Madonna Recruits Spears for Taped Performance, Plus Tour and Biography Spoilers

July 8, 2008 10:46 AM ET

Britney Spears will share the stage with Madonna during the Material Girl's Sticky and Sweet Tour, except this time via video. Spears will reportedly shoot a video performance this week that will air during Madonna's concert, Access Hollywood reports. Both Madonna's publicist and Spears' manager confirmed the report. The exact content of the video is a "secret" at least until October 4th, when the U.S. leg of the tour launches in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, one Madonna Website supposedly learned the set list and details for the tour, so you can try and pin Spears' appearance into one of the spoilers here.

Additionally, details about the book by Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone, titled Life With My Sister Madonna, have emerged. The biography seems to be pretty scathing, as Ciccone discusses his sister's drug use at length, as well as her rocky relationships with husbands Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie.

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