Madonna news - Jan. 2004

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08 January - Love Profusion US single
Love Profusion is going to be released on January 27th, in the US, according to Peter Rauhofer's site. With Nothing Fails not gathering any momentum, Madonna's camp is looking to push Love Profusion, which had its video released a couple of weeks ago. This will coincide with the Estee Lauder commercial (which uses Love Profusion as its theme), being shown in February. This is the tracklisting from Rauhofer's site:
1) The Passengerz Club mix
2) Ralphi Rosario House Vocal mix
3) Ralphi Rosario Big Room Vox
4) Camaione and Cilione blow-up version
5) Ralphi's Big room Dub
6) Into the Hollywood Groove(Peter Rauhofer club mix)
7) Hollywood Express (a mash-up of Hollywood with Giorgio Moroder's "The Chase." (Classic electronic disco song.)
(sources: MadonnaPolis, MIR #1073)

08 January - Photographer Scavullo dies at 82
Photo by Scavullo Photo by Scavullo Photo by Scavullo Francesco Scavullo, the American fashion photographer who helped shape the look of Cosmopolitan's distinctive magazine covers, died Tuesday as he prepared for his next photo assignment. He was 82.
His companion of more than 30 years, Sean Byrnes, said that Scavullo had died of heart failure and had felt weak before collapsing on Tuesday morning in New York.
Scavullo was one of the world's most sought-after fashion photographers, shooting covers for Seventeen, Vogue and Glamour. He also worked for Rolling Stone, Life, Time and Town & Country.
Besides magazine covers, Scavullo was known for his enamel-on-canvas photo silkscreens, including portraits of numerous celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and Madonna. His work now hangs in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. (source: Planet Out)

08 January - Madonna's wedding song
We still know hardly anything about Madonna's wedding with Guy Ritchie, but now at least we know she had someone write her a wedding song: "A top songwriter, who penned superstar Madonna’s wedding song, has stepped in to help his threatened old school. Rob Ellis, 25, who wrote All I Ever Needed for the pop star’s big day, is busy working on an anthem for Lowick School, near Ulverston. The new song, called Be Somebody Today, is expected to be premiered at a teacher and pupil reunion in February. Mr Ellis describes the song — which will feature Lowick pupils — as nothing like the usual charity song." (source: Evening Mail)

08 January - Pink "I'm a die hard Madonna fan"
Feisty pop star Pink has spoken of how she would love to follow in Britney's footsteps and share a kiss with Madonna. The singer - currently promoting her third album Try This - admitted Madonna was one of her all-time favourite stars. Britney Spears famously drew gasps from the crowd when she briefly 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." Pink, whose new album is out on November 10, also announced a string of arena shows in the UK and Ireland early next year. (source: ITV)

08 January - Madonna to support Kabbalah event
The ancient Jewish mysticism of Kabbalah is known for attracting celebrity devotees and on Thursday many of them will be out in force at the Tel Aviv Kabbalah Center's 'Spirituality for kids' ceremony. The event will feature a live broadcast from superstar Madonna via satellite from Europe, among a line-up of local political leaders, actors and artists. 'Spirituality for Kids,' is a ten-year-old intiative that aims to show children how to make the most of life. Madonna has been an active member of the Kabbalah community for some years. Her recent children's book Mr Peabody's Apples is inspired by a 300-year-old story taught to her by her Kabbalah instructor, about choosing one's words carefully so as not to cause harm to others. Other celebrities slated to attend include actress Yael Abkasis, heart-throb actor Aki Avny, and his wife, the model and presenter Sandy Bar. They will join the parents and children, business leaders, political representatives and spiritual leaders in blessing the project and the work of the Kabbalah center. (source: Jerusalem Post)

08 January - Madonna writes Clark support letter to fans
Madonna has taken up her support to Democratic presidential candidate Wess Clark very serious; she has written a letter of support and placed it on her website:
"I've never done this before. But life is about taking risks is it not?
I know that people seem to pay attention to everything I do. Big or Small. Ridiculous or Sublime. So I am hoping they pay attention to this:
I am supporting General Wesley Clark for President.
Not only as a "celebrity" but as an American citizen and as a mother. I want my children to grow up with the same opportunities that I had – to know and understand what's going on in the world and to travel that world safely and with pride.
Now I'm asking you to join me."
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Launch also writes: "Madonna has posted a letter in support of Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on her official website Wednesday (January 7). The letter marks the first time the music icon has publicly thrown her support behind a candidate for president. In the letter Madonna includes a link to Clark's Website for people to contribute to the retired general's campaign. The singer, who currently resides in London, is also planning to hold a fundraiser for Clark at her Los Angeles residence later this year.
Madonna's distaste for the Bush administration was evident early last year. In April of 2003, she decided to withdraw her controversial music video for her new single American Life, out of respect for the armed forces fighting in Iraq. The video showed Madonna wearing military fatigues next to dancers in military attire on a fashion runway. Those scenes were intercut with images of war. The clip ended with Madonna throwing a grenade in the direction of a President Bush look-alike. "

06 January - Chart update
Australia: in its third week, the Love Profusion single moves from #34 to #30 in the singles chart and from #5 to #6 in the dance chart. Me Against The Music is at #5 in the singles chart and has been holding the #1 position in the dance chart for 8 weeks now!

Belgium: the Nothing Fails/Love Profusion single has entered the Ultratop 50 (Flanders) at #50. Me Against The Music drops from #15 to #18 (Ultratop 50 Flanders) and from #6 to #8 (Ultratop 40 Wallonia).

France: the Nothing Fails single drops further to #61, while Me Against The Music moves again two places up towards #22.

UK: the Love Profusion single has dropped out of the airplay chart. Me Against The Music moves up to #38 in the singles chart. The American Life album and Remixed&Revisited move up the dance album chart to respectively #10 and #32.
(sources: Ultratop, Absolute Madonna, Dotmusic)

06 January - Q Mag and Rolling Stone rate Remixed & Revisited
Rock and electro remixes give Madge the kiss of life.
For remixed/revisted read odds and sods, this seven-tracker comprising some American Life retoolings, a wholly unremarkable new track, the Missy Elliot collaboration from the much-maligned Gap ad, plus the MTV video music awards medley. While the latter is notable mainly for the awkward whooping during her much publicised kiss with Britney and Madonna's own out-of-breath panting during the last verse, some of the remixes here are actually pretty good, American Life becoming a convincing nu-metal headbanger and Nobody Knows Me scrubbing up nicely with a Pet Shop Boys style makeover.

Rolling Stone
** (out of 5)
A short disc of very unmemorable outtakes and remixes
Instead of the twenty-year retospective originally planned for the holiday season, Madonna fans get a measly half-hour of mishmash marginalia. Of the four remixes from American Life, only one clicks: Headcleanr's rock mix of Love Profusion, which replaces Mirawis' electrofolk with Strokes-like guitars and druims that flatter an overlooked but fantastic song. The live medley of Like a Virgin and Hollywood, with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, falls flat wit out the infamous kisses, and the Gap commercial with Missy Elliott just sounds cheap and nasty. Your Honesty, an outtake from 1994's Bedtime Stories, recalls the post-disco funkiness of Madonna's 1983 debut. But it would've worked better in a box set. - Barry Walters
(source: Madonna Information Report #1072)

06 January - Madonna's Hottest Hits
I read this article by JimmyRad in the Madonna Information Report # 1071 and thought many of you would find this interesting too:
"I think the calculations for Madonna's hits are correct. I've done this before, but here's an update through the 1/10/04 charts.
A few notes:
1. The point system is based on Fred Bronson's for his Hottest Hot 100 Hits book (though instread of limiting it to just top 30 for Hot 100 Hits, it's for full chart run). For Hot 100 Hits, tracks get points based on weekly position (500 pts. fopr each week at #1, 400 for #2, 300 for #3, 200 for #4, 100 for #5, 95 for #6, and so on, until ya get down to 1 pt. for #100. Singles receive 50 bonus pts. for each week at #1.
2. Now, this is what I implemented. For airplay-chart-only hits, I'm looking just at top 40 runs- 40 pts. for each week at #1 (doesn't apply to Madonna here, but 10 bonus pts. for each week at #1), down to 1 pt. for #40. For sales-chart-only hits, I decided that the top 20 was only worth looking at- hence, 20 pts. for each week at #1, down to 1 pt. for #20. For each week at #1, 5 bonus pts.
3. Into the Groove's stats are from Radio & Records, whose airplay chart was nearly interchangeable with Billboard's (give or take a difference of 1-3 positions at times).

1. Take a Bow- 6,374 pts.
2. Music- 5,810 pts.
3. Like a Virgin - 4,353 pts.
4. Vogue- 3,719 pts.
5. I'll Remember- 3,716 pts.
6. Crazy For You- 3,478 pts.
7. Justify My Love- 3,154 pts.
8. Like a Prayer- 3,059
9. This Used to Be My Playground- 3,039
10. Papa Don't Preach- 2,819
11. Live to Tell- 2,788
12. Open Your Heart- 2,443
13. Who's That Girl- 2,408
14. Frozen- 2,305
15. Secret- 2,253
16. Material Girl- 2,218
17. Causing a Commotion- 2,062
18. Express Yourself- 2,017
19. Don't Tell Me- 1,860
20. Cherish- 1,801
21. True Blue- 1,752
22. Borderline- 1,641
23. La Isla Bonita- 1,483
24. You'll See- 1,295
25. Ray of Light- 1,295
26. Rain- 1,290
27. Erotica- 1,274
28. You Must Love Me- 1,273
29. Lucky Star- 1,245
30. Deeper and Deeper- 1,209
31. Angel- 1,186
32. Holiday- 1,139
33. The Power of Good-Bye- 1,128
34. Dress You Up- 1,077
35. Die Another Day- 1,052
36. Beautiful Stranger- 952
37. Keep it Together- 901
38. Don't Cry For Me Argentina- 811
39. Oh Father- 782
40. Hanky Panky- 656
41. Human Nature- 608
42. Rescue Me- 566
43. Me Against the Music- 540*
44. American Pie- 522
45. What it Feels Like For a Girl- 501
46. Bad Girl- 460
47. American Life- 260
48. Into the Groove (AIRPLAY-ONLY)- 249
49. Bedtime Story- 216
50. Love Don't Live Here Anymore- 114
51. Hollywood (SALES ONLY)- 45
52. Nothing Fails (SALES ONLY)- 45*
53. Spotlight (AIRPLAY ONLY)- 32
54. Nothing Really Matters- 10

*- still charting

NRM was just totally screwed by WB, delaying the single and all. But had it not been released, it wouldn't even be tracked, since it didn't
crack the top 20 in sales (a healthier market back in 1999, when it scanned 15,500 its first week to rank #27)."

01 January - Love Profusion single in US
Some Love Profusion Single News from Peter Rauhofer's message board:
The single could see a release as early as January 27th, Nothing Fails now being considered a thing of the past. It is being rushed to radio to coincide with the Estee Lauder campaign to start in February. The cover will be a picture from the video, and NOT from the GAP shoot like the one used for the UK single. Tracklisting to be confirmed soon, but this is what i was given so far:
Love profusion
1)The Passengerz Club mix
2)Ralphi Rosario House Vocal mix
3)Ralphi Rosario Big Room Vox
4)Camaione and Cilione blow-up version
5)Ralphi's Big room Dub
6)Into the Hollywood groove(Peter Rauhofer club mix)
7)Hollywood Express
(source: MadonnaTribe)

01 January - Madonna in Donna top 2003 (part 2)
The Mad-Eyes team wishes all of you a fantastic 2004; may all your Madonna and non-Madonna related dreams come true!
Here's the second part of Madonna's positions in Radio Donna's Top 2003 (click here for positions between 600 and 2003)
100 Music
125 Like A Prayer
227 Frozen
326 La Isla Bonita
415 Like A Virgin
484 Me Against The Music
491 Vogue
553 Ray Of Light
590 The Power Of Good-Bye
Madonna scored a total of 26 entries this year (compared to 22 last year), but the highest position was only no. 100 (Music). In last year's Top 2002 Like A Prayer hit no. 33.

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