Madonna news - Dec. 2002

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29 December - Madonna bans shooting *rumour*
Madonna, criticised by fashionable friends for wearing a coat made from the fur of Persian lambs cut from their mothers' wombs, has had a dramatic change of heart about animal rights. She wants to ban the shooting of pheasants and partridges at her 485 ha country estate in Wiltshire. She believes the souls of thousands of dead game birds will return to haunt her. Friends say Madonna issued her order because of her devotion to kabbalah, an ancient Jewish mystical tradition which draws on numerology, spiritual teachings and arcane prophesy to help adherents achieve a higher spiritual plane. Kabbalah teachings are notoriously open to interpretation, but some practitioners believe in the evolutionary progress of the soul through repeated reincarnation and stress the relationship between mankind, nature and God to bring followers closer to the Divine Light. Madonna's conversion has led her to bitterly regret taking up shooting. But her sudden decision to end all bloodsports at the Ashcombe estate has caused friction with her husband, Guy Ritchie - a keen shot and countryman. He persuaded her to buy the property in the first place so he could invite his friends round to bag pheasants with him. (source: The Herald Sun)

29 December - Madonna on Donna's Top 2002
Belgian Radio Donna is broadcasting its Top 2002 hits of all time, voted by their listeners. Naturally, Madonna appears several times in this list; this year she made the list 27 times. Here are the positions that were played so far:
1937 What It Feels Like For A Girl
1810 Express Yourself
1616 Into The Groove
1549 Papa Don't Preach
1461 Don't Tell Me
1349 Beautiful Stranger
1239 Material Girl
1133 Don't Cry For Me Argentina
1108 Holiday
1010 Borderline
842 Drowned World / Substitute For Love
743 The Power Of Good-Bye
626 Ray Of Light
606 Live To Tell

29 December - Madonna no. 2 on UK's biggest earners list
Harry Potter's creator, J.K. Rowling, was the top woman earner in Britain this year, a new list revealed Sunday. Her annual pay of $77 million was six times greater than the salary of Queen Elizabeth, according to an annual list of The Mail on Sunday newspaper. Rowling's tales of a teenage wizard have been a worldwide publishing phenomenon and the focus of two hit films. The writer was followed on the list by pop superstar Madonna's pay of 27 million pounds. The U.S. singer and actress qualified for the list because she lives in London with her film director husband Guy Ritchie. Next in line were investment banker Robin Saunders, "Weakest Link" TV quiz presenter Anne Robinson and Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. (source: Reuters)

27 December - More rumours on new album *rumour*
Here's some rumour update about the new album, coming from a post by Robster at the MadonnaMad forum. Remember these are just rumours for now. We hope to get some confirmations soon.
"I just got a message from an anonymous source! This source gave me info about the new Madonna album. I'll tell you all about the details!!! The source also mentioned that this information is still everchanging at the moment but that most of this info is 90% sure! So without further ado, get ready for some amazing news:

  • The album will definitely be released in March. We can safely go by that rumoured date of the 18th of March
  • First single details are still sketchy since they are still planning the marketing and promotion and Madonna hasn't decided yet what the first single will be, she can't decide yet if the first single will be something mid-tempo or slow (so no dance track!)
  • The song by Air might not end up on the actual album, it could become a bonus track on the japanese version of the album and later a b-side on one of the singles. This tells us two main things. She has done a song with Air, and we might get more new songs than just 10 new ones.
  • For the time being she has decided that Die Another Day will not be featured on the US release of the new album!!! Which means more new tracks for the fans!!!
  • The photoshoot that will be featured in W magazine will have a ballet theme to it and is going to be amazing!!!
  • The theme of the new album is a well guarded secret but supposedly it could be a fucked up dance inspired reinvention of the ballet idea!
  • The rumoured tracktitles we heard like Hollywood are still tentative titles, but could very well end up being the final ones used!
  • From the info that my source gave my I understand that the photographer for the album cover will be a photographer who also did some amazing work for Lady Di. Testino? Maybe!!! Probably!!!
  • Count on an official press release in the next few weeks, so the second week of January would be a sure bet I guess! "

27 December - M photographer Herb Ritts dies at 50
Celebrity Herb Ritts and his Madonna shot for True Bluephotographer Herb Ritts — famed for his sensuous images of such stars as Richard Gere, Madonna and Julia Roberts — died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 50. Ritts died at University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center, publicist Steven Huvane said. "He accomplished a great deal in a short period of time," said his friend David Fahey, co-owner of Fahey/Klein Gallery in L.A. "He knew how to make the perfect photograph." Ritts was born in Los Angeles in 1952. He studied economics at New York's Bard College and returned to California to work for his family's furniture business. His photography career began almost by accident. Ritts was driving in the California desert with pal Gere, then a budding star, when their car broke down. Ritts grabbed a camera. A few months later, his shots of Gere were snapped up by fashion magazines. Ritts's access to celebrities was unmatched. His subjects included the Dalai Lama, former president Ronald Reagan and Monica Lewinsky. His mostly black-and-white work was a staple in such top magazines as Vanity Fair and Vogue. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ritts in 2000 had a $1 million per year contract with Condé Nast. Ritts also photographed landscapes and homoerotic imagery. He championed AIDS causes. He even won two MTV Video Music Awards for directing 1991 music videos for Janet Jackson and Chris Isaak. But it was his ability to connect with celebrities that made him Hollywood's most wanted photographer. Ritts could find beauty in the most difficult subjects, from a wheelchair-bound Christopher Reeve to Elizabeth Taylor after her brain surgery "It's important to let your subjects be themselves," Ritts once told USA Today. A public memorial service is planned next month. Ritts is survived by his partner, Erik Hyman. (source: USA Today)
~ Herb Ritts was the famous photographer most notable for the True Blue cover and the Immaculate Collection art work. He had dozens of photo shoots with Madonna throughout her career, which helped build her iconic image (check them out in Mad-Bio). He also directed one of her most beautiful videos, for Cherish.

27 December - M at no. 5 in all time UK chart success
The Guiness Book of Hit Singles has placed Madonna at No.5 of most successful artists in the UK since the charts begain 50 years ago. She is also the most successful female. The top 10 stayed the same as last year.
1 (1) Elvis Presley
2 (2) Cliff Richard
3 (3) The Shadows
4 (4) Elton John
5 (5) Madonna
6 (6) Diana Ross
7 (7) Michael Jackson
8 (8) Rod Stewart
9 (9) The Beatles
10 (10) David Bowie
(source: Madonnarama)

23 December - Rumoured release date *rumour*
There's a rumour circulating that the new album will be released on March 17th, 2003 and that the title would NOT be 'Hollywood' as rumoured earlier.

23 December - Madonna boycotts Leno
Madonna is boycotting a top TV show after constant jokes about her bad acting from host Jay Leno. The Tonight Show presenter has ridiculed the Material Girl's film flops for years - poking fun at flicks such as Shanghai Surprise, Who's That Girl? and Swept Away. But his latest remarks about Bond film Die Another Day provoked the pop queen to declare she'll never guest on his show again after he commented that the adventure movie would have made even more cash had Madonna not been in it. The host joked, "It would have got $70 million had Madonna not been in it." A show source says, "Madonna wasn't happy with Jay's jokes. She's very serious about her acting and can take criticism but she thinks Jay's comments are now beyond a joke. She says she won't be coming back on." (source: Teentelevision)

21 December - DADay is the #1 Maxi-Single of 2002
Madonna, who had the No. 1 Maxi-Singles Sales hit of 2000 with Music, is No. 1 again with the remixes of her James Bond theme, Die Another Day. Madonna and Cher are joined in the top-10 by other women who go by one name: Sade, Dido, and Amber. Madonna is the No. 1 sales artist, followed by Cher. Pink rounds out the top three females. The top male is Maxwell, followed by Usher and a tie between "Heaven" collaborators DJ Sammy and Yanou. Die Another Day is the Most Successful Maxi-Single of 2002 & Madonna is the #1 Maxi-Single Sales Artist of 2002. (source: Billboard)

21 December - Madonna gets her own flower
The Madonna heather Pop queen Madonna has had a flower specially created for her. The new type of heather has been grown to thank her for helping put the Scottish Highlands on the tourism map. The couple married in December 2000 at a glitzy ceremony at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch. And son Rocco was christened in Dornoch Cathedral. Tourist bosses there reckon all the attention made the area about £2.5 million richer! They even set up the Romantic Scotland campaign after the wedding to encourage more couples to marry there.
Fact File:
- The Madonna heather's expected to be purple
- It'll be registered with the National Heather Society
- It will be called Romantic Scotland
- Heather's a symbol of luck in Scotland
(source: BBC)

19 December - Madonna #3 Top Musicians/Groups
Madonna came in at # 3 on Googles 2002 Year-End Zeitgeist for Top Musicians/Groups. Googles Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world. Zeitgeist enables you to look at the past year through the collective eyes of the world on the Internet. The complete Top Musicians/Groups list is below. Top Musicians/Groups 2002
1. eminem
2. shakira
3. madonna
4. nelly
5. 2pac
6. linkin park
7. korn
8. blink 182
9. ja rule
10. metallica
(source: Google, thanx to

19 December - DADay song nominated for Golden Globe Award
Congratulations to Madonna for her Best Original Song Golden Globe nomination for the title track single to Die Another Day! This is Madonna's second Golden Globe nomination - she previously won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her portrayal as Eva Peron in Evita. Click here for a full list of nominees. (source:
Die Another Day with music and lyrics by Madonna and music by Mirwais goes up against Paul Simon's 'Father and Daughter" from The Wild Thornberrys Movie, 'The Hands That Built America' by U2 from Gangs Of New York, Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' from 8 Mile and 'Here I Am' by Bryan Adams for the movie Spirit : Stallion of the Cimarron. (source:

18 December - DADay song nominated for Golden Satellite
Golden Satellite Nominations for Original Song:
Love Is A Crime 8 MILE
Girl on the Roof VAN WYLDER
Something to Talk About ABOUT A BOY
8 Mile 8 MILE

17 December - The ultimate girlie icon
Dirty Dancing has been voted the top 'chick flick' of all time. The 1987 movie, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, beat Grease and Thelma and Louise to clinch the top spot. On the dancefloor, the Weather Girls' It's Raining Men was voted the top Girlie Anthem, ahead of Gloria Gaynor's I will Survive and Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue. Pop queen Madonna was named the Ultimate Girlie Icon, beating Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The findings are based on a survey of 8,000 women conducted by Babycham to mark the launch of the 'girlie' drink's website Babycham. (source: Ananova)

17 December - Madonna's biggest dance floor fillers
Abba's Dancing Queen has been named the greatest ever dance floor filler. The Swedish superstars narrowly beat Kylie Minogue, whose Can't Get You Out Of My Head was runner-up in the poll for music TV channel VH1. Number three in the chart of tunes which get everyone on their feet was I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Dancing Queen topped the charts in 1976. The band's Benny Andersson said of the result: "It's rather fantastic that our music is still around and that they didn't kill us for being so corny at the time." More than 400,000 votes were cast to find the 100 greatest dance floor-fillers and the songs will be counted down from December 16-20. The full list will be broadcast on December 21. Madonna and Michael Jackson are the acts with most tracks in the chart with three apiece. The queen of pop is at five with Holiday, 23 with Vogue and 57 with Into The Groove. Jackson is at eight with Billie Jean, 27 with Don't Stop Till You Get Enough and 39 with Blame It On The Boogie, a track he recorded with the rest of his Jackson brothers. The top 10 are;
1. Abba - Dancing Queen;
2. Kylie - Can't Get You Out Of My Head;
3. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive;
4. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen;
5. Madonna - Holiday;
6. Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart;
7. S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin';
8. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean;
9. Robbie Williams - Rock DJ;
10. Village People - YMCA.
(source: Ananova)

17 December - Q&A with Caresse Henry part III has posted another round of fan questions, answered by Caresse Henry:
Israel asks
Will you be releasing Madonna's Die Another Day in DVD featuring making the video?
CARESSE: The Soundtrack has an enhanced CD which has the Die Another Die music video and 4 minutes of the Making of. The entire Making of is not going to be released commercially.

Jeremy asks
Around the time of The Girlie Show, Madonna referred to a painting by Edward Hopper (of a burlesque dancer) that she says inspired the name of tour. Do you know the name of this image?

CARESSE: The painting by Edward Hopper is - The Girlie Show - hence the inspiration for the title

Richard G. asks
There must be so many Madonna tracks over the years that have not ended up being released for 1 reason or another. Is there any way to get hold of these / are there any plans to release an collection of these, particularly songs from the 80's?

CARESSE: There are a few demos - but not many - if they don't make the album - it's for a reason so they are typically locked away and every now and then given to other artists to record - but that is very uncommon. We most likely would not release them.

Angel asks
I keep hearing on the radio here in Puerto Rico a new Madonna song called Revenge. I try to look for it on the site and stores but nobody seems to know about it. Is it part of the 007 soundtrack?

CARESSE: That was a demo that was leaked via the internet and will not be available.

Sidney asks
What are the last three cds Madonna purchased and is currently listening to?

1. Lemonjelly "Lost Horizon's"
2. Brian Eno "Thursday Afternoon"
3. Avia "I See That Now"

Tom asks
This is a quick question regarding DVD Audio. I was pleasantly surprised to see Madonna is going to release some titles in this new format. Would it be possible for you to find out, when these are going to be released for the UK market and whether or not they are going to be remastered in the 5.1 format which a couple of videos and lyrics and images?

CARESSE: The DVD's will be part of the Madonna Ultimate Box Set which is tentatively scheduled for release Winter 2003 - they will be 5.1 mix and I am sure additional content will also be added.

Darren asks
Will the Virgin Tour be released on DVD in the future, with Angel, Borderline and Burning Up included?

CARESSE: Not sure about that yet. I would like to see it included.

Christy asks
Will Madonna ever put out an HBO album with her songs from the Drownded World Tour in Detroit?

CARESSE: You never know!!!! A live album is a must...

16 December - No more tough Guy
Life with Madonna is truly taking Guy Ritchie away from his gangster movie roots. The Lock Stock writer and director is apparently in the process of penning a film called The 49th Gate, which is based on the quasi-Jewish Kabbalah religion that has so entranced his wife. 'In Kabbalah there are 50 levels of holiness and this film will be about Moses' attempt to get from the 49th to the 50th, something he never manages,' says a slightly mystified source. Kabbalah is based on an esoteric reading of the first five books of the Old Testament, the so-called Books of Moses. And you thought Swept Away was a bad idea. (source: PeopleNews)

16 December - GQ article on M
For twenty years now, she has perplexed, confounded, aroused and amused us with her grit and guises, always remaining in fuzzy focus. Jennifer Egan deconstructs this most mutable of legends: "Unlike a lot of people in my generation, I was never all that interested in Madonna. I knew about her, of course (how could anyone not?), but I didn't really want to know, and over the years this forcible knowing engendered in me a blustering sort of resentment. Why do I have to keep hearing about this woman? I wondered, sometimes aloud, jabbing a finger at yet another picture of her yet again transmorgrified visage. Part of my problem was that except for a few songs (Into the Groove, Justify My Love, Vogue), I didn't much like her peppy, tuneful music. And the scandals over the videos for Like A Prayer and Justify My Love, along with the infamous Sex book, struck me as cheap stunts of a publicity glutton. The birth of Lourdes, with the attendant honeyed photos and MADONNA AND CHILD headlines made me faintly nauseated. And as for the Kabala studies and the mystical face doodles, please. *Will she ever go away?* I asked. And I asked and asked as the years kept passing. Then something happened. I'm not sure how or why or even when- the past couple of years?- my antipathy toward Madonna began to ease. It wasn't that she disappeared, because of course she hadn't disappeared. But at a certain point, I was startled, in response to some new bit of Madonna lore, to feel rustling within me a grudging affection, even admiration, for the woman." Continue reading at

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