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Madonna has been shocking the world for 40 years and no one is going to stop her

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The singer represents rebellion, indiscipline and fighting against adversity

Madonna’s account on Instagram has a reputation for being a playground for digital… “voyeurs”, writes “El Pais”.

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The singer has relatively few followers (18.4 million) compared to later-generation stars like Beyoncé (273 million), but she offers better… stimuli: the chance to see a pop star who has done it all – pushing boundaries both morally and artistically-, to struggle not to become just another likable character.

Madonna releases a remix album that sums up her career, the “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones”, and is speeding up the production of a film that tells the story of her life, the real one.

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The singer’s frenetic use of Instagram is perfectly symbolic of her career, since she started in the music industry in 1982, at the age of 25. Sure, Madonna has suffered every kind of harassment a pop star can: sexual harassment, body criticism, accusations of cultural appropriation and anti-religious, sacrilegious, unpatriotic, youth-obsessed and alleged heretics, fraud for using playback on concerts, financier of an alleged sect (Kabbalah)…

Yes, she always overdid everything, as a woman from the suburbs of Detroit. In the 1980s she burned crosses in her music video for ‘Like a Prayer’, in the 1990s she published a book, ‘Sex’, which had the most explicit images of homosexuality and fetishism ever shown by a star, in the 2000s she kissed passionately rocked Britney Spears at an awards gala with millions of people watching on TV and just recently uploaded a video to her Instagram account of him kissing women on the mouth in a car.

For someone so obsessed with attention, it must be frustrating for Madonna that she doesn’t resonate with today’s youth. She has admitted that the biggest challenge of her career was preparing for the musical film ‘Evita’ (1996). In four decades, he has released 14 albums, and at least five of them are essential listening. The first two (Madonna, 1983, and Like A Virgin, 1984) are full of dance-pop defining gems of the 1980s.

She has always known that fame comes through a “musical pastiche”: taking something from here and something from there, without being too obvious, and then embellishing it with her own contribution.

It represents rebelliousness, indiscipline and fighting against adversity. This is why she is an LGTBI muse and a reference point for those who came after her: Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Pink… and today’s pop goddess, Beyoncé, who recently released a version of her single ‘Break My Soul’. Beyonce thanked Madonna for her example in a note the latter shared on social media: “I’m so grateful for you. You have opened so many doors for so many women. You’re a genius.”

Madonna has been shocking the world for 40 years

Three weeks ago, the singer gave an interview to “Variety”, announcing that she will direct a movie about her life (Julia Garner will play her). She explained it this way: “It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make films about me. Mostly half-breed men. So I said to myself, ‘No one is going to tell my story but me.'”

This is Madonna…

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