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She says her styles will range from "gangsta pimp" to "Romanian folk" – plus, Guy Ritchie talks about his work

By Monique Jessen
Updated August 21, 2008 09:25 AM
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Madonna fans – get ready to party! As her countdown to her Sticky & Sweet tour begins, the Queen of Pop is preparing to take fans on a “rock-driven, dancetastic journey,” her Web site reported Wednesday.

The singer – who turned 50 earlier this week – reveals that her two-hour show will be broken into four sections: 1920’s gangsta pimp, old-school New York club, gyspy (described as a “VIP trip to ‘La Isla Bonita’ infused by the spirit of Romanian folk music ) and far-eastern inspired rave.

After a grueling 653 hours of rehearsal, the tour kicks off in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday. Each performance will include a medley of Madonna’s hits, old and new – while the singer models more than eight costume changes. (She’ll open the show wearing Givenchy, before moving on to many of the major couture fashion houses.)

On stage, she will be joined by 16 dancers and a 12-piece band. And let’s not forget Britney Spears, who will be making a virtual appearance on the tour for a top-secret collaboration.

After its U.K. start, the tour travels across Europe before the U.S. leg begins Oct. 4 in East Rutherford, N.J.

On the Homefront

Meanwhile, Madonna’s husband, Guy Ritchie is busy promoting his new file, RocknRolla.

And while he wouldn’t discuss reports of marital strife, the director did open up – a bit! – about their home life. “You know, you have conversations, some deep, some shallow,” he tells the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph. “That’s the same in everybody’s relationship.”

Ritchie’s new film has been warmly received, unlike his two previous efforts, Revolver and the much-maligned Swept Away (costarring Madonna).

“We made Swept Away as a low-profile movie, for $5 million,” he told the paper with a shrug. “But, hey, I don’t think there’s anything you can do that’s low profile with my missus.”