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Madonna's New Album MDNA Is Turning Her Into A Techie

Back in the greed-is-good 1980s, Madonna styled herself as a material girl. Avarice hasn’t exactly disappeared in the intervening years, but the 'Like A Prayer' singer has updated herself to fit the present zeitgeist, if the launch of new album MDNA is any indication.
For the album’s debut Monday, Madonna decided to forego the typical round of morning talk shows. She instead opted for an interview at Facebook’s New York headquarters, a live Twitter chat, and a giveaway on Spotify—two lucky listeners who play MDNA at least three times in the next two weeks will receive free tickets to one of her upcoming shows.
Madonna’s most unusual promotion, however, involves Fab.com. The nine-month-old design-focused retailer boasts 3 million members and has dedicated its homepage to MDNA, which it’s selling in both physical and digital format for $7.99, half the price of most other outlets.
'We’re on MDNA over here,' says Jason Goldberg, Fab’s founder and CEO. 'It’s kind of our way of giving a big fat kiss to our members for how they’ve embraced us over the past nine months.'
It’s also a boon to Fab.com. Goldberg says his site is seeing two to three times its typical traffic because of the promotion, and expects to sell tens of thousands of copies of the album, which should move hundreds of thousands of units on the whole.
Goldberg wouldn’t discuss the details of his agreement with Universal Music Group, parent company of Interscope, the label that’s home to Madonna. But he did confirm that there was a 'collaboration' of some sort.
What’s the nature of that collaboration? Hard to say for sure, but it probably means that Universal gave Fab.com a discount on the wholesale price of the record—like they did with Amazon and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. A source told me that the Amazon negotiated to pay a wholesale price of $7 for the album, which the online retail giant briefly sold for $0.99.
If Fab.com is paying the same price for MDNA, it’s a great deal for everyone involved: Madonna and her label sell tens of thousands of additional albums to an audience they might not have otherwise reached, while Goldberg’s site gets a marginal profit and a boatload of additional web traffic.
Says Goldberg: 'It’s a match made in heaven.'
Just like a prayer.

From Forbes.com


Madonna Invites Bieber On Tour in Twitter talk

When Madonna collaborated with Nicki Minaj and MIA, we thought it was great. Imagine Madonna teaming up with Justin Bieber! It would be fabulous. Madonna has invited Bieber to join her on stage during her forthcoming world tour.
Madonna extended the invitation during a Twitter Q&A session last night to promote her new album MDNA. Responding to a question from a Twitter user, Madonna expressed that she thinks Bieber is 'awesome. I'm a huge fan. I love it when he raps.'
She then added: 'Come and join me on stage when I'm on tour when we are in the same city and congrats on your new single.'
Bieber, whose new track Boyfriend also debuted in full today, had congratulated Madonna on her album release via Twitter: 'Yours is a career artists dream of.'
Madonna wrote that the idea of a Twitter Q&A session appealed to her due to the 'direct connection to [her] fans... no middle man'.
She revealed during the chat that I'm Addicted was the hardest song to write on MDNA, and named Give Me All Your Luvin' and Girl Gone Wild as the first tracks to make the cut for the album.
Madonna also said that Grammy nominee Skrillex is one of her favourite musicians at the moment and revealed that she is contemplating writing an autobiography one day, as she has 'so much to say, but not right now'.

From galaxieblog.com.my


Madonna's 'MDNA' sends pop lesson to young guard

Jostling for space with younger rivals like Lady Gaga, Madonna brings a grown woman's voice to her new album 'MDNA', out on Monday, on which the 53-year-old Queen of Pop evokes the pain of her divorce.
Since her last album, the dance-flavoured 'Hard Candy' in 2008, new faces have crowded into the space long ruled by the Material Girl: Rihanna for sexiness, Lana Del Rey for edgy glamour, and the ever-theatrical Lady Gaga.
So when Madonna announced she was working on a new album, the music world raised a sceptical eyebrow: put frankly, can a woman in her 50s still set the pace in a youth-driven pop world?
The first track from the album, 'Give Me All Your Luvin', which Madonna performed at the Superbowl last month, failed to win over the music press.
But critics have since given a thumbs up to Madonna's 12th studio album, which leaked on the Internet this week ahead of its release.
'Madonna is still very much the Queen of Pop,' wrote the US magazine Billboard. 'Nearly 30 years after first hitting the Billboard charts with her debut single 'Everybody', Madonna is still showing the world how it's done.'
Likewise, Britain's Daily Mirror wrote that 'Madonna's new album shows the young pretenders she is still a force to be reckoned with.'
Madonna teamed up with a host of carefully chosen collaborators for 'MDNA', most notably M.I.A, the British hip-hop star who set tongues wagging at the Superbowl with a brief flip of the middle finger to the cameras.
Production side, she signed up the French DJ Martin Solveig and Italian duo Alle and Benny Benassi, masters of the dance floor hit.
The album - whose title is a play on the nightclub drug MDMA - is peppered with hedonistic dance tracks, but they share space with highly personal pieces in which Madonna alludes to her 2008 divorce from British director Guy Ritchie.
Several tracks - both gentle ballads and harder hip-hop-flavoured pieces - are odes to her failed marriage, like 'I Don't Give A' where she sings that 'I tried to be your wife/I diminished myself'.
And 'Gang Bang', a hard-electro that could be the soundtrack to a Quentin Tarantino movie, rings like a revenge fantasy, as she sings ominously of shooting a lover in the head.
'There is something remarkable about Madonna's decision to share her suffering the way she has once shared her pleasure,' wrote the Chicago Tribune. 'Her music has always been about liberation and oppression - but for the first time the oppression is internal: loss and sadness.'

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Video: Madonna's birthday kiss for Nicki

Footage of the Madonna/Minaj kiss didn't make the cut of the official 'Gimme All Your Luvin'' video, much to fans' chagrin...but now, just in time to celebrate the release of Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, the never-before-seen clip of Nicki's birthday celebration with Madge has been made available exclusively to Yahoo! Music.

In the fly-on-the-wall footage, a cupcake-bearing Madonna serenades and smooches a delighted Nicki, while M.I.A. and a cast of video cheerleaders and boy-toy footballers cheer them on. Nicki is heard gushing, 'I have to thank the queen, Madonna, for giving me this opportunity. I love her so much, and she's fierce, and she didn't have to do this for me and M.I.A...Did you get the kiss with Madonna on camera?'


Q&A: Martin Solveig Talks Madonna's Co-Producing 'MDNA'

French producer Martin Solveig has been making smart, disco-inflected house music for over a decade. But in 2011, his track 'Hello' with Canadian electro-pop group Dragonette exploded, peaking at No. 46 on the Hot 100 and selling 1.1 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song landed a memorable sync in a Trident ad spot, and the accompanying music video has over 17 million YouTube views and counting.
Then, Madonna called: In July 2011, the pop diva invited Solveig to a writing session in London for the project that would become 'MDNA.' What started as an idea for one song became three (first single 'Give Me All Your Luvin,' 'I Don't Give A,' and 'Turn Up The Radio'), entering Solveig into a exclusive brotherhood of dance producers who have helped keep the Material Girl sounding both current and progressive.
Billboard caught up with the producer on the eve of his set at the official 'MDNA' release party at the Delano Hotel in Miami, sponsored by Smirnoff.

Billboard: William Orbit, Stuart Price, Mirwais. A lot of great EDM producers have worked with Madonna. Were you intimidated?
Martin Solveig: I tried to forget that very very fast because I would have been too intimidated to line up with all those legendary producers. At first I thought we were going to work on one song; that was the original plan. Let's try to work on one song and take it from there - not spend too much time thinking about the legend, and do something that just makes sense.

To read the rest of the interview visit www.billboard.com/q-a-martin-solveig


Madonna Sits Down With Jimmy Fallon for Live Facebook Chat

'I thought it would be best to talk to my fans,' Madonna told Jimmy Fallon on Saturday, explaining why her Facebook chat with the Late Night host is the only live press she's doing for her new album, MDNA. Taped in front of an audience and live steamed through Madonna's Facebook page, the interview incorporated questions sent in from fans around the world as well as a few dance lessons for Fallon.
Over the course of the interview, Madonna professed an interest in quantum physics, said she'd like to cover the Serge Gainsbourg song 'Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus' and described how Quentin Tarantino's films inspired her new song 'Gang Bang.'
'I have a whole thing worked out in a motel room,' she said, imploring Tarantino to direct the video. 'All he has to do is show up with a camera. And I can’t afford a director’s fee.'
A fan asked what the pop queen would do if she were president of the United States.
'Well, when I am the president,' Madonna corrected, 'I will first of all take all the money spent on defense and put it into education, so that schoolteachers get paid more money. It's scandalous how low their pay is. Gay marriage would be legal everywhere and accepted. There would be no restrictions whatsoever on any of my videos, ever.'
That last policy was perhaps inspired by the recent news that YouTube is limiting views of the 'Girl Gone Wild' video to those over 18. As Fallon put it, 'Now you have to hide the grinding and the groins.'
'I’m supposed to be a girl gone wild in the video!' Madonna said. 'How could you go wild and not grind? This is the question that people should be asking.'
Responding to Fallon's suggestion that one shot in the video showed a man masturbating, she objected: 'No, he was just brushing off his latex g-string. They get smudged - you know light picks up all the fingerprints.'
Dressed in a t-shirt emblazoned with the title of the new album, Madonna let slip a few details of her upcoming tour, including the fact that she's recently acquired a few bruises learning how to slackline. When asked how she chooses songs to perform on tour, she said she tries to fit songs into themes and dramatic arcs in her shows.
'The first section I titled 'Transgression,' so use your imagination,' she said of the new show. 'But then I have to go back in my catalog and pick songs that fall into that category. It's not 'Cherish.''

From www.rollingstone.com


Madonna Reveals 'MDNA' Tour Details in Facebook Chat

Madonna chatted with Jimmy Fallon Saturday evening, but it wasn't on the set of NBC's 'Late Night.' The pop star was interviewed during a live stream on her Facebook page to take questions from fans and to promote her 12th studio album, 'MDNA.' The album will be released Monday.
In a strategy that has been praised for avoiding overexposure, Madonna has been noticeably absent from the talk show and magazine circuit, and has instead been promoting new songs and behind-the-scenes videos online. According to Fallon, the Facebook stream would be her only promotional interview ahead of the album's release.
'What if it doesn't work out?' Fallon joked of the interview. 'You're Madonna. But did you think about my career?'
After getting some dance instruction, Fallon turned to Madonna's upcoming tour, asking if fans would see elements from her bombastic Super Bowl halftime show.
'I don't want to repeat myself. I did that already,' Madonna said.
Madonna wouldn't reveal which songs would be performed during the MDNA tour, but did say she likes her shows to be divided into acts. The first act of the upcoming tour will be titled 'Transgression.'
'I like to have a theme for my show and create a dramatic arc,' Madonna said. 'Then I try to make the songs fit within that arc.'
On why she chose M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj as collaborators for the album, Madonna said: 'Because they're badass bitches. They're both smart, clever. They have strength. They don't just play on their sexuality.'
The 53-year-old pop icon also told Fallon rehearsals for the tour have been 'violent.'
'I'm covered in bruises right now,' Madonna said

From Billboard.com


Madge too hot for YouTube

Madonna’s steamy new video for 'Girl Gone Wild' has been banned from open view on YouTube for being too raunchy, with scenes including nudity and a close-up of a man’s PVC-clad crotch.
YouTube chiefs have restricted the video for those 18 years or above, and sources tell us they’ve told the superstar’s management that if they want it to be available for viewing by all, they must edit out shots of bare bottoms, a man rubbing his crotch and an implied masturbation scene where a man gyrates before a mirror.
Madonna’s team was working yesterday on an edited version of the video for YouTube because, for the first time, it’s based its marketing strategy for her new album, 'MDNA,' on social media, including a live Facebook interview with Jimmy Fallon today.
A source told us, 'YouTube has decided the video is too raunchy and should only be viewed by those 18 or over, and actually, the video is hard to find on the site. YouTube has sent Madonna’s team a list of shots that should be cut to make it appropriate for everyone.'
Fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott directed 'Girl Gone Wild,' using much of the singer’s trademark erotic imagery, including topless men dancing in black tights (mantyhose) and platform heels.
YouTube also took exception to an S&M-inspired scene of a silhouette in chains.
The video was deemed 'inappropriate for some users' by YouTube, and viewers must verify they’re 18 or older and log in to watch it.
A rep for YouTube told us, 'While we don’t comment on individual videos, we review all videos flagged by our users against our community guidelines. In some cases we agerestrict flagged material that, while not in violation of those guidelines, contains images that may be unsuitable for younger users.'
Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, told us, 'Some things never change. This is a throwback to [1990] when MTV refused to show ‘Justify My Love.’'

From the New York Post


MDNA: Divorce, Rage, Regret - And You Can Dance to It, Too!

Liz Smith gives her opinion on Madonna's MDNA in her lastest column at www.wowowow.com/culture/liz-smith:

'There’s something remarkable about Madonna’s decision to share her suffering the way she once shared her pleasure. Her music has always been about liberation from oppression, but for the first time the oppression is internal: loss and sadness. Stars - they really are just like us.' That is Rolling Stone’s Joe Levy reviewing Madonna’s upon-us-any minute album 'MDNA.'
This record is dance-driven, revenge-driven, regret-driven and self-referential to the max. It has already received a batch of impressive reviews; those who have heard it agree it is disconcertingly dark, eminently danceable, and delicately mournful. A wild mash-up.
Madonna, who is only 53, is not going quietly into that good night of ballads and a single spotlight. (Although 'MDNA' does contain three ballads - one of which, 'Falling Free' is among the most intimate and well-sung of her career.)
But the beat goes on for M. The album is chock full of 21st century in-your-face techo - it thumps relentlessly, the bass booms, and they do odd, computerized things with her voice. Yet it often recalls her earlier efforts, during the halcyon days of her recording career. Her pure, unaltered voice is heard enough to reassure the fans who loved her in the 80s or in 1997’s 'Evita.'
'MDNA' is not my kind of music, necessarily. But it is impressive. Impressive in that Madonna does what she wants to do, and says what she wants to say (Guy Ritchie, when you hear 'Gang Bang,' duck for cover!) And she says it - haters be damned - against throbbing dance beats.
Listen, Marlene Dietrich spent her entire career - well into her seventies - attempting to maintain the illusion of the fabulous femme fatale image created for her by Josef von Sternberg in the 1930s. At Madonna’s age, she was wearing semi-transparent gowns and singing the same old songs on stages around the world. And looking increasingly bored doing it, too.
Madonna was the sexy, controversial pop star. So she’s still doing what she knows how to do. Difference? She doesn’t seem bored. In fact, 'MDNA' announces her revitalization.
She’s always supposed to be over, but somehow she never is. And I abhor the ageism and sexism so resonant in criticism of her.


'The Smirnoff 'MDNA' Nightlife Edition Remix Album'

The Smirnoff Co. has announced that they are offering 'The Smirnoff 'MDNA' Nightlife Edition Remix Album' to Madonna fans. The surefire collector's album will be available to consumers exclusively through the Smirnoff US Facebook page.
The Smirnoff 'MDNA' Nightlife Edition Remix Album features seven remixed tracks from Madonna's new album, 'MDNA.' Both albums are scheduled to be released on March 26th.
The 'MDNA' Nightlife Edition Remix Album showcases DJ sensations Kid Capri & Just Blaze, from Smirnoff's Master of the Mix program and never heard before versions of new tracks including 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' and 'Masterpiece.'
This is the latest element of Smirnoff's multifaceted partnership with Madonna and Live Nation Entertainment.
Smirnoff's exciting offer to fans enables them to purchase the 'MDNA' Nightlife Edition Remix Album by 'liking' their US Facebook page (facebook.com/SmirnoffUS) and placing their order for $3.50. The simultaneous March 26th distribution of the remixed downloads and the release of 'MDNA' on March 26th enables Smirnoff fans to be the first to hear the unique compilation.
Simon Burch, Global Brand Director for The Smirnoff Co., commented, 'It is a testament to Madonna's phenomenal performance and album production that these tracks can be remixed whilst retaining their musical integrity and broad appeal. It is exciting to be giving our fans the first chance to hear these incredible tracks in an expertly produced compilation album.'
'We are delighted that Madonna and Live Nation Entertainment's collaboration with Smirnoff gives us the chance to share extraordinary original content with fans, and provide them with new and exciting ways to experience Madonna's music,' said Christopher Swope, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Innovation, Live Nation Network.

From Marketwire Press Release


Madonna's new disc 'MDNA' GR8

Lady Madonna. Trampy Madonna. Material Girl Madonna. Cowgirl Madonna.
Erotic Madonna. Neurotic Madonna. Fashionista Madonna. Fetishista Madonna.

We've met them all over the past 30 years - along with too many more alter-egos to list. So it should be no surprise that the pop queen of 1,000 faces has added a few more self-portraits to her vogue rogue's gallery with her 12th album MDNA.

One you won't meet: Washed-Up Madonna. Co-produced by Ray of Light co-conspirator William Orbit, French DJ Martin Solveig, Italian counterpart Benny Benassi and others, the 12-cut MDNA is one of Madge's most intriguing discs in a while, offering a deft blend of pop and dance with doses of hip-hop, electronica, dubstep, balladry and even some seriously weird moments. But what else would you expect from a disc whose title is one letter away from the acronym for Ecstasy?

To read the rest of the 4/5 star review visit jam.canoe.ca/Music/Madonna


Madonna Owns 'Girl Gone Wild' Title In New Video

While Madonna favored vintage, kitschy, colorful images for her 'Give Me All Your Luvin' video, the Queen of Pop opted for black-and-white sex for her just-released 'Girl Gone Wild' clip.
Shot by fashion photographers Mert and Marcus (who also did the album's more multihued artwork), the video was the perfect homage to the singer's foxy 'Sex' book and Erotica days of the '90s. Crunchy, sexy and edgy, the 'GGW' clip is certainly the perfect response for anyone yearning for that Madge of yesteryear.
Twenty years after Madonna had conservative-minded folks worried about her sexy influence over pop culture, the singer can still make us want her and whatever brand of sex she's selling. Pleather, whips, chains and same-sex action define the images in the saucy clip. While 'Give Me' featured pals Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., the only 'Girl' in this video is Madge, who gets raunchy with a number of male dancers.
The video opens with Madonna in full glamour mode (big hair and diva makeup) declaring how she wants to be good but just can't fight the bad. We mean, who could blame her with all that eye candy around? Spastic shots of her doing yoga are intercut with ones of her dancing around and sexy male dancers posing with one another (and sharing an apple in a way we haven't seen before). The video also features an electrifying dance sequence, with men in tights and heels, really calling attention to Madonna's never-ending need to create memorable images.
It's clear this girl wants to have fun and she wants to be licked, kissed and grinded on by hot dudes. This is Madonna, so fans shouldn't be surprised that she's favoring erotic scenes in which she mugs for the camera with beefy guys all over her. Eventually, Madge proves she's still got the moves when she joins the dancers for another choreographed sequence.
As the video continues to show the singer and her dancers just being attractive with one another, the final shot is a close-up of Madonna, crying thick, black tears, proving that wild girls are saddest when the party is over.
Mert and Marcus are best known for their work as fashion photographers, and that influence is certainly felt in this video. It plays out as if it's a series of shots in a fashion magazine. MDNA, the singer's 12th studio album, is set for release on Monday. 'GGW' is the second single from it.
What did you think of Madonna's new video? Let us know in the comments!

From MTV.com


'Girl Gone Wild' video premiere details

Madonna is teaming up with E! for the exclusive world premiere of the controversial music video for her new single 'Girl Gone Wild' from her upcoming MDNA album, scheduled to be released March 26 on Interscope Records.

The video, shot in black and white, was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Mert & Marcus. It includes a stunning tour de force performance by the Material Girl and her team of dancers and breathtaking visual effects.

E! provides a pitch-perfect platform for this much buzzed-about video when it premieres exclusively on E! News on March 20 at 7:00 and 11:30 PM and is available on E! Online directly following.

From Madonna.com


Madonna scores 41st No.1 Dance/Club Play Song!

Madonna will achieve a record-extending 41st No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart next week as 'Give Me All Your Luvin' will jump 2-1 on the tally.

'Give Me All Your Luvin' will be No. 1 on the upcoming chart dated March 31 (posted to Billboard.com on March 22). The achievement also gives Madonna No. 1 Billboard singles in four consecutive decades: the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

Madonna extends her lead for most No. 1s in the chart’s history, pulling further ahead of runner-up Janet Jackson, who has 19.

'Give Me All Your Luvin'' (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) is the first single from Madonna’s 'MDNA' album, due out March 26. It reaches the top of the chart courtesy of remixes by the likes of LMFAO , Nicky Romero and Laidback Luke.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Madonna's Daughter Does Background Vocals On 'MDNA'

Madonna's oldest daughter Lourdes is only 15, but she's already following in her mom's musical footsteps.
The 53-year-old queen of pop has revealed that her daughter's vocal skills will appear on the song, 'Superstar,' on her upcoming 'MDNA' album (which drops on March 26).
'She's my background singer. She just came over to the studio that day. Then I said, 'Oh, can you sing this part?' and she agreed to,' Madonna told Britain's The Sun.
The singer said her daughter has vocal chops, but she's quite modest about it.
'She has a very good voice. She's quite shy about it and won't admit it. Lots of people are knocking on my door to meet her about everything, movies and what-not,' she explained. 'But she's not really interested in any of it. She just wants to go to school. She says to me, 'Mum, I just want to be a normal kid. I'm not ready for any of that'. I respect that, and if she ever wants to work with me on any level I welcome it.'
Adding, 'But otherwise I leave her to her homework and school.'

From Access Hollywood Via Yahoo! News


'Turn Up The Radio' Needs to Be Madonna's Next Single

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get an advance listen to Madonna's much-anticipated new album MDNA, and I'm thrilled to tell you that it's exactly the return to form fans have been hoping for from the Queen of Pop. A nice mix of dark, heavy club jams, mid-tempo electronic and some truly lovely ballads, MDNA has something for every sort of Madonna fan.
While we're only now getting a snippet of the video for the album's second single, 'Girl Gone Wild,' listening to the album already has me thinking ahead to her next single. That's how loaded with hits this thing is. Frankly, I can name three songs that I'd have gone with as the lead single over 'Give Me All Your Luvin,' and I'm on the record as liking that song just fine!
But the real winner is as obvious as the nose on my face and I can't believe Madonna didn't lead with it. The song is 'Turn Up The Radio'...and it's the best thing she's done since 'Hung Up.'
Perhaps she's just knowingly waiting until early May to drop the track as an official single because she knows it's a perfect summer song. It's a big, anthemic dance-pop wonder with glittery synths and fun lyrics like 'I don't know how I got to this stage / Let me out of my cage cause I'm dying / Turn up the radio, turn up the radio / Don't ask me where I wanna go, we gotta turn up the radio.'
She needs freed because she's ready to have a good time, you see! There's a propulsive energy here that feels authentic and alive. The calculated perfectionism of some of Madonna's club jams can leave you feeling a little chilly but that's not the case here. In my notes I scribbled the words 'effervescent' and 'happy.'
'You feel the wind on your face and your skin and it's here that I begin,' Madonna sings as the music cues up. It's almost like she knows this is a song designed to be listened to at full volume with the windows down.
There are quite a few potential hits on MDNA but 'Turn Up the Radio' is the most accessible to a mass audience. Take, for example, 'Gang Bang,' another song I really liked. The song is a dark and aggressive club track with gunshot sound effects and a pounding William Orbit beat. It also contains some of the album's stronger lyrics - 'I thought it was you, and I loved you the most / But I was just keeping my enemies close' – and a driving chorus ('Bang bang, shot you dead / Shot my lover in the head / Bang bang, shot you dead / And I have no regret').
But while I can see it playing deep into the night at a New York City nightclub, I can't see it being embraced by Top 40 radio.
'I'm Addicted' isn't anywhere near as dark and is more typically Madonna than 'Bang' and could work well as a single - but it's a walloping dance track that would probably be better served if it were preceded by a big hit. It's a great song, one that deserves some attention, and I think any hesitation radio programmers might feel about adding it to their lineup would be assuaged if they felt there was demand for it.
'Turn Up the Radio' could be the song that creates that demand. Give the people what they want, Madonna. Make it your next single!

From John Mitchell/MTV Newsroom - thanks to Micheal


Billboard's track-by-track MDNA review

Madonna is still very much the Queen of Pop.
Nearly 30 years after first hitting the Billboard charts in late 1982 with her debut single 'Everybody,' Madonna is still showing the pop world how it's done.
'MDNA' - her 12th studio album - is a collection of thoroughly pumping pop tunes, some of which are slices of sheer brilliance. Not only does Madonna take us to the club with 'MDNA,' she exhausts us, drains us, and confides in us. Five minutes after an aerobic workout on the dance floor, we're in her private booth, where she's spilling her guts about relationships and how things just didn't turn out the way they planned. Then, another five minutes later, we're back to dancing up a storm to a song like 'Gang Bang.'
Yes, 'Gang Bang.'
The track is one of the album's many stand-outs. It's a dark, throbbing tune that is twisted and surprising and altogether pop-tastic. (Yes, that's a word.)
Also notable is the summery pop nugget 'Turn Up the Radio,' the full-throttle digital rave-up of 'I'm Addicted' and the driving, clever word play of 'Love Spent.'
'MDNA' reunites Madonna with her 'Ray of Light' co-producer William Orbit, who polishes her songs with cosmic flourishes and rushes of fuzzy-retro bits. Madonna also enlists the production assistance of Martin Solveig, the Demolition Crew, Benny Benassi, Alle Benassi, Hardy 'Indiigo' Muanza and Michael Malih.
Curiously, the set's first single - the rah-rah 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' - doesn't properly prepare the listener for what they're going to get on the album. Basically: set it aside and go into 'MDNA' with a clean slate.

To read Keith Caulfield's track-by-track review visit www.billboard.com


MDNA Production Credits

'Girl Gone Wild' Written by Madonna, Jenson Vaughan, Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi, Marco 'Benny' Benassi; Produced by Madonna, Marco 'Benny' Benassi, Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi

'Gang Bang' Written by Madonna, William Orbit, Priscilla Hamilton, Keith Harris, Jean-Baptiste, Mika, Don Juan Demarco 'Demo' Casanova, Stephen Kozmeniuk; Produced by Madonna, William Orbit, Demolition Crew

'I'm Addicted' Written by Madonna, Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi, Marco 'Benny' Benassi; Produced by Madonna, Marco 'Benny' Benassi, Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi

'Turn Up the Radio' Written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Michael Tordjman, Jade Williams; Produced by Madonna, Martin Solveig

'Give Me All Your Luvin' (featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) Written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Nicki Minaj, Maya Arulpragasam, Michael Tordjman; Produced by Madonna, Martin Solveig

'Some Girls' Written by Madonna, William Orbit, Klas Ahulund; Produced by Madonna, William Orbit

'Superstar' Written by Madonna, Hardy 'Indigo' Muanza; Produced by Madonna, Hardy 'Indiigo' Muanza, Michael Malih

'I Don't Give a F' (featuring Nicki Minaj) Written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Nicki Minaj, Julien Jabre; Produced by Madonna, Martin Solveig

'I'm a Sinner' Written by Madonna, William Orbit, Jean-Baptiste; Produced by Madonna, William Orbit

'Love Spent' Written by Madonna, William Orbit, Jean-Baptiste, Priscilla Hamilton, Alain Whyte, Ryan Buendia, Michael McHenry; Produced by Madonna, William Orbit

'Masterpiece' Written by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry; Produced by Madonna, William Orbit

'Falling Free' Written by Madonna, Laurie Mayer, William Orbit, Joe Henry; Produced by Madonna, William Orbit

'Beautiful Killer' Written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Michael Tordjman; Produced by Madonna, Martin Solveig

'I F****d Up' Written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Julien Jabre; Produced by Madonna, Martin Solveig

'B-Day Song' Written by Madonna, Maya Arulpragasam, Martin Solveig; Produced by Madonna, Martin Solveig

'Best Friend' Written by Madonna, Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi, Marco 'Benny' Benassi; Produced by Madonna, Demolotion Crew; Co-produced by Marco 'Benny' Benassi, Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi

From Billboard.com - thanks to craigger


Madonna: 'New album MDNA is unapologetically happy'

Madonna has described her new album as 'unapologetically happy'.
The singer revealed that she wanted to make her 12th studio LP MDNA more upbeat so she could 'put a smile on people's faces'.
Madonna told IN Toronto: 'I wanted to make an album that was unapologetically happy. I think we all need to dance a bit more these days.'
'The world needs a breather, and [DJ/producer] Martin Solveig knows how to put a smile on people's faces. And, of course, I have my partner-in-crime William Orbit helping me out with the substance.'
She added: 'MDNA is a good hybrid of the introspective and fun.'

From Digital Spy


Madonna album: critics react with positive reviews

Reviews for MDNA, which has 12 tracks, largely agreed with the Mirror's Dean Piper, that the record was showing younger stars she is still a 'force to be reckoned with'.
Music critics and bloggers were invited to London's Abbey Road studios to hear the first complete playback of her 12th studio album.
The album is released on 26 March.
MDNA sees the 53-year-old singer working, once again, with British producer William Orbit, who is credited with re-igniting her career during their collaboration on her 1998 album Ray of Light.
The Telegraph's Neil McCormick praised Madonna for 'balancing the twin requirements of radio-friendly hooks and dance floor drive'.
But he noted that, while that some of the songs marked a return to high points in her career, her lyrics often 'appear to have been added as an afterthought'.
The Guardian's Music Blog gave a track-by-track review describing it as 'an album that's been trailed by weak singles, but contains brilliantly bonkers moments'.
It also highlighted that fans should 'get ready for terrible French accents, amazing pop raves and heartfelt ballads' and branded her track, Some Girls, as the 'weakest moment' in the album.
Mirror critic Piper described the record as better than her previous albums, American Life and Music: 'Madonna's still pushing the envelope of her superstardom and MDNA is in no way a let-down'.
Attitude's Matthew Todd awarded the 'dark' album four stars, adding that Madonna is 'out to recapture who she is...she has demons to slay'.

From BBC News


Madonna shows she is still a force to be reckoned with

Dean Piper of UK newspaper the Daily Mirror has published this positive review:

OK, let's talk about Madonna and her 12th studio album, MDNA.
Admittedly with all that she's been up to of late, her directorial debut W.E. and that amazing Superbowl performance, I was a very worried Madonna fan.
Would she be able to deliver the goods on this latest record? Especially with her eagerly awaited reunion with William Orbit - the man who reignited her career at one point with the exceptional album Ray of Light. There was a lot riding on this being a success.
To sum up – she's nailed it. And in doing so seems to have produced one of her most personal lyrical efforts to date.
Tracks including I F***ed UP and Best Friend (featured on the Deluxe version of MDNA) are clear odes to her failed marriage with Guy Ritchie. Whilst tracks like Gang Bang (!) leave you wondering who exactly the star wants to shoot in the head. The lyrics screech: 'Bang, bang, shot you dead. Shot my lover in the head.'
One thing you need to wipe clean from your brain immediately as the album starts is the fact Madonna is 53. She sounds 25. In fact, if this album was released by a Pop Princess then it wouldn't be out of place.
It feels centred and controlled whilst the likes of Gaga and Britney's latest efforts feel try-hard and sloppy in comparison.
This is one girl that still knows what she's doing and she's in control.
Part of the reason for such a slick record is down to who she's worked with. As always, Madonna's chosen wisely with her collaborators for this record.
William Orbit is in the frame on five tracks, French electronic DJ and super producer Martin Solveig provides the most forward thinking six tunes and ye olde faithful Marco “Benny” Benassi does what he does best and turns Madge into the dancefloor electro diva she's clearly still wanting to be.
Is MDNA her best work for years? In short, no. It doesn't reach out like Confessions on a Dance Floor – but it easily surpasses American Life and Music.
Is it an album I literally can't wait to have on my iPod following my one listen at Abbey Road Studios. YES.
Madonna's still pushing the envelope of her superstardom and MDNA is in no way a let down. It's just the next chapter in an already enthralling story. And I can't wait for you all to get involved.

To read Dean Piper's track-by-track review visit www.mirror.co.uk