Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Brings New Tunes and a Whole Heap of Controversy

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Madonna has confirmed her attendance at the Grammys with an Instagram picture featuring a Grammy award, bound in a similar way as her controversial Rebel Heart album art.

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There’s other news too…she’s going to sing! Billboard have confirmed Madonna, who has won seven Grammys herself, will perform at the 57th award ceremony to be held next month.

Coincidentally, Madonna’s latest single, “Living For Love”, begins its promotional whirlwind a few days afterwards, ahead of the March 10 release of Rebel Heart, which is her thirteenth studio album. That’s an impressive discography, even considering that Madonna first hit the music scene in 1986. Also, that doesn’t include all her live, soundtrack and compilation albums.

Also joining Madonna on the Grammys stage will be Sam Smith, Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande. However, whilst these guys and the other performers are the biggest pop stars around, I’m sure that Madonna will blow them all away just by stepping on stage. You don’t get to have an almost 30-year music career from just being a singer with, as Madonna once said, “just an okay voice”.

Another thing that Madonna is bringing around again, as well as new music, is controversy. The gal practically thrives on it; right from the “Like A Virgin” video – which whilst tame by today’s standards, was racy for the late ‘80s – to her 1992 coffee-table book “Sex”, and now, using iconic pictures to promote her work.

Photographs of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr, the Princess of Wales, Nelson Mandela and others were photoshopped with the Rebel Heart black plastic binding. Even Angry Bird was spared no mercy.

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Yes, it’s the same effect she used on the Grammy award above. I get that she’s using the Rebel Heart “branding” but it’s getting a little repetitive. Also, it reminds me of trash bags ties.

When the pictures were criticised, Madonna replied on her Facebook page with “I’m sorry. I’m not comparing myself to anyone. I’m admiring and acknowledging their Rebel Hearts…this is neither a crime or an insult or racist!”

Maybe not, but it is definitely publicity. Good or bad, it all sends people to the same place; Madonna’s album.

The Grammys will air on CBS on February 8. The full version of Rebel Heart is released on March 10. In the meantime, listen to Madonna’s single “Living For Love” and let us know what you think. Are you excited for her latest comeback?

Sara Hunter Smith