small copy of the photo they're discussing can be viewed to the bottom
To appreciate the awfulness of it, though, you really
need to visit this first web page and see the large version of the image:
of Christmas present: Madonna shows the strain on her pale and haggard
By Liz Thomas
28th December 2008
Christmas can be stressful at the best of times.
For Madonna, who is nearing the end of a bitter divorce,
the holiday appears to have been particularly exhausting.
strain was showing as she headed out to dinner on Saturday
with friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin in jeans and a bomber
Her skin was stretched taut and she appeared
pale and haggard, despite putting on a smile for photographers.
out on the town looking like Michael Jackson
Dec 29, 2008
She had the black trilby and pale face
- all she needed was a white glove and a monkey called Bubbles and Madonna
could have been mistaken for Michael Jackson.
The Material Girl, 50, went for the Wacko Jacko look
when she dined with pals Gwyneth Martin and Chris Martin at London's
Locanda Locatelli on Saturday night.
Madonna's "Miles Away" Single is a Flop Everywhere!
the single is flopping all around the world, too, and not just the UK,
according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Record Low With 'Miles Away'
Madonna's newest single "Miles Away," about
her ex-husband Guy Ritchie, has become the worst performing U.K. single
of her career.
The track, from her studio album "Hard Candy,"
peaked at number 39 on the U.K. singles chart on November 30, dropped
to 68 the following week, and has since disappeared altogether.
"Miles Away," inspired by the singer's relationship
with Ritchie, is the first single Madonna has released that
has failed to reach the Top 20 in sales charts around the world.
In the U.S. the single has peaked at 99, while
in Australia, where the song has only been released digitally, "Miles
Away" is her lowest-performing single ever.
woe for Madonna as new single flops
By 3am 19/12/2008
It looks like Madonna’s pop career could be going
the same way as her broken marriage.
Because her latest effort, Miles Away, has
completely bombed – and is the worst-ever single in the Material
The Christmas turkey, from her album Hard Candy,
scraped to an embarrassing 39 in the charts – and now it’s
disappeared without trace.
.... But this time she’s really stunk
the place out. Miles Away (from the charts) is all about her
relationship to ex-husband Guy Ritchie. She has a dig at the director,
saying they were always better when they were living apart.
latest single a flop - Music News
looms for Madonna after worst-ever career single flop
Madonna single her 'worst'
latest single a flop -Metro
New Single Bombs
Gives $2.6 Million to Kabbalah
More interestingly, Madonna gave no money to
her other charity, Raising Malawi, in 2007, even though that was the
year she adopted little David Banda from that country. The
tax filing wasn’t submitted to the IRS until June 2008, so it
could have been amended to show Madonna’s appreciation to the
African country for letting her change their adoption laws. She
sent zero dollars to any groups currently working in Malawi.
In fact, considering that Madonna made a documentary
about Malawi and threw a fundraiser for her cause last February with
Gucci and UNICEF, it does seem a shade odd that she didn’t spread
her wealth to a region that so needs it. The whereabouts of that $3.7
million that was claimed from that fundraiser still have not been reported.
When they file their Form 990s, it will be interesting to see if that’s
where Madonna’s Kabbalah money went.
Sour and Dry Tour
did NOT have the top grossing tour of 2008.
Bon Jovi had the top grossing tour of 2008.
Jonas Brothers sold more tickets than Madonna, too.
Madonna was also beaten by Hannah Montana and The Police.
Jovi Scores 2008's Top-Grossing Tour - Billboard
December 11, 2008
Ray Waddell, Nashville
Bon Jovi's Lost Highway tour tops the list
of the biggest tours for 2008, based on data reported to Billboard
Boxscore from Nov. 14, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2008. The trek, promoted
in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 million and
drew 2,157,675 fans.
In second place is Bruce Springsteen &
the E Street Band's Magic tour, which grossed $204.5 million
for the period. Springsteen reported another $31 million for last year,
taking his two-year Boxscore total to more than $235 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are Madonna
($162 million for the still-underway Sticky & Sweet tour), the Police
($150 million on the second leg of their reunion tour), Celine Dion
Report on the Concert Economy
Posted By: Julia Boorstin
Dec 12, 2008
The average price of Tickets sold through StubHub
was $159, up three bucks from the average price last year. Madonna's
"Sticky & Sweet" tour was the highest grossing of the
year, with an average ticket price at $306. The Jonas Brothers
tour sold the most actual tickets in 2008, but the most successful
tours were consistently the older artists.
StubHub Concert Ticket Annual Report
It [the Madonna Sticky and Sweet tour]
was the third best selling tour in the history of StubHub, second
only to Hannah Montana and the Police in 2007- 2008.
Slams, Put-Downs / Madonna is a Bimbo
her sinewy, veiny, gross arms and weird, beefy legs, and too-tight, oddly
hollowed-out face, I do not think Madonna causes many people to have "impure"
thoughts these days. Madonna is more apt to cause gagging reflexes in
Cardinal: Madonna Causes 'Impure Thoughts'
Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina - who was chosen
to announce the election of Pope Benedict XV - used a bizarre tribute
to a late dictator to denounce the Sorry hitmaker on Wednesday (10Dec08),
blasting her stage antics.
Pausing from his tribute to the late Augusto Pinochet,
he said, "This woman [Madonna] comes here and in an incredibly
shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of
lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts."
Madonna Beaten by Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) Yet Again...
Cyrus, Obama items hot online sellers in 2008
By Jill Serjeant
Mon Dec 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Teen star Miley Cyrus, pop
diva Madonna, "The Dark Knight," hi-tech gadgets and Barack
Obama were among America's top pop culture obsessions that turned into
possessions in 2008, according to online market place eBay.
... Some 223,139 "Hannah Montana"
related-items, ranging from buttons, to clothes and posters, exchanged
hands on the Web site during the year.
... "Material Girl" Madonna,
who turned 50 this year and also divorced second husband Guy Ritchie
after months of rumors. Madonna memorabilia, albums and posters saw
sales of 96,511 items.
Madonna's Record/Tour Company Live Nation
The folks at Live Nation have been having all kinds of problems lately.
They're losing money like crazy, and they're facing a law suit.
This could be why they've been releasing all these glowing
reports lately claiming that Madonna's and Nickelback's tours have done
so well -they're trying to off-set the bad news.
Sabbath Suing Live Nation For Copyright Infringement
Dec 18 2008
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is suing Live Nation Inc.
for trademark infringement.
Live Nation purchased the merchandising company Signatures
Network Inc. in 2007 for $79 million. Iommi claims that Black Sabbath’s
contract with Signatures expired in 2006, but the companies have continued
to sell merchandising with images of Iommi and Black Sabbath’s
logo on them.
Iommi first sent the company a letter asking
them to stop selling the merchandising back in April, but that failed
to stop them so he is now taking legal action. He’s asking
for damages in the amount of three times any profit Live Nation has
made from the band’s merchandise along with a halt to the product
Live Nation Deal Is Good For Madonna, Bad For Investors
Nation loses $19 million in $25 million U2 stock buyback
Nation's Strategy Looking Even Worse As It Has To Cough Up Extra $$s For
U2, Madonna - from the how-not-to-run-a-business dept
Slams, Put-Downs / Irrelevant, Has-Been
in the past month or two, host Bill O'Reilly of the T.V. Show The
Factor has called Madonna a "pin head." See the Bill
O'Reilly thread at the discussion board for more information on that.
is Not Important Anymore - from the Houston Chronicle
By KEN HOFFMAN
Nov. 19, 2008, 5:32PM
.... A review of Madonna’s concert at Minute
Maid Park referred to her as “the most famous woman in the world.”
I’m calling b.s. on that — and I don’t
mean Barbra Streisand.
Again, like Barbara Walters’ list of the 10 Most
Fascinating People of 2008, calling Madonna the most famous
woman in the world is about five years too late. Maybe 10 years.
Madonna is simply not that important or fascinating
any more. There’s an element of freak show on her current tour.
King Tut still goes on tour, too.
So who is the most famous woman in the world?
Forbes magazine called Condoleezza Rice the most powerful
woman in the world, but power isn’t fame.
Queen Elizabeth is powerful, sort of, but not so relevant.
If she were sitting on a park bench, would anybody in the U.S. recognize
her? I mean, without the crown?
My choice for most famous woman is pretty scary.
If the criteria are: who is known by the most people
around the world, has influence, sells tickets, moves merchandise and
makes headlines ...
I can’t believe I’m saying this ... Miley
The Disney Channel airs in 89 countries. And Cyrus’
show, Hannah Montana, is the No. 1 show on Disney.
If Madonna and Cyrus announced concerts, with tickets
going on sale the same day, whose line would be longer?
When Cyrus played the Houston Livestock and Rodeo,
it was the hottest ticket in rodeo history and the biggest payday in
Houston ticket-scalping history.
That scene was repeated in city after city during Cyrus’
tour in 2008.
Madonna’s concert at Minute Maid Park
was sold out — but nowhere near the ticket hysteria of Cyrus’
show at much bigger Reliant Stadium.
Hypocrite / Environment
Tip: discussion board member Knight Muzic
5 Most Annoying Green Trends in Hollywood
Find Out What Eco Hype Gets Our Green Goat --By Tommi
[snip photo of Madonna standing in
front of a private jet plane]
4. Sanctimonious Eco Hypocrites
I'd like to say they know who they are, but they probably
don't because they're surrounded by their "people" (assistants,
publicists and other employees) who assure them that attending a Global
Green party will offset their private jet trips and five palatial, fully
staffed homes scattered across the globe.
Dry and Sour Tour
Detroit Sticky and Sweet performance did not sell out! There were empty
seats in the house (see links below).
In the reader comment sections at the bottom of various
reviews of the tour from Detroit, Houston, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere,
there are many complaints from people who have attended.
Some of the complaints that keep turning up: Madonna
shows up late (sometimes by as much as two hours); the show is boring
or stupid; the costumes are tacky; the audio is bad; she's not singing
her older, more loved songs; the on-stage videos (which play while she
is undergoing costume changes) are boring.
Some people have written that they were so disappointed
or bored by the show that they left early.
Ignore the positive-sounding title of the first review
here and notice what it says: her Detroit show was not sold out:
returns to Michigan with exacting, entertaining spectacle
BY BRIAN MCCOLLUM
November 19, 2008
....Unlike most of the dates on this tour -- and Madonna’s
previous stops in Michigan -- the show wasn’t a sellout.
If anything is a bellwether of tough times in Detroit, this was it.
Fans elsewhere might still splurge $165-plus on good
seats, but ticket brokers Tuesday afternoon were discounting
Ford Field tickets by up to $100. And this in a city once known as a
can’t-miss concert market, for acts small and large.
Minutes' (hours) I'll never get back - Madonna in Detroit
by Stacey DuFord
Detroit Entertainment Examiner
I wish I could say I liked the Madonna concert last
night; I really wanted to.
.... And the show wasn’t even sold out;
we heard them still hawking tickets on the radio as we parked.
We finally get inside, get a beer and find our seats and….
And did I mention that we [the reviewer and her husband]
Does Madonna think that people who can afford
to spend $200 to see a concert on a Tuesday night don’t have to
get up and go to work the next day? Because she did not grace the stage
until 9:30 p.m.
....And there was a lot of dancing, and rolling around,
and jump roping.
At some points it was more like watching a
Madonna Exercise Video than a concert.
And speaking of videos, to accommodate her costume
changes each set list starts out with a “video interlude.”
Sure, you were still seeing Madonna, but I can see her videos on my
TV at home for free.
The whole show had a “is it live or is it Memorex”
vibe because her back-up tracks were her own singing.
.... The next video interlude was incredibly
boring and when she came back on she sang “Devil Wouldn’t
Recognize You” atop a grand piano while surrounded by a set piece
that made it look like she was in a container that kept getting filled
up with water and at this point my husband turned to me and
said “This is just stupid” and I agreed and we left.
versions of photos of Madonna in this ugly green grass dress pictured
at the left are in the Vogue
Articles about the ugly dress (some have photos):
is Frilly and Feathery
Astro Turf Dress
Instant Reactions to Madonna's Astroturf Dress From Last Night
fashion faux pas
By Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director
20 Nov 2008
....But left to her own devices, Madonna is
a fashion car-crash. She simply cannot do real clothes.
Countless images show her obsession with sloppy-slobby,
sports-chic – oversized sweat-tops and baggy trackie-pants, with
her hair pushed up underneath a laughable tweed cap
and her eyes hidden behind shades. In some shots you could be looking
at a Kerry Katona or a Jade Goody.
.... [Madonna wore clothes by various, famous designers
over the years]
....Then came Gucci, Stella McCartney and Prada, where
the designs began often to sit uneasily on her increasingly
muscled and veined body.
Very rarely, now, does she look at ease.
She’s tried country chic, boho luxe, tea-dresses, tailoring, furs,
frump chic; it all looks the same – awkward.
She logs onto every trend going, from leggings under
dresses to ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ and the return of animal
print. Still no luck.
Everything she wears looks as if it belongs
to someone else, as if she’s simply inhabiting it for a nanosecond.
.... Her latest style salvo, in an Louis Vuitton
dress by Marc Jacobs, which looks as if someone poured a wheelbarrow
of lawn clippings all over her, is just another horrific hiccup in the
wardrobe of a woman of wealth, but no taste.
Filth and Wisdom
Thanksgiving holidays are approaching here in the United States, a time
for cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and turkeys.
Speaking of turkeys, Madonna's Filth and Wisdom
was a turkey at the box office!
directorial debut flops
Nov 7, 2008
Queen of pop Madonna’s directorial debut
is a flop, with no one wanting to watch her new movie “Filth and
Madge had released her movie three weeks ago at New
York's IFC Centre, and had even received some positive feedback for
directing the feature, which starred members of the group Gogol Bordello,
Fox News reported.
But unfortunately, even New Yorkers did not
want to see it, and so far the movie has sold just over 18,000 dollars
in tickets since its release October 17th.
Rebuttals To Madonna Apologetics
Madonna Still Doesn't Matter - A Rebuttal to the Obnoxious, Stupid Editorial
by Mike Usinger
Religion / Ego
Tells Guy Ritchie That She's 'Bigger Than Jesus'
The Mail has learned that Guy finally decided
the marriage was over during one particular bizarre exchange with his
wife at their Marylebone house where she claimed to be 'bigger than
Said a friend: ''The argument happened at the Marylebone
house. Madonna had been moaning about his lack of support and lack of
interest in what she has doing with Kabbalah.
'She told Guy she did not understand why she was ridiculed
by the press for what she was doing with the religion. But Guy just
reacted quite sarcastically and told her to "get over herself".
'And that's when it got a bit surreal. Madonna said
that her destiny had been mapped out and that she had been chosen to
live this life.
'She said the reason why she is a living icon is that
she had been chosen to be a spiritual guru. To which Guy turned around
and said 'Listen love, you're just a singer'.
'And it was then she turned around to him and
said: "Listen baby, I'm bigger than Jesus'".
Slams and Put Downs
Ritchie Told Madonna: "You're 'Old, Fat, Ugly, Wrinkled'"
You Look Old and Tired - Says Kylie Minogue's Designer
October 24, 2008 12:00am
The UK style guru turned designer who has worked with
Kylie for 17 years, said in Sydney that while the Oz poppette has evolved
her wardrobe, Madonna's has stayed the same.
MADONNA needs to drop the crotch grabbing and
get a new concert wardrobe according to Kylie Minogue's long-term stylist,
....But he claimed Madonna's concert style
"Over the years her concert clothes have always been really interesting
but I didn't think there was anything new this time.
"The camera shots of her [Madonna] are
also still very crotch-centric and we've seen this all before,"
Trump Thinks Madonna is Stupid
is being 'beastly' over divorce to my son says Ritchie Senior -This
role model for a selfish generation
17th October 2008
Madonna, the so-called mistress of reinvention,
will surely be better remembered as the high-priestess of hypocrisy.
As her marriage crumbles, her carefully constructed
image is collapsing with it and revealing her true personality.
And it's not pleasant.
The dignified divorce her children have a right to
expect went up in smoke on Thursday when she denigrated her husband
Guy Ritchie - natural father to one of her children, father to their
adopted son and stepfather to another child - as an 'emotional retard'.
If that sets the tone for the battle to come then so
much for the peace and spirituality of the Kabbalah faith which she
works so hard to promote.
But then I'm afraid I believe that for 25 years, Madonna,
who has so cynically and assiduously promoted herself as a role model
for independent, modern women, has, in fact, had a hugely detrimental
effect on the values of those same women.
Throughout her hugely successful career she
has personified the triumph of style over substance. She has paraded
herself as a devoted wife - yet glorified casual sex.
She has vilified orthodox religion - yet set
herself up as the patron saint of Kabbalah.
But most damaging of all is the example she
has set as a mother. No matter how long and how viciously she
and Guy Ritchie squabble over their millions, the real and lasting harm
will be done to her three - soon to be four - young children.
Yes, incredibly, amid the chaos of her divorce, she
plans to go ahead with the adoption of a second African orphan. And
that little girl, three-year-old Mercy James from Malawi, will
be raised in the same way as her adopted brother David, also from Malawi:
Indeed, the pure selfishness of adopting David
in 2006 is now laid bare. Guy Ritchie is his legal father,
but what bond will he feel for a child with whom he has no blood tie
and who will most likely live on the other side of the world?
And what kind of life will David and Mercy have, raised
by strangers in a strange land?
Surely if Madonna cared about their happiness,
she would have paid handsomely for them to be raised in their own country
with their own loving families, not an army of nannies.
Not that her other children will fare much better.
Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, 12, will lose her stepfather, a man she
has known most of her young life. And the couple's own child Rocco,
eight, will be dragged from continent to continent between warring parents.
This will be Madonna's lasting legacy: the
glamorisation of a dysfunctional single-parent family.
The greatest irony of Madonna is her very name, representing
as it does one of the central icons of Christianity, the eternal mother.
You'd have difficulty finding a more utterly selfish one.
Mrs Ritchie. We hardly knew you
18 October 2008
....Cleverly suggesting that she knew an "emotional
retard" on stage in New York, Madonna confirmed that she must be
one herself. Everyone knows that when children are involved,
you bite your lip during break-ups. Especially when everybody on the
whole planet is listening.
exclusive: Her Top 10 most embarrassing moments
By Jody Thompson, Mirror.co.uk 15/10/2008
With news that her seven-year marriage to Guy Ritchie
is finally over, Madonna is today facing up to yet another embarrassing
failure in her life.
Because despite her immense riches and years of success
at the age of 50, Madonna has had more toe-curling moments than most
From her evermore cringe-inducing obsession
with keeping up with the latest young trends well into middle-age
– never mind her insistence on wearing revealing leotards at every
opportunity – Madonna has refused to grow old gracefully.
Here, Mirror.co.uk rounds up Madonna’s Top 10
most embarrassing moments for you to blush along with [to read the full
4. Hanky Panky. Or her cover of American Pie. Two of
the nadirs of Madonna’s recorded output at any rate. The pop equivalent
of fingernails down a blackboard. Hear Hanky Panky here
and American Pie here
– if you can stomach it.
8. As if that weren’t bad enough, after getting
her boobs out on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, Madge then decided
to show the world her even ruder bits in all their un-airbrushed glory
in her explicit coffee table book Sex. A planet averted it’s eyes
and said in unison: ‘Put it away, love’
10. Her entire involvement in the hocus pocus ‘religion’
of Kaballah. Fifty dollars for a bit of red string, we ask you.
Officially Too Old To Compete
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Poor Madonna looked like mutton dressed as lamb at
the premiere of her new film last night.
The 4 minutes singer looked ancient in her black dress
on the red carpet as Lindsay Lohan was wearing a similar outfit.
The younger star looked stunning in her short black
dress and big heels. Her long crimped hair was a better version
of Madonnas hair style.
It's not known what Madonna thinks of Lindsay showing
adopted son would be better off in Malawi' says his biological father
- Daily Mail
By Barbara Jones
18th October 2008
The real father of Madonna's adopted son David feels
bitterly disappointed that she is getting a divorce - and yesterday
he declared: 'I am still a poor farmer with nothing to offer, but maybe
he would be better off back with us.'
...'They [Madonna and Guy Ritchie] promised
to take good care of him [David] and always remember he was from Malawi.
That's why I let them take him. Now I feel let down and disappointed,
.... 'I have never heard from her [Madonna]
since the day I agreed to let her adopt David. She has sent no photographs
or news. I suppose she just wants him for herself.'
Banda (David's biological father): I don't want a single woman (Madonna)
Oct 19, 2008
by Mabvuto Banda
The father of the Malawian boy adopted by Madonna has
said that he was not told about her proposed divorce and does
not want his son to be brought up by a single mother.
Yohane Banda, 33, a peasant farmer, said that
he now regretted putting his son David up for adoption...
As I noted on the discussion board, Madonna put on a
charade to fool and sucker the Malawian government into thinking she was
a good mother -
-Just long enough so that she could steal David Banda
And don't forget the news reports of how
bribed adoption officials.
Also check out stories such as
funding Malawi official's degree,
Accused of Bribing Adoption Official
bankrolls man from Malawian adoption ministry,
and do a web search for the name "Willard Manjolo"
Here's further confirmation:
brewing for months with Madonna and Guy Ritchie
The [Madonna and Guy Ritchie] relationship began showing
cracks last summer when the twosome started squabbling in public, and
increasingly spent more time apart.
The pair pulled it together to put on a happy
face for African social workers in September who visited the couple
to determine whether they could legally adopt their Malawian son, David
As soon as those adoption papers went through
the couple quit making nice and again began spending time apart.
Other adoption related information:
divorce shocks Banda father
hairy upper lip has been featured in word and photo at some web sites,
including Huffington Post and The Daily Mail.
Madonna showed up to the New York premiere of a movie
she directed ("Filth and Wisdom") sporting the mustache.
Mustache Thread at the Discussion Board
don't bleach: Madonna forgets to wax her top lip
...the 50-year-old's usual preened appearance was slightly
let down by the darkened area just above her top lip, which she had
apparently forgotten to wax or bleach.
...The pop star also appeared to be a few weeks behind
in topping up her bleach blonde roots at the hairdressers.
Madonna: Homewrecker? - Alex Rodriguez
Moving Closer to Madonna
Madonna Stole Home
Sources say Madonna's relationship with Yankee
slugger Alex Rodriguez was going on a lot earlier than previously thought.
I've told you about A-Rod's multi million dollar 'love
shack' in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's condos over on Columbus Avenue.
A-Rod, according to sources, moved in around the middle of March, right
before baseball season began.
There's no question, according to insiders, that Madonna
has been a steady presence at the apartment ever since then. She sort
of came with the package. According to sources, Rodriguez rented
the apartment without ever speaking of his wife, Cynthia. She would
have been around seven months pregnant at the time.
& A-Rod's Secret Love Shack?
other men: The ex Carlos Leon becomes her 'rock' while romance with Alex
Rodriguez is 'definitely on'
had 'affair' with A-Rod claims wife
By CHARLES MIRANDA in London
October 18, 2008 12:00am
....Both the Madonna and Rodriguez laughed off the
accusation, saying they were simply good friends who shared the same
But those close to Ritchie claimed he too suspected
otherwise despite his wife's denials. Their being seen at Times
Square together, and a week earlier at New York's Kabbalah Centre and
earlier at a Mexican eatery Dos Caminos was the final straw.
Divorce from Guy Ritchie
Ritchie Divorce thread at the Discussion Board.
Yes, Madonna and Guy Ritchie (pictured at the left)
are divorcing. Who didn't see this coming?
divorce confirmed - CNN
Split Confirmed - Sky News
Ritchie Told Madonna: "You're 'Old, Fat, Ugly, Wrinkled'"
Ritchie's got a new - younger - gal; calls Madonna 'old, fat, ugly and
Ritchie finds new love [with Kelly Reilly, age 31], like estranged wife
Madonna Monster - Gawker
Madonna Spying on Guy Ritchie? - Contact Music
Now Madonna spies on me - The Sun
screaming matches, the money and what really broke up Madge and Guy
- (Hat Tip Anna_L for the link)
By Rav Singh, 18/10/2008
As their relationship went into meltdown the musclebound
singer insisted on sticking to her strict FOUR-HOUR daily exercise regime
DESPITE Guy’s pleas they should spend more time together.
It meant the film director went 18 MONTHS without having
sex with his wife.
And on the rare occasions when they did make
love, he [Guy Ritchie] has told pals it was like “cuddling up
to a piece of gristle”.
and Guy Ritchie exclusive: Madonna's "control freak" behaviour
made marriage a 'nightmare'
By Graham Brough and Beth Neil 16/10/2008
Guy Ritchie suffered a nightmare marriage dictated
to by his tyrannical wife, pals revealed last night.
An enjoyable meal or a night in front of the telly
with the kids were banned by his control-freak missus, sources claimed.
And he was forced out of her bedroom as she
became obsessed with rituals to keep her looking young – sometimes
smearing herself with creams worth £500 a pot.
....Frying pans are an absolute no-no in Her Madgesty’s
household and she expects everyone to follow her impractical example.
One source said: "Guy likes to look after himself
but doesn’t see the harm in having the odd treat.
"He also worries that Madonna’s
paranoid attitude about food will be passed on to the children.
He doesn’t want to see them have an unhealthy relationship with
....Guy, meanwhile, would be left holding the babies
while his wife endlessly honed and toned her fat-free body.
The 50-year-old’s gruelling daily workouts have
given her the incredible bulked up physique she’s famous for –
but to Guy, the four-hour gym sessions intruded on family life.
He apparently begged stubborn Madonna to sacrifice
some of her training hours to spend more time with him and the children.
His pleas fell on deaf ears.
Refusing to sit down and chill out, she would shower
and change and he would watch in despair as she dragged the
kids to yet another Kabbalah religious meeting.
An insider said: "The evening meal, eaten
in stony silence, would consist of – at Madonna’s
insistence - steamed fish and seasonal vegetables.
....And under her strict instructions, none of the
children are allowed to watch television because she believes it harms
Guy is known to favour a more liberal approach to parenting
but whenever he dared voice his disapproval, he would be shouted down
and his suggestions would be ignored.
Madge would not even loosen up a little at bedtime.
Instead of enjoying the sort of sizzling sex which
characterised their early years, Guy was forced out by her quest for
A friend said: "Madonna is so obsessed
about lines of age showing on her face, she refuses to allow sunlight
– even through windows – to touch her skin and drapes herself
in linen sheets and towels in order to escape the sun’s damaging
"Some nights she’ll completely cover
herself with thick moisturising creams.
"She’ll go through pots and pots
worth £500 a pop. And then she climbs into these protective plastic
body suits. She sleeps covered in all this gunk and plastic."
Another insider added: "Guy was fed up to the
back teeth with having such a regimented life. He simply couldn’t
take it anymore.
"The relationship became less about passion and
more about control."
Madonna gave a veiled insult against Guy Ritchie during
one of her recent concerts, referring to him as being "emotionally
Guy's The Retard, Madonna?
and Guy: The gloves are off with 'emotionally retarded' slur
is 'Retarded' - Madge Diss At Concert
makes "emotionally retarded" jibe after announcing divorce
jabs at Guy Ritchie by dedicating song 'Miles Away' to the 'emotionally
Guy Ritchie supposedly said Madonna looks like a 'granny'
and has no talent - all of which is all true, of course.
said I looked like a granny,' Madonna accuses husband of cruelty
By Richard Simpson
17th October 2008
Madonna is building an extraordinary divorce case against
Guy Ritchie, claiming he was a cruel and verbally-abusive husband who
would belittle and ridicule her in front of others.
....They include allegations that he [Guy Ritchie]
told her [Madonna] she 'looked like a granny' on stage compared with
her younger backing dancers. He is also alleged to have declared that
she could not act, and was 'past it' after she turned 50.
Her lawyers say that 40-year-old Ritchie's
comments made Madonna feel worthless, unattractive, unfeminine, insecure
and isolated during their eight-year marriage.
felt 'worthless' with Guy
wants money invested in Guy Ritchie film back
The bust-up over the [movie] gift was not the only
cash argument. Madonna accused Guy of failing to contribute towards
She also claimed he was not providing enough money
towards son Rocco’s private education.
The source added: “It was as if Guy had given
up on the marriage.
“Although Madonna is worth far more than him,
she expected them to be equal partners financially.
“But Guy was just engrossed in his work and he
may have just taken his eye of the ball rather than intentionally not
pay. In Madonna’s eyes, these problems just added to her determination
to get divorced.”
over gift 'sparked Madonna divorce'
is Beastly' - Guy Ritchie's Father Goes After Madonna
October 17, 2008
Guy Ritchie's father lashed out at Madonna
today, calling the pop star's behavior since the announcement of the
couple's divorce "beastly."
Ritchie's father, John, told The Daily Telegraph, "She
is being beastly. She is saying, 'Did you ever love me?' It goes back
to a time when she fell off her horse, and she's blaming him for that.
She's calling him an emotional retard. When he's being bashed
by her, it's horrid."
is being 'beastly' over divorce to my son says Ritchie Snr -This Is
is being "beastly", says Guy Ritchie's father -Telegraph
father's withering verdict on Madonna
Ritchie's mum said he knew risks of marrying Madonna
moment Madonna fell off that horse, the marriage was doomed - The
Ritchie 'Doesn't Have to Fake It Anymore'
Churchwell: Madonna, divorce, and the cost of turning into a commodity
Ritchie reveals why love in Madonna marriage died
Ritchie brands marriage to Madonna a "circus"
role model for a selfish generation
v Guy: Mudslinging in Vogue as war begins
your choice: Madonna tells mutual friends to decide between her and Guy
Paltrow spent months begging Madonna to try and save her marriage
other men: The ex Carlos Leon becomes her 'rock' while romance with Alex
Rodriguez is 'definitely on'
Ritchie wants 'not a penny' of Madonna's money
Direction Will Guy Ritchie Take Next?
Oct 17 2008 by Joan Burnie
Almost inevitably Guy and Madonna will take new partners
or remarry and there will be another bunch of mummies and daddies in
all the kids' lives.
Chances are too that as Madge ages - even four hours
a day in the gym can't hold back time - in the way of superstars, the
men will become younger, a form of emotional Botox. Easier to look at
them than the mirror.
Remind me again of the number of men young
Lourdes has seen come and go through her mother's bedroom in her 12
But no worries, mommie dearest will always be able
to provide her kids with the best therapist Kabbalah and money can buy.
Got 300m pounds, he's got 30m pounds, but the Guy Doesn't Want a Penny
(Why Guy and Madonna are Divorcing)
October 16, 2008
THE marriage of Madonna and Guy Ritchie has been dogged
by bitterness and recrimination for YEARS — and any notion that
they have battled to save it is a myth.
...Guy has told lawyers he wants “not one penny”
of her estimated £300million fortune.
....We can reveal that Madonna launched divorce proceedings
against Guy after levelling a series of accusations against him —
portraying him as a cruel and selfish husband.
The superstar singer told pals she had decided to end
her seven-year marriage to film director Guy, 40, because he:
# REFUSED to dip into his own £30million fortune
to pay for their lifestyle — while sponging off her massive wealth;
# IGNORED her pleas to spend more time in New York
and shunned her love of the Kabbalah faith;
# FAILED to support her emotionally over child adoption
# MOANED about her being in the limelight as his career
But Guy hit back — branding Madonna a
control freak obsessed with a “weird religion”.
His “increasing hatred” of her fixation
with Kabbalah — a mystical off-shoot of the Jewish faith —
was a huge reason behind the break-up, a source said.
The British papers are claiming Guy Ritchie has no interest
in Madonna's money, but according to an American source, he is-
Ritchie goes for Madonna's millions - and there's no prenuptial
Oct 15, 2008
...."Guy wants to make himself out to
be a gentleman who's above money," the Madonna pal said
hours after the couple confirmed they're splitting.
"If only that was the case. The truth is he's looking
for a nice piece of the pie."
(Hat tip to board member South West Ranger for the following
for the parting of the riches, after Madonna and her Guy decide it’s
Oct 16, 2008
....with the couple’s confirmation yesterday
that they are to divorce it was also disclosed that Madonna
has hired Fiona Shackleton, the lawyer who represented the
Prince of Wales when his first marriage came to an end. Nothing but
the best for the Queen of Pop.
Mrs Shackleton also represented Sir Paul McCartney
in his divorce from Heather Mills, reducing his former wife’s
claim to a fraction of what she had requested.
Given the dizzying sums at stake in the Madonna/Ritchie
settlement – they have an estimated joint fortune of £300
million, and one observer suggested that Ritchie could be awarded
up to £150 million – it may be a wise appointment.
divorce: could legal battle favour Ritchie? - Times Online
Up next: marriage is nothing more to Guy Ritche and
Madonna than a business transaction.
According to some sources, Madonna and Ritchie are timing
their divorce to get the maximum free publicity and profit off it, which
brewing for months with Madonna and Guy Ritchie
By JO PIAZZA
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, October 15th 2008
A well-timed divorce with a huge media build-up was
destined to make Madonna and Guy Ritchie super...richie?
Sources have speculated that the marriage had effectively
been over for months, but orchestrating the public split now
is all part of a mastermind publicity stunt to generate more moola for
Madge's worldwide "Sticky & Sweet" tour.
....According to the gossip Web site's sources, the
marriage has been over for some time and the couple are simply friends.
But it was in the pair's best interest to generate plenty of buzz to
boost ticket sales for this tour that could top $300 million.
....They reportedly plan to use the cash to secure their children's
"She is simply playing the media - and the public - as
usual," a pal said.
facing £50m divorce - Financial Times
Lawyers suggested on Wednesday night that Mr Ritchie,
whose career has faltered since his early success with Snatch and Lock,
Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, could walk away with £50m from
his far wealthier wife.
A-Rod Connected to Madonna's Divorce Announcement?
Lying Low as Madonna's Marriage Crumbles
Funny slant on the divorce from Heckler Spray:
Ritchie Divorce: And There’s Your Confirmation - Heckler Spray
Made Guy Ritchie Cry
Ritchie "Crying" Over Photo of Son Rocco in Yankees T-Shirt
offers Guy an extra £5million 'if she can dictate access rights
divorce exclusive: She blocks Guy Ritchie's plans for kids' 'first Christmas'
was nothing but a cheap, fake gold-digger,' says Madonna as divorce war
Ritchie's got a new - younger - gal [Kelly Reilly]; calls Madonna 'old,
fat, ugly and wrinkled'
Madonna's replacement: Kelly Reilly
jealousy the motive behind Madonna and Guy Ritchie's split?
haunted by Ritchie's ex
Rages as Madonna Pushes the A-Rod Button
to Madonna? It can't have been easy, Guy.
and Madonna's marriage ended after 'she began scheduling sex around time
in the gym'
so happy Guy about sex diary
religion [Hinduism] blamed for Madonna split
Madonna Wants to Bury Guy - Lock Stock and Baubles
Sunday October 26,2008
By Jane Clinton
MADONNA is putting her marriage to Guy Ritchie behind
her by holding a “funeral” for all the gifts he gave her.
Photographs and keepsakes from Ritchie are to be gathered
up and put in a metal box – and then buried.
A source close to the singer said: “Madonna wants
to get Guy’s energy out of her life to help her have a more balanced
view for the divorce.
....“An assistant is auditing everything,”
said the source.
“All photographs and letters will be digitally
scanned and stored on a computer memory stick. There are lists of what
she wants collected, which will be checked off against the box’s
This latest exercise comes as Madonna embarks on a
course of Kabbalah anger management counselling to
deal with her rage towards 40-year-old film director Ritchie.
It is thought the singer, a keen advocate of
the Kabbalah faith, has taken a counsellor with her on her Sticky &
Sweet tour to help her work through her disappointment and anger.
She is particularly incensed that personal
details of their relationship have leaked out and Ritchie’s
settlement demands have also sent her reeling.
“She vows she will never marry again,”
said the source.
Not A Savvy Business Woman
Madonna is such a "savvy business woman" that she didn't have
Ritchie sign a pre-nup, and she might be losing up to £50 million
of her own money to Ritchie.
Trump Thinks Madonna is Stupid
facing £50m divorce - Financial Times
Lawyers suggested on Wednesday night that Mr Ritchie,
whose career has faltered since his early success with Snatch and Lock,
Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, could walk away with £50m from
his far wealthier wife.
Sheet: The Madonna divorce edition
But what about their combined
fortune? How could the savviest woman showbiz has ever
seen really not have a prenup?
odd couple and the £100m divorce
Oct 16, 2008
One way or another, this divorce should result
in a huge payout for Ritchie if properly handled."
Madonna could have protected her wealth by
asking her husband to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, which would
have helped a court limit the value of his claim on the fortune she
amassed during her 25-year recording career.
record deal in the making
Guy Ritchie claim his share of Madonna's fortune?
(Hat tip to board member South West Ranger for following
for the parting of the riches, after Madonna and her Guy decide it’s
Meanwhile Madonna, who is still on tour, may
live to rue her English sojourn. Andrew Newbury, a divorce
lawyer with the Manchester-based firm Pannone, said that if the split
did end up in court Madonna’s decision to base her family
in Britain could mean her having to pay a much larger settlement than
if she lived in the US.
Ritchie goes for Madonna's millions - and there's no prenuptial
Will Madonna And Guy Split Their $$?
Girl Faces Big Payout
Madonna's Terrible Singing
Kicks Off North American Tour
By JANE STEVENSON -- Sun Media
....The Material Girl kicked off the North American
leg of her Sticky and Sweet Tour in front of a sold-out crowd at IZOD
Arena [in New Jersey] on Saturday night...
....even if she [Madonna] couldn't hit the
high notes during an impromptu version of the requested song, Open
Pass Blog, Sticky and Sweet NJ Tour Review
Top 10 Things Madonna Said Last Night
7. “[Expletive]! It’s too high
for me!” (As she realized she started “Open Your Heart”
in a key too high for her to finish.)
Wails on Sarah Palin - Roger Friedman, FOX news
For one thing, Madonna cannot sing. Luckily,
she only tries to "Sing" one song, "You Must Love Me,"
from "Evita," It was the one real moment of poignancy from
the whole evening. And whoever mixes it live deserves a Nobel
Filth and Wisdom
directed a movie called "Filth and Wisdom," and she showed up
for its premiere in New York a day or two ago.
Movie reviews: 'Filth and Wisdom,' 'Midnight Movie,' 'August Evening'
October 23, 2008
'FILTH AND WISDOM'
by COLIN COVERT
0 [Zero] out of four stars
Unrated but includes profanity, sexuality, drugs, stupidity.
Madonna's directorial debut is so abysmal in
so many ways that we'd have to reduce the type size to get them all
The acting is arch and self-conscious, the
production values are poverty row, and even the lighting is abrasive.
Now that takes a special kind of negative talent -- when was the last
time you were offended by a film's lighting?
.... The script, co-written by the Material
Girl, is a plotless stream of incidents meant to illustrate
how these flawed souls work their way back to the light.
....Actually, he elucidates every notion in the film's
empty little head, starting half his lines with the catchphrase, "In
my country we have a saying. ... " Here's one Madonna might want
to memorize: "Don't quit your day job."
Madonna's 'Filth' Out With Rubbish
By James Verniere, Boston Herald
"I'm going straight to hell," announces the
narrator of Madonna's feature directing debut "Filth and Wisdom."
Little did I know so was I.
A narcissistic psychodrama (Really, what did you expect?),
the film tells the story of three London flatmates: A.K. (Eugene Hutz,
frontman of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello), a musician for a gypsy-punk
band who moonlights as a cross-dressing S&M hooker...
and Wisdom An Amateurish Stab at Sagacity
By Rossiter Drake (Oct 24, 2008)
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.
Let it never be said that Madonna’s self-serving
fascination with sex, which once stirred enough controversy to make
even her most calculated exploits seem like bona fide events, has diminished
with age. It’s just that we’re no longer shocked,
and only mildly interested.
Filth and Wisdom, her directorial debut, has
arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and the results are surprisingly
shoddy, even by the standards expected of a first-time would-be auteur.
....Filth and Wisdom is unconvincing. In the end, it
begs the question posed by a pop sensation of a different era: Is that
all there is?
and Wisdom,” By Madonna
By Raymond Fitzmyer
October 24th 2008
....As a director, Madonna didn’t help her characters
to follow a straight way in the movie. She is clueless about
directing. But isn’t that “wanting makes you getting?”
review: 'Filth and Wisdom'
Ruthe Stein, Chronicle Senior Movie Writer
Friday, October 24, 2008
Of the 22 movies Madonna has acted in, she's watchable
in three - "Desperately Seeking Susan," "A League of
Their Own" and "Evita." So having messed up nearly
every time she stepped in front of a camera, there is a crazy logic
to her decision to try her hand at directing.
....Nothing in this cynical bit of claptrap
feels remotely real. She makes it impossible to relate to her
main characters - all residents of a rooming house in a marginal London
neighborhood - or their plight.
....Madonna is clueless about how to keep a
movie moving along. "Filth & Wisdom" is dead in the water,
an excruciating bore even at a compact 84 minutes.
Hits The Wrong Note
October 24, 2008; Page WE31
The best part of "Filth and Wisdom,"
Madonna's directorial debut, is that it's only 81 minutes long. It could
have been 82.
Madonna fans will probably want to go anyway -- hey,
I can't stop you -- but I can tell you that the movie delivers on neither
of the promises of its title.
It's not filthy, although it seems to think it is,
and the only wisdom you'll gain from this ham-handed exercise is learning
to never again trust Madonna behind the camera.
....The idea, as A.K. informs us, is that rolling around
in the filth leads you to wisdom and enlightenment; you know, art, the
hidden beauties and terrors of life in the demimonde, blah, blah.
Maybe it does, but the only thing this movie
should lead you to is the nearest exit.
Runs Out of Steam
By Ty Burr
Globe Staff / October 24, 2008
Now that Madonna and Guy Ritchie have officially called
it quits, all that remains is the issue of custody. Madge should get
the children and the brassiere collection. Based on her directorial
debut, Ritchie should get the filmmaking career.
....On the other hand, the quality of the writing
and performances in "Filth and Wisdom" are of the let's-put-on-a-show
variety, and the filmmaking is self-indulgence itself. Worst
of all, the movie's simply not very shocking.
.... [A movie character named] A.K. is fond of saying
things like, "In my country, we have a saying: He who licks the
knives will cut his tongue." In my country, we have a saying:
Pop stars who make movies should stick to what they know.
on a Movie Screen? Madonna directs peculiar comedy 'Filth and Wisdom'
and Wisdom from Madonna
....However, with her directorial debut, Filth and
Wisdom, she [Madonna] now proves herself to be a limited filmmaker.
....The tone of the film is also wildly uneven.
....the film’s pacing is off target.
.... But this feature (which even
at 83 minutes feels long) has as much style as it does substance
– meaning, very little. The Material Girl needs to create better
No Wanna - negative review of Filth and Wisdom from the New York Post
(Hat tip South West Ranger)
Oct 17, 2008
Guess who gets custody of the directing talent?
Given Madonna's utter failure to master acting
in a lengthy screen career that's included such legendary bombs
as "Shanghai Surprise" and "Swept Away," it's
not exactly surprising that her directing debut, "Filth and Wisdom,"
is thoroughly inept in just about every aspect.
Madge's idea of pushing the envelope seems
stuck somewhere in the early 1980s, when the idea of a male
dominatrix (annoying Ukranian singer Eugene Hutz) and a pole dancer
(Holly Weston) might seem remotely shocking. It's certainly been a long
time since we heard David Rose's "The Stripper" (1962) in
Co-written by one of Guy Ritchie's former gofers, the
relentlessly tedious "Filth and Wisdom" is
set in Madge's (now apparently former) adopted home of London. It's
peopled by a collection of racial stereotypes, including an Indian druggist
and a Jewish couple that will win her no friends in the kabbalah set.
and Wisdom': Absolute Beginner, By Kurt Loder
This negative review concludes with this wonderful ending:
Also lamentable, perhaps, is Madonna's decision to
call her production company Semtex Films. Semtex is a well-known plastic
explosive, much favored by terrorists. To make bombs.
Would Be Wise To Avoid Madonna's New Movie
demonstrates solid attempt, yet fails at first film
and Wisdom': More of the former than the latter
Plot strands don't come together,
and when in doubt, Madonna cuts away to a band performance or a song
montage. The music is the undeniable highlight.
The film's attempts to be quirky and arty instead
feel stagy and cobbled-together. The project reportedly began
as a short, and it sometimes has the feel of one padded out into a full-length
....While individual scenes pay homage to such directors
as Fellini and Godard, and films such as The Graduate, Filth
and Wisdom is pretentious and structurally flawed, never truly coming
together as a coherent work.
moments in Madonna cinema
By Dave White
....This week’s release of “Filth and Wisdom,”
her directorial debut (that’s right, she directed a feature),
isn’t going to help change anyone’s mind, either.
It’s so bad it’s already made the
loop past so-bad-it’s-good all the way back to plain old bad again.
It’s the kind of fractured accident of a movie
that history looks back at and wonders if Jerry Lewis’ nazi flick,
“The Day The Clown Cried,” might not have been such a bad
idea after all.
wore some tacky gun shoes (high heels where guns served as the heels -
see photo at left) to the New York premiere of her movie Filth and Wisdom.
This didn't go over well with some folks.
Criticized for Gun Shoes
next for gun heeled Madonna ... a suicide belt?
Madonna is snapped stepping out in a pair of bizarre
shoes with heels shaped like guns.
....Does she have no idea what is going on in the world
Of course she does. She bans her own children from
watching television so they don’t get sullied or corrupted but
thinks it is perfectly fine for her to brandish her filth in front of
....And it’s not even as if Madge is wearing
them as a one-off. These shoes are going to be sold worldwide and I
bet they will sell out too as hordes of fashion victims rush to get
in on the act.
I wonder what real victims, those who have lost loved
ones because of guns or survived shootings themselves, have to say about
Lynn Costello, from anti-violence group Mothers Against
Murder And Aggression, says she is horrified and that Madonna should
know better. I agree.
what are Madonna's gun heels saying?
makes fashion gaff at movie premiere
MADONNA has shot herself in the foot by wearing shoes
featuring pistol-shaped heels.
The Chanel shoes caused a sensation when she arrived
in them at the New York premiere of Filth & Wisdom, her first movie
But it was not the sort of attention the 50-year-old
singer was hoping for.
Last night anti-gun campaigners in Britain, where Madonna
has lived for several years, denounced her as "irresponsible"
and "utterly senseless" for choosing such a design at a time
when violent crime involving guns is soaring there.
Dee Edwards, co-founder of the charity Mothers Against
Murder and Aggression said: "I am utterly disgusted by this.
"It is not fashion, it is not style, it is glorifying
"Kids are dying every day in Britain from gun
and knife crime.
"I would like to see her walk into a mortuary
or a hospital wearing those shoes to see a young child whose life has
been ripped from him by guns - and then claim it as a fashion statement."
we note at the discussion board (here),
Madonna has never accepted responsiblity for her failed movie career (as
actress or director): she simply lacks talent at either one.
She's continuing the tradition of shifting the blame
on to others:
Lashes Out At Film Critics
[The Filth and Wisdom movie premiere was]
Thrown by the Cinema Society and Dolce & Gabbana at the Sunshine
Cinema on the Lower East Side, the new director [Madonna] showed
up at 8:15, complained about the few empty seats in the auditorium
("I'm used to much bigger crowds than this, that's all I have to
say," she said) and then launched into a speech in which
she went after anyone who might have given her a nasty review or slagged
off her first film, "Filth and Wisdom."
"There's a certain resentment when people do one
thing well and then try to do something else," she said. "And
everybody gets a bug up their ass. But that's their f--g problem and
the fact of the matter is that it really wasn't such a big leap [directing
a film] because I'm a storyteller."
Madonna is Not Elegant: She's Trashy and Rude
Site, tour review, New York
After the request section, she [Madonna] wouldn't continue
to 'hung up' until everyone on the lower loge seated level got up, she
said "What is this? A f*cking bar mitzvah???" then, on the
right side of the stage, there were 2 girls in the front row of the
lower loge and they were still sitting, she started to talk directly
to them, she said "Get up! Show some respect"
Madonna Give Up?
Thursday, 9 October 2008
It looks like Madonna might have to reinvent herself
again if she wants to keep her fans.
The Queen of Pop failed to grab the attention of one fan
during her concert in New York.
He allegedly sat down because he was bored and wanted
to go home.
According to The Sun Madonna turned on her
fan and said: "Are you f***ing bored, sir? Why are you sitting?
I'm busting my arse up here."
She then said to the rest of the audience: "Clap
for me...my ego is bruised right now!"
It seems strange that Madonna would single out a fan
in such a way.
After all, he had to pay a lot of money to
see the Material Girl in action - and why couldn't he sit down?
Madonna 'confronts bored fan at concert'
Madonna's Mouthpieces, Publicists, & Liz Rosenberg
fans sometime behave as though you cannot trust anything the media say
about Madonna (if it's negative, at least), and the ones at the 'fan'
sites tell their readers to only believe something if it comes from Liz
Rosenberg's mouth (or computer, typewriter, or pen).
The folly of that view is demonstrated here (on Madonna
Tribe, which got this information from the AP and BBC News)-
In July, Madonna's publicist denied the pair were
planning to divorce, saying their marriage did not "need saving".
And now, of course, it's been confirmed that Madonna
and Ritchie are divorcing.
From the primary source, BBC:
and Ritchie confirm split
Does Madonna's Divorce Announcement Really Screw Over? - Jossip
Rosenberg, Madonna's Lying Flack - Gawker
....Well, how credible is Liz Rosenberg? She told the
world in 2006 that Madonna was not adopting a baby in Malawi. Although,
of course, Madonna did adopt a baby in Malawi.
....* She [Liz Rosenberg] does a good job of staying
friendly with celebrity magazine editors, naturally—she's allegedly
the editor of People with free Madonna tickets for a decade or more.
* She [Liz Rosenberg] knows how to play hardball—she
reportedly managed to silence
a good deal of potential press coverage of Madonna's brother Christopher
Ciccone's book last summer, which portrayed the singer negatively.
So Rosenberg does her job. Regardless, no matter how
much wheedling, pleading, bargaining, threats, or doubletalk a flack
uses, they're not supposed to flat-out lie. But Rosenberg has quite
a reputation for lying.
Some of the most vehement "Rosenberg is a liar" voices are
the most fervent Madonna fans, like commenters
on AbsoluteMadonna.com. It might be advantageous to court them,
from a PR point of view!
Celebrity flacks are probably the only remaining
category of PR people who can get away with bald-faced lies,
and continue to be effective in their jobs.
....Media flacks? Lord, they have to be friends with
reporters. To lie is to die. Despite the vague public perception that
all flacks are liars, they really can't be if they want to have a long-term
Unless they have a client like Madonna! Because the
celebrity media will want to cover Madonna for the rest of her natural
life no matter what she or her flack does. So Liz Rosenberg, yes, probably
finds it expedient to just lie and now and then, without any real consequences.
But that also means you shouldn't necessarily
believe anything she says.
Rep Added To Prestigious List Of Lying Flacks
Rosenberg thread at the Discussion Board
(Madonna, the rude, trashy bimbo, continues to insult Sarah Palin during
the Dry and Sour Tour)
Threatens to Kick Sarah Palin's Ass
by Elizabeth Fairview | October 9th, 2008
....Madonna is really starting to weird us out. After
making nonsensical remarks about Sarah Palin, Madonna has resorted to
West Side Story-like threats.
At another concert in New York City last night, Madonna
said she would kick Palin's ass if she didn't, "get off my street."
Silly Madonna is under the impression she owns the
streets. She's also under the impression that it's legal to kick people's
asses who are on said streets.
Threatens Palin In Impromptu Song -Contact Music
Stripped Down 'Lucky Star' Isn't Meant for That 'bitch' Sarah Palin
....At her Monday concert at Madison Square Garden,
then, the fledgling director and potential A-Rod squeeze put on her
pundit's hat, announcing that "Sarah f*cking Palin" was decidedly
not invited to the concert (a message Palin may have already gathered
from Madonna's tasteful McCain/Hitler montage) and exhorting the crowd
to "get that b*tch out of here!"
screeches her hate for Sarah Palin
Demonstrates Bad Sportsmanship When She Screams About Sarah Palin Onstage
....Celebrities, Madonna included, have gotten extremely
personal during this presidential campaign. And while everyone is entitled
to their own opinion, Celebrity News Service wishes that most
of the celebrities would keep their personal opinions to themselves.
It's one thing to present the facts and state that
you like a certain candidate, but it's completely different when a performer
is screaming things from the stage.
Throws Condoms To New York Fans In Jibe At Sarah Palin
Downplays Her Physical Threats Against Sarah Palin: 'It's A Metaphor'
on a Sarah Palin rampage
Sour and Dry Tour
Fans who wanted to dance the night away on this tour
were probably disappointed, as there were only a few
numbers that took on a club-like atmosphere.
Madonna did not help the night get off to a good start
by going on at 9:20 p.m., about 40 minutes later than a press representative
said she would be taking the stage.
........Madonna tried to get the crowd going
with “Spanish Lesson,” an abysmal track from the new record,
but the crowd was not buying it.
....Then things reached rock bottom
with the Romanian folk interlude...
........But then the show ended on a low note,
with “Ray of Light,” which is over-rated
as a dance song; an attempt at an acoustic, crowd-interactive “Open
Your Heart,” which failed; a rock version of
“Hung Up” which barely featured the signature Abba melody,
and a lackluster “Give It To Me,” which
does not have the pure joy or energy of a classic hit such as “Holiday.”
Aerobic, Not Erotic: The Concert as Workout
Has there ever been a colder pop sex symbol?
For all the invitations in her lyrics, Madonna has always projected
more calculation and industriousness than affection.
....Her moves were aerobic, not erotic;
in one song, other dancers spotted her as if they were personal trainers.
Old Lady Album
were asked by Madonna (via her fan magazine, "ICON") to artificially
create demand for her songs on radio.
By Bruno, a French Madonna fan (source: Madonna
But what's a real [Madonna] fan? A tool in the promotion
process of her work (as it is required now at Icon, "call
the radios and get a signed cd" contest for exemple) or
someone who simply enjoies what she does?
Sour and Dry Tour
who attended a tour performance in France are saying the show was boring,
disappointing and uncreative:
Fans on French Version of Tour: It Was Boring, Disappointing
From link above: Excerpts by various fans who attended
From Fimi: [The] sound was awful.
...Madonna came 30 minutes late. Yes then you get a
bit tired and lame indeed.
From patrickchristo: Disappointing
show... first time I had seen it. Felt like budget was cut
and crowds increased to meet some gross targets... little we had not
seen before, she is way better than this...
From Bruno: Hello, I just came back from the
first Paris concert. I have to say that I am very desappointed
by the show. ....frankly, we barely saw here [sic; her]. We
were up in the sky. How could we have bad seats with presales?
Another bad point: the sound quality. We would expect
great quality for this price and from Madonna. But the sound
And what happened to the back videos??? Did anyone
noticed their poor quality? No creativity,
....the others [backing videos] were boring
and a lot of people took the opportunity to go get some drinks.
....On the way back to the city, in the subway, many
fans said that they were disappointed. I am one of them.
From Morgan: The sound was not so
good, and people around me looked bored, too. I'm very desappointed.
Madonna fell on her butt during one Sticky and Sweet
Makes Awful Racket Then Falls Over
Madonna comes a cropper and falls over on her hard booty
falls onstage, does not break hip!
Show Did NOT Sell Out (from a Madonna fan site):
Yesterday in Wembley's Merchandise booth there was
an exclusive T-Shirt especially made for the September 11th, only London
On the back of the stardard Madonna black tour T-shirt
they have printed the date of the show in colours of the British flag...
They have also added a "sold out"
writing [to the tour t-shirt design], which is quite funny considering
that forty minutes before the show they were moving and upgrading people
from the back of the pitch to cover all the emply seats on tiers nearer
Oh my. Sounds like the Wembley gig did not go over well
- ha ha ha!
Wembley Gig Crucified by Fans
Madonna failed miserably to impress her non-A-list
fans at her London concert on Thursday.
In fact, a number of reports like this
one and this
one called the show a disaster!
We also received quite a few emails from disgruntled
fans in attendance at Wembley.
Wembley Stadium Concert Hit With Criticism From Fans
Performs at Wembley Looking Remarkably Like Skeletor
quality at Madonna [Wembley] gig 'poor'
Madonna fans have complained that they were
unable to hear the Queen of Pop at her Wembley gig.
....hundreds of concert-goers inundated message
boards saying they had been let down by poor sound
quality at Wembley Stadium.
....A fan said of the only English date on the star's
tour: "So many people were leaving before even halfway
through the show. Near me there were a few boos and people losing interest...
At times you would see her mouth move and the sound a few seconds later...
at times we couldn't even hear what song it was she was playing."
'ashamed' to sing Eighties hits, claims Toyah Wilcox
Former punk rocker Toyah Wilcox has accused Madonna
of being "ashamed" of singing her classic Eighties tracks.'
By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
Last Updated: 11 Sep 2008
Wilcox said she could "hear the audience groan"
when she went to see the London-based American star [Madonna] play at
Speaking as she prepared to return to the stage for
a live show singing rock classics, she said of live artists: "People
want to hear their hits and not their arty songs."
She added: "When I went to see Madonna
at Wembley she did an hour of B sides and you could hear the audience
Slams, Put Downs / Age
Not So Crazy For You
by Glen Humphries
Madonna's defenders have claimed she is showing that
a woman can turn 50 and still be sexy. What she's doing, they babble,
is redefining what a 50-year-old woman should look like and how she
should act. But what she's doing is trying to act like she's
still 25. That's not redefining, that's regressing.
By all means, 50-year-olds can still be sexy - but
surely that's not achieved by trying to dress like someone half their
age. The message she's sending is that the only way a middle-aged woman
can look sexy is to dress like her daughter.
The image is there to be seen on the cover of her latest
album, Hard Candy. Hard Candy? Hard-faced, more like
It's part of Madonna's desperate struggle for
relevance in a world where young popsters have long overtaken
her. And it shows she's a one-trick pony; instead of
focusing on the music, she just sexes up her image again. Once Madonna
did have the music to match her habit of shocking people. Now, all she's
got is the shock.
....That piggybacking is something she's continued,
co-opting today's hip performers and producers like Timbaland, The Neptunes
and Justin Timberlake to gain some relevance.
By and large, it doesn't work. All it does
it remind us how out of date she is. And old too. In the video
for Four Minutes, her duet with Timberlake, she dances alongside the
Timberlake dances rings around her; moving all over
the place while she struggles to match even half his moves. It's as
though her ageing body simply can't do what his can.
This is even more pronounced in the video for Hung
Up which features plenty of young dancers busting some very acrobatic
moves. And where is Madonna while they're doing this? She's in a dance
studio wearing leg warmers, a revealing leotard and heels, tottering
around like an old lady doing jazzercise.
I'm sure this wasn't a deliberate ploy by Madonna
but the contrast between her and the good dancers couldn't have been
Late in the video, when she actually leaves the dance
studio and meets up with the hot dancers, they're no longer pulling
off those insane moves. Instead, they have to restrain themselves,
limited to copying whatever dance steps Madonna's creaking body can
Now that Madonna is 50, I just hope she chooses to
take early retirement. And gets some dignity.
Slams and Put Downs
husband Guy Ritchie may
never have heard of former Presidential hopeful Republican Mike Huckabee,
but considering that Huckabee's insult of Madonna was aired during the
American RNC (Republican National Convention) on all major American networks
(and simultaneously to boot!), no doubt many hundreds of thousands of
Americans heard Huckabee's slam of Madonna, which is what really counts!
Huckabee takes on Democrats, news media
By Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY
ST. PAUL —
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who had a reputation for wit
during his campaign for president, thanked the "elite media"
Wednesday "for doing something that, quite frankly, I wasn't sure
could be done, and that's unifying the Republican Party and all of America
in support of Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin."
"The reporting of the past few days has
proven tackier than a costume change at a Madonna concert," he
Arrogant, Rude Snotball
is the Rudest Celebrity (says James Morrison)
James Morrison has claimed Madonna is the most impolite
celebrity he's ever met.
Speaking to Metro ahead of the release of his new single
You Make It Real, the singer-songwriter revealed he was blanked by the
Material Girl while working on his second album in the US.
"I was recording in a studio in LA and she came
in to speak to a producer and someone asked if I wanted to meet her,"
"I'm not her biggest fan but thought I'd say hello
so I went over and said: 'Hello, I'm James, nice to meet you,' and put
my hand out to shake hands.
"She just looked at it and said: 'And what do
you do?' I told her I was a singer and she just stared at me
and didn't say anything. It was really uncomfortable. Then she just
He added: "F*ck her [Madonna], though,
it's just a matter of common courtesy. It doesn't matter what someone
does for a living. She's just rude. There's no excuse for it."
Sticky And Sweet Tour Staff Consider Quitting
Published Monday, 1st September, 2008 at 2:34 PM
Madonna is close to losing some of her entourage during
the Sticky & Sweet tour, due to the second class treatment
the staff feel they are receiving.
While Madonna is staying in £11,000-per-night
chateaus in France (around $21,000 a night), her on tour staff are staying
at a cheap hotel priced at £50 for her Nice tour dates.
As well as Madonna's family, 12 personal staff members
are also staying at the expensive accomodation, including a personal
chef and a team of six beauticians.
An insider told the Daily Mirror: "Everyone is
furious with her and some of them want to walk out of the tour. They
feel they are being treated like second-class citizens, despite all
their hard work over the last few months."
While the superstar travels in style by private
jet and has a helicopter fly her from accomodation to venues,
her staff are flying with budget airline Easyjet.
Crew 'Furious' At Tour Travel
tour crew 'close to a walkout'
Road Crew 'Threaten To Quit Tour Over Cheap Hotels'
world tour crew threaten to quit
Dry and Sour Tour
(or Sour and Dry)
24, 2008 UPDATE.
As I find more tour information, I'll edit this section
to add it.
I'll add most of the newer content towards the bottom.
Anything having to do with bad ticket sales will go under the first section,
(Yes, that's a photo of Madonna on the upper left.
It was taken on the set of Filth and Wisdom.
I added some of the "Sticky and Sweet" tour colors to make it
the Anti Madonna Site's Dry and Sour tour logo.)
Her first Dry and Sour tour stop did NOT sell
sparkles with £1m gems
Aug 24 2008 by Staff Reporter, Wales On Sunday
....Despite a disappointing turnout estimated
at only around 40,000, well below the stadium’s maximum capacity
and meaning the standing room was only around half-full, Madonna
still gave it her all.
....One week after celebrating her 50th birthday,
the mum-of-two is hoping to eclipse her last trot across the globe.
But despite whipping her die-hard fans into a frenzy and selling “high-end”
tickets costing £150, she failed to sell out at the 74,500-capacity
The following has the same title as the link above,
but it has different content:
sparkles with £1m gems
Aug 24 2008 by Staff Reporter, Wales On Sunday
FIRST her showbiz pals don’t turn up for her
50th birthday bash – then she’s performing to a
half-empty Millennium Stadium.
Only 40,000 fans turned up to Madonna’s debut
performance of her 2008 Sticky and Sweet tour in the capital last night,
leaving 30,000 tickets unsold.
In the midst of a credit crunch and fears of a looming
recession, even the Queen of Pop couldn’t get enough bums
on seats to fill a 74,000-capacity venue.
Kicks off Huge World Tour - BBC News
But despite being the first date of the tour [i.e.,
Cardiff, Wales], tickets were still available shortly before
Check out the Sticky
and Sweet Tour Thread on the Anti Madonna Discussion Board
Really stupid or ugly photos from the tour can be found
in that thread, and some have been uploded to the
Vogue Gallery, so far in the following categories: Hair / Ugly / Fashion
Madonna gets booed at her own show for being two hours
late (and notice it says that the stadium was "semi filled"):
sets out on the tour of her life
August 24, 2008
Lynne [at the Madonna Sticky and Sweet tour
in Cardiff], wearing her best silky cowboy shirt and pink, flashing
angel wings, is outraged.
'It's bollocks, that's what it is,' she said.
'One and a half hours late and she [Madonna] still hasn't bothered to
come on stage? It's disrespectful. I've driven down two hours from Birmingham.
This just isn't right.'
In the semi-filled Cardiff Millennium Stadium,
Lynne is not alone in her frustration.
At 8pm last night, after an hour's wait, the crowd
tried to encourage Madonna on to the stage with cheers and whoops.
By 9pm, after two hours' wait, the boos began;
starting cautiously in the stands but quickly gaining deafening momentum
throughout the stadium.
'I didn't pay £75 for the joy of sitting on a
cold, concrete floor, eating hot dogs,' said Tom Allan, one of the most
enthusiastic of the booing brigade. 'I do my job properly, why can't
Madonna's camp is now telling lies about why Cardiff
was not selling out. They're so desperate to cover up her Cardiff failure
they actually expect us to believe that they did NOT want the venue filled
(Hat tip to board member Candace_66 for finding this
Madonna Live The Sticky and Sweet Tour
Live Blogging by WalesOnline reviewer Andrew Dagnell:
6:32 Andrew Dagnell - .... THe stadium is NOT
6:32 Andrew Dagnell - gates are open. The show
is not sold out.
8:28 Andrew Dagnell - The standing room is half full
- it's definitely not full here tonight
8:29 Andrew Dagnell - There's room for at least half
as many again
8:31 Andrew Dagnell - It's VERY empty guys.
Very empty. And we're 4 minutes from show time
8:32 Andrew Dagnell - The seats are full - but the
standing room isn't
8:32 Andrew Dagnell - There's room for another 1,000
people I would say
8:33 Andrew Dagnell - There's a lot of room
- it's going to look stupid when she comes on stage I'm sorry to say
.... 8:35 Andrew Dagnell - I'm looking to the left
of me and to the right of me and the seats are ALL empty
8:35 Andrew Dagnell - Lastest estimates - you could
fit another 2,500 people in here
8:36 Andrew Dagnell - All the lower seats are empty
8:36 Andrew Dagnell - The people just haven't turned out
8:37 Andrew Dagnell - Is this the end of Madonna?
This could end up being Sweet and Sour, not Sticky and Sweet tonight
8:41 Andrew Dagnell - The upper level of the stadium
is full - the bottom level is empty
8:45 Andrew Dagnell - There's about 40,000 people here.
8:46 Andrew Dagnell - 40,000 out of a 70,000
And THE LIE:
8:55 Andrew Dagnell - Barbara Charone [Madonna's
spokesperson] has said they purposely sold less tickets so everyone
could get a view of the stage.
Suuuure, Charone, we believe you!
More tour information:
Unfortunately, Madonna’s concert last
night didn’t impress the Swedish press. They are in fact
ice cold in their reviews.
Aftonbladet gives the show one plus, and says it feels
like drunk rally driving between different styles and genres. They also
rate the show song by song, and give Hung Up and Borderline a minus!
it out here.
Expressen gives her ONE wasp, saying that the show
feels confused. "It’s partly akward, partly embarrassing,
and sometimes painful to experience Madonna’s clumsy attempts
to party." Check
it out here.
Göteborgs-Posten are a bit nicer, giving her two
lighthouses, but they think that the show should have been better, but
blames it on her lack of routine, due to too little performing. They
also have a song by song rating, but are more generous with their lighthouses.
it out here.
Hat tip MadHonour:
Tour Kicks Off
Madonna’s “Dry & Sour Sticky &
Sweet” tour opened up in Cardiff tonight. 40,000 fans watched
as she did what she does best although doing the thrust by waving your
crotch at a crowd while wearing Lolita glasses is a disappointment
for an older woman who should now be past the skank factor.
We all know that her 50 year old vag
has had way too much wear’n'tear to be sexy!
raves on as tour begins
But some fans at the Millennium Stadium were
not so happy with her latest reinvention.
"She didn't do any of the traditional stuff that
everyone loves her for," said Susan Harvey from Cardiff.
"For £85 a ticket, I was really disappointed."
Danielle Wheeler, 26, said she was "not as good
as Kylie", while Stephanie Olokopa, 20, from London, gave the show
six out of 10.
"She was late and she didn't even thank the people,"
Madonna at the Millennium Stadium
Aug 24, 2008
...the Millennium Stadium was only two-thirds
full ... tour tickets were changing hands nearby for
half the original £90 asking price.
....This jumble of costume changes and disconnected
images was often confusing...
....it takes a hefty dose of misplaced self-belief
to favour bland filler such as "Heartbeat"
or "She’s Not Me" over "Like a Virgin", "Material
Girl", "Justify My Love", "Cherish" or half
a dozen more niggling omissions.
....Madonna’s flirtation with power chords and
feedback had all the plastic-punk conviction of Mel C or Kelly Osbourne.
Equally disappointing was the lack
of vintage Maddy scandal.
There were no mock crucifixions, no simulated lesbian
orgies, almost no gratuitous swear words.
Instead, we were treated to earnest but meaningless
video montages of Al Gore, Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi and –
inevitably – Barack Obama. Woolly sentiments prevailed. No religious
groups were offended in the making of this show.
Closing with an oddly anticlimactic
"Give It 2 Me", "Sticky & Sweet" is
an archetypal 21st-century Madonna tour: ... musically uneven,
and slightly soulless. ... it lacks warmth
Madonna Strips and Shows Off Body, Diet and Britney Spears
.... The aging star still stripped
down for her "Sticky and Sweet" concert premiere
that might as well have been dubbed Kinky and Sticky as the
gyrating AARP broad tries once again [to convince us] that she can reinvent
herself as an older kinkier version of Madonna.
.... Can Madonna really keep up at fifty? She's going
to try desperately. She brought out all kinds of bondage
like outfits to attempt to bring something to the stage of the old Madonna
the mother of reinvention
August 25, 2008 by Isabel Albiston
....Despite the bold pose, she [Madonna] looked
nervous. Her shiny black cane shook in her hands. And for a
few seconds, the queen of pop appeared as a cross between
a Dalek and a confused grandma being wheeled out to meet the
...the audience is a little lukewarm about
the new songs......
The other wrong note is hit when she
tells the crowd "your world, your choice" and then blasts
them with a video montage that plays like a piece of below-average GCSE
politics coursework and features stills of the world's most murderous
dictators (past and present), starving people in the Third World, Mother
Theresa, and Barack Obama. Subtle she still ain't.
Don't Preach: Madonna's as vital as ever when she sticks to disco but
comes unstuck when she lectures us on politics - The Observer
August 31, 2008
....But it [the concert] all ends with 'You Must Love
Me', Madonna playing guitar on a stool and laboriously enunciating the
Evita number. It is ghastly.
Indeed, whenever Madonna picks up a guitar
- which is often - the songs wilt a little.
As the loveliness of 'Ray of Light' disappears under
the groans of Madonna's axe, she increasingly recalls
Courtney Love, who was, for a time, grunge's Madonna.
at Wembley Stadium - the Sunday Times review
Later, admittedly, wearing an ill-fitting wig, there
was a hint of the transvestite about her [Madonna], but a woman
with bulging biceps and thoroughbred thighs always runs that risk.
.... ....Madonna was least convincing when
she grabbed a guitar for a rock remake of Borderline and a
dreadful Ray of Light marred by shrill, brittle
vocals that surfaced sporadically throughout the 90-minute set.
She even spoilt Hung Out [Up] with faux metal
guitarist antics that set women in rock back about eight years.
Campaign Calls Madonna Show ‘Divisive’
attacks 'outrageous' Madonna
US PRESIDENTIAL candidate John McCain has hit
back at Madonna after the singer kicked off her world tour
with a concert that appeared to compare him with Adolf Hitler.
...."It clearly shows that when it comes
to supporting Barack Obama, his fellow worldwide celebrities refuse
to consider any smear or attack off limits.''
Madonna's apparent swipe at Mr McCain came during a
performance of the song Get Stupid, when the Republican contender's
image was flashed up alongside images of destruction and global warming
as well as Hitler and Mugabe.
Condemns Madonna's Use of Hitler in Concert Photo Montage
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned
as "inappropriate and offensive" the use by Madonna of an
image of Hitler as part of a concert photo montage that also
included photos of John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential
nominee, and Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust
survivor, issued the following statement:
Comparisons to Hitler have no place in a music concert,
or in the presidential campaign.
Whatever Madonna's political or personal views, it
is outrageous to invoke Nazi imagery in the context of John
McCain's candidacy or to make a comment on American political
It is inappropriate and offensive
to compare any current or former world leaders with the man ultimately
responsible for the death of six million Jews and the suffering of countless
others during the Holocaust. Doing so trivializes the history
of the Holocaust and is an insult to the memories of the victims and
'Hard Candy' Tour Hit for Carbon Footprint
carbon footprint under scrutiny
Slam Madonna Tour
MADONNA's upcoming Sticky + Sweet world tour has been
criticised by environmental groups - for not taking
enough eco-friendly precautions.
The pop superstar kicks off her series of live dates
in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday (23Aug08) night.
And green activists have slammed the singer for the massive carbon footprint
they claim will be created by the tour.
Madonna's 49-date trek will see 250 staff members -
including nine wardrobe assistants, 12 seamstresses, a personal trainer
and a masseuse - 30 wardrobe trunks and the tour's stage set flown around
And experts from Carbonfootprint.com predict that the trek will
produce more than 1,500 tons of carbon emissions.
John Buckley from the website insists that Madonna's
team should have done more to protect the environment.
He says, "This is a massive amount of carbon emissions
even for a top celebrity icon.
"However, these emissions will be swamped by those
caused by the crowds of concertgoers."
The Holiday hitmaker headlined the Live Earth concert
in London last year (07) where she pledged her commitment to saving
08/23/2008 02:04:18 PM
Arrogant, Rude Snotball
Her Madgesty’s had her chips [French Fries]
Aug 24 2008 by Andrew Dagnell, Wales On Sunday
POP superstar Madonna lashed out at staff at her top
Cardiff hotel just days before she performed in the capital –
over a plate of CHIPS [French fries].
....Hotel kitchen staff were said to be left fuming
after she sent them back – complaining the oil used to cook them
was “too old”.
A source at the hotel said one of Madonna’s
entourage then ordered the hotel’s kitchen staff: “You must
cook for her as if she is the real Queen.”
The hotel worker said: “Everyone was left stunned
by Madonna’s demands.
“Some felt she was a nightmare to deal
with but we were told to treat her like a real queen and ensure
everything was fresh for her.”
Even though the kitchen staff said the oil
was just two days old, they were forced to change it before preparing
a fresh plate of food.
The source added: “The hotel’s
head chef could not believe it and had to change the oil in the kitchen
just to make one plate of chips. He was furious.”
Even before the superstar arrived in the capital, the
hotel refurbished the entire seventh floor penthouse in preparation
for Madonna’s stay.
They ordered her a new white sofa for her suite, as
well as shipping in a giant state-of-the art plasma TV, new curtains
and fresh rugs.
They also provided a brand new coffee machine, white
roses, new light fittings and a new headboard for her spacious king-size
When she last visited the capital on tour, Madonna
requested gallons of fresh rainforest water, a private gym next to her
room, sole use of the hotel’s giant swimming pool and spa as well
as special Kabbalah candles to fight off evil spirits.
One hotel insider said: “Everything on
the top floor was changed to Madonna’s specification.
“As far as I know, the hotel paid for
everything. Everything in the room had to be changed.
“We had maintenance workers here for days making
sure the new light fittings were correct. I saw the room – it
wasn’t to my taste – but whatever Madonna wanted, she got.”
Hotel workers were told not to talk to anybody –
including guests – about Madonna during her stay at the hotel.
Here's one that went ignored by most in the media -
kids forced to give up charity game for Madonna's tour:
‘sweet’ tour leaves kids feeling sick
August 4, 2008
Superstar Madonna’s Millennium Stadium
gig has forced a charity to cancel a children’s football final
– 22 days before the concert takes place.
Youngsters from 48 teams across Wales were
left heartbroken when their dreams of playing on the world
famous pitch were dashed.
A total of 336 kids had been looking forward to donning
their kits for the annual Champion of Champions final yesterday, which
has been held at the stadium since 2000.
But organisers at the Neighbourhood Watch Sports Trust
were e-mailed and told the date was “no longer available”
because “the period of the 1st to the 26th of August 2008 (is)
now confirmed as required for the Madonna concert”.
The American star will open her Sticky and Sweet Tour
in Cardiff on August 23.
But Ian James, manager of Barry team Cadoxton Imps,
was gutted when he found the team would not be able to play
in the stadium – which has hosted FA Cup Finals as well as major
international games – because the Queen of Pop needed so long
to set up.
He said: “Give us that one day. You don’t
need that one day. It’s three weeks until the concert. We
can take knocks, but they are kids.”
And the Neighbourhood Watch Sports Trust’s chairman,
former builder Gary Reade, 63, said: “I’ve spoken to the
team managers and they are sick. Some of the kids have
had holidays with their families withheld so they can go to the stadium
and now they are not going which is a bit cruel.”
Birthday ~ only carbon dating can pin down her true age
media sure made a big deal out of Grandma-donna turning age 50 on August
You can see a photo of her to the left that was taken
on her 50th birthday, and I uploaded a few more to the Vogue
Nobody showed up for Madonna's 50th birthday party,
'Disappointed' With Birthday Celebrations
Madonna was left disappointed after her 50th birthday
celebration on Saturday when several of her guests failed to
.... She reportedly told guests, "I'm
"There are a lot of people who are not
here tonight, but thanks to everyone who did make it."
Legal Problems & Issues
TARGETED IN $400,000 LAWSUIT
and More Dykes Finger Madge for Money
Aug 27, 2008
Stifle your snickering -- the lawsuit alleges Madge,
her manager Guy Oseary, and Maverick Motion Pictures took over $400K
in loans from Jay Dykes, Jr., and his company Dykes and Dykes, L.L.C.
to make the 2006 flick "Material Girls" (it starred Hilary
and Haylie Duff and no, we didn't see it either). According to the suit,
filed in Louisiana, they stiffed the Dykes.
To add insult to alleged thievery, Dykes claims he
never got the co-producer credit he supposedly bought with the loan.
Madonna's rep didn't immediately return our call for
comment about the loan and why the Duffs were cast.
tries to stop love letters going public
Singer calls in lawyers to prevent exhibition showing saucy missives
27 August 2008
Madonna has called in her lawyers to prevent an exhibition
showing over a dozen raunchy notes she wrote in the 90s.
The singer, 50, sent a legal warning to organisers
of the show Simply Madonna after she learned they were to feature love
letters she sent then boyfriend James Albright.
Madonna Overcharging The Tourists?
and Guy's pub facing probe over 'tourist rip-off'
Pub Prices Probed
and Ritchie's Pub To Be Investigated By Council
and Guy Ritchie's pub faces investigation over irregular prices
The pub owned by Madonna and Guy Ritchie is to
be investigated over claims it is charging tourists and locals different
By Chris Irvine
Last Updated: Aug 2008
Should The Punchbowl, in Mayfair, be found to have
done so, it could lose its licence only six months after it was bought
by the couple.
Ritchie and Madonna spent a reported £2.5 million
on the pub, located in Farm Street, in February this year.
But the pub is set to be investigated by Westminster
council over a series of claims tariffs have not been displayed to customers
- a legal requirement - and bar staff have been increasing prices to
those they do not recognise.
Drinkers claimed the difference was sometimes as much as 40p.
and Ritchie Cleared Over Pub Price Fixing
Feminism / Slams and Put Downs
Greer is not upset with Madonna for the 'right' reasons:
She's one of the ignorant crowd who think that women
being trashy, cheap, and vulgar is "feminist."
But nonetheless, it's still fun seeing Madonna get slammed
by a feminist:
was a middle class girl pretending to be tough
August 15, 2008
If our own lie-detectors had been more finely tuned,
we might have realised that the Madonna we thought we knew was yet another
Madonna was a middle-class girl pretending to be tough,
a religious girl pretending to be irreligious, a prude pretending to
be a pervert, a control freak pretending to be out of control.
author of this next article is dismayed by the feminist backlash against
Madonna, but I include it here because it has some good anti Madonna quotes
why have Camille Paglia and co turned on Madonna?
Tuesday August 19 2008
Take Camille Paglia, for instance, writing in Salon
last week of the "horrifying paparazzi pix of Madonna's
wan face looking as resculpted as a plastic doll", and
of the "brassy" cover image for Madonna's latest CD, Hard
Candy, "with that ostentatiously exposed crotch and hard-bitten
face lolling its tongue like a dissolute old streetwalker ...
still hammering at sex as if it's Madonna's last, desperate selling
Baby Stealing / Cheap Skate
the baby Madonna WON'T be adopting: Struggling to survive in Malawi, the
half-brother of her son David
Madonna's "Raising Malawi" donated only about
$13 to $14 to the funeral of David Banda's grandmother.
August 17, 2008
Pop billionaire Madonna chipped in just £6.50
for the funeral of her adopted son’s granny.
David Banda’s 52-year-old grandmother Asineti
Mwale looked after him when his own mother died.
She was buried last week after the family could not
afford to buy medicine to treat her pneumonia.
But there were gasps of amazement at her funeral on
Tuesday when donors’ names and the amounts they had given to cover
burial expenses were read out.
The coffin she was buried in cost just 7,000 Malawi
Kwacha – about £25. But the Raising Malawi Trust, supported
by Madonna, put in only 2,000 Malawi Kwacha – about £6.50.
[After it was announced at the funeral how much Madonna
/ Raising Malawi donated,] The congregation, which had maintained
a respectful silence, murmured their disapproval.
Morgan not fooled by Madonna
August 18, 2008
Morgan revealed that he lost faith in Madonna after
receiving false information from her publicist Liz Rosenberg when he
was editor of The Mirror.
"Purely on the back of her firm denial, I'm going
to have a few quid on a Madonna divorce by Christmas," Morgan explained.
"I remember once phoning Miss Rosenberg to ask
her if Madonna was pregnant. 'No, no, no,' she insisted. 'Madonna. Is.
"The very next day, Madonna's pregnancy was announced
on The Sun's website, with a corroborative quote from one Liz Rosenberg."
Somone had a blog up under Christopher Ciccione's name ( at mysistermadonna.blogspot.com).
I'm not sure if it was really his, or if it was a hoax;
it was removed.
It contained some strange information. Here's a link
Ever Heard The One About The Time Madonna
Crapped Her Dominatrix Outfit?
Madonna walks in later that day [for tour rehearsals]
looking very sad and disoriented. I would say she is drunk but she doesn't
She says, "Lets start from the beginning"
and gets what we call her "Dita" gear on and gets a hold of
her whip. She can't even balance herself on stage and Nikki Harris,
her backup singer, suggests to Madonna that she sit down for a little
Madonna then walks over to Nikki and starts hitting
her with the whip while crying her guts out.
Nikki is shocked at first but then screams, "What
are you doing?" Madonna then drops to the ground, face first.
All of us look at Madonna, then each other, then at
Madonna again. We noticed that she has pooped in her "Dita"
outfit and think she is dead. Despite being bitchwhipped by Madonna,
Nikki Harris is the first person to run over to her. "She's got
a pulse," Nikki indicates and turns Madonna over.
Fans Were Peeved Over Madonna Looking Ugly in Photos
Taking Toll on Madonna's Face
Fact And Fiction
A rare no. 2 - Incredibly, Madonna isn't the
top-selling female recording artist in the US.
Who on earth could have shifted more records than the Queen of Pop?
Mariah Carey? Close but not quite.
Celine Dion? Nope.
Whitney or Britney? Wrong again.
The most successful female artist in the US
is actually Barbra Streisand, according to industry figures.
funereal girl! Shocking photo reveals unkempt, scrawny Madonna
Down in the Dumps - Just Jared
Doesn't Fix It! Life's Strains Etched on Face of Madonna
And, as usual, for more great Madonna
photos, be sure to visit the Vogue
Gallery. (July 27, 2008. Please note: if you sign up for
the Vogue Gallery today, your application might not be approved until
August 3, 2008 or later. Sorry for the delay; please be patient.)
at Disney Thinks Madonna is an Eco-Hero [But She's Not]
...Madonna isn’t green. I know, I know...
Then came the news that she spends
$120,000 a year on bottled water.
by a bizarre rant on London’s congestion tax — meant
to curb CO2 and increase the use of mass transportation.
After that, the appearance on the cover of not
two ‘green’ edition magazines; of which nothing in the
interviews even hinted at her involvement with any environmental initiatives.
To cap it all off, the BBC reported that Madonna’s
carbon output last year was 200
times the average American’s; and her latest
tour features nothing green like so many other acts out on the road
making a difference.
...we seriously can’t get behind any list honoring
her for her work with the environment.
Mental & Physical Health
on the Edge
Nearing a Melt Down?
ordered to rest by doctors
The stress of the past month is taking
its toll on Madonna.
The Queen Of Pop has sacked two dancers and her tour
manager is threatening to walk out over her spectacular moods.
And for the first time, despite her incredible fitness
regime, her health has started to suffer.
2005: Madonna says you should go to Hell:
Blasts Material World
Pop queen Madonna has launched a broadside at modern
life, insisting people need to change their behavior or they
will go to hell. The Material Girl singer, who is a staunch
follower of the mystical Offshoot of Judaism Kabbalah, believes the
western world is chasing illusionary dreams which ignore the real issues
that need addressing.
She says, "(People) are going to go to
hell if they don't turn from Wicked behavior... The material
world... the physical world. The world of illusion, that we think is
real. We live for it, we're enslaved by it. It will ultimately be our
Slams and Put-Downs
know- who is on the list:
Artists Who Should Stop Making Albums
..."Hard Candy," makes it clear that Madonna's
moment as a musical force has long since passed.
....despite whether she's a massive influence,
she feels unnecessary. And pop can be a lot of things, but
from the Christopher Ciccone book Life With My Sister Madonna and
interviews with Ciccone:
• Madonna is unoriginal and untalented:
We discover how, when Madonna started off, Christopher
[Madonna's brother] learnt how to give insincere applause.
She was always a brilliant dancer, but he would tell her that she had
a great voice, and no, she wasn't fat.
Now he tells her he lied to make her feel better.
Yes, she was fat. No, she couldn't sing. [source:
I reply to her. 'You have never in the entire time
I have worked for you since 1985 paid me even close to what I was worth.
I gave up my life to help make you the evil queen you are today. Fifteen
years listening to your bitching, egotistical rantings,
mediocre talent and a lack of taste
that would stun the ages.
'Every ounce of talent you have, you have sucked
dry from me and the people around you. [source:
• Is Too Cheap to Financially Help Her Own Grandmother
....He [Christopher Ciccone] also made reference to
Madge's lack of generosity. He said that Madonna does very little
to help care for their 93 year old grandmother only giving
her $500.00 a month to help make ends meet.
• Madonna is sex obsessed [source: Mirror]
• Madonna is a big slut:
His new biography Life With My Sister Madonna,
he [Christopher Ciccone] accuses her [Madonna] of being a sexual
predator – and hints that she's also had lesbian
Christopher – who no longer speaks to Madonna,
49 – says before starting a family she drew up a list of men,
including basketball star Dennis Rodman and actor John Enos, who could
father her child. [source: Now]
• Madonna does not object to or halt the derogatory
anti-homosexual jokes and comments that take place during her wedding
"I [Christopher Ciccone] glance at my
sister [Madonna], hoping to see a look of outrage on her face [regarding
insults against homosexuals made by a wedding guest], but there is none.
I am sad that Madonna, whose early success was built on her legions
of gay fans, can listen to these comments without protest.
I feel even sadder that she is now married to a man
[Guy Ritchie] who seems so insecure in his masculinity that he thrives
on homophobia." [source:
book excerpt at Daily
jilts Christopher repeatedly — summoning him
to New York and then relinquishing her offer of a place to stay, or
forcing him to eat half the cost of a set of paintings he purchased
at her behest. source: Time]
• Madonna has lied about her background:
"...she is a middle-class girl who propagates
the story that she landed in Times Square with just a pair of ballet
shoes and $35 to her name. But that's pure mythology and the
further she progresses, the more mythological her life story becomes."
• Madonna exploits her brother's sexual orientation
for her own publicity:
Soon after exploiting her mother's grave [for
her Truth or Dare movie] she [Madonna] exploited Christopher's
[Madonna's brother's] gayness. She outed him in an article.
"At that point everybody in my immediate family
knew I was gay, but not my grandmother. It was not her business to out
me. I think she must have been feeling that she'd gone very mainstream.
She'd done S&M, she'd done Sex, what she really needed was a gay
brother." At the time he tried to forgive her, but he could not
....What does he think she means with her flirtations?
"I think it's publicity. She craves attention and it doesn't
really matter where it comes from." [source:
Madonna has lied about her background, Part 2:
• ... Madonna's
image of herself as a benevolent babymama to her younger siblings is
baloney. By Ciccone's account, she was as starry and remote
as a child as she was to become later in life, and ruled the house like
a tempestuous deity.
....She was rude before fame, and ruder after it.
.... He suggests a contract for when he does
up Madonna's next home, but when he sends it over, she calls
him “a f***ing piece of sh*t”. He dispatches a
return fax calling her “an ageing popstar”. [source:
• Madonna is egotistical and uses Kabbalah to
back up her egotism:
My sister [Madonna] always gets bored unless
the conversation centres on her, her next tour or her next
album. [source: Daily
Kabbalah ended up validating Madonna for her
bad behaviour. The theory is that on some level you are who
you deserve to be. And since she was in a position of power and wealth
she thought she deserved to be there and was closer to God than the
rest of us. [source: Independent]
Some narcissistic tendencies at work
[in Madonna]? He laughs, "It's not a tendency, it's a lifestyle.
But you don't get to where she is by not being narcissistic." [source:
• Madonna is a hypocrite and judges by physical
"You're the one who is always telling
people that they shouldn't judge others by outside appearances,"
Warren [Beatyy] said to her [Madonna]. "How dare you judge me?
It works both ways, you know?"
"Oh please," Madonna said as she sipped a
cocktail ... "You older guys are too sensitive," she said,
taking a drag from a cigarette. "I'm just being helpful. If you
want to be fat and flabby, Warren, fine with me. Go right ahead."
• Cares about her public image and not relationships:
....Above all, my sister being my sister, she's acutely
aware that being Warren's [Warren Beatty's] girlfriend is wonderful
for her mythology, her status in Hollywood - and the positive effect
on the final cut he, as director, will make on her latest movie, Dick
Tracy. [source: Daily
Dry and Sour Tour / Old Lady Album
Friedman has done a turn-about. Now he's writing that Madonna's tour is
not doing so well after all.
Madonna Injure A-Rod?
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
By Roger Friedman
According to her Web site, Madonna.com, there are plenty
of tickets available in most major American cities, including New York
and Boston. Apparently, all this publicity — a lot of which this
reporter admittedly thought was being generated to sell tickets —
has not helped much at all.
Site or Board Updates
8, 2008. I have completed the new "Madonna Rips Off Marilyn Gallery."
I can think of maybe one or two more images that should
go in that gallery, but overall, I'd say it's pretty much done.
Access it via the Rips
Off Index Page or click on the graphical link to the right (the one
that says "Madonna Rips Off Everyone").
(And if you people at the "Madonna Revelations"
blog use any of the photos or ideas from this updated Marilyn Monroe gallery,
or any others at this site, or any of the material at the Anti Madonna
Board, then you really ought to give me, or whomever the appropriate person
As of July 20, 2008, the individuals at the "Madonna
Revelations" blog still refuse to cite either source (this site and
the Anti Madonna Discussion Board).
Their new blog disclaimer essentially says they think
they have the right to rip me off. Enjoy the irony, everybody.)
Media Misinformation and Propaganda
The Editor Of People Too Friendly With Madonna?
Part of the problem is [People magazine]
editor Peter Castro... Shady anonymous whisperers tell us he likes to
suckle at the teat of Madonna, figuratively!
According to a tipster, Castro has been accepting
free tickets to Madonna shows since at least the early 90s.
Those tickets, of course, sell for exorbitant amounts,
and can be scalped for even more—in all they add up to "thousands"
in value, the tipster says.
The most recent case, they say, was the Madonna show
in New York that Yankee superstar A-Rod attended, and which is now the
subject of great interest because of the rumored fling between the two.
And who is bestowing all these tickets on Castro?
Reportedly it's Liz Rosenberg, Madonna's lying flack!
You may also have noticed People's recent
sappy and credulous coverage of the supposed strength of Madonna's marriage
to Guy Ritchie.
Our source says that the friendly Castro deliberately
chose to overlook the A-Rod affair rumors and "play nice"
with Madonna and Rosenberg.
People Runs Madonna’s Denials, The Other Tabloids Are Free to Spill
Marriage to Guy Ritchie
are now approximately 4,000+ news stories (yes, literally, there are 4,000+
stories, I'm not exaggerating) on Google News about the state of Madonna's
relationship with husband Guy Ritchie, and whether or not she's having
an affair with a ball player named "A-Rod."
News flash to media: nobody cares about either
rumor. They're both likely media stunts to get free press for Madonna's
and Guy Want You To Buy The Hype
So.... Is Vadge's [Madonna's] marriage drama one big
publicity stunt for her upcoming world tour? Sources tell TMZ that Vadge
has been planning the divorce rumors for months in hopes that it will
boost sales for her ["Dry and Sour"] world tour.
The plan is that they would slowly leak details of
the divorce months before the tour started to get the publicity machine
running. Guy is on board with the plan, because he knows how much money
this sh** is going to make.
Sometimes Roger Friedman can be so naive:
Rod's Secret Love Shack, by Roger Friedman
It didn’t make sense, did it? Madonna wouldn’t have a lover
come to her apartment while children were there. Not even Madonna would
Yes, Roger, yes she would.
Madonna used to have sex with children (according
to sources listed
here), so why do you think she'd feel uncomfortable having sex in
front of them?
Friedman does redeem himself later in this same piece
when he writes,
The Madonna-A-Rod saga is a strange one, but little
by little the pieces are coming together. If Kabbalah is involved, for
example, the probability is that Madonna and her guru, Philip Berg,
the sect’s founder, are more interested in Rodriguez for his bulging
wallet than anything else.
A Rod has earned over $200 million in his lifetime.
His new deal with the Yankees is worth $350 million.
Consider that Madonna has been the Kabbalah Center
of Los Angeles’s top celebrity benefactor for a long time. She
may be tapped out at this point, what with declining CD sales and slow-moving
concert tickets at some venues. She has a lot of mouths to feed. A-Rod
is a great catch for her and Berg.
Rebuttals To Madonna Apologetics
Friedman's Hostile Relationship With Facts Continue
The real falsity here is Friedman's assertion that
Dodger Stadium is "the only venue Madonna hasn't sold out."
Yesterday I did a little Ticketmaster searching for
Madonna's shows in Boston and Houston, and found available seats at
both dates; repeating that experiment just now revealed similar results.
(I just did a plain old search, without any wiggling
around for VIP seating or secondary-market offers.)
Is there another definition of "sold out"
that I'm not aware of?
Response to FOX News Writer Roger Friedman's 'Is Madonna Being Sabotaged?'
Are you pressed for time? The short of it is, No, Madonna
is not being sabotaged.
Sickly Sweet Tour / Old Lady Album
and her "career," and her so-called "success," have
always been shams and illusions, fueled by half-truths and much exaggeration.
Every so often, the mask slips, and the truth comes
SALE$ SAG: Live Nation Defends Limp Response To Her U.S. Tour
By BRIAN GARRITY, June 24, 2008
....Big sales around the world for the Material Girl's
upcoming "Sticky & Sweet" tour have been overshadowed
in music industry circles by chatter about the large number
of tickets still available for a key stop in Los Angeles in
November and softer-than-expected sales of her latest album
....But just over half of the 43,000 seats available
for a Nov. 6 date at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium - 27,000 tickets in
all - have been sold in their first three weeks of availability, raising
red flags about the limits of US demand for the 49-year-old Madonna
at this stage of her career.
....But at the biggest venues, consumers in
the US are not rushing for Madonna tickets with the same fervor that
they are in Europe and other parts of the world.
Ticket Sales Give Live Nation Something Else To Suck On
Marriage to Guy Ritchie
Reasons Why Madonna Will Never Have "Incredible Sex" with Guy
The seven-year itch has reportedly struck the unusually
long and strong union between Madonna and Guy Ritchie, but news of the
split isn’t exactly sending anyone into shock.
...most likely reasons we think the love story went
1. The World No Longer Wants Madonna's Sex:
As we know by now, Lesbian Chic is the word.
And despite her reputation as being so very salacious
in the Erotica department, Madonna's on-stage
kiss with her female backup dancer two months ago didn't cause much
of a ripple in the pop culture universe.
Beaten in Polls / Charts (Non-Music)
Minogue has been voted the celebrity who is growing old most glamorously
Ugly & Mannish
muscling her way to 50
Madonna: No rest for the queen of eye-popping muscles
Has Chest Hair ... Stop Using The Cream!
won't conform to this ageist society,' says Madonna as she nears the big
If she's not going to conform to "ageism,"
why does she keep getting botox injections? Why is she a slave to working
out at the gym? Why has she admitted in interviews that she will be getting
Says Madonna in the article:
"I'm a big cry baby - I actually cry all the time."
Hmm, some feminist she is. She "cries like a baby?"
I thought she was supposed to be feminism's poster girl for toughness?
Madonna: Unoriginal & a Thief
folks at this 'Revelations' blog got some of their images and ideas from
this site and the board - and they refuse to cite either as a source.
It's nice to see someone else pointing out Madonna's
many thefts, but too bad they don't credit their sources:
Won't Pay Hotel Bill
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, Madonna
was so angry with the hotel staff [for allowing a TV crew to film her
empty hotel room], she refused to pay the $90,000 (GBP45,000) bill.
Duran accuse Madonna of copying them
[Duran Duran band member John] Taylor said that he
wasn't surprised to see Madonna employ both artists [Timberlake and
Timbaland for Madonna's Hard Candy album] but claimed it was
“It wouldn’t be the first time Madonna’s
copied us. She’s been doing it for years,” he told the Daily
Media Misinformation and Propaganda
Despite the fact that I e-mailed the editor at Jamacia
Observer to inform them of the incorrect information in Diane Abbot's
editorial, I did not get a reply, and as of June 2008, the incorrect information
in Ms. Abbott's piece remains:
in the editorial 'In Defense of Madonna' by Diane Abbott
Slams and Put-Downs
wins an award at Cannes. But not for her film.
The daily French Riviera newspaper gave Madonna its
“Egocentric Award” because she “acted like the whole
film festival was organized just for her.”
Sappro attacks Madonna
"Madonna is wretched at the moment - absolutely
vulgar," The Sun quoted him, as saying in Attitude magazine.
"Put it away! You're not young and sexy
anymore. She went thoughtful and mature for a while, and now
she's chucked it away in some desperate attempt at
being hot again. It's just a bit vile," he added.
Barr Slams Madonna
Comedienne ROSEANNE BARR has launched an online attack
on MADONNA, accusing the pop star of abusing face-freezing Botox injections.
....In a posting on her blog, Barr ranted, "Please
lay off the Botox. You are scaring the children. Act your age.
You are doing good things and your face negates your message of spirituality."
According to the National Enquirer Barr has since removed the post.
Mad For Madonna
And the Leeds band’s frontman Matt Bowman, never
short of an opinion, says she [Madonna] needs to pull her sticky finger
out if the show is to be better than the performance she turned in at
“Madonna is quite an easy person to have a pop
at because she is so successful,” he began, attempting to lend
“But she was a joke.
“She was clearly struggling to sing live,
she looked out of practice, and there was a bit where she pretended
to play the guitar and, as someone who knows how to play a
guitar, she was clearly just holding down an open G chord and strumming
“The problem for her is that she has
got no credibility left, which is why she is always working with these
young new musicians.
“She is looking increasingly desperate
to hang onto the fame she has left, but she isn’t aware
of the way she is perceived because she lives in a bubble.
'I dethroned Madonna'
Cilmi topples Madonna
AUSSIE singing sensation [16 year old] Gabriella Cilmi
yesterday did what most teenagers can only dream of: she knocked Madonna
from the No. 1 spot on Britain's top 10 chart.
Steals European Crown From Madonna
Welsh soul star DUFFY has scored a chart double to
become the queen of Europe.
The singer has toppled Madonna from
the top of the European singles chart, and she's keeping hold of her
album chart number one for a second week.
Duffy's hit song Mercy has overtaken Madonna's 4 Minutes
collaboration with Justin Timberlake...
Madonna was beaten by Siouxsie Sioux in '89. From the
June 1989 issue of Smash Hits magazine, page
20, "Smash Hits 5th Annual Readers' Poll"
BEST FEMALE SINGER
1- Siouxsie Sioux (of Siouxsie and the Banshees)
2- Debbie Gibson
up to now, Madonna keeps repeating on film and in interviews that David
Banda was completely abandoned, despite the fact that David's biological
father, Yohane, has corrected this misinformation more than once, and
he did so beginning over a year ago.
of Madonna's Adopted Son May Challenge Custody Ruling
Father Speaks Out Over Madonna Adoption
....And Yohane Banda insists he never wanted to leave
the youngster in an orphanage, but severe poverty forced him to take
....He [Yohane Banda] says, "After losing two
sons, I really wanted David to survive. It isn't true that we abandoned
White Madonna's Burden
There is something creepily colonialist in
Madonna’s attitude to Africa. First we had the White
Man’s Burden -– now we have the White Madonna’s Burden.
More and more celebrities are treating Africa as a wide-eyed child that
needs a Hollywood hug -– or as a wicked devil that needs a Hollywood
Diamond finally makes it to No 1
Diamond tops US and UK charts for first time
The singer-songwriter Neil Diamond's new album Home
Before Dark has gone straight to the top of the UK and US charts, the
first time he has had a number one hit with original material in either
His double success comes 42 years after he released
his first LP, The Feel of Neil Diamond.
Tings end Madonna's chart reign
The Ting Tings have taken the top spot in the [UK]
singles chart, ending Madonna's four weeks at the top.
techno band topple Madonna
German techno group Scooter have knocked Madonna
off the number one spot in the UK album chart.
Madonna has been knocked off the top of the album charts
with new entry Jumping All Over The World by Scooter, according to The
Official UK Charts Company.
The techno artists, whose last album came out in 2002,
went to number one in the album charts less than a week after it was
released on May 7.
knock Madonna from top spot
Madonna's new album, Hard Candy, is her last for Warner's:
labels' woes deepen Warner losses
Not even Madonna, one of the top acts
for Warner Music, could prevent the group from recording gloomy figures
Edgar Bronfman, chairman and chief executive, was also
forced to admit that recorded music sales had effectively stagnated
over the period and that losses had deepened twice as rapidly as expected.
Nation down as 1Q loss misses analysts' estimates
Live Nation Inc.'s stock fell Friday as its first-quarter
loss narrowed but missed analysts' estimates.
For the period ended March 31, the live event and venue
management company reported a loss of $35.4 million, or 47 cents per
share, compared with a loss of $45 million, or 69 cents per share, a
Performance at Big Weekend, UK
Radio 1 Big Weekend - review
Clearly, the plan was to prove that a pop star about
to turn 50 in August can remain relevant to the kids.
Instead, a sterile, soulless performance made
Madonna resemble an embarrassing auntie desperately trying to be hip.
...her singing occasionally strayed off key...
....The Abba-sampling hit Hung Up, from 2005, began
with a steal from the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction and was a given
a grungey rework that felt as fake as Madonna’s overblown
Performance at Olympia in Paris, France
seeking publicity: Now Madonna stages another lesbian kiss
It was a case of recycling rather
than reinvention for Madonna last night as she pulled out her tried
and tested move - a lesbian kiss - during her show in Paris last night.
The singer, who is rapidly approaching 50, locked lips
with one of her female backing dancers during a private concert in the
French capital, just like she did with Britney Spears
at the MTV Awards more than five years ago.
Lame Stage Pash - Been There, Done That
Let's face it - after about 500 years in the pop game,
you're bound to run out of steam at some stage. And it looks
like Madonna is getting a bit desperate - scraping at the bottom of
her shock tactics barrel to keep her audiences interested.
The world groaned as 49-year-old Madge
pashed a backing dancer on stage in Paris on Tuesday - an exact recreation
of her onstage antics with Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Awards.
the Ice Queen
Madonna allowed an entertainer, a man in drag who was
hired to sing at one of her private birthday parties, to be physically
abused at her birthday party, did nothing to stop it, and laughed about
...On the publicity trail for her new single with Justin
Timberlake, she's [Madonna has] tried to reinvent herself by teaming
up with a younger star.
Unfortunately, instead of making her look youthful
and sexy, the pictures of Madge pinning Justin to a wall while she writhed
against him and thrust her groin at the cameras, were cringe-worthy.
Rather than raising pulses, the only thing
rising among many fans was bile in throats. Who is this embarrassing
old lady trying and failing to prove she's still got "it"?
....Her reputation is a mess of conflicting
messages - get your boobs out for the boys, dress chastely
for the kids, save the planet, smash the system, blame religion, use
religion. I don't know if even she knows what she stands for
If Madonna still thinks she's hot, it's probably
down to her menopausal hormones.
Here's hoping her next reinvention will be
"Madonna in retirement".
Upsets French Fans With Short Performance
Pop superstar Madonna upset her fans in France on Tuesday
night after turning up to a concert more than two hours late.
And the Holiday hitmaker further disgruntled her followers
by only giving a 40-minute performance in the nation's capital, Paris.
[Fans decribed the show and Madonna as lacking charisma,
emotion, energy. One used the word "disappointed."]
Latest Tour Offers Zilch For The Environment
So now we come full circle — a little less than
a year after Madonna urged to us to ‘love the planet’ on-stage
at Live Earth and, well, nothing has changed.
Unfortunately, Madonna is doing an injustice to environmental
campaigning by claiming to care but then not showing anything meaningful
to reflect such talk.
Old Lady Album
more Old Lady - um, I mean, Hard Candy reviews, scroll
down this page and look under April 2008.
techno band topple Madonna
German techno group Scooter have knocked Madonna off
the number one spot in the UK album chart.
'Hard Candy' is more bland than sweet
"Hard Candy" feels and sounds like
a desperate attempt to remain relevant, with Madonna enlisting
the likes of Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Kanye
West for support.
.... The music is so overwrought, so contrived,
that Miley Cyrus seems like an innovator in comparison.
What's most apparent is that Madonna, at 49,
has become what she must fear most: Irrelevant, boring and disposable.
Review: Madonna 'Hard Candy'
But with "Hard Candy,” Madonna plays catch-up
with mainstream pop charts. She essentially has remade Nelly
Furtado's "Loose” and half of Justin Timberlake's
"FutureSex/LoveSounds,” following fashion trends
that are 2 years old. Is this where Madonna wants to be?
Never mind the off-putting come-ons
such as "My sugar is raw, sticky and sweet” from the opener,
"Candy Shop,” or the nausea-inducing cover art
redolent of down-market porn: Those are the least of Madonna's problems.
She banks everything on the catchy but vacant single,
"4 Minutes,” in which Timbaland recycles the marching
band trope that drove Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl.”
With Timbaland and Timberlake in the foreground, Madge certainly doesn't
own the song; she is a bit player on her own track.
On "Hard Candy,” when she slags
Madonnalikes such as Britney Spears and Furtado ("She's Not Me”),
the argument falls flat because these days, Madonna's trying to be them.
....By letting her formidable personality disappear
into the tasteless "Hard Candy,” Madonna sold herself out.
It is the least essential disc of her career.
Her [Madonna's] attempt to get down with the kids on
opener 'Candy Shop', a track far more suited to her collaborator on
this album, Timberland, than herself is cringeworthy.
luck for Madonna as Tesco two-for one sales disqualified
Suffers Massive Sales Loss
Madonna’s previous album “Confessions
On A Dance Floor” that Reuters declared a flop, sold 350,000
in its first week of release.
To put that in perspective for you, Britney's “Blackout”
sold 272,000 copies in the first week of sales and flopped...
In spite of having the most popular pop star in America,
Justin Timberlake, on “Hard Candy” the CD came in with weak
Justin Timberlake’s current solo CD sold over
800,000 copies in the first week. When he did a duet with 50 Cent for
the rapper’s current CD, he sold over 800,000 copies in the first
week as well. Kanye West is also on "Hard Candy" and he sold
over 800,000 copies in the first week of his current CD.
Yet, instead of "Hard Candy" debuting with
800,000 copies sold in the first week like Warner Bros. and Madonna
hoped, they suffered a massive sales loss, way down from her previous
Diamond Is A Chart's Best Friend
Legend’s Rick Rubin-Produced Columbia Album Will
Debut at #1
....set to debut at #1 next week for Steve Barnett
and company with a one-week total of 125-130k.
That number, which could go higher with Mother’s
Day weekend sales, should be more than enough to beat out Madonna’s
WB release, Hard Candy, which appears on tap for between
85-95k after one week on top.
Madonna's first-week sales numbers a disappointment? Blame Mariah
.... Yet it's ... hard not to note that Madonna's
"Hard Candy" sold about 180,000 fewer copies than
Mariah Carey moved two weeks ago.
....But back to Carey. Her "E=MC2" scored
the highest debut of the year when it opened at No. 1 after selling
463,000 copies. In just three weeks on the chart, "E=MC2"
has sold more than 740,000 copies.
Album sales may be down across the board, but Madonna
would certainly be expected to be closer to Mariah than, say, Leona
Lewis on the diva totem pole. Newcomer Lewis entered at No. 1 a few
weeks ago, her debut, "Spirit," selling 205,000 copies.
Candy Review from Live Daily
The biggest disappointment with "Hard Candy"
isn't that it sounds bland...
Derivative lyrics paired with overly
produced club beats do not make for anything especially artistic
After a while, these songs just feel like a lot of
fluff and filler.
It's painful to hear Madonna, who has always set trends
and shocked listeners, struggle so much with finding a solid, or even
Even with the support of mega stars like The Neptunes,
Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams, she
seems to fall flat.
Instead of being a leader, Madonna seems more like
a follower on "Candy Shop," chasing what has become
Gwen Stefani's signature sound, for the most part. Stefani
already did the sugar-themed album in 2006 with "Sweet Escape."
Madonna even borrows the "tick tock," whistle
and marching band samples that Stefani made central
forces in her 2004 debut, "Love. Angel. Music. Baby."
"Hard Candy" proves the adage "what
goes around comes around." Madonna may have paved the way for her
peers, but now she is fighting to stay on the path.
...."Don't stop me now," Madonna sings on
"Give It To Me." It's a plea she's made before, but at what
point should she call it quits? If "Hard Candy" is
any indicator, that time may be sooner than she'd like.
Candy "Reeks of Desperation"
....But: Man, does this album ever reek of
....All of this would be forgivable if the album were
great. But it's not. It's just... meh.
"Candy Shop"? Are you kidding me? Hasn't
everyone and their mother (hi, Fiddy) employed this tired
And "Spanish Lesson" is virtually unlistenable,
the lyrics are so cheesy and depressingly literal.
The first single, "4 Minutes"? The production
on that track completely overwhelms her (as it does on much of this
album), and it's actually rather sad how much of a better singer
Justin Timberlake is than Madonna.
Perplexingly, "Beat Goes On" is about
as joyless an outing as a trip for a root canal...
....But overall, there's little on this album
that's truly noteworthy.
'cuts off' father from adopted son
The father of the Malawian boy adopted by Madonna has
accused the pop star of severing contact between him and his son and
says he regrets ever putting the child up for adoption.
Yohane Banda, 33, said the singer had reneged
on a promise to allow him to maintain regular contact with his son David,
whom he last saw in 2006.
“I feel robbed. I should be able to see
my son and say hello,” Banda said.
....Banda claims the star [Madonna] snubbed
him during a visit to the country in April last year.
....Justin Dzonzi, a lawyer and prominent critic of
the adoption, said both Madonna and the Malawian government had a moral
duty to maintain contact between Banda and his son.
Father Claims Madonna Has 'Robbed His Son'
of Madonna's adoptee lashes out
Old Lady Album
a New Queen of Pop: Mariah Beats Madonna
Hitsdailydouble.com is reporting that estimated first
week sales for Madonna’s Hard Candy album will range
sold 475,000 in its first week and was Carey’s biggest debut ever.
In addition to that, Madonna’s numbers
are a slide downwards from her last album, "Confessions
on a Dance Floor," which 350,000 copies its first week out
and went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the U.S. That was three years
‘Hard’ Sell Hardly Succeeds
It's almost as though, as middle age creeps up, Madonna
is out to prove to the kiddies that she's not some old lady holding
onto the house-music '90s. But she's out of her comfort zone, while
her producers are too much in theirs, making "Hard Candy"
an uncharacteristically desperate bore.
....Unless Madonna can figure out how to recalibrate
her identity in a way that compliments her, she could be facing
an early retirement.
Candy Review from Variety.com
But for the most part, the [Madonna] album is suffused
with a predatory desperation that's not pretty at any
age. Here, it's as taut and affectless as the Botoxed faces of "The
Real Housewives of Orange County."
Hard Candy Underwhelms
... critics have been underwhelmed by
the [Hard Candy] album.
Candy' by Madonna, Review by Courant
This time, Madonna is just another singer drawing on
the chart appeal of Timbaland, Timberlake and Pharrell, which makes
this particular piece of candy taste like a sour ball:
It's appealing to fans, but it's not for everyone.
in the Ring
But while she can still generate a paparazzi frenzy
and get herself on the covers of Vanity Fair and Elle,
Madonna is not doing anything particularly innovative or original on
her new album.
In fact, Hard Candy sounds a bit like Madonna
...There is next to nothing on Hard Candy
that can be called innovative.
....One has to wonder what will come of Madonna when
she can no longer rely on her sex appeal? Her voice certainly
can't carry her.
....there is something incredibly sad about
a near-50-year-old woman unwilling to show her age and instead choosing
to ramp up her campish sexuality to sell albums.
Your Age, Madonna
The problem is Madonna. She sounds out of touch,
like she's not sure what to do with herself. Her trademark frigid coo
doesn't fit with these bump 'n' grind rhythms, and her usually harmless
pop hooks repeatedly fall flat.
On the album's first track, Candy Shop, her opening
lines - "Come on into my store, I've got candy galore / Don't pretend
you're not hungry, I've seen it before / I've got Turkish delight baby
and so much more" - come off oh-so contrived.
...this album isn't much fun...
takes on all comers with hit heavy Hard Candy
Where the album sags, it's usually due to Madonna
Despite the usual self-important meditations on sex,
life and her own relevance -- she's constantly out to convince us she's
cutting edge -- a lot of Madonna's lyrics on Hard Candy are
Weak lyrics and forgettable
hooks spoil too many killer rhythms on the disc...
Candy Review - the star.com
Hard Candy's endlessly embarrassing
lyrics and dearth of vocal melodies suggest
Madonna herself didn't bring much to the table, yet
surprisingly, neither did Pharrell or Timbaland, who split production
credits on the album evenly.
.... serves as proof that Madonna, for once, is a little
late to the game in hooking up with the cutting-edge
talent upon which she's staked her career. She's still got taste to
spare, yes, but she's not necessarily a tastemaker any more.
Lying to Radio Stations to Get Madonna Songs On Air
So desperate are Madonna fans to get songs from Madonna's
new "Hard Candy" album played on American radio stations, fan
site owners have been pleading with their readers to call radio stations
and request her songs be played.
Read examples in the following threads:
Try to Inflate and Skew Sales Numbers and Song Rankings
Banda Infuriated by Madonna's Comments
Hall of Fame
Who's Next? Celine?
to the Various Nauseating Articles Defending Madonna's Induction to the
Hall of Fame
and Wisdom Review
Well, it had to happen. Madonna has been a terrible
actor in many, many films and now - fiercely aspirational as
ever - she has graduated to being a terrible director.
Ministers says Madonna adoption not over
Nation could lose money on Madonna deal
Adoption: 'You'll Never Take My Girl, Madonna'
And Roll Hall Of Fame: Do Not Induct Madonna
Trip to Israel
Disgusted by Madonna's Visit
is a "perfect mom?"
-Oh please! Even she doesn't think so:
a crap mother,' says Madonna
David Banda's real father doesn't think Madonna is a
perfect Mom, either:
Woman Would've Made Better Mom for David' Says Yohane Banda
Environment / Live Earth
change concert star Madonna accused of hypocrisy
The stars of a major Live 8-style concert to raise
awareness of climate change have been condemned as hypocrites for failing
to lead environmentally friendly lives themselves.
The likes of Madonna and Red Hot Chili
Peppers will perform at Live Earth at Wembley Stadium on July 7, yet
campaigners say they are among the least "green" individuals
on the planet.
.... But green campaigners called the stars' involvement
hypocritical last night saying their lifestyles which
demand they jet themselves and their huge entourages on world tours
give them enormously large carbon footprints.
Last year, for example, they report how Madonna
flew as many as 100 technicians, dancers, backing singers, managers
and family members on a 56-date world tour in private jets and commercial
Madonna herself also has a collection
of fuel-guzzling cars, including a Mercedes Maybach, two Range Rovers,
Audi A8s and a Mini Cooper S. Yet she will headline the London concert
to "combat the climate crisis".
"Madonna's Confessions tour produced
440 tonnes of CO2 in four months of last year. And that was just the
flights between the countries, not taking into account the truckloads
of equipment needed, the power to stage such a show and the transport
of all the thousands of fans getting to the gigs.
song by Madonna won't save the world
...by the way, there's not one recording artist in
history who has not sold more records as a result of appearing in one
of these charity shows beamed live to billions of people around the
world. Beats a couple of blogs on Myspace, doesn't it!
Madonna: Hypocritical Girl
Madonna continues to use private jet planes, SUV automobiles:
leaves Malawi after six-day visit
had a hair stylist flown in to style her hair
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