Review: Madonna channels defiance and devotion on confident ‘Rebel Heart’

Madonna named her 13th studio album “Rebel Heart.” The title fits the Madge mold of past titles: adjectives, a noun or two, perhaps a preposition, combined to suggest a loose theme.

“Like a Virgin,” “Ray of Light,” “Hard Candy,” “Bedtime Stories” and her relatively epic “Confessions on a Dance Floor” confirm her long-player branding technique, each connecting a concrete idea with the themes conveyed through the songs, more or less. The outlier, her forgettable last album, “MDNA,” was a coy reference to the drug MDMA (a.k.a. molly or ecstasy). It sounded as spent as the Monday following an epic Saturday binge.

“Rebel Heart” is a far better album than “MDNA” — cleaner, crisper, more sober, less a flimsy attempt at drawing fickle youth ears and more a sturdy rhythmic platform to showcase some of the most striking tracks she’s made in 15 years (specifically, since “Music,” her last great album).

Featuring production by artists including Avicii, Diplo, Kanye West and Sophie and guests including Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj and (in spoken form) Mike Tyson, it has completeness to it rather than the mishmash of could-be stabs at relevance that dots her lesser work.
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From the start, “Rebel Heart” spotlights a clarity of intention, one the artist conveys in notes that accompanied the release: “I knew I wanted to explore the duality of my personality which is renegade and romantic. And I wanted to write good songs…. That’s it.”

Madonna cites as inspiration rebels Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and John Lennon, all of whom “changed the world. They took the road less travelled and they made all the difference. You can’t be a rebel and not be willing to take the consequences.” A vague reference to her recent backward tumble during the Brit Awards? If not, it should be.

Regardless, hers is a noble goal, even if the stakes in her brand of rebellion are hardly of apartheid proportions. Focus, though, drives tracks such as “Illuminati,” “Joan of Arc” and “Iconic” into that sweet spot between club frenzy and revelatory lyricism, the kind that can lift spirits to emotional heights.

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Jamie Foxx to Host iHeartRadio Music Awards Live on NBC Sunday (Madonna performing)

NEW YORK & UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The biggest names in entertainment will bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life on Sunday, March 29 for the second edition of the iHeartRadio Music Awards hosted by Oscar and Grammy award winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx. The event will air live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

“Whether they’re new to the scene or industry veterans, each artist’s journey is exciting to follow, from their first radio spin to their first iHeartRadio Music Award nomination.”

The three hour telecast will truly reflect America’s favorite music and will showcase the year’s most popular artists and songs determined by the iHeartRadio Chart and fan voting through iHeartRadio stations nationwide. The evening will include performances by Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more. This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature unexpected collaborations from some of the top names in music.

“This is the night we celebrate the biggest songs and artists we played for fans on our iHeartRadio stations across America and on the iHeartRadio app over the past year, along with a look at what’s coming in 2015,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. “And who better to host than both a Grammy winning musician and Oscar winning performer Jamie Foxx? This is going to be an amazing star packed Sunday night of music on NBC.”

“I’m so excited that Jamie Foxx is taking the reins at this year’s iHeart awards. He is the perfect choice to lead this extraordinary night of music and celebrity artists!” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

“2014 was such an incredible year for so many artists across different genres, so it’s great to see them get the recognition they deserve,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. “Whether they’re new to the scene or industry veterans, each artist’s journey is exciting to follow, from their first radio spin to their first iHeartRadio Music Award nomination.”

“The iHeartRadio Music Awards is the night in music where the industry’s top artists get to shine, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, and celebrate their own achievements as well as those of their peers,” said Ian Stewart, President of Done + Dusted Inc.

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Review: Rebel Heart Is Madonna’s Most Consistent Album in a Decade

Because nobody can poke fun at Madonna like Madonna

The last decade of Madonna’s career is a testament to the power of thin lines: an inch of slippage, and even the most venerated and groundbreaking artists can tumble from pop’s vanguard to a zone somewhere in the back, fighting to catch up. After the commercial and critical debacle that was 2003’s American Life, she temporarily stepped out of the pop arms race, traveling backwards in time to revisit her days as a Lower East Side disco queen with Confessions on a Dance Floor. As a result, she regained some momentum. But when she attempted to rejoin the present with the chunky, rhythmically dense Hard Candy and cold, shiny EDM of MDNA, she received criticism that was disproportionate to the quality of the product. Rather than being celebrated for working hard to stay contemporary after nearly three decades of work, she was called desperate and calculating, assertions that often stunk of sexism. (Try to find examples of similar criticisms being leveled at Giorgio Moroder, or Nile Rodgers, or Paul McCartney.)

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Plan your trip to Rebel Heart tour in Ziggo Dome Amsterdam with Tripticket

TripTicket offers you in collaboration with Jan de Wit Group transportation by bus to Madonna in the Ziggo Dome. Excepted arrival at the venue is 18.30. You can exit at P-bus, from then on it is a ten minute walk to the Ziggo Dome.

Expected depart time is 23.30, you will leave the venue again from P-bus.

Tripticket offers reserved parking spots near the Amsterdam ArenA and Ziggo Dome from 9 euro’s per parking spot.

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NOTE: the departing time may change as M is known for a late start of the show!

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GA JIJ NAAR MADONNA IN LONDEN? (Dutch radio competition)

Madonna, O2 Arena Londen, dinsdag 1 december 2015

Als er één zangeres is waar niemand omheen kan, dan is dat Madonna wel! De Queen of Pop heeft in haar glansrijke carrière tientallen hits weten te scoren. Van ‘Like A Virgin’ tot ‘4 Minutes’, we kunnen ze uiteraard allemaal woord voor woord meezingen. Met haar gloednieuwe album Rebel Heart, met daarop onder meer de nummers ‘Living For Love’ en ‘Ghosttown’, is Madonna weer helemaal terug.

Eigenlijk is het gewoon een must om ooit eens een optreden van de zangeres bij te wonen, maar daar kan Q-music jou bij helpen! Zo maak je namelijk kans Madonna te gaan zien, live in de prestigieuze O2 Arena in Londen.

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Op 1 december 2015, vier dagen voor haar concert in de Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, staat Madonna op het podium van de O2 Arena. Q-music stuurt je samen met een vriend(in) naar de Britse hoofdstad toe om het optreden bij te wonen!

Hoe je deze vette prijs, inclusief haar nieuwe album Rebel Heart en de iTunes Top 30 in downloads, kunt winnen, dat hoor je als je dagelijks vanaf 16.00 uur naar Q-music luistert. Check ook even het INFO-blokje op deze pagina. De minimumleeftijd voor deze actie is 18 jaar.

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Madonna Q&A: ‘Ideas flowed simply out of me’

A lesser mortal, or star, might have needed some down time after falling off the stage at the BRIT Awards. But Madonna, 56, simply untwisted her Armani cape and got on with the show. After all, the pop icon had a new album to promote: Rebel Heart, out Tuesday, featuring contributions from Kanye West, Avicii, Diplo, Nicki Minaj and Nas, to drop a few names. Madonna chatted with USA TODAY about the recording, as well as her children and art and Instagram.

Q: You took quite a tumble the other day. How are you feeling?

A: I’m fine. I had a tiny bit of whiplash. My head hit the floor and snapped my neck a little bit. But I didn’t hurt any other part of my body, strangely enough — I sustained no bruises or cuts.

Q: You’ve been keeping busy, certainly. You worked with an eclectic group of collaborators for Rebel Heart.

A: Lots of people I’d never met before, though certainly people whose work I knew. Usually, with an album, I choose a producer and it takes us a few weeks to get to know each other, and then the chemistry starts to percolate. In this circumstance I kind of got thrown into lots of groups of songwriters. Some people I had direct synergy with…I felt so rejuvenated just in the simple act of writing music. I felt like I was back in New York, in Queens, where I picked up a guitar and wrote my first song. Ideas flowed simply out of me.

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