Cigarette in hand, hair cut long or short, blonde then brown… Madonna collects outfits and identities in the short video presenting Madame X, her upcoming album. We hear a few notes of music before she reveals her alter ego: “Madame X is a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom. Bringing light to dark places. Madame X is a dancer. A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian. A prisoner. A student. A mother. A child. A teacher. A nun. A singer. A saint. A whore. A spy in the house of love. I’m Madame X," reveals Madonna.
In France countless fans remember the sad concert of July 2012 at the Olympia, where after a two-hour delay, the singer left the stage without an encore after just 48 minutes.
At 60 years old, Madonna certainly didn’t steal her title as queen of pop. In forty years of career, she has released 75 singles, recorded 13 studio albums and been awarded numerous accolades. Madonna revolutionised the world of music with tracks that combined pop, sex and religion: Like A Virgin, Papa Don't Preach and Material Girl became the hymns of a generation asserting themselves through the artist’s music.
While Madame X is both a saint and a whore, we should note that every one of Madonna’s eras has been marked by religion. She prayed in a church and sang in front of burning crosses in her 1989 video for Like A Prayer, and wore a crown of thorns and appeared on an immense cross in her 2006 Confessions tour. During the Rebel Heart tour of 2015, dancers dressed as nuns joined her on stage for a session of pole dancing.