Madonna news - March 2004

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15 March - Maverick Films and MTV to produce Twilight
MTV Films and Maverick Films, the Los Angeles-based production house founded by Madonna and Guy Oseary, will be making beautiful music together after winning a heated bidding war for the film rights to Twilight, a novel set for publication from Little, Brown in September 2005.
The project is described as a "teenage vampire love story." The book was written by Phoenix-based author Stephenie Meyer. It's set in a high school and tells the story of Bella, who falls in love with a vampire, leading a rival vampire clan to pursue the couple and forcing her to decide if she, too, wishes to become one of the undead.
The film will be released through Paramount Pictures, a partner of MTV Films under the Viacom umbrella. The joint venture is a first for the two production companies.
Heather Parry, vice president of MTV Films/News, and Susan Lewis, vice president of development of MTV Films, will oversee the project on behalf of MTV Films. Greg Mooridian, an in-house producer, and president Mark Morgan will oversee on behalf of Maverick Films.
The film rights were brokered by Kassie Evashevski, literary manager at Brillstein-Grey, on behalf of Jodi Reamer of Writers House and Larry Shire and Robert Strent of Grubman Indursky & Schindler, P.C. on behalf of Maverick Films. (source: Filmstew)

15 March - More on Madonna playing at Slane *rumour*
It's music to the ears of thousands of Ulster fans of the world's biggest female music star - Madonna's long-awaited concert debut in Ireland! For Sunday Life can exclusively reveal that the American megastar is expected to top the bill at the annual Slane extravaganza, on August 28. An estimated 20,000 Ulster fans are due to take a Holiday - to experience the Material Girl, turned maternal megastar - live on the Bank Holiday Weekend. A spokesman for leading Irish concert promoters, Wonderland/MCD refused to elaborate on the red hot speculation about the peroxide pop star's potential 'blonde date' with 80,000 Irish fans. He said: "We never comment on any artist until the concert is confirmed."
But, according to a reliable music industry source, the deal to bring the woman who has scored 56 UK Top 10 hit singles, including 10 chart toppers, is almost definitely on! She told Sunday Life: "The reason that the promoters are being so cagey about it is because they have been here before. They nearly had her signed up for Slane, a few years ago. But it fell through, when Madonna got pregnant. "However, this time around, I hear that the contracts are about to be wrapped up."
A tour musician who wished to remain anonymous said: "We have all been told that we will be playing Slane as part of this tour, which is very exciting. 'M' is really looking forwards to playing in Ireland, at long last."
But anyone desperately seeking tickets for the sure-fire sell-out show will have to wait just a little bit longer - as no official confirmation of a 2004 world trek has yet come from the 45-year-old comeback Queen of Pop. But Sunday Life can reveal that the lavish, theatrical tour could be controversially called Whore Of Babylon - with sets reflecting each decade of the 20th century, from the jazz clubs of the Twenties onwards. One rumour likely to delight fans is that Madonna is currently rehearsing a show, featuring many of her classic songs, including Into The Groove, Like A Prayer, Music and Lucky Star. (source:
Sunday Life, thanx to MadonnaTribe)

15 March - Access Hollywood announces tour documentary *rumour*
Thanx to Mad-Eyes visitor Ed who informs us about an announcement by US entertainment show Access Hollywood that Madonna will be filming a documentary of her upcoming tour (which they reported to be kicking off in June). This could possibly explain why the dance auditions were filmed as well. In 1990 Madonna also recorded behind the scenes footage of her Blond Ambition Tour, which was later made into the infamous documentary Truth Or Dare/In Bed With Madonna.

15 March - Madonna attends fashion show in Amsterdam
A remarkable visit at the fashion show in Hotel Okura in Amsterdam this weekend. Designer Paul Schulten was there to present his spring and summer collection. Everyone was seated, but the show didn't start yet. Soon it became clear why. A small lady with huge sun glasses, red lips and a little hat entered with four bodyguards. It was noone less than pop star Madonna. After the show she disappeared as quick as she had arrived. Schulten said he was aware of her coming to the show but he had been asked to keep it silent. The pop star was staying in Hotel Okura and had heard about a fashion show, so she decided to take a look. (source: Showbizzsite, translation by Mad-Eyes)
~ Madonna staying in Amsterdam? Dutch fans can still hope this might mean a tour stop in their capital.

14 March - Miscellaneous tour news *rumour*
Madonna is rehearsing with a guitar the Love Profusion Headcleanr Mix and Justify My Love. So, she's going to play a rock version of these songs in the concert. It seems that the tour will have more than one costume designer. Jean-Paul Gaultier is confirmed as one of them. Niki Haris and Donna DeLory haven't been involved at all, so we can assume they're not going to be part of the tour.
The tour is going to be officially announced at the end of March with the official logo and the official Madonna's image of the tour. It will be something complete CRAZY: we've never seen Madonna like this! (source: DrownedMadonna, thanx to Madonnalicious)

14 March - Possible London tour dates *rumour*
Ms. Madge will be announcing some London concerts next week. One at Earls Court and initially 2 at Wembley although this will be upped to 4 due to the public demand. It will be a greatest hits tour (well it ain't going to sell on the back of the last album.) Thinking it might be good fun? Get your hands in your pockets for a measly £ 150 a ticket at Wembley, all seats except £ 175 at the front and £ 75 restricted view. Bringing in a cool £2 mil for the gigs. Top prizes for any A-listers on the board who can wangle comps - they are non-existent. (source: Popbitch, thanx to Madonnalicious)

13 March - Giovanni Bianco in charge of art work and tour book? *rumour*
According to fansite MadonnaTribe, the artwork, logos and tour book design of Madonna's tour are in charge of Brazilian artist Giovanni Bianco, that now lives between New York, Sao Paulo and Milan has worked on many projects such as books, cds, catalogues and video. He has worked a lot with photographer Steven Klein. His most recent work with Klein is the X-STaTIC Pro=CeS exhibition book. Bianco also worked with Klein on the April 2003 issue of W magazine featuring Madonna and on the latest D Squared and Dolce & Gabbana campaigns.

13 March - Love Profusion at #3 in dance chart
Love Profusion moves up from #10 to #3 in the Billboard Hot Dance / Club Play (issue date March 27th)! Only Britney's "Toxic" (#1) and Enrique's "Not In Love" (#2) are doing better. The Nothing Fails remixes drop from #38 to #49.

12 March - Scottish piper to perform on tour? *rumour*
Spud Fraser A Scottish piper who played at Madonna's wedding has been asked to accompany the Queen of pop on her forthcoming tour.
The dulcet drones of Spud Fraser's pipes echoed around Dornoch as Madonna and Guy Ritchie christened their baby son Rocco, and the occasion appears to have made a huge impression on the material girl because now she wants Spud to go on tour with her.
Spud Fraser said: "I just can't believe it. Its something that is just amazing. To watch or rather to stand next to Madonna on stage at a concert in front of thousands of fans in a foreign concern is well I guess nothing will compare to that, that I have ever done."
It is the gig of a lifetime, the call up Spud Fraser could only have dreamed of. The request came in an email from Madonna's management company. Spud has now cleared his diary for the next six months and is already getting into the groove, having composed his own version of Like A Virgin.
Madonna's grueling tour will be no holiday for the Granton man but he's hoping by the end of it bagpiping will be very much in vogue. (source: Scotland Today)

11 March - Spoiler on tour rehearsal *rumour*
Taken from MadonnaVillage (thanx to MIR #1105): "Madonna was at Culver City studios today. I was not there, but will stop by on Wednesday. I don't know much of what happened... my friend said some of the songs that she thought were on record seemed to be replaced by a live band..or perhaps a recording of a live band. She said the new version of Justify My Love rocks! But here's the real kicker. Madonna was singing an acoustic version of Crazy For You. She sounded beautiful, but kept screwing up her guitar strings and would scream "f**k!" then laugh... so much for her Kabballah thing. My friend said hearing Madonna sing Crazy For You brought tears to her eyes. "

10 March - Madonna invites dancer to workshop
Local lass Julie Harley was just pipped to the post in the chance to dance on stage with Madonna on her next tour. Julie has been in New York for more than two years and attends the Marc Cunningham Foundation School of Dance in Manhatten. The former Peterhead pupil applied for an audition with Madonna and competed against more than 1,000 dancers for a place on the tour. Julie made it through to the last 15 and was delighted with her achievement. But she was more than pleased when she arrived home to find a message on her answering machine from Madonna inviting her to attend a workshop on Wall Street on a weekly basis to have further training from her personal choreographer. Julie graduates from the Marc Cunningham studio this March having already attained her degree in theatre and dance from Laban College in London. (source: Buchan Observer)

10 March - Madonna wins Best Chart Act
Though the past year was a disaster for Madonna as far as charts are concerned, she won the award for... Best Chart Act at the 2004 DanceStar USA Awards! Other nominees were Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Kelis, Sarah McLachlan, OutKast, P. Diddy , Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Congratulations Madonna!

10 March - Madonna is a tough taskmaster
Madonna, the undisputed queen of pop is all the more finicky when it comes to selecting potential dancers for her upcoming tour. To make sure that only the best dancers join her on stage she is insisting on having the final say over who will make it with her on stage or not. "She is being very particular about who'll work for her"."She is demanding to know what their favourite colurs are and which star sign they fall into". (source: WebIndia123)

10 March - Love Profusion in dance chart
Love Profusion is moving up from #21 to #10 in the Billboard Hot Dance / Club Play chart, issued March 20th. On the same chart, Nothing Fails slides back from #31 to #38. Meanwhile, Warner France announced that the Love Profusion single will be released in France on March 16th, the same day the single will hit the US market. The French single will use the same cover as the US maxi.

10 March - Charlotte Church is Desperately Seeking Susan
Charlotte Church Teen singing superstar Charlotte Church is reportedly being lined up to star in a remake of Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan. According to British newspaper the Daily Star, Hollywood bosses want Welsh soprano Church, 18, to take the Susan role - played by the queen of pop in the 1985 romantic comedy. A source tells the Star, "This is a great role for Charlotte. "She has been waiting for ages for the right film role to come along and studio bosses are talking about her non-stop at the moment. They predict big things for her." In the original, Rosanna Arquette plays a bored housewife who pursues the mysterious Susan after spotting messages to her in ads left in a newspaper. Britney Spears and former S Club singer Hannah Spearritt are being read for Arquette's part. The film is due to begin shooting in Vancouver, Canada, later this year. (source: TeenMusic)

09 March - Photo shoot for tour book finished *rumour*
More rumours from fansite DrownedMadonna: "They have finished to take photographs for the tour book. They used various settings with the dancers, one of them had a jungle feel to it, very crazy and with animals feeling. They did "CRAZY poses". Madonna apparenlty spent another day shooting by herself. Madonna wore very revealing stuff.. tons of sexappel!!!! Very sensual! She wore an outfit from Louis Verdad with some weird jewellery wrapping around her neck, as an extension of the dress. Louis Verdad dressed Madonna in a black tux for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. His spring 2004 collection combines the chic looks of 40's and 50's Hollywood glam with a tailored look. Verdad says, "We are trying to make a statement about color." "

09 March - Possible tour tracks *rumour*
According to fansite DrownedMadonna: "Lucky Star is indeed in the set-list. In fact, a really cool, electroclash version of Lucky Star might be used for the show. Moreover, we have been informed about some other Madonna's old songs which have been considered for the set-list: a rock version of Justify My Love and a new exclusive RETRO mix of Deeper And Deeper. Don't forget there's nothing official yet, and, most of all, the set-list could change during the rehearsals. Not every rehearsed track will be performed."

09 March - Madonna to perform on Britney's tour? *rumour*
According to some rumours from the World of Britney message board Madonna will be performing live with Britney Spears revealed that for her stop in Miami, which will air on Showtime, there'll be two special guests "who are going to heighten it and make it a little bit more exciting." The concert special airs March 28 at 9 p.m., live in the Eastern time zone, but tape delayed elsewhere.The guests are rumoured to be Ying Yang Twins( producers on a Britney's song) and Madonna. (source: MIR #1104)

09 March - Live Aid to get a (legal) DVD release
With DVD sales exploding over the past few years, all kinds of weird programming has made it onto disc — no movie or TV show is too obscure to make it onto DVD, complete with commentary and bonus extras. Still, one of the biggest concert events of the past 25 years, Live Aid, has never been available in any take-home form. Unless you (admittedly, like at least one ChartAttack staffer) were obsessive enough to tape the damn thing when it aired on TV back in 1985, Live Aid came and went without leaving much of a record behind it.
Now, nearly 20 years after the Live Aid concerts (which were held concurrently in London and Philadelphia), the event is finally coming out on DVD. Why have the organizers finally decided to resurrect the concert, which featured acts like Duran Duran, U2, Madonna and Wham? The release of the old concert is in response to a very modern problem: online bootlegging.
According to the BBC, Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof stumbled over a website last year that was selling unauthorized 10-DVD Live Aid sets for 110 British pounds. Irritated that some anonymous guy was profiting from an event that was meant to raise money for charity, Sir Bob alerted the authorities, who recently tracked the bootlegger down and arrested him. While the whole incident, in his own words, "sickened" Geldof, it also made the ex-Boomtown Rat/perpetual do-gooder realize that there was a certain demand for a video of the concerts to hit the market.
Today the Live Aid people announced that they will auction off the rights to release the Live Aid DVDs. If all goes well, the DVD set will be in stores by Christmas of this year. Naturally, all proceeds from the auction will go to the Band Aid Trust, which aims to relieve famine and poverty in Ethiopia. (source:, thanx to MIR #1104)

06 March - Rumoured tour dates *rumour*
There are many rumours circulating about possible venues for Madonna's upcoming tour. So far, we've collected the follwoing dates. Please remember that there's still no official confirmation for any of this information.
24 May: Los Angeles
29 - 30 May: Las Vegas
26 - 29 July: Boston
3 - 4 September: Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and/or Hamburg).
6 - 7 - 9 September: Paris (Palais Omnisports de Bercy)
11 - 12 - 13 September: Milan
Also under consideration: Israel (King Solomon's Mine), Toronto, New York

05 March - Tour brings back Madonna classics *rumour*
Stereomover from writes: " 'American Life-The club mixes' is in the works. And i think Akufen is the one who did the Easy Ride mix. I heard things of Mother and Father, but nothing was confirmed. The release of this little treasure will coincide with the tour.
Madonna's next tour concept won't be as heavy or as dark as the previous. She's pulling out Lucky Star, Live to Tell, Like a Prayer, and Into the Groove to see how they fit into the show, which is basically a trip through time. Different eras will be visited from the early 20's jazz clubs to the trashed out clubs of the 80's. Patrick Leonard and Joe Henry are on-board, musically. And the man behind her last tour's choreagraphy, is back also [Jamie King]. Montreal and Toronto are on the itinerary, but deals are still being worked out. She's confirmed for Toronto, San Francisco, Scotland, Israel and Italy. That's all I know."

05 March - Madonna to get biblical?
Israel's Palestinians and Jews apparently don't have enough to worry about. Now they may have to brace themselves for an invasion by Madonna.
Her Madge-sty is thinking about performing in the war-wracked land this summer as part of her first world tour in four years. The risktaking singer is said to want to mount her show at Solomon's Pillars in the southern Arava desert. Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, tells us, "Nothing has been confirmed. Not even the tour." But she says a stop in Israel is "definitely under consideration." The "Swept Away" star last visited Israel in 1993, when she played Tel Aviv. Since then, the Catholic girl has immersed herself in the mystical Jewish teachings of the kabbala. In 2002, she angered some devout Jews with her video for for the Bond film "Die Another Day" - in which she wore sacramental tefillin and had Hebrew symbols tattooed on her arm. (source: NY Daily News)

02 March - Madonna proves a fitting inspiration
After working for six organisations in 13 years, Amanda Boyle became tired of waiting on other people to make the decisions and struck out on her own. Now managing director and co-founder of Caledonian Contracts, a shop-fitting company that serves High Street chains across the UK, she was last year's businesswoman of the year in Scotland. "The two people I particularly admire are Madonna and Germaine Greer, both of whom don't find it necessary to follow conventions. That probably inspires me more than anything," she said. Dundee-born and bred, she went straight to work after leaving school, and had communications management posts in large companies and public sector organisations across the UK. Eventually, however, she went to Dundee University to do an MBA. She and Stuart McNally set up Caledonian six years ago. "I'm not very good at working for other people or in big companies where things move very slowly," she said. "In my own company we can make decisions much more quickly." Now 39 and divorced, she said: "Women find themselves pulled in all sorts of directions, for example I have a six-year-old son, so ruthless time-management is essential. "Getting to the top job and getting the highest salary is not what it is all about." The company, which employs 21 people and turns over £4m a year, was started with no money. "We persuaded our clients to pay up front. We have good relationships with our clients, and the company has been self-financing. My advice to other women trying to break through the glass ceiling is not to be put off by setbacks. If you are determined enough, you will overcome them. "When I started the business I was earning a lot less than I had been paid before, and my earnings have probably not risen as much as they would have if I had stayed in employment. But I am comfortable, and that is enough. "I have bought a cottage with a garden not far from the beach in Broughty Ferry, and I have a horse. That is how I unwind – though some people question if I ever do." (source: The Herald)

02 March - Madonna sets her sights on Israel *rumour*
The world's most famous student of Kabala is planning to head for Israel this summer: Madonna has put Israel on her schedule for an upcoming concert tour. According to the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot, the precise dates of the Israeli concerts have yet to be determined. The 45-year-old pop star has said several times over the past year that she would like to visit Israel, and it had been rumored that she had a desire to film a music video on location. Her last visit took place in 1993, when she held a large concert in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park. The planned tour would be Madonna's first in four years, and will reportedly include Europe and wrap up in Israel. The Foreign Ministry told the newspaper that discussions were underway regarding the possibility of welcoming Madonna as an official guest of the ministry, in what would presumably be a solidarity visit as well as an opportunity to perform. The newspaper said that there was a possibility that Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom would discuss the visit with Madonna in a meeting during Shalom's upcoming visit to Los Angeles. On that trip, Shalom will reportedly meet with newly elected California governor Arnold Schwartznegger, and prominent figures in the entertainment industry. (source: Israel21c, thanx to MIR)
~ More Israel rumours reported by MadonnaTribe:
According to World Entertainment News Network, Madonna is set to perform a sensational one-off concert in Israel's historical King Solomon's Mine which will be specially filmed for a DVD. The singer is currently planning a world tour and has scheduled a special concert in the archaeological remains of Timna National Park, north of Eilat, in the Red Sea Desert. The historic area, which is the world's oldest copper mine, has witnessed mining since the ancient Egyptians owned Israel 6,000 years ago. The site is believed to have been the site where Israel's wise and legendary monarch King Solomon, who died in 926 BC, mined copper nearly 3000 years ago. Her unusual decision to perform in the country is said to have been inspired by Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie's devotion to the Kabbalah, a mystical branch of Judaism. The singer has been studying the religion since 1997 and credited it with helping her make her 1998 album Ray of Light. The "Material Girl" last toured in 2001 with her Drowned World tour. After her 2003 album American Life was received poorly in terms of critics and album sales, Madonna is ready to perform again. Madonna will be the first big name to sing in the park. Relative-unknown French singer Daniel Levi performed there in August last year. Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, adds the concert is still in the initial planning stages: "Nothing's definite right now".

01 March - Billboard reviews Love Profusion
Can the fourth time be a charm for Madonna? Love Profusion is the latest radio single from the artist's American Life album, and undoubtedly the prospects are probably rather low for this track. After all, the previous three singles all performed poorly on mainstream radio. That said, Love Profusion is a sparse number, full of strummy acoustic guitars; it's a good fit for AC outlets. However, the Headcleanr remix is a blast of fresh air and an essential listening experience. It revamps the track into a new wave-styled garage-rock tune. Also providing restructurings are Ralphi Rosario, the Passengerz, Blow Up and Craig J., who each take the track down various rhythmic roads. The label will issue the remixes March 16 on CD and 12-inch vinyl. (source: Billboard)

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