For some reason we just watched about 20 minutes of Madonna’s MDMA tour video. My favorite song so far is “Hag Gone Wild.”
Is it me, or does the new Madonna single “4 Minutes” totally suck? It’s got Justin Timberlake’s fingerprints all over it, which means it sounds just like every other bit of mass-marketed twaddle out there. (It’s either twaddle or piffle, I can’t quite decide.) Blecchhh. Oh well, I guess it’s nice to see her team up with a black singer for a change.
Here’s a link to the single on iTunes in case you haven’t heard it yet. It’s only a 30-second clip, but that’s enough to put me off if this single if it’s an indication of what the rest of the album sounds like. It was produced by Timbaland, who is also producing about half the world’s bands at the moment…so it’s sure to have a unique sound. I can’t wait for the music reviews to start saying things like “The Material Girl has reinvented herself yet again!” Or has that started already?
I was surprised by how good her last album was, especially compared to the clumsy introspection on “American Life”, but this…ugh. And check out that cover! Christ on a cracker, Madonna! Whatever happened to “I’m older and wiser now, I’m above all that superficial stuff that ties me to this world, I’m a mature woman and I take full responsibility for how I behaved in my younger days when I was deluded by fame and sex and money”? Right out the window. She’s done an about-face (again) and now we’re back to “Wanna see my snatch? It’s right here, wrapped in leather. See it? Mmmmm, I wanna suckle your hard candy, baby!” Um, gross. No thanks, madam.
Dear oh dear oh dear. Poor Madonna, still beating the “I have been crucified for my art” dead, bloated horse, are we? Now you’re just trying way too hard to impress us.
The meticulously choreographed Vegas-style routine began 50 minutes late when a giant mirror ball was lowered from the ceiling to the end of a catwalk stretching deep into the floor. Out popped Madonna, in S&M-styled riding gear and whip, singing the new tune “Future Lovers” as four bare-breasted male dancers writhed around with ball gags in their mouths.
Later on, she donned a crown of thorns and suspended herself from a giant mirrored cross to deliver the ballad “Live to Tell.” Video screens showed images of third-world poverty and reeled off grim statistics.
“Look at me! Look at me! See me? Hey! I’m relevant! I really really am! I’m saying stuff! Important stuff! My S&M dancers have a message! Yeah! Hey, you gotta hear it! I’m still here! Are you impressed? Hello?”
Madonna has just opened up a Kablahblah Hotel for followers of the cult…er, sect. This stuff is obviously the new Scientology, just another vampiric religious group roping in disillusioned stars and sucking their bank accounts dry. And yet, it doesn’t really bother me all that much!
PLANNED: If Madonna’s prayers are answered, she’ll open a Kabbalah hotel and drop-in spiritual center in a five-story Georgian house in London’s Regent Park that she’s bought for a reported $14 million. Residents near the site, however, are not singing the praises of the plan, The Washington Post reports. One resident told Britain’s London Evening Standard: “Having a Kabbalah center would be totally inappropriate. It is a seriously manipulative sect which is very good at getting people’s money, including Madonna’s.” Asked this week if she thought her support of the sect had damaged her career, Madonna told NBC: “Absolutely not. I do know that there’s cynicism involved, but I accept it because it’s different. It’s something new to people and people are always guarded and suspicious of things that are new.”
This is unbelievable… Is a missed photo op with Madonna worth creating an international incident? Thanks to Critter for passing this along, with this spot-on comment: “Huh?! Did you see this? What a bunch of petty vaginas! As if photo ops with Madge is the most pressing issue for Israel. Holy moly!”
Israeli media suggest the situation became heated when the foreign minister’s wife, Judy Nir Moses Shalom, blamed the embassy in Washington for not securing a photo opportunity with Madonna during the US pop star’s Kabbalah pilgrimage to Israel last September.
Mrs Shalom, a TV presenter, was said to be so outraged at the perceived slight that she demanded the ambassador’s personal secretary, Liran Petersil, be sacked.
After Mr Ayalon refused, Mr Shalom’s foreign ministry cancelled the aide’s position entirely, reports say.
The ambassador accused Mr Shalom of interference and is reported to possess taped telephone conversations with foreign ministry staff allegedly proving Mrs Shalom’s role in the affair.