Madonna news - March 2002

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30 March - Liz denies argument with George Michael
Madonna’s spokeswoman is denying a report that the singer got into a heated argument with George Michael. According to the Sunday Mirror, George Michael — who was at the same London recording studio — yelled at Madonna for screaming at her personal assistant after the assistant brought her the wrong kind of coffee. Michael’s rep had no comment. (source: MSNBC)

First picture of Love, Sex, Drugs & Money 30 March - First picture from LSD&M
Click on the thumb on the right to see the first picture from 'Love, Sex, Drugs & Money'.

27 March - Music remix on dance compilation
The Deep Dish Dot Com radio edit of Music is selected for the dance compilation 'Electro DanceFloor', which is released by Warner Music France this week. Ammong the 18 tracks is also Mirwais' Naive Song. Check it out at Amazon France. (source: Madonna Electronica)

25 March - Madonna loses out to J-Lo again
Last night the DanceStar USA Awards were held in The Jackie Gleason Theater Miami Beach, Florida. Madonna lost out to J-Lo again in the category 'Best Chart Act'. (source: DanceStar USA)

22 March - Madonna cancels matinees
Due to Madonna's unforseen recording committments, the performance schedule for 'Up For Grabs' has been changed to evenings only. All matinee customers will be contacted by Customer Services for an evening reseat or a refund. (source: Ticketmaster)

22 March - First release dates for LSD&M
IMDB lists following release dates for 'Love, Sex, Drugs & Money': 21 June 2002 in UK; 5 September 2002 in the Netherlands; 25 September 2002 in Belgium.

21 March - 'You Can Dance' is one of the coolest
Albums by the Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones and James Brown lead a list of the 50 'coolest records' featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Compiled by the magazine's staff, the list is headed by 'White Light/White Heat', the 1968 release from the Velvet Underground, the grim art-rock band beloved by critics if not by the record-buying masses. The album's highlight was the psychedelic opus 'Sister Ray': "seventeen minutes of guitars screaming in ecstasy," Rolling Stone opined. [...] Other entries included the Beatles' 'Revolver' at No. 10, David Bowie's 'Station to Station' at No. 21, Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall' at No. 31, Merle Haggard's 'Songs I'll Always Sing' at No. 42 and Madonna's 'You Can Dance' remix album at No. 50. (source: Variety Music)
~ Personally I'm surprised that out of all the fantastic Madonna albums it's You Can Dance that gets the recognition...

20 March - Madonna no. 6 in Top 100 rockers
Life has a new book out called Rock At 50, and includes a list of the top 100 Rockers. The top 25 are on Life's website, along with text for the top 10. Madonna is at no. 6: Christopher Ciccone once called his sister Madonna Louise 'her own masterpiece'. That she is, an intricately crafted figure of great rarity who may or may not be a feminist icon, may or may not be much of a singer, may or may not be a narcissistic empty vessel, but is one thing for sure: a rock star of the highest order, one with savvy, style and legs. (source:

20 March - Controversial LSD&M previewed & reviewed
Madonna is courting controversy with rough sex again — but some early viewers are already recoiling from the movie violence she and her hubby, director Guy Ritchie, have hatched. In Ritchie's new film, based on Lina Wertmuller's 1974 classic 'Swept Away', Madge plays a bitchy millionairess who gets beaten up by a sailor she's marooned with on a Mediterranean isle. The bruising is a prelude to lovemaking, but it's turning off audience members at test screenings. "It's a pretty challenging movie, as with the original," Ritchie's rep Kris Thykier tells us. "Some people love it. Others are horrified. It's certainly not breeding indifference. There is violence in the relationship, but it grows out of passion rather than abuse," says Thykier. "People are going to be blown away by Madonna's performance. Guy isn't worried." Thykier denies talk that the film (whose working title of 'Love, Sex, Drugs and Money' may be changed to 'Swept Away') needs that much work. He also denies Ritchie and Sony scratched a party planned for the Cannes Film Fest in May and that they postponed the release. "The film was never going to be at Cannes," says the spokesman. Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg concurs that "some people were uncomfortable with some scenes. But she plays a really dislikable person. Some people might think her character deserves what she gets." Rosenberg says that, at last word, the movie was due to open in the U.S. in September. (source: NY Daily News)

19 March - Another Madonna ex out for attention & money
The intimate materials of the Material Girl are being put up for sale by one of her former lovers. Bodyguard Jim Albright is trying to sell his collection of bras and panties worn by Madonna, along with explicit Polaroid self-portraits and racy letters the pop queen sent to him. Albright, who says he bedded Madonna in the early '90s, said he doesn't care that she is now a married mom of two. "I'm gonna make a fortune, and I have a perfect right to do what I'm doing," he told London's News of the World. She may be acting like a goody-two-shoes wife and mom now, but this is the reality about her horny past. I'm not concerned about what she thinks or feels. If it upsets her, it's too bad. She's put her naked [body] in pictures for profit, so she can't complain if someone else does the same thing." (source: NY Post)

17 March - Madonna in Encyclopaedia Britannica
Madonna and JK Rowling have joined the ranks of Einstein and Freud with an entry in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. They are among the leading modern names who make it into the 2002 edition of the reference book. Subjects which are given their first entries in the new version of the £995 tome include lesbianism, ecstasy and hip-hop. Others who find they way in include actors Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench and Peter Sellers as well as writers such as Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and novelist Martin Amis. (source: Ananova)

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