Madonna in Auckland: Five reasons why Madonna is still the Queen of Pop
Madonna is in Auckland folks. We're not trying to preach, but this is something of a big deal.
Sure, Queen Madge has faced her fair share of controversy over the past few years. All the custody to-ing and fro-ing, in and out of court with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie, the recent Philippines flag debacle and her general button-pushing antics both on stage and in the media.
But if there's one thing the original Material Girl does deserve a little credit for it's her ability to endlessly reinvent herself and somehow maintain a thirty-year reign in pop culture, style and music.
Madonna in the summer of 1982. pic.twitter.com/tphhqsNXpA— Music History (@TimeinMusic) 2 March 2016
Here are five timely reminders of why Madonna, love her or hate her, still reigns supreme:
* Philippines may ban Madonna after singer 'ridiculed' flag on stage
* Madonna's son forced to spend Christmas with her
* Madonna pays tribute to Paris attacks victims with impromptu show
* Madonna is coming to New Zealand next year
* Madonna: I'm just like Picasso
1. Madonna was on a first name basis before we'd ever heard of Beyonce, Lady Gaga or Adele.
Madge has had an enormous social-cultural impact on the world through not only her music, but her social and political advocacy, personal style and feminism. Dubbed the 'Queen of Pop" by countless critics since the 1980s, Madonna has earned her keep as the greatest woman in music and undoubtedly the most influential and iconic female recording artist of all time.
Music critics from all over the world identify Madonna as a corner stone for women in popular music, having paved the way for mega-stars like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Adele who followed in the Madge's footsteps.
2. Madonna reached icon status in the LGBT and feminist communities
From Like A Virgin to Like A Prayer, there's much more to Madge than just lacy gloves and string pearls.
Countless University studies have been carried out in an attempt to study or gage Madonna's profound influence on various sub-cultures, namely within the LGBT and feminist communities. Academics deemed Madonna's far-reaching influence and "iconicity" that of a "meta-icon", from the Vogueing movement to her involvement in Gay rights and activism.
Madonna reinvented the way women were perceived in pop culture, forever pushing the sexual boundaries on stage and on screen.
3. Madonna has been making music for decades
Madonna was the first ever female musician to ever gain complete control over her image and maintain her helm at the heights of popular music.
Rolling Stone Magazine once famously dubbed the pop star "a musical icon without a peer" with many music critics arguing that Madonna's influence on pop music and culture far surpasses that of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
In the early 1990's, Madonna co-founded Maverick Records. While under Madonna's reign, the label generated over US $1 billion dollars for Warner Brothers Records, far exceeding any other musician's record label. In May of 2015, Madonna had officially charted her 45th number one on the dance charts.
Doing the SB, Grammys and Oscars in 1 month is impressive but doing it over 24 years is what makes you the Queen! pic.twitter.com/FKak85D02I— The Fuzzy Dreamer (@Madonna_Worship) 29 February 2016
4. Madonna is a celebrity style pioneer
In the early 80s when Madonna first donned that conical bra and platinum blonde hair, she successfully sealed her status as a style icon forever more.
From her early years as an 80s 'boy toy' to a certified pop princess, Madonna has evolved into a fashion-forward style icon. By the late 80s, designers quickly fawned over the rising style star, from Jean-Paul Gaultier corsets to Dolce & Gabbana gowns, when it comes to the fashion and beauty stakes - Madonna has tried it all.
5. Madonna is a triple threat
After trying her hand at singing, dancing acting and business, there are few things the Ray of Light hit-maker hasn't managed to master.
Madonna picked up a Golden Globe in for her acting chops in the 1996 on-screen musical Evita. While her efforts under ex-husband Guy Ritchie in the 2002 box-office flop Swept Away are best forgotten, Madge has proved she's still got what it takes to be an award-winning actress in her own right.