Archives: 2009, June - Dec
Beaten in Charts/ Polls (Fashion, Icon Status, etc)
Madonna was beaten by 21 people:
-- Top 100 Women of 2009, Number 22
If you want to know what 22-year-old male model Jesus
Luz sees in Madge, ex-Madonna-hubby Guy Ritchie reportedly received
a $60-million settlement after his divorce from the rapidly
deteriorating pop legend.
Recently, Asylum rated the top 100 hottest women on
the Internet, based solely on how many times the babe-loving general
public enters an attractive lady's name into AOL's search box [and Madonna
was #22 on the list. Mandy Moore was #1; view
Hat tip to Anshirk for the Celebrity charity story:
Timberlake tops Celebrity Philanthropists' list
celebrity earns the most for charity?
The Daily Beast's Celebrity Impact Rankings, a number-crunching
exercise to determine which celebrities earned the most dollars toward
their favorite causes, puts Justin Timberlake at the
top of a 50-celebrity list, easily outpointing such well-known
do-gooders as Bono and Madonna.
tops celeb charity earner poll
Garland Is Top Gay Icon Of All Time
John and Judy Garland ranked top gay icons
Elton John and Judy Garland named top gay icons of all time
John voted top gay icon of all time
British musician Sir Elton John who has sold more than
200 million records in his career, has been voted as the top gay icon
The 62-year-old Grammy-winning pop star, who married
his long-term lover David Furnish in a civil partnership ceremony in
2005, has been declared the male most respected by homosexuals, alongside
the late actress Judy Garland who was named the most iconic
female among the gay community, Contactmusic reported.
is Top Gay Icon of All Time
Looking Ugly / Unattractive/ Old
to Get Professional Help for ‘Stringy’ Arm Muscles
Madonna has sought the help of a yoga-inspired British
"body-worker" to ensure that her daily iron-pumping routines
don't make her muscles look "stringy and overcut."
time to stop pretending we don't notice Madonna's rapidly changing face
...WTH is going on with Madonna's face? Have you seen
....And also, did you see that Saturday Night Live with Madonna and
Lady Gaga? Madge has the floppy, wiggly pancake booty of an
82-year-old man. And to be clear, I never want to see that in a leotard.)
So, yeah. While she once looked dubiously youthful,
Madonna's new face is chopped and screwed harder than a Lil
Wayne track. Look
at that ad above! It's like she's always saying, 'Who?' or 'How?'
Poor thing. Probably will only be able to drink
through a straw by 2015.
Starts To Show Her Age
She makes great efforts to look youthful but
it was not her day at a film premier where 'Queen of Pop' Madonna could
not hide from the unflattering glare of a camera flash which made her
....A surprised look and arched eyebrows did
not quite tally with a wrinkle-free forehead, making for a bizarre and
unnatural appearance which was not helped by the fact that
the skin around her eyes also appeared pulled taut.
Thick red lipstick, which seemed to have been hastily
applied, served only to accentuate the uneven look
of her mouth.
Out Of Fashion
The Queen of Pop has been replaced as the face
of fashion giants Louis Vuitton by a younger model.
....It's every ageing celebrity's biggest nightmare
to lose out to a younger rival - especially when that celeb
clings to her youth as Madonna does.
While the chart veteran celebrated her half-century
last year, Dutch beauty Lara is just 25.
....The firm put the boot in further by describing
the new campaign as "whimsical, young and optimistic".
At least two of these characteristics can't
be applied to Madge.
dropped by Louis Vuitton for a younger model it's confirmed
appears to have grown a light moustache
Madonna with Mustache Image 1
Madonna with Mustache Image 2
Strikes A Bride Of Wildenstein Pose At New York Screening - Picture
'Surprise' proves not to be the singer's most flattering expression...
With her look of surprise struggling against her taut,
plumped up features, there was definitely a touch of the Jocelyn Wildenstein
about Madonna's appearance.
is top of the vil at NY Bash
by Tim Nixon
Dec 7, 2009
Dalmations would have run a mile at the sight of MADONNA yesterday.
The veteran songstress was more Cruella de Vil than Queen of Pop when
she stepped out in a coat designed to send shivers down the spines of
Madge donned the crow-like body-warmer for a special New York screening
of A Single Man, which marks the directorial debut of her designer pal
Slams / Put Downs
Clooney and Madonna went on a bad date
Madonna and George Clooney reportedly went on a date
after the singer's divorce from Guy Ritchie.
An insider told the Daily Star that Clooney was set
up on the date by a mutual friend.
However, the source alleged that the evening
was a disaster because of Madonna's jokes.
"He figured she is a smart, accomplished woman,
so why not give it a try?" the insider explained. "They went
out for dinner in New York but it turned out really bad. She
kept trying to make jokes that weren't at all funny the entire time
and didn't want to have a real conversation. He couldn't wait to get
out of there."
Clooney and Madonna went on a date
and George Clooney went on a date... and it sucked
Cyrus criticises Angelina Jolie and Madonna
Cyrus Slams Angelina Jolie and Madonna
Cyrus in Dublin blasts Madonna, Angelina Jolie for parading kids in public
McCartney lashes out at Madonna’s onstage performance
London, Dec 5 (ANI): Former Beatles member Sir Paul
McCartney has lashed out at Madonna’s onstage performance, in
front of 12,000 fans.
McCartney, 67, spoke out at the opening night of his
European tour in Hamburg at the Colour Line Arena.
“That’s the big wardrobe change of the
night,” the Daily Express quoted him as telling the German crowd,
baring a white shirt and black braces.
“Madonna eat your heart out – or words
to that effect. I’m wearing something simple, do you like it?”
In October Madonna, 51, had commented how she would
be “too bored” if she copied McCartney’s performance
Beaten in Polls/ Charts (Music Related Areas)
The Rolling Stones beat Madonna on this list:
Rolling Stones are the Top Touring Act of the Decade
Rolling Stones are the Top Touring Act of the Decade
Stones top Billboard's 'Top Touring Acts of the Decade' list
Stones, U2 named as top touring artists of the decade
Rolling Stones Are Decade's Highest Grossing Tour Act -AndPop.com
Stones Are Decade's Top-Grossing Touring Act -Chart Attack
100 Greatest, Gayest Albums of All Time - Madonna was beaten by seven
people on the list; David Bowie was #1 on this list
Absolutely no Madonna songs made it to the top selling
I-Tunes list of 2009:
TI & Eminem Top iTunes 2009 Record Sales
of Leon, Lady Gaga Rule itunes Top-Selling 2009 Charts
top-selling songs and albums of 2009 (US and UK)
Apple has announced its bestselling albums and songs
of the year in a new feature on the iTunes Store called iTunes Rewind.
Songs by Black-Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga were among chart-toppers in the
US and UK, and the Kings of Leon album Only By the Night was the best-selling
album on both the US and UK charts.
Among other top-sellers that made both lists were albums
by Michael Jackson and Black-Eyes Peas. Top-selling songs:
1. "Boom Boom Pow," Black Eyed Peas
2. "Right Round," Flo Rida
3. "Poker Face," Lady GaGa
4. "I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
5. "Gives You Hell," The All-American Rejects
6. "Just Dance," Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis
7. "Party in the U.S.A.," Miley Cyrus
8. "The Climb," Miley Cyrus
9. "Dead and Gone (feat. Justin Timberlake)," T.I.
10. "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon
1. "I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
2. "Poker Face," Lady Gaga
3. "Just Dance," Colby O'Donis / Lady GaGa
4. "Boom Boom Pow," Black Eyed Peas
5. "Fight For This Love," Cheryl Cole
6. "In For The Kill," La Roux
7. "Number 1,? Tinchy Stryder
8. "Bad Boys (feat. Flo Rida)," Alexandra Burke
9. "The Fear," Lily Allen
10. "Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon
Boyle Makes UK Chart History
Boyle's debut album makes chart history
Boyle Album Debut Bigger than Madonna, Simon Cowell?
Simon Cowell says Susan Boyle's US album debut
will be bigger than those of Madonna, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Cowell claims he has inside info that it will take number one spot in
the States, making it the highest debut for a female artist ever.
Boyle's debut album tops Britain's charts
According to the Official Charts Company, which tracks
music sales in Britain, the more than 410,000 copies of [Boyle's album]
"I Dreamed a Dream" sold since its release Nov. 23 make it
the fastest selling album so far this year, and are the largest
first-week sales for a debut album in U.K. chart history.
Boyle: Cat Lady Obliterates Eminem in Sales Rankings
By Ethan Smith
December 2, 2009
Onetime unemployed cat lady Susan Boyle became a bona
fide global superstar Wednesday morning, when Nielsen SoundScan said
her debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream” (Syco/Columbia),
had sold nearly 701,000 copies during its first week in U.S. stores.
That’s the biggest sales week for any album so far this year,
eclipsing Eminem’s “Relapse,” which sold
608,000 copies when it came out in May.
“I Dreamed a Dream” also enjoyed
the biggest first-week sales by an artist’s debut album since
1993, when Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” sold
803,000 copies in seven days. It is now also the biggest sales
week for a debut album by a female solo artist since SoundScan started
counting discs back in 1991
Human: Madonna on Film' festival celebrates bad acting
to be feted….for bad acting!
You Care Enough To See The Very Worst
Almost Ruined A League of Their Own, for God's Sake!
Madonna! Pop star's worst films screen in Seattle
By Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
Dec. 3--Seattle's bad-movie guru David Schmader will
host a new film series at Central Cinema: "Almost Human: Madonna
on Film." The series, which begins Monday and continues weekly
through Jan. 4, features five [Madonna] films, all of which
Schmader aptly describes as "painfully lame" and all of which
earned Madonna Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actress: in
order, "Shanghai Surprise," "Who's That Girl?,"
"Body of Evidence," "The Next Best Thing" and "Swept
Away." Schmader will introduce each screening and provide light
running commentary throughout the films.
School Scandal: At Least Tiger Isn't Madonna
by John Nolte
For a couple decades now too many members of
the American celebrity and sports class have made millions The Madonna
Way: pimping their deviant behavior into fame and fortune — shoving
their thug lives, drug lives, and sex lives down our throats and, unforgivably,
the throats of our children.
With only “at least I’m not a hypocrite”
as an excuse, these irredeemables have waged a war to destroy morality,
and heaven help those who complain or demand restraint, for we will
mercilessly be ridiculed and demeaned as suburban hypocrites, Puritans
....But in the broader context of the twisted world
of celebrity we presently find ourselves in, Tiger [Woods, the
golf player] at least kept his immorality to himself instead of demanding
we accept it.
Beaten in Polls/ Charts
is the new Queen of Pop
Beyonce has been adjudged the new 'Queen of Pop'
in a fan poll.
Beyonce Knowles has taken the crown away from
'Material Girl' Madonna as she has been adjudged the new 'Queen of Pop'
in a latest fan poll.
The 'Crazy In Love' hitmaker was given the title in
Rimmel London's 'World's Greatest Popstars' contest, which had over
100,000 UK fans participating in the poll, Contactmusic reported.
Britney Spears came second and Madonna
took the fifth place as Knowles was announced winner at a live concert
on Sunday at London's Earls Court, where a special tribute was performed
in her honour.
Voted World's Greatest Pop Star
Knowles is World's greatest Pop Star
Knowles: Beyonce the new 'Queen of Pop'!
the World's Biggest Pop Star Is... [Beyonce]
Slams, Put Downs / Ego
Furtado blasts Madonna over her reluctance to age naturally
blasts Madonna for not 'aging naturally'
blasts Madonna for trying to look young
'Madonna should age naturally'
Furtado blasts Madonna`s young act
Furtado Blasts Madonna Over Freakish Effort to Stay Young
Furtado Thinks Madonna Looks Like A “Freak"
According to reports, Canadian singer Nelly Furtado
has blasted Madonna over her freakish effort to look young and
the lengths she goes to maintain her looks.
Furtado insists that she will never try and cheat father
time in order to reverse the aging process, and would rather just sit
around her kitchen and eat instead.
“I am not ready to adjust physically, just to
be marketable. My sell-by date will run out eventually,” she said.
“Unlike Madonna, I wouldn’t be willing
to do Pilates round the clock, just to slow down the deterioration of
my body. I prefer to sit in the kitchen, drink tea and eat biscuits,”
Hat Tip board member Anshirk for this story:
Hook Blasts Madonna - Contact Music
November 9, 2009
Peter Hook thinks Madonna is "horrible"
and "like a Black Widow" spider.
The former New Order and Joy Division bassist told
Absolute Radio he met the star on the night of her first British concert
- at cult Manchester nightclub The Hacienda which he co-ran - and said
she was "horrible" and "used" people.
He said: "Madonna's like a Black Widow
spider. She tends to use people, then they shrivel up and disappear.
Peter, 53, revealed that a friend - who was managing
Madonna at the time - persuaded him to let her sing in the club for
cult TV programme 'The Tube' but she was less forthcoming when asked
to perform again when as club opened later that evening.
He said: "She was horrible. She was sat
there with her back to us, and Rob went up and said 'We were wondering
if you wanted to appear later at the club', and she just went 'F**k
Hook Calls Madonna a 'Black Widow Spider'
Hook Peter Hook: 'Madonna ist eine Schwarze Witwe'
Career Failure / Bad Acting, Directing
wanted to produce 'Precious'
Madonna was declined from producing acclaimed
new movie ‘Precious’, author Sapphire has revealed.
Sapphire said the Queen of Pop was eager to be associated
with the film adapted from 1996 novel Push.
Madonna was almost Mariah Carey's boss on acclaimed
new movie Precious - the pop superstar was among the first people to
show an interest in adapting author Sapphire''s gritty drama into a
"There was this really earnest college student
with his backpack on who wanted to do his first film, and then Madonna
wanted to produce it,” the Daily Express quoted Sapphire as telling
Entertainment Weekly magazine.
“I was like, ''Madonna? I don''t think
this is her film,''" she added.
The post finally went to moviemaker Lee Daniels who
managed to convince her with his credentials.
Desperate for Film Success
Now director ex-husband Guy Ritchie is out of the picture,
Madonna has decided to launch herself as a serious filmmaker.
But it seems she is having problems securing backing.
Madge, who divorced RocknRolla director Guy
in December last year, hasn’t had much success in the film industry
after a string of flops in recent years.
Swept Away, the 2002
box-office disaster in which she starred and which was directed by Guy,
lost almost half of its £6million budget. In 2000 The Next
Best Thing didn’t cover its £15million costs.
But the 51-year-old is determined to be respected among
film critics and so has moved behind the camera and turned her
hand to scriptwriting.
The singer has a big-screen project up her sleeve,
although to her frustration it is proving difficult to launch.
“I just finished writing a script and I am trying
to get funding and casting for it, believe it or not,” pouts the
Queen of Pop...
film career refusing to take off
One Wants to Finance Madonna’s New Science Fiction Movie
A little while ago, Madonna revealed her plans to script
some flick about true love by placing the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
at the center of her film. And then by tacking a parallel plot point
which focused on a New York couple, though she was careful to add that
the New York couple were obviously tokens of her rich imagination.
Her publicist told some rag or other, “She did
a lot of research on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.” Wikipedia
is rife with insight about Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. This
project may or may not be dubbed W.E..
Sadly, the flick’s proving a hard
sell for backers. Perhaps it would make sense for her to
bill it as science fiction or dark humor if she insists on leveraging
the “romance” angle? Or if her last stab at directing
hadn’t blown such chunks?
In 2008, She helmed, wrote, and singlehandedly created
Filth and Wisdom? And that opened to horrible
reviews and ultimately posted unimpressive
box-office returns. If only there was a way to encourage
her to step away from the camera and go back to cone bras. If only.
Admits: Guy Has Left Me So Lonely
No matter how hard she tries to keep busy, ex-husband
Guy Ritchie's exit has created a huge void in her life and young boyfriend
Jesus Luz is hardly the man to fill it.
Our source says: ‘Guy feels sorry for his ex
and puts her mood swings down to stress. He's sympathetic, but also
feels sorry for Jesus having to deal with it.
‘She's got another Christmas coming up when she'll
basically be alone and she hates that. At the end of the day,
she's a lonely, unfulfilled fifty-something woman.'
Last week, Madonna claimed she's happier now she's
based in New York and even cracked a gag about her age.
‘I've adapted to my new life. My apartment's
a bit small. I'm like the old woman who lived in ?a shoe,' joked the
But our source adds: ‘She's trying to
make out that life's rosy, but it's far from that.'
Unattractive / Scary Grandma Hands
Got a Secret
Well, it's no secret that she's [Madonna is] over half
a century old, but after taking a peek at her wrinkly, veiny
hands, we shudder to think what her face would look like had
she not gone under the knife!
photo of Madonna's Veiny Zombie Hand
The material girl was spotted leaving a medical building
in NYC last night, and we're not sure if she was there for a flu shot
or to get some work done on her zombie hands, but at
least her face looks good!
And we still love her albums, so who cares about her
Check out the Vogue
Gallery for other veiny hand photos
Photo Caption Game
Ten Captions for Pic of Madonna Yawning
By Robert Paul Reyes
LOS ANGELES (KABC) invited their readers to write a
caption for this
photograph of Madonna yawning during a breaking ground ceremony
for her school in Malawi.
Here are my top ten captions:
*Maybe I should be covering my veiny hands instead.
*This is almost as boring as trying to teach my toy
boy how to read.
* Dear God! Every time I yawn my plastic face stays
frozen for a few seconds, I hope nobody notices!
*Every time I try to pull a rabbit out of my hat, that
damn bunny gets scared when he sees my botox face and he won't come
*These is all about me, and the school I'm building!
These damn bureaucrats should be mentioning me every few seconds.
*Whenever Lady Gaga wears a crazy hat she gets tons
of ink. I wear a stupid white hat, and nobody says a word.
*Jesus, Please don't let my dentures fall out. The
last time I yawned my dentures flew out. No, that was the last time
I french kissed my boyfriend.
*If I had a mirror I could stop myself from yawning.
I never yawn when I'm admiring myself.
*That's weird the older I get, the more I yawn. In
a couple of years I'm going to be walking around with my mouth open
all the time.
*I'm not going to let the photographers snap a pic
of me with my mouth open, I'll look like that skank Lindsay Lohan.
Malawi / Baby Napping
Hat Tip board member Anshirk for this first story:
’snubs’ adopted kids’ families in Malawi
Queen of Pop Madonna has returned to the U.S.
without meeting parents of her adopted kids in Malawi, it has
The 51-year-old singer left the place with David Banda
and Mercy Chifundo James, both four-year-old, after first dropping in
at the construction site of her 9-million-pound Raising Malawi Academy
She also visited David’s residence for a year,
the Home of Hope Child Care Centre.
However, the ‘Material Girl’ hitmaker
skipped meeting the parents of the two children.
James Kambewa, who insists he is the father of Mercy
even though he has never met her, said: “I was ready to be reunited
with my daughter. I am devastated they denied me a chance of seeing
Seemingly, Madonna has promised to bring back the kids
to visit their native land in future.
“One day she will bring her home because
that’s what she told me when I signed adoption papers at
the High Court,” the Daily Star quoted Mercy’s uncle Peter
Baneti as saying.
Also, David’s father Yohane said: “I heard
David was at the orphanage. I’m not worried because Madonna
promised she’ll bring him back.”
A Raising Malawi official added: “She will take
them there at some point in the future.”
Raising Malawi school construction blocked by villagers
A project to build a girl's school in Malawi funded
by Madonna has run into problems after villagers sought to block its
A group of around 140 villagers in Chinkhota village,
about 10 miles outside the capital Lilongwe are demanding more money
for land the government has leased to Madonna's charity – Raising
Malawi – for 99 years.
Talks between senior government officials and representatives
from the singer's charity have failed to resolve the dispute, the latest
controversy for the singer in the African country from which she has
adopted two children.
The government has now threated to arrest any villages
seeking to prevent the building going ahead.
"If we cannot agree on this and if you cannot
understand that this is government land, then I will have no choice
but tell police to arrest you people for blocking development work on
the site, " Lilongwe Charles Kalimba, the district commissioner,
...."We are protesting because we feel government
and Raising Malawi have not been fair ... earlier agreements about how
much they were supposed to pay us have been scrapped and now we are
being told the land does not belong to us," the village chief,
Chinkhota, said after the meeting.
villagers want more cash for Madonna school land
school 'in political battle'
faces more protests in Malawi
Madonna's plans for a multi-million dollar
girls academy in Malawi has faced protests by villagers.
The singer's charity, Raising Malawi, leased the land
from the Malawi Government for the planned construction but now around
140 villagers are demanding more money.
The protesters could risk being arrested with District
Commissioner for Lilongwe Charles Kalemba telling village chiefs : "If
we cannot agree on this and if you cannot understand that this is government
land, then I will have no choice but tell police to arrest you people
for blocking development work on the site."
Mr Kalemba met with other senior government officials
and Raising Malawi but all parties failed to reach an agreement in talks
with representatives of the villagers in a bid to resolve the dispute.
The village chief, Chinkhota believes his people
are getting a raw deal saying: "We are protesting because we feel
government and Raising Malawi have not been fair, earlier agreements
about how much they were supposed to pay us have been scrapped and now
we are being told the land does not belong to us."
Tangled in Political Battle Over Girls Academy
villagers want more cash for Madonna school land
Villagers Block Construction of Madonna Charity's School
Ego / Slammed - Madonna Snubbed by Some Yoga Guy
Madonna snubbed by India Yoga guru
Madonna has been snubbed by India's top Yoga
guru - because she's too big-headed.
The star was desperate for private lessons with Bikram
Choudhury at his US retreat in Hollywood, where he invented Hot Yoga,
performed in a sweltering 105 degrees in specially heated studios.
But the high-handed singer refused to come
to classes and insisted he had to visit her at her home instead.
Choudhury revealed: "Madonna came to me
and asked for private lessons. I told her that if she wants to learn
from me, she has to come to my classes."
"I told her. 'You will have to leave your
"None of my famous clients - like Jim Carrey,
George Clooney and Jessica Simpson - have ever objected to coming to
public classes," he added.
Turned Down by Yoga Guru
Oct 29, 2009
Madonna was left fuming after a famous yoga
guru refused to give her private lessons - insisting the singer would
have to take a class like everyone else.
The pop superstar recently parted ways with her longterm
fitness trainer Tracy Anderson, revealing she wants to "try a new
method of working out."
But Madonna's plan to hire Bikram Yoga inventor Bikram
Choudhury went awry when the Indian multi-millionaire turned
down her request, accusing her of being too temperamental.
He says, "Madonna came to me and asked for private
lessons. I would have none of that. If you want to learn from me, then
you have to come to my classes. You have to leave your ego behind. If
you disagree with her (Madonna), you're immediately blacklisted."
Choudhury insisted none of his other celebrity
clients, including George Clooney, Jessica Simpson, and Jim Carrey,
have objected to his methods.
He adds, "They do 90 minutes of yoga whenever
they're near a Bikram school - even when they are overseas."
yoga guru refuses to give lessons to Madonna
yoga guru refuses to give lessons to Madonna
Poses a Problem
Contrary to popular belief, A-list celebrities can’t
click their fingers and get what they want, not even Madonna, her Royal
Highness the Queen Mum of pop.
The macrobiotic nut bar, 51, got more than she bargained
for when she tried to arrange a private yoga lesson with Bikram Choudhury,
63, the inventor of fitness flavour of the month, hot yoga.
The stretchy hippie said: “Madonna came to me
and asked for private lessons.
“I would have none of that. If you want to learn
from me, then you have to come to my classes. You have to leave
your ego behind.
“If you disagree with her, you’re
Meanwhile, Bikram has nothing but praise for George
Clooney, 48, Jessica Simpson, 29, and Jim Carrey, 47.
He said: “They do 90 minutes of yoga whenever
they’re near a Bikram school – even when they’re overseas.”
Rip Off Artist / Unoriginal
Slits’ Punk Icon Dethrones Madonna, Lady Gaga, & the Queen
By Nick Haramis
October 22, 2009
[An Interview with Ari Up, band member of The Slits]
Tell me about your personal style.
The Slits were the first girls to dress the way we did. People should
give credit to the Slits, not just for originating sound and music,
but also clothes. We went from Vivienne Westwood and the whole punk
thing into the Jamaican crazy-time. Of course, people like Cher were
I suppose Madonna was, too.
But Madonna was always imitating people. Always.
Oh, that’s right. In an interview
you called Madonna a thief.
I’ve heard many stories of Madonna sending her entourage to clubs
in search of the latest looks and sounds. But that’s not so bad
because she has to be isolated—how else is she going to go? Some
people cash in on a look and some people are just die-hard originals.
Madonna is definitely not a die-hard original. It’s frustrating
when you see people wearing your entire outfit and trying to sound like
you, without getting credit for it.
Madonna Video Voted "Least Sexy of All Time"
'Hung Up' voted 'Least Sexy Video Ever'
Hung Up 'least sexy'
Hung Up 'least sexy'
Madonna's Hung Up has been voted the least
sexy music video of all time.
The Queen of Pop's disco-style video - which saw her
gyrating in a purple leotard - proved to be a turn-off
for viewers of music video website Muzu.tv.
Hung Up 'least sexy music video of all time'
67, Streisand Out-Sells Madonna
Tops Charts in a Week Full of Divas
By BEN SISARIO; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
Published: October 7, 2009
Who is the biggest diva of them all? Barbra
Streisand.... Her latest record, “Love Is the Answer” (Columbia),
opened at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, ahead of new albums by
Mariah Carey, Madonna and Paramore, the band led by
Streisand beats Paramore and Mariah Carey [and Madonna] to #1
Mariah Carey [and Madonna] Lose #1 Spot To Barbra Streisand
Madonna's final effort for Warner Bros., the greatest
hits album Celebration, isn't much of a cause for one,
landing at #7 on sales of just 72,000, tailed by country singer Miranda
Lambert's Revolution (#8, 66,000).
Streisand tops US pop chart for ninth time
Streisand extended her lead as the female act
with the most No. 1 releases on the Billboard 200. She also became the
first artist to top the chart in five consecutive decades.
....At 67, she also is the second-oldest living
artist to top the U.S. chart. The record was set earlier this
year by her labelmate Bob Dylan, who is 11 months her senior.
Streisand last topped the chart in 1997, when "Higher
Ground" started off with 207,000 copies. The music industry
has plummeted in the ensuing decade, making Streisand's latest sales
tally all the more noteworthy.
Yet another pop diva also underperformed. Madonna's
hits collection "Celebration," which fulfills her
contact with Warner Music Group Corp, opened at No. 7. Her previous
hits package, 2001's "GHV2," also opened at No. 7. But while
that set sold 150,000 copies, "Celebration" managed
beats Paramore, Carey to US No.1
Streisand Surprises With Ninth No. 1 On Billboard 200
Madonna, It's Maybe Time for You to Stop Using the Word 'Retarded'
By: Chris Rovzar
We're writing you this open letter because we just
happened to read a quote from you in this week's Rolling Stone.
You said, "I've never been a good judge of what
things are going to be huge or not. The songs that I think are the most
retarded songs I've written, like 'Cherish' and 'Sorry,' a pretty big
hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits. 'Into the Groove'
is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like
Then, a while back, you maybe called your ex-husband
Guy Ritchie "emotionally retarded" at a concert in front of
thousands of people.
Not to get all preachy and PC on you, but we think
maybe it's time for you to stop using the word "retarded"
so much. We know, we know, you don't mean to malign developmentally
It's just an expression! But really, at the end of
the day, it's just not that cool of an expression.
DVD Review: Madonna - Celebration: The Video Collection
Celebration: The Video Collection is a collection
of forty-seven of Madonna's music videos spread over two DVDs with a
running time of approximately three and a half hours. This is more expansive
than the thirty-six track CD counterpart.
One of my gripes with the CD version
is the non-chronological sequencing, which makes hearing her artistic
progression impossible without creating a customized playlist.
....But during the '80s it was largely Prince, Michael
Jackson, and Madonna that set the dominant tone for the way pop music
looked and sounded. The former two easily outshine Madonna when
it comes to vocals. Prince's nearly unparalleled musicianship (by pop
standards, at least) also trumps Madonna's comparatively novice skill
As a casual fan, I found many of the lesser
seen clips interesting. Songs like "Rain," "What It Feels
Like For A Girl," and "Give It 2 Me" aren't among her
biggest hits, in the U.S. at least, and their videos didn't receive
a ton of airplay.
The songs themselves aren't very good, as the
quality of her work slipped more and more as the years went on.
One after another uninspired dud drags across
the screen, making disc two a bit much for the non-fanatic.
As Madonna ages before our very eyes, becoming
more sinewy and gaunt, her attempts to maintain her sex appeal appear
garish and embarrassing.
The odd thing about owning music video collections
on DVD is that they don't necessarily hold much replay value.
While it was entertaining revisiting the older promos,
I can't imagine finding a reason to spend much time with them.
An artist with the massive popularity of Madonna deserves
a set like Celebration: The Video Collection, but I'm guessing
only the truly obsessed will commit the time needed to justify
dropping around thirty bucks on it.
The video quality is a mixed bag. Most of the
visual problems crop up during the earlier clips, which were
photographed on much more primitive equipment. The video is presented
in 4:3, with even the later widescreen videos windowboxed.
All things considered, especially when viewed on a
Blu-ray player and hi-def TV, this is a pretty rough looking
set. Even some of the later videos have an excess of
visual noise and are lacking in sharpness.
Fans will inevitably pick this up, but are
ultimately going to be disappointed by the missing videos that
could have made this collection definitive.
Casual fans will likely overdose during the 112 minute
second disc that probably digs a bit too deep into the Madonna catalog.
Add to that the so-so video quality that plagues
many of the videos, plus a PCM stereo track that sounds better
than the Dolby surround track, and it all adds up to an underwhelming
Facing Lawsuit by Neighbor
neighbor sues Madonna over loud music, dancing
NEW YORK — One of Madonna's New York neighbors
says the superstar's loud music and frequent dance sessions are causing
Karen George, of Manhattan, lives
above Madonna in a building on Central Park.
She said in a lawsuit filed Friday against the building's
co-op board that the Material Girl is using her apartment as a rehearsal
studio, forcing neighbors to endure "blaring music, stomping and
shaking walls," for up to three hours each day.
George complained about "unreasonably
high-decibel, amplified music" and vibrations pouring through walls,
ceilings and radiators.
The building's board says it has already threatened
to evict Madonna.
May Be Evicted From NYC Condo For Noise
branded "neighbour from hell"
star Madonna's music annoys
mad at Madonna
Sued by Neighbor for Being Too Loud
Wants Madonna to Turn Down the Volume
neighbour sues her over loud music
neighbour sues over noise
Madonna is an Ageist
says men her age are “grumpy, bald and fat”
Oct 7, 2009
Madonna has apparently explained why she likes younger men.
It appears that the Queen of Pop, 51, who’s dating
22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz, believes that blokes are “more
adventurous, open and fun”.
According to her [Madonna], men her age are
“usually married, divorced, grumpy, fat and balding”,
reports The Sun.
my age are bald, grumpy and fat' [says Madonna]
Scrapped Controversial Album Title and Cover
Madonna ditched the provocative title and cover image
from the album that became Hard Candy because she feared too
many people would have a problem with it.
The pop superstar [Madonna] had planned to
call the project Black Madonna and posed in blackface make-up
with white eyes for photographer Steven Klein's cover art, but she quickly
realised the whole idea would be too controversial - and scrapped it.
She tells Rolling Stone magazine,
"I painted my face black, except for red lips and white eyes. It
was a play on words. Have you ever heard of the Black Madonna?
"It has layers of meaning, and, for a minute,
I thought it would be a fun title... Then I thought, '25 per cent of
the world might get this, probably less, it's not worth it.'"
rejected 'Black Madonna' cover art & album title
wanted to title her album as Black Madonna
Old Lady / Health
Catches Up With Madonna
Aches And Pains Cripple Madonna
Finally Admits She's Older Than Dirt
By Robert Paul Reyes
"'Queen of Pop' Madonna has finally admitted
that age has caught up with her as she needs ice baths and special
therapy to soothe her body after every concert.
The 51-year-old superstar says that years of abuse
caught up with her and now she now has to take extra care to make
sure she's in tip-top form onstage, reported Rolling Stone magazine".
With strenous daily workouts and tons of botox Madonna
is fighting a losing battle against old age.
In a desperate attempt to appear hip and cool
she dates men youung enough to be her grandsons, but now Madge is finally
admitting that her old creaky body is breaking down.
The only way that the old cougar can recuperate after
her energetic concerts is by taking an ice bath, and hiring a team of
physical therapist to knead her wrinkled flesh.
In a couple of years Madonna will have to resort to
cryogenics in her pathetic bid to look young.
Admits to Being Jealous of Michael Jackson
'I Was Madly In Love With Michael Jackson'
When asked [by a journalist at Rolling
Stone magazine] if she [Madonna] was jealous of the later singer,
Madonna replied: “In a good way. I'd wished I'd written
'Billie Jean' and 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin''. What song didn't
I'd wished I'd written Billie Jean
"madly in love" with Jackson
Book: Madonna Jealous of Michael Jackson's Fame
Message: Pop's Reigning Queen in Her Own Words
Were you [Madonna] jealous of him [Michael
In a good way. I'd wished I'd written "Billie Jean" and "Wanna
Be Startin' Somethin'." What song didn't I love?
The Celebration: You Maybe Should Just Buy All The Old Madonna Singles
Piecemeal And Ignore That New Hits Collection
Apparently the new Madonna greatest-hits collection
Celebration is full of botched mastering jobs and bad segues, so those
of you looking to spend money on a CD in 2009 should be warned.
(Example: “A bad edit jumps the track from the
end of the chorus to the repeat of the bridge which kills the structure
of the track. This version is unlistenable.”)
On Course To Replace Madonna At Top Of UK Album Chart
by Jason Gregory
September 29, 2009
Paramore are on course to replace Madonna at
the top the UK album chart with 'Brand New Eyes'.
The US band's new album is 8,000 copies ahead of the
singer's greatest hits retrospective and current UK number one, 'Celebration'.
set for number one album
Idol' Contestant to Debut Ahead of Madonna, The Beatles
Riot - Debut album beating Madonna in sales, weeks before release
September 29, 2009
'AMERICAN Idol" runner- up Adam Lambert
is bigger than Madonna and even The Beatles.
Within hours of making his yet-to-be-released album
available for pre-order on Amazon.com, a frenzy of ordering drove Lambert's
ranking all the way to No. 2 on the online retailer's bestsellers list.
That put Lambert ahead of Madonna,
The Beatles and world-wide sensation Susan Boyle.
surge for Adam Lambert's debut CD
Season eight "American Idol" runner-up Adam
Lambert is no also-ran.
His first album, not due for release until November
24, zoomed to the No. 2 spot on the Amazon.com sales list Monday, behind
only Barbra Streisand's much-publicized new jazz album, the New York
The distinction ranked Lambert, 27, ahead of
Madonna, the Beatles and Susan Boyle on the online retailer's
sales list -- and shows that one needn't nab the top title on Idol to
win the sales race, as also evidenced by such chart-topping second-place
winners as Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Chris Daughtry.
Lambert's sales figures are all the more impressive
because his label, RCA, made no announcement that the disc could be
pre-ordered, so the reaction was basely solely on word of mouth, noted
the New York Post.
Lambert's Album No. 2 on Amazon
Lady Gaga / Madonna = Has Been, Irrelevant
a Musical War Is Waged for Gay America's Soul
[Mariah Carey, Madonna, and Streisand all released
albums at the same time]
So, who will be the big victor in the Diva
Death Battle 2009? Lady Gaga of course! What? She doesn't even have
an album out today! Precisely, but she is poised to be the gay icon
of the youngest babygays that are just taking their first fledgling
steps on the big pink road we call queendom.
While there is definitely plenty of crossover between
the Madonna/Mariah/Britney crowd, only confirmed bachelors of a certain
age are going to be purchasing the new Streisand.
Every generation of gays gets their own singing female
deity to worship (whether we like it or not), and as Streisand crowd
ages and the diva herself gets closer to retirement age, it's going
to be up to Gaga and her ilk to entertain "the children."
Madonna's influence may spread now that her
greatest hits CD will educate a new generation of kids, but those dancing
at Campus Thursdays at the local gay bar weren't even born when "Burning
Up" was first burning up the charts.
Mariah is no spring chicken either, and her album of
slow jams isn't really ready made for dance floor remixes that will
spread her new sound across the floors of a thousand gay dance palaces.
As long as Britney can hold it together, she'll continue
to be relevant for a certain crowd that came out to her hits earlier
this decade, but it's Gaga who will be holding sway from 2010
Michael Jackson on Madonna: 'She is not sexy, was jealous
of me, and she was a nasty witch'
Jackson brands Madonna a 'nasty witch' and claims she was jealous of his
Michael Jackson branded Madonna a 'nasty witch'
after she tried to take him to a strip bar on a date, it has emerged.
....During the recorded conversation [with Rabbi Shmuley],
he named Madonna as one of the people jealous of his success.
'M is one of them,' he said. 'Madonna. She's
not a nice... She hadn't been kind. She's a woman and I think
that's what bothers her - women don't scream for other women and men
are too cool to scream for women, and I get that. I get the fainting,
the adulation and the notoriety - but she doesn't get that.'
When asked about their dinner date in 1991 - brought
up by Madonna in the emotional tribute she paid to him at the Video
Music Awards two weeks ago - Jackson says he was put off by
her kinky ways.
He says the Material Girl had a library of
books of women 'who were tied to walls', and wanted them to go to a
'Madonna laid the law down. She said, "We are
going to the restaurant, afterwards we are going to a strip bar."
I said, 'I am not going to a strip bar, where they cross-dress."
Guys who are girls and girls... "I am not going there. I am not
'I think afterwards she wrote some mean things about
me in the press and I said that she's a nasty witch.'
and Michael Jackson Shock: 'Madonna was not sexy'
Book: Madonna Jealous of Michael Jackson's Fame
Jackson Candid About Madonna and Lisa Marie Presley
Michael Jackson Thought He Was A Lizard and Madonna Was A Jealous Bitchface.
Claims Michael Jackson Dissed Madonna
Book: Madonna Jealous of Michael Jackson's Fame
Jackson Tapes Reveal Star Felt Madonna Was Jealous of Him
Madonna "Not Sexy"
Jackson's Rabbi Rats Him Out in New Tell-All
Jackson believed Madonna wasn't sexy enough for him
Michael befriended and dated Madonna in the early 1990s
but wasn't smitten by her charm.
"I think she (Madonna) likes shock value
and she knows how to push buttons on people," he told
Boteach during an interview. "I think she was sincerely in love
with me and I was not in love with her. She did a lot of crazy things.
I knew we had nothing in common.
"She is not sexy at all. I think sexy
comes from the heart in the way you present yourself."
Interestingly, Michael believed Madonna was
jealous of him like several other stars.
"They admire you and know you are wonderful and
great because they are jealous, because they wish they were in your
shoes. Madonna is one of them. She is jealous. She is a girl, a woman
and I think that's what bothers her...
"I get the fainting and adulation and she doesn't."
Jackson Disses Madonna
New CD, "Celebration" Single Struggling and
Despite the fact the "Celebration" song eventually made it to
number one in a narrow American Billboard category (dance hits), the song
continues to flop and flounder in the USA, and it still struggles on British
So Madonna and/or her record company have, out of desperation,
tried new marketing strategies to get more attention for the song, including
getting it featured on a MySpace music page, and a contest where fans
can submit home made videos using the song.
Celebrates Madonna on New Home Page
Contest: Create Your Own Madonna's 'Celebration' Video
"Celebration" - Resurrecting a Pop Single
By Bill Lamb, About.com Guide to Top 40 / Pop since
September 18, 2009
Just a few weeks ago it looked like Madonna's
single "Celebration" would be distinctly disappointing in
its chart and sales performance.
In the UK BBC Radio 1 had failed to playlist
the song with comments indicating the powers that be thought she was
not appealing enough to a younger demographic.
In the US the story was not much better.
"Celebration" opened at #71 on the
Billboard Hot 100 and then quietly disappeared. The song has
been a #1 dance hit, the 40th for Madonna, but it seems the
pop music world was unimpressed.
What a difference a few weeks makes.
In the UK the BBC elected to move "Celebration"
from the BBC Radio 2 playlist to the BBC Radio 1 "B" list.
With a bit more support, it could
move up to the top playlist.
With the official release this week it looks like Madonna
may roll into a top 3 debut on this week's UK pop singles chart.
Back on the other side of the Atlantic in the
US, it's still an open question whether the song can be turned into
a pop hit, but a clever new video could help considerably.
Jonas Akerlund, director of the official "Celebration"
video, has put together a "fan version" featuring a wide range
of Madonna fans edited in with the star herself.
It is being heavily promoted on MySpace and
quite possibly could regenerate interest in the single. Don't
give up on "Celebration" just yet.
Filth and Wisdom = Terrible Movie
of the Queue: Madonna's 'Filth & Wisdom' not a wise choice
From "Swept Away" to "Shanghai Surprise"
to "d*ck Tracy," the general consensus is that Madonna is
better off without the movies, and the movies are better off
....That's fitting, though, because without Madonna's
name on top, it's hard to imagine that such a weak indie film would
make much of a splash.
....Madonna obviously thinks she's making a terribly
naughty movie here, but as with so many of her self-consciously "shocking"
career moves, the on-screen shenanigans provoke a snort of derision
rather than a howl of outrage.
Beaten in Music / Pop Culture Areas
Gaga: Many insiders say VMA performance tops Madonna
September 19, 2009
by Randy Aaron
In 1984, Madonna shocked the world by appearing in
a sleazy (but hot) wedding gown singing "Like a Virgin." Twenty
five years later, Lady GaGa makes that performance forgettable.
Stone described the performance as "shockingly unforgettable"
while many blogs have been buzzing about GaGa's show for days.
to be sued by Bulgarian sports stadium bosses - New Kerala
to be sued by Bulgarian sports stadium bosses
Singer Madonna will reportedly be taken to
court by sports stadium chiefs in Sofia, Bulgaria, who claim fans at
her concert ruined their national stadium pitch. The Queen
of Pop performed at the Vasil Levski National Stadium on August 29 as
part of her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ world tour.
Ego / Michael Jackson
AND MICHAEL'S DATE – THE REAL STORY: Blogger Janet Charlton says
they didn't even last through the night.
Gosselin co-hosting 'The View' this morning: Mocks Madonna, answers 'people
who say just stop' filming 'Jon and Kate'
abandoned him: Madonna on Jackson
Gosselin co-hosting 'The View' this morning: Mocks Madonna
View': Kate Gosselin talks meltdown, paychecks, Madonna
When the ladies were discussing Madonna's rather
egocentric words of tribute to Michael Jackson at Sunday night's
Video Music Awards, almost every line of which was ended with "so
did I," Kate did it one better that if it had continued the Material
Girl would have ventured, "Michael Jackson passed away, but I haven't."
Gosselin Admits Meltdown, Takes High Road (Madonna and Those Duggars Aside)
Michael Jackson Doppelganger?
Yes, once again Maddy utilizes her uncanny
ability to make it all about her, even when she's honoring a dead person.
Check it out: they were both born in August, 1958!
They both grew up in the Midwest! They both have eight brothers and
And they both look like gaunt white women! Apparently
she forgot that one.
Remains Atop Hot Tours List, Madonna Takes No. 2
U2 has already topped the $100 million mark in tour
grosses from the "360 Tour" based on the box office totals
reported from the first thirteen shows on the schedule.
Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney ... vs. Mariah
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Carey is the
clear winner by a wide margin, actually topping the total album
sales - again, since 1991 - of Madonna and Houston combined. Carey's
sum stands at 51,833,000.
can't compete with my Irish jigs, says Guy Ritchie
Ritchie says his Irish music beats a Madonna concert any day
Guy Ritchie has revealed that his favorite
music tops anything his ex-wife Madonna sings.
The British director plays guitar in an Irish ceili
group at the London pub he bought with the pop superstar last year,
The Punch Bowl.
The British director plays guitar in an Irish ceili
group at the London pub he bought with the pop superstar last year,
The Punch Bowl.
“A good music session with these Irish
lads is unbeatable,” he said. “Better than any Madonna concert
Has Been / Irrelevant (Music Related)
At first glance, this may not fit the "has been" category, but
as I've often said on the discussion board, she fell out of favor in the
United States a long time ago; pay attention to the portion of the text
in bold-face type below:
Earns 40th Billboard #1 Dance Single
"Celebration" is also a #1 single in various
countries around the world, except for the U.S. The
song has currently peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Has Been / Irrelevant
old: Who's Madonna?
Posted by LisaCianci on Sep 15, 2009
I had a "feeling my age" moment the other
night while watching MTV's video music awards with my son.
Sure, I'm in my 40s, but I'm not stuck in the '80s.
I like the old music, but I like new music, too. Recently
my son was swimming with several friends, and I had my iPod docked on
the porch, listening to music.
The boys enthusiastically endorsed my music choices.
"Congratulations," my husband said sarcastically. "You
have the same taste as 12-year-old boys."
At the beginning of the VMAs, Madonna came out to offer
a heartfelt tribute to Michael Jackson.
That's when the trouble began.
"Who's that?" my son asked.
Huh? I mean, seriously, how can he not know
who Madonna is? Ironically, he knows who Michael Jackson is,
and after being exposed to his music after Jackson died, he's a big
But Madonna? No way.
Page below has photos of Madonna wearing tacky outfit:
Madonna in transparent attempt to cut it with the young ones at fashion
show in racy lace dress and thigh-high boots
By Tamara Abraham
15th September 2009
photo of Madonna in tacky dress
It's a quirky young label adored by twenty-something
fashionistas - so it is little surprise that Madonna made an effort
for the Marc Jacobs catwalk show at New York Fashion Week yesterday.
But despite her gym-honed body, and trend-setting reputation,
the queen of pop was mutton dressed as lamb in a gothic-style
lace skirt teamed with leather jacket and thigh-high boots.
It appeared to be a literally transparent attempt
to fit in with the youngsters following the risqué ensemble
she attempted at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Only the previous evening the 51-year-old stepped out
in a skintight body with the same thigh-high boots. Worn beneath
a tailored black coat, its transparent back section did little to preserve
Bro Rips Into Her: She's Not Hot
Brother Expresses Himself: Sis Doesn't Look So Hot
the new Madonna, queen of twits
It's been a busy week for pop's envoy of peace, but
is the world better for it? Marina Hyde thinks not.
L'CHAIM! It's time once more to catch up with Madonna,
whose I Am Queen Shiksa tour just came to an end in her recently designated
spiritual homeland of Israel. Not only that, but there are developments
on another of madam's forays into the medium of cinema. It's shaping
up to be another win-double week for humanity.
First, though, to that triumphant last concert in Tel
Aviv. ''Every time I come here, I get so supercharged with energy,''
Madonna told the crowd, referring to ''energy'', the mystical property
many New Age stars believe themselves able to tap into, although experimental
research on lab celebrities has only ever detected high levels
of self-regard and a staggering lack of understanding of science.
''I truly believe that Israel is the energy centre of the world.''
We know you do, love. But you also believe
that some $4-a-bottle Kabbalah water being poured into a lake within
the Chernobyl exclusion zone neutralised all nuclear waste therein.
So do you mind if we get a second opinion on your seismic surveys?
....Then there was another heavily bodyguarded visit
to the Western Wall, which I heard described this week as ''Kabbalah's
most sacred site''.
Kabbalah's most sacred site is in fact a private
bank in Beverly Hills. But then, it was a week of misunderstandings,
as actual Kabbalists - by which I mean the Jewish elders who study something
different to the spiritual pyramid scheme dreamed up by Madonna's former
insurance salesman guru - once again felt they could have done without
her presence, and revived their quarrel with her in various
Hilton Gives "Revolver" (New Madonna Song) a Negative Review
...but we far from love her new song, Revolver.
It's kinda suckass, actually.
....But the new song just doesn't work. It
lacks originality. It's uninspired - and Madonna doesn't even
sound like herself on it!
New 'Celebration' video inspired by Mariah Carey
Madonna's new Celebration single is not groundbreaking,
but it's fun, danceable, and better than anything on that pathetic
album known as Hard Candy.
Unfortunately, Madonna subscribed to the Mariah
Carey principal when creating the video by barely putting in any effort
and doing the same thing that she's done in several of her other videos.
It's great that a 51-year old woman can be sexy and
dance. But Madonna has been bombarding us with this message
for the past five years. We get it! Move on!
It's also great that a 51-year old woman can cavort
with a 23-year old man. Good for you, Madonna! Just stick it up to such
a misogynist society! Wait a second - you already have several
times. Didn't we see you and Jesus cavorting in a magazine
earlier this year? Move on, Madonna!
We have to give Madonna credit for one thing. After
she overstays her welcome with a certain image, she strikes back with
something new and makes us love her all over again.
Perhaps she doesn't want to do anything new until her
contract ends with Warner Brothers this year. As boring as she
is right now, her first musical effort with Live Nation will
undoubtedly turn the tide.
Looking Ugly / Scary Man Hands/ Arms
Madonna turning into the Bride or Wildenstein?
awful image of Madonna hosted by the above web site
slammed by brother Christopher Ciccone: 'She looked like Rachel Zoe gone
Madonna's brother decided to express himself, all right.
Her Madgesty's estranged sibling came out swinging
to E! News recently, slamming his sister's appearance
at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday.
"She looked like Rachel Zoe gone horribly
wrong," snapped Christopher Ciccone after Madonna stepped
out in a tight black satin ensemble for her tribute to Michael Jackson
brother is our favorite catty bitch!
Brother Expresses Himself: Sis Doesn't Look So Hot
Gets No Brotherly Love
Brother To Madonna: Girl, You Ugly!
Ciccone Still Hating His Sister Madonna
As for the photo on the following page:
Ignore for a moment the manly arm - take note of the
very veiny Granny hand peeking out from under the scarf that is draping
Wraps Up World Tour, Ugly Arms
(See Also: Cover
It Up, Madonna! Madonna Covers Just One of Her Veiny Arms on Trip)
Make that ugly arm, singular.
Madge finished off her Sticky and Sweet Tour with a
sight-seeing trip to Petra, Jordan yesterday wearing a scarf
that spared us from the sight of one of her veiny appendages.
I just wish she'd add a second scarf and maybe a pair
of gloves while she's at it! Seriously, what's the point?
Parenting - pimping out the kids to make a buck and keep
name in the papers
Pictured at left: poor 12 year old daughter of Madonna, Lourdes Leon,
being dressed up in the sleazy bimbo look of Madonna's 1985 "Like
A Virgin" music video for some Madonna-related product, probably
the "Celebration" music video, or 2009 greatest hits CD. (Did
I mention she's only twelve years old?)
Pimps Daughter To Promote New CD
But now the pop queen has stepped over the line, she
dolled up her 12-year-old daughter to look like a hooker
wearing a wedding dress. Madonna is way too old to look sexy,
she's reduced to pimping her daughter to promote her new greatest hits
Madonna has kept her children out of the spotlight
for years, it's tragic that she's now exploiting her own daughter
to sell records.
I urge everyone not to buy Madonna's new CD,
let's send Madge the message that she shouldn't pimp her daughter.
the World Really Need Another Madonna?
So why the change of heart? Why suddenly push Lourdes
firmly into the spotlight? We reckon it's all down to Madonna's advancing
years... if she's got a mini-me understudy ready to step in,
she can take a bit more time off to rest her weary old collapsing
Hoggard: Don't put your daughter on the stage Madonna
Oh Lourdes! What is Madonna doing? The sight of her
12-year-old daughter dragged up in full bridal outfit and red lipstick
in Madge's latest video – recreating the pose from her 1985 hit
song "Like A Virgin" – had me shuddering at so many
Never mind the hypocrisy of exploiting your
daughter – Lourdes also joined her mother on stage, on
the penultimate night of her Sticky & Sweet world tour in Israel
– while demanding privacy for your family.
Why is Madonna – the self-styled most original
woman on the planet – so hell-bent on turning her daughter into
....But this video is a step too far. What worries
me is the effect on little "Lola" herself. It's hard enough
being the daughter of a very famous woman.
....And Lourdes, bless her, looks 12 going
on 38. It's not her fault. When she's older, the mono-brow
and bushy eyebrows will give her the dignified chic of Frida Kahlo.
But she shouldn't be going round slathered in lipstick and fake
beauty spots yet. Which makes you wonder: will Madonna ever
be able to cede the spotlight in a natural, maternal way to her children?
....But it's [Madonna featuring her daughter
in her music video] not smart – and it's not caring.
This way she makes Lourdes a legitimate target for every paparazzo in
In her mid-20s Madonna made the calculated decision
to sell her image to the highest bidder. She made a fortune –
and changed the culture forever. But it was her image to sell.
vs. Whitney: Who's the Worst Stage Mom?
by Gina Serpe
It's not just their fashion sense that's similar. Madonna
and Whitney Houston apparently also share the same parenting style.
The same pushy, awkward stage mother parenting style, that is.
criticised for using daughter in racy video
'Queen of Pop' Madonna is no stranger to controversy,
but the pop star's latest gimmick involving her 12-year-old daughter
Lourdes has stirred a hornet's nest.
The pre-teen is dolled up in full wedding garb with
a veil, white lace gloves and a slash of scarlet lipstick in the 51-year-old
pop star's latest video, emulating her mother's look in her controversial
single 'Like A Virgin', reported Daily Mail online.
The fact that Madonna is seen making out with her 22-year-old
boyfriend, Brazilian model Jesus Luz, in the same video has added to
The popstar had earlier pulled her eldest child into
the spotlight when she brought her on stage during the curtain call
of her epic 12-month global tour 'Sticky and Sweet'.
Lourdes who is affectionately called Lola, had raised
eyebrows with her revealing outfit, the same as Madonna's troupe of
The latest development is a startling about-turn as
Madonna has for years brought her children up with draconian strictness
and made news with the revelation that she does not allow them to watch
"In the past couple of years Lola has grown six
inches, so she's actually taller than her mum now. They are very close
and most of the time they get on pretty well. But she is the only person
I know who answers back to Madonna and gets away with it," said
a source close to the singer.
church blames Madonna for boat tragedy
August 29 gig in Sofia, Bulgaria has been blamed by the country's Orthodox
Church as the cause for the deaths of 15 citizens in a boating accident
on September 5.
Nikolay, the metropolitan of Bulgarian city Plovdiv
said the date of Madonna's gig should have been a day of contemplation
rather than enjoyment, as it coincided with the commemorative anniversary
of the beheading of John The Baptist, reports the The Daily Telegraph.
The September 5 tragedy occurred on Macedonia's Lake
Ohrid, when a pleasure boat carrying Bulgarian tourists sank.
"The catastrophe in Macedonia in which 15 Bulgarian
citizens died was a sign from heaven," Nikolay claimed. "The
Orthodox Church had called for people not to enjoy themselves on the
day marking the execution of John."
blamed for Bulgarian boat disaster
Madonna responsible for 15 deaths?
church leader blames defiant Madonna fans for tragedy
is a devil worshipper'
pilgrimage to Israel hits a sticky patch
It should have been a cause for celebration: Madonna
and Jesus were back in Israel. The Material Girl and her Brazilian
model boyfriend, however, have not had a universally enthusiastic welcome
on their one-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Madonna, who ended her “Sticky and Sweet”
world tour with concerts in Tel Aviv this week, began with a
reminder of her faith in the kabbalah, or mystical Judaism, by asking
that work on her performance stage be halted to respect the Sabbath.
One Orthodox rabbi tried to get her to show
“respect” for the Jewish faith by wearing “more modest”
clothing during her two performances, but the request fell on deaf ears,
and the concerts featured the usual skimpy costumes that her fans have
come to expect.
users outraged by Madonna in Israeli flag
Pictures of the pop star wrapped in an Israeli flag
made their way around the internet and world newspapers, outraging
Palestinian youth in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A video clip showing Madonna in the Israeli
flag was uploaded to Youtube, drawing hundreds of angry responses,
most of which included some choice words (which cannot be published
here) against Madonna and Israel. Among the more obscene was a response
from a UK user calling the singer a "devil worshipper"
and telling her "to go burn in hell, you're end is near."
Dry and Sour Tour - Beaten Musically
Ignore the headline and focus on the portion in bold-face type:
world tour breaks her own record
Madonna smashed her own record for top-grossing tour
by a solo artist, but the "Material Girl" had to play
more shows in bigger venues, according to data released by
concert promoter Live Nation Inc on Wednesday.
....The top-grossing tour overall is the Rolling
Stones' $558 million "Bigger Bang" trek of 2005-2007,
which drew 4.7 million people to 144 shows.
Passing Torch to Daughter?
And, says Palmer, putting aside talk that Madonna
relied on extra dates in large venues to pull in those returns, there's
no question the Queen of Pop is now well into middle age --
as British tabloids like to underline.
Wastes 271,040 Gallons Of Water With Beefy Meat Request
Madonna is on Mother Earth’s naughty
The material girl recently placed an order for 110
pounds of kosher beef for the last two performances of her “Sticky
and Sweet” tour in Tel Aviv. WHOA!
While some believe that Kosher beef is less cruel,
the truth is far more grim. And environmentally? Well you can bet Mother
Earth is crying her damn eyeballs out. Let’s do a little math,
According to the Water Education Foundation –
a non-profit organization that prides itself on being “the only
impartial organization to develop and implement educational programs
leading to a broader understanding of water issues and to resolution
of water problems” – it takes 2,464 gallons of water to
produce one pound of beef.
That means Madonna’s one order is using
271,040 gallons of water!!!!
Now consider this: federal regulations mandate that new shower heads
must exceed no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
A little number crunch on the old calculator will show
that you could take 10,840 showers with the same amount of water used
to produce 110 pounds of beef. Assuming you take one shower a day,
this means you could shower for more than 29 years with the amount of
aqua Mo wasted on her beefed-up order.
For this stunt Ecorazzi gives Madonna 2 HUGE
green thumbs down. Save some water for the rest of us, why
Madonna tour ruined grass at stadium:
leaves Bulgaria pitch in borderline state
leaves damaged pitch for Bulgaria-Montengro match
Bulgaria's coach lashed out Thursday, two days ahead
of a crunch World Cup qualifier against Montenegro, over the condition
of the pitch at the match venue, the Vasil Levski stadium. The
grass has been badly damaged by tens of thousands of fans at the pop-queen
Madonna's concert and cannot be recovered despite an intense watering
and fertilizing programme, officials said.
"It smells of hay there. What can we expect of
players, who cost millions and are used to perfect fields, when they
play on that surface," coach Stanimir Stoilov told the Darik radio.
Reporters visiting the stadium described the
condition of the pitch as "tragic" and "shameful."
concert leaves Bulgaria facing pitch battle
Fans/ Slams / Dry and Sour Tour
Hat tip board member Rayca:
Booed in Bucharest
booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies
Booed Over 'Sad' Gypsy Abuse
Booed during Romania Concert after Defending Roma
booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies
booed by thousands in concert
Roma appeal sparks crowd jeers
August 27, 2009
A mid-performance plea for tolerance by pop superstar
Madonna was met with boos by thousands of fans attending
her Bucharest concert Wednesday night.
Madonna, currently on the eastern European leg of her
Sticky and Sweet world tour, paused during her song La Isla Bonita to
urge acceptance of the Roma people, also known as Gypsies.
"I've never been to Romania before and I am happy
to be here," the singer said, according to the Romanian Times.
"But I found out that there is a lot of discrimination
against Gypsies in Eastern Europe, and that makes me very sad, especially
because we believe in acceptance, Gypsies, homosexuals, people that
are different. Everyone must be treated the same, don't forget that!"
Thousands among the packed crowd of approximately
60,000 reacted to the statement with boos and jeers.
Fashion Mess: Madonna
by the Portland Fashion Examiner • We all know
Madonna has had a bit of a tough time lately, what with that divorce
and fighting for Malawi's children and all, sadly those trials are now
affecting her wardrobe, and something has got to be done! Just look
at this moment here, while vacationing with her boy toy Jesus in Italy
on Dolce & Gabbana's yacht.
Madonna Image (link will open in new browser window)
The true crime is not only is this look bizarre,
but it's also dated. Does anyone else remember Prada's Fall
2008 collection that made lace all the rage? Apparently Madge's people,
I'm looking at you Arianne Phillips, don't mind keeping her clad in
last year's wares.
Madonna A Ma-goner?
Aug 22, 2009 • Could this be the beginning of
the end of Madonna's reign as the Queen Of Pop?
The powers that be at Radio 1 have snubbed
Madge by failing to playlist her new single Celebration.
The track, which sees the pop-skeleton collaborate
with dance legend Paul Oakenfold, has not made the A, B or C list for
the UK's most popular and influential station.
And after some digging through chart history, that's
the first time one of her singles has not made the playlist.
Madonna can console herself in the knowledge that at
least Radio 2 have found a place for the song and have been playing
it for the past two weeks.
This has been coming for a while.
Her Madgesty's last album, Hard Candy,
didn't do as well as expected. Probably because it was rubbish.
I'm also sick of the sight of her parading
around in her undercrackers.
On September 29 Madge will release her latest Greatest
Hits compilation, also called Celebration.
I think I'll celebrate when she finally puts
her feet up and calls it a day.
accused of 'disrespecting church rituals'
church deplores Madonna concert
church condemns Madonna concert
Synod Raise Voice against Madonna Concert
Church condemns Madonna gig in Bulgaria
church deplores Madonna concert
Orthodox Church officials are urging Bulgarians to
keep away from a planned Madonna concert this weekend, accusing
the pop singer of showing disrespect to Christianity.
The powerful Church of Bulgaria has issued a statement
expressing "disapproval and disagreement" with Saturday's
event, and says the U.S. performer "openly violates"
holy Christian symbols.
Tuesday's statement accused Madonna of displaying
"a disrespectful and intolerant attitude" to the religious
feelings of Christians on her ongoing Sticky and Sweet tour.
Rip Offs / Unoriginality
Poetic Inspirational Echoes
Madonna's romantic correspondence wasn't always as
original as her songwriting.
One love letter the Material Girl faxed to one-time
boyfriend Jim Albright -- among her many missives on the block at Gotta
Have It Collectibles on East 57th -- borrowed heavily from
Anne Sexton's "Love Song," from the poet's 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning
"Live or Die."
'Stolen' Love Poem
Lady Gaga Top These Iconic MTV VMA Performances?
There's no one who gets the magic of MTV's biggest
spectacle more than the Material Girl [Madonna], who has tried it all
and worn it all.
She's dressed in Marie Antoinette
garb for her performance of "Vogue" in 1990. In 1993, she
channeled Marlene Dietrich for her performance of "Bye
And then she went all Hindi-spiritual
for her "Ray of Light" performance in 1998.
Music: Beaten in Polls, Charts
From Billboard.com: Madonna Beaten on Hot 100 (music
chart), by Aretha Frankllin and Dionne Warwick:
Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Selena Gomez, Jordin Sparks
Here is an update look at the women who've made the
most Hot 100 visits:
73, Aretha Franklin
56, Dionne Warwick
....Among all artists, Madonna ties the Beach Boys
for a share of 13th place for most Hot 100 entries. Elvis Presley is
the overall leader with 108 Hot 100 appearances.
....On the Hot 100, Madonna and Houston had made simultaneous
Hot 100 starts twice before. On Aug. 17, 1985, Madonna unveiled the
eventual No. 5-peaking "Dress You Up" at No. 36, and Houston
debuted at No. 53 with "Saving All My Love for You," which
would become her first No. 1.
On Feb. 19, 2000, Madonna arrived at No. 43 with "American
Pie," and Houston began at No. 83 with "I Learned From the
Best." Again, though Madonna launched at a higher spot, Houston's
track would peak higher. The former title reached No. 29, the
latter No. 27.
people rate Beatles, Elvis Presley, Stones higher than Madonna in survey
A new survey by Pew Research Center seems to indicate
that young people are more fond of the Beatles, the Rolling
Stones, the Eagles and even Frank Sinatra than they are of Madonna,
Nirvana and Kanye West.
....Even more interesting is who they listen to. Topping
the first five spots were the Beatles, the Eagles, Johnny Cash, Michael
Jackson and Elvis Presley.
Next comes the Stones, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra,
Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks.
Among all the various age groups, the Beatles
place in the top five among each, placing second among ages
16-29, third among 30-49, first among 50-64 and fourth among ages 65
Madonna placed 17th among the youngest
group and no higher than 10th in any group. Kanye West
placed fifth among ages 16-29.
of the bands: Beatles top poll of fan favourites through the generations
top of the pops in America
Strike Chord Across Generations In Pew Study
breaks Fenway Park records
By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR
August 12, 2009
Sir Paul McCartney is credited with being the
most successful musician and composer in popular music history, and
the 67-year-old just keeps breaking records — 50-plus
years after he wrote the early Beatles hit "When I'm Sixty-Four."
Last week, McCartney set a record for the two-night
attendance at historic Fenway Park in Boston. Organizers claimed it
was the highest in the ballpark's 97-year history.
McCartney Breaks Fenway Park Record
It’s not enough that Paul McCartney is an original
member of one of the most influential bands in music, but he
also has to break records as a solo artist in his spare time.
McCartney set an attendance record at Boston’s Fenway Park on
August 5th and 6th. It was the highest two day attendance in the ball
parks entire history.
Scroll down this page to see Answering Madonna Apologists: Sinewy
= Mary Poppins on Meth
Arm Battle: Madonna Vs. Renee Zellweger
Dry and Sour Tour
cancellation blamed on tickets
Pop star Madonna has cancelled her concert in Ljubljana,
Slovenia scheduled for August 20, her tour manager says.
Local media cited poor ticket sales as the
main factor, although promoters denied this was the reason.
.... Slovenian media reported the concert had
to be cancelled as promoters had sold only 7000 of a planned 63,000
tickets in a city with a population of 250,000.
cancels Slovenia gig, media cite sales
According to Madonna's website www.madonna.com, of
12 remaining concerts on her Europe tour which ends in Israel,
only Sunday's upcoming concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, is sold out.
Won't Open Hearts, Ears or Wallets to Madonna
not interested in Madonna
Too few tickets sold was said to have
been the reason for the cancellation of Madonna's August 20 concert
Ljubljana, Slovenia gig canceled
Cancels Slovenia Concert
Answering Madonna Apologists: Sinewy Mannish Arms
Last month, a British site published a photo of Madonna
taken around July 26 or 27, which featured her arms looking very veiny,
sinewy, deformed and mannish yet again.
For some reason I cannot fathom, many people expressed
shock that Madonna's arms looked so terrible, as if they had never before
noticed how veiny and disgusting her arms are.
At the Anti Madonna site, gallery, and discussion
board, we have been posting photos of Madonna's deformed-looking,
mannish, and sinewy arms for literally years now, so the recent "sinewy
arms" photo comes as no surprise to the "Madonna haters"
at the board.
In addition to all this, Madonna's spokesperson, as
well as several Madonna fans around the web (including professional journalists
- shame on them!), have taken to making excuses for the gross-looking
arms, by, for example, insisting that someone "photoshopped"
the image to make her arms look worse than they actually do.
I have put together a collage of various photos of
Madonna taken over the years which show that the latest photo was not
some oddity, fluke, or aberration, but is, rather, another in a long line
of photos of her arms looking horrible.
(Even more photos of Madonna's sinewy arms can be viewed
in the Vogue
Gallery's "Deformities and Manly Physique" album.)
Click image below to view larger version:
Also hosted on Image Shack (direct
link); click image below to view larger version:
to Tone Down Arms
plans to 'tone down' her strict fitness program
plans to 'tone down' exercise regime
Music Review/ Slams/ Has-Been
Celebration Art Reflects Dwindling Legacy
By Rohin Guha
July 23, 2009
Yes, yes, there’s been much hullabaloo about
Madonna maybe-killing two of her dancers, which after figuratively castrating
ex-husband Guy Ritchie and kidnapping a Brazilian boy and a little Malawi
girl, may not seem like such a stretch.
But appropriately enough, she’s also making time
to celebrate her legacy, one that bottomed out right before
the 21st century.
For which reason, it’s no surprise that this
collection, her third greatest hits package—second in nine years—banks
on the appeal of her earlier work.
Everything about the campaign for this third volume
of greatest hits—Celebration—smacks of long-ago
Jonas Åkerlund is directing the collection’s
first single of the same name. He lent his aesthetic brilliance to many
of her past videos.
This includes “Ray of Light”, a single
spawned from what was arguably the final bit of pop brilliance the singer
put out before her attempts at breaking trends started sliding,
becoming contrived, though still respectable but then simply tragic.
Even the album art, designed by Mr. Brainwash, hearkens
back to East Village street art. Though troublingly enough, it seems
like imitation of street art, like the Urban Outfitters-ization of a
Which may be the most succinct way of summarizing the
pop star’s career—from her early Basquiat-dating days to
eventual superstardom and megalomania.
It also kind of hits that middle ground between when
she started becoming more noted for sparking trends than pathetically
limping to keep up with them.
It’s fine that the art visually places a notable
emphasis on “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” over
the travesties that would come much later; her body of work
from the first 20 years of her career is nothing short of iconic.
It’s just the near-decade since where Madonna
has sabotaged the greatness of her own back-catalog with silly
media stunts and cynical career choices.
Nevertheless, that’s almost 30 years in the business,
two thirds spent at the top. This is something no contemporary pop aspirant
will achieve. Or at least not anytime soon [Note from site owner: this
is somewhat incorrect; it might be true of pop stars today, but not
for previous ones. See our thread, 20+
Years in Show Business, at the Anti Madonna discussion board for
a long list of other pop singers who have been around as long, or longer,
We could hope for this collection to inspire the singer
to take a hard look at the direct relation between her creative
decline and the increased frequency of creative flops.
But that’s foolishness. For Madonna’s uneven legacy, Celebration
will probably be a band-aid on a bullet wound.
I.Q. / Stupidity
star Madonna mistakes Spanish Andalusia for Transylvania
Pop star Madonna mistook the Spanish region
Andalusia for Transylvania during her concert in Barcelona (Spain) on
During her concert, part of her world tour "Sticky
& Sweet Tour", Madonna was the "Queen of Spain,"
where she gave three concerts in Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza.
The 45,000 fans who attended her show at the Olympic
Stadium in Bacelona didn't seem to mind when the artist mistook the
Andalusia region in Spain for Transylvania, the land of Dracula, in
Morrison: Madonna snubbed me
Morrison reveals he was snubbed by Madonna
Morrison was once snubbed by Madonna
London, July 14, 2009- ANI: Brit singer James Morrison
has revealed that he was once snubbed by Queen of Pop Madonna.
Morrison, 24, revealed to Fern Britton and Phillip
Schofield on This Morning that the incident did not faze him much, as
he was not such a big fan of Madge.
"I've never been a massive fan of Madonna
- but I see why shes as big as she is... she changes with the times
which is amazing, but Ive never liked her singing, and I don't
think she can sing live," the Mirror quoted him as saying.
"But I did meet her, this guy was like, Madonna's
here, do you wanna say hello' I was like, Well I'm not a huge fan, I
wouldnt know what to say and he was like, 'Oh come on' so I went over."
"I was really nervous - whether you like her or
not, she's still Madonna! I just said 'hello, pleased to meet you,'
and she just looked at my hand and said, 'what do you do' and I just
felt really awkward and thought, 'Ahh, Ive been snubbed by Madonna!...'
"I did think it was a bit rude
but you get over it. I wouldve been kind of disappointed if she was
really nice though, you know,' he added.
Answering Madonna Apologists - Re: Michael Jackson
Puts On Strange Michael Jackson Tribute During her Tour
Although Madonna said in an
‘I could never say that either of them [Michael
Jackson and Prince] were friends. I’ve spent a great deal of time
with both of them.
and although she
was rude to Jackson and behaved like an arrogant brat,
Perhaps Madonna found Michael too introverted and nervous
to keep in conversation, and it seems likely that he was intimidated
by her brash self-confidence.
‘I had my sunglasses on,’ he told J. Randy
Taraborrelli, recalling their first ‘date’. ‘And I’m
sitting there, you know, trying to be nice. And the next thing
I know, she reaches over and takes my glasses off. Nobody has ever taken
my glasses off…
And, then, she throws them across the room
and breaks them. I was shocked. ‘I’m your date
now,’ she told me, ‘and I hate it when I can’t see
a man’s eyes.’ I didn’t much like that.’
and, although Madonna rudely abandoned Michael Jackson
at an after-Oscars party they both attended together, (citation is far
-some idiots in the media have taken it upon themselves
to defend Madonna's tribute to Jackson during her tour on the basis that
Madonna genuinely liked or loved Jackson:
Michael Jackson tribute was beautiful - from The Mirror;
by Tony Parson
scan of the newspaper article defending Madonna's Michael Jackson tribute
- from Daily Mail; image is hosted on a Madonna fan site
Speaking of Michael Jackson, he has, in death, broken
a few music related sales areas. For more details, please see the "Madonna
beaten in musical related areas" thread at the discussion board,
(and scroll down a bit to get to the Michael Jackson related material).
When Madonna dies, I seriously doubt her singles or
albums will sell as much as Jackson's have.
This further rips to shreds the unimpressive "but
Madonna is still in show business after 25+ years" arguments
the Madonna defenders often raise (and see this
Billboard by Gary Trust, July 10, 2009
What has occurred following Jackson's death - a catalog
title outselling the top-selling current album - is unprecedented...
Jackson's Sales Beating Out Relvant [i.e. newer] Artists
Jackson Albums Defy Logic, Move Actual CDs [i.e., physical CD copies as
opposed to digital downloads only]
TAKES OVER US ALBUM CHART TOP 10
Jackson rules pop charts for 3rd week
Jackson Makes History On European Charts
Not too long ago, cable music channel VH1 had a program
on called "The Great Debate," where the question, "Who
is the bigger/better pop star, Michael Jackson or Madonna?" was raised,
and Michael Jackson won.
Jackson vs. Madonna, VH1 Great Debate - who won? from Yahoo Answers
memorial gives web boost
Jackson is officially Facebook's most popular person
with 7+ million fans
also left legacy as cultural phenomenon - by Errin Haines
Jackson died, so did an era in pop culture
Jackson memorial service 'to be biggest online event ever'
get record traffic during Jackson memorial
Apparently, Michael Jackson didn't like Madonna:
Taraborrelli bio about Madonna
There had probably been times when Michael Jackson
wished he could forget about Madonna.
As he once said, "She's always in your face, isn't
she? I don't get it. What is it about her? She's not a great
dancer or singer. She does know how to market herself,"
he said. "That must be it."
Two years earlier, in 1989, Warner Bros. Records have
paid for an advertisements in one of the industry trade publications
pronouncing Madonna "Artist of the Decade."
Even though most people in the business understood
that this ad was the kind of empty compliment record labels often paid
artists in promotions they financed themselves, Michael Jackson was
particularly annoyed by it.
An irate Jackson, who had sold more
records with his Thriller album than anyone in history, telephoned his
attorney John Branca to complain that Madonna didn't deserve
such acclamation. "See, it makes me look bad," he
explained, as Branca later remembered.
From page 210 of the same biography:
[Madonna abandoned Michael Jackson to go chat
with former boyfriend Warren Beatty]
Poor Michael Jackson stood awkwardly alone
in the middle of a roomful of celebrities, many of whom couldn't
help but gawk at him. Luckily, his mentor Diana Ross
was present to take him under her protective wing.
"Well, I just don't understand it Michael,"
she told him loudly enough for anyone standing near them to overhear.
"I mean, she's supposed to be with you, isn't she? So,
what is she doing with him [Beatty]?"
"I don't know," Michael said. "I guess
she likes him better."
Across the room, Madonna cuddled with Warren, nibbling
his ear and whispering to him as if they were still a couple. Diana
Ross, sipping a glass of champagne, eyed Madonna with scepticism. "Well
I think she's an awful woman," Diana decided after a few moments.
She drained her glass. "Tacky dress, too."
"Yeah," Michael agreed, glumly. "Tacky."
[The biography goes on to explain that Michael Jackson
considered making a music video with Madonna at one point, even though
he did not like her on a personal level, and he called his sister Janet
for advice on the matter.]
Janet also never had much respect for Madonna.
("If I took off my clothes in the middle of the highway, people
would look at me, too," she once said. "Does that make me
...Michael decided to pass on the idea [of making a
music video with Madonna].
Beaten in Polls / Surveys Etc.
See also: Michael Jackson section, above
Jolie is ultimate lesbian heroine
July 10, 2009
The poll results spanned 2,600 lesbians and showed
the Hollywood star as the favourite.
....She [Jolie] was ranked over Madonna,
Pink and former tennis player Martina Navratilova due to her figure,
physique and fashion sense.
Looking Unattractive / Scary Manly Arms
Hat tip to board member "SheSucks" for this first link:
shock lesson in anatomy as super skinny Madonna reveals her protruding
muscles and bulging veins
Her punishing fitness regime is legendary, but it seems
Madonna has finally pushed it too far.
The 50-year-old pop star shocked onlookers as she stepped
out in London last night in short-sleeved top that revealed her arms.
With not an inch of fat to act as a buffer,
her protruding muscles and thick bulging veins were clearly visible
through her ageing and wrinkled skin.
The startling sight resembled an exhibit by the controversial
German anatomist Gunter Von Hagens.
Madonna's fanatic approach to exercise is well documented,
complete with gruelling two-hour workouts, six days a week.
But is seems her relentless pursuit of the
perfect body has backfired rather spectacularly.
Madonna reveals bulging veins and muscular arms
shows off her bulging biceps
Call To Arms. Stop Working Out Madonna!
is 'skin and bones'
reveals her protruding muscles and bulging veins
Arms: Bulging Biceps, Protruding Veins Probably Unhealthy - Expert: Madonna's
Sinewy Arms May Be Result of Dehydration, Over-Exercising
From TMZ.com, "They're So Vein"
View Madonna's Scary, Veiny Hand
View Close-up of Madonna's Scary, Veiny Hand
From a fan site:
veiny, gross nasty Madonna arm photo (taken during tour)
Various news sources on Madonna's gross looking arms:
Madonna losing the arms race? Singer reveals her 'bingo wings' on a night
out in Italy
Despite gruelling two-hour workouts, six days a week,
it seems the 50-year-old is struggling to stave off one of the tell-tell
signs of ageing - the dreaded 'bingo wings'.
The queen of pop revealed decidedly droopy
skin on her triceps and around her elbows as she delivered
a regal wave to fans after dining out in Milan last night.
Saggy, Droopy Madonna Arm Photo)
Dressed in a sleeveless leopard print Dolce and Gabbana
number for an evening with boyfriend Jesus Luz and designers Domenico
Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the flapping undercarriage of her
arms was on show for all to see.
The onset of 'bingo wings' will no doubt infuriate
Madonna, who has really pulled out all the stops in her attempts to
roll back the years.
Another Gross Madonna Arm Photo)
Call To Arms! Madonna Snapped With ‘Bingo Wings’
July 15, 2009
First it was Elle Macpherson’s cellulite legs
- now Madonna has been struck down by the dreaded ‘bingo
Madonna Saggy Arm Photo)
The Material Mom -- who prides herself with her toned
and muscular arms -- revealed the decidedly droopy skin on her
biceps and around her elbows at a dinner date in Milan, Italy
Dressed in a sleeveless leopard print Dolce and Gabbana
dress accompanied by her toy-boy lover Jesus Luz and the two fame Italian
designers, the superstar’s flapping arms were on show
for all to see.
The on set of her sagging limbs will
no doubt infuriate the 50-year-old superstar who regularly visits the
gym to stay in tip-top condition for her rigorous tours and infamous
Madonna has been rumored to have undergone various
plastic surgeries and cheek implants to staying youthful but it now
looks like a new work-out plan for her arms are urgently required.
Just Jared has some recent photos of Madonna looking oily, unattractive,
I added some new photos to the Vogue
Gallery the other day.
From Celeb Jihad.com (page has picture
of Madonna's manly, sinewy arms):
Shows Off Her Man Arms
Who says you can’t be a sex symbol after 70?
Allah, that’s who.
The “Material Girl” is back, and
this time the “material” seems to consist mainly of male
growth hormones she stole from A-Rod and old-lady skin.
But Madonna’s grotesque appearance
isn’t slowing her down. This past weekend she kicked off her “Sticky
and Sweet” tour in London. We can only assume that she’s
referring to “Fixodent Control Plus Scope Flavor,” the only
denture cream that provides the “stickiness” of Fixodent
with the “sweet” freshness of Scope Mouthwash.
in Agony - Limps Off Stage
sports injured ankle in Paris
Madonna limps offstage after energetic dance routine in Paris
Baby Stealing / Parenting
The following is pretty long, so I'm only going to paste in a little bit
of it here-
Mercy And Neocolonialism
by Ama Biney
23 July 2009
The Malawian government Spokesperson for Adoption Silas
Chege appeared like a bumbling, disingenuous, buffoon
character; like that of Joyce Cary's Mister Johnson.
When asked in an interview whether he was concerned
that Madonna and the Kabbalah organisation may be attempting to create
a Kabbalah state, he laughed and said: 'My mandate is to speak on behalf
of children and women. My area is not spiritual.'
The minister was asked if he was aware that
Madonna's organisation was in the process of buying land for the building
of a girls school and the fact that local villagers were not only concerned
about being pushed off their land but that they had yet to receive the
promised US$4,000 for the land, despite the fact that the government
had marked up the land for Madonna's contractors to begin building.
He responded: 'I wouldn't comment on that. I guess
they are following procedures.'
What can be inferred from the minister's evasive response
is his sheer indifference because the government considers
Madonna an important donor who has donated US$12 million to Malawi since
the establishment of her foundation.
....In the specific case of David and Mercy, they were
never strictly orphans. They both had one living parent.
....Yet the dignity of African people on the continent
and in the diaspora will continue to be damaged by the arrogant paternalism,
dependency and obsequious attitude that exists among some African ministers
who collude with Westerners in our continued subjugation and dehumanisation.
I don't understand this. Madonna adopts a couple of
kids only to hand them off to nannies while in France - did the Malawian
officials also interview Madonna's nannies, to make sure they meet Malawian
I'm not certain that having one's physical needs met
but being emotionally neglected by a parent is any better than the kid
having their physical needs met in an orphange (and remember, Mercy James
has living family who loved her, including a grandmother).
kids explore Paris without their mom
Madonna was too busy working to take her kids
exploring in Paris, France -- so the four children were sent sight-seeing
with their nannies.
....The singer was tied up with rehearsals
and soundchecks for the concert all day, but didn't want her
brood to miss out on seeing the city.
So Lourdes, 12, Rocco, 8, David Banda, 3, and
her newly adopted daughter Mercy, 3, were sent round the sights with
their caregivers. The group took a boat trip on the river Seine
and visited the Eiffel Tower.
Sour and Dry Tour
Yes, Madonna is continuing on with her "Sticky and Sweet" tour
now in 2009. It first began in 2008.
To view photos of Madonna's legs looking deformed and
lumpy, and to view her arms looking too muscular and sinewy in photos
taken during this tour, please visit the Vogue
Gallery > 'Deformities or Manly Physique'
refuses to help stage collapse investigation
Snub at Roof Fall
refuses to help stage collapse investigation
Overtones in Madonna Stage Deaths
July 18, 2009
French cops are treating the two deaths associated
with Madonna's stage collapse as homicide -- this according
to the British Press Association.
Assistant prosecutor Marc Simamonti said the prosecutor's
office opened an investigation for manslaughter and involuntary injuries
in a work-related accident, and that initial hearings will be held on
Sunday or Monday.
Investigation Into Madonna Stage Collapse Begins
puts on bizarre O2 'tribute'
Desperate Madonna made a stunt out of Michael
Jackson's death at her O2 Arena gig on Saturday night.
Never one to miss publicity, the Material Girl included
a Jacko lookalike in her show.
Dressed in the singer's trademark black fedora hat
and spangly silver glove the dancer performed a Moonwalk on her Sticky
& Sweet tour.
Madonna, 50, danced along at the side as he performed
to a medley of Jackson hits including Wanna Be Startin' Something
and Billie Jean.
With a picture of a young Michael above her she yelled
to the crowd: "Put your hands together for one of the greatest
performers the world's ever known, Michael Jackson."
It was just five days before Jackson would have taken
the same stage in London. Fan Alex Scott said: "It was a great
performance, but a bit weird. "I was a huge fan
of Michael Jackson. It did seem like she was jumping on the
Most of this review was a waste, so I'll only be quoting
the decent parts here:
at O2, London
From The Times | July 5, 2009
Madonna may have required her microphone more than
Britney Spears, but she relied largely on pre-recorded vocals,
while the music was more frequently driven by synthesised beats than
her smartly-attired, five-piece band.
....Madonna only faltered when [she] tried
to look credible, notably pretending to play a guitar during
half a dozen tracks. Her faux-soloing complete with taped feedback
was as excruciating to watch and the heavy blonde wig she donned
for the second half of the set must have been itchy to wear.
'booed at London concert'
Monday, July 6 2009
By David Balls, Music Reporter
Madonna was reportedly booed by her fans after
arriving late to her London 'Sticky & Sweet' live show on Saturday.
The '4 Minutes' singer kept the audience waiting
for one hour in "sweltering conditions" at the capital's O2
arena, according to Metro.
Eventually appearing on stage in a mock-up white Rolls
Royce, she said: "All right London, get up."
Delayed Gig Over Air Conditioning
But the singer angered fans by leaving
them waiting, with the crowd's cheers turning to boos and jeers
as time ticked on.
Slams and Put Downs
A Slut, Madge [Re: new Cohen film]
Baron Cohen brands Madonna 'a total slut'
Comic Sacha Baron Cohen has branded Queen of Pop Madonna
‘a total slut’.
Sacha, 37, has left a host of celebrities livid with
his stunts to promote his movie, where he plays the character of a gay
fashion designer Bruno, reports the Daily Star. The outrageous Brit,
who fell onto Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards dressed as a bare-bummed
dove, posed as a gay Queen''s guard for the London premiere of his new
On Madonna, Bruno said: “She’s
a total slut. Her gynaecologist will only inspect her over the phone
Sure, it makes total sense to allow someone who flirts
with pedophilia on a TV show (and who may
have actually engaged in it before) to adopt a kid.
Note that when this SNL (Saturday Night
Live) T.V. show skit ran, Chelsea Clinton was about 12 years old
- (Madonna could have refused to appear in this skit, or she could have
asked the writers to change it):
Franken's Rush Limbaugh / Chelsea
[snip part about talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh
discussing how SNL used to make fun of Chelsea Clinton a lot]
What, you may ask, was Rush [Limbaugh] talking about?
Well, a Saturday Night Live skit had
Madonna making a sexual advance toward Chelsea Clinton (played
by a dressed-up Julia Sweeney, the actress who also played the androgynous
It was outrageous.
The following is from a transcript of the show,
which aired on 1/16/1993:
[[Bill] Clinton gives Madonna the "Call
Me!" signal again, but she shakes h[e]r fingers "No, no",
and acknowledges Chelsea instead, who is pleasantly surprised by the
Snub to 12 [Orphan] Kids
June 28, 2009
Madonna has been accused of snubbing 12 needy
orphans so she could adopt two Malawian kids she really wanted.
The singer - now mum to David Banda, three, and four-year-old
Mercy James - was asked to pick from a dozen children who had been chosen
for her by the Malawian government.
But a Channel 4 documentary says she chose
David and Mercy instead despite them having families.
....Mercy's grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa - whose 14-year-old
daughter Mwandida Maunde died in childbirth - initially put a stop on
Madonna adopting the youngster.
'Snubbed 12 Needy Orphans'
adopted daughter Mercy was to be returned to family, grandmother claims
By Ben Leach
28 Jun 2009
Mercy, the Malawian child adopted by Madonna,
was to be returned to her family from the orphanage she was living in,
her grandmother has claimed.
Lucy Chekechiwa, the maternal grandmother of Chifundo
"Mercy" James, said that the family never agreed to put the
four-year-old up for adoption on a permanent basis.
She said she had long fought to keep Mercy,
whom the southern African country's highest court ruled that Madonna
could adopt earlier this month, and that she had only recently given
up her long battle to keep her.
She said: "The initial agreement was that
Mercy was to be kept in the orphanage for six years. After six years
Mercy was supposed to be brought back here and then I would have taken
care of her.
....Mercy's father, James Kambewa, claims he
was told that Mercy too had died and only learned the truth after being
tracked down by journalists in April. He now says he wants his daughter
He told Channel 4: "I am not supporting the adoption because I
am still alive. I don't see any justification why the girl should be
controversy in Madonna adoption case
granny never wanted to give her to Madonna permanently
Wanted Mercy To Stay, Says Her Grandma
Fight To Keep Her
Lost My Dearest Child to Madonna [says Mercy's biological Grandmother,
Lucy said: “The initial agreement was for Mercy
to be kept in an orphanage for six years and then I would have taken
“First I did not want her to go with Madonna
but the men in the family did and as a family we had to sit down and
reach an agreement. I won’t resist any more. I still love Mercy.
She is my dearest.”
Her plans to retrieve the child from care were ruined
when in 2006 Guy Ritchie, Madonna’s former husband, arrived at
the Kondanani Children’s Village orphanage near Zaone with a video
camera and filmed Mercy and David Banda, the three-year-old boy Madonna
adopted in 2007.
....It has been claimed the Malawi courts had
felt pressurised to grant Madonna’s adoption application because
of the help she has given the poor country where half the population
is under 14 and the average life expectancy is just 40.
Hat tip to Anshirk for this first link:
converts Mercy to Kabbalah
Meanwhile, Mercy's father James Kambewa has revealed
he is "heartbroken" his daughter has been taken from him.
The 21-year-old man told Britain's The Daily Mirror
newspaper: "My Mercy is gone. Madonna has used her money and power
but my blood lives in Mercy for ever and ever. There is nothing I can
I offer this next news item with a caveat; it's another
one that attempts to depcit the biological family as being money-grubbing
gold diggers, but it does demonstrate that Madonna apparently used her
wealth to steam-roll over the wishes of the child's real father, and that
the father was genuinely interested in keeping his daughter:
continues over Madonna’s adoption
June 22, 2009
“Behind the scenes, there was a lot of
pressure on Mercy’s father and the judge to allow this (adoption)”
a source connected to Raising Malawi said.
Madonna has shown a lack of Mercy
Madonna's latest adopted child, threeyear-old Mercy,
arrived in Britain from Malawi yesterday - and what a shock it must
have been for her.
After a 12-hour flight away from everything she has
known so far, Mercy must have felt disorientated and bewildered.
But rather than settling her in slowly to a new life,
what's the first thing Madonna does? Takes her to a Kabbalah meeting.
criticizes Madonna, Jolie for adoptions.
June 22, 2009
by Adrian Chamberlain
Celebrities such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie
are making a mistake by adopting African children, says Canadian pop
singer Chantal Kreviazuk.
Kreviazuk - who on Tuesday (June 23) plays a fundraiser
in Victoria for War Child Canada - said she believes Madonna and Jolie
are well-intentioned, but the celeb adoption trend is merely
a Band-Aid solution to a complex problem.
"It's traumatic; the (adopted African
children) never truly feel they belong. They always wonder where their
siblings are,'' Kreviazuk said in an interview from Los Angeles.
Kreviazuk's performance, along with her husband Raine
Maida Our Lady Peace, also features a talk by War Child Canada founder
Dr. Samantha Nutt. Unlike typical pop singers who proffer shoot-from-the-hip
opinions on politics, Kreviazuk's in a position to know what she's talking
For a decade she has worked with War Child Canada,
an organization providing humanitarian assistance to war-affected children
around the world. As well as helping with fundraising, Kreviazuk has
visited War Child projects in Asia, Europe and Ethiopia.
Like Madonna and Jolie, she, too, considered adopting
after witnessing the plight of orphaned African children. "But
then I changed my mind about international adoption,'' Kreviazuk said.
Instead [of adopting a child from another nation],
Kreviazuk prefers to support such War Child Canada initiatives as one
now providing clothing, food, medical aid and educational assistance
for 55 young Ethiopians.
...."The number 1 thing children want
when they lose their parents is not to be separated,'' Kreviazuk said.
....At first glance, such efforts seem 100
per cent noble. After all, Madonna's Mercy will join her adoptive
mom in New York at her $47-million townhouse with 13 bedrooms and 14
bathrooms. This is an impressive step up from an African orphanage.
Yet not everyone is jumping for joy. Reportedly, Mercy's
grandmother didn't want her granddaughter to live with the American
pop star who used to cavort in pointy bras. (Mercy's biological
mom died soon after she was born. It's not clear why the child was living
in a orphanage rather than with grandma.)
Not surprisingly, the grandmother's protest
paled when pitted against one of the most powerful celebrities in the
world. If anyone doubts today's pop and movie stars wield the clout
once possessed by royalty, Madonna's neo- imperialist baby collection
settles the question.
Meanwhile, Kreviazuk said the thousands of bucks Jolie
blew at the fanciest hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while on her adoption
mission likely rivalled the $200,000 a year it costs to help the 55
young Ethiopians in the War Child Canada program.
``The entire program could have been run by the flight
and the nights staying in Ethiopia,'' she said.
Rather than plucking tots from Third World cultures
and dipping them in Western opulence, Kreviazuk said, it's preferable
to build better social systems in these countries.
much did Mercy cost Madonna?
Monday, 22 June 2009
When Madonna told the Malawian orphanage where little
Mercy James was living that she would ‘adopt the child at any
cost’, the 50-year-old wasn’t kidding.
Now can reveal she’s splashed out over $7 million
to make sure she can take 3-year-old Mercy back home to New York.
.... Due to her heavy donations, Madonna’s been
able to sidestep the usual problems foreigners have owning property
....The pressure group Eye
Of The Child has campaigned ferociously against the way Madonna’s
been able to brush aside the law in Malawi, but even they’ve admitted
defeat in the face of her millions and the power she wields.
Are international adoptions the best way to help children?
Madonna's just helping the baby traffickers
But the real reason I oppose her [Madonna's] illconceived
actions [adopting David Banda and Mercy James from Malawi] is simple:
children prosper best within their own families and communities,
however poor they are. Research and years of experience has taught us
....Grinding poverty does not deprive them
of the right to raise their children. Madonna seems to be making
a simple yet pernicious equation: 'If you are poor, you cannot look
after your kids.'
....We are also witnessing the rise of a distressing
new phenomenon dubbed the Madonna Effect, in which destitute mothers
abandon their babies in the hope that they will be adopted by wealthy
It is a tragic corollary of Madonna's personal triumph
that such abuses are now flourishing.
Malawi Adopto-Snatch Made Gloriously Official
When Madonna adopts a child, it’s hard. There’s
the spoon-feeding. There’s the bathing. There’s the constant
threat of incontinence.
Yup, that Madonna sure does take a lot of looking after.
But little Mercy James is bound to cope.
Because, just as we’ve been expecting all week,
the Malawi Supreme Court has finally approved Madonna’s request
to formally adopt Mercy James and take her home.
Madonna has fought so hard for this - it’s everything
she’s always wanted. Until next week when she decides that she
also wants a diamond-studded unicorn, and throws another pissy fit when
someone tells her no, obviously.
Of all her admirable attributes, Madonna’s tenacity
is right up there with her slightly nauseating unwillingness
to dress remotely like a woman her own age, her swiftness to
attach herself to religions which are plainly rooted in bullsh*t and
and her ability to push a Snickers bar through the gap in her teeth
When Madonna sees something she wants, she just goes
ahead and gets it.
....Because don’t forget that Madonna has done
a lot for Malawi recently. She’s founded a charity to feed the
country’s orphans and provide them with medical supplies - plus
she’s built the Raising Malawi Kabbalah School to educate
them in the mystic ways of the Kabbalah, ensuring that generations of
Malawian orphans can grow up to be at least as clever as Ashton Kutcher.
It might not be much, but it’s a start.
It just goes to show that money can’t
buy you love. But it can buy you a crapload of bricks to build a school
to indirectly guilt a government into giving you a kid who
you can then go on to shower with the nearest approximation of love
available to you at any given moment of time. Which is a completely
different thing. It is.
Steals Malawian Native James Kambewa Baby? Man Claims Long Lost Daughter
Has Madonna just stole someone's baby?
According to reports, Madonna once again underwent a court decision
if she would be allowed to adopt. Previously, the lower courts said
no and it was appealed.
Now the country's highest court ruled she could take
the child. Although, a man has come out claiming it's his long lost
According to CBS News, "A Malawian man claiming
to be Mercy's biological father had also objected to the adoption, as
CBS News correspondent Priya David reported last month. James
Kambewa, a security guard, says he'd been told Mercy had died in childbirth.
The girl's maternal relatives have said they don't
believe Kambewa is the father, and his objections weren't addressed
in Friday's ruling, which removed all his potential parental rights.
He told David on Friday that the court's ruling had left him in tears."
There is no word if the father will undergo DNA testing
or not or if he has spoken with Madonna's people. Hopefully Madonna
will do her best to get the child back to the rightful parent that has
been lost for 3 years from him.
James spends last days with playmates before she's whisked away from Malawi
for new life with Madonna
Rights groups have accused the government of
giving Madonna special treatment and said the case would encourage
foreign celebrities to think they can adopt Malawian children at will.
Mercy's father said Madonna, who is dating
22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz, should not be allowed to adopt
'No one wants to listen to me, I have protested
this all along... I want my child back but I don't know what to do now,'
James Kambewa said.
'Madonna cannot take her away.'
There is little he can do now - the Supreme Court ruling
cannot be challenged.
Kambewa said he quit his job as a security guard to
fight the adoption and is being supported by his aunt.
According to tradition in southern Malawi, where Kambewa
lives, a grandmother has more say in a child's future than the father.
When Mercy's mother died, Kambewa was powerless to
stop his daughter being sent to an orphanage when she was three days
....'Of course we are disappointed with the
ruling because we know that adoption should only be granted as the last
resort,' said Maxwell Matewele, executive director of the Eye
on Child non-governmental organisation.
So she gets the go-ahead to adopt the girl, but instead
of flying in herself, these news articles say she's sending in nannies
and nurses to care for her:
to leave Mercy at home during Sticky and Sweet tour
Madonna will jet off on her world tour just three weeks
after her newly adopted child arrives in New York.
....Madonna is expected to leave the newest
addition to her family with staff in New York...
.... [Said Mercy's biological father, James Kambewa]
"I am asking Madonna to make sure that, while the child is growing,
she must be informed of me as her biological father ... she really must
know that while she is far away the father is still alive."
....Madonna's lawyer, Alan Chinula said the
singer was not going personally collect the child, who is expected
to leave for New York, via Johannesberg, today.
Flunkies for Mercy
Madonna has flown in a nanny and a nurse to
look after orphan Mercy James — who is set to arrive
at the star’s lodge in Malawi today.
Other aides will also care for the four-year-old
while adoption papers and visas are arranged.
Madonna loves her career more than she loves her adopted
Gets Just 3 Weeks With Madge
June 15, 2009:
Little Mercy James will have less than three
weeks with new mum Madonna before she flies off on tour.
....But Madge, 50, is due to start a seven-week European
tour on July 4 in London – taking her 3,500 miles from her family
A source said: “Madonna was desperate to adopt
Mercy but this is bad timing and she is bound to raise a lot of eyebrows
by heading off on tour so soon.”
Maxwell Mateware, from Malawi’s Eye of
the Child group, added: “It’s hard to say how much damage
may have been done to a girl who’s been moved from pillar to post
because of one woman’s determination to have her.”
[of Mercy James] drops Madonna adoption appeal
adoption: Mercy's dad plans fight to stop singer taking four-year-old
By Suzannah Hills 14/06/2009
The father of the little girl Madonna is adopting in
Malawi last night said she has a fight on her hands.
James Kambewa has vowed to do whatever it takes to
stop the singer taking four-year-old Mercy to America.
On Friday Madonna succeeded in getting an order preventing
the adoption overturned by Malawi's Supreme Court of Appeal - after
pumping £12million into the povertystricken country.
Speaking from his home Mr Kambewa said: "I
am devastated. I did not even know that the judges were making
a ruling about Madonna adopting my child on that day.
"I feel betrayed by my countrymen who
gave me a deaf ear because I am poor and Madonna is rich."
Mr Kambewa is now writing to the US Embassy asking
them to refuse Mercy a visa. He is also seeking an injunction on the
appeal ruling until the court has heard his side.
'donated £12 million to Malawi'
Madonna donated £12 million to help children
in the poverty-stricken African state of Malawi before being granted
permission to adopt a second child from the country, it has been reported.
Mercy cost Madge a whopping £12 million?
June 24, 2009, LONDON: While Madonna is ecstatic over
winning her bid to adopt a second child from Malawi, critics have claimed
that the superstar won only
because she pumped a whopping £12 million to the poverty-stricken
Malawi's supreme court of Appeal overturned a previous
ruling that stopped Madonna taking Mercy James, four, to America, and
granted her the permission to adopt the African girl.
However, many of her critics have said that she [Madonna]
won the legal fight because of the huge sums she has given the African
state to fund orphan aid projects.
"It smacks of bribery. How can
they refuse her requests when she gives Malawi so much?" a worker
at an international welfare agency said.
The Material Girl has reportedly spent £12million
funding six orphanages as well as paying for shoes, clothes, books and
mosquito nets. Madonna jumped with joy after she came to know that she
had won her battle to adopt orphan Mercy. "I am ecstatic. My family
and I look forward to sharing our lives with her," she said.
Adoption Dad Shocked By Ruling
The man who claims to be the father of Madonna's new
adopted child says he did not expect the star to get his daughter.
The singer was given permission by a Malawian court
to adopt four-year-old Mercy James on Friday, and is expected to take
custody of the girl later today or tomorrow.
It is understood most members of Mercy's family agree
with the decision.
But James Kambewa said he wanted to look after
"I did not expect this outcome. I did
not think the court would rule in this way," he said.
"Right now I do not know what to do so I'm keeping
"I will have to sit down with my people and strategise
on the way forward but right now I have not decided on my next course
adoption of Malawian sends wrong message: agency
When news recently surfaced about Madonna's second
adoption of a Malawian child, we couldn't help but be concerned about
what kind of a message this sends.
This adoption is wonderful news for Madonna and most
likely, for the three-year-old child.
However, her situation is representative of
a larger problem -- one that cannot be solved by celebrity adoptions,
or international adoptions more broadly.
We believe the best place for the world's 145 million
orphans is in family-based care, in-country.
Ideally, they could be cared for by their extended
family, in their own cultural context. When this is impossible, organizations
like ours work around the world to provide them with this loving, culturally
appropriate home environment.
SOS Children's Villages aims to prevent children from
becoming orphaned or abandoned in the first place. Parents faced with
crises or poverty often lack the resources and ability to care for their
children. Our family-strengthening programs seek to empower families.
Catholics oppose Madonna's concert - Times of the Internet
concert outrages religious - Polish Radio External Service
concert outrages religious - thenews.pl
Catholics oppose Madonna's concert - The Money Times
Catholics oppose Madonna's concert - UPI
WARSAW, Poland, June 10 (UPI) -- Catholics
are urging the Polish government and organizers to cancel U.S. pop star
Madonna's concert scheduled for Aug. 15, the Assumption of
Marian Brudzynski, member of the Mazowiecki regional
assembly, Wednesday said Madonna "cannot sing" on the religious
feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and announced a protest committee is
being organized to stop the concert.
Brudzynski, a former member of the conservative League
of Polish Families party, said Catholics will do all in their
power to prevent the concert from taking place. The protest
committee plans to ask Interior Minister Grzegorz Schetyna to cancel
the concert, he said.
Brudzynski said if they fail to stop Madonna's concert
they will stage a massive picket outside and added, "We want to
stifle Madonna," Poland's thenews.pl Web site reported.
Krzysztof Zagozda, of the Catholic Society organization,
said the concert would hurt Poles' religious sentiment as Madonna's
performances are anti-Christian.
Stanislaw Malkowski, former Warsaw Solidarity union's
chaplain, said the Catholic church and the Polish nation should protest
loudly against the Madonna concert.
Slams and Put Downs
must have awful wind on those diets ... no wonder her dancers look so
By Emma Cox
Diet disaster ... Alan [Alan Carr] jokes about Madonna having
First we talk about Madonna. Alan [Alan Carr] is disappointed
by her [Madonna's] Kabbalah conversion and obsession with working out
He says: "She must have awful wind on
those macrobiotic diets.
"You see her on stage bending into these funny
positions and she must be parping away - no wonder her dancers
look so miserable.
"It's such a shame, isn't it? Her face looks pretty
but the veins... it's like the M6 all down her arm.
When I watched her film In Bed With Madonna [a.k.a. Truth
or Dare] she's effing and blinding and is good fun. She seems to
have changed so much."
Huge Ego / Rude (Madonna's Staff)
I'm not surprised... 'birds of a feather flock together,'
as people say.
Madonna's Employees Divas, Too?
Crew Is “Cheap” And “Horrible”
entourage dubbed horrible, cheap by hotel employee
concert employees are 'horrible'
June 5, 2009
Madonna’s concert employees are treating the
staff at a posh New York hotel horribly, it has been reported.
A front of the house worker at the Bryant Park Hotel
claims that the pop superstar’s backup dancers, technicians and
roadies are acting in a demanding fashion, The New York Post reports.
The 'Holiday' singer booked 28 rooms for staff while
her 'Sticky & Sweet' tour is on hiatus.
"They are horrible," the source said. "We
work with people in the fashion and entertainment industry all the time,
a crowd that is notoriously difficult, but these guys are rude."
The source also claimed that the crew has been
"cheap" when it comes to tipping hotel workers.
"They are presumptuous and cheap.
Nearly every one of them have stiffed their bellman and servers, and
what's worse is they have tons of stuff."
A rep for Madonna said that she typically takes care
of tips once the stay is over, and a hotel spokesperson called the allegations
"fabricated", saying: "They are a polite group. We are
happy to have them stay with us."
Failure to Make it to Polls, Charts, or Beaten By Others
Madonna did not make it to this TIME magazine list:
magazine releases 'Top 100 Most Influential in World' list 
and Entertainers TIME List
Madonna did not make it to this 'Twitter' list (at least
not the top 10; I've no idea if she falls anywhere in the 11 - 99 part):
Are Hunted' Knows What Music Is Hot on Twitter
users love Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift and Eminem
Angelina Jolie is #1 on Forbes' celebrity power list
(I think this is for 2008):
Jolie beats out Oprah, Beyonce and Madonna on the Forbes Celebrity 100