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Madonna has said it would be “less challenging” for her children if they didn’t have her as a mother.
The Queen of Pop, 60, said her six children sometimes found it difficult having a world-famous musician as a parent.
Speaking on the Graham Norton Show, she said: “I think they wish I wasn’t Madonna. I think it would be less challenging in their minds if they didn’t have me as their mother.”
Madonna has two biological children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, and four adopted children from Malawi – David, Mercy and twins Estere and Stella.
She also admitted to feeling anxious ahead of her upcoming world tour, which includes a string of shows at the London Palladium.
Asked if she felt excited, she replied: “Of course. I’m feeling anxiety right now. Every time feels like the first time.” read more →
“Hey young people – you’re getting older every second. It’s what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you’ll be all like ‘fuck you’ just like Madonna.” That was former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes on Twitter the night of the Billboard Music Awards. Madonna and Colombian reggaeton star Maluma had just performed “Medellín,” the lead single from her new album, Madame X. In keeping with the project’s premise about a secret agent who travels around the world changing identities “fighting for freedom” and “bringing light to dark places,” the duet partners danced and sang amidst a trippy hologram display featuring multiple iterations of Madonna doing the cha-cha. read more →
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While Bruce Springsteen gracefully accepts his senior citizenship on his new album, “Western Stars,” Madonna isn’t having any part of acting like an old lady on her “Madame X” LP, which also drops Friday.
Sounding more energized and adventurous than she has in years, for the first album of her 60s, she’s still pushing herself to the borderline.
“Madame X” — an eye patch-wearing, identity-changing alter ego who Madonna has described as a “spy in the house of love” — reunites the uber-diva with producer Mirwais, who got her to explore her experimental side on 2000’s “Music” and 2003’s “American Life.” She’s getting her freak on again, with far more ambitious tracks than had been hinted at by the singsong reggaeton of the album’s first single “Medellín.” read more →
When Madonna moved from New York to Lisbon two years ago, the interests of her adopted son David Banda were paramount.
The teenager is a gifted footballer, and the offer of a place for him in Benfica’s prestigious youth academy prompted the Material Girl to set up home in the Portuguese capital.
The move has had other ramifications, too. A slower pace of life seems to have unlocked the world’s least likely soccer mom’s most daring creative urges.
With the result that her new album, Madame X, is her most original since 2005’s barnstorming Confessions On A Dance Floor. read more →
She wanted to rule the world – and did. Madonna looks back on four decades of fame, why the music industry needs a #MeToo moment, and her still insatiable ambition
On YouTube, you can find a clip of Madonna appearing on American Bandstand in January 1984. She is still promoting her eponymous debut album, released six months before, and still just one among a raft of young singers mining a vein of post-disco dance-pop. She has yet to have a Top 10 hit in the United States, and the host, Dick Clark, still finds it necessary to explain who she is when introducing her. Her label’s expectations for the single she performs, Holiday, are so modest, it hasn’t bothered commissioning a video for it.
And yet it’s not just hindsight that makes the viewer realise something big is about to happen to her career. After she mimes to Holiday, the audience won’t stop screaming and cheering: Clark has to plead for quiet so he can interview her. Answering his questions, Madonna is funny and flirtatious and very, very confident. He asks her what her ambitions are. “To rule the world,” she answers.
Thirty-five years on, Madonna laughs when I mention it. “Yes,” she nods. “Sorry for saying that.” The thing is, she says, she wasn’t confident at all back then: it was all a front. “I may have been insecure, I may have felt like a nobody, but I knew I had to do something. If I was going to make something out of my life, I had to, you know, hurl myself into the dark space, go down the road less travelled. Otherwise, why live?” read more →
The thing with Madonna is you can’t compare any of her releases. With each of her album cycles, she reinvents herself. Another time, another place. Another sound, another story.
So when the Queen of Pop, 60, unveiled her latest alter ego, an eyepatch-wearing, self-described “secret agent” she dubbed Madame X, fans didn’t even bat an eye. The woman who gave us “Everybody,” “Vogue” and “Hung Up” was suddenly so far in the past that she became an enigma.
To kick off her wonderfully weird 14th studio album, also titled Madame X Opens a New Window. (out now), Madonna chants in a whisper-like tone: “One, two, cha cha cha.” The track, named “Medellín” after the Colombian city where featured artist Maluma hails from, finds the pop veteran trading sensual, Spanglish verses with the Latin superstar. “Slow down, papi,” she begs at one point. The single’s breezy and summery vibe almost makes it feel like a subdued sequel to 1987‘s “La Isla Bonita” — that is, until you remember the old Madge is practically dead and gone by now (and probably hanging out with the old Taylor somewhere). read more →
Madonna has always been pop’s reigning chameleon, with each album (and movie) in her body of work representing a specific epoch in her MTV-era reign over the genre. But on “Madame X,” her 14th studio album, she makes her multifaceted nature explicit, linking the title character’s many guises (secret agent, dancer, equestrian, nun, et cetera) to the hooky album’s overall concept.
“Madame X,” released on Friday, begins with Madonna whispering the cha-cha beat, the opening to first single “Medellín.” That song, when it debuted in April, was notable not only for its incorporation of Latin pop but for its relatively chilled-out vibe; Madonna, her voice digitally tweaked yet still bearing wistfulness, sang of feeling like a teenager once again, reveling in her naivete and, ultimately, feeling as if she’d freed herself from the shackles of constant scrutiny. Given that Madonna has been the pop-music equivalent of Don DeLillo’s most photographed barn in America almost since her crash-landing into MTV nearly four decades ago, feeling free of expectations — whether they’re to collaborate with the American pop chart’s current big names, as she did on her previous three albums’ lead singles, or to age “gracefully,” whatever that might mean to the person saying it — is a liberation with great consequence. read more →
Despite some lyrical missteps, she’s passionate and satisfyingly unconcerned with mass consumption on her best album since “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”
Here’s a little-known pop-diva fact: Madonna used to have nightmares about Whitney Houston. In a 1995 “Primetime Live” interview, she described a dream she had in which she learned that her greatest ’80s chart rival’s then-latest single, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” had replaced hers, “You’ll See,” at No. 1. Meanwhile, in another room, her music teacher was humming Houston’s hit. Cue cold sweat. (Dreams don’t always come true: In real life, “You’ll See” never made it past No. 6.)
If Madonna is still watching the charts like a hawk, even in her sleep, she’s clearly no longer obsessed with ruling them. In a 36-year recording career that has found the 60-year-old walking more tightropes than the average A-list pop superstar, Madonna has delivered her most uncompromising musical statement yet with her 14th album, “Madame X.”
The rebel heart she claimed to have in the title of this album’s 2015 predecessor is beating more loudly and passionately than ever before. Freed from the need to be number one with a bullet, Madonna finally has released an entire album that lives up to her reputation as one of pop’s greatest risk-takers.
The first single, “Medellín,” is a deceptively lovely opening statement that only hints at the fire raging just ahead. The comparisons that have been made to an earlier Madonna single, “La Isla Bonita,” aren’t far off, but “Medellín,” named for Colombia’s second-largest city, has sharper edges, and its Latin swirl is more jagged. Colombian reggaeton rapper Maluma adds sexual tension to the mix, and when Madonna sings “Ven conmigo, let’s take a trip,” she sounds as inviting as she did cooing about the tropical island breeze in 1987. read more →
Material Girl. Veronica Electronica. The Queen of Pop. Madonna has taken on many names and personas over the course of her career. Now, with the release of her 14th studio album on June 14, the pop icon dons yet another. This alter-ego shares her name with the record’s title: Madame X.
According to the artist, Madame X has multiple identities — a dancer, a professor, a head of state and a housekeeper, to name just a few. All of these identities are explored throughout the album. Madonna’s refusal to be pinned to a single role can be heard in the video for “Medellín,” the album’s lead single, a duet with Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma.
“I just feel like that’s kind of been my journey in life,” Madonna told NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the story of this album, which comes four years after its predecessor, 2015’s Rebel Heart, and breaks from past expectations in notable ways. In Madame X, Madonna sings in Portuguese and Spanish in addition to English and highlights multicultural influences that she’s encountered while she’s been living in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition to Maluma, the album features collaborations with Swae Lee, Quavo and Brazilian singer Anitta. read more →