“Madonna. Simply saying the word aloud makes me feel powerful,” Jane Lynch once said in character as Sue Sylvester on the hit TV show “Glee.” Sylvester subsequently praised Madonna as “the most powerful woman to ever walk the face of the Earth.”
‘Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones’
On Friday, August 19, she released her highly-anticipated “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones” collection, which celebrates her 50 No. 1 hit singles on the dance club charts across four decades. She made history once again when she topped the dance club songs chart for the 50th time, making her the first and only recording artist to have 50 No. 1 hits on any single Billboard chart. This new 50-track collection includes her favorite remixes of those chart-topping dance hits that have filled clubs worldwide for four decades, and an abridged 16-track version, simply titled “Finally Enough Love.”
These will mark the first album releases to be part of the newly announced partnership between Madonna and the Warner Music Group, which will feature an extensive series of catalog releases across her groundbreaking career.
“50 Number Ones” spans her entire dance club chart reign with dozens of remixes by the world’s top producers. In addition to fan favorites, the collection also includes a selection of rare remix recordings, with more than 20 being officially released for the first time or making their commercial and digital debut.
“Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones” flows in mostly chronological order, showcasing the many musical reinventions that made Madonna an international icon, from 1983’s “Holiday” to 2019’s “I Don’t Search I Find,” with remixes by some of the biggest and most influential DJs of all time, including Shep Pettibone, William Orbit, Honey Dijon and Avicii.
On several songs, Madonna is joined by other top artists, including Britney Spears (“Me Against The Music”), Justin Timberlake and Timbaland (“4 Minutes”), and Nicki Minaj (“Bitch I’m Madonna”). Each remix was newly remastered for the collection by Mike Dean, who produced Madonna’s two most-recent studio albums, “Rebel Heart” (2015) and “Madame X” (2019).
Both of these new collections also highlight “You Can Dance,” Madonna’s first-ever remix collection. Celebrating 35 years this year, “You Can Dance” has sold more than five million copies worldwide and is still the second best-selling remix album of all time.
The collection also pays homage to “Everybody,” Madonna’s first single, celebrating its 40th anniversary on October 6. Madonna redesigned the album’s chronology by picking three edits from “You Can Dance,” including “Into The Groove,” “Everybody” and “Physical Attraction,” which reflects the underground club vibes that inspired her first recordings as a Sire artist.
Along with those rarities, these albums also introduce versions that are seeing their first-ever official release, including the “Alternate Single Remix” of “Keep It Together,” the “Offer Nissim Promo Mix” of “Living For Love.”
There will be more surprises that will be revealed later this year around the celebration of Madonna’s 40 years in the music business.
“Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones” is available by clicking here.
Roller disco party
Most recently, Madonna hosted a roller disco party at DiscOasis in New York City’s Central Park. She reunited with Nile Rodgers for the event and spoke to the audience about making “Like A Virgin” together. Questlove served as DJ for the event, spinning Madonna hits and disco classics all night while guests danced and skated under the stars.
Her guests enjoyed specialty Belvedere Vodka and Perrier cocktails such as “The Queens Spritz” and “Material Gworllllllll,” which were named after Madonna’s recent hit remixes with Beyonce and Saucy Santana.
Madonna was joined by friends and family, including Ariana DeBose, Christian Siriano, Steven Klein, and Jeremy O. Harris, among others.
The collection, curated by Madonna, is in celebration of her historic milestone as the first and only recording artist to have 50 No. 1 hit singles on any single Billboard chart when she topped the Dance Club Songs chart for the 50th time.
New Madonna film in the works
Madonna co-wrote the original screenplay of her forthcoming biopic with Oscar winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”), and the movie will be produced by three-time Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal.
Madonna is directing the project while Pascal will produce for her Universal-based Pascal Pictures alongside Madonna. Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary serve as executive producers.
The “Queen of Pop” acknowledged that she has a “very lengthy script” yet it is extremely hard for her to condense. She has been “whittling away at it” yet it feels like she is “hacking off her limbs.”
Madonna noted that she has had an “extraordinary life” and therefore she “must make an extraordinary film.” “It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me,” she said, pointing out that most of them were “mostly misogynistic men.”
“So I put my foot in the door and said, ‘No one’s going to tell my story, but me’,” she explained.
It has been reported that Emmy winner Julia Garner, who is known for her acting work as Ruth Langmore in the hit Netflix series “Ozark,” has been offered to play the role of the original “Material Girl” in the upcoming Universal Pictures movie. Madonna is very much in control of this narrative account of her life story.
Madonna’s prolific career exceeds four decades and it has had a groundbreaking impact as a musician, actress, director, author, and entrepreneur who informs every aspect of global culture, transforming our understanding of art, sexuality, feminism, and the role of women in entertainment.
The movie’s focus is music
“I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world,” Madonna remarked.
“The focus of this film will always be music,” she admitted. “Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me? It is essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision,” she elaborated.
If she weren’t in the music or entertainment world, she would have been a “schoolteacher” as her alternate career choice. She joked that she would have a very popular class and it would be challenging and controversial.
She listed Kendrick Lamar as her dream collaboration choice in music. “There is one artist that I worship more than anything in life and that’s Kendrick Lamar. His new record is history-making, it is mindbogglingly brilliant, it’s insane. He is so talented,” she exclaimed.
To learn more about Madonna and her new music, visit her official website.