These are the official covers to Madonna’s Rebel Heart; the standard version, the deluxe and the Super Deluxe edition. While most countries have confirmed they will be using the ‘red’ cover for the Super Deluxe, it is not known at this point whether the black/white version will surface at all.
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Madonna Talks ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (‘Not Very Sexy’), the Pope and Why the ‘Word Police Can F— Off’
Strutting into Universal’s Manhattan headquarters on a bleak, frigid evening,Madonna looks like a naughty princess come to toss off some knowledge to the peons. It’s an image enhanced not only by her outfit — a form-fitting black blazer with arm poufs; a silver Chanel whistle, hanging low on a necklace; and aubergine-hued lace gloves topped with a diamond skull ring — but also the servant that trails in her wake, carrying an old-timey glass bottle with a black ribbon tied around the neck. It looks like a vessel from a cartoon — it might have smoke billowing out the top and the caption, “Drink to Grow Strong,” but it’s just good old tequila. “We’re playing a drinking game,” announces Madonna, plunking two shot glasses on a coffee table. “If you ask a stupid question, you have to drink a shot. But if you ask an amazing question, I have to drink a shot.” Pause for effect. “I’m the judge of stupid and good, though.”
Madonna never did take a shot, but we didn’t get drunk either. Instead, after unfolding herself on a white leather horseshoe-shaped couch, upon which the 56-year-old often stretched like a cat — the body, as always, is in tip-top shape, and her cool blue eyes never break their gaze — she engaged in a rapid-fire chat about sex, motherhood, religion and Rebel Heart (Live Nation/Interscope), her 13th studio album. A return to pop after 2012’s EDM-flavored MDNA (which has sold 539,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music), Rebel Heart features special guestsKanye West, Nicki Minaj, Nas and Mike Tyson, and producers like Diplo andAvicii. Its tracks are named after her lifelong obsessions, like “S.E.X.” and “Holy Water,” in which she whispers, “Yeezus loves my p—- best.” (Billboard tells her we misheard this as “Jesus loves my p—- best,” at which she dryly remarks, “Whole different context.”)
Click HERE for full article by Billboard
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For more information read our interview with Michelle Morgan
Pre-order the Special Super Deluxe edition of Rebel Heart now through WOWHD for only 13,59 euro’s (including shipping)
Madonna is amping up her social media game once more in the run-up to her new album, Rebel Heart, offering five fans the chance to win a special chat with her as part of a competition on the gay dating app Grindr.
To enter, users must recreate the Rebel Heart album artwork — a photo of Madonna with black nylon laced around her face — and post it as their Grindr profile picture, along with the hashtag #LivingForLove. Photos must be posted by 11:59 p.m. PST on February 14th and remain up until the end of the day (also PST) on the 15th; winners will be contacted through the e-mail address listed on their profiles.
While the five grand prize winners will get the chance to chat with Madonna on Grindr, three first prize winners will receive a signed copy of Rebel Heart, while three second place finishers will win a copy of the album.
Madonna has turned to social media several times to promote Rebel Heart, though some moves have been savvier than others. Most notably, the pop icon debuted the matador-themed video for “Living for Love” on Snapchat. While other artists have used the app to tease new music, Madonna became the first to premiere a full video on Snapchat’s “Discover” page, letting the clip exclusively air there for 24 hours before it hit more traditional video mediums.
A gambit on Instagram, however, proved less effective. The singer came under fire last month for posting photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley with the nylon string of the Rebel Heart album art photoshopped onto their faces. While Marilyn Monroe, Miley Cyrus and Homer Simpson also received the #rebelheart treatment, many criticized the pop star for altering the photos of civil rights leaders, urging her to take them down.
Madonna also took to the Internet to combat a leak of Rebel Heart in December, frantically finishing six tracks and posting them on iTunes within days of the unauthorized release (an Israeli man was recently arrested over the leak). Rebel Heart features production from Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West, among others, as well as guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Mike Tyson and Nas. The album officially sees release on March 10th.
Madonna is featured with this fantastic shot in the new edition of Dutch Nieuwe Revu magazine. They speak about her Grammy performance and her brand new album Rebel Heart to be released next month.
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Madonna didn’t become the undisputed Queen of Pop coincidentally.
She’s been slaying the music industry since her self-titled album debut in 1983, and more than 30 years later at last weekend’s Grammys, she proved her worth once again by blessing an International audience with one of her greatest Grammy performances in history.
Related: Listen To Three New Madonna Tracks Off “Rebel Heart”
Below, hear the Queen’s isolated vocals from her “Living for Love” performance last weekend. And for kicks, go ahead and compare it to Beyonce and Taylor Swift at last year’s VMAs.
Here are the isolated vocals:
Madonna has never been one to sit idly by while critics tsk-tsk her. So when Billboard spoke with the pop icon for an upcoming Q&A (in the issue out Friday, Feb. 13), Madge had a blunt response for those who think the word bitch — which she uses in not one but two Rebel Heart song titles — should be banned.
“I think that’s bullshit. The word police can f— off,” the singer — who performed “Living for Love” at the Grammys on Feb. 8 — tells Billboard. “I don’t want to be policed! I’m not interested in political correctness.”
In Madonna’s eyes, the use of the word is all about context. “If I say to you, ‘I’m a badass bitch,’ I’m owning myself, I’m saying, ‘I’m strong, I’m tough, and don’t mess with me.’ If I say, ‘Why are you being such a bitch to me?,’ well, that means something else.”
When pressed on the issue and asked about the way language can reflect power dynamics and oppression, Madonna says conflating language with action is misleading.
“Language, and the use of language, is different than one human physically abusing somebody or bullying somebody, or killing somebody because of the color of their skin or their sexual preference or their religious beliefs,” Madonna says. “I don’t think the two should get mixed up.”
Read the full Madonna Q&A on Friday, Feb. 13.
FAME in Amsterdam will have the following editions available for you to buy at the official release party on March 5th:
-Regular, Deluxe, Super Deluxe
They will have a pre-order available for everyone to order the vinyl edition as that won’t be released until late March.
CD sale starts at 20.30, party at 21.00. No entrance to the party without a Rebel Heart purchase!
Stay tuned for more information such as free goodies!
Holland and Germany will both be getting the red x rated cover Super Deluxe editon.
The tracklisting according to German Amazon / WOWHD:
Not only the French Super Deluxe edition seems to have the ‘x rated’ red cover, the Japanese Amazon and Japanese HMV also advertise the Japanese Super Deluxe edition with the red cover.
|Genre : Rock & Pop||Catalogue Number : UICS-9148/9|
|Number of Discs : 2||Label : Universal Music|
|Release Country : Japan|
|Other :||Digipack, Special Edition (Deluxe)|
However HMV Japan also advertises the import Super Deluxe (USA) with the black/white cover
|Genre : Rock & Pop||Catalogue Number : 4724411|
|Number of Discs : 2||Label : Interscope Records|
|Release Country : International|
|Other :||Limited, Digipack, Special Edition (Deluxe),Import|
Hopefully more info soon!