She's the most successful female recording artist ever – and now, 30 years after her first single, Madonna has released her twelfth album, 'MDNA'. It's already caused a stir, with the video for the opening track 'Girl Gone Wild' banned on YouTube for being 'too raunchy'.
But is she still good? What's more important: Madonna the brand or the artist? And, at 53, should she really be wearing those hot pants?
Neville Hawcock puts these questions to FT writers Lucy Kellaway, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney and Richard Clayton.
With clips from 'Girl Gone Wild', 'I'm a Sinner' and 'I'm Addicted'.
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