As part of their 125th anniversary campaign, Pepsi is bringing back the controversial commercial with Madonna. Back in 1989, the commercial, featuring images from the Like A Prayer music video, causes such a stir that the beverage brand stopped the campaign and pulled their sponsoring for Madonna's upcoming tour.
Today, 34 years later, Pepsi has premiered a remastered version of the commercial, and has added an ad for the Celebration Tour at the end. The commercial will be broadcast during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.
Last month, Madonna's fans from around the world were holding their collective breath as the iconic singer was rushed to the emergency room due to a serious bacterial infection. However, the Queen of Pop has proven once again that nothing can keep her down for long, as she gears up to take the stage again for her highly anticipated Celebration Tour.
On Sunday, the 65-year-old singer shared a series of photos on her Instagram account, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at her preparations for the tour. One notable aspect of the photos was the presence of a knee brace on Madonna's leg, a clear indication that she's been facing physical challenges in the lead-up to her performances.
The first image depicted Madonna in full glamour mode, with her hair pulled back and a drink in hand as she took a well-deserved break during rehearsals.
A follow-up photo showed Madonna gazing into the mirror of a makeup vanity. Here, she donned a lacy, lingerie-like performance outfit, hinting at the dazzling wardrobe fans can expect during her shows.
Madonna didn't just focus on herself in these snapshots; she also celebrated her dedicated team. Another image showcased her surrounded by stylists and artists who were hard at work ensuring she looked her best for practice. A makeup artist held a color palette, and her hairstylist expertly wielded a curling iron on her long, blonde locks.
The last photo unveiled Madonna's rehearsals taking a toll on her body, as she iced her knee.
Madonna has always been known for her record of being a reliable hitmaker in pop music, but even she has experienced a slight decline when it comes to commercial success in the past decade or so. Now, a recently-released collaboration has allowed her to achieve a notable victory on the radio charts after a long time and become a somewhat surprising win for the star.
This week, Madonna's track Popular climbs to the No. 40 position on the Radio Songs chart, a Billboard publication that ranks songs based on their radio audience reach across the U.S. This increase marks the first time Popular has broken into the top 40, a threshold often associated with a song becoming a legitimate hit on the respective chart.
Popular signifies Madonna's return to the top 40 on the Radio Songs chart after more than a decade. Her most recent appearance in this competitive range for this week was back in 2012 when Give Me All Your Luvin', featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., reached No. 28 on the list. Although Give Me All Your Luvin' spent just three weeks on the chart, it managed to climb higher than Popular, at least so far.
Over her illustrious career, Madonna has amassed an impressive 13 top 10 hits on the Radio Songs chart, with only one of those, Take A Bow, ascending to No. 1 in 1994. Considering all her chart entries, she has contributed a total of 30 songs to this tally, an impressive count for any musician.
Popular has marked a comeback of sorts for Madonna, propelling her onto Billboard charts she hasn't graced in a while and elevating her to significant highs she hasn't experienced recently. The song is fronted by R&B and pop singer The Weeknd, and it also features rapper Playboi Carti. Originally composed for The Weeknd's TV show The Idol, which aired on HBO Max (now Max), the series was unfortunately canceled after a single season, closing the door on any further music from the program.
The Queen of Pop is ready to reign again.
After being hospitalized in late June for a "serious bacterial infection," Madonna is back at work and gearing up for the launch of her Celebration Tour, a source tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"She returned to rehearsals last Monday. She's so happy to be back onstage and is feeling strong. She's working closely with her longtime collaborators, Jamie King and Stuart Price, to put the final touches on the show," says the source, adding that the run of shows is the icon's "most ambitious tour ever."
Late last month Madonna shared photos from a vacation to Lisbon, where she spent some downtime with loved ones before heading back for rehearsals.
"She enjoyed her birthday in Lisbon with all her kids and close friends. Now she's back in work mode and focused on the tour," says the source. "This is where she thrives. She loves being back in a creative environment."
The superstar will head across the pond next month to kick off her tour with four sold-out shows at the O2 Arena in London, followed by stops in Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Milan and more.
Wrapping up 2023, Madonna will launch the North American leg of her tour with three shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and two concerts in Washington before returning to the stage in 2024.
Two days after turning 65 on Aug. 16, Madonna — who's mom to Lourdes Leon, 26, Rocco Ritchie, 23, David Banda, 17, Mercy James, 16, and 11-year-old twins Stella and Estere — shared a compilation of clips from her time in Lisbon set to her hit Vogue.
"It's great to be Alive ... and Amazing to Be able to put on my dancing shoes and Celebrate my Birthday!" she wrote on Instagram. "I'm So Grateful. Thank you Lisbon and to all who made it possible!"
Madonna first announced the Celebration Tour in January, telling fans the concerts would commemorate the 40-year anniversary of her career and pay tribute to New York, where she first launched to stardom.
"I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for," she said in a press release at the time.↑ Back to top of page