NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services.
The songs were released because several in-progress demos were leaked earlier this week, publicist Liz Rosenberg said.
Madonna said in a statement that she had wanted to wait until a different holiday season.
“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” she said. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
Songs available Saturday also include the plaintive, anti-drug “Devil Pray”; the secretive, name-checking dance track “Illuminati”; and a duet with Nicki Minaj, “B—h I’m Madonna.” Additional music will be released on Feb. 9, Rosenberg said.
The full album, “Rebel Heart,” is Madonna’s 13th and is set for release in March. Producers include Madonna, Diplo and Kanye West.
New York (AFP) – Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, furious that early versions had leaked online in what she had described as “artistic rape.”
The songs will appear on the pop icon’s first album in three years, “Rebel Heart,” which comes out in March. The six tracks show Madonna going further in a hip-hop direction and include a collaboration with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj.
The Material Girl said she decided to put the songs on sale online after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the Internet.
“I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,” Madonna said in a statement.
Madonna earlier took a more livid tone on social media. On Instagram, she called the distribution of her unfinished songs “artistic rape” and “a form of terrorism” against the creative process.
Madonna deleted the message but in a series of further postings — including one accompanied by a scantily clad photo of herself off the Internet that she said had not intended to release — she asked for leads to figure out how her demos got out.
The leaks came as entertainment giant Sony suffered a major hack, linked by US investigators to North Koreans upset over mockery of their leader in the since-cancelled film “The Interview.”
The leaks of Madonna’s music are unlikely to be connected as she is distributed by rival music group Universal.
Leaking has become an increasingly common problem for artists in an age where copying music takes little technical skill. Lady Gaga last year also released music early after leaks, while Beyonce avoided the problem by releasing an album with no prior publicity.
– Going in an R&B direction, ‘bitch’ –
The new songs show Madonna — the creator of some of the most recognizable dance pop of the 1980s — further going into an R&B style, which she had touched on going as far back as 1989’s “Like a Prayer” and embraced on her 2008 album “Hard Candy.”
One of the new songs, “Living for Love,” merges elements from Madonna’s career. Her vocals show clear R&B influence as a funky urban beat builds into club-packing house music.
The song could be read as delving into Madonna’s notoriously turbulent love life, with the anthem-like lyrics, “Lifted me up, and watched me stumble / After the heartache, I’m gonna carry on.”
Madonna, whose purported romances have provided tabloid fodder since her eight-year marriage to British filmmaker Guy Ritchie ended in 2008, unleashes anger to an unnamed ex-lover in the evocatively titled “Unapologetic Bitch.”
As reggae guitars back up a hip-hop beat, Madonna blares: “You know you never really knew how much you loved me until you lost me, did you? / You know you never really knew how much your selfish bullshit cost me? / Well, fuck you.”
Pursuing a lyrical theme, another song is called “Bitch, I’m Madonna” as the 56-year-old pop icon raps with the younger Minaj in a hip-hop anthem on the joys of unabashed late-night partying.
Madonna shows her warmer side on the ballad “Ghost Town” and goes in a completely different lyrical direction on “Illuminati,” in which she plays on the 18th-century conspiracy theory of a global secret society.
“It’s the Enlightenment that started it all / The Founding Fathers wrote it down on the wall / And now the media’s misleading us all,” Madonna sings as she name-checks everyone from Steve Jobs to Queen Elizabeth II to ISIS.
The songs come after what had been a quiet 2014 for Madonna, who dropped off Forbes’ annual list of the highest-earning female musicians after topping it a year earlier.
Madonna has yet to announce concert plans. “MDNA” was accompanied by an extensive global tour that grossed more than $300 million and generated controversy as she raised her voice on issues from gun control to gay rights to Europe’s far right.
When listening to Madonna sing a line like “Took me to heaven, let me fall down/Now that it’s over, I’m gonna carry on” on new single “Living For Love,” it’s hard not to think of the disappointment the pop queen felt earlier this week, when her thirteenth album leaked online in demo form before it was even officially announced. Fortunately for fans, that initial shock is over, and Madge is carrying on with an album release — “Living For Love” previews Rebel Heart, now due out in March, and hints at the defiant pose that the follow-up to 2012’s MDNA may strike after a few overstuffed dance projects.
Unlike Madonna’s previous two lead singles, the pre-EDM banger “4 Minutes” and the cheerleader pep talk “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” “Living For Love” leaves its focus on its lyrics, with the singer beginning over a regal piano line that’s eventually joined by pulsing percussion. The confidence Madonna displays on the track recalls singular classics like “Express Yourself” and “Like A Prayer,” and when the song weaves its way toward a throbbing drop, Madonna continues crooning, refusing to be relegated to the background. “Living For Love” sounds like a giddy combination of Madonna’s past and present, and represents an encouraging sign for a 2015 project that was unexpectedly thrown into jeopardy at the end of 2014.
Living For Love | Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Alicia Keys, MoZella, Ariel Rechtstaid, Toby Gad, Nick Rowe
Devil Pray | Madonna Ciccone, Ryan Tedder
Ghosttown | Madonna Ciccone
Unapologetic Bitch | Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Sophie
Illuminati | Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz
Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) | Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Sophie, Onika Maraj
Joan of Arc | Madonna Ciccone, S1, Toby Gad, Maureen McDonald
The Queen of Pop went and pulled a Beyoncé.
Madonna has released the first six songs off 13th album Rebel Heart, set for release March 10.
The reigning diva tweeted out the announcement early Saturday morning, along with album cover art
The release is in response a leak earlier this week, which resulted in early mixes of 13 of the album’s tracks making their way online, according to Rolling Stone.
“I was hoping to release my new single Living for Love on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” Madonna said in a statement. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
Producers on the new songs include Kanye West, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Dahi, Billboard, and Madonna. Nicki Minaj is also featured on track B**** I’m Madonna.
The album has 19 tracks listed on iTunes, most of which are still untitled, save for one called Joan of Arc that is not available yet. More music will become available Feb. 9 before the full album is released March 10.
The tracklist so far:
1. Living for Love
2. Devil Pray
4. Unapologetic B****
6. B**** I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)
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MADONNA RELEASES SIX SONGS FROM NEW ‘REBEL HEART’ ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW
Full Album Scheduled for Release in March
Pre-order the album on iTunes now: https://smarturl.it/RebelHeart
December 20, 2014. For immediate release….New York, NY…..Madonna has just released six songs from her new studio album ‘Rebel Heart’. The six songs are currently available for purchase now via preorder at iTunes and other music outlets with purchase of the album and a la carte as well. The music will also be available on all streaming services. Additional music will be released on Feb. 9th. The full album of “Rebel Heart” on Interscope Records is scheduled to be released the first week in March 2015.
Song titles that are currently available from the new album are Living For Love, Devil Pray, Ghosttown, Unapologetic Bitch, Illuminati and Bitch I’m Madonna which was recorded with Nicki Minaj. Producers include Madonna, Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, was recorded in NY, LA and London.
The decision to release the songs much earlier than anticipated was due to the leaking of several work-in-progress demos earlier this week.
“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,” commented Madonna.
“Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,” singer says
Madonna hadn’t planned on releasing her 13th album, Rebel Heart, until spring 2015. But leakers had other plans for the Queen of Pop’s follow-up to 2012’s MDNA, unleashing early mixes of 13 tracks onto the Internet this week. In response, Madonna has put six official versions of the songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital music retailers, effective immediately. More music will be available February 9th, and the full album will be released the first week of March via Interscope.
“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” she said in a statement. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
Tracks available immediately include throwback house anthem “Living for Love,” the ominous “Devil Pray,” the lush “Ghosttown,” reggae-tinged jam “Unapologetic Bitch,” dark “Illuminati” and the Nicki Minaj-featuring “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Producers on the tracks include Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Dahi, Blood Diamonds and Madonna, herself. Fans can nab the songs as part of an album pre-order or buy them individually a la carte.
In July, Diplo — who produced a good portion of the album’s tracks — promised the upcoming songs would be “crazy-sounding.” “We really pushed the envelope with some of the stuff we were doing,” he said, adding Madonna was “up for anything.” “I love when an artist gives a producer the confidence he needs to work with them, and Madonna was very open-minded to my ideas… she was down from day one.”
Madonna has been plagued by leaks for the past several weeks. Earlier this month, she posted a photo of a smashed iPod on Instagram as a reaction to the premature arrival of the track “Rebel Heart,” and explained, “This broken ipod is a symbol of my broken heart! That my music has been stolen and leaked! I have been violated as a human and an artist! #fuckedupshit.”
Upon discovering unreleased photos from shoots have also been making their way onto the web, she posted one of the offending images on Instagram with a note reading in part, “I am asking my true fans and supporters who respect me as an artist and a human to not get involved with the purchasing trading or posting of unreleased images or music. I hope and pray we find the source of the leaks soon. Until then i am grateful for any leads or info and even more grateful for your support and loyalty! Please let me finish my work so i can give you my very best!”
6 songs for you now…….https://smarturl.it/RebelHeart #rebelheart Happy Early X-Mas! ! 13 more to come for album 13 !!! ❤️❤️❤️
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According to Charts in France Madonna’s brand new single will hit radio this coming Monday. They’re stating that the first single can either be Living For Love or Rebel Heart.
Of course this is no real confirmation, however we did learn that due to the recent demo leak, plans have changed and shifted. We do have to ‘stay tuned’
“It might sound like I’m an unapologetic bitch/Sometimes you know I gotta call it like it is.” That’s Madonna, from what may be the title track for a new album. The album was leaked this week, at least in part, and it’s floating around the internet in bits and pieces. Madonna says she’s upset, but I think she doth protest too much. After several flops, (MDNA, anyone?) Madge had to try something new.
I can’t really review an unfinished album that’s come out unofficially. But if this the work in progress, then Madonna’s on the right road. I haven’t been able to turn off “Addicted to The One that Got Away,” a really great dance single that’s also a sharply composed pop song. Of the six tracks I’ve heard, that’s the most commercial and destined for radio.
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“My commitment has never wavered. And here we are about to embark on our biggest project yet with the pediatric surgeryproject at Queen Elizabeth Hospital,” explained Madonna, as she discussed her latest effort to help the children of Malawi. In an interview following her recent visit to the country, we talked how she initially became involved in bringing attention and awareness to the plight of children in Africa, how the decision came about to build and donate a new pediatric intensive care unit in Malawi, her new Goodwill Ambassador position bestowed upon her by President Mutharika, and much more.
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Poor Lady Gaga. From a general disinterest in her antics to dwindling album sales, the “Mother Monster” can’t seem to catch a break nowadays. Recently, the 28-year-old received a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (for Machete Kills).
Now comes news that Gaga has been replaced by Madonna for Versace’s advertising campaign. (Let’s not forget that Gaga’s Born This Way has been accused of copying Madonna’s classic Express Yourself.)
At the age of 56, Madonna continues to reinvent herself constantly. Versace’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign was shot to capture the pop queen’s timeless power today. Naturally, Her Madgesty is dressed in ensembles from the Italian luxury brand, showcasing her toned body in the visuals.
Speaking about her new role, Madonna said: ‘It’s always exciting to be dressed head-to-toe in Versace and experience firsthand Donatella’s vivid imagination and passion that she has created for this collection.”
This marks the fourth time she has appeared in Versace’s advertising campaigns; her first was way back in 1995.
Still a believer in Madge’s ability to shill products to the upwardly mobile set, designer Donatella enthused: “Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace. I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Donatella added: “Madonna says it best herself: She is unapologetic. She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”
The same newspaper interviewed advertising consultant Lisa Mirchin, who dismissed any notion that Madonna is too old to be fronting a fashion campaign.
“Once you hit that icon status, it’s not a matter of relevance,” Mirchin was quoted as saying. “Is Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn relevant? I think so. Madonna is ageless, and so is most fashion. Women are dressing as one age now. The range can go from 20 to whatever nature and physics will allow.”
Fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who shot Madonna’s MDNA album art, got behind the lens for this campaign. It is set to run as a 12-page portfolio in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair and Vogue, among other publications.
The renowned duo was also responsible for Madonna’s Interview magazine shoot, which caused quite a stir the past week. The mother-of-four modelled a series of cut-away outfits while reclining on a bed, and in one shot, posed topless in a cut-out corset. Some online comments insinuated that her breasts appeared too plastic.
Ever the publicity maven, Madonna is doing all this as her 13th studio album is around the corner, as evidenced by leaks of new songs Rebel Heart and Wash All Over Me. Themed the “art issue”, the publication is offering three different Madonna covers. She is interviewed by friend and illusionist David Blaine.
In the wide-ranging profile, in which Madonna jokingly called Blaine “a selfish pig”, she said the idea of “a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”
She also explained her attraction to creative people. “You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, ‘Oh, my God, that’s an amazing idea. Why didn’t I think of that?’’’
To Blaine’s query “What movie scenes do you watch over and over in your mind?”, she had a most interesting answer.
“I see Wong Kar-wai’s film In The Mood For Love. The slow-motion shot of that beautiful Chinese woman walking up and down the stairway, up and down the stairway, up and down the stairway, over and over again. Everything about that movie, I could replay in my head. The tracking shots of the camera when she’s in the room with her lover and they’re eating together – that movie is so beautiful, like a dance.”
I don’t know about you, but the notion of Madonna being obsessed by Maggie Cheung in a cheongsam makes me love her even more.
■ The columnist attended Madonna’s MDNA concert in Paris in 2012, and waited five hours for her to appear on stage. She’s a real diva, that Madge.
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