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Reply #270 posted 05/18/19 8:24am

StrangeButTrue

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I feel like she’s using her “old voice” more and not trying to sound all perfect and proper.
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Reply #271 posted 05/18/19 1:00pm

SoulAlive

Madonna and Quavo rehearsing "Future" for the Eurovision performance tonight

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Reply #272 posted 05/18/19 6:20pm

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Madonna - Like A Prayer + Future (feat. Quavo) live in Eurovision 2019

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Reply #273 posted 05/18/19 10:39pm

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StrangeButTrue said:

I feel like she’s using her “old voice” more and not trying to sound all perfect and proper.

I disagree - I think she's trying to emulate the vocal affectations of a lot of modern pop teens. It sounds super forced to me and is a big reason why I am disappointed in the songs so far. The only exception is "Medellin".

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Reply #274 posted 05/18/19 11:49pm

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Love Madonna but, damn, her vocals on LAP were flat - not her finest hour.
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Reply #275 posted 05/19/19 11:12am

SoulAlive

StrangeButTrue said:

I feel like she’s using her “old voice” more and not trying to sound all perfect and proper.

I like the way she sounds on "Crave" .It's such a sexy song music

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Reply #276 posted 05/19/19 11:17am

SoulAlive

ran so far to try to find the thing I lacked and there it was inside.....of.....me

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Reply #277 posted 05/19/19 3:42pm

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Now the televised version is up.

I don't want to get eaten alive
'cause you're so dangerous
No more hearts I can trust, you see
I don't want to get eaten alive
To be eaten alive
Eaten alive
I don't ever want to be
Eaten alive
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Reply #278 posted 05/19/19 4:05pm

SoulAlive

^^ the performance of "Future" was amazing!

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Reply #279 posted 05/19/19 4:08pm

SoulAlive

some fans are convinced that the spoken part in the middle is part of the song "Dark Ballet"

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Reply #280 posted 05/19/19 4:27pm

Hudson

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The music during that was from The Nutcracker suite. Really bizarre if THAT makes it on the album.
I don't want to get eaten alive
'cause you're so dangerous
No more hearts I can trust, you see
I don't want to get eaten alive
To be eaten alive
Eaten alive
I don't ever want to be
Eaten alive
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Reply #281 posted 05/19/19 4:38pm

SoulAlive

Hudson said:

The music during that was from The Nutcracker suite. Really bizarre if THAT makes it on the album.

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Reply #282 posted 05/19/19 6:51pm

alphastreet

Medellin grew on me thanks to the Billboard performance, I love the special effects onstage. I’m not feeling the other songs though, too bland for her
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Reply #283 posted 05/20/19 6:09am

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SoulAlive said:

some fans are convinced that the spoken part in the middle is part of the song "Dark Ballet"

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Her official version of the Eurovision performance lol is described as "You’re watching Madonna and Quavo’s performance of “Future” and Madonna’s performance of “Like A Prayer/Dark Ballet” from Eurovision."


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Reply #284 posted 05/20/19 12:24pm

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StrangeButTrue said:

SoulAlive said:

some fans are convinced that the spoken part in the middle is part of the song "Dark Ballet"

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Her official version of the Eurovision performance lol is described as "You’re watching Madonna and Quavo’s performance of “Future” and Madonna’s performance of “Like A Prayer/Dark Ballet” from Eurovision."




well, you'd be watching her performance from eurovision, but you wouldn't be listening to it lol

that's either a whole new vocal tracks for LAP on the official youtube version or they managed to
do some serious magic on the vocal track post performance.



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Reply #285 posted 05/20/19 1:19pm

SoulAlive

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I LOVE Future! It's gotta be a single/video.

It's a good song....very catchy with a great message.

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Reply #286 posted 05/20/19 1:48pm

SoulAlive

StrangeButTrue said:

Wouldn’t it be fun if she started switching her silly eyepatch from one side to the other? Why not?

hmmm

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Reply #287 posted 05/20/19 2:32pm

SoulAlive

New Dates Added To Madonna - Madame X Tour Due To Demand In New York, Chicago, Los Angeles & London

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Due to overwhelming demand, Madonna's Madame X Tour has announced additional dates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Newly added New York shows will take place October 2 through October 7; Chicago shows October 23 and October 24; Los Angeles shows November 19 and November 20.

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Reply #288 posted 05/20/19 2:36pm

SoulAlive

^^she also added Las Vegas,Boston,Philly and Miami.

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Reply #289 posted 05/21/19 4:29am

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Got tickets for London! So excited!!!!!

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Reply #290 posted 05/21/19 12:40pm

SoulAlive

rlittler81 said:

Got tickets for London! So excited!!!!!

Congratulations.You're one of the lucky ones.I've seen some disappointed fans complaining that they didn't get tickets.

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Reply #291 posted 05/21/19 12:46pm

SoulAlive

some early reviews of the album are starting to appear.I guess there was some kind of listening party.Someone who was there wrote this.....

Just listened to the whole of #Madamex (with cakes) Can safely say the best is yet to come. Some fantastic dark dramatic work with Mirwais
The highlights? Dark Ballet, I Don’t Search I Find
She’s clever…saved the really personal stuff for the album release…
There’s a beautiful, weird piano-led track, and a disco banger…hard to describe…strange world pop?
She sings out on a few. She is comfortable. She’s in her own space
I think stadiums aren’t quite right for this album…theatres will be perfect
Least favourite? Hmmm…Looking for Mercy
The disco track was my favourite!
I am…I actually prefer this album to Rebel Heart…it feels more organic
Yes, one disco track that takes us right back to that Detroit dance floor
Is there something like Paradise (Not For Me)? – Yes, though updated to now…imagine a conversation between Madonna and Mirwais now
Review? It’ll be in the next issue of Mojo mag x
I personally think she’s better in one to one collaboration with a trusted producer (eg Orbit, Mirwais, Pat Leonard)
It’s like she’s gone beyond the sales – ‘this is my life in Lisbon’…
Couple of fillers, but they feel more like a vibe, rather than ‘we sat the production team in a room and they didn’t come up with anything’. More organic
About ‘Killers’ – I can’t say too much, but it is a manifesto song…Madonna laying herself in the line
Autotune…but less obviously. The more relaxed she is the less she needs it
Are the Mirwais tracks simple or electronic – Imagine where he would be now. French house a big influence…and world pop
Another ‘Hung Up’? – One or two…me and the writer from Attitude really like a couple that haven’t been singles yet!
I actually think the best tracks have been held forthe album release, but that’s my personal preference!

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Reply #292 posted 05/21/19 1:02pm

SoulAlive

"I just listened to Madame X.....Reviews embargoed until June 4 but it is a surprisingly intense Xperience"---journalist Matthew Todd

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Reply #293 posted 05/21/19 1:04pm

SoulAlive

So the verdict on @Madonna #madamex is in after two listens and I think it’s brilliant. The work of an artist who is exploring her creativity and not chasing the charts-----journalist Simon Button

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Reply #294 posted 05/21/19 1:09pm

SoulAlive

the "Crave" video is finished and will be released tomorrow

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Reply #295 posted 05/22/19 8:23am

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I actually like her collaborators on this album. The Eurovision performance was panned, but "Future" is my favourite new track. I like Quavo on it! I bet he wrote a lot of it. Interesting it is billed as a duet rather than a feature.

Anitta is a huge singer out of Brazil, and cool to see her on a Madame X album track.

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Reply #296 posted 05/22/19 9:15am

SoulAlive

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On "Killers Who Are Partying", you sing “I’ll be Israel if Israel is imprisoned, I’ll be Islam if Islam is attacked”. How should we understand this? That you want to be aligned with minorities?

What Mirwais and I wanted to say with that song is that we don’t see the world as fragmented, but as united. And I’m a part of that world. I’m an aspect of the Universe’s soul. I don’t define myself by categories and labels. But society loves labels and to separate people. Poor people, gay people, Africans. Because it makes us feel safe. What I’m saying in this song is that I’ll be each of the boxes you try to put me in. I’ll put myself on the frontline. I’ll take the hits; the heat...because I’m a citizen of the world and my soul is connected to everyone else’s. Also I’m responsible for everyone and I must take care of them. If someone else suffers, then I suffer. To me a song is an act and a declaration of solidarity.

Mirwais co-produced six songs on this album with you. How was it getting back together?

We never lost touch. It was great to work together again." Killers Who Are Partying" was the first song we worked on together. It’s a political song, but everything Mirwais and I do together ends up being political. Because that’s also his way of thinking. The guitar you can hear at the beginning of the track is a sample I took from a fado session. The sound of the guitar is exactly what I wanted. I felt extremely inspired by the melancholy and the feeling of this music, by the sounds of Cesaria Evora, or morna and of Cape Verde. The authenticity of the music I heard in Portugal moved me. I wanted to take this style of music and make it sound more modern. I asked Mirwais: “What do you think you can do with this? Does it inspire you?”...obviously it did!

On Dark Ballet, you sing “your world is full of pain”. Are you no longer part of our world?

I’m not saying that. Im saying this world where people are governed and dominated by the illusion of celebrity and luck; governed, dominated and enslaved to social media; governed and dominated by people who oppress and discriminate against others...I refuse to be a part of that world. This song was inspired by Joan of Arc and her story. It’s like a crossroads: Madame X and JOA come together. I speak her words and her language. I say “I’m not afraid of dying for what I believe in”. And that’s exactly how I feel.

A year ago when Guy O posted a photo to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ROL, you answered “Remember when I was allowed to be creative and didn't have to go to writing camps where people can't stand still for more than 3 minutes.” Did you get to feel like you got to be the visionary this time?

I think you are taking things out of context. (Her publicist intervenes stating the question isn’t clear, and do I have another, but Madonna persists).

I don’t remember exactly what I said at the time, but it definitely wasn’t a criticism of Guy. No one has ever forbidden me from doing anything. People criticize me...sure! But no one has ever impeded my personal vision.

On the other hand, people often warn me: Watch yourself! (She waves her finger as she would to a child being warned)

Do you think this album will shake up/disrupt/disturb the record industry?

That’s not the word I’d use to describe my music: provocative, confrontational, emotional, impassioned. Those are the words I’d use. And inspiring...

In the intro to I Rise you include part of Emma Gonzales’ speech. Do you feel you inspired that generation?

I hope so. It’s certainly my intention. I consider her to be a spokesperson for and a pioneer of her generation. I’m just continuing to do what I’ve always done: fight for women’s rights and human rights in general. I fight for the equality of all.

In Medellin, you reminisce about being 17. What are your feelings about the past?

I think I’ve taken a lot of shit! (Laughs)

I’ve broken down a lot of barriers for women, but I’m always very conscious of the fact that the fight isn’t over. And to be honest, I feel like I’m still fighting for the same things today.

Like A Prayer came out 30 years ago to great controversy. Are you still seeking to create such controversy now?

Honestly when LAP came out I didn’t expect it to be so contentious. What shocked people was me kissing a black saint and dancing in front of burning crosses. They perceived it as sacrilege. I didn’t think for a second that it would be so controversial.

This time, however, I mean to be subversive!

Do you feel connected to your gay fans? What about being a gay icon?

The word icon is one that others can use, but I can’t apply to myself! Do you think I’m an icon?

Is this album an homage to your life in Portugal?

You heard it! You tell me if I made an homage to Portugal and fado...and it’s not just fado either. There are lots of other influences I picked up on while there. But even with other influences, it’s definitely an album that is an expression of my time in Portugal. I have a house there, and I go back often. My son still plays for the football team Benefica. But you know...I live on airplanes. The skies are my home! (Laughs)

I hope my Portuguese is good. I had a great coach. Dino D’Santiago. He helped me a lot and introduced me to excellent musicians. His presence by my side was fundamental to the production of this album!

We are familiar with him. Tell us about your collaboration.

He was a sort of interface. He’s from Cape Verde. Most of the Cape Verdean musicians I worked with didn’t speak any English. He was in the studio with me when we were recording the songs. He would explain what I wanted. He helped me musically to give life to these songs because I didn’t have any other means to communicate with the musicians! We made a song called Funana that will be a bonus cut. I have another song that isn’t on the deluxe edition called Ciao Bella. The singer Kimi Djabate who’s from Guinea-Bissau sings on that track. Dino introduced me to him. When he came to sing on the album he didn’t speak a word of English, only Creole. Dino was the translator and helped me a lot.

When I recorded Killers Who Are Partying and Extreme Occident, which are both definitely morna-influenced, I sent him the tracks. I really wanted his feedback. I wanted to know if he felt the songs were authentic. His approval was important to me.

How did you pick the people you collaborated with? Like Maluma for example.

It happened very organically. All of my collaborations are decided upon meeting people. We share a glass of champagne, we get along well and we talk about what we can accomplish together. To tell you the truth, there’s nothing particularly profound about it...it’s very instinctive. I’m a fan of each person I’ve collaborated with.

You’ve often worked with French people: JPG, JR, Martin Solveig, Mirwais...what links/connects you to them?

Yes! What is this connection to Frenchmen?It’s as if I can’t get rid of them! (Laughs)

They're responsible for my greatest collaborations. Mondino, Gaultier, Mirwais...I think I love them because they’re very...stubborn! They hold strong. The people you mention are also extremely intellectual, extremely creative and very cultured. We have great synergy. (She slams her glass down on the table and yells “Aqua por favor!” Everyone leaps to action. Then she points out a photographer and yells “Who let the paparazzi in? Who are you? Do I know you?!”

The photographer stops, terrorized. “It’s Ricardo, the official photographer of Madonna”, her publicist clarifies. Everyone laughs!

On the album you sing in Spanish and Portuguese. Is that an attempt to challenge the stronghold English has on pop music.

Thats exactly what it is! I like the idea of world music. I hate divisions/compartmentalizing. We don’t want to do it with people, so why would we do it with music? I love turning on the radio in NY and hearing people sing in Spanish, or getting in my car in Lisbon and hearing dancehall or reggaeton. It’s amazing! Stepping away from English is challenging, but you’ll have noticed I love a challenge!

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Reply #297 posted 05/22/19 9:35am

SoulAlive

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[Edited 5/22/19 9:36am]

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Reply #298 posted 05/22/19 9:53am

alphastreet

Amazing interview, thanks for sharing
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Reply #299 posted 05/22/19 10:33am

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I was clowning on the inside but now Im intrigued and actually want to hear it as one piece, with the review saying shes going with her own flow instead of trying so hard to go into trends. God make this better than the forgettables of MDNA, Rebel Heart, Hard Candy eras that Ive only playe once. Confessions was her last relevant/real release to me.

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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