Madonna news - Feb. 2024

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Madonna and The Weeknd release 'Popular' music video

Source: Billboard - 22 February 2024

Madonna, the Weeknd and Playboi Carti live the lush life in the new video for their collaboration “Popular.” The Cliqua-directed clip opens with a close-up for Madonna’s glittering grill, as she whispers, “I’ve seen the devil/ Down Sunset/ In every place/ In every face,” while the camera cuts to a shot of a lush hillside and the Weeknd (who now goes by his birth name, Abel Tesfaye) sings from inside a massive, art-dripping gilded mansion.

After flashing to Carti — wearing two Band-Aids on his cheeks a la rapper Nelly — spilling his red Solo cup drink near a luxury SUV, the scene cuts back to Madonna in a penthouse apartment, lolling on a couch and pointing the camera with a cane. The trio inhabit their own luxe spaces, but never intersect in the visual shot in New York and Atlanta.

The song was originally released last June as part of the roll-out of music from Tesfaye’s ill-received HBO music drama The Idol.

Madonna: "I'm not royalty, I'm eternal"

Source: Billboard - 22 February 2024

Madonna posted a one-minute clip on Wednesday (Feb. 21) from a visual she shot for a Brazilian bank in which the pop icon asserts that her royal music status is not what you think. “They call me the Queen of Pop,” the singer says as she walks up the stairs of an ornate mansion in a flowing black coat, thigh-high leather boots and a black mini-dress and bustier combo. “I know it’s a compliment, but the monarchy is in the past.”

The 65-year-old singer then asserts, “I am not. I have no age. I’m all ages. It’s not about who I am, it’s about how many I am. Count my achievements, not the number of years I have lived on this planet.” Meanwhile, clips of some of her most iconic videos play over a symphonic, languorous version of her 1990 classic “Vogue.”

“I am always reinventing myself,” she says, staring directly into camera, her neck flooded with a cascade of pearls — some of which she later spits out of her mouth — while images of her many reboots and classic video looks flicker by. “So that I can keep being myself. I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. I have seen many stars appear and disappear, like shooting stars. But my light will never fade.”

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Madonna adds 3rd show in Miami, final show to be added to tour

Source: - 6 February 2024

"As Madonna continues her The Celebration Tour across North America, the best-selling female recording artist of all time announced the final added date to the universally praised tour.  Due to overwhelming demand, a third and final show in Miami, FL will now take place on April 9, 2024, at Kaseya Center, bringing the global tour to a massive 80 dates.

Tickets for the new date will go on sale Friday, February 9 at 10am local time."

Announcing the additional date on Instagram, Madonna added: "The Last and final show is being added to the Celebration Tour", indicating that no more other shows will be added to the tour schedule. This squashes the rumours that the tour would be brought to Brazil.

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'Popular' becomes Madonna's first UK Top 10 hit in 15 years

Source: Huffington Post - 2 February 2024

Madonna has made it back into the UK top 10 singles chart for the first time in over a decade.

And, even more impressively, she's done it with a song that's over six months old.

Last year, Madonna teamed up with The Weeknd and Playboi Carti on the song Popular, as part of the soundtrack to the former's ill-fated TV drama The Idol.

Upon its release, Popular peaked at number 11 in the UK charts, but in recent history, has had a resurgence on streaming platforms.

Following the release of an EP featuring a sped up, slowed down, acapella and instrumental version of the hit, it's now made its way back into the UK charts, reaching a new high of number 10.

This makes Popular the first top 10 hit for Madonna since her single Celebration, which reached number three back in 2009.

Celebration was the title track from Madonna's third greatest hits collection, with the Queen of Pop currently in the middle of a world tour of the same name, celebrating her four decades of music.

The Official Charts Company has said that the Like A Prayer singer has now extended her lead as the female artist with the most UK top 10 singles with 64 in total. Only Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard have more to their name, with 76 and 68, respectively.

Back in June, The Weeknd told Apple Music that collaborating with Madonna was something he'd "always wanted" to do.

"I've always wanted to work with her. I've always wanted to write and produce a Madonna album – well, co-produce with her, of course – because she's a visionary and she has such a singular vision," he said.

"I just want to come into her world and create a classic Madonna album. That was always my dream. So this can be... Hopefully this is the appetiser for that."

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