In the past months, Madonna has given a lot of attention to the US elections, and in general the socio-political situation of her home country, on her social channels.
When the news of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris winning the presidential elections was announced, Madonna took to Instagram to celebrate with a previously unheard demo version of Burning Up. It's set to a video with images of the Girl Gone Wild video and shoots with Mert & Marcus and Luigi & Iango.
One of Madonna's most controversial songs of all time, "Justify My Love", was officially released thirty years ago today.
A big reason for this song's notoriety revolved around its salacious music video that was directed in Paris in November of 1990 by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. It featured her then boyfriend Tony Ward and some of her dancers from The Blond Ambition World Tour including the iconic Jose Xtravaganza.
It raised a ton of eyebrows at the time thanks to the jaw-dropping visuals that viewers witnessed as the video went along. The action takes place inside an elegant hotel that appeared to cater to alternative lifestyle couples. You see Madonna and Tony enjoying a romantic fling while others engage in BDSM, voyeurism and same-sex activity with a running theme of androgyny seen throughout.
MTV thought it was way too sexually explicit and banned it as a result leaving the "Material Girl" in a very frustrated state. The network also pulled her later videos "American Life" and "What It Feels Like For a Girl".
"Why is it that people are willing to go and watch a movie about someone getting blown to bits for no reason at all, and nobody wants to see two girls kissing and two men snuggling?" she said in response to the banning.
But the joke was on them as Madonna flipped the script and turned the song into a VHS video single. This helped "Justify My Love" hit the number one spot on Billboard Hot 100 charts where it remained there for two weeks. The song has sold over one million copies with the video version getting about half of that.
"It may seem like it was a publicity stunt, and I was very lucky, I must say," she said during a 1991 Nightline interview about the VHS single. "But I did not plan on selling this video. The controversy just happened. It wasn't planned. So lucky me."
There's a lot of fun facts to "Justify My Love" that go outside its famed video. Lenny Kravitz was one of the song's co-writers alongside Madonna and Ingrid Chavez. It has also been sampled by a number of massive artists including Jay-Z, Ashanti and Insane Clown Posse.
Madonna appears alongside Missy Elliot on a reworked version of Dua's track "Levitating", that appears on a remixed version of the British pop star's latest album, "Future Nostalgia".
And Dua says that when they spoke about working on the track they discussed their love lives, politics and their experiences offering support to the protests that broke out in the U.S. and around the world over the summer (20).
"We had a 20-minute conversation and we spoke about the song, we spoke about men, we spoke about everything that was happening in the world; the Black Lives Matter protests were happening in London," the "New Rules" hitmaker tells Britain's Attitude magazine.
"I'd just gone to one, and she was going the next day. You know, there was a lot to talk about, but she was fun and bubbly, everything you could imagine her (to be)."
On how the collaboration came about, Dua explains, "I said to my manager, 'I know this is super-crazy… do you think we could reach out and see if Madonna's into it?' "
"He was, like, 'The worst they can say is, no.' All right, f**k it, let's see. Madonna got back to us and she was into the idea, she loved it – and then she called me on the phone – I was nervous, but she was really nice."
The star also spoke about her friendship with Miley Cyrus – with whom she has also been working on an as yet unreleased song.
"We started becoming really close because we were constantly texting and talking, and (the collaboration) just happened.
"It's the perfect mix of both of us; it's got a lot of attitude, and it's playful, sexy and cute. We had a blast doing it and shooting the video."
A few days ago, on October 25th to be exact, the album Bedtime Stories turned 26 years old. To celebrate, Madonna's team added the original Secret remixes by Junior Vasquez, Bizarre Inc and Allstar on digital streaming platforms Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. They also announced the HD version of the music video will soon be added to Madonna's Youtube channel.
The 28th anniversary of Erotica came only days earlier, on October 20th. You can find the original Erotica remixes by Kenny Gonzalez, Louie Vega and William Orbit here. The music video on Youtube is now available in HD.
It's an interesting development for fans who have been hoping for the HD versions of the videos in a long time! Let's hope the rest follows soon.