Madonna news - Feb. 2004
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15 February - Chart update
On the US Dance chart, issue date 28/02/04, Love
moves up from #49 to #41 in its second week, while
goes down from
#8 to #12. Me Against The Music
has left the chart.
Also in the Belgian Ultratop, Me
Against The Music
is kicked out. Nothing
/ Love Profusion
haven't made it back in. However, Madonna is featured in unofficial
charts like the Prima Donna (Nothing
#26; Me Against The
In Canada, Nothing Fails
up from #27 to #20, while Me
Against The Music
goes down from #9 to #11. Hollywood
and American Life
featured in the Top100 at respectively #75 and #91.
In Australia, Love Profusion
goes down from #43 to #50 and Me
Against The Music
drops 4 places from #34 to #38.
15 February - Easy Ride to be final single? *rumour*
Though I personally doubt that there will be another single release
from the American Life
there's a rumour about Easy Ride
being the final single. Here's a message from Peter
. No official confirmation whatsoever, so take
it for what it is:
"This is mostly for Startrash and... well, anyone who gives
a shit. Madonna-Easy Ride
mix)...has been completed. However, i have no idea who did it, but
it is slated to be released on the single this summer (i hate it
when my friends can't "divulge any info. for fear of losing
my job"...bla,bla,bla.) A video is planned. It sounds weird
i know, but the remix has been commissionned. I've started hearing
things of this song being the final single off the album. M&F
is still up in the air, but will be released."
13 February - Justify My Love
named top passion track
Madonna's Justify My Love
has been voted the top tune for a night of passion. The sexy track
has beaten the likes of Marvin Gaye's (Sexual) Healing in the poll
by VH1. The music channel compiled the list of "top 10 songs
to get it on to" in celebration of Valentine's Day. Its panel
of experts chose Justify My Love as their number one, a hit for
Madonna in 1990 with its raunchy lyrics. Marvin Gaye's classic came
second, followed by Prince hit Get Off. Britney Spears was next
with I'm A Slave 4 U and INXS were fifth with Need You Tonight.
VH1 will count down the top 10 in a Valentine's Day special this
1 Justify My Love - Madonna
2 (Sexual) Healing - Marvin Gaye
3 Get Off - Prince
4 I'm A Slave 4 U - Britney Spears
5 Need You Tonight - INXS
6 You Make Me Wanna - Usher
7 Freak Me - Another Level
8 I Want Your Sex - George Michael
9 It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me - Barry White
10 Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus - Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
09 February - More Grammy pictures
Here are some more pictures of yesterdays Grammy Awards; courtesy
09 February - Love Profusion video premiere
on AOL's First View on Feb 11. After that, the video will then be
streamed on yahoo, msn, windowsmedia, apple, mtv.com, vh1.com, ifilm,
and Madonna.com. (source: Madonna.com
After numerous postponings, the US release for the Love
maxi single is now scheduled for March 16th. The single
has entered the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play at #49, while Nothing
(former no. 1) goes down from #3 to #8.
09 February - How Beyonce stacks up against other divas
With five Grammys, a multiplatinum solo debut disc and a growing
collection of hit singles, Beyonce is clearly a diva on the rise.
But how does she compare to past legends in the most important diva
categories? The Associated Press measured Beyonce's divadom compared
with Madonna, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston, rating them from
1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) on the diva scale:
: Though she smokes a cigar and smacks
a cheating boyfriend in her latest video, "Me, Myself &
I," Beyonce's still pretty tame -- a God-fearing Southern belle
whose album includes a tribute to her daddy. Divascale: 2.
From the time she strutted on stage as a tyke-sized Mae West, Janet
always had sass. And who could forget her admonishing the nasty
boys? Divascale: 4.
: Anyone who saw "Truth
or Dare" knows Madonna is a true diva. Divascale: 5.
: Don't tussle with this girl -- you're likely to get
cussed out, as shock jock Wendy Williams learned last year. Divascale:
: She's lived down early accusations
that she unfairly dominated her group Destiny's Child. Divascale:
: Just by being a Jackson, she's been born into
controversy. Still, Janet seemed unscathed by scandal, even with
a quickie teen marriage as a later secret one. But Nipplegate will
go down in history. Divascale: 5.
: She's done
everything to shock us, from rolling around in a wedding dress in
the mid-'80s to her "Sex" book to her affairs with men
(and women). But recently, she's been writing children's books.
: Seemed like a goody-goody for
years, until she wed bad-boy Bobby Brown and they became music's
Bonnie & Clyde. Don't forget her admitted drug use -- who can
forget the "crack is wack" line? Divascale: 5.
: Was critically acclaimed for MTV's hip-hop
"Carmen" and had a huge hit with the third "Austin
Powers" movie. Less successful was "The Fighting Temptations."
: The former sitcom actress' first
movie, "Poetic Justice," was a critical and commercial
flop. She rebounded with "Nutty Professor" sequel. Divascale:
: The only blemish in Madonna's multimedia
career. Some bright spots were her debut, "Desperately Seeking
Susan," before anyone knew she couldn't act, and "Dick
Tracy." Divascale: 0.
: One of music's rare
acting successes, Houston has had hits with "The Bodyguard"
and "Waiting to Exhale" and served as a producer with
"The Princess Diaries." Divascale: 5.
: Dating Jay-Z could have vaulted her
to J.Lo status, but her refusal even to confirm the relationship
makes it blah. Divascale: 2.
: Though her love life
has been pretty interesting -- two divorces, a rumored liaison with
Justin Timberlake and current beau Jermaine Dupri -- her romances
have never been as interesting as other Jackson tabloid fare. Divascale:
: The champ, by far. She seems to have dated
half the celebrity world, from Warren Beatty to Vanilla Ice to Dennis
Rodman to, reportedly, Sandra Bernhard. Marrying Guy Ritchie took
her off the market, though. Divascale: 5.
Brown has been her only high-profile relationship, her willingness
to stand by her man through jail stints and drug rehab has kept
the pair in the headlines. Divascale: 4.
09 February - Madonna
at the Grammies
Madonna finally ditched the flower dresses. During the 46th annual
Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles last night, she introduced Sting
and Sean Paul in a sexy pink dress and black leather boots. Her
hair was long blond and straigthened out. Before Sting kicked into
a performance of his hit Roxane, Madonna noted that it was him who
brought her and Guy Ritchie together. Unfortunately, she didn't
win any Grammy Award. Die Another
was nominated twice but lost out to Kylie's Come Into My
World (in the category Best Dance Recording) and to Johnny Cash's
Hurt (Best Short Form Music Video). (pictures courtesy of AP and
07 February - More tour
Scottish newspapers have been hinting at a Scottish gig during a
new Madonna tour this summer. I'd take all this with a HUGE grain
of salt, as these Scottish gig rumours have been circulating ever
since Madonna and Guy got married there in 2000. The title of this
presumed tour doesn't exactly add to the credibility of the story
either. Anyway, here's what the Scotsman.com
"Queen of pop Madonna is said to be considering
Murrayfield as a venue for a Scottish gig. The superstar is said
to be in talks about holding concerts at the Edinburgh stadium and
at the T in the Park festival site in Perthshire. If the concerts
go ahead, it will be the first time Madonna has played in Scotland
since 1983. Her Whore of Babylon tour is expected to kick off in
San Francisco on June 1, with Scottish dates later in the summer.
Madonna wed film director husband Guy Ritchie at Dornoch, Sutherland,
in December 2000."
- Madonna as a Grammy presenter, not performer
Similar to last year's "host-less" Grammy Awards ceremony,
the 2004 event will utilize music, film and television personalities
to introduce performance segments of the show. Madonna, Beck, Queen
Latifah and Evanescence singer Amy Lee have been tapped to represent
the world of music during Sunday's (Feb. 10) CBS broadcast from
the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Also on hand will be actors Marg Helgenberger, Samuel L. Jackson,
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as actor/comedians
Jack Black and George Lopez and comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Not on the list of confirmed participants at deadline is Janet Jackson,
who, along with Justin Timberlake, put CBS in hot water with the
now infamous breast-baring finale to the MTV-produced Super Bowl
XXXVIII halftime show. Although never officially confirmed by the
Recording Academy, which stages the Grammys, Jackson was thought
to be introducing a tribute to Luther Vandross involving Celine
Dion, Alicia Keys and Richard Marx. A call to Grammy representatives
was not immediately returned.
Timberlake, on the other hand, is still listed among the show's
performers. He is part of a bill that also includes Sting, Dave
Matthews, Vince Gill and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams in a tribute
to the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. television appearance
on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and a funk tribute with Robert
Randolph & the Family Band, Earth, Wind & Fire, OutKast
and Parliament Funkadelic.
Also set to perform are 50 Cent, Foo Fighters and Chick Corea, the
White Stripes, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé,
Black Eyed Peas, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Alicia Keys, Martina
McBride, Prince, the Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit, Sean Paul, Billy
Bob Thornton and Dwight Yoakam. (source: Billboard
04 February - Sheryl Crow blames
Madonna for sex image
Ignoring the entertainment industry before 1985, Sheryl Crow blames
Madonna for women using sex to sell records. Crow recently said
that she believes that the current trend of scantily clad females
topping the charts is the fault of Madonna and not because men enjoy
seeing scantily clad women. The singer says, "There's so much
TV and so much exposure that a lot of these young girls can become
successful overnight. With Madonna kind of ushering in the whole
'sex is power' thing, I think we got off course a little bit."
"There's so much sex. It's about the look and the image, less
about the talent. You have to have a good choreographer, good hair.
I just find that females really have to sell a little too much of
the image and could maybe get more into content." "Joni
Mitchell was sexy - all those women that came out and wrote great
songs were sexy, so we have to get back to that." (source:
04 February - First scans of Nobody
Knows Me book
Check fansites MadonnaTribe
for the first scans of the Nobody Knows Me book.
02 February - Madonna to perform at Grammies
According to a commercial for the Grammy Awards - which will take
place on February 8th - Madonna will be performing on ths show.
Britney Spears is confirmed as well; will they be bringing Me
Against The Music
01 February - Madonna don't preach
When Madonna and Britney arrived in Cannes last week for the NRJ
Awards, the material mom sought out the beleaguered singer for a
I'm told she gave Britney a sisterly but stern lecture about her
behaviour, including her quickie marriage and how to take better
care of herself.
Did Madonna get through to the pop star? Hard to say. 'The light's
on but no one's home,' says a source who was there. 'Such a sweet
thing but so lost.'
Madonna's concern isn't new. During a rehearsal for their MTV performance
last August, Madonna scolded Spears for smoking. 'I like the way
it makes my voice sound,' said Spears. 'Do you think you'll like
cancer?' Madonna replied.
Maybe papa don't preach - but pop stars do. (source: People Magazine)
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