Graham Norton lines up huge interview with Madonna in another star-studded episode

Hot on the heels of performing for 200 million people during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest last month, pop legend Madonna is set to join the line-up of an upcoming star-studded episode of The Graham Norton Show.

The BAFTA award-winning show had already promised galactic levels of stardom with its guests for the June 14 show, with cult director Danny Boyle and Lord of the Ringsstar Sir Ian McKellen dropping by for a chat.

And now Madonna has also been confirmed to feature on the episode, where she’ll be discussing her new album Madame X as well as with her upcoming shows at the London Palladium.

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Rounding out the guests for the night are actors Lily James and Himesh Patel, who’ll be talking about their new film Yesterday, while singer Sheryl Crow will perform her new single ‘Still the Good Old Days’.

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The Sun reviews Madame X ‘It’s ultra-contemporary, packed with variety and totally unlike anything she has done before’

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WITH just ten days to go until her first album in four years, Madame X, anticipation is mounting for Madonna’s return.

I’m no expert when it comes to the Queen Of Pop so I sent Bizarre’s pop supremo Howell Davies to take a first listen of the full record to see if it lives up to the hype . . .

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Madonna’s will release her new album in ten days

SAY what you like about Madonna – she’s never boring.

In an industry which is quickly becoming devoid of personality, she has returned with her most diverse and out-there record ever.

Madame X sees Madge sing in Portuguese on a handful of the tracks including the upbeat Crazy and Bitch, I’m Loca, on which she teams up with Maluma again.

And she’s as cheeky as ever on the tune, which ends with her telling the Reggaeton star: “You can put it inside.”

Dark Ballet features a high-octane reimagining of the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy while she addresses under-fire minority groups in Killers Who Are Partying.

I Don’t Search I Find harks back to the Nineties with an ambient trance beat, which is totally different from God Control and Come Alive, which feature vocals by Tiffin Children’s Choir, from South West London.

This collection could easily have felt like a clash of cultures gone too far, but there’s very little she can’t turn her hand to.

It’s ultra-contemporary, packed with variety and totally unlike anything she has done before.

Just like she did in 1998 with Ray Of Light, this is Madonna’s reinvention.

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The Mirror reviews ‘Madame X’ *****

Madame X is “a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places”… but all that can get pretty lonely.

On her new album Madame X, which a select few have been treated to a sneak preview of, Madonna opens up about feeling isolated.

The singer has admitted she felt lonely after moving to Portugal to become a “soccer mum” to her Benfica academy football player son David.

On the track Dark Ballet, which she performed at Eurovision, she sings: “I want to tell you about love and loneliness.”

In another track, Killers Who Are Partying, she says: “Wild as the world. Loneliness is the path to come to you.”

She laments her lack of friends in God Control, singing: “People think I am insane and the only friend is in my brain.”

Madonna previously revealed how much she struggled with being alone while living in Lisbon last year and her 14th studio album was born out of her being “depressed”.

On track Crave, the American alludes to being homesick while living in Europe saying: “I’m tired of being so far away” while on Extreme Occidental, she sings: “I guess I’m lost. I had to pay the cost.

“The thing that hurt me most was that I wasn’t lost.”

Thankfully, while making the much anticipated new album, she collaborated with longtime producer Mirwais as well as pal Diplo. She even made some new friends in the process, including Maluma, who will now help keep her company. Madame X is out on June 14, and Madonna plays 15 shows at the London Palladium next year.

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Rejoice: Madonna Will Headline Pride Island during WorldPride in NYC

Many have suspected it, and now it’s confirmed: Madonna will appear at Pride Island during WorldPride in New York City this month. The news was announced on the Today Show.

Madge’s journey to Pride has been a long one. Sure it stretches way back to even beyond debuting “Vogue” in 1990, but specific to this year’s Pride at the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall, it goes back to New Year’s Eve. At the Stonewall Inn, to ring in the new year, she sang “Like a Prayer” and gave a speech.

“I stand here proudly at the place where Pride began,” she said from a set of prepared remarks. “Let us not forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said ‘enough.’” But the clues kept coming.

News began to circulate that she was releasing a new album this month and then there was the whole music video incident. In a bit of drag tour drama with Haters Roast, it was revealed that the “Like a Virgin” singer was filming a new video featuring a ton of drag queens. Then she received the GLAAD Advocate for Change award — OK, that was less of a sign that something was coming and more of a recognition of a career well spent — and released “I Rise,” a Stonewall tribute. Let’s face it guys: all roads pointed to Madonna on the big stage during the world’s first WorldPride hosted in America where we expect her to perform a mixture of some of her older hits as well as tracks from the new album, which is her 14th. That album, titled Madame X, will release on June 14.

Pride Island will also feature performances by Grace Jones, Teyana Taylor, and Pabllo Vittar. Grace Jones will headline on Saturday while Madonna will headline on Sunday. Yes kids, this is a place for legends! A reported 6 million tourists will flood New York for Pride alone this year.

Unsurprisingly, tickets for the entire weekend have already sold out and have been since March. Hopefully someone is going to be streaming something!

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Madonna to star in Today at Apple’s new Music Lab

Madonna is to be featured in a new Today at Apple session called Music Lab: Remix. She’s filmed a video about the details of one song which Apple staff will then show you how to reconstruct yourself in GarageBand. 

As the singer/songwriter begins promoting her forthcoming ‘Madame X’ album and tour, Apple has revealed that Madonna is going to appear in Apple Stores —or at least she will on video. The company’s Today at Apple series of workshops is to include a new Music Lab which will take customers through the process of deconstructing the song “Crave” by Madonna and Swae Lee.

Reportedly, Madonna has recorded a video where she talks about the origins of the song and the specifics of how it was produced. 

“In this session, you’ll deconstruct Madonna’s song Crave, find out what inspired her, and create your own version of the song using GarageBand on iPhone,” says Apple’s new Music Lab page. “Devices will be provided.”

There’s no detail over which Apple Stores will feature the sessions as the official page is currently listing it as not being available. However, it’s likely to be offered in every Store and the page has been rolling out across the US, Europe and Australia.

Madonna herself has not officially commented on the collaboration, but her Twitter account has begun including references to @AppleMusic and #applemusic on tweets to do with the “Madama X” album.

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The “Madame X” album is due to be launched on June 14 and online speculation amongst Madonna fans is that this will be tied to Apple’s reported breakup of iTunes into separate apps. They note that this news comes a day ahead of WWDC and suggest that she will be present to promote a new Music app. They further suggest that this means Apple’s new apps won’t launch until June 14, but there is no source for the speculation that she will be doing anything beyond the Today at Apple project.

Plus, the same fans claim that Madonna launched the iTunes Store in 2005, when really that was when she agreed to put her catalog on the then two-year-old service.

Apple’s breaking up of iTunes is one of very many announcements expected to be made about macOS 10.15 and iOS 13 at the 2019 WWDC which begins Monday, June 3.

AppleInsider will be reporting live throughout WWDC 2019, starting with the keynote on Monday, June 3. Get every announcement as it happens by downloading the AppleInsider app for iOS, and by making sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitter @appleinsiderFacebook and Instagram.

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Madonna to Appear in Apple Stores Worldwide (on Video)

If there has been one indispensable key factor in Madonna‘s unprecedented longevity in pop music [in addition to her musical talent, stage presence, and good looks], it’s her willingness to constantly evolve with the times. In 2005, she made headline news by releasing her entire catalogue on a two-year-old streaming service called iTunes. This was long before other comparable acts like The Beatles had done so, and it proved to be a shrewd, cutting-edge business move. 

 

Madge and Apple are teaming up once again, this time for an Apple Today series of workshops. Madonna will appear in Apple stores via videos promoting the tech giant’s various music apps. Madonna’s appearance is to the deconstruction of her new single “Crave” feat. Swae Lee. Fans will be able to remix their own version of the song using the deconstructed elements. 

According to Apple Insider, Madge has recorded a video for Apple stores in which she discusses the origin and production of the track.

Madonna herself has yet to comment publicly on the latest Apple collaboration, but her socials have begun dropping hints, with tags of #Apple and #AppleMusic. 

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Madonna is recognized by Guinness World Records as the highest-selling female artist of all time. Her fourteenth studio album Madame X will be released June 14. She’s announced a series of intimate theater tour dates this fall to promote it. 

For more on the latest team-up of Madonna and Apple, head over to Apple Insider and the official Apple Music Lab site. 

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Madonna’s new Today at Apple Music Lab teaches the art of the remix

Apple frequently partners with prolific voices in the creative community to support its retail education initiatives. A new collaboration coming this summer will be Today at Apple’s highest-profile yet. Apple announced today that it has teamed up with Madonna to create a brand new Music Lab that takes musicians behind the scenes of creating a song.On June 14th, Madonna will release her latest album titled Madame X. The iconic musician will also soon introduce Today at Applesession attendees in Apple retail stores across the world to the art of remixing tracks in GarageBand for iOS. Like all co-created sessions, a prerecorded video by the artist sets the tone for the lab before Apple’s Creative Pros take over to dive in to a project. Participants will use Madonna’s song “Crave” from the new album as the foundation for their own remixes after learning about what inspired the music.

GarageBand is one of Apple’s most robust creative tools for iOS, and one that has become a staple in recent Today at Apple sessions. Last year, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine launched one of the first co-created sessions with Apple that teaches musicians how to build a song. DJ Swizz Beatz added a Beat Making Lab early this year. New Music Walks and a Music Lab for Kids also tie in GarageBand. Remixing tracks on the iPad has been a popular feature, and Apple even offers a support document with the basics. Madonna’s new lab will bring a richer hands-on experience.

Longtime Apple fans may recall Madonna’s first big collaboration with Apple back in 2005, when her entire catalog of albums was finally made available to purchase by the album and by the song on iTunes. During the keynote announcement, Steve Jobs called Madonna using iChat AV to thank her.

If you’re interested in checking out the new lab, you can check for session availability at your local store using this page on the Today at Apple website or in the Apple Store app for iOS. Dates haven’t been posted yet, but should come soon. Photographers may also be interested in a new Photo Lab co-created with Christopher Anderson that is rolling out to every store in June.

If you attend a great Today at Apple session, we’d love to see your photos. Follow 9to5Mac’s retail guide for in-depth coverage of the latest Apple Store news.

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Q Magazine reviews Madame X 4 stars

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With 2012’s MDNA and 2014’s Rebel Heart, it seemed Madonna was fighting, and often struggling, to stay at the centre of the pop universe. As a super-saturated blast of The Nutcracker crashes into Dark Ballet, Madame X’s second track, however, it feels like there’s been a loosening of grip and a new air of recklessness.

Madame X is Madonna’s fluid new persona – “A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian,” apparently – and there is a hyper-mobile flex to this record, all global pop (partly inspired by a relocation to Lisbon) and space-disco production (courtesy of Diplo and Mirwais). Crave’s delirious swoon, featuring Swae Lee, or the skin-to-skin cha-cha-cha of Medellin keep things at the micro level of human desire but more untethered are the moments where the record zooms out to look at the big picture, as on Dark Ballet’s omnipotent state-of-the-planet address: “they’re so naive, they think we’re not aware of their crimes/We know but we’re just not ready to act.”

This is Madonna on top of the world, looking down on creation, God Complex at cruising altitude. It doesn’t always work. The preposterous Killers Who Are Partying is messianic in an Earth Song style, its mother-of-the-world pomposity (“I’ll be Islam/If Islam is hated” and so on) overstepping the cosmic mark. Yet I Rise, sampling high-school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez, or the rage overload of God Control, keep pace with a world out of joint. On Rebel Heart, she recorded the uptight, authority-reasserting Bitch, I’m Madonna; here, she sings “Bitch, I’m loca”, Madonna and the times, it seems, have fallen into step again. ****

Victoria Segal
Listen To: Dark Ballet, Crave, God Control

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Madame X (Ltd. Picture Disc) Bol.com pre-order link

The limited edition rainbow picture disc vinyl edition is now also available to pre-order through Bol.com, follow link below to pre-order

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Update to Paris Verified Fan Legacy Member Presale #2

After selling out seven Madame X shows in Paris, Madonna has announced three additonal performances for 27, 29 February and 1 March at Le Grand Rex! 

MADONNA ICON LIFETIME LEGACY MEMBER PRIORITY ACCESS 
Madonna Icon Lifetime Legacy Members will receive priority access to Madame X tickets, VIP Packages and Travel packages. The Icon Legacy Member presale will begin Wednesday 5 June @ 10:00 CEST, and conclude on Thursday 6 June @ 18:00 CEST. Please review the followding details so you know how to access presales for the Madame X Tour. 

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • If you registered for the first Paris VF presale and purchased tickets (1, 2, 3 or 4), you have used your Icon Legacy Member benefit and will not be eligible to participate in presales for the added shows in Paris.
  • If you registered for the first Paris VF presale and did not purchase tickets, you may use your original code for the new VF Legacy Member presale.
  • If you did not register for The first VF presale, register now and you will be assigned a code for the new VF presales. Please read all the details below so you are prepared for the Icon Legacy Member VF Presale.
  • Eligible fans will register for presale access through the Verified Fan portal:www.ticketmaster.fr, available now through Saturday, 01 June 2019 @ 23:59 CEST.
  • While it does not guarantee that everyone will get a ticket, Verified Fan levels the playing field, so a fan is only up against another fan — without racing against bots — for the same ticket.
  • Icon Legacy members MUST register for the Verified Fan Presale using the same email address registered to their Madonna.com account. This is how your Legacy member status will be authenticated. Log in to Madonna.com and visit your Profile page to verify your registered email address.
  • On the morning of Wednesday 5 June, the day our Legacy Member presale begins:
    1. Verified Icon Legacy Members will receive an access code via two SMS. The message will include timing details and a link to where you can purchase tickets, and your unique access code. Keep your phone handy — you’ll receive the SMS 2-4 hours before the on sale.
    2. Sign-in to your Ticketmaster Account in advance. Know your Ticketmaster password, or reset your password in advance.
    3. For a faster checkout, make sure you have a valid credit card with updated billing information in your account. Make sure your credit card has sufficient funds to cover your highest possible purchase total.
    4. The unique access code is valid for up to four (4) tickets total, and it can be used across multiple shows. EXAMPLE: 4 tickets to one event only, or 2 tickets for one event and 2 tickets for another event and so on.
    5. Visit the Verified Fan FAQ page for full details on presale access and ticket purchase.
  • If you are confirmed for the Verified Fan Legacy Member presale, but you do not receive the SMS text with your access code, Ticketmaster France will email you your code. If you have questions or need further assistance, visit the Ticketmaster Client Service page.
  • All sales are final. No refunds.
  • The Icon Legacy Member Presale will close on Thursday 6 June @ 18:00 CEST.

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