Madonna accused of Satanic provocation

MADONNA has been accused of "Satanic provocation" for performing in Poland on a religious day.

The Material Girl was criticised for holding the gig, part of her Sticky & Sweet tour, in Warsaw on August 15.

This is the date of the Feast Of The Assumption when Mary ascended to Heaven according to Catholic doctrine.

At a press conference held last month, ex-president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa said: "It is a Satanic provocation. I am a man of faith and ask for such events not to happen on such an important feast in my religion."

Protest leader Father Stanislaw Malkowski added: "This is an attack by the devil on our immaculate Catholic nation. This concert is a profanity and blasphemous."

Parliamentarian Marian Brudzynski, who has promised two weeks of protest over the date, said: "The concert of a highly perverse singer who calls herself 'Madonna' is deeply humiliating to Warsaw residents and Poles in general."


Rihanna wants Brown's court order changed

Rihanna wants Chris Brown's court order downgraded.

The 'Umbrella' singer doesn't feel it is necessary for the 'Run It' singer - who pleaded guilty of assaulting her in February - to have to keep 50 yards away from her at all times.

Instead, she feels a level-one protective restraining order would be sufficient.

Her lawyer Donald Etra said: "That order would prevent Chris from annoying, molesting or harassing her. That level-one order would fully protect her.

"The order in effect now is a stay-away order preventing them from coming within 50 yards of each other.

"But Rihanna's position from the beginning is that there was no need for that level of protective order."

Chris was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats following the altercation on February 8.

Chris - who is due to be formally sentenced today (05.08.09) - pleaded guilty to assault in June and was sentenced to five years' probation, 180 days of community service and an anti-domestic violence programme.

He has since apologised for his "inexcusable" attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

In a video posted online the 20-year-old singer said sorry for his actions and insisted he accepted "full responsibility" over the incident which left Rihanna with several facial injuries and temporarily unconscious.

Since the attack, Chris and Rihanna have been spotted together on several occasions and are rumoured to have rekindled their romance.

Recently, they both reportedly stayed at New York's Trump International Hotel and Tower under a "cloak of secrecy".


Madonna plans Auschwitz trip for children

Madonna wants to take her children to Auschwitz so they can "see how lucky they are".

The '4 Minutes' singer thinks a visit to the famous concentration camp will be "life changing" for Lourdes, 12, Rocco, eight, newly adopted Mercy, four, and David, three.

The 50-year-old star - who is a devout follower of Kabbalah, a mystical religion based on Judaism - is expected to make the trip when her she takes her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour to Poland later this month, and has already asked her staff to organise it.

An insider told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "It won't be an easy trip but it is an ultimate life affirming experience, and one Madonna - because of her strong Kabbalah beliefs - does not want to ignore.

"She wants her children to appreciate how lucky they are and to learn about mistakes made in the past."

Auschwitz was the largest of Adolf Hitler's concentration camps built when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1941.

It is estimated up to three million Jews, gypsies and people of other ethnic groups were killed there.

Madonna is also believed to be planning to take the children to see the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

A source said: "The Wailing Wall is a very sacred place for anyone with links to the Jewish faith and she wants the children to see it."

The trip will reportedly happen in September to coincide with Madonna's final date of her tour in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Bono admits to being annoying

BONO has acknowledged that people probably find him annoying.

The U2 frontman admitted he knows he is disliked because of his ego, but insisted that being big-headed made him successful.

He said: "I can be annoying. I have a kind of annoying gene.

"As Delmore Schwartz said, 'Ego is always at the wheel.' It's just with rock stars, it's more obvious. The need to be loved and admired doesn't come from a particularly pretty place.

"But people tend to do a lot of great things with it. Ego, yes, but the ego is in everything human beings are capable of. Without ego, things would be so dull."

The 49-year-old singer also said he is usually the inspiration for his songs.

Talking to the Guardian, he said: "The villain is usually me. The hypocrisy of the human heart is the number one target. Rarely do we point the finger at anyone other than ourselves.

"U2 choose more interesting targets than other bands. Your own hypocrisies, your addictions we never pick the obvious. I think we make our enemies very interesting."