MADONNA IS A SECRET SPY NAMED MADAME X IN NEW ALBUM TRAILER

HER FORTHCOMING LP OF THE SAME NAME WILL BE HER FIRST IN FOUR YEARS

Madonna has returned! The legendary singer is a globe-traveling secret agent for a nefarious corporation, her face the same composition as a stone in the trailer for Madame X, a new album that’s set to drop. It’s a hell of an announcement that signals the theatricality the world loves from Madonna. Her return is sure to be a grand one. There’s a snippet of music in here to give you just a taste.

The video, titled “Welcome to the World of Madame X” is a minute long and paints a picture of this spy-thriller world where The Bourne Identity meets Salt. Madonna has many faces and many names and wears some leather gloves that hint at nefarious intentions. Our favorite look is the suit and eyepatch combo. It’s very Bond villainous and lets us know that Madame X will be an extravagant adventure. Something well worth the wait. The snippet of chilling vocals played at the beginning could be an indicator of the direction that the album will go.

Madame X follows Madonna’s 2015 album Rebel Heart. It’s finally time to revisit the heroic singer’s world. Things are moved around this time for the better, designed to intrigue. For now, all we have is a snippet to latch on to; that, and a trailer of looks and identities. Madame X will be a mysterious return to form.

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Everything We Know About Madonna’s New Album (Papermag)

Alright stans, listen up. Madonna, after three years of musical silence (excluding a jingle about condomsand a collab with Quavo and Cardi B) following 2015’s Rebel Heart, has announced her new album: Madame X. It’s already clear that it’s going to be a massive spectacle and a new transformation.

Fans have been guessing an album announce was on the way since early April, when Madge started filling up her grid with a giant red X. A week ago, she started posting puzzle pieces tiles of a document listing the many sides of the mysterious “Madame X.” In a video trailer, Madonna confirms that Madame X is the title and leading lady of the fourteenth record of her career.

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Here’s what we know about “Madame X,” the woman and the album:

‘Madame X’ is a concept project.

The album takes place in the world of the eponymous Madame X. In the trailer, Madonna introduces us to this world, which is dark and shadowy, taking unsubtle cues from spy film (James Bond, most obviously) and noir cinema. She dramatically stubs a cigarette out in a martini glass, punches away at a typewriter in leather gloves and transforms into 10 different looks (including sunglasses and a trench, a bonnet, an eye patch and a cowboy hat — Madonna’s next yeehaw moment, imminent?). The only dialogue in the clip is, “I decided to call my record Madame X,” which she tells a table full of men. The clip was created by video artist Nuno Zico and photographer Steven Klein, who it seems likely she’s working with on the full body of album imagery. 

Madame X, the character, is a Carmen Sandiego-esque international spy and femme fatale.

Well, Madame X is apparently a lot of things (many hats!). Here’s the full list: “I’m a secret agent. Traveling around the world. Changing identities. Fighting for freedom. Bringing light to dark places. She is a dancer. A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian. A prisoner. A student. A mother. A child. A teacher. A nun. A singer. A saint. A whore. The spy in the house of love. I’m Madame X.”

The first single is with Maluma.

In a global collab fitting for an international global spy, Madonna is teaming up with the Colombian reggaeton star. Their collab is called “Medellin” (like the city) and it’s out on Wednesday. Both artists shared the luxuriant single art on Instagram.

“This seems incredible, I still can not believe it, but it IS a REALITY !! On April 17 we release our song called #MEDELLIN,” Maluma shared.

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Madonna and Maluma Unveil Single Art Cover For Upcoming Collab ‘Medellin’

t’s real! Madonna has confirmed her collaboration with Maluma, revealing that the song will be out on Wednesday (Apr. 17.)

Madonna took to social media on Monday (Apr. 15) to announce the new collab, which will be titled “Medellin.”  The superstar made the announcement posting the single cover, where she is sitting next to Maluma wearing a wedding dress.

Back in February, both superstars surprised their fans by sharing photos of themselves together in the recording studio.  “I met Madonna during the VMAs in New York,” Maluma previously told Billboard. “After that, I had the opportunity to spend some time with her in Los Angeles. She was in the studio and I joined her.”

Maluma performs as part of 2019 ASCAP Latin Music Awards at El San Juan Hotel on March 5, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

On Saturday, Madonna also revealed the title to her upcoming album, Madame X, and shared its concept in a cryptic post on Twitter and Instagram.

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Madonna comeback single ft Maluma confirmed: Pop legend drops release date

The Queen of Pop, took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to reveal her latest track will featuring Columbian singer Maluma.

In string of posts, Madge, 60, revealed the single is called Medellin and will be released this Friday, April 17.

In the single art, the Living for Love singer cam be seen rocking a white wedding dress style gown and vail.

She completes her look with a single PVC red glove.

Meanwhile, Maluma rocks a regal red suite.

Whipping fans into a frenzy, Madonna simply captioned the shot: “April 17, 2019.”

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Madonna’s long-awaited fourteenth album, her first since 2015’s Rebel Heart, will be titled Madame X.

Little is known about the record, though it is thought the music has been inspired by Madge’s new life in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The international superstar moved to Europe in a bid to help her son, David Banda carve out a successful football career.

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Madonna Announces New Album Madame X with Secret Agent-Themed Clip (People)

Say goodbye to Madonna and hello to Madame X.

The Queen of Pop is back with Madame X, her first album in four years, which she teased on Instagram, Monday, in a sultry video that has her assuming various identities.

Madame X is a “secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places,” Madonna says in the clip.

The singer, 60, can also be seen in a variety of different disguises, like a white dress with a cowboy hat and a black collared top with cropped black hair.

A snippet of new music plays in the background, featuring lyrics like, “The thing that hurt the most is that I wasn’t lost.”

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Madonna continued to tease the long-awaited record on Instagram, first filling her entire feed with a large red “X” against a black background, and later sharing a larger version of a note featured in the clip that reads, “She is a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint, a prostitute.”

The star also shared two additional, silent videos that feature her first playing guitar, and then the accordion.

“What song is Madame X playing……….,” she captioned the post.

Madame X will be Madonna’s first new album since dropping Rebel Heart in 2015.

She’s been teasing new music for the past several months, and in November 2018, shared a video of herself playing with an Instagram filter as she listened to “final mixes.”

“Final Mixes………….🎶♥️. Everything needs to be 💯!” she wrote on Instagram.

She later confirmed her 14th album was in the works in January, when she shared an Instagram video of a prayer at the end of a recording session.

“So lucky to have these amazing powerful women on my record,” she wrote of the Portuguese Batukadeiras Orchestra.

RELATED: One ‘Happy’ Family! Madonna Shares Adorable Video of Twin Daughters Dancing to Pharrell Tune

Madonna will likely re-team with producer Mirwais, who previously worked on her albums MusicAmerican Life and Confessions on a Dance Floor.

He hinted at a collaboration on Instagram last week, sharing a photo of the American Life album cover with the caption, “n e X t,” presumably a Madame X clue.

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Record Store Day 2019 report by Dave

It was that time of the year again, Record Store Day 2019 had arrived, in other words: waking up early and queuing in front of our local record store. You must know I hate queuing except when it’s Madonna related LOL.

Every year my brother in law Sander and me go to Velvet Music in Amsterdam. We met up later than usual at 7:30am in front of the store. To be honest I was there already at 07:15, too excited to wait at home. There was one guy in front of me, slowly more people arrived. We found out that we all wanted something else and decided to help each other to get the desired items. Which was doable because only 10 people were allowed in as pairs to get into the store. 

As soon as the shop opened almost everybody found the items they wanted. For me of course the 2 Madonna releases, and I got my hand on the only copy of Robyn’s Bodytalk white vinyl. 

It was a fun morning, chatting about music and the passion of collecting. Straight after I needed to go to work, so it was a long day. 

 
A long day with a smile on my face!

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Watch: Madonna Unveils Teaser Trailer for New Concept Album Madame X (Slant magazine)

Certain discrete corners of the internet lost their collective minds earlier this month when Madonna’s Instagram page, alternately littered with posts featuring the singer’s adopted twin daughters or snapshots of her recent photo and video shoots, was taken over by nine indivudal images comprising a large red “X.” The typically prolific celebrity ‘grammer remained relatively quiet over the next two weeks, intermittently posting images of the letter X in her stories, and slowly revealing the manifesto for Madame X, her first album in four years:

The album’s lead single, which could be out as soon as this week, is rumored to be a duet with Colombian reggaeton singer Maluma, but details are scarce. The secretiveness surrounding the project isn’t surprising given that Madonna has been the victim of rampant leaks since at least the turn of the century. The studio recordings for her last album, 2015’s Rebel Heart, leaked like a sieve, resulting in the arrest of an Israeli hacker.

This time out, the queen of pop has successfully kept things under wraps, but it seems that Madame X—a character perhaps inspired by the 1966 film of the same name starring Lana Turner—is ready for her close-up.

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Madonna Teases New Album ‘Madame X’ (Rolling Stone)

“Madame X is a secret agent. Traveling around the world. Changing identities. Fighting for freedom. Bringing light to dark places,” singer says of forthcoming LP

After dropping various hints on social media in recent weeks, Madonna has unveiled the teaser for her latest project Madame X.

In a 90-second video that features snippets of new music, the singer dons numerous costumes and identities while she explains the concept behind her next album.

“I decided to call my record Madame X,” Madonna says in voiceover.

“Madame X is a secret agent. Traveling around the world. Changing identities. Fighting for freedom. Bringing light to dark places. She is a dancer. A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian. A prisoner. A student. A mother. A child. A teacher. A nun. A singer. A saint. A whore. The spy in the house of love. I’m Madame X.”

Madonna did not share any other details about her forthcoming 14th studio LP, her first since 2015’s Rebel Heart. However, the singer will likely provide more information before she performs during the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in May.

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Madonna Drops Madame X Teaser for 14th Studio Album (W Magazine)

Madame X is coming. Over the weekend, Madonna teased the new persona on both Instagram and Twitter. While she didn’t on what exact form Madame X would take at the time, she did reveal some pretty notable characteristics about her presumed alter ego.

“Madame X is a secret agent/Traveling around the world/Changing identities/Fighting for freedom/Bringing light to dark places/She is a cha cha instructor/A professor/A head of state/A housekeeper/An equestrian/A prisoner/A student/A teacher/A nun/A cabaret singer/A saint/A prostitute.”

Boy, this Madame X sure does sound busy. Madonna’s original post was shrouded in mystery, but she followed it up on Sunday with something far more definitive. Madge posted a minute-long teaser in which she officially announced that her new album will indeed be called Madame X. The teaser, which appears to have been shot by Steven Klein, features Madonna embodying Madame X’s various personas. “Welcome to the World of Madame X,” she wrote alongside the video.

The official announcement of Madame X confirms what we thought in March, when she tweeted a mysterious photo of a hand cutting an apple alongside a caption that read, “A taste of things to come.”

That same month, Madge shared a video of some very nimble children dancing around a green screen-heavy environment. “Soon I will get to show you what I was doing with some new amazing technology,” she wrote at the time.

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Madonna Announces New Album ‘Madame X’ (Forbes)

After months of hinting that new music was on the way, Madonna has finally revealed at least the name of an upcoming project, and she’s given fans a sense of what her new tunes may sound like via some tantalizing social media posts.

The singer uploaded a video to both Instagram and Twitter this morning (April 14), in which she shares that she’s decided to name her new album Madame X, though she doesn’t state when it may arrive. The name seems to refer to a character, or perhaps an alter ego that Madonna has created, who she describes as “a secret agent / Traveling around the world / Changing identities / Fighting for freedom / Bringing light to dark places.”

Madonna then rattles off an exciting list of descriptions that seem to fit this Madame X character, including calling her “a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint and a prostitute”

The first list of descriptors was posted yesterday (April 13), while a handful of videos, including the one where she shares that Madame X is indeed the name of what will be her next full-length, went up on Sunday (April 14). The visual is soundtracked by what is likely a song featured on the album, where Madonna sings, “The thing that hurts the most / is that I wasn’t lost,” with autotune added for special effect.

Madonna riled her millions of fans up earlier this month when she posted a grid of images on her Instagram with nothing but the letter X, though nobody was able to figure of what she was saying at the time until now.

While Madame X doesn’t have a street date yet, it’s expected at some point this year. Originally, Madonna claimed she was planning on releasing a new album by the end of 2018, but it never arrived. With the teasers out now, it’s possible that the first single from the collection could hit rather soon. Madame X will be Madonna’s fourteenth proper studio album, and her first since 2015’s Rebel Heart.

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Madonna announces new album Madame X

Madonna has announced a new album – her first in four years – which she is titling ‘Madame X’

Madonna has announced a new album, ‘Madame X’.

The ‘Like A Prayer’ hitmaker has confirmed she will be releasing a new EP – her first since 2015’s ‘Rebel Heart’ and her 14th studio album in all.

In a video posted to her Instagram account, she said: “I decided to call my record Madame X … Madame X is a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places. She is a cha cha instructor, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint, a prostitute.”

And posting another two short clips, Madonna captioned them: “Madame X is a spy in the house of Love … What song is Madame X playing…………… (sic)”

Madonna had been teasing ‘Madame X’ over the last couple of weeks, posting a picture of a red X on a black background on her social media accounts.

Last October, Madonna confirmed she was working on her follow-up to ‘Rebel Heart’.

She said: “I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year.”

Madonna is also expected to perform a song off this new album at the the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel next month.

It has been confirmed that the pop superstar will perform, where she is expected to sing two songs, a new track and a classic hit.

And later this year, Madonna is also set to go on her first world tour in three years.

An industry source said: “Madonna is really excited about performing her new music and has spared no expense with the production. There will be the usual army of dancers, slick lighting and even some pyrotechnics. She might be 60 but she works incredibly hard to keep her body in the best shape possible and plans to show it off in some amazing outfits, so fans can expect an array of dramatic costume changes.”

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Madonna confirms new record ‘Madame X,’ previews new song

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The queen is back.

Madonna announced Sunday her long-awaited return to pop music, unveiling a mysterious Instagram video in which she confirmed “Madame X” as the name of her new record (though representatives for the artist did not immediately return EW’s request for clarification on whether “Madame X” is the name of a new single or a full-length album.)

The stylized Instagram clip sees Madonna using a typewriter while wearing elaborate costumes as she takes on the various personas of Madame X, whom she describes as “a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identity, fighting for freedom, and bringing light to dark places.”

A piano-driven song plays over the video, featuring the lyrics: “The thing that hurt the most was that I wasn’t lost.”

Madonna goes on to lay out Madame X’s various identities, noting the persona embodies “a dancer, a professor, a head-of-state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, a saint, a whore,” and “a spy in the house of love” before proclaiming herself to be Madame X.

In a 2018 interview with Vogue Italia, the 60-year-old revealed her new music was inspired by Portugal, where she lived throughout the process of its creation.

“I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work. How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture,” she told the publication. “It’s also such a nice antidote to what’s going on in the music business now where everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same. Something’s gotta give.”

Madonna previously teased new music during her 2018 performance at the Met Gala, during which she sang haunting renditions of classics “Like a Prayer” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah” before grooving through an unreleased tune allegedly titled “Beautiful Game.”

The pop icon’s forthcoming studio set will mark Madonna’s first full-length LP since the release of her 2015 album Rebel Heart, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ahead of an accompanying world tour that grossed nearly $170 million globally.

Since her 1983 debut, Madonna has released 13 standalone albums on top of soundtrack compilations, remix sets, and single collections. Her last official single in the United States, “Bitch I’m Madonna,” reached No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its accompanying music video — featuring cameos by Nicki MinajKaty Perry, Rita Ora, and more — has since amassed nearly 300 million views on YouTube.

Watch Madonna’s “Madame X” teaser above.

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