Ananova.com reports that Madonna has thanked France for its opposition to the Iraqi war during a private performance for 200 guests of a radio station in Paris. She told the audience at the city’s Nobel restaurant, “Here in France I feel at home.”
50 Cent Returns To Top Spot, Madonna Drops
May 7, 2003 – Contributed by skiplest: Billboard.com reports that rapper 50 Cent reclaims the No. 1 spot for the sixth non-consecutive week on the Billboard 200, selling 128,000 copies. In the rest of the top 10, ‘American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic Love Songs’ debuts at No. 2; Kelly Clarkson’s debut ‘Thankful’ maintains at No. 3. Madonna’s ‘American Life’, last week’s No. 1 album, tumbled to No. 8 with sales sliding 62% to sell 91,000 copies. The full story at billboard.com has since been removed.
Madonna’s America Bashing Gets Cut From BBC Interview
May 7, 2003 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports that Madonna had some harsh comments for America when she gave an interview with the BBC recently. “Madonna said that most Americans are rude and obnoxious,” says a source. “She said that Americans are upset with her for having abandoned that country for England. And she’s clearly no fan of American president George Bush. But for some reason, all those comments were left on the editing room floor.”
Madonna Says Hubby Turns Her To Drink
May 2, 2003 – Madonna revealed on Friday that her husband has turned her on to that most English of pastimes — drinking too much ale in the pub with her mates. “I didn’t start drinking until I met Guy Ritchie — he’s been a wonderful influence on me,” joked Madonna of her husband on BBC television. “I get drunk with him. I become one of those English drunken girls. All it takes is a half of a pint. I’m a cheap date, yeah.”
Madonna Tops The Charts
May 1, 2003 – Madonna’s ‘American Life’ sold 241,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan, to debut Number One, topping the next best-selling album, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ by 100,000 copies. Third up was last season’s ‘American Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson, who cleared 134,000 copies of ‘Thankful’.
Madonna’s Special Water A Tough Find
April 29, 2003 – With Madonna in town, MSNBC.com’s Jeannette Walls reports hotel workers at a Hyatt in Cologne, Germany, have been frantically calling other countries, trying to locate a retailer of Kabbalah water. A source says, “They were having a heck of a time locating Kabbalah water, which is the only stuff Madonna will drink, because apparently, water blessed by Jewish mystics is not a hot-selling item in Germany.” The Material Girl’s spokewoman denied the charge. Madonna is bringing her own water,” she insisted.
Madonna Set To Top Album Charts
April 28, 2003 – Early numbers from the HitsDailyDouble.com U.S. album charts show Madonna looking set to top the list with ‘American Life’, racking up 144,676 sales with 56.7% of the numbers in. Next up is last season’s ‘American Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson, who drops a spot to #2 selling 74,931 copies of ‘Thankful’ so far.
Promotional Material Girl
April 28, 2003 – Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly shared his thoughts on Madonna’s television blitz last week that included appearances on ‘Will & Grace’, VH1, and ‘Live With Regis and Kelly.’ Tucker thought her appearance on Regis was the best. Read more.
Madonna, Guy & Stella Dine At Fiamma
April 28, 2003 – The New York Post reports Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Stella McCartney and Kabbalah guru/Rabbi Yehuda Berg feasting on gnocchi at Fiamma while Food Network phenom Nigella Lawson dined at another table.