-old queen of pop to sing on stage with a finalist.

‘Is there any artist I want on the show I haven’t had before? Madonna,’ he told Metro from his X Factor dressing room on Sunday night.

‘Will she be on the final? I don’t think so. But always next year. We always send an invite out.’ Cowell said he aimed to get a guest performer that ‘you don’t normally see on many other shows’ – such as Prince.


Diplo and Sophie collaborating with Madonna

Anonymous producer Sophie has been one of 2014’s most talked-about names. Between big, boundary-pushing tracks like Bipp and this year’s underground hit Lemonade, the association with love-it-or-loathe-it label PC Music and the debut Australian tour this December, he – well, we think it’s a he – has been one of the most exciting new names around.

And now, we’ve got the word on Sophie’s next collaborator: dance music hitmaker Diplo. Speaking to inthemix last week, Diplo revealed that he and the mystery producer have been making music together. “You’d be surprised…me and Sophie did a bunch of stuff together,” the Mad Decent head told us, adding that a pair of popstars are in the mix too. “We’re going to be releasing it. I did a record that was literally Sophie and Madonna and Nicki Minaj.”

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Jeremy Scott on Madonna

Jeremy Scott talks about his new book and Madonna for New York Magazine:

In the acknowledgments of this book, you thank Madonna for teaching you about being a Leo. What did she teach you?
She very astutely pointed out, when she realized that I was a Leo as she is, that we have a hard time asking for people’s help. Even in the most small way, it’s very difficult. She helped me get better about it, because I didn’t realize how bad I was about asking for people to help in any kind of way, because I guess we’re fiercely independent and feel like we have to do things on our own or whatever. But I’ve been better about realizing that it’s fine, I’m human, I can ask for people’s help, and it’s not a bad thing. So she definitely helped, and I’ll remember it all the time. There will be things where I’ll be all clammed up inside, and it’s like, It’s okay, you can ask.

Yeah, remember what Madonna taught you.

Jeremy Scott

Madonna Movie ‘Adé: A Love Story’ Finds Its Writer

Dianne Houston (Take the Lead) has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker’s memoir for the big screen, marking Madonna’s next directing project.

The film centers on a 19-year-old American student raised in a Christian and Jewish home who travels to Africa and falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces. Walker, who also hails from a Christian-Jewish home, is the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker.

Bruce Cohen, Jessica Leventhal and Walker are producing. CAA, which reps Madonna, will be taking the project out to financiers in the coming weeks.

Adé marks Madonna’s follow up to the period romance W.E., which was released by The Weinstein Company in 2011. The book was published in 2013 by Amazon’s Little A imprint.

Houston, who has an untitled Missy Elliott project in the works, is repped by Kaplan-Stahler Agency.

Hollywood Reporter