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Madonna, Being Late Doesn't Make You A Queen, It'll Just Get You Sued

Madonna says "a queen is never late."

When you’re a pop icon, being fashionably late to your own show is, to some degree, expected. But there’s leaving your fans waiting in anticipation, and then there’s being downright tardy like Madonna, who is facing major backlash for rocking up to perform at ridiculous hours.

Fans of Madonna have recently taken to social media to express their anger at her late start times, and one particularly disgruntled fan is even suing the singer for changing the start time of a Miami concert from 8:30pm to 10:30pm.

According to Buzzfeed News, the fan – Nate Hollander – filed the class action suit after he spent over $1K USD on tickets to Madonna’s Madame X tour, but was unable to attend the concert when Live Nation changed the start time two hours later.

To make matters worse, Madonna’s shows are all ages, but teens living in Miami-Dade have a curfew which states they can’t be out in public without an adult after 11pm. If Madonna’s shows are kicking off as later as 10:30pm, that’s automatically ruling out a huge portion of her audience.

Madonna hasn’t directly responded to the backlash, but she did tweet a video from her Vegas show in which she tells the audience: “A queen is never late,” and captioned it “F.A.C.T.S.”

The singer’s tweet didn’t go down very well with fans, who clapped back calling her behaviour “disrespectful.”

“A true queen shows respect for her people, keeps her commitments (including time commitments), and shows her manners,” one fan wrote. Other fans noted that Madonna didn’t show up on stage until midnight at her Vegas show over the weekend.

“The guy next to me was snoring louder than her songs and a lot of people were chanting for a ticket refund,” one concertgoer tweeted. “It was a disaster.” According to Las Vegas News, fans booed the singer when she finally arrived on stage.

Tickets to Madonna’s Madame X tour cost anywhere between $340 and over $1,000. Considering the hefty price tag, you’d think Madonna wouldn’t leave her loyal fans waiting for so long. The real question here is, why is she rocking up so late to her shows? Is it all part of the performance, or does Madonna simply have a problem with punctuality?

These 00s Emo Bands That Need To Make A Comeback With My Chemical Romance

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If you’re anything like me and went through a full-blown emo phase in high school, you’d be fully across My Chemical Romance and the news of their comeback. 

Last week, MCR sent the emo and scene kids of yesteryear into an absolute tailspin when the band announced they’d be returning for a reunion show which sold out in just minutes

Much to the delight of Aussie fans, it was also announced today that My Chem would be headlining Download Festival 2020 alongside the equally-as-nostalgic Deftones and Jimmy Eat World. 

It’s a pretty exciting time for the kids who grew up on mid-00s emo and pop punk music, and it begs the question – what other iconic 00s emo bands need to return to the mainstream in 2019 and onwards?

Here are some suggestions  from a former emo kid:

Taking Back Sunday

Remember Taking Back Sunday? This pop punk emo band was huge in 2006 with the album Louder Now, and most notably, their hit ‘MakeDamnSure’ which peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard 200. Taking Back Sunday are much-loved for their tracks ‘Cute Without The ‘E’’and ‘You’re So Last Summer.’ Despite a fair few changes in band members, TBS are still making music and touring. 

Alexisonfire

Compared to Taking Back Sunday, Alexisonfire was far more hardcore. The band, who described their music as “the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight,” were well-known for their post-hardcore sound and big tracks like ‘This Could Be Anywhere In The World’ and my personal favourite, ‘Pulmonary Archery.’ This year, Alexisonfire reunited, released two new tracks and toured the world.

Hawthorne Heights

Like Alexisonfire, Hawthorne Heights was heavy on the screamo. When I think of this band, the track ‘Ohio Is For Lovers’ comes to mind, and I’m not surprised – it has a whopping 36M streams on Spotify. 

The Used

The Used were icons of the mid-00s emo scene. Their 2002 album In Love and Death, filled all our playlists with tracks like ‘The Taste Of Ink,’ ‘Blue and Yellow’ and ‘All That I’ve Got.’ If you’re having many happy flashbacks, the good news continues because The Used are currently working on their eighth album, set to drop next year.

Underoath

Christian hardcore band Underoath made waves in 2004-2005 with tracks like ‘Reinventing Your Exit.’ Despite announcing their split in 2013, Underoath reunited in 2015 and last year with their eighth studio album, ‘Erase Me.’ 

While many of these iconic bands are still making music and touring the world, does MCR’s reunion signify a return of emo music to the mainstream? My 13-year-old self truly hopes it does.

John Legend Is Re-Recording 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' To Be Less Creepy

The lyrics have not dated well.

Let’s be honest: there are some movies, TV shows and songs that just do not date well. The good news is, we have people like John Legend and Kelly Clarkson around who are more than happy to take things from problematic to 2019-approved.

Case in point: the classic Christmas track ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.’

According to BBC News, Legend and Clarkson have recorded an updated version of the song, in light of the #MeToo era.

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ was originally penned by Frank Loesser in 1944, but the lyrics have been facing major criticism since 2009. Last year, the track was even banned from a number of radio stations due to concerns regarding the lyrics but returned shortly after when the public fought back.

One of the lines – “Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)” – was criticised for allegedly referring to date rape and the overall song is about convincing a woman to stay the night – even when she wants to go home.

Obviously this raises a fair few red flags in terms of consent.

BBC report that Legend and songwriter Natasha Rothwell have collaborated on new lyrics for the song which has recorded with Clarkson. The singer said the updated version includes the lines – “What will my friends think? (I think they should rejoice) / If I have one more drink? (It’s your body, your choice).” 

Unfortunately, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ isn’t the only politically incorrect track that would be considered wildly controversial today. In 2007, Katy Perry released a track called ‘Ur So Gay’ which featured lyrics like “I can’t believe I fell in love with someone that wears more makeup / You’re so gay and you don’t even like boys.” 

Eek. While Perry hasn’t really addressed the negative reception of ‘Ur So Gay,’ she has mentioned the edits she would’ve like to make on her 2008 banger ‘I Kissed A Girl.’ “We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years,” she told Glamour. “Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity.”

“If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve,” she said.

Perry is right – it’s all about evolving and educating ourselves about messages we should be broadcasting out into the world and the potential impact they can have. It’s all one big learning experience.

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