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Madonna News - June 2019

Madonna to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel

Madonna’s Madame X Radio will showcase music from Madonna’s globally-celebrated, multi-award-winning and legendary career, including her critically-acclaimed latest ninth No. 1 album Madame X. The channel will also feature exclusive stories from Madame X and chronicles her legacy, the making of her songs and her commitment to bringing the world closer through the exploration of cultures and music.

Following Madonna’s much-anticipated Pride Island appearance in New York City, SiriusXM’s Madonna’s Madame X Radio will launch on Monday, July 1 at 12:00 pm ET and run through Wednesday, July 31 on SiriusXM radios (ch. 4), the SiriusXM app and web player. Fans can now immerse themselves in a true 24/7 Madonna experience by simply tuning in.

“This channel brings you into the intricate world of Madame X,” says Madonna. “You’ll learn more about the creative process behind my latest album and gain a deeper understanding of what drives me as an artist and a performer.”

“Madonna is an artist who is the very definition of a musical and cultural icon. Her voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work has made her a universal force. Along the way she has created some of the most creative and biggest-selling albums of all time. Our exclusive channel celebrating Madonna is a truly comprehensive deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most legendary artists,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. read more →

Madame X – Classic Pop Review

Defiantly eccentric in places, Madonna’s latest – partially inspired by her move to Lisbon – offers enough Rays of Light to shine

The first signs weren’t entirely encouraging. Madonna’s 14th album was introduced by Medellin, a song seemingly so slight it was less notable for its musical repositioning than for its video’s toe job, given to collaborator and Colombian reggaetan star Maluma. Soon afterwards, her Eurovision Song Contest performance proved so off-key her vocals were replaced overnight before its official YouTube appearance.

But Madonna’s prepared for flak: Medellin’s video finds her whispering, “Madame X loves to dance because you can’t hit a moving target”, and the song ultimately creeps beneath the skin. Furthermore, as aspirational closer I Rise melodramatically reminds us, she’s “died a thousand times/ Managed to survive”. read more →

Madonna on “God Control”

In an exclusive interview with People, Madonna, 60, called the epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S. “out of control.”

“I made this video because I want to draw attention to a crisis that needs to be addressed. To me, this is the biggest problem in America right now,” she said, adding, “I cannot take it anymore.”

In true Madonna fashion, she pushes the envelope in mixing art and activism. She addresses the horrors of a mass shooting, which she depicts in the video from one of the tracks on Madame X — her ninth No. 1 album to date. read more →

Madonna Hits No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Thanks to ‘Madame X’ Debut

Madonna re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 (dated June 29) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time since the chart’s launch in 2014. Her new LP Madame X arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 95,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.

The set is Madonna’s ninth Billboard 200 No. 1 and first since 2012’s MDNA. She reached a prior No. 7 Artist 100 high in 2015 when her album Rebel Heart launched at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Madonna is the fourth solo female artist to lead the Artist 100 in 2019, following Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and P!nk.

The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Bruce Springsteen re-enters the Artist 100 at a new No. 4 high, as his album Western Stars debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (66,000 units). The set earns The Boss his 20th Billboard 200 top 10.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Eilish rises 4-2, Taylor Swift jumps 21-3 as her new single “You Need to Calm Down” blasts onto the Billboard at No. 2, and Jonas Brothers fall to No. 5 after a week at the summit.