Express Yourself

“Express Yourself” is the second single from Madonna’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful fourth studio album, Like A Prayer, released in 1989. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, blocked from the top spot by Simply Red’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and Martika’s “Toy Soldiers.” Nevertheless, it remains one of Madonna’s most famous, iconic songs, and is a perennial concert favorite.

Reductive Version

“Born This Way” by the germ from the album of the same name, released in 2011.

Blond Ambition

The Blond Ambition World Tour was the third concert tour by American singer-songwriter Madonna. The tour was launched in support of her fourth studio album, Like A Prayer, and the soundtrack, I’m Breathless. The tour reached North America, Europe and Asia. It was a highly controversial tour, mainly for its juxtaposition of Catholic iconography and sexuality. Rolling Stone called it an “elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza” and proclaimed it “the best tour of 1990.” Many many years after Madonna performed the last show on this tour, it remains one of the most influential concert tours of all time, if not the most influential.

Reductive Version

In 2014, the germ launched the ARTPOP Ball tour to support her flop album of the same name. Some of her “routines” on the show looked familiar.



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