Madonna’s 'Madame X' Concert Documentary Is Coming to Paramount+ / MTV

Madame X is ready for her close up.

A concert documentary filmed last year during the European leg of Madonna’s Madame X Tour is coming to Paramount+.

Directed by Ricardo Gomes and SKNX, MADAME X will exclusively stream on Paramount+ from Friday, Oct. 8 for subscribers in North America, Latin America, Australia, and the Nordics. Fans outside of those territories can tune in on MTV.

“Sharing my vision with global audiences has been profoundly meaningful to me,” the Queen of Pop said in a statement issued early Thursday (July 15).

"The opportunity to bring its message and the incandescent artistry of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity."

Created by MTV Entertainment Studios, the doc captures all the highlights from Madonna’s January 2020 stop in Lisbon, part of a trans-Atlantic Madame X jaunt in support of her Billboard 200 chart leader of the same time.

Madonna has a strong connection with the capital of Portugal. She moved there for her son’s soccer aspirations, and was inspired by the music she was exposed to there: Fado, morna, salsa and more.

“Madonna is undoubtedly the world’s biggest superstar, never ceasing to push boundaries and shape the pop culture landscape,” said Bruce Gillmer, chief content officer, Music, Paramount+ and President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, ViacomCBS.

The pop veteran and MTV together “have an incredibly storied history and we are thrilled to continue to amplify our partnership globally,” he continued.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winner sent her followers into a frenzy last week when she teased the doc and revealed it would arrive this October on Paramount+.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Promises To Get Britney Spears‘Out Of Jail’ As She Breaks Silence OnConservatorship

Madonna condemned Britney Spears’ conservatorship in a fiery new statement.

Madonna has voiced her support for Britney Spears amid her conservatorship battle. The “Like a Prayer” singer, 62, shared an Instagram Story on July 8 and lambasted the legal arrangement, calling it a “violation of human rights.” Madonna shared the message against the backdrop of a throwback photo of herself in a bedazzled Britney t-shirt and pink fuzzy boa.

“Give this woman her life back. Slavery was abolished so long ago! Death to the greedy patriarchy that has been doing this to women for centuries.” The singer added, “This is a violation of human rights! Britney we coming to get you out of jail!”

The support is mutual: the duo shared an infamous moment with fellow pop star Christina Aguilera in the early aughts. On stage at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the trio shared a passionate kiss during a performance. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in 2011, Britney looked back at the moment and gushed about the star. “I actually saw [Madonna] a couple of weeks ago at a party,” she said. “I guess she’s really taught me to stay true to myself. That seems like a simple thing to say, but she taught me through action, not just by saying it. There are so many people around you that have opinions, but you just have to listen to your instincts.”

Madonna’s comments come after Britney addressed a judge for the first time in June, pleading to be freed from the 13-year conservatorship and calling the arrangement “abusive.” The pop star delivered a harrowing testimony about how the conservatorship has stripped her of all autonomy. Britney also called for the removal of her father Jamie as co-conservator, but he still remains in the role. Meanwhile, Bessemer Trust, the financial firm that splits conservator duties with Jamie, has filed documents to resign from the conservatorship, citing Britney’s latest court testimonial. Per NPR, the next court hearing for the conservatorship will be July 14; it will center on Bessemer Trust’s request to withdraw from the conservatorship.

Madonna joins a chorus of other celebrities who have rallied behind Britney. Mariah Carey, Brandy, Justin Timberlake, and Miley Cyrus have also expressed their support.

From Hollywood Life


Madonna's gutsy 'True Blue' album turned her into a 'serious' star, says producer Patrick Leonard

At only 27 years old, Madonna released one of the world’s biggest-selling albums of 1986.

The nine songs on “True Blue,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary June 30, signified her musical maturity, from the somber balladry of “Live to Tell” to the Latin syncopation embedded in “La Isla Bonita.”

Produced by Madonna, Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray, the album spawned five hit singles and sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. and an estimated 25 million worldwide.

The pressure of following the hit parade of “Lucky Star,” “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl” and other fizzy dancefloor dazzlers might have daunted some artists as they embarked on their third release. But, true to her nature, Madonna zigged when most would have zagged. Madonna was also creatively inspired by then-husband Sean Penn (she dedicated the album to him), and the album’s first single, “Live to Tell,” landed in his 1986 crime drama, “At Close Range.”

“The music got more serious, so I think she got taken more seriously,” Leonard, who also co-wrote five of the album’s songs, told USA TODAY. “It was different, and to her credit, she took some chances that I don’t know most people would have. There were things in there that weren’t normal in pop music at the time.”

Leonard was 30 at the time “True Blue” was recorded, and previously served as the music director for Madonna’s “The Virgin Tour” in 1985. But their collaboration at a backyard barbecue on “Love Makes the World Go Round,” which would debut later that year at Live Aid before landing on “True Blue,” marked their first songwriting pairing.

Two of the album’s five singles – the string-laden teen pregnancy drama “Papa Don’t Preach” and sweet “True Blue” – were produced by Bray, who also co-wrote “Where’s The Party,” “Jimmy Jimmy” and the title track. Leonard said he and Bray would assist each other, but the two producers primarily “kept to our own little worlds.”

But even with different captains, the songs shared a common throughline.

“There’s a chemical thing that contributes to that ‘thing’ and why those records are what they are,” Leonard said. “They were relatively spontaneous for the most part. As legend has it, most of those vocals are the only time Madonna sang (the songs in the studio) and I can attest to that. It helped that neither she nor I are second guessers. Period.”

To read the rest of the interview visit: usatoday.com


Lil Nas X defends Madonna amid fierce backlash over ‘petty’ response to award show kiss

Lil Nas X has defended Madonna after she was slammed for comparing his already-iconic awards show kiss to her own.

Lil Nas X shared a steamy kiss with a dancer during his Egyptian-themed performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name) at the BET Awards 2021 on Sunday (27 June).

Following the performance, Madonna took to Instagram to post a side-by-side image comparing his kiss to her own with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the MTV VMAs in 2003. She captioned the story: “#DidItFirst.”

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Madonna was heavily criticised for attempting to make the moment about herself, and for comparing her queer-baiting performance to a gay artist defiantly celebrating his sexuality in an industry that has been less-than-welcoming to LGBT+ folk.

Some referenced how her song “Vogue” lifted from Black and Latinx ballroom culture, “whitewashing” it in the process.

Amid fan backlash, Lil Nas X clarified that he and Madonna “are friends” and that it was “just a joke”.

After all, Madonna and Lil Nas X are known to be friends. They once shared beers and banter before duetting “Old Town Road” together during Madonna’s Madame X tour.

Other users sought to defend the pop megastar, arguing that the Instagram story was a joke while re-training focus back to Madonna’s decades-long contributions to LGBT+ advocacy.

From Yahoo! News


Madonna Premieres ‘No Fear, Courage, Resist’ at Times Square for Pride Weekend

There’s no brighter tourist destination than Times Square, and no bigger pop star than Madonna.

So it made sense for the Queen of Pop to use the famous Manhattan intersection on Thursday night (June 24) to premiere her “No fear, Courage, Resist” video.

The Pride Weekend-themed video was filmed with Ricardo Gomes, and it flashed up on the big screens of Times Square for the world to see.

The Queen of Pop teased the big show. “Tonight is not just a party to kick off Pride Weekend,” she wrote on Instagram. At 10pm and midnight in Times Square, she continued, “you can watch a special video made by ME! Don’t miss it! Let’s POP the cheery on Pride with a bang."

The pop legend is also auctioning a selection of sexy Polaroids, proceeds from which benefit The Ali Forney Center, Haus of Us, and The Door, three NYC-based organizations dedicated to creating safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Marks Pride Weekend With a NYC Club Performance & Auction

Happy Pride indeed! Madonna helped kick off New York's Pride weekend with a surprise performance during The Standard's re-opening bash Pride x Boom on Thursday (June 24).

Madonna's set, which took place in the Boom Boom Room, featured the Queen of Pop performing "Hung Up" and "I Don't Search I Find" off Confessions on a Dance Floor and Madame X, respectively, from atop the bar for a crowd packed with bold-faced names. Among the attendees were Lance Bass, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Indya Moore, Adam Lambert, Jon Batiste, Zachary Quinto and many more.

According to the press release, after her brief set, Madonna auctioned off three Polaroids that were snapped by the star and Ricardo Gomes at her New York home in June. The images are framed and signed by the seven-time Grammy winner, and benefit The Ali Forney Center and Haus of Us. Bids are being accepted here.

Also Thursday night, Madge premiered her new video "No Fear, Courage, Resist" video on the giant screens of Times Square. Ahead of its release, she teased on Instagram, "Tonight is not just a party to kick off Pride Weekend. At 10p and Midnight in Times Square, you can watch a special video made By ME! Don't miss it! Let's POP the cherry on Pride With a Bang!"

From Billboard.com


Tonight is not just a party to kick off PrideWeekend

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Madonna accused of braiding her hair while watching Broadway show: ‘Have some manners!’

Madonna allegedly left Natasha Richardson with ‘steam coming out of her ears’ after braiding her hair while watching a Broadway musical.

Actor John Benjamin Hickey has claimed that the pop icon was in the audience for a production of Cabaret in 1998, which he starred in alongside Richardson and Alan Cumming.

“One night in the audience Madonna was there, and we were all so excited that she was there,” Hickey told US talk show Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen. “There were lights on the audience, and Madonna proceeded to sit and braid her hair through the entire performance.”

He continued: “I didn’t really give a s***, I didn’t care one way or the other. [But] our leading lady Natasha Richardson came backstage with steam coming out of her ears. ‘How dare she?’”

“She was absolutely right,” Hickey added. “If you’re gonna come to the theatre, don’t sit and braid your hair, have some manners, especially if you know all eyes are on you.”

Earlier this year, while appearing on the Talk Art podcast, Cumming claimed that he reminded Madonna of the incident after they became friends.

“She talked about coming to see me in Cabaret and I said, ‘I remember you were braiding your hair’,” Cumming said. “She was like, ‘Was I? That’s incredibly rude.’ And I went, ‘Yes, it was rude.’”

From The Independent / Yahoo! News