Madonna news - May 2008


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31 May - Las Vegas & Denver get bonus dates
As expected, the November 8th date of Las Vegas & November 11th show of Denver quickly sold out today so Madonna.com now lists bonus dates for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for Sunday, November 9th and an additional date in the Denver Pepsi Centre for Wednesday, November 12th. Sales info will come later, keep checking our Sticky & Sweet Tour schedule page.


31 May - Give It 2 Me music video premieres online
The second video of the Hard Candy project makes an unexpected debut on the Internet. Contrary to 4 Minutes, Give It 2 Me is a straighforward performance video with Madonna recreating the scenes of her Elle photoshoot, with Pharrell appearing for a bit of fooling around. It's a fun and simple video, perfectly matching the summery track, which is hopefully going to become a hit. The video is using an edited version the track, the instrumental break before the "Get stupid" part is left out. Radio stations are expected to start playing the single in the upcoming weeks.
You can watch the brand new Give It 2 Me video on our video blog!
UPDATE: It seems the video reached the fans too early as Warner is hunting down YouTube links. We can't provide a link to the video until it's officially released.


28 May - Malawi court approves Madonna adoption
A Malawian court on Wednesday ruled that Madonna could adopt a baby boy she met in an orphanage in the impoverished southern African nation, a lawyer for the pop star said.
"We are very happy with what the judge has ruled. It is a positive and beautiful judgment that will have an impact on Malawi's adoption laws," lawyer Alan Chinula said.
The adoption has been controversial, with critics accusing the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, which has been badly hit by an AIDS epidemic that has left more than 1 million orphans. (source: Reuters via Yahoo)
~ The Mad-Eyes team congratulates Madonna on her adoption!


28 May - Lisbon date added
Madonna.com has added a tour date at the Parqu Bela Vista in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday, September 14th. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, May 31st while ICONers are having their presales tomorrow, on Thursday, May 29th.
Unfortunately, this probably means that the rumoured second date at London's Wembley Stadium on September 13th won't be happening.


27 May - Madonna Tickets still moving quickly
On-sales for Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet Tour continue to sizzle in many markets. In Europe, high demand for tickets in Paris for Madonna's scheduled Sept. 20 performance led to a second show added the following night.
The Zurich show at the Military Airfield Deubendorf scheduled for Aug. 30 has topped the 70,000 mark in sales. Tickets remain for the tour opener in Cardiff, Wales on Aug. 23, as well as shows in Nice (Aug. 26), Berlin (28), Amsterdam (Sept. 2), Dusseldorf (4), Rome (6), Frankfurt (9), and London (11).
In Vancouver, Madonna's first North American stadium onsale for Oct. 30 at BC Place Stadium moved 50,000 tickets in 29 minutes. Rapid sellouts in Toronto at Air Canada Centre for Oct. 18, and Montreal at the Bell Centre on Oct. 22, called for second shows in both markets, on Oct. 19 and 23, respectively.
Previous sellouts include three shows at Madison Square Garden shows in New York on Oct. 6-7 and 11, and shows in Boston (Oct. 15) and Chicago (Oct. 26); a second show for Oct. 27 at the United Center in Chicago will go on sale on June 2.
North American stadium shows go on sale this weekend for Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Miami, along with arena shows in Denver, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Atlantic City.
Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour is produced globally by Live Nation. (source: Billboard.com)


27 May - Second Chicago show added, Philly date changed
A second date for Chicago on October 27th, was officially added in the Sticky & Sweet Tour schedule. The ICON presales are today. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia date was changed from November 19th to November 20th! The second Paris show was also confirmed by Madonna.com and its presales are going to be on Monday, June 2nd.


26 May - Second Paris date announced
According to French radio statio NRJ, a second show in Paris has been added to the Sticky & Sweet Tour schedule. After the quick sellout of the Paris show on September 20th, Madonna adds a second date on Sunday, September 21st. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, June 4th.
This second date hasn't yet appeared on the site of Live Nation or Madonna.com but is expected to be confirmed there soon.


26 May - Madonna's hotel room fury
Pop superstar Madonna was reportedly furious after a camera crew sneaked into her hotel room during her stay in Cannes, France.
The singer was in the region for the Cannes International Film Festival last week (beg19May08) and booked into a suite at the city's plush Carlton Intercontinental Hotel.
But Madonna was angered when footage of her hotel room appeared on French television after a TV crew apparently sneaked past security during her stay and filmed her suite - showing the specially provided purified water and gym equipment she had requested.
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, Madonna was so angry with the hotel staff, she refused to pay the $90,000 (GBP45,000) bill. (source: Contactmusic)


25 May - Malawi rights group hits out at Madonna adoption law criticism
I Am Because We AreMalawi's state-sponsored rights group on Sunday hit out at recent comments by US pop diva Madonna, saying she was "putting it crudely" when she said the country had no adoption laws.
"She (Madonna) was putting it crudely. If we had no laws, how come she was asked to apply to the court to adopt a child. She used the same laws she is criticising to adopt David," Dorothy Nyasulu, chairperson of the state-sponsored Malawi rights commission, told AFP.
Nyasulu was reacting after the pop star told a news conference last week at the Cannes film festival in France that there were no adoption laws in Malawi, adding that she was the "template or role model, so to speak, for future adoptions."
Saying she was "happy to be the guinea pig", Madonna expressed hope that her full adoption of the African boy David Banda, whose final verdict will be made Wednesday, will make it easier for other people to adopt children in the impoverished country.
The commission, which gets its funding from the government, alongside the human rights consultative commmittee (HRCC), a coalition of 67 rights groups, are "friends of the courts" in a full review of an interim 18-month custody order granted to Madonna in 2006 to adopt David.
Nyasulu said Madonna was "not fair" in her remarks, insisting that Malawi had adoption laws, but not intra-country adoption.
"We want our adoption laws (to) conform to international human rights standards such as the convention on the rights of the child and the African charter on child rights," Nyasulu said.
I Am Because We AreMaxwell Matewere, a spokesman of the outspoken HRCC, earlier told AFP that his group expects Madonna to be subjected to "stringent regulations and procedures" in the full adoption of the toddler.
"Malawi needs to draw a clear picture and if not careful, we could lose some children in the process because other people might use the same laws to adopt children for illegal trafficking, sexual exploitation and child labour," Matewere said.
He said his commission was not "only looking at David, but other children who may be exposed to such adoptions and foreigners who will take advantage of the Madonna case to justify application and use the children for other vices."
Critics have accused Madonna of using her wealth to fast-track the adoption process.
The granting of the interim order, which enabled her to take David out of Malawi, sparked heated debate about adoption laws in a country where the number of orphans has hit the one million mark as a result of AIDS. (source: AFP via Yahoo)


25 May - Madonna to be given Malawi citizenship
She has homes in the US and Britain and now it seems the Queen of Pop has a new land. Malawi is said to be making Madonna an honourary citizen in recognition for her work there.
As well as adopting her son David from the African country, the Four Minutes singer funds several orphanages in the land, feeding and educating thousands of youngsters. Caring Madonna is also setting up a girls' school to help the underprivileged.
"We are proud as a country to be associated with such a megastar," Billy Kaunda, Malawi's deputy tourism and culture minister, was reported as saying.
"She will have freedom of all cities here. She won't be bothered with issues like visas and other limitations."
Earlier this week, Madonna's documentary on Malawi, I Am Because We Are, premiered in Cannes to great acclaim. (source: Hello Magazine)


24 May - Toronto & Montreal get additional tour dates
The Canadian ticket sales of the Sticky & Sweet Tour are happening today and there are already new dates announced for Toronto & Montreal. Madonna is going to perform in Toronto for a second night on Sunday, October 19th in the Air Canada Centre and does an encore for Montreal fans in the Bell Centre on Thursday, October 23rd. ICON is holding a postsale for legacy and platinum members on Thursday, May 29th at 10 am for these dates.
Click here to see which dates are officially confirmed for the Sticky & Sweet Tour schedule so far!


24 May - Swiss rush for tickets for first Madonna concert
Madonna performs Miles Away @ the Olympia in ParisSome 47,000 tickets were snapped up within three hours for US pop diva Madonna's first-ever concert in Switzerland, to be held on August 30 at a military base near Zurich, its promoters said Friday.
No more tickets were currently available, but another 23,000 would be going on sale later, of which 10,000 will be reserved to people living near the venue at Duebendorf, Good News Productions said.
The tickets costs from 150 to 300 Swiss francs (90 to 185 euros, 140 to 285 dollars) -- domestic rail travel included.
Madonna will turn 50 on August 16, a week before she kicks off her Sticky & Sweet Tour in the Welsh city of Cardiff in support of her just-released 11th album Hard Candy.
The singer will perform in 10 cities in Europe -- Duebendorf being the fourth stop -- before crossing the Atlantic for 18 shows in North America from October 3 through November 26.
Madonna's Confessions Tour in 2006 pulled in 1.3 million fans in 25 countries and raked in 260 million dollars -- making it the highest-earning tour ever for a female artist. (source: AFP via Yahoo)


23 May - Watch ABC Nightline interview
You can now watch Madonna's ABC Nightline interview with Cynthia McFadden from last night, set in Cannes, on our video blog!


23 May - Madonna to show film at Michael Moore's festival
Madonna at the amFAR auctionMadonna's new film on the impoverished nation of Malawi has wowed another maker of documentaries: Michael Moore.
Moore announced Thursday that Madonna, like himself a Michigan native, will appear for a screening of "I Am Because We Are" during the Traverse City Film Festival on Aug. 2.
"She's sort of entered my realm," Moore said. "When I saw it, I thought, 'Wow, it's like she's been making these films for years.'"
Madonna produced and narrated the documentary after traveling to Malawi, where she met the toddler David Banda. She and husband Guy Ritchie are adopting the child.
"I Am Because We Are" illustrates the poverty that children of the southern African country face, how the AIDS crisis is claiming lives, and the conditions that cause disease and other misery there. But the film urges people to volunteer and tries to offer hope.
"She takes the viewer through a very personal journey and tries to connect us, living here in the U.S., giving us a window into the way it is for other people in the world," Moore said. "You're extremely moved when you watch it. You understand very clearly why she's devoted so much of her life to the people of Malawi."
Moore said he was "outraged" by the criticism Madonna received for her efforts to adopt David. Some children's rights groups said it would be better to provide more resources so children could remain in their native countries. Others accused her of using her celebrity status to circumvent Malawian adoption laws, which she denied.
"As one who has seen what the yellow press can and does do, all of that was just one more reminder to me of just how dishonest so much of the media is in this country," Moore said.
Madonna @ 61st Cannes Film Festival "I am very excited to come to Michigan to show my film," Madonna said in an e-mail Friday to The Associated Press. "The film is a labor of love and I am happy that I can bring it home to my roots with the help of Michael.
"I am also honored that the film will be screening at this particular festival arranged by Michael as he is a genius and I am a huge fan."
Moore, who won the Academy Award in 2002 for "Bowling for Columbine," said he saw an early version of Madonna's film in London while shooting scenes for his latest documentary, "Sicko."
After watching the finished product about a month ago, he asked Madonna for permission to screen it during the festival in Traverse City, his adopted hometown about 250 miles northwest of Detroit. Moore established the festival in 2005 with local author Doug Stanton and photographer John Robert Williams.
"She said she'd be thrilled to come here and be part of the film festival," Moore said. "We were pleasantly surprised."
Madonna, born in Bay City and raised to the south near Detroit, recently released a new album, Hard Candy, and is preparing for a worldwide tour that begins in August. She'll take a one-day break from rehearsals to visit Traverse City.
The film will be shown in a downtown theater that seats 540. After the film is shown, Madonna will take questions from the audience, Moore said. (source: AP via Yahoo)


Madonna at the amFAR auction 23 May - Madonna auctions private concert at amFAR
Madonna auctioned a "private concert" late on Thursday at a star-studded dinner, raising 350,000 euros ($560,000) for AIDS charity amfAR.
The biggest lot on a night of conspicuous spending was a restored 1976 Porsche 911, which went for 500,000 euros after rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs stopped bidding at 450,000 euros.
A diamond-encrusted Christian Dior mobile phone also fetched 120,000 euros.
The annual Cinema Against AIDS gala, hosted by Sharon Stone, is one of the hottest tickets at the Cannes film festival each year, with hundreds of guests traveling to nearby Mougins for an auction dinner held in a giant marquee.
The rich and famous lined a packed red carpet on Thursday, including Madonna, Combs and Stone, actor Dennis Hopper, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and actress Natalie Portman.
"I hope we all leave a little poorer," said amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole in his opening speech.
He need not have worried, with the cheapest seats going for around $4,000 each, rising to $15,000 for seats nearer the stage. The overall tally for the night was over $10 million.
Madonna at the amFAR auction Stone, who having just turned 50 called it her "birthday amfAR," showed clips of her travels around the world raising funds for the charity, while Madonna, 49, was in Cannes to promote her documentary about Malawi children orphaned by AIDS.
In what the Cannes media dubbed the "battle of the blondes," the two stars shared the stage and engaged in friendly banter.
"I don't say this about many people, but you're a hard act to follow," Madonna said. She described co-host Weinstein as "possibly one of the most, I won't say irritating, but unstoppable human beings I know."
Madonna offered to sing two songs backstage during her upcoming tour to two "very lucky people."
"People have offered me millions to play at their Bar Mitzvahs," Madonna joked after making the offer. When the bidding stalled at 300,000 euros, she added "Don't humiliate me," before leaving the stage. (source: Reuters via Yahoo)

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22 May - Madonna's latest transformation: crusading filmmaker
Madonna & Guy @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalThe 'Material Girl' on the Journey and Children That Changed Her Life
It's edging up on midnight. But even on a Tuesday night at film festival time in Cannes the town is still hopping, packed with the people who make movies, the people who want to make movies and the people who like to hang out with them.
Far above the sidewalk leaning over the top balcony of the famed Carlton Hotel is a woman the world knows by one name: Madonna. Parties are not high on her agenda for this trip. She's in the South of France to show her new documentary, "I Am Because We Are," a solemn chronicle of the one million AIDS orphans in Malawi.
There couldn't be two more different worlds that Cannes and Malawi. Madonna - as she has done so often - embraces the extremes.
"There's something beautiful about it," she told "Nightline" co-anchor Cynthia McFadden. "On the one hand you can see that Cannes represents superficiality, but so let's bring some reality into it. There's a lot of people here that I think would like to feel inspired by more than the gown they're wearing or the famous person sitting next to them."
Madonna talked about one of the inspirations that led to the making of the film. How did the Material Girl end up in one of the poorest nations on earth, a decidedly non-material place, adopting a child and making a film?
"I guess it happened at a time in my life where I was just dialed into the frequency of wanting to do something that wasn't just concentrate on my career and family and I wanted to go outside of that," she said.

'I'm Not Thinking About My Birthday'
Madonna @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalAs she approaches her 50th birthday, Madonna said she's not thinking about it.
"F**k you. I'm 50. That's what I'm going to say when I turn 50. Sorry."
"Why's everyone rushing me over the finish line?" she said. "No, I'm not thinking about my birthday. I'm thinking about what I'm going to eat for dinner tonight. That's my future plan."
Still, the star said that she's "very happy" with her life and doesn't compete with her younger self.
"If I didn't feel good and wasn't doing what I wanted to do with my life, maybe [turning 50] would bother me," she said. "But I feel good about what I'm doing. I feel like in a way it's given me a feeling of accomplishment for living this long and to still be able to do what I want to do and feel as good as I do. It's a blessing."
Speaking about her photo spread in the May issue Vanity Fair magazine (she graces the cover), Madonna said, "I like the way I look better now. My thighs aren't as chubby. I'm not kidding. I'm being perfectly honest with you. …I see myself as practical and handsome and useful. I don't think of myself as a great beauty. But I think of myself as stylish."
"I look thinner naked," she added. "Don't ask. It's weird."
She acknowledged that there's a double standard when it comes to women's ages; that more is being made of her age than that of male rock stars such as Sting (56), Mick Jagger (64), Billy Joel (59), or David Bowie (61).
"I don't think we live in just a sexist society, we live in an ageist society, connected to women," she said. "I think women in an unconscious way are valued for their youth, youthful beauty, not so much for their wisdom and experience. Hopefully, we're going to change all that."

'Let the People Tell Their Story'
Madonna @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalEffecting change is part of what drew the star to make the documentary. Madonna said that she had already been talking to husband Guy Ritchie about the possibility of adopting a child when she received a phone call from Victoria Keelan, who does humanitarian work in Malawi.
"When the student is ready a teacher appears," she said. "This light bulb went off."
In April of 2006 Madonna headed to the tiny South African country - one of the poorest countries in the world - intent on adopting a child and making a film. With her on that first trip was a young man who for years had helped take care of her kids and worked as her gardener who she had decided would direct her film - a choice that raised many eyebrows.
"Well, it's not good to think in a limited way," she said. "After all I used to be the jelly squirter at Dunkin Donuts."
The film they have made together is in many ways unexpected. It is not about Madonna and only indirectly about her attempt to adopt a little boy named David. It is a sweeping look at a country where children are raising other children and where more than half the population lives on less than a dollar a day. Madonna steps off center stage and lets the children tell their own stories.
"I wanted to get out of the way and every once in a while come in and explain some details. I let the people tell their story."
"I still cry when I see it," she said. "You can just feel the humanity of people. The vulnerability of people … You really see the strength of women, that's the other thing about Africa. The women seem to carry the burden of everything. They seem to be the ones pushing forward to make change. They seem to be the ones who were the victims of so many things. They moved me more than anything."
But buried in the bleak images of despair, there are smiles … genuine smiles. It is not just the pain which is palpable in this film. There is also joy.
"I had never seen so much, sort of, tangible suffering, but I've never experienced so much joy and openness," she said. "I think that comes from living in the moment without having a lot of distractions, which we have a lot of. And not knowing if the next day is going to come so really experiencing things in the moment."

'David's Magic'
Madonna & Sharon Stone @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalWhich brings us another joyous and painful subject: David, her foster son from Malawi who she is intent on adopting, seen in the documentary as a tiny baby being carried by a young girl called Wezi.
She says she knew she had a connection to him, and that her husband Guy experienced that as well when they returned to Malawi. She says Guy also "experienced David's magic," but took a little longer to make the decision.
"You know men, they always take a little bit longer to catch up," she said.
Joking aside, their adoption was supposed to be finalized last month, then last week … then yesterday … but has been repeatedly postponed by the Malawi court despite the excellent evaluation of the Ritchie household by the court-appointed social worker.
Madonna marvels that even the evaluation was leaked to the press.
"I got a gold star for parenting? Is nothing private?"
David's biological father, who stepped forward when the adoption made international headlines, now supports the adoption. But still they wait.
"It's just bureaucracy, she said."I'm going to be patient. For him, I'll be patient."
All the while Madonna still tends to the needs of other children in Malawi by providing health care, housing and education for several of the children in the film.
"I feel responsible for all those children in the film and for all those children that didn't make it into the film. I promise you if the government didn't make it so hard I would have brought a truckload of them home with me. I hope that through his film, people will be inspired to do the same."

'I Feel Very Blessed'
Madonna @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalWhen we talked Tuesday night the documentary's debut the next night was very much on her mind. She said she was nervous because "I want to make a difference and I want people to like the movie and feel moved by it."
Madonna also talked about her new album, Hard Candy, which debuted at number one in 37 countries around the world and broke a record along the way. Madonna now has more number one hits than Elvis Presley says she also still gets nervous when a record comes out, and that she doesn't "rest on her laurels."
Madonna recorded her latest record Hard Candy with Justin Timberlake, Pharell Williams and Timbaland - who she calls "divas in their own right" - because she wanted to challenge herself.
"We all had our hiccups where we jockeyed for positions and we tried to get to know each other, because songwriting is a very intimate experience. I would say there were a few uncomfortable moments. With Pharell, he actually made me cry. I've never told anyone that before.
"I think I was just having a bad day," she said. "You know when you're not fine. You know sometimes when you just burst into tears for no reason?"
She says that the two "had it out, and now I love him. And we made great music together. But I think we had to go through that."
Madonna's new tour is already selling out. "I love performing," she said, adding that the first two weeks and the last two weeks are always the best. "It's like a piece of gum when you first put it in your mouth. It's so good. But when you spit it out, you're so relieved to get rid of it. It's killing your jaw."
The woman who says she savors beginnings and endings is also enjoying this time of her life.
"I feel good about everything that's going on in my life. I feel very blessed. I have an amazing family. I'm excited about my documentary, about the film I directed, about my album. I have amazing friends. What's not to be happy about?" (source: ABC News)


22 May - Madonna happy to be "guinea pig" in adoption case
Madonna & Guy @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalAmerican singer Madonna said on Thursday she was happy to be a "guinea pig" in a case she hopes could ease adoptions from Malawi, where an AIDS epidemic has orphaned more than 1 million children.
The southern African country's High Court is considering whether Madonna can adopt an infant boy.
A report by Malawi's Human Rights Commission says the adoption could be illegal because it does not conform with international conventions and procedures under the country's law.
Madonna, presenting a documentary on the plight of children in Malawi at the Cannes film festival, said the controversy had been difficult to deal with but she was happy to be involved in a move that might allow more children to be adopted.
"Up until this time there wasn't an adoption law, so consequently I'm sort of the template or the role model, so to speak, for future adoptions," she told a news conference.
"Hopefully after we get through this adoption it will be easier for other people to adopt children and I'm happy to be the guinea pig," she said.
But critics say she has been allowed to get around laws that prevent non-residents adopting children.
Madonna's film "I Am Because We Are" recounts the story behind her efforts to adopt David, a boy whose mother died in childbirth in Malawi, said she had tried to look at the controversy in a positive light.
"Yes it was painful and it was a big struggle and I didn't understand it, but in the end I rationalized that when a woman has a child and goes through natural child birth she suffers an enormous amount," she said.
"So I sort of went through my own kind of birthing pains dealing with the press on my front doorstep and accusing me of kidnapping or whatever you want to call it. In the end it made me stronger so I can't complain."
Madonna began adoption proceedings for David in 2006 and the boy has since then been living with her and her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, in their London home.
David has been with them since he was 13 months old. His father, who approves the adoption bid, had placed him in an orphanage after the death of his wife. (source: Reuters via Yahoo)


21 May - Madonna makes Cannes debut as filmmaker
Madonna & Sharon Stone @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalPop star Madonna has made her debut as a movie maker at the Cannes Film Festival with a red-carpet screening of her documentary about the plight of the one million children in Malawi who have been made orphans after losing their parents to AIDS.
While Madonna did not appear in Filth and Wisdom, her directing debut which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, she wrote, narrated, produced and enlisted first-time direction by Nathan Rissman to make the documentary I Am Because We Are.
The black-tie Cannes audience gave a warm reception to the movie with Madonna also attending the screening of the documentary at the world's leading film festival.
She told the invited guests, which included Hollywood star Sharon Stone, that I Am Because We Are represented "a journey of lifetime; a journey that was continuing".
The documentary begins with Madonna saying: "People always ask me why I chose Malawi. I didn't. It chose me."
The movie also touches on Madonna's adoption in 2006 of a child from Malawi, which is one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 60 per cent of its 13 million citizens live on less than a dollar a day.
The adoption sparked controversy with claims that the official papers had been processed with unusual haste and the boy's biological father later saying he did understand what adoption meant.
Madonna @ 61st Cannes Film FestivalI Am Because We Are, which is derived from a remark by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town, premiered last month at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
Apart from prominent Malawian activists and Tutu, the Madonna documentary also includes interviews with former US President Bill Clinton, American third world economist Jeffrey Sachs and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer.
But it is the often harrowing stories told by many of the children and the sometimes horrific lives they lead that are the most powerful part of the movie.
The 90-minute film also shows the efforts by Madonna's charitable organisation Raising Malawi to help improve the lives and conditions of children in Malawi, many of whom have ended up the streets after their parents or other family members have fallen victim to AIDS and HIV. (source: AAP via Yahoo)


21 May - Madonna sizzles on red carpet at Cannes Film Festival
A dazzling Madonna made an appearance on the red carpet of the 61st Cannes Film Festival today, to promote her Malawi documentary I Am Because We Are. Madonna wore a gorgeous see-through dress, and she surely still has those mad-eyes! ;-)

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21 May - Spanish and Portuguese tour stops? *rumour*
According to Portuguese promoter Ritmos & Blues, Madonna will end the European leg of her Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Estadio Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal on September 28th. (source: DrownedMadonna)
Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper ABC claim that a show in Alicante, Spain on September 18th is in the works. (source: MadonnaTribe)
Other Spanish sources are talking about a show in Stadi Olimpic in Barcelona on that day.
These shows, as well as earlier rumoured European shows in Athens, Greece and Zagreb, Croatia, remain unconfirmed so far. When we have more info, you'll read it here.


21 May - Madonna in Cannes
Madonna @ Tribeca Film Festival, NYC Is Madonna going to get swept away again?
A source at the Cannes Film Festival says that famed wrap-dress fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg is hosting an exclusive VIP luncheon tomorrow to toast the Cannes screening of I Am Because We Are, Madonna's documentary about Malawi AIDS orphans.
The fete will take place aboard EOS, the $200 million 300-foot yacht owned by Von Furstenberg's husband Barry Diller. And guests shouldn't be late. "Launches will be waiting at 1:30 p.m. SHARP," the invite reads.
The following night, Madonna joins Sharon Stone as cohost of the annual fundraising fete for AIDS organization amfAR. (source: E! Online)


19 May - Live Nation reports on tour sell-outs
Tickets for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour are off to a strong start with weekend sell-outs reported in Paris, Boston and Chicago, followed by sell-outs in New York this morning where 2 performances at Madison Square Garden quickly sold out as did a 3rd show now confirmed for October 11th.
The tour will begin August 23rd in Cardiff Wales and will play arenas and stadiums throughout Europe including a number of cities where Madonna has not performed in the past fifteen years.
A multi-Grammy award winner and recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's no surprise that the world's tastiest sweetheart's 11th album Hard Candy debuted at #1 in an unprecedented 37 countries last week. The album has received Four Stars in Rolling Stone, Blender and People Magazine with The NY Daily News hailing Hard Candy as Madonna's greatest album ever. Madonna's current smash single 4 Minutes was co-written and co-produced by Madonna, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. Hard Candy is the number one most downloaded digital album in the U.S. and many other countries. Madonna's previous studio album Confessions On A Dance Floor sold over 8.5 million copies
Madonna has long been known for groundbreaking multi-dimensional tours that consist of visual and audio extravaganzas with non-stop singing and breathtaking dancing. Madonna's last outing, 2006's acclaimed Confessions Tour played in 25 countries including Russia, reached a collective audience of over 1.3 million fans, and was the highest grossing concert tour of all time by a female artist. (source: Press release Live Nation)


19 May - Zurich, Switzerland announced for Sticky & Sweet Tour *official*
We are happy to announce that a new city has just been added to the Sticky & Sweet Tour itinerary! Madonna will perform at the Dubenhof Festival Site in Zurich on August 30. If you are an Icon member, please note that the devoted fan club presale will start on Tuesday, May 20 at 10am Local Time, while the public sale is set to start on Friday, May 23 at 8am. (source: Madonna.com)
~ Please note that initially Madonna.com in their news posted August 20th, but on their tour site and in this Swiss newspaper, August 30th is confirmed.


18 May - How Justin winds up Madonna
Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake has revealed how he winds Madonna up - about her age.
The Sexy Back star said he loves to remind Madge that they are from different generations - even though she scares him. "I'm totally frightened of her," he confessed to US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Timberlake, 27, said he and Madonna has the occasional row while they were writing and recording hit song 4 Minutes together.
"It wasn't all peaches and cream in the studio every day," he said. "We had our little tiffs - obviously being from different generations.
"I love to remind her of that," he giggled as the studio audience gasped.
"She knows I love to remind her of that. I'm just messing around."
The ex boy band star said he and Madge did struggle with some differences in taste while penning 4 Minutes.
"We had this beat and I was like 'Yeah - this is going to be the sexiest song ever'," he said.
"She was like 'I don't know if I want to write about the things you write about'.
"I said: 'You can't save the world in four minutes. Alright, we're going to save the world in four minutes'. And that's really where it came from."
Timberlake also told Ellen how he loved girlfriend Jessica Biel's toned body and was happier than ever.
"She's a beast and I'm very happy about it," he smiled.
"She's wonderwoman in the gym. She works out with me sometimes and kicks my butt. I'm the happiest I've ever been." (source: Yahoo Xtra)


18 May - Justin discusses Madonna on Ellen, Madonn sends video message
You can now watch Justin Timberlake on the Ellen DeGeneres show discussing his work with Madonna, and also a video message Madonna sent to Ellen to wish her happy birthday, on our video blog.


16 May - Free copies of catalog albums excluded from UK chart
Ray Of Light, the albumMadonna has been denied the chance to see five of her LPs in the U.K. album chart at the same time, after the country's Official Chart Company (OCC) deemed details surrounding their sales unfair.
The Material Girl star was set to score a chart quintuple last week (ends10May08) after British supermarket giant Tesco offered consumers a free copy of one of four previous Madonna albums when they purchased her latest release Hard Candy.
The offer allowed fans to buy the LP for $18 (GBP9), and claim a copy of either The Immaculate Collection, Ray Of Light, Music or Confessions On A Dance Floor for free.
And the promotion gave the star's earlier albums a significant boost in the British mid-week charts; The Immaculate Collection shot to number 28, Confessions On A Dance Floor sat at 48, Music at 95, and Ray Of Light at 110.
But the U.K. chart's governing body, the OCC, have excluded the albums from being counted in last week's rundown, insisting the offer didn't comply with its stance on chart rules.
The move meant only Hard Candy's sales were counted, which gave the singer her 10th number one album in the U.K. and U.S. charts earlier this month (May08).
OCC managing director Martin Talbot explains the decision: "It is quite a core chart rule that we only count sales, and the marketing of this particular initiative is clear - if you buy Hard Candy through Tesco you can have one of these albums free of charge."
He adds, "We will be monitoring these kinds of offers to assess whether current rules cover what is becoming an increasingly common occurrence. We need to ensure it doesn't undermine the authority of the charts, which are there to measure sales." (source: Contactmusic)
~ Fair enough, even though some of those albums could have got their first re-entry in years. A few of Madonna's albums are still on the UK Top 200 Albums chart, check out our chart news page to find out which ones!

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