15 May - Hey You announced in the press
NME.com reports that Madonna has written a special song for her upcoming UK "Live Earth" appearance. The socially-conscious track is called Hey You, and will be available only as a download. Sales from the song will benefit the environmental organization, www.liveearth.org. Madonna will play London's Wembley Stadium on 7/07/07, along with the Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Genesis and many more. (source: NetMusicCountdown)
14 May - More details on Hey You
More details have emerged about the upcoming charity single Hey You. According to fansite DrownedMadonna the song will not be commercially released, nor will it be served to radio; it's just a download charity song for Live Earth. The song was done in collaboration with hiphop star Pharrell but it's not a duet. It's an original and not a cover of the Pink Floyd song with the same name, as some rumours had suggested. The lyrics are about making a difference, about loving yourself and others. It's a simple song with a mid tempo beat, very different from the style of Confessions. More info to follow...
14 May - Create your own Madonna branded t-shirt!
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12 May - Madonna's & Pharrell's charity download single?
Fansite DrownedMadonna reveals that next week a charity download single would be out to support Live Earth. The track is called Hey You and it was done with Pharrell.
10 May - Madonna directing her very first short movie
Musician, Singer, Dancer, Book Writer, Model, Actress... In addition to the many looks she has created for herself over the past 25 years, Madonna has also successfully tasted many variations of the artistic world by taking each of them as a personal challenge. Earlier this year, she directed the tv ad for her 'M by Madonna' campaign with H&M. Today, we are happy to confirm that our girl is working hard on a brand new project, directing her very first short movie! While we cannot tell you more about it for now, we are happy to officially reveal its title: Filth and Wisdom. Make sure to check Madonna.com on a regular basis for more facts and details! (source: Madonna.com)
09 May - Madonna got Björk's lyrics wrong
Bjork has revealed that Madonna sang the wrong lyrics on the 1995 single she wrote for the pop queen.
The Icelandic star penned lyrics for Bedtime Story, which Madonna took to number four in the [UK] charts in February 1995, at the request of producer Nellee Hooper.
However, she was surprised when she first heard Madonna's recording of the song.
She told Attitude: "She did her own version and wrote the lyrics wrong. I can't remember right now, but it was a really interesting mistake.
"It was something like "Let's say goodbye to logic and reason" and she got it wrong so that it actually meant the opposite....I was like, 'Okay...'" (source: Digital Spy)
~ Actually "Leaving logic and reason" is far from being the opposite of the supposed original lyric, but oh well...
08 May - Madonna invites Timberlake back to the studio
Madonna was left so impressed with new songwriting partner Justin Timberlake, she has invited the SexyBack singer to spend the summer with her in London. Timberlake recently spent a week with Madonna working on new tracks for her next album and admits they came up with some gems. He says, "We ended up with five or six really good (songs) - some unfinished, some finished and we're gonna go back in July and work on some more stuff." Timberlake admits he was impressed with the way Madonna works: "Her ethic is kinda infectious in the studio. I was like, 'I'm too slow, I'm too slow...' She's a workhorse and I'm just a fan... who tricked Madonna." (source: ContactMusic)
08 May - Madonna launches talent search initiative
Madonna is launching a new talent initiative in a bid to find the next cyberspace superstars
The pop superstar's production company, Maverick, has teamed with Madison Road Entertainment to develop talent search Big Shot, which will launch in September (07).
The idea of the project is to encourage wannabe actors, magicians, singers and entertainers to post video clips of themselves to the Big Shot website, while other visitors pick their favourites.
The winner of each week's video entry lottery will then be flown to Hollywood to audition in front of a talent scout.
For wannabe actors, the opportunity to appear in a Maverick produced TV show or movie could be their prize. (source: WENN)
The singer put saving the world on hold while she auditioned tabletop dancers for her latest project, rumoured to be a short film.
Visiting London club Secrets, the mother of three looked decidedly demure in baggy trousers, an open collared shirt and dark oversized glasses.
She briefly wandered around outside the premises with a giant coffee in hand, before heading in to meet the hopefuls.
She is said to have asked a number of girls to read from a script before taking to the stage to perform.
Madonna recently returned from Malawi where she spent six days with her daughter Lourdes and son David, 1, whom she is adopting.
Friends say Madonna is looking to adopt daughter from the country, although her publicist has denied this.
(source: Daily Mail)
08 May - Justin Timberlake comments on working with Madonna
Justin Timberlake gave an interview for MTV.com and spilled the beans about his latest collaborations:
MTV: And you're working with Madonna?
Timberlake: We did work in the studio together, we came up with some really cool stuff. I don't know what else to tell you except that you'll hear it soon.
MTV: What's the name of the song?
Timberlake: I don't want to tell you that, because she'll either kill me or she'll have me kill you. And I think we have enough celebrities going to jail. [He laughs.]
~ Read the rest of the interview @ MTV.com
03 May - Madonna turns down Diana concert
Madonna has turned down the opportunity to perform at the Diana Memorial concert due to prior commitments.
The pop icon was reportedly approached by Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform on stage in her famous role as Eva Peron.
She was however forced reject the offer because of her scheduled rehearsals for the Live Earth concert.
The memorial concert, which marks the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, is being held on July 1 - what would have been Diana's 46th birthday.
A source told the Mirror, "Live Earth approached Madonna first and she is committed to performing there. It would be extremely hard to rehearse for both gigs at the same time and she wouldn't want to give less than a 100 per cent to either.
"Andrew Lloyd Webber was very understanding when she felt she had to say no." (source: Digital Spy)
03 May - Cohen nearly missed out on Madonan video appearance
Madonna got a nasty surprise when she begged Sacha Baron Cohen to appear in one of her music videos - she received a torrent of abuse from the Borat funnyman. Cohen was asked to star in the promo for the song Music in 2000, but refused to believe the person on the other phone was really the Queen of Pop and began to scream obscenities at her. He recalls, "I got a call from someone claiming to be Madonna. I thought it was a prank so I proceeded to totally insult the woman on the end of the line." Luckily, Madonna forgave him and he appeared on the [Music] video as one of his characters Ali G. (source: ContactMusic)
01 May - Madonna on Annie Lennox's next album?
Music site Poolparty hints at Annie Lennox's new collaborators, including the Queen of Pop herself:
Truly a match made in diva heaven. Annie Lennox is collaborating with Madonna on her highly anticipated new album due out this fall. Other guests will include Mary J. Blige, P!nk, and Kelis. Music veteran Glen Ballard is producing the album -- Annie's first in over four years. Get ready, because this one is going to be huge.
01 May - Timbaland protege Danja also on board
Timbaland's current production co-pilot gave an interview to MTV where he talks about how he ended up working with Timbaland and mentions the Madonna collaboration. He also co-produced 2006's biggest hit-albums 'Loose' & 'FutureSex / LoveSounds'.
"Me and Tim got a lot of the same phone calls once all of these hits started hitting," Danja said. "We'll call each other and be like, 'You trying to do this?' So we'll just do it together. Of course me and Tim are partners, and while he's on the road, I kind of just been holding down the studio. We're teaming back up for Madonna. [And] we teamed up for Duran Duran. We did a 50 Cent [track] together. We did a T.I. joint together. So we were kind of back and forth. But he doesn't call me and hand me work that he doesn't want to do. That ain't our relationship. I think we both do things that are inspiring for the both of us. If the energy ain't right for him, it ain't right for me. That's how we work."