While performing at the Brit Awards, Madonna suffered a tumble due to a wardrobe malfunction. Looking matador chic, Madonna began her performance of "Living For Love" standing atop a stair case surrounded by muscled-up men dressed as minotaurs.
When one of the minotaurs went to pull Madonna's cape away it didn't release and ended up pulling Madonna down the set of stairs. Luckily, the Queen of Pop does not appear to have been hurt as result of the fall. What's more, Madonna got back up on her feet, dusted herself off and finished her number like the consummate performer that she is. Way to show everyone how it's done, your Madge-sty.
You can see the unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, AFTER THE JUMP...
UPDATE: Madonna says she's ok, writing on Instagram:
"Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine! ❤️#livingforlove"
In the new issue of Rolling Stone on newsstands Friday, Madonna addresses ageist remarks that have been hurled at her as of late. The Material Girl, ever the pioneer, vows that she's not interested in being average and wants to empower women to understand that they can still be relevant and sexual regardless of their age. Madge goes on to call ageism "the last great frontier" in civil rights:
"It's still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody," she says, "and talk shit. Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society."
"No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay," Madonna continues. "But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start."
You can listen to Madonna address the entrenchment of ageism in pop culture, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Queen of Pop also talked to Rolling Stone about the rumors of a feud between her and Lady Gaga and the perception that Gaga is after Madonna's "crown", a claim she refutes:
"I don't think she wants my crown," Madonna says, referring to Gaga. "We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I'm doing. . .The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs. It's got nothing to do with 'she's taking my crown' or 'she's in some space of mine.' She has her thing. I do think she's a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue. And everybody's obviously running with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly. And you know what? I don't care anymore. Here's the thing: one day everyone's going to shut up about it. You'll see! I have a plan. "
Does Madonna's plan involve a collaboration with Gaga, perhaps? We can only hope and wait for the plan to reveal itself.
Madge's new album Rebel Heart is available March 6th.
(Photo via Rolling Stone)
Billboard snagged a revealing interview with Madonna where the material queen divulged details about her upcoming album, working with other artists, dealing with word policing, her relationship with Catholicism and her thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey. Madonna talked about the production process on her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, working with collaborators Nicki Minaj, Nas, Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West-who she described as a difficult artist to corral.
"Kanye, for instance, has excellent ideas, but it's hard to get him to pay attention. So my job was to keep him focused. I was the mistress walking around with the clipboard going, 'Guys, can you please -- can you guys come back in the room? Let's just finish the song. What do you mean you're going to a photo shoot? What do you mean you have to go to a red carpet event? Get off your phone! Will you stop tweeting? Wait, we haven't finished!'"
Madonna went on to talk about the theme behind songs on Rebel Heart saying songs like Joan of Arc display a vulnerable side to her usually stoic persona whereas the album's title song talks about regrets and never looking back. However, Madonna asserts that she doesn’t regret any of her career moves.
"Everyone has regrets. I have regrets for the smaller things, which ultimately are the bigger things in life. For instance, I regret not being more grateful certain times in my life. I regret not being more compassionate. I regret not saying I'm sorry. I don't have any career regrets. I have human-being regrets.
"As I say in the song Joan of Arc, 'Even hearts made of steel can break down.' Even people we look up to have their moments where they are fragile, vulnerable, scared, fearful, not sure, hurt. You can't be a superhero unless you have the other side."
Despite having "human-being" regrets, Madonna asserts that the word police can "F**k off," after bloggers criticized her for the pervasive use of the word "B**ch" in lyrics and song titles on the album. Madonna cites that her time spent among Londoners and their colorful use of language, including the C-word, desensitized her. Madonna also elaborated on her relationship with the Catholic church, and said that she enjoys the "Pomp and circumstance," of writing and singing about her relationship with religion, and the drama, confusion and hypocrisy of the church. She mentioned that if she had the chance, she wouldn’t hesitate to sit down with the Pope for a "Chat about sex." Billboard continued the conversation regarding sex asking Madonna if she read 50 Shades of Grey and she remarked that she found it unrealistic.
"Yes, I have. It's pulp fiction. It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, 'Hmm, a lot of spanking.' I also thought, 'This is so unrealistic because no guy goes down on a girl that much.' I'm sorry, but no one eats p**** as much as the guy in that book."
Billboard asked if she felt young women have it easier these days with Madonna responding that it’s "No-holds-barred and you can do whatever you like; On the other hand, if you're a pop star and want to get your records played and reach the masses, you have to play it very safe." Madonna was asked what she thought of her role in challenging American taboos and thoughts on pop-star Miley Cyrus. Madonna responded by incorporating Cyrus into her response about what the future holds for women.
"I like her. She seems like she doesn't care what people think. People are always telling her she's dirty or crazy or trashy, and she doesn't care. I love that about her. In her peer group, she stands out.
"I think it's an ongoing activity in my life. I'm continuing to open doors for the women behind me. I don't know many women who have had a successful career in pop music as long as I've had. And I waited until I was older to have children. I raised children and wasn't married. And I continue to express myself -- my sexuality -- in my 50’s, even though that's also considered taboo, and I get a lot of s*** for it. But in 20 years, Miley Cyrus probably won't get s*** for it. Then, it'll be like, 'Oh, yeah, that's nothing new.'"
Rebel Heart releases on March 6. Madonna’s promotional tactics for the album, including photoshopping portraits of famous civil rights leaders in the style of her album cover and posting it to her social media, is stirring up criticism. It also appears radio isn't a big fan of her either as the U.K.'s Radio 1 completely removed Madonna's new single Living For Love from their station playlist, with a station insider citing that "The station has a duty to meet the needs of younger listeners. I don’t think the audience is losing sleep that it is not playing Madonna in the same way that it used to."
Location-based social networking mobile app Grindr is giving you the chance to sext with Madge herself as part of a promotion for her upcoming Rebel Heart album, scheduled to be released on March 6th. All you have to do is recreate the album cover with you as the star and make it your profile pic, add #LivingForLove to your headline until 11:59PM PST February 15th, 2015, and make sure your email in your account is up-to-date.
5 people will win the chance to chat with Madonna on Grindr, and while topics and length of discussion aren't explicitly outlined, you may want to prepare ahead of time what to do if she asks to have your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Madonna released three new tracks from Rebel Heart — "Iconic (feat. Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson)", "Hold Tight", and "Joan of Arc" — after last night's Grammys and they are now available for listening online.
Madge also called in to Ryan Seacrest's radio show from her bed this morning and revealed new details about the show, her tour, and flashing her butt on the red carpet.
Listen to all the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...
About the show, she said it was "a little scary" to be pulled up to the ceiling in the harness.
"The one thing everyone forgot to do,was tell me when I could sit up [in the harness]. So, I’m laying back there, like forever… in this super extreme back bend, hanging over the audience. I was like 'Can I sit up now? Is the camera off of me? No one said M you can sit up now in my ears. It was the one moment everyone overlooked. Eventually, I sat up and was like 'Screw this, my back is killing me.'"
Of the red carpet butt flash, she said:
"I had an inspired, accidental wardrobe malfunction moment...Literally, for one second when I walked away, I mooned. It wasn't really mooning, I just lifted my dress up...Everyone's seen my naked butt already. Not for a while, not since the 90s. It's the age of ass, isn't it? For lack of a better phrase…it was just me having fun and being cheeky. No pun intended....That was a little part of my Rebel Heart."
She also talked about working with Diplo, NAS, and Mike Tyson, going on tour, and the possibility that she'll ever get married again."
Listen to all the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...