The album covers along with track lists were announced via social media on April Madonna stated in an interview backstage at the Billboard Music Awards that all the personas of the Madame X character are extensions of herself, and she also decided to name the album "Madame X" because it was a name that was given to her by Martha Graham at the age of nineteen when she first moved to New York and danced in her school at the beginning of her career when she was "experimenting" with who she should be.
The name originated because Graham couldn't recognise all of her different personas because she kept changing the way she looked. Perhaps Madonna errs on the side of being a little bit too broad -- on "Killers Who Are Partying," she paints herself as a martyr for every oppressed voice in the world -- yet this instinct to look outside of her experience leads her to ground Madame X in various strains of Latinx sounds, trap, and art-pop, music that not only doesn't sound much like the American pop charts in , but requires focused attention in a manner that makes the songs not especially friendly to playlisting.
Madame X has its share of colorful neo-disco numbers and shimmering chill-out tracks, but they're painted in dark hues, and they're surrounded by songs so closely cloistered, they can play like mini-suites. Case in point is "Dark Ballet," an ominous number that descends into a sinister, robotic rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Reed Flutes" section from The Nutcracker -- an allusion that recalls not the future, but the dystopian horror show of A Clockwork Orange.
Such darkness hangs heavy over Madame X, surfacing fiercely in the clenched-mouth phrasing on "God Control," but present even on the bobbing reggae of "Future. The rhythms are immediate but the songs aren't, nor are the opaque productions. While this thick, heady confluence of cultures and sounds may demand concentration, Madame X not only amply rewards such close listening, but its daring embrace of the world outside the U. Similar Products Formats: Music. Theme: Madonna.
How to Order. Apple Music AU. Apple Music BE. Apple Music CA. Apple Music FR. Apple Music GB. Apple Music NZ. Apple Music US. Record Store Day. Retrieved October 8, Madonna songs. Singles Covers Unreleased songs. Book Category Template. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. In Madonna's own words, "Joan of Arc fought the English and she won, still the French were not happy.
Still they judged her. They said she was a man, they said she was a lesbian, they said she was a witch, and, in the end, they burned her at the stake, and she feared nothing.
I admire that. I was thinking about Studio 54, because I caught the end of that wave — I moved to New York in that was the last year that Studio 54 was sort of in existence before [co-founders] Ian [Schrager] and Steve [Rubel] got arrested. And so, just the idea that those kinds of places, that used to bring people together, are no longer safe, is a really scary thought to me. And sad. People feel like gods when they have guns in their hands.
The fourth track, " Future ", is a dancehall song featuring American rapper Quavo. While elaborating its topic, Madonna specified that it's about her carrying the burden of all marginalized people.
She further elucidated that "we have all these powerful men positioned in places all around the world who are celebrating and abusing their power while minorities are suffering, being degraded. The civil rights that we fought for the LGBTQ community, women's rights, everything started to go backwards and I felt that it was really important to reflect my rage, my sense of betrayal.
I think he's a great writer, a great singer and he's so cute. Cute's important. The eighth track, "Crazy", is a soul -inflected track featuring a Portuguese accordion.
This is the second song on the record to feature verses sung in Portuguese. Once they were free, they turned what enslaved them into music — and they made those krakebs. I wanted to bring that instrument back into the story. According to the singer, it felt very different than Portugal's Portuguese , so she had to relearn the language.
It features Madonna singing most of her verses in Spanish. Interscope Records released Madame X on June 14, Directed by Nuno Xico, the short film breaks down the album production and the inspiration behind the music, as well as featuring sneak peaks of album photoshoot and behind the scenes of music videos. It showcased music spanning her career, especially Madame X songs and the background stories behind them.
It aired across numerous MTV networks and digital channels. It was her 37th entry on the chart and her second appearance for the s after " Ghosttown " in and became her best-charting AC hit since " Frozen " in It was directed by Peter Matkiwsky and includes footage of Parkland shooting survivors, LGBTQ supporters, women's rights protesters, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman 's testimony about sexual abuse and other social justice movements. In the lead up to the full release of Madame X , " Future " and " Dark Ballet " were released as promotional singles on May 17 and June 7, respectively.
A music video for " God Control " was released on June 26, A music video for the track " Batuka ", directed by Emmanuel Adjei who also had directed "Dark Ballet" ,  premiered on July 19, Near the end of the video, they stand together in a line, holding hands, watching the sunset and waves. The video's final shot shows what appears to be ghost sailing ships fading away as a storm forms over the ocean. On May 6, , the Madame X Tour was officially announced, with concerts in theatres between September and March Madame X was met with generally positive reviews.
At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on 21 reviews. The more positive reviews of the album generally praised its unique and experimental nature. Kitty Empire of The Guardian hailed it as being a "splendidly bizarre return to form" for Madonna, describing the production as "fluid However, mixed reviews of the album criticized its production aspects, as well as the nature of the singer's artistic direction.
Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph summarized Madame X as being "a mad mishmash of an album" and criticized its lack of cohesiveness, stating that Madonna was "fighting on too many fronts at the same time". At the end of the year, Madame X won an online poll hosted by Billboard as the best album of Madame X debuted at number one on the US Billboard with 95, album-equivalent units , of which 90, were pure album sales.
It became Madonna's ninth number-one album in the United States. In the UK, it entered the album chart at number two behind Bruce Springsteen 's Western Stars with just over 25, combined sales. It also entered the Sales Albums Chart at number five. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Madame X Madonna album. I started getting invited to people's homes and they have things called living room sessions. So everyone would congregate. Confessions on a Dance Floor was even better, its Abba samples and smooth deep house a way for her to stay out past 4am with dignity, rather than trying to score ketamine off teenage fashion influencers at the afters, musically speaking.
Perhaps it began pre-Confessions, when she kissed Britney Spears as if to parasitically extract her youth. Certainly by Hard Candy in she was playing catch-up, spurring Timbaland and the Neptunes to some of their tamest work, a good five years after their pomp. MDNA tried to keep pace with stadium EDM, while Rebel Heart struggled to get its head around a newly global, musically cosmopolitan pop market, and just randomly glued hip collaborators together.
There is so much happening that I hardly knew what or how to feel. I can tell you, the book got into my head. Questions are answered, albeit with a maddening slowness that had me pulling my own hair out. I needed to know what happened and who the real X was. Four Stars and Two Wet Panties.
View 1 comment. Leigh's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 3. The first book was terrific. The second almost entirely turned me off of the series. The third, well, it fell somewhere in between. It had the excitement and intrigue of the first, but lacked the eroticism. I was taken on a roller coaster ride that thrilled at first, but by the end, I just felt a little unsettled. Wilder is a wonderful author and proved it by her ability to create such an interesting story with Madam X, a woman with no past, no memory, and the Svengali figure of Caleb that held her in his thrall.
His possession and fixation with her was disconcerting and wrong and erotic all at the same time and the introduction of Logan into the love triangle just made the story better as she decided between love and obsession. The backstory on X, the history of Caleb, it all reached out and grabbed me. But I was just very disappointed that Exiled did not bring it together in a way that satisfied me. Perhaps it was the manner of storytelling, where X was basically telling her tale to Caleb and Logan.
That may have provided too much distance and not let me feel as if I was a part of the story. Or perhaps it was the distaste I still had from X being willing to go back and forth between two men and just claim that her attraction to both was like an addict getting a fix.
Whatever the reason, I was left conflicted. On story idea alone, I would say this was a must read. Review copy provided for an honest review. Jan 20, Paula Phillips rated it liked it. The story of Madame X aka Isabel continues, at the end of Book 2 we watched as Logan was shot and Caleb had taken Isabel back to his building. Isabel now has the name Jakob, and so she asks Caleb, and he reveals his truths.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed with Exiled as I felt that it had strayed away from the storyline of Madame X losing her memory and why she was where she was in the first place. It did, however, bring lots of answers to questions that arose in the previous two bo The story of Madame X aka Isabel continues, at the end of Book 2 we watched as Logan was shot and Caleb had taken Isabel back to his building.
It did, however, bring lots of answers to questions that arose in the previous two books. We discover that Logan is barely alive and Isabel rushes by his side as she still loves him, the thing does she love him as she did sleep with Caleb. I have to admit by this book I was annoyed at Isabel as she can't distance herself away from Caleb, she keeps running back to him despite what a prick he is towards her and the lies he has told.
One of my favorite parts in this book was that Isabel visits Ellen Stardust Diner and talks about her experience there, I loved it as it made me remember the day I went there on the 29th December and watching the waitresses sing.
I can still remember the taste of my meal, and it's where I had the most delicious fries called waffle fries. Isabel it is discovered is pregnant with twins but whose babies are there? Are they Caleb's or Logan's? I did love the twist with the pregnancy at the end as it made the story more interesting. The other thing was that I was finally relieved in the ending that Caleb made the right decision.
This is one book I would say only for readers to read if they have read the whole Madame X series and felt that they desperately need a conclusion fix.
Jun 28, Once rated it liked it. The Story: I was really looking forward to reading this book. Isabel is torn between Logan and Caleb. Book three is definitely about Isabel's journey, growth and finding answers.
She is still trying to find out about her past while dealing with her torn heart between the two men in her life. The Likes: I love Logan, he is as loyal as they come. He is actual The Story: I was really looking forward to reading this book. He is actually more loyal than most. I have to admire his character for that but at the same time I want to smack him.
I like that there was so much suspense and quite a few insane twists in this book. I feel like it became too much in this final book of the series. Without giving anything away, there was some really unrealistic developments in this book that literally had me saying WTF.
The rating: I'm rating this story 3. I wanted to love it like I loved book one and two but I didn't enjoy this book quite as much. I did read it pretty quickly and it definitely held my attention.
I love Jasinda's writing and will read anything she comes out with. I was excited to dig into the final installation in the Madame X series by Jasinda Wilder.
I just needed to know what direction it was going to take. With this series you never could tell where the story would go. Lots of back and forth and inevitable pull. Isabel makes some big changes and finally gets stronger than I thought she could be.
I am someone, with him. With you…I will always only be Madame X. In the end we get the answers that we have been looking for, albeit unexpected solutions for sure.
The story ended up leaving me in a weird place. Paint You over the scars on my should. Wrap myself up in You, curl up in the warmth of You. Jasinda Wilder has delivered an incredible finale to the Madame X series.
She has given the reader exactly what they craved but also left me emotionally bereft with the depths of emotion entrenched in the characters stories. Her choice to be with Caleb or Logan is like a tug of war or an emotional roller coaster, out of control but decide Isabel must.
Stacked with passion, lust, emotion and dark secrets, many of our questions from the first two books are finally answered and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series but felt this book was a triumph of spirit for Isabel's character.
May 02, Tati rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary-realistic. Another series bites the dust. This was a weird series. First, in the way it was written. It's told in first person, but it's almost as if it's been told to one of the other main characters. Also, Isabel was a very, very, very frustrating character.
Thankfully mercifully , she finally gets her head straight and stops flitting from Caleb to Logan. There was a twist at the end, though it didn't come as a surprise, being it who we're talking about here. There also, I felt, a cheap cop-out from the a Another series bites the dust. There also, I felt, a cheap cop-out from the author, which was also predictable.
Jun 02, Kristin Reh rated it it was amazing. At times as a reader I felt conflicted as to whom she should choose as her true match Caleb or Logan. Each character had both good and bad traits, so just like in real life she needed to choose whom she could not live without.
May 31, Diana rated it it was amazing. It was packed with love, passion, action, and twists that kept me guessing. I didn't want to put it down and I was sad when I finished it because I wanted more! Madame X is Madonna's 14th studio album, released on June 14, Initially released in a variety of formats and editions, the album exists with 3 main tracklists: • a track standard edition, released on CD and cassette and as a digital download; • a track edition, released on CD, cassette, vinyl and digital download;.