The "Revolver" music video and song are reportedly being scheduled for official release this fall.
"Celebration" is the first single off her upcoming greatest hits album, Celebration. The second single will be "Revolver" with Lil Wayne.
Their collaboration was previously leaked earlier this year.
Another new single in the album reportedly is a song called "Revolver" which has been leaked earlier this year with rapper Lil Wayne singing on the hook. This album will be made available in a two-CD set as well as a single CD. There will also be a DVD release which includes Madonna's never-before-seen music videos in addition to "Celebration" video.
Madonna is giving her only concert in Russia in St. Petersburg on August 2 as part of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour. The pop star is to perform on St. Pete's Palace Square.
Media report that it will be Madonna's second performance in Russia. She is said to have accepted the lowest fee for the concert because she wanted to visit St. Petersburg.
After her first performance in Russia three years ago Orthodox activists protested against the use of religious symbols during the concert. This time, a group of Communists from St. Petersburg has urged Madonna to be modest at the square, situated next to the Winter Palace, which was stormed by the Bolsheviks in 1917.
The same group also suggested that Madonna perform a revolutionary song as a tribute to the revolution. The appeal is not an official position of Russia's Communist Party.
Madonna is also performing on Paratroopers Day, when former paratroopers usually gather on Russian streets and in parks. St. Pete's Palace Square is also a place where they are planning to party.
Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov, commander of the Russian paratroops, has hailed Madonna's visit and said her performance was "a great honor for us."
"Let's say that Madonna is coming to congratulate all Russian paratroopers," Shamanov told reporters.
Some other politicians from St. Petersburg do not seem to be as friendly as the head of the Russian paratroopers, or even a group of Communists. Rossiyskaya Gazeta, a government daily, reported at the beginning of July that the deputies of St. Pete's legislature wanted to take legal action against the pop star because she had used a Russian swear word in a taped promo made for the concert in Russia.
Aleksey Kovalev, deputy of the St. Petersburg legislative assembly, told Komsomolskaya Pravda daily that Madonna linked "a swear word with Palace Square."
"The fact that she allegedly does not know what her words mean is not an argument. It does not matter what she does not know," he said.
The organizers of the concert told the Delovoy Peterburg newspaper that they had asked Madonna to make a promo, but after hearing it they decided to use only part of it on radio stations.
Marianna Lyubina, a PR director for the concert's organizers, was quoted by the paper as saying that the "the audio accidentally leaked on to the internet." In the end, the swear word was removed from the promo.
Madonna did not mean to offend anyone, a press representative of the European Media group, Veronika Gorbunova, told the Lenizdat.ru website. The pop star simply wanted to say she was happy to visit St. Petersburg and meet her Russian fans, Gorbunova added.
However, Kovalev said the pop star had offended the city and harmed the image of Russia's cultural capital. The media reported that he asked St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko if the city was going to demand compensation for the offence.
The deputy also wants Madonna to pay for the use of the city's square because it is a public place. Kovalev said the preparatory work took a long time, and the palace would not be accessible to the general public.
"Such performances are illegal because Palace Square is the most important part of the city," Kovalev said. "Why is it used for commercial purposes?"
"Theoretically, we can win all profits [from the organizers] by court action. I hope this will be the last commercial concert performed here without any payment," he said.
Kovalev received an answer from St. Petersburg's deputy governor Yury Molchanov, Fontanka.ru website reported. The letter says that Madonna's promo did not damage the city's business reputation.
The city's authorities were not going to sue the pop star for the audio, the website said. At the same time, they hope to get a part of the profits from the concert.
Marianna Lyubina, in her turn, told Komsomolskaya Pravda that there had never been agreements for the lease of Palace Square. "Nevertheless, payment will be made to the city's budget as tax from the profits," she added.
Lyubina stressed that the city would benefit in any case from Madonna's performance. "Many tourists will arrive in Petersburg for the concert. They will do their shopping, pay for accommodation and food," she said.
She also explained why there is so much ado about Madonna's performance in St. Pete. "Simply put, Madonna's concert is a global event that provokes a general interest, and a lot of people want to speak on this," she said.
However, many readers in their comments on websites have criticized politicians for using Madonna's performance for their benefit. One of them, in a comment posted on Komsomolskaya Pravda's website, called Kovalev's accusations "populism."
The reader also said it was "silly to speak against the Western queen." At the same time, another reader said it was time to stop carrying out performances on Palace Square.
While some papers speculate as to whether Madonna will try to adopt a Russian child in St. Petersburg, Boris Barabanov, in the Ogonek weekly, considers the role of scandal in Madonna's performances.
Three years ago, Madonna's performance was "a real scandal," he writes, because the organizers and the concert venue constantly changed. In the end, the performance was not a success.
This time, the performance is being organized by one of the strongest concert companies in St. Petersburg, and tickets have sold well, the critic said.
Barabanov called Madonna one of the few pop stars who surprise people by the big budgets of their performances. "The person [identity of the singer] is not important in principle," Barabanov said. "It is the general informational and emotional impression that is important," he added.
Sergey Borisov, RT
Bulgaria's Council for Electronic Media decided to slap Darik Radio with a hefty fine for airing a recorded Madonna invitation to her fans in Bulgaria, because in the invitation, the pop-star spoke English, Bulgarian daily 24 Chasa has reported.
According to chapter 12 article 1 of the Radio and Television Act, all advertisements in foreign languages are forbidden, and so the commission has ordered Darik Radio to pay a penalty, the amount of which is expected to be in the range of 2000 to 15000 leva (US$1445-10838). Should the radio station repeat the broadcast, the fine will be doubled.
The 10 second message from Madonna to her fans in Bulgaria said; "Hello Bulgaria, this is Madonna and I expect to see you at the August 29 show in Sofia in Vassil Levsli Stadium".
A spokesperson for Sofia Music Enterprises, the Bulgarian organisers of Madonna's concert, said "this is normal procedure and it is used in all countries. Any time Madonna has a concert in a country, she records a message for her fans, and it is always in English. There is no way that an exception will be made just for us."
Konstantin Vulkov, programme manager of Darik Radio said the station "apologises that Madonna is not proficient in Bulgarian."
Darik Radio will have to stop the offensive broadcast, unless Madonna brushes up on her Bulgarian.
(Source: Sofia Echo)
Madonna writes about her journey into world of Kabbalah
| There is an old cliché: When the student is ready the teacher appears. |
I had traveled the world many times over, performed in soccer stadiums, appeared in films, dined with state leaders, collaborated with great artists and achieved what most people would view as a high level of success but I still felt something was missing in my life.
I was pregnant with my daughter, almost 14 years ago and I had just finished the film Evita and realized I had spent my whole life worrying but myself, and that I would soon be responsible for someone else's life.
I was raised a catholic and my father was very religious but none of my questions ever really got answered when it came to trying to understand why people suffered in the world or what the meaning of life was all about.
And suddenly I thought, "What will I teach my child about the important things in life?"
I was practicing Yoga for years and studying Sanskrit. I had read many books by the great Yogi Masters and Indian Avatars. I studied Buddhism and the teachings of the Dali Lama. I studied Taoism and the Art of War.
I read about the Gnostics and the early Christians. I learned a lot and I was very inspired but I still could not connect the dots and find a way to take this knowledge and apply it to my daily life.
I was looking for an answer.
I went to a dinner party in L.A.
A woman sitting next to me was telling me about a class she was taking from a Rabbi.
She said it was so inspiring and that I should come along. I asked her what it was about.
She said "Life."
I asked her what it was called.
She said "Kabbalah."
I told her I wasn't Jewish and she said: "What difference does it make what it's called and what religious upbringing you have had if you are inspired?"
She had a point.
So I went to the class and sat in the back and I listened to a man named Eitan teach the class.
I heard what he had to say and I knew at this moment my life would never be the same.
I began to go to the classes regularly and sit in the class with my notebook. No one bothered me. I took notes.
I met with Eitan privately and asked a lot of questions. The thing that was encouraged the most was to enquire further.
All the questions I had about life began to be answered and I realized I had finally found a "belief system" or philosophy that incorporated Science and Spirituality.
I was learning about Physics, Astronomy, Nature and the laws of Cause and Effect.
All the puzzle pieces started falling into place.
Life no longer seemed like a series of Random events. I started to see patterns in life. I woke up. I began to be conscious of my words and my actions and to really see the results of them.
I also began to see that being Rich and Famous wasn't going to bring me lasting fulfillment and that it was not the end of the journey; that it was the beginning of the journey.
I have been studying with Eitan consistently since that first class and it was only a matter of time before I met Michael Berg, whose father Rav Berg, comes from a long line of Kabbalists and was the teacher of Eitan.
Michael Berg is a very unique human being. He might be the smartest person I know.
At first he seemed quiet and shy, conservative and even perhaps a bit naïve. But ask him a question on any subject and you will find yourself swimming in an ocean of information.
It's astounding what he knows and what he has accomplished at such a young age. The fact that he translated 22 volumes of the Zohar from Aramaic into Hebrew and English is remarkable.
The funny thing about Michael is that he is as comfortable and knowledgably about discussing the teachings of the Ari as he is of discussing his favorite Seinfeld episode.
He knows more about Pop Culture and what's going on in the world than anyone I know and yet his desire to really affect change in the world and the compassion he feels for people who are suffering is unparalleled.
When Michael gets up to tell a story in front of a room full of people there is never a dry eye in the house including his own.
I am lucky to call him my friend.
He has a child with Down Syndrome and it is perhaps because of this that he feels the need to come to the rescue of children who are living in challenging situations or abject poverty.
We were both looking for a project to do with children and low and behold a Malawian woman appeared and told us about the plight of over 1 million children orphaned by AIDS in a small landlocked country in Africa.
Before we knew it we were visiting Malawi and that was the birth of our foundation: Raising Malawi.
Of course now that I know what I know, I realize that this did not happen by chance.
Once again the students were ready and the teacher appeared. In this case the children of Malawi are the teachers.
They have taught me so much. And they continue to teach me.
As do Michael and Eitan.
If Madonna's show is held at the Puskas stadium, two years of work of the national soccer team could be ruined, Istvan Kisteleki of the Hungarian soccer association told the Hungarian news agency MTI.
The Hungarian is scheduled to play two major world cup qualification matches early in September and it would take more than 30 days to repair the turf on Budapest's Ferenc Puskas stadium after Madonna's concert Aug. 22.
Hungary is to play Sweden Sept. 5 and Portugal Sept. 9.
Lajos Vajto, the director of Budapest's Kincsem Park, the site for horse tracks, said the Madonna concert could be held on his facility if the Puskas soccer stadium refuses to stage the show.source
JERUSALEM — After a long career as a singer, dancer, new-age seeker and megacelebrity, Madonna added a new item to her resume Friday — Israeli newspaper correspondent.
An article in Friday's edition of Israel's biggest daily, Yediot Ahronot, bears the Material Girl's byline. It describes her spiritual awakening upon discovering Jewish mysticism, called Kabbalah, after which, she writes, "all the puzzle pieces started falling into place."
Madonna is bringing her Sticky & Sweet tour to Israel in September, which no doubt explains the timing of her journalism debut here. But she also has ties to Israel and Judaism through her involvement with the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Center, whose new-age version of Judaism's ancient mystic tradition has become popular among members of Hollywood's A-list.
The 50-year-old pop icon has taken the Hebrew name Esther and came to Israel on private pilgrimages in 2004 and 2007 along with other Kabbalah devotees.
In the article, Madonna, who was raised Roman Catholic, describes hearing about Kabbalah for the first time at a dinner party in Los Angeles while pregnant with her daughter Lourdes, who is now 12. She had recently completed a star turn in the movie Evita, she writes, but "still felt like something was missing in my life."
She went to her first class, taught by a teacher named Eitan, after years of practicing yoga and reading about Buddhism, Taoism and early Christianity.
"I heard what he had to say and I knew at this moment my life would never be the same," she writes in the article, which the paper published both in Hebrew and in the original — and apparently unedited — English.
"Life no longer seemed like a series of Random events," she writes. "I also began to see that being Rich and Famous wasn't going to bring me lasting fulfillment and that it was not the end of the journey."
The Kabbalah Center's devotees have included other celebrities such as Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears. Many mainstream Jewish scholars see the Center's self-help teachings, its sale of Kabbalah-themed merchandise and its embrace by non-Jewish pop stars as a perversion of Judaism's ancient and secretive mystic tradition.
Some rabbis were particularly incensed by Madonna's song, "Isaac," about the revered 16th-century Kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria, which featured on her 2005 album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor."
Jewish tradition has long held that Kabbalah is so complicated and so easily misunderstood that students may only begin to approach it with a strong background in Jewish law and only after age 40. The discipline's elements include the study of mystical texts, prayer and meditation in an attempt to draw closer to the divine.
The criticism appears to have had no effect on Madonna's popularity among Israelis. Originally scheduled to give one concert in Tel Aviv, Madonna added a second after the first show quickly sold out.
Madonna's last concert in Israel was in 1993, during her "Girlie Show" tour.source
MADONNA has opened up for the first time about being a mother and her Kabbalah faith.
She said: "I suddenly realised that I spent my entire life worrying only about myself and soon I'd be responsible for the life of another person.
"I started seeing that being rich and famous is not the end of the road, but only the beginning."
Madonna is a keen follower of Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism, and has raised her children in the faith.
She even took Mercy to a Kabbalah meeting in London immediately after she finalised the adoption process in the tot's home country of Malawi.
She is also said to be planning to take the children to see the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
The trip will happen in September to coincide with Madonna's final date of her Sticky and Sweet tour in Tel Aviv, Israel.
A source said: "Madonna wants to give Mercy enough time to settle into her new home. By September she feels she will be ready to take the trip without the danger of upheaval.
"The Wailing Wall is a very sacred place for anyone with links to the Jewish faith and she wants the children to see it."
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Russian Communists urged Madonna to sing a revolutionary anthem like the Marseillaise when she performs in Russia on Aug. 2 near the palace stormed by the Bolsheviks in 1917.
The pop singer should make a gesture of modesty and respect during her concert on St. Petersburg's Palace Square next to the Winter Palace, the Communists of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region said in an open letterpublished yesterday on their Web site. They urged Madonna to don a sailor's striped vest and to sing one of the favorite revolutionary tunes as tribute to the Great October Socialist Revolution, according to the letter.
Madonna will make her second concert appearance in Russia as part of her Sticky and Sweet tour, performing in the country's second biggest city and its former imperial capital.
Her first Russian concert three years ago in Moscow was marred by protests of Christian Orthodox activists who objected to her performance of the pop ballad Live to Tell, where she sings wearing a crown of thorns while dangling from a cross.
The storming of the Winter Palace on Oct. 25, 1917, according to the Julian calendar, has been seen as the climax of the Russian revolution when Bolsheviks overthrew the so-called provisional government and secured their grip on power following Tsar Nicholas II's abdication earlier that year. The Winter Palace now houses the Hermitage Museum.
Madonna has written a song for Guy Ritchie calling him her "eternal love".
The singer - who divorced the British film director earlier this year after almost eight years of marriage - penned a track about a couple who loved, fought and loved again, sparking speculation the pair are set to reconcile.
Madonna has even ordered Guy a special personalised rifle for his birthday in September.
"Madonna has met few people in her life she truly respects and one of them is Guy. Forgetting everything else, she admires his intellect and cares about what he thinks.
"No one ever expected they could go from lovers to enemies and then back to incredibly close friends."
Friends of the 'Sherlock Holmes' filmmaker have also claimed he still refers to Madonna as if they are married.
One source said: "He'll often say, 'My wife is in great shape.' "
The couple agreed to resolve their differences after Madonna's 12-year-old daughter Lourdes from a previous relationship told her mother she wanted the pair to get along.
A source said: "She sat down with her mother and told her straight out that she wanted things to be good. It was then Madonna who called Guy and they met up in London and spent hours just talking. There was no shouting, no attitude and no hostility."
The former couple - who also have sons Rocco, eight, and David, three, together - have further strengthened their bond since the singer introduced Guy to her newly-adopted daughter Mercy, four.
The source added: "They have spent time together as a family, it was all very low key. He and Madonna were laughing together, he was teasing her like he used to and the edge was gone. She was asking him a lot of advice and getting him involved in decisions."source
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