Madonna bracht vannacht voor het eerst haar single 'Medellin' live ten gehore tijdens de Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Een spetterend optreden samen met Maluma, bekijk het volledige optreden onderstaand.
Ook na haar zestigste (!) blijft ze revolutionair
Ook op haar zestigste (!) leeft MADONNA het leven van een twintiger. Woensdag kwam voor het eerst in vier jaar nieuw werk van de popdiva uit en wie de videoclip van het nummer Medellín ziet, kan nauwelijks geloven dat hier een bijna gepensioneerde aan het werk is...
Een rood ooglapje, het haar naar achter, een witte blouse met zwarte stropdas boven een strakke rok... MADONNA kijkt nog maar eens zwoel in de camera voor de videoclip van haar nieuwe single Medellín. De zangeres heeft ook nog een zweepje in haar hand, aan verbeelding nog steeds geen gebrek. De popdiva is inmiddels zestig, maar nog altijd verre van versleten. Sterker nog, kijkend naar hoe sensueel ze danst met haar Colombiaanse compagnon MALUMA, met wie ze het nummer opnam, kan alleen maar worden geconcludeerd: de Queen of Pop is nog lang niet te temmen.
"Hitzangeres imponeert met nieuwe videoclip"
Waar generatiegenoten als PRINCE, GEORGE MICHAEL en MICHAEL JACKSON de wereld zijn ontvallen, stoomt Madonna maar door. Of, nou ja, doorstomen... Haar fans hebben nogal moeten wachten op nieuwe muziek van de zangeres. Vier jaar duurde het, maar nu is er weer een vers album in de maak. Het nummer Medellín is een eerste voorproefje.
De legendarische hitzangeres, die ook, zo bevestigden bronnen, zal optreden tijdens het aankomende Eurovisie Songfestival in Israël – haar gage zou zijn betaald door miljardair SYLVAN ADAMS – zong haar nieuwe single afgelopen woensdagavond voor het eerst tijdens een wereldwijd uitgezonden MTV-special. Onder anderen presentator KAY NAMBIAR en zangeres MAAN waren van de partij tijdens dit verbluffende optreden. Laatstgenoemde liet weten niet te geloven wat ze zojuist had meegemaakt. ,,Dit was een van de vetste momenten van mijn leven.’’
Intussen kijken aanhangers van Madonna likkebaardend uit naar half juni, het moment waarop haar nieuwe album Madame X uitkomt. Het belooft opnieuw een revolutionair werkje te zijn, vrijwel altijd anders dan al het andere dat ze hiervoor heeft geproduceerd.
Want we hebben het hier immers over Madonna: een stijlicoon, een superster en al eeuwenlang een hitfabriek. Levend in een wereld die nimmer gek genoeg is, levend in de wereld die Madonna heet.
Ze heeft er recht op. Madonna kan per slot van rekening worden gezien als een van de grootste vrouwelijke artiesten van de afgelopen decennia... zo niet de grootste.
MadonnaNed teamlid Sanne vloog afgelopen dinsdag richting Londen om aanwezig te bij het event 'MTV MADONNA LIVE & EXCLUSIVE', ter ere van de première van de videoclip voor 'Medellin', de eerste single van Madonna's langverwachte album 'Madame X'. Kaarten waren te winnen via Madonna's officiële fanclub ICON.
24 april 2019: in de leuke muziekwijk Camden in Londen kwamen alle fans bij elkaar bij het Holiday Inn hotel, het verzamelpunt, op enkele minuten loopafstand van de MTV studio's. We kregen plaatsen toegewezen in de kleine intieme studio die was omgetoverd tot 'knusse woonkamer'. Na enige warming up via Madonnaliedjes maakte de enige echte Queen of pop haar entree. Ze werd met een groot applaus ontvangen en kreeg vooraf uitleg en instructie over het programma en de satellietverbindingen met o.a. Milaan, New York en Sao Paulo.
Opvallend was het feit dat ze gespannen en nerveus leek, gefocused op de uitleg bereidde ze zich voor als een echte vakvrouw.
MTV presentator Trevor Nelson startte het interview en diverse vragen over het nieuwe album en bijvoorbeeld de samenwerking met Mirwais passeerden de Revue. Omdat het een live uitzending betrof werd ze soms onderbroken door Trevor om naar een satellietverbinding met een andere stad over te gaan. Hier was ze het duidelijk niet altijd mee eens, ze wilde gewoon haar verhaal doen over haar nieuwe project en het werd daardoor hier en daar wat rommelig. Er werden vragen gesteld vanuit Londen, ook de fans via satellietverbinding in de andere steden kregen de mogelijkheid een vraag te stellen.
Na ongeveer 25 minuten was het tijd voor de videopremière van 'Medellin'. Ze kondigde de videoclip zelf aan en keek met ons mee. Toen ze in de gaten kreeg dat het scherm op het podium van betere kwaliteit was dan het grote scherm wat boven haar, ging ze midden op het podium op de grond zitten om mee te kijken. Genietend maar ook kritisch keek ze naar haar eigen videopremière. Het was mooi om te zien hoe ontspannen ze was wanneer de camera's uit waren. Relaxter, losser, grappig, minder hard. Er was duidelijk een verschil in on- en offcamera. En misschien is juist dat wat haar zo groot maakt.
En wat ik van de clip vond? Geen idee, ik had meer oog voor Madonna haha. Het is tenslotte niet iedere dag dat je jouw idool zo voor je ziet zitten. Ik voelde me dankbaar dat ik deel mocht uitmaken van een groep van 80 fans om bij dit exclusieve event aanwezig te zijn en dat we nog steeds van deze levende legende kunnen en mogen genieten. Long live the queen!
"I wanted to be able to go back to that time in my life when I was just starting out in New York and I didn’t care what people thought."
Madonna’s new album, Madame X, marks a return to her roots as a “naïve” teenager in New York who gave “zero you-know-whats” about what people thought of her, the singer said during an exclusive onstage interview at MTV’s London offices.
Appearing in front of an invited audience of around 150 fans and media on Wednesday evening (April 24), the 60-year-old pop star was in a characteristically playful, flirty and combative mood as she took part in a 30-minute globally televised MTV special that culminated in the world premiere of her video for “Medellín,” featuring Columbian singer Maluma.
Hosting the event was British DJ Trevor Nelson, while Madonna -- drinking pink champagne, holding a riding crop and dressed as what can only be described as a dominatrix pirate in high heels, fishnet tights, leather skirt, punk-style black blazer, eye-popping bodice and bejeweled eye patch -- also took a number of pre-approved questions from the floor and fans at simultaneous MTV listening events in Milan, New York City and São Paulo via satellite.
“This is a weird conversation,” said the singer after one of many painful, eventually comic silences caused by a five-second satellite delay that, at times, felt far longer. When Nelson subsequently complimented her on the “incredible” beginning of her career, Madonna exclaimed, “What about now?” and pretended to whip him.
A few minutes later, during an ad break, the now-Portugal-based singer made Nelson read out a press release biography of her Madame X alter ego as she stood behind him trying to put him off. It was just one of several surreal moments in an entertaining, slightly odd and over-far-too-quickly interview that provided some revealing insight into her new album.
Below, rewatch the conversation and see some of the most interesting things Madonna had to say.
“I didn’t go to Lisbon to make a record. That was the last thing on my mind. It was because my son wants to be a professional soccer player and he was never going to have the highest level of training in America. So I spun the globe, did a lot of research and found the top five academies for boys to train. Lisbon ended up being my favorite city of the [five] options. … So I went to Lisbon to be a soccer mom, which is a crazy story, I know. That’s the last thing you would expect from [puts on a posh accent] a controversial gal like myself.
"I went there and I thought it was going to be super fun and adventurous, but then I found myself just going to school and picking up kids and going to soccer matches, and really being netty-no-mates. I got a little bit depressed and thought, ‘I’ve got to make friends and I got to meet people.’ So I started to meet people and go out a bit - I'm not like a goer-outer per se -- and most of the people I met were artists – either painters or musicians. I started getting invited to people’s homes and they have things called living room sessions. So everyone would congregate. People would bring wine, they would bring food, sit around the table. And then suddenly musicians would get up and start playing instruments and singing fado music and samba music. I was like, ‘Wait. What’s going on here? Like artists just get up and perform and you don’t get paid and they're just doing it for fun and love and passion?’
"No matter where we are. Where we travel. No matter who we’re with or what language we speak, when we hear music, even if we don’t understand the words, we can still connect to the vibe, to the soul, to the feeling, the emotion that the artist put into that music. You can still relate to it. It doesn’t matter what language people are singing in, or the beat or genre. We will always, in a primal way, be connected through music. I feel that my record, because Lisbon is a melting pot of culture, from Angola to Spain to Brazil to France -- I had the pleasure and honor to meet musicians from all these places and be inspired by their music and let it influence me. And that’s how all these songs came to be. … We were connected before Instagram, people."
"I hadn’t worked with him in probably about 10 years and so I wasn’t sure whether he was going to like the direction I wanted to go in, and I sent him some music -- some Portuguese guitar that I had assembled from the living room sessions. I said, ‘What do you think you can do with this?' And he wrote me back a couple of days later and he [had] already added an 808 to it, gave it a beat, cut it up and turned it into something amazing. … He’s a very intelligent guy. Very philosophical. Very educated. Very cultured and very political. So inevitably all of my work will end up becoming those things."
"I worked with two directors from Barcelona: Diana Kunst and Mao Morco. It was really Diana’s work that I had seen first. She is also very influenced by a lot of the same painters and filmmakers that I am interested in. Surrealist painters like Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. I felt that all of her videos are very painterly and I loved her color palette. I wanted this video to look like a painting. Hopefully it does. I just vibed with what she was interested in culturally."
"What I mean by that line is naïve in terms of not caring what people think. I feel like when I started my career as an artist, I was naïve. The good thing about being naïve is that you don’t think about judgment. You don’t think about what people are going to say or think about what you’re doing. You are free and pure in your expression. I wanted to be able to go back to that time in my life when I was just starting out in New York and I didn’t care what people thought, and my music really came without listening to all the noise and recommendations or suggestions, or whatever. That is also the time in my life, when I was 19, when I was given the name Madame X. So the whole story has come full-circle…. Madame X is back to her roots. She doesn’t care zero you-know-whats."
Madonna's allernieuwste videoclip is gisterenavond in première gegaan op MTV! De Queen of Pop was aanwezig bij het programma 'Madonna live & exclusive: ‘Medellín’ video world premiere' waar ze enkele vragen kreeg voorgeschoteld van fans. Daarna werd er met de aanwezige fans in de studio gekeken naar de videoclip van 'Medellín'.
The Queen of Pop, Madonna, is back with her latest single, "Medellín," where she collaborates with Latin pop star Maluma.
Their vocals on "Medellín" blend well together and they produce one true musical event. It has a catchy beat to it that makes it almost impossible to get out of one's head.
The song is a track on her forthcoming studio album, Madame X, which will be released worldwide on June 14 via Live Nation, Interscope Records, and Maverick.
Madonna and Colombian superstar Maluma will be performing this song live at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1 in Las Vegas.
"Medellín" is available on iTunes and on Spotify.
Overall, Madonna and Maluma deliver on "Medellín." Madge continues to reinvent herself as a recording artist, and if this is any indication of how Madame X is going to sound, then her fans and listeners are in for a treat. This collaboration garners an A rating.
To learn more about Madonna and her new music, check out her official website.
The lead single from Madonna’s 14th album is driven by a decidedly unhurried tropical rhythm.
Last month, Page Six of the New York Post published an article titled “How Madonna is using younger stars to cling to relevancy.” The infamous tabloid swiftly revised its headline to the marginally softer “How Madonna is using younger stars in hopes to stay relevant” after receiving blowback for what some perceived to be a double standard. But as the gulf between the 60-year-old pop queen’s age and that of the average radio star has continued to widen, it’s true that she’s increasingly leaned on collaborations with younger artists like Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj.
You’d be forgiven, then, for assuming that “Medellín,” the first single from Madonna’s upcoming 14th album, Madame X, is an attempt to cash in on the ever-growing popularity of reggaton. While the 25-year-old Maluma is a huge star in Latin America, however, he’s yet to cross over beyond the Latin-pop market in the U.S., so the partnership appears to be a mutually beneficial one. And Madonna has lovingly appropriated Latin culture in her work for decades, as far back as 1986’s “La Isla Bonita,” and as recently as her torero-inspired music video for 2015’s “Living for Love.” In fact, one could argue it’s the single most consistent musical theme of her career outside of, say, dance music more broadly.
Co-produced by Mirwais, who was previously at the helm of Madonna’s Music and American Life albums, “Medellín”—named after the city where Maluma was born—is a sultry midtempo track driven by a decidedly unhurried tropical rhythm and Madonna’s catchy refrain of “one-two cha-cha-cha.” The singer’s inexplicably Auto-Tune-drenched verses are nostalgic and wistful, nodding to the breezy escapism of “La Isla Bonita”: “I took a sip and had a dream/And I woke up in Medellín.”
Vocally, Maluma does most of the heavy-lifting on the bilingual track, with inuendo-filled verses that reference both Colombia and Madonna’s hometown of Detroit. But Madonna’s sugary harmonies, particularly during the song’s rousing hook, balance out Maluma’s gigolo routine with a dreamy sweetness.
The music video for “Medellín” will premiere on April 24. Madame X is out June 14 on Interscope Records.
Madonna and Maluma are bringing the worldwide television debut performance of their single "Medellín" to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The appearance, announced on Friday (April 19), will be Madonna's first performance of new music on TV in more than four years. The pair will take the stage on May 1 at the Kelly Clarkson-hosted show, which will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The first taste of Madonna's upcoming 14th studio album, Madame X (June 14), is a mid-tempo Spanish pop burner that finds the pair flirting over a skittering cha-cha beat, with Maluma telling the pop superstar, "Excuse me, I know you are Madonna/ But I'm going to show you how this perro (dog) will make you fall in love." Madonna last performed at the BBMA's in 2016 during a tribute to Prince.
They join a previously announced group of performers at this year's show, which include: the Jonas Brothers, BTS with Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Khalid, Panic! at the Disco and Sam Smith and Normani. The show from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will also feature a special performance from 2019 ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey.
Madonna is back. Just a few weeks ago, the Queen of Pop officially announced her fourteenth studio album, Madame X, after months of teasing.
The 15-track album, dropping on June 14, is inspired by her time living in Lisbon, Portugal, and will feature her singing in Portuguese, English and Spanish. On Wednesday (April 17) she unveiled the first single, a smoldering collaboration with Maluma titled "Medellín." The release is the first since her 2015 album, Rebel Heart.
As expected, the "Like a Virgin" singer has been anything but silent since her last drop. From awards, controversy and a massive world tour, Billboard has compiled a timeline to catch you up on everything Madonna has been up so since her last record. See it below.
During his headlining set, the rapper performed his mixtape cut "Madonna," before bringing out the songstress herself. Most notably, she planted a smooch on Drake before walking off stage.
Her star-studded clip featured Beyonce, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Diplo, Rita Ora, Alexander Wang and her sons Rocco and David.
In support of her album, Madonna took off on an 82-show tour across North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The tour was expected to launch in August, but she rescheduled the first five shows while trying to perfect the tour experience for her fans. The gig welcomed surprise guests like Anderson Cooper and Ariana Grande throughout its run. The tour grossed $169.8 million, as the icon kept her record as the highest-grossing solo touring artist with total gross of $1.131 billion, beginning with the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. Overall, she ranked third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with just The Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her.
Madonna made an appearance at her ex-husband’s Help Haiti Home charity gala and performed a French song on the ukelele, which was auctioned off for $300,000. "I want to say Sean, I love you, from the moment that I laid eyes on you," Madonna said in a speech, according to Variety. "I just wish you'd stop smoking cigarettes.
While in the Philippine capital for two nights of shows, she made surprise visits to two Manila shelters for orphans and street children, taking selfies with the kids and asking about the centers' programs.
Just one month after the music royal passed away, she performed “Nothing Compares 2 U" and “Purple Rain,” which included a surprise appearance from Stevie Wonder. “Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to,” she responded to the BET's criticism that she was not good enough to honor the legend. “Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.”
The lawsuit originally filed in 2013 claiming that Madonna and producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled a tune was resolved. Theruling was affirmed by a California federal court, holding on summary judgment that a 0.23 second sampling on "Vogue" of a horn hit from the 1976 song called "Love Break" was de minimis, meaning small enough to be trivial.
Madonna sparked rumors of romance with the actor when she posted a video of Elba's first professional kickboxing match that was held in London. "Am I sleeping with Madonna? No motherfuckers... 'Don't believe the Hype'," he wrote on Twitter.
At the event, she auctioned off pieces from her art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Ariana Grande (who she kissed), and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn. She also performed a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic," and criticized President Donald Trump, who was elected just a month before.
After being introduced by Anderson Cooper, Madonna delivered a tearful speech on feminism and sexism. "I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer," she said. "Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse."
"Welcome to the revolution of love, to the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny, where not just women are in danger but all marginalized people, where being uniquely different right now might truly be considered a crime. It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f--- up," she told the crowd of 500,000. She also performed "Express Yourself" and "Human Nature."
After denying rumors that she was in the southern African country to complete an adoption process, claiming she was there for charity work, the icon revealed she is welcoming twin girls, Estere and Stella, into her family.
The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, was built in collaboration with Malawi's health ministry. "You started by adopting four Malawian children, now we are adopting you as the daughter of this nation," President Peter Mutharika declared at the official opening ceremony.
The songstress reportedly fell in love with the country after ending a tour there in 2004. Until her move, she had been living in New York. "This is not America's finest hour," she explained of her move, "I felt like we needed a change, and I wanted to get out of America for a minute."
“I’m tired of hearing people complain here that they can’t get it in America,” the pop star told WWD. MDNA Skin, available online and at Barney's retail stores, consists of a face wash, rose spray, a face serum, clay mask, eye mask and serum, and rejuvenator set.
Madonna lost the right to a number of sentimental items, including a love letter from the late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, due to a release she signed back in 2004, and as a result, forfeited her right by waiting too long to contest ownership. "For you to be seen with a black man wouldn't in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting," the letter reads, dumping the pop songstress. "But for me, at least in my previous perception I felt due to my 'image,' I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was."
“People tell me to shut my mouth/ That I might get burned,” she sang during the religious-themed set to coincide with the event’s “Heavenly Bodies” theme. “Keep your beautiful lies/ 'Cause I'm not concerned.” She later uploaded her full performance, including the new song, "Like a Prayer" and "Hallelujah" in August in honor of her 60th birthday. "Beautiful Game" was the beginning of speculation for a new album.
Before presenting Camila Cabello with video of the year, Madonna paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died just days before. However, her speech garnered some backlash, as she spoke mostly about her own career and start in the business before thanking Franklin for “empowering all of us. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”
“I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year,” Madonna told WWD while promoting the beauty roller added to her skincare line. “Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I’m actually making music. Can’t quit my day job.”
The pop icon dipped her toes into the hip-hop world with her contribution to Quavo’s Quavo Huncho album. “Champagne Rose,
Madonna took to Instagram to post a mysterious teaser in which she goes through several alter-ego costume changes and says that Madame X "is a secret agent traveling around the world changing identities, fighting for freedom" and "bringing light to dark places."
The first single off Madame X features the Colombian superstar for a sultry Spanglish tune in which the pair flirts with each other in the lyrics. "Excuse me, I know you are Madonna/ But I'm going to show you how this perro (dog) will make you fall in love," Maluma muses to the pop icon.
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