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Madonna Earns 48th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart With 'I Rise'

Madonna earns her record-extending 48th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated Aug. 31), as 'I Rise' ascends 2-1.

The chart, and all rankings dated Aug. 31, will refresh on Billboard.com on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

With 48 toppers on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs and which launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976, Madonna outpaces runner-up Rihanna (33 No. 1s), while Beyoncé and Janet Jackson follow with 22 and 20, respectively.

'Rise' is the second leader from Madonna's album Madame X, following 'Medellín' with Maluma. The song led the June 29-dated Dance Club Songs chart, while Madame X launched as Madonna's ninth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the same week.

'Rise' marks Madonna's eighth consecutive Dance Club Songs No. 1, her longest such streak. (Katy Perry holds the record with 18 straight No. 1s in 2009-17.) Twice before, Madonna managed seven straight No. 1s, first with 'Causing a Commotion,' from the Who's That Girl soundtrack (1987), through 'Justify My Love,' from her first greatest hits opus, The Immaculate Collection (1991), and then with Ray of Light's 'Nothing Really Matters' (1999) through Music's 'Impressive Instant' (2001). Madonna's current run began with 'Give Me All Your Luvin',' featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., from her 2012 set MDNA.

'Rise' was first remixed by Miami-based DJ Tracy Young, who has remixed a plethora of other Madonna tracks, including No. 1s 'Music,' 'Hung Up' and '4 Minutes' (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland). Young's remix also propelled 'Rise' onto the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (where it spent two weeks at No. 37 in July), marking Madonna's first visit since 'Living for Love' (No. 25, March 2015).

'Even after 20 plus years of creative collaboration, it is always an honor to work with Madonna,' Young tells Billboard. 'When I heard the original version of 'I Rise,' I immediately had the vision to create tempo for the inspirational song and connect the message of empowerment to the LGBTQ+ community, especially in celebration with the 50th anniversary of Pride. I asked Madonna if she'd let me remix it and she said yes, which was exciting. It always feels amazing when something I produce is well-received, and that will never be a feeling that gets old.'

From Billboard.com


Madonna and Kylie help cassettes make a comeback

Cassette sales have hit a 15-year high, driven by album releases by long- established stars including Kylie Minogue and Madonna.

The number sold more than doubled year on year while the final quarter of 2018 recorded the highest UK sales since 2004.

More recent stars such as Billie Eilish and The 1975 also helped to boost cassette sales to 36,000 so far this year.

Although increasing rapidly, the number being snapped up by music fans is still small in comparison to downloads and streams.

The total accounts for only 0.2 per cent of the albums market, according to the British Phonographic Industry trade body. A desire for retro collectables by listeners appears to be driving the upward trend.

The 20 best-selling cassette artists feature those with a devoted fan base interested in tangible items such as vinyl and tapes rather than digital products.

Last year’s Kylie Minogue release Golden is among the decade’s highest cassette sellers while Madonna’s Madame X has registered 2019’s third biggest total so far despite only coming out in June.

The current top seller for 2019 is the debut album from Californian teenager Billie Eilish called When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Released in a range of colours including ultraviolet green, it has sold 4,000 copies on tape since its release in March.

From DailyMail.com


Madonna Addresses Portugal's Haunting Past in 'Batuka' Video

Madonna unveiled her new video for 'Batuka' from Madame X on Friday (July 19).

,P. The visual begins with a message: 'Batuque is a style of music created by women that originated in Cape Verde, some say the birth place of slave trade.'

'The drums were condemned by the Church and taken away from the slaves because it was considered an act of rebellion,' it continues. 'The women continued their singing and dancing and the Batuque lives on today.'

The video, which was filmed off the coast of Lisbon and references its brutal history, shows the strong women of the orchestra as they dance, sing, and support one another.

'Batuka' was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars the Orquestra Batukadeiras, an all-female orchestra based in Portugal.

So far, this is the sixth video from Madame X, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month.

From Billboard.com


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, analysed, 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.

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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 emphasises 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.

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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.”

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Madonna Releases New Video to Spotlight Issue of Gun Violence: 'I Can't Take It Anymore'

Madonna’s next venture: Preventing gun violence.

On Wednesday, the singer released the highly-anticipated music video for her song, God Control - a rousing, in-your-face and politically charged call for gun violence prevention.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Madonna, 60, called the epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S. “out of control.”

“I made this video because I want to draw attention to a crisis that needs to be addressed. To me, this is the biggest problem in America right now,” she said, adding, “I cannot take it anymore.”

In true Madonna fashion, she pushes the envelope in mixing art and activism. She addresses the horrors of a mass shooting, which she depicts in the video from one of the tracks on Madame X - her ninth No. 1 album to date.

“This is your wake-up call,” she sings in the video, which evokes the disco era of the late 1970s, when Madonna first moved to New York City and went to Studio 54. “We need to wake up.”

To warn viewers about the video’s graphic and violent content, she begins with a disclaimer: “The story you’re about to see is very disturbing. But it’s happening everywhere and it has to stop.”

Moments later, club-goers are shown being shot in a hail of bullets, in scenes reminiscent of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, which claimed 49 lives and injured 53, as well as the 2018 shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, which killed 13 and injured more than 10.

It is tough and shocking to watch - but Madonna says she wanted it that way.

“Seeing the reality, and the brutality of things makes you wake up,” she says. “This is really happening. This is what it looks like. Does it make you feel bad? Good, cause then maybe you will do something about it.”

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One of the main reasons she made the video was for her kids - and kids everywhere.

“I send my children to school with the same fear every mother in this era has,” says Madonna, who has six children: Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David, 13, Mercy, 13 and twin girls Estere and Stelle, 6.

“As a mother, you feel protective and responsible for all of the children in the world,” she says. “It’s really scary to me that the once-safe spaces where we gather, worship and learn are targets. Nobody’s safe. So of course, as a mother, I acutely feel the worry.”

For the woman who practically wrote the book on stirring up controversy, she is ready with a response to those who might say the video is too graphic.

“I would say this is what happens when people shoot,” she says. “Understand that this is what happens. Guns kill. A bullet rips through your body, knocks you to the floor and takes your life, and you bleed to death.

“I mean, this is reality. People can watch it in action films, and they are okay with it, but when it is about the truth, the reality of what’s happening in our country, why is it too graphic?”

She hopes the video inspires people to take action to find solutions to gun violence.

“It’s a call to action,” she says. “Whatever you can offer, whatever you can contribute can be helpful. It’s twofold: It’s raising awareness and raising money to galvanize, organize and get s- done.”

Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of the gun violence prevention organization Everytown for Gun Safety, says she is grateful that Madonna is using her platform to raise awareness about the horrors of gun violence.

“It’s really important that she is both raising awareness about the impact of gun violence and urging people to get off the sidelines and get involved to end it,” says Watts.

Says Madonna: “My responsibility is to use my voice to affect change in the world.”

Conversation is great, she says. “But then it has to go to the next level.”

From People.com


Madonna calls on fans to demand gun control

Madonna has urged her fans to “wake up” and demand gun control in the US.

The Queen of Pop, 60, has previously criticised President Donald Trump for failing to act on the issue.

In a social media post, the veteran singer asked her 2.5 million followers to “honor the victims” of gun violence.

On Twitter, she wrote: “This is your wake up call. Gun violence disproportionately affects children, teenagers and the marginalized in our communities.

“Honor the victims and demand GUN CONTROL. NOW. Volunteer, stand up, donate, reach out.”

In a second tweet, she said: “Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it.”

She also urged her fans to follow a number of organisations including Sandy Hook Promise, which trains students to recognise signs of gun violence, and the US advocacy group National Centre for Transgender Equality.

The message came as she unveiled the graphic video for her single God Control, which depicts a shooting at a fictional disco club called the Globe.

The eight-minute video may be in reference to the 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.

The video begins with a message which reads: “The video you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence.

“But it’s happening every day. And it has to stop.”

From PA Via Yahoo! News


Madonna's God Control Music Video Is A 'Wake Up Call' About US Gun Reform

Madonna has revealed that her graphic new music video is intended as a “wake up call” about the importance of gun regulation in America.

On Wednesday night, Madonna unveiled the clip for her new single God Control, taken from her latest album Madame X.

While the disco-infused song’s lyrics refer to gun control in America, with lines like “when they talk reform it makes me laugh, they pretend to care it makes me laugh”, the accompanying video takes things one step further, depicting Madonna and her dancers as the victims of a mass shooting.

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A message at the beginning of the eight-minute clip, a message reads: “The story you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence. But it’s happening everyday. And it has to stop.”

Shortly after this, Madonna is seen lying covered in blood after a shooting at a night club, in scenes reminiscent of the Pulse massacre in 2016.

Later in the video, Madonna is also seen being mugged at gunpoint, interspersed with shots of her in a short black wig, sitting at a typewriter.

Madonna has said of the video: “I want to draw attention through my platform as an artist to a problem in America that is out of control and is taking the lives of innocent people.

“This crisis can end if our legislators act to change the laws that fail to protect us all.”

God Control was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who was previously responsible for the Madonna videos Ray Of Light, Music and Bitch I’m Madonna.

He also directed Madonna’s original American Life music video, which she ended up pulling shortly after its release in 2003, as she didn’t feel the violent content was appropriate.

“It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time,” she said at the time. “Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video.”

From HuffPost UK


Madonna Scores Ninth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 with Madame X

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.

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).

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Madonna Talks 'Madame X,' Classic Hits and Running for President at Intimate Fan Event

During an iHeartRadio listening party in New York, the pop superstar shared more stories about the making of her latest album, the songs that came before it and laughed off the idea of a 2020 campaign: 'Oh God, you don't want me in the White House.'

Nearly a week after Madonna released her 14th studio album, Madame X - which is expected to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 200 chart - the pop superstar took the stage at New York's iHeartRadio Theater on Thursday night to talk with an intimate group of fans and press about the genesis of her latest body of work.

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In a conversation moderated by co-hosts Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy, from iHeartRadio's 106.7 Lite fm, Her Madgesty offered more insight into her creative process, while waxing nostalgic about beloved hits such as 'Vogue' and 'Like a Virgin.'

But music wasn't the only topic on the table. A lively, warm and candid Madonna, 60 - fueled by rosé champagne and dressed in a sparkling blazer, bustier, silk shorts and her signature Madame X eyepatch - spoke about using art as activism in 2019's divisive sociopolitical climate and joked about the possibility of running for president. However, the performer did her best not to bring up current POTUS Donald Trump, whom she has publicly criticized in the past. "Let's not go there," she said at one point when his name slipped out of her mouth.

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Here, The Hollywood Reporter rounds up the highlights from Madonna's wide-ranging discussion - which also included interesting commentary about relocating from the U.S. to Portugal, her relationship with social media, collaborating with Latin artists and her role as a mother of six.

Finding inspiration in Lisbon
Madonna admitted that she didn't think she would record another album after 2015's Rebel Heart — but she changed her mind after moving to Portugal's capital nearly two years ago. She originally settled in Lisbon so her 13-year-old son, David Banda, could pursue his dreams of becoming a soccer player, but she unexpectedly found her creative juices flowing again in the scenic coastal city.

'I never in a million years would have imagined that I would live in Lisbon. But it really was about supporting my son's passion for soccer and wanting to have an adventure and to get outside of America for a minute,' said Madonna, who has homes in New York and London. 'So I did go there. And it was a confusing, crazy experience for me specifically in the beginning, because I didn't know anybody. And the culture is very different. It's very much slower than New York.'

After the initial culture shock, the entertainer found herself connecting with local musicians who helped her lay the foundation for Madame X. 'In my moments of loneliness, and not having a friend which reminded me of my early days in New York, I met a few people who led me to meeting other people who introduced me to amazing musicians who invited me to parties and small bars and clubs. I was truly, truly inspired. I had no intention of recording another album, but somehow it just happened.'

Still, while recording Madame X, Madonna made sure to never miss one of David's soccer games - often wearing 'sneakers, you know, normal-type clothes. Maybe designed by Gucci? I don't know.'

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Madonna Earns 47th No. 1 On Dance Club Songs Chart With Maluma Collab 'Medellin'

The Queen of Pop leads for the first time since 2015.

Madonna scores her record-extending 47th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as 'Medellín,' with Maluma, rises 2-1 on the June 29-dated survey.

Latin charts titan Maluma, meanwhile, notches his first Dance Club Songs No. 1.

The chart (and all rankings dated June 29) will refresh on Billboard.com on Tuesday, June 25.

With her latest coronation on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, Madonna pulls further ahead of runner-up Rihanna, who boasts 33 No. 1s. (The chart launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976.)

'Medellín' was released, in its ballad form, on Madonna's new album, Madame X, released June 14. 'Medellín' was remixed for clubs by Offer Nissim, LA95, Robbie Rivera and John Christian & DJLW, among others.

From Billboard.com


New Video Inspired by Madonna's 'I Rise' Captures Global Protest Movement

'Freedom,' sings Madonna, 'is what you choose to do with what’s been done to you.' This lyric from the artist’s new song 'I Rise,' off her 14th studio album Madame X, is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.

A new video inspired by the song, created by Madonna and TIME Studios, weaves together footage of the survivors of the Parkland shooting, supporters of LGBTQ equality, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s powerful testimony about sexual abuse, first responders to natural disasters and other social justice movements. The video, directed by Peter Matkiwsky, tells the story of a global population fighting for rights, recognition and survival.

From Time.com


An Audience at Ally Pally with #MadameX

We had an amazing time at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night. After three days of talking to the press Madonna seemed to enjoy taking questions from fans. The venue, an old Victorian theatre recently restored, was a beautiful site.

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These huge billboards were at the venue, we tried to drag one home as they were really light, but it was a bit difficult and wouldn't fit on the bus!

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The whole event that was filmed, and we hope it will be broadcast in its entirety (and not just the snippets that have been released on Instagram) as it showed a relaxed and comfortable Madonna interacting with her fans. All the questions were fan-asked and Graham Norton was only really there to moderate the event.

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Madonna's Instagram has now released these two clips, including Dean's dance with Madonna - read his exclusive story with madonnalicious here: madonnalicious/fan-report-when-madonna-taught-me-the-butterfly-move.


Fan Report: When Madonna taught me the butterfly move!

Madonnalicious reader Dean was the lucky audience member to be selected to ask a question at the Alexandra Palace event last night....and his question was one of the highlights of the night. Could Madonna teach him the 'Butterfly' move from the Medellin video? Here is Dean's story:

I’ve been a fan for years, I first saw Madonna on the Who’s That Girl tour in 1987 in Roundhay Park and have seen every tour since.

My eight year old daughter Stevie loves her and is obsessed with the whole Madame X persona. One day she came down with her three year old brother’s pirate eye patch that she had drawn a red X on with nail polish and wore it for weeks. She knows all the words and moves but couldn’t do the butterfly move.
I saw the competition and told her that we would enter and she could ask Madonna to teach it to her. We won the tickets but it was 18 years old only so she couldn’t come and was v v disappointed. I told Stevie that I would ask Madonna to teach me and that I could then teach her. I never thought it would actually happen!!!!

When they called out my name and Madonna asked me on stage I was surprisingly composed. Madonna was very calming and welcoming, as you saw. I shook then kissed her hand. I didn’t need to be asked to bend the knee...

The dance move was really difficult. I don’t know how she does that and sings at the same time. Up close, kissing distance, as I was she is so beautiful. She looks exactly like she did back in 1987 on the Who’s That Girl tour only with an eye patch. The big beautiful eyes, the perfect complexion. So so beautiful.
I know I’m very lucky to have danced with her on stage, kissed an icon and had the most famous woman on the planet say my name TWICE!!!!

I just wish that I had a better picture as mine is all fuzzy. If any of your readers do can they please email to to me at deano251@hotmail.com as I’d love one for a frame and my eight year old daughter wants one to take to her Show and Tell at school.


Bonkers but brilliant: The critics on Madame X

Madonna’s highly-anticipated album Madame X has proved a hit among the critics with many describing it as her best work in 15 years.

The record, released overnight, finds the Queen of Pop singing in Portuguese and exploring the Lisbon-centric genre of fado as well as other contemporary pop sounds.

Much praise centred on the record’s diverse musical palette, with some calling it her best record since 2005’s Confessions On A Dance Floor.

However, some critics found Madonna’s busy approach to song-writing lent the album, her 14th, a disjointed feel.

The Financial Times gave Madame X three stars out of five, saying that 'although it has a scattershot quality, the scattering is done with a devil-may-care bravado'.

Variety magazine said the album sees Madonna giving in to 'the diva within', adding: 'That’s what makes Madame X Madonna’s best album since Confessions On A Dance Floor. She’s confessing again, but this time, she’s not interested in editing herself for mass consumption.'

The Independent gave the album three stars out of five, describing it as the 60-year-old’s 'most exciting, hostile, and, well, bonkers record in ages'.

Rolling Stone magazine also rated the album three stars out of five.

The US publication said Madame X contains a clutch of well-written songs with a distinctly Latin American flavour but to reach them listeners were forced to 'endure' a number of 'disasters'.

Last week, in a flurry of pre-release reviews, the Guardian and the Times gave Madame X four stars out of five, while the Telegraph gave it three.

Fans were broadly happy, with many dubbing it her best work since 2005.

Madonna has conducted a notably large-scale publicity campaign in the lead-up to Madame X’s release.

This came to a head with a two-song performance at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, last month despite calls for her to boycott the event.

Last month she announced a world tour including a string of shows at the London Palladium.

From PA Entertainment


Win tickets to a Q&A with Madonna in NYC #madamex

Attend An Exclusive Q&A About Madonna’s New Album Madame X At The iHeartRadio Theater In New York On June 20th!

The event will happen June 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET. During the playback of songs from the new album, Madonna will talk about the making of the record and more in a conversation hosted by radio personalities Paul 'Cubby' Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Only open to fans who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and who are 18 years of age (or the age of majority in the entrant’s state of residence, whichever is older).

Sweepstakes begins on June 11, 2019 at 5:00:00 p.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on June 17, 2019

Four Grand Prize Winners will be randomly selected on or abour 18 Jun: Each grand prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to the Madonna ICONS Q&A Session at the iHeartRadio Theater in NY on 6/20/19.

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Watch and listen to 'Dark Ballet'

Madonna today released 'Dark Ballet,' the fifth and final song to be previewed before her highly-anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14. Produced by Mirwais Ahmadzai, the accompanying music video to the sonically innovative track was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars Mykki Blanco. Listen to “Dark Ballet” and watch the video now!

'Dark Ballet' was inspired by the story of Joan of Arc. 'She fought the English and she won, still the French were not happy,' Madonna says. 'Still they judged her. They said she was a man, they said she was a lesbian, they said she was a witch, and, in the end, they burned her at the stake, and she feared nothing. I admire that.'

The powerful and moving video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei, stars the innovative hip-hop queer pioneer, Mykki Blanco as Joan of Arc and tells the story of the kind of dance we’re all dancing in the world right now, this dark ballet. The video closes with an important message of inspiration from Mykki, 'I have walked this earth, Black, Queer and HIV positive, but no transgression against me has been as powerful as the hope I hold within.'

From Madonna.com


Dark Ballet Preview

Madonna took to social media Thursday (June 6) to drop a haunting teaser for her music video for 'Dark Ballet,' due Friday (June 7).

The short clip flashes through a series of dark, religious visuals, showing a group of people dressed in black ropes, a person's hands bound by rope and several close-ups of crucifixes. The Queen of Pop herself is shown with a black veil covering her face; as her eyes glance up to the camera, the teaser cuts to black showing only the title of the highly anticipated track.

'Dark Ballet' is the last of five songs to be released by Madonna from her upcoming album Madame X, slated to drop June 14. The track follows previously released songs 'Medellín,' 'Future,' 'Crave' and 'I Rise.'

From Billboard.com


Madonna Earns Best Career Adult Contemporary Chart Debut With Swae Lee Duet 'Crave'

Madonna achieves her highest debut on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "Crave," with Swae Lee, launches at No. 19 on the June 8-dated tally. The song arrives as Madonna's 37th AC entry, dating to her first, "Borderline," in 1984.

The Queen of Pop logged her prior best AC start in her most recent visit before "Crave," when "Ghosttown" opened at No. 21 in April 2015. As the latter song peaked at No. 18, Madonna boasts back-to-back top 20 AC hits for the first time in 20 years, since "Frozen" (No. 8 peak) and "The Power of Good-Bye" (No. 14) charted consecutively in 1998-99.

The AC chart ranks titles by weekly plays on a panel of 85 adult contemporary stations monitored by Nielsen Music. (The survey has contracted from 50 positions in the '80s to its current 30-rung depth.)

"Crave" is from Madonna's album Madame X, due June 14. The first taste of the set, "Medellín," with Maluma, reached No. 18 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, Madonna's best career rank on the survey, and became her record-extending 61st top 10 on Dance Club Songs.

"If you didn't know it was Madonna, you might think it was Ariana Grande or Alessia Cara," says WWLI Providence, Rhode Island, program director Emily Boldon of "Crave."

Notably, Interscope Records has serviced a Madonna-only edit of the song to adult radio. "About half [of Cumulus] stations playing it are playing the duet version with Swae Lee, which, even for AC, is a hooky rap," Boldon muses.

"'Crave' took me a few listens, but now it's stuck in my head," says Brian Demay, pd of Cumulus-owned WRRM Cincinnati, who notes that the station is playing the Madonna-solo version "only because our listeners don't know who Swae Lee is.

"This song is legit. It's not campy or nostalgic. It sounds like 2019. Madonna has reinvented her sound yet again."

"'Crave' sounds great on the air," Boldon echoes. "You don't have to sell it as 'new Madonna.' It stands on its own as simply 'cool new music.' "

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


NME ‘Madame X’ review

Score 4 out of 5 stars

Bold, bizarre, self-referential and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before, 'Madame X' finds the star with a glint in her eye (the one without an eyepatch, that is).

Madonna’s latest persona ‘Madame X’ borrows her name from the historical figure Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau: a socialite and occasional muse who scandalised genteel French society when she bared naked flesh - her entire shoulder, would you believe it - in a portrait. And while Madge’s own eye-patch wearing interpretation prefers taking a more enterprising approach to the current job market (Madame X is a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, and a saint many among other things) it’s a fitting moniker for a record that restlessly explores all sides of contemporary pop at full divisive pelt: visiting Latin pop, all-out Eurotrash, gloomily percussive trap, NYC disco, house, and reggaeton.

During its most reckless moments, ‘Madame X’ is bold, bizarre, and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before. The frantic ‘Dark Ballet’ harnesses gloomily spun strings and robotic overlord vocals; it’s as villainous and foreboding as ‘Ray of Light’s darkest moments, or her ‘Die Another Day’ Bond theme. Then, quite out of nowhere, an extended piano interlude morphs into a mangled, glitching excerpt of ‘Dance of the Reed Pipes’ from Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ - it’s brilliant, overblown ridiculousness. 'I want to tell you about love…. and loneliness,' Madonna husks dramatically.

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Madonna says new album Madame X is the 'continuation' of American Life

Madonna has compared her new album to one of her most controversial records.

During an interview with French LGBTQ magazine Tetu, the legendary singer-songwriter and forever Queen of Pop spoke about her new album Madame X, which is due out 14 June, and made a comparison that may leave fans divided.

'In many ways, this new album is actually a continuation of American Life,' she said.

American Life remains one of Madonna’s most controversial and political albums of all time - when it was released in 2003, it received a mixed response from critics and fans, however it’s now often remembered as a key moment in her career.

The military-themed music video for lead single and title track American Life was famously pulled following concerns over its anti-war message, violent imagery and a final scene involving a George W. Bush look-a-like.

It makes sense that Madonna would reflect on the album, as Mirwais, who co-produced and co-wrote almost the entirety of American Life (as well as several songs on Music and Confessions On A Dancefloor), is heavily involved in her new record Madame X.

The French producer co-wrote seven tracks from the new album, and while production credits haven’t been released yet, we’re assuming he’s produced just as many. It’s the first time they’ve formally worked together since 2005, so anticipation is high.

So far we’ve heard one of Mirwais’ productions from the album: lead single Medellín. Other tracks he has songwriting credits on are Dark Ballet, God Control, Batuka, Killers Who Are Partying, Extreme Occident, and I Don’t Search I Find.

The Queen of Pop is known for her incredible live performance almost as much as her chart-topping music, so fans will be ecstatic to know that she’s announced a new tour to support her upcoming album Madame X.

Never one to follow tradition, Madonna is swapping stadiums and arenas (which she’s proven she can sell out with ease) for several dates at intimate theatre venues, providing a rare once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans.

From Gay Times


Madonna Drops ‘Future,’ New Song With Quavo

Madonna has dropped the fourth song from 'Madame X,' her forthcoming album, a reggae-flavored duet with Migos’ Quavo called 'Future.' The pair previously collaborated on 'Champagne Rose,' a song from his solo debut, 'Quavo Huncho.' Previous songs released from the album include the Maluma duet 'Medellin,' the Swae Lee duet 'Crave,' and the ballad 'I Rise.' One more song will be released before the album’s June 14 drop date: 'Dark Ballet' on June 7.

Late Thursday it was announced that Madonna’s controversial performance at the Eurovision song awards in Israel - which had been marred by pro-Palestinian protests and reports of contractual issues - will take place Saturday night after all.

The 15-track 'Madame X' celebrates Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on “Madame X’ with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

From Variety.com


Listen to Madonna and Swae Lee duet on sultry new song, ‘Crave’

It’s the third song taken from Madge’s upcoming new album, 'Madame X'

Madonna has released another song from her upcoming album ‘Madame X’ – a duet with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee called ‘Crave’.

The song, described as 'infectious pop', follows on from ‘Medellin’, the first track from ‘Madame X’ which arrived last month, and ‘I Rise’ a politically charged alt-pop track.

The release will be followed by a Jamaican dancehall influenced song ‘Future’, featuring Quavo, which is expected to drop on May 17, and the 'sonically innovative' ‘Dark Ballet’ on June 7.

From: NME.com


Madonna Brings Soft Power To Resilience On Striking 'I Rise'

Madonna has shared a powerful and uplifting anthem, "I Rise," from her forthcoming album, Madame X. The tune offers supporting words of wisdom for those that have dealt with more tragedy than triumph. With a sample of Emma González, a survivor of the 2018 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaking about how young people aren't widely respected in the world of politics, the track enters into inspirational territory. It comes from the heart and looks to stoke the fires of perseverance in the souls of the next generation.

"They say us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works," González says fiercely. "We call BS." Madonna's vocals come in on the delicate track that isn't somber but isn't the kind of tune you'll hear spun at a party. It's as soft as war chants come, but there's power in this fragility – a striking, cutting one that drips from each word.

"There's nothing you can do to me that hasn't been done / Not bulletproof, shouldn't have to run from a gun," she sings, drawing attention to the gun violence problem in the United States. She hunkers down on this and less graspable problems, but she gives a solution to dealing with these stresses and anxieties: to stand above it. "I rise, I rise, I rise above it," she drills into your head on the chorus. Each utterance of "rise" compounds the energy. Rise, stand up. Rise, turn your head to the sky. Rise, clench your fists. Rise, smile in the face of despair.

Madame X hits streaming services on stores on June 14. It will be Madonna's first album in four years, so the singer is pulling out all the stops. Prior to releasing her tropical collaboration with Maluma, "Medellín," the singer dropped a spy thriller of an album trailer that hints at the album being an expansive new stylistic world. Madame X has been revealed to have 13 songs and feature Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta.

From MTV News


Madonna's New Track 'I Rise' Is a Stonewall Tribute

On Friday, Madge released 'I Rise,' the second track off of her upcoming album Madame X. The subject of a ton of gossip and speculation - fans have been saying on social media that the track is a tribute to Stonewall and the eventual music video will feature drag queens like Monet X Change - the song debuts just before the pop icon is honored by GLAAD.

'I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind,' Madonna said in a release about the track. 'This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to be themselves.' Over New Year’s Eve, she surprised fans with a performance at the historic Stonewall site.

The song follows 'Medellin,' featuring Maluma, which was the lead single and video off the record. 'I’m going through it, yeah I know you see the tragic in it / just hold on to the little bit of magic in it,' she sings. 'I can’t break down now, I can’t take that now. / Died a thousand times, managed to survive / I can’t break down now, I can’t take that.'

On Saturday, the star will receive the Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. She will be the second person to receive the award, which is meant to honor those who have changed the game for LGBTQ+ people around the world through their work.

There is no news on when the music video for 'I Rise' might debut. Before the full debut of Madame X on June 14, Madonna will drop three more singles 'Crave,' 'Future,' and 'Dark Ballet.'

From Out Magazine


Maluma Says He 'Enjoyed' Madonna Licking His Toes in 'Medellín' Music Video

Maluma never imagined he'd one day get the opportunity to work with Madonna, much less kiss the Queen of Pop!

The Colombian crooner and the Material Girl recently teamed up for the song 'Medellín' and its accompanying music video, which features the smoldering twosome seductively dancing the cha-cha, cozying up together and even sharing a handful of kisses.

'It was nice. I enjoyed that kiss,' Maluma, 25, tells ET over the phone about his intimate moment with the pop icon. 'It was cool, and not everyone can tell the story of when they kissed Madonna. I had a great time. It was a lot of fun.'

However, there was another interaction between the two that had fans shocked. Midway through the video, while the two are lying in bed, Madonna takes Maluma's toes and licks them!

'I enjoyed it too,' the crooner replies with a laugh.

'She asked me if I had a problem [with her licking my toes], and I didn't have a problem,' he adds. 'None, it's all yours. It was fine.'

The pair's friendship began after meeting backstage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna became smitten with the singer and had her management reach out to him about working on a song together. It wasn't until February that fans learned of their collaboration, when they both shared photos of each other in the studio.

The duo performed the song live for the first time at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, where they pulled out their best cha-cha dance moves. Delivering an energetic set filled with many holographic Madonnas, the two entertained viewers by following the narrative in the music video. At one point they also made their way through the crowd and started a conga line.

From Entertainment Tonight


#medellinchachachachallenge

Madonna is feeling the cha cha cha and she wants all her fans to feel it as well.

The superstar has invited everyone to share their best cha cha cha steps on social media for what she's dubbed the #medellinchachachachallenge.

Madonna amid rehearsals alongside Maluma for their performance at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards announced the new challenge on Twitter on Monday night (April 29), posting a video of her dancing to her latest song 'Medellin' with Maluma. The icon has also promised that she'll be sharing the best videos.

Catch Madonna and Maluma's performance at the 2019 BBMAs tomorrow (May 1), airing live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST.

From Billboard.com


A detailed musical analysis of the new Madonna single, ‘Medellín’

Madonna’s big-budget music video for ‘Medellín’ has dropped: but what’s going on with the song itself? It’s time for a proper musical analysis…

She is the undisputed queen of the pop reinvention, and Madonna’s latest incarnation as a Latin-inspired cowgirl bride on horseback is pleasingly off-the-wall.

The flashy video for her new single ‘Medellín’ (which features Colombian reggaeton star Maluma on vocals) is understandably grabbing all the headlines, but underneath the bluster lurks a remarkably subtle and simple pop song, a neat method for Madonna to introduce us to the next phase of her chameleonic career.

So, please brace yourself for an uncomfortable truth: Madonna’s singing voice is technically quite unremarkable.

This has, despite a career packed with culturally indelible hits, always been the case. As such, it has always been necessary for her vocal parts to remain both simple and comfortable. Crucially, it seems that Madonna herself has understood this, and taken appropriate action. She has quietened herself.

On previous hits, she would pretty much just bowl straight through the whole song without thinking too much about volume control. ‘Like A Prayer’, ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Ray Of Light’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’: all of these are effectively sung at an almost constant volume, even when the arrangements around her voice grow and shrink.

So on ‘Medellín’, even during the song’s chorus when you might expect her to sing up a bit, it’s refreshing to hear Madge’s voice remain coy, even incidental, just another colour in the song’s palette. She even whispers the 'cha-cha-cha' dance instructions.

It’s actually left to Madonna’s co-star, Maluma, to provide a lot of the vocal interest. His half-sung, half-spoken contributions display more technique than Madonna’s, but the two of them have obviously agreed that, on this occasion, less is more. There are no histrionics, no clattering vocal runs or overworked melismas, just simple motifs and melodies, sung quite sensibly.

His interstitial chatting is whispered, just like Madonna’s counting, and he only rarely raises the volume of his voice any higher than that. Similarly, his rhythmically machine-like delivery is characterfully plain, restrained and actually rather graceful.

Here’s an oft-repeated maxim of the perfect pop composition: the simpler the song, the catchier it is. If that’s the case, then ‘Medellín’ is, on paper at least, potentially one of the catchiest pop songs ever written.

There are just three (count ‘em) recognisable chords in the whole song: A flat major, G flat major, F flat minor. And while they’re not the most pleasant or comfortable for a pianist, that there are literally only three of them effectively puts the song on the same level of nightmarish catchiness as ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

Pair that simplicity with Madonna’s surprisingly sensitive vocals and you have a far quieter pop song that you might expect for a highly-anticipated megastar return, a mood piece that has more in common with a Philip Glass miniature than it does with the souped-up reggaeton of ‘Despacito’.

Just when it seemed that the resurgence of Latin-flavoured pop music had peaked with Justin Bieber’s omnipresent remix of the Luis Fonsi original, it took an artist of Madonna’s experience to prove that, in the mainstream, there is still more to be done with this generic niche.

If Madonna’s latest reinvention of herself continues to display this much sensitivity, it could be one of her most interesting incarnations yet.

From Classic FM / Daniel Ross