Madonna news - March 2006


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29 March - Rumoured tour schedule so far
In our tour section we've assembled all the tour stops that have been rumoured so far. This list is unconfirmed, incomplete and subject to change as yet. An official announcement has been awaited for a while now but seems to have been postponed several times. Stay tuned!


29 March - Madonna learns to krump
Today's edition of The Sun features an article by Victoria Newton, containing a large number of spoilers of Madonna's upcoming tour, including a (rumoured) set list. If you wish to read it, go to our spoilers section.


29 March - Madonna to take Studio 54 on tour
The Sun has also published news on the stage set of the tour. Go to the spoilers section to read.


29 March - Is Madonna coming to Tel Aviv?
It's not official yet, but it seems that Madonna is on her way to Israel, at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.
Internet sites report pop singer planning September concert in Israel. Israeli sources: 80 percent sure.
"I know negotiations are at an advanced stage. I haven't heard that anything's been sewn up – but I'd say it's 80 percent that she's coming", one source in the know told Ynet.

According to reports, the Israel appearance is intended to be the last stop on Madonna's European tour, scheduled to begin in Moscow next month. She will fly to Israel directly from Turkey.
As ynetnews.com notes, Madonna decided not to play outdoor stadiums on her current tour, choosing instead smaller arenas, "in order to create an aura of intimacy with the audience," according to her manager.

Madonna has appeared once before in Israel, and visited Israel last year to lecture on Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Last year she also released a new album, called Confessions on the Dance Floor. (source: Moldova.org)


29 March - Madonna to sing in Prague in September
Famous American pop star Madonna will sing in Prague for the first time on September 5-6 in Sazka Arena during a tour promoting her latest album Confessions On A Dance Floor, Radio Impuls reported.
The British tabloid The Sun recently wrote that Madonna would perform in Prague during her tour, but no concert promoter has confirmed the information as yet.

"I can say nothing. If the concert really took place here, the promoter would have to be the first to inform on it," Sazka spokesman Zdenek Zikmund told.
Madonna, 47, has scored success with the 10th album Confessions On A Dance Floor in a number of countries, including the Czech Republic where it is among the Top Ten CDs sold on the Czech market. (source: ceskenoviny)


29 March - Madonna wins at Winter Music Conference awards
On March 26, the 21st Annual International Dance Music Awards were held at the Wyndham Resort in Miami Beach. Madonna received the award for 'Best Dance Artist Solo'. Hung Up won in the categories 'Best Pop Dance Track' and 'Best Dance Video'. Jacques Lu Cont (aka Stuart Price) was also nominated for 'Best Producer' and 'Best Remixer'. (source: WMCON)


26 March - Madonna too old, too white and too English for US radios
With a country estate in Wiltshire, a love for shooting and even a taste for Timothy Taylor's real ale, Madonna has become the epitome of the English lady of the manor.
But the Queen of Pop's reincarnation as Middle England's favourite mum is alienating her American fan base and hindering chart success in her homeland.
Many leading radio stations in the United States now regard the 47-year-old Anglophile as passée and are refusing to give her the airtime she once enjoyed.

Her new single Sorry, which topped the charts in Britain, last week stalled at number 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100, which takes into account both airplay and sales. Now in its fourth week of release, the single languishes at number 77.
Madonna has not had a top five hit in the US singles chart for more than five years. Even Hung Up, which reached number one in 41 countries, peaked at number seven in America.

Music critics and fans cite her attachment to England - she once said: ''I love England and I want to be here and not in America'' - as one of the reasons for her dwindling chart success back home.
Gareth Grundy, the deputy editor of Q magazine, one of Britain's most prestigious music publications, said Madonna's move across the Atlantic had changed the perception of the American audience.

"I think the key reason why she is more popular in Britain and Europe than she is in America is that she lives here now," he said.
"A lot of Americans now think of her as an expat. She is no longer the American girl next door who turned herself into the greatest-ever pop star."
Clare Parmenter, who runs the British-based Madonnalicious website, said: "Fans in America who have tried to request Sorry on some American radio stations have found that stations are just not interested any more. They say she does not fit their demographics.

Even a commercial pop song like Hung Up, which is one of her biggest hits ever, is not considered suitable. American radio is only interested in R n B and rap these days."
Gary Blake, the corporate programme director of the American station Electric 94.9, admitted that Madonna's "Britishness" could be a factor.
He said: "I really liked Sorry and we did get some good requests on it but we're just not seeing the response we used to. It may be because of her new-found Britishness, but sometimes it's just the song."

After the comparative failure of her 2003 album, American Life, millions was spent promoting Madonna's latest album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, last November. Despite this, it has sold only 1.3 million copies in the US, less than a third of the sales of her 2000 album Music, released before she moved to Britain.
Perhaps betraying concern about how she is now perceived in America, one track on the new album was entitled I Love New York and included the line: "Paris and London baby you can keep. . . no other city made me glad except New York."

Elsewhere, however, Confessions On A Dance Floor has been a runaway success, topping the album charts in 40 countries and spawning two number one singles in this country.
Despite the slump in the US, Geoff Mayfield, the chart editor of Billboard, said he believed that Madonna could overcome American radio's lack of support. "I think Madonna is very much her own person and does what she wants to do. The album is a triumph when compared to American Life and she will be pleased with that."

Madonna's spokesman, Liz Rosenberg, said yesterday: "Dance music isn't getting the recognition that it deserves on radio stations in America right now, but Madonna really doesn't evaluate the success of a record by its chart position. She likes to come out of a studio feeling she has done the very best work she can and earning the respect of her peers.
"She would love American radio to come on board in that way and show the same sort of commitment that European radio has done, but that is not a decision for her. She is about to go on tour and when radio stations are reminded that she is the most phenomenal performer of our time, I am sure they will tune into her again." (source: Daily Telegraph)


26 March - Madonna collaborates again with Giovanni Bianco
Madonna.com is thrilled to confirm that the creative collaboration which brought the world Confessions On A Dance Floor, have teamed up again! Designing genius Giovanni Bianco from Studio 65 in New York will again work with Madonna as she prepares to dance her way across the globe for the upcoming tour! Stay tuned to Madonna.com for more news about this summer's tour!


25 March - Hung Up wins Japanese Best International Video award
Based on an article by Steve McClure for The Daily Yomiuri.
Madonna's Hung Up was named Best International Video at the 10th annual edition of Japanese Space Shower Music Video Awards.

The Space Shower awards are chosen by industry professionals with the exception of their "best your choice" prize, for which some 600,000 Space Shower viewers cast votes through the channel's Web site or mobile phone-based e-mail and made rock band Remioromen's "Konayuki" win. (source: based on an article by Steve McClure for The Daily Yomiuri / Madonnatribe)


25 March - Listen to the new Madonna remixes online
Being a member of Icon, Madonna's official Fanclub, is the best way to get what you won't find anywhere else. Need proof? If you're already a member, just visit iconmadonna.com and listen to Madonna's online radio station. There you will find the new and exclusive remixes created for Get Together and I Love New York to be included in the limited edition Confessions Remixed Triple Pack. They are now available for you to listen to again and again about one month before their official release! Want to join Icon? Just click HERE and get ready to jump! (source: Madonna.com)


25 March - The Queen of World Records!
Madonna's new album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, has set a new worldwide record by hitting the number one spot in 40 different countries since its release. Her Hung Up single went number one in 41 countries, setting another world record. Last but not least, Sorry, second single taken from the album, is now spending its seventh week at number one on the Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart in the U.S.A. If that was not enough, the single is also number one for the third week in a row on the European TOP 100 sales chart. You go girl! (source: Madonna.com)

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