Elton John Slams Madonna: “Her Career is Over”

John reignites war of words with the Queen of Pop

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A “fairground stripper.” That’s what Sir Elton John reportedly thinks of Madonna’s latest look in the most recent dust-up of the the music stars’ feud that’s been ongoing for nearly a decade.

The public wasn’t supposed to hear John’s latest assault, however, as his publicity team has stated the portion of the interview on Australia’s Channel 7 that included the Madonna-bashing was off the record. Still, with cameras rolling, John eagerly said that “she’s such a nightmare” and “she looks like a f—ing fairground stripper.”

While not all the comments are online, you can see some of the clips and a transcript of the interview here. And that wasn’t all John said about Madonna, as he also claims “her career is over” and that “her tour has been a disaster.” It appears he couldn’t be any happier about it either.

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John suggests in the interview that Madonna should have stayed away from dance music altogether and stuck to pop songs, which she does “brilliantly.”

The feud between Madonna and John started—at least publicly—in 2004 when John called out Madonna for lip-syncing on tour, saying “anyone who lip-syncs in public on stage when you pay $134 to see them should be shot.” He added another jab on Good Morning America in January when talking about Madonna’s then-upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, saying he hoped Madonna would “lip sync good.” John’s husband, David Furnish, even got had some words for Madge at this year’s Golden Globe ceremonies. “I like Madonna’s music, but not her movies,” he said after John lost to Madonna in the Best Original Song category. “She should stick to what she is good at.”

Things have gotten a little more personal between the two as John also said in the Australian interview that Madonna has been “horrible” to Lady Gaga, a close friend of John who also serves as godmother to his and Furnish’s 19-month-old son Zachary.

Don’t worry, though, the Queen of Pop hasn’t taken everything sitting down, letting people know she thinks Lady Gaga’s Born This Way rips off her song Express Yourself. After telling Newsweek that it was a “wonderful way to redo” her own song, Madonna told ABC’s 20/20 that “Born This Way” “felt reductive.”

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Godzilla1960
Godzilla1960

Elton obviously went to more interesting fairs than I did when I was kid.

darolo
darolo

Elton is the one who's over, reduced to a Disney side-kick whilst Madonna heads for her second highest grossing tour ever by a female solo artist, and the fastest selling Celeb shoe collection Selfridges have ever dealt with! Her album went to #1 in 50 countries. Who's really laughing Elton? As for being horrible to Gaga ..... Madonna has made two remarks , one you quote above and the other, to use the word reductive to describe Born This Way. She kept silent for nearly 3 years as Gaga constantly dressed in similar outfits! You want proof? Check out the comparison videos on YouTube! Then Gaga blatantly lied on tv about receiving an email of support from Madonna's camp , for BTW, later completely denied by Madonna's rep. I think Madonna had every right in her tour to mash BTW with Express Yourself and show once and for all how , in fact, Gaga could be said to be being horrible to her! Nothing more horrible than knowing someone's stolen your property!!!

Mark Cunningham
Mark Cunningham

Why is all this vitriol being leveled at Madonna lately?  Is it because she isn't settling down into demure, matronly womanhood the way most people seem to would like her to do?  She has built an extraordinary career and continues to be relevant in popular culture.  Elton John is the one who is always saying terrible things about her.  If he believes Madonna to be the talentless hack he says she is, why is he always finding avenues in which to talk about this woman?  People I have no use for I don't mention.  Perhaps, Mr. John (and his husband) she do the same.  

darolo
darolo

It's Tge only way he can generate publicity these days. I mean why did they wait so long before they adopted? As for describing Madonna as being horrible to Gaga (laughs!) where does that rate his choice of expletives to describe Madonna.

WeAreNotAmused
WeAreNotAmused

Well-said, EJ! Madge was a talentless hag from day one. The only people who like her so-called music, let alone her pathetic attempts at film-making, are tone-deaf teens or overgrown frat boys who like all that crotch-grabbing, which becomes rather embarrassing when one reaches 54. She's never been more than a jumped up whore. Lip-syncing should be outlawed altogether. Charging people for phony performances disgusts those of us who cherish live performance done by professionals. Then again, fools and their money are soon parted.

scallywag
scallywag

What do you get when you get a pissed off fairy and a fairground stripper ? Two prehistoric Queens eager to relive their golden days. I say Elton needs to leave poor Madonna alone. So what if she is nearing the retirement home and still wears her daughters halloween outfits ? Personally though they BOTH are way too old to be performing in clown suits and leotards. You have children now ! Get your shit together. 

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Rickiiii
Rickiiii

I thought his career was over the hill. Elton hasn't had a hit in years.  Madonna has bigger fan base and he knows it.    

pc1397
pc1397

Maybe so, but he has behind him a body of work that speaks for itself. Madonna has to get out and shake whatever moves to push her crap pop junk into public view. It's all spectacle, nothing lasting, nothing significant.

Mike Maximus
Mike Maximus

Well said!! Even at her zenith, it's hard to associate her with anything beyond the realms of sex..Music, definitely not!  That was usually drivel with a tint of crap.

KB_Corkless
KB_Corkless

This pair could cap their careers nicely by starring together in a film similar to "Grumpy Old Men" (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as a pair of feuding antagonists). "Grumpy Old Queens" perhaps (queen of pop vs. queen fop)?

Daniel Drown
Daniel Drown

At Least Madonna never played Sun City in South Africa at the height of Apartheid like Elton John or accepted a million dollar paycheck to play at Rush Limbaughs wedding. If you've got the money, honey ,he's got the time.

metropika
metropika

I hear that Madonna is going to make a video of herself boinking a dead pig because she thinks it will help sell her sell a few more CD's. Then, when she retires, she's going to ask the Pope to endorse her as the Patron Saint of Skanks.

disqus_pzGd7rXrcM
disqus_pzGd7rXrcM

Madonna is still touring, still making albums, still being talked about. How much of a failure is having the highest grossing tour since, oh yes her last top selling tour! Oh yes, and let’s not forget the Golden Globe win for 'Masterpiece' and while we are on the matter a very successful career as a solo artist!

Elton, exceptionally talented, but unfortunately that talent is being lost amongst his bitterness, not just for Madonna, but anyone that isn’t bothered by what is fast becoming his only success, laughable rants that he now entertains us with like a Sunday afternoon drag act!   Elton is only being talked about these days because he just rants about how vile other people are - Pot Kettle amp; black Mr John! I'm glad his comment have been published and his team crying 'It was off record!' Why? If he is so sure of his opinion does he care ‘on or off’ the record... could it be damage limitation! Was it really an intelligent or funny comment to make the claim “anyone who lip-syncs in public on stage when you pay $134 to see them should be shot?” No! It’s not silly or harmless banter, it’s dangerous, one would think now that he is a responsible parent he would realise this.

If you don’t like Madonna, and lots of people don’t, then don’t buy her records, don’t go and see her in concert, don’t buy her perfume, and don’t talk about her!  Millions around the world enjoy her as an entertainer and will continue to do so

Whatever the ‘real’ reason behind his and David’s issue with Madonna, and if they dislike her as much as they shout (like the ugly sisters or the pantomime dames!) Here is a little advice for them both...  If you have nothing good to say about anyone, say NOTHING!

 

disqus_pzGd7rXrcM
disqus_pzGd7rXrcM

Madonna is still touring, still making albums, still being talked about. How much of a failure is having the highest grossing tour since, oh yes her last top selling tour! Oh yes, and let’s not forget the Golden Globe win for 'Masterpiece' and while we are on the matter a very successful career as a solo artist!Elton, exceptionally talented, but unfortunately that talent is being lost amongst his bitterness, not just for Madonna, but anyone that isn’t bothered by what is fast becoming his only success, laughable rants that he now entertains us with like a Sunday afternoon drag act!   Elton is only being talked about these days because he just rants about how vile other people are - Pot Kettle amp; black Mr John! I'm glad his comment have been published and his team crying 'It was off record!' Why? If he is so sure of his opinion does he care ‘on or off’ the record... could it be damage limitation! Was it really an intelligent or funny comment to make the claim “anyone who lip-syncs in public on stage when you pay $134 to see them should be shot?” No! It’s not silly or harmless banter, it’s dangerous, one would think now that he is a responsible parent he would realise this.If you don’t like Madonna, and lots of people don’t, then don’t buy her records, don’t go and see her in concert, don’t buy her perfume, and don’t talk about her!  Millions around the world enjoy her as an entertainer and will continue to do so Whatever the ‘real’ reason behind his and David’s issue with Madonna, and if they dislike her as much as they shout (like the ugly sisters or the pantomime dames!) Here is a little advice for them both...  If you have nothing good to say about anyone, say NOTHING!  

branimal
branimal

When you avg ticket price is $160, you better have a top selling tour. And anyone who is willing to pay that for a lip syncing show needs to get their head looked at. Her half time show was terrible and from what I've seen of her latest tour, it's the same. Walking off stage after 30 minutes in Paris when people paid between €80 - €1,000 to see her - pathetic. Displaying swastikas and pretending to shoot amp; kill the audience is disgraceful. 

Brian Apuzzo
Brian Apuzzo

Elton is right and at least he has the balls to say the truth..Madonna is a cheap trashy Horrible person that cares nothing of fans and is a greedy filthy PIG!

ALL YOU DISILLUSIONED FAGS OUT THERE NEED TO WAKE UP ABOUT HER..SHE JUST WANTS YOUR MONEY!

Deon Schutte
Deon Schutte

Elton John is nothing more than a stupid old queen who's career already ended years ago! Pathetic last performance during the Jubilee Concert. Glass houses darling, glass houses!

pc1397
pc1397

Elton John: songwriter, musician, true artist

Madonna: trashy self-promoter who knows how to generate excitement and controversy

Deon Schutte
Deon Schutte

What makes one artist a bigger media whore than another? Nobody gets anywhere without selling something...

pc1397
pc1397

It's what they're selling that sets them apart.

Sara Rose
Sara Rose

Thank you Elton for telling the truth.  Madonna is nothing but a modern version of the side-show stripper.

disqus_pzGd7rXrcM
disqus_pzGd7rXrcM

The comment isn't about liking one or other of these different yet talented artists! If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing.  Elton has every right to an opinion, but it is without substance - Google Elton John dressed as Donald Duck, now there is side show entertainment!