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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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.
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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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?
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