|A still taken from the video for Madonna's hit ‘Like A Prayer’|
Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, best known as Madonna, has been named by Time magazine as one of the 15 most powerful women in the 20th Century and by CNN as “arguably the most influential female recording artist of all time.” Sales of her records have topped 300 million, and her last tour made an unsurpassed $305 million, raising her net worth to over a billion. Her biography in Wikipedia takes up 31 pages, only nine short of Dwight Eisenhower’s, eight short of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s and nine more than Bill Clinton’s.
To all of which may be added one new distinction. Madonna will come under study by a panel of the Catholic Church later this month for demonic possession. This is not altogether a new idea. Various exploitations of sexual activity, often perverse, have long been a powerful additive to an undoubted and extraordinary musical talent. Her 1990 “Blond Ambition World Tour,” for instance, described by Rolling Stone as “an elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza,” was denounced by both the Catholic and Anglican Church. Her “Confessions Tour” in 2006 caused the Russian Orthodox Church and the Federation of Jewish Communities to urge all their members to boycott her concerts. But submitting her as a case for exorcism is new.
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