Malcolm Mayhew of Knight Ridder weighed in on how Madonna is teaming with Missy Elliott on the new Gap advertisements, arguing the singer “is clearly trying to boost her sales and perhaps prove to herself and her fans that she’s still relevant.” Mayhew says, “But the sheer fact that Madonna and Missy would participate in regurgitating a remixed, reworded version of Madonna’s hit ‘Into the Groove’, while dancing very badly, just proves that the Material Girl isn’t above doing obvious, non-inventive commercials to save her music career.”
Madonna’s ‘English’ Lit
August 11, 2003 – The New York Daily News profiled Madonna’s upcoming children’s book ‘The English Roses,’ the first of six books from the Material Mom. “The biggest question over the [children’s book] industry right now is whether the Madonna book will be good,” says Diane Roback, children’s book editor of Publishers Weekly. “Her publisher will really have to hit out of the park to justify the hype. How much the world cares remains to be seen.”
Fan Tries To Get Into Madonna’s Home
August 8, 2003 – The Sun reports that a fan of Madonna’s has been arrested after repeatedly trying to get into the singer’s Ashcombe Estate. The 31-year-old German was being held last night in a hospital under the Mental Health Act. “There is no evidence or suggestion that he intended to cause anybody any harm or distress,” remarked police spokesman Graham Briant. Neither the Material Girl and hubby Guy Ritchie were in the home at the time of the incident.