Madonna has dropped another track from her upcoming album, Madame X, this time in collaboration with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. The song, “Crave,” is a sultry pop number about hungering for another person and was produced by Mike Dean, a frequent collaborator with Kanye West. “My cravings get dangerous,” Madonna croons. “I don’t think we should play with this.” Lee steps in for a smooth-talking verse midway through the track.
“Crave” is the third song to appear off Madame X, which will be released on June 14. She previously dropped inspirational number “I Rise,” as well as her upbeat single “Medellín,” which features Colombian singer Maluma. Madame X is the singer’s first release since 2015’s Rebel Heart and will feature several collaborations, including with Migos’ Quavo and Brazilian singer Anitta. Maluma will also appear on another track titled “Bitch I’m Loca.” Madonna said of the new album, “Lisbon is where my record was born. I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”
Madonna also recently announced her “Madame X” tour, which kicks off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. On the tour, Madonna will perform multiples nights each in a handful of cities, including the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, the Met Philadelphia and the Jackie Gleason Theatre at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Advance ticket requests for the Madame X tour are available through Friday, May 10th, with ticket confirmation to be fulfilled by May 17th.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2019
MADONNA RELEASES “CRAVE” FEATURING SWAE LEE
“CRAVE” MARKS THE THIRD OF 5 SONGS
MADONNA WILL SHARE WITH FANS BEFORE
THE GLOBAL RELEASE OF MADAME X ON JUNE 14
ADDITIONAL SHOWS ADDED TO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MADAME X TOUR DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR
INTIMATE CONCERT EXPERIENCE THAT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 12
Madonna today released “Crave” featuring Swae Lee and co-produced with Mike Dean and Billboard. The infectious pop gem, co-written by Madonna and Starrah, is the third track of five songs to be previewed before her highly-anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14. Following the release of the critically-acclaimed “Medellín” and the empowering “I Rise,” additional songs to be shared with fans include the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo on May 17, as well as the sonically innovative “Dark Ballet” on June 7. To listen to “Crave,” visit . The music video for “Crave” is coming soon.
Madonna announced earlier this week her Madame X Tour, a series of rare and intimate performances taking place exclusively in theaters in select cities. Demand was so overwhelming, additional shows have already been confirmed and are available for ticket request alongside the original shows through Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm ET. In New York, 12 shows are confirmed at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28 and October 1. In Los Angeles, nine shows are set at The Wiltern for November 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 and 25. Shows at the Chicago Theatre are on October 15, 16, 17 and 21. The Madame X Tour will also visit Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, London and Paris. Dates and details on those cities to come in the near future. Tickets and further information is available at Here is a link to a video from Madonna about the Tour:
Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.
Of “I Rise,” NME says the song, “is politics and positivity combined,” while Rolling Stone calls the song, “Uplifting” and Billboard says its, “Powerful.” NPR says, “Medellín is a carefully dosed combination of…coolly narcotic dance-pop…and energetic reggaetón,” while Entertainment Weekly declares the song is, “A breezy, summer-ready anthem…” The Guardian says, “Medellín is a potent reminder of Madonna’s deft history of meshing genres.”
Madame X from Live Nation, Interscope Records and Maverick will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album and is now available for . Album pre-orders include a download of “Medellín,” “I Rise” and “Crave,” which is available across , (pre-save), and all DSPs. Exclusive album pre-order bundles with limited edition merchandise are now available direct from .
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It’s easy to see why Madonna went with the much-younger Swae Lee as her fictional “better half.” The twenty-something-year-old is essentially a water-downed version of the men she used to date (i.e. Dennis Rodman). So, before you go about doubting her personage, check the transcripts one last time before perusal.
While “Crave” is already available in select markets, the full-version only becomes available to North Americans at midnight. After seeing Madame X through to the finish line (tomorrow, May 10), the 60-year old singer will embark on a short concert run in three major US cities: Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
I’m tired of being far away from home
Far from walking home, far from where it’s safe
Hope it’s not too late
Rush, rush, rush on you, love, love, love on you
Love you like a fool, put my trust in you.
Last month, Madonna announced her new album Madame X and revealed the tracklistfeaturing guests such as Swae Lee and Quavo.
The Queen of Pop kicked off the promo campaign for her new disc with ‘Medellín‘ featuring Maluma, and then followed up with a promotional single called ‘I Rise’. She is now dropping her official single ‘Crave’ featuring some help from Swae Lee who has been a regular on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, thanks to ‘Sunflower’, his song with Post Malone.
The Rae Sremmurd rapper-singer helps the legendary artist with some background vocals and a singing guest verse. The chilled out track is now available on streaming services — listen to/preview it below (currently only out in select international markets). Madonna will release Madame X on June 14th.
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Madonna’s intimate Madame X theater tour has ticket prices ranging from $53 to $2,000.
Madonna fans were rumbling on social media this week over the high ticket prices for the “Medellín” singer’s Madame X tour kicking off in September. Ticket prices for her theater dates ranged from just over $50 to get in the door and reached $750 for orchestra seats, tapping out at $1,7500 to $2,000 for VIP seats/experiences.
The Queen of Pop’s latest installment of tour dates are in support of her upcoming album, also called Madame X, due out June 14 on Maverick Records. The multi-city tour brings the global superstar to some of the smallest venues she has played in decades, launching with 12 nights at the 2,100-capacity BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York then moving to the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre followed by a nine-night stand at the roughly 2,000-capacity Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.
The theater shows are a departure from the grandeur that fans have experienced in the past. Madonna has been selling out arenas and stadiums since her 1987 Who’s That Girl tour, and the pop icon holds the record for highest-grossing tour for a female artist with her 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet tour.
Unlike many of her male counterparts on the Top 10 Grossing Tours in Billboard Boxscore History chart, including The Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses, Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour was able to hit the $400 million mark with only 85 shows. It took AC/DC more than 160 shows to hit $441 million on their Black Ice Tour.
According to Billboard Boxscore numbers, Madonna has managed to earn more per fan with a steady increase in ticket prices over the years. Between the 2006 Sticky & Sweet tour and the 2016 Rebel Heart tour, the average ticket price for a Madonna concert has risen from $114 to $162. Her average ticket price since 2006 has been greater than recent tours from top earners including Bruno Mars, U2, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
Stretching back to her 2001 Drowned tour, Madonna shows have had an entry fee of $45 (if not more), making the consistent $53.50 in-the-door ticket price for the intimate Madame X trek feel like less of a jump. For her 2019 tour, however, fans entering the buildings at the base price will be a lot closer to the music legend than those who paid $45 to see her at the 20,000-capacity Madison Square Garden, which is more than five times the size of even the largest venue announced for the Madame X tour.
Madonna’s new experimental residency tour follows more than a decade of success of artist residencies in Las Vegas, along with Bruce Springsteen’s lauded Broadway run. Launched in October of 2017, “Springsteen on Broadway” saw The Boss asking between $75 and $800 for the intimate experience at the 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.
“Springsteen on Broadway” was originally scheduled to run for four months in the same location but was extended three times. Just 24 hours after announcing her intimate shows, Madonna also added dates to her New York and LA residencies. The new shows were added even before dates were announced for her promised mini-residencies at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. The dates and quantity of those shows have yet to be announced, but tour producer Live Nation has stated that they will fall within 2019.
Madge appears to have taken notes from other high-grossing tours in the last few years, such as Jay-Z’s 4:44 trek and Taylor Swift’s impressive Reputation stadium run. Both tours brought in more revenue by increasing the price of premium seats, while allowing upper bowl spaces to remain on the lower end.
While Madonna’s lowest tickets have gone up slightly, her premium seats rose from $350 in the U.S. for her 2015-2016 Rebel Heart tour to $750 for the upcoming shows excluding VIP packages. Fans with plenty of disposable income can purchase front row seats for up to $2,000 in some markets.
Madonna has made a career out of pushing the envelope, but while her experimental touring residencies may seem controversial, they also appear to be astute business practices for a superstar who hasn’t left a seat unfilled in nearly 30 years.
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