For the third year in a row, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act will headline the Super Bowl halftime entertainment. The Rolling Stones headlined the halftime show for last season’s game, and two seasons ago it was Paul McCartney. Now, Prince has been called upon to perform on television’s highest rated program.
Neil Sean of Sky News reports Prince and Sheena Easton have secretly been working on some new tracks together for the first time in 20 years. “Prince has always loved her voice and thinks she has a great stage presence,” a source said. “He loves working with Sheena.”
Prince’s second wife, Manuela Testolini Nelson, filed for divorce in Hennepin County District Court on May 24th. Court documents obtained by C.J. of the Minneapolis Star Tribune indicate that she has hired Edward Winer, a great attorney, while Prince is represented by Alan Eidsness.
Why doesn’t the world still love Prince! Back in the 80’s this guy was rival to Michael Jackson, and was producing some of the best pop records of all time, yet today he is a mere legend, passed down by those who remember his glory days. His last album was a “return to form” of sorts as he acheived good sales and won back the critics, but could still not manage to match his past successes. Hopefully, with a new album scheduled for release this year, the man who helped define the modern Pop/Rock era will be welcomed back into the mainstream!
Contributed by StilettoSadist: Rolling Stone’s annual list of music’s top fifty earners has Prince in the peak position edging out Madonna with $56.5 million. Prince’s tour took in $90.3 million in ticket sales scoring the year’s second-highest-grossing tour and thanks to low production costs, his net take was larger than top grosser Madonna’s. Madonna came in right behind with $54.9 million. Despite playing only fifty-six concerts in 2004, Madonna hauled in more money on the road than any other artist. She also demanded and got ninety-five percent of her shows’ profits. Down at No. 37 is Britney Spears who made $13.8 million even though her tour was cut short from a knee injury. The list of the top 50 earning musicians at rollingstone.com has since been removed.
Madonna On Missy Elliott’s ‘Road To Stardom’
February 18, 2005 – Madonna made an appearance on the television show ‘The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliott’, taped during rehearsals of the Re-Invention Tour. You can download and watch this clip at Madonna-TV.com.
Madonna Cut From Guy Ritchie’s New Movie
February 15, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “There are rumors that Madonna has been cut out of her husband’s new movie. I don’t want to say Madonna is a bad actress, but it’s a home movie.”
Contributed by StilettoSadist: Prince’s tour tops this year’s Pollstar list of 2004’s Top 100 Tours at the midway point of the year with $45.7 million in grosses. He has sold a total of 737k tickets, with an average gross of $1.038 million per show, based on an average ticket price of $61.59. Madonna’s Re-Invention Tour comes in right behind selling $44.9 million worth of tickets. Madonna sold 258k total tickets at an average price of $174.17 (highest in the Top 100). Madonna also has the largest average gross per show at a whopping $6.414 million. She has approximately another 642,000 further tickets sold for the remaining concerts. This will put Madonna’s total concerts in excess of $120,000,000 for 2004. Britney comes in at number 13 moving 299K tickets for a total of 18.9 million.
Madonna’s Chicago Family Reunion
July 14, 2004 – Bill Zwecker of The Chicago Sun-Times has several details on Madonna’s visit to the Windy City which featured a Ciccone family reunion of sorts at the Drake Hotel.
Madonna Alters ‘Mother And Father’ Lyrics
July 14, 2004 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports Madonna changed a line of ‘Mother and Father’ at her concert in Chicago on Tuesday night. “I use to think he was a jerk” became “He didn’t know how much it hurt,” and sharp-eared fans wondered if it was because the Material Girl’s dad Tony Ciccone was in the audience.
Heartsick At Madonna Antics
July 12, 2004 – John Schlesinger, the director of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and ‘Billy Liar’, who died in July 2003, blamed Madonna for his 1999 heart attack. That damning charge lives on in letters and production notes he wrote while directing Madonna in the $25 million flop ‘The Next Best Thing’, the London Telegraph reported. “I am fu**ing angry with [producer Tom Rosenberg] being influenced by Madonna,” Schlesinger wrote to his agent. “I do not for one moment think that their behavior has not added to the reasons I have ended up here [in a hospital bed].”
Madonna Trying For One More Child
July 9, 2004 – Even though she’ll turn 46 next month, The New York Daily News reports Madonna is determined to try for one more child. “She has it all planned out to a T,” a friend revealed. “She began visiting her fertility doctor in Los Angeles in late March. Her tour was already planned for the summer, but Madonna wanted to undergo tests to find out if she would be able to get pregnant and carry a baby at her age.”
The Las Vegas Sun reports that during his show in Vegas, Prince took a few digs at some other artists currently on tour. “Las Vegas, you made the right choice tonight,” Prince said, making a clear reference to the Madonna concert going on at the same time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He also said several times that there was “no lip-syncing going on here tonight,” nor canned music, a gentle swipe at Britney Spears as well as Madonna.