Madonna's 1992 album Erotica, released 30 years ago alongside her then-scandalous Sex coffee table book, paved the way for other female artists expressing their sexuality. Reflecting on that 30-year anniversary, Madonna shared her thoughts about the criticism she faced at the time of their release on Instagram Stories on Saturday (Oct. 22).
"30 years ago I published a book called S.E.X. In addition to photos of me naked there were photos of Men kissing Men, Woman kissing Woman and Me kissing everyone. I also wrote about my sexual fantasies and shared my point of view about sexuality in an ironic way," she wrote.
"I spent the next few years being interviewed by narrow minded people who tried to shame me for empowering myself as a Woman," Madonna continued in her note on Instagram. "I was called a whore, a witch, a heretic and the devil."
"Now Cardi B can sing about her WAP. Kim Kardashian can grace the cover of any magazine with her naked ass and Miley Cyrus can come in like a wrecking ball," Madonna said. "You're welcome b—-es."
She then shared an interview clip circa 1992 in which she was paired up with an interviewer incredibly uncomfortable with Sex.
"What did you get out of it?" Madonna countered when asked if there was a message in the book.
"I got afraid," he admitted.
"Why?" she asked, to which he replied, "I'd never seen the likes of it."
"You have so," she teased. "You've never read Playboy magazine, or Penthouse, or anything like that?"
"Yes," he said, "But it was different with you. The picture of you astride the mirror, masturbating — I thought that was horrible. It just strikes me as horrible."
"I think people's reaction to specific situations in the book was much more a reflection of that person than me," she pointed out.
"Erotica," the album's first single, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. A remix of the song was included on Madonna's recent collection Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones.
Rhino Records is releasing a limited-edition Erotica 12″ vinyl picture disc, featuring a toe-sucking photo from her Sex book, for the project's 30th anniversary.
Originally released on October 6, 1982, the single made an impact on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart – becoming Madonna's first US charting single.
Marking 40 years since its debut, Everybody has been reissued across digital platforms, featuring the 7" version of the track plus its instrumental.
Additionally, a physical version will be issued in November as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event.
Available on limited edition 12" vinyl, the single features remastered tracks and brand new sleeve artwork, matching the digital version.
Limited to 20,000 copies worldwide, it includes 12" and Dub versions of Everybody, both newly remastered.
It comes after Madonna celebrated her 50 US Dance Club Songs Chart No. 1 hits with the Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones remix collection.
The 50-track set includes her favourite remixes of her dance hits, spanning her entire four-decade career.
Each remix has been newly remastered by Mike Dean, who produced Madonna's two most-recent studio albums, 'Rebel Heart' and 'Madame X'.
Is a new Madonna album on the way? Well, the superstar appears to be cooking something up in the studio.
"Back at it……..," Her Madgesty tweeted Friday afternoon (Sept. 30) alongside four snaps of herself hard at work in the recording booth. In two of the pics, the singer is hunched over a laptop, transcribing her handwritten notes (or lyrics?), though whatever she was writing has been redacted. In another, she sits at piano, wearing sunglasses and fingerless black gloves with her pink hair in stark contrast to the instrument's bright red finish.
Just last month, Madonna released Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones, a remix collection of her record 50 chart-topping hits on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, ranging from 1983's "Holiday" to 2019's "I Don't Search I Find." The compilation earned the pop legend her third No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Sept. 3).
Meanwhile, the icon's last proper full-length album of new material was 2019's Madame X, which became her ninth career No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the singles "Medellín" with Maluma, "Crave" with Swae Lee, album closer "I Rise," and the original version of "I Don't Search I Find." Inspired by her life in Lisbon, Portugal, the Latin-influenced record also included collaborations with Quavo ("Future"), Anitta ("Faz Gostoso") and another with Maluma ("Bitch I'm Loca").
Since Madame X, she's teamed up with Beyoncé on "Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)," Saucy Santana on the "Material Girl"-sampling "Material Gworrllllllll!" and Tokischa on "Hung Up on Tokischa."
Check out Madonna's new snaps from the recording studio below.
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Back at it……..👀❤️ pic.twitter.com/gRv5knEamV— Madonna (@Madonna) September 30, 2022