Madonna: Still The Reigning Queen Of Pop

Rolling Stone has declared Madonna “The Queen of Pop”….as if they even had to declare it.

The iconic magazine ran a poll where they asked readers to pick the Queen for the crown. Lady GaGa was in second place and Madonna was in first…with five times as many votes as GaGa.

Here’s what Rolling Stone had to say about the Number 1 pick:

To say that Madonna won this poll in a landslide would be like saying that she was a kind of popular pop singer in the 1980s. It wouldn’t even begin to explain the scope of the situation. She received five times as many votes as Lady Gaga, who landed in second place by a very comfortable margin. The only persistent criticism that Gaga has dealt with in recent years is that she’s too much like Madonna. It’s a hard shadow to escape. Madonna is a musical icon without peer. Her run of hits over the past 30 years is simply astounding, and when she hits the road, tickets sell like it’s a Led Zeppelin reunion tour. Sure, her last few albums didn’t match up to the classics. Nobody cares. She’s Madonna. Lady Gaga has accomplished more in recent years than any artist of her era, but she’s still got a long climb until she reaches Madonna level. It’s very likely that no other artist will ever reach it though. Her manager Guy Oseary recently tweeted that she’s started recording her 12th studio album, so clearly she has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

As I’ve said countless times before, Madonna is and always will be the Queen of Pop. Squares have four sides, China is the most populous nation on the planet, adults have 206 bones in their bodies, Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and Madonna is the Queen of Pop. End of story.

Madonna - 2008

**Back in 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (the first year she was eligible – 25 years after her career started in 1983). Below is the video introduction from the ceremony:

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President Obama’s Mixed Ratings

President Obama is average in ratings. According to the American public, he’s not doing a horrible job nor is he doing a fantastic one. In comparison to other presidencies, his is relatively popular.

According to USA Today and in collaboration with Gallup, President Obama has an approval rating of 41% (nearly 600 days in office). Six percent of people polled where either undecided or had no opinion. In other words, 51% of Americans – at least those in the group polled – disapprove of President Barack Obama’s performance.

The Tea Party and increasing amounts of Republicans seize on this and declare that he’s “very unpopular.” While 51% disapproval may seem unpopular (and it is), it is important to note that most Presidents typically have fluctuating performance ratings, especially 600 days into their first terms.

During this time in Bill Clinton’s presidency, he had an approval rating of 43% and a disapproval rating of 48%.

Ronald Reagan is recognized as being one of the nation’s most popular Presidents. In December 1988, Gallup recorded his approval at 63%. However, nearly 600 days into his first term, he had a 41% approval rating and a disapproval rating of 47%. (His lowest point was 35% approval nearly 750 days into his first term).

President Gerald Ford’s approval was around 46% with disapproval at 40%.

It is too early to tell whether President Obama will have a “successful” first term…but then again, who decides what is “successful?” Popularity isn’t necessarily the mark of a good presidency. Those who adore the President (Nancy Pelosi) will see the current numbers as evidence that many Americans are accepting of his executive agenda. And, of course, those who despise him (Rush Limbaugh) and suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome (Glenn Beck) will see them as evidence of a so-called “revolution.”

The American people are a tough crowd to please, especially when they’re in the midst of a horrible recession and increasingly polarized politics. With both sides screaming at each other – in particular the right since they’re out of power right now – it can be difficult to stay level-headed. All in all, his performance is rather average and unimpressive.

Through all the rhetoric and propaganda, it’s important to keep perspective. As the President’s numbers fluctuate, keep in mind that they will continue to do so. Only time will tell how popular or unpopular the Obama presidency will be in history.

President Barack Obama - Photo credit: AP