CMU reports some more Madonna news:
Some at Warner reckon Madonna's public response to the legal dispute between the major and her label Maverick has been relatively muted because the singer is concerned about breaking from the company given the relatively disappointing performance of her last album.
However, the general consensus is that Warner's competitors are already planning their bids should things turn nasty and Madonna break all ties with the major. The huge demand for Madonna's live shows are also likely to increase her standing in the recorded sector. By that reasoning perhaps Madonna is waiting until all other avenues have been explored before going
for the jugular - "do right by my label, or I'm off".
Talking of Madonna - a public inquiry has opened regarding attempts by her and film director husband Guy Ritchie to stop 100 acres of land on their Wiltshire estate being classified as open countryside - and therefore open to ramblers. The couple don't want to have to let walkers cross their land, coming within 100 yards of their home. Madonna's case seems to be based on two arguments - firstly that the government officials who classified the land as open countryside were wrong to do so, secondly to have to allow members of the public so close to their home contravenes their human rights according to privacy laws.
The inquiry into the couples' case began yesterday and is expected to run for about five days. Representatives from the Countryside Agency and the Ramblers' Association will take part in the investigation - the couple themselves are unlikely to attend.