Sunday Sounds: The Many Excellent Drummers On Madonna’s ‘True Blue’

On June 30, 1986, Madonna released her third studio album True Blue. Madonna cowrote and coproduced the entire album with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard, who also played drums with her on the record along with Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett (pictured above).

Many posit that True Blue was the album that launched Madonna to superstardom, and indeed the record earned the pop singer a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, where she was given the title of most successful singer for 1986. True Blue was also the world’s top-selling album of that year and the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist.

True to its ’80s roots, in addition to acoustic drums the album features plenty of electronic drum programming, drum synths, and keyboard, along with some Cuban and Latin percussion on songs like “La Isla Bonita” and “Love Makes The World Go Round.”

Take a trip down ’80s memory lane with the following songs.


Stephen Bray produced and drummed on this track.


With Patrick Leonard on drums.


Stephen Bray on drums.


With Patrick Leonard doing the drum programming, Jonathan Moffett on drums, and Paulinho da Costa on percussion.


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Decoding Madonna’s Disturbing “God Control” Video

Violence has been a surprisingly consistent theme throughout Madonna’s music video canon, from “Like a Prayer” to “What It Feels like for a Girl” to, most recently, “Dark Ballet,” in which Mykki Blanco is burned at the stake. But the video for “God Control,” from her latest album, Madame X, is shockingly graphic in its depiction of gun violence.

The video, which premiered on Wednesday, was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who also helmed the clip for 2003’s “American Life,” the original version of was scrapped in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Parallels between the two videos are inevitable: “American Life” is a satire of modern society’s consumption of war as popular entertainment, while “God Control” depicts the carnage weapons of war can wreak here at home. Like “American Life,” the new video features a wealth of Easter eggs, hidden meanings, and cameos.

The brunette Madonna (we’ll call her Madame X) has framed photos of Frida Kahlo, Simone de Beauvoir, and Patti Smith hanging on the walls around her desk. Also visible are portraits of choreographer Martha Graham—who, according to Madonna, christened her with the nickname “Madame X” in the late 1970s because she was constantly changing her appearance—and political activist Angela Davis, a quote from whom is a featured at the end of the video: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”


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The record Madame X listens to while writing is titled “We Need to Wake Up,” printed in a ‘70s-style typeface. The credits, unfortunately, are too small to make out:

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Early in “God Control,” a statue of Christ is seen weeping blood, echoing a similar shot in Madonna’s video for “Like a Prayer,” in which a black saint cries tears of blood:

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A brief close-up of Madame X’s typewriter pulls focus on the letters “D” and “C,” an obvious reference to Washington D.C.’s inaction:


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Later in the clip, Madonna punches the “Power Return” button, an obvious allusion to the people reclaiming their power, which is followed by a montage of gun-control demonstrations:

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Though the opening shot of “God Control” establishes New York City as the location of the story, the club scenes were filmed at downtown Los Angeles’s historic Globe Theatre, where the marquee reads “We Need To Wake Up”:

Blink and you’ll miss cameos from RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Monét X Change, YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous, and actress Sofia Boutella, who’s danced for Madonna on tour:

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Surveillance footage featured throughout the video is dated “16/05/12,” which some fans have speculated refers to a passage from the New Testament:

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In another possible reference to “Like a Prayer,” Madonna is thrown against a wall and attacked, similar to a scene in the 1989 video in which she witnesses a young woman being sexually assaulted by a group of men:

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While Madonna gets ready for a night on the town, a poster in the background reads “Straight White Men Rule Everything Around Me”:


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Theories abound over whether the two Madonnas featured in the video are the same person, if they’re neighbors, or if the blond Madonna is a fictional creation of Madame X. One clue could be right at our fingertips—or, rather, Madonna’s. Both characters appear to be wearing the same glittery nail polish:

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What do you think the video is about? Share your theories in the comments below!

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Rumoured Pride setlist

So the rumoured Pride setlist goes

  • American Life
  • Vogue
  • God Control
  • I Rise

Previously ‘Future’ was planned to be performed but some say it has been replaced by ‘God Control’, or ‘God Control’ has just been added to the existing setlist. There are clips foating online of Madonna rehearsing ‘God Control’ on Pride Island and in her Instagram clips you can hear ‘American Life’ in the back.

Not long until we found out now.

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Madonna to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel (press release)

Channel showcases music from Madonna’s latest no. 1 album Madame X and her world-renowned catalogue
Limited-run Music Channel features exclusive stories from Madonna about her legendary career


NEW YORKJune 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM announced today that Madonna will launch an exclusive limited-run SiriusXM music channel, “Madonna’s Madame X Radio,” on Monday, July 1.

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. 

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs influenced by art and politics coming together. Madonna is getting ready to embark on a series of rare and intimate concert performances to take place exclusively in theaters, giving fans an opportunity to see her perform in an environment like they never have before. The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th.Tickets and further information are available at  

SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen to Madonna’s Madame X Radio, (ch. 4), on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to to learn more.

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Madonna is launching an exclusive SiriusXM channel

A scene from Madonna's 'God Control' video


(CNN)Madonna will launch an exclusive limited-run SiriusXM music channel, “Madonna’s Madame X Radio,” July 1, a SiriusXM spokesperson tells CNN.

The channel will showcase music from Madonna’s legendary career, including her latest album, “Madame X.”
Besides her extensive catalogue of songs, the channel will also feature exclusive stories from Madonna about her life and legacy, the making of her songs, and her love of art and music.
“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.”
The channel will launch following Madonna’s Pride Island appearance in New York City. It will run 24 hours a day through Wednesday, July 31 on SiriusXM radios (ch. 4), the SiriusXM app and web player.
“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.
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Madonna Responds To Criticism Of Graphic Shooting In New Music Video: ‘Does It Make You Feel Bad? Good’

Madonna has responded to criticism of her graphic new music video God Control, which includes a graphic shooting.

The pop singer unveiled her new video earlier this week, which depicts a mass shooting at a nightclub, in scenes reminiscent of the Pulse massacre in 2016.

However, while some have suggested the clip’s violent content borders on gratuitous, Madonna has insisted that this was her intention.


She told People: “Seeing the reality, and the brutality of things makes you wake up. This is really happening. This is what it looks like.

“Does it make you feel bad? Good, ’cause then maybe you will do something about it.”

Among those who have criticised the God Control video are two survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, who voiced their opinions on Twitter shortly after its release.

Madonna in the nightclub sequence of the God Control clip

A message at the start of the God Control video warns viewers: “The story you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence. But it’s happening everyday. And it has to stop.”

God Control was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who was previously responsible for the Madonna videos Ray Of Light, Music and Bitch I’m Madonna.

He also directed Madonna’s original American Life music video, which she ended up pulling shortly after its release in 2003, as she didn’t feel the violent content was appropriate.

“It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time,” she said at the time. “Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video.”

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Exclusive: Madonna on Madame X and Her WorldPride Performance

Madonna has just said my name and I don’t know what to do. 

It’s a Friday afternoon in New York City, the week before Pride, and I’m on the phone with the Queen of Pop. Her hit single “Medellín” has just gone number one, making it her 47th single to hit that position on the US dance charts. In a few days, Billboard will announce that her fourteenth studio album, Madame X, is her ninth album to reach number one on their 200 chart. A week later, she’ll headline New York City Pride. 

Yesterday, I was asked to send her a photo. How do you pick a selfie to send to Madonna?

I start our conversation by congratulating her on the success of her new album, an experimental collection of overtly political pop songs (“God Control,” “I Rise”), slow burning dance tracks (“I Don’t Search I Find”), and stripped back bangers (“Extreme Occident”) that sounds like the spiritual successor of Ray of Light and American Life — if Confessions on a Dance Floor was the godmother. “Madame X is an evolution of everything I’ve done as an artist,” she acknowledges. The icon is extremely demure about the acclaim, saying that even 14 albums in, it’s an honor to have her music appreciated. “It’s still exciting to have an album be so well received.”

With this year’s Pride festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, there was really no choice but Madonna for the closing performance at Pride Island. The landmark anniversary has the Material Girl reflecting on the history of the movement and speculating on its future. “It means everything to me to be at World Pride,” she says. “I’m proud of having been even a small part of fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.” But she acknowledges that “even though we have a lot to celebrate, we still have work to do.”

Madonna has been doing that work since the early days of her fame — she famously included information about AIDS in the packaging of her 1989 album Like a Prayer and was vocal in interviewsabout her support for queer people at a time when that alliance could have derailed her career. That purity of purpose is still evident today on Madame X, which grapples with issues like gun control and political apathy, the latter being something Madonna is clearly not familiar with. In the music video for Madame X track “Dark Ballet,” the artist cast queer rapper Mykki Blanco as Joan of Arc, and the video ends with a message from Blanco: “I have walked this earth, Black, Queer and HIV positive, but no transgression against me has been as powerful as the hope I hold within.”

The Wednesday before her Pride performance, Madonna released the music video for “God Control,” an eight-minute technicolor daydream that slips quickly into nightmare with senseless acts of gun violence happening at a nightclub, a clear homage to the massacre at Pulse in 2016 that claimed 49 lives, most of them queer people of color. “Wake up,” Madonna chants over and over, imploring viewers to demand gun control now — the video even includes a shot of queer activist group Gays Against Guns marching at Pride. “God Control” came complete with a trigger warning about the disturbing content, but advised that these horrors are “happening everyday” and must be stopped. “This is your wake up call,” she sings over the track’s disco beat.

Pop music, Madonna tells me, is the perfect vehicle for activism “because it’s popular. Because people are listening, you’re able to get messages across you might not be able to otherwise.” She does confess that she wishes more contemporary pop artists would use their platforms to incite change. “I have always been an agent of change.” Earlier this year, M (as her team constantly refers to her, something I’m all too happy to pick up — we’re friends now!) rang in the New Year at the Stonewall Inn, compelling revelers to “never forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said ‘enough.’” She accepted GLAAD’s Advocate for Change Award and delivered a powerful speech about her decades of queer activism. “Why have I always fought for change?” she asked at the time. “It’s a hard question to answer. It’s like trying to explain the importance of breathing or the need to love.”

Hours after I speak with Madonna, Ty Sunderland’s monthly pop dance party Heaven on Earth sets sail for a special nautical edition honoring Madonna, a theme Sunderland decided on before he learned the Queen would be performing at Pride. Every time Sunderland dropped a Madonna track, an instant change swept over the crowd. “She has this power that, regardless of your age, you know the song and you love the song,” he recalls. “She’s one of the ultimate connections for multiple generations of gay people, there’s something unifying about her. I can be playing ‘Like a Prayer’ for a bunch of 20 year-olds or a bunch of 50 year-olds, and everyone is going to be screaming the lyrics.”

Drag Race winner Aquaria was the party’s guest DJ — she showed up in a full Madame X look, which she calls “secret agent prostitute” — and was struck by the enduring power of Madonna’s legacy. “She’s this example of bravery and strength,” Aquaria says. “She never backed down, she was always fighting for something. She’s a woman with extremely strong opinions and, with queer people being a marginalized group, we gravitate towards people who take a stance and want to do good in the world.”

That fight is what’s inspired Madonna to keep creating music, to keep fighting for change. Her greatest triumph, she reveals, is motherhood. “My children are the most important thing in my life,” she insists. And perhaps that’s part of why queer people love Madonna so intensely and enduringly. Throughout her career, she’s been pop’s most striking maternal figure — after all, she’s named after her own mother and one of the most famous mothers in history. 

But this is one mother who won’t disapprove of your Pride revelry. Before we hang up, I ask Madonna the burning question on everyone’s minds: Is Madame X a top or a bottom?

“She’s both,” she laughs. “I don’t like choosing sides.”

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Van Der Vorst Ziet Sterren meets Madonna tonight RTL4 20.30

In deze aflevering van Van Der Vorst Ziet Sterren heeft Peter van der Vorst een bijzonder interview met Madonna. Na een jarenlange succesvolle carrière met megahits weet de queen of pop tegenwoordig nog steeds het nieuws te halen. Zo raakte ze internationaal in opspraak na haar ‘valse’ optreden tijdens het Eurovisie Songfestival, en haar gloednieuwe videoclip God Control is behoorlijk heftig en zorgt voor veel ophef.

Ook gaat Van der Vorst langs bij zangeres Samantha Steenwijk. Van haar krijgt de presentator een kijkje achter de schermen bij ‘Holland Zingt Hazes’. Thuis ontmoet hij haar moeder en haar vrouw Daisy. Samantha vertelt over het uitstellen van hun kinderwens en hoe moeilijk het was om uit de kast te komen.

Peter gaat in deze aflevering ook nog op bezoek bij Kaj Gorgels. De nieuwe presentator van ‘Expeditie Robinson’ vertelt over het overlijden van zijn vader en hoe het is om een relatie te hebben met de mooiste vrouw van Nederland.


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Madonna Revives Nightmarish Imagery of Orlando Nightclub Massacre in New Music Video

Any thoughts that Madonna’s provocative streak might be taking a time-out in 2019 were put to a halt with her release Wednesday of a new music video for her song “God Control,” which portrays a bloody massacre in a nightclub and is peppered with slogans advocating for gun control.

Filmed by director Jonas Åkerlund largely in downtown L.A. at the Globe Theater, the clip clearly means to reference the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting of 2016, when 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded by a lone gunman.


“The story you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scnes of gun violence,” reads a crawl at the beginning of the video. “But it’s happening everyday. And it has to stop.”

The eight-minute video is filled with initially confusing time-shifts and time stamps, getting to the on-screen massacre fairly early in the clip, with blood-streaked and lifeless (but sometimes still visibly breathing) bodies strewn across a disco’s dance floor and bar. Squibs are used as a bespectacled, long-haired gunman shoots down everyone in his path. Eventually, the video concentrates on the hours leading up to the bloodbath, although even there, no one is safe in Madonna’s vision, as she’s shown being robbed at gunpoint on the street outside the club.

Other shots include a children’s choir accompanying a funeral with multiple coffins, and what appears to be real footage of anti-NRA protests and tearful student vigils. Madonna appears in the less violent scenes — set to a rap that on record reminded many music critics of “Vogue” (“People think that I’m insane / The only gun is in my brain”) — as a blonde dancer, while in the framing sequences she’s a brunette writer tapping away at a typewriter in lace gloves, tapping out the song’s lyrics and eventually shedding a tear of her own.

Although the video ends with the on-screen words “Gun Control Now,” in a pre-release teaser, she went further and explained just what level of control she’s advocating, flatly declared: “Guns need to be made illegal.”

“If you’re sitting alone in your apartment all day and you’re writing about the downfall of humanity, it tends to get you down,” Madonna said in the earlier teaser. “After a while, you need to have fun. So, where does a girl go? She goes to a disco! … I tried to bring the world of disco and freedom, and having that joy silenced by a small thing made of metal that can end someone’s life.”

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Madonna Worries About Her Kids Because of Gun Violence: ‘Same Fear Every Mother in This Era Has’

Madonna’s latest song, God Control, is a rousing, in-your-face and politically charged call for gun violence prevention

The American epidemic of gun violence is terrifying for everyone. Global celebrities are no exception.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Madonna says she worries about the safety of her children.

“I send my children to school with the same fear every mother in this era has,” says Madonna, 60, who has six children:  Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David, 13, Mercy, 13 and twin girls Estere and Stelle, 6.

“As a mother, you feel protective and responsible for all of the children in the world,” she says. “It’s really scary to me that the once-safe spaces where we gather, worship and learn are targets.  Nobody’s safe. So of course, as a mother, I acutely feel the worry.”

On Wednesday, the singer released the highly-anticipated music video for her song, God Control — a rousing, in-your-face and politically charged call for gun violence prevention, which is excerpted by PEOPLE above.


(You can watch the full video by clicking here. WARNING: Some of the images are graphic.)

RELATED: Madonna Releases New Video to Spotlight Issue of Gun Violence: ‘I Can’t Take It Anymore’

Madonna describes American gun violence as “out of control.”


Every day, approximately 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2016 study by the American Journal of Medicinefound that Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by gun violence than people in other high-income countries.


The recent spate of mass shootings over the past several years shows no sign of slowing down. Last month, a disgruntled Virginia Beach city employee killed 12 innocent people in the latest high-profile shooting.

These shootings are never far from Madonna’s mind.

RELATED: PEOPLE’s Call to Action: Contact Congress to Ask What Is Being Done to Stop the Epidemic of Gun Violence

“Every time I go out to a public gathering, I think about it,” she says. “When my kids go to school, I think about it. It’s kind of crazy. Every time there is a gathering of any sort, there’s a possibility that this might happen. It’s a crazy state of mind to be living in. It seems like it’s some kind of futuristic action film, but it’s our reality.

“I hope people see that no one is safe.  Not even themselves.”

The God Control video ends with a call-to-action to join Madonna in supporting organizations fighting for common-sense gun safety legislation and working to protect our most vulnerable, including the following, which can be found on Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund (@Everytown); March For Our Lives Foundation (@AMarch4OurLives); Gays Against Guns (@GAGnoguns); Sandy Hook Promise Foundation (@sandyhook); Human Rights Campaign Foundation (@HRC); National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (@NCADV) and One Pulse for America (@onePULSEorg).

PEOPLE has issued its own a call to action for anyone who wants to contact members of Congress to express their views on how to stop gun violence. Go to, or click here, to find contact information for every single voting member of Congress.

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Madonna features shocking mass shooting scene in ‘God Control’ music video

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Monét X Change also appears in the brutal clip.


Madonna has taken a visually graphic stance against gun violence in her new music video.

The just-released, Jonas Åkerlund-directed video for “God Control,” a gospel-infused dance-pop song that contains a lengthy disco breakdown and firearm blasts peppered throughout its complex production, sees the legendary performer donning 1970s-inspired outfits as she makes her way out to a nightclub with a group of friends (including RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4champion Monét X Change). The evening ends in tragedy, however, as a gunman opens fire on the dance floor, leaving multiple victims — including Madonna — bloody and wounded in the aftermath.

“If you’re sitting alone in your apartment all day and you’re writing about the downfall of humanity, it tends to get you down. After a while, you need to have fun. So, where does a girl go? She goes to a disco!” Madonna said of the video’s concept in a pre-release teaser. “I tried to bring the world of disco and freedom, and having that joy silenced by a small thing made of metal that can end someone’s life. Guns need to be made illegal.”


The video also features footage of real gun control protests, and ends with a quote from Angela Davis that reads, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

“The idea of the song is that I’m speaking about something very serious, but the music is disco. It’s ironic because we used to be able to go places like discos to have fun, to forget, to be free, and now even those places aren’t safe,” she added in another teaser. “Let’s get some gun control, people!”

“God Control” — produced by Mike Dean and longtime Madonna collaborator, Mirwais Ahmadzaï, for the singer’s 14th studio album, Madame X — also contains lyrics urging Americans to “wake up” to the perils of gun violence that spills the “blood of innocents” in the country.


“Our nation lied, we lost respect / When we wake up, what can we do? Get the kids ready, take them to school / Everybody knows they don’t have a chance / To get a decent job, to have a normal life,” Madonna coos at the start of the track, which evolves from a chorus-backed chant into a full-fledged dance party across its six-minute runtime. “When they talk reforms, it makes me laugh / They pretend to help, it makes me laugh.”

Madonna further references the effects of gun violence elsewhere on Madame X, with the album’s closing track “I Rise” incorporating portions of an impassioned speech given by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor and gun control activist Emma González.

The 60-year-old previously raised eyebrows during the Madame X album cycle as she performed the promotional single “Future” with rapper Quavo at the 2019 Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv, Israel — a set that saw Madonna’s dancers wearing the Palestinian and Israeli flags on their backs as they embraced, which was widely seen as a political statement on the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The performance concluded as the words “wake up” — which also feature prominently in “God Control — flashed on a giant screen behind the duo.

Madonna has noted that “God Control”‘s parent album, Madame X, was crafted around the titular persona, described as “a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identity, fighting for freedom, and bringing light to dark places.”

Over the years, various entries in the artist’s robust videography have also courted controversy — namely the music video for the Mirwais-produced “American Life,” which included images of real-life war violence and ended as Madonna tossed a hand grenade to a George W. Bush lookalike.

Madame X is out now, and will be supported by an intimate, worldwide theater tour throughout 2020. Ahead of Madonna’s headlining performance Sunday at New York City’s WorldPride event, watch the “God Control” music video above.

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Madonna makes powerful statement against gun violence in ‘God Control’ video

Madonna in 'God Control'


(CNN)Madonna has a message: “We need to wake up.”

In words and in haunting imagery, her call-to-action is woven through the music video for her new single, “God Control,” a striking statement against gun violence.
The video begins with a warning for viewers and shows people, including Madonna, being gunned down with an assault weapon in a nightclub.
Madonna told CNN her response to those who may have a problem with the graphic depiction is that “this is what happens when people shoot.”
“Understand that this is what happens. Guns kill,” she said. “A bullet rips through your body, knocks you to the floor and takes your life, and you bleed to death. I mean this is reality.”
The singer draws attention to the song’s lyrics, which she types out during the video.
“Everybody knows the damn truth/Our nation lied,” the lyrics begin. “We’ve lost respect/When we wake up/What can we do?”
The mother of six said she feels a responsibility to the children of the world.
“It’s really scary to me that any public gathering, any place of worship, any school is a target,” Madonna said. “Nobody’s safe.”
The pop icon added, “We know that gun violence disproportionately affects children and the disenfranchised in our society. This certainly inspires me to use my art and platform to advocate for change.”
Shannon Watts is grateful Madonna is doing just that.
Watts founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America the day after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in which 20 children and six staff members were killed.
She told CNN that artists like Madonna are able to amplify their calls to end the violence.
A scene from Madonna's music video, "God Control."

“We know that one way to change our culture of gun violence is to change culture,” she said. “People who change culture are often influencers and creative people. They have this ability to reach and connect millions and to encourage them to get involved and to use their voices and their votes to end gun violence.”
This is not the first time Madonna has been connected to the fight.
“I Rise,” another single from her “Madame X” album, features a sample from a now-famous speech made by Parkland, Florida student Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Madonna said that while gun safety and gun control is a huge issue in the US, she doesn’t believe it’s being addressed properly.
She said she’d like to see changes in legislation, more people getting involved and coming out to vote.
“We live in a democracy. We can change laws, but it requires organization — and it requires consistency — and it requires people doing what they can do — at a grass roots level or on a larger scale,” Madonna said. “Which is what I’m trying to do.”
It’s a cause she believes anyone can be involved in.
“You can do it through your art, you can do it through activism in your own community,” she said. “There are so many levels and ways to do it. I’m trying to stoke the fires and keep people focused on this crisis through my art and through my own statements.”
The video ends with a request to support organizations fighting for gun safety legislation and statistics on the toll of gun violence.
“No one is safe,” the words on the screen flash. “Gun control. Now.”
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