Madonna vs. Iron Maiden

By Vanessa Butler

We stack up the queen of pop Madonna verses the heavy metal gods of Iron Maiden.

“Oh my God I’m heartly sorry for having offended thee and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pain of hell but most of all because I love thee and I want so badly to be good.” – Madonna

If I were to summarize how I feel about Madonna’s MDNA album by choosing one lyric, the opening sentence would without a doubt be my choice. Every Madonna we’ve ever known is making an appearance on this album, the sinner of “Like a Prayer”, the saint of “Ray of Light” and the hot mess of “Hard Candy.” Accompanied by the blips and beeps of techno music, Madonna is here to stand her ground and give Lady Gaga a run for her money all the way down to her “Edge of Glory.”

Sure, I could talk for days about how Madonna has changed music for women, and how she’s risen time and time again to thwart any imminent threat to her throne, but you know what else came out today?

Iron Maiden’s En Vivo!, a Blu-ray, double DVD, double CD and digital download.

Madonna and Iron Maiden have one thing in common that’s blatantly obvious. They both have an undying passion for releasing albums they’ve released before. Iron Maiden loves their live albums (they’ve released ten to date) and Madonna loves her electronic dance albums (ever since Ray of Light).

Another thing that these two have locked down is where they release their record. En Vivo! was recorded and filmed in Santiago, Chile, a place known for wild and rampant fans who still embrace the heavy metal lifestyle and are not afraid to have a good time. The album and accompanying video captured is probably one of the best live compilations they’ve put out since their last studio album in 2010.

Like Iron Maiden, Madonna was able to rile up her fans and foes at the Ultra Music Festival over the weekend when she asked the crowd a tongue in cheek druggie-elite question, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” The sea of people erupted in cheer while Canadian electronic DJ Deadmau5 took to the internet to slap the queen of pop’s hand over the glamorization of the drug MDMA.

“Very classy there Madonna. ‘HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???” He tweeted.

So which one of these seasoned musicians receives the coveted acceptance of the public mass? To be honest, it will probably be Madonna. Despite the fact her album has been given lukewarm reviews from critics, none of us here in America know how to headbang as hard as the Chileans.


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