Madame X is coming. Over the weekend, Madonna teased the new persona on both Instagram and Twitter. While she didn’t on what exact form Madame X would take at the time, she did reveal some pretty notable characteristics about her presumed alter ego.
“Madame X is a secret agent/Traveling around the world/Changing identities/Fighting for freedom/Bringing light to dark places/She is a cha cha instructor/A professor/A head of state/A housekeeper/An equestrian/A prisoner/A student/A teacher/A nun/A cabaret singer/A saint/A prostitute.”
Boy, this Madame X sure does sound busy. Madonna’s original post was shrouded in mystery, but she followed it up on Sunday with something far more definitive. Madge posted a minute-long teaser in which she officially announced that her new album will indeed be called Madame X. The teaser, which appears to have been shot by Steven Klein, features Madonna embodying Madame X’s various personas. “Welcome to the World of Madame X,” she wrote alongside the video.
The official announcement of Madame X confirms what we thought in March, when she tweeted a mysterious photo of a hand cutting an apple alongside a caption that read, “A taste of things to come.”
That same month, Madge shared a video of some very nimble children dancing around a green screen-heavy environment. “Soon I will get to show you what I was doing with some new amazing technology,” she wrote at the time.
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After months of hinting that new music was on the way, Madonna has finally revealed at least the name of an upcoming project, and she’s given fans a sense of what her new tunes may sound like via some tantalizing social media posts.
The singer uploaded a video to both Instagram and Twitter this morning (April 14), in which she shares that she’s decided to name her new album Madame X, though she doesn’t state when it may arrive. The name seems to refer to a character, or perhaps an alter ego that Madonna has created, who she describes as “a secret agent / Traveling around the world / Changing identities / Fighting for freedom / Bringing light to dark places.”
Madonna then rattles off an exciting list of descriptions that seem to fit this Madame X character, including calling her “a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint and a prostitute”
The first list of descriptors was posted yesterday (April 13), while a handful of videos, including the one where she shares that Madame X is indeed the name of what will be her next full-length, went up on Sunday (April 14). The visual is soundtracked by what is likely a song featured on the album, where Madonna sings, “The thing that hurts the most / is that I wasn’t lost,” with autotune added for special effect.
Madonna riled her millions of fans up earlier this month when she posted a grid of images on her Instagram with nothing but the letter X, though nobody was able to figure of what she was saying at the time until now.
While Madame X doesn’t have a street date yet, it’s expected at some point this year. Originally, Madonna claimed she was planning on releasing a new album by the end of 2018, but it never arrived. With the teasers out now, it’s possible that the first single from the collection could hit rather soon. Madame X will be Madonna’s fourteenth proper studio album, and her first since 2015’s Rebel Heart.
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Madonna has announced a new album – her first in four years – which she is titling ‘Madame X’
Madonna has announced a new album, ‘Madame X’.
The ‘Like A Prayer’ hitmaker has confirmed she will be releasing a new EP – her first since 2015’s ‘Rebel Heart’ and her 14th studio album in all.
In a video posted to her Instagram account, she said: “I decided to call my record Madame X … Madame X is a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places. She is a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint, a prostitute.”
And posting another two short clips, Madonna captioned them: “Madame X is a spy in the house of Love … What song is Madame X playing…………… (sic)”
Madonna had been teasing ‘Madame X’ over the last couple of weeks, posting a picture of a red X on a black background on her social media accounts.
Last October, Madonna confirmed she was working on her follow-up to ‘Rebel Heart’.
She said: “I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year.”
Madonna is also expected to perform a song off this new album at the the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel next month.
It has been confirmed that the pop superstar will perform, where she is expected to sing two songs, a new track and a classic hit.
And later this year, Madonna is also set to go on her first world tour in three years.
An industry source said: “Madonna is really excited about performing her new music and has spared no expense with the production. There will be the usual army of dancers, slick lighting and even some pyrotechnics. She might be 60 but she works incredibly hard to keep her body in the best shape possible and plans to show it off in some amazing outfits, so fans can expect an array of dramatic costume changes.”
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The queen is back.
Madonna announced Sunday her long-awaited return to pop music, unveiling a mysterious Instagram video in which she confirmed “Madame X” as the name of her new record (though representatives for the artist did not immediately return EW’s request for clarification on whether “Madame X” is the name of a new single or a full-length album.)
The stylized Instagram clip sees Madonna using a typewriter while wearing elaborate costumes as she takes on the various personas of Madame X, whom she describes as “a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identity, fighting for freedom, and bringing light to dark places.”
A piano-driven song plays over the video, featuring the lyrics: “The thing that hurt the most was that I wasn’t lost.”
Madonna goes on to lay out Madame X’s various identities, noting the persona embodies “a dancer, a professor, a head-of-state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, a saint, a whore,” and “a spy in the house of love” before proclaiming herself to be Madame X.
In a 2018 interview with Vogue Italia, the 60-year-old revealed her new music was inspired by Portugal, where she lived throughout the process of its creation.
“I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work. How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture,” she told the publication. “It’s also such a nice antidote to what’s going on in the music business now where everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same. Something’s gotta give.”
Madonna previously teased new music during her 2018 performance at the Met Gala, during which she sang haunting renditions of classics “Like a Prayer” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah” before grooving through an unreleased tune allegedly titled “Beautiful Game.”
The pop icon’s forthcoming studio set will mark Madonna’s first full-length LP since the release of her 2015 album Rebel Heart, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ahead of an accompanying world tour that grossed nearly $170 million globally.
Since her 1983 debut, Madonna has released 13 standalone albums on top of soundtrack compilations, remix sets, and single collections. Her last official single in the United States, “Bitch I’m Madonna,” reached No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its accompanying music video — featuring cameos by Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, and more — has since amassed nearly 300 million views on YouTube.
Watch Madonna’s “Madame X” teaser above.
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Madonna has revealed a series of teasers about her new project, ‘Madame X’.
The iconic singer has been drip feeding details to her fans via Instagram and Twitter — beginning with an image of a giant red cross earlier this month.
Today, Madonna posted a few more details about her mysterious new venture, which could be anything from a new musical persona (like Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce), a new record or even a charitable organisation.
“Madame X is a secret agent travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places,” the description on social media reads.
Which actually sounds like an announcement that Madonna is set to play the new James Bond, or even Carmen Sandiego.
The type-written post also goes on to list a few of the unknown Madame X’s professions that include cha cha instructor, nun and cabaret singer.
Fans have been trying to figure out what the new era of Madonna will deliver, and some have done a little sleuthing of their own.
It’s possible that the project’s title has been inspired by a 1966 film of the same name (based on a 1908 play) starring Lana Turner that involves political intrigue, affairs, blackmail and a “courtroom climax”
The clues have arrived just a month before Madonna is set to perform at Eurovision in Israel — an appearance that has been criticised by groups including the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
In an open letter to Madonna, the group urged her to reconsider performing in Tel Aviv and not to “undermine our struggle for freedom, justice and equality”.
In January, 50 British celebrities — including Roger Waters, Vivienne Westwood and Peter Gabriel — called for Eurovision to be relocated and for the BBC to reconsider broadcasting the song competition.
The group of celebs claim that Eurovision is not exempt from human rights considerations and “we cannot ignore Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian human rights”.
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Madonna is greeting the weekend with an introduction to what seems to be a new project, or persona, named Madame X.
The pop icon unveiled the mysterious Madame X on Instagram and Twitter Saturday (April 13), offering a preview of what’s to come.
In her posts, Madonna wrote:
“Madame X is a secret agent
Traveling around the world
Fighting for freedom
Bringing light to dark places
She is a cha cha instructor
A head of state
A cabaret singer
Madonna Sends Fans Into a Frenzy With New Music Teasers
Leaving fans wanting more, she did not confirm whether Madame X is the title of an upcoming song or album release, or if it’s an alter ego.
In March, she gave another sneak peek at what she has up her sleeve, tweeting a cryptic photo of a hand cutting an apple with the caption “A taste of things to come.”
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Taylor Swift isn’t the only one teasing new work on the horizon. Madonna posted an enigmatic tweet answering the question no one knew to ask: Who is Madame X? “Madame X is a secret agent,” she wrote. “Traveling around the world/Changing identities/Fighting for freedom/Bringing light to dark places.” Under the poetic opening salvo, Madame X listed all the other things she is, which included “A prostitute” and “A professor” but not “a bitch” or “a love” or “a child” or “a mother.” In March, the Material Girl posted a video of a child in a greensuit playing on a chroma-key background. “Soon I will get to show you what I was doing with some new amazing technology,” she wrote. Are the two teases connected? Only Madame X knows.
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If you were at the mega record & CD fair in Utrecht today and were looking for Japanese items, you were at the right place at the right time! There was plenty for the Madonna collector to find, especially when it came to vinyl! No need to camp outside a record shop to buy your Record Store Day vinyls as they were available at the record fair in large quantities.
Noteable finds were various test pressings of official Madonna picture discs, Celebration on vinyl (350 EUR), Lucky Star sunglasses sleeve (12″) and SO SO SO much Japanese vinyl (and laserdiscs)
It was extremely crowded causing for various queues at each stall, not good for those (like me) who ain’t got no patience! Pictured here are: The European RSD vinyls, La Isla Bonita (Greece), Hanky Panky (7″ promo with info sheet) and EVITA from South Africa.
You can visit the record fair in Utrecht tomorrow, more info at recordplanet.nl
Check out Madonna’s official Spotify #magic playlist HERE
If you look closely you’ll see that the first couple of songs spell out ‘MADAME’ which leads us to the rumoured album title of ‘Madame X’ because we can believe that ‘Express Yourself’ stands for X ;)
Madonna’s Israel Trip for Eurovision Finale Has Billionaire Backer Aiming to Bolster Country’s Image
The pop icon’s “problematic” new song reportedly proved an obstacle in negotiations over the performance.
With a month to the start of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, the addition of the Queen of Pop has raised the stakes.
Following weeks of speculation, Live Nation Israel announced Monday that Madonna will serve as the interval act in the Grand Final of the annual singing competition on May 18. The performance is set to coincide with promoting her new album, with a world tour expected to follow.
Madonna is expected to take the stage at the halfway mark of the final night singing a back-catalogue favorite and “a new song from her upcoming album,” per the official announcement by Live Nation Israel.
Israeli news website Ynet revealed last month that the content of the new song proved an obstacle throughout negotiations. According to the report, there was concern within the local Eurovision production about what has been described as a “problematic” song, with fears that its theme might include a political message on stage, something organizers want to avoid.
Eldad Koblenz, who heads Kan, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, reportedly urged local producers to back off and not interfere with the entertainer’s artistic choices and the matter was resolved soon after.
Politics and ongoing calls by the Palestinian-led movement Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), and its vocal ally, Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters, have grown as a point of contention leading up to this year’s Eurovision.
“Israel is shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official Brand Israel strategy, which presents ‘Israel’s prettier face’ to whitewash and distract attention from its war crimes against Palestinians,” read a January statement by BDS.
Madonna, who is managed by Guy Oseary, an Israeli-American businessman, is a strategic coup for organizers. She has advocated for peace, including during visits to Israel where she closed her 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet World Tour and kicked off her 2012 MDNA World Tour.
Her appearance this year was made possible thanks to a powerful financial backer. Jewish-Canadian philanthropist Sylvan Adams — whose real estate mogul father Marcel Adams has long helped finance concerts in Israel by such artists as Elton John, Justin Bieber and Leonard Cohen — reportedly put up $1.35 million to secure Madonna.
Last year, Adams was behind bringing the multi-stage bicycle race Giro d’Italia to Jerusalem, the biggest sporting event ever in Israel. A self-proclaimed Zionist who recently started a cultural fund to help draw big name artists to perform in Israel, Adams’ business partner Danny Ben Naim told Ynet that securing Madonna for Eurovision was a way to “increase the exposure and media coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest itself … as well as of the wonderful people and beauty of the State of Israel.” That likely includes strengthening Israel’s image globally and fighting off boycott efforts.
Madonna’s presence as a high caliber guest artist in the European mega event is not without precedent. Three years ago, Justin Timberlake, fresh off a promotional visit to the Cannes Film Festival in support of Trolls, stopped by the 2016 Eurovision in Stockholm to perform his later Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and popular staple “Rock Your Body.”
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv on May 14-18.
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Classic vinyl reissues, limited collectors’ editions and unreleased recordings from Fela Kuti, Prince and David Bowie join rare pressings by the Prodigy and the Notorious BIG this Saturday
Madonna – True Blue (Super Club Mix) & La Isla Bonita (Super Mix)
Tiding you over until Madonna’s new album arrives this summer, the RSD-exclusive editions of these 80s classics feature extended club mixes (both “super mixes” were previously exclusive to Japan) and b-sides on coloured vinyl.
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A group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals has urged Madonna to abandon reported plans to perform at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Madonna has been urged to abandon reported plans to perform at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.
A group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the West Bank published an open letter calling on the singer and activist to boycott the event, which is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Madonna is reportedly in talks to perform two songs during the final on May 18, including a classic track and a new single.
But the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) – part of a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign – suggested her appearance would be used by the Israeli government “to mask its deepening oppression of Palestinians”.
Her decision to appear follows calls from stars including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters for an international boycott of the 64th edition of the televised singing contest.
The statement posted to social media by PACBI read: “Palestinians hope that you will not undermine our struggle for freedom, justice and equality by performing at Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv, on the ruins of the ethnically-cleansed village of al-Shaykh Muwannis.
“The call from Palestinian artists to boycott Eurovision hosted by Israel is supported by more than 100,000 people signing petitions, over 100 LGBTQIA groups, more than 20 Israeli artists, and hundreds of prominent international artists including the 1994 Eurovision winner.
“Israel’s fanatic, far-right government is cynically exploiting your performance, and those of the contestants, to mask its deepening oppression of Palestinians.”
Recent statements from the United Nations condemned Israel for what it said were human rights violations.
Waters, as well as fellow musician Brian Eno and filmmakers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, recently signed a letter published in The Guardian backing an appeal from Palestinian artists.
Other signatories include novelist Yann Martel, actress Julie Christie, writer and director Peter Kosminsky and British band Wolf Alice.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is due to be held in Israel after the 2018 contest was won by Israel entry Netta with her song Toy.
Eurovision and representatives of Madonna have been contacted for comment.
New is our discography to the promo only single for ‘Amazing‘ from the ‘Music’ album.
Story goes that Warner Bros wanted to release ‘Amazing’ as the fourth single off of ‘Music’ but Madonna disagreed as she felt ‘Impressive Instant’ would be the better choice. To make a long story short promo’s were pressed but withdrawn as the single never happened. Another story is that Madonna replaced ‘Amazing’ in the Drowned World Tour setlist with ‘Beautiful Stranger’ since Warner Bros planned to use the live performance as music video to ‘Amazing’. Whether this is what really happened or not, we cannot confirm.
In our discography we have collected 6 different promotional pressings for you to view, click HERE to check it out.
Madonna is set to play two songs during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next month.
The pop icon will reach more than 180 million viewers when she takes to the stage in Tel Aviv on 18 May.
Her appearance was first announced by local promoters Live Nation Israel, who said the performance would be “both historical and hysterical”.
Madonna’s press team confirmed the news to the BBC, but Eurovision organisers have downplayed the story.
“No final decisions have been made, or agreements signed,” said the EBU in a statement to the BBC.
“Official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course.”
Reports in the Israeli press suggested organisers had reservations about the content of Madonna’s performance.
The star has recently been teasing new music on social media and was spotted filming a music video in Portugal towards the end of last month.
Rumours she would play at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv have been circulating for months; and were apparently confirmed on Monday via the Facebook pages of Live Nation Israel and Bluestone Entertainment, which is co-owned by Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary.
They added she would “perform two songs, including a new song from her upcoming album”.
The singer has a long association with Israel, and launched her MDNA tour in Tel Aviv in 2012.
But an appearance at Eurovision could prove controversial, as other musicians – including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters – are calling for the contest to be boycotted on human rights grounds.
The show is being held in the country after Israeli singer Netta won last year’s contest in Portugal.
Madonna’s performance is expected to cost around $1m (£765,000), which will be covered by Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, who has financed large-scale events and concerts over the last few years as a way to support Israel and battle boycott movements.
“I’m excited and proud to host Madonna in Israel,” Adams said in a statement to the Jerusalem Post.
“I believe her performance, accompanied by dozens of professional backup dancers, will make a significant contribution to the success of the event and to the strengthening of Israel’s positive branding in the world.”
Although the interval performance is typically staged by local artists, Justin Timberlake was invited to play a medley of hits when Sweden hosted the competition in 2016.
Reality show winner Michael Rice will represent the UK in this year’s contest, performing a track called Bigger Than Us.
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Madge will perform two songs in Israel on May 18
It’s been confirmed that Madonna will play at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Representatives for Madonna confirmed to NME that the musician will perform two songs at the final on May 18 in Tel Aviv.
Earlier today, the news was also seemingly confirmed to Haaretz by the European Broadcasting Union. According to their reports, one of the songs played by Madonna will be a well-known single whilst the other will be a new song.
There are reports that the singer’s appearance at the contest will cost around $1 million and that Tel Aviv businessman Sylvan Adams will pay the bill.
Madonna at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Radio City Music Hall
Last year, Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the content with the song ‘Toy’. Since the win, a number of leading artists including Wolf Alice, Brian Eno and The Knife – together with a number of former Eurovision finalists – called for a boycott of the 2019 contest in Israel.
In an open letter to The Guardian the artists called for a boycott of the event, stating: “Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights to all humans, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights.”
The letter added: “We understand that the European Broadcasting Union is demanding that Israel finds a ‘non-divisive’ location for the 2019 Eurovision. It should cancel Israel’s hosting of the contest altogether and move it to another country with a better human rights record…Injustice divides while the pursuit of dignity and human rights unites.”
Meanwhile, Madonna last week seemingly teased that her new album could finally be on the way, after uploading a grid of mysterious images to Instagram.
The Queen of Pop posted nine individual images on Instagram that link up to reveal a red ‘X’ against a striking black background.
In January, Madonna also shared what is thought to be studio footage from an upcoming track.
According to reports, Madonna will perform two songs — a classic from her repertoire and a new single — at the show’s May 18 finale. She is expected to release a new album this year.
Eurovision has become a much-loved annual event across Europe since it began in 1956. Last year’s winner was Israeli Netta Barzilai, who took the top prize in Lisbon, Portugal with the song “Toy.” The 64th edition of the contest will be broadcast around the world from the Expo Tel Aviv International Convention Center in Israel with semi-final shows on May 14 and 16, and the final broadcast on May 18.
The live show, which is watched by approximately 200 million viewers worldwide, sees each country submit an original song which is performed live. After all songs have been performed viewers in each country can then vote for their favorites, excluding the song from their own nation, with points awarded by ranking. The country with the most points is declared the winner.
Amongst the contest’s most renowned victors are Swedish pop group ABBA, who won in 1974 with the now legendary song “Waterloo,” and Canadian singer Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland in 1988 with the winning entry “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.”
Madonna has previously performed in Tel Aviv, most recently in 2012 for her MDNA tour.
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