Rebel Heart

Ghosttown debuts on Billboard's Adult Contemporary

Madonna debuts at No. 21 on Adult Contemporary with 'Ghosttown,' the second single from her new album, Rebel Heart. First single 'Living for Love' reached No. 36 on Pop Songs, aided by concentrated plays on iHeartMedia-owned stations; spins on certain AC stations in the chain likewise spur the start of 'Ghosttown.' (It bubbles under Adult Pop Songs, also thanks to iHeartMedia plays in that format).

The bow of 'Ghosttown' ends Madonna’s longest break from charting on AC: she last reached the list with 'Jump,' which hit No. 21 in January 2007. She makes her 36th visit to the tally. Since her first week on the chart in June 1984 (with 'Borderline'), only Elton John (43), Celine Dion (41) and Rod Stewart (40) have made more appearances.

From - thanks to Micheal

Sam Smith denies Madonna her 12th number one album

Sam Smith has stopped Madonna from topping the UK album chart, denying her the 12th number one of her career.

Madonna's latest album, Rebel Heart, had been in pole position throughout the week, but Smith's In The Lonely Hour sneaked ahead at the last minute.

His record undoubtedly received a boost after he performed his new single, Lay Me Down, with John Legend on Friday night's Comic Relief show.

In the end, he beat Madonna by 12,000 sales, the Official Chart Company said.

From BBC News

Madonna set for 12th No 1 album

Madonna looks set to notch up her 12th UK number one album, knocking Noel Gallagher off the top of the charts.

Rebel Heart is outselling the current number one from Gallagher's High Flying Birds by three copies to one after just 24 hours on sale, the Official Charts Company says.

Chasing Yesterday is High Flying Birds' second album and landed straight in at number one last weekend.

Madonna performed Living For Love, her new single from Rebel Heart, at the Brits when she tumbled in front of millions of viewers after getting caught up in her cape.

The Queen of Pop's previous number one albums include Like A Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986), Like A Prayer (1989), Hard Candy (2008) and MDNA (2012).

She recently announced a tour in Europe and North America, Australia and Asia.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna unveils renegade, romantic sides in new album

Madonna proves her staying power as a creative force and an enduring pop icon with her new album, 'Rebel Heart,' her 13th studio release that also shows her renegade and softer sides.

It is a revealing portrait of the Material Girl, showing the Grammy-winning singer as a trail-blazer and provocateur but also someone who is sensitive, reflective and outsider.

Madonna, 56, told Reuters that the album's title 'Rebel Heart' reflected her original intent to make a two-sided record featuring 10 songs on each.

'One side was going to be the more rebellious, provocative, envelope pushing part of me and the other side was going to be the more romantic, vulnerable side and they end up getting all mushed together,' she said.

'Rebel Heart' is her first album since 2012's 'MDNA,' which shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It is also somewhat autobiographical with tracks like 'Veni Vidi Vici,' which chronicles her career, and personal, revealing feelings of insecurity, heart ache and loss.

The album's 19 tracks includes lush, lyrical ballads, such as 'Devil Pray,' 'Ghosttown' and 'Joan of Arc' that ponder the meaning of life, breakups and love.

'Each time they write a hateful word/Dragging my soul into the dirt/I wanna die/Never admit it but it hurts,' she says in 'Joan of Arc.'

But Madonna also lets loose with catchy dance numbers including 'Living for Love' and 'Unapologetic Bitch,' a collaboration with Grammy-nominated American DJ Diplo.

'He likes to make people get up out of their seat and dance and so do it,' she said about Diplo.

'Living for Love,' the lead single has a thumping disco beat with lyrics about the heartache of a parting and picking herself up to find love again.

Madonna returns to themes of sex and religion, which she said she finds infinitely interesting topics.

'They are as important to people as they are misunderstood,' she explained. 'They both bring a lot of light into the world and a lot of darkness. For those reasons, I like to explore them.'

For 'Rebel Heart,' Madonna collaborated with rapper Kanye West on four songs, Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, American producer and songwriter Toby Gad, among others. West, rappers Nas and Nicki Minaj and boxer Mike Tyson also lent their vocals on tracks.

Madonna will support 'Rebel Heart' with an international tour beginning in Miami on Aug. 29.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

'I'm not part of the Illuminati, but I know who they are'

Madonna has claimed that she knows who 'the real Illuminati are'.

The singer has recorded new track 'Illuminati' for her upcoming 13th studio album Rebel Heart, which is out on March 9.

'People often accuse me of being a member of the Illuminati, but the thing is, I know who the real Illuminati are and I know where that word comes from,' Madonna told Rolling Stone.

The iconic star worked with Kanye West on the track, who headed up production duties and got very excited about the song.

'We were worried he was going to hit his head on the ceiling,' Madonna added.

The singer also spoke about the meaning behind her new single 'Living For Love', which will precede the release of Rebel Heart.

'Lots of people sing about being in love and being happy, or they write about having a broken heart and being inconsolable,' Madonna explained.

'But nobody writes about having a broken heart and being hopeful and triumphant afterward. That was my challenge. I didn't want to be a victim.'

From Digital Spy

Living for Love Remix EP

We are happy to announce that the #livingforlove remix ep will be available on February 9th via iTunes, Beatport and everywhere else!

Featuring remixes by Erick Morillo, Offer Nissim, Djemba Djemba, Mike Rizzo, PAULO & Jackinsky, THRILL, and Dirty Pop + go to Spotify on Feb 9th for an #exclusive Michael Diamond Remix!

Check out Erick Morillo’s mixes now on Madonna’s Youtube channel:

Mike Tyson Discusses 'Intense' Madonna Collaboration

As revealed earlier this week when Madonna unveiled the track list to Rebel Heart, the pop superstar's upcoming studio album will feature an appearance from boxing legend Mike Tyson, who appears on the song 'Iconic' alongside Madge and Chance The Rapper. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Tyson discusses how the collaboration was put in motion, and also decides to praise Italian Prime Minister/fascist icon Benito Mussolini's 'mesmerizing' oratory skills.

Tyson says that 'Iconic,' which features the boxer as a hype man of sorts, came together after Madonna reached out to him for the appearance. 'Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,' Tyson said. 'I didn't know what the hell I was going there for. I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna. She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap. I just go in there and start talking. I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured. I'm saying some really crazy stuff. It was really intense.'

Apparently, Tyson and Madonna are old friends - the champ says that he and Madonna met on a double date in 1988 with Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn and Tyson's then-wife Robin Givens, and the quartet took in a Pee-wee Herman movie. While Tyson describes Madonna as an 'awesome, serene person,' but also dishes out some kind words to Mussolini, who inspired his ad-libbed moment on 'Iconic.'

'When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting,' said Tyson. 'You watch Mussolini on television - even though we don't understand what he's saying - he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way. I know people may say 'this guy's a fascist' and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him. No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy's a hypnotic figure. There's so much pride behind what he's saying. I'm not even Italian and I feel the pride he's projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.'

So, again, Tyson said that Benito Mussolini had 'street swag.' Happy Friday, I guess?


'Rebel Heart' full tracklisting revealed

The full tracklisting for Madonna's Rebel Heart album appeared on iTunes yesterday:

1. Living For Love
2. Devil Pray
3. Ghosttown
4. Unapologetic Bitch
5. Illuminati
6. Bitch I’m Madonna [feat. Nicki Minaj]
7. Hold Tight
8. Joan of Arc
9. Iconic [feat. Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson]
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Body Shop
12. Holy Water
13. Inside Out
14. Wash All Over Me
15. Best Night
16. Veni Vedi Vici [feat. Nas]
17. S.E.X.
18. Messiah
19. Rebel Heart

How Madonna Turned 'Rebel Heart' Leak Into a Global Hit

On Dec. 16, Madonna was in her New York apartment when she received word that more than a dozen unfinished demos for her forthcoming album had leaked. Her manager, Guy Oseary, was just returning to his Beverly Hills estate when he got the news. The album, Rebel Heart, was set for a late-April release, and thanks to a meticulous marketing plan and an inspired group of collaborators (including Diplo, Kanye West and Avicii), buzz was strong on the singer's 13th studio full-length.

But now, all bets were off. Madonna shot off a fiery post on her Instagram account lambasting the leak as 'artistic rape,' Oseary got on the phone, and both sprung into action. 'I don't recall that phone coming off my ear from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.,' he says.

High-profile leaks and other security breaches have been a scourge of the entertainment industry for the past 15 years: from Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2001 and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III in 2007 to Madonna's own 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' in 2011 - which resulted in an unidentified fan's arrest in Spain, although he was later released - not to mention the hacker group Anonymous' threats to rapper Iggy Azalea in 2014's final weeks. But this Madonna leak was unusually severe, including images and videos as well as music. However, the singer and her team's quick response may have set a new precedent for how the industry can mobilize in an effort to combat them.

On the morning of Dec. 17, Steve Berman, vice chairman of Madonna's label distributor Interscope, was on the phone with her and Oseary. 'She was in a very angry, upset, emotional place,' Berman recalls. He had visited her in New York the week prior to hear some of the album's first finished songs with label president/CEO John Janick. 'She told me, 'Steve, I care about my music. I can't have the songs being heard the wrong way.''

Berman was confident that Apple's iTunes could be engaged to turn around an official release of finished Rebel Heart tracks on a dime, even though the digital retailer's servers would effectively shut down for the year on Dec. 19, just two days later. But he faced two major hurdles: pushback from the upper rafters at Universal Music Group ('Should we just wait and do it all at the top of the year?' was the response from one executive) and the availability of iTunes vp content Robert Kondrk, who was already on vacation with his family in Mexico.

During the next 48 hours, Kondrk was able to help Apple greenlight a Rebel Heart preorder that would include six instant-gratification songs for download by midnight ET on Dec. 20 - including 'Living for Love,' the set's first single, which was initially intended for a Valentine's Day release (and will now be promoted to radio on Feb. 10). However, Madonna had to make sure the six songs were in finished form, so she holed up in her New York studio working on the final mixes into the wee hours of the morning of Dec. 18. 'There was no time to call any of the producers - nothing,' says Oseary. 'Just her final mastering sessions.'

The result of Rebel Heart's 48-hour turnaround? The album preorder topped the iTunes charts in more than 40 countries - including the United States, where three of the six released tracks entered Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart dated Jan. 3, despite just two days of eligibility. To date, the six tracks have sold a combined 131,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Music, with preorders for Rebel Heart at a robust (considering the situation) 50,000 to 60,000, according to industry estimates. 'We know that in today's world, having a top 10 album with no promotion is really hard,' Oseary says. 'It's pretty....exciting isn't the right word, but it's rewarding to see it so well-received.'

Still, Madonna's work is far from over. There's still at least one more preview track from Rebel Heart on its way before the album's March 10 release (likely due Feb. 8, the night of the Grammy Awards, Oseary says), and an official video for 'Living for Love,' to be filmed in late January. Plus, there's an ongoing investigation into the source of the leaks (another 14 tracks hit the Internet on Dec. 24), which, given their volume, seem too far-reaching to emanate from a usual suspect like a studio staffer or a backing musician. Neither Oseary nor a UMG representative would confirm that the investigation has resulted in a police report. Oseary's only comment on the matter was, 'We are working really hard to solve this crime.'


'I'm admiring and acknowledging their Rebel Hearts'

Madonna has been sharing fan-generated images using the Rebel Heart ribbon on the faces of other people. The internet has stirred up controversy suggesting Madonna is racist and insulting comparing herself to people including as MLK and Nelson Mandela. Madonna published these statements on her Instagram and facebook pages explaining:

'I would like to thank all my fans for recreating my album cover with the ❤️Rebel Heart ribbon on the faces of so many Great Hero's. It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters!
When I repost these images I am saying YES! These people are all Rebel Hearts in one way or another from Martin Luther King to Jesus to Nelson Mandela to John Lennon. YES! Lets celebrate them! The world needs more people like them.
I hope to one day accomplish. 1 100th of what these Rebel Hearts have accomplished. As I Said in a previous post 'I walk in the footsteps of Giants' and I will continue to do so G*D willing. They are my guiding light. ❤️#rebelheart ❤️#livingforlove

'I'm sorry
I'm not comparing my self to anyone
I'm admiring and acknowledging their Rebel Hearts
This is neither a crime or an insult or racist!
I also did it with Michael jaclson and frida khalo and marilyn monroe
Am I saying I am them?
I'm saying they are Rebel Hearts too.
I didn't do it
My fans did
And I just re posted those photos
My fans aren't racist either
If they put me in the same category as these other people
Thank you. I'm very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished.'

'Again thanks to my fans for creating this beautiful ART! This is the Revolution of Love I've been talking about! RESPECT! We should all aspire to be #rebelhearts'