Let These Divas Make Your Playlist for Summer 2019

Madame X
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On the diva’s 14th release, Madonna examines the current state of the world while imagining a peaceful, harmonious way to move it forward. Of the anthemic “I Rise,” Madge says the track gives “voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their minds.” It features a spoken-word intro from Emma Gonzalez, the young social activist, gun control advocate and survivor from the Parkland school shooting in early 2018. Earlier this summer in Israel, Madonna performed another Madame X track, “Future” at the Eurovision Song Contest — and stirred up some controversy: While telling her audience to “never underestimate the power of music to bring people together,” her set featured two male dancers walking arm-in-arm with Israeli and Palestinian flags on their respective backs. When she’s not pushing the envelope in a political sense, Madame X includes some notable bangers, including the pulsating lead single, “Medellin,”  a duet with the gorgeous Colombian reggaeton singer Maluma. Another collaboration, “Crave” with rapper Swae Lee, is a desire-tinged pop gem. This Queen won’t be passing her crown along anytime soon.

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Watch The Exclusive Premiere Of Madonna’s “Batuka” Video & Hear From The Woman Herself

Madonna is emailing me, and I’m totally fine. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. She’s been the wallpaper on my phone, my dance tutor, the inspiration for long-expired passwords, and now we’re emailing. Through intermediaries, and there’s no FaceTime in the cards, but still. An artist and (I usually hate this word) icon I’ve loved, celebrated, analyzed, cited and defended for 35 years, is answering some of my questions. Everything is absolutely chill, and I’m breathing normally. Keep your smelling salts.
The occasion: Refinery29 is exclusively premiering the video for “Batuka,” off Madame X, Madonna’s fourteenth studio album, which debuted at #1 last month on the Billboard 200. Like many critics and fans, I find Madame X to be particularly beautiful — her most cohesive and visionary LP since 2005’s disco opus Confessions on a Dance Floor, and her weirdest, most emotional dare since 2003’s woefully dismissed classic American Life. (Did I mention I’m a fan?)
Even more than Bush-era American Life, Madame X finds Madonna reckoning with a bleak global moment as she considers her own remarkable history. This time, much of the sound was inspired by the superstar’s extended time with her children in Portugal, where she immersed herself in, and then interpreted, a range of musical traditions local to the region. That includes batuque, a style that emphasizes drumming, singing, and dancing, which was created by Black women from the island of Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony with a central role in the slave trade.
“Batuka” — a defiant, joyful cry for rebellion with a rousing call-and-response structure — is Madonna’s collaboration with the all-women Orquestra Batukadeiras, and they join her in the striking video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei and filmed off the coast of Lisbon. “I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind,” Madonna told Refinery29 of her collaborators.
The sixth video (so far) during this very cinematic Madame X era finds Madonna in a jam session with the Orquestra, with haunting shots of the coastline that reference the area’s brutal history. We also get to marvel at stunning closeups of the women in the Orquestra — as well at the Queen of Pop dancing freestyle in a floral dress and combat boots. An undisputed master and innovator of the form since the advent of MTV in the 1980s (see: “Material Girl,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue”), Madonna, with “Batuka,” has now starred in over 75 music videos.
Here’s what Madonna told Refinery29 about recording and filming “Batuka,” working with the women, her own forgotten history of drumming, and more. It’s all very casual.
Refinery29: In the Inside Madame X short film, you spoke a bit about discovering Batuque and the Orquestra Batukadeiras, and then collaborating with the women on this song. What did these women teach you?
Madonna: “I learned a great deal from these women. Many of them came from very economically challenged backgrounds, without access to formal education. The ways we measure achievement and success in our conventional society fails to capture their singular brilliance and strength. I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind. You can’t learn these things in school. They taught me those things. It’s a tough world out there, and it’s inspiring to work with people who have been through the struggle but still manage to manifest and share joy with us all. That was a big part of the lesson.”
The video serves to both recreate that recording experience and, it would seem, to evoke the painful-but-joyous history of Batuque, specifically its origins in Cape Verde and ties to slavery and suppression. How did you, your director Emmanuel Adjei, and the Orquestra work together to conceive of the visual narrative for the video?
“We wanted to honor how I met these women and our journey, with an organic and beautiful cinematic experience. We found a house that looked like a typical house that one would live in on the islands of Cape Verde next to the sea. Instead of me going to a small nightclub environment to meet them and hear them play, to then be invited into their circle, we choose a more natural and beautiful environment as the meeting place, ending up in the recording studio. It wasn’t easy to replicate the significance of our first meeting and how it all happened. How they invited me in and gave me a leather drum, sat me down and said ‘Join Us’. They took turns dancing and embracing me. They invited me into their world and made me feel extremely welcome. When I asked them to record with me it was the exact same experience. They were just as joyful, just as down to earth, just as open, just as loving. I tried to capture the simplicity of that exchange. I hope it captures the range of emotions that I felt coming from them, and their music. I wanted to show the strength and the history, and I felt like all of their faces were just so expressive. I wanted to capture that in all of their close-ups.”
Your dancing here seems improvised. How did you approach it?
“I was completely and utterly inspired by them. And there was no need or call for choreography. The dancing was organic and fluid; I just watched them move and joined them.”
Even your biggest fans might forget that in the beginning of your career, you were a drummer for the NYC band Breakfast Club. How did you draw upon this past work to approach “Batuka”?
“Drumming for me is connected to dancing, since they’re both centered in rhythm. Moving at different times and different rhythms and different time signatures. That segue from playing the drums came easily for me, since that was my first job in a band. It was authentic for me, and I love it. I love playing percussion.”
As you’ve described, “Madame X” takes on many disguises and persona. Who is she in “Batuka”?
“It’s all part of the journey of Madame X. Traveling to different places, different worlds, different cultures, experiencing different folk music. Madame X discovers and respects the history of it, of being inspired by it, and ultimately shares it with the world.”
Will the women join you onstage when you perform in a live setting?
“Yes, not only are they in my show, they are my choir in general. They’re my choir in ‘God Control’, ‘Like a Prayer’, ‘Come Alive,’ and ‘I Rise’. They’re even dancing in my show; they’ve become fully integrated in so many ways. It’s amazing. It’s crazy how multi-talented they all are and how ready they are to share this experience. It’s been so great having them become a part of everything. They’re going to blow people away; the world isn’t ready.”
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Madonna Teases Tour Rehearsal Video for ‘Rescue Me,’ Which She’s Never Performed Live

Madonna sent fans into overdrive on Thursday (July 18), when she shared a clip of her rehearsing a hit single she’s never performed live before: “Rescue Me.” (Watch below.)

“Rescue Me” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1991, and was one of two new tracks she recorded for her first greatest hits album, The Immaculate Collection, which was released the previous year.

Madonna is prepping for her upcoming Madame X Tour, which launches on Sept. 12 in New York, and has been posting photos and videos on her social media accounts from tour rehearsals.

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“Rescue Me” is one of Madonna’s three top 10 Hot 100 hits (out of 38) that she’s yet to perform live. That factoid was brought to Madonna’s attention back in May, when Billboard interviewed the Queen of Pop backstage during the show.

In the chat, Billboard appealed to Madonna to consider playing one those three tunes on the Madame X Tour. (The other top 10s she’s yet to sing live? “This Used to Be My Playground,” a No. 1 hit from 1992; and “I’ll Remember,” which spent four weeks at No. 2 in 1994.) Watch the exchange in the interview, below, starting at the 6:10 mark.

“I’ll tell you why [they haven’t been performed]: Because they’re very laidback dreamy songs,” she said, suggesting that they don’t fit into her very high-energy, kick-butt shows.

Billboard countered: “‘Rescue Me’’s kinda punchy.”

Madonna: “‘Rescue Me’’s kinda dope! I’ve actually… I’ll consider that one. Your love has given me hope, OK? To quote the song.” (Listen to the original version of the tune, below.)


The Madame X Tour is slated to play 81 dates in theaters in 10 cities in the United States and Europe. The trek, in support of her No. 1 Billboard 200 album Madame X, will wrap on March 4, 2020 in Paris at the Le Grand Rex.

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Here Is The Glimpse Of Madonna’s Upcoming New Video!

Madonna is a very well-known artist and she always creates content that is out of the box and loved by everyone.

Madonna’s new song video drops tomorrow!

Madonna’s new song’s video is going to drop tomorrow morning at 9 am EST on Refinery29 website. Madonna took to Instagram and shared a short glimpse of her new Batuka video. She also mentioned how excited she is for the release of her new video.

What is Madame X?

“World of Madame X” is a short documentary of Madonna which details the release of her new album ‘Madame X’. The documentary is an overindulgent exercise.

Madame X is her 14th album that has been released in June. This album is a testament for her affinity for taking on new characters and traits within her work. In the film as well as in the music video which are of her album, Madonna takes on multiple personas that suit her different moods accordingly!

All about her new album

The character of Madame X becomes extremely catchy because of the changing identities. Under the greater auspices of “bringing light to new places”, in Madonna’s words, Madame X is, “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.”

What is the film actually about?

Her film was shot in Lisbon, Portugal. This place is the central source of inspiration for Madonna’s latest release. Madonna narrates that she moves to the city to become a soccer mom. And her latest record is born which influences most of the musical traditions of the city. Among them are the fado and Cape Verdean styles such as morna and funaná. However,  throughout the film, the influence feels more like Madonna’s way to reinvent herself and less like a source of inspiration.

Madonna’s experience in Portugal is an appropriate metaphor for the “World of Madame X” project as a whole. This film gives little weight to the subtle difference of taking on new personas and sounds in the scope of the artist’s work. Madonna is simply doing what Madonna wants to do only with a little thought given to relevancy or her role as an artist.

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Pose Reaches Peak Madonna: a Visual History of the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour

Pose has finally done it: the series has reached peak Madonna, and there is no turning back. After heavily referencing the superstar on each episode of season two, the obsession finally reached an apex with episode five. In “What Would Candy Do?” Ricky and Damon (played by Ryan Jamaal Swain) are on the rocks relation-ship wise, and are both auditioning to be backup dancers for the Blond Ambition tour. Going head to head in a dance-off is certainly not helping them in the love department, but we, as viewers, do get some insight into the importance of the backup dancers on the iconic tour.

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Folk-Pop Singer-Songwriter Releases Summer Anthem and Music Video Entitled: “Listening to Madonna” – Out Now! (press release)

Folk-pop artist Joseph Eid creates the perfect summer anthem entitled “Listening to Madonna”. The song pays homage to the pop queen and commends anyone who continues to express themselves just the way they are. The single was accompanied by a bubbly music video and is currently available on all online retail stores.

Eid’s new single is a story of an MTV generation kid journeying through life figuring out who he is meant to be. Despite societal norms and what others think, he realizes it is okay to be different. “Listening to Madonna” travels through decades as it describes the impact the renowned pop singer had on youth. In her music she’d encourage listeners to be themselves and this song reinforces that message.

“Listening to Madonna” is a folky rock-pop track that soars with life. Joseph’s vibrant melodies and clever songwriting conceives an infectious summer hit that will assuredly release heartening and liberating feelings.

Directed and edited by Patrick McPheron, the music video is set in a colorful backyard party in Hollywood, CA. It features local artist and musician friends who came together to support this project. Their contagious energy radiates through the screen and is complimented by their fun party attire. The large gathering is dressed in various hats, wigs, and even features a merman in a hot tub! This lively spirited affair was impressively filmed in (almost) one continuous shot. Chance Artworks filmed the drone coverage, which ends with a beautiful aerial view.

About Joseph Eid: Joseph has been writing poetry as long as he can remember. He grew up in the suburbs of New York. Raised in a strict and traditional home, the arts were only supported as a hobby and never as a career. During his college years, Eid studied psychology and pre-med. After his first semester at medical school, his dream got too big to hold and Eid made the bold choice of dropping out to move to New York City to pursue music.

Along his music journey, Joseph has been featured in American Songwriter Magazine’s “Best New Music” column and was named as one of Music Connection’s ‘100 Hottest Live Unsigned Artists.’ No Depression called the singer-songwriter’s music journal: “mesmerizing, mind blowing and empowering.” Additionally, Eid has brought his cathartic one-man live show to many of Los Angeles’ premier music venues, including stints at Room 5, El Cid and residencies at The Stone Bar, Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, Room 5, Bar Lubitsch and most recently Bar Mattachine.

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The MDNA Tour on ARTE Friday July 19

Date July 19 019
Time 23:50 to 01:50
Channel ARTE
Genre Konzert
Twitter hashtag #MDNA
Her appearance at the ESC in May was a vocal revelatory oath, but on her 2012 tour of the studio album “MDNA,” the audience was at her feet. Provocative, excessive and dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier and Arianne Phillips, gave it a Madonna, as the world loves her. The gig in Miami.

Ihr Auftritt beim ESC im Mai war ein stimmlicher Offenbarungseid, bei ihrer Tour 2012 anlässlich des Studioalbums “MDNA” jedoch lag ihr das Publikum zu Füßen. Provokant, exzessiv und eingekleidet von Jean Paul Gaultier und Arianne Phillips, gab’s eine Madonna, wie die Welt sie liebt. Der Gig in Miami.

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Actually, Madonna Was the First to Subvert Country Music Style

I remember seeing Madonna’s “Don’t Tell Me” on MTV in 2000 when I was 11 years old. It was mind-blowing. Growing up in New England, country music never hit close to home. It was all Garth Brooks singing about driving a truck with a fat engine and cracking a warm beer by the lake. But Madonna took the genre and spun it on its head in one of the most transportive videos of her career: steamy cowboys and a dark ranchero vibe, mixed up with a lot of sand-strewn cheek. (It was also the first time Madonna played guitar on an album.) It’s almost hard to believe that the music video is almost 20 years old. “Don’t Tell Me” was the OG beginnings of what we are now calling the “yeehaw agenda.” Subversive twang is going mainstream in the form of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” Orville Peck’s masked exploration of masculinity in country music, and Diplo brooding in a Nudie suit on Instagram. But let me remind you that Madonna was the first to pave the way for giddy-up pop.

We begin with Madonna walking down a desert highway; an 18-wheeler truck drives by, and her cowboy hat flies off. A few seconds later, the camera zooms out, and the viewers realize that Madonna is simply walking, hips cocking side-to-side, in front of an old-timey projector. Her dancers are ever-fabulous, muscular gyrating men, characters plucked out of that Vivienne Westwood “Cowboy” T-shirt. The sound is pared back but still addictive with an ironic plucking of a guitar.

Then the fashion! Madonna’s cowboy hat is pulled down past her eyes. In the first half, she wears a simple unbuttoned plaid shirt with a bedazzled grommet belt. The dark-wash flares are stained with mud. Another look: a black leather cowboy shirt with puffed-up shoulders that reveal a slice of her belly. Her pants have chaps. Looking back at it now, the video and its wardrobe were deliciously sassy: Madonna took a good-natured country look and flipped it completely.

The genius behind Madonna’s look was famed stylist and costume designer Arianne Phillips, who worked with the French director Jean-Baptiste Mondino to handle the Queen of Pop’s foray into Western surreality. It was a fated match: When Phillips learned of the music video’s theme, she had recently read Rodeo Girl by Lisa Eisner, a photography book that explored Eisner’s hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the colorful rodeo culture that thrived there. “t was one of those synchronistic moments when I showed the book to Madonna, and I showed it to Mondino, and she loved it,” says Phillips. “It was meant from a tongue-in-cheek place, and that really informed the video. [Madonna and Mondino], it was never literal. It was always with a wink and a nod.”

In the video, Madonna’s two Western outfits were made by Dsquared2, who were only making menswear at the time. “They were friends of ours, Dean and Dan [Caten], and they had yet to do anything for women,” says Phillips. “They did these incredible jeans with mud splatter with a kind of fake mud [for their men’s collection]. I asked if they would make a pair for Madonna, and they did.” The designers also provided Madonna’s “cowboy goth” look. “They also made the leather shirt, a Victorian kind of take on the cowboy shirt,” says Phillips. “That was new for the boys of Dsquared2.” That outfit appears in a pivotal moment: Once Madonna changes into it, she and her dancers let loose with a hypersexualized take on line dancing while a raccoon tail bounces from Madonna’s belt loops.

Of course, the most iconic item was Madonna’s cowboy hat. Aside from “Don’t Tell Me,” Madonna also wore it on the cover of Music and in the music video “Music,” a non-country hit. “Putting Madonna in a cowboy hat had to be tongue-in-cheek. It was something that I wanted to be short-lived. We used it in the music video, and it became this ironic prop in a way. Then her fans really grabbed on to it,” says Phillips. “I think, to this day, you can’t go to a Madonna concert without a cowboy hat.”

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The Arts Hour – Queen of Pop Madonna (listen now) BBC Sounds

On The Arts Hour this week, Madonna is back with her new album Madame X. She explains the Portuguese influences on it and why reinvention is in her blood. Actor Tom Hanks on the highs and lows of playing the beloved character of Woody from Toy Story for over twenty years. The British poet rapper Kate Tempest reveals what it was like working with the legendary Def Jam co-founder and producer Rick Rubin, and Cornelia Funke describes taking Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth from the big screen to the pages of her new novel. Actor Will Poulter on Ari Aster’s new horror film – Midsommar – while Haitian superstar DJ Michael Brun goes back to his roots for his debut album. Nikki Bedi’s guests in the studio are Trinidadian jazz musician Etienne Charles, who talks about his Carnival inspired new music, and the film critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh.


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Madonna Blasts ‘Internet Police’ And Online Haters: ‘If I Am Not Relevant, Prove It’

Madonna has no time for haters, and on Sunday posted a silly video on Instagram that was accompanied by a harsh takedown of those who criticize her.

“Madame ❌ is a history professor,” she wrote in the caption, accompanying a NSFW video in which she goofs around with her stage crew, putting on various accents before declaring she’s the “first president of the United States of America” and insisting that “Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were gay — and they were lovers.”

“IG police other wise known as women-hating Misogynistic bigots can F**k off!!!!!” she wrote.

“Your fear of what I represent is palpable and the fact that you follow me and Take the time to make remarks is an advertisement for your stupidity -ignorance and intolerance for that which is different,” she continued, adding a middle-finger emoji.

“If i am not relevant then prove it,” she concluded. “Stop following me. Lol.”

This isn’t the first time Madonna has been critical of social media. Last month, she gave an interview to The Sun in which she proclaimed that the purpose of Instagram is to make people “feel bad” about themselves.

“You get caught up in comparing yourself to other people. Should I be like that, act like that, look like that? Will that make me more popular, or more successful?” she said.

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“I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad,” she continued. “People are really a slave to winning people’s approvals.”

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