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Madonna News - June 2019

Madonna Achieves Ninth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Madame X’

X marks the No. 1 spot.

Madonna lands her ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Madame X enters atop the tally. The set, released via Interscope Records on June 14, launches with 95,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 20, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 90,000 were in album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 29-dated chart, where Madame X bows at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on June 25.

Overall, Madame X’s debut sum of 95,000 equivalent album units is comprised of 90,000 in album sales, 1,000 in TEA units and 4,000 in SEA units. read more →

Madame X – Herald Sun Review

After a few albums chasing the pop charts (the same ones she set the blueprint for), for Madame X Madonna refreshingly reverts to experimental mode — it’s not like commercial radio will play her any more, she’s not 30.

Gone are the communal writing sessions in search of a hit, replaced by mainly one-on-one work with Mirwais – the French artist who steered some of her most subversive work, including this album’s most direct descendant, 2003’s American Life.

Madonna’s always thrown a musical genre orgy, but not on the bilingual global scale here. read more →

Madame X – Mojo Review

Madonna’s 14th studio album fuses political intent with world pop disco.

Madonna has always worked well one-to-one, and after her hip trap-inspired singles with Quavo and Swae Lee, and the reggaeton dalliance with Maluma, she has saved the best for last. The real treat on this album is Madonna’s vivid, dramatic work with Mirwais. They send the disco ball spinning on French house tracks like God Control and the very fine I Don’t Search I Find, while Dark Ballet is rococo brilliance, sounding like a deranged Nutcracker Suite. Where 2015’s Rebel Heart seemed like a record made by committee, this album reflects Madonna’s life in Lisbon – laid-back, curious, and intensely creative – absorbing influences ranging from percussive Moroccan gnawa to melancholy Portuguese morna. The pace plods on some mid-tempo tracks, but overall this is a personal, politically-charged mix of dark thoughts and good vibes. Lucy O’Brien

4 out of 5 stars