Madonna news - Dec. 2004
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14 December - Madonna heads list of year's Top Tours
Madonna's blockbuster Re-Invention
took all of the drama out of the top tour of the year race,
ringing up a year's best $125 million in total box office gross
by the time it wrapped in September. According to Billboard Boxscore,
Madonna sold out 55 of 56 performances worldwide, with an average
nightly take of $2.23 million.
"My Re-Invention tour
was by far the most creatively satisfying experience I have ever
had," Madonna tells Billboard. "I was able to put everything
I love into one entertaining event: film, music and dance."
The tour was produced worldwide by Clear Channel Entertainment.
Prince's Musicology tour, produced by AEG Live, drew nearly 1.5
million people, more than any other artist, and grossed $90.2 million,
second only to Madonna.
Shania Twain was third, reporting grosses totaling $62.5 million
and playing to nearly 950,000 fans. The rest of the top 10 includes
Simon & Garfunkel ($59 million), Metallica ($53.8 million),
Bette Midler ($53.3 million), Sting ($52.4 million), Kenny Chesney
($49.3 million), David Bowie ($46 million) and Toby Keith ($44.3
This year, Celine Dion reported more than $77 million from her residency
at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. If Dion's numbers
reflected a "tour" per se, she would rank third among
all acts. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with James Brown and Chicks
On Speed, headlined the top engagement at the year, three nights
at London's Hyde Park that grossed $17,187,324 and drew more than
258,000 June 19, 20 and 25.
For the fifth consecutive year, Madison Square Garden in New York
City tops the list of arenas, reporting music-event grosses totaling
just under $73 million. For the second consecutive year, Tweeter
Center in Mansfield, Mass., is the top amphitheater, reporting more
than $23 million from 32 concerts. (source: Billboard
14 December - Madonna to star in 'Revolver'?
Madonna is going to star in film director husband Guy Ritchie's
next film, Revolver.
After a very poor reception from critics to the couple's last cinematic
offering, Swept Away, Madge and Ritchie are now trying their luck
with gangster movie Revolver.
Insiders claim that the Frozen singer is a great fan of her husband's
work and begged for a part in the Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
director's new film.
A source told the Daily Mirror: "Guy's very respected and is
doing his best to make Revolver as controversy free as possible,
But the missus really wanted a walk-on part - and who is he to say
The source added: "Madonna came to spend a week with her husband
while he was over here and she seemed to enjoy it.
"Everyone thought she was here for a holiday so it was a bit
surprising to see her filming.
"She was getting really into it so it's clear she's taking
it seriously. But it's obviously not a major role as she wasn't
on the island very long."
The movie, filmed on the Isle of Man, also features Ray Liotta of
Goodfellas fame. (source: Digital
13 December - Mad-Eyes webmaster interviewed about Madonna meeting
Last saturday, Belgian newspaper De
Gazet van Antwerpen
interviewed Mad-Eyes webmaster Bartie and
another Madonna fan Dirk on their meeting
with Madonna at the Selfridges book signing
. During the interview
Bart and Dirk discuss the book 'The Adventures of Abdi' and their
meeting with Madonna at the Selfridges' book signing. The Mad-Eyes
website and the online fan community are also mentioned and Dirk
tells about his intention to get the X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS exhibition
to Antwerp. The article (in Dutch) appears in todays issue of the
13 December - Madonna wins estate battle
Pop star Madonna has finally won her battle to keep ramblers off
her country estate in Wiltshire this winter. The property's been
made exempt from the new right to roam legislation due to take effect
from tomorrow. The decision was made by the Countryside Agency after
the singer claimed her property was intensively used for shooting
between September and February - and the walkers could be at risk
from getting shot. (source:
13 December - From Flab To Fab: Madonna Style
Nobody raises eyebrows and pushes the envelope quite like Madonna.
For more than two decades, this one-woman media powerhouse has taken
a lead role in defining the landscape of modern music, elevating
herself to cultural icon status in the process. Infamous for her
ability to set trends with her frequent and radical image transformations,
one thing has always remained consistent in her look: her amazingly
Three of Madonna's biggest fans will find out that living the diva
life isn't as easy as she makes it look. As a magazine editor, Mario
is in a job that bombards him with images of hot men, constantly
reminding him that he is out-of-shape. Don is ready to settle down
with a boyfriend, but feels he can't compete in the ultra-looks
conscience gay dating scene. And Rodney knows he could be a healthier
person, if he could only give up the smoking and cocktails of his
party boy lifestyle.
For 12-weeks, these three men will tackle Madonna's daily macrobiotic
diet and intense training sessions, including everything from yoga
to mountain biking to fencing. Just like the provocateur they admire,
they'll have an entourage of trainers, nutritionists and style experts
responsible for reinventing their looks. With the Material Girl
as their inspiration, can these three men push themselves beyond
their limits to go FROM FLAB TO FAB?
Find out with VH1's 'From Flab To Fab: Madonna style' - first episode
airing today on VH1
at 11.30am EST.
13 December - Madonna befriends Melinda Messenger at Kabbalah
Queen of Pop Madonna has struck up a bizarre friendship with ex-topless
model Melinda Messenger thanks to their love of wacky faith kabbalah.
The superstar and her husband Guy Ritchie became best buddies with
Melinda, 33, and spouse Wayne during weird prayer sessions at the
mystical Jewish sect's London centre.
And the eccentric couple are so taken with their new pals they recently
invited them to a private dinner with a handful of honoured kabbalah
devotees at the HQ.
The oddball evening began with a bizarre prayer session with Madonna,
46, and Melinda - dressed like her idol in boots, long black coat
and hair scraped back into pony tail - sitting on one side of the
room. Guy, 36, builder Wayne, 29, and other male followers sat on
the other side on plastic seats while the kabbalah bible was read
backwards amid lots of chanting and clapping.
Suddenly Madonna (who now wants to be known as Esther) Guy, Melinda
and Wayne jumped up and faced east towards a painting of an idyllic
scene of roaming hills and started to chant: "Chernobyl, Chernobyl,
As they chanted they were asked to send positive thoughts towards
the town that was the scene of the world's worst-ever nuclear disaster
An insider said: "Guy, who was dressed in white, got so carried
away that he left his seat, hugged the rabbis and then went and
kissed his missus on the cheek before returning to his seat. He
then continued chanting 'Chernobyl, Chernobyl'."
Half an hour later the happy foursome and a select few kabbalah
followers were ushered upstairs for supper.
Madonna's eight-year-old daughter Lourdes - now being called Lola
- joined them in the candle-lit dining room.
They tucked into a four-course meal of green salad and bread, white
fish and vegetable stew, kosher beef, ratatouille and chocolate
The food was "blessed" by everyone standing up, hugging
each other and swaying side-to-side for 20 minutes while clapping
While Madonna drank glass after glass of Kabbalah water, other guests
sipped Coca-Cola or wine. After their "feast" Melinda
and Wayne joined a circle holding hands with the others around a
seated Madonna, Guy and a rabbi.
They chanted and jumped up and down as Guy closed his eyes then
furiously banged his hands on the table as if he was playing the
Lola quietly watched from the corner with a rabbi as mum and dad
chanted for an incredible 30 minutes.
When it was time to call it a night at the centre, in North West
London, Melinda hugged Madonna and said: 'Goodnight, my good friend,
Lola was dropped off by a rabbi in a black Range Rover as Guy and
Madonna walked home hand-in-hand reminiscing about their night out
with Melinda and Wayne. (source: The
13 December - Madonna creates Xmas dolls
Pop superstar Madonna is offering 5,000 fans an extra special Christmas
treat by OK-ing a set of hand-painted Russian babushka dolls made
in her image.
The limited edition nesting creations, which feature five of Madonna's
incarnations that can be found inside another, are available on
the singer's website madonna.com
13 December - Madonna shocked Santa with virginity wish
Madonna once asked Santa Claus to give her her virginity back!
The pop superstar sat on celebrity Santa Brady White's lap at one
Hollywood party and asked for the impossible.
White who charges up to $5,000 (GBP2,630) to dish out the `Ho, ho
hos' at star-studded Christmas parties, admits he begged the Material
Girl to come up with something more material.
He recalls, "I begged her, 'Please think of something else.
Poor Santa can't work miracles.'"
But White was a lucky charm for pal Cher, who asked him for an OSCAR
just two months before she was crowned Best Actress for her role
The celebrity Santa's magic also rubbed off on Jodie Foster,who
asked White for a meaty role just before landing the part of Clarice
Starling in Silence Of The Lambs. (source: ContactMusic
09 December - Madonna videos at iFilm
Check out Madonna's latest videos for What It Feels Like For A Girl,
Die Another Day, American Life, Hollywood and Love Profusion at iFilm
"She's had more personas than most women have shoes, and the
Material Mom doesn't seem to be settling down. Whether she's protesting
the superficiality of our pop culture or simply exploiting it for
her own sexy purposes, she's always worth a look. Check out some
recent incarnations of the mystical, magical dance goddess we like
to call Madge."
09 December - Q ICONS Exhibition and Q Mag article
The Proud Camden gallery in London has just opened a stunning new
Rock ‘N' Roll photographic exhibition that features Madonna
as a musical Icon.
The exhibition engaged the help of Q Magazine readers and 02 mobile
customers to vote on the 100 most influential rock stars that would
ultimately be featured. John Lennon was voted the number one music
Icon, followed by Kurt Cobain, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Elvis
Presley and Madonna.
Legendary music photographers Gered Mankovitz, Ross Halfin, and
Mick Rock used their first hand experience to choose the images
that would showcase the rock stars as they evolved into Icons.
The exhibition is open for public viewing from December 3, 2004
and until January 28, 2005. For more information visit proud.co.uk
~ Check fansite MadonnaMegaCollection
for scans of the Q Magazine 'ICONS: The Greatest Music Stars of
All time!' Special, which features a whole-page article
on Madonna by Dan Gennoe and a great 1994 picture
of Madonna by Steven Meisel. Madonna was voted 6th greatest music
09 December - Award for Me Against The Music
Me Against The Music
an award for 'Hot Dance Sales Single of the Year' at the 2004 Billboard
Music Awards. Britney Spears collected the award at the show, which
was held yesterday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas. Madonna didn't attend.
08 December - Madonna sacked manager because of Kabbalah
Madonna's devotion to the Kabbalah was behind her decision to fire
her long-term manager Caresse Henry, after discovering Henry was
having an affair with a bodyguard.
The Like A Virgin singer was reportedly shocked that Henry, who
had also converted to the mystical offshoot of Judaism, had broken
one of the religion's strictest teachings - faithfulness.
Henry had a partner back in America, while security man Ricky Dallanegra
lived with his girlfriend in London. They have since become a couple
after leaving their respective partners.
Madonna sought the advice of her rabbi on the matter when she learned
of the romance during this summer's (04) Re-Invention
, before deciding to follow the Kabbalah practices and disown
An insider tells British newspaper The
, "Madonna and Guy are deeply committed to their Kabbalah
faith which preaches monogamy and faithfulness. It's ironic, because
Madonna used to eat men for breakfast. Now's she's a married mother
and Kabbalist, she believes cheating is a serious sin.
"When she found out her manager was having an affair with her
own bodyguard she was devastated. Madonna had a huge falling out
with Caresse and said she couldn't possibly work with her any more."
07 December - Re-Invention corset on display in Paris
The corset made by french designer Christian Lacroix and that Madonna
wore during the American leg of her Re-Invention
will be one of the designer's creations to be exposed in
Paris this month. Lacroix, who is also behind the lilac variation
of the corset used during the European dates of her tour, is about
to inaugurate the "Villa du Marais", a hotel made of 17
rooms showcasing some of his most impressive creations to date.
Villa du Marais
Rue de Poitou
04 December - More info on Versace photo shoot *rumour*
has received the following information on the Versace photo shoot:
"The one-day photo shooting did actually take place in
two different locations. The first part happened in the early morning
in a studio in Notthing Hill Gate while a second part was done the
same day at 30 km outside London. All the images were shoot in indoor
One of the main sets of the photo session shows Madonna inside a
contemporary office location, with a dominant white color and completed
by technology furniture and accessories such as computers and modems.
The entire session was done under a strict surveillance and nobody
was allowed inside the set when the actual shooting was taking place.
We've also got news about two of the dresses Madonna wears in the
pictures, one of them being white and another being gold. Also a
dress made of jeans was included. Madonna also wears a platinum
blond wig in several images.
We learned that the children were also present at the session and
were also included in some of the pics, but we can't say if these
pictures are going to be used for the campaign or will remain in
Madonna, Donatella and Mario Testino's private collection.
We also understand that certain pictures are not going to be featured
in the campaign and might be used in the design of upcoming Madonna
releases - just as like as it happened in the past with images from
the previous Testino session which appeared in the artwork of the
Something to Remember
On the sunny side, we've been told that some bath suites were proposed
to Madonna but she didn't agree to take the pictures wearing them
- the classy lady knows she's not a 16 years old top model and knows
how to look stunning and charming with her clothes on.
Donatella Versace is very happy with the result and we're sure it
will be a blast."
03 December - Madonna likes a prayer
Kabbalah queen Madonna halted a fashion shoot for half an hour so
she could pray and meditate.
The 46-year-old mum-of-two, who's an avid follower of the controversial
branch of Jewish mysticism, took the time out during a photo session
According to US Weekly, she was overheard saying: "Rosh Chodesh
for the moon in Sagittarius - it ushers in a period of good fortune."
Nope, we have no idea what she's banging on about either, but it's
hard to argue with her good fortune!
What with her countless millions, film director husband and a near
20-year career, it sure beats lucky heather! According to insiders,
she was paid £5.5million for the Versace campaign to advertise
the glitzy label's spring collection.
She's also been given free use of the Versace mansion in Milan and
free clothes for two years.
Despite that, the mag reports that Madonna "barked orders"
throughout the session. Maybe she needs to meditate more! (source:
02 December - Madonna earns $10.3 million for Versace adverts
Madonna has earned a staggering $10.3 million (GBP5.4 million) by
starring in a series of adverts for fashion giant Versace.
The Material Girl was recently photographed by Mario Testino for
the campaign to promote Versace's Spring 2005 range - exactly 10
years after the pair first teamed up for a Versace campaign (95).
And the clothing empire is so grateful to the singer, they have
allegedly given her the use of the Versace mansion in Milan, Italy
and free clothes for the next two years (06). (source: ContactMusic
02 December - Madonna fears stalker
Madonna has revealed she's terrified of being shot dead by a crazed
stalker. The Queen of Pop has recently been targeted by a wealthy
American man whose been plaguing her every move.Earlier this year,
the star had to cancel three gigs in Israel after terrorists threatened
to kill her.
Madonna has reportedly become extrememly paranoid and is afraid
she may be murdered like John Lennon.
The Beatle was shot dead in Decembver 1980 in New York by obsessive
fan Mark Chapman.
A source told the Sun, Madge's latest stalker is becoming increasingly
bold in his tactics to meet the Material Girl.
He has acquired her personal e-mail address, attended every gig
of her Re-Invention tour and knocked on the door of the London home
she shares with hubby Guy Ritchie and children Rocco and Lourdes.
"He is the worst stalker Madonna has ever encountered. It has
reached a level where the police will have to be involved,"
the source said. (source: Sky
02 December - Madonna.com update
has been updated with a beautiful picture of Madonna at the UK Hall
of Fame on the front page. Among other news items, they report:
"Madonna.com can confirm that Madonna is back in the studio
today to record new music. Can't say what it is for just yet, but
stay tuned to Madonna.com for more info."
02 December - Madonna is most popular female celebrity search
Madonna is the number one Most Popular Female Celebrity searched
on Google of October 2004! Check out Googles's
for the complete results. "For both breaking
news and obscure information alike, people around the world search
a bit of analysis, this flurry of searches often exposes interesting
trends, patterns, and surprises." (source: Madonna.com
02 December - ICON #42 out now
Johann from ICON announces that issue # 42 is now out. A picture
of Madonna's Nobody Knows Me
performance graces the cover. Here's what he says on the issue:
It's late but it's here! The new issue of Icon Magazine (#42) is
now out. The shipment will begin this week so make sure to look
for it in your favourite mailbox. This new issue is 100% devoted
to the most talked about tour of the year, Madonna's Re-Invention
tour! Included in this special issue are exclusive studio and live
shots as well backstage ones, fan reviews, the tour's full chronology,
a double sided poster, interviews with Steven Klein, choreographer
Jamie King and much much more!
Please note that we're already working on the next issue so don't
be too surprised if you hear from us again in the next few weeks!
Happy reading and talk to you very soon!
Johann - Icon
01 December - Madonna
urges press to understand her faith
Pop superstar Madonna has urged the press to research the Kabbalah
faith before attacking her passion for the mystic offshoot of Judaism.
The Material Girl is furious about the barrage of criticism she's
received for evangelising the controversial religion, and believes
the media would be more supportive if they were less ignorant about
Kabbalah, which is studied by celebrities including Britney Spears
, Demi Moore and Paris Hilton.
She complains, "Yes, it irritates me when the press criticise
my beliefs. Because what I would really like is for people to do
their research and try to understand what it is I'm trying to study
"If they did that, then they'd have a completely
different view. I wonder if they'd be less irritated if I was studying
existentialism. Maybe they would." (source: ContactMusic
01 December - Madonna: 'Don't call
Pop superstar Madonna has banned her director husband Guy Ritchie
from using her British nickname, Madge.
The Material Girl had never heard of the name until she moved to
England and was horrified when the Snatch film-maker called her
by it, because she "can't stand it".
She complains, "Guy does not call me Madge. I can't stand that.
I think fans call me Madge, and the press do.
time I heard that name was when I moved here. I've never met anyone
called Madge. Is it cockney rhyming slang?" (source: ContactMusic
01 December - Testino shoots Madonna
in new Versace campaign
The house of Versace has called in two favorite superstar pals for
its latest advertising campaign.
In a major break with recent seasons, Mario Testino shot Madonna
last week in London for the label’s next women’s ad
campaign, which will break in February 2005 issues of major magazines.
The ads, shot in a London studio, represent a major change in style
for the house, which for most of this century has used Steven Meisel
to shoot its major publicity efforts.
The move also signals a renewed burst of commitment from Donatella
Versace, newly revitalized by her trip to substance rehabilitation
clinic this summer.
Earlier this month, Donatella was the fashion star in Hamburg at
the Bambi awards, Germany’s most prestigious fashion prize.
Looking super-trim, Versace shared a table at the gala dinner with
former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
A spokesman for the house declined to make any comment on the new
shoot. However, a source at the shoot confirmed that Madge and Donatella
got on swimmingly in London.
The combination is not unprecedented, as Versace used the duo of
Madonna and Testino back in the mid-nineties.
The decision to drop Meisel in favor of Testino is understood to
have been inspired, in part, by concern that Meisel has become too
much of a ubiquitous presence in fashion advertising. A perennial
snapper of US Vogue covers, Meisel regularly shoots oodles of ad
campaigns for the major houses.
Versace declined any comment on the fees for the shoot, though word
has it that Madonna is primarily interested in nabbing a new wardrobe
from Donatella. (source: Fashion
Archive picture: Madonna is seen arriving at the Donatella Versace
party held at La Cantine after the showing of the Versace Spring
2002 Couture Collection in Paris on January 20, 2002.
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