Madonna news - May 2010

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03 May - Madonna: eyepatch pose for Interview Magazine
Madonna dons an eyepatch, brass knuckle and a lace glove in this new photo shoot for the May 2010 issue of Interview Magazine, as captured by photog duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The 51-year-old Material mom was interviewed by director Gus Van Sant about his film Milk, her early career and her involvement in Malawi. Madonna is also on the cover of the mag, with what looks like a red cross across her face. Crucifix? (source: Just Jared)

~ Interview Magazine has added a preview on their website, including part of the interview, a video behind the scenes of the photoshoot and some of the gorgeous pictures that remind us of a fierce 80s Madonna.
While most of the interview discusses films (including Madonna's work on W.E., which she'll be filming this summer), Madonna makes an interesting comment on the music industry which sheds a different light on her Live Nation deal:
VAN SANT: Now the music industry is sort of like a Craigslist venture, right? Where you're making your own records and selling them online.
MADONNA: Yeah. It's weird-that's exactly what's going on. I don't have a record deal right now with anybody. I don't know how I'm going to get my music out the next time I make a record.

VAN SANT: You have to rethink how to do it.
MADONNA: I'm going to have to reinvent the wheel. I haven't really been focused as much as I should be on the music part of my career because this movie has just consumed every inch of me. Between that and my four children, I don't have the time or the energy for anything else. For example, I do appreciate that lots of people worked long and hard putting together things like the DVD of the Sticky & Sweet tour that we just released, and I have seen the finished product, but I have got no idea how people are going to find out about it or how it's going to be sold.

VAN SANT: They'll find it. [laughs]
MADONNA: Hopefully. I think I have a fan club- well, that's what they say.

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03 May - Madonna's former assistant pleads with fans over memorabilia
Madonna's former assistant is pleading with fans to shun a sale of memorabilia on - after she lost the items when she fell behind on storage payments.
Melissa Crow, who used to work for the Material Girl, was storing the items - including photos of the superstar and a Polaroid picture of her holding a genitalia-shaped water pistol - at a facility in Chatsworth, California.

But Crow allegedly lost the rights to the goods when she fell behind on her monthly payments at the storage unit, according to the owner of the site.
An unknown bidder bought the items for just $150 (£100) at a blind auction on Sunday (25Apr10) and he's now selling them on eBay, reports
And Crow has taken to several Madonna internet blogs to urge fans not to purchase the keepsakes.
The memorabilia also includes 17 journals, which Madonna allegedly wrote between 1988 and 1992, priced at $2.5 million (£1.6 million) - but Madonna's representative tells TMZ they are fake. (source: Contactmusic)

01 May - Update on Madonna's US digital single sales
From the Ask Billboard column:
Hi Gary,
With "Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna" at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 and her own Celebration album receiving a boost, re-entering at No. 86, it's gotten me thinking about Madonna's best-selling digital songs.

Like A Prayer, the single Could you please provide totals for her five best-selling tracks since 2005 (when digital sales began contributing to the Billboard Hot 100) and her 10 best-selling hits before then? That way, no newer tracks (i.e., 4 Minutes or Hung Up) that fans had the chance to purchase from the time of their release "unfairly" rank above older songs.
Also, what are Madonna's overall digital songs sales?
Thank you and keep up the good work,
Jim Radenhausen
Reeders, Pennsylvania

Hi Jim,
Material Girl, the singleThe spotlight on Madonna has certainly benefitted both "Glee" and the Queen of Pop. Make sure to check our Billboard cover story on the show, as well.
I, like millions of other viewers, thought that the "Glee" cast did a great job covering Madonna's catalog. Two personal favorite highlights from the April 20 episode: Lea Michele and Cory Monteith's walk-and-sing mash-up of Borderline and Open Your Heart - complete with Madonna look-alikes of various eras in the background - and Amber Riley's powerful solo on Like A Prayer.
As requested, here is a look at the digital sales to-date, according to Nielsen SoundScan through the week ending April 25, of Sue Sylvester's musical hero:

Top-Selling Madonna Titles Released Since 2005:
2,751,000, 4 Minutes
1,200,000, Hung Up
Vogue, the single 358,000, Sorry
316,000, Give It 2 Me
192,000, Celebration

Top-Selling Madonna Titles Released Before 2005:
443,000, Like A Prayer
322,000, Material Girl
311,000, Vogue
293,000, Ray Of Light
Ray Of Light, the single 260,000, Holiday
240,000, Like A Virgin
217,000, Music
211,000, Crazy For You
189,000, Santa Baby
184,000, Die Another Day

Madonna has sold 11.6 million digital songs to date.

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