Madonna news - Dec. 2007


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30 December - Madonna's new album among 2008's most anticipated
The Daily Telegraph posted a nice article about the upcoming releases slated for 2008, which reveals no news, but shows the hype around Madonna's new album:
Madonna's yet to be titled 11th studio album has to be the most anticipated release of 2008.
There are plenty of rumors doing the rounds as to what the pop superstar will call the album, although the facts remain a closely guarded secret.

Fan sites have been crazily speculating on the release, which will hit stores in the first half of the year.
The album is said to have an overall hip hop feel, with Madonna teaming up with Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.

It is believed the first single will be a track titled 4 Minutes To Save The World, which Timbaland played at a recent party.
There are also big international releases from Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, REM, Leona Lewis, Jessica Simpson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Keri Hilson, Ashlee Simpson, kd lang, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Armand Van Helden, The Rasmus, Simple Plan, Shirley Manson, Toni Braxton, Usher, Weezer, Morcheeba, Ringo Starr and Hot Chip.

~ Moreover, last night's tv show 'Extra' talked about the anticipated highlights of 2008 in cinema, music and tv. They discussed Madonna's and Mariah Carey's new efforts and even mentioned a possible tour for Madonna. You can watch the report here.


29 December - Madonna flirted to recruit star for directorial debut
Madonna persuaded actor Richard E. Grant to appear in her directorial debut Filth And Wisdom by flirting with him. The singer - married to director Guy Ritchie - used her feminine charms to coax The Gosford Park star into appearing in the movie.

Grant says, "I respond well to flattery. Flattery and money. Madonna flirted with me to get me to make her new film, Filth and Wisdom. She's a terrible flirt and very attractive. I was bewitched, so of course I fell at her feet." (source: Contactmusic)


27 December - Madonna's 'Filth And Wisdom' to debut at Berlin Film Festival
The first film directed by pop icon Madonna is to have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival taking place from February 7-17, organizers announced Thursday. Filth And Wisdom, a romantic musical comedy reportedly based on the star's own experiences, is Britain's entry in the festival's Panorama section, but will not be in line for an award in the main competition.

It is not clear if Madonna, 49, will put in an appearance in Berlin, but directors usually show up for the premieres of their movies.
The lead role is played by Eugene Huetz, whose Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello accompanied Madonna during a concert in London this year. Other actors include Stephen Graham and Richard E. Grant.

Madonna, who is married to British director Guy Ritchie, does not appear in the film. Her last major role was in the musical Evita.
Around 50 works are entered in the Berlinale's Panorama section, among them efforts by Canadian underground star Bruce LaBruce and Taiwanese female director Zero Chou. (source: Earthtimes.org)


24 December - Merry Xmas!
The Mad-Eyes team would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to every new and longtime visitor of the website! Also, we invite you to vote in our brand new poll about your favourite Madonna album! Click here to vote!


23 December - Latest rumour: Madonna.com to preview new single soon *rumour*
Since 2007 is about to pass away without giving any official info on Madonna's new album, we thought it would be interesting to report the latest rumour that's stirring the online Madonna community: according to French fansite MadonnaFrance, Madonna's official website Madonna.com will reveal a 30 second-long preview of the new single '4 Minutes To Save The World' on December 30th, and from January 1st, the entire song will be available for online stream on the website. We'll keep you updated if more info is revealed!


22 December - Madonna's continuous Hot 100 run ends
From Billboard's Chart Beat, by Fred Bronson:
If I had a nickel for every e-mail I've ever received from fans of Madonna and Mariah Carey, I'd be far too rich to be writing Chart Beat. But since your letters don't come with cash attached, I'm still here to comment on what happened to both artists this week concerning their runs on The Billboard Hot 100.

As this is the final chart week of calendar year 2007, it is painfully obvious that neither artist is going to chart this year. That breaks continuous runs for both women that began with their debut singles.
Madonna has appeared on the Hot 100 at least one week every year since she debuted in 1983 with Holiday. Carey has done the same since first appearing in 1990 with "Vision of Love."

Of course, neither artist's career is in danger and both are scheduled to release new CDs in 2008 that will no doubt yield hit singles that will find their way to the Hot 100.
~ Too bad 2007 ended up quite uneventful for Madonna, but 2008 will certainly be amazing with Madonna back in business! ;-)


20 December - Madonna's Gucci party to be thrown at United Nations
Gucci's Feb. 6 fund-raiser to accompany the opening of its biggest flagship worldwide on Fifth Avenue won't be in New York, at least not technically. The company disclosed that the event, dubbed "A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF," will take place in a purpose-built structure on the North Lawn of the United Nations.

The 18-acre U.N. site on Manhattan's East River is international territory, which means that it doesn't belong to any one country or government, and the Gucci soiree is the first of its kind to ever take place there.

It promises to be quite a party. Hosted by the luxury house and Madonna, Gucci tapped Alicia Keys, Timbaland and Rihanna for special musical performances; there will be a presentation by renowned economist and Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs, who is also a co-chair, and a live auction, slated to be emceed by Chris Rock.

Along with Madonna and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, Drew Barrymore, Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Sting and Trudie Styler, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arpad Busson, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Téa Leoni and Lucy Liu will serve as co-chairs. Styler, Parker, Leoni and Liu are also UNICEF ambassadors. (source: WWD.com)


17 December - Timbaland premieres new Madonna single
Last night at Z100's Jingle Balls in Philadephia, producer Timbaland world-premiered Madonna's new single '4 Minutes To Save The World'. The track is indeed a hip hop duet between Madonna and Justin, with a really hot beat, instant hit material! You can listen to a low quality recording of the premiere here. Hopefully in the next few days, we'll get an official confirmation about the radio debut of the single!


16 December - Madonna's statement on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Incoming Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Madonna considers herself in good company. "I was fortunate to have inducted my idol David Bowie a few years back, so to be included alongside him and so many other amazing artists that have come before me is an honor," the pop icon said in a statement to The Plain Dealer, sent Friday through her publicist.

Madonna did indeed do the honors when Bowie was enshrined in 1996, although he chose not to attend the festivities. Madonna is expected to be on hand for the Rock Hall's 23rd annual induction ceremony Monday, March 10, at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, her publicist said. The other performers in the Rock Hall's Class of 2008 are the Ventures, John Mellencamp, the Dave Clark Five and Leonard Cohen. (source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer)


16 December - New video to be shot in January?
According to fansite MadonnaTribe, '4 Minutes To Save The World' was chosen as the first single of the new album and Madonna is going to film a video for it in January. Directed by longtime collaborator Jonas Akerlund, the videoclip will feature both Justin Timberlake & Timbaland. As already reported, the track is a hip hop influenced duet between Madonna & Justin. In related news, the site also claims that 'Across The Sky' is no longer to be included on the album.


16 December - Madonna in Donna's Top 2000
Last week, Belgian Radio Donna has broadcast their annual Top 2000 all-time hits. Madonna had 23 entries; that's 5 less than last year. The five songs that didn't make it this time were: Justify My Love, American Life, Open Your Heart, Nothing Really Matters and (shockingly!) Express Yourself.

The Top 2000 (with last years position between brackets):
89 (95) Like A Prayer
192 (192) Frozen
269 (148) Hung Up
409 (759) Borderline
497 (388) Crazy For You
557 (596) Like A Virgin
588 (431) Vogue
634 (318) Jump
685 (491) La Isla Bonita
739 (1023) Material Girl
797 (1063) Ray Of Light
875 (1330) Die Another Day
929 (954) Me Against The Music
985 (822) Music
1025 (1562) The Power Of Good-Bye
1077 (901) Sorry
1228 (934) Beautiful Stranger
1323 (647) Live To Tell
1516 (1639) Papa Don't Preach
1582 (1156) Drowned World/Substitute For Love
1643 (1283) Hollywood
1732 (1422) Holiday
1848 (1224) Into The Groove

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