Madonna news - Feb. 2004

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15 February - Chart update
On the US Dance chart, issue date 28/02/04, Love Profusion moves up from #49 to #41 in its second week, while Nothing Fails 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 Fails/ Love Profusion still haven't made it back in. However, Madonna is featured in unofficial charts like the Prima Donna (Nothing Fails #26; Me Against The Music #45).
In Canada, Nothing Fails moves up from #27 to #20, while Me Against The Music goes down from #9 to #11. Hollywood and American Life are still 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 album, there's a rumour about Easy Ride being the final single. Here's a message from Peter Rauhofer's forum. 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(Drive-in-drive-out 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 Saturday.
Top 10:
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
(source: Ananova)

09 February - More Grammy pictures
Madonna at the Grammy Awards Madonna at the Grammy Awards Madonna at the Grammy Awards Here are some more pictures of yesterdays Grammy Awards; courtesy of

09 February - Love Profusion video premiere
Love Profusion will debut on AOL's First View on Feb 11. After that, the video will then be streamed on yahoo, msn, windowsmedia, apple,,, ifilm, and (source:
After numerous postponings, the US release for the Love Profusion maxi single is now scheduled for March 16th. The single has entered the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play at #49, while Nothing Fails (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:

Beyonce: 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.
Janet: 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.
Madonna: Anyone who saw "Truth or Dare" knows Madonna is a true diva. Divascale: 5.
Whitney Houston: Don't tussle with this girl -- you're likely to get cussed out, as shock jock Wendy Williams learned last year. Divascale: 4.

Beyonce: She's lived down early accusations that she unfairly dominated her group Destiny's Child. Divascale: 2.
Janet: 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.
Madonna: 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. Divascale: 4.
Houston: 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.

Beyonce: 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." Divascale: 3.
Janet: The former sitcom actress' first movie, "Poetic Justice," was a critical and commercial flop. She rebounded with "Nutty Professor" sequel. Divascale: 2.
Madonna: 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.
Houston: 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.

Beyonce: Dating Jay-Z could have vaulted her to J.Lo status, but her refusal even to confirm the relationship makes it blah. Divascale: 2.
Janet: 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: 3.
Madonna: 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.
Houston: Though 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.
(source: SF Gate)

09 February - Madonna at the Grammies
Madonna at the Grammy Awards Madonna at the Grammy Awards 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 Day 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 Reuters)

07 February - More tour rumours
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 wrote:
"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."

05 February - 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
Sheryl Crow 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: NetMusicCountdown)

04 February - First scans of Nobody Knows Me book
Check fansites MadonnaTribe and Madonnalicious 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 together?

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 tete-a-tete.
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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