On December 18 2001, the first of a two-part interview with Matt Lauer to promote GHV2 aired on the Today show in North America. The second part aired the following day.
Coming off a busy year for Madonna, her involvement in promoting the retrospective was limited, with this being her only television interview that tied in with its release.
On December 12 2001, Madonna participated in a MSN Live Chat, to promote GHV2 (Greatest Hits Volume 2), which was released on November 12.
Here are some GHV2 related questions from Madonna’s fans and her answers from the live chat:
Do you think that the journey that the Immaculate Collection covers is greater than GHV2?
No, actually the opposite. I experienced a much greater journey later, and I was paying attention more.
Which song do you wish was on GHV2 but was left off?
I don’t. At the end of the day, if people want to hear a song, they can go get the record it was on. I don’t regret not having anything else on it (GHV2).
I am really pleased to have a new greatest hits collection from you but why aren’t there any new songs in GHV2?
Because they are my greatest hits. New songs would be false advertising because if it’s a new song, it wouldn’t be considered a greatest hit. That’s a little presumptuous isn’t it?
I found some Japanese expression in the cover of your GHV2. That reads “mo-dzi-ji-ra-mi-mi-dzi” (this is how we pronounce it). What does it mean?
It’s supposed to be my name in Japanese.
Madonna, thank you for joining us today to talk with your fans from around the world. Continued success with GHV2 and from all your fans and from all of us here on MSN, happiest of holidays.
Thank you! I enjoyed it immensely, happy holidays!
On November 4 2001, Madonna was named Britain’s highest-earning woman with an annual income of 30 million pounds ($43.8 million). The Sunday Times newspaper placed Madonna above J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter books. Rowling earned 24.8 million pounds ($36.2 million) in the year ending October 1 2001.
On October 5 2001, Warner Bros Records announced that Madonna would release GHV2 – a new greatest hits album of 15 songs from 1991-2001.
Designed as a follow-up to her massively successful 1990 hits compilation, The Immaculate Collection, it featured no new songs – reportedly due to Madonna’s hectic schedule – although residual tensions between Madonna and her label at the time may have also played into the decision. Instead, various remix artists were commissioned to create a series of promotional mega-mixes to promote the release.
On September 17 2001, Madonna appeared on the cover of People magazine as part of the Best and Worst Dressed feature.
People magazine had this to say about Madonna’s great fashion choices in 2001:
Madonna wore midriff-baring Dolce & Gabbana cowgirl pants to Europe’s MTV Music Awards last fall—just three months after giving birth to son Rocco. Britain’s Times later praised the star for baring “her potbelly” during her concert tour, declaring, “The truly hip are taking a leaf out of Madonna’s book and learning to love their tummies.”