Madonna’s 13th studio album: What we know…

With her Instagram ablaze with producers, collaborators, teasers, hints and supposed song titles and lyrics, Madonna’s 13th studio is clearly almost ready to drop. Here is the round up of what we know so far…

In the wake of Beyoncé’s triumphant unannounced digital release of her 5th studio self-titled album ‘Beyoncé’ that sent the world wild, it can’t be easy thinking of how to do one better, even if you just happen to be the Queen of Pop.

Well, not that either of these leading ladies need gimmicks to get their fans frothing at the mouth, Madonna has been dropping hint after hint during the last few months, getting the most controlled of us frantically searching the interwebs for news, song titles and the hope of an audio clip or two.

So, what is that we actually know about the upcoming Madonna’s 13th studio album? Well, here ‘s what we’ve found out so far, laid out in lovely bullet point bites of info:

Who is she in the studio with?
Through Instagram we are all very aware that she has been collaborating with a bunch of big names, highly talented individuals and a couple of surprises: In the mix there is EDM producer Avicii, Major Lazer mega hit maker Diplo, Wrecking Ball writer MoZella, England’s dark popstress Natalia Kills, Beyoncé’s ‘If I Were A Boy’ producer songwriter Toby Gad and the producer that has worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Usher, Haim and also the aforementioned Major Lazer, Areil Rechtshaid.

Looking at who we have, we can expect some dance songs alla today’s Madonna, some big epic modern pop ballads and maybe even some darker electropop sounds via the influence of Natalia Kills.

Anyone else mentioned?
Two other names have been passed around; Giorgio Moroder and DJ White Shadow have been mentioned amongst the buzz that Madonna’s album is causing. With the success of Daft Punk’s use of established and highly influential electronic producers, could Madonna also investigate what the godfathers of electronic dance music have on offer? But, of course, Madonna loves to work with new, fresh talent. So maybe not.

So, it’s another dance album?
It would seem so, right? But maybe we could be surprised with a different sound. With a couple of tags including the words ‘Rebel Heart’ this might indicate that she’ll hang up her leotard and opt for a more ‘punk’ themed comeback. Also, I am not too sure if she is being ironic but her most used tag appears to be misspelled, no? #unaplogeticbitch ain’t saying sorry for nothing. We must remember that through all this, Madonna is also working on Art For Freedom and it would make sense that themes surrounding the project will appear in the songwriting.

What about any lyrics?
In a post made by famous photographer Mert Atlas, in which he claims to be listening to the album, he writes the words ‘Let me love you from inside out’. Are these lyrics? Maybe even a song title? We just don’t know. Then, in a post made while working with Diplo, she accompanied an Instagram photo with a hashtag that spells out ‘Clic clac clic clac bitch get off my back’. Could the Queen of Pop be addressing all the wannabes out there? Certainly sounds like it? Or is she just referring to the fact that Diplo is working her hard?

Any featuring artists?
We’ve already mentioned Natalia Kills and Diplo who, depending in what way they’ve worked with Madonna, could be up for a ‘featuring’ mention on an album track or two. In the last year we’ve seen her perform with Macklemore and Miley, proving that she likes talent that begins with the letter ‘M’, maybe these guys might be appearing on the LP too… We can imagine a Madge and Miley collaboration would go down a storm. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

So that’s what we’ve got so far. When we find out more, we’ll let you know.

Ben Taylor


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Madonna werkt in het geheim aan een nieuw album en zoekt net als bij vorige albums naar producers die haar van een bepaald geluid kunnen voorzien. De laatste jaren zoekt ze het in de Europese dancehoek. “Ik ben van oorsprong een danser, natuurlijk hoort dat bij mij en ik vind het te gek dat dance zo groot is geworden”, aldus de popdiva recent op de Canadese televisie.

Onder meer Diplo en Avicii zijn nu met de popdiva aan het werk, maar ze komt ondanks haar status ook wel eens van en koude kermis thuis. De Belgische dj /producer Basto moest recent afzeggen omdat zijn schema een samenwerking niet toeliet en ook de Nederlandse Tom Trago liet ‘the queen of pop’ in de kou staan. Hij had een afspraak met Madonna, Diplo en Avicii in Londen om een samenwerking te bespreken. Tom Trago versliep zich echter en besloot dan maar helemaal niet meer naar Londen te gaan. De furieuze Madonna heeft gezworen dat hij als het aan haar ligt nergens meer aan de bak komt.

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Is Sia writing for Madonna’s next album?

On the May 19 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Sia uniquely recreated her buzzworthy music video for “Chandelier.”

In DeGeneres’ introduction of the performance, she said that Sia had “written No. 1 hits for artists like Madonna, Rihanna and Beyonce…” That made us pause, considering Madonna has not yet released a tune written by Sia (though the other divas have).

Could that mean Sia might be at work on Madonna’s upcoming album? Maybe DeGeneres inadvertently disclosed some new information? After all, Madonna has been busy sharing Instagram photos of a number of collaborators over the past month or so (like: Diplo, Toby Gad, Natalia Kills, Martin Kierszenbaum, S1, MoZella, Ariel Rechtshaid and Nick Rowe).

Sia’s publicist says that Sia has not written for Madonna, nor is she writing for an upcoming project. Thus, it was a slight error on DeGeneres’ part.

(Still, we’d like to think DeGeneres was perhaps projecting her desire for a possible Madonna/Sia collaboration.)

There is no word on when Madonna’s next album might be released, but, Sia’s new set, “1000 Forms of Fear,” is due out on July 8. “Chandelier” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 a week ago (chart dated May 31) at No. 75. It’s bubbling under the threshold of the Pop Songs airplay chart.


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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna ‘Vogue’s To Top Of Hot 100

This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history

May 19, 1990
Madonna had been inspired by dancers/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, who introduced “vogue”-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. Twenty-four years ago today, her song “Vogue,” with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.


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Katy Perry And Madonna Bring Dominatrix Chic To The Cover Of ‘V’ Magazine’s Summer Issue

This is major. Katy Perry and Madonna have joined forces for the cover of V magazine’s summer issue. The lovely ladies teased the sexy, S&M-themed pictorial via Instagram and immediately got the internet buzzing that the Queen of Pop had officially crowned her successor. (You just know Lady Gaga is locked in a dark room screaming “it shoulda been me!”)

Not that Madonna is going anywhere. The buzz surrounding her new album has grown exponentially thanks to clever social media manipulation (she’s working on mouth-watering collaborations with Avicii, Diplo and Natalia Kills) and attention-grabbing nude photo shoots. Make no mistake. The 55-year-old is pulling out all stops for this era and aligning herself Katy certainly can’t hurt. See their pics after the jump.

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Pre-Order V89 SUMMER 2014! (with Madonna and Katy Perry)

After a long and arduous winter, it’s time to bask in the sunshine. V want you to have a fulfilling summer season, and for that reason we’ve packed this issue with the best of what’s to come: faraway festivals (for the avid music fan) and the most enticing reads, exhibitions, movies, and so forth. Of course, who better to cap off this season of everlasting glow than the eternally youthful Material Girl, accompanied by pop’s reigning princess of the charts? In a worldwide exclusive, V Magazine and Steven Klein come together again to capture Madonna and Katy Perry in their element, under the sartorial eye of Arianne Phillips. Here, they delve into the importance of being creatively liberated, in a celebration of music, fashion, and artistic freedom. After all, isn’t that what summer is all about?

Pre-order your copy now and get it in your hands by Memorial Day!

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Guess Who’s Behind This Disco-Fueled Track ( you think it’s M?) reply @billboard

We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but the music speaks for itself

Due in no small part to the success of a couple of Parisian robots, disco is fully back in vogue these days. With its buoyant analog chords, filtered funk synths, and vocoded hook, this blistering tune by a shape-shifting dance legend takes a few cues from the Daft Punk playlist and is a flawless fit for the times.

Billboard was given an exlcusive listen to this forthcoming track, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy on the exact artist’s identity. But, after a fair amount of begging, we were given exclusive permission to leak this 50-second snippet to the world. For now, the music will have to speak for itself.

Check out the tease above, and stay tuned for the big reveal coming soon. (And feel free to hit @billboard on twitter with any guesses about who the secret star might be.)

From an article by Billboard

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