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Looking At ‘Queen Of Pop’ Madonna’s Enduring Charisma Over The Years

Picture Courtesy : Bravo TV

Picture Courtesy : Bravo TV

It is not without any reason that since the 1980’s the tag of ‘Queen of Pop’ was attached to one and only – Madonna. she set a benchmark of sorts too – and is widely known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music,  and making music videos hot and steamy like never before – They were wild, hot, raunchy, and yes definitely sexy and some cases explicit sexual overtones came to the fore at ease without any inhibitions whatsoever  .

Since 1982 onwards there was no looking back for this diva- as string of successful music albums rolled out one after the another – Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986), as well as the Grammy Award winners, Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Take a Bow”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.

The pop superstar turned 60 on August 16 and is again breaking barriers — this time as a mature woman who is still brash, carnal and unapologetic.

Giving new meaning to the term sexagenarian, Madonna openly dates men three decades younger, maintains a svelte figure that would be the envy of most people half her age and on her latest tour put on a characteristically provocative show that simulated most conceivable sex acts.

Madonna — who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV — has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and, while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girl has never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in 1983

Madonna’s popularity continued to rise globally with the release of her second studio album, Like a Virgin, in November 1984. It became her first number-one album in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US Like a Virgin became the very first album by a female to sell over five million copies in the U.S. It was later certified diamond, and has sold over 21 million copies worldwide.

1986, Madonna released her third studio album, True Blue, which was inspired by and dedicated to Sean Penn.[52] Rolling Stone magazine was generally impressed with the effort, writing that the album “sound[s] as if it comes from the heart”.[53] Five singles were released from the album—”Live to Tell”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “True Blue”, “Open Your Heart”, and “La Isla Bonita”—all of which reached number one in the United States or the United Kingdom.

She was notorious for controversy and overtly sex desire . MTV declined to play her steamy Justify My Love video- . Justify My Love is a trip-hop, mid-tempo spoken word ode to sadomasochism that still remains one of Madonna’s most alluring, unforgettable and mesmerising lyrical masterpieces to this day. It oozes sex, stirs drama and commands your attention in the raunchiest and most natural way possible.

Fiercely criticised and in some countries banned, Justify My Love ticks all the boxes. The song was written by Lenny Kravitz and Prince-collaborator and protégé Ingrid Chavez, who famously culled half the song’s lyrics from a love letter she never mailed to Kravitz.

Responding to the once-banned video’s controversy (MTV thought it was too sexually explicit), Madonna on Nightline reportedly said: “We’re dealing with sexual fantasies…And being truthful and honest with our partner, these feelings exist. I’m just dealing with the truth here.”

That is Madonna – fearless, gutsy, sexy , and bold. An irresistible pop star who refuses to bow out and rocks even as she reaches 60. There is no stopping this – Material Girl.


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