Madonna invites viewers along on her journey in 'Madame X' on Paramount+

  • Madonna performs in the feature-length concert film "Madame X," which begins streaming Friday on Paramount+.

    Madonna performs in the feature-length concert film "Madame X," which begins streaming Friday on Paramount+. Courtesy of Paramount+

 
By George Dickie
Gracenote
Posted10/8/2021 6:00 AM

Anyone who caught her appearance last month at the MTV Video Music Awards knows that Madonna has no intention of going away quietly. And she'll reaffirm that stance in her upcoming documentary on Paramount+.

"Madame X," premiering Friday, Oct. 8, captures the pop icon in a concert performance in Lisbon, Portugal, and follows her during her sold-out tour in support of her latest release, "Madame X," with a stage show that features 48 performers, including the singer's children, musicians and dancers from around the world, as well as the all-female Orquestra Batukadeiras.

 

In fantasy sequences, she also brings viewers along as her secret agent alter ego Madame X travels the world, fights for freedom and brings light to dark places.

Madonna stars in her fourth feature-length concert film, "Madame X," which premieres Friday on Paramount+.
Madonna stars in her fourth feature-length concert film, "Madame X," which premieres Friday on Paramount+. - Courtesy of Paramount+

It's yet another in a veritable cornucopia of music docs to come along on streaming services in recent months, such as:

'Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry'

From Emmy-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler ("Belushi") comes this film that tells the coming-of-age story of the singer/songwriter behind such hits as "Ocean Eyes," "Bad Guy" and "No Time to Die," following the then-17-year-old winner of seven Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards as she navigates life on tour and at home with her parents and brother as she writes and records her debut album, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" Available now on Apple TV+.

'Justin Bieber: Our World'

Michael D. Ratner ("One in a Billion") directed this documentary that follows the Grammy-winning artist backstage, onstage and into his personal life as he prepares for his unprecedented concert, "T-Mobile Presents New Year's Eve Live With Justin Bieber," his first concert in three years, performed for invited guests on the roof of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Southern California. Premieres Friday on Amazon.

'Tina'

Tina Turner is the subject of Oscar-winning filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin's ("Undefeated," "LA 92") documentary that uses rare footage, audiotapes, personal photos and intimate interviews with the singer to paint a picture of a woman whose personal strength and faith saw her through hard times that included a loveless relationship with her mother, an abusive marriage, and sexism and racism in the music industry to become a global icon with platinum records, multiple Grammy Awards and a slew of other accolades to her name. Available now on HBO Max.

'McCartney 3, 2, 1'

In this six-episode series, Paul McCartney looks back on his career with super producer Rick Rubin. The duo also discuss the influences and relationships that inspired their songwriting as McCartney gives intimate details on his life's work, including his time with the Beatles, as well as his more than five-decade run as a solo artist. Available now on Hulu.

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