Is Madonna the subject of a Dixie Chicks-like boycott?
Songs from the Material Girl’s latest album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” have been hits around the world, but hasn’t fared as well in the U.S. Some fans are alleging that radio stations owned by Clear Channel — a company with strong ties to the Republican party — are refusing to play her music because of the pop star’s comments blasting George Bush and the war in Iraq. Madonna has been an outspoken critic of the war and during her current “Confessions” concert tour, makes obscene comments about President Bush. Clear Channel stations were said to be key in keeping the Dixie Chicks’ music off the air after one of them made highly publicized comments about being “embarrassed” to be from the same state as George Bush.
Nearly 5,000 Madonna fans have signed a petition that’s being sent to Clear Channel head Mark P. Mays, accusing the company of keeping the singer off the radio airwaves. “The evidence that there is a boycott from American Radio is too obvious for words ... Madonna rules the planet, EXCEPT for the USA,” according to the petition writer, who went on to note that Madonna holds the two top positions in the United World Chart, but a number of petition signers report that when they request Madonna’s music, they’re told by Clear Channel-owned stations she’s too old or not popular enough.
A spokesman for Clear Channel told the Scoop he had no comment on the alleged boycott. “It's not to say we won't have comment in the future — just not right now,” he said.
Navarro’s green-eyed monster
What went wrong in Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro’s marriage? Electra’s career, according to one report.
“He got jealous of her,” a source told OK! magazine. “Her career took off.”
But Electra’s schedule — as well as Navarro’s — also reportedly kept the once-blissful couple apart. Towards the end of their relationship, the two were “living separate lives,” reports the mag.
Notes from all over
Jack Nicholson was spotted in Saint Tropez with his teenage daughter — along with former flame Lara Flynn Boyle, sparking rumors that the two have rekindled their romance ... David Hasselhoff is set to star in an Australian theatrical production — a musical — based on his life ... Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child is expecting a child. The singer says she’s two months pregnant, reports the London Mirror, which quotes Rowland as saying “It's kind of a bitter-sweet feeling because I was planning to release an album next year.”
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