30 September 2007

Vjeko's A'dam diary - Two weeks pause

Dear friends,

I'm not going to post for two weeks because I'm going to take a little break. I hope I will find you in a good mood when I come back! Take care everybody!


29 September 2007

Other stuff - Ashes and Snow



“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”
—Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow

Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. With profound patience and an unswerving commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary interactions between humans and animals.

The Ashes and Snow exhibition includes more than 60 large-scale photographic artworks, a one-hour film, and two 9-minute film haikus. None of the images have been digitally collaged or superimposed. They record what the artist himself saw through the lens of his camera. While Colbert uses both still and movie cameras, the images are not stills from the film.

The animal subjects of the photographs and films include interactions with both wild animals and also those that have been habituated to human contact.

These mixed media photographic works marry umber and sepia tones in a distinctive encaustic process on handmade Japanese paper. The artworks, each approximately five feet by eight feet, are mounted without explanatory text so as to encourage an open-ended interaction with the images.

© Ashes and Snow™ All photographs © Gregory Colbert.

Other stuff - ''Songs of Mass Destruction'' Out Now!

The new album by Annie Lennox "Songs of Mass Destruction" has finally hit the stores and I have my copy right infront of me and CD in the CD player!

Annie has just launched a brand new website dedicated to her "Sing" project, also featuring Madonna.
AnnieLennoxsing.com is now active with a page explaining how the idea behind "Sings" came to life, a link to Annie's official website and a chance to subscribe to the "Sing" mailing list.
Click on the image below to get there.

Annie is off to New York for a full on week of promotion for ''Songs Of Mass Destruction'', where she will be appearing on the Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Charlie Rose Show, ABC Nightly News, MTV and not forgetting the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

26 September 2007

Madonna - Does Anyone Make Pop Music Anymore?


Gaywired.com publishes today an interesting article by Bryan Ochalla, titled Does Anyone Make Pop Music Anymore?, discussing the situation of pop music today with the sound of Madonna's coming new album as a starting point.

You know something is up in the world of music when the Queen of Pop herself decides to leave the dance floor in search of something more 'mainstream'.

Madonna's last album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, may have been a massive hit on a global scale—selling more than 8 million copies worldwide—but only a fraction of those sales came from the U.S. (about 1.6 million, according to Billboard magazine). Likewise, whereas the set's lead single, “Hung Up”, broke records by reaching the pole position in 41 countries, it stalled at a 'ho hum' number seven on the American charts.
Despite that worldwide success, the former Material Girl seems to be angling for a hit on her home turf with her next album, set to be released sometime next year. A quick look at the co-writers and producers lined up to work on the as-yet-unnamed album (Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Pharrell have been all but confirmed, with Akon and Swiss Beatz being heavily rumored as well) suggests the British transplant believes the key to reaching that goal is to approximate a more urban sound.

Madonna isn’t the first popstar to make that move, of course. Janet Jackson and Jennfier Lopez, both of whom have roots in dance and pop, are prime examples of how much the American music industry (and the tastes of consumers) have changed over the last few years. Compare JLo’s "Waiting for Tonight" with anything from her 2005 release, Rebirth, or Janet’s "Control" with "Call On Me", the lead-off single from her latest album, 20 Y.O.
Even the pretenders to Madonna's throne have thrown their crowns into the ring. Britney Spears' comeback single, “Gimme More,” was produced by Nate “Danja” Hills (who rose to fame by helping Timbaland craft "Promiscuous" for Nelly Furtado and "SexyBack" for Justin Timberlake), while the rest of the album is being produced by Jonathan Rotem (who has worked with 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim and Rihanna) and Sean Garrett (previous clients include Ciara, Destiny’s Child and Usher).

Britney’s former castmate on The New Mickey Mouse Club, Christina Aguilera, also has moved toward a more urban sound, enlisting DJ Premier, Kwamé and Mark Ronson to produce last year’s Back to Basics, which Aguilera called "a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz, blues, and feel-good soul music.” Quite a change from her past pop hits like “Genie in a Bottle”, eh?

Madonna's movement in the same direction could be taken as a clear sign pop music finally is out of favor in the U.S., though there’s still hope for fans of the genre. Former teen queen Hilary Duff released the respectably edgy, dance-pop album, Dignity, early this year, though it hardly lit the charts on fire, while Madonna's biggest fan, Kylie Minogue, is set to do the same (though with much more talent and verve) later this year—overseas, at least—with X, her 10th studio album and first since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.
And of course... you can always count on a certain few "divas of dance" to deliver something dance floor ready. Though she left the dance genre momentarily for her Dinah Washington tribute, at the same time, Deborah Cox, dropped a new dance floor anthem. But in doing so, she's also made it very clear as of late... she is more than a dance artist, and she won't let you forget it.

So with all the writing on the wall, does that mean dance music is on its way out? Dance music will never truly die, but in a shape-shifting music industry, the days of club-ready dance anthems coming out of our divas may be behind us.
But fear not... these ladies know who continues to buy their CDs year after year... I'm sure there's a dance mix or ten brewing up in Madge's brain even as I type!

Good point!

Other stuff - Darren Hayes: Me, Myself and I

Darren Hayes new single, ''Me, Myself and I'' will be released on November 5 and already has a video to promote it. It is directed by Darren's partner Richard Cullen, and not only that I like the song but I love the video! It's a reminiscence of the 80's spirit but also has some inspiration from Madonna's ''Confessions Tour'', especially from ''Ray of Light''.


Since Darren is indie artis now, I won't post any links for downloads of the songs from his new CD ''This Delicate Thing We've Made'', only the offical ones. You can see more of Darren's videos here: www.neonbird.com
You can also check out his web page by clicking on the photo.

24 September 2007

Madonna - Some forgotten remixes... (part 2)

Here is the second part of my personal favorite Madonna remixes that didn't have the spotlight they deserve and some of them are unofficial, made by fans. I hope you will enjoy it too!



Madonna - Some forgotten remixes... (part 1)

Every now and then I post the topic about Madonna's remixes because some could stand alone as great songs. Of course, we all have our favotires but for today's post I decided to bring on the surface some remixes that weren't so widely popular and didn't have that much club play (at least not to my knowledge) or some Madonna fans weren't even born when some of the mixes were made. Anyway, I enjoy the following remixes very much.




19 September 2007

Madonna - Guyom's 77 Tracks Megamix

Other than making great Madonna remixes, Guyom has created this fabulous Megamix video that reminds me of ''Music'' backdrop from Madonna's ''Drowned World Tour'' but it's even better when I think of how Madonna's fans are creative and resourceful. Here you can see only 2 minute extract but the whole eight minute video you can download if you click on the photo.



18 September 2007

Other stuff - Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox talks about the process of making her new album ''Song of Mass Destruction'' in so brilliantly intelligent way, as I expected from the artist of her caliber.
Can't wait for the CD!

16 September 2007

Annie Lennox and Madonna

In the latest issue of ''You'' magazine - a free supplement to Daily Mail and Daily Irish Mail - Annie Lennox mentions Madonna's involvment in "Sing":
To the end, ''Songs of Mass Destruction'' features a female-empowerment anthem called "Sing", which will be available in download and single formats, with all profits going to South Africas's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) initiatives.

Its rousing chorus features 23 of the planet's top female singers - Celine Dion, Joss Stone, Madonna, Dido, Fergie and Shakira, among others - dubbed "the choir of 23" by Lennox. She sent out a "little letter" requesting their services, "and everyone who was around came back and did it", she marvels.


"I asked them to join in the chorus, but Madonna sang the second verse as well''.
Was that because she just couldn't bear to play second fiddle?
"No it was really cool of her," insists Lennox.
"Look, I'll be as mercenary with this as I need to be. Madonna has a huge audience, and her involvment will help to spread the word wider."

Annie Lennox also announced a U.S. tour that will take her to fifteen cities across North America this fall. "Performing in smaller venues, this tour, the 3rd of her solo career, will give fans the opportunity to enjoy her new material and beloved classics in a special and extraordinarily rare environment," boasts a press release. "Annie’s exquisite voice and mesmerizing stage presence will be illuminated in this once in a lifetime concert experience."

Hope you can make it to one of them.




October

8 San Diego CA (Civic Theatre)
10 San Francisco CA (Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium)
11 Los Angeles CA (Wilshire Theater)
14 Dallas TX (McFarlin Memorial Auditorium)
16 Boulder CO (Macky Auditorium)
18 Minneapolis MN (State Theater)
19 Chicago IL (Cadillac Palace)
22 Detroit MI (Music Hall)
23 Toronto ONT (Massey Hall)
25 Washington DC (Lisner Auditorium)
28 Nashville TN (The Ryman)
29 Atlanta GA (Cobb Energy PAC)
31 Miami FL (Carnival Center)

November

3 New York NY (United Palace)
6 UNICEF Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street (series subscribers only)
10 Philadelphia PA (Merriam Theater)
11 Boston MA (Symphony Hall)


Madonna and Guy meets Shimon Peres


In these image released by Israel's Government Press Office, Israel President Shimon Peres stands with pop star Madonna and husband British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, center, during a visit to the President's residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007. These are also the first official images from Madonna and Guy's visit to Israel.

Madonna and Guy were seen entering the home of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in Jerusalem after the end of the Jewish New Year at sunset Saturday. Peres gave Madonna a copy of the Old Testament, the Jewish Bible, in the meeting that she requested, Israeli TV reported.
The meeting was closed to the press.

13 September 2007

Madonna - Candy Shop is not open yet

Contrary to what you might have heard, Warner and Madonna are not "testing" the leaked song ''Candy Shop'' around clubs in New York. The following article comes from gaysocialites.com and follows the story about DJ Steve Sidewalk wanting to premiere Madonna's leaked track at ''Porky'', the NYC club where he spins.

Charles Winters on gaysocialites.com posts:
"I heard that New York City nightclub DJ Steve Sidewalk has been slapped with a cease and desist from Madonna's people and Warner Brothers after he debuted a leaked version of one of her future tracks.

Sidewalk played the Material Girl's upcoming song ''Candy Shop'' for ''Hot Mess'' on Sunday at Porky's in NYC in what he called a "world premiere." As it turns out, Warner Brothers isn't ready to premiere the song.

Steve Sidewalk issued at public apology to Madonna and Warner Brothers: ''I was contacted by Warner Brothers and they expressed their displeasure in knowing that Candy Shop had been leaked and that I had been given a high quality copy that was world premeired at Hot Mess @ Porky's NYC.
They told me that Madonna is not ready for the song to be released and it may not even be the first single or on the album. It is just too soon and their is no official album release date despite the internet rumors.
I truly understand and do not want to play a song by Madonna that isnt even completed to her satisfaction. I played her song out of excitement for her new music and all I wanted to do was further promote her and get the buzz started at the clubs. But if it is not ready and someone wrongfully leaked a demo copy then it's not fair to Madonna, Warner Brothers or her fans.
I have destroyed my copy of "Candy Shop," and I will wait for the Madonnna approved version of her single when it is released officially by Warner Brothers. Hopefully they will send me a copy but they probably hate me, so I will have to buy it.

Madonna, I know you've heard it all before.... but I am sorry!!!''

Thanks to MadonnaTribe.

12 September 2007

Other stuff - Backup your Blog

I found out that there's this new software that backs up your blog. It's doesn't save your pictures, still it's very handy. You just need to back up you blog, and if your blog happens to be deleted by whatever reason you just need to create a new one and reload the saved file from your previous blog. You'll just have to add the pictures for each post, nothing more. Here is the link: Blogger Backup

I hope it will be usefull.

10 September 2007

Madonna - The MTV VMA's Most Memorable Moments

Since MTV has become just a reality shows shit-hole, losing ''the music television'' epithet, it's Video Music Awards became just another less and less relevant TV show (this year's show sunk the lowest in terms of performances and as event in general), I think it's time to put in the spotlight a few most memorable VMA's moments... with Madonna, of course.

During the first-ever VMAs, Madonna stunned the live audience with a controversial performance of her 1984 hit "Like a Virgin". Dressed in a white-lace bustier, fingerless gloves and a ''Boy Toy'' belt, the singer popped out of a wedding cake before writhing around the stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Though relatively tame by today's standards, the performance pushed the envelope and made the then 26-year-old a bonafide star. "People were gasping in the audience," said Madonna's longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg. "Madonna took it so much further than anyone knew she was capable of."



In 1985, Madonna lost in every category she has been nominated (Best Female Video, Best Choreography in Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematographt in Video), but in 1986 Madonna wins Video Vanguard Award.

In MTV VMA's 1987, Madonna performs (via satelite from Torino) ''Causing a Commotion'' while on ''Who's That Girl World Tour'' and wins an award for Best Female Video for ''Papa Don't Preach''.

In 1989 Madonna wins three awards: Viewer's Choice Award for ''Like a Prayer'', Best Direction and Best Cinematography for ''Express Yourself''. She also has a killer live performance of ''Express Yourself'' where we had a taste of coreography that later will become ''Vouge''.



Only one year later, Madonna brings out now the legendary ''Vogue'' performance and takes home three awards (of eight nominations). The awards were only in technical categories (Best Director, Cinematography and Editing) and it once again proved that Madonna was way ahead of her time because the main award, Video of the Year, the audience gave to Sinead O'Connor for ''Nothing Compares 2 U''.


And then MTV started one very unjustified and cruel power game with Madonna and her videos because it banned ''Justify My Love'' and eventaully it ended up with ''Like a Virgin'' performance from ''Truth or Dare'' to be nominated as best female video in 1991 and also ''Holiday'' (again from ''Truth or Dare'') in the same category in 1992. Of course, Madonna didn't win any awards except one for Best Long Form Video for ''The Immaculate Collection''.

''Rain'' helped Madonna in 1993 since MTV didn't want to play almost every video form ''Erotica'' album, so again, only the ''technical awards'' were reserved for Madonna - Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction, justfully but ''Rain'' deserved more! Madonna gave us the sneak-peak of what to expect from ''Girlie Show Tour'' when she performed ''Bye Bye Baby'' on the stage.

Since 1994 until 1998 there was only one award for Madonna (Best Female Video for ''Take a Bow'' in 1995) but in 1998 Madonna took six out of nine nominations - five for ''Ray of Light'' and one for ''Frozen''. It was her comeback year on MTV VMA's. She performed ''Shanti/Ashtangi'' and ''Ray of Light'' with a help of Lenny Kravitz.


Next year Madonna takes one award for Best Video for a Film - ''Beautiful Stranger''. And she got a very funny and spectacular ''tribute'' with drag queens dressed up as Madonna in various stages of her career.

In the next seven years Madonna has been nominated nine times but didn't win anything, not even on the peak of ''Confessions on a Dance Floor'' madness when she was nominated with ''Hung Up'' in five categories.

I'll end with the performance everybody still talks about, it happened on August 28, 2003. Madonna, Britney, Christina and Missy... ''Like a Virgin/Hollywood''... The rest is history.



07 September 2007

Madonna - One year ago in Amsterdam




Time does go by so slowly while we wait for Madonna's new album but it goes so fast when you look back... One year ago this week (September 3 and 4 2006) Madonna performed on the stage of the Amsterdam Arena as part of the two-night stop in the Netherlands.

And what a show it was! At first, I was pissed off by lazy audience on the seats but after Madonna warmed up this huge space, everything was as it supposed to be on her show. For the first show (September 3), tickets were sold in half an hour so very quickly the promotors came up with the second date: September 4.

The set list contained almost every track of her last CD ''Confessions on A Dance Floor'' and oldies but goodies like: ''Like a Virgin'', ''Live to Tell'', ''Ray of Light'', ''La Isla Bonita''... But almost everybody knows that! And everyone who attended ''Confessions Tour'' can testify that it has been one of Madonna's top three tours in 25 years of her career.

Can't wait the next one!




05 September 2007

Madonna - Statement about adoption and surprise appearance





















Liz Rosenberg
issued this statement about Madonna's adoption of baby David."The plans to finalize the adoption of Madonna and Guy Ritchie's son, David, are proceeding as outlined almost a year ago - the day the Malawian Government granted them their 'interim' adoption. There has been absolutely no interference with Government Officials or use of Madonna's 'celebrity' to speed up this adoption as reported. All appropriate legal requirements are being followed, including a home visit. Madonna and her entire family look forward to being granted the final adoption early next year - 18 months following the original interim adoption order."


Madonna made a surprise appearance last night, when she arrived on the red carpet at the London GQ Awards along with British interior designer David Collins. Collins was the winner of the Inspiration award at the annual GQ Men of the Year awards.

04 September 2007

Other stuff - Darren Hayes misquoted


Digital Spy reported that Darren Hayes is "frightened" by Madonna for her overt displays of sexuality. As a fan of both mentioned artists, I have to publish Darren's explanation of that ''quote''. It only proves (like in my previous post) that media has the ability to write whatever they want about someone, not actually using any of the facts, as long they can sell the magazines or earning hits on the web.

"They got it wrong,'' Darren Hayes tells Drowned Madonna. ''In the original article in ''Attitude'' magazine I was sticking up for M and talking about her use of sexuality as a powerful and liberating device as compared to ''Pussycat Dolls'' who essentially just become the object of men's desires.''

"Huge difference in what I said and what got misquoted," adds Darren.

Darren Hayes new album "This Delicate Thing We've Made" is out now.




03 September 2007

Madonna - UK press is cruel and mean



I never liked reading ''yellow press'' because knowing myself, I would get very angry by the way they write about almost anybody - and surely, Madonna is no exception. In their mean and hurful way of selling newspapers, here is just example of what kind of journalism we, the audience, support by buying the ''newspapers''!

''Daily Mail'' writes: ''Record sales must be down, Madonna's adopting a Malawian baby again. In a selection process that sounds about as dignified as a Newmarket horse sale, Madge was shown a video of 11 potential girls for her to pick from. She chose one child called Grace, but family resisted. So she opted instead for a 13-month old baby called Mercy. Surely if Madonna had a scrap of grace or mercy herself, she would have given both girls' extended families enough money to raise children themselves, instead of dragging them into her own menopausal madness.''

Any comments?!


02 September 2007

Vote for Madonna at the MTV Europe Music Awards




The 14th annual MTV Europe Music Awards is gearing up for another spectacular event, which is happening in Munich's OlympiaHalle on November 1, 2007. And this year the voice of the fans is going to be louder than ever - from deciding on best new emerging European act in the New Sounds Of Europe category, to nominating the acts and voting in nine ground-breaking categories, including Ultimate Urban, Inter Act, Headliner and Most Addictive Track.

This year you can vote for Madonna as a nominee in the Solo and Inter-Act categories up until the live event on November 1st at the following link - ema.mtv.co.uk - or at your local MTV website.