Today in Madonna History: December 21, 2006

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On December 21 2006, the official sell sheet for Madonna’s Confessions Tour DVD/CD release was distributed to retailers. The street date for the release: January 30, 2007.

“The pop spectacle of the year—a politically charged combination of Cirque du Soleil, performance-art commentary and dance-party explosion that more or less sums up everything she has been striving to say and show this decade … it’s quite possibly the best production she’s ever concocted.” – Orange County Register

Today in Madonna History: December 7, 2006

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On December 7 2006, H&M announced that Madonna would design a range of clothes and accessories to be released in March 2007.

“The M by Madonna fashion line will reflect Madonna’s timeless, unique and always glamorous style,” H&M said of the new collection.

“I’ve made no secret of my love for fashion and trends,” Madonna said in a statement announcing her partnership with H&M’s head of design Margareta van den Bosch. “Working with Margareta and H&M was an exciting and new creative challenge for me. I’m really happy with the results and look forward to wearing M by Madonna along with the rest of the world.”

H&M clothed Madonna and her dancers for her Confessions World Tour.

Today in Madonna History: October 1, 2008

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On October 1 2008, Guy Oseary’s MADONNA CONFESSIONS book was released.

From the press release:

With over 250 never-before-seen images taken by Guy Oseary and personally approved by Madonna, the book showcases the provocative themes of her live performances—from equestrian to urban Bedouin, and from glam punk to disco fever—and celebrates what The New York Times calls “the sheer spectacularity of her physical form.” Enhanced with Madonna’s short, sassy interspersed quotes, CONFESSIONS is a matchless, must-have record of one of the highlights of her career.

Guy Oseary is the CEO of Maverick and Madonna’s manager. He has worked closely with Madonna for two decades. As Oseary was the only photographer allowed access to capture every single concert, this book contains the quintessential moments from the Confessions Tour.

All author proceeds were donated to Raising Malawi.

Today in Madonna History: July 23, 2006

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On July 23 2006, Madonna experienced – as she put it – “some technical difficulties in [her] brain” during a performance of Let It Will Be at the second of two Miami shows for The Confessions Tour.

After coming in too early on a vocal cue, she quickly poked fun at herself with some improvised lyrics, only to experience further issues towards the end of the song. She then humourously referenced the glitches – and nearly suffered a G.W. Bush-inspired orgasm – during her post-song banter.

The show marked the final date on the North American leg of The Confessions Tour.

(Thanks to YouTube user Ryan Keefe for the video, and to our friends at Madonnalicious and their readers for the wonderful tour pics from Miami!)

Today in Madonna History: May 27, 2006

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On May 27 2006, Madonna’s spokesperson announced that there would be no Confessions Tour for Japan or Australia.

“Due to Madonna’s heavy workload as part of her Confessions Tour of America and Europe, plus her wishes to spend as little time away from her family, Madonna has unfortunately decided to cancel the tour to Japan and therefore there will be no tour to Australia. She hopes that her fans will understand her making the personal decision.”

Today in Madonna History: May 21, 2006

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On May 21 2006, Madonna opened The Confessions Tour at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Madonna performed the show for three SOLD OUT nights at the Forum in front of 40,044 fans.

Ben Werner of The Orange County Register reported that “No one – but no one – stages elaborate eye-candy productions like Madonna, whose highly impressive Confessions Tour opened Sunday night at a packed Forum so sweltering it seemed as though it were being prepped for the world’s largest Bikram yoga session.”