Contributed by MusicHomme:
Madonna scandalized conservative America with a declaration that she, as a woman, was not ashamed of her body and her sexuality. In the 80’s with the onslaught of a deadly disease Aids, Madonna dared to talk about an issue that most wanted to do nothing about. Madonna was bold and loud in an age when silence and denial was in. Two decades later, Spears shocked the world by proclaiming her virginity, while her taut torsos and sexualized music were omnipresent simultaneously. In the new millennium, Spears managed to discuss sexual restrain in an age where teenagers could not watch sexuality in the theatre but practice it at the back of their trucks. In an age of voyeurism and reality shows that turned the common man to the rank celebritydom, Spears was subtle and precocious.
It seemed that the two artists, separated by their epoque and approaches should have nothing in command. But just as Madonna performed “like a virgin” in a wedding dress, Spears stripped to the beat of “I can’t get no satisfaction”. And Madonna tenderly crooned “Live to tell” offering timeless wisdom that “a man can tell a thousand lies”, Spears bared herself in “My weakness has caused you pain and this song is my sorry.” Both of them were initially hated and cursed especially by critics who dismissed them as talentless and a flash in the pan, but eventually proved their artistic worth.
Madonna and Spears are two sides of the same coin. They are both great dancers, modest writers and vocalist and are visually and musically provocative. But due to the fact that they were born in different eras, they have chosen different paths to the same goal. . and the goal is? That they will make you keep on listening and watching… they are risqué musicians who dared to push electronics and trance in a world of hip hop, that they are provocative and bashful at the same time, in a world obsessed with the female sex, and mostly, they will continue to tease the world who is trying to figure out if Madonna could ever be a slave for you and if Spears were ever like a virgin…