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Great Article Briele! We think you rock! Love, Madonna, Liz & team.

Assistant Publicist at Warner Bros Records
Briele Douglass, 26
(click here for an image from the magazine).

What she does As the right hand woman to superpublicist Liz Rosenberg, Briele helps her boss be the mouthpiece for superstars like Madonna, Josh Groban and Cher and newcomers Renee Olstead and Michael Buble. "We work as a team to get them in magazines and on television." Says Briele. To do so, they spend a lot of time on the phone schmoozing with writers and editors who cover their stars. "Relationships are everything" says Briele. "(A journalist) is more likely to take your call if you have things in common and have chatted together"

How She got there She worked some close connections. While taking a semester off from the State University of New York at New Paltz, Briele got her dad, a music producer, to help her land an internship in the PR department at Elektra Records. " On my second day, I walked home going, "This is what I'm doing for the rest of my life" says Briele. "I immediately registered for school in the fall and switched my major to PR." Briele kept in touch with the company's human resources department, a move that helped her score the gig with Liz after graduation.

Perks Briele has total access to her artists. She gets to joike around with her sillier stars (Michael Buble crank calls her all the time); she walks right into sold out shows (she went to all six of Madonna's NYC gigs); and she has the occasional starstruck moment. "The first time I met Madonna, I was totally fine (around her)." says Briele. "(But afterward) I Immeidately called my friend and was like, "I just met Madonna!" It was like I'd gone back to being 13."

Drawbacks Representing such huge artists, Briele is often deluged by delusional fans. "This one guy thinks he and Madonna could develop some great ideas together and he calls twice a week!" says Briele.

This job is for you if . . . you're a music junkie with a thick skin and a serious gift of gab.

Want to work here? Write to Warner Bros Records, Human Resources. Attn: Internships. 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019

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Article Written by Zena Burns
Photograph by Lauri Lyons
Los Angeles, CA: The international superstar Madonna announced today the launch of
, the premier destination for The English Roses, Madonna's hugely successful debut children's book and for The English Roses "girl" collection based on the book, including girl's apparel, footwear, rainwear, collectable dolls, teas and tea sets, charm bracelets and necklaces, calendars and more.

"I am excited about the launch of the English Roses Collection Website", said Madonna. "The site makes it easier for girls who are fans of the book and the collection to correspond directly with me."?

The website features Fun & Games for young girls, including instant messaging buddy icons, computer wallpaper and printable coloring pages, and even a page where English Roses fans can give their feedback on the collection. It also includes a Characters section with background information on their favorite English Roses friends and a section with important English Roses news. Young fashionistas can also easily access a link to their favorite English Roses merchandise in the Shoppe section.
Madonna's "Bedtime Story" and "Rain" videos will be on the upcoming "The Work Of Director Mark Romanek" DVD (release date September 13).



Jay Z - 99 Problems (directors cut)
Linkin Park - Faint
Red Hot Chili Peppers Can't Stop
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Audioslave - Cochise (director's cut)
No Doubt - Hella Good (directors cut)
Mick Jagger - God Gave Me Everything
Janet Jackson - Got Til it's Gone
Fiona Apple - Criminal
Nine Inch Nails - Perfect Drug
Beck - Devil's Haircut
Weezer - El Scorcho (director's cut)
Eels - Novocaine for the Soul
Sonic Youth - Little Trouble Girl
Michael & Janet Jackson - Scream (directors cut) Madonna - Bedtime Story
R.E.M. - Strange Currencies G. Love & Special Sauce - Cold Beverage Nine
Inch Nails - Closer (director's cut) David Bowie - Jump, They Say
Madonna - Rain Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way Keith Richards -
Wicked as it Seems (director's cut) En Vogue - Free Your Mind kd lang -
Constant Craving

Special Features
The Work of Director Mark Romanek
A brand new documentary featuring Beck, Jay Z, Rick Rubin, Michael Stipe, Janet Jackson, Trent Reznor, Anthony Keidis, Gwen Stefani, Keith Richards and others.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Robin Williams discuss Mark's work

Making of 99 Problems

Interviews and Commentaries
Individual artist and director commentaries for all the music videos.

56 Page Book
Includes photographs by Mark Romanek and Spike Jonze interview with Mark
Madonna has produced five children's books in the past 18 months in a deal with Callaway Editions, and the fifth, 'Lotsa de Casha,' was supposed to be her last. But now she has decided to do a sequel about the tween girls who starred in her first book, 'The English Roses.'
It's already written and illustrations are under way, she says. The expected publication date is September 2006.
She decided to revisit the young girls who were jealous of a beautiful yet insecure classmate because it was the book closest to her heart and it's the favorite of her daughter Lola, she says.
'When I first started out (writing the books), I knew what the first book
would be about, jealousy and envy, which I did in 'The English Roses'....Girls can be especially hard on other girls,' Madonna said in a telephone interview.
Publisher Nicholas Callaway said Madonna still has many stories to tell. He also pointed out that 'The English Roses' was on The New York Times' list of best sellers for 18 weeks. 'Lotsa de Casha' has also made the Times list, debuting at No. 3.
'she identifies with the English Roses. She wants to help guide girls through that crucial stage of life,' Callaway said.
All of Madonna's books, however, teach a little lesson, and they've all been inspired by her own life.
'The ideas for all the books ultimately came from my own life experiences. This one was my realization that material things don't buy you happiness....If you don't have great success, how could you come to this conclusion? I had to go through this, and there were times in my life where I was perceived to have everything, yet I didn't feel fulfilled,' she said.
What has brought her happiness, she said, is her family - Lola, son Rocco and husband Guy Ritchie. Raising children has taught her how to share and take chances for the greater good, which aren't always at the forefront in the minds of most celebrities, she said.
'You have to be a lot less selfish. For me, real sharing and the growth of sharing is when you do something....outside your comfort zone.'
The children's books embody that philosophy for her, she said, noting that she doesn't take any money for writing them, instead she makes a donation to the Spirituality for Kids Foundation, an education and outreach arm of the Kabbalah Center.
Madonna is #8.

She is the highest ranked in music, second highest female (to Oprah), #9 in income, #5 in web hits (3.1 million), #30 in press clippings (13,488), and #19 in tv/radio mentions.

1  Oprah Winfrey  
2  Tiger Woods   
3  Mel Gibson  
4  George Lucas  
5  Shaquille O'Neal
6  Steven Spielberg
7  Johnny Depp
8  Madonna  
9  Elton John
10  Tom Cruise
ICON Exclusive! Madonna's Re - Invention Tour Documentary webteaser is now available on the ICON site! is proud to announce the title of the documentary is "I'm Going To Tell You A Secret". To see the trailer, sign up for ICON now by clicking here.
Madonna's new album is expected to be released late November this year. WE can confirm that the album will be an all dance record! Madonna also hopes to go on tour again by next summer.
Tickets for the LIVE 8 London concert in Hyde Park will be allocated via a text competition. The competition is only open to UK and Channel Islands' residents aged 16 or over.

For the chance to win a pair of tickets to the London event send us your answer to this simple question:

What city is the forthcoming G8 summit being held near this July?

A) Berlin B) Moscow C) Edinburgh

Text A, B or C to 84599*

You can enter as many times as you like for a better chance of winning.

Each entry costs 1.50* plus your operator's standard text charge.
The text competition will close at midnight on the 12th June. Winners will be chosen at random by computer and notified by text message after the 13th June with details of how they can collect their tickets - either online or from collection points around the UK.
Due to the tight deadlines we are working to, you will need to be able to collect your tickets within ten days of notification of winning, otherwise you will forfeit them.

Participants can also enter the competition by sending their response A, B or C on a postcard with their full name and address to:

Live 8 Ticket Competition,
PO Box 4026,
Leamington Spa,
CV31 9AZ

Note this route of entry closes at 1pm on Friday 10th June.
Hi Friends,

Run, don't walk, to your nearest book store to get Madonna's latest children's book. Lotsa De Casha, the fifth book in the series by Madonna, is due in stores on Tuesday June 7, 2005. It features another fantastically imaginative fable that you have come to expect from Madonna's stories for children, even grown up ones! You can pre - order the book today by going to .

Complimenting Madonna's unique writing style are the beautiful illustrations by Rui Paes. The images that Rui Paes pens helps weave the story of Lotsa and set a new standard in children's book artwork..

ICON, Madonna's official Fan Club, has a very special event planned for it's Fan Club members surrounding the Lotsa De Casha launch.

ICON editor Johann has reserved spaces at the Borders Book Signing on June 7th for 4 lucky fan club members. You will get the chance to meet Madonna and get a signed copy of Lotsa De Casha. You don't have to wait on line all night, all you have to do is enter the contest for a chance to meet our ICON. For more information about the ICON Book Signing contest, click here!

There will be more special treats for ICON members during the Lotsa De Casha press week. Make sure to keep logged into your computer and to the ICON site! So, don't miss out on all of the fun! Join ICON & order a copy of Lotsa De Casha today!

Lastly, we have a very important announcement to make: Last week Madonna reached out to ICONers by requesting a fan club member attend her UNICEF event on June 8 and write a story for ICON magazine. Well, the lady has reviewed all of the articles submitted and we are happy to announce that the winner is Kelly Smith! Congratulations and we will see you in New York!
After reviewing all valid entries to the Fan Club Reporter Contest,
Madonna has chosen a winner . . . .Congratulations to Kelly Smith of Virginia! You have been chosen to represent ICON magazine at the Bergdorf's/UNICEF event. This is a very special honor and you should be very proud of your efforts! Can't wait to see you in New York.  Thanks to all ICONers who participated!
Sir Bob Geldof confirmed in a press conference yesterday the details and confirmed the artists featuring in Live 8 - a series of five live shows in London, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome and Berlin on Saturday 02 July. The concerts have been organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure as part of a campaign to force the world's richest nations to relieve poverty in the third world.

For more info on the press conference:
The concerts - which will be free - are aimed at raising awareness of
poverty just before leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised nations
meet in Scotland.

Some of the world's top acts will be playing at five Live 8 gigs on July
2. Here is a list of acts included in those performing at each gig:

London - Hyde Park:
Mariah Carey
Elton John
Annie Lennox
Paul McCartney
Snoop Doggy Dog
Joss Stone
Scissor Sisters
Robbie Williams

Philadelphia - Museum of Art:
Will Smith
Bon Jovi
The Dave Matthews Band
Stevie Wonder
Jay - Z
Puff Daddy
Il Divo

A - Ha
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Lauryn Hill
Brian Wilson

Paris - Tuilleries gardens:
Youssou N'Dour

Rome - Circus Maximus:
Faith Hill
Tim McGraw
Duran Duran