Madonna at 60: How she became the queen of all queens

Never afraid of talking about sex, Madonna changed the way people perceived gay sex and vastly improved the lives of those having it by campaigning to publicise preventative measures for Aids. Darren Scott shows how she became a gay icon, without even trying

There are many scents that transport me to another place and time. But there’s one that’s so important that its message has stuck with me for almost 30 years.

In 1989, Madonna ruled the world. Her rise to fame had been fairly rapid since her first single, Everybody, in 1982. By 1985, she had released True Blue, which went on to become one of the biggest selling albums by a female artist. But in March of 1989, she released the album Like A Prayer and it seemed as though Madonna-mania had gripped the planet.

While that masterpiece – with its relentless stream of coming-of-age anthems and dramas – evokes many memories, it’s the smell of the packaging that, to paraphrase HRH, “takes me there”.

Doused in patchouli oil, it was intended to simulate church incense. But in my mind, it’s forever associated with a card insert that came with every copy.

It was called “The Facts About Aids”.

Now, in those days – in fact, pretty much as in 2018 – sex education at school wasn’t that great for a baby gay like myself. But that was probably fine, because by this point I had been put off it for life after being terrified by government adverts with icebergs, and subsequently school contemporaries telling me I was going to die of Aids – and this was before I even knew I was gay, let alone having bleached my hair or had anything pierced.

Madonna – who I had inexplicably been drawn to since offerings such as Gambler and Dress You Up, those contemporaries seeing the signs before I did – was now changing my life in a different way, by teaching me a lesson I would never forget.

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Madonna at 60: The Queen of Pop in seven charts

Madonna turns 60 on Thursday. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at her 35 years in the industry.

Since Madonna’s eponymous debut album hit the shelves in 1983, she’s performed on 10 concert tours and sold more than 300 million records.

This has earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling female recording artist of all time.

What else can a look at the numbers tell us about the Queen of Pop?

1) She’s had more UK number one albums than any other female artist

2) These are the people’s favourites

Like A Virgin your favourite Madonna tune? Join the crowd: Spotify data ranks this 1984 classic as her most popular song.

In fact, only one song in the top five is not from the 80s: Hung Up from 2005.

3) She’s had more singles in the top five than any other female artist

Madonna’s had 46 singles make the top five in the UK charts – only Elvis has had more.

4) Her Super Bowl performance was record-breaking

5) She’s the richest female musician in America

Looks like she really is a Material Girl.

Forbes estimated Madonna’s net worth at $580m (£454m) last year, making her the richest female artist based in America, comfortably $200m (£157m) ahead of runner-up Celine Dion.

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Madonna at 60: The 20 best quotes from the Queen of Pop

This week sees pop’s definitive icon Madonna turn 60.

Throughout her career spanning four decades, the multi-instrumentalist – the best-selling female artist of all time – has earned plaudits for her impressive feats: 300m records sold globally, roles in numerous films (some successful, some not so) and the biggest-selling tourist artist in the world. 

Having released 75 singles and 13 albums, Madonna is one artist who has never been short of things to say. 

With that in mind, we compiled the 20 best quotes spoken by the Queen of Pop.

“Now that I got everyone’s attention, what do I have to say?”

“I have the same goal I’ve had ever since I was a girl: I want to rule the world.”

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

“I think of myself as a performance artist. I hate being called a pop star. I hate that.”

“Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion.” 

“I love horses. I think I may have been one of Henry VIII’s knights in another life, riding through a great forest.”  

“I used to draw people naked all the time in my art class and my nun teachers used to tell me I had to put clothes on them. So I just drew lines around their bodies. See-through clothes.“

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” 

“I went to New York. I had a dream. I wanted to be a big star. I didn’t know anybody. I wanted to dance. I wanted to sing. I wanted to do all those things. I wanted to make people happy. I wanted to be famous. I wanted everybody to love me. I wanted to be a star. I worked really hard and my dream came true.”  

“When in doubt, act like God”

“I became an overachiever to get approval from the world.” 

“When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.”

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”

“I’m encouraging other people, whether they’re professionals or not, to use their creativity to express themselves, to get a conversation going, to get the party started, really.”

“I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.”

“To me, the whole process of being a brush stroke in someone else’s painting is a little difficult.”

“I always thought I should be treated like a star.”

“I want to be like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon… but I want to stay alive.”

“If I was a girl again, I would like to be like my fans, I would like to be like Madonna.”


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In Bed With Madonna available on blu-ray in Germany

In Bed With Madonna (aka Truth Or Dare) has finally been released on blu-ray in Germany.

Originaltitel In Bed with Madonna – truth or dare
Regie Alek Keshishian, Mark Aldo Miceli
Darsteller Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho u.a.
Produktionsland USA
Produktionsjahr 1991
Filmdauer (min) ca. 120
Soundsystem DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Bildformat 1.85:1 (anamorph 16:9)
Regioncode B

According to Koch the film is available on the blu-ray in the German overdubbed version as well as the original English spoken film.

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‘Bigger than any man she ever encountered’: the under-appreciated genius of Madonna

As we celebrate Madonna turning 60 this week, let us remember that this is a woman who has no interest in nostalgia. In a recent interview with Vogue Italia, she said she would talk only about the present, which, to me, is the key aspect of who Madonna is: resolutely forward-driving. This is why she is so able to manage to a global, decade-spanning career.

When she collected her woman of the year prize at Billboard’s Women in Music awards in 2016, she said she stood before the crowd “as a doormat”. “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.” This is genuine, rightful anger and ferocity. The level of ageism and sexism directed at her is femicidal, even matricidal, visceral loathing. When people say they want Madonna to age gracefully, what they really mean is: become beige, shut up and go into a corner. And she refuses to do that. Instead, she continues to produce brilliant, captivating and thought-provoking work.

Madonna in 1984.
 Madonna in 1984. Photograph: Getty

We so often do not let women take credit for their own genius. Madonna has resisted that, mainly because she always overshadows the men with whom she chooses to collaborate. Nobody ever says Mirwais or Timbaland or Stuart Price made Madonna. Only Madonna could have made Madonna. But this is also from where the misogyny stems. She is bigger than any man she has ever encountered, professionally or personally. And people hate that.

It is impossible to talk about Madonna without talking about power. She is an athlete. I once read an interview where her trainer said she is so strong that he has to invent new exercises for her because she can’t feel exercises for mere mortals. Her muscularity is not about appearance; it is an indication of her mental strength and resilience. She is indestructible. But she has survived so long not just because of her talent, and not just because of her physical and mental strength. It is also that she is intelligent, professional and always engaged – she has seen the world, brought up children, worked in multiple fields. She is mentally alive and this is what keeps her searching, moving and creating.

So let us not reward Madonna for continuing to survive; let us appreciate her as an incredibly talented artist: a musician, songwriter, a dancer and a performer, a brilliant film-maker (W.E. is a beautiful, intelligent piece of feminist cinema). She sees herself as a creative artist, and we owe her the respect of seeing her that way, too.

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Rebel Heart Tour official shirts – WIN IT NOW!!

So for our third giveaway leading up to M’s 60 bday, we have the following:

  • Rebel Heart Tour – official mens’ shirt size L (white)
  • Rebel Heart Tour – official girls’ shirt size M (black)

These are official shirts, brand new and unworn!

To win send an email to:, include your full address and the shirt of your preference. Don’t forget to include ‘Rebel Heart Tour shirt giveaway’ in the subject headline. Entries without address will be eliminated.

We will announce the winners on Madonna’s birthday. Please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you won’t miss out on future giveaways (and other goodies).

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Madonna Rebel Heart Tour – BBC FOUR this Friday

Shot around the world and featuring a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage, Madonna Rebel Heart Tour is packed with visual theatrics, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, featuring new hits and beloved classic songs spanning all decades of Madonna’s illustrious career, including Living for Love, Bitch I’m Madonna, Material Girl, Holiday and an acoustic version of Like a Prayer. (2016)


Friday August 17

23.55 – 01.55

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There’s Only One Madonna documentary – BBC FOUR this Friday

REPEAT – Documentary charting Britain’s relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics – inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon.
The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna’s Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear’Say and Janet Street-Porter.

BBC Four

August 17

23.00 – 23.55

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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.

Tupac broke up with Madonna over race, reveals letter

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.

Madonna defends diva behaviour

“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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