Madonna / New album: Madame X

Madonna will release a new album, Madame X, in June.

I wasn’t going to post about this release, but quite a few of you have been in touch asking me about the various formats, so here we go…

The “highly-anticipated” album is a result of Madonna being influenced “by living in Lisbon” will be issued in June.Producers on the album include Mirwais, Mike Dean and Diplo and in its basic form it is a 13-track long-player with plenty of songs that ‘feature’ people you probably have never heard of (Quavo, Swae Lee or Anitta, anyone?).

There is a two-CD deluxe edition which is packaged as a ‘casebound’ hardcover book and appears to have five bonus tracks, two on the first CD and on the second disc another three, bringing the total to 18.

The vinyl edition is 2LP and features 15 tracks, as does the ‘deluxe’ cassette edition. As far as I can recall, this is Madge’s first album that comes as a deluxe box set edition. This box brings together the deluxe 2CD edition, the cassette, an exclusive seven-inch picture disc featuring album track ‘I Rise’, a double-sided poster and a ‘tattoo sheet.’ Note that this box doesn’t include the vinyl edition of the album. Amazon France appear to have the best price on this set right now.

The first song issued from the album is Medellin which you can preview above. The track feels rather lightweight and somewhat generic but to be fair is a bit of a grower. That said, to these ears it lacks any ‘wow’ factor and certainly doesn’t compare well to any lead singles from what you might call the ‘classic’ Madonna era which I would say ended with the Music album in 2000.

In addition to the formats listed above FNAC in France have a special CD edition which appears to be the 15 track version on a single CD. I would take an educated guess that the USA Target exclusive version is the same edition (HMV are also doing this version, but it’s not pre-orderable online due to the fact that they don’t have a webstore right now).

Madame X will be released on 14 June 2019. Leave comment on SDE and let us know if you like Madonna’s ‘new direction’.

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Madame X / standard CD

1. Medellín with Maluma
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future ft. Quavo
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave ft. Swae Lee
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
11. Bitch I’m Loca ft. Maluma
12. I Don’t Search I Find
13. I Rise

Madame X / 2LP vinyl

1. Medellín with Maluma
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future ft. Quavo
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave ft. Swae Lee
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Extreme Occident
11. Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
12. Bitch I’m Loca ft. Maluma
13. I Don’t Search I Find
14. Looking for Mercy
15. I Rise

Madame X / 2CD edition

CD 1

1. Medellín with Maluma
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future ft. Quavo
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave ft. Swae Lee
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Extreme Occident
11. Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
12. Bitch I’m Loca ft. Maluma
13. I Don’t Search I Find
14. Looking for Mercy
15. I Rise

CD 2

3 Bonus tracks (titles not available)

Madame X / cassette

1. Medellín with Maluma
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future ft. Quavo
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave ft. Swae Lee
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Extreme Occident
11. Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
12. Bitch I’m Loca ft. Maluma
13. I Don’t Search I Find
14. Looking for Mercy
15. I Rise

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cassette sounds is tiny, like coming from a box, which is a different sonic experience. It sounds more compact.


The new Madonna album “Madame X” is different. I just purchased and heard it. It’s different. For a Madonna album it’s different in many ways. It’s Epic. And to be honest it’s… EXCELLENT.
A listen from beginning to end is a journey. Much in the way an album by Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode’s “Black Celebration”… It’s quite a listen.
Somehow it works. And brings up many atmosphere’s and emotions.
It’s a trip. As in trippy.
Well done.


The set you listed that has the 3 additional untitled tracks, those are called, “Back That Up to the Beat”, “Funana”, and “Ciao Bella”. They are all incredible, especially the first two. Bummer they’re not on the Deluxe edition because they should be. Hopefully Amazon and iTunes or Google will sell them individually eventually. This album is surprisingly incredible. I say surprisingly because I didn’t have high hopes since her last few albums since the Confessions album have been okay, but not as great as the earlier works. This album is up there. She did a good job creating something interesting and different.


Madonna has released a boxed set for several albums. I own a few.

Daniel ( from Berlin )

i was shocked about her “voice performance” at the eurovision song contest. first ( she stands in the green room ) it looks like she had lost her neck. only head with body and stage dress. then she said something to the other artists and i felt she cannot really turn her head to the background. also the conversation with the guy from the show seems very strange to me. i will not lose much words about the “like a prayer” stage show – only this:
the crowd wanted to dance and celebrate her – but with this drum machine and vocals version this was not possible. her voice: a disaster. the second song: sorry, this shall be the main single to help the album flying high into the charts? i fear that this album will be a flop and ( hopefully ) she will later understand that her “younger time” is over. after her role in “evita” i thought she will go a mature way in her career. songs like “you’ll see” and “power of goodbye” would be a good opportunity with strong songs to pave the way for it. “frozen” was also a good video performance… but then she dances like a 18 years old girl in the “ray of light” video. sadly that her “cabaret project” were never realized. for all the die-hard madonna fans out there: i’m also a fan but i try to think about how she looks to me in the 90’s and now. how good it would be when she had now ( again ) an androgyne “marlene dietrich” style at 60. something more noble, mysterious and unapproachable. so, that were my thoughts about madonna…

[…] Madame X is released on 14 June 2019. You can read more about it and the other formats available on this post. […]

Tony O

Madonna on eurovision this evening, not sure it will boost albums sales


First song: seriously out of tune.
Second song: atrociously auto tuned.

Boosting sales? Hmmm…

Paul Barr

For an “80s singer” that peaked with Like A Prayer and has been “irrelevant” since 2000…..people sure have a lot to say about her.

Calico Moonchild

I’m a little surprised to be mildly excited about this album (for no tangible reason), than I have for Madonna since ‘Confessions’ in 2005. The song has a little substance to it & chills me out, though there is too much of the guy. I guess his presence is needed for US radio demographics. Maybe it’s the fact this album appears leak proof for the first time since 2005, that it feels like more of an event. If the single had been an uptempo dance tune, it would have felt a little too predictable & contrived. This sounds nothing like London Grammer but something about the mood tells me they are on her radar. In some small way she has revived MTV’s brand identity, pity they only allotted her 30 mins and not the full hour.


I saw the video and I really liked that. She has some of the most creative videos. The song however…..is boring, especially for her. Autotune is usually for people that do not sound good or can’t sing. If her voice is still good, she should stay away from that. That being said, I am interested in what the rest of the album sounds like. Hopefully it sounds a lot better than this song. It seems lately that she tends to let others dictate what her new sound/music should sound like and you have to wonder if her creative side has taken a hiatus and not take any chances that she used to make. That is the time she really shines.

Paul Taylor

Medellin has been getting played quite a bit on R2 this week.
I’ve heard a lot worse

Michael Roberts

While you are definitely entitled to your opinion and you have the right to post whatever you want on your site, I do have to strongly disagree that the classic era of Madonna ended with the Music album.

Confessions on a Dance Floor is probably one of the best albums of her career, American Life is an excellent album (one that I listen to the most often now) and MDNA is a very solid album as well.

Hard Candy was overall a major letdown, but Rebel Heart has really grown on me and I would say I like over 60% of it now.

I would venture to say that Madonna still has a lot more to offer and I’m sure she has no plans to go away anytime soon and I am thankful for that.


So I knew I liked the new Madonna single, and now I’ve just seen the video for it, and WOW! amazing video, and it reminds me that Madonna has always been a visual artist and her videos have always been much of what has made her singles and music a success. She has a way with setting her songs to exciting visuals. Not to mention she looks amazing. I now love this song even more and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.


Cassette? Whats with that these days? Have they improved since the 80’s/90’s?


As much as Madonna has. ;)

Chris Squires

Ha! brilliant.


No they have not and there are no manufacturers of good quality cassette reading heads any more , the ones in todays players are basically meant for voice recordings very poor quality.So unless you get a vintage one no good at all.


cassette sounds is tiny, like coming from a box, which is a different sonic experience. It sounds more compact.


The featured first track “Medellin” from Madonna’s new album, sounds like a cha-cha-cha composition Panamanian pop star, Miguel Bose, would have written for a male/female voice duet (which he’s quite good at doing). I like the sultry faux Cubana sound to “Medellin,” but the song never really kicks into gear. More importantly, IMHO, the song is rather disingenuous since coming from someone like Madonna, who is not Latin American or black, but who nevertheless doesn’t hesitate to borrow heavily from Latin and black American culture to make songs that are then aimed at a predominantly white middle class audience.

Given that, there are many talented recording artists from the Caribbean and Latin America that have, and still make wonderful music, but unfortunately are seldom heard about in non-Spanish speaking countries. So is this Madonna attempting to draw a mass English speaking audience to Latin American music as a means to boost the careers of lesser known Latin American recording artists, or is it just a rip-off of their music presented as an original Madonna ‘flavor-of-the-month’ pop concept? Time will tell.


Just had to reply to your post, especially the idea of “Medellin” as a “Madonna ‘flavor-of-the-month’ pop concept”. Madonna is an Italian-American who has a genuine interest in and respect for Latin culture. The idea that this is just some fly-by-night fancy of hers is what is truly disingenuous here, as Madonna’s career is full of Latin inspired music and visuals, going as far back as 1986 and “La Isla Bonita”. Other examples include “Spanish Eyes”, the video for “Take a Bow”, “Veras” (the Spanish version of “You’ll See”), Spanish versions of “One More Chance” and “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”, “Evita”, etc. All of this points less to cultural appropriation and more to being inspired by other art and other cultures, which can be verified by her continued popularity in Spain and Latin America. If you’re looking for a target to point the cultural appropriation arrow at, how about aiming at some of these talentless white boy rappers who seem to crawling out of the sewer like cockroaches with their facial tattoos and their mumbled, half-assed “flow”. These are the people who are dumbing down culture and selling themselves to the white middle classes.


Rap doesnt need white boys to be dumbed down…

Seen Madonna’s tits bursting out of her throat last night on MTV. Sad sight. She was good otherwise. Someone should tell her to stop doing that tho. She just looks ridiculous:(

I liked the video, but theres too much Maluma in it.


Thanks for your response, Matt.

First, I do like much of Madonna’s music, particularly her early work and some of her techno-tinged explorations on albums like “Ray of Light,” because during these career phases of Madonna she is being herself.

I appreciate that Madonna is artistically inspired by other cultures periodically, which is good, but instead of paying homage to the heritage of non-white, or non-U.S. American groups of people, she presents herself in her videos as one of them, and to exaggerate this persona (somewhat offensively), she presents herself as their mentor, role model, or adoring love interest – as if she is the epitome of their culture.

The Beatles re-recorded some of their early songs in German because they had a big following in Germany, but they never presented themselves as being German.

It’s perfectly fine to sing a song in a language that isn’t native to you, but it crosses the line if you sing it pretending you are actually part of that demographic. To further make this point, Madonna knows she has a large gay following, so she staged a publicity stunt that involved her kissing Britney Spears, but neither Madonna nor Britney are gay, so why would Madonna do this, especially when actual gay people would not be allowed to kiss on live television?

Finally, yes, Madonna was cast as Eva Peron in the movie version of “Evita,” but she was selected not because she was more convincing in this role than a Latin American female actor, but because she was a big pop star and would attract her large fan base to the box office so the movie would make more money.

I’m not telling anyone to boycott Madonna, and in all likelihood I will be buying her new album, but I felt compelled, especially being married to someone who is from Puerto Rico, to op-ed about Madonna’s ego sometimes overriding her cultural sensitivity.

Alana Moore

The beauty of Madonna, is that she is a chamealion and constantly coming up with new
and ideas, as in right now with Madonna’s MADAME X. The Latino trend is huge since
last year and Madonna is jumping on the band wagon, which is a great idea. In case you did
not hear, she lives in Portugal & is obviously influenced by the music. Her CD shows range
and variety. Moreover, she is an artist who is a deep thinker and I love that her music has a message as in “Wake up” and God Control”. She makes people think and that is admirable.
I totally see Meddlin to be the jam of the Summer!

This is a free world and nobody has the Monopoly on what music they can, or cannot play!!

Wake up and stop judging! If you don’t like her new CD, move on!

Kelly simpson

Madonna thinks she’s still in her hey day. Its sad to watch a woman claim ageisim but does anything and everything to cover up her age. All her dancers are young all her producers and features have been young not to mention the hideous amounts of plastic surgery. Madonna is all actuality is the biggest ageist of all. When she turned 50 nobody during press was allowed to ask her about turning 50 or they would be banned.
Most of her music since the album Music has been rubbish trying to stay relevant. If Madonna was a true artist she’d create art not what she feels will make 12 yr olds would buy and lets be real they’re not buying it. The new single is awful no hook or melody its just noise from a woman who can’t accept herself


I’m afraid this is pretty accurate. As a lifelong fan, its hard to watch her ruin her legacy.


Like A Virgin, True Blue, Like A Prayer and Ray of Light are all excellent albums. Everything post-Ray of Light has left me cold. My favourite track is still Live To Tell.


Mark I would add the Music album to your list and then I think you’ve got em all.


Madonna is one of those guilty pleasure 80s artist. At the time, in the 80s, my stance was i hated that popy top 40 crap. And i really believed it, But, if i was alone and crazy for you or borderline or whatever video of hers was cued up i wouldnt be rushing to change the channel. The good news is that, as i matured, i was able to revist the 80s, later in life, and enjoy a ton of music i was too cool for the first time around. That said, i wish madonna would move into genres more suited to her age. She is talented and i am sure would crush it if she laid off the sex / dance vibe. Sure, the audience would be smaller than back in the day but thats a given in any case. I would love to see her mellow a bit, maybe tour a lounge album or with an orchestra with new material and reimagined versions of her classics. Thats just me of course…

Richard Cosgrove

Thanks for reporting this, Paul. You can please all of the people some of the time, etc…. :-)

Personally I’ll probably pick it up out of interest, as my other half is a big fan so we’ll almost certainly be attending the inevitable live shows (which, to be fair, should be pretty good – I’ve seen her live twice (in 2003 and 2005 – I think, it was a long time ago!) and the woman knows how to put on a show). Personally (should anybody give a hoot :-) ) my favourite ‘period’ is Ray of Light, Music and American Life, but we’re all entitled to our opinions and have (almost) total control over our stereos and MP3 players!

Keep up the good work, Sir!

Chris Squires

For what it’s worth, my tuppence.

There are lots of artists featured on SDE who I love, there are lots of artists featured here on SDE that I wouldn’t open the curtains for if they were playing in my back garden. That is the beauty of SDE. Personally, for me Madonna was over and done with Like a Prayer. Everything after, meh! But that isn’t the point.

The point is that it is Paul’s site to do with what he pleases and those who have moaned about why aren’t you featuring “xxxxx” (usually done in a not so subtle passive / aggressive manner) have missed the point entirely. SDE is not, and never has been, a one-stop shop for all things musical. It’s Paul blogging about artists he likes and we are just along for the ride, if we don’t like it we can take a hike.

A couple of things stick out to me (and they have all been said before) If Madonna means THAT much to you (such that you are willing to berate a site owner for not featuring her) why the hell don’t you already know about this stuff. Surely there is a madonna.com or other sites I have never been to that will satiate your desire for all things Madonna. If she is that big and that relevant what do you need this site for, to do the advertising? Nobody, but nobody who isn’t into Madonna by now is going to buy this record. At best it might convince someone to dust off their copy True Blue and give it a spin.
Next, it saddens me that Paul felt obliged to even mention this album here. If there was never another Madonna post it would make me happy, not just because I am seriously not into her or her music but because of the way that many posters here have reacted to Paul doing so and it just goes to show you just can’t please some people so it’s always best to stick to your guns. Appeasement never works (history shows) and the entitled behavior of some here shows that they care little for the ethos of SDE instead, as with many internet users, they just want what they want and to hell with everybody else.

So bring on the next Metallica post or some 90s band I have barely heard of, mix it with artists I do love and we can pick and choose what to read, but it HAS to be Paul’s decision. There are places to to note upcoming releases that Paul might or might not feature. Usually in the “Out This Week” section there will be a dozen posts about bits and bobs that will also get released this week but probably won’t be featured or the “Get in Touch” section if you want to raise awareness of a forthcoming release. And, if doing so, do everyone a favour and don’t start the post “I am surprised you are not supporting this artist, why aren’t you featuring them”…..

Spiral Scar

Chris, your level-headed posts have identified you as the voice of reason (who is also not actually working at SDE :)) Others who post like-minded comments are due credit as well, and it’s important – very important – to not let this comments section become a YouTube-esque battleground. Discussion is great, bitching is not. Obviously, there are quite a few passionate music lovers who visit here, but there is simply no possible way to please everyone.
Very briefly, in high school in the mid-80s, I tried my hand at DJ-ing for a school dance. All I remember is the people who complained that I didn’t have this rap song or that metal ballad, and the pressure to play some dreck for some asshat’s girlfriend. After my second shot at it, I stopped. It wasn’t in my control to do what I set out to do. I applaud Paul for having more backbone than me!
I like Madonna well enough, to a point. I don’t care for the type of music she’s been doing, no matter who is doing it. It’s not made for me. Plenty of amazing music was made when I was young/younger (and certainly before my time) and I’m grateful. Paul is my age, and there is a bond between us despite never having met the man. This is why I trust the site to have its general focus. It’s hard to explain why Bananarama gets coverage but Madonna – initially – didn’t, though somehow it made sense to me. I would never get into an entitled snit if he failed to post about an artist I admired, no matter how popular that artist is. Ultimately, it’s Paul’s call. We all know it. And he can’t cover everything.


Love(d) Madonna, but have been increasingly disappointed with her recent output.

Bought MDNA, but Rebel Heart I passed on because there were so many tracks I actively disliked amidst ones I loved, so “made use of the internet” for those.

She is definitely an artist to be respected, considering how long she has managed to keep on in the business, but it’s not as if she’s making music for me personally, so she can do what she wants, that’s her affair (whether I buy it or not is my affair). Similarly, what Paul does on this blog is his affair, so no complaints from me there, either.

Go Paul, you have nothing to apologize for! This is your space, after all.

As for Madonna, I sincerely hope that the album overall will be better than the single, we’ll just have to see. For the record, I liked most of American Life, was underwhelmed by Confessions and Hard Candy. Not that that means anything!


The faux-incendiary nature of these comments is hysterical. Paul has a great site and can post whatever he feels is relevant. There are many artists posted about here that are of no concern to me, and at the same time there are reissues I’m interested in that Paul never posted about. But I’m not calling for his head because of that. I just looked elsewhere.

That said, I agree with Paul. Music was her last great album. ;)

Roberto Mendonça

Hell to the no. Confessions on a dancefloor was way better album than music

Nigel D Day

Yes ! Music has its moments but Confessions is dance floor genius.


I love how total strangers are telling Madonna to stop making music. No one says that to Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney or any man. Madonna will do as she pleases. Why should she listen to the sad sacs on here telling her to stop “making music”. OK the new song sucks and Rebel Heart was terrible and I’m sure like American Life and Hard Candy this album is gonna suck but telling a grown woman what to do is beyond ridiculous. Focus on your own loves people and stop telling others what to do.


Heartily agree that the new single is absolutely awful, Rebel Heart was total pants and that Madonna certainly does what she pleases (unfortunately).

However, totally disagree that American Life was a bad album – it’s absolutely one of her very best (in the vein of Ray of Light), when she got back to writing songs as opposed to ‘collaborating’ with artists and producers, who are (apparently) on trend at a point in time, to merely create (horrendous) noise.

Apologies, but unless Madonna makes that quality kind of album I have to agree with many others and advise she should leave our eardrums in peace.


Sorry for all the haters, Paul. Don’t really mind Madonna, but for the posters talking about her relevance:


I got in on the 2 x rainbow picture disc before it was taken down or sold out or whatever happened to it. Hoping Madge has some surprises up her sleeve. I really like the single a lot. Slow burn.

Steve F

I’m one of those people who loved “Ray of Light” and a lot of the tracks on “Music” but drifted off after “American Life” and didn’t bother coming back. I’ve no interest in Madonna at all – either her music or her as a person, but that’s just me. Clearly, there are a lot of people who feel very differently and that’s fair enough.

What I don’t like, is the personal attacks against Paul in a number of comments posted here. There’re a lot of people who over the years have become utterly consumed in their obsession with her that they have become truly nasty and unhinged. A number of comments here only reinforce that.

@Paul Sinclair – Thank you for all your hard work on the site. I and many others appreciate it.

Lion Patrice

The piece is so different to what Madonna has done even if there’s a connection to La Isla Bonita, Who’s that girl and others. It’s fresh and candid and catchy. I love it. On the other hand how dare you say “classic Madonna” ended with Music? There’s nothing more “classic Madonna” than Hung up.


Thanks for the update, haven’t really been excited by anything from the Queen since Confessions, but she’s still the queen, and she doesn’t stand still, which is good in itself.
New (potential) fails are way better than old rehashes, although I might make an exception for Hard Candy and the following tour, but never mind.
Having read all the comments, I thought I would hate the new song, but it’s great, and I now have the 2CD on preorder.
All hail the Queen.

And thanks again Paul, your site is the best, can’t really understand all the bitchy comments about what gets written or not, it’s Paul’s site ffs!

Charles Christopher

It seems my first comment didn’t get posted – which is fair, since it may have been unnecessarily catty and directed to some of the responses. I very much like reading and commenting here, and hope to maintain the fun and witty tone.

I actually like this preview track – despite the deeply eccentric lyrics, Mr. Maluma’s interjections after each of Madonna’s lines, and the Autotune abuse that would have even Cher saying was a bit much. It’s more pleasant than big sounding, but indulging in a new-found love of fado music is a better fit for a 60-year-old than featuring the producer or dance trends du jour. Madonna is now well into her eccentric late-middle-age period, which might produce some interesting results.

I’d like to say thanks to Paul for posting the info about it – this is the only site I really go to for release info of any kind these days, so I might have missed this track or any info at all without it.

Alan Costa

The single sounds like one of those things people hear on their summer holidays and then gets on the pop charts because it reminds them of the beach and sunshine. We all love a rap in a foreign language don’t we. This years Euro hit, cha cha cha.

Scott G

Its a pity that no one has pointed out to Madonna that she has mispronounced Medellin. The Spanish would pronounce it Mede’jene’ but in Colombia it is pronounced in true Spanish, Mede ‘ean’ not ‘jene’.

Bit of slap in the face to Colombians that she can’t even be bothered to correctly pronounce the name of one of its most noted and beautiful cities. And god knows what Pablo Escobar would have thought.. ;)


The cheapest i’ve seen for the box set with the 7″ picture disc is 31.90 Euros from Bengans in Sweden. Shipping to the UK is 7 Euros. Here’s the link: https://www.bengans.eu/en/artiklar/madonna-madame-x-7cdmc.html
I’ve ordered from them many times before and not had an issue with them.
As for Maluma, i have to admit, i was a little underwhelmed by it on the first listen given the hype before hand. But as many have said in these comments, it gets better and better the more you listen to it. I’m really looking forward to the album, i’ve pre ordered the box set and will order the vinyl too, either the clear web exclusive edition (which i gather is limited to 10,000 copies), or the rainbow vinyl once some mock up shots of it is available and becomes available to pre order again.
It’ll be interesting to see what she does for her performance at Eurovision!
Non Madonna related, many thanks Paul for the deal on the Aretha Franklin vinyl box set a few weeks agao! Amazing deal.


As a devoted Madonna fan, I am quite amused at all the people who say she is no longer relevant.


How many “irrelevant” artists can generate nearly 100 comments on a post that’s barely 24 hours old? How many “irrelevant” artists get worldwide media coverage just from the mere MENTION of a new album? How many “irrelevant” artists have detractors repeatedly lining up to tell them and anyone who’ll read/listen that they’re “irrelevant”, every time they release a new album?

Is she “irrelevant”? Bitch, she’s Madonna!


I think the biggest measure of irrelevance is people talking about how irrelevant you are. The more they talk about it, the less it’s true. There was a two-year period in the 90s between Erotica and Bedtime Stories where everything in the press was about how she was “over” and “irrelevant.” You can see how accurate that was now.

If you’re really irrelevant, no one bothers talking about it.

Madonna’s role in the world of music isn’t the same as it used to be–but whose is? The business has changed radically, but she’s survived that just fine. She’s pioneering new ground in being a female pop artist at 60 who still writes and produces new music. All these people suggesting she should “record standards,” apparently have not been paying attention to the rest of her career.

Plus, why the hell would we need yet ANOTHER person recording “the Great American Songbook.” Let that crap rest already.


Love love this comment! Relevant or not, there is some rubbish in the charts and most of em I don’t even know! She’s fresh, she’s different, unique, whether the music is to your taste or not, damn I’ll always be a fan, seen her 3 times on tour, long live Maddie!


Love the new single – it feels more like a “teaser” track though and I believe there will be a few more songs released before the album.

Considering that this is a big album release, on multiple formats and by a legendary artist I can not understand why there was not going to be any coverage on a site that exists for this very purpose. But it’s good to see the feature here now.

I have pre-ordered the Standard, Deluxe, Box set, cassette, black vinyl, clear vinyl and both Japanese editions. The deluxe Japan CD will be an SHM-CD release. Waiting to hear about bonus tracks but like Paul I suspect that the Target, HMV and Fnac editions will have the same bonus tracks. It’s worth noting though that the Target and HMV editions seem to come in an exclusive cover (same as the digital one).

Tony West

“Considering that this is a big album release, on multiple formats and by a legendary artist I can not understand why there was not going to be any coverage on a site that exists for this very purpose. But it’s good to see the feature here now.”
Thank you for pointing this out, while some artists are not for all tastes, this is an issue I have been having for a while with my local record store as well as sites like this. I guess I am suffering from that “old age cliche” of not liking new music, and there is far too much coverage of old stuff I have never even heard of, too. Just because an artist has been commercially successful and is considered lightweight, does not devalue their importance to fans like me. So what if the Zombies or the Beatles are releasing the 1000th issue of the same album once again, Madonna matters too. I’ll be ordering the deluxe cd and vinyl as well!


“on a site that exists for this very purpose” Eh? I find this a very personal site, it’s the main reason I enjoy it so much. I feel I know Paul in some small way and some of the regular contributors. It’s not some corporate site thankfully and the vast majority of comments are good natured and informative.
As for Madonna, personally I’m indifferent to her output but admire her for not becoming a greatest hits act or worse a another covers artist, but I do try to listen to everything Paul flags up and discover acts that way. Much appreciated.


“I believe there will be a few more songs released before the album.”

I read that the plan is to digitally release four more of the tracks between now and the album release:
3 May 2019 – I Rise (3:44)
10 May 2019 – Crave feat. Swae Lee (3:22)
17 May 2019 – Future feat. Quavo (3:54)
7 June 2019 – Dark Ballet (4:15)

Enrico G.

Don’t like her anymore.
I’ll skip this.


Love all these comments, music can be very polarising but please remember people this site is meant to be informative and a little tongue in cheek at times…Paul your doing a great job at both :)

Joe Atari

A few words on Madonna. Firstly, I love the image of her with blond hair, she looks about 30. Not so keen on the Frida Kahlo look though, i can see the references. Once we get past the image, which is necessary for Madonna even now, its inevitable she’ll slightly pale in comparison to younger artists when she plays their game. Reggaeton is huge globally now, and it makes sense for her to use a few collaborators in a commercial context. They get the honour of being asked, and it makes her look in touch with the next generation, but actually Reggaeton itself has kinda peaked last summer as the “new” sound. The collaborators, I can tell you, are NOT obscure. Quavo is one third of Migos, the biggest act in hip hop right now, and Swae Lee & Anitta have massive fanbases in the US and Latin America . However I still think Madonna should leave the dancefloor in general and make an “autumn of my years” confessional album similar to parts of her classic album Ray or Light. The 2000s have seen a succession of albums each less successful than their predecessor. Mirwais did an amazing job on Music, which I agree was her last “imperial” pop album. Maybe this album will throw in a few lush orchestral tracks, but I can’t see it regaining her “the zeitgeist”. As with her successors Mariah and Britney, who both long ago stopped having actual hits, they maintain the illusion of being “superstars” whilst sales or streams won’t justify this. It’s true, the plethora of new artists online mean I don’t think anyone could ever match her chart record since 1982. There are just too many artists coming through in the pop realm ready to steal the crown from the last one. Taylor, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, and now Billie Eilish, all doing more vital “pop” work in the 2010s than Madonna can manage. Still, historically they wont ever eclipse Madonna, it just can’t happen.

elliott buckingham

deluxe reissues or Madonna through to like a prayer are whats needed and is really the last time she was any good. the dancefloor album was ok and a few tracks over the last few years weren’t too bad but she is really not a patch on her glorious 80s era


Wow, 78 comments at this point, and not one about the usual “why are they including the CD and vinyl versions in one package” argument! You know, if Paul doesn’t like Madonna, then that’s his opinion. Why are so many people taking this so personally?


Is that Sophie Ellis-Bextor on the cover? ;)


Not a fan of the single, sounds like another plug and play with latest trendy rapper that Madonna thinks will make her cool with the kids. It’s the same old thing Madonna has been doing since the glory days of Confessions.

If you’re going to do ” featuring” at least be a bit more creative about it

Given that Mirwais has produced the album hopefully there is better on it. At least I can easily delete the “featuring” tracks off spotify playlist


The Wikipedia page of Madame X has writing credits, but I don’t know its source.

andrew R

Cant believe the level of agressive drivel Paul is having to put up with here.It is his site people,he can have an opinion on an artist good or bad without asking your permission. Apalling really, that is why fan is an abreviation of fanatic.
BTW will there be an improvement vocally if she is singing through the stitches? Or are we being treated to the results of more surgery?I feel we should know!


I won’t be bothering with this.

Please go back to Steve Bray and Pat Leonard and write a decent album we can all sing along to.

Dean O

Beware the wrath of a…..Madonna fan.

I could just never understand her appeal…it’s that inauthentic/weak voice -sounds like someone stuck in an elevator half-heartedly crying for help – fingernails on a chalkboard.

In a limo with her arm around a thug (any hip hop artist), one glove (Michael J.), an eye patch (Peter Burns) – looks like bad dept. store Xmas card.

‘Killers Who are Partying’, ‘Bitch, I’m Loca’ ???. She never could sing…I don’t think age is going to help that….

Pure American Cheese.

Ross Baker

Confessions on a Dancefloor is actually my favourite Madonna record, love that one. Otherwise it’s definitely thin pickings this century though. Hard Candy has three or four I really like, but they’re very much the exception, otherwise it feels very much like she’s been following trends rather than setting them, which is pretty sad. Working with established producers, featuring already established stars. At least the features on this are somewhat obscure, which suggests she’s at least trying something different. The single, too, is slightly less blatant style-chasing than those from her last couple of albums, but still has no hallmark of her classic era.

Really though, for the most part she’s a legacy artist now who’s making music to stay on the radar and give her an opportunity to work in her main area: touring. In the future, I reckon Erotica, Ray of Light and maybe Confessions will be the only post-Immaculate Collection albums that have any real cultural cachet. These new records are only ever going to be bookmarks.


I agree 100% with you. Confessions is my favorite Madonna album too and I love pretty much all of her albums up to that point. After that, three or four songs per record are actually good and memorable. Therefore, I’ll keep my expectations low for this one.

Zippy Bush Kangaroo

I am looking to the Future, June will come I will listen to it. If I can not find my socks by then I will get back to you as you lot know plenty. Ha Ha Ha, Cha Cha Cha Ha.

Kevin Galliford

Not for me. I used to be a big fan, probably ended with “Music” too though “American life” & “Confession” did have good songs. Now though, she looks younger than she was in the mid 80’s and strikes me as being Mutton dressed as lamb desperately craving hipness. Sorry Madge.


Seriously did you really just say ‘mutton dressed as lamb?’ What century is this? Do people makes equivalent comments re male artists?


“Do people makes equivalent comments re male artists?”

Try mutton dressed as ram.

P.S. It’s the 21st century.


Hilarious…thanks for reminding me.

Kevin Galliford

Dignity is required & here there ain’t much going on! I bought “Hard Candy” & apart from “ 4 Minutes” it was an utter bag of shite & I lost interest. She’s chasing something she will never get back!


To be fair, every act has very loyal fans who may or may not be biased. The acts she chose to work with here, as quoted by Paul, are virtually unknown to anyone who does not spend hours on popjustice. You cannot claim that someone is relevant or known simply because the internet has made it possible for people to google or youtube them. Show me the receipts. And charts mean very little these days. The internet and digital world have changed the music world conpletely. It remains to be seen how much the world will remember hits from the mast years and how relevant they actually were. For those lucky enough to be old enough to have grown up in the 70s-90s, will attest to the fact that Madonna was one of the most relevant and influential artist ever. Is she now? Sadly not. Is she trying? Pretty sure yes, perhaps too hard. I hope Madame X is not like its lead track.
Clearly those in love with her will give her music tons of chances while others won’t be bothered. The GP will show in the end.


Just as well I’m not a Madonna fan becithat album cover scares the shit out of me


There’s still a 12 track solo album in there for those who don’t want the features.

Steven Roberts

While I am at best only a casual fan, I will likely give the new Madonna disc a spin – as soon as it starts hitting the charity shops in my area.

You know, like every one of her other albums since Erotica (which I got for 25p at a Dorothy House Hospice store in Bath).


I am constantly amazed [though shouldn’t be surprised] at those who pop up and spout rubbish about someone else’s hard work – the SDE site. One of it’s best features which brings me back is the actual grown up discussion of subject matter without the need for baseless playground prattle.

It wouldn’t matter to me if the site was ‘biased’, the owner has put a lot of work into it and it would be bloody boring if the author had to try and please everyone, everytime. If you don’t like it, you go do your own site….

Anyway, I agree Madonna, though I love her, has become a bit of a follower than a leader and I hear she may be performing at Eurovision? Look how well that went for Justin Timberlake….