AOL Music is helping to launch Madonna's COAD in a big way next week. No wonder because both are owned by the same corporation. Most interesting news today is that AOL will publish an AIM instant message chat between Madonna and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Pepper about the new record. Interesting combi. This will be similar to the chat with Brandon Flowers.
Also, AOL put out a press release today about a live concert of the pop queen next week. Here is the full announcement: Network Live Presents Madonna Live from Koko's in London on November 15 with simultaneous worldwide broadcast. Los Angeles and London (November 9, 2005) — Network LIVE, a joint venture between America Online, XM Satellite Radio and AEG, today announced that the Company will produce and distribute Madonna’s international album launch event for “Confessions On a Dancefloor” live from KoKo’s in London on November 15th at 10pm GMT / 5pm ET to a worldwide audience of millions of music fans via AOL Music LIVE (www.aolmusic.com), XM Satellite Radio and multiple wireless providers internationally. This is the first international production and broadcast for Network LIVE, following Live 8.
"This event demonstrates that Network LIVE is shifting the model for the music business in a real and significant manner, “said Kevin Wall, CEO of Network LIVE. “It is an honor to work with Madonna to deliver her music to millions of fans across the world, and ensure that people across the globe can experience this intimate show on demand, or when they want, through the device of their choice."
The performance follows the highly successfully and critically acclaimed Live 8 model of live music content production, distribution and marketing, and Kevin Wall, CEO of Network LIVE and Executive Producer of Live8, will be in London to produce the event.
The KoKo’s show will feature Madonna's acclaimed band including music visionary and DJ guru Stuart Price who also served as Madonna's co-producer on her new CD, which is scheduled to be released around the world on November l4th and l5th. "Just as the record is where pop meets dance, the show is where live musicians meet the DJ world," stated Price. Madonna originally played KoKo’s, formerly Camden Palace, at the very beginning of her career in June l983 following the release of the underground club hit 'Everybody'.
An exclusive behind-the-scenes segment will take fans backstage with Madonna right before the show begins. The on-location audience for the show will consist of 1500 Madonna fans who will receive tickets through radio contests in more than 40 countries around the world.
Madonna, the best selling female artist ever in the UK, has international album sales of over 200 million. Her eagerly anticipated 'Confessions on A Dancefloor' is one of the most anticipated albums of this year and features the debut smash single 'Hung Up'. Her new music once again establishes Madonna as the most exciting ands innovative artists of her time and once again reminds fans what sets her apart as a dance music pioneer for the last two decades.
The Material Girl has had 58 Top Ten UK hit singles, including ten Number l singles, eight Number 1 albums and close to 2000 combined weeks on the UK charts. The raves for Madonna's new album are arriving fast and furious "Anyone who thought Madonna might have abdicated as the Queen of Pop can kneel at her feet once more," glowed the Sun about her new record. "Her tenure at the top has just been extended indefinitely," added Uncut Magazine.
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