14 August - Timberlake under 'gag order' from Madonna
Pop superstar Madonna has banned Justin Timberlake from revealing details of their recent collaboration. The pair recorded a top secret duet, which has yet to be released, in London earlier this year (07), and former 'N Sync star Timberlake has been ordered not to talk about it. He says, "I don't want to tell you the name of the song because she'll either kill me or have me kill you." (source: ContactMusic)
13 August - 50th birthday concert in Central Park?
Superstar Madonna is reportedly planning to ring in her 50th year with a special gig in New York City's Central Park. The 48-year-old singer is in talks to mark her entry into her Quinquagenarian years on 16 August 2008, as part of a U.S. tour to promote her forthcoming album.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "One of the ideas she loves is to do Central Park on her birthday. She came up with it and has been discussing it as a serious possibility. "She doesn't like getting older but she knows there's no way she can pretend her birthday isn't happening. "She is planning to kick off a world tour next June in America to promote her new album. Playing at Central Park would be the highlight. "She sees it as a huge televised event." (source: ContactMusic)
09 August - Justin: "There's a couple of duets in there"
After Timbaland spilling the beans yesterday, now it's Justin's turn to reveal some additional info regarding Madonna's new album. Here's part of an interview by Herald Sun:
He's written and produced songs for everyone from Rihanna to Reba McEntire, not to mention Duran Duran, Macy Gray, 50 Cent and Madonna.
Paparazzi photographs of Timberlake and Madonna leaving recording studios in London have appeared in magazines all around the world.
The pair share more than a CV that includes kissing Britney Spears.
So far Madonna, Timberlake and FutureSex/LoveSounds co-producer Timbaland have written six songs for her forthcoming album.
"There's a couple of duets in there," a cagey Timberlake says of his work with the queen of pop.
Madonna offering the creative olive branch to a young performer (Timberlake is still only 26) must be like getting to meet pop's answer to Yoda (admittedly a hotter version thereof). She was topping charts when Timberlake was filling nappies.
"She's a very talented lady," Timberlake says diplomatically. "There are definitely moments when I think, wow, I'm singing with Madonna. But she's so cool. She's very clever, very innovative. I was humbled working with her. She's fun to work with and she takes advice. Plus she has an amazing mind."
Pressed, Timberlake says some of the Madonna tracks have grooves that sound like her first album, but with more advanced lyrics.
"It kind of meets in the middle between what she does and what I do. It's exactly how you want to hear Madonna right now. It doesn't sound quite like anything she's done yet it still sounds like Madonna."
Madonna's gravitating towards Timberlake is perhaps the ultimate barometer of his acceleration from pop star to pop icon -- and of his credibility.
~ The number of the tracks seem to differ now, but we can assume 6 of them is definitely going to be on the album, maybe with the additional 4.
08 August - Mad-Eyes team enhances site with new sections
The past week the Mad-Eyes team has kept itself busy with fresh updates and brand new site sections. Web Assistant Dani (Hungary) visited WebMaster Bartie (Belgium) and together we worked hard to further enhanced your favourite Madonna fansite.
One of the results is the Awards section (under Mad-Career) which collects Madonna's most important awards & nominations.
Secondly there's the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ, under Mad-News), where we gathered the questions we most often get from fans in our mailbox. The Mad-Eyes FAQ gives you a clear answer on your question and often adds new Q&A.
Many questions are of course about Madonna's next album, so we launched a separate page for that, where you can read facts & rumours about the upcoming release.
The discography was also further expanded on popular demand with infopages of Madonna's recent two live albums.
We also take an attempt to remind fans about Madonna's career milestones in our news section, labeled as "Something to remember".
Since we've been working on the site for 6 years now, we want to know who OUR fans are, so please do vote in our poll.
We hope you all enjoy these updates and keep surfing Mad-Eyes!
~ The Mad-Eyes team
08 August - Timbaland talks about new M album, co-produces 10 tracks
Timbaland is finally back in the States after touring overseas with Justin Timberlake, and yes — his trip was productive. Not only did the duo shoota video with 50 Cent, but they also worked with a cultural icon.
"We just did Madonna's record," Timbo said, sitting in the "TRL" green room. He was part of the cavalcade of stars — including Kanye West, Common, Rihanna and Robin Thicke — who came out for the VMA press conference on Tuesday. "Me and Justin did the records" for the album, he continued, saying Madonna is almost done with the effort. "She's great. ... She's got a hot album. Her album is up there with Justin's album."
Tim says he and Justin wrote and produced 10 songs for Madge's LP, many of which will make the club jump.
"Ah, man," Tim gushed. "There's this one song, we taking it back to 'You must be my luck-eee starrrr!' ... Remember 'Ugly' by Bubba Sparxxx? I got a beat similar to that. The hook is no words. It's saying stuff named after coffee — all these different names for coffee — is the hook. ... The name of the song is 'La, La.' Pharrell did a hot one for her too called 'Candy Shop.' She's off the chain."
The production legend said there isn't a title for the opus yet, but he will be reconvening with the singer in September to finish it up. (source: MTV.com)
~ Finally MTV brought us some exciting album news! This is the first official confirmation of the record, and also of the leaked demo 'Candy Shop'.
06 August - Liz denies latest adoption controversy
From the site 24/Sizzler.com:
Madonna's rep exclusively tells 24Sizzler.com that a report from Reuters, via the Malawi News, in which Malawi's Child Welfare Services director Penstone Kilembe says that the country's minister for Women and Child Development has barred him from visiting Madonna's adopted son David Banda in the U.K., is not true.
"The information regarding the adoption that was reported on Reuters is simply not accurate," Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg tells 24Sizzler.com. "The adoption process is going along very well and according to proper procedure."
06 August - Madonna's Sorry to appear on Pet Shop Boys remix album
On the latest of the Pet Shop Boys' remix album series called 'Disco', their remix of the single Sorry is going to be included. The mix, which includes additional vocals from the boys themselves, was first released early 2006 on the Sorry maxi-single and the guest vocals were later used during Madonna's live performance of the track on the Confessions Tour. The remix compilation is set to be released on September 24th. Click here for the complete tracklisting.
05 August - Madonna's adoption of Malawi boy hits snag
U.S. pop star Madonna's adoption of a child from the impoverished nation of Malawi hit a snag after the court-appointed official assigned to the case was denied permission to travel to Britain.
One of Malawi's leading weekly newspapers reported on Sunday that Minister of Women and Child Development Kate Kainja had barred Penstone Kilembe from making his planned trip to assess the suitability of Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, as the boy's adoptive parents.
The minister was not immediately available for comment, but Kilembe confirmed the minister had stopped him making the trip.
Madonna was given custody of David Banda last October when he was 13 months old after his father, Yohane Banda, had placed him in an orphanage following the death of his wife.
The High Court of Malawi appointed Kilembe to travel to Britain twice and was to have relied on his testimony in ruling whether Madonna's adoption of the child should be formalized in a hearing next year.
The Malawi News newspaper reported that the minister accused Kilembe of obtaining an air ticket and money from Madonna without government approval.
"We have already contacted Madonna that someone else and not Kilembe will come to asses her, because we feel Mr. Kilembe personalized the whole issue when other people can go," the Minister told the newspaper.
Kilembe dismissed suggestions that he personally asked Madonna for an air ticket.
"What this means is that the whole adoption process may crumble and David sent back to his village," he told Reuters.
Justin Dzonzi, a lawyer who led a 65-member human rights group in challenging Madonna's adoption, also said the minister's decision could halt the adoption process.
"The Minister cannot change what the court set by having another person to do the assessment. The court will not listen to anyone else apart from the one it appointed," he said.
Dzonzi filed the case arguing that Malawi laws forbid international adoption and therefore the government broke its own laws by granting Madonna an interim adoption. (source: Reuters)
05 August - Something to remember: "Je suis la chef!"
Seventeen years ago today, the greatest show on Earth (at the time) was broadcast live on the HBO network. We're obviously talking about the mega-successful Blond Ambition Tour, which had its last show in Nice, France on August 5th, 1990.
Arguably at the peak of her popularity, Madonna's live show was the one which revolutionized concerts and became one of the most talked about tours ever. On the Nice show itself, Madonna was true to herself, she made the French fans (and tv viewers) know she was the boss (la chef) around and she even did a nasty joke about the Garden of Eden & fish. ;-)
But most importantly, she gave an energetic performance throughout 18 songs, including the stunning opener Express Yourself, the infamous masturbating scene of Like A Virgin, followed by Like A Prayer performed in fervor and of course her then-current megahit Vogue, which immortalized the fan favourite choreography forever. The broadcast got a limited release on laserdisc, but unfortunately not a VHS or DVD release, so the fans have been waiting for a proper release of this tour for seventeen years by now...
05 August - Madonna's upcoming mammoth ten-month work regime *rumour*
With the future of her son's adoption depending on an imminent visit by a child welfare officer from his native Malawi, Madonna is doing everything in her power to make sure she keeps custody of 18-month-old David Banda.
Last week she flew back from New York - where she is recording a new album and house-hunting - to prepare for the arrival of Penston Kilembe, who is due to spend up to five days at the singer's £6.5 million London home.
But the 48-year-old star's plans to be reunited with her family are to be short-lived. She aims to return to New York as soon as the inspection is over, to put the finishing touches to her new album.
After a short break with her film director husband Guy Ritchie and their children, Madonna will then be working non-stop until mid-2008.
"The finishing touches still have to be added to her new album, so she is flying back to the States once the officer's visit is over."
Madonna, who has a daughter, Lourdes, 11, and a six-year-old son, Rocco, has already told her husband she will be working back to back from September.
"Madonna has promised to take a six-week break to spend time with Guy and the children before embarking on her mammoth ten-month work regime," adds the source.
"After the new record is released in November she is getting ready for a world tour that kicks off next June, then she is launching a 25th anniversary box set and a set of 12 children's books."
A spokesman for Madonna declined to comment. (source: Daily Mail)
~ Even though this all sounds fantastic and we're already full of excitement, we're treating this as a rumour until we get any official confirmation.
04 August - MTV to celebrate 25 years with Madonna? *rumour*
MTV is working on a two hour spectacular in honor of Madonna to be aired during the 20007-'08 season.
The details are still very under wraps but sources tells MADONNAdownload MTV is signing some of today's biggest artists to take part at the event.
Madonna is due to perform at the live show as well.
No official word on this project as of now - take this story with a grain of salt until its 100% confirmed.
Stay tuned for more as it becomes available. (source: MADONNAdownload)
~ This seems to be another chapter of the MTV Icon awards, which was first handed out to Janet Jackson in 2001.
04 August - Madonna adoption in Malawi not finalized
Malawian rights organizations say their government needs help monitoring Madonna's planned adoption of David Banda.
Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, took custody of David, then 14 months old, last October. His father had placed David in an orphanage.
Malawi's Child Welfare Services is expected to file a report on the couple's suitability as adoptive parents after two trips to their London residence this year. But welfare services has already missed one visit, which was set for May.
Director Penston Kilembe, who is overseeing the case, indicated in an interview this week that money is an issue. He said hopes to go to London by month's end.
"We have been unable to travel because of logistical problems," Kilembe said. "You know it requires some resources for me to travel."
Malawian law is fuzzy on foreign adoptions. Regulations only stipulate that prospective parents undergo an 18- to 24-month assessment period, a rule that was bent when Madonna and Ritchie were allowed to take David home.
Lawyer Justin Dzonzi is chairman of a coalition of 67 children's and human rights organizations that raised the lack of regulations in their successful lawsuit to become party to overseeing David's adoption.
Dzonzi said it was unrealistic to expect Malawi to oversee the adoption without help, possibly from British child welfare authorities.
"We just don't have the resources and the expertise," Dzonzi said.
International adoption and children's rights groups have said the lack of clarity in Malawi's law could make the southern African country's children vulnerable to trafficking.
"We have reservations" about Malawi's ability to oversee the Madonna adoption on its own, said Maxwell Matewere of Eye of the Child, which is part of the Human Rights Consultative Committee. "We are a little worried whether Kilembe is competent enough to assess the U.K. environment and to make a fair conclusion on the whole process."
Kilembe said his job is straightforward.
"What we expect is the child must be provided all the necessities of basic needs for him to grow up. He must go to school, must socialize, he must be taken care of, must have a ... comprehensive medical cover so that he is able to be protected."
Madonna's celebrity makes David's prospective family different from most.
Stevan Whitehead, chairman of the Overseas Adoption Support and Information Service, a private British group, said David was in the spotlight when he was first brought to London, where photographers and TV cameras met him at the airport.
"Frankly, I blame the media for that, I don't blame his mother. And since then she's done a very good job to keep him out of the spotlight," Whitehead said. "If he is kept out of the media, I can't see any significant difference between being brought up by a pop star or anybody else."
David's father said he was happy to have the adoption go ahead as long as David is well looked after.
"Yes, I miss him," he added. (source: AP via Yahoo)
03 August - Something to remember: This Used To Be Her 10th chart topper
15 years ago this week Madonna scored her tenth US #1 with the sentimental ballad This Used To Be My Playground. It was written for the movie A League Of Their Own, but strangely it didn't appear on its soundtrack (probably because of contractual issues), only on the Olympics sampler Barcelona Gold.
While some dismiss the song as Madonna's least deserving number one (it only eked out one week on the top of the chart without reaching the summit of either Hot 100 Airplay or Hot 100 Sales and a week after it was pushed aside by the mega-successful 'End Of The Road' by Boyz II Men), it's still a fan favourite and it was one of the very few Madonna singles of the early 90s without any controversy attached to it.
The song, co-written and co-produced by Shep Pettibone, finally found a "home" on a Madonna album three years later on the ballad compilation Something To Remember. Unfortunately 6 years after that it didn't end up on Madonna's second greatest hits album GHV2 even though it is considered as one of her bigger hits.
03 August - Prince makes fun of Madonna
Prince poked fun at Madonna during a recent London gig at the O2 Stadium.
The purple one said to the crowd, "I got so many hits y'all can't handle me. I got more hits than Madonna's got kids."
The killer set included tracks like "Purple Rain," "Kiss", "Black Sweat," and a cover of the Gnarls Barkley hit "Crazy."
This was Prince's first date in his 21-night residency at the venue. (source: NMC)
~ Prince must be a bit frustrated because once upon a time a certain female superstar dumped him and called him "boring"... ;-)
03 August - Madonna lawyers seek to halt intimate sale
Lawyers acting on behalf of Madonna are battling to stop a sale of the star's love letters and intimate photographs. A series of saucy letters and Polaroids sent by the singer to then boyfriend James Allbright in the early 1990s were recently sold to Marquee Capital, an agency specialising in Madonna memorabilia. The company is now reported to be selling the effects for $200,000 (GBP100,000), but the star is reported to be "devastated" at the unexpected appearance of the items - as she is concerned they could jeopardise her plans to adopt Malawian tot David Banda permanently.
Penston Kimble, the head of Malawi's child welfare service, is due to spend a week in London with Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie later this month (Aug07). He will ascertain whether the 23-month old can be officially adopted by the couple, who brought him back to the U.K. from a Malawian orphanage last October (06). Madonna's lawyers insist any sale of the goods would be an invasion of privacy and a breach of copyright. (source: Contactmusic)
The pair beat David and Victoria Beckham and Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in the poll.
Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, whose relationship is rumoured to be going through a troubled patch, came second for their "smouldering" red-carpet look.
New Los Angeles residents Posh and Becks were third in the survey of 7,000 fashion fans for In Style magazine.
Singer Gwen Stefani and her British rock star husband Gavin Rossdale were fourth, followed by actress Demi Moore and younger lover Ashton Kutcher, for their "complimentary" wardrobe.
English rose Kate Winslet and American Beauty director Sam Mendes are sixth, while Parker, famous as Carrie in Sex and the City, and Matthew Broderick, star of The Producers, are seventh.
Super-skinny Batman Returns star Kate Bosworth and British model James Rousseau make it into eighth place.
Katie Holmes - who has received fashion advice from Posh Spice - and Tom Cruise also made it into the list, in ninth position.
Despite Kelly Brook's disastrous appearance on the red carpet for the premiere of the film Snatch, when she wore a pink crystal-encrusted dress with matching knickers, the British TV presenter and actress is 10th, with fiance Billy Zane.
Despite her supermodel credentials, Kate Moss and now ex-lover Pete Doherty did not make it into the top 10, while Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst and on-off flame Razorlight star Johnny Borrell also lost out. (source: Burnley Express)
01 August - Album release date already pushed back? *rumour*
Fansite DrownedMadonna mentions that Madonna had a meeting with Warner on Monday, July 30th and all parties are agreed to push it back to late November (from late October). The release date is still not carved into stone though.
01 August - More rumours about Madonna's current recordings *rumour*
Gossip site Perez Hilton posted a huge batch of rumours about Madonna's current work on her new album. None of the tracks are finished, they are all in DEMO stage.
Here's the list of the 2007 recording sessions, *NOT* the album tracklist:
01. Sleep Deprivation
02. Turn It Up
03. Going Down
04. Little Thang (feat Justin Timberlake)
05. It's The Beat
06. Tight Fit
08. Off The Hook (feat Timbaland)
09. Candy Store (feat Pharrell)
10. Eleven Minutes
11. Do I Care
13. U n M
15. Hit It Hard
16. Got This Down Right
Some additional info about the tracks:
SLEEP DEPRIVATION is a favorite by both Madonna, the producers and the label. Very Likely to become a single. Apparently it's "revolutionary and fierce".
GOING DOWN has really raunchy lyrics, and it started as a joke. Timberlake worked on it with Madonna.
The rumored title PRETTY LITTLE THANG is in fact called LITTLE THANG and it includes a verse by JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. It's a "midtempo summer jam with a fresh beat".
BLACK is the rumored track called WIZZLE, and it's "organic, crazy and it will rumble your worlds".
The rumored track called THE BEAT GOES ON is actually called IT'S THE BEAT.
OFF THE HOOK is the Timbaland collaboration. Two were recorded, another one he's saving for his next solo record. Single possibly, the executives loved it.
CANDY STORE probably WONT be on the record, along with HIT IT HARD and DO I CARE. Apparently, Madonna is "over them".
FREELANCER.34 is "very experimental" and still completely unfinished. Might become a sort of intro or outro to one of the songs.
U n M is another label favorite, supposedly it's something very new for Madonna.
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