Madonna has signed a $9.5 million (GBP5 million) deal to launch her own perfume range to coincide with the release of her new album DEFYING GRAVITY.

The MATERIAL GIRL is following in the footsteps of fellow pop stars J.LO and Britney Spears by releasing her own scent - originally titled MADONNA.

Both the perfume and new album - the follow-up to 2003's AMERICAN LIFE - have been carefully planned to simultaneously hit stores in November (05), ready for the Christmas shopping boom.

The Kabbalah devotee will be performing at London's star-studded LIVE 8 gig in Hyde Park on 2 July (05).

03/06/2005 14:01