Madonna news - Nov. 2003


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14 November - Madonna is NOT in Belgium
A lot of commotion was caused in Belgium today as reports about a Madonna visit circulated in the media. It all turned out to be a big publicity stunt by a graphic design company, located in Zwijnaarde. It all started yesterday with an article in Belgian newspaper De Tijd, which reported that Madonna would visit the company in order to present a new perfume for men called Provoke, for which Madonna was asked to be the image. This report was later denied in another newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, that stated a denial by the company's spokesperson. But soon radio and TV stations got hold of the rumours and started a mystery search for Madonna. All afternoon, listeners of Studio Brussel called in saying they had more information or they had spotted Madonna somewhere. One source claimed she had arrived in a white limousine, while others said she was about to arrive by helicopter. Finally it became clear to be a publicity stunt when the company temporarily placed a picture of Madonna on their site, with the message "Just kiddin' - thank you for the publicity!". As smart as this stunt might have been marketing-wise, we - at Mad-Eyes - want to point out how unethical it is to give out such false information reports and abuse the media as a cheap marketing tool.

14 November - Madonna visits Rosie's Broadway show
Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell Certainly Madonna would have made time to catch best gal pal Rosie O'Donnell's first Broadway producing venture no matter what the subject matter was, but could have it been any more perfect than Taboo? The glam diva was at the Plymouth Theatre to catch the Boy George ode to the '80s club and pop scene on November 12 amidst critics and supporters of O'Donnell, whose legal battle with magazine publishers Gruner + Jahr USA was thrown out of court earlier in the day. Madonna cackled and cheered throughout the performance and posed with her buddy after the bows. (source: Broadway.com)

14 November - Madonna to advertise Provoke perfume? *rumour*
There's a report in Belgian newspaper 'De Tijd' that Madonna will be in Ghent, Belgium today to present the new perfume for men 'Provoke'. The presentation is supposed to be at the company that will be in charge of the packaging of the perfume. Madonna would be the new image of the perfume.
This report seems highly unlikely to us, as we haven't heard anything about it before, but we wanted to post it anyway. We'll keep you informed if we hear anything more on this. (thanx to Els for informing us)

14 November - Madonna on TRL but without Love Profusion
Madonna on TRL Yesterday, Madonna appeared on TRL. Unfortunately the long-awaited premiere of the Love Profusion video didn't happen. The video was only mentioned by the host of the show, while the rock remix was played in the background. Madonna promoted instead her new book and the upcoming EP 'Remixed and Revisited'. Afterwards she announced the new video from Christina Aguilera as "here's the other girl I kissed".

14 November - Madonna needles Letterman on marriage plans
David Letterman is one step closer to marrying his longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko - because, he says, he doesn't want his baby to "be raised a bastard." It was Madonna - who has a long history of bringing out the worst in the talk-show host -- who got an admission out of him that a wedding is just down the road during her appearance on "Late Night." "I'll take care of it," said an uncomfortable-looking Letterman Tuesday night during her guest appearance. "It's just that my first marriage - and God bless my first wife - it ended in such a..." "Acrimonious way?" Madonna interrupted. "It was contentious, but it was all me, it was all my fault" he said. "You haven't grown since then?" she asked. "Well, I've had a child, that's progress don't you think?" he asked. "It depends what you do with him," said Madonna. Later, when Letterman tried to cut to a commercial, Madonna interrupted and pressed him further for an answer about his marital situation. "It's coming," he said. "You'll read all about it... it's unfair I think, to the child. You don't want the child to be raised a bastard!" It was the second time in about a week that a high-profile guest needled the enigmatic late-night host about getting married. Last week, Howard Stern turned the tables on Letterman, doing an admirable job of peppering the "Late Show" host for intimate details about his personal life. Rumors have surfaced that Letterman may have already been married earlier this fall while on vacation in Montana -- the same weekend he reported a bear breaking into the log cabin where he was staying. Letterman has denied those rumors. (source: FoxNews)

14 November - 'Mr. Peabody's Apples' gets trashed
Madonna may know her way around a cone bra and Britney's lips, but when it comes to telling the tale of an undersized little leaguer who accuses his coach of stealing, she's apparently out her league. Critics are crying foul over her second kids' book, "Mr. Peabody's Apples," which bows just a couple months after her successful children's debut "The English Roses."
"A dreary, heavy-handed tale," snips USA Today, which says that although the book "is supposedly inspired by a 300-year-old story told by Madonna's Kabbalah teacher, the message is pedestrian and predictable." The paper concludes, "The book displays a humorless, ham-fisted morality."
According to the Village Voice, "If you strip Madonna of her naughtiness she doesn't have much to offer," adding that the character names -- Tommy Tittlebottom, Mr. Peabody, Mr. Funkadeli -- "sound like dirty jokes waiting to happen." (The title is titter-worthy, too.) AP believes the tome, which debuts today in 36 languages and more than 10 countries, is "a little hokey," with the New York Post calling it "a slight and preachy tale." (source: MSN Entertainment, thanx to MIR)

13 November - Yakov preview
Cover for Yakov and the 7 Thieves Sometimes, upright deeds come from crooked criminals... Yakov, a kindly cobbler desperate to find a cure for his dying son, seeks advice from the wise old man at the edge of the village. This sage enlists the help of seven thieves, who humorously prove that miracles can occur if we renounce our wicked ways and embrace good behavior. MadonnaTribe has posted this cover for Madonna's third childrens book, 'Yakov and the 7 Thieves', expected in March 2004.

13 November - Madonna donates 100,000 books to teachers
Scholastic Inc., Penguin Group (USA), Sappi Fine Paper, and Callaway Arts & Entertainment are pleased to join with Madonna, the author of Mr. Peabody's Apples, in creating a special soft-cover Teacher's Edition of the book that will be donated to 100,000 schoolteachers and principals throughout the United States via Scholastic's nationwide network of School Book Fairs and Book Clubs.
The announcement of this donation was made yesterday by Barbara Marcus, president of Scholastic Books, as part of Madonna's first public reading of the book before an audience of 500 schoolchildren at the Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey. "We are deeply grateful that these two giants of children's book publishing, as well as the world's pre-eminent manufacturer of fine paper, have joined us to honor teachers for their inestimable importance in the lives of our children," says Nicholas Callaway, president of Callaway Arts & Entertainment, the originating publisher of Madonna's children's books.
Barbara Marcus, president of Scholastic Books, the world's largest children's book publisher and distributor says, "Because Scholastic's mission is to ensure that all children have access to wonderful books, we are thrilled to be able to help get Mr. Peabody's Apples into the hands of teachers, librarians, and principals through our School Book Fairs and Book Clubs." Scholastic distributes Madonna's children's books through its international network of school book fairs and book clubs. In addition, Scholastic is the U.S. Spanish language and the Canadian French co-publisher of these books.
Doug Whiteman, president of Penguin Books for Young Readers in the U.S., says, "The Penguin Group's parent company, Pearson, is the world's largest educational publisher. It is very important to Pearson to be in touch with teachers and classrooms. Nothing is more in keeping with our mission than to take a wonderful book like Mr. Peabody's Apples and put it in the hands of teachers." In the United States, Penguin Group (USA) is the distributor of Madonna's children's books. In all other English language markets, they are published by Puffin, the children's imprint of Penguin Group (UK).
"Sappi is delighted to support this program that so wonderfully celebrates the joy of reading and the inspirational power of teachers. Teachers instill in children a love of reading that lasts a lifetime, and we are proud to be their partner in this important work," says Kathy Walters, president and C.E.O. of Sappi Fine Paper. Sappi is the exclusive supplier of paper for Madonna's children's books in the United States and internationally.
Madonna dedicates Mr. Peabody's Apples to teachers everywhere. The book, for readers aged six and up, is about the power of words and how we must choose them carefully. It was released in 37 languages and 110 countries on November 10. Her first book, The English Roses, was an instant global bestseller and has become the biggest and fastest-selling book by a first-time children's author in publishing history.
Mr. Peabody's Apples, illustrated by Loren Long, takes place in 1949 in Happville, U.S.A. Mr. Peabody, the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, one day finds himself ostracized when rumors about him spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable and poignant lesson about not judging others.
Both the illustrator and the author are foregoing all proceeds from this special Teacher's Edition. Madonna's proceeds from all five books will be donated to children's charities. (source: biz.yahoo, thanx to Absolute Madonna)

13 November - Madonna and Pink meet for the first time
Madonna and Pink on Regis & Kelly Pink had a rare speechless moment when she met pop icon Madonna for the very first time [tuesday] morning. Music singer Madonna was on the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly to promote her new children's book Mr. Peabody's Apples. And, as the interview was ending, host Regis Philbin told Madonna Pink would be performing at the end of the show and said, "She has never met you. You're her idol. Do you mind, would you like to meet her? She'd love to say hello." Madonna responded, "My pleasure," and an unusually coy Pink stepped out from the backstage area to embrace her musical hero. Pink cooed, "I've got sweat marks over here!" After performing an acoustic version of her hit song Trouble later on in the show, she said of Madonna, "I thought she wanted to meet me, that's why I came out! No, it was awesome."
Madonna and the Get the Party Started singer were expected to meet in August as Pink was one of the original choices to perform in the opening sequence for the MTV VMA's. But she was away on vacation during rehearsals, and chart rivals Britney spears and Christina Aguilera eventually went on to make big headlines around the world when they shared an onstage kiss with Madonna. (source: TeenMusic)

13 November - Madonna kept Britney-Xtina kisses secret from Lourdes
Madonna says she kept her kisses with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera secret from her seven-year-old daughter Lourdes. The 45-year-old star shocked television audiences with the full on the lip embraces during a performance of Like a Virgin at this year's MTV video awards. But she claimed Lourdes, who joined her on stage dressed as a flower girl for the start of the song, did not witness the steamy clinch. "As soon as she got off stage she was whisked away in a car and went home. So she doesn't know anything," Madonna said. She also revealed she wanted to send Lourdes to a convent school in Ireland, joking on American late-night television that she was keen for her to "learn the finer points of needle point". The pop star admitted she was strict with her children, banning them from watching TV. Instead, they are allowed just one video or DVD each week "as a treat". Madonna also confirmed Britney Spears was interested in Guy Ritchie's former London bachelor pad but refused to confirm the rumoured £5 million asking price. (source: Ananova)

13 November - Madonna to launch toy line
A few years ago, if someone said Madonna was selling toys, one would assume sex toys. But that, darling, is so yesterday for the ever evolving diva-turned-movie-star-turned-GAP-spokeswoman-turned-children's-author whose publishing blitz in kids books has now paved the way for a new line of products based on her book, "The English Roses." Madonna and merchandising company Signatures Network on Wednesday announced a deal to develop dolls, apparel, accessories, cosmetics, stationery, room decor and back-to-school products aimed at the "pre-tween" readers, aged 7 to 12, who made Madonna's book a hit.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to develop a range of beautiful products that will complement the book and continue to spread its positive messages to children," Madonna said. Set in London, "The English Roses" is a moralistic tale about the importance of compassion and friendship through the story of four little girls. The book has been printed in 30 languages, released in over 100 countries and became the largest children's book release in publishing history with a first printing of 1 million copies. The "Roses" products begin rolling out in early 2004.
"Madonna clearly knows how to captivate audiences and with 'The English Roses', she is reaching an entirely new generation on a global level," said Dell Furano, chief executive of Signatures who is talking with Mattel Inc. about developing dolls based on the books' characters. Madonna recently released her second children's book, "Mr. Peabody's Apples" to less enthusiasm from critics. Signatures' deal relates only to "The English Roses," said Furano, who added that the 45-year-old mother of two has often rejected licensing and merchandising opportunities throughout the years. "She has turned down many things over the years in terms of fashion, apparel, eyewear, fragrance... huge money deals," he said, adding, "She liked the idea of building 'The English Roses' franchise and children-based products. It's a separate part of her that she wanted to embrace."
Long praised for her ability to re-invent herself, Madonna's latest CD and film efforts have been less than stellar but she has seemingly morphed from the renegade sex kitten with cone-shaped bras, to "The Maternal Girl," who now promotes products for back-to-basics retailer Gap. Madonna's ability to appeal to so many different audiences, from suburban moms to music fans -- who recently saw her now-legendary kiss with Britney Spears -- and young readers of her kids books, will help boost sales of her products, Furano said. (source: Reuters)

13 November - MATM in the charts
After peaking at number 38 for two weeks, Britney and Madonna's Me Against The Music will slide to number 44 on Billboard's Hot 100 to be released today.
On the UK Singles Chart, Me Against The Music is heading towards a #2 position, with final figures to be published on Sunday. Midweek sales suggest Britney and Madonna are just a little over 2,000 copies behind the #1 selling single, Busted's Crashed The Wedding. (source: Absolute Madonna)

13 November - Madonna on TRL
Catch Madonna tonight on MTV's TRL at 5:00pm EST / 2:00pm PST.
~ This will probably (hopefully) be the premiere of the Love Profusion video

12 November - Picture of Madonna and Letterman
Madonna on Letterman Yesterday Madonna made her first visit to CBS' 'Late Show with David Letterman' in three years. She was on the show three times before: in 1988 she and Sandra Bernhard played with lesbian innuendo, in 1994 she upset the American audience by saying the F-word a dozen times, and in 2000 she gave a stunning guitar performance of Don't Tell Me. No details about yesterday's interview have been given out, except for this Reuters picture.

12 November - Madonna to star in movie version of The English Roses
Madonna has revealed she plans to star in a movie based on her debut children's novel The English Roses. The 45-year-old singer confirmed her plans in an interview with US TV Extra's Jerry Penacoli. Madonna hasn't so far revealed which character she would play in the story, based on the book about four girls who are jealous of their pretty and talented schoolmate Binah. In The English Roses, a fairy godmother gives the girls a secret peek into Binah's home and they discover her mother has died and she has a miserable life living alone with her father. The story echoes Madonna's own life. Her mother died of cancer when she was five years old. (source: Ananova)

11 November - Madonna on Regis and Kelly
Madonna just finished her interview on Regis and Kelly, wearing brown top, white skirt, and brown boots and curly hair. They talked about various things: Guy is a Hunk, David Letterman's baby, Mr Peabody Apples, the forthcoming EP and there was little chat with Pink.
She was shocked to hear from Regis that Guy's home was in the NY papers and up for sale, with Britney wanting to pay 5 Million for it, it was one of Guy's old bachelor pads before they meet. Madonna gave the moaned sign again when Regis asked about who's idea it was for the kiss with Britney & Christina, as to say that she is bored with hearing that question over and over again. She corrected Regis again in saying that she was in fact #1 in America as well with the English Roses as well as the UK.
She said that in her house she tells Lola and Rocco to say "strongly dislike" instead of hate as one of the house rules.
Pink was brougth out and introduced to meet Madonna for the first time at the end of the interview, and Pink literally got all red and blushing, she was really nervous to meet her idol, Madonna. Madonna hugged and kissed Pink really lovingly and it was sweet. Pink later said it was awesome to meet Madonna, later in the show after she performed on Regis & Kelly. She did joke in saying that she thought Madonna wanted to meet her. (source: MadonnaTribe)

11 November - Madonna reads Mr. Peabody's Apples to children
Madonna answers questions of the children Material Girl is now the reading material girl. Madonna read her latest book, "Mister Peabody's Apples," at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair today. It's Madonna's second of five children's books. The performer said she was nervous because it was the first time she ever read before students. She said it's easier to sing for a stadium full of people. Madonna was dressed like a fashionable teacher in long-sleeve blouse, silk skirt hemmed below the knee, and Prada boots. The illustrated short story tells that tale of how rumors can damage the reputation of a respected school teacher. Middle school Principal Randy Kleinman says only one parent expressed concern about Madonna. But he says the parent was satisfied after he described nature of the book's message. (source: 1010Wins)
~ More pictures: 01 - 02 - 03 (courtesy of Reuters)

11 November - Mr. Peabody's Apples out now
The second children's book written by pop singer Madonna [has been] published on Monday. Mr Peabody's Apples, featuring illustrations by Loren Long, is about a teacher wrongly accused of theft. The book is set at a baseball game, and described by publisher Puffin as having "an American retro feel". Madonna's first children's book, The English Roses, was published earlier this year and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. The second book will have an initial print run of 130,000, according to book trade website Bookseller.com. Copies of Madonna's first book had been sold at the clothing store Gap, but it is unknown whether the second book will be available there. Mr. Peabody's Apples will be followed in March next year by a third book, Yakov and the Seven Thieves, with two more volumes to be follow in June and September, Bookseller.com reported. The book, Puffin said, "is about the importance of truth and centres around a baseball game" but would also have relevance to British audiences. Madonna launched her book in September in front of a group of invited children and friends at a London bookshop. In a review of The English Roses for BBC News Online, children's poet Michael Rosen wrote: "Madonna takes on the voice of a slightly bossy teacher, telling her readers to not interrupt and to listen carefully." (source: BBC)

11 November - Mr. Peabody's Apples gets multimedia release
Internationally best-selling children's book author and musical artist Madonna kicks off the release of her second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples, with a joint promotion on America Online, Audible.com., and the Apple iTunes Music Store. The promotion will include two interviews and a teaser clip of Madonna's narration of Mr. Peabody's Apples on AOL; the full narration is available for download from Audible.com and the Apple iTunes Music Store.
Mr. Peabody's Apples, which Madonna dedicates to teachers everywhere, is a story about the power of words and the importance of teachers. It takes place in 1949 in Happville, USA. Mr. Peabody, the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, one day finds himself ostracized when rumors about him spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable and poignant lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others.
"This launch marks an unprecedented publishing and communications event," says Nicholas Callaway, president and publisher of Callaway Arts & Entertainment. "Three great companies - AOL, Apple and Audible - demonstrate online, in print, and via audio what Madonna has said this book is about 'the power of words.'"
"By offering Madonna's new book on iTunes at the same time the print edition hits traditional retailers, we are giving consumers another great way to enjoy her latest children's story," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Marketing. "Consumers can now preview and purchase Madonna's audiobooks within iTunes and listen to them anywhere on their iPod."
"We are thrilled to offer AOL members a host of exclusive interviews and programming surrounding the launch of Madonna's second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples," said Malcolm Bird, Senior Vice President and General Manager Kids and Teens, America Online. "We are particularly excited about Madonna's interview on Radio KOL, our daily live online radio show just for kids. This is a great opportunity for kids on KOL to interact with Madonna and listen to her play fun games and activities on the show."
Starting Monday, November 10, fans can interact with Madonna on the AOL service through two interviews. Children on the KOL (TM) service, AOL's all-new service for kids, can listen to an interview with Madonna on Radio KOL, the daily live interactive radio show hosted by DJ Rick Adams. Madonna will answer kids' questions and participate in fun activities including the popular "Moo, Baa" game, where DJ Rick Adams shouts out the name of an animal breed and celebrity guests must guess whether it's a sheep or a cow by calling out either "moo" or "baa."
In addition, AOL members can go to AOL Keyword: CelebConnect and listen to Madonna answer their previously submitted questions. One member asked Madonna which books inspired her as a child. Madonna responded, "I would say that one of my favorite characters is The Little Prince, in children's literature, and I've always identified with him because the Little Prince wasn't satisfied with the answers grown-ups gave him and he was constantly asking questions about the world around him."
AOL members will be able to access selected artwork from the book by the illustrator Loren Long, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his preliminary sketches. AOL members can also listen to a free audio excerpt of Madonna reading from Mr. Peabody's Apples, beginning November 10.
Audible, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mr. Peabody's Apples, along with Madonna's first children's book, The English Roses, both read by the author herself, are available for download beginning today at Audible.com.
"Madonna's performance is inviting, nuanced and clearly comes from the heart," stated Beth Anderson, vice president and publisher, Audible, Inc. "Both kids and adults will enjoy downloading and listening to these audio books because they are fun yet thoughtful, and read by an author who has that special ability to bring a children's book to life." (source: Madonna.com)


10 November - Remixed and Revisited cover confirmed
Madonna.com has confirmed the cover for Remixed and Revisited, which is the same one that appeared on this site last week. They also confirmed the tracklisting and the [US] release date of November 25th.

10 November - Letterman press release
Superstar Madonna makes her first visit to the Late Show with David Letterman in three years when she appears on the broadcast, Tuesday, Nov. 11 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The music icon will be promoting her second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples, a story about the power of words and the importance of teachers in everyone's lives, which hits bookstores on Monday (10). Madonna last appeared on the LATE SHOW on Nov. 3, 2000, which had been her first sit-down interview with Letterman since her unforgettable appearance on the CBS late-night broadcast March 31, 1994. (She also made a brief cameo appearance Feb. 13, 1995, when she delivered Valentine's candy and flowers to Letterman. On Dec. 28, 1998, she appeared in a taped celebrity Top Ten List of the "Top Ten Things Beautiful Women Love About Dave."). The Late Show with David Letterman is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Maria Pope, Barbara Gaines, Rob Burnett and Jude Brennan are executive producers. (source: TVbarn)

10 November - Kylie breaks Madonna's UK record
She looks great in hotpants, dates a French film star and doesn't look a day over 21. But Kylie Minogue, 35, has yet another reason to celebrate - she has been a British chart-topper longer than any other female solo star. Her latest single, Slow, from her album Body Language, became her seventh No.1 in Britain yesterday. It topped the charts 15 years and nine months after Minogue's debut single I Should Be So Lucky, beating Madonna's longevity record. David Roberts, editor of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, said: 'To have No.1s in three decades and remain the most fanciable pop star is an amazing achievement.' Madonna, 45, whose first British No.1 was Into The Groove in 1985, last climbed to the top of the pop ladder three years ago with Music. That means her spell as a British chart-topper runs for 15 years and one month. Diana Ross, Cher and Whitney Houston have also topped our charts years apart. After leaving the Supremes in 1970, Ross, now 59, had her first solo No.1 in August 1971 with I'm Still Waiting. She hit the top 14 years and six months later with Chain Reaction. Fellow US soul diva Whitney Houston, 40, hit No.1 with Saving All My Love For You in 1988 and I Will Always Love You in 1992. (source: This Is London)

10 November - USA Today reviews 'Mr. Peabody's Apples'
Poor Madonna. In her new career as a writer of children's books, lightning has not struck twice. Her first effort, The English Roses, had skeptical critics baying with praise at how effectively she examines the subtle but cruel ways girls exclude those they envy or pity. The book has been translated into 37 languages, and it has been on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list since Sept. 22. Its highest rank was No. 7.
In the second of Madonna's expected five books, Mr. Peabody's Apples, illustrated by Loren Long, the pop star and mother turns her attention to young boys, Little League baseball and telling the truth. You know there is trouble ahead when the adorable juvenile protagonist is called Billy Little. (Yup, he's short.) Though we all know that Madonna has a son, this tale lacks the emotional resonance and echoes of Madonna's own motherless childhood that enriched The English Roses.
The result is a dreary, heavy-handed tale about the importance of finding the truth before spreading stories. Although this tale is supposedly inspired by a 300-year-old story told by Madonna's Kabbalah teacher, the message is pedestrian and predictable.
The plot is simple. Billy Little loves to play baseball on Saturday mornings with his coach, Mr. Peabody. He's the kind history teacher who makes the boys feel good even when they lose a game.
Clearly, Mrs. Guy Ritchie has not logged a lot of time on the typical American sandlot. There are no screaming parents, harassed referees or sobbing children.
Each Saturday after the game, the coach goes to the local market, Mr. Funkadeli's. He picks out a lush apple, puts it in his bag and does not appear to pay for it. This apparent shoplifting is observed by Tommy Tittlebottom. He promptly goes off and tells his friends.
The next Saturday, Tommy's pals are also on the lookout. (Clearly Madonna sees Tommy as a reporter in training: One expects to see the gang armed with telescopic lenses to photograph the apparent crime.) Gossip spreads that Mr. Peabody is a thief. By the next Saturday, no one will play for Mr. Peabody. They believe he's a shoplifter.
Disillusioned Billy Little arrives on Saturday to tell the coach the rumor going around that he is a shoplifter. Instead of immediately calling his lawyer to sue the Tittlebottom family for slander and defamation of character, the coach takes Billy to see the grocer, who explains that Mr. Peabody pays for his apples when he buys his milk. Then Billy tells Tommy, who promptly apologizes.
Mr. Peabody then asks Tommy to meet him on the baseball diamond and to bring a feather-filled pillow. Mr. Peabody then instructs him to release the feathers. They flutter through the field, illuminating how lies and gossip can pollute an entire landscape.
While the illustrations are pleasant enough, they are less zippy than those of The English Roses and the book displays a humorless, ham-fisted morality. Most children know that spreading rumors without trying to find out the truth first is wrong.
Maybe Madonna intended the book for the media instead. (source: USA Today)

08 November - Love Profusion video to premiere on TRL
It was announced on TRL that Madonna's new video for Love Profusion will premiere on monday's show, as part of the Spankin New Music Week. (thanx to Leticia Cartier O. for this info)

07 November - Pre-order upcoming EP and single
You can now pre-order the EP Remixes and Revisited and the Nothing Fails / Love Profusion / Nobody Knows Me maxi single at Amazon.

07 November - Part 2 of Access Hollywood interview
'Must-See Madonna Thursdays' continued with part two of Pat O'Brien's exclusive Access Hollywood interview with the legend. Madonna gave Pat the breakdown on Britney, Bennifer and babies.
Pat asked Madonna her opinion on all the media attention surrounding Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.
Madonna: "To a certain extent, they courted the attention. There needs to be a part of the relationship that you keep private and I do have that with my husband. [I'm] not making a judgment call on Bennifer... I can't believe I just said that. Excuse me, Jennifer and Ben."
It seemed as though nothing was off-limits during Pat's sit-down with the superstar -- well almost nothing.
Pat: "Would you have another baby?"
Madonna: "Maybe, I'm not ruling it out."
Pat: "At 38?" (laughs)
Madonna: "Yep, never too late." (laughs)
The one-time pop rebel is happy trading gold discs for diapers. However, Madonna said she has her work cut out for her with her two kids Lourdes and Rocco.
Pat: "Does Lourdes notice the outside world yet? What kind of music does she listen to?"
Madonna: "Yeah she listens to music. Believe it or not she loves Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot. She tries to sing like Christina. It's very funny."
Pat: "That's funny. Does she have the moves and everything?"
Madonna: "No, she's not into the moves just the voice which is a good thing."
Pat: "Does she like Britney?"
Madonna: "Yes, she does."
Pat: "Why did you team up with Britney?"
Madonna: "I see a little bit of myself in her when I first started out and she is a sweet girl."
Madonna will be visiting new dad David Letterman on Nov. 11 to promote her second children's book "Mister Peabody's Apples."
(source: Access Hollywood)

06 November - MATM stays at #38
Britney and Madonna's Me Against The Music holds at #38 for a second week on today's Billboard Hot 100 chart. It loses its bullet, however, which means it did not register a significant gain from the week prior. (source: Absolute Madonna)

06 November - Madonna threatens to sue over adoption story
Madonna's rep says the singer will seek legal action over a false report that she's looking to adopt a baby. The British tabloid Now has a detailed article quoting alleged friends of Madonna, one by name, about how the 45-year-old singer hopes to adopt a daughter by spring. "This is not true and if they did print it, they're going to get sued," Madonna's spokeswoman told the Scoop. "It's so reckless". (source: MSNBC)

06 November - Madonna urging Missy to practice Kabbalah?
Madonna has been trying to convert Missy Elliott to Kabbalah, says a source. While making a Gap ad, the two reportedly clashed — a claim they both denied — but apparently after the shoot, Madonna continued her ongoing crusade to convert celebs to the controversial branch of Judaism, which some critics have accused of having cult-like tendencies. Madonna lectured Elliott, a devout Baptist, on the virtues of Kabbalah, says the insider, and convinced her to meet with Madonna's spiritual leader from the Kabbalah Centre, who gave her one of those red yarn bracelets that has become the rage among Kabbalah-followers like Britney Spears. So will we see Missy Elliott chugging Kabbalah water? Her spokeswoman couldn’t be reached for comment. (source: MSNBC)

06 November - No EMA for Madonna
Madonna was nominated for Best Female on tonight's MTV Europe Music Awards, but lost out to Christina Aguilera. Madonna herself was not present at the award show in Edinburgh, Scotland.

05 November - Louis Leterrier director of Love Profusion? *rumour*
According to the french singer Pascal Obispo's mailing list, the director of his latest video "Zinedine" has also just finished shooting Madonna's latest video. He is french director Louis Leterrier.
Here's the original message from Obispo's mailing list:
"Découvrez en exclusivité un extrait de la vidéo de "Zinedine". Le clip réalisé par Louis Leterrier (qui vient de tourner le prochain clip de Madonna) a été tourné au mois d'octobre avec la participation de nombreux fans." (source: MadonnaTribe)
~ Earlier it was rumoured that Luc Besson directed the Love Profusion video. There's been no official information about the director yet.

05 November - Madonna's Music on Warner DVD
Warner Europe has issued a new promo dvd, to promote its live music DVD catalogue. The new promotional disc features Madonna on both front and back cover, and it includes the live performance of Music from the Drowned World Tour Live DVD. Check MadonnaTribe for the cover.
~ MadonnaTribe also has some rare pictures from the set of Frozen, taken from the upcoming Chris Cunningham DVD, as well as a Q&A with Cunningham himself.

05 November - European release for EP
A European version of Madonna's EP will be pressed by Warner Manifacturing Europe. We've been just informed by Dj Spyder that Warner Music Germany has just set a German release date for December 1st, 2003. Other European release dates will be probably announced at a later time. The EP will be available on Cd format only, (no Vinyl) carrying the following bar code: 9362-48624-2
Track list is the same as the Us version:
9362-48624-2 - Madonna - EP: Remixed And Revisited
1. Nothing Fails (Nevins Mix)
2. Love Profusion (Headcleanr Rock Mix)
3. Nobody Knows Me (Mount Sims Old School Mix)
4. American Life (Headcleanr Rock Mix)
5. Like A Virgin/Hollywood Medley
featuring Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears & Missy Elliott (2003 MTV VMA Performance)
6. Into The Hollywood Groove featuring Missy Elliott (The Passengerz Mix)
7. Your Honesty (Unreleased Song)
(source: MadonnaTribe)

05 November - First review of 'Mr. Peabody's Apples'
Less than two months after her debut as a children's author, Madonna (news - web sites) has returned to publishing with "Mr. Peabody's Apples." The book takes a more conventional approach to a picture book than Madonna's previous book, "The English Roses," which debuted atop The New York Times' list of children's best sellers and remained there for five weeks.
The story in "Mr. Peabody's Apples" is a little hokey. It begins: "In the town of Happville (which wasn't a very big town), Mr. Peabody was congratulating his Little League team on a great game. They had not won, but no one really cared, because they'd had such a good time playing." But when Billy Little ("who wasn't a very big boy"), Mr. Peabody's No. 1 fan, hears a rumor that Mr. Peabody is a shoplifter, Billy turns on his baseball mentor just like everyone else in town. Being a children's picture book, though, the good guys win in the end, and the rumor monger learns his lesson. The book's full-page illustrations by Loren Long are done in a Norman Rockwell-like style, and there's a moral learned at the end.
Madonna followed these tried-and-true formulas and that's why "Mr. Peabody's Apples" works and likely will entertain young readers. But it is also why the book seems a little stale. With "The English Roses," she crafted a more original story of envy and friendship, a story more complicated than "Mr. Peabody's Apples." And she utilized colorful line-drawn portraits by fashion artist Jeffrey Fulvimari in "The English Roses." The illustrations are highly stylized and interesting but they seem targeted more for adults' eyes than children's. The audience for "Mr. Peabody's Apples," however, is clear: grade-schoolers who need to be reminded that their actions have consequences.
In her introduction, Madonna explains that "Mr. Peabody's Apples" is based on a 300-year-old Ukrainian tale called "The Baad Shem Tov." She says her instructor in Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, first turned her on to the story, which aims to demonstrate the power of words. But you'd think that a celebrity with Madonna's notoriety — she's been the target of rumors for two decades — wouldn't need a centuries-old story to inspire her to write about the value of truth and the pain that comes with gossip that spreads like wildfire. It's also worth noting that the baseball fields of middle America were the backdrop for one of Madonna's most critically acclaimed endeavors: the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
"Mr. Peabody's Apples" is getting an even bigger global launch than "The English Roses"; it will be published Nov. 10 in 36 languages and available in more than 100 countries. Madonna says her profits from the book will be donated to the Spirituality for Kids Foundation. Next up in the star's five-book deal with Callaway Editions is "Yakov and the Seven Thieves," due out in spring 2004. (source: AP)
~ According to MadonnaTribe ''Yakov and the Seven Thieves" is planned for April 26, 2004.

05 November - Britney on Madonna and 'the kiss'
On the "kiss": "The kiss was not my idea, it was Madonna's idea. She's the groom and I'm the bride, so, you know, she probably felt we should kiss or whatever. But she was like, why don't we do it here, why don't we do the kiss here? And, I was like, okay."
On Madonna: "I always really looked up to Madonna, just her sense of her performing and her individuality. And, I don't know, there's just something about her that really triggered me. Something inside that woke me up or something. It made me feel alive to watch her." (source: Yahoo!)

05 November - Pink ponders Madonna kiss
Pink says she would love to do a Britney and share a kiss with Madonna. The US singer - in London to promote her third album Try This - admitted Madonna was one of her all-time favourite stars. Britney Spears famously snogged Madonna on stage at an MTV awards bash recently. Pink said: "I love Madonna. I'm a die-hard fan. She was my god when I was eight. "If Madonna came to me with her mouth open I wouldn't know what to do," said the grinning singer. (source: Ananova)

04 November - Love Profusion/Nothing Fails as double A-single in UK
Warners UK have now confirmed that a double A side single release of Love Profusion and Nothing Fails will be issued on 08 December. They have also confirmed that this will be the only release in the UK for the rest of the year. So it looks like there will be no Remixed:Revisited for the UK. (source: Madonnalicious)

04 November - 'Remixed & Revisited' cover
Cover for Remixed and Revisited The cover at the right is circulating on the Internet, rumoured to be the cover of the EP 'Remixed and Revisited'. There's no official confirmation, but the picture is used by several online stores (HMV - Barnes&Nobles - Tower Records), so it seems very likely to be the right one. (thanx to Gugarko for the links)

04 November - Mr. Peabody's Apples press release
Callaway Editions announces the November 10, 2003, release of Madonna's second book for children, Mr. Peabody's Apples. Her first book, The English Roses, an international bestseller, debuted at No. 1 on the children's picture book best-seller list of The New York Times, where it has remained for six consecutive weeks. The book has also been a bestseller in countries as diverse as England, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, Brazil, Slovenia, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.
Mr. Peabody's Apples, a story about the power of words and the importance of teachers, is illustrated by Loren Long, a brilliant young newcomer to the world of children's picture books. The book, written for readers aged six and up, is a 32-page jacketed hardcover.
Mr. Peabody's Apples takes place in 1949 in Happville, USA. Mr. Peabody, the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, one day finds himself ostracized when rumors about him spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable and poignant lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others.
Madonna dedicates Mr. Peabody's Apples to teachers everywhere. "This book was inspired by a nearly 300-year-old story that was told to me by my Kabbalah teacher," she says. "... when I began to write books for children, I decided to share the essence of this story in one of them... I hope I have done his story justice."
Illustration from Mr. Peabody's Apples The English Roses made publishing history with its simultaneous release in 30 languages and over 100 countries on the same day. Since its launch, it has become the biggest and fastest-selling book ever by a first-time children's author. Madonna's list of publishers continues to grow. Mr. Peabody's Apples will be released in 37 languages and more than 110 countries.
Callaway Editions, headquartered in New York, is the originating publisher and has licensed book rights through The Wylie Agency to almost 40 distinguished houses, including Gallimard Jeunesse in France, Penguin Books for Young Readers in the U.K., and Hanser Verlag in Germany. The book is distributed in the United States by Penguin Group U.S.A.
Callaway Editions, founded in 1980 by Nicholas Callaway, is best known for its hugely successful Miss Spider book series. The firm specializes in family entertainment across all media-book publishing, 3-D computer animation for film and television, and product design.
Nicholas Callaway, publisher of Callaway Editions, says, "Mr. Peabody's Apples is further proof of Madonna's extraordinary talent and range as a storyteller. Whereas The English Roses is set in London and concerns issues of jealousy and friendship among girls, Mr. Peabody's Apples takes place in the American heartland and is all about boys, baseball, and the importance of listening to our teachers. We think everyone will be pleasantly surprised to see how the two books differ in style of story and illustration. This gives an inkling of the wonderful surprises that Madonna has in store for us in the three books to come."
Peabody illustrator Loren Long lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and paints in the tradition of American regionalists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, and Grant Wood. "I was amazed at how perfectly Madonna captured the world that most influences me", Long says. "I didn't have to look far for inspiration".
The highest production standards mark the creation of Mr. Peabody's Apples, which features premium paper and state-of-the art digital prepress and printing.
Mr. Peabody's Apples is the second of five children's books by Madonna, each set in a different time and place, featuring a new cast of characters brought to life by celebrated illustrators from around the world. (source: MadonnaTribe)

04 November - Nothing Fails postponed in the UK
Warners UK have reported that Nothing Fails will now be released in the UK on 01 December. Love Profusion may be released as a single at a later date. They also have no information of a UK release of 'Remixed and Revisited' but HMV will be getting import copies on November 17th. (source: Madonnalicious)
~ Update: see higher

04 November - Lesbian kiss stirs fight between Pink and Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is gearing up for a brawl with fellow singer Pink, because she claims the "Trouble" singer's recent lesbian-like behaviour is a direct copy of the notorious MTV awards kiss. In an interview with The Mirror today, Aguilera said recent pictures of Pink and T3 star Kristanna Loken showed that she was just continuing to mimic her own behaviour. "When has Pink not been copying me," she asked the paper. "In her fashion and so on, it's always like 'Gosh, I just wore that last week'." Aguilera, who played Wembley Arena last night, added that she did enjoy the infamous kiss with Madonna and Britney Spears during their rendition of Like A Virgin, and would be happy to do it again. "I would kiss a girl again. The Madonna thing was a one-off but girls are nice to kiss - nice and soft," she claimed. She also spoke out against people who criticise her for her outlandish outfits, saying she enjoys being provocative with clothes - she did after all appear in the Dirrty video with just a bra and chaps on. "I'm a risk taker and I've always been like that, especially when it comes to fashion," I was actually disappointed this year because I wasn't on the People magazine worst-dressed list. I mean what is the world coming to? In fact I'm a little angry about it. Why wasn't I on it? (source: UK gay.com)

04 November - No Xtina moves for Lola
Pop legend Madonna has banned her young daughter Lourdes from copying Christina Aguilera - despite kissing her on-stage at the MTV VMA's. Along with Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina shocked the world in August when they engaged in a sexy smooch as part of their performance. And the Music megastar's seven-year-old daughter is a huge fan of the Dirrty singer, but isn't allowed to emulate her sexy dance routines at home. Madonna says in an interview with Access Hollywood, "Lourdes absolutely loves Christina and Missy Elliott. She tries to sing like Christina - it's very funny. "But she's not into the moves - just the voice, which is a good thing. The moves are far too sexy for my daughter." Madonna - whose long career has constantly courted controversy, most notoriously with her 1992 SEX book - insists that her children will not be exposed to racy performances. A source adds, "For all Madonna's outrageousness, she's quite a sensible mom. "She won't let her kids do or see anything she thinks will be a bad influence." (source: TeenMusic)

03 November - New video collection? *rumour*
From fansite Absolute Madonna: "I've received word that the holiday treat from Madonna in addition to Mr. Peabody's Apples, The Remixed & Revisited EP and the Nothing Fails/Love Profusion single is a video set collecting all videos from '99-'03. Videos since '99 include: American Pie, Music, Don't Tell Me, What It Feels Like For A Girl, Die Another Day, American Life, Hollywood, Love Profusion. Other standout videos we're missing on an official Madonna release include: This Used To Be My Playground, Erotica, Deeper & Deeper, You'll See, You Must Love Me. Fingers crossed!"

02 November - Access Hollywood at Maverick
Madonna is now a full-fledged children's author. Her book, "The English Roses," has the Madonna Midas touch, becoming a number one bestseller. Access Hollywood's Pat O'Brien went exclusively inside the world of Madonna, Inc. and saw a side of Madge we rarely get to see, in a place where cameras never get to go -- her private office. She even gave Pat a tour, including narrating her wall of personal photos.
"You like it here? I mean you like having your own building, your own floor?" asked Pat. "I like having an excuse to get out of my house," laughed Madonna. Madonna Inc. is a multi-million dollar business empire that includes a record label with artists like Michelle Branch and a thriving film studio. The day Pat was there our cameras even caught comedian Rob Schneider waiting for a meeting in the lobby.
"I live down the street. I like having a company, I like coming here and spending time with my manager Caresse," Madonna told Pat. Madonna's influence is felt throughout Maverick's stark, modern building, which is located in the heart of Beverly Hills. In the lobby, a picture of Madge's eyes watch over guests. Throughout the corridors are posters for films she's starred in and in the conference room there's "The Matrix" soda machine. Maverick produced the film's soundtrack.
Madonna also invited Pat into her personal conference room, where she revealed her next big career move. She may turn one of her best-selling children's books into a major motion picture event. "These things have great plot for movies don't you think?" asked Pat. "There is a story called the 'The Adventures of Optey' that could make a good animated film. Who knows? I mean, I've been approached by some people about it and I'm thinking about them," said Madonna. At age 45 and a mother of two, Madonna is hardly slowing down. Her second book "Mr. Peabody's Apples" -- a cautionary tale about gossip -- hits shelves just in time for Christmas. (source: MSN entertainment)

02 November - Preview Mr. Peabody's Apples
Illustration from Mr. Peabody's Apples Madonna's second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples, is as American in setting and style as the first was thouroughly English.
With it's late Forties, small-town American setting, it evokes the highly moral world of Jimmy Stewart and It's A Wonderful Life, of apple pie, picket fences, Little League baseball, milkshakes and- of course- of right and wrong.
Mr. Peabody is a much-loved history teacher, who gives up his Saturdays to coach the children's baseball team. After practice, he strolls through town, always picking up an apple on his way home from outside the fruit store. Billy Little, our hero, notices that Mr.Peabody never pays for the apple and soon his friend, Tommy Tittlebottom, starts broadcasting the bad news. So we witness the spreading dark ink of a nasty falsehood and see how hard it can be to remove that stain.
As with all of Madonna's five children's books, the story has a strong moral message. It was inspired by a near 300 year-old story told to Madonna by her Kabbalah teacher: "The author was also a great teacher. He dedicated his life to helping others and stressed the value of love for all people," says Madonna.
Madonna and her publishing collaborator, Nicholas Callaway, found inspiration in the children?s books and films of the Forties. They conceived the book as a "day in the life" of a small town, "zooming in" on the story in cinematic style. As with the previous book, Madonna art-directed the illustrations to the tiniest detail.
The illustrator who was chosen, Loren Long, is from the American Midwest himself. Although he painted from imagination, he says that Mr. Peabody is based on the car mechanic who lives in his town and Billy Little lives down his street.
Madonna dedicates the new book "to teachers everywhere". Teachers have been a powerful force for good in her life. She told this magazine in an interview earlier this year, "They were amazing human beings. Some people think of home as an escape from school, but - because I lived my teachers - school was my escape from home." She feels this story is a particular important one that people can carelessly cause great harm with cruel words, but that if we take responsibility for our actions, we can put things right again. As she puts it in her preface: "It is about the power of words. And how we must choose them carefully to avoid causing harm to others. I hope I have done justice to this story." (source: The Times Magazine, thanx to MadonnaTribe) - Also check MadonnaTribe for some illustrations of the book.

01 November - Remixed and Revisited EP and maxi US only?
According to Warner Music Germany, the EP and Maxi are US-only. (source: MIR)

01 November - US maxi postponed?
According to MadonnaTribe, the US release of the Maxi single containing remixes for Nothing Fails, Love Profusion and Nobody Knows Me has been postponed to Tuesday December 9, 2003. Here are again the details of the UsS release, which carries bonus mixes of Nobody Knows Me on cd format only:

Double Vinyl:
Vinyl 1
A1. Nothing Fails (Peter Rauhofer?s Classic House Mix) (1) 12" CD
A2. Nothing Fails (Nevins Big Room Rock Mix) (2) 12" CD
B1. Nothing Fails (Tracy Young?s Underground Mix) (3) 12" CD
B2. Love Profusion (Blow-Up Version) (4) 12" CD
Vinyl 2:
C1. Love Profusion (The Passengerz Club Mix) (5) 12" CD
C2. Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal Mix) (6) 12" CD
D1. Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario Big Room Vox) (6) 12" CD
D2. Nothing Fails (Jackie?s In Love In The Club Mix) (7) 12" CD

0-42682 UPC Code: 0-9362-42682-0-8
Special Jacket / Sticker promoting Cd Maxi
List Price $8.99 Specially priced double-disc set

Remixes on CD-maxi only:
Nobody Knows Me (Peter Rauhofer?s Private Life Part 1) (1) ( CD)
Nobody Knows Me (Above & Beyond 12" Mix) (9) CD

2-42682 UPC Code: 0-9362-42682-2-2
4-color Insert & Inlay in Jewel Box / Special Label - List price $7.49

Remix Credits:
Written & Produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzai.
(1) Remix and Additional Production by Peter Rauhofer.
(2) Remix and Add?l Prod. by Jason Nevins. Add?l Prod. by Vin Nigro & Joe Magic.
(3) Remix Produced by Tracy Young. Engineered by Shawn Rudnick, Ben Grassini and JC Turek.
(4) Remix and Additional Production by Blow-Up: Claudio Camaione & Paolo Cilione.
(5) Remix Produced by Remix and Additional Production by Sean Gill, Josh Harris, Omar Galeano a.k.a. The Passengerz.
(6) Engineering and Remix Produced by Remix Produced by Ralphi Rosario.
Additional Production By Craig J. Snider & Bob Lizik.
(7) Remix by Jackie Christie. Additional Production by Shane.
(8) Overdubs by Eric Kupper & Georg O. Luksch.
(9) Remix and Additional Production by Above & Beyond (Johnathan Grant, Tony McGuinness & Paavo Siljamaki).


01 November - Billboard slags off Nothing Fails
As Madonna returns to airplay glory by default — thanks to her contribution to Britney Spears' fast-climbing Me Against The Music — Maverick gives her dud album American Life one more swing with Nothing Fails, another collaboration with Mirwais Ahmadzai. As much as we would love to hail this song as Lady M's inspired return, the song instead illustrates everything that makes the current project a grind. Instrumentally, it's all about a routine acoustic guitar and some space-age bleeps, while the hook is merely redundant, not catchy. A radio remix adds a gurgling beat, but it's not enough to color a gray template silver. Make no mistake, we have faith that Madonna will pull it together once she understands that her talents lie in keeper choruses and musical fantasies—and not in using her position as a pulpit for tuneless, new-age preaching. Because it's always the music that carries the message, not the other way around. (source: Billboard)


01 November - MATM and NKM in Billboard charts
As reported earlier, Me Against The Music moves up to no. 38 on the Hot 100 chart to be released tomorrow, making it Madonna's 46th Top 40 hit. Meanwhile, Nobody Knows Me jumps from no. 38 to no. 28 on the Billboard Hot Dance / Club Play. Madonna will soon have two entries in that chart, since Me Against The Music appears 4th on the Bubbling Under list this week.


01 November - Madonna on Regis & Kelly and Letterman
Madonna is confirmed to appear on Regis and Kelly as well as David Letterman on November 11th. She will be talking about her upcoming children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples as well as her upcoming ep. (source: Madonna.com)

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