From ‘Magdalene’ To ‘Madame X’: The 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2019

9. Madame X — Madonna

Key tracks: “God Control” and “Crave”

(Full review here)

Imagine being 40 years into your career and still pushing the boundaries of pop. Only Madonna can relate. Madame X, the Queen of Pop’s 14th LP, is a concept album about a globe-trotting super-heroine with revolution on the brain. Madonna brings the project to life with vibrant, world music-inspired bops like “Medellin” and “Batuka,” and mind-melting experiments like “I Don’t Search I Find” and “Killers Who Are Partying.” It doesn’t always work, but when it does, this result is electric.

— Mike Wass

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Op-Ed: ‘Madonna and the Breakfast Club’ is the best docudrama of 2019

“Madonna and the Breakfast Club” was the best docudrama of 2019. It highlights Madonna’s first musical group, the Breakfast Club.

Director Guy Guido did excellent work writing and directing this incredible film, proving that he is a true visionary. This docudrama is well-crafted and engaging as it chronicles Madonna’s rise to fame, and how it all started for her. It really delves beyond the surface, and it underscores such qualities as ambition, hard work, innovation, and tenacity.

It sheds light on the untold story of the “Queen of Pop” and her pre-fame years as she struggled in New York City with her then-boyfriend, musician Dan Gilroy, and their first band, the Breakfast Club, who served as the lead singer. Gilroy taught Madonna how to play the drums and then the guitar.

Jamie Auld gave a transformative and compelling acting performance as Madonna, and she chatted with Digital Journal about her experience making the film.

Most importantly, in Madonna and the Breakfast Club, Guido and Auld were able to take their fans and viewers on this journey with them. It is a must-watch for all fans of the “Material Girl.”

Madonna and the Breakfast Club is available on Amazon Prime.

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Confessions on a Dance Floor discography online – 48 different pressings!

One of Madonna’s most succesful albums to date was 2005’s ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’, in collaboration with Stuart Price and Mirwais Madonna went back to her disco roots. 

The release of the album was celebrated and worldwide premiered at Fame music in Amsterdam where tons of fans got together to dance and listen (and buy) to the album for the very first time. 

Madonna went on an extensive promotional tour and launched the album at KOKO in London and putting on a fantastic performance. 

For the discography we have collected 47 different pressings of this release for you to view HERE

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Op-Ed: Madonna releases best album by a female in 2019 — ‘Madame X’

Op-Ed: Madonna releases best album by a female in 2019 — ‘Madame X’

Pop megastar Madonna has released the greatest album by a female recording artist in 2019 — “Madame X.” Digital Journal has the scoop.

Madame X was a highly eclectic musical effort, and it showcased a wide variety of musical styles, genres, and melodic flavors. It was described as “stunning,” and rightfully so. It illustrates Madonna’s ability to constantly reinvent musically creatively and artistically. She is not afraid to be bold and vulnerable at the same time. Madame X is an exceptional work of musical art.
Her inspirational song “I Rise” is worth the price of the album alone. Other noteworthy tunes include “Extreme Occident,” “Come Alive,” “I Don’t Search I Find,” as well as “Medellín,” her infectious collaboration with Maluma. She still possesses the voice of an angel after all of these decades, and she is a true visionary.

 

With Madame X, Madonna was able to once again top the Billboard 200 all-genre charts. That was her ninth career No. 1 album and it sold 95,000 units in its first week, where 90,000 of those units were pure album sales.

 

Madame X is available on Apple Music and on Spotify, and it is worth more than just a passing glance.

 
In other Madonna news, Digital Journal proclaimed her residency at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House as the “greatest concert by a female artist in 2019.”
 
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Madonna, Motown and Mongolian metal: the music to listen out for in 2020

The Madame X Tour – in which Madonna plays small venues for the first time since 1985 – has had good reviews and bad publicity in equal measure. The audience in Las Vegas booed her when her show started two hours late, and one US fan attempted to sue her for it – but critics rushed to acclaim the performances. We shall see when she comes to London, where the most expensive tickets are an eye-watering £1,200.
27 January–16 February, London Palladium

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Madonna’s Dancer Lil Buck ‘BumpedHeads’ With Her Before She Became ‘One Of His Best Friends’

Lil Buck is an extraordinary performer who has led the Memphis jookin scene for years and he sat down with HL to reveal how Madonna got to be ‘like a sister’ to him!

Lil Buck was catapulted into stardom after a video of him performing “The Swan” went viral back in 2011. Since then, Lil Buck – whose real name is Charles Riley – has toured with Madonna and performed alongside her during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012. He also co-choreographed and performed in Janelle Monáe’s 2010 “Tightrope”, and has worked with a slew of celebrities over the years including Kendall JennerSpike Lee, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

HollywoodLife sat down with Lil Buck who EXCLUSIVELY dished on what it’s been like working with Madonna and how despite initially “bumping heads” with the “Vogue” singer, she’s grown to become “one of his best friends.” The famed dancer and choreographer was discovered by Madonna after she held a competition called the Dance for Madonna Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Competition. “This company called Dance On reached out to me about a pop star. They couldn’t get into who it was and I had to sign in confidentiality. I eventually found out it was Madonna, it was a whole competition to be on her tour,” he explained.

“As soon as I heard it was a female pop star I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this because I know how that goes,’” he revealed. “You know, you look back at the past and you look at any of Madonna‘s old tour videos or tapes or any pop star. If they’re a rebel, especially if they have a strong way of presenting their art in their own way they just take their art to the next level. Madonna is really one of those people who challenges stigmas in a lot of different things. I know how it is when she makes guys wear brassieres, like crazy things. If you look at it from my perspective, I’m at the head of a real life street dance, you know what I’m saying? Like, I’m from the hood, hood. You know what I mean?”

“You have this huge responsibility of carrying this street dance in the best way, especially not being from Memphis on top of that,” the Chicago native said. “So I’m trying to navigate the best way to put this street dance out there that I’ve been introduced to since I wasn’t born in Memphis originally and there’s a huge responsibility being at the head of that and trying to do it the right way. I didn’t want kids to see me wearing certain things and then they feel like they wouldn’t want to do that. A lot of kids give up easier in my neighborhood just because there’s no platform for us to do what we do artistically. So if there’s no way out for you or if you feel that there’s a way out but you’re not comfortable doing that then it could be demotivating in a sense where they don’t even want to go for it. So I thought about it that deep.”

“Especially with what I’m trying to do with Memphis jookin now, I didn’t know if that was the right move for me. So me and Madonna we’re kind of bumping heads for a little bit at the beginning but then eventually we learn to respect each other’s views on art and what’s important. Just like how the streets were important to me there’s a lot of topics and subjects that she touches upon that the whole world needs to open their eyes to, even the people from my neighborhood. Eventually we grew to love each other and she’s become one of my best friends.”

Lil Buck was introduced to the Memphis jookin scene at the age of 11, but has been dancing all his life and got into street dance after growing up watching Michael Jackson‘s music videos. The talented star, who is also classically trained in ballet, eventually spent several years as a choreographer and dancer for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One show in Las Vegas.

Check out Lil Buck’s full interview above!

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WHAT A YEAR: BONO VAN PEURSEM (21) CLOTHED MADONNA AND JENNIFER LOPEZ

MADONNA’S MADAME X-TOUR

He never met the world star in person. “I brought the costumes to the Howard Gilman Opera House, where she was performing during the Madame X Tour. I went backstage and got to take a look at the dressing rooms, but of course they won’t stop rehearsals for me.

Madonna’s dress, photo’s were forbidden, was an important moment in his carreer. “Her team does not only work on her styling, but also for stars like Gwyneth Paltrow. What am I saying: for half of Hollywood. I have received some fantastic offers, will be working with celebrities whom I can’t talk about at this point. Just a few weeks ago the singer Ava Max, known because of he hit Sweet but Psycho, wore my clothes during a shoot.” 

Full (Dutch) article at LINDA.NL

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Madame X makes it to Good Morning America’s Top 50 Best Albums of 2019

49. MADONNA – “MADAME X” (DELUXE) Thirty-six years after her debut, Madonna doesn’t seem to aim for the pop charts in a calculated way. Sure, the politically-charged, “I Rise” is a rather traditional pop-anthem, but much of the record finds her in performance-artist mode. This is a spiky, tangled collection. Don’t let the chilled vibe of the Maluma-assisted, “Medellín” fool you. Sure, it is indicative of the Latin-tinged, digital haze heard across the record, but once “Dark Ballet” morphs into a computerized protest-fueled nod to Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” it becomes immediately evident that this is one of her strangest and most compelling albums to date. With highlights like “God Control” and the densely-constructed and blunt “Killers Who Are Partying,” Madonna makes “Madame X,” a cleverly-constructed protest record, meant to be examined as a piece of art. Madonna still courts controversy, but with a unique, globally-minded sense of maturity.

Full article at GoodMorningAmerica

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Watch Madonna adorably fuck-up saying Merry Christmas in 1985

The pop icon was trying to wish Australia season’s greetings in this cute TV clip

There’s nothing we love more than seeing a pop queen high, so, quite obviously, we fell hard for this archive clip of Madonna on Australian television in the mid-1980s. “She’s not high!” I hear you Madge-obsessed queens (myself included) cry, but dear reader, the evidence begs to differ. 

Madonna has always been good at getting the job done, or securing the bag as the young folk among us might say. It’s likely you’ll have seen early clips of her saying she wanted to be famous. Well now, she’s so famous, she’s basically lost all control of what she should and shouldn’t say or do (see: a track from her latest album, in which she exclaims she “will be gay if the gay are burned”). 

That’s why it’s so surprising that, when tasked with the tiny chore of wishing her Australian fans a Happy Christmas in this very niche video from the year of our Lord 1985, she royally fucks it. There are also mentions of ‘Molly’ and, so, as you can imagine, our eyebrows are raised. 

But it was Christmas! It was the 80s! A little sip of eggnog, a Terry’s chocolate orange, perhaps a little bump of MDMA. She’s just like us! A cheeky sniff of the pickle to get us through the busy festive period, and through a TV appearance in which she needed to bring festive wishes to the people down under. And so she powered on. 

She might have fluffed it approx. 200 times, but tell us: would you have had it any other way? Merry Christmas, your Madgesty, and Merry Christmas one and all.

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Madame X Paris after show parties update

From tomorrow morning, the major national advertising campaign on Radio FG for the two after show parties Madame X tour Paris will start, even though the first two ticket prices for February 22 are gone, and the first price for February 29 is as well‼ ️

❌WE RECOMMEND YOU TAKE YOUR PLACES AT THE LOWEST RATES (LIMITED QUANTITY) BEFORE THEY ARE “SOLD OUT!” ❌

📌 Madame X tour after shows February 22 & 29, 2020 at the YOYO – Palais de Tokyo, with among others the decks Madonna’s official remixer, Miss Tracy Young!

Events and ticket information:
❌ Saturday February 22, 2020
Facebook event: Madame X tour Paris / After Show / side one

Ticketing:https://www.weezevent.com/madame-x-tour-after-show-side-one

❌ Saturday February 29, 2020
Facebook event: Madame X tour Paris / After Show / Side two

Ticketing: https://www.weezevent.com/madame-x-tour-after-show-side-two

❌ YOU WILL HAVE BEEN ADVISED ❌

Happy New Year’s Eve to all …

More info HERE

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Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie have had a mystery legal blow up right before Christmas

Madonna and her ex-husband Man Ritchie have had a thriller authorized blow up proper earlier than Christmas, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Ritchie filed a movement of their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgment or order’.

The timing of the movement – which was filed on December 23 – means that there may very well be a disagreement over the place a few of Madonna’s six youngsters ought to be spending Christmas.

Madonna and Ritchie have a son Rocco, 19, collectively over whom they waged a bitter and public custody battle over in courts in London and New York.

That resulted in 2016 with Rocco being allowed to dwell within the UK along with his father, a director whose movies embrace Lock, Inventory and Two Smoking Barrels.

Throughout her eight 12 months marriage to Ritchie Madonna adopted David Banda, 14, from Malawi. Their youthful son has lately been spending time with Ritchie in London.

Full article at HeraldPublicist

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Madonna Literally Heats Up The Stage During Recent ‘Madame X Tour’ Stop

You’d best come prepared for any sort of climate when you see Madonna on tour. Why is that? Because the Queen of Pop is in charge of the temperature, and her word is law. Earlier this month she took over the Fillmore in Miami, Florida for the final string of dates on her Madame X Tour this year. And fans in the audience ran into one issue aside from a belated start time. That would be how warm it was. According to a review posted by the Miami New Times, the “God Control” icon opted against using the air conditioning.

When things got too hot, fans chanted a request for the A/C to be turned on several times. However, Madonna was not bothered. In fact, her response was predictably iconic. “Fuck you! I’m cold,” she allegedly declared. She had a bit more to add. “Take your fucking clothes off.” Here’s to seeing what’s on the horizon once the show picks up again in 2020. The living legend kicks things off with a mini-residency in Lisbon, Portugal early January. After that she has dates in both Paris and London. Get ticket info here.

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