- Datum Do 27 juni 2019
- Tijd 20:30 tot 21:30
- Zender RTL 4
In deze aflevering van Van Der Vorst Ziet Sterren heeft Peter van der Vorst een bijzonder interview met Madonna.
It’s hard to know what to look forward to the most from a new Madonna album; the familiar line of descent between the NYC-flavoured brand of smart bubblegum pop she first started releasing in 1982, or a sense of chameleonic musical change which she’s made work for her and often pushed hard in the direction of breaking point for more or less the past three decades. For Madame X, her fourteenth record and the first since 2015’s Rebel Heart, both and neither are the focus.
The most revolutionary thing about Madonna in 2019 – and to varying degrees this century, in fact – is the way her careful curation of her sound, well-tapped range of current influences and thoughtful array of production partners has signposted the cellular breakdown of previous rigid genre boundaries in the age of the online marketplace. ‘Medellin’, the first track on the album (also its first pre-released song) both strikes out for new ground via the Latin trap style of its collaborator Maluma – the energised, summery sexuality of the song is influenced by his home country, Colombia, and Madonna’s own new life in Lisbon – and is immersed in the light, introspective, vibrantly self-confident qualities of Madonna’s own music.
In the track, she imagines herself at the age of 17 again, where she ‘allowed myself to be naïve / be someone I’ve never been’. It’s a gorgeous sentiment, opposite to the raw rhythm of the track, about travel and adventure and open-mindedness broadening the most experienced soul; the same style and artistic pairing also appears later, to less striking effect, on ‘Loca’.
‘Medellin’ is followed by ‘Dark Ballet’, which approaches the same idea from the opposite direction – a moody, odd collision of virtuosic grand piano and Daft Punk-like vocoder in which she floats graciously above the concept of caring what anyone thinks about her: ‘People tell me to shut my mouth… I’m not concerned,’ she rolls her eyes. Mirwais, the producer partly responsible for Madonna’s trio of club-focused records in the early 2000s (from 2000’s Music to 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor), reactivates a successful partnership with his contributions here, which includes these first two tracks and ‘God Control’, a mighty fusion of ‘Like a Prayer’-style gospel chorus with swirling disco strings and Madonna’s pointed political raps.
‘Everybody knows the damn truth / our nation lied / we’ve lost respect,’ she hollers, and her eager assertion that ‘I don’t smoke / it’s true’ is probably a good idea in the age of the conspiracy theory. This is the record’s crowd-pleaser and call to arms, the one most likely to set a stadium alight, while Mirwais’ other contribution is the other stand-out; across a breathy but emphatic vocal which is every bit as decisive as that of ‘Vogue’, ‘I Don’t Search I Find’ is a moody, melancholy club banger.
At fifteen tracks, Madame X feels more like an opus than an album which is going for instant pop appeal, however; one which is invested more in exploring a breadth of ideas than it is in churning out the bubblegum hits. In this regard, Madonna’s vocal presence in a number of the songs feels as much like a message-carrier as the whole purpose of their existence, just another instrument amid – for example – the futurist dancehall of the Diplo-produced ‘Future’, its vocal shared with the rapper Quavo, and the mantra-like rap over the afrofuturist ‘Batuka’.
A lull in the centre appears around the tracks ‘Crave’ and ‘Crazy’, their light, Latin balladry filling time pleasantly enough, while the one genuine dull note is ‘Killers Who Are Partying’, over whose serious Spanish guitars Madonna imagines herself taking on the mantle of others’ poverty, sexuality and African-ness in a moment of too-far overplayed martyrdom.
More pleasing are those moments where she fuses the personal and personal in perfect synchronicity, making her point and unleashing her own feelings in a manner where neither counteracts the other – a sentiment most perfectly expressed on the icy closer ‘I Rise’, its spoken-word intro a sample of the gun control campaigner Emma Gonzalez, and its perfectly-balanced mood and intent the kind which only an artist as in-control as Madonna might manage in a song which still counts as perfect pop music.
Madame X by Madonna is out now on Interscope.
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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER says he popped the question to Madonna three times — but she turned him down every time.
The French designer said his proposals were serious but he knew that wedded bliss with the Material Girl singer would be ‘impossible’.
‘Maybe it was because it was impossible that I proposed to her,’ the 67-year-old said. ‘But I wanted to express the fact of how much I was loving and admiring her.’
He also told Tatler: ‘One time, she said something like, “It’s not so good in reality to have a relationship?” All her men had made her suffer.
‘So I said, “I will not make you suffer”, and she said, “Maybe it’s you that will suffer”.’
Gaultier also recalled being flashed at by a kilt-wearing Guy Ritchie, when the film director wed Madonna in 2000.
‘I understood then why she loves him,’ he said. However, the couple divorced eight years later.
Gaultier, who designed one of Madonna’s most talked-about looks — her conical bustier — also defended the 60-year-old’s right to ‘still dance in basques’ and cavort with young men on tracks from new album Madame X.
‘Why shouldn’t a woman be in love with a young man, and a young man with an older woman?’ he asked.
Read the full interview in Tatler’s August issue, on sale and available to download from tomorrow.
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According to journalist Leo Dias Madonna is set to film a music video with Anitta for ‘Faz Gostoso’ in Rio De Janeiro
“She is a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a teacher, a nun,” is how Madonna describes her most recent alter ego covering her latest album, Madame X. In the months anticipating its release, the pop icon teased fans with imagery of the eye-patched emissary, in addition to releasing several collaborations featuring Maluma, Quavo, and Swae Lee. Some reviews deem the pop star’s latest release as a bizarre and rambunctious mixture of sound, when in fact, these things make for an interesting and compelling piece of work. This metamorphosis of sound and image reveals not only that Madonna is still a master of her craft, but that she can continue to captivate audiences with bold creativity.
The diversity of Madonna’s discography spans far and wide, ranging from the 1984 classic “Like a Virgin,” to her evolution into modern sound with “Ray of Light.” Throughout these changing eras, the music legend managed to remain at the top of her game, morphing from one persona to the next in an almost seamless way. Her new album is certainly no exception, solidifying Madonna as an ever-evolving songstress with an eye for all things avant-garde.
The singer can add being trilingual to her list of talents, as the album includes songs in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Influenced predominately from her time living in Lisbon, Portugal, the “Hung Up” belter’s newest release boasts a host of musical influences. Songs like “Faz Gostoso” featuring Anitta and “Medellín” featuring Maluma are testaments to Madge’s rare ability to effectively cross musical genres. Even more noticeable on one of her solo tracks, “Crazy,” Madonna exudes a comfortable incorporation of both her personal style and an appreciation for multicultural artistry.
Further embellishing Madame X‘s tinge of musical experimentation, Madonna includes hints of hip hop on the songs “Future” featuring Quavo and “Crave” with Swae Lee. But the album’s prized gems are arguably the dance-floor anthems “God Control” and “I Don’t Search I Find,” which are reminiscent of Confessions on a Dance Floor.
Opening with a somber choir and a call to action advocating for gun control in America, “God Control” gives way to a disco wonderland. “This is your wake up call,” Madonna utters over the sounds of two gunshots and a boogie beat, a seemingly paradoxical juxtaposition. By being able to make us dance to a grim message with a celebratory tone, it is evident that Madame X herself is able to successfully apply her artistry in every facet.
According to Billboard, over 90% of Madonna’s 17-show-run in New York is sold out. In addition, Madame X debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 95,000 copies sold , giving the “Music” singer her first number one since her 2012 anthology, MDNA.
If Madame X tells us anything, it’s that Madonna still takes her artistry and legacy seriously. The icon has added yet another acclaimed piece to her body of work that also happens to be one of her most eccentric efforts yet, which in turn, may become her most successful.
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As part of their Pride celebrations, Peloton is teaming up with Madonna for a weekend of themed workouts.
From June 27th-30th, Peloton will offer cycling, running, and yoga classes with a Madonna-themed soundtrack. For each of the Madonna classes taken that weekend (live or on-demand), Peloton will donate $1 to The Center, a community group that supports LGBTQ+ youth in the NYC area.
Madonna, a Peloton user herself, is excited about the collaboration. In an interview with ET Canada, Madonna said:
These themed workouts and money raised for The Center, an organization that I’m incredibly passionate about, will be a positive way to reinforce the message of inclusion and promote wellness within the LGBTQ+ community.
UK Peloton members will have the chance to win tickets to an album release party in London on June 13th. The event will be hosted by Graham Norton and audience members will have a Q&A session with Madonna.
The Madonna collaboration is just one part of Peloton’s Pride celebration. There are “Pride Rides” scheduled throughout the month of June. This year there will also be Pride-themed run, yoga, and boot camp classes. You can receive a Pride badge for participating in any of these classes during the month of June. Peloton has also released a limited edition Pride clothing line, the proceeds from which will also benefit The Center.
….’The sad thing about Madonna’s disrepute is that doubters have no idea how interesting she still is. “Madame X” is more original than half of what her younger contemporaries are doing. Some of the overt politicism doesn’t work, but when it does, Madonna’s ear for catchy beats and rousing vocal inflections is as keen as ever. Like David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” it’s the sort of thing that seems destined for a reevaluation once Madonna has left this earthly plane and can’t be taked her for granted anymore — in other words, once she is finally deified, leaving behind acrobatic tours and era-defining bops.
That’s the great tragedy of Madonna’s late career. She wrote the playbook time and again, and she won’t be alive to see the world acknowledge it.
Read full article at Huffpost
With 10 shows already announced and due to overwhelming demand, Madonna, Maverick and Live Nation have just announced 2 additional Madame X shows at the Grand Rex in Paris on 3rd and 4th of March!
Tickets to these newly added shows will be released for general sale Friday, 28 June at 10:00am CEST at ticketmaster.fr
ICON is Madonna’s official fan club. Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour. Lifetime Legacy members of ICON and Citi card holders will be eligible for a special presale starting Wed. 26 June (10am CEST) – Thursday, 27 June (6pm CEST).
– Icon Lifetime Legacy members will be assigned unique presale codes.
– If you are a Lifetime Legacy member, your unique presale code is assigned directly to your Madonna.com account, found on your logged-in Profile page or Tour page starting prior to 10am CEST on 26 June.
– Your unique access code is valid for up to four (4) tickets total, and it can be used across multiple shows. EXAMPLE: 4 tickets to one event only, or 2 tickets for one event and 2 tickets for another event and so on.
– All sales are final. No refunds.
– The Icon Legacy Member / Citi card holder Presale will close on Thursday, 27 June @ 18:00 CEST.
In deze aflevering van Van Der Vorst Ziet Sterren heeft Peter van der Vorst een bijzonder interview met Madonna.
Ook gaat hij langs bij zangeres Samantha Steenwijk. Van haar krijgt Van der Vorst een kijkje achter de schermen bij ‘Holland Zingt Hazes’. Thuis ontmoet hij haar moeder en haar vrouw Daisy. Samantha vertelt over het uitstellen van hun kinderwens en hoe moeilijk het was om uit de kast te komen.
Peter gaat in deze aflevering ook nog op bezoek bij Kaj Gorgels. De nieuwe presentator van ‘Expeditie Robinson’ vertelt over het overlijden van zijn vader en hoe het is om een relatie te hebben met de mooiste vrouw van Nederland.
Pop icon Madonna is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new album Madame X, which easily snags the top spot on the all-encompassing tally, beating a handful of debuts, including one from another legend: rocker Bruce Springsteen.
Madame X opens in the peak spot thanks to 95,000 equivalent units, with 90,000 of those being pure sales.
Throughout her career, Madonna has now charted nine No. 1 albums, with over 30 years passing from the first time she led the charge until now. The singer’s 1984 sophomore full-length Like A Virgin was her first to hit No. 1, and since then, she’s reached the top more often than not, with eight subsequent albums—True Blue (1986), Like a Prayer (1989), Music(2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), Hard Candy (2008) and MDNA (2012)—also ruling for at least one frame.
In between all her chart-topping full-lengths, Madonna has placed an additional 13 titles inside the top 10 on the Billboard 200, including studio albums—Madonna (No. 8, 1983), Erotica (No. 2, 1992), Bedtime Stories(No. 3, 1994), Ray of Light (No. 2, 1998) and Rebel Heart (No. 2, 2015)—soundtracks that accompanied films—Who’s That Girl (No. 7, 1987), I’m Breathless (No. 2, 1990) and Evita (No. 2, 1996)—compilations of her greatest hits—The Immaculate Collection (No. 2, 1990), Something to Remember (No. 6, 1995), GHV2 (No. 7, 2001) and Celebration (No. 7, 2009)—and even a live recording—Sticky & Sweet Tour (No. 10, 2010).
Madame X was preceded by two proper singles, “Medellin” with Maluma and “Crave” with Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd fame. Three additional promotional singles—“I Rise,” “Future” with Quavo and “Dark Ballet”—were also shared before the album was available in full. So far, none of those songs have reached the Hot 100, though that may change when that tally is refreshed.
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X marks the No. 1 spot.
Madonna lands her ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Madame X enters atop the tally. The set, released via Interscope Records on June 14, launches with 95,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 20, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 90,000 were in album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 29-dated chart, where Madame X bows at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on June 25.
Overall, Madame X’s debut sum of 95,000 equivalent album units is comprised of 90,000 in album sales, 1,000 in TEA units and 4,000 in SEA units.
Madame X grants Madonna her ninth leader on the Billboard 200. She last led the list in 2012, with MDNA. Here’s a look at all of Madonna’s No. 1 albums: Madame X, MDNA, Hard Candy (2008), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), American Life (2003), Music (2000), Like a Prayer (1989), True Blue (1986) and Like a Virgin (1985).
Madonna continues to have the second-most No. 1 albums among female artists, trailing only Barbra Streisand, who has 11. Among all acts, The Beatles have the most No. 1s, with 19. They are followed by Jay-Z (14), Streisand and Bruce Springsteen (both with 11), Elvis Presley (10), Eminem, Garth Brooks, Madonna and The Rolling Stones (all with nine).
Madonna is a frequent visitor to the top 10 of the Billboard 200, having notched at least four top 10 albums in each of the last four decades (‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and ‘10s). Madame X marks her 22nd top 10, and fourth of the ‘10s. Earlier in the decade, she reached the region with her last studio effort, Rebel Heart (No. 2 in 2015), MDNA (No. 1, 2012) and the live album Sticky & Sweet Tour (No. 10, 2010).
Madonna’s first top 10 came nearly 35 years ago, when her self-titled debut album climbed 12-10 on the Oct. 6, 1984-dated chart. It eventually peaked at No. 8 two weeks later (Oct. 20). The diva would place five top 10s in the ‘80s, seven in the ‘90s, six in the ‘00s and now four in the ‘10s.
The Rolling Stones have the most top 10s in the history of the Billboard 200, with 37. They are followed by Streisand (34), The Beatles (32), Frank Sinatra (32), Presley (27), Bob Dylan (22), Madonna (22), George Strait (21), Elton John (20), Paul McCartney/Wings (20) and Springsteen (20).
Madame X’s debut week was comprised of 90,000 in album sales, which is the fourth-largest sales week for an album in 2019 by a woman. The album’s sales were bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the Queen of Pop’s upcoming theater tour (starting on Sept. 12 in New York at Brooklyn’s Howard Gilman Opera House), as well as an array of merchandise/album bundles sold via her official website.
Madame X was led by the track “Medellín,” with Maluma, which climbs 2-1 on the Dance Club Songs chart dated June 29, marking Madonna’s 47th leader on the tally. (The chart, like the Billboard 200, will refresh on Billboard’s website on Tuesday, June 25.) “Medellín” also reached the top 20 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
Before Madame X dropped, four more preview cuts were issued: “I Rise,” “Future,” with Quavo, “Crave,” with Swae Lee, and “Dark Ballet.” “Crave” recently debuted on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart, and holds at No. 15 on the most recently published list (dated June 22).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Springsteen’s Western Stars debuts, marking his 20th top 10 effort. The set begins with 66,000 equivalent album units (of which 62,000 were in album sales). Springsteen first hit the top 10 back in 1975, when Born to Run sprinted 84-8 in its second week on the list (dated Sept. 20, 1975). The Boss last hit the top 10 in 2016 with the retrospective compilation release Chapter and Verse (debuting and peaking at No. 5).
Fun fact for chart watchers: With Madonna and Springsteen at Nos. 1 and 2 on the new Billboard 200, it’s the first time the Queen of Pop and The Boss have been in the top two together since 1985. The last time they were buddies in the top two (and the only time before this week) was for four weeks in January and February that year. On the charts dated Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 1985, Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. and Madonna’s Like a Virgin were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Then, the titles flipped ranks on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. (Born spent a total of seven weeks at No. 1 and Virgin ruled for three weeks.)
Back on the new Billboard 200, a pair of former No. 1s are at Nos. 3 and 4, as Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? dips 2-3 (58,000 units; down 1%) and Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins falls 1-4 in its second week (52,000 units; down 87%).
Khalid’s former No. 1 Free Spirit climbs one spot to No. 6 with 37,000 equivalent album units (up 2%), Polo G’s Die a Legend slips 6-7 with 29,000 units (down 25%) and DaBaby’s Baby On Baby steps 9-8 with a 28,000 units (down 3%).
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