For several months Madonna is back in the studio for her thirteenth album. Between Los Angeles and New York, the queen of pop is collaborating with new talents. Among them, Avicii, Natalia Kills, Toby Gad, MoZella Symbolyc One and Diplo.
# Update 8: Madonna is teasing "Messiah" lyrics and Liz Rosenberg confirms this new song
Liz Rosenberg: "Madonna fans - Check out this teaser for her new song "Messiah"
"Salvation through Art! #heart #messiah #livingforlove"
# Update 7: Madonna: Yo, Diplo, give me some of the craziest shit you’ve got
Diplo talks a bit more about the recording process in interview with Idolator!
Idolator: You’re working with Madonna who is known for consistently reinventing herself. For you as a producer, is that a good thing because you’re able to do whatever you want or is it a challenge?
Diplo: I think with her I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if we were going to actually make records or not. It was kind of like I’d give her a week to see if the chemistry was there, but she was up for anything. I love when an artist gives a producer the confidence he needs to work with them, and Madonna was very, very open-minded to my ideas. I really love that. A lot of times I’m having to sell my projects and my ideas to them, but she was down from day one. We’ve written about seven songs now, and hopefully maybe four or five will make it to the album. I’ve done about three weeks with her, and we’re gonna do some more projects at the end of July.
She’s just really cool. I think as far as artists reinventing themselves, she did it before anybody else. She kind of began that trend of actually coming back with a whole new look and style and sound and winning it and hitting the top of the charts. I don’t think anybody had done it to that level.
She works hard. In the studio, I was Googling her while I was working with her, and she’s literally sold like 300 million copies of songs. She’s a force to be reckoned with. We had a lot of fun. Those records are gonna be crazy sounding. We really pushed the envelope with some of the stuff we were doing. The last night we were just having fun, and she was like, “Yo, give me some of the craziest shit you’ve got right now,” and we literally wrote a song that night on the craziest record I had. And it worked.
All of the best songs happen on a whim. When I made Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” that record didn’t make the album, he got dropped, and it became a #1 record in America. It was like the biggest Rock record of 2012. We made that high on mushrooms, not even thinking about it making the record. With Usher, we made “Climax” in literally like ten minutes. With M.I.A., I made “Paper Planes” on a roof in the Caribbean. No microphone covers, just recording right there outside. Every time we do something you never can expect when the magical stuff’s gonna happen.
# Update 6: Madonna teases new song “Messiah”
Coming soon……..#promise #keep#sorceress#deep
# Update 5 - Diplo confirms “Bitch, I’m Madonna”
In a recent interview with Heloisa Tolipan, Diplo revealed a new title track of one of the seven songs he wrote with Madonna for the upcoming album.
He had to say…
"I met Madonna because of her kids and then she invited me to a party.
We ended up writing seven songs together. I do not usually feel pressured to write hits, but when it’s an artist of this cailber, it’s obvious that I want to push the bounderies a little bit further and surpass myself. One of the songs we wrote is very cool and is called “Bitch, I’m Madonna”."
# Update 4 - Is Madonna about to release a surprise album? No!
I’ve had several Madonna fans ask me about Madonna’s upcoming album. I, as well as many others, surely thought that she would unleash a surprise single next week. In fact, people from Interscope never denied the rumors. But it ends up being completely false.
The rumors were fueled by fat slob and psychotic douchebag Roger Friedman of Showbiz411, who was fired from several news outlets in the past because of his poor reporting. His article (and I won’t link to him so he could get another page hit) was just the beginning in a Madonna bashing campaign he talked about during a Music Cares event earlier this year with Elton John. Incidentally, Friedman allegedly started another Madonna bashing campaign in 2006 according to these leaked emails, which he has denied even though both email addresses are legit and the information in them is 100 percent accurate. I can’t say that I’ve liked everything Madonna has done and have criticized her myself, but am shocked that her legal team has done nothing about this man, who has the face only a mother can appreciate.
Now, back to the album. It isn’t done. It isn’t even close to being done. Madonna has recorded enough songs to make two or three albums, but like a photographer, more is better since there is more to choose from in the end. All I know is that Interscope is very impressed with what they have heard, and that’s not just PR hype. We often hear of how “great” an album is by an artist’s PR team and when the album is released, it’s not so good. Madonna’s MDNA is a good example. Early hype and early reviews had the album compared to Ray of Light. But when reality hit, it wasn’t nearly as well received.
However, the good buzz for Madonna’s next project comes from within Interscope. But they are concerned and confused about how the album should be marketed. Should it concentrate on the adult contemporary songs she has recorded (there are quite a few)? If nothing but EDM songs make the final cut, will she be accused of recording another MDNA? Interscope knows that radio won’t play the songs, so they are looking to market the songs in other ways.
One of the songs will likely be used for an upcoming movie. Given how Interscope turned the fortunes of Lady Gaga’s “Applause” around by featuring it in a KIA commercial, you can bet they will use the same method for Madonna. There will be some performances, but not many; Madonna’s management and Interscope are aware of how much Madonna is bashed after any performance she gives these days.
Madonna would be wise to learn from the mistakes of Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and other divas, who face an increasingly ageist music industry. If she wants the album to be any type of success, she has to tone down her image. She has been stuck in a “Look at Me!” rut that is turning off some fans who have stood with her since the beginning. This isn’t about ageism, which I admit Madonna is a victim of more than any other pop star in music history. This is about creativity. Madonna ‘s biggest strength has always been the ability to reinvent herself so much that she comes across as fresh both musically and aesthetically. Her current incarnation has run its course into the ground.
She also has to market the album to her audience, which is largely made up of adults in their 40s and 50s. Marketing the album to teenagers (which she has done for her past two albums) will be a nail in the album’s coffin. In any case, Madonna is no doubt putting more effort into her latest album than she has in years. Let’s just hope the efforts pay off.
# Update 3 - New pictures from Madonna studio
Diplo on Instagram...
Gettin nothing done cause @Madonna is on her 3 bottle of rosé #tirnethuppeth
Madonna on Instagram...
"Finish That Shit Off! #unaplogeticbitch"
"We went Hard and We went Home! This room stinks of talent!!! Thank you Diplo-MoZella-Toby Gad-Arielisnow@gmail.com and Nick the Greek! Veni Vedi Vici"
Diplo and Arielrechtshaid on Instagram...
Too turnt in the studio @arielrechtshaid @madonna
ima throwwww up. happy birthday @mozellamusic reeespect @madonna fuq u @diplo aloha @tobygadmusic
# Update 2 - Madonna confirms Diplo Collaboration
Madonna on Instagram....
"Working with @Diplo got me like…………….WHAAaaat?"
"Diplo is a slave driver! Got me working all hours of the night in the studio. Had to sneak into the bathroom! #clicclacclicclacbitchgetoffmyback"
Diplo on Instagram...
Working wit @madonna got me like this
Mozella on Instagram....
@madonna has been letting me wear her gloves in the studio. #nevertakingtheseoff #love #leather #music #madonna
# Update 1 - For Billboard, Madonna's New Album Not Finished Yet
Mert Alas, one half of the fashion photography pair Mert + Marcus and a frequent Madonna collaborator, caused quite the online kerfuffle by posting a photo of Madge on Instagram on Monday (Apr. 21) with a caption in which he claimed to be “listening to the new album.”
Could the follow-up to 2012′s “MDNA” be upon us? A rep for Madonna has declined a request for comment, but sources tell Billboard that the pop superstar’s next full-length is not yet completed, and that she is still writing and recording new music for the set, presumably in Los Angeles.
Last month, Madonna told her Instagram followers that she was “on my way to the studio to work with Avicii,” and hit the studio earlier this month to work with Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. Toby Gad, S1 and MoZella are also attached to the new project.
Learn all about the new Madonna album
"Rebeal Heart" is confirmed! This track is co-produced by Madonna and DJ Avicii.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot Giovanni Bianco-have the lucky opportunity to listen to the new album! And the new album is full Apparently.
Mert Alas published a photo of Madonna on Instagram and he said...
"Mert Alas on Instagram - In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT @madonna"
Giovanni Bianco on Twitter before deleting his post...
Madonna with Avicii
Madonna in the studio with DJ Avicii and the Viking Harem: Vincent Pontare Lars Salem Al Fakir and Magnus Lidehäll. As we said above, they recorded "Rebel Heart".
"The End of a long week with Viking Leader AKA DJ Virgo AKA Avicii!
So many great songs! #icantwait #revolution"
"My Viking Harem! Great Music Great Vibes! We were grinding on that. Wood! #rebelheart"
Madonna with Natalia Kills...
Madonna in the studio with the singer and song-writer, Natalia Kills and Martin Kiersznbaum.
"Working the midnight shift with Natalia Kills. 2 girls on a couch.......don't it taste like Holy Water? #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove"
Madonna with MoZella, Symbolic One and Toby Gad...
MoZella, Symbolic One and Toby Gad were in the studio with Madonna! MoZella has written songs for Fergie and Miley Cyrus. Symbolyc One or simply S1 has worked with Beyoncé, Kanye West and Jay-Z. And Toby Gad has collaborated with Beyoncé, Fergie, Brandy, John Legend, Robin Thicke and more.
Having an Iconic Moment in the studio with Toby-MoZella and S1. My throat hurts from singing laughing and crying. #artdorfeedom
Are you excited ?!