The Deftones bassist Chi Cheng tells Richard Abowitz of Las Vegas Weekly that Madonna’s presence at their Maverick Records label is felt in a beneficial way in their willingness to allow the group creative power when it comes to control of the music. “I don’t hang with the broad a whole lot. But while it is not run by Madonna, it’s Madonna’s label,” he explained. “It’s fairly artist-oriented. We told our label from the get-go that we were going to do our sh**, and that you’re going to take a step back and leave us alone. They’ve been really cool that way. We do our thing, and they let us do our own thing.”
Guy Disliked Madonna’s Love Song
May 15, 2003 – WENN reports Madonna’s hubby Guy Ritchie wasn’t a big fan at first of her track ‘Nothing Fails’, a love song she wrote for him on her latest ‘American Life’ album. Madonna confesses, “He liked ‘Nothing Fails’ the least to tell you the truth because he said it was soppy. He always says to me – I don’t get love songs.” However, according to the pop diva, Ritchie has now seen the error of his ways. She adds, “Now time has passed and he’s heard the record a lot and it’s his favorite song.”
Madonna On The Smart Things She’s Done
May 13, 2003 – Dave DiMartino of Launch.com recently caught up with Madonna and asked if there was anything from a career perspective, looking back, that she thought was a smart thing to do. “I think it was really smart to learn how to play the guitar,” Madonna said. “I think it was really smart of me to have had the luck to hook up with Mirwais and William Orbit and a lot of really talented musicians, writers, and producers that I have worked with throughout the years. I think I have a good sense of that. That’s another good thing I’m good at, finding talent.”
Madonna Snubs Tribute Acts
May 13, 2003 – The Mirror reports that Madonna was honored last week in Paris with a tribute show, but left the performing acts, including Blue, furious with her diva behavior. “It was outrageous. Here were these bands paying tribute. But they were effectively told to shut themselves away from view and not bother her,” a source said. “They were furious at the way they’d been treated. Madonna just didn’t want to know. Why invite them to do a tribute concert when you don’t even want to acknowledge their existence? It’s not like they were crazed fans who were going to attack her. Blue weren’t even going to bother her for her autograph.”
Madonna Interview With Jo Whiley
May 12, 2003 – Radio 1’s Jo Whiley went along to a London record store for Madonna’s first ever in-store appearance and caught up with the Queen of Pop for a chat. As well as discussing the new album and her first attempts at rapping, Madonna talked about life in London and banning Guy Ritchie from being a soccer fan. Audio has since been removed.
Beer Maker Happy To Get Madonna’s Plug
May 12, 2003 – The London Express reports Madonna’s endorsement of Timothy Taylor real ale in her interview with Jonathan Ross has the brewer of the beer, Charles Dent, rubbing his hands with glee. “I shall be sending her a letter of thanks, and of course, some beer on us,” he said.
Madonna Gets A New Nickname
May 10, 2003 – Craig Kilborn joked during his Late Late Show on Thursday, “Madonna performed at a private concert in France, thanking them for being against the war. Hey, I’m now calling her ‘Freedom Slut’!”