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MADONNA

AFTER MOVING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO BE A ‘SOCCER MOM’, MADONNA HAS SPENT THE PAST YEAR WORKING ON HER NEW ALBUM. AS WE CAST OUR EYES FORWARD TO 2019’S MOST HOTLY-ANTICIPATED NEW POP RECORD, WE ALSO LOOK BACK AT WHY SHE REMAINS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMAN IN MUSIC TODAY.

INSIDE THE MOST HOTLY-ANTICIPATED ALBUM OF 2019

©Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

A full 35 years on from the release of her debut single, Madonna has now reached the point in her career where she is expected to churn out uninspired albums of covers, duets, orchestral reworkings or any other gimmick designed to conceal a lack of creativity. Or maybe remaster her past glories before hitting the road to trot out the hits on a seemingly endless ‘farewell tour’ (hello, Elton). That she rejects this ‘heritage act’ route to challenge herself by making fresh, current-sounding music is admirable, but not at all surprising.

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Issue 48 is on sale now! In our latest issue we look ahead to the most hotly-anticipated album of 2019 – it’s the return of Madonna. We also analyse her six personas that changed the face of pop and wax lyrical about her classic album Like A Prayer. We’ve got outrageous must-read interviews with Paul Heaton plus Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch and Ultravox fans will love our chat with the legendary Midge Ure. Our panel of experts look back over the year to count down their pick of the finest albums, reissues, compilations and books of 2018 and elsewhere we catch up with The Fizz to hear about their rollercoaster year as well as tracing the make-or-break record that saved The Jam’s career. We review new releases by Trevor Horn, Joe Jackson and Fun Lovin' Criminals while in our packed reissues section we look at Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and much more. We also check out gigs by Heaven 17, Rick Astley and Blancmange.