Most 56-year-olds are probably thinking about retiring or counting the cash in their 401Ks like a dragon counts its jewels. I don't know. That's what you do when you "grow up," right? Not Madonna. Madge has been everywhere of late -- kissin' Drake, singing with Taylor and basically being way cooler than anyone her own age... or ours.
The music biz is decidedly a young person's game -- but it's one that Madonna has been playing for longer than most of us have been alive now (and has been playing it well). She dropped her thirteenth (!!!) studio album, Rebel Heart, in March -- but that's just the tip of the very cool iceberg.
Check out all the ways Madonna has been basically everywhere of late. She and Paul McCartney really need to get together for coffee or something...
She's Kissing Drizzy
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Madonna shocked and delighted us all when she took the stage to perform "Ghosttown" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards with none other than Tay Tay on guitar. One legend + One legend-in-the-making = One hell of a memorable performance.
She's Dancing With Terrence
Madonna got all up in that "Empire" craze when she premiered the video for "Ghosttown," featuring none other than Terrence Howard. Maybe she'll cameo next season? We can only dream.
She's Singing With Mike Tyson
Not only did Madge work with Chance The Rapper on "Iconic," she also collabed with... Mike Tyson?! That's a KO of a combo, no?
... And Nicki ...
... on a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" -- like she really needs any introduction.
She's Talking About '50 Shades'
Did someone say "kinky sex"? Madonna was all up on that "50 Shades of Grey" tip when, in an interview with Billboard, she revealed that the flick/book wasn't really her cuppa. “It’s pulp fiction,” Madge said. “It’s not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.'"
Stow that twitchy palm, Christian -- Madonna says so.
She's Signing Deals With Jay
When Jay Z launched his new music streaming service, Tidal, with a cadre of stars in tow (Bey, Rihanna, Jack White etc etc), Madonna was also in attendance, signing that mysterious Declaration of Independence-like document with fervent gusto. I would make a joke about material girls, but that's so cassette tape-era Madge.
She's Going On Grindr
Madonna hosted a contest on the gay dating app. I mean, sure, right?
She's So Illuminati
I mean, she's totally OG Illuminati, but her Grammy performance kind of solidified it all for us. This is Madonna's world, we're all just undulating awkwardly in it.