Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni met with Queen of Pop Madonna for two and a half hours on Monday night, at a restaurant in Tel Aviv.
Livni said the meeting was excellent and that she was very impressed by the singer. She added that Madonna had invited her and her husband to be her personal guests at her Tel Aviv concert.
By SIMON MCGREGOR-WOOD
JERUSALEM, Aug. 31, 2009 —
Pop star Madonna and family landed in Israel Sunday for two tour-closing sellout concerts in Tel Aviv the final stop on her global Sticky and Sweet tour.
The 51-year-old queen of pop’s private jet touched down at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport and she was then whisked to her beachfront hotel in Tel Aviv in a fleet of identical cars, an attempt to throw the pack of waiting paparazzi off the trail.
Late Sunday she and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Jesus Luz, visited Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, including a complex of tunnels beneath the famous Wailing Wall. Security at the site was tight and waiting photographers and camera crews could only catch fleeting glimpses of the star.
Madonna is a devotee of the Kabbalah, the mystical Jewish discipline, and she has been to Israel before on a spiritual pilgrimage. She has adopted the name of Esther as a sign of her commitment to Kabbalah.
Before her first concert Tuesday night in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park, she and a number of her Hollywood friends and fellow Kabbalists including Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher will reportedly visit the gravesites of famous Jewish rabbis.
Another Kabbalah-related friend, singer Justin Timberlake is also expected in Israel to attend Madonna’s concert and events at a Kabbalah center.
One Israeli paper reported Monday that Madonna even insisted work on her huge stage should be suspended on Saturday for fear of desecrating the Jewish Sabbath.
She is also scheduled to meet with Israeli political leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leader of the opposition Tzipi Livni.
Because of its recent history of violence and the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians many headline music acts and performers have stopped coming to Israel in recent years.
There has been enormous interest in Madonna’s visit as a result, with VIP tickets selling for $700 each. Fifty-thousand fans are expected to attend each performance.
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Madonna`s hotly anticipated new video for her “Celebration” single will have its exclusive world premiere on the iTunes store as a free download for two days beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Madonna is a multi-award winning visionary in the realm of video performance. The “Celebration” video, which contains mind-boggling dance moves, reaffirms yet again her reputation as the master of the “short movie.” The video will be available for purchase on iTunes on Thursday, September 3rd.
The “Celebration” video, directed by long time Madonna creative collaborator Jonas Akerlund (“Ray of Light”) was filmed recently in Milan, Italy and features the Material Girl dancing with her amazing troupe of performers from her current “Sticky & Sweet” Tour. The video also includes cameo appearances by Madonna`s daughter, Lola Leon and model/DJ Jesus Luz.
Simultaneous to the video debut, Madonna`s definitive greatest hits album, “Celebration” which has been totally remastered and includes two new songs, can be pre-ordered on iTunes.
Check out a clip of Madonna`s hot “Celebration” video on the link below (For embedded code, please contact me):
Full video available on iTunes beginning September 1st.
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GHV2 was released November 13, 2001. The Special Edition of GHV2 was released December 11, 2001.
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What’s your point Jay? My point is we haven’t heard about the inevitable special edition release for Celebration, but we know we’ll get one shortly after the original release in September.
I’m hoping that we don’t get the standard 2-disc release in a special booklet like we did for GHV2. I’m hoping that some thought is put into this release that will make it a reason to celebrate!
The way I see it, there are four options:
Option 1 – No special edition release. So far we’ve heard nothing, so maybe nothing extra is coming. Boo.
Option 2 – Special edition of the standard 2-disc collection in a special booklet with additional photos. Yawn. Don’t do it. She deserves better. We all do. I don’t want another dust collector. That’s what GHV2 is for.
Option 3 – Bonus Disc – Expanded collection that includes more of Madonna’s hits.
Option 4 – Bonus Disc – Bonus Tracks “For the Fans”:
I’m leaning toward Option 4. Fun mix of b-sides, and remixes of songs that didn’t make the cut. I considered a lot of tracks, but these are the ones I think deserve the cut. To both I added the talked about Broken (I’m Sorry) as a bonus track.
I listened to American Pie for the first time in a long time, man, this is a bad song so I left it out again.
Madonna visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City (August 30 2009)
Pop music icon Madonna landed in her private jet in Israel Sunday morning, ahead of her back-to-back concerts in Tel Aviv this week.
Madonna’s final two stops on her “Sticky & Sweet” tour will take place at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park, on September 1
In August, producers of Madonna’s concerts revealed details of her act at a press conference.
A stage 18 meters high was prepared in May, included four hydraulic elevators and a 25-meter-long catwalk, which will extend from the stage into the crowd. Film clips and laser patterns will be screened, and Madonna will be accompanied by 17 dancers, who will change costumes no less than eight times during the performance.
Weiss confirmed that Madonna’s entourage would number around 200 people by the time of the concert, but neither confirmed nor denied rumors that some famous friends of hers, including Justin Timberlake, would be among them.
The playlist for the concert – which will run for exactly two hours and 15 minutes – is expected to be exactly the same as that used at other performances during the current Sticky & Sweet Tour, which began in 2008.
Tickets are completely sold out for the first concert on September 1, but are still available for the second concert the following day.
The September 1 concert will be Madonna’s second performance in Israel. She first appeared at Hayarkon Park 16 years ago as part of her Girlie Tour, and also visited Israel in 2006 during the Jewish High Holidays along with 2,000 other students of Kabbalah.
“Celebration” is up one more spot on the new Billboard Club chart.
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Madonna with her tour dancers in the pool at the Radisson hotel in Bucharest (August 28 2009)
BUCHAREST — Gypsy music group Kolpakov Trio who are supporting Madonna on a world tour expressed sadness Friday after fans heckled the singer at a Romania concert as she criticised discrimination of gypsies.
“We were saddened,” band member Vadim Kolpakov told reporters in Bucharest, where the group played with Madonna on Wednesday.
“We want to tell Romania and eastern Europe that everyone has rights, gypsies like everyone else.”
Several thousand concert goers, out of an audience of 60,000, booed Madonna at the gig when she declared herself “very sad” because of the “discrimination against Romas and gypsies in general in eastern Europe”.
The Kolpakov Trio said they had not seen such a reaction in any other concerts during Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet” tour.
The band, originally from Russia, are accompanying Madonna during the whole tour.