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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from EgoRod in Will Madonna Ever Have A Hit Single Again?   
    Come to terms with her legacy? In case you haven't noticed, she's putting together her biopic. So she's revisiting her past in her own way, at her own pace and in the way she wants to do it. 
    Moreover, I think she's actually been flirting with her legacy for a while, just not in a very obvious way (which is her right too). She often likes to reuse her old lyrics (like "Vogue" on "Holy Water", or even "Don't Tell Me" in "Future"), posts old photos on her IG, and I'm pretty sure Madame X is the closest she's been to embracing her own body of work. In fact, I remember she mentioned how she became her own muse while working on the album. Madame X was sort of a homage to her younger self, to her struggles in NYC pre-fame, and to the creative re-inventions throughout her career. 
    Also, remember that Prince released very uncommercial and unconventional albums for many years, and also enjoyed the creative freedom and eccentricity that came along with them. Likewise, Geogre Michael always took a LONG time in between albums, and you didn't see anyone denying/doubting his standing in music. There is this strange expectation for women to keep up and to constantly demonstrate that they are at the top, that they are relevant. At this point even us, Madonna's hardcore fans, shouldn't even be questioning or worrying about her status in music history, or her relevance at all. She is actually a rarity in the music industry in terms of CREATIVE longevity. Cher has been around for ages but look at how many studio albums she released in the 2000s and 2010s. Also, while she relied on repetitive tour concepts and milked her catalogue like crazy (am I the only one who noticed how similar all of her shows are?), it's clear Madonna is far more interested in making new & innovative music, and to look ahead.
    My call is for us to simply enjoy the fruits of her current work while she's still willing to release new music. She's clearly slowing down, after all. Madame X gave us some of the most amazing videos of her entire career and even if the MX Tour was a f-ing nightmare for many, it was truly a bold move on her behalf —artistically and conceptually speaking. People like Bob Dylan rarely look back  and release new studio albums like crazy and no one is questioning his legacy (also, he's a man, of course! Duh!). I'm a fan of Bob too and let me tell you, his concerts can be a nightmare in terms of his "mistreatment" of his own legacy—he reworks his old songs beyond recognition, and I think most of his fans are actually okay with that. Not the case for demanding M fans. They just want their diva to be stuck in the past with the same arrangements and giving them constant nostalgia. Which makes me think, people like Cyndi Lauper (one of my all time fave live performers, by the way) or Belinda Carlisle who sing the same 3-5 songs on every tour and with very little creativity behind the arrangements. So it's really frustrating how Madonna fans dismiss or underestimate her current work while whining too much about the past. We'll really miss it when she stops recording new material. That's for sure. 
    Even if the 2010s saw M moving away from the centre of the pop music world, remember she always disliked being called a pop star. She preferred it far more to be called a performance artist, and maybe during the last few years, she took the opportunity to fully explore the depths of that. Furthermore, these "underperforming" albums still gave M 2 #1 albums in the USA in the 2010s, sold out tours, press and plenty of social commentary, which I'm sure will be better understood and embraced by future generations. 
    Don't despair people! Enjoy the ride, one doesn't know when it could be over. Whether or not she gets another hit single again. 
     
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from into the erotico in Madonna on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter + other Social Media   
    Funny that Madonna insisted so much on being a strict mother by not allowing her children to watch television, or by allegedly exposing them to art and making them read all sorts of books. Look what it leads to. This! 😂
    So dear Madonna, thanks for proving that we can all watch Netflix, never read books or go to museums, and be basic (even stupid), yet, decent human beings. Not watching tv clearly doesn’t make children any better. LOL #fact #lolaleon
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Luci nln in New Album Thread   
    I don't particularly like "S.E.X." either. Even the title is super REDUCTIVE. In fact, I think "Holy Water" works way better in terms of its innuendos and overall sensuality. 
    When it comes to Rebel Heart, it's pretty obvious that not only did the hacker change her plans, but let's be honest, things were a bit messy anyway... The amount of producers and songwriters was inevitably going to lead to a somewhat choppy and overloaded project. Don't get me wrong, even if the album is a bit all over the place in terms of styles and production, I do think it RH is one of Madonna's finest pop records. Melodically and musically, she delivered some of her most accessible songs; the fact that songs like "Ghosttown" were grossly ignored by the public and DJs at the time, to me, did show the degree of ageism, dislike and cynicism towards M and her work. Criminal. That song, if recorded by a younger pop artist, would've blown the radio at he time. 
    Now, back to the topic of a new album, I question what musical direction she could take at this point. Her last 3 albums, together, explored so many different genres and styles that I do wonder what would inspire/motivate her these days. It's interesting that she's always said to like artists like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, yet, that blues-jazz sensibility seems to still be absent in her musical experimentations. Would be nice to get something more intimate like that at this point of her career. She could even mix it up with something trendier and modern too. She revels in fusing and mixing styles, after all, and she's darn good at it!
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Blue Prince in 2012 Super-Bowl Halftime Show / 1080p   
    I rewatched this earlier this evening and I truly love it. It also reminds me of how freaking excited I was back then... glued to the TV waiting for M’s “return to form” after a long absence from music, really.
    However, I have to say I still find the “Music” bit the least enjoyable, and also somewhat cringey. I’m not only referring to LMFAO necessarily (after all, they were ridiculously popular at the time), but the whole rope jumping and weird choreography confuse me a little. It also goes for too long without her singing or doing much while all these people do their thing. To be honest, I would’ve made the section a lot shorter and included another song along, like “Hung Up”. Oh well, it is what it is. 
    The entrance is absolutely wonderful and the Like A Prayer performance is visually stunning. She looked soooo gorgeous!!! She should keep her hair longer, does her a lot of good. Plus, whoever the makeup artist was that day needs to be rehired! 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Levon in Madonna on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter + other Social Media   
    Right? Also, I never understood why it suddenly disappeared from YouTube, yet the Brits performance was always there. 
    Likewise, rewatching this makes me wonder why she carried on with the long cape approach... this entrance was quite stunning. Her legs were flawless here! Just look at how the audience responded to her appearance. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Pootz333 in Anyone else think Confessions is her most overrated album?   
    I rarely go back to this album. But I understand why most people like it... It was HUGE, and so gay. Lol
    Also, honestly, the videos for “Jump” and “Get Together” were crap. It was the start of Madonna over-focusing on touring and delivering a bunch of mediocre videos. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Voguerista in Madonna on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter + other Social Media   
    Right? Also, I never understood why it suddenly disappeared from YouTube, yet the Brits performance was always there. 
    Likewise, rewatching this makes me wonder why she carried on with the long cape approach... this entrance was quite stunning. Her legs were flawless here! Just look at how the audience responded to her appearance. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Shoful in Madame X Tour DVD   
    I’m not convinced that the Rebel Heart tour had any budget issues- that was more like the tabloids claiming (yet again) that Madonna wasn’t selling tickets. She did sell out everywhere, even if at a slower pace. 
    In regards to the injury, however, I do agree it remains a little odd at how it progressed. I think the main culprit was the MDNA Tour... it was SO physically demanding, overall... she was EXHAUSTED all throughout, and we could all tell. She also broke a finger rehearsing, got a dancer kicking her on one of her eyebrows in Colombia, and perhaps dancing in stilettos finally took a big toll on her body. 
    You’re right in pointing out that her performances haven’t been the same since around 2014. The energy, choreographies, etc. really slowed down...
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    madfan13_86 reacted to eXtremeOccident in Madame X Tour DVD   
    I get the feeling she's had "issues" for a while. In 2014, she was using a cane and has never performed the same since then. It seems it could have been a more serious injury at the time than she put on, and as a result, she may have re-injured herself somehow. 
    What I struggle to understand is how she injured herself so badly, period. It's not like Madame X had intense choreography whatsoever. Crave, Vogue, IDSIF, and God Control were the only real choreographed pieces (I guess she did the handstand thing in Human Nature, too), and none of those had complex moves at all. 
    It goes back to my theory that I've had about both this tour and the last one -- The shows we saw were not the original concepts. Remember that both shows had cancelled shows at the beginning due to "production reasons" -- For Rebel Heart, I fully believe the budget was scaled back due to slower ticket sales and with that went a lot of the original show concept. For Madame X, it's completely feasible there were other numbers in that show that had choreography or moves that led to the injury and resulted in a more scaled down version of what she was originally going for -- Do remember that she said it was not at all a finished show on opening night, and we never saw an updated version. 
    In terms of Madonna mysteries, those two shows will always be at the top of my fan wish list for additional details. 
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    madfan13_86 reacted to DanK in Madonna's 1979 ex-boyfriend accused of sexual abuse   
    Well that escalated quickly.         Back on topic...  Here's a photograph of Madonna shot in 1979 by the accused.
     

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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from nito84bcn in Anyone else think Confessions is her most overrated album?   
    I rarely go back to this album. But I understand why most people like it... It was HUGE, and so gay. Lol
    Also, honestly, the videos for “Jump” and “Get Together” were crap. It was the start of Madonna over-focusing on touring and delivering a bunch of mediocre videos. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from NothingReallyMatters in Anyone else think Confessions is her most overrated album?   
    I rarely go back to this album. But I understand why most people like it... It was HUGE, and so gay. Lol
    Also, honestly, the videos for “Jump” and “Get Together” were crap. It was the start of Madonna over-focusing on touring and delivering a bunch of mediocre videos. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Luci nln in Madonna on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter + other Social Media   
    I'm sure Lola and Rocco think we, Madonna fans, are a pretty pathetic bunch (I have met a few myself lol). It must be weird for them to see the level of idolatry/worship and obsession that their mum inspires in so many people... worrying too, like we have no lives of our own. Even Madonna has clearly encouraged us to focus on our own lives, and also kept her distance from us—which is understanble. Truthfully, she has never been chummy with us, nor really made us feel like we owe her anything. Which doesn't mean she isn't thankful, but I'm convinced that she's the kind of person who truly believes that everything she has is mostly the result of hard work and discipline, even if MANY people (collaborators, enablers, industry members, boyfriends, lovers, friends, and fans, of course) have been instrumental for her success.
    But going back to the topic, Lola clearly takes after her mother in terms of "sense of humour" and bitchiness. Unlike other celebrities and their children, these bunch have no interest in even pretending to like the public. Actually, I always giggled at hardcore fans waiting to see Madonna before and after shows during the MX Tour... Seriously, the woman NEVER stopped to say hi. And they still stood there (often in the cold) anxiously waiting for her. That's what Lola refers to when accusing of having "no life". Also, seeing some fans literally celebrating the fact that she's bullying them is truly pathetic, and it does expose how ridiculous social media is (in a worrying way). 
    I'm also not going to pretend/imagine Madonna's kids are nice at all. Especially Lola and Rocco. Mercy does look like the kindest soul, but the others... Hm.... Rocco is really just like his dad—a posh, entitled brat. Even his choice of clothing for the recent trip to Africa made me think how much his attire looked like a distasteful throwback to the British Empire. Yuck. Some trivia: I met Guy back in 2011 at an event in one of his homes in Fitzrovia (central London) and I realised how much of an upper/middle-class chauvinistic bully he was. I was only a uni student then and it was quite heartbreaking, as I only realised afterwards how clever and sophisticated his bullying had been towards me and some of my friends. Oh well, you live, you learn. But yea, these kids... Stay away people haha.
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Voguerista in The Top Three Madonna SINGLES That Best Represents Her and Her Career   
    I think these are 2 very different things—Madonna (the artist/persona) vs “her career”, so those singles that probably best represent her work in the public memory. So, just as I did with the “videos” question, I’ll be naughty and do 2 separate  top 3s, accordingly:
    -Singles that best represent Madonna the artist, musician, persona, provocateur, controversial and unapologetic woman, etc:
    1. Like A Prayer
    2. Human Nature
    3. Bitch, I’m Madonna
    -Singles that best represent Madonna’s career, in the collective memory, particularly- so not necessarily from a “fandom” perspective:
    1. Like A Virgin
    2. Hung Up
    3. Material Girl
    (“Like a prayer” and “La Isla Bonita” would complete the top 5).
    My personal faves at the moment:
    1. Drowned World
    2. You’ll See
    3. Medellín
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Voguerista in The Top Three Madonna VIDEOS That Best Represents Her and Her Career   
    Hm...
    So in terms of videos that represent Madonna better (the persona, artist, musical sensibilities, humour, sexual self, romantic personality, provocateur, controversial and unapologetic artist, fashion sense), my top 3 would be:
    1. Like A Prayer
    2. Bitch, I’m Madonna
    3. Medellín
    Now, the top 3 that best represent her career (Most recognisable “Madonna” videos/ visuals... thinking of videos that are usually played on tv or shared on social media):
    1. Like A Virgin
    2. Vogue
    3. Like a Prayer
    (Hung up would be #4 for me)
    Bonus: My top 3 faves (these days, anyway):
    1. Frozen
    2. Don’t Tell Me
    3. Medellín
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from valinecode in Madonna on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter + other Social Media   
    How is Madonna dressed as a clown and moving like that sexy? 😂 
    She’s just doing what she loves- attracting attention, provoking and trolling. We shouldn’t read much into it, I say. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Shoful in New Album Thread   
    Mmmm sexy! A mouthguard... sexy?! Who the F thinks of this crap 😂 .
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    madfan13_86 reacted to captainjay in New Album Thread   
    I am absolutely NOT a fan of multiple album covers. Define the album with the image and leave it alone. You can fuck around with a Deluxe edition, but to me - it should be the same photo with a different colour treatment or texture or something, not a new image. When you think of True Blue - you have the image in you head. You know TRUE BLUE. When you think of Madame X or Rebel Heart -- no clue .. just a bunch of different images. And the red RH image is stupid. Don't eat clocks. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from Shoful in New Album Thread   
    I agree. This whole project ended up being a mess, particularly track listing-wise. I mean, no title track on the standard version? Made no sense!
    And as for the cover, they should’ve stuck with the deluxe/digital version one, period. I never liked the other 2 much. The standard cd cover was too vanilla and simple and the other one just looked like an unimaginative throwback to Erotica.
    Also, I agree with the last few comments regarding Madonna’s career... sadly for us, fans, I think we were kinda lucky to get Madame X at all. Clearly she was super inspired all along but it ain’t the same. She’s at another stage of her life. There’s no reason why she shouldn’t keep releasing music but there is also no pressure to do anything... Cher, Barbra and Better Midler still do it. But from now on it’s likely that everything will be more paced and down to her REALLY wanting to do anything at all. I don’t expect much until the biopic tbh. 
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    madfan13_86 got a reaction from RUADJAI in New Album Thread   
    I agree. This whole project ended up being a mess, particularly track listing-wise. I mean, no title track on the standard version? Made no sense!
    And as for the cover, they should’ve stuck with the deluxe/digital version one, period. I never liked the other 2 much. The standard cd cover was too vanilla and simple and the other one just looked like an unimaginative throwback to Erotica.
    Also, I agree with the last few comments regarding Madonna’s career... sadly for us, fans, I think we were kinda lucky to get Madame X at all. Clearly she was super inspired all along but it ain’t the same. She’s at another stage of her life. There’s no reason why she shouldn’t keep releasing music but there is also no pressure to do anything... Cher, Barbra and Better Midler still do it. But from now on it’s likely that everything will be more paced and down to her REALLY wanting to do anything at all. I don’t expect much until the biopic tbh. 
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    madfan13_86 reacted to OhBabyReadyOrNot in The Top Three Madonna SINGLES That Best Represents Her and Her Career   
    Here go my choices (this was a toughie!):
    Live to Tell - For her fortitude.  Express Yourself - This is probably one of her most artistic songs!  Human Nature - Without a doubt, her most defiant song up until that time.
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    madfan13_86 reacted to BlondAmbition in The Top Three Madonna SINGLES That Best Represents Her and Her Career   
    Like a virgin
    Vogue
    Bitch I'm Madonna
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    madfan13_86 reacted to RebelMe in The Top Three Madonna SINGLES That Best Represents Her and Her Career   
    Like a Prayer  
    Hung Up   
    Bitch I'm Madonna 
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    madfan13_86 reacted to RUADJAI in The Top Three Madonna SINGLES That Best Represents Her and Her Career   
    Ray of Light
    Vogue
    God Control
     
    3 songs that do not sound like anything else ever done. 
     
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