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I told you last week that Madonna’s release of six new tracks to iTunes has been a sales bust. I keep getting emails from her devoted fans that she’s #11 in Hungary or #14 in Peru (I’m being a little facetious). But now this story turned up in Billboard–

\from Billboard: Madonna motors forward on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with each of the three songs that she debuted last week. “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, lands one spot short of the top 10 (14-11), while first official single “Living for Love” also leaps three rungs (16-13). “Unapologetic Bitch” jumps four notches (26-22) and “Bitch I’m Madonna” scanned 17,000 units in its first full sales week, up 33 percent. (The tracks were rush-released on Dec. 19, so their first chart-tracking week was abbreviated). By contrast, the other two tracks posted modest sales gains: “Living” is up 4 percent to 11,000, while “Unapologetic” ups by 2 percent to 8,000.

That’s a total of 36,000 copies of three tracks through January 2nd. (No mention of what happened to the other three songs.) None of the six songs is tracking on the iTunes chart of 200 top singles. Color me a little surprised. The songs were good. What isn’t good today is Madonna’s Instagram of Martin Luther King, Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela depicted as comrade “Rebel Hearts.” Is she really suggesting she’s on a par with MLK and Mandela? Or even Marley? It’s not going over well.

Since then Madonna apologized on Facebook (she can’t spell ‘neither’):

“I’m sorry
I’m not comparing my self to anyone
I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts
This is niether a crime or an insult or racist!
I also did it with Michael jaclson and frida khalo and marilyn monroe
Am I saying I am them
NO
I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.
And
I didn’t do it
My fans did
And I just re posted those photos
My fans aren’t racist either
If they put me in the same category as these other people
Thank you. I’m very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished.” – Madonna

What must young people–like 16 and below — think of Madonna if they think of her at all?

9 replies to this post
  1. You’re conveniently ignoring the fact that instant gratification downloads from an album pre-order don’t count towards individual chart position, so any placement on the chart is based purely on someone downloading that particular song on its own, as opposed to pre-ordering it as part of the album as a whole. Madonna is an album artist so her fans will pre-order the album rather than buy individual songs. Oh, and she’s done zero promo yet for an album which isn’t being released until March… Look, she’s the most financially successful recording artist, and solo touring artist of all time. Aren’t you bored of trying to tear her down? There’s no one even close to chasing her trail. It’s over. Madonna won. Just accept it and enjoy the party with rest of us. Oh and the racist thing is beyond desperate now. Is anyone even bothering to entertain this faux ‘controversy’? Really?! It’s incredibly ignorant and irresponsible to throw the race card around in this day and age, son’t add fuel to the fire. Save it for someone who genuinely deserves the criticism.

  2. Sigh — you’re really truly out of touch, aren’t you. Let me try to address each of your ludicrous claims.

    1. “Deface” — Madonna did not deface any images. A few weeks ago, when her Rebel Heart album went on pre-order at iTunes, and the cover art was revealed, on their own, fans started taking other images — of Madonna, of themselves, of other artists, other public figures, other fictional characters, other objects even — and re-creating the cover art — either by photoshop, drawing, painting, or even wrapping similar chords around their faces. No one told them to do so — they did it on their own — some clearly for fun, some to show their support, some to make fun of the whole thing. Madonna started ‘liking’ & tagging some of her favorites and re-posting a few. There are literally thousands that she has not reposted. No famous paintings, art or architecture has been defaced, destroyed or vandalized. I’m not really sure what the black cords mean — some have come up with their own interpretations — but in no way did I ever think it was meant to be demeaning or insulting in any way.

    2. “Marketing” – this is her personal instagram page — here she posts images she’s photographed herself, in her personal & professional life. She reposts pictures taken by fans, friends & her family. This is not meant to specifically sell her album — this is her personal page — but i’m sure you would argue that ANYTHING she does publicly is “marketing” but honestly — i think she’s just playing around online, like most of us do.

    3. “comparing herself to…” — in NO way is she comparing herself to these iconic figures — even though, whether you like it or not, she herself IS an icon. What about the similar images posted EARLIER — of Homer Simpson, Jesus, Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, her own mother, random fans? It’s just all in fun — and along the way, she posted some good thoughts about amazing historical figures that she admires — how is this problematic?

  3. What must someone under 16 think of YOU or ANYONE else you write about? Sting? Mariah? Tony Bennett? The Kennedy Center Honors? THEY DON’T. You’re as irrelevant as those you often write about. ALL of them — not just Madonna. Madonna could literally record the sound of herself flushing a toilet and it wouldn’t matter because her tour would still be THE #1 or #2 tour of the year — depending on whether or not U2 or Springsteen hit the road. FACT. End of Story. Albums are merely merch to promote/drive a concert tour — where the real money lies these days in the music biz — and you know it. Madonna doesn’t need to have hits singles. It has been THIRTY-THREE years of insults, putdowns, and 2nd guesses – face it: Madonna. is. not. going. anywhere.

  4. Let’s be frank. Madonna cannot sing. She can shake up a stage, but she’s no singer and never will be. She knows it too. So for her lifelong career she has been a big running PROMOTION. Promoting Madonna and causing controversy to get attention.
    I think at this part of her career she’s at best a Vegas act. This CD is probably in prep for a longish tour and it will be interesting to see if she can fill the seats.
    Notice that Janet Jackson left the business? She saw the handwriting on the wall.

  5. Relax people. I don’t see where she is comparing herself at all but stating that these people were rebel hearts as well because they dared to fight for what they believed in. Madonna has always fought for human rights, ergo her rebel heart. Even if she has gotten off track a little of late. But seriously people, RELAX

    ps…I thought it was kinda cool and a clever way to get people talking about all these wonderful people/topics. Are we really that sensitive?

  6. Re Madonna’s bad spelling, she also wrote this: “I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts.” The correct word is their (not “there”). Like half the people posting on the Internet, she doesn’t know the difference between there, their and they’re.

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