Madonna’s first children’s book will be published Sept. 15 in 42 languages in more than 100 countries. The release of “The English Roses” by Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with various publishers around the world, is being touted as the largest simultaneous worldwide release of a book in history.
The publication of “Roses” will mark the debut of a five-book series by Madonna, with a projected first printing of the U.S. edition of 400,000 copies. “The English Roses” is described as “a story for young readers about friendship, jealousy, sleepover parties, and fairy godmothers with stunning full-color illustrations throughout.”
The title and release date of the second book will be announced upon publication of the first. Madonna’s latest Maverick album, “American Life,” debuted last month at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 448,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A commercial CD/vinyl single for album track “Hollywood” is expected in the coming weeks, featuring remixes from Micronauts, Oakenfold, Deepsky, and Victor Calderone. The cut will debut at No. 40 this week on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 Tracks tally.