Robyn Discusses ‘Dream On’, Touring With Madonna

Robyn talks about going on tour with Madonna

Robyn talked viewers through the inspiration and conception behind her new single with Christian Falk, ‘Dream On’. The Swedish pop singer also talked about touring with Madonna earlier this year – though tellingly never mentioned any personal interaction she had with the Material Girl.

“I think ‘Dream On’ is about people that feel or are a little bit left on the outside,” Robyn explained regarding the song. “People that don’t really fit in. Those people are on the street, but sometimes they’re not. I think we all feel like that sometimes, and we don’t fit in, so it’s a song for everyone and I think a lot of people recognize themselves in the lyrics.”

“Well the Madonna tour was great,” she said about the recent trek. “We were on the road for about five weeks. We played a lot of different cities in Europe, and we had this huge audience every time, between 30-70,000 people. And Madonna’s audience was really nice to us. They got into the music, and I think she made a good choice, because I make pop music and so does she, and I think her fans get what I do. So we had a really good time. It was a really good tour to be on.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Britney Spears And Justin Timberlake Appear During Madonna Show

Britney Spears joins Madonna on stage during her concert in LABritney Spears made an appearance at the end of Madonna’s performance of ‘Human Nature’ at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday (November 6) on the latest stop of the Material Girl’s Sticky & Sweet tour.

Britney sang along for a bit and Madonna gave her a twirl before Spears exited the stage and she began performing ‘4 Minutes’. That prompted the emergence moments later of Britney’s ex Justin Timberlake.

Watch both moments below.

‘Filth And Wisdom’ A Box Office Dud For Madonna

November 6, 2008 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that Madonna’s new film ‘Filth and Wisdom’ hasn’t exactly been a box office smash since coming out October 17th, selling just over $18,000 in tickets. It only played in Toronto, St. Louis, and Columbus, Ohio over the weekend, down from ten screens the prior week. Read more.

Katy Perry On Partying With Petite Madonna

Katy Perry was on the phone from Liverpool talking with Ryan Seacrest of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on Monday (November 3), talking about her role as host of the MTV Europe Music Awards and being part of the KIIS Jingleball.

After Ryan played a clip of Madonna complimenting Katy’s song ‘Ur So Gay’, Katy said, “I actually met her maybe two months ago, a month and a half ago. She invited me to her hometown show I guess in London. She had a party afterwards for some of her select friends, and I so happened to be summons by the queen herself. I actually went backstage and met her and of course I mean usually I’m never nervous, and I lost it. I got so weak in the knees and I was just like bluhhh.”

Asked how Madonna was to her, Katy said, “Yeah, she was cool. She’s very petite. She’s very small. She comes up to chest about. I thought she was supposed to be a giant.”

The interview audio at kiisfm.com has since been removed.

Madonna Reacts To Obama Win During San Diego Concert

November 5, 2008 – Madonna performed before a sell-out crowd at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday night (November 4), where the singer was in a happy mood with news Barack Obama had just been elected the 44th U.S. President.

“This is a historical evening,” Madge told the crowd. “This is a motherfu**ing important evening. And we are happy to be sharing it with each other.” Just before images of Obama came on the big screen, Madonna said, “This is the beginning of a whole new world.”

Watch it via YouTube below.

TV Hypnotist Helps Guy Ritchie Stay Calm During Divorce

November 2, 2008 – The People reports Guy Ritchie has turned to television hypnotist Paul McKenna to help him get through his divorce from Madonna. “A few people had commented on how well Guy seemed to be doing considering the turmoil in his private life,” a source told the British tabloid. “He confessed it is all thanks to Paul McKenna who has helped him with relaxation and given him tools to help deal with his problems.” Read more.

Madonna And A-Rod Hang Out With The Seinfelds

According to the New York Post, Madonna and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez sneaked off to Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld’s 12-acre, waterfront Hamptons mansion last week, but not in a very environmentally friendly way. The pair arrived in separate helicopters, stayed at Seinfeld’s home for a few hours, and left in the two choppers. “The Seinfelds have been friends with Madonna for years. They’re neighbors on the West Side, so it’s really no surprise,” said an insider. “And Jerry and [wife] Jessica go to her concerts whenever she’s in town.”

The story at nypost.com has since been removed.

Madonna In ‘Full Meltdown Mode’?

October 27, 2008 – Madonna’s friends are worried the singer is in “full meltdown mode” following news she and Guy Ritchie are ending their 7 1/2 year marriage and that she wanted an assistant to gather all the items she received from the director so she can bury them. “In recent years she’s really relied on her Kabbalah advisors, but more for big decisions. She’s barely functioning without a consult at this point,” a source told Courtney Hazlett of The Scoop. As for Madge’s rumored romance with New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, the source said there was “very much a deep relationship there.” Read more.

Lourdes Encourages Peaceful Madonna And Guy Ritchie Divorce

October 26, 2008 – News of the World reports Madonna and Guy Ritchie could settle their divorce as early as next week, with Madonna’s daughter Lourdes acting as peacemaker. “Lourdes is heartbroken. Although Guy isn’t her biological dad she loves him to pieces and loves living with him in London,” a family friend said. “She wants to visit Guy as often as possible. She’s known him for most of her life, after all.” The insider added that the 12-year-old “knows how it might go because of the sometimes strained relationship her mum has had with her birth father [Carlos Leon].” The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.

Guy Ritchie’s Old Flame Tania Strecker Haunted Madonna

The Sun hears that Madonna’s marriage to Guy Ritchie was strained over her belief that the director preferred his prior girlfriend Tania Strecker, a 6ft blonde model with 37 inch legs. “Tania’s stunning and 15 years younger than Madonna,” a friend of the coiuple told the British tabloid. “Madonna took Guy from Tania, but never really trusted him that he loved her for herself. Today she’s consumed by the fear that Guy was more interested in her for her money. And that — if it hadn’t been for her fortune — he’d have stayed with Tania rather than marry her.” Read more and check out pictures of Tania here.

Trudie Styler Hopes Madonna & Guy Will Remain Friends

October 22, 2008 – Sting’s wife Trudie Styler spoke with ‘Extra’ about Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce, hoping the pair she helped to introduce will settle things amicably. “They’ll work it out,” said Styler, who is godmother to Madonna and Guy’s son Rocco. “They’re both big enough people to become great friends in time, and I’m sure that they will for the sake of their kids, if nothing else.”

She added, “I’m sad when great things come to an end, but they both need to recapture their lives.”

Verbal Abuse Plagued Madonna & Guy Ritchie Marriage

Us Weekly’s new cover story focuses on Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce, and the publication hears from a Ritchie source that the film director and the singer peppered each other with verbal abuse. “She would taunt Guy, saying, ‘I should have married someone like me: strong, hot-blooded, intelligent, ambitious, spiritual,'” the insider said. “Their fights would often get heated. A few times Madonna slapped him or poked him.” Guy responded by calling her “old, fat, ugly and wrinkled”, adding that the Madge “was stupid and couldn’t sing.” The full story at usmagazine.com has since been removed.

Have Madonna And Guy Ritchie Already Reached A Divorce Settlement?

October 21, 2008 – ‘Showbiz Tonight’ co-host Brooke Anderson spoke with Judge Alex Ferrer of TV’s ‘Judge Alex’ and with Jeanine Pirro of TV’s ‘Judge Jeanine Pirro’ about a reported divorce settlement between Madonna and Guy Ritchie.

Pirro didn’t buy the news of an agreement. “There is no way with money as large as this that the parties made an arrangement, an agreement in six or seven days,” she said. “The bottom line is they’ve apparently been working on this, although interestingly enough, Brooke, Madonna’s spokeswoman has said that they had not really reached an agreement.”

But Ferrer said he wouldn’t be shocked about if they put this to bed so quickly. “I’ll tell you this – every divorce doesn’t have to be dragged through the mud,” he said. “I mean, it’s a little unusual for Hollywood standards. But look at Reese Witherspoon. Even though there were some interesting allegations there for the media, they were able to keep their divorce, for the most part, out of the public eye. And I think that’s what they`re trying to do here. I think like Jeanine said, they’ve been working on it for a while. But the only thing that I think is going to hold this up is getting the judge’s approval. I think they’ve obviously indicated their interest in keeping this out of the public eye and that’s probably the way to go.”

Video of the segment, aired Monday (October 20), has since been removed at Turner.com.

Madonna Gets Receives Support From Gwyneth Paltrow During Her Divorce

October 21, 2008 – As more rumors swirl on the divorce between Madonna and Guy Ritchie, the pop star’s friend Gwyneth Paltrow is offering the singer support. NBC’s Dawna Friesen reported from London for the ‘Today’ show, talking with showbiz columnist Ashley Pearson about the situation. “Everyone’s looking to lead the story,” Pearson said. “And if it means kind of making up something or pushing something a little bit they certainly are willing to do that.”

Adam Helliker of the Sunday Express said rumors that Guy is after the Material Girl’s $500 million fortune are likely not true. “I don’t think it’s about money,” Helliker said. “I think it’s giving him the chance because he’s just turned 40 to start again, and to actually calm down. I don’t think he can have a calm life when his wife is around.” Watch the segment, aired Tuesday (October 21), below.

Madonna Dresses Her Son In NY Yankees T-Shirt

As Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce appears to be getting more and more bitter, Madonna appears to be kicking things up a notch by dressing their son Rocco in a New York Yankees t-shirt. “Rocco’s been a baseball fan for a while, but dressing him in a Yankees shirt at this time is a clear snub to Guy,” a source told The Sun about the obvious tie-in to Alex Rodriguez. “She wants to show him that Team Madonna can play tough.” Read more and check out Rocco in the outfit during a trip with his mother to a New York gym at thesun.co.uk.

Madonna And Guy Ritchie Divorce Could Be Settled Quickly

October 20, 2008 – Sources tell Katie Nicholl of The Mail on Sunday that many parts of the settlement to end Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s 7 1/2 year marriage are already in place. “I think it’s very unlikely it’s going to be massively acrimonious,” Nicholl told ‘The Early Show’ co-host Maggie Rodriguez. “I mean – let’s get something straight. This is a divorce. There is a lot of unhappiness. There’s bitterness. I don’t think you can see this is going to be completely seamless, but there are three children are involved, and both parents love them equally. And I think, if they can push this through quickly, they will, and if they can push it through without too much acrimony, that would be the best for everyone involved. And that is what I’m hearing is going to be happening, and I think we will hear news of a settlement imminently.” Watch the segment, aired Monday (October 20), below the cut. (more…)

Is Madonna Spying On Guy Ritchie?

The Sun hears that Guy Ritchie is furious with estranged wife Madonna after learning his meeting with his father and sister to discuss the divorce was leaked to the Material Girl. “They discussed the divorce and how Guy could stand his ground against Madonna and her PR machine,” a close family friend revealed. Once Guy learned Madge had been monitoring his activities and knew about the secret dinner, the film director “lost the plot.” The insider added, “He said, ‘How can you set fire to our whole world? Why go to such lengths to destroy me?’ But Guy knows it would be unusual if Madonna wasn’t monitoring his every move. She’s a control freak and there’s so much at stake.” Read more.

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Here For Madonna

October 20, 2008 – Gwyneth Paltrow spoke with UsMagazine.com about helping her friend Madonna after the singer announced plans to divorce Guy Ritchie. “You know, she’s a dear friend, and I’m supporting her in all [the] ways that I can,” the 36-year-old said at the Two Lovers Premiere in London Monday. “I’m just here for her. I’m just here on the other end of the phone, really.”

The full story at usmagazine.com has since been removed.

Madonna ‘Devasted’ Guy Ritchie Is After Her Money

October 19, 2008 – The Sun has learned Madonna told a friend that she’s upset estranged husband Guy Ritchie is after her $500 million fortune. “I’m totally devastated that Guy’s turned out to be such a gold-digger,” the 50-year-old reportedly complained. “I thought we’d been on a spiritual journey together for the past ten years — but obviously I was wrong. He’s just after my money. I’ve worked my ass off for the last 30 years to get what I have, and now this gold-digger wants to take it from me. Kabbalah philosophy teaches that you don’t take what you haven’t earned. Well that’s exactly what Guy is doing. He hasn’t earned a penny of it, yet wants to take, take, take. He keeps upping his demands — he just wants more, and more, and more from me. It’s unbelievable.” Read more.

‘Showbiz Tonight’ On Madonna & Guy Ritchie Divorce

October 19, 2008 – ‘Showbiz Tonight’ host A.J. Hammer has a rundown of all the details surrounding Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce. Jo Piazza of The New York Daily News remarked, “It’s not shocking at all that they’re finally splitting, it’s shocking that it took them so long to announce it.” Piazza added that when the couple married, the Material Girl “finally seemed like she was settling down and be a wife and a mother. She famously moved to London, and it seemed like he had tamed this wild sexual beast that was Madonna.” Video of the segment at Turner.com has since been removed.

Father Of Madonna’s Adopted Son Reacts To Divorce News

October 18, 2008 – Yohane Banda, now remarried with a happy new family living in his thatched hut in Malawi, spoke with the Dail Mail about news Madonna is getting divorced from Guy Ritchie. The 34-year-old said he’s disappointed with the news and suggested that his son David, who was adopted by Madonna and Guy in 2006, might “be better off back with us.”

“This is a new and terrible thing to happen to him,” Yohane said. “I am too upset to think clearly. He is only three years old and he has been through so much. I have the joy of a new family and I even have a new son. But now when I think of David in danger of living outside a family life I find it unbearable, I find it hard to believe God intended this.” Read more.

Madonna And Guy Ritchie’s Sexless Marriage

News of the World reports that before Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced their intentions to divorce earlier this week, the couple hadn’t had sex for 18 months. “He got more and more frustrated as she spent nearly half the day working out. Afterwards she’d be too tired to make love,” a close friend of the couple told the British tabloid. “And towards the end Guy wouldn’t be there. He’d get fed up waiting for her and go down the pub with his mates. He is the one behind the split.”

The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.

Was Guy Ritchie Verbally Abusive Towards Madonna?

October 18, 2008 – The Daily Mail reports that as Madonna and Guy Ritchie head to divorce court, the Material Girl is claiming the producer was cruel and verbally-abusive, belittling and ridiculing her in front of others. “Outwardly she’s the material girl and bursting with confidence, but turning 50 really hit her hard,” a source close to the couple told the British tabloid. “Madonna says Guy never said the right things to get her over that hurdle. She says he basically let her know that he thought she was over the hill. She said he had a subtle indifference towards her. She felt particularly vulnerable and felt Guy played on that, telling her that she looked ‘past it’, which would damage her confidence. She is alleging he would tell her that she really should give up the live touring and that she looked like a granny compared to the nubile youngsters dancing with her on stage.” Read more.

Guy Ritchie’s Dad Says Madonna’s Being Beastly

October 17, 2008 – The Sun reports Guy Ritchie’s father John is speaking out against Madonna after the singer appeared to call her estranged hubby Guy an “emotional retard” in front of thousands of fans at a Boston gig. “She’s being beastly,” the 78-year-old remarked. “She is saying, ‘Did you ever love me?’ It goes back to a time when she fell off her horse and she’s blaming him for that. She’s calling him an emotional retard. When he’s being bashed by her it’s horrid.” Read more.

Madonna, Guy Ritchie Battle Over Where Kids Will Be Raised

October 17, 2008 – The Daily Mail reports that although Madonna wants to raise their three children – Lourdes, her daughter with Carlos Leon; son Rocco, and adopted son David – in New York, her estranged husband Guy Ritchie would rather they continue attending private schools in Britain. “Madonna wants them to be brought up in the cosmopolitan environment of New York,” a source told the British tabloid. “Guy wants them to continue growing up in London and Wiltshire, being privately educated in Britain. This has been the major stumbling block as to why their lawyers have not been able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement.” Read more.

DA: Madonna Wasn’t Cooperative In Stalking Case

October 17, 2008 – L.A. Deputy District Attorney Rhonda Saunders spoke with The New York Daily News about how difficult it was to get Madonna to testify against her stalker, Robert Dewey Hoskins, who threatened to cut her throat from ear to ear. “I actually had to have the LAPD stake out her house,” Saunders said. “They let me know when she was back, and then I got a subpoena. I had to get a judge to order a $5 million ‘body attachment’ on her (an arrest like warrant for recalcitrant witnesses). I asked her why she had made it so difficult for us, and her response was very telling. She said, ‘Because by my coming to court, he’s now sitting within 15 feet of me. It gave him what he wanted’.” Read more.

Lily Allen Suggests Guy Ritchie & Heather Mills Double Standard

Lily Allen updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@lilymusic) on Friday (October 17), sharing her views on the press coverage surrounding Madonna and Guy Ritchie after it was announced they were divorcing after a 7 1/2 year marriage. The British singer songwriter tells readers:

So I’m reading the papers today, and I couldn’t help but wonder… Why the press haven’t gone on the attack at Guy Ritchie for walking away with 150 million quids of Madonnas. When only recently we saw a very different story with Heather Mills. Like you, I know nothing of the ins an outs of either party’s negotiations, but then neither do the press really. I just find it weird how it can be one rule for one person and another for another. Thoughts?

Behind Madonna And Guy Ritchie’s Divorce

October 16, 2008 – Madonna and Guy Ritchie have announced that they will divorce after seven and a half years of marriage. CBS News’ Sheila MacVicar reports on what went wrong. The Sun’s Gordon Smart remarked, “I think it reached they’ve point now where they’ve realized there’s no way they can repair the damage that’s been done. I think in the last few weeks in particular, they’ve had so many arguments that it’s just come to a stage where they’ve decided to finish with the pretense.” Watch the report, aired Thursday (October 16), below the cut. (more…)

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