Madame X

Madonna Drops ‘Future,’ New Song With Quavo

Madonna has dropped the fourth song from 'Madame X,' her forthcoming album, a reggae-flavored duet with Migos’ Quavo called 'Future.' The pair previously collaborated on 'Champagne Rose,' a song from his solo debut, 'Quavo Huncho.' Previous songs released from the album include the Maluma duet 'Medellin,' the Swae Lee duet 'Crave,' and the ballad 'I Rise.' One more song will be released before the album’s June 14 drop date: 'Dark Ballet' on June 7.

Late Thursday it was announced that Madonna’s controversial performance at the Eurovision song awards in Israel - which had been marred by pro-Palestinian protests and reports of contractual issues - will take place Saturday night after all.

The 15-track 'Madame X' celebrates Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on “Madame X’ with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

From Variety.com


Listen to Madonna and Swae Lee duet on sultry new song, ‘Crave’

It’s the third song taken from Madge’s upcoming new album, 'Madame X'

Madonna has released another song from her upcoming album ‘Madame X’ – a duet with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee called ‘Crave’.

The song, described as 'infectious pop', follows on from ‘Medellin’, the first track from ‘Madame X’ which arrived last month, and ‘I Rise’ a politically charged alt-pop track.

The release will be followed by a Jamaican dancehall influenced song ‘Future’, featuring Quavo, which is expected to drop on May 17, and the 'sonically innovative' ‘Dark Ballet’ on June 7.

From: NME.com


Madonna Brings Soft Power To Resilience On Striking 'I Rise'

Madonna has shared a powerful and uplifting anthem, "I Rise," from her forthcoming album, Madame X. The tune offers supporting words of wisdom for those that have dealt with more tragedy than triumph. With a sample of Emma González, a survivor of the 2018 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaking about how young people aren't widely respected in the world of politics, the track enters into inspirational territory. It comes from the heart and looks to stoke the fires of perseverance in the souls of the next generation.

"They say us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works," González says fiercely. "We call BS." Madonna's vocals come in on the delicate track that isn't somber but isn't the kind of tune you'll hear spun at a party. It's as soft as war chants come, but there's power in this fragility – a striking, cutting one that drips from each word.

"There's nothing you can do to me that hasn't been done / Not bulletproof, shouldn't have to run from a gun," she sings, drawing attention to the gun violence problem in the United States. She hunkers down on this and less graspable problems, but she gives a solution to dealing with these stresses and anxieties: to stand above it. "I rise, I rise, I rise above it," she drills into your head on the chorus. Each utterance of "rise" compounds the energy. Rise, stand up. Rise, turn your head to the sky. Rise, clench your fists. Rise, smile in the face of despair.

Madame X hits streaming services on stores on June 14. It will be Madonna's first album in four years, so the singer is pulling out all the stops. Prior to releasing her tropical collaboration with Maluma, "Medellín," the singer dropped a spy thriller of an album trailer that hints at the album being an expansive new stylistic world. Madame X has been revealed to have 13 songs and feature Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta.

From MTV News


Madonna's New Track 'I Rise' Is a Stonewall Tribute

On Friday, Madge released 'I Rise,' the second track off of her upcoming album Madame X. The subject of a ton of gossip and speculation - fans have been saying on social media that the track is a tribute to Stonewall and the eventual music video will feature drag queens like Monet X Change - the song debuts just before the pop icon is honored by GLAAD.

'I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind,' Madonna said in a release about the track. 'This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to be themselves.' Over New Year’s Eve, she surprised fans with a performance at the historic Stonewall site.

The song follows 'Medellin,' featuring Maluma, which was the lead single and video off the record. 'I’m going through it, yeah I know you see the tragic in it / just hold on to the little bit of magic in it,' she sings. 'I can’t break down now, I can’t take that now. / Died a thousand times, managed to survive / I can’t break down now, I can’t take that.'

On Saturday, the star will receive the Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. She will be the second person to receive the award, which is meant to honor those who have changed the game for LGBTQ+ people around the world through their work.

There is no news on when the music video for 'I Rise' might debut. Before the full debut of Madame X on June 14, Madonna will drop three more singles 'Crave,' 'Future,' and 'Dark Ballet.'

From Out Magazine


Maluma Says He 'Enjoyed' Madonna Licking His Toes in 'Medellín' Music Video

Maluma never imagined he'd one day get the opportunity to work with Madonna, much less kiss the Queen of Pop!

The Colombian crooner and the Material Girl recently teamed up for the song 'Medellín' and its accompanying music video, which features the smoldering twosome seductively dancing the cha-cha, cozying up together and even sharing a handful of kisses.

'It was nice. I enjoyed that kiss,' Maluma, 25, tells ET over the phone about his intimate moment with the pop icon. 'It was cool, and not everyone can tell the story of when they kissed Madonna. I had a great time. It was a lot of fun.'

However, there was another interaction between the two that had fans shocked. Midway through the video, while the two are lying in bed, Madonna takes Maluma's toes and licks them!

'I enjoyed it too,' the crooner replies with a laugh.

'She asked me if I had a problem [with her licking my toes], and I didn't have a problem,' he adds. 'None, it's all yours. It was fine.'

The pair's friendship began after meeting backstage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna became smitten with the singer and had her management reach out to him about working on a song together. It wasn't until February that fans learned of their collaboration, when they both shared photos of each other in the studio.

The duo performed the song live for the first time at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, where they pulled out their best cha-cha dance moves. Delivering an energetic set filled with many holographic Madonnas, the two entertained viewers by following the narrative in the music video. At one point they also made their way through the crowd and started a conga line.

From Entertainment Tonight


#medellinchachachachallenge

Madonna is feeling the cha cha cha and she wants all her fans to feel it as well.

The superstar has invited everyone to share their best cha cha cha steps on social media for what she's dubbed the #medellinchachachachallenge.

Madonna amid rehearsals alongside Maluma for their performance at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards announced the new challenge on Twitter on Monday night (April 29), posting a video of her dancing to her latest song 'Medellin' with Maluma. The icon has also promised that she'll be sharing the best videos.

Catch Madonna and Maluma's performance at the 2019 BBMAs tomorrow (May 1), airing live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST.

From Billboard.com


A detailed musical analysis of the new Madonna single, ‘Medellín’

Madonna’s big-budget music video for ‘Medellín’ has dropped: but what’s going on with the song itself? It’s time for a proper musical analysis…

She is the undisputed queen of the pop reinvention, and Madonna’s latest incarnation as a Latin-inspired cowgirl bride on horseback is pleasingly off-the-wall.

The flashy video for her new single ‘Medellín’ (which features Colombian reggaeton star Maluma on vocals) is understandably grabbing all the headlines, but underneath the bluster lurks a remarkably subtle and simple pop song, a neat method for Madonna to introduce us to the next phase of her chameleonic career.

So, please brace yourself for an uncomfortable truth: Madonna’s singing voice is technically quite unremarkable.

This has, despite a career packed with culturally indelible hits, always been the case. As such, it has always been necessary for her vocal parts to remain both simple and comfortable. Crucially, it seems that Madonna herself has understood this, and taken appropriate action. She has quietened herself.

On previous hits, she would pretty much just bowl straight through the whole song without thinking too much about volume control. ‘Like A Prayer’, ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Ray Of Light’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’: all of these are effectively sung at an almost constant volume, even when the arrangements around her voice grow and shrink.

So on ‘Medellín’, even during the song’s chorus when you might expect her to sing up a bit, it’s refreshing to hear Madge’s voice remain coy, even incidental, just another colour in the song’s palette. She even whispers the 'cha-cha-cha' dance instructions.

It’s actually left to Madonna’s co-star, Maluma, to provide a lot of the vocal interest. His half-sung, half-spoken contributions display more technique than Madonna’s, but the two of them have obviously agreed that, on this occasion, less is more. There are no histrionics, no clattering vocal runs or overworked melismas, just simple motifs and melodies, sung quite sensibly.

His interstitial chatting is whispered, just like Madonna’s counting, and he only rarely raises the volume of his voice any higher than that. Similarly, his rhythmically machine-like delivery is characterfully plain, restrained and actually rather graceful.

Here’s an oft-repeated maxim of the perfect pop composition: the simpler the song, the catchier it is. If that’s the case, then ‘Medellín’ is, on paper at least, potentially one of the catchiest pop songs ever written.

There are just three (count ‘em) recognisable chords in the whole song: A flat major, G flat major, F flat minor. And while they’re not the most pleasant or comfortable for a pianist, that there are literally only three of them effectively puts the song on the same level of nightmarish catchiness as ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

Pair that simplicity with Madonna’s surprisingly sensitive vocals and you have a far quieter pop song that you might expect for a highly-anticipated megastar return, a mood piece that has more in common with a Philip Glass miniature than it does with the souped-up reggaeton of ‘Despacito’.

Just when it seemed that the resurgence of Latin-flavoured pop music had peaked with Justin Bieber’s omnipresent remix of the Luis Fonsi original, it took an artist of Madonna’s experience to prove that, in the mainstream, there is still more to be done with this generic niche.

If Madonna’s latest reinvention of herself continues to display this much sensitivity, it could be one of her most interesting incarnations yet.

From Classic FM / Daniel Ross


All the Wow Fashion Moments in Madonna's New 'Medellin' Video

It's no surprise that style icon Madonna puts on a veritable fashion show in her new music video for 'Medellin,' the first track (featuring Colombian singer Maluma) from her 14th studio album, Madame X, that dropped during a much-anticipated world premiere in London hosted by MTV and live-streamed on YouTube on Wednesday.

The video showcases a lineup of jaw-dropping fashion moments, created by a team led by stylist and i-D fashion editor Ib Kamara with styling consultant Eyob Yohannes and stylist Miguel Cervera, while Maluma‘s personal stylist Julian Rios created the Latin singer’s looks.

In a video clip teaser on her Instagram page, the 60-year-old pop star says that it was none other than Martha Graham of the famed contemporary dance school in New York that Madonna attended, who bestowed the moniker 'Madame X' on her 19-year-old student in the late 1970s. 'In walked Martha Graham with her long, black gloves and her incredibly beautiful, intimidating face. She said, 'We have rules and we have regulations.' ... She said, 'I'm going to give you a new name, Madame X. Every day you come to school and I don't recognize you. Every day you change your identity and you're a mystery to me.' And I said, 'Good, thank you.''

Long elbow-length leather gloves made in Italy by New York-based designer Carolina Amato's accessory house Amato are worn by Madonna throughout the video as a tribute to Graham and this telling moment that inspired the new album name and Madonna's constant chameleon-like fashion metamorphosis.

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Madonna & Maluma's 'Medellín' Debuts on Hot Latin Songs Chart

Madonna and Maluma’s team-up on the Spanish/English-language track 'Medellín' debuts at No. 34 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated April 27. (The chart blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data.)

Released April 17, 'Medellin,' debuts with two days of sales and streaming activity and five days of airplay. The song - a preview of Madonna's upcoming Madame X album - opens with 5,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 18, according to Nielsen Music, and debuts at No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales.

'Medellín' is Madonna's fourth entry on Hot Latin Songs and was last on the chart in 2009, when the list was still a purely airplay-based tally. That October, she reached No. 35 with the English-language track 'Celebration.' For Maluma, 'Medellín' is his 28th hit.

From Billboard.com


Madonna driven to record new album after getting ‘a little depressed’

Madonna has said she was inspired to return to music after going through a 'depressed' period prompted by her move to Lisbon.

The veteran pop star, 60, last week ended a five-year hiatus by announcing Madame X, her first record since Rebel Heart.

She said she had been spurred on to record the album after relocating to the Portuguese capital with her sons.

She said: 'I went there and I thought it was going to be super fun and adventurous but then I found myself just going to school and picking up the kids. I got a little depressed. I had to make friends and meet people. So I started to meet people and go out a bit. I’m not like a go-er out-er per se. But I wanted to meet people.'

Speaking at a Q and A event in London, Madonna unveiled the video for first single Medellin during the live-streamed event, hosted by DJ Trevor Nelson.

She said: 'My son wanted to be a soccer player. He was never going to have the right sort of training in America. We spun the globe and did a lot of research and found my top five academies for the boys to train, and Lisbon ended up being my favourite city of the options. That’s how I became a soccer mum. It’s a crazy story, I know, and it’s the last thing I would expect from a controversial girl like myself.'

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Dressed in a risque bodysuit and wielding a riding crop, Madonna said being invited into the homes of Portuguese musicians led her to write the new record.

She said: 'I met people and most of the people I met were artists and painters. I started getting invited to people’s homes. They had things called living room sessions. Everyone would come and they would bring wine, they would bring food, sit around the table. Suddenly people would get up and start playing instruments and singing. I was like, ‘Wait, what is going on here? Artists getting up, not getting paid and just doing it for the fun and the passion?’'

Maluma, a leading figure in the Latin trap and reggaeton music scene, features on Medellin.

He joined the session via a video link from Miami.

Madame X, Madonna’s 14th album featuring guest appearances from Migos rapper Quavo and producer Diplo, will be released on June 14.

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Tune into TODAY for #medellin video premiere

Today is the day! Madonna and Muluma's video for Medellin will premiere during a live MTV show from 9pm UK time (4pm EST).

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Madonna's live Medellin video premiere takes place tomorrow at the MTV Studios in Camden, London!

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Madonna gets married to Maluma in Medellin music video teaser and it’s Wild West themed

Madonna has saddled up and headed to the Wild Wild West for her forthcoming Medellin music video - and it looks as though she’s had a shotgun wedding. The 60-year-old popstar has dropped several teasers from the anticipated visuals for her collaboration with Latin star Maluma, and Madame X is in for a wild ride. In a photo posted on her Instagram, Madonna wears a white wedding dress with a veil, cowboy hat and leather gloves. What a look.

The singer has wrapped her arms around Maluma’s neck as he snuggles into his blushing bride wearing a pretty snazzy suit with tassels galore. Madge also posted a selfie of herself wearing a black eye-patch while another teaser snap features her doing a line dance with a group of dancers in an array of interesting fancy dress costumes. Maluma sits on a nearby chair watching all the fun with a glass in-hand.

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Madonna released the reggaeton-inspired single, Medellin, last week and the lyrics hint at her finding love and getting married again - hence the bridal attire. She sings: ‘If I fall in love/If you love and we stay there, no, no, Mommy, because mommy got married. We built a cartel just for love/ Venus was hovering above us I took a trip that set me free/ Forgave myself for being me.’ Medellin is certainly a new, trendier sound for Madonna and she recently explained how her collaboration with Maluma came about. Speaking last week after the single release, the singer said: ‘I met him backstage at the (MTV) Video Music Awards and he was very sweet.'

‘The next day he sent me flowers and said what a great honour it was to meet me.’ Medellin is expected to be the lead single from Madonna’s next studio album, Madame X, which is inspired by her recent trips to Lisbon, Portugal. Madonna had previously teased her new album and alter-ego Madame X on Instagram.

From Metro.co.uk


Fans delighted as Madonna ends four-year hiatus with new track Medellin

Medellin, from Madonna’s first new album in four years, is an experimental return to form, fans have said.

The first single from the Queen of Pop’s forthcoming record Madame X was released on Wednesday to a generally positive response.

US radio and television host Andy Cohen was among those enjoying the track.

'I can’t handle this Madonna song I love it so much. I’m going nuts,' he said.

Drag queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pandora Boxx was also a fan, writing: 'Yes!! I LOVE Madonna’s new song with Maluma!! Medellin out now! I love that Madonna is back doing what she does best – whatever the hell she wants! But seriously a great song!'

Maluma, the Colombian singer who appears on the track with Madonna, posted a video to Instagram in which he is brought to tears listening to it.

Some criticised the song for taking influence from Latin trap and reggaeton but fans leapt to Madonna’s defence.

One said: 'For such a long time we’ve wanted Madonna to take risks, really have a vision, try things, make things interesting, do the exact opposite of what everybody thought she’d do, and shake it up. And she’s really doing it with Medellin and Madame X.'

Another announced, 'The Queen is back,' before launching a robust defence of the track. 'Medellin signals another reinvention for Madonna, and clearly promises a new direction for her music after three distinctly average albums (Hard Candy, MDNA and Rebel Heart),' she said. 'Personally, I like the single and cannot wait for Madame X.'

Madame X was recorded over 18 months between Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles and sees the pop veteran adopting the guise of the titular character.

The album will be released on June 14.

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Attend MTV’S ‘MEDELLIN' Video World Premiere with Madonna

Iconers!

Madonna will officially unveil the world premiere of her 'Medellín' music video during a globally televised MTV music event on April 24th at 9:00pm BST / 4:00pm ET !

The live conversation with Madonna, along with the video world premiere and fan Q&A will take place in London. We also will be hosting official fan viewing satellite premiere events in New York, Milan and São Paulo.

If you are in London on April 24th and would like to be a part of the studio audience with a chance to ask Madame X a question about her new music, then this is your opportunity!

Now that you got to discover her journey to Medellín, please answer the following question: Where is Madame X going next?

Share your vision and interpretation in visuals, music or text by e-mailing it, along with your RSVP to madamex@madonna.com before 11:59pm BST on April 20th.

For more details visit: www.madonna.com/madame-x-on-mtv


Madame X Album: Standard and Deluxe Versions

Madame X will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album. A variety of special bundles of Madame X with one-of-a-kind limited merchandise, as well as special vinyl and cassette versions of the album, are available now for pre-order HERE. Further details regarding the album, videos and appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full track listing for Madame X standard and deluxe versions are:

1. Medellín with Maluma
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future ft. Quavo
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave ft. Swae Lee
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Extreme Occident **deluxe version only
11. Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
12. Bitch I’m Loca ft. Maluma
13. I Don’t Search I Find
14. Looking for Mercy **deluxe version only
15. I Rise

STANDARD COVER

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DELUXE COVER Deluxe