Madonna news - Oct. 2003

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14 October - Nothing Fails single cover *rumour*
Rumoured single cover for Nothing Fails Speculation has started about how the cover of the Madonna single Nothing Fails will look like.An artwork depicting a "tree of life" has started to circulate online.Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it really reminds of the illustration Loren Long has made for Madonna's second children's book "Mr Peabody Apples" which comes out the same day of the new single. (source: MadonnaTribe)

14 October - MATM video storyline
Britney and Madonna may have already kissed, but now Madonna's playing hard to get. In Spears' upcoming video for Me Against the Music, Madonna lures the pop princess through a mazelike underground after-hours club, only to disappear into thin air when Britney gets close enough to touch.
According to the treatment for the video, shot last week in New York with director Paul Hunter, the pop singers discover they're reverse images of each other, from their dance moves to the way they dress. Britney wears black to Madonna's white. Britney is hipster to Madonna's old-school. Britney's section of the club is populated with cool kids, flaunting pink and purple hair while taking whiffs from an oxygen tank, while Madonna's stakes claim to a territory filled with men in suits, smoking cigars.
Though the areas are separated by a wall, somehow Britney can sense Madonna on the other side. At first, it seems like they have a psychic or telepathic connection - but then Madonna's visage starts appearing on television monitors throughout the club, making Britney more determined to find her.
As if the ESP element wasn't enough, the club proves not to be governed by the usual rules of reality in other areas, such as when Madonna finds herself a room covered with fallen leaves, where she can stand on a swing to amuse herself. But instead of wondering how the leaves got inside in the first place, she's more concerned with coaxing Britney to rid herself of her inhibitions: "Hey, Britney, you say you wanna lose control/ Sexy lady, I'd rather see you bare your soul/ If you think you're so hot, better show me what you got/ Let me see you dance<."
Madonna's solo, however, turns out to be but a siren's song, as she is nowhere to be found once Britney hears the call and makes it to the swing room. Over the course of several rooms, Britney searches desperately as Madonna plays an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with her. But fans can easily find both singers beginning October 21, when "Making the Video: Britney Spears" premieres at 11 p.m. (source: MTV)

14 October - MATM on European radio
After conquering US radio, Me Against The Music seems ready to become a smash on European radio as well. Belgian radio Donna announced the single as 'Smaakmaker van de week' ('taste of the week'), which means it's being played once in every program all week long. Yesterday listeners could vote for it in 'Maak 'em of Kraak 'em' ('make it or break it') and it received an incredible positive response (made by more than 70% of the votes).

14 October - Remixers hint at American Life EP and Love Profusion single
The following is taken from a remixer's website (thanx to Absolute Madonna):
"Paolo & Claudio have been quite busy all summer long writing, producing & remixing. here are a few releases to keep an eye out for.
- Madonna - Love Profusion (camaione & cilione blow-up version)
the third single from the "american life" lp due out november 2003.
- Madonna - Hollywood (camaione & cilione blow-up version)
included on the 'American Life EP' due out late october 2003 featuring unreleased remixes & bonus tracks."
~ It's about time Warner clears out whether the third single will be Nothing Fails, Nobody Knows Me or Love Profusion. All have their own remixes, but Nothing Fails seems most likely to be the actual single. Could it be that an American Life EP with remixes will be part of the box set?

13 October - Correction Swept Away release date
Yesterday we announced the release date of the Belgian DVD for Swept Away. However, it seems the DVD will be released on the 23rd, not the 16th. Mad-Eyes gives away two copies; so don't forget to check out our Swept Away contest!

Nobody Knows Me promo 13 October - Nobody Knows Me 12" promo
According to DJ Rico, this is the tracklist of the Nobody Knows Me 12" Promo:
(thanx to Dotmusic's Slyguy). You can find some of these remixes for download already; try the following links: Mount Sims - Above & Beyond - Rauhofer

13 October - Icon 39 is out
Icon 39 The new ICON issue has been sent out, containing the following letter from Madonna:
Dear faithful readers,
As you know, I have a new record out called American Life. I have been living on airplanes and in hotels the last few months promoting it and I have to say this is the most fun I have ever had. Doing small shows for my fans in surprise places and getting to see everyone's smiling faces has been incredibly inspiring.
Sorry if most of you didn't get to see my last video but like I said in interviews, it was conceived and created long before the war in Iraq ever started and it was meant to wake people up to the horrors of war. By the time it was finished we were at war and it felt like releasing it was the wrong thing to do. I am not sorry I did it but timing is everything and sometimes you can have the most amount of influence by taking a step back.
Onwards and upwards.
My new single is Hollywood and a video has been shot a few weeks ago in Los Angeles with Mondino, my favourite director. He is so much fun to work with. What is it with French people? I can't stop working with them!
As you know I have written five children's books and the first one is coming out in September. It's called The English Roses and I hope you get a chance to check it out. The books are for kids of all ages. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Okay, That's all the news fit to print. I'm heading out in my Mini Cooper to get a soy latte
Take care, work hard, be kind!
Love, Madonna
P.S. Enjoy the sleek new look of ICON which is under new management!
You can also find a preview from the magazine at (source: Icon, thanx to Madonnalicious)

12 October - Swept Away DVD in Belgium
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release Swept Away on DVD in Belgium. The Dutch version will be available in stores on October 16th. The French version will follow on December 4th. Click on the image on the right to view the Dutch cover. Mad-Eyes exclusively offers two copies of the DVD to our Belgian/Dutch visitors; check out our Swept Away contest!
~ Correction: the Dutch version will be released on the 23rd, not the 16th.

12 October - Tracklist MATM single
1: Me Against The Music - Original version (radio edit.)
2: Me Against The Music - Rishi Rich's Desi Kulcha Remix 4.33
3: Me Against The Music - Rishi Rich's Desi Kulcha Instru. 4.33
4: Me Against The Music - Video Mix 3.47
5: Me Against The Music - Video Mix Instru. 3.47
(source:, Madonna Information Report)

12 October - MATM Billboard review
In the couple of years since Britney Spears' last musical output, she has never once left the headlines of the consumer press. In fact,if anything, the one-time teen queen is more renowned than ever before. But now it's time for Brit to prove that her provocative state of undress and various sexcapades are only sidelines to her primary purpose here-hit songs. "Me Against the Music" is frantically busy, with Spears' voice often a mere accessory amid a swirl of rapid-fire lyrics, background vocals and a frenetic pogo-stick beat. After repeated listens, however, the party-anthem rhythms sort themselves out and ripen into a series of infectious, albeit quirky, hooks. It's still much mor a jam du jour than a song-there's no real melody-but radio will be licking this up like a cherry lollipop. The other shortfall: Madonna. She comes off like a great-aunt poseur, much like the Gap ads. Oops, she did it again. (source: Billboard, Madonna Information Report)

12 October - MATM video concept *rumour*
The concept of the video is that Britney and Madonna are in a club trying to find each other. They're communicating telepathically. Soon, it becomes a cat and mouse chase, and there is a maze. Britney is in the hipster part of the club. She wears a tie around her neck (think Avril Lavigne) and the backup people have streaks purple hair, bright pink hair, dress in Urban Outfitters-type gear. One guy had a hip white jacket and a tie around his neck and wore a T-shirt. Madonna, wearing a white pants suit, is hanging out among businessmen in suits. At one point in the vid, Brit is on a huge swing, and there's a lot of smoke.
The video is directed by Paul Hunter, who has directed a lot of hip hop videos. Britney and Madonna would throw in suggestions and offer input to Hunter. It wasn't just the director in charge. (source: WorldOfBritney forum, Madonna Information Report)

09 October - MATM bubbling under the Hot 100
Me Against The Music will not appear on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week. Rumor has it appearing at #3 on the Bubbling Under chart. With no signs of the song slowing down, expect a splashy debut next week! (source: Absolute Madonna)

09 October - English Roses sells more than half million copies
Madonna's publisher has an ambitious target at the Frankfurt book fair -- he is determined to hit 50 languages for her first children's book. Having just signed on the Indonesians, Koreans, Japanese and Georgians, Nicholas Callaway told Reuters: "We are now at 37 languages. We hope to reach 50 by the end of the fair." The pop superstar reinvented herself yet again last month, turning children's author to launch her moralistic little tale "The English Roses" in a publishing blitz in 100 countries and 30 languages. The hype paid off. "We have surpassed 500,000 in sales around the world so far. We are on track to reach a million by the end of the year," Callaway said of the book, which is be followed up next month with the second of five Madonna tales for kids. The United States is into its third print run. Madonna beat Harry Potter in the New York Times Children's Book List. Britain is into a fourth printing. Finland sold out in two hours. "We are not done yet," Callaway said. "I want to go into Arabic countries, Indian languages and Africa. Madonna is surprised and delighted."
Callaway was quick to praise JK Rowling for her Harry Potter wizard sagas that have transformed children's publishing. "They are epic tales of fantasy and imagination and they are glorious. Everyone should thank JK Rowling for taking children to wonderful places of the imagination. "But Madonna is using the power of her fame to encourage and inspire children how to live life rightly and thoughtfully."
At breakfast before a day meeting publishers, Callaway offered a peep into the next book, the lavishly illustrated "Mr Peabody's Apples". "The English Roses" was for the girls. This tale of a teacher falsely accused of theft in the Middle American town of Happville is one for the boys. Madonna says of the book: "It is dedicated to teachers everywhere. It is a story about the power of words and how we must choose them carefully to avoid causing harm to others."
The contrast with Madonna's last publication -- her 1992 X-rated photo collection "Sex" -- could not be starker. But the mistress of reinvention -- now a demure mother of two reading to kids at book promotions -- is up front about her change of direction. At the Paris launch of the book, she said: "I'm actually quite proud of my journey because the 'Sex' book was about me and saying 'Hey, look at me!' and the children's books are hopefully imparting some wisdom." (source: Reuters)

08 October - More on The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho ranks with JK Rowling and John Grisham as one of the world's most successful writers and now Hollywood is at last bringing his cult classic The Alchemist to the silver screen. The Brazilian author believes that "Matrix" star Laurence Fishburne will do justice to the book, the tale of an Andalusian shepherd who takes to the desert in search of treasure. "I am confident he can make a good movie. He is directing, he wrote the screenplay and he is acting as the Alchemist," Coelho told Reuters at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he is publicizing his erotic new novel "Eleven Minutes." Coelho, who met Fishburne in London, said: "He is a nice guy and very sensitive. He is a person that I really trust."
British actor Jeremy Irons and U.S. pop icon Madonna also play leading roles in the film, which has an $80 million budget. Warner Bros Pictures plans to start filming in Jordan by the end of this year for scheduled release in 2004.
The bearded Brazilian author has climbed steadily to reach the rarefied ranks of multimillion-selling novelists. The first edition of the Alchemist in 1988 sold only 900 copies and its publisher decided not to reprint. But a larger publisher picked it up two years later. "At the end of the day it is a mystery -- how can I sell 55 million copies in so many countries and have such a faithful readership," he asked. But the 56-year-old writer is certainly no shrinking violet about the statistics. "They made some research about two years ago. I was in third place. Rowling was in first place, the second was Grisham and I was third. I think that I am now probably selling more than John Grisham." "Coelhomania" erupted among his devoted fans who queued for up to six hours in Berlin and London at recent signing sessions. Celebrity fans abound. Of "The Alchemist," Madonna said: "It is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep."
But critics have torn into his "mind, body and spirit" literature, saying he spouts trite and simplistic truisms about finding your inner path. "Spiritual twaddle," wrote one British critic. Coelho is unperturbed. "I read critics but I don't listen to them. But I am glad they exist because they provoke me and they provoke my readers. "They are tough but I am tough also. An angry, polemical reaction is always a compliment. Otherwise it would be a no man's land." His latest book is called "Eleven Minutes" because its heroine, a Brazilian prostitute working in Switzerland, calculated that is how long sex takes on average. The book, inspired by the manuscript left at his hotel once by a prostitute working in Europe, certainly does not hold back on the steamy and sado-masochistic sex. But Coelho is well pleased with the results -- "I have never had such a reaction from my readers -- it was very positive." (source: Reuters)

08 October - MATM set for early debut on the Hot 100?
With four full days of airplay, Me Against The Music has surged to nearly 24 million audience impressions according to the latest Mediabase figures. This total should be enough to allow for a Hot 100 debut in the mid-60's range on the chart to be released tomorrow by Billboard magazine. The song continues to score big at US radio, as 113 stations reported adding the song yesterday, a week before its official add date, per the Hitmakers report.
When Me Against The Music enters the Hot 100, it will become Madonna's 50th Hot 100 entry. For Britney Spears, it will be her 10th. (source: Absolute Madonna)

08 October - Liz denies video rumours
As pop tart Britney Spears' outrageous behavior hits new highs, loyal fans are bound to blame Madonna, her companion in controversy, for leading her astray. But while the stars did share a sloppy kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards, reports that Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie will direct Britney and his wife in an S&M-themed video for Spears' new single Me Against The Music have been overhyped.
"Guy Ritchie is not directing," Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg tells Star. "It's mostly a performance video. No dominatrix S&M stuff. Madonna did that years ago and you know she doesn't repeat herself. Paul Hunter is directing and the details are changing constantly."
As for Madonna advising Spears, Rosenberg continues, "I don't really think Britney needs career advice. 'Mentor' is too strong a word. I think Britney has respect for Madonna and they enjoy working together."
Madonna and Britney collaborated on the song from Britney's new album Get In the Zone, slated for release on Nov. 18, and the older star has been schooling Spears in the Kabbalah religion.
Meanwhile, Britney, who flew to Rome recently to film a Pepsi commercial, has been inseparable from her married backup dancer Columbus Short, which isn't helping her image. And she just parted ways with her highly-respected publicist, Dan Klores, who sources say tired of doing damage control for his high-maintenance client.
"Britney is vulnerable and confused at the moment," a Spears source told Star. "She idolizes Madonna. She thinks that by following in Madonna's footsteps she'll achieve 'staying power' long after her music gets tired." (source: Star Magazine, thanx to MadonnaTribe)

07 October - Vote for Madonna at the American Music Awards
Make your choice for the 'Michael Jackson International Artist of the Year Award'.
- Christina Aguilera
- Cher
- Shania Twain
- Justin Timberlake
Head over to ABC.COM and cast your vote for MADONNA ! Then, tune in to the AMAs LIVE 8/7c on November 16 (tape delayed on the West Coast) to find out who will win! (source:

07 October - Me Against The Music release date
According to BMG, Me Against the Music featuring Madonna release to stores is pushed back to November 11, to allow some more production time. However, the production is 75% done and will be sent out on October 11. Also, Britney's new album, "In the Zone" may be released as soon as November 12 instead of the 18th. The video premiere for Me Against the Music has been postponed by one week in order to complete post-production, according to MTV, with a new air-date for the Making The Video: Me Against the Music premiere, Monday, October 20th 2003. The video shoot will take place this week in New York. (source: MadonnaTribe)

06 October - How Madonna and Britney got together
Here's how the two pop icons came together (sort of) for Me Against the Music. For some imaginative pop fans, the news that Madonna and Britney Spears recorded a song together may have conjured images of long, languid studio sessions, punctuated by the occasional soul kiss. The truth is slightly less lurid. Spears originally completed the track Me Against the Music, by herself, and even sang the Madonna-free version of it Sept. 4 at the NFL season kickoff. "The song was done -- and then we added Madonna," says producer/songwriter Tricky Stewart (Blu Cantrell, Mya) who recorded the track with his Atlanta-based RedZone Entertainment team.
The Material Mom didn't glom onto the club banger -- the first single from Spears' Nov. 18 album ''In the Zone'' -- until after her tongue-tastic performance with the younger singer at the MTV Video Music Awards. ''Britney played the song for Madonna and she really, really liked it,'' explains Penelope Magnet, a RedZone-affiliated 19-year-old songwriter/producer who coproduced and wrote most of the lyrics for Me Against the Music (it'll be her first professional credit). Predictably, Madonna took charge after RedZone handed over the song to her, arranging and recording her vocal additions on her own. (Madonna's publicist confirmed the producers' account of the collaboration; Spears' rep didn't respond to a request for comment.) ''She does what she wants to do,'' says Stewart. ''She's Madonna. If she says she wants to keep something, it stays on there.'' So on the finished track, she and Spears trade lines in the verses, making the song a true duet.
Though the lyrics hardly represent a radical step forward for Spears (the refrain is ''All you people on the floor/Let me see you dance''), Me Against the Music is the 21-year-old's most aggressively danceable single. Retrofunk guitars rub against a rapid breakbeat as Spears and Madonna sing of the pleasures of letting loose on the dance floor (''I'm up against the speaker/Trying to take on the music/It's like a competition'') -- a subject they each know well. ''Britney likes to be bold in her visuals and be more lighthearted in the lyrical sense,'' says Stewart. ''She doesn't like things that make her sound like she was taking herself too seriously.''
Serious or not, if the song sounds sweaty, it's no accident. During Spears' time with RedZone this summer, the recording studio's air-conditioning died for three days, but she refused to abandon the increasingly sultry session. ''The equipment made the room so hot that it was unbearable, but she worked through that,'' says Magnet. ''She didn't complain or anything, and for me that shows she's where she is for a reason.'' The same production team also wrote and produced the ''In the Zone'' song ''The Hook-Up'' -- Spears' first stab at reggae. In addition, they helped develop tracks submitted by R. Kelly (''Outrageous'') and Moby (''Early Mornin''') into finished Spears songs (like Madonna, neither Kelly nor Moby joined Spears in the studio). Says Stewart, ''The vibe that I got was this album is Britney's coming-out party.'' Funny, that's what we would have said about that VMA performance. (source: Entertainment Weekly)

04 October - Pre-order Mr. Peabody's Apples
Mr. Peabody's Apples Madonna's second children book Mr. Peabody's Apples will be available in bookstores on November 10th. It's a story about the power of words and the importance of teachers. The book counts 32 pages, is published by Callaway Editions and contains illustrations by Loren Long. You can pre-order it at Amazon.

03 October - Me Against the Music MP3
You can now download the MP3 of Britney's song Me Against The Music, featuring Madonna, on GoBritney.

03 October - Love Profusion remix confirmed
Congratulations Mr. Rosario for your soon to be released Madonna remix! Be sure to congratulate Ralphi on his recently accepted OFFICIAL remix for Madonna's Love Profusion (personally approved by the Diva!). A very dark and energetic remix, that has a great intro build and then goes into Madonna's amazing bold vocal sound! Ralphi said Madonna and Warner were still not sure of the release date for the song but that Warner is still planning on releasing Love Profusion as a single!! (source: Hydrate Chicago, thanx to DJmeistr)

03 October - Russian Harper Bazaar
Russian cover of Harpers Bazaar The Russian Harper's Bazaar uses a different picture from the Gap series on the cover. Check MadonnaTribe for more scans. (Also thanx to Cusetopher)

01 October - EMA nominations
Madonna is nominated for Best Female at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, competing with Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue and Pink. Her official website is also nominated for the web award. You can find a list of all the nominees at Christina Aguilera will host the show in Edinburgh on November 6th.

01 October - Steven Klein to direct Nothing Fails video
Currently we've heard that in a German magazine, Stephen Klein has confirmed he will be directing the Nothing Fails video. (source: Absolute Madonna)

01 October - Fans mob Madonna book signing
It was billed as a book signing for children, but it sure didn't look that way. About 250 winners of a telephone lottery gathered Monday at the Rockefeller Center Barnes & Noble Madonna calendar 2004to hear Madonna read from "The English Roses," the first of five books addressing adolescent challenges. Each winner was permitted to bring a child to the event, but only about 60 or so felt the pint-sized accessories were necessary. "I'm just here for me," said Leeanne Scarione, 29, of Bethpage. "Madonna's mom passed away when she was young, and my mother's been sick, so that's how I relate to her." Security was tight and photographs were forbidden as the Literary Girl spent an hour handing out pre-signed copies of her work. The mother of two read a brief excerpt from the story, a 48-page hardcover with illustrations by fashion artist Jeffrey Fulvimari. Those lottery winners with children had no qualms about exposing them to the woman who made her name on sexuality. "Madonna's done a couple of sexually shocking things, but a playful kiss with Britney Spears is small potatoes compared to exposing kids to gangsta rap, where every other word is an expletive and the lyrics are misogynistic," said Andy Anderson, 36, who was joined by boyfriend, Russell Ruble, and family friend Olivia Fountain, 8. The second book from Madonna's series, due Nov. 10, is called "Mr. Peabody's Apples" and is about the damage done by false rumors and gossip. "I can't imagine how Madonna would find inspiration there," joked Nicholas Callaway, publisher of the book's American edition. (source: Newsday)

01 October - English Roses to top NY Times best-seller list
Madonna has made the transition from sex goddess to doyen of children's literature. According to her publisher, The English Roses, Madonna's first attempt at a family friendly book, will top the next New York Times' best-seller list for children's picture books, selling 57,369 copies in the US in its first week. The book is a 48-page, illustrated tale about a clique of four girls, the English Roses, who torment a smart, beautiful, but ultimately misunderstood classmate named Binah. It is said to be based on Madonna's delving into the Kabbalah texts of Jewish mysticism. The book is the first in a series of five planned by the 45-year-old mother of two. The next book is Mr Peabody's Apples and is due out on November 10. Madonna's last book was the provocative Sex, which featured the singer in kinky and explicit positions. (source: Herald Sun)

01 October - Bourdin jr. sues Madonna over Hollywood video
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And then sometimes it isn't. The son of a late fashion photographer has slapped a lawsuit on Madonna, claiming the Material One copied his dad's racy images in a set of videos for her track Hollywood. Samuel Bourdin, who claims ownership to the images created by his father, Guy Bourdin, who died in 1991, filed suit on Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. According to the lawsuit, Madge is accused of copyright infringement for reenacting poses and images from at least 11 of Bourdin's photographs, the bulk of which were published in French Vogue from the mid '50s through the late '80s. "It's one thing to draw inspiration; it's quite another to simply plagiarize the heart and soul of my father's work," Samuel Bourdin said in a statement. Bourdin Jr. wants unspecified damages from Madonna, her record company, MTV and director Jean-Baptiste Mondino, among others, for the creative "sampling." A rep for the superstar said, "Madonna hasn't been served yet, so there's no comment for now." The elder Bourdin, whose work was the subject of a retrospective at London's Victoria and Albert Museum this summer, is hailed as an groundbreaking cameraman for changing the face of fashion photography by creating a complex narrative around an item or model, rather than just focusing on the product. The suit includes comparisons of Bourdin's work to images from the Hollywood video. In one Bourdin picture, published online by the Smoking Gun, a lingerie-clad woman straddles a chair against a steamy red backdrop. Ditto Madonna. In another Bourdin image, a nearly naked woman straddles a black-and-white TV. Same goes for Madonna. And the list goes on: A woman in red undies checks herself out in round mirror. Yep, Madonna's got that montage, too. Mrs. Guy Ritchie could turn to another diva for infringement advice. J.Lo recently found herself in a similar predicament with her video for "I'm Glad," an over-the-top homage to Adrian Lyne's 1983 film Flashdance. Paramount cried foul and fired off a legal notice to Sony (parent company of Lopez's label, Epic Records) but ultimately it was a win-win for both sides. The matter was resolved out of court for an unspecified amount, label and studio both got press coverage out of the incident, and J.Lo's name was instantly linked to a much-rumored remake of Flashdance. (source: E! Online)

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