15 December - Madonna on Billboard's year-end charts
Billboard has revealed their year-end charts tonight. Since the 'Billboard year' is from November to October, Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor ranks at #22 with sales of 1,53 million (additional sales after leaving the Billboard 200 are not counted). On the Hot Dance / Club Play songs, Sorry was named 6th, while Get Together came in at #9. Madonna has 3 entries on the Hot Dance Single Sales chart: Hung Up, Sorry & Get Together are #2, #4 and #6, respectively.
15 December - Confessions Tour DVD postponed a week?
Fansites are reporting that the Confessions Tour DVD (actually it's not clear if the release will be a CD/DVD exclusive) is now postponed to January 29th (Europe) / January 30th (US). Madonna's official site is expected to correct their previous release date announcement soon. A photo gallery and bonus rehearsal footage is reported to be included on the DVD.
14 December - Madonna second only to Rolling Stones among top grossing tours
The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang trek, which re-captured the top-grossing tour ever title from U2's Vertigo, was the top grossing tour of the year, according to numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore.
The Stones, which began the tour in the fall of 2005, sold out arenas in America, stadiums all over the world and then stadiums in America before calling it a year in late November with a tally of about $437 million.
That total is "not bad," longtime Stones tour producer Michael Cohl tells Billboard.com. "And not done, eh?," he continues. "There are still a lot of cancellations in Europe that the band feels obligated to try and make up. So I wouldn't be surprised if it keeps going next year."
Second to the Stones in 2006 was Madonna, whose global Confessions run became the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist. Confessions took in just under $195 million from 60 shows that drew more than 1.2 million in paid attendance.
Rounding out the top 10 tours were Bon Jovi ($131 million), U2 (wrapping up Vertigo tour with $96 million), Tim McGraw/Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul II tour ($88.8 million), Cirque du Soleil's Delirium ($78.5 million), Barbra Streisand ($76 million), Kenny Chesney ($66 million), Dave Matthews Band ($58 million) and Aerosmith ($58 million), with the latter touring for much of the year with Motley Crue. (source: Billboard)
13 December - Confessions Tour most popular, but Blond Ambition holds strong
For the past weeks, Mad-Eyes has held polls to find out the favorite opening and closing performance of Madonna fans. Though it is a bit logical that the new baby, still fresh in our memory, is the favorite, it is nice to see that the Confessions Tour get a third of the votes: 32% for opener Future Lovers and 33% for closer Hung Up. For the opening performance, Vogue (Re-Invention) claims a clear second place with 28%, followed by the classic Express Yourself performance (Blond Ambition). In the closing song poll the 1990 and 2004 tours even share a second place with 19% for Keep It Together and Holiday. Thumbs up for Madonna's two latest tours but certainly also for the Blond Ambition Tour, who clearly stands time best. Go to our new poll to vote for your favorite rock performance.
13 December - Madonna makes surprise appearance at Comedy Awards
Just a while ago Madonna.com announced Madonna's appearance at the British Comedy Awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross at 9 pm GMT. The show happened already with Madonna looking gorgeous. She presented The Writer's Guild Award to Sacha Baren Cohen (aka Ali G) for the movie Borat. Jonathan Ross also made a joke about her recent adoption of a black child so Madonna replied with: "You might be leaving tonight with a black eye!" Check Madonnalicious for the first screenshots.
07 December - Madonna gets three Grammy nominations
The nominees for the 49th Grammy Awards were announced today. The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on "Grammy Sunday," Feb. 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Madonna was nominated in the following categories:
1. Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)
Suffer Well - Depeche Mode
Ben Hillier, producer; Steve Fitzmaurice & Ben Hillier, mixers
Track from: Playing The Angel
Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
Goldfrapp, producers; Mark "Spike" Stent, mixer
Track from: Supernature
Get Together - Madonna
Madonna & Stuart Price, producers; Mark "Spike" Stent, mixer
Track from: Confessions On A Dance Floor
I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys
Trevor Horn, producer; Robert Orton, mixer
Track from: Fundamental
Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
Danja, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, mixer
2. Best Electronic/Dance Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)
Supernature - Goldfrapp
Confessions On A Dance Floor - Madonna
A Lively Mind - Oakenfold
Fundamental - Pet Shop Boys
The Garden - Zero 7
3. Best Long Form Music Video
(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.)
Flow: Living In The Stream Of Music - Terence Blanchard
Jim Gabour, video director; Robin Burgess & Jim Gabour, video producers
Directions - Death Cab For Cutie
Noah Gelb, video producer
Demon Days - Live In Manchester - Gorillaz
J.C. Hewlett, video director
I'm Going To Tell You A Secret - Madonna
Jonas Akerlund, video director; Susan Applegate, Angela Becker, Keeley Gould, Shelli Jury & David May, video producers
Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Thom Zimny, video director; Thom Zimny, video producer
~ Madonna has a good chance in winning these awards, but unfortunately she got no nominations in the bigger categories and surprisingly Hung Up got no nominations...
07 December - H&M to sell Madonna-designed fashion line
Fashion group Hennes & Mauritz said on Thursday that it would launch a line of clothes and accessories designed by pop icon Madonna in March 2007.
The Swedish underwear-to-suits firm has signed up a string of designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney to produce one-off collections.
H&M also provided an off-stage wardrobe for Madonna, her band and dancers for her latest tour and the singer has also designed a track-suit for the firm.
"The 'M by Madonna' fashion line will reflect Madonna's timeless, unique and always glamorous style," H&M said in a statement.
"Madonna has an impressive feel for fashion and trends. She was extraordinarily style conscious, passionate and was involved in even the smallest details of every design." (source: Reuters)
An AP article on the Yahoo! newspage adds some details:
Hennes & Mauritz, Europe's largest fashion retailer, has once again sealed a deal with Madonna for a new fashion line. Madonna has teamed up with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M's head of design, to create the "M by Madonna" women's wear collection, scheduled to be launched globally in March, the company said Thursday. This is the second time the 48-year-old pop singer has collaborated with the Swedish clothing chain. H&M supplied Madonna and her entourage with an offstage wardrobe for her Confessions world tour.
"I've made no secret of my love for fashion and trends," Madonna said in a statement. "Working with Margareta and H&M was an exciting and new creative challenge for me. I'm really happy with the results and look forward to wearing 'M by Madonna' along with the rest of the world." H&M said the new collection will "reflect Madonna's timelessness, unique and always glamorous style." Designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Viktor & Rolf have produced collections for H&M.
06 December - Confessions Live CD tracklist revealed
Madonna's fanclub Icon posted the tracklist of the upcoming Confessions Tour live CD tracklist, which will be released as a bonus with the DVD in January:
1. Future Lovers / I Feel Love
2. Like A Virgin
7. Sorry (Remix)
8. I Love New York
9. Let It Will Be
10. Music Inferno
12. Lucky Star
13. Hung Up
~ Note that track 4 is called "Confessions" which is probably the interlude of Cloud's, Sofia's and Hypnosis' confessions plus Live To Tell, which is Madonna's own confession.
06 December - Belgian Frozen trial postponed
The plagiarism trial for Madonna's song Frozen has been postponed yesterday. Last year a judge in Mons, Belgium ruled that the song could no longer be played or sold in Belgium because it would be based on a song by Belgian composer Salvatore Acquaviva. Madonna's record company appealed against this decision. But the case couldn't start on tuesday because a Frenchman claims that both Madonna and Acquaviva stole the song from him. It is unclear when the trial will restart. (source: MadonnaNed; translation by Mad-Eyes)
04 December - Madonna's books to be auctioned in Portugal
Next Thursday, the 7th of December between 11,30 am and 2 pm, at the Amoreiras Centre in Lisbon, a selection of different children's books by Madonna (all in the Portuguese translation) and signed by the Author, will be auctioned in aid of "Acreditar" – an Association based in Lisbon which supports children suffering from cancer and their families.
As well as the books (10 in total), 7 very large posters and 3 large, full size, cut-out figures reproduced from Madonna's fifth book "Lotsa de Casha" with illustrations by Rui Paes, will also be auctioned.
Each of the 7 posters consist of a large, full size, image of "Lotsa" sporting a plumed hat and carrying toys, and the 3 cut-out figures are "Lotsa" (represented here on the left), "The wise Old Man" and " Sun and clouds".
These posters and cut-out figures were used during Rui Paes's exhibition of the original watercolours for Madonna's book "Lotsa de Casha", which took place last October, at Teatro Sao Carlos, in Lisbon.
Absentee bids will be accepted until the 6th of December by 12:00 noon.
These can be made over the Telephone, by Fax or via Email.
Tel : + 351 217 221150 Fax : + 351 217 221151 Email : email@example.com
All books, posters and cut-out figures can be viewed at the Amoreiras Centre one hour previously to the begining of the auction. (thanx to Axel)
01 December - Ask Billboard... About Madonna
Keith Caulfield from Billboard is answering yet another Madonna related question in his Ask Billboard column:
I'm an avid reader of your column but this is my first time writing. I am wondering if the much-hyped NBC Madonna concert special had any positive effects on Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor album sales or any of her other albums? I know Confessions has sold about 1.6 million, but I am wondering if the show gave it a (much-deserved) kick.
This column could be "Ask Billboard... About Madonna" sometimes, for as many questions as I answer about her. But it's no secret I'm a fan, so I always welcome the questions.
Following Madonna's "Confessions Live" concert special on NBC, sales of the album shot up 120%. However, its sales were not enough to enable it to re-enter The Billboard 200. Sales of her hits packages The Immaculate Collection, Something To Remember and GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2 were also up significantly in sales.
So far, the Confessions album has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
01 December - Benelux gets DVD on January 19th
Warner Music Benelux has sent out a mailing announcing that the Confessions Tour CD/DVD will be released in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg on Friday, January 19th, 2007.
Dutch TV VARA (Nederland 3) will broadcast the uncensored tour special on December 30th, 2006 at 22h05.
01 December - Madonna party to close national horse show
When the horses return to their stables tonight, Madonna will come out, at least in spirit.
The pop chameleon's many faces are the theme of this year's invitation-only party following the Jumping Under the Stars event at the National Horse Show and Family Fun Festival.
Through Sunday, Wellington is hosting the 123rd National Horse Show, the premier riding competition in the country. The party, which starts after the last horse clears the jumping course, has grown into a fun event for those lucky enough to get tickets.
"The whole idea is to not make it formal or stuffy, to let everybody let their hair down," said Mason Phelps, whose PhelpsSports.com is co-sponsoring the party this year along with RV Sales of Broward.
Bruce Sutka, a well-known event planner, is designing the party, complete with Madonna memorabilia, Madonna music, Madonna look-alike drag queens and stripper poles.
"It's really crazy and silly. We're doing a tribute to Madonna that's really tongue in cheek," he said. "It's the Hard Rock-Planet Hollywood of Madonna."
Organizers are expecting about 900 guests at the party, officially called "The Five Faces of Madonna." The event is free but everyone is asked to donate to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, a charity Phelps co-founded to help people in the equestrian community with medical expenses.
"It's not meant for the guy with the deep pockets," Phelps said. "It's for those who don't have medical insurance or can't pay their bills."
Sutka said the party's memorabilia includes a bra worn onstage by Madonna while she sang Like a Virgin and several hard-to-find photographs of the pop idol. (source: Sun-Sentinel)
01 December - Lachapelle refuses to work with 'nasty' Madonna
Celebrity photographer/director David LaChapelle backed out of directing the music video for Madonna's song Hung Up because she is "nasty" towards employees. LaChapelle, who directed the cult film Rize about dancers in South Central Los Angeles, chose not to put himself in a situation where he wasn't enjoying himself.
He explains, "I had written the scenario, was paid for the concept. "But after Rize, when I started to analyse what made me happy or not, I understood that she was not the person with who I wished to collaborate. "She is nice when you are alone with her, but when you work for her, she can be very... nasty. She is with people she employs. I didn't want to be tortured. "I don't have anything against difficulties, but there, that would have been unpleasant. I would not have had fun. There is a part of cruelty in her." (source: ContactMusic)
01 December - Madonna accepts monitoring over adoption
Madonna accepts a High Court ruling allowing a coalition of human rights groups to monitor her as she tries to adopt a Malawian toddler, the singer's lawyer said Thursday.
High Court Justice Andrew Nyirenda ruled Wednesday that the Human Rights Consultative Committee and the state-run Malawi Human Rights Commission could join the adoption process as friends of the court and pursue their application for a full judicial review of the interim custody order he granted to Madonna and her British filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie.
Madonna's lawyer, Alan Chinula, told reporters the couple have agreed to the ruling.
"The Ritchies called me from London and I explained to them the ruling ... they have no problem with the ruling and are also willing to sit back and wait," Chinula said in the capital, Lilongwe.
The rights groups say they are concerned the government cut legal corners to fast-track the adoption. They said that while they do not object to Madonna as a prospective parent, regulations must be followed to protect children.
Chinula said the challenge would help clarify Malawi's "antiquated laws" on adoption and that the Madonna case will be a "guiding case for future adoptions."
Yohane Banda — the 32-year-old biological father of 14-month-old David — said Thursday he hoped the celebrity case would lead to reforms to make it easier for foreigners to adopt Malawian children.
"In Malawi, there are too many underprivileged children, most of them orphans. I appeal to rich people with Madonna's kind heart to come and adopt these children," he said from his mud-and-thatch village of Lipunga in the central border district of Mchinji, some 120 miles from Lilongwe.
He added that he had heard that David, whom he surrendered to an orphanage soon after his birth, was being sent to expensive schools and hospitals under Madonna's care in London.
"We are happy here," he said. "I know Madonna loves the child, I want to encourage her to keep on loving David."
Banda's 28-year-old wife of 10 years, Marita, died of childbirth complications on Oct. 1, 2005 — a week after giving birth to David.
Malawi regulations stipulate that prospective parents undergo an 18- to 24-month assessment period in the country. But Madonna and Ritchie were allowed to take David to their London home, which Malawian child welfare officials will visit twice to monitor the family.
An estimated 2 million children have lost one or both parents and hundreds are adopted by foreigners every year in Malawi, which has been ravaged by AIDS. Madonna's adoption bid coincided with her larger project to help Malawian orphans. (source: Yahoo! Launch)
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