Hard Candy

Justin Timberlake: 'Madonna is so stubborn'

Justin Timberlake has claimed that Madonna is the most stubborn woman in the world.
The singer/actor co-wrote and produced a number of songs on Madonna's 2008 Hard Candy album.
Timberlake told Metro of Madonna: 'She's the most stubborn woman in the world. As a woman, she's the highest in stubbornness.'
'But she's very smart and incredibly cerebral. And I think that's why she's been able to change her style and image so much. Her music pays attention to what people are thinking.'

From contactmusic.com

Pet Shop Boys asked to write and produce Hard Candy

Yesterday Pet Shop Boys gave media the chance to pre-listen to 'Yes', their forthcoming new record, in London, for review purposes only and, after the album listening, Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys frontman) held a Q&A session with reporters.
One of the several questions they asked was about Pet Shop Boys latest (scrapped) collaborations and Neil shockingly stated that after remixing 'Sorry' in 2006, they were contacted again by Warner, in 2007, and asked to write & produce some tracks for an album Madonna was planning at the time (which later became 'Hard Candy').
Sadly, the same week Warner's changed their mind and according to Neil own words 'we got told to forget it as they decided to shove her down the r&b route'.

From PopJustice - thanks to NewYorkMadge

Canada 2008 Year-End Charts

Here are the 2008 year-end charts from Canada:

#1 - TAKING CHANCES - Celine Dion
#2 - NOEL - Josh Groban
#4 - DEATH MAGNETIC - Metallica
#8 - GOOD GIRL GONE BAD - Rihanna
#9 - HARD CANDY - Madonna
#10 - AS I AM - Alicia Keys

#1 - APOLOGIZE - Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
#2 - BLEEDING LOVE - Leona Lewis
#3 - LOW - Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
#4 - 4 MINUTES - Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake
#5 - I KISSED A GIRL - Katy Perry
#6 - JUST DANCE - Lady GaGa Featuring Colby O'Donis
#7 - NO ONE - Alicia Keys
#8 - DISTURBIA - Rihanna
#9 - VIVA LA VIDA - Coldplay
#10 - DON'T STOP THE MUSIC - Rihanna

#1 - LOW - Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
#2 - I KISSED A GIRL - Katy Perry
#3 - JUST DANCE - Lady GaGa Featuring Colby O'Donis
#4 - 4 MINUTES - Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake
#5 - DISTURBIA - Rihanna
#6 - BLEEDING LOVE - Leona Lewis
#7 - APOLOGIZE - Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
#8 - SO WHAT - Pink
#9 - WHEN I GROW UP - The Pussycat Dolls
#10 - VIVA LA VIDA - Coldplay

Thanks to Pascal

Madonna on the Billboard charts

Madonna is still reigning supreme on the USA Billboard charts:

#1 - Billboard Hot Dance Airplay - Miles Away
#5 - Billboard Hot Dance Club/Play - Miles Away
#7 - Billboard Hot Dance Single Sales - Miles Away
#8 - Billboard Hot Dance Single Sales - Give It 2 Me
#10 - Billboard Hot Dance Single Sales - 4 Minutes

Thanks to Micheal

Miles Away needs your help in the UK charts!

At this moment in time Miles Away is doing very poorly in the UK single midweek charts.

It is looking like it will be the first single since Borderline in 1984 to miss the top 20 (currently sitting at #38 in the mid-weeks).

Fans can download the remixes seperately from iTunes (not as an EP which only counts as one sale) as well buying the physical release(s) at Amazon.co.uk and HMV.co.uk

Thanks to Jason and Martin

Miles Away Remixes Online

Madonna's Miles Away remixes were leaked online this week and are being illegally downloaded and shared. In an attempt to curtail the activity, Warner Music has made the unprecedented move to exclusively offer the leaked remixes to the online dance music retailer, Masterbeat.com.
Warner chose to partner with Masterbeat because the niche retailer was able to make the remixes for sale immediately, as opposed to retail giants, who require weeks to offer items for sale.

Check out the online store at www.masterbeat.com/release/milesaway

UPDATE: Unfortunately these are only available for US customers!

Madonna Songs With Sony Ericsson Phones

Sony Ericsson and Warner Music International (WMI) have announced an agreement enabling new music and mobile content from Madonna’s new album, HARD CANDY, to be sold with selected Sony Ericsson mobile devices in twenty seven countries. High profile marketing campaigns in each country will promote the availability of the phones and Madonna’s eleventh studio album for Warner Bros. Records. HARD CANDY has debuted at number one in thirty seven countries, with '4 Minutes', the first single from the album, also hitting the top spot across the world.
From this month, a range of Sony Ericsson phones pre-loaded with HARD CANDY will be sold in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The phones will retail in two packages, one with five tracks from the album, the other with the full album and both with extra content such as wallpapers and ringtones. In a staggered roll-out that began in May, a download voucher for HARD CANDY and an array of additional content including an exclusive '4 Minutes' remix is being 'bundled' with purchases of the Sony Ericsson W890 Walkman phone in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. Sony Ericsson W380i Walkman mobiles in Belgium and Czech Republic are already available with a HARD CANDY CD.
John Reid, Vice Chairman WMI and President, Warner Music Europe, said, 'The evolution of mobile handsets along with technological convergence continues to open up new ways for us to distribute and market our artists' music. This partnership with Sony Ericsson further expands HARD CANDY's global promotional reach and puts exciting content from the album direct into the hands of Madonna fans all over the world. Not only that, packaging music from a global megastar with new Sony Ericsson phones will help drive sales of music-enabled devices and contribute to the uptake of mobile music'.
In January, Sony Ericsson unveiled the next stage in the evolution of their PlayNow platform, the popular over-the-air download service. It was announced that Warner Music Group was amongst the companies partnering with Sony Ericsson to add over 5 million new tracks to the platform.

From Cellular News

Bust-up with Pharrell made Madonna cry

Madonna wept with rage after an angry studio bust-up with producer Pharrell Williams.
The pair clashed while collaborating on Madonna's new album Hard Candy - and the Material Girl was shocked Williams was brave enough to stand up to her.
She reveals, 'Pharrell made me cry. You know when you get angry with someone and you're spitting snot.'
'I was in a sensitive mood in the studio and I didn't understand the rhythm he wanted me to sing in, and he was giving me a hard time. I was taken back by how he was talking to me.'
Rather than walk away, the pair decided to clear the air, and patch things up - and they are now firm friends.
She adds, 'We went upstairs and I said, 'You can't talk to me like that,' and burst into tears. And he said, 'Oh my God, Madonna has a heart.'
'We had it out and now I love him and we make great music together.'

From contactmusic.com

Madonna scores European double

Madonna has proved to be the real Queen of Pop - she's scored a double atop the European singles and albums charts.
The superstar's collaboration with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, 4 Minutes, is the best-selling song in Europe for the third week running, while her new LP Hard Candy has overtaken Duffy's Rockferry to land the number one position on the European albums chart.
The Welsh singer is now at two, while Amy Winehouse's Back To Black is still flying high in third place.

From contactmusic.com

Madonna on the world charts

Australia - thanks to Dave:
Madonna has got the #1 Album, Single and Video on iTunes Australia. If only she would tour Australia!

Belgium - thanks to Daniel:
'4 Minutes' stays at #1 in the Flemish Ultratop 50, 'Hard Candy' drops 1 spot to #4 and 'Give It 2 Me' rises from #43 to #35 in it's second week (based on the downloads).
In the French part of Belgium '4 Minutes' stays at #1, 'Hard Candy' stays at #2 and 'Give It 2 Me' rises #31 to #28 (based on the downloads).

Holland - thanks to Kimberley at madonnaunderground.nl:
Yay for Madonna! She finally did it! '4 Minutes' has just officially become #1 in the official Dutch Top 40 charts in Holland. She knocks Dutch singer Marco Borsator off the top spot, after spending a few weeks at number 2.
This is Madonna's fourth #1 hit in Holland (Into The Groove, Who's That Girl and Hung Up being the other three).

Iceland - thanks to Arnar:
I just wanted to let fans know that Madonna is #1 with '4 Minutes' on Iceland's most famous radio station - www.fm957.is

UK - thanks to John:
Madonna's 'Give It 2 Me' is at #60 in the UK singles charts - uk.launch.yahoo.com/c/uk/single_charts

USA - thanks to *Mathias*:
'4 Minutes' holds strong at #8 on this Sunday's American Top 40 radio countdown with Ryan Seacrest. Keep voting! We want '4 Minutes' to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 before 'Give It 2 Me' is released!

Hard Candy album cover reviewed

Madonna's Hard Candy album cover gets a great review on Cover Culture:

She’s been a virgin, a dominatrix, a cowgirl, a geisha, a pimp mommy, and even an army G.I. Isn’t a boxing champion the next most logical incarnation for the one and only Madonna? It seems almost too calculated, right? But who cares! In the end, her latest costume change along with her highly anticipated album, Hard Candy, accomplishes what 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor didn’t quite get to…downright and carefree (not sugarfree) fun! And her candy-coated album cover certainly packs a punch.

To read the full review visit www.coverculture.com/reviews/livereview1

Thanks to Darren

Worldwide Chart Updates

Belgium - thanks to Dan:
Glad to inform you that '4 Minutes' spends it's third week at #1 in both Belgian Charts (Flemmish and French).
'Hard Candy' drops to #3 in Flemish Charts and stays at #2 in the French part of Belgium charts.

Canada - thanks to Will:
Just want to let all the fans know that Madonna's 'Give It 2 Me' (Paul Oakenfold's edit) is already #4 in iTune Canada!

Chile - thanks to Alfredo:
Madonna's new album 'Hard Candy' is the top selling album in Chile right now according to 'Feria del Disco'.

Denmark - thanks to Kent:
What a wonderful week for Madonna on the Danish charts.
Madonna has 3 number ones this week, a #1 on the Single Chart Top 40 (now sold more than 15,000 copies)
Another #1 on the AirPlay Chart Top 20 and 'Hard Candy' is the #1 on the Album Chart Top 40 (straight at number 1 with sales over 15,000 copies).

Holland - thanks to Nicotor:
Madonna has done it again! She enters the album charts with 'Hard Candy' at #1.

Hong Kong - thanks to Matthew:
Hard Candy hit #1 in all Hong Kong Records Stores in Hong Kong. Hard Candy is at #1 in the CD CHART which includes all types of music CDs such classical, local music CDs and foreign CDs.

Italy - thanks to Luca:
'Hard Candy' is a new entry at #1 in the Italian Chart, 'Confession Tour' jump from #80 to #25 and 'The Immaculate Collection' from #82 to #79.

New Zealand - thanks to Gillian:
NZ iTunes: Single - '4 Minutes' #3, Video – '4 Minutes' #1, Album – 'Hard Candy' #4
NZ Top 50 Charts: Single – '4 Minutes' #3, Album – 'Hard Candy' debuted at #5

Philippines - thanks to Meister:
Warner Music Philippines and Music One's Official Philippine Album charts confirm that Madonna's Hard Candy is now #1 in the Philippine album chart.

Spain - thanks to Richard:
Madonna's 'Hard Candy' went straight in at #1 on th album chart this week. Also, the download for '4 Minute' has reached to #1 in the 7th week.

Most #1 singles and albums by female sololist

The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Madonna top the lists for both most number one singles and most number one albums by a group, a male soloist and a female soloist, respectively in the UK.
Having left her female competitors behind, Madonna is now closing on Presley and The Beatles in the overall list of artists with most number one albums, securing the 10th of her career with Hard Candy, which races to pole position this week.
Presley has had 11 number one albums, and The Beatles 15. The bad news is that Hard Candy’s first-week sales of 94,655 are less than half the terrific career best 217,610 opening week posted by her last studio album, Confessions On A Dance Floor in 2005. More positively, Hard Candy is only the second artist album to post a sales tally of more than 90,000 so far in 2008, trailing only the 183,874 first-week tally, and second-week 97,645 scored by Duffy’s Rockferry in March.

From Music Week - thanks to martalto

Chart Reports

From Belgium - thanks to Dan:
'4 Minutes' stays at #1 for a second week and she enters the Album chart at #2 in both the Flemish and French parts of Belgium.

From Denmark - thanks to Kent:
Single Chart Top 40 - Back at #1 with sales of more than 7,500 copies (which is a lot in Denmark).
AirPlay Chart Top 20 - Spends another week at #1.
iTunes Singles Top 100 - Still at #1
iTunes Album Top 100 - #1 Deluxe Version, #3 Ordinary Version

From Finland - thanks to Carla:
Madonna has rocked the charts in Finland. Not only has '4 Minutes' been the #1 single for 5 weeks in a row, but 'Hard Candy' went straight to #1 also!

From the Netherlands - thanks to Arend:
Madonna entered at #1 in the album chart with 'Hard Candy'. In the single chart '4 Minutes' remains stuck at #2.

From Uruguay - thanks to Mauricio:
Madonna's new video '4 Minutes' is leading the MTV LatinAmerica charts at #1. The show is called 'Los 10 más pedidos' and it's broadcasted to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Madonna promotional cut-outs 'disappear'

Promotional life-size cardboard cut-outs of Madonna have sparked a thieving spree across Hong Kong by fans of the star, according to reports.
The 1.6 metre-high two dimensional replicas of the singer advertising her 11th studio album Hard Candy, which was released last week, have gone missing from record stores in the country.
Ten of the 30 displays in Hong Kong have been stolen over the past week, but Madonna's record company Warner insists it will not raise the matter with local police.
Kevin Wong, vice president of Warner Music Asia says, 'We have had people ripping off posters before, but stealing cut-outs certainly takes some guts.'

From contactmusic.com

Madonna tops British singles and album charts

Pop superstar Madonna topped both the British singles and album charts out Sunday, the fourth time in her career she has stood atop both lists.
'4 Minutes', which features Justin Timberlake, has now topped the singles charts for three weeks running. It was joined this week by 'Hard Candy', the diva's 10th chart-topping album.
The 49-year-old has had 13 British chart-topping singles: nearly double that of her nearest rival among female solo artists, Kylie Minogue, who has seven.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Hard Candy Store Displays

Here is a look at some more Hard Candy displays from around the world sent in by madonnalicious readers.

Hong Kong - thanks to Matthew:

Hong Kong - thanks to Terry:

Mexico - thanks to Hector:

New York City - thanks to Lisa:

North Attleboro, Massachusetts - thanks to Mathias:

Madonna parties with Justin

Madonna has revealed she and Justin Timberlake drank tequila and vodka after her New York show.
The 4 Minutes singer - who stunned crowds at the free Manhattan concert when she welcomed Justin on stage - revealed she was feeling slightly hung-over after partying on Wednesday night.
She said: 'We had to celebrate. We decided we both work too hard and have to have fun. I had a shot of tequila. I may have had a lemon drop, too! We 'tied one on', as they say.'
The 49-year-old singer and her 27-year-old collaborator went to New York's exclusive nightclub The Box where they danced and drank with friends including Josh Duhamel, fashion designer Alexander McQueen and REM frontman Michael Stipe.
Madonna also revealed she thinks Justin is the perfect pop star, adding to US radio show host Ryan Seacrest: 'He's ambitious but not in an offensive way. He's incredibly responsible and he's good at what he does and I think he has a long future in front of him. He understands the insanity of being a pop star.'
Meanwhile, mother-of-three Madonna said despite leaving her 'brat' side behind her, she still likes displaying her 'cheeky side' in her music.
She told US TV show 'Entertainment Tonight': 'I think I'm many things. I think I'm a lady, I think I'm a brat, I think I'm a nerd, I think I'm a pimp, I think I'm a mother, I think I'm a kid. I can't be a brat forever! But that was fun, it was fun being a brat. I've still got my cheeky side.'

From news24.com

Madonna reveals tension with album team

Madonna has admitted that collaborating with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland on her latest album led to 'fireworks' in the studio.
The Queen of Pop teamed up with the trio for her new record Hard Candy, which was released internationally this week.
'I had to adjust to sharing diva space which was fun and sometimes there were fireworks,' she revealed in an interview with MySpace. 'Who was the biggest diva? I'm not going to tell you.'
Madonna explained that, when making initial plans for the album, she had asked herself: 'Whose music do I love right now? Who am I listening to? What records am I buying?....What am I excited by musically? - and it was those three.'
She added: 'Justin and Timbaland approached me. I think Pharrell did as well....I thought well why just do one song - let's do the whole record together.'

From Digital Spy

Madonna on track for #1 US debut

Madonna will leave Warner Bros., the only label she’s ever known, with a bang.
Her final studio album for the Bunny, Hard Candy, is on track to sell between 275-300k, which will handily end Mariah Carey’s two-week reign with E=MC2, according to one-day sale reports from those retailers still standing around this great country of ours.
The Material Gal has one more album, a greatest hits collection, to go before splitting for a long-term deal with concert promoter Live Nation. The album’s her first since 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, which sold more than 8 million worldwide. In the U.S., it debuted at #1, selling 351k copies in its first week, taking the top spot from Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts. In its second week, Confessions on a Dance Floor sold 210k copies and slipped to #4 with a 39% sales decrease. To date, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the U.S.

From hitsdailydouble.com - thanks to Jimmy

Sweet reviews for Madonna's Hard Candy

As parting gifts go, Madonna's 11th studio album - and her last before she exits long-term record label Warner Bros. - is unusually generous, if early reviews are to be believed.
Released internationally this week, and hitting U.S. stores on Tuesday, 'Hard Candy' scored solidly among rock critics, although much of the credit, or blame, they said, should go to the established hit-makers with whom she collaborated.
The dance sounds, with hip-hop influence, see Madonna return to her roots and shed the weighty issues for which she regularly campaigns. And by working with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, she puts safety first.
'It's surprising that her 11th studio album....is an act of submission,' wrote Caryn Ganz of the Rolling Stone music magazine, giving 'Hard Candy' four stars out of a possible five. 'For 'Hard Candy,' Madonna's midlife meditation on her own relevance, she lets top-shelf producers make her their plaything.'
The Independent newspaper's Andy Gill, in a three-star review, argues that Madonna, who turns 50 this year, aims to satisfy 'the sweet tooth of functional dance-pop.'
'Why else would she turn to off-the-peg hit-machines The Neptunes, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, after such success with more adventurous producers like Mirwais, William Orbit and Stuart Price?'
Alexis Petridis, in a three-star rating for the Guardian, calls Timberlake's involvement in 'Hard Candy' a 'mixed blessing,' with the familiar sounds from his last album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' 'less startling (the) second time around.'
He also slammed Madonna's lyrics, including a line from 'Dance 2night': 'You don't have to be rich and famous to be good.'
But Petridis argued that production duo The Neptunes, including Williams, 'ride to 'Hard Candy's' rescue,' highlighting songs such as 'Incredible,' 'Give It 2 Me' and 'She's Not Me.'
Jon Pareles of the New York Times believed Warner, with which Madonna has worked for 25 years, would be more than happy with the record.
'It doesn't burn bridges with her major label - just the opposite,' he wrote. 'It's the kind of album a record company longs for in the current embattled market: a set of catchy, easily digestible, mass-appeal songs by a star who's not taking chances.'
Madonna, one of the world's biggest-selling artists, ditched Warner Bros. last year and signed a 10-year deal, including a three-album commitment, with concert touring company Live Nation believed to be worth $120 million.
The agreement was an example of the so-called '360-degree deal' that has become increasingly popular in a music business struggling to make money just from selling records.
The '360-degree' deals typically involve publishing, touring, merchandising and digital rights, as well as recording.
The first single from Madonna's album, '4 Minutes' (featuring Justin Timberlake), went to No. 1 in the British singles charts and peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 listing.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Vodafone streams Madonna's Roseland concert

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue, and Warner Music International (WMI), today announced that on Wednesday, 30 April, Vodafone customers in 14 countries will be able to watch a live, one-off show by Madonna on their mobile. Streamed live from New York's famous Roseland Ballroom exclusively outside the US to Vodafone customers, the performance will celebrate the release of Madonna’s new album, HARD CANDY, which is available globally from today.
Vodafone customers in Cyprus, Egypt, France (SFR), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa (Vodacom), Spain and UK will have access to the show via their mobile phones on Vodafone live! and via their PCs using a unique streaming platform at www.vodafone.com/music
Vodafone customers will be able to do more than simply view the performance. They will be able to interact and share their emotions with other online show goers and select camera angles to move around the stage to get the best view, making them feel as though they are there in person and part of the event.
Vodafone customers will also have a chance to win tickets to Roseland Ballroom in New York City and become one of the lucky few to experience Madonna’s performance in person at the iconic venue.
'As a leader in the digital music industry, we’re providing our customers closer access to music from top artists and events, allowing them to enjoy their favorite content both on their PCs and mobile phones,' said Frank Rovekamp, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group. 'Vodafone’s strategy is to offer different music flavours and innovative formats allowing customers to experience music on their mobile in any way they wish.'
'We continue to explore innovative ways of deepening the connection between artist and audience. Offering millions of fans around the world live, interactive access to a unique, intimate Madonna show is a powerful way to showcase a new album' said John Reid, Vice Chairman, WMI & President, Warner Music Europe. 'Building on the mobile première, this special broadcast will further heighten the sense of event and excitement during HARD CANDY’s much anticipated launch week.'

Fans who are vodafone customers should log into their local vodafone website and follow instructions to gain the unique pincode to allow them to watch the event live.

From Unstrung.com

US Reviews of Hard Candy

otFrom New York Daily News - 5 out of 5 stars:
Imagine this: A new Madonna album comprised entirely of brisk, hard dance anthems, all boldly updating the blissful hits of her club-driven youth.
Now imagine that none of those songs (save the advance single) has anything to do with world politics, spiritual growth, starving African children or any lingering mother issues. Instead they present a wall-to-wall call to the dance floor, fired by ecstatic, innovative, and propulsive beats, paired to tunes that will make you swoon.
That's what Madonna's last album - 2005's 'Confession On The Dance Floor' - promised to be, but hardly was. We still had Kabbalah references, finger-wagging 'issue' songs and lots of cuts that weren't nearly as danceable or catchy as advertized.
Anyone disappointed by that album should take a lick of 'Hard Candy,' out Tuesday. It's everything 'Confessions' professed to be - and more: a disc that gorges on catchy choruses, nagging beats and insouciant vocals. It may be the best album of Madonna's career. Certainly it's the most consistent (not counting 'greatest hits' cheats).
Plenty of people will carp that Madonna had to haul in some of the heaviest hitters she has ever collaborated with to pull this off - including Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Pharrell. 'Hard Candy' represents only the third time in Madonna's long career when she has relied on top, proven talent as conspirators, rather than bringing in newbies she can nurture and/or control.
The last time she did this was her ultimate career low, in 1994, following the hideously reviewed 'Sex' book. She bounced back with 'Bedtime Stories,' produced by can't-miss guys like Babyface.
It's hard to say why Madonna felt she needed to bring in such headline-making help this time, unless it has to do with facing the Big Five-Oh - she hits it Aug. 16. Or the fact that 'Hard Candy' marks the end of her contract with the only label she has ever known (Warner Brothers). Either way, Madonna has given the company the richest possible parting gift.
Where to begin:
The first single - the smash '4 Minutes' - is probably the least engrossing track on the CD. It's the only one that goes for the political, rather than the personal, though it does so in such a vague way, you can barely tell. Of course, it's as much a Timberlake song as a Madonna turn but that's the only track where the star attraction threatens to piggyback on another person's turf.
That was the worry for 'Hard Candy.' Fans feared it would find Madonna vampirically sucking the blood of the latest urban gods to gain back her youth. But the point turns out to be moot. In fact, Pharrell and Timbaland have never sounded this frothy, and that clearly comes from Madonna's talent for zip.
Take 'Heartbeat.' Madonna co-wrote the cut with Pharrell, and although it benefits greatly from the hook of his trademark orgasmic moans, Maddy's vocal has an R&B sheen that cinches it.
The title track kicks off the CD and sets its exuberant tone. It's got tribal/urban beats, cunning lyrical innuendos, and a chorus with the R&B-jazz twist of a Kool and the Gang hit from the '70s.
In 'Miles Away' Madonna recycles a neat trick from the past: She uses abrupt guitar strums as an acoustic contrast to the synthetic clack of the beat. Vocally, she hasn't sounded as ravishing as she does here since 'Evita.'
'Incredible' has real bubble gum snap. 'Beat Goes On' makes sure it does.
I could go on raving about the tracks, but I won't. I want to go back and listen to them.

From New York Times:
When in doubt, take Madonna at face value. Since the beginning of her career she has telegraphed her intentions and labeled herself more efficiently than any observer. She has titled albums 'Music,' 'Erotica' and, in 2005, 'Confessions on a Dance Floor' for a collection that mingled personal and Biblical reflections with club grooves. Flaunting her ever-changing image, she named one tour 'Who's That Girl?,' another 'Re-Invention.'
She's just as blunt on her 11th studio album, 'Hard Candy' (Warner Brothers), due for release this week. There's no question that this album aims to please — and it does. 'See which flavor you like and I'll have it for you,' she promises as the album starts with 'Candy Shop,' and she follows through: 'Come on into my store/I got candy galore.'

To read the rest of the review visit www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/arts/music

Thanks to Frank, Scott and Serkan

Madonna releases 11th studio album

Popstar Madonna has released her 11th studio album Hard Candy.
The album features the production skills of The Neptunes and Timbaland.
Her latest hit 4 Minutes, taken from the album features Justin Timberlake and is currently number one in the UK singles chart.
Her album has been hailed as her best since Ray of Light.
She has been quick to sign sponsorship deals for the new songs, licensing them to be used on TV adverts, mobile phone exclusives and TV shows.
The Material Girl shot to fame in 1984 with the song Holiday. She has also appeared in the Hollywood films Desperately Seeking Susan, Shanghai Surprise and Evita.
Madonna has recently written and produced a documentary I Am Because We Are about the fate of orphans in Malawi.
She is married to British film director Guy Ritchie and will celebrate her 50th birthday this year.

From ITN News

Hard Candy: Goodies and Store Displays

Here is a brief look at some of the displays in stores and goodies given away at Hard Candy events and listening parties around the world.

From Argentina - thanks to dAnielitro:

From Belgium - thanks to Dan:

From Hong Kong - thanks to River:

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From Lisbon - thanks to M.Rita:

From Portugal - thanks to Diogo:

From Spain - thanks to Sergio:

From Thailand - thanks to Vichien B:

Celebrate Madonna Monday at itv.com

The wait for is nearly over for Madonna’s new album Hard Candy – out 28th April and ITV.com/music is celebrating this highly anticipated release by starting every week with Madonna Monday. The site will be crammed full of fantastic Madonna themed content. Not only can you check out the gallery – the A-Z of Madonna, but you can also see an interview with the Queen of Pop and watch her latest video 4 Minutes with Justin Timberlake.
The site will also be running a search for the Material Girl’s finest musical moment. From the controversy of Like A Virgin (1984), the psychedelic pop sound of Ray Of Light (1998) to the discotastic Confessions on a Dancefloor (2005), she has proved that regardless of the genre she is capable of adding her inimitable sound.
We want you to tell us your favourite studio album from her past 10 records - stretching from her self-titled debut in 1982 to 2005’s Confessions On A Dance Floor. Just go to itv.com and cast your vote. The winning album will be announced on Monday 28th April.

Thanks to Matt

Hard Candy promotion in Japan

madonnalicious reader Ross has sent in this report from Japan:

Konnichiwa madonnalicious and fellow Madonna fans! I had the opportunity to take some of these pics at Tower Records; Japan (yes, Japan still has Tower Records - owned by a Japanese company). These were taken in Okinawa, Japan and it pretty much translates to everything we already know! I hope Madonna comes back to Japan!