there's success without Top 10 hits. That narrow-minded view of success is what drives artists to chase trends as opposed to creating ART.
I agree with Lisa's sentiments and I'm a fan of Madge myself. I agree that she didn't have to struggle with having the talent of "genius" (btw whoever said Janet is thriving - I saw and loved the tour last year but hasn't she not had a Top 10 hit in over 10 years...with how many attempts?) but also - I don't know how she overcame them but she has been a naughty girl herself. I've heard from enough people that have been with her on the party scene including dealers that Madonna has done her fair share of some illegal habits. Congrats on staying alive and overcoming them I guess. It seems pointless to vent about it here but I had to vent somewhere because Madonna fans are infiltrating random music message boards about how highly moralistic Madonna has been and how she always knew to make the best decisions....right.
Janet doesn't have to compete with Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, as they are pretty much using a diluted version of a template she mastered 20 years ago. As long as her songs have good content, anything she released will be embraced by her fans.
And what I said is that Madonna doesn't have the burden of genius. She has talent-clearly. Her ability to stay a step ahead of where everyone expects her to be is a gift.
But if she lip-syncs through her concerts, people won't really be surprised or disappointed. If she cancels a show, there is no worldwide smear campaign. She's not expected to sing the hardest pop songs anyone's recorded flawlessly 100% live. Whitney is largely considered the best vocalist anyone has every heard the last 50-60 years. She's also easily the most heavily criticized singer-even though her legacy was solidified by her ability to NAIL her songs live.