An Open Letter To Madonna

Contributed anonymously:

Dear : Hey, how’s it going? You ok? Cool. All your fans are talking about your upcoming CD called “Confessions on a Dancefloor.” They say it’s really gonna be great. Forgive me, but I must say that I really doubt that. After learning that that Mirwais dude is gonna be involved in it (again), it’s really kinda hard to believe that the CD will have integrity. His involvement in “Music” was tolerable. But “American Life” was the final straw. I hope you’re honest enough to admit that it has killed your career. Yes — “killed.” That’s why you’re staging a “comeback,” right? Anyhoo, I really wish for the best. But the thing is, Mrs. Ritchie, dance isn’t in vogue anymore (pardon the pun). I read somewhere that you don’t read magazines or listen to news. Maybe you should — so you’ll be in touch with what is in again. Anyways, going back to that comeback thing…. I really think it’s ill-timed. The biggest and greatest comeback of 2005 is that of your arch nemesis, Mariah Carey, who’s now light-years ahead of you in chart accomplishment. Trying to top or even trying to come close to that great comeback and then failing would really be sad, tragic and, most of all, embarrassing. Maybe in 4 to 5 years you can come back, long after the public has forgiven you for the “American Life” fiasco and that horrible stunt with your biggest wannabe at the MTV Awards. There’s one thing you can learn from the Mimi comeback though: that in the end, it’s not the publicity stunts, the press, your religious/spiritual beliefs that matter in the business. It’s the music. It’s really all about the music. Mimi bounced back (and how!) because she released a CD with great and beautiful music. I guess you know what I mean. So please, review, edit or even change your all-dance CD into something that people will like and actually consume before feeding it to the public. Otherwise it may prove to be the last nail in your coffin. Lastly, smile. They say that what’s seen outside reflects what’s inside. Perhaps a little kindness and goodness would do the trick. You haven’t been looking very good lately. Respectfully yours, Divinah. P.S. No more Mirwais please.


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10 thoughts on “An Open Letter To Madonna

  1. killabot says:

    I don’t think people should create music to “whatever is in”. People who create interesting and great music should be praised… whether that style is in or out.

  2. galleta says:

    Why are we so hard on our entertainers? It’s their job to entertain, we all have different taste and expectations of our entertainers. If you aren’t a fan of ole Madge than don’t waste your time on her. Simple isn’t it.

  3. astrange1 says:

    You are making it sound as thought Mariah has released this great critically acclaimed album. Well I suppose in your fantasy world it might be but the fact remains that Mimi has received mediocre reviews at best. It is a commercial success because Mariah has managed to pull together enough of her once vast fanbase to make another run – primarily on the strength of “We Belong Together” which is the highlight of the album. Good for her but Mimi is not a great album…about a third of it is pure filler. If it really is about the music as you say then Mariah pales in comparison. Much of her career (and her le3gitimately great voice) has been wasted singing syrupy power ballads at full throttle to overcome with her voice’s power the banality of the material. After her first album (definitely the best of the bunch) she settled into a formula that was enormously successful commercially but an albatross artistically and she unfortunately never grew into the great vocalist she should have been. When all is said and done, she and Celine Dion will stand as twin monuments to the wretched excess of 90s power ballads. Madonna on the other hand has always been one to stretch the boundaries both musically and with her public persona. Whenever any of the major publications in the music press give lists of the greatest songs and albums of all time you will find her name there and not Mariah’s. Even Rolling Stone, never a fan of female pop singers, listed 3 of her albums among the 500 best of all time. And by the way, the Music album you rail against went double platinum (like Mimi) and had great reviews (unlike Mimi). Oh, and one last thing…before you go on one of your “year of Mimi” rants, you really should let reality set in once in a while. Mimi’s 2 million sales in the US still trails Kelly’s 3 million and 50 Cent’s 4 million. As for “We Belong Together”, it so far has 1 million in sales while Kelly’s “Since U Been Gone” and Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” have each sold 3 million copies and The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” has sold 2 million copies. Before you go off calling me a “Mariah hater” or something, I will remind you that I was defending her (check the posts back then) when Mimi came out. She has had a great year and deservedly so. However, there is no reason to go off attacking other artists because you somehow see her as a “threat”. If Madonna were as done as you say, you would not need to say anything. Why would you care. As that Billy Shakespeare guy once said, “Thou doth protest too much.”

  4. RadioFreeRoscoe says:

    I like some of Madonna’s music, but I am by no stretch of the imagination a fan of hers. However, I must say that the more negative energy some Mariah fans (along with several other people) direct at Madonna and her career, the stronger the positive response will be when “Confessions” is released. That’s the way the universe works. This letter is a prime example of why people find Mariah Carey fans to be a bit psychotic. Stop giving normal fans like me a bad name.

    I was totally with you until you said that ‘Mimi’ didn’t get good reviews. I read tons of positive reviews, and most stated that this was her best album in a very long time. Madonna has released a few good albums, as has Mariah, but I would never call her revolutionary and innovative as you are implying. The majority of her stuff is sex-charged and very radio-friendly. She’s nothing more than a medicore pop star to me.

  5. popfan_23 says:

    Darling read the reviews again, Mariah reviecd amazing reviews’, ‘all having one thing in common (…it’s the return of the voice). We Blong Together maybe the highlight in yopur opinion, but the great thing about opinions, is that we all have one, and no one his forced to give a damn about anyone else’ because they have their own taste, and prefrences, so while you’re thinking you’re writing this well written long ass story, maybe it’s you who should take another look. Mariah does sing the power ballds, and with a voice like that she damn well should, fyi Whitney does the power ballads, as does Celine, and Christina, why? Because, their voice can do the justice to a power ballad that it deserves, but it’s not their only material, they have other material. (and another thing, she does not sing a power ballad at full throttle, that is the dumbest thing one could say about her, why? because singing it at full throttle would showcase her voice, which she’s well known for doing. Your sales are off a touch, Mariah hasn’t sold 2 million, she’s sold 2.9, which is pretty much 3 million, cause at her rate of selling 100K a week, it’ll be 3 million next week (hence she’s already been named triple platinum), also Breakaway was released in November, so let’s see if Kelly released her album in November, that’s 9 months ago, and Mariah released hers in April, that’s 4 months ago, giving Kelly a 5 month lead, and Mariah is about to surpass her in U.S. sales, Mariah sales double of what Kelly sales per week, then I think Mariah is doing a great job, not to mention Mariah has surpassed her in worldwide sales, Mariah has sold 6 million, as has 50 Cent. ..and you’re wrong yet again I can read different major music publications on any given day and see Mariah as the greatest selling female, and I can also see Madonna’s name there, it’s just one of those things. and fyi Mimi is triple platinum. We Belong together is the biggest song in history due to it’s massive radio impressions, and spins, and it’s sales, and yes it’s the biggest song in history, do yourself a favor and look it up.

  6. divinah says:

    Just a thought….’, ‘I really detest fans who try to create the impression that they’re rational, open-minded, non-biased, and those who kiss the asses of the like in the other camp. They’re hypocrites. I prefer the crazy, irrational, biased and opinionated fans (like myself, mariahbeatsthebeatles, KAustin, EdwardAlex, TiggerBoi) who stick to their camp and will fight to the death. Just a thought. And P.S. I still hate KAustin, EdwardAlex, TiggerBoi.

  7. Mia says:

    Trust me, Madonna does not need your concern. She is an Icon! Something Mariah has not accomplished after 15 years. People know Mariah- she’s famous, but how often is she ever mentioned or talked about as influential? Madonna will go down in history as someone who has helped to change culture. Whether it be for women, minorities, homosexuals-she pushes the buttons and gets people talking. Mariah is full of Rainbows and Butterflys-pretty but not important. As for the record books, the only thing she has more of is number1 singles-thanks to discounted singles and Sony’s payola scandal that they just had to pay off for bribing DJ’s to play J-Lo, Celine Dion and, yes, Mariah. Madonna has never discounted her singles and some of her most popular songs were never released as singles. Songs that Billboard confirmed would have been #1, if released because they had enough airplay that would have combined with the sales (i.e. Into the Groove, Beautiful Stranger, Rescue Me, etc..) but Warner Bros. and Madonna don’t need to concern themselves with that because she’s Madonna! Mariah is the only artist I’ve ever heard of that needs the constant affirmation that she has sold records and had number one songs. Elvis didn’t care for the same reason Madonna never has because they are Icons and their place in history is secure. Madonna has sold more records(Confirmed by Soundscan and Warner Bros. and the Guinness book or world records) worldwide. She has had more top ten and top 5 singles than anyone in history-man or woman. She sells out the biggest stadiums in the world for more money than any other artist alive! Mariah has never been able to do that. She was either afraid to tour or could not sell out big venues. As for American Life being a flop- it wasn’t! It still sold millions around the world. But it was fitting in the Madonna pattern. For every experimental, socially challenging album she sells less copies (ex: Erotica) but they certainly do not flop. Once she’s made her point she goes back to the dance floor and gives us albums like Music or Ray of Light. But how soon we forget Glitter and Charmbracelet! Madonna is in the most successful female artist in history (Guinness Book of world records), her influence is so massive that she sparks interest in everything from Yoga to Kabbalah, from children’s books and parenting to sexuality. Tell me what Mariah inspires in people on a massive scale? Beyond her fan base. Divinah you are just a little girl who doesn’t know her history or her facts. Of course that’s because you’re probably too busy playing with your music box. For the record I think Mariah has an amazing voice and believe it or not I own every CD she’s made. But I’m not foolish enough to confuse bubblegum pop for true art anymore than I confuse a hamburger for a steak.

  8. CELEBR8 says:

    Dear Mariah, what an amazing voice you have. Too bad you waste it singing mindless pop songs that have no substance. Your big “COMEBACK” comes at a time when there isn’t much competition out right now. NO Madonna, Janet, Brit, X-Tina, Whitney, Celine, Shania ect ect. Gwen doesn’t really count because she isn’t an established solo artist right now. It’s good to see the influence Beyonce has had on you over the past few months. You look really “cute” on your album cover and I see your getting your moneys worth out of those ever increasing implants. Your fans seems to think you put out quality music but how can that be? Your music seems “Safe” and you work with the same people over & over again. Maybe you should take a cue from Madonna and try something new, work with fresh talent. I applaud you for finally producing beats instead of using an already produced track. Oh you poor thing, maybe this is why you had that nervous breakdown, too much thinking in the studio. But you keep your head up, not because you were paid to leave your former record company, but because someday you will see that Madonna is superior and has contributed so much more. Being true to yourself is more beautiful than anything you can buy in a Doctors Office. Now I know some of your hardcore fans always feel a need to bash Madonna and will probably disagree with what I said, but the facts don’t lie. I don’t see your name in any respectable top 10 list or any classic albums. I mean, you do hold the record for female with the most #1’s in the US, but Taylor Dayne got to #1 as did the Macrena and your singles were sold for $.49 & $.99 cents, not to mention sampled charted tracks. No too hard to get to #1 with an already established track sold for $.49. Madonna has paved the way and got her a** beat down in the process for trying something new until it became the norm. Maybe she could give you a few pointers on how it’s done. I know you were “impressed” with her Live8 performance, pretty good, right? And her album sales doubled in Europe after that performance because she is the best and no one can do it better. I can’t wait to see what your doing @ 46, but by the time you get there Madonna will have made that acceptable too.

    Like Madonna cares what her opinion is’, ‘If you don’t like old “Madge” then why waste you time? SHAKE IT OFF…there has to be a Mariah site somewhere where you can praise your goddess, go there. I know Madonna is a threat, but some of you people are extreme. Go put your Barbies away and get on with it. Mariah has alot of work to do (not surgery) before she will ever be considered amongst the best and she has 15 yrs in the game. Go help her, give her ideas, cause what she is working with now is dated and you fans do seem like you have some good ideas. Mariah is a good singer but not entertainer. Even X-tina has more artistic creditability (and a far better, more natural voice in my opinion ), run Lambs….don’t walk.

  9. littleowl says:

    Here come all the Madonna fans slagging off Mariah. Why bother taking the bait? If you’re all so secure about Madonna’s superiority why do you expend so much energy worrying about Mariah. Whether or not this new Madonna album is a hit or not really bares no relation to how Mariah’s doing. Maybe you’re aware of what shaky ground Madonna’s fame’s been built on. There’s a reason why Madonna jumps from one publicity to another. A reason why Mariah doesn’t need to do a Sex book or indulge in lipstick lesbianism with Britney. Mariah can actually sing. With range, power and emotion. I can name no more than a couple of Madonna songs with an emotional resonance. The insults you fling at Mariah accurately reflect the *****y, petty attitude Madonna’s always traded off. You like to call Mariah a whore while convieniently ignoring the fact that Madonna has had more men than we’ve had hot dinners, but I suppose that’s OK because she’s ’empowering women’. Madonna may not have married the head of her record label but she’s never been afraid of using sex as a career tool- sleeping with men who could help her career from members of the Breakfast Club and Jellybean onwards. You talk of Madonna’s influence on the industry but its rarely had anything to do with music. Only image which is all Madonna seems to stand for. Mariah’s fans may strike you as crazy but maybe we’re so rabid because we feel a strong connection with a singer who’s always taken the time to connect with her fans. You see Mariah’s fans adore her for who she is, not for the image she feels like projecting on a given week. Madonna’s flipped from style to style at the drop of a hat to the extent that its hard to believe anything you see is the real her. Its impossible to connect with her on a human lvel. Mariah is falliable and you feel all the more warmth towards her for it. By comparison Madonna is all about surface image and publicity stunts. Mariah’s work may seem samey to you but her fans see it as a natural evolution. She’s demonstrated a consistency which reveals her dedication to her craft and love for music. Mariah became a singer out o*****enuine desire to work at and develop the craft she loved, not because it was a quick way to get famous. As for Mariah’s influence. if you can’t hear her influence on a generation of vocalists you must be deaf. All Madonna’s passed on to the next generation is miming to a dance routine in a skimpy outfit. Her music has rarely been as influencial as you all claim and when it has brought in new styles its been no more significant that Mariah who pioneered hip pop’s mix of rnb vocals and raw rap stylings. Madonna and Mariah both know how to spot a trend and take it to the mainstream- Mariah was working with ODB, Missy, Puff Daddy and Bone Thugs and Harmony before it was fashiable and her legendary partnership with David Morales set new standards for dance remixes with re-recorded vocals and re-written lyrics. Mariah has a natural and instinctive ear for melody. Her songwriting is every bit as high quality as Madonna’s has ever been. Somewhat better if you compare the songs on Mariah’s debut (written most when she was 18-19 with Ben Margulies) with the painful nursery rhymes of Madonna’s debut (written when she was 24). No wonder Madonna needed to get famous with other people’s songs- the likes of Holiday, Material Girl and Like A Virgin-which remain amongst her strongest material.

  10. AFStud501 says:

    As a gay minority, I thank & relate to Mariah for songs of hope (RO)’, ‘As a homosexual Hispanic male, I respect Madonna. I respect everything she has done for minorities and homosexuals. But other than that, I have never been able to relate to her or her music. I am not saying her music is bad, I love a bunch of her songs. But as a minority, I didn’t feel she faced the same struggles as we do. I couldn’t just forget about all my problems and just “Vogue” on the dancefloor. With Mariah, I felt connection. Her songs deeper and more meaningful than the titles suggest. The album “Rainbow” is a message of unity. Bringing all colors and diversity together. As a young boy, listening to “Hero”, I heard the words: “..you don’t have to be afraid of what you are…”, gave me the strength to believe it was ok to be who I was. Mariah’s songs have so much hope. Her gospel songs, “My Saving Grace” & “Fly Like A Bird” are deep songs that any homosexual, minority, or anyone with a struggle can relate to and feel the message. This is why it upsets me when someone thinks a song like “Butterfly” or “Petals” has no depth, simply because its title. The point is to listen to the song. There is so much soul. If you cannot understand that, you have no right bashing the song. We are living in a time, when racism and hate is quite apparent again. Hate and discrimination is even attempting to be written into our laws (i.e “Gay Marriage”). Where can we turn to? The beautiful music, that is of singer,song-write, & producer: Mariah Carey. To say Mariah is not an icon is ludicrous! Yes Madonna, has influenced artist like Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, etc. But many times, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, etc. have all praised Mariah for her influence. Not to mention the praise Mariah receives from other living legends (i.e. Patty Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder) There is no need to bash either artist. Thes women are so influential.

    PLEASE MADONNA / MARIAH FANS, DO NOT GIVE THIS PERSON THE SATISFACTORY OF GETTING 400 COMMENTS ON THIS TOPIC. Here is my reply to person above who said Mariah is not an icon and criticized her song titles: As a homosexual hispanic male, I respect Madonna. I respect everything she has done for minorities and homosexuals. But other than that, I have never been able to relate to her or her music. I am not saying her music is bad, I love a bunch of her songs. But as a minority, I didn’t feel she faced the same struggles as we do. I couldn’t just forget about all my problems and just “Vogue” on the dancefloor. With Mariah, I felt connection. Her songs deeper and more meaningful than the titles suggest. The album “Rainbow” is a message of unity. Bringing all colors and diversity together. As a young boy, listening to “Hero”, I heard the words: “..you don’t have to be afraid of what you are…”, gave me the strength to believe it was ok to be who I was. Mariah’s songs have so much hope. Her gospel songs, “My Saving Grace” & “Fly Like A Bird” are deep songs that any homosexual, minority, or anyone with a struggle can relate to and feel the message. This is why it upsets me when someone thinks a song like “Butterfly” or “Petals” has no depth, simply because its title. The point is to listen to the song. There is so much soul. If you cannot understand that, you have no right bashing the song. We are living in a time, when racism and hate is quite apparent again. Hate and discrimination is even attempting to be written into our laws (i.e “Gay Marriage”). Where can we turn to? The beautiful music, that is of singer,song-write, & producer: Mariah Carey. To say Mariah is not an icon is ludicrous! Yes Madonna, has influenced artist like Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, etc. But many times, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, etc. have all praised Mariah for her influence. Not to mention the praise Mariah recieves from other living legends (i.e. Patty Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder) There is no need to bash either artist. Thes women are so influential.

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