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.... In the upcoming
August edition of Vogue, Madonna admits regret about her more tumultuous
years: “I was a very selfish person,” she said. “You
go through periods of your life where the world does revolve around
you, but you can't live your whole life that way.” The issue
focuses on her life with director husband Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock
and Two Smoking Barrels) at their English country-side estate.
in the past the aging but ever popular pop-star rode with, and largely
defined the cultural movement towards the scantily clad, sex-selling
bubble-gum pop-star, her most recent makeover, to all appearances,
is shockingly wholesome.
Many have speculated
recently that the sexy pop-star trend is reaching the end of its tether
as various stars shamelessly attempt to outdo each other in scandal
to grab tabloid headlines.
.... It is ironic
that just as Madonna’s new-found respectability is receiving
the public eye, Sarah Hampson of the Globe and Mail, in a full-length
article, described Rebecca St. James as “an alternate pop-icon—the
will probably point out that Madonna’s new makeover is little
more than a publicity stunt, and considering Madonna’s past,
that seems most likely; but that hardly makes a difference.
What many find
encouraging is that Madonna is clearly tapping into a growing cultural
movement that is distancing itself from the raunchy publicity stunts
of the mainstream pop-icons, and moving towards a more wholesome image
that recognizes that there is more to life than sex and money.
and Madonna's Former Record Company ("Maverick") and Payola
Scandals & Related Info
- from Salon.com
not realize it, but radio today is largely bought by the record companies.
Most rock and Top 40 stations get paid to play the songs they spin
by the companies that manufacture the records.
not payola -- exactly. Here's how it works.
Standing between the record companies and the radio stations is a
legendary team of industry players called independent record promoters,
are the shadowy middlemen record companies will pay hundreds of millions
of dollars to this year to get songs played on the radio. Indies align
themselves with certain radio stations by promising the stations "promotional
payments" in the six figures. Then, every time the radio station
adds a Shaggy or Madonna or Janet Jackson song to
its playlist, the indie gets paid by the record label.
Indies are not
the guys U2 or Destiny's Child thanked on Grammys night, but everyone
in the business, artists included, understands that the indies make
or break careers.
a big f***ing mudball," complains one radio veteran.
and Flow - from Stomp and Stammer:
Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill first came out, there was a
widespread rumor that Madonna's Maverick Records
label hired hookers as payola to hype the album to program directors.
of the Same Old "Oldies?"
name that pops up as a root to the problem is Clear Channel. They
own over 1200 radio stations and 37 television stations, with investments
in 240 radio stations globally, and Clear Channel Entertainment owns
and operates over 200 venues nationwide. They are in 248 of the top
250 radio markets, controlling 60% of all rock programming.
outright own the tours of musicians like Janet Jackson, Aerosmith,
Pearl Jam, Madonna and N‘Sync. They own the
network which airs Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Casey Kasem, and the
Fox Sports Radio Network. With 103,000,000 listeners in the U.S. and
1,000,000,000 globally (1/6 of the world population), this powerful
company has grown unchecked, using their monopoly to control the entire
How does this
effect you? Their consultants have decided what songs have the most
advertising and ear-appeal. Unfortunately they’ve summed it
down to approx. 300 songs for most oldies stations. At an average
of 14 songs an hour, you will be hearing the same artists & songs
every 21 hours. As I write this, I’m hearing the same artists
within a 2 hour rotation.
Dirrty has clinched the title of sexiest music video. Madonna’s
erotic black-and-white video Justify My Love came sixth, followed
by Kylie Minogue’s Spinning Around, in the online poll for FHM
Here is the Top
1. Christina Aguilera
2. Eric Prydz - Call On Me
3. Benny Benassi - Satisfaction
4. NERD - Lapdance
5. TATU - All the Things She Said
6. Madonna - Justify My Love
Madonna might have had to achieve icon status as Madonna Ciccone.
Cher might have had to take the stage as Mrs. Bono, or even Ms. Sarkisian
fortunately for them, Hildegarde came first. The cabaret singer, who
died Friday in New York City at the age of 99, dropped her surname
in the 1930s. The Los Angeles Times declared the former Hildegarde
Loretta Sell to be the "first of the single-name stars."
and Moses could argue Hildegarde's place in singular name history,
but the point is taken: Among celebrities of the mass-media age, Hildegarde
popularized the mono-monogram.
think of anybody before that," said Robert J. Thompson, professor
and founding director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television
at Syracuse University.
there were plenty who, knowingly or not, followed her lead: Cher,
Madonna, Sting, Bono, Beck, Beyonce and Aaliyah, to single out just
a handful of the single-named bunch.
years she [Haris] toured the world as one of Madonna’s backing
singers and dancers when the material girl was at the top of her game.
Haris was performing
backing vocals for the Righteous Brothers when she got a call asking
her to audition alongside 200 other girls on Madonna’s Who’s
That Girl tour.
been recommended I was first up. I did my stuff and she sent everyone
else home. Working with her was hard — a constant aerobic workout.
I spent every day in dance class and the gym and did the whole scene
thing. It was good though. I’ve learnt from her and I like to
think she’s learnt from me.”
She and Madonna
remain friends and try to meet up whenever their touring schedules
coincide but they see less of each other since Madonna moved to England.
“Seventeen years is long enough with any job, it was just time
to move on,” says Haris, who quit her job with Madonna in 2002,
when she had her daughter.
She lists singing with Ray Charles and Gladys Knight among her career
highlights but adds that none of them came close to the thrill she
felt when touring and recording with her father during the last seven
years of his life. “Performing with my father was amazing. He
loved my singing.”
think we did the best we could in the ‘Blonde Ambition’
and ‘Girlie Show’ tours. From then on it was kind of regurgitation.
I loved the ‘Drowned World Tour’ but I think we started
to move to a darker side, even though Madonna thought it was a more
spiritual side. It didn’t feel that way to me, so that’s
when I knew it was time to step off.” [Source]
music writer Ken Barnes took part in an online chat on Tuesday August
2 with readers, and was asked about a message making the rounds alleging
that Mariah Carey fans ganging up to help make Madonna's new album
a flop by calling radio stations and saying the new single is bad
(though many suspect that the stunt was started by enemies of Carey,
purposely making the singer and her fans look bad by spreading the
concept. Is Madonna supposed to be such a threat to Mariah that her
album must be discredited in order to keep Mariah on the airwaves,"
Barnes asked. "Loony tunes. Hardly the same audience, anyway,
not much in common outside of their gender. Can't imagine anything
like this, even if it gets going, will have any discernible effect."
SIR ELTON JOHN
ended his bitter feud with GEORGE MICHAEL by taking him out to dinner,
but the outspoken singer is finding it harder to win back the affections
John and Michael
fell out in November last year (04) after John accused his fellow
homosexual of being an unhappy drug-user and branded his album PATIENCE
ROCKET MAN singer
John also angered Madonna when he accused her of lip-synching at Britain's
Q Awards last year (04).
He says, "That
one's slightly more difficult. I did send her two Christmas cards
and they both came back.
"It was just
one of those off-the-cuff things.
and I are fine. We've had dinner, and I've apologised to him if I
hurt his feelings.
was handbags at 50 paces. We like each other too much to fall out."
The cost of policing
concerts and public events should not be borne by taxpayers, the Labour
Party today claimed.
Michael McDowell revealed recently that promoters only paid 20% of
the Garda bill for last year’s Madonna gig at Slane Castle.
that the Government must not allow ordinary taxpayers foot the cost
of such services.
Joe Costello TD, asked: “Why should the taxpayer be forced to
cover security costs and promoters get away with such a piecemeal
are already paying through the nose to see international acts.
the huge profits that promoters – often operating in a near
monopolistic fashion – generate from such events, it is clear
that once again the public is being exploited.”
From the Daily Star
A Prayer bassist, Guy Pratt, 43, whose career includes stints with
Pink Floyd, Roxy Music and Jacko, says the pop diva [Madonna] was
who's at the Edinburgh Fringe with a one-man show said: She [Madonna]
used to brighten our morning with....'Time is money....and the money
ELVIS COSTELLO has dismissed the talents of MADONNA, insisting she
makes a convincing performer but has a limited range as a musician.
OLIVER'S ARMY star, 50, admits the pop queen can dance well enough,
but she is less in control when she starts singing.
He says, "Madonna's
a dancer, not a singer.
very good song and dance woman, but it's about the whole package and
what you can persuade people to believe."
A Dancer, Says Costello
the time it was released, Hell felt spent, burnt-out at 33. "I'd
tired of it all," he recalls. "I was in a serious decline".
The second and last Voidoids album, Destiny Street (1982), showed
a deep slump barely arrested by a one-off project with Sonic Youth's
Thurston Moore, Dim Stars, a decade later.
his most high-profile and unlikely job of the period came playing
the murdered rock-star lover of another adopted New Yorker, Madonna,
in Desperately Seeking Susan.
know, it always pisses me off when I see in my credits anywhere that
I was in that," he sighs.
insulting! I was on screen for in total maybe 30 seconds! And I didn't
have a single line of dialogue. But I guess my career is so impoverished
that they have to put that in. It's really obnoxious. It's humiliating.
I can't relate to Madonna. It actually annoys me when I see these
guys who are friends, like Sonic Youth, seeming to adore her. To me,
she's the enemy. I can't help it. She gives me the creeps."
Times Online, excerpts:
your hands off my pants
Will Iredale and John Elliott
MADONNA, who pioneered the pointy bra on stage, has called in lawyers
over a range of skimpy bras and briefs adorned with her name and face.
As she convalesces
at home this weekend after falling from a horse on her Wiltshire estate,
they are gathering evidence for possible legal action.
The lingerie range,
Madonna Nude 1979, will be launched in Britain in November by Figleaves.com,
an internet lingerie retailer.
been created by Rosanna Ansaloni, a Milan designer, and according
to the UK retailers, is based on naked pictures of Madonna taken by
Martin Schreiber, an American photographer, in 1979.
This is not the first time Madonna has tried to crack down on use
of the Schreiber pictures. In 2001, her lawyers unsuccessfully attempted
to stop Adam Glickman, an American condom salesman, from producing
a range of contraceptives using the same images. Last week, Glickman
said he had sold “hundreds of thousands” of the condoms
since his clash with the singer, but would be discontinuing the line
next month because of falling demand.
She was an unknown dancer when the nude photos were taken. She was
paid $30 (£16.70) for the three-hour photo session with Schreiber
and she signed over the rights to the photos, a decision she has come
uses the images to hark back to a stage in Madonna’s career
when she was happy to flaunt herself.
She wore conical
bras over her clothes on stage, simulated masturbation while singing
and writhed around with scantily clad male dancers.
later and with a fortune of about £235m, she has put the raunchiness
behind her and nurtured her new persona as a jodhpur-wearing English
In the August
edition of American Vogue she was photographed tending chickens on
an immaculate lawn and relaxing in front of a collection of pony club
Takes Action Against "Nude" Lingerie Range - Contactmusic.com
has knickers in a twist - This Is London
Injured in Fall From Horse
in hospital after birthday riding accident
By Simon Freeman and Adam Luck for Times Online
the American pop star turned quintessentially English lady of the
manor, has suffered serious injuries including a broken collar bone
after falling from a new horse on her 47th birthday.
was riding in the 1,200-acre grounds of her £9 million country
estate Ashcombe House, accompanied by her personal assistant, when
she tumbled from the unfamiliar horse.
Guy Ritchie, the film director, and her two children Rocco, 5, and
Lourdes, 8, were all at home in Tollard Royal, on the Wiltshire-Dorset
border, for the star's birthday when the accident happened in the
drove his wife to a nearby hospital where she was being treated tonight
for a series of fractures. As well as her collar bone, she broke bones
in one hand and suffered three cracked ribs. She was expected to be
released later tonight.
Madonna's publicist based in New York, said that the singer had been
riding a horse to which she was not accustomed when she took the fall.
"The whole family was out in the country, celebrating her birthday,"
Charone, her spokeswoman, added: "Madonna fell off a new horse
she was riding late this afternoon at Ashcombe House, her country
house outside of London.
sustained three cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a broken hand
but is expected to be released from hospital later this evening.
star was celebrating her 47th birthday with her husband, film director
and her two children, Lourdes and Rocco."
has professed her passion for her new-found life as member of the
landed gentry and is more frequently seen sporting jodhpurs and tweeds
than the dazzling Jean Paul Gaultier garments with which she made
her name as the material girl.
came just as Vogue magazine featured a series of glamorous shots designed
to secure Madonna's makeover as the chatelaine of the manor.
the centrepiece pictures is of the American pop legend perched on
is elsewhere seen cuddling her husband, who with his beard, flat cap
and woolly jumper, looks every inch the lord of the manor.
home to the society photographer Cecil Beaton, Ashcombe is famous
for its pheasant and partridge hunt and recently played host to its
first weekend "shoot" since the couple took up residence.
they have moved into the mid-18th century estate the couple have waged
a protracted legal action to prevent walkers from having right of
way across their land.
latest transformation from the 47-year-old mother of two has not stopped
her musical ambitions in their tracks. Her Reinvention tour last year
was spectacular and well received even if her new album saw disappointing
has only recently taken up riding, booking lessons in south-west London.
Notorious for her ability for re-invention she will no doubt take
the advice given to all junior equestrians after their first tumble:
get back on.
Hurt in Fall From Horse - Australian Weekend
in hospital after fall from horse -IOL
injured in riding accident - Reuters Canada
Madonna injured in riding accident -Reuters.uk
hurt in fall from horse - BBC
Birthday's a Bust
Bad B-Day Break - E! Online
breaks bones in horse-riding accident - MSNBC
falls from horse
suffers broken bones in accident
discharged from hospital after fall from horse- Yahoo News
Aug 16, 5:15 PM ET
LONDON (AFP) -
US pop diva Madonna was discharged from hospital where she had been
treated for injuries suffered in a horse riding accident in southwest
England, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The singer had
been taken to Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire after falling
off her horse while celebrating her 47th birthday.
Barbara Charone, earlier said the songstress had broken her collar
bone and a hand, and cracked three ribs, but her condition was not
fell off a new horse she was riding late this afternoon at Ashcombe
House, her country house outside London," Charone said.
was marking her birthday with her two children, Lourdes, eight, and
five-year-old Rocco, as well as her film director husband Guy Ritchie,
at their sprawling 1,200-acre (485-hectare) country estate in Wiltshire,
southwest England, when the accident happened.
But one orthopaedic
surgeon, Leela Biant, said Madonna's fitness would help her to make
a full recovery, noting that this should take about three months.
treat broken ribs, they heal by themselves," Biant said.
that Madonna is very fit and healthy will help her recovery and because
she does a lot of yoga she will be used to deep breathing," she
told Britain's domestic Press Association.
Biant said, however,
that the Material Girl would find it painful to sing during the first
couple of weeks.
has reinvented herself as an English country wife since meeting Ritchie,
a celebrated director in his own right with movies such as "Lock,
Stock and Two Smoking Barrels".
To Blame For Horse Fall, Says Camille Paglia
to Blame for Horse Fall - IOL
was to blame for the horse-riding accident that left her with a broken
hand, a broken collar bone and three cracked ribs - because she uses
horses as fashion accessories, according to author Camille Paglia.
critic claims she predicted the accident after she saw Madonna's Vogue
magazine covershoot last month (AUG05), which showed her on the back
of her horse, because she was "ostentatiously posing in riding
habit and boots on a horse whose reins she is awkwardly and incorrectly
"We are told she has been throwing herself into country pursuits
to please her macho husband Guy Ritchie. As a professionally trained
dancer, tireless jogger and practitioner of extreme yoga, Madonna
is an accomplished athlete. But riding is not just another routine
challenge she can master through sheer willpower.
with physical skills, riding requires relaxation and self-subordination,
an intuitive opening to the horse. Knowledge of horses needs to be
accumulated by riders over a lifetime.
will surely persist and may well triumph as a rider. But until then,
let's hope she avoids the facile, disrespectful use of horses as props
and fashion statements."
accountable for horse-riding accident - FemaleFirst.co.uk
Madonna uses secret
nightclub 'focus groups' to pick songs for new album
By Chris Hastings, Arts Correspondent
They have been
used to sell everything from washing powder to New Labour. But now
it seems that even Madonna has woken up to the power of focus groups.
The most successful
female artist in chart history has chosen songs for her next album
after secretly trying them out on nightclubbers.
with her distinctive vocals removed, were played in clubs from Liverpool
to Ibiza throughout June. The reaction of the crowds were filmed and
used by the 47-year-old mother of two to determine the final track
listing for Confessions On A Dancefloor, her 10th studio album.
The idea of Madonna seeking affirmation for her work before it has
been released has surprised many in the worlds of advertising and
music. After all, she has sold more than 175 million albums and 75
million singles worldwide.
Claire Beale, the editor of Campaign magazine, said
the research could be seen as a crisis of confidence for someone normally
known for their business acumen.
"This is a new one on me," she said. "In
the advertising world, creative people tend to distrust focus groups
precisely because they can undermine originality and bring everything
down to the lowest common denominator.
"Having said that, people in the advertising
industry are becoming increasingly reliant on them because there is
a growing lack of confidence about what people want.
is obviously running her material past a very niche audience rather
than a focus group. But it still suggests she feels a need for endorsement.
Like a lot of people who work in advertising she is far older than
her target audience. She may feel this is a useful way of reconnecting
with a younger generation."
Madonna, who has 16 albums to her name, believes that a return to
her dancefloor roots will re-establish her as one of the world's most
successful artists. Her last album, American Life, topped the charts
in 14 countries including Britain and America, but ended up as her
lowest-selling release, selling just four million copies worldwide.
ballads and the lack of any credible dance hits were cited as reasons
why it failed to emulate the success of previous offerings such as
Music, which sold 15 million copies when it was released in 2000.
in the music industry, however, are not convinced by the new approach.
Paul Rees, the editor of Q music magazine, said: "It all depends
how honest they have been with her. Have they just shown her the positive
reaction from the clubs? Or have they said, 'Look Madonna, here is
some film of one of our songs emptying a dancefloor?' I somehow doubt
they will have done that."
Stone: Madonna Used Focus Groups for New Record
Relied on Ghostwriter for Children's Books
Pop queen MADONNA's
Kabbalah-focused children's books were ghostwritten by somebody else,
according to reports.
A writer working
for the Kabbalah Centre wrote MR PEABODY'S APPLES, YAKOV AND THE SEVEN
THIEVES and most recently LOTSA DE CASHA, allowing Madonna to take
all the praise - claims PageSix.com.
A source tells
the New York-based site, "All of Madonna's books are written
by the Kabbalah Centre's official ghostwriter, EITAN YARDENI.
writes all of YEHUDA and PHILLIP BERG's books and the Kabbalah Books
for the Centre.
he flew to London to help Madonna write the last book, but she didn't
really do anything."
Kids Books May Be A Fraud - AZ Central
From Sept 4, 2005 "Parade" magazine supplement:
Q: Is it true
that Madonna didn't really write her best-selling kids' books? - Dean
F., Padadena, Calif.
A: Hard to know
Her literary agents
insist the Material Girl turned Maternal Storyteller - now recovering
from a riding accident - penned her Kabbalah-themed series.
reports say they really were written by Eitan Yardeni, as Kabbalah
Centre ghostwriter, who flew to London to work with Madonna, 47, on
her latest kids' book, Lotsa de Casha.