Madonna news - April 2006


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14 April - Artists raise money for musical instruments after hurricanes
More than one hundred musical artists including Madonna, Celine Dion, Elton John, INXS. Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Staind, Ozomatli and more, have joined on to participate in online ticket auctions to raise funds to replace musical instruments and equipment destroyed during the Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The performing artists have donated tickets to their concerts for Music Rising online auctions through Ticketmaster.

Music fans may bid for tickets to top summer concert events all across the country with net proceeds going to Music Rising. More than 65 auctions are currently underway and additional auctions are launching each weekend during the month of April through this first-ever alliance between four of the nation's largest concert promoters, Live Nation, House of Blues, AEG Live, and Nederlander Concerts, along with participating artists, Ticketmaster and Gibson Guitar.

The majority of Music Rising Auctions include four (4) premium location tickets for venues with reserved seating (general admission tickets for general admission events) and one Epiphone guitar, which for most auctions will be autographed by one or more of the show's performers. Gibson Guitar, a founding partner of Music Rising, is providing the Epiphone guitars included in the auctions.

Music Rising Auctions launched April 1, 2006 and the first series closes this week. Among some of the current and upcoming Music Rising Auctions (with new auctions to be announced each week in April) include Madonna's concert at Madison Square Garden, New York City. (source: PR Newswire)


13 April - Rome sales date revealed
Tickets for Madonna's August 6th Confessions Tour show in Rome will go on sale via www.ticketone.it on Thursday, April 20th 9 am CET. Fanclub presale will happen on Tuesday, April 18th 9 am CET on www.iconmadonna.com.
~ Also, it seems that sales for the August 20th Dusseldorf show will happen with the Hannover show, on Friday April 28th.


13 April - Coachella Festival to be broadcasted online
The AT&T blue room will be bringing you hours of free uninterrupted live streaming coverage from Coachella. The webcast will feature live performances from your favorite Coachella artists as well as exclusive live performance footage that will be available on the blue room after the show. Stay tuned for all of this plus more starting on April 29th, 2006 and for updates on the webcast schedule sign up for the AT&T blue room newsletter at http://blueroom.att.com/newsletter/index.php.

Coachella is one of the most innovative forward thinking music and arts festivals in America. Every year some of the world's finest talent converges in Indio, California for two incredible days of music, art and fun. Every year the line-up for Coachella is more and more impressive and this year’s live webcast on the blue room will no doubt be one of the most exciting online events of the year. For more information on festival artist line-ups visit www.coachella.com. (source: AT&T Blue Room)
~ Madonna is performing at Coachella Festival on Sunday, April 30th in the dance tent. She's rumoured to have a 45 minute long setlist.


12 April - Madonna marriage may have had bumpy period
Madonna and Guy Ritchie have retreated to Los Angeles where they are patching things up after a bumpy period in their marriage, her father-in-law says in a magazine interview released Tuesday.
"L.A. seems to have helped them. It's easier out there because there is less pressure. They seem to have left the bumps they were having over here behind them," John Ritchie was quoted as saying in an interview with Closer magazine.

"You can never know that things will work, but they do seem to be fitting into each other more," he was quoted as saying.
"They have put everything behind them and have gone to L.A. to enjoy themselves. They're able to go home at night and be together. They both want to see the children. They are going to have a good time out there and be a family."

Reports of a rift in the marriage circulated recently, especially after Madonna didn't include her film director husband in her thank yous after winning a Brit Award in February.
The couple have a son, Rocco, 5, and the singer also has a daughter, Lourdes, 9.
"It's the children that will keep them together. The children are everything to them," John Ritchie told the magazine. (source: Yahoo)


12 April - Semtex-maker Explosia not to sue Madonna
The Czech company Explosia from Pardubice, which was considering suing US pop star Madonna for having used the name of the company's product Semtex, will not bring a lawsuit in this case, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes in its local supplement today.
In January, Madonna established her company Semtex Girls Ltd. in London, where she lives. She used the name of an ill-fame explosive for which Explosia holds trademark.
However, Explosia lawyers decided that a lawsuit should not be raised in this case.

The paper says that the Explosia management puts the trademark at CZK 130 million, but that in this case Madonna only wants to draw the public attention.
"The Semtex trademark is very well known from the media. We consider the company's name just a commercial trick and an attempt to shock people," Ladislav Lehky from Explosia's research institute said.
Madonna has so far kept her business plans secret, but the addressed lawyers said that she would most probably not deal with explosives production.

If she did, Explosia's lawyers could demand a financial compensation from her.
The paper writes, referring to the lawyers' opinions that Madonna probably intends to promote her tour round Europe and that her company will work in showbusiness.
Explosia holds this trademark practically for all fields, but not for showbusiness.
"We would have to prove that Madonna damaged our trademark, which would cost a lot of money," Lehky noted.

Explosia succeeded in another dispute about this trademark in the 1990s when the Czech company Pinelli launched energy drink Semtex and had to pay for the trademark retroactively.
Madonna's representatives have not participated in any negotiations over the trademark in the Czech Republic.
Madonna has not revealed details about her company as yet. She has only explained the meaning of "Semtex Girl."

"The Semtex Girl is a girl who is dynamic, a girl who explodes, who doesn't know the meaning of nine to five, a girl who is unstoppable and who doesn't take no for an answer. And has excellent taste," she said on www.contactmusic.com sometime ago.
In any case, Explosia, which has almost not manufactured Semtex any longer, has got into the limelight in connection with Madonna's activities. (source: Prague Monitor)


12 April - Madonna tour tickets 'snapped up'
Fans of Madonna have snapped up almost all tickets for her forthcoming world tour, despite extra shows added in several cities, reports say.
The tour, which starts on 21 May, is full in several venues, including seven shows at London's Wembley Arena, according to US magazine Billboard.

Other sold-out shows in her tour include dates in Paris, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose and Montreal.
The Confessions on a Dancefloor tour is named after Madonna's number one album.
The album topped the charts on its debut in 29 countries and spawned two number one singles in the UK.

In 2004, her Re-Invention tour grossed $125m (£71.7m) and drew more than 900,000 fans to 56 shows.
The singer sold out 55 of the shows, making about $2.23m (£1.28m) a night, Billboard reported.
So far, Madonna has announced 40 shows in 21 venues across the US, Canada and Europe, in her latest tour, with many already sold out.

Fans who have missed out on tickets can bid for the best seats at selected shows in the US.
They are being officially sold by auction over the next seven days, with bids for her opening Los Angeles date reaching $1,060 (£608) for a pair after less than a day on sale. (source: BBC)


11 April - Ticket Trade Forum
No luck on the ticket sales? Still searching for one or more tickets? Or got some spare tickets to sell or trade?
Mad-Eyes introduces the Ticket Trade Forum, where you can post your ad to buy, sell or trade tickets with other fans.

Please respect each other - messages containing outrageous prices will be removed immediately.


11 April - Fifth New York date added!
Faster than a ray of light, Madonna sold out every ticket - even those going for $400 a pop - to her initial run of shows at Madison Square Garden for her upcoming Confessions tour.
Ten minutes after they went on sale yesterday morning, all seats were gone for the first two announced New York dates, June 28 and 29.

A short time later, the promoter announced two more dates, July 2 and 3, and those sold out by early afternoon.
A fifth show has just been added for July 18. Tickets for that date go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

The 47-year-old material mom also quickly sold out all seven shows at London's Wembley Arena, four concerts in Paris, plus all dates in Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal and Chicago.
Fans who've been shut out shouldn't give up. It's common for seats held for various production and promotion purposes to be released for sale closer to the concert dates.

Madonna's dance-oriented Confessions show opens at Los Angeles' The Forum on May 21. (source: New York Daily News)
~ The 5th show in New York is not posted on Ticketmaster yet.


11 April - Confessions Tour the top-grossing tour ever for a female artist?
Initial ticket sales for Madonnna's upcoming Confessions tour have been predictably huge, with shows added in several cities and virtually all dates selling out.
The tour, which begins May 21 in Los Angeles, has sold out four shows in Paris at Bercy Stadium beginning Aug. 27, seven shows at London's Wembley Arena beginning Aug. 1, two shows at the 40,000-capacity Amsterdam Arena beginning Sept. 3, and four shows in New York's Madison Square Garden beginning June 28, as well as doubles in Los Angeles, Montreal, Miami and Chicago.

Also sold out are Las Vegas (May 27), Philadelphia (July 12), Hartford, Conn. (June 25), Phoenix (June 8) and San Jose (May 30).
Tour producer Arthur Fogel, president of TNA International, tells Billboard.com there has clearly been no resistance to ticket prices that range from $50 to $350. "What you have is a recognition that she creates and delivers a spectacular show every time she goes on the road," says Fogel. "And this tour will be no different."

With a gross potential in the $200 million range, Confessions could be the top-grossing tour ever for a female artist. In 2004, Madonna's Re-Invention tour grossed $125 million and drew more than 900,000 fans to 56 shows. (source: Billboard)


10 April - Hannover sales date announced
German sponsor of Confessions Tour, NDR2 announces that the sales for Madonna's August 22th show in Hannover are happening on April 28th.


10 April - Brazilian fans ask Madonna not to hesitate
Australian fans are not the only ones petitioning to get the Confessions Tour to their country. Brazilian fans, who have also been very supportive to Madonna, are hoping to get the chance to see her live on tour this summer. There have been some rumours about a concert at the Copa Cabana beach, although that seems highly unlikely. Our friends from the Brazilian fansite Madonna Online have made a very cool website, which asks fans to sign the petition. It's really worth visiting, so take a minute to sign up: www.madonnanobrasil.com.br.


10 April - New dates for Phoenix and Chicago announced!
Madonna's Confessions Tour continues its spectacular sales streak with a total of 7 sold out performances at London's Wembley Arena over the weekend. This followed the exceptional sales last Friday in Paris where 4 Bercy performances sold out in one day and in Chicago where 2 shows sold out and a 3rd was immediately announced for on-sale later this week. Over the weekend, the sales pace continued with second shows announced and on sale in Amsterdam, Fresno, Montreal and Los Angeles.

This morning, the 2 New York performances June 28th and 29th sold out leading to the announcement of a 3rd Madison Square Garden performance on July 2nd. This too quickly sold out and a 4th show July 3rd is also now sold out!
In Phoenix, the June 8th performance was a complete sell-out. Due to overwhelming demand a 2nd show has now been confirmed for Saturday, June 10th.

Tickets for the June 10th show at Glendale Arena, go on sale Next Monday, April 17th at 10a.m.
Tickets will be $355.05, $170.05, $100.05 and $60.05 and are limited to 6 tickets per person.

Tickets available at www.livenation.com, the Glendale Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge call 480-784-4444 (Phoenix Metro Area) or 520.321.1000 (Outside Phoenix Area). All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, and service and handling charges. For more show information, check out www.livenation.com. (source: Glendale Arena News)

June 10 Phoenix (Glendale Arena - On Sale April 17)
June 18 Chicago (United Center - On Sale April 13)
~ The article also mentions all the sold out shows, check them out on our Confessions Tour details page!


10 April - Madonna tickets proving hard to come across
High-ticket prices are not stopping Madonna fans from trying to secure seating for Madge's Confessions tour this summer.
At latest check the Chicago, Las Vegas, Montreal, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and unfortunately Miami were sold out, with just a smattering of nosebleed seats still available.

Madonna fans in New York are handing over up to $384.50 a ticket for her June shows at Madison Square Garden.
At 10 am Monday morning other fans globally were also shelling out big bucks for tickets. However after just a couple of minutes it soon became clear that seeing the "Material Mom" krump (an underground urban dance) on stage was not going to be easy.

The only show that does not seem to have a flurry of fans buying tickets is in Fresno, California.
In 2004 her Re-Invention tour - the concert tour of the year - raked in $125 million. (source: All Headline News)


10 April - US sales update
Confessions Tour tickets for New York City's Madison Square Garden went on sale at 9 am local time and the two shows sold out in about twenty minutes. A new date for July 2nd was added on Ticketmaster!
A date for July 3rd is added too on Ticketmaster.
July 23rd added for Miami, Florida 15 minutes after July 22nd went on sale.
July 9th added for Boston, Massachusetts.
Tickets for Hartford, Connecticut; Atlantic City, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are on sale too.
The remaining US dates of Phoenix, Arizona and San Jose, California went on sale at 10 am pacific time. The dates of Miami and New York City seem to be sold out.
First dates of Phoenix and San Jose sold out in less than 20 minutes.


10 April - Guitar lessons to play Sound of Music
Pop superstar Madonna took guitar lessons so she could play The Sound Of Music to her children Lourdes and Rocco. The Material Girl visited London guitar teacher Bobby Tider three times a week for four months in 2001, and was soon out-strumming her film-maker husband Guy Ritchie. Tider says, "I got a call from Guy. I didn't know who he was, just some rich dude. I used to go to his flat and I was sitting there one day when Madonna came in.

She asked me to give her lessons too. "Because I had been charging Guy GBP30-per-hour I had to charge Madonna the same - she was used to paying GBP60. "I taught Madonna the scales. She wanted to learn The Sound Of Music for her kids. She also wanted to play early David Bowie songs. "She was very good and worked very hard. You have to put in the hours. Guy was slow but Madonna was a good pupil." (source: ContactMusic)


10 April - Docu DVD released on June 6?
According to online store Amazon, the DVD for Madonna tour documentary I'm Going To Tell You A Secret will be released on June 6th, 2006 (Region 1 US, Canada). The Mad-Eyes team tried to verify this info with Madonna's management, but they refused comment.
Concerning the live DVD for the Re-Invention tour, there is no release date known yet, but because of contractual agreements it can only be released after the documentary DVD.


10 April - Madonna is Warner's Queen
CEO Edgar Bronfman's effort to adapt a storied label for the digital age could provide a blueprint for the salvation of the recording industry - and of the reputation of one of America's most intriguing moguls.
The lights were dim. Scented white candles guttered and glowed, arrayed around a towering arrangement of white flowers that were themselves encircled by chairs draped in white linens. Madonna was in the house.

The house in this instance was a conference room at the New York headquarters of Warner Music Group last June, and despite the efforts to set the mood, the vibe was anything but relaxed. CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. and a handful of top Warner executives had gathered to hear Madonna's as-yet-unreleased album, Confessions on a Dance Floor.

Bronfman was particularly edgy; Madonna's last record had bombed, and the onetime undisputed diva, now 47 years old, seemed perilously poised between one last shot at clawing back into the limelight or sliding further into faded stardom - and, more to the point for Warner, commercial oblivion. Yet as he listened, Bronfman was relieved, then thrilled. Track after track sounded like classic Madonna, the kind of music that had made her a global superstar, selling roughly 200 million albums for Warner over her career. When the CD ended, Bronfman stood up, turned to Madonna, and said, "You are our queen."

The moment was more than the beginning of one pop luminary's comeback. It may ultimately be looked back on as the moment when the recording industry, so baffled for so long by all things digital, started to get its own act together. With Confessions, Bronfman and his lieutenants put an entirely new way of selling music to the test. It involved not just traditional marketing - most notably a campaign with Motorola to promote the Rokr phone - but also a string of digital firsts. Warner teamed up with France Telecom and other carriers to release a ringtone of the single Hung Up a month before the song was released.

The impact was swift: In France, for instance, so many fans downloaded the 20-second tune to their phones that DJs, unable to get their hands on the CD itself, began broadcasting the ringtone on radio. The ringtone release also helped draw in a younger audience. Then, instead of releasing the entire album at once, Warner let France Telecom's Internet customers and iTunes users download the single if they preordered the album. It also sold the single along with a video and, with the official release of the album last November, offered a digital dance-mix version in which all the tracks blend together.

The upshot? All variations of Madonna's release jumped to the top of the charts--in the physical world as well as the digital. Remarkably, this happened as Confessions got less than half as much radio play as releases from other top artists, according to Warner research. Even more encouraging for Warner was that many fans paid $3 extra to download the video from iTunes along with the album. Now, just four months after its release, Confessions has sold more than 7 million CDs worldwide, generating by analysts' estimates roughly $100 million for Warner--and that doesn't include the tens of millions in additional revenues from digital downloads. (source: CNN, thx to MIR)


10 April - Madonna owes Australia
Music guru Molly Meldrum says superstar Madonna owes her Australian fans a tour.
Meldrum, who helped Madonna achieve her first No.1 hit in Australia, revealed he had worked hard to have Australia on her tour schedule.
Madonna's world tour dates, announced last week, do not include Australia.
Her Confessions tour will open this month in California and end in Europe in September.

Meldrum, a friend of Madonna, said yesterday Australians should be recognised for their loyalty to the star.
"Australia has been without doubt, without question, one of the strongest markets of her career," he said. "Even when Madonna was having what you might term a slump, Australia was still there with support, support, support.
"Australia deserves this tour. It deserves to see the hits - hits we helped make - performed in the true sense."
Meldrum met Madonna in Japan recently and pressed the tour issue.

He suggested she tour this summer to allow for a break with her family.
"She thought it was a great idea and I hope she follows through on it," Meldrum said.
Madonna has done seven world tours, but only the 1993 Girlie Show came to Australia.
Frontier Touring boss Michael Gudinski said Madonna would perform in Japan in July but it was unlikely she would add any Australian shows to her already hectic schedule.

"Seriously, in our winter, the cost and time it takes to get everything here makes it virtually impossible," he said.
But he promised to fight for a tour. "It's a matter of holding tight and hoping she enjoys the first dates enough to consider a second run."

Madonna had her first No.1 hit here with Holiday – and it was Meldrum who made it happen. When he interviewed the then-unknown singer in 1983, Meldrum told her Holiday was a hit to happen.
She asked how long he needed to make it No.1. Meldrum, then Countdown host, said five weeks. It took two. (source: Herald Sun)


09 April - Three days of succesful sales so far
As expected, the tickets for the Confessions Tour are selling like crazy. The Mad-Eyes team went ticket hunting in France on Thursday. The first two concerts in Bercy sold out in about 15 minutes. A third show was announced for August 30th, which sold out soon after. In the afternoon a 4th and final date for August 31th was added and had the same faith. The first 68.000 tickets sold out.

On Friday there was a crazy sale for London, Wembley. After the shows of August 1st and 3rd sold out, there were shows added consequently for the 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 15th. No word on other venues. Apparently the rumours on Manchester, Barcelona and Madrid turned out false.
On the same day, the first US shows went on sale. Successfull sales led to an extra show in Fresno and in Chicago.

Saturday was when fans could try their chances for the show in the Amsterdam ArenA. Standing places sold out in the first few minutes, with the other categories following soon after. A second show was added for September 4th, which stands as the last European show so far.

Canadian fans went mad when two shows for Montreal (good for 30.000 tickets) sold out in only 30 minutes. The Las Vegas sold out soon quickly but didn't get a second date.
The opening show in LA will go on sale today at 10am (local time). Other US dates will go on sale tomorrow.


08 April - Madonna concerts sell out in 10 minutes!
Tickets for Madonna's UK leg of her Confessions Tour sold out today in just 10 minutes. Fans snapped up every ticket for the first two Wembley Arena gigs as soon as the box office opened at 9am. A further four Wembley dates were swiftly added - and all had sold out by lunchtime. Now a seventh gig has been added for August 15. (source: Madonna.com)


07 April - To sing, Madonna needs a lot of notes
Madonna fans who'll shell out up to $384.50 a pop for her June shows at Madison Square Garden can at least take solace that the do-re-mi is going to a good cause: Madge's creature comforts on the road.
The tireless terpsichorean, who rehearsal spywitnesses say at 47 is in better shape than ever, will perform crowd-pleasing classics like Ray Of Light and Like A Virgin, and hits from her 1.4 million-selling Confessions on a Dance Floor. And she'll puddle-jump between 21 cities from L.A. to Amsterdam, in a private jet, natch.

Kids Lourdes, 9, and Rocco, 5, will be running around the world's finest hotels like Eloise at the Plaza, since the diva has insisted they and hubby Guy Ritchie and nannies need an entire floor wherever they go.
Every one of her dancers and band members down to the last maraca player will wear couture by Stella McCartney and Jean Paul Gaultier, with numerous costume changes. And she'll need those oxygen facials every day, along with a team of skin specialists in tow, our sources say.

The profits will also go to prophets: The Artist Occasionally Known as Esther has demanded 40 free tickets for rabbis and fellow kabbala-following pals at each venue, with 50 more for celebrity schnorrers, er, friends, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lindsay Lohan. She also wants 15 cases of Kabbalah water for every show, sources say.
But all this is just a drop in the bucket from what her shows are projected to earn. Her 2004 Re-Invention tour - the concert tour of the year - raked in $125 million. (source: NY Daily)


03 April - Ticket sale dates

 

Venue

Sale date

ICON presale US dates

May 21 Los Angeles Forum
May 27 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30 San Jose HP Pavilion

June 05 Fresno Save Mart Center
June 08 Phoenix Glendale Arena
June 14 Chicago United Center
June 21 Montreal Bell Centre
June 25 Hartford Civic Centre
June 28 New York Madison Square Garden
June 29 New York Madison Square Garden

July 06 Boston TD Bank Garden
July 12 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
July 16 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 22 Miami American Airlines Arena

Tue, April 04 09:00 am

Sun, April 09 10:00 am PDT
Sat, April 08 10:00 am PDT
Mon, April 10 10:00 am PDT

Fri, April 07 10:00 am PDT
Mon, April 10 10:00 am MST
Fri, April 07 10:00 am CDT
Sat, April 08 12:00 pm
Mon, April 10 10:00 am EDT
Mon, April 10 09:00 am EDT
Mon, April 10 09:00 am EDT

Mon, April 10 10:00 am EDT
Mon, April 10 10:00 am EDT
Mon, April 10 10:00 am EDT
Mon, April 10 10:00 am EDT

July 30 Cardiff Millenium Stadium
August 01 London Wembley Arena
August 24 Horsens (Denmark) Forum Horsens Outdoor
August 28-29 Paris Bercy
September 03 Amsterdam ArenA

Fri, April 21 09:00 am GMT
Fri, April 07 09:00 am GMT
Sat, April 22 09:30 am CET
Thu, April 06 09:00 am CET
Sat, April 08 10:00 am CET


03 April - Madonna Tour Dates Announced!
Madonna will be dancing and singing across the stages of the world this spring and summer, it was announced today. The Confessions Tour with concerts across major US cities, Canada, Europe and Japan will begin in Los Angeles on May 21st. Confessions tour dates were officially confirmed by Madonna managers Angela Becker and Guy Oseary, along with Arthur Fogel, President of The Next Adventure (a Live Nation Company), the tours worldwide promoter.

Tour stops in North America for the Confessions Tour will include arenas in Chicago, Boston, San Jose, Phoenix, Fresno, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Miami, Montreal and New York. Overseas appearances will take place in arenas, stadiums and outdoor venues in Paris, France; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Cardiff, Wales; Rome, Italy; Dusseldorf and Hannover Germany; Horsens, Denmark; Osaka and Tokyo Japan.

Confessions Tour The Confessions Tour will be directed by longtime Madonna collaborator Jamie King with Stuart Price once again on board as Musical Director. Arianne Phillips and Jean Paul Gaultier, long standing members of Madonna's creative team, will respectively oversee and design costumes for the tour.
Madonna's previous tour, the 2004 Re-Invention Tour was the most successful tour of that year, according to Billboard Magazine.

The Warner Bros. Records mega star, whose current CD Confessions on a Dance Floor debuted at No.1 in 29 countries, has already begun rehearsals in Los Angeles with her talented troupe of musicians and dancers. With a staggering 35 No. 1 hits on Billboard dance charts during the course of her unparalleled career, it's no surprise that Madonna issued the following mission statement regarding the Confessions Tour: I'm going to turn the world into one big dance floor, exhorted the Material Girl.

The multi-Grammy Award winning artist, songwriter, childrens book author, producer and video visionary with an unrivaled reputation for astonishing stage spectacles, has made musical history many times over including international record sales of over 200 million albums. A cultural innovator of astonishing diversity and enduring appeal, Madonna has defined our era with a sound, style and vision that has inspired countless artists and millions of fans around the globe. In the process, she has pioneered a new model of creative empowerment, overseeing a multi-faceted career that encompasses virtually every aspect of contemporary culture.

Existing Madonna Fan Club Icon Members will receive a special pre-sale opportunity prior to the public sales dates outlined below. Members can check www.madonna.com for complete details.

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MADONNA CONFESSIONS TOUR DATES

North America:
May 21 Los Angeles Forum
May 27 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30 San Jose HP Pavilion
June 5 Fresno Save Mart Center
June 8 Phoenix Glendale Arena
June 14 Chicago United Center
June 21 Montreal Bell Centre
June 25 Hartford Civic Centre
June 28 New York Madison Square Garden
June 29 New York Madison Square Garden
July 08 Boston TD Bank Garden
July 12 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
July 16 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 22 Miami American Airlines Arena

Europe:
July 30 Cardiff Millenium Stadium
Aug. 1 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 3 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 6 Rome Olympic Stadium
Aug. 20 Dusseldorf LTU Arena
Aug. 22 Hannover Niedersachsen
Aug. 24 Horsens (Denmark) Forum Horsens Outdoor
Aug. 27 Paris Bercy Stadium
Aug. 28 Paris Bercy Stadium
Sept. 3 Amsterdam Arena

Additional dates forthcoming
For Official Tour and Fan Club Information, visit: www.confessionstour.com
(source: Madonna.com)


02 April - Third single
There are many conflicting rumours about the third single from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor. Some say it will be Jump, others claim it will be Get Together. The website chartsingles.net has now posted a release date of May 29th for the single "Get Together/Jump". Does this mean it might be a double single, like Nothing Fails/Love Profusion? Hopefully we'll get some official information about this soon. (thx to Jack for the link)


02 April - Madonna wins at Greek awards
Mad-Eyes reader George informs us about Madonna's success in Greece: she has won two Arion Awards (considered as the Greek Grammies) for 'Best Selling International Album' (COADF) and 'Best Selling International Single' (Hung Up). That mans she has won in all the international categories; the other categories are all for Greek artists.

Confessions is a big success in Greece; it spend seven weeks at the top of the official international chart and is now still in the Top 5. It has already been certified 2x Platinum, which is quite extraordinary for an international album in Greece. Let's hope Madonna thanks her loyal Greek fans with a show in Athens!


01 April - Cardiff first European show? *rumour*
Fansite DrownedMadonna reports: "The European leg of the tour is expected to start at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff at the end of July. It should then be followed by shows at London Wembley Arena starting on August 1st."

~ Please bare in mind that this isn't confirmed yet. Earlier rumours suggested a stop at Murrayfield, Edinburgh at the end of July.


01 April - The Announcement
After an official announcement has been awaited for quite a while now, it is expected that Madonna's team will finally give details on the upcoming tour this next monday, april 3rd. Stay tuned!


01 April - Madonna and Studio 54 doorman featured in upcoming NYC Nightlife book
It was announced this week that Madonna will be recreating hedonistic scenes from the notorious New York nightclub, Studio 54, in a stage set for her upcoming tour.
This is not her first connection to the legendary discothèque. In 1983, Madonna performed at Studio 54 at a party for the Italian fashion house, Fiorucci. Surveying the dancefloor with budding actor David Alan Grier, Ms. Ciccone remarked: "You and me are going to be big stars, baby, and leave these other suckers in the dust."

This summer, in the midst of Madonna's tour, St. Martin's Press will release "Confessions from the Velvet Ropes: The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York's Top Club Doorman" by Glenn Belverio. Among the book's collection of wild and entertaining tales is the story of the night Madonna made a surprise DJ appearance at the exclusive NY hipster club, MisShapes.
"I was a bit uncomfortable referring to Madonna as 'Madonna'," says Onorato, the doorman to the red-hot club. "But I found out that night, to my relief, that her friends just refer to her as 'M'. I was raised Catholic so calling her Madonna just made me feel really guilty in that bad way, like when your mom catches you masturbating."

"Confessions from the Velvet Ropes" also features an exclusive interview with Studio 54's original - and elusive - guardian of the velvet ropes, Marc Benecke. In the book, Benecke debunks some of the famous club's most notorious myths. Did Benecke really deny Cher entrance to the club? Did a man really die when he tried to sneak into the club by sliding down an airshaft? Benecke sets the record straight on these eternal gossip tidbits and more.

"The synergistic spectacle of Madonna and Studio 54 is exactly what the culture needs right now," says Confessions author, Glenn Belverio. "Many of the kids who go out to clubs today are hungry for details about nightlife's history - and who better to give them a lesson in nightclubbing than Madonna?"
"Confessions from the Velvet Ropes" - which will be released on July 11th - features other moments from NY's club and fashion scenes, such as the night Adrien Brody's birthday party was bombarded with eggs by irate neighbors and the near-riots and threats of violence at a Kimora Lee Simmons' fashion show. (source: PR Web)


01 April - Hung Up inspires kids clothing
Aishti kidsAïshti, the most expensive store for kids fashion in Beirut, Lebanon was clearly inspired by Madonna's outfit in the Hung Up video. Check out this ad; thx to Tony for the scan.


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