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Miley May Gain From ‘Fading Affect Bias’ Like Madonna, Britney and Elvis

The 55-year-old singer has revealed a third look at her Secret Project collaboration with photographer Steven Klein – and the 46-second teaser mixes politics, S&M and violence. The black and white trailer begins with Madonna staring at the viewer through the bars of a jail cell, with immobile face and wearing a shiny dark coat and blunt-cut blonde wig. Scroll down to view video… Pleasure and pain: Madonna delivers another memorable performance in a third teaser for her Special Project with photographer Steven Klein In voice over Madonna can be heard singing, ‘Let freedom ring… are you with me?… art for freedom.’ In another scene a writhing Madonna is shown being caressed by a muscular shirtless man while wearing a midriff-baring black brassiere with tassels attached to it. The teaser escalates into more violent territory as Madonna is dragged mercilessly through a dark-lit alley before being thrown face-down on the floor of a jailhouse cell. Madonna jailed in violent in third teaser for Secret Project From the inside looking out: The 46-minute montage begins with Madonna in blonde wig and starring through the bars of a jailhouse cell It’s rude to point: The 55-year-old singer is shown wearing a pointy bra attached with tassels and a corset as she’s being strangled by a shirtless man Dark alley: The black and white trailer escalates into violence as Madonna is rough handled by two jailhouse guards in an alley The final scene announces ‘September 24,’ which presumably is meant to indicate the date of the short film’s debut. The ‘Secret Project’ is reported to also feature Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Cher. Madonna has been sending out visual teases using provocative photos via her Instagram account. Down the corridor: Madonna sings in voice over, ‘let freedom ring’ Tossed: The guards literally throw Madonna into a stark cell Klein is reported to have tweeted to Cher back in December, writing: ‘This is Steven Klein Photographer. I am doing a secret project that is political and artistic. Its time that we work together,’ And he is claimed to have told Rihanna: ‘I am doing a secret project that we can do and we can go off the charts and be wild @rihanna #secretproject.’ In June, the first trailer was released showing Madonna holding a gun and pointing it at a man’s head execution-style. Down and out: Madonna is thrown face-down onto the hard concrete floor of a jailhouse cell Moody: Steven Klein’s artsy photography shines through in scenes such as this one She then straddles a man in what looks like a police cell and holds the gun above his head. A second teaser released in July shows Madonna talking about revolution, democracy, history and fascist dictators while the camera slowly pans around a group of scantily-clad dressed men and women. ‘We are becoming more and more afraid of people who are different,’ she says at one point. ‘People are becoming more and more intolerant.

1991 – Wins a Grammy for Best Music Video for “Madonna – Blonde Ambition” World tour. April 1992 – Madonna signs a $60 million, seven year deal with Time Warner that includes books, videos, multimedia, and six albums. 1992 – Her book, “Sex,” is released. 1992-2004 – Head of Maverick Records, her own label. 1992 – Wins Grammy for Best Music Video, Long Form for “Madonna: Blonde Ambition World Tour Live.” March 1994 – She appears on the “David Letterman” show, during which she uses the “F – word” 13 times on the air. 1996 – Wins the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award. 1998 – Wins 3 Grammys for Best Dance Recording for “Ray of Light,” Best Pop Vocal Album for “Ray of Light “(shared), and Best Music Video, Short Form for “Ray of Light” (shared). 1999 – Wins Grammy for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for “Beautiful Stranger” (shared). November 2000 – The Guinness Book of World Records names her as the “Most Successful Female Solo Artist” in the world. October 11, 2002 – “Swept Away,” starring Madonna and directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie, opens and receives terrible reviews. 2003 – Wins the Michael Jackson International Artist of the Year award at the American Music Awards. August 28, 2003 – French-kisses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the MTV Video Music Awards. 2003 – Signs a contract with British publisher, Calloway, to write five children’s books. 2004 – Time Warner buys Madonna’s interest in Maverick Records.

‘Are you with me?’ Madonna dons a blonde wig and black bra in violent third teaser for Secret Project

Newsweek called Madonna “conventional” and her MTV performance an “old-fashioned sex-siren act.” Paul Grein, an editor at Billboard, told Time, “Cyndi Lauper will be around for a long time. Madonna will be out of the business in six months.” As for Britney Spears’s 2000 striptease, the Washington Post echoed Newsweek’s been-there-done-that reaction to Madonna when it said Spears “tried hard to be provocative by bumping and grinding her way through a bit of the Rolling Stones’ hoary ‘Satisfaction’…” The New York Post — saying Spears’s “teen-diva look went from nymphette to nympho” — interviewed one mom who said of Spears and Christina Aguilera, “Their real audience is 16 and under. They should dress appropriately for the audience that buys their records.” Last week, The Parents Television Council asked, “How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?” Of course, the history of pop stars shocking television viewers (especially parents ) predates MTV and the VMAs. On Sept. 16, 1956, the New York Times published Jack Gould’s column on Elvis Presley’s Ed Sullivan show performance under the title “Lack of Responsibility Is Shown by TV In Exploiting Teen-Agers.” Gould — who three months earlier had written Presley had “no discernible singing ability” — now clucked that Elvis “injected movements of the tongue and indulged in wordless singing that were singularly distasteful.” “To resort to the world’s oldest theatrical come-on just to make a fast buck … is cheap and tawdry stuff,” Gould wrote, sounding very much like The Hollywood Reporter’s Halperin who last week wondered about Cyrus: “… was that the plan all along? To shock the masses and stir a social media frenzy while corporate sponsors clapped along, gleefully counting impressions?” Or like Amanda Marcotte of Slate who wrote, “Miley Cyrus was so obviously trying to push your buttons, people. Teddy bears to stripping? Oldest trick in the book!” How do we forget that our biggest, most envelope-pushing acts were once accused of being vulgar and — perhaps worse for a would-be pop superstar — unoriginal? Amy Lynn Wlodarski, an associate professor of music at Dickinson College, agrees with psychology professor Routledge that it is all a matter of context: “We have, to some extent, canonized Elvis and Madonna as pop-icon figures.” She continues: “Their controversial pasts are less relevant now … because of the broader impact that each had within the history of popular music. It becomes a more heroic narrative — one in which their supposed transgressions are now interpreted as misunderstood, and they are repositioned as a figure ahead of his or her time.” So does that mean Miley Cyrus will be as big as Elvis, Madonna or Britney? Routledge laughs.