World of Madame X Now Available Worldwide
Madonna gives an intimate, behind-the-scenes look of how her recent No. 1 album came together in the documentary short World of Madame X, which is now available globally in over 100 counties and territories from Amazon Prime Video.
Madonna is joined in the 23-minute documentary, beautifully set in Lisbon, Portugal, by collaborators that were part of, and inspired, Madame X.
In World of Madame X, she tells the story of how she was given the name Madame X when she was 19 and newly arrived in New York City as she took dance classes at the Martha Graham School and how the album was born while living in Lisbon, Portugal for the past several years.
A longtime fan of Fado (a form of Portuguese singing done in social environments) and Morna (widely considered the national music of Cape Verde), Madonna formed a bond with Dino d’Santiago, a Portuguese singer of Cape Verdean descent, who invited her to join local musicians to living-room sessions, where singers and instrumentalists gather in someone’s home to play music. She recalls:
What struck me most was this organic, authentic feeling of people being there because they just love music. Money had nothing to do with it. Fame had nothing to do with it. Instagram followers had nothing to do with it. It was really about passion, and music, and art.
Madonna began filming the proceedings, as shared in the documentary, and sending clips to her longtime producer Mirwais.
I said to him, ‘I know this is crazy, but tell me if it inspires you. Let’s chop up the guitar sounds, and synch them to modern sounding drums.’ Within a week, he had sent me back music. It was amazing and I felt super inspired.
Thus, that is how Madame X was born:
I had the honor of meeting musicians from all of these places, to be inspired by their music, and to let it influence me. That’s how these songs came to be.
Amazon Music is currently streaming an exclusive clip from the documentary. In addition, fans can hear two, brand-new Amazon Original remixes of tracks from Madonna’s new album from Robbie Rivera and Erick Morillo, and simply ask, “Alexa play the Amazon Original by Madonna” on enabled devices and with Alexa in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android.
The documentary is directed by Nuno Xico and produced by Stephen Holtzhauser, Bob Semanovich and Sara Zambreno for Eagle Rock Entertainment/Interscope.