Madame X is a secret agent traveling the world, and her latest top-secret mission took her to New York’s Times Square where she opened the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

Madonna is no stranger to the award show’s stage, she has caused a commotion numerous times on the VMAs, racking up an impressive 20 moonpeople over the course of her career, including a 1986 Video Vanguard Award, making her the first female recipient of the award in VMAs history.

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Madonna shocks VMAs audience as surprise opening act on MTV

Madonna pretty much put the M into MTV back  when the music television network was just getting started in the ’80s.

So it was only fitting that the Material Girl — now the Material Sexagenarian — would open the 2021 VMAs to help restore order to the awards show, which, in its first attempt to go back to its pre-pandemic glitz, returned to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday night.

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Madonna Brought the Leather-Clad Nostalgia to 2021 MTV VMAs

Madonna made a surprise appearance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards to kick off the event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Following a visual of Madonna arriving in New York City in a yellow taxi, the legendary pop star came out on stage to her in 1990 hit “Vogue” in a full leather getup to commemorate the 40th anniversary of MTV.

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Madonna Celebrates 40 Years of MTV for VMAs Opening; Unveils ‘Madame X’ Trailer

“And they said we wouldn’t last, but we are still here, motherfuckers!”

With those words, Madonna opened the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, which along with her iconic 40-year career as the Queen of Pop, is also celebrating the network’s four-decades-long anniversary.

The pop legend nodded to her own arrival in New York City as a 19-year-old with an opening segment. “I told the taxi driver tp take me to the center of it all,” says Madonna in a voice over while riding the cab to Times Square. “I came to New York City with nothing but 35 dollars and a pair of dance shoes. … I was 19 and terrified.”

Celebrating MTV’s birth, Madonna continued: “Forty years ago, another underdog arrived in New York City hoping to create something revolutionary and all music channel premiered in the middle of the night and called itself MTV. We found each other and from from then on changed my life, changed music and created a new art form. That’s why there’s only one place to be tonight.”

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The most scandalous music videos ever: Madonna x 2

Madonna, “Like a Prayer,” 1989, and “Justify My Love,” 1990

Long before the likes of Doja Cat, Madonna was a trailblazing pop force both when it came to minting hits and courting scandal. Take for example her one-two punch of “Like a Prayer” and “Justify My Love,” the first of which takes place in and around a church and features shots of burning crosses. “Like a Prayer” unleashed a global debate, and even led Pope John Paul II to call for a boycott of her concerts. Meanwhile, the iconic black-and-white video for “Justify My Love” showcases the pop star getting intimate with a group in a hotel room. MTV banned the video, which Madonna said was hypocritical: “Why is it that people are willing to go and watch a movie about someone getting blown to bits for no reason at all, and nobody wants to see two girls kissing and two men snuggling?”

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Celebrity Feuds That Played Out at the VMAs: Madonna vs. Courtney Love (1995)

Madonna vs. Courtney Love (1995)

The “Like a Virgin” singer was in the middle of a post-show interview when Love began hurling items she’d found in her makeup bag her way. Kurt Loder, who was conducting the interview, proceeded to invite the Hole performer to join Madonna for the conversation.

“Courtney Love’s in dire need of attention right now,” Madonna teased.

Full article at US Magazine


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The 7 craziest VMAs moments ever: Kanye West, Britney and Madonna, more

Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in 2003

No doubt, Madonna was the mother of invention for controversy at the VMAs from the moment she writhed across the floor in a white wedding dress singing “Like a Virgin” at the very first ceremony in 1984. But she was still expressing herself in the most shocking of ways 19 years later when she kissed both Spears and Aguilera in a medley of “Like a Virgin” and “Hollywood.” It was a scandalous smooch that even had former Britney beau Justin Timberlake gagging. And there was definitely a lot more heat happening than when Michael Jackson went mouth to mouth with then-wife Lisa Marie Presley in 1994.

Full article at NYPOST

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Madonna’s Label Didn’t Want This Version of ‘Live to Tell’ to Be a Single

“Live to Tell” is one of Madonna’s most famous slow songs; however, the version of “Live to Tell” that became a single isn’t the version Madonna wanted on the radio. The Queen of Pop clashed with her record label, Sire Records, over the song. During an interview, Madonna’s regular songwriter revealed she only wrote lyrics for “Live to Tell” as a favor for him.

Madonna’s ‘Live to Tell’ was supposed to be on the soundtrack of 1 movie before being on the soundtrack of another

According to Stereogum, Madonna’s “Live to Tell” was originally supposed to be a song for the soundtrack to the romantic film Fire with Fire. Ultimately, it became a single for the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s movie At Close Range. During an interview with Boy Culture, Madonna’s regular songwriter, Patrick Leonard, discussed how “Live to Tell” became part of the At Close Range soundtrack.

Full article at Showbiz CheatSheet

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The Virgin Tour press articles online (46 in the first batch)

Travel back in time to the year 1985 and relive The Virgin Tour! Madonna’s first ever tour was a huge success and we have the press articles to prove it. 

A total of 46 images (reviews/articles/posters) have been added to The Virgin Tour in the first batch of original articles from magazines and newspapers. Many rare and interesting clippings available for you to view!

Much more coming up!

Popcorn June 1985 (Germany)

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‘Shanghai Surprise’ at 35: The story behind the infamous Razzie-winning Madonna flop

Shanghai Surprise (MGM/UIP)
Shanghai Surprise (MGM/UIP)

When it all started going wrong, they called George Harrison. The former Beatle’s movie shingle, Handmade Films, was the company behind one of 1986’s biggest cinematic hopes — Shanghai Surprise — an international period caper starring the biggest celebrity in the world and her recently acquired husband, himself a critically-acclaimed actor.

But things weren’t going to plan on the Hong Kong set of the film (celebrating 35 years this week), which is the story of a fortune hunter (Sean Penn) who helps a nurse (Madonna) source some opium in 1938, while being chased by an array of gangsters and other n’er-do-wells. 

Paparazzi were invading the production, the notoriously fractious leading couple were, well, being themselves and for mild-mannered British director Jim Goddard, it was all a bit too much.

Full article at YAHOO!News

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