Fans delighted as Madonna ends four-year hiatus with new track Medellin

Medellin, from Madonna’s first new album in four years, is an experimental return to form, fans have said.

The first single from the Queen of Pop’s forthcoming record Madame X was released on Wednesday to a generally positive response.

US radio and television host Andy Cohen was among those enjoying the track.

'I can’t handle this Madonna song I love it so much. I’m going nuts,' he said.

Drag queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pandora Boxx was also a fan, writing: 'Yes!! I LOVE Madonna’s new song with Maluma!! Medellin out now! I love that Madonna is back doing what she does best – whatever the hell she wants! But seriously a great song!'

Maluma, the Colombian singer who appears on the track with Madonna, posted a video to Instagram in which he is brought to tears listening to it.

Some criticised the song for taking influence from Latin trap and reggaeton but fans leapt to Madonna’s defence.

One said: 'For such a long time we’ve wanted Madonna to take risks, really have a vision, try things, make things interesting, do the exact opposite of what everybody thought she’d do, and shake it up. And she’s really doing it with Medellin and Madame X.'

Another announced, 'The Queen is back,' before launching a robust defence of the track. 'Medellin signals another reinvention for Madonna, and clearly promises a new direction for her music after three distinctly average albums (Hard Candy, MDNA and Rebel Heart),' she said. 'Personally, I like the single and cannot wait for Madame X.'

Madame X was recorded over 18 months between Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles and sees the pop veteran adopting the guise of the titular character.

The album will be released on June 14.

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Attend MTV’S ‘MEDELLIN' Video World Premiere with Madonna

Iconers!

Madonna will officially unveil the world premiere of her 'Medellín' music video during a globally televised MTV music event on April 24th at 9:00pm BST / 4:00pm ET !

The live conversation with Madonna, along with the video world premiere and fan Q&A will take place in London. We also will be hosting official fan viewing satellite premiere events in New York, Milan and São Paulo.

If you are in London on April 24th and would like to be a part of the studio audience with a chance to ask Madame X a question about her new music, then this is your opportunity!

Now that you got to discover her journey to Medellín, please answer the following question: Where is Madame X going next?

Share your vision and interpretation in visuals, music or text by e-mailing it, along with your RSVP to madamex@madonna.com before 11:59pm BST on April 20th.

For more details visit: www.madonna.com/madame-x-on-mtv


Madame X Album: Standard and Deluxe Versions

Madame X will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album. A variety of special bundles of Madame X with one-of-a-kind limited merchandise, as well as special vinyl and cassette versions of the album, are available now for pre-order HERE. Further details regarding the album, videos and appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full track listing for Madame X standard and deluxe versions are:

1. Medellín with Maluma
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future ft. Quavo
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave ft. Swae Lee
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Extreme Occident **deluxe version only
11. Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
12. Bitch I’m Loca ft. Maluma
13. I Don’t Search I Find
14. Looking for Mercy **deluxe version only
15. I Rise

STANDARD COVER

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DELUXE COVER Deluxe

Madonna Introduces Mysterious 'Madame X' With Social Media Teaser

Madonna is greeting the weekend with an introduction to what seems to be a new project, or persona, named Madame X.

The pop icon unveiled the mysterious Madame X on Instagram and Twitter Saturday (April 13), offering a preview of what's to come.

Leaving fans wanting more, she did not confirm whether Madame X is the title of an upcoming song or album release, or if it's an alter ego.

In March, she gave another sneak peek at what she has up her sleeve, tweeting a cryptic photo of a hand cutting an apple with the caption 'A taste of things to come.'

From Billboard.com


Urban Myths: Madonna And Basquait

The Sky Arts comedy drama series features an episode about Madonna and Basquait. The episode stars Sophie Kennedy Clark, Calvin Demba, Paul Kaye and David Bamber.

Before she was famous, Madonna had a short but passionate and influential relationship with Jean Michel Basquiat, a pioneer and darling of the 1980s New York art scene. Basquiat was riding high while Madonna was a coat check girl, but she already had the self-belief to know she had something special.

This myth takes place across one night on the New York subway, just before she infamously door-stepped music producer Seymour Stein at his hospital bedside where he signed her on the spot. This is a poignant moment, before Basquiat's untimely death and just before Madonna broke through to 'take over the motherfucking world'.

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Series 3 of the International Emmy Award-nominated comedy will be available on demand from Sky Arts and NOW TV from 10pm on Wednesday 10th April. The first episode will be aired on the channel earlier that evening, at 9pm.


Madonna to perform at Eurovision song contest in Israel

Madonna will perform two songs during the interval at next month’s Eurovision Song Contest. Organisers for the event, to be held in Tel Aviv on 18 May, told the BBC 'no final decisions have been made, or agreements signed', but Madonna’s press team are said to have confirmed the news.

Facebook pages for Live Nation Israel and Bluestone Entertainment, a company co-owned by Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, also announced the news on Monday. Their posts stated that the star would perform two songs at the contest, to a global audience of 180 million viewers, including a new song from her forthcoming album.

The performance is expected to cost around £765,000, financed by an Israeli-Canadian billionaire, Sylvan Adams, who has funded large events and concerts to support Israel amid movements for artists to boycott the country. Adams told the Jerusalem Post that the concert would improve Israel’s global image.

The BDS Movement has not responded directly to Madonna’s prospective appearance at Eurovision in Israel. It has previously called for a boycott of the festival, stating: 'Israel is shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official Brand Israel strategy, which presents ‘Israel’s prettier face’ to whitewash and distract attention from its war crimes against Palestinians.'

British cultural figures including Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Mike Leigh have signed a letter calling on the BBC to cancel coverage of this year’s Eurovision song contest because it is taking place in Israel.

Madonna is expected to release her 14th album this summer. She has been teasing new music online, including a collaboration with the Lisbon group Orquestra Batukadeiras, and was recently spotted filming a music video in Portugal.

From The Guardian Via Yahoo! News


Madonna gets into the groove for a biopic on her rise to anointed pop royalty

No one knows the life of Madonna Louise Ciccone better than...well, Madonna.

Which is why the superstar singer, actress and cultural icon is considering picking up the directing reins on a film project she had previously expressed disdain for.

Last year, when the pop monarch heard about a script by Elyse Hollander called Blond Ambition (named after Madonna's Nineties tour) that chronicled her rise from talented citizen to anointed pop royalty, she let it be known that she wasn't amused.

In an Instagram post, Madonna stormed: 'Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my own story.

'Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.'

Hollander's screenplay was highly regarded by those who read it (though, clearly not Madonna).

The film was put into development by producer Michael De Luca and Universal Pictures. Since then, though, it has languished somewhat because the singer would not grant permission to use original songs from early in her career.

However, I understand that Madonna — who turned 60 last summer - has recently come to the realisation that she does want a celluloid record of how she conquered the world of music, fashion and film, seemingly simultaneously.

The idea put to me by film executives is that Madonna is thinking about directing the film herself.

If she can't shut the project down, then she might as well control it from within - and make a film to her specifications.

She's certainly good at casting - witness the smart hiring of Andrea Riseborough to portray the Duchess of Windsor in W.E. - and has a great sense of screen style.

But as we also saw from W.E. (which she again directed), Madonna needs a strong producer and dramatist to work with her.

The star's first chart hit was Holiday. The proposed film will focus on how that song got her the record deal that forged her career.

The Material Woman's thoughts about making the movie are on the money.

Since the success of Bohemian Rhapsody - and with Rocketman, a fantasy based on the life of Elton John, due out next month (footage I've seen is great, I just hope the discussions about whether to cut a sex scene are sorted out) — rock music on the big screen is hot.

By BAZ BAMIGBOYE / www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz


Director Mary Lambert talks 'Like A Prayer' video

Director Mary Lambert is interviewed by the Los Angeles Times talking about all her work, just a small part of which is directing videos for Madonna:

Over the span of a few months in 1989 you drew the ire of the Catholic Church with Madonna’s 'Like a Prayer' video and directed 'Pet Sematary,' which featured a zombie cat named Church. Cosmic poetry, or coincidence?

It was just a perfect storm! Madonna and I, by that time we were really solid friends and we really trusted each other. We had dinner together one night and she said she wanted me to direct a video for 'Like a Prayer.' We got in whatever black Mercedes she was driving at the time and just drove around Hollywood. We drove up to Mulholland and we listened to the song, just driving around Hollywood, pumped up on her car stereo.

I’m like, ‘Wow, this is a song about how sexual ecstasy mirrors religious ecstasy.’ And she was like, ‘Yeah! And I want to [have relations with] a black guy on the altar!’

The resulting imagery ended up being groundbreaking as social commentary: The burning crosses, black Jesus, setting it in a church.

In the Catholic Church it has to go through the priest: You can’t even pray directly to God, you have to go through the priest and the priest prays for you. It’s all very patriarchal.... God talks to the priest, the priest talks to the man, and the man tells his wife what to do. The women are right at the very bottom, down there with animals in terms of any kind of freedom of speech or expression.

That was all part of the dialogue. We wanted to take certain things that are a given or a convention and say, why couldn’t it be this? Why couldn’t Jesus be black? Why can’t sexual ecstasy be equated with religious ecstasy? Is it wrong to enjoy sex? Is it wrong to enjoy prayer, for that matter? Why does it have to be a dull or confining thing? I knew there was going to be some controversy but I wasn’t prepared for how much. It was fun.

For the full interview visit: www.latimes.com/entertainment


Madonna Shoots Down Claims She Demanded To Bring Horse Into Portuguese Palace

The story of Madonna wanting to bring a horse into a 19th-century palace has been shot down by a representative.

The pop icon, who has been living in Portugal with her four adopted children since 2017, is currently filming the music video for her song, 'Indian Summer'.

However, she was said to have incurred the wrath of Sintra mayor Basilio Horta after she allegedly demanded a thoroughbred horse be allowed into the Quinta Nova da Assuncao palace.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, the 'Material Girl' hitmaker was also criticised by locals for wanting to filmed lying next to the horse inside the atrium of the property, which features delicate tile work and murals.

Horta told Portuguese newspaper Expresso that he was put under enormous pressure by Madonna and her team, who allegedly threatened to call the country's Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, in an effort to gain permission for the horse.

'There are some things that money cannot buy. Under no condition could you let a horse enter the palace... Madonna is an artist, but the palace belongs to everyone and is not to be spoiled,' the mayor told the outlet. 'A Portuguese national would not have dared to try this. I take... equality very seriously.'

He emphasised that no horses should be allowed into the palace because the wooden floors and beams of the property were not strong enough, and the animal could damage the building.

A representative for Madonna has denied that she made the demands, and insisted the story is '100 per cent made up'.

From an article by Ace Showbiz


Madonna’s MDNA Collaborated on Luxury Skin-Care Sets With Moschino

It's been only a few months since fashion's beloved Moschino did an unexpected yet awesome makeup collaboration with cute-as-can-be K-beauty brand Tonymoly, launching what are probably the only products between $15 and $77 to ever bear the Moschino name. And now Madonna's MDNA Skin has teamed up with the iconic Italian design house on new skin-care sets - and the price points are a wee bit different.

MDNA Skin's products are already pretty up-there in terms of price - they're high-performing formulas and super-luxurious, after all - and adding Moschino to the mix has only taken that lavishness to new levels. Take the first of the three sets: the Hydration Trio. It includes full sizes of The Serum, The Eye Serum, and a mini version of The Rose Mist, which the brand says are perfect picks 'as the weather warms up and you start switching to lighter skin-care formulas.' They come with a super-chic, clear cosmetic bag featuring both brands' logos, and trompe l'oeil zippers and pockets.

And at $420 - believe it or not - that's actually a bargain. The two full-size products alone would normally cost $420, but you're getting them, a travel-size mist, and a Moschino-designed accessory exclusively at Barneys for that price.

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If you prefer your bargains under $400, you may want to take a look at the Nordstrom-exclusive set, All Eyes on You. 'After a long flight or a late night, this duo combats tired-looking eyes by helping to brighten the undereye and reduce puffiness,' the brand says of The Eye Serum (again, full size) and the four pairs of The Eye Mask included in the same Moschino-designed clear pouch. This one goes for $200.

Luckily for those of us who want the MDNA-meets-Moschino experience for even less, there's one more set that features that chic case, along with travel-size versions of The Face Wash, The Rose Mist, The Serum, and two pairs of The Eye Mask Runway Ready Essentials. Available at both mdnaskin.com and Nordstrom, it's $95.

From Allure

Visit: www.mdnaskin.us


‘We argued a lot’: Inside the making of Madonna’s ‘divorce album’

March 1989, I open a large record envelope and a waft of patchouli oil hits my nostrils. Inside is the new Madonna album. The cover art features hippy beads and her crotch in jeans. This image is a nod to her mother, a devout Catholic of French-Canadian stock, who covered up their Sacred Heart statue when a woman came round the house wearing zip-up jeans. 'In Catholicism you are born a sinner … the sin is within you the whole time,' Madonna said at the time. Dedicated to the memory of her mother, Like a Prayer explores the impact of her Catholic girlhood, disappointment in love and transformation of self. Compared to the sugar-sweet True Blue, this is a startling reinvention.

During recording, from September 1988 to January 1989 at Johnny Yuma studios in LA, Madonna was at the worst point in her marriage to Sean Penn. She had filed for divorce the previous year but was spending time with him trying to work things out. 'I remember some days she wore sunglasses all day in the studio,' recalls her then co-songwriter and co-producer Patrick Leonard. 'She was going through very hard times.' Making the record, however, was her salvation. After the bouncy grooves of 1984’s Like a Virgin and the upbeat celebration of her love for Penn in True Blue (1986), Madonna was in a more introspective mood. Penn had an explosive temper, and as their marriage foundered amid constant fighting, her career hit a stale patch with professional flops Shanghai Surprise, the film she starred in with Penn, and Who’s That Girl, a comedy heist movie with a patchy soundtrack. Madonna found a focus for her divorce madness in the new album.

'We knew she was going through a lot of personal stuff,' recalls Donna De Lory, who, along with Niki Haris, sang backing vocals. 'We were friends, and I knew that she was channelling all that emotion into the music. It was going to be a much more personal record for her.' Madonna had just turned 30 and approached the studio like a confessional. 'She was writing songs that were very truthful,' says her other co-songwriter and co-producer, Stephen Bray. 'She has an interesting relationship with fear in that she compartmentalises it and then it comes out in her ferocity of personality. True Blue was about feeling romantic and wanting to be unabashed about love. Then she changed chapters. ‘Things didn’t work out the way I thought.’ That’s how Madonna processes fear, in Freudian pop writing - free association turned into pop songs.'

To read the rest of the article visit: www.theguardian.com


Madonna’s farewell from Portugal turns sour over row involving a horse

Madonna is at the center of a fresh controversy in Portugal, just as she is set to leave the country. The singer has accused the Portuguese of being ungrateful, an accusation that they have thrown right back at her. And the culprit behind this latest row? A horse, which was not allowed inside a palace for a music video.

Madonna, who has been living in Portugal since 2017, was set to film a video for the song 'Indian Summer' in the Quinta Nova de Assunção palace in Sintra, a resort city near Lisbon.

The pop star’s attitude has incensed Portuguese authorities, who have reminded her of all the things they’ve done for her during her stay

Last week however, Sintra City Hall said the pop star could use the palace from March 15 to 20 but could not let a horse inside. The decision reportedly left her outraged.

In the script for the music video, Madonna was meant to pose next to the animal on the ground. But local authorities said a horse would threaten the safety of the building, given its wooden floor sits upon wooden beams and is 'unstable, which prevents it from being used for activities that cause vibrations.'

Madonna called her agent to complain about what was happening. 'My Queen, I am doing everything I can. I have called many people and sent various messages. Unfortunately the man who makes the decision is not available, but he will be,' he replied, according to messages revealed by the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã.

Annoyed, Madonna responded that she didn’t have to wait and would film somewhere else. 'I’ve already given a lot to this country and when I ask for a simple favor, one which will present Portugal to the world, the answer I get is negative,' she told her agent, adding: 'This is your fault. You convinced me to come live here.'

It emerged in February that Madonna would be leaving Portugal in the next few months, to move to New York. A fleet of cars carrying suitcases was recently seen leaving the four-star Palacio Ramalhete hotel in Lisbon, where the singer has been staying for the last year.

The pop star’s attitude has incensed Portuguese authorities, who have reminded her of all the things they have done for her during her stay in the country. For example, Lisbon City Hall gave Madonna a reduced price on a parking spot; the soccer club S.L. Benfica welcomed her son so that he could practice regardless of his level; the international school Lycée Français Charles Lepierre accepted the singer’s twin girls even though there was a waiting list; and the Portuguese government fast-tracked her residency.

From El Pais


'Pose' Season 2: Series Jumps to 1990 and Vogue

Ryan Murphy announced Saturday at PaleyFest that the actress will guest star in season 2 of the FX series, which will jump forward to 1990 on the day Madonna's 'Vogue' is released.

Patti LuPone will guest star in season 2 of Pose, Ryan Murphy announced Saturday during the show's PaleyFest panel.

The co-creator, who moderated a discussion with co-creator Steven Canals, producer/writer/director Janet Mock, producer/writer Our Lady J and stars Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore, revealed three key details about the upcoming season: The series will time jump to 1990, on the day Madonna's 'Vogue' is released; the song will play a key role in the season; and he and the writers created a role especially for LuPone (who will share many scenes with Rodriguez - much to the chagrin of Porter).

As for season 2, Mock told The Hollywood Reporter that it will include 'a lot of the same ingredients and the DNA of it all.' That includes 'family, glamour, shadiness, bitchiness - but then a lot of heart, too.' She also revealed that, aside from LuPone, there will be additional new characters in the form of a new house in the ball scene.

'There will be a new house,' Mock said. 'There will be a popular song from 1990 heavily featured, which will spark a lot of new aspirations and dreams for the people within the ball scene,' she said, alluding to the importance of 'Vogue.'

Canals told THR that the series will also tackle the era's heightening HIV/AIDS crisis.

From the Hollywood Reporter