'Madonna Speaks' For The First Time To VH1 On New 'American Life' Album and Video in Half-Hour Special, Followed By U.S. Premiere of a Performance Only Version of the New 'American Life' Video

Wednesday, April 16th at 10:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Apr 14, 2003, 01:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire/ Madonna sets the record straight for the
 first time about the withdrawn American Life video. The star also discusses
 her new album, her feelings on the current state of the world and her family
 in the VH1 special "Madonna Speaks," premiering Wednesday, April 16, at 10:00
 p.m. (ET/PT). Immediately following, VH1 will have the exclusive U.S. premiere
 of a performance only version of the new "American Life" single at 10:30 p.m.
     The half-hour show includes her in-depth interview with Megan Mullally of
 TV's "Will & Grace" where the newfound pals cover a variety of topics rarely
 discussed publicly ranging from where she is now in her life to her views on
 fame, Hollywood and public opinion. Additionally, Madonna in a second
 interview, also shares with VH1 viewers her thoughts on the factors that led
 to her decision to pull the video.
     Madonna's l0th studio album, "American Life" is scheduled to be released
 on April 22nd. Madonna will be appearing in a new episode of "Will & Grace"
 scheduled to air on April 24th.
     Here's a glimpse at what Madonna has to say:
     Madonna on the theme of the first three songs on the album, "American
     Life," "Hollywood" and "I'm So Stupid" -- "The first three songs on the
     album are me wanting to shout from the rooftops that we have all been
     living in a dream. I have been living in a dream -- and you're all living
     in a dream and we have to wake up to reality."
     Madonna on the idea that freedom of expression has been compromised in
     " ... you know it's ironic we're fighting for democracy in Iraq because we
     ultimately aren't celebrating democracy here. Because anybody who has
     anything to say against the war or against the president or whatever -- is
     punished, and that's not democracy -- it's people being intolerant. And
     you know, everyone's entitled to their opinion, for or against and that's
     what our constitutional rights are supposed to be, that we all have the
     freedom to express ourselves and voice our dissent if we have that."
     Madonna on what's truly important to her and what helped inspire "American
     Life" -- "I'm very successful, I've been in the business 20 years, I have
     lots of 'material' things and I've had lots of beliefs about things and
     what's important, and I look back at the 20 years behind me and I realized
     that a lot of things that I'd valued weren't important."
     Madonna on seeing her personality reflected in her children -- "my
     daughter is very emotional, very passionate, very dramatic, she is that
     side of me ... and then I see my son, and he's like a clown and he's funny
     and he's got this really irreverent kind of cheeky sense of humor and he's
     that side ..."
     VH1.com will be streaming the entire album from 4/22 - 4/29.  Viewers can
 log onto www.vh1.com/artists/az/madonna/artist.jhtml and listen to Madonna's
 new single and check out her biography, album timeline and more.
 Additionally, viewers can log onto
 http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/madonna_speaks/series.jhtml for video clips and a
 photo gallery.
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