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11 December - Madonna on Billboard's Decade-End charts
Official US chart magazine Billboard has published its end of the decade lists, based on chart performances of artists, singles and albums. Here are Madonna's rankings in the 2000s:
Artists Of The Decade [The Top Artists of the Decade ranking is based on artists chart performance on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums.]
Hot 100 Artists
Billboard 200 Artists
Billboard 200 Albums [The top-selling albums of the decade (2000-09) across all genres, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen Soundscan.]
#44 (4 Minutes feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
Dance/Club Play Artists
Dance/Club Play Songs
#1 (Hung Up)
#18 (Die Another Day)
#2 (Confessions On A Dance Floor)
Top Touring Artists
Total Gross: $801,299,671
Number of Shows: 248
Number of Sell-Outs: 244
Total Attendance: 6,387,124
Madonna is the clear winner in the Dance/Club Play category (where she scored 17 out of her 40 #1s in the 2000s) and in the Top Touring Artists category where only 2 bands, The Rolling Stones and U2 managed to beat her, making Madonna the biggest touring solo act of the 2000s!
For the complete Decade-End charts of Billboard, check here.
10 December - Physical single formats of Revolver announced
Turns out Madonna's final single under Warner Bros is going to get a physical release after all. Warner Music Netherlands (via Madonna.nl) announced the tracklist of Revolver:
CD Single (Release Date: January 22nd, 2010)
01 Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix (Feat. Lil Wayne) 03:25
02 Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix) 03:10
03 Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Club Remix) 05:23
04 Revolver (Paul van Dyk Remix) 08:36
05 Revolver (Paul van Dyk Dub) 08:36
06 Revolver (Tracy Young's Shoot To Kill Remix) 09:30
07 Celebration (Feat. Akon) 03:54
08 Celebration (Felguk Love Remix) 06:38
12" Vinyl Single (Release Date: February 5th, 2010)
A1 Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Club Remix) 05:23
A2 Revolver (Paul van Dyk Remix) 08:36
B1 Revolver (Tracy Young's Shoot To Kill Remix) 09:30
C1 Revolver (Paul van Dyk Dub) 08:36
C2 Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix) (Feat. Lil Wayne) 03:25
D1 Celebration (Feat. Akon) 03:54
D2 Celebration (Felguk Love Remix) 06:38
The CD tracklist will also be available as an iTunes digital EP on December 29th, 2009. It is currently not clear whether these formats will be released in the US or not. This decision is going to make Revolver a 2010 single release for Madonna, makes us wonder if the decision was made because currently there's no new Madonna music planned for quite a while.
UPDATE: Madonna.com confirms the US will also get these formats. The digital EP on December 29th, the CD on January 26th, 2010 and the vinyl on February 9th, 2010.
10 December - Hung Up & Music among 100 Best Songs of the Decade
As we're nearing the end of the decade, a lot of best of lists are getting published these days. Latest is the 100 Best Songs of the Decade by Rolling Stone magazine, where Madonna has two entries: the first two songs of the Celebration compilation, Hung Up at #76 and Music at #66. For the latter, they even give a small write up:
Despite all the new pop starlets out there trying to jump her train, Madonna definitely was not slackening the pace. When she dropped Music, she was older than Britney and Christina combined, yet she took them to school with vintage electro-boom, Eurodisco flourishes from French producer Mirwais, and her own inimitable sass.
For the complete list, click here. Unfortunately none of Madonna's 4 albums of the 00s earned a place in the 100 Best Albums of the Decade list...
10 December - Celebration vinyl album to be released on December 22
Attention, Vinyl lovers! Madonna's Celebration is to be released as 4-LP Vinyl on December 22! This deluxe vinyl package features 4 120g black vinyl discs pressed at Record Industry in a 2-pocket Stoughton gatefold jacket with expanded pockets (2 discs in each pocket) and includes all of the 36 songs originally available on the 2-CD edition of the album released back in September.
Time to give your favourite turntable the Christmas present it deserves! Just click here to pre-order from Amazon. (source: Madonna.com)
08 December - Watch GMTV interview part 2
The second part of the GMTV interview was broadcast this morning, where Madonna unfortunately does not talk about music, only about her children. She mentions how Lola was at the Israel shows and the Celebration video and that David is her biggest fan among her children and he even wants to wear all the dresses, especially the one she wore during the La Isla Bonita performance.
08 December - Tom Ford: "We were not waiting for Madonna"
She was the surprise guest of honor Sunday night at the screening of Tom Ford's drama A Single Man at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But Madonna was late. Very late. And so, the film rolled without her in the audience.
"We were called at 7:30. And then we changed it to 7:45 and we let everyone know. We always intended to start at eight. And we actually started without Madonna," Ford told USA TODAY's Donna Freydkin today. "She came in after the movie had started. She's a friend of mine and I wasn't going to hold the film for Madonna. We were not waiting for Madonna."
The superstar walked the carpet solo, posed for photos, and ran into the screening room. She also swung by the after-party at Monkey Bar, along with Anna Wintour and Courtney Love. As for Ford, he and his stars Colin Firth and Julianne Moore ducked out of the screening for their own private party honoring Nicholas Hoult, who plays an amorous college student. "We ran off to celebrate Nick's birthday. He was turning 20," says Ford. (source: USA Today)
07 December - Watch GMTV interview part 1
Ben Shepherd of UK channel GMTV interviewed Madonna last month and today they showed the first part on tv. Madonna gets asked about her work, personal life and children and confirms that the Lady Gaga dance off at Guy Oseary's birthday party did take place. She also talks about superstardom these days, that everything is so instant, it's "all or nothing" and these days there's no room for slow and organic artistic grow in the business.
06 December - New US Celebration certifications
Even though Madonna's current greatest hits album Celebration is already out of the Billboard 200, good news is that it has just become another Gold album for her, certified by the RIAA for shipping at least 500,000 copies (in shipments, a double CD counts as two copies). With this addition, Madonna is certified for 64 million albums in the US, which still keeps her at the second place among female artists, between Barbra Streisand (71.5 million) and Mariah Carey (62.5 million).
Moreover, the Celebration Video Collection also gets a certification, Platinum for shipping 100.000 double DVDs, very impressive for a video compilation in this era!
For a complete list of Madonna's certifications, check our charts page and to see Madonna's rank in all artists' RIAA certification list, check here.
03 December - Revolver single press release
Hot on the spurs of Madonna's Top 3 single Celebration, the Queen of Pop releases her brand new explosive and highly energised single Revolver featuring Lil Wayne out December 14th.
The track features on Madonna's Greatest Hits Record, Celebration, which charted at No.1 in the UK and brings Madonna level with Elvis Presley's record of eleven UK number one albums. No other solo artist can match this achievement. Only The Beatles, with a total of fifteen, have had more number one albums in chart history.
Celebration has sold over 2 million copies worldwide already, including 300,000 (platinum) in the UK.
Revolver, which was recorded in New York is written and produced by Madonna and features contributing rap vocals by Lil Wayne. Included on the CD are the following indispensable remixes:
Revolver Madonna vs David Guetta (One Love Remix)
Celebration (Akon Remix)
Celebration – the definitive greatest hits CD covers the expanse of the Material Girl's extraordinary career of hits including Everybody, Express Yourself, Vogue and 4 Minutes. The Celebration DVD includes Madonna's best videos including several that have never before been available on DVD.
Madonna has racked up a record-smashing 63 UK Top Ten hits, 13 UK No.1 singles as well as 11 UK No.1 albums. A multi Grammy award winning singer, writer and producer, she has had more UK number 1's than any other female artist and is the most successful female solo artist ever.
Don't miss a rare 2-part Madonna interview with Ben Shephard on GMTV, December 7th & 8th, where she discusses her life and extensive career. (A Warner UK press release)
03 December - Celebration gets a Grammy nomination
Last night the Grammy nominations were announced for the 52nd time and Madonna's Celebration song, which was released before the September 1st deadline, gets a nomination in the Best Dance Recording category. Here are all the nominees:
Boom Boom Pow
The Black Eyed Peas
will.i.am & Jean Baptiste, producers; Dylan Dresdow, mixer
Track from: The E.N.D.
When Love Takes Over
David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
David Guetta & Frederic Riesterer, producers; Veronica Ferraro, mixer
Track from: One Love
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers
Track from: The Fame
K. Briscoe, producer; Serban Ghenea, mixer
Track from: Circus
We don't think Madonna has much chance for this award, considering the singles by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears were all huge #1 hits. For the complete list of nominees, which seems to reflect how 2009 was one of the least diverse years in pop music ever as everything is dominated by Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas, check here. The Grammy Awards show will air on January 31st, 2010.
02 December - New Madonna interview to air on GMTV
A brand new Madonna interview will air on UK's GMTV Monday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 8th.
The Queen of Pop is to discuss "Love, music and children" with GMTV's host Ben Shephard, so make sure to watch!
Click below for a special teaser. (source: Madonna.com)
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