Madonna: ‘Women Need To Know What They Stand For’

As Madonna de­scends on Scot­land, No.1 re­veal how she’s rev­o­lu­tionised fem­i­nism in pop...

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Hav­ing re­leased her first sin­gle in 1982, it’s hard to be­lieve that De­cem­ber will mark only the sec­ond time Madonna has per­formed in Scot­land (she will play at The SSE Hy­dro in Glas­gow on the 20th De­cem­ber). Not only has Madonna es­tab­lished her­self as a global icon, but also as an in­spi­ra­tion for all other fe­male pop acts.


When she first hit the air­waves in the 80s, Madonna was fear­less in her ap­proach to both her mu­sic and im­age, she was not in­tim­i­dated by the male­dom­i­nated in­dus­try. From the word go, Madonna took com­plete con­trol of her ca­reer and by push­ing sex­ual bound­aries and not shy­ing away from con­tro­versy, she proudly re­fused to ad­here to how so­ci­ety dic­tates women should be­have. Her brav­ery paid off, she is the only fe­male to be in­cluded in the top seven best-sell­ing artists of all time.


The megas­tar has cre­ated a breed of sim­i­lar artists for whom noth­ing is off bounds. Mi­ley Cyrus’ con­tro­ver­sial MTV VMA’S per­for­mance in 2013 was noth­ing com­pared to Madonna lock­ing lips with both Brit­ney Spears and Christina Aguil­era at the 2003 award show. And when Nicki Mi­naj’s mu­sic video for Only came un­der-fire for ‘ex­ploit­ing Nazi sym­bol­ism’, peo­ple weren’t that shocked as Madonna had pre­vi­ously faced a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in 1989 when she up­set the Catholic Church by show­ing scenes of her danc­ing in a field of burn­ing crosses for her Like A Prayer video. Madonna fought her way to the top with her re­lent­less work ethic and de­ter­mi­na­tion, prov­ing to other fe­males they can also achieve their dreams. When asked about how to achieve longevity in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Madonna advises, “Pop­u­lar­ity comes and goes. You need to know who you are, what you stand for, and why you’re here.”


Find­ing out who she was and what she stood for wasn’t a prob­lem – over the years Madonna has fought tire­lessly for equal­ity for women and gay rights. And al­though th­ese is­sues may have pro­gressed in re­cent years, she strongly be­lieves women are still not on par with men – a fight she won’t give up on. She said, “Don’t be fooled, not much has changed – cer­tainly not for women. We still live in a very sex­ist so­ci­ety that wants to limit peo­ple. Since I started, I’ve had peo­ple giv­ing me a hard time be­cause they didn’t think you could be sex­ual or have sex­u­al­ity or sen­su­al­ity in your work and be in­tel­li­gent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.” Madonna may not be­lieve much has changed, but in fact, she has trans­formed the mu­sic in­dus­try

for women. Af­ter all, with 13 albums un­der her belt over three decades, it’s fair to say Madonna was the rst of her kind. Women are now dom­i­nat­ing mu­sic, 2014 saw solo fe­male artists oc­cu­py­ing the top ve po­si­tions in the chart for six con­sec­u­tive weeks for the rst time in the 56-year history of the Bill­board Hot 100 (US record chart show). The mu­sic in­dus­try now o ers a di er­ent level of se­cu­rity and ac­cep­tance for women, a sis­ter­hood made up of megas­tars such as Tay­lor Swift, Bey­oncé, Adele, Katy Perry and many more. Record pro­ducer, Di­plo, who worked with Madonna also feels she’s paved the way for other woman in mu­sic. He said, “She cre­ated the world we live in. It al­ready sucks to be a woman in the mu­sic in­dus­try but to be a boss woman is even harder.”


The mu­sic leg­end has in­spired the likes of Adele, who ad­mit­tedly found it hard to write songs af­ter hav­ing her rst child. She says Madonna’s Ray of Light was ‘chief in­spi­ra­tion’ for her lat­est al­bum, 25: “You know what I found amaz­ing about that record? That’s the rst record Madonna wrote af­ter hav­ing her rst child, and for me, it’s her best.” While it’s no se­cret that women in the mu­sic in­dus­try look up to Madonna, she also shows her ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her fel­low pop stars. In a re­cent in­ter­view, she dis­cussed her love for Bey­oncé, “She’s a great per­former and she puts on a show.

‘She cre­ated the world we live in. It sucks to be a woman in the in­dus­try, but to be a boss woman is harder’

She’s a pro­fes­sional. She ticks all the boxes. She’s great live, and all the stu around her, it’s com­plete en­ter­tain­ment. And she gives it her all, so I ap­pre­ci­ate that.”


Madonna may be the queen of pop and is prov­ing she’s still at the top of her game, but she is still de­ter­mined to work hard and achieve ev­ery­thing she sets her sights on. “I’m not a ‘great­est hits’ kind of girl. You could say it’s reinventing but a real artist is con­tin­u­ously chang­ing and evolv­ing be­cause the art is con­tin­u­ously chang­ing and evolv­ing. I mean, Pi­casso didn’t paint the same paint­ings over and over again.” We’re glad you’re not ready to throw the towel in just yet, Madonna!

Madonna will play at The SSE Hy­dro in Glas­gow on 20th De­cem­ber.

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