Madonna news - April 2010


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30 April - Glee chart success stimulates Madonna to make new music
Madonna reacted to the chart success of the Glee soundtrack, saying "I'm thrilled to be Number One. It's such an honor. It makes me want to go back into the studio and write more songs!" Good girl!


29 April - Sorry mum: Funky Lourdes ignores Madonna's conservative styling advice
Madonna and Lourdes at the second annual Bent On Learning benefit Madonna and Lourdes at the second annual Bent On Learning benefit Madonna and Lourdes at the second annual Bent On Learning benefitJust last month Madonna revealed her wish for daughter Lourdes to dress more conservatively.
But the strong-willed 13-year-old clearly has no intention of taking styling tip from her famous mum.
With her ripped tights, clumpy boots and biker jacket, Lourdes - who has recently enrolled in acting school - looked anything but conservative.

But her funky outfit could easily have been lifted from her mum's Eighties wardrobe.
Madonna - elegant in a black trench coat with puffball shoulders - and her daughter were both guests at the second annual Bent On Learning benefit.
The charity offers instruction in yoga and meditation to young people in New York City as a means of reducing stress and improving concentration, self-esteem and overall health.

It's obviously a cause that's close to Madonna's heart. She maintains her impressive physique with the help of yoga, and has been a self-confessed addict of the Ashtanta discipline ever since Sting invited her to sit in on a session with him.
The singer also credits yoga with giving her a healthy mind and soul. "I remember that I couldn't sit still for a second. I was always on the move. I was often pretty aggressive, wild and unpredictable, but all that's changed," she said.
Other yoga-loving stars at the event included Madonna's pal Gywneth Paltrow - fresh from the Iron Man 2 premiere - and Heather Graham. (source: Hello Magazine)


28 April - Glee puts Madonna back on Billboard
The soundtrack of 'Glee: The Power of Madonna' The "Glee"/Madonna celebration is in full swing on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where "The Power of Madonna" soundtrack to last week's Queen of Pop-themed show debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Additionally, the "Glee" cast's version of Madonna's 1989 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit Like A Prayer was the biggest selling individual track from the show last week, debuting at No. 10 on the Digital Songs chart with 87,000 downloads sold. Like A Prayer will debut at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart tomorrow when it's unveiled on billboard.com.

But the party also extends to the diva's own catalog of her original recordings as well. For example, her appropriately titled Celebration greatest hits album re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 85 with 6,000 (up 219%). That's the package's best sales week since Christmas. (In the show last week, "Glee" character Sue Sylvester gave the title some ridiculous product placement when she held the CD in her hand during an appeal to have Madonna's music blasted through the school's intercom.)

All told, Madonna's catalog of albums saw a 44% jump in sales, selling 17,000 this past week (up from 12,000).
Her digital song download tally this week also got a big bump. Her total track sales totaled 108,000 for the week ‹ up 169% compared to the week previous (40,000). Her two biggest-selling songs of the week were 4 Minutes and Like A Prayer (each selling 12,000 with gains of 183% and 267%, respectively). (source: Billboard)


23 April - Glee: Madonna sequel in the works?
Glee Madonna Glee is heading back into the groove with Madonna. The afterglow from last night's smashing (and highly rated) Madge-themed episode has barely dimmed and already series creator Ryan Murphy is talking to the Material Girl about a sequel!

Murphy confirms that he's in discussions with M's camp and that "Madonna and her people are into it and want it to happen." The follow-up would air early next season and feature six more songs from the pop icon's immense catalog of hits. (There's talk that fans might be able to vote on which tracks should be used via a poll on Fox.com.)

The Glee-Madonna marriage has already reaped huge dividends for both the show and the star. Tuesday's episode attracted a potent 13.5 million viewers, down just 5 percent from last week's record-setting spring premiere. Additionally, the soundtrack from the ep is currently No. 1 on iTunes, and two of the singles are in the top 20.
The power of Madonna indeed.
Thoughts? Is Glee smart to stay in business with Madge? And which hit should Sue tackle next? Human Nature perhaps? Discuss on Facebook. (source: EW.com)


21 April - Glee dedicates full episode to Madonna
Glee is a musical comedy drama and is a very popular show. After a long break it returned on the TV in the early summer. The latest episode has become one of the most watched episodes ever. The latest episode is a tribute to the singer Madonna. She is the diva who has captured the hearts of millions of people from decades. The latest episode was named as 'Glee: The Music, The Power Of Madonna.' Some of the most famous songs from the Madonna's catalog were featured in the show. The songs that were featured on the show were Like A Prayer, Like A Virgin, What It Feels Like For A Girl, Open Your Heart [as a medley with Borderline], Express Yourself and the last one that was most liked and enjoyed by the audience was Vogue, the version by Sue Sylvester being simply awesome. The cast gave a strong performance on the song Like A Virgin on Glee's 'Power of Madonna'.

That was totally Madonna based episode. Huge ratings were given to the show by the audience and camera got the moments of all the cast members equally. That was considered as the best episode ever aired in the show. The audience praised the episode and performance of the cast especially their costumes. The choreography was mind blowing. Before their performance it was thought that the cast would find it difficult for them to perform on it but soon they showed that they were able to give such a high rating performance. Some of the audiences were disappointed when they came to know that the episode was a tribute to the Madonna and her famous tracks of Confessions On A Dance Floor were not included in the episode but their disappointment soon washed away upon seeing the episode and performances. The only flaw that was seemed in the episode was too much of background music otherwise the episode was flawless. (source: Puggal)
~ The various Madonna songs performed by the Glee cast are already riding high the US iTunes charts. You can buy the 7-track EP with the songs at Amazon.com.


21 April - Madonna gears up for Dolce and Gabbana campaign
Madonna is reportedly set to star in another campaign for Dolce and Gabbana.
Madonna modelling Dolce & Gabbana eyewearThe 51-year-old singer appeared in a stunning series of adverts for the Italian designers last year and it is thought she will be the face of their autumn/winter 2010 womenswear range.
The duo - who are good friends with Madonna - are currently in New York filming their new menswear campaign at Mulberry Street Bar and the 'Material Girl' hitmaker was spotted very near the venue.

It has also been reported Madonna's favourite photographer, Steven Klein, will be shooting in very same Manhattan area over the next few days for the designers.
If the rumours are true it will be the latest collaboration between the star and the fashion house.
As well as appearing in last year's campaign, it was recently revealed she is to design a collection of sunglasses which bear the letter 'M' on the arm.

Gabbana said: "We're so excited. This further strengthens our relationship with Madonna, and it was a very constructive experience for us. She is very exacting and a professional who seeks perfection in everything she does, and this was no exception."
Madonna will also star in the advertising images for the eyewear line, which were shot by Klein and will be released next month to coincide with the launch. (source: 3News)


18 April - Blogcritics review of Sticky & Sweet CD/DVD
Performing Borderline in Atlantic CityMadonna has reached a career apex where she's not so much a longstanding artist, but a living legend. This doesn't guarantee an all-out commercial takeover for each project she releases, but it does speak to the sheer quality of her body of work: the product sells itself without flashy marketing.

The Sticky & Sweet Tour comprises three hours (two on DVD, one on CD) from a 2008 Buenos Aires concert. The CD component is a given pleaser for longtime fans. It's the DVD, however, that's the universal draw. Spanning the breadth of her musical output from 1983's Borderline through 2008's 4 Minutes, the show accomplishes a remarkable feat not only in its ability to survey an exciting array of music genres — but also in the infinite spectacle of stage antics, choreography, and fashions that have made M such a long-lasting force. At the same time, the foundation is planted firmly in distinctively contemporary, highly enduring technique.

Indeed, very few artists these days have the luxury to produce a live show of such massive proportions. Over the course of two full, uninterrupted hours comes an abundance of grandiose sets and effects; a voluminous line-up of dancers; precisely engineered sound and sequence; and sharply produced, celebrity-studded video clips.

Performing Devil Wouldn't Recognize You in ParisWhen M opens the show with Candy Shop seated on a throne that's perched atop a silver stairway, one might be inclined to think the Queen of Pop has bitten off more than she can chew. Certainly, the first few notes out of her robust 5'4" frame sound shaky and timid. Yet, as the determined audience's cheers mesh with the spectacle of candy-colored lights, she wastes no time picking up momentum. Once she reaches Destination: Center Stage, the "Sweet Machine" can run full-throttle, with agile dance moves and spirited interplay churning out plentiful helpings of sticky rhythm and grooves.

Vogue 2008 sets the 1990 classic to the Timbaland production of 4 Minutes, transforming it from a house-driven workout to a minimalist, hip-pop jam. Followed contrastingly by a retrofied update of Into The Groove, the scene changes from mechanical futurism to a vibrant, Keith Haring-designed backdrop — over which the 50-years-young performer seamlessly twists and writhes around moving fixtures before double-dutch jumproping in time to the song's breakdown.

During the second half of the concert, La M delves into her ballad side — as well as her flair for international influences — more smoothly than usual. Where past tours saw her make a strained effort to be serious with slower songs, Sticky & Sweet finds her in a much more becoming, relaxed mode as she delivers the plaintive Devil Wouldn't Recognize You and Don't Cry for Me Argentina, on which she's joined by several acoustic guitarists, an accordion player, and violinist. Meanwhile, the entire dance troupe is flanked by traditional folk musicians on a festive, multiculti update of the originally understated La Isla Bonita.

Performing Heartbeat in ParisOnly a couple disappointing moments surface in the show, as far as musical arrangements are concerned. The faux Grunge-rock interpretation of Borderline strips the tune of its uncomplicated beauty and replaces it with a monotonous drivel of guitars, to which M adds one of several jarring, random screams of “Motherfucker!” Elsewhere, her '90s proclamation of self-assurance, Human Nature, is given a talkbox-driven funk treatment. This itself isn't such a bad idea; but its placement in the show is noticeably anti-climactic, and the vocal delivery is feeble.

The confident lyrics and engaging musical structure of Heartbeat and She's Not Me, both from the Hard Candy album, best encapsulate the energetic flavor of the experience. As M aggressively interacts with a handful of clones adorning the stage, the latter number's message that "She doesn't have my name, she'll never have what I have," truly comes to life.

30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the tour is also included. This is more in-depth than similar video found on The Confessions Tour DVD. Still, its lack of in-depth scenes from any single aspect of the experience leaves a feeling of detachment. Unquestionably, it's Madonna and company's actual show — the entire spectacle of song, dance, style, and attitude — that make the Sticky & Sweet Tour an invigorating and highly memorable happening. (source: Blogcritics.org)

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