Sunday, May 26, 2024

Madonna Announces Name for New Album, “Madame X,” Described as a “Secret Agent, Traveling Around the World, Changing Identities”


Madonna is calling her new album “Madame X.” Madame X, she says, is a “Spy in the house of love.” Madame X is many things including a teacher and a whore according to her Instagram post.

This is a very tired idea. Anais Nin’s popular 1954 novel, “A Spy in the House of Love,” was used by a lot of pop stars in the 1980s as a meme. Everyone discovered this idea at the same time. There was a great single in 1989 by Animal Logic by that name.

Some people who knew Madonna thought her last album, “Rebel Heart,” would be her last. “Rebel Heart” was a flop. Fans come to Madonna’s shows to hear her hits. No radio station will play the new songs because, frankly, they don’t play new songs by any legacy artists.

Madonna’s strength was that she always had her finger on the pulse of new ideas. But at 60, it’s hard to do that. Maybe– cross fingers– she’s had someone write her a really catchy pop song. If it’s there, we’ll all hear it right away.

When is “Madame X” being released? I guess, soon. Who knows?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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