Flashback to the hazy days of West Hollywood, 1979 with actor Jack Kilmer standing-in for Ozzy in this autobiographical tale of the metal star's getting pulled from the brink of self-destruction with the help of his now wife, Sharon Osbourne.
The trigger warning (no pun intended) at the top of this video is well earned as Madonna and director Jonas Akerlund swing back and forth between explicit depictions of literal murders on the dancefloor and whether an artist should offer blissful escape, or directly confront the issue.
A performance that starts simple and claustrophobic in stately b&w, before pulling back the curtain to let main Queensman Josh Homme strut his stuff like he's the star in a black metal version of Busby Berkeley.
Beyonce goes very big with Lemonade, a visual album that mixes the personal with the universal with the political in a nearly hourlong special consisting of poetry, music and visuals.
In terms of the visual, the biggest stamp seems to come from director Khalil Joseph, but the longform also has set-pieces (aka: songs) directed by Jonas Akerlund,, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund, Mark Romanek, Todd Tourso and Dikayl Rimmasch.
Gen X pervs are probably very excited at the thought of actress Rose McGowan being topless in her debut music video, but anyone familiar with the starlet's body (ahem) of work — not to mention the oftentimes equally out there stylings of director Jonas Akerlund and his fashion director wife B. Akerlund — should not be surprised that this one is anything but straightforward.
Bitch, she's Madonna. If she wants to gather a gaggle of freaks and celebrities for a nighttime adventure, then that's what she's gonna do. Director Jonas Akerlund captures a loose and wild, sexy and campy vibe, with on-site cameos by Diplo, Chris Rock and Rita Ora, with some after-the-fact contibutions from Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.
Wanna see the star-studded new Madonna video starring Her Madgesty alongside Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Diplo, Chris Rock and others? Well, you best be a TIDAL subscriber, or at least not burned through your free trial yet since that's the only place you can see it for now.
And before you bitch about it, remember: a) she's a TIDAL owner/partner/artist, and b) she's Madonna, so she can do as she pleases.
Everyone loves to be the first to premiere a music video on a new platform, and any new platform would certainly love if that artist is of the caliber of Madonna. That's assuming the technology works, of course.
So, if you were too busy on Periscope, you get another chance: The Meerkat/Madonna (re)launch happens at 1pm ET / 10am PT, where you'll get the first look at this new Madonna video directed by Jonas Akerlund (who also directed her "Ray Of Light" video)