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Press Release: The Madonna Dance party keeps getting bigger
MDNA TourLive Nation Entertainment has issued a new press release announcing the Instant Sell Outs of the Madonna World Tour 2012 in Berlin and Amsterdam in Europe, and New York City's Yankee Stadium, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Washington, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver in North America.

Following immediate one day sellouts in many of the major markets of Madonna's tour, Live Nation has announced that due to the overwhelming demand, additional shows have been added including New York City's Yankee Stadium on September 8th, Washington DC's Verizon Center on September 24th and Seattle on October 3rd.

Additional shows in Europe thus far include Berlin June 30th, on sale Friday, Feb. 17th and in Amsterdam July 8th, on sale Saturday, Feb. 18th.

In North America, advance interest was so great that 2nd shows were announced in Los Angeles, San Jose, Toronto, Chicago and Vancouver.

The sell outs follow Madonna's historic performance at the Bridgestone Super Bowl Half Time which was the largest viewed halftime performance in the history of the Super Bowl reaching 47.1 million households, along with pre orders for the Material Girl's upcoming MDNA album which reached the No. 1 spot in 50 out of 51 markets on iTunes.

Check out the UPDATED TOUR ITINERARY on MTribe's special page by clicking HERE.

Tue, February 14 (Full Article)
Press Release: The face of Material Girl
Material GirlMG Icon, the joint venture between Madonna and Iconix Brand Group, Inc. announced its Fall 2010 marketing campaign for its newly created junior brand Material Girl, available exclusively at Macy’s. The multi-media marketing campaign features actress and musician, Taylor Momsen, and will appear nationwide in print, cinema, outdoor, online and in-store. Momsen currently stars in The CW hit show, Gossip Girl and fronts the rock band, The Pretty Reckless.

Madonna stated, “Taylor has a cool sense of style that’s unique and fits with the Material Girl look.”

Taylor Momsen stated, “I’m psyched to be the face of Material Girl! For one, it’s Madonna so you know it’s gonna be cool and working with Madonna and Lola has been an unbelievable experience. They have such great sense of style, each brought their personal touch to the styling for the campaign.” Momsen added, “A Material Girl can be anyone you want, it’s all about making the style your own, that’s what is cool about it.”

The collection will launch exclusively in select 200 Macy’s stores across the country and on on August 3rd for the back-to-school season. To support the launch, a national advertising campaign will appear in August and September issues of fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines such as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Nylon and Cosmopolitan amongst others, be heavily integrated online and appear in cinemas throughout the summer.

The Fall campaign follows a highly successful teaser campaign asking the question, “Who’s That Girl?” Taylor was recently revealed as the celebrity muse chosen by Madonna and Lola. The campaign was shot on the streets of Brooklyn, New York by famed photographer, Tom Munro.

To celebrate the launch of Material Girl on August 3rd, Taylor Momsen will make a special appearance at Macy’s Herald Square in New York and perform live. Lucky consumers and fans will be able to watch the acoustic performance in the junior department on the 4th floor and take photos with Momsen from 5-7 pm. Additionally, select Macy’s stores across the country will host Madonna-esque in-store events to engage loyal fans and fashionistas nationwide.

Madonna and Lola, who are very involved creatively in the Material Girl brand, will make a special appearance at Macy’s Herald Square to celebrate the launch on September 22nd. In addition, Lola meets regularly with the design teams to work on the collection and blogs frequently about her experiences on “Material World, a fashion blog for the Material Girl.”
Visit to read Lola’s entries.

Dari Marder, chief marketing officer, Iconix Brand Group, Inc., commented, “Taylor is a Material Girl, she has the ability to carry off numerous looks- edgy, rocker, flirty - which is exactly what the brand represents. It’s all about expressing your own individual style.” Marder added, “Madonna and Lola were very involved in the creative process, from choosing Taylor and suggesting photographers, to attending the photo shoot and working closely together on set, ensuring the looks were styled perfectly.”

Martine Reardon, executive vice president of marketing, Macy’s, stated, “The star power of this line-up is remarkable -- fashion designed with Madonna and Lola, a trend-setting celebrity like Taylor as the muse, and an iconic brand like Macy's as the exclusive retailer. The 'Material Girl' teaser campaign has created great buzz about the launch of this brand, and we are excited to unveil the full effort as we gear up for the official launch on August 3rd."

The Material Girl collection is designed in collaboration with Madonna and her daughter Lola, along with Iconix Brand Group's in-house fashion department.

Wed, July 28 (Full Article)
Press Release: Take A Bow
Sticky & Sweet TourLive Nation, inc. has issued the following press release today:

Madonna 'Takes a Bow' as Final Show of Record-Smashing 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour Ends in Israel

'Sticky & Sweet Tour becomes most successful tour by a solo artist in history

Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" Tour made history as it wrapped up last night with two final shows in Tel Aviv, Israel at Yehoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park, September 1 and 2).
The Material Girl more than lives up to her name, as her tour becomes the most successful tour ever by a solo artist. After playing 85 shows since its launch in August 2008, Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" has drawn more than 3.5 million fans in 32 countries and has grossed US$408 million, it was announced today by Live Nation, the tour's global producer. "Sticky & Sweet" is also the second highest grossing tour of all time.

Madonna set an attendance record for the biggest crowds in history in Zurich, Switzerland, where she drew the largest audience ever assembled for a show in that country (72,000).
Her Gothenburg, Sweden show, seen by 119,000 fans, broke the record for highest grossing multiple shows in the country's history.
In Helsinki, Finland, "Sticky & Sweet" sold more than 85,000 tickets, making it the biggest single show by an artist in history for all of Scandinavia.

Other highlights on the tour included stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina (256,000), Santiago, Chile (146,000), Sao Paulo, Brazil (203,000), Tallinn, Estonia (72,000), Warsaw, Poland (79,000), Bucharest, Romania (69,000), and Sofia, Bulgaria (54,000).

"With 'Sticky & Sweet' Madonna has proven yet again that there is virtually no limit to what she can accomplish both creatively and commercially," said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation's Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring.

"Sticky & Sweet" broke Madonna's previous record of most successful tour by a solo artist with her 2006 Confessions Tour, which grossed US$194 million.
Madonna’s upcoming CD, "Celebration" the definitive Madonna collection - is scheduled to be released at the end of September.

Madonna "Takes a Bow" as final show of record-smashing "Sticky & Sweet' tour ends in Israel. (Photo: Frank Micelotta)
Wed, September 02 (Full Article)
Press Release: Exclusive Release Party Madonna in Fame
CelebrationOn Friday September 18 "Celebration" the Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection by Madonna will be released in Holland. The songs have all been remastered and selected by Madonna and her fans. The album is the ultimate collection of hits from Madonna's impressive career including of course "Express Yourself," "Vogue" and "4 Minutes". "Celebration" contains two brand new tracks that have been recorded in New York City. The first single - titled Celebration as well - is produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold.

In collaboration with Warner Music Benelux and Dutch fanclubs MadonnaNed & Madonna Underground FAME is organising an exclusive releaseparty for "Celebration" on Thursday evening September 17 from 21.30 till 23.30. All Madonna fans from Holland (and abroad) are welcome to attend to celebrate Madonna's impressive career as only Madonna fans can do. Not only that but once again Holland will receive the world premiere of an official Madonna release!

Dresscode for this evening: your favorite Madonna era! You can come dressed as Madonna from the 80's a la Like a Virgin or disco such as in Confessions On A Dance Floor, or maybe a la Evita. It is up to you, because it is your celebration!

The best outfits will be awarded amazing prizes such as beautiful and unique collector's cases in which you can place your Celebration CD and DVD collection. This item will not be available for sale and is very limited. We will also be giving away Celebration picture discs and more exclusive goodies. Reason enough to come dressed up!

If you'd like to attend please send an e-mail to with Madonna Celebration as the subject, include name and contact information and with how many people you want to attend. You will receive a confirmation asap. Once the store is full it is full!

Notice: you need to purchase Celebration in order to gain access to the party. Celebration will be released as a single cd, double cd and DVD set. The 2DVD set contains 47 video's, including many that haven't been released on DVD before.
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Thu, August 27 (Full Article)
Press Release: Warner Bros. announcing ''Revolver''
CelebrationIn today's press release Warner Bros. Records has confirmed the final track listing for Madonna's upcoming "Celebration" CD scheduled to be released on September 28/29th. The new press release adds a few tidbits and expalins how the songs on the album - which were selected by Madonna and her fans - have all been exquisitely remastered.

It also mentions for the first time in an official publicity release the other newly recorded song, "Revolver" featuring Lil Wayne.
"Revolver", now listed on the Warner Chappell online catalogue, writing credits are shared by Carlos Centel Battey, Steven Andre Battel (The Jackie Boyz), Dwayne Carter (Lil Wayne), Justin Scott Franks, Brandon Kitchen, and Madonna.

Madonna clearly continues to rule the dance floor with her latest single, the press release also comments. Her "Celebration" Remix EP is #1 on iTunes Dance Album chart as well as #1 on the Masterbeat overall chart. The song is #5 on Billboard’s Club Singles Chart and the Greatest Gainer for the second week in a row.

On the international front so far, the "Celebration" single is already #1 in Italy and Holland, #2 in Japan and is Top 5 airplay in every other major market.
Wed, August 26 (Full Article)
Press Release: Oakenfold premiers ''Celebration'' in Ibiza
CelebrationCelebration - Madonna's Greatest Hits CD - is to include two new songs recently recorded in New York City. The first single, also titled, "Celebration," co-produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, will be released August 3rd. Paul will be debuting the "Celebration" single at Pacha in Ibiza this weekend.

Out now is Paul's current release Perfecto Vegas, a double CD consisting of 21 exclusive tracks, hand selected and mixed by Oakenfold.
The set focuses on the less pop leaning, “classic Oakenfold” sound that core fans have been begging for since his Grammy-nominated 2004 release, Creamfields.

Sat, July 25 (Full Article)
Press Release: Warmed up in Europe - ready to come home
Sticky & Sweet TourLive Nation has issued a new press release to celebrate Madonna's Sticky & Sweet U.S. Tour start with fild sold out New York are dates beginning this Saturday at the Izod Arena in New Jersey as weel as the show's giant sellouts throughouy continent with the largest Swiss audience ever in Zurich (72,000), London's Webley Stadium (73,000), Lisbon (75,000), paris (130,000) and Athens (72,000).

Following one of the most successful runs in European concert history, Madonna returns to the U.S. for the start of her mammoth Sticky & Sweet Tour with five sold out shows in the New York area. The Sticky & Sweet Tour is scheduled to open October 4th at New Jersey's Izod Arena with four Madison Square Garden dates to follow on October 6, 7, 11 and 12, it was confirmed today by Live Nation, the tour's international promoter.

"Now that I've warmed up in Europe, I'm ready to come home and do the show for my U.S. fans," remarked Madonna about her tour that includes 3500 wardrobe elements, 36 clothing designers, 100 pairs of kneepads, 12 trampolines, 69 guitars, a traveling personnel of 250, five keyboards for Kevin Antunes the musical director, three members of the Russian Romani (Gypsy) group the Kolpakov Trio, 18 dancers, one set of Swavorski crystal encrusted ear phones and one Material Girl.

Some of the rave reviews thus far: "In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivalled and undefeated" raved the London Times.

"Those who took in this spectacular opening to Madonna's world tour have seen anything as slick, innovative and energetic in recent months, then please point it out. The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty" glowed The Independent.

Following the NY area performances, The Sticky & Sweet Tour is scheduled to play multiple dates in North America including Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Oakland and Denver before wrapping up in Miami on November 26th.

The tour then travels to Mexico City where the scheduled November 29th and 30th shows sold 100,000 tickets in just three hours. The South American leg of the Sticky & Sweet Tour has had a phenomenal response as well. With three shows and over 210,000 tickets already sold, a fourth performance was just added on December 3rd in Buenos Aires, followed by sold out performances in Santiago December 10 and 11, Rio De Janeiro on December 14 and 15 and Sao Paulo December l8, 20 and 21 due to unprecedented demand."
Fri, October 03 (Full Article)
Press Release: Live Nation celebrates Madonna's tour records
Sticky & Sweet TourWhile forums and communities keep discussing the mixed reviews and fans feedbacks and complains from the Sticky & Sweet Tour concert in London on Thursday night, the show's promoter Live Nation issued a press release to celebrate - once again - the success of Madonna's latest tour adventure worldwide.

Something which - of course - we are all very happy and proud of - but also that seemed a bit rushed and out of place considering how fans - which are supposed to be (also) considered Live Nation customers - were discussing the quality of the show and the service provided, and the promoter only celebrates numbers and gross. No matter what, this certainly shows some sort of distance between the artist's management and her fans - or customers - which we all hope will be filled very, very soon (and we are not talking about the handful of regular fans who grace her front row barricade at every concert - but of her overall fandom where no one is better than the other).

From the Live Nation, inc press release:

The Material Girl does it again! With a sell-out crowd of over 74,000 fans and a gross of over 12 million USD, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour easily surpassed all previous grosses at both the old and the new Wembley Stadiums.
This record breaking performance adds another first following last week's confirmation that Madonna's Zurich performance in front of 72,000 fans was the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland. With upcoming European sell-outs in Lisbon, Paris and Athens, the beat definitely does go on and Sticky & Sweet is certainly destined to be the tour of the year.

But it's not just Europe that is enthralled by the world's tastiest sweetheart. In South America fan demand has been so great that multiple dates have now been confirmed everywhere dates were announced, resulting in three performances in Buenos Aires, two in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro and a final three performances in Sao Paulo before the tour wraps up on December 21st.

The North American continent is no exception. Sticky & Sweet kicks off October 4th in New York with over 66,500 tickets sold for five consecutive sold out arena performances including one at New Jersey's Izod Center and four Madison Square Garden events before heading throughout the US and Canada and culminating in Mexico City where Madonna's two Sticky & Sweet concerts November 29th & 30th sold out in record time.
Sat, September 13 (Full Article)
Press Release: Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour: The Beat Goes On!
Sticky & Sweet TourLive Nation has issued the following press release to celebrate Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour as the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland and the show's record breaking ticket success in South America.

Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet world tour August 23rd in Cardiff to unanimous acclaim and just played to 72,000 in Zurich, the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland.
This mashed up, rock tinged dance-athon features familiar hits and new favourites including "4 Minutes," "Candy Shop" and "Give It 2 Me" from her sensational 'Hard Candy' album that debuted at number 1 in 32 countries.

"If those who took in this spectacular opening to Madonna's world tour have seen anything as slick, innovative and energetic in recent months, then please point it out. The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty."
The Independent

"In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivalled and undefeated."
The Times

"Without question Madonna is still the Queen of Pop. Long live the Queen."
The Sun

"Nobody does a big stadium show quite like Madonna - this is a theatrical, two hour blockbuster."
Daily Mail

The European leg of the tour finishes September 27th in Athens while the US leg starts October 4th in New Jersey and finishes in Miami November 26th.
Sticky & Sweet then travels to Mexico where two stadium performances sold out in record time. In South America, record setting pre-registration to buy tickets has resulted in over 450,000 advance reservations for what has now become six confirmed performances in Brazil (3), Chile (2) and Argentina (1).

Sticky & Sweet boasts two hours of non stop hits that includes new twists on old favourites ("Vogue," "Borderline," "La Isla Bonita," "Like A Prayer") coupled with sensational versions of modern classics ("Music," "Hung Up," "4 Minutes," "Give It 2 Me").
Hot on the diamante shaped heels of her phenomenally successful "Hard Candy" disc, Sticky & Sweet features 16 dancers, a 12 piece band, more than 8 costume changes for the lady herself and 1 million pounds Sterling of Swarovski crystals.

The audience is taken on a rock driven dancetastic journey that's broken into four sections:

The Pimp Section
A mashed up homage to 1920's deco and modern day gangsta pimp, Madonna makes a grand entrance dressed by Givenchy.

Old School
Madonna tips her hat to her early 80's downtown New York City dance roots with flashes of Keith Haring and the dance culture vibe of the time including the birth of rap.

A VIP trip to La Isla Bonita infused by the spirit of Romanian folk music and dance. A tour de force.

Far eastern influences emerge all sparkly and sporty.

The Sticky & Sweet Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.
For news, contests, tour dates, complete concert information, fan club membership, contests and more visit

Wed, September 03 (Full Article)
Press Release: Madonna gets a special stage
Sticky & Sweet TourMore "Sweet" Sales for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour!
Stadiums & Arenas Sell Out in Record Time; Paris - Stade de France - Sept. 20th - 80,000 Tickets Sold; 2nd Show Added Sept. 21st Due to Overwhelming Demand - on Sale June 4th; Zurich - Military Airfield Dubendorf - Aug. 30th - 70,000 Tickets Sold; Vancouver - BC Place Stadium - Oct. 30th - 50,000 Tickets Sold

Los Angeles, May 27 - Ticket sales for Madonna's highly anticipated Sticky & Sweet Tour continued to explode throughout Europe and North America, it was confirmed by the tour's producer, Live Nation.

The demand for tickets in Paris for Madonna's scheduled September 20th performance was so staggering that a second and final performance has just been announced for September 21st.
The Sticky & Sweet Zurich show at the Military Airfield Dubendorf scheduled for August 30th has just glided past the 70,000 mark as Madonna fans buy tickets in record breaking numbers for that show as well as in Vancouver, where Madonna's October 30th performance sold 50,000 tickets in a record breaking 29 minutes.

In addition, due to instant sellouts in Toronto at Air Canada Centre on October 18th and Montreal at the Bell Centre on October 22nd, second shows in both markets have been added -- October 19th in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre and October 23 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
These new sellout performances add to a list of sellouts that already include three sold out Madison Square Garden shows in New York City on October 6, 7 and 11 and sellouts in Boston and Chicago where a second show October 27th at the United Center will go on sale on June 2nd.
Additional Madonna shows on sale this weekend include: Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Atlantic City.
The Sticky & Sweet Tour, where Madonna once again joins creative forces with director Jamie King, is expected to surpass her previous sold out Confessions Tour in terms of production, visual enhancement, technology, dancing, singing, costumes and nonstop entertainment.

A special stage is being created to showcase Madonna, her band, and a stunning troop of dancers, all of which will give fans a breathtaking never before seen or heard once-in-a- lifetime experience.

Madonna recently gave fans a preview of what they might expect at promotional shows in New York, Paris and the UK which received overwhelming raves from critics and fans. Madonna's current CD "Hard Candy" which debuted at the number one slot in 37 countries remains the number one CD on Billboard's European album chart along with holding the number one single spot on Billboard's European single chart with the smash hit "4 Minutes." In the US, "Hard Candy" has remained a Top 10 album since its release.

Source: Warner Bros. Records.
Thanks to Mike.

Tue, May 27 (Full Article)
Press Release: Official - Madonna to perform in NY's Roseland Ballroom
Breaking NewsA press release has been issued about the first promo gig Madonna will be playing to promote Hard Candy. The final performance date has been set for April 30th. Here are all the datails:

NEW YORK, NY, April 14, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - In celebration of the release of Madonna's upcoming CD 'HARD CANDY', Control Room, MSN and Verizon Wireless will present the one and only Madonna live at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom on Wednesday evening, April 30th, it was confirmed today by Warner Bros. Records. The Control Room-produced show will be available live on MSN Music In Concert ( on April 30th in the US and on May 15th ex-US.

Verizon customers will be amongst the handful of lucky winners who will attend the show. Other lucky fans will need to line up outside of Roseland to receive tickets on a first come basis. This special event will be the first time Madonna will debut songs from her hotly anticipated new album 'HARD CANDY' which is scheduled to arrive in stores on April 29th.

The first single from the album, '4 Minutes' has already jumped to the Number One spot in many countries. The song, which features Madonna, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake was produced by Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

About Verizon Wireless: Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to:

About Control Room: As the leading producer and distributor of world-class entertainment, Control Room's live music programming showcases the world's biggest artists from a variety of venues through multi-platform broadcasts via television, broadband and wireless platforms. Control Room has produced and distributed nearly 100 live music events delivering the highest quality productions in the industry with 8-10 camera shoots in Native HD (1080p) and using Dolby 5.1 to ensure the most compelling audience experience. In 2007, Control Room produced the largest entertainment event in history, Live Earth.

Thanks to our friend and collaborator Axel

Mon, April 14 (Full Article)
Press Release: The Official Vanity Fair Press Release about Auction
Raising MalawiVanity Fair has sent us the official press release for the Globe auction and here it is:

New York, N.Y. - Vanity Fair will auction off the one-of-a-kind globe featured with Madonna on the cover of the May Green Issue and signed by her, along with two tickets to a very special performance by Madonna in New York City at the end of April. All proceeds will benefit Raising Malawi, a charity committed to revitalizing the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Malawi, Africa.

The May issue marks Madonna’s 10th appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. Shot by photographer Steven Meisel, she is pictured leaning against the globe, which is four feet in diameter and weighs approximately eighty pounds. The inspiration for the image came to editor Graydon Carter from a midcentury fashion-magazine cover, and Vanity Fair’s fashion and style director, Michael Roberts, sketched several images, channeling not just the fashion cover but also the work of Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol from the 20s.

The orb was suspended from the ceiling during the photo shoot at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles on February 21, 2008. Following the shoot, Madonna signed the globe and drew a heart over Africa.

Bidders may go to to be connected to eBay where they may bid on the globe and the tickets. Bidding begins today and will end on April 18.

The event is being managed on eBay Giving Works, eBay’s dedicated program for charity listings, by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high-profile design, strategy, and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide. For more information, please visit

Thanks to Elisabeth at Conde' Nast

Tue, April 08 (Full Article)
Press Release: Madonna in Cannes - Official Confirmation
I Am Because We AreMadonna to join Sharon Stone and Harvey Weinstein at Annual amfAR Fundraising Gala in Cannes

Madonna, Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein, Michelle Yeoh, Michel Litvak, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth ColeCinema Against AIDS, to be held on May 22 during the 61st annual Cannes International Film Festival. The evening will be presented by Bold Films, Chopard, and the Weinstein Company. The annual star-studded event, which will benefit amfAR, will take place at Le Moulin de Mougins and will include a formal dinner, along with amfAR’s world-renowned live auction. This year, three-time Grammy-winning artist Seal will travel to Cannes on behalf of amfAR to give a special performance. In addition, this year’s event will feature a short clip of I Am Because We Are , the Madonna-produced and -narrated documentary about children orphaned by AIDS in Malawi.

The full screening of I Am Because We Are is scheduled to take place the evening before, May 21, in Cannes and will be associated with amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS event. Madonna's long history with amfAR began in 1992 when she received the Foundation’s Award of Courage.

Harvey Weinstein and Sharon Stone, tireless advocates for AIDS research and amfAR, will conduct the highly anticipated live auction with the assistance of several of the event chairs and other celebrities who will be present. In past years, the auction has seen legendary impromptu performances by Sir Elton John, Robin Williams, Natalie Cole, Liza Minnelli, Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, Macy Gray, Milla Jovovich, and Lionel Ritchie. Last year’s live auction raised $4 million, bringing the evening’s fundraising total to $7 million.

amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have been important and successful fund-raising events for the Foundation since 1993, generating more than $33 million for essential AIDS research. Past events have been hosted by Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, and Sir Elton John.

Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate that research into effective treatment, prevention, and education programs around the globe.

Tables for this year’s Cinema Against AIDS will range in price from $40,000 to $150,000. For event reservations and details, please call (212) 219-0297 or visit amfAR recognizes American Airlines for its commitment to the fight against AIDS and its generous support of amfAR’s mission.

Thanks to Vincy and Lighthouse Mike

Fri, April 04 (Full Article)
Press Release: ''Sing'' gets an exclusive release at The Body Shop UK
Annie Lennox and MadonnaIn December 2006, Annie Lennox invited 23 of the world’s most acclaimed female superstar voices to record with her on a song she had written, called "SING," in order to help to draw attention to the HIV AIDS pandemic, most especially focusing on the country of South Africa, where women and children are most badly affected. All proceeds from the song are to be donated to Treatment Action Campaign, the organisation campaigning for access to treatment for people with HIV, and the reduction of new HIV infections.

And now the continuation of "The SING Campaign" for 2008 has been announced as The Body Shop and BBC's Sports Relief 2008 are eager to participate in the second phase.
In addition to which, Annie Lennox will be personally hosting an exclusive media event at the respected Frontline Club in London on March 7th, to talk about her work with TAC and discuss the reality of South Africa’s HIV AIDS situation.

As part of their support, The Body Shop will sell and distribute a special edition of the groundbreaking "Sing" track at selected UK outlets from March 10 to March 23. This will be the first time the Body Shop has ever sold music to the public.

BBC Sports Relief have agreed to broadcast footage of TAC’s work, which Annie documented during her 2 week visit to some of the worse affected areas of South Africa in September 2007. TAC will also receive much needed funding from Sports Relief as part of their commitment to allocating donations to worth-while causes.

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Sun, February 24 (Full Article)
Press Release: A.K., Juliette and Holly
Filth And WisdomThe catalogue of films to be presented at the 2008 Berlinale finally sheds some light on the plot of "Filth And Wisdom" and disclosed the basics of the 81-minute movie plot.

"Filth And Wisdom" is about Andriy Krystiyan, or A. K. for short, who has come to England from the Ukraine, and his two flatmates, Juliette and Holly.
A. K. is a philosopher (at least that’s what he claims to be), a poet, and an authority on all aspects of life. At the same time, he is following his grand plan to become an international star. Global stardom is how A. K. describes the goal that he and his band Gogol Bordello are pursuing with their particular brand of boisterous gypsy punk. For the time being, however, he makes ends meet by performing role play in women’s clothing for straight married men.

A. K. shares a flat with two young women named Juliette and Holly. Juliette dreams of being a kind of Florence Nightingale of the developing world. She is currently working behind the counter at the local drug store run by Sardeep, the Indian chemist. Holly is a trained ballerina. Her big dream is to dance with the Royal Ballet. So far she hasn’t been able to earn a single penny with her dancing, and continues to ‘polish’ her skills as a pole dancer at Beechman’s Exotic Gentleman’s Club.

These three distinctive personalities are at the centre of a cinematic tale of everyday life about people who are obliged to take on jobs just to earn a living, but who live in hope of one day fulfilling their dreams. But the paths to one’s goal are sometimes circuitous. And whether we take the path of wisdom or the path of filth, we will eventually arrive at the same enlightened place.

Filth And Wisdom
Great Britain, 2008
Lenght: 81 min
Format: 35 mm, 1:1:85

A. K. Eugene Hutz
Holly Holly Weston
Juliette Vicky McClure
Professor Flynn Richard E. Grant
Harry Beechman Stephen Graham
Sardeep Inder Manocha
Sardeeps Frau Shobu Kapoor
Businessman Elliot Levey
Francine Francesca Kingdon
Chloe Clare Wilkie
Businessman's wife Hannah Walters
DJ Ade
Lorcan O’Neill Guy Henry
Nunzio Nunzio Palmara

Written by Madonna and Dan Cadan
Cinematography by Tim Maurice-Jones
Camera operator: Peter Wignall
Edited by Simon Hayes
Choreographies: Stephanie Roos, Tiffany Olson
Production design: Gideon Ponte
Art Director Max Bellhouse
Costumes by B
Make up: Sinden Dean
First assistant director: Tony Fernandes
Casting: Dan Hubbard
Production director:. Sue Hiller
Unit Production manager: Gavin Milligan
Produced by Nicola Doring
Executive Producer: Madonna
Associate Producer: Angela Becker
Co-Production: HSI London

Mon, February 04 (Full Article)
Press Release: Press events scheduled for ''Filth and Wisdom'' in Berlin
Filth And WisdomThe programme press conference for the 58th Berlin International Film Festival was held on January 29 at the Federal Press and Information Office, and here's how Madonna's directorial debut will be presented to the international press:

February 13
Panorama: Filth And Wisdom by Madonna

3:30 PM: Press Screening at CineStar 3
4.50 PM: Photo-Call
5.00 PM: Press Conference

The press conference will take place at the Festival's Press Centre on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Press conferences are also streamed live on the Berlinale website and can later be retrieved from their online archive.
Sun, February 03 (Full Article)
Press Release: Official: Live Nation to acquire Signatures Network
Live NationMichael Cohl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation Artists, announced today that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Signatures Network, Inc, the global leader in music merchandise holding master merchandise licenses for some of the most successful artists in music.

The deal - anticipated by a report on the New York Post last month and has now officially disclosed - secures Live Nation’s position in the global artist merchandise space. "This acquisition is a key component to our strategy to build a unified business around touring artists, managing their rights holistically and helping them reach their true potential," said Cohl

"I am thrilled to join Live Nation Artists and be a part of the revolutionary team that is transforming the music industry," said Signatures Network’s Chief Executive Officer Dell Furano, who will head up Live Nation Artists’ Merchandise Division. "The management team at Live Nation are trailblazers in their field - setting new standards of how business is done and establishing new benchmarks for success. The Merchandise Division will be no exception and I’m looking forward to the ride. I share Live Nation’s vision in building out the artist’s fan franchise and maximizing all marketing and revenue sources."

Signatures is renowned as a world leader in developing and marketing merchandise and web-based products, combining the online sales of music, tickets, merchandise and subscription services in addition to tour and third-party licensing and "brick and mortar" wholesale/retail services. Signatures Network holds the rights to market and license a diverse array of more than 150 major music artists in all genres and has expanded its core business by offering print-on-demand merchandising and custom manufacturing, allowing music fans to create unique one-of-a-kind products.

The definitive agreement announced today calls for Live Nation to acquire Signatures Network for a total of approximately $79 million in cash, stock and repayment of debt, before working capital adjustments in a transaction expected to close later this year.

From a Live Nation, Inc. press release.
Fri, November 16 (Full Article)
Press Release: Artist Nation redefines music industry
Breaking NewsLive Nation President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rapino announced today the structure behind its Artist Nation division.
The new division was formed to partner with artists to manage their diverse rights, grow their fan bases and provide a direct connection to fans through the global distribution platform and marketing proficiencies that have made Live Nation the world’s largest live music company.

Artist Nation will service the company’s 10-year partnership with Madonna.

Comprised of recorded music, merchandise, artist fan site/artist ticketing, broadcast/digital media rights, sponsorship and marketing divisions, Artist Nation is led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Cohl.

Mr. Cohl commented, "Artist Nation works for the direct benefit of the artist to better market their music across all their diverse businesses to extend their fan base. Our company can leverage Live Nation’s many assets in order to help artists reach their fullest potential and deliver the ultimate experience to the fan. This is really an extension of the work we have already been doing with the Rolling Stones, U2 and many other bands over the years.
In order to execute this, Artist Nation has put together a superstar team in every area of the music chain."

At the heart of the Artist Nation model are Live Nation’s deep relationships within the industry and its global distribution and marketing platform which provides artists with access to hundreds of seasoned marketing, promotion and production personnel and a team of nearly 200 national and local sponsorship employees.
The Company is strategically positioned in more than 80 offices in 18 countries around the world, with over 160 venues, all servicing the 35 million fans that attend Live Nation shows each year.
Through corporate alliances, direct marketing, mobile telephone partnerships, online activities, fan websites and innumerable other powerful tools, such as a growing ticket component and a growing database of over 25 million fans, Artist Nation is well positioned to exploit Live Nation resources and build a better relationship between artists and their fans.

Artist Nation, headquartered in Miami, Florida, has a streamlined infrastructure in place to execute on these additional revenue streams. In total, Artist Nation currently has over 300 employees around the world and relationships with more than 500 artists. As the Artist Nation division continues to grow, its infrastructure will be supplemented to provide artists with the best service possible while maintaining an efficient cost structure.
By itself the new Madonna partnership is expected to generate a financially sound return for Madonna and for Live Nation shareholders, as the partners work together over the next ten years to unlock the value of the "Madonna Music Business." In addition, Live Nation believes the return will be enhanced as it expects the Madonna partnership to attract other artists to Artist Nation and accelerate growth.

Artist Nation's divisions are comprised of:

Recorded Music: Artist Nation’s recorded music division serves in the creation, production, marketing, promotion, sales and distribution of artists’ recorded rights.

Merchandise: Artist Nation’s merchandise division includes creative, product development, sourcing, licensing, marketing and fulfillment services under three brands:
Anthill Trading is a global merchandising company, representing some of the most prestigious icons and trademarked properties in music, entertainment and lifestyle.
Anthill has relationships with over 50 artists, including names such as AC/DC, Il Divo, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, John Legend, Pearl Jam, Nelly Furtado, The Police, The Rolling Stones, Run DMC, The Wu Tang Clan, and Frank Zappa.
Trunk, Ltd. is a specialty merchandise company that acquires licenses primarily from music artists to design, manufacture and sell authentic, limited edition apparel and accessories for men, women and children through various distribution channels. Trunk has relationships with over 100 music artists. Musictoday is the official online store for over 500 artists and athletes, including Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, and the Rolling Stones.

Artist Fan Sites and Artis Ticketing: Artist Nation’s online division provides more than 500 artists with fan club and website services and artist fan ticketing products.
Ultrastar is the official artist website and fan club for over 20 artists including the Rolling Stones, The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Genesis. Ultrastar also produces and syndicates original video content through its Virtual Ticket solution delivering content to online video and exclusive DVD's. The company also has full service marketing capabilities to integrate and manage an artist's entire online presence through contests, partnerships, affiliate marketing, social networking and grass roots outreach.
Musictoday executes fan club ticketing for over 500 artists, festivals and venues and also manages 25 fan websites for artists such as John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, and Celine Dion.

Broadcast/Digital Media Right: Artist Nation’s broadcast/digital media rights division provides artists means to produce and distribute live music audiovisual products.
Studios: Studios provides artists with seamless, integrated means to produce and distribute live music audiovisual products. Studios has produced more than 1,000 recordings, pioneering the delivery of live concerts to 3G mobile phones in the U.S., helping artists sell more than 250,000 CDs and digital downloads to date and producing over 200 shows annually.
Media Rights: Media Rights develops and contracts media rights in all forms of distribution, including television, home video, internet, mobile, radio, digital cinema and other emerging channels. Recent projects include DVD’s for the Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand, and documentaries for Pete Seeger and Harry Belafonte.

Sponsorship and Marketing: Artist Nation’s alliances group offers music marketing and sponsorship opportunities that provide unparalleled access to the overall music experience through long term partnership programs. Artist Nation also works with Live Nation’s local and national sponsorship groups that employ over 200 sales professionals. In addition, Artist Nation’s Tour Design division provides audio and visual production, post production, international design and development, graphic design, and marketing creative services.

From a Live Nation press release.
Tue, October 16 (Full Article)
Press Release: Official: Madonna join forces with Live Nation
Live NationLive Nation's President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rapino officially confirmed today - October 16, 2007 - that Madonna has entered into an unprecedented global partnership with Live Nation and will become the founding artist in its Artist Nation division.

"The paradigm in the music business has shifted and as an artist and a business woman, I have to move with that shift," commented Madonna. "For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I've never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless. Who knows how my albums will be distributed in the future? That's what's exciting about this deal - everything is possible. Live Nation has offered me a true partnership and after 25 years in the business, I feel that I deserve that."

"Madonna is a true icon and maverick as an artist and in business," stated Mr. Rapino. "Our partnership is a defining moment in music history. I am thrilled that Madonna, who is also now a shareholder in our company, has joined with us to create a new business model for our industry. Bringing all the varied elements of Madonna's stunning music career into the Artist Nation and Live Nation family, moves her future and the future of our company into a unique and extraordinary place."

The first-of-its-kind partnership between Madonna and Live Nation encompasses all of Madonna's future music and music-related businesses, including the exploitation of the Madonna brand, new studio albums, touring, merchandising, fan club/web site, DVD's, music-related television and film projects and associated sponsorship agreements. This unique new business model will address all of Madonna's music ventures as a total entity for the first time in her career.

Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Live Nation's Global Music Division and Chief Executive Officer of Global Touring, who has produced the artist's last three worldwide tours with the company which generated close to $500 million in the last six years commented:
"Madonna is without a doubt one of the most fiercely original artists in history. It is a great opportunity for Live Nation and Artist Nation to build upon our years of success with Madonna as a touring artist."

Artist Nation was created to partner with artists to manage their diverse rights, grow their fan bases and provide a direct connection to fans through the global distribution platform and marketing proficiencies that have made Live Nation the world’s largest live music company. Headed by the division's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Cohl, Artist Nation has significant infrastructure in place to execute additional revenue streams including recorded music, merchandise, studios, media rights, digital rights, fan club/website and sponsorship divisions.
Joining with Artist Nation to work with Madonna will be Live Nation's unmatched global distribution platform and artist-to-fan-reach, including over 80 offices in l8 countries, over 200 national and local sponsorship personnel, over l60 venues, access to over 35 million fans that attend well over l0,000 shows that Live Nation produces, promotes and/or hosts each year for over l,000 artists including fan access via Live Nation's growing database of over 25 million fans.

"I've been fortunate enough to work with Madonna for half my life. She has always encouraged me and set a great example for me to push the boundaries to reach our full potential. This partnership exemplifies just that," commented Madonna's co-manager Guy Oseary.

Angela Becker, Madonna's co-manager added, "The partnership and vision for the future that Artist Nation along with Live Nation presented to us assured me that this is the ideal home for Madonna. It is with great trust and optimism that we collectively move ahead together."

In regard to Madonna's relationship with her current label, the artist commented, "My time with Warner Bros. Records has been great. I appreciate their hard work and value the many relationships I have developed over the years with the label in the U.S. and around the world. I have an album coming out with them next year and I'm excited about it. We still have work to do together."

From a Live Nation press release.
Tue, October 16 (Full Article)
Press Release: One of the most ferociously original artists in music today
Rock aNd Roll Hall of FameFrom the official press release by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announcing the nominees for 2008 induction:

The nominations for 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced today.
The nine nominees are: Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Chic, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer and The Ventures.

Ballots with these nominees will be sent to over 500 voters who will choose the acts for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this year.
Five new inductees will be honored at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 10, 2008 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year's nominees had to release their first single no later than 1982.

Doors opened wide for Madonna Louise Ciccone in 1982, after five years as a singer and dancer on New York City's competitive club circuit. She signed with Sire Records (her label for the next 14 years) where her idiosyncratic persona exploded onto turntables, dance floors and airwaves and captured the imagination of the first generation of MTV viewers.
She went on to become the top female star of the 1980s with seven #1 hits, three #1 albums and seventeen top ten hits in that decade. In addition to molding her public image, Madonna is a meticulous studio craftsperson and completely uninhibited stage performer. From her first #1, 1984's "Like A Virgin" (produced by Nile Rogers of Chic) to her most recent two year Confessions campaign, Madonna remains one of the most ferociously original artists in music today.

The Five new members to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be announced in January, 2008, and the induction ceremony will take place on March 10, 2008. All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music, carring out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

Source: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Thanks to Bill.

Fri, September 28 (Full Article)
Press Release: New book about Madonna coming out soon
MadonnaThe MadonnaTribe team has been informed about a new book about Madonna coming out very soon.

The brand new "Madonna: A Biography" is actually the first bio on the pop superstar to hit shelves in six years and it's written by scholar/author Mary Cross.The book marks the first time Madonna has been chronicled in this form by a female writer. Expertly detailed, you will find the book to be a factual, accurate account of an extraordinary life.

Madonna: A Biography contains a complete listing of Madonna's number one singles, albums, videos, films, plays and books and also a precise timeline of events in Madonna's life from her birth to the adoption of her son, making the book a primer for those looking to find everything they need to know about Madonna in one compact place.

Mary Cross is the author of "A Century of American Icons: 100 Products and Slogans from the 20th Century Consumer Culture" (Oryx). She is also the editor of Theoretical Perspectives (Praeger) and a former chair of Fairleigh Dickinson University's English Department.

Thanks to Scott Gorenstein from the book's publishing company
for informing our readers.
Thu, June 21 (Full Article)
Press Release: Hey You - The Press Release
Live EarthMadonna's official site, has just posted the official press release for Hey You.
The song has been released at MSN on May 16 in downloadable MP3 and WMA formats.

Microsoft Pledges Donation Making First Million Downloads Free to the Public

Warner Bros. Records to Release LIVE EARTH CD/DVD of Worldwide Shows

Inspired by the upcoming July 7th Live Earth series of concerts, Madonna has written a new song, "Hey You," which will be available to be downloaded in the MP3 format on Microsoft's home page,, on May 16. The first million downloads of "Hey You" will be free as Microsoft has pledged to donate $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection for the first million downloads.

Madonna is scheduled to perform "Hey You" live at the Wembley Stadium Live Earth concert in London, it was confirmed by her record label, Warner Bros. Records, who have also announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD of the Live Earth Concert Series.

Madonna's new song, "Hey You," recorded in London, was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna. She is one of seventeen headliners that have been announced including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Beastie Boys and others who will perform at Wembley as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth Concert Series.

"On 7/7/07, Live Earth will inspire people from around the world to combat global warming with live performances from superstar artists like Madonna," Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall said. "The early release of "Hey You" is an incredible boost to our efforts to get people engaged in the environmental cause. We are thrilled that Madonna donated her art to Live Earth and is a part of this movement for us."

Live Earth is a monumental music event on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 headlining music artists and 2 billion people to launch an ongoing, mass movement to combat the climate crisis. Concerts will take place in New York; London; Sydney; Tokyo; Shanghai; Johannesburg; Rio de Janeiro; and Hamburg. Live Earth's 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by The Alliance for Climate Protection to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action.

The concerts will be streamed live at and available on CD/DVD.

Thu, May 17 (Full Article)

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