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More pictures of the actual limited rainbow picture disc of the upcoming Madame X album on vinyl from the official French store.
This edition is now available through pre-order at various online stores, cheapest is through fnac (link posted earlier)
We have just added a photo gallery of private taken pictures during Madonna’s controversial Eurovision performance in Tel Aviv. All pictures taken by Jochen Vanhoudt, click HERE to view them all.
The French official store is now also offering the rainbow picture disc vinyl of Madame X. The original idea was to have rainbow coloured vinyl, but then it was scrapped and then it wasn’t. In the end this is what will be released on June 14. To order through the official store (more expensive than Fnac) click HERE
Madonna has compared her new album to one of her most controversial records.
During an interview with French LGBTQ magazine Tetu, the legendary singer-songwriter and forever Queen of Pop spoke about her new album Madame X, which is due out 14 June, and made a comparison that may leave fans divided.
“In many ways, this new album is actually a continuation of American Life,” she said.
American Life remains one of Madonna’s most controversial and political albums of all time – when it was released in 2003, it received a mixed response from critics and fans, however it’s now often remembered as a key moment in her career.
The military-themed music video for lead single and title track American Life was famously pulled following concerns over its anti-war message, violent imagery and a final scene involving a George W. Bush look-a-like.
It makes sense that Madonna would reflect on the album, as Mirwais, who co-produced and co-wrote almost the entirety of American Life (as well as several songs on Music and Confessions On A Dancefloor), is heavily involved in her new record Madame X.
The French producer co-wrote seven tracks from the new album, and while production credits haven’t been released yet, we’re assuming he’s produced just as many. It’s the first time they’ve formally worked together since 2005, so anticipation is high.
So far we’ve heard one of Mirwais’ productions from the album: lead single Medellín. Other tracks he has songwriting credits on are Dark Ballet, God Control, Batuka, Killers Who Are Partying, Extreme Occident, and I Don’t Search I Find.
The Queen of Pop is known for her incredible live performance almost as much as her chart-topping music, so fans will be ecstatic to know that she’s announced a new tour to support her upcoming album Madame X.
Never one to follow tradition, Madonna is swapping stadiums and arenas (which she’s proven she can sell out with ease) for several dates at intimate theatre venues, providing a rare once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans.
You can find all the Madame X Tour information you need including London dates here.
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Madonna is used to getting exactly what she wants, when she wants it. Which is why her subtle video for “Crave,” which debuted Wednesday (May 22), is so fascinating. In it, we catch a glimpse of her alter ego, Madame X, writing out a love note in long hand on a scroll, as she says in voice-over, “I am waiting for you. I have always been waiting for you. I’m attracted to danger, I crave it.” Meanwhile, majestic black and white images of New York scroll by amid flashes of slow-motion dancing by the song’s feature artist, Rae Sremmurd‘s Swae Lee.
In a nod to Brooklyn’s beloved Pigeon Keepers, we see Madame X attaching her love note to a flying rat and sending it skyward as the song’s plucked acoustic guitar and hand-clap beat kick in. The rest of the clip mostly consists of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer dancing by herself in designer duds in an empty warehouse, crawling on the floor and peering out over the city with a look of melancholy as a shirtless Lee echoes her vocals.
One last pigeon flight lands X’s message in Lee’s hands — with a glimpse of his meticulous cataloging of her missives — and the two are finally united in a final scene in which Madame X shares a divine spark from her finger in an homage to Michaelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” fresco in the Sistine Chapel. The video was helmed by Portuguese director Nuno Xico (Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake). The release of “Crave” follows on the heels of the album’s first single, “Medellin,” featuring Maluma, as well as “Future” with Quavo and “I Rise.”
Madame X is due out on June 14.
More at Billboard
Just days after her performance at Eurovision Song Contest grand final caused controversy with its powerful (and unnapproved) message of unity between Israelis and Palestinians, Madonna has insisted that her upcoming record Madame X is her most politically-charged since 2003’s American Life.
Appearing on the cover of French LGBT magazine Têtu – on newsstands from today (22 May) – the ‘Medellín’ singer reveals she “frightened” by the current political climate but that she hopes her new material will help “inspire people to act.”
In an exclusive interview in which she also discusses her relationship with the LGBTQ community, Madonna is asked whether she is scared, angry or fed up with the state of the world.
The singer replies (translated from French): “All those feelings you mentioned. I’m scared. Frightened by so many things going on in this world. As you are I’m sure.
“But I’m also optimistic. I think the future is full of possibilities. And I hope I was able to channel my anger and my rage in order to create a music full of joy.”
She adds: “To me, in many ways, this album is the continuation of American Life.”
Madonna’s career has been defined by her political and social activism – of using cultural provocation to spark discussion – and the star is also asked how she feels about populist right-wing figures such as Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen co-opting such tactics to espouse hate.
“If you’re a narrow-minded person using provocation, then your message will be narrow-minded,” she replies. “It depends on the intention of the provocateur.”
She adds: “I don’t see the world through labels and categories.
“But society loves to categorise, label and separate people: the poor, the gays, the Africans… Because it make us feel safe.”
Madonna, who will release Madame X on 14 June, is also asked how she feels about being regarded as possibly the world’s great gay icon, and whether it’s a title she ‘claims’.
“I think it’s weird to call myself an icon,” she says. “I feel blessed to have a voice, and to be able to use it to help people don’t have one and to fight for the rights of those who are not heard.
“I think the word ‘icon’ is a word that other people can give you. But I can’t claim it for myself. Do you think I’m an icon?
Told she’s the very “definition”, Madonna replies: “So if you think I’m an icon, then I am one!”
The new issue of Têtu is on newsstands from today (22 May).
More at Attitude.co.uk
Madonna graces the cover of French TETU mag and is available now. This edition comes with two different covers, the Madonna edition seems to sell out fast so be quick!
So a few people were very lucky to be invited to listen to Madonna’s upcoming Madame X album, including Lucy O’Brien (author of ‘Madonna Like an Icon’). Here’s some of what she had to share:
- Just listened to the whole of
#Madamex (with cakes) Can safely say the best is yet to come. Some fantastic dark dramatic work with Mirwais
- The highlights? Dark Ballet, I Don’t Search I Find
- She’s clever…saved the really personal stuff for the album release…
- There’s a beautiful, weird piano-led track, and a disco banger…hard to describe…strange world pop?
- She sings out on a few. She is comfortable. She’s in her own space
- I think stadiums aren’t quite right for this album…theatres will be perfect
- Least favourite? Hmmm…Looking for Mercy
- The disco track was my favourite!
- I am…I actually prefer this album to Rebel Heart…it feels more organic
- Yes, one disco track that takes us right back to that Detroit dance floor
- Is there something like Paradise (Not For Me)? – Yes, though updated to now…imagine a conversation between Madonna and Mirwais now
- Review? It’ll be in the next issue of Mojo mag x
- I personally think she’s better in one to one collaboration with a trusted producer (eg Orbit, Mirwais, Pat Leonard)
- It’s like she’s gone beyond the sales – ‘this is my life in Lisbon’…
- Couple of fillers, but they feel more like a vibe, rather than ‘we sat the production team in a room and they didn’t come up with anything’. More organic
- About ‘Killers’ – I can’t say too much, but it is a manifesto song…Madonna laying herself in the line
- Autotune…but less obviously. The more relaxed she is the less she needs it
- Are the Mirwais tracks simple or electronic – Imagine where he would be now. French house a big influence…and world pop
- Another ‘Hung Up’? – One or two…me and the writer from Attitude really like a couple that haven’t been singles yet!
- I actually think the best tracks have been held forthe album release, but that’s my personal preference!
JUST HEARD @MADONNA’S MADAME X KLAXON! I’m under embargo but all I can say is X-traordinary… Can’t wait to write more.
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A dancer who wore a Palestinian flag during Madonna‘s controversial Eurovision Song Contest performance has claimed that she was grilled by airport security for over an hour.
The pop icon subtly addressed the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine when she performed ‘Future’ with Quavo, which saw dancer Mona Berntsen wearing a Palestinian flag on her back. Another dancer was seen wearing an Israeli flag, before the pair exited the performance with their arms wrapped around each other.
Now, Berntsen has recalled the “intense” experience of being questioned by Israeli authorities as she attempted to leave the country after the performance.
“Thank you Madonna for having me as part of your statement, and for having me carry the Palestinian flag in front of the hundreds and millions of viewers. Unfortunately, the suppression in the West Bank is real. The hours following yesterday’s show have been intense, but never had I imagined feeling monitored in the way I was,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.
“Airport check-in passing my passport around, and then being held for interrogation for more than 1.5 hours! Having to tell my whole life story, my reasons for having travelled to Arabic countries throughout my life, my religious relations, my family matters, showing my detailed daily schedules for my stay, and having to explain exactly what I did and where I went last time I was in Jerusalem three years ago. EVERYTHING! On my way OUT of the country!
“All presumably for carrying a flag as part of a performance making a statement about a current conflict, to promote peace, unity and freedom. I can’t even imagine the monitoring and suppression the Palestinian people are facing on a daily basis.”
Berntsen added: “Thank you so much Madonna for using this performance to speak up.”
While there is nothing to suggest that Berntsen’s performance directly prompted the search, Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv is known for operating strict passport control and questioning travellers on flights out of Israel.
The Eurovision Broadcasting Union previously said that the controversial inclusion of the flags had not been approved by the EBU, saying: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest grand final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits.”
“This element of the performance was not part of rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and host broadcaster KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is not a political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”
Defending her performance, Madonna wrote: “Madame X is a freedom fighter. I am grateful. For the opportunity to spread the message of peace and unity with the world.”
She’ll release her new album ‘Madame X’ on June 14.
Donna De Lory has another new single (two tracks) and music video – “Heaven (Remixes)”. The music video is a dance remix and features Kevin Stea (whom we all know from the legendary Blond Ambition Tour and Truth or Dare film).
Madonna – the best-selling female recording artist of all time – may well have the last commercial laugh in 2019. Some critics wrote the star off this weekend after her Eurovision performance, and said that many younger pretenders now have captured her pop crown.
Madonna, who is 60, is known for her spectacular album launches and is on the countdown to her 14th studio collection, Madame X, due out on June 14. After criticism talking of a botched comeback, her loyal fans maintained that she doesn’t have comebacks because she has never been away and is better than ever.
Leave aside altogether Madonna’s decision to perform at the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest; some critics were simply not impressed by her performance. Martin Belam, writing in The Guardian, said that Madonna’s vocals on her 1989 hit “Like A Prayer” were “pitchy” and her new song “Future,” featuring U.S. rapper Quavo, was lackluster. Belham concluded: “Madonna must be questioning whether it was worth it.”
Read full article at Forbes.com
Speaking to AnOther, Dilara Findikoglu opens up about the outfit she designed for Madonna, which was inspired by Joan of Arc and turn-of-the-century exotic dancers
“I was imagining Joan of Arc as a dark, romantic queen who was reincarnated in Madonna’s body,” Findikoglu tells AnOther, explaining how the two pieces came about. “For example, the corset we made is a talisman of female empowerment, as it’s embellished with coins featuring goddesses such as Athena. I wanted to combine the armour elements from Joan of Arc with a corset to emphasise Madonna’s powerful, womanly body.”
It is not the first time that Madonna has worn Findikoglu’s designs: in 2017, she wore her ‘Garden of Eden’ suit to perform in St Tropez, more recently, she donned one of her blazers during the promotion for her new album. Findikoglu herself has been open about her love of the musician – on Instagram she has called her “eternal inspiration” – and last year created a series of ‘cone bra’ T-shirts evocative of the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier-designed look Madonna wore during her during her Blond Ambition tour in 1990.
“I feel that myself and Madonna are both trying to be inspirational to women and girls and encourage them to speak up and be strong, independent people,” Findikoglu says. In this spirit, the Eurovision look – her first custom-made design for the artist – aimed to capture “the idea of an unconventional female warrior”. Other inspirations came from Milla Jovovich in The Messenger, and found photographs of turn-of-the century exotic dancers.
Read full article at AnotherMag