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  1. Sorry, but I don't agree. At all. Her social media feed is classic Madonna. Ironic, irreverent, stunning at times, shocking at times, and messy at times. The ride I've been on and witnessed for nearly my entire life observing this woman. The only difference now is that of technology, accessibility...and age. I think Madame X is a fantastic return-to-form. An unbelievably refreshing, brave, diverse, thought-provoking, and experimental work that very few, if any, "pop stars" are doing nearly 4 decades into a pop career. I doubt you will ever see any of these other acts attempt such, if they even last that long. Mark my words. Also, no one single person can speak for the singular perception of the general public. Considering how social media has affected how we perceive things, I think we engage in far more projection than we realize. That's why I don't make claims like "she's self-destructing" or "she's a joke", etc., as I believe those sorts of things say far more about us, and how we individually perceive her, than what is probably actually happening behind closed doors, in reality. Those are my feelings. Take care.
  2. She has a sense of humor, and doesn't take any of this shit nearly as seriously as some of her "fans".....
  3. Went to a big calendar store recently and they had tons of stuff, including pop artists. But it was mostly either Elvis or Taylor Swift. There used to be tons of pop/rock artists, past and present, in there just a few years ago. But noticed a lot of iconic artists seem to be absent now. I suppose that's because traditional wall calendars are probably a bit passe now. Then again, it was a huge store with lots of options, so companies are still manufacturing them.
  4. Both. She's always been both. And then transcended the mere simple definitions of each.
  5. No. I don't buy that one song alone can 'destroy' any future potential success. That's more so a reflection of certain fans' own biases at play regarding their own feelings about the work in question. At the time, it was most likely her situation with Warner, amongst several other things (in and out of her control). GI2M is a fantastic song, and I find it quintessentially Madonna. It deserved a better video and promotion, certainly. If Blurred Lines, which basically rips on the same sample, by the same producer, can be such a massive hit, I don't see why GI2M couldn't have had some of the same if given the proper chance.
  6. Exactly. It's a bit of fluffy promotion. That's it. We expect way too much from these silly things.
  7. I must be living in the twilight zone... looks fantastic to me. One of the best remasters/upgrades so far.
  8. Spot on. It is fabulous. A perfect 'reinvention' of the song, great visuals, and that transition into Vogue is EVERYTHING.
  9. What an utterly fabulous video. She is the last of the TRUE superstars.
  10. It's time to let this go, and come back to reality.
  11. I believe most of them attend her tours every time she goes out, so I'm guessing they're supportive.
  12. The fundamental difference is Madonna is not a victim (particularly in the way Britney has unfortunately been). Even if she's been wronged (and she has), Madonna never plays the victim, nor panders to victimhood. Thus, you WILL be perceived differently. Particularly as a woman. As for fanbase support, oh hell yes, I wish there was a much stronger sense of appreciation for who she is now and what she is doing now, at this point in her career. But in the end, you don't have a soon to be 40 year career as the biggest selling female artist - of all time - without a dedicated fanbase.
  13. Uh, for those complaining about the era being "too long", you do realize we had (and are still technically in) a global pandemic that brought things to a near halt for a year+, let alone having her own health issues she had to address during the downtime. Something tells me had there not been a pandemic, or issues with her hip, we probably would have had all this in the previous year. (And it's not like the album era itself was very long either, so I actually welcome that she's had the chance to bring it all back to life and get it out there with more promotion than we saw for the actual album. The project/era is good enough to deserve that). Also, regarding the Madame X persona(s) not being fully fleshed out, while there is some truth you could argue to that, the live show itself actually does have a narrative that plays out Madame X's journey, so to speak, if you're truly paying attention. Pay attention to the order of the songs, and how each act follows the other. It's not random whatsoever. It's just not as literal as some seem to need it to be.
  14. It absolutely was. It had some of the best designs that really worked alongside the album aesthetic. I thought it was all very cohesive this time around. (I personally found the Rebel Heart era merchandise to be cheap and all over the place design-wise.) I LOVE the new hoodie...especially the image on the back. I want that.
  15. I remember TUTBMP, I'll Remember, and Rain getting constant radio play here in the US. I would have guessed they were all big hits as they were constantly played on radio, with the videos in constant rotation on TV. M's ballads were huge in the early 90s. And then, little did we know what was coming with something like Take A Bow.
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