Crib sheet: The British press's enduring love affair with MadonnaKantar Media ran the numbers this week and named Madonna – and not the one whose reported eldest child most Christians will be celebrating on Saturday – as the most talked-about celebrity in the UK press of the past decade. Britain, we need to talk.
Personally, I blame Britain – not the British, mind you, just Britain, for doing this to the Madonna of the 90s.So how did she make the list?
2 The Britney Kiss For a woman reputed to have had previous same-sex relationships, who shocked music award show audiences long before almost any other artist had thought of it, sticking her tongue down Britney Spears's throat should have elicited more eye-rolling from the tabloids (and the audience) than headlines. I mean, doing the same to Christina Aguilera – a ménage à trois with three women? – should certainly have done so. And yet, kissing Britney on cue was a picture and a headline no one could resist, for some reason, despite audiences' resistance to American Life."
But the music? That, clearly, was not what got Madonna press this decade.