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.”
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.
Madonna will likely re-team with producer Mirwais, who previously worked on her albums Music, American 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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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.
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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“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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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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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 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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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 Minaj, Katy 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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Madonna has revealed a series of teasers about her new project, ‘Madame X’.
The iconic singer has been drip feeding details to her fans via Instagram and Twitter — beginning with an image of a giant red cross earlier this month.
Today, Madonna posted a few more details about her mysterious new venture, which could be anything from a new musical persona (like Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce), a new record or even a charitable organisation.
“Madame X is a secret agent travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places,” the description on social media reads.
Which actually sounds like an announcement that Madonna is set to play the new James Bond, or even Carmen Sandiego.
The type-written post also goes on to list a few of the unknown Madame X’s professions that include cha cha instructor, nun and cabaret singer.
Fans have been trying to figure out what the new era of Madonna will deliver, and some have done a little sleuthing of their own.
It’s possible that the project’s title has been inspired by a 1966 film of the same name (based on a 1908 play) starring Lana Turner that involves political intrigue, affairs, blackmail and a “courtroom climax”
The clues have arrived just a month before Madonna is set to perform at Eurovision in Israel — an appearance that has been criticised by groups including the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
In an open letter to Madonna, the group urged her to reconsider performing in Tel Aviv and not to “undermine our struggle for freedom, justice and equality”.
In January, 50 British celebrities — including Roger Waters, Vivienne Westwood and Peter Gabriel — called for Eurovision to be relocated and for the BBC to reconsider broadcasting the song competition.
The group of celebs claim that Eurovision is not exempt from human rights considerations and “we cannot ignore Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian human rights”.
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Madonna is greeting the weekend with an introduction to what seems to be a new project, or persona, named Madame X.
The pop icon unveiled the mysterious Madame X on Instagram and Twitter Saturday (April 13), offering a preview of what’s to come.
In her posts, Madonna wrote:
“Madame X is a secret agent
Traveling around the world
Fighting for freedom
Bringing light to dark places
She is a cha cha instructor
A head of state
A cabaret singer
Madonna Sends Fans Into a Frenzy With New Music Teasers
Leaving fans wanting more, she did not confirm whether Madame X is the title of an upcoming song or album release, or if it’s an alter ego.
In March, she gave another sneak peek at what she has up her sleeve, tweeting a cryptic photo of a hand cutting an apple with the caption “A taste of things to come.”
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Taylor Swift isn’t the only one teasing new work on the horizon. Madonna posted an enigmatic tweet answering the question no one knew to ask: Who is Madame X? “Madame X is a secret agent,” she wrote. “Traveling around the world/Changing identities/Fighting for freedom/Bringing light to dark places.” Under the poetic opening salvo, Madame X listed all the other things she is, which included “A prostitute” and “A professor” but not “a bitch” or “a love” or “a child” or “a mother.” In March, the Material Girl posted a video of a child in a greensuit playing on a chroma-key background. “Soon I will get to show you what I was doing with some new amazing technology,” she wrote. Are the two teases connected? Only Madame X knows.
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If you were at the mega record & CD fair in Utrecht today and were looking for Japanese items, you were at the right place at the right time! There was plenty for the Madonna collector to find, especially when it came to vinyl! No need to camp outside a record shop to buy your Record Store Day vinyls as they were available at the record fair in large quantities.
Noteable finds were various test pressings of official Madonna picture discs, Celebration on vinyl (350 EUR), Lucky Star sunglasses sleeve (12″) and SO SO SO much Japanese vinyl (and laserdiscs)
It was extremely crowded causing for various queues at each stall, not good for those (like me) who ain’t got no patience! Pictured here are: The European RSD vinyls, La Isla Bonita (Greece), Hanky Panky (7″ promo with info sheet) and EVITA from South Africa.
You can visit the record fair in Utrecht tomorrow, more info at recordplanet.nl
Check out Madonna’s official Spotify #magic playlist HERE
If you look closely you’ll see that the first couple of songs spell out ‘MADAME’ which leads us to the rumoured album title of ‘Madame X’ because we can believe that ‘Express Yourself’ stands for X ;)
Madonna’s Israel Trip for Eurovision Finale Has Billionaire Backer Aiming to Bolster Country’s Image
The pop icon’s “problematic” new song reportedly proved an obstacle in negotiations over the performance.
With a month to the start of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, the addition of the Queen of Pop has raised the stakes.
Following weeks of speculation, Live Nation Israel announced Monday that Madonna will serve as the interval act in the Grand Final of the annual singing competition on May 18. The performance is set to coincide with promoting her new album, with a world tour expected to follow.
Madonna is expected to take the stage at the halfway mark of the final night singing a back-catalogue favorite and “a new song from her upcoming album,” per the official announcement by Live Nation Israel.
Israeli news website Ynet revealed last month that the content of the new song proved an obstacle throughout negotiations. According to the report, there was concern within the local Eurovision production about what has been described as a “problematic” song, with fears that its theme might include a political message on stage, something organizers want to avoid.
Eldad Koblenz, who heads Kan, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, reportedly urged local producers to back off and not interfere with the entertainer’s artistic choices and the matter was resolved soon after.
Politics and ongoing calls by the Palestinian-led movement Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), and its vocal ally, Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters, have grown as a point of contention leading up to this year’s Eurovision.
“Israel is shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official Brand Israel strategy, which presents ‘Israel’s prettier face’ to whitewash and distract attention from its war crimes against Palestinians,” read a January statement by BDS.
Madonna, who is managed by Guy Oseary, an Israeli-American businessman, is a strategic coup for organizers. She has advocated for peace, including during visits to Israel where she closed her 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet World Tour and kicked off her 2012 MDNA World Tour.
Her appearance this year was made possible thanks to a powerful financial backer. Jewish-Canadian philanthropist Sylvan Adams — whose real estate mogul father Marcel Adams has long helped finance concerts in Israel by such artists as Elton John, Justin Bieber and Leonard Cohen — reportedly put up $1.35 million to secure Madonna.
Last year, Adams was behind bringing the multi-stage bicycle race Giro d’Italia to Jerusalem, the biggest sporting event ever in Israel. A self-proclaimed Zionist who recently started a cultural fund to help draw big name artists to perform in Israel, Adams’ business partner Danny Ben Naim told Ynet that securing Madonna for Eurovision was a way to “increase the exposure and media coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest itself … as well as of the wonderful people and beauty of the State of Israel.” That likely includes strengthening Israel’s image globally and fighting off boycott efforts.
Madonna’s presence as a high caliber guest artist in the European mega event is not without precedent. Three years ago, Justin Timberlake, fresh off a promotional visit to the Cannes Film Festival in support of Trolls, stopped by the 2016 Eurovision in Stockholm to perform his later Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and popular staple “Rock Your Body.”
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv on May 14-18.
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Classic vinyl reissues, limited collectors’ editions and unreleased recordings from Fela Kuti, Prince and David Bowie join rare pressings by the Prodigy and the Notorious BIG this Saturday
Madonna – True Blue (Super Club Mix) & La Isla Bonita (Super Mix)
Tiding you over until Madonna’s new album arrives this summer, the RSD-exclusive editions of these 80s classics feature extended club mixes (both “super mixes” were previously exclusive to Japan) and b-sides on coloured vinyl.
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