I'm taking a break from the web to celebrate New Year on Cyprus. I'll be back on January 5th, but until then there won't be any news updates.
However, you can enjoy a new section at Mad-Eyes: the Tours section gives you details about Madonna's six past tours. It's the first of a few new sections, coming up in 2002! Enjoy and Happy New Year!
~ Bart, your webmaster
Madonna's smash 1990 film 'Dick Tracy' will finally be released on DVD in the U.S. on April 2. The DVD is expected to include cast interviews and deleted scenes that did not make the film. This edition will also be released worldwide around the same time.
In other DVD news, MGM Pictures is said to be considering releasing 'Body Of Evidence' in the U.S. by next summer.
Yahoo! Inc., a global Internet communications, commerce and media company, today announced the annual release of its most popular search terms for the year 2001.
The list is compiled using the Yahoo! Buzz Index, an interactive market research tool developed by Yahoo! to measure public engagement with brands, products, people and technologies on the Internet for both consumer knowledge and as a valuable tool for marketers.
The Yahoo! Buzz Index 2001 Leaders lists are compiled from all the searches conducted on the Yahoo! network from January 1, 2001 - December 15, 2001. Madonna is no. 6 in the Yahoo! Buzz Index Top 10 Leaders - Celebrities, behind Britney, J-Lo, Eminem, Pamela and Nelly
Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams have topped an internet survey about ideal Christmas visitors, with Jesus coming in only just above Osama bin Laden.
The poll, organised by website nomorefrogs.co.uk, questioned 2,700 visitors about who they'd most like to entertain for Christmas dinner. After Kylie and Robbie, the top 5 was completed by Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt.
This week Belgian fans can listen to the Top 2001 at Radio Donna (also streaming radio on the site). Of course Madonna made the list several times.
On friday there's Take A Bow (3.04).
Mad-Eyes now has a Madonna playlist.
We got a nice xmas present for all of you! Check out Annodam.com, the brand new Madonna portal, which unites 9 of the finest Madonnasites!
Read the complete interview with Madonna at the Today Show at MSNBC. There are a few pictures too.
I wish all of you, your friends & family a merry christmas! :)
Read a late GHV2 review at Popmatters.
When it came to the year-end concert-grossing chart, there was no way U2 were gonna get left behind. The band's Elevation Tour ranked as the top money-maker of 2001, bringing in $143 million, according to a report by Amusement Business.
The band's earnings eclipsed those of its competitors, largely because U2 played a whopping 113 arena concerts across the globe. [...]
Madonna's Drowned World Tour brought in $74 million worldwide from only 47 shows, landing her at #4.
You can remix Madonna songs yourself at the site of AcidPlanet.
Happy anniversary for Madonna and Guy! It's exactly one year ago that they wed in Dornoch's Skido Castle. This year the couple will celebrate with friends at the mansion of Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Many more years together M&G!
The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board has given Madonna and Guy Ritchie a new tartan for their first wedding anniversary. Host commissioned the tartan as a thank you for the couple making Scotland one of the most desirable places in the world to be married.
The tartan is called Romantic Scotland. Miss Scotland, Juliette Horne, modelled a wedding dress in the new material in front of Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire. The unique tartan was designed by Johnstons of Elgin.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in the Dec. 29, 2001, issue of Billboard magazine: Madonna's "Drowned World Tour 2001" video at no. 9.
Euro RSCG Worldwide, the world's fifth-largest advertising agency network has published a white paper titled "Influence & Influencers: What to Expect from the Near Future."
The report focuses on some of the key people, places, and things that will influence our world in the coming months and years.
Topping Euro RSCG's list of influential people is Madonna, who continues to demonstrate unbelievable marketing savvy.
Madonna has been used as the inspiration for a new art exhibition. Maximilian Otte says she has been his "lucky star" since he decided to base his fantasy girl pictures on her. But the artist refuses to accept his pictures are actually of Madonna.
Martin Suppan, organiser of Otte's latest exhibition in Vienna, said: "He doesn't say that the pictures are Madonna but everyone can see it, and they are hugely popular. "It's one of the best shows we have organised all year." Many of the works have already been sold for thousands of pounds each.
Madonna has blamed the organisers of art's Turner Prize for her swearing on live television. She says they had tempted her to do it by trying to vet her speech.
The singer swore as she presented the prize at London's Tate Britain gallery in a ceremony broadcast on Channel 4 earlier this month. She said today she could not resist the temptation after organisers asked her not to "use profanities".
She told American broadcaster NBC's Today show: "I didn't talk about freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I talked about how silly awards shows are."
And she hit back at critics who demanded an apology after the on-air swearing and said: "Whatever. I mean, as if no-one says that word. It is a cutting edge, contemporary award. People expect that sort of behaviour from me. They wanted me to give them a copy of my speech before I went on and I said 'No I'm not going to'. So they kept trying to get the information out of me in really unclever ways and I just got pissed off with them.
Then they said 'How would you like to introduced?' and I said 'Mrs Ritchie'. They said 'Oh no, we can't do that because everyone knows you as Madonna'. I mean come on, can't we play a little bit? It's ridiculous. Then they said at the end 'We hope and pray that there is no profanity in your speech'. So of course I did take that as an invitation and I did swear and I felt much better afterwards."
Madonna says she thinks some of her most famous hits are "kitsch". She also says she would like to record another album and travel more. And she plans to do more acting and might try directing films.
"I have been writing a screenplay for 100 years," she said on American TV's Today show. "I keep starting and getting distracted by a project and putting it away, so I want to finish it and maybe direct it."
She said of her hit Material Girl: "It's funny, it has kitsch value." And she said Like A Virgin is in the same category: "They are great songs and they are of an era and all that, but I mean do I want to sit and listen to it, do I want to perform it? No. My songs are like a map of my life they all mean something - they are like tattoos. If I listen to them I can go exactly back to that time in my life, what I was doing, what I was feeling."
Madonna teamed up with Vinnie Jones at the premiere of his latest movie, Mean Machine. And she admits she is rather taken by the former Wimbledon player's acting talents and looks.
Madonna arrived at the Odeon with her husband Guy Richie. "He is a great actor and very charming and he has got gorgeous eyes," she said. Mean Machine is Jones' first lead role since he began his acting career in Richie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
A remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds movie, it tells the story of a professional footballer jailed for match fixing. Once inside he trains a team of cons to take on the prison guards in a bad tempered grudge match. Jones says he discussed the project with Madonna and her husband before deciding on the role. "We go back a long way and she has given me a lot of support, I always phone them when I'm thinking of doing a project," he said.
I just found out that Donna is eligible to become MP3.com's Most Improved Artist in December. To make this happen I REALLY need your help. Here's the deal. She needs to have as many people as possible download a song from her mp3.com website in the next 12 days. You can only download one song each day per person, so we would need you to go back each day and download a new song. I will keep adding songs.
Also, if you would consider asking your non blisslister friends to help out as well, we have a really good chance of meeting our goal. I think if we can get 600 (20/blisslister) new people to download her music we will reach the goal. (source: Donna's manager Lynn; thanx to MadMax)
~ For those who haven't heard the music of Donna (Madonna's all-time backup dancer/singer) yet, I can certainly recommend listening to her beautiful songs! bARTie, your webmaster.
Madonna says her daughter Lourdes refused to speak to Guy Ritchie when they began their relationship. The five-year-old was "jealous" of her mother's new boyfriend, the singer said. But Madonna says Lourdes quickly got over the feelings.
And the star told US television's Today show she and Ritchie take turns sulking after rows. "I think she was jealous at first - quite competitive," she said of Lourdes. "More with Guy because she did have me to herself and she was like 'Who is this stranger walking into my life?' "She sort of refused to speak to him at first. But Guy played it right. He is really, really good with her."
She will celebrate the first anniversary of her marriage to film director Ritchie later this week. But Madonna said life has been very busy since the wedding, which was followed by a world tour and filming with Ritchie in his latest movie, provisionally called Love, Sex, Drugs And Money.
"I'm exhausted and I have not stopped since, let's see, we got married last year," she said. "It is an incredible experience - it has been an incredible experience. I think my husband and I are very well suited for each other. "He is incredibly adventurous and full of life. But with that you get strong-willed and opinionated. "I could not be with anything else. Strong people need to be with strong people."
The singer told how when the couple argue, neither will back down. "We usually come to a point where we sulk like babies. We take turns," she said.
In a poll held by Entertainment Weekly, Britney Spears was voted 'Entertainer of the Year', with over 50,000 votes out of 152,390.
Madonna came in sixth with 7,125 votes, behind respectively Britney, Harry Potter, 'N Sync, Julia Roberts and Jamles Marsters.
Pollstar is pleased to announce the nominees for the 13th Annual Concert Industry Awards. The gala awards ceremony takes place February 9 at the swank new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The awards recognize those who represent the best the concert business has to offer. [...]
This time, Madonna, Radiohead and U2 battle it out for the Major Tour Of The Year prize. The unifying feature among the three acts is that each had an entirely sold-out international tour, playing to arena-sized crowds. U2 were the biggest money-maker but Madonna's spectacular production and ariel stunts, and Radiohead's fan appeal will give the Irish rockers a run for their money. [...]
The Most Creative Stage Production choice could be a close one. In the running are the fan-friendly stage design of U2's Elevation Tour; Madonna's elaborate crouching tiger - hidden superstar theatrics; Janet Jackson's steamy choreography; Tool's ominous acrobats and digital images; and *NSYNC's 80-foot-high flying stunts, levitating platforms and moving sidewalks.
Madonna is today in crisis talks with builders working on her London home who are threatening to pull out of the job after she publicly branded them lazy and workshy. The singer said during a webchat with fans that she was fed up that labourers carrying out renovations on her £5million Westminster home were taking too long and not putting in enough hours.
But the builders were outraged by her criticisms - so much so that she had to send representatives to the house today to calm the situation. At least 70 men are working on the house - but some have been considering handing in their notice since her comments.
~ So much for British humor...
Similar to the Jo Whiley interview, it's no surprise that the British press has found some offence in the MSN chat, this time in Madonna's opinion on British work men.
This is from the BBC:
Pop icon Madonna says she loves the UK - but not when it comes to employing workmen. The multi-millionairess, whose hits include Material Girl and Holiday, said: "I can't believe how people don't like to work. I'm renovating a house right now and the work week starts at noon on Monday and ends at noon on Friday,"
Madonna, 42, told fans logging on to a webchat on msn.co.uk. "I'm a bit spoiled," she said. "I'm used to people in America working seven days a week. It's highly irritating. They leave work at five and there are bank holidays every minute here.
Citing a strong demand for its printed products in the midst of the digital age, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. today announced that it has published a revised printing of its famous 32-volume encyclopedia, the first revision of the printed set since 1998.
The 2002 printing of the Encyclopaedia Britannica includes revisions to thousands of articles as well as hundreds of entirely new ones. Some of the new articles cover subjects and people not previously treated in the encyclopedia.
For example, Doctors without Borders, Falun Gong, and Ecstasy make their first appearance in the encyclopedia, as do the rock star Madonna, author J.K. Rowling, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado and golfer Tiger Woods.
Numerous topics - from types of cancer to the world's leading aerospace companies - are covered in multiple new entries, while other subjects - such as Monet, dinosaurs, World Heritage sites - are illustrated with new color plates.
A virtual treasure chest of over 700 million message postings, chronicling everything from the fall of the Berlin Wall to Pee Wee Herman jokes, has been restored on the Internet, much to the delight of Net fans. Popular Internet search service Google acquired the UseNet discussion group archive last February when it purchased the now defunct DejaNews.com.
The earliest message postings had been taken down by then, triggering consternation among nostalgic Net heads. The privately held Google on Tuesday made good on its promise, bringing back an essential voice of the Internet's early years. Rants, reviews, and "new" discoveries in all their unedited glory have been restored, dating back to 1981. [...]
In July, 1983, a user mentions Madonna in passing in a statement about album speeds. It was the first of over 570,000 UseNet postings on the artist.
Madonna answered questions submitted by fans at MSN for about 45 minutes. Read the complete transcript of the chat at MSN. Also check that page for a GHV2 review and a fun Madonna game ('put Madonna back together').
Madonna is going to hold her first wedding anniversary party at a country pile belonging to old mate Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Invitations have already gone out to the 30 or so mates who attended last December 23's nuptials, according to the Mirror's 3am column.
Stars on the guest list include Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew Vaughn, Rupert Everett, Stella McCartney, Kelly Brook and Jason Statham and nightclub boss Piers Adams. Sting and Trudie's mansion is in Wilsford-cum-Lake near Salisbury and has 41 rooms, including 10 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms and a library.
Not really Madonna news, but read the Madonna-Britney comparison in this review:
[...] Madonna waited until the end of her last tour to allow it to be televised. Spears should have done the same. To pay $75 for something people had already seen is deplorable. [...] It was embarrassing. So were many of her junior-varsity Madonna moves, from mock-karate-chopping her dancers to flying over the crowd on a harness. She doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Madonna. The Spears camp is calling their client the 'next Madonna', but let's see Spears try to sing 'Evita'.
Madonna's corset from the Blonde Ambition tour, left, is next to a 1984 orange velvet evening dress by Jean Paul Gaultier in the exhibition "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," Dec. 5, 2001, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition, featuring fashion's most outrageous innovations and strategies of dress, runs through March 17.
In the Spin Magazine Singles of the Year section, Don't Tell Me was selected as second best.
Madonna looks set to have further secrets about her personal life revealed, this time at the hand of her former boyfriend Andy Bird. The music video director, 30, has revealed that he is writing a book about their two-year stormy relationship, the first time a former lover of hers has done so.
Madge has already had to contend with two recent unauthorised biographies, by Andrew Morton and Barbara Victor. She may well be more nervous of Bird's planned book as he was obviously closer to her and claims to have kept revealing letters and answer-machine messages sent by the singer.
Bird, who claims breaking up with Madonna led to him having a nervous breakdown, had a well-publicised bust-up with Guy Ritchie in the Met Bar last year, and is expected to give the reason in his book.
Tonight Madonna presented the Turner Award at the London Tate Gallery. She held a short speech about how award ceremonies don't really say much about the value of an artist and his work. She joked about GHV2 and ended her thing with a 'motherf***ers'. Read the transcript at Madonnarama. More pix at Yahoo.
Pop diva Madonna has finally moved in to her £6million London house in the heart of the West End. Madge, 43, and her film director husband Guy Richie, 32, bought the five story Georgian house a year ago.
Since then she has been living in hotels, whilst it was being decorated to her specifications. She is said to have spent at least £1 million on it. Madonna, forever the control freak, has actually been supervising furniture deliveries at the property over the last few days. Since March this year Madonna, Guy and family have been living in a hotel.
MSN, the most popular Internet destination has teamed up with Madonna, the world's number one pop star, to offer its 270 million global users the unique chance to chat directly with the star.
Translated simultaneously into multiple languages, fans can log on to catch pop queen Madonna answering questions from fans all over the world in real time on Wednesday 12th December, 2001 12 PM noon Eastern Time, at MSN.
Fans can join the chat live or send in their questions in advance by email by visiting the site where there are full instructions on how to take part. Along with this great opportunity to chat with Madonna, Microsoft's Windowsmedia.com has a special promotion available that allows fans to download one exclusive GHV2 Madonna video direct onto their wireless device through WindowsMedia.
Also watch for upcoming appearances on The Today Show and Dateline. More details soon!
Watch all the videos from the GHV2 songs at GetMusic.
Madonna has upset animal rights groups by wearing a £1,000 fox fur hat in London. The star had the hat especially designed for her by Philip Treacy and would have used pelts of at least five foxes.
Dawn Carr, spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Madonna's decision to wear the hat was "disgusting". "Frankly, she looks ridiculous. It just turns my stomach", Carr told the Daily Mail.
A spokesperson for the star was unavailable for comment. It is a well known fact that Madonna's husband, Guy Ritchie, loves hunting and shooting.
Check ICQ.com for a Madonna special with GHV2 news and downloads, streaming videos, pictures, chat & forum, and Madonna friends.
Fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier has revealed that he proposed to Madonna three times. The French fashionista who created Madge's famous conical golden bra says that Mrs R is the only woman he would ever have slept with. 'She refused every time I asked her - but she always did it in a polite way,' he said. 'Madonna was the only woman I would ever have married. But I knew that she would say no - that it could not have been done. If she had said yes, I would have loved it. I would have had sex with her - a lot of gay men would.'
Madonna is reportedly spending thousands on personal security because she is scared of being burgled. The star has placed a 24-hour guard outside her bedroom and set up temporary digs at the Home House hotel.
One guard sits outside her suite and another is kept in the lift while a £500,000 security system is installed in her West London pad, according to the Daily Star.
Madonna, 43, has been burgled twice in one year. In June and December 2000 her rented home in Notting Hill was raided. Her £6m home is now having a complete security overhaul, including bars put on all the bedroom windows.
What do "Pretty Woman" Julia Roberts and "Material Girl" Madonna have in common besides wealth, fame and beauty?
They are the two lone superstars to grace this year's Hollywood Reporter list of the 50 most influential women in show business, a ranking started 10 years ago to shine the spotlight on the women doing great work behind the scenes.
Roberts and Madonna, who ranked No. 3 and 42 respectively on the list, however, were just too powerful to ignore, said officials at the Hollywood Reporter.
"We try to make room for the women who have superseded the celebrity aspect of their jobs," said Christy Grosz, managing editor of special issues for Hollywood Reporter.
Madonna returns to the list at No. 42 after ranking No. 28 in 1998. "Madonna made the list again by force of her personality and her sold-out 'Drowned World Tour' this year," Grosz said. "She's had a huge resurgence this year after being on the sidelines for a while," said Grosz, noting Madonna also heads her own production company and record label.
Cast your vote at the First Annual Immaculate Election, the first large-scale Madonna awards voted by Madonnafans.
Next tuesday December 11th, VH1 will broadcast following Madonna specials between 1 and 6pm: Madonna Video Collection: The Virgin Years ('83-'86); Blond Ambition ('86-'89); The Girlie Show ('90-'94); Ray of Light ('94-'98); Never Gonna Stop ('98).
In the Spin Magazine Singles of the Year section, Don't Tell Me was selected as second best with the following write-up: It may be that nobody has ever had a hit this great this long after their first masterpiece.
It may be the emotionally richest pop throwaway since the Supremes and the most off-kilter guitar part to hit the Top 5 since Bill met Board. Not bad for the American Kylie Minogue.
British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey is the greatest female rock and pop artist of all time, according to a music magazine poll. Harvey, the daughter of a sheep farmer in rural Somerset, west England, beat Madonna into second place and Kate Bush into third in Q Magazine's survey of 200,000 readers.
"She (Harvey) makes music of substance and our readers respond to that," Q Magazine's editor Danny Eccleston told the Times newspaper on Monday. "Whereas we know everything about Madonna, there is a real mystique about Polly."
The music's fading for Madonna's record label Maverick. Maverick, co-owned by the Material Girl and AOL Time Warner, is being scaled back - part of a broader effort by the media giant to pump up its music business.
Warner Bros. Records, one of AOL Time Warner's three big labels, will assume promotion and possibly other responsibilities for Maverick, whose artists include mega-seller Alanis Morissette.
Madonna founded Maverick in 1992, but records her own music for Warner. At a time when the music majors have soured on "vanity labels" run by stars, Maverick appeared to be to the one successful standout.
But according to music website Hitsdailydouble.com, Maverick will ultimately become a small division of Warner Bros. that simply finds and develops artists.
Two extra parts in Guy Ritchie's new film are being auctioned online. One female and one male walk-on part are up for grabs. The successful bidders will get the chance to meet Ritchie and the cast, which includes Madonna, on the set of Love, Sex, Drugs and Money.
They will also get their name in the credits and an invitation to the premiere. The auction on fsauctions is open until December 10th.↑ Back to top of page