So, it seems the public (probably fuelled by the media) is bashing Madonna because she showed a nipple in a recent MDNA Tour concert. The story went viral and everyone had something to say about a middle aged woman who showed a part of her body. How can that be per se a problem? Because I truly believe most of those opinions came from people who didn’t watch the concert, specially the Like A Virgin rendition.
Madonna showed her nipple at the end of the Human Nature song, where she so famously sings Express Yourself, Don’t Repress Yourself. And then, Like A Virgin starts and everything also starts to make sense. Accompanied only by Korzeniowski‘s score, she sings in pure introspection, about life, about the eternal search for immortality, about (her and ours) irremediable body decadence over time. She, like us, wants to drink from the fountain of youth. And yet, no matter how hard she tries and wants, her body fails her. By assuming it Madonna exposed herself totally to the public who went to the concert. Much more than a body part.
And that is why the nipple is of lesser importance. And Madonna, more then anyone in pop culture, knows it best.
You can watch the Like A Virgin performance (and the end of Human Nature) bellow, this time in Coimbra, Portugal:
Deep and pure our hearts align
Then I’m free, I’m free of mind
When I let loose the need to know
Then we’re both free, We’re free to go
When I lose a certain claim
The tries to know and needs to blame
Whatever river runs aground
It turns my head and washes down
The face of god who stands above
Pouring over hope and love
That all of might and life and limb
Could turn again and love again
When I refuse the need to know
Then we’re both free, free to go.
Falling Free, a song by Madonna and written by herself, Laurie Mayer, William Orbit and Joe Henry, from the MDNA album.
The Entrance: Vogue
Everyone now knows about the most watched Super Bowl Halftime Show ever. Be it for the iconic Madonna extravaganza, be it for M.I.A.‘s finger. The truth is that Madonna, visibly nervous, gave it all and delivered a great performance full of hits from her 30 year old unparalleled career. It all started with Egyptian styled Vogue and its dramatic entrance (see above).
It’s interesting to know that Madonna’s performance had a better TV share then the game itself. The only time that happened was when Michael Jackson did the Halftime in 1993. In this new era of social networks, Madonna’s Halftime show also became the third most tweeted event ever (10.245 tweets per second).
But one image got my attention, and it was one viewers were not able to watch in their televisions. The graffiti in the back of her throne (see above). Designed with the letters MDNA (Madonna’s upcoming album) it simply strikes against all the luxury gold of the set and costumes. And that is, in fact, Madonna’s very own essence.
The official album cover for Madonna’s – ‘MDNA’
iTunes will offer an exclusive pre-order of an 18 track Deluxe Edition of MDNA for a limited time on February 3rd through to February 6th on ‘Madonna’s iTunes page.’ The countdown’s already began!
Madonna and MIA in the studio being silly.
Give Me All Your Luvin’ Teaser (by madonna)
Madonna’s new album title revealed: MDNA.
Madonna’s discography (studio albums):
Like a Virgin
Like a Prayer
Ray of Light
Confessions On a Dance Floor