Madonna Enjoys Mariah's Misfortune?
Fri, 23 Jun 2006 10:19:54
Madonna's spokespeople are playing damage control after the press reported that the Material Girl "laughed hysterically" upon hearing news that Mariah Carey's summer tour of the States was being met with disappointing advance ticket sales.
"She has been asking her tour promoters to email her Mariah's sales," a source told New York Daily News.
Not so, says Madonna's corner. "She has no negative feelings toward Mariah," said a representative. Mariah's corner, meanwhile, put on a straight face and said that the show cancellations weren't due to sagging ticket sales but were instead due to a desire to add more shows in the major markets.
Why would Madonna wish financial ruin upon Mariah? The two may jostle with each other on the charts, but operate in separate genres and aren't typically in competition with one another. Apparently Madonna was irked when Mariah once said that she "grew up" listening to Madonna's music; the two singers are separated by a mere 11 years in age.
Madonna's "Confessions" tour, meanwhile, continues to be a runaway success. Enough cash is rolling in that she didn't blink in turning down a $3 million offer to appear in an advertisement for a sex and diet pill, leading the pill manufacturer's rejected boss to say, "It was deemed too raunchy for her new lady-of-the-manor image. It seems crucifixions are OK, but talking about her sex life isn't."
And now that Britney Spears has flown the Kaballah coop, Madonna reportedly has her eyes on new acolyte Lindsay Lohan. According to different sources, a musical duet, a movie, or a joint trip to Israel could be in the works.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff