Madonna news - March 2003
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31 March - Video premieres on Viva
The American Life video seems to have premiered on German music
channel VIVA. Check out some screengrabs at MadonnaPower.
31 March - Another great album review
Check out another great review of the album from gay magazine
The Advocate at fansite Madonna-Online.ch.
31 March - Not the diva of old?
The New York Times seems to believe that Madonna has lost her
touch with the audience, who like "younger female pop artists,
like Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, Avril Lavigne and Christina Aguilera,
who dominate the music world, making Madonna appear less and less
commercially relevant these days". They even go as far as
stating that these singers sold more than Madonna, though Madonna
is still clearly the best selling female artist in the business.
However, you can read the article here
30 March - Details on limited edition
The American Life Enchanced CD is presented in a 2-piece telescoping
box that is covered in White "leatherette" fabric and
silk-screened in Black and Red ink. The inside of the box top
is lined in red paper and the bottom is covered in Black "linen"
fabric. (source: Madonnarama)
30 March - Steven Klein on X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS exhibit
Don't ask photographer Steven Klein to explain his aggressively
baffling new art collaboration with Madonna at SoHo's Deitch Projects
Gallery. "I never have any special meaning to my work,"
the artist announces while walking through the installation with
his dog. Klein prefers enigmatic assessments. "I see this
as a platform to bring Madonna's ideas to life — or to death,"
he says with a Cheshire-cat smile. "It's really just about
provoking people to think — or not to think." At the
very least, it's about making people reconsider their use of capital
letters. Klein and Madonna have titled the piece "X-STaTIC
The show grew out of a much-publicized photo shoot Klein conceived
with Madonna, which eats up 44 pages in the latest issue of the
fashion magazine W. The gallery version lands far closer to performance
art than to anything from the world of runway models. Viewers
attending the show, at 18 Wooster St. through May 3, can wend
their way through five distinct sound and video installations.
Since the area around each illuminated piece is pitch-black, the
gallery winds up seeming like the world's most pretentious peep
show — or like some house of horrors, as designed by Yoko
Each piece has its own sound effects — gurgles, murmurs,
a gunshot — heard at the same time, the better to "provoke"
you. To accompany the gunshot, there's a still of Madonna twisted
up like a pretzel and positioned next to an unidentifiable internal
organ which pulsates at inexplicable intervals. Another piece
features a voice-over of Madonna reading six minutes from the
Book of Revelations, matched to a video still of her in a gas
mask, flanked by a coyote and something on fire. Klein says the
internal organ "gets beneath the surface of Madonna."
The architectural firm that designed the space has compared the
visuals to Caravaggio paintings — though they're more likely
to remind you of something by Hieronymus Bosch. Whether the result
draws giggles, gasps or just the sound of head-scratching from
Madonna fans, it's okay by Klein. When a reporter asks, "What's
going on with these images?," he answers, "It all depends
on what's going on with you." (source: NY
29 March - More on AL video edits
Sometimes art imitates life, and other times art is changed by
life. In light of the war in Iraq, Madonna has made some last-minute
edits to her upcoming video for American
. "We have our dream version, but it's not the right
time for it," she said Thursday. "We've been planning
the video for months and months and months, and we didn't know
everything that was going to be happening in the world [when we
first did it]."
Director Jonas Akerlund shot the video with Madonna in Los Angeles
the first week of February (see "Madonna Defends Her Violent
'American Life' Video"). While the clip was always supposed
to feature Madonna and overweight dancers in military fatigues
creating chaos at a fashion show, and while Madonna was always
supposed to toss a grenade at the end, there were several endings
filmed. "It turned into a [short] film," she said. "The
original version was like 10 minutes long. We had lots of stops
in the music and lots of car chases and conversations with people,
and it kept going on in the end. And we realized we were getting
a little carried away. So we had to edit it for time. Then we
had to get rid of all the 'F' words."
The biggest challenge for Madonna was reshaping the video in a
way that was entertaining, thought provoking and didn't compromise
her artistic integrity. Many have interpreted the video to be
an angry protest of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but that's not exactly
the case. Madonna considers herself a pacifist, but like many
Americans she's conflicted about U.S. military action in Iraq.
"Saddam Hussein is a guy we just want to get rid of,"
she explained. "So there's a part of the video where I'm
carving 'Protect me' into the wall, and you could almost feel
like I want to go there and kick some ass and protect all those
beautiful children and innocent families and people that have
been tortured for years. But do I have the solutions? No. Do I
have the answers? No. I'm just completely freaked out by what's
going on there like everybody else."
There are three points Madonna hopes to make with the video for
"American Life." The first and most obvious is that
regardless of whether or not she supports Bush, war is a cosmic
bummer. "War is a manifestation of everybody," she said.
"We have our personal karma and we have a global karma. So
for me, it's about trying to get a message out that if we want
peace and love in our life, then we have to make it happen in
the world. "The ending of the video is really important,"
she continued. "I throw this hand grenade... But it gets
caught. And the one who catches it takes something that could
be violent and destructive and takes the destruction out of it
by turning it into something else. That's my hope for an alternative,
not only to this war, but all wars. Also, I hope that I've also
gotten across [the idea that] the soldiers that have gone over
there are flesh and blood. They're real people, and my heart goes
out to them, and I want them to all come back in one piece."
The second idea the former Material Girl wanted to express is
that materialism is superficial. "We chose the setting of
a fashion show because that's the epitome of superficiality. They're
not trying to be anything except 'Let's celebrate the surface.'
Fashion is fun, and I respect that, but at the end of the day
people take that stuff a little too seriously. So it is easy to
poke fun at that, especially when you juxtapose it against the
real things that are happening in the world. "No matter how
many distractions we put up for ourselves, whether it's a fashion
show or reality TV shows or a hot contest, what's happening in
the world is still going on, and the ugliness and the chaos and
the pain and the suffering is immense. So it's a statement about
our obsession with the world of illusion."
Such commentary may seem absurd coming from someone who was once
the biggest icon of pop culture, but Madonna said she's learned
some valuable lessons over the course of her career. "I fought
for so many things," she said. "I tried so hard to be
number one, stay on top, look good - to be the best. And now I
realize that a lot of the things that last and the things that
matter are none of those things." Madonna intentionally chose
chubby dancers for "American Life" because she wanted
to show that conventional ideas of beauty are flawed and even
damaging. "The girls I used are big, real, voluptuous girls,
and they're beautiful," she said. "I wanted to explore
that taboo as well, because you don't know people that have fat
rolls as attractive. You just don't see that, and that was important
to me. There are people going, 'Will you love me more if I'm thin?
Should I remodel myself for your approval?' That's so crazy. I
have fat rolls. When I first started out, everyone was like, 'Wow,
she's chubby. That's cool.' And then I started getting really
into working out, and there were a lot of people that were bummed
out because I think I was a role model for chubby girls. And now
I'm a role model for chubby girls again. I've gone back to my
roots." (source: Absolute
29 March - Q Mag interview
From fansite Madonnalicious:
"The May 2003 issue of the UK music magazine Q features Madonna
on the cover and a total of 8 pages inside featuring an interview
by Paul Rees and photographs by Craig McDean. The magazine also
features a full-page advert for the single and album release of
talks frankly about her life at the moment, including her thoughts
on living in London, 'I love my Mini Cooper, I was too scared
to drive a big car in London, the roads are too narrow and I'm
always afraid I'm going to hit people on both sides.' The magazine
also gives some hints of the new songs on her album, A gospel
choir arrives out of nowhere to propel the dreamy ballad Nothing
to a rousing climax, the stripped down Nobody
erupts in a barrage of electronic effects. A full-page
is also dedicated to Madonna's single releases during her 20-year
career, and a mini-review accompanies each song. Read
the transcript of the interview here
. High quality pictures
are available in the 2003
29 March - AL video ends with image of Bush with grenade
in his lap
scene in the video of AOL Time Warner recording artist Madonna's
upcoming release -- is that of the singer throwing a grenade in
the lap of President Bush! "It is not me being anti-Bush,
it's me being ironic and tongue in cheek," Madonna explains
to NBC's Access Hollywood this weekend. "My kind of wish
for peace and my desire to sort of turn a weapon of destruction,
which is a grenade, into something that is completely innocuous."
Madonna uses a Bush look-alike in the final scene of American
. The "president" picks up the lit grenade that
Madonna throws -- and lights his cigar with it! The image is "my
wish to find an alternative to violence to war and destruction,"
the singer says. Last month the Drudge Report first revealed how
Madonna was hoping to cause maximum controversy with the new video.
29 March - All lyrics available
We now have all the lyrics of the American
album. Madonna shows off some of her best songwriting,
seemingly blending the best of Like
, Ray Of Light
! Check our
and click on
the track title to read.
Also check out some fantastic album
from the listening parties that were held in London
and Paris last week.
28 March - American Life chart action
Madonna's American Life
debuts on the April 5 Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart at
No. 4, selling over 4,000 paid downloads. The single debuted early
on this chart, because the single was sent to the consumers on
Sunday, March 23 (one day earlier than originally planned). Therefore,
that placed the sales information into the April 5 Sales chart,
and not the April 12 list, as previously predicted. The single
also debuts on The Billboard Hot 100 at No. 90 this week. This
chart is Billboard's overall pop singles chart, which combines
airplay and sales data. It is Madonna's 49th chart entry on The
Billboard Hot 100. The single's debut on this chart was mostly
due to the fact that the sales of the digital download single
were reported to SoundScan for this week. SoundScan is the company
that collects and reports record sales data, and the information
is used in compiling the Billboard charts. (With only two days
worth of airplay for the April 5 tracking week, American Life
wouldn't have debuted on The Billboard Hot 100 without its sales
points.) Expect American Life to make a huge leap up The Billboard
Hot 100 chart in the April 12 chart, once a full week of airplay
kicks in. (source: Billboard
28 March - Album review: American Life blends the best of
Ray Of Light and Music
"I went to a listening party at the 4 Seasons Hotel in LA
yesterday to hear the AL album in full. a friend of mine is a
journalist and snuck me along, and as they were not checking any
names at the door i just went right in and sat and listened to
it. they passed out lyric sheets, but collected them at the completion
of the album. When i first heard the single for AL, i was HUGELY
disappointed. now though, in hearing it a few more times and in
the context of the record, i like it a lot more. it makes sense
thematically, and when heard on a proper stereo (vs a computer)
the bass kicks you in the head. its a good track, but by far the
least interesting on the album.
is a number
1 single. it is madonnas top down, convertible, driving in the
sun song. its her "our lips are sealed"... lots of pretty,
jangly guitars and electro beats. mid tempo, and very sing songy.
- I'M SO STUPID
wanting to be "like all the pretty people" and "thats
why i'm so stupid" and she sings the phrase "stupider
than stupid". its fast and dancey, and fun.
- LOVE PROFUSION
remember this one. guess that says something right there...
- NOBODY KNOWS ME
is a really
pretty ballad, with lots of spare guitars and beats. simple, straightforward.
think GONE from MUSIC.
- NOTHING FAILS
is the highlight
of the record. it is most similar to the song LIKE A PRAYER. when
the chorus comes in at the end, with the choir, it made a bunch
of us in the room tear up. it is absolutely the best thing she
has done in 10 years, in my opinion. thunderous and gorgeous.
barely remember because i whispered through the whole track about
the previous one. sorry!
- X-STATIC PROCESS
rocky and ballad like. almost like a musical number, like out
of Jesus Christ Superstar, but not as silly. its very dramatic
and honest, and obviously about falling in love with guy. she
says something about "forgot i was the best too" or
something... its really sweet.
- MOTHER AND FATHER
sad lyrics, that go "once i had a mother and she died when
i was five. and i cried and cried and cried." it's devastating
lyrically, but it's not slow. It's a fast song, and at the end
she repeats over and over "i've gotta let it go" or
something like that... it's excellent.
- DIE ANOTHER DAY
all know, and it works even better in the context of this record.
makes you forget about the silly bond shit right away.
- EASY RIDE
closes the album
and talks about how she wants to "enjoy the good life but
she doesnt want an easy ride". mid tempo, and pretty.
Overall, in MY opinion, after only one listening, this is the
perfect merging of RAY OF LIGHT
. the style and fluidity
and solidarity of MUSIC, with the song styling of RAY
. i personally though MUSIC
was a better album, but RAY OF LIGHT
had better SONGS. this album combines the two to make, what i
think...after only one listening...is her BEST album ever."
(source: Sayhey, thanx to Dotmusic's JSA74)
here for more album reviews
28 March - Lyrics Easy Ride and Mother And Father
has obtained the lyrics for Easy
and Mother And Father
which are absolutely beautiful and make the new album even more
promising! (Click the song title to read them.)
28 March - Madonna accused of kidnapping her daughter
Madonna was accused of kidnapping her own daughter from school
by another parent who didn't recognise her. Madge had just dyed
her familiar blonde hair brown and was picking up Lourdes in Los
Angeles. She made the confession when she was asked about the
last time she went unrecognised. The Queen of Pop said: When
I went to my daughter's school the other day to pick her up. I
hadn't been brunette for long. "Someone stopped me and went,
"Where's her mother?" They thought I was kidnapping my daughter."
In an exclusive interview with music mag Q, out this week, Madonna
said she can't wait to return to the UK because she and hubby
Guy Ritchie find the US a yawn. She says: "The irony of all that
stuff coming out about me supposedly slagging off England is that
all I've done since we've been here is say to Guy, "Let's go back
to England - it's so boring over here". I love my Mini Cooper.
I was too scared to drive a big car in London, the roads are so
narrow and I'm always afraid I'm going to hit people on both sides."
The mum-of-two also spoke of her love for her film director hubby.
She said: "Before I met Guy, I really had my head up my ass as
far as relationships go. I wasn't a very giving person. Having
children, really falling in love, head and shoulders, it changes
you. There's no time for nonsense. When nitwits go on about how,
"We're so in love" I think, yeah, right. Wait till you've been
with them for four years. I felt I knew what love was when I was
married for the first time. That's the other dream I've woken
out of. Love isn't what you think it is. Giving just for the sake
of giving, and not getting anything in return, that's what I've
come to understand unconditional love as. It's not just a crush,
it's not something you can have fun with, it's not simply feeling
sexually attracted to someone or digging what they do. It's so
Madge, in LA to appear in TV comedy Will & Grace, said she
was sceptical about manufactured pop. She said: "I came up before
the time of svengalis holding massive talent searches, finding
a girl that looks right and can carry a tune, then figuring a
way to market her. "I'm not saying those girls can't grow into
something, but I really don't know where we're going with the
world. Everything's becoming so homogenised. All everyone is obsessed
about now is being a celebrity. That's bulls***. You get slapped
enough times and you realise you've been a buffoon and an idiot.
And I was a buffoon and an idiot until the age of 40." (source:
28 March - Blender: 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die
The April 2003 edition of Blender features the 500 CDs You Must
Own Before You Die, and separates them into categories: Classic
Rock, Alternative Rock, Blues, Country, Pop, Rhythm & Blues,
Hio-Hop, World and Jazz. It also has side categories, such as
The Best of The Beatles, the Best of Folk, etc. Classic and Alternative
seem to have the most citations. Anyway, Madonna has 2 entries
in the Pop category, and they're no surprise:
The Immaculate Collection
Little more than an escalating series of sexual challenges (Like
, Like a Prayer
Justify My Love
first best-of is brazen, gaudy, tush-wiggling fun of the furst
order. Funny how she seems to take it all so seriously, isn't
it? Standout track: Into the
: Few artists manage
to fill a second best-of collection with legitimate hits, but
as everyboy knows, Madonna is no ordinary pop singer. This is
the post-'80s stuff- from the weepy Don't
Cry For Me Argentina
to the cutting-edge electronica of Music
Standout track: Ray of Light
28 March - Felix Da Housecat remix
Check out a better soundfile of the Felix
Da Housecat remix
28 March - Madonna on ET
Madonna is scheduled to appear on Entertainment Tonight this Friday
- March 28th in the U.S. She is set to talk about the CD release
and her appearance on Will & Grace. (source: Madonnarama)
28 March - Tracklisting Australian / UK American Life CD single
2003 UK 6-track 2-CD single set released 14th April 2003:
1. American Life (edit with rap)
2. American Life (Missy Elliot remix)
3. American Life (Peter Rauhofer's American Anthem) (Part 1)
1. American Life (edit with rap)
2. American Life (Oakenfold Downtempo remix)
3. American Life (Felix Da Housecat's Devin Dazzle Club mix)
Note that the following mixes (which are present on the Canadian
maxi) aren't on the UK set:
- Die Another Day (Quayle afterlife mix)
- American Life (Peter Rauhofer American Anthem Part 2)
The Australian 2-CD single release has the same tracklisting as
the UK one.
(source: Madonna Information Report)
28 March - Madonna critisizes homogenised pop culture
Madonna has criticised the trend for manufactured pop acts and
the recent stream of TV talent searches.
She said the pop world had become "homogenised", and
accused record companies of putting marketing ahead of talent.
In an interview with Q magazine, Madonna, 44, also criticised
the idea of craving celebrity status for its own sake - rather
than achieving it through ability. Referring to shows like Popstars
and American Idol, she said: "I arrived at a different time
- before the time of svengalis holding talent searches; finding
a girl that looks right and can carry a tune and then figuring
a way to market her." Discussing Pink, Christina Aguilera
and Britney Spears, she said: "I'm not saying those girls
can't grow into something, but I really don't know where we're
going with the world. "Everything's so homogenised."
It was wrong to seek fame for its own sake, she added.
Madonna is the most commercially successful female artist of all
time, with worldwide record sales of more than 140 million including
albums True Blue
and Ray of Light
But her acting career has not reached the same levels of success,
with critical acclaim proving harder to come by. Last week she
swept the Razzies for the worst film of the year, with Swept
which was directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie. (source:
27 March - First Will & Grace pictures
Here are some preview pictures of Madonna's appearance (with blond
wig) in the American sitcom Will & Grace (source: NBC, thanx
to The Missus)
Karen of "Will & Grace" will have met her match
when Madonna makes her small-screen debut as a guest star on an
upcoming episode of the comedy, which she just shot in Los Angeles,
according to an NBC spokesperson. Madonna's character, Liz, rocks
Karen's world as her new roommate, who happily shares many of
her eccentricities, including her taste in men. The high-maintenance
Liz also shares many of Madonna's attributes including
her love of music as she works as a manager of a CD distribution
center which specializes in "Hits of the '80s"-type
compilations. Madonna was joined on the set by her gal pal "Sandra
Bernhard". The episode, called "Dolls & Dolls,"
airs April 24 at 9 p.m. (source: MTV)
27 March - American Life scores early debut on Hot 100
All eyes are on the single that debuts this week at No. 90 - Madonna's
. While not an
impressive debut by any stretch of the imagination, it's still
groundbreaking as it's one of the 1st digital singles to debut
on the chart (Fleetwood Mac quietly beat Madonna to the punch
last week by debuting at No. 93).
In a perfect world, the downloaded single would have hit the sales
chart on Monday and Madonna would have had a full week of airplay
before debuting on the Hot 100. But the label kept their promise
of sending the purchased download out if it leaked to the Internet
early - which actually happened on Sunday, the sales cut-off for
the Hot 100. So Madonna debuts early...
And how many people bought the digital download - 4,177. Not an
amazing number but really too early to judge... all new formats
take a while to catch on and it's a promising start good enough
for a No. 4 debut on the sales chart. The download is about 100,000
to 150,000 less than most Madonna commercial singles would sale
- so it will be really interesting to see how the commercial release
does in the coming weeks with the format so hard hit at retail,
etc (source: DJ Rico Mixshow, thanx to AbsMad)
27 March - Steven Klein exhibit features Madonna animations
In cooperation with Sublime Films, Mantron Corporation has completed
work on five HDTV resolution projection animations of Madonna
for the artist/photographer Steven Klein. Adam Martinez and Matthew
Wallin of Mantron Corp were contacted by Steven Klein to bring
still images of Madonna to life in the form of HDTV resolution
simulations of fire, cloth, a coyote and a pulsing kidney. Chris
Seguine of Sublime Films constructed servers and encoded the still
and video material to be projected at Deitch Projects in New York
City. The projections will be accompanied by audio design work
incorporating some lyrics by Madonna. The show will open in New
York on March 27 at Deitch Projects, located at 76 Grand St. in
New York City, and it will run for six weeks (source: uemedia
27 March - The Androids sing and Madonna responds
The Androids have sung and Madonna has responded. Their hit 'Do
It With Madonna' is a big hit with Madonna. "What we got
back was she loves it" lead singer Tim Henwood tells Undercover
News. The song 'Do It With Madonna' was the Australian summer
hit of 2002 / 2003. The reaction in Australia filtered all the
way to New York and grabbed Madonna's attention. "Someone
from her record company emailed our record company and asked top
be sent the single" Tim says. "They did and they got
an email back saying she loves it". 'Do It With Madonna'
is the first single from the debut album for The Androids due
next week. [...] "We are going to England first, then to
America" says Tim. "We will play in New York, Boston
and Miami. We'll do a few TV shows in England, mainly promo".
Note to Madonna
when they get to London, your name will
be on the door. (source: Undercover
26 March - Video to be banned?
Music stations in the US and the UK are censuring videos with
explicit war content or references. MTV hasn't yet decided if
it will show the American Life video or not. The video is expected
to premiere on VH1 next week.
Meanwhile, the single is causing extreme differences between fans
and music listeners. Some radio stations are raving about the
song, while others refuse to play it. Tell us what YOU think by
voting in our poll
forget to let your local radio station know if you like the song
by requesting it.
26 March - Swept Away director's cut shows cut nude scenes
The release of a "Director's Cut" of Madonna and Guy
Ritchie's Swept Away
met with hoots of derision in some quarters. The director's cut
has nude scenes that were stripped from the version shown in theatrical
release. DVD buyers "get to see Madonna romping on a beach
with her naked male co-star Adriano Giannini, and in another shot
she has her legs wide open while lying on the floor," notes
one source. "These sexy scenes were not included in the original
version of the movie but adding them to the DVD will, [Madonna
and Guy] hope, grab the attention of the home movie market."
"Additional scenes? In the case of Swept Away, I'd think
less is more," chuckles Razzie Awards founder John Wilson,
who recently dubbed the flick the worst of the year. He told the
Scoop: "I'm assuming that the director's commentary was a
constant mea culpa." (source: MSNBC
25 March - Tracklisting maxi single
American Life (Missy Elliott remix)
2. American Life (Oakenfold downtempo remix)
3. American Life (Peter Rauhofer American Anthem Part 1)
4. American Life (Felix Da Housecat Devin Dazzle Club mix)
5. Die Another Day (Quayle afterlife mix)
6. American Life (Peter Rauhofer American Anthem Part 2)
thanx to MIR)
25 March - More on 'Will & Grace'
The day before war broke out, I got a call asking if I'd like
to see Madonna tape her episode of Will & Grace. Sigh - is
my work NEVER done? Let me tell you first that I went in anticipating
the worst - I expected a Material Girl who showed up late, didn't
know her lines, and treated people like crap. Happily, nothing
could be further from the truth. Madonna was on time, completely
prepared, and a team player. In fact, she spent most of her down
time chatting with Megan Mullally (who was in 90% of Madonna's
scenes) and Debra Messing - including meeting Deb's handsome hubby.
But her most frequent companion on the set was the special friend
Madonna brought as her cheerleader, supporter, and comedic godmother
- Sandra Bernhard! Yes, the rumors are true - the terrible twosome
are back together. A bit older, a bit wiser, but both still looking
Since I've got a gag order (and, unlike Madonna, a gag reflex),
here's what I can tell you. Madonna plays a character named Liz
(a tip of the hat to Maddy's mouthpiece, La Rosenberg), wears
a blond wig (her hair is as dark as mine should be), brought in
her own make-up person, and decided she didn't like the wardrobe,
so she opted to wear her own D&G outfits (virtually demolishing
a black blouse in the process). She's in the whole episode (kinda
like Demi Moore - but significantly funnier), dances a bit, and
has an inadvertent sexual situation with someone of the same sex.
Have I said too much? There's nothing more I can think of to say
to you. (source: filth2go
thanx to AbsMad
25 March - Maak 'em of Kraak 'em
all the Belgian fans (and those who understand dutch): American
Life is put to the test on Radio Donna's "Maak 'em of Kraak
'em". Until tomorrow 5.30pm you can vote in favour of the
single on the website
(click "Bumpershow", then "Maak 'em
of Kraak 'em"). Tomorrow between 5pm and 5.30pm you can also
vote by sending an SMS ("bumper maak") to no. 3233.
If more than 50% of the listeners vote in favour, the single is
played. Vote now!! To all the other fans: don't hesitate to contact
your local radio station to request American Life! Together we
have to make this a hit!
25 March - W Mag portfolio
Check out fansite Madonnalicious
for scans of the complete portfolio as featured in the april issue
of W Magazine.
25 March - AL digital single marks revolution in online distribution
Monday marked the first time pop singer Madonna's music went out
digitally to her legion of Net fans--and with the move, the Material
Girl broke a little new online ground for major artists. Madonna
is selling her new antiwar single, American
on her Web site, charging $1.49 for the download of a
high-quality, wholly unrestricted MP3 file. Her publicists started
taking preorders a week ago, and in a novel move for a high-profile
recording artist, enlisted fans to help sell the single on their
own Web sites.
The so-called Madonna Project program--drawn directly from Amazon.com's
and other Web sites' affiliate strategies--saw banners and advertisements
for the single pop up on fan Web pages and blogs last week. Sites
whose advertisements resulted in sales of the single would get
credit toward Madonna prizes and merchandise. "The Madonna
Project is a top-secret initiative to revolutionize how music
is distributed on the Web, and Madonna wants you to join,"
the singer's site read last week. "The more singles sold
through your site or links, the better your chance to win a pat
on the back, a gold star and some serious Madonna prizes."
The release of a high-quality, unrestricted MP3 single online
marks a significant turnaround for Madonna, and helps underline
how far the big record labels have come in their steps toward
online distribution. Madonna was one of the first artists to make
a public stink about her work slipping onto Napster before its
official release date. In more recent months, she has been one
of the major artists to block distribution of most of her work
through online subscription services such as Pressplay or Listen.com's
Word went out a week ago that fans signing up on her Web site,
and paying $1.49 though the Paypal service, would be able to download
the single Monday. The high-quality MP3 format meant that fans
would be able to burn it to a CD or transfer it to a portable
device without the restrictions usually imposed on authorized
major-label downloads. If the single slipped out on file-swapping
networks before that time, fans would get the single in their
e-mail box, the singer's Web site promised. Predictably, the tune
found its way online Sunday, and the record label e-mailed it
to fans that day. In the ensuing week, "thousands" of
people signed up to be Web affiliates, a Warner Music representative
said. The single was also simultaneously released on several of
the online music subscription services, the first time Madonna's
major-label work has appeared on any of the legal music services.
24 March - Album credits
Warner - Chappell has added the writing credits for the songs
on the American Life album to the database:
- American Life - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- Hollywood - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- I'm So Stupid - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- Love Profusion - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- Nobody Knows Me - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- Nothing Fails - Madonna (Ca)/ Sigsworth, Guy (Ca)/ Griffiths,
- Intervention - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- X-Static Process - Madonna (Ca)/ Price, Stuart (Ca)
- Mother And Father - Madonna (Ca)/ Ahmadzai, Mirwais (Ca)
- Easy Ride - Madonna (Ca)/ Pittman, Monte (Ca)
~ On the right, you find two amazing video stills by Daniel Smith
(thanx to Madonnarama)
24 March - American Life goes live
Finally! Today is the big day: all across the world, radio stations
are premiering the single American
(and personally I think it sounds GREAT!!). American
fans who pre-ordered the digital single (which is the radio edit
of the song) got it delivered in their mailbox. Those who still
want to get it delivered, can
purchase the single here
. If you purchased the single and
have not yet received the email or misplaced it, you may get your
Downloadable copies of the MP3 can be found on several fansites
24 March - X-Static Process lyrics
for the amazing
lyrics of X-Static Process, written by Madonna and Stuart Price
24 March - X-Static exposition
Word is that Madonna might show up for the opening of her photography
show at Deitch Projects in SoHo on Thursday. "Ecstatic Process"
is based on photos taken of her by Steven Klein for W magazine.
The exhibition space, designed by Giuseppe Lignano and Ada Tolla
of LOT/EK architecture, will feature large moving projections
of the photos. Talk about cross-promotion: Ecstatic
is also a song on Madonna's album American
, due out next month. (source: Daily News)
24 March - Madonna is big 'winner' at Razzies
and husband Guy Ritchie have been the big 'winners' at the 23rd
annual Razzie awards
on the eve of the Oscars which honour the worst of the worst in
Hollywood. Swept Away
, a remake
of the 1974 film about a woman shipwrecked in the Mediterranean
with her yacht's cook, swept the board. It received nods for worst
film, worst performance by an actress, worst remake, worst screen
couple and worst director for Guy Ritchie. Madonna had to share
the honour of worst actress with fellow popstar Britney Spears.
Spears also grabbed the worst original song honours for 'I'm Not
a Girl, Not Yet a Woman' from the film. Madge, not to be outdone,
was also on the receiving end of the worst supporting actress
award for her fleeting cameo in the James Bond movie Die
. 'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones'
bagged awards for Hayden Christensen as worst supporting actor
and worst screenplay for George Lucas himself. (source: ITV
22 March - American Life pre-order store
is proud to announce that the "American Life" General
Store is open! To commemorate such an event, Madonna.com has configured
four exclusive ways for you to get the new CD. First, you can
order the regular enhanced CD, or secondly pick up the Limited
Edition CD release. The third and fourth way is to simply add
a t-shirt to your current CD packaging choice. This t-shirt is
exclusive to the Madonna.com store. Also, If you pre order the
CD you will be automatically entered to win signed Madonna merchandise.
Make sure to check back in the near future for more e-store specials
at Madonna.com. Click
here to get your "bundle" now
21 March - AL release details
From Dotmusic: new AL official facts as of March 18:
21 March - Madonna re-working her AL video? *rumour*
- Limited edition CD is limited to 14,000 units wholesalers
and retailers will be allocated due to such a small amount being
- It is confirmed that the limited edition will have the "PA"
logo on the shrink-wrap (PA = parental advisory).
- There is no DVD with the limited edition release.
- Limited edition packaging: 2 pc. "telescoping"
box, clear foam tray, exclusive poster, wrapped with a white
leatherette fabric ribbon
- The DVD-single: cancelled
- The maxi-singles (12" and CD-maxi)... Still not officially
solicited in the US. The release date is now looking to be April
29th for these. The CD-maxi is going to be a first for Warner
Brothers in that it is going to be a CD-maxi + DVD (2 disc set).
I think he said the list price will be $11.98. I don't think
there will be a regular CD-maxi. This configuration is the first
one that WEA has done and is the reason that there is the maxi-single
Madonna is re-working her vividly violent anti-war video for "American
Dream," slated to come out next month in conjunction with her
new album. There were rumors that she might completely redo or even
pull the video, which was said to depict the "catastrophic
repercussions and horror of war." But her rep Liz Rosenberg
tells PAGE SIX it's merely being "fine tuned" in light
of current events. "Madonna is being sensitive to what's going
on in the world right now," Rosenberg tells us. "There
will be some minor alterations. What might have looked right two
weeks ago might not look that way now. But she's not re-doing the
whole video, and it will still be out the first week of April."
~ Of course they got the single title wrong. No confirmation yet
on the truth of the story.
21 March - HQ W Mag pix
has some great high quality scans from the W Magazine photo shoot;
check them out!
21 March - Madonna has balls
wrote a great
article on American Life
its place in Madonna's controversial career. You can read the complete
article at Madonnalicious.
Here are some highlights:
....her new single, 'American Life' is a magnificently addictive
confection of glitchy techno and creamy pop with a daft comedy rap
on the end. Then there's the video, which starts as a fashion show
and ends in hand grenade, dead baby-strewn carnage. At a time when
anti-war sentiment, particularly in the US is unwelcome, 'American
Life' shows that Madonna's balls are steelier than the rest.
....she doesn't have to put herself through the pop mill now, let
alone antagonise half her own continent. She does it because she
is, in the end, an artist. An artist who's brought the most avant
garde ideas and influences into the mainstream since The Beatles
and transformed the landscape of pop culture for good.
21 March - Salma Hayek grateful to Madonna
Actress Salma Hayek says she dreamed for years about playing Mexican
painter Frida Kahlo. Unfortunately, she says, American studios were
not interested in making a film about her until Madonna said what
a huge fan she was of her work. "I had them working on this
project six years before," Hayek recalled, adding that their
were several other Frida projects in the works at that time. "The
truth is that Madonna was going to do it way before and then gave
up on it. I'm really grateful to Madonna because she took interest
in this Mexican artist very early on before people knew about Frida.
And because everyone wants to know what Madonna is doing, it brought
a lot of attention to this character that later on helped us get
this movie made, so if anything, I am grateful for her appreciating
her art and her culture." "Frida," which earned Hayek
an Oscar nomination and co-starred Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd,
was released in theaters in late 2002. (source: UPI
20 March - More American Life samples
Tension is rising as the radio release for American Life, scheduled
for next week, is coming closer. On the website
you can listen to a 1'10 sample of the song, which sounds
magnificent. For an acapella sample (9 seconds), check
. And finally, there's a message
, presenting her new single.
20 March - Michelle Branch wants to leave Maverick
19-year-old Grammy winner Michelle Branch wants to disassociate
herself from former mentor Madonna. Branch filed a petition with
the California Labor Commission this week claiming she should be
let out of her contract with Madonna's Maverick Records because
they signed her up for sponsorship she didn't want. "She claims
one of [Maverick parent] Warner Bros.' entities got 'tour support'
without her permission," Maverick's lawyer Bert Fields tells
us. "She says they acted as unlicensed talent agents. We think
there's no merit to the case, and both sides hope this can be resolved."
"This is all about money," sniffs a Maverick spy. "She
wants more. Record companies face this stuff all the time and every
now and then an artist pulls a [James] Gandolfini." Branch's
rep did not return calls. "Madonna needs to keep Michelle,"
an industry source opines. "Maverick hasn't had a big act like
her since Alanis Morissette [and] all the other labels are all lining
up to sign her if she leaves." (source: NY
20 March - No American Dance Awards for Madonna
Yesterday the winners of the American
Dance Music Awards
were announced. Despite two nominations,
Madonna didn't win any award. For 'Best Chart Act' Justin Timberlake
was the favorite. For 'Best Remix', the Deepsky remix for Die
lost out to Fischerspooner's remix of Kylie's Come
Into My World. In the category 'Best Soundtrack' the Die
soundtrack had to bow down for Blade 2.
20 March - Copycat Gwen irritates Madonna
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But for pop queen Madonna,
actress Gwyneth Paltrow's craze of imitating her, is turning to
irritation for the singer. There are even rumours that this has
cooled off the friendship between the two because Madge is so fed
up with having a double. Some facts prove that Gwyneth actually
imitates the singer- actress. Madonna, 44, married British film
director Guy Ritchie in December 2000. Less than two years later,
Oscar-winning Gwyneth, 30, linked up with British pop star Chris
Martin. She is set to wed the Coldplay lead singer - five years
her junior - next year, according to a report in TeenHollywood.com.
Six months before Madge married Guy, she bought a 10 million pound,
six-bed mansion in Belgravia, central London. Within 18 months Gwyneth
announced she wanted to settle in London and then plumped for a
one million pound, two-bedroom pad in a redbrick mansion block in
nearby Kensington. The two even share a mutual friend - designer
Stella McCartney. The pair have also used the same health clinic
in posh Knightsbridge, West London. More interestingly, Madonna
visited the Linda Meredith health and beauty clinic for a spot of
yoga in November 2001. The following summer Gwyneth did the same.
Both stars follow the same macro-biotic diets, based on whole- grains,
vegetables, beans, seaweed and fermented soya products. (source:
18 March - M plays no guitar on album *rumour*
According to fansite Madonnarama:
"Fans may be a little upset to hear that Madonna plays no guitar
herself on the new album. Despite competant playing on her Drowned
, Madonna has left all the strumming to Mirwais, who
plays guitar in the following tracks: American
I'm So Stupid, Nothing Fails, Intervention, X-Static Process, Mother
And Father and Easy Ride. Mirwais also plays guitar AND sings on
On the right you see a new screenshot from the American Life video,
by still photographer Daniel Smith. More pictures from the video
17 March - Single and album cover
has updated their discography pages, which seems to confirm the
earlier seen art work: the machine gun picture is used as single
cover; the other one is the album cover. You can see them on the
17 March - Complete W Mag interview
to read the complete interview
that will appear in the april issue of W Magazine.
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