Madonna news - June 2009
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15 June - Sticky & Sweet tv broadcast on July 4!
Sky has signed an exclusive deal to broadcast Madonna and Girls Aloud's most recent tours: Sticky & Sweet
and Out of Control respectively.
The 120-minute Madonna: Sticky & Sweet
special was recorded in Buenos Aires in December. It features the singer performing her greatest hits, as well as songs from her latest studio album, Hard Candy
It will air on Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD on the 4 July, the day Madonna arrives in the UK for her performance at the 02 Arena
The deal also gives Sky 1 the rights to a special 15-minute, behind-the-scenes film to be broadcast alongside the tour
. (source: Broadcastnow.co.uk
~ Most likely the 120 minutes include the commercial breaks, so expect a couple of songs cut, just like the 2006 broadcast of the Confessions Tour
on NBC. It is currently unknown whether this is going to be a UK-only special, or later on it's going to be shown on other nations' channels.
15 June - Guy Oseary promises Australia for next tour
Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager posted a hopeful message for Australian fans on his Twitter
: "I have received many messages about Madonna coming to Australia.. I promise you on our next tour we will definitely come down under!
12 June - Madonna's 2nd adoption in Malawi officially approved!
Madonna can adopt a second child from Malawi, the southern African country's highest court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court decision it said was out of touch with the times.
Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo also said the singer's commitment to helping disadvantaged children should have been taken into account when deciding on Madonna's request to adopt 3-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James
Madonna has founded a charity, Raising Malawi, which helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi's more than 1 million orphans, half of whom have lost a parent to AIDS.
Children's welfare groups had expressed concern that rules meant to protect children were being bent because of Madonna's celebrity, and perhaps out of gratitude for what she has done for Malawi, one of the world's poorest and most AIDS-ravaged countries.
Madonna had appealed after a lower court ruled she could not adopt the girl because the singer had not spent enough time in Malawi. The lower court said residency rules had been bent when Madonna adopted her son David from Malawi last year.
The appeals court said that was a narrow interpretation based on old laws, and that it is possible in today's globalized world to be resident in more than one place at a time.
(source: AP via Yahoo
~ Congratulations to Madonna and her big family!
11 June - Second Tel Aviv Show announced!
We are happy to announce that due to overwhelming demand, a second Tel Aviv show has just been added to Madonna's tour itinerary and will take place at Yhoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park) on September 2nd
Tickets to this newly added show will go on sale on Friday, June 12 at 10 am Local Time [tomorrow].
If you're a current Platinum member of Icon, please note that a special fan club allotment will be made available through a devoted sale starting on June 12 at 10am Local Time. No matter if you're a long time member or a new one, you will be able to access this sale and order your tickets.
See you at the show! (source: Madonna.com
~ With this, most likely final addition, the 2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour
reaches the amount of 29 shows, exactly half of the 2008 dates!
11 June - Polish priests don't want Madonna's Assumption
Madonna's upcoming concert in Poland has been thrown into jeopardy after a Catholic group announced plans to protest the show.
A committee is hoping to keep the Material Girl from taking to the stage in Warsaw on 15 August (09), which coincides with the Assumption of Mary feast - a holy date in the Catholic Church.
A Catholic Society representative maintains the controversial pop star's shows on her Sticky & Sweet tour
are anti-Christian and would conflict with the religious celebration.
The group has urged Polish government officials and tour promoters to cancel the show - but if the performance goes ahead, the assembly has promised to "stifle Madonna" by staging a picket line outside the venue.
The Catholic protesters aren't the first to take issue with Madonna's current tour - last month (May09) Russian officials demanded she promise not to blaspheme at her August concert in front of the country's oldest museum. (source: ContactMusic
10 June - Lawyer: Adoption not yet approved
Madonna's adoption lawyer in Malawi, Alan Chinula, tells Access Hollywood that online rumors of Malawi's high court changing their tune and allowing Madonna to adopt a young girl named Mercy are, "not true at all."
Chinula said that the judges in Malawi are not happy about this report out there on the Web. Specifically he said that, "The Chief Justice is not very amused," and that, "We're very unhappy about it."
Chinula's colleagues are having a meeting with the Chief Justice later today to explain that it is a misunderstanding and nothing more than a rumor circulating in the press.
Chinula also says they are anxiously waiting for the courts to deliver the judgment, and that it could be any day. He told Access he checks in with the court clerk every day to find out if they have made a decision on the adoption.
He added that he has not spoken to Madonna about this latest report yet.
Chinula is very dismayed at this false report. He goes on to say that his staff are professionals and that they would never tell the press something like this before a decision had come down.
Chinula also handled Madonna's first adoption with David Banda, now 3. (source: Access Hollywood
03 June - Press release: Final show of a triumphant tour
Madonna's triumphant and record shattering Sticky & Sweet Tour
will be making its last and final stop September 1st in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Yehoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park). Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, June 3rd - complete details below.
"I'm very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final show. I know it will be unforgettable" commented Madonna who last performed in Israel in 1993.
The Sticky & Sweet Tour
- a stunning extravaganza gives fans a breathtaking never before seen or heard once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the top selling touring acts of all time, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour
played 58 cities last summer to wild critical acclaim and before over two and a half million adoring fans including sold out performances in Paris (80,000 tickets sold), Zurich (72,000 tickets sold), London (74,000 ticket sold), Vancouver (50,000 tickets sold), South America (650,000 tickets sold) and three sold out Madison Square Garden Shows in New York City.
"In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated" raved the London Times of Madonna's show in England. Sticky & Sweet
is scheduled to start up again in London's 02 Arena on July 4th with additional dates in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Russia, Sweden and many other countries before finishing on September 1st in Tel Aviv.
Madonna joined creative forces with director Jamie King to create Sticky & Sweet
which includes a troupe of 17 dancers, a specially built stage, hundreds of costumes and cutting edge visual technology. A multi million platinum selling recording artist, world class entertainer, singer, producer, songwriter, visual revolutionary, children's book author, film director, documentarian, cultural icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Madonna's career continues to inspire her many fans around the world. She continues her unparalleled career which thankfully for her legion of fans shows no signs of slowing down and that's most apparent when she arrives on a stage in Tel Aviv or anywhere else. (source: Madonna.com
01 June - Madonna to perform in Tel Aviv on September 1st *official*
Madonna will perform in Israel as part of her world Sticky and Sweet tour
, it was officially announced on Monday.
The 'Queen of Pop' will give a single show on September 1 at Tel Aviv's Ganei Yehoshua [Hayarkon Park]
to promote her latest album Hard Candy
Tickets will go on sale
on the Netvision Web site (www.013netvision.net.il
) on June 3
. Regular tickets will be priced at NIS 490, while tickets in two special VIP sections will be NIS 1,500-2,500.
A special stage will be built at the 66,000 capacity venue
for Madonna and her 17 dancers, while British record producer and DJ Paul Oakenfold will be performing as a special guest.
The tour began in August 2008 in Cardiff and was meant to end in Bulgaria on August 29, 2009.
However, Madonna received an offer by promoter Shuki Weiss and Live Nation to extend her tour for a performance in Israel, her 86th and final leg of the tour.
It will mark Madonna's second performance in Israel following her 1993 show in Tel Aviv.
The entertainer's last trip to Israel came two years ago when she was hosted by the Kaballah Center along with then-husband Guy Ritchie.
"I'm very excited to return to Israel for my last show," said Madonna at a press conference Monday. "I know that it will be unforgettable."
(source: Jerusalem Post
has not yet added Tel Aviv to its tour schedule, but it should happen soon. In 1993, Madonna performed in the same venue as part of the Girlie Show
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