Sunday, March 2, 2008

Madonna buys London pub

MadonnaPop superstar Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have bought their own London pub, it has been revealed.

The pair - Madonna, 49, and Guy, 39, snapped up 'The Punchbowl' pub in central London's exclusive Mayfair - and it's the second oldest pub in the area.

The pub - which was built in the 1750s - and has previously been owned by notorious London gangster Freddie Foreman - boasts big-named patrons like Barbra Streisland, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A source said: "The sale of the pub went through and the previous owners were offered a huge sum of money for the freehold.

"It has everything Madge and Guy want — A-lister regulars and a tough edge with the Foreman connection."

The news comes as it emerged Madge's new album will be called 'Hard Candy'.

The record - her last for label Warner Bros - includes a track called "Candy Store." Madonna chose to stick with the sweet theme because "she loves candy," says spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg.

She told US magazine Entertainment Weekly: "It's about the juxtaposition of tough and sweetness, or as Madonna so eloquently expressed 'I'm gonna kick your ass, but it's going to make you feel good.'"

The album, which features Justin Timberlake on multiple tracks and production by Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Nate "Danja" Hills, will be released in the US on April 29. The first single, "Four Minutes," will be out at the end of March.

Madonna - who celebrates her 50th birthday later this year - will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next month, by Timberlake.

Each inductee is asked to invite a fellow celebrity or a family member to the New York gala to pay tribute to the artist's work - and Madonna felt her most recent collaborator, Timberlake, would be the perfect choice, according to magazine In Touch Weekly.

The ceremony takes place at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 10.

By Owen Williams, Mar 02 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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