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24 February - Madonna signs up gospel choir
Pop legend Madonna has thrilled a group of British choir singers by inviting them to perform on her next album.
The Material Girl - famous for her allegiance to the Kabbalah, a mystical offshoot of Judaism - was so impressed with the London Community Gospel Choir 's contribution to her 2003 disc American Life, she's enlisted them again to lay down tracks on her eagerly-awaited 12th studio LP.
However, the choir won't be intimidated working with such a famous artist - they've already leant their vocal chords to songs by Stevie Wonder, Sting, Sir Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, George Michael, Sir Elton John and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs. (source: ContactMusic)
Pop star Madonna has lent two items from her art collection to the Tate Modern, for an upcoming exhibition of works by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Self-Portrait with Monkey and My Birth, described by Madonna as two of her favourite works, will be exhibited at the London gallery from 9 June. They will be among items in the first major UK exhibition of Kahlo's work in over 20 years. Kahlo, known for her bold, colourful paintings, died in 1954 aged 47.
A self-taught artist, Kahlo wanted to become a doctor but turned to art in 1925 after a tram accident left her temporarily bedridden. She sustained multiple injuries and was in and out of hospital for the rest of her life.
Works like The Broken Column (1944), which depicts Kahlo's semi-nude body strapped and pinned with nails, dealt with the pain of her decaying health in later years.
My Birth (1932), the second painting on loan from Madonna, depicts a headless woman giving birth to Kahlo.
The painter met and fell in love with celebrated muralist Diego Rivera in 1927, but the couple had a stormy marriage. Their relationship was explored in Frida, the 2002 biopic of the artist which won Salma Hayek an Oscar nomination.
Rediscovered by art collectors in the 1980s, Kahlo is now recognised as one of the great artists of the 20th Century. She produced around 140 oil paintings in her lifetime, 60 of which will go on display at London's Tate Modern until October. (source: BBC)
21 February - Christopher answers back
Thanks to the lovely Madonnalicious: "The Rush & Molloy's column in today's edition of the New York Daily News spoke to Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone about their alledged rift:
'Our relationship is in very good standing, we speak to each other all the time,' the jewel-eyed designer told us. 'You know that every large family has its ups and downs, and we are no exception.'
As for speculation that Madonna's devotion to kabbalah, a mystical branch of Judaism, fueled the now-healed split, Ciccone says it can't be: He's into it, too. 'I practice kabbalah,' he told them, 'in my own way.'"
21 February - Madonna promoted in Kabbalah
Pop superstar Madonna has been promoted to the highest level at the controversial Church of Kabbalah she can achieve without being ordained.
The singer, who has followed the mystical offshoot of judaism for some years, was anointed in secret to an upper category of Kabbalah followers in a ceremony conducted by Kabbalah Centre founder Rabbi Berg.
A source reveals, "Her teachers think she has reached the pinnacle of spiritual understanding. To Madonna this is the best achievement of her life."
Since joining the Kabbalah Centre, Madonna has recruited her husband Guy Ritchie as well as a number of new celebrity followers, including Demi Moore and Britney Spears. (source: ContactMusic)
Madonna is suing her longtime art consultant Darlene Lutz, claiming she is owed $265,000 (140,000 pounds) for a painting that the adviser sold.
The summons filed in Manhattan Supreme Court and made public on Friday says Lutz owes Madonna the money based on a settlement agreement made between the two women in May 2004.
"The lawsuit is based on a breach of contract agreement," said Liz Rosenberg, spokeswoman for Madonna.
Rosenberg had no details on the name of the painting or the artist. Lutz did not return calls to her office for comment. (source: Yahoo! Launch)
21 February - Madonna.com takes a bow
Another picture on Madonna.com's splash page:
18 February - Madonna to star in movie for free?
Pop superstar Madonna has signed up to play a prostitute in a new movie - and was so desperate for the role she waived all payment.
The Material Girl has finally secured the chance to play cross-dresser Candy Darling, after chasing the part for years, writes British newspaper The Sun.
Darling starred in a number of Andy Warhol films and provided Lou Reed with the inspiration to write Candy Says and Walk On The Wild Side.
An insider says, "Madonna has been desperate to make a film where she can earn respect for her acting abilities. She is still trying to shake off the bad publicity from the movie SWEPT AWAY. She sees this as her big chance.
"She has wanted to play this part for so long because she feels so strongly about the character.
"She said she would do anything for the part and has agreed to work for free." (source: ContactMusic)
Yesterday evening aired the episodeof Missy Elliott's Road To Stardom, which features Madonna as a guest, giving advise to aspiring artists. It was recorded in Los Angeles, while Madonna was there to rehearse for her Re-Invention Tour. The contestants ask her questions about the secret of success. Download the videoclip at fansite SomethingToRemember and check out screencaps at MadonnaTribe.
In other download news: head over to the great madonna-tv for clips of Madonna videos who appeared as part of the 100 Greatest Videos, aired February 6th at UK TV. Ray Of Light ended up at no. 68 (comments by director Jonas Akerlund and others); Material Girl at no. 19 (comments by director Mary Lambert and others); Vogue at no. 9 (comments by David Furnish and Vogue dancer Slam); and as highest position Like A Prayer at no. 5 (comments by director Mary Lambert and actor Leon Robinson).
"Madonna is re-inventing herself again - this time as the Queen of Rock.
The undisputed pop goddess has nearly finished her next album and it will have a heavy guitar sound."
According to Victoria Newton, who has got her hands on a blueprint of the new material, the poppy, dance feel of American Life has gone in favour of a more edgy theme and Madonna is playing most of the big guitar riffs herself in the album, scheduled for an end-of-year release.
The rise of British guitar rock bands has inspired the Queen of Pop and she has become fan of artists such as Franz Ferdinand and The Darkness, making her move in the direction of real sounds, like a real band.
"Madonna always keeps in touch with what is popular in the charts and has been really into the guitar-based rock bands of 2004. The new album is taking shape as one of her best ever," the Bizarre columnist's source reveals.
Victoria Newton also reports about the several big name producers she has enlisted to help her in the job. Together with Mirwais and main producer Stuart Price, she got in touch with Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant and asked to write a song.
Monte Pittman, Madonna's tour guitarist and teacher, has co-written a track called "I Love New York" and the album should include her cover of John Lennon's Imagine, which she premiered during last summer's tour. (source: The Sun)
Also, from ContactMusic:
Madonna is heading in a new direction on her next album, which will see her ditching dance-flavoured tracks in favour of a more rocking sound. The Material Girl, who spends much of her time in England where she lives with her film-maker husband Guy Ritchie, has been listening to various British rock bands which have proved a huge influence on her almost-completed new record.
An insider says, "Living in Britain she has become a real fan of Franz Ferdinand and loves the kitschy sound of The Darkness.
"She is moving more in that direction - real sounds, like a real band.
"Madonna always keeps in touch with what is popular in the charts and has been really into the guitar-based rock bands of 2004.
"The new album is taking shape as one of her best ever."
team member Ragdoll provides the translation of the articles about
Bloodshy & Avant featured today in the Swedish press. Here's
the first one, from Aftonbladet, and the second one, from Expressen.
Swedes produce new song for Madonna
They were given a Grammy for their Britney Spears song. Now the Swedish top producers are working on a new hit - for Madonna.
"This is really something big," says Christian "Bloodshy" Karlsson.
Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant wrote and produced Britney Spears' hit "Toxic". This Sunday they won an American Grammy for their work. "It's absolutely amazing. An American Grammy is probably the biggest award you can win in my business. Now I'm beginning to understand how it would feel like to win gold in the Olympics," Christian "Bloodshy" Karlsson tells Aftonbladet.
The Swedes beat big acts like Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx in the category "Best dance recording".
"This is really unbelievable. Those are really heavy names and we beat them just like that," says Christian Karlsson.
Bloodshy & Avant were not in the US to accept the award in person. The reason: they're working on a new hit - for Madonna.
"Madonna herself called me. I was at the beach in Thailand when my cell phone rang, and it was her. I can't even explain how unreal it felt to stand there with Madonna on the line," says Christian Karlsson.
The Queen of Pop discovered the Swedish duo after their work with Britney Spears and asked them to write her a song. "We've hardly begun working on it yet, so we've got no idea when the song will be released or what will become of it. Our goal is to give her a real dancefloor filler," says Pontus Winnberg.
Madonna wants the Swedes
The Swedes helped Britney Spears - wich earned them a Grammy last Sunday. Then Madonna called.
Whilst Niklas Flyckt were accepting a Grammy in the category "Best dance recording" for Britney Spears' hit "Toxic", the duo behind the production, Christian Karlsson, 29, and Pontus Winnberg, 29, were in Thailand. Then Madonna called.
"We were there for business and Madonna just calls like that. It's unbelievable. Nothing is decided yet, but she called to discuss a possible collaboration," says Christian.
"There's no other artist I'd rather work with." The duo, who calls themselves Bloodshy & Avant, have been producing for quite a while: "We've been working together since we were fifteen, but it wasn't until year 2000 when we started to take things seriously." And now their work has given them a Grammy. "It's incredible to have won this award. It's like a dream."
16 February - Official DVD news
Madonna.com has finally given us some official news on the DVD (though not the date we hoped for): "We have received tons of email here at Madonna.com regarding the DVD release of the Re-Invention tour and we wanted everyone to know that a release date has not yet been set. We are currently looking at releasing the DVD some time during the fourth quarter of 2005 in time for the holidays. Stay tuned to Madonna.com for more info about the release."
~ Well, at least they postponed and not cancelled... ;-)
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