Madonna news - Sep. 2006


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29 September - Interview with Donna Delory
There's a new interview with longtime backup singer Donna Delory on ConfessionsTour.com:

You’re now on the road with Madonna for 4 months and every night, you’re all smiles and are looking gorgeous. How do you make it happen?
Well thank you for the gorgeous part!!! I take care of myself on the road. I am also so happy to be out here performing. I have been doing this touring stuff for a while so I have really learned to pace myself. The energy is always there on stage because we are getting so much from the audience.

You are now working with Madonna for such a long time. Was it your goal when you first joined her on the Who’s That Girl World Tour, back in 1987?
I was so happy to get the job to sing and dance with Madonna on the 1987 world tour! I didn’t think about how long I would work with her. It is pretty amazing when I think about it now. My dream was to sing and travel around the world, to have a successful career and develop as an artist.

You are now a happy mother, just like Madonna. Did it change anything in your relationship with her? Do the both of you spend time sharing advises on motherhood?
I think that we can relate to each other more now both being mothers. I feel an understanding there always. I have gotten some great advise from her because she had her children before I had my little girl. It helps to work for someone who has that understanding and compassion of the joys and challenges of touring with a family.

20 years ago, your were hired as back-up singer but you quickly started to take part in dance routines. How did it happen? Did you take dance lessons?
Madonna actually had me dance as well as sing at my audition in 1987 in Los Angeles. She knew that she wanted to have the singers dance a bit. I think once she worked with me and really knew I could dance and had studied many different styles, then she used me more in the following shows to sing and dance alongside her.
Continue reading this interview @ ConfessionsTour.com


29 September - Madonna is highest earning female
Madonna's pay-packet, Janet Jackson's malfunctioning wardrobe, Hillary Clinton's memoirs and Sigourney Weaver's height all have one thing in common -- they're world record breakers.
Veteran pop singer Madonna supplants younger rival Britney Spears in the latest edition of Guinness World Records, winning the title of highest annual earnings by a female singer after she took home an estimated $50 million in 2004.

Despite the relentless media coverage of her personal life, Spears is also unseated by another 40-something as the world's most searched-for person and most searched-for news item on the Internet.
She loses those top spots to pop diva Janet Jackson who also gets credit for the largest ever fine imposed on a broadcaster after one of her breasts was exposed live on air. (source: Reuters)


28 September - Madonna concerts break audience record in Prague
Both Madonna concerts broke Sazka Arena's audience record; 17,798 viewers watched the first concert and as many as 18,628 viewers saw the second one. The largest audience in Sazka Arena before the Madonna performances had visited some of the matches of the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2004, watched by 17,360 viewers.

The Arena capacity depends on the size and the layout of the stage, which has an effect on the number of sectors and the number of standing places on the ground floor. The stage used by Madonna enabled the organisers to sell tickets for more sectors than the stages used during other concerts. The audience records set by Madonna could probably only be broken during events with the stage in the middle of the ground floor. This would allow using the sectors normally located behind the stage and therefore unavailable to the audience. The total capacity could thus reach up to 20,000 viewers.

As far as other musical events than the Madonna concerts are concerned, Depeche Mode and Queen have attracted the largest audiences (16,023 viewers and 15,783 viewers respectively). Other most visited events have been the basketball tournament Final Four (17,210 viewers for the finals; 16,805 viewers for the semi-finals) and the Extraliga (top Czech ice hockey league) finals between HC Slavia and HC Sparta (16,182 viewers). (Press release @ SazkaArena.cz)


28 September - Belgian info on Jump release schedule
MadonnaNed has got information from Warner Belgium regarding Madonna's next single release. Jump was released to Belgian radio yesterday and the single will be in stores on Friday, November 3rd. The tracklist is confirmed to be the one posted two weeks ago. Belgian radio Donna is promoting the single by making it the Smaakmaker (taste of the week) starting next Saturday!


25 September - Madge's way of saying thank Q
Slinky Madonna goes for an amazing red-tro look in new photos to celebrate a milestone in rock.
The main shot appears on one of 20 different covers to mark Q Magazine's 20th anniversary.
And the singer looked a million dollars in the stunning 80s-style dress and a huge matching cocktail ring.

In the magazine, Madonna tells how her horse-riding accident last year, in which she broke her collarbone, ribs and hand, changed her whole outlook.
She says: "It was a wake-up call to appreciate my life, to be more grateful for what I have. It reaffirms my continued aspirations to learn and do as much as I can while on this earth."
The 48-year-old, who first appeared on the cover of Q in June 1991, also reveals how the births of her children, Lourdes, nine, and six-year-old Rocco were the high points of her life.
But the lows, she adds, were "watching many friends die from Aids". Madonna also touches on other lighter issues, such as her hair - and particularly her worst-ever style.

She says: "It was when I made an attempt to do the Princess Leia buns. But she had hair extensions. Not fair."
And despite her sometimes controversial past, she owns up to a rather low-key favourite vice... double espresso.
Other stars who will appear on Q's 20 different covers include Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Noel Gallagher, Britney Spears, Beyonce and U2. The anniversary edition is out on September 30. (source: The Mirror)


25 September - Madonna to adopt African twins?
Superstar Madonna and director husband Guy Ritchie are reportedly planning to adopt twins from an African orphanage. The couple are set to fly to poverty-stricken Malawi, south east Africa, to meet the president Bingu Wa Mutharika and finalise legal details with adoption lawyers. The pair already have two children - a son together, six-year-old Rocco and Madonna has daughter, 10-year-old Lourdes from a previous relationship.

An insider tells British newspaper The People, "Originally Madonna and Guy planned to adopt only one child. "But when they were told that might mean breaking up a family unit they immediately said they would take siblings or twins if that was the right thing to do. "They want the children to be as young as possible but are prepared to take kids up to the age of four. "And they are also willing to consider a child with special needs arising from being abandoned in an orphanage." (source: ContactMusic)


24 September - Madonna confesses to a million
More than 1 million people paid to see Madonna's Confessions tour, which closed at Tokyo Dome September 21.
Arthur Fogel from promoter Live Nation's The Next Adventure, which promotes the seemingly ageless diva worldwide, told Pollstar 1,165,000 punters paid US$193.7 million to see the 60-date run.
John Giddings from London-based Solo, who arranges and coordinates the European legs of Madonna tours, said the 22-date, sold-out run she started at Cardiff Millennium Stadium July 31 drew more than 500,000 people.

The European leg wrapped at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium September 12 - the biggest show ever staged in Russia - and pulled 50,000 people.
Like any Madonna tour, and almost anything else she does, the European dates were shadowed by controversy as various church leaders threw up their arms in protest over the mock "crucifixion" scene that's part of her live show.
But complaints from The Vatican, German Lutherans and the Russian Orthodox Church, whose leaders tore up and set fire to Madonna posters in the street, had zero impact outside the media. In fact, her fans reportedly saved a particularly warm response for that part of her performance.

In Moscow particularly, Tim Dowdall from Live Nation's Budapest office had problems with the press.
What he described as "a litany of rumours and accusations" were fueled by the national and local papers - which spread as far as the U.K.'s The Sun - and included a report that said the show wouldn't happen because a clairvoyant told Madonna she'd die if it did.

Even some journalists who said it would happen still had a down on the event, saying she'd mime, the production would be a disaster or - even more dramatically - Russian police would beat up the audience.
Some of the scare stories were a result of the show having to be switched from Vorobyovy Gory, an open-air site overlooking Moscow State University, because the local authorities feared 250,000 people would turn up.

Not only did the show happen, but Dowdall said the production ran as smoothly as any he's worked on. He was quick to praise the cooperation from local police and the "immense help" from Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov.
Fogel was also happy the final European show had gone "really well," and described the whole tour as "a tremendous success on all levels." (source: Pollstar)


24 September - Madonna's new hairdo was a wig
The platinum blonde bob was hailed as the latest, sleek image from pop's queen of reinvention. Yet in reality, 48-year-old Madonna was simply wearing a wig.
Madonna fooled fans and pundits around the world when she sported the startling new look at a photography exhibition in Tokyo on Tuesday.
But despite reports of a £750 haircut, her new look turned out to be down to a hairpiece created for the filming of her next pop video.

Madonna revealed the truth the next night, when she took to the stage of the Tokyo Dome to perform her Confessions tour with her hair in its more familiar curly style. And she played up the joke when she wore the platinum wig for the last part of her set.
It is understood that the wig was created by Madonna's Beverly Hills hairdresser Andy LeCompte, who has been with her throughout her gruelling 60-date, four-month world tour.

The tour, which ended on Thursday, has reportedly made £110million, but - being Madonna - it wasn't without its controversy. The Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church both complained after she sang Live To Tell while wearing a crown of thorns and attached to a 20ft mirrored cross.
But she claimed: "It is no different than a person wearing a cross.
"I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing." (source: Daily Mail)
~ The press is last to find out, as usual. ;-)


21 September - Madonna releases statement explaining crucifixion scene from Confessions Tour
As Madonna's Confessions Tour comes to an end in Japan this week, the artist has released a statement regarding the much talked about Crucifixion scene.

Madonna performing Live To Tell on the crucifix"I am very grateful that my show was so well received all over the world. But there seems to be many misinterpretations about my appearance on the cross and I wanted to explain it myself once and for all.

"There is a segment in my show where three of my dancers 'confess' or share harrowing experiences from their childhood that they ultimately overcame. My 'confession' follows and takes place on a Crucifix that I ultimately come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different than a person wearing a Cross or 'Taking Up the Cross' as it says in the Bible. My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous. Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole. I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing.

"My specific intent is to bring attention to the millions of children in Africa who are dying every day, and are living without care, without medicine and without hope. I am asking people to open their hearts and minds to get involved in whatever way they can. The song ends with a quote from the Bible's Book of Matthew:

"'For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me and God replied, "Whatever you did for the least of my brothers... you did it to me."'

"Please do not pass judgment without seeing my show."

Madonna's "Confessions Tour - Live From London" is scheduled to air on NBC this November. NBC has not confirmed whether they will include this portion of the show in their broadcast.

The artist is scheduled to come to New York at the end of October to promote her new children's book "The English Roses - Too Good To Be True" and has also announced her plans for a trip to Malawi for several weeks in November to participate in the building of an orphanage and care center for the children of that country (www.raisingmalawi.com). (source: Warner Bros. Records via Yahoo)


21 September - Confessions Tour comes to an end
Live To TellAfter exactly 4 months on the road, Madonna gave her 60th and last show of the Confessions Tour earlier today in Tokyo, making it to be her longest tour ever. She's putting away her dancing shoes for awhile, but now we can take the time to think back at the amazing moments of the show. Who could forget the dazzling opener Future Lovers, the sexy Like A Virgin, the controversial, but truly gorgeous Live To Tell, the energetic Sorry, I Love New York & Ray Of Light, where Madonna showed off her improved guitar skills with an attitude, the vulnerable Drowned World, the hedonistic Music Inferno or the brillant mix of Lucky Star / Hung Up as the perfect encore... Knowing Madonna, next time she'll do a totally different tour, but this one will always have a special place inside us. Be sure to re-live memories with our Rome & Paris reviews and check out all the press reviews and the picture galleries!
~ Thank you, Madonna for the experience and all the inspiration you gave us!


20 September - Madonna's Confessions Tour sets record
Madonna will wrap her Confessions tour tomorrow (Sept. 21) at the Tokyo Dome as the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist. Although final numbers are not all in, tour producer Arthur Fogel puts the tally at $193.7 million from 60 shows that drew nearly 1.2 million in paid attendance.
That gross narrowly puts Madonna over Cher's benchmark of $192.5 million. However, it took Cher an endurance-testing 273 shows between June 2002 and April 2005 to reach that mark on her marathon Farewell tour.

Madonna's Confessions tour followed the same model of the $125 million-grossing Re-Invention tour in 2004 and the $75 million-grossing Drowned World tour in 2001.
Rather than visit 100 global markets a la mega acts like the Rolling Stones and U2, Madonna opted to play multiple nights in a limited number of major international locales. The strategy has led to a staggering $400 million in ticket sales in just six years. (source: Billboard)


20 September - Madonna pays a few bob for new blonde look
From strawberry blonde and permed, to Gothic black and straight, there are not many hairstyles that Madonna hasn't tried. Now, with a dramatic new platinum blonde bob, the 48-year-old singer has undergone yet another reinvention. While the shade is reminiscent of her 1990s Material Girl heyday, the blunt-edge cut is different to anything she has ever previously had,

Madonna in platinum blond Costing a cool £750, it is, however, a little more pricey than the average cut n' blow-dry. "Madonna wanted to do something spectacular to mark turning 48 last month," said a source close to the star. "There is no way she is going to grow old gracefully. The cut had been planned for quite a while and was by no means a spontaneous decision. Madonna knows she is in as good a shape as ever and facially barely looks a day older than she did when she first started out. As a result she wasn't in the least daunted by the prospect of returning to a hair colour that she first had nearly 15 years ago. It's not the most forgiving of shades, but Madonna looks great - and she is delighted with the end result."

The performer, who is on the final leg of her Confessions world tour, showed off her new look at the X-Static Process photography exhibition at the Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo yesterday. Celebrity hairdresser Andy LeCompte is thought to be the man behind the edgy style. The Beverly Hills-based crimper has been accompanying Madonna throughout her gruelling world tour, washing and styling her hair before each and every stage performance.

Wearing a black satin zip-up jacket and scarlett red lipstick, the mother-of-two teamed her platinum locks with a heavy lashing of dark eye make-up. While it is not known just who, or what, the inspiration behind Madonna's latest haircut is, intriguingly it is remarkably similar to the bob recently revealed by Victoria Beckham.

Of course, ardent Madonna fans have grown accustomed to their idol's many changes of hairstyle. Naturally auburn, she sported a zebra-like blonde and dark crop in 1984 when she released her first single Like A Virgin. Five years later she returned to her roots once again for her controversial Like A Prayer video, in which she staged a mock crucifixion. After that she was a bottle blonde for nearly ten years, with hues ranging from ice-white to bohemian-inspired strawberry tones. For her Ray Of Light album, she dyed her tresses a vivid jet black colour, as she first began dabbling with the Kabbalah faith. But in 2000, with the release of the album Music, she returned to long blonde curls. Her most recent hairstyle has been a 1970's, Farrah Fawcett-esque feathered number. (source: Daily Mail)


20 September - Three nominations at EMA
MTV has announced the nominations for the 2006 Europe Music Awards. Madonna is nominated in the categories 'Best Female', 'Best Pop' and 'Best Album'. You can start voting now. The ceremony will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 2nd and will be hosted by Justin Timberlake. It's not yet known whether Madonna will attend the show.

Best Female
Beyoncé
Christina Aguilera
Madonna
Nelly Furtado
Shakira

Best Pop
Christina Aguilera
Justin Timberlake
Madonna
Robbie Williams
Shakira

Best Album
Christina Aguilera - 'Back To Basics'
Madonna - 'Confessions On A Dance Floor'
Muse - 'Black Holes And Revelations'
Nelly Furtado - 'Loose'
Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Stadium Arcadium'


20 September - NBC TV undecided about Madonna mock crucifixion
The NBC television network is still making up its mind about whether it will allow pop star Madonna to stage a mock crucifixion on its airwaves as part of her upcoming prime-time concert special.
The 48-year-old entertainer has made the crucifixion stunt, in which she performs while suspended on a giant cross wearing a crown of thorns, a centerpiece of her global Confessions tour.

Her stage act drew storms of protest from the Roman Catholic Church and Russian Orthodox Church during recent performances in Rome and Moscow, with church leaders condemning the mock crucifixion as blasphemy.
But executives at NBC, owned by the General Electric Co. will wait for makers of her concert special to submit the production for review before deciding whether to allow the mock crucifixion to air.

"We're awaiting the delivery of it, and once we've seen it in its entirety, we'll make a decision," an NBC spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday. The program is slated to air in November, but no specific date has been set.
Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary, had no comment on the issue, according to an assistant in his office.

In July, when the network first unveiled plans for the Madonna concert special, NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly gave mixed signals about how much artistic freedom Madonna would be given. The mock crucifixion was known then to be a central part of her stage act.
"She's not revising her act," he told a gathering of TV critics at the time. "We've discussed what content will be in and what is out, and we've come to a healthy place that represents her show but is appropriate for television."

He later added: "She's going to do her show, and we'll decide which numbers are in the special and which are not. And that's whole numbers. We're not going to make piece-meal edits." (source: Reuters)


20 September - Madonna goes platinum blond in Japan
Madonna in platinum blondShe's no stranger to dramatic image changes, but pop icon Madonna still turned heads in Tokyo yesterday. The 48-year-old singer appears to have copied Victoria Beckham's new look with a platinum blonde bob. And she looked fantastic as she showed off the new hairstyle for the cameras. Madonna was spotted as she left the Japanese capital's Louis Vuitton store. She is in the Far East for the latest dates on her Confessions world tour which visited Britain last month. But the evergreen star also took time out to film her new video in the city for her next single, Jump. (source: Daily Record)


16 September - Madonna.com confirms History as B-Side
Madonna.com is happy to confirm that Madonna is releasing a never before heard song called History as the B Side to the next single, Jump! Speaking of Jump, Madonna is taking time out of her busy schedule in Japan to shoot a brand new video. Check Madonna.com news for more information!

The following tracklist of the Jump Maxi-CD Single appeared on various fansites:
1 - Jump (Radio Edit) 3:22
2 - Jump (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) 7:47
3 - Jump (Axwell Remix) 6:38
4 - Jump (Junior Sanchez Misshapes Mix) 6:49
5 - Jump (Extended Album Version) 5:09
6 - History (Unreleased Track) 6:54

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