Live from Roseland...Part 2

Tonight Madonna is rehearsing BORDERLINE!!!, Music, and Hung Up.

Music is more electro-pop sounding. And Hung Up is remixed as a rock track with heavy electric guitar.

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Live From ROSELAND!!

Dancers are rehearsing today!!! And visiting the local CANDY SHOP!!!


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I think this is so cool! I wanted to share it again here. JUST IN CASE some have not seen this yet!

NY Times Reviews HARD CANDY

April 27, 2008


Material Woman, Restoring Her Brand

WHEN in doubt, take Madonna
at face value. Since the beginning of her career she has telegraphed
her intentions and labeled herself more efficiently than any observer.
She has titled albums “Music,” “Erotica” and, in 2005, “Confessions on
a Dance Floor” for a collection that mingled personal and Biblical
reflections with club grooves. Flaunting her ever-changing image, she
named one tour “Who’s That Girl?,” another “Re-Invention.”

She’s just as blunt on her 11th studio album, “Hard Candy” (Warner
Brothers), due for release this week. There’s no question that this
album aims to please — and it does. “See which flavor you like and I’ll
have it for you,” she promises as the album starts with “Candy Shop,”
and she follows through: “Come on into my store/I got candy galore.”

That’s a come-on, of course, but it’s also a statement of purpose.
“Hard Candy” is devoted to the instant gratification of a musical sweet
tooth — it’s candy, not tofu — and, equally important, to the
continuing commercial potency of “my store.”

Madonna turns 50 this summer. The onetime club-hopping Boy Toy is
now a married mother of three who’s making a midlife job change. She’s
leaving behind her career-long major-label contract for a deal with the
concert promotion giant Live Nation that will keep her on the road and
making albums over the next decade.

“Hard Candy” is Madonna’s last album of new material for Warner
Brothers Records, which says she has sold more than 200 million albums
worldwide (via the Sire label and later her own Maverick) since her
career began in 1982. It doesn’t burn bridges with her major label —
just the opposite. It’s the kind of album a record company longs for in
the current embattled market: a set of catchy, easily digestible,
mass-appeal songs by a star who’s not taking chances.

Madonna sets aside her avant-pop and do-gooder impulses on “Hard
Candy.” Instead of introducing little-known dance-world producers into
the mainstream, she is working with thoroughly established hit makers.
Instead of arty provocations, she’s polishing the basics of
verse-chorus-verse. And instead of another full-scale reinvention,
she’s looking back, deliberately echoing the sound of her early years,
with a ProTools face-lift.

When she’s not urging a listener to dance or “undress me,” Madonna
uses “Hard Candy” to renew her brand and defy skeptics, yet again.
Sometimes she gets defensive, and her best defense, as always, is a
sleek dance beat. “Hard Candy,” despite some filler, has plenty of

Alongside whatever she has offered her audience through the years —
sex, glamour, dancing, defiance, blasphemy, spirituality — Madonna has
never pretended to be anything but diligent. She’s disciplined,
hard-working and determined to sell. For Madonna as a pop archetype,
the truest pleasure isn’t momentary physical ecstasy or divine rapture
but success. She labeled that impulse too in an early tour: “Blonde

Presenting herself not only as an object of desire but as a material
girl with her eye on the profits was one of the many smart moves she
made from the beginning. By flaunting her control and her triumphs,
Madonna gave fans a stake in her long-term prospects, something that
loyalists should be able to appreciate as her sex appeal inevitably
fades — although Madonna is still svelte, toned and dressing in
lingerie as often as she pleases. On another of the new album’s little
manifestoes, “Give It 2 Me,” she insists, “Don’t need to catch my
breath/I can go on and on and on.”

Madonna’s financial future is by no means precarious now that she’s
on her own. In a so-called “360 deal” reportedly worth as much as $120
million, Live Nation will handle her entire output, encompassing
albums, ticket sales, licensing and merchandising. “I’ll be your
one-stop candy shop/Everything that I got,” she sings, appropriately.

Well, not everything. Madonna was getting mighty serious on her
21st-century albums “American Life” and “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”
It’s something that happens to songwriters in their 40s. Their
perspective changes as they settle into home life, raise families and
start worrying about the news. During last year’s “Confessions” tour,
Madonna melded her longtime hobby of Christianity baiting with her
newer charitable cause. She sang “Live to Tell” from a crucifix with
disco-ball mirrors, wearing a crown of thorns, while video images of
suffering Africans were shown. Last year at the Live Earth concert she
introduced a would-be environmental anthem, “Hey You,” that tried and
failed to be her equivalent of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The song came and went, raising some corporate donations, but does not appear on the new album.

For “Hard Candy” Madonna is more compartmentalized. The album
arrives quite separately from, although simultaneous with, a
documentary Madonna worked on and narrates: “I Am Because We Are,”
about orphans and AIDS in Malawi, where she adopted her son David.
Meanwhile the closest the album gets to social consciousness is “4
Minutes,” which has a clock ticking and Justin Timberlake
singing, “We only got four minutes to save the world!” in his best
Michael Jackson imitation. But the rest of the song’s lyrics just make
those four minutes sound like they’re time for a quickie, or perhaps
the length of a pop hit.

More than ever, 21st-century pop performers live by the popularity
of one four-minute song at a time, to be quickly exploited as a single
before listeners move on. Madonna clearly intends to stay competitive,
and her talents suit an era when staccato, electronic pop makes perfect
ring tones.

The lyrics on “Hard Candy” keep things simple and poppy, and the
music stays almost skeletal, the better to reveal its hooks. As on
“Confessions,” the sound reaches back to Madonna’s early 1980s days as
a New York City club regular. Now, cannily, she combines those pumping
synthesizer chords with hip-hop’s digital stutters and a precise,
computerized veneer. Madonna wrote the songs on “Hard Candy” with
Justin Timberlake and with Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, and the
producer Timbaland adds his touches; Kanye West drops by to rap on “Beat Goes On.” They’re all established hit makers, as well as some of the most clever hook-makers alive.

Choosing those collaborators is a change of strategy for Madonna,
who apparently isn’t visiting clubs quite as often. In past albums she
used her cool-hunting radar to seek out lesser-known figures —
Jellybean Benitez and Patrick Leonard in the 1980s, Mirwais Ahmadzaï
and Stuart David Price (a k a Jacques Lu Cont) in the 2000s — who could
ride her pop instincts into the mainstream. Mr. Williams, Mr.
Timberlake and Timbaland don’t need discovering. They’re pop-chart
regulars who have, separately, collaborated with Nelly Furtado, Ashlee
Simpson and the Pussycat Dolls, all of whom owe more than a little to

Madonna might be singing to all her wannabes through the decades in
“She’s Not Me,” a branding statement — “She doesn’t have my name” —
couched as a warning to a lover. It’s about a girl who tries to steal a
man by copying everything from the singer’s perfume to her reading
list. As if to remind the guy that he and the singer have a shared
past, the track reaches way back to revive disco — scrubbing guitar,
canned hand claps, brief touches of (synthetic) strings — while Madonna
sings, “She’ll never have what I have/It won’t be the same.”

Which is true. No one since Madonna (including the Neptunes’ client Britney Spears,
whom Madonna once smooched as an equal) has come close to achieving the
same alchemy of flirtation, pop proficiency, concert spectacle and
self-guided tenacity. But she still has to watch her back.

Although choosing familiar producers is a defensive move, Madonna
rarely sounds like a producer’s puppet. In most of the songs the
collaborators apply their timing and technology to spiff up the Madonna
brand: the spirit of the bangle-wearing MTV fixture of the 1980s.

The sound of “Hard Candy” is partly the sound of an era when New
York dance clubs were an experiment in improbable social interactions —
gays, socialites, breakdancers, artists — that became a pipeline to pop
radio. Pulling such mixed audiences onto the dance floor was a good
pretest for wider pop appeal. Like Moby on his new album, “Last Night,” Madonna can’t help looking back fondly on her younger days.

Yet along with the nostalgia that won’t alienate older fans — and
who else can afford golden-circle tickets for arena tours? — “Hard
Candy” also taps into exactly the sounds that current hip-hop reclaims
from the disco era: electro keyboard riffs, filtered voices and bits of
Latin percussion. “Hard Candy” has echoes of songs like Rick James’s
“Super Freak” (in “Give It 2 Me”) and Madonna’s own “Everybody” (in
“Heartbeat,” where she sings, “It may be old to you but to me it feels

The most structurally unconventional song on “Hard Candy” is
“Incredible.” Madonna sings, once again, about happy memories — “I
wanna go back to then/gotta figure out how gotta remember when” — in a
production that’s close to what Mr. Williams does in his other Neptunes
songs: voices interrupting one another and switching in and out of
double time, sudden key changes and style shifts from electro to rock
to stark percussion, from declaiming to crooning to chanting as new
bits of melody keep appearing. And right at the peak of the song
Madonna sings the word “incredible” to the same hook as “material” in
“Material Girl” — a happy memory in four indelible notes. Soon she
adds, “Don’t want this thing to end.”

And for the moment it shouldn’t. “Hard Candy” is a retrenchment, but
it’s a typically savvy one. The dance floor — not the pulpit, not the
art gallery — is Madonna’s truest home, and it’s a good place to shake
off pretensions and excesses. Her grand statement on “Hard Candy” is
nothing more than that she’s still around and can still deliver neat,
calculated pop songs. Madonna has had more profound moments — ”Like a
Prayer,” “Ray of Light” — but not every pop star is cut out for
full-time profundity. This time around, concocting new ditties that
will have her arena audiences singing along, she was smart to stay

Madonna rumored to drop by Cuckoo CLUB tonight

Madonna Alert! She's Scheduled To Join the Gays Tonight!

Posted by Michael Musto at 9:34 AM, April 27, 2008

heard me! The Material Woman is rumored to be dropping by the Cuckoo
Club, the weekly gay party at Maritime Hotel's Hiro ballroom tonight.
Again, this is just buzz, but the last time I heard this kind of thing,
Posh Spice did indeed show up there (and so did I, honey, hoping
for a glimpse of her hot husband). And Madonna is certainly no stranger
to gay promotion--or any promotion, especially when she has
time-sensitive product to sell. So meet me by the back bar, kids. I'll
give you four minutes to buy me a Diet Coke.


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Ray of Light

Madonna didn't know where Malawi was. Now she's out to save it.

(Photo: Gerhard Kassner)

Madonna recently claimed that she was over New York; she still liked to stick her finger in our socket from time to time, but there were no longer so many thrilling sparks. She's since recanted (see below), and in any event, whether in London or Africa, she still acts just like a New Yorker, control-freaking her way to world domination yet again. Which brings us to her new projects: She's produced and narrated the documentary I Am Because We Are, about Malawi and its AIDS orphans, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. She's directed a feature, Filth and Wisdom, about a would-be rocker. She's got a new album, Hard Candy. And then there's all that writhing with Justin Timberlake. She filled us in.

We were a little upset to hear that you don't find New York exciting anymore.
People have to stop being so literal. I was referring to when I first came to New York and the convergence of the music and art scenes—I mean, my friends were Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. There was this crazy interface for me of art and life, and I don't see that so much anymore in New York.

It's not so bad now.
I'm not saying there aren't exciting people doing exciting things. I'm pretty much being melancholic.

Do you think you could make it in New York now?
I think it would be almost impossible. Record companies are pretty much defunct.

Speaking of the eighties, you were one of the first pop stars to talk about the AIDS crisis. But I've never heard you discuss any connection between that and your work in Malawi. Is there one?
There are a lot. One is that I myself feel like a motherless child. I grew up that way. But also the idea that I felt so helpless by the AIDS epidemic that seemed to sweep through Manhattan and claim the lives of so many people that I loved. And I saw how stigmatized the gay community was, and that freaked me out.

You're now something of an expert on Malawi. But when the activist Victoria Keelan first called you about getting involved, you said, "I don't even know where that is." And she hung up on you. Not too many people hang up on you, do they?
I thought that was rather cheeky. She found me quite impertinent in the beginning. Like, "You're asking the stupidest questions—do you want to help or not?" And she was absolutely correct.

In the movie, you look at one ritual in which a young woman is told she must have sex with a man three times in a day, in order to "cleanse" her.
It's not my place to judge that tradition. But to have a conversation with a village headsman and say, "Do you realize this is spreading a deadly disease?" and have him say, "Yes, but there's nothing I can do" is mind-bogglingly frustrating. But we drop bombs on children during wartime, so you think, Well, who's practicing black magic?

You and Angelina Jolie take a lot of flak for your charity work. People say it's a fad.
It's not just celebrities. I think people are just strangely suspicious of people who want to do something good.

The documentary catches your son David on film before you tried to adopt him. What was that first meeting like?
He was basically going to the bathroom on himself. Of course, next day you come back with a truckload of Pampers. It sounds corny, but he just has these big, bright, intelligent, so-aware eyes, and I felt a connection to him.

The legal ground for the adoption was a little murky, setting off controversy [a court is set to review the matter this week]. Meanwhile, a British professor has coined the term "Madonna effect" to describe Westerners who do international adoptions, supposedly at the expense of local kids.
Cool. That's a grumpy person. You know, there isn't an AIDS crisis in England. Yes, there are children that need to be adopted here and in the U.K., but no one's going to die in an orphanage in America.

There's also been some controversy over links between the Kabbalah Centre and your aid group, Raising Malawi. Could you clarify that connection?
Studying Kabbalah has inspired me to understand that the world does not revolve around me. Who knows if I would have become involved [otherwise]? But Raising Malawi is a separate entity utterly consumed with children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tom Cruise was at a recent fund-raiser. Do you sympathize with him?
I do. I don't care if people worship turtles or frogs—if they're good people, that's all I care about, and he is a good person. I think he gets a raw deal, just as I think the orphans in Malawi get a raw deal, just as I think a lot of marginalized people get a raw deal.

Tell me about your documentary's director, Nathan Rissman. This is his first film. He's a friend?
He's the husband of my nanny, to tell you the truth. When Nathan showed up, it's like, "Well, he just can't hang around, he's got to have a job." He would make QuickTime movies of my children and e-mail them to me when I was on trips. They were so clever. So when this project came up, it just seemed like a no-brainer. He did everything from gardening to manning the camera for behind-the-scenes B-roll footage. Never did he say, "I'm not going to Starbucks—I'm too good for that."

You just directed your first movie, too. And you almost sound more excited about film than music.
Yeah, actually. I have a record to promote and that's great, but I loved going to the Berlin Film Festival—it was the first time in my career that no one asked me a personal question. When you're a pop star, everyone feels entitled to know what color your underpants are.

Well, on your new album, Hard Candy, you sing about your great sex life with Guy Ritchie. If you made a movie about that, you might get some of those questions.
Well, if they're in a film [I direct], I won't be saying those lines, will I?

The video for your new single, "4 Minutes," is a tease: You and Justin Timberlake almost crawl into bed, then you dance. You mount him, then you dance …
It's meant to be a tease, you know. You've only got four minutes to save the world. There's no time for frivolous behavior!

So you weren't mocking this expectation that you would kiss Justin, after famously kissing Britney?

Does that lyric "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" relate to your charity work?
No. It's about, Do I understand this opinion that I've adopted or this Zeitgeist that I've allowed myself to be swept up in? Because you could have the best intentions but not have enough information and make huge mistakes …

Which presidential candidate do you think will make the least huge mistakes?
I'm excited about one of the candidates.

But you can't talk about him because the other one's husband is in your movie?
That's not nice … Um … I'm actually a big fan of the Clintons and Obama. There's me being political—I should run for office!


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uk times online: davids father accuses madonna

The father of the Malawian boy adopted by Madonna has accused the pop star of
severing contact between him and his son and says he regrets ever putting
the child up for adoption.

Yohane Banda, 33, said the singer had reneged on a promise to allow him to
maintain regular contact with his son David, whom he last saw in 2006.

Banda, a peasant farmer, said he had not received any correspondence since the
three-year-old was taken to London by Madonna and her husband, the film
director Guy Ritchie.

Madonna, 49, began adoption proceedings after meeting the boy at an orphanage
in Malawi. At the time it was claimed that the singer had used her celebrity
status to fast-track the adoption, an allegation she denies.

The adoption is due to be approved formally by a court in Lilongwe, the
Malawian capital, next month. Because the terms of the agreement are secret
under Malawian law, it is not clear whether Banda’s intervention will
jeopardise the adoption.

Banda, who first expressed his frustration at not being kept informed about
his son’s progress a year ago, said the star had failed to address his
concerns and he now regretted giving the boy up.

“I feel robbed. I should be able to see my son and say hello,” Banda said. “I
don’t know how he is growing, what person he is turning into. This pains me
because it looks like he is not my son any more.”

Banda, from Lipunga, a village 100 miles from Lilongwe, claims Madonna
promised to keep him updated about his son’s well-being and his progress
adapting to life with the celebrity couple and their two children.

“I was promised by Madonna that I would be able to see my son,” he said. “The
government people that were coming to see me also assured me that they would
facilitate my meetings with my son. I miss him so much because he is my only
son, the only gift of life from God – all others have died.

“I told her [Madonna] that although I was giving her my son she should look
after him well . . . I told her that she should raise him, educate him and
make sure that he does not forget me and Malawi.

“Now I fear that my child will never know his roots and will not know me. He
is the only surviving child I have and I regret the whole thing now. It’s so
painful sometimes to realise that I have been forgotten.”

Banda claims the star snubbed him during a visit to the country in April last
year. Madonna funds six orphanages through her Raising Malawi charity and is
setting up one for 4,000 children in a village outside the capital.

“The last time Madonna came to Malawi, I didn’t know she was here and that she
visited the orphanage. [If I had known] I would have been given a chance to
see my son,” he said.

Banda said the only recent pictures he had seen of David were shown to him by
journalists and the orphanage where his son lived before he was adopted. He
added that he had not been allowed to keep any of the photographs. Banda
said he hoped he would be given the opportunity to see his son again when
Madonna, who has been granted temporary custody of the boy, returns to
Malawi to conclude the adoption.

“I am praying that I have a chance to see him. All I want is for them to
maintain contact as promised, to teach him I am his real father,” he said.

In a documentary premiered in America last week, the singer said that when she
first saw David, nobody knew the whereabouts of his father. When she
returned to see him three months later, Madonna said he “had pneumonia,
malaria and God knows what else”.

The Malawian government has already recommended that the adoption go ahead. A
report by an official who visited the singer’s London home last year
concluded that the adoption was “in the best interests” of the boy.

Justin Dzonzi, a lawyer and prominent critic of the adoption, said both
Madonna and the Malawian government had a moral duty to maintain contact
between Banda and his son.

His group, the Human Rights Consultative Committee, is calling for a change in
the law to ban adoptions by foreigners.

“If the government and Madonna promised, as is being claimed, to keep the
biological father updated on his child, then they have to honour that for
the sake of the poor man,” he said.

“By allowing the adoption of his child he clearly surrenders his parental
rights to Madonna and her husband but he still deserves some news on his

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Music: Seeing Madonna Free

A Live Video Stream

Brings the Singer's Concert

To Fans Around the World

April 26, 2008; Page W2

With her 11th studio album to promote, Madonna is
mounting an intimate free concert for fans -- and anyone else who wants
to watch live online.


On Wednesday night, a day after "Hard Candy" is
released, the pop star will perform at the Roseland Ballroom, a New
York club with room for about 3,000 people. Capturing the action will
be a crew from Control Room, which produces concerts for distribution
on the Web and other platforms. Control Room's biggest production was
Live Earth, a global series of concerts staged over 24 hours last

Though video sites such as YouTube are littered with
bootleg concert clips, it's hard to find sanctioned shows from major
music acts online. The main reason: the costly process of getting
clearances from artists, record labels, music publishers, venues and
sundry rights holders.

Wednesday's concert will be supplemented by a
prerecorded interview with Madonna, rehearsals and scenes from
backstage. The concert footage will be edited on the fly and streamed
via Microsoft's MSN network (music.msn.com/inconcert). The show also will be archived there for a limited time.





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Madonna On Her Documentary, Son David, & Future Adoptions

Apr 25, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --

The plight of Malawi is close to Madonna's heart. While visiting the impoverished nation on a humanitarian mission, the singer met a child named David, who she is in the process of adopting. With the release of her new documentary, "I Am Because We Are," Madonna is hoping to shed light on the continuing atrocities that ravage the people from David's native land.

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It was quite odd to see Madonna in anything other than her gym gear as she arrived for the world premiere of her documentary "I Am Because We Are" during the 7th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. In a patterned dress, the pop star looked at ease on the red carpet, and obviously rules about promoting films meant the singer actually swung us some smiles and eye to eye contact.

you are wondering what Madonna has brought in offering in her latest
documentary, read the following extract taken from the Tribeca site.
It's a little a** licking, but certainly does the job.

multitalented Madonna assumes one of her most impactful roles yet as
writer, producer, and narrator of this eye-opening and heart-wrenching
documentary...we journey with Madonna as she exposes the harsh
realities of a half-forgotten country by introducing us to its
future-Malawi's children. As she bears witness to the lives of these
special children and their extraordinary will to survive, Madonna
shares her own personal thoughts, making for an incredibly intimate and
emotional cinematic experience...a well crafted and visually beautiful
It was quite odd to see Madonna in anything other than her gym gear as she arrived for the world premiere of her documentary "I Am Because We Are" during the 7th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. In a patterned dress, the pop star looked at ease on the red carpet, and obviously rules about promoting films meant the singer actually swung us some smiles and eye to eye contact.

you are wondering what Madonna has brought in offering in her latest
documentary, read the following extract taken from the Tribeca site.
It's a little a** licking, but certainly does the job.

multitalented Madonna assumes one of her most impactful roles yet as
writer, producer, and narrator of this eye-opening and heart-wrenching
documentary...we journey
with Madonna as she exposes the harsh realities of a half-forgotten
country by introducing us to its future-Malawi's children. As she bears
witness to the lives of these special children and their extraordinary
will to survive, Madonna shares her own personal thoughts, making for
an incredibly intimate and emotional cinematic experience...a well
crafted and visually beautiful film."

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Pop superstar says she's content with career, family and social activism

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April 25: Nearly two years after trying to adopt a child from the African nation of Malawi, Madonna is behind a new documentary focusing on the plight of orphans there. She speaks to TODAY's Ann Curry about it.

She'll be the "Material Girl" and the "Queen of Pop" forever, and even though she has grown in social conscience and a sense of responsibility to the planet, that's all right with Madonna.

She may have moments when she wishes she could fade into anonymity, but Madonna told TODAY's Ann Curry that she's happy being who she is.

"I don't want to wish that I'm not me. I don't wish I was someone else," she said in New York for the debut of the Tribeca Film Festival. She's promoting her documentary about the struggle to survive faced by the children of Malawi, entitled "I Am Because We Are."

She's also promoting a new album, "Hard Candy," which features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Danja. It's being released in the United States on Tuesday, April 29, but Madonna barely mentioned it. Instead, she talked about her work with orphans and the long process she's endured in adopting David, an orphan from Malawi.

She said that when she went to that African nation in October 2006 to build an orphanage, something connected deep inside her. "I was going on my own journey and connection to these children and wanting to, in a way, heal myself whilst helping them," she said, her voice carrying the tinge of a British accent acquired during her many years of living in England.

"I grew up as a motherless child," she said, referring to the death of her own mother when she was just 5. "I had a roof over my head and I had food and I had a school to go to. And I still thought that my world was going to collapse on me. So how could it be for these children who, most of them having lost both of their parents, having no roof over their head and no food to eat — how horrifying and frightening it must be for them."

Madonna had two children of her own when she went to Malawi — Lourdes, now 11, and Rocco, now 7 — and being a mother had changed the way she looked at life.

"I think having children and having a family forces you to think about people besides yourself. You don't really have a choice," she told Curry. "And sometimes you think, 'I'm the lucky one. How did I get to be the lucky one?' So I think I just got to a point in my life where I thought, I have so much. And it's a great tragedy if I don't use what I have to make the world a better place. I know that sounds silly or cheesy or, like, a cliché or whatever. But it's the truth."

Curry noted that any time a big star gets involved in a social cause, people can be cynical about her motives.

"I appreciate and understand how people could be cynical," she said. "That's fine. I accept that because I think we live in a society where people are naturally suspicious of acts of altruism or generosity."

Curry suggested that in Madonna's case, people might look at her involvement with orphans as simply another phase in the life of a woman who's perpetually reinventing herself.

The woman who's sold more records than any other female artist did not apologize for that. "My reinventions are part of my evolution and my growth as a person," she said. "There are aspects of it that are frivolous. And there are aspects of it that are real."

But, she said, her motives in adopting David should not be questioned.

No one, she said, would put herself through the long and invasive process that she's gone through without being serious about it. She and husband Guy Ritchie signed the adoption papers a year and a half ago, and they're still a month away from being granted full adoptive custody of their son.

"For the last 18 months I've been a foster parent. I've been visited every six weeks by social workers who come into the house and make sure that you're being a good parent and that David's health is thriving and ask you all kinds of invasive questions," Madonna said. "And you have to put up with it and endure it. I've been fingerprinted about 20 times and undergone psychological evaluations. Everybody who goes through adoptions has to do this, I'm not alone."

And yet, she told Curry, "I'd do it again because David is amazing, because he's brought so much joy to our lives. I love him. So it was worth it, and I think most people will suffer for the things they love."

"At this point in your life it seems that you're opening, that some part of you that's softening, something that's looking for wisdom, usefulness," Curry told Madonna,

"Well, thank God I'm searching for wisdom and usefulness," she said. "One hopes that one gets to that point in their lives sooner or later."

Michigan roots
It's been a long road to get there for the woman who turns 49 in August. She came to New York from Michigan 31 years ago as an 18-year-old with nothing more than $35 in her purse and dreams of being a dancer in her heart.

She did all right, releasing her first single, "Everybody," in 1982 and going on to establish herself as one of the most important female recording artists ever. Along the way, she became a show woman without equal, the female Michael Jackson, but without a self-destruct mechanism.

Her life's quest, which has taken her from Material Girl to S&M Girl to Jewish mysticism to crusader for third-world orphans is not over, nor, she said, is there a destination in sight.

She just hopes that when she gets there, she can say, "My soul reached its true potential and that I did everything that I was put on this earth to do."

"Which is?" Curry asked.

"Who knows?" Madonna answered. "We're here to find out."


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Madonna chews on work, love, 'Hard Candy'
  Staying true:  Madonna did  issue a statement  about  rumors that her  marriage with  Guy Ritchie was  on the rocks,  but "I live  in a bubble for  the most part," she says.
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Staying true: Madonna did issue a statement about rumors that her marriage with Guy Ritchie was on the rocks, but "I live in a bubble for the most part," she says.
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More than a quarter-century after debut single Everybody got everybody dancing, Madonna has yet to be demoted to Immaterial Girl, even in this age of flash-in-the-pantheon stars.

"Don't stop me now, don't need to catch my breath," she defiantly sings on her new track Give It 2 Me. "I can go on and on and on."

So it seems. It's one of a dozen cuts on her Hard Candy disc, out Tuesday with assists from Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. She also has directed the comedy Filth and Wisdom and produced and written a documentary, I Am Because We Are, about AIDS orphans in Malawi. That's where she found David Banda, the 2-year-old she and filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie are adopting.

Madonna chats from her London home:

Q: Why these collaborators?

A: I love their records, and they bring out the best in other people. I thought we could play to each other's strengths. I decided to work with singers, songwriters and producers who are artists in their own right and see what that would manifest.

Q: Did you instantly click?

A: No, I don't think you do with anyone. I'd met them before in social circumstances. It's quite different when you sit down and say, "Let's write a song." You're putting yourself in a vulnerable position. Will they think my ideas are stupid? Can I speak freely without hurting anyone's feelings? That's awkward. They're personable, and nobody was unprofessional.

Q: What inspired Hard Candy's urgent, mobilizing fervor?

A: We don't have the luxury of thinking someone else is going to take care of our problems. Obviously, I've been focused on the world around me and taking responsibility for the past few years. (Candy) also is about life's surprises and trust and disappointment, about finding out that people I thought were my friends weren't. It's staying flexible, not being married to any fixed idea and not taking anything too literally.

Q: She's Not Me could be a response to Madonna wannabes.

A: I wasn't thinking about that. I'm very happy if what I do and what I've accomplished has inspired other women or given them a sense of ownership of their destiny. I don't think anyone is trying to be me. To me, (She's Not Me) is the ultimate jilted lover song. The follow-up to I Will Survive, maybe a little angrier.

Q: Work often separates you and Guy, which you address with some sadness in Miles Away.

A: That's the drawback of two artists living together. We have to make sacrifices, and there's always a trade-off. It's about long-distance relationships in general. After I wrote it, the guys in the studio were like, "I can totally relate."

Q: Is the media spotlight less welcome now that the cameras are on your family?

A: Attention on the adoption bothered me because it will filter down to my other children (Lourdes, 11, and Rocco, 7), and it's hard for them to understand why anyone would get mad at me for saving someone's life. We have a basic understanding in this house that most things written in newspapers and magazines aren't true.

Q: What's your reaction to the microscope Britney Spears has been under the past year?

A: I have a lot of compassion for her. People are being entertained by her suffering. I don't condone it, and it makes me sad.

Q: You turn 50 on Aug. 16. Any dread about that milestone?

A: I love birthdays. You get to have a party and people give you presents. I don't think this year is any more significant than last year.

Q: Reports keep surfacing that you've had cosmetic surgery. Sharon Osbourne rather indelicately said, "I went into shock at Madonna's new head." Do you want to respond?

A: There's something undignified about commenting on someone else's commentary. I don't mind what she says or doesn't say.

Q: As someone on the cutting edge of trends, do you think the best music gets heard?

A: Not necessarily. If a fire engine's blaring in my ear, I'm not going to hear the fantastic mandolin next to me. Everything is about instant gratification and shorter shelf life. Someone who's offering subtleties won't make an impact. We live in a world full of distractions.

Q: Did your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month feel a bit premature?

A: Kind of. I was thinking: "But I'm not done yet. I don't want to be in a museum." I had to stop and look at it as an acknowledgement of the work I've done. The footage they showed was predominantly from the first 10 years of my career, and it seems like centuries ago. I've gone through a million revolutions and evolutions since then.

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gossip inside the screening tonight

Madonna was sitting so close to me, it was wild. So throughout the movie, some people had to get up from their seats to get a snack, or go to the restroom, during the film
Unfortunately for Madonna, they would walk right into her vision of the screen! She got so pissed at one point, she told GUY oseary to TAKE CARE OF THAT< and told security to stop the traffic infront of her. I  however, couldnt hold it in any longer and had to get up to go to the rest room, and the only way was to walk in her path! I DARE NOT raised my eyes to look at her, as shes watching her film, so I bowed down as low as i could go to get to and from my seat, very quickly.. and it was hysterical. I mean, some people had NO IDEA that they were blocking her view, so I can't blame. It was dark.

Anyhoo, there was a WHOS WHO of Madonna friends /business peeps in the house: including GUY OSEARY, LIZ ROSENBERG, ROSIE O DONNELL. , STEVEN KLIEN, JAMIE KING, her trainer and many more

 WHen Madonna first arrived, you should have seen so much paparrrazi, and world press, and tv crews, all screaming and fighting for the chance to talk to her or to get her photo.
SHE LOOKED amazing in a GUCCI outfit!

And if my photo that I took of madonna leavng the movie theatre is accurate, she was wearing a big HAND necklace! which looked stunning, Im not sure what they call it but it wards off the evil EYE.
Madonna looked amazing, very calm and cool.

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Madonna Release Event - Fresno

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I can describe tonights event in 3 parts, Firstly, Madonna came on stage to introduce her new film I AM BECAUSE WE ARE. I had a pretty good seat next to her crew of vips. and when she got to her seat the movie began, which is part 2, madonna was so close to me the entire film, it was mind boggling! Then the 3rd part which was so unexpected for me, Madonna came back on stage to answer a few questions about the film, including taking questions from the audience! I didnt have the nerve to ask anything cause the only thing that I could think of was ROSELAND tix and that is NOT the time to talk about ROSELAND lol

Back to part 2: the film was exceptionally moving, I dont think there was a dry eye in the house. Madonna should be very proud of what she has achieved and accomplished with this film.

She is truly giving back by bringing us this movie to pass on her message. It is a very basic one but one that we all take for granted. That is that we each and everyone of us can make a difference. You dont' have to be rich to change the world.
If you want to find out more on how you can help in this movement and join Madonna, you can visit the website: http://www.iambecauseweare.com Its all there, just check it and see how you can be involved.

Madonnasworld.com will bring you video footage of Madonna talking and some great photos, so stay tuned!


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Madonna shines light on Malawi with documentary

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A single phone call prompted U.S. pop star
Madonna to begin charity work in Malawi and it was while making a
documentary on the African country's 1 million orphans that she found a
baby she decided to adopt.

Premiering at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, "I Am
Because We Are," which was written, produced and narrated by Madonna,
looks at the plight of the children orphaned by the AIDS crisis in one
of the world's poorest countries.

Her interest in Malawi began about two years ago after she was
contacted by a businesswoman, born and raised in the country, through a
mutual friend. "She said it was a state of emergency," Madonna says in
the film. "She sounded exhausted and on the verge of tears. I asked her
how I could help.

"She said: 'You're a person with resources. People pay attention to
what you say and do.' I felt embarrassed. I told her I didn't know
where Malawi was. She told me to look it up on a map and then she hung
up on me," said Madonna, 49.

She educated herself on Malawi and the result is a charity for the
country's orphans called Raising Malawi and the 94-minute documentary
from first-time director Nathan Rissman.

"It was during filming, during researching these different orphanages, that she found David," Rissman said in an interview.

David is the Malawian boy Madonna and her film director husband,
Guy Ritchie, are adopting. He has lived with the couple in London since
shortly after the adoption process began about 18 months ago. Malawi's
government, which has been criticized for giving the singer-actress
preferential treatment, has recommended the adoption be approved and a
hearing on that is set for May 15.

"I Am Because We Are" shows shows footage of David being cared for
by a 9-year-old girl with HIV at the Home of Hope orphanage in Malawi.


In the documentary, Madonna says David's mother had died in
childbirth, three of his siblings had died and no one knew the
whereabouts of his father. When she returned to the orphanage three
months after first seeing him, Madonna said the baby "had pneumonia,
malaria and God knows what else" with no medicine to treat him.

"What was I prepared to do?" she asks in the film. "If I was
challenging other people to open up their minds and their hearts then I
had to stand at the front of the line. I decided to try and adopt him.
The rest is history."

There is controversy behind that history. Critics accused the
government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting
children in Malawi. David's father came forward, saying he had only
placed the child in the orphanage temporarily, but he has since given
approval for the adoption.

Rissman, who started working for Madonna as a research assistant
several years ago, said he has made up to 10 trips to Malawi in the
past two years to make the documentary, which had started with a vision
by Madonna to shine a light on Malawi's problems but also offer people
ways to help.

"If you are going to wake people up you have to show them what to
do," Rissman said. "Our idea was to ... show them the desperate
situation but to (also) show them the joy and then point them in the
direction of the experts who can help facilitate this time of crisis."

Among those interviewed are former U.S. President Bill Clinton,
Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, Paul Farmer of the Harvard
Medical School and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and
special U.N. adviser.

"We decided to make this film to remind people how interconnected
we are, to show that I have to be the best that I can be to help
somebody in Malawi, in India ... in my own backyard," Rissman said.
(Editing by Daniel Trotta and Bill Trott)




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How Madonna teased Justin Timberlake


In the new issue of New York Magazine, Madonna talks about her steamy video with Justin Timberlake.

The video for your new single, “4 Minutes,” is a tease: “You and
Justin Timberlake almost crawl into bed, then you dance. You mount
him, then you dance
…,” asks NY Mag.

Madonna replies, “It’s meant to be a tease, you know. You’ve only
got four minutes to save the world. There’s not time for frivolous

Virgin Hollywood Blvd. Location Release!

On Monday night in Los Angeles on APRIL 28, 2008 there will be a special giveaway and sale of the album "HARD CANDY" I was personally told by the store manager to arrive by 10pm to get in line for the midnight release of the album. They will be giving away WARNER promotional items and he swiftly mentioned a 45x45 poster give away with smaller promo poster from WARNER as well. More information to follow. So If you are in LA Join all of us in line for the block party!



you've checked da video fa ''4 minutes,'' madonna's flirty duet wiv justin timberlake. perhaps you've eard dat roughly alf of a new album, ard candy, was produced by da neptunes, wiv da remainda entrusted to da crew of timbaland, nate ''danja'' ills, and timberlake. maybe yous know dat kanye west speed gagares up on one song (''beat goes on''). betweun da fountain-of-youth dalliances and ookups wiv ip-hop kingpins, we know wot yous is thinkin: just ow massiv is dis midlife crisis of ers? fit maja, probably, but she makes it wurk wiv dis surprisingly rejuvetaned set. now 49, madonna as spent da past decade unevenly explorin moody trip-hop, chilly eurocubakilly, and ethereal electronica — all of which is not in da house in da house. candy checks a droppin a kabbalah strin on da dance floa and readoptin an american accent to offa up an unpretentious, nonstop dance party. in tunes dig ''give it 2 me,'' she's unabashedly revivin da celebrative spirit of early singles dig ''lucky star'' and ''holiday,'' filterin it through ip-hop's sonic boom. she's not above nickin from udda carefree singers and eras, eitha. da giddy openin track, ''candy shop,'' as an easygoin synf ook dat jam & lewis might've devised fa janet jackson in a '80s prime, while da scrumptious deep bass of ''dance 2night'' gets closa to da thump of '70s disco than anythin madonna's eva done in or out of a leotard. if yous is checkin fa softness, of course, you've come to da wrong place. ''catch me on da floa/hangin up a sweat/that's wot da tunes's fa,'' she asserts in ''heartbeat,'' comin soon to a pilates class near yous. in da mostest excitin cukabilly banga, da aforementioned ''give it 2 me,'' she threatens, ''whun da lights go down and there's no one left, i can go on and on and on.'' oftun willfully vapid, da lyrics offa candy as a metapha fa riding the punanni, riding the punanni as metapha fa dancin, and dancin as metapha fa world domination. in fact, there's so much perspitarion-soaked determitanion dat yous may detect a slightly scary c+c tunes factory-meets-ayn rand vibe. offsettin da grind is a few actual confessions on dis dance floa — enough to borrow da tabs speculative fodda. ''you always ave da biggest eart/when we're six quillion miles apart,'' she complains in ''miles away.'' (there, da timba-lake arrangements get a bit too close to ''what goes around... comes around'' fa comfort.) in ''incredible,'' a mini-masterpiece of domestic woe in which da neptunes do their wickedest wurk, madonna recalls ow spectalucar da riding the punanni used to be, ova a furious ouse beat. thun she makes a desperate plea fa reconciliation: ''i am not in da house my wickedest main man.... let's finish wot we started.'' wiv dis crowd-pleaser of a cd, she may be sendin a similar message to fans, too. A+

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