To age is to sin: Madonna



NEW YORK: Becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence. The pop superstar is turning 60 on August 16 and is again breaking barriers – this time as a mature woman who is still brash, carnal and unapologetic.

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Madonna is hardly the first female entertainer to stay active while growing older, with singers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks on stage in their 70s.


But Madonna – who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV – has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girlhas never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in 1983. The title of a single off her latest album, Rebel Heart, summed up her unwavering attitude.

Freya Jarman, a music scholar at the University of Liverpool who co-edited a book on Madonna, said the pop star has already left her legacy, with younger artists such as Lady Gaga so evidently influenced by her. But she emphasized that Madonna was now demonstrating a new kind of relevance.

“As an aging, female popular musician who is still so much in the public eye, she is absolutely relevant,” Jarman said. “Madonna stands out in a way that she always has done, in that she has always been interested in creating a stir which someone like Cher, for my money, does not, really. Many stars seem to fade in and out of focus, while Madonna doesn’t.”

Throughout her career, Madonna has faced harsh commentary as she grows older. An ex-girlfriend of one of her former lovers, Brazilian model Jesus Luz, branded her a “ridiculous old bag,” while numerous social media users heaped scorn when Madonna locked lips on stage at the Coachella festival with the much-younger Drake. And tabloids have fixated on Madonna’s hands, one part of the body that can uncharitably betray age.

In a 2016 speech as she accepted an award from music magazine Billboard, Madonna said that society allowed women to be “pretty and cute “but not to share their opinions”. Describing unwritten rules of the music business she said, “Be what men want you to be. But more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men.”

She continued, “And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticised, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.” The singer was likely referring to BBC Radio 1 declining to play one of her recent singles as it pursued a younger audience.

Madonna has persisted in her political outspokenness, delivering a fiery speech to last year’s Women’s March a day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, vowing that women would not accept “this new age of tyranny.”

Madonna has also challenged conceptions of motherhood, adopting four children from Malawi in addition to her biological son and daughter. The singer, who last year moved to Lisbon where one of her sons is attending a youth football academy, is marking her 60th birthday by encouraging fans to donate to her charity for children in Malawi.

Even as a mother, Madonna has pursued her relationships. The attention stands in contrast to the comparative societal yawn over older men who date much younger women, with still active stars Mick Jagger and Billy Joel both recently becoming fathers again.

Older women have also enjoyed growing prominence in Hollywood, but their love interests – especially as depicted in films – are rarely younger men. Among leading mature actors, Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs both played in roles of rekindling romance with senior men.

A sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle Pepper Shwartz, said that Madonna, along with aging Hollywood stars, was offering a new model for women of their baby boom generation.

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“The baby boom, which has always been at the edge of trying to give new definition to gender, is trying to say that they’re not ready to be written off just because they’re older now.

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Madonna is teaming up with Prince Albert of Monaco for an important cause

he Queen of Pop is joining forces with the Prince of Monaco for a very important cause.Madonna has been named one of the event chairs at the Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, a glitzy soiree being presided over by Prince Albert. The Monegasque royal and the musical icon has both put environmental causes at the forefront of their charity work and activism, so this seems like a match made in fundraising heaven!


“Taking care of the planet is incredibly important to me, so I am delighted to be supporting HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and his foundation,” said Madonna, who released the charity track “Hey You” for the Live Earth campaign in 2007. “The serenity and life of the oceans are under threat – we can make a difference now and should do everything possible to preserve it. The Monte Carlo Gala in September couldn’t be more needed to raise the money to help save our oceans.”

Prince Albert, his wife Princess Charlene and Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2017 gala

Madonna, who marks her milestone 60th birthday on Aug. 16, joins a star-studded roster of event chairs that includes Orlando BloomGoldie HawnAdrien BrodyEva LongoriaPierce BrosnanHugh GrantDiane LaneRobert F KennedyAndy GarciaOlga Kurylenko and Chris Tucker. The evening’s co-chairs are some of the most beautiful women in the world, like models Karolina KurkovaSara SampaioShanina ShaikKarlie Kloss and Adriana Lima.

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Prince Albert, 60, has long been an advocate for saving the sea, which he calls “our lifeblood,” and launched this gala last year to raise money for the cause. “Our living standards, economy and even our health depends on it. However, pressures from climate change and marine pollution are putting our ocean under severe stress,” he explained, adding that we can still turn it around. “I believe that there is hope, if we work hand-in-hand.”

Last year’s gala honoured Oscar winner and fierce environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio with The Award of the Albert Monaco Foundation and raised enough money to put in place 37 new marine conservation programs in different parts of the world, plus two programs to fight plastic pollution. The actor was also responsible for Madonna and Prince Albert crossing paths last year at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s fundraiser in St Tropez, where Her Madgesty performed a surprise series of hits to help raise $30 million for the planet.

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Cher & Madonna Unite on Brilliant ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’/’Hung Up’ Mash-Up: Listen

When Cher released her cover of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” on Thursday (Aug. 9), it was only a matter of time before someone mashed it up with Madonna’s 2005 hit “Hung Up,” which samples the Swedish group’s classic.

Turns out, it took less than 24 hours: Toronto-based singer Alex Simpson took the liberty of creating a club-ready diva showdown, where the living legends interpolate over an euphoric soundscape.

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimee!” is the first release from Cher’s forthcoming ABBA covers album, due Sept. 28. Cher, who appears in the Mamma Mia! sequel, detailed her love for the Swedish pop group.

Madonna photographed in New York in 1984.


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“After filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking, ‘Why not do an album of their music?'” she continued. “The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”

Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Cher’s version of “Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Listen to the brilliant mash-up below.

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Celebrate Madonna’s 60th bday on a Dutch TV show in Amsterdam – read details here

Want to celebrate Madonna’s birthday in a big TV studio in Amsterdam for a daily talkshow?

NPO is looking for genuine Madonna fans that want to come and party, are you a big Madonna fan? Have an interesting item? Want to come dressed up as Madonna? All is possible!

Please send an email to: with your details before this Monday, we will keep you up to date with timetables and details.

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Ryan Murphy hints at Madonna’s involvement in Pose season 2

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Could the Queen of Pop make a cameo in Pose?

During an appearance at the 2018 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles over the weekend, TV mastermind Ryan Murphy spoke about the future of his most recent series Pose, which was recently confirmed for a second season.

While the first season of the FX drama ended in 1988, we now know that the second season will jump forward a year to 1989, and will finish in March 1990, which is the month Madonna’s hit single Vogue – which took heavy inspiration from ball culture – was released.

Speaking about the relevance of Vogue in the upcoming second season, Ryan explained how “that song sort of took something that was unknown in the culture and made it mainstream” and said the show will explore how the characters react to this.

But will the Queen of Pop herself – who Ryan says he has a ‘good relationship’ with – make a cameo?

“I think the thing about this show thus far is the casting that we’ve done, we haven’t tried to do too much of my typical stunt casting and I don’t think we will. I don’t think that’s what the show is about,” he said in response to that question.

“But I always love to talk to Madonna. I don’t know how she’d feel about playing 1990 Madonna… I would say let’s talk to [writer, producer and director] Janet Mock about that.”


Set in 1987, the critically-acclaimed drama “examines the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York City: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world”.

Pose made history by featuring the largest amount of trans actors in regular roles of any scripted TV series in history.

The cast includes: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross, Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside and Angel Bismark Curiel.

While the show hasn’t been picked up for a UK broadcast yet, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’ll happen soon – and of course we’ll be the first to let you know when it happens.

Watch the trailer for the first season of Pose below.

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WIN IT! The First Album RSD 2018 Picture Disc – enter now!

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Warner Music has provided the following item in our second giveaway leading up to Madonna’s 60th bday!

The First Album Japanese picture disc on vinyl was re-issued for this year’s Record Store Day and sold out quickly, missed out and want one?

Send an email to: including your shipping address (very important! Entries without address are eliminated) and ‘RSD The First Album Picture Disc contest’ in the subject headline.

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MADONNA by J. Randy Taraborrelli – REVIEW + wanna win a copy? Enter here!

J. Randy Taraborrelli recently updated his biography on Madonna in tribute of her upcoming 60th birthday. We were sent a copy of the updated edition for review.

Taraborrelli’s biography on Madonna has been around for quite a while and has been read by many fans. The focus here is on Madonna’s relationships, from the very early days up until her most recent flings. Taraborrelli describes in great detail Madonna’s rise to stardom, which makes for a very entertaining read. Taraborrelli draws from interviews he has done with the Lady M herself as well as quotes from other interviews, press conferences and other sources.

Madonna’s rise to stardom IS indeed fascinating, so you will find yourself skipping through the pages as it makes for such a great read. However even though many of the stuff in this book has been taken from actual quotes and interviews, you can’t help but feel that A LOT has been obviously dramatized. Many of the discussions Madonna has with her lovers or friends in this book, are obviously made up or overdone. Madonna is a true business woman and had to be to get where she wanted to go, but you can’t help but smirk at many of the things M has supposedly said.

Madonna’s studio albums and tours are also discussed but in not as great a detail as her love life is. The book’s focus is also more up until the ’90’s after that you can see that the latter years have been ‘rushed’. No book on Madonna is flawless and this isn’t too. Describing Madonna’s first magazine cover as being ‘Fresh 14’ when that is actually a club and the magazine was ‘Island’. Up until calling ‘I’m Going To tell You A Secret’ a short film (I wouldn’t exactly call two hours a short film) and saying it was about the preparation of her new tour (in the chapter Confessions Tour) and then comparing it to her 1996 ‘In Bed With Madonna’ documentary (ehm….1991 anyone?).

All flaws aside, the book is an entertaining read, just take it all in with a grain of salt.


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Ryan Murphy Hints at How Madonna Will Help Shape Pose Season 2

ust shy of a month ago, the newest addition to Ryan Murphy’s armada of television shows, Pose, was renewed for a second season. And at a Television Critics’ Association preview this past Friday, Murphy gave a hint of what was to come in the next installment of the series. The first season closed in 1988; season two will pick up the following year and conclude with the release of Madonna’s “Vogue” in March 1990.

“Vogue” describes the ballroom culture that is also the subject of Pose; its release, on March 27, 1990, was one factor that helped the ballroom community achieve some mainstream recognition. (Murphy described it as putting the scene “on display” to the wider world.) Though it’s not clear if Murphy has yet acquired the rights to the track, he explained that he has “a very good relationship with Madonna thus far,” adding that the Queen of Pop offered up several songs for the series’ first season (though none of them made their way onto the soundtrack, which has featured everything from Janet Jackson to Ryuichi Sakamoto). Madonna was also the subject of an episode of Glee entitled, fittingly, “The Power of Madonna.”

Looming over the announcement was the idea that Madonna might make a cameo in the next season, given that her song is its centerpiece. Murphy didn’t dismiss the idea outright, but he noted that Pose, unlike some of his previous shows (American Horror Story: Coven, for example, featured Stevie Nicks in a season that also included a Stevie Nicks-obsessed witch), has foregone his frequent stunt casting. Instead, its focus remains on its core cast, largely made up of trans women of colorplacing queer and trans talent at the center of their own stories.“We haven’t tried to do too much of my typical stunt-casting, and I don’t think we will,” Murphy said. “But I always like to talk to Madonna.”

The same day, another major announcement emerged from the Murphy television dynasty: Jessica Lange, longtime star of American Horror Story and Feud, will return for the upcoming eighth season of American Horror Story—this one titled “Apocalypse”—reprising her role as Constance Langdon from the first season, “Murder House.” (The same day, FX announced American Horror Story had been renewed for a tenth season.) Sarah Paulson, another American Horror Story regular and the star of American Crime Story, made the reveal. Meanwhile, Murphy is off to Netflix to propagate the species elsewhere.

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Madonna covers Fabulous Magazine (out on Sunday)


As Madonna prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday, Fabulous magazine pays tribute to the Queen of Pop in this weekend’s special issue

Don’t miss the new issue, out on Sunday, packed with celebrity interviews, gripping features and the latest fashion and beauty news

SHE might be about to become a pensioner but Madonna still reigns supreme.

In this week’s special edition of Fabulous magazine, we look at what really makes the most iconic woman in pop tick.

We pay tribute to Madonna in this week’s Fabulous as the star turns 60

In the build up to her 60th later this month, read about the music, the men, the reinventions and the steely ambition which has made her such a trailblazer.

Also in this week’s issue, why it’s time to tackle colourism, how to nail poolside style and the nest bumbags from just £6.

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TODAY! Celebrating Madonna 60 dance event Paradiso Amsterdam this Friday! – exclusive discount code (limited supply)

Here is your chance to buy a ticket to the Madonna dance event not to be missed in legendary venue Paradiso Amsterdam today!

When you buy your ticket to Strike a Pose Celebrating Madonna 60, MadonnaUnderground visitors get an exclusive discount code. There is only a limited supply so act fast!

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She is one of the most influential and successful pop artists ever and in August she turns 60: Madonna. Therefore a big smashing danceparty at Paradiso, playing all her hits from almost 4 decades: from Holiday to Give me all your luvin’. And don’t you think there’s a better time to do that than at The Amsterdam Pride weekend?. Afterall, the Queen of Pop is a gay icon. Five hours of just Madonna might be a bit too much though. That’s why we also spin many hits from other queens: from Whitney to Beyoncé. Strike a Pose!

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